Lileks makes a good point about squeeky wheels:

This doesn’t mean the country is split 50-50, but for some reason newspapers feel compelled to give each side equal weight and imply we’re divided on the issue of Smoking Soldiers. It is helpful to remember that if 9/11 had never happened, and we had never invaded Iraq, these people would be bringing the same level of ire and outrage to the presence of irradiated beef on school menus. They are the squeaky wheels shrieking for grease.

Soy-based non-petroleum recycled post-consumer grease, please.

It's hard to take someone seriously when they have a complaint about everything. Does that mean they're always wrong? Nah, but it makes me suspect they complain because they enjoy it rather than because they simply can't let some injustice go unnoticed.



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