Welcome to Rotten Chestnuts. We’re glad you stopped by. But we need to have a brief chat about the rules around here.

This site is designed to explore the underhanded ways liberals spin, distort, and obfuscate public discourse in order to change the culture. That’s the core assumption of every post here. If you disagree with that, and your sole purpose in coming here is to tell us so, save it. There are lots of liberal blogs you can comment on, or you can start your own — last I checked liberalsdontdistorttheculture.com is still available. As is everthing-liberals-do-is-totally-aboveboard.com.

We can almost hear your fingers limbering up for a tirade about “suppressing dissent.” Again: Save it. We’re fine with dissent. The thing is, though, “I don’t like what you have to say” isn’t dissent. It’s grumbling. Which you’re free to do to your heart’s content…just not here.

Dissent marshals facts and deploys arguments. A dissent to our core proposition, for instance, could go something like: “We liberals are aboveboard in everything we do. Our dialogue is crystal clear and our data, transparent.” You’ll be asked to provide a for-instance, of course, but it’s an empirical claim, subject to testing and verification. Another might be: “Yes, we’re trying to change the culture, because the culture needs changing. It needs to change in the following specific ways, and here are our reasons — political, economic, and philosophical — for saying so. If you have any questions, ask; we’re open books.”

[That no liberal has actually made such an argument since Fighting Bob La Follette goes a long way to confirming the essential truth of our proposition, and the need for sites like Rotten Chestnuts….but that’s a discussion for another day].

A word about facts and figures: Because this site explores liberal discourse in some depth, we frequently find ourselves discussing scientific, economic, and historical claims. You’re free to comment, as long as you always keep in mind that the point is the purpose of the claim, not the technical specs. If you want to discuss the thickness of polar icecaps, the precise characteristics of an “assault weapon,” or the fluctuation of rice prices in the Qing Dynasty, take it offsite.

And one last note of caution: Since this site is designed to explore the common techniques of liberal “arguments,” we have little patience with the cruder ones. You’ll be politely asked to leave if you indulge in comments along the lines of “you’re only trying to justify tax cuts for millionaires” or “why do you hate ____?” We know you think we’re a bunch of racist, sexist, patriarchial pigs; have the common courtesy to know that we know.

Thanks, and have fun.

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7 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Jay Carter

    In the rock and roll spoof movie “Spinal Tap”, a rocker displays an amplifier that has a volume control knob that reads higher than what the industry accepts as norm. (That being 10)

    He claims that when you turn up the current amplifiers that are on the market today, when you reach 10, you have nowhere to go.

    So he creates an amp with 11 being the top number.

    Now he claims, he has somewhere to go when he hits 10.

    “I can go to 11!” he proclaims.

    As I watch and listen to the outrageous and over the top rhetoric being displayed by the Democrats these days, I’ve realized that they’ve hit 11.

    After their failed attempt to tamper with the Electoral College . . . there’s nowhere for them to go. They’ve hit the wall.

    There is no 12 !

    Hopefully they’ll realize this, and begin to turn it down.

    Below is that funny clip, with Rob Reiner being lectured on “The 11 Theory”.

    A must watch.

  2. RRW


    You have joined Zman – U.S. Cyber Command has blocked (for employee Internet access) Rotten Tomatoes as a “Hate Site” (Zblog is only blocked as a “Blog or Personal Site”). Woodpile Report was blocked for many months but has recently been unblocked. Sad.

    One of the Obergruppenfuehers found your site, I expect. Chin up! I think your essays are top drawer, content-wise, and frequently hilarious.

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  4. Kirk Forlatt

    Hoo-mama…just found your blog today by following a link from Z-Man’s blog. Reading through about an hour’s worth of posts gave me the same feeling I have when reading a stellar novel: the desire to read it all, but an equally strong desire to slow down and savor it.

    Good stuff, my friend. Just moved you to the top of my bookmarks. Many thanks for the time and effort you put in on your posts.

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