Monday, November 27, 2006

Welcome Dan Ehl and other Centervillians

Dan Ehl of the Centerville Daily Iowegian wrote a piece over the weekend which is largely about State 29's decline from "insightfully vulgar" to over-the-top, porn-obsessed, hateful and vulgar. You may remember Ehl from this story in September.

Ehl makes an interesting case for labelling State as a conservative, which is something that's been done before, but the case has never been made quite as effectively as it is in this case:

But, being the bleeding heart liberal that I am, I’m afraid I have to feel compassion for him (State) since a federally-funded study says that people like him are, ah, not as well balanced as others.

Called “Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition,” known to others as the “Conservatives are Crazy Study,” it linked together Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh.

"One is justified in referring to Hitler, Mussolini, Reagan, and Limbaugh as right-wing conservatives," the authors write in a published adjunct to the study, "not because they share an opposition to 'big government' or a mythical, romanticized view of Aryan purity — they did not share these specific attitudes — but because they all preached a return to an idealized past and favored or condoned inequality in some form."

There's also a quote from me in the article, which drew my attention.

So Dan, if you're reading, thanks for the mention, and if you're a reader of the Daily Iowegian checking me out after the mention, welcome.



Joe said...

Kyle- Darn, I guess I'm just another sociopath!

I hope you're kidding about that study. Treating differing opinions as a disorder is beyond the pale, as is comparing somebody like Limbaugh to Hitler (I don't like Limbaugh's schtick, but comparing him to Hitler is B.S.). Just ask the "patients" of the Soviet Union's political psychiatric wards.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Ehl comes out of that as the wing nut...

KL Snow said...

Agreed. I guess I read what I wanted to read out of it, which was a condemnation of the "if you disagree it's because you're inferior" argument that State 29 ran into the ground and kept right on running.

I've spoken to Dan Ehl a few times and I've never received the impression that he's a wingnut. It's possible his frustration at being called a lover of terrorists made him a little edgier than normal, though. I think having someone who doesn't even have the balls to put their name behind their work slander you like that would frustrate me, too.


Anonymous said...

Dan comes on very strong in his opinions of others and his so called constitutional rights. The problem is, Dan has no idea what he is up against in many areas and how his so called constitutional rights are putting others in harms way. But perhaps he doesn't care. He certainly doesn't seem to be an individual who cares much about anyone and how an article might effect someones personal life. He lives only for the story. In some cases this is fine but in his case it is just plain sad.

Dick Peligro said...

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Don't neglect the comments, which you may find, well, modestly diverting -- in a mildly amusing sort of fashion.