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J. Bryan Shoup said on February 1st, 2008 at 5:52 pm

My soul hurts from reading that.

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Autobots roll out for Thompson!

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I totally missed where he said “Let’s Roll.” I was joking about comparing McCain’s rise to 9/11.

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Apparently America is doomed. Though seriously, he wasn’t exactly lying with Iowa. They got the best MFA program in the USA, and it’s the Valhalla of English professors.

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I read RINOS as “RHINOS” and got very confused, particularly about why he was shouting about it.

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Jesus. Who needs class when you have froth, huh?

I do have to applaud his Flight 93 metaphor, too. Especially when all the conservatives walk away victorious, just like Todd Beamer did– huh.

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malakim2099 said on February 1st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

You know, if he was saying that the Republican primaries were infiltrated by Skrulls for McCain, I’d have taken that more seriously.

Just sayin’.

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I’m not really sure what he’s advocating at the end there. Is he actually seriously suggesting some sort of violent uprising with the end goal of disenfranchising anyone who votes Liberal?

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I’d respond, but I already made my statement with 12 original songs I wrote…

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I went and read the whole article by this douchebag and it made my brain want to explode. The capper is his use of ‘Let’s Roll’. A determined bunch of actual heroes uttered the phrase as they charged to their deaths in an attempt to prevent an even bigger disaster. For this mealy-mouthed sob to be using that term is a disgrace. And this guy received a bunch of ‘hell, yeah’ comments back in the reply section. I understand the concept of free speech, but for this neanderthal to co-opt that phrase is beyond indecent.

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“Seriously, can you imagine Fred Thompson, the biggest verbal stumblebum in the entire 2008 presidential race, as the Republican nominee?”

Yes, and it would be awesome. And only made better by the fact he’d have frothing supporters like this hanging around his neck like a millstone.

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Anyone notice that the author is working towards a “Masters Degree in Homeland Security Studies”? Is *this* where DHS gets their braintrust middle management?

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“Seriously, can you imagine Fred Thompson, the biggest verbal stumblebum in the entire 2008 presidential race, as the Republican nominee?”

*cough* Alan Keyes *cough*

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Aardy, Alan Keyes’ problem isn’t that he lacks eloquence. It’s that he lacks sanity. There’s a difference.

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Cookie McCool said on February 2nd, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Can I come live in Canada?

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@Dane: The fact that Iowa’s is considered the best graduate writing program is, I think, I big reason for much of the criticism often directed toward such programs, as well as the idea that graduate writing programs tend to produce authors with a very similar, very homogenous voice. The latter of which I don’t generally argue with. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a novelist/screenwriter in USC’s MPW program, which is actually “Professional Writing,” instead of “Fine Arts,” which is one of the main reasons I chose it.

Concerning the article itself, the geographical sentence hurts my brain. It’s badly edited (there should be at least two semi-colons for clarity), and it seems he cites three states (South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Florida) but then believes he’s actually talking about four. And after that clusterfuck of grammar and wrongheadedness, it only gets worse.

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I agree, Will. I have nothing against Iowa, but I’ve had professors tell me they never even bothered to apply they when they realized their writing voices wouldn’t sink up with the faculty, and it’s a bit of a shame.

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Actually, I’ve got less against Iowa per se than I do against MFA writing programs, largely on account of the similarity/homogeneity I mentioned before. Your professors, though, are correct to seek places they might sync up with faculty, which is also why I had such difficulty finding a program myself. My favorite writers are Stephen King and Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare, none of whom actually teach, which meant I had an extraordinarily difficult time until I discovered that Marc Norman, who wrote my favorite movie (Shakespeare in Love), and Janet Fitch, who wrote a novel I very much enjoyed (White Oleander) both taught at USC. I’ve been extraordinarily lucky, for my part, for finding the only writing program in the country where I could study with both the man who directed The Empire Strikes Back and Never Say Never Again and the man who wrote City of Night.

The ultimate problem, I think, is that most of the writers a lot of people actually read and enjoy and find inspiration through don’t need to teach.

And sorry to everyone for the digression. I think I need to start blogging again myself.

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Man, it’s stuff like that that makes me a bit happy to just go into Rhetoric and Composition. I don’t think my creative voice is strong enough for an MFA program yet, anyway.

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