Reality polarity reversal

Published December 12, 2012

So I was chatting with some folks about our attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli — he had been complaining that Virginia law prevented him from investigation cases of supposed voter fraud. I commented that I guess he would have to go back to demanding the e-mail of local climatologists trying to uncover a global warming conspiracy.

A right-wing friend of mine overheard this, and suggested that I “put my tin-foil hat away.”

image Which is odd. See, tin-foil-hat comments are for people who believe in still or conspiratorial things. Cuccinelli’s quest for these academic e-mails (the Washington Post called it a “witch hunt”) is an undisputed fact. It’s been in all the papers, and it’s well known.

The Virginia Supreme Court finally had to weigh in and tell Cuccinelli to quit it.

So what was with suggesting that I ‘put my tin-foil hat away’? I suspect it’s the result of someone who gets his news from a source that, perhaps, didn’t cover Cuccinelli’s escapades. Ergo, if his news channel of choice didn’t cover it, it didn’t happen. I was imagining things.

There’s an adage that goes something like this: If you call a dog’s tail a “leg,” how many legs does he have? The answer is “four.” Because it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s still a tail.

So just because you refuse to admit or acknowledge something doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

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