Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

November 1, 2006

The endless joys of context-free quotes

Filed under: mediachumps,Politics,war — secretmojo @ 11:57 am

Brad Schader of BlogCritics lashes out at John Kerry for calling all soldiers stupid.

But later on in his article, Schader says:

I was wrong in my belief.

Dude, why write the article if you’re so wrong about it? Sheesh.


Many conservative bloggers seem to come to Kerry’s defense. For instance:

I hope all these verbatim quotes from conservative outlets set to rest any controversy on what a context-free quote is, how it was applied to Mr. Kerry, and how snap movements — especially from the conservative blogosphere — will join up and resist such childish perfidy with both thought and grace. Thanks, guys, I couldn’t have said it better myself!



  1. You have grossly mischaracterized my post on Sen. Kerry as coming to Kerry’s defense.

    When I wrote “nothing more than a poorly-delivered joke”, I was referring to the pathetic excuses and spin being put on Kerry’s deplorable comments the day after.

    As a veteran of the US Army, I deplore Mr. Kerry. And I do believe that he owes us an apology (I got stuck in Iraq in 1991).

    Comment by Robbie — November 1, 2006 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  2. I get the joke about context. What I don’t get is the “joke” Kerry allegedly botched. Sorry, but even in it’s full context, it is an insult unless you buy Kerry’s b.s. explanation- which is not part of what he actually said, and therefore not proper to consider as part of the “context”. Quite different than what you pulled off of my blog.

    Comment by The CA — November 1, 2006 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  3. Heh. Bush DID do poorly in school, and he IS stuck in Iraq. It’s not funny, but I get it. Kerry talked about Bush before and after his jacked quote, and this is the context unanimously omitted from all complaints filed.

    Perhaps you’d like to peruse a transcript and tell me who he’s talking about.

    Comment by secretmojo — November 2, 2006 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  4. Given that it is my article being attacked here I should respond. Let us talk about taking things out of context, shall we?

    I did say “I was wrong in my belief”, but what belief was it I was talking about?

    Kerry thinks, like I used to until recently, of the military as a last resort for those who failed at everything else. He has always looked down his nose at everyone else, including while he served, so it does not surprise me for him to believe he is above the average intelligence of the military. I was wrong in my belief and realized that after September 11th.

    The belief I was wrong about is “the military as a last resort for those who failed at everything else”.

    Next time you go after someone for taking something out of context, make sure you are not GUILTY OF IT!

    Comment by Brad Schader — November 28, 2006 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

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