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Cease and desist

OK, this is pretty hypothetical stuff and is aimed more at the US “Conservatives” who tend to be more moronic and fringy than non-US conservatives.  After all, most of the readers of my blog are referred by a former member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet! I should add that this is why I don’t really look at comments. But here goes…

I am not sure of what you are trying to persuade me about your “point of view”, but basing your argument solely upon an idea’s being “liberal” isn’t really valid, especially if the programme in question happens to have been suggested by the likes of Richard Nixon (e.g., environmental protection and gun control)!  If anything such an argument tend to show is that you are fairly ignorant.

And I don’t give a shit if you are a rocket scientist with patents, because ignorance means being in a state of not knowing.  That means you can be smart as fuck, but you are still an ignorant bastard!

To go a step further, ignorant arguments are just not persuasive–no matter how much you repeat them in the hope that repetition of a lie will make it true.

If you are too lazy to actually look into the topic, I am not interested in wasting my time listening to your repetition of nonsensical propositions.

First off, I actually have a life and things to do that are far more important than listening to you babbling (even if it is on a keyboard).  The fact that you are spending an inordinate amount of time just reading this blog makes me wonder about you.  You are putting far more into what I write than I do (as I just made a long overdue correction of a three year old typo).

And as for your comments, you have been asked not to post them here since they are rude, harassing, and just plain off pointless.  As I said earlier, you are only persuading me that you are a moron.

But, even more importantly, you are a moron who is coming close to breaking the law.  The First Amendment only protects you against government interference with your speech, private entities are under no obligation to you in any way.

And trust me, your “conservative” clowns will sell your arse out when it comes to free speech knowing full well that they would have to allow Unions, Socialists, and others to express their points of view.  They can’t do anything which might cause people to actually think about what it going on--and you are one of the ones they prefer to see not thinking–because people might start to ask questions.

But, that is a digression, what you believe to be free speech can be seen as harassment, threats, and intimidation placing them firmly into the category of being illegal.  That means such things as civil and criminal liability if you don’t get your shit together (although, I seriously doubt you could get your shit together).  You don’t want to loose your right to keep and bear arms, or are you hoping that people who harass and threaten are given a pass to keep their guns until they actually go on shooting sprees?

In short,  you are losing your argument, but are too dim to realise it.  That means you continue a course of conduct which is just downright counterproductive to everything you are hoping to achieve.

I am also going to ask where exactly you get your “facts” as they don’t coincide with reality.  Maybe they do in your universe, but not in the one I am inhabiting.

Is that in simple enough language for you to understand, or do I need to dumb it down further for you?

The “Breda Fallacy” Solution Alternatives

Calling a blog a fallacy seems a bit to me like saying: Everything I’ve ever told you is a lie–including that (i.e. Everything I’ve ever told you is a lie). That makes me curious as to why no one has asked the question “why the Breda Fallacy?” I mean, I see how the gunloons jump on anything they see as falsehood, yet have left alone something with falsehood written right in the title for all this time. You’d think there would be an explanation of the name out there already, but…

Personally, I think the “Breda Fallacy” sounds a bit like a thriller novel (e.g., Robert Ludlum and why I almost called this post the “Breda Solution”) written about the The Dutch War for Independence or 30 Years War and Centring around the Siege of Breda. Can’t really imagine the plot line. But we could have painters such as the Brueghels and the Philosopher Spinoza involved (if he weren’t later in time, although maybe he’s involved as a baby).

There is another Breda which I didn’t pay much attention to: Breda Fucili. The reason for this is that I’d think Breda would make more of this connection if it existed, unless her implication is that Breda Fucili’s products are crap. That might not play with her sponsors if she knocks product. In fact, tying Breda Fucili with falsehood doesn’t seem too bright an idea for a gun blog.  That’s why I haven’t mentioned it until the “final product”.

Anyway, It seems that the Breda Fallacy has nothing to do with logic or rhetoric at least according to my sources on that topic. In other words, there was no joy in that search. I did put the posts up with logic, rhetoric, cognitive, and psychology tags  in the hope someone might offer an explanation, but no joy in that regard.

Although another possibility arose in the search for the Breda Fallacy using my Dutch sources:

Een denkfout, ook wel cognitieve fout of redeneerfout, is een irrationele, foutieve gedachtegang die een negatief zelfbeeld in stand houdt of versterkt.

Here’s my translation:

A fallacy, also called cognitive error or reasoning error, is irrational, faulty logic which maintains or enhances self-esteem.

My error (denkfout) may be that I looked in the wrong disciplines (Logic and Rhetoric) and didn’t consider that the fallacy could be from another discipline (psychology in this case).

The Psychological use of fallacy as something irrational “which maintains or enhances self-esteem” ties in with MikeB and JadeGold’s comments to the first post. Of course, using those two creates an interesting paradox since MikeB and JadeGold are seen as liars, yet my interest is in why call the blog something that can be interpreted as the “Breda Falsehood”?

Although, the fallacy of accident where the exception to the generalization is ignored does sound promising. After all, I can understand not wanting to fit into a group and feeling ignored for it. Although that does fit in with the psychological use of fallacy (maintaining or enhancing self-esteem).

Another possibility is that she is posting things that she finds are untrue and is indeed having a joke on the gunloons. I have researched the gun rights claims and found them to be without base (e.g., “self-defence is a right”).  Breda is a reference librarian, I imagine her research skills are pretty good (this is a figure of speech called litotes), perhaps she came to the same conclusion.  Maybe her game is that she knows that people will accept what fits their beliefs and she is having a laugh at how gullible people can be, even if they are “intelligent”, because they lack critical reasoning skills. As I said in my first post, I am all for her if this is the case.

To be quite honest, my inquiry into this matter doesn’t reflect too well on Breda. I’d love to say she was using a neat intellectual concept as the title of her blog, but the chances of that seem remote. The reason for the blog’s name will be known only to Breda, which is her privilege.

Not that I wouldn’t happily post (or not post) her explanation for the name–whatever that may be.

I would even post a cover story of her choice if the name does refer to deceiving the gunloon crowd.  As I said in my original post, I am very sympathetic to seeing them shown up for being fools.

On the whole, I do have to admit that this has been a fun project.

The “Breda Fallacy” is still a mystery

Amusingly enough, wordpress generated a link to the post Logical Fallacies — the Non Sequitur. This seemed appropriate to me as the name “Breda Fallacy” is turning out to be a bit of a non-sequitur:

This term is often applied in a general sense to any sort of logical fallacy, more specifically referring to any chain of reasoning and argumentation where the conclusion doesn’t follow from the premises, or any argument where a logical connection between premises is implied that just ain’t there.

Thank you, Troythulu!

I have to admit that a relationship of this to the Sieges of Breda is an intriguing possibility. In fact, the connection to Breda in the Netherlands is something which has me very intrigued.

No joy on searches of “Breda logisch denkfout” and “Breda retorisch denkfout”.

A possible explanation has come up:

In logic and rhetoric, a fallacy is a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning in argumentation.

Basically, there are many kinds of fallacies. BUT…THIS one stuck out most:

Accident (fallacy): when an exception to the generalization is ignored.

There you have it. I don’t want to…nor do I try to…fit in the same group everyone else that looks like me has been thrown in….and at times, I feel like I get ignored for it.

Personally, I am still looking for an esoteric logical or rhetorical device called the Breda Fallacy.

It would be nice to have a helpful reference librarian, but I am having fun trying to suss this one for myself.

BTW, no word from my friends in Breda.

What the fuck is the “Breda Fallacy” anyway?

OK, my undergrad degree had a strong element of Philosophy and when I hear the word “fallacy” it makes me think of this:

In logic and rhetoric, a fallacy is a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning in argumentation. By accident or design, fallacies may exploit emotional triggers in the listener or interlocutor (e.g. appeal to emotion), or take advantage of social relationships between people (e.g. argument from authority). Fallacious arguments are often structured using rhetorical patterns that obscure the logical argument, making fallacies more difficult to diagnose. Also, the components of the fallacy may be spread out over separate arguments.

And Breda is a place in the Netherlands. It could be the bint’s name as well.

Unfortunately, I can’t make a connection between the two things: Breda and Fallacy. I’ve contacted some Dutch friends from Breda who happen to deal with logic and rhetoric on a professional basis to see if they might shed some light on this. Until then, the title of this blog seems pretty esoteric to me.

Unless, of course, I want to go with “a fallacy is a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning in argumentation”: meaning this is some bint’s fucked up thoughts.

You’d think that someone who is a reference librarian would be able to scoop out the facts.

And have her shit together enough so that people with backgrounds in logic wouldn’t assume that her blog is a fourth box of BS (although three seems a surfeit of BS to me). Unless that’s her intent. What if Breda is having a big arsed joke on her public knowing full well that “nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people”.

And the gun loon crowd are truly a bunch of cretins who can be sucked in by a pretty face giving them what they want to hear while she’s laughing all the way to the bank at their stupidity.

And people wonder why I think my dog is smarter than most people. She definitely seems smarter than a reference librarian from Ohio. Unless our librarian is having one big laugh at the Gunloons’ expense: then it’s mazel tov, sister!

(BTW, the word “Bint” comes from Arabic where it just means girl: it does have a derogatory meaning in British slang. She’s an islamophobe and I’m British with a knowledge of Arabic which means that my use of the word “bint” could take either meaning. For those who call me stupid: I am certainly using language well. Perhaps far better than this bint.)