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Paul Krugman Attacks Me, Fails at Humor

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On June 26, 2013 @ 10:45 am In The Point | 20 Comments

Back in May, I wrote a piece mocking Bloomberg’s ridiculous bike sharing program. And that was that.

Then in June, Paul Krugman, who has done for economics what Erich Von Daniken did for space exploration, decided to attack me for the article while failing as badly at reading comprehension as he does at comprehending the existence of money.

Writing tongue-in-cheek, I mentioned that Bloomberg’s transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, the granddaughter of a Muslim Imam who worked with Hitler’s Mufti teaching SS men had, “In partial revenge… made many New York streets nearly as impassable as those of her grandfather’s wartime Dresden.”

You would have to be an idiot to take that at face value. Or Paul Krugman who headlined it as Nazi Islamic Bikes From Hell and called it “a wonderful window into the conservative psyche”.

It’s actually a wonderful window into Krugman’s humorlessness.

Krugman writes, “By the way, I’m sometimes accused of making ad hominem attacks because I say that so-and-so is making a dishonest case for such-and-such a policy. Folks, that’s not an ad hominem attack; this is an ad hominem attack.”

No, it’s actually not. But Krugman fails at humor the way he fails at economics.

Not to be outdone, Gawker decided to take things to the next level in humorlessness by actually running a comparison of a Dresden street and a New York City street side by side, to prove that Bloomberg’s Khan hadn’t actually turned the city into Dresden.

“As Frontpage Mag’s Daniel Greenfield persuasively argues in a piece from last month, it’s also a Nazi Muslim plot, over three generations, to enact revenge for the firebombing of Dresden,” a Gawkerite writer wrote. “Yes, as the photograph above demonstrates, New York City streets are “nearly as impassable” as those in “wartime Dresden.”

Apparently you have to put a lot of things in quotation marks for our friends on the left to understand that something need not be taken at face value.

Here is my original paragraph re-punctuated to the standards of liberal reading comprehension.

“In partial “revenge”, Khan has made many New York streets nearly as “impassable” as those of her grandfather’s wartime Dresden. Bike lanes have turned two lane streets into one lane streets. “Infidels” sit in their cars and honk while bike lanes go unused and midtown bus lanes sit empty except for the occasional daring taxi driver braving the bus lane camera and the 150 dollar fine.”

Fortunately I don’t write for liberal audiences or this sort of thing would get tedious.

The pattern of toneless reading incomprehension continued across snotty New York media blogs including the New York Observer.

“In perhaps the best unhinged rant of any kind ever, Daniel Greenfield at the always enjoyable FrontPage Magazine refers to Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s pro-bike transportation chief, as a “Muslim Nazi collaborator’s granddaughter” who in “partial revenge … made many New York streets nearly as impassable as those of her grandfather’s wartime Dresden,” NY Mag’s Dan Amira wrote.

Also I hear a guy named Jonathan Swift was really into eating Irish babies. But who needs the ability to understand a sentence when you have Venn diagrams?

At Hurry Up Harry, there was this. “So “peddling bikes” (I don’t think a pun was intended) is some kind of Nazi/Islamic conspiracy. That is a new one anyway.”

To the left everything is always new. When you can’t carry a sustained thought, then life is full of things that you don’t understand and are outraged by.

Like humor.


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