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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar El Muneco says:

    What I don’t get is this: the world we actually live in is scary enough… Why do these people always feel obliged to drag in totally-made-up things – just to destroy their own credibility?

    I mean, seriously – out of the six concrete statements he makes, he gets 0.5 right. And even that is only because the recent spate of moron snipers will lead to this year being an uptick (and hopefully, god willing, an outlier) against the monotonic trend of increasing safety among police.Report

    • That’s actually Brooks’s point — he’s paraphrasing Trump to show that demagoguery and fear-mongering often go hand in hand. But in saying that, he’s displaying an amusingly usual tin ear.Report

  2. Avatar DavidTC says:

    That really is a weird use of the word ‘rampage’. I have never heard anyone say ‘rampage other people’.

    Rampaging is not a verb that you do to other people, it is a verb that means ‘wild and destructive behavior’. The object of that verb, in the rare cases there is one, is a *location*, like ‘rampaged the streets of Portland’. If you put a group of people there, it sounds almost like it means ‘trample’, like someone had a rampage *on top* of them.

    Also, rampage isn’t even the right verb anyway! I admit I didn’t watch most of the RNC, but was it really trying to claim that Muslims were wandering up and down the streets, destroying stuff? I’m pretty certain Muslims are those terrorist guys that lurk in the shadows waiting to blow us up, and it’s black lives matter people that are the roaming violent mobs attacking bystanders and police, right? (I might have watched *some* of it.;) )Report