[Ads-l] Lord! What is this language coming to?!

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 18 14:58:05 UTC 2016

Shades of the perverse label "Anti-Vietnam protest(or)s/activists"--when by opposing the war we considered ourselves *pro*-Vietnam.


> On Aug 18, 2016, at 12:43 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Headline of political ad:
> "Meet TPP Champion [Name]!"
> (WTF! There must be some mistake. How, in the name of all that's political,
> did my name come to be on a right-wing e-mailing list?)
> Body of political ad:
> "Among a handful of shining examples of fighters for social, economic, and
> environmental justice stands [Name], who has opposed the TPP and TTIP since
> before most of us had even heard about them!"
> Is this headline meant to convey the idea, somehow, that [Name] is a "TPP
> champion" not in the obvious sense that he champions the TPP against the
> left, but, instead, in the opposite sense, that he champions the left
> against the TPP?
> To coin a phrase: "Wow. Just... wow."
> -- 
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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