Ed Driscoll

To Metaphorically Go Where the Weathermen Have Gone Before

“Metaphor Abuse” is one of those things that make blogger Dr. Weevil go “hmmm:”

Prof. Pecinovsky of the University of Missouri thinks (perhaps not quite the right verb) that the United States is “the belly of the beast” (þ InstaPundit), yet he continues to live here, when there are undoubtedly other countries to which he could emigrate. If he chooses to live in the belly of a beast, and to accept sustenance from it (a salary paid for by the taxpayers of Missouri), doesn’t that make him a metaphorical tapeworm?


Not to mention not-so-boldly going where Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn have metaphorically gone before, including this quote from Dohrn in 2007:

It was an incredible thing for him to say [Martin Luther King’s assertion that the US was “the greatest purveyor of violence” in the world], the greatest purveyor of violence on this earth is my own country. There were certainly other purveyors of violence. I think that’s still true today. If we think it’s true today, that has incredible implications for all of us right now. We who are, as we used to say, in the belly of the beast … It again means not that we are the only purveyor of violence in the world, but that we have an extraordinary, special responsibility, not necessarily the most enviable one, of how to act here, inside the heart of the monster.

Video of Dohrn’s remarks here; the above passage comes about the five minute mark:

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