If you've been paying attention at all, you know about the now infamous ad in the Strib bought by 200 rich liberals that advocated a tax increase on the richest Minnesotans ("rich" being defined as earning over $45,000 a year). Shortly after the rollout of that ad, use of the f-bomb skyrocketed. Never before has KAR - a blog that has never shied away from using salty language - seen such a spike in the appearance of the f-dash-dash-dash word. The following line graph shows how stark this alarming trend has become:
Many observers have decried the coarsening of the public discourse, especially in the political arena. Indeed, if you follow the comment threads in certain other blogs, you tend to see a bunch of people hocking rhetorical loogies at each other, and generally behaving like a bunch of Philadelphia sports fans. Polemicists like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin take a lot of blame for this trend. Some even blame the gatekeeperless blogosphere with its unrestrained bombthrowing. However, this graph shows conclusively that liberal trust-fund babies with much much much much more disposable income than brains are truly the ones who bring out the worst in all of us.