The Analogy

Analogy is both the cognitive process of transferring information from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target),and a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process. In a narrower sense,analogy is an inference or an argument from one particular to another particular,as opposed to deduction,induction,and abduction, where at least one of the premises or the conclusion is general.

When we call Obama or Bush Hitler,we’re making an analogy. For an analogy to work,it must have a shared understanding of the premise of the argument: people have to know why the analogy works.

This becomes clear in the obvious format (where analogies lose all humor value) of "Obama’s Health Care proposal" is like "Hitler" because of X,Y,Z. Adding the whole "because" clause in there really ruins the fun of the analogy because it explains its basis: the fact that it has a generally accepted and obvious shared premise.

Of course,if it doesn’t have a shared premise,then the "because" clause comes in quite handy in explaining what was supposed to be obvious,your premise – thus proving that you have failed in your analogy. There is no shared premise. It has also destroyed any humor content therein.

So,you can skip the analogy portion of the argument,since it wasn’t all that funny anyways,and skip right to the because clause explaining the basis for the argument,which should clarify a few things on all sides.

I love this picture.

The Last Lambs Show: Friday at Garibaldi

At long last; we’ve spent the last magazine preaching the gospel of Saint Jasper Oppenhemier against the rotten failures and dark days of America. No more kicking against the pricks of government. No more brutal jokes or hyper-offensive jabs. No more fucking Ann Coulter in the wrecktum on company time. No more brutal fantasies about Sarah Palin and her moose. The Bush Era is gone,and we’re stepping down. Do what all burned out husks of politicians do,when they’ve finally reached The End. Write a book or some crap.

 

Time to move on.

Maxtone Witherball has suffered a severe stroke in his tympanic membrane. He gushed a mixture of oil,alcohol,and black blood out from deep within his bassist skull,draining his brain of its required bourbon and momentarily caused him to lose all reason,and decide to move to New York. He will be missed.

Cole Hammond mysteriously disappeared,leaving behind his rusty-stringed guitar and traces of sublime violence against the last pitiful remnants of local discredited pundits. It is believed he has gone on some sort of personal sabbatical fearing Friday’s show.

The remaining members have no plans to quit the industry of loud, guitar-driven vicious and violent music or leave the world of politics and social criticism. But the bounties are out on our heads,and there are those looking to cash in….

– Stetson McWinchester