posted on Oct, 13 2014 @ 11:35 AM
a reply to: loveguy
As I've often said, my writing can be confusing.
In it's very shortest form, Bulverism is the belief that a statement or argument can be shown to be false solely based on the source.
On ATS, for example, one can find many people who see that the source is FOX News, and reject the statement without even reading it. (Or a variety of
other sources.) First, show that it's false, only then can one go poking around into the psychology of the matter. The source of a statement may
explain why it was presented, but the only way you can tell whether something is true or false is to study it, and judge it on it's own merits.
Lewis' example is when a man says something and his wife replies "You only say that because you're a man."
But on to better stuff, Dogpatch.
Li'l Abner has been described as America's best cartoon. It ran for decades and attracted audiences in many countries. It's satire was pointed, but
not mean, and it was actually funny. Here's a little something from the Wiki article. I'm surprised I'm saying this, but this is one article i found
to be informative and entertaining. If you read the whole thing, I won't be surprised.
Li'l Abner is a satirical American comic strip that appeared in many newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe, featuring a fictional
clan of hillbillies in the impoverished mountain village of Dogpatch, Kentucky. Written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), the strip ran for 43
years, from August 13, 1934 through November 13, 1977. It was distributed by United Feature Syndicate. Comic strips typically dealt with northern
urban experiences before Capp introduced the first strip based in the South.
Exceeding every burlesque stereotype of Appalachia, the impoverished backwater of Dogpatch consisted mostly of hopelessly ramshackle log cabins,
"tarnip" fields, pine trees and "hawg" wallows. Most Dogpatchers were shiftless and ignorant, the remainder were scoundrels and thieves. The menfolk
were too lazy to work, yet Dogpatch gals were desperate enough to chase them (see Sadie Hawkins Day). Those who farmed their turnip fields watched
"Turnip termites" swarm by the billions every year, locust-like, to devour Dogpatch's only crop, (along with their homes, their livestock and all
The local geography was fluid and vividly complex; Capp continually changed it to suit either his whims or the current storyline. Natural landmarks
included (at various times) Teeterin' Rock, Onneccessary Mountain, Bottomless Canyon, and Kissin' Rock, (handy to Suicide Cliff). Local attractions
that reappeared in the strip included the West Po'k Chop Railroad, the "Skonk Works" — a dilapidated factory located on the remote outskirts of
Dogpatch, and the General Jubilation T. Cornpone memorial statue.
The Li'l Abner home page is here: