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Blogger Laws
Posted by: Jon Henke on Thursday, November 03, 2005

I've seen a few of them lately, so perhaps it's time to do a roundup of some of the more useful Bloggers Laws (well, useful rules of thumb, really) that various bloggers have proposed.

Jane's Law:
The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.
Henke's Law:
Minority Parties are always a little bit libertarian, if only to restrict the power of the majority party; majority Parties are always anti-libertarian, if only because, hey cool, power!
Cole's Law:
In any given political discussion, if religion is mentioned, the probability of the discussion shifting to a flame war about religion and the Founding Fathers approaches one.
Tim F's Law:
In the context of a debate, calling another’s motivations ‘evil’ should be considered synonymous with, ‘I don’t understand and am too lazy to find out.’
Razib's rule:
Any sufficiently potent quasi-intellectual sophistry concocted on the Left is eventually appropriated by the Right.
EconoPundit's Theorem #14a:
Rest-of-world criticism of the US is never anything more than recycled sound bytes originating with the US left.
MORE:

Baseball Crank's First Rule of Government Financial Forecasts:
they are always, always, wrong.
Eiland’s Theory Of Compensatory Misery:
"As human society gradually solves the problems of basic survival and reduces the amount of other miseries rooted in the reality of the human condition, the fringe elements of that society feel an increasingly strong compulsion to become obsessively angry about ever more trivial causes to recapture the sense that life is a painful struggle."

Dreck’s law:
"The comment section of any post criticizing destructive political rhetoric ultimately provides more vivid examples thereof."
Know any more good blogger laws? Put a link in the comment and I'll add them (assuming they're good).
 
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I thought Cole’s Law was thinly sliced cabbage.
 
Written By: Steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com
Lol. It took me a second, Steverino, but that was pretty damned funny.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://www.QandO.net
One of my favorites of all time is listed by Jane as the source thinking for her law. It’s Lileks, and I suppose the bolded part is the law:

Each side is guilty of this - in the 90s a substantial contingent of the right was convinced that Gov. Bill Clinton ran coke out of Mena. It’s almost as if you have two options:

1. I disagree with my opponent’s position on taxation, and therefore I shall oppose it.

2. I disagree with my opponent’s position on taxation, and therefore I believe he has sex with goats.
 
Written By: Undertoad
URL: http://cellar.org/iotd.php
And steve beat me to it.
Damn it.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
Did you hear about the termite who went into a bar and loudly asked: "Is the bartender here?"
 
Written By: notherbob2
URL: http://
Based on behavior of our elected representatives, I’ve often thought I should put forth a law that states: "For each year an elected official holds a public office, his IQ decreases by a minimum of two points."

That would certainly explain why they act more and more stupidly the longer they are in office. It also explains why we have such awful candidates for president. When they’ve been in the system long enough to get taken seriously as presidential candidates, their intelligence has already been seriously eroded.

Of course, I don’t have a blog to put it on. Someday, maybe, when I have more time...
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
URL: http://
Razib’s Rule: "any sufficiently potent quasi-intellectual sophistry concocted on the Left is eventually appropriated by the Right." (See here for another good example of it in action.)
 
Written By: Matt McIntosh
URL: http://conjecturesandrefutations.net
Cool. I’ve added a couple more to the list. Thanks.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Alger’s Law of Leftism

"A leftist idea can be recognized by three earmarks. It will be:
1)Founded in ignorance,
2) Focused on irrelevance,
3) Engaged in wishful thinking.

M
 
Written By: Mark Alger
URL: http://www.babytrollblog.co,m
I forget where I read it, but one blogger stated that, as a general rule, all readers who leave comments to posts over a year old are insane. He has proven almost 100% correct.
 
Written By: Mike
URL: http://
Found it:

http://www.godofthemachine.com/archives/00000520.html
 
Written By: Mike
URL: http://
I’ve contributed two thus far:

1. Crank’s Law:
[E]very time a left-wing blogger or commenter cries "chickenhawk" or complains about war supporters not fighting the war, the left-winger has lost the argument.
2. Crank’s First Rule of Government Financial Forecasts:
[Government financial forecasts] are always, always, wrong.
 
Written By: Crank
URL: http://www.baseballcrank.com
Never attribute to corporate malice what can be explained by poorly thought out regulation.
 
Written By: Galen
URL: http://galenslog.typepad.com
Eiland’s Theory Of Compensatory Misery
"As human society gradually solves the problems of basic survival and reduces the amount of other miseries rooted in the reality of the human condition, the fringe elements of that society feel an increasingly strong compulsion to become obsessively angry about ever more trivial causes to recapture the sense that life is a painful struggle."
This one statement has opened my eyes like nothing else.
 
Written By: Sharp as a Marble
URL: http://sharpmarbles.stufftoread.com
Chiefly Musing’s Musing: The amount of attention received by a blog post is inversely proportional the importance attached to it by its author.
Not published anywhere, and probably already said by someone else since it’s a commonly expressed anguish (why the heck did that get ’lanched when this post I’m proud of didn’t even get a comment?!?); but since I didn’t see anyone sum it up into something pithy, I’m taking credit for it.
 
Written By: Nathan
URL: http://brain.mu.nu/
Actually Nathan, Aaron Haspel can claim prior art: "The briefer and less substantive the post, the greater the number of comments. (Lemma" The briefer and less substantive the post, the likelier a link from Instapundit. Not that I would know.)"

There are a couple of other good ones in there too.
 
Written By: Matt McIntosh
URL: http://conjecturesandrefutations.net
Lol. It took me a second, Steverino, but that was pretty damned funny.
And steve beat me to it.
Damn it.
There’s no joke like an old joke...I’m grateful for the fortuitous set-up.



Don’t ask why I thought of this one:

The first year of blogging is like sex in the first year of marriage: an incredible frequency that you never can quite match in later years.



 
Written By: Steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com
Cool. Added a couple more that were particularly cogent. Good stuff, guys.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Dreck’s law:

"The comment section of any post criticizing destructive political rhetoric ultimately provides more vivid examples thereof."

Not as pithy as some of those above, but true without exception.

 
Written By: &amp
URL: http://www.janegalt.net
The Most Governing Law of ALL of the Blogosphere:

Gonzo’s Law #1: EVERYONE is entitled to my opinion.

Cheers!

Gonz
 
Written By: Pete Jensen
URL: http://
Bithead’s law number one: It’s the culture....
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
Attila’s Second Law of Politics (explained here in paragraph 10):

"Whoever is principled loses."
 
Written By: Attila
URL: http://pillageidiot.blogspot.com

 
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