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Everything you need to give your liberal friends, neighbors, and countrymen the verbal smackdown of a lifetime, this new edition of a proven winner (26,000 net units since 2007) will take on all things liberal with a special eye toward the 2012 presidential race. No more will conservatives have to get ugly when backed into a corner by inconvenient facts. They'll shed their ...

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Overview

Everything you need to give your liberal friends, neighbors, and countrymen the verbal smackdown of a lifetime, this new edition of a proven winner (26,000 net units since 2007) will take on all things liberal with a special eye toward the 2012 presidential race. No more will conservatives have to get ugly when backed into a corner by inconvenient facts. They'll shed their reputations as bloodthirsty vultures and silence the herds of tree-hugging hippies once and for all.
Includes:
• The radical agenda
• Pining for socialism
• Obama's embattled tenure
• Nancy Pelosi

...and much, much more!

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What People Are Saying

Paul Lewis
"Sharply critical and consistently funny, How to Win a Fight with A Liberal and How to Win A Fight with a Conservative hold twin mirrors up to the illogical state of political debate in our divided country. Though they can be enjoyed for their wit alone, attentive readers will get Kurtzman's satirical point: in the exchange of pre-fabricated positions, the appeal to emotion, and the indulgence of self-approval, we have limited our ability to think clearly about urgent problems. Exposing such failures and mocking those responsible for them is the highest calling of the satirist."--(Paul Lewis, author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict)
Will Durst
"Daniel Kurtzman doesn't have a political axe to grind. He has two axes to grind. And he does it with the sharpest wit seen in these bipartisan parts for quite some time. Crisscrossing the aisle with wicked glee; no matter which book you finish first, you'll immediately want to run out and get the other one to discover what he said about your side. Just remember to wear a disguise."--(Will Durst, political satirist, currently starring in "The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing")
Andy Borowitz
"No one knows political satire like Daniel Kurtzman."--(Andy Borowitz, creator of The Borowitz Report and author of The Republican Playbook)
Gregg Spiridellis
"When the folks over at JibJab are looking for a fair and balanced laugh, Daniel Kurtzman's our guy. His How to Win a Fight with a Liberal / Conservative will have you in stitches regardless of your political affiliation!"--(Gregg Spiridellis, co-founder of JibJab.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402265730
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 539,593
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Kurtzman chronicles the absurdities of politics as editor of politicalhumor.about.com, the popular website that is part of The New York Times Company's About.com network. A former Washington correspondent-turned-political satirist, his work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com, among other publications. As an equal opportunity offender, Kurtzman is also the author of How to Win a Fight with a Liberal.

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Introduction

“Many are asking if our political discourse has gotten too heated. And those people should go to hell!”

—Stephen Colbert

Have you ever become so infuriated while arguing with a raving liberal moonbat that you’ve seriously considered “occupying” his mouth with your fist?

How many times have you listened to the delusional rantings of an obnoxious colleague, loudmouthed uncle, or neighborhood blowhard while fantasizing about delivering the verbal smackdown they so richly deserve?

Or perhaps you’ve already called Homeland Security to report your liberal opponent as an enemy combatant and volunteered your waterboarding services.

We’ve all been there—butting heads with some half-wit who refuses to submit to the inevitable wisdom of our political views. Whether you’re a conservative, Republican, Tea Partier, libertarian, independent, or someone who’s just tired of liberals and their idiocy, chances are those lefties have made you mad as hell, and since you picked up this book, you probably can’t take it anymore.

But if you’re like most people, your past attempts at butting heads with liberals have probably gone one of two ways: (1) you’ve tried reasoning with them, only to walk away with that throbbing pain that comes from banging your head against a wall of stupid; or (2) you’ve tried screaming at liberals, only to make yourself hoarse while they go about their business of picking your pocket and redistributing your wealth into the nearest compost pile.

Either way, who could blame you if you’ve decided that arguing with liberals is a hopeless cause? You probably figure it’s best to simply avoid them, just as you would a crazy person ranting on a street corner (because sometimes it’s better to leave Al Sharpton alone with his thoughts).

But unfortunately, that’s part of the problem with political discourse in America today. Too many reasonable people shy away from debate and let their more determined and vocal left-wing rivals spew their nonsense with impunity. Left unchallenged, it then spreads across the political landscape like herpes. Soon it’s everywhere—flaring up at neighborhood barbecues, encroaching upon you at the office water cooler, or, when you’re least expecting it, creeping into your Facebook news feed.

By continuing to stay silent, you let them win. That’s why if you want to defeat the Left, you must confront your enemies wherever they lurk and be prepared to rip them a new reality.

We won’t lie to you. Beating liberals into submission is a tall order, especially in this political climate, where so many have insulated themselves in such airtight ideological cocoons that no inconvenient fact or droplet of common sense can penetrate it. It’s like the Fort Knox of willful ignorance.

So what’s an honest, liberal-loathing American to do?

The answer is to fight them with laughter. That’s where this book comes in handy. We’re not talking about turning political debate into a joke or making a mockery of serious issues. It’s about learning how to wield humor as a weapon, cultivate your sense of irony, and sharpen your arguments with witty retorts. It’s about learning to lighten things up as a way to maintain your own sanity and disarm your opponents.

Mark Twain once said, “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” It’s especially true in political debate. Just think of one of the most effective lines ever used in a presidential debate, when Ronald Reagan was asked during his 1984 face-off with Walter Mondale if his advanced age was a liability. “I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign,” Reagan said. “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

In addition to helping you wage comedic warfare, this book also offers other handy tips that will help you outwit, out-mock, and outrage your liberal rivals. We will show you how to:

  • Learn basic rules of engagement, including how to frame arguments to your advantage, point out hypocrisy, and properly ridicule your opponents when necessary.
  • Throw winning comebacks at mindless Obama lovers, tax-and-spend ignoramuses, and other purveyors of liberal nonsense.
  • Determine if you suffer from argumentile dysfunction and, if so, learn how to avoid deadly pitfalls, such as promoting conspiracy theories, using Nazi analogies, or making the mistake of arguing with idiots.
  • Identify bullshit arguments, slice through Swiss-cheese logic, and expose fallacious reasoning.
  • Survive family sparring matches, manage workplace squabbles, and even learn to cope if you’re sleeping with the enemy.
  • Entertain your friends and terrify your enemies while arguing politics on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Use liberals’ own words and deeds against them with the help of a handy guide to some of the most ridiculous, moronic, and laughable things today’s liberal icons have said and done.
  • Should all else fail, hurl imaginative insults at your unmedicated, un-American opponents by selecting from a handy cheat sheet containing 125,000 winning putdowns.

Politics was never meant to be a spectator sport. Political debate is simply too important to be left to the so-called experts in Washington and the media, who invariably just screw it up for the rest of us. That’s why it falls on ordinary citizens like you to take the fight to the Left and defend America against all the godless, bongo-playing, gun-grabbing, tax-hiking, granny-euthanizing, park-occupying, shower-avoiding socialists and the ideals for which they stand.

If you don’t, the moonbats have already won.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: What It Means to be a Conservative

What Breed of Conservative Are You?

The Conservative Manifesto

Rate Your Partisan Intensity Quotient (PIQ)

What's Your State of Embattlement?

Chapter 2: Know Your Enemy

The Liberal Manifesto

Frequently Asked Questions about Liberals

A Field Guide to the Liberal Genus

Other Liberal Species You May Encounter

How to Rate a Liberal's Partisan Intensity Quotient (PIQ)

A Glimpse into the Liberal Utopia

Chapter 3: Can't We All Just Get Along

A Day in the Life of Conservatives vs. Liberals

Battle of the Bumper Stickers

What Conservatives Say vs. What Liberals Hear

What Liberals Say vs. What Conservatives Hear

Common Enemies We Can All Agree to Hate

Chapter 4: Basic Training

The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Partisans

Do You Suffer from Argumentile Dysfunction?

How Not to Be an Asshole

The Ten Commandments of Partisan Warfare

How to Avoid Unhinged Lunatics

How to Detect Bullshit

How to Trip Up a Bullshitter

How to Spot Logical Fallacies

How to Win When You Can't Win Them Over

Chapter 5: How to Win Friends While Antagonizing People

How to Survive Family Sparring Matches

What to Do If You're Sleeping with the Enemy

How to Manage Workplace Squabbles

How to Clash with Perfect Strangers

How to Argue Politics on Facebook and Twitter

How to Properly Engage in Internet Flame Wars

Chapter 6: Kick-Ass Comebacks to Liberal Nonsense

How to Argue with Mindless Obama Lovers

How to Argue with Economic Ignoramuses

How to Clash with Clueless Liberals on Hot-Button Issues

How to Rebut Other Liberal Drivel

Chapter 7: The Liberal Hall of Shame

The Wing of Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Adulterers

The Wing of Douche Bags and Morons

Chapter 8: How to Use Liberals' Own Words against Them

Stunningly Moronic Liberal Quotes

Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Delusional Liberal Quotes

Crazy Quotes by Celebrity Nut Jobs and Media Blowhards

After-words

When All Else Fails: 125,000 Ways to Insult Liberals

Acknowledgments

About the Author

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    This book is hilarious, outrageous, and dead-on with its commentary about liberals and politics in general. I first heard about it on a conservative blog that linked to an interactive 'what breed of conservative are you?' quiz excerpted from the book. I took the quiz and it was spot-on for me and also hilarious. The book is loaded with humorous tips, lists, and quizzes, and one of my favorite parts is the Liberal Hall of Shame that mocks the crazies on the left. There's humor throughout the book even in chapters that are geared to specific debating strategies. This book makes the potentially dry subject of politics lively and entertaining.

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