Offending the right people (for the right reasons) - I agree with Noam Chomsky
Applying these criteria ... the following are a few of my recent items that offended especially significant numbers of people and/or offended some people especially strongly.
(But let me emphasize that not all of these were bad people--which is what Chomsky mostly has in mind here. Some of them were, indeed, people whose basic perspectives I believe are factually delusional, logically fallacious, and/or morally pernicious, so I certainly hoped to offend them, and their angry reactions were a sign that I had done something right. But in more cases they were intelligent people of good will, people with whose basic principles and sentiments I feel considerable sympathy--precisely the sort of people in whom I hoped my interventions might provoke reflection, rethinking, and perhaps even second thoughts.)
So it seems that these items hit a nerve in usefully thought-provoking ways. Those of you who haven't read them might want to consider having a look.
"Mass Murder: What Causes it? Can It be Stopped?" - Some afterthoughts on the ASA forum (8/15/2006)
"The outrage of so many outraged people outrages me" - André Glucksmann (8/18/2006)
Lebanon/Israel - "Proportionality," war crimes, and international law (Doni Remba) (7/21/2006)
What happened to the Genocide Convention? (7/10/2006)
Ku Klux Klan & neo-Nazis rally against Iraq war (7/6/2006)
The Chomsky problem (Peter Beaumont & Brad DeLong) (6/23/2006)
Boycotts, blacklists, and anti-Zionist obsessions - Two thought experiments (6/13/2006)
"HUGE News" | Rule of Law - 5, Bush/Cheney - 3 (7/1/2006)
Yours for reality-based & morally serious discourse,