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More “gotcha” questions about American history.

Jun 03, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin, things so depressing that categories shun them like wou

There’s the possibility that defending all of the stupidity that comes out of Sarah Palin’s mouth will have such a draining effect on the right-wing that they’ll be too spent to continue on until the November 2012 presidential election. The other possibility is that the marks that have already contributed to her latest Tour de Grift will be all tapped out during the important final stretch. Both seem unlikely when you consider how much cash her preferred demographic has handed over to charlatans like Pat Robertson and Newt Gingrich over the years. One difference between these two and Palin is that I’m quite sure both of them are familiar with the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn the early Patriots that the British were coming.

Add elementary American history to the list of things Sarah Palin doesn’t feel compelled to read.


Goose, Meet Gander

Jun 19, 2008 in Christian Right, Religion, Straight-up madness, things so depressing that categories shun them like wou

Journey with me to the land of let’s-pretend and imagine that this horrible story concerned an Islamic family instead of a Christian one. How loud would the outcry be out there in wingnut-land? How much spittle would fly through Malkin’s teeth as she demanded that the Muslim-hugging liberal press admit, once and for all, that the problem is Islam itself, not some insane dude who never got the memo about not murdering your own children? So-called Christians in the right wing are all about hanging every bad thing done in the name of Allah on Islam itself, but they become suddenly familiar with philosophical nuance when the barbarism begins at home. One gets tired of shouting “Matthew 7:5, you hypocritical scumbags” at the top of one’s lungs, but the work must continue until the message gets through.

Stupid Humans

Jan 19, 2008 in things so depressing that categories shun them like wou

You know, I’d like for this to be a partisan issue, because it’d make the ugliness easier to sort through. But the plain fact is that stories like this one shine a harsh, unflattering light on everybody that goes near ’em: not so much for the content of the story, which is, at heart, another tawdry crime-of-passion story of the sort that’s been going on since we first learned to walk upright. None of its horror or tragedy has anything to do with the killer or the victim having been Marines. That’s just window-dressing; tabloid detail; a narrative hook to interest you in the story.

No, the ugliness really only gets underway in the comments thread, which should come as a surprise to exactly no-one. Every moronic bias you’d care to encounter can be found in discussions about stories like these: knee-jerk lefties, mostly kids, who think that the USMC is the kind of place where you learn to beat a pregnant woman with a crowbar; dial-it-in misogynists who, upon learning that a pregnant woman was beaten to death with a crowbar and her body burned and buried in a field, start fumbling for explanations about how she might have “brought it on herself”; armchair genetics experts who opine about “the Latin temper,” which, you will be as surprised to learn as I was, apparently is so severe that it can lead you to brain the woman who is carrying your daughter inside of her body and was due to give birth next month, and to light her lifeless body on fire. Are we done yet? Christ, no, that’s only three comments on one thread; you can look through the rest of them or head out into the wild to find people who want to argue, from nothing other than their own received-wisdom “knowledge,” and from what they’ve heard on daytime TV, that this woman obviously lured her partner into sex in order to get pregnant and later ruin his life. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Really, people: if that’s your understanding of your fellow man, and is the first thing you think of when you hear that one of them’s been brutally murdered, her body left exposed to the air and the creatures of the field, then why not just pull the plug now? Clearly all women are conniving hateful lying harpies and all men harbor not just killers but unspeakably brutal sadistic scheming savages, waiting for one minor setback to go completely postal. Right? Isn’t that what these sorts of explanations suggest: a world in which everybody’s essentially a worthless piece of shit, with the notable exception, of course, of the brainiac who’s commenting anonymously on the ABC news comments thread?

Vote Ron Paul, write in Bill Richardson, vote Duncan Hunter, support Wavy Gravy…what is the difference? A man kills a pregnant woman with a crowbar and every asshole with a keyboard starts looking for the angle. An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but the only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah (MT 12:40), and most of the people who’re even interested by scripture think its meaning is “our side is the winning side.” Woe to ye, O earth and sea, etc.