Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Ha Ha! Your Wife's Dead!

Over the past few years, we have seen people who have lost someone or something close to them take a stand, turning themselves either into politicians aiming to serve the nation or activists pushing a point of view. And often, people have questioned the aims of these individuals. Now, there are two ways of doing this. One way is the "courteous yet direct" way, which often focuses on the aims of the individual or the individual's associate in a reasonable yet still questioning manner. An example of this might be the way critics wondered about Cindy Sheehan's alliance with prominent left-wing sources like Michael Moore. While ignoring the fact that Sheehan and Moore might have a common interest, it was still rather restrained and somewhat polite.

Then you have the other way, known commonly as the "asshole" way. Here, let's have Ann Coulter demonstrate:

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much."

Other examples include: the people at Little Green Footballs making a "humorous" line of CafePress shirts joking about Rachel Corrie's death by errant bulldozer; Rush Limbaugh claiming that the loss Cindy Sheehan experienced was "not real"; pundits in the 2000 election arguing that John McCain might be somewhat mentally imbalanced due to his torture during Vietnam*; Ted Rall calling Pat Tillman an idiot for enlisting; and- oh, hello again!- Ann Coulter claiming that Max Cleland was only elected because he lost most of his limbs in Vietnam.

I don't care who you are, left or right. The minute you mock the loss of any individual is the minute I stop treating you like anything other than a flesh-eating ghoul.

*Oh, and now that McCain has slid to the right and looks like a good prospect for the White House in 2008, should the people who aimed to mock his military service-- come to think of it, should the people who tried to mock Kerry's service, Purple Heart Band-aids and all, try the same-- take their place behind McCain and attempt to deflect any critcism by asking the critics how dare they attack a man who has given so much for his country, he is a war hero--

--then I will have no choice but to release my army of cybernetically-enhanced, neurotoxin-secreting German Shepherds. Yes, I have assembled them for just this purpose. I don't have a lot of hope for politics, people.

Hi, Justin, just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog and you now enjoy a cozy place on my blogroll. I remember you as Justin Cognito from the good ol' days of FT (I was Lula Carson).

Keep up the fabulous work.

It's great to see you again, Lula. Good to keep in touch with those from FT.
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