Not much posting lately. Blogger has been testy. Today I am doing some spring cleaning, so the posts will also be kept to a minimum. Then I have to go out with a friend, who is as I write this taking her boards.
In an Olympian effort to appear supremely stupid, Alec Baldwin proclaimed that the outcome of the 2000 election was just as bad as 9/11.
“I know that’s a harsh thing to say, perhaps, but I believe that what happened in 2000 did as much damage to the pillars of democracy as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City,” Baldwin said, drawing applause from the breakfast audience of about 200.
Which means that there are approximately 201 idiots in Florida.
Tom Turnipseed declares in an intellectually vacuous screed that War Is Wrong.
If you are new to Mr. Turnipseed, please peruse the Common Dreams website for some of his other ravings. He has amassed an umblemished record of unadulterated idiocy.
Yesterday, the always abominable Ted Rall raised quite a stink with his disgusting cartoon portraying the victim’s wives of 9/11 as greedy and attention seeking. The cartoon, I think we can agree, was the humor equivalent of feces-smearing, although this is not altogether surprising, as Mr. Rall leaves a trail of slime everywhere he goes. Rall has had venom heaped upon him for his latest offering, most notably in cartoon form. One can be found here, at Protein Wisdom. Jim Treacher offers one up here. Thousands of bloggers and other concerned and disturbed HUMANS apparently wrote and phoned in to the NY Times, as well as mainstream media attention in New York, and the ‘artistic’ dung-heap was eventually pulled.
Rall got beat up, had his strip pulled from the Gray Lady, then mumbled something incoherent about ‘free speech.’ But this all missed the point, because Mr. Rall also published this gem yesterday (NOTHING CHANGED AFTER 9-11: Our Smoke and Mirrors War on Terror), and because it was not as overtly and viscerally offensive, it appears to have slipped under the radar. Go check it out in all of its disgusting tedium. Andrew Sullivan calls Rall an America-hating sicko, and I think he is too kind. While this appears to be a commentary on security measures put in place since 9/11, let’s look at a little of what Rall really thinks. I am too disgusted to talk through all of the inanities and grotesque innacuracies, so I will just highlight a few.
Americans cannot defeat terrorism without addressing its underlying causes:
Ahh.. those root causes again. Wanna bet Rall was a Clinton voter?
our aggressive, clumsy, bomb-first-ask-questions-later foreign policy;
Like in Afghanistan, I guess.
our spectacularly arrogant attitude of cultural and economic expansionism;
Damn free markets.
our unquestioned support of oppressive regimes around the world.
Fanatics will always be willing to kill themselves to take on the Great Satan.
Unless we kill them first. See ‘Daisycutter.’
A nicer and smarter America would deprive those nuts of the widespread financial support they require in order to fund large-scale attacks.
America, land of mean dummies who serve as a proxy military for Jews.
Unfortunately, unless there is a major intellectual breakthrough, we Americans are likely to continue the provocations that got us into such trouble in the first place.
We were attacked because we were stupid, a recurring theme.
Ted Rall is a lunatic; a self-loathing twerp of Fiskian proportions. If you know what he looks like, you are duly obligated to spit on him should you walk by him. Maybe he will get tired of it eventually and move abroad with Alec Baldwin.
Josh Marshall responds in a great post to Natalija (this is why blogs are so wonderful).