September 10, 2005
Michelle Malkin: screw 9/11 victims
Well, it wouldn't be a nonsensical, ridiculous laugh-fest of a non-controversy until the racist lunatic weighed in:
Tons of you are stunned, outraged, and sickened by the new Flight 93 Memorial, the "Crescent of Embrace." I called the architect responsible for the redesign, Paul Murdoch of Los Angeles, yesterday for comment. He did not return my call, but he did speak with the Johnstown, Pa., Tribune Democrat, as quoted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.A lot of people think we should just ignore This Week's Thing to Pretend to Get Upset About. You know what? Let's link to this. I want everyone to read it. It's hysterical.
It's not worth arguing over, because anyone who looks at it will either A. stare in amazement that you could actually come up with the idea that a memorial designer deliberately designed a 9/11 memorial to look somewhat like the shape of the Islamic crescent, or B. see whatever you want to see. Debating Malkin, or Captain Ed, or anyone else over this is fruitless. If they decided that it looked like a portrait of Osama bin Laden eating a Jewish baby with a word bubble over him in carefully-placed trees that spell out "Mmm, that's good Jew baby" in Arabic, there's nothing on earth that you could say to make them stop thinking that. They want to be angry about this, so let them. I want to laugh my ass off. I shall. Everyone wins!
What should be addressed is Malkin's blatant confession that she doesn't actually care about 9/11 victims in this entire issue, hence her dismissal of them because they dare to disagree with her lunacy:
The article states that family members of the Flight 93 victims do not find the crescent objectionable. And how's this for fair and balanced: Five people who support the memorial are quoted, including one who calls the criticism bigoted, disgusting, and repellant. By comparison, only two opponents are quoted, including a "street evangelist" who is described as a "self-proclaimed bishop."Anyone else catch that? Outraged at the "unbalanced" coverage of the opinions, noting that the press only offered up two people unrelated to the attacks to support the memorial, she then tried to counter the familes that had nothing wrong with it by... that's right, finding two people unrelated to the attacks to support the memorial.
So, the plan is dismiss those of us whose eyes are not blinded by political correctness as racist cranks with imaginations run wild. But we're not the only ones objecting. The Tribune-Democrat article quotes a professor of Middle East studies and a local Muslim leader who see the obvious--and reports that jury members who chose the winning design were cognizant of the offensive overtones.
So, shorter Malkin: who cares how the familes of the 9/11 victims feel. We're talking about how upset I am right now. Kudos to Malkin for choosing this anniversary of the attacks to tell victims of it that they're not thinking the way she wants.
September 9, 2005
Byron York: Fucking Idiot
Bryon York on the nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court (warning- FreeRepublic link):
Republicans also chose not to oppose Ginsburg even though she refused to answer dozens of questions during her confirmation hearings. [...] At one point in her hearings, Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond told her, "In preparing these questions or any others I may propound during the hearings, if you feel they are inappropriate to answer, will you speak out and say so." On another occasion, Thurmond said, "I will not press you to answer any that you feel are inappropriate."Byron York on the nomination of Michael Brown to head FEMA:
Not surprisingly, Democrats wholeheartedly agreed. Then-chairman Sen. Joseph Biden told Ginsburg, "You not only have a right to choose what you will answer and not answer, but in my view you should not answer a question of what your view will be on an issue that clearly is going to come before the court in 50 forms probably, over your tenure on the court."
Of course, Republicans today realize that Democrats, now the minority party, will never extend to a Bush nominee the sort of treatment the GOP gave Ginsburg in 1993. Nevertheless, they will tell the story over and over, in hopes that someone will listen.
MICHAEL BROWN, CONFIRMED BY DEMOCRATS [Byron York]The minority party, will never extend to a Bush nominee the sort of treatment the GOP gave Ginsburg in 1993. Except of course, when they did.
Amid all the bashing of FEMA director Michael Brown as an incompetent, unqualified, resume-padding political hack, one small factor has been overlooked: His job required Senate confirmation, didn't it? Indeed it did. And not only was Brown confirmed, but he was apparently confirmed by a unanimous voice vote - when the Senate was controlled by Democrats. An enterprising blogger has found the transcript of Brown's June 19, 2002 confirmation hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, then chaired by Sen. Joseph Lieberman. The whole affair, including tributes from Brown's home-state senators, apparently lasted less then an hour, and ended with Lieberman saying, "Mr. Brown, I thank you very much. I will certainly support your nomination. I will do my best to move it through the committee as soon as possible so we can have you fully and legally at work in your new position." The hearing was for Brown's nomination as deputy director of FEMA; it appears that Brown did not have to be re-confirmed when he became director.
No defense of idiocy
So Ann Coulter goes on national television and declares that MoveOn.org hasn't done anything to help the Hurricane Katrina victims.
Any respectable, legitimate journalist would have noticed, and for that matter any respectable, legitimate political pundit, of which Coulter is obviously not, would have at least employed the arcane practice known as Google in order to avoid the blindingly stupid revelation that MoveOn.org has actually set up an entire website that has arranged homes for hundreds of thousands of Katrina evacuees.
Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin remains silent still, over 24 hours having passed since the online-all-day pundit was made aware that the core thesis of her racist polemic defending Japanese internment during World War II is, in fact, complete horseshit.
And that's really the success story of those two, and Fox News, right there before you. Liberals like me don't really get angry from a disagreement or a contrasting viewpoint. What angers us is when these people just announce that they've won based on what they just said, despite it being completely baseless. Coulter is not going to retract her statement, and Malkin is not going to retract her book. And Fox News is going to have both of them on within a week.
If "the liberal media" means not doing that, bring on a full-scale Red Revolution.
Hey! Remember to register for the 9/11 Freedom March at the Pentagon on Sunday! Why? Because if you show up without registering, you'll be arrested.
September 8, 2005
I'm trying to work on something in collaboration with all the Katrina-related stuff we've been doing at the Center and Campus Progress. If you or anyone you know is a college student at one of the schools affected by the fallout from Hurricane Katrina who might be interested in being involved in a discussion about it, please get in touch with me. I understand most people in that category likely don't have ready internet access, but figure it's worth a shot.
Stupid! Now with the great taste of racism!
From American RealPolitik, linked from Eject! Eject! Eject!:First of all, this guy is a racist, bigoted asshole.
Only a few minutes ago, I had the delightful opportunity to read the comment of a fellow who said he wished that white, middle-class, racist, conservative cocksuckers like myself could have been herded into the Superdome Concentration Camp to see how much we like it. Absent, of course, was the fundamental truth of what he plainly does not have the eyes or the imagination to see, namely, that if the Superdome had been filled with white, middle-class, racist, conservative cocksuckers like myself, it would not have been a refinery of horror, but rather a citadel of hope and order and restraint and compassion.
Second, I have only one thing to say to all the racist, moronic fucks out there who think that the real cause of looting and violence in New Orleans was because they were all black people: Woodstock '99. Seriously. Anyone who really thinks it's some kind of racial trait in black people to freak out when trapped, impoverished, and stressed in severe heat without drinkable water need to remember that a hundred thousand rich stupid white kids had the exact same reaction. Jesus, here's a direct quote from Kurt Loder:
It was dangerous to be around. The whole scene was scary. There were just waves of hatred bouncing around the place, (...) It was clear we had to get out of there. It was like a concentration camp. To get in, you get frisked to make sure you're not bringing in any water or food that would prevent you from buying from their outrageously priced booths. You wallow around in garbage and human waste. There was a palpable mood of anger.Save for the line about being frisked for water, that sounds eerily familiar, doesn't it?
Guess what, folks. White people riot, rape, loot, and hurt each other just like black people do. The only difference is that six years ago everyone emphathized with those poor, poor kids who just wanted to enjoy a concert. And, you know, steal shit and rape women. Oh, and ten thousand people weren't left to die by an inept uncaring White House. That too. But at least they were all white... I mean if not it could have gotten ugly.
September 7, 2005
Safety of Bush campaign events are much more important than the safety of the country
Well, it's a good thing you don't need qualified people in this department or anything:
On July 4, Jeff and Nicole Rank went to hear George W. Bush speak in Charleston, West Virginia. Tickets in hand, they found seats ten or 15 rows from the stage. There they sat, quietly, wearing t-shirts that read love america, hate bush and regime change starts at home. Forty-five minutes before the president took the podium, event staffers approached the couple and said, "You need to either take those shirts off or leave." According to The San Antonio Express-News, Jeff Rank replied, "People around us have Bush-Cheney t-shirts, pro-Bush t-shirts. Why can't we express our views?" The staffers left, but a few minutes later, two police officers arrived and told the couple to "cover up, take them [the t-shirts] off or leave completely." The Ranks refused, at which point they were handcuffed, expelled from the event, and briefly thrown in prison. With the Ranks safely off the premises, Bush addressed the crowd, declaring that "on the Fourth of July, we confirm our love of freedom, the freedom for people to speak their minds, the freedom for people to worship as they so choose. Free thought and free expression, that's what we believe." Two days later, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Nicole Rank's employer, told her that, as a result of the incident, she was being dismissed from her assignment in West Virginia.Via Wonkette.
Steve vs. Idiots
The first one about the school busses is my favorite. If you've read a single right-wing blog in the last 48 hours you've come across it at least once, but just in case here's the background: some right-winger somewhere found a picture of 200 school busses immersed in water. The picture is now the rallying cry to blame Mayor Nagin and not the President for thousands of people dying in New Orleans, because while Bush recieved memos and briefings days in advance that the city should be evacuated of several hundred thousand people and given temporary housing, the Mayor is actually the one to blame for not ordering imaginary bus drivers to commandeer 200 busses, fill them with people, and drive them to imaginary states that had imaginary relief centers set up to handle the imaginary Federal State of Emergency that hadn't yet been called at the time Nagin would have done all this.
Seriously. It's enough to make you lost almost 34.76 percent of your respect for him.
Funniest blog quote ever
Wizbang's comment on FEMA director Michael Brown's abject incompetence:
I forget the guys name who is the head of FEMA but if Bush does not fire the idiot, I'll lose 25% of my respect for Bush right there on the spot. (with more pending)25 percent? Wow. And if the body count hits 10,000, Bush might get written up in the slam book.
Jesus. Is there anything more glaring regarding the semi-psychotic refusal to believe Bush is responsible for anything, ever, at any time, than crafting mathematical non-existent quantites of how much you still worship him?
BUSH GONE DONE WHAT THUR FUCKED UP, PAUL. You can say it. Your head will not explode.
September 6, 2005
Latest comic - "Intelligent Design"
With any luck, the apartment will have the internets come the morrow, so bear with me for a little while longer. Also bear with me in the fact that I'm at the point of exhaustion over the incompetence of the... well, entire Bush family at this point, what with Mommy's latest "I hate poor people; isn't that endearing?" comments that the blogs are all noting today.
Rehnquist is dead. I only found this out Sunday afternoon, but it explained why on Saturday night a vast purple cone of plasmatic energy evacuated itself from the Washington Mall and dissapated across the sky, which burned with the fires of all Hell for fifteen seconds and then begat silence. His body will lie in state at the Supreme Court until Wednesday if you're interested in prodding it with a stick. Meanwhile, at the National Gallery of Art a painting of Vigo the Carpathian has suddenly appeared, softly beckoning for a new host body.
If you think any of that's insensitive, according to current reports from New Orleans, the President is going to be responsible for more dead Americans than Osama bin Laden. So please, if I'm the target for your outrage this week methinks you need a class in managing priorities.