I have a few sites that I check every day without fail: Angry Black Lady Chronicles (derp!), Facebook, Twitter, Pajiba, Balloon Juice, Think Progress, Huffington Post, although I’ve soured on Huffpo lately because it has become a news and pop culture dumping-ground with everyone fanning and faving each other. I don’t see the point. “Fanned” is the new “First.”
As I find that I have less and less time to do all the crap I need to get done in a day, I have tried to stop reading blog and news story comment sections (a few sites excepted) because commenters tend to be asshats and my tendency to want to point out fuckery where ever I find it gives me the urge to argue with these asshats; and, at the end of the day, asshats are going to remain asshats. Why waste my time? Besides, if I (think I) have something so great to say then, I should turn it into a blog post and slap it up here.
And then there’s Firedoglake. Oh, Firedoglake. I used to enjoy reading you. But then something changed. You went bananas. I fear thou hath lost thine own mind. But yet I can’t stop reading. Even though I hate it. It’s like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. I’m drawn to the comment section of that blog like a fat man to cake.
It amazes me the collective brain rot that the commenters over there appear to be suffering at the hands of Jane Hamsher, who as far as I can tell doesn’t have anything positive to say about the Democratic Party or Obama — EVER– which is a little unbelievable given what Obama has accomplished (as our own Mild-Mannered White Guy points out in this post) in twenty months.
But that’s Firedoglake for you. Blurring the line between constructive criticism and senseless bashing since “OMG we didn’t get everything we want RIGHT NOW! ::stomps foot:: Obama sold me out! Mooooommm!!”
And then there’s the hypocrisy. Lots and lots of hypocrisy. And it pisses me off.
But it’s okay to subvert the interests of liberal groups to the political objectives of CONSERVATIVES!?!?!
Apparently Jane Hamsher has decided that a healthcare bill that provides a trillion dollars worth of benefit to low and middle income workers is so odious that mere opposition isn’t enough. Nor is opposition that increasingly employs the worst kind of right-wing talking points. No, it’s so odious that it deserves a scorched earth campaign against the Obama White House in partnership with Grover Norquist. Hard to know what to say about this. What’s next? A joint Twitter campaign with Sarah Palin? A letter writing campaign cosponsored by Richard Viguerie? A joint lawsuit with Orly Taitz? Jeebus.
Is this woman for real? Are her commenters oblivious? Do they not know who Grover Norquist is? Newt Gringrich aka “Obama-is-so-Kenyan-and-so-black-that-my-mind-cannot-even-comprehend-what-it-is-he-is-doin-but-it’s-anti-colonial-and-that’s-bad-and-did-I-mention-he’s-super-Kenyan-and-totally-Muslim-and-is-going-to-kill-your-grandma-and OMG!! SHARIA LAW!!” — sure loves him:
“[T]he person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America . . . He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history.”
Here’s old Grover on The Daily Show in 2008. Does this sound like a guy who is championing progressive values? The answer is no. You can watch the video if you want, but the answer is NO.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
You lie down with fleas, you wake up with disease. Or whatever.
It’s a wonder that her brain hasn’t short-circuited by now. Mine obviously has.