She is going to be insufferable this week.
After my irritation at all chatter on Twitter about yesterday’s protest about the Tar Sands Pipeline boiling down to “Jane Hamsher and others arrested” (despite that a quick Google search reveals that Jane Hamsher seems not to have cared much about this issue prior to yesterday), I began to read about the pipeline.
Needless to say, it sounds like a spectacularly bad idea that will screw over farmers and screw up the environment. As with hydraulic fracking, too little is known about preventing the oil from seeping into the groundwater, too many scientists seem to have been bought off, and there is no guarantee that any benefits — either in the form of jobs or energy — will inure to Americans.
You should spend some time reading about it especially if you are, like I was, resistant to even giving a crap simply by virtue of the involvement of Hamsher (and her sidekick Choi).
Here’s a video from Mark Ruffalo. He’s pretty. Focus on him. We like Mark Ruffalo:
What follows is The Hamsher making everything about The Hamsher.
First, her update from jail:
Central Booking, Washington DC – The President promised in 2008 that when he was elected the earth would begin to heal. Instead, he allowed 65 environmentalists to be arrested and held for two days on a charge that’s equivalent to a traffic ticket, in order to deter others from following our example.
I hope that people across the country will see through their ploy and be inspired by how many of us have backed up our beliefs with our bodies. People from all over the United States and Canada are on their way here right now to join us. Take a stand for what you believe in! Come join the Tar Sands Action!
Really, Jane? He’s allowing environmentalists to be arrested? Or is getting arrested the point, as it so often is with civil disobedience?
I want to know how involved Hamsher is with the Tar Sands Action (or whatever it will be called when FDL circulates its fundraising petition). It seems to me that these protests have been well-coordinated and that folks expected to get arrested. In fact, 1500 people signed up to “court arrest,” according to this post — “Massive Protest at White House Against Alberta Tar Sands Pipeline” — and folks had planned for that. (Dozens more have already been arrested today.) To hear The Lake tell it, Jane is leading the charge on this thing; it’s all her.
I obviously cannot claim that Jane Hamsher is not passionate about this issue. I can say for certain that I don’t believe she is, and further, I don’t believe a thing she does or says is genuine; and that feeling shades my view of anything in which she involves herself or which she promotes.
We’ll see as the situation plays out this week, but from where I’m sitting, it looks like Jane is — yet again — engaging in Martyr Porn. Earlier this year, it was hysterics about being held hostage after she tried to access a military base with expired license plates. Now it’s, “Obama and his jackboots are trying to scare the pipeline protestors.” Look at Obama! He’s punching hippies AND tree-huggers now!
That said, let the beatification begin!
To be fair, it’s not that bad… until you get the entirely gratuitous, totally unsupported claim in the final paragraph that “the police have made it clear that they are using jail time to try to discourage people from participating in the rest of these actions – a choice sadly ironic as the capital prepares to commemorate Martin Luther King with the dedication of the MLK Memorial on the National Mall on August 28th.”
Riiiiiiiight. And where’s your link for that statement, missy? Methinks you don’t have one. Methink you just desperately wanted to find a way to throw MLK in our faces. Hey! Look over here! MARTIN LUTHER KING!!
Get ready for a wave of emo, folks. This wave might actually drown us. But also, get involved in with activists in fight the pipeline. We can do both!
Fighting the emo and fighting against this pipeline: Like walking and chewing gum.
[image via The Green Market***]
***which, interestingly, doesn’t list Jane Hamsher as involved with McKibben in fighting the pipeline. In FDL’s article, McKibben is a “friend of Jane’s” second to Choi, of course. This woman is so self-aggrandizing it’s a wonder she can even breathe without having a minion breathlessly report it.
UPDATE: Beulahmo points out something I neglected to mention: Mark Ruffalo demonstrates how to push Obama from the left:
“Hundreds of people are joining a sit-in at the White House to show President Obama he has the support to stand up to the coal, gas, and oil industry.”
Now if you were Obama, who would you acknowledge? Some shrieking woman who calls your supporters “the dumbest motherfuckers in the world”? Or people who show up to protest peacefully while still supporting you as Democrats?
Some shrieking woman who works with the Tea Party to kill a bill that helps 30 million people? Or Mark fucking Ruffalo?