>Ann Coulter fell for a Car & Driver April Fool’s prank in which a bogus online article stated that President Obama had ordered Chrysler and GM to cease their participation in NASCAR as a cost-savings measure. The article was later pulled and identified as an April Fool’s joke, but not before Coulter published her column, in which she wrote:
If Obama can tell GM and Chrysler that their participation in NASCAR is an “unnecessary expenditure,” isn’t having public schools force students to follow Muslim rituals, recite Islamic prayers and plan “jihads” also an “unnecessary expenditure”? Are all those school condom purchases considered “necessary expenditures”?
I dunno, why don’t we ask a parent whose teen daughter just got pregnant or contracted an STD because she didn’t know where (or was too embarrassed) to buy condoms. Heck, I was too shy to buy the things until I graduated from college.
In other April Fool’s news, ABC’s Jake Tapper Twittered yesterday that a
liberal activist just “april fools”ed me w/bogus Reuters report on John Yoo getting arrested in Italy. War crimes + torture=comedy (?)
Nice little sprinkling of moral outrage there, Jake. Imagine anyone not giving the topic of torture, terror and war crimes the solemnity it deserves.
Well, I’m glad Tapper didn’t get punk’d like Ann did. I’m actually not going to make fun of Ann for falling for that Car & Driver piece because, a) I was once a huge sucker too, and actually fell for the Bonsai Kitten hoax before I wised up; and b) radical wingnuts like Ann Coulter are usually completely devoid of humor. It’s a recessive genetic trait, like the rest of Republicanism. (Hoax alert! Hoax alert!)
Come on, did Ann really forget to look at the calendar yesterday?
>There are no words.
Ann Coulter’s Mouth Wired Shut In Time For Thanksgiving
Ann Coulter’s mouth was literally wired shut. Though the “leggy reactionary” can’t talk, it’s safe to assume she’d blame liberals.
Call me a bad person, but I don’t feel sorry for her. Not one bit. No word on how she broke her jaw and frankly I don’t care.
>This is sadly not surprising:
Inside the house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.
When news came out that Knoxville church shooter Jim Adkisson targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist congregation because of its liberal views, I wondered if he was a consumer of right wing hate media. Michael Savage is the king of these clowns, and I’m not surprised to learn Adkisson had his book. He probably listened to his show every day.
Calvin Rye at Progressive Nashville has an excellent post up about this. Rye writes:
To those who demonize liberals… It’s not that I blame you for these murders. It’s that I want you to recognize them as a warning sign. When someone that sick and violent finds your message that appealing, it should make you stop and think. Do you realize how hate-filled your rhetoric has become? Do you recognize the bile you’re spewing?
Hatred is a strong motivator. It’s very effective in politics. If you can fill the voters with fury at your opponent, they’ll show up at the ballot box in a stampede. You can choose hate and fury as political weapons, if that’s what you want. It’s a free country. And it works.
But remember what it is you’re inspiring. Not murder — a sane person won’t go that far. But anger. You’re fanning the flames of outrage. You’re filling people with hatred. The kind that would appeal to a madman.
The damage you do to our nation is greater than losing an election.
I’d only add that the corporate media which profits handsomely from this hate speech shares a huge amount of responsibility. The people at Talk Radio Network, which allows Michael Savage to spread his anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-liberal hate speech to an audience of over 10 million nationwide, should take a long hard look at the monster they’ve created. The news show bookers who bring Ann Coulter on to hawk her books so she can hurl insults at 9/11 widows and call liberals “godless” — you share part of the blame too. CNN, which allows Glenn Beck to compare Al Gore to Hitler and call Hurricane Katrina survivors scumbags–you’ve just been lucky. One of these days some wackadoodle is going to go off on a crowd of people because he heard Glenn Beck say something about turning Mexican immigrants into fuel. Everything’s a joke until someone gets hurt.
Every one of these media-created monsters has their fans. In these crazy, pushed-to-breaking world we live in, it was only a matter of time before someone acted on the hate spew they hear on the radio every day. And in an office building somewhere, someone is making money off of it.
It should make us all sick.
>Atrios links to these words of wisdom from Ann Coulter:
During the October 8 edition of CNBC’s The Big Idea, host Donny Deutsch asked right-wing pundit Ann Coulter: “If you had your way … and your dreams, which are genuine, came true … what would this country look like?” Coulter responded, “It would look like New York City during the  Republican National Convention. In fact, that’s what I think heaven is going to look like.” She described the convention as follows: “People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America.”
Apparently, Ann has forgotten one of the most enduring images from the 2004 Republican National Convention:
Well, she got the happy part right.
Ann went on to give this bizarre interpretation of Scripture:
Deutsch then asked, “It would be better if we were all Christian?” to which Coulter responded, “Yes.” Later in the discussion, Deutsch said to her: “[Y]ou said we should throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians,” and Coulter again replied, “Yes.” When pressed by Deutsch regarding whether she wanted to be like “the head of Iran” and “wipe Israel off the Earth,” Coulter stated: “No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. … That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws.”
Huh? Ann, honey, you’ve been worshipping at Church of Free Enterprise a tad too long. There’s something terribly ironic about the title of her new book: If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans.
Interestingly, Ann Coulter’s “heaven” also disenfranchises women:
An October 2 New York Observer blog post featuring excerpts of an interview with right-wing pundit Ann Coulter quoted her as saying: “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat [sic] president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.”
This might be a good time to remind folks that that Ann is the good Christian single woman who narrowly escaped felony voter fraud charges after calling in a favor from an ex-boyfriend.
Keep it up, Ann. You’re the best advertisement for the Democratic Party out there.
>[UPDATE]: Updated MSNBC contact info below. Southern Beale doesn’t spend nearly as much time reading “The Hollywood Reporter” as she used to.
Watching Ann Coulter spew one nasty personal attack after another on “Hardball” last night turned my stomach. Not because of what she said — let’s face it, Coulter’s schtick hasn’t changed in years — but because this hateful brew is what now passes for public discourse in this country. When did these mean-spirited, vindictive smears become acceptable for a legitimate news show like “Hardball”? This is not news, nor even legitimate opinion, it’s theater. It’s mean, intolerant and it’s tearing this country apart.
I’ve had enough. I will no longer participate in a one-sided conversation that serves no purpose except to rile viewers and breed intolerance and anger. You’re hurting America. Stop it.
I urge “Hardball” advertisers to withdraw their support from empty political theatrics such as this. I urge Chris Matthews to find some sense of decency and contribute to the uplifting of the American conversation, not its detriment. Mr.
Kaplan Abrams I beg of you, find some sense of civic responsibility and bring it to work with you for a change.
I ask these things as a Christian, as an American, and as a citizen of the world. Stop the hate speech.
It’s time for this nation to come together. You, as sponsors and purveyors of content across the public airwaves, have a responsibility to bring about this change and undo the damage you’ve caused.
Southern Beale, Nashville, TN
(List compiled by refinish69)
I really don’t think Fox News should be doing things like this when their own political analyst, a self-described “constitutional scholar,” is doing stuff like this:
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter’s registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to vouch for Coulter.
The caller wasn’t just any G-man. According to PBSO documents, he was Supervisory Special Agent Jim Fitzgerald, of the FBI Academy’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Va. — the closest reality gets to the serial-killer catchers on CBS’ Criminal Minds.
So why would an FBI profiler who went after the Unabomber take time from his busy day to even think about a municipal election snafu?
Yes, why indeed? Of course, this is no mere “election snafu,” but a third-degree felony. So, who exactly is Supervisory Special Agent Jim Fitzgerald? Would you believe he’s Ann Coulter’s former boyfriend?
You just can’t make this stuff up. Imagine the outcry if a liberal figure like, say, Michael Moore or Jon Stewart or heck, even Martha Stewart got their high-ranking ex to pressure local law enforcement into dropping third-degree felony charges. Oh my, the wailing! The pearl clutching! The gnashing of teeth! I shudder to think of it. But Ann Coulter?
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Remember folks: It’s always OK If You Are Republican.