by Benjamin J. Kirby
If you were curious, yes, Santorum cussing at a New York Times reporter is campaign strategy. In Conservative World, there exists the epic mythology of the liberal media. At the epicenter of that mythology is the long-reviled New York Times (the TV version is MSNBC, by the way). Yell bullshit to a Times reporter? Hell, yeah! That makes you a man's man, and a Real Conservative.
In other words, it plays to the base.
Seven more months of this bullshit, people.
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This ad from one-time presidential lead contender Herman Cain is not just bizarre, it's terrible and depraved and awful.
Please, if there are kids in the room, get them out before you hit play. I'm not kidding:
I don't know what's wrong with Herman Cain, but I damn sure hope the PETA folks -- and just about everyone else -- takes up this cause. This is just plain sick, nearly as sick as their first ad.
It's probably a bad idea to give a guy willing to stoop to these levels any play (yes, the bunny is fake -- and poorly done at that -- but it's the principle of the thing; the fish, on the other hand, is real). What I'm hoping is that enough people will feel a sense of outrage over this and speak up.
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In some sad Gulfport news, former Ward 1 City Councilmember Judy Ryerson passed away.
Cathy Salustri of the Gulfport Gabber has a really nice remembrance, here.
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Just a quick last word on the whole Trayvon Martin tragedy. The folks behind George Zimmerman, the shooter, are starting to get their story together, and it's really just very, very ugly.
Today, someone had the audacity to say that "in a way, George Zimmerman lost his life, too." Conveniently, the still-breathing Mr. Zimmerman now claims that he was attacked and beaten by the teen. Unsurprisingly, there's a late-arrival witness to back this up. There was a racial epithet uttered... or there wasn't (riiiiight...). Trayvon was once suspended for having a bag with traces of marijuana in it.
President Obama spoke quite eloquently on the death of Trayvon Martin. Again, unsurprisingly, Rush Limbaugh reacted negatively to that. So did Newt Gingrich, desperate to ingratiate himself with the voting base of the GOP, in a pathetic and humiliating attempt to save his moribund campaign.
NRA architects of the obviously awful and painfully stupid "Stand Your Ground" law here in Florida find "nothing wrong with it." Once again, this should surprise no one.
The hard truth is, none of that matters. None of it.
Everyone agrees that Trayvon Martin was unarmed.
Trayvon Martin was unarmed. He was unarmed. He didn't have a gun. George Zimmerman did. Was Trayvon physically beating Zimmerman? Maybe. Probably not.
By the way, how come no one seems to be asking this question: if an armed guy bigger than you is chasing you down a sidewalk, what do you do? Do you just stop and throw your hands up and do nothing? Or was Trayvon defending himself against a crazed 911 abuser with a history of violence?
An unarmed teenager is dead in Sanford, Florida.
That's really all there is to it. Everything else -- Trayvon's side, Zimmerman's side, doesn't matter -- is all just extraneous stuff.
There's a fundamental question we need to ask ourselves as a country, as a society: are we the kind of place where it's okay for a person with a gun to shoot a person without a gun. Are we that kind of society? Is that the kind of world we want for our children?
I don't think so.
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