Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tim Blair, the Daily Terror, Fox Noise, Crazed right wingers and the edge of the world

Tim Blair is keen to maintain his righteous indignation about David Letterman cracking a joke about Willow Palin. (Well leastwise when Blair's not making jokes about the Burger King warming heresy or doing a joke about an ABC header talking about a five star Dick getting a rising reward).

Letterman's defence is senility and a desire to send up 18 year old Bristol Palin rather than suggesting 14 year old Willow got knocked up down at the old baseball game. But Blair is not having a bar of it, and has mounted five updates in his persecution of Letterman, the latest in He Can See Bristol From His Studio.


Meantime, the Daily Terror keeps kicking the Gordon Ramsay can, and his tiff with Tracey Grimshaw (for those inhabiting the real world who missed the news, he's alleged to have called her a lesbian ugly pig). The story surely is tabloid heaven, and just keeps on giving, but apart from giving a lot of space to Grimshaw and Ramsay, I'm not exactly sure what else it's giving. Apart from a chance to throw a lot of asteriks around. F**king r***t *n.


So what else is happening in the world? Oh it seems that another crazed right winger went mad in America and killed a guard in the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Yep, it's not just doctors who perform abortions who suddenly feel a little more unsafe these days.

Of course the right are running as far from paternity of the shooter's beliefs as they can. But it seems that he was a 'birther', one of the clan who claim that Barack Obama isn't the legitimate president of the United States because he isn't a natural born US citizen with a proper US birth certificate.

There's also a suggestion that, because he claimed "sovereign citizenship" at the time he was sent to prison back in the eighties, he's a believer in the Posse Comitatus cause, a localist loosely organized right wing social movement opposed to the federal government, as well as offering up a taste for survivalism and the formation of armed citizen militias (but at least it offers you an ideological reason to refuse to pay taxes, get driver's licenses or otherwise conform to fed demands).

It also almost goes without saying that the alleged shooter was a notorious anti-semite, having authored a number of anti-Semitic texts. His age is another remarkable component - maintaing the rage and an attitude with a long gun up to the age of 88 suggests you young 'uns should approach old fart right wing loons with extreme caution.

That's right, a right wing white supremacist anti-semitic loon.

Now back in the old days, before the right began to explain how you could be a liberal fascist, because the Nazis were National Socialists, it was a simple matter to track back to the way the ratbag Hitler heritage still sprang up in odd places like odious weeds.

These days right wing extremists like Glenn Beck try to muddy the waters, talking about a gathering perfect storm while pretending right wing rhetoric has got nothing to do with right wing nut jobs coming out of the wood work.

Beck: This guy is a lone gunman nutjob. ... You're going to see a lot of nutjobs coming out of the woodwork now. There are two very important things that are happening here. First one: It's what I talked about two years ago, um, when I talked about the "Perfect Storm" -- I said that there is a storm formulating. And it is the economy, it is political correctness, it's corruption in Washington, it's militant Islam. It's all of these things.

I said when it comes onshore, there's going to be a "go go go" mentality. And that's what this is. There is a mentality in our enemies. Our country is now vulnerable. Those people who would like to destroy us -- our enemies like, uh, Al Qaeda. There are also enemies like white supremacists or 9/11 Truthers who would also like to destroy the country. They'll work with anybody they can.

... We are under attack in almost every shape and form in America. We need to look out for enemies foreign and domestic.

Oh well at least he's not talking about Sturm und Drang, but it surely sounds like paranoia is rife in America, as the right fails to come to terms with the fact that they're losers and they'll happily tear down the country out of some kind of wild revenge. (If you want a few more details, including a distressing clip of a Glenn Beck rant, go here).

So there you go. Letterman cracks an off joke, and he's the demon from hell. An anti-semitic shooter pops a Museum guard and all is quiet on Blair pond. Selective memory, selective discourse, call it what you will. I call it pathetic.

Think I'll keep watching Letterman thanks, and you can send Fox Noise sailing off over the edge of the world. 

What, you subscribe to pay TV and send money down the throat of Fox and Rupert Murdoch? You get the world you pay for ...

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