Because he’s being taught exactly the wrong lesson, here. If Alec Baldwin actually does get away clean with threatening violence against homosexuals once, he will undoubtedly do so again… particularly if alcohol is involved*. This is a long-term sort of car crash; I can wait. I got other stuff to do, meanwhile.
But I’ll note this: over at TMZ they’ve started a file. Because they’re surprisingly patient over there, too.
*Does Alec Baldwin have a substance abuse problem? Well, you might say that – but I couldn’t possibly comment.
It’s not turning into a good year for the Obama administration – in fact, it’s not been a good administration for the Obama administration – but I think that this is hardly an excuse for a Cabinet level official to use low-rent sexual epithets in public:
At the Florida Democratic Party State Convention over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis insulted members of the Tea Party, referring to the activists as “teab[*]ggers.” Teab[*]gger is a pejorative term used to refer to a certain sexual act. Liberal talk show hosts such as Rachel Maddow brought the phrase into the mainstream in 2009, using it as a tongue-in-cheek insult.
As reported by Tallahassee Democrat and Sunshine State News, after voicing her support for large federal programs, Solis warned, “I’ll be darned if I’m going to set that aside now because a few teab[*]ggers want to somehow muzzle my voice,” Solis said.
Continue reading Labor Secretary Hilda Solis uses gay-baiting slur in public.
One of the nicest things about being a mainstream supporter of the Global War on Terror is that you are blessed, for a given value of ‘blessed,’ with a collection of the vilest, most despicable, most appalling domestic enemies in recent political history. Nazis, Communists, Stalinists, Maoists, blackshirt anarchists, Jew-haters of various flavors, anti-human deep ecologists, anti-Israel conspiracy theorists… honestly, by the time that the antiwar movement was done they had managed to taint most of the groups out there that I casually despise, and virtually all of the progressive ones. I’d like to pretend that this marvelous example of contagious karma isn’t really that big a deal, but honesty forces me to admit that the nasty, somewhat cognitively challenged nature of the Other Side was a powerful factor in keeping the antiwar folks firmly under the rocks that are in fact their native environment.
I mention this because it’s exciting to see this dynamic play out over in the ‘ethical oil’ arena as well. Continue reading Ethical oil’s excellent enemies: Saudi Arabia & Think Progress.
God save us all from Crusading fanatical Greenies.
Why can’t we have more blunt talking like this in the States? Canadian Alykhan Velshi of Ethical Oil, a relaunched site dedicated to promoting Canada’s oil reserves (particularly its oil sands reserves) is cheerfully trying to do well by doing good.
“When petroleum reserves were deposited around the world, it is unfortunate that they were all given to the world’s bastards,” he said. “With the exception of Canada, most of them are with the world’s bastards. You need to recognize that when you are buying oil.”
And, just to make sure that people get the point:
Continue reading Only Homophobes Hate Oil Sands.
[Further UPDATE] I’m guessing that I got linked to by Infowars. Sorry, guys, but no link: I like Jews, you understand.
[UPDATE] And when they pull in the sick buggers that threw the bottles, make sure that none of these guys do the pulling in.
But don’t preen, ye blackshirts. The cops may have committed manslaughter. Your fellow-protesters are still on the hook for murder.
Yes, murder. When you attack people trying to save someone’s life – someone who is dying – you have made a moral choice. Or in this case, an immoral choice:
Police were attacked as they helped dying man at G20 protests in City
Police officers came under attack while they tried to help a dying man at the G20 protests in the City last night.
The victim was found by a member of the public unconscious in the street near the Bank of England just before 7.30pm yesterday.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers arrived on the scene to help and had to move the casualty away for urgent treatment after bottles were thrown at them by protesters.
Continue reading G20 Protesters murder man in London. [Bumped: and the cops may have lent a hand.]