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  •  Is this type of blog entry fair game? (1+ / 0-)
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    Michele Malkin has a quote from Marcotte's blog up now.  Here is an excerpt (attributed to Marcotte):

    One thing I vow here and now–you motherfuckers who want to ban birth control will never sleep. I will fuck without making children day in and out and you will know it and you won’t be able to stop it. Toss and turn, you mean, jealous motherfuckers. I’m not going to be "punished" with babies. Which makes all your efforts a failure. Some non-procreating women escaped. So give up now. You’ll never catch all of us. Give up now.

    Now, the ideas Marcotte expresses are one thing.  The way in which she expresses them are another, it seems to me.  Is calling one's political opponents "motherfuckers" not fair game for commentary?

    Didn't Dick Cheney get rightly criticized for telling Harry Reid to "fuck off" on the Senate floor?

    While Greenwald points out the extremism in the linked blog post, where are examples of comparable profanity?

    Isn't that, in part, what Malkin and others are pointing too?

    •  Dick Cheney kept his job (2+ / 0-)
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      HeavyJ, SS Eye

      remember that?

      JRE 2008
      "We should ask the American people to be patriotic about something other than war."
      -John Edwards

      by DrFrankLives on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 11:50:57 AM PST

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      •  He Was Elected (2+ / 0-)
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        johnny rotten, Beowulf

        No one is going to impeach a sitting v.p. for using the "f" bomb, but that doesn't mean you want someone on your staff who curses incessantly in the public domain.  Do I use the "mofo" term with people? Yes. Do I use it in print, or out on the street if there are kids around? No.  Senator Edwards did the right thing.  The use of profanity on blogs is way too prevalent, and profanity is offensive to a lot of people.

        •  good point (0+ / 0-)

          Since the VP is elected, not even the President can fire him.  Were it any other member of the president's staff (except for Rove, has too much dirt on Bush) dropping the f-bomb on a senator-- I think even Bush would ask for his resignation.

      •  But how many here wanted him fired? (0+ / 0-)

        Assuming that was a possibility.

        How many here excoriated him for it?

        Was he right to do it, or wrong?

    •  Is profanity the problem? (1+ / 0-)
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      Cheney told Pat Leahy to "go fuck himself" and was actaully praised by the wingnuttosphere. Hey, at least he put his cards on the table.

      But here's Donohue, the guy who apparently spends time trolling blog posts and has been on countless TV shows and newspaper articles. No profanity, but:

      "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular ... Hollywood likes anal sex."

      •  This not about their standards (0+ / 0-)

        this should be about ours.

        Do you really want someone who uses that kind of ephitet towards their opponents?

        To me, it indicates a level of hatred and venom which I would not want to associate with.

        It is not an answer to say that Donohue has the same type of mindset without the vulgarity.

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