Back in my yute, when I was mostly harmless, searching for a restaurant at the end of the universe, and figuring out how not to panic, I really didn't have a clue about the real world. Some call it high school. I called it a waste of time, for the most part. When a couple of my "friends" began making truly offensive jokes (hitler not having enough time, blacks being not quite human, and irish doing something I could not even understand to potatoes), I did not find the jokes funny. But, admittedly, I was also too immature to realize how insensitive, how rude and insulting such "humor" was. Looking back at those days, I still cringe. At myself.
Most of those folks, if Facebook is telling the truth, unsurprisingly, have been stricken with chronic TeaBuggerism. Except to adapt the President to their jokes, or vice versa, from the little contact I have, I don't believe that their level of maturity, their empathy, or their understanding of society has changed since freshman year in HS. Pro gun, pro bible, pro TeaBuggery, anti Obama, anti Regulations, anti Gun Control, and anti rational thinking.
Which brings me to the Reverend Huckabee. Evangelical sick man Bryan Fischer. Pat Dollard. and others.
From the Church of Ineffable Stupidity:
At least Sarah Palin learned her Retreat vs. Reload lesson. Given how much abuse I have directed at her over the past 4-5 years, if she does something right, not only is it a major surprise, but I feel almost compelled to reward good behavior. Her words could have come from any rational, empathic, thinking individual:
My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy in Connecticut today. Words can’t express the horror everyone feels in seeing such evil manifested against innocent children. Nothing could be worse than the murder of innocent children. Let’s all pray for the victims, their families, and the whole nation.Thank you, Mrs. Palin. Those words could (and have been) expressed by many here at dKos.
Even Michele Bachmann acted with what appears to be dignity and empathy:
My thoughts and prayers are with the children, teachers and families in Connecticut as they mourn this heartbreaking tragedy.As for the majority of the GOP, TeaBaggers, or the NRA, it ain't purty. In fact, it is downright ugly.
David Frum, a former speech writer for W, tweeted, sarcastically as I have learned
Shooting at CT elementary school. Obviously, we need to lower the age limit for concealed carry so toddlers can defend themselves.Unfortunately, some gun nuts like Frum's idea, and are taking it seriously, rather than understanding it to be satire. Thanks to those who educated me on Frum here.
Michele Malkin attacked the "liberals" for abusing the situation, and being disgusting in their efforts to politicize this event.
Mike Hucksterbee took the cake, at least temporarily, by claiming that God caused this to happen because, no, let's use his own words on Fox. It is only fair:
”We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability.”Right, Mike. It's our fault because we took god out of schools.
Say, Mike, most of Europe is pretty agnostic these days. How many kids have been killed in their schools, because they took Her (its?) image out of schools?
But even Hucksterbee could not maintain his crown of frown. It took only moments before Bryan Fischer, quite possibly one of the sickest bastards in America, could beat out the Huckster:
(WARNING! IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH, OR CARE AT ALL ABOUT HUMANITY, READ THE FOLLOWING QUOTE WITH CAUTION. A BUCKET OR QUICK ACCESS TO YOUR TOILET TO CATCH YOUR VOMIT IS RECOMMENDED)
“You know the question’s gonna come up, where was God? I thought God cared about the little children, God protected the little children. Where was God when all this went down? And here’s the bottom line: God is not gonna go where he’s not wanted. Now we have spent, since 1962, this, we’re 50 years into this now, we have spent 50 years telling God to get lost. Telling God, we do not want you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you before football games, we don’t want to pray to you at graduation, we don’t want anyone talking about you in a graduation speech.”Football games? FOOTBALL GAMES? Your god caused a sick young adult to kill 20 children in cold blood BECAUSE WE DON'T PRAY BEFORE FOOTBALL GAMES?
“We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve gotta invite me back into your world first. I’m not gonna go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentleman.’”
For those who don't know Fischer, the term wackjob does him no justice. As late as January, 2012, he claimed that HIV does not cause AIDS, (which he calls a hoax used to justify wasting federal funds) but rather recreational drug use does. Two of his more famous quotes was to claim that the president "despises the constitution, ... nurtures a hatred for the white man, and aims to destroy capitalism," as well as the truly disgusting:
"God is obviously looking for is more Phinehases in our day"
Phineas is the orthodox saint who became famous for assassinating anyone who broke god's moral laws ( ie, Israelites having sex with Midianites), and is credited fixing Israel's moral code by banishing the worship of false idols. Killing in god's name is a blessing, according to Phineas. Adulterers, agnostics, gays, mormons, humanists (especially humanists) are precisely the kind of targets that Fischer would like to be Phineated.
I don't think it can be put any simpler than, Bryan Fischer is one sick fuck.
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On second thought, perhaps those who took Frum seriously are on to something. Perhaps, arming teachers would instill more authority in the classroom, AND allow teachers to shoot first, ask questions second, thereby preventing future Newtowns. Perhaps arming young students would allow them to defend themselves. Perhaps we should start training them in the womb.
As I look back to my HS days, and think of how immature, how sick, and how temperamental my "friends" - the future TeaBuggerers were, thinking of them with concealed weapons, armed, stupid, and willful, yeah, adding more guns to the mix would really be something. Something ineffably stupid.
THREE more groups deserve our scorn:
What fucker of a fucking production editor decided to put little boys and girls on live TV? Honestly, have you fucking fucked up fuck-headed fuckers fucked your brains so fucking much that you think it was alright to televise a little kid after such a horror? SERIOUSLY? I can't contain my anger enough other than to say, FUCK YOU.
The autolobotimized morans from the Michigan legislature voted to allow students to conceal weapons and take them to school. Not just school, but, " to carry concealed weapons in places such as schools, churches, day-care centers, sports arenas and stadiums, hospitals, bars and taverns, and college campuses."
Oh, goody. I can see it now. The Bears travel to Lions territory, and a Chicago fan, rapidly self-medicating with Jaeger, stands up, "Hey, Lions! You Suck!"
End of taunt.
All this law needs is Snyder's signature. And you thought GOPers couldn't get any sicker or any more ineffably stupid.
Finally, the best response has come from the NRA, quite possibly, the people most responsible for unbridled gun show sales, horrible laws on the books re gun ownership and sales, and keeping rational limitations on gun ownership out of the law. Here's what they said:
.Silence says it all, no?
Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America. No comments are necessary.
"Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun."