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Does anyone here really watch Duck Dynasty?  Does anyone here really care what this Robertson guy has to say?  Is anyone here really supportive of his worldview?

No.

So why all of the diaries about it?  I can see two or three.  5 at most.  After that...what's left to say?  Not a damned thing.  It's just quacking to the choir.  And a pointless competition to see who can take the most umbrage from what a nobody had to say, in a tedious effort to prove their street cred as a bona fide progressive.

I get it...you disapprove of this yahoo.  But, please...can't we just quit flogging what is obviously a dead horse?

I don't care about Phil Robertson's political views.

I don't care about Lindsay Lohan's political views.

Nor Ted Nugent's.

Nor Glenn Beck's.

Nor Clint Eastwood's.

Nor Paula Deen's.

Couldn't care less about Kim Kardashian.  Or any of her sisters.  Or her mother.

I don't care who Kanye West has insulted lately.

I don't care about who George Zimmerman is currently sleeping with, and whether it's a healthy relationship or not.  That's between him and his partner.

I don't care about every kid in any given school that may get bullied.  You know why?  EVERYONE got bullied growing up, at some point or another.  It's not so much the bullying as it is how you deal with it.  The individual has to confront it, with the guidance of their parents...not the school system.  It's not in their control.

I don't care about Sheriff Joe.  He's an elected official, and it's a local matter.  Take it up with the people who vote for him.  Making him a piñata constantly on this site is just preaching to the choir.  Do you think it does anything except make you feel morally superior?

Michele Bachman, Louis Gohmert, Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn are pathetic jokes.  We all know that.  So...who might potentially challenge them?  That's worth writing about.

Nobody needs to be reminded that Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas are hostile to abortion rights, and everyone pretty much knows where their respective legislators stand.  See above.  What can we do about it?  Instead of seeing who can write the most dismissive and cutting profile of this legislator or that?  The people who vote for them aren't reading this stuff.  It's purely for style points in a rarefied community.

I don't care who got cut from Dancing with the Stars last night.

I don't care if Liz Cheney gets along with her sister.

I don't care what a washed up has been like Rick Santorum has been up to lately, or what his latest soundbite consists of.

We need to quit quacking to the choir and refocus.  And we should try to resist the lemming like urge to follow the latest bullshit outrage by piling diary upon diary upon diary on top of issues that are, admittedly, offensive...but that do not really lend themselves to some sort of action.

I wonder...how many of the 65 diarists that have written about Duck Dynasty have ever even watched the show, or heard of this Robertson guy before it became "news"?  I'm guessing not many.

I know I never have seen the show.  The first I ever heard about it was right here.

We got real issues to deal with folks.

Unemployment.  Both short and long term.

Hunger.

Lack of job opportunities for all Americans, and especially recent grads who have leveraged their education to the hilt and are looking at a job abyss.

A Military Industrial Complex that everyone has been warned about since Dwight D Eisenhower was in office, yet continues to grow like a cancer.

A Medical Care system that, in spite of ACA, seems to be growing in cost because...well, just because it can, and you either pay the price of fuck you.

A crumbling national infrastructure, that becomes more expensive to repair by the minute because of the grinding quicksand of present day politics and bureaucracy and the need for "consensus."

War and peace.

Climate change.

I know those are big issues.  And I understand the temptation to focus instead on the small, silly ones.  

Like Duck Dynasty.

But while it may feel good, it really doesn't do anything.  

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, terrybuck

    Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

    by Keith930 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 02:54:19 PM PST

  •  because it's easy (1+ / 0-)
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    Keith930

    Much easier to write a diary taking the bigots supporting the bigot to task than trying to come to grips with income inequality. Also, people LIKE these diaries. Heck, I made fun of Ross Douthat this morning because after this beast of a semester I was having trouble getting back into my role as writer here.

    But of course you're correct.

    •  and I usually don't like Hunter, but I (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge

      couldn't help reading about the mess that Dana Rohrbacher left in his rental.  It's fun...I get it.  

      I just get tired of the piling on effect that so often occurs here...to no end.  There's something about it that makes me feel a bit uneasy.

      Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

      by Keith930 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 03:09:41 PM PST

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  •  So what do we DO about (0+ / 0-)
    Unemployment.  Both short and long term.

    Hunger.

    Lack of job opportunities for all Americans, and especially recent grads who have leveraged their education to the hilt and are looking at a job abyss.

    A Military Industrial Complex that everyone has been warned about since Dwight D Eisenhower was in office, yet continues to grow like a cancer.

    A Medical Care system that, in spite of ACA, seems to be growing in cost because...well, just because it can, and you either pay the price of fuck you.

    A crumbling national infrastructure, that becomes more expensive to repair by the minute because of the grinding quicksand of present day politics and bureaucracy and the need for "consensus."

    War and peace.

    Climate change.

    Aren't we just preaching to the choir here on these too?
    Aren't the rants at certain personalities' public pronouncements and the action calls attendant on them, worth doing?
    I agree with you on
    Kim Kardashian.  Or any of her sisters.  Or her mother.

    I don't care who Kanye West has insulted lately.

    I don't care about who George Zimmerman is currently sleeping with,

    And the Duck guy and Paula Deen are so inconsequential in the scheme of things that talking about them only increases their damage, but some of these people actually move the needle when they talk and letting that go unchallenged is letting them gain strength.
    The better rants are accompanied by actions of one form or another.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 03:14:09 PM PST

    •  i don't know, CwV...all I know is that (0+ / 0-)

      personalizing it and indulging in smack towards obvious and stationary targets is lazy and nonproductive.  

      It is almost a sort of porn.  and an attempt to be accepted by, and praised by, the community at large.  

      Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

      by Keith930 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 03:38:41 PM PST

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      •  It's also boring after about the fifth iteration. (0+ / 0-)

        But venting is one of the functions of a community and the advantage here (as opposed to at your local) is that you don't have to open the diary.
        Since I don't have a Tv and really couldn't care less about the characters on it, it just seems like a waste of bandwidth but that's how some people roll.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 03:46:15 PM PST

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  •  I won't comment on the fact that you just wrote (3+ / 0-)
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    River Rover, librarisingnsf, doroma

    another diary about duck dude.

    But I really haven't seen that many diaries about it. Either there aren't that many, or they are really easy to avoid.

    Why not avoid them?

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 03:20:05 PM PST

  •  Sayres's Law in action. n/t (0+ / 0-)

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