Friday, June 27, 2014

Of Insects, Idiots, and Ann Coulter . . . But I Repeat Myself

"I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer."

Ann Coulter, who seems to have her knickers  in a twist over the World Cup said that HEREShe also doesn't like the metric system.

Dang -- I'd always understood that all four of my great-grandfathers were born here -- several generations removed from the Old Country. And yet I've been watching the World Cup. How could this be? Hanky panky with immigrants way back on my family tree? But then I was one of those liberal soccer moms (Ann hates them too) who was brainwashed into enjoying a sport that only occasionally involves brutal body contact (Ann likes brutal body contact. It makes us more American, evidently.)

There's so much I'd like to say about AC but, really, she speaks for herself. And if I said much more, I'd start using all the Bad Language at my disposal.  And so I'll move on . . .


Let's consider Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who stated at an event back in January that the US was founded on the Bible and that the word 'religion' in the First Amendment refers only to Christianity.  

"Buddha didn't create us," he explains. "Mohammed didn't create us. It's the God of the Holy Scriptures."

Well, that's pretty conclusive, Roy. Thanks for clearing that up. You can read the whole text  HERE  -- including Moore's retraction after being called out by the American Civil Liberties Union.

 As some wise someone said, "You're entitled to your own beliefs. You aren't entitled to your own facts."    


Closer to home, Speaker of the NC House of Representatives and candidate for the US Senate, Thom Tillis has an interesting take on who is a 'traditional North Carolinian' -- hint: he's not talking about the Native Americans.  It's well worth reading Cynthia (self described as a 'life long North Carolinian and a life long black person') Greenlee's takedown HERE 


Conservative Christian David Barton is longing for the good old days when women didn't vote. It was more Biblical, that way, with the husband -- biblically the head of the family -- making those decisions. This article explains why getting rid of the female vote would be a boon to the GOP -- all those 'traditional' voters.  

I'm not suggesting that any but the farthest fringes of the Right think this might be a good idea -- but I'll bet there are some who dream of it.. 

Okay, got that political stuff out of my system for a while.   I haven't even mentioned fracking  . . .. . .


Or Dick Cheney's advice on Iraq . . . or the Koch brothers' strangle hold on our government . . .

Or climate change denial . . . or homophobia  . . . or . . . no, no more for now.

Here is a pretty flower.


15 comments:

Merisi said...

Some are lurching and blundering towards another Fourth of July, and I am wondering what they are celebrating.

Mary Anne Rudolph said...

Today is hiking day. Going to Andrews Bald with our club. We have an unwritten agreement to NOT talk politics or religion etc. May we all walk in beauty, beauty is all around us. I WILL look at the pretty flowers and lose myself in nature.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

It is hard to decide which of your photos I like best this morning. It is amazing how many issues on which I agree with you. I like what Mary Ann just said...nature does help us focus even though our minds are boiling. Yes World Cup! Soccer moms rule.

Anonymous said...

Coulter’s inexplicable hatred of the Other is one reason why we should Never Trust Ann Coulter - at ANY Age, a new book available at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

Brian Miller said...

ha. it is interesting how exclusive we are when we start talking about freedom of our beliefs eh? ugh....AC and i would not get along i figure...ha...

Alan Burnett said...

Sharp wit, barbed comments and splendid sentiments - words and images in perfect harmony.

Vicki Lane said...

As you know, I do concentrate on the pretty flowers and the nice things of life. But sometimes the other side of the spectrum reaks out in such egregious claptrap that I can't help but take notice.

I DON'T hate all conservatives -- I believe that they have valid points on many issues and I believe that our government benefits from a balance of views but I wish that the moderate conservatives would speak up more to disavow lunatics and haters like AC and her ilk.

mountainspring said...

All these current day absurdities kind of make the Teapot Dome scandal look a little tame. Sad!

Triss said...

Thank you for the sharp words and consoling flowers.

NCmountainwoman said...

My biggest problem is not what these idiots say, but why on earth the "news" reporters give them any platform at all. Science has become politicized and the facts are ignored.

Love your photographs and your views of the current situations are spot on.

Polly Iyer said...

Such a great, on-the-mark post, I shall share it on Facebook.

Ellis Vidler said...

Excellent post, Vicki. You always say it well, and I agree wholeheartedly.
The gorgeous photos scattered throughout help ease the heartburn. :-)

Victoria said...

Great post, Vicki...thank you for the flower, I'll take it. Coulter and her ilk make me CRAZY mad. I get headaches trying to figure out how such irrational people have got so much of America agreeing with them. I guess stupidity loves company...

Thérèse said...

There is some steam here today.
You are such a poet Vicky!

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

And you didn't even mention Rupert Murdoch. Be careful; the Brown Shirts can't be far behind. OBTW: Loved the shot of the male Dobson Fly. Jim