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Buchenwald

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Merely a slave labor camp.”



Dear lovey, this job will be the death of me!

Forgive me for my brief return to a blog post, but the day we refer to any murdering camp of the Nazis as “merely a slave labor camp,” we have lost any sense of humanity.

This is another reason to quit blogging: too many bloggers make me so goddamn sick to be part of the same species.

Bless you all (as much as an atheist like me can).

Etc etc.

Yeah, I know: I need a new blog.

Update: Parting shot, left over at the source of the nonsense (in case you didn’t click on through for fear of the taint)…

Rand –

I think if you simply said something like “my use of the word ‘merely’ in reference to Buchenwald as a slave labor camp was in error, a poorly chosen word in the midst of writing a lengthy blog post,” everyone who has taken exception would – whether they believed you or not (and I, for one, would accept you at your word) – let it go.

Instead, you choose the self-righteous path of indignation (don’t feel bad, I did the same from time to time when blogging, much to my dismay these days).

It was NOT “merely a slave labor camp,” as has been pointed out.

Further, I fail to see how running a camp designed to purposefully extract labor, until death, in support of a war machine that was partially dedicated to genocide in other camps, is morally separable from the devoted death camps themselves.

If I make you hold a gun to an innocent man’s head while I squeeze the trigger, am I “merely” a witness to the crime?

Just admit your word choice was poor and move along.

About sums it up.

Will he do it?

I doubt it.

Update Again: More from John Cole.

One More Update: Blake, in the comments, draws my attention to this bit of right-wing insanity around Rachael Ray and the scarf that murdered 3000 Americans.

It’s official: you right-wing folks have lost your minds, completely and absolutely.

We probably ought to put Ms. Ray (and those like her, meaning short and cute and fashionable) in an internment camp for the safety of the American people. I hear Malkin’s a big fan of that sort of thing.

Final Update, Maybe: There were a few other comments that were left on this post by new visitors, but for some reason WordPress refused to approve them (they kept getting put back into my spam list). I have no idea why… so I moved them out one more time, deleted the remaining spam, and it went ahead and deleted the non-spam comments too.

Not a bug, but a feature. Woo.

OK, This is Really It: Yep, “merely a slave labor camp.” Merely.


Love That Drug War

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

…ruining lives across the decades:

A woman who escaped a Detroit prison camp 32 years ago and fled to Southern California, where she married and raised three children, was back in custody Wednesday following her arrest last week at her Carmel Valley home.

Marie Walsh, 53, was known as Susan Lefevre in 1975 when she was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for conspiracy and violation of drug laws, according to the U.S. Marshals Service…

Walsh, who has lived in Carmel Valley for 10 years, said her family knew nothing of her former identity and fugitive status prior to her arrest.

Walsh characterized her reformed, family-oriented ways as grounds for mercy and lenience when she faces justice again in the Midwest.

Arrested under idiotic laws three decades ago, the continuing idiocy is now going to rip apart a family and punish a woman who has long since put her life on the right track.

Hooray for the drug war!

Well, Yeah, But They’re Not Real Jews

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Anti-Defamation League blasts Ben Stein and the other cretins behind “Expelled.”

The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler’s genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

God might have resurrected Jesus, but I doubt even He could bring back Ben Stein’s integrity or career.

(found, of course, via PZ Myers)

Update: Over at National Review Online, John Derbyshire – who, when not talking about homosexuals, displays an ability to be rational – also takes Stein to task for the “science leads to killing people” nonsense (see my post below).

He then asks:

And there are NRO readers who are on board with this dreck? I need a drink.

Better get a keg, John – I’m willing to bet that most of the far right is on board with this dreck.

Ben Stein Learns That When You Lie Down With Creationists

Monday, April 28th, 2008

you get up talking lies.


That’s right, he actually said:

“Science leads you to killing people.”

14:59:99.

*ding!*

Now go away, Ben, you senile, old, blathering fool.

Exercises in Futility, A Series*

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

The only person dumber than the guy who buys a lottery ticket**, is the guy who carefully fills out the choose-your-own-numbers Powerball card, takes it to the register to be scanned, and – when it won’t scan – actually takes the time to read out every number on 10 tickets so the cashier can punch them into the machine.

Because, you know, that extra effort (and annoyance for people in line behind him) is really going to change his chances of winning.

Plus, he was a redneck with very hairy ear canals and a truck.

He probably will win.

* OK, not really. Just seemed a good title.

** Like, say, yours truly.

Awesome! Two More Years…

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

of Larry King’s hard-hitting journalism:

Exclusive: Sources tell TVNewser that CNN and Larry King have agreed to a contract extension, which will keep the anchor with the network through 2010, beyond his 77th birthday.

His brain, which apparently died sometime in early 2000, was upset to have been left out of the negotiations.

So, in our time of war, an economy in a downturn, and with a Presidential election looming, Larry King will continue to bring us the keen insights of psychic frauds like Sylvia Browne.

Way to go, CNN!

John McCain Hates America!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

From McCain’s speech in historic Selma, Alabama today:

In his speech, McCain reminded of the courage and cause of Martin Luther King Jr. and of John Lewis, who took the first blow of an Alabama state trooper’s baton and who now is a Democratic congressman from Georgia.

“There must be no forgotten places in America, whether they have been ignored for long years by the sins of indifference and injustice, or have been left behind as the world grew smaller and more economically interdependent,” McCain declared. “In America, we have always believed that if the day was a disappointment, we would win tomorrow. That’s what John Lewis believed when he marched across this bridge. That’s what he still believes; what he still fights to achieve: a better country than the one he inherited.”

“A better country than the one he inherited.”

Hmmm, and here I thought that America was the best country. As in, ain’t no gettin’ better than that, commie pinko liberals.

Hey, McCain, just what is so wrong with America right now?

I expect the outrage of the right wing blogosphere over this insult to our great nation to be deafening.

(pin drop)

(feather drop)

(subatomic particle impacting the floor at an indeterminate velocity)

Odd, they sure seem to get in a huff when a Democrat says something equally benign.

Update: Still all quiet on the wingnut front.

No response yet from Michelle Obama proclaiming that “the United States of America has always been the best country, ever, a super-duper one even.” We should probably investigate her for treason.

Update 2: Far, far be it from me to jump to conclusions about anyone, but – uh – in this case, I seem to think that all the right-wing overreactions to godless anti-Americanism by the liberal candidates-to-be, have been – what’s the kind word for it? – oh yes, buckets of Republican horse shit.

Now, someone get me my lapel flag pin so I can prove I am a patriot.

All Dogs Go to Heaven?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

…well, except for Martha Stewart’s:

Martha Stewart’s dog Paw Paw, who was a familiar face on her television show and in her magazine, has died of renal failure.
Paw Paw and Stewart

The 60-pound chow, whose full name was Kublai Khan Paw Paw Chow Chow Chow, was almost 13. Stewart had owned him since he was born, and had named him Paw Paw for his large paws, a spokeswoman said.

Speaking from the canine afterlife (I was kidding about him not going to doggy Heaven, see), he admitted no greater shame in life than being named Kublai Khan Paw Paw Chow Chow Chow, wishing he had instead been named Peter.

No Child Left Behind?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Heck, here in Colorado, we might as well just push the kids down and run away giggling something about “bureaucracy.”

The principal at Runyon Elementary sent a letter home to parents saying he’s “astounded” at the reaction of the Colorado Department of Education after his fourth grade teachers realized the CSAP writing test used a question which students practiced with earlier…

Hilliard’s letter states that during the written portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests for fourth graders, teachers realized the real question was one used by students during a practice session. The letter states that a teacher remembered this question from a CSAP test several years ago and used it in class thinking it would never be used again.

The letter states that once teachers realized the issue, they contacted CDE with hopes of getting a different written test to administer to these students…

The district asked the state for any accommodations like taking another version of the written test or using a question from a previous year. Instead, the Department of Education decided to invalidate the test and give zeroes to 60 of the students who took the written portion.

That’ll teach those kids a lesson in honesty.

The Next Trent Lott?

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Could be U.S Representative (R-KY) Geoff Davis:

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Hebron Republican, compared Obama and his message for change similar to a “snake oil salesman” [at a Northern Kentucky Lincoln Day dinner].

He said in his remarks at the GOP dinner that he also recently participated in a “highly classified, national security simulation” with Obama.

“I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button,” Davis said. “He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”

“That boy.” That’s gonna go over well.

Oh yeah, and then the little tidbit about revealing the goings-on in a “highly classified, national security simulation.” Smooth.

I suppose Rep. Davis would be happy just to nuke’em all and let his God sort them out (especially the brown folks, seeing as how he can’t tell them apart)…

Whoops: Looks like Davis has issued a non-pology.

It was just “a poor choice of words” and was not “meant to impugn” Obama or his integrity.

Well, no, and I don’t think anyone said it did… what it appeared to do was reveal a large chunk of personal disrespect (and a small bit of latent racist tendencies perhaps), as well as impugn Obama’s ability to defend the country in a time of dire need (not much I can think of more dire than a nuclear attack, unless it’s someone first moving small Kansas towns closer to Denver so they can see the mushroom cloud).

I’ve no plans to vote for Obama; I just think public mouthpieces shouldn’t say stupid things and then act like they didn’t (Reference: Obama, bitter, small-town folks, paraphrasing apology).

Update: John Cole adds:

And before the weak attempts to claim that the use of “boy” was just due to an age differential, let me point out that this casting call reject from O Brother Where Art Thou is 49 years old. Obama is 45.

Oh, sure, but if Geoff was 18 and Obama was 14, would we really be having this discussion?

OK, fine, what if Obama was 14 and white?