I’m going to be ill.

I just witnessed Ann Coulter… Ryan Sager has all the details, but essentially I watched as a popular conservative commentator called Muslims “ragheads”.

And now the line for her book signing is stretching hundreds of feet throughout the conference hall, with young and impressionable minds thick amongst their number, and the crowd is so thick in her session that when they stand to applaud they shake the camera stand and overwhelm the gain on the microphones.

And this is who’s invited to CPAC. And who we’ll remember, despite the hundreds of other speeches.

Sad, isn’t it? That those talking in sensible tones will be forgotten for the loudmouths with braggadocio. What happened to the impassioned and dedicated work of smart and talented men and women on behalf of the duty of a grateful nation? Is it lost upon the masses in favor of the reptilian revenge driven brain? The five second soundbyte generation?

I think I’m going to go be ill.

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13 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    Yeah, the thing that’s distressing about people like Coulter isn’t that they’re out there. Of course they’re out there, there’s jerks everywhere. It’s that she gets invited places like CPAC and she gets airtime and people agree to sell her book and run her articles. She’s entitled to her opinion and to say what she wants, but she’s the political version of a fart in a comedy movie. No quality or imagination, just a crude exclamation to get a reaction. And just like that fart joke, she diminishes the perceived quality of what she’s included in.

  2. Abraxas (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    And calling some Muslims (the ones who engage in terrorist activities) “Ragheads” is different than calling poor white American Christians “Rednecks” how, exactly? Have you ever inveighed against that particular form of speech whenever you’ve heard it? If not, why not?

    She’s speaking her mind. Good for her. Do you have an issue with the point of her speech, or just the fact that she dropped the “R” word (no, not “Republican”) the way Al Sharpton drops “White Interlopers” or Jesse Jackson drops “Hymietown”.

    Except she’s not condemning a race, she’s condemining murderers. A shame you have a problem with that.

  3. Ardsgaine (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    I just went and tossed my copy of “Treason” into the garbage can.

    I guess she’s aiming for the job of speech writer for Pat Buchanan.

  4. Don (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

    Nice strawman you got there, Abraxas. Make that yourself? Nobody said squat against condeming murder, just using hate speech while doing it. Klansmen speak their minds too, and I defend their right to do so. I just think it makes them jerks. I suspect you’re gonna come up empty if you think you’re going to get some rousing defense of Sharpton or Jackson from me or Tom, too.

  5. Jenn L (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 12:15 am

    There are far more effective and intelligent means of condemnation than hate speech and fearmongering.

  6. rightwingconspirator (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 12:46 am

    I was at the CPAC speech too, so if anyone was wondering if maybe she got misquoted or something, trust me, it was every bit as offensive as implied and then some.

    There was a group at CPAC called Muslims for America, which works to convice Muslims that the Republican party is the right party for them. When the time came for people to ask questions, a representative from the group went up, and, very respectfully, asked her not to judge 1.5 billion muslims based on the actions of a very, very small minority. She basically shot him down, saying that 3,000 dead Americans gave her the right to say whatever she wanted. That is as ridiculous as saying all catholics are child molesters based on the actions of a few priests.

    She then continued on, calling Republican leaders in Washington p*ssies for not fighting the democrats more often. She also spoke of moderate Republicans with nearly as much contempt as she shows liberals.

    I was really disappointed. I had been looking forward to hearing her speak, but the whole thing seemed forced, and was incredibly innapropriate. She acted exactly like the stereotypical “racist, bigoted Republican” that the democrats try to make us out to be.

  7. Abraxas (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 3:30 am


    Your righteousness does not impress – neither does your weak attempt at, well, whatever it is you’re attempting. Coulter called an entire class of murderers rapists and thugs a “bad” name. Does that hurt your feelings? Please don’t think I care.

    Sorry you don’t actually understand what broadening the debate is, what with your bleating about strawmen. I see that my questions go unanswered. It seems you and others are more interested in debating HOW something is said than WHAT is said. I’m glad she used the word. She’s a barometer for many of us “knuckle-draggers” out here in the digital wasteland who are done being nice and trying to understand the enemy.

    Let me put it more plainly since either by intentional misunderstanding to show how bad-ass you are by using an overused term like “strawman”, or honest lack of comprehension, you did not understand me the first time:

    1) She called murderers “ragheads”.

    Not muslims.
    Not arabs.

    It’s as if someone called the entire population of California’s Death Row “assholes”. It wasn’t aimed at a meta-culture, religion or race. It ain’t “hate speech”, Don – it’s the truth.

    2) Has the author of this blog EVER had this much to say about the off-hand derogatory comment of anyone else in the public sphere? If not, why not? Is it because he’s that misogynistic and racist? (Not that I believe he is, but that shows you and anyone else who wishes to see how easily “hate” accusations; -speech, -codes, whatever can be levied. In fact it’s so easy, even you can do it, Don.) I see bloggers who get the vapors about this subject as more misguided (but I will credit, sincere) people attempting to show respect to a subculture completely unworthy of the concept.

    As pissed off as the nutjob, murderous, life-sucking scumbag RAGHEAD asswrap terrorists are that hate us; take that, cube it and maybe you’ll get a taste of how some of us are beginning to feel about THEM, and the apologists and symps that would rather us watch our language than identify and exterminate the existential threat these animals pose.

    I’ll cut to the denouement, Don, ’cause my time is precious: I and many others like me are done cutting these animals slack. I don’t pretend to know what motivates them, although anyone with a pulse and a clue to rub together can probably make a pretty shrewd guess. What’s more, I don’t care what motivates them. I want them dead. DEAD. I will support whatever policies make that happen the fastest, even unto pulling the trigger myself if I see a “protester” with a sign such as was shown in Britain this past week. They (terrorists and their symps – otherwise known as “Ragheads”) say they want us dead. That isn’t a figure of speech.

    It ain’t “braggadocio” and it ain’t “revenge” – it’s survival.

    Don’t get in the way.

  8. juandos (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 7:13 am

    Ooh! Ooh! Poor Tommy boy is going to be ill…

    What a damned panty waist!

    Yes, the ragheads are murderers and yes these ragheads are getting help by those other ragheads who don’t lift a finger to stop these sociopathic bastards…

  9. sp (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 8:12 am

    Go Annie! We don’t need professors sipping their merlots and being so very reasonable. We need fighters and brawlers. During WW II was OK to call a Nip a Nip and a Kraut a Kraut. Those times called for anger, hate and contempt, and so do ours.

  10. Buzz Kelly (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 8:53 am

    “What happened to the impassioned and dedicated work of smart and talented men and women on behalf of the duty of a grateful nation? Is it lost upon the masses in favor of the reptilian revenge driven brain?”

    Coulter is the creature we made. As more and more voters judge Conservatism by the Coulters, Malkins, and Savages, remember: We allowed them to gain popularity with our silence.

  11. John Palcewski (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    Coulter is the creature we made. As more and more voters judge Conservatism by the Coulters, Malkins, and Savages, remember: We allowed them to gain popularity with our silence.

    In November you’ll see what these bigots and zealots have brought you. “As you sow, so shall ye also reap.”

    Karl Rove is telling Republicans he’s going to pull a few more rabbits out of his hat, but I think he’s going to end up in the slammer with Scooter and Abramoff and DeLay and….

  12. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 9:37 am

    Gang, I’m closing the comments, I don’t want to encourage the trolls anymore than I already have.

  13. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    I have deleted two comments from that were supposedly posted under the Abraxas name. They do not match his IP address, and I will not tolerate people impersonating one another on this site, it’s against our policies.

    Play nice. Be nice. Be respectful of one another, don’t be a dick. That’s all we ask.

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