Operation: Collateral DamageJune 6th, 2007 at 9:35 pm by Smantix
I suppose this is where I wade in with 2 years worth of historical enmity marked up in dozens of hyperlinks but I’m going to forego that as it would require all that meta-meta-minutiae of Tennessee blogger stuff that no one cares about.
People don’t want to read links. They want you to do it for them and tell them what they should think about it (Gregg Glennwald readers I’m looking in your direction). Something I’ve known for years but a lesson many did not learn until today apparently. Click the “Outclick” on your Sitemeter and you’ll know it’s true. Uninformed people wanting to get angry about anything in particular and then commenting on stories they never read.
Which brings us to today.
First off, the only bigoted thing in my post (that started all this) was Steve Gilliard’s creation of a blackfaced Michael Steele. You can la-la-la-la-la and cover your ears and say “racist, racist, racist” all you want but it doesn’t change the fact that such edgy humor is only acceptable to one side of the spectrum. We can go over the post line-by-tasteless-line. The comments section as well. Some of our trolls wanted to add gratuitous “context” to Gilliard’s minstrel musings but that was about as entertaining as adding Bea Arthur to Aunt B’s menstrual musings.
Which, the entire idea of, quite frankly is making my penis as numb as a diabetic’s foot:
You’re hurting your fellow liberal bloggers.
I can’t make that any more clear. Your behavior is hurting us. Just fucking stop it.
Because there’s nothing The Patriarchy ™ likes hearing more than the plaintive wail of the feminist screeching “stop you’re hurting me!”
Stay strong, sister.
Jerry Falwell Ronald Reagan US contractors hanging from a bridge in Fallujah the dead.
Not the black. That “the dead” was black was inconsequential only insofar as his color made him a useful tool for white liberals to obscenely attack conservative blacks in a way they would be pilloried over if they had done it themselves.
Maligning the dead is a subject I know that is very near and dear to one Jesus General who would never, under any circumstances, do such a horrible thing to make a humorous or political point. The General bleeds irony, soldier.
Also being a member of the “satire” community, as clearly marked on our site, I’d like to say that no one needs to contact JC’s employer for making fun of dead soldiers as he is not representing anyone other than himself*. Sympatico.
Now maybe the General is just getting bad information from his advisers or maybe he’s got a tactical ear of Rumsfeldian proportions, but he fragged some of his most loyal troops today. He rolled a grenade right into the Nashville Is Talking tent. Because sometimes you have to destroy the village in order to save it.
That they slept peacefully under the blanket you, no doubt, provided and then have the Obamanian audacity to question the manner in which you provided it? Treason I say.
Such decisions take courage ordinary civilians don’t understand, sir. In fact, the site is goddamned lucky you acted when you did – else the whole shithouse could have been curling its toes in a Fredgasm any minute.
Back to Brittney turning in her blogger badge. Anyone who really reads what she has been saying would know that she has been burnt out for a while. She’s said as much. People who get 20 hits on their site a day and crap their pants when they get 40 aren’t exactly encumbered by the expectation that when the clock strikes 10 that it’s magic time. That she got inundated with insults from her own side because for crying-out loud you’ve got to point your manufactured outrage somewhere is the zenith of irony. She was pointing her readers to me so that they would insult me. The same way Jesus General pointed his readers to Nashville Is Talking to insult her.
It’s a vicious cycle, I know. Who feels like ending it?
I’ve been more critical of Brittney and the Nashville Is Talking experiment more than anyone else combined. Bar none. And I don’t want it to end like that.
Someone gave me a valuable piece of employment advice on a job long forgotten – “if you quit now, you can’t draw unemployment later”.
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT: If past is prologue, I can already tell from the JG comments section that this post is a bridge too far.
I am not “enjoying this” as they say.
Ridiculing people in blackface is wrong no matter who is doing it. Ridiculing the dead is wrong – whether I’m doing it to Gilliard or other people are doing it over flag-draped coffins.
Not so much a slam against the General as a slam against the casual cruelty that earns accolades in this blog business.
WORTH OF EVERY PENNY: The free news daily – The Nashville City Paper decides to join the fracas, with characteristic Old Media depth, claiming that I have slurred a “respected liberal blogger” and used many other slurs. Er, that’s certainly one way to put it. The wrong way but a way nonetheless. It would have been nice had they acknowledged that said respected liberal blogger is only known for having called Michael Steele, a black Republican, a “house negro” and his posting of the now infamous and hideous minstrel caricature of Steele was too much background for the City Paper’s reporter to provide.