OMFG! Actual Guest Post!

You know, I would really like to write about many more things in depth than I do, but unfortunately I cannot.  This is because SJ sends me really interesting and/or infuriating links.  Relentlessly.  I can barely get anything else done, because I want to read all of them.  I am now beginning to suspect that SJ is actually an operative of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy™ on a covert mission to shut down the Palace mockery machine by distracting us with really good reading material.  But I am now onto him.  And I have come up with a clever way to test my hypothesis:  he will be guest posting his timely, time-sucking links right here at the Palace.  This way, my many tens of loyal readers can help me determine whether he is in fact the dangerous double-agent I suspect he is, or the thoughtful writer and commenter he appears to be, with a knack for sniffing out the good stuff on the web.

In either case, I figure we can all go down the rabbit hole together.

Please give a warm Palace welcome to SJ.

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The following email update from ThinkProgress.org offers a pretty decent summation of Republigoon misogyny (plus the usual pathology) this past week:

“Where are the women?” With those four words, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) made the most poignant statement of the week about the House GOP’s attitude towards women. The simple answer to Maloney’s question is that women are being callously left out and left behind by the right wing.

According to a recent Democracy Corps survey, there’s been a net 18-point swing away from Mitt Romney in favor President Obama among unmarried women in the past few months. Why? Because women have been watching and listening to conservatives. Here’s a sampling of what we heard just this past week:

  • GOP Chairman Darrell Issa defending the exclusion of a woman from his all-male panel on contraception: She’s not “appropriate and qualified.” [Read more]
  • Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld explaining why “liberals” support contraception coverage: “It’s more about getting rid of the poor.” [Read more]
  • Right-wing billionaire Foster Friess delivering his contraception advice on MSNBC: “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” [Read more]
  • Virginia Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert rationalizing a state-sponsored bill mandating vaginal probes: A woman already consented to being “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.” [Read more]
  • Fox News’ Liz Trotta justifies why some women are assaulted in the military: “Now what did they expect?” [Read more]
  • Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association on women in combat: “Women are not wired, either by evolution or by God…to be in those positions.” [Read more]
  • Rick Santorum explaining his concerns about women in combat: “People naturally may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved.” [Read more]

At least they’re being honest about what they feel.

–Faiz    Editor-in-Chief, ThinkProgress.org

But who the fuck is Liz Trotta, and what cesspool did she crawl out of? . . . Google pause . . . Oh, the Washington Times. The perfect outlet for a low-level operative in the Right-Wing Ministry of Propaganda. Actually, False News makes her out to be some kind of elite, award-winning journalist. Damn, I thought journalism had some connection with reality. More research needed.

My only quibble is where Faiz says of the ‘Goons, “At least they’re being honest about what they feel.”

That’ll be the day.

If we could be the proverbial fly on the wall and overhear a typical wingnut conversation, I guarantee we would experience a steady stream — no, a deluge — of hate-driven, racist, sexist, homophobic, fascistic, delusional, dogmatic vituperation that would strike fear into the most cynical among us. I mean, just look at the hateful shit they actually say for public consumption. Not to mention some of the stuff they say in private that comes to light from time to time.

From the standpoint of reality, they are fools; but from the standpoint of the life-and-death power struggle known as the culture war, they may actually be winning. I know, it’s hard to believe we have to fight so hard for principles that should be obvious to every educated person living in the 21st Century.

And it’s discouraging that so many liberals with a stake in this are not fighting hard. Why do they wait until the last few minutes of the quadrennial election cycle to start paying attention?

SJ

6 thoughts on “OMFG! Actual Guest Post!

  1. Sj

    i think they ARE being honest – we just also need to hear the more juicy quotes from that fly on the wall. good compilation!

  2. Excellent first guest post – and, hopefully more to follow.

    Why don’t liberals pay attention, you ask. I can think of two responses.

    First, some liberals do speak up about wing-nutty propaganda but it doesn’t get airtime. I would suppose that a wing-nut acting wing-nutty is just expected and passes for newsworthy in the major news outlets, while a liberal who denounces the wing-nut propaganda is branded an extremist.

    Second, wing-nut views are rooted in the belief systems of patriarchal religions. Many liberals get this, but are afraid to come off as attacking religion or as offending the religious in their community. Liberals who get the issue find themselves engaged in a holy war of attrition when they take on the root cause of the wing-nut’s views on women. Since in the wing-nut worldview the US was created based on Christian ideals – heck, Pennsylvania just declared 2012 the Year of the Bible ( WTF?), wing-nuts think they’re playing the ultimate home game and liberals are just the visiting team.

  3. Love the guest post! Your reference to Liz Trotta — “more research needed” prompted me to Google her…. Turns out she is the one in 2008 that made comments on FOX news “expressing an apparent desire that Obama be assassinated prior to the election”. Wow, she is really sick ….
    Keep up the brilliant work SJ and Iris.

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