UNRIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION

All of us tend to get a little peeved when seeing a news item or observing an event that doesn’t sit right with our sensibilities. Fair enough. And our sensabilities may clash with those of our neighbors. Again fair enough. On occasion our perception is sufficient to raise our level of upset to that of righteous indignation.

Then there are those people who go out of their way to find offense. Send a humorous birthday card instead of one proclaiming the celebrant the most wonderful person on Earth? You’ve just made their shit list. Women wearing the same dress to a big gala? Double shit list.

Finally there are those people who find offense not simply to find offense but because they have an agenda. What offends them pales in comparison to true affronts that they ignore. Anything, no matter how petty, innocuous and even well-intentioned, if the action or statement can be construed in a totally negative way these people will be twittering, blogging, or punditing like crazy, intending to raise the ire of their like-minded puppets.

This behavior has been on display by our right wingnuts ever since noon on January 20, 2009. Coincidentally that is the moment when Barack Obama was sworn into office as President. Or maybe not so coincidentally.

There have been the complaints from Fox News and other conservative outlets about Obama’s supposed excess vacations combined with his golf outings detracting from the attention due his high office responsibilities. The problem is, giving credit for accuracy to the numbers they cited, he had taken 115 days off during his first four years. On the other hand, verifiable information on George W. Bush reveals he AVERAGED 120 days of vacation per YEAR.

Yes Obama was presiding over a fitful recovery from recession and some crises in Egypt and Libya and Syria, not to mention his NCAA basketball bracket. But Bush presided over the recession that led to the fitful recovery as well as two wars. Of course his surrogate, Dickie Cheney, was really the one in charge so George’s absences were of no import. But hey, Cheney did find time to shoot a friend in the face.

We are now dealing with Umbrellagate. (While there is cause to object to the suffix of “gate” being used for every scandal, large or small, umbrellas are designed to deflect water.) Yes, the President had the temerity to have a marine hold an umbrella to protect him as he gave a speech. http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/16/obama-breaches-marine-umbrella-protocol/

By the way, The Daily Caller is particularly notable for forensic examioations of non-existent crimes of this nature.

Evidently male marines are forbidden to use umbrellas while on duty.

Yes, the Marines are often forced to get wet while standing outside the White House because they cannot hold an umbrella. Yes, the Marine Corps uniform regulations state a Marine cannot hold an umbrella. But Marine spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan explained to the Washington Post that, according to Title 10 of the U.S. Code, Marines must “perform such other duties as the President may direct.”

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/05/presidents-umbrella-scandal-folded-it-could-take/65372/

Now those seeking to ensure our national holidays are properly observed…never mind big bellied shirtless males swigging beer while charring hot dogs and chicken breasts…a young lady finds herself needing to perform that horrible and degrading human function of urination (but, hey, wouldn’t ur-i-nation be very apt for the Fourth of July?). Yes, she tweets about it…somehow no triviality of human conduct eludes the twittersphere…but she’s criticized for degradation of our holiday honoring fallen soldiers.

But in this case the peeing young lady is one Lena Dunham who has recently garnered some measure of fame due to a cable TV series.  http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/05/28/lena_dunham_tweets_about_peeing_on_memorial_day_and_conservatives_explode.html

More importantly to offended eyes she also had the gall to produce campaign ads for Obama. That fact alone makes her patriotism suspect to the wingnuts.

So the next time you read of Obama’s “apology tour” remember it never took place, it never left port. He was booked on Carnival after all.

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  • Little_Minx  On May 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I welcome all that “unrighteous indignation,” because in the long run the Republicans just make themselves look foolish — with any luck in the eyes of enough voters to cost the GOP enough pivotal elections to stave off a Republican majority in the Senate, and maybe even return the House to a Democratic majority.

    The GOP may have just saved one Congressional district, however. Did you see in the news that Michele Bachmann’s just announced she won’t be running for another term in the House, despite representing Minnesota’s most reliably conservative-voting district. This is doubtless due at least in part to the fact that she won by only one percentage point last time (whereas Mitt carried the district with 56%), and has accrued even more political “baggage” since last November. Apparently even her prodigious fund-raising prowess isn’t enough to save her.

    • Little_Minx  On May 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      P.S. “Michele Bachmann: A Fact Checker’s dream”:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/michele-bachmann-a-fact-checkers-dream/2013/05/29/1481a6b8-c85e-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_blog.html?hpid=z3

      1. ‘Barack Obama has a $1.4 billion-a-year presidency of perks and excess’
      2. ‘70 percent of food stamps go to bureaucrats’
      3. ‘I voted against the sequester bill because of cuts to the poor’
      4. ‘The most personal, sensitive, intimate, private health-care information is in the hands of the IRS’
      5. ‘I don’t think I said anything inaccurate in the debates’

      And not of this even includes Bachmann’s memorable story about the woman she said approached her following a public appearance to claim, totally without substantiation, that her (the woman’s) daughter had suffered mental retardation as a direct consequence of a vaccination against HPV.

      • Little_Minx  On May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        And this Top 10 list — “Michele Bachmann In Overdrive: Her 10 Greatest Hits”:
        http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/michele-bachmann-in-overdrive-her-10-greatest-hits/?google_editors_picks=true

        I’d forgotten some of these gems:
        Wanted Media To Investigate Un-American Democrats
        Founding Fathers “Worked Tirelessly” to Abolish Slavery
        ‘Pray Away the Gay’ Therapy
        Hurricane Irene Was God’s Warning to Politicians
        Should a Wife Be ‘Submissive’?
        Bachmann Had Dual Swiss-American Citizenship

        On the plus side (I think), apparently Michele isn’t planning to quit mid-term.

        • umoc193  On May 30, 2013 at 1:09 AM

          Bachmann will not be missed, save for occasional comic relief. But really she’s not so funny when you realize she was empowered to write and/or vote on the nation’s laws.

          A total liar. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/may/29/michele-bachmann-truth-o-meter-politifact/

          • Little_Minx  On May 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

            Agree that Bachmann’s only scary-funny — and not just because of her power to vote on legislation, but also to propound here many false claims. After all, if a Big Lie is repeated enough times, at least some people will start believing it:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie

            Goodness knows Michele’s told some real whoppers already. So if she snags a cable TV news microphone, she’ll doubtless do like Palin and use it to spread more [fertilizer] — though perhaps wind up parting company with said network after a while, as Sarah did once she passed her “sell by” date.

  • Little_Minx  On June 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    PSST, TOURIST! Have you visited this place yet?

    “Eerie photos of deserted island that was once most densely populated place on Earth”:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/31/eerie-photos-of-deserted-island-that-was-once-most-densely-populated-place-on-earth

    “…Gunkanjima, a tiny, barren island off the coast of Nagasaki […] (also called Hasima or Battleship Island) was once a factory town developed by Mitsubishi to get at undersea coal deposits. At its height in the 1940s and ’50s, some 5,200 people reportedly lived there in a space about the size of 12 football fields…”

  • Deke James  On June 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I pee on The Daily Caller and Tucker.

  • Deke James  On June 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Tucker and the Daily Caller got dumped on. They called it a cross variation of the “Cleveland Steamer.”

  • Little_Minx  On June 6, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    I serendipitously came across the following column just now while searching for something else on the P-G website. If I were on Facebook I’d have left a comment of high praise, too! It was good to see old “virtual friends” in the comments section, as well. Like one commenter, I’m not a golfer (although I once walked along with some friends who were playing a round, and toting or wheeling their own bags), but Rob’s stories don’t require a golf background in order to be understood and appreciated:
    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/morning-file/best-course-strategy-for-boy-caddie-was-to-keep-mouth-shut-684737

    Fore!

    • toadsly  On June 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      You are too kind.

      • Little_Minx  On June 6, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Au contraire, dear Toadsly! Just telling the truth, objectively observed. UMOC also had high praise for your latest LTE, which was a gem notwithstanding my being unfamiliar with the subject.

        • toadsly  On June 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

          Again, thank you. I might add that UMOC is one of the best wordsmiths I have ever read. And that’s high praise, because I’m a voracious reader. And I think both of us could learn quite a bit about writing from you.

          • Little_Minx  On June 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

            At the risk of “telling tales out of school,” UMOC once asked me for writing advice. Honestly, there wasn’t much to say, besides tailoring his work for the audience he intends (e.g., if submitting something to a publication).

            Sometimes the hardest part of the writing life is simply applying one’s derrière to the computer chair in a consistent manner 😉

            • toadsly  On June 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

              Absolutely! And, I think, dedicated writers are essentially loners who spend a lot of time wondering and wandering around in their own minds.

              • umoc193  On June 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM

                I haven’t been around for a time…I was afraid I’d get too big-headed from some of the compliments being slung my way. But my restraint has enabled me to be just the right size big-headed. That’s a relief.

                And a certain nonentity keeps leaving comments that he knows will never be published. He, of course, does that to annoy me. However, when one appears it takes a mere 4-5 clicks to relegate it to oblivion where it belongs. Actually, it would only take one but in order to even get to that point he has to create an entire new email address. My extra steps entail adding new addresses to my shit list so he cannot kwwp uaing them.

  • Little_Minx  On June 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Anyone else watch the new “Inspector Lewis” tonight? Am so sad that this will be the last season.

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