August 18, 2012 by Julia
I’m going to use Fridays to just list some links to stories that infuriated me in some way each week, but I didn’t have the time, sustained anger, or coherent argument for a blog post about them individually.
1. ‘Tumour’ of Israel will soon be destroyed: Ahmadinejad – Um, hello? The only response is to tut-tut Iran on tolerance grounds? A nation led by nutjob authoritarians actively seeking nuclear weapons threatens Israel, and all the US can think to complain about is that Ahmadinejad used mean words? Even France had a stronger reaction than we did, how embarrassing. Oh, wait, I guess it’s okay–it’s not like Israel is being actively threatened by anyone else or like Jews were subject to extra-egregious Anti-Semitism this week, right? Bonus: the Muslim Brotherhood is crucifying people. Awesome. (in my experience, my Muslim friends and acquaintances think these people are off their rockers. This isn’t a Muslim thing, it’s an extremist thing)
2. I wish my mother had aborted me – This is just . . . wow. This woman’s poor mother had a hard life and made bad choices. It’s very tragic. But if the author had been aborted, what’s to say that her mother wouldn’t have gotten pregnant again shortly thereafter? Or maybe something worse would have happened? Also, how narcissistic is it to suggest that you were personally (accidentally) responsible for ruining someone’s life, when the evidence suggests that her mother was not going to be making the best choices regardless of whether she had a child or not? And why would she say that her mother could not have given her up for adoption, but thinks her mother could have killed her? This whole nihilistic op-ed is diametrically opposed to everything I stand for. I’ll let the Althouse commentariat take it from here.
3. Lunch lady faces fine for feeding poor kids in Pennsylvania – This reminds me of a bumper sticker someone has on their car in the parking lot at the train station: “Don’t steal–the government hates competition.” Here, it’s “Don’t give things to people for free–the government hates competition.” Seriously, how dare a PRIVATE CITIZEN use her OWN TIME AND RESOURCES to help people? Doesn’t she know that the government is busy redistributing other people’s wealth to do something similar, except probably less effective and with more overpaid bureaucrats? I mean, gosh, it’s as bad as a 13-year old kid trying to help his parents by setting up a hot dog stand on the private property of a willing store! (Remember, “crony capitalism” is NOT ACTUALLY capitalism. I wish they would re-name it.) The government does not want us to engage in private charity. No, no, only the loving hand of Big Brother should provide for us . . . screw that, RUN HARDER, AMERICA!
4. David Cronenberg doesn’t like ‘Dark Knight Rises’: ‘It’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape.’ – Okay, this probably deserves a whole post, I just didn’t have time. But, I mean, REALLY? “. . . [It is a] superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core.” People still believe this?! Did he miss Watchmen? Sin City? 300? Has he ever picked up an issue of Batman? And that’s just American comics! Ugh. Educate yourself, idiot. You can get graphic novels for free from the library.
And after all that rage, let’s set the stage for a nice weekend and look at shirtless Paul Ryan, who is right up there with shirtless Chris Hemsworth on the list of superstars whom I enjoy even more when shirtless. You’re welcome, fellow conservative geek girls.