a hole for anyone from the right to stick their fist into.
do they have to grease it up first?
do they have to ask please first?
thirty to thirty five times a day the right just shove it in and he takes it. but its more than “he takes it”, he loves it. he smiles. hes gleeful.
nobody does anything thirty times a day unless theyre seriously into it – nay obsessed by it.
at first i used to read his page and think, oh great i get to read what a law professor thinks about stuff. how cool that he’ll look at both sides of things and show you and then tell you what he thinks.
that quickly changed and he just showed one side.
then that changed and he only showed you the side that the uber-right wanted to see. and boy did his popularity shoot through the roof.
some would say, damn its scary that so many people agree with him, and others would say they dont all agree with him theyre just watching the spectacle of someone so diluted and insincere faking being openminded faking being an libertarian and trying his hardest to be as conservative as humanly possible.
i used to belong to a gym where these old guys used to have naked competitions where they tried to be more naked than the next guy. youd think once youre naked you’d win, but nope, one dude started brushing his teeth naked, then another guy watched tv in the locker room area naked, then another guy started shining his shoes naked. he won cuz nobody shines their shoes anymore.
at first instapundit was beating everyone at the most conservative in the world by being less balanced than even matt drudge, but even drudge got tired of that game. and now the powerline blog and instapundit are trying to out-conservative each other but its no contest, the professor beats the three lawyers from nowhere hands down cuz hes so conservative he doesnt even bother to write opinions, he lets other people do his dirty work. which is sorta badass, but mostly cowardly, and borderline lazy. if you could call 30+ posts a day lazy.
some people call little green footballs a hateful site. [2016 editors note update, today LGF is a completely different blog] and pretty much nobody knows why i used to call instapundit my favorite blogger or why i am still trying to get a podcast going with charles from lgf, but people often misunderstand me.
for the record instapundit has pretty much lost all my respect, and charles has pretty much kept my respect. both of these opinions are based on the Bill Bennett “if you want to lower the crime rate, abort all the Black babies” scandal which each of the right-wing bloggers have handled quite differently.
charles chose to ignore it, which doesnt mean he disagrees with Bennett, but it’s pretty much the most one could hope for from lgf which rarely criticizes fellow righties for being… themselves.
the southern professor on saturday made two posts. on the first he quoted powerline who complained that Bennett is “taking unjustified heat for comments he made on the subject of abortion.” (as if any of this is about abortion)
on his second bennett post he linked to three conservative blogs all of whom basically supported the indefensible comments.
it’s a shame that republican Black blogger, baldilocks hadn’t posted earlier in the day because perhaps glenn would have read her post which denounces Bennett, albeit mildly.
her “however clause” is one that any rational person desperately trying to make sense of the idiocy would have, “that Mr. Bennett could have used a different outrageous example and that I found it curious that black babies were the first thing that popped into Mr. Bennett’s mind.”
glenn doesnt have such thoughts. and if he does he doesnt dare utter them outloud on his blog. thats not his job. his job is to echo the rightest of the right. his job is to ignore what needs to be played down, and amplify what most needs to be added to the noise.
Bennett went on hannity and colmes and defended himself against Ted Kennedy’s criticisms by lamely bringing up 36-year-old chappaquiddick and refusing to take back what he said.
“I will Â I’ll not take instruction from Teddy Kennedy. A young woman likely drowned because of his negligence. I’ll take no moral instruction with him. That’s much worse than legal gambling what Teddy Kennedy did. He should make no judgments at all about people.” – Bill Bennett 9/30/05
a rational man would have said, “yeah, that was an unfortunate example, and a ridiculous one. obviously it was just downright stupid. and im sorry.” but no he tries to smear sen. kennedy for being just as outraged as the white house.
there’s a reason why Bennett went on hannity and colmes, its the same reason the instapundit never links to the white house when theyre apologizing about something or condeming a repub: because its soft over there.
why didnt hannity and colmes say, “bill, kennedy and dean and pelosi and pretty much everyone including bush said that what you said was inappropriate. nobody gives a shit about Jonathan Swift, nor does anyone think that you’ll ever go down as a famous satirist, and by the way, didnt Swift die of madness and leave his fortune to create a nut house, im sorry a mental institute?”
only a lunatic or a racist would stand behind the statements that bill bennett posed this week.
its one thing to spew them on the radio before your second cup of coffee, its another thing to soberly defend them a day later and then go on the offensive while refusing to apologize.
when asked if he felt he should apologize Bennett said, “I don’t think I do. I think people who misrepresented my view owe me an apology.”
pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
heres who’s a dumbfuck: Bennett and anyone who tries to pretend that aborting Black babies just happened to pop in his head as a way to fight crime. that after he read that passage in Freakanomics that he didnt think, “oh but what about the largest percentage of criminals: white males.”
thats the problem with Bennett’s bizarre theory: to abort a minority of people from a minority group you only get a small percentage. why on earth if you wanted to seriously cut down on crime wouldnt you go for the highest percentage?
i’ll tell you why, because then he’d be targeting his audience. the white republicans who have the AM radio turned on during the afternoons. sure it would still be reductio ad absurdum but homie dont play that when youre talking about their babies.
black kids didnt blow up the world trade center, black kids didnt shoot up columbine, black kids didnt beat rodney king, black kids didnt blow up oklahoma city or eat people in wisconsin, or bury kids in their driveway in illinois.
yes blacks commit crime. of course we do. everyone commits crime. when i worked at Sears many years ago i saw someone in a wheelchair grab a walkman and slip it under his leg and toss his blanket over his lap.
on hannity and colmes Bennett didnt want to talk about how poverty affects crime, he wanted to change the subject into how colmes had been boohoo mean to him earlier on radio. because bill bennett’s feelings are somehow more important than the root of crime, which is typically poor education, disproportional unemployment, and the fact that the poor have a shitty chance of getting a fair trial in court. and Lord lets not ask the former drug czar what prisons would look like if we legalized drugs, taxed them, and released those convicted of non-violent drug crimes – something the professor claims to support.
but instead of glenn delving into little things like why Blacks are disproportionately in prison he convienently ignores all that and lets the righties have their way with his blog.
“oh we’re supporting bennett? ok, cool. send me links, i’ll post em.”
which is why im through with him and the oldest profession.
Update: Baldilocks says she was misunderstood, she says she has no issue with Bennett, she says she has an issue with the media for twisting his words around.
beautiful art by maggie taylor