Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sicko Recruitment Strategy

Media Lies started as a sincere but misguided website focused on the the old "liberal media" lie. It has not gone well for the site, as the author has been suckered in by a host of bogus right-wing canards and apocryphal email glurge. I don't know how many visitors he gets anymore, but nobody comments, and people who bother to rate his posts give them low marks.

The stress is apparently getting to the author. In one of the more unhinged and sick statements ever to come from somebody not named Limbaugh, Coulter or Malkin, yesterday he wrote, "I have always said that the fastest way to make a liberal into a conservative is to rape his wife and kill his children."

I'm speechless.


How screwed up is that? What kind of thought process leads you to this kind of sickness? Perhaps, if something so utterly awful happened to me and my family, I would snap and become a lesser person, but I hope not.

I certainly don't think that you have to have something awful happen in your life to become a liberal - simply caring about the difficulties faced by others has sufficed for most of us. I guess Anti Media thinks it takes PTSD to make a conservative.

There's more. For the past couple weeks, he has been tirelessly promoting what he calls an "Appeal for Redress", which is intended to gather "tens of thousands of signatures of patriotic American military" in answer to "paltry" thousand military personnel who signed a petition calling for withdrawal from Iraq. So far, he has gathered 4 signatures. Compared to a "paltry thousand" troops he calls "cowards and fools". 4.

I guess planning for the troops is not a strength for the right wing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've given up visiting those rabid right wing web sites. There's just no point.

It always feels like one of those cheap horror movies where someone stumbles into a large crowd of zombies who all turn around, recognize something "not-zombie" and go on a herd-instinct, brain-eating, soul-sucking attack.

There's no talking to them, there's no discussing issues. They are so filled to the brim with sound bytes and talking points that they are no longer capable of critical thought.

That's why they are in the minority now.

1/21/2007 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Brooksider said...

Glurge????? Definitely on the short list of Halloween options for 07.

Glurge is a neologism describing a certain kind of melodramatic, saccharine story. The defining characteristic of glurge is that, while its purpose is to make the reader happy (and possibly teach a moral lesson), the feel-good aspect is so overdone that some readers are likely to be nauseated rather than inspired. It often has a religious theme and is most commonly circulated via e-mail in the form of a chain letter. The term was coined in 1998 by regular Urban Legends Reference Pages forum contributor Pat Chapin as an onomatopoeia to communicate the feeling evoked by reading these missives. According to the Urban Legends Reference Pages, glurge is "the sending of inspirational (often supposedly 'true') tales that conceal much darker meanings than the uplifting moral lessons they purport to offer, and that undermine their messages by fabricating and distorting historical fact in the guise of offering a 'true story.'"

1/22/2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger antimedia said...

Let me see if I understand you, Dan. If someone came into your house, raped your wife and killed your children, you would what? Forgive them? Beg them for mercy? Ask them to change their evil ways?

Most people would, at a minimum, want someone to take the bad guy away, if not take matters into their own hands.

I'm not surprised you didn't get it. You're so intellectually dishonest that you don't get much of anything.

1/22/2007 10:26 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Antimedia -

First off, I apparently don't spend as much time fantasizing about these things as you do, but so be it.

Second, of course I would want vengeance, and I imagine I would seek it. But I don't see how that would make me a conservative. Do you?

As for your accusatio of intellectual dishonesty, care to provide any examples? Bring it on.

1/22/2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, this should be fun.

"HONEY!!!! Go get me a beer!! The game's about to come on!!"

1/22/2007 5:48 PM  
Blogger Captain Spaulding said...

Incredible!!! How about a better term - say "intellectually challenged?"

I was not aware these right-wing neo-cons liked playing LEFT field!

BTW - a BIG HaHa to xavier onassis' comment. I wanna buy you a drink dude. (grin)

1/23/2007 4:25 AM  

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