Friday, December 22, 2006

Song sung blue, everybody knows one

Even the Right gets it right once in a while. From the often annoying Rick Moran:
It’s bad enough when some B-List blogger and wacko talking head like Debbie Schussel runs off at the mouth about the danger of electing Muslims. That kind of idiocy can be partly ascribed to Ms. Schussel’s desire to move up the blogging ladder, bashing Muslims being a quick way to fame and fortune when plumbing the extreme depths of the conservative sphere for audience and links.

But when a Congressman of the United States sends a letter to his constituents that raises the false specter of some kind of Muslim invasion of Congress while simultaneously warning that “traditional” values would be threatened by Muslim immigration, it forces me once again to take up the Cudgel of Righteousness (already bloodied from yesterday’s pummeling of Schussel) and give Representative Virgil Goode, Jr. a few well deserved whacks upside the head:

Go, read if you dare.

Rick almost resists the temptation to add a straw man argument that the left is idiotic because . . . "look! Over there! I saw something shiny!" or some other manufactured bit of nonsense.

But alas, he fails:
Of course, such incidents help Ellison enormously. They allow him to appear the reasonable, bemused, aggrieved party while anyone who has a passing familiarity with the devastating series of articles published by the Powerline boys knows that “reasonable” is not the way to describe many of the new Congressman’s views.

Having to rely on the PowerTools set for analysis is like asking Bob Cratchit's Tiny Tim to do some heavy lifting. It requires a skill set missing from their bodies and minds:
Moreover, Ellison's long commitment to and advocacy of the Nation of Islam is reflected in the various aliases he used over a period of ten years: Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad. The Star Tribune has not only failed to connect these aliases to Ellison's involvement with the Nation of Islam, it has erroneously reported that Ellison used these aliases during his student days at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Holy crap! Stop the presses! A Black Muslim adopts the surname of the group's founder when he is in college! I'm shocked, shocked! Of course, almost every Catholic kid born in the US has to have a middle name of a saint. So that form of religious idolatry is OK.

Still, even with the gratuitous left bashing, it's nice to see him criticize a couple of the idiots that prowl around his side of the bloggersphere.

Oh, and Rick, one thing: Her name is Schlussel. Debbie Schlussel. Too bad you're late for this:

Update: Somehow I failed to read this part of Rick's schizophrenic piece:
The left has spent the last 40 years degrading our culture, denigrating our heroes, altering our history, deriding the simplicity and patriotism of the most common of folk among us, and in the end, trying to tear down 200 years of tradition and decency that our ancestors fought to pass down to the rest of us.

Whether this is their intent or not is a moot point. Their actions are having this affect. Whether it is the “no holds barred, anything goes” cesspool of a culture they have created via Hollywood or, in the name of “civil rights,” erecting a structure of separateness and discrimination via “affirmative action,” the left has done its best to destroy what many Americans cherish and believe in.

Dammit, that pisses me off. I'm not going to waste the energy to respond to what is clearly rubbish. I just don't understand how a guy who can be so outraged by Goode's & Schlussel's idiocy can still fall under the spell of the "Left is Evil" nerve gas being pumped out by the Right-wing radio talking heads and self-serving politicians, like the aforementioneed Goode.

Look, the only culture I'm interested in 'degrading' is the culture of racism, that you guys didn't want to do anything about in the late '50s to early '60s.

Or the culture of big business given a free pass to pay no taxes and hire illegal aliens to lower wages and raise dividends.

Or the culture of government trying to tell me who I can sleep with and in what positions.

Or the culture of the Religious Right telling me that my gay friends are going to Hell.