Spreadin’ Love 547

Thomas the Imperialist Tank Engine 

Glenn Beck, Crazier than Usual.

Congressman Wu is dressed like a tiger. OK, family compound time. Our government is in the hands of insane people 

32 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love 547

  1. That photo is the least of his problems. Anyway, Wu just announced that he is resigning, and I’m pretty sure it’s NOT to spend more time with his family.

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  2. Did Wu go from first report to resignation quicker than that guy from upstate New York with the shirtless picture on the web? I don’t know if it is the seriousness of the accusation that pushed him out so quickly or if the stupid tiger picture was the actual fatal wound.

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  3. It’s not about the tiger suit. That’s actually an old picture. It’s about a sexual assault report involving the young daughter of one of his big campaign contributors!

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  4. I didn’t know it was an old picture, and I know what the main accusation is, but I still wonder if he wouldn’t have lasted out the term if that picture didn’t bounce around the whole internet in 15 minutes. Was the picture circulating before?

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  5. People have actually been questioning his sanity for a while. See e.g., Seattle Weekly, February 21, 2011: David Wu, Oregon Congressman, Wears Fuzzy Tiger Suit, Does Crazy Stuff.

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  6. Am I a bad person because I can’t stop thinking of the “Who? Wu?” exchange from Deadwood? “Who. Stole. The Fucking. Dope?” “Cocksucker!”
    *sigh* Best show ever.

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  7. People have actually been questioning his sanity for a while.
    Glass houses and all mean I’m not throwing stones on that count.

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  8. Oh please. I’m not “throwing stones,” either. I am reporting that people HAVE been questoining his sanity for a while, which is pretty unuusal when it comes to a member of Congress. But I’ll add, without fear of any glass house nonsense, that they have done so for good reason. Look at the evidence! Or does your glass house keep you from making judgments about things?

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  9. MH and RCinProv,
    As your community service for 1) making a misunderstood joke and 2) not getting it, you are hereby each sentenced to wearing a tiger suit for the day.

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  10. Oh dear. I met David Wu back when he was just a business man first running for congress and he came to my high school civics class to shake hands with the kiddies. He seemed nice enough, but then I guess all politicians do when they’re trying to impress some teenagers. Luckily I guess he didn’t try to sexually harass any of us.

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  11. Oh, and also, I know Glenn Beck’s job is to offend people, but I’m surprised he hasn’t been struck by lightening yet.
    Also, is there anything Glenn Beck wouldn’t make fun of? Calling a bunch of dead teenagers killed by a rightwing terrorist Nazis is pretty low. Next up: babies with cancer?

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  12. Part of the Norwegian camp’s program was anti-Israel (early on, kids thought that Breivik was part of some sort of simulated learning experience involving living conditions in Gaza). Before dozens of campers were murdered by the gunman, campers had been cheering the Norwegian Foreign Minister, who’d been calling for (among other things) the demolition of the wall that has so far proved very effective in reducing terrorist attacks in Israel. The kids probably didn’t know it, but they were in effect applauding something that would inevitably lead to the maiming and murder of Israelis their age.
    Apologies for horrible URL (photo shows the Foreign Minister being greeted at the camp by a big red BOIKOTT ISRAEL sign):
    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpolitisk.tv2.no%2Fnyheter%2Fst%25C3%25B8re-om-israel-palestina-konflikten-%25E2%2580%2593-okkupasjonen-ma-opph%25C3%25B8re-muren-ma-rives-og-det-ma-skje-na%2F

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  13. Good job, Amy! You always manage to bring us fresh updates of whatever the right-wing noise machine is generating. Seriously, how does the content of what people on Utoya Island were doing matter at all in relationship to the story? Unless you think it somehow justifies Breivik’s murders, why on earth do you think it matters?

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  14. Well, Tim Burke, there is the great story about Pauline Kael – “How could Nixon have been elected, nobody I know voted for him.” And, probably, it’s not a true story – but it’s one of those stories which OUGHT to be true. Folks in Madison seem wholly baffled that Walker can have been democratically elected. The NYT today seems unable to understand that the teahadis have substantial national backing AND breathe through their noses. I’m suggesting that it’s good to know what the right is saying, and you should warmly appreciate AmyP.

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  15. “Unless you think it somehow justifies Breivik’s murders, why on earth do you think it matters?”
    In a world where Chinese people are living amid horrifying pollution, Mexicans by the dozen are being beheaded by drug traffickers, North Koreans eat tree bark, little kids in Thailand work in brothels for tourists, Somali war lords starve refugees, girls are murdered for going to school in Afghanistan and blasphemy laws are used to blackmail and dispossess religious minorities in Pakistan, isn’t it just a little bit odd to be devoting so much of one’s progressive foreign policy moral firepower to removing a wall in Israel that has arguably saved hundreds of lives? That’s a really weird set of priorities.
    By the way, the term “right wing noise machine” is so 8 years ago. Do you think you can come up with something fresher that’s a synonym for “you’re making sense, but I don’t want to have to listen to you.”

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  16. While we’re at it, let’s also retire “talking points,” which is another synonym for “you’re making sense, but I don’t want to have to listen to you”.
    Having been said many times by many different people is not evidence against a statement or argument.

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  17. Sure, let’s retire the polite phrasing. You’re peddling bullshit, lies, and distortions, how about that? That’s about where we’re at as a country now. Roll up your sleeves and decide what side you’re on.

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  18. Timothy Burke, you are really grumpy. Rude, too. It’s better when people are polite. That’s easier to say because I think AmyP is generally closer to correct than you are, but I think politeness is better no matter who is involved.

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  19. Sorry, carry on. You were saying that the people on Utoya Island had been saying something that explained or justified why they were murdered? Certainly an important thing to talk about.

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  20. Timothy, is it really your position that when someone attacks a group of people, it’s unseemly to discuss what united those people? We shouldn’t even discuss the nature of the gathering that the terrorist chose to target?!
    That doesn’t sound like a partisan position of convenience that’ll bite you in the ass next time a group of people you loathe is attacked!

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  21. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-27-2011/in-the-name-of-the-fodder
    For why we’re hearing these talking points at all.
    And, yes, when senseless acts of violence (Oklahoma city, Gifford, Pentagon, Twin Towers, Utoya, Fort Hood, Mumbai, Virginia Tech, Achilles Lauro . . .) occur, it is indeed wrong to speculate about the subset of characteristics that may have “united” the victims. To do so inevitably distorts reality to blame the victims for the actions of their killer.

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  22. Totally with bj and Tim on this one. I don’t care if that Island was a camp for Nazi youth. They were defenseless kids who were mowed down by a madman. To spend more than a moment thinking about their political affiliation is unseemly and bizarre.

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  23. “And, yes, when senseless acts of violence (Oklahoma city, Gifford, Pentagon, Twin Towers, Utoya, Fort Hood, Mumbai, Virginia Tech, Achilles Lauro . . .) occur, it is indeed wrong to speculate about the subset of characteristics that may have “united” the victims.”
    The location of the murder and the identity of victims is often crucial to understanding who the killer is, why he did it, and the nature of the world we live in. In the context of Islamic terrorism it makes a lot of sense to think carefully about the patterns: an obsession with hijacking airplanes, the World Trade Center twice, Fort Hood twice, etc. These people are very repetitive. That information is tremendously useful for planning defensively for the future.
    If Breivik turns out to actually have collaborators or to inspire copycats, it will turn out to be very important to figure out their pattern.
    Beyond that, I think it is intellectually crippling to mark out the world with no-go signs beyond which you don’t allow yourself to think. If you want to understand the world that surrounds you (and it’s very dangerous not to), you need to ask uncomfortable and unpopular questions.

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  24. Some questions are simply irrelevant and irrational. Some questions take you too far away from the main issues. And that is when questions can be dangerous and distracting. That’s what Glenn Beck is doing here. Should we look at the political affiliations of the madman’s aunt? How about his neighbors? And what did they eat for lunch? Did all his relatives and neighbors eat corn for lunch? What does that tell us about corn? And did they own dogs? They did?!! Well, there you go. Dogs caused those kids to die.

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  25. “Should we look at the political affiliations of the madman’s aunt?”
    No, but his long estranged father is relevant. Breivik’s father is, coincidentally, a retired diplomat and a member of the party whose youth camp Breivik attacked. You really don’t have to be Dr. Freud to think that something might be going on there–Breivik’s murders might be the ultimate opportunity to cause pain and humiliation to the absent father.

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  26. For me, the disgusting thing is the idea that anything anti-Israel automatically warrants being called Nazi. It’s just a way of demonizing, not explaining.

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