Predictably - after the horrid attacks in Paris yesterday, the conservatives here in the U.S. could not even wait until there was a final tally of corpses before they began to turn this tragic event into a political bludgeoning device -- a device who's one true purpose, to be truthful, is soley to rile up their knuckle-dragging base. Their juvenile gnashing and wailing was deplorable at best, but almost entirely revolting.
Here's a sampling:
Newt Gingrich (R-Serial Adulterer): "Imagine a theater with 10 or 15 citizens with concealed carry permits. We live in an age when evil men have to be killed by good people."
To which The Gadfly would reply: Imagine a fucking society Newtie where mom and dad can take the kids to the movie theater without having to worry about 10 or 15 gun fetishists getting in an argument with someone and whipping out their penis, er gun, and instigating a real-life shooting gallery.
Judy Miller (Iraq War propaganda mule): "Now maybe the whining adolescents at our universities can concentrate on something other than their need for "safe" spaces..."
To which The Gadfly would reply: Actually Ms. Miller - maybe if your "journalism" in the lead up to the Iraq war while employed by the New York Times hadn't been so perniciously infected with utter lies and bullshit, Americans would not have been so quick to support their government's eagerness to light that bonfire of mid-east hatred with their invasion and occupation to begin with.
Michelle Malkin (Fox News contributing propagandist and just plain moron): "Really? What could Nobel Prize-winning Workplace Violence Whitewasher-in-Chief possibly contribute at this moment?"
To which The Gadfly would reply: My, my, my Michelle (kudos Axl Rose). Poor Michelle, even the bats flitting around inside your empty cranium deserve to see the light of day once in a great while - let 'em out girl!. 'Workplace Violence Whitewasher-in-Chief?' . . . What the fuck does that even mean or have to do with this tragedy? My god woman - do yourself a favor and get some help at weaning yourself off the Oxycontin and Xanax - mkay??
And of course - they all blame Obama directly for the Paris attack -- you know -- the Kenyan terrorist appeaser meme again -- setting it all aside of course for the fact that the man oversaw the hunting and killing of Bin Laden, and just in the past couple of days, ISIS throat slitter Jihad John.
Like The Gadfly said though -- that was just a sampling of their mealy-mouthed idiocy -- the rest of the comments are just as knee-jerk imbecilic and comically wrong.
It just goes without saying that the conservative movement in this country, as The Gadfly has been saying for years on the pages of this shitty little blog, truly has lost it's collective fucking marbles and their morally and intellectually bankrupt ideas and ideology pose just as equal a threat to this country's future as do a ragtag band of extremist Islamic loons scurrying around like the murderous rats that they are in the Syrian desert.
The reality - something conservatives truly appear allergic to - is that this incident requires a reasoned, calculated, and most importantly, united (with our allies) response -- not more cloddish, Yosemite Sam style "diplomacy" (ala GWBush).
The inimitable Charlie Pierce put it in the proper perspective of what needs to happen to the political and state powers that be who are the chief architects of the murderous mid-east hooliganism that we are now facing (here's an excerpt - but go read the whole thing):
It's time for this to stop. It's time to be pitiless against the bankers and against the people who invest in murder to assure their own survival in power. Assets from these states should be frozen, all over the west. Money trails should be followed, wherever they lead. People should go to jail, in every country in the world. It should be done state-to-state. Stop funding the murder of our citizens and you can have your money back. Maybe. If we're satisfied that you'll stop doing it. And, it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway – not another bullet will be sold to you, let alone advanced warplanes, until this act gets cleaned up to our satisfaction. If that endangers your political position back home, that's your problem, not ours. You are no longer trusted allies. Complain, and your diplomats will be going home. Complain more loudly, and your diplomats will be investigated and, if necessary, detained. Retaliate, and you do not want to know what will happen, but it will done with cold, reasoned and, yes, pitiless calculation. It will not be a blind punch. You will not see it coming. It will not be an attack on your faith. It will be an attack on how you conduct your business as sovereign states in a world full of sovereign states.
And The Gadfly is just fine with that approach. It is long, long, long past time to expose the state political elites and the world financiers (yes - even our own Wall Street/Military industrial complex barons) who are bankrolling these human atrocities. Expose them all - every goddamn one of them. Give them one opportunity to come clean and repent -- and if they don't ---- send in the drones baby --- put those stealthy fucking little electronic assassins to some truly noble and productive use at long last.