I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria
Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.
We’re losing people like my father to the despair of Fox News, and it’s all by design.
This article speaks directly to what’s going on with some relatives of mine. They believe every bit of fear-mongering that Fox News spews out, so of course they’re absolutely terrified about the future of our country. One in particular has taken it to a new level of paranoia. Here’s just a taste of what this person thinks is going on — it’s like reading from the All-Is-Lost Handbook For Terrified White People:
- “The liberals” are going to destroy our economy with the Affordable Healthcare Act
- We’re unfairly punishing the rich in order to satisfy Obama’s socialist agenda and redistribute their wealth to the lazy unemployed
- The Mexicans and Native Americans are all lazy and living on government handouts
- The government’s coming for our guns because they’re buying up all the country’s ammunition
- Buying gold is actually a good way to defend against the coming economic collapse
- Obama’s a Muslim and his secret agenda is to take down America in the name of Allah or whatever
The end result of all this, of course, will be the total collapse of society as we know it and having to defend your house with a shotgun from roving bands of crazies who want to rape and pillage “the good people.” This person actually talks about this stuff as if it’s actual fact, as if it’s going to happen beyond the shadow of a doubt. The evidence? Whatever Fox News says, of course. Why would they lie? They’re the only ones telling the truth out there amongst the Biased Liberal Media That’s Biased™! Why can’t you see that!!!1!!1!
A lot of what Fox News spews is directly targeted at white middle-aged folks who tend to already be afraid of the future and afraid of change. Hell, I’m only 42 and I’m already terrified of what state I’ll be in when I’m old ‘n’ creaky, but I’m at least trying to have somewhat realistic expectations — not the apocalyptic visions of a living hell on earth that Fox News is peddling.
As George Carlin so wonderfully put it: “pro-life” conservatives don’t give a shit about you after you’re born — until you reach military age, that is. No matter how a child is conceived, be it rape or incest or plain ol’ lack of planning, they want that thing born no matter what, even if it kills the mother. Oh yeah, and they also support the death penalty. Apparently the “pro-life” crowd likes to pick and choose which lives are worth saving.
Conservative Media Freak Out Over Coat Hanger Abortion Symbol
The DC Abortion Fund, a non-profit group that helps local low-income women afford abortion care, has been giving out coat hanger pendants to its donors for the past four years as a symbol of the dangerous methods women resort to when they are denied access to safe and legal abortion.
When the National Review discovered the pendants earlier this week, it set off a firestorm of conservative media outrage. Breitbart, The Drudge Report, The Daily Caller, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and Bristol Palin were among the conservative outlets and bloggers who piled on. “I honestly can’t believe that someone would celebrate the destruction of babies (boys, and YES millions of girls) as a fashion statement for feminists,” Palin wrote in a blog post. “You know the phrase ‘they wear their heart of their sleeves?’ Well, I guess DC feminists love to wear death on their necks.”
Of course, Sarah Palin could tell me “Have a nice day” and I’d still tell her to go eat a bag of dicks. But I digress.
Here’s something else I find amusing: I want to know why they’re so offended by this coat hanger symbol but they’re just fine wearing the symbol of Jesus’ death around their necks. Don’t you think Jesus would be just a tad miffed if he came back and saw that? Talk about tasteless!
While I don’t know if “haboob” is the “correct term” for a dust storm, since most T.V. weatherfolk are likely to just call it a dust storm, it’s still entertaining to see the flag-waving draggers of knuckles get their racist panties in a twist when that word is used.
Racist Texans Lose Their Shit Over Muslim Dust Storm
A couple of days ago, a large haboob — the meteorological term of Arabic origin for a sand/dust storm — raced across the panhandle of Texas and provided numerous opportunities for residents to take beautiful pictures of the wall of sand against the blue sky.
On its face, nothing seems controversial about a simple dust storm, but this is ‘Merica, dammit! Of course it’s controversial among a certain subset of Texans when you use the correct term for something.
How dare they use that word used by brown people to describe something in this land of white people?? Nevermind the other words of Arabic origin we use every day… A bunch of simians in Arizona had the exact same reaction a couple of years ago (surprise, surprise), flipping their shit and demanding the word “haboob” stop being used because it offends their delicate, Muslim-hating sensibilities. And, naturally, in both cases it somehow led to accusing Obama of being a Muslim…because apparently all Muslim roads lead to Obama.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: fuck Texas.
Government Shutdown: 9 Million Moms And Babies At Risk As WIC Program Halts
The government shutdown may be keeping National Parks closed and furloughed federal workers at home, but worse real-world effects could soon be felt by low-income mothers and their infants — already a marginalized group with unstable food supplies.
Listening to these fucktards on the news, you’d think that the worst effect of their government shutdown is that kids and tourists aren’t able to visit national monuments and parks.
They are the scum of the earth, folks. I hope the aftermath of this shutdown business puts an end to their evil party once and for all. But I know that won’t happen…because like a turd that just won’t let go and drop into the toilet, evil has a way of hanging on.
Rush Limbaugh And Sean Hannity Booted From Airwaves By Second Largest Radio Broadcaster
With over 2,700 sponsors removing their ads from Limbaugh’s show and the millions of dollars it has cost, it was only a matter of time before a major radio distributor dropped the program in favor of a show that isn’t overwhelmingly boycotted. Perhaps the high asking price of Clear Channel gave Cumulus the excuse to finally drop him, although it should have done it much sooner. But hey, better late than never, right?
Good riddance. However, like vermin tend to do, they will resurface elsewhere to infest the airwaves and stir up shit.
Without Tampons Present, Texas Passes Restrictive Abortion Law
After banning the presence of any female hygiene products from its Senate floor, Texas passed its restrictive abortion law last night, which will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy as well as install new regulations that will most likely drive abortion clinics out of business.
Another defeat in the right-wing war on women. Yay! Now get back into the kitchen where you belong, ladies. You’re lucky we even let you people vote. *snort*