Thursday, August 23, 2007



A male Ann Coulter forced to apologize

You probably know that there isn't a single member of Congress-- not in either house-- who is both an African American and a Republican. The Party, which can-- but won't-- boast having once elected the first African American senator in modern times, Ed Brooke (R-MA), is now completely captive of racist NeoConfederates. By January, 2009 it will be clearly recognized as a regional southern party with racist, xenophobic, Know Nothing sympathizers here and there outside the states that started the Civil War. But between now and then there will be a Republican convention and they don't usually parade their closeted KKK dragons in front of the national media. Instead they try to dig up some moderates... and some people of color, for their little minstrel show. They try to present themselves-- especially after the Buchanan fiasco-- to independents and the general public as a legitimate, all-American political party that can appeal to everyone.

There aren't all that many people of color they can turn to to shuck and jive for them. One sure shot though is a two-for-one, a person of color and an immigrant (a legal, very rich one). If you know who Dinesh D'Souza is at all, you probably remember that he's an extremely partisan far right author and commentator. He was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1961. One of his first brushes with fame was when he was a 20 year old student at Dartmouth, already a vicious little homophobe, and he published the names of the officers of the Gay Student Alliance, many of whom were in the closet. He's widely dismissed as just a male Ann Coulter (an ex-girlfriend, as was Igraham), only he's uglier and takes himself more seriously. Most mainstream conservatives view him as a lightweight and a kook and he hasn't been taken seriously in quite a few years. He writes for AOL now.

I nearly blogged about an incendiary piece he wrote last month, Gays in the Military? Ask Cardinal Mahony. But then I realized he has no following and no one cares what drivel he's babbling so why bother giving him any publicity. I was wrong. AOL was flooded with complaints, as was Stanford's Hoover Institution, a radical right "think tank" that harbors hate mongers like D'Souza.

AOL pressured him and he was forced to send out an apology to their staff today. The note wasn't published but a DWT insider was happy to send it along.
August 23, 2007
From: Dinesh D'Souza
On July 16, 2007 I posted on my AOL blog an item titled "Gays in the Military? Ask Cardinal Mahony."  This item attributed to a friend in the military the view that "if the American military gets soundly whipped in a future engagement, we could always laugh off the defeat and say: well, yeah, but you only beat a bunch of gays."
This was an attempt on my part at humor, but clearly it misfired.  Upon reflection the item could easily be taken as showing a cavalier disregard for gays being harmed, and this was certainly not my intention.  Some readers also thought I equated pedophiles in the church with gays in the military. The mention of the two topics in the same post may unfortunately have given the false impression that I see no difference between pedophilia and homosexuality. This is not the case.
I can see why some readers were offended by the tone and content of this post.  Given the sensitivity of this subject, it was careless and insensitive on my part to have adopted such a derisive attitude at the expense of others' feelings.
I strongly believe that all people in this country are entitled to equal dignity and equal rights.  I will be more careful in the future.

I wonder if this guy has ever considered seeing a psychiatrist.

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At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is AOL now officially the proverbial last stop before Palookaville (Horowitz's I'd say you're right about the Republican "solid South," except some Southern states are feeling kinda blue now, too. Maybe the Republicans will go the way of the Whig Party and so many people will leave that it'll just evaporate.

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sheer number of right-wing wackos in this country is beyond shocking. It is downright depressing.

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

God I love it when they self implode like that. He's just writing how his friends talk in private. How could he know that the real world would find it disgusting? What a tool.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger dan said...

Doesn't this seem to be D'Souza's M.O.? I mean he appears, makes some dumbass comment, then disappears again.
I recall Colbert doing a nice little ginsu knife job of his last book when the little sh&t had the temerity to appear on his show to hawk his last book (which got some serious play around town).
When I was growing up we called guys like this "vendidos" but I think in D'Souza's case the transaction happened before consciousness.

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Howie. I know I just woke up, but when you said "SEPPUKU" in my drowsy slumber I thought you meant an *other* Japanese word.... One that Jane referenced once while writing about the original Wonkette...

That word is nasty even for a "foul mouthed Fem" who blogs; I thought it way out of line for the likes of you... Glad to know I was wrong, again.

At 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you tube is now owned by google


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