Just When You Thought The Left Couldn’t Possibly Get Any More Disgusting . . .

kill it

. . . they go and prove you wrong. And this time it didn’t even involve Lena Dunham!

Item 1 comes to us from Salon, just in time for Veteran’s Day:

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy

It’s been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must end

Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible.

It has become impossible to go a week without reading a story about police brutality, abuse of power and misuse of authority. Michael Brown’s murder represents the tip of a body pile, and in just the past month, several videos have emerged of police assaulting people, including pregnant women, for reasons justifiable only to the insane.

It is equally challenging for anyone reasonable, and not drowning in the syrup of patriotic sentimentality, to stop saluting, and look at the servicemen of the American military with criticism and skepticism. There is a sexual assault epidemic in the military. In 2003, a Department of Defense study found that one-third of women seeking medical care in the VA system reported experiencing rape or sexual violence while in the military. Internal and external studies demonstrate that since the official study, numbers of sexual assaults within the military have only increased, especially with male victims. According to the Pentagon, 38 men are sexually assaulted every single day in the U.S. military. Given that rape and sexual assault are, traditionally, the most underreported crimes, the horrific statistics likely fail to capture the reality of the sexual dungeon that has become the United States military.

It goes on in that putrid vein for several more paragraphs. The author is some guy named David Masciotra, who is apparently a college teacher in Indiana. This is from his bio:

David Masciotra is an author, lecturer, and cultural critic. He is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour, forthcoming from the University Press of Kentucky, and Against Traffic: Essays on Politics and Identity (Brown Dog Books, 2013). In 2010, Continuum Books published his first book, Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen.

Masciotra is a columnist with the Indianapolis Star.

He has also written about culture for the Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Blurt,and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and politics for Truthout and Front Porch Republic. He has written about life and spirituality for Relevant Magazine and The Cresset. He is a former columnist with PopMatters.

In 2007, he graduated from the University of St. Francis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and shortly after began writing a provocative and highly acclaimed weekly column for the (Joliet) Herald News. In 2010, Continuum Books published his first book, and he also graduated from Valparaiso University with a Master’s Degree in English Studies and Communication.


David is apparently 29 years old, which means he was old enough to serve in Afghanistan and/or Iraq.

When Leftists say they support the troops? They don’t.

Item 2 comes to us from Huffpoop:

She Looks Black, but Her Politics Are Red: What Mia Love’s Victory Means for the Face of the GOP

Mia Love made history on Election Night 2014 as she beat out Democratic contender Doug Owens to become the first black (Haitian-American), female Republican to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. This is a stunning triumph in the predominately white and conservative state of Utah, where only 1.3 percent of the population is black. For many Americans unfamiliar with the significance of race, racism and inequality within our nation’s borders, Mia’s victory seemingly sends a clear message that America is truly “post-racial,” particularly if a black woman can get elected to office by a majority-white, conservative and religious constituency. Her white supporters likewise congratulate themselves, proclaiming that Love’s achievement is indicative of a more progressive and democratic society in general where tolerance and inclusion are on the rise, moving beyond the evils of individual bigotry. Starkly exposed since the election of President Obama in 2008, her GOP colleagues and supporters hope that her presence as a newly elected official will demonstrate how far the GOP has come, embracing difference that was so clearly lacking. Some believe her victory will do wonders for the GOP, which struggles to gain a significant share of the coveted “minority vote.” But will her election play a major factor in gaining greater access to black Americans, or is it merely a veil?

To many African Americans and other individuals engaged in politics who followed Mia Love’s House candidacy up to her historic victory, she is a paradox. As a black, female Mormon, her conservative ideals are deemed peculiar as she begins her office in the House of Representatives while balancing a triad of oppressive social constructs that are leveled against her. Not only have blacks historically and continually had to battle for their right to coexist as equals in U.S. society, but women have similarly pushed against a glass ceiling. Even today, women still struggle for equal pay, equal rights and equal protection under the law in the workplace. Mia, as a black female, represents one of the most discriminated-against racial groups in the country. To a degree, the same can be said for her Mormon identity, as the LDS faithful endured bitter hatred and state-sanctioned domestic terrorism in Missouri and Illinois in the 1800s. Mormons remains grossly misunderstood and often unfairly judged with respect to their religious views, while mainline evangelical traditions continue to wield Christian privilege at the expense of “fringe” religions like Mormonism. How does a black, female conservative and Latter-day Saint manage to negotiate so many foreboding white contexts?

Love’s political convictions show a strong support for values that do not necessarily represent her interests as a member in any of these oppressed groups. For example, blacks are not doing well with respect to education, economics and health outcomes, while women still trail behind in salary and significant positions of power, and conservative politics are not typically known to aid these groups in such key issues. These actualities of Mia’s existence seem to be diametrically opposed to her values that are grounded in a white, male, Christian context. She appears publicly unhampered by the daily grind of white racism that affects other racial minorities within the United States. Unlike most of them, Mia gets to walk through the hallowed doorways of white institutions controlled by elite, powerful men. She is allowed to pass through in her black, female body with the understanding that she must not see, speak or openly advocate for anything related to race or gender — an unholy compromise. Hence, she might look black, but her politics are red. This is one way white privilege is reproduced at the legislative level of government. In fact, Mia, along with other notable black conservatives such as Allen West, Michael Steele, Amy Holmes, Alan Keyes and Tom Scott, subscribe to a party that rejects any notion of systemic racism as a central cause of black suffering within its basic tenets of individualism. What many conservatives fail to recognize is that individuals are connected to larger groups, and the group in which these Black Republicans belong persistently lags behind in every major social indicator.

That polite screed comes from Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. At least he didn’t use the word “token” or call her an Aunt Jemima. Here is his bio:

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree from the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture and Society. His research focus includes inequalities that pertain to African Americans and other Americans of color — mainly the impact of race and discrimination in areas of health care, popular culture, religion, family, sports and politics. Dr. Smith is co-editor of Black and Mormon (University of Illinois Press, 2004) and author of White Parents, Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011). Dr. Smith has appeared on various TV and radio shows including Religion and Ethics, NPR and ESPN, among others. His published works have been included in Adoption Today, Religion Dispatches, Deadspin and Your Black World, and he has also published op-eds in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.


I will let the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provide a rebuttal:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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61 Responses to Just When You Thought The Left Couldn’t Possibly Get Any More Disgusting . . .

  1. The Klown says:

    The Raiders performed about like I expected. It’s gonna be a long wait for Baseball spring training.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    well here goes my lady like image

    Fuck Them All, they would not make a pimple on a patriot’s ass.

    they remind me of a time during the 60s when so many were going to collage to get out of the draft and then mocked the men who did go into the military.
    I remember a girl I worked with being so outraged that her husband might have to serve. I just looked at her and told her. my father served in WW2, my brother was drafted in WW2 even though he was married had 3 kids was blind in one eye and worked at Ford Motors making tanks,
    My husband served in Korea. Who the hell was she to think that her husband was “too Good to serve.
    sorry for the rant, but these people make me sick

    • DeniseVB says:

      I don’t even know these people anymore. Thank goodness for “my people” here on TCH, and over at White House Dossier and MOTUS too. Almost all are Dems in recovery or exile, and we’re watching the new Congress too. It’s going to be a long 28 months for the Obama Administration, because we’re pissed.

    • 1539days says:

      I fully expect that my dad would have fought in WW2, but he was actually labeled 4F. My uncle went and the story is that he threw his medals off the side of the boat on the way home. Most people in that generation just wanted to go back to their lives after fulfilling their obligation.

      • elliesmom says:

        I didn’t know much about my dad’s military service in WWII until he was hospitalized, and his roommate was a retired newspaper guy. He drew the story out of him slowly. I think at 80 he was finally ready to talk about it.

        • HELENK3 says:

          during WW2 all of America was involved both overseas and on the homefront. men, women and children. I am not so sure that would happen today.

  3. fif says:

    I have a suggestion: if David Masciotra ever needs police assistance or protection they should not respond to his 911 call. He obviously does not need protection so he can forfeit that service. The only reason he should be spared complete and utter derision is because he is still a child living inside his untested immature ideology. Another instance that proves being a professor doesn’t mean you’re not ignorant.

    • The Klown says:

      Leftists confuse respect with obeisance.

      Actually, they’re confused about a lot of things.

      • WMCB says:

        That’s because obeisance is what they would expect in that position. They simply don’t grok perfectly normal, comfortable, differences in social place, in which people are not unequal, merely different. And looking up to someone doesn’t mean abasing yourself.

        They understand being in charge, and they understand resentfully not in charge. And they insist on cramming every damn one of us into their dysfunctional dichotomy.

      • 1539days says:

        He’s making a straw man social argument. If you ever look at The Daily Caller, they have a story about police infringing on people’s rights or killing civilians every week. Libertarians are taking all the good social issues from liberals. Surrogates took credit for pot legislation passing, even though libertarians support it too and the head of the Democratic Party has made a point of enforcing federal drug laws in states where they are legal.

        There are bad police officers. Police officers are not intrinsically bad, There’ a difference. There’s also a difference in Ferguson, where a good cop shot a bad thug. If the progs were colorblind, there would be no story.

        • WMCB says:

          A lot of conservatives are PISSED over the pot credit thing. Because National Review’s editorial board, several other conservative publications say they have supported and been pushing for legalization for years. And they have.

          But you will NEVER hear in the media that conservatives support this. Ever. It contradicts the “cons are all creaky old prudish white men who hate everything fun” narrative, so they just ignore it.

  4. driguana says:

    What’s so scary is that the Dems lost the election and they are this nasty…imagine if they had won!

    • DeniseVB says:

      What’s really uplifting, the Republicans aren’t grave dancing and the Tea Party’s going after their asses. This is going to be fun. 😉

  5. westcoaster says:

    what a Fairy Tale (seen at Michelle’s Mirror):

  6. John Denney says:

    The scary thing is that some people actually believe the leftist tripe.
    And they’re devious, too.
    “For example, blacks are not doing well with respect to education, economics and health outcomes, while women still trail behind in salary and significant positions of power, and conservative politics are not typically known to aid these groups in such key issues.”

    True. Conservative *politics* don’t help unless one practices conservative *principles*, like:
    1) Can-do attitude
    2) Diligence
    3) Continuous learning
    4) Trustworthiness

    Conservative politics says there should be no minimum wage, thus allowing unskilled labor to at least make SOME money as they get their foot in the door. Then, as they demonstrate the above 4 character qualities and gain experience and knowledge, they can advance to better paying positions.

    • WMCB says:

      Bull. So far as education, nothing would boost black education more than school choice. That’s a GOP policy.

      • John Denney says:

        Absolutely. “Choice” to a statist means you get to kill your baby, not that you get to choose which school he attends.

    • 1539days says:

      Everyone talks about fast food and the burger machine. I have an example that already happened. Outside the Little Caesar’s, there used to be a kid spinning a sign, sometimes in the Caesar costume. A couple of months ago, it was replaced by a mannequin attached to a machine that makes it look like “She” is spinning the sign. It fooled me the first time.

      Obviously, Obamacare and minimum wage made this option better than hiring a real person. So someone either lost hours or their job.

  7. Falstaff says:

    On the positive side, 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’ll think about that.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Weird that Obama left for China last night, I would think he’d leave a note about the Wall’s anniversay before he left? No?

      • Somebody says:

        He’ll probably post some kind of selfie tomorrow. Since he’s headed to China perhaps he has plans to give his own “Tear Down This Wall” speech at The Great Wall, LMAO!

  8. mothy6767 says:

    What annoys me about Item 1. Is the POS has no clue. So many of these kids sign up not to be heroes but because there are few options for the not ready for college kids. They sign up and risk life and limb to just have a meager chance. When I owned a bar in a forgotten city I saw so many people who worked dead end jobs with no prospects get off work and belly up from 6 til they were numb enough to sleep. Hard working stiffs ordering 5 dollar pitchers of cheap beer. How Nancy Pelosi is that last pint from a warm pitcher. Seemed everyone was a mechanic. 12 bucks an hour and on an endless cycle of unemployment scouring capitalist. Everyone has a kid they cannot afford so no one gets married as father unknown comes with Section 8 and child care. Nothing is made in these towns. Very dreary and some kids insist on a little more. They sign up to make better lives. Sorry man with really funny childish hair I do consider people forced into life long poverty who opt to risk life and limb to be heroes. I know his strain. He probably looks down on anyone doing blue collar work.
    I was so appalled by some of the parents I saw at a modeling show today. Spoiled grotesque parents. It was so Willy Wonka. The kids were not the problem it was the parents. Talk about entitlement. Very rude I ordered a burger that took 45 minutes and medium rare was well done. Place was slammed with people losing their minds over an omelet. My burger was overcooked but it wasn’t like I had the wrong leg amputated. What are you showing your kid by barking at a 60 year old waitress. You are blessed enough to have your kid get to sample the high life and you demean a waitress. I was in that help for five hours to watch my crud walk down the runway for 1 minute. She was on early so I went to the restaurant. 20 bucks for a burger and 16 for a glass of wine. So many rude people. I had 3 glasses of wine a burger and coffee. Got my check and it was 3 dollars for the coffee. I didn’t want the waitress to get in trouble so I brought it up to her. She said the manager comped it. I did not see the need. You don’t get to these things unless providence smiles on you. How dare you belittle a waitress when you are wearing 700 dollar shoes.
    Perhaps these women have daughters that cannot fathom ever getting such an experience.
    Miss ant that wrote item 1 reminds me of these spoiled parents. Be grateful you get to write tosh and diminish others. Never in your all so superior cliched mind contemplate what runs through a young person’s mind as they suit up. Be out to lunch at 40 with your kids and reduce a hard working senior. Hey but if you vote democrat it is okay because you care.

    • elliesmom says:

      Try being on the other side of the desk for parent/teacher conferences.

      • mothy6767 says:

        I salute you. Parents are crazy. I try to yell at Shay but I end up laughing at myself . Not in me. These are the rules fat chance. One of my dogs climbs up on the dinner table . She is just stupid. I took her to doggie school and they told me to hit her. As if. She is so bad. Left alone in a cage as a pup because her mother could not deal.. SHe freaks out when I walk in the house. Cries and jumps and often hurts herself. She is a royal pain and I constantly yell Bella why? I would be so bored with a trained dog. Bell is hard but worth it. FUNNIEST thing is she loves bottled water. She can get the lid off but then she just lays with her stupid head and tries to drink it. She is annoying but beating her into submission is not an option. YES SHE ate all the Halloween candy under a bed.I would be lost if I didn’t yell at her all day. ALso seeing my mother chase after her with one of her bras was priceless.up and down the block they went.

  9. 49erDweet says:

    The general rule is White People are prohibited by federal law from quoting MLK back to persons of color. You, sir, are a raycist.

  10. WMCB says:

    If true, this is just sick. Sick and Machievellian and cynically exploitative and “gotta break a few eggs to make our glorious omelets” in the worst way.

  11. HELENK3 says:

    this was on facebook, it fits in with this post

    Rudyard Kipling
    I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
    The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
    The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
    O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
    But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.
    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
    But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
    But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
    The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
    O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.
    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
    But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.
    We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
    While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
    But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
    There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
    O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.
    You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
    We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile over at the TCH FB page….I love to entertain myself 😉

    • elliesmom says:

      That would be funny except this morning I had to rip out all of the knitting I did last night after sharing a bottle of wine with Elliesdad. They were some crazy cables. lol

      • mothy6767 says:

        Democrats lavish putting people in a cage. I have so many questions for myself about being gay it is not politics if I could take a pill to be normal would I? Doubt I could ever be normal but that does not mean you can hold me hostage about sexuality. No one cares anymore. The dims managed to make gay dull. I liked that my entire life I stood out.I confess the mainstreaming of gays leaves me nonplussed. I was handed a life that made me different and I could not walk away. I got to learn so much being on the outside can be a good thing. Had I been born elsewhere And had a swish and a lisp I could have been a source of shame or put to death. Had I not been born in Pittsburgh and had doctors the cutting edge I would be dead. I have pig valves(maybe oldest person ever as I got them in 1970) and The walls of my heart are made of Teflon. Born away I would not have lived. I grew up sick, gay and very poor. I had to wake up and iron my clothes dry that I had washed in the bathtub because you did it. I know I am fortunate. Who gets to run wild and then be gifted with a chatterbox.
        Broken and beaten is how I see the poor me crowd. I would love to ask a woman raising kids from Ferguson what do you want for your child. I have a kid that has a very sick dad and a mother that doesn’t even call for years. What do you do? Give PITY. OH poor you. What would that accomplish? I get it some kids get bum deals but how does dwelling it make anything better. Suck it up, rock on, buck up something anything that requires an action verb. So few days we have and so little youth why mislead 20 to 30. Getting to participate in a kid is the best thing that has ever entered my world. I know maybe it is viewed as easy for me to look at a kid I am not worrying about a loaf or bread or clothes but I see so much poor me and kids paying the price. Democrats repulse me because they focus on the result and not the root problem.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There’s no way I could drink wine and knit…..I’d definitely put an eye out 😉

    • Constance says:

      This is an especially helpful recipe if you are having a lot of family over!

  13. mothy6767 says:

    Feel the need to acknowledge how inspired I am to be me because of blogs like this.Gun toting RN from Texas, mother of a Brooklyn bike shop owner, parent of a girl who might be Asian looking at colleges, attorney grandpa, computer geek. What I saw today filled me with disgust. RICH selfish. I was smitten by Palin when she held her Downs Syndrome baby in her arms. I was at a loss watching how that played out in the media. A mother loving her less than socially perfect child gets vilified for it?
    Really do not get the indignation a sense from every prog I know. I had brutal operations but I loved. I watch how people move and it fills me with jealousy. I will never exist like that. Yet my brat wraps her tiny fingers around My index finger when we watch TV. I would take a dozen more trachiotomies to be here for her. I know I have been afforded a different vista because of my experiences but why go through life being sad or angry. Never ends well. These parents at a dance modeling show were miserable. You get to send your kid to a class and have them be chosen to appear in an industry only gig. Get real stop yelling at a child to sit up straight or suck in her belly. Thank God you have what you do.
    Permanent victims are exhausting. And why do they have to feed on real victims. FLUKE Sharpton Nancy Reid.

  14. 1539days says:

    The race baiters are complete hypocrites for complaining that Black Republicans don’t have an authentic Black experience. They only investigate the people who disagree with them. There are plenty of unauthentic Black commentators like Toure Neblett. Barack Obama had about the least Black experience and apparently he was authentic enough to be a Black president, even though he’s less Black than Tiger Woods.

  15. The Klown says:

  16. mothy6767 says:

    Just because I am corny my brat plays “Need You Now” everytime she can. It is our song. She plays it all the time. I think my song to her would be ” To Sir with Love” or maybe guns n Roses I used,to love her but I had to kill her she talked so much..
    Seriously how can kids talk so much. Never stops my ears bleed.

  17. WMCB says:

    What a hero.

  18. The Klown says:

    Watching a COPS rerun on cable. ATL cops doing a SWAT raid on a weed dealer.

    “He’s got a gun!”

    No shit, Sherlock? This is Georgia – you know, the South? EVERYBODY has guns.

  19. The Klown says:

    Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay – and claims a halo for his dishonesty.” – Robert A. Heinlein

  20. 49erDweet says:

    This from Instapundit and seconded by The Amazing Surber, is also something we ought to do here whilst sniggling crawdads. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/11/09/6-bills-copyright-gop-should-pass-republican-agenda-column/18773951/

  21. Propertius says:

    When Leftists say they support the troops? They don’t.

    I call BS. What this airhead says about veterans has as little to do with what “Leftists” in general think as Ann Coulter’s tackier remarks have to do with what “Conservatives” in general think.

    • The Klown says:

      The only time that people on the Left talk about supporting the troops is in the context of protesting a war or when they can use the treatment of troops/veterans as a club to beat the GOP with.

      Because Obama is POTUS they haven’t said shit about the VA scandal and very little about sending troops to Iraq.

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