Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The weird ways of our political culture

Sure, it's a lot of fun to see the vulgar pigboy finally suffering some consequences for his endless spewing of filth but I have to ask, why now? It's not as though his latest outrage is anything special. Racist abuse of the president and other public figures, gross and repulsive sexism, blatant lies, mocking people with disabilities, mocking the poor, despising the unfortunate, hatred and threats of violence -- these are his standard, everyday stock in trade. That hasn't bothered his advertisers or any of the stations that willingly turn themselves into sewers to carry the swill into the nation's automobiles and living rooms.

So what's different all of a sudden? Just that the latest victim is not a public figure, I suppose. That's basically what got Don Imus into trouble. The Rutgers women's basketball team were not wealthy or individually famous or looking ahead to a life as wealthy big time athletes. So you aren't supposed to go there. Pigboy can do whatever he wants to the president or Michael J. Fox, and oh by the way turn politics into a war against the truth, and lie the country into wars and ecological catastrophe. Not a problem. But his latest victim is just a humble law student so apparently that's a step over the line.

No, it doesn't really make any sense.

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