Huffington's House of Horrors
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- The Celebrity Fulmination Files
- Lesser Known, But Just As Outrageous Bloggers
- Conclusion: When Will the Media Bring Scrutiny to This Mud Pit?
Lesser Known, But Just As Outrageous Bloggers
Not every official Huffington Post blogger is a
celebrity toasted by the leftist elites. Many of Arianna’s cast of
hate-speech specialists aren’t household names, but their writings are
still unforgettably noxious.
Adolf Hitler, Better Than Bush? On June 20, 2007, HuffPost blogger Peter Mehlman, a former Washington Post sports reporter and Seinfeld script writer, baldly declared that Adolf Hitler was a better man than President George Bush, because even though he tried to eliminate the Jews, at least he meant well.
So now we’re six and a half years into Bush and everyone from Helen Thomas on down is declaring him the worst president ever. What no one is saying is the one overarching reason he’s the worst: the Bush administration is the first that doesn’t even mean well....
You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well. They honestly thought [they] were doing good things for their countries by suppressing blacks/eliminating Jews/eradicating free enterprise/repressing individual thought/killing off rivals/invading neighbors, etc....Bush set a new precedent. He came into office with the attitude of “I’m so tired of the public good. What about my good? What about my rich friends’ good?”
How can anyone not see it? It’s not that their policies have been misguided or haven’t played out right. They. Don’t. Even. Mean. Well.
Tony Snow Deserves Cancer, Thanks to His Daily Lying for Dictator Bush: In a March 27, 2007 post that was later pulled “at the request of the author,” gay San Francisco radio talk show host Charles Karel Bouley wrote cancer comes naturally to lying conservatives:
I hear about Tony Snow and say to myself, well, stand up every day, lie to the American people at the behest of your dictator-esque boss and well, how could a cancer NOT grow in you. Work for Fox News, spinning the truth in to a billion knots and how can your gut not rot? I know, it’s terrible. I admit it. I don’t wish anyone harm, even Tony Snow. And I do hope he recovers or at least does what he feels is best and surrounds himself with friends and family for his journey. But in the back of my head there’s Justin Timberlake’s “What goes around, goes around, comes around, comes all the way back around, ya.”
This is a trend with Bouley, who upon learning of Ronald Reagan’s death in 2004, played the song “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!” on his weekend radio show on KGO. He also boasted of decrying Catholicism on the air as an “archaic cult” that “should be retired like the monarchy in England” on the occasion of Pope John Paul’s death. That record of insensitivity apparently led Arianna Huffington to sign him up.
Crypto-Fascist Puppetmaster Cheney and Sadistic Alcoholic Bush: On August 14, 2006, author Larry Beinhart wrote a post titled “Americans With Disabilites: The Reality-Challenged,” filled the Internet with more of the usual liberal arrogance that truly smart people with a grip on reality would have never gone to war in Iraq. He claimed he has discovered an important insight:
Even if you think of Cheney as an evil, authoritarian, crypto-fascist puppet master, or if you think of Bush as a smiling, dry alcoholic with sadistic tendencies, the question remains, why would they pursue policies that were pretty obviously doomed to failure?...Whatever their ambitions are and however ruthless they are and however amoral we might think they are, surely, successes would have been better - for them - than failures...It’s not hard to be reality-challenged. The reality-challenged people are running the government. They convinced virtually all of our media that their view of the world was real. They got plenty of voters to vote for them. It was a disability that crossed party lines. Nobody stood up for reality. We’ve had to wait for reality to stand up for itself. Which it’s doing.
Beinhart later explained to the blog
NewsBusters.org that he used these terms for Bush and Cheney because
they would be understood and accepted by Huffington Post readers. That
sounds like a safe assumption. If he’d had more space, he added, he
would have provided footnotes from books that offered solid proof of
those harsh terms.
Beinhart continued the sadistic-Bush line in an April 4, 2007 post wondering about whether President Bush has a normal sex life:
Did he truly become monogamous after his conversion experience? Are he and Laura sexually active? This is the most idle and baseless speculation, but she sure doesn’t look like they have a happy bedroom. If they don’t, what then is he doing? Who is he sleeping with? Does that influence foreign policy? Is he celibate, and that’s what’s driving him mad? If he’s looking at porn, is he using RNC computers instead of White House ones, so there will be no record? The psychological and psychiatric portraits of Bush that I’ve read, usually say that he is sadistic. Is that manifest in his sex life?
Republicans Are Psychotic, or Mentally Disabled: After the Democratic takeover of Congress in the 2006 elections, Democratic strategist Cliff Schecter was joyful enough to suggest that mental illness is a common Republican trait. His headline on November 29, 2006 was a grabber: “Are You Psychotic? Because Empirically That Makes You Susceptible To Being A Republican.”Schecter revealed that this supposedly scientific nugget emerged as part of an “advocacy project designed to encourage mentally ill patients to vote.” They must have changed their minds:
It seems that there’s a relationship between the level of one’s psychosis and his/her support for President Bush (hint: it’s not inverse). I know, try to act surprised. In fact, this isn’t just speculation or hyperbole (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but an actual psychological study conducted in Connecticut (wonder if they tested Lieberman/Shays voters?).
It appears according to a study by Christopher Lohse, a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut University, that there is a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush. Lohse’s study is based on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 election.
Lohse’s research is supported by SCSU professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola. There seems to be a strong correlation between psychotic persons and their presidential support for Bush. “Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader,” says Lohse. “If your world is very mixed up, there’s something comforting about someone telling you, ‘This is how is going to be.’”
This was a theme with Schecter, who also wrote on July 13, 2007 that “The NRA Must Go Down,” suggesting they were all mentally disabled, “men with an extra-Y chromosome lodged in their cerebral cortex.” They were not just disabled, but evil and pro-terrorist:
The NRA, with the money at their disposal and their willingness to do anything to win, with an almost gleeful expression as they lessen the security of the American people, are bar none one of the most evil of these groups in the country....today it is even more important as the NRA fights to ensure every terrorist, criminal, child or mentally imbalanced person has access to an AK.
Too Far Down the Road Toward Bush-Cheney Totalitarianism: On October 23, 2006, Lyn Davis Lear, the third wife of liberal Hollywood TV legend Norman Lear, passed along the latest nuggets of bile from Gore Vidal:
When I asked Gore Vidal at dinner why the White House seemed so serene and at ease about the vote, he replied that, this time around, the Bush-Cheney henchmen could simply call on martial law. He glumly noted that we are so far down the road toward totalitarianism that, even if Democrats do win back the Congress, it would take at least two generations before the last six years of damage to the nation could be reversed. Gore frankly despaired that any amount of time could ever return the country to where and what it previously was.
Believers in “Dictator Christ” Want Dictator Popes or Presidents: The Huffington Post also brings a strange leftist take to Christianity. Jim Rigby, a pastor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, penned a head-turning post titled “Christians Who Want Democracy Must Stop Bowing to a Dictator Christ.” In it, Rigby strangely claimed “The real Jesus was born illegitimately. He called himself ‘the human one.’ Just like Buddha, his authority came from truth, not power.”
Rigby despaired that, “Whether or not we can change America in time to avoid a political and ecological apocalypse, it is never too late to do the right thing. All of us can begin to plant seeds of a better future for our children’s children. For Christians today, that means suffering the consequences of refusing to bow to the dictator Christ of this culture.” Here’s more of Rigby’s ravings:
Whereas American theology was born out of a hope for democracy, much of it is wedded to a picture of Christ as a benevolent dictator. Should we be surprised that a hierarchical cosmology would produce hierarchical churches and nations? Should we be surprised that religious nations that picture Christ as a loving dictator have produced conquistadors, inquisitors and crusaders? What else could they produce? As the tree is, so shall be the fruit.
The word “Lord” was not in the original Bible. It is an English word from feudal times. Whereas the Greek word “kurios” had a range of meanings, from a title of respect, to a title of leadership, to a name for the sacred, the English translation “Lord” refers specifically to a male European land baron. Many people have softened that interpretation in their own minds, but in times of great stress, such nuance falls away and many Christians seek a white male king. He may be called “Pope”, he may be called “the decider President,” he may be called “televangelist,” but the title only masks what he is, a benevolent (or not so benevolent) dictator.
...To picture God in terms of power is also one of the great bait and switch gimmicks of all time. People within the power hierarchy proclaim that God is the ultimate authority, and then appoint themselves as God’s interpreters and enforcers. They are God’s humble bullies. It has been one of the most successful con games of all time.
Only ‘Glaze-Eyed Pod-Women’ Oppose Abortion on the Dirt Steppe: Former Time
writer Nina Burleigh -- the woman infamous for expressing her
willingness to give Bill Clinton oral sex "just to thank him for
keeping abortion legal" – thoroughly denounced women on the pro-life
side of the divide as South Dakota considered a Roe vs. Wade-scrubbing
abortion ban in 2005. Out of her blue-state New York bubble, Burleigh
inquired like an anthropologist: “What is it about South Dakota that
makes men want so badly to breed? Is the loneliness of the prairie and
the vast dirt emptiness of the Black Hills so profoundly affecting that
only the idea of more brand-new babies can relieve it?”
To Burleigh, the strange land of South Dakota was populated by an alien people, as she recalled observing the odd-looking pro-life crowd on an earlier visit with presidential candidate Pat Buchanan:
American Gothic-styled, grim-faced men in blue overalls flanked by pairs or trios of women in long floral dresses, a local polygamist sect, apparently. These glaze-eyed, pod-women had been allowed to make the trip to the airport that afternoon to see and hear Pat, in what was surely their only voyage off the dirt vista of the frozen American steppe since their last trip to the hospital delivery room.
Burleigh concluded with her plans to help the women there who still believe in the goodness of abortion:
If the United States Supreme Court picks up the Dakota gauntlet and puts the United States back on equal footing with Catholic Ireland and Taliban Afghanistan, so that states are allowed to criminalize what we now consider a right, I’ll put the first $100 into a fund that for starters, would buy the dwindling number of women in South Dakota plane tickets to states that may still respect their rights.