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Saturday, March 06, 2004
George N' Martha
So we've been hearing these "news" reports about reactions to Bush's new campaign ads, which feature strong imagery related to the 9/11 attacks. Families of 9/11 victims claim the ads are in poor taste, and that Bush shouldn't use 9/11 to try and get reelected.
Now, it should be fairly obvious that any President who was in office during such events would be utterly bat-shit fucking crazy not to focus strongly on 9/11 as part of their reelection campaign. I suppose the tastefulness of the imagery in the ads could be debated, though, as has been pointed out elsewhere on the web, those most vocal about the ads' apparent tastelessness also happen to be in bed with the opposing political party. Surprised the hell out of me, let me tell you.
Anecdotal interviews with anti-war activists and campaigners for Kerry do not paint an accurate picture. Someone told me today that the firefighter guy who told Osama to kiss his white, Irish ass on the radio a while back was asked if he thought the ads were tasteless, to which he replied something to the effect of "not in the least." See, I have anecdotes too. (And you'll notice I don't even go around with a microphone calling myself a "news reporter!") The bottom line is that any President who was in power during such an event would do the exact same, and anyone who says otherwise is lying to themselves. The end.
And then we have this thing with Martha Stewart, whom everyone in the world hates (except for the people who watch her shows, subscribe to her magazines, and spend millions on her products), being convicted guilty of lying about crimes that the government couldn't prove she committed. Oh glorious lunacy.
Look, I understand the natural human tendency to envy those with more or better stuff than you, whether it's their living room curtains, their homemade Halloween decorations, or their ability to put together a fucking broccoli quiche. And hey, I can even understand how such envy can sometimes mutate into seething, irrational hatred. Sure it can. I know. But what this amounts to is a bunch of savages calling for the woman's blood when they're not even sure what she did or didn't do. All they know is, "Martha Stewart? Her house is cleaner than mine. Fry that frigid cunt." To those who think she's being treated unfairly because she's a woman, I invite you each to do the rest of the country a favor and take a bath with your toaster, and to anyone who insists that she should be punished for insider trading, please remember that she was found guilty of no such thing. Suspect her all you want, or even hate her till you're crosseyed and foaming at the mouth, but don't go looking for a rope and a tall tree just yet.