The Wall Street Journal Attacks… me
–wingnut updates below–
|James Taranto, Worst Person in the World
… and on the web.
Well, well, well, hello Mr. Taranto.
It seems the people at the Wall Street Journal put their fiction writer on
me for my posting the
Angela Merkel pictures. They didn't like it one bit.
Of course, the first thing I need to do is explain to Mr. Taranto that my 2002
article was long before I went to blogging, but I'm getting ahead of myself. However, conservatives are never interested
in the facts. I also evidently have to explain sexual harassment to the conservatives
over at the WSJ.
It's really simple. You don't make physical advances towards a woman, put your
hands on her, and you certainly don't decide to massage her whenever
the urge strikes you. It's especially insulting at work, let alone in the middle of the G8 summit.
Get a room.
Taranto also pulled a quote of mine out regarding
Bill Clinton, comparing the incidences. Hello, James, I know there aren't many
women likely to give you permission to touch them, but Bill isn't like you,
pal. He not only got permission, but it's what's called consensual sex.
Last time I looked at Angela Merkel's face, she didn't look like she had invited
George W. Bush to grope her.
That's really the rub with conservatives. When they touch a woman she usually
recoils. Bill never got that reaction. Come on, James, tuck it in. Your ego is showing.
Besides, the part of my old
article that Mr. Taranto chose to bold is really what brought Clinton, ahem, down. Bill was stupid
to have the affair, but again, an affair is consensual. Not exactly what went on between Bush and Merkel, and at least Clinton closed the door.
But from a party who's
against affirmative action, you can't really expect them to understand sexual
harassment, now can you?
This is hilarious: It seems one Taylor Marsh, writing at the Puffington Host,
is aghast that President Bush, at the Group of Eight summit, touched Germany's
Chancellor Angela Merkel on the shoulders:
Here's just one comment I got from a wingnut reader:
Bush is a Texan. Texans hug one another, kiss one another, place their
hands on other's shoulders, and give hand squeezes all the time. You libs
are always talking about understanding the culture of others and it's time
for you to start understanding Texas culture. We're not cold and frigid
like you Yankees are.
Sheesh, you need to get a life.
Ah, yes, you silly women, sexual harassment is in the eye of the beholder.
Boys will be boys, especially at the G8 Summit. As for the conservative
bloggers, it's a non-issue. For women like myself trying to make it in the
world of political commentary, foreign policy and military issues, as well
as radio and blog reporting, respect is all. It's bad enough we can't get
on the Sunday shows, but now our president sends out the message that a
world leader can be manhandled at will. . . .
George W. Bush was supposed to bring “honor and integrity” back
to the White House, but instead he's disgraced us all.
Judging by this 2002
blog post, Marsh appears to have been considerably less troubled by the
actual sexual antics of Bush's predecessor:
We all agree that Bad Boy Bill did a great disservice to us all when he
got caught with his pants down in the White House. But what was
worse is that he fed his enemies the ammunition they needed to go after
him, no holds barred.
The lack of self-awareness here is awesome to behold.
UPDATE: And since James Taranto and other conservatives still don't get why Bush groping Merkel was wrong, I guess we'll spell it out for them. It's in the United Nations sexual harassment guidelines. No wonder the Bushies don't like the U.N. It means they can't do whatever they want.
The act was demeaning to the leader of another nation. It also demonstrates insensitive (if not out-of-bounds) workplace conduct. Since this was an international summit, we'll cite the United Nations' sexual harassment guidelines. “Unwelcome behavior is the critical word,” the document says, followed by a listing of objectionable actions. About halfway down the list: “Neck massage.”
Ewwww. We're embarrassed again.
UPDATE II (12.25 p.m.): The wingnuts have Clinton on the brain. I think that's technically
a sexual addiction, don't you? These are just a few of the emails. It's all
Clinton, all the time. Verbatim, hilarious, but disgusting. So much for “honor and dignity” being restored. Oh, and don't miss Ode to the Groper!
But I guess it's ok to get your dick sucked in the White House. Stop twisting
events with your bias. – dr
Oh my God! W rubbed the German Chancellor's shoulders. Next thing we know
he'll be receiving oral sex from an intern half his age in the oval office.
(Do you really want to go down this road?) – jtm
If you have such a problem with our pre-pubscent president, THEN VOTE! Otherwise
take the voice of the American People and SHOVE IT! Thanks! – dsm
This is why Iraq and the Middle “East are in flames, and we have no
credibility around the world. We have a prepubescent president in charge.
It is an outrage.” So it's ok to get a Blow Job in the Oval office but
it's an outrage for GW to pinch her neck muscles. I would hardly call that
groping or a massage. You are a freaking idiot and that type of crapt is exactly
why I can't stand liberals. – dm
who cares if the President rubbed the shoulders of a peer..iraq and the middle east are in flames cause countries like the usa and isreal arn't full of liberal dykes and ferry democrats like kerry and whoever. ..please stop your career now and see that it's a mans world and we call the shots!! – tom