And, in the USA, Scott Lively washes his hands.
Eat up your broccoli. It’s good for you.
(Incidentally, don’t you just love how, even in The Guardian, the British are not European?)
Sarah Palin is, it seems, unable to talk about anything but herself, even when discussing someone else’s tragedy.
Don’t you feel sorry for all those poor little Amewicans, who can’t understand complex storylines?
When Downton Abbey is shown in the USA,
…viewers will be left baffled…the beautifully nuanced portrait of pre-First World War upper-class life could prove just a little too complex for the transatlantic audience…in the land of the notoriously short attention span.
As a result, Downton, which ran for eight hours on ITV, has been slashed to six for the States.
Except that almost every word of the above quote from the Mail on Sunday is a lie.
Kevin Rudd, back when he was PM of Australia, suggested that Israel should join the nuclear proliferation treaty. God wasn’t happy with this, and has therefore, many months later, flooded the province where Kevin Rudd used to live, killing a few people in the process. Poor aim; poor timing; poor morals. That’s God for you, eh?
The manager at Scott Lively‘s “Christian Coffee House” for teenagers turns out to be a convicted child molester. To give Scott the tiny amount of credit he’s due, he apparently didn’t know this. But his response once he was told is interesting:
That’s the beauty of the salvation of Christ. When you come to Jesus Christ, and you accept his forgiveness for your sins, then you are forgiven by Him and enter a new life. It doesn’t surprise me that he had a rough past, that he has a criminal record.
And, “Lively said he will consult with his ministry board regarding any change in use of Frediani as the coffee house manager.”
What? Consult? Is there a debate to be had on this topic?
Rob Paravonian rants about Pachabel’s Canon in D.
The American Right Wing enjoy violent fantasies. That’s no news. But it’s far from being the only problem.
When a deranged fanatic shoots a politician, should we blame the incendiary tones of the right-wing politicians and media commentators? Or should more criticism be levelled at their substance? Conor Friedersdorf argues that Sarah Palin and others should be criticised more for the lies they tell than for the tone of voice in which they tell them.
Sarah Palin, of course, did not really believe [what she herself said about “death panels”]. Nor did the vast majority of her followers. It was a lie, deliberately told — a lie that her fans and followers pretended to believe in a great game of political dishonesty.
Even the people who seem to believe this stuff, are on some level aware that it’s not true. Why do people tell themselves these lies? Do they want to believe that the world is a worse place than it actually is? Those who lie deliberately, fully knowing that what they’re saying is untrue, simply want to win at any cost. Their motives are easier to understand.
It’s anyone’s guess where Sarah Palin falls in this spectrum: deliberate dishonest bigot, or willingly deluded?
It’s an interesting general question about human behaviour, but it does seem to crop up more in certain populations, so let’s ask that specific question too:
Why does the American Right lie so much?