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Number 2 Bigot of the Year 2011: GOP Presidential Candidates

30 Dec

Number 2 Bigot of 2011

The title of the article could have easily been Ship of Fools.  What an embarrassment of riches we have with this misogynistic, homophobic, classist, racist, group of rancid tea-baggers.  Thank you to the many TSM readers for nominating the GOP Presidential candidates–I’m sure it did not come as a surprise that I was already on the same track. Perhaps regular reader Jay put it best in his nomination of:

…the Republican Party, especially the embarrassing cohort which is seeking that party’s nomination for President, and the party’s Congressional “leadership.” The second major party of the US has veered dangerously off-course, with potential and real tragic effects upon not only the US and its citizenry, but the world at large.

This coagulation of corrupt and crazy candidates is so awful that even Republicans cannot seem to find one they like. Perpetual self-denier Mitt Romney is the marginal leader, but he’s so toxic that almost every other joker in the pack has had a shot at the top. As TSM contributor Lex “WebWordWarrior” Kahn noted in his nice overview of the candidates, even before any of them got heavy press there was much to dislike. As each has flared into and out of prominence, their baggage and their utter disdain for the people they would lead has become clear. Perhaps nothing has been so damning, however, as their own words and actions during the incessant stream of debates. From Mitt’s pandering to Newt’s frothing to Perry’s babbling they have all shown their true ugly colors, perhaps none so much as hypothetical Libertarian Ron Paul and his blithe acceptance of the death chants from the audience. As the primaries and caucuses get underway next week the pack will thin and we’ll get to learn a lot more about a smaller number of these rabid monsters. Let’s hope that ugliness proves to the American people how lucky we are to have the President we have.

Flashback to 2010: The #2 Bigot last year was the U.S. Supreme Court’s Fecal Five.

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Women’s History: May 15

15 May

Happy Birthday, Katherine Anne Porter.  Porter was best known as the Pulitzer Prize winning short story writer and novelist.  A native Texan, Porter married another Texan, John Henry Koontz.  After years of being in both a physically and emotionally abusive marriage, Porter finally divorced Koontz; I suspect these dark years had a great impact on the themes of her writing in later years.

Porter spent two years being treated for tuberculosis, which later they discovered was only bronchitis, which strongly influenced her novella, Pale Horse, Pale Rider.  In 1962, Porter published her one and only novel, Ship of Fools, which was the best selling novel in the states for that year.  I’m guessing that most TSM followers are more familiar with the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter; that collection was my introduction to Porter. I think The Cracked Looking-Glass is my favorite short story of Porter’s.

Happy Birthday, Madeleine Albright.  Click here to learn more about Albright.

Quote of the day:

I have no patience with this dreadful idea that whatever you have in you has to come out, that you can’t suppress true talent. People can be destroyed; they can be bent, distorted, and completely crippled.–Katherine Anne Porter

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