Sympathy And Devils

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Memo to Michael Dunn, Richard Grenell, and Martha MacCallum: YOU ARE DUMB.

Sympathy is a tricky thing. As humans, we tend to feel bad for other humans when things go badly for them. Of course, circumstances can tweak that feeling. What those circumstances are, how you define them, and whether you're just citing them to rationalize your sociopathic nature? Well, that's a loose theme that binds today's IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

"But I guess it would be better than being in a room with them animals.” - The recently incompletely convicted Michael Dunn, on a jail cell call, comparing the merits of solitary confinement versus sharing his cell with black people.

Just in case you run into anyone who felt compelled, for one reason or another, to express sympathy for thrice-convicted attempted murderer, psychotic racist, and gas station rap music vigilante Michael Dunn, feel free to keep this quote at the ready. You know, in case you need to stand your ground against stupidity.

Now, it probably won't help, because anyone feeling sympathy for Michael Dunn probably shares similar views on rap music and the humanity of black people that Dunn does, but they might be just aware enough to have to pretend to be embarrassed by that if it's mentioned publicly, so what the hell. It's worth a shot.

“I have a problem more...that the word tragic and sudden is used. That should not be used. A tragedy is when a single mother dies of cancer or a family dies in a car accident. That's a tragedy. This situation is sad, but it wasn't unexpected and we could see this coming." - Former Romney advisor Richard Grenell, explaining the proper nomenclature to be used in Philip Seymour Hoffman's death.

Most people think it's a tragedy when a person who is very good at what they do is forced to stop doing that by circumstances beyond their control. One would have thought that Grenell, who was forced to stop giving Mitt Romney foreign policy advice because he was gay, might be sympathetic to that idea, but I guess he wasn't any good at what he did.

Having "enjoyed" some of the conservative reaction to Hoffman's death, Grenell is actually being surprisingly delicate here when expressing the widespread rightwing view that Hoffman simply should have done what they all would have done in his situation, and stop doing heroin. Why didn't he just stop doing heroin? Heroin is bad, everyone knows that, so cut it out with the heroin stuff! And if you don't do that, well, tough shit. You're choosing to die.

That's what was behind Grenell's attempt to downgrade Hoffman's death from "tragedy" to "sad", as if that was important.

“I think most women do not want to be treated as sort of a special class of citizen. They want to go to work every day, they want to get paid for being a professional, for doing their job really well, and they don’t want to be treated like some special group of people who have to be, y’know, given a little special handout just to make sure they’re OK. Many women make exactly what they’re worth.” - Fox anchor Martha MacCallum, getting very lost on the issue of equal pay.

The hilarious part is, after a decade of this, I can actually follow what passes for MacCallum's thought process. Democrats are in favor of equal pay. Women are considered, actual census data aside, a minority. If Democrats are in favor of something for a minority, it must, by wingnut efinition, be a handout. Handouts, again, by wingnut definition, are demeaning to minorities. Therefore, equal pay must be demeaning to women, so they shouldn't want it.

Now, this is, to a sane person, complete bugfuck crazy talk, and some shred of McCallum's sanity must have realized this, because under mild "what the fuck are you talking about" scrutiny from Alan Colmes, the whole thing kind of fell apart, leading to that last hilarious sentence. Luckily for her, she works at a place where bugfuck isn't bugfuck, it's a feature.