See, this is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about before. I quoted Ann Coulter when I posted earlier about Chris Matthews. Now, Ann’s at it again with another prime example of what she, Matthews and others have been getting away with for far too long. She thinks it would be a real hoot to poison a Supreme Court justice.
Coulter had told the Philander Smith College audience Thursday that more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion.
Stevens is one of the court’s most liberal members.
“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee,” Coulter said. “That’s just a joke, for you in the media.”
Ya gotta admit, the creme brulee bit was a nice touch, basically calling Steven’s a “faggot” without saying so specifically. (Truth be known, that reference might have made more sense directed at Souter, but he was appointed by a Republican, so….) And couching it in a joke might make it easier to portray any outraged response as coming from a bunch of humorless alarmists.
But ask yourself this. If some liberal had stood in front of a mike and suggested someone do the same to, say, justices Thomas or Scalia what would have been the response? Sure the creme brulee bit would have to go (because “real men” like Thomas and Scalia don’t eat the stuff, of course), but chances are the joke would go over flat anway.
We simply wouldn’t get away with it? So, why do they?
We’re getting emails from readers who are saying that Verizon and Toyota are calling people back after they complain on this matter. This is meaningful. It means that these companies have pushed this matter up the executive chain and are formulating responses. In less than 48 hours, this is a big deal. Intuit is also very clearly aware of the matter.
Read the rest of the post, and follow their advice on contacting local stores and dealers and tell them to express their concern to the home office.
I remember reading a study about schoolyard bullying once. It said that bullies get away with what they do because the rest of the kids stand and watch, and even join in because it appears to be accepted behavior. But the essential point was that in many situations, it only took one individual to say “no” and stand up to the bully. He/she would be joined by a few more, and next thing ya know the law of the playground had changed.
Just saying, there’s a lesson here.