the quotable ann coulter and other things of interest

USA Today no doubt thought that theyd scored a PR coup when the signed on leggy Republican narcissist Anne Coulter to cover the Democratic National Convention. Unfortunately, upon receipt of her first column from Boston, the realization hit the USA Today editors that she was out of her fucking mind. Heres a brief clip from the Coulter column that did not run:

As for the pretty girls, I can only guess that its because liberal boys never try to make a move on you without the UN Security Council’s approval. Plus, its no fun riding around in those dinky little hybrid cars. My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons they call “women” at the Democratic National Convention.

One wonders if Michael Moore, who will be covering the Republican National Convention for USA Today, will follow the trail lit by Coulter, perhaps discussing in detail the feeling of superiority he and his attractive male friends get when subjected to the teaming masses of ugly Republicans in New York.

While were on the subject of conservative commentary, Id also like to link to an article in the National Review tonight. While you might not agree with the central tenants of the article (that Bush was right to go into Iraq, and that the end always justifies the means), I thought the author, Michael Ledeen, raised some interesting points when discussing the complexities of going to war against an ideology, as opposed to a state. Specifically, I was interested in the comparison he makes between the ideologies of Nazism and radical Islam. It isnt something that Id considered before.

Lastly, I stumbled across a very good piece on the Boston Free Speech Zone. I found it particularly salient after having just listened to Ted Kennedys speech at the convention, which drew upon several of the same historic references. Anyway, heres a clip:

I was recently able to examine the so called “Free Speech Zone” located near the Fleet Center in Boston, MA at the site of the Democratic National Convention. I walked around the outside perimeter, and I walked around inside of it.

What I saw was an absolute abomination, not only to the eye, but also to the very spirit of our nation. This cage should never be torn down, and should be preserved with a museum built around it to signify just how low we as a nation have fallen. This area and the surrounding land was once the birth site of democracy, patriotism, and freedom. This sacred ground has now been sullied with this contraption and it’s significance.

Unfortunately, I havent yet been able to find images of the Boston Free Speech Zone yet. Im going back to look now.

And heres a thought. Do you think that Ann Coulter might be persuaded to cover the convention for now that shes been terminated by USA Today? As much as I find her brand of over-the-top hate speech detestable, I do feel as though she has a right to be heard (by a very small audience like mine).

As for Coulter, I hope that she can stay in character for the long haul. It really upset me to see Arianna Huffington give up after a few years of solid effort, and I don’t think I can take that kind of disappointment again.

UPDATE: More information on the Boston Free Speech Zone is available at Save Our Civil Liberties dotorg.

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