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Ok, there have already been a couple of analyses of this article: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/how-should-conservatives-deal-with-the-lefts-disrespect-and-lack-of-empathy/?singlepage=true The seminal cause of this, ok I'll be honest, utterly ridiculous piece of "journalism" is a right-wing blogger, Jeff G., who had listed his favorite creative writing professor on his "About" page. When said professor found out, he emailed this blogger and requested he remove the professor's name from the page: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=17489#more-17489

Jeff,

Would you mind taking my name off your “about” page on Proteinwisdom? I’ve always liked you and your fiction, and your and [name redacted] impetus to make that conference happen, at that moment in time, did a great deal to speed this program along. I was also simply grateful to have you in the program when you came along, because you were–and are–a very smart and intellectual fiction writer, a rare commodity still, to this day. But I am more and more alarmed by the writings in this website of yours, and I do not want to be associated with it.

Brian Kiteley


Ok, so in this request, the professor not only said that he liked Jeff's fiction, and Jeff himself, but he also complimented the writer's intelligence, and his fiction again, before stating that he did not want to be associated with the writings of Jeff's political blog.

Jeff, of course acts like Professor Kitely has not only shot his dog, but searched out every written word Jeff has ever committed and burned them all on a pyre (built on the dog's corpse) in front of him while cackling wildly. He calls it a "repudiation" of everything he's written. Professor Kitely has taken away his birthday, Christmas and the Fourth of July.

So he called his former favorite professor for clarification.

*facepalm*

When pressed, his professor said that Jeff had become a jerk.

GASP!!!! Grab the smelling salts and hide the children! A JERK!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Ok, Dude... You write really inflammatory right-ist bullshit. A jerk is probably the nicest thing I could think to call you.

But, enough on the cause of Helen's article. Back to the article.

She posits that Liberals are "like psychopaths" in their inability to feel empathy for conservatives. She says that they don't understand conservative ideals because they are insulated from the in their ivory tower, liberal bubbles. She says that it's a lack of education...

Mmmm, well, who keeps defunding education, I wonder? It sure as shit isn't the liberals.

And lack of empathy? What the...? Where have you been for the last fifty years? "Bleeding Heart Liberal" is one of the favored insults toward us. Because we want to make sure children eat, sick people are healed and everyone has a place to live.

Maybe she's right, I do have a marked lack of empathy for people who HAVE NO EMPATHY FOR ME OR ANYONE ELSE. I have no empathy for assholes who see immigrants killing themselves to get here and think, "Send them back" or even better, as a comic reposted by poor victimized Jeff stated, accuse liberals of wanting to allow immigration because BROWN PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR THEM!!!!! Jeff cheered for Darlene Click's "editorial" cartoon that depicts Obama as a rapist.

You know what health care reform isn't one single tiny bit like? RAPE!!!! HAVING HEALTH CARE IS NOTHING LIKE BEING HELD DOWN WHILE SOMEONE FORCES THEMSELVES INSIDE YOUR BODY, YOU EVIL, VILE, CRETINOUS FUCKHEADS!!!!!!!

REALLY? You guys don't get why Liberals are fed up with your stupid, ignorant, greedy, evil bullshit? You don't get that we're tired of watching people die for lack of health care, watching doctors get shot for performing a legal procedure, watching American jobs bleed overseas because of laissez-faire business practices, watching people die because the FDA has been neutered by the GOP, watching pollution levels climb and safety standards decline...

We're the ones who lack empathy?

I suggest you assholes invest in a fucking dictionary and figure out what that word actually means. Because you know what? We're not the ones who lack empathy. We're the ones trying to fix what YOUR lack of empathy has wrought.

Give me a call after you grow a fucking heart.

Both Melissa at Shakesville: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/03/bubble-people.html
And Jesse at Pandagon: http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/comments/why_are_all_these_homosexuals_making_me_think_about_my_shapely_toned_buttoc/
Have taken this down. On the Pandagon thread, check out comment #35, way less profane than I can manage right now.

ETA: Go check out Jeff's changes to his About page: http://proteinwisdom.com/?page_id=9305
Real mature there, sweetheart.

ETA 2: Apparently, I'm not done yet. I get this crap whenever I delete someone comments or whatever on a blog post. "You're censoring MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!"

No, I'm not. I'm not letting you pollute my blog, or silence me by being a jerk. If you want, you are perfectly welcome to go out there and found www.polimicks-is-a-great-big-cunt.com and tell the world how much I suck all the livelong day. I can't stop you. Censorship would be if I could, and did.

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