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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Can we send Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter to Iraq, put them in a public square and just leave them there?
Posted by Jill | 7:40 AM
First it was Laura Ingraham claiming that American journalists only report the bad news from the safety of their hotel rooms a few months before we saw that this is what American journalists are actually risking while Laura Ingraham is safe in a New York studio.

Now it's Ann Coulter calling the New Jersey 9/11 widows "witches" and claiming they are enjoying their husbands' deaths.

Transcript of the Vile Beast's appearance on the Today show yesterday, from Crooks and Liars:

LAUER: On the 9-11 widows, an in particular a group that had been critical of the administration:

"These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted like as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing bush was part of the closure process."

And this part is the part I really need to talk to you about:

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much."

Because they dare to speak out?

COULTER: To speak out using the fact they are widows. This is the left's doctrine of infallibility. If they have a point to make about the 9-11 commission, about how to fight the war on terrorism, how about sending in somebody we are allowed to respond to> No-No-No. We always have to respond to someone who just had a family member die--

LAUER: But aren't they in the middle of the story?...

COULTER: ...Because then if we respond, oh you are questioning their authenticity. No, the story is...

LAUER: So grieve but grieve quietly?

LAUER: What I’m saying is I don’t think they have ever told you, you can't respond.

COULTER: Look, you are getting testy with me.

You know what? I hate to say this, folks, but the 9/11 attacks DIDN'T happen to all of us. And I'm sick and tired of people like Ann Coulter claiming that some chickenshit wingnut in Pissant, Kansas who four and a half years later is still hiding under the bed with plastic sheeting and duct tape, terrified of terrorists while his SUV is outside with a ribbon magnet and a picture of Osama Bin Laden reading "Dead or Alive" on it, is the one who was REALLY affected by the 9/11 attacks.

I live in New Jersey. New York City isn't visible from where I live. My spouse was on one of the last planes into LaGuardia on 9/11/01 before the airports were shut down. He called me from the airport perhaps an hour before the attacks, which took place as he was coming back over the George Washington Bridge. The brother of a friend of mine lost his brother-in-law in the towers that day. I was supposed to go to D.C. that day for training in FDA compliance for clinical trials data. That is the extent to which the 9/11 attacks affected me, other than my continued horror at what my government has done in the intervening years in the name of those attacks. My husband works in New York City. He goes through the Lincoln Tunnel every day and takes the subway. He is at far more risk even today than anyone who reads Ann Coulter's books. We don't dwell on it, because if we did, we wouldn't get up in the morning.

These five widows, my friend's brother his in-laws, and people like them are the ones who were affected by 9/11, not us. And for Ann Coulter to write books and go on talk shows whipping that asshole in Pissant, Kansas into a frenzy while calling women who will never see their spouses again and whose children will never see their fathers again "witches" is beyond the pale.

For five years, we've been told that we have to watch what we say. For five years, any dissent has been met with charges of treason from the mouth-breathers on the right. Put a peace sticker on your car and you'll get your tires slashed. And yet we have to put up with vile spew like this on national television from someone who's making a very nice living off of the fears of people who never knew anyone who was affected by terrorism and never will?
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