Skip to comments.Fair Enough (John Podhoretz on Free Republic)
Posted on 07/18/2006 6:17:17 AM PDT by finnman69
A reader e-mails: "John, I'm as conservative as they come but your correspondents could have a point about what gets written in these public fora. Check out some of the knuckle-draggers posting at www.freerepublic.com sometime." UPDATE: Gerry Daly of RedState e-mails that I'm being unfair to Free Republic, which does moderate and delete inappropriate material. Its guidelines include : "Free Republic reserves the right to remove any postings that are considered inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate posts are those that are off-subject or contain advertising, pornography, obscene material, racist material, bigotry, Nazi (or other hate group) material, materials promoting violence, threats or illegal acts, etc." Couldn't find anything comparable at tpmcafe or DailyKos.
And, in the matter of the "assassination plot" theory that Horowitz is pushing, I'll go with Donald Rumsfeld and the Secret Service. They both said the uproar was over a whole lot of nothin'. But, don't let that stop you. You're free to believe any baseless, whackjob conspiracy theory you want.
Just look at what his profile is pushing.
If you have something on topic to say, then say it. If you would rather talk about the War on Drugs, then try this link. You're welcome.
"I'll have roast duck with the mango salsa."
<< .... FReepers are obsessive compulsive political junkies. ;-) >>
I'll drink to that!
NOISES OFF (MRS BA) "You'll drink to anything, Knuckle-Dragger!"
OK, I'll drink to those, too!
In my old working days, "knuckle-dragger" was something of a compliment.
<< In my old working days, "knuckle-dragger" was something of a compliment. >>
I like it still -- and also and with alacrity, answer to "Red-Neck!"
He's just jealous 'cause us knuckle draggers get all the bitchin' hot chicks. Quiche eaters need chardonnay to get the fat fugly ones drunk enough to take advantage of.
Thanks for defending the site.
Exactly why I try to keep my elitism, pomposity and self-assumed superiority sufferable.
Yes, there are "seminar posters", but I've seen some pretty outrageous things posted here and, often times, when posters try to chime in for civility they are pounced upon, their motives questioned etc. Of course, the liberal sites are just as bad if not worse, but you have to admit we have our share. I speak up, precisely because I don't want FR pointed to in that way. I've been berated on another thread for daring to suggest we refrain from personal attacks.
I dunno...the following excerpt is from Will Grigg of the John Birch Society. JBS is hardly what you would call liberal. Grigg is talking about the reactions on FR to comments bill orielly made about his interview with Jeremy Glick:
Hey mister, who gave you that shiner? Nobody gave it to me, son I fought for it.
Like nearly all the heroes brought to life by the pen of the incomparable Louis L'Amour, Conagher was an unpretentious man who fought when he had to, but only to defend the innocent and vindicate the claims of honor never to gratify his ego or in search of illicit gain. He had better things to do with his time than fighting, particularly when killing was involved.
Immortalized in the documentary Outfoxed, the Jeremy Glick segment clearly shows a bully getting the worst of a scrap he did everything to provoke. That's not how O'Reilly sees the episode when he replays it in the theater of his mind, of course.
I am glad I gave him what-for, he boasted to his Fox cohorts on The Lineup. I did give him what-for, you might remember that. I'm glad I did.
Imagine a High School senior boasting about fighting his eight-year-old sister to a draw, emerging from the tussle with a shiner while leaving the little girl's face unmarked, and you'd have a fair approximation of the repulsive spectacle O'Reilly offers.
Of course, from O'Reilly's perspective (which, to be fair, in his derangement is probably the version he really recalls), it was Glick who was out of control, a rampaging bully intimidating everybody on the set, and O'Reilly was ready really! -- to unload on him: If I could have whacked him, I would have.
At the time of the interview, O'Reilly's fan-boys at at Freerepublic.com sort of an on-line opium den for people hopelessly addicted to vicarious machismo were eager to play the part of schoolyard sycophants to the class bully.
I'd like to punch out the little POS! exclaimed one heroic Freeper. That Glick punk should be slapped silly, agreed a second. That kids needs a good punch! chimed a third. The best part was when they were going to commercial and the O'Reilly music came on -- Bill O'Reilly motioned to one of his guys off camera to throw the kid out! swooned yet another.
Yes, few things scream tough guy louder than gesturing to hired goons to deal with a small, well-mannered pacifist.
Few things better capture the Freeper syndrome better than this comment from the thread about the O'Reilly-Glick fracas: I was watching it. I could never do live TV. I would have been in a fistfight, and I would have won. I would have whupped his a--.
Conn Conagher a fictional character drawn faithfully on the model of thousands of real-life Americans wasn't inclined to boast about battle scars honorably won in single combat. Heroism as defined by O'Reilly and Freeper-style conservatives is a little less demanding.
Anyone recognize themselves?
Hope all's well for you...
what are you talking about?
Well said. Ditto.
Not everyone who is critical of the likes of o'rielly is a leftist.
I never said all were