Wingnut of the Day

Krugman points us to the alternative universe that is the WSJ editorial page:

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

I do not think the word “slanderous” means what the writer thinks it means.

The author of this bit of fiction is one Jeffrey Scott Shapiro – more on him after the jump.

And now a quote:

“My real interest in going to law school was because I had an interest in First Amendment law,” Shapiro said. “I feel that the media abuses the First Amendment a lot, and I was hoping to go to law school so I could eventually represent people who were victims of that abuse.”

Sounds like a young Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Shapiro’s job, you see, is prosecuting people who exercise their First Amendment rights.

He deals with many protestors participating in unlawful conduct at the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal properties, particularly specializing in cases with mass protestors. Shapiro has prosecuted as many as 31 codefendants in one trial.

Shapiro has also worked on high-profile cases, just recently prosecuting and subsequently convicting a woman who accosted Condoleezza Rice on Capitol Hill with hands painted red to look like blood.

Just fantastic!  This is precisely the sort of little authoritarian we need! Why shouldn’t young sociopaths write for the WSJ?

Nota bene: the puff piece at his law school’s website indicates that Mr. Shapiro did not pass the bar exam the first time.  He did not pass the second time.  He managed to pass the third time after writing a book on (wait for it) bar exam prep.

Someone needs to set the bar higher if this sort of whack job can pass.


I can see/smell/taste the douchyness coming off his pic.

So much for the RW meme of personal responsibility and manning up. Wimps.

I think I went to UGA with someone like this douche.

Ah yes, it is our disloyal, ungrateful, and just plain mean attitude toward George W. Bush that has turned the rest of the world against us. How could we have been so blind? Thank you, Mr. Shapiro, for setting us straight.

This is truly a fucktard, and proof that, as Wanda said, an ape can read philosophy, it just won’t understand it.

Ofay honky is gonna get his when its Barama-time.

@ManchuCandidate: I know! Isn’t wonderful that they have this aura of douchiness that gives us all fair warning to stay away.

@Mistress Cynica:
I don’t know what it is about the poses or facial features, but there is something about them that sets off the douche meter.

Maybe it’s the faux serious intellectual pose or the tilt of the eyes? Either way. I’d run away.

I’d hit it. With a board with a nail in it. Oak. Something heavy, and rough, and the nail would have to be big and rusty.

@Mistress Cynica: Shapiro’s got a bad case of teh wingnut, but you have to admit – he’s no Steven Calabresi:
This Administration deserves to be trusted because it has kept us safe from terrorist attack since 9/11, has fought and won two wars, has presided over eight years of economic growth, has appointed two stellar justices to the Supreme Court, and has even learned how to do Louisiana’s job of protecting that state from hurricanes. The day will come, and not before long, when Americans will wish that George Bush was still president.

@blogenfreude: Thus Shapiro’s designation as Wingnut of the Day — wingnuts like him are pretty common. Calabresi, now, it’s hard to see anyone tilting for his King Wingnut of the Universe crown anytime soon.

@blogenfreude: @Pedonator: As Pedo points out, there’s wingnut, and then there’s full-on delusional psychotic.

Poor Rupert — buys the WSJ just as it becomes irrelevant. They could get away with that shit during the Clinton years, and lord it over during much of Shrub, but it’s hard to pretend that the world will be better under neocon rule now that we’ve seen it.

Hee Hee TJ/
Talibunny’s wardrobe being repoed.,0,5597211.story

Sarah Palin left the national stage Wednesday, but the controversy over her role on the ticket flared as aides to John McCain disclosed new details about her expensive wardrobe purchases and revealed that a Republican Party lawyer would be dispatched to Alaska to inventory and retrieve the clothes still in her possession.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again:
Tastes like more bitter Perrier.

@ManchuCandidate: Well, doncha know that she’s just like any trailer trash Joe Sixpack, gettin’ her stuff reposessed? Ya betcha!

@ManchuCandidate: Billing for November 2008

Nov. 5 Conf RNC/McCain senior staff re: Palin wardrobe matter. Reviewed documents, legal research and analysis. Conf. Palin campaign staff. Phone conf. Gov. Palin office re: confirm meeting and inventory time. 3.2 hr (expense lunch)

Nov 6 Travel to Anchorage AK (bill at 1/2 hourly rate) 12.0 hr (expense ticket, rental car, hotel, meals)

Nov 7 Conf w/Gov. Palin, staff re: wardrobe issue. Inventory wardrobe. Reviewed campaign billing. Phone conf. senior and personal campaign staff re: est. valuation of missing, spoiled, soiled, “donated” items. Met with movers and local staff re: shipping clothing after cleaning to campaign HQ wrap up office. 8.8 hr (exp. lunch, dinner)

Nov 8 return DC from Anchorage. (Bill at 1/2 hourly rate). 12.0 hr

Fees: 12 hr@ $350 hr = $4200
24 hr at $175 hr = $4200
Expenses (air fare, hotel, meals, rental car; cleaning and shipping charged to Gov. Palin personally) $1500

Initial Sub total: $9900

@redmanlaw: $350/hr isn’t even what the big firms here bill for a 3rd or 4th year associate…if it’s a partner from a L.A. or S.F. firm flying up there to yell at her, count on $675-800/hr, and definitely 1st class airfare and hotel. I’d guess more around $20-25 K for that trip. Another $5 K to bring a paralegal or junior associate to Anchorage to do the actual wardrobe review and indexing.

@SanFranLefty: Just a poor country lawyer writing comedy here . . .

Wait. The media is abusing the First Amendment? Uh, that’s who it’s for. What law school did this guy go to?

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