Profiles in Decency

It’s one thing for Pat Robertson, or even Rush Limbaugh, to be apocalyptically vulgar in their responses to the Haiti earthquake. It’s quite another if their asshatery catches on with other wingnuts. So we thought we’d check in with the Usual Suspects and see whether they’re being usually suspicious.

American Spectator:

Pat Robertson has been a passionate and colorful commentator for Conservative issues, and I value him for much of that; but this time, he is way out of line and making statements that are way above his pay grade. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And on this one, he is definitely wrong.

The Corner:

If these two earthquakes are legitimate evidence of God’s displeasure, what are we to make of the (much more numerous) instances in history in which sinful nations were not punished in any conspicuous way?


As we learn more and more about Haiti, we know for sure that nation is truly devastated. The Salvation Army is where I always give money. The organization gives a phenomenal amount of its proceeds to the cause, not to administrative overhead.

Folks, you know I always say give to candidates. But candidates can wait. Relief cannot. Please give what you can.

Michelle Malkin:

I lived near the epicenter of the Northridge quake in the San Fernando Valley in 1994 and will never forget the terror and chaos that ensued. It measured 6.7 on the Richter scale…

“This is a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share,” Mr. Obama said…

And on that, the president is absolutely correct.

Granted, you can always find exceptions to the rule — Hello, Fox Nation homepage banner! — but it’s nice to be reminded that, despite our well-documented evidence to the contrary, we do share a common humanity.

Money needed most in Haiti earthquake relief efforts [CNN]

we do share a common humanity

Except, it appears, for Mr. Robertson and the staffers at Fox Nation. I think we’ve found the reptilian invaders… :)

Faux believes that the burnt balls of one outweigh the suffering of many.

So why is it that Gawd can’t take out Lynchburg with His Holy Fat Fingers?

@Original Andrew: Because god’s plan for Robertson is the revelation of a pederast snuff video of Robertson murdering and having sex with the bodies of little kids, because as he revealed in his TV program recently and he reveals to us every few years, he really is satan’s messenger on earth.

Given their defense of Bush after he abandoned the people of New Orleans, none of these bloggers dares say a thing.

@blogenfreude: Not in public. I am sure they’re sitting around the bar at the American Enterprise Institute laughing themselves silly with dead Haitian jokes and toasting each other for the most twisted curse against Obama. At least until the afternoon when the publican throws out the leather chew toys for them to gnaw on.

Michelle Malkin lived near me? I feel degraded.

@Dodgerblue: Michelle used to live near my sister, in Germantown, MD, but later whined about having to move because those on the left used her tactics (publishing activist addresses so the right could take their vengeance).

@blogenfreude: none of these bloggers dares say a thing.

As an editor, I feel all tingly reading that–thank you.

@blogenfreude: I heard somewhere that Michelle’s ancestral abode is a town called Absecon, much too close to my stomping grounds for comfort.

@flippin eck: I almost said something about that, too, but was afraid I’d be mocked. We are such geeks.

@SanFranLefty: @flippin eck: Can we form a new party called the Grammar Party? Launching a new wave of literate policy and candidates who know how to make a verb agree with a subject! It’d never work, of course, but it’d be a laugh for a while.

Is it too much to ask that perhaps some of those still trying to score partisan points realize that they’ve gone too far? I’d say realizing that Malkin and RedState are (comparatively) voices of reason and decency *should* be a wake-up call; like having Keith Richards tell you you’re doing too many drugs or the CEO of WalMart telling you you’re exploiting your employees.

And another thing – as a Christian – shouldn’t Robertson set up an 800 number to help Haiti as well as sending him a significant chunk of his fortune? For shame.

@IanJ: A clearly defined agenda on an issue close to my heart? Sign me up.

Just left a little “prayer request”:

For Pat Robertson:

My prayer is that, instead of being an insensitive jerk, act like a Christian, set up an 800 number to help Haiti, and promote it on your show – nor would it hurt to send them a significant chunk of your personal fortune. I suggest Wyclef Jean’s charity.

@SanFranLefty: @IanJ: @flippin eck:

Isn’t it “none of these bloggers dare say a thing”?

None= subject (singular)
of these bloggers = prepositional phrase modifying “None”
dare say = phrasal verb
a thing = object

…or is that what you were saying all along and I am just being obtuse?


You’d think Ann Coulter’s breasts would get sore after such treatment.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: They do, terribly, which is why she keeps volunteering them for the CPAC psychopaths to gnaw on her leathery mammaries at their galas and salons. She loves the sting of little nazi teeth tearing her flesh. It’s easy to imagine her head lolling with her eyes rolled up into her head, randomly shouting her sieg heils while Kristol and Krauthammer chew bloodily on her mammaries, finally collapsing into a quivering heap of knees, elbows, hair and bloody blouse as she whimpers her last sieg heils and drifts off to sleep.

@flippin eck: I think you got me, but realize: I’m sick with acute b…. what’s it called? Shit, I forgot. And a viral infection of some sort. Oh, bronchitis. My coffee table is awash in pharmacy vials. I’m having a bad day!

@blogenfreude: They’re too catholic and therefore satanic. In his book, catholics are supposed to be punished, tormented and sent to hell. God is hopefully stocking up on Ballantine Ale for the day he appears at the gates.

@blogenfreude: My hearing must be going bad because I couldn’t understand a word that was said in the video.

Also OT: MSNBC has a pretty good (and safe) list of charities – I’ve only donated the ones Haiti-specific, or that have a Haiti-specific page, at this point.

@blogenfreude: Not a bad way to go, all in all.

@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: So what happened with Mouse Management yesterday?

@blogenfreude: @Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: @SanFranLefty: Bloggie, I was in earnest with my praise–I think TommCatt is incorrect. “Daresay” is a transitive verb, but it’s one word and it’s first person singular (i.e. I daresay it’s going to rain today), at least according to M-W. Therefore, your use of “dares” is right because it’s a verb agreement with “none.” “Say” is an infinitive with an understood “to,” right? I may be totally off here–feel free to correct me, lauded grammarians!

@IanJ: Isn’t that already Obama’s main qualification for office? Not too shabby if our first candidate is already POTUS!

@SanFranLefty: Meh – I never get miffed if you, or anyone, corrects my grammar. I usually do pretty well, not because of the rules I remember but because it’s sort of innate – it’s been beaten into me. But, like our TSA says: “If you see something, say something.”

@flippin eck:

I maintain: Just like the word “some”, as in “some dare say”, the word “none” is singular. You wouldn’t say “Some dares say”. The verb has to agree with the subject, not with the prepositional phrase modifying the subject. Bloggie’s verb agreed with the plural noun in the prepositional phrase, which is an error.

@Dodgerblue: I just found out that my team is getting kept. So we are safe…at least for eight months, which is when the company is going to reorg across all lines of business.

I’m gonna try to get on the staff of Consumer Products if I can. That is the safest gig going right now.

ADD: And thanks for all your kind words yesterday, everybody. It really helped…

@blogenfreude: I wasn’t correcting you, I was joining flippin’ in our praise of using the correct verb tense with the word “none”.


Heretic. I will run it through proofing and post the e-mail, once my point is proven.


Most guys that have had my hands near their cock do.

Pulling it back to Johnny, Whom Do You Trust? is correct, but none would dare use it.

@SanFranLefty: @flippin eck:

We are all right. Proofing sends the following cut-and-paste:

“According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, “Clearly ‘none’ has been both singular and plural since Old English and still is. The notion that it is singular only is a myth of unknown origin that appears to have arisen in the 19th century. If in context it seems like a singular to you, use a singular verb; if it seems like a plural, use a plural verb. Both are acceptable beyond serious criticism”


Oh yeah. Now I can get back to loafing at my desk.

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