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Who or What is Ann Coulter?
AKA: Ann Hart Coulter
AKA: Bat Sh_t Crazy Person
AKA: Black Hole of the Republican Party (See Pulsar)
Question: "Separation between Church and State." Who coined the Phrase? Give up? Answer: Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding fathers of this great Nation and a creator of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment to that same Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, referring to the First Amendment to the US Constitution. In it he said:
IS ANN COULTER AN ENEMY AND TRAITOR TO AMERICA? by R. Blackbird
It has been determined that Ann Coulter is going to be consigned to Dantes Hell because she is Damned! That much is clear. But where and how? Dante neglected to specify which circle of hell a soul is consigned to after betraying the Nations Healthcare of the Poor and Children for the sake of politics.
Whatever Coulter's concern about gathering hard evidence to bolster her position against healthcare, anyone who betrays This Nations Children in that calculating manner deserves the fate that Dante would assign her: being trapped in ice up to the neck in the deepest pit of the Inferno, where treachery against basic human bonds is punished and where Satan himself, once the brightest of the rebel angels, beats his bat's wings.
Good Luck Ann, Satan is coming for you anytime now - he remembers when you sold your soul and he's coming to collect!!!
ANN COULTER'S JUDGEMENT
We will leave it up to the reader to determine whether Ann Coulter has made serious errors in in judgment. Ann has supported a Conservative Christian Extremist position especially when it comes to Church and State issues. But, it is also apparent from the data collected, that the Constitution and First Amendment is in danger from her past and future actions.
There are several Moral issues involving her sexual actions which will be addressed in a later article.
Ann Coulter's office like others we called, stated that her position is that Judaism, Islam, Shintoism, Hinduism or Wicca aren't "Real" religions." What is a real religion, Ms. Coulter? What you have been practicing? Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known." This is a summary of information collected from several sources about Ann Coulter.
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when looking at allegations about anyone. Don't believe us, think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the Religious Freedom Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political process. This information is only for students of Ann Coulter)
Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative pundit, a syndicated columnist, a best-selling author, a frequent television and radio guest, a self-described “polemicist,” and a self-promoting Bit**. Best known for purveying hate, Coulter revels in the mass loathing she herself inspires, a delight so aberrational as to invite speculation that she may in fact be an alien life form. That, actually, would explain a lot.
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Ann Coulter is a lawyer and author, famous for despising anyone politically left of Ronald Reagan or Joseph McCarthy (one of the worst Senators to have ever been elected). In college, she founded the local chapter at the Federalist Society, a conservative-libertarian group. She edited The Michigan Law Review, and she is a legal correspondent for Human Events.
In her columns, if Coulter disagrees with someones political position, she will briefly, brusquely, and inaccurately describe their position, then dismiss them, with an insult. The same steps are repeated several times per column. The technique is enthralling for readers already in agreement with Coulter. For anyone else, it is boring and uninteresting.
Coulter was fired from MSNBC when she told a disabled Vietnam veteran, "people like you caused us to lose that war." She was fired from the conservative National Review when she turned in a column offering a final solution to the Muslim problem: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity".
Other Coulter Highlights:
Coulter is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism and Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right. In Slander, Coulter called Today host Katie Couric "the affable Eva Braun of morning television".
Coulter's Treason was marketed as "an explosive defense of Joseph McCarthy", and indeed, she finds much to admire in the man: "The myth of 'McCarthyism' is the greatest Orwellian fraud of our times. Liberals are fanatical liars, then as now. (She takes a conservative characteristic abd attaches it to liberals!) The portrayal of Sen. Joe McCarthy as a wild-eyed demagogue destroying innocent lives is sheer liberal hobgoblinism. Liberals weren't hiding under the bed during the McCarthy era. They were systematically undermining the nation's ability to defend itself, while waging a bellicose campaign of lies to blacken McCarthy's name." (Again, she defends one of the worst Senators in American History.)
Arnold Beichman, a conservative from the Hoover Institution, reviewed Treason in the conservative Washington Times, and wrote that he had "tried to read Miss Coulter's book and failed. Life is too short to read pages and pages of inaccurate rant." As a Georgia Tech Football Fan shouted during a very unpopular call by an unpire, "Stop Making Shit Up!!!
Coulter was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut by an upper middle class family. Her father, John Vincent, was an FBI agent turned union-buster who enjoyed shooting squirrels in his backyard. According to a column Coulter wrote upon this dick’s death on January 4, 2008, he was “very funny.” She concluded her tribute, “Now Daddy is with Joe McCarthy and Ronald Reagan. I hope they stop laughing about the Reds long enough to talk to God about smiting some liberals for me.” Unfortunately for John Vincent Coulter, based on whom he’s hanging out with, it sounds like he’s in hell.
Coulter attended Cornell University, where she helped found The Cornell Review in 1984. The fortnightly tabloid, patterned after the Dartmouth Review, railed against affirmative action, gay rights, abortion, anti-apartheidism, and “political correctness,” which is a term dicks use derisively when they are chastised for dressing up in blackface at Halloween parties.
After graduating from Cornell, Coulter got her law degree at the University of Michigan. She then got a job with Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI), where she made herself useful by helping to craft legislation designed to speed up the deportation of aliens convicted of felonies.
Coulter has dated many dicks, among them conservative author Dinesh D’Souza (who wrote a 1981 article for the Dartmouth Review naming the officers of the Gay Student Alliance, some of whom had not yet come out) and Spin magazine founder and publisher – and second-generation dick – Bob Guccione, Jr. Though she claims to have been engaged many times, she has yet to meet Mr. Rightwingnut. Those concerned with the future of humankind are watching Coulter’s biological clock, counting the days until the onset of the menopause that will render the species safe from her virulent strain of DNA.
Coulter divides her time between her Manhattan condominium and her Palm Beach home, where, when she’s not dating dicks, she enjoys reading the Bible and books about serial killers.
Father: John Vincent Coulter (b.
SEX LIFE (OR LACK OF):
(I really don't see how Bill
could have stooped so low)
Risk Factors: Smoking
She Appeared on the cover of:
Coulter is a multi-media presence, turning up all too regularly on television and radio talk shows where she frequently says things with the sole purpose of creating controversy – like Madonna but without the faux-British accent and public masturbation.
She also writes a weekly
Coulter is the author of six
High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton
Several passages of Coulter’s first
In one instance Chapman wrote, "Four Democratic fund raisers have stated that former DNC Finance Chairman Marvin Rosen explicitly advocated selling access to the President." Coulter wrote, "At least four Democratic fund-raising officials have revealed that former DNC Finance Chairman Marvin Rosen explicitly advocated selling access to the president ..." While the last 14 words of these passages are identical, Coulter’s addition of the introductory phrase “At least,” and her substitutions of the words “fund-raising officials” and “revealed” clearly make the thought her own.
In another example, Chapman wrote, "A DNC fund raiser told Nynex executives they would receive invitations to White House ‘coffees’ if they joined the DNC’s ‘Managing Trustees’ program and agreed to donate $100,000." Coulter’s sentence, while otherwise admittedly exactly alike, diverged into originality with her reference to “Nynex Corporation executives” and her omission of quote marks around coffees.
Also, Chapman’s reference to “Harry Thomason, the Hollywood TV executive” – or, as Coulter put it, “the Hollywood television executive” – said that he met the Clintons when he “was a high school football coach in the 1970s in Arkansas.” Coulter’s description of Thomason as “an Arkansas high school football coach in the 1970s” clearly bares little if any resemblance to Chapman’s.
The part of the book where she suggests limiting discussion about Clinton to “whether to impeach or assassinate” is understood to be one hundred percent her own.
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
Slander spent 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The most infamous quote from it is Coulter’s description of Today host Katie Couric as “the affable Eva Braun of morning television.” When Coulter promoted the book on Today, Couric introduced her as a “right-wing tele-bimbo.”
Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
The opening chapter of Coulter’s third
Coulter claimed that "the portrayal of Senator Joe McCarthy (one of 20th century America’s Brobdingnagian dicks) as a wild-eyed demagogue destroying innocent lives is sheer liberal hobgoblinism.” According to Coulter, poor McCarthy was a misunderstood patriot penalized for his lack of couth. Coulter’s former friend, the repentant conservative David Brock, observed, “I think that she has made a mistake with this book. Where do you go next? Holocaust denier? Slavery defender?”
Reviewing Treason in the Washington Post on July 27, 2003, Anne Applebaum wrote, “Coulter hasn’t got an ironic or witty bone in her body. Her insults are crass and dull-witted, and her jokes fall flat.”
How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter
Coulter’s fourth book was a collection of
It included her 2004 attack on Max Cleland, a former Georgia senator who lost his seat to an opponent whose campaign was masterminded by Karl Rove. While some might think of the triple-amputee Vietnam vet as something of a patriot, Coulter knew better. Cleland, thrice-maimed in the service of his country, was against the Iraq war and therefore, by definition, a traitor to America.
Godless: The Church of Liberalism
Though the book contained tens of thousands of words, about a third of them devoted to debunking evolution, it will be remembered for its breathtaking attack on the “Jersey Girls” – the four 9/11 widows who had the effrontery to demand an investigation into the intelligence and security failures that allowed the attacks. “These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis,” Coulter wrote. “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much. And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies?”
The widows issued a statement: “Contrary to Ms. Coulter’s statements, there was no joy in watching men that we loved burn alive. There was no happiness in telling our children that their fathers were never coming home again.”
As with her first
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans
As Coulter’s shtick has inevitably worn thin over the years, she has had to take increasingly extreme measures to attract attention – not unlike a young ingénue who goes to Hollywood, takes some soft-core work to pay the rent, then finds herself a year later in the middle of her first triple penetration scene. In Coulter’s case, however, it is the public that is on the receiving end.
Calculatedly Controversial Combinations of Words
Coulter is perceived as sexy by that segment of the population that has no idea how unsexy an emaciated, horse-faced harridan with chemically ravaged hair actually is, no matter how mini her skirt.
Excerpts from article on huffingtonpost.com June 8, 2011
Ann Coulter is usually not at a loss for words, but CNN's Piers Morgan put her on the back foot during his Wednesday show by asking her about her private life.
"Let's talk about you for a moment," Morgan said. "Engaged three times. You're 50 in December, are you?"
"Don't talk about either engagements, Social Security number, age or anything else," Coulter said.
When Morgan tried again, asking about a rumor about her age, Coulter firmly shot him down.
"I don't answer questions about myself," she said. "...I think like most public figures [I] don't talk about anything that wouldn't involve — that you would not want the most dangerous stalker to know or have. So I will not be answering private life questions. That's why we call it a private life."
"Why are you skirting around issues about yourself?" Morgan asked. "You're interesting."
"I don't talk about my private life," she repeated. As Morgan continued trying to get her to answer questions, Coulter kept refusing.
"Let's talk about things I write about," she said. "You're going to eat up this whole segment with me not answering questions."
We had dinner last night at Murano, a new West Hollywood restaurant, owned by gay circuit party promoter Jeffrey Sanker, and lesbian night club owners Robin Gans and Sandy Sachs. It's a visually stunning space, straight lines, whites and reds accented by brilliant Murano glass chandeliers (hence the name of the restaurant). It's right at home within eyeshot of West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center, clearly appealing in a neighborhood of gay clubs, bars and restaurants.
Toward the end of dinner, one of my companions insisted that the painfully thin, emotive, long blond haired thing in a small black dress with nearly exposed bosoms was none other than Ann Coulter. I did not believe him. Why would Ann Coulter, who hates homosexuals, go to dinner at gay ground zero? Why would she spend her hard earned gay-bashing royalties to enrich Jeffrey Sanker and otherwise support gay-owned businesses?
But sure enough, he was right. I could not tell if she was dining with people she hates or just demonstrating that she's a fraud who says whatever she must to sell books so that she can live the gay urban lifestyle. Based on her behavior last night, I am sure it is the latter, although based on her table mates, it could be both.
Remember Ann Coulter on John Edwards and homosexuals?
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm - so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions."
Now, the last I checked, most gay people, including me, do not think the term "faggot" is endearing.
Notorious people have the right to dine where they please. I also think that they have to eat their own cooking. It's quite simple, really. If a person makes her money by being famous and that person has an addiction problem, she has the right to privacy to solve that problem. But if she proclaims her sobriety to get out of jail and then shows up at a bar, she has to expect that her public might inquire as to her truth. You can't have it both ways: sober for the police and the press; publicly drunk for real. In time, you are caught in the lie. It's one or the other, fame or privacy.
Clearly, Ann Coulter was caught in a lie. There she was, burbling like a fountain about her interview on Donnie Duetsch's show in which she says Jews should be Christians, completely at ease in the heart of the gayest city on the planet. She was a natural with the gay men who surrounded her. She enjoyed the fawning attention by her two not so masculine male escorts, clearly in her milieu.
I was therefore shocked that when we tried to engage her in conversation, she became embarrassed, turned away, nestling her head inside her long, blond hair, much as would an embarrassed school girl caught stealing the answers to an exam.
We wondered if she was comfortable in West Hollywood, in a restaurant where a large number of the patrons are gay, and where the gay owners make money off of her dining bill. Her response (physically, because she would not speak): "I am too embarrassed to talk to you." Had we been able to see her high cheek bones, then averted and clutched in her hands to hide her shame, we'd have seen a red-faced hypocrite, caught living a lie. Think Britney Spears or Paris Hilton or others who make money simply for being famous and then have no clue how to respond when they are caught lying.
Ann Coulter loves the camera, so we snapped a few with a cell phone. Her sturdy female minder said we were "molesting" her. Ann Coulter molested by having her picture taken? I guess she's molested every day, then. She might want to check into rehab to deal with her addiction to such molestation.
When the manager came by with our check, he said, "Look, I'm sorry she's here, but I have to serve her." The staff were clearly appalled when they realized who was in their midst. Did Hitler eat kosher food even as he worked out the final solution?
Remember those "we reserve the right to serve anyone" signs? I assume they are for real. Had it been my restaurant, I would have sent her away, not allowed her to enjoy the life she craves. On the other hand, we have to wonder why Ann Coulter feels so comfortable among the gay men she hates. Clearly, she's just a hypocrite, saying outrageous, inflammatory, dangerous, un-Christian words simply to make enough money to pay for dinner in, well, West Hollywood.
Ann Coulter had nothing to say last night because anything she could conjure would have been too absurd. So she ducked her head, embarrassed at being caught where she most likes to be, hoping to disappear. Ann Coulter is a coward who uses evil speech in the safety of a studio to make money. She obviously does not even believe the obscenities she hurls at America, a country she says she hates.
How many adolescents in mid-America have heard Ms. Coulter saying they are "faggots," subhumans who should die, just so she could eat dinner at a gay-owned establishment and pay with blood money? How many lives have ended so that Ms. Coulter can giggle and guzzle in West Hollywood?
I do not believe in bothering famous people when they are out in public. But Ann Coulter created her fame and fortune by cultivating a persona of hate. She has to be called to account. Next time, I hope the folks at Murano or any other public establishment will just say no to the Ann Coulters of the world. Let Ann Coulter eat her own cooking. I doubt she can stand the taste of what she dishes, but it's worth letting her try.
Coulter Under Fire for Anti-Gay Slur
Excerpt from an article at cnn.com posted 6:31 a.m. EST, March 4, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Prominent politicians from both parties and a gay-rights group on Saturday condemned right-wing commentator Ann Coulter for her reference Friday to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as a "faggot."
"Ann Coulter's use of an anti-gay slur yesterday was un-American and indefensible," Edwards said in a posting on his Web site, www.johnedwards.com.
"In America, we strive for equality and embrace diversity. The kind of hateful language she used has no place in political debate or our society at large.
"I believe it is our moral responsibility to speak out against that kind of bigotry and prejudice every time we encounter it."
Edwards' campaign posted the video on their Web site, and asked readers to help them "raise $100,000 in 'Coulter Cash' this week to keep this campaign charging ahead and fight back against the politics of bigotry."
Coulter made her comment in Washington during an address to the 34th annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, during which she gave her opinions about the Democrats' slate of presidential hopefuls.
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm - so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions," said Coulter, whose comment was followed by applause.
CNN has reached out to Coulter's representative, and received no response.
But the New York Times reported that she responded, in an e-mail, "C'mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."
A spokesman for Sen. John McCain, a Republican presidential candidate, called Coulter's comments to the conservative group "wildly inappropriate."
In a written statement, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, said, "Ann Coulter's words of hate have no place in the public sphere much less our political discourse. Not only should she apologize but those who participated in the conference with her should denounce her shameful and divisive actions."
"Ann Coulter's use of this anti-gay slur is vile and unacceptable," said Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, "and the applause from her audience is an important reminder that Coulter's ugly brand of bigotry is at the root of the discriminatory policies being promoted at this gathering."
In a written statement, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean called on Republicans to denounce her remarks. "There is no place in political discourse for this kind of hate-filled and bigoted comments," he said.
During a question-and-answer session, Coulter referred back to the issue of gays by alluding to the bid for the Republican presidential nomination being made by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"I do want to point out one thing that has been driving me crazy with the media -- how they keep describing Mitt Romney's position as being pro-gays, and that's going to upset the right wingers," she said. "Well, you know, screw you! I'm not anti-gay. We're against gay marriage. I don't want gays to be discriminated against."
She added, "I don't know why all gays aren't Republican. I think we have the pro-gay positions, which is anti-crime and for tax cuts. Gays make a lot of money and they're victims of crime. No, they are! They should be with us."
A spokesman for Romney called Coulter's use of the slur "offensive."
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Ann Coulter: The Jargon Jezebel
Excerpt from an
article by Brendan Nyhan (email@example.com)
The last few years have witnessed the emergence of a new class of pundits. (Pundit: a self styled expert who expounds on what they think they know, in public) Many pundits, regrettably, are prodigies in the aggressive political jargon that pervades our political discourse. Perhaps the most egregious is Ann Coulter, a nationally syndicated columnist and cable talk show guest. Her trendy tone of snarky cynicism is complemented by some of the most consistently emotional, subrational jargon in NationalPolitics, as shown by an analysis of her columns since January 1 of this year.
Background on Coulter
Coulter is an attorney turned professional talking head who was a major player in the conservative opposition to President Clinton. She wrote a book on Clinton called High Crimes and Misdemeanors and helped Paula Jones with her legal case, among other things. Like some others in the conservative press, Coulter's specialty has been attacking liberals; in fact, that has been the theme of all 28 of her columns this year (see the Townhall.com archive). Although one column mentions her "swooning" for President Bush during the campaign and that she remains "doe-eyed", it's the only one this year that focuses on Bush.
Understanding basic Coulterism
Coulter's position at the vanguard of rhetorical manipulation makes a close analysis of her work worthwhile. Let's examine the rhetorical techniques she uses, which range from the simple to the sophisticated.
At the basic level, her columns often open with inflammatory attacks like calling Ted Kennedy an "adulterous drunk" and joking that President Clinton had "crack pipes on the White House Christmas tree". Also, she often brings up figures and organizations despised by the right, including Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (mentioned three times in two columns, the American Civil Liberties Union, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, actress/singer Barbra Streisand and rapper Sister Souljah.
Most name-calling, however, is directed at Clinton, who is mentioned in 17 of her 28 columns (that's 61% - I'll omit a links list). Coulter calls him, among other things, a "celebrated felon", a "known" felon, a "pervert, liar and a felon", a "criminal", "a flim-flam artist" and a "prominent" criminal. More extended cheap shots include a "Thai sex tour" joke, a reference to a Thai "sex emporium" named after him and this charming aside:
For the record, it is not illegal for a third party to pay legal fees. If it were, Bill Clinton would be bankrupt and Barbra Streisand would be in jail -- which, come to think of it, isn't a bad idea.
Mean-spirited comments like this are interspersed through most of her columns. The validity of the accusations against Clinton is not the point. Coulter raises his name over and over as an emotional red flag to her readers.
Cutting-edge Coulter jargon
On a more sophisticated level, Coulter's writing is full of the sweeping generalizations attacking liberals that are the stock in trade of many conservative pundits. These arguments take a particular case (often presented in a distorted way) and use it to attack all liberals, erasing any some/all distinction. Here's one example from a column on the controversy over Ted Olson's nomination to be Solicitor General: "Liberals are always wrapping their comically irrelevant charges in a haze of lies..." Or consider this dark statement in the context of a discussion about Jesse Jackson's affair: "Liberals always get a lot of credit for suffering, while never actually being made to suffer."
Coulter's world is cartoonish. Liberals are "terrorists" and a "cult" who "can never just make a principled argument". Their arguments are portrayed as hysterical, screaming or starting political World War III. Meanwhile, as Coulter depicts it, conservatives are being persecuted ceaselessly. For example, when The New York Times urged Bush to "crack down" on anti-abortion activists who threaten doctors, she wrote this: "[i]n their darkest fantasies, this is what liberals claim McCarthyism was."
Another tactic is simply associating liberals with lists of code words: the Democratic message is "socialism, class warfare and atheism"; liberalism is "the official government religion" and is "devoted to class warfare, ethnic hatred and intolerance"; "God has no part in the religion [liberalism] of sex education, environmentalism, feminism, Marxism and loving Big Brother". Coulter seems to be unaware of the irony in her statement that "name-calling has been the principal argument liberals have deployed against conservative arguments".
But Coulter doesn't stop there. She reserves her hardcore jargon for liberal criticism of conservatives, which she twists almost unrecognizably and viciously turns back against its proponents. Her "logic" in these cases simulates a rational thought process, but in reality is consciously irrational and emotionally aggressive. Consider this example in a column about potential Democratic opposition to Bush's judicial nominees:
After repeatedly accusing John Ashcroft of essentially belonging to the Klan and harboring a secret desire to take away women's right to vote and to murder them personally in back-alley abortions, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee made it clear that there would be no more Mr. Nice Guy when President Bush sends up his first Supreme Court nominee.
There is a tremendous amount of emotional, loaded language jammed into that dependent clause. In fact, no one accused Ashcroft of belonging to the Ku Klux Klan, let alone repeatedly (note the weasel word "essentially"). Some liberals did criticize him for being insensitive to racial issues, but, as I have argued, this overstatement of the charges against Ashcroft has been used to delegitimize race-based critiques of public figures. The right to vote/abortion canards are even more ridiculous.
Coulter continues later in the column:
Since liberals can't just say that they hate democracy because democracy requires persuasion and compromise rather than brute political force, they accuse any potential "strict constructionists" of being closet slavery supporters. Ludicrous ad hominem attacks on conservative nominees are then used as a basis for the respectable press to refer to the nominee as "divisive." You are "divisive" if you have been the victim of McCarthyite slanders from the left.
Again, she is using language that simulates rationality to make emotionally aggressive points here. Coulter creates the trope that liberals "hate democracy" - her argument supporting this point is that "[c]onservatives always knew they had to win at the ballot box; liberals prefer to skip voting and win by judicial fiat." Having made this assertion, she argues that liberals want to use "brute political force", an insinuation of repressed authoritarianism. Finally, criticism of conservative nominees is caricatured as accusations of supporting slavery and general "McCarthyite slanders". The conscious illogic of this paragraph is breathtaking.
One, unfortunately, of many
Why is Coulter so important? Even though most people haven't heard of her, she and other relatively young jargon-slingers like David Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin are gaining stature. As a result, the rise of aggressive political jargon is likely to continue, with predictable and pernicious consequences for American political discourse.
A Review of Ann Coulter's Novel "Godless"
By Betty Bowers the Best Christian in the World
This week, sweet Ann Coulter released her latest in a series of pre-rehab books, entitled Godless. Naturally, the title led me to believe that it was an unexpectedly candid autobiography. Alas, she may be saving that book until after she's been strapped to a bed at Hazelden for a month. Instead of using this book to dabble in the bracing novelty of introspection, Miss Coulter turns her two-setting mind ("off" and "off her rocker") to hector us about religion.
Let's be honest: Reading a book about religion from Ann Coulter is tantamount to reading a book about dieting from Michael Moore. After all, who wants to be lectured about not being Christian enough by an almost-50 year-old boozehound in a black leather miniskirt who has never been married? Count me as having a healthy skepticism over whether Miss Coulter has saved herself for marriage. Or anything, for that matter.
In Godless, Miss (oh, how it pains me to refer to that serially-rejected spinster as "Miss," but something Miss Coulter usually eschews -- accuracy -- compels me) Coulter turns her shrill furnace of brayed invective, fueled by a bottomless quarry of prickly psychological damage, at the most despicable people in the world. No, not the maniacal murderers who flew planes into the World Trade Center towers, but the blameless Americans who had their flesh burned off of their bodies in those buildings -- and the inconsolable spouses they left behind.
Yes, she directs an anger that shirks all management on women whose husbands were murdered on 9/11. Apparently, in Miss Coulter's religion, the meek may inherit the Earth, but not before she's had a shot at making them cry first. With a mouth so busy frothing it apparently has no time to eat, Miss Coulter claims to be livid at these opportunistic widows for being crass enough to remember the event that killed the father of their children.
She is also angry at them for being people difficult to hate more publicly. While it is wonderfully entertaining to watch Miss Coulter disingenuously complain that she is somehow unable to criticize people she not only criticizes, but savagely impugns, it is important to remember that this smoke and mirrors Persecution Complex is every bit as important to the theater of right wing punditry as the chandelier is to Phantom of the Opera. [FOOTNOTE 1]
Miss Coulter gets prickly -- well, stays prickly -- about 9/11 widows being compensated as a result of the catastrophe. Frankly, I think she is simply exhibiting a fierce territoriality on behalf of herself and other Republicans who have used 9/11 to win elections and sell books. Her attitude seems to be: Exploiting 9/11 is our shtick -- find your own way to make money! This must account for why she doesn't take Lisa Beamer to task for registering "Let's Roll!™" as a trademark and slapping it on the trinkets she sold on the Internet. [FOOTNOTE 2]
Of course, Ann's every utterance
is a carefully choreographed gambit to convert sensationalistic bad taste
into sensationally good sales. In this way she is like another rapidly
aging blond sex kitten, Madonna, someone else with no discernable talent
other than getting people to ask, "Did she really do that?"
Miss Coulter mocking the widows of men incinerated by burning jet fuel in
But in her mercantile zeal to say what sells, Miss Coulter endeavors to create an image that has apparently had a nasty falling out with reality, leaving them no longer on speaking terms. Indeed, to hear Miss Coulter speak (in that wound up Martha Stewart-on-helium Connecticut lockjaw voice of hers), you'd think she is someone who actually embraces heartland, Christian, American values. In reality, however, she is less like June Cleaver baking pot-roast than she is like Samantha Jones baked on pot. Indeed, this is no piously serene Christian wife, but a braying loud mouth who wears super-slutty clothes, powders her bony nose more often than Lindsay Lohan (if you know what I mean), knocks back scotch with an alacrity that eludes Ted Kennedy since the advent of rheumatoid arthritis, lives only in cities filled with homos and screws anything willing to bang an anorexic skeleton. [FOOTNOTE 4]
The Non-Wisdom of Ann Coulter
After the September 11 attack masterminded by a terrorist hoping to spark a religious war, virtually every official and pundit knew better than to take the bait. Except for conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who wrote in a syndicated column on September 12 that in responding to terrorists "we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."
The column outraged the public, but conservatives, including National Review editor Richard Lowry, ascribed Coulter's column to grief over the loss of a friend in the attacks. But the following week, Coulter was at it again: "Congress could pass a law tomorrow requiring that all aliens from Arabic countries leave....We should require passports to fly domestically. Passports can be forged, but they can also be checked with the home country in case of any suspicious-looking swarthy males." This time Lowry spiked her column. Coulter responded by calling Lowry and his staff censorious "girly boys." Lowry then dropped her as a contributing editor. Other conservative leaders also condemned her comments.
What's curious is that Coulter's comments aren't all that different, in tone and style, from hundreds of others she's made over the years. But in the past, her ire was directed at her domestic political enemies---for which she drew fulsome praise from conservatives. Last year, the Media Research Center presented Coulter with its "Conservative Journalist of the Year" award. The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute bestowed upon her its annual conservative leadership award "for her unfailing dedication to truth, freedom and conservative values and for being an exemplar, in word and deed, of what a true leader is."
Coulter is spinning her downfall as a new kind of terrorist-war McCarthyism. "People are hysterical about speech right now," she told The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz. "Everyone's comments are being taken out of context and wildly misinterpreted." At the risk of further de-contextualization, here are some of Coulter's past comments:
"[Clinton] masturbates in the sinks."---Rivera Live 8/2/99
"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'"---Hannity & Colmes, 6/20/01
The "backbone of the Democratic Party" is a "typical fat, implacable welfare recipient"---syndicated column 10/29/99
To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."---MSNBC
"Women like Pamela Harriman and Patricia Duff are basically Anna Nicole Smith from the waist down. Let's just call it for what it is. They're whores."---Salon.com 11/16/00
Juan Gonzales is "Cuba's answer to Joey Buttafuoco," a "miscreant," "sperm-donor," and a "poor man's Hugh Hefner."---Rivera Live 5/1/00
On Princess Diana's death: "Her children knew she's sleeping with all these men. That just seems to me, it's the definition of 'not a good mother.' ... Is everyone just saying here that it's okay to ostentatiously have premarital sex in front of your children?"..."[Diana is] an ordinary and pathetic and confessional - I've never had bulimia! I've never had an affair! I've never had a divorce! So I don't think she's better than I am."---MSNBC 9/12/97
"I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote."---Hannity & Colmes, 8/17/99
"I think [women] should be armed but should not [be allowed to] vote."---Politically Incorrect, 2/26/01
"If you don't hate Clinton and the people who labored to keep him in office, you don't love your country."---George, 7/99
"We're now at the point that it's beyond whether or not this guy is a horny hick. I really think it's a question of his mental stability. He really could be a lunatic. I think it is a rational question for Americans to ask whether their president is insane."---Equal Time
"It's enough [to be impeached] for the president to be a pervert."---The Case Against Bill Clinton, Coulter's 1998 book.
"Clinton is in love with the erect penis."---This Evening with Judith Regan, Fox News Channel 2/6/00
"I think we had enough laws about the turn-of-the-century. We don't need any more." Asked how far back would she go to repeal laws, she replied, "Well, before the New Deal...[The Emancipation Proclamation] would be a good start."---Politically Incorrect 5/7/97
"If they have the one innocent person who has ever to be put to death this century out of over 7,000, you probably will get a good movie deal out of it."---MSNBC 7/27/97
"If those kids had been carrying guns they would have gunned down this one [child] gunman. ... Don't pray. Learn to use guns."---Politically Incorrect, 12/18/97
"The presumption of innocence only means you don't go right to jail."---Hannity & Colmes 8/24/01
"I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the 'hood to be flogged publicly."---MSNBC 3/22/97
"Originally, I was the only female with long blonde hair. Now, they all have long blonde hair."---CapitolHillBlue.com 6/6/00
"I am emboldened by my looks to say things Republican men wouldn't."---TV Guide 8/97
"Let's say I go out every night, I meet a guy and have sex with him. Good for me. I'm not married."---Rivera Live 6/7/00
"Anorexics never have boyfriends. ... That's one way to know you don't have anorexia, if you have a boyfriend."---Politically Incorrect 7/21/97
"I think [Whitewater]'s going to prevent the First Lady from running for Senate."---Rivera Live 3/12/99
"My track record is pretty good on predictions."---Rivera Live 12/8/98
"The thing I like about Bush is I think he hates liberals."---Washington Post 8/1/00
On Rep. Christopher Shays (d-CT) in deciding whether to run against him as a Libertarian candidate: "I really want to hurt him. I want him to feel pain."---Hartford Courant 6/25/99
"The swing voters---I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don't have set philosophical principles. You're either a liberal or you're a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster. "---Beyond the News, Fox News Channel, 6/4/00
"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism."---MSNBC 2/8/97
"You want to be careful not to become just a blowhard."---Washington Post 10/16/98
L’Affaire Coulter- Goodbye to All That.
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