Archive for July, 2004

Is This Guy For Real?

U.S. goverment attorneys are seeking to extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and try him on several alleged terrorism charges.  Now, I don’t mean to sound biased here, but this guy clearly looks like a Bad Guy™ to me.

Dig it: this cat has one eye, frequently wears an eye patch, and has a metal hook for a hand.  And he’s crazy, to boot.  He actually talks in terms of world domination.  Check it out:

“The real weapons of mass destruction are the desire for martyrdom. Millions of you are ready to be shaheed. Half a million martyrdom shaheed is enough for Muslims to control the whole of earth forever. In the end of the day, Islam must control earth, whether we like it or not”

That’s some scary shit!

Yikes!We couldn’t have made up a better villain.  It’s not hard to picture this guy kidnapping the girl and subsequently using her as bait to lure our unsuspecting hero into some frightening, albeit overly complex, death trap.

Do you think he has some sort of hidden, evil lair where he plots his awful schemes?  I bet he’s got all sorts of bumbling, oafish henchman who can’t hit the side of a barn with a bazooka.

If they bring this guy to trial, I’ll be the first to volunteer to testify to the fact that this whack-job scares the bejesus out of me.

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Dennis Miller, What Gives?

Can someone please tell me what the fuck happened to Dennis Miller?  Honestly, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but when it comes to loyalty, this guy makes Jim Jeffords look like Samwise Gamgee.

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist the urge to use Miller-speak there.  If you got that, give yourself 15 MonkeyPoints.)

Circa 9/11, Dennis Miller became a Republican.  Big time.  Somehow, the terrorist attacks made him hawkish not just on issues like terrorism and Iraq, but also on a whole slew of domestic issues, from animal rights to capital punishment.

The reason Dennis Miller is on my mind is because he has decided to use the same line of homophobic tactics that Drudge recently used to attack Kerry and Edwards.  While warming up the crowd for his new buddy Dubya, Dennis remarked that the pair “cannot keep their hands off each other, can they?”  He went on to suggest that they ought to “get a room.”[1] See my earlier post, “Matt Drudge Appeals to Homophobes,” for more coverage of this particular brand of garbage.

After reading that, I got all fired up and sat down to write up a piece about Miller’s defection to the GOP.  After doing a little research, I found that several good articles have already been written on this topic.  So, rather than duplicate those efforts, I’ll just give you some links:

And just in case you don’t remember how critical of Dubya he used to be, check out this rant from January 2001.

UPDATE (7/24/2004): This is starting to get weird. Buzzflash just selected Dennis Miller as the GOP Hypocrite of the Week.   Somebody over there is clearly reading my MonkeyBlog.

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Drudge Appeals to Homophobes

Internet sleaze-jockey Matt Drudge is on my shit list again.  Over the last several days, ever since Kerry announced that Edwards was his VP candidate, Drudge has been subtly playing the homophobe card to take shots at the Democratic duo.

Drudge started by prominently featuring photographs of the two men together that were somewhat suggestive.  Anything with the two men touching, embracing, or smiling at each other was finding its way to the top of the Drudge Report.  At this time, Drudge also began using evocative headlines, such as “Kerry Picks a Mate.”  When this happened, I was annoyed at the obvious attempt to slyly inject imagery that would strike a chord with the homophobic elements of the population.

Then Drudge took it to the next level; he created a collage of the images yesterday and ran it with a “report” that focused on the fact the two men “can’t keep their hands off each other.”  Drudge had progressed from subtle innuendo to blatantly questioning their sexuality.  The gloves are off; Drudge is calling them gay.

No, don’t get me wrong, if the men were gay it wouldn’t affect my opinion of them in any way.  But I sadly recognize that a significant number of Americans are less accepting and not quite as tolerant. These folks might not react well to such an idea.  Matt Drudge also knows this.

Maybe it’s just me, but if I wanted to be considered a serious journalist (and not a hate-monger and a hack), I’d probably avoid playing the “you’re a fag” card in an attempt to appeal to homophobes.  I’d be afraid that it would debase my reporting and expose me as a name-calling, intolerant fraud.  But that’s just me.

UPDATE: Buzzflash is running an editorial about exactly this topic.  One thing I learned from it: Drudge is gay.  I can’t even fathom what kind of closeted, self-hating gay man would engage in such wanton gay-bashing, but we are talking about Drudge.

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