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01/22/2009

Questioners question Obama; we question questioners' humanity

by Jeremy Hooper

The editors of far-right, anti-gay site WorldNetDaily have asked their readers to submit questions to President Obama. Here now, but a small sampling of what we can expect from this set over the next four/eight years:

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Most annoyed by these sorts of questions? This nation's bar of discourse, which was already hot from being lowered into the Earth's crust by America's "culture war," and is now dreading the intense heat it will have to face once Obama's extreme opponents lower it into the planet's inner core.

MR. PRESIDENT! [WND]

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Your thoughts

Ha ha I'm sure I'm not the only one to find these crackpots funny. They all seem to be grasping at the last straw.

Posted by: John Ozed | Jan 22, 2009 12:20:52 PM

The stupid, it buuurrrnssss.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Jan 22, 2009 12:25:03 PM

Just wait till their kids see what they are writing and spread it all over their social internet!

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 22, 2009 12:45:58 PM

I've been watching this site for several months, Jeremy -- even though I'm not an American citizen -- because I find your takes on the LGBT community's struggle to be witty and refreshingly humorous, in a field where grimness and gnashing of teeth seemed to be the undeniable norm. Still, today's batch is so wonderfully idiotic (almost on par with the shining examples of human rationality highlighted at FSDT.com) that I can lurk no longer.

The first comment doesn't even deserve to be dignified with a response (save for a brief annoyance at the abuse of question marks) and the second one manages to both fail in producing any substantial argument aside from the usual paranoid brouhaha AND defeats itself with the last lines. Godwin's Law. The third one is simply laughable and just as paranoid (to the point where I'm beginning to wonder what religious denomination isn't outright scorned and lambasted by the fundamentalists, save for their own).

I've read plenty of such screeching reactions thus far (masochism compels me to keep myself regularly updated on the drivel spewed by the right-wing fundamentalists) and I wouldn't worry all that much about them, since these people are far too detached from reality, in their obsession for 'righteousness' and the skewed conclusions engendered by this, in order to pose a serious problem. The issue lies more with the right-wing leaders that I've seen mentioned so often over here, quite probably one of the reasons why this mass of self-blinded fools immediately falls for every possibly scare-tactic.

Truly, it's pathetic enough as to be amusing.

Posted by: Rhodanum | Jan 22, 2009 1:08:30 PM

Wow, I actually sat here staring at my screen for a full five minutes. They're not stupid, they're crazy.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 22, 2009 1:25:09 PM

I just read through some of these comments they are leaving ... ow! my eyes, my eyes (yikes)

Posted by: craig | Jan 22, 2009 1:47:22 PM

I'll tell you what scares me, Rhodanum. Here in America, we've seen a religious right with some degree of power for around thirty or so years. So what happens when they lose their influence? What happens when their political voices are resoundingly rejected. What happens when it's clear that their policies, which they consider to be commandments, have no chance of success?

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 22, 2009 1:49:43 PM

I'll tell you what happens, Jeremy: Bad Things!
Once they feel their influence and their power slipping slowly into the night, they will get desperate. They will grasp at whatever straws present themselves to them in a vain attempt to maintain whatever level of impact and affluence they currently possess. They will begin to think that whatever the means, they must have the end that they predict.

Yes, they will get desperate.

And desperate people will do whatever it takes...

And there will be blood…….

Posted by: MirrorMan | Jan 22, 2009 2:50:14 PM

Some aren't quite so nutty. Those are the ones who worry me more.

Posted by: Bill Ware | Jan 22, 2009 2:51:26 PM

"Who taught you to use the secret hypnotic suggestion techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming that you used so successfully in your rehearsed speeches during the campaign to manipulate the minds of the unwary to swoon over you and vote for you?"

Not to give any credence to NLP, but you would think that this guy was talking about all of the "programming" that is done from pulpits by fundie religious leaders. And, then, if you take it a step further, you either have to ask, "why would this guy knowingly allow the fundie religious leaders to manipulate him with this trickery?" Or, "Is this guy one of those leaders who actively brainwashes his horde of gullible followers?"

And, JH, I have to concur that the only thing more dangerous than a theocracy is an angry mob of radical fundamentalist jihadists reigning terror. But, the theocracies of the world (including the now defunct Cheney/Bush administration) have proven themselves to be quite dangerous as well.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jan 22, 2009 3:19:06 PM

Jeremy, I grew up with the religious right types. In answer to your questions, it ain't going to be pretty. The phrase American Taliban isn't far off the mark.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 22, 2009 4:54:53 PM

bring it on.

Posted by: Jon | Jan 22, 2009 5:54:40 PM

The RRRW is what happens when you replace your brain with dogma and your heart with a stone.

Posted by: Buffy | Jan 24, 2009 4:05:33 AM

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