June 20, 2005

I give up cigarettes you sell your hair

sandman, by david salle

* Top ten conservative idiots. excerpt:

8. Fred Phelps

"Maybe Perry can join forces with another recently-announced troops-hater, Fred Phelps. Phelps, of 'God Hates Fags' fame, is most associated with protesting at the funerals of AIDS victims and gays, but he has of late decided to start picketing the funerals of soldiers - gay or not. Last week he announced that he would protest at the funeral of Cpl. Carrie French, who was killed in Iraq by an IED.

"Phelps says that, 'Our attitude toward what's happening with the war is the Lord is punishing this evil nation for abandoning all moral imperatives that are worth a dime.' So let me get this straight - Phelps is claiming that our soldiers are dying in Iraq because God is punishing America for 'abandoning moral imperatives' - therefore he's going around demonstrating at soldiers' funerals, causing havoc and further traumatizing their families? I'd be utterly confused if I hadn't read this excellent analysis which explains a great deal.

"The right-wing are always trying to claim that people on the left who don't support George W. Bush's war in Iraq also don't support the troops (which is just a blatant lie). Meanwhile heroes of the radical right like Scumbag Phelps are ruining their memorial services. Astonishing."

* Salaries of tv dads (in 2005 dollars). [via]. excerpt:

3. Philip Drummond Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86) President $720,600

30. Homer Simpson The Simpsons (1989-) Nuclear Safety Inspector $65,000

45. Archie Bunker All in the Family (1971-79) Dock Foreman $45,431

48. Mike Brady Brady Bunch (1969-74) Architect $44,064

56. Fred G. Sanford Sanford and Son (1972-77) Junk Dealer $27,950

57. Al Bundy Married with children (1987-97) Shoe Salesman $25,943

60. James Evans, Sr. Good Times (1974-79) Unemployed $0

* "It is more arduous to honour the memory of the nameless than that of the renowned. Historical construction is dedicated to the memory of the nameless." — Walter Benjamin


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