I was actually in a good humor earlier today, but two well-known people in the media have raised the blood pressure with pure unadulterated douchebaggery.
The first doesn't surprise me, as it was O'Reilly -- of whom I've not been a fan for many years now. A screaming bully who talks over rather than let someone make a valid point or point out a fact that runs counter to his rant of the day. The only reason I've tuned in at all was to catch the portion (and only the portion) when the Hammer was on. Last night, he went off on the need for gun control and showed his abysmal ignorance of guns, ammo, and weapons law. In fact, he pretty much got everything flat out wrong, which was not a surprise. Check out Gateway Pundit for a takedown, as well as this thread on Calguns. Also, go read this piece and this piece at the Castle (meant to link these earlier, got distracted). I'm sure there are others out there shooting the tuna in a teacup that was this ignorant screed, feel free to leave links to them in the comments, and rather than scream at the screamer, join me in laughing at him and his showcasing his ignorance in such grand fashion.
The second disappoints me tremendously, and makes me want to seriously violate the family-friendly code here -- as well as hope that the three ladies in question slap the **** out of the perpetrator. James Taranto has done an excellent job overall with his Best of the Web column at the Wall Street Journal. However, he went very far off the rails yesterday with a tweet about the women saved by their boyfriends in Aurora:
I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.
How. Dare. You. It is not your place to question that or the decision made by those men. THEY chose to give their lives to save them, and THEY felt them worthy of that sacrifice. You clearly demonstrate an overweening arrogance and ignorance; a lack of familiarity with "no greater love"; and a lack of understanding or sacrifice, courage, risk, or honor. Your mea-culpa is perhaps the best example of the "I'm sorry you were not intelligent enough to understand what I said" I've ever seen. It is not sufficient, though on some level I do appreciate your explanation of how you came to write such an ill-considered and disgusting thing, which was far more than errant. The fact is, you were wrong. You f****d up on so many levels it is not funny. Man up, and do an honest apology to the women, and most of all to the men, who showed that they were indeed men in every sense of the word.
Several years ago, a reporter wrote something that was incredibly stupid, and in so doing led to my first embed in Iraq. To give him full credit, he manned up immediately and the next day his column started out 'Boy, did I screw up yesterday.' Mister Taranto, you would do well to take a page from that reporter and give a real, full, and honest apology. It can be short and sweet like his, or it can be a bit longer. It can acknowledge your failing, the insult to the women and men in question, and that you are sincerely sorry. Or, you can stick with what you've done and continue with the royal "we" on everything. Seriously, dude, man up and say "I screwed up, I'm sorry." Until then, you deserve condemnation and shunned by all Men, be they male or female.