Servant of the Secret Fire

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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

You mean she didn't just crawl out of a cesspit somewhere?

Daily Kos has a link to an excellent editorial written as a letter to Ann Coulter's mother(!) in her hometown newspaper (excerpt below) about her lovely daughter's slandering of the "Jersey girls." In case you haven't seen what Coulter said in her latest book, here's the worst of it: "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."

Peter Urban of the Connecticut Post writes:

Through my work, I met the New Jersey widows — and other 9-11 family victims — often over the last five years because Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, took up their cause.

Shays, in particular, has continued to fight for additional reforms that the 9-11 Commission recommended. He is driven largely by the memory of 87 constituents who died in the attacks. Those 87 individuals were your neighbors, too.

Anyway, the widows came to Washington and pushed for an independent commission and then lobbied for the commission's recommendations to be implemented. They never sought celebrity and I never saw them enjoying the deaths of those they held dearest.

Personally I find it hard to conceive of Coulter having a mother. Maybe her real mother was a hyena or whatever like in The Omen, and she was just given to this poor woman to raise. I always pictured her crawling out of a swamp or hatching like a reptile.

Anyway, maybe Mrs. Coulter could tell us what happened to Ann in her childhood to turn her into the pathetic hate-filled creature that she is today, and whether she is proud or ashamed of inflicting this wretched excuse for a human being upon an undeserving world. On the other hand, Ann’s utter narcissism and total disregard for others may be a result of her upbringing. I know that if she were a child of mine I would change my name and move to Australia rather than admit it.

(Regarding the use of a connection to 9/11 for fun and profit, Keith Olbermann reminds us that on 9/13/01, while the fires were still smouldering at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, “our Annie” was proclaiming her rage over the death of her friend Barbara Olsen — as if the attack had been aimed at her personally rather than the entire country, as she would say — and demanding that we “invade [the hijackers’] countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.” I’m still waiting for the former governor of Texas to invade Saudia Arabia, which provided 15 of the 19, or for Coulter to criticize him for not invading them.)


Blogger TaintsB said...

No, she didn't crawl out of a cesspit, but sure as hell chooses to crawl into them in order to sell books.

I liked the recent editorial by David Carr in the NYT which took the angle that she's just a cold, calculating bitch who has learned that the best way to sell her books is to be as nasty as possible.

here's the link: Word Warrior

Although I like the idea that she's shilling for own pocketbook instead of out of any "true believer" motives, I still find her unredeemingly reprehensible.

As far as "godless" goes, I think I've got a pretty good idea who the title best applies to (the author herself) but I don't worry about whether her God will send her to rot in hell for her callous, evil ways.

She's already in hell.

No one can live with that much hate and bile in their minds and not be living a hell on earth.

June 13, 2006 at 1:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Servant of the Secret Fire said...

Thanks for the link, tainstb. I suppose its' debateable whether it's worse if she actually means the things she says or if she is a sane person who just says them for effect. I, too, believe that it must be hell to have to live with the person she is, whichever is true.

June 13, 2006 at 11:39:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Servant of the Secret Fire said...

Oops - no "e" in debatable. As an English major, I have to keep up my reputation.

June 13, 2006 at 11:39:00 AM EDT  

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