Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Why I hate Ann Coulter and you should too.

It’s not unusual for people to mobilize after a tragedy. Many people, after having lost children or loved ones to sudden death have gone on to focus their energies on prevention, healing and public education.

After the death of six-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981, his father, John went on to spur the formation of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). He became an advocate for victim’s rights and went on to host the TV show, America’s Most Wanted. When 13 year old Cari Lightner was killed by a drunk driver in 1979, her mother Candace and many other enraged mothers formed a group called MADD. ( Mothers against drunk driving.) After the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson in 1992, Denise Brown and other family members formed the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation, which provides safe houses for victims of domestic violence.

These are just a few examples of how shattered and heartbroken people have found strength in mobilizing and have created causes that are near and dear to them. So I find it curious and sickening that Ann Coulter has chosen to insult and vilify certain widows of 9/11 victims.

Coulter writes in a new book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” that a group of New Jersey widows whose husbands perished in the World Trade Center act “as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them.” She goes on to call four 9/11 widows “self-obsessed broads; millionaires - reveling in their status as celebrities.

“I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much . . . And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they’d better hurry up and appear in Playboy.”

It is apparent that Coulter is jealous of the attention that these 9/11 widows are receiving. (Several appeared on Larry King Live earlier this week.) While Coulter has to rely on sensationalism and insults to get press, these four widows have bravely chosen to use their personal losses in a public way, demanding answers about what happened to their loved ones in the World Trade Center disaster.

Almost every American remembers what he or she was doing on the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Human beings worldwide were united in their heartbreak and millions came to NYC to visit the steaming ruins of the crash site, weeks and months after it happened. Regardless of party affiliation, race or economic standing, American citizens seemed to be wounded. People were driving more courteously. People sobbed openly in airports and markets as they read newspapers and watched television footage in disbelief. Even in Belfast, Ireland where this writer was on tour at the time of the tragedy, strangers came up and hugged me when they heard me speaking English. It seemed the whole world had been given a healthy dose of compassion. Everyone it seems, except Ann Coulter who must have slept through the entire event.

To blame victims for their own demise is not a new tactic. Right-wingers such as Jerry Falwell have laid the blame on the gay community for the AIDS epidemic. Right wing conservatives have blamed prostitutes for their own murders at the hands of maniacs like Gary Ridgeway. Holocaust revisionists and deniers often blame the Jews for their own annihilation during the holocaust. Anti-Israel activists and most recently, the President of Iran have said that the Jews use the holocaust to spread guilt so that no one can oppose Israeli policies. (Two very different things btw; Jews and Israeli policy.)

I think it’s disgusting that Ann Coulter uses the misery of someone else to sell her vitriolic venom in book form. Her book continues to sell at a rapid pace, but at what cost? She reaps the benefits of the deaths of innocent men and women in 9/11 at the same time as she tramples on the tears of their children and loved ones left behind.
While I am certainly not a fan of Cindy Sheehan and her practice of blurring the lines between Iraq and Israel, I still respect her as a mother making the ultimate sacrifice; losing a son to a needless, thankless war. I may not agree with many of her political views but I would never have the gall to accuse her of “enjoying her son’s death.”

Whether we agree with the 9/11 widows or not, is irrelevant. They lost loved ones through no fault of their own. Children will go to sleep tonight without their mommies and daddies to tuck them in. Kids will graduate and marry without a parent to walk them down the aisle or offer a helping hand. Babies were born without ever meeting their fathers. For these reasons alone, the widows should be treated with compassion and heart.

What’s next for Ann? Maybe she can start picketing the memorials for the fallen victims of 9/11 like the Westboro Baptist Church pickets the funerals of fallen gay and lesbian soldiers. They too, think it’s acceptable and reasonable to verbally abuse the dead and their families.

Ann Coulter has crossed the line of decency. All humans with a beating heart should be appalled. Whether you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or don’t vote at all, matters not. Your sense of compassion and reverence for the dead should cause you to boycott Coulters books. She was fired (and rightfully so) by USA Today for some of the insults she slung at women who attended the Democratic convention. You can fire her too. Keep her off your reading lists and your bookshelves. Send your money instead to a World Trade Center Memorial Fund or to the NYC Firefighters association who give their lives daily, trying to save the dying. Her comments are insensitive and unnecessary. She doesn’t need to insult grieving widows to sell her crappy books.

Or, does she??

Candye Kane

The following is the statement from the 9/11 widows in response to Coulters vitriolic name-calling as published in the New York Post:

We did not choose to become widowed on September 11, 2001. The attack, which tore our families apart and destroyed our former lives, caused us to ask some serious questions regarding the systems that our country has in place to protect its citizens.

Through our constant research, we came to learn how the protocols were supposed to have worked. Thus, we asked for an independent commission to investigate the loopholes which obviously existed and allowed us to be so utterly vulnerable to terrorists. Our only motivation ever was to make our Nation safer. Could we learn from this tragedy so that it would not be repeated?

We are forced to respond to Ms. Coulter’s accusations to set the record straight because we have been slandered.

Contrary to Ms. Coulter’s statements, there was no joy in watching men that we loved burn alive. There was no happiness in telling our children that their fathers were never coming home again. We adored these men and miss them every day.

It is in their honor and memory, that we will once again refocus the Nation’s attention to the real issues at hand: our lack of security, leadership and progress in the five years since 9/11.

We are continuously reminded that we are still a nation at risk. Therefore, the following is a partial list of areas still desperately in need of attention and public outcry. We should continuously be holding the feet of our elected officials to the fire to fix these shortcomings.

1. Homeland Security Funding based on risk. Inattention to this area causes police officers, firefighters and other emergency/first responder personnel to be ill equipped in emergencies. Fixing this will save lives on the day of the next attack.

2. Intelligence Community Oversight. Without proper oversight, there exists no one joint, bicameral intelligence panel with power to both authorize and appropriate funding for intelligence activities. Without such funding we are unable to capitalize on all intelligence community resources and abilities to thwart potential terrorist attacks. Fixing this will save lives on the day of the next attack.

3. Transportation Security. There has been no concerted effort to harden mass transportation security. Our planes, buses, subways, and railways remain under-protected and highly vulnerable. These are all identifiable soft targets of potential terrorist attack. The terror attacks in Spain and London attest to this fact. Fixing our transportation systems may save lives on the day of the next attack.

4. Information Sharing among Intelligence Agencies. Information sharing among intelligence agencies has not improved since 9/11. The attacks on 9/11 could have been prevented had information been shared among intelligence agencies. On the day of the next attack, more lives may be saved if our intelligence agencies work together.

5. Loose Nukes. A concerted effort has not been made to secure the thousands of loose nukes scattered around the world – particularly in the former Soviet Union. Securing these loose nukes could make it less likely for a terrorist group to use this method in an attack, thereby saving lives.

6. Security at Chemical Plants, Nuclear Plants, Ports. We must, as a nation, secure these known and identifiable soft targets of Terrorism. Doing so will save many lives.

7. Border Security. We continue to have porous borders and INS and Customs systems in shambles. We need a concerted effort to integrate our border security into the larger national security apparatus.

8. Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Given the President’s NSA Surveillance Program and the re-instatement of the Patriot Act, this Nation is in dire need of a Civil Liberties Oversight Board to insure that a proper balance is found between national security versus the protection of our constitutional rights.

-- September 11th Advocates

Kristen Breitweiser
Patty Casazza
Monica Gabrielle
Mindy Kleinberg
Lorie Van Auken


Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

It seems that Ann Coulter operates very much like a really good spiritual teacher by being willing to call a spade a spade. She sees that Liberals are hopelessly trapped in fantasy and self-deception and she calls them on it. If they refuse to look at themselves and the depths of their own hatred, they will attack her. If her wake-up call is heard just a little, they will grow and open spiritually.

3:17 PM  
Blogger candye kane said...

I dont think that telling families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that they are selfish opportunists is spiritual or enlightening. Or perhaps that is the Christian way, to kick people when they are grieving?

10:52 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

coulter is a fool and should be ignored by all but the foolish.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Big Phil said...

Ann Coulter? A spiritual teacher?
More like a minion of Satan.
Ann Coulter is trapped in fantasy and self-deception.
I don't think she spoke out against the Swift Boat group that tried to say Kerry didn't deserve the purple heart.
Coulter picks situations which reinforce her misguided political ideology.
Are you saying, "Christian" Prophet, that Coulter doesn't hate people who disagree with her?

8:54 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Miss Candye sez "I dont think that telling families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that they are selfish opportunists is spiritual or enlightening."

Ah, but it absolutely CAN be enlightening. Do you think that "spiritual" just means making nicey-nice? One can indeed learn much from a proper rebuke.

On the other hand, I suppose you could argue as to whether Coulter's comments qualify.

Also though, note that she did not tell whole families they were wrong. Be clear. She was rebuking FOUR specific women, not just anybody and everybody.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Ann Coulter is an over-the-top nut job. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in our country who are hungry to be told the things she is spewing, the same people who will tell you with a straight face that Christianity is under attack, the same people who voted twice for George Bush because they want to believe that their selfish misrepresentation of Christ is the moral high ground, the same people who favor vomiting on the Constitution by adding an amendment preventing at least 10% of the people in this country from receiving a basic legal protection that they themselves enjoy.

I laugh myself sick when I hear conservative Christians complain about liberals loving "big government." History will not look kindly on this American era.

4:14 PM  
Blogger russb said...

Ann Coulter......she's just a joke!
It's all a shtick anyway but the sad thing is, a lot of Americans believe her. That doesn't say much for their intelligence....but this isn't about intelligence, is it? It's about lying and stretching the truth way out of proportion and becoming as reprehensible as your enemies in the process.

5:52 AM  
Blogger russb said...

Ann Coulter......she's just a joke!
It's all a shtick anyway but the sad thing is, a lot of Americans believe her. That doesn't say much for their intelligence....but this isn't about intelligence, is it? It's about lying and stretching the truth way out of proportion and becoming as reprehensible as your enemies in the process.....and not giving a damn!

5:52 AM  
Blogger russb said...

Ann Coulter......she's just a joke!
It's all a shtick anyway but the sad thing is, a lot of Americans believe her. That doesn't say much for their intelligence....but this isn't about intelligence, is it? It's about lying and stretching the truth way out of proportion and becoming as reprehensible as your enemies in the process.....and not giving a damn!

5:52 AM  
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4:07 PM  
Blogger joseph85750 said...

Here's a good one..

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4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad that any American would support Ann Coulter. She is truly a hateful person.

6:12 PM  
Blogger The Apostate said...

Ann Coulter feels she is special because she is privy to inside information and the rest of Americans are idiots. Just Ignore this Bolemic Arse. Spiders feed on spiders. Won't be long till she meets another spider!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Earthcat said...

Ann Coulter is a sad excuse for a human being. Unfortunately all the haters of the world gravitate to her type also - Rush and O'Reilly.

And let's not forget the angry, bitter, radio shock jocks who spew their bile of hatred as well. If you can't or won't be a part of the solution, than just shut the heck up!

The right wing is supposed to the the remarkable Christian party.
The majority of them don't care about anything but money and power.
Certainly the Grand Old Party hates the helpless, and the thought of giving those who need it a hand up. I have a different Bible, mine says the meek shall inherit the Earth. Not loud mouth blondes who hates everything except selling the trashy books she pops out every few months.

12:20 AM  
Blogger deb said...

I know this is a serious post and I could not agree more with everything that is posted. But I want to introduce some levity.
Everytime I see that rigid, hate spewing shrew I get this fantasy. I would love to see her and Chelsea Handler on the same show go at it verbally and then Chelsea could punch the bitches face. If you are not familiar with Chelsea Handler, you should check her out. She is the answer to Ann Coulter. She is bright and hilarious. Does not take herself serious like Ann, who thinks she is some kind of goddess (I just threw up in my mouth)
Dr. Phil had that shrew on his show today. It pissed me off. She was on there talking about kids of divorced parents, as future strippers. And he invited her back on to express her opinions and research on the subject.I am a single mom and have two kids. One is graduated magna cum laude, with a degree in mathmatics and the other one is serving in the Army. So far as I know none of their friends raised by single moms has a job down at the local strip joint. I have to wonder how Ann Coulter was raised. I bet her family went out and lynched people at midnight. I am a Christian and do not consider her Christian in any sense of the word. And the only one who can save that bitches soul is God.

9:27 AM  
Blogger n said...

Death to the demoness Coulter!

12:44 PM  
Blogger lewis reid said...

I just saw Ann eat a Larry King interviewer alive and it was so much fun. She can put any liberal media to shame with unflinching candor and truth.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Damia Rose said...

I wish I had known more about this crazy woman. She's such a waste of breath and space in this world. If any American agrees with ANYTHING that she stands for, then you are all the children of evil. TRUE Americans know the TRUTH about what happened 9/11. Profit. Big Brother. Controlled Population. It's all there!

12:32 AM  
Blogger ladywolf said...

Besides being a defective poster slut for the seven deadly sins, Ann Coulter is a detestable, foul-smelling marketing genius who's outlandish verbal whoredom has resulted in pimp-agressive big bucks(for her) and repulsive celebrity stature (for her). She angers us when she so proudly defacates on the First Amendment and pisses on her so-called "party" of conservatives. I guess Ann believes the final result of her well-educated, diarrhea-stenched bowel movements don't stink. Why should we get so upset about the pornography of her totalitarian/facist words? What's the matter, Ann? Are you angry because, in actuality, you're a desperate nobody who has sodomized your repressive "party" and raped the integrity of the people in this wonderful nation.
Ann Coulter is a pampered brat who is so out of touch with the real world (witness her interview on "The View" where Ann, who has never been married or experienced real-world motherhood (veddy scaddy, indeed) started blaming single mothers and their offspring for almost all of the unlawful conduct taking place in today's society). Her perverted text-book, arm-chair conclusions are based on her own conceit and disgustingly tresonable insecurity. She definitely gives narcissitic personality disorder a new meaning, especially with her tramp-like miniskirts and shit-kicking boots. If her style of dress is suppose to be conservative, I'm the incarnation of Mother Teresa! I truly believe Ann Coulter wants to be a man, precisely because she has no balls. Perhaps they exist in her obscene and mentally-disturbed head. What a travesty and embarrasment she is to the Republican party and our nation as a whole. If somebody did a family tree on Ms. Coulter, I'm sure they'd find connections to Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, prianas, stingrays, sharks, and Lucifer himself. Go away, bitch, and try to jack-hammer those stone-cold and red-ant biting cobwebs form your female anatomy. Or maybe you should just undergo a sex change, become a man,and run for public office. Has good ole' fatboy Rush ever made a pass at you? If so, did you get him from the back? I certainly believe in karma (oh, how pathetically liberal I sound) and I truly believe the prostitution of your legacy will come back to haunt you one day. Where's Larry Flint when you need him.

9:16 PM  
Blogger OhioMom said...

Ann Coulter, what can we say about this one? Well I will tell you this. I have watched this one on several shows, and tonight it was CNN and Joy Bayhart (SP) was interviewing her. She laughed at everything Joy said that was true. She had nothing to say back when she knew it was the truth, instead she would say something clear out in left field. She is a real nut. For instance, she was being asked obout outboarding, or waterboarding. I came in on the conversation. She, Ann Coulter said it was equal to hazing. HAH. ok,Joy asked her if she would like to be outboarded and this idiot, Anne, said to Joy no I don't want to be outboarded , do you want to be aborted since you support abortion. WHAT?? what in the hell is she doing on t.v. This is a genuine nut case allowed to enter our homes, no censoring, no one protecting us from this blooming idiot. She needs to be taken off the air before. I was told that she is banned from the Today Show. If this is true then kudos to the Today Show. Amen even. She needs to go away in a mountain cabin, oh wait she would start building bombs, ok we need to get her locked away and maybe she can get some help. Psychiatric help. I'm no professional here but I tell you this. It don't take one to tell that this Ann Coulter is a nut case and needs to be put away.
I'm going to bed, and before I do I will pray that some how, and in some way, she will be taken off the air. Unable to reach us, our children, anyone that could be influenced by her fowl mouth, and sick sense of humor. Tonight it was not me, tomorrow it needs stopped.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Ann Coulter, Rush, & O'Reilley simply treat the left like adults. I can disagree politically with these wives & still greive with them as I can disagree with Michael J Fox & feel for the guy. I can disagree With Sharpton, Rangel, JJackson , & Obama and NOT be racist. But don't trot out this continuos litany of children & victums, & sobby soak-nosed support group types into the realm of public discussion then act indignantly when they are----well, publicly discussed.They put themselves into a public policy debate, not everyone agrees with them even tho they can sympathise with them.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

Ann Coutler is a disgrace to America.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Atma said...

This human being has a strange way of thinking. Ann Coulter certainly knows how to put an act. More importantly, she knows how to speak the truth. While not everything she assumes is correct, she will not hide behind false words. You cannot blame her for being honest with herself and the rest of the world. The fact that she insults the dead mens her heart is strong. You don't need a respect for the dead. It is not a rule that you should respect or honor the dead. It is a rule of mankind, however, to remember the ones who died. I am also human and I may not agree with Coulter's ways...but I believe her words have some wisdom to it. I can acknowledge that many died during 9/11 and at other intervals of time. I will never grieve for a dead person and nobody should be forced to. The only person who I would consider grieving for is Jesus Christ. Though he was the Son of man, he united the world. He gave people purpose and died for them. To me, that is a hero and that is the only time a person should be honored. When MLK died, I had compassion to follow his ways. I respected him when he was alive but that respect left when he was no longer with us. As long as you remember him, thewn that is the way to honor him. Wasting tears or grieving won't do you good in any way.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Original Thinker? said...

If I'm to understand correctly,Ann was more than willing to impugn these widows because they had the audacity to criticize the local and federal government at the time(Bush/Cheney on down to Giuliani)for what they felt was token treatment and a need for those investigating or probing the events leading to and from 9/11 to forget or push aside those affected.
In essence,Ann's message to these widows and survivors is/was this:simply wave your flags,dab your tears over your losses,say nothing but wonderful things about how your government is avenging your loss and then SHUT THE F**K UP! Nobody wants to hear yopur displeasure at having your grief used as window-dressing for all the foreign policy and domestic security that the afforementioned elected officials have in place.
Maybe someone mentioned that before. I will heartily confess I have not read all of the reaction comments. Still,I think it bears mention.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

Fuck ann coulter. she is the most vile, hateful person in the media. She should be put in jail for hate speech or someone should sue her. Her comments made me so mad that I had to write a comment. bitch.

5:31 PM  
Blogger sadisticon said...

Why do we even treat that detritus like he's a human being? That syphilitic, hermaphroditic, rich bitch, nut-job should not ever have been allowed to make the social gains she has. It goes to show you can sell all kinds of bullshit in America.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Nocturnus Libertus said...

I completely agree.

12:25 PM  

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