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Ann Coulter: blogger. Because Get Your War On was getting tired of being the funniest site on the internet.
posted by XQUZYPHYR (47 comments total)
 
Aww, no content posted yet :( such a shame. At least I saved a few IQ points by not being exposed to any of her writing though.
posted by Space Coyote at 8:18 PM on June 22, 2003


Ummmm, yeah, okay...

Is there such a thing as an anti-bookmark?
posted by Samizdata at 8:18 PM on June 22, 2003


Shh... Space Coyote... the sooner you go to bed the sooner it will be morning and you can see all the wonderful gifts Annta has left for us!
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:21 PM on June 22, 2003


She had better allow comments on her posts...
posted by Jimbob at 8:39 PM on June 22, 2003


I, for one, welcome our new blond, leggy conservative overlords.

And I mean it.
posted by davidmsc at 8:44 PM on June 22, 2003


Well, two out of three ain't bad.
posted by dg at 8:56 PM on June 22, 2003


dg: two out of three?
posted by davidmsc at 9:06 PM on June 22, 2003


I got your anti-bookmark right here:

echo "127.0.0.1 www.humaneventsonline.com" >> /etc/hosts
posted by Cerebus at 9:14 PM on June 22, 2003


>She had better allow comments on her posts...

Are you joking? If Sully and Insty allowed comments they'd get laughed off their own pages.
posted by McBain at 9:15 PM on June 22, 2003


Well, I'm honestly not holding up much hope, McBain. I plan to offer her support and counselling if she does, however.
posted by Jimbob at 9:17 PM on June 22, 2003


Are there *any* other MeFi-ers besides me who think that Coulter is not pure evil? I'm not a 100% fan, but believe that she is right more often than wrong.
posted by davidmsc at 9:48 PM on June 22, 2003


Davidmsc; is the "right" stuff she says not blatantly obvious? Is the "wrong" stuff she says not outrageously insane?

My problem with Coulter is not with her opinions (opinions are what they are - not thoughtful, researched analysis) she's free to think what she wants. My problem is the fact that she's achieved the kind of exposure she has without adding a single sensible thought to any debate.
posted by Jimbob at 9:53 PM on June 22, 2003


I think Coulter must be on Nader's or Dean's or Michael Moore's payroll. Only explanation I can think of.

davidmsc...I don't think she's pure evil; I think she's laughable. Her accusations are SO outlandish, without factual basis, and just plain loony that I don't see how she can be "right more often than wrong." (Even if you do agree with her politics...she's like the right's version of Cynthia McKinney, but even more cartoonish and extreme.)
posted by Vidiot at 9:56 PM on June 22, 2003


Ignoring the trolls is an effective strategy in other venues than websites.

Stupidity, hatred and demonization of poorly understood will always conspire to draw the simpleminded claphands plaudits of the trailparkocracy, though, so perhaps it's just best to point and laugh. As someone recently said on this very site, the best (if most tiring) way to fight those who incite hatred with their speech is not less speech, but more.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:22 PM on June 22, 2003


I think Coulter serves the same purpose as things like the Clinton Death List that was making the rounds some years ago. It's intended not for for people who like their facts factual, but just to sort of feed the beast of their enmity. It doesn't need to be true, it's just a continual reinforcement thing to help them keep their belief system on track.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:23 PM on June 22, 2003


Are there *any* other MeFi-ers besides me who think that Coulter is not pure evil?

The reactions she inspires are priceless. Almost doesn't matter if she's a wacko or whatever; she manages to get people to expose their prejudices and insecurities.
posted by Ayn Marx at 10:28 PM on June 22, 2003


Dumb question but how do you pronounce her name?
Please and Thank you.
posted by sadie01221975 at 10:46 PM on June 22, 2003


sadie: Ms. Coulter's last name is pronounced "Broun." I expect she'll take the cyanide once her fifteen minutes are up.
posted by ed at 11:01 PM on June 22, 2003


At least we know who will be first up against the wall.

If she had a cogent view remaining.

It seems Coulter had a bit of legitimacy of argument, perhaps inertia from her Cornell education. But now, with the McCarthy as true American (a la Oliver North) line she has been relegated to circus side show.
posted by four panels at 11:10 PM on June 22, 2003


Political views aside, the way that she expresses her views is entertaining.

Lately so many entertainers are trying to become politicos.

What's wrong with a politico being entertaining? :P
posted by cup at 11:10 PM on June 22, 2003


MeFiers blast Coulter! You guys are so freaking predictable.
posted by HTuttle at 11:18 PM on June 22, 2003


Funny no one ever brings up all the lefty hollywood blacklisting of anti-communists in the old days.
posted by HTuttle at 11:20 PM on June 22, 2003


get your war on totaly lost it's edge
posted by delmoi at 11:25 PM on June 22, 2003


All this comment and the blog has no content yet?

Here's some real meat to chew on: Ms. Coulter gave an exclusive spoiler for her upcoming book to admitted 'friend' Matt Drudge in which she makes a spirited defense of Sen. Joe McCarthy. Slime of a feather...

BTW, I never considered Coulter to be attractive or sexy at all... Not ugly enough for Bill Clinton to hit on, but still...

HTuttle, I assume you're being sarcastic, or maybe a victim of MeFi's troublesome spell checker. Or was that 'anti-communist blacklist' the excuse Ronald Reagan used to quit acting and go into politics?
posted by wendell at 11:43 PM on June 22, 2003


I'd just like to say that "CoulterGeist" makes me laugh in several ways.
posted by kavasa at 11:53 PM on June 22, 2003




Pronounced "cool-turd" (with a silent 'd') [/beavis]
posted by dash_slot- at 12:58 AM on June 23, 2003


She likes the Greatful Dead--as does Tipper Gore--make of that what you will.

I think Coulter serves the same purpose as things like the Clinton Death List that was making the rounds some years ago.

Some of the references and asides to the death of Vince Foster I have read here have certainly given me pause. We shall see if a band wagon of McCarthy apologists in earnest to appear--will I'm not a 100% fan, but believe that she is right more often than wrong translate into McCarthy was a great guy--really?

But then, as Wendell has just demonstrated, it's hard to tell when people are serious online.
posted by y2karl at 2:42 AM on June 23, 2003


Hey, I liked McCarthy! Or maybe I just hated LBJ. Gene always was a little on the flaky side, but you had to admit he was sincere, and he would have been an improvement over McGovern, although he probably would have lost against Nixon just as badly.

And who can forget the that immortal line from Tim Benzedrine's song?
Tim, Tim, Benzedrine!
Hash! Boo! Valvoline!
Clean! Clean! Clean for Gene!
First, second, neutral, park,
Hie thee hence, you leafy narc!
What? Whaaaat?
posted by Slithy_Tove at 3:15 AM on June 23, 2003


I'd just like to say that "CoulterGeist" makes me laugh in several ways.

I agree. (out of 1461 comments, this being my first self link, I hope I can be forgiven).

I too was struck by the stupidity of that moniker. CoulterGeist? It would seem her forward team spent a good portion of the last few weeks anxiously awaiting The Hulk and not much else. Ann Coulter, is likewise, a caricature of hulkish proportions. She is to politics as UPN is to entertainment. Lowest Common Denominator type shit. Stoking hatred and ill will amongst those so disaffected with society that they have lost all will to experience society in general on their own.

The only problem with mocking the name she's given to her blog, is that criticism is instantaneous in the format in which she wishes to now write and influence. Therefore, they'll harvest the pulse of the "blogosphere", redesignate and revamp where appropriate, as it spreads throughout the week and into the "rollout" of her blog. They'll try and reinvent as the criticism and exposure of her empty hatred begins to be ever more talked and blogged about. And that's the way it will go. On and on and on. No solutions. No agrees to disagree. Pure empty hatred and civilizationally undue vilification. All the while democracy and civility rots.

This is the state of "politics" in the US of A. Serious bummer. But what else can we do? We must adapt to these slash and burn, take no prisoners, redefining of "underhanded" tactics.
posted by crasspastor at 3:25 AM on June 23, 2003


*devil bOYM appears on shoulder*

Devil bOYM - 'Ha, an Ann Coulter post! Nice one, get in there and post some snarky flame-bait. Woo hoo, they thought MetaTalk had been getting ugly lately, wait'll this hornets nest gets going!"

*angel bOYM appears on other shoulder*

Angel bOYM - 'Are you sure this is a good idea? Is this what Metafilter is all about? You may not agree with Ann, but there's no need to be rude about it. There's some interesting stuff about robots a few links up, why not check that out instead?"

bOYM - Ah, maybe I'll leave it...stupid conscience.
posted by backOfYourMind at 3:49 AM on June 23, 2003


CoulterGeist: It knows what scares you.

(works both the right and the left! Now ph balanced for both men and women!)
posted by namespan at 4:55 AM on June 23, 2003


See, I think they're trying for Zeitgeist with the name of her blog. Sort of an Ann Coulter's Church of What's Happening Now. It makes sense in that the ascendant TV pundits are about as ahistorical in viewpoint as is possible. If she blogs as prolifically as she prattles I imagine that the effect will be a lot like being in the presence of the Sybil, awash in a constant stream of words spilling from an inspired font of insensibility.
It would be better if the put a key capture app on her pc and streamed it out real time.
I'm feeling dizzy. I think I might be sick.
posted by putzface_dickman at 4:58 AM on June 23, 2003


No doubt you'll all soon be regularly linking to her in outrage, helpfully pumping up her Google ranking.
posted by fuzz at 5:59 AM on June 23, 2003


trailparkocracy

Why, oh why must people hold up the working class poor who can't afford to purchase stationary homes as examples of stupidity? I've had to live in a trailer park. Am I therefore stupid? Or did I get "cured" when my sisters and I got shuffled off to a nice, middle-class foster family?
posted by eustacescrubb at 6:22 AM on June 23, 2003


Uh oh, someone is offended by an offhand comment. This must be MeFi.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:41 AM on June 23, 2003


I live in a trailer park. bring it.
posted by mcsweetie at 6:49 AM on June 23, 2003


It's funny, Coulter actually appeals more to the McMansionocracy, those thoughtless uberconsumers who disdain people unlike themselves, especially those they consider too lazy to get themselves out of poverty. I think stavros is right, there's a large market for hatred, but eustace's point is well taken. Ann Coulter is peddling the Prada © of bigotry. And not to be an apologist for working class bigots, but there's hardly any ocracy in the trailerpark. Eminen may serve as an example to discuss. Certainly popular, certainly using bigoted language, but if his world view is us against them, like Coulter's is, the them has more to do with money and power than in how he weighs the value of human beings.
posted by putzface_dickman at 6:51 AM on June 23, 2003


Beneath the makeup, I think "Ann Coulter" is probably the same brilliant performance artist who also played "Dan Quayle," another hilarious nitwit who sent people fleeing to the left in droves.
posted by Ty Webb at 7:54 AM on June 23, 2003


I never considered Coulter to be attractive or sexy at all... Not ugly enough for Bill Clinton to hit on, but still...

I would be happy to see Coulter reduced to the late night stand up comedy venue out by the highway where she properly belongs, the place where the audience consists of drunk salesmen who spend their time groping the hostile waitresses and yelling for the strippers to come on, but I do have to complain about shots directed at women in public life (even Coulter) that have to do with appearance, ugliness, hotness, sexiness, etc. Not legitimate grounds for criticism. [/fingerwagging]

And who can forget the that immortal line from Tim Benzedrine's song?

God, no me. From out of the smoky mists of the 70s, Legolam, Arrowroot son of Arrowshirt, and Hashberry suddenly manifest, trailing Led Zeppelin 4 behind them...
posted by jokeefe at 9:30 AM on June 23, 2003


Since somebody's asked an actual question with an actual answer in the midst of this otherwise pointless thread:

Dumb question but how do you pronounce her name?
Please and Thank you.
posted by sadie01221975


It's "COLE-ter"; you can tell by the pun on poltergeist in the name of her (putative) blog. You're welcome.
posted by languagehat at 12:22 PM on June 23, 2003


Are there *any* other MeFi-ers besides me who think that Coulter is not pure evil?

Me. But I bet you could have guessed that.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 5:48 PM on June 23, 2003


Steve!
posted by zpousman at 7:04 PM on June 23, 2003


Steve, are we still on for that Eiffel Tower with Ann? I can think of no better way to bring the left and right together...*high five*
posted by filmgoerjuan at 1:03 AM on June 24, 2003


So it's tomorrow now, when is she going to start posting? :D
posted by Orb at 5:32 PM on June 24, 2003


Juan, you know it!
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 11:15 AM on June 26, 2003


*twiddles thumbs, waits to be offended*
posted by modofo at 3:46 PM on July 3, 2003


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