Reader Naomi Fein clued me in to The National Memo, a online site that, as she describes, is “a news mag founded and edited by Joe Conason, a good journalist who used to edit the New York Observer. His politics are excellent.” (By that she means leftish). One of the good things at that site is Sam Reisman’s sporadic column “This week in crazy,” which collects a number of lunatic antics by right-wingers. There are five bit of nuttery of them in this week’s column, but I ‘ll give just two:
The is from Roy Moore, the über-conservative chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who tried to keep his Ten Commandments memorial on the courthouse grounds, and also announced he’d refuse Alabama clerks the right to honor the U.S. Supreme Court decisions to issue gay marriage licenses. Reisman quotes Right Wing Watch‘s report about Moore’s attempt to ape a famous theologian. The judge was speaking at the right-wing Eagle Forum, attacking the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage:
After reading Martin Niemöller’s poem “First They Came For The Socialists…,” Moore decided to write his own version in honor of Davis: “Ladies in gentlemen, we can say the same thing today. They came for the bakers, I didn’t bake cakes. They came for the florists, but I didn’t deal with flowers. They came for the little clerk down in Kentucky by the name of Kim Davis, but I’m not a clerk, I have nothing do with issuing licenses. Then they came for me, and nobody was left.”
Oy vey! And speaking of Yiddish, here’s Ann Coulter, reacting to what she saw as the Republican candidates’ pandering to Israel during Wednesday’s debate:
Coulter backpedaled, saying that she was actually being pro-Semitic, but Reisman describes another conservative recounting tales of Coulter’s “virulent anti-Semitism.”
This is all par for the course. Nothing to see here folks; move along.