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I realize there are “zealots” on both ends of the political spectrum (and every spot in between), but I have yet to come to an understanding of what it is (other than hate) that makes Ann Coulter tick. I am all about having strong convictions, standing firm in your beliefs, BUT also showing some level of respect for those who disagree with you. This is something Ann Coulter truly needs to discover and incorporate into her everyday life–or at least the portion we are all subjected to in the media.

I revel in seeing a smart woman in the limelight, and hoped that even though Coulter sits on the opposite side of the political fence than I do, she might open up some interesting dialogue through intelligent discourse. Unfortunately any intelligence Coulter might hold goes right out the window the minute her vile nature comes shining through. After having seen enough of her rude, arrogant, and hateful rhetoric and behavior in the past, I found myself actually going out of my way to avoid seeing Coulter on television. However, when I heard about Elizabeth Edwards having the cajones to confront Coulter via a phone call on Hardball I just HAD to see what all the fuss was about.

In my search to find a video of the Hardball episode I have to admit I was somewhat surprised to also run across videos showing what a horrific homophobic side Coulter has. In this day and age I am still dumbfounded by how freely some folks choose to bandy about hateful and hurtful words, let alone harbor such ridiculous narrow-minded notions about what constitutes love between people. I will not only include video clips of part of what led up to Elizabeth Edwards respectfully lambasting Coulter, but will also include video clips where Coulter chose to use a homophobic slur (on separate occasions) to describe Al Gore and John Edwards, while also sharing her “oh so enlightened” (insert heavy sarcasm) thoughts on Bill Clinton.

  • Here’s a video clip of Coulter’s use of a homophobic slur regarding John Edwards.
  • And here’s her utterly ridiculous explanation saying the word she used is “not offensive” and is merely a “school yard taunt”–was she dropped on her head as a baby? Those “school yard taunts” have far-reaching consequences and she is beyond delusional if she thinks using such language is neither offensive nor dangerous.
  • Ann Coulter on ABC’s Good Morning America (Some “good morning” with hateful comments like Ann’s!)
  • Elizabeth Edwards takes on Ann Coulter during Hardball phone call

Here are some articles about the Hardball phone call: Huffington Post, MSNBC First Read (includes transcript of phone call)

  • Here’s an Ann Coulter two-for-one where she uses slurs against Al Gore and Bill Clinton. I find it interesting that she says her comments about Al Gore are a “joke”, because if she thinks that is joking then she needs to head off to some comedy boot camp–perhaps the Michael Richards School of Comedy? (Another equally troubled individual…sigh.) She also shows her grossly apparent inability to respectfully and tactfully handle someone who doesn’t agree with her, as was the case with someone from the audience. Oh, and one last thing. Coulter mentions a “whiff of the bathhouse” in this clip, well I’d say she has a “whiff of the pig farm” surrounding her comments.
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I’m feeling a strong need to seek out some uplifting and positive news stories. Maybe it’s just my personal frustration with several things in my own little universe or the bigger frustrations I feel with everything from this inexcusable, disgusting, and sad war to the ridiculous amount of time a not-to-be-named hotel heiress is garnering for being a spoiled brat. Who knows what exactly it is that’s sticking in my craw, but it’s got me having a mad desire to do something proactive to change my mood and hopefully change the mood of some of you as well. So in my sudden quest to seek out something (anything!) that is making this world a better place I decided to add a “Doing Good” regular feature to this blog. Okay, first step taken (truth be told, the first step was popping iTunes on party shuffle since music is usually my panacea for a cruddy mood), next step was to set about the internet seeking out positive sites. Easier said than done, sadly. Ultimately I found myself smack-dab on my MySpace friends list, which is mostly full of causes and bands I support, so it makes sense I’d find my first “Doing Good” subject there: The New Orleans Kid Camera Project(their MySpace page).

I’ll introduce this great organization by posting their mission statement:

The New Orleans Kid Camera Project was created to address the psychological and emotional impacts of Hurricane Katrina on children returning home to New Orleans. Through the use of photography, creative writing and mixed media, children from flooded neighborhoods explore their environment and express themselves, their stories and feelings with their friends. This project provides a venue for growth and recovery. By teaching the children tangible skills and exposing them to new means of expression, we hope to empower them to impact their lives and environment.

Those of you who have been frequent visitors to this blog are well aware that I’m working toward getting my teaching credential, and with my minor being in Visual and Performing Arts, it goes without saying that ANYTHING which involves children in such a productive and creative manner, such as The New Orleans Kid Camera Project, is going to be something I wholeheartedly support. My disgust with the lack of support by George Bush’s administration for those affected by Hurricane Katrina is something that still gets my blood boiling. Just thinking back on those first few days of the catastrophe, with our own citizens being disregarded in the degrading manner they were, the people and animals scavenging for safety and food, the buses and trailers sitting empty, all has me going between sadness and fury in a matter of minutes. And to think apathy on the part of our government still continues–appalling. So to see a group of people in New Orleans addressing the various needs the children in the area are facing, and will continue to face for some time to come, is something which definitely brings a smile to my face and warms my heart.

I hope many of you will visit their site, read their fantastic Philosophy/Visions/Goals page, share in the fine photos and videos created by the children, and especially donate any time/money/equipment that you can. I also hope that everyone’s mood is a bit better now–mine is! 🙂


(***Added 6/15/07:UNSEENAMERICA “New Orleans Kid Camera Project”
Gallery 1199
310 West 43rd St New York
Admission: FREE. Exhibition from Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, June 29, 2007.
Reception- Thursday June 21, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:30pm
http://www.bread-and-roses.com/whatsnew.html***)

 

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