Urban Word of the Day: “derp“
A simple, undefined reply when an ignorant comment or action is made. Brought to life in the South Park series, when Mr. Derp made a guest appearance at South Park Elementary as the chef for a day, followed by hitting himself in the head with a hammer and exclaiming “Derp!”
Here again in the early morning along California’s northern coast, overcast and chilly.
Although this might be Tuesday, it’s still Monday to me, but that’s just a cultural myth:Â We may say we hate Mondays, but research suggests Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are equally loathed…People were happier as they approached the weekend, lending support for the concept of “that Friday feeling.”
In US politics, the GOP has finally lost that ‘Friday feeling‘ and the shine is fading off the gloss of bullshit.
Todd Akin of Missouri knocked open a huge, ugly hole in the Republican smokescreen with his blather this weekend on rape and pregnancy — a shitload of GOPers want the asshole to get out of the Senate race.
(Illustration found here).
CNN‘s Piers Morgan was pissed at Atkin last night because the asshole was a no-show on Morgan’s talk show.
Instead of getting somebody else, Morgan just trained the camera on an empty chair, and commented:
“Congressman,” the CNN host addressed Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, “you have an open invitation to join me in that chair whenever you feel up to it.
“If you don’t keep your promise to appear on the show, then you are what we would call in Britain a gutless little twerp.”
A phrase well turned — the whole GOP organization is made up of nothing but gutless little twerps.
Juan Cole has a most-excellent post this morning on Republicans actually upholding Islamic sharia law — oh, the assholes.
The â€˜personhoodâ€™ bill he (Atkin) co-sponsored with Paul Ryan would have had the effect of making all abortions for any reason illegal.
That bill spoke of â€˜forced rape,â€™ which Akin says is what he meant when he spoke of â€˜legitimate rape.â€™
On the impermissibility of abortion in case of rape, ironically enough Akinâ€™s position is the same as the leading authorities of Sunni Islam in Egypt.
Yes, Akin is upholding . . . shariah (or at least one strain of thought within shariah).
But even fundamentalist Muslims would disagree with him about forbidding abortion where the motherâ€™s health was at issue, and most Muslims are more open-minded about abortion and when life begins than he is.
The right wing of the Republican Party (increasingly all that exists of the Republican Party) has a general problem of starting with its platform and reasoning back from it to a premise from which it would follow, no matter how absurd and fantastical the premise.
In other words, the bogey man with which some evangelicals are trying to scare Americans, of shariah, turns out to be a far more rich, elastic and forgiving tradition than their own sometimes is.
These people do not give one ounce of shit about anybody but themselves.
Atkin’s big yap has indeed opened the door to a most-ugly interior.
And this from last year on Atkin’s ass-buddy, Paul Ryan.
From Time magazine’s Swampland in June 2011:
I am fairly certain that when Paul Ryan first decided to publicly share his admiration of Ayn Rand, he could not have imagined it would lead to him speed-walking to his SUV to avoid a young Catholic trying to give him a Bible and telling him to pay more attention to the Gospel of Luke.
But thatâ€™s what happened Friday morning in downtown Washington after Ryan spoke to the surprisingly smallish crowd gathered for Ralph Reedâ€™s Faith & Freedom Conference.
Linking from Time to another video of the same event, found here, a young Catholic activist says: â€œHe [Ryan] will have to account for the suffering he will cause.â€
Original and h/t Dangerous Minds.
Check it out.
In the meantime, I’m waiting for Friday and the next derp-filled asshole.