Ann Althouse: Beyond Mockery

I saw on Memeorandum that Ann Althouse had written a post about cockfighting, and I was going to make this joke:

Important Announcement: Ann Althouse has written a post about cockfighting, and it doesn’t even contain any reference to Bill Clinton’s penis.

Except…it does.

And I note the humor in the way the plaintiffs would take advantage of Clinton’s limiting construction by saying that the interest in cocks is not about sex.

Wow.

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24 responses to “Ann Althouse: Beyond Mockery

  1. I love how she pulls the false equivalency card out on the signing statement bit too. And she’s taken seriously?

  2. NinjaGoat

    Perhaps it’s a problem with my reading comprehension, but…

    What the fuck does that even mean?

  3. anangryoldbroad

    What scares me is that she’s a freaking TEACHER. That’s just all kinds of wrong.

    I wonder if her collegues or her boss has ever read the crap she writes.

  4. The box-wine is taking its toll.

  5. t87

    ResPublica – Althouse is an idiot, but if she is, in fact, also an alcoholic perhaps she should not be subjected to ridicule for that.

  6. As I noted in the Jonah Goldberg post, these wingnuts have a juvenile fixation on sex and sex organs. (“Hee hee! She said ‘cock’!”) And yet they claim to be the keepers of morality and family values.

    It’s all very tiresome; I had my fill of it when I was a camp counselor, and I’m so over it.

  7. ResPublica – Althouse is an idiot, but if she is, in fact, also an alcoholic perhaps she should not be subjected to ridicule for that.

    ResPublica was likely referring to an infamous video blog Althouse posted of herself drinking wine and seemingly lots of it while watching American Idol.

  8. In Ann’s defense, it would take a box of wine to get me to watch American Idol.

    Before wine box: “Oh my gawd… who can stand Ryan Seacrest???”

    After wine box: “Seacrest ROX! He is soo funny! *hiccup* Why didn’t I see this before???”

  9. t87

    ResPublica was likely referring to an infamous video blog Althouse posted of herself drinking wine and seemingly lots of it while watching American Idol.

    I don’t want to get in the middle of Vulcan mind meld you have going on there with ResPublica so lets agee that is what he had in mind.

    Why would you think that posting a video of herself drinking wine “and seemingly lots of it” behavior inconsistent with being an alcoholic?

    And – just in case you and Res are unaware of this – there are frequent references to Althouses drinking an alcoholism all over the internets. There are also video blogs of her apart from the American Idol one in which she slurs her words and rants on in a nearly incoherent fashion.

  10. evilchemistry

    Right, t87. Don’t mock the person who publicly airs her alleged alcoholism. It’s not like she deserves it or anything, especially since alcoholism is just like having breasts. Where are you supposed to hide them?

    jeebus

  11. Why would you think that posting a video of herself drinking wine “and seemingly lots of it” behavior inconsistent with being an alcoholic?

    I don’t think it’s inconsistent, but I don’t think it’s proof she is one, either.

    I’ve gotten drunk before. There’s probably even video of me somewhere in an inebriated state that I would allow to be posted. (In fact, I’ve posted pictures of myself drunk before.) That doesn’t make me an alcoholic.

  12. Why would you think that posting a video of herself drinking wine “and seemingly lots of it” behavior inconsistent with being an alcoholic?

    [t87] ResPublica never never never never never never never never fucking said she was a fucking alcoholic, so shitcan your concern trolling! [/t87]

  13. t87

    JackGoff – okay, I deserved that.

    I don’t think it’s inconsistent, but I don’t think it’s proof she is one, either.

    So its okay to make fun of someone’s excessive drinking and imply that they are an alcoholic until you have conclusive proof that they are an alcoholic?? I am sort of surprised that you don’t get this. You seem to have pretty highly tuned antennae for these things.

  14. Holly in cincinnati

    I have successfully avoided all 3: Ann Althouse, box wine AND American Idol.

  15. So its okay to make fun of someone’s excessive drinking and imply that they are an alcoholic until you have conclusive proof that they are an alcoholic??

    Could you miss the point more?

    Res never implied that she was an alcoholic. I noted with my comment that the vlog to which he was very likely referring (not because we have a Vulcan mind meld, but because we’ve read each other’s blogs for years and I know his humor) wasn’t evidence she was one, in order to swat away your idiotic complaint that it suggested she was.

    Try to pay attention, dear. At least to your own comments.

  16. t87

    Res never implied that she was an alcoholic.

    Here is Res’ post:

    The box-wine is taking its toll

  17. Dude, seriously–give it up. When I drink, I get silly. If I started doing a silly wee dance, and Mr. Shakes said, “The booze is taking its toll,” he’d be commenting that I’m drunk; not that I’m an alcoholic.

    So, Res was certainly making a joke about her drinking a lot, but he’s not necessarily calling her an addict, and since she’s posted videos of herself drinking a lot, I don’t think it’s an inappropriate joke to make. Done.

  18. t87

    was certainly making a joke about her drinking a lot, but he’s not necessarily calling her an addict,

    Sure, sort of like movies and television shows that used to have all the great jokes about the guy stumbling out of the bar looking for his car keys – I get it.

    When somebody drinks so much that the alcohol “takes a toll” on them, that is hi-larious.

  19. t87, I grant you the “Concern Troll of the Day” award — not only have you successfully turned this comment thread into a debate over whether Ann Althouse is or is not an alcoholic, or whether anyone said that, but you’ve managed to also completely divert attention from the post topic, which is that Ann Althouse managed to work in yet-another Clinton sex reference.

    Seriously, if you want to debate whether Ann Althouse has an addiction, can we please talk about whether she is a sex-addict obsessed with talking about Bill Clinton’s dick? Cuz, DAMN!

    And if she is a Clenisaholic (instead of just being idiotic t87: “Althouse is an idiot”), I suggest that you send her a letter right now encouraging her to seek professional help, and refrain from your heartless ridicule of her condition by referring to her as an idiot. (Really t87, how could you be so heartless? I weep now.)

  20. Someone told me that my little throw-away comment spawned this big-ass thread, and sure enough it has.

    Let me just say this about that: I’ve dealt with my own substance abuse issues, and done plenty of things I’m not proud of, right out in public…things a lot more embarrassing than slurring about American Idol on the internet. I never expected anyone to give me some kind of free pass because I had a “problem” or whatever. People’s reactions to my behavior helped me to realize that I had a drug problem. Later, in recovery, I built a new reputation by consistently behaving in a more estimable manner. That option is available to anyone who’s willing to do the work.

    The disease metaphor can be a powerful tool for helping addicts understand their addiction, but when it becomes an excuse to shield her from the natural conclusions people draw on the basis of her behavior, it’s just another instance of the general pattern of addict thinking: “I’m special, I’m different, why can’t they all just leave me alone?”

    People form opinions of other people on the basis of their public behavior because that’s pretty much all we have to go on. Maybe it’s not fair, but that’s life.

  21. PortlyDyke makes a better point, and it looks like I fell for the concern-trollery hook, line and sinker.

    Also, wine is a freaking BOX deserves mockery, drinking problem or no.

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