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When Democrats act like right wing trolls

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I'm trying my best to follow Doctor's orders, I really am. I'm staying away from the computer for a good part of the day, I write 90% fewer posts than I used to, and when I do write, I concentrate on more upbeat news stories.

However.

For months-- no, make that years-- it's been impossible to escape from the tea party style, trolly behavior of many so-called "Democrats" on Twitter, in TPC Comments, and on Facebook. And yes, many of these people are really, truly left leaning, not conservatives in blue sheep's clothing.

Let's start with this old chestnut: Over the years, I've been called an "EmoProg," which is supposed to be some kind of terrible, poison dart insult, the ultimate slur that can be hurled at you by a fellow Dem. My pal over at FreakOutNation, @Anomaly100, and I have mocked this lunacy by calling our selves MEmos ( adding "me" to "emo" to fake-narcisstically own our apparent evil EmoProgitude).

I've never been quite sure what EmoProg means, but per Urban Dictionary, in part:

Emo Progressive (or "emoprog") is a self-described liberal or progressive, often with libertarian leanings, whose political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation at any given time, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly or forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents.

Emoprogs are ideological purists who disdain compromise and incremental change, which they see as "selling out" liberal ideas like full employment, an end to all wars, state secrets, and liberal social policy...

Emoprogs have a strong affinity for 3rd party politics as a way to punish Democratic presidents. They are especially hostile to President Obama and deem anyone who expresses a lack of ill will toward him to be "Obamabots" and enemies of liberalism.

I've also been called an "Obamabot," which as you can see is the opposite of an EmoProg, so go figure. That's how utterly inane and infantile these labels are. They're also destructive, damaging to party unity, toxic, and resolve nothing. In fact, for those who claim to be so "inclusive," this kind of name-calling is sure a funny way of displaying their "tolerance" of others.

There can be disagreement within a party without resorting to this kind of immaturity. We share the same goals, ultimately, so zinging hostile labels at political allies, alienating them instead of working together whenever possible, is at best self-defeating.

Next, and I'm putting this in all caps because I want to scream this loudly, and a few words on a page won't suffice:

PLEASE STOP USING THE WORD "RETARD" AND STOP USING "TARD" AS A SUFFIX.

Again, so-called "inclusive" Dems using that word as a slur is utterly counterproductive, very offensive, and plain stupid. Or ignorant. Or both. Even readers/followers I adore use it. Most stop when I explain what I'm about to write next:

I worked with special ed students for years when I taught high school theater classes. I challenge anyone who uses the R Word or suffix to look any of those dear, innocent kids in the eye and say that directly to them or within earshot of them, and then not feel like a total ass as they see the hurt and bewilderment on the sweet faces that stare back.

Are "liberal" vocabularies so limited that no other words are accessible? Words that don't sting? Words that don't devalue people with real feelings who matter and take things to heart just as you and I do? Really?

And finally, there's this: Yesterday I had a very pleasant Twitter exchange with a *gasp!* Republican TV and print commentator who shall remain nameless. In fact, I have a few far right followers who I get along with, but who I never ever discuss politics with. Our conversations are strictly goofy or personal or about movies, TV, dogs, vacations, that kind of thing. But not politics. Our mutual heads would explode if we did that.

In fact, I detest their politics at worst, and strongly disagree with them at best. But we get along, and one extremely conservative pundit in particular was the very first to "be there" for me (privately in Direct Messages) when my dad first became ill and then supported me all the way through to my father's death. I value that in a person, no matter what their beliefs or politics.

After my quippy back and forth with Mr. GOP Commentator, a follower (who I am happy to say I never followed back) called me "self-righteous" and "muted" me because I dared to engage someone who he (and I) vehemently disagreed with about the Affordable Care Act.

Call me EmoProg-- or is it Obamabot?-- but I am able to compartmentalize and remain friendly with people who are kind to me, who enjoy tweet talk now and then, who have a sense of humor, and who give me no reason to block them. If I eventually find them to be offensive or distasteful, I unfollow or block, that is my choice.

But come on, "Dems" or "liberals" or "Progressives" or "Obama supporters" or whoever you are, grow up. Throwing insults out of the blue, initiating convos only to be rude because I occasionally chat with someone whose point of view we both find objectionable is not exactly true to our Big D Democratic values.

In fact, it's more tea party than it is Dem. And that kind of behavior is intolerable.

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Wonderful Moments With Alec Baldwin

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Actually, the best thing that happened to us was MSNBC giving Alec Baldwin a show, Up Late Night With Alec Baldwin.

Why is that so great? We got to see Alec and we missed him after 30 Rock.

But it didn't take long to wear out that welcome. His ratings declined like an anvil pushed off the roof at 30 Rock Center. It hit terminal velocity within the first 10 minutes of his love ode to Bill DeBlasio, his debut show guest. Trying to correct course with all but forgotten Debra Winger was a stroke of evil genius, sans the genius. It did you in.

But Alec is very generous, if nothing else. We as viewers could switch channels. The cable outfit couldn't. They were stuck contractually with him and his salary for either 6, 10 or 13 episodes depending on who you ask. That is until Alec violated his public behavior and publicity clause. Now, thanks to Mr. Baldwin's filmed outburst calling an annoying  paparazzi a "cocksucking fag," MSMBC dropped his show and they don't have to pay for any more episodes or Baldwin's guarantee. Officially the show's on hiatus and Baldwin is on two week suspension, but don't look for his return. Sayanara.

You did the network a big favor, Mr. Baldwin, and now maybe you should do yourself one. Get help. Professional help. Anger and outbursts don't become you. Ask us to live with the crazy spiky "Something About Mary" hair and maybe we'll over look it. But not this. Not a homophobic public rant.

It hasn't been that long since your famous answering machine message to your 11 year old daughteer, reported by MailOnline:

You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being.

These just aren't the words of a balanced, sober, sane man. And it's obvious that it's not just one outburst in your past.

So a thanks to MSNBC for putting us viewers out of our misery, and good luck wishes to Mr. Baldwin. May you, like the programming department at your recent job, find guidance and some good fortune.

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Video- Karl Rove mocks Sarah Palin: I'm may be a 'balding fat guy,' but 'I wouldn't leave office midterm'

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Video- Ann Coulter's Response To Feinstein Pushback On Guns: "Liberal Women Should Not Be Able To Hold Office"

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Ann is "opining" on what happened in this video. I wonder if she had to go to bomb thrower school or if it just comes naturally. Via.

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Another Vitter pill: David Vitter calls Harry Reid an "idiot"

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This from the genius who favors corporations over sexual assault victims; who wants to defund Planned Parenthood; who was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam and who has a diaper fetish.

So much for Republican "family values" and "civility."

Via First Read:

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R), upset with Harry Reid saying Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy and the devastation caused to the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area, lashed out on the social network calling the Senate majority leader an "idiot."

Yes, that's exactly how to respond when you disagree with someone. Reason and logic? Pfft! Common decency? Fugetaboutit. What a fine, genteel individual David Vitter is. A real role model. Stay classy, Vit.

Pot. Kettle. Idiot.

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AUDIO-- The always classy Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) insults Pelosi... again: "There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is."

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O’Connor:

"So basically John Boehner became Nancy Pelosi without the charm?"

Gohmert:

"For the last two years. Let’s give him credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is."

The above clip is from GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert's conversation with guest host Larry O’Connor on the Dennis Miller Show, courtesy of Think Progress.

This would be the same Louie Gohmert, a birther, who recently pushed a theory that President Obama helped oust Muammar Qaddafi “so that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood could take over Libya”; who wants to arm teachers with assault rifles; who said that the shootings that took place in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter; who cast President Obama as an "evil emperor"; who joked about hitting “Nancy Pelosi” with a golf club; who lied at tea party rally: "I brought an abortion to show you"; who suggested that NYC 9/11 trials would be an "insane" gambit to create more jobs?...

You get the idea.

This man is an elected representative. Elected!

And because he represents those who voted for him (they did what again?), then clearly, many of his fellow Texans feel it's acceptable to desperately resort to jokes about a fellow Congress member's appearance.

Then again, she's just, you know, a woman.

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Quote of the Day Ann Romney Style

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"It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother."

-- Ann Romney, quoted by The Hill, overheard by reporters at a private fundraiser discussing the incident with Hilary Rosen.

Jeez Ann, I thought you were outraged and insulted? Via.

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