Thursday, February 12, 2009

Support the Troops.

That fun bunch up there are people who willingly identify themselves as Freepers, which is a lot like announcing to the world that you're mentally ill and proud of it.

Freepers, for those of you who have a life, are people who inhabit a blog known as the Free Republic, a site that, of all the wingnut sites, is the nuttiest. It's a place where people can gather and gain some comfort in sharing anger and snide remarks aimed at liberals, communists, RINOs, mud people and the list goes on and on.

The tone of the Freepers range from smug certainty that they do indeed have a clue, and a misplaced sense of victimhood. It's the kind of place where you're likely to meet someone who says, "I've never made more than $40K in my life because society has it in for straight white males!"

The one value, besides anger, that holds this group together, is rabid-weasel patriotism. You can tell because they put magnet ribbons on their SUVs. Hoo-uh. And no one supports the troops like the Freepers, no sir.

Except when the troops are fucking losers, like those pussies who come back from Iraq with PTSD.

Tommy T over at First Draft dips a ladle into the slime of the Free Republic every week and lays out excerpts so the rest of us don't have to have our heads explode. The comments in Freepland are almost universally whacked, but this thread in particular was despicable beyond even my imagining. They usually start with a news story like this:

The Army is investigating a stunning number of suicides in January - a count that could surpass all combat deaths on America's two warfronts last month. According to figures obtained by The Associated Press, there were 24 suspected suicides in January, compared to five in January of 2008, six in January of 2007 and 10 in January of 2006. Yearly suicides have been rising steadily since 2004 amid increasing stress on the force from long and repeated tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And then the fun begins. Here's the Freeper response to soldiers commiting suicide after their combat tours.

January? Couldn’t have anything to do with the new Commander in Chief, could
it?
JennysCool

Probably because they realize their new CIC is going to throw them under the
bus.
caver
And when one of their own tries to bitch slap some humanity into the thread, watch what happens.

Please don’t trivialise other people’s tragedy by appropriating it for
political spin.
Romulus
To: Romulus
Who made you the posting police?

I usually provide a link to other sites, but I'm going to spare you one to the Free Republic. Trust me, it's not a place you want to visit if you have a weak stomach.

4 comments:

JD Rhoades said...

Ah yes, the FreeRepublic, where I've seen Good Americans talk about how they hope the US gets nuked to teach us not to vote for Democrats, and brave Keyboard Kommandos calling for a "military coup against an Obama/socialist government."

Charlie Stella said...

Ah, ha, JD! Yet another example of knowing people who publicly wish bad against the President/other party!

I hope that's not too broad a stroke ...

Guys, have a good weekend. And don't forget to kiss your tomatas and those puppies.

EagleEye said...

As one of those former military AND a Conservative, trolls such as that should be ratted out and bitch-slapped.

Loss of a soldier is NO reason to take aim at Obama, regardless of political viewpoint.

That being said, I seem to recall a similar bit of rabid venom being vested against Dubya by the media and places like Kos.

*Shrug* Good for the gander, good for the goose.

Good post... dickheads SHOULD be called out.

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Slow new day at the Planet?

I got a bucket of stagnant water standing out back with mosquito larva in it. I can send a picture to post if you want.