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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

This has absolutely nothing to do with the beginning of human life, except perhaps that it discusses someone who is possibly inhuman. I mention (dare I add to her bottom line?) the Conservative Queen of Mean, Ann Coulter. Her latest vituperation has her calling Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards a "faggot." The exact words:
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards."
Also, the Think Progress blog reports:
Previously, Coulter has put “even money” on Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) “[c]oming out of the closet,” said Bill Clinton shows “some level of latent homosexuality,” and called Vice President Al Gore a “total fag.”
Coulter's similarity to Anna Nicole Smith is obvious -- fame at any cost. But where poor Anna Nicole's desperate yearning hurt only herself, Coulter has no qualms about whom she insults, hurts, or slanders. If you doubt, just remember what she had to say about some of the 9/11 widows:
In her book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, she writes that a group of New Jersey widows whose husbands perished in the World Trade Center act “as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them.”

She also wrote, “I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much.”
Nice. I wonder how Conservatives, who include the "Religious" Right, can embrace someone who spews such viciousness?

But the bigger question to me is how do you fight something like this? All this woman wants is fame, because fame is what enables her to demand large advances from her book publisher, guest spots on major television shows, exorbitant speaking engagment fees, and yet more book deals. She, like Anna Nicole, will do anything to be famous. Fame sells. And if Ann Coulter is interested in anything, it is in selling herself.

So, if fame is what she seeks (successfully, I might add, since she's currently #2 on Technorati's Hot Search list), how do you argue with her without giving her exactly what she wants? It's really an ingenious strategy. Every single media mention, blog post (including this one), or outraged op-ed adds to her bottom line. It's a numbers game and Coulter knows that outrageousness generates numbers. So bring on the nice guys, the widows, the orphans, the oppressed -- they're all grist for Coulter's abusive mill, where she grinds out increasingly offensive diatribes guaranteed to prompt impassioned responses. The resulting brouhaha has her laughing, as they say, "all the way to the bank."

So, how do I feel about helping finance her smug, if comfortable, retirement? I feel like retching, of course, but I'm also envious. Envious because I can't think of anyone in the Democratic Party willing to be mean enough to counter her. Is that our loss or not? Is there any way I could slap her and not be arrested? How do we silence someone for whom argument is victory?

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