“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"behind every convict...is a scheming woman"

Every once in awhile you start to think that maybe this desolate flatland is not as backwards and redneck as you have always thought. Everyone you hang around is intelligent. You don’t encounter that many bigots walking around town. Maybe things aren't so bad.

And then you make the mistake of reading the comments section appended to the Amarillo Globe-Republican story about former Shurf Shumate’s sentencing.

Where a prominent theory maintains that Shumate was railroaded into jail by his bitter, bitter ex-wife – and that the jury (12 women! - presumably also bitter, bitter old biddies who have themselves been screwed over by men) co-operated in this railroading.

This is the most offensive, obnoxious, bigoted, hateful pile of Hereford Perfume that I have read…um… since the last time I read a comments section.

Hell, if women are so incapable of making their civic decisions based on reason instead of emotion, why’d we give them suffrage in the first place?

Oh, how I’d love to hear what CC McGoon thinks of this theory. Or Abdul Alhazred’s wife. Or Mrs. Spacedark. Or any of the other intelligent, articulate women I know who somehow manage to negotiate their lives without totally losing control of their emotions and sentencing some poor sap to jail just because he vaguely reminds them of their dirty, rotten ex.