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Stick a Fork in Him

He’s done:
Vito Fossellla admits he has love child with Virginia woman

Yo, semi-paisan? I actually liked you–not the Repub robot in you–but you, because I always thought that at the end of the day you were an okay guy. I might not agree with you on some things, but I would would always give you a shoutout at the Forest Avenue parade, and sometimes you’d come off the line and walk over to shake my hand, say “How you doin’ Red?” and laugh when I’d give you shit about some bill you had recently joined or rejected, or asked you “How can you march with that piece of shit?” and point at a member of your contingent.

But this? I’m going with the Barry Obama on this: “This ain’t the guy I knew.”

Burn in hell, douchebag.

I call myself a “recovering Catholic.” You don’t; you made a point of coming back from DC to attend your “legitimate” kid’s Confirmation, then you fled back to DC. You swore before God, a priest and all witnesses an oath that you did not just ignore, but trampled underfoot like it was an insignificant bit of mumbo-jumbo by fathering that bastard child.

I made the same oath, in a similar setting. Beforehand, I told the priest “Look, I’m not allowed to take Communion. I quit the Church years ago. I only go to weddings and funerals, and I sit in the back and never go up for the Sacrament.”

The priest (also a National Guard Chaplain, which I found out when he showed up minutes before the Mass wearing cammies and combat boots… which freaked me right out) said “I’ll palm it, then. Thank you for being honest about it.”

Me: “Thanks, padre.”
Padre: “But now you must bet against your NY Jets and bet on my Miami Dolphins when they play each other. That is your penance.”

I nodded, not bothering to tell him I hate anything associated with Shea Stadium, so laying that bet would be no big whoop.

Anyhoo, my point is, if you are gonna make an oath involving your soul, and don’t stand by it, you are as worthless as any shitbag who calls another person “friend” and then knifes said friend. If you are willing to knife your own, publicly spoken oath; make a mockery of the very idea of honor….

Then I hope your wife takes you to the fucking cleaners. I hope the Staten island GOP gets destroyed, because NO ONE can convince me this wasn’t rattling around in the closet, yet never dealt with.


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THE Fisking of 2008 (Higher Edumacation Edition)

KC Johnson goes to town on three “scholars” who were all too ready to railroad the Duke lacrosse players, offering a very, IMO, relatively dispassionate (except for the opening graph, which is friggin’ high-larious) complete annihilation of their thesis that is was they, and fellow members of the Group of 88, who were the real victims in this affair.

A taste:

The Blogs

Intoned the Lubiano Trio, “The latter framing [focusing on the accuracy of the allegations] was embodied most prominently by Friends of Duke University, an organization formed to raise money for the defendants.”

What are they talking about? FODU, a grassroots organization of Duke alumni and supporters, was created in summer 2006 not to raise money for the defendants but to urge the Duke administration to publicly demand that Durham authorities accord to Duke students the same due process rights granted to all other Durham residents.

The Lubiano Trio appears to have confused FODU (which wasn’t a fundraising organization) with the Association for Truth and Fairness, the organization that did raise money to help defray the defendants’ legal bills.

The only problem: the ATF wasn’t a blog—which makes its existence irrelevant to the Lubiano Trio’s commentary on the blogosphere.

Blog Ideology

In a wonderfully worded passage, the Lubiano Trio situates the lacrosse case “right-leaning blogs” as part of “right-wing attacks on the university,” which were “deliberate orchestrations of a battle with earlier Left projects to define who and what will constitute the public that universities simultaneously serve and engage.”

In fact, in terms of readership, the two most significant blogs were DIW (published by, as I have noted before, an early supporter of Barack Obama who also backs gay marriage and abortion rights) and Liestoppers (a blog originally founded as part of the effort to elect the line of the Lewis Cheek—a Democrat—as Durham County D.A.).

How many people would consider either of those viewpoints to represent the right wing? That the Group of 88 does consider these viewpoints right-wing gives a sense of just how skewed the Group’s ideological perspective is.

Durham-in-Wonderland: A Lubiano “Publication”

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