Ann Coulter, whose rabid rants make Bill O'Reilly look like Ward Cleaver, has outdone herself with her attack on 9/11 widows. Here is the quote from her new book - Godless: The Church of Liberalism - that sparked the latest controversy:
"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much...And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."
Coulter, who has claimed to support apartheid in South Africa because the whites were surrounded by "savages," and who refers to Muslims as "camel jockeys," "jihad monkeys," and "tent merchants," knows how to generate media buzz; this shock-based self-promotion, however, comes with a price: a decline in civil discourse.
I thought that, instead of running The Quote Shelf today, it might behoove us to re-examine some of Coulter's more infamous comments (a tip of the hat to Wikipedia for most of these).
"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo." - Her column, December 21, 2005
"I think our motto should be, post-9-11: raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences." February 10, 2006, CPAC convention speech.
"The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view." Jewish World Review, October 13, 2000.
"I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the 'hood to be flogged publicly." — MSNBC ,March 22, 1997
"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 — except Goldwater in '64 — the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted." The Guardian Online, May 17, 2003.
"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now." — (from Slander, pp. 5–6; published June 2002)
"The Times was rushing to assure its readers that 'prominent Islamic scholars and theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam countenances the Sept. 11 actions.' (That's if you set aside Muhammad's many specific instructions to kill nonbelievers whenever possible.)" — How to Talk to a Liberal, 2004.
"In the history of the nation, there has never been a political party so ridiculous as today's Democrats. It's as if all the brain-damaged people in America got together and formed a voting bloc." — Townhall.com. January 12, 2006.
"Perhaps we could put aside our national, ongoing, post-9/11 Muslim butt-kissing contest and get on with the business at hand: Bombing Syria back to the stone age and then permanently disarming Iran." — Her column, February 15, 2006.
"I'd build a wall. In fact, I'd hire illegal immigrants to build the wall. And throw out the illegals who are here... It's cheap labor." — The O'Reilly Factor, April 14, 2006.