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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Outrage has become the signature emotion of American public life. People are so used to it -- the noise, the flying spittle -- that they were pleasantly surprised when Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas declined to be incensed. People have been mad as hell for much of the 21st century, starting roughly with the stalemated Bush-Gore election in 2000, followed quickly by 9/11.

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Yes, he is talking about you...

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-01 06:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?"

Yes, turn off Fox news and go talk with people you aren't much like about what you do have in common.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2018-12-01 06:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yes, there is a cure; plonk Tor and every other idiot who obsesses about Fox News.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-01 06:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

To be fair, I think that one's outrage level directly correlates to whether their "Team", whoever that may be, is in power. In the Trump era, that generally means the Left is more "outraged" by everything, but just 24 months ago the shoe was on the other foot.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-01 07:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

The bloviators on MSNBC are just as idiotic as those on Fox, they are both infotainment for those people who need bias confirmation, nothing more.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-01 07:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

The real problem, IMO, is social media. Nowhere else are you going to be called a ------------------------, etc. Doesn't happen in real life. People are much more civil face to face. Fortunately there is a cure for that. Eliminate it from your life. If breaking your addiction cold turkey is as difficult as kicking heroin, use software blockers to gradually reduce your exposure to toxic social media.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-01 07:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From the guy (FakeLawyer) who was outraged everyday of the 8 years a black man was in the Whitehouse, oh the irony!

Hypocrisy much???

Never mind, traitor, we all know the answer!

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-12-01 07:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh and the alt-right rag WSJ as a source??? LMAO!

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-12-01 07:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

--Nowhere else are you going to be called a ------------------------

I don't know what word of those 4 the filter blocked, but one of them is traitor, as used in #7, who proved the point

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-01 07:26 PM | Reply

Now that it's not working out so good for the right, they call for civility?
Too late. I have no interest.

Especially now with Trump and his non-stop demonization, racism, xenophobia, encouragement to lawlessness, and incitement to violence.
Locking up people that are political opponents? He can go ____ himself. So can his followers.

That includes everyone at the WSJ.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2018-12-01 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

= toxic social media.

You mean like trolling Nazi Coddlers who obfuscate and deflect whenever a thread about violent Nazi Marchers is posted?

Social media is like nuclear power and many other things.... it's what you make of it. Some people use it to advocate progressive political policy.

Others use it to Troll for Trump promoting intolerance of all sorts including xenophobia and racism... or just to hate on the young people in general because they envy their youth.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-01 08:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

So now we have 3 leftists that confirm this article by using STS, calling the OP a "traitor" and screaming "Nazi".

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-01 08:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah those lefties are so easily outraged.
Righties save their ire for true outrageous acts.

Remember when someone said happy holidays, or when a coffee cup didn't virtue signal christianity enough, or someone choose the wrong mustard or the wrong suit color.

That was worth fighting a war over.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2018-12-01 08:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#12

A caricature, not an argument.... because you can't argue what are obviously the facts as stated.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-01 08:19 PM | Reply

#Takeaknee

#15 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-12-01 10:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Some people use it to advocate progressive political policy.

Some people also use it to advocate for Conservative political policy. But see how you chose to describe it?

You are the problem.

#16 | Posted by boaz at 2018-12-02 07:19 AM | Reply

I am outraged by this outrageous accusation of perpetual outrage!

Clearly it is the other side which perpetrates outrage not my side. We are all totally calm and rational. So stick your outrageous accusation where the sun doesn't shine!

#17 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-02 08:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I am outraged by this outrageous accusation of perpetual outrage!

hahaha, nice ~

#18 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-12-02 08:53 AM | Reply

The outrage over this article on outrage by some sensitive members of Team Woke is outrageously funny. Apparently they missed the fact that it talked about both right and left outrage.

#19 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-02 09:00 AM | Reply

Black NFL players taking a knee in protesting the very real, all to common instances of police abuse ... but people (mostly white folks) are stupidly outraged because of America's PC culture.

Here's a gem from the past regarding lame right-wing politically correctness ...

The Story Of 1941: How Steven Spielberg's controversial comedy came about
www.empireonline.com

Spielberg: My first choice for General Stilwell was Charlton Heston. But my real first choice for Stilwell was John Wayne whom I had met at Joan Crawford's memorial service at the Academy. We became telephone friends, we'd talk on the phone about once a month.

1941 came into my life about that same era. I would love to send you the script to see if you would play General Stilwell." He must have read it that same day because he called me the next day outraged.

He thought it was the most anti-American piece of drivel he had ever read in his life.

He said, "I was so surprised at you. I thought you were an American. I thought you were going to make a movie to honour World War II. This dishonours the memory of what happened." He said, "Don't even make this film. I'll be very disappointed in you if you wind up making this picture."


John Wayne, the supposed World War II "hero", never served -- he chose to take deferments instead of enlisting to fight Hitler and Japan.

John Wayne was a GIANT snowflake.

#20 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-12-02 09:18 AM | Reply

What's up with the sudden obsession with John Wayne?

Did you drop a lot of acid in the 60s, Miller?

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-02 12:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"Too late. I have no interest"

That attitude is unfortunate for all involved. It is emotionally satisfying in a moment, but difficult to acknowledge that it encourages a more undesirable situational outcome. This is equally true for the "other".

We are currently in a state of internal conflict much less escalated than what we as humans (even us Americans) are capable of. If you sincerely have no interest in civility, you are accepting eventual war. Like, death and stuff.

Which you likely don't want to have to live through. The same is true for Cletus trump voter in the trailer park.

#22 | Posted by Ottodog at 2018-12-02 12:36 PM | Reply

As for the rest of your comment, hyperbole is integral to maintain this kind of dangerous anger. Again, think of what we know we humans are capable of. You know that they won't just "go f*** themselves". Unproductive strategy. We on the left and those on the right gotta grow up a bit. So let's do it, right?

#23 | Posted by Ottodog at 2018-12-02 12:45 PM | Reply

" If you sincerely have no interest in civility, you are accepting eventual war. Like, death and stuff.

Which you likely don't want to have to live through."

America has already lived thru it. Well, some Americans did.

620,000 or so Americans decided to kill each other instead. Civilly, of course.

It's quite possible we have not learned our lessons yet. Especially in the Age of "Alternative Facts".

Americans seem to have very short memories.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-02 01:14 PM | Reply

What's up with the sudden obsession with John Wayne?

#21 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Just to show that ...

The right has its own political correctness. It's just as stifling.
www.washingtonpost.com

Conservatives use "patriotic correctness" to regulate speech, behavior and acceptable opinions.

... conservatives have their own, nationalist version of PC, their own set of rules regulating speech, behavior and acceptable opinions. I call it "patriotic correctness." It's a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals.

Central to its thesis is the belief that nothing in America can't be fixed by more patriotism enforced by public shaming, boycotts and policies to cut out foreign and non-American influences.

Insufficient displays of patriotism among the patriotically correct can result in exclusion from public life and ruined careers.

It also restricts honest criticism of failed public policies, diverting blame for things like the war in Iraq to those Americans who didn't support the war effort enough.


Ever been to a nice mom and pop sports bar for a ballgame on the big TV and have people in the bar stand for the national anthem? That sort of misguided public expectation is also political correctness run amok.

It's a good thing I don't "hang out" much anymore because that stuff is just flat out stupid, and I'm inclined to say so out loud.

I like to wear a USAF military cap in those rare instance when I do step out, not because I want people to thank me for my service, but to help guard against doofuses who think it's appropriate to stand for the anthem while watching a ballgame on the big TV at 'Billy Bob's Chili Pit'.

#25 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-12-02 01:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The cure is to sterilize conservatives so unrivaled idiocy coupled with chronic victimhood dies out.

#26 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-12-02 02:07 PM | Reply

"MSNBC... infotainment for those people who need bias confirmation, nothing more."
#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I would think that too if I'd never seen MSNBC and my entire opinion of it was based on what I've been told by conservative pundits.

#27 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-12-02 02:09 PM | Reply

#25 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

Is the anthem even televised anymore? I thought most networks cut it out after the trumper tantrum that resulted from people not supporting unchecked police brutality.

#28 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-12-02 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is the anthem even televised anymore? I thought most networks cut it out after the trumper tantrum that resulted from people not supporting unchecked police brutality.

#28 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

You're right about the anthem not being televised ...

And I admit that I don't get out as much as I used to, and that I'm [happily] a few years behind the rest of the public when it comes to going out and being in public ~

I will say there were instances where I live, going back about ten years (and before Orange Turd landed in America's punch bowl) that I'd hang out in a bar with a few buddies and people were actually standing for the anthem (and some even removed their caps) ...

The United States of Political Correctness -- at it's worst.

#29 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-12-02 02:38 PM | Reply

This thread isn't about civility, it's about people feeling a need to be perpetually outraged and it's not confined to right or left.

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-02 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The outrage over Trump is far removed from the usual dissatisfaction Dems and Repubs have over the party in power.

Today's outrage is at least justified. It's rare that we have a president who doesn't even try . . . or one like Trump who uses the Office as a catalyst solely to enrich himself and his family. It obvious now that the real job of President of the United State isn't of much interest to him. He even seems annoyed by the little things he has to do to keep up the farce.

We deserve better. The world deserve better.

#31 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-12-03 12:52 AM | Reply

Only the grocery store tabloid crowd is addicted to outrage.... the rest of us are pissed at them for being that stupid.

#32 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-12-03 07:08 AM | Reply

So.. you're outraged about them?

#33 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-12-03 09:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The real problem, IMO, is social media..... Eliminate it from your life.

#6 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

finally....it's been years since you said something that i agree with 100%

#34 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-12-03 10:19 AM | Reply

All my social media consists of these days is LinkedIn

#35 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-12-03 10:33 AM | Reply

The only solution will be when said outrage is stopped being used as a weapon of retaliation. When people are stopped from getting people fired or destroying livelyhoods just because someone said something that offended them, then and only them will this be solved.

#36 | Posted by boaz at 2018-12-03 11:03 AM | Reply

BOAZ

Finally! You agree that the Trump needs to go!

#37 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-12-03 11:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ever been to a nice mom and pop sports bar for a ballgame on the big TV and have people in the bar stand for the national anthem? That sort of misguided public expectation is also political correctness run amok.

It's a good thing I don't "hang out" much anymore because that stuff is just flat out stupid, and I'm inclined to say so out loud.

I like to wear a USAF military cap in those rare instance when I do step out, not because I want people to thank me for my service, but to help guard against doofuses who think it's appropriate to stand for the anthem while watching a ballgame on the big TV at 'Billy Bob's Chili Pit'.

You just made the author's point for him...congrats.

#38 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-03 01:11 PM | Reply

#20 Pinch

In addition to his deferment status based on age and family status, Republic threatened to sue him if he didn't honor his contract through the war years. They also (allegedly) intervened directly with Selective Service.

#39 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-12-03 07:35 PM | Reply

This article is horse manure.

No surprise that idiots like ROC think it's "newsworthy".

LOL!

#40 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-12-03 09:45 PM | Reply

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