"Of course they do," I replied. "They love to laugh. They find physical and emotional pain that comes at someone else's expense to be very funny stuff. They're absolutely nuts for that kind of thing, especially if they can get in a few licks themselves - as a group, of course. And only when they have a distinct numerical advantage, like, oh, about 20 to 1."
I found yet another example of this psychopathic grade school mentality recently at Dull as a Hoe (aka "Fuckwad"). Fuckwad's little essay (if, by "essay," we mean a series of loosely-connected half-thoughts accompanied by a craptacular Photoshop montage) was prompted by a short piece in the New York Times magazine written by Matt Bai, a retrospective called "The Lives They Lived" which featured a profile of pioneer blogger Steve Gilliard.
Fuckwad titled his bit of good-natured flatulence, "Steve Gilliard, 6 months dead, is black in the news..."
You see, in addition to riffing on someone who died at a young age, Fuckwad's title is also funny because Steve Gilliard was born in Harlem. He was African-American. You know...black. Black in the news. Get it?
Fuckwad also found much to laugh at in the related comment thread over at the cock-slapper's online wingnut fest, specifically:
Note Fuckwad's thoughtful sensitivity to the potentially dainty sensibilities of his reader - he carefully edited an offensive four-letter word, then added his own little humorous emoticon to lighten things up a bit: a person with an open-mouthed laugh and winking right eye. How gallant. How originale.
Here's the post at cock-slapper's that tickled Fuckwad's bone:
To which a couple of other cock-slappers replied:
Ah, ha ha ha! Quelle riposte!
Thankfully, there's a cock-slapper who's attuned to the real dangers if all of this humor gets taken the wrong way:
Because, you see, it's all just a joke - all in good fun if not exactly in good taste. Nothing to worry about. No harm, no foul.
Yup. "Lighten up. You don't know how to take a joke." The wingnut's ultimate out, the last lazy dodge for folks who are so quick to talk about taking responsibility. Of course, these are the same dipshits who are so eager to talk about endless war, but a bit less enthusiastic about running down to their local recruiter to sign up and actually, you know, join the Army.
The fact is that there isn't a G-list wingnut, or any A- through F-lister for that matter, who was ever fit to pick the peanuts out of Steve Gilliard's shit.
Here's a tribute to Steve Gilliard from the folks who knew him best.