Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Hitler-du-jour blog

Beautiful Atrocities

Once, many many years ago, after one of my drunken rants about something or other (all of which I recant, dear readers!), a listener told me that I was "worse than Hitler." That sobered me up.

I had been talking about young adult novels, and how much I hated the concept, which (to my mind) isn't really equivalent to mass murder, and very nearly ending western civilization as we know it. I'm not that fond of western civilization myself, except for westerns, barbecues, yard sales, and used book stores, but mass murder is not even on my list of cultural solutions.

Well, sure, I did say that the writers of young adult novels should be shot, but I didn't actually MEAN it. Maybe I shouldn't have said it, you say? Ah, as John Collier put it, if youth knew, if age could. At least I don't have a cult following and a racist ideology. Small comforts mean so much.

The guy who runs the blog Beautiful Atrocities, who has more time on his hands than perhaps he should, compiled a handy list of various comparisons to Hitler that have occurred in the recent past. The list includes:

Rick Santorum compares Democrats to Hitler
Robert Byrd compares Republicans to Hitler
John Glenn compares Republicans to Hitler
Martha Stewart compared to Hitler
George Soros: Worse than Hitler
North Korea compares Rumsfeld to Hitler
Hugo Chavez compares Spanish PM Jose Aznar to Hitler
Global warming worse than Hitler
"Look, he's a Hitler lover." Donald Trump on Pat Buchanan
Madonna compares AIDS & Hitler
Ted Turner compares CNN rival Fox to Hitler
Ad Compares Taiwanese President to Hitler
"Those who support gay & lesbian families are no different from those who supported Adolph Hitler." Sheri Drew, who led opening invocation at 2004 Republican Convention
Sean Penn compares Bill O'Reilly to Hitler
Czech PM compares Yasser Arafat to Hitler
British Foreign Secretary compares Saddam to Hitler
Robert Mugabe compares himself to Hitler
Phil Spector: "The actions of the Hitler-like district attorney & his storm trooper henchmen are reprehensible."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu compares Israel to Hitler
Rumsfeld compares Zarqawi to Hitler
Cardinal Joachim Meisner: "First there was Herod, then there was Hitler & Stalin, & today unborn children are being killed in their millions."
Ralph Peters compares Howard Dean to Hitler
Ross Perot compares Clinton to Hitler
Hawaii ACLU compares Clarence Thomas to Hitler
Justice Scalia is worse than Hitler
Smokers compared to Hitler
“What is the difference between Lomborg's view of humanity & Hitler's?" UN official denounces The Skeptical Environmentalist
Truman compares Dewey to Hitler
Schwarzenegger: Hitler on Steroids
Michelle Malkin: the Filipina-American Hitler

Come on, New York!
From the NYT:
“The Tribeca Grand Hotel has just announced their new iStudio - a premium room outfitted with the digital pioneer Apple's latest multimedia technology…

“For aspiring auteurs and amateur film buffs, Tribeca Grand is also featuring a 3Director1s Cut2 package that includes accommodation in an iStudio room outfitted with a top-of-the line G5 computer, Camcorder iSight video conferencing camera, iPod and Bose Sound Dock. The package also includes a Sony HandyCam Digitial Video so guests can record their personal in-room experiences as well as those in the surrounding neighborhood and city.”

Does it have pay-per-view porn? Or do you have to make it yourself?

Oh Shut Up, Dept.
John Dean in Salon:
“I believe that Felt had to have one or more persons working with him. Thus, others in the FBI must have known Felt was feeding the Washington Post.”

Maybe we need to hear this, but we don’t need to hear it from you.

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