Sunday, August 17, 2014

Conservative Mishaps And Schadenfreude: Laughs Galore!


"Schadenfreude... is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This word is taken from German and literally means 'Harm-Joy'. It is the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune..The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer mentioned schadenfreude as the most evil sin of human feeling, famously saying 'To feel envy is human, to savor schadenfreude is diabolic..'"



Schadenfreude is not recommended by the "Lord," as the Book of Proverbs says: "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him." (Proverbs 24:17–18, King James Version).

Here are a few moments in the news that brought delightful feelings of Schadenfreude to the 98 percent of us, but probably not the 2 percent. or the Lord...first, keeping in mind the recent murder of an innocent in Feruson, Missouri:



In these days of police brutality should we laugh at someone else's misfortune.  Yup, 'cause we're filled with schadenfreude...

"Cop Tries to Shoot Dog, Shoots Himself Instead."

Photo Credit: Flickr
Be on the lookout for Pugsy!
"A Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy was out to serve a warrant when a dog began to approach him, 'aggressively.'

"According to a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson, the deputy was serving court documents to a resident in the 3000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue at about 2 p.m. when a dog came at him.

"The deputy, who has not been named, feared for his safety and pulled out his gun but ended up shooting himself in the process, according to the spokesperson.

"The deputy was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

"The dog was not hit by any shots and did not attack or bite the officer at all..."

But speaking of dogs...

"Missouri church leader arrested for seeking sex with dog."



Jerald Hill, 56 — the head of the Windermere Baptist Conference Center — was collared after he turned to Craigslist to arrange sex with a dog and the ad was answered by an undercover police officer...The conference center will likely choose a new president and CEO after Hill’s arrest..."

No one should laugh at someone's job loss, but here are a few gut wrenching news items and we shouldn't really laugh at these guys unless...Schadenfreude!

"Arizona Official Pressured To Resign After Calling Welfare Recipients 'Lazy Pigs.'"

JOHN HUPPENTHAL
State schools Superintendent John Huppenthal in a June 15, 2011, file photo. (Ross D. Franklin) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
"Arizona state schools Superintendent John Huppenthal (R) is facing mounting pressure to resign from his post after he admitted to authoring numerous incendiary posts across several political blogs starting in late 2010.

"Last week, Huppenthal acknowledged that in 2010 he anonymously posted online commentary calling welfare recipients 'lazy pigs' and accusing Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger of having 'fed 16 million African-Americans into abortion mills...'"

Then there's this bad boy...

"Exclusive: Defiant Michael Grimm lashes out at media."

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) meets with special needs constituents at the Guild for Exceptional Children in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on May 27, 2014. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

"A defiant Rep. Michael Grimm, in his most extensive interview since federal prosecutors accused him of rampant fraud, accused the media on Tuesday of trying to destroy him and vowed to campaign hard for reelection — even as the New York Republican acknowledged his fundraising has dried up to the point he can’t air TV ads.

"Insisting he’s not the 'bad boy' of Congress, the former Marine and FBI agent suggested that GOP leaders including Speaker John Boehner were acting 'politically' by refusing to back his reelection to a competitive Staten Island congressional district. Grimm, now literally running his own campaign after his lone full-time political aide departed last week, promised to prove his skeptics wrong.

"'There’s no question: I’ve been vilified by the press since the day I got here,' Grimm said in a tense 22-minute interview at Hinsch’s Diner in Brooklyn. 'From the very beginning they had to figure out how to get rid of this guy...'"

Finally, there's this guy in Texas who's been decrying the President's "abuse of power."

"Rick Perry Calls Indictment 'Abuse Of Power,' Stands By His Actions."



"Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) spoke about his indictment on Saturday, calling it an "abuse of power."

"'I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand by my veto, and I'll continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as governor,' Perry said at a press conference.

"'We don't settle political indifferences with indictments in this country,' Perry added, calling the indictment 'outrageous...'"

And when the crazies go after their own crazies, that's schadenfreude!

"Here's One Republican Senator Who Isn't Exactly A Fan Of Fox News."



"Republican Senator Tom Coburn called out Fox News during a talk on Wednesday, saying that some of the network's shows are exactly the opposite of what the network claims to be in its 'Fair and Balanced' slogan.

"'There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch,' Coburn told audience members at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma. 'Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. What I want is, I want all the information in which I can make the best decision...'"

We really shouldn't laugh at other peoples' misfortunes -- unless they deserve it, of course...



But when all is said and done, what the Cons have done to us isn't funny.



********************


So a bit of schadenfreude soothes our fevered brows and helps quell the impulse to taking an baseball bat to all the crooks hiding under the name, "Conservatives."

Conservatism is on the wrong side in the war between the haves and have-nots, a clearly anti-American ideology and thus a criminal one.

The most exquisite form of schadenfreude will come about when Conservatism is finally criminalized. Conservatism is nothing to laugh about now, but when we see the Cons being hauled off to prison and the rightwing Sheeplets put into re-education camps then we can all sit back and laugh. And laugh and laugh.



------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"There are shades of schadenfreude. My favorite shade is bright red, from a
haughty spanking."

Jarod Kintz.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------