Go All the Way or Go Home: Name-calling in the Media

January 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Posted in Acceptance, Arizona, Bipolar, Culture of Violence, Denial, Discrimination, Ethics, Gabrielle Giffords, gunman, Guns, Hate, insanity, Kristin Bell, Lunatic, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Nutcase, Psychiatry, Psycho, Psychosis, rhetoric, Schizophrenia, shooting | 1 Comment

I seem to be one of the few liberal-ish people who thinks that the Arizona shooting had more to do with mental illness than politics, and I think it is kind of ironic that a great majority of the Left is talking about “dangerous” rhetoric while simultaneously throwing pejoratives about mental illness and the mentally ill around like “crazy.” Everything from “nutter” to “nutjob” to “lunatic,” “crazies,” “wacko” and every other euphemism for the mentally ill that you can think of—except a plain “mentally ill.” If the Left is really so worried about a culture of bad rhetoric, then I say they should go all the way or go home. In other words, stop calling mentally ill people disrespectful names (of course, the Right is rampant with this too). This kind of vilification of the mentally ill does exactly what the Left is talking about the rhetoric of gunning people down does—it objectifies people and dismisses their humanity. But, I guess that it is okay to diss the crazies, because we aren’t really people afterall are we? We are just wild animals that need to be chained and shot for the good of everyone. Well, that is what a lot of people seem to believe, especially when something tragic happens like the shooting in Arizona. What happened in Arizona was wrong and awful, but despite peoples’ desires to paint the tragedy into black and white terms where there is good on one side and evil on another, in reality the good and evil don’t exist. They are words we’ve made up to downplay and deny the complexities of situations that we have a difficult time understanding. We can do better.

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Helmet Head

August 28, 2007 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Bears, Bikes, Blogging, Collection, Cows and Bulls, Cycling, Family, Fields, Fun, Helmets, Horses, Kristin Bell, Neighborhood, Nerd, Nutcase, Paradise, Starbucks Bears, Stuffed Animals, Work | 3 Comments

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Well, I got my new helmet from nutcasehelmets.com and I really love it. Not only is it way beautimus, but it is also very comfy! I haven’t had a chance to wear it while riding my bike yet, because I hate hot weather and it is too hot to ride. Plus they have recently opened up our once quiet and good bike riding street so that it has a lot more traffic, especially while they are working on Continue Reading Helmet Head…

The Coolest Bike Helmets Ever!

August 1, 2007 at 8:46 pm | Posted in Bikes, Cool, Cycling, Helmets, Kristin Bell, Nutcase, Riding, Safety | 2 Comments

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I’m nuts over these nutcase bike helmets! Go to www.nutcasehelmets.com and see what I am talking about. But you can look at some of them here… Continue Reading The Coolest Bike Helmets Ever!…

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