Monday, June 12, 2006

Popette Banderas

Julie Banderas, host of "The Big Story" on FNC on the weekends, tried to be a female Bill O'Reilly but turned into a Phil Donahue on meth in her interview of Shirley Phelps-Roper, a horribly misguided spokesperson for Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. (This church pickets the funerals of slain servicemen with repulsive signs such as "Thank God for 9-11," "Thank God for IEDs," and "God Hates Fags.") However, instead of logically arguing with Phelps-Roper, a consitutional lawyer, Banderas pontificates that she is going to hell and attacks her with ad hominem attacks such as calling her "the devil" and saying that she was insane. Then today when discussing the errant polygamist leader of an LDS splinter group similar to the one portrayed in the critically acclaimed HBO "Big Love" series, she denies his Christianity and impugns the motives of the groups' belief system without supplying even an elementary basis for her conclusions. Even though she may have a sense of right and wrong, the poor woman has not a scintilla of sense to logically back up what she says. It's as if she were Jerry Springer moralizing at the end of his show: thinking something is wrong but having no idea why.

6 comments:

piperfromtn said...

Adrift with no moorings.  Who could ask for anything more...?
Sin as you please, oh blessed condition,
do as you want, without remission!
/sarcasm off

jharkansas said...

When you said that Ms. Banderas "tried to be a female Bill O'Reilly", I must admit the first thought that popped into my head was not imitation of his argumentative style.  

jakeho said...

Jon, your comments made me think of Geo. and his comments about our beloved city of New Orleans: "sin aplenty: the pope will forgive you" or something to that effect. The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka's signs remind me of those billboards that express some moralistic message coated in saccharine sentiments and ascribe them to God. If you say that God says or believes something, be completely accurate: don't add or subtract at all to make a point. If  you do, you damage your credibility and reputation. N.B. I am using "you" meaning "one."

jakeho said...

Joseph, what did you think that I meant? I like Bill O'Reilly but he does seem to demagogue moral issues and take stands for purely expedient purpose on ocassion.

jharkansas said...

Oh, I don't know.  Something like this:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris1.html

jakeho said...

Thanks, Joseph, for the reminder. I'd almost forgotten about his Clintonian dalliance with the dangers of decadence. Maybe, he's trying to feign virtue anew.