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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Marcus Epstein

June 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Marcus Epstein should know by now: Shame never dies.


After all: shame, disappointment in self, feelings of failure and a deep sense of self-loathing (shocker of the century: Epstein is half-Jewish, half-Korean) are apparently what drove the former Tom Tancredo speechwriter into a deep depression during 2007, according to Team America head Bay Buchanan. As Buchanan explains, the depression eventually led him to the drink, and it is in a deep state of inebriasian that the following occurred:

“On July 7, 2007, at approximately 7:15 p.m. at Jefferson and M Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C., defendant [Marcus Epstein] was walking down the street making offensive remarks when he encountered the complainant, Ms. [REDACTED], who is African-American. The defendant uttered, ‘Nigger,’ as he delivered a karate chop to Ms. [REDACTED]’s head.”

Ah, hate crimes–it’s always the alcohol and aversions to failure, isn’t it?

Though he pled guilty in early 2008, Epstein will not receive sentencing until July 8 of this year. He likely thought this episode was almost entirely behind him–but the story surfaced when that longtime boss of his started flapping his jaws about how Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor “appears to be a racist.” Um, those hanging out with their Jewsian pals in glass houses…

Talk about failures–we can’t think of an easier bid for being a big, fucking failure than being a violent, racist, conservatard inmate. Ick. We just really wish Epstein would disappear, because he’s giving Jews and Asians alike a bad name.

(Then again, he seems to be doing the same for Tancredo, so maybe it’s all a push, eh?)

[via The Washington Independent]

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Thanks, Irwin!

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We Are Not Elephants

March 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The man with a stimulus plan is in beautiful Los Angeles today for a good old fashioned town hall meeting!


And we… forgot to pick up our tickets. Yes, we forgot. So we won’t be there to ask the Prez: “How often do you read blogs? Particularly DISGRASIAN? What kind of role will the stimulus package play in the blogger lifestyle? Do you like DISGRASIAN? In this economy, do you still have time to read DISGRASIAN?”

We know, we know. We’re ashamed of ourselves, too. But just this once.

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Nobody’s Foo

October 9th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Joining the ranks of bands who refuse to lose face on account of the Republican party are the Foo Fighters! They, like Heart, have submitted a public statement requesting that the G.O.P. discontinue the use of their song, “My Hero,” without permission.

Their statement:


“This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist…. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song… It makes us ashamed to be us, because it seems like we wanna hang tight with that disoriented gook-hater and his caribou Queen. And listen, we’ve never been ashamed to be us. Would you be?

By the way, has John McCain ever reminded you of Herman Munster?*”

*Not all of this statement is true. Click here to read the original statement.

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"Shame and Honor, Not Hearts and Minds"

September 5th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

There’s a really excellent Wired story online by Noah Shachtman, who is reporting from Iraq. Yesterday’s post described an effort on the part of the U.S. Marines to win “hearts and minds” by passing out soccer balls and bags of food to Iraqis, a performance that ended in screaming and gunfire, though no one was hurt.

Balls for Peace? Hmmm.

Shachtman interviewed “Mac” MacAllister, a Marine Corps consultant who is described as someone who “spent years on end studying Middle Eastern history and tribal culture.” MacAllister contends that the U.S. military should focus on shame and honor, not hearts and minds, to win over the Iraqis.

Shame and honor are “limited resources,” Mac explains. “They’re exchanged like currency. And it’s a zero sum game. If I embarrass you, I take some of your honor, and you give me some of your shame. Now you want to do something to get it back.

“The father, off to the side, is thinking, ‘Hey, that’s my job.’ [giving the kid a soccer ball] So you’ve shamed him. He might also know that the kid doesn’t deserve it. Shamed him again. And if you give the ball to the little kid, he could get beat up, since the bigger ones prey on the littler ones. More shame. So does that father grab an Ak-47 and do a drive-by, to get back some of his honor?”

Best damn description of a Shame Spiral that I’ve read in a while, not to mention what’s really happening on the ground in Iraq. Click here for full story.

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