Ed Driscoll

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR FISKINGS: Laura

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR FISKINGS: Laura Billings, a columnist with Twin Cities.com has written a piece titled “Stars’ views shouldn’t be so easily written off“.

I’m not an accomplished Fisker, but some of these paragraphs are so easy to refute, with only a minimum of searching on Google, that I figured I’d take a whack at them:

Take for instance the shellacking that singer Sheryl Crow recently got after appearing at the American Music Awards in a T-shirt sequined with the message “War is not the answer.” As she told reporters, “I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.”

Though Jesus Christ, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. all expressed similar thoughts, they didn’t have the misfortune of living in a world with FOX News. Conservative critics were worse to her than music critics, referring to her as a “noted geopolitical strategist” who “probably thinks Saddam Hussein is a New York City cabdriver.”

Gee, I don’t remember Christ or Dr. King telling anyone that “the best way to solve problems is to not have enemies”, as if by simply being nice, you’ll never have enemies along the way. (Besides, by attacking Bush, Crow has made enemies of her own. Shouldn’t she have simply been nice and kept her thoughts to herself?

And then there’s Billings’ sidepocket shot at Fox News. Is CNN really that pacificist? I don’t recall their cries of horror when Clinton bombed Kosovo, torched Waco, or snatched Eli