Used to be when people got mad, they might give you the finger. Apparently, that’s old hat, and now they take the finger instead, in this case, biting it off:
California authorities say a clash between opponents and supporters ofended with one man biting off another man’s finger.
When I read the headline “Finger bitten off during California health protest,” I would have bet just about anything that the guy doing the biting was in favor of socialized medicine, and sure enough, I was right. What are the odds?
Isn’t it interesting how it’s always leftists bemoaning the decline of civilized political discourse? You know, the leftists who routinely call us redneck, fascist and retarded? Can you imagine what the hue and cry would have been if it had been an opponent of socialized medicine who bit off the finger of a supporter? As it was not, the response from the left has been more muted. Ben Smith reports that MoveOn called the incident “regrettable.” Confederate Yankee‘s cleverly titled post — Yes We Can(nibal — has a link to a Politics Daily story which actually reverses the parties to the incident, claiming that the conservative bit off the finger of the liberal.
In reactions from the right — I particularly liked Another Black Conservative’s post title: Hungry for health care. True to her name, Nice Deb doesn’t think Mark Steyn (or presumably anyone else) should be laughing about it. Malkin, Fausta a, The BlogProf, Red County and The Jawa Report also weigh in.
Not quite sure I get Wonkette‘s sarcasm, calling the biter “MoveOn.org Librul Monster” — emphasizing, perhaps, just how dumb we Republicans are, I guess? Maybe some of us can’t spell liberal, but at least most of us aren’t cannibals. Then again, the MoveOn.org Librul didn’t actually consume the finger (it was reattached at the hospital) so I guess you can’t really call him a cannibal. What, then? Truly, words (even misspelled ones) fail in this case.
I’ve been trying to get this posted before someone else uses my title. Riehl World View almost did, but not quite. Speaking of titles, McCain gives Yes We Can(nnibal) the Blog Headline of the Day Week Decade award. Definitely more than day or week, but I’ll have to give it a few years before I say decade. As I wrote above, however, it’s awfully good. I’d say finger lickin’ good, but Nice Deb might slap my wrist.