Her name is Adriana. No surname revealed. You know her better as the original smiling face of the Obamacare website.
She now claims she’s being “cyberbullied.” What she really means is she’s become part of the political joke around The Big Failure. Cyberbullying? Hyperbole. We’re not talking death threats or threats to reveal her innermost secrets. We’re talking snide commentary.
Still, I felt sorry for her. I figured she was just some stock photo subject or a model who signed a release without knowing how her mug was going to be used. Not her fault she became the Face of Failure.
But nooooo. Ms Adriana, it appears, “… contacted the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services about having free family photos taken in exchange for having those photos used to market Obamacare.”
I haven’t blogged about the Dick Metcalf/Guns & Ammo fiasco, partly because it went from outrage to resolution at Internet lightspeed. Also because, while I was considering what I could add, I got a special request from S.W.A.T. (and a very helpful S.W.A.T. reader) to do a column on it. Which I just did. Check it out when the February 2014 issue emerges.
The short version, for those who’ve been temporarily off planet Earth, is that Dick Metcalf, yet another long-time gun writer with an elitist attitude and No Clue, published a column in G&A that got him in deep, deep yogurt. He got fired and the editor who’d okayed the column quit.
Metcalf not only advocated more restrictions on gun owners, using arguments right out of the antis’ handbook. He showed an astounding ignorance of history and the Bill of Rights. Which was even more shocking, given that Metcalf has been a history faculty bigwig at two major universities.
And both he and his editor Jim Bequette totally missed the fact that we’re in a battle for our rights, and you don’t publish columns in hopes of stimulating nicey-nice “dialogs” with people who want to destroy you and everything you stand for.
Metcalf reacted to his firing by showing even more BoR obliviousness. He wrote a response that’s familiar to anybody who’s ever had to deal with a petulant Internet troll: “Whaaaaaa! Whaaaaaa! You say you believe in freedom, but you violated my freedom of speech!!!”
Now I know the ‘Net’s been around only for oh, quarter of a century or so. So maybe there are still 12-year-olds who don’t understand that if you put yourself out there in some big public way, you might pay embarrassingly public consequences. But, really, Adriana? Really?
And I know that there are still 70-year-old members of the engraved-shotgun crowd who think those nice antis’ down at the country club have a point when they say we peasants are just too icky and out-of-control to own guns without government permission. But really, Metcalf? Really?
How widespread is such obliviousness-to-the-point-of-insanity? How do people this ignorant even manage to get their fuzzy-bunny slippers on the correct feet in the morning, let alone function in modern society?