A few weeks back a blogger we admire named Anglachel surprised a few of us slamming The Confluence in this post:
Back in early June, I condemned the willingness of pro-Hillary supporters to deliberately take up the racist, ratfucking bullshit of the Right to spread smears about Michelle Obama, in Visceral Reactions. The epicenter for this type of assault was (and remains) No Quarter, run by a Republican (Hillary supporter or not) and very friendly to Republican interests. Recently, The Confluence has begun serving up the same ugly mix, which is why I have dropped it from my blog roll and will have nothing to do with PUMA. The current set of posts (no, I will not link to them) serves up a toxic brew ostensibly about the current financial market and Obama’s connections to it, but is actually little more than regurgitation of the Republican racist assault on equal opportunity lending.
There is an obvious reason she did not link to (or quote from) the posts she is referring to – they don’t exist. Oh, dakinkat and Lady Boomer put up some excellent and informative posts on the financial crisis, but not one of them was a “regurgitation of the Republican racist assault on equal opportunity lending.” Wouldn’t you expect such a serious charge to be backed up be specific evidence?
Today Anglachel posted this:
As I read the newspapers and the blogs about the mortgage meltdown, a certain pattern is emerging. Toxic mortgage = subprime mortgage = low income borrower = minority borrower.
I read her post several times, and it’s one of the prettiest strawmen I’ve ever seen. Now I’ll be honest, I don’t know shit about economics. I can’t even balance a checkbook. But I can play connect the dots, and Anglachel hasn’t connected the dots.
Nowhere in her post does she provide an example of anyone, on the left, right or center making the case that minority borrowers were the cause of the mortgage meltdown. She alleges that there is a “pattern” that appears in newspapers and blogs, but doesn’t back up that allegation with a shred of proof. It doesn’t matter how good a job she does of disproving that allegation, because it’s just a strawman argument.
I’m still not ready to address her two earlier posts, which included this astounding claim:
Alegre and Red Queen have recent posts up about the basic fact that rape is a problem with men. It is something you men evidently enjoy doing and don’t really want to see stop happening, though perhaps you’d prefer it not happen to your current female, unless you’re the one doing it.
The word that comes to mind when I read that is misandry.