Re: We got 'em....Osama bin laden is dead,
Nope, because it's funny when people make complete fools of themselves in public and then get called on it, especially when they're famous. Mocking things that deserve to be mocked, like Donald Trump, is harmless and even healthy to a certain degree (making fun of serious and seriously-held ideas is cheap cynicism, and damaging, but making fun of stuff like the birther thing is pointing out, publicly, when dumb things are dumb, which is good for society). Wanting to desecrate the body of an enemy combatant is dehumanising and barbaric. Mockery is the province of Mark Twain, body-desecration is the province of any number of barbaric and inhumane governments. I fail to see how they are similar, in any way.
Originally Posted by catlover
(And of course mockery has its limits. It's okay for me to mock Trump's ridiculous ideas and the awfulness of his show because he's put himself out there in a public forum, and if what he puts out doesn't hold up to any conceivable standard of logic, taste, or sanity, then I'm going to point that out. What I wouldn't do is mock Trump for, say, having issues with his kids, or having health problems or something like that. That stuff's off-limits.)
"We are symbols and inhabit symbols; workmen, work, and tools, words and things, birth and death, all are emblems; but we sympathize with the symbols, and being infatuated with the economical uses of things, we do not know that they are thoughts." - Emerson, "The Poet" (Essays, Second Series)