Whew. Where to start. I love how she brushes off an early commenter with:
I’ve probably done more effective protest against the system in the past 24 hours than you’ve done in your whole life.Uh huh. The gist of her post appears to be that the protests are "counterproductive" because they aren't "organized". Or something. I read through the thing a couple of times, and I couldn't find any explanation of specifically how these protests are "counterproductive". If I have any readers left (!) who care to read through it, I'd love to hear your reaction. I think the woman is unhinged. I was glad to see that she at least acknowledged this excellent post by Glenn Greenwald, but of course she ends up haughtily dismissing him too. Now that's downright funny!
Finally, a bit of cattiness of my own: At one point she snips at another of her commenters whom she deleted:
[If you can't express yourself without being vulgar, please don't bother. And FYI, I am 60 years old and self-supporting, thanks. -- maha]Yeah. Except, you know, not quite. I distinctly remember a time when she was begging her readers to send her money to help her pay her rent. I remember at the time feeling bad for her, but I was having money issues of my own, so I didn't send her any. Now I'm glad I didn't.
P.S. I should also point out that Barbara lives in New York City. The protests are happening in her own town. To me, this makes her petty sniping all the more egregious, given how relatively easy it would be for her to lend a little support to them. Sheesh.
P.S.P.S. It' heartening to see her getting pretty well trounced in the comments, though to one commenter who pointed out that her repeated use of the word "dear" sounded "extraordinarily condescending" Barbara replied:
It’s intended to be condescending. I guess it’s working. Thanks.You know, it would be tempting to admire her self-confidence if it didn't seem so terribly unwarranted. She reminds me of GWB in that regard, I'm afraid.