‘Never A Quiet Force’

Is it me or is there something vaguely and uncomfortably adulatory about headlines like this?

Wayne Anthony Ross never a quiet force

Especially when they accompany stories about people like this?

During a fight several years ago over gay rights, Mendel helped
organize Anchorage lawyers in support of an anti- discrimination
ordinance. Ross wrote a nasty letter to the Bar Association newsletter,
using words like ‘immoral, ‘ ‘perversion’ and ‘degenerates.’ The
language went way beyond reasonable disagreement, Mendel and others

It’s like they’re trying to find a way to say “lunatic bigot” or “one crazy motherfucker” or “says any damn fool thing what pops into his head and foists his fear of penis onto the world at large through advocacy for denying people equal justice and access to, you know, health care, as if that’s going to help with his fixation on man-meat” without saying exactly that so they end up with what sounds complimentary because when you extract all the epithets this is what you end up with: Outspoken. Unabashed. Passionate. Never a quiet force.

I get that the Anchorage Daily News can’t refer to him as “Wayne Anthony Ross, professional asshole elevated from small-scale fucktardery to statewide goat-fellating through the ingenious maverickiness of Sarah Palin which is why anybody outside of Alaska noticed him at all,” but one wonders if there isn’t an adjective that applies to Ross which wouldn’t also apply equally to someone who didn’t spend every hour of every day trying to make the world paranoid and hateful.



3 thoughts on “‘Never A Quiet Force’

  1. Rosshole-ish is an adjective that comes to mind… even if I just made it up just now.
    There’s no end to the Rossholes in America.

  2. It ain’t you, A. They admire the git.
    The word you want might be unconscionable, though.

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