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The highbrows over at National Review, in between sips of bitteroot, pinkies askew, are all murmuring in agreement that it’s time for all you Facebook Instagrams to calm the heck down.

Walter Palmer, it turns out, is far from the only American who enjoys bloodsport. That irony is, of course, lost on the hordes to whom it applies — the thousands of Twitter users and Yelp posters and (non-digital) protesters who have shut down Palmer’s Minneapolis dental practice and forced him into hiding, all because he shot a prized Zimbabwean lion earlier this month.

So the guy ties a carcass to his jeep, lures an animal out of some preserve, shoots it with an arrow, tracks the agonized beast for a couple days then decapitates it – so what? Since when is this any of your business? You only wanna raise a stink about it because you saw some stupid video on your computer, right? Yeah I thought so. Who do you think you are, huh? Kathryn Lopez?

David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress is in the news for his undercover work providing a window into Planned Parenthood — unveiling not just the harvesting of organs that is discussed on videos he’s released but also the dehumanization within the abortion industry. …his work has bludgeoned the euphemistic rhetoric that has been used to anesthetize us.

Hans von Spakovsky?

The undercover videos of Planned Parenthood personnel (such as medical director Deborah Nucatola and other employees) casually and coldly discussing the dismemberment of aborted babies have shocked and appalled millions of people.

Wait – where were we? Oh that’s right, we were discussing Plutarch and Postman. We were fretting over the disintegration of civilized society into grottos of gorming grossification, harumph:

The same effect [of TV news] is compounded beyond measure by the Internet, which has, in essence, made everything “news.” It’s no longer enough to care just about what we read in our local newspaper — about the daily business of our own locality… Did you know that Robert Mugabe…celebrated his 91st birthday in February by dining on baby elephant? Shouldn’t we all be outraged by that, too?

A psychic siege is taking place.

We have sadly descended into ’round the clock rage-aholism. We’re all too easily prodded by trumped-up controversies and gratuitous clips, readily supplied by that cheap bastard, “online”. Right, Michelle Malkin?

The gruesome hits keep coming for the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood. President Obama and his top health officials have one last-ditch response left: Quick, hide behind the imaginary mammogram machine!

Maggie Gallagher?

I tried, I really tried to explain to the GOP donor and pundit class that fighting abortion is part of a winning political strategy…

If you don’t believe me, look at the way Democrats are scurrying to figure out how to deal with videos proving Planned Parenthood, which donates big bucks almost exclusively to Democrats in order to ensure its taxpayer money keeps flowing, is bargaining cash for unborn babies’ lungs and livers.

Take that, butchers. No more hiding from the righteous and their digital audience hordes! Klieg lights, the ultimate disinfectant. Oh and if we’re going to poke fun at National Review for obliviousness, shouldn’t we check in with…

Ian Tuttle had a thoughtful meditation Thursday on Cecil the lion and the cultural perils of Internet outrage titled, coincidentally enough, “Cecil the Lion and the Cultural Perils of Internet Outrage.”

…Jonah Goldberg? The Internet outrage titled, coincidentally enough, “Jonah Goldberg”? We wouldn’t dream otherwise.

I’m not a huge fan of Huckabee, but the hysteria over his comments was know-nothing and hypocritical…

Huckabee: “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Please see Roy about this.

I think part of the problem for Huckabee was that he talked of Jews and ovens, which still has the power to shock. The other part of the problem, of course, was that he spoke ill of Obama, which simultaneously infuriates and reassures liberals of a certain ilk.

Mike pretty much screwed the pooch by putting “Jews” and “ovens” – for some oddball reason – in some-what proximity to each other. This has been known to cause problems, like playing with matches near old film stock. It’s probably not something you were aware of, but bad things have happened to people who did it in the past. More keenly, and generally, though, it’s entirely know-nothing and very hypocritical for us to become angry (…otherwise, I suppose? I’m pretty sure the right-wing trope that Jews were once bad oven salesmen is a cliché, dammit.). Lastly…

…suffice it to say that at least part of what offends liberals about Hitler analogies isn’t the substance of them, it’s the violation of their monopoly license on them.

Pardon me, but aren’t you the man who proudly coined the term “Liberal Fascism”? Didn’t you write an entire book on the subject? Why yes I did. Your point being…?

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