Speaking of crapulence wallowing, the watercoolers at my work are still yabbing about the revelation of Mel Gibson’s paranoid anti-Semitism. My favourite thing to come out of the story (though the term “sugartits” is pretty high on the list too) is the reaction of the cop who pulled him over. Turns out he is Jewish (oh, sweet irony), but he shows a lot more of the patience and understanding that Gibson claims his Catholicism teaches him:

“That stuff is booze talking,” the deputy said. “There’s two things that booze does. It amplifies your basic personality. If you are a laid-back kind of person, just an easygoing kind of person, booze is going to amplify that and you’ll be just sitting around going how it’s a wonderful day.

“But, if you are a high-strung person, it’s going to amplify that, and all the bad things are going to come out.”

For the record, my third favourite thing from this incident is the following Mel quote:

“Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.”

It’s worth remembering that his sect of extremist Catholicism goes beyond the contraception-condemning, woman-wronging, homo-hating beliefs peddled by the Vatican’s current administrator. Given his history of explosively hateful comments, I wonder if hatred of any kind isn’t right in line with his beliefs.

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