I note with chagrin that Thomas at RedState has decided to retire from RedState, and that he has chosen to thank us as he leaves:
"Fifth, I want to take a moment to thank Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, Duncan Black, Oliver Willis, the whole crew at Obsidian Wings, and the writers of any other far-left wing moron factory I've inadvertantly omitted, for sending us the waves of cretins who've, between them, managed to make target practice a sport for the whole family again."
I thought I might mark this moment by noting some of Thomas' finer moments. It's hard to pick just a few, but here are two of my favorites:
First, from "Politicizing Tragedy Or The American Left And Human Filth: Distinguish If Possible":
"I no longer see the Left as a set of political opponents. I understand them now to be what they are: An uncompromising, barely human mass of malignancy, that exists only to be crushed electorally and culturally once and for all. Or, as a wiser man than I put it, The Evil Party."
"I repeat: Should the entire American Left fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.*"
How we in the moron factories will manage without Thomas' shining example of Christian charity and compassion is a mystery that passeth all understanding.
* This is not the only time that Thomas has committed the sin of presumption by claiming to know God's will not just in general cases -- e.g., His disapproval of murder or idolatry -- but in specifics as well. Personally, I do not believe that any finite and fallible human being has the knowledge to which Thomas lays claim, which gives me some hope that, despite Thomas' somewhat surprising view that he will be in Hell along with the entire American Left, he might be wrong, and find favor with God.