November 2006

…but of course I am colored by my admitted crush on Amanda, with whom I disagree once in a while.  Doesn’t matter…I love strong women, probably because I was raised by a whole bunch of them.

Read and think.  Please.  This post, like most of her others, is terrific.

How do these people write such lyrical, smart, and funny things almost every day?  I wish I knew.

Meet the new boss, indeed.  Same as the old boss.

I hate these fucks.  And these are Democrats.  “Personal responsibility” is the political domain of the rich, i.e., the “What’s the matter with these medical-bill challenged poor people?” set.

I can’t wait to start pounding on Democrats, personally.  I hope some of my fellow bloggers, those particularly in the first tier, join in the fun.

Dubya is the mean one, Mom’s boy.  So add Momma’s boy to his long list of completely dysfunctional credentials.

Atta J. does it best, at least that I’ve found so far.  41 takes a beating on behalf of his son, and it pains him to think but not say he agrees.  I’ve said it before:  I’ll bet anything 41 and 42 have huge laughs about what a moron 43 is.

What a drag it must be to be reminded of what an asshole your son is, when you knew it all along, but hoped for the best.

On behalf of about 2/3 of the American public, I say to 41, “We’re sorry.  We blew it.”

But you could have told us if you weren’t so interested in your family legacy.

Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?  You knew he was a loser before he was elected in 2000.  You just couldn’t come clean with us.

So, as much as I respect you as a man and politician, you have blood on your hands, too.  Probably for the rest of my god damn life.  So, fuck you.

Just consider the book title:  “The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11.”

You see, 9-11 was your fault.

The idea that this gets published in USA Today makes me want to puke, or, if I can hold it off, makes me laugh about how bad USA Today must need money.

Ah, where to begin?  I wish Digby or Billmon had tackled this one, so it would be better.

The problem with this critique is that it exaggerates the crimes attributed to religion, while ignoring the greater crimes of secular fanaticism. The best example of religious persecution in America is the Salem witch trials. How many people were killed in those trials? Thousands? Hundreds? Actually, fewer than 25. Yet the event still haunts the liberal imagination.

It is strange to witness the passion with which some secular figures rail against the misdeeds of the Crusaders and Inquisitors more than 500 years ago. The number sentenced to death by the Spanish Inquisition appears to be about 10,000. Some historians contend that an additional 100,000 died in jail due to malnutrition or illness.

These figures are tragic, and of course population levels were much lower at the time. But even so, they are minuscule compared with the death tolls produced by the atheist despotisms of the 20th century. In the name of creating their version of a religion-free utopia, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong produced the kind of mass slaughter that no Inquisitor could possibly match. Collectively these atheist tyrants murdered more than 100 million people.”

The Salem Witch Trials?  Hey, it was only 25.  The principle doesn’t matter, especially when one considers these women were likely not possessed by “witches.”  Jesus.  No pun intended.

“These figures are tragic, and of course population levels were much lower at the time.”  Like those little points, the ones about the tragedy and the relative significance of the slaughter in God’s name shouldn’t really count.  It was also tragic that the Titanic had a relatively small hole, and too few lifeboats. 

The same is true today. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not, at its core, a religious one.”

Right.  If they all shared the same religion, this dispute about land would clearly be as big a deal as it was today.  I’m not saying that land is not a component, indeed, I am sympathetic to the anger many Palestinians feel about having their homes arbitrarily taken from them as a global apology for the nightmare of fascism.  I’m saying that if everyone involved was the same religion, they would find a way to work it out peacefully.

Which segues nicely into this.  What Dinesh seems too smart to understand is that Nazi-ism WAS a religion, granted not one of the traditional ones, but a religion nevertheless.  An idea given more importance than the human beings it killed.

Dinesh goes on to add:

How can a self-proclaimed atheist ideology, advanced by Hitler as a repudiation of Christianity, be a “culmination” of 2,000 years of Christianity?”

I’ll tell you how.  By taking one religion and substituting it with another.  One that has a similar less-than-charitable attitude towards Jews, and expands on it a bit.  A nationalistic, racist religion, no doubt, but again an idea, an ideology that differs not a whit from fundamentalist, literalist readings of any religious text through all of history.  An idea that is more important than the single human being that it slaughters.

Lots of recovering alcoholics smoke.

And then he goes on to Stalin, who to me transcends religion by the authoritarian cultist mindset, the one that takes advantage of (some) people’s natural inclination for the need of “leaders,” of quasi-religious figures who have more power than they can exercise with any degree of discretion and/or justice.  The same goes for Mao and communism, in general.  Political affiliations are far more similar to religion than they are of independent thought and reason, if I may, Dinesh, you academic fool.

Religion and politics are about POWER, and it is realpolitik, The Man, Dinesh, that they all want to emulate and be.  Control is the end-game for both religion and politics.  Our Founding Fathers had this figured out.

Whatever the motives for atheist bloodthirstiness, the indisputable fact is that all the religions of the world put together have in 2,000 years not managed to kill as many people as have been killed in the name of atheism in the past few decades.”

“In the name of atheism.”  What utter shit.  Nobody remembers Mao, Stalin, or Hitler in terms of their religious beliefs…they remember their relatives and friends and the wars and the death and suffering these people caused.  Just like all religious crusaders, including the Muslim terrorists of today, only our most contemporary example of the phenomenon Dinesh is trying to dispute.

I refer once again to the vampire Maharet, who says it better than I could, though through Anne Rice:

It is you who are arrogant,” she answered.  “It is you who have learned nothing.  It is you who have not changed in six thousand years.  It is your soul which remains unperfected, while mortals move to realms you will never grasp.  In your isolation you dreamed dreams as thousands of mortals have done, protected from all scrutiny or challenge (Ed:  Again, sound familiar?); and you emerge from your silence, ready to make these dreams real for the world?  You bring them here to this table (Ed:  Lots of very wise vampires, who’ve been around since thousands of years BC, and have pretty much seen it all, around the table.), among a handful of your fellow creatures and they crumble.  You cannot defend them.  How could anyone defend them?  And you tell us we deny what we see!”


Well, I’ll tell you what I see,” she (Maharet) went on.  “Six thousand years ago, when men believed in spirits, an ugly and irreversible accident occurred; it was as awful in its own way as the monsters born now and then to mortals which nature does not suffer to live.  But you, clinging to life, and clinging to your will, and clinging to your royal prerogative, refused to take that awful mistake with you to an early grave.  To sanctify it, that was your purpose.  To spin a great and glorious new religion; and that is still your purpose now.  But it was an accident finally, a distortion, and nothing more.”

And look now at the ages since that dark and evil moment; look at the other religions founded upon magic; founded upon some apparition or voice from the clouds!  Founded upon intervention of the supernatural in one guise or another–miracles, revelations, a mortal man rising from the dead!”

Look on the effect of your religions, those movements that have swept up millions with their fantastical claims.  Look at what they have done to human history.  Look at the wars fought on account of them; look at the persecutions, the massacres.  Look at the pure enslavement of reason; look at the price of faith and zeal.”

And you tell us of children dying in the Eastern countries, in the name of Allah as the guns crackle and the bombs fall!”

And the war of which you speak in which one tiny European nation sought to exterminate a people…In the name of what grand spiritual design for a new world was that done?  And what does the world remember of it?  The death camps, the ovens in which bodies were burnt by the thousands!  The ideas are gone!  (Ed:  Except for the war-monkeys.)

I tell you, we would be hard put to determine what is more evil–religion or the pure idea.  The intervention of the supernatural or the elegant simple abstract solution!  Both have bathed this earth in suffering; both have brought the human race literally and figuratively to its knees.”

Don’t you see?  It is not man who is the enemy of of the human species.  It is the irrational; it is the spiritual when it is divorced from the material; from the lesson of one beating heart or one bleeding vein.”

Look, even with the so far total lack of evidence against her, I don’t care if this 92 year old woman was selling drugs to supplement her retirement income to pay for food or medicine or whatnot.  We all do what we need to do to survive, and there’s a thriving black-market for this stuff. 

But busting her door down and killing her?  That seems a bit much.  Isn’t she going to die soon enough?  Didn’t she have a right to defend herself in her own home? 

If that was my grandmother I would spend the rest of my life extracting revenge, financial and otherwise.  (Like “legal” and in terms of “public relations” and “policy.”  I’m not a violent person.  Your honor.)

It actually goes far beyond this.  There are even BIGGER madnesses where this forgotten “war” is concerned.

What a nightmare The Man is.   Radley has more.

The incomparable Digby explains why.

This is a “liberal” columnist.  Right.  And I’m a “liberal Democrat.”  And, “pigs fly out of my ass.”  And, “I grow money on trees in my backyard.”

Read it and understand a little bit more about why so much of America is moronified, and why what constitutes “liberal” thought in this country has become de facto absurd, to which the mighty right-wing Wulitzer is not oblivious.

Jesus, this WAS an embarrasing thing for a leading pundit to say.  The “prudent use of violence could be therapeutic,” indeed.  Pretty easy to say when you’re not in any danger of being maimed, say I.

Richard, write a book or something.  Surely as a proud member of Media Man you have enough money on which to retire, unless you need yachts and mansions and such shit to maintain your status on the D.C. cocktail (weenie) circuit.

And this from a person who sees the entire world situation, in a macro-way, as (almost) heading towards the next Great Religious War.  Would that normal Muslims agreed and stepped on their loons in a manner I see as responsible.  I know, I know:  That whole 21st Century thing is SO anti-Koran.

Religion.  Where reason goes to die.

For the next 2 years, I’m going to everything I can here to try to convince stupid “moderates” that McCain has turned into what most people derisively call a politician, and point out that he’s actually nuttier (though obviously smarter) than our Fearless and Clueless Leader himself.

Here’s the delightful and fetching Amanda of Pandagon weighing in.

Some excellent distruction of the “State’s rights” abortion position from Steve at Lawyers, Guns, and Money.  In essence, this position holds that the sanctity of human life depends on which state you live in.  Huh?  Read it and find the nonsense.

And finally a comment from little ol’ me.  The Man, and The Man’s women, are ALWAYS going to have access to safe abortions.  So it has been, is, and will always be. 

This is to me primarily an individual right’s issue, but running a close second is that this is very clearly a class and economics issue.  More “screw the poor” from our geniuses in charge.  I’m tired of it.

Now advocating the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  Straight-talk express, my ass.  He’s going to be so far right by the time 2008 comes around that he’ll never get out.

But the media’s love-fest with him goes on, and so goes the American public’s weird fascination and gullibility about being told what to think.  St. McCain is a principled man.

Who you gonna believe, your lying eyes and ears, or the TV?  Usually, it’s the TV.  Watch for yourself at Think Progress.

The ones who are trying to get us out of the war, or, for the more cynical among us, trying to save Dubya’s bacon.

This is sad and embarrassing.  Thank God for Digby.

You just don’t get this stuff on the tube-news.  Be informed.  Get yourself some context.

Be an American.

And yet another indictment of this time, yes, CNN.  Jesus Christ.  Literally.

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