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You have to be deliberately obtuse not to recognize the problem that religious fanaticism has become. Today, the evidence is particularly clear, unfortunately:
In the first attack, you have Muslims who believe they have the right to kill innocent people for their political goals. The second concerns a plot by American Christian terrorists to kill police officers and innocent people because of their "new world order" paranoia.
The common denominator: religion. Either we rid ourselves of it, or it will kill us all.
The healthcare battle is over for now. Perhaps the most useful thing to come out of this politically is the exposure of the Republican party — the slurs yelled at Reps. Lewis and Frank, the "baby killer" shout on the floor of the House the "unconstitutional fascist dictatorship" and Marxism signs at the teabag rally. What do you do to practice democracy in a country where perhaps 40 percent of the people are unhinged?
This is the politics of resentment, writ large and ugly, across our politics. Sad.
From the NY Times today:
The GOP would like to do to the country what Christie is doing to New Jersey. It is shameful.
Surveying the ads for recent American films I am led to one inexorable conclusion: 12 year olds must have a shitload of disposable income.
Maybe if we weren't so intent on putting a gun in the hand of every man, woman, and child, this might not have happened. We license drivers; it isn't so strange an idea that we license gun owners in a responsible way.
The good news for today is this: Paterson Ends Campaign. Good riddance, I say.
Now let's find a real progressive to run. Someone who will fix the budget crisis created by tax giveaways to the wealthy.
So Palin is gearing up for a run for the White House. What's she selling? Creationism, climate change denialism, pollution, war, and bigotry. Just what this country needs!
The tea baggers, birthers, deathers, and other assorted rubes love her, they say, because she's authentic. Well, I've written about that con before.
I say that if Americans can't recognize a con job when we see it, we deserve whatever we get. (Though I can't blame the rest of the world for holding a grudge.) Frankly, she's not even very good at it — what with the cheat notes written on her hand. That whole winking, you-betcha bullshit is like bad undergraduate theater.
Like I said, we generally get what we deserve.
I'm back from Paris again. I've just posted photos from my field observations of a couple of immigrant neighborhoods in Paris. I'm working on a book manuscript comparing immigrant neighborhoods in Paris and Brooklyn.
What does this reveal about us? majority favors torture of terrorism suspect (from Professor Turley's place).
I am sick and tired of religious fanatics trying to blow up airplanes. I travel a lot and I don't want to die because some fucking moron thinks God is whispering "Kill!" in his ear. And the increased security makes traveling even more unpleasant. So knock it off you delusional pieces of shit.
My eager hope for 2010 (as with every year, alas) is that the godbags will finally go away.
Recent events have made perfectly clear that the government is nothing more than a thug for multinational corporations. (Cf. bank bailout, health care "reform", escalation of war, etc.)
I agree with Howard Dean: kill the bill!
But I would go even farther. Let's get rid of the federal government. At least that would make it harder for corporations to take our money and try to kill us (and the planet).
From the Big League Stew blog at Yahoo! Sports:
The best stats = the best sport. Says I.
I do hope that Lou Dobbs seeks treatment for megalomania. The severity of his illness is alarming: Dobbs is considering a run for President. For his own well-being, he should probably be hospitalized.
On the other hand, it would be hilarious to watch his campaign. It would be like a slow-motion train wreck. At some point he'll realize that he is not the second coming of Reagan. Will it end in tears on national TV? Or bullets? The question on everyone's mind is whether or not his campaign would be worse than Fred Thompson or Rudy "The Prick" Giuliani. (Wait, is that even possible?!)
Wingnuts believe that only wingnut government is legitimate. This realization explains a lot about our current politics. This is how political violence is born.
See, also, the birther conspiracy, Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck, etc. etc.
From Jeff Passan's mailbag:
I played a show last night with my friends Scott, Karla, and Brendan in Idea Fire Company ("We put out ideas!") at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn.
It was a great show. The other two bands were both good and the venue is a great place to play (and hear) electronica.
I have been disappointed with the Obama administration so far — but then I'm disappointed with every government because they always respond to the desires of their corporate owners rather than the needs of the people — but this news items is indeed a good move: Whitehouse.gov goes open source.
(I'm a Drupal geek myself.)
Now, if they would just adopt the spirit of open source as a principle of governance, we'd be heading in the right direction.
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth. -- IWW
In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged. -- Bertrand Russell
Let us strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest. -- Denis Diderot
It's not that no one sees the straight line to Doomtown we've been on since Reagan, it's that there's big profits in it. The most superficially Christian and Other-Worldly-Yearning nation in the developed world is the one most likely to kill you for your shoes. -- Doghouse Riley
The true purpose of education is to try to foster in students a kind of critical cosmopolitanism, such that they learn, among other things, to question any notion that one’s nation or tribe is favored by God or destiny. -- Michael Bérubé
It is not enough to decry the existence of the Spectacle. We intend to use both art and theory as a battering ram against Capitalism and its false opposition, tribalism, in all of its mystical forms. We believe it is possible to move beyond the inexcusable savagery of everyday life. -- The Anti-Naturals
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