Designated Driver of North America

Sarah Palin is fucking crazy. That is all.

It’s instructive to me that nobody among the Republicans is telling Palin to shut the hell up and talk like a decent, rational, civilized person instead of a crazed Nazi propaganda minister.

Palin doubles down on ‘death panels’

This is what right-wingnuttery has brought society to. And people wonder how the Germans could have accepted the idea that they were a Master Race and the death camps were perfectly acceptable ways to deal with people they didn’t like, and Jews and gays and lesbians and gypsies and all sorts of others were not just expendable, but ought to be killed.

The Monster is always there, just under the surface. And if there’s anything a fundamentalist is good at — whether it’s a Christian fundamentalist, Muslim fundamentalist, Sikh fundamentalist, or Judaistic fundamentalist — it’s awakening the monster in their sheep-like followers, and teaching them to think with extreme emotions and NOT WITH THEIR BRAINS.

Could people have spoken like this – said the horrible things Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and their ilk now say with blithe unconcern – thirty years ago, without getting shouted down or shunned in horror for being so rabid? NO. But three decades of whittling away at rationality, justice, and civil behaviour have now made this rabidity commonplace, and acceptable to unthinking right-wingnuts.

Thank you for illustrating that horrifyingly wicked tactic so clearly, Sarah Palin.

And John McCain…? There’s a special place in hell reserved for you, for setting this particular Monster loose in the world.


August 13, 2009 Posted by | * Anti-democracy, * Neo-Con Stupidity, * Neo-Con violence | , , , , | Leave a comment

If I can’t have my toys, nobody can (or, it’s not the religion, it’s the MEN)

Yet another case of a man who is affronted that his property — pardon me, his wife — wants a divorce and will no longer be in what he perceives as his control.

So naturally, he kills her.

Same scenario played out countless times in North America, by men who are such whiny babies that if someone they perceive as “theirs” doesn’t want to be with them any more, they are unable to be grownup and accept the valid choice of their equal, adult partner, but must throw a violent tantrum. The equivalent of stomping all over their toys to make sure that if the toys are being taken away from them, nobody else can own them or enjoy them — ever.

Men who grew to be five years old, and stayed there. Stupid, stupid little immature, whiny babies.

There’s one difference in this story, though: the man and woman had started Bridges TV, a television station “with the message of developing understanding between North America and the Middle East and South Asia.”

That means that all Muslims, even moderate ones, are going to get tarred with the same brush as this guy. So he’s destroyed a whole roomful of everyone else’s toys, not just his own. He must feel real powerful now, that hollow little shell of a man.

Nancy Sanders, a former employee of Bridges TV, says in the article that she doesn’t believe this was an “honour killing,” but that it was just the conclusion of a streak of domestic violence that had been going on in the family for a while.

She may be right, in theory. But the fact is that these men always find an excuse in their beliefs. It is not a coincidence that this man beheaded his wife. There’s your “honour killing” tradition just staring you in the face. It was there, perfectly at hand for this man, when he wanted it.

Fundamentalist belief systems give these men exactly what they’re looking for when they want to wreck their toys. It doesn’t even matter how “moderate” they are. That goes for all fundamentalisms — Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu — they all have the weapons just waiting for their men to use against the women they regard as their property. Same song, always, in perpetuity — just a different tune occasionally.

And frankly, it’s when your philosophy meets a real test that you discover whether or not you truly believe it. This guy’s “moderation” only lasted while it was convenient and he didn’t have to work to live up to it. First big test his philosophy meets? BLAM.

Small, whiny little immature bug of a tantrum-throwing baby. So much for your principles, pig.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | * Religious violence, * War against women | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment