Archive for October, 2010

Tea Party America
October 26, 2010

A negative consequence of society’s well-intentioned discouragement of comparing your opponent to the Nazis (see: Godwin’s Law) can sometimes be a total reluctance to do it even when appropriate. Such reticence betrays the original mindset that bore out our aversion to the comparison to begin with – that to throw around the word Nazi so cavalierly diminishes its power for the rare occasions when it is appropriate.

Here, it’s appropriate. Here, it’s necessary.

Watch this clip. It brings to mind two things: a certain volatile European country in the mid 1930s, and this infamous scene from American History X. (That this well known scene of a curb-stomp happens to be from a film that tells a fictional account of American Nazis seems almost divinely providential right now.)

This isn’t hyperbole. This isn’t overreaction. This is an accurate assessment of the American Tea Party as a sociopolitical movement: a self-proclaimed “populist uprising” with well-off leaders that, amidst economic turmoil, give “the regular folks” a boogeyman (or two or three or ten) to blame their troubles on.

Look at the Tea Party’s rhetoric – that the Communists are taking over (this doesn’t just parallel Nazi Germany, it directly quotes it), the blacks are rigging elections and intimidating voters, the Mexicans are coming to steal your jobs and live off your tax dollars, the gays want to ruin marriage and the military by getting married and joining the military, and the Muslims want to erect a monument of triumph at Ground Zero as their first steps toward turning this country into an Islamic theocracy. All this in an attempt to rally its angsty, white, Christian adherents under the banner of a minority under siege by casting the real minorities as victimizers; not just barbarians at the gates, but worse: a creeping, insidious effort, in all walks of life and all areas of interest, to de-empower they, America’s traditional stewards.

It’s naive to think that because we aren’t seeing the corpses piled high that the Tea Party can’t be compared to the Nazis. Things never start that way. But in their heart of hearts if all these people aren’t directly for a return to the days of Jim Crow, an all-out war against Islam and spics rounded up and kicked back across the boarder, they certainly aren’t directly against them, either. (And actually, that last one they pretty much are directly for.)

Likewise, it’s the irresponsible complacency of “that could never happen here” groupthink which allows the ball to get rolling to begin with. No, the hillbilly in the slutty flight attendant outfit doesn’t exactly cut the image of the next Hitler, but no one ever does – and that’s how they get in the door in the first place.

Paul, Palin, Angle. Goebbels, Goering, Eichman. Different century; same message. And the most important thing of all is that-

Fuck it, gotta go – Jersey Shore’s on.

(EDIT: I encourage everyone, when they have the time, to watch this episode of The Twilight Zone, entitled He’s Alive. It’s almost an hour long, but I promise it’s worth the time. Besides being great television, it’s prescience and clarity on what’s going on today are pretty damn eerie.

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, at least check out this part, from 5:30 onward, and see that the only difference between those fictional bits of rhetoric written almost 50 years ago and the invective spewed at Tea Party rallies today is that Rod Serling’s words were more eloquent than any of these half-literate Palinite fuckwits could ever dream of.)

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Dear South Park,
October 22, 2010

You said:

Mrs. Marsh: Just because an idea is overly convoluted and complex doesn’t make it cool. Going to multiple dream levels sounds like a really stupid idea.

Stand-in for Inception fanboys: You just don’t get it ‘cuz you’re not smart enough!

I said:

(Inception is) hopelessly self-indulgent, self-unaware and altogether uncommonly silly… why even bother when your story seems to exist only as an exercise in seeing how many layers of unreality you can pile atop one another (A dream within a dream! A dream within a dream within a dream! I am awesome at narrative complexity!), your characters are dull and the entire world of your movie is barricaded by an almost impenetrable ruleset?

I love it when we agree. 🙂

Echo chambers full of right people ftw.

You fucking idiot
October 14, 2010

No, not you. Her:

This is Christine O’Donnell. Christine believes that jacking off is evil and evolution is a myth because she’s never seen a monkey turn into a person. Christine is running for the US Senate from the state of Delaware.

Of those last two sentence, I’m not sure which one is more batshit incredulous. What I am sure of is that this Sarah Palin-lite (the fact that it’s even *possible* that there exists a lite version of Sarah Palin is mind-boggling, though I seem to remember thinking the same thing about Palin herself two years back, that she was George Bush-lite) trollopous cretin couldn’t when pressed name a single recent Supreme Court case that she disagreed with. This, despite a campaign spent parroting every dumbshit right-wing talking point in the (coloring) book, including the “activist judges” misnomer they trot out whenever a judge points out something in the law that never occurred to them because they’re, um, stupid. (“Whaddya mean the 14th Amendment applies to everyone, including illegals? We just meant it to cover the freed niggers back in the day so everyone’d get off our backs!”)

Anyway, lets go over this exchange:

Moderator: “What opinions of late that have come from our high court do you most object to?”

A perfectly reasonable question.

Bitch Who Needs to Get Laid: “Oh, gosh, um, give me a specific one, I’m sorry.”

That’s where the eponymous title of this post comes from, my immediate reaction to her anti-answer. I mean, are you serious? This is the direct equivalent to raising your hand during a test, then reading one of the questions aloud to the teacher and expecting them to give you the answer.

Moderator: “Actually, I can’t. I need you to tell me which ones you object to.”

Score one for this lady, who managed to at least line her casutic response with a bit of subtlety.

Bitch Who Needs to Get Laid’s Response if She Were Actually Being Honest: “I got shit.”

In a word, fucking idiot.

Let me give you an example of a Supreme Court opinion that I object to (and I swear to god I didn’t even Wiki this shit, this is off the top of my head): DC v. Heller – a few years back it established, for the first time in US history, that the Second Amendment protects our right to own a gun as individuals (up until then the text of the amendment had been in dispute, as in whether it was meant to apply to individuals or state-sanctioned militias).

Another one? Citizens United v. FEC, a decision from early this year that opened the door to corporations being able to contribute unlimited sums of money to independent groups for the purposes of political advertisements. This is the whole money = speech canard, which I’m not going to get into here, but suffice to say I reject it on its face.

Now, you might say, “Wow, two whole cases. Big deal.” And I’d respond with, “Okay, smartass, but I haven’t made ripping the Supreme Court my cause celebre, I haven’t been prepping for a televised debate, and most importantly, I’m not running for the fucking United States Senate.”

Dump this cunt.

I’m not normally given to hyperbole
October 11, 2010

But Brett Favre is really just the worst person to ever walk god’s my earth.

Dongshots. I mean… dongshots.

You know, you get it in your head, that there’s only so many ways an old prima donna hick quarterback can find to be annoying, only so many times he could lower the bar for camera-whoring athletes, and then… dongshots.

Oh, and apparently he sexually harassed a few girls too, but as the enlightened callers to sports talk radio have been quick to assure me, girls are silly and shouldn’t be allowed to bother athletes anyway.

Quote for the Day
October 5, 2010

I think that socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.

– Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Social Network

A gaudy, dishonest, obnoxious, mind-numbingly stupid facsimile – sounds about right.

His interview with Colbert is here. What I’ve always liked about Sorkin is his refusal to pander to the lowest common denominator, both in his work and his public appearances. He thinks Facebook is ridiculous and basically said as much, despite the PR risks you run by thinly insulting its millions of users.

In the same vein, he was on CNN yesterday and when asked for his thoughts on Sarah Palin, he didn’t mind drawing the ire of her millions of fans by accurately describing her as a “remarkably, stunningly, jaw-droppingly incompetent and mean woman.”

I really do have to get to this movie.

Free market solutions at work
October 4, 2010

Tennessee County’s Subscription-Based Firefighters Watch As Family Home Burns Down

Silly socialists, wanting extraneous public services like the fire department open to all citizens. Jeez, next thing you know they’ll want police services available to everyone, too.

There is not an eyeroll.gif big enough to do this story justice.* If you want a glimpse of Tea Party America, there it is, friends. Opt-in fire departments… Unbelievable.

* EDIT: I found one:

Random Excellent Item of the Day
October 4, 2010

Whoever made this video is a ginormous genius.