Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Flat Earthers

Drunken Kentucky man puts
five-week old son in oven, calls
911 to ask what charges he faces.

Just out of curiosity, has anyone heard any Republican spokesperson say ANYTHING that is actually true in the past few months?

Now, after I guess about eight or more years of failing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, Republicans are worried about him being tried in our criminal courts. This has forced Eric Holder to say that bin Laden will never be taken alive, so not to worry. I should think the odds are that bin Laden will not be captured or killed at all. He will probably die of old age in bed wherever he may be (I tend to think he’s in Constantinople, my wife thinks Belarus). I am not much of a conspiracy theorist, but I might make an exception in this case. There must be a reason why bin Laden has not been captured or killed in all this time, and it can’t be simply because he lives in a cave somewhere in Pakistan. If I had to explain it, I’d bet it’s probably because he is still a CIA asset and still being kept alive because (1) perhaps he knows too much to be captured, (2) we would not have any excuse for continuing our absurd “war” in Afghanistan, and (3) maybe the CIA and the Bush’s don’t want to give up their cut of the drug money. But what do I know, I’m just another idiot trapped in a culture of constant lies, dishonesty, and misinformation.

I sort of like the Ed Show, although I didn’t at first. I thought he was much too abrasive. But last night he did something I found truly irritating. He does this telephone poll where he asks a question and people vote yes or no by phone. Apart from the absurdity of such a poll in the first place, last night his question was: If the Democrats fail to pass Health Care Reform who will be the most guilty, Pelosi or Obama? How absurd can a question become? How about big Pharma, big Insurance, big Hospitals, or big Doctors? How about all the Congresspersons and Senators on the receiving end of all that largesse? How about the anti-abortionists? How about all the nutcases that scream socialism at the top of their lungs? How about the Republican Party that has done everything they can to not only stop Health Care but also bring down the Obama administration (and our country along with it)? Sorry, Ed, you blew it big time last night and made stupid look stupid.

For the first time in a very long time there is developing a serious problem in U.S./Israeli relations. In retaliation for the Israeli insult about building 1600 new illegal units in East Jerusalem, Netanyahu has been seriously challenged and apparently asked to rescind the order. So far he has refused. So now we will finally see if the U.S. will actually stand up to Israel and insist they comply with the law and the wishes of the International community, or if, once again, they will blatantly ignore us as they always have. Personally, I believe if we cannot or will not insist they stop the illegal building and settlements this time, there will be no hope whatsoever for peace in the Middle East, probably ever. Apparently some of our Generals have finally perceived that Israeli intransigence and arrogance is negatively affecting our own attempts in the Middle East, and that our interests are not always the same as those of Israel, so perhaps something positive might actually occur. Please Great Mystery, let it be so.

We have here in our county a restaurant at a truck stop where every morning our local members of the Flat Earth Society meet for coffee and conversation. Usually the topic has something to do with the latest Rush Limbaugh horse poop. I doubt that any of these people read anything to speak of, and whatever information they have is limited to Limbaugh and Fox News and is then just passed on between each other. I do not ordinarily patronize this place, but the other morning I needed to meet someone there so I could not help overhearing part of the conversation. It had to do with the claim that President Obama was about to stop them from recreational fishing. He was going to stop them from fishing in our lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, or wherever fishing might occur. Their blind hatred of Obama (and all “Liberals”) is apparently so great they were unable to appreciate the utter absurdity of this claim. I guess that as Limbaugh and Beck had repeated this fantastically unbelievable horseshit they accepted it as fact. I guess as Obama has not yet taken away their guns they had to shift to a new absurdity. These guys are all of an age where you can safely bet they are all getting money of one kind or another from the Federal Government, either Social Security, Medicare, Farm subsidies, or whatever, while at the same time bitching incessantly about the evils of government. They invariably vote Republican against their own best interests and then complain about what happens to them. I would not characterize them as stupid, merely incredibly ignorant, and I guess too lazy to bother to question the hate mongers that besiege the airways and provide them with their daily topics of conversation. I find their behavior and beliefs so bizarre someone should study them, just as you might study a colony of monkeys or baboons (not me, I couldn’t stand it).

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.
Edward Abbey

The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks
Which practically conceal its sex.
I think it clever of the turtle
In such a fix to be so fertile.
Ogden Nash

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