Monday, February 7

Anybody not smell the swastikas yet?

Thanks to Shevchyk yet again for the following, which I'm reposting for those of you too lazy to read the comments.

http://www.amconmag.com/2005_02_14/article.html

You have to read this essay. It's the GODDAMN AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE, for Christ's sake.

It just goes to show that I've been tell the fucking truth all along: that this is not a liberal issue.

Shit, I'm not a liberal. I'm an American.

Every goddamn public school and courthouse that wants to enshrine the Ten Commandments should erect, instead, stone tablets engraved with a vastly more important document: the Bill of Rights.

The Declaration of Independence is a more important statement of human aspiration than the Sermon on the Mount.

And the Bushitters are killing them. Both.

Funny thing is, this is a running theme of my fiction, too. It's that blind god thing. The hunger for easy answers. "They're EEeevil and Must Be Destroyed!" The need to belong. The willingness to be lied to, as long as we like the lies . . .

The simple need to be told what to think.

Try the following on for size, the true story of three innocent British citizens imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, without trial or legal recourse of any kind, for nearly two years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/07/opinion/7herbert.html

Wake up and smell the swastikas, indeed.


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look on the bright side, we could all wake up dead tomorrow and never have to worry about this shit ever again.


Some links to this "brighter side" of the Blind God, and it's war to suck every last drop of SUV juice out from under the middle east:
http://www.mnftiu.cc/mnftiu.cc/war40.html
http://whitehouse.org/

Shevchyk said...

Metafilter is your friend.

http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/36201
http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/39336

Enjoy.

Shevchyk said...

I came across this on the BBC today:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4243807.stm

The $2.58 trillion (£1.38 trillion) budget includes reduction in subsidies to farmers, and lower spending on the environment, education, and health.

The budget document projects the deficit will rise to $427bn this year, before starting to decline.

Military spending will, however, rise 4.8% to $419.3bn in 2006.

The budget does not include the cost of running military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, for which the administration is expected to seek an extra $80bn from Congress later this year.

So he's basically just cut teachers' paychecks, decided that Americans are far too smart, and health, environment and farmers in the mid-west don't matter.

Uh. ...Congratulations?

Barb said...

In my very first class in grad school, the prof. asked us to name the first writer. She was met with silence. Her answer? Moses.

I've been looking for you on the Web. I've had the wrong URL and stumbled across this by accident. Haven't seen you at Degerberg, either, but I was gone for a while.

Anyway, I'm adding you to the Holonet Links on my SW blog: Cell 2187. May the Force be with you.

Shevchyk said...

To the best of my knowledge, the Sumerian writer (and Sumerian Akkadian high priestess of the moon god Nanna in Ur) Enheduanna is considered to be the oldest known writer - from around 2300 B.C.

shriftstellar said...

Thanks for that link, Matt.

Chris said...

Matt, in the words of a cliched English Post Office advert...

"I saw this, and I thought of you..."

http://www.authorsontheweb.com/features/0102debut/012802debut_q11.asp

Oh and let's try something here... Link to article...

Chris said...

Yes yes. Linking works. You may be aware of this from Gabe, Matt, but if you put ClickyClicky in your posts it will make a clickable link. Very nice for viewers. Replace the ClickyClicky with whatever you want the clickable text to say, and the http://etcetc with your link.

Congratulations, you have completed HTML 101 a la Billett.

Robert James said...

Recently in Ohio State Secretary Ken Blackwell tried to impose and force states to choose one of two methods to vote. According to him if they didn't pick one of these two electronic way, then *he* would step in and choose for all the counties in the state. That sure sounds like a democracy to me. Thankfully the Attorney General stepped in and basically told him to fuck off, and let the individual counties decide for themselves.

Shevchyk said...

Well this is depraved...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4247805.stm

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Shevchyk said...

Apologies for the triple post. Am blaming it on blogger.

Cora said...

Actually, I don't see the sermon of the mount getting posted in public places in the US anytime soon, since it contains such lines as "Blessed are the poor" and "Blessed are the peacemakers" (paraphrasing here). Which won't fly too well with those Christians who believe that Jesus loves America, hates terrorists, would vote Bush and drive an SUV.