Out of Help

I guess some news magazine, Time, perhaps, has a shocking cover photo of an otherwise-pretty Afghan woman with her nose chopped off.  Yes, they do that in a lot of countries like that, usually on the slightest suspicion of adultery.  Makes their god happy or something.

Some of our native tribes here in the U.S. used to do that, too.  Apparently their god was very happy about that as well.

Fact is, nowadays we have things like Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle — the American Taliban — who wholeheartedly support this abuse of women and would have it return to the U.S. if only they could.  It’s god’s will, you know.  Women get funny that way; I think it must be related to the Stockholm Syndrome.  I remember a quote from Gone With the Wind that went something like “how women clutch the chains that bind them!”  It’s the absolute truth.  I have no doubt that Afghanistan is full of mothers-in-law who wholly approve of slicing off the noses of their daughters-in-law, and probably their own daughters as well.  I had a relative like that, in fact.  She was an absolute bitch to every younger female related to her, yet demanded that we worship her.  It was her misfortune that she did so in the wrong era (mostly the ’60’s and ’70’s when feminism was at its strongest).  Nobody worshiped her…in fact some of us came just short of spitting on her, and she is now in her grave with her abusive husband with “Wife of” carved over her name.  It was her only accomplishment outside of living nearly 100 years.  (It must be true that heaven didn’t want her and hell was afraid she’d take over.)

Here’s another absolute truth: women have been abused in the name of male religions for eons.   We are not going to stop it by staying in Afghanistan; anyway, everyone should know by now that the REAL reason we are there is not to save the women, but to stake a claim on all those natural resources.  Nobody is gonna be fooled by this claim that we’re there to help the women.  We don’t even like women unless they are misogynous beasts themselves.  Look at Palin and Angle.

And so all I have to say to this article is “bullshit.”  Sorry, we cannot help anyone anymore.  We can’t even help ourselves.

Blagojevich Shuts Up

You gotta pity Rod Blagojevich: after months of haranguing about how the whole world was gonna finally hear the TRUTH billowing like a swarm of bats out of his own cavernous mouth at his trial, the judge tells him to shut up and his defense team doesn’t even call him to the stand.

In fact, the defense didn’t call anyone at all to the stand.  They claimed it was because Blags is so obviously innocent; to me, it sounds like they gave up — both on the case and on Blags himself.  His lawyer was quoted as saying that (while Blags isn’t guilty of any wrongdoing, it says here in small letters), Blags is just a lovable bigmouth who can’t help thinking out loud about extortion and racketeering.  Nothing illegal in that, nor in gross incompetence in a governmental post.  Nope.  Further, according to his own attorney, this guy is so stupid that he almost nominated Oprah Winfrey to Obama’s Senate seat!  And you know, the defense wanted the jury members’ names made public (to me it sounds like this was just to intimidate the jury cuz there really was no defense case to present).

Wow.  What a defense.

Note that I don’t feel that Blags deserves any better.  I have said often that I think he’s nothing more than a “liberal” male would-be Sarah Palin.  It’s all there: the corruption, the bullying, the incompetence, the Big Lies (according to Blags, he is the champion of the downtrodden; according to his attorney, Blags is beloved by the whole world), the expensive designer duds, the attention-grabbing, and the kids used as human shields.  Only big difference…well, there are two: as I’ve often said before, Blags has no conservative cushion to protect him from actual consequences, and he’s no quitter.  (UPDATE: I just remembered that there are three differences, the third being that Blags claims to be Jesus and Palin only claims to be his best buddy.  That could get interesting, actually.)

He’s no quitter, that is, until a judge tells him to shut up and his own attorney won’t put him on the stand and let him blabber his claims of innocence out of fear that the judge will freak out at the sound of all that yammering and put Blags away just for being an asshole…or worse, if the judge didn’t do that, the jury just might.

It’s all good, though.  We won’t have any of his blabbering baloney testimony to give us a collective headache, and the jury can decide if he actually is guilty of nice things like racketeering and attempted extortion-type stuff.  From this distance I have no idea, but I think it sounds plausible that he is guilty of being something more than the mere lovable loudmouthed jerk his defense team claims he is.  I’ll be eagerly awaiting the jury’s decision.

Of Shakespeare…and Palin

You may have wondered what the hell I meant when I said the other day that Sarah Palin is about 1/2 right in her comparison of herself to William Shakespeare.  (Of course, you may also suspect that I did not mean this in a complimentary fashion.  You are correct.)

I suspect that the real Shakespeare was a village idiot whose name was possibly used by some arrogant aristocrats as a pen name so they could write really racy stuff, some of it critical of government and all of it a laser on human nature, without getting their heads chopped off.  No matter that he was probably illiterate.  (I have a stronger suspicion that he never existed at all, but we’ll leave that alone because Sarah Palin is all too real.)

Now Sarah’s modern-day handlers are in no danger of getting their heads chopped off, since they are the ones who own the guillotines.  But are they using her as a mouthpiece?  Oh, yes.  Only difference, of course, is that her (I suspect corporate) handlers have no grasp on human nature, philosophy, poetry, literature, or anything at all but the exploitation of Stupid.

Think about it: the only time she’s somewhat coherent is when someone else is writing for her.  And she does more than occasionally have SOMEONE ELSE writing for her.

How has she found an audience?  Again, think about it: the U.S., in the early 2000’s, has found itself in a quandary.  Our kids are pressured to go to school all the way through college, only to find themselves labeled undesirable in a “global economy.”  The reasons for this are varied and flimsy; the only thing that rings of truth is that the corporations these kids are trained to work for (and that’s a bit sad in itself), will use any reason, real or not, to hire “cheap labor” from any country but the U.S.  Meantime, they keep importing millions of immigrants to work cheaply right here in the U.S.  So what’s left for those of us born here?  Less and less.  As in, if you’re out of a job over the age of 40, you can pretty much expect to live life on the dole for a large part of the rest of your working years.

You’d think people would see this, right?  And hate Sarah and what she represents?  Well, you’d be wrong.  This is because of the cult of Stupid that was created in the Reagan years and has taken deep root since then.  A large portion of the U.S. population has taken solace in Stupid, even worships it because it excuses them from thinking.  At the base of the teabagger movement, for example, is a fondly-held belief that somewhere out there is Someone Who Will Take Care of Us so we can go on being stupid assholes without any thought of having to pay anything or do anything for what we get.  This is what is supporting Sarah — the Wasilla Windbag is, for some reason, identified as being that Someone — and it’s a pretty hard mountain to move.  (On the other hand, we have the self-described Liberal Champion of the Downtrodden, Blagojevich, on trial and the subject of a non-supportive media circus; as in, everyone is laughing at him.  Why do I mention him?  Because he and Palin are blood siblings as far as corruption and stupidity are concerned, and both are media-hounds — only she will never pay for it and he already is, because he doesn’t have the conservative cult of Stupid to support him.  In fact, he is frequently pointed to as being the poster boy for Whats Wrong With All Libbral’s…you know, corruption and vanity and using kids as a shield, etc.  Saint Sarah would never do any of that, right?  Wrong. Truth is that she has been guilty of all of that, but somehow it has not mattered.)

Now we get to the myth and legend.  For Shakespeare, these built up in the centuries following his death.  For Sarah in the modern age, they have built up instantly.  Honest: I have had some otherwise sane individuals tell me with straight faces that Palin has more qualifications to be President than has Obama.

PUL-EEEZE.  But we won’t go there, except to say that her only qualification — and apparently it’s a big one — is that she’s about 50% whiter than Obama.

The thing is, the right wing has learned that if you tell a lie long and insistently enough, it becomes the truth.  That’s what has happened with Sarah Palin.  Sometimes I think that no matter how long and how hard the Alaskan bloggers continue to hammer away on this subject, trying to get the truth out about Palin…well as long as the national media are not really listening for fear of being tarred and feathered by Fox News and its salivate-on-command viewers, it will not matter.

And so Sarah is indeed William.  I’d just pay anything to be around several centuries from now to see how she’s viewed (if at all) then.

No I am not making it up

Don’t have time to write right now, but this is worthwhile reading.  More on this later.

7/28/10 — I have noted from my stats that some right-wing blog seems to have given this article a link in the false belief that it is anti-Obama.  Let’s just say I am LMAO — and that I also have a memory long enough to include George Bush.  Best to take the link down, Hoss.

Comeback date: sometime next week

All is not well yet in my private life, but the stupid in the outside world has built to a crescendo and is making my head literally hurt.  Can’t hold back much longer.  So expect me to resume my irregularly-scheduled rants in the next 10 days.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some thoughts:

(1) don’t believe for a minute that that oil well is capped and all will soon be (pardon the pun) well, and

(2) if I heard this right, Sarah Palin is now comparing herself to Shakespeare — on Twitter, of course (after all, Shakespeare was the one who came up with “brevity is the soul of wit,” wasn’t he? ) .  As I’ve read a lot of stuff in recent years which claims that Shakespeare himself was nothing more than an illiterate peasant — read: he never even wrote his name, let alone plays and sonnets — and his writings were actually created by a member of the aristocracy, well, maybe you catch my drift.  Maybe, for once, she’s right.

(3) Yes, (1) and (2) are related.

And so here I go, temporarily back into hibernation.

This makes a lot of sense

Emerging from hibernation for just a moment to give you this.  Read it.  It makes too much sense to let it pass by.