This is literally priceless

And please pardon the pun (you’ll get it when you read this article).

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The Doors of the Loony Bin

I guess my burnout started in mid-2010; it’s only grown worse in 2011 and I’ve run out of excuses.  It seems like every day there are so many targets that I run out of arrows, or even the time or the will to shoot them.

Most depressing is that if you read the archives of this blog, (while you’ll find a few factual errors such as Murdoch’s citizenship), you’ll find that I’ve been on target most of the time, even though in some cases it’s taken the rest of the world a bit of time to catch up to people like my readers and myself.  Why is this depressing?  Well, I can only call it by the phrase someone else coined not so long ago: that giant sucking sound.  Everything, it seems, is going down the drain — including reality.

The reality gap started in earnest during the Reagan years.  After having spent 4 years in high school playing hippie, one day a few years into the college-age time of life I woke up to the proclamation (which I believe was in Time magazine or something like that) that my generation was “the most conservative ever seen.”  “Huh?” I asked.  I’m still asking the same question.

Yes there were goofs around then, but they were confined to UHF channels.  Sometime in the 1970’s I remember one guy whose show, (the old-time equivalent of the modern-day cable-access or USTREAM type show) consisted of a half hour of him screaming at his evil liberal guests.  No matter what they said, he’d scream at them.  No matter that he was making no sense, he was miked at least 4 times louder than anyone else and shouting on top of it.  He was all you could hear.  That’s a basic rule of the propagandist: shout louder than anyone else, even if no one can understand you.  The louder you shout, the truther you are.  To hell with facts.

He died of a heart attack, and his Republican-coiffed wife took over the show and faded into oblivion.  Actually, having started out in oblivion, there wasn’t far for her to go.

Those were the days.  The goofs were restricted to the outer fringes.  When did they become mainstream?  Again, during the Reagan years.

The Reagan years gave birth to Fox News, which is the core of the lunatic fringe (no longer really fringe) right now.  Yes, they are on dangerous ground with the current controversies, but the fact is, I’m willing to wager that most of the U.S. public was on to them all along.  But it did us no good.  Fox was allowed to bend reality until it snapped, then create their own, and they are still being allowed to do so.

Worse, they have a fairly large, hard-core brainwashed contingent of fans (some of my Facebook friends among them), who view every criticism as an evil liberal conspiracy — likely including the recent revelations of illegal cell-phone hacking or whatever it is.  Actually, being hard-core Fox maniacs, they are barely aware that there is any controversy at all.  But what they know of it?  THAT EVIL LAMESTREAM MEDIA!!!!  Yep, that’s what’s to blame!  Just like OBAMA IS THE ONE WHO CREATED THE DEBT CEILING CRISIS.

Bullshit times ten, but this is the shit Fox News is feeding its audience. And its audience has quite a taste for shit.  Stop to consider that these are the same people who have probably chosen to believe — because that’s all they’ve been told — that Sarah Palin’s “The Undefeated” movie hasn’t been defeated.  Yep.  I’ll bet at least one of the minions has even been heard to say that the movie has been a resounding success, so much so that it defeated Harry Potter (oh yeah?  You mean Voldemort won?), when in fact it’s almost gone straight to DVD.  This is the kind of upside-down reality we’ve been dealing with, and when you meet someone who has swallowed the shit tea, you cannot change their mind any more than you can rescue their taste buds.

There is very little chance that Fox News will disappear as a result of all of the controversies — how can you suffer from something you deny exists? — but I do sit and fantasize about what might happen if that came to pass.  Where would these people get their fix (you can’t call it news) then?

Unfortunately, plenty of places — and they won’t have to search long and hard.  Again, thank Reagan.  He was the one who opened the door of the mass-media loony bin, after all.  And look at the mess we have now.

As for me, as I said, there is too much mess to deal with: too many alternate universes to waft about in, too much shattered reality to sweep up.  I’ll be around, but I will no longer make promises to be more active.  I’m just in permanent overload.

The United States of Misogyny

Let me first get this straight with my readers: the contents of this article are in no way written in support of a mother who, by the looks of it, very possibly killed her toddler daughter just because the kid had become inconvenient.  While I am accepting this verdict because I believe in the Constitutional right to trial before a jury (“of one’s peers” is NOT in the Constitution), I am questioning it just as hard as I still question the verdict in the original O.J. Simpson case…you know, the one where it looked a lot like he may have killed his ex-wife and a kid who turned out to be an innocent passer-by.

I am also deeply upset about a case unfolding in Indiana, where a charming couple apparently kept their kid on a cage, starved and beat him, and eventually killed him.  In fact, I am upset every time I hear about a parent killing a child.  Yeah, kids are a pain in the ass.  But you should know that going into parenthood and expect it, and develop ways of dealing with it that do not involve maiming or killing your child.  Period.

Now to the point.  Like nearly everyone else I know these days I’m on Facebook, and more than half my friends on Facebook are people whom I have never even met.  Today one of them posted a series of death threats aimed at a very famous case, that of Casey Anthony — you know, the one that ended in “not guilty” yesterday; the one that was apparently as widely watched as was the O.J. Simpson matter in the ’90’s, yet somehow (being without cable or satellite) I missed it.  And I’m glad I did.

Anyway, now come the death threats — as if those will bring that unfortunate child back, or avenge her somehow.  That’s stupid to start with, and what’s alarming is how many of this “friend’s” friends commented in agreement with him.  A death for a death.  And fuck you in the name of God-fearing all-American Jesus, you Christless whore.

Yep, folks, that’s the way the conversation read.  Now, I won’t defend Anthony’s behavior, but again, I’ve observed recklessness and whorish behavior in women who were abused as youngsters.  No, not all of them turn out to be murderers (in fact, none of the women I know who are like this have), but all of them are damaged just the same.  And I’m guessing that it won’t be much fun to be Casey Anthony once her jail time is up.  Just saying.

I’ll leave aside the obvious problems with the “kill the bitch” logic and just make this prediction: next we’ll be hearing that Casey is a “feminazi” and that all women are murderers.  How can I say such a thing?  Because I’ve already heard this kind of trash reasoning so often in the past.  I’m willing to bet that the Fat Man is blubbering it out of his fat mouth right at this very moment on his rotund radio show.

How can he get away with it?  Easy.  We’re a misogynistic country.  I’ll make it simpler for you if you didn’t understand that: the U.S. hates women.  And because we hate women so much, anyone can say pretty much anything they want and not have to prove it.

And here’s another fact for anyone who wants to make a poster child of Casey Anthony — you know, by killing her to prove that all mothers kill their children and that women are bad: most kids are killed by men, and a slight majority of those killers are fathers as opposed to women/mothers.  Read it here.

Now, if some legislators get their way, a large number of women who become pregnant could in fact become killers because at least 20% of pregnancies end very early in miscarriage.  And yes, some lovely Republican lawmaker is trying to make miscarriage a crime punishable by death.

Sound outrageous?  There’s something wrong with you if it doesn’t.  Even so, if you want Casey Anthony dead because of her misdeed, think of the bigger picture and ask if you’re reacting this way because she apparently got away with something horrible, or if it’s just because she’s a woman.

I think it’s high time a lot of people did some deep soul-searching like that.