I suppose it is a sign of something like progress that nobody else but this blog is going to bother with Pat Buchanan's 2015 ideas about the Confederacy. But fuck him.
Buchanan notes that the loved ones of the victims forgave the murderer, and notes that this is Christian.
If there is a better recent example of what it means to be a Christian, I am unaware of it. Collier and the families of those slain showed a faithfulness to Christ's gospel of love and forgiveness that many are taught but few are strong enough to follow, especially at times like this.
Of course, few are called, many are the butt of systematic oppression, but fair enough.
Here is the Fun Bit.
Their Christian witness testifies to a forgotten truth: If slavery was the worst thing that happened to black folks brought from Africa to America, Christianity was the best.
And then this lament:
Vilification of that battle flag and the Confederacy is part of the cultural revolution in America that flowered half a century ago. Among its goals was the demoralization of the American people by demonizing their past and poisoning their belief in their own history.
The world is turned upside down. The new dogma of the cultural Marxists: Columbus was a genocidal racist. Three of our Founding Fathers -- Washington, Jefferson, Madison -- were slaveowners. Andrew Jackson was an ethnic cleanser of Indians. The great Confederate generals -- Lee, Jackson, Forrest -- fought to preserve an evil institution. You have nothing to be proud of and much to be ashamed of if your ancestors fought for the South. And, oh yes, your battle flag is the moral equivalent of a Nazi swastika.
Uh, that's pretty much the world right-side up, motherfucker.
In a time of global political chaos, surging domestic culture wars, and the baffling emergence of enough GOP presidential candidates to effectively recast every Wes Anderson film ever made, there is one enduring, rock-solid truth we all can count on: If you live in America, you cannot escape Taylor Swift.
This is not good writing; this is a confused person with no point to make gesturing towards cultural phenomena.
In the ensuing paragraphs we learn that Taylor Swift exists, Lena Dunham is a liar about how women get raped, that women who get raped are usually drunk, and because Taylor Swift makes money women never face egregious discrimination in the workplace.
My daughter is 10, and is very much in the Taylor Swift wheelhouse. If TS is singing about how my kid is going to have to put up with sexist bullshit, good. Because she will.
Kurt Schlichter: even by Townhall standards, to endure him, you need a snotguard and a translation from the authentic 1930s German. Hark to the lilting, Horst Wassailing:
So, though no fault of your own, you are a young conservative male coming of age in a time when the deck is so heavily stacked against you that it’s like Michael Moore was leaning on it.
The "white" is silent. (Never mind the botched cards metaphor.)
Now, this is targeted to straight conservative males from 18-25 not because of the inherent cisnormative racism your TA told you about but because that’s who I was. Those who identify as “women” are welcome to take what they can from it. Those who are gay, well, my gaydar is so bad anyway that my exceedingly hot wife is constantly telling me, “Wait, you didn’t know XXXXX was gay? How did you not know XXXXX was gay?”
Kurt is eager to inform us that he is not gay and that while he finds gays disgusting, he remembers how Andrew Dice Clay told very comical jokes many decades ago and that was great fun.
For those of you who are quick on the uptake, the key takeaway from that last paragraph is that I have an “exceedingly hot wife.”
18 year olds sure do love to "keep it real" by having middle aged weirdos sidle up to them to brag about fucking.
You should do a tour if you are one of the 30% of Americans who can qualify for military service....
You will have earned something that is totally yours and can never be taken away – and you will live a life adventure that your contemporaries who are now second assistant to the guy who runs the Xerox machine can only dream of. Plus, chicks dig it. Trust me.
And you might not end up maimed from fighting in a war based on bullshit -- but no worries, the GOP will cut your benefits anyway. Wars are only fun for rich shits, because freedom. And there are no jobs waiting for you! You'll be lucky to be third Xerox attendant (and nobody 'Xeroxes' anymore, dated dad jokester!) -- and anyone who tells you "chicks dig it" is an ass. This country cares jack for veterans when it comes to cash on the barrel, as opposed to happy bullshit: go ask one from the current century.
The rest of Schlichter's "advice" boils down to how college and law school are now a total waste of time because there aren't any jobs anymore because of right wing economics, but that's OK because he came up in the 1980s and had the GI Bill and got to booze his way into a law degree and is now paid to write "humor" columns, all without ever having to be in a fucking actual shooting war or having to learn how not to come across as a total prick to any 21st -century real-life young person.
In conclusion, Schlichter tells young (the white is silent) men that the way to have a fulfilling heterosexual relationship is to always remember that what ultimately counts is a dick-swinging contest with other men in which women only matter like Monopoly money or some shit, as opposed to trying to find someone you like and who likes you back in the sense that you're two human beings who care for each other or somesuch LIBERAL BULLSHIT.
21st century wingnuttery has many pathologies, but perhaps the most astonishing -- and revealing -- is that these twits sincerely think that everyone loves them.
Real Life has intervened for a while so I have not of late been monitoring weirdo sites like Townhall Dotcom. Most of it is boring; all of it is crazy. There is very little new under the nut, but I was charmed to discover this stray goofball champeening, of all fucking personages, Calvin Fucking Coolidge.
And, of course, also Dennis Prager. Because why not.
Anyhow this Townhall someone does offer a very pithy explanation of how True Conservatives, deep down, comprehend concepts like democracy:
The electorate may redefine and change moral and legal constraints but conservatism does not.
There is no reason to think that any American who has fought in any war has done anything at all to defend the freedom of any American citizen.
This is very obviously true. Indeed, even the claim that WWII vets have done anything suchlike would have to be heavily qualified; I suppose a case could be made for the Revolutionaries, though it's complicated. A much clearer argument holds for the Union in the Civil War, but that gets canceled out by the fact that the Confederacy was fighting to protect slavery, an institution that has by definition nothing to so with "freedom."
But saying things that are true bothers garbage patriots, like, say, David French.
For years, I tried to deserve it — to convince myself that if only I was a good enough citizen, striving to be a good husband and father, working in my community to love and support those less fortunate, and using my law degree to defend liberty, then I could one day reflect on my life with satisfaction — with a sense that I’d given more than I’d taken.
Then I went to war and learned of debts that can’t ever be repaid.
You know what? Fuck you.
This is a totally cockeyed view of what it means to do service to the nation. Going away to fight in a war that was fought because of lies is in no sense more noble or of value to other Americans than is, say, working as:
a pubic defender
a public school teacher
a public prosecutor
a social worker
a bus driver
an IRS agent
In the ordinary course of events, no member of the American military has done anything of direct material benefit to the lives, well-being, or liberty of any specific American citizen that compares to what any of these people do every goddamn day.
It ought to cause us reflection, as Americans: we laud government service when it comes to pointless murder, but we despise it when it comes to the peaceful instruction of our children.
So that's my fucking Memorial Day reflection.
It would be salutary if we could put paid to the notion that there is something more special about service to the government that is military as opposed to peaceful. Military service members are far more likely to kill and be killed in the service of scaldingly dumb and purely political initiatives than anyone else in a comparable class, after all.
Here at home the blood of our warriors — spilled for liberty — has granted us a nation greater than we deserve.
No. The quiet workers for peace have made America liveable. The thesis that America has ever needed "warriors" to defend it is, frankly, stupid.
The reason that gay people will be allowed to marry in Ireland is that a majority of Irish citizens think gay people should be allowed to marry in Ireland.
This is not at all to cast asparagus on the legitimacy of gay marriage in those places on Earth where it has become legal by means other than a referendum. It is instead to stress the elementary point that this referendum was fair and open by all modern democratic standards and that the Irish electorate is as educated and sophisticated as any other polity you might care to name. Most Irish people in 2015 simply don't have a problem with gay marriage.
Whatever happened to Ireland? Its people used to be relied upon to reject social change – in previous referenda they have said no to liberalised divorce and abortion. But now, in the year of our Lord 2015, early returns indicate that the land of St. Patrick has said Yes to gay marriage. And it’s the first country in the entire world to do so by popular vote.
Yes. Those who run better political campaigns do indeed tend to win them. But again:
The Yes vote prevailed by 62 to 38 per cent with a large 60.5 per cent turnout.
That is about as decisive as it gets in a democracy. Chalking such a result up to about two thirds of Irish men and women being cowed by scare tactics is unpersuasive, and frankly obnoxious. I have been disgusted by the outcomes of previous Irish votes on divorce and abortion, but I never kidded myself that most Irish people secretly would have voted like I wanted except for some conspiracy.
But now we get to the fundamentally wrong point about the Irish vote that seems to be bubbling up a lot that is so deeply wrong:
It used to be that Irishness was defined by affection for the Catholic Church and resistance to European liberal trends. So stubborn was this identity that the country took longer than the rest of Western Europe to embrace secularism. But the paedophile revelations of the 1990s rightly rocked faith in the Church as an institution, while a series of recent scandals shook faith in its actual theology.
This is glib, and explains nothing. "England once had an empire, and then it didn't. The ramifications were enormous." Sure! But so what? Never mind that the tension between nationalism and Catholicism was always very raw, or that the Irish state always had a far more contentious relationship with the Vatican than is typically acknowledged.
To emphasise, the Yes vote was undoubtedly a reflection of growing tolerance towards gays and lesbians. But it was also a politically trendy, media backed, well financed howl of rage against Catholicism. How the Church survives this turn, is not clear. It'll require a lot of hard work and prayers.
No, it wasn't "trendy."
The Irish Catholic Church's monopoly over all forms of legitimate cultural expression in Ireland was always a historical anomaly, and was never as complete as it seemed.
The Yes vote was nothing more, nothing less, than the victory of Irish writers, artists, thinkers, workers, believers, citizens, and just plain folks working from the 1920s forward for a more humane and beautiful nation.
One of the only things all the major Irish political parties agreed on from the first days of the Saorstat to the Fianna Fail triumph in 1932, was that Ireland needed a strong censorship regime: certain things could not, by law, be said, lest the Indomitable Irishry face domination.
You shouldn't allowed to print anything about "race suicide." That is, contraception.
And you also could not publish anything to do with homosexuality.
To help this sink in: in the 1920s -30s the major political parties had as their major point of convergence a mutual desire to shoot each other dead. But they agreed that no Irish person should ever say anything about how maybe homosexuality was no big deal.
Hatred of homosexuality has been baked into dominant ideas of "authentic" Irishness for generations. This vote is seismic.
(Yes, I am using the term "political parties" extremely loosely. Fuck off.)
One Democratic Senator (Tom Carper of Delaware) joined 51 Republicans voting for fast track. Mitch McConnell voted against it when it was clear it would fail so that he can bring it up again. So who will benefit from the TPP?
Big labor unions and liberal members of Congress have picked a fight against the global expansion of the rights of workers by mounting do-or-die opposition against the Trade Promotion bill moving through Congress that will allow the President to bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress for an up-or-down vote. In doing so, American labor is displaying key symptoms of its self-inflicted collapse.
Rep. Paul Ryan, on CNBC with Joe Kernen shilling for the TPP this morning, does not give a hairy rat's behind about the rights of workers. Neither does the Chamber of Commerce, also shilling for this execrable multinational corporate government deal.
I remember when President Obama's fans explained his Catfood Commission as "eleventy-dimensional chess." It wasn't. He's been working for Wall Street the entire time.
P.S. This isn't over. There will be another vote tomorrow, after a couple fig leaves have been added. Our President and the GOP only need 7 or 8 Democrats to switch votes to get this through the Senate. Some who voted against it yesterday are just hoping for token concessions in order to cover their fealty to the richest few.
The people won this round because Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown effectively organized opposition and because voters persistently called their Congresscritters to let them know it's a bad deal. Keep calling!
The University of Wisconsin at Madison plans to cut 400 positions and drastically trim its budget, a response to Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to cut $300 million from the UW system over the next two years.
Walker is pulling this sort of shit not because there's any particular needful reason to do so, but in order to make himself president. What's Andrew Cuomo's excuse, I'd like to know..
I got morbidly curious about whether or not Althouse had burbled anything about the decimation of her own damn campus, but nah.
Althouse is, as we may have previously mentioned, a real shit. I could look up what she makes, and do some sort of calculation as to whatever the fuck value the UW-Mad law school has for the Wisconsin taxpayer, but I'm more than confident she's mostly just getting well paid to post featherbrained bullshit while her colleagues who do actual work get axed.
Of all the sorry frauds we've contemplated over the years, Althouse is just about the most dingaling awful.
Religious oppression was one reason many of our ancestors came to America. They wanted to escape rulers who demanded that everyone worship their way. In Ireland, Catholics couldn't vote or own a gun.
I kind of know a lot about the history of Irish immigration to the US. "I'm a Catholic and I cannot own a gun" is the subject of approximately zero heart-rending ballads as regards emigration motives. But then again I am unaware of the Catholic religious belief "you get to have a gun." The Jesuits misled me badly on that score, I guess.
I'm reasonably sure -- just guessing -- that John Stossel is a fucking imbecile.
Snot-nosed fuzzy little foreigner CW McCooke has written a book, of sorts. It is, I gather, about how Americans will soon start to love conservatives, and libertarians, and also, I don't know, syphilis.
I will read and review this slimy git's emanation:
For a bottle of 15 year old Redbreast. About $100.
I think that's fair. I will read the whole godawful thing.
So you can click the Donate link in the upper left. And if I get a hundred bucks, "break off a hundo," as it were, I will buy a bottle of Redbreast and review this puppy's yips with this blog's usual objectivity and panache.
Any dough raised beyond the Redbreast bottle will go towards buying another Redbreast bottle, or else to some charity or progressive cause or crap like that.
I've done some shit for free lo these many years blogging, but I'm not reading that tripe boozeless.
No time for pleasantries, let's get down to business. Can you dig it? I know you can, so shut up and start reading!
Dick "The Fifth Horseman" Cheney is still roaming the Earth!? And the VSP give him a stage!?!? Fuck my nipples...
Barack Obama is still President. And still black. BLACK!
Elizabeth Warren should have a $1B war chest for something, Something. Just 'cuz.
I will vote for Hillary. She'd better earn it. Seriously.
I'm a white man. I don't have a damned clue about living a non-white life, but I wish my white "brothers" would get a clue. Frankly, right now, it's almost as if there's a fucking White Plague going around. I don't like that. I would like my non-white friends to feel safe.
Speaking of plagues, Fuck all of the "GAY, EEK!" folks. Scientology is a "religion", too, Biblehumpers. I would like my gay/confused/not-sure folks to feel safe. Seriously, what is with the Bible and sex?
I'm back with the same message/attitude I had before: Love Life. Compassion is a virtue. Kill Whitey.
I live in a small town in the Midwest. It's 2015, and I still see posters in gas stations and stores for benefit shows to help with medical expenses. ObamaCare is coming, but it's not all the way Downtown yet.
So... me. I'm engaged to a cute, amazing, incredibly skilled nurse. She said "Yes", which made me very happy. I play in a band every once in a while, I read the "good" blogs every day, I curse the MOTU and take my little dogs out for their potties. And I miss all of you (and read all your comments).