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Insights, unsought…

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

It’s been a fairly normal, boring weekend chez static. Groceries, some errands, nothing exotic.

I did, however, run across something on Twitter that sparked some rumination (as things are wont to do). I’m being followed by a well-meaning-ish twat who assumes that everyone who follows an anti-gay Twitter account shares their beliefs. As y’all may or may not know, Washington voted to recognize same-sex marriages this year. No ‘activist judges’, this was a straight-up, hard-fought legislative victory. And, thanks to our oft-abused referendum system, the bigots are trying to overturn this with R74 (Vote yes, kids.). I follow their Twitter feed – I like to keep my enemies where I can see ’em.

Any way, this twit likes baiting anti-gay Twitter accounts. Sometimes they’re random individual accounts, but more often than not they go after NOM; other times, they go after fairly noxious right-wing douchebags – but every now and then, their attacks on an individual reveal… interesting things.

Earlier today, they went after a Catholic friar in California. No invective, just “why do you [follow/support] hate?” This guy’s response: a link to what sounds like an awful film about an armed uprising by Catholic peasants in Mexico against a secularist government.

Woah. That’s some serious hate there, Padre. Advocating armed rebellion? Because you love the sinner but hate the sin? Sounds more like there’s some Ernst Rohm-level fantasizing at work there… Some combo of righteous, purifying cultural flames and hot, sweaty friar-on-twink action would be my guess. Toss in some Franco-esque uniforms and I think we’re there, thankyouverymuch.

But that wasn’t really the insight (and aren’t you grateful?). No, it was remembering one of the final incidents that made me realize I needed to part ways with the Church.

At some point during Confirmation classes, I got a ride home from a retreat from our parish priest. Our Diocese was unusual in that they held off Confirmation longer than most – I was a junior in high school, when most perform Confirmation much younger: 12, 13 or so. I don’t remember what sparked it, but I said something about others in the class just going through the motions (I was still grasping at straws, here – I wanted desperately to believe that I was wrong in my heart, and that there were still Truths to be found in Catholicism.). I named names, and called out a couple of sociopaths who had made junior high miserable for me.

I got a red-faced, indignant lecture on the sin of Pride. There was no effort to understand how I came to my conclusion, just an angry and judgmental scolding for my failings as a Christian and my inability to act in the manner of the Redeemer.

Yeah. That went over well. That week, I told my parents that I wasn’t going through with it – that I couldn’t reconcile (that word! that damaging word!) my own experience with my lessons. Square pegs in round holes had nothing on this. Ultimately, they guilt-tripped me (ironically) into going through the motions as well.

For whatever random synaptic reason, tonight’s Twitter encounter with this dogma-blinded, overly-righteous Hound of Christ made something go click. Something about the need to hold on to make-believe truths, to white-hot fires of lies in order to preserve your vision of the world as it should be. Because, you see (and fuck you, Father Bob, you prick), I was right.

I’m pretty sure that I’m right now, too.

“Wait, I think I hear a sound…”

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Via Talking Points Memo, this reminder: the First Gulf War started on this date, 20 years ago…

The title comes from an approximation of the words spoken by American correspondents in Baghdad at the time the first bombs started falling… A friend of mine was giving a performance that night, a modernist electronic piece who’s name escapes me, but it calls for randomly-selected radio frequencies to be played at varied intervals over a mixed electronic and piano score. As he relayed to me soon after, on that night, every radio station that he tuned into that was carrying a broadcast was carrying the same live broadcast of that first bombing run.

He sat down at the piano, poised his hands above the keys, and the first radio signal that was broadcast right before he started playing was the CNN correspondent hearing the first explosions and anti-aircraft fire of the air war.

Twenty years ago, on this night, my friend gave one of the piano performances of his life, accompanied by air raid siren, ack-ack, and high-tech explosions. Music/static/bombing/static/music/bombing/music/static, for the entire piece.

“Wait, I think I hear a sound…”

Dear Brad Goehring…

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

So – you wish you could issue hunting licenses to “thin the herd” of liberals, huh?

Thin this, motherfucker.

Oh, sure. Now that you’ve been caught, you say you meant it metaphorically and hit “Share” too soon. Given that these:

have been around for a while (and are hot sellers at mainstream conservative events like CPAC), let’s just say I’m not buying it.

And while you’re at it, howzabout you take a look at the Wikipedia summary of “The Most Dangerous Game,” eh? If you feel up to it, personally I’d recommend the actual story – but based on your professed inability to operate Facebook’s UI, I’m assuming you’ll find the summary easier to handle.

Historical blindness

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Something the GOP forgot, when proclaiming that HCR would be Obama’s Waterloo: the Duke of Wellington had a Waterloo, too.

In which our contemporary Crusader-wannabes demonstrate their complete and utter ahistoricism

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Last week in Nashville, TN, a mosque was vandalized. After the positive community response was highlighted by Andrew Sullivan this afternoon, the comments section of various Nashville-area blogs covering the crime were flooded with strident anti-Muslim trolls – hey, it’s Teh Internets; we all know how this works, right?

Anti-Muslim grafitti in Nashville, TN


Anti-Muslim grafitti in Nashville, TN

To steal a catchphrase… sadly, no. May I present the flag of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem?

Flag of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

Why, no. No, they didn’t.

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

“Did the framers of our Constitution ever envision something like a semi-automatic weapon?” [Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle] asked.

*sigh* Nor did they envision the Internet or Scientology, yet these are also protected under the Bill of Rights…

Three WA legislators have introduced a ban on so-called assault weapons, partially in response to the ambush and murder of a Seattle policeman. Ironically, the weapon alleged to have been used in this specific attack, while a semi-automatic rifle, is unlikely to be banned under any such legislation.

A quick note to Andrew Sullivan…

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

[Anita] Dunn would never have used Hitler as a source for perseverance and setting the right objectives. Why[?] Because Hitler’s evil is self-evident. So why is Mao’s rancid evil not self-evident for a person like Dunn? Because she retains a double standard for far left totalitarianism over far right totalitarianism. It’s that insulting and morally disgusting double standard that gets my goat. Mao was responsible for the deaths of up to 70 million people – and Dunn sees him as a useful strategist.

The reason many people see Mao as a useful strategist is because, well, he was an excellent strategist. Hitler… not so much.

(Oh yeah… Mao was also a pretty decent writer. Hitler… not so much.)

Headlines to make your blood run cold

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

“Bomb hits outside suspected Pakistani nuclear-weapons site”

Commentary would be superfluous, I think…

(via TPM)

Shorter Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Just because he’s President doesn’t mean he’s allowed to get all uppity-like.

Dear Megan McArdle:

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Using statistics about gun crime and violence to downplay the seriousness of carrying firearms to political demonstrations isn’t comparing apples to oranges so much as it is comparing apples to Orange-throated Tanagers. Why?

Because some people go looking for a confrontation, which is when Really Stupid Shit happens. And when it happens, it happens fast.

‘We,’ not ‘they’

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

School closings and restructurings naturally bring out the worst impulses in people. The desire to protect and preserve the familiar, even if it is somehow not to standard, is a strong one – who are these outsiders to judge our school? Our community? Are all schools being subjected to equally applied scrutiny?

Well, in the current round of proposed Seattle school closures, a lot of people feel that the answer is no, standards are being unevenly applied. Many of the proposed changes appear to disproportionately affect minority neighborhoods. They also appeared to target city-wide, alternative schools, such as The Boy’s.

Fuck you, Newsweek

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Behold the moral vacuity of our chattering classes:

The issue of torture is more complicated than it seems.

No. It isn’t complicated in the slightest. A statement this wrong doesn’t deserve a logical rebuttal. It only deserves scorn, mockery, and opprobrium. So fuck you, Newsweek. Fuck you, Stuart Taylor Jr. Fuck you, Evan Thomas. And the biggest fuck you goes out to the editors who decided that this abomination deserved to be the cover story.

1337 politix

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

If you’re a politically-inclined geek you will probably find this to be full of WIN, even if you aren’t a Democrat. And if you are a geeky Democrat, well… it might contain too much WIN for your WIN containment fields, so power up before you click that link.

[tho’ I’ve seen this link lots of places today, I finally clicked on it from PZ’s place]

The unanimous Declaration

Friday, July 4th, 2008

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (more…)


Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

So… I was going to post something witty, biting, and sarcastic about Rev. James Dobson of Focus on the Anus’* remarks about Obama picking and choosing his Biblical passages for political aims… but my heart’s just not in it right now. You know the drill: Pot. Kettle. Black. Shocking no? Witty repartee and oh-so-hip and detached banter follows.

Eh. Whatever.

*Thanks for that great turn of phrase, Pam.