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correct thought, correct action

(Hoisted from comments elsewhere)

If you work for facebook, quit.

If you are a user of Facebook and are not required by absolute circumstance: close your account. Literally every time you wish someone a happy birthday or “like” a cute kitten post, you are putting another penny into the pockets of Peter Thiel, Palmer Luckey and god only knows how many more neoreactionary scumbags who are only too happy to take your money in order to buy the rope they’re going to use to hang you.

Remember: twitter has Nazis. Facebook funds them.

fear and loathing

  • If the current polls are reliable… Nixon will be re-elected by a huge majority of Americans who feel he is not only more honest and more trustworthy than George McGovern, but also more likely to end the war in Vietnam. The polls also indicate that Nixon will get a comfortable majority of the Youth Vote. And that he might carry all fifty states… This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it — that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes… understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose… Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?”
—Hunter S. Thompson, “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972”
Also I will note that six years ago on this very “blog” thing here, I posted this: you can probably do the substitution on your own.

requiescat in pace


George McGovern, 1922 — 2012

Few men in history have been as completely vindicated in the aftermath of total defeat as George McGovern. Richard Nixon was the walking incarnation of the dark side of the American dream: a man who lied as easily as he breathed, a boot-licking toady to those with more power than him and a backstabbing thug to all those with less. McGovern had more decency and honor in his fingernail trimmings than in every aggregate cell of Nixon’s body, and his entire life of service in the aftermath of the 1972 election is testimony to that bedrock fact.

The fact that the United States elected Richard Nixon president over McGovern proves just how far from our ideals we fall. The fact that we are capable of generating men like McGovern in the first place is the only reason to have any hope that we could yet come closer.

decade of aggression


Ten Fucking Years.
Not wiser, just older.

I may yet turn into a crazy person ranting on street corners

I’ve been trying very very very hard not to say much in public about the “Ground Zero Mosque” (which is not at ground zero and not a fucking mosque), because I find that it’s all too easy to go from zero to frothing angry maniac in about 0.0021 seconds when the subject comes up, and that’s always a drag at parties.  Breathe, breathe, it’s just the month’s round of American circle-jerk stupidity, it’ll be something else next month, no point getting worked up about it…

And yet.  And yet.  Through no fault of my own except that I occasionally make the mistake of turning on my computer and poking through the internets, I am confronted with statements like this:

“Rabbi Meyer May, the Wiesenthal Center’s executive director, tells Crain’s the proposed location is ‘insensitive’ to the families of 9/11 victims, adding that ‘religious freedom does not mean being insensitive…or an idiot. Religion is supposed to be beautiful [experience]. Why create pain in the name of religion?’”

Insensitive to the families of… okay, hold on a minute here while I go pound my face into the desk until my nose bleeds…

[pounding sounds]

Still here?  Good.  Now it’s a funny little thing, but I am apparently the last person on the face of the fucking earth who remembers that 9/11 was an actual event that happened to actual people in an actual city.  That city being New York City, a place where a more-or-less functional police and fire department did, in the aftermath, what police and fire departments are pretty much required to do when something blows up and kills people, which is identify the bodies.  And the names of the people who died on 9/11/01 are not unknown, not classified, and in fact you can look them up on this here internet thingy.

Here, let me google that for you!

So here I am, armed with nothing but a laptop, an internet connection, a search engine and two fucking brain cells to rub together, and I can already tell you, from a quick glance, that among the names of the people who died in lower Manhattan that day, there are:

Three people with “Mohammed” as their first or last name.

One person named “Ahmed”.

One “Shah.”

One “Shahid.”

One “Khalif.”

Two people named “Khan”.

One “Suleman”.

…and at this point I got bored, because actually only a complete moron would have assumed that it was possible to kill three thousand random civilians in downtown Manhattan without several of them being Muslim, because duh.

So tell me, Rabbi May, just how far away from Ground Zero should the families, friends and co-religionists of those victims stay in order to make you feel warm and fuzzy?  And while you’re contemplating important questions, could you please kindly go fuck yourself?

fascinating

Apparently you can get all the way through journalism school, work your way up through the ranks, become an editor — perhaps even editor-in-chief! — at a renowned institution such as Time Magazine, and still not understand the difference between the past, present and future tenses.

the end of the world as we know it

So is this the end of America as we know it, and the dawn of a new socialist dark ages?

God, if only.  But it’s a nice step in the right direction.

(To my occasional readers who came here by way of Dr. Landsburg and/or Dr. Kling: believe it or not, I’d be equally happy with a bill that simply outlawed health insurance entirely in much the same way that Ponzi schemes are illegal.  But I go to war with the armies I have, and the status quo was the worst of all possible options. Onward and upward.)

pop quiz, hotshots

If you describe yourself as an “independent” voter, please state three ways in which your political beliefs differ strongly from the published platform of both the Democratic and Republican party, at either the state (your state, that is) or national level.  (Award yourself a gold star if you can do this without having to look up the platforms in order to do so.)

Stipulation: you must actually use the term “independent” as your primary political self-designation.  For the purposes of this question, neither libertarian, green, communist, socialist, fascist noranarchist is considered to be a synonym for “independent.”

Extra credit question: are you actually registered as independent/unaffiliated, or are you registered with a party and if so which one and why?

now that that’s over with

Now that it’s all over but the recriminations, allow me to lead with a recrimination:

Martha Coakley is a despicable human being and was a terrible candidate.  (She remains the former now that she is no longer the latter.)  Any political party who’s all-over success hinges on elevating a contemptible hack like her to higher office deserves every bit of failure it receives.

Can’t anyone here play this game?

there’s no justice… except when suddenly there’s heaping spoonfuls

 
It’s been a major irritant to me for years now that my former home of New York has lagged behind places like Massachusetts, New Hampshire, (temporarily) California and (for fuck’s sake) Iowa in extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. I mean really… if anyone holds the American patent on sin and depravity it’s New York Fuckin’ City, and getting lapped by Massachusetts first on gay marriage and then on marijuana law reform was… well, I think I now know how my friends who are Yankee fans feel these days.

But at long last, that seems to be about to change: marriage equality is, weirdly, the only popular initiative being pushed by the deeply unpopular Governor Patterson, it just cleared the state house handily, and looks poised to win a close but clear victory in the state senate.

And just to add some sweet, sweet schadenfreudian icing on top of the already tasty cake of victory, it looks like it’s going to pass, as much as any other reason, because the Archdiocese of New York was too busy with other things to rally the troops over the marriage thing. What other things? Ladies and gentlemen, the New York Times:

The state’s Roman Catholic bishops have been somewhat distracted, too, having focused their lobbying energies this session on defeating a bill that would extend the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse to bring civil claims, and have appeared unprepared for the battle over marriage.
Yes, you read that right: the Catholic Church of New York has been too busy fighting an attempt to tighten anti-pedophilia laws to lobby against gay marriage. Oh my lord, the awesome.

(More here. Disgustingly, the Archdiocese is being joined in their fight by a group of Haredi Rabbis. I have no words. Well, actually I do, they’re just unrelentingly foul.)

Of course, it will only be truly awesome if the bill in question passes. If you’re in NY, now would be a great time to call your State Senator…