Archive for July, 2011

Intolerant and proud of it . . .

I just found this on an acquaintance’s site:

“Reagan Conservative….I’m a Conservative. I’m a highly opinionated blogger. If you ask for my opinion I’ll let you know exactly what’s on my mind. I don’t play the PC game, so, be very careful what you ask for. Our Constitution holds ALL the rules and laws we need, and some of them need to be removed. I do NOT tolerate anarchists and anti-American trolls. I do NOT tolerate radical and militant liberals and left wing moonbats (means yer clueless). ”

It just seems so senseless, anti-intellectual, and reactionary.  It’s almost as if he’s trying to put up a front of bravado in order to appear normal in some way.

Highly opinionated blogger, indeed.

Do you have any idea what rules and laws need to be removed from the Constitution?  I bet I know which ones he means.

And if he doesn’t tolerate “anarchists and anti-American trolls” or “radical and militant liberals and left wing moonbats” – whatever is a moonbat? — probably something picked up from Limbaugh — how is he going to handle being a citizen of a democratic/republican/pluralistic/multicultural/multiracial society?  He may as well go ahead and jump off a cliff.

What is it that so damages people that they feel they have to present a public persona of intolerance and aggression, when in person, at dinner,  they appear perfectly normal and amiable?

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Asleep yet?

Suffering with jet lag for the last few nights, I’ve hardly been able to get to sleep at all.  I think I may have found a solution.  I just listened to the new Gillian Welch album, “The Harrow & the Harvest.”  It should put me right to sleep, if the downer mood doesn’t have me slitting my wrists first.

Lovely harmonies and gently elegant instrumental frills, but she suffers from the same labial paralysis that Emmylou sometimes does.  And man, is it ever slow-paced and reminiscent of watching folks on Quaaludes.

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This morning, driving in . . .

On the way in to work this morning, I just had to stop to take a photo of a field of poppies and sunflowers.

Thanks to Kim for pointing this lovely sight out to me.

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All the news . . .

All of you who think it’s just a coincidence that Rupert Murdoch’s news machine is involved in unethical and illegal practices, raise your hand.  You over there with your hand in the air — you’re an idiot.

Just another example of what unbridled, rampant capitalism can do for us:

Let’s do anything we can to get the juiciest, most sordid, and titillating details for our readers, even if we have to lie, sneak and steal to do it.  Never mind the people we’re reporting on or how much grief we cause them – they’re just news fodder.

Anything for a buck!

And lest we forget, we as readers have a responsibility as well.  Must we read such trash?  No, we don’t, but we allow ourselves to be sucked into it because it’s exciting.  We, too, forget that people in the news are . . . well . . .  people, too.

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