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Clueless


“I just don’t know how so many conservatives could believe Democrats are evil, Satanic pedophile baby killers who hate America!” says conservative Jonah Goldberg who spent entire career saying Democrats are evil, Satanic pedophile baby killers who hate America.

What life in America feels like right now…


Conservatives elect bigoted ash-hole rapist with zero experience running the government and horrible business sense.
Democrats and the media: Gosh! How could this have happened? We need to try and reach out and understand them better!
Conservatives: We hate you and want to murder you.
Democrats/Media: Oh, my. It must be economic anxiety.
Con: We really hate you and want to murder you.
Kidnapping and caging of children happens.
Dems/Media: How could anyone possibly do something like this?
Con: We hate you and want to kill you.
Nazi marches and riots happen.
Dems/Media: Is this really the sort of company you want to keep?
Con: We hate you and want to murder you.
Vaccine for deadly pandemic is made. Conservatives refuse to get vaccinated and yell in people’s faces about being asked to wear a mask to help save lives.
Media: Clearly they’ve just been misinformed.
Cons: We hate you and want to murder you.
Attempted coup happens where a white conservative mob tries to murder Congress.
Dems: Clearly we have to get to the bottom of this. Let’s discuss it in a committee.
Media: We just don’t understand why so many conservatives think the election was rigged and won’t accept Biden as president.
Cons: We HATE you and want to MURDER you.
Congressman tweets out video of him murdering another congressman and threatening to murder the President.
Dems: Okay, this is just too far. You’re getting a mild slap on the wrist, buddy.
Media: Gee, I just don’t understand why Republicans aren’t condemning this video… it’s a mystery.
Cons: We fucking hate you and want to fucking kill you all.
Media: Yep… just a complete mystery…

A day of remembrance…


On this day, 103 years ago, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns would fall silent in Europe. The War to End All Wars was over.

Nine million soldiers were dead and 21 million more were wounded. Some would suffer all of their lives from their experiences in the trenches and on the Front. At least five million civilians also died from disease, starvation, or exposure caused by the war. Fields and towns would remain No Man’s Land for decades as landmines and unexploded shells littered the landscape.

The cost was unimaginable at the start of the war as old men promised young ones glory and honor and in the end paid them nothing but a hellish misery.

The guns fell silent. The dead even more so. Did they look on in judgment at their sons as the fires of hatred burned and ignited a second world war that was even more savage than the one they had fought? Do they silently watch us now starting war after war, sending them ever more silent dead to watch and judge our actions, our refusal to consider the cost?

I do not know.

But I cannot imagine they will judge lightly today’s old men insisting that young men and women go off to kill and be killed for honor or glory.

Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day, may we stop and consider the cost of war now and forever and let the dead rest in peace by refusing to send any more to join them needlessly.

America


America is no more blessed or chosen by God than the Greeks, the Romans, the Huns, the Mongols, the Germans, the Spanish, the English, or any other nation that grew prosperous and enjoyed military supremacy for a time was.

Like every nation, we have done some good things and some evil things. Our ideals and actions have inspired many, but likewise our actions and our failure to live up to those ideals have hurt many as well.

We are neither uniquely good or uniquely bad.

We are humans standing on both the good and evil of our fathers.

And we should remember that, lest the hubris of assuming that what power and prosperity America possesses are a reward from God for our own righteousness or uniqueness as a culture. They aren’t.

Rains fall on the just and the unjust alike.

Honesty…


Ecclesiastes is probably the book in the Bible that comes close to honesty, though Job’s presentation of the problem of evil comes close.

Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:

I saw the tears of the oppressed—
    and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors—
    and they have no comforter.
And I declared that the dead,
    who had already died,
are happier than the living,
    who are still alive.
But better than both
    is the one who has never been born,
who has not seen the evil
    that is done under the sun.

I complain about stupid things


Plastic straws:
– Awesome
– Horrible for environment
– I guess we need to get rid of them… UUUUUUUUUGH…

But what of the alternatives:

Metal straws:
– Futuristic
– Cool.
– Good mouth feel
– Must wash. Not suitable for restaurants

Bamboo straws:
-Tropical
– It’s like I’m on vacation
– Put a tiny umbrella on this Diet Coke now!
– I don’t care that this is Arby’s! Find a tiny umbrella now!

Paper straws:
– Boo!
– You suck!
– I hate you.
– Feels like your sucking on spitball.
– Go away!
– DIAF

No straw:
– What is this? The 1800s?

In conclusion: Stop using paper straws, restaurants. Give me a bamboo straw and a tiny umbrella.

This has been your blogger complaining about stupid things.

A war of all against all…


Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of War, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them with all. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Leviathan XIII – Thomas Hobbes

I sometimes wonder if Republicans got to that part in the book, read that bolded line and thought, “Yes! By God, yes! This is the way life should be! This is what mankind was made for!”

I really can’t explain their behavior any other way than that they honestly believe they are at war with every other man, woman, or child, and every other man, woman, and child is at war with them.

Christian nation…


“Christian nation”

The words are bitter ashes in one’s mouth.

The entire land is a Native burial ground. People exterminated in the name of greed, hatred, and Manifest Destiny. People moved constantly as their land was stolen by good Christians as other pious Christians watched and rationalized it. To this day, the Native peoples are left out of the prosperity of America while their women are preyed upon, go missing, and are forgotten or ignored by the country.

Beneath the great foundations of our prosperity lie millions of human sacrifices: Black slaves, Chinese, Japanese, Latino, the poor. The cornerstones of our great houses, buildings and churches are anointed with their blood, the blood of people considered disposable by the white majority.

“Christian nation”

Millions lie awake at night, a combination of fear and hunger. Fear of violence. Fear of eviction. Fear of sickness wiping away whatever scraps they’ve managed to save from the crumbs that have fallen from the tables of the rich and comfortable.

The immigrant fears taking her son to a doctor. There are checkpoints. They would be deported to a land the boy doesn’t even know. He dies at school.

People lie on the streets tortured by addiction, mental health diseases, and being on the wrong end of capitalism. Families sleep in cars. People suffer for decades with mental health because there is no place for them to go or because they cannot afford it. People walk past them unconcerned, looking at them as human garbage. The police are called. Encampments are cleared. Personal belongings destroyed. Kicking down at people who are already suffering.

“Christian nation”

Beneath the schools they were forced into lie the graves of countless Native children. In the pews of the churches countless children were raped… are being raped. Their cries unheard or they themselves persecuted mercilessly.

“Christian nation”

Parents bury children killed by guns. The powerful ignore their cries and demand for more bloodshed, more guns. Children are afraid. My son’s greatest fear, he told me, was being killed by a gunman in school.

Siblings bury siblings. Children bury parents. Police violence, COVID, more guns. Their cries for justice are answered with more violence. Louder cries of “My rights!” drown out their tears.

Workers dropping in factories. “Heroes” they call them. But they refuse to protect them. Refuse to pay them. “Go home!” they scream to a desperate mother running from the gangs and drug cartels their country has armed and funded.

“Christian nation”

Your faith is an abomination. Your creed is an obscenity. Your god, a grotesque mockery of everything good and decent. If you had the self awareness of a slug or the conscience of a flea, you would fall to your knees, tear your clothes and weep over your sins, you hypocrites. You would beg good and decent people and good and decent divinities (if they existed) for forgiveness and spend the rest of your wretched lives doing penance to atone for the miseries you have perpetuated and inflicted upon the least of these.

But sure. Please tell me more of your grand city on the Hill. Your great Christian nation. I might find your claims useful for the next time I need to force myself to vomit.

Angels


Whenever I read about angels in the bible now, I imagine this fiery Thing-like creature with wings popping out everywhere and 10,000 eyes all staring and blinking independently at some poor Bronze Age farmer.

“Fear not…”
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!”
“It’s good news…”
“AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!”
“The Lord has heard your prayers…”
“AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!”

Christianity in the Time of COVID.


Then the devil took him to a high place in the Temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump, for it is written-“

“WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

(SPLAT)

“Wow… uh… yeah… that was… unexpected,” said the Devil. “Didn’t think he’d actually be dumb enough to do it.”