Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday

 
(Pope Francis floats my boat.)
 
Yesterday, the Dragon Lady went to Costco.  She brought home some roasted chicken for dinner.  The meal was tasty.  I'm a big fan of poultry.  The meat tastes great, but it doesn't break the bank.  I washed the vittles with several glasses of generic cola.  I'm a lucky man.  At least I wasn't born in Chad.

I watched mixed martial arts.  The marquee match of the evening featured 41-year-old Kimbo Slice against 51-year-old Ken Shamrock.  Kimbo outweighed Shamrock by forty pounds.  Nevertheless, the old man got his younger opponent in a choke-hold and nearly rendered him unconscious.  But Slice broke free and knocked Ken into next week with a vicious right hand.  The ref stopped the contest, declaring Slice the victor.

I paid homage to the Christ God.  I said the Lord's Prayer on bended knees.  No big surprise.  I'm not some dirty atheist.  I asked Jesus to protect my children from the temptation of intoxicants.  The shooting in South Carolina wasn't caused by institutionalized racism--as some might have you believe.  The slaughter was nothing more than a drug-fueled episode of intense rage by a mentally unstable loon.

I went to bed at 10 p.m.  I had a strange dream.  The characters from Lonesome Dove were outside my shabby apartment killing Comanches.  I wanted to join them, but my wife wouldn't let me.  Her refusal pissed me off.

I woke up at 6 a.m. and turned on Fox News.  Two murderers recently escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York.  Police believe that the men are trying to cross into Pennsylvania.  State troopers are sweeping the area.  These fugitives will eventually get caught.  I just hope that nobody gets killed before they're apprehended.

I read the paper while enjoying a bathroom break.  Pope Francis believes in global warming.  He wants us to take better care of our planet.  I used to think that the Roman Catholic Church was satanic.  In fact, I'm still not a big fan of the institution.  But I absolutely love this pope.  I wish that Francis was my neighbor.  He comes from that great tradition of liberation theology which still exists in Latin America.  It's nice to have a pontiff who isn't a capitalist pig.

Anyway, it's time for the song du jour.  Here's Please Come to Boston by David Allen Coe.  God bless.

11 comments:

  1. Mr. Smith -- you hope that your sons won't get caught up with illegal narcotics. But I have to ask "What are you smoking?" when you write things like this:

    "The shooting in South Carolina wasn't caused by racism--as some might have you believe. The slaughter was nothing more than a drug-fueled episode of intense rage by a mentally unstable loon."

    Maybe you haven't read how the little weasel had a website where he styled himself "The Last Rhodesian" and posted pictures of himself in his racist flag jacket at various slavery heritage sites. That link also quotes people who knew him saying that Roof was talking about starting a race war for months; that he got racistically radicalised when Trayvon Martin got murdered and has been hyper-hating on black people ever since then. Roof was calm and collected when he let one woman from the Charleston Bible study group stay alive so she could tell others about why he did it; that it was because "your people have been raping our women" and other sicKKK shit. (He thought he'd get shot down by cops and never tell his tale, but the pussy surrendered instead of going down with his gun blazing.Hardly manic...) This was not a rage "episode," it was a terroracist attack that was plotted out as well as any al Qaeda shitsplosion. He wasn't even FROM Charleston; he chose that church because of its historical significance to black folks.

    When a loony on the psycho ward voices something bizarre, I like to ask them "What makes you think that?" I don't say it in a way to confront them, or to try to talk them out of whatever delusional belief they have. People who have their minds set on batshit crazy stuff are more committed to that than people who believe in the rational truth anyhow. Think of it -- to accept reality, it's as easy as falling off a log. The real world just IS.

    But if you've got some wack idea in your head, like the bloke on the ward this week who keeps going on about how there's a chip in his head that the Israeli secret service slipped in through his eyeball while he was half-sedated during a colonoscopy, and that's why he's hearing all the voices, it takes COMMITMENT to hang onto something so cuckoo. In spite of EVERYONE telling him that no such technology exists; that it takes open-skull surgery to implant something in a human's brain, that's he's a middle-aged guy with a history of mental illness who would be of no interest to Israel, even an MRI scan of his head that showed everything was normal -- he's CERTAIN he's got a chip in his head. I asked him why he thought this, and he told me it's because when he was going under for the scope, he felt something funny in his right eye, and because four years ago he was able to predict the future for an entire month, so the Mossad is after him. Alrighty then!

    So Mr. Smith, in spite of all the evidence about Root's racism, why do you believe what you do? Is it because Faux News has been pushing the line that "This can't be racism"? Is it some sort of misguided Southern pride, that young white guys with Confederate flag licence tags on their cars can't be racist terrorists in this day and age? You're not from the Carolinas, so it can't be state pride. Is it too frightening to admit that white people can be politically driven mass murderers just like Muslims? (And how do you explain white-as-snow Anders Breivik in Norway who executed those 69 kids on the Labor Party's holiday camp island?)

    You can think whatever you want to, Mr. Smith. Your opinion or mine will not change a thing in this world. I'm just curious -- have you analysed WHY you believe what you do?

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    1. I probably did a poor job of explaining my opinions. I believe Roof is racist. I also believe he's a bitter hop-head who is full of demons. And what he did is terrorism.

      But I also believe that America isn't a racist country. Sure. Some racism does exist. However, the vast majority of southerners would absolutely condemn Roof's behavior. The region plays no part in these murders. It's just another loon with a gun--same with what happened in Connecticut and Arizona.

      In fact, I would say that America is the least racist country on the face of the globe.

      But what do I know?

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    2. Come on Son, which countries are you comparing the good ol' USA to when you claim it is the least racist on the globe?

      Have you been abroad much?

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    3. For the sake of argument, let's suppose I'm full of crap.

      Would you at least concede that this shooting was the act of one drug-addled deranged young man? Or does this crime land in the lap of all white America?

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    4. I'll agree with you that Roof's massacre doesn't land in the lap of all Americans. At least not as far as the racism goes. Now as for Amerika's sick fascination with allowing everyone to have a gun, though... Yeah, that's the country's fault for making it so easy for wackos such as Root, Lanza and Laughner to get the tools for killing sprees.

      There are other countries less racist than the U.S. But not many. I reckon Australia is one although I'm a trifle "one-eyed" (Aussie slang for "prejudiced in favour of" about here. This place was officially racist, I'm talking about by LAW, until the "White Australia" immigration policy was dropped in the mid-1970s. And a lot of people still harbour hostility toward Aboriginals, thinking that they're filthy shiftless drunks. (Which many are -- they do not all mesh with the materialistic, work-and-drink whitefella culture.) That's more common amongst the older generation, though. Younger people as a whole try to be P.C.

      The official tone, in the media and government, is like America was trying to be in the post-hippie Jimmy Carter days -- "Let's be a Big Happy Family." On the psycho wards, only the craziest of madmen (and women too -- they can be vile) hurl racist insults at the African, Indian or gay nurses. There's plenty of hate-spewing loonies who curse at staff, but most don't do it in terms of skin colour. And when we get their minds under control, (not "mind control," just as opposed to "raging out of control") they rein the racism in. It's just "not on" in society here.

      Australia doesn't have police shootings that get video'ed the way the U.S. does. What takes the same place on the news here are mobile phone videos of people in public places like the train system who go on racist rants. When one of these gets captured, it goes on the TV as a sort of public shaming ritual. Everyone says "Look at that arsehole!" It's a form of "societal norming" which subtly teaches people "If you act this way, everybody in the country might be jeering at you." Not that it's going to deter every single abusive drunk, but overall it tamps the racism down. There are also laws against racial vilification. People who get filmed that way end up in court getting fines and community service. Nothing like that in America.

      That said, I agree that the U.S. is better than most with racism. What's sad is that so many more people feel emboldened to unleash their inner race hatred since Obama got elected. In the name of not being politically correct, they're dialling up the "You nigger!" meter. It doesn't help that every fourth word in gangsta rap "songs" is "nigga." The anonymity of the Internet emboldens haterz. Newspaper comment sections are horible.The idolators at ZH are sick that way too (except for this one who goes by "Potato Head" -- he seems OK.)

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    5. American people rock.

      Name another developed country that would elect a black man president? Your beloved Australia? Not in a million years. Canada? You'd have better luck skiing in hell.

      Rock on, America.

      Cheers.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree. I'm full of crap on the vast majority of issues.

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  3. Any muslim country is more racist than the U.S.

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    1. Anonymous is right. Muslim countries are disgustingly prejudiced. The light-skinned Muslims hate dark people, people who don't follow the same brand of Islam as they do (Salafi Sunnis are the WORST about that) and especially polytheists such as Hindus. There have been a couple times I've read the English-language version of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's website. He's the "moderate" Shiite mullah in Iraq, the one who's not as vengeful and stupid as Moqtada as-Sadr. But even Sistani goes into great detail about how disgusting other races and religions are, whether it's acceptable to eat food that's been prepared by some of these unclean beings, etc.

      Mr. Smith is correct that they'd like to kill us all. I'm not afraid of them doing that, though, because they're too fucking primitive and disorganised to get a world-wide killing spree done. There will be no new Caliphate. It's not like when Islam rose in the AD 700s, a a time of was a power vacuum because the Roman and Persian empires had collapsed. When Muslims come up against a well-organised nation-state, they can cause a lot of trouble but they cannot conquer. Especially now that they have turned their backs on scientific discovery in favour of grubbing for oil money and wasting their best minds of praying, praying, praying. The West sends too many smart young people into the world of maggot finance, but Islam directs them to madrassas. We're all fucked, but them worse than us.

      If you want to read some well-researched shit about the idiot mindset of the hardest-core Muslims, The Atlantic magazine (which is not exactly Pam Geller's hate-blog) had an excellent (long-ish) article titled "What ISIS Really Wants." It's both frightening and reassuring at the same time. They WANT to chop our heads off, but they're so busy killing each other that they won't have the manpower. But that's OK, in their belief system, because when they're down to the last few thousand of their jihadis and the Army of Rome is about to crush them, Jesus -- yes, THAT Jesus! -- is going to return on the side of the Muslims and wipe out their enemies.

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    2. I truly believe that Islam will be the death of us all.

      But what do I know?

      Cheers.

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