STEWART: We poisoned that brand. Just out of curiosity, let me ask you a question, and I mean this sincerely. How do you poison a cyanide factory? But see, the little game that they play here is, the only reason the right looks bad is that these guys are unfair liars to us. […] My points is, we don’t like. We don’t distort. We actually have a fellow who works in the building who uses every fiber of his being to prevent us from doing so, that moral bastard. [..] The point is on the right, pretending that our truthfulness is what’s really important to them, which ironically is not true. What matters to the right is discrediting anything that they believe harms their side. That’s their prime directive.
If there’s one thing Conservatives HATE- especially those in the print and visual media- it’s being fact-checked and being called out for their unadulterated hyper-partisan bullshit. They’ve collectively hated Jon Stewart for focusing on them for years…which he wouldn’t have done had they not made themselves such delicious targets. Telling the truth is boring; if Conservatives in the media had focused on that instead of spreading propaganda and Right-wing talking points, Stewart would have moved onto something funny. As it was, they determined it was in their best interest to hold Stewart accountable for being “mean” to them and demand that he leave them alone. That Stewart didn’t is a credit to his commitment to truth-telling…and his keen eye for hilarious bullshit passed off as news and informed commentary.
Megyn Kelly dissed Stewart for not being “a force for good.”. Rich Lowry whined that Stewart was mean to Conservatives. Other Conservatives have dinged him for presenting mean-spirited personal attacks unsupported by actual…you know, evidence. That they almost uniformly provide no examples or evidence to support their claims is apropos of nothing. For most Conservative pundits, the mere fact that words tumble from their lips ipso facto imbues them with the patina of truth and righteousness. They talk, ergo they’re relevant.
A national poll of Republican primary voters conducted by Public Policy Polling finds that 57 percent of these voters support “establishing Christianity as the national religion.” The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”…. Only 30 percent of Republican voters believe that Congress should not make a law respecting an establishment of religion, according to the poll. The same poll also finds that 74 percent of GOP primary voters have a favorable opinion of former President George W. Bush. Two-thirds (66%) do not believe in global warming, and a plurality (49%) do not believe in evolution.
Reading through the above, I find myself angry, bewildered, and stunned. Angry that a majority of Christians (or at least those Republican primary voters who call themselves “Christian”) express a willingness to force their belief on me…because Jesus. Bewildered that so many seem so distressingly ignorant of the very Constitution they profess to revere. Stunned that George W. Bush, even after his eight-year Reign of Error ©, is still held in high esteem by those who profess follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. The preponderance of ignorance and arrogance inherent in the poll results speaks to a voting populace that simply doesn’t care- about decency, about honesty, about tolerance, or even about religious freedom…other than their own.
An Alabama congressman with virulently anti-immigrant beliefs has a new theory on who may be causing the current measles outbreak: “illegal aliens.”…. Appearing on the Matt Murphy radio show Tuesday morning, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was asked by the host whether he saw any correlation between immigration and the measles outbreak that has erupted in the United States. Brooks began by offering a red herring that “illegal aliens” are bringing new diseases into the country, before going on to suggest that they could be behind measles as well.
It can be difficult to know where to begin when dealing people whose devotion to the truth is tenuous at best and non-existent at worst. You can’t rely on facts…because they make up their own facts on the fly as needed to support their narrative. You can’t refute their “facts,” because they very often have little to no basis in reality, so dealing in abject reality is a recipe for frustration. No, sometimes the best, and sometimes only, tactic available to those who inhabit the realm of the empirical and demonstrable is to wait for the maroons to overstep and thus establish themselves unequivocally as fools and despots.
In this case, we have a two-fer. First up in Rep. Mo Brooks, who would have been a worthy and perennial “honoree” from my old Dumb@$$ Award days. Prone to make stuff up on the fly, particularly when it comes to tossing ridiculous accusations at Republican bogeymen (minorities, the poor, immigrants-illegal or otherwise, etc., ad nauseum, and infinitum. In this case, he’s raising the possibility that “illegal aliens” may be responsible for bringing the measles virus into the U.S. Though he claims to have sympathy for the plight of illegal aliens, he’s not above using and promoting fear of The Other in order to advance his narrative.
The truth is that all that points to measles being imported are cases of infected European travelers entering the U.S. ‘Course, it’s tougher to demonize Europeans…’cuz they kinda look like us, knowhutimean?
Oh, and if his blaming “illegal aliens” for measles wasn’t absurd enough, he also floated the idea of impeaching the President for his handling of the immigration issue. Of course; impeachment seems to be the go-to Republicans solution for virtually every intractable problem. It’s a one-size-fits-all solution to any problem, regardless of severity.
We are not at war with Islam, we are at war with those who have perverted Islam.
- Barack Obama
It should be self-evident, but it seems that some still don’t get it: ISIS/ISIL is as much about Islam as Adolf Hitler was about Christianity. Both assumed the imprimatur of their Almighty as justification for their brutality and genocide, but neither represented an accurate portrayal of their respective religion. Neither Christianity nor Islam provides justification for murder, particularly on a massive scale. Despite this, many in this country condemn Islam as the religion of terrorism while conveniently ignoring the role Christianity has historically played. Those who condemn Islam ignore the historical truth of the Crusades and the Holocaust. Millions were killed in the name of Jesus Christ (the Holocaust had other “justifications” besides Christianity), but there can be no doubt about or denial of the central role Christianity played in each genocide. If you’re looking for more contemporary examples of “Christian” terrorism, they’re not difficult to find- Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Paul Hill, Scott Roeder, and the list goes on.
Christian terrorists pose a far greater risk to the Homeland, than those who cling to Islam, but Conservative outrage has prevented the federal government from devoting the resources necessary to protecting Americans from the terrorists who live among and look like us. After all, it’s SO much easier to hate and fear those who look and believe differently. It’s a much different, and far more difficult task, to address the problem of domestic terrorism when those who would seek to kill us could blend in anywhere…and some would deny the resources to monitor and interdict Christian terror plots.
As I’m writing this, I’m (finally) sitting in the dining room of our new home. The sunlight announcing a beautiful Saturday morning along the bluff streams in the window (I’d forgotten the house faces east), and I have the place to myself for awhile. As I ponder life while listening to some Alan Jackson, life seems pretty damned good.
It took 14 hours, two trips, and two movers who worked without a break to transport our life the ten miles from Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood to University Park near the University of Portland. My back is so sore that I can barely move, but now that it’s all done, I can (almost) say it was worth it. We may be surrounded by unpacked boxes, yet to be opened boxes, and more than a little chaos, but the worst of it is over. Once we managed to find the coffee and the coffee maker, we know there was hope. There’s a lot of work remaining to be done, but nothing that’s time-critical…at least so far as I know.
After signing the papers at 6 a.m. and finally get the keys at 11:30 a.m., Erin and I had finally made it through the process of finding a home together. The truly amazing part of it all was how quickly it all happened. From the time Erin texted me on Christmas Eve with the suggestion that we buy a home together, just a shade over two months transpired. Now I’m sitting in a home with three times the floor space and I’m not quite certain what to do with myself…though sitting on the front porch with a margarita (at 10 a.m. no less) is starting to sound pretty good.
I could sit here all day and enjoy the sunshine…and if I can get away with it, I just might.