Facebook is such a. . .place. Some wonderful stuff happens, and some dreadful stuff. But what is at once delightful and utterly maddening are the peeks one gets into the minds of others, and the stunning lack of thought and insight that often may be found there.
The Facebook status of a woman about my age, who also happens to be a church-going Catholic, also like me:
Just because someone has a different opinion than yours doesn’t mean they’re ignorant or stupid. Moral issues are a matter of personal choice, and we are all entitled to our beliefs. Respect mine, and I will respect yours. Just sayin’.
This status then proceeds to be “liked” by 20 other people (a rather high number for the circles we keep on FB), including 2 other “faithful” Catholics.
Many of you, especially anyone out Plonk mining, will say that the surface nonsense posited by the status above is either harmless, or a fine summation of what passes for critical thought in regard to social interaction and the origins of moral strictures. And if you’re one of the 225 million lemmings with the cortical capacity of an artichoke here in the US, I guess that at least represents a form of consistency. And if it came from the postings of a callow, 17 year-old idealist, I at least could then be patient. To quote Churchill: “To be 17 and a conservative is to have no heart. To be 37 and a liberal is to have no brain.”
But dammit all, the woman who posted this (who’s past 37) and the two other deadheads (also past 37) who endorse this are Catholics, and they know better. But, much to my rage -as I teach a class on Christian Morality- they wimp out and go for the flabby, internally inconsistent and flat-out wrong, default-current-vogue belief that morality is entirely relative.
Look at what she said: “Morality is a matter of personal choice.” That is utter bullshit that won’t stand 45 seconds of real scrutiny. Don’t think so? Try stealing her stereo. She’ll then claim that I can’t do that.
“But I can. My personal morals state that all property is public property. What is yours is mine, so I can use it anytime I want. You just said that morality is a personal choice. OK. I choose to believe all property is public. AND you have to respect that. You said so yourself.”
At which point, she’ll make an appeal to higher authority, if for no other reason than our “moralties” are in conflict. (And we aren’t really talking about moralities, but incredible vague and effectively meaningless ethical structures) Which is fine. I can then point out that morality is not personal, but stems from something higher than just me and you, as you are now making an appeal outside of us for what is right and wrong. What that thing is leads to further debate, true enough, though it is undeniable that her position is utterly untenable and meaningless. So, for God’s sake, can we please get away from such flabby, useless pablum? That statement is pathetic, and all the more so in that it came from a Catholic woman, college educated, who for-the-love-of-Christ OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER!!
First Teh Pain, then Teh Funnay UPDATED January 20, 2009Posted by Administrator in Creepiness, Cultural Pessimism, Humor, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Mechanistic Relativism, wtf?.
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First, click the link down below and watch the video. (WARNING: Hardcore Obamaniacs are going to be immune to Teh Funnay, and may well find the video to be spiritually enlightening. If so, stop after having watched the video). (SECOND WARNING: If you are not thrilled with Mr. Obama or are, like me, completely appalled at the Cult of Personality that has come to surround our 44th President, the video will be more than a little disturbing and quite possibly stomach-churning). Movie link:
List of the Deranged: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, John Singleton, Anthony Kiedis (oh. . my . . .GOSH the man is unhinged), Will.I.Am, George Lopez, Marisa Tomei and (the following are those that it kills me to see having had anything at all to do with this gawdawful paean of self-serving hogwash that didn’t involve a flame-thrower and a public petition to have the Kushton/Moorobot deported to Antarctica), Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart and Bryce Dallas Howard.
It is hypocrisy of the first water that any of the ideas suggested in this video are somehow ennobled for being done during the Obama Administration, but were dismissed or outright ridiculed as insignificant when done during the Bush Administration.
BONUS POINTS to anyone who can identify who I think is a closet-conservative poking fun at the Kutcher/Moorobot’s sanctimonious hypocrisy; but because they are so blinded by Messianic Fervor, they cannot see the obvious foolishness of their posturing.
NOW FOR TEH FUNNAY: If you are feeling more than a little nauseated after having watched that modern-day hommage to Leni Riefenstahl, perhaps clicking the link down below for IowaHawk’s hysterical. . .I mean HYSTERICAL take on that selfsame video will assist you in curing your urge to vomit. http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/dburge/2009/01/20/i-pledge/
Then, look and see how these consciousness-raised assholes pick up after themselves?
“No, Laeticia. Picking up da trash ain’t no job fo’ us LIBERALS!”
Assholes. That’s just all. Assholes presenting us a microcosmic glance into the future. Having pissed all over the Capital, they leave the mess for someone else to clean up.
Now, on to the rest of the country.
The New Yearly Civic Church meeting. . .. September 14, 2008Posted by Administrator in atheism, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal self-loathing, wtf?.
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. . .occurs every Labor day week in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It is known as Burning Man. A testament to functional anarchy (which sounds like an oxymoron, thereby reflecting the modern Progressive desire to have their cake and eat it too), the groups Principles state:
Of the variety of goals fostered by participatory attendees, known as “Burners”, Burning Man does not have a single focus. Features of the event are subject to the participants and include community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, and revelry. Participation is encouraged.
The Burning Man event is governed by the 10 principles of Burning Man, which are radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy.
- Radical inclusion
Anyone is welcomed and there are no prerequisites to be part of Burning Man. All participants are expected to bring a ticket, provide for their own basic needs, and follow the minimal rules of the event.
Instead of cash, event participants are encouraged to rely on a gift economy, a sort of potlatch. In the earliest days of the event, an underground barter economy also existed, in which burners exchanged material goods and/or “favors” with each other. While this was originally supported by the Burning Man organization, this now is largely discouraged. Instead, burners are encouraged to give gifts to one another unconditionally.
We don’t have attendees. We have burners.
No cash transactions are permitted at the event in accordance with the principles of Burning Man, with the exception of the following:
- Admission tickets, although tickets for the 2008 event are only available in advance at select stores, by mail or via the Burning Man ticket website.
- Café beverages such as coffee, chai, lemonade, etc., which are sold at Center Camp Café.
- Ice, available for purchase at three places in the city: “Camp Arctica” in Center Camp, “Ice Cubed” at the 3 o’clock portal and “Ice-9” at the 9 o’clock portal. Ice sales benefit the local Gerlach-Empire school system.
- Tickets for the shuttle bus to the nearest Nevada communities of Gerlach and Empire which is operated by contractor Green Tortoise.
- A re-entry wristband, which allows a person to leave and re-enter the event and may be purchased at the gate upon exit.
- An airport use fee, payable at the airport upon first entry.
- RV dump service and camp gray water disposal service, available for cash from Johnny on the Spot, the official contractor.
- Diesel and biodiesel, supplied by Sierra Fuels, the official contractor.
- Private portable toilets and servicing, which can be arranged with the official contractor.
- Radical self-reliance
Because of the event’s harsh environment and remote location, participants are expected to be responsible for their own subsistence. Since the LLC forbids any commerce, with the exception of the items stated in Decommodification, participants must be prepared and bring their own supplies such as water, food, proper clothing and shelter, just to name a few. Nothing is provided by the event with the exception of portable toilets.. The only items for sale during the event are ice, chai, coffee and lemonade.
- Radical self-expression
Participants are encouraged to express themselves in a number of ways through various art forms and projects. The event is clothing-optional and public nudity is common, though not practiced by the majority.
- Communal effort
Burning Man is a cooperative and collaborative event. Participants are encouraged to work with and help fellow participants.
- Civic responsibility
Participants are encouraged and assume responsibility to be part of a civil society in which federal, state and local laws are obeyed and communicate this to other participants.
- “Leave No Trace” policy
Participants are committed to a leave-no-trace event. They strive to leave the area around them in better condition than before their arrival to ensure their participation does not have a long term impact on the environment.
“Attendees” are encouraged to participate since Burning Man is about participation in one form or another.
Participants are asked to become part of the event, to experience what is around them and society and to explore their inner selves and their relation to the event.
This happy collection of mindless nonsense culminates in the incineration of a huge wooden effigy, the likeness of a man, on Saturday of the event.
This pagan spectacle, embodying all the stale foolishness of modern Wiccanism combined with the last gasps of the Flower Power generation rejects virtually all of the Christian order that Western Civilization was founded upon.
But it does have themes. Art themes from previous years include:
2007 — The Green Man
2006 — Hope & Fear
2005 — Psyche
2004 — Vault of Heaven
2003 — Beyond Belief
2002 — The Floating World
2001 — The Seven Ages
2000 — The Body
1999 — The Wheel of Time
1998 — The Nebulous Entity
1997 Playa Art
1996 Playa Art
1992-1995 Playa Art
2008’s theme was, “The American Dream.” Many long-time hippy hangovers decided not to attend this year, given that such a theme counters their long-held anti-Republican prejudices. Not coincidentally, law enforcement citations dropped for the first time in a decade.
But next year, citations will go up, as the old-timers will flock to Black Rock, along with many New Atheists with whom these dingdongs share a common quest for relativity.
The 2009 theme?
Naturally. Burning Man comes full circle by welcoming the thought of one of its main prophets. Too bad Nietzsche doesn’t have such an appealing theme. “Will to Power” just doesn’t cut it. “God is dead” isn’t too bad for these idiots. In fact, I am now surprised they don’t use Nietzsche as the art theme. Imagine the possibilities: Pictures of Dachau and the Gulag, paired with films shot in Haight Ashbury in 1968.
The mind boggles.
This culture is going to hell.
Oh, Fuck you. September 12, 2008Posted by Administrator in Creepiness, Cultural Pessimism, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Politics, wtf?.
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No, seriously. FUCK YOU.
But what of the rest of the world? This is the reaction I fear most. For Obama has stirred an excitement around the globe unmatched by any American politician in living memory. Polling in Germany, France, Britain and Russia shows that Obama would win by whopping majorities, with the pattern repeated in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. If November 4 were a global ballot, Obama would win it handsomely. If the free world could choose its leader, it would be Barack Obama.
If Americans choose McCain, they will be turning their back on the rest of the world, choosing to show us four more years of the Bush-Cheney finger. And I predict a deeply unpleasant shift.
Rachel Lucas has the smackdown on that mendacious horseshit about polling in other countries.
My main beef, other than that, is with this phrase:
If the free world could choose its leader, it would be Barack Obama.
Attention, British Asshat: We, the American people, are electing an American president.
Not the leader of the free world. We don’t have that authority. You don’t like who we elect, for our own fricking country? Then fix your own problems and stop looking to us to pull your chestnuts out of the fire.
In the meantime, STFU and GTFO the Internets, asshat.
The people at dKos and DU are assholes. September 3, 2008Posted by Administrator in Creepiness, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, wtf?.
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Plain and simple.
“If health insurance for all, an end to the Iraq War, an end to torture and illegal wiretapping, and a sane energy policy can be obtained at the price of destroying one teenage girl, her family, and the surrendering our self-respect I see that as a cheap trade.”
“Are you telling me that you would not use character-destroying lies to ensure a war against Iran does not occur? . . . What choice do we have? When faced with monsters, we have to be monstrous ourselves.”
Are you telling me you would not destroy the love a family holds for one another, even if it meant letting someone who would destroy the constitution become president?
That is all.
In Case I Suffer a Stroke September 2, 2008Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Pharyngulism, Politics, Pro-Life, wtf?.
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. . .I have effectively locked the blog. Only approved observers (that pretty much being me) can view the4 blog, as I do not want students from my teaching blog accessing this one.
No more Pharyngula lurkers. Boo hoo hoo.
But, some quick commentary on the Sarah Palin for Veep choice, and the Left’s quick condemnation of her.
Comment 1: She’s inexperienced. File this under WTF? I mean, look at Obama’s experience.
Comment 2: Palin’s 5th child, Trig, is actually born by her daughter, Bristol. This is how the LEftie’s manage this one:
122. What many here don’t understand. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. RUMOR IS TRUTH.
The modern laws of media hype and political warfare have a useful tenet:
Repeat ANYTHING or raise false concern over ANYTHING and it is likely to be planted in the conscious/subconscious of many voters.
If people start to think that there might be something fishy with Palin’s last kid (if hers), then that’s FINE. One more doubt (whether tied to reality or not) is another hesitation at the ballot box.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE. The “rising above it” bullshit has served us so well in the past, hasn’t it?
If you have problems with the story, then STFU and get out of the way of Dems who are engaged in MODERN POLITICAL WARFARE. Go tend your garden or some other pedestrian task, because the “concern trolls” are not helping shape the message.
OK, then. Truth, beauty, nevermind. Start a meme, no matter how Out There, and expect the voters to latch on.
Nice. I keep hearing how the Dems are the ethical party.
Then there’s the fact that Bristol IS pregnant. Comments from everyone’s favorite idiot, Little Paul Myers:
The issues here should not be “OMG her daughter is pregnant out of wedlock”, but “What are the candidates proposed policies for dealing with the issue of teen pregnancy?” That Palin’s daughter is pregnant should not be of any concern to either campaign; that Palin’s policies of an active maintenance of reproductive ignorance are manifest failures is.
But you ARE turning it into an issue, Little Paul, when you bring the two together like that.
She’s pro-ignorance and anti-civil rights all the way, opposing gay marriage, sex education, and reproductive rights for women. No surprise at all, I know. Here are some answers that jumped out at me:
2. Will you support the right of parents to opt out their children from curricula, books, classes, or surveys, which parents consider privacy-invading or offensive to their religion or conscience?Why or why not?
SP: Yes. Parents should have the ultimate control over what their children are taught.
She wants kids to be taught only what the parents believe, which is a disaster for education. It dictates that the next generation can be no wiser, barring exceptional effort from the kids themselves, than the previous. This is an angle to give religion a trump card over science, and jingo priority over history, by making it easy to prevent kids from being exposed to reality.
Right. We now see that Little Paul believes that the State is the only being responsible enough to raise kids. Oy gevalt.
11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
See Question 2 above. Do we really want stupid people dictating what people should learn?
No. That’s why we want PARENTS in charge of education. not you.
Here’s another answer from Palin that suddenly has more significance:
3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
Now, are you ready to hear this?
Sarah and Todd Palin say their 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.The couple said in a statement released by John McCain’s presidential campaign that Bristol will keep her baby.
I’m flummoxed. Here’s another personal issue that is none of the voters’ business, that will distract the media from discussing the issues, yet it speaks directly to Palin’s support for bad reproductive and educational policy.
WTF is this moron’s problem? She is for abstinence-inly education. Her daughter then gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby. And again, he claims this is no issue to be discussed publicly, then he does just that.
Asshole. Brainless asshole.
Book-sorting according to Amanda the Berserk August 10, 2008Posted by Administrator in Creepiness, Cultural Pessimism, Humor, Idiots, Liberal self-loathing, Mechanistic Relativism, Pandamansanity, wtf?.
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Political Correctness Invades Safeco Field July 25, 2008Posted by Administrator in Humor, Idiots, Soviet of Seattle, Sports, wtf?.
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Words fail me, but they do not fail Intern Bill of The BigLead.
In case you’re worried about some people saying that you’re raising a bunch of completely sheltered, overmedicated freaks, we’re here to say “that’s OK!” Because we here at Safeco Field know that when you have a kid who is really just an obnoxious moron, we call it “Asperger’s Syndrome.” It saves you from the needless discomfort of actually disciplining your kids. When you have a girl who is just a little on the chunky side, we say that she’s got “Celiac Disease,” and she needs to watch her gluten intake. We wouldn’t want to call her fat, hide the ice cream, and strategically place issues of Seventeen magazine in her room, because that might not be good for her self-esteem. And finally, when your little vag-dumpling is so highly-medicated that he/she/or-whatever-gender-they’re-free-to-choose are walking around like Zach Braff in the 1st part of Garden State, they might be zombies and wearing weird eye makeup, but at least they won’t be offending anyone!
The Seattle Mariners! Last place in the standings, and last place in life! It’s called “SAFE-co Field” for a reason!
PZ Idiocy Linkfest July 14, 2008Posted by Administrator in atheism, Blogging, Catholicism, Creepiness, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Pharyngulism, wtf?.
The man reminds me of a rabid homophobe who has secret homosexual tendencies. The more he raves at the object of his secret obsession, the safer he feels.
Minnesota Indy interview (full of softball questions. The comments are typical, though tjswift is hilarious.
Fox News on the original foofaraw that got PZ’s panties all in a bunch.
Fr. James Martin in America.
Then PZ went and posted all the public information on a couple of lintheads who sent him evil threatening e-mails. PZ ended up taking them down, because his sycophants went crazy on the lintheads. PZ re-wrote the post, with this classic quote:
It is most definitely not intended to incite harassment. I do not want you to be dunning these people with email, threatening them back, signing them up for spam, or otherwise being a jerk. For one thing, we can’t be certain that an innocent’s account hasn’t been hijacked; for another, we’re supposed to be better than that.
Res Ipsa Loquitur. They cannot be better; philosophically, logically, they are acting exactly as they should; with malice and venom. PZ knew that was going to happen, and he simply didn’t care. Orac, another ScienceBlogs writer, took PZ to task on this idiotic action of his with great charity:
What on earth did you expect, P.Z., posting the e-mails and the entire headers?
Clearly you didn’t think things through.
But he did. PZ is a sanctimonious, hypocritical asshat, a fundamentalist prophet of the Church of Atheism, but he is not stupid. He knew what would happen.
Anyway, there is more, much more, more than one could possibly care to stomach over at Pharyngula, but those can be searched for by others.
I for one, am very curious to see exactly what he does to commit sacrilege to the Eucharist. Not for any real harm that can come to Christ; I am confident that He can take care of Himself. No, I am more curious to see how it further illustrates PZ’s consistent, pathological hatred (that word is used carefully) of religion, particularly Christianity.
DNC Dipseedoodidiocy, Redux June 25, 2008Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Environmentalism, Global Warming, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Politics, wtf?.
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She ain’t working alone. Fresh from their own padded rooms come Denver mayor John Hickenlooper,
and “Greening Director” Andrea Robinson, whose stated goal is to provide “the most sustainable political convention in modern American history.”.
This includes having Garbage Nazis a Trash Brigade make sure that everything is disposed of properly.
Decked out in green shirts, 900 volunteers will hover at waste-disposal stations to make sure delegates put each scrap of trash in the proper bin. Lest a fork slip into the wrong container unnoticed, volunteers will paw through every bag before it is hauled away.
However, according to the WSJ, there are some snags on the road to true Greenness for our rezident hypocrites.
For instance, using all-cotton, union-made in USA fanny packs:
Official merchandiser Bob DeMasse scoured the country. His weary conclusion: “That just doesn’t exist.”
Ditto for the baseball caps. “We have a union cap or an organic cap,” Mr. DeMasse says. “But we don’t have a union-organic offering.”
Then there is the issue of precedent:
After all, the last time Democrats met in Denver — to nominate William Jennings Bryan in 1908 — they dispatched horse-drawn wagons to bring snow from the Rocky Mountains to cool the meeting hall. Ms. Robinson suspected modern-day delegates would prefer air conditioning. So she quickly modified the mayor’s goal: She’d supervise “the most sustainable political convention in modern American history.”
Can I make a suggestion? Use the 1908 version of cooling the blowhards self-important asshats delegates and candidates. Eliminate air conditioning. Ever given any thought on how THAT contributes to “global warming“?
While cooling needs increase energy use, heating needs reduce the amount. Since cooling (using electricity) is more inefficient than heating, the increase in primary energy use is amplified. Over time, the increase in cooling outweighs the decrease in heating leading to an overall increase.
The DNC this year is in Denver, August 25-28. Average daily temp in Denver in late August? 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Sounds like AC weather to me, especially when you’re talking about a bunch of overweight, overly self-important Democrats. But if they’re serious about this greening stuff, they’ll turn off the AC.
Think that’ll happen? Cold day in hell, and so on.
Actually, a guy named Fred Smith has the right idea:
Watching the greening frenzy from afar, Fred L. Smith Jr., president of the libertarian Washington think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, suggested the Democrats could really shrink their footprint by staging a virtual-reality convention: “Just have everyone stay at home with their laptops, sitting in their pajamas, interacting through their avatars.”
Just imagine. All that vast carbon footprint brought about from travel, AC usage and tremendous amounts of Liberally Hypocritical Hot Air, gone.
But do you think Mayor Green would think that is such a great idea? The economic impact on Boston from the 2004 Hypocrisy Cattle Call DNC was estimated at $163 million. Think it will be any less in Denver? Even in a recession? Don’t count on it. There is NO WAY Mayor Green would dare even think about endorsing Smith’s brilliant Green Scheme for the DNC if it means the good people of Denver lose out on ‘prox $170 million.
I mean, Greening is all well and good. But economic growth comes first.