April 13, 2011
Let’s get something out of the way before I start a nuclear-powered rant.
I love words. The written word, or even the spoken word, is the greatest tool at our disposal for the dissemination of emotions, opinions, and points of view. Visual art can sometimes do a better job, but the right construction of words, the right application of grammar and syntax, is a beautiful thing.
That being said…
To the far right movement in America… suck my electronic text, you slopped-forehead evolutionary throwbacks.
The internet, for all its faults, is a forum where anyone, ANYONE, can post an opinion, a piece of art, or just use the combined electronic advancements of the last fifty years to watch cats do funny things.
Three small, almost innocuous incidents caught my attention this morning. My dear enemies in the Far Right (oh, where would this site be without you) did three things that showed me that not only are they getting craftier, they are now intruding on the realm of words, the aether of logos, and I am going guns akimbo on them.
Make “Gay” a Dirty Word
Please watch this video. It’s really short, but it shows just how desperate the Far Right is to make sure their agenda gets embraced by everyone instead of just white redneck hicks.
This is from “The Awakening” conference at Liberty University. Our dear speaker is going on about how “gay” implies an identity and how renaming it something else will give them edge.
Basically, he wants to make sure the Far Right phrases things in the context of “they must WANT to be gay.”
Among the more tasteful terms they wish to use to refer to homosexuality are – “Same-sex attraction,” “Same-sex intercourse,” “Sodomy,” and “Unnatural vice.” There could a whole article just on each of these, but let me say this.
“Gay” is about as dirty as “homosexual.”
If we need to just go back to scientific terms and refer to people as “homosexual,” “bisexual,” or whatever, fine. We’ll strip ALL the propaganda and tone form the conversation. Let’s see who wins.
And if we’re going to go around branding this graphically, allow me to be the first to stand up to the Caucasian vaginal penetration agenda.
Yeah, I said it.
Fact Are Irrelevant to My Argument
Senator Jon Kyl has a very… interesting concept of the standard debate. After getting in front of the Senate and stating that we must defund Planned Parenthood because abortion is well over “90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
I won’t go over the fact that this is a horrendously erroneous statistic, but whatever he might have said (he could have claimed ants invented Telemundo), the fact remains that the crux of his argument was the statistic. His office, though, responded by saying that his argument was not meant to be factual.
But the statistic was meant to illustrate a point…
But the point was the statistic…
But the statistic was made up…
I’m going to stop before I get sucked into a Möbius strip of stupidity.
Let that sink in for a moment. The argument that hinges on a false statement is still valid because… the statement was made. Yeah… I’m going to go ahead and state that Kyl is a pedophile who can’t get an erection unless he kills a dog, because, while not factual, it is relevant to my overall argument.
Ride the Tubes!
The Tea Party is getting some training in internet guerilla warfare. Watch:
Basically, they’re being told to blog, give out negative reviews to liberal films and documentaries, and otherwise clog the internet with as much conservative cholesterol as possible. This is not only a dirty tactic, it’s downright dishonest.
What would Jesus do? Would be comment on something without knowing what it was? Would he lie to hurt his enemies?
More to the point, what do they hope to accomplish by lying, but going to classes where the main purpose is to fool people? Lying can reveal truth if used properly, but to cheat and spew falsehoods for the sheer purpose of making someone else look bad, to spread “facts” you know to be wrong, is the lowest form of debate.
It’s not even debate. It’s sick.
There you have it, folks. The Far Right conservative movement. I really wish I could say it’s the FAR right, but this has some bleed-through to the regular conservative movement. Words have power, and if we let these self-righteous hypocrites hijack language, we lose. It’s that simple.
- Just because it might take a while to get good at something does not mean you get to pass off “amateur” as some sort of style.
- It’s an old article, but take a look at the future of plagiarism.
- Some celebrities have played for the other team, but only to experiment. Find out which made the list.
- Three words: epic, Lego, tower.
- it turns out that tech withdrawal is the same as drug withdrawal. Really? It makes sense on a certain level, but I hate that we’ve gotten to the point where technology really is the same as crack.
- The Jersey Shore cast will be paid $100,000 per episode… $100,000 to get drunk and be stupid… I want to napalm New Jersey now.
- George Takei just oozes awesome… and this ringtone proves it.
- Helen Mirren is a great actress, a movie icon… and her breasts will take you to Heaven itself.
- This has to be my favorite prank of the year. It takes a little ingenuity, but this news anchor got his co-anchor to lick an iPad.
- And finally, while I’m not one to go for overtly sentimental films, this one about a poor, elderly villager who returns to school to learn to read got the teacher in me. I’d love to see it. That’s all for today. See you Friday!