Patriarchal systems need to renew themselves through re-defining masculinity. Masculinity, the construct, is not a natural but rather a cultural means of coercion and control. Within this system, Gulf War I was waged in order to rid Bush I of his "wimp" image and to "kick the Vietnam syndrome." Gulf War II was waged to punish Saddam, the bad son who tried to kill dad, Bush I. Even though these missions have been accomplished, patriarchal authority still hasn't been restored, and with the designated victims fighting back at home and abroad, masculinity is in trouble. Nurturing dad is nowhere to be found, dad has turned into Big Brother, and we are truly in Orwell country where war is peace, freedom is slavery, etc. Naturally, stumblebum Rumsfeld will attack his enemies, calling them appeasers and Nazis. But they are neither. And wise men know this. Masculine authority will be permanently damaged or even destroyed if Rumsfeld and Bush do not vacate the field and leave governing to their betters. It really is not up to us women to get rid of these clowns. We have little or no power. Men, it's your system: you fix it. We will help, of course, we always do.
"Watch how McKinney asks questions about Dyncorp slave rings, the 3 trillion missing from the Pentagon and the 911 wargames.Notice the faces Rumsfeld, Myers, Jones, Hunter and others make!!
She is the one who struck out at a security officer who tried to detain her when she went into the Congressional chambers. I have had an officer put rough hands on me, and it threw me into a towering rage, so I can understand if she struck out. But it seems a small crime compared to the crimes she was questioning our leaders about. She lost her primary, alas, because most people bought the Koolaid. Unless the election was rigged, not an impossibility. McKinney is a brave woman. Oliver Willis, who certainly should know better, was one of the antis in her case. Black women are at the absolute bottom of the pecking order in this country. So it was easy to convince people that she was crazy. Does she seem crazy in this clip? I now feel that a lot of the battle these days is over sexual practices that men want to defend. They want their porn and their hookers, their little kid sex slaves, and so on, but at the same time they want to be able to put on a suit and tie and exercise all the power and privilege that belong to white men. To have nice wives and kiddies and mistresses too. To be respected and at the same time to indulge their wildest fantasies. To make entire countries after their own image, sucking out the resources, making billions. And if a few thousand people and a city or two get destroyed, well, things happen. It's a regular font of evil, that's what. This may seem an extreme judgment, but look around you at the world these degenerates have made in their image.
I guess sponsors and the FCC are behind the firing of liberal talk host Mike Malloy from Air America Radio. Just because he calls Bush "Chucklenuts?" Why, that's almost affectionate. There's a clip of Chucklenuts in New Orleans where he said he read Camus and three Shakespeares over his Crawford holiday. What a dope. I think Air America should either rehire Malloy or give up and cede the contest to the fascists.The left is starting to get effective. Talk radio is a
powerful medium that had a lot to do with getting the neo cons in
office; now people are tuning the right wing ranters out to listen
to Air America instead. If Malloy goes, I don't think I'm going to
feel the same about Air America. Peter Worthy, (I think that's his name) who has jumped in for Malloy, is fine, but he does not have Malloy's fire. I believe the next target will be Randi Rhodes: female, outspoken.
From ABC news on Lawrence Scott Ward, caught with pix of himself having sex with children.
Don't we all know that a professional gentleman of pleasant appearance, well educated and respected, would never engage in sex acts with children? Oh, he did? There's evidence? Uh-oh. The comments are a regular hate storm directed at this man. Most of the comments are pretty dumb, alas. Maybe these dumb responses are part of our problem with these guys. We need a rational approach to them. They could be integrated into viable communities, but our communities are no longer viable.We wouldn't allow them to have sex with children no matter how much they wanted it. We would keep an eye on them and educate the children. But no, we would rather hate and punish and let the damage go on. Ward's defenders, and they are surely many, are strangely silent. What interests me here is how this man arranged his whole life around his perversion, working very hard to project a respectable persona. We're such suckers for appearances. Everything about him was a lie, except his desire to have sex with little girls. That is how I saw the sex offenders I knew when I worked at the prison. It would have been difficult for me to guess their crimes if I had met them on the outside. They were perfectly friendly, attractive, smart, most of them. And great actors. One of them once let the mask slip and called my boss "an old bag." She just looked at him and said, "Well, I guess I'm not in your demographic." For his careless remark he lost his cushy job in the education department and was demoted to the laundry. He was a high school teacher caught having sex with a 14 year old student. In his own mind, he hadn't really committed a crime but had just been caught. If I gave you his name, you could look him up on the Internet. Pedophiles are hard to track down and hard to convict, because their crimes are committed in private. That's why photo evidence is so valuable. And Lolita isn't really fiction.
"The message, which appeared to have been sent
from a computer at nearby Henderson County High School, was peppered
with racial slurs, references to the KKK and threats of violence
against the 12-year-old seventh-grader and her older sisters.
"All I got to say is that you better watch every
move you make NIGGER and you can tell all of your older sister(s) the
KKK will be after them (too) BITCH," one line of the e-mail read.
The authors were tracked down and charged. The Poverty Law Center is focusing on the really serious cases in schools where the threatener is close at hand and where the victims are juveniles known personally to the threatener.
I have watched the first two hours of Spike Lee's masterpiece," When the Levees Broke." I will watch the last two hours on reruns because I am too upset to watch any more. The title is highly symbolic. This is the event that has made it clear to poor Black Americans that they might as well die because no one cares about them. And that goes for the elderly and infirm, too. What broke was these simple Americans' simple faith that their leaders would take care of them. That no matter how badly off they were, they were not at the level of poor Africans. But not even Condi cared about her own people. She went shoe shopping. Mayor Nagin of New Orleans had a great story. This is my heavily paraphrased version. Nagin was summoned to Air Force One (which he described as a flying penthouse) for a "briefing" with The Presence, but before he approached His Eminence, he was told he could take a shower (because he was dirty, and I presume, smelly. If Air Force One had a back door, maybe they could have let him in that way.) The aid said to keep it to five minutes. Nothing doing, he said to himself, I'll get out when I'm ready. After five minutes he heard knocking on the shower door, but he finished up at his leisure. And he had his audience with the President.I think he must have been highly amused by the protocol and the no taste opulence that the Bushes favor. Amazing, isn't it, when you consider that people were crapping in their pants not far away for lack of a toilet. What infuriated me most was seeing how people were allowed to suffer and die in ugly, humiliating circumstances, how the National Guard, arriving days late, loaded people on busses to evacuate them but refused to look them, covered with with shit, pee, menstrual fluid, limping on canes, in wheelchairs, disheveled, fat, emaciated, in short, the poor and rejected people of this country! I hate Bush, and this is only ONE of the reasons why!
It's time for a serious study of freepers. I'm keeping all the hate postings I've been getting on my hard drive and will eventually write something about them. They are a new kind of fascist created by the Internet. We don't understand the fascist mentality very well. The Germans, having had their society taken over by people of this mentality, understand them better. I think the best book ever to be written about right wing haters is Klaus Theweleit's 1972 classic, Male Fantasies, which was about the explosively furious German Freikorps, soldiers who refused to demobilize after WW I and who terrorized the populace in the period between the wars. I just found this essay by Lorraine Berry on Theweleit in which she makes the connection between our current situation in the U.S. and the Weimar period that is the subject of his book. She quotes Theweleit:
"The monumentalism of fascism would seem to be a safety mechanism
against the bewildering muliplicity of the living. The more lifeless,
regimented, and monumental reality appears to be, the more secure the
men feel. The danger is being-alive itself."
Laura Bush is the perfect female under this regime. Bush the perfect man. The nuclear family of white people with many children the perfect family. The strip mall repeating the same services for mile after mile the perfect environment. The well-chastised children sitting attentively in class, working or listening, the perfect school. And beneath the surface, vile thoughts about the Bush daughters and JonBenet Ramsey. The Bushes made one huge mistake in trying to take over America, and it is because they are Americans and not Germans. The Bushes and their cohorts are selfish and not very smart, and they lack mental discipline. The Nazis were selfless. They were mentally organized. They understood that in order to take over the government they had to control it at all levels, right down to the local police and city hall. The Bush regime has taken over the Federal Government. But their ideology of the market has led them to undervalue government, and state and local power still is strong. The Nazis, by contrast, had a policy of Gleichschaltung: they brought all public entities under their control. They did not allow business to tell them what to do. Hitler hated capitalists. They existed only to do his bidding, and they knuckled under. The Nazis lost power because of their initial military success, which led them to underestimate the resistance they would encounter in Russia. The steam is going out of the Bush Administration because the kleptocrats do not have any talent to govern. Their attempt to take over the Middle East is failing because they are losing the ideological war. In the end, all they can do is rob us, their fellow citizens, which is bad enough. But this is not a fascist country. Yet.
Mike Malloy just nuked a right wing caller! Ha! I love it. He told him to get lost and hung up! He, like me, awaits a conservative who can argue coherently without blowing a fuse. But I just get the crazies. Why do you freepers bother with people like me when we are so unimportant? If you have got some good arguments that do not feature profanity and calling me fat and sexually unattractive to you, threatening physical harm or murder and so on, I'd love to hear them. I'm torn between continuing to delete posts as they pop up or going to moderation. One thing for sure: Nothing is going to shut me up. And I'm going to start tracking you and saving all your posts. Death threats are not nice. Get back on your meds, guys. Beats me how you think you can intimidate a tough ex-correctional educator like me who has seen it all. More on the Ramsey case from America Blog, and then I'm done with it:
Mark Karr, 41, will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will
face charges of first degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual
assault, Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security told a news conference in Bangkok.
DNA evidence does not support his confession, it appears. So we're back where we started. But at least the news story diverted attention from Bush's failures for a while.