Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I hadn't considered this aspect of the whole Spitzer thing.

Thankfully The Onion is on the job.

My Country, Wright and Wrong.

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright thinks that, given their treatment by white America, black Americans have no reason to sing "God Bless America." "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America," he told his congregation. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human."

I'm not a believer in guilt by association, or the campaign vaudeville of rival politicians insisting this or that candidate disassociate himself from remarks by some fellow he had a 30-second grip'n'greet with a decade ago. But Jeremiah Wright is not exactly peripheral to Barack Obama's life. He married the Obamas and baptized their children. Those of us who made the mistake of buying the Senator's last book, The Audacity Of Hope, and assumed the title was an ingeniously parodic distillation of the great sonorous banality of an entire genre of blandly uplifting political writing discovered circa page 127 that in fact the phrase comes from one of the Reverend Wright's sermons. Jeremiah Wright has been Barack Obama's pastor for 20 years — in other words, pretty much the Senator's entire adult life. Did Obama consider God Damn America as a title for his book but it didn't focus-group so well?

Blackwater Fever.

It’s new, it’s so bad they named it after the hated American mercenaries, because it kills the innocent just like they do. Slamming Blackwater is always fun and really adds some zing to this story suggesting that an Iraqi malaria epidemic is being kept secret. Too bad these moron reporters not only don’t know their subject, they apparently don’t know how to use Google.

Global Warming Appears Nonexistent; Scientists Baffled By Mysterious Disagreement of Real Empirical Evidence with their Crazy-Awesome Computer Models.

"When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything."

-G.K. Chesterton
As we've substantially reduced most of the our genuine pollutants without actually paying much of price for our materialism (that is, without wrecking our economy and all becoming sustenance farmers like all those noble third worlders who have so much wisdom and live so close to the land, at least until they die in their early forties), we had to invent a new pollutant that we couldn't possibly reduce without destroying the Western way of life. This time the new sin would not involve nitrous oxide or sulfur or one of the pollutants we could more or less painlessly eliminate without giving up our wasteful, materialistic shallow lifestyles.