Monday, October 14, 2013


It occurs to me that the Marquis de Sade has much in common with Hannibal Lecter: Just switch serial-killing/cannibalism for rape/theatre.

Each is violent, involving the thrill of the hunt and the pleasure of consumption simultaneous with a profound and pathological hatred of virtue.
Sadist-Lecterians [sic] achieve cerebral orgasm, what the French refer to as jouissance, when engaging their prey. The fashion, style, method of stalking and killing/debauching is primary.
Combine this with genius and excess libido on a societal scale and you get one hot mess.
For the moment, we have such a scenario with the Tea Party Republicans on Capitol Hill, for whom serial-killing/cannibalism and sodomy/theatre is transfigured into Armageddon/ideology. Seriously look in their faces, the true believers are really getting off on all this.
And don’t kid yourself about Ted Cruz. He is a genius, a term that originally referred to “generative power” then evolved into a sense of “characteristic disposition” and eventually became a “person of natural intelligence or talent.” Cruz’s father is an evangelical preacher who raised his son to believe that he, like himself, was on a mission from God to rid the world of communists. It’s been his family’s tradition to try and bring Rome to its knees and engender the Second Coming of Christ. Cruz is a genie out of his father’s bottle. Apocalypse is the family business. They’re here to wake us up.
Many of us rightly oppose Corporate Libertarianism and Wall Street, but where corporations exploit our desires the Tea Party dominionists want to consume them. They’re seeking a final solution to what they think is wrong with the world. They want to eat up everything we love and crap it out [so do corporate libertarians, but they don’t hate nature, they’re simply addicted to exploiting her].
As politics make strange bedfellows, Occupiers and such might consider supporting Wall Street’s fight against Right Wing dominionists. You can reason with a greedy person who believes in evolution and global warming. How can you even talk to a zealot who literally gets off on denying both?
If it’s not snuffed now, this particular malignancy in our society will continue metastasizing. The larger it grows, the more gruesome its treatment will necessarily be.
Drastic measures seem called for if we want to preserve a habitable world. There’s simply no room for the Right Wing dominionist menace in the 21st Century. We can’t let America’s version of the Taliban win.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


In a post-Westphalia era defined by climate change and ecological collapse, where the whole of life is being ruled with belligerent ignorance, drastic measures seem necessary if we’re to have any hope for a livable future.
How do we get there?
Maybe we should watch Obama. He’s been handing the Right Wing the rope by which it’s hanging itself. Corporate Libertarians and Christian fascists are at war. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, many claim that the empire will collapse. The troops will come home as our global interests shrink. The world will change what it expects from the U.S. government, which in turn will lower its own expectations regarding its greatness and the superiority of its people.
After this collapse, the Right Wing will likely be blamed by most of the citizenry and the government will feel empowered to permanently curtail the political influence of religious fanatics and greedy global corporations. Non-corporate libertarian corporations that focus on societal well-being and non-profit agencies will try filling the service vacuum. Things will be confusing, chaotic and downright excremental for quite awhile before they start getting better [ask yourself if you think things will improve, if the planet will start healing if a deal’s reached between Republicans and Democrats, and if not, why do you want one?].
What’s best is we might be forced to deal with each other face-to-face rather than through social media because few will be able to afford these gadgets.  Civilization as we’ve experienced it will likely collapse from too much complexity into a greater, more meaningful simplicity. Fewer choices might mean freer minds. Civilization might puke up its autocrats, democratically speaking.
If this pipe dream has any shade of truth to it, Obama will have succeeded at his primary goal when first taking office of changing the culture in Washington. And in the process, he will have freed the world and the American people of their U.S.A. burdens. Future presidents and government officials will feel less pressure to corrupt themselves for the continued survival of a cancerous political-economic system, and have the liberty to act on their conscience and not for some financier’s profit.
It seems pretty audacious to be hoping for a world free of right wing influence these days. It also seems downright ignorant to believe Obama has a secret plan…but remember how cool he was at the White House Correspondents Dinner as the SEALS departed to get bin Laden…?
One thing I do know, all the right people perceive him as an existential threat to their way of life…and that’s good.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


The FBI defines terrorism, according to U.S. code [written while Republicans controlled Congress and the White House], this way: 

"International terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:

·         Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;

·         Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

·         Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.*

"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:

·         Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;

·         Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and

·         Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

 It would seem to me, based on the law composed by the right wing itself, that a case of domestic and international terrorism could be made against Tea Party Republicans, and that the Tea Party could be declared a terrorist organization. Their actions endanger human life and violate the law which requires the nation’s bills be paid and laws observed. Their actions are intended to intimidate the majority of Americans into accepting a whiter, more evangelical approach to reality. They’re willing to destroy the federal government to feed their irrational lust for power and glory. These Tea Partying Republican terrorists are also willing to bring down the entire global system to achieve their sadistically spectacular orgasm of grief and suffering, making their perversity international in scope.
If there was ever a time for a President to step up and kick ass domestically, it’s now. It’s the Administration’s responsibility to enforce the law. Wouldn’t the FBI, working for free, happily arrest these scoundrels? Do these scalawags not deserve the same treatment as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or the Taliban?
Are we going to let everything slip away because we refused to see these fascists for what they are? It’s one thing to let them run for office and speak their minds, hold parades and have picnics, it’s quite another to allow them to hijack the government, our freedoms and the global economic system in the name of a Jesus few Christians would recognize.
I voted for Obama because I felt fewer people would die if he were President than Mitt Romney. It seems to me Obama’s failing to act now will result in more death and suffering than if he were to take charge and use the final three years of his administration to set the nation’s house in order so we can confront the challenges of global warming and the disintegration of our planetary ecosystem.
It’s now or never. It’s time to stop being nice, to end the politeness and get real before it’s too late. We’ve let the children scream and carry on enough.