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Friday, August 21, 2009

Recycling an old joke & the prescience of good Science Fiction

The "birfers" and "deafers" are beginning to become the blackhole of batshit KKKrazy in our nation. The pull of teh Stoopid is so great that no light--of either scholarship or humor--may escape. To recycle an old joke: So, Satan takes a meeting with the entire GOP leadership and the reichwing's talking shitheads. He shows them a powerpoint of the world gone amok; war, pestilence, famine, endlessly proliferating tv reality shows and says: "This can be yours--and it can be very, very profitable. The only thing I require is the blood sacrifice of your entire base of useful idiots--AND your souls." Newt Gingrich, the group's spokesslime says, "What's the catch?" ----------------------- Watching these people, or reading their rants, is alternately hilarious and disheartening. I recommend reading C.M. Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" (1951) @ http://www.wattpad.com/111513-Th...M-Kornbluth? p=1 Which includes this Palinesque line: "the broadcast drama about you and your neighbors, folksy people, ordinary people, real people!" useful idiots, indeed. I added this link: http://www.sacbee.com/static/newsroom/swf/april07/mother/ (Thanks to Mack @ Coyote Chronicles--http://coyotechronicles.wordpress.com/) This is a difficult thing to look at. It is about love and pain and the hell of losing one's child to a devestating disease. What strikes me is not just the emotional aspect but the obviousness of a cold hard fact. The young man in the photographs had what must have been exceptional medical care and still was in agony from his treatments and died far too young. I can only imagine what it would have been like for his loved ones to go through this with no help from the government or (oxymoron warning) a compassionate HMO/Insurer. Please forward this link to everyone who tells you they don't think we need to overhaul our healthcare system.

4 comments:

Richard said...

The brilliance of the Reich-wing is their ability to convince people to act in a manner which is in diametric opposition to that which is good for them and to instead support positions which do them direct and measurable harm while at the same making the rich richer. I can't explain it, either. It's just the way their fool heads work, I guess.

Dave von Ebers said...

Richard: Svengali?

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Thanks for the link to the "Marching Morons" story, Demo. I read all 15 pages. I had heard of it being the basis for the "Idiocracy" movie, which is a favourite of my daughter's. While I read a lots of sci-fi in my yoof (which is why I turned out the odd-thinking way I did) I never read this one. And now I know who Jack Ketch is! (Hadda Googleize it, tho.)

democommie said...

Gentlemen:

That troublemaker Clineschmidtbergskidorfsteinbildermann has a piece up at the General's place that deserves reading.

Bukko in Oz:

I was prolly about 11 when I first read that piece; along with stories like, "The Barnstead Effect" by Kurt Vonnegut and "Soylent Green" by Harry Harrison. And then to top it off I read "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson. By then I was fairly well convinced that if we didn't manage to commit global suicide with nukes that we would starve, fuck or shit ourselves into extinction.

I need a t-shirt, bumper sticker and billboard that shows a "deafer" at a Town Hall with the legend:

"You can have my self-determination when you can pry it from my cold, dead, denied coverage and procedures, fingers."