Archive for May 2012
Again the media’s horns call the dogs to the hunt, again the crusaders for Justice take up arms and keyboards to fight the menace of the legal system. “The botnet knows better than you!”, they cry, brains thoroughly owned, actions directed by kernels inherited from Satan knows where; and the botnet spews forth torrents of articles hysterically shrieking of the death of dignity, shitting ever onward to the war-chants of “-phobia!” and “-ism!”. The same tedious scene, repeated since Salem; always the same, enough so that one could easily write an article to run every time. A death of a member of a demographic favored by contemporary progressivism, a media outcry, candlelight vigils, Orwellian bills, a drawn-out trial from hell, a verdict considered harmful by the bloodthirsty bots, beating their two or three talking points like as many dead horses. The bigot Ravi, the Klan-white Zimmerman, and an endless procession of those before them, lined up from New Jersey all the way to the horizon. How tedious.
What do Dharun Ravi and Lindsay Lohan have in common?
They’ve both been sentenced to 30 days in jail. Lohan received her sentence for a string of probation violations capped off with a DUI charge, while Ravi is credited with cyberbullying his college roommate Tyler Clementi to death.
So you know, same thing.
I can’t help but wonder what sort of lesson anyone paying attention to this case has learned. Besides of course that it’s OK to bully gay kids to death.
Thus spewed the ‘new-media’ abomination Unicorn Booty, proving once and for all that the new is the same as the old, only more so. Cyberbullied to death, indeed. Topping even that is the LGBTQ Nation, spoken for by a self-proclaimed “human rights advocate”:
This is an outrage and a slap in the face, not only to the judicial system by
the Judge, but to all who have experienced homophobia under the cloak of mere and apparently what the Judge now considers an acceptable bias. This goes a step further by actually endorsing bias. The Judge has said, in effect, “commit a crime with bias, do not say sorry, defy judicial authority, and we will apologize for having to sentence you!”
While I do not doubt that Ravi was put through a measure of hell, knowing that he could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years and be the subject of deportation, I ask why this Judge even bothered to sentence him, at all – he may have well tickled him under his armpit and sent him home laughing, legitimating an attack on the next victim, whomever and however!
He did it! He killed him! And he didn’t say sorry! Never mind that ten seconds on Wikipedia reveals that Clementi’s suicide notes were not entered into evidence, because his suicide was not considered related to the crimes at hand; if you want to blame Ravi, that is what you have to attack, but good luck convincing anyone that someone would be driven to suicide by Ravi’s actions alone. But alone is what they were not.
Tedious. Utterly tedious. Who needs to read the evidence? The affiliations of the players are enough to write the whole script! Compared to reality, the Three Stooges were a class act; they at least varied their weapons. Even disregarding the evidence, as the pundits have: knowing people who knew Ravi, and having gone to the same summer camp as him, albeit obviously during different years (you laugh now, but I’ve seen it convert hardened Glenn Beck fans), the frothing homophobe narrative can appear nothing but laughable to me. He was caught up in his ego, definitely, but one does not plunge into the depths of Brahmindom and emerge as Fred Phelps.
And as a side note, anyone who can see a $10,000 fine as a tickle under the armpit is far too bourgeois to be talking politics. But I suppose that is to be expected from a “human rights advocate”.
…there was a rather significant error in my last post: I forgot about Toyama Koichi.
Although the population of America is over six billion, fewer than two hundred million can vote! Our America! Wasn’t this supposed to be a democracy?
Through the organs – the press’s eye, the tongue of State, even DoD’s cold and useless fist – it is America herself, the Great Spectator, for whom all puppets dance and yell, kill and die. And not just America – for in 2011, America is bigger than America, not a continent but a planet. International public opinion! The international community! In 2011, anyone anywhere with any kind of education is an American. Race, color, language, citizenship – details, archaic details. Everyone on Twitter: American. The global hive mind is born, and born American.
Borepatch and Aretae have put out endorsements for the 2012 election, so I figure I might as well also. (Let’s assume for the purposes of this post that voting isn’t just large-scale political homeopathy; where’s the fun in admitting that it doesn’t matter?)
If you’ve been reading this for a while, you can guess two things already:
1. Borepatch endorsed Obama and Aretae endorsed Johnson, so I’m going to endorse Romney.
2. It can’t be as simple as just endorsing one candidate.
And you would be right.
I don’t like Romney. I don’t think he’ll be noticeably different from Obama in most regards; they’re both unprincipled chameleons from a hardcore establishment background, although one small benefit to Romney is that he’s more obvious about it. (It really says something about a country that a black father is enough to make people not realize that the son of a senior economist and an anthropology Ph.D., who went to one of the most prestigious public schools in the country, ended up at Harvard Law, and subsequently went off to teach at the University of Chicago, is establishment.)
I don’t like libertarianism either, at least in principle; but in practice, a more libertarian presidency would almost certainly be a better one. A break from the nutty interventionism of the establishment, a veto-happy monkey-wrench in the gears of the Leviathan, may be just what we need in the White House, so the presidential race should be pushed in that direction. Unless Maryland turns out to be a swing state, which, considering that the parts that matter are BDH to the core and packed with USG employees, it won’t, I’ll be voting Johnson.
If I lived in a state where the election results weren’t essentially predetermined, however, I’d vote differently; in that case, sending a message is less important than voting the best realistic option. There are admittedly few differences between Romney and Obama. They’re both firmly on the side of “the 1%”, as much as I hate that term. But the differences are nonzero.
One benefit to Romney is that nobody likes him. He’s a Republican, so the Democrats (and the media… as if that needs to be specified) don’t like him; he’s a blatantly establishment Massachusetts Optimate, so the Republicans don’t like him; and he’s a pasty-white Mormon, so he can’t personality-cult the college demographic. (In the primary polls for my home state, Romney’s favorability increases with age, and Santorum’s, somewhat counterintuitively, decreases.) All other things being equal, the less liked president will be put under more scrutiny, and I’d prefer more to less. The Republicans and the Breitbart crowd have been going after him to a degree, but with few resources and most of the establishment firmly on his side, their capabilities are limited, compared to what could be done if both sides of the media hated the president’s guts.
Even a leftist would find it to their advantage to support Romney; they’re both neoliberals, but if you have to choose between two devils, take the one who everyone knows is a devil. There are still people in this country who think Obama is on the left in any sense but the meaningless electoral one; granted, the ones I know think that mostly because they think it’d be racist to think anything else, but they’re still dumb enough to buy it.
Another difference is that Romney’s appointments will draw from a different crowd. Obama was a college professor, and it’s obvious from his appointments. I can’t imagine Romney appointing someone like Eric “My People” Holder, and really, between his department providing guns to criminals, his lying about his department providing guns to criminals, his obstructing the Congressional investigation about his department providing guns to criminals, and his admission, backed up by his actions, that he sees 87% of the country as foreign, that near-treasonous nut is enough of a reason in and of himself to vote Obama out.
And… well, those are the only differences I can think of. They both make me sick, but one is clearly a lesser evil than the other, and, contra passivism, evil is to be opposed when possible. (Of course, if I had any desire for power, I’d force myself into passivism; but I’d really rather just fish, and the only reason I do anything more is that I can’t not speak out against immediately visible displays of utter idiocy. Besides, voting doesn’t really matter anyway.)
Contra Borepatch, I don’t think there’s much hope for America, and the little hope there is comes neither from the government nor the already thoroughly co-opted and establishmented(?) Tea Party: the government merely responds to the will of certain monitors, so the monitors need to be taken in order to effect any real change. (I hope someone throws Santorum on a talk show like they apparently did Huckabee; he’s the only one around who can articulate a real alternative to liberalism, and if one alternative makes itself known, the people will become aware that alternatives exist, and might even find more. Of course, on a metapolitical level, it’s entirely possible that almost any sort of consensus is better than none at all, but I doubt it, especially since liberalism is running out of unprincipled exceptions that can be reasonably eliminated, if it hasn’t already. And no, a liberalism that pretends that society doesn’t exist is not a real alternative. But that all is beside the point.)
So, to sum up: go Romney in a swing state and Johnson otherwise. Romney is better than Obama, but he still sucks, and Johnson’s platform is less bad, enough so that the GOP should be pushed in its direction.