November 28, 2013
The Missing Tyrant & Other Random Bits

Obama is well into his second term now, and the apocalypse hasnít happened. Churches arenít being shut down; guns arenít being taken away; conservatives arenít being rounded up and thrown into FEMA camps; our children arenít being forcibly converted to secular humanism and homosexuality. Last I checked the opposition party runs the House of Representatives. If Obama really is this totalitarian thug, he seems to be a pretty ineffective one.

Did you know that November 19 was World Toilet Day? 2.5 billion people do not have toilets. Over one billion practice open-air defecation. Itís a really serious sanitation issue.

Meanwhile, the Marquis St. Everemonde some rich bastard spent $900,000 on a gold Kate Moss statue. Let me repeat that. Some rich bastard spent $900,000 on a gold Kate Moss statue. Some one else paid over forty grand for a lock of Justin Bieberís hair. I shit you not. Some days I think the meteor canít get here soon enough Ö

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate country western music? Iím sure I must have in one of my miscellaneous rants. Now Iím not talking about authentic stuff, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash and such. Iím talking hip young country. Serious noise pollution like Garth Brooks and Toby Keith ó rich, manicured Republican cowboys, poseurs. You can still see the Nordstroms tags dangling from their hats. Shit makes me wince. It makes my teeth ache and my hemorrhoids hurt. I used to love a women who listened to that crap. She was a conservative, too. Love is blind; the heart has its reasons and all, you know. Anyway, it didnít work out. It usually doesnít. People who see each other naked always become enemies.

I bring it up because some of that very noise is blaring most annoyingly in the other room. Coming up next, obligatory military hero worship. No holiday is complete without it these day. We must continuously, ceaselessly, eternally thank our troops, from whom all good things emanate. The fact is, this is a form of soft core militarism. Not only does it undermine democracy, it also enables a foreign policy of permanent war. It subordinates civilian values to military ones, and it places the military above criticism. A child thirteen years or under has never lived in America that wasnít at war, and all we have to show for it is Guantanamo Bay, NSA spying, unsightly celebrations at the assassination of one man. We have hyper-nationalistic displays that, for all of their bravado, contain a palpable element of nervousness and insecurity. We know, deep down, that we are full of shit and our culture is all wrong. But America being what it is, weíll choose the wrong path to change. Weíll look to some asshole conservative Chris Christie type to save us. Worse, someone downright sinister like Ted Cruz. Weíll double down on plutocracy, double down on consumerism, double down on tax cuts, double down on war. Churchill said the United States can always be trusted to make the right decision after its tried all the alternatives. We havenít gone through the alternatives yet.

Hereís another  good quote by Bismarck along similar lines: ďGod takes care of fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.Ē Not anymore.

USA #1: We have more prisoners than anyone else. ďMore than Russia. More than Rwanda.Ē We have more prisoners in this county that construction workers or teachers! Is this a great country or what?

Not all Romans liked the games. This is a quote from the stoic philosopher Seneca:

ďDo not, my Lucilius, attend the games, I pray you. Either you will be corrupted by the multitude, or, if you show disgust, be hated by them. So stay awayÖ nothing is so damaging to good character as the habit of lounging at the games; for then it is that vice steals subtly upon one through the avenue of pleasure.  What do you think I mean? I mean that I come home more greedy, more ambitious, more voluptuous, and even more cruel and inhuman, because I have been among human beings.


Posted by OHollern at November 28, 2013 02:06 PM
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