Monday, November 15, 2010

More Links, Less Narrative, Lots of Crazy

These news story links are about the crazy that has descended upon our American cousins. As Canadians we should never laugh too hard or get too smug. We are every bit as susceptible to political propaganda and lying narratives as they are. We are fortunate enough to have the public broadcaster on our side for now but take note, the culture over at the CBC has been changing markedly since Harper became Prime Minister. Just wait until they toss Fox News North into that mix and our discourse will soon become just as toxic if we let it. If you disagree may I direct you over to any chat board underneath a news story at the Globe and Mail or the CBC.

 Starting with the 16 dumbest things Americans believe and the right wing lies behind them. My favourite was this one: Americans genuinely believe President Obama has raised their taxes -- even though the reality is that the president actually lowered them for most. So they don't even believe their own lying paychecks!

One of the most disgraced men in recent history is on a promotional book-selling tour, lying about what he did and even admitting to war crimes. You'd think at least one so-called professional journalist would work up some gumption and ask him to answer a tough question or two -- you'd be wrong. There's was a case to be made for impeaching him when he was in office, sadly no one had the nerve.

The fact that Americans seem to have voted once again for the bush/cheney agenda has Europeans perplexed. I'm guessing that the divisiveness the two sociopaths helped to foster and create a familiar (to Europeans) recipe for fascism is what concerns them most. Follow this link and go read how members of the Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement gathered in front of the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Court Building in Phoenix, AZ to protest a federal judge’s decision to block several provisions of the state’s controversial immigration law, SB-1070.

The contents of the Iraq war WikiLeaks documents still flying under the radar. Nothing to see here according to the media.

Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) asked a health official if a state health program that helps pregnant women checks the immigration status of its patients before offering benefits. After he was informed that the federal government doesn’t allow citizenship tests for prenatal care because all children born in the U.S. are automatically American citizens, he warned that without status checks, immigrants will “go out there like rats and multiply.” Not crazy enough for ya'? The new Arkansas state representative - elect, Republican Loy Mauch believes that the confederate flag is a symbol of Jesus Christ because Jesus thought slavery was so cool I guess.

The guy who helped destroy ACORN doing what he can to destroy a hero's life. Truly abominable -- the American right is inhabited strictly by sociopaths.

To end this post on a literary note, an analysis of William Blake's poem, 'London,' by Mark Edmundson and the many ways the society he spoke of 200 years ago is mirrored today in 21st century America.
London



I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.


In every cry of every Man.
In every Infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.

How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every black'ning Church appalls;
And the hapless Soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.


But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot's curse
Blasts the new born Infant's tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

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