Monday, February 09, 2009

Odds and endings

Sometimes I'm overwhelmed with despair. Sometimes I don't believe the United States of America has any future in any way similar to what was envisioned in 1776. Sometimes I think civilization itself has reached the top of its arc and has begun to accelerate downward.

I was scanning around 20 meters yesterday afternoon, hoping to work KC4USV at McMurdo Station in Antarctica who was reported to be at 14.243 -- and as you might expect in this period between sunspot cycle 23 and 24, I couldn't hear a whisper from Ross Island. I did catch one Midwestern ham telling another that he'd heard that Barak Obama had gone "over there" and told "the Muslims" that he thought it was patriotic for them to fight against infidels. " If any of that is true, this country is doomed" said the man whose call I won't repeat. Tempted as I was to have words with him, I just shut the rig down and found other things to do. Of course, none of that is or was or likely ever will be true. But this is America. Over where? What Muslims? Failure to ask is failure to think. Failure to think and the hunger to believe fills the endless cornucopia of American political dialog.

My New York Bureau chief informs me that Alabama, in the name of protecting academic freedom and science itself, has passed legislation allowing teachers to teach religious mythology or apparently, any idiotic fairy tale they damn well please about the origin of species. The Bible is now called science in Alabama. And we fought a bloody war to keep them part of our country: and we dare to talk about optimism. How can we even say the word hope.

The end of the world makes strange bedfellows though. I stumbled into Coulterwatch this morning after reading that the shrieking harpy herself has become the subject of a formal probe by Connecticut’s Elections Enforcement Commission; moving her closer to being charged with felony fraud. Can she slither out of this one as she did in Palm Beach by having one of her familiars intimidate a Commissioner into dropping the charges? Probably, but the existence of bloggers calling themselves Conservative and yet actually dedicated to bringing about justice for Ann Coulter is heartwarming. blogger Dan Borchers has filed a formal complaint in Connecticut.
“For over 10 years, Ann Coulter has gotten away with illegal, immoral and unethical behavior, ranging from plagiarism to defamation, perjury to voter fraud,”
says Borcher. No, it's not a glimmer of hope. He and I may disagree on most things, but at least it's comforting to think we might all hold hands for a brief moment as the ship sinks into the abyss.


Buffalo said...

Couldn't find an email address. Thought you might enjoy reading this blog entry.

Capt. Fogg said...

It's hilarious, but although obviously, normal people can tell she's nuts, totally irrational, bursting with paranoid hatred and has the moral compass of a shark, there are millions who think she's just the greatest.

I can't stand it.

Anonymous said...

I say we leave Guantanamo open, just for those who demonstrate treasonous behaviour, ie, Coulters, Hannity's, Limbaughs.

I always have hope, but I am braced for disaster (I think).

Keep the faith.


Capt. Fogg said...

We sent some 2000 people to arrest Tommy Chong and yet we don't see these people as being dangerous. I really would like to see some jail time handed out.

betmo said...

it has taken me quite some time to accept that things are not going to change and things are not going to get any better. having said that- it's very freeing. looking back over human history- it has always been the same greedy, hate filled people in positions of power corrupting everything that they touch- and the same stupid minions who loyally and zealously hang on their every word. it took me a long time to accept because i foolishly bought into the 'american dream'- the america propaganda i should say. i believed that there was power in the people and that we could patriotically rally and vote the bastards out. i believed that there would be hearings and arrests and trials and the whole nine yards.

none of that happened. none of that is going to happen because the foxes still guard the henhouse. and it's really too late in the game for much to help. with the wars, pollution, shortsightedness, etc. global climate change is irreversible.

that is why i came to the realization- i have to do for me and mine as best as i can for as long as i can. the sheeple be damned. self sufficiency as far as you can and flying below the radar as best you can. obama continues the spying, etc. and the databases continue to fill. i intend to live the life i have been dealt to the fullest no matter what situation i find myself in- because hannity and limbaugh and coulter and the rest- have millions of minions. and they are at war with us. they always will be and i cannot- i won't- spend my life warring with people who aren't fit to wipe my ass.

Anonymous said...

betmo. There is a lot of wisdom in your last post.


Capt. Fogg said...

Sometimes I feel a bit like some Roman in his villa by the sea, knowing that there are only a few years left of civilization, but he won't live to see the fall.