OK America, Let’s Chill the F*ck Out and Recognize Facts

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OK America, let’s chill the f*ck out. We have become a nation of whining babies demanding protection from threats at the cost of basic freedoms. We act on pure emotion before the first piece of evidence or verifiable fact rears its ugly head. Regardless of which side of an issue people take a vast left/right/center conspiracy gets locked into hard heads unable to see the tiniest validity in opposing opinions, regardless of facts.

I don’t know a single person of any race (including an Inuit friend) who hadn’t chosen the “correct” verdict for the Zimmerman trial before the first word of testimony.  And almost all of those verdicts centered around real or perceived racism.

The trial and verdict became almost exclusively about racism, not the murder of a young man. Trayvon got the short shrift. People are already forgetting him as a human being except that he wore hoodies, ate Skittles, and drank Arizona iced tea. He is quickly being reduced to slogans on protest signs and one day soon will end up like Martin Luther King. Rather than living on as wise and courageous man who demonstrated the violence and good in life within the context of his own, King is now only a series of quotes culled from his speeches. I expect more people can quote the famous lines of the “I Have a Dream” speech than can remember how he was gunned down, the name of the man who did it, the city in which it occurred, the extreme sadness of the day it happened, or the sacrifices he made in his real life.

Wearing Hoodies, Eating Skittles, and Drinking Arizona Iced Tea

The trial demonstrated this by ignoring judicial process. A person is innocent until proven guilty, period. The Murder 2 conviction required proof beyond a shadow of a doubt. And for all the talk about who was on top and who yelled for help, nothing other than Zimmerman killing Trayvon and his negligence in getting out of the car like a cowardly lunkhead emboldened by a gun was beyond a shadow of a doubt. That doesn’t mean racism wasn’t involved. It means it couldn’t be proven to the standard the law requires.

Unfortunately, a man who verifiably killed someone with little to no provocation in a situation he could’ve avoided, walked — in part because everyone was so cranked up over what they wanted the trial to be about, they forgot what it was really about. Don’t get me wrong. Racism exists in this country. It is virulent and terrible. Laws are unevenly applied and though I can’t prove it, my suspicion is they were in this case.

There was some evidence to suggest Zimmerman harbored some racism in his walnut-sized brain, but that doesn’t prove it was virulent enough to make him act out. IMO, it had as much to do with an overzealous, lunkhead who couldn’t follow instructions as overt racism at the moment of the crime, but that is conjecture, not fact. Test that hypothesis…who calls 911 and THEN commits murder? Skinheads proud of shooting a black man might, but they would likely brag about it, not try to beat the rap.

Or this story about a military drone crash near Tyndal AFB, FL. As the story comments show, most of the commenters — who normally jaw a lot about crazy, birther-like conspiracies from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity — were every bit as loony as those they criticize.

The Facts: Birtherism from the Supposedly “Reality-Based Community” Crowd

I have some personal knowledge about these aircraft and their missions and tried repeatedly to show the facts. Yet, commenters saw conspiracies ranging from nefarious NSA plots, to intentionally blocking a major highway, to the aircraft looking suspiciously like those from 9/11. It was easy to bat them down with verifiable facts, yet few of them could entertain the notion that the crash was nothing more than a run of the mill aircraft crash. That is the stuff of birtherism from the supposedly “reality-based community” crowd.

I’m not sure when America became such an ignorant place where we base predetermined notions of truth  solely on fears and cherry-picked facts. We aren’t dumbed down, we are all becoming bat-shit crazy, a nation of 350 million Balkan countries of one. We are so fearful that facts no longer matter. That is a very troubling development, scary in fact. The essence of America as a great country is quickly slipping away on the wings of fear and distrust of anything and everything, even those things that happen before our very eyes.

Maybe the wings of that trumped-up “spy drone” are a harbinger of worse things to come.

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Conventions and Clint Eastwood: May They Go the Way of the Dodo Bird

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The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Barack Show is underway, leaving us all to wonder why we even need conventions – especially if your secret guest speakers are His Eloquency Clint Eastwood and the Imaginary Barack the Kenyan Kommunist. They are outmoded in an instantaneous 24×7 world.

According to the Great Big Screaming Heads, the primary function of the Republican World Lie-a-Thon Champeenships was to introduce Mitt to America. Apparently introducing him is really hard. He’s been running since 2008. Of course, the crazy wing of the party could say incredibly stupid things at exactly the most inopportune times. Party swells cozied up to big donors and assorted cash-laden hangers-on for a little up-close and personal grifting. And, Mittens got to enjoy his favorite political banquet meal…rubber chicken slathered in Dom Perignon caviar sauce served by a brace of virgin Sister Wives.

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The Democrat’s Conspiracy…As Told By Rush Limbaugh

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Except for the 700 people he conned out of money for the original 700 Club, most people think Pat Robertson is bat shit crazy – especially when it comes to natural disasters. In his mind, hurricanes attack because cities support Teh Gays. Or, he prays them away from his home base in Virginia Beach VA, where he has substantial business interests and many of his suitably righteous homies live. But in the panoply of right-wing shitting bats he’s not exactly alone – take Rush Limbaugh. Please.

Robertson probably thought the Log Cabin Republicans were in the Tampa Coliseum (that public place built without public funds), tempting Hurricane Isaac to attack the Republican Convention. The homophobic hurricane caused a sharp curtailment in the number of statements that will be “misquoted”…verbatim. Even Ann Romney was put off telling the heart-warming, just plain folksy story of her Olympic show horse.

But Rush was “alleging no conspiracy” of the sort. In fact, Rush was, “alleging no conspiracy” that “the regime”, “the government”, and “Obama” ordered the National Hurricane Center to fake Isaac’s forecast to interrupt the tea party that is the Republican Convention.

“Alleging no conspiracy”, loudly, Rush said, “What could be better for the Democrats than the Republicans to cancel a day of this? I’m just telling you folks, when you put all this together in this timeline, I’m telling you, it’s unbelievable.” True, it’s unbelievable, but “the timeline” isn’t that unbelievable part.

This will come as a surprise, but the Democrats were probably more upset than the Republicans. With the delays and cancellations, the public didn’t hear walking w(h)ig and birther Donald Trump. A host of lesser Republican ignorati didn’t have the chance to dispute science and say incredibly stupid things they had to explain ad hominem before claiming they never said any such thing (while videotape of them saying every such thing plays in split screen).

Republican ladies didn’t get the chance to throw panties and tea bags on stage when that dashing hunk Paul Ryan appeared. Heck, even Mittens didn’t get to make an acceptance speech where he was for something (Romneycare) before he was against it (Obamacare). Good Lord, the Democrats don’t stand a chance now that the Republicans lost a campaign day as time runs out.

It seems clear that if anyone “is alleging no conspiracy”, it’s the Democrats.

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