Thursday, November 29, 2012

To every season, there is a lie

By Capt. Fogg

I may have to stop calling him Lyin' Bill because the word lie implies some knowledge of saying something that isn't true.  I think at this point we have to question his sanity. 

True, the need to divide the country with his annual War on Christmas fugue may have some purpose, like keeping the duller class enraged enough to make puppets and pawns out of them and since running in circles screeching Benghazi! Benghazi! doesn't seem to be quite enough to rally the demoralized dimwits Fox needs to keep in the GOP barnyard, they need something.  But of course dropping such a mindless, bullshit based annual exercise might make it seem as though they were giving up, like maggots leaving a rotting corpse.  So we're back to the War on Christmas season and if you were looking forward to some seasonal good cheer now that the economy is turning a corner, forget it. They're not giving up. Like Allen West, they're not conceding the loss. Old Bill is at it again: the 'Fascist' Atheists are stealing Christmas.  And the evidence of this is that some guy said. . . and of course what one unbeliever says is binding on all who don't believe in God or all the detritus that clings to every description of it.

Blind rage against some liberal minority has been a substitute for blind rage against the failed specter of World Communism and the dishonest conflation with socialism the batshit Right has been selling for a lifetime  It continues to weaken,  but there always has to be the rage, and a donkey to pin all those tails on. Secularism, Liberal thought and even some aspects of Capitalism being sold as something entirely different -- taxation as Communism, for instance; just to have something to keep the rabble roused.  But with the obvious and manifest movement of Western thought away from the traditional nastiness and paranoia, Fox and O'Reilly and Rove and all the mad hatters at the Tea Party have a need for scapegoats that far exceeds the supply and no matter how pathetic and flimsy and obviously contrived the stories may be, fear and anger must be maintained.  Terrify and enrage or perish.

So yes, the Fascist Atheists (they'd add Jews if they thought they could get away with it) and of course the Muslims are trying to make Christmas illegal, raves O'Reilly with a blindness to irony that can only come from stupidity and derangement.  Capitalist, consumerist culture that's made the Holiday one of the supporting pillars of retail isn't the reason behind the season. Madness. A slap in the face to Capitalism and blindness to the fact that Christmas doesn't need to be, must not be supported or sold or paid for by public funds and government rules. Besides Christmas is bigger than ever and that's a good sign.

But backing themselves into the crooked corner of madness and mendacity, the fictions begin to become so absurd and obviously contrived that I'm waiting for the explosion that must certainly come -- and waiting.  Can Bill O'Reilly really bail himself out by insisting that Christianity isn't a religion, but a Philosophy?    Sorry, the idea that God, mating with a young girl and producing a hybrid offspring that needs to be killed so that this almighty and forgiving God can now, after thousands of years forgive mankind ( but only those who believe the story) for the sin they inherited of acquiring moral knowledge and the stray sexual thoughts one has from time to time is not a philosophy, it's a religion. Unlike a philosophy, it has no internal logic, it's self contradictory and has the necessity of creating endless entities to smooth over those contradictions.  A philosophy does not depend on faith to be true or false. It's a religion. It not only isn't dependent on facts, it can't allow itself to be tested against observable reality.  Kinda like every goddamn thing that comes out of Bill O'Reilly's mouth.

Rally the religious.  Tell them their God is under attack, is in personal danger or will be so angered by differences in gullibility that he will kill us all.  It works for the Taliban, and the Ayatollahs, but it doesn't work with and isn't compatible with a free society and it's not a philosophy, it's a religion.  God save us from it and God damn Bill O'Reilly and the Fox he rode in on.

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Avoid the wingers. Had no idea the war on Christmas had started. Seems a little more low key this year. I wished some store clerk a happy holiday season and she didn't even flinch.

2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's already had an effect on the culture. Every years somebody tells me I can't call it a Christmas party or a Christmas card or say Merry Christmas any more. You get a funny expression from people who say "happy holiday" as though to say they're doing it under duress.

Of course that was common parlance at least 150 years ago and probably earlier and of course you can say anything you damned well please without offending anyone. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists all know it's Christmas and aren't trying to pretend it doesn't exist.

But to those who tell me about what I can say or not, I usually say "sure you can -- Merry Christmas" with a smile although in my thoughts, it really more like "Whadda you, some shit-for-brains Fox moron? Merry Fuckin' Christmas, asshole!"

But they can't be convinced and Fox won't stop, from the story about how Muskegon, Michigan outlawed Christmas lights to the one a few years back about Home Depot. I heard it on the car radio as I was pulling into their parking lot with a 2 acre Christmas tree display. "Home Depot refuses to sell Christmas trees!" screamed the damned radio.

So anyway, peace on earth to men of good will and all that, unless they're Fox fiends - they can go straight to hell.

2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I got into a brief exchange with some fringe wingers today on the twitter. The echo chamber is definitely reaching a fever pitch.

5:12:00 PM  

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