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Monday, January 09, 2012

Mirror Image


even though we lived on beans and mush and weenies

when we sat down to eat, he said,

"not everybody can eat like this."


and because he wanted to be rich

or because he actually thought he was rich

he always voted Republican

--Father
, Charles Bukowski

We are all murderers and prostitutes --

no matter what culture, society, class, nation one belongs,

no matter how normal, moral, or mature

one takes oneself to be

--
R.D. Laing

If you talk to God, you are praying.
If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia

--Thomas Szasz


Dear Mummy, Dear Daddy,

Now I'm nineteen as you see,

I'm handsome, tall, and strong.

So what the hell gives you the right to look at me,

As if to say "Hell, what went wrong?"

--Bad Boys
, Wham!
_____________________


Years ago -- more than are comfortable to remember -- Ranger learned a factoid about schizophrenics in a college counseling course that pertains to the U.S. citzenry today.

Schizophrenics are unable to identify their own bodies when tasked to identify themselves in a photo lineup. So disconnected are they from reality (or at least, perceived reality) that they cannot make this connection. Some otherwise normal people suffer "face blindness" (prosopagnosia), and fail to recognize themselves or others. As a society, it seems we share in this morphological disconnect.


A recent U.S. foreign policy initiative is to ensure gay rights on the international scene:

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world (U.S. to Aid Gay Rights Abroad, Obama and Clinton Say.)

This would be fair and equitable in an alternative universe, but how does this relate to ours? How can the U.S. force this initiative upon the world when we are so conflicted about the rights of gays at home?
That's spelled h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y, folks.

Republican front-runner Rick Santorum just mistakenly
compared gay marriage to polygamy. The military just rescinded "Don't ask, Don't Tell", and many cases like those of decorated aviator 18-year aviator Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach forced out of service due to his sexual orientation remain to be resolved. It took the U.S. 17 years to repeal DADT, and 220 years to end the prohibition of gays serving openly in the military, yet -- whammo! -- now we are the moral arbiters on all issues gay?

The issue of civil unions or marriage for gay couples remains highly contentious, as does everything issuing from that, including inheritance issues and deathbed rights to shared medical coverage for cohabiting partners.

A large portion of our society believes God does not approve of homosexuals, and certainly not of their coupling; may as well betroth Vietnamese pigs, far as they're concerned. For these people, how does their Christianity comport with the spreading of an ethos abroad in which they themselves do not believe? Do we view the rest of the world with disdain, and figure the heathens should "tolerate" what we reject?

May gays marry? Adopt children? Can they practice sodomy in all states? Is this rightly even a state or a federal issue? Do we as a society endorse the state department policy (outside of
Portlandia?) Are our taxes earmarked to support gay rights issues?

Even if the goal is understandable, the mirror image is unrecognizable.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,

“These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! … We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of … They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’ — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
Clint Eastwood


God probably also doesn't give a fuck about who marries whom. About sanctimonious assholes, though, he might.

Dave

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11:08:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous CholoAzul said...

The sodomy issue was settled once and for all in the landmark Supreme Court ruling almost a decade ago.

The government has no business in adult's bedrooms.

Of course in this bizarro world where people are seriously considering someone who plans to arrest judges, as a presidential candidate...

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11:44:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

female-male most primordial human discriminator... i kinda like the way i like the way she dips... y knot make it part of ur foreign policy agenda?

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:41:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

UC,

It's a total waste of energy to concern oneself in matters of little consequence to one's life. In fact, if we wish a safer world, then we should enfranchise more people. Money may make the world go 'round, but love salves it.


G.D.,

I love The Cars' tune, and that version is an apt choice. But you can't export nuthin' you don't already have.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:36:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this in a piece about your AG Pam Bondi

Arrive on vacation,
Leave on probation,
Return on violation.


And here in Kans Ass, gays have chased Boing Boing Boeing away and made the Speaker of the House say naughty things about our First Lady Michelle.

And gays are busy ruining the marriages of fine upstanding legislators in Minnesota.

How long do you think it will be before "teh gay" gets us into a War with Iran, an affiliate of the PWOT (TM)?

bb

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 5:56:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Cholo,

Actually, the matter has not been put to bed in KANS-ASS. Fr. 1.21.12 NYT:


Kansas Law on Sodomy Stays on Books Despite a Cull


Gov. Sam Brownback created an office to eliminate out-of-date or burdensome laws, but the "criminal sodomy" statute was not selected for repeal.

Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 8:22:00 PM GMT-5  

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