I really, really, really love end-times conspiracy theorists. I hosted a Harold Camping apocalypse cocktail event last May, which was unfortunately ruined by the lack of an apocalypse.
How have I missed William Tapley aka the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse aka the Co-Prophet of the End Times? That is one helluva string of titles right there.
Anyway, here he is holding forth on the murals at the Denver International Airport, which in fairness, are really weird.
Fuck yeah. Let’s take that magical thinking allllllll the way to its conclusion.
When you say it’s going to happen now…well what exactly do you mean?
Love this song.
I don’t particularly care one way or another whether Jesus is an actual historical figure, but the arguments are interesting. Happy recycled pagan myth day!
Another great book that is going on my Kindle queue is Maggie Koerth-Baker’s Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before it Conquers Us. I am so ridiculously excited to see someone talking about the real costs of fossil fuels, including health and environmental costs. Anyway, another fine author interview on Grist. Yay!
Lovely interview with Corey Robin, the author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. He makes an excellent point, flagged on Digby’s Hullaballoo, which is that although liberals frequently express astonishment at what we perceive to be the conservative base voting against their own self-interest, this is not necessarily true.
As Robin notes in the interview:
I don’t have a theory of false consciousness; I don’t think anyone’s being distracted. I think the right really does deliver the goods of power and privilege to more than an elite class. And the way it does that is often through the private life of power, the slave plantation being, of course, the most obvious form, but the family and the workplace also being critically central. Burke understood this—that our identity is a historical inheritance, and one of the main aspects of that inheritance is this private relationship of power and domination. And that relationship is so close to us that to give it up would really be a form of self-destruction.
And as Digby further states, noting that conservatives have a different definition of what their self-interest is:
They believe that giving up their private power would be far more destructive than giving up political power. Sure, right wing politicians are all liars and cheats and do anything they can to hold on to their public power. That’s the gig. But to the true believers their central concern is losing the privilege that defines them. And it isn’t really about money, although that’s tangentially part of it. It’s about hierarchy, status and dominion.
Click the link for the entire interview, which is great reading. I know what I’m downloading onto my Kindle next.
Boston Review — Corey Robin and David V. Johnson: Contraception and Counterrevolution The Reactionary Mind, conservatism.
In an editorial today, the New York Times takes note of the horrific contents of unsealed National Organization for Marriage (NOM) memos, pointing out that the contents of the memos clearly identify NOM as a purely political organization, despite its claim to be a social welfare organization.
Among the highlights are the following:
The documents brag about its “crucial” role in passage of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage that was overturned by a federal appeals court. They describe the group’s use of “robo-calls” to scare residents in different states away from supporting marriage equality. They talk of a plan to “expose Obama as a social radical,” but the most appalling portions deal with the group’s racially and ethnically divisive strategies.
“The strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies,” says one memo.
Another stated aim is to manipulate Hispanic voters by making the exclusion of gay people from marriage “a key badge of Latino identity.”
Although I am sure that the evidence, as usual, will fail to convince those who need convincing, it should be painfully obvious that NOM consists of horrible, hateful people whose entire existence revolves around constant attempts to insure that other people are miserable and oppressed.
However, I took special note of the paragraph following the above, in which the NYT noted that House Speaker John Boehner recently appointed NOM’s co-founder, Robert George, to a U.S. commission “focused on addressing religious intolerance and extremism around the globe.” This is the same Speaker Boehner who is wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend the indefensible DOMA in court.
Aside from the obvious prejudice and desire to oppress and marginalize, I do wonder what’s the connection between Boehner and NOM?
Can we please, please, please all just admit that these people are terrorists already? According to the CBS article, a homemade explosive device was planted in the window of a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood last night.
Fortunately, no one was injured, and the fire quickly burned itself out. But it isn’t as if all of the anti-choice violence is equally incompetent. It wasn’t that long ago that Scott Roeder successfully assassinated Dr. George Tiller.
Fantastic article in the Washington Post on how the landlord of an abortion clinic chose to respond to anti-abortion harassment:
A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters – The Washington Post.
Todd Stave owns the building in which LeRoy Carhart operates. Carhart is one of the few doctors in the country who does late-term abortions. In addition to protesting at the clinic, the forced pregnancy freak show began harassing Stave, including calling him at home and showing up at his daughter’s school. In response, Stave recorded the telephone numbers and addresses of the people who were harassing him, and distributed them to what began as a small group of friends, who then called the harassers at home. Since then, the group has gotten much bigger. Stave founded an organization called Voice of Choice, and its thousands of volunteers will respond, in a calm and measured way, to the harassing tactics of the forced pregnancy crowd.
I love this guy.