Daily Archives: August 7, 2010

TIME magazine has jumped the shark

Newsweek is probably dead.

E tu, TIME?

TIME recently put out this cover:

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Uh, is that journalism or is that a fucking ransom note written by the U.S. military-industrial complex? (“If you make us pull out of Afghanistan, then the girl gets it!”)

Don’t get me wrong. I have sympathy for the 18-year-old Afghan Bibi Aisha, whose nose was severed after she ran away from her abusive husband, it is reported. And I’m happy to read the news item that Bibi Aisha is to have her nose restored, to the extent that it can be, here in my great state of California.

But when the American Empire is crumbling all around us here at home, can it really be about saving everyone on the planet?

What about the young men who routinely are hanged in Iran for having been accused of being gay?

Iran Hanging

(U.K.) Daily Mail image

Go to Google Images (images.google.com), type in “gay Iranians,” and you’ll see that most of the images are images of young Iranian men being hanged.

But that probably isn’t why Repugnican Sen. John McCainosaurus once sang, “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!” — is it?

No, he sang that tune for the military-industrial complex, because if you’re a war profiteer, you can’t profit unless there’s a war, and delivering perpetual war (1984 style) t0 the war profiteers and the corporations that benefit from war (such as how Big Oil now is in Iraq after the Vietraq War liberated Iraq’s oil fields) is one of the central planks of the Repugnican Tea Party’s platform.

Being hanged to death is, um, I surmise, a little worse than having your nose cut off, and it disturbs me deeply that Iran brutally executes young men (and older men, too, I’m sure) for being gay or even being suspected of being gay, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to argue that we should declare war upon Iran.

You have to look at the whole picture before you argue that war is the answer.

Bibi Aisha’s case is not a happy one, but to argue that many, many others should continue to die in war in Afghanistan because of her plight is, I think, to put it mildly, insane, and TIME magazine is incredibly irresponsible and sensationalistic for having put out that message. (Whether that was TIME’s intended message or not, that’s how many if not most are going to take it.)

And let’s not fucking fool ourselves:

The theocrats in the United States, most of them “Christo”fascists, would do to young women here what is done to women like Bibi Aisha elsewhere if they could get away with it.

And I’m sure that the Proposition H8 supporters would hang gay (or suspected gay men) here in the United States of America if they could get away with that, too.

This wingnut attending a recent homo-hating National Organization for Marriage (which, ironically, actually wants fewer marriages) rally in Indianapolis called for the hanging of non-heterosexuals here at home:

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He appears to be smiling while his signage calls for the execution of non-heterosexuals.

Yeah, that’s what we non-heterosexuals here at home are up against.

Maybe, when we’re done “liberating” Afghanistan, and then maybe Iran, we can liberate the United States of America.

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Will Kagan come out NOW?

Elena Kagan, John Roberts, Jeffrey Minear

Associated Press photo

Elena Kagan is sworn in today as the third woman on the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court. She is only the fourth woman ever to have sat on the nation’s highest court.

Comedian Wanda Sykes joked that after having been given so much shit by stupid hypocritical white men for her biography,* Sonia Sotomayor, on her first day as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, should have walked into the court’s chambers with a Puerto Rican flag draped around her, shouting, “Mira!” (“Look at me!”)

So: Will Elena Kagan walk into the court’s chambers on her first day draped in a rainbow flag? Maybe she can shout: “We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it!”

Really, though, it’s a lifetime appointment, so isn’t it safe for “bachelorette” Kagan to come out now?

Anyway, Kagan earlier in the week was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 63 to 37, showing the political weakness of the stupid white men in the U.S. Senate, who decried her as a raging liberal when she appears to be yet another Clintonesque centrist who was appointed by a Clintonesque, centrist president.

Kagan is allowed to function as a U.S. Supreme Court justice now that she has been sworn in, but won’t formally be sworn in until Oct. 1, the first day of the court’s next term.

*The white men’s backgrounds as priviledged white men couldn’t possibly have biased them, but Sotomayor’s background as a Puerto Rican woman surely has biased her, you see. The stupid white men are never to required to prove anyfuckingthing, but anyone who isn’t a white, conservative, heterosexual, “Christian” male is required to prove his or her fitness and worthiness.

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