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Chick-fil-A yet another battle in the unfinished Civil War

I’m a bit sick and fucking tired of the whole Chik-fil-A thing, which is why I haven’t written anything about it until now.

I’ve known for years now that the chicken franchise is owned and operated by “Christo”fascist homophobes, and so for years now I have refused to give the place a fucking penny. So why and how this has become a “new” controversy eludes me.

That said, I will note that of course boycotts violate no one’s “rights.” The wingtards who tout the capitalistic system that has destroyed the United States of America can’t talk up enough the concept of “free enterprise,” yet at the same time they apparently have this underlying belief that we American serfs have to give our business to our corporate feudal overlords.

No, we fucking don’t. “Free enterprise” means that the consumer has the freedom to decide how to spend his or her money. The consumer is free to support or to oppose a boycott.

Yes, the “Christo”fascists who own and operate Chick-fil-A may be homophobes. They may hate whomever they wish in the names of “God” and “Jesus.” The overlords at Chick-fil-A may give monetary donations to all kinds of awful “causes.”

And we, the American public, have the right to decide, in light of what a corporation supports (or does not support), whether or not we wish to support that corporation. And the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives us the right to be vocal about which corporations we support and which ones we oppose.

It’s interesting, though, to see the geography of homophobia in the United States.

Via Joe. My. God., there is this map:

States where Chick-fil-A can legally fire gay employees.

and then there is the map of which states, prior to the Civil War, were slave states and which were free states:

Very apparently, freedom is still big in the free states, and slavery, at least in spirit, is still big in the “former” slave states. The overlap between the “former” slave states and those states where a business legally may fire an employee solely for not being heterosexual is too much to be a coinky-dink. Ditto for the overlap betweent the free states and those states where a business may not legally fire an employee solely for not being heterosexual. (And it’s too bad that most of the former territories went with the “former” slave states than went with the free states.)

As I have noted many times before, the Civil War never ended.

We pretend that it did, but it did not, and the “new” Chick-fil-A controversy is just another flare-up of essentially the same old battle between mindsets, the truly American mindset of freedom, liberty and justice for all, not just for some, and the truly un-American mindset of freedom, liberty and justice for only some. 

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Assorted shit

The Vatican doesn’t like “Avatar.” Apparently Pope Palpatine is petrified by the very thought of a “new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which would see the source of man’s salvation in nature alone.”

Oh, fuck the pope.

The Catholic church isn’t interested in humankind’s enlightenment, liberation or happiness. The Catholic church just wants to continue to keep as many human beings enslaved to it as possible.

The church’s main problem with “Avatar” is that the church just hates the competition.

I am reminded of the scene in “Doubt” in which Meryl Streep’s character of the nun who desperately needs a dildo proclaims that the song “Frosty the Snowman” is inappropriate for the Christmas program because it’s about witchcraft or magic or the like.

Speaking of the Catholic church, The Associated Press reports today that Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, 63, was killed in yesterday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. 

As much as I hate the Catholic church, you won’t see me proclaiming that that must have been a sign from God that God hates or that God wished to punish the Catholic church.

Pat Robertson, however, proclaims that Haiti was stricken by the earthquake because Haitians at one point in history “swore a pact with the devil.” (I couldn’t make shit like that up.)

This satanic pact is why Haitians historically have been impoverished, Robertson helpfully explains.

Haiti’s poverty has had nothing to do with its history as a slave colony and with whitey’s history of colonialism and enslavement of African natives. No! It was those Haitians’ pact with the devil!

Um, yeah, I blame the blue-eyed devils for Haiti’s poverty, and I officially move Pat Robertson into my Top 10 Wingnuts Whose Deaths I’d Celebrate List for 2010. He made my 2007 list but didn’t make my 2010 list, but he’s earned a place back on it. I put him at No. 10, with Carrie Prejean and Prick Warren. (Yes, they’re having a very unGodly little three-way.)

Memo to Robertson and Sarah Palin-Quayle and others who claim that they know God’s will: there are quite effective antipsychotics available for that.

Back to “Avatar,” there’s actually a news item about “‘Avatar’-induced depression.” (Yes, soon there will be a head med for that, too.)

Apparently people are getting sucked into the almost three hours of the alternate world of “Avatar” and they hate to have to return to their dull and dreary lives outside of the movie theater.

Get a grip, people. I liked “Avatar,” but its New Agey thing frequently borders on schmaltz. I like most of James Cameron’s films, but I have to suspect that “Avatar” is the “spiritual” film that baby boomer Cameron wanted to make before he dies, and baby boomers have a special way of turning the spiritual into something like Cheez Whiz. (Think “The Secret,” which was huge with the boomers.)

Anyway, memo to those afflicted with “‘Avatar’-induced depression”: If you can’t stand to live in the time and place in which you were born — if you are into Renaissance festivals or into “Star Trek” conventions or the like — then you’re a maladjusted dork. If you’re not a virgin, then you’re probably at least chronically single.

However, if you find that you just can’t get over your “‘Avatar’-induced depression,” might I suggest neo-paganism?

Finally, I was puzzled to read this news item today from The Associated Press:

Washington – President Barack Obama says he has not succeeded in bringing the country together, acknowledging an atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national feeling surrounding his inauguration a year ago.

“That’s what’s been lost this year … that whole sense of changing how Washington works,” Obama said in an interview with People magazine.

The president said his second-year agenda will be refocused on uniting the country around common values, “whether we’re Democrats or Republicans.” …

Uh, only someone who thinks that he or she knows the will of God or who is prone to “‘Avatar’-induced depression” would think that ObamaMan! could have United the Nation in a Single Bound!

Here is a map of the slave states in red and the free states in green:

The map below shows the states won by Obama and Joe Biden in blue and by Repugnicans John McCainosaurus and Sarah Palin-Quayle in red.

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Now is it me, or do those of the former slave states sure the fuck hold a fucking grudge?

I don’t blame Barack Obama that the nation isn’t united. I blame the backasswards, racist/white supremacist, mouth-breathing fucktards who voted for McCainosauraus in November 2008 and who think that Sarah Palin-Quayle would make a great fucking president! (After all, she says that God says so!)

The white supremacists are never going to accept Obama, and this white guy sure the fuck is never going to accept the white supremacists, so the nation is just going to have to remain divided.

Hell, I’m even for the red states’ secession. Then my great state of California will get back $1 for every $1 that it puts into the federal government kitty, instead of the paltry 78 cents that it receives, with the rest of our money going to keep the podunk states afloat (like Sarah Palin-Quayle’s Alaska, which gets almost $2 in return for every $1 that it puts into the federal piggy bank).

Anyway, if Obama truly thought that he could unite the nation (which I doubt), then he needs to have his ego surgically reduced. Anyone else who truly thought that he could unite the nation should see about the possibility of watching an endless loop of “Avatar.”

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‘Macaca’ redux

Associated Press photo

Repugnican monkeyshines: Above is S.R. Sidarth, the Indian-American who in August 2006 captured Repugnican U.S. Sen. George Allen of Virginia on video calling him “Macaca,” which lost Allen his Senate re-election bid and effectively ended his political career. Today, Repugnican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat for Missouri in 2010, apparently compared President Barack Obama to a “monkey” during a speech he gave at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. — the same gathering where last year boxes of “Obama Waffles” waffle mix were sold, replete with an Aunt-Jemima-like likeness of Obama.

In August 2006, then-U.S. Senator for Virginia George Allen, a Repugnican, of course, referred to a young American man of Indian descent as “Macaca.” In fact, Allen called the young man “Macaca” while the young man was video-recording one of Allen’s re-election campaign stump speeches. (Smart!)  

Wikipedia recounts it this way:

On August 11, 2006, at a campaign stop in Breaks, Virginia, near the Kentucky border, Allen twice used the word “macaca” to refer to [Shekar Ramanuja] Sidarth, an Indian-American, who was filming the event as a “tracker” for the opposing [Democrat Jim Webb’s] campaign.

“Macaca” means “monkey” and is not a racial slur; it is generally used in Francophone African nations, which led to speculation that Allen may have heard the epithet from his mother, a Francophone who grew up in French-colonial Tunisia.

Allen apologized and later said that he did not know the meaning of the word. In 2008, The Washington Post speculated that, were it not for this single utterance, Allen would have been a strong candidate for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.

How calling someone with brown skin and who is a member of a race that historically has been shit and pissed upon by whitey a “monkey” is not racist escapes me. And why Allen would have used a term whose meaning he didn’t even know (but just happens to mean “monkey”) also escapes me.

Another Wikipedia entry states that the word “macaca” most definitely is a racial slur, and notes that this is what Allen said to Sidarth on that fateful August 2006 day: “This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt — Macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent… Let’s give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.”

Never mind that Sidarth was born and raised in Virginia, while Allen was born and raised in California; Allen so warmly welcomed Sidarth to Virginia and to the United States nonetheless.

Welcoming an American-born-and-raised citizen to America because his or her skin is brown isn’t racist? Especially when you are a stupid white man doing the welcoming?

In any case, Allen lost the 2006 U.S. Senate election to Webb — “Allen’s re-election in the 2006 [Senate] race seemed inevitable until he was brought down by [the] video that showed him using a racial epithet when talking to [the] staffer for [Webb],” Wikipedia notes — and Allen has faded into political obscurity (where he belongs) since he called the young brown-skinned man “Macaca.”

So now, Salon.com’s War Room reports that today Repugnican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, yet another stupid white man, told an interesting little tale at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C.:

…And then [Blunt] told a little story about a group of British soldiers who found themselves posted in a quiet part of India in the late 19th century or the early 20th century. It was, Blunt said, a “very lush, very quiet, very peaceful, very uneventful part of India.”

So the soldiers decided, without much better to do, that they’d build a golf course in the jungle. And then the story got weird. [Quoting Blunt:]

Almost from the day the first ball was hit on this golf course something happened they didn’t anticipate: monkeys would come running out of the jungle and then grab the golf balls. And if it was in the fairway, they might throw it in the rough. And if it was in the rough, they might throw it — they might throw it back at you!

And I can point to great and long detail about how many things they tried to eliminate the monkey problem, but they never got it done.

So finally for this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was, you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. And that is the rule in Washington all the time.

Yes, you read that right: the point of the story was that like British golfers, conservatives in Washington have to play the ball where the monkey throws it.

Adds the Salon.com writer:

Blunt, who’s running for [the U.S. Senate seat for] Missouri next year, didn’t explain precisely why he chose an analogy about monkeys to illustrate the difficulties posed by the party that opposes the country’s first black president. (They both like to screw up the white man’s golf game?)

You know, you don’t refer to a non-white person as a “monkey.” To call a non-white person a “monkey” is to dehumanize him or her, is to make him or her less than human, is to make him or her into an animal.

And then once you have dehumanized, animalized, him or her, you then can justify doing whatever you want to do to him or her, such as yelling “You lie!” during his or her nationally televised address to Congress — something that you’d never do to a white president.

These racists are putting their feelers out there, are testing the waters, are seeing how far they can go.

If we let their shit pass, if we let them get away with their blatantly racist bullshit, they will up the ante to the point where one of these white supremacists screaming “You lie!” at the president during a nationally televised address to Congress will be comparatively nothing.

Those of us Americans who don’t want the racist Repugnican Party to drag us even further back to the Dark Ages than the unelected Bush regime did during its eight long years of nightmarish unelected rule have a responsibility to confront racism every single fucking time one of these racist motherfuckers thinks that he or she can get away with it.

Even if it looks borderline, we have to confront it.

A Repugnican U.S. representative from South Carolina (the first state that seceded from the Union after Abraham Lincoln’s election) yelling “You lie!” at the nation’s first black president while being nationally televised: That is an act of racism.

Addison Graves (a.k.a. “Joe”) Wilson was not simply registering his differences of opinion with the Obama administration’s health-care reform ideas, as he and his ilk have since claimed. There is a time and a place for that, and it is not during the president’s nationally televised address to Congress.

Wilson’s intent, it seems to me, was to open the door for even further racist attacks upon the nation’s first black president. 

George Allen didn’t call an Indian-American man “Macaca” — twice — and “macaca” just happens to mean “monkey.”

Roy Blunt didn’t tell a parable that ends with the moral that conservatives in Washington “have to play the ball where the monkey throws it” and not mean it as a reference to President Barack Obama.

“Conservative” these days pretty much means “white supremacist.”

We Americans who are not white supremacists, we Americans who form the majority who voted for Barack Obama, need to search our souls and ask ourselves if we are going to allow the white-supremacist minority to take over our nation.

P.S. Take a look at the official photos of George Allen, Addison Graves (a.k.a. “Joe”) Wilson and Roy Blunt (below, in that order):

What do they all have in common?

All three of them were born sometime from 1947 to 1952, making all three of them baby-boomer assholes, and they all are Repugnican politicians who hail from states that used to be slave states. (And, of course, they’re all stupid white men.)

Be on the lookout for men who match this profile. They’re probably motherfucking racists.

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2008 blue state-red state map finalized

UPDATES North Carolina; map shows states that switched from ...

Associated Press graphic (Nov. 6, 2008)

Less red now than in 2004, but still too much red…

So the 2008 presidential election results for the final state, Missouri, were called today. (Missouri is shown in gray in the graphic above because at that time its results were still up in the air.) Unsurprisingly, Repugnican John McInsane won Missouri, but only by a hair.

The Associated Press reports that

McCain’s narrow victory over Obama breaks a bellwether streak in which Missourians had picked the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1956.

With all jurisdictions reporting complete but unofficial results, McCain led Obama by 3,632 votes Wednesday out of more than 2.9 million cast — a margin of 0.12 percentage points….

Obama won 365 electoral votes. Missouri’s 11 electoral votes will give McCain 173.

I never get tired of posting the map of the slave-vs.-free states during the Civil War era for comparison to the blue state-red state maps of today:

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Yup. So much time, so little change.

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