Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Here Comes Everything

It's election season again in America. Seasons come and go, but it seems we are all doomed to expire in an era when the Right Wing in the U.S. has some kind of unstoppable deodorant or radioactive underpants. Perhaps the religious crazies really do have the key to eternal life? No matter what craziness they stir up, it passes quickly into conventional wisdom, served up to the non-reading public by an utterly pliant (if not actually mortuary-bound) media.

Not content with this "victory" in March of this year:
the Right Wing in Texas has uncovered this blood-chilling "threat":

A few, weary, brief thoughts: I have never been to Texas, but if there is any place in the U.S.A. where 'Islamists' would fear to tread, would be certain of failure, isn't it Texas? Also, if Right Wing conservatives are so goddamn proud of their country and its long history of freedom, freedom of expression, and the exportability, indeed, the eternal viability of American ideals, why do they start a witch hunt over something as hilariously unlikely as an covert Islamist plot to sew Allah into a couple of piddling little school books? Think about this: imagine a group of American teenagers, and them being offered two choices... living life in the U.S.A., or in Saudi Arabia.

Why is the New York Times clothing this nonsense with the veneer of respectability that reporting it gives it?