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I love the King James Bible, even though I have little love for Xtians these days. Why? Observe:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


Or, as the GOP says these days: "You're hungry? Fuck you. You're brown-skinned? Fuck you more, terrorist."

Well, there's also the fact that Jesus is apparenttly Scottish, but as far as the Repubs are concerned, that's just more reason, probably, to dismiss such a brown-skinned, sandal-wearing, hippie commie pinko Marxist socialist Jew.

But that's only part of the absurd spectacle of the past few days. Remember Carlie Fiorina lying about abortion and claiming she saw something that didn't exist? Yeah, assholes on twitter were backing up Donald Trump about his claim that Arabs in Jersey were rejoicing at the WTC falling down on 9/11. Let's call it trumping, because he does it constantly and the only way you can tell it apart from a fart is what end it comes out of. It's astonishing.

God, Americans need to stop thinking of ourselves as strong and independent if we keep tolerating this bullshit. Registers of Muslims? Special IDs? And the GOP constituents are lapping it up. A black man was ejected and beaten from a Trump rally while Trump shouted from the podium, "Get him outta here!" Then, later on, this was followed by the usual second act, Trump style: whining and blaming it on someone else. This cowardly blowhard thinks he can take on Putin? He won't be able to meet Putin's eye. Trump's had money and the power money gives you protecting him his whole life. Even money can't protect you or save you from some things. Trump is substance free; how is he going to "destroy ISIS, bomb them back to the Stone Age" exactly? Oh, "It's going to be amazing, I will so destroy them, they won't know what hit them." How, exactly? "They'll wish their parents never met." Details, please. "We have the best military in the world, but under me, it'll be amazing, it'll be incredible."

It'd be almost comical except people are lapping this up. And then.....

On November 13th, a group of eight different terrorists struck in Paris, opening fire at a concert hall; detonating suicide vests at the Stade du France, where President Hollande was watching a soccer match; shooting into cafes, and fighting with the police in the streets.

People want revenge. It's hard enough to lose someone you love; it's even worse to lose anyone with whom you had a complicated or even a bad relationship. That's the state of humanity. If it were easy, it wouldn't be so maddening, so alluring, to live with people. It's worse to live without them.

Revenge is the first rage of an aching, bereft heart, before grief takes over. There aren't neat stages of grief; some people rage, some people succumb to bottomless sorrow, and others reel from one to the other, or off into untold depths. Others are numbed into shock, too stunned to take it all in. Show me someone who's lost a loved one to violence, and I'll show you a 'stage' not accounted for some neat list in a textbook somewhere. There's one guy who lost his son in Columbine who has blamed it all on abortion, which is convenient for him, because before he lost his son, he blamed it all on abortion then, too.

It would take a massacre of this size, every week, for France to equal the gun deaths per year in the US, yet gun nuts shriek with rage at any attempts to regulate guns. It takes a special kind of idiot to recommend more of the very thing that causes the problem, but the gun nuts like to suggest that more guns would have saved lives in Paris. This is.....I need words that quantify something that's actually a lack of something else. "Stupid" is lacking intelligence. How do you quantify a void?

But, yeah, the gun nuts whine that it's unfair to be bigoted to Muslims but okay to be bigoted to....people who refuse to listen to reason about guns. Yeah, great analogy. It's like those abortion assholes who whine that it's all about the babies. Yeah, if it is, how come you vote against school lunches, planned parenthood, education, in fact every last damned thing that makes babies' lives better? If it's abortion, how come you're opposed to the very things that make it easiest to reduce abortions? How come you endorse killing when you proclaim you're pro-life?

These people all agree on one thing: Bruce Willis or a twin would have stopped the Paris attack. How would that go?

You're our Gun Hero. How do you identify yourself to the police while simultaneously keep from being identified by the terrorists and avoid hitting chaotic, running, panicking victims?

Of course, over the past few days, the same heroes have been trumpeting that we should reject the thousands of desperate Syrians---men, women and children, despite the lie that conservatives keep spreading around about the refugees being all men----who are fleeing the very enemies that we have in common. It's not a case of the 'enemy of my enemy is my friend.' These people are the victims of my enemy. Furthermore, the murderers in Paris were not Syrian refugees, although a fake Syrian passport was found. They were all French or Belgian nationals. That should have been a huge clue.

Daesh wants French and other leaders to indulge in victim-blaming and Islamophobia. For a bunch of people who tout their Christianity the way some men tout their sexual abilities, these guys seem shockingly ill-read. Didn't Jesus have a few things to say about the sick, the poor, the imprisoned, the homeless and so on? Didn't he say something about the way one should treat one's neighbors? So how come it's the Satanic Temple that's say stuff like this:

"If there is anyone in the Minneapolis region who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home for fear of some kind of backlash, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence-----just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily deliver you some groceries."

This is exactly the last thing Daesh wants. Love, kindness, empathy.....these things destroy Daesh in a way bullets cannot manage. It's kind of sad that this kind of thing is necessary, that French Muslims couldn't grieve along with other French people for their city, their way of life. How many white men got dirty looks on the street after Dylan Roof murdered nine innocent people in a church? Why the double standard?

Daesh must have hatred to function, to recruit new members. Republicans played right along this week, trying to outdo one another with terror, anger, and faux outrage. More than that, Repubs were cowardly, scared, terrified, and weak. It was disgusting.

America, home of the selfish and land of the weak. How on earth do these people tell themselves they're tough on defense? Squealing and whining are not how you combat terrorism. And Trump is the most belligerant of these spineless losers!

America enjoys a safety level that's unprecedented for much of the world. Our last civil war was a century and a half ago, our terrorism level involves angry white guys with guns as opposed to high explosives (except for Timothy McVeigh) and we see nothing that indicates operational ability for violent cells on US soil. And the fact is, perfect security cannot be guaranteed in a free society. Now, if you live in a tolitarian society, it's a lot easier and a lot more 'safe', but....is that what you want?

Think about it. You have to take risks to live. You have to accept risks to mature. The choice is pretty clear. You will NEVER have safety. You will only have a reasonable expectation of a reasonable standard.

That's the choice we see now.

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glinda_w
Nov. 25th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
I've no answers, but... as Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

*sigh*

OK, back to the kitchen to put together a feast for Liz (and me!), and then leftovers for Liz and her mom (and me. you have no idea how many potatoes are getting scrubbed, cooked, and mashed...)
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