Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You Hurt My Feelings. Prepare to Die.

September 11, 2012
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others. 

There are so many things wrong with this statement from the Embassy in Cairo that it's difficult to even dissect. I want to focus on the role of a government agency in condemning those who would hurt people's religious feelings

Really? Did an agency of the US government condemn the efforts of Andres Serrano for his depiction of the crucifix submerged in his own urine? You bet your sweet ass they didn't! Hell - they gave him an award!

Why the double standard? 

Because times have changed. Now, everything that does not agree with the currently politically correct discourse is labelled hate speech. Because Christians -- except for the gnarly fringe who would band together under the radar and plan to execute abortion doctors and are rightly classified as psychopaths for their efforts by the rest of those who follow the teachings in the Bible -- have a more enlightened approach to their religion.  Because an angry group of Christians never show up shouting ugly, hateful threats - unless you fear the wackjobs of the Westboro Baptists Church might kill you.  Wackjobs and psycopaths - marginalized by their own religious brethren.

The countries who would not only allow, but possibly assist their religious radicals to breach American embassies in their countries deserve neither an American embassy, nor American notice - except as potential targets.  The makers of the two-bit Muslim video agitprop equally deserves no notice by our government - except for potential protection from religious radicals.  

Anything less is making an establishment of one religion abroad while simultaneously abridging the freedom of speech of an American at home. 

I can barely fathom the dhimmitude of our current leaders, but I fear not only for our national sovereignty, but for our exceptionally American lives. 

Dane-Geld: A.D. 980-1016

by Rudyard Kipling

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
  To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
  Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
  And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
  And then  you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
  To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
  We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
  But we've  proved it again and  again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
  You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
  For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
  You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
  No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
  And the nation that pays it is lost!"

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Gadfly Flag

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Study in Force: Creative and Destructive

See more of Bryan Larsen's work at Quent Cordair Fine Art Gallery.

A Thug By Any Other Name

If you -- like me -- were nearly in disbelief over the statements of Maryland legislator Emmett Burns regarding his desperate attempt to shut up a Baltimore Ravens player’s support of gay marriage, I have one question for you: Were you equally outraged to read Mayor Tom Menino’s less-than-subtle threat to wield the power of government against those who spoke ideas which went against his own?



Two excellent examples of men who think they own the minds of others. This buffoonery would be laughable except for one thing: the stationery they were written on.