Obsessive Cranky Asshat Disorder  

sfvcpl818 52M/52F
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4/18/2006 12:34 am

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4/19/2006 7:59 pm

Obsessive Cranky Asshat Disorder

Iraq is in flames, Iran is a nuclear crisis (whether or not it need be) the immigration debate is raging, oil is at $70 a barrel, global climate change is accelerating, the post-Katrina recovery effort is floundering, there is no budget for the coming fiscal year.

And the Republicans are preparing their agenda for the fall elections:

GOP Campaign to Focus on Flag Burning, Gay Marriage, Abortion

Thank God they're on top of things, because if we can't get this nationwide epidemic of flag burning under control, we could be in some real trouble.

Meanwhile, over in Right Blogostan the hysteria du jour revolves around the refusal of the producers of South Park to permit an cartoon image of Mohammad to appear on the show.

(What is it with fanatics and cartoons lately? If one group isn't going bat shit over the ones they consider sacrilegious, the other group is going bat shit over the absence of the ones the first group considers sacrilegious.)

Porky Pig: Can't we all just get along?

This isn't just crazy, it's clinically complusive ‒ as in wash your hands 50 times a day and ALWAYS arrange your lima beans in a straight line before you eat them compulsive. And whereas the enraged cartoon protestors of the Islamic world are moved by an ancient belief system that predates modern rationality, our fanatics are supposed to be members of an enlightened Western culture that is far above such primitive behavior ‒ or at least, so they keep telling us.

Instead, the conservative movement ‒ particularly its "social conservative" wing ‒ is starting to resemble the thumbnail definition of monomania: i.e. the process of thinking more and more about less and less.

I'm almost tempted to say the movement is displaying some of the classic symptoms of autism, but that would be a grave insult to autistic people, who after all are often extremely intelligent and capable of doing amazing mathematical calculations in their heads, making it possible for them to win large sums of money at blackjack. Whereas the average conservative these days seems to have trouble understanding that 2+2 does not, in fact, equal 5.

I don't know why this is. Maybe limited minds can only grasp a limited set of issues. Or maybe it's because so many things in the wide world just aren't moving as they are supposed to do in the conservative cosmology. But whatever the reason, the movement's growing obsession with relatively minor (in the grand scheme of things) issues like gay marriage, flag burning and cartoon Mohammads now borders on the pathological.

The most accurate way to describe it, I suppose, would be to say that the social conservative movement is developing the traditional characteristics of a cult, in which the semiotic symbols and concepts used in the outside world begin to take on very different and emotionally charged meanings to the initiated.

In other words, figuring out what the right is trying to say these days ‒ and what agitates it so ‒ is becoming more of an exercise in hermeneutics (if not psychiatry) than political science.

In any case, the practical effect is to create a movement that can only engage with reality on a very narrow front ‒ on a set of issues that is compatible with the increasingly warped and extreme meanings the cult has developed for itself. The propaganda ministers of the Republican Party, meanwhile, have made it their business to learn this code and to manipulate it in ways that will whip the faithful into a frenzy ‒ while at the same time appealing to a broader, less indoctrinated audience that is also concerned (not fanatical, but concerned) about such issues.

It's really quite clever, not to mention extremely effective. Some have tactfully referred to it as the creation of a "rogue coalition." I, on other hand, would call it "facism".

But that's another story.

Update - for all you ideologues just waiting to suck on the Right Wing dick ... err .. talking points. You know, if only the GOP was more libertarian and not so disgustingly Taliban on steroids ... I think I could even be pursuaded to vote for something other than your opponent at every juncture. I wish we had another choice besides the Democrat when I have the need to vote ... and this doesn't mean that all Democrats are bad either.


walkinatmidnight 57M

4/19/2006 3:46 pm

What used to be fringe groups out on the outskirts of society (where they belonged) have been legitimized and emboldened by the neo-con movement, wherein far-right thinking looks central and fundamentalist crackers seem far right instead of just crazy. The balance of mainstream thinking (or at least the public perception of what is mainstream) has been skewed way to the right by this displacement, which was acheived mainly by the brilliant and cynical tactics of the far right in stampeding the American public with the fright tactics you address. Identify and bring to life some emotional hot-button issue to get the feeble-minded and easily-led to vote, so no one pays attention to the reality of their collapsing society.


sfvcpl818 52M/52F

4/19/2006 5:56 pm

    Quoting walkinatmidnight:
    What used to be fringe groups out on the outskirts of society (where they belonged) have been legitimized and emboldened by the neo-con movement, wherein far-right thinking looks central and fundamentalist crackers seem far right instead of just crazy. The balance of mainstream thinking (or at least the public perception of what is mainstream) has been skewed way to the right by this displacement, which was acheived mainly by the brilliant and cynical tactics of the far right in stampeding the American public with the fright tactics you address. Identify and bring to life some emotional hot-button issue to get the feeble-minded and easily-led to vote, so no one pays attention to the reality of their collapsing society.
OK ... I ... am ... officially ... Gushing!!!!!!

You know those picture postcards from Nebraska that show a flatbed truck carrying a gigantic ear of corn? The trucks all have an ear of corn that's bigger than a house and the cards say "Greetings from Nebraska!" Well, your email shows a flatbed truck with a gigantic cock on it that says "greetings from my giant dick!!"
"Daaaaayyyyuuuuum!!" I say, "that's a huge cock!"
I email you back, and we start to IM. Here's how that goes:

ME: Uh-huh.
Y: You look a lot like Jenna Jameson!
M: Uh-huh.
Y: Is that you getting assfucked and sucking cock in that photo?
M: Uh-huh.
Y: I thought you said you were a virgin.
M: Is that really your gigantic cock?
Y: Uh-huh.

Well, it all comes to pass that you reveal yourself to be a BBW who has posted on AdultFriendFinder looking for an 18y/o geeky virgin who wants to fuck! Who has two thumbs, is 18, a virgin and wants to fuck? Yup, you guessed it. ME!! So I go over to your place at around 11:30 at night, and you tell me to be quiet, because your parents are in the other room sleeping. You're not terribly impressed by my looks, and I'm not terribly turned on by you, but we're both bored, and we decide to hit it! "I'll show you my dungeon if you show me your dragon," you say. "Hell yeah," I say. You take me to your bedroom, which is decked out, floor to ceiling, in Sanrio. Hello Kitty sheets, Hello Kitty nitelite, Hello Kitty everything. We both get naked and get to it. You're grossed out by my terrible acne, and ask me to put a pillowcase over my head so you don't have to look at me. I'm fine with that, since I'm getting laid. You're fine with that because now it seems like Bad-Badtz Maru is fucking you. "OH, yeah, give it to me, BadBadtz, give it to me haaaard" you scream. We finish up, you give me $2.00 for the bus and kick me to the curb at about 12:00 am. Everyone is happy.

Hit me up if you can help me out with this one.


walkinatmidnight 57M

4/21/2006 9:19 am

OK, let me see if I've got this straight...I arrive on a flatbed truck from Nebraska, you're an 18 year old virgin who is all thumbs. We don't know one another's gender and don't care--I have a corn cob for a penis and anyway we've been blinded, I by tasteless decor and you by a pillow case on your head. I cut eyeholes in it because things can never be too creepy. I'm calling you Jenna and you're calling me Bad Batz Maru, or is it the other way around? I'm a BBW porn star with a corn cob dick and you're a cartoon character without a gender who looks like he's (she's?) been riding with vigilantes through the swamps outside of Vicksburg. You give me $2.00 for a bus ride but I say it's gonna cost a lot more than that to get to Nebraska. My mom and dad in the other room remind me that I don't really live in Nebraska. I serve you tea with my Hello Kitty tea set and then we rut like weasels. The End.


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