Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Through Thick and Thin

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It’s been awhile since I wrote a “Through Thick and Thin” post. The phrase still and likely always will appeal to me. Partly because it’s a reminder of a more bucolic era, it is an old phrase. Partly because I like running around in the woods and fields myself. I don’t do as much of it as I used to. Moving right along, a lot has been happening lately, so why not comment on several trending events?

Chick-Fil-A. Sigh. This has gone off on so many tangents it’s gotten truly bizarre. Note above image. Conservative black churches tend to be very anti-LGTB. So we have people who in living memory were a terribly discriminated against minority … actively advocating continued discrimination against another minority. It’s images like this that explain why the aliens haven’t contacted us yet. While I respect people’s right to oppose gay marriage, I won’t dignify their opinion by referring to it as a “defence of marriage.” Marriage is not under attack, it needs no defence. In fact, if marriage is such a good thing, why shouldn’t any two adults be allowed to get married? So much silliness though. Tortured explanations from the left as to why it’s OK to use the power of the state to discriminate against Chik-Fil-A. I still don’t think so. Claims by Chick-Fil-A’s defender that this is a freedom of speech issue. No, aside from some rhetoric, no one’s freedom of speech has been threatened. Yet. I’ve seen a mangled Lincoln quote trotted out by LGBT defenders to bolster their cause. Yeah, adopting Faux News tactics doesn’t impress me.

Granted, some of the groups that Chick-Fil-A has been funding (it’s not just their owners, the corporation itself is a big donor) have been designated as hate groups. I find the appellation “hate group” as annoying as “terrorist group.” It’s a label to demonize a group and their opinions. Neither terrorism nor hate is an ideology, so when it comes right down to it, as a descriptive label its misleading as best. It’s an attempt to frame the discussion in such a way that the other side’s concerns can be ignored. That’s not really a good way to resolve an issue. Lastly, after defending Chick-Fil-A’s right to donate to whoever they please, let me say this. They are donating to some groups that are spreading the most horrific lies and falsehoods about homosexuals. Groups that are advocating the death sentence for gays in Africa. Not cool, not cool at all. I won’t be patronizing Chick-Fil-A, and I heartily encourage others not to do so.

Syria. Sigh. I’m writing a post about it, but it’s complicated. Kofi Annan is quitting as UN-Arab League envoy for the Syria conflict at the end of the month, he claims foreign meddling by both sides is making his job impossible. How the UN ever got involved in an internal, not international, dispute is not mentioned. China and Russia support the Assad regime. The USA and the west are supporting and arming the Islamist revolutionaries. Yes dear readers, China and Russia are supporting the secular government of Syria, while the USA is arming Islamist rebels, including Al-Qaeda linked groups. The people who we call terrorists when they are fighting us. As my more astute readers know, supporting Islamist rebels was such a  great idea in Afghanistan, how could it go wrong in Syria?

The Mars Curiosity Rover sets down on Mars this weekend. Hopefully. It’s the most amazing rover ever deployed, jam-packed with whiz-bang experimental gear. If it lands OK and functions OK, it will be like the Hubble on Mars. If they forgot to convert English measurements into American measurements, or installed something backwards, it will be a waste of over 2 billion dollars. This is what the old folks called “putting all of your eggs in one basket.” I still think that at a dozen cheaper rovers based on the wildly successful Spirit and Opportunity rovers would have been a better option. I hope I’m wrong.

The Aurora shooting … conspiracy theories abound! This is priceless. Yes, it looks like this will be as good as the Truthers or the Birthers, or maybe it will be a flash in the pan, who knows. It’s a fascinating how some events can trigger conspiracy theories. Scientists are no doubt gathering data and examining this as I type, this is like seeing a supernovae. So much can be learned about the psychology and sociology of conspiracy theories if one watches one actually spring forth. In this case, the current Holmes version is that this was some sort of false-flag government operation to act as an excuse for gun control. And that the person being tried isn’t actually Holmes. Pass the popcorn.

Australia refuses US carrier base. Yes, Australia in no uncertain terms said they saw no need to have a US naval base in Australia. No doubt the USA will punish them for their refusal in some way, but it’s nice to see a bit of sanity in the world. WTF does Australia need with a US base, and all the attendant problems that go with it? World War Two is long over, there is no threat to Australia that requires the presence of an American carrier task force. And why does the USA want a naval base in western Australia? It’s all part of the militarization of the world, apparently we are going to be the world’s policemen now. I’m not kidding, Marine units are now being trained to act as world policemen. There’s so much wrong with this I don’t know where to start, so likely there will be a post on it in the future.

Lastly, a bonus image to share. This made me laugh. Have a great weekend everyone.

(The above two images are claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. Both have gone viral on Facebook, so I think they are pretty much public domain, I have no idea who to credit them too. Heck, I could make an entire blog just from the interesting images that crop up on Facebook daily, I’ll certainly try to post more of them here in the future.)

Written by unitedcats

August 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

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  1. Its soo weird to see people waving Chick-Fil-A around like they just bought a ticket to heaven lol ! Batman themed conspiracy theory! AWESOME! (passes popcorn)

    Pyrodin

    August 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

  2. What I find interesting in regards to our arming of Syrians, are the number of “leftist” commentators condemning our government for not doing more. Their favorite catchphrase is the “Free Syrian Army”, why can’t we just help the forces of good (Free Syrian Army) against the terrible forces of evil (Syrian Government). Clearly the atrocities committed by the Syrian government against their own people is beyond deplorable, but there is no unified “Free Syrian Army” guys. These are dozens of militias loosely confederated under one cause, many of whom have even more repressive and anti-freedom agendas then the current tyrannical administration. Why shouldn’t we help them? Because WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE FUCKING DOING. Gee how many groups have we armed in the past that ten years later became our greatest enemies. Give me a break. Exert pressure to come to political compromise? Yes. Assist with humanitarian aid and help for the innocent? Yes. Arm any number of groups whose core beliefs we only have the faintest inkling about in the hopes that the winners will be American lapdogs? Hmm… It’s really quite bizarre to me that our “liberals” are clamoring for this type of action.

    Andrew

    August 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • A post about how peaceful liberals have morphed into a war party is in the works, it is truly bizarre. — Doug

      unitedcats

      August 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  3. Americans are totally f’d up culturally after decades of propaganda. They no longer know up from down, or left from right.

    The Republicans/Dems are the Crips and the Bloods folks! Wake the F up!

    Its bread and circus all over again!

    Yes ‘do no evil America’ is paying Islamic radicals to create carnage in (now) Syria, after having done so in other “Arab Springs’ .

    In the US..
    ” We are fine with intercommunal violence, and happy to call it a “war.” In fact, the ability to kill people with impunity in remote corners of the planet makes us feel stronger and safer. But intracommunal violence shocks us, because it compromises our sense of safety.” (source ClubOrlov)

    Think about it folks, we eventually will reap what we sow. Your R and D politicians deal death all around the globe. Do you think there will be no Karma associated with that? America is in for some sick shit. And it actually shocks us that a nut shoots up a theatre in Colorado?

    Those dead kids are every bit as tragic as the dead kids on the other side of the globe… you know, the kids that Americans blow up with a drones.. like simple by-catch..

    If you think that these other kids are just a few eggs that need to be broken to make an omlet, then you are eating a deadly meal.

    John Galt

    August 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

  4. On the topic of Chik-fil-a, glad I don’t eat there. No plans to do so in the future either. I can respect an individual’s right to opinions and all that jazz, but I don’t have to put money in their pocket that will go toward furthering an agenda that goes against what I stand for, in this case the right for people to love whomever they wish. I take issue with companies donating money to political interest groups though; it just doesn’t sit well with me. Target stores also donate money to anti-gay campaigns, so I shop less there as well. The more businesses want to get into screwing with our political sphere, the less I desire to buy from them.

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if through actions like this businesses wind up jading the public so much that we reform our consumer ways, learn to save instead and to invest in more worthwhile causes? That’ll be the day.

    wakemenow

    August 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Could happen. Why not?

      Daviticus

      August 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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