Dunces of the Confederacy, Cont.

Get a Brain Morans

There are a lot of advantages, politically, for a plutocratic, authoritarian party like the Republicans to court the stupid.  For one thing, they’ll believe anything, even against all available evidence.  For another, they’re easily distracted from the real business at hand, which is of course looting the treasury.  When things are going well, a little tough talk about the perfidy of enemies foreign and domestic, whomever these may be at the moment, is enough to keep them voting your way; when things aren’t going well, though, things can come a crapper rather quickly, as we’re seeing today.

Now, I’m not going out on a limb and suggesting that just because the gunman who shot up a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple happened to have white supremacist ties, two semi-automatic weapons, and lived in the redneck burgh of Cudahy (even the tour guides at the Miller Brewery make Cudahy jokes…),  he was a Republican, but I will make the logical leap to say he was stupid.  Sihks, of course, are not in any way associated with terrorism, or even Islam itself, but to a stupid person, fed a steady diet of Hate radio and Fox News, what’s the difference?  They’re brown and dress funny, so mowing them down in a hail of bullets is naturally the patriotic thing to do.

I’m sure that the right-wing blogosphere is continuing to spin wild conspiracy theories about how this was a “false flag” operation with the ultimate goal of taking everybody’s guns, concocted by the Manchurian Socialist community organizer in the White House, but what it really shows is that constantly telling the stupid that somebody’s gonna git ‘em can work a little too well.  (It should be noted that early this morning a slightly smarter redneck successfully firebombed a bona fide Islamofascist mosque in Joplin, Missouri, but it did take him two tries…)

Humiliated by their 2008 defeat at the hands of Barack Hussein Obama, even the mainstream right-wing noise machine has cast aside racist dog whistles to openly lash out against minorities of all stripes, with alarming success.  Not only does the Republican base now hate immigrants, gays, environmentalists, and the other bogeyman of the pre-Obama years, now they hate Muslims, blacks, Unitarians (!), and evidently, Sikhs.  It’s telling that in a society that is constantly told that the only real racism is that harbored against racist whites, the Sikhs in Wisconsin labor under no such delusion.  This isn’t the first time they’ve suffered violent attacks from stupid white people who thought they were the Axis of Evil, and they evidently don’t think it will be the last; one even begged a reporter to explain the difference to his audience.

Touching, isn’t it? The bereaved Sikh turning to a pancaked know-nothing and pleading, (Indian accent)  “Please, tell your stupid people to hate the right things, at least.”  Fat chance of that, raghead.  Stupid people and explaining don’t mix, especially in an election year.   Still, it’s difficult to imagine that if the barrage of racist and/or gun violence continues at its current torrid pace through November, some of the gore may not splatter on the party of, well, racists and guns, defeating the whole purpose of the entire, amoral endeavor.  Worse, the carefully cultivated stupidity itself is now backfiring.   No longer are just the actual targets of racist appeals in danger; people who resemble them are, due to the stupidity.

What began, innocently enough, with comically misspelled signs at Teabagger rallies has inexorably morphed into the wrong bodies piling up on the floor.  Good luck with that, Republicans.

25 Comments

  1. Bill Schee says:

    “Sihks, of course, are not in any way associated with terrorism, or even Islam itself, but to a stupid person, fed a steady diet of Hate radio and Fox News, what’s the difference? They’re brown and dress funny, so mowing them down in a hail of bullets is naturally the patriotic thing to do.”

    I object most strenuously to this shallow, biased thinking on your part. Sihks have every right to be as hated as much or more than Moslems. Softshell Catlicks (Lutherans) are the real class of discriminated people. No one ever shoots a Lutheran.

    • cocktailhag says:

      You’re right. I bet those dirty Sikhs even clam up when Tom Friedman gets in their cab.
      I don’t know about Lutherans, but if I were one I would stay out of the sun this summer….

  2. RUKidding says:

    “… two men attacked a Sikh taxi driver in Sacramento after mistaking him for a Muslim. One of the men admitted Monday in a no-contest plea to committing a hate crime.”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/sacramento-area-sikhs-offer-30000-reward-in-shooting-of-elderly-men.html

    Sacramento has had several incidents of violence – some terminal – against Sikhs. Tea Partiers who claim that their gun-toting rubes & minions “know the difference between Sikhs & Muslims” need to guess again. And then also, too: by stating something as fatuously stupid as that, does this mean that the Tea Party *endorses* mowing down Muslims in Mosques??

    Sadly the answer to that last question is probably a resounding YES!

    We have reached a really really sad sorry pathetic point in our nation’s history. Things come & go in cycles. I don’t know if this our nation’s lowest point, but it’s certainly descending rapidly to the bottom.

    Sadder still are rightwingers – many of the educated & reasonably intelligent – who continue to *defend* such actions and at least appear to be quite unconcerned (if not supportive) about it.

    Undoubtedly, this bloodshed will continue with the 2d Amendment types wailing about how THEY are the ones being martyred, victimized and abused. Disgusting.

    Serious condolences to the families of the fallen. Such a waste.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I thought the poignant part was that the Sikh didn’t bother to suggest an end to the violence, merely that the targets should be chosen more carefully. Pretty pathetic, and sad.
      It amazes me that immigrants still come here.

  3. mikeinportc says:

    CH, you’re buying in a bit (maybe?) with that last line? Most of the Sikhs I encounter are from here* .

    Btw, I remember a conversation at work, 9/12/01, in which I suggested that Sikhs probably had more to fear, from teh stoopid, than probably anyone. I thought that moment had passed a long time ago, but apparently STUPID is very persistent .

    Firearm violence map: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep/27/gun-crime-map-statistics

    • cocktailhag says:

      Not really. I’m thinking that they’d tell folks back home to try Canada instead. I’m going to go check that map, but if it doesn’t closely track the red/blue divide, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

  4. RUKidding says:

    BTW, thanks for bringing out that photo for old time’s sake. Never get tired of seeing it!

  5. daphne says:

    For some reason your post reminds me of a story during the 08 election in which a reporter asked a rally attendant what brought the crowd together. “Oh,” replied the interviewee, “we all hate the same things.”

    • cocktailhag says:

      Gotta admit…. I myself might have said the same thing at a Kerry rally in 2004. Of course, the things I (and we) hated were actual things, like war, torture, racism, homophobia, and rampant cronyism, not large swathes of humanity.
      Some hate the sin, others hate the (hypothetical) sinners.

  6. Ché Pasa says:

    Your take, Hag, is spot-on. The more Stupid, the better as far as our Overclass is concerned. Especially if it leads to more apparently random slaughter of selected portions of the rabble. Moviegoers, public school students, mall shoppers, temple worshipers. Got to keep ‘em all in line.

    There’s a long telling history of this shit in these United States, and by all that’s holey it will continue! We are Americans! We are Free! And We Are Exceptional! BANG BANG, SHOOT SHOOT.

    Taibbi put it this way in 2009 while flensing the ‘Baggers (of which your illustration is an example):

    Its a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the masters carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know youre a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit. Whatever the master does, youre on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger. And thats what weve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish …

    Googly-eyes. They’ve all got googly-eyes.

  7. mikeinportc says:

    Re the map, apparently some states don’t keep track of everything, Florida nothing,so not a complete picture . A few things you can see :

    * Tennessee & SC are in class by themselves for gun assaults/100k . NH ,NY,WV,OR,IA,NE,& SD are the lowest.

    *Robberies with guns/100k is all over the place. Oregon,UT,MN,MS and NY among the lowest. PA,OH,MI,TN,SC,GA,MO,NV,& TX , the highest.

    * Gun murders/100k are highest in Maryland, Missouri, & Louisiana.

    * Gun murders, as a % of total : Here, Oregonians,West Virginians, UTES, & Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, are apparently more hands-on, and creative murderers. They commit 1/3, or less, of their murders, with firearms. Illinois & Louisiana are the most reliant on point-and-shoot.

    * Total gun murders track the population in general, with CA on top, followed by TX & NY, then everybody else.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Nice to know murderers here don’t like to get too mechanical about it. Maybe they just want to be sure, unlike our Cudahy friend, that they’re killing the right people.

  8. michlib says:

    The recently deceased Gore Vidal sensed the U.S. to be in a state of decline. I see nothing to refute that assessment. And in the sun rising in the east department, Wayne LaPierre will assure us that guns had absolutely nothing to do with the latest bloodshed.

    • RUKidding says:

      http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/07/4699642/as-stupidity-becomes-fashionable.html

      Yes, here’s an editorial discussing Vidal’s views of US stupidity, which is definitely being encouraged and glorified in many ways… from the drubbing of public school education (with the attendant rise of home “schooling”) to the utter vapidity of most “reality” tv shows to the venality of most tv and other media in general.

      The glorification of teh stoopit, it burnz was also enshrined by the Republican party who carelessly and casually nominated the Queen of Vapid Stupidity to be their Vice Pres. candidate in 2008. The slavering minions who still worship Tundra Trailer Trash are frightening to behold.

      and so on…

  9. avelna says:

    Let’s see, the Aurora shooting was practically the only thing in the news for upwards of 2 weeks. Any bets on how long this dominates the news cycle? A few days maybe? After all, we’re talking about brown, not white people here.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Yeah, I’d say it’s already close to over; the usual suspects are now bleating about how unfair it is to call the shooter “right-wing.”

      • avelna says:

        And, come to think of it, how long the flags will stay at half-mast for this shooting. Again, not for 2 weeks I bet.

  10. dirigo says:

    To Cardinals man: I knew some Morans, the Morans of South Boston. You, sir, wouldn’t know a Moran if he or she kissed the stone (or your arse) for you in broad daylight.

  11. The Heel says:

    Romney is raking in about $100,000,000 every month. He only has to target the swing states. Do you really think anything else matters?
    He will be the next president. Sad as this may be.

    I will vote for Steven Colbert and I would, even if I lived in a swing state. To quote Jerry Garcia: “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil”

  12. meremark says:

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    Here’s my plan. To the issue (question?) of How the Reptilian Party Got their ideology-in-deed ignited and now Backfiring, and How Us Its Victims enabled it, in a browse-by dropoff here’s the link to my latest favorite concise-&-comprehensive explanation of it all:
    from shiva: I am always suprised when devotees succumb to the brainwashing of the fascist network. Why this happens is something I am curious about.
    and in particular this passage concerning the most-determinate American Democracy Paradigm tip-over point of the 20th century:

    1942:
    Leo Crowley, the US Alien Property Custodian ordered the seizure of all property of Hapag-Lloyd in Aug. In October, US Alien Property Custodian seized thestock shares of the Union Banking Corp. of New York, whose shareholders were: Chm./Dir. E. Rowland Harriman; Pres./Dir. Cornelis Lievense (banking functionary for the Nazis); Treasurer/Dir. Harold D. Pennington (of Brown Brothers Harriman); Dir. Ray Morris (of Brown Brothers Harriman); Dir. Prescott S. Bush; Dir. H.J. Kouwenhoven (Dir./Chief foreign financial exec. of German Steel Trust); Dir. Johann G. Groeninger (Industrial Exec. In Nazi Germany).

    as ‘related reading’ and then, if I can, stop by after ‘while to offer my own comments re: Sikh et alii victimization and the imbeciles whose idea of a smart person is Newt.

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    • meremark says:

      Teh stoopid swerves in mob like a flock of birds. (Not school of fish — ‘school’ and ‘teh stoopid’ can’t be said in the same breath.)

      Mobs follow incitments. However, the Reptile Party ‘base’ is not a uniform mob. Each sect hates a different target. Bigots hate brown-skinned, misogynists hate women’s health, superstitionals hate public education, sociopaths hate Justice, stoopid hate answers.
      When the provocateur shouts, “GET ‘EM” then followers run off in every direction.

      One-stop shopping and ONLY 1 for all your provocateur needs. Serving eugenic cleansing since 1947:
      ______

      1953: … some of the most feared mobsters in Tehran were hired by the CIA to stage pro-Shah riots on 19 August. Other CIA-paid men were brought into Tehran in buses and trucks, and took over the streets ….

      2012: Venezuelan “election on 7 October, suggested the man is part of a plot to destabilise the country … the American might have been recruited by government opponents to instigate violent protests if opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles loses the election.”
      _____

      As abroad, so at home. CIA-types inside USA now drugging and mind-deranging human ‘droid shooters’ set up at the scene for patsy after others do the shooting and getaway. See the old m.o. in murdering JFK.

      Murdering Sikhs benefits who?none but CIA-types doing ‘brandname’ selling to the bozo bigot demographic slice of the ‘base’ deluded group. Same as it ever was, yet never so palpably provoked. To no effect, teh stoopid remain brain dead inert, despite hoaxmaxTV heart-burning cardio and breath-taking pulmonary administrations.

      In the CIA whistleblower forum — “the truth is OUT there” “stubborn facts” — one wag got together these bullet points in the Texas, Colo. and Wisc. three gun murders by ‘lone nuts’:

      JP (Walnut Creek)
      I dont post often, but when I do, they are the most important posts in the world! ( KIDDING)

      Just quickly, I think the Aurora shootings, the Ft Hood event, and Milwaukee/oak Creek have some things in common that should be paid some attention and followed as they proceeed throughout the legal systems and so forth.

      -All three have military elements tied to them
      -All three have psychiatric/neurologic science components linked to them (In a big way)
      -All three cases have unusually high levels of evidence suppression/sequestering of evidence and so forth. Aurora is becoming a particurly strange legal case with the plethora of gag orders and evidence suppression
      – All three were dropped from MSM fairly quickly. Not a unique phenomenon, but worth noting.
      -There is no audio, video, or photos, of any of the three events (at least that I can find) available to the public or family members ( that I am aware of) 500 or so potential victims in all three events, and not a single pic or bit of on-the-scene evidence made available to the public. I’ve been looking for a schematic of the Aurora movie theatre comnplex, which would be available to the city of Aurora, CO because of code-law, but I can’t find it. ( but I’m not that smart in that regard.)
      – The Fort Hood shooting is coming upon its 3-year anniversary with no apparent timeline for a trial and so forth.
      – 19 active US soldiers or vets commit ( i.e complete) suicide each day, on average. This does not factor in attempts.

      My two or three cents.

      Nevermind what where who when & how gun murders go on going on TV. Report Why.

      At the link in my prior comment is listed the last-century key covert atrocities and killings, capitalist crimes and culprits, who today are manufacturing domestic distress and general hellfare, one news-cycle dosage at a time. WHY? The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. ~ Stephen Biko

      The killings stop and trials begin — high crimes (and misdemeanors?) of war, sedition, failure to display License to Kill — by enacting line-item veto abolishment of CIA-types, encephalus & tentacles; and state-right secession from any federation which won’t so enact.

      You got a problem with that? Secession, I mean. Disband the D.C. capitol (undoing everything ‘national’ ‘federal’ ‘American’ ‘US’) into 5 or 6 or 7 regional gummits each flagged and UN-seated with a nearby smaller regional capital, where locals can get public oversight of their politics, trading on the world stage.

      Focus on whodunnit: the Elites Secret, in teh stoopid room, with a kennedystick.

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  13. meremark says:

    and, tardily, happy b’day CH. as me. The same two-fer every year.