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In Defense of Witlessness

The Utah legislature is in session. They're doing their best. They've turned down millions of dollars for health care. They're meeting with the teetotalers, the tea partiers, the pyramid schemers. They're meeting with each other trying to figure out how to benefit their own financial interests.

They've decided that the prison should be moved providing them with more real estate deals. They're supporting more technology assuring us that a computer can teach just as well as a human and that it doesn't need healthcare, just a maintenance contract that they can provide. They struggle with facts. They struggle with logic. They're suspicious of science. They're looking for a way to deal with these inconvenient truths.

It's the reason they were now rushing through a bill that will protect them, that will enrich them, that will keep the gravy train on track, a witless protection program. A program that will make the world right.

In its final act of the session, it is prepared to pass the Witless Protection Act. It is based on similar bills passed in like-minded states--Texas, Kansas, Ignorance.

The act will make it easier to defend the climate change deniers, the evolution skeptics, the society for the defense of bigotry.

It is certain to pass constitutional mustard, there being no constitutional dictate of rationality. The Bill of Rights protects ignorance, it protects stupidity, it protects them.

Yes, the Witless Protection Act, it's their defining moment.

Hot

It was a hot day in my neighborhood today, at least according to this sign.

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Your Daily Dose of Hypocritical Inhumanity

"Anonymous" heroes send list of 1300 alleged "Illegals" to law enforcement and media. On the plus side, with all that money saved the illegals won't steal from them, they can probably buy bigger TVs next year.

This is not just inhumane, it's just outright creepy.

The list contains birth dates, workplaces, addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. Names of children are included. Several pregnant women have their exact due dates listed. All the names seem to be Hispanic.

I wonder what possible defense is for this? Skimming through the comments and blog entries about this, are the usual "but, but... it's a CRIME!" (it's not) and "they're stealing money from us" (they're not).

And as a commenter put it:

Don't these people have anything better to do with their time? The amount of hatred it takes to create a list like this is unbelievable. Yes, the due dates of pregnant women is a "particularly sinister touch." Inhumane, stupid, racist behavior.

Case in point:

"Our group observes these people in our neighborhoods, driving on our streets, working in our stores, attending our schools and entering our public welfare buildings," the letter reads. "We then spend the time and effort needed to gather information along with legal Mexican nationals who infiltrate their social networks and help us obtain the necessary information we need."

I see no other explanation than hatred (racist or not... probably yes) masked in the presumption of patriotism.

Only In Utah

This week in crazy: State Sen. Mark Madsen of Utah

The Republican had a big idea to expand Martin Luther King Day -- pair it with a holiday for a gun manufacturer

Some holidays just naturally go together. The proximity between the February birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, for example, makes them a natural pairing for one all-purpose, sale-a-bration-centric day off. But trying to combine an assassinated civil rights leader's day of remembrance with the birthday of a gun manufacturer? That's just wack.

And yet this week, Utah state Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, took a shot at just that, submitting a bill to the state proposing a "John M. Browning State Holiday." Though the text of the bill itself was left blank, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that "a draft has been circulating in the Senate that would combine the current King holiday with a celebration of Browning, an Ogden native and one of the most significant pioneers in firearms manufacturing."

Election 2008 Utah Edition

A couple of interesting tidbits from Utah one week out. The early voting is going gangbusters, over 147,000 as of yesterday.

A friend went to vote last night and had to wait in line for 1 1/2 hours, unbelievable. I don't know what it means, and there have been no recent polls in Utah measuring the presidential race, the last back in September had McCain up by 30 percent, not a surprise. ( Ah a new poll on the 25th of October MCain 56.4 Obama 32.4 Nader 1.6 Undecided 12.3) I think the final result will be much closer. I'll go out on a limb here and predict that the margin will be 10 percent or less.

There is a fellow at a nearby service station/convenience store who listens to right-wing radio non-stop. It's usually Sean Hannity when I stop by. Today my son asked him who he was voting for, expecting to hear John McCain, but instead listened to this right-winger say that he didn't like either of the two candidates and had already voted early for Ralph Nader.

Update

Major reasons he isn't voting for Obama:

  • Inexperience
  • The Reverend Wright
Major reasons he isn't voting for McCain:
  • Campaign framed in terms of why Obama is bad, not why John McCain is good. Doesn't like McCain's negative ads
  • Sarah Palin
  • Didn't like the way he treated Romney in the primary

I guess a vote for Nader is sometimes a vote for Obama.

Shoot Him if He Runs

David Lodge in his book The Art of Fiction in a chapter on suspense writes:
Novels are narrratives, and narrative, whatever its medium — words, film, strip-cartoon — holds the interest of an audience by raising question in their minds, and delaying the answers. The questions are broadly of two kinds, having to do with casuality (e.g. whodunnit?) and temporality (e.g what will happen next?) each exhibited in a very pure form by the classic detective story and the adventure story, respectively. Suspense is an effect especially associated with the adventure story, and with the hybrid of detective story and adventure story known as the thriller. Such narratives are designed to put the hero or heroine repeatedly into situations of extreme jeopardy, thus exiting in the reader emotions of sympathetic fear and anxiety as to the outcome.
Shoot Him If He Runs by Stuart Woods is a thriller. Woods is one of the authors I read for fun. Stone a former homicide cop and now an attorney who handles the 'dirty jobs' for a big law firm teams up with Holly Barker to track down an off the farm CIA agent and talented assassin. It is in the President's interest to keep the whole thing undercover and so Stone gets the blessing of the White House to find the rogue agent. His disposal is to be left to someone else. In the story it is revealed that the president will have trouble getting re-elected if knowledge of the agent comes out because it is believed he is dead, a rumor the president has endorsed. A hoodwinked right-wing Senator from Utah passes a leaked story to the Drudge Report at a crucial moment that prevents the story that the assassin is still alive from being believed. Making dupes of Utah politicians is, it seems, rising to the level of a stock device in novels of this kind. If you like thrillers, this is a pretty good read.