If I have to hear that goddam Randy Newman flood anthem one more time I’m gonna go medieval.
To no one’s surprise, I suggest "Kill The Poor" instead.
Lying Media Bastards recently commented on a couple of stories that completely curled my hair (which is lucky in a way, because according to Real Simple, the magazine of complicated ways to simplify your life, curls are "thrilling!"). The first is a Raw Story piece so Onionesque I was obliged to doublecheck that I wasn’t at a parody site. You’ve heard of the 52-billion-dollar hurricane relief bill that no politician in his/her right political mind would fail to support, at least while cameras are rolling? The Republicans have not only written this bill, they have voted to prevent Congress from discussing it, or amending it, or apparently even reading it. "No one," according to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), "has even seen a copy of the bill."
Here is my question: In what bizarro-world do our "democratic" processors vote to suspend democratic process?
In this case the danger, given the bill’s nefarious Republican origins, is that all kinds of embedded bloodsucking, screw-the-poor crap will attach. Lying Media Bastards expects a rider requiring Halliburton to become Chief Justice. I, on the other hand, predict a provision making the practice of poverty illegal, requiring civil servants to shoot the poor on sight with red-white-and-blue Jesus-shaped guns.
It’s already happening, if you believe this firsthand account by a couple of socialist EMS workers who were apparently shoved around pretty brutally by assorted law enforcement assholes during their attempt to escape from New Orleans, viz. "Just as dusk set in, a sheriff showed up, jumped out of his patrol vehicle, aimed his gun at our faces and screamed, "Get off the fucking freeway." A helicopter arrived and used the wind from its blades to blow away our flimsy structures. As we retreated, the sheriff loaded up his truck with our food and water."
A wholly depressing article in Grist ties this most recent episode of government-sponsored human suffering to the highly popular indifference to global warming. The godbag denial and fucktardism of our elected officials will ensure the rapid return to smug American soil of conditions we have thus far been content to endure only by proxy in the Third World (or by smothering in etouffÃ©e in New Orleans). According to Bill McKibben, New Orleans is our future:
"Because so far, even as blogs and websites all over the internet fill with accusations about the scandalous lack of planning that led to the collapse of the levees in New Orleans, almost no one is addressing the much larger problems: the scandalous lack of planning that has kept us from even beginning to address climate change, and the sad fact that global warming means the future will be full of just this kind of horror."
H. sapiens got one shot. We blew it.
The cosmos, of course, doesn’t give a fig, but I have one regret about the impending extinction of our species, and it is this: that it’ll probably take out the dogs, too.