Monday dingleberries

My coffee maker smells like ozone and burning plastic.
Unless I’ve finally gotten the right blend of overkill, coffee, and insanity to make a Reanimation Brew, I’m going to have to file this under Not Good.

Why yes Virginia, the Catholic church really does think you are a filthy dyke who is going to hell why do you ask?
No really, why do you ask?

Here’s a nifty: the total number of votes (by party) since 1932. Yes, since Hoover. Note the utter lack of distance between the two unhealthy figures. Seriously, in 76 years, less than 100,000 votes different between the only two parties extant throughout the period specified.

Taxman faces ethics inquires. Bless my beautiful blue bonnet and call me surprised and outraged. And while you’re at it, know that while that is news, the way I heard about it made me stupid kinds of happy. Yay for ethical consistency. 🙂

Over the weekend, A chicago factory was occupied by those about to be laid off. And then you click the link and your notion of objectivity goes out the window because of the word socialism. *shakes head*

AS of this morning, it continues.

India refusing to take bait. I’d give a lot to know what’s really occurring in the halls of power, both there and in Pakistan. Though I doubt that’d be the full story…..

And finally, the dream ticket for the mnemonicly challenged Romney//Palin 2012. I suppose it depends on how many baby boomers are left in ’12. Why? TV.
You know, I don’t think anyone has ever properly recognized the immense cultural impact that television has had on American culture (other western countries also I expect but America is much younger and so things have less inertia here).
In particular, the widespread sudden availability for the first time in human history the ability to transmit information in a non-static visual medium, right into your home, with live broadcasting (not a film or newsreel that was made weeks or months before) changed things. In particular, I think it established a cultural milestone that, as a people, we have yet to get over.
It is as if the US’ collective memory hit reset sometime between 1950 – 1955 because, really, the conservative elements of our culture can’t seem to remember back further than that. When people talk about things “the way they used to be” they’re really talking about some imaginary place where we’re still in the 1950s. The archetypes and giant looming cultural shadows of that time STILL permeate the public consciousness sixty years later….in an age of nearly limitless information (for those who can afford it).
Anyway, TV gives a culture ADD. Moving on.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on December 8, 2008.

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