One thing that’s ultra-fecal about living in America is the degree to which every public event must be moralized. I would guess that most of the reason for this is people emulating what they see on television, movies and in political debates. Because our system is based on demogoguery, you can’t simply have an event and explain it in terms of people’s basic motivations; it has to become Symbolic. A great example follows:
Investigators collected several items used in the making of the drug, as well as
papers bearing fingerprints and other clues investigators hope will lead to the people
who used the lab, he said.
“I don’t know if they left in haste or what, but they left a lot of evidence there,” campus police Capt. Tommy Jones said. “But then again, when you’re cooking up drugs, you can’t be too bright to begin with.” [source]
Tommy Jones wanted to get in the spotlight for a few moments with a clever soundbite, but many will see through this babble. Drugs, like any other form of addiction or pleasure-heightening pursuit, are not limited to those of little intellect. Rather, they’re something in which anyone can get mired. Judgment (the facility which allows us to discriminate between positive options and dumb ones) can be influenced by values growing up, events witnessed, and most of all, ideologies pursued. They’d do better to identify the plague of moralism which tells kids that drugs are immediate death, forcing them into a position of 180 degree turnabouts on the issue once they survive their first drug experience.
We humans get into deep shit when we avoid the obvious and start constructing imaginary worlds out of the terms we use to describe real world things. For example, the debate over “Racial Profiling”: when does a physical description cross the line into being discrimination? It’s a troubling issue for our society, but not difficult if one looks at it. When a possible criminal or terrorist is identified, the physical profile determines those people who will need to be examined as potential threats. If the word goes out that a white man is the DC sniper or a black man is the mystery rapist, anyone resembling that person in the area affected will be detained and double-checked. But this appears to be too much for people lately, as the USA begins its search for terrorists of middle eastern origin.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit by two men who were removed from a Continental Airlines flight on New Year’s Eve when a passenger complained about “brown-skinned men.”
Debevoise’s decision, filed Thursday, came a week after a federal judge in Los Angeles reached a similar conclusion in refusing to dismiss a similar lawsuit involving an Arab-American removed from a United Airlines flight on December 23. [source]
Recently two people of middle eastern descent (POMEDs, a group that includes Jews and Arabs) were thrown off a plane in the wake of September 11, 2002. Some passengers felt “threatened” by them; they were removed and flown on another flight. While we here at penetrate.blogspot.com loathe the distinct anti-Arab bias that has been felt from Hollywood media for the past 30 years, and while we detest the Judeo-Christian influence in that media and in American politics, we’re also not about to deny the obvious. If under assault by a different group, race, or people, one will first and foremost use physical characteristics to determine potential enemies. The reason is simply practical: when at war with Rome, and there are 12 people in a room and one is Roman, watching the most likely enemy while keeping a guardful eye on the others is an optimum strategy for survival.
In our modern time, with people afraid to offend or “discriminate,” the trend is toward avoiding any kind of racial profiling except that of white people. You can bet your last dollar that if the DC sniper turns out to be a white male, all white males in vans will be inconvenienced as these two POMEDs were. Since America is no longer run by exclusively white people, and since the American voters include now a very active voting bloc of Hispanic and Black and Asian voters, we can assume that there’s no inherent pro-white bias to government. Therefore, in theory, these white males are being racially profiled, just like the lone white male in a BMW in a black neighborhood late at night will be assumed to be buying cocaine. Are we denying the obvious in limiting their ability to sue?
The world of humans is best off when reality is recognized and not hidden behind social “truths.” We can talk about the people who might not fit the profile in individual cases, but in considering the case as a whole, we have to wonder which method will catch the one guy with a bomb: worrying about individuals, or focusing on profiling and catching the “bad apple” in the whole. One nice thing about tribalism/racism is that it doesn’t set up a double standard; it simply says, “This is wanted, and that is not.” This is how Osama bin Laden has spoken of his people’s mortal enemies for 3,000 years, and how terrorists speak of Israel’s primary ally, the United States. Wouldn’t it be nice if America was as honest as its ostensible “enemies”?
I found this charming link floating around on a BBS for masturbating metalheads (metal is a genre that’s 99% loser and 1% beyond genius). It’s part of that wonderful aspect of American “culture” that says, “If your life sucks, but you talk to enough people about it, it will be just like a movie and you won’t be alone feeling like a loser.” So since you’re getting hired for $6.50 an hour to hand out pudwhack material to degenerates, you should at least celebrate that fact and whine “creatively” to others. One can just hear the muffled revengeful pretense of self-importance beginning to rise…
My position on porn is that I’m fine with whatever floats your boat, as long as
everyone involved is a consenting adult. Manga throws both of those rules out the
window. Sure, all the boxes claim that all the characters are at least 18, but a lot
of them are clearly drawn to look about 12. And there’s a lot of raping. Not
just run-of-the-mill raping, either – we’re talking about triple-penetration rape by demons.
I consider myself a first-amendment feminist, but to be honest the anime section
really makes me wrestle with that sometimes. And guys that rent the entire La Blue
Girl series all at once (check out the box cover sometimes and you’ll see what I
mean) freak me out even worse than the guys who rent the Animal Trainer series.
How precious. The open-minded feminist is offended by nothing except that which offends her, and is busy in self-congratulatory mode thanking herself for being so liberal and accepting. This spectacular display of feminized logic culminates in her extensively complaining, throughout the site, about the types of people with whom she has to deal.
Lots of people are hung up on a particular race, or a particular racial combination, and many straight men are pretty specific about breast size (The Nice Rack series and the Itty Bitty Titty series seem to rent fairly evenly). The most common fetish, if you can call something so common a fetish, is for borderline jailbait. This is true of both straight and gay porn. The gay series to watch are Eighteen Today, Just 18 and Gay and First Time Tryers. The straight series are Bring ‘Em Young, Barely Legal, and, horrifyingly, Faces with Braces. We actually have a guy who vets all our videos and makes sure that nobody is under 18, but still, guys who bring a stack of those up to the counter make me want to hiss and warn them away
from my little sisters. And it’s never the 21-year-olds who rent Barely Legal, it’s always the 45-and-ups. Gah. The 21-year-olds do occasionally rent the one Older Women, Hotter Sex video we have. I approve of this, in a shocking display of my own personal prejudices.
Let me get this straight… you work in a shop that sells fucked up, blown out, twisted pornography and you’re surprised or concerned that the customers are blown out, fucked up, twisted losers? These are people who spend by her own admission thousands of dollars in the store. They are return visitors. They are successful enough in society, but have some grotesque fetish in common that makes them seek out video – lots of it – for masturbatory purposes. Our good liberal side says that everyone is equal, and therefore this is just a lifestyle choice, but anyone with a brain notes that one’s lifestyle choices define what one is and/or becomes. There’s no point to pretending that some guy renting $2,500 of porn a year is on the same level of stability as some guy with a house and family who periodically on a lazy Sunday jerks off to the smug looking supermodels in the latest Martha Stewart home living catalog. It’s sort of like expecting people who use heroin to be as stable as some guy buying aspirin for the family. The good liberal rejoinder is, “Oh, but the normal looking people can be fucked up *inside* as well,” — while there’s no “normal” and the well-adjusted looking can conceal the twisted, it is far less likely than the twisted enclosing the twisted, which is the case of most people entering porn video stores.
My advice to foolish feminized, liberalized, “open-minded” chickie: realize you can get $6.50 an hour working almost anywhere, and acknowledge your own perversity. You’re fucked up like your customers, and your job – like your politics – is just a personal identity fetish. Get someone to film you renting and self-righteously typing out your diatribes, and maybe some broken, self-pitying slob like yourself will rent it.
I get sort of conflicted about throwing kids and teenagers out of the porn section. I really don’t want them down there, not because I think sex is dirty or bad, but because I don’t want them to think that that’s what sex is about. The stuff on our boxes is sex in the basest, sometimes most brutal terms – naked women spreading their relevant orifices and making that Porn Face. Unless you’re talking about the Max Hardcore series, which involves women with “SLUT” and “WHORE” written across their foreheads in lipstick. And besides – do we really need to raise another generation of men who can’t deal with pubic hair?
So I don’t feel bad about getting them out of there, except that I’m very conscious of the fact that I’m a woman while I’m doing it. I worry that I’m either setting up or reinforcing the idea that there are fun, bad women who like sex and good, boring women who restrict access to sex.
I always want to debrief them. “Hey, guys, it’s cool that you’re curious, but this isn’t the way to find out. Porn is fine, but it’s not real sex. Real sex is great, and even good girls love it, but it has to be a two-way street…” But I always just end up with “Sorry, guys – come back when you’re 21.” Perhaps I should write a children’s book. Porn Is Healthy and Fine, but Only as a Temporary Physical Release.
For years people have told me that I’m a paranoid wingnut for seeing “secular Christianity” in modern liberalism. I thought it might be useful to expound on a fragment from the smarmiest and cheesiest and most greeting-card-ish palaver our society can produce. Enter Avril Lavigne with “Sk8er Boi“:
Sorry girl but you missed out
Well tough luck that boys mine now
We are more than just good friends
This is how the story ends
Too bad that you couldn’t see
See that man that boi could be
There is more than meets the eye
I see the soul that is inside
Oho, what’s this about a soul that’s inside? This song is a familiar archetype in Western media: rich girl falls for messy/poor boy, turns him down and faces regret. After seeing any of these you have to conclude you’d be a fool for taking someone at face value, even though the someones in your life don’t look like Hollywood stars either. This song is trying to convince you of the same: that no matter how fucked up someone appears to be, they’ve got a soul inside and that’s what counts (dualism). As the song illustrates, it is these souls that determine whether or not we succeed (“get onstage”) in life or not, not how competent, balanced, intelligent we are. It’s hilarious that this cheese is a source of profound revelations about the nature of this technocratic, liberalized system, and ironically fulfills the “promise” of democracy to show us what the average thinks.
From CNN: “No cause or aspiration justifies the taking innocent life,” Ralph Boyce, U.S. ambassador to Indonesia said in a statement. “The United States has offered all appropriate assistance to the government of Indonesia to see that those responsible for this cowardly act face justice.”
I couldn’t help but chuckle when I saw this. There are two important facets to it:
1. The USA is a liberal government with liberal values.
2. The “religious approach” to human life is completely unnatural.
First, what kind of government would repeat this pap? If nothing justifies the taking of an innocent life, no wars can be waged, nor executions allowed to occur, as an innocent life might be taken. The USA has exterminated an estimated 750,000 Iraqis through starvation from boycott of food and medical goods, and has bombed civilians in several wars. Does that mean those wars should not have happened? If so, why doesn’t the USA pay reparations like those going to Jewish immigrants to Europe and potential descendants of slaves? This is clearly a liberal/humanist justification for power, in which the idea of “protecting innocent life” gives us the power to kill innocent people allied with those we “believe” will be taking “innocent” lives.
The second part of this is equally evident, when one’s mindset is correctly configured to see past the media smokescreen. This approach of human lives – souls – before all other options is insane. It doesn’t take into account any of the machinations that happen on a governmental level independently of what individuals are doing. It seems to deny the capacity for government in itself, because if individual lives are the most important, how can we even target foreign governments that are composed of individuals who may not agree with their government?
It seems clear to me that the root of this is democracy American-style, which makes each individual feel as if he or she is important. Message to these “individuals”: you’re not important. Get over it. Unless you’re a genius with leadership capabilities, you’re also not all that “different” from everyone else of your background attempting to be “different.” Quit posing with this semi-religious leftist attitude and face reality now.
The worst thing about an oversocialized country like America is that people are too afraid of social taboo to think clearly. In this kind of civilization, it’s more important to agree with the dominant trend and thus not to fuck up socially than it is to make the right decision. Thus we have recent hilarity in the search to find some plausible excuse to attack Iraq, even though everyone with any understanding of the issue realizes that Israel and Big Oil and the Military-Industrial complex come before “terror” as reasons.
From CNN: Bush went on to say that the likelihood Saddam would use weapons of mass destruction “for blackmail, deterrence, or otherwise, grows as his arsenal builds” and that he “probably would become much less constrained in adopting terrorist action” if he was certain of a U.S.-led attack on his country.
Who is Saddam going to blackmail with a nuclear weapon? He’s still in Iraq, a country that can be nuked with a few keypresses from the USA. Even if he develops advanced nuclear capabilities, he’s still going to shy away from a confrontation with the USA for the same reason that the Soviet Union did: assured total and complete destruction of both countries not to mention most probably “the world as we know it.” Let’s get real about this whole situation. The reasons for war as always are related to industry and religion, not practicality. There are practical wars; this isn’t one of them.
Speaking of not thinking clearly, I saw this at a nearby blog: Because of recent immigration trends (many Northern Africans and Arabs), the very definition of Frenchness is transforming with the speed of revolution, and it’s scaring people, apparently rendering 17.1 percent temporarily insane.
This was written about the rise of a certain right-wing politician in France. My question to this naieve writer is, how do you think we got French people in the first place? If you celebrate diversity, you understand that the French became distinctive as a population and culture by shutting other cultures out, including for the most part the North African and Arabic influence. Now this writer seems to be advocating that we turn France into North Africa and Iraq, so that French culture cannot exist. Is this diversity? I think it’s an elaborate scam to destroy any sense of uniqueness others might have so that the modern destabilized liberal feels no threat from other cultures possibly being better at certain things than those of the cultureless, globalized, commercialized void here in America.
I’d tell that writer to get over her hatred and insecurity trip, just as I’d tell G.W. Bush and Congress the same thing. The pretense of left or right doesn’t matter; it’s this sickening moralism that is used to justify both left- and right-wing assaults on culture that will truly bring us globalism, inc.
When people ask for a classification of my political views, I usually reply with either:
“I’m a classicist”
“I’m a Greco-Romanist”
“I’m a traditionalist.”
I don’t say I’m a conservative, because that’s not true. I don’t say I’m a leftist, because that’s not true. But my belief systems – like those of most people – share aspects of both wings of our artificially partisan government. I can bring up any issue and have people saying, “Oh you’re just a _________,” and then return a puzzled look to their faces with a seemingly contradictory (in party platform terms) position. Some are shocked to see I’m a raving ecofascist who supports many conservative ideas, or that I’m a classicist who supports some aspects of technology and postmodernity. It would be petty to take any delight in this confusion – to me, it’s a sign of how degenerate this civilization has become. There are no honest opinions anymore.
The other day, someone asked what I felt on an issue and I gave a succint opinion that was summarized with “But this is my view as a traditionalist.” The other person was quick to pounce. “You mean conservative,” she said. “No,” I said. But it was harder to articulate further than that. I do not believe in the conservative platform any more than the leftist one, and I embrace enough aspects of future to see myself as being distanced from reactionary politics also. Luckily today something came about which exemplifies my conflict with the Right.
Many on both sides are religious, but the people of Christian and other middle eastern religions on the right tend to be rabid supporters of the most indulgently spaced-out fantasies written by ancient religious scribes. Recently one of them expounded on his vision of the world: Muhammed was a terrorist, but “Jesus set the example for love, as did Moses.” Tonight, CBS’ “60 Minutes” is delivering news coverage of how many American evangelicals and right-wing Christian groups are supporting Israel in her genocidal jihad against Palestinian survival.
Apparently, according to these Christian rightwingers, it is prophesied (in the Bible – a well known book of scientific, philosophical and moral accuracy – yeah, right) and in its parent book, the Talmud, that the return of the Jewish people to the middle east is one of the prerequisites for the second coming of a messiah from god. “It’s the end times,” babbled one of them, his eyes bulbously fixed on the space in front of his face as if his entire intellect were suspended there in a drugged and delerious state of religious intoxication. In his mind, death will soon be suspended when a mythical god returns to earth as a messiah. He won’t have to die. And his fear of death, having been whipped into a frenzy by a civilization content to lead mundane, functional, commercial daily lives offset by a focus on mythological events in the future, he is now a slave to justifying and defending that ideal.
Money flows from American, European and Asian Christian groups into Israel. Support rallies are held. These people honestly think that their support of a murderous and xenophobic and racist religious fiefdom will foster the coming of a prophet who will end the world and deliver us from death. A president preaches about “evil men” and talks about the moral “good” of economic freedom, democracy, womens’ right to have a boring career too, and then tells us that we need martial law. It is a situation so surreal that humanity hasn’t yet woken up to the truth of it.
Looking into the effects of all this grand rhetoric and moral polarization, a pattern emerges. Reality itself has been hijacked. We no longer see what is, but we see what we can filter through symbolic mindsets which divide the world into two oppositional halves. We can no longer understand the plight of our neighboring country, but we are sure to investigate his conformity to our own religious dogma as translated into secularity (be moral; let the meek equal the strong; be subservient to God and leave all the big decisions to him). Humanity is trapped in its own head, and has gone into insane war mode against itself for the purity of its symbols.
If so many people were not walking around bleating about “God,” you’d think it was a mass schizophrenia strike. “The refrigerator told me to kill him!” screams the deranged man, blue eyes glowing with intent, a diaper around his waist and an AK-47 on his arm. “He was the un-cold. I am the cold. Only the very cold can go into the freezer, where we will be safe from death forever.” He gets that same bubble-eyed, far-off look… we’d have that man arrested, in our civilized world, but we’re about to go on a fourth and possibly final crusade – fulfilling our own prophecy.