Friday, June 26, 2015

On the Stars and Bars



          On the Stars and Bars

If the Confederate battle flag is heritage and history, then it should not be on a flagpole, where it will be faded by sun, battered by wind, drenched in rain, smudged with dust and befouled by birds. History like that flag should be in a history museum, carefully preserved in a glass case with climate control, right next to all of the other dead things.
Riddle me this: what do the Stars and Bars, the Swastika, and the Hammer and Sickle have in common?
Among other things, all three fought the Stars and Stripes, and lost.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Six Dark Snarks About the Charleston Church Shootings



          Six Dark Snarks About the Charleston Church Shootings

Dark Snark 1: Dear Rachel Dolezal, are you sure you want to be black?
Dark Snark 2: Is it about racism or mental illness? That is a distinction without content. Racism is a mental illness. It is an organized insanity, and a rallying point for the insane.
Dark Snark 3: Was this an attack on blacks or on faith? Mostly the former but with a side order of the latter. To be precise, it is an attack on black faith; but by Christianity’s own stated tenets, Christians are one, right?
Dark Snark 4: The demonic nature of the massacre is ignored by both Left and Right because the Left doesn’t believe in Hell and the Right doesn’t believe in anything else. The former doesn’t want to admit that they’re in the same universe as evil, and the latter doesn’t want to admit that they’re in the same party as evil.
Dark Snark 5: Right wingers have proposed arming preachers. But if so, then why not cut out the middleman and found a faith that explicitly worships guns? The Church Of Weaponry; the NRA would attend!
Dark Snark 6: The civil war within the Right is now about Guns Versus God.
Dark Snark 7: Since we can’t talk about guns, instead we’ll talk about flags.