Republicans Hint that Self-Immolation Might Be More Effective than Anti-War Hunger Strikes
With the elections just a few days away, Republicans continue to scoff at anti-war hunger strikes as â€œrookie stuffâ€ and have quietly suggested that the anti-war movement should elevate their game if they really want results.
â€œYeah, the notion of Cindy Sheehan surviving on banana smoothies for a couple days really has us up nights,â€ said one Bush staffer. â€œThese guys have really got to step it up if they want to be taken seriously. They need to draw on the heritage of their 1960s anti-war predecessors. Iâ€™m pretty sure that if the bunch of them set themselves on fire, weâ€™d take notice.â€
Self-Immolation has been practiced as a means of protest throughout history, but was most common during the Vietnam War, when several Buddhist monks and American citizens burned themselves to death.
â€œIf Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and Danny Glover were all simultaneously lit up like torches, weâ€™d probably have the troops home in a couple weeks,â€ continued the staffer. â€œI mean, I canâ€™t promise anything– I’m just free-lancing here. But that sort ofâ€¦demonstration of commitmentâ€¦might get us to realize the error of our ways. I might be going out on a limb here, but a crispy Barbra Streisand might be worth a roll back of the tax cuts. Hell, I’d marry a gay Hollywood producer and adopt several Pakistani refugees if you set Alec Baldwin ablaze.”
Conservatives have a hilarious sense of humor.
Tiara-tip to Linda at Something . . . and Half of Something
I’m so excited!Â THE MEDIAN SIB isÂ the “old-timer” featured blog at the Thursday Thirteen hub!Â This week’s Thursday Thirteen was my 33rd one!Â That makes me 1/3 of the way to a hundred.Â YEA for TMS!
The Thursday Thirteen meme is a fun way to get to know other bloggers.Â I’ve only missed a few TT’s since I started joining the weekly fun.Â I look forward to it every week.Â It’s fascinating to read the other blogs and see what topics everyone has chosen.Â The creativity and fun of the other participants always inspires me.
If you don’t participate in Thursday Thirteen, I encourage you to click on over, read about it and join in!
Â It means a conversational exchange; dialogue, a conference.Â
Thanks to Alabama Improper for providing that definition.Â And since we Cotillion ladies do a lot of “conversational exchanging”, it’s an apt word for our canival.Â Beth did an absolutely fantastic job of putting together some wonderful posts.Â So click on over and check it out.Â Â Thanks to Beth, also, for the cool Cotillion graphic!
Somehow I feel like I should be in a 12-step program for flowers after getting the results for this quiz.Â I found the link to this “what flower are you?” quiz over at Cozy Reader.Â I answered the questions as truthfully as possible (considering that sometimes NONE of the answer choices were entirely correct).Â I don’t know where the “prankster” business came from.Â And I don’t believe that mischief is my middle name.Â But, I’ll take it anyway.Â Snapdragons are pretty!
I am a
“Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh.”
Ruth at Ruthlace has written a great post about women’s role in the church.Â The few times I’ve written about the topic I’ve been bombarded with folks telling me about how wrong I am.Â It always amazes me how many women are so eager to let an inaccurate interpretation of scripture limit what God can do in their lives.Â Â Not so amazingÂ is the number of men who are eager to believe that they’reÂ the only ones God wants to serveÂ HimÂ as a minister and in church services.Â
Whenever I read something as well written and theologically sound as Ruth’s post on the topic, I want to mention it.
Just click over to Ruthlace and read it for yourself.
There’s a great post with a resulting great discussion in comments over at Fausta’s Blog on why men’s lives are more difficult.Â It makes for some soul-searching and pondering.Â Here’s an exerpt:
There are three main trends why being a man in today’s world strikes me as a most difficult position:
1. The Church of Oprah
2. Sex and the City
3. Teen girl media
. . . While the women’s movement might want to believe that men are hirsute women with different plumbing, they are mistaken. No matter how they cut it, one fact remains
Men are not women, and women are not men.
Although I’m not an Oprah fan, I have to admit that I have DVD’s of every season of “Sex and the City.”
The news is depressing.Â I have tried and tried, but I cannot understand the Democratic (i.e. Progressive) way of thinking.Â There was a letter to the editor in Sunday’s Tennessean from someone who very seriouslyÂ wrote that George Bush is no better than the terrorists.Â How can people truly believe that?Â What kind ofÂ denial and warped convoluted thinkingÂ are necessary to come up with such absurd thinking?Â
Once again, Dr. Sanity has expressed it much clearer than I could in a post she titled “Denial, Democrats, and the League of Extraordinary Murderers”:
For me the choice is clear. I will follow whoever is willing to unflinching face the league and fight it, however ineptly; because the alternative plan proposed by the Democrats as they run back across that bridge into the 20th century, holds only an absolute certainty of defeat.
Rather than return to the false promises of safety, peace, brotherhood and utopia that are all jumbled together in the bubble of Democratic denial, I choose to face the reality of Islamofascism and the hatred that motivates it, just as an earlier generation faced the genocidal and fanatical reality of national socialism.
Only this time around in history, I am hoping the bubble of denial can be burst sooner, rather than later; for the sake of the millions of lives that will be forfeit to the rabid barbarity of this generation’s league of extrordinary murderers.
Oh, and by the way, I think the only strategy to burst that Democratic bubble of denial is for the Democrats to lose elections. Lots of elections. Because that appears to be the only reality they are capable of understanding.
It’s sad – and frightening – when people believe the things that the letter to the editor writer wrote.Â Rational thinking is not a part of their repertoire.Â However, it also shows the immensity of the evil we face when otherwise good people let their fear and partisan affiliation make them say and do things that will ultimately be their own undoing.
The news has been depressing lately.Â I was driving home after having lunch with RT, my daughter, my son and my daughter-in-lawÂ awhile ago, and I was listening to the news.Â It was just too much.Â I changed the channel to an easy listening station.Â Today even Barry Manilow singing “I Can’t Smile Without You” was welcome.
Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy has a post that expresses how I feel.Â Sometimes I think we need a break from the conflicts in the world around us.Â Sing to me, Barry.