Monday, February 07, 2005

You might go to jail for reading this!

Like many of you, I carefully reviewed the lawsuits against the airlines in order to determine which airlines had engaged in the most egregious discrimination, so I could fly only that airline. But oddly, rather than bragging about the charges, the airlines heatedly denied discriminating against Middle Eastern passengers. What a wasted marketing opportunity! Imagine the great slogans the airlines could use:

"Now Frisking All Arabs -- Twice!"

"More Civil-Rights Lawsuits Brought by Arabs Than Any Other Airline!"

"The Friendly Skies -- Unless You're an Arab"

"You Are Now Free to Move About the Cabin -- Not So Fast, Mohammed!"

--Ann Coulter

It's official: She's jumped off the deep end and has become a full-on nutcase whackjob frothing lunatic. No longer are her appeals to the racist, worst elements of US culture. Base pandering to the true radical fringe elements of America apparently mean money: and Coulter is selling.

She'll be first against the wall and all that.

If you don't believe me go back and read about the pro-Nazi movement in the WW2 era United States. The Nazis had quite a following in the States--but that ought not be that surprising considering the pieces of Nazi ideology that got imported from the USA.

..."any person who shall teach or advocate anarchy" will go to prison for ten years.*

How did it go again? Oh yes:

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The Falcon cannot hear the falconer ;
Things fall apart ; the center cannot hold ;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned ;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."
--William Butler Yeats


(* Note:this bill has been officially withdrawn (and the anti-anarchist provision had about a snowball's chance in hell of surviving the First Amendment in any case) so i guess the title is a bit sensationalist. Yeah, okay. You got me. People only want you to go to jail for reading this. It won't (necessarily) happen (yet).

I'm also having a little bit of trouble getting the official text of this bill as it seems to have vanished down ye olde Memory Hole. Insert standard warning not to believe everything you read on the internet here.)

2 Comments:

Blogger george said...

Interesting writing and observations - I like the poem from Yates especially - I could read forever. There are a few sentences whose structure makes your statements hard to follow, tho. I am not intending to criticize, but we all know that we are the worst at seeing our own faults. I truly intended for this to be constructive and hoep that I haven't hurt your feelings. If you would like specifics, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me - otherwise, keep up the good work. I really do like it.
blaisealan

1:54 PM  
Blogger Winter said...

Heh, i know all about the confusing verbiage. Fighting that off has been a struggle for me for a while--i'm better than i used to be, at least. It's much more confusing in my head.

But anyway, thanks for the kind words.

4:10 PM  

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