Friday, August 27, 2010

Surrender, Sanity


I admit that I've been out of the loop lately. Part of the reason is that I've just been so damn busy, both with work and Inara, that there hasn't really been time available to dedicate to my little experiment. I do promise that this will change soon. There's certainly an ebb and flow to the way things work around here these days.

That said, the other reason I've neglected my duties to you nice folks and haven't provided the kind of acerbic commentary you've come to expect is this: I'm just fucking exhausted by what I'm seeing out there right now.

Really.

Case in point: I watch this kind of surreal insanity, this unbridled ridiculousness, this absolutely mind-numbing absurdity, and I think to myself that there's no way that one voice -- my voice, anyone's voice -- could possibly put so much as a fucking dent in it.



It wears me down and makes me feel like I need to grab my kid, run inside, lock the doors and enjoy a life lived safely behind the walls of a self-made bunker of Nick Jr. and Sandra Boynton books.

A bukkake of stupid this overpowering just makes me want to throw in the towel. It's too daunting to imagine doing anything else.

34 comments:

Busayo said...

What the balls.

I like, want to beat my head against the wall, this is so stupid.

I need a freaking drink.

kanye said...

"What makes me saddest of all things in the world is this: the vast majority of the time the right thing to do morally is the right thing to do in terms of broad self-interest, and yet we don’t believe that and we do the wrong thing, thinking we must, thinking that we’re making the “hard decisions”." ~Ian Welsh



Read the rest here. It's not very long...well worth the few minutes' investment.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Visit Canada.

There's so little of your politics up here* -- if one stays away from American media -- that you'd breathe a psychological sigh of relief. You'd be completely bemused, probably a little amused too.

Just a thought.



*and ours (fed. and provincial) are SO junior jets...

J. Dack said...

There's a term for that. "Something-" exhaustion. I can't remember, too tired.

Have the same problem. Actually been making a concerted effort to scroll past most of this stuff lately because I haven't got the energy to process it any more.

So you're not alone.

Anonymous said...

@ Benoit from Ottawa:

Agreed -- Chez, you want some sanity and peace, you should come and live here in Canada. We've got useful stuff and health care and iPads! :) Plus we'd love to have you!

Deacon Blue said...

Go, jingoism and inaccurate revisionist history!

Yay!

A pity that the far left also buries us under ridiculous, inaccurate and divisive nonsense.

Reasonable discourse and honesty have always been in short supply...but the Internet has really cut off the supply line immensely to it. (Not a Luddite...I love Internet access...but I can't help but notice how much of our decline in thinking critically has paralleled the rise of online activity)

Anonymous said...

I have been living overseas for nearly ten years now, and there have been many reasons during that decade for me to be ashamed and embarassed by the actions of my countrymen (as well as many reasons to be proud). But this, the blatent and willful stupidity and/or ignorance, the hatred and vindictive personal attacks on anyone on the opposite (i.e. not batshit crazy) side of what should be rational discourse about politics and social issues, and the refusal to adopt anything resembling logical, sound reasoning makes me feel as if I can never go home again. What confuses me though, is that this site and others I read, most of my friends and family, show me there are many who feel the same way I do, so why is this behaviour, this mentality, allowed to continue? Why aren't the sane, smart people rising en masse to tell the crazy, hateful, stupid people to shut the hell up? It seems to me that the scariest thing is not that these people exist, but that they have such voice.

Jeremy said...

Backed out of a paid gig this Saturday in San Marcos, TX because it was a "Restoring Honor" event. The rest of the band if pretty peeved at me (I'll be surprised if I don't get the boot, but they will be OK without a percussionist). But I just couldn't be involved with an event associated with Beck's venom, for any amount of money or exposure.

B8ovin said...

Well I hate to be the voice of doom, Chez, but after November it is only going to be worse. Much much worse. Ranking Republicans have already vowed to investigate the Administration and Obama, and hold hearings on everything from the Bailouts to New Black Panther case. There is no question the Right is going to reclaim majority and that they are going to use that majority to try to destroy everything Obama has done in office, if not Obama himself. We are in for one hell of a meltdown.

Stephen said...

What's wrong little Pookie?

Alanna said...

@ B8ovin is correct. We're in for total meltdown come November.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I just watched that video twice just to understand exactly what was being said and, aside from a nosebleed and having accidentally shat myself, I got nothing. That was a very cleverly worded mess of bullshit that had just about every single buzzword and phrase that gets teabaggers and their ilk to pop a huge boner with an American flag on top of it (with the notable exceptions of "gun," "Dale Earnhardt" and "nigger") but without actually saying anything.

It's just a series of sentence fragments designed to evoke a response in someone who might be listening but has little critical thinking skills. Damned impressive stuff, if you asked me. Terrifying but impressive.

My personal favorite fragment: "Men guided by their own reason, standing tall against seemingly insurmountable odds, pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor so others, generations, would have a chance for life, liberty, and happiness."

Oh and the bit about some people forgetting that America is the greatest nation in the world spoken over the image of a busy city street? Pure genius. Whoever put this together deserves some kind of award before they're dropped off in the 8th circle of hell.

Eric said...

Movie Previews Guy has a good point in that video, Chez. America is a land of boundless opportunity: in most places in the world, in most epochs of time, an ignorant, talentless, drugs-and-alcohol-addled retard would end up becoming a latrine digger or the guy who hoses the blood and offal off the slaughterhouse floor after final shift, but in America he can become whatever-the-Hell-it-is you want to call Glenn Beck.

That's why we're the greatest country on Earth.

Anonymous said...

Clear thinking people don't jump up and say, "Shut up!" to the batshit crazies (and tiny minority) on each side because that isn't the way a polite, normal person in society is supposed to act. The people not afraid to foment a mob and get in your face will always be heard disproprotionate to their numbers. Take them on for too long, you become one. That's why sensible people give up, I think.

I agree that the internet is making us more familiar and more apt to say shokingly unkind things to strangers, and this is a bad road to head down, cursing at strangers in public used to be something one would have to show his/her face to do, and pay the price. This anonymity comes at the cost of civility in this whole society.

Jen said...

Jesus. I love when the announcer booms about "WHO WE ARE" and the video pops up an image of the WTC spotlights. Because you know, WE ARE 9/11.

jrm78 said...

If someone in DC has a car with a loud stereo, could you drive around the mall tomorrow blasting Cee-Lo Green's 'Fuck You' please?

Kyle said...

It doesn't bother me so much that Glenn Beck is crazy. What bothers me is that he's crazy AND contagious.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but he's not trying to usurp MLK tomorrow. It was a total fucking coincidence. Jesus. My in-laws are drinking this kool-aid. They're in DC right now.

Off topic (sort of) have you seen this article in the New Yorker re: the possible funding behind the tea party? http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all

Tabi said...

I'm exhausted too. Ya know, I became addicted to this site because it, complete with the regular commentators, was/is one of the only places, both online and in real life, that I could take solace in some sane, intelligent and articulate people. Every day that goes by has me feeling a bit more hopeless about the future. It seems even the decent, intelligent people that I know are slowly turning to the dark side.

Who wants to start a self-sufficient commune?

Che Grovera said...

Hmmm. I went through a similar phase of wanting to chuck it all back in '94 after the birth of my first daughter -- remember, they did this to Clinton too. Something about being a new parent in the midst of a mass outbreak of dumbfuckery that makes you want to move to New Zealand (that was my choice of desirable locales where they still speak English). It didn't happen. And things normalized...sort of. And they'll normalize again. Unless they don't. That's all I have.

Chez said...

Anon, if either or both of my parents made a pilgrimage to DC because they were mesmerized by this buffoonish huckster -- I swear to Christ I'd have to kill them in their sleep at some point. Thankfully my immediately family is a hell of a lot smarter than that. I feel for you, though.

Lisa said...

I couldn't watch the whole thing. Was this a drawn out "Real Men of Genius" spot?

Tabi: MEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Having lived in DC for six years, (and survived the Million Man March, among other bouts of fuckwittery) I feel so so so sorry for the city's current residents this weekend.

C.L.J. said...

I feel your pain; I just finally shut out a birther. Absolutely hopeless. Up is down, black is white, round is flat... none so blind as those who will not see.

namron said...

Makes one want to go all Joe Stalin on their asses!

ntx said...

Happiness was riding on the Metro this afternoon after Assclownapalooza ended and all of us local heathens enjoying a nice collective snicker at the frightened Teabaggers, who were clearly seeing more black people on one subway car than they usually see in a month back home.

Anonymous said...

If I lived closer to DC, I would have gone to the rally...



...carrying a vuvuzela.

Tabi said...

A step up to Anon 4:33...

Distribute vuvuzelas to the crowd, and let them drown out the babble themselves.

Now that would have been great to watch.

Btw, why was CSPAN televising this money-grubbing rally?

Chez said...

Because the end of the world qualifies as a legitimate news event.

Tabi said...

Oh, fuck.

Tabi said...

This is how I feel about the whole situation.

Bill Orvis White said...

Just got back from Washington and I feel revived. Roosevelt and myself jumped on a Greyhound filled with Tea Party Patriots. The church on wheels steamed through the fruited plain only to be greeted by thousands of other patriots for a weekend of prayer, love and outrage. This weekend only told me what I already knew: this November will be a bloobath for ultra-leftwing nutcases who will experience serious tough love as they will see their handouts immediately end and righteous folk like us will take our country back!

There was one woman from Kentucky who took my breath away. She's 82-year-old Bonnie who grew up kinda like me in a 1/2-room schoolhouse with a coal-fired burner, wooden desk made from nearby trees and a lady from the town who was teacher and ruled with a Bible and iron paddle.

We both talked and prayed for hours about how this country went downhill the second Hussein Obama screwed up the Oath. I shed so many tears with this fine woman who I ended up calling "Mama" before the day was done.

Next to the time I went to Atlanta for the Tea Party protest a year-and-a-half ago, this was one of the best weekends that I ever had.

Amen,
Bill

Anonymous said...

thanks for the update Bill. glad your little kool-aid-fest went well for ya.

Anonymous said...

Well the in-laws are back from "doing the most important thing ever for American and my son" and they spent 3 hours last night trying to proselytize to my husband who finally just hung-up on them.

Mercy killing is sounding reasonably defensible in a court of law right now. ;)

- Anon @ 10:25