Two Holiday Wallpapers and The Culture Wars Continue

River Holidays wallpaper

Blue Holidays wallpaper

Santa Claus Express, taken from some 19th century holiday art.

A right-wing blogger called American Power in a post entitled Racist Backlash to Obama?, Monday, November 17, 2008 is upset at this post from OpenLeft, Republican Soul-Searching in Five Minutes. American Power says that Matt has over reached, casts his net too wide as it were in condemning all Republicans because of an “infinitesimal fringe of crackpots”. I’m not without some sympathy on that score. It would be better if Matt had not dished out his condemnation in such broad strokes. The Crooks and Liars story Matt was commenting on includes this from the Christian Science Monitor, After Obama’s win, white backlash festers in US

The election of America’s first black president has triggered more than 200 hate-related incidents, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center – a record in modern presidential elections.

[  ]…Though postelection racist incidents haven’t posed any real danger to society or the president-elect, law enforcement is taking note.

“Anytime you start seeing [extremist propaganda] floating around, you have to be concerned,” adds Lt. Gary Thornberry of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. “As far as it being an alarmist situation, I don’t see that yet. From a law enforcement point of view, you have to be careful, because it’s not illegal to have an ideology.”

[  ]…But postelection, at least two white nationalist websites – Stormfront and the Council of Conservative Citizens – report their servers have crashed because of heavy traffic. The League of the South, a secessionist group, says Web hits jumped from 50,000 a month to 300,000 since Nov. 4, and its phones are ringing off the hook.

While AmPo may have a problem with one blog the mainstream media seems to put the news in perspective. There have been a record number of threats and some white supremacists groups are enjoying a surge of interests. On the other hand law enforcement and at least one professor who studies these groups say there is cause for concern, but to be “careful”. There was at least one group of thugs that had a lame scheme to  assassinate Obama, but that was foiled. The bottom line is that AmPo is concerned about the truth, about exaggerations and innuendo. Where was this manufactured outrage when McCain-Palin were accusing President-elect Obama of being a socialists or “paling around” with terrorists or a multitude of other lies. AmPo signs off with this,

The extreme right wing has been repudiated, not just in American politics, but in the mainstream GOP today. It’s pretty pathetic, actually, but if the nihilist left thinks that some infinitesimal fringe of crackpots represents the Republican establishment, maybe the GOP’s road back from the political wilderness won’t be so long in coming after all. (emphasis mine)

Which is ironic since Republican and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just yesterday let lose with this rabid tirade, Gingrich: “[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us”

“I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion.”

The rabid Right has the Republican party by the throat and will not let go. Gay Americans getting uppity and demanding they they have the same rights as any other American and that; and by the way, news to many Americans, all gay Americans are atheists according a prominent spokesperson for AmPo’s party of tolerance. But wait, its not completely fair to assume that Newt Gingrich – a paragon of values -and AmPo are joined at the hip. American Power, The Gay War on Religion, November 18, 2008

Sullivan sees himself as some kind of elder statesman of the gay movement, writing from his nasty little perch at the Atlantic, a magazine whose reputation he’s working steadily to destroy.

What he’s good at is taking anecdotal experience and distributing those examples as not only honest truth, but as representative of some kind of hegemonic anti-gay bigotry.

[  ]…No, leftist gay actiivists hope to destroy the moral basis for traditionalists, to enact a civil religion of their own choosing.

Then AmPo turns around and uses antedoctal evidence to refute Sullivan – some of his Mormon students seem quite reasonable and nice. I’m sure they are. That’s not the point. Sullivan said he respects the right of Mormons to practice their faith, he’d like a little return on that respect. Hypocrisy is thy middle name or is it simply the failure to think in the race to the keyboard to prove everyone that doesn’t drink the kool-aid   “hope to destroy the moral basis for traditionalists”, sure, like slaves wanted to be free to destroy the South’s economy and traditional way of life and gay folks are out to destroy religion. Words that will live in minor infamy “The extreme right wing has been repudiated”; no sir they’re just not in power anymore. Does this blogger have a mirror, has he ever heard of the concept of soul searching. Does this blogger realize that if he’s a Protestant of any denomination, according to traditional Catholic doctrine he’s a heretic. That some surveys estimate the U.S. has about 3000 organized religions. That there is an organization of gay Catholics, gay Methodists and even gay Mormons. Its the Right’s usual arrogance, they own God and you can’t be true Christian unless you’re a Republican.

Where’s Big Oil

Exxon, Shell Profit Records Cap an Orgy That Weakened U.S., World Economies, Says Group

ExxonMobil’s $14.8 billion third-quarter profit reports clear up one thing — now consumers know where their money went, said Consumer Watchdog. Exxon’s mind-boggling profit is again the highest quarterly profit ever reported by a private company, dwarfing even Shell’s record $8.45 billion, also reported today.

It looks like Big Oil could step up with a few billion to help out the industry that has been responsible for so much of their profits.