Monday, August 14, 2006
I have been trying to find a way to explain dealing with the ever expanding ignorance that seems rampant in this country. From sex to politics to just plain living, it seems that even the more intellegent of us are being sucked into the vortex of ignorance. Maybe it is easier...not having to think gives the brain a rest...or something.
Then this comes along in the LA Times. A freelance writer's brother is killed. She responds by calling on a ban on handguns. What follows defies description. I offer it to you as evidence only. What Jenny Price faced on one week on the net is what I have to face on in cyber and in real time every day. Maybe you do too. The sad thing is that there seems to be nothing you can do about it. Be quiet and the ignorance continues.....speak out and you are Pearl Harbored.
I truly am at the point of losing my mind over all this. Between this and the equally increasing conversion from active alive people to walking corpses, I feel I am the only one left. There are days when I feel my head about to explode over this.
So if Jenny Price feels that she was skewerd....if she thought she felt what ignorance was that week, she has no earthly idea whatsoever....none.....
From the Los Angeles Times
Targeted by Gun Nuts
After she wrote a gun-control op-ed, the writer got threats and worse: a blogosphere hit job on her murdered brother.
By Jenny Price
Jenny Price is a freelance writer and research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.
August 13, 2006
'A SPINELESS retard with the character of pond scum." A "whacko," "greedy un-American idiot," "fascist," "whining liberal" and "nasty little gun grabber."
Those are just some of the names I've been called since I published an Op-Ed article in the Washington Post to commemorate the fifth anniversary of my brother's death. After briefly stating that David and his fiancee were shot and killed by the fiancee's mother, who was angry that she had to move out of their L.A. apartment, I went on to argue for a national ban on handguns. The gun control lobby, led by the Brady Campaign, has worked passionately to make guns safer and to regulate their sales. But such measures, I contended, will never significantly reduce the annual U.S. death toll by firearms ⠱2,000 ⠢ecause most murderers use legally purchased handguns and know how to operate them safely.
A couple of days later, while procrastinating on a writing assignment, I Googled my article. And so began my strange, weeklong trip through chat rooms on such pro-gun websites as www.keepandbeararms.com www.freerepublic.com, www.packing.org and www.rightnation.us.
I was not surprised by the insults directed at me. I'm familiar with the name-calling in gun control debates: "stupid," "beyond stupid," "liar," "criminal-coddling leftist scumbag," "Los Angeles coward."I also expected threats: "OK beotch ⦠come get my gun ⦠bullets first."
I was hardly startled by the misogyny: "bitch," "broad" and "bimbo," but also "sweetums," "Miss Jenny" and "Jenny honey" (I'd rather be called a "spineless retard with the character of pond scum").
The sheer meanness could be breathtaking, but it was not unexpected: "Gee, Jenny dear, perhaps they just needed killin.'
"I calmly read accusations that my true goal in writing the article was to sue gun companies and profit from my brother's death. The barrage of counter-statistics was standard too, as were the paeans to the 2nd Amendment and the endless iterations of "guns don't kill people ⠰eople kill people."
But objections to my account of my brother's murder left me speechless.
There were two sorts of challenges.First, many chat-room members declared that the killing had to have been justified and was most likely an act of self-defense.One participant, "armymarinedad," wrote: "I would submit it was a liberal mind-set." Liberals, many others agreed, are mean to their parents ⠭ean enough to warrant homicide. "One can't help wondering," went one response to armymarinedad, "what the mother had done in a previous life to deserve ⦠a Liberal for a daughter."The second challenge was that I had made up the story of my brother's murder. "Law-abiding gun owners simply do not commit crimes," "Gunslinger" posted ⠬ogic hard to refute. But like David's killer, thousands of law-abiding citizens annually become criminals when they pick up a firearm and shoot other people."Chances are very good," wrote "Plutarch" on freerepublic.com, "that her brother, if she has one, is alive and well."
Plutarch and his freerepublic fellows Googled my story about David ⠡nd were encouraged when they came up empty because they were certain that "this remarkable murder" would have received massive media attention."I love to catch them [liberals] lying!" declared "mad_as_he$$."Lamentably, a double homicide by a friend or relative of the victims is an unremarkable news event in Los Angeles County, where 17 people, on average, are shot to death every week.
The Times' and Daily News' stories were brief and buried on inside pages. Because the police took all day to notify our family, David's name did not appear in them.
The freerepublic.com gang Googled some more, LexisNexised, scoured The Times' archives for headlines, dug up Social Security records. They wondered whether David and I had different last names: A "rabid feminist" like me, of course, would never use her husband's name. But "Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)" surmised that David and I had different fathers because that was so "common in California in the '60s.
"In the midst of my detective work, I received an e-mail from a medical doctor who praised my "terrific opinion piece" and asked for "a link to any newspaper accounts." But I quickly determined that Plutarch had sent the e-mail using his real name (I can Google too).
Plutarch found a photograph of me on the Internet and posted it on the freerepublic site. He worked so hard on the case that I was rooting for him to be the guy who finally figured it out. But just after he promised his colleagues that he'd call the L.A. County coroner's office, "DakotaRed" posted a recent newspaper piece about my family that mentioned the murder. The freerepublic discussion stopped abruptly, and the chat rooms on the other pro-gun sites soon moved on as well.
So ended the efforts to prove that David either deserved to be shot to death or that he never existed.The discussions left me profoundly sad.
"You know," a friend tried to reassure me, "these are just guys who sit in front of their computers at 3 a.m. in their underwear."But when these gun-obsessed guys in their underwear talk to like-minded guys, they build a community that reinforces a level of intolerance that is off the charts. After all, the Internet doesn't create community. People create community and how the Internet is used depends on the people who use it.I'd spent a week in the company of people with closed minds and cold hearts.
And what saddens me most is that vengeful intolerance is all too common and leads people every day to reach for a handgun to kill people.When the National Rifle Assn. commits itself to spreading peacefulness and tolerance among its members, I'd be all for it.
Meanwhile, do you really want these people on these websites (and 40 million other people in the country) to have guns?I can cite statistics, and I can tell you why the right to carry a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun with a 10-shot clip is not guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. But the paranoia and bone-chilling hatred that spew from such sites as packing.org and freerepublic.com make for an equally and unusually effective argument for a ban on handguns.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Folks....all of this.....all of this happened in the last week. This is for all you folks who thought that the Amendment One was NOT in danger with these NeoConArmageddonists (NCA's).
First, to Ohio, where our tight-sphinctered friends, the "Citizens for 'Community Values" are doing everything to kill the stripping business in Cincinnati. These turds, who were responsible for a state constitutional ban on gays being married, would like for all adult business to roll-up the carpet at midnight.
Actually, they'd like to have it so that you get executed for stripping, but for now, this'll do. http://www.adultfyi.com/read.aspx?ID=18142
Next, we have the Gestapo......errrrrrrrrrr.....U.S Justice Department shaking down film companies that make the good stuff.
Pornographers "expected guns and battering rams, and we came in with suits and pencils," said Chip Burrus, assistant director of criminal investigations at the FBI. (those will come later, I'm sure...)
It has gotten so bad one man is thinking of getting out of the business.....which, when you think about it, may very well be the whole point of this useless exercise. http://www.adultfyi.com/read.aspx?ID=18143
Oh, but there's more. In KanASS, a Shawnee County grand jury has indicted five Topeka business on charges of violating Kansas obscenity laws. It all started with a petition and a change in the state law. A group's drive to get 5 shops hauled into court on obscenity violations worked.
"To be obscene, the material must be of explicit, graphic (in a) sexual nature," said ShawneeCounty District Attorney Robert Hecht.
So let me guess, I can't sell Hustler, but I can sell the box set of the Faces of Death series to my heart's content? Two people cumming is not obscene bit the video of someone tearing a man's face of isn't? http://www.adultfyi.com/read.aspx?ID=18161
But wait, there's MORE! You know that chopped up porn you get at the Marriott. Some folk think it's obscene and that hotels should be charged.
The usual pit crew...Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council, and Morality in Media are among the 12 groups joining the American Family Association (AFA...aka NoNeck) to bitch and moan about this. (Frankly the only thing obscene is how much these hotels charge for a product that is highly watered down.........buuuuuut, we digress...)
Tim Wildmon (NoNeck's son, who is not only as ugly as Daddy, but seems to have been kicked out of the Hair Club for Men for some reason) said in a full page ad in USA Today that chopped-up psudo-porn nonetheless meets the standardsof illegal porn. You have to read this to see how bizarre these people are. http://www.adultfyi.com/read.aspx?ID=18173
This has become more than a headache, it is frightening to those who believe in free speech, freedom of expression, sexual freedom, etc. These people are literally snaking into your bedroom at home or away and it is time this stops........NOW. It is time that we as Americans take back our sexuality and the right for us to be entertained in the manner that we want. Its time we got bold and started asking our politicians where they stand on all this....and vote accordingly.
We have only two choices: A new sexual revolution......or the new dark ages. The question: which side are you on?