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Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm Scared.

I am frightened.
I really started sometime yesterday. As many of you who are linked to me on Multiply know, I posted a video yesterday: Naomi Wolf talking about how we seem to be in the last days of what we know as freedom in these United States. I was a pretty scary piece, but I realized afterwards that it could very well be the rantings of a very attractive paranoiac. I mean, US troops already deployed on US soil, c'mon! Its like we're getting ready for some....race war or something, huh?
Then I started listening to a Olbermann mp3 of a few days ago: suggesting that with the impromptu shouts of "kill him" directed at Barack Obama at Sarah Palin rallies that the McCain camp is, if only in silence, inciting to riot:
The inference is that if Obama wins, there would be an undercurrent that would lead to his assassination. What Olbermann does not mention....and as you know I love the man dearly....is that if that logic is followed and, for some reason, Obama does not win, non-whites would riot. Many second-and-third-tier conservative radio bloviators have already blurted that idea out.
And what is really not mentioned is that there are people on both sides, frustrated, art the end of their respective ropes, who would do just that.
Then there is this gay marriage thing.
As some of you know, there is an amendment to our ever-growing state Constitution in Cal-lee-fornia that would erase the freedoms won by same-sex couples to marry each other, granted by the courts earlier this year. This afternoon, on my way to this terminal, I was confronted by smiling, pink-faced young maidens holding yellow signs saying "Prop8=Free Speech!" "Prop 8=Religious Freedom!" And such.
Never has bigotry looked so........wholesome.
Most bigotry stems from fear, and Prop 8 is fuel my the hi-test kind. Donald Wildmon, head of the American Family Association (and a favorite target of mine, I must admit) has said that if 8 fails, the so-called "culture war" would be lost.
The kind of rhetoric being used by the anti-gay agitators pretty much cements the idea that legalized same-sex marriage in any way, shape, form, or fashion, would cause the end of the Age, and bring on the wrath of God.
For instance, the words of Orson Scott Card, an author who has stated, very plainly, how he feels about gays getting hitched....

"Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. Only when the marriage of heterosexuals has the support of the whole society can we have our best hope of raising each new generation to aspire to continue our civilization.." -Orson Scott Card

Now if you feel like that, and you find out on November 6th that Ellen and Portia are still legally married, you might not feel so happy.

Some people might even feel angry. Enough for violence, maybe.

Now turn the tables around. You are gay, and and you are married, and now the people of the state say that you can't.

See where I'm heading......

And then there is this: we have been waiting for eight years for OBL to drop the other shoe. Maybe this is.....it:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 17 -- Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda's media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September, monitors of the Web sites say. The disappearance of the forums on Sept. 10 -- and al-Qaeda's apparent inability to restore them or create alternate online venues, as it has before -- has curbed the organization's dissemination of the words and images of its fugitive leaders. On Sept. 29, a statement by the al-Fajr Media Center, a distribution network created by supporters of al-Qaeda and other Sunni extremist groups, said the forums had disappeared "for technical reasons," and it urged followers not to trust look-alike sites. For al-Qaeda, "these sites are the equivalent of pentagon.mil, whitehouse.gov, att.com," said Evan F. Kohlmann, an expert on online al-Qaeda operations who has advised the FBI and others. With just one authorized al-Qaeda site still in business, "this has left al-Qaeda's propaganda strategy hanging by a very narrow thread."-http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/17/AR2008101703367.html?hpid=topnews

Now according to the reports, somehow these websites were taken down and they can't get them back up again. As if someone attacked them and now they are disabled. But then, if you remember there was a lot of "chatter" before That Day, then everything went silent. Maybe they don't need to blog anymore. Maybe the have now decided what to do.
Then you go back to Noami Wolf's video that I posted yesterday. The point that got to me was the fact that the men who control Bush have shifted day-to-day control of the 3rd Infantry's 1st Brigade Combat Team to be used to battle "civil disturbances."
What "civil disturbances?" See the above.
And one other thing. The country's finances are in a mess. And that's a nice way to put it. Because of this we have seen some pretty bizarre stuff, including CEO's of bankrupt, disgraced companies going to expensive spas to settle their nerves.
Phrases like "soak the rich," "spoiled rich," and average Americans described as "Joe the Plumber" fill the airwaves.
So we have rich vs poor, white vs black (and maybe both vs brown and or Asian), Gay/Bi vs hetro, left vs right, "main street" vs "Wall Street." All at a fever pitch. Throw in Al-Quida or whoever is in charge of terrorism here and all it takes is for something to happen.
Anything.
That is why I am frightened, because something could happen in the next few days that would pretty much guarantee the current bunch of Armageddonists to keep their positions. And now, I am not accusing either McCain or Palin of being in this bunch. Though I disagree with their politics and positions, I find them pretty decent people, as I find Obama, Biden, and (surprising to many) even to some extent Bush. But (and this is my own opinion only) the gang of thugs that have created situation to create thier own nirvana. Their intention to speed their own version of the Second Coming through harrowing event after event.
What it takes for this to work, though, are people who do not think. Who take defeat with honor. Who are willing to release their hatreds and bigotries, discard their taboos, and come together as humans. To work to solve problems instead of applying band-aids.
In other words, be civilized human beings for once.
But I do not see much chance of that happening.
That's why I'm scared.
Now I hope, all this has been has been the rantings of a frieghtened fool. That after this is all over all of the above would be so much silliness.
So why do I have that creeping feeling in the back of my neck that the above is less ranting and more phophetic?

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