Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Lib Porn




Here I was, tapping away last night --

"Isn't it funny how a Repub sex scandal quickly overshadows domestic fascism?"

Yeah. A real knee-slapper. But then, I discovered, via Doug Henwood (with whom I spent a pleasant evening when last in NYC, along with his wife Liza Featherstone and their baby son, Ivan), that Susie Bright already covered this angle. When it comes to the Mark Foley circle jerk, Susie sez --

"All things considered, I don't give a shit about this.

"I'm rather devastated on another front. Our Congress passed bills this past week that dismantle habeas corpus, that legalize torture and free-for-all wiretapping. The emperor's new edicts target anyone, including citizens, who might have a bad hair day in the President's almighty estimation . . .

"Yet this new regime is apparently a big yawn with the American public. Snooze on, Victoria. Everyone who watches TV knows all about Foley's boxer shorts, but the loss of one's right to privacy, or a jury trial, doesn't seem to make anyone's dick hard . . .

"That odd select few, the voting crew who put this club in office, are so precious that they don't believe that tewworist-related nastiness will ever happen to them. George Bush wouldn't dare waterboard anyone in YOUR family! Terrorists are easy to spot because they incite hysterical racist feelings you can't control!

"And I'm supposed to care about Tom, Dick, and Mark-Foolery?

"I'm not worried about 16-year-old pages insofar as their age is concerned. It's damaging to infantilize them. They are NOT children. When I was sixteen, and my boss harassed me, I was outraged, but I didn't want to be treated like a child; I had my own personal sex life as I pleased.

"These pages deserve respect. Their concerns are a legitimate labor complaint, and they are interns dealing with a hostile work atmosphere, rather than babies without a minder.

"Foley is gross, and resignation is too good for him — but the reason he disgusts is his politics, his ethical vacuum. It's not that he's gay, or thinks hard-bodied young athletes are hot. I'd love to Gitmo him and any of his brethren at dawn, but don't give me this pedo-titillation crap like that's what I'm supposed to care about."

And there's more, with links, here. Scroll down to "I'm Not Feeling Foley" & read.

Frankly, the liblogger yankfest over Foley is so openly cynical that it would blow the color right out of your eyes, if it wasn't so predictable. Like the Dubai Ports deal last Spring, the libs are doing their version of the reactionary twist and shout, tsk-tsking while salaciously poring over Foley's IM come-ons to teen pages. Another perk of our one-and-a-half party system.

Meanwhile, far away from Foley's zipper, our tax dollars are financing further barbarism -- not that this matters to American libs, who are too busy peeking in Foley's bedroom window while trying to maintain their self-righteous posture.

"The experiment was a success: The Palestinians are killing each other. They are behaving as expected at the end of the extended experiment called 'what happens when you imprison 1.3 million human beings in an enclosed space like battery hens.'

"These are the steps in the experiment: Imprison (since 1991); remove the prisoners' usual means of livelihood; seal off all outlets to the outside world, nearly hermetically; destroy existing means of livelihood by preventing the entry of raw materials and the marketing of goods and produce; prevent the regular entry of medicines and hospital supplies; do not bring in fresh food for weeks on end; prevent, for years, the entry of relatives, professionals, friends and others, and allow thousands of people - the sick, heads of families, professionals, children - to be stuck for weeks at the locked gates of the Gaza Strip's only entry/exit."

Thus writes Amira Hass in Ha'aretz. If you have a free hand, take a moment to read it all. Don't worry. The Foley media-porn loop will still be running when you're done.