Tuesday, June 19, 2007

More attitude

It's the attitude!

I'm just as funny as P.J. but not as nasty.
O'rourke hit the nail on the head for me when he complained that the
Sports Car club of America wouldn't let you drink and race at the same time.
Which just spoils all the fun.
Ricky Bobby knows what it is really all about.
So does Jack Black.
We are animals and have animal urges but we have to spend most of our energy controlling (if we're smart) or denying (if we're not) them.
It's the denyers who cause all the trouble.
It's the denyers who suffer.
We all have the snake at the base of our brains, with onion like layers of socialization covering it all up.
To pretend that our fantasies are going to "bring peace" or "end hunger" is nothing but schizophrenia.
Those who pretend that they are going to "change the face of Christianity" are absurd.
The only way to honor diversity, tolerance, and love of god, self and neighbor is to practice those things.
It's just like learning to play an instrument.
If you want to learn to play a flute or a hammered dulcimer, you practice.
You don't sit around wishing you could just walk into a party, sit down at the piano and rock out.
You practice beforehand.
Which spoils all the fun, according to our British cousins.

One needs a most cursory skimming of history to see this.
Great fantasies like saving your soul and going to heaven leads to thousands of years of bloody conflict added to thousands of years of bloody conflict already endured by the sane people of the world.

Great fantasies like the french revolution. Liberte Egalite et Fraternite et Madam Guillutine. Non?

Half a million dead to "free the slaves" and create the KKK. Turning the black population from an economic asset to a despised and abused minority.

Purifying the race by murdering 6 million, which is ironic because according to the Bible, (which I take as mere human opinion and not necesarily God's word) Joshua, when he fit the battle of Jericho, started it all by deciding that the proper thing to do when he got his troops to the promised land was to kill all the people and take all their stuff.
I, personally, don't believe this was any big change in human behavior.
It's not the Jew's fault.
It's not the Republican's fault
It's not the Nazi's fault.
It's just the way it is.

Much as I'd like to take a Ferreri and a bottle of Wild turkey on a wild ride along Lake Washington Boulevard, I don't
I don't because I believe that we are all in this together.
That the laws are for the protection of all. and...um
Actually I don't think I'll ever be able to afford a Ferreri

We could, of course, be nice to each other.
But that takes real courage.

So...to all you lunatics out there....Get real, brothers and sisters.



Blogger butch said...

Of course it would have to be a Testorosi convertible, right? And you would have to be shit-faced, standing up in the seat backwards with you head between your knees, taking no curves at less than 80mph. It sounds like a bitchin' thing to do. I would suggest 2am on a Thursday however. There is less chance of hitting anyone jogging or sight seeing at that hour. Of course you could still hit a racoon or possum or cat, and do 7 flips, and be thrown clear like 50 feet in the air, to be tossed in the lake, puking as you fly through the air, like a scene in a Tarantino flick, like a scene from GRINDHOUSE where Kurt Russell drives like that before he gets his comeupance.

Jesus, Ricky Bobby and Borat, what a combination, and how about all the good press and big bucks that Jack Black managed with director Richard Linklaters SCHOOL OF ROCK?

Yes, sir, when all is said and done, we are animals that wear pants and girdles and have cultivated both guilt and fears that do not exist in the "natural" world. Men have been emasculated and women have been empowered, and every other show on TV is running 40% black, hispanic, asian, and gay characters, and still the denyers and dissenters scream bloody murder. Latinos are now the biggest minority in the country, and their numbers are swelling like rabbits in rutting moods; and now our President wants to make it easier for all this to happen, even though he spent umpteen million bucks on a stupid fence along the borders of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Man, it really chaffs my jones that our leaders are spending billions on fighting AIDS in Africa when we have people in this county without food or health coverage. Talk about your have and have nots. Bush is working his worthless butt off nearly bankrupting America spending a billion bucks a minute in the middle east, killing Northwest soldiers from Ft. Lewis at 2-3 per day. They have so many funerals over there now they have had to create an MOS that arranges flowers and buys caskets. Remember peace is not good for the economy. Peace brings lethargy and depression; monetarily and emotionally. It's war, man, that's the thing. War generates the "big Bucks" that the oil barons and those princes of ordinance and destruction thrive on. It just costs hundreds of thousands of human lives, every tenth one some fresh faced American lad who will either have limbs blown off, have traumatic brain energy, or will just be shot or blown to death.

Christ, they change the face of Christianity every ten minutes. The Protestants have done it, the Mormons have done it, the Bahai have done it, and the Jews keep doing it. As to living the proper way, walking the walk beyond talking the talk, hell, it has been outlined for millennium:

The United States Bill of Rights consists of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. These amendments limit the powers of the federal government, protecting the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory. Among the enumerated rights these amendments guarantee are: the freedoms of speech, press, and religion; the people's right to keep and bear arms; the freedom of assembly; the freedom to petition; and the rights to be free of unreasonable search and seizure; cruel and unusual punishment; and compelled self-incrimination. The Bill of Rights also restricts Congress' power by prohibiting it from making any law respecting establishment of religion and by prohibiting the federal government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. In criminal cases, it requires indictment by grand jury for any capital or "infamous crime," guarantees a speedy public trial with an impartial and local jury, and prohibits double jeopardy. In addition, the Bill of Rights states that "the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people,"[1] and reserves all powers not granted to the Federal government to the citizenry or States.

These amendments came into effect on December 15, 1791, when ratified by three-fourths of the States. Most were applied to the states by a series of decisions applying the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was adopted after the American Civil War.

Initially drafted by James Madison in 1789, the Bill of Rights was written at a time when ideological conflict between Federalists and anti-Federalists, dating from the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, threatened the Constitution's ratification. The Bill was influenced by George Mason's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, works of the Age of Enlightenment pertaining to natural rights, and earlier English political documents such as the Magna Carta (1215). The Bill was largely a response to the Constitution's influential opponents, including prominent Founding Fathers, who argued that it failed to protect the basic principles of human liberty.

The Bill of Rights plays a central role in American law and government, and remains a fundamental symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. One of the original fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights is on public display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The original document proposed by Congress to the states actually contained 12 "Articles" of proposed amendment. However, only the third through twelfth articles, corresponding to what became the First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution, were ratified by the required number of states by 1791. The first Article, dealing with the number and apportionment of members of the House of Representatives, never became part of the Constitution. The second Article, limiting the ability of Congress to increase the salaries of its members, was ratified two centuries later as the 27th Amendment. The term "Bill of Rights" has traditionally meant only the 10 amendments that became part of the Constitution in 1791, and not the first two, which dealt with Congress itself rather than the rights of the people. That traditional usage has continued even since the ratification of the 27th Amendment.

You are in rare form with this daily rant, sir. Your comments about freeing the slaves and creating the KKK, although right on, will inflame all those skinheaded faggot paramilitary reactionarys that still wear the swatiska, and hate everyone. You are sticking your neck out ten miles! And then to make that philosphic and metaphysical leap to "it's not the Nazi's fault", embracing the negative side of all human nature, throwing light on all the genocides, pogroms, and slaughters throughout the world, making one think of Iran and Cambodia and Korea, and China, and South America, and Mongolia, and what we did at Wounded Knee and they did at Little Big Horn, and Kent State, and My Lai, --and man the list becomes inexhautible!!!!

God, doesn't the best athletes and musicians practice their craft like several hours every day? Only the mad and the prodigys can get away with plugging into some alternate vibration, and can skip the hard work. But hey, it's all hard work, marriage, health, writing, composing, and peace. No room for slackers in this New World.


12:20 PM  
Blogger butch said...

Man, I think we need "spell check" on this comments section. I was referring to TBI for our wounded, traumatic brain injury, not energy. And I got my tenses mixed, my brain not allowing my fingers to keep up as I rant in reaction to your rants. If only Robin Williams read this blog, and he joined in too. What a fine day that would be.


12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Lane!
I like almost all in this Blog, including your view of the Bible as one of the original Blog-sites.
Re: Drinking and driving: DON'T!!!
I enjoy a glass of wine, sherry or mint-liquor, but I also want to live to enjoy these, rather than commit unwilliong suicide in a drunken stupor that could bring others along with me into the grave. When the GDR still existed, the maximum blood alcohol level allöowed was 0.0 (="zip"). The West German regime that annexed the GDR allows 0.08; that's too much!
Re: Butch's comment (line 9), "The cat you save may be your own".
Also, in East Germany, clothes are not necessary for humáns at the beach; most East Germans bathe "FKK" (= Freie Korpor Kultur) (=nude) as we did on the Baltic Coast yesterday (=the only sunny, rainless day during my current 2-week stay here).

1:40 AM  
Blogger butch said...

Hey Anonomann --the image in my mind of your and the lovely librarian bathing nude there at the beach has me all shook up. Actually it is cool. Most Americans are too prudish and silly about their bodies. It would be refreshing to have a dose of solid European "naturalness" for a few months some time. In Scandnavia
they have used nudity in their TV commercials for over 20 years. The world laughs at America, and with just cause.

I think Dougie was simply being petulant and philosophic when he suggested his wild ride in a Ferrari. Hell, I doubt that he drinks to excess even while just being a pedestrian.

By the way, fellows and gals, my sterling comments will be curtailed for two weeks, from June 23 -July 7, 2007. Despite my problems with clotting in my legs, and the reoccurance of gout in my finger, Melva and I are bravely setting out on our majestic road trip on Saturday; just a few days away. I will take meds, say my prayers, and shake my booty every hour or so all the way to Texas and back. Our hybrid Camary is ready to rock and roll, and so are we. Getting 40mpg instead of 22 should save us a bundle on a drive of 7,000 miles.

By the way, Sir Savant, you old dog, you. You never did take the time to share with your loyal readers the particulars of your road trip with the lovely Meredith. Too lazy, or somehow it lost its lustre, or what?

I will still be peeking at this blog for a couple more days, and then it will be total silence for weeks; what a reality! It will be fun, on the one hand, to have to read all the entries that Lane will lay down in my absence, and of course, it will be a pain in the ass to be out of the loop and have to conduct catch-up ball. But hell, such is life here in the big city.


5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane, you are an uptight, morally constipated, bloviating bore.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Oh, yeah? And where did I get that from?

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was "Madame Guillotine" (M.G.) the role model for G.M. (Ginny M.)????

2:32 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

OMG, I'm devastated, I misspelled FERRARI! I'm so ASHAMED!

8:04 AM  

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