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Yeah, I followed the link in Viorica's "Not So Lovely."
... Right, because the first thing I think when I see the injunction "Commit an act of lust" is "take my picture with someone." I mean, the last time I was out on a date, I totally ... yeah. (Actually, the last time I was out on a date, taking our picture together probably would've been racy compared to the rest of the evening.) Hmm, considering most of the group pictures of me out there are probably with one or more of my sisters ... oh God, does anybody know the contact information of a really good shrink?
And of course, well all know about the Catholic Church's draconian zero-tolerance policy toward cameras for just this very reason. I hear they're considering a ban on all forms of tourism, because we all know what that can lead to ...
Really, EA, as if those women didn't get too much crap from some people already.
Excuse me, I have to go gouge out my eyeballs now.
The thing is that journalists *are* better qualified to comment on the news than other people. Because it's their fucking *job*. Most comments on news websites are, in fact, some combination of asinine, reactionary, and just plain wrong.
Ironically I think Mr Baley and his irate detractor both make the same mistake, which is thinking that comments forms are supposed to be serious journalism, when they're actually a lot more like the letters page of a sunday magazine.
Some of you might even remember how he declared himself the Messiah and the reincarnation of King Arthur and some Jewish revolutionary who totally wasn't Jesus but had an extremely similar life to Jesus.
Anyway, his descent into the fringe continues. The Daily Mail and Telegraph, true to form, have made a big deal about the cross-dressing, but the Independent article makes it clear that that's far and away the most mainstream and understandable thing he's done of late.
(I saw him speak at the Oxford Union some years back, before the jail sentence and the Messiah complex and Dolores. His speaking style reminded me of David Icke's even then.)
Are you okay?
So, uh, yeah.
Well, at least they're honest about it. It's one of the things I hate about America -- things change glacially, but they get cloaked in different language really quickly. So you have millions of people out there saying "we're not racist, honest, we just [pick euphemism for fear and hatred] [pick the current PC term for minority] people". And the justifications are everywhere, because covering one's ass is the number one priority -- God forbid someone should be so mean as to accuse you of a patently "outdated" attitude like racism just for stereotyping non-whites!
I'm also sure that I once heard a comedian talking about how "inner city" is used in the same way in news reports.
It's even weirder when you realize that it's been the name of nine popes.
I despair for any movement that takes its anti-discrimination advice from Harry Potter. "Okay guys, what we're going to do is we're going to be more polite to Black People, and that way they'll get back in the cotton fields where they belong".