1/11/2006

My Left Wing :: First, They Came for the Unborn Liberal Pundits, and I Did Not Speak Out.

.. we won't give up [our cars] until the day we actually reach the point.. [of considering] rendering unused babies ..to fill our tanks. Don't think Republicans can support [it] ? Well, twenty years ago, nobody ever thought Republicans would [defend] warrantless spying. So just put that in your futuristic totalitarian dystopia and smoke it, Dr. Theopolis. And don't think the idea hasn't already crossed Dick Cheney's mind. The man's a visionary.

First, They Came for the Unborn Liberal Pundits, and I Did Not Speak Out.
by: Chris P

some discussion of ways to get arrested that may surprise you! And what appears to be an essay about the political implications of science fiction, but what is actually a vehicle for empty irony that might just crush your soul.

...I've been buying cheesy old science fiction novels. Reading Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama is surprisingly embarrassing in a public setting, so I hid it inside a copy of American Cheerleader magazine while I waited in the lobby of my lawyer's office.

"Man," I thought to myself. "Here's a guy who predicted communication satellites in the goddamn 1920s, and now he runs around Sri Lanka wearing a sarong." But still, the com/sat prediction was a perfect example of America's tendency to take science-fiction really seriously, of which our multi-billion-dollar re-enactment of Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon is the most prominent example.

America is not exactly in the business of making science fiction into reality. But it is kind of America's lucrative weekend job, like selling Amway, or buying real estate for no money down, and 'turning it around' for a substantial profit. ...we did come up with the internal combustion engine back in the 19th century, and man, did we ever run with it. That is one Victorian-era technology we won't give up until the day we actually reach the point as a society in which we're forced into a national debate about the morality of rendering unused babies down into their carbon components to fill our tanks. Don't think Republicans can support a baby-based biofuel infrastructure? Well, twenty years ago, nobody ever thought Republicans would mount an energetic defense of warrantless spying. So just put that in your futuristic totalitarian dystopia and smoke it, Dr. Theopolis. And don't think the idea hasn't already crossed Dick Cheney's mind. The man's a visionary.

The line between reasonable prognostication of technological eventualities and embarrassing fanboy Trekkie cosplay is sharply delineated...

At any rate, angry with reports about the efficacy of the body armor that the Pentagon failed to distribute to Marines, Confederate Yankee boldly crosses that line into Fanboy Trekkie Cosplay territory..

Reporters and clueless critics will not doubt be outraged decades from now when body armor of the day yields similar results against plasma rifles or other military technologies of that time.

There has always been and will always be an arms race between those developing armor and those designing weapons to defeat that armor. It has been that way for tens of thousands of years. It will be this way for the foreseeable future.


Okay -- forget that the "liberal" argument here is that the armor works, and that the Pentagon has failed to distribute it. Confederate Yankee posits not only the invention of plasma rifles ..but he also takes the time to criticize the unborn liberal pundits of the twenty-first century. Maybe he's got some crazy technological ideas about in utero pre-indoctrination strategies to teach those unborn liberals about the value of a free market and also Jesus, and also attaching jumper cables to Muslim scrotums. Man. When you lay it out as a curriculum for fetal brainwashing, the Republican platform is getting really weird. If I had a uterus, I'd definitely want to keep Confederate Yankee's hands off it.

[ROFLMAOL -- law]


My Left Wing :: First, They Came for the Unborn Liberal Pundits, and I Did Not Speak Out.

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