"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts... attitudes... prejudices. To be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and the thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to The Twilight Zone."
The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
Ran into a reference to this quote over on DailyKos. I had almost forgotten how good a writer Serling was -- to put this in perspective this was the closing narration of an episode that aired in 1960 -- nearly 50 years ago.
The whole recent thing with Foley has been beaten to death, with many pundit bemoaning the fact that lying to get us into a disastrous war, warrant-less wiretapping, torture... all of these thing weren't enough to take down The Shrub and his enablers in congress. But some congress-critter flirting with boys (who were, by the way, above the age of consent in DC) seems to bring the whole house down.
Sure, if you're still watching the big boy media channels, they'll insist that this scandal won't affect races nationwide. They're only partly telling the truth -- Foley HAS become a flash-point issue, a gateway to deciding which party is the one to go with. As if all of the other, far worse things that have been perpetrated against the american people, didn't seem plausible -- until someone started pointing out the hypocrisy of a man sitting on the committee for missing and exploited children was hitting on 16 year old boys.
I should make it clear that Foley's sin isn't being a chicken-hawk -- while creepy, if he was just some 54 year old guy on the street with a 16 year old boy-friend, there's nothing illegal about it. However, as a congress member Foley is the equivalent of these boys boss. In other words, this isn't about homosexuality or statutory rare: It's about sexual harassment in the workplace.
Of course, that's not how it's playing out. I have mixed feelings about that: on the one hand, anything that makes people realize what a load of crap the current administration is handing the American people should be a good thing. However, there's an element of homophobia involved that could have some less than pleasant backlash later.
Speaking of stupidity, check out the tale of a man who dared write "Kip Hawley is an Idiot" on his quart sized zip-loc bag containing his 3 ounce toiletries. Kip Hawley is the moron in charge of the TSA who, despite the massive security holes in our flight systems, chooses to close up holes that exist in the realms of bad science fiction.
And yes, I plan to make one of these for my trip to Phoenix in November.
Anyway, I only have time for this quickie post -- I'll update everyone on my life later.