Friday, May 28, 2010

I Think It's An Improvement? Maybe?

Usedtabee, when a decent, God-fearing white American committed suicide, you'd get chain letters or emails with the structure of a parent searching the dead child's room and finding a book that wasn't expected:

Jesse Kilgore committed suicide in October by walking into the woods near his New York home and shooting himself. Keith Kilgore said he was shocked because he believed his son was grounded in Christianity, had blogged against abortion and for family values, and boasted he'd been debating for years.

After Jesse's death, Keith Kilgore ... searched Jesse's room and found the book under the mattress ....

Now what do you think Mr. Kilgore had found under his son's mattress?

If this were the 80's, or the 90's, or even sometimes the Aughts, you might expect the parent to have found one of the following:

or even

But what did Mr. Kilgore find under his son's mattress?

I think this might be an improvement? Maybe? Unfortunately, Jesse's still dead, but now the moral Chicken Littles are screaming about a book of substance instead of a harmless, lightweight pastime.

Personally I don't for one second think that The God Delusion alone drove this man to kill himself. He was a veteran, after all; who knows what psychological damage he was dealing with? And we must also consider the source: I found this on Fundies, but they source it to World Net Daily, a known screech rag. It does not present a neutral account of the man's death, instead getting all of its information from the man's father and relatives. They blame all of the man's troubles on his college education and the people he interacted with in school, thereby allowing WND a second target: Atheists and intellectuals. It's like a wingnut's wet dream, two screech targets with one stone.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nutshell Rand Paul

Your intolerance of private individuals' intolerance is intolerable to me.

That was him, in a letter to the Bowling Green Daily News, which was published in their May 30, 2002 edition.

Young Master Paul was seriously arguing that a society that legislates against discrimination in the private sector is not a free society, while at the same time arguing that the government should not discriminate using taxpayer dollars.

Mr. Paul's house of cards is divided against itself and cannot stand.

Nod to Crooks & Liars and Right Now.