|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|Two Legs Better
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|What’s the difference between a Kurdish terrorist and a Kurdish freedom fighter? The former blows up unsuspecting Turks while the latter does the same for Iranians. That’s how the White House sees it anyway. Furthermore:
Islamofascists are fanatical Islamists convinced their religion is the only true religion. Don’t share their views? Die, infidel. Their mythology will ultimately prevail over all others, but whether final victory is achieved by converting all non-believers or killing them is immaterial. Islamofascists are therefore bad and dangerous and we must all be afraid of them all the time. They “hate us for our freedom.” They are the modern equivalent of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao combined, or maybe worse. Most of them don’t have names or locations, but the Bush administration knows them when it sees them. They are the enemy, to be hunted down and captured or killed whenever possible. Or at least so the Republicans have had some success in insisting.
Christofascists don’t exist lexically yet (at least as far as this page knows) but they are certainly more real, and possibly more numerous, than their Islamist equivalents. These fanatical Christians are convinced their religion is the only true religion, that all who don’t subscribe to their views are unbelievers who deserve to die, and that their mythology will ultimately prevail over all others, by mass conversion or mass killing, they don’t really care. Unlike Islamofascists, Christofascists have names like Pat Robertson, Robert Grant, Tim LaHaye, and the late Jerry Falwell. They are good friends of the Republican Party, to which they contribute funds, foot soldiers, and votes. Republicans speak fulsomely of them at their alleged universities, heap praise on them at their conventions, and generally clasp them to the party bosom whenever it is politically expedient. And Republicans have had some success is so doing.
The Medicare prescription drug benefit, devised by the Bush administration, will cost up to $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Of marginal use to ailing seniors, it represents a gigantic transfer payment from taxpayers to large pharmaceutical companies. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program now insures some six million youngsters who would otherwise have no insurance. President Bush vetoed an expansion of the plan on the grounds that it was fiscally irresponsible. The cost of the expansion is a tiny fraction of the cost of the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Seniors vote for, and big pharma contributes mightily to, the Republican party. Youngsters don’t do much for the GOP except to serve as occasional photographic props.
Could it be that those stern moralists and rigid Manicheans of the Bush administration are more sloppily relativist than any liberal? They denounce vicious crackpot despots like Kim Jong Il and Hugo Chavez, and support vicious crackpot despots like Pervez Musharraf and Hu Jintao. They vilify government supported housing, education, and medical care as evil socialism, and celebrate government supported mining, oil drilling, and farming as glorious capitalism.
Of course the same officials who reject a government universal health program because it's communistic themselves enjoy a lavish government health program because it's such a damn good deal. That makes them less relativists than shameless hypocrites pursuing an agenda of boundless self-interest. Which is SOP for the GOP, AKA the Reprobatelican Party.
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A NOTE TO READERS
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2007
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