7 things @ 9 o’clock (11.19)

1. “Seriously, right-wing comedy people, when will you learn that it is just not funny when you punch down? Having a bunch of not-poor guys sit around and mock the poor for the awesome funniness of being poor does not make for incisive comedy. An utter lack of humility or self-reflection does not make for funny.”

2. Tour of duty: I linked to this piece by Adam McHugh a while back, but Internet Monk just reposted it, and it’s still a daunting, haunting, honest, beautiful thing.

3. “Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, said the food drive is proof that employees care about each other.”

Well, somebody has to care about them, and it certainly isn’t going to be their employer, or their pastor, or their Republican representative in the gerrymandered House.

4. So today, Larry Klayman and an assortment of far-right loons are gathering in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, for the “Second American Revolution.” There in Washington, Klayman says, millions of white patriots will demand the resignation and/or military removal of President Barack Obama, after which Klayman and Co. will head to Philadelphia for a “Continental Congress” in which, he says, “delegates of the tea party and other patriots from all 50 states will deliberate, plan for the rest of the revolution and elect a government in waiting.”

No, the public doesn’t get to vote for Klayman’s new government. The public democratically elected a black guy — twice — and in Klayman’s eyes, that means we’ve forfeited our right to live in a democracy and must now submit to the revolutionary rule of our tea party overlords.

So the Second American Revolution starts this morning with, Klayman says, “millions” of patriots gathering in D.C. Later today, the Washington Wizards host the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Verizon Center (capacity 20,308). Which event do you suppose will draw a bigger crowd?

5. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” The United Methodist Church takes this extremely literally, apparently, and has judged a UMC pastor “guilty” of the “crime” of officiating at his own son’s wedding.

Note to every Methodist clergyperson who remains in good standing with the denomination: Everyone you meet is now forced to conclude that you must be a total jerk to all of your children. That’s apparently the only way for a UMC pastor not to be found “guilty.”

So if you have kids and you’re not being put on trial by your United Methodist denomination, we’re forced to assume you’re treating those kids abominably, as per denominational “law.”

6. Sarah Posner: “Kenneth Copeland’s Protectors

In 2007, Sen. Charles Grassley, then the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, began investigating the activities of six televangelists, including Copeland, to determine whether they were misusing their tax-exempt ministries for profit. …

In early 2011, the Grassley investigation was over, with little to show for the Committee’s efforts, and those of the Trinity Foundation, whose indefatigable sleuthing had led to the Senate’s intervention. Rather than recommend or initiate any government oversight, Grassley’s staff opted for self-reform” within the televangelist community. Why? Because, according to the Committee’s staff memo, there was a “high level of distrust” of the government by the churches under investigation and the religious advocacy groups that supported them.

No need for legal oversight, because legal oversight is done by gubmint and we don’t trust gubmint. Which means we have to trust Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, and Paula White instead. And we have to trust them even more, because we can never hold a bunch of lawless televangelists democratically accountable or vote them out of office.

7. At this point, Kmart is just trolling the schoolmarms of the religious right. But they do it well:

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  • Laurent Weppe

    Humans in general tend to suck at long term planning, so “History will be unkind to you” and “Future generations will curse your name and throw manure at your graves” rarely convince people, and the more they have to loose now, the harder it becomes to make them move.

    As for the austerity fetichism, it’s little more than the political equivalent of false piety: the debt is used as a pretence to demands that the poor make penance for the sins of the rich

  • Lori

    Oh, I’m aware that debt fetishism is false piety. That was my point and I should have been more clear.

    Also, I honestly don’t expect the rich to care that future generations will sneer at them. I do think that if they were smart they’d consider the unpredictability of rage a little more carefully than they do.

  • tricksterson

    That would give them an importance they haven’t earned.

  • tricksterson

    Kinnison was more an anarchist than a conservative.

  • tricksterson

    What about 3.5? 4th edition is of course, an abomination unto the Lord.

  • tricksterson

    If he’s a shapeshifter can we shoot him with silver bullets?

  • Jamoche

    In order to ignore him Obama would have to be aware of him, and somehow I doubt he’s that important.

  • Jamoche

    Savage Worlds! Do you want to spend half your game trying to work out all the modifications to your score, or do you want to just roll and get on with it?

  • Jamoche

    I’m feeling an overwhelming urge to drive the Bluesmobile right through the middle of that.

  • MarkTemporis

    No offense, but I’d imagine it would take quite a bit to be rude to the person who just made a cannibalism reference.

  • tricksterson

    But I thought all liberals were effeminate wimps of dubious sexual preference? How could they possibly endanger the Manly Manly Men of the right? Unless they bring out the butch lesbians.

  • http://essaressellwye.tumblr.com/ Hershele Ostropoler

    I would say that’s Rand’s biggest weakness as a novelist: story takes a back seat to politics. That I find the politics abhorrent makes this clearer to me than it might be otherwise.


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