yeah, so, i have been diligently grinding away on that promised update that won’t be worth the effort BUT was forced to spend some time doing things like “wrangling a house full of hooligan dogs” and “rescuing cats that some people don’t even think exist at all, but we’re show them, because a-ha, they DO exist” … so it’s back to the old stand-by method of update creation. and i am okay with that! mostly! sort of! whatever!
Joseph Sincavage’s Douchebaggery HQ: it’s sort of like the UN, only it just represents Americans, Nazis and the Vatican, apparently
you know… i’m going to admit there are stances you can take that sound negative (say, opposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964) but which technically, you can justify based on some inoffensive (or maybe just “less offensive”) reason(s), (say, making an argument against the Civil Rights Act based strictly on federal overreach while stressing your anti-racist credentials)… but then there is hanging a Nazi flag up in your yard and/or on your house, something that is never cool and, frankly, which we should all know is not cool. but there is an exception!
“”I respect your First Amendment rights,” a Connors Lane neighbor told Joseph Sincavage about the Nazi swastika flag hanging off the front of Sincavage’s house. “I don’t respect Nazism, but I respect your First Amendment rights,” said the neighbor.”
tangent: this neighbor is being way too nice regarding someone flying a Nazi flag. either they’re a Nazi, in which case, fuck them and their feelings, or they’re so stupid they don’t understand what it implies when they’re flying a Nazi flag off their house. and frankly, i would almost prefer if they were just straight-up Nazis (but not really, because again, fuck them).
“That episode, which took place as a reporter was suggesting that passersby could conclude that the flag flyer was anti-Jew, seemed to help Sincavage understand the suggestion.”
hooray! now this man, after having it carefully explained to him by a reporter and RANDOM NEIGHBORS, finally understands that flying a NAZI FLAG might give the impression of some degree of antisemitism. actually, though, it might be more effective to not waste the time explaining all this to Sincavage when someone could just do us all a favor and suffocate him with a pillow or something.
“”At that moment, late morning Thursday June 27, Sincavage decided to fly an Israeli flag also, “so Jewish people won’t think I’m mad at them or anything like that.” He immediately ordered one and said, “It’s on the way.””
okay, Sincavage, but here are my questions:
01. are you going to take the Nazi flag down until the Israeli flag arrives?
02. have you considered that the Nazi flag is offensive to people OTHER than Jews, even if we’re strictly speaking about “people who the Nazis actively tried to wipe out during WWII?
03. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU
“The flag of Nazi Germany, which symbolizes for many race supremacy, hatred, violence and murder of Jewish people, is being flown not to convey those messages, said Sincavage, a 73-year-old U.S. Marine. He said he is flying the flag as a symbol of a totalitarian state, which he said Germany became, and which he feels the United States is becoming under President Barack Obama.”
okay, let’s say –for the sake of arguments– that i accept your sarcastic flag-flying intention: is this REALLY an effective way to make your point if you have to keep explaining it to people? it would probably be better to do some Obama-themed variation on that “TWO BAD NEIGHBORS” flag that Bush flew on that one episode of the Simpsons:
“look, just never mind. i thought the banner was pretty straightforward, but i’ll just take it down.”
…come to think of it, i would legitimately fly that flag if i had one. anyway, anyway, the point is that a flag with a shitty cartoon picture of Obama and the legend “ONE BAD PRESIDENT” would actually get your point across BETTER than flying the Nazi flag. because whatever they thought of you, people would at least know you were more about hating the president and less about wanting to see the mass murder of Jews and other minorities.
“He said he is flying the symbol of totalitarianism next to the American flag, a symbol of the U.S. Constitution, to show the contrast. Also flying on Sincavage’s house is a flag of the U.S. Marines and a flag of the Vatican.”
left unexplained: why the fuck the flag of the Vatican is flying there.
“I am going to keep flying (the Nazi flag) until Obama changes his policies, resigns or gets impeached,” Sincavage said. “I am going to stay with it on the basis of my First Amendment rights.”
look, people always go right back to that “on the basis of my First Amendment rights” thing, and that’s great, except i don’t think anyone’s saying “you don’t have the right to fly your Nazi flag.” what they’re PROBABLY saying is more along the lines of “why would you want to fly a Nazi flag if you’re not a weirdo racist creep?”
“The Stratfordite said he “didn’t realize people would take it as offensive,” and he is not a member of any type of group associated with the flag. “I have no animosity toward Jewish people,” he told The Star. “They too are being given an unfair deal by President Obama. The founder of my religion was a Jew.”
DIDN’T REALIZE PEOPLE WOULD TAKE THE FLAG OF NAZI GERMANY AS OFFENSIVE
i do, however, give this guy one bonus point for the “founder of my religion” remark, as it’s better than the obligatory “some of my best friends are Jews.”
“He said that Obama told the Israelis not to attack Iran while he was running for election. Sincavage added that Iran is building nuclear weapons and has threatened to annihilate Israel, so Obama in interfering with Israel’s ability to defend itself. Sincavage does not approve of those Obama policies either. Other policies of the Obama administration that Sincavage cites as moving the U.S. toward totalitarianism include what he refers to as having regulators write laws and bypassing Congress with Executive Orders, refusing to use the word terrorists when we have terrorists here, and a general “disregard for the U.S. Constitution.””
so a lot of the usual which, to be honest, isn’t always specific enough to sound like a real argument. look, Obama may have a “general disregard for the Constitution.” but if THAT is the way you frame your argument, it’s going to sound weak every time. and if you’re the guy flying the NAZI FLAG on your house? well, you make everyone with a legitimate gripe about Obama look like a raging jackass. and since that partially includes me … damn it, Nazi flag man, knock it the fuck off.
so it seems a LITTLE mean to make a joke like “maybe that shirt was why they killed him and defiled his remains” … and yet here we are
Brazilian soccer fans decapitate ref after he stabs, kills player
one thing i like about this story? the continual ramping-up of pure insanity. one thing i DON’T like about this story? eh, sort of a redundant headline. “after he kills player” wouldn’t have covered it? i think it might have been more interesting in a mysterious way, like, “how did he manage to kill a player? was it accidental?” anyway, there’s a story here:
“Last Sunday, an amateur soccer match in Brazil came to an unbelievably gruesome end when a referee was murdered by outraged fans. His head was then cut off and placed on a spike. The beheading was retaliation; the ref initially stabbed a player to death.”
the sad part is that until you get to the “beheading was retaliation” part, all these Americans are PROBABLY thinking, “yeah, they beheaded the guy because their team lost because that’s how they are down there!” although, in fairness, it IS in retaliation if you decapitate a guy because he called a penalty or something against your team and thus cost you the game, right? we’re just not saying what it is in retaliation FOR in this scenario, that’s all, right?
“It happened in the Maranhão region of northeastern Brazil. Thirty-year-old Josenir dos Santos Abreu approached the referee, 20-year-old Otávio Jordão da Silva (pictured above) during a match to argue a call. Abreu reportedly threw a punch at da Silva, who then took out a knife he was carrying with him during the match, and stabbed the player. Abreu died of his wounds en route to the hospital.”
now, i am not going to say it wasn’t called for to stab this player (and subsequently kill him), since i wasn’t there for the punch and, let’s be honest, a referee can definitely get killed by catching a random punch to the head while refereeing a soccer game. let’s go ahead and say there was a threat you’d be justified in responding to. still, i’m thinking i take the knife and say, “let’s cool it, okay?” instead of just going right into the murder stabs.
“Meanwhile, the player’s friends and family invaded the pitch and attacked da Silva. They reportedly tied up the referee, beat him, stoned him, lynched him, and then quartered him. When they finished, they cut off his head and placed it on a stake in the center of the field.”
so i am thinking this is one of those scenarios that the whole Anchorman-based “well, that escalated quickly” meme would come in handy for, although since i didn’t actually watch that movie, i can’t fully embrace it. but let’s note something here: Abreu (the player) died EN ROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL. which means the friends and family stormed the field, and proceeded to beat, stone and ultimately dismember the corpse of the referee only knowing that he’d merely STABBED their friend/family member. they didn’t have knowledge of his death at this point. this is so excessive!
“So far, just one man, 27-year-old Luis Moraes Souza, has been arrested for the crime, and authorities are searching for two more. Valter Costa, the chief of police in Maranhão’s town of Santa Ines, spoke in a statement. “Reports of witnesses have indicated some people that were in place at the time of the fact,” he said. “We will identify and hold accountable all those involved. A crime will never justify another. Actions like this do not collaborate with the legality of a state law.””
you think, Costa? “yeah, well, we looked it up and as it turns out, eviscerated a soccer referee is only in compliance with state law IF he’s deflowered an underage relative of yours. otherwise, we resort back to the normal judicial system we use for people who live in the real world.” OBVIOUSLY YOU DON’T JUST DISMEMBER A REFEREE JESUS CHRIST
then again, it’s Brazil and a different culture and all that, so what do i know?
…and i think that’ll do it for this week. one of these days this long-pending update will get finished, i swear.