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Master's Degree holder, telecommuting from the hot tub, proud Darwinian Dawkobot, and pirate librarian belly-dancer bohemian secret agent scribe on a mission to rescue bloggers from the wholesome clutches of the pious backstabbing girl fridays of the world.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Back in the Day

Joe the unlicensed Plumber on what used to happen to traitors and libruhls 'n such "back in the day":

Yeah, well, let me tell you something.

Back in the day, plumbers didn't write wussie books and give femmy book-signings (such as they are). Back in the day, kids that grew up to be the people that the Joe the Plumbers of the world are trying to portray wouldn't go near books. Back in the day, these kids knocked the books out of my arms in the school hallway, then skipped class to avoid detention and smoked pot in the bordering woods.

Back in the day, these people talked more about sports than about being a father. They were more likely to say that "Jesus paid his taxes" because, guess what, when they were in their twenties and finally had to resign themselves to getting a job, they joined a union. Back in the day, they laughed at the military guys who had their mullets shaved off for the button-down, spit-shine look. But all this was, as you know, "back in the day." Things have changed, now. The Republican Party has managed to feminize and sanitize men beyond all the supposed dreams and aims of the feminist movement.

(Back in the day, they just told you not to have sex - nobody went so far as to tell you to actually have sex, which is tantamount to telling you how to do it, with whom, and why. Just think, your pastor knows what you're doing all the time now! And later, he may issue, er, other commands. How convenient! What a control freak's paradise!)

Oh, and Joe - I wouldn't trumpet my supposed military service if I were you. Yeah, Joe, be scared, very scared of all the accolades and compliments you'd receive if you were pressured to join up.

UPDATED: Another case in point about feminized men: creationism sure has changed. Boy, cry me a river, Egnor. If we're "not careful, 'creationists' (80% of America) might notice the irony." Great - no more funding for volcano watching from Louisiana, although I'm not sure what funds Bobby Jindahl is going to withhold after he's done rejecting the stimulus package!

Watch Joe go work for the Discovery Isn't-stitute next. (BTW, what ever happened to David Horowitz? Not a peep from him lately.)

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Blogger Rev. Barky said...

Watching the conservative movement is like going to a freak show. All these dysfunctional and ineffectual people parading before the public. But they are angry and frustrated and need to find some easy target to rail against. Very tempting for a lot of people to latch onto because it gives a false sense of control to the everyday person that thinks that they are getting the short end of the stick in life. they could be putting their focus to better use, but as it is, they are wasting their lives chasing shadows and not solving problems. no wonder they are such freaks.

March 03, 2009 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Dr X said...

"Very tempting for a lot of people to latch onto because it gives a false sense of control to the everyday person that thinks that they are getting the short end of the stick in life."

I think that's one group of people who are drawn in, although there certainly are people drawn to the Democrats for the same reason.

For guys like Joe the Plumber, it's also about adolescent bravado--an overcompensating, chest-beating pseudo-manliness. That's why this form of conservatism is attractive to so many young white college boys who attend CPAC.

The braggadocio, the woofing chants of USA, USA (at the Republican convention) serve to deny personal weakness and shore up a ginned-up sense of manhood.

Any feelings of weakness, softness or any feelings that are less than stereotypically masculine, are denied and projected onto liberals who they characterize as weak, feminized, naive and waffling. But most of these JtheP type conservatives have never been in a fight, even though they're always announcing their readiness to kick butts and "bash heads." All to often, the kicking of butts requires other people to enlist in the military to do the actual butt-kicking.

It is all transparent overcompensation, of course. We all feel weak and vulnerable sometimes, but these guys are deeply ashamed of that.

March 04, 2009 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was nice to meet you guys in person! Yay! :) Hope to see you again at an event soon.

March 05, 2009 11:35 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

I somehow stumbled onto this blog; got linked here from a ScienceBlogs post. Very funny and perceptive writing (in other words, I agree with you most of the time.)

I'm surprised but amused to read some of your comment threads. You do seem to enjoy prodding certain ignorant recurring commenters! Personally, I don't enjoy flame-wars with idiots, but tastes vary.

I'll be back. BTW I loved your somewhat surreal profile at the top of the page!

March 05, 2009 11:41 AM  
Blogger Rev. Barky said...

Braggadocio - I haven't heard that term for quite a while. I'll have to remember that.

March 05, 2009 9:45 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Well, I don't enjoy flame wars with idiots, either - they were all given a fair chance at first, and misused it (some of them egregiously), and I decided to quit taking it and dish it out a little.

I gave one of the trolls a little space and he repeatedly accused me of wanting to put all Christians into death camps. You get the idea.

Being nice doesn't get you anywhere with trolls on blogger - man oh man! I was very, very nice to JAD on the "Jerry Falwell Deconverted on Deathbed" thread despite the fact that he 1) came out swinging, and 2) was off-topic. Well, he couldn't take "yes" for an answer.

March 06, 2009 9:24 PM  

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