Oct 13 2007
Main Entry: ignorance Part of Speech: noun Definition: unintelligence Synonyms: benightedness, bewilderment, blindness, stupidity, callowness, creeping meatballism, dumbness, crudeness. . .
Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
I wanted to use the word nescience. It’s such a pretty word, prettier than ignorance, and more politically correct than idiocy, but then I found this – creeping meatballism – and it was just too perfect to pass up. Meatball, indicating something thick and without grey matter. Creeping, as in something that is alive, growing, invasive. 2007 has been an exceptional year of creeping meatballism for me, with so many examples that I’ve decided to dedicate an entire week of posts to
stu the subject.
It’s relatively uncharted territory for me. On my blog, as in life, I try to avoid
dum people who are, by nature or design, frustrating. I don’t always succeed, but I try. A sense of humor helps, but my resevoir of funny has run dry this year, and there’s only one way to get it back. I have to give the thick and greasy their space in the bloglight. Unfortunately, they’ve given me so much material, it’s going to take about a week to roll them away from my consciousness and lighten the load. This is part one. (Feel free to use the comments section to vent about the idiots creeping meatballism you’ve experienced).
On the global level for me, there’s still Bush and his dangerous right-wing minions. The perverse brainwashing that has led otherwise normal people to believe that our soldiers really are dying “for our freedom”. Our freedom from what exactly? The terrorism that didn’t stem from the country we’re presently fighting? The hijackers that weren’t from Iraq? A still-free Osama Bin Laden who’s probably camping out near Pakistan? Our freedom to impose democracy on others without their consent? Terrorists are present in every country, particularly in the middle East. Should we fight for “our freedom” from every culture and country that harbors them as a preemptive strike? Or just the ones Halliburton and other war-funded corporations can make money from?
Bb-but, the brainwashed say, “We can’t withdraw, or they’ll think they’ve won!” Won what, exactly? The right to run their own country?
Okay, I know, it’s been talked to death. The stuttering National Guard drop-out and C-average cheerleader who is our President will finally exit the gnarled political stage he built with materials on loan from daddy, Cheney, Rove and right-wing fanatics. Millions of us await 2008, and some sort of revival of logic. Rationalism by any other name, has never smelled so sweet.
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