I'm not really a big fan of tagging or the the graffiti culture. Most of it is infantile sloppiness hastily scribbled on the BART seat in front of me or illegible arcing scribbles on store fronts. It's ugly and crude.
But this... This is either a poignant protest against the Bush Regime - or the best product launch campaign I've ever seen.
Today, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to.... well, fuck it. I don't feel like writing this 'report' style.
There were several hundred thousand hispanic (mostly) protesters and marchers out in every major US city today. They were out there waving and flags and hootin' and hollerin' because they are some of the last Americans left in this country - and they are not getting their just piece of the American pie.
If I remember correctly, America - and traditional American values - came from hard work, family tradition and a faith in God. And from what I've seen, the vast, vast majority of hispanic/mexican people in this country are hard-working, law-abiding, god-fearing - and talented. They bust their asses in the toughest conditions and do great work. Skilled artisans, focused laborers and honest merchants, these folks have contributed so much to the American tapestry.
They see and appreciate America for what it once was - a land of opportunity. If anyone should take be considered true Americans, it is those that have risked their lives to carve out a better world for their families... those that have crossed deserts and risked twitchy-fingered militia members to work for $10/hour - half of which goes to support a family they rarely see.
Of course, the white folks are getting all worried that they may start voting. And I can't see George Bush or any other Republican winning too many votes from the people they are trying to exploit.
A Senate committee easily passed a bill that would grant theme parks
"used to exhibit, illustrate, and interpret biblical manuscripts ... "
an exemption from local property taxes, like churches, even though the
parks charge money.
This is all fine and good, of course. Because I really want my tax dollars being used to preach Christian doctrine. No, really. I do.
Because I also want my taxes being used for Islam Land, Buddhism World, Judeaism Planet, The Hindu Experience, Taoism Town, Confuscianism Carnival, and my favorite, Zoroastrianism Zoo.
And so does Glen Stoll, director of ministries and property for Creation Science Evangelism. Said Glen:
"I think it should be a little more broad in scope and not even limit
it to Christians," said Glen Stoll, director of ministries and property
for Creation Science Evangelism. "That seems a little discriminatory."
Of course, this is an empty statement. With a tiny percentage of the regional population, there is no chance that we'll see a Ka Bah
ride in Florida anytime soon. But it make the Christians look good - look, welcoming.
The proposed bill will give tax breaks to Christian businesses - businesses. Not churches or other non-profit religious organizations - businesses. This, in effect, legalizes the financial and legal support of religion by a government elected by the people - all the people, not just the Christians. By granting economic advantages to one religion over the other, the government is OK'ing drawing distinctions of faith when if comes to policy.
Remember, this is a theme park. It is entertainment. Granted, entertainment with a lesson, but entertainment nevertheless. One could argue that a show likeWill and Grace, as entertainment teaching lessons about the lives of people of different sexual orientation, should be granted a tax break too should they set up shop in Orlando. Heck, Hollywood should move to Orlando, call itself a religion, and start writing off all their production costs.
This is another victory for those who hope to make Amerian Corporate Christianity our National Religion at the cost of our national identity.
Perhaps the thing that bugs me the most about this fake war on terror are the opportunistic 'patriots' that have lept forth to provide all manner of terror products.
The iPod has the 'iPod economy' - and the fake war on terror has its own parasitic financial kudzu. From personal radiation devices to conservative talk radio, the fear packaged and sold by the Bush Regime (make no mistake, they are selling 'fear' as a product just as Wal-Mart sells cheap jeans) has opened up entire new markets for the savvyy, heartless marketers and shysters.
For instance, the hottest thing going now is Terror Insurance for churches. Here is Johnny Local explaining it - note how well he has incorporated Fox News hype into his 'personal' view.
"Given the religious fervor and underlying
ideology in which this jihad is being pursued, it's not completely out
of the realm of possibility to assume that Christian churches would be
on the receiving end of terrorist attacks," he said. "It hasn't
occurred yet, but that's not to say it couldn't happen."
This is truly the result of the War On Terror - scaring the crap out of everyone while solidifying a voter base that will rubberstamp whatever faith-based legislation that hits the table. Attacking churches? In Indiana and rural Texas? Honestly. Come on.
You are not under attack! Look around you... do you see bombs going off, snipers dropping your neighbors while they mow the lawn? Are you getting strafed during your morning commute? Christianity is not under attack. Churches are not under attack. Common sense, rational, honest debate and basic individual freedoms, are.
The American People have, indeed, become that entranced, confused and dazzled by an incredibly well-organized and effective right-wing media machine that is more concerned with creating a managable culture of fear than addressing the far more serious problems that are facing the nation.
I guarantee you that FAR more people live the daily terror of losing their health benefits, having their pensions bartered away by Wall Street thugs, not being able to afford to a real education, not being able find a decent meal for the day, or basic shelter for the night. That should be the focus of the real War on Terror - a War to cloth, educate and feed our poor, unfortunate, addicts, homeless and seniors.
The Fake War on Terror is just like The War on Drugs - better at selling newspapers than solving a real issue.