Noodling, the White Rose, Birthers and Somewhere People Talk Like in Fargo
Posted by That Other Mike on 08/03/2009
I’ve been noodling around the internet lately reading a good bit about a variety of subjects as they take my fancy, but there have been two major preoccupations for me of late: webcomics, and birthers.
As you can all see, I have a section of blogroll on the left where I list the webcomics which have particularly caught my attention. If you’ve ever dipped into them, you’ll have noticed that they’re a pretty diverse bunch: they range from the abstract, like XKCD and Circle versus Square, to the anime-influenced Questionable Content and the semi-photo realist style of Dr McNinja.
The basic thing that links all of them, though, is that they are all pretty sharp and have good ideas; the writing is usually fresh and funny, and often thought-provoking, as in the case of Subnormality, which is really the one I wanted to bring to your attention.
The writer, Winston Rowntree, draws well, and has a tendency to use a lot of text; complaints about it usually prompt him to add more next time. He’s got a good sense of humour, and displays a lot of appreciation for the comedy of the absurd, something which rather endears him to me; he uses it to skewer and deride the idiocies, hypocrisies and non sequiturs of our society to devastating effect.
And as any successful satirist will be on occasion, he’s also not afraid to make serious and thoughtful points on occasion, as in the cartoon called The Line. This is really what I was getting at; the comic is moving, inspiring, educational and saddening all at once, and is a powerful reminder of why it’s important to learn history and learn from history. Not only can it teach us valuable lessons, but it can also teach us about who we are and who we should be.
The other subject I’ve been on recently has been the birthers – the persistent, paranoid, delusional and increasingly-incoherent deniers of Barack Obama’s citizenship. They’re fascinating, in a creepy and stupid way, and they seem determined to remain on the outs with reality: ever setback or judge who tells them that they’re full of it results in a retrenchment and a new conspiracy theory. These people are bound and determined not to accept the validity of the Obama Presidency, whatever the facts may say. Originally, it was “Show us your birth certificate and we’ll go away”; when Obama did so, it became “That’s a fake! We’ll get you in court!” and after several instances of judges consistently ruling against them, it became, “Well, even if you were born here, you have to have two US citizen parents to be natural-born!” This is despite every Supreme Court decision in history relating to the subject havings aid the exact opposite, along with common law and statute.
Effectively, the birthers have said that they prefer their conspiracy theories and wild theorising to the reality, which is that Obama is a natural-born citizen and the legitimate President. Whatever their reasons for this may be, whether racism, fear of his potential actions as President or legacy will be, they are more happy with their delusions.
Several sites which are invaluable sources of unbiased, accurate information are the Obama Conspiracy, Yes to Democracy and What’s Your Evidence?. If anyone has any others which provide useful information, let me know!
In other news, Lottie and the Boy have been in Minnesohhhhhta <Fargo> for a week and a bit now, and they seem to be settling in well. The Boy loves all the snow, and he gets to feed the critters out back every day; Bonnie and her husband have been true friends to all three of us, and I don’t know where we’d be without them. Well, I’d still be here and they’d still be in Texas, but you get the idea…
I’ve also been looking at various music videos from film soundtracks; I was looking at the soundtrack for The Crow, when I remembered how much I like The Cure, so I thought I’d post a video of a song, although not one from the film. That’s about it for now; enjoy the song.