American Jihad

Jingoism [noun \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm\ ]

This is the craziest thing I’ve seen this year.

Among the many definitions of jihad are a “war or struggle against unbelievers” and “a crusade for a principle or belief.” Given those definitions, I believe it’s time for an American jihad.

An American jihad would reawaken in American citizens the certain knowledge that our Constitution is a sacred document that better defines and preserves the liberty and autonomy of human beings than the charter of any other nation on earth.

An American jihad would embrace the correct belief that if every nation on earth were governed by freely elected leaders and by our Constitution, the world would be a far better place. And an American jihad would not only hope for this outcome, but work toward it.

We would urge our leaders, after their service in the U.S. Senate and Congress, to seek dual citizenship in other nations, like France and Italy and Sweden and Argentina and Brazil and Germany, and work to influence those nations to adopt laws very much like our own. We might even fund our leaders’ campaigns for office in these other nations.

We would accept the fact that an American jihad could mean boots on the ground in many places in the world where human rights are being denigrated and horrors are unfolding. Because wherever leaders and movements appear that seek to trample upon the human spirit, we have a God-given right to intervene — because we have been to the mountaintop of freedom, and we have seen the Promised Land spanning the globe.

An American jihad would never condone terrorist acts of violence against our adversaries or the targeting of people simply because their beliefs are different from ours. But for those who malignantly demonstrate their intentions to subjugate others, there would be no quarter.

We the People of the United States are good and we are right. And we need the spirit of an American jihad to properly invite, intensify and focus our intentions to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution here at home, and to seek to spread its principles abroad.

And remember, this man is a psychiatrist.

Theft And Theft

New Jersey police charged one lone Sears clerk for stealing —and then trying to sell —$3.7 million worth of goods from a warehouse, The Daily Mail reported on Monday.

The publication said Kim Watson, 32, was arrested on Friday and allegedly sold high-end merchandise from the Sears Distribution Center in Logan Township, New Jersey. An investigation found items from bedding to kitchen appliances missing from the warehouse.

Police believe the merchandise was sold to a network working around the tri-state area. Watson was charged with second degree theft.

Aside from the fact that you could find $3.7M worth of stuff in a Sears warehouse, what sticks out is that $3.7M only gets you second degree theft charge. What could it take to get a first degree charge?

Well, according to the Warren Law Firm, in New Jersey, 2nd degree theft is anything above $75K.

What does that leave for first degree?

The property stolen is human remains or any part thereof; except that, if the human remains are stolen by deception or falsification of a document by which a gift of all or part of a human body may be made pursuant to P.L.2008, c.50 (C.26:6-77 et al.), the theft constitutes a crime of the first degree.

Heh. Eew.


Nikon N80, 105mm macro, Fuji Neopan 1600, hundreds of spiders (repost)

Artist Statement
Captivated by technological devices and strategically branded products, his vacant and desensitized subjects appear before industrial factories, in television newsrooms, hyper-urban cityscapes or the bucolic countryside. cleek’s photographs suggest that, in our culture, it is impossible to escape (even briefly) from corporate influence. In this exhibition, the artist expands upon themes of consumerism, industrialization and the omnipresent media, carefully treading the line between imaginary dreamscape and sociopolitical commentary. His work represents the psychological state of contemporary society and our inability to exist in the present moment.

Dear Ryan Murphy,

If I wanted to watch Glee, I’d watch Glee. But I hate Glee. I watch American Horror Story, in part, because it’s not Glee. AHS is (err, wasn’t) a show where people do a lot of lip-syncing.

That “Name Game” scene was fun, in season two. And it was fun because it was completely unexpected. But two songs in the first two episodes of season 4, and at least two more on the way, is just obnoxious.

I realize it’s too late now, but you really should’ve consulted me before you started this.

Monday Cat Blogging

Nikon D100, 50mm, cat, photons, mid-level ceramic tile, tinted grout (repost)

Artist Statement
Often it is not what is said but how it is said that makes a photograph successful. Luminosity, atmosphere, poetry, craftsmanship, joy, life, cats, vegetables and frequently the side of my thumb – These are the cast of characters in my photographs. Most artists use light, color and design to express what they want to say about the objects in their paintings, I do just the opposite in my work. I use subject matter – apples, flowers, trees, mountains, portraits and cats – to explore the possibilities of light and space and poetry and cats. Some artists photograph prose, some photograph poetry, some photograph themselves in fantastic costumes, some photograph their cats (but not my cats). There are artists who feel the more details they photograph, the more accurately they describe something, the more successful their photographs will be. Others, like myself, prefer to express things in the most elegant way possible: with cats. Some artists photograph facts, some photograph metaphor. I photograph cats, sometimes.