For those of you who are relatively new around these parts, it appears that, like the latest outbreak of cold sores, our old nemesis "Jinx McHue" has returned, to lower the intellectual temperature here.
McHue, who now goes by the name "Jason," is better known in this neighbourhood as "Weasel Boy" for his unfailing ability to say unspeakably stupid things, get called on them, then quickly redefine the terms of the discussion, or just outright change the subject. (You long-time readers know exactly what I'm talking about, don't you? Yes, you do.)
Jinx's latest crime against humanity can be found in the comments section back here where, in Jinx's world, the poor folks whose lives were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina -- who lost everything and have no homes anymore -- are "a bunch of freeloaders," and here, where Jinx makes it clear he's never met a poor person he doesn't despise:
And it's interesting how whenever conservatives take a hard stance against the nanny state, liberals rant about their religion.
First, you have to appreciate the way Jinx refers to the "nanny state," as if the only problem those folks have in their lives is that, gosh darn it all, they just can't find a good governess these days. I'm thinking that maybe those folks have bigger problems in their lives, and that Jinx is just being his typical pompous, moralizing self, but that's just me.
I'm also interested in why Jinx refers to it as the "nanny state" and not, as most do, the "welfare state." Interesting choice of words, since the same sanctimonious windbags who love to rail against the freeloaders on personal welfare never seem to have a problem with the sacks of cash dished out in the U.S. in the form of corporate welfare.
(The latest egregious example of American corporate charity can be found here:
The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.
New projections, buried in the Interior Department's just-published budget plan, anticipate that the government will let companies pump about $65 billion worth of oil and natural gas from federal territory over the next five years without paying any royalties to the government.
But I'll bet none of that is keeping Jinx awake at night. Jinx's philosophy seems to be fairly straightforward -- corporations that are making record-breaking profits these days should get even more "welfare," while those folks on personal welfare trying to scrape by while living way below the poverty line are just a bunch of worthless, freeloading parasites. As you can see, Jinx's life is unencumbered by anything resembling deep thinking.)
And the best part? Why, it's that the ignorant, patronizing, right-wing dickwads like Weasel Boy who bitch and moan about all those lazy bastards whose major crime is to be, well, destitute are the same dickwads who can't wait to pass legislation like the recent U.S. bankruptcy bill that will make it even harder for those people to declare bankruptcy to get out of debt:
The U.S. Senate has passed a dream bill for credit card and financial service companies that, if passed by the House, will land millions of American families in debt slavery. Rather than being able to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and make a difficult new start, families and individuals will be placed on long-term payment plans to credit card companies, companies that will take their houses, their cars, their child-support payments, and their paychecks.
It's delicious logic, isn't it? Moan about the social burden of all them poor folks, while passing legislation to make damned sure they stay poor. It's sort of like railing against abortion, then morally refusing to dispense birth control pills that would, of course, prevent the need for an abortion in the first place. Ah, but let's not go down that road. If you try to apply logical analysis to people like Weasel Boy, you will start bleeding from the eyes. I guarantee it.
In any event, if you're going to hang around here, be prepared for more hypocritical, right-wing idiocy from WB. I promise he won't let you down.
P.S. I love the fact that Jinx can, back here, describe the ongoing American occupation of Iraq as "something worthwhile," writing that from the safety of his secret underground lair, somewhere in Minnesota.
Yeah, Jinx, I guess it's always easier to be a fan when you're not the one having to hump that pack and tote that rifle and get your legs blown off by roadside IEDs. My God, but you are a kick-ass, he-man kind of Jesus freak, aren't you?
BONUS TRACK: For a really unsettling peek into the mind of people like Weasel Boy, I recommend this piece by Glenn Greenwald. Note the relevance of the word "cult." I do not believe Greenwald chose that word lightly.