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Thursday, August 19, 2010

We are truly a nation of idiots
Posted by Jill | 9:20 PM
Only in a nation populated by a preponderance of brain-dead idiots is this woman a candidate for national office:
The heart of the story starts in 1991 and, perhaps surprisingly, with the Tonopah High School football team.

Mired in a dismal season, the Muckers traveled to Laughlin that fall. To nearly everyone’s surprise, the relatively-new Clark County school defeated Tonopah. It was Laughlin’s first-ever football win.

Tonopah coach Randy Jones was so incensed that he told his team in the locker room following the game it was the blackest day in Mucker history.

Springing ahead, Jones came up with an innovative idea to fire up his charges for their 1992 homecoming game against Laughlin. Utilizing the “darkest day” theme, he suggested the Muckers could wear black jerseys to remember the previous year’s debacle.

With no resources for his plan, the coach asked his players to buy their own black uniform shirts. Not all complied but many did and they mostly their parents ponied up the cash to buy black jerseys.

Enter the detractors, coming with two platforms.

The first were longtime THS supporters like Bob Frank father of school board member John Terras and alum William Tomany of Las Vegas. Their group argued that red and white were the Muckers’ colors and no other would do.

Also opposing the black jerseys was another group including Angle, a member, if not its leader.

They argued against our charges wearing black on religious grounds.

I cannot quote scripture as they did to justify their point but the gist of their argument was that black as a color was thoroughly evil, invoking the supernatural and especially the devil my take from dictionary definitions and not from scripture.

Angle may or may not have thought this a political statement. But she became a high profile advocate of a specific religious position during her very first campaign.

Whichever argument prevailed, school administrators caved in and prohibited the Muckers from wearing the black apparel.

As a parent and journalist, I was incensed and made my wishes known to Jones, imploring him to ignore his bosses and go ahead with the black jerseys. He told the “editor” he could not go against the administration but privately said he would follow through with the plan except the administration held the offensive apparel under lock and key and would not give them up.

In the end, the Muckers wore traditional red and white for the homecoming game, which they won, avenging their previous loss to the Cougars. It also was a benchmark for two dozen young men as it was their only victory that season.

But they went away from the affair knowing Angle’s group used religious arguments to deprive them of their innocuous and youthful black jersey statement.

Administrators held onto the jerseys and refused to either turn them over to the athletes or to return the money they had paid.

Angle, in her first successful political race, unseated incumbent school trustee Terras by campaigning like crazy in Pahrump, courting voters who would generally vote against anything “Tonopah” — like an incumbent school trustee.

So we come full circle to today.

Nevada voters who did not know so before now are learning that religion is a big part of any Angle campaign, just as it was so many years ago.

Yes, my friends, we live in a nation in which the number of people who think Barack Obama is a Muslim because he has a funny name and doesn't talk about Jesus Jesus Jesus all the time is INCREASING, but a woman who thinks ten year old girls who conceive babies by their fathers should "make lemonade out of lemons" and that black football jerseys are evil is somehow a credible candidate for the United States Senate.

I keep thinking of that scene from I, Claudius in which Tiberius, betrayed by Sejanus, decides to make Caligula his successor, saying "Rome DESERVES you!":

When I first watched this series in the mid-1970s, I never dreamed that I would live long enough to see history repeat itself.

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Blogger D. said...
I am willing to bet good money that she is not fool enough to say that in Oakland Coliseum when the Raiders are playing.

Or maybe she is. In which case, that problem is solved.

Anonymous Charlie O said...
It's interesting that she campaigned so vigorously in Pahrump. A town full of brothels. Where is her religious and morale indignation over that bit of business? (Note. I have no problem with brothel in Nevada or elsewhere. I don't believe the government has any business in the morality business. I was even a bouncer in an illegal brothel in California in another lifetime.).

Anonymous The Real Deal said...
Once religion takes over a country, fundamentalism soon follows.

Around the 1920's Ireland was rocked by civil war between Catholic and Protestant fundamentalists. They fought over irreconcilable biblical text. It lasted more than 60 years. Thousands killed. Terrorists reigned. Reducing that country to 3rd world. The end result is today - almost total destruction of society while children ask parents what's the benefit of the long war.

About 30 years ago the same thing happened to Iran. A revolution and civil war turned Iran to Islamic fundamentalism, and people intelligence went out in smoke. Iran today is locked into permanent 3rd world status, and were it not for oil, will be in total upheaval now.

Today, we are seeing the result of almost 2 decade of religious fundamentalism slowly seeping into society in the USA. First into the GOP and national politics. Then into a large population. The dumbing down has gone so far that USA became the only country in the world who revived Creationism, and literal interpretation of biblical text. It seems like going back to year 100.

It appears that the trend is going full steam ahead. Ever more dumb people appears. They do endless arguments over religious racism. Blind following of religious dogma and scripture. Vote according to God's will. And when the hospital cured them of a bad decease or wound, they thank God for the miracle but not the staff of medical experts for their care, skills and deep knowledge.

There is no limit how a stupid society can get once religious fundamentalism takes over.