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Saturday, August 04, 2012

White lies. Plus: The Hulk is Catholic

Here are a few brief items worthy of your attention...

White lie 1: Remember when I warned you about Buzzfeed? This garbage article provides a remarkable illustration of my point. The title alone may make you retch: "Can Obama's "Chemical Warfare" Keep The White Vote Down?"

If you read the piece carefully, you'll see that it makes no sense whatsoever. The author cites numbers which argue that Obama needs to retain his share of white voters. A nonsensical article of this sort is nothing but an excuse to put scare words into print. For chrissakes -- "chemical warfare"? What the hell is this guy talking about?

I'm hardly an Obama fan -- I still think that he has been a lousy president -- but if Romney surrogates have stooped to this kind of bilge, then this campaign has entered a very ugly phase.

White lie 2: There's a new Super PAC devoted to helping Romney through racism., a new Super PAC registered with the Federal Election Commission this week, makes no bones about its aim. It intends to run an attack ad that it says will hit President Barack Obama for “his disturbing, yet crystal-clear pattern of tacitly defending black racism against white folks before and since being elected president.”’s founder and treasurer is Stephen Marks, a well-known Republican opposition researcher whose 2008 book Confessions of a Political Hitman detailed his work in what he called “the dark side of politics.” In 2000, he launched an attack ad under the misleading name “Americans Against Hate,” attempting to tie Al Gore to controversial comments by Rev. Al Sharpton. Another Marks spot in 2004 attempted to link John Kerry to convicted murderer Willie Horton.
I wonder if John Ellis, the author of the afore-linked Buzzfeed article, works for Marks? Sure seems like it. At any rate, you'd have to be one very insecure and paranoid white person to believe this "war on whites" malarky.

Some of my readers may say that Marks' slimeball tactics constitute a justifiable rejoinder to the slimeball tactics employed by the Kossacks and other Obama surrogates back in 2008. Believe me, I still feel infuriated when I think back to those days: Blogland was flooded with robo-comments implying (or stating) that anyone who voted against the Lightbringer must be a racist.

But bad as that was, Marks is up to something worse. What he hopes to do is inexcusable and obscene.

Green truth: Yes, Dr. Bruce Banner's religion is a matter of established canon. The Hulk is Catholic. There must be a dozen jokes germinating within the previous sentence. I leave it to you, the reader, to make them bloom.

You know who else is Catholic? Catwoman. She may be a bit lapsed.

Daredevil and Nightcrawler may be the only observant Catholic superheroes. And they both look devilish. I wonder if the writers were trying to make a point...?

By the way, the Thing is Jewish. His co-creator, Jack Kirby, was very clear about that.

My favorite Jewish superhero is Kitty Pryde of the X-Men. So is it permissible to save the world on the Sabbath?
Stan Lee's Stereotypes - A Short Story

So the Thing and Hulk were fighting...

The Thing says "You never call. You never write... only you yell and hit."

Hulk says "me am unsirkum.... uncirccimsize... umsirclesize... Words make Hulk MAD."

Later, as both are lying exhausted amid the ruins of the town they have destroyed, Hulk says "Me am loaded with guilt". The Thing says "My nephew Morris is a shrink. I can get you a discount".

The End
The Catholic super heroes sub for the Jewish ones on Saturday and vice versa on Sunday.
Must you deconstruct the last remaining hero?

"It's clobberin' time !"

Ben Franklin
There is no truth to the rumor that mohelim say "It's clobberin' time!" in Hebrew.
So is it permissible to save the world on the Sabbath?

Absolutely. Judaism is more a practical religion than most realize. Cf: Yom Kippur War

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