January 8th, 2011

Interesting words

"Among all the methods by which love is brought into being, there are few so efficacious as the great gust of agitation which, now and then, sweeps over the human spirit. For then the creature in whose company we are seeking amusement at the moment, her lot is cast, her fate and ours decided, that is the creature whom we shall henceforward love. It is not necessary that she should have pleased us, up till then, any more, or even as much as others. All that is necessary is that our taste for her should become exclusive. And that condition is fulfilled so soon as -- in the moment when she has failed to meet us -- the pleasure which we were on the point of enjoying in her company is abruptly substituted by an anxious torturing desire, whose object is the creature herself, an irrational, absurd desire, which the laws of civilized society make it impossible to satisfy and difficult to assuage."
Marcel Proust

196 -- Stir up the neanderthals

That shooting this morning in Tucson is just awful. Eighteen people shot with six dead. The target was the Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head but survived. The dead included the Chief Justice of the Federal Court and a nine year old girl.

I think it is time for the outrage to focus on Sarah Palin and her wingnut supporters. These are the people who ran a campaign last fall that targeted Congressmen they disliked by putting a rifle scope over them and their districts and using inflammatory language designed to raise the fury of idiots to the level of violence, including assassination, apparently. Those are the unstable people that Palin was manipulating. And today she shed crocodile tears about the terrible tragedy that she and her supporters stirred up. This is disgusting. I don't even want to talk about it, it is so offensive.