Continuing their blitzkrieg on homosexuality, the Russian government isn’t just interested in banning any mention of the word gay, they’re also banning openly gay people too – including tourists. Given Russia has managed to elevate itself to “Sh*t Hole Status, Grade A” with all this anti-gay legislation, I’m not sure how many gay tourists would be interested in spending their money over there at the moment anyway. That being said, it’s a deeply troubling development, and it’s probably time to see some sanctions enacted against Russia. It does leave me wondering just how many people in the Russian Duma are aware of this study linking homophobic attitudes to homoerotic arousal? I have to assume the average thought process of a Russian politician voting for such draconian measures would have been:
We must strike down these filthy homosexuals! All of them! It’s disgusting! Now, I must go home and watch replays of greco-roman wrestling and admire the way those excellently proportioned men grunt and strain and strive for dominance over each other…
All this, of course, from a country with Vlad the Impaler in charge.
Rampant stupidity and bigotry is never isolated to a single country, and if we cast our eyes over to the United States we’ll see a lot of Republicans fiercely running around screaming We can do better than that! They’re on their favourite topic over there, of course … abortion. It’s a sad state of affairs when us gays aren’t getting the most attention from the Republicans, but they’ve declared war on wombs and by golly they’re going to make sure that once a womb has an occupant, the only one who decides the occupant comes out is the occupant. They’re so open and determined in their convictions, and prepared to argue for them lucidly and freely that they even insert anti-abortion clauses as riders to motorbike safety laws, 3 minutes before the laws were to be passed. After the vote was taken, it’s rumoured that hundreds of Republicans ran up to women and rubbed their bellies all while hissing, my precious.
Yet, it’s not just about the law-makers in the US. Sometimes it’s also about the people who play silly buggers with money. In the running for arch-idiot of the week (Hanlon’s Law prevents me from saying arch-arse, as I don’t know enough about him), Adam Kessler thinks that his 16 year old son volunteering at homeless shelters is part of the homelessness problem. Because homeless shelters cause homelessness. Take the homeless shelters away and suddenly homeless people will find the motivation and money to get a home! Well, apparently. In the magical land where we all hop on gigantic butterflies and get flown to work surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colours reflecting off their giant wings, and when we get to work we’re all bosses.
I thought I’d heard the limits of craziness coming out of the United States when people were arguing against universal healthcare. They’ve hit rock-bottom, I thought … well, it turned out those crazies who love their own money so much they’d marry it grabbed a shovel and just started digging. Way to go for tenacity, I guess…
Australia, of course, isn’t immune to stupidity. There’s a planned referendum to formally recognise local (shire/city) governments in the Australian constitution. This will allow for the Federal government to side-step recalcitrant state governments holding local councils hostage and legally supply them with funds when necessary (amongst other things). Yet, this week saw one of those histrionic scenarios where people (and I use the term cautiously) were claiming that it would lead to Sharia Law becoming the one Law to rule them all in any shire where the Muslim population reaches a certain percentage. Of course, once an email suggesting it could happen gets penned and circulated by one crazy person, suddenly all the people of dubious cognitive processes are dry humping it and claiming conspiracy-theory victory! That’s why newspaper articles and on-line forums about the referendum are now full of comments like:
In the upcoming election ALL politicans should be asked if they support a UN one world government and if they do spell out the consequences for Australia eg, UN impossed sharia law.Local government under Commonwealth control is another step towards the handover to the UN.
Honestly, I think the old lady with dementia on the streets of Sydney who groped my crotch one day before wandering off muttering about not being able to find her train ticket could form a more coherent argument than these people. And likely sound less crazy about it, too.
The world is full of stupid, ignorant people, of course. Sometimes you just have to sit back, shake your head and use it as positive reinforcement … hey, I may occasionally suffer from impostor syndrome, but at least I’m not a stupid idiot.
…Although, if we were giving awards to idiots, likely KTVU (a TV station in San Francisco) would get it for their piece about the names of the pilots of that Air Asiana crash: