Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Southern Primaries, Pulp Fantasy

I had an evil thought... if Mitt Romney continues to push his faux redneck schtick, he's going to end up buggering a canoer. It's pretty horrible, thinking of Mitt Romney, saying, in his patrician voice, "Squeal like a pig." Sorry folks!

Vacuumslayer wrote a post about Alexandra Pelosi's interviews with Mississippi voters, and embedded the scary clip from Real Time. Yeah, these people live in the world's only current superpower, and they're that dumb and retrograde. Soon after watching that clip, I was reading the first omnibus volume of Michael Moorcock's "Elric" series (insert "I'm not gay, but I sure dig Moorcock" joke), purchased at a library book sale (I have the old paperbacks from my high school days with the silver covers featuring Robert Gould's illustrations packed away somewhere). Anyway, the omnibus volume features a novella I hadn't read before, The Fortress of the Pearl. As I was reading it, this paragraph, in which Elric, having abdicated the throne of the decadent Empire which he had reluctantly ruled, in order to travel the world seeking knowledge, confronts survivors of another decadent former empire, which has dwindled to a single city populated by unscrupulous, status-obsessed rival factions:


"If your people spent less time maintaining their own devalued myths about themselves and more upon studying the world as it is I think your city would have a greater chance of surviving. As it is, the place is crumbling beneath the weight of its own degraded fictions. The legends which offer a race their sense of pride and history eventually become putrid."


Day-um! If that doesn't describe the typical GOP primary voter, and the entire roster of GOP candidates, I don't know what does. It's pretty depressing, all told. Well, since I mentioned Michael Moorcock's "Elric" books, I think that both Z.R.M. and Smut Clyde would ahem me back to the Stone Age if I didn't close with a little BÖC:


13 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

Any track from the Hawks' 'Chronicle of the Black Sword' is also acceptable.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I figured I'd stick to Riddled post-naming conventions.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I figured I'd stick to Riddled post-naming conventions.

vacuumslayer said...

Wow, that quote is stunningly profound and appropriate.

South will rise again my ASS.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

FAUX is prejudiced against Frothy Mix.
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Substance McGravitas said...

BBBB is upping his comment count again.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I really do think he is more likely to say something like:

"make a guttural noise like a porcine mammal. if you would like, while I violate your anus. I would make that noise, if I were in your place. I've known bankers, my friends, who have forced people to do it."

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Day-um! If that doesn't describe the typical GOP primary voter,

Sir, I disagree.

That fucking describes America.

kennymfg said...

Thankfully(?) we're not at the point where we resemble the "End of Time" series...

Laura said...

I couldn't believe that video. It's hard to believe that there are people that ignorant living in this part of the world. But there ya go. :)

((Hugs))
Laura

OBS said...

I knew that BÖC video was gonna be Black Blade before I watched it.

And that quote is right on. I'm going to have to re-read that series again myself, it's been a long time. I think along with what Elric laid out, we've also got a bit of the Foundation series going on -- the start of the fall of a technological society squandering their education and actively un-learning what made them great.

M. Bouffant said...

Whew. I'd been afraid I was Internet-wallowing in nostalgia, but suddenly I've slipped back forty yrs.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

South will rise again my ASS.

There won't be a Civil War next time, the Union will just say, "Go!" Then you'll see people asking for a border fence, just north of Richmond.

FAUX is prejudiced against Frothy Mix.

They just don't like the mess that Santorum will leave.

BBBB is upping his comment count again.

No hits for "cornholing canoists" yet.

"make a guttural noise like a porcine mammal. if you would like, while I violate your anus. I would make that noise, if I were in your place. I've known bankers, my friends, who have forced people to do it."

"I'm not a pig, but I know the owner of the Smithfield corporation."

I couldn't believe that video. It's hard to believe that there are people that ignorant living in this part of the world. But there ya go. :)

I'm surprised more Canadians aren't for a border fence.


Thankfully(?) we're not at the point where we resemble the "End of Time" series...

I'd take that over Revelations any day!

I think along with what Elric laid out, we've also got a bit of the Foundation series going on -- the start of the fall of a technological society squandering their education and actively un-learning what made them great.

Ever read "Seven American Nights" or "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe? I read "Seven American Nights" while I was still in high school, and it haunted me for years- it's probably the best introduction to Wolfe.

Whew. I'd been afraid I was Internet-wallowing in nostalgia, but suddenly I've slipped back forty yrs.

No trip like the nostalgia trip!