The wife and I are headed to Wrightsville Beach, N. Carolina today. We will be gone for a week.....without a computer. I know. That's just crazy. I might sneak off to an internet cafe to post something.....we'll see. I kinda, sorta promised to stay offline for the whole week, but the withdrawal pangs may cause me to break out in a cold sweat or,....you know, uncontollable twitching....or something...so, I don't know.
There's a new story from yesterday that you need to know about. The reason that you need to know about it is because it is a microcosm of the wingnut macrocosm in America today. One kinda nutty true account, proudly standing out, representing the entire asylum.
Oklahoma State Senator Rex Duncan is pushing a ballot measure in his state.
He wants to prohibit Oklahoma judges from using Sharia Law in determining their rulings. No, Sharia Law has never been used by even one Oklahoma judge....ever....but, hey, what difference would that make?
Digby posted this transcript....
Duncan:Oklahoman's recognize that America was founded on Judeo Christian principles and we're unapologetically grateful that God has blessed America and blessed our state. State amendment 755, the Save Our State Amendment is a simple effort to insure our courts are not used to undermine those founding principles and turn Oklahoma into something our founding fathers and our great grandparents wouldn't recognize.
Brewer: Do you believe that there's imminent danger of judges using Sharia law when deciding cases?
Duncan: It's not just a danger, it's a reality. Every day, liberals and uh, just ...
Brewer: Ok, and the reality has it happened in your state of Oklahoma that judges have...
Duncan: it has not. This is a pre-emptive strike to make sure that liberal judges don't take the bench in an effort to use their position to undermine those founding principles that are international or Sharia law. the other part of the question is to prohibit all state courts from considering international or Sharia law when considering cases, even cases of first impression.
Brewer: I'm sorry, but Mr Duncan, less than 1% of your state is Muslim. So where would that threat come from?
Duncan: It's a growing threat frankly. This again is a pre-emptive strike. They understand that this is a war for the survival of America, it's a cultural war it's a social war. It's a war for the survival of our country. And other states have looked away and kow towed to political correctness, have lost the chance perhaps to save their state. I believe Oklahoma voters at a margin greater than 90% will approve this state amendment and when we do, other red states and maybe even some lesser blue states will decide their states are worth saving too.
Similar to passing a law prohibiting judges from referencing Martian Law. You might think that there is no evidence yet that Martian Law exists. That's what Martians want us to think. Never know when those goddam liberal U.S. judges will start trying to base their decisions on Intergalactic Law....so....pre-emp now.
I call all this..... pre-emptive lunacy. Purposely doing insane things in fearful and frantic anticipation of some national, Armageddon pipe-dream scenario. In other words, the weekly script of Fox's "24."
You see the same pre-emptive lunacy at work in the Arizona "reasonable suspicion"...."papers please", law. Even though national border crime numbers are down, especially in Arizona.....statewide pre-emptive lunatics think it's best to start profiling Mexicans right now...you know, just in case.
You see this dynamic in the middle east. Humanitarian aid flotilla sails from Turkey bound for the ghettoized people of Gaza.....Israel pre-emptively attacks flotilla while in international waters, killing 9 unarmed passengers. While the flotilla carried no dangerous weaponry.....it COULD have....so Israel, in their own flareup of pre-emptive lunacy carries out a lunatic action resulting in the entire world's condemnation...well, except for the U.S.
We witnessed this pre-emptive lunacy in the fraud that the Bush-Cheney-Fox group called Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pre-emptively overseeing an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation which resulted in the displacement of millions and the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Hell....Saddam COULD have had, you know, WMD. He COULD have.
We've seen this lunacy in the new paradigm inside America in which the 4th amendment has been....pre-emptively.....pre-empted. Heavens to Murgatroid.....we just MIGHT...by pure accidental randomness....catch some important electronic communication warning of upcoming dangers...if we root through ALL of the electronic communications without judicial warrants. So, let's do it. The Constitution is just a piece of paper, right?
Frantic, quaking in their shoes, Tea Partiers pre-emptively screeching about "taking their country back" from the officials America elected. The moderate conservative pragmatist, President Obama, even though he's moving the country further to the right.....MIGHT change course down the road.....so, we just gotta' take our country back now. Can't risk it.
American pre-emptionists running around, pissing in their pants....all because of the imaginary boogie men inside their little brains.
Pre-emp the Pre-emptive Lunacy...now.
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