Oh, Mama, Could This Really Be the End?

Quote of the Day:

We don’t need to talk about it anymore…The world has been warned – my it has been warned. We have done our share and the media picked it up. The world has been warned that it is under judgment.”      –Entrepreneur, Harold Camping

Seldom is there an event, uh, check that–a non-event more suited to ironic, sarcastic and downright comical commentary more perfect than Harold Camping and his “Family Christian Radio” sponsored Day of Judgement, previously scheduled for May 21, now postponed until October. So “why?” TB asked myself. “Why did I let this momentous (non) occasion pass by the blog unmocked?” The sad truth is, I just didn’t find it all that damn funny.

This conclusion bothered me for several days. I have been struggling lately to find topics I cared enough about, or that I found interesting or funny enough, over which to fire an essay off into the oblivion that is the TBU. This was the perfect subject–idiotic, corrupt, publicized and derided across the American political spectrum, uniting us all in a way even the elimination of Public Enemy number one could not. The quotes given to the media were priceless–not only from the diabolical leader of the doomsday cult, Mr. Camping, but especially those of his “flabbergasted”, “dumbfounded”, and “like a cream pie to the face” followers.

Finally it dawned on me. Hordes of shame-faced Americans believed in Camping’s false prophecy, including many fundamentalists who silently hoped he was right and privately gave it better than even odds of truth. (A hundred-million dollar media empire ain’t built on the backs of (only) a dozen nut-cases my friends.) How can so many be so….so….downright stupid? I cannot answer that part. I can only say they are little different than the rest of us.

If there is one thing that virtually all of us agree with in this strange time and place we share, it is that the train is off the rails. America, probably the whole world, is really screwed up. More than usual, I mean. Many liberals like myself blame this primarily on the actions taken during the George Bush Presidency. Oh, that wasn’t the only thing, but some huge powder kegs were lit by that gang. We rose up and helped elect the most unlikely new leader in, possibly, world history. Barack Obama was going to lead us in a new and hopeful direction, regulating and controlling the huge financial interests that brought our economy to ruins. We were stupid for thinking that. Republicans sent us thousands of chain emails to warn us–and lately to mock us for our hope. ‘Course, every damn one of those emails was wrong in its premise. Just not its conclusion.

Republicans? Stupid. A lot of them voted for George Bush. Twice. Most conservatives begrudgingly realize how bad those eight years were. That’s why now they call themselves “tea partiers” or “libertarians.” They are no less stupid than than they were as Republicans though. Their champions’ answers–cutting taxes on the only people who can afford to pay them, unceasing military spending increases, ever-advancing corporate power and Sarah-freakin’-Palin? Trump? Santorum? Gingrich? If there is one thing I now know for certain, it is that four years from now, no matter whether we are led by Obama or one of the TP’ers we are going to all still be stupid for believing our guy is any better than their guy and that the ones who vote the other way are the only stupid ones. That goes for you Ron Paul backers too.

What I am trying to say is, the doomsday chumps are just like us, except, perhaps, they have gained enough wisdom to see that in this F’d up world of ours, there is no earthly answer in sight. Like angry liberals and apoplectic tea partiers and sneering libertarians, they know something is wrong and just like the rest of us, with available answers ranging from the subliminal to the ridiculous, they thought they’d found the answer. Instead of being merely angry, they are hopeless. So they hope for the end, grasping for an answer. Meanwhile, Exxon and Goldman Sachs and Blue Cross executives all grow fabulously, grotesquely wealthy. Harold Camping hasn’t done to bad for himself either.

Bonus Quote of the Day:

Now the preacher looked so baffled
When I asked him why he dressed
With twenty pounds of headlines
Stapled to his chest
But he cursed me when I proved it to him
Then I whispered, “Not even you can hide
You see, you’re just like me
I hope you’re satisfied

–Bob Dylan, Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again


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About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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12 Responses to Oh, Mama, Could This Really Be the End?

  1. Smilyj says:

    Additional Quote of the Day: “The problem with arguing with idiots is that they bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”…..feel free to plug “liberals” in place of idiots. Kinda the same.

  2. Smilyj says:

    You were still F*&%ing me man.

  3. Mac says:

    Your article is dead on in most of it’s points. Just one thing I disagree with you on. Ron Paul is the only chance for meaningful change. You can say many things about him, but that he won’t do what he says is not one of them. He has been bucking our screwed up system for 30 years. Let’s give a sneering libertarian a shot at the top seat and see what happens. It can’t get any worse.

  4. smilyj says:

    Aint sure about Ron Paul yet. But if Bush was bad enough to force some republicans to admit he sucked which he was and they did. Obama is way bad enough to cause liberals and indys to do the same. I like that Herman Cain cat. I know its early on but I am sick of the politicians. They all suck. They all lie to some extent. They all think we are stupid. Stiil have alot of time to hear some different ideas. But I am sure someone like him wont get a fair chance to express his ideas to a broad enough audience. And to take a point from the Obama supporters, if you disagree with him or dont support his ideas and follow him blindly, well then you are probably a rascist. since he is black also.

  5. Reina says:

    29.04.2012TsvetanaImame semeen xotel na iaovzir Batak koito razpolaga s 20 mesta i malak restorant.iskame da kandidatstvame za finansirane po programata za alternativen selski turizam za podobrenie i restavrirane na ve4e sa6testvuva6tata zgrada kolko bi struvala podgotovkata na proektna dokumentazia i kakvi sa srokovete za podgotovka, podavane,odobrenie ?

    • Sarah says:

      Ooh altijd zo mooi, ik ben al jaren aan het bknedeen of ik het nou wil of niet, man lief ziet er tegenop en ik denk is het niet te studentikoos en ben ik niet hele dagen aan t dweilen met 3 kids, staan mn meubels er nog wel mooi bij….maar t is zo mooi zo’n witte vloer zo fris zo lekker…thanx opnieuw in de twijfel stand ; )

  6. Buddy says:

    Arclties like this are an example of quick, helpful answers.

  7. news says:

    Always refreshing to hear a rational answer.

  8. Hey, good to find someone who agrees with me. GMTA.

  9. That’s a genuinely impressive answer.

  10. Marciano says:

    Peercft shot! Thanks for your post!

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