Tuesday, April 20, 2004

In Defense of Porn

I have seen the enemy, and it is NOT me. Is
this guy for fucking REAL? You be the judge.

*after thinking about it a while*

I put my finger on what bugs me about that site. It's not that he's opposed to porn, or that he says Jesus is sitting on the throne waggling his finger at anyone who indulges in it. It's that he blames porn for his own problems.

The dude has a compulsion to read it. He uses religion as a crutch to break himself of an obviously destructive personal habit. More power to him - I'm all for self control. I'll applaud anyone who wants to kick alocholism or porn addiction or anything that takes over their lives. What bugs me is that he BLAMES porn for his problems. The notion that that porn is bad just because HE has a problem with it is ludicrous. It's like blaming the gun for the murder. Here's the quote from his sidebar:
This is an anonymous blog about my struggle with pornography. Though I am a Christian this is not wholly a Christian issue. I would think that anyone who thinks about it would realize that the degradation of women or men can not be a good thing. Pornography destroys lives.

BULLSHIT, dude. LOTS of people are capable of enjoying porn without it taking over their lives and wrecking them. Myself included. I KNOW WHEN TO TURN THE BROWSER OFF AND GO OUTSIDE TO PLAY. Blaming porn because YOU don't know that is ludicrous. And frankly, it does you a disservice by allowing you to falsely project part of the blame for your predicament outside of yourself. I realize that controllling compulsions is incredibly difficult. I do. But a statement like that above is patently false, and frankly, partially obfuscating the real issue.

And to those who would argue that those who are involved in porn's production are also damaged by it: Those people were damaged to begin with. Sure, lots of porn stars are incredibly fucked up damaged people (Savannah, anyone?), but if there were no porn industry, do you really think they'd be in church singing hymns every day? NO. They're FUCKED UP PEOPLE. They do FUCKED UP THINGS. If there were no porn industry, they'd probably just be doing junk in an alley with bums instead of in a porn studio with guys with 19 inch dicks. They're pretty much going to be drawn to chaos; the industry is merely the delivery system.

Now, this dude isn't totally full of shit -- he does partially blame himself. But that doesn't change the core issue that pornography is a THING. An inanimate object. Like a gun or a bottle of booze, it isn't inherently evil -- the good or the evil that comes of it is purely dependent on the person using it.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

There's nothing better than a good Tom Delay quote

Here's a great one from the Houston Press.

DeLay seemed to feel the issue applied personally to him, and perhaps it did. He had graduated from the University of Houston at the height of the Vietnam conflict in 1970, but chose to enlist in the war on cockroaches, fleas and termites as the owner of an exterminator business, rather than going off to battle against the Vietcong.

He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

Here's another on from the blog 181/2 Minute Gap.

Hilarity abounded, as when Tom DeLay took the stage and begain, "Good afternoon, or as John Kerry might say, bonjour." Ummm, Tom? Kerry's not the one with the French last name.

Delay on Meet the Press, Dec. 21, 2003.

"Go after Osama bin Laden"—I knew that that would be the first thing the Democrats said after we got Saddam Hussein. They said, "Oh, well, that's good we got Saddam Hussein, but you haven't gotten Osama bin Laden." What we have gotten is we've destroyed his network. The president took the war to them in Afghanistan. We can do both and we did both. We've upset the al-Qaida networks to the point that they can't do anything right now.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge changed the national threat level from yellow to orange on the same day Delay declared "al-Qaida networks" destroyed on Meet the Press.

Last, but not certainly not least - Tom Delay the telemarketer.

First there was a recorded message: “This is Congressman Tom DeLay. I’m asking you to serve as an honorary chairman on our business advisory council, and you will be recognized with our national leadership award.”

Then, a telemarketer came on the line: “You’d be invited to private dinners with congressmen and quarterly strategy sessions in Washington.”

In the call, Helton was also promised an exclusive black-tie president’s dinner and his name in a newspaper ad.


Then came the pitch from the telemarketer: “We’re asking each chairman for a one-time gift of $300 or $500 for the ad. Can we count on your support?”

Helton replied: “That’s pushing my budget a little. Does it have to be paid all at once?”

“Would $100 or $200 be any better for you? And I could even split that down into two payments as well,” replied the telemarketer.

Helton, an independent voter who voted for Bush in the last presidential election, did not send a dime. “It was dishonest, it was sleazy, and it was certainly unbecoming a national party like this,” said Helton.