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September 12, 2005

Today's silliness from the paranoid-schizophrenic right

Note to Michelle Malkin: if your neighbor's dog tells you to kill some parked teenagers, just say "No! Bad dog!"

And to think they call us moonbats. On the upside, now we know what Barbara Bush was talking about when she mentioned her "beautiful mind."

Update: My pal Carpundit asks if I'm being unfair, seeing as the crescent is a recognized symbol of Islam. (Actually, he said "Islamists," but I'll forgive him that little bit of jargon.)

And he's got a point. Though the shape is manifestly not a crescent, it's clear that any semicircular shape is suspect these days. And what a gaffe for the designers to have portrayed the site with red maple leaves, rather than sneakily showing the site in spring or summer when the "crescent" would be green. That way the thing would be installed and then we'd all be shocked in auutumn when the landscapers' TRUE EVIL INTENTIONS became clear. Red. Fall. You know, like the plane fell out of the sky.

It's incumbent on modern designers to avoid any shape that could be mistaken for a religious symbol. For instance, what the hell is up with those California freeway designers? a Mesopotamian symbol? Isn't that just the French word for Iraq? My father-in-law is a retired CalTrans engineer: clearly, he and I are going to have to have a little talk.

And then there are all those American Patriots who wear T-shirts each September 11 with photos of a couple famous destroyed buildings that look an awful lot like this:

Anyone who grew up in the 1960s, of course, will recognize the controversial religious message contained in the design of the WTC. Cribbed from's I Ching pages:

    Chien represents what is great and originating, penetrating, advantageous, correct and firm.

  1. In the first NINE, undivided, the dragon lying hid. It is not the time for active doing.
  2. In the second NINE, undivided, the dragon appearing in the field. It will be advantageous to meet with the great man.
  3. In the third NINE, undivided, the superior man active and vigilant all the day, and in the evening still careful and apprehensive. Dangerous, but there will be no mistake.
  4. In the fourth NINE, undivided, as if he were leaping up, but still in the deep. There will be no mistake.
  5. In the fifth NINE, undivided, the dragon on the wing in the sky. It will be advantageous to meet with the great man.
  6. In the sixth NINE, undivided, the dragon exceeding the proper limits. There will be occasion for repentance.
  7. The lines of this hexagram are all strong and undivided, as appears from the use of the number NINE. If the host of dragons appearing were to divest themselves of their heads, there would be good fortune.

Clearer advocacy of storming the White House and cutting Bush's head off I have never seen. I can't imagine why the Secret Service hasn't locked those traitors up.

Updated further: More obvious parallels between heathen religions and American cultural icons: the topological similarity here is every bit as striking as between the planned memorial and the crescent. This can not be a coincidence.

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You don't think it's maybe a little odd for a memorial to victims of Islamist terror to be a crescent? The crescent is closely associated with Islam in the minds of many. (I leave aside the debate as to the actual origins of the crescent symbol or its true meaning.)

Posted by: ca at September 12, 2005 09:43 AM
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If you go to the site of the Christian Coalition, you'll see that their logo is an identical red crescent.

Also, MM picked this crap up from a wingnut site that has been ranting about it - and one of the main complainers is from South Carolina. The South Carolina state flag features a crescent moon - a REAL crescent, not some vague semi-circle.

I've also read (but not confirmed) that the semi-circle results from the topography of the memorial site.

Bottom line is that this is idiocy.

Posted by: Craig Carlyle Clarke at September 12, 2005 10:45 AM
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Traitorous liberal! Clearly the memorial should have been made in the image of Dale Earnhardt!!!

Posted by: teh l4m3 at September 12, 2005 11:51 AM
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I also thought that the appropriate WTC memorial T-shirt from the Falwell Set should have had a 900-foot Jesus doing a Ryu fireball into the towers (as punishment for lesbian witches who belong to the ACLU).

And something about that design makes me want to break out the Atari 2600 and play Breakout.

Posted by: norbizness at September 12, 2005 12:50 PM
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Craig has already unmasked the vile Islamofascists (you want wingnut jargon? we GOT wingnut jargon) at the Christian Coalition.

teh l4m3 has the right idea, but let's keep it simple - just duplicate the semicircle to make a giant number 3.

Now, what can we do about that Mecca-nistic proscenium arch at the Hollywood Bowl?

Posted by: Mentis Fugit at September 12, 2005 02:21 PM
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I think paranoid-schizophrenic is exactly the right term. Apophenia is either a sign of creativity or of some serious neurochemical issues on somebody's part.

Posted by: Stephanie at September 12, 2005 02:32 PM
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yikes -- i took a look at the christian coalition site. not only does it feature a RED semicircle, but the top "issues" are social security reform and making tax cuts permanent.

i'm having difficulty figuring out how those particular issues have a single damned thing to do with christianity, even of the wingnut variety...

but, this peculiarity is consistent with paranoid schizophrenia:

Schizophrenia (SKITS-oh-FREEN-ee-uh)---one of the most damaging of all mental disorders---causes its victims to lose touch with reality. They often begin to hear, see, or feel things that aren't really there (hallucinations) or become convinced of things that simply aren't true (delusions). In the paranoid form of this disorder, they develop delusions of persecution or personal grandeur. The first signs of paranoid schizophrenia usually surface between the ages of 15 and 34. There is no cure, but the disorder can be controlled with medications. Severe attacks may require hospitalization.
Without medication and therapy, most paranoid schizophrenics are unable to function in the real world. If they fall victim to severe hallucinations and delusions, they can be a danger to themselves and those around them.


Posted by: Kathy A at September 12, 2005 04:44 PM
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It could be worse! Maybe it's a croissant (with ketchup?) and this is a tribute to America's most ancient and despicable foe: France! Vive les frites libre! Mmm... et un croissant, aussi, s'il vous plait. Avec le ketchup. C'est bien!

Posted by: pough at September 12, 2005 06:13 PM
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Because I think it's probably a breach of some sort of meta-commenting etiquette to comment on someone's comment on some third person's blog, I had to come over here to tell you that "Always fry the pinche onions first, Coyote!" over at IBTP made me snort with laughter in such a way that tea (hot) went up my nose. Then there was sputtering and coughing, and the dog got very concerned about his wacky houseperson. Very feminine, very slapstick (I think those two are only redundant where I'm concerned).

It was totally worth it, though. Thanks.

Posted by: Erin at September 12, 2005 06:31 PM
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Red maple leaves? RED maple leaves???

Blame Canada!

Posted by: Ron at September 12, 2005 07:50 PM
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On behalf of completely harmless schizophrenics everywhere, could we stop tarring a very real disease by associating it with the idiocy that racists dream up when they're seeking to distract us from real issues?

I looked at the design and the controversy and thought, "Well, that seems odd." Then I looked at the actual article, and discovered that the red is just fall foliage and the wall associated with the trees, as shown in drawings, will be white.
Then I thought, "Well, that seems like the sort of thing the easily-outraged (but *never* 'sensitive', since that would be, you know, Kerry-esquely liberal) right-wing blogs would start huffing about."
Then I went on with my life.

Posted by: D. Sidhe at September 12, 2005 07:58 PM
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true, Sidhe - I've known at least three schizophrenics personally, and they were good people who definitely don't deserve to be associated with this other illness... anyway I think these people are morally ill rather than mentally ill.

Posted by: Craig Carlyle Clarke at September 12, 2005 08:30 PM
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You bet, Sidhe. The title was a clumsy attempt to describe a cluster of delusional symptoms rather than to compare groups of people.

Besides, every single paranoid schizophrenic I've ever spent time with is better company than most of the wingnuts I've met.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at September 12, 2005 09:12 PM
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Heh. Thank you.
I'm not actually terribly offended by the whole thing, since it *is* a pretty common rhetorical device--when we say people are "nuts", I'm sure we mostly do not mean they are in fact insane.
So I do know what you were getting at, and I apologize if I sounded more upset than understanding. (The "whimper" was supposed to be somewhat ironic, but I realize in retrospect that I don't comment here nearly often enough for anyone to have known that.)
Really, given the disease itself and the side effects (and actual effects) of the drugs used to treat it, one had probably better have a sense of humor about being schizophrenic. :-)

That said, it's hard not to twitch when compared to people like Ms. Malkin. I'm guessing whatever her problem is, is a "lifestyle choice", as they like to say on another front in the genetics/personality war.

"Morally ill rather than mentally ill" seems to sum it up nicely. (Thanks for the phrase, it's a keeper.)

Posted by: D. Sidhe at September 13, 2005 08:09 AM
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I'm laughing aloud at the California freeway thing. OK, the whole update was pretty funny, especially the green turning red with the seasons.

I just think the crescent was a bit obtuse of the designer. Not a conspiracy, just a goof.

As for "Islamist," I think it's a useful word. There is such a movement. It exists across the world. And it is the enemy of free thought, of free association, of human equality, and of scientific progress. I know you like those things, as do I.


Posted by: carpundit at September 13, 2005 08:14 AM
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=v= A crescent without a star is about as Islamist as a sickle without a hammer is communist.

Posted by: Jym at September 20, 2005 06:50 AM
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