Go West!

It’s been really hard to sit on this news for the last two moths but finally I can share our big announcement: Elvira and I are moving to Salem, Oregon!

After 13 way-too-long years,* we’re finally getting the fuck out of Georgia, packing up the cats and heading west.

We’ll be leaving on July 1st and arriving sometime on July 7th or 8th, with a stop over in Peoria, Illinois to visit Elvira’s brother. I’m planing on shooting photos of the trip and I hope to post those here on the blog while we’re on the road.

Regular posting for the next two weeks or so might be light, as we’re in the midst of packing, looking for an apartment on the other side of the country and all that fun stuff that comes with slowly dismantling one’s life, one box at a time.

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*Mostly. I was in Maryland for the better part of 2 years at grad school.

Reason #578 to Get the Fuck Out of The South

National Socialist Party nominates as it’s Presidential Candidate for 2008, John Taylor Bowles of South Carolina.

Not many Americans realise that there is an American Nazi party, or that they regularly field a candidate in elections. And while they are rather small and general considered to be extremist, even by other Fascist groups, the fact that they are still around in 2007 is a disturbing fact. Not so startling is that their candidate comes from South Carolina.

A few years ago, a South Carolina Baptist Church placed an add in the paper here (in Savannah, GA) advertising a Harry Potter book burning, so it’s no real surprise that American Nazis can find recruits there. Wherever you find book burnings, there’s probably a Nazi somewhere close by, washing the smell of kerosene off his fingers.

And sure, there are extremists all over— a friend of ours is moving to Portland, where they grow serial killers like cantaloupes. But still, it boggles the mind to think that more than sixty years after World War II, there would still be Nazis anywhere, let alone in the American South.

As always, if you really want to give yourself a case of the creeping squees, head on over to David Neiwert’s blog, Orcinus, where he keeps track of Minutemen, Nazis, Republicans and other hate groups.

Now, the Truth Can Be Told

One more reason why I need to get the fuck out of Georgia:

The one-page memorandum, marked “From: Representative Ben Bridges,” [R, GA] declared that “tax-supported evolution science” was based on religion and therefore unlawful under the United States Constitution.

It continued, “Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called secular evolution science is the Big Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion.”

“This scenario,” the memorandum stated, “is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings on the mystic ‘holy book’ kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”

It’s a neat little package, anti-science wrapped up in dingbattery with a pretty little anti-semitic bow on top. It takes a certain, highly sophisticated type of mind to craft this kind of nonsense. One steeped in old timey Southern bigotry, enculturated ignorance and the complete disregard for tact to be found only in your most privelaged of upper class Gentleman. The sort of fellow who feels free to write this to his staff members without thinking it might be repeated somehow. Because why would the loyal servants ever repeat the talk of their social betters?

Link via Bob Harris.