Like most people, I’ve read about Second Life, and decided that, while it seemed an interesting sociological experiment, I can barely keep my shit together in this life, so starting a whole new one sounded time consuming and dumb. I never personally saw the appeal of growing imaginary pot on the roof of the virtual Ron Paul HQ, or creating an avatar that looked like Xena, Warrior Princess with a 9 foot strap-on. It seemed… lame. Then I got home from the baseball game and read this.
Sweet fancy Moses, The GOP are having a Tax Day tea-bagging rally in Second Life! Understandable seeing as this version of reality hasn’t been kind to their facile, directionless and self-destructive policies. In fact, according to a Gallup poll released yesterday:
“Over two-thirds of Americans — 71% — have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in President Obama to do or recommend the right thing for the economy, a much higher level of confidence than is given to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, or the Democratic or Republican leaders in Congress.”
I’m not sure which is more unintentionally hilarious, the tea bagging moniker the movement has acquired from Dems, bloggers, and a vast number of young people, or the fact that it seems none of the “Tea Party movement” schmucks even seem to know what the original Boston Tea Party was about. But then, this new movement isn’t a broad-based reaction to unfair taxation-without-representation by a foreign power, it’s being helmed by a bunch of extremely wealthy right wing loons like Fox News’ Glenn Beck, and enterprising astroturfers like former Koch pollution-enabler Nancy Pfuckenhauer, who are just so damned incensed that their taxes are going up a whopping 3%. The vast majority of demonstrators won’t even be affected by the increase, if anything, they’ll gain from President Obama’s tax cuts. However, I have long ago stopped believing that modern Conservatism is about anything more than puerile grandstanding and saying “no”, as loudly and often as their wheezy lungs will allow.