There are superheroes named Superman, Superfly, and Supergirl. Based on your performance this past week in whatever you do, what would have been your Super_____ name?
This week, what has been superterrific and what has been superlame?
Superterrific - The King’s Speech, the toddler becoming cuddle-obsessed (CUTE), more films!
Superlame - lack of sleep from catching up on films, finding out The Tourist was supposed to be a comedy… eh wot? Chuck. Chuck has nuked the fridge. Cut it out, Chuck.
Which of Superman’s abilities would have been the most useful this week?
Super-speed to clean up the Brisbane floods! Or x-ray vision. Obviously.
What do you most expect will be super this weekend?
The weather! Sunny like 3rd-degree retina burns, but lower humidity. Phew! Plus Sunday morning grocery shopping = crowd-avoiding goodness.
What are your thoughts this week about the coming Super Bowl?
No thoughts… erm, I’ll make some up… It’s not super or even on TV here… as far as I know… Our aerial isn’t connected, yay! It’s not football. I don’t get why they can’t find players who can play both offense & defense? Super lazy. Football (soccer) is way more super. And if Kurt’s not on the team, I’m not interested. Same goes for the glee club. ;p The only super bowl I’m interested in contains lotsa noodles.
— February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.
— April 2009: A white supremacist named Richard Poplawski opens fire on three Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call and kills all three, because he believed President Obama intended to take away the guns of white citizens like himself. Poplawski is currently awaiting trial.
— April 2009: Another gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, similarly fearful of Obama’s purported gun-grabbing plans, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter, then is killed himself in a shootout with police.
— July 2010: An agitated right-winger and convict named Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded.
— September 2010: A Concord, N.C., man is arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic. The man, 26-year—old Justin Carl Moose, referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant.
Eighteen examples of right-wing domestic terrorism detailed by freelance journalist and author David Neiwert (via Digby)
I remember many of these. But of course each one happened in its own convenient vacuum. No need for society to turn a critical eye to itself, no siree.