Defining Deviancy Down – Republican Style

Here’s another great article from TomPaine.com about how the Republican party has done a wonderful job of accusing the Liberal Democratic Party of destroying Family Values while the so-called “conservative” Republicans have done more to destroy the fabric of modern society than any other political party in history. I’m still convinced that the 2 Major Parties are still just 2 wings of the same Money Party but here’s a great example of lying through your teeth propaganda at work.

…people like Merril Lynch’s Stanley O’Neill who, after being fired for overseeing the loss of 8 billion dollars the company invested in sub-prime loans, was forced to settle for a mere 160 million dollar golden parachute — on top of his 48 million dollar salary.

And let’s not forget the decadent elites in Washington, who having passed punitive bankruptcy reform that makes it extremely difficult for people to even get a clean slate when things don’t turn out well for them financially being asked to bear the burden for Stanley O’Neill’s risky ventures. They are now expected to tepidly try to pass some mitigating legislation which the Bush administration will likely veto.

Meanwhile, you have the e. coli conservatives making huge profits selling lead toys to your kids (when they’re not accidentally dosing them with date rape drugs), enabling mine-owners to take shortcuts that end up killing their workers, and simply pretending that threats such a global warming don’t exist. The stories of war profiteering in Iraq are so appalling and grotesque that it’s almost impossible to absorb. And then, of course, there’s is torture.

So, here we find ourselves more than 40 years after the conservatives began decrying the moral depravity of the left and 15 years after Patrick Moynihan told us that our liberal culture was defining deviancy down and we find that they were right all along. They just got one little detail wrong. It wasn’t the liberal left who were morally depraved. It was them.

While the culture at large was adjusting to the idea that families don’t all look the same and that private sexual morality was not the business of the state, the decadent economic elite and right wing ideologues had systematically defined deviancy down to the point where Moynihan’s deviant “altruism” can be illustrated as giving bonuses to workers who denied cancer patients their medicine; his deviant “opportunism” is seen as giving hundreds of millions of dollars to failed business leaders who lost their companies billions; and his deviant “normalizing” can be observed as society tossing aside its taboo against government-sanctioned torture.

If those are the “old” standards the culture warriors of the right have been trying to defend, they’re killing us. Literally.

Even Monkeys pay for Sex. Now I don’t feel so bad.

Macaque Monkeysfrom Time.com

You know, I usually feel like a monkey anyway, especially when it comes time to understanding or placating (or bribing as it turns out) the opposite sex for, well, you know, “personal favors”. So here comes a scientific article about the courting behavior of macaque monkeys that sums it up nicely with this sentence; ” The better a male’s odds of getting lucky, the less nit-picking time the females received. ” Touché, touché. Here’s an excerpt.

According to the paper, “Payment for Sex in a Macaque Mating Market,” published in the December issue of Animal Behavior, males in a group of about 50 long-tailed macaques in Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia, traded grooming services for sex with females; researchers, who studied the monkeys for some 20 months, found that males offered their payment up-front, as a kind of pre-sex ritual. It worked. After the females were groomed by male partners, female sexual activity more than doubled, from an average of 1.5 times an hour to 3.5 times. The study also showed that the number of minutes that males spent grooming hinged on the number of females available at the time: The better a male’s odds of getting lucky, the less nit-picking time the females received. Though primates have been observed trading grooming for food sharing or infant care, this is the first time this kind of exchange has been observed between male and female primates in a sexual context, says lead researcher Michael Gumert of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, demonstrating that the amount of time a male macaque “will invest in [its] partner” depends largely on how many options it has around.