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Hate has a smell.  Not the rancid tang of fear, nor the mouldering smell of denial, but a special smell all its own.  It's a ruthless smell, a cold smell.  Sharp with anticipation, edged with glee, damp and dark and dank like the corners of the mind it hides in.

More below the dooblydoo.

I mention the smell of hate because it permeates my home.  It comes out of the television and overpowers even 12 indoor cats and dusty corners.  It reeks as it rolls along the floors and grows strong in the corners of rooms.  It is not subtle, though people often do not recognise it for what it is.  It smells of pus and vileness, of evil - and it pours out the mouths of men and women in nice clothes and expensive haircuts into the homes of America.

It cheapens everything it touches.  It taints and tarnishes.  It laps at the feet of the old and the frightened while ginning up the young and immature.  It uses cheap phrases of doubt and implication and avoids light at all cost - but it is bold. It uses confusion to stand its ground you might say - to demand consideration in a mind that can no longer tell wrong from right from constant exposure.

I am not sure how to scrub it away - how to counteract the agency of ignorance.  But I will stand my own ground and I will try.  Starting tomorrow I have three days of peace and quiet to try and clear the gloom and miasma of hate from my home.  I will scrub the furnishings and wash the covers and vacuum the carpets, clearing out cobwebs and unexplored corners where it might seek refuge.  

I will bring in thought and action and inspiration in its place that I might drive it further away from the areas I inhabit and where my family spends their time.  Languages. Culture. Laughter. Thoughtful discussion.  Three days of cleansing in the face of years of ignorance and hate spewed like drops from a rabid dogs maw.

I hope it will be enough.

A POX on them that feed from the trough of the vilest in man.  A pox on them all.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 08:39:35 PM PDT

  •  It is a pleasure, sometimes, to live alone (4+ / 0-)
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    Mortifyd, chimene, FloridaSNMOM, SadieSue

    Okay, alone with a cat. ;-)

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 10:03:17 PM PDT

  •  good luck with the physical cleaning... too bad (2+ / 0-)
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    Mortifyd, FloridaSNMOM

    the FOX-BOX couldn't suffer some sort of injury... just enough to prolong the quiet for a bit after they get home...

    but then you'd be cut off from sources of sane solace too (DrW)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:45:25 PM PDT

    •  I was thinking about anti POX wards... (1+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM

      I dunno what exactly... just sort of planting a lingering desire to watch something ELSE while in that room or something.  And lots of salt.

      Perhaps I've been reading a little too much Kate Griffin...

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 02:28:59 AM PDT

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  •  I find burning white sage helps. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mortifyd, FloridaSNMOM

    You don't have to practice the craft to gain some peace from the symbolic pushing of hate (and cat smells) from the area with the smoke.  I don't do it often, but only because it works so well.

    Currently reading: Path To A Better World: A Plan for Prosperity, Opportunity, and Economic Justice by James Aldus

    by Aramis Wyler on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:09:25 AM PDT

    •  kind of wishing I had a smudge stick now (1+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM

      I'm familiar - very familiar - but the path I walk limits my ability to use some of the knowledge I have gained over the years.  I have to play by the rules - but then, I know a bit about the rules too, so I have edges to bend.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:01:16 AM PDT

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  •  Could you use sage while they are gone... (1+ / 0-)
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    Mortifyd

    get a bottle of crushed sage from the grocery store as well... and 'accidently' spill some in the kitchen. Then you have an excuse why the house smells of sage LOL.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:02:42 AM PDT

    •  I salted the shit out of the living room (1+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM

      and the tv in there is having...difficulties.

      I also scrubbed down the kitchen and gave the living room a good vacuuming - and may have killed the hoover as well - but I got it done.

      The dryer just went off as well - so the living room couch covers are done too - now I have 2 days to enjoy myself.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 06:08:43 PM PDT

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