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Why Barack Obama is dead to me

I could just post these two news photos to explain why I’m not exactly moist, to put it mildly, over the inauguration of Barack Obama three weeks from today:

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The second photo of the bloated baby boomer with the shit-eating grin is, of course, of Prick Warren, the homophobic stupid white man who, in the spirit of “inclusion,” Obama invited to give the invocation at the inauguration.

Gay most definitely is the new black if a black Democrat sees no problem inviting a homophobe to open his inauguration.

A gay male co-worker of mine recently stated that he isn’t going to let Prick Warren ruin the inauguration for him.

Oh, I am.

First we California fags and dykes were hit with the narrow passage of Proposition 8 on Nov. 4. I fully expect the California Supreme Court to strike down Prop 8 and reinstate same-sex marriage in California next year, as the same court ruled in May that the state’s Constitution mandates that same-sex marriage be legal, but as of today, same-sex couples may not legally marry in California. We don’t have equality. In only two states do we gay men, lesbians and other non-heterosexuals have equal marriage rights.

While we’re still reeling from Proposition 8 (and other anti-gay ballot measures that passed in the nation on Nov. 4), Obama picks homophobe Prick Warren to set the tone for his inauguration and he won’t back down from his incredibly poor political decision. You know, fuck “political.” This is a matter of Obama’s fucking character. He (presumably) isn’t gay, so he doesn’t give a flying fuck about gay men and lesbians.

I can’t just get over that like my co-worker can. I can’t just pretend that I don’t know what I know.

And with Barack Obama, if you are a progressive, that’s what you have to do in order to be jazzed about his impending inauguration: ignore certain things. Psychologists and pychiatrists have terms for such mental gymnastics.

Barack Obama doesn’t have my back. He no longer has mine. I regret that I gave him hundreds of dollars and I regret that I cast my vote for him. The only thing I’m glad about where he is concerned is that it wasn’t Billary Clinton who won the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, as he is the lesser of the two evils and as I doubt that Billary could have beaten Repugnican John McCainosaurus on Nov. 4. I was glad to help Obama knock Billary out of the race, but it’s been downhill with him ever since.

Yes, I suppose that there are larger issues than same-sex marriage, such as war and peace and right and wrong, and Obama is all wrong on those issues too.

The caption of the first photo above reads: “Three Palestinian children from the Balosha family, of five who were all killed in the same Israeli missile strike, are seen in the morgue before their burial at Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahiya [in the] northern Gaza Strip, [on] Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.”

The Associated Press reports that the Israelis have slaughtered more than 370 Palestinians this past week in a campaign of aggression that world opinion, including the United Nations, has condemned.

Although Team Obama’s fucking mantra is that “there is only one president at a time,” Obama somehow found himself able to publicly state today that Illinois Gov. Rod “$enate $eat for $ale” Blahblahblahblah’s choice for Obama’s replacement in the U.S. Senate should not be seated because the scandalous Gov. Blahblahblahblah has zero credibility — and that Blahblahblahblah should resign. 

While it’s nice to be able to agree with Obama on something for once, Obama’s statement on the gubernatorial hijinks in his home state probably more than anything else is meant to protect his own political ass from too much tarnishment as he assumes the White House next month. Standing up for what’s right when doing so serves oneself — well, that diminishes the good deed a bit, doesn’t it?

While he can speak up on right and wrong when it helps himself, Obama remains deafeningly silent on the carnage that continues in the Gaza Strip. Because it’s not his children whom the Israelis are dropping bombs upon. Obama rather now-famously said back in July: “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I [would] do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

OK, fine, but the Palestinian children whose corpses are pictured above: they were dangerous members of Hamas? Obama cares about the safety of the Israelis’ daughters and his own daughters, but what about the safety of the Palestinians’ daughters?

Did Jesus Christ teach that it’s OK to pick and chose which children’s lives are valuable and which are not?

Obama is a “Christian”?

Bullshit. A Christian follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Barack Obama isn’t a Christian. He’s a politician. That’s his religion. He doesn’t answer to a higher power, unless you count the American Israel Public Action Committee (AIPAC) — the Israel-first lobby — as a higher power.

“Change”?

Yeah, right — keep hoping.

P.S. How are my two questions to Barack Obama doing at change.gov?

Recall that my two questions, verbatim, are:

  • I’m a gay man who gave your campaign hundreds of dollars. You have invited homophobe Rick Warren to appear at your inauguration. How about you invite Rush Limbaugh to perform “Barack the Magic Negro”? C’mon, now! In the spirit of “inclusion” and all!
  • Are you going to treat the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with SOME degree of even-handedness and fairness or are you going to kiss Israeli ass, thus further enraging the Arab world and further putting the United States at risk for terrorist attacks?

Apparently neither question has been yanked from the site (yet…), and thus far the majority who have voted like Question No. 1 by 123 votes to 91 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent, and the majority also favor Question No. 2, by 80 votes to 59 votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent. (No, I haven’t voted for myself or asked anyone else to vote on my two questions.)

Gee. So a clear majority of Obama’s strongest supporters — those who take the time and trouble to visit his site and vote on shit — agree with me that these two issues are important and that Obama is misfuckinghandling these two issues (or at least the first one).

What if I had posed the two questions in a “nicer” way? I’d have received even stronger support from Obama’s supporters.

Will Obama listen to his supporters on these two issues?

Um, no, probably not. Prick Warren appeals to the dumbfuck vote that Obama for some reason is courting (as though eight long years of American stupidity weren’t enough), and Obama listens to his pimp$ at AIPAC, not to his supporters or to the American people, where the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is concerned.

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RepubliKKKans: What’s the big deal over ‘Barack the Magic Negro’?

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Chip Saltsman, the overprivileged-frat-boy-like assbite who headed Repugnican MiKKKe HuKKKabee’s campaign for the 2008 Repugnican presidential nomination and who now wants to head the Repugnican National Committee, claims that he’s fighting the good fight by defending “Barack the Magic Negro,” which he calls a “light-hearted political parody.” 

If a non-white prominent political operative put out a “light-hearted political parody” disparaging whites, there would be a white outrage over the reverse racism.

But many if not most Repugnicans claim that they see no problem whatsofuckingever with the “light-hearted political parody” “Barack the Magic Negro.”

Reports Politico today:

The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chairman candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.

Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD including a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on.

“When I heard about the story, I had to figure out what was going on for myself,” said Mark Ellis, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party. “When I found out what this was about I had to ask, ‘Boy, what’s the big deal here?’ because there wasn’t any.”

Alabama Republican Committeeman Paul Reynolds said the fact the Saltsman sent him a CD with the song on it “didn’t bother me one bit.”

“Chip probably could have thought it through a bit more, but he was doing everyone a favor by giving us a gift,” he said. “This is just people looking for something to make an issue of.”

“I don’t think he intended it as any kind of racial slur. I think he intended it as a humor gift,” Oklahoma GOP Committeewoman Carolyn McClarty added. “I think it was innocently done by Chip.”

The song came with 40 others on an album from conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, a personal friend of Saltsman. The song is a parody of a 2007 Los Angeles Times column of the same title and is written to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

“Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.” the opening of the song goes. “The L.A. Times, they called him that ’cause he’s not authentic like me. Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper said he makes guilty whites feel good. They’ll vote for him, and not for me, ’cause he’s not from the ‘hood.”

The song, written shortly after the publication of the Times column, was first played on the Rush Limbaugh radio show. [Yesterday] Limbaugh prominently re-posted the song on the top left corner of his website above the headline, “Drive-by media misreporting of ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ song.”

The flap has generated unflattering attention at a time when the GOP is trying to rebuild its brand and reach out to new voters after an election in which GOP presidential nominee John McCain ran poorly among minority constituencies.

The day after the story was first reported by The Hill, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan issued a statement expressing disgust over the song.

“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party,” said Duncan, who is seeking re-election to his post. “I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.” 

Duncan was joined by Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis, another RNC chairmanship aspirant who chided Saltsman for sending out the CD.

North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth said he was “disappointed” when he heard about the story and questioned Saltsman’s viability as a candidate going forward.

 “There are a lot of things about Chip that would have made a good a RNC chairman, but this has definitely hurt him,” he said in an interview with Politico. “With less than a month to go, Chip needs to be talking about where he wants to lead the party, and he is not going to get that opportunity.”

Not everyone is so sure, with some RNC members contending that Anuzis and Duncan may have actually hurt their candidacies with their responses.

“Those are two guys who just eliminated themselves from this race for jumping all over Chip on this,” one committee member told Politico. “Mike Duncan is a nice guy, but he screwed up big time by pandering to the national press on this.”

While South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele have decided to stay away from the controversy, offering no comment, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who would be the party’s first black chairman, has drawn notice for his vigorous defense of Saltsman.

“Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-elect Obama being the first African-American elected president,” Blackwell said in a statement. “I don’t think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them. When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people.”

As a result of his position, a source close to the race said that at least 12 uncommitted committee members have contacted Blackwell to thank him for his support for Saltsman and have expressed anger toward Duncan and Anuzis “for throwing a good Republican under the bus.”

Indeed, in a fluid race in which six candidates are vying for the votes of 168 members, both Blackwell and Saltsman stand to benefit from a backlash to the flap.

Most observers expect Duncan to lead after the first ballot, but few expect he or any other candidate will be able to secure election on a first ballot. For either Saltsman or Blackwell to win election they will likely need the votes of the other’s supporters to break in their direction, along with any other committee members who are not enamored of Duncan’s leadership.

In calls to committee members in recent days, both Saltsman and Blackwell have been reminding Republicans of how both Duncan and Anuzis reacted to the story.

“I wasn’t angered by what Mike had said; it was just revealing to me how each one responded,” said Ellis of Maine, who as an uncommitted member received calls from all six candidates [yesterday]. “Their responses were kind of a surprise to me because I saw it as something that was not an issue, something that was manufactured from outside the committee.”

Kenneth Blackwell — what the fuck is wrong with Kenneth Blackwell? He makes Uncle Tom look like Malcolm X.

Anyway, “Barack the Magic Negro” apparently plays fairly well within the white-dominated Repugnican Party, but how well does it play nationally, to a nation that just elected its first non-white president?

Actually, I hope that Saltsman does win the chairmanship of the Repugnican National Committee. I hope that Saltsman’s tactic of blaming the liberals and the “liberal” media and claiming to be standing up to the liberals and the “liberal” media — instead of admitting the truth, which is that he’s a hateful, stupid fucking racist — works for his bid.

Putting such an obvious backasswards racist in charge of the RepugniKKKan Party will only help the party’s demise among the national electorate.

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I’m gay for Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald, sexy brainiac

I’ve been a long-time fan of Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald. He writes intelligent, interminable sentences and really can get into his topic. (Not that I’m a size queen, but he can write some rather long columns.)

I looked Greenwald up on Wikipedia today and discovered that he’s gay, which I had suspected, since he’s intelligent and writes long pieces comprised of interminable sentences…

Wikipedia also states that Greenwald — may I call you Glenn, Glenn? — is taken, of course, that he has a Brazilian boyfriend (Brazilian as in he lives in Brazil)… Sigh…

Greenwald is (or used to be, anyway) a lawyer, but the good kind — a civil rights and constitutional law lawyer; he uses his powers for good rather than for evil.

Anyway, I’m adding Glenn to my blog roll because he rocks.

Salon.com has some pretty shitty writers: Joan Walsh, who, if memory serves, was a die-hard Billary Clinton supporter, thinks that we all care about her every thought when she, um, demonstrated her intelligence by supporting Billary.* And Camille Paglia — Oh. My. God. Why do they publish this narcissist’s crap? She defends Sarah Palin-Quayle as some great American who got a raw deal and she repeatedly goes into great detail about some obscure recording artist whom she likes. Who the fuck cares?

Glenn — whom I like also because he’s a fellow Generation X’er (as opposed to the aforementioned Walsh and Paglia, who apparently are baby boomers and whose boomerian gross overestimation of their talent and worth is glaringly apparent in their writings) — is one of the writers who make Salon.com worth visiting. He does write on some topics that don’t interest me, but when he does write about a topic that interests me, he really nails it. (I just wanted to use the verb “nail” in talking about Glenn…)

And, I’m pretty sure that Glenn is Jewish, so I can always point to him — along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jon Stewart, “Saturday Night Live’s” Andy Samberg** and many other Jews — as JILFs

That means that I’m not anti-Semitic for having a problem with the Israelis who indiscriminately and disproportionately are slaughtering Palestinians as I type this sentence — right?

*Barack Obama clearly was the lesser of the two evils, especially after Billary started to out-Repugnican John McCainosaurus in her desperate bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

**This video of Samberg in which he gets Brokeback with the president of Iran is pretty fucking funny, as are this one and this one featuring Samberg.

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On proportion (and the lack thereof)

The Associated Press reports that thus far more than 360 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been slaughtered by the Israelis and some 1,400 Palestinians have been wounded in Israel’s latest massacre.

The AP notes that in the entire year of 2008, 17 — seventeen — Israelis were killed by those rocket attacks from Gaza (presumably by Hamas) that we hear so fucking much about as the excuse for the current bloodbath that the Israelis initiated a few days ago.

The Israelis’ current massacre has the full backing of the mass-murderous Bush regime, of course. Because, as I’ve said time and again, it’s only “terrorism” when an Arab or a Muslim does it.

P.S. I love these excerpts from a column by Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald and I thought that I’d share:

Opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are so entrenched that any single outbreak of violence is automatically evaluated through a pre-existing lens, shaped by one’s typically immovable beliefs about which side bears most of the blame for the conflict generally or “who started it.”

Still, any minimally decent human being — even those who view the world through the most blindingly pro-Israeli lens possible, the ones who justify anything and everything Israel does, and who discuss these events with a bottomless emphasis on the primitive (though dangerous) rockets lobbed by Hamas into Southern Israel but without even mentioning the ongoing four-decades brutal occupation or the recent, grotesquely inhumane blockade of Gaza — would find the slaughter of scores of innocent Palestinians to be a horrible and deeply lamentable event.

Yes, if you had any sort of a conscience whatsofuckingever, you would. Another excerpt:

One can travel from the farthest right fringe of the GOP to the heart of the Democratic Party leadership and hear exactly the same thing: Israel is always right. Israel must not be criticized. Israel never bears any blame. Any action taken by Israel is justified.

No matter the situation, that just gets repeated over and over like some hypnotic bipartisan mantra. Meanwhile, American citizens overwhelmingly — [by] 71 percent — want their government to be “even-handed” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet that view is simply ignored, disregarded, not even viable for any American mainstream political leader to express.

Yup; it’s a problem. Where it comes to same-sex marriage and treating the Palestinians with even-handedness, the Repugnicans and the Democrats are in lockstep. Israel’s shit just doesn’t stink. The Holocaust, you know! The Holocaust!

P.P.S. This AP news story puts the number of Israelis killed by rocket attacks thus far this year at 19, and the number of Israelis killed in the past few days’ fighting at four. This news story also puts the number of Palestinian dead at 364, with the United Nations saying that at least 62 of those were civilians.

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Ask Uncle Barack!

President-elect Barack Obama’s at-least-mildly-creepy shadow-presidency website, change.gov, is taking questions!, I was informed via e-mail today.

I just submitted these two questions:

  • I’m a gay man who gave your campaign hundreds of dollars. You have invited homophobe Rick Warren to appear at your inauguration. How about you invite Rush Limbaugh to perform “Barack the Magic Negro“? C’mon, now! In the spirit of “inclusion” and all!
  • Are you going to treat the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with SOME degree of even-handedness and fairness or are you going to kiss Israeli ass, thus further enraging the Arab world and further putting the United States at risk for terrorist attacks?

There’s a character-length restriction on each question or my questions would have been longer. I’d have asked the president-elect, who calls himself a Christian, how many Arab babies Jesus would be OK with slaughtering, since the president-elect has not, to my knowledge, uttered a single fucking word about the continued carnage in occupied Palestine, but has only parroted the bullshit propaganda about Israel’s right to defend itself, even though Israelis kill far more Palestinians than vice-versa and even though world opinion is against Israel’s latest massacre of Arabs, which is made possible by the support of the United States.

P.S. Actually, even had I worded those questions “nicely,” I doubt that the president-elect’s team would touch either one.

Obama’s not about to disinvite Prick Warren to the inauguration, which has been completely ruined for me, and Obama picked Zionist-ass-licking Billary Clinton as his secretary of state. Billary has been paid big bucks by the Zionist lobby to eat Palestinian babies for lunch.

Fucking face it if you haven’t already: We’re in for another four to eight years of a milquetoast, Clintonesque “Democratic” White House administration…

P.P.S. To be fair, I just read this in a news story:

Even as the attack continued into its third day [today], with a Palestinian death toll topping 300 and Israel threatening a ground invasion, Obama had yet to say a word about the crisis, on the grounds that President George W. Bush (who has also been silent) must take the lead.

Hmmm… I suppose that I can see where Obama wouldn’t want to create confusion by making a public statement, I suppose — as he and his handlers say incessantly, the United States has only one president at a time (presidential puppeteer Dick Cheney notwithstanding…) — but it sure would be nice to know where Obama stands on these current events.

Could he not issue a disclaimer acknowledging that he has yet to take office and then make a statement? Would an audacious man of character who won’t shut up about “change” and “hope” remain silent on a humanitarian crisis like this?

P.P.P.S.: So people visiting change.gov get to vote on the questions that have been submitted.

Thus far, 85 voted that they like my first question involving Prick Warren, while 50 don’t like it. My guess is that these latter losers are Obamabots who just don’t want Obama to look bad — at all — no matter how wrong he might be. That and/or they don’t like my use of the word “Negro,” but I didn’t make up the fucking song title. (I also didn’t make up the word “Obamabot.” I can’t remember where I saw it. But I wish that I had coined it.)

Also thus far, 54 voted that they like my question about kissing Israeli ass while 40 don’t like the question, probably because of my indelicate use of the words “kiss Israeli ass,” because using the term “kiss ass” is much, much worse than, say, the mass murder that the Israelis are committing right now. We have to be “nice,” now!

Anyway, I’m just really fucking surprised that apparently neither of my two questions has been yanked from the Obamabots’ website…

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Ralph Nader’s 300:1 ratio holding up

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These Palestinians are those of at least 298 slaughtered by the Israelis thus far. We Americans are supposed to be sympathetic with the Israelis — who are perpetual “victims” — even though the Israelis kill far more Palestinians than vice-versa, and even though our government gives Israel billions of our tax dollars with which to slaughter Arabs.

The Associated Press reports that thus far at least 298 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s latest aggression — and that thus far only one Israeli has been killed.

That’s right in line with Ralph Nader’s criticism of Zionist-ass-licking President-elect Barack Obama: “He doesn’t have any sympathy for a civilian death ratio of about 300-to-1, 300 Palestinians to one Israeli.”

One Israeli columnist has called Israel’s latest aggression “shock and awe.” Gee, sound familiar?

The AP puts the number of dead Palestinian children at at least 20 (including at least one baby) and the number of wounded Palestinians at more than 800.

For all of the talk of “rogue” nations and “terrorism,” it is the United States and Israel — long-time partners in war crimes and crimes against humanity — that consistently give the middle finger to the United Nations and to the world community and do whatever the fuck they want.

Will the rest of the world finally stand up to the United States and Israel before they start the next world war?

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I’ll miss the first Stepford lady — NOT

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Stepford wife Laura Bush (shown above in September) was in a tizz that her husband had to duck a pair of shoes, but has no apparent problem whatsofuckingever that her unelected husband is responsible for the wholly unnecessary deaths of at least tens of thousands of people, including more than 4,200 members of the U.S. military in Vietraq.

Laura Bush today stated that the throwing of a pair of shoes at her mass-murdering dictator of a husband at a press conference in Baghdad earlier this month constitutes an act of assault.

Well, she’s right, of course; legally speaking, throwing an object at someone, especially an object that could harm its target should it make contact with its target, constitutes assault. (It would have been battery had one of the two shoes thrown at him by the righteously enraged Iraqi actually hit the “president.”)

So yes, it was an assault.

But an infinitely worse assault was the assault on the entire fucking American democracy when her husband stole office in late 2000 despite having lost not only the popular vote to Al Gore by more than a half-million votes, but also despite having lost the pivotal state of Florida, which “President” Bush “won” by fewer than 550 votes but whose recount the Repugnican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court halted.

It was, in fact, the largest assault on the American democracy of my lifetime.

Then there was the infinitely worse assault on the Iraqi people, whom the unelected Bush regime made pay for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, although 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, the ruling class of which the Bush crime family is buddy-buddy, and not a single of the 9/11 hijackers was from Iraq, and to this day there is not a shred of evidence that Iraq nor a single Iraqi had had anything whatsofuckingever to do with 9/11. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died in the Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War.

Because you know, the best way to prevent another terrorist attack upon the United States by angry Arabs is to slaughter tens of thousands of completely innocent Arabs! Yes, the Bush regime’s “war on terror” guarantees that we’ll have terror to combat for generations to come! (Not that that is treason or anything!) 

And there has been the infinitely worse assault on the more than 4,200 members of the U.S. military who have died pointlessly in Iraq. They didn’t die protecting their country because Iraq never posed a threat to their country. They died for nothing. No, wait — they did die for the billions of dollars that were stolen from the U.S. treasury and handed over to Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp via the bogus war in Vietraq.

But Laura Bush is really pissed off that her poor, poor husband had to duck a pair of shoes.

Can you imagine what it must be like to be Laura Bush? (If you’re not a wingnut or a Repugnican, I mean?)

To be able to ignore the fact that your husband is a mass-murdering dictator but to be able to have a tizzy about the fact that your mass-murdering dictator of a husband had to duck a pair of shoes?

Laura Bush might miss the White House, but after she finally dies, she can become the first lady of hell. Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven anyway, right?

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