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Cunter: ‘tea-partiers’ ‘cheerful,’ liberals ‘violent’

I wasn’t going to blog anymore tonight. Then I read Ann Cunter’s latest lie fest.

Cunter tries to make the case that liberals are violent racists.

It’s funny. In a sick and twisted way. Does she believe her own shit or does she have full awareness that she’s lying through her venom-dripping fangs?

Cunter begins with:

While engaging in astonishing viciousness, vulgarity and violence toward Republicans, liberals accuse cheerful, law-abiding Tea Party activists of being violent racists.

Oh, fuck, I wish that we liberals were violent! (And that the “tea party” fascists truly were “cheerful” instead of hating upon everyone who isn’t a conservative straight white person who identifies as a Christian — you know, the way our tea-bagging founding fathers wanted it to be.)

We liberals should have killed someone when George W. Bush blatantly treasonously stole the White House in late 200o after having lost the popular vote and the state of Florida, of which his brother just coinky-dinkily was governor (and of which the chief elections official just coinky-dinkily also had sat on his election campaign committee). When the unelected Bush regime launched its bogus Vietraq War for Big Oil and for Uncle Dick’s Halliburton, we liberals should have gone on a murderous fucking rampage.

But we didn’t.

Actually, the “tea party” dipshits aren’t widely accused of violence, even though Cunter goes on to beat the “tea-party” spittle story to death. They are, however, accurately widely accused of being racist.

Look at how many non-whites attend “tea party” gatherings. Why, if the “tea party” is a such a big tent, is that tent filled almost exclusively with white people?

And the New York Times reports that less than 1.5 percent of the audience of Faux “News” (which we might as well call the Tea Party Channel) is comprised of black viewers, while around 20 percent of CNN’s and MSNBC’s viewership is black. Why, do you suppose, that is? (Oh, yeah: because blacks are racist. Andrew Breitbart says so.)

Cunter also proclaims:

We also have evidence of liberals’ proclivity for violence in the form of mountains of arrest records. Liberal protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention were arrested for smashing police cars, slashing tires, breaking store windows, and for possessing Molotov cocktails, napalm bombs and assorted firearms. (If only they could muster up that kind of fighting spirit on foreign battlefields.)

There were no arrests of conservatives at the Democratic National Convention.

Hmmm. My understanding is that the vast majority of those who actually smash police cars, slash tires, break store windows, etc., are anarchists, not liberals, and while I don’t know much about the anarchists, my understanding is that by definition they don’t like liberals, considering liberals to be part of the broken political system that they despise. Actually, I think that they hate any and all political systems, broken or otherwise. (Any anarchists there, feel free to correct me in the comments section if I’m wrong.)

But that aside, again, I only WISH that liberals actually would wreak havoc like Cunter claims they (we) do. Instead, they tend to be notoriously pussy, usually not even fighting back when they are physically attacked. Fucking peaceniks. (And, as Cunter points out, liberals don’t even like to slaughter Muslim babies for the profits of Big Oil in the names of freedom and democracy and God and Jesus and puppies and kittens and fluffy little bunnies and butterflies and marshmallows and cotton candy. Fucking treasonous liberals!)

And if there were no arrests of conservatives at the Democratic National Convention, well, since conservatives tend to be overly comfortable, overprivileged rich fucks, since they tend to sit at the top of the hierarchy, shitting and pissing upon others, what, exactly, do they have to protest? (Oh, yeah: taxes, which the rich fucks’ corporations — which are people just like you and me, don’t you know — don’t even pay anyway. [Oh — and the black guy won the 2008 presidential election over the old white guy by 7 percentage points, when U.S. history clearly has demonstrated that only white men should ever be president.])

But wait. Cunter’s not done.

“It was a good day when George Bush was merely burned in effigy, compared to Hitler or, most innocuously, compared to a monkey,” she whines.

OK, so go to Google images — images.google.com — and look up “Obama monkey” and “Obama Hitler.” You’ll see lovely images like these:

(You can Google “Obama burned in effigy” on your own. And you know, you’re no one until you’re burned in effigy. Just sayin’.)

It seems to me that blacks are much more often compared to monkeys or other non-human primates than are whites, and that whites comparing blacks to monkeys is quite different from mostly whites comparing a white guy to a monkey*, and really, I don’t think that the right or the left has a monopoly on the trite Hitler comparison, although if Barack Hussein Hitler truly wants to round up and exterminate six million “tea-partying” wingnuts, hey, I’m down with that. (But that will never happen, the FEMA concentration-camp conspiracy stories notwithstanding, because, as I said, liberals are pussies.)

Cunter even manages to scrape together some names of Democratic politicians who have made racist or racist-sounding statements in the past, and, of course, she has to mention that the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd in his youth used to be a member of the KKK, which he spent the rest of his life regretting and denouncing. (Well, she doesn’t remind us that he was young and that he regretted it the rest of his life. An oversight, I’m sure.)

Cunter neglects to mention Repugnican racist politicians like Strom “Baby Daddy” Thurmond, Trent Lott (whose political career imploded when he stated that segregationist Thurmond should have been elected president in 1948), George “Macaca” Allen, Jeff(erson) Sessions, John Ashcroft, George Bush I (remember the Willie Horton ad?) and George Bush II (remember the robo-calls that John McCain had fathered a black child, which had Karl Rove’s greasy fingerprints all over them? And how helpful Bush II was to the black victims of Hurricane Katrina?), Katherine Harris (and her purging of black voters from Florida’s voter rolls so that Bush II could “win” Florida), and, of course, David Duke. (Cunter actually writes that we liberals “have zero examples of conservative racism.” Uh, smoking dope isn’t legal yet, Ann.)

And these “incidents”/incidents of liberal-on-conservative violence/“violence” that Cunter recounts are, as violence goes, pretty tame. And quite anecdotal — hardly a fucking national pandemic, unfortunately. The worst of them she recounts is that a guy at a MoveOn.org event bit off a portion of a wingnut’s finger.

Again, cool shit like that doesn’t happen nearly enough.

I wonder what one of Cunter’s fingers tastes like. Careful, though, my fellow violent liberals. I’m guessing that she has acid for blood.

*I used to love the comparisons of George W. Bush to a chimpanzee, although the comparisons were an insult to the intelligence of our closest living cousins.

The comparisons of Bush to chimps was a statement on his lack of intelligence, however. The prime aim of comparisons of blacks to non-human primates, however, is to suggest that they are subhuman — and thus, that it’s justified to treat them as such. 

Big difference. But just another innocent oversight on Cunter’s part, I’m certain.

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Global-warming deniers, go to hell

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Wingnuts actually assert that the melting polar ice cap is normal. We should feed the global-warming deniers to the dying polar bears.

While eating lunch with a friend today (Indian buffet — mmmmm) I overheard a stupid white male baby-boomer asshole (redundant) at the next table loudly pontificating that global warming is a hoax and that climate-change guru Al Gore has a low IQ.

When I read the weather reports on The Sacramento Bee’s website, sacbee.com, there are always fucktards who leave comments to the effect that if we’re having bel0w-average temperatures, then global warming must be bullshit. (I once responded that that’s like saying that a homeless person who suddenly is given a $100 bill no longer is poor; no, I pointed out, that person has had a spike in income, to be sure, but he or she is still quite mired in poverty.)

I often can’t tell if people are really so fucking stupid as to argue that a cooler-than-usual day means that climate change is crap or if they’re just pushing their right-wing agenda.

It is true that Sacramento has had a cooler-than-usual summer thus far. (I still recall the scorching July of 2006, so I’m grateful for our current cooler weather.) However, other parts of the nation have had hotter-than-normal temperatures this summer, and scientists say that, overall, the planet is heating up.

Reports The Associated Press today:

Scientists from around the world are providing even more evidence of global warming, one day after President Barack Obama renewed his call for climate legislation.

“A comprehensive review of key climate indicators confirms the world is warming and the past decade was the warmest on record,” the annual State of the Climate report declares.

Compiled by more than 300 scientists from 48 countries, the report said its analysis of 10 indicators that are “clearly and directly related to surface temperatures, all tell the same story: Global warming is undeniable.”

Concern about rising temperatures has been growing in recent years as atmospheric scientists report rising temperatures associated with greenhouse gases released into the air by industrial and other human processes. At the same time, some skeptics have questioned the conclusions.

The new report, the 20th in a series, focuses only on global warming and does not specify a cause.

“The evidence in this report would say unequivocally yes, there is no doubt,” that the Earth is warming, said Tom Karl, the transitional director of the planned NOAA Climate Service.

Deke Arndt, chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center, noted that the 1980s was the warmest decade up to that point, but each year in the 1990s was warmer than the ’80s average…. But each year in the 2000s has been warmer than the ’90s average, so the first 10 years of the 2000s is now the warmest decade on record.

The new report noted that continuing warming will threaten coastal cities, infrastructure, water supply, health and agriculture.

“At first glance, the amount of increase each decade — about a fifth of a degree Fahrenheit — may seem small,” the report said. “But,” it adds, “the temperature increase of about 1 degree Fahrenheit experienced during the past 50 years has already altered the planet. Glaciers and sea ice are melting, heavy rainfall is intensifying and heat waves are becoming more common and more intense.”

Last month was the warmest June on record and this year has had the warmest average temperature for January-June since record keeping began, NOAA reported last week….

So, whose word am I going to take? That of stupid white men who believe that Glenn Beck is the second coming of Christ, that Sarah Palin-Quayle is presidential material, that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and that Faux “News” is real news – or the scientists?

The reason that the right wing denies climate change is obvious: the Repugnican Tea Party supports the ultra-rich, no matter how much they threaten the continued existence of the planet itself – to criticize oil-spill giant British Petroleum is “un-American,” you know, according to Repugnican Tea Party candidate Rand Paul — and decreasing pollution as usual cuts into short-term profits, which is all that the treasonous corporations care about.

The corporations fund the right-wing “news” “media,” pumping billions of dollars into the right-wing propaganda machine, inducing dumbfuck Americans who can’t think for themselves that global warming is some sinister plot.

(What, exactly, this sinister plot is supposed to accomplish I’m not sure. Most sinister plots have sinister goals.)

A traitor is one who betrays his or her nation (you know, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney taking the nation to war based upon bold-faced fucking lies for the no-bid war profiteering of BushCheneyCorp subsidiary Halliburton). What do you call someone who betrays the entire fucking planet?

I’ll work on that, but in the meantime, I think that the corpses of the global-warming deniers would make a great alternative energy source. It would be a much, much better use of them than we’re witnessing now.

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Sherrod says she’ll sue Breitbart; racist wingnuts keep lynching her

Shirley Sherrod, who recently was lynched by the right-wing “media,” says she “definitely” is going to sue lying right-wing racist blogger Andrew Breitbart for defamation.

The response of the racist right wing (redundant) to Sherrod only further proves their racism.

Presumably, Breitbart’s stance remains that his heavily altered video “proving” that Sherrod actually is a “racist” (when, in fact, she was talking about racial reconciliation in her speech) was “not about Shirley Sherrod.” (He just told the world that you’re a racist, Shirley, but don’t take it personally!)

“Andrew Breitbart is going to be fine. He’s done nothing wrong,” Politico quotes assbite Brent Bozell, president of the wingnutty Media Research Center, as having huffed and puffed. “I wonder if Ms. Sherrod, who is such a champion of transparency, will publicly disclose who is putting her up to this. And I also hope this champion of honesty will stop lying about Fox News. I’m also waiting for Ms. Sherrod to publicly apologize for accusing anyone opposed to nationalized health care of being racist. Last time I checked, that was more than half the country.”

Uh, when did Sherrod ever say that those who stupidly oppose health care reform, like the chickens pledging their allegiance to Colonel Sanders, are racist? She didn’t. So that isn’t just a stretch — it’s just a fucking lie. So Brent Bozell is a fucking liar. He continues the lynching of Shirley Sherrod by spewing forth even more fucking lies about her.

And I love Bozell’s assertion that someone “put” Sherrod “up” to suing someone who clearly defamed her.

Because a black woman, you know, on her own, just wouldn’t have the brains or the courage to sue someone when she has been wronged. It must be a vast left-wing conspiracy. There can be no other explanation!

Sherrod also says that she quite understandably refuses to go on Faux “News.” I never would go on that Fascist “News” Network, either. Nor would I attend a KKK or “tea party” gathering. There are just certain low-lifes with whom I never voluntarily would associate.

Anyway, I hope that Sherrod sues and wins a huge chunk of change from Breitbart. But I would fully expect his fellow Klan members to help him out with donations in that event.

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Assorted shit

…And your little dogs, too!

Jan Brewer

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Not ready for her close-up: Repugnican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, pummeling the brown-skinned and relatively powerless in her quest to win the governorship in November (she inherited the governor’s chair  from Democratic former Gov. Janet Napolitano when Napolitano was tapped to become the Obama administration’s secretary of homeland security), speaks to members of the media earlier this month.

Backasswards Arizona, the South Africa of the Southwest, was dealt a blow today when a federal judge blocked the worst parts of the unconstitutional racial-profiling legislation that the state’s Repugnicans passed that would have become effective today.

In a statement, Arizona’s Repugnican governor, Jan Brewer, the Wicked Witch of the Southwest, valiantly proclaimed: “I will battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, for the right to protect the citizens of Arizona.”

Translation: “I’ll get you, my pretties! And your little Taco Bell dogs, too!”

Really, though, Brewer, McCainosaurus & Co. are sooo fucking brave, picking on the state’s most defenseless population for cheap personal political gain.

Latinos already have been fleeing the state, the media have been reporting over the past few days. It would serve the overly comfortable, overprivileged racist whiteys in Arizona right to find themselves without cheap labor to do all of the unpleasant work that they refuse to do.

And, of course, since the Latino population is the fastest-growing in the nation, for the Repugnican Tea Party to alienate Latinos is so smart.

This almost makes up for that Shirley Sherrod thing

Speaking of the Repugnican Tea Party, the Democrats appear, finally, to be getting it right. The Democratic National Committee has started a campaign dubbed “The Republican Tea Party Contract on America,” borrowing from the Repugnicans’ bullshit 1994 “Contract with America” (and from “The Sopranos,” I guess).

The campaign is to remind “swing voters” of the continuing merging of the Repugnican Party and the extremist “tea party,” including a “tea party” caucus within the Repugnican ranks of the U.S. House of Representatives.

I’ve long surmised that the “tea party” is going to hurt the Repugnican Party more than it’s going to help it. The white supremacist whackjobs already are part of the Repugnican Party’s base, so for the “tea party” to be so ostentatious is only to be preaching to the choir — and turning off those in the middle, upon whom — unfortunately or fortunately, depending — elections hinge these days.

Anyway, among the provisions of the “Republican Tea Party’s Contract on America” are these: repealing health care reform, thus aiding and abetting the greedy insurance companies that profit from Americans’ pain and suffering; privatizing Social Security or abolishing it altogether, and phasing out Medicare; extending the Bush regime’s tax breaks for the rich and for Big Oil; repealing Wall Street reform; protecting British Petroleum and other corporations responsible for environmental catastrophes; abolishing the Department of Education and reversing the restrictions put on student-loan sharks; abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency; and abolishing the Department of Energy.

In short, the “Republican Tea Party’s Contract on America” would hasten our arrival to our nation resembling how it is depicted in the movie “The Road”…

Is Oliver Stone a stone-cold anti-Semite?

Really, once the Israel-firsters have deemed everyone in the United States to be an anti-fucking-Semite, what good will the epithet “anti-Semite” be anymore?

Filmmaker Oliver Stone predictably is getting it from the Israel-firsters for reportedly having said to The Sunday Times of London, “Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein: German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.”

Um, it’s a historical fact that Hitler was aided and abetted by many, many parties. He did not do it by himself. No genocidal maniac is an island.

Wikipedia (which, again, for me is reliable enough for blogging, so save your comment) notes that the Nazis killed around 2 million to 3 million Soviet prisoners of war and around 6 million Soviet citizens. (“The broadest definition [of the Holocaust] would include [those] 6 million Soviet civilians, raising the death toll [of the Holocaust] to 17 million,” Wikipedia notes, adding that “Other estimates put total casualties of the Soviet Union’s citizens alone to about 26 million.”) The Nazis also slaughtered around 2 million Poles — and many, many others in addition to the 6 million Jews they slaughtered.

Stone’s wording could have been better. “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people” sounds like Stone was turning it into a misery contest.

And we all know that those who drop the H-bomb (“H” for Holocaust) on everyone for personal and social and political gain — even though they themselves never suffered in the Holocaust — aren’t about to concede the misery contest.

No, they want to bogart that victimhood pie!

Stone apologized, lest Mossad come after his ass, saying: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret,” adding that the Holocaust “was an atrocity.”

Yes, it was. No doubt. But the historical fact is that the Nazis killed millions of others besides six million Jews.

For the H-bomb droppers to claim the Holocaust all for themselves not only historically is inaccurate, but it shits and pisses upon the millions of others lives that the Nazis took during their reign of terror.

And don’t even get me started on the Israelis’ perversely ironic genocide of the Palestinians while still reminding us, incessantly, of the genocide that the Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

Leave Lady Gaga a-a-a-a-alone!

I certainly won’t claim that Lady Gaga is the pinnacle of culture, but Lady Gaga is just Lady Gaga.

While I was able to laugh at the YouTube parody of Lady Gaga featuring “Lady Pasta,” replete with a hilarious rendition of “Bad Romance,” this snippet from an “analysis” of Lady Gaga’s place within the American culture is over the top, even for me:

The Predator drone is the latest and sexiest symbol of American dominance through military technology; Gaga is the latest and sexiest symbol of cultural hegemony.

The media is full of both of them, breathlessly discussing the capabilities of the unmanned drones, a giant leap forward in our technology, a way to detach us even further from the reality of war, to spend a day at war and then go home to the family at night. And of course picking over the latest Lady Gaga video — a cultural event that has turned YouTube into the site of the new Fireside Chat.

Instead of talking about the news, millions of Americans talk about the new Gaga video. [Actually, I rarely hear anyone talk about Lady Gaga at all.]

Meanwhile, Predator drones kill civilians in countries that millions of Americans probably couldn’t find on a map. Wars continue, dead bodies pile up. The living bodies of women are contested territory abroad and at home.

And the body of a 24-year-old white woman who regularly calls herself a monster is one of the few things we come together to discuss. America dominates the world; Gaga dominates our pop culture universe.

We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.

Uh, did Lady Gaga ever state that she “makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves”? Or is her style just her style?

Truthfully, I couldn’t read the entire article. I couldn’t get past the pretentious, very flimsy “connection” between Lady Gaga and the Predator drone. (Although I bet that Gaga could incorporate the Predator drone into one of her videos, and do it quite creatively and uniquely.)

Our culture is filled with distractions: Cell phones of every type. Television, including, perhaps most notably, “American Idol.” Internet porn. The computer and many other electronic gadgets, including, of course, the PlayStation. Movies. Radio. Print media. Consumerism in general.

But to pick out Gaga from all of this, it seems to me, is to pick on Gaga.

And because one preoccupies him- or herself with one or even with many diversions does not mean that he or she also cannot pay attention to what’s going on in the world.  

I suppose that I should delete Lady Gaga from my MP3 player — no, hell, I should destroy my MP3 player altogether — and focus instead on the drones.

Speaking of electronic gadgets, the woman who wrote that “intellectual analysis,” I think, when she isn’t obsessing about the drones, sure could use a high-tech dildo… (Hell, even low-tech might do the trick…)

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Womanizing while Arab a crime in blindly-backed-by-U.S. Israel

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This 30-year-old married Palestinian man, a father of two, who has been under Israeli house arrest for two years, faces a year and half behind bars for telling an Israeli woman who approached him on the street in Jerusalem that he was Jewish and single before he porked her in a stairwell.

I wasn’t planning to write about this, but this news item is so fucking whack that I have to.

From The Associated Press today:

Jerusalem – Lying for sex. It happens all the time.

Yet a married Palestinian man has been ordered jailed for 18 months for having sex with an Israeli woman after giving her the impression he too was Jewish, as well as single and interested in a relationship.

His conviction of “rape by deception” has drawn charges of racism and questions about whether courts should be delving into this fraught topic.

Saber Qashor, a 30-year-old father of two, says he was approached by the woman in September 2008 on a downtown Jerusalem street where he had parked his motorcycle, and introduced himself as “Dudu,” a common Israeli Jewish nickname.

Within half an hour they were having sex in a Jerusalem office building stairwell.

After nearly two months, he was arrested and told the woman had accused him of forcible rape. Last week, he was sentenced to prison and fined 10,000 shekels ($2,500) for “rape by deception,” an offense that may be unique to the Israeli legal code.

Rape by deception was written into the law to protect women from sexual predators, but some argue that Qashor’s act doesn’t count — that he was simply doing what so many men and women do for sex [lying]….

Having already spent nearly two years under house arrest, Qashor remains there while he pursues an appeal that his lawyer says may reach the Supreme Court this week.

The original indictment claimed forcible rape but the Jerusalem District Court accepted the sex was consensual and a plea bargain reduced the charge to “rape by deception.”

“If she hadn’t thought the accused was a single Jewish man interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have cooperated,” Judge Zvi Segal wrote in sentencing Qashor. The court must protect the public from “sophisticated and slick-tongued criminals who would lead innocent victims astray, at the unbearable price of the sanctity of their bodies and souls.”

While Qashor has readily given his version of events to the media, almost nothing is known about the plaintiff, identified only as M.T. All Israeli rape cases are heard behind closed doors, and court records are sealed. Qashor said the woman was in her 20s, but there was no independent confirmation….

Um, consensual sex between two adults by definition cannot be “rape.”

So this is what billions of Americans’ tax dollars go toward supporting in Israel: blatant discrimination based upon ethnicity, apparently.

It’s God-fucking-awful should anyone even look at a Jewish person funny, but it’s supposed to be perfectly fine when Jews blatantly discriminate against others; and if you call them on their hypocritical bullshit, they’ll call you a Holocaust-denying anti-Semite.

From what I can tell of the AP’s story, the Israeli woman was a ho. I mean, she approached the Palestinian man, and not vice-versa, and within less than an hour, apparently, he was boning her. In a stairwell.

The AP story indicates that she consented to this, and that her only problem with the torrid encounter is that it didn’t lead to, in the Israeli judge’s words, “a serious romantic relationship” — because hey, she doesn’t fuck just anyone within all of one hour! (And because that’s pretty much what all grandparents tell their grandkids when their grandkids ask them how they met, right? “Well, you know, honey, your grandpa and I met in the street, and it was love at first sight; we immediately went off and fucked in a stairwell.”)

The AP story is not clear as to whether the apparent Israeli ho’s main problem with “Dudu” is that she wouldn’t have let him bone her in a stairwell if she’d known that he is a Palestinian or that she wouldn’t have let him pork her if she’d known that he already was married with children. Or both.

But given the fact that the Israeli fascists have had the apparent Palestinian womanizer under house arrest, plan to put him behind bars for a year and a half, and the overzealous Israeli judge wrote of the “innocent [Jewish woman] victim” “led astray” by the “sophisticated and slick-tongued [Palestinian/Arab/Muslim] criminal,” costing her the “unbearable price” of the “sanctity of [her body and soul],”* it smells strongly like Israeli-on-Arab discrimination to me.

If I am right — and I almost always am — how fucking ashamed I am that my nation’s government is so much in bed with the Israelis that it even allows the Israel-first lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to use a logo that is an incredibly presumptuous mash-up of the Stars and Stripes and the Star of David:

AIPAC photo

Yes, that’s President Barack Obama, licking AIPAC’s ass, as both the Repugnicans and the Democrats do — because both parties are AIPAC’s bitches.

And we American dumbfucks (which, more and more, is becoming redundant) scratch our heads and we ask ourselves of the Arabs and the Muslims: “Why do they hate us? Why?”

It must be that they hate us for our freedom and for how we freedom-lovin’ Amuricans spread freedom around the planet like a fucking virus (such as in our blind financial, military and moral support of Israel, which can do no wrong).

There can be no other possible answer!

*The Israeli judge’s over-the-top rhetoric reminds me of that of the crazy general in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” talking about “the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.”

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Arianna Huffington and Tony Robbins, a match made in snake-oil hell

I used to like Arianna Huffington. I had thought that it was great that a woman who had been married to a filthy rich closeted conservative Repugnican Californian politician and had been rolling in the dough decided to switch teams and trumpet the progressive cause.

If memory serves, I even considered voting for her when she ran in the circus-like California gubernatorial recall election in 2003.

Now, though, Arianna makes me want to vomit.

First of all, I still can’t get over the fact that she doesn’t pay her website’s (The Huffington Post’s) writers. She claims to be a progressive, but paying those who are making you money absolutely nothing is not an item on the progressive agenda.

Huffington notes that she has an upcoming book titled Third World America in which she laments “the millions of middle-class Americans who are suddenly finding themselves without a job, or without a home, or without the possibility of giving their children a better future.”  

Presumably, there is no mention in Third World America of the starving writers who are about to be evicted because The Huffington Post doesn’t pay its contributors a fucking penny.

“By the end of the book, I found myself consumed with identifying practical solutions and sources of help that those struggling could use right away — instead of anxiously waiting for government to act. And I recognized that it all starts with each individual’s inner strength and resilience,” Huffington continues.

Gee, somehow I doubt that Arianna’s self-reported “[consumption] with identifying practical solutions and sources of help [for] those struggling” led her to decide to start paying her writers. No, they’ll just have to rely on their “inner strength and resilience,” which probably won’t pay the rent but sure will keep Arianna rolling in the dough while she blames her writers’ lack of “inner strength and resilience” for their own personal misfortune.

Huffington recently ran a typically baby-boomerian self-indulgent series about how to sleep better at night. Maybe if she weren’t such a colossal fucking hypocrite and just another fucking greedy, self-serving baby boomer (redundant…), Arianna could sleep at night.

And now, Huffington has aligned herself with the freakish self-appointed self-improvement movement snake-oil salesman Tony Robbins, whose only actual lifetime accomplishment, that I can see, is to bilk trusting, desperate people of their money with his promises that if they just change their thoughts, their lives magically will become something like the end of a Disney movie.

The positive-thinking movement has been debunked thoroughly. Barbara Ehrenreich tackles the subject well in her book Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. If you really want to do yourself a favor, read Ehrenreich’s book and wean yourself from the self-help snake oil forever.

There are two main problems with the positive-thinking industry (and “industry” is appropriate, since it makes unscrupulous assholes millions and millions, if not billions, of dollars a year) that I can see right off the bat:

First of all, no amount of positive thinking is going to change actual problems. Positive thinking won’t reverse global warming or bring back species that have become extinct because of humankind’s stupidity, short-sightedness and greed. Positive thinking won’t stop the political and financial corruption that have pushed the American empire to the brink of collapse. No, positive thinking very most likely won’t cure your terminal cancer, either.

There is no substitute, unfortunately, for doing the incredibly hard work that is required to reverse our problems, and some problems have gone on for so long that they no longer are reversible, and rather than remaining in denial over these problems, we need to find acceptance of them if we no longer can bargain our way out of them. (The experts, for instance, say that climate change is inevitable, given the amount of greenhouse gases that already are trapped in the atmosphere, and that at this point we need to focus on adapting to the inevitable climate changes as well as trying to prevent even further damage by curbing the emission of greenhouse gases. And there is a point in the course of terminal cancer in which the cancer no longer can be cured, if it ever could have been cured at all, for instance.*)

Secondly, when people are told that they should be able to change their lives miraculously — and then they find out that they can’t — they either can conclude that they were sold a load of horseshit (which they were) or they can conclude that they are somehow defective because the promised miracles didn’t materialize for them — you know, because they just didn’t have enough “inner strength and resilience” (which the self-appointed self-help gurus are all too happy to have their victims believe).

Unfortunately, too many overly trusting, easily duped individuals are going to fall into the latter camp. But the self-appointed self-help gurus don’t care; they already got their money!

The fact is that no one has “the secret.” And those who claim that they do only want to rob you.

There are no fucking shortcuts, and magical thinking will get you nowhere.

If you’re down and out, the last thing that you should do is to be taken in by the miracle peddlers or self-improvement sharks who only want to feed on what’s left of your carcass.

Tony Robbins has reappeared only to make himself some more money pushing his defective product, and until Arianna Huffington starts actually paying the people who are making her money and keeping her in the lifestyle to which she’d become accustomed when she was with her ex-husband, her claims of being a progressive fall on my big fat deaf ears.

One small step that we can take right now to improve our lot is to stop giving a fucking penny** to thieves like Arianna Huffington and Tony Robbins and their bilking ilk.

See? I’m a self-help guru, too!

Only I don’t want a penny from you.

*My sister-in-law’s sister-in-law recently died of breast cancer. Because she was in denial over her terminal prognosis, she gave tens of thousands of dollars to “alternative therapy” snake-oil salesmen, money that would have better been left to her two children she left behind. She died anyway, but the fraudsters laughed all the way to the bank. 

Maybe we can say she died because she just didn’t think positively enough.

**Which includes, of course, not working for them for free.

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Why can’t Obama get any love?

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A beleaguered President Barack Obama called a last-minute press conference in the Roosevelt Room of the White House yesterday afternoon after a self-induced politically disastrous week. Meanwhile, Obama administration betrayee Shirley Sherrod says that she’s still deliberating whether she will return to the Obama administration or whether she could be a more powerful and more effective agent of hope and change from outside of the administration. (I hope that she chooses the latter course of action, that she writes a book and goes on a lecture tour, perhaps.) 

Rachel Maddow (whose stuff I should watch more often) has a piece on how President Barack Obama just can’t get his legislative and other accomplishments acknowledged. She notes that the Beltway has dubbed this phenomenon “the Obama paradox.”

Eh. It’s not rocket science. Let’s look at the pieces of it:

Obama never was going to get and never will get the support of the Repugnicans, something that he knew or should have known even before he was inaugurated. Not only is he a Democrat (at least titularly), but he isn’t a white man. Two strikes and he’s out.

I’m not sure whether Obama’s (rather lame) attempts at bipartisanship were naive or whether they were political kabuki — that is, he knew that he’d never get any significant bipartisan support, but he figured that he’d better put on a good show of trying for it.

Also, because they’ve coined “the Obama paradox,” I’ll coin “the Bush effect.”

“The Bush effect” is the phenomenon in which the president who preceded you was so fucking awful that the presidential bar has been lowered all the fucking way to China. Therefore, in order to be perceived as anything near a Lincolnesque or Washingtonian president, you pretty much have to raise the dead — or at least heal the blind.

Then, there is this phenomenon in which, because American standards have dropped so low, too many Americans want praise and special recognition for just doing their jobs.

This, of course, ties in with the Bush effect, but the fact is that Obama has just been doing his job. (Minimally, that is; the legislation that he’s been able to pass has given too many concessions to the corporatocrats and has not been progressive enough.)

Obama is supposed to lead the nation in a way that benefits the most number of Americans. That’s the job of the president of the United States. (If the POTUS is a Repugnican, then the job description changes: the Repugnican POTUS leads the nation in a way that benefits the richest.)

For Obama to brag about just doing his job is pathetic and sad.

And then there are the Obama administration’s fuckups. The Shirley Sherrod debacle, most recently and perhaps most notably.

As Maddow recounts, Obama yesterday added an unscheduled afternoon appearance before the press corps to recap his legislative accomplishments of the week.

However, even that was a tactical mistake — it only served to underscore the fact that his administration had fucked up royally by knee-jerkedly throwing Shirley Sherrod under the bus at the very first whiff of the approach of the right-wing, white-supremacist lynch mob.

To betray your own supporter, to sell someone who helped to put you where you are down the river — can you go lower than that?

Maybe we should start calling him Judas Obama. (If he kisses you, be afraid — be very afraid.)

Obama’s refusal to dance with those of us who brought him to the dance — we liberals/progressives (I gave him hundreds of dollars [primarily to knock DINO Billary Clinton out of the primary, admittedly]) — has made us disgusted with and deeply disappointed in him.

So Judas Obama gets no love (and never was going to get any love) from the Repugnicans and their “tea-partying,” cross-burning ilk, and because he has betrayed us after snookering us with his promises of “hope” and “change,” he gets no love even from us progressives.

That leaves him only with the “swing voters,” whom I prefer to call the dumbfuck voters.

And they wouldn’t know a competent president from their bungholes. They still believe that George W. Bush legitimately was elected as president in 2000 and that Saddam Hussein orchestrated 9/11 and had weapons of mass destruction, for fuck’s sake.

So Obama’s only potential allies, that I can see, were those of us on the left.

And he has burned us.

Repeatedly.

Obama finally seems to maybe have something-like-sincerely acknowledged the errors of his ways, but this far into the game, my sense is that it’s probably too little, too late, and that his latest appeal to liberals (which he made just today) rings among the vast majority of us as hollow.

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