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Mittens insults Poles by telling Polak joke

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann meet people on the street before his meeting with Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the Old Town Hall in Gdansk

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Mittens Romney, flanked by wife Ann, tells a Polish woman a Polak joke today in Gdansk, Poland, swiftly bringing the wrath of the Polish press upon him during his visit to Poland. Undeterred by the negative press, Mittens publicly guffawed, “How many Polaks does it take to bring down my presidential campaign?” Ann steadfastly defended her husband, telling the Poles, “You people don’t know a great leader when you see one!”

OK, so I made all of that up*, but fuck, it’s what you’d expect on the last leg of Repugnican Tea Party presidential wannabe Mittens Romney’s Rainbow Tour (Poland), which has been as disastrous for him as Eva Peron’s was for her.

First, Mittens insulted the Brits by proclaiming that their preparations for the Olympics were insufficient.

Then, in Israel, his second stop on his world tour, Mittens yesterday first declared that Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, is the true capital of Israel, which apparently comes from Mittens’ own “Christo”fascism and/or his wanting to please the Armageddon-minded “Christo”fascists — from the theocratic mindset, and not from political reality or from sanity or from fairness.

What the fuck?

As president, would Mittens proclaim that the capital of the United States actually is Salt Lake City?

Then, also in Israel, according to The Associated Press,

Romney’s latest trouble stemmed from a speech he gave to Jewish donors in which he suggested that their culture was part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians.

Kind words for Israel are standard for many American politicians, but Palestinian leaders suggested his specific comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East.

Mittens’ pronouncement of the Israelis’ supposed cultural superiority understandably pissed off the Palestinians, whom Romney apparently was calling lazy or untalented or unmotivated or some combination of these things, but shouldn’t it have pissed off Israelis and other Jews, too? I mean, isn’t the economically successful Jew a fairly offensive stereotype?

But if we’re to discuss it seriously, well, it certainly helps Israel that Israel long has been a big recipient of U.S. foreign aid. Notes Wikipedia: “Since 1985, [the U.S. government] has provided nearly $3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid since World War II.” (Emphasis mine.)

So it’s not that Israel has received more $$$ from the U.S. taxpayers than has any other nation since World War II.

No.

It’s the Israelis’ culture, you see, that has made them so much more successful than are the Palestinians, whose lands the Israelis occupy, and whom the Israelis treat like the white South Africans treated the natives under apartheid.

Silly Adolf Hitler had it upside down, you see. It’s the Israelis who are the master race.

Politicians from both the corporately owned and controlled Coke Party and the Pepsi Party (a.k.a. the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, or the Democratic Party and the Republican Party — I can’t tell the difference between the two) routinely kiss the asses of the Israel-firsters, who have the powerful Israel-first lobbying organization AIPAC to do their bidding, whereas the typical American has no lobbyists working for him or her.

The Israel-firsters are those who proclaim that the U.S. government should continue to staunchly lopsidedly support Israel, regardless of the costs to the people of the United States (such as blowback for such lopsided support for Israel, such as 9/11, and such as how a lot of our own fucking tax dollars sent to Israel sure the fuck could be used here at home).

The craven politicians of the partisan duopoly want the campaign contributions from the Israel-firsters and they don’t want to be accused by the Israel-firsters of being anti-semitic for suggesting that it’s probably actually not in the best interests of the average American for the U.S. government to so blatantly show so much fucking favoritism to Israel over the other nations of the Middle East, and that do so does not make the average American safer, but makes the average American much less safe by further destabilizing the region and by increasing the likelihood of retaliatory anti-American terrorist attacks.

However, there is an awful fucking lot of money for oneself to be made by maintaining the status quo. Not only do the corrupt politicians continue to get their campaign contributions from the Israel-firsters, but these bought-and-paid-for politicians then rubber-stamp the U.S.-taxpayer-funded military invasions, like the Vietraq War, that benefit Big Oil (and other corporations, like Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton), and the traitors who comprise the military-industrial complex get to keep stealing trillions of our tax dollars by making sure that we keep making more enemies in the Middle East and elsewhere, which then become “national security threats.”

It’s a sweet gig, if you can get it, to create a problem and then to take money for “solving” the problem that you created, to perpetually perpetrate the problem, and then to perpetually claim that you need perpetual funding to “solve” the perpetual problem that wouldn’t be perpetual if you weren’t perpetually perpetrating it.

I digress, but this is what Mittens Romney clearly promises us: More of the same. He now talks about war with Iran.

With the last Repugnican president, we were told that war with Iraq was necessary. Now, here is Mittens telling us that war with Iran is necessary.

Look how much the average American benefitted from the Vietraq War! Yes, indeed, the spoils of war trickle down, don’t they?

Except that they don’t. Since the unelected, treasonous Bush regime launched the illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War in 2003, the average American has gotten poorer and the filthy rich have gotten filthier.

The average American sure the fuck foots the bill for the wars for our plutocratic overlords’ profiteering, but the average American’s own economic situation only worsens — not to mention the number of lives lost to the plutocrats’ treasonous wars for their own personal fortunes.

I, for one, don’t feel like dying in a wholly preventable nuclear World War III because of Mittens Romney’s own lunatic “Christo”fascist beliefs and/or because of his desire to appeal to the “Christo”fascists lunatics’ belief that Israel is critical to bringing about “the end times,” which they want to do.

(This interesting paper on this topic notes:

Pentecostalists have inherited and modernized the fundamentalist end-time system that believes the end of the world will come with the establishment of Israel as a geographical entity, with borders very similar to what was outlined in the Bible, the turn of the Jews from exile, and Armageddon – a final war between Israel and all its enemies.)

By far, Mittens’ visit to Israel has been the scariest stop of his Rainbow Tour. When he rattles the saber against Iran, I believe that he’ll use it.

After all, treasonous plutocrats like Mittens Romney never pay the costs of the wars that they begin.

We do.

P.S. Speaking of King Mittens and Queen Ann, I saw this Photoshop job on Joe. My. God. today and busted up. (You need to know the story of poor Seamus Romney to understand the joke, though.)

*Well, the news photo actually was taken in Gdansk today. That part is true.

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Live-blogging the Apocalypse!

Um, nothing yet…

I’ll post immediately if this changes…

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Skipping toward Armageddon

BP faces slew of lawsuits over Gulf of Mexico ...

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The oil slick caused by British Petroleum’s failed offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico (pictured above) is now roughly the size of Puerto Rico, according to The Associated Press. Conventional American “wisdom,” however, has been that offshore drilling is a brilliant fucking idea.

It’s funny, because the wingnuts and I agree on one thing: these do indeed seem to be the end times.

Only the wingnuts and I have a very different view of the causes of the end times.

The wingnuts view President Barack Obama as something like the anti-Christ — if they don’t believe that he actually is the anti-Christ. (In all seriousness, a recent Harris poll shows that about one in four Repugnicans believes that Obama just might be Mr. 666. This is why I call them “wingnuts”; it’s not just that they disagree with me — it’s that they are stark, raving lunatics.)

Obama, in my view, would be instrumental in ushering in the end times not because he’s the anti-Christ. Certainly not because he’s half-black (as the white supremacists among us believe) and not even because he’s “not an American citizen” or because he’s a “socialist” or a “Muslim” or a “terrorist” or some combination of these — as the wingnuts believe — but because he fiddles while the American empire burns.

Now is the time to tackle the nation’s worst problems, not to pander and cater to the “centrists” who claim that the sky isn’t falling even though there are big blue chunks of sky littered at their — our — feet. Now is the time for swift, bold action to prevent total fucking national — and global — meltdown.

Just maintaining the status quo isn’t enough; just keeping our heads above water isn’t enough, because the polar ice caps are melting, you see, and the water is going to keep rising and rising.

It takes a fucking catastrophe for Barack Obama to do the right thing, unfortunately.

He was against offshore drilling (when he was sucking in millions and millions of liberals’ dollars in his campaign for the White House) before he was for it (after he got to the White House) — and now, as crude oil fills the Gulf Coast, he says that maybe offshore drilling is a bad idea after all.

How many global catastrophes will it take for Obama to deliver that “hope” and “change” that he promised?

Obama is a “socialist”?

Oh, I wish!

Socialists, you see, do what’s right for the most number of people and for the planet — not what’s right for the minority plutocrats and corporatocrats, and Obama and the Democratic Party still are very much in bed with the corporatocrats and plutocrats.

The only difference between the Democrats and the Repugnicans is that the Repugnicans love to be whores for the corporatocrats and plutocrats, while the Democrats don’t enjoy putting their legs up in the air for their corporate and plutocratic johns quite as much.

Again, the wingnuts and I seem to agree that these are the end times, but we wholly disagree on the causes.

It’s the wingnuts who would bring us to total ruination, with their love of perpetual war and global pollution and despoilation for corporate profits in the names of Jesus and God and freedom and democracy, and Obama’s role in the end times isn’t that he’s the anti-Christ, but that he’s allowing the wingnuts to make Armageddon their self-fulfilling prophecy; and he’s allowing them to take the rest of us with them.

I’m all for moderation and centrism when we can practice them, but these are desperate times. Our ability to bring about our total destruction has outstripped our willingness to stop our total destruction, it is clear, and therefore now is no time for centrism or moderation, but it is time for drastic measures, and the more we put off doing the right thing, the more drastic will be the measures that we will have to take as a result of our inaction against impending catastrophe.

And, as Ted Rall writes in his excellent current column, the predictable, typical American claims that We just couldn’t have known! are complete and utter bullshit. 

We know.

We just don’t care.

Recently I rediscovered the 1970s song “Rock Me on the Water,” written by one of my long-time favorite artists, Jackson Browne. I downloaded and listened to Browne’s and to Linda Ronstadt’s renditions of the song, whose lyrics start off like this:

Oh, people, look around you;
the signs are everywhere.
You’ve left it for somebody other than you
to be the one to care.
You’re lost inside your houses;
there’s no time to find you now.
Your walls are burning and your towers are turning.
I’m going to leave you here and try to get down to the sea somehow…

Those lyrics are timely.

Except that now we cannot escape even to the sea — for it now is coated with oil, in no small part because a sizeable number of us believe in the philosophy of “Drill, baby, drill!”

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Assorted shit

Obama gets his balls back?

President Barack Obama has endorsed a plan that would allow the Democratically controlled Congress to pass health-care reform with a simple majority vote without being hamstrung by an obstructionist Repugnican filibuster.

Repugnicans are agog, of course, but the filibuster is only a Senate rule, and Senate rules can be changed. (Indeed, during the years of rule by the BushCheneyCorp, the Repugnicans threatened to do away with the filibuster with their “nuclear option.”)

Perhaps the Democrats should kill the filibuster altogether; that would suit the minority — again, the minority — Repugnicans right.

The Senate’s Repugnican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that the Democrats’ doing away with the filibuster would be “met with outrage” by the American public — never mind that the Repugnicans themselves were poised to do so. (Do as the Repugnicans say, not as they do, please.)

McConnell is full of shit. The majority of Americans, who voted for Obama in November 2008, are fine with Obama’s agenda being enacted on simple majority votes. They prefer that progress over the gridlock that the Repugnicans want.

The tea-baggers will fume once health-care reform is passed on a simple majority vote, but fuck them — they’re going to fume anyway, as long as Obama continues to commit the crime of presiding while black.

Supremes refuse to kill same-sex marriage in D.C.

WTF?

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to kill same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C.

Notes The Associated Press:

Washington, D.C., [now] is the sixth place in the nation where gay marriages can take place. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont also issue licenses to same-sex couples.

To prepare for [same-sex marriages], the [D.C.] marriage bureau changed its license applications so they are gender-neutral, asking for the name of each “spouse” rather than the “bride” and “groom.” …

The [same-sex] marriage law was introduced in the 13-member D.C. Council in October and had near-unanimous support from the beginning. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed it in December, but because Washington is a federal district, the law had to undergo a congressional review period that expired March 2.

Notes AFP:

Although the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a request to hold a referendum on gay marriage, which would have delayed the day the law took effect in Washington, it said opponents of gay marriage could seek to hold a “ballot initiative” in the capital to try to get the act repealed.

That would be similar to what happened in California, where residents voted in a referendum in November 2008 — known as Proposition 8 — to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, overturning a state supreme court decision six months earlier which legalized gay marriage.

Interesting… The U.S. Supreme Court apparently doesn’t want to decide on the matter 0f same-sex marriage, but is willing to allow the people of each state (and D.C.) to decide the matter for themselves.

While that’s not as bad as the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage (because there is), I still find it fucked up that anyone’s equal civil and human rights should be put up for a vote.

Whose equal civil and human rights should we put up for a vote next?

The response from wingnuts to the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to stop the D.C. same-sex marriages was predictable. Reports AFP:

Outside the courthouse, a handful of protesters held up banners and chanted slogans, saying the United States was doomed because it has allowed same-sex marriage.

“When this Congress acted to let fags marry in D.C., they bound this country,” anti-gay activist Shirley Phelps-Roper, who had travelled to Washington from Kansas, told AFP.

“This is the last generation. This nation’s destruction is imminent and they did it to themselves,” said Phelps-Roper, brandishing signs reading “America’s doomed,” “God hates you,” “You’re going to hell” and “Fag marriage.”

You know, if these are the “end times,” it’s only because the end-timers have brought the end times on. It wouldn’t be a “fag” who causes Armageddon; it would be a wingnut.

KKKopycats plaguing University of California campuses?

There are news reports about racist/white supremacist and anti-Semitic incidents cropping up at University of California campuses, including UC San Diego, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz.

While I believe that university students — and everyone — should not be subjected to hatred and intimidation, I have to wonder how many of these acts (which thus far have been acts of vandalism and the intentional or unintentional creation of offensive displays, and not of violence) are the acts of actual haters and how many of them are the acts of copycats who don’t hate nearly as much as they just get a thrill from stirring shit up.

I can see male students who are young, dumb and full of cum thinking that it’s great entertainment to put a swastika on something, or to put a mock Ku Klux Klan hood on display, and then watch the ensuing reaction.

Stupid, yes. Racist/white supremacist? Not necessarily, not if the perpetrators aren’t actually racist/white supremacist.

Things not intended as racist or white supremacist can be interpreted that way, too.

For instance, The Associated Press reports that at UC San Diego recently, a noose was found dangling from a library bookshelf and that

UC San Diego campus police said they had completed their investigation into the noose incident and turned their results over to the city attorney on Tuesday for possible hate crime charges.

One of the students responsible for the noose apologized to the university community in an anonymous letter published Monday in the campus newspaper. She said the noose was formed while she and friends were playing around with a piece of rope and had no meaning as a lynching symbol.

The student said she is not black, but is a minority.

The student’s story is plausible, but the noose put the campus into an uproar nontheless. So think of what a display that is meant to stir people up can do.

Everyone needs to take a deep breath and act rationally, not emotionally. WWOD? (That’s “What Would Obama Do?”) He would be as cool as a cucumber high on weed. He wouldn’t freak out.

Actual racists and white supremacists shown to have violated laws against hate speech and hate crimes should be prosecuted. Dumbfucks who thought that it sure would be funny to stir up shit by making it appear as though their handiwork were the handiwork of an actual hater should be prosecuted under the appropriate criminal law, such as vandalism or disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace.

And again, we need to calm the fuck down.

There are crazies out there who feed on our frenzy, and if we don’t feed them, they’ll just go away.

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Tock on!

Updated below (on January 16, 2009):

I’m never accused of being an optimist (in my defense, I consider myself to be a realist, and it’s not my fault that the nation and the world have gone to shit, and I just call it as I see it), so I dig the whole concept of the “Doomsday Clock.”

“Doomsday.” Measured.

Love it.

On Thursday, (atomic) scientists will adjust the minute hand of the “Doomsday Clock” for the first time since 2007.

The clock, established in 1947 after the United States had become the first nation in the history of the planet to nuke another nation, signifies how close the scientists believe the Earth is to nuclear annihilation. Midnight on the clock, as the clock was conceived, represents this nuclear Armageddon.

In January 2007, the minute hand of the “Doomsday Clock” was pushed from seven minutes to midnight to five minutes before midnight, where it remains now, as I type this sentence.

According to Wikipedia, the earliest time that the clock has shown is 11:43, and the latest time that it has shown is 11:58, which was during the Cold War. At its inception in 1947, the clock was set at 11:53.

On Thursday, the minute hand will move one or more minutes backwards or forwards from its current setting at 11:55.

My prediction: The Doomsday Clock will move to four minutes, maybe even to three minutes, before midnight.

But don’t call me a pessimist.

I’m a fucking realist.

P.S. According to Live Science, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock was moved forward in 2007 not only because of the global threat of the proliferation of nuclear weapons, but also because of the global threat of climate change as well. So midnight on the Doomsday Clock apparently now represents our self-annihilation by whatever means.

Update (January 16, 2009):

It wasn’t a big news item, but on Thursday, citing a “new era of cooperation” and “a change in the U.S. government’s orientation toward international affairs brought about in part by the election of [President Barack] Obama,” scientists pushed the Doomsday Clock back by one minute, so we now stand at 11:54.

Personally, I think that pushing the clock back by even one minute was premature, as was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama.

I mean, presumably the clock was pushed back by a minute in no small part because George W. Bush isn’t in the White House anymore.

Is that enough?

I don’t think so.

The mere absence of an evil doesn’t represent an actual positive achievement.

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