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There is little to celebrate today — unless you ignore the past eight years

Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States takes the ...

Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office as the 44th President ...

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George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, at left in the photo at top, look on as Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife and two daughters, takes the oath of office today in Washington.

So today is Inauguration Day.

I am not giddy.

This is for several reasons.

First, I’m numb from the past eight years. I watched in shock and awe in late 2000 as Team Bush blatantly stole the White House and I was in the minority of Americans who thought that this was a problem.*

The majority of Americans were too fat and lazy from the excesses of the Clinton years to give a shit that the office of the president had just been hijacked. What possible harm could be caused by a group of people who were willing to put their man into the White House even though he had lost the election?  

That seemed to be the national sentiment in late 2000: Let’s just declare a winner already and be done with it. What does it matter?

Yes, who possibly could have known that it would end badly?

I won’t catalog all of the acts of treason, war crimes and crimes against humanity (and even crimes against the planet itself) that the members of the unelected Bush regime committed — plenty of others have been doing that as the Bush regime’s days have been winding down — but let’s just say that after such things as the bogus Vietraq War, which the Bush regime had planned to start long before Sept. 11, 2001 (after all, Saddam Hussein had tried to kill his Daddy, Junior once reminded us), and which benefited only Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp; the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors (and the torture and illegal detention and inhumane treatment of of Arabs and Muslims in general); the refusal of the Bush regime to do anything about global warming; and the record federal budget deficit (Daddy Bush held that record until Junior came along), I’m so thoroughly through with the Bush regime, the worst White House administration in the history of the nation, I am so numb where the Bush regime is concerned that I can’t even celebrate the unelected, treasonous regime’s departure. 

Nor can I celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Obama probably is a basically decent guy, but he has shown that he has no problem in selling out if he thinks that selling out is necessary. To give just two examples:

  • In 1996 Obama stated, in writing, that he supports same-sex marriage. Now, his public/official stance is that each state should decide for itself whether or not to allow same-sex marriage. Never mind that “states’ rights” is the argument that the fucking racists used to use to (try to) enable the most racist states to continue to get away with their unconstitutional, racist practices.
  • Obama used to decline to wear one of those fucking juvenile U.S. flag lapel pins, stating, correctly, that patriotism isn’t about wearing a lapel pin (I paraphrase). Now, of course, he routinely wears one. (It’s not about the pin; it’s about the principles, such as the principle that any asshole can slap on a lapel pin and call himself a patriot, no matter how detrimental his or her actions or lack thereof actually are to his or her nation, just as how any asshole can wear a crucifix around his or her neck and call him- or herself a Christian, no matter how un-Christian his or her actions are, and it’s also about Obama’s having caved in to political pressure.)

Also, while I am happy that we have our first non-white president, while undoubtedly President Obama has opened the door more widely for many others who aren’t stupid white men, let’s face it: a huge amount of the enthusiasm for President Obama isn’t really about him, but is about the contrast, the comparison, between him and George W. Bush.

George W. Bush was such a dismal fucking failure, our most incompetent, treasonous and felonious “president” ever, that Obama looks like a saint by comparison.

Thus far, from what I can tell, Obama is just what a U.S. president should be: Competent. Eloquent. Capable. Self-possessed. Decent. (Not perfect, but decent enough.) Oh, yeah, and let me add: Actually elected.

George W. Bush set the presidential bar so low that Obama looks like a saint just for meeting the minimum characteristics and qualifications for a U.S. president.

(Already the comparisons of Obama to Abraham Lincoln abound, a comparison that Obama fosters himself, such as his Lincolnesque train trip to his inauguration and his having been sworn in with the very same Bible with which Lincoln was sworn in, but does this mean that with President Lincoln II we are going to have another civil war and finally polish off the dumbfuck red staters who have been holding the nation back since the Civil War days? And does Obama really want to be comparing himself to a president who ultimately got popped?) 

Anyway, worshipping Obama for being what any U.S. president should be anyway is harmful to the nation, as it resets the presidential “normal” to the level of George W. Bush.

I am glad that I can write “President Obama,” that Obama was duly elected. I never could write “President Bush” because he was not elected. He was shoved down our throats. Al Gore won not only the popular vote by more than a half-million votes in November 2000, but he won the pivotal state of Florida, too. It was Repugnican Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, the five U.S. Supreme Court “justices” who had been appointed by Repugnican presidents, many other Repugnican crooks and the Repugnican noise machine that put George W. Bush into the White House — not the majority of American voters.

I never accepted George W. Bush as the legitimate U.S. president, which is why I always wrote his title as “’President’ Bush” — with quotation marks around the title “President.”

Otherwise, I knew, I would be giving into the lie, by omitting the quotation marks around his title I would be giving him at least tacit legitimacy, I would be caving into one of the biggest travesties of justice in the American democracy up to that time.  

So adios, “President” Bush and hola, President Obama.

I wish that I could be more excited about the departure of the former and the arrival of the latter, but after all that has transpired over the past eight years — most notably, my fellow Americans just allowing the presidential election of 2000 to be stolen and just allowing the bogus Vietraq War to be launched in 2003 out of some bullshit “retaliation” for (the preventable-in-the-first-place) 9/11** — I still am far too disappointed in my fellow Americans to be able to celebrate.

I know what travesties of justice and democracy my fellow Americans are ready, willing and able to swallow, and until and unless they demonstrate that they are through with that, I see little to celebrate.

*I was one of a rather small group of people who saw the next eight years coming; in early 2001 I participated in a “Not My President’s Day” protest rally at the California State Capitol (it was on Presidents’ Day, if memory serves). My protest sign read: “George Dubious Bush is not MY president!” Another guy there brought a sign that I had thought of creating: An image of the American democracy named as the deceased on a headstone, with the years 1776-2000 listed as the range of its birth to its death.

**I attended yet another rally at the state Capitol to protest the unelected Bush regime’s impending invasion of Iraq shortly before the regime invaded in March 2003. (This protest rally was in February 2003, if memory serves.)

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Oh, gee, that makes it all better

Team Obama wants to make sure that you know that they’d never kiss the asses of those who helped put them into office.

In the wake of the announcement that openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will deliver the invocation for Sunday’s kickoff inaugural event at the Lincoln Memorial, a Team Obama source, according to Politico, stated: “Robinson was in the plans before the complaints about [homophobe] Rick Warren [delivering the invocation on Inauguration Day]. Many skeptics will read this as a direct reaction to the Warren criticism — but it’s just not so.”

Uh, is that supposed to make me, a gay man who stupidly gave Barack Obama hundreds of dollars to help get him into the White House, feel better?

Yes, God forbid that Team Obama would make an intentionally reconciliatory overture to us gay men and lesbians, even though we helped Barack Obama to get to where he is.

Until and unless he dramatically starts showing some appreciation for those whom he used in order to get to where he is, Barack Obama will not get another fucking penny from me and I won’t make the same mistake of casting a vote for him ever again.

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Various shit (in no certain order)

Just two days ago I wrote: “[President-elect Barack] Obama’s numbers in the public opinion polls are pretty fucking good. To a solid majority of Americans, Obama is fucking Superman. Or at least Batman….”

Today, this from The Associated Press:

Spider-Man has a new sidekick: The president-elect.

Barack Obama collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel Comics wanted to give him a “shout-out back” by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor in chief.

“How great is that? The commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief,” Quesada said. “It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We’re all thrilled with that.”

The comic starts with Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker taking photographs at the inauguration, before spotting two identical Obamas.

Parker decides “the future president’s gonna need Spider-Man,” and springs into action, using basketball to determine the real Obama and punching out the impostor.

Obama thanks him with a fist-bump.

Marvel comics have featured most presidents, but generally in walk-on roles, Quesada said….

Obama has said that as a child, he collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue.

The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

Here’s the cover:

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is pictured on the cover of ...

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Um, is it official now that Obamania is out of hand?

As much as I will miss writing “Illinois Gov. Rod ‘U.$. $enate $eat for $ale’ Blahblahblahblah,” apparently the impeachment process against him finally has begun.

Incredibly (or  maybe not so incredibly), Blahblahblahblah appointee former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris appears to be on track to replace Barack Obama as a U.S. senator for Illinois.

The Democrats cave in to the Repugnicans, so why shouldn’t they cave in to Democrats waving the race card?

Gee, how are we doing with that “change” thing that we were promised? Let’s see:

The United Nations reports that as many as 250-plus Palestinian children have been slaughtered in Israel’s latest aggression, but Obama still reserves his right to remain silent on the matter.

Israel has the right to nip it in the bud, you see, to slaughter Arab children before they have the chance to grow up to be “terrorists” in Occupied Palestine (a.k.a. Israel)!

A homophobe will deliver the invocation at Obama’s inaugural, and it looks as though Obama’s replacement in the U.S. Senate will be a man appointed by a crooked Chicago politician (wait — that’s redundant…).

Yeah, things are changing so fucking much that I just can’t keep up with all of this change!

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Speaking of dead Palestinian children, this is from The Associated Press today

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Tiny bodies lying side by side wrapped in white burial shrouds. The cherubic face of a dead preschooler sticking up from the rubble of her home. A man cradling a wounded boy in a chaotic emergency room after Israel shelled a U.N. school.

Children, who make up more than half of crowded Gaza’s 1.4 million people, are the most defenseless victims of the war between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli army has unleashed unprecedented force in its campaign against Hamas militants, who have been taking cover among civilians.

A photo of 4-year-old Kaukab Al Dayah, just her bloodied head sticking out from the rubble of her home, covered many front pages in the Arab world Wednesday. “This is Israel,” read the headline in the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. The preschooler was killed early Tuesday when an F-16 attacked her family’s four-story home in Gaza City. Four adults also died.

As many as 257 children have been killed and 1,080 wounded — about a third of the total casualties since Dec. 27, according to U.N. figures released [today].

Hardest on the children is the sense that nowhere is safe and adults can’t protect them, said Iyad Sarraj, a psychologist hunkering down in his Gaza City apartment with his four stepchildren, ages 3 to 17. His 10-year-old, Adam, is terrified during bombing raids and has developed asthma attacks, Sarraj said.

Israel says it is targeting Hamas in response to its repeated rocket attacks on southern Israel, and is doing its utmost to avoid civilian deaths. However, foreign aid officials note that civilians can’t escape blockaded Gaza and that bombing crowded areas inevitably leads to civilian casualties. The Israeli military has used tank and artillery shells, as well as large aerial bombs….

Indeed, all of Gaza has become dangerous ground.

Children have been killed in strikes on their houses, while riding in cars with their parents, while playing in the streets, walking to a grocery and even at U.N. shelters.

Sayed, Mohammed and Raida Abu Aisheh — ages 12, 8 and 7 — were at home with their parents when they were all killed in an Israeli airstrike before dawn Monday. The family had remained in the ground floor apartment of their three-story building, while the rest of the extended clan sought refuge in the basement from heavy bombardment of nearby Hamas installations.

Those in the basement survived. The children’s uncle, Saber Abu Aisheh, 49, searched [today] through the rubble, a heap of cement blocks, mattresses, scorched furniture and smashed TVs.

He said Israel gave no warning, unlike two years earlier when he received repeated calls from the Israeli military, including on his cell phone, that a nearby house was going to get hit and that he should evacuate.

“What’s going on is not a war, it’s a mass killing,” said Abu Aisheh, still wearing the blood-splattered olive-colored sweater he wore the night of the airstrike.

The Israeli military did not comment when asked why the Abu Aisheh house was targeted.

In the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, medics found four young children next to their dead mothers in a house, according to the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross. “They were too weak to stand up on their own,” the statement said.

The Red Cross did not say what happened to the children, but noted that the Israeli army refused rescuers permission to reach the neighborhood for four days. Israel said the delay was caused by fighting.

Medic Mohammed Azayzeh said he retrieved the bodies of a man and his two young sons from central Gaza [yesterday]. One of the boys, a 1-year-old, was cradled in his father’s arms.

In the Jebaliya refugee camp, five sisters from the Balousha family, ages 4, 8, 11, 14 and 17, were buried together in white shrouds on Dec. 29. An Israeli airstrike on a mosque, presumably a Hamas target, had destroyed their adjacent house. Only their parents and a baby girl survived.

Israel accuses Hamas of cynically exploiting Gaza’s civilians and using them as human shields. The military has released video footage showing militants firing mortars from the rooftops of homes and mosques.

“Israel wants to see no harm to the children of Gaza,” said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. “On the contrary, we would like to see their children and our children grow up without the fear of violence. Until now, Hamas has deliberately prevented that from becoming reality.”

Rocket fire from Gaza has disrupted life in Israeli border communities, and with the latest intensified militant attacks, hundreds of thousands of Israelis are in rocket range. Schools are closed and fearful Israeli children rush into bomb shelters at the sound of air raid sirens.

In the ongoing chaos of Gaza, it’s difficult to get exact casualty figures. Since Dec. 27, at least 750 Palestinians have been killed, according to Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moawiya Hassanain.

Of those, 257 were children, according to the U.N.’s top humanitarian official, John Holmes, citing Health Ministry figures that he called credible and deeply disturbing.

“We are talking about urban war,” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, the Jordan-based spokesman for UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa. “The density of the population is so high, it’s bound to hurt children… This is a unique conflict, where there is nowhere to go.”

Successive generations of Gaza children have grown up with violence, part of the accelerating conflict with Israel. In the late 1980s, many threw stones at Israeli soldiers in a revolt against occupation. In the second uprising, starting in 2000, some were recruited by Hamas as suicide bombers.

Sarraj, the psychologist, said he fears for this generation: Having experienced trauma and their parents’ helplessness, they may be more vulnerable to recruitment by militants….

If Israel truly wanted to stop slaughtering Palestinian children — then Israel would stop slaughtering Palestinian children.

Israel, by slaughtering scores of innocent Palestinians, seems to want to guarantee itself a constant supply of future Palestinian “terrorists” — so that Israel can maintain its perpetual “victim” status.

It’s  long past time for the rest of the world to hold Israel — and its long-time partner in war crimes and crimes against humanity, the United States — to account. It’s not “terrorism” only when an Arab or a Muslim kills someone.

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Palestinians on Monday bury three of their children slaughtered by Israel, the perpectual “victim.”

“For the last eight years, President Bush has led our country with firm determination and a steady hand in the face of numerous challenges and crises. He restored honor and integrity to the White House and protected America from another terrorist attack.”

That’s how Repugnican National Committee chair Mike Duncan began a fundraising e-mail sent out today that stupidly redundantly was titled “Grateful Gratitude to Our President.” (Yes, I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list.)

How will history regard the job that George W. Bush has done over the past eight years?

Bush and the Bushies claim that one day history will vindicate the second Bush administration (yeah, right), but today, Americans are pretty fucking happy to see Bush II go.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed that only 31 percent of Americans would rate Bush’s eight-year job performance as “good” or “very good,” while 40 percent would call it “poor” or “very poor” — with an additional 28 percent calling Bush the worst. president. ever. (Yes, that’s a full 68 percent who rate the second Bush administration as somewhere between “poor” and the worst administration ever.)

The number calling George W. Bush the best president ever? Um, fewer than 1 percent…

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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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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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Prick Warren WUVS you — even though you’re going to HELL

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President-elect Barack Obama pals around with Pastor Rick (Prick for short) Warren at Warren’s mega-church in Orange County, Calif., in August. Warren, whom Obama has chosen to deliver the invocation at his inauguration next month, believes that the only sexual activity that is acceptable is sexual activity between a man and a woman who are married to each other for life. (He says so explicitly here. And yes, he says “for life,” which indicates that he opposes divorce and remarriage as well as homosexuality.) Gee, I had thought that the Obama Era of “hope” and “change” was going to end the Dark Ages…

Oh. My. God.

I just watched (more than once) a six-and-a-half minute video of Prick Warren — it’s a video message to his congregation that is less than a week 0ld — and he is almost as smooth as is Barack Obama. He hates fags and dykes, he makes clear in his message — it’s not difficult to read between the lines — but he tells you so oh so nicely.

Warren doesn’t hate gay men and lesbians, because he has to love everyone, he tells us — but, of course, he informs us ominously, all of us have the choice as to whether we follow God’s mandates or not. (Translation: Fags and dykes are going to hell. But he wuvs us fags and dykes. Because the Bible says he has to.)

Warren makes the rather bizarre “argument” that he has nothing against gay men and lesbians — even though he says that the only sexual activity that is acceptable is between a man and a woman who are married for life — but that gay men and lesbians just can’t use the word “marriage.” Really? Why? He’s OK with same-sex couplings (“partnerships,” he calls them) but he’s going to quibble over what we call such couplings?

Shit. I wish Warren would just call for the execution of us gay men and lesbians. It would be more direct and more honest as to what’s really in his heart. Clearly he believes that he and his brainwashed followers are going to heaven and that gay men and lesbians are going to hell. But that’s not hate ’cause he’s not a hater!

Warren reminds me of a co-worker I once had who told me that she didn’t hate gay men and lesbians — because she was no hater! — but that she fully believed that gay men and lesbians were going to suffer whatever punishments are prescribed for them in the Bible (hellfire was the punishment, I believe she asserted, but that was years ago). Actually, come to think of it, I have had (at least) two different co-workers who told me that they have nothing against gay men and lesbians but that they believe that homosexuality is a sin — no offense!

Anyway, first in the video, Prick Warren bashes the mainstream media — and bloggers — and warns his audience of churchgoers to be careful not to believe everything that they hear or read. Because only he is the purveyor of absolute truth, of course! (Kind of like how when a new weight-loss program is rolled out, the purveyors of it claim that all of the other weight-loss programs don’t work but that this one does!)

Warren also pontificates that the media love to “create” conflict and he asserts that where no conflict exists, the media will create it. What he’s really saying is that he’s as innocent and pure as the driven snow, and that all of the controversy about him in the media has been just the fabrication of conflict.

No, it’s real fucking conflict; it’s not media-created. President-elect Barack Obama is palling around with a stupid white man who opposes women’s reproductive rights and same-sex marriage rights, and we, Obama’s base, those of us who put his ass into office, have a real fucking problem with that. Our anger is quite real, fuck you very much, Prick Warren.

And Warren’s rant against bloggers sure makes it sound like he thinks that the First Amendment for the masses is a pretty bad idea.* Those American citizens who actually exercise the First Amendment — only when Warren disagrees with them, of course — should “get a life,” he proclaims. Which really means: Shut up! Only mega-churches that can afford to get their messages out — and those who agree with the mega-churches — should be allowed to excercise the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, thank you.

Yes, Prick Warren is yet another friendly fascist (and also a “compassionate conservative”?), which makes you have to wonder about Barack Obama: He wuvs us fags and dykes too, he claims, but he won’t publicly support same-sex marriage either, because while separate sure isn’t equal for him, he asserts that separate is equal for us gay men and lesbians.

*“A lot of people think that because they can sit in the quietness of their own home and hide behind the screen, they can hurl all kinds of bombs at people and get away with it,” Warren huffs in the video. That sure sounds like a thinly veiled threat to bloggers to me, but then he concludes: “Well, no, they’re just being rude.”

But gee, Prick, can we bloggers with whom you disagree “get away with it”?

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A new kind of holiday dinner argument

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Those who are still drunk on the Obama Kool-Aid see no problem with a misogynist, heterosexist assbite delivering the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugration. Obama, you see, can do no fucking wrong — he fucking shits gold — and everything that he does is part of a Larger Plan that those of us who disagree with him just couldn’t possibly understand.

My brother and I had the traditional political argument over Christmas dinner yesterday. Only it wasn’t the traditional right-vs.-left argument; it was the progressive-vs.-pussy argument.

I have a real fucking problem with the fact that President-elect Barack Obama picked Prick — er, Rick — Warren, who opposes a woman’s right to an abortion and same-sex marriage, to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration next month.

Obama didn’t pick Warren for his cabinet, my brother argued. Warren will make a brief appearance and then go away; why can’t I just get over that?

That was the gist of my brother’s “argument.”

True, Warren won’t be on stage for very long. But we’re not talking about exposure to radiation, in which the length of the exposure to the toxic substance is a critical factor.

And it takes no more than a few seconds to flash your middle finger to your base, to those who put you into office, to those who gave you millions and millions of dollars in contributions because your incessant fundraising e-mails promised them that if elected, you’d have their backs. And that’s what Obama is doing with his selection of Warren, who embodies the stupid white male power system, which stands for the oppression of women, of non-whites, of gay men and lesbians, of non-“Christians,” of those from other nations, et. al., et. al.

The election of Obama was supposed to herald “hope” and “change,” was supposed to be the last nail in the coffin of the stupid white male power system, yet here is Obama planning to share the inaugural stage with a stupid white man who believes that women don’t have the right to control their own uteri and who believes that same-sex couples don’t deserve equal human and civil rights, that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness do not belong to all Americans, but only to those Americans the stupid white male power system deems are worthy.

It’s a fucking problem.

Let Obama fuck us progressives before he’s even taken office and he’ll keep on fucking us. We progressives need to nip this shit in the bud — now. It’s larger than just the Prick Warren thing. We progressives need to let Obama know that if he fucks us, he’ll lose our support.

While Obama busily chases after the mushy middle — those fucktards who can’t tell the difference between good and evil and who thus easily would vote mindlessly for a Repugnican whose “folksy” propaganda sounds good (Sarah Palin-Quayle is the poster bitch for that) — he’s going to lose his base, is going to lose the support of those who made it possible for him to get where he is. (Uh, I don’t think that the mushy middle whose wuv and acceptance Obama so covets contribute very much money to presidential campaigns, since they seem to make their voting decisions within 24 hours of Election Day…)

Another thing that I had to set my brother straight on yesterday over Christmas dinner: Oh, Obama didn’t get to where he is entirely on his own. Yes, he’s smoooooth, smoother than a pre-operative anasthetic. Yes, he talks a good talk, and I’d call it his “poker face,” except that that is his face. He didn’t flinch once during the presidential debates while John McInsane came across as the addled, irritable, condescending, barely contained human volcano that he is.

But — Obama benefited enormously from the grassroots Internet revolution (including, of course, and perhaps especially, Internet fundraising) that Howard Dean’s campaign created in 2002 and/or 2003.

Obama largely just rode the wave that was created by Dean and to a much lesser extent by John Kerry. The wave under Dean and Kerry wasn’t large enough to topple the Bush regime, but the wave was only getting larger over time.

Obama had the benefit of inheriting the wave when it had finally swelled to an adequate size, of having come upon the presidential scene when the majority of the hard work of herding the progressives, which is even harder than herding cats on crack, had already been done; all that he really had to do was not fuck up in a really major way.

He’s fucking up now, though, because he’s undercutting the wave that he rode in on.

Apparently Obama has bought into Obamania himself; apparently he has forgotten, or maybe he never recognized, how much he benefited from what came before him, and maybe he believes that he got to where he is mostly or perhaps even entirely on his own.     

If he persists in this arrogance, he is in for a rude awakening.

Even the Repugnicans are smart enough to know that you don’t fuck your base after they’ve put you into office. You don’t see the Repugnicans running to the mushy middle after they’ve won office. The Repugnicans campaign as “compassionate conservatives,” but then, once in office, they reward their base by taking a hard right.

Obama campaigned as a liberal — although Team Obama claims now, of course, that he did no such thing, that we liberals only saw what we wanted to see (and if that is true — which it isn’t — the members of Team Obama certainly didn’t work very hard — did they? — to correct our erroneous view, since our money was pouring in) — and now he is reaching out to all of the haters in order to be “inclusive,” to be “a president for all Americans,” blah blah blah. There are no blue states and red states, he says. All of us Americans are the same, he says. Nevermind that there are plenty in the red states who’d love to don white robes and hang him from a tree while a burning cross illuminates the whole scene. Obama says: It’s all good!   

No, the fight right now isn’t between the left and the right, it’s between the progressives and the sell-outs, the pussies who voted for Obama but who are too timid to call Obama on his shit.

Those on the right aren’t pussy. They still claim victory even after Helen Keller plainly could see that they’ve been defeated decisively.

In stark contrast, the pussies who drank the Obama Kool-Aid still claim defeat even after they have been victorious, and they just allow their gold-shitting imperious leader to post-victoriously claim defeat on their behalf.

P.S. On a related note, Ted Rall‘s latest ’toon:

And Mikhaela Reid ‘s take:

Rick Warren is a CUTER Kind of HATER! by M1khaela.

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It’s official: I regret my vote for Obama

Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California is pictured ...

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Pastor Rick Warren — who looks like a Jerry Falwell Jr. to me — has compared same-sex marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy and opposes a woman’s constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. Yet President-elect Barack Obama invited him to deliver the invocation at his inauguration anyway.

As I blogged at the time, when I had my ballot in front of me on Nov. 4, I was down to two choices for president of the United States of America: Ralph Nader or Barack Obama.

My heart mostly was with Ralph, but I figured that since Obama was going to win all of California’s 55 electoral votes anyway, it wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and blacken the oval for the nation’s first non-white president.

But now, I regret that I filled in that oval. I feel majorly chumped — or punk’d, as the young ones still say (I think…).

The United States of America has many problems, but perhaps first and foremost is the problem that in the USA, lots of -isms are lumped together into one big ugly mass:

In no certain order, in the U S of A, Christianism = nationalism = patriotism = patriarchalism = sexism = heterosexism = racism = militarism = capitalism = white supremacism = xenophobism. (That’s not an exhaustive list of -isms, and I know that some of those -isms aren’t actually -isms, but as a blogger I can write whatever the hell I want.)   

So in the United States we have this huge ugly ball of wax in which one thing automatically means another such to the point that, for instance, it’s widely believed that God and Jesus hate faggots but love “freedom” bombs being dropped upon Arab and Muslim babies (kill em before they can become terrorists, nip it in the bud is the thinking, I guess).

One of the many national “leaders” who represents this ugly ball of wax is socially conservative baby-boomer pastor Rick Warren, whom President-elect Obama has chosen to deliver the invocation at his inauguration next month.

The millions of gay men and lesbians who voted for Obama and his bullshit promises of “hope” and “change” are pretty pissed off that Obama has chosen a pro-Proposition 8/anti-gay stupid white man from California to deliver the invocation.

Maybe Obama can invite the Ku Klux Klan Fire Dancers to perform at his inaugural. I mean: WTF?

With apologies to Bill Maher, New Rule:

The concepts of “inclusiveness,” “tolerance” and the like do not — NOT encompass the extension of inclusiveness and tolerance and the like to haters such as Rick Warren, who represent the old, dying order of oppressive rule by stupid white men who hate and oppress women, non-whites, non-Christians, gay men and lesbians, those from other nations, et. al., et. al.

Barack Obama is not being “cool” or “inclusive” or “tolerant” or “open” or “democratic” or anything like that by inviting an oppressor to have a prominent role at his inauguration.

Obama isn’t thinking outside of the box; he’s thinking with his head up his ass, and he’s quickly losing the support of those who voted for him before he has even taken the oath of office.

If I could do it over again, I would have voted for Ralph Nader.

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Obama worship out O’ hand, but presidential pessimism premature

Yesterday, it was the “limited edition” “official Obama [coffee] mug” that barackobama.com was hawking for a donation of $15 or more. Today it was the “limited edition” “official Obama calendar,” yours for a donation of only $35 or more. (I’m on the website’s e-mail list and so I received these great offers via e-mail…)

Um, is this a democracy or Home Shopping Network?

That “Saturday Night Live” skit in which John McCainosaurus (the real one) appeared with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin-Quayle on QVC: it doesn’t seem like it’s far from reality.

I just want a president who does a decent job.

I don’t want or need a president to worship, and Obama worship has gotten out of hand. His face and surname (and that damned stylized “O”) are emblazoned everywhere and on everything, and far from bringing me hope for change, it just gives me the creeps. (Leftist columnist and editorial cartoonist Ted Rall calls all of those damned stylistic Obama signs “Soviet-inspired propaganda posters.” I wish that I could disagree.)

Does the United States of America come down to and depend upon just one person? I hope not.

Maybe President-elect Barack Obama will do a kick-ass job. Maybe. I hope so.

But the man hasn’t even taken office and already he’s being compared to Abraham F. Lincoln, replete with his so-called “team of rivals.”

It’s also too early to declare Obama a failure, as some are doing:

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I love Rall, but again, Obama hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet. Obama can’t do all that much about the nation’s ills right now, and even after he is inaugurated it still will take a considerable amount of time to turn the Titanic back around.

Has Obama sold out the left-wingers who put him office, as they have been yelping?

It’s too early to tell. 

Are Obama’s “centrist” picks for his administration posts a sign of wussiness or a stroke of political genius?

It’s too early to tell.

I’m assuming — or maybe hoping is more accurate — that Obama will be in charge, and that even if he has “centrists” in his administration posts, they will (more or less) carry out his wishes. “Centrists” in Obama’s posts carrying out a progressive agenda that trickles down from the top might be able to accomplish more than (perceived) leftists in those posts could. Is what I might call “stealth leftism” possible?

We’ll see.

I’m not ready to compare Obama to Abe Lincoln or to Billary Clinton just yet.

I’ll wait at least until Inauguration Day.

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