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The Barack Obama butt plug!

A street vendor holds a handmade wooden puppet that pictures ...

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No, just kidding.

The caption for the Associated Press photo above says that the item is a Barack Obama “wooden puppet” sold in Bulgaria. I’m not sure what a “wooden puppet” is or does, but my God, if they can put Barack Obama’s face on it and sell it, they will, so is an actual Barack Obama butt plug far behind? (I haven’t Googled “Barack Obama butt plug” yet to see if one already is available…)

Anyway, the photo above accompanies a news story about how much money merchandisers are making off of the popularity of President-elect Barack Obama (a.k.a. Obamania).

I don’t get it. We all know that Obama is the next president and we all know what he looks like — we need to be constantly reminded of these things? It reminds me of all of the damned U.S. flag stickers and magnets on motor vehicles (and flag crap elsewhere, including those infuckingfernal lapel pins that our politicians wear, lest they be branded as traitors). We need to be reminded of what nation we’re in?

Obamania has gotten so out of hand that I won’t wear in public any of the two or three Obama T-shirts that I bought a while ago. I used to think that the white-on-black “Got hope?” T-shirt was somewhat cool, but now, not only is all of the Obama merchandise beyond passe, but no, I don’t got no hope no mo’. It very much looks like we’re going to have another Clintonesque “Democratic” administration…

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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.

In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, Palestinians carry ...

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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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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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