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freedom of speech now officially dead

April 29, 2009

I was all excited to watch the torture debate between Cliff May (pro-torture) and Jon Stewart (host of The Daily Show). Well, Comedy Central aired a much-edited short clip of the interview, using the excuse of time constraints.


Stewart apologized and said the entire interview would be available on his site. So, I went there, and guess what? No interview!

Look, at this point in time I don’t give a flying f… if you’re pro or anti torture. On the Right or the Left? Don’t care. They (whoever the f… “they” are) have shut down the debate. They’ve shut down free speech.

If America ever really was a democracy, we’re not any more.


he’s just not american enough

April 24, 2009

It is painfully obvious that the only choice President Obama has left is to immediately resign in utter disgrace. He has committed a crime so heinous, so unforgivable, that the United States of America has been raped to it’s very core.

The President failed to stop the release of the Bush torture memos. It was within Obama’s power to keep our dirty little secret (we tortured detainees in an attempt to fabricate a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq during the lead-up to the unprovoked invasion of that sovereign nation) a secret.


Now, while the hundred or so conspirators from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, to the army of legal half-wits who re-wrote the laws, to the actual interrogators who repeatedly asked, “Are you sure we should be doing this?” and, “Can we please stop?”, go free, the Right wants Obama ousted for opening up this can of worms, and the Left want him ousted for not having thrown every single member of the Bush Administration in jail within ten minutes of the release of the very first memo.

I don’t know, but Obama saying it ‘s a matter of law not politics, and should be handled how the Justice Department sees fit, just ain’t American enough, I guess…

what have we learned?

April 23, 2009

The first one hundred days are just about over, and President Obama has taken plenty of steps to right the ship we all know and love, the United States of America. But what if anything has this first one hundred days revealed about the party that is now OUT of power?

Republicans like torture. No, they LOVE torture. They loved it so much, it was their favorite tool to elicit false information to fabricate a nonexistent link between al-Qaeda and Saddam to justify invading Iraq. Well, if you’re going to break international law, you might as well get your money’s worth…

Republicans are opposed to to helping the poor, downtrodden, and the sick. They have an aversion to stimulus money even if that money is there to help them out of the mess they got themselves into.

Republicans don’t like handshakes. They don’t like Presidents who go around the world being polite to other world leaders.

Republicans want America to fail. From Rush Limbaugh to Eric Kantor to Bobby Jindal to Sean Hannity to Newt Gingrich to Karl Rove to Bill O’Reilly to Dick Cheney… You know, about the only republican who hasn’t been slamming every single move the President has made is George W. Bush.


When W. is the smartest man in the GOP, you know they’re in serious trouble…

what’s pc for opposite freedom?

April 21, 2009

It’s time for conservatives to start gay-bashing again. Unfortunately, Miss California isn’t quite ready for prime-time just yet:

Seriously, I wish we did live in a country where we had “freedom to choose”. But just like Sarah Palin, who loves to pat herself on the back for making the “right” choice to keep her baby, conservatives want to have the freedom to choose, they just don’t want anyone else to have the same freedom.

Governor Patterson of New York wants to grant gays the same rights as non-opposites, and recent polling suggests that a majority of Yankees and Mets fans are alright with that. Rudy 9/11 Giuliani wants to replace Patterson, and in order to do so, he needs to win his party’s primary. So, this man has taken it upon himself to be the new champion for Traditional Marriage:


Look, this one’s pretty simple. Until America decides to treat everyone equally, the founding fathers’ dream has yet to be realised…

it’s time!!!

April 19, 2009

Texas wants to secede from the Union.


President Obama is in cahoots with commies.


Rush Limbaugh is afraid for his life.


A wise Roman Governor once asked, “What is truth?” In today’s world, “truth” is entirely dependent upon where you get your news. You can bask in the glory of the American spirit watching tea-parties on FOX NEWS, or chuckle at the toilet humor on MSNBC. A simple threat analysis, something which Homeland Security releases dozens or so a year, has the right-wing up in arms; even though the real threat is EXTREMISTS on the right who are LITERALLY up in arms. You can cower in fear that the President is the Antichrist because he gave an economic speech at Georgetown University if you get your news from CBN. The mainstream media only covered the words that were spoken, they missed the whole interior-decoration story. (Perhaps because it wasn’t a real story.)

Want the facts? Okay, here goes: America is in a mess. Now, we can hyperventilate over ridiculous fringe nonsense, like exactly how many seconds Obama and Chavez spent shaking hands; or we can deal with the real problems we face as a nation. The election is long over, except of course in Minnesota. Time to start acting like adults and work our way toward recovery, domestically and globally. Time to grow up…

there oughta be a law

April 14, 2009

“Not guilty.”

That’s how disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich officially responded to 16 federal criminal counts in court today.

Fundraiser Trial

“I’ll appeal.”

That’s how defeated-yet-again former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman officially responded to yesterday’s court decision that concluded Al Franken was the winner by 312 votes.


Sarah Palin said disgraced former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens should have a fair chance to get his job back since his conviction was thrown out due to prosecutorial misconduct. Palin also said she didn’t say that. And why did President Obama do a complete 180 with regard to illegal wiretapping? It’s Top Secret.

Look, when Chris Brown can get away with beating the hell out of his girlfriend, when Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk can get away with assisting in the murders of over 29,000 people, when the only true justice is shooting three Somali kids in the head to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips, we have a problem.

The President’s authorization to use deadly force if necessary to save the hostage was the only right decision we’ve made in a long, long time. Perhaps the crazies over at FOX NEWS have good reason to be shrieking at the top of their lungs…

a fierce nor’ easter

April 11, 2009

A few thoughts at this most holiest of times. Not three months into his administration, President Obama is already mired in a hostage crisis. FOX NEWS has pointed out that if the crew of the Maersk Alabama was armed, the pirates would not have been able to board her. Despite the fact that the decision to arm the crew or use armed security is a business decision based primarily on insurance issues, it’s the President’s anti-gun position that has put Americans at risk.

Also interesting is the advent of FOX NEWS tea parties. This is where the loyal opposition protests President Obama’s tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans. Not only do I have a problem with the logic, I have a problem with the message. These are the same folks who will celebrate the resurrection of their hero who addressed the issue of taxes thus: Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.


Lastly there’s the fascination FOX NEWS has with the President’s spiritual life. The President was roundly condemned for going to a Christian Church that taught affirmative action. He was castigated for having both anti-abortion as well as pro-gay clergymen pray at his inauguration ceremonies. Whispers of him being a secret Muslim resurfaced during the President’s recent overseas trip. And, the President just broke ground by hosting a Passover Seder at the White House.

President Obama has said many times that America is a nation of ideals. We shouldn’t be running around with pitchforks going after anyone who doesn’t live by the same set of parables as we do. That would be like a group of people living by the worldview of Charles Dickens fighting with a group of people living by the radically different worldview of Mark Twain.

Tomorrow, believers across the globe will celebrate the glorious resurrection of God, Who became Man, to save us all. Yes, the resurrection of the Egyptian God Osiris, who returned from the dead; thereby his divine Father, Horus, defeated Satan and all mankind was spared. A centuries-later reworking of that story will be honored as well.

world to america: drop dead

April 6, 2009

As President Obama finishes up his first official overseas trip, experts unanimously agree it’s been a colossal, epic, unprecedented disaster. He goes to the G-20 Summit, gets 1.1 trillion dollars from the IMF to go to emerging markets, or, to put it in terms Joe the Plumber can relate to, Obama’s doctrine of “share the wealth”. He forges an agreement to drastically increase regulation on an international scale, proving to his critics that he’s not a free-market kind of guy. Lastly, he negotiates a compromise between the French and Chinese in their disagreement over regulations on tax-havens. Americans hate peacemakers, just ask Jimmy Carter.

Next, he turns up at the NATO Conference, and even though he predicted he’d get no help from his European counterparts, they agreed to send 5,000 souls to join us in the morass that is known as the Afghanistan-Pakistan contingency initiative.

Lastly, the President visits the moderate Muslim democracy that actually doesn’t hate Israel: Turkey. He quotes an old Muslim proverb: “You can’t put out a fire with flames.” Sparking a fresh debate by some on the right that are whispering, “See, we told you he was a secret Muslim!” Of course, President Obama merely suggested that it was a necessary first step to develop better relations with all the players in the region.

Obama US Turkey

Bottom line, 59 percent of Americans said that the President’s trip has either not changed the world’s opinion of America, or have made it worse. Since we can’t poll the entire world, that will have to be the barometer with which to judge President Obama’s performance.

Look, I’m a progressive and I support the President wholeheartedly. I just wish the rest of the world would wait a little longer before condemning this man as the worst President in American history.

it’s the economy, genius

April 1, 2009

Numbers don’t lie. President Obama’s favorable ratings are at their lowest point since he took office. The latest polls have him down to 66 percent. This, while 25 percent think he’s done a lousy job, especially with regards to our current financial distress. Interesting, since his first budget hasn’t even been approved yet, and also for the fact that analysts unanimously agreed that the recession wouldn’t end until the end of 2009 at the earliest. When did they come to that conclusion? Before last year’s election!

More bad numbers. The jobless count for last month topped 740,000. Couple that with the tens of thousands of rioters clashing with cops in London in protest of the already failed G-20 summit and you have a recipe for disaster.

Britain G20

Sure, there’s positive talk about easing relations with a number of countries, but none of that matters if folks can’t afford to feed and clothe their families. President Obama will end up a one-termer if the economy doesn’t bounce back strongly, no matter how wonderful his foreign policies are.

Winston Churchill defeated the Nazis, but was ousted from office due to England’s post-war economy. Bush 41 saw communism officially end in Russia while he was in office, but a weak economy opened the door for Bill Clinton.

Look, I’m a progressive and I hope President Obama is successful. But if the recession doesn’t end soon, Sarah Palin will be swept into office in 2012. God help us all…

the wheels fall off the wagoner

March 30, 2009

Senator Shelby has made it clear he wants GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt. Senator Corker is upset over President Obama’s heavy handedness with regards to the auto industry. Well, they can’t both be happy.

Let’s be clear about one thing. GM will eventually get all, or at least most, of the money they’re seeking. All the President wants to do is make sure they spend it wisely. That’s why Rick Wagoner is out and Fritz Henderson is now behind the driver’s seat. Henderson knows the task force will play a major role in GM’s ability to move forward. Wagoner was not as receptive to the idea of Washington telling Detroit what to do. Guess what? If Washington is footing the bill, they have every right to have a say in how GM spends it.

Chrysler, on the other hand, is not considered “too big to fail”, so the only way they’ll survive is if they consummate the marriage with Fiat, so they gain at least a foothold in a market outside of North America. It looks as though Chrysler is desperate enough, that that’s exactly what they’ll do.

Please remember that neither company is failing because union wages are too high. Yes, legacy obligations and health care are dragging American automakers down, but there’s more to it than that. GM lost tons of money on bad loans by Ditech, a branch of GMAC, and Chrysler had all it’s profits sucked dry by Dalmer-Benz before they dumped it.

So while everyone is suffering, President Obama is dishing out what some have called “tough love”. Republicans might not love it, but at this point: tough.