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I just got an email from Pres. Obama

I just got an email from President Obama. He wants me to lead. He says the politicians in Washington won't do their job unless I do their job for them. At face value, that's just weird. Are constituents to imagine that stump speeches fall by the wayside when the polls close and representatives develop amnesia from which only lobbyists can deliver them? Does anyone really believe that the public has to jump hoops for good governance? Who drinks crap-flavored Kool-Aid? Pardon my disrespect. Yeah, Obama writes to me directly, and would you believe, often. He's practically asking my advice on a daily basis, or that's the impression he gives with his personable tone. Actually it's strictly a one-way conversation, telling me what to do, offering gentle encouragement, and asking for money. It's gotten so I can't differentiate fund-raising from tax-collecting. I confess I've tired of inferring that if Obama is running low on fairy dust, it's because I'm not clapping hard enough. The problem is I think Obama is wearing thin with all this intra-constituent communication, and he's delegating too much of the multi-tasks to Dumbama. In today's letter, Obama wants me to solve an "Immigration Crisis," his contribution? Boots on the ground. Did Abraham Lincoln write the Gettysburg Address? That's always the impression my teachers gave. No Civil Warmongering William Safire of his day laid claim to coining four score nattering nabobs. When did Americans decide their leaders needed ghostwriters? Why do we accept that an Ersatzbama can come across with the same winning sparkle? Because you know the president is not even reviewing these compositions either. He's got ghost-readers on staff for that. Alright, so we like our speeches peppered with wit, and we know not even the most luminous television hosts can tread water without a staff of gag-writers. Fine, if celebrities need personal assistants to hold their phones, we can't begrudge a busy president his showbiz consultants. But oh my goodness, why would we countenance forged personal emails?! Who wants a Notobama pretending to give us the inside scoop on the President's daily thoughts? What kind of charade is that for a presidential parade? And I ask you, have you yet heard Obama answer a simple question, and you're left wanting to hear more? If I got an email that confided he didn't believe the crap vetted for the corporate media, that would be a believable email. Instead we all get Minimebama email numbing us with what we know is the web's potential for a ceaseless stream of digital drivel. But I'm making quite an ignorant assumption, that we're all getting the same stupid email. We assume the White House is spamming a consistent message, but maybe it's highly customized, and for some reason, and I'd better take it to heart, they've pegged me as a big idiot.

Yes it was the iconic reaction shot

The White House Situation Room group photo of everyone fixated on the live video feed of Operation Geronimo was "iconic" alright, in composition virtually Alfred Aisenstaedt's original. Your eye is drawn to center right where Hillary Clinton recoils not sure what to think, she's a foil to the uniform enthusiasm. Scanning the background as we read a page, Biden knows they're going to hell, Obama is the everyman caught mid-gasp, he reflects us. The rest are the upraised arm, cheering with ass-kicking glee. In Paris they were watching St. George slay the dragon, puppets no less --how far we've come-- though Punch & Judy would have been analogous enough: a Navy Seals home invasion, Fort Benning School of the Americas style; a night-visioned, take-no-prisoners death squad, riding in on not just the proverbial black helicopters, but apparently a black-budget three-rotor model never yet publicly unveiled, literally, bin Laden was shown it and they had to kill him.

George Bush trusted and funded the Pakistan Military…

Even though they killed far more citizens of Pakistan than all resistance groups combined even if you count in the Chair Force Office Warriors with their drone strikes as Insurgent actions rather than Propping up the Pakistani Puppet. So, little recent (like, this morning) revelations that the compound taken out by the Navy SEALs was on a Pakistan Military Base, one thought being that our relationship with their Army should be re-evaluated. How honest and in depth is that revelation going to be? The Chimpleton and his not-as-stupid father had lots of contracts in oil-field construction and maintenance given to the bin Laden family, administered no doubt by Halliburton KBR. Their tame puppet military was given carte blanche to slaughter "their own" people, much like Saddam Hussein was given a similar license until his oil franchise invaded the Corporate Domain of another U.S. owned "sovereign" Puppet Dictator. The way the U.S. Army was given Carte Blanche to take out "their own people" if they happened to wear dark skin and have Native Tribal affiliations. The compound was described a few times as being a multi-million dollar affair. That would be big money anywhere, but in a country known for (American) Corporate Wage Slavery more so. That leads to a "what if" situation and it not only reflects bad on the current administration, but all the way back to Reagan. And in particular the Father and Son Bushwacker team. And Generally Betrays-us who was just anointed Feudal Warlord of the CIA. Are we to believe that "fiscal conservatives" who would bean count Americans out of our very existence, saying that Health Care, pensions and even the obscenely low Minimum Wage are far too expensive for "us" to maintain, would somehow miss a multimillion dollar compound built basically on THEIR private stomping grounds and guarded (only) by The Pakistani Army... Is Generally Betrays-us now poised to sell out his Pakistani connections so they don't snitch him off? Like other operations against (former) Puppet Dictators like Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein... Were he and the rest of the Pentagon crew blowing smoke, as they usually do, lying about maybe, you know, KNOWING where the body or the living person of Usama bin Laden was all this time, because they were paying his rent and his security guards to keep him there until it was convenient to 'have him killed"? Did the Navy, who unleashed the SEALs to do the murder, know for the past 8 years where their Dehumanized "target" was? And were content to have so many of "their own" privately owned, publicly funded Seamen and Marines slaughtered to keep up the pretense? The first and most important piece of evidence is "did the suspect have a motive?" Yes, they did. They announced beforehand that they wanted this war in order to maintain American (and British, until they could figure a way to screw the British Mob) Corporate Mafia in complete power over the entire economy of the world. Not just oil but they made the blatant point that Oil

Bin Laden was right, but you knew this already, America is a Godless nation

Lawless and Godless. My stomach has been in a knot all day. I remember feeling this way when we executed Saddam Hussein, by all accounts a brutal despot. We tried him in a kangaroo court, without even the courage to make the audio or transcript public, because he would have ratted us out. Then we had him summarily hung. Now I've no great objection to regicide, I favor it actually when imposed by public coup. At the hands of foreign invaders it's victor's justice, and probably deliberately criminal to humiliate the conquered. Last night a US special forces hunt and kill team shot the unarmed Osama bin Laden and others, in a fire-fight whose casualty ratio was that of a firing squad. Bin Laden's body was immediately disposed the way we taught Argentine and Chilean death squads to do it, disappeared out over the sea. Gone, just like those famous shoes that offended George the Wretched Bush, vaporized in post-incident explosives tests it was said, not kept by any Princeton grad as talisman keepsakes, like for example the bones of Chief Geronimo, the famed Native American resistance leader whose grave was robbed by elder alum Prescott Bush to provide the skull and crossbones for which the secretive society was named. Oddly, the operation to assassinate bin Laden was called "GERONIMO." That, or we named the mission after an expression that means, as far as I remember, "here goes nothing!" Usually shouted as you were leaping somewhere. Regardless it's an incredibly insensitive subject to invoke as you're intending to assassinate a later era's most significant resistance leader. When we decide to take out Subcommandante Marcos, are we going to name it Operation Bin Laden? And don't pretend someone doesn't want dibs on his pipe. We're told we disposed of bin Laden's body to prevent the forces of evil, aka Islam, from creating a shrine. But are Muslims the only people who worship at a shrine? I'm inclined to believe a whole other denomination of people attribute something mythic to a hero's remains, more perhaps even than his mere followers. Now I wouldn't put it past America's spooks to wring those shoes of the sweat of the wearer who summoned the courage to have a go at Bush, which no one before or since, neither prizefighter nor pope, has dared to do. Likewise, I'd think even your average incurious scientist could get a grant to scan the heart and brain of a man worth half a billion dollars yet renounced a life of luxury to dedicate his life to fight the godless Soviet invaders, and later, the most sinister, most profane dragon which has so far destroyed or enslaved everything in its fiery wake. What distinguishes this fluke DNA and how can we eradicate its traces so that Capitalism isn't jeopardized by a recurrence? But that's looking at this from the scientific side. That's right, less than the extra-judicial lynching, I am most disturbed by President Obama's decision to officially dispose of bin Laden's body.

Debunked, the birthers are still right

Documents can be faked, witnesses coached, others disappeared, if it really is all important that a president prove he's home-born enough to rule the land of immigrants. It's trivial isn't it? An old law, fashioned to exclude one particular 18th century foreign-born candidate; a mere technicality, but just the kind of rules-are-rules mechanism sacrosanct to courts, banks, insurers and creditors. What the birthers smell in Barack Obama is a phony president, elected on extraordinarily false, felonious pretenses. And what a pejorative term the corporate media is using to trivialize the may-be-unconstitutional-foreign-birth accusers: birthers. Yes the scent they've picked up is irrelevant, and likely false. It's also incredibly racist. But most fundamentally, it's true. They are tracking a fugitive of justice, a charlatan and fraud, and for certain, a murdering, torturing, technocrat. Let's press the White House to conjure a Long Form to disprove that.

Brits on Kenya: “Oopsies!!”

Turns out that the common knowledge of the past 50+ years was right, the American backed British colonial government was, despite American and British denials, murdering, torturing and "disappearing" people, just like they did in every other nation where they sent in the Royal Marines to take over the local management and "bring civilization to the Wogs" I'm sure the redcoats would love to see that particular word disappear, but hey, it shows the true nature of Imperialism and Colonialism in all its ugly inglory. What that means HERE, you know how the TeaBags and other Right Wing Extremists like the Klan and their "unofficial" affiliates the Minutemen like to harp on President Obama's Dad being a MauMau? And that the term "freedom fighter" is just a Liberal euphemism for barbaric terrorist? Like how the MauMau were supposedly preying on the defenseless and weak Colonial Overlords, the Darkie Horde (the stupid bastards say the same thing about the Nat Turner Rebellion in American Slavery) rising up against their lawful White masters with no reason, because they had been well treated, and given as much Human Rights as one could appropriately give Savages... I capitalized that last because Michael "Savage" Weiner likes to do that stupid racist bullshit, depicting any "savages" who defy the Natural White Order as brutal, vicious and stupidly bloodthirsty. The British also depicted his Irgun cousins the same way. Guess there's an Uncle Tom in every group. But the notion, for the past more than 50 years, was that the British were a benevolent Master Race and merely "misconstrued" as being The Actual Bloodthirsty Vicious Savages in the equation. Well, TeaBags and other Racist organizations, "Eat and smile, byotches!" Ok so that sounds unnecessarily harsh. No Indeed. It's Necessary. "Oh, Jonah with his Whitey Bashing again!" not really. I AM half white myself. I could point out that Indigenous Rebellions including oh, let's see, every American Indian nation/tribe fighting back against people who came in, took everything and decided to kill up a mess of folks for not getting off "their" land. But that would be yet another episode of overkill. And we're not supposed to report on things that happened in the past, but since "the past" starts anew at every heartbeat that would conveniently silence people. Also it's supposed to be bad manners and just plain Tacky to point out when "the past" is still happening. And enabled by Historical Hysterical Revisionists like Fox News, Heritage Foundation and the TeaTards and MinuteMurderers. Sure, they like to dress up and re-enact scenes from the Revolution and the Civil War ooo bad me! Naughty Wicked! I didn't call it "the war between the states". Scenes where British Colonialists rebelled over paying taxes which supported the very Colonialist armies which enabled them to remain in America in the first damn place. And killed mostly Other Colonials and British Soldiers, with a few Hessian mercenaries and of course as many American Indians as they could fit into the killing spree. I mean, that IS what the original Tea Party and Minutemen

Two years ago they said the dude was murdered

To silence him, of course. Now the Murdoch-owned (maybe just affiliated) tabloid The Globe reports that "Obama's gay lover tries to commit suicide". Call the Pope! it's a Miracle! Man dead for two years tries to commit suicide! Other headlines in this bizarre series, "Oprah Gay!" "Obama has affair with Oprah!" "Michelle has affair with Oprah!" "Michelle tells Oprah: Stay away from MY man!" So, which is it, is he gay, his wife and Oprah also gay, are they straight, or what? Why don't they come out against his expansion of the Afghan and Iraqi and Libyan and Pakistan and insert_Target_Nation_Here war, or perhaps get on his case about repeatedly doing exactly what their bosses tell him to do, cave on Health Care, Cave on taxes, Cave on this Cave on that. Dude has so many caves he ought to change his name to Carlsbad. But they want to portray him to their Demented TeaBag Loser Shock-troops as being an unstoppable dictator, Antichrist, who they have to stop.

The US-UN no-fly no-flee free-fire zone

Forbidding flight is not a pun, but a cruel misnomer --a war crime too by the way-- international law forbids shooting a fleeing adversary. Or does aerial flight apply to ground forces and naval vessels? So far enforcement of the Libyan No-Fly Zone extends to flight by tanks, ships, and Command & Control Centers, which may yet be taken to include the C&CC lobes of a dictatorial brain resisting regime change, even if that's not the UN objective. The first night air-strike on Col. Al-Qaddafi's home reminded me more of the opening act of Schock N' Awe Baghdad, than what most expect of a UN peacekeepers' NFZ. Iraq post Kuwait 1991? Bosnia less Herzegovina 1995? Please! New War Czar Obama trumpeted this declaration of a bombing war on Libya with the same speech Bush used to announce the 2003 Christian Jihad against Saddam Hussein (ongoing). The upside of getting to see a No-Fly Zone for what it is, a military bombing spree in the guise of a UN mission, is for all those humanitarian intervention "activists" who cried for a NFZ in Sudan and Somalia. But those assholes knew what it was obviously because they still never call for one to protect Gaza.

It’s official. We’re screwed.

I didn't want to post anything about this, not here, guess it's my Irish part of my heritage not wanting to speak the name of the devil. But the reactors in Japan are now officially out of control. What makes it official is that Obama made an official emergency statement that there was no official emergency.   The dude can't do what Bush or Reagan did, look us straight in the eye and tell the most outrageous lies. He had to include a little informercial for the Nuclear Industry at home too, and clean coal. Said that the American nuke plants were given a clean bill of health... by the same Nuclear Regulatory agencies that were gutted for the past three decades by Reagan, Bush the not quite as stupid and The Chimp. Which were the part of the same Nuclear Experts team which declared the Japanese reactors safe.

Van Jones is Obama in Greenface, what our president did for race, Jones wants for the environment, New Jack Shit

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? He's Black AND he's Green, and like his former boss Obama, he's a neo-eco corporatist pushing... Cap-N-Trade! In Al Gore Nobel Prize circles, Van Jones is the environmental darling who was too hot --we're to infer principled-- for Obama's centrist administration. In post-Hope America, Jones turns out to have been the spoonful of Aspartame that helped environmentalists swallow just the next neoliberal pill, another pitchman for the bankers whose "Green Collar" remedy for our climate -and economic woes- is to trust in big business --let free trade and deregulated profits deliver mankind! No surprise then Colorado College is foisting the so-called upstart to dazzle the impressionable on Thursday March 3rd at Shove Chapel, 7:30pm. And the asshole (his word, not mine) compounds his offense by presuming to greenwash the few terms American workers have to grasp the real issue, class struggle. The blue and white collars differentiate who works and who keeps the profit, and by the way, who's made the decisions that led the machine to environmental collapse and who pays the price. Green Collar doesn't describe a shirt, it's a leash. Oh but JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and the IMF don't want to take you out for walkies. Their collar is a yoke of servitude, painted color of the day.

US gives its CIA contract assassins like Raymond Davis diplomatic immunity from justice, also interrogation, torture

The NYT, AP, Reuters, everybody loves Raymond. Even Denver's 9NEWS kept quiet about knowing the accused American was a CIA-Blackwater shooter, and let the USG continue to pretend that Raymond Davis was protected by Diplomatic Immunity as a consular employee. President Obama even called Davis "our diplomat." And he's right of course, spying, killing, squashing bystanders, refusing to abide by international law, fleeing justice, that is US diplomacy.

Poetry of Barack Obama invokes MLK but pays true homage to Rod McKuen

Jesus what a bore! Remember when SNL lampooned Sarah Palin's first prime time TV interview by reenacting it verbatim? They could do that with Obama' humorless addresses, I think it would make great theater, but the joke's already abysmally old. Maybe we need a drinking game where everyone paying close attention could drink the moment President Obama mouthed a phrase that wasn't a cliche or platitude. Alright, not a drinking game. At least George Bush punctuated his utterances with inanities, funny ones. We appreciate Sarah Palin for the same preposterous gaffs. Obama's meaningless drone is similarly inane really, divorced from meaning but colorless. I had to revisit Obama's Mubarak-steps-down speech to see if there was anything there. His usual podium bedside manner now hits me like chloroform. I'm not sure if Obama's tennis ball red-state blue-state head swings aren't calculated to hypnotize, or if the vacuity of his bombast is the prescribed anesthetic. At first I was going to reprint the speech with the cliches highlighted. I opted to simply reformat it like a poem, putting the carriage return after each cliched platitude. I've parenthesized phrases which in Star Trek or ER scripts are called tech-speak, expository details whose particularities are actually irrelevant. I've neither added, nor subtracted from this official transcript. I can hardly believe it myself. There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard. And Egypt will never be the same. (By stepping down, President Mubarak) responded to the Egyptian people's hunger for change. but this is not the end of Egypt's transition. It's a beginning. I'm sure there will be difficult days ahead and many questions remain unanswered. But I am confident that the people of Egypt can find the answers, and do so peacefully, constructively, and in the spirit of unity (that has defined these last few weeks, for Egyptians have made it clear that) nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day. Well, that's just the opening paragraph. Obama follows it with more expository blah blah blah. He begins by crediting the nonviolence to Egypt's military, instead of the incredible restraint of the student protesters. The military has served patriotically and responsibly as a caretaker to the state and will now have to ensure a transition that is credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people. You'll note Obama is advising the military on appearances -- very likely his definition of "meaningful." He continues by listing the demands of the Tahrir Square demonstrators, without crediting them, as if this list was his own. That means protecting the rights of Egypt's citizens, lifting the emergency law, revising the constitution and other laws to make this change irreversible, and laying out a clear path to elections that are fair and free. And then it's a return to platitudes, encapsulating the admonition that Egyptian forums must give access to secular, "pro-democracy," pro-Zionist pro-globalist concerns. Above all this transition must bring all of

Egypt revolution is victory 4 Democracy but credit for Tahrir goes to Anarchism

For a few interminable minutes there, okay-- days --and bloody, millions of Egyptians had taken to the streets rejecting the legitimacy of Egypt's authoritarian regime. The despotic Mubarak refused to budge and experts deemed the outcome a "stalemate." Really? A preponderance of citizens greater than most voter turnouts, versus an unmovable leader, and commentators want to call it a draw? Worse is overlooking the obvious about the leaderless opposition forces. Jan25 came together to demand freedom, which the West equates with Democracy. But the Egyptian activists accomplished it through Anarchism. The West fears the Muslim Brotherhood, but the real banned party is the anti-globalist youth movement whose name must not be spoken. When President Obama pretends the US will shepherd Egypt through its "transition" he is sidestepping the real epiphany of Tahrir Square, a people united by idealism, minus a government. "Anti-government" protesters, precisely.

The US favors me over Democracy. Who am I?

I imprison without charges, I torture, I assassinate, I overlook police brutality, I kill foreign journalists, I kill innocent civilians, I lie about how many. I spy on my people, I violate civil liberties, I impose emergency law, I persuade with propaganda of a complicit state media, I preside over a despised single party system, I rule with military might, I ally with tyrants & racists, I steal from the people, I provide for my cronies, I ignore public protest, I promise meaningful reform, when I have to, I deliver meaningless. Who am I? Answers: Guantanamo, Quantico, drones, Houston PD, Al Jazeera reporters, collateral damage, no body counts, warrant-less wiretaps, free-speech zones, Patriot Act, corporate MSM, phony twin corporate parties, military industrial complex, privatization, banks, unpopular wars, change, false hope.

US president can’t even make a speech

I MEAN, so effective was President Obama's delivery that huge swaths of the American public who had come to hold him in clear disdain were safely put back under his spell. So self assured and competent was he that the only explanation his audience can now conjure for Obama's dismal failures thus far, now called his partial-successes, is resignation about the political adversaries being obviously too great. They argue the presidency has only limited power, the ruling oligarchs hold all the cards, Obama has achieved wonders all things considered. Apparently the President of the United States has such diminished authority he can't even explain all that in plain English to his national audience. You think he could defy the corporate media to pull the plug on a wardrobe malfunction. Obama would have a popular uprising of Tunisian magnitude if he lent his oratory skills to putting the public wrath in gear. Instead, more unbearable demispeak -- I had to unplug from the news cycle. The Tucson tragedy became Obama's Oklahoma City Moment, another Waco for American aspirations for change.

It’s the 9th anniversary of our illegal prison: Close Guantanamo Asshole!

Is that disrespectful? IS THAT BEING TOO IMPOLITE? Is that showing INSUFFICIENT DEFERENCE TO THE TORTURER-IN-CHIEF? --who promised to close Guantanamo two years earlier but avers now because he was not allocated the funds to lock-up the prisoners elsewhere, or can't find courts for his kangaroos, because this president thinks don't do illegal detention, rendition and torture means don't do it where we can see you. CLOSE IT. Take Gitmo's remaining operating budget and fly the whole camp home. THEN, then hold a huge gala fundraiser, several million dollars a plate, where all your warmonger and torture cronies and their spouses can hold a raffle for one lucky couple to MAYBE be granted amnesty against charges of war crimes. How's that for an exit strategy? Last chance. THEN take the sum raised as an offering to the freed detainees, prostrate yourself to beg their forgiveness --how could you not mean it?-- and dare not begrudge even one of the unfortunate souls who might demand your heads on a platter in the bargain. IN THE MEANTIME, I'll think on whether I'm showing disrespect.

Render unto Obama the peace symbol that is Obama’s

I've always cherished the peace symbol button I wear on my coat lapel, lovingly decorated for me with rhinestones. But I see what it has become, a broach. Time to take it off, not because it's grandmotherly, it's pure and simple outrée. PEACE: Yeah, who doesn't want peace --so what? That the peace symbol has become ubiquitous would have been something to celebrate only a couple years ago when it marked you as an obstinate hippie or wannabe malcontent. Today peace means Pax Obamana: WORLD PEACE imposed by imperial drone, PEACE KEEPING by occupation. The PEACE OF MIND come of military security. The PEACE AND QUIET absent of conscience, PEACEFULLY free of dissonant free speech. When George Bush said he would bring corporate malfeasance into compliance with the law, we thought he would reform their lawbreaking, instead Bush meant he'd change the law. Obama promised peace, the war = peace incarnation, and he intends to bring us into compliance.

Compared to George W. Bush, Obama demonstrates W didn’t stand for Worse

Media voices this morning are positively giddy with Obama's extension of tax cuts for the rich. Probably anticipating a hefty Christmas bonus. Today would be a good time to apologize to Debby Downers you vilified in '08 because they cautioned that Barack Obama was not the change you wanted to believe in. I wasn't among them, I didn't have the temerity to rain on everyone's hopeful desperation. Today I have to laugh. LAUGH. We traded in a thieving bumbler for a hypocritical lying bore who's only changed gears on corporate graft, a higher gear. The heist Obama just pulled for America's rich leaves absolutely no question whom he serves. I mean, he can pretend to be thwarted at every turn, the wars, Guantanamo, DADT, but in this case, he's plain shilling for the other side, telling regular Americans this is a good deal for them.

It’s Obama’s tax cut for the rich

It seems just an election ago that Candidate Obama objected to the Bush Tax Cuts which launched a new gilded age. Now that those grievously unfair giveaways are up for extension, President Obama is not just a cheerleader, he's the pitcher, with relief pitcher Clinton in the final inning. Obama pushed so hard to close this deal, even the GOP, the supposed heavies, were able to log their opposition. To the "compromise" -- an extenuating detail future campaign ads can omit.

American sheep vote for being fleeced

Call it a setback, Obama calls it "humbling," but the election obviously provided a sweeping mandate, and the president is running with it. The spectacle of Americans unquestioningly casting their vote for worse or worser, is the usual reinvestment of political take-me-for-a-ride capital, to jaw dropping limits. The new Republican majority can refuse to fund "Obama Care" but now President Obama is inexplicably floating conciliatory balloons about having to extend the tax cuts for the rich, as if the [sunsetted] Bush Tax Cuts needed a congressional vote to end, not to resume. Apparently the election day show of imbecility has emboldened DC polemicists to pretend the sun never sets on government graft.

I’m voting early, and I vote NO

I'll show you an absentee ballot. As the election looms, the Klieg lights intensify on the TP bogey-persons, TV talking heads harp about what a nail-biter this will be, pollsters dance with them that brought 'em, Michael Moore does his usual U-turn, to urge us to suck it up for the Dems, Medea Benjamin defends her eternal faith that activism "might" still move Obama, and ever multiple emails presume Obama's options must be preserved at all costs, usually a donation. Again I anticipate hearing from a friend who monitors local precinct printouts and calls to whip his charges to the polls. I've lost count of how many Facebook prompts I've gotten to pledge to vote -- but this time I'm going to make my ballot count. No amount of corporate-sponsored fear-based gap-closing civic-enthusiasm is going to coerce me to play this game. I will not support war, lack of health care, and class war unchallenged. The beasts unleashed by Citizens United will not buy my participation. Neither the conservative assholes, nor the liberal bullshitters can have it. They can have their tyranny, their obscene income disparity, their open war on nature and fellow-humankind. They can have their liberal pretense as the less bitter pill. It's a dose of cancer either way. I would have a preference actually, if forced to choose between a quick execution and a slow death by hard labor, but I would rather resist than be compelled to voice it. Silence is not consent, it's none of the above. What candidate have you got that's going to make a difference? In Colorado we've got nothing but corporate energy, weapons systems cowboys. Our good-cop senate incumbent is a corporate, education-privatizing, warmongering Zionist who like Obama says he's against all that. What you got? Imagine if American election monitors insisted on dipping American fingers in purple dye to prevent vote fraud. The traditional media photo representing Iraqi or Afghan elections makes it obvious it's really to provide graphic illustration of their buy-in to the election process. We judge the democracy flag-planting in Iraq and Afghanistan based on election turnouts don't we? Why shouldn't that symbolic math apply here too? Would Americans vote if their purple fingers were paraded to demonstrate their faith in American Democracy? Fuck No. Let the state media denounce it as voter apathy -- they can call it what they want, I won't be there.

R W Lunartic fringe and the Lunar Year

One would think that people who claim to be very pro-Israel (long as them thar jewboys don't get too uppity) would at least know when the High Holy Days are. Glenn Beck, for instance, Breitbart, Fox News, all of them claiming a victory for Right Wing Lunatic Fringe politics and policies because the Israeli delegation wasn't at the U.N. on one of the days, Sukkot. These are the leaders of the same fringe groups who tried to make meat of the end of Ramadan being the day before September 11th this year, difference, their Adult Handlers noticed it so there weren't any Hysterical Shrieks about "Muslim Triumphalists dancing in streets on 9/11!!!" And MOST of them have dropped their ridiculous pointed slur that Barack must be an exclusively Muslim messianic name... in the face of some people replying to the their Jackass Statements with the notation that one of THE Judges, from the Book by the same name in the Old Testament, was named Barak (although today he would be described as an Unlawful Combatant and Terrorist) and the Israeli Defense minister is named Ehud Barak. One of their "oopsie" moments, one of several (hundred) (thousand) (hundreds of thousands) similar Oopsies. I'm thinking, here, that it's a massive failure of Private Education and Hoam Skewl and no, their Pastors don't know a thing about their own religious beliefs either. Oh, and these are the same Dangerously Inbred Cretins who call us Ignorant Morons because we don't share their vision of English Americans as "The New Jerusalem", don't call for the destruction of Israel in order to usher in the End of Days or other Semitic Anti-Semitism crap-ola. "Stand with Israel" except they want the Jewish people to be (almost) completely wiped out.

Change you have to believe in

Obama says he'll have the Middle East Conflict solved in two years --I'm surprised it will take him that long. Can you discern rhyme or reason as to when Bush-44rd declares mission accomplished? While President Obama's First Hundred Days amounted to a bust, he's showing quite a mid-term election sprint: Iraq, out; Oil spill, vanished; and today, Recession, over. Wow. Obama dissolves adversity with the strength of Clorox Bleach. But imagine the TV commercial without the visual comparison at the end. We have only Obama's pronouncements to judge this whitewash. What's next? Clean Coal?

The Love it or Leave it crap again.

America has freedom still, or what little is left, because of the actions of Dissidents, not Conformists. The Army didn't give us these freedoms, save by surrendering their claims to any authority to do otherwise. Most certainly the wars in which the Army is engaged today, and has been steadily engaged in since the "cessation of hostilities" in 1945, have all been wars of Imperialism, to stamp out freedom wherever it rears its head. Nothing more or less than being Thug Enforcers for the Corporate Owners of the American Empire. You can't handle Freedom of Speech, YOU can get the hell out. There's plenty of Banana Republics in the world being propped up for the profit of their American Masters, by American Military presence. A long list from Abu Dabi to Zanzibar and all points in between. Your corporate masters have bankrupted America on their way to Global Dominance. That's not in any way related to freedom and you should stop lying about it. Your Army is currently trying to lynch Spec. Bradley Manning for doing something you've never considered doing, too frightened I suppose. He MANNED THE HELL UP and told the truth and brought forth Proof to back it up. And neither Your Pentagon nor Bush nor Obama have managed to do either one.

Bernie HerPin, Billionaire Propagandist Rush Limbaugh, have a lot in common

--Like business ties to BP. The USOC deal the City Council made was also a BP front.   Then there's their Anti-Worker ARROGANCE like this. Neither I nor Miss Johnnie can actually WALK anywhere. Both of us thrown to the wolves by the Corporatists, told that the medical treatments that could have kept us from becoming this badly disabled were “Too Expensive” and the Governments which THEY own, and are going to spend BILLIONS to stack with even more of their Greedy Political Whores, such as at local level our entire City Council, enforce that Corporate Welfare decision with "right to work" Slavery and "Tort Reform". My feet were broken by negligence on the part of Halliburton, who were making 4 times as much from my labor as I was paid, and wouldn’t pay so much as Workmans Compensation Insurance before the fact, fat chance they’d pay any of their bills for their Negligence afterwards. AP and other Tame Propaganda “news” sources for BP come off with an “aw, gee shucks, it ain’t that bad, look, the Seafood Industry isn’t suffering as bad (at one level) See, there’s these chefs who are proving the shrimps and such are safe to eat, don’t y’all worry your heads”. Not mentioning the massive hole the Bastards Punched into the Ecosystem. Miss Johnnie and I were in a cab going to the store. When I travel around town with her, because she can’t ride a bicycle anymore, it would be a choice of WALK which NEITHER of us can do, ride the Bus which doesn’t run on weekends or after 6 any other day, or take a cab. The Cabby is one of those Socially Inept types who feels he has to make his passengers listen to Rush Limbaugh spout his SHIT about how those Poor, poor misunderstood Rich BITCHES at BP are taking such a huge hit from all these Greedy Freeloaders who expect to Be Paid for the damage that BP did to their lives. The Billionaire Pussy Professional Liar claims he’s fighting for the “little people” who had invested their money into BP. Had to fix the code on it because everything from this point was in All Bold fonts. Why should THEY have to pay for the damages which were caused by the Business Practices, just because for years they’ve had a comfortable living off exploiting the workers not only in their own corporation but every ancillary and auxiliary industry around them? Claiming that they’re Being Punished By President “socialist” Obama, the one who has obviously Been Punked by the Oil Companies, Hell, he’s extending the wars Being Publicly funded for their Private Benefit. That somehow all the Corporate Welfare that has been funneled into their pockets and by extension HIS pockets is just their due reward. And the Taxpayers who have supported their Parasite Class for so long don't have any right to demand compensation when they break OUR ocean and OUR planet. Meanwhile “our”

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