Archive for the ‘stupid’ category

Another reason why not to be a Republican

April 3, 2010

Since the battle over healthcare is now over, it seems that Republicans have moved onto far more important legislation.  An internal conflict has arisen in the Republican party over Congressman Patrick T. McHenry’s (R-NC) bill to replace President Ulysses S. Grant with the late Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/us/politics/03fifty.html?ref=politics

Don’t get me wrong. I have a tremendous amount of respect for President Reagan and some of the great things he did for many people around the world in his personal vendetta against communism. However, is now really the proper time for a fight over who should be on currency?

And the Tea Party says that Democrats aren’t “listening to the people.” …really?

Well, I think that your average American is more concerned about how health insurance for her kids than who should be on the $50 bill.

Too bad the Republican party doesn’t seem to understand that.

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Respect for Rationality largely missing from US political mainstream

September 27, 2009

BehindTheScenesGlennBeck.flv Every night the eternal political soap opera machine whirs into action. Millions of Americans , filled with human hopes, and fears, and too often an acute disdain for rationality sit neutrally before their telescreens, waiting to be programmed. Enter Glenn Beck, enter Keith Olbermann, enter the era of postmodern journalism.

In a country farmhouse in rural Iowa, a man fearful of the sexualization of everyday life tunes into Bill O’Reily of Fox news, because his appeal to the moral climate of  small town christian culture is in keeping with his own. Satisfied and vindicated at hearing the “Hollywood left” chastised and villanized, he says a prayer for his family and his crops and his country at war and falls peacefully asleep.

In a Lower East Side flat, 20 minutes from the center of the media universe,  a hysterical laughter echoes through the cramped living room of a young NYU graduate student offended and demoralized by what he sees as an attack on rationality, freedom of expression, and truth. Keith Olbermann’s witty characterizations of Bill O’Reilly are to him a humorous transfusion of  rational blood into the toxic, hostile, irrational climate of American politics.

Somewhere in Georgia, an unemployed former machinist-turned militia member polishes his prized possession—a scoped M14 assault rifle passed to him through the generations. But this instrument of violence is not the only thing passed down to him from his predecessors. On a small, color television in the corner of his garage, the Aryan features of Glenn Beck maniacally oscillate from unmitigated rage to tears of defeat as the drama of American racism marches on.

A young man sits in Jamaica Queens, writing a blog for his college’s Democratic organization wondering how it is that his nation’s major source of information became an incessant middle school shouting match complete with name-calling, gossip, and intense clannishness.

It is clear that modern media had always been distorted, manipulated and influenced by economic and political elites for the purposes of social control, value impregnation, and economic gain. But the postmodern media is something even more sinister than the belated objectives of social engineering.

The main function of  modern US political media is to serve as a distraction from the realities of the political questions of our times. By turning the objective into the interpretive, fact into opinion, and distortions into topics for serious consideration we get a country where  millions of citizens seriously debate whether public health care could lead to death panels, or health insurance for illegal immigrants,  or socialized everything. This “debate”  over misinformation distracts people from serious critical questions  about American democracy and balancing the need for free-enterprise with answering the moral call to ease  human suffering.

Our irrational media has allowed irrationality into the mainstream, if only because irrational, faith-driven people are easier to herd than a questioning, skeptical populace. Why is it that in a country where 40% of the population identifies as Athiest or Agnostic that presidential candidates, if not all candidates are terrified to admit they do not “believe in God,”  which is a striking difference to most industrialized democracies with the exception of  Ireland and Italy. So who is speaking for us, the real outcasts of the American political mainstream?   Who will speak for us?

John McCain hates Western Pennsylvania

October 26, 2008

So recently John Murtha (D-PA) made some statements which drew outcries from local and national media as racist.

He said “Well, they’re going to have a tough time. You know, I — there’s no question, western Pennsylvania is a racist area. When I say a racist area, I mean they — the older people are hesitant, you know, they’re slow in seeing change, real change.”

The Obama campaign moved quickly to denounce these comments, and it seemed to have died there. Sure he made another comment trying to clear his remarks but Murtha only went on to call them “rednecks.” Didn’t work out too well.

Recently John McCain was in Western Pennsylvania, and he said this at a rally….

“Sen. Obama’s supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about Western Pennsylvania lately. And you know I couldn’t agree with them more. I couldn’t disagree with you.”

…..

what?

Well he stumbled on, and decided to save himself by just saying something about patriotism and god loving. Because who hates America and god? Democrats according to John McCain.

Was this a Freudian slip? Is he just getting old?

What do you think?

John McCain Fail

John McCain Fail

What Term Limits? City Council votes to extend term limits.

October 24, 2008

So it happened, the city council enthusiastically overturned the will of the people. There’s not much to say at this time, the people will not be muzzled like this and every single one of these members who voted to pass this travesty of a bill should be kicked out of office.

I strongly urge you to write your council member and let them know how you feel. The only way our council members are held accountable is by hearing from us. If they voted no, let them know that we’ll support them for ensuring our voice was heard. If they voted yes, let them know that they lost your vote and respect.

Here below is a list of the council members and how they voted, parties are not shown simply to show that this mockery of democracy has no party.
Addabbo-N
Arroyo-Y
Avella-N
Baez-Y
Barron-N
Brewer-N
Como-N
Comrie-Y
De Blasio-N
Dickens-Y
Dilan-Y
Eugene-N
Felder-Y
Fidler-Y
Foster-Y
Garodnick-N
Genanro-N
Gentile-N
Gerson-Y
Gioia-N
Gonzalez-Y
Ignizio-N
Jackson-Y
James-N
Katz-Y
Koppell-Y
Lappin-N
Liu-N
Viverito-N
Martinez-Y
McMahon-N
Mealy-Y
Mendez-N
Monserrate-N
Nelson-Y
Oddo-N
Palma-N
Quinn-Y
Recchia-Y
Reyna-Y
Rivera-Y
Sanders-Y
Seabrook-Y
Sears-Y
Stewart-Y
Vacca-Y
Vallone-Y
Vann-Y
Yassky-Y
Weprin-N
White-Y

Saturday Night Live: Sarah Palin RAP

October 22, 2008

Sarah Palin Rap

What do you think of it?

McCain “Gets ‘er Done”

September 28, 2008

A fellow Democrat remarked today that ” In choosing not to be political, John McCain is being political.”  He was referring of course, to his (or should I say his advisor’s) decision to suspend his campaign, and postpone his appearance at the Presidential Debate slated for this Friday night in Mississippi so as  to appear presidential and decisive in a time of economic crisis.  And that colleague was right, this piece of  grand melodrama was all about polishing the tarnished Republican image from a party of  amoral opportunists  whose cronyism and incompetence brought us the infamous Michael Brown of FEMA, to one of brave leaders with the wisdom to know when to stay above the fray. The irony is, that by capitalizing on the bi-partisan meeting between Obama, McCain, and Bush II with exaggerated cancelations of attack ads, the Republican Hero Machine is sounding a loud opportunistic toot.  But unfortunately these are the kind of antics that people prone to Republicanitis devour with relish.  McCain is seen by those with this unfortunately common disease to be a “no-nosense guy who rolls up his sleeves and gets to work unlike those those hoighty-toighty Liberals who want to talk about everything, with logic.”  So, while we Democrats make light of stunts pulled by the opposition, we fail to see the evil brilliance of the Republican strategy; appeal to blue-collar “get ‘er done” values while  lining their pockets with campaign contributions from people who  have made life for the meat-and-potatoes American as difficult as it is today. And, as an added benefit, John McCain can avoid having his ass handed to him by a guy who used to edit the Harvard Review–a guy who probably knows a thing or two about winning a debate based on logic. I’m looking forward to the counterpunch from the good guys, here we go.

SHENANIGANS

September 28, 2008

It’s that time once again. I smell something bad, and it’s not Sarah Palin’s mooseburgers.

I call shenanigans!

This time I’m calling shenanigans on Kevin, Jay, and Derek. Who are these three? Well they are some ill informed, and sometimes outright absurd St. John’s students who seem to want to destroy Senator Obama’s image.

St. John’s University conducted a poll of students about the recent Presidential Debates. Stunningly a majority took Obama’s side in regards to who won.

Read what they wrote after the jump. (more…)