Friday, December 03, 2010

Random Thoughts (and Links)

:: Message to the Tea Party - What took you so long to get angry?

::Okay, John McCain. I get it. You're a'scared a' gays. But that doesn't mean the country is then required to write your ridiculous fears into law. Every time you open your mouth, I thank the universe that you weren't elected president. Be as big a bigoted carbuncle as you want, just do it in your own home and keep it out of my country's governmental process, you ass.

:: I'm always amused to hear people lament that we live in the 21st Century and don't have jetpacks yet. I wouldn't trust two-thirds of the people I've ever met not to kill themselves on a skateboard, for fuck's sake. Same thing with flying cars. Like it's not bad enough living in a college town and seeing kids crash into each other or people on bikes or signs; why would I want to have to worry about them slamming into my third story apartment?

:: Watch Family Guy for a week. I think we can take it for granted that you're going to see an incredible amount of misogyny, but what does Seth McFarlane have against Asians? Boy, I never noticed until I ended up watching a couple of episodes this month that he's really got some kind of problem with Asian people. So many, many jokes about it...

:: A very interesting positive opinion on the Green Lantern trailer. It makes me rethink my first impression, actually.

:: NASA announced the discovery of an arsenic-based life form. That's just amazing.

:: Okay, so, Lady Gaga is great because she wears stupid outfits with heavy makeup, says idiotic and self-serving things that sound artistic, and rips off singers from the last 40 years of music, and Kesha sucks because she wears stupid outfits with heavy makeup, says idiotic and self-serving things that sound artistic, and rips off singers from the last 40 years of music. I think I've got it now.

:: I keep hearing about how a lot of Arab nations want Iran "dealt with." Well... go deal with Iran, then. Keep my fellow citizens out of your fight. I'm sick of money that could go to so many other things going to keep our oil guardians happy. Didn't we sell you all of those weapons so that you could take care of your own shit?

:: President Obama is pathetic for offering a federal wage freeze to the Republicans. Another fucking capitulation to these assholes? THEY DO NOT WANT TO WORK WITH YOU, BARRY. They are not interested. If you really think that, deep down, these motherfuckers have the best interest of the American people at heart, you are just cripplingly naive.

Christ, the official unemployment rate is almost 10%. The government is doing next to nothing to grow jobs, and now we have incoming Speaker John Boehner whining like a little baby that a lame duck vote to extend tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year--otherwise known as 95% of the country--is a dishonest, "chicken crap" move. Boehner is another squealing Republican liar; he says that what's important right now is not raising taxes, but fumes with butt hurt anger over the possibility that 95% of America will get to keep its tax cuts. The man does not believe what he claims. He won't even commit to extending unemployment benefits. They won't vote on it until they get their tax cuts for millionaires.

More than a quarter of returned veterans are unemployed. The Republicans who want to throw us all in Gitmo for not worshiping soldiers as gods won't even help them get jobs when they get back from putting their lives in jeopardy for rich white people.

Rep. John Kline led a Republican charge to kill Michelle Obama's "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010" legislation, which will pay for itself and which will provide $4.5 billion to school lunch programs. The bill passed, but Kline tried hard to destroy the thing, because he doesn't want your children to eat a healthy lunch at school--something the government should be providing, since public school is a government program--but he, like Boehner and the rest of them, think it's more important to whine about what the government should be spending, while hypocritically supporting tax cuts for millionaires, which will cost the government about 200 times more money than school lunches will.

These hypocrites, these two-faced liars, these reptilian pieces of filth, stand for nothing but themselves and money. And these are the kind of people Obama thinks we need to deal fairly with? It's maddening watching him extend his hand and keep drawing back a bloody stump. President Empty Suit, President Ineffectual, President Nice Guy... you are just fucking us over and over and over, and you don't even care. That'll teach me to vote for you, I guess.

:: Paul Krugman: "One would have expected a candidate who rode the enthusiasm of activists to an upset victory in the Democratic primary to realize that this enthusiasm was an important asset. Instead, however, Mr. Obama almost seems as if he’s trying, systematically, to disappoint his once-fervent supporters, to convince the people who put him where he is that they made an embarrassing mistake."

:: Why don't the Democrats have the guts to use ads like these?

:: Here, in a nutshell, is a great example of why I deeply hate the internet.

I saw, on Tumblr, a 1967 ad for Jim Beam that featured Sean Connery. It was a tie-in ad for You Only Live Twice. Underneath it, someone had taken the time to write a lengthy explanation about how they didn't, as a rule, care very much for Jim Beam, but preferred Jack Daniels instead, but that it was a cool ad, so they were reblogging it.

This is the kind of shit I get in my comments section all the time, too. Like, this person I've never heard of had to take the time to make sure everyone who ever saw that post would understand that his or her reblogging of a neat ad from the sixties would not be taken as his or her own personal endorsement of a liquor that they did not like. As if anyone in the history of time and space would remotely care what kind of booze they liked to down while cruising Tumblr.

People... I don't care. Either you like something or you don't. Or you share something. Or you don't. I don't need the constant disclaimers about how you don't generally like some chick, but that's a cool picture. Or about how you don't know who someone is--you're on a machine that retrieves information faster than ever before in human history, avail yourself of it. I'm not going to impeach your character because you posted a picture online and, horrifyingly, it might make me think you prefer Jim Beam. Get fucking over yourself.

EDIT 4:18 PM: Tax cuts for the wealthy! Because why not destroy the dream of economic stability for another generation, right? Damn it, rich people have more shit to buy and horde, and this somehow creates jobs or something, I guess. A couple of frank write-ups on Firedoglake here and here (the second one has some good numbers about what this is going to cost us all).

See, just to clarify, I'm not one of those people who is angry at President Unaccountable because he didn't magically wave a wand and fix all of my problems. I'm angry at him because he's actively making them worse.


Kal said...

"I'm always amused to hear people lament that we live in the 21st Century and don't have jetpacks yet. I wouldn't trust two-thirds of the people I've ever met not to kill themselves on a skateboard, for fuck's sake." - now that is good writing and a potent arguement for why I should never have one but like a 'crossbow' and a 'violin', I WANT one. This of the high proportion of idiots who will die on our jetpacks. The reduction of the idiot gene from the pool should fill you with some joy...rights?

John McCain IS a fag - and I used that term to describe his behavior on the issues. Why does Grampy Cranky even open his mouth. Those flashbacks from the Hanoi Hilton must be getting to him.

You wish that the arabs take care of the Persians is funny. That is what the hired the US for, isn`t it. It`s funny they get us twice. First when we buy the oil, second when we use our own money to defend it. Here`s a solution. Get off the tit of big oil. Buy NorthAm local until that runs down and by that time we should have green technologies. There will never be a better time than right now to move in the green direction.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Amen to that last thought.

MC said...

Did you see Alan Grayson talking about the tax cuts?

Roger Owen Green said...

I've become convinced that, in his heart of hearts, John McCain doesn't much care about DADT, one way or another. But John McCain, having been challenged in a primary from the right, cares a lot about John McCain. So he, like Joe Lieberman, will say and do anything to make it seems that the world revolves around him.

El Vox said...

I have a few reservations about President Obama too, but I don't regret voting for him, he tries hard, he's articulate, he has done some good things,and it could have been a whole lot worse.

SamuraiFrog said...

"It could have been a whole lot worse" is not the same thing as doing a good job. That's trying to make the best out of a bad situation, when there really isn't a best to be had. Same with "he tries hard," which I personally don't think he does. He capitulates when he doesn't have to.