Presidential Race or Sitcom

September 29, 2008 at 11:41 pm | Posted in elections, Entertainment, government, government waste, hypocrisy, insanity, political campaigns, political rants, stupidity, What if? | 2 Comments
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Over a year and a half ago I wrote a post in which I mentioned we might do better if we held our elections in the form of reality shows.  That’s a long time for us to be focused on candidates and campaigning.  In most western countries campaigning goes on for maybe six to eight weeks and voila, election over and on to other things.  I, for one, am sick of it.  If we’re going to carry on and on and on for this long we should have a decree that one day a week be “campaign free”.  No one in the public media or even in private social situations would be able to utter a word about the election, and anyone violating this rule would be publicly flogged.  It’s all anyone talks about, anywhere, ever!  If they’re not going to give us a break each week then at least give us government issued election barf bags.

If our country weren’t facing some very serious crises at the moment this would be the best campaign ever.  By that, I mean the one with the most entertainment and comedic value.  If it had been a sitcom or a reality show the ratings would have been OK.  Then, enter Sarah Palin, the unknown ingenue who brought the comedic value of the show to new heights.

Silly woman, doesn’t know what a vice president does, but she’s sure she can be one because she lives just across the canal from Russia and Putin flies his planes over her state.  Oh I do hope they bring in another character to be surgeon general, who isn’t a doctor and has no medical experience other than having had an appendectomy and a hangnail.  Hillary cracked the glass ceiling but Sarah’s going to break it…with her shrill, obnoxious voice.  She has made her own personal contribution to over population by popping out five kids, and I wouldn’t be surprised if before the show ends she doesn’t pop out yet another.  Won’t it be fun to see her and her teenaged daughter raising their babies together?

Let’s not forget the star of the show, John McCain.  The lecherous but lovable, forgetful, confused, old guy who dumped his first wife when she was disfigured in an auto accident and looks at Palin like he wants her bad.  He wants us to think he chose her because she has a good head on her shoulders.  He was either thinking with the little head, or maybe she gave good head..I’m just saying.  That wild and crazy guy got his marriage license to his new wife before he was divorced from the first one…oops!  Hey Cindy, better keep your eye on this one.  At least we know this is a guy who can make up his mind.  He knows what he wants and he goes after if…at any price.  I believe that is something he and Sarah have in common.

I loved the episode where the financial shit started hitting the fan.  Everyone knew the country was in deep financial doo doo for quite sometime…except the key players on the show…because they are very wealthy and completely out of touch with reality and they helped us get there.  One of my favorite lines was from Grampy McSame when he said, “The fundamentals of our economy our sound.”  Then a few hours later did a 360.

Speaking of the financial disaster, I’m hoping the writers of the show about the bailout add some intrigue.  Since the world financial markets could collapse if we do nothing imagine how great it would be if one of the characters on the show about dumb people turned out to be smart enough to use this as leverage, you know, hold the world hostage…if we don’t get something we want out of this we just let the whole thing collapse.  SO THERE!

I don’t know if the show will be canceled in a few weeks or if America will vote for this group of misfit miscreants so we can watch another four years of the pathetic three ring circus that has been running this country…into the ground.

The Great Schlep for Obama

September 29, 2008 at 1:25 am | Posted in elections, political campaigns | 1 Comment
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Bush Tours U.S. To Survey Damage Caused By His Presidency

September 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm | Posted in Bush, civil liberties, crooks & liars, government spending, government waste, political commentary, president, stupidity, terrorism, tragedy, U.S. Constitution, war | 1 Comment
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Dear Iraqi Friends

September 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Bush, government spending, government waste, political, president, war | 3 Comments
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The following was written by Thomas L. Friedman.  It is ostensibly a letter from George Bush to the people of Iraq.  I’m overjoyed to learn that as Americans we were allowed to sign Bush’s name to our letters, because I’ve got a ton of letters to write (from W) to the world.  I really wish someone would have told me about this sooner.  Maybe just one short note would do it.   I think something like this would suffice:

Dear World (USA included),

I’m sorry for being such an arrogant, moronic, power hungry, law breaking, dumbass screw-up.

Sincerely,
George W. Bush

Friedman: Dear Iraqi friends

By Thomas L. Friedman
Published: September 24, 2008

From: President George W. Bush

To: President Jalal Talabani of Iraq, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashadani

Dear Sirs,

I am writing you on a matter of grave importance. It’s hard for me to express to you how deep the economic crisis in America is today. We Americans are discussing a $1 trillion bailout for our troubled banking system. This is a financial 9/11. As Americans lose their homes and sink into debt, they no longer understand why we are spending $1 billion a day to make Iraqis feel more secure in their homes.

For the past two years, there has been a debate in America over whether to set a deadline for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. It seemed as if the resolution of that debate depended on who won the coming election. That is no longer the case. A deadline is coming. American taxpayers who would not let their money be used to subsidize their own companies – Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch – will not have their tax dollars used to subsidize your endless dithering over which Iraqi community dominates Kirkuk. (continue reading)

Palin, Your Stupidity is Showing, AGAIN!

September 27, 2008 at 4:00 am | Posted in Atheism, elections, humor, political, political campaigns, stupidity | 5 Comments
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When I saw this video of Palin I found myself wondering, who does she remind me of…

OH YEAH! It’s this girl

Maybe it has to do something to do with beauty pageant entrants.

White Privilege, White Entitlement and the 2008 Election

September 26, 2008 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Beliefs, bigotry, civil liberties, elections, government, hypocrisy, political campaigns, stupidity | 3 Comments
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White Privilege, White Entitlement and the 2008 Election

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege , or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you. White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do–like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor–and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college–you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it, a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Why You Should Oppose the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG

September 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm | Posted in corporate bullys, crooks & liars, Current Events, government spending, government waste, hypocrisy, political | 12 Comments
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I’m against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in

a We Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000

bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman

and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a

We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college – it’ll be there

Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car – create jobs

Invest in the market – capital drives growth

Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks

who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company

that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it…instead of trickling out

a puny $1000.00 ( “vote buy” ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG – liquidate it.

Sell off its parts.

Let American General go back to being American General.

Sell off the real estate.

Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here’s my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.

Sure it’s a crazy idea that can “never work.”

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion

We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned

instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh…I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Birk
T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it’s either good for a laugh
or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!

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