Posted by voolavex in carbon emmissions, global warming, green, Pakistan, Politics, Politics & Religion, war.
Tags: Afghani, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Copenhagen, greed, green, Nobel Door Prize, Nobel Prize, Obama, Paki, Pakistan, Sadam, Stockholm, Union Carbide, W, Woburn
Taking stock of Stockholm and Copenhagen in the last week has led me to some conclusions that may not sound very patriotic, but honesty should not be usurped by mislaid love of country. You can love your country without loving some of what is done in its name. The same goes for your neighbor.
Copenhagen. In order to speed greed you have to be able to use every tool you have to get there. Greed is a global goal. Or the spoils of greed. And why not – I think we have reached a tipping point (thank you MG) where all the fingers in all the dikes are not going to make enough of an impact to save much of anything. Sounds hopeless but it may be more truth than anyone can bear to utter. I was green in the 70’s – what fun being laughed out of conversations about destroying the planet and the small steps that could be taken to slow this down. And if that wasn’t annoying enough – being green was expensive (as it is now) and impeded by the newest in living better through chemistry. No one cared about Three Mile Island or Union Carbide or the Woburn Cancer Cluster. A few (hundred thousand) souls were a small sacrifice for Big Biz to absorb in the pursuit of money. Collateral damage without even a war. That was 40 years ago.
We have made huge strides in our pursuit of the Money and the Brand. As Pogo said “We have met the enemy and he is us”. He is. No one wants to lower emissions by charter. If they sign up then they have to be responsible and we cannot have that and corporate sovereignty. Copenhagen was not quite what we had in mind. So while the planet slimes and slurps and melts and freezes and generally goes the way of a Styrofoam cup – there is good news too – we have found water on the Moon. Get ready to play the collectible, limited edition of Lunar Monopoly.
Stockholm. White tie is never unpleasant to see. And President Obama looked wonderful and a little confused in his as he accepted the Nobel Prize.
But the point is this: Any president in 2009 has inherited 8 years of a war without a point. Obama is doing what Sadam-obsessed W should have continued to do when he deployed Oct 7 2001. Instead he drained our country of soldier’s blood to get an imaginary enemy. We are now back to square one/Oct 7 2001 when the target was Al Qaeda in Afghani/Pakistan. He is merely doing – and not something I like either – what W should have done and won.
I am not sure Mr. Obama should have won the Nobel Peace Prize. I doubt he thinks so either. And as he sends troops into no-win Afghanistan it is an even harder accolade to accept or deserve. Ah well. Unfortunately they do not yet have a Nobel War Prize. Or a Nobel Door Prize.
Posted by voolavex in Politics.
Tags: Anne Coulter, Ayn Rand, Barack Obama, Bush, Cheney, constitution, Crap, death, death panels, factcheck.org, Gay, Glenn Beck, GOP, half truths, health care insurance, health care reform, Homeland security, Latina, Lies, Nobel Prize, platform, right wing, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, senator, smear, Snopes, Sotomayor
Obama is my president. He was my choice as a candidate and I am happy he is in the White House. I am sick of the minute by minute negative commentary on his progress in 8 months as the president. But what is even more alarming is the dedicated and vocal GOP opposition that appears to think telling lies is far more important than the running of this country and the welfare of all its citizens. Suddenly we find ourselves rolled over by the calculated lies and misinformation being spewed by the GOP and their right of normal adherents. During the horrifying eight years of George W. Bush and his evil twin Dick Cheney, no one made a peep. Democrats tried but they were denied voice by Homeland Security rules; rendition, being a traitor, selling out this country, doubting (doubting was as bad as traiting) and daring to accuse the GOP of exactly what it was doing and what could and has been proven. The incumbents of that era grew very fat and happy. They became drunk with the sense of entitlement and power they could wield like a club and like it or not we put up with it. Now that they are not in charge, they have returned to what they do best – obfuscation of truth. Their champions are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter and Glenn Beck. Pop culture demagogues of questionable character who present as absolute truth , lies they want to spread. Their platform – the over the top strict construction of the Constitution and out of context “intelligence” that isn’t anything but crap.
Does it irk people that Mr. Obama (and family) are the very thing they fear? Not just his racial background, but his education, attitude and willingness to hash out policy by going directly to the people. Is he doing a great job – not every time – but he isn’t being allowed much latitude in his actions. Hysterical citizens at Town Hall meetings ready to riot over “death panels” is not quite my idea of civilized exchanges of opinion and ideas. This country is bankrupt. Financially and morally. The Objectivists dragged that unsound “ism” right straight to Wall Street and suddenly Wall Street has a “road closed” sign. Too many laws were broken and hidden and no one gave out tickets until it was far too late.
Health care reform? Oh no you can’t. A suddenly vociferous section of the population doesn’t care if 47 million of their fellow citizens stay healthy or die. They are bloodsucking leeches who want YOU to pay for their insurance. Pay for it yourself – they say. I would bet they would stop that screed in about two seconds if they lost theirs. They fail to see that the 47 million paid for many things they didn’t like – war for example. Gay people paid for things they weren’t even allowed to have. Black people have been paying since the first boat hit Virginia. Suddenly the sanctimonious right is on the warpath. And they are working overtime to undermine and derail the current administration with lies and half truths and it’s time the rest of us spoke up and did something before they get another term in the White House. If you think it can’t happen – Al Gore will tell you it does.
Let Barack Obama and his cabinet do their jobs– get out of your comfort zone and if you have to stoop to the GOP level – then get close to the ground and do it. Their media personalities quit office, pop pills and sell snake oil. One of our media spokesmen is a senator now. A wise Latina sits on the bench with a busload of self-righteous hypocrites. Buenvenidos Justice Sotomayor. Their moguls steal bonuses from their stockholders. Two of our CEO’s have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
I don’t have to walk you through this minefield. Don’t get smug or complacent because we won the election. The GOP is still snarling at the door of the Oval Office.
When you hear a rumor go to Factcheck.org or Snopes. When something sounds made up – make sure it is or isn’t before you spread it and other people get sick. There are Republicans who are decent and smart and responsible – but they are very, very well-mannered and subdued. They are being drowned out by their wing nut political partners. They need to be louder but we need to be louder still.
Posted by voolavex in Uncategorized.
Tags: Aaron Burr, Al Gore, Cindy McCain, Dick Cheney, Dubya, gender, line vetoes, Mother Theresa, Nobel Prize, Prince Charles, Rhodes Scholar, Rovian, Sarah Palin, sexism, sexist, Spiro Agnew, the Daily Show, Torquemadas
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It’s hard to believe John McCain actually picked Sarah Palin his own self for VP on his ticket. Someone much darker and far more savvy had to be the one. Someone who studied at the school of Rovian Double Dealing (see link below) and found a long shot to help him win the race. Sarah Palin is a ringer – using the Wiki definition (and there are many uses for the word) and in this case it’s an imposter. What is she posing as? A competent person, ready to take the second highest office in this country. Most pundits cite Aaron Burr and Spiro Agnew – with of course Dirty Dick Cheney, at the top of Bad VP list. But I suspect the Queen of Mean is going to reign for a long time as the worst one way or another. Yet the GOP Torquemadas -who burn DemocrAts for heresy – are …nowhere to be seen. “She is a babe, cute, a great speech maker, young, a soccer mom, a mother of a disabled child, and if she had remained a Catholic she could have run neck and neck with Mother Theresa.” Put it another way – she is about as in touch with this world of 2008 as Prince Charles is. But no one chose him. He gets the job no matter what; and at least he’s green.
Anyone else on the ticket would be on 60 Minutes tonight answering some hard questions. Not Sarah the Serpent – there is a “no interviews until she is comfortable and ready“. What the hell does that mean? She was a mayor and Governor and she crowed like a rooster at the GOP convention. Come on. Most folks would assume the no -interview blackout is simply because she is a loooooose cannon. Seasoned politicians can speak anytime, anywhere. In fact they love it. Why is there a gag order on Sassy Sarah? Is it because she can’t explain her line vetoes, moose gutting, oil drilling, polar bear bashing, special interests, budget deficit, creationist view of the 21st Century. About all she isn’t, is Holocaust denier and no one has asked that question yet. Oops.
When the world leaders speak of global warming is she going to leave the room or will she argue? Does she know Al Gore won a Nobel Prize for his stand on global warming. Are they afraid she will say something stupid about that? Or worse. Face it folks, those beauty queens want to win – if not by brains then certainly by stupid answers that the judges overlook because they want a babe – not a Rhodes Scholar.
The GOP plays by the rules they make up as they go along. They have for years and there is no reason to stop now. Distance themselves from Bush? What a joke; they loved them some Bush twice and made sure he got the Big Job in both elections. I’ll bet even Dubya thinks she’s joke. We know where Cindy McCain stands.
Keep digging media – you are bound to find something.
I know I will.