Nov 5 2012

What it comes down to for me in this election

Yeah, I’m still here. I’ve been avoiding the constant election blogging, mostly due to time constraints, as well as a desire for my own sanity. I am sure Ron Paul is still going to pull it off.

But seriously, I’m pretty sure Obama’s going to win Certainly not because he is a fantastic president – he isn’t, although it’s amazing he has survived the insane teabaggery and detached reality that now personifies the radical right. It’s because Romney is so much of a blatant dick that all of the spin in the world can’t hide it.

Now, of course, being a dick is an asset within the GOP. Their platform, their people, their apparatus, it’s all based on being as much of a dick as humanly possible, and thus, appealing to the most dickish people in the country. But I don’t think that’s enough to get him over the top. It was easier for Bush, namely because a lot of people could relate to the moronic nature of the guy, but now that most Americans have finally cleaned the shit out of their 9-11 diapers, the fear factor is not what it used to be, outside of the mouthbreather GOP base.

I think what’s galling me is on my own side, there’s still a certain contingency of the BUT DRONES AND WALL STREET crowd.  Which, in some sort of twisted logic, comes down to “there’s no difference between the two.” I don’t disagree with the drones/Wall Street criticism. But there’s so much more than that.

What a blind, superficial (and condescending when they accuse anyone with a bit more nuanced perspective as being just another tool for the system), and frankly, stupid conclusion. Supreme Court. War with Iran. War on Women, Gays, the Poor and Not-White People. And more than anything else, for me, is Romney does and has to pander to the most dickish, anti-intellectual segment of the population (what we would have called “Palinesque” a few years ago), as that’s really the only way the GOP has any shot at anything. Unacceptable. Period.  Even Chomsky realizes this.

One does not have to be “for” drones, Wall Street or any of that other stuff to simply realize there are two choices. No, Anderson, Stein, Goode, and Johnson have no chance in hell of anything, of even moving the dialogue at this point, so get over yourself. I’m voting against Romney – that’s the way I’m looking at it. Sure, some of you will respond with the “how cynical-lesser-of-two-evils-blah-blah-DRONES-blah-voting-is-not-ever-going-to-change-anything”, but kindly shut the fuck up, shove that sentiment up your purist ass and spare me. I’ve heard it all before, and I even agree with a lot of it. Elections DO matter. They may not in the sense of bringing on the radical changes that I’d like to see, but consider how, for example, we probably wouldn’t had to deal with 9-11 (and the resulting wars and stupidity) had we had a president that took the memos seriously and wasn’t worried more about prosecuting pornographers and bong salesmen.

I’m certainly not dismissing the anarchist arguments about the importance of organizing; I most certainly agree and support those actions to the fullest. But this doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and this election will have consequences, as they all do. I’m going to close with that great article by Charles Pierce that’s making the rounds, it sums it up quite nicely for me:

It is vitally important that the Republican party be kept away from as much power as possible until the party regains its senses again. It is not just important to the advance of progressive goals, thought it is. It is not just important to maintain the modicum of social justice that it has taken eighty years to build into the institutions of our government, though it is. It is important, too, that that you vote for one of these men based on whom else, exactly, he owes. Who is it that’s going to come with the fiddler to collect when you get what you’ve bargained for?

Barack Obama owes more than I’d like him to owe to the Wall Street crowd. He probably at this point owes a little more than I’d like him to owe to the military. The rest he owes to the millions of people who elected him in 2008 — especially to those people whose enthusiasm I neither shared nor really understood — and he will owe them even more if they come out and pull his chestnuts out of the fire for him this time around. He may sell them out — and, yes, I understand if you wanted to add “again” to that statement — but they are not likely to revenge themselves against the country if he does and, even if they decided to, they don’t have the power to do much but yell at the right buildings.

On the other hand, Willard Romney owes even more to the Wall Street crowd, and he owes even more to the military, but he also owes everything he is politically to the snake-handlers and the Bible-bangers, to the Creationist morons and to the people who stalk doctors and glue their heads to the clinic doors, to the reckless plutocrats and to the vote-suppressors, to the Randian fantasts and libertarian fakers, to the closeted and not-so-closeted racists who have been so empowered by the party that has given them a home, to the enemies of science and to the enemies of reason, to the devil’s bargain of obvious tactical deceit and to the devil’s honoraria of dark, anonymous money, and, ultimately, to those shadowy places in himself wherein Romney sold out who he might actually be to his overweening ambition. It is a fearsome bill to come due for any man, let alone one as mendaciously malleable as the Republican nominee. Obama owes the disgruntled. Romney owes the crazy. And that makes all the difference.

Indeed. Shit or get off the pot.


Sep 25 2012

And this year’s winner is

Considering that nobody really gives a shit about Sarah Palin anymore, the new recipient of the Dumbest Fucking Person on the Planet Award goes to Congressman Allen West, for his latest word salad:

My statement to the United Nations would have been, “The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence.

Wow.

Who can top that? Rep. Steve King? Michele Bachmann? Rush Limbaugh? That’s a hard act to follow.


Sep 18 2012

What comes around

Romney really is the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously. His campaign makes McCain’s look like brilliance, in hindsight. What we’ve been witnessing this last week is what happens when you make the faulty assumption that the rest of the country is as stupid and gullible as the Republican base. Someone desperately needs tell Mitt he’s not running in the primary anymore.

But in a bigger sense, it’s really just cosmic justice. Being a dick has been the essence of the modern GOP for as long as I can remember, whether it be their policies, their people, their messaging, whatever. They’ve gotten the candidate that they truly deserve, one of the biggest dicks of all. And boy, is it sweet.

 


Sep 15 2012

Stop the presses!

At Valueless Voters Summit, Rick Santorum tells truth for the first time in his life:

“We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

Yep, you’re stuck with the dumbasses. Glad you finally came ’round to that, Ricky.


Sep 11 2012

From the Grindhouse: Phantom of the Paradise

Holy shit, I don’t know how I didn’t know about this one, directed by Brian DePalma (!). A 1974 rock version of Phantom of the Opera. And it has Paul Williams in it. Yeah, that guy.

Must. See. A Craptacular Crapstravaganza!


Sep 10 2012

Romney still flinging shit at wall and hoping it sticks

You know, I thought the McCain campaign was a high for comic tragedy. Not even close:

ROMNEY: I believe it’s important to have a president and I will be a president, if elected, that honors that pledge and all the pledges that I made. [The Pledge of Allegiance] says that we are a nation under God…. If I become president of the United States, I will not take God out of my heart, I will not take God out of the public square and I will not take it out of the platform of my party.

He’s really flailing. Also said something about “taking it off of the coins”, which will get the Alex Jones-fetishists going. Also:

The former Massachusetts governor began his address by thanking the audience for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, which he recalled saying himself “as a boy in fourth grade.”

Considering that the fourth-grade level was more than likely the average intelligence level of the people in the audience, at least he’s in good company.

Of course, this is all moot, as Ron Paul the Great Savior still has a few more aces in his sleeve and will swoop down and beat the Mittbott and Obama by quadruple-digit margins. I know this, because he really showed ‘em at the RNC, din’t he, just like he and his smug minions said he would?


Aug 31 2012

Clint jumps the shark

In Denver International Airport right now waiting for my next flight, so considering I missed the GOP Grouchy Lying Clown Show, I’ll take a bit of time to chime in.

Although many might point to the orangutan movies as Clint Eastwood’s low point (no, wait, there’s City Heat, or perhaps Bronco Billy) , last night’s performance was undoubtedly the low point for Mr. Eastwood, and I say that as someone who puts him in my top 5 actors.

I guess there’s two ways of looking at this. Eastwood isn’t always the most versatile actor. When out of his usual casting, sometimes it can work, other times not so much. If he was going for some sort of surrealistic performance art piece, he was most certainly miscast. However, if he was going for the grouchy, senile, rich, disgruntled white guy thing (aka “the Republican base”), it was a masterful performance, chanelling Heston and Reagan, among others.

One other convention afterthought…. WAY TO GO, PAULTARDS!!! You really showed them, just like you said ya’ would. Enjoy your irrelevance.


Aug 17 2012

“Chief intellectual teabagger”

Well, I’m Montana bound in about 26 hours. The lawn needs to be mowed, the housesitter (in the form of helpful parents) is in place, and just a little more packing to do.

I’m hoping that when I get back, life gets a little less hectic, as with the election coming up, I gotta get my groove back on. I haven’t chimed in yet on Paul Ryan, who is not my relative and is basically what a smart person looks like to very dumb people, so I’ll leave you with a good commentary from The Stranger’s Paul Constant, Romney Loves Ryan:

If we’re being generous, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a man of contradictions. If we’re being honest, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is an idiot. Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick has problems beyond the basic teabagger contradiction of claiming to be for small government then passing an obscenely large military budget, voting to ban gay marriage, and enacting laws that lessen a woman’s access to abortion and birth control. This is a Republican who unabashedly supported George W. Bush’s war in Iraq and the Patriot Act, but also claims to be a big Rage Against the Machine fan. There is a dissonance, a bifurcation in Ryan’s brain that demands further investigation.

And with the silly season upon us, I bid you adieu, although I’ll try to check in with y’all when I can.

 


Aug 14 2012

From the department of Way Cool

I love this shit:

D-Day Fighting Was So Intense That 4% Of Normandy’s Beach Is Still Shrapnel


Aug 14 2012

Behind the mountains, there are more mountains

… and in my case, a fair amount of these:

Me and the sweetie are heading out to Glacier Park for two weeks for a lot of camping and backpacking.

House sitter – check.

Camping gear – check.

Plane tickets and all reservations – check.

Bear repellent spray – check.

Extra large set of balls – haven’t found ‘em yet.

I’m not kidding,  I’ve been grizzly-obsessed ever since I planned this trip, as Glacier has just about more grizzlies than anyplace else in the lower 48. Of course, I started it out by reading a book called “Mark of the Grizzly”, which, in the context of “teaching”, basically is about 50 or so ways to get torn apart by a grizzly. I lie awake at night thinking about this shit. When checking on the status of the campsites we have reserved for our 3-night backpack over the Continental Divide, I recently saw that one of ‘em says “Increased bear activity.”

Fuck.

Actually, I really, really want to see one. Just from a very safe distance, preferably with no knowledge that I am watching it.

I know that I’ve been sparse around here lately. Such is life. But if a few months go by and the election season starts and there’s still nothing from me on here, rest assured, me and the sweetie are in a pile of bear poop scattered across the Montana wilderness. Good times.