Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PETA goes completely off the deep end

by Rich Miles

Do you remember the little human interest piece last week, about Pres. Obama managing to kill an annoying housefly that was buzzing about while he was doing an interview?

PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - has lodged a complaint about the prez's treatment of that poor little creature.


I mean really, folks. Is it me, or is this the most fuckin' ridiculous abuse of a public forum that EVER was?

I'd be interested in seeing comments defending PETA in this. If you can.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A short thought on Iranian and American politics

by Rich Miles

I don't have much to say here. Just this:

What we should be learning from the Iranians re: the recent elections there is simply this:

We should have done the same.

In 2000 and 2004, we should have had the courage of our convictions, we should have marched in the streets to protest OUR stolen elections. For it remains true that those two presidential elections were indeed stolen. Rigged. Faked.


But we as Americans did NOT protest our stolen elections. There are as many reasons for this as there are people who believe that the elections were stolen. And there are a LOT of those people.

But it is arguable that the Iranian authorities, learning from the experience of America, stole their election too. Seeing how easy it was, they did the same more or less, and are going to install a phony incumbent into the office of president. Just like we did in '04.

One wonders what the Iranian powers-that-be fear about Moussavi. It's probably just that he has an unfortunate tendency to tell the truth, even when it disagrees with the party line of Khamanei and the theocracy under which they live. Perhaps especially when it disagrees.

In short, we have to learn that America is not always the exceptionalist nation we all want to believe it is.

Sometimes, we're just a bunch of pussies.

(And I say that with no intention to insult pussies.)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Teacher Obama

Note: For reasons unknown, my cut and paste function is not working. It will make this piece somewhat less than complete, but you can find the links if you want to badly enough. At any rate, on with the business at hand:

by Rich Miles

I wonder what the mean-ass rightie weenies will do with this one...

Last night, June 12th, Pres. Obama did something so warm, so human, and yet so totally unexpected that, even though it was a small gesture, it was something his opponents, among others, will take notice of.

In short, Pres. Obama, in response to a youngster's concern over missing class in order to see the president, wrote an excuse note so the child would not be penalized.

Now, it's been almost 24 hours since this event took place, and so far I've seen no evidence that any rightie asshole has had anything significantly negative to say about it.

But there have been several other events to which the repugs have had almost inexplicably negative responses, to the point that they made themselves look foolish in their criticism.

For instance, remember the night the Prez and VP Biden sneaked out for burgers? Of course they were accompanied by Secret Service agents, and the repugs accused them of wasting government resources. (No mention of how wasted they as government resources might have been without the Secret Service along.)

Or the night the Prez and Mrs. Obama went on a dinner-and-a-play "date"? Ditto the wasted resources accusation.

Or how much shit Michelle caught for her sleeveless dress?

There were one or two more such displays of humanity that received some negativity from the wings. The right wings, to be precise.

But to make a long point short, can you envision the Bushmaster doing ANY of the things listed above?

I can't. Not that he was too good for such hobnobbing with the hoi polloi, but that he seemed to know, or at least his advisors did, that he was not well enough liked to try something like that. And as for Cheney accompanying him, fuhgeddaboudit.

Anyway, to conclude a long story: it's a wonder Preznit Obama doesn't just tell us all to go fuck ourselves. It's a tribute to his presidency that he hasn't. Yet.