After kicking around the web for sometime the other night I found this article from the highly regarded news source The Onion. I knew it friends, I just knew it, conservative talk radio has been claiming he was a Socialist, a Marxist, a Nazi but something just didn’t feel right about what Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh were saying and now we know! You can’t hide from the American people Mr. President the truth is out you, you, succulent plant….
Posts Tagged ‘barack obama’
Tags: barack obama, cactus, fun friday, Glenn Beck, Obama, president obama, rush limbaugh, the onion
Tags: 911, afghanistan, barack obama, bible, burn the koran day, capitalism, christian, christianity, conservatives, Florida, islam, koran, muslim, Obama, pastor, petraus, pope, quran, sarah palin, september 11, Terry jones
Pastor Terry Jones is nothing but a Christian media whore
So the question of the day is; how do you get people to pay attention to a nothing little church in the state of Florida? I know declare war on the Quran and say it’s in respect to the people who were killed during the September 11th attack in New York City, do it on 9/11 and start a Facebook campaign. Obviously Terry Jones is a media whore and to give him proper credit a pretty good one. He has the entire media world paying attention to his church. I’ve seen more of him on the news in the last two days than either Obama or Palin and that’s saying something. The logic is undeniably faulty as first, how does burning the Quran only attack “radical Islam” as he claims and secondly, how does burning the Quran honor the Muslim’s who lost their life on 9/11?
Essentially this guy is trying to sell books, he wrote a book entitled Islam is the Devil and this is a fabulous way to market his work. He also, and I support this, has the right to burn any damn book he wants under the first amendment. However, I wonder how he would react to me burning a van load of Christian Bibles in public, oh wait, can’t do that to the one true god’s book. In the end it’s unfortunate that this person will probably inflame anti-American sentiment and probably get a few American soldiers and possibly civilians killed in the process. But that’s ok because in the end it’s all in the name of good ole American capitalism so I’m pretty sure Conservative talk radio will have his back. Capitalism of course always works best when you wrap it in either God or Country!
To read more about this auspicious event:
The Pope has come out against the event but for those of you who don’t know, most evangelistic Christians don’t give a flying shit about the Pope:
A little bit of background on Pastor Jones;
Good God! Even Sarah Palin thinks he’s wrong:
Tags: Afghan War, barack obama, George Bush, Iraq War, Vietnam, war
Has the US public gone soft?
A thought hit me this morning as I listened to a news story on the Afghanistan war. They had just relayed the statistic about the 66 servicemen killed in the month of July, the deadliest month of the war, they followed up this number with a review of how incredibly unpopular the war is and related it to the high levels of loss of life. You can find the numbers at:
The popularity of the war has certainly not been enhanced by the recent release of thousands of documents from the war that were leaked by a soldier on Wikileaks and various media reports of what’s in the documents are not flattering to the US military and possibly downright dangerous according to others. A couple of interesting views:
And of course the fact that the Afghan War is now the longest declared war in American history can’t help. In thinking about these reports I started wondering about the previous American wars and the casualty numbers from each of those wars. The older wars in the US were the biggest, World War I cost the US 116, 708 lives, World War II 407,316 lives and the Civil War 623,026 lives. Particularly given the size of the US population at the times of these wars these are huge losses. By comparison our most recently completed war, the Vietnam War cost 58,169 lives, and in comparison we’ve lost 4,400+ lives in Iraq and 1,084+ lives in Afghanistan. Even combined for Iraq and Afghanistan this is one-tenth the loss of life that occurred in the Vietnam War and yet, the public seems only marginally more behind these wars than Vietnam. You can see the numbers at:
Our enemies believe that since the Vietnam War, the American public no longer has the stomach for seeing dead American soldiers and this was given some validity by President George W. Bush not allowing the press to photograph returning US caskets. Is this true; has the American public gone soft as our enemies believe?
I don’t believe this to be true, I think there are a lot of reasons why America is not behind the Afghan or Iraq wars. First, without a doubt Vietnam has had a major impact on the American psyche and particular the generation that is currently in power. Like Vietnam, the public is often confused about why we are fighting this war. Americans initially supported the war in Afghanistan because of its direct connection to the tragedy of 9/11. We believed that driving both the Taliban and Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan would happen quickly and actually be fairly easy, perhaps naïve but initially that is exactly what happened. However, then came the Iraq War and the full weight of history that reminds us that no one has ever won a war of occupation in Afghanistan. American’s were even more distrustful of the beginning of the Iraq War and the hunt for the infamous weapons of mass destruction. Even more disturbed when these weapons were never found and we felt like we had been lied to in order to start a war. What also sets these wars apart, is that on a day-to-day basis American’s do not feel like we are at war, it has almost no consistent or severe impact on us unless of course you have a loved who has been killed or injured. This is what sets these wars apart the most, there is no day-to-day impact, there is no single easily definable villain like the Kaiser, Hitler or Emperor Hirohito. Our villains are shadow groups who hide from us in different countries, they have no large armies to face off against on the battle field, there is no territory to gain and keep, and worst of all they hide in and amongst civilians causing us to shed the lives of innocents right next to and sometimes instead of the enemy.
We often call the Vietnam War a quagmire, the fact is Afghanistan is much more of a quagmire than Vietnam ever was due to the civilian deaths and the lack of a defined enemy. How do you possibly leave Afghanistan and not watch either the Taliban or multiple war lords take over and take that country right back to where it was before the Taliban’s first takeover? I don’t know and I’m not sure anyone else does. It seems for both Iraq and Afghanistan we have forgotten the largest lesson we learned in that conflict, don’t go in unless you know how to get out and I can see no defined exit strategy in either war.
Tags: apocalypse, apocalypse clock, barack obama, book of revelations, BP, depression, dystopian times, dystopiantimes.com, fox news, nuclear weapon, the stand
Is the end near?
It must be, I saw a guy carrying a sign saying that very thing the other day, the end is near. Funny he looked a bit like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which is a little inside joke to anyone who’s ever seen The Stand. I don’t believe the end is near in the sense of prophecy or the Book of Revelations End Time beliefs. As much as people on Fox News may be claiming that President Obama is bringing on the End Times, I think in reality they just need to readjust their tin foil hats. However you can access what was said at the link below:
In fact although there are plenty of ways in which the world might end quickly more than likely the end of society as we know it will come through a succession of events that domino together to bring down our economic systems which will lead to social anarchy and the dissolution of our society. Not an easy thing to occur and quite honestly the odds are a bit low but were the right set of events to domino together, well, quite literally all hell could break loose. The link below sets out a series of possible events that could lead to the end of the world:
One of the ways we don’t expect it to end has recently been dealt with here:
A nice discussion of the domino theory can be found on a new website, www.dystopiantimes.com there is a graphic and link on the upper left-hand corner of the site that shows how close we are to midnight, the Apocalypse. The clock postings track back through time so you need to go back to the first post to get the full description and a read about the domino theory but it is worth a look and can be found specifically at: http://www.dystopiantimes.com/apocalypse-clock
A disturbing trend is that the clock has been getting progressively closer to midnight and there is currently a lot of instability in the financial markets and politics of the world. Although we may be coming to the end of the Gulf of Mexico BP Oil spill we are still dealing with: significantly high tensions on the Korean Peninsula; tensions over the Iranian nuclear program; an ongoing two-front war in Afghanistan and Iraq; and finally the specter of a double-dip recession.
I’ll leave it to each of the readers of this post to determine how close we are to the edge and would recommend you check out the following and ask yourself the question, are you ready for dystopian times?
Tags: barack obama, BP, breast implants, drug mules, haiti, illegal immigration, immigration, Jan Brewer, Joe Barton, rush limbaugh, sarah palin
Today a quick little post to see who the biggest idiot was in the month of June:
Was it Jan Brewer for her utterly unsubstantiated comment that the majority of all illegal immigrants are drug mules?
Was it Sarah Palin for her emphatic declaration that her breasts are real?
Perhaps it was Senator Joe Barton for apologizing to BP.
Or was it Rush Limbaugh for standing by his earlier remarks that Obama used the Haiti earthquake disaster to “burnish his credentials with minorities?”
You decide, you can vote for the winner in the comments section.
Tags: barack obama, BP, British Petroleum, Democrats, energy and commerce committee, gulf, gulf coast, gulf of mexico, horizon, Joe Barton, lawyers, Obama, oil, oil spill, president obama, representative, Republicans, sarah palin, Texas, Tony Hayward
Representative Joe Barton (Republican) of Texas apologized yesterday to British Petroleum (BP) for the Whitehouse and President Obama’s shakedown in order to get a twenty billion dollar fund established to help out gulf coast victims of the oil spill. How idiotic was this statement? Well before the hearing was even over his own party had slapped him around to the point that he retracted the statement, letting everyone know the oil spill is a horrible disaster.
Check out the link to see the reaction he’s getting:
So who the hell is Joe Barton? He’s the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He’s a representative from the state of Texas whose most notable moments seem to be that he’s denied global warming, made a failed run for a senate seat, opposed the extension of the Voting Rights Act in 2006 and now is apparently the only person in America who feels sorry for Tony Hayward. Oh and by the way, his number one financial supporter in his political career is the oil and gas industry and he used to consult for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company. Was that a BP tie clasp he was wearing yesterday?
Could it possibly be that what Mr. Barton was actually doing yesterday was trying to limit the type of damages that might occur to an oil company after a large spill? I mean if BP has to pay billions of dollars in damages, then what happens to the next oil company that has a major spill. And yes Sarah Palin, when you drill baby drill, you spill baby spill!
Here we have another politician folks, so out of the main stream of America and locked into his politics of exclusion and hate that he actually thought he’d be supported on this. I mean hey, he’s taking a shot at the democrats, the president whom we all know must be a socialist and better yet, one of the black men that damn voting act was trying to protect. I bet he expected the right and the Republican Party to throw him a damn parade! Oooops, not everyone in the Republican Party is a moron Joe, and so you got slapped! Although I’m sure some of the standard right-wing wackos my be supporting him today I have a feeling Joe Barton is feeling seriously unloved today.
But seriously Mr. Barton, how the hell can you oppose this with a rationale that the courts will take care of this? Why should fishermen, hotel owners, restaurant and hotel owners and workers, good people who work hard for a living have to go out and hire lawyers to get money that is rightfully due them? Why, please Mr. Barton tell us why, should lawyers end up with 30-50% of the payout from this fund as fees for the services they render? Isn’t it better for these folks to get 100% of the funds? Apparently you don’t think so, so either you are trying to protect BP and Tony Hayward, or you are trying to help out lawyers. So apparently Mr. Barton you don’t realize that these are the two most despised groups in America, and now sir I happily add you to the mix you idiot!
Tags: Alabama, Anatoly Sagalevich, barack obama, BP, cap, catastraphe, depression, economy, environment, euro, European Union, financial crisis, Florida, Haliburton, Louisiana, Mississippi, nuclear weapon, nuke, oil, recession, russia, russian academy of sciences, Tony Hayward, Transocean, tuna, well
Hello friends, what I have for you tonight, if it is true, is nothing short of terrifying. The following link that I provide: http://beforeitsnews.com/story/76/057/Scientists_Warn_Gulf_Of_Mexico_Sea_Floor_Fractured_Beyond_Repair.htmldescribes reports Anatoly Sagalevitch from the Russian Academy of Sciences as saying that the Gulf of Mexico leak is much worse than we have been told. In fact the report suggests that the well is not able to be capped, leaving only two options. Option 1 let the well run dry, which could take as much as 30 years, or seal it with a nuclear bomb. During the Soviet era the Russians on five occasions used controlled underground nuclear explosions to cap wells. As a matter of fact, in May the Russian newspaper, Komsomoloskaya Pravda, made this very suggestion.
This is a calamity of amazing proportions if it is true! First off imagine the outcry of even suggesting detonating a nuclear weapon so close to the shore of the United States. The political fight over that alone should be an amazing show. If we do this detonation, what size wave will that throw against the gulf shore? What type of contamination will the blast inflict upon the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and how long will they take to recover? On the economic front, should the blast be called for we can call an end to oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, is that Saudi Arabia I hear cheering? Considering that the report says that oil is leaking from twenty-two separate sites along the sea floor I wonder how many barrels of oil per day are actually leaking out, the count has risen from the original 1000 barrels a day to the most current estimate of up to 40,000 barrels a day. This spill is already the third largest of all time and if this report is true, it will quickly become the largest oil spill in the history of mankind and the worst ecological disaster the Gulf of Mexico has ever seen.
The implications are far-reaching from the impact on shrimping, oyster and fishing industries including impacting the Blue Fin Tuna fleets of the northeastern US coast as the area impacted is the birthing and raising ground of these fish. As we enter hurricane season who on the gulf isn’t terrified that a major storm will come through and throw massive amounts of crude onto the shore and into the sensitive wetlands of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
The economic implications of this report are beyond alarming. If we are forced to nuke this well shut, then drilling in the gulf stops and we become much more highly dependent upon foreign oil. Oil prices will rise quickly and we will see $4 a gallon gas soon, or will it be $5, or $6 a gallon gas? When oil prices raced past $100 a barrel and domestic gas prices above $4 a gallon our expanding economy suddenly stopped and reversed itself sending us and our financial system on a crash course with depression. We narrowly avoided that depression and somewhat stabilized our economy, but with the European financial issues we’ve seen serious volatility in our markets. Nuke this well in the gulf and I fear that the next great depression is a certainty.
Tags: 911, afghanistan, barack obama, BP, conservatives, fireman, hero, heroes, iraq, liberals, mother teresa, Obama, police, political hack, politics, sean hannity, soldier, Transocean, twin towers
This week the families of the eleven men who died on the Transocean and BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico were invited to the Whitehouse to meet President Barack Obama. Why? There have been almost 5,500 American men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since those conflicts began. Have their families been invited to the Whitehouse? No, of course not, we call them heroes on a weekly basis but we don’t go so far as inviting their families to the Whitehouse, apparently the eleven lives lost in the Gulf of Mexico are more important than our fallen soldiers.
Now before all you conservatives start cheering me on for sticking it to Obama, you might want to read a bit further. We are only bringing those folks to the Whitehouse because it looks good politically. Just like it looks good politically to declare half of the damn country as heroes. These days, if you are a fireman, police officer or soldier you are a hero, if you’re a teacher, a nurse or a Sean Hannity listener you’re not only a hero, you might even be a great American. Bullshit, plain and simple bullshit. Politicians and political commentators use these words to sound good, if they call these people patriots or heroes they sound humble and patriotic, they make you feel good by using these words because let’s face it, who among us doesn’t have a cop, a firefighter or a soldier in our lives?
Now let’s be clear, I have the utmost respect for the police, firemen, nurses, doctors, teachers and particularly soldiers. How can you not have respect and feel indebted to the people who risk their very lives so that we can have the life we have here in America. However that does not make each of them heroes and I do not want the word hero cheapened by political hacks or commentators, often hacks themselves so they shouldn’t feel left out. These people are to be respected and lauded, but I’m sorry, just because some kid from Mississippi didn’t have any other good options in life, enlisted in the army and ended up doing truck repair in Düsseldorf, Germany doesn’t make him a hero. It makes him smart and respectable and hopefully it will help him have a better life, but how do you even start to compare him to a fireman who rushed back into the twin towers on 911, or the soldier standing guard on a fire base tonight in Afghanistan or Iraq?
I’ll even go a step further and this is where a lot of you are really going to get angry at me, just because a soldier dies in a war zone, he’s not a hero. He died in the line of duty and again, that sacrifice is amazing and selfless, but that doesn’t make him or her a hero. There have been many deaths in the war zone from suicide, truck accidents, illness and soldiers who made stupid mistakes. Those deaths are no less poignant, no less tragic for their families, but they are not heroic in any sense of the word. The majority of deaths that have occurred in our two current wars have come from improvised explosive devices (IED). So even a battle casualty may not be heroic, a new kid, just in country driving back from the airport in a Humvee that gets hit with an IED is not a hero.
So what is a hero? A hero is someone, man, woman or child, who engages in a heroic act, who puts the survival of others before their own life, who goes above and beyond what is expected of a person in that role to do something truly special. Those fireman and police officers who charged into those towers on 911 were heros, the soldier who runs out into the middle of a fire fight and drags his buddy to safety is a hero. I am sure on a daily basis in Afghanistan and Iraq, that heroes are not in short demand, so please, I beg of you stop calling so many people heroes, save it for those 911 heroes, for those men and women in the wars who go above and beyond, for the Mother Teresa’s of the world. Don’t cheapen their actions by so carelessly wielding the word hero.
Tags: addict, barack obama, bill clinton, clintons, conservatism, conservtives, ditto heads, dittos, Elton John, family values, hillary clinton, hypocrites, liberalism, liberals, nuptials, oxycodone, Rush, rush limbaugh, sean hannity, traditional values, wedding
I have made no secret of my raging dislike for conservative blow hards like Rush and Sean Hannity, truth be told not a big fan of liberal blow hards either, basically against blow hards as a species. However, with Rush I have a confession to make. In the early days of his radio show I was working in California and was actually quite amused by Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. He was obviously doing a lot of what he was doing to be outrageous and attract attention and frankly he didn’t seem to take himself all that seriously. He was certainly a conservative commentator and responding to an unfilled niche on the radio. Then the greatest thing in Rush’s life happened, no not oxycodone, but the election of Bill Clinton. Rush rose to huge heights on the wave of absolute hate the right showed for the Clintons. It was during that rise that I began losing the amusement I used to have with Rush, he started to take himself way too seriously. He began in my opinion to believe in the crap he previously only said to build an audience and make money. Rush began to believe in his own press, expanding ego and the wave of love he felt coming back from the dittoheads. How sad that people take pride in a name that actually celebrates the fact that they don’t think for themselves. I know, I know dittos, you constantly, and he constantly say no that’s not what it means, obviously none of you own a dictionary.
However today I read news that may bring my dislike of Rush Limbaugh to new heights. Mr. Conservatism, Mr. Traditional values has gotten married again. In thinking about Mr. Limbaugh’s nuptials it struck me that he and even more so his fans, are a bunch of freakin hypocrites. Were I to approach any of them and tell them I had advice for them from a four-time married drug addict who had a gay man serenade him at his last wedding, singing Elton John songs no less, they would laugh in my face. They are conservatives, they couldn’t possibly take advice from someone who obviously does not share their traditional conservative values. Yet there they are listening to Rush Limbaugh, married for the fourth time, oxycodone drug addict and having Elton John serenade him at his wedding. Fact of the matter is if that’s the new conservatism, I may just have to sign up.