Tag Archives: politics

The World According To Sarah Palin! Which Is Worse The N-Word Or The R-Word??

20 Aug

I’m pretty queasy whenever a topic related to censorship is brought up.  After all, this is America and the way I understand it unless you’re advocating for someone to get hurt, you’re allowed to say what you want.

That said, there are clearly a few words that are mostly better left unsaid.  Two of them are in the title of this post.

Read a great column from Alfred Doblin today where he takes on a certain former vice presidential candidates’ hypocrisy related to both words. 

Here it is:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/doblin_082010.html

Call me naive, but could Sarah Palin just be playing politics? 

Say it ain’t so, mama grizzly!

What Do Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain and the recently deceased Senator Robert Byrd All Have In Common?

1 Jul

Although they were from two different modern music genres, it’s clear that rapper Tupac Shakur and rocker Kurt Cobain have a bunch in common.  Both artists gained fame at roughly the same time period, both have been credited as being big influence on those that followed and both died way too young.

Senator Robert Byrd wasn’t a rapper or a rocker.  While he may have been influential, he certainly didn’t die too young.  He was 92 and by all accounts lived a full life.  Still, the senator does share music in common with Shakur and Cobain.   In Byrd’s case, he played traditional bluegrass. 

I didn’t know this till he passed, but in 1978, Byrd actually released a bluegrass album.  So, I think you can see where this is going.  Like with the death’s of Shakur and Cobain, record company executives saw the chance to make money and they’re not hesitating.

Byrd’s 1978 album is being reissued and so is following in the footsteps of Shakur and Cobain, the senator will soon have an album out despite the inconvenience of no longer being alive.

After all, life and music must go on!

Obama Tells Russian President To Go To Hell (For Burgers)!

27 Jun

Seems like cruel and unusual punishment that the translators don’t get burgers or even fries!

These Are The Fools Who Lead Us!

11 May

Boston Mayor gives Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek credit for football glory in this “ionic” clip…

Shocking that he wouldn’t know the difference between Vinatieri and Varitek since both probably did a lot of work in the community.  And more shocking that he doesn’t know the difference between “iconic” and “ionic”.

We get what we vote for…

Idiot Virginia Governor Learns A Lesson Too!

8 Apr

Bob McDonnell, idiot and the Governor of Virginia (nice combo!), learned a big lesson today.  In contrast to when he first proclaimed April as Confederate Month a few days ago, he’s now come around to acknowledging slavery’s role in the Civil War.

Earlier on, McDonnell’s logic seemed to be that there were many other (and I guess more important?) reasons for the Civil War.  You know, like Virginians liking NASCAR more than snooty Northerners.  So, in his proclamation announcing April as Confederate Month, he completely failed to mention the pesky little issue of slavery or for that matter the civil rights struggle that went on long after the war ended.

For the record, I’m no historian, NOT an expert on the Civil War or life in the South during the years leading up to the conflict.  So, I can completely see that there were other issues that lead this nation to an internal battle.  But…

How do you not mention slavery??

I’m guessing it just sounded like a downer when Confederate Month is designed to drive tourism.

Bummer when truth gets in the way of making money, isn’t it?

BONUS!  Here’s what an idiot looks like:

Obama Learns A Lesson! Never Say You’re A Fan Unless You Actually Can Name A Player On Your Favorite Team!

8 Apr

I love this video.  You get at least three things out of it.  First, the president may prove to be a better president than his predecessor, but clearly he’s NOT the better pitcher.

Second, President Obama learns a key lesson.  If you’re going to represent yourself as a “southside kid” and a Chicago White Sox fan, good to have your staff brief you on some names of actually Sox players first!

Finally, I like the president, but this video proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that he’s in fact a politician.  Look no further than him wearing a Nationals jacket, but putting on a White Sox hat.  You know, the team that’s his favorite, but he can’t remember any players…   Typical politician, trying to have it both ways.

Why Nuclear Weapons Prove Obama Is A Faithful Husband!

6 Apr

I’ll give the president this.  He does NOT like to take the easy way out. 

Case in point, today I read that he’s revamping US nuclear weapons strategy to make it less vague.  He’s going to move the US towards a policy of a more narrow use of nuclear weapons. 

According to this NY Times article online at MSNBC:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36185431/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/

the president even has the US not using nuclear weapons in the case of certain biological attacks.

Now I’m no blood-loving hawk and I generally think the less we rely on nukes the better.  On the other hand, I’m not some hippy dippie tree hugger who doesn’t believe that we in fact have some enemies that look to hurt us.  9/11 taught us that much.

Mostly, I’m no expert on nuclear weapons as effective deterrents, but I kind of liked a vagueness to our policy.  Sure, it’s not the perfect moral policy. But, I do think it helps to keep our enemies a little unsure of what our exact policy is.  Why spell out when we wouldn’t use nukes?  Isn’t that just asking for trouble?

For all any of us know, this may in fact be the right policy decision.  I for, one, was none to comfortable with the last adminstration’s attitude of shooting first and asking questions later. 

But, if I’m asking questions then I can only begin to imagine what mileage the talk radio right will be getting out of this.

President Obama’s decision on nuclear policy is debatable.  What’s not debatable is that short-term it’s awful politics.  It plays right into the hands of the stereotypes the right-wing media loves to dole out. 

It wasn’t the easy road.  That would have been doing 800 other smaller and non-controversial things.  In the president’s mind though, I’m guessing it was the right road.

And so here’s the point.   Long wait!  I know. 

But, if this president is so willing to take on the tough tasks, not take the easy way out, and stay committed to doing what’s right, than I’ve got one last guess about him. 

This is probably a man who is faithful to his wife. 

Either that or he’s addicted to taking huge risks.   Wait, that would be another of my favorite presidents, Bill Clinton.