“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:
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Jacques Chirac ex-Prime Minister of France recounts that in a telephone call to him when he was France’s Prime Minister, the United States President George W. Bush appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”… Chirac says he was boggled by Bush’s call and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.”… [T]he puzzled French leader didn’t comply with Bush’s request. Instead, his staff asked Thomas Romer, a theologian at the University of Lausanne, to analyze the weird appeal…
Another example why parody of current Republican candidates is impossible:
Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) said she would add former presidents Ronald Reagan, James Garfield and Calvin Coolidge to Mount Rushmore Tuesday in an ABC News/Yahoo! interview Tuesday.
I cannot even make a smart assed comment about this.
God can’t make up his mind:
Herman Cain announced that God asked him to run for president.
Is there anyone on the Republican ticket God did not ask to run? Does this mean that God is not omnipotent, cannot make up his mind or just likes practical jokes? Then again it was God himself who asked Pookie to run.
I know what you’re thinking; that’s not a factoid. I just couldn’t resist, especially because of the Sponge Bob Square Pants part. Here’s to Tyron and his mom. One of them would make a good running mate on Pookie’s ticket, don’t you think?
TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND AND AMERICA:
Thailand, is the most Buddhist country on earth with almost 94% of the country’s 65 million people self-identifying as Buddhist. There are 34,000 Buddhist monasteries and over 300,000 monks residing in the country.
Climate: A common argument against global warming is that the climate has always varied. Temperatures rise sometimes and this is perfectly natural is the usual line.
However, Svante Björck, a climate researcher at Lund University in Sweden, has now shown that global warming, i.e., simultaneous warming events in the northern and southern hemispheres, have not occurred in the past 20,000 years, which is as far back as it is possible to analyze with sufficient precision to compare with modern developments. The study goes 14,000 years further back in time than previous studies have done. “What is happening today is unique from a historical geological perspective,” he says
POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN CALIFORNIA:
So, I returned to SF and spent the next day in one long nap broken only by a telephone call from SWAC asking me to travel to Sacramento to drive her and Hayden to San Francisco for the weekend. According to several sources, SWAC’s past has caught up to her. An old friend of hers apparently called up several of her new friends and spilled the beans so to speak, as a result her new friends have grown cool and accused her of being a bad mother. She has decided to depart Sacto in high dudgeon to come to SF in order to explore circumstances here. My job is to take care of the boy while she attends to business. Hayden, of course would once again be uprooted from home and school should she decide to move again.
Hayden, my granddaughter Amanda and I spent two days giggling a lot.
My daughter arrived in SF this weekend to visit her grandmother in LA who had a mild stroke. She and I had lunch on Sunday. After lunch we went to a Peet’s Coffee for coffee and conversation. I was startled by several insights that she had, that I had not thought of before. While talking about people’s self-image of things like sexuality, race and the rest, she mentioned Sesame Street. I always saw the show as fun and a bit preachy. She pointed out that to her and she assumed others of her generation, the colors and the various roles of the characters communicated that it was not your color, where you lived or your gender and the like that make you who you are, but what you do. It is not whether you are green and live in a garbage can that identifies you but whether you are a grouch or not (Although it could be argued that being green and living in a garbage can would make most people grouchy). If she were right in would make Sesame Street highly subversive. No wonder the conservatives are so obsessed with closing down Public Television.
She then mentioned that prior to her generation (children of the baby boom and the denizens of the 60’s) so-called normal family life, which no matter how dysfunctional, formed the basis of ones personality, and that your other experiences in life (like watching Sesame Street) affected that to a greater or lesser degree. But, her generation was perhaps the first in the West where a significant percentage of children experienced something different from previous generations, so-called, normal family life. As a result, she and she assumed many of her generation, lacking that tradition, perverse or not, often relied on the media, such as in her case Sesame Street, to create that core value system or image of morality upon which the rest of their personality accreted. I then thought about the circumstances of children today, like Hayden growing up on Sponge Bob Square Pants and viewing a gullible, happy-go-lucky yellow sponge who uses his nose as a flute and exists primarily on hamburgers and ice cream as their image of normality.
JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:
Delayed while the author tries to resolve a plot crisis. The novel characters have rebelled and have occupied his brain to protest his use of only one percent of it with which to write the story. They believe that it is a plot by the one percent against rational plotting.
a. Cracked News from “Not the Nation”(the Thai “Onion”):
BANGKOK – Freshly appointed Defense Minister General Yuthasak Sasiprapha created another stir for the new Pheu Thai government this week with a controversial promise that this year’s transfer of senior military commanders would be based on merit. In a radical break from tradition that has no precedent in Thailand’s military history, Yuthasak declared that promotions should be based on ability and seniority rather than an individual’s network of school-class contacts.
b. Real Headlines and Ads:
HEADLINE: “CHILDREN NOT LIKELY TO INHERIT INFERTILITY”
NEWSPAPER STORY: “Another would-be juror said he had alcohol problems and was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover officer. ‘I should have known something was up,’ he said. ‘She had all her teeth.'”
HEADLINE: “ACT FOR ALL WOULD BETTER REFLECT IOWA DEMOGRAPHICS…Roughly 61% of Iowa graduating seniors passed the ACT last year. Of that total, roughly 62% of the students were white, 37% Hispanic, 34% African-American, and 37% American Indian.”
AD FOR “CLUB SARATOGA”: “ATTENTION: OUR AD REQUESTING POLE DANCERS DID NOT MEAN DANCERS OF POLISH DESCENT”
c. Bill Moyers, American Patriot:
“We hold elections, knowing they are unlikely to produce the policies favored by the majority of Americans. We speak, we write, we advocate — and those in power turn deaf ears and blind eyes to our deepest aspirations. We petition, plead, and even pray — yet the earth that is our commons, which should be passed on in good condition to coming generations, continues to be despoiled. We invoke the strain in our national DNA that attests to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as the product of political equality — yet private wealth multiplies as public goods are beggared. And the property qualifications for federal office that the framers of the Constitution expressly feared as an unseemly “veneration for wealth” are now openly in force; the common denominator of public office, even for our judges, is a common deference to cash.”
d. How To Talk Like A Republican (The New American Lexicon):
From Frank Luntz Republican Party consultant in a memorandum to party leaders and regulars:
So you thought you were getting a free market economy, when all you ended up with is damn Globalization.
e. What “Occupy” is all about and what it really wants:
1. If you are among the 99%:
“…you pick up a disproportionate share of America’s tax bill. You pay higher prices for a broad range of products from peanuts to prescriptions. You pay taxes that others in a similar situation have been excused from paying. You’re compelled to abide by laws while others are granted immunity from them. You must pay debts that you incur while others do not. You’re barred from writing off on your tax returns some of the money spent on necessities while others deduct the cost of their entertainment. You must run your business by one set of rules, while the government creates another set for your competitors… In contrast the fortunate few who contribute to the right politicians and hire the right lobbyists enjoy all the benefits of their special status. Make a bad business deal; the government bails them out. If they want to hire workers at below market wages, the government provides the means to do so. If they want more time to pay their debts, the government gives them an extension. If they want immunity from certain laws, the government gives it. If they want to ignore rules their competition must comply with, the government gives it approval. If they want to kill legislation that is intended for the public, it gets killed.”
Time Magazine published this? You have got to be kidding.
2. Sign and an “Occupy” rally of an ex marine who served in Iraq:
“5 of my friends are dead
1 of my friends is missing his arm
1 of my friends killed himself
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous
I can’t sleep at night
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer
I am the 99%”
3. Welfare Queens:
The top five recipients of federal corporate tax breaks—Chevron Corp, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, General Electric, and Boeing—gave $78.7 million to state political campaigns and another $45.3 million to federal campaigns from 1999 through 2010.This number does not include the untold millions these same corporations have spent on public relations, lobbying and consultants to manipulate public policy for their own benefit.
Bill De Blasio, of the New York City Public Advocates office, pointed out that these same five corporations benefited from $3.7 billion in corporate tax breaks in 2009, paid $0 in 2009 federal taxes, and in 2010 enjoyed a combined profit of $77.16 billion. Slightly more than $8.9 million went to political party committees, favoring Republicans 3–to–1 ($6.6 million compared to $2.3 million given to Democrats).
In other words you and I are paying these corporations our tax dollars to enable them to accumulate even more of our tax dollars. Makes you want to go out in the streets and protest doesn’t it?
Think about this, these same corporations through the Republican Party and a number of Democrats want you to believe that the source of all America’s fiscal problems is caused by a few Mexicans swimming across the Rio Grande, some black unwed mothers, teachers unions, health insurance reform and a women’s rights to choose. What is most appalling is the number of emails floating through the internet gleefully passed on, as though it was revealed truth, parroting this misdirection and often created by those funded by the same corporate institutions so eagerly ripping us off.
f. Testosterone Chronicles:
• Numerous studies have found that women are more likely than men to reciprocate acts of kindness (reviewed by Rachel Croson and Uri Gneezy).
Screw you Rachel and Uri. I will have you know that men are kinder to their guns, beer and dogs than women are. We also think we are kind to (and admittedly, at times a little frightened by) large female breasts; vaginas, not so much.
“Today, however, we have to say that a state is a human community that [successfully] claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory. Note that, “territory” is one of the characteristics of the state.
Specifically, at the present time, the right to use physical force is ascribed to other institutions or to individuals only to the extent to which the state permits it. The state is considered the sole source of the “right” to use violence.”
In other words, government kills to save you the effort.
“Why would anyone be morally bound or wish to be morally bound to a civil society that does not share the goal that its citizens deserve a fair distribution of wealth, income and power? If the civil society is not dedicated to that end what else could it possibly be dedicated to? What is freedom to those without wealth, income or power?”