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Posted in politics, reproductive health with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by vagabondsaint

I know, I haven’t blogged a word in just over a month.  Let me reassure my faithful reader that I am, in fact, still alive.  There’s just not much of interest to me going on in the world.

I know all about Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the US Supreme Court.  I’ve watched the right-wing pundits nitpick over the factual details of her career, looking for any reasionable grounds to oppose her and making up unreasonable ones when none have appeared.  Bored now.

The murder of Dr. George Tiller?  Reprehensible, shameful, and tragic; everyone says so, including the same right-wing pundits that did everything but call for his execution (looking at you, Bill O’Reilly, and regretting having to look at you).  That’s the expected reaction, along with people like O’Reilly and Glenn Beck vigorously denying that their inflammatory words had anything at all to do with any actual violence.  They’re just talking, after all.  Again, completely expected, completely predictable, and completely boring, though no less reprehensile, shameful, and tragic.  There is one facet of tye story that is of particular interest tio me, though:  the controversial Homeland Security report from two months ago that warned of a rise in “right-wing extremist activity.”  The report was instantly condemned by, of course, right-wingers, who even had the nerve to call for new HS head Janet Napolitano’s resignation.  Out of curiosity, now that one right-wing extremist killed three Pittsburgh police officers and another has murdered a doctor in cold blood, where are the public apologies and the hung heads admitting that maybe that report had a bit of truth to it?  Too busy trying to block an eminently qualified judge from getting to the Supreme Court or fighting much-needed financial and health-care reforms, I guess.

American Idol?  Don’t care.

NBA playoffs?  Don’t care.

Obama’s Cairo speech?  Awesome.  But not much to add or react to in it.

Anything done by Republicans? Super don’t care.

Backlash against Sacramento shock jocks?  Good to hear ignorant hate speech, masquerading as “humour,” being cracked down on.  Now go try FOX News, which doesn’t even pretend to be funny. Though, to be fair, neither do I.

Truth be told, there’s just not much on the stage catching my attention right now.  When something does, and I have something worth saying about it, I will.

VS – 6.08.09

Hardball Time

Posted in economics, politics with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by vagabondsaint

So, this Senate stimulus package.

Leading economists say that the cuts made to appease 4 moderate Republicans could very well be disastrous to our economy.  You know, economists?  People who have chosen to spend their lives studying the economy, as opposed to being politicians?

I’m going to say this one more time, to Congressional Democrats and the Obama Administration:

Fuck the Republicans.  You have majorities in the House and the Senate.  You do not need their support.  If they want to filibuster the stimulus package, let them.  That delay will most likely harm our economy further if they choose to do so, but that’s their decision and you can be sure they will suffer the consequences of it.  They can read the reports of the same economists that I have, and if they do so (it’s called research, and I would think it’s what any smart politician would do when confronted with an issue they know little about) and still oppose an expanded stimulus based on party principle, then they’ve proven that they care more about sticking to outmoded, obsolete, foolish economic theories that run contrary to empirical evidence than they do the American people, and they do not deserve consideration, appeasement, or votes.

Basically, run the package Obama wants to run.  Remove these idiotic cuts and use your majorities to steamroll the opposition.  The GOP is a bunch of small, selfish, petty people, clinging to a unrealistic worldview, and they need to suffer the consequences of their ridiculous obstinancy to face reality.  Plow them under now so something better can grow in their place, and stop enabling this childish, foolish behaviour from them.  Please.  Remember, these people celebrated not voting for the stimulus bill in the House.  What kind of bullshit is that?

Oh, and a personal note to former Minnesota Norm Coleman, whose legal challenges of Al Franken’s victory are keeping Franken from being seated in the US Senate:  Listen, dick.  If God wanted you to serve, you’d be serving.  You’re not.  Take the fucking hint, jerkhole.

VS – 2.9.09

The Bush Years: A Horror-Stricken Look Back

Posted in politics with tags , , , , on January 18, 2009 by vagabondsaint

It’s almost over.

Looking back at the past 8 years of the Bush presidency, one question irrepressibly comes to mind:  what the hell was wrong with us?  We must have all taken severe head injuries at some point; that’s the only explanation I can think of as to why we let Bush and his cronies get away with so much crap over the past 8 years.  It was like an experiment to see how much one man, with a little help from his friends, can fuck up the greatest country in the world.

And he got re-elected!  That was really mind-blowing; I have never been so disappointed in America as I was that day.

It’s been said that no one could have seen the disastrous Bush presidency coming.  For the most part, that’s true. . .except that somebody did see it coming, and said so in the least likely place to find real news: no, not Fox News, but The Onion, parody newspaper supreme.

When Bush was first elected given the office by his dad’s Supreme Court cronies admitted into the Oval Office, the Onion ran an article entitled  Bush:  ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’.   He might not have actually said it, but damned if he didn’t mean it, and damned if he didn’t live up to it.  Seriously, read that article.  It’s the most eerily-prophetic thing I’ve ever seen.

Granted, some good things did come out of the Bush years:  The Daily Show probably wouldn’t be so popular without him, and. . .hm.  Hang on, I’ll try to think of another one.

Oh, by the way, even if we ignored Iraq, Afghanistan, and the economic collapse,  there would still be Bush’s environmental record to mark him as one of the worst presidents ever.   As Will Cuppy said in The Decline And Fall Of Practically Everybody, Alexander The Great is called “The Great” because he killed more people of more different types than anybody else before or since; I guess Bush was trying for being called at least “The Awesome,” for recklessly endangering more people of more different types than anybody else before or since.  We’re not safer at home (thanks to deregulation of the financial industry and environmental pollution) or abroad (damn near everybody hates us now), despite all the statements to the contrary by the Administration.  We are not only worse off now than we were eight years ago, we’re completely fucked now from where we were eight years ago.  Thanks, idiots in charge and the idiots who kept voting for them.

But it’s almost over now.  2 more days, in which time I would not be surprised if Bush found a way to make the moon crash into Earth, and this will all be over; we can finally crawl out of the rubble of America and start rebuilding.

And how did this eight-year Reign of Error come to an end?  Please, Onion, tell us:

Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job

Congrats and good luck, Obama.

VS – 1.18.09

P.S. I’m still trying to think of some other good that came out of the Bush Administration. . .any ideas?