Sunday, October 19, 2008

Obama turns the other cheek....

The election of Senator Obama will never change the minds of those who think that the color of a person's skin is a reflection of their worth.  It will never convince some that by supporting Republicans, they are voting against their own best wishes and it will never convince others that FOX News and Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the like are nothing more than well paid propagandists who care not one whit for the common man.   Obama's hoped for election will never do all that, but it will START the change because Senator Obama turns the other cheek.

Politico reports a story today of a visit Barack Obama made to a predominantly white diner in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  As he entered, a woman began shouting, "Socialist!  Socialist!" and yelled at him to get out.  

Obama arrived at the barbecue joint around 12:30 p.m., where an older and majority white clientele of several dozen were eating lunch after church services.  Many patrons applauded as he walked into the diner, but Diane Fanning, 54, began yelling, "Socialist, socialist, socialist-get out of here!"
But Senator Obama didn't leave.  Instead he later went over to the woman's table and....

He held out his hand to her and asked, "how are you, ma'am?" but she declined to shake his hand.

He will never change old thought patterns...

But some of the other older white diners looked surprised and slightly uncomfortable as Obama stopped at their tables to shake hands.  "

But a President Obama will be a start. 

Monday, September 08, 2008

Truth? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Truth….

I woke up this morning with a sinking feeling in my stomach and now I know why; two national polls are showing that the McCain/Palin ticket is ahead. I’m beyond disappointed beyond disbelief. I’m in that horrible state of resignation. Sort of what I imagine it must be like to find yourself stuck in quicksand. You fight for a while and then stop because you reach a point where you know it’s over. So, you stop fighting and allow yourself to slowly sink out of sight. I’m sinking. We’re all sinking.
See, it doesn’t matter that we keep pointing out that Palin is a liar or that McCain is a liar. It doesn’t matter because no one is listening. They’ve bought the new, improved Republican product and it doesn’t matter that it doesn’t work. Truth is boring. It requires actual time and attention to understand and people today don’t have time. It’s easier to just assume that everything is going to be okay. Easier to believe that, “it can’t happen here,” it being fascism. Well folks, I hate to tell you but it is happening here. Surprise!
I hope I’m wrong. I hope I stop resigning myself to slowly sinking deeper into quicksand. I don’t want to go under, I want to scream for help but how can that help if no one is listening? Sigh. Sorry for the downer thoughts but it’s what I’m feeling right now. We’re screaming for help and no one is listening.

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Uh-Oh Moment

The Uh-Oh Moment

Back in 1999, when I first heard George W. Bush had decided to run for President, my first reaction was, “Uh oh.” Didn’t matter that he was a knucklehead. As a Texan, I’d seen him win the Governorship in Texas using lies and dirty tricks so as soon as I heard the news, I knew we were sunk. Enter Sarah Palin. My first reaction when I heard the news of her candidacy was “Uh oh.”

It’s George W. Bush all over again. I smell a Rovian rat. Take an unqualified but sellable personality, and create a candidate. Doesn’t matter that Palin thinks the Pledge of Allegiance was created by our Founding Fathers! What do facts and knowledge have to do with running the country? She’s not going to be making any decisions on her own because she’s there to do as she’s told. Besides, most people don’t know that the Pledge of Allegiance was created in the 20th century and it’s precisely this lack of knowledge that makes it so easy for Rove and those like him to sell the people a wolf in a sheep’s clothing. Already, the news today of Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy, instead of torpedoing her candidacy, is already being spun as a wonderful story of parental support for a child in need. These people know how to turn crap into gold.

We’re in trouble. Obama and Biden are the real deal but up against the propaganda masters, their message will be lost because we’re up against theatrics here, folks. Palin as a candidate is all about image and nothing about qualifications. She can be sold. Mass marketed to a willing public who want nothing more than cheap goods that aren’t made to last, only to look good.

We’ve got to fight it by exposing the wolf underneath. We’ve got to pull off the sheep’s skin and expose them for the liars they are! But how? The media is not on our side and unfortunately, a lot of voters are ready, willing and able to buy the lies because a large number still operate under the delusion that those in authority would never lie to us. How do we fix this? How?

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Do Not Underestimate the Bun

In terms of needed Vice-Presidential experience and capabilities, Sarah Palin is a featherweight, but in terms of what the Neo-Republican Party needs to scheme, bully and lie their way into the White House, Sarah Palin, with her sexy librarian glasses and hair loosely gathered in a bun, is the Featherweight Champion of the Year.

The fundamentalist base that was in threat of being lost to McCain is back in the fold. They love her! She is a fervid evangelical and a mother of five. The youngest, her son Trig, was born with Down syndrome, which she and husband were aware of before the child was born. Talk about an anti-abortion heroine! Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council says she’s a “pro-family, pro life champion.”

It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t have the gravitas needed for the vice-presidency; all that matters is that she will carry their message. It doesn’t matter that she was elected Governor of Alaska less than two years ago with less than 200,000, it only matters that her state is sitting on the largest oil reserves in the country and she wants to drill. Damn the environment and the polar bears, which she refused to put on the endangered species list; we want that oil! It doesn’t matter that she may have abused her power as Governor when she tried to get her brother-in-law fired and then unable to do so, fired the man who refused follow her orders, it only matters that she’s willing to defend her family and willing to abuse her power! It doesn’t matter that she’s anti-abortion and wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade, it only matters that she’s a woman!

From a political marketing viewpoint, she’s a Rovian dream! She’s the mother of 5 children! She’s young and attractive. Imagine the photo ops! But best of all, in Rove’s world, she’s a water bearer. She doesn’t question the Right’s agenda because she learned long ago to shoot first and ask questions later, if at all. She doesn’t have to know about anything because she is there to be programmed and she knows that. But she’s not dumb. I’ve heard her speak and despite an unattractive shrillness to her vocal tone, she’s intelligent, confident, and very telegenic. In other words, she’s the Democratic Party’s nightmare.

Let us not forget that, the other side is a master of propaganda and they have the mass media on their side. Last night I switched from the gushings of Hannity, to Beck and to the other Republican lapdogs and they all said the same thing, “She’s terrific!”

We need to be on our toes. Despite the power our party displayed during our convention; we cannot rest on our laurels. It doesn’t matter that we’re in the right, it only matters that we win. So though she may look harmless enough, do not underestimate her loosely secured, bun; it’s stronger than it looks.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

We ain't so dumb anymore....

The "journalists" of today are experiencing a rude awakening. In the past 8 years, the "press" has been staffed with sub-standard, sub-intelligent reporters. The equivalent of the Bob Jones University graduates that made up Bush's Department of Justice, (knuckleheads) sit at the news desks of all the major networks. The intelligent and sensible questions of a Bill Moyers has been replaced with the ridiculous innuendos of Katie Couric. These networks have been very successful at passing off their "news" programs as "intelligent journalism," but now, faced with Barack Obama, they're finding out that their junior high school level of journalism is no match for an intelligent, rational and telegenic Democrat.
Watch as this FOX wannabe tries to do the old, "I'm going to ask stupid questions to try and trip you up and then the network will notice me and hire me and I'll be bigger than Bill O'Reilly!" question route. It is to laugh.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

19-inch Fall

When I was a little girl, maybe 10 or 11, I got it into my head that when I grew up I was going to turn into a white woman, with blonde hair and blue eyes. After all, that’s what I saw on TV. (The year was 1970.) So, to hurry up the inevitable, one Christmas, I ordered myself a blonde wig out of the Sears Catalog. The wig was $6.88 but then I saw another wig for only $3.44, so I ordered that one. On Christmas morning, I excitedly opened my presents looking for that blonde wig. Finally, I opened a box and saw the beautiful, long blonde strands of hair I longed for. I took out the wig but when I started to put it on my head, I noticed that what I’d bought wasn’t a full wig, but a fall; a partial wig designed to make short hair look longer.

I looked in the mirror and as I looked at myself, a little brown girl with black hair peeking out from under fake blonde hair; I realized. I wasn’t going to have blue eyes. My skin wasn’t going to fade from brown to white and my hair wasn’t going to be long or blonde. My skin was brown. My hair was black and my eyes were a dark, dark brown. That’s how it was and that was how it was going to be. I took off the hair and never wore it again.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


Once again, the mask falls off one of these pompous, self-righteous hypocrites. I love it! Fathered a child out-of-wedlock! Caught driving drunk! Ha! His girlfriend was the one that picked him up after his arrest! Man! Conservative Republican my ass! !