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VP Debate

As I sit here watching Countdown on the very night of the Vice-presidential debate, I cannot help but cringe. I am absolutely amazed that people actually think that Sarah Palin should be the Vice President. An office that has been held by such geniuses as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is now being touted by the idiots running the Republican party as an office with no real qualifications at all. The woman has no idea what is happening outside of Alaska. I felt awkward and embarrassed when I watched clips of her interview  with Katie Couric.   Holy  Shit,  people,  she  can’t  name  a  Supreme  Court  case  besides  Roe  v. Wade.  When did we reach this level?  This cheap theater is what passes for the democratic process in America today, and I for one am ashamed of the silliness we indulge in as the world’s laziest, most ignorant superpower.

As an aside, I think that if (unlikely as it may seem) Ben Stiller ever runs out of embarrassing roles, he could surely pull a Mrs. Doubtfire and play Sarah Palin on the silver screen. Or straight to DVD, for that matter. Ben would never have to make another movie, because at that point he would have reached the absolute pinnacle of self-humiliation. Do your country a favor, Governor Palin, and withdraw gracefully from this huge political and legal world about which you know less than the average college freshman. If you have any love for your country at all, please go home.

Senator McCain, I have a few words for you, as well. You will not be the President, much as you may want it.  In 2000 I think you would have made a good president, possibly even a great one. I am sure that you would have fought the Iraq war much more responsibly than the Child Prince. I might even go so far as to say that you might not have even started a war with Iraq after 9/11.  Unfortunately, those in your party who sacrificed the good of the people for greed and political nepotism have salted the earth before you, and it cannot be undone. No, not even if you pander to the far-right wingnuts (a rapidly developing skill, I notice) and select a complete novice as your running mate. Surely you realize that the choice of Vice-President is, in your case (you are 72 years old) disturbingly relevant to the race. Is this the legacy you want to leave to the country for which you profess such love?  “President McCain, who died in office after (insert time period), left a complete amateur to run the nation”. Scary, John. Very frightening indeed.

Senator Obama, the jury is still out on you. I’m pretty sure you’re going to win. Best of luck, as you will be inheriting one huge bag of shit. I hope that you can deliver on this so-called change, and not just continue with the same old corporate-controlled puppet show we refer to as Washington.

Ralph Nader, I salute you, sir. Keep putting the word out. You convinced me.

LOVE YOUR COUNTRY. VOTE NADER.

2 October, 2008 8:50 PM Posted by | Angry rant, Clay Recommends:, Politics and other hazardous materials, Release the Bears, Religious Tomfoolery, Veterans' affairs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Proud to be white?

****WARNING – THIS POST CONTAINS IGNORANCE AND IDIOCY – NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED****

I would like to make it clear, for the record, that I am not a racist. There has apparently been some confusion on this point lately, and I want to make sure that everyone knows the Score.

Before I begin my rant, let’s have some background info, shall we?  I grew up middle-class and white in small-town Texas. Racism and discrimination in general are not unheard of around here, and I’m sure that some of those backwards beliefs rubbed off on me – as a kid.  Any racist ideas that I might have had disappeared after serving my country (the citizens of which, I might add, are multi-hued) alongside Marines of every color.  My concept of racism now is simple, and it is this:

The color of your skin does not determine who you are.

There it is. That was easy. Now, bearing this in mind, let’s get to the real meat of the post. A few days ago I recieved the following email from a friend of mine who was apparently tired of being considered a reasonable person. I knew that some of his ideas on race were contrary to mine, but I’ve never brought it up before. However, the fact that I recieved this crap is a sign that he feels I am sympathetic to his views, and that is unacceptable. I have decided to post my reply here, for the simple reason that a private scolding is not always as effective as a public reprimand. When I am done writing, I will use the handy “reply to all” feature to send all the recipients of this junk a link to this post.  That way they can at least have access to both sides…

Here’s the email. Read carefully. Last chance to send the kids out of the room.

Proud To Be  White  

Someone finally  said it.
How  many are actually paying attention to  this?  

There are  African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian  Americans, Arab Americans, etc.  
And then there  are just Americans.  

You pass me on  the street and sneer in my direction.  
You Call me  “White boy,” “Cracker,” “Honkey,”
“Whitey,”  “Caveman” … And that’s OK.

But when I call  you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger,  
Camel Jockey,  Beaner, Gook, or Chink … You call me a  racist.   

You say that  whites commit a lot of violence against you,  
So why are the  ghettos the most dangerous places to live?  

You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King
Day. You have  Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez Day. You  
Have Yom  Hashoah You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi You have the NAACP.  
You have BET.  

If we had WET  (White Entertainment Television)  … We’d be  racists.  
If we had a  White Pride Day .. You would call  us racists.   
If we had White  History Month .. We’d be  racists.   
If we had any  organization for only whites to “advance”  OUR lives  ….
We’d be  racists.  

We have a  Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of  
Commerce, and  then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.  
Wonder who pays  for that?

If we had a  college fund that only gave white students scholarships  
… You know we’d be  racists.  There are over 60 openly proclaimed  
Black Colleges  in the   US , yet if there  were “White colleges” ..
THAT would be a  racist college.  

In the Million  Man March, you believed that you were marching  
For your race  and rights. If we marched for our race and rights,  
You would call  us racists.  

You are proud  to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re  
Not afraid to  announce it. But when we announce our white pride  …
You call us  racists.  

You rob us,  carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer  
Shoots a black  gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running  
From the law  and posing a threat to society  … You  call him a racist.   

I am proud.  
But, you call me  a racist.  

Why is it that  only whites can be racists?  

There  is nothing improper about this e-mail.  
Let’s  see which of you are proud enough to send it on

Well, well, well.

 There are so many things wrong with this that I don’t even know where to start. First of all, we are ALL just Americans. I think that the whole concept of taking pride in the color of your skin is absurd. You have no control over it. None. Part of the cause of our nation’s continued racism is due to people taking pride in silly shit like that. Can’t you be proud of who you are without bringing in the element of pigmentation?

Secondly, I noticed that there was a nice little anti-semitic crack in there. I thought this was about skin color? Funny how irrational hatred can cross those lines so quickly and smoothly.

The ghettos are dangerous because poverty tends to lead to an increase in crime. White kids grow up in ghettos, too. Trailer park, anyone?

I did some research on this little email, and found a much more hateful version of the same letter on the website of a prominent white nationalist party. I won’t link to them, but if you search a little, I’m sure you can find it. The propaganda posted there was much more ignorant, but it bothers me that watered-down propaganda is being circulated by people who claim to be my friends.

The point here is that it’s all racism, and none of it is helping! A recent scientific study showed conclusively that the genetic difference between races is smaller than the difference between people of the same race. So, Jesse Jackson is much more similar to David Duke than he would like to think. Likewise with my white friend and any brown person.

Grow up people. Be proud of your accomplishments, hell, be proud of your failures if you want, just stop being proud of your damned skin color.

12 August, 2007 6:44 PM Posted by | Angry rant, Politics and other hazardous materials, Pride and Prejudice, Release the Bears | 17 Comments

Wrong for most.

I was getting off of work and going to get a beer. I hadn't the slightest clue on how I would soon interpret the information I'd been shown.

For years. Literally, years. People have been shown, visually and verbally, how important and patriotic it is to thank a servicemember for his/her service done for this country. I just want to take this time to offer up a different…former servicemember's…perspective on this reaction.

You support the status quo. You may not like the fact that we're at war, but you support it. You support the cause. You identify with the factors of the current government and would gladly offer up your opinion of the present situation in the Middle East. The people that you support are over there fighting for a common goal: freedom and the equality of all men under the sun.

I want you to tell it to me. I want to hear it. It makes me proud. It justifies my actions.

Tell it to me again. I can't wait to hear it. "Thank you sOOOO much for defending our country." "No", pause for effect. "I really mean that. Thank you soo much."

Well I'm sorry, but I just don't fucking buy it. You don't realize what I hear when you say such things. You say thank you, but don't realize that by your admission of thanks, you concede that I could've died for the cause. You're a person that is willing to have people die for you, not with you. You're willing to accept my death at the cost of your freedom. Freedom that you already had. Freedom you don't exercise. Freedom that you trade away. Freedom that lies in dormancy. I wastes. It atrophies. All you can do is thank me. And for what? Thanks for standing up for me? Thanks for wiping my ass? I went to Iraq and killed people. There was no protection of American liberties over there, unless of course if you count bombing brown people as an American virtue.

You do it. You fucking try crawling your ass through the worst imaginable environments with a 60 pound pack. Then find out that there was no threat. Saddam had no ties with Osama. There were no WMDs. All they had was an army that was in dire need of a leader. And we killed them. For what? For standing thier ground. Then tell me about what our freedoms means to you.

Don't Trade away what my predecessors and I have vied and bled for.

Freedom Vs. Security.

7 May, 2006 4:50 AM Posted by | Politics and other hazardous materials, Release the Bears, We don't need no educations | Leave a comment

I never read CNN.com anymore

And here's one of the reasons why:

U.S.: Outtakes show al-Zarqawi as poor gunman 

Are you kidding me? Not only has the Department of Defense adopted the new strategy of making fun of al-Qaeda, but CNN puts this crap on their front page. I'm looking forward to more CNN headlines in support of our new initiative in the War on Terror:

U.S.: Our dad can totally beat up your dad

U.S.: Sources indicate that Bin Laden 'eats his own boogers'

U.S.: New leadership in Iraq insurgency 'a bunch of fags' 

4 May, 2006 2:45 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., News, Release the Bears | Leave a comment

What I’d like to hear.

What a troubling tale when a model of societies cannot focus. We turn our heads to anything but the problem which is most pertinant.

Cheney shot someone. He didn’t mean to. This is a type of accident that could have literally happened to anyone. It could’ve happened to John Stewart.

Cheney’s lies have taken this model society into a place where societies go to die. We are divided, in massive debt and in the midst of a situation that is just as volitile as just before the last Holocaust and other crusades.

Why is this not viewed as the most pertinant problem?

I’d like to hear about the lies some more. I haven’t heard any apologies that suffice. I do not believe that the Bush administration should be allowed any more latitude from the American public. The Bush administration inherited a strong U.S. committed to justice and fairness. The incident on September 11th has stricken fear into the hearts of the men in charge of our government and our media, our most precious information resource. And as we all know…fear leads to the dark side.

War is only effective when the oppressed are in abundance. Right now, it is Americans who are in abundant wealth and it is the rest of the world that is oppressed. The Americans that are responsible for the stewardship of our society in this world as a whole and our country from within are short-sighted and don’t believe in the methods that have always worked best when dealing with the enemy: we should be dividing them by capitalism and greed the way that we deal with ourselves. Instead we unite them with a shared adversity.

Fundamental freedoms, like those on the Bill of Rights, are being challenged by parties on all sides of the political spectrum; basic womens rights are being questioned and normal working Americans are no longer getting information from unbiased spokesmen. They are getting Pro-Christian, Pro-Wealthy and Pro-Bias opinions. There are no more facts.

I am really getting sick of this shit.

Impeach them. The whole cabinet. Am I making myself clear?

14 February, 2006 1:26 AM Posted by | Angry rant, Politics and other hazardous materials, Release the Bears, We don't need no educations | 1 Comment

Seriously, the christian right is out of fuckin’ control

ok, so here’s the deal. jesus sucks. i’m sick of christianity and christians. this may have something to do with the fact that i grew up in a super-conservative household. it also may have something to do with the fact that i am friends with both of you guys… mostly it has to do with living with my mother again. i just finished reading fuckchristmas.org, and i agree. these people seriously need a dose of perspective. or perhaps valium. or, as dana just suggested, a nice vinegar enema. anyway, please send money, as we need to buy a new house and get the fuck outta here! release the bears.

16 December, 2005 1:04 AM Posted by | Angry rant, Release the Bears | 1 Comment