Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thank you, thank you, thank you
...TMZ is looking out for me by photographing Arnie and Maria committing (ooh) infractions...
...Saturday Night Live is skewering President Obama much like they did Bush...NOT!!
...for health care reform and how 30 million uninsured, uh, a third of 'em, will now be insured...
...congress will participate in the SAME program as you and me...again, NOT!!
...fantasy football continues to suck and I won't be tempted to play again next year...
...the media has finally admitted their part in the proliferation of steroids in pro sports...hah...
...for my readers and their many responses/contributions to this blog...
...and the resulting lack of pressure to write more "real" investigative reportage...
...the majority of folks are not being "sucked in," by all the Sarah Palin pandemonium...
...the Daily Show's Jon Stewart continues to skewer BOTH sides...ehem...double NOT!!
...that Jethro Bodine remains our ONLY double knot spy...what?
...that this blog becomes increasingly relevant with each passing day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
The Sarah Chronicles
"I can't believe YOU thought she wouldn't be back," exclaimed Jerry (played by Countdown Host Keith Olbermann)...
"Me? I told you she'd be back," mutters George (played by Hardball's Chris Matthews). "It was Elaine. SHE thought that woman would never be back."
"Hey! Who are you looking at, four eyes!" shouts Elaine (played by Rachel Maddow of The Rachel Maddow Show) almost rhetorically. "And stop looking at my breasts!"
"I'm not wearing glasses," retorts George, "and say it, don't spray it!"
"Stop it, you two," interjects Jerry. "We have bigger problems. For instance, we HAVE to make fun of ALL things with which we disagree...I mean, that's our way. Now, how do we placate our core audience without looking mean spirited and at the same time, keep our air of superiority?"
"Well," Elaine agrees, "we COULD point out all the factual inaccuracies within her obviously ghostwritten book...or play up her lack of sophistication...or her inexperience...or any number of real problems this woman has relating to 'real' America."
"Sure, Elaine...and while we're at it, why don't we list our criteria for political success and then show how she comes up short in each category. What are you trying to do? Put our audience to sleep?" asks Jerry in his high pitched, quasi-facetious manner.
"Wait," counters George, "look at the television over the counter. It shows one of her 'book' signings. Man, look at all them white folks."
"Yeah," Elaine adds,"what is that, a KKK rally? I don't see Robert Byrd."
"Now, now, even THAT'S too mean for us," says Jerry, "remember what happened to my (one named) neighbor after he used the "W" word."
"Who? Schultz? The "W" word?" asks Elaine.
"Yeah, he started screaming about "whitey," and it backfired on him...but only because he used to be a Republican...then, once he fully renounced all things Republicans and join the proud liberal team...well...he was mostly forgiven," says Jerry, just as Schultz crashes through the cafe door.
"Hel-looo Schultz," chimes all three. "We're watching the chosen one's book signing."
"Oh, her?" shouts Schultz (played by the late John Banner), looking up at the TV screen. "Hey, look at that crowd. What a bunch of toothless, cousin lovin', inbred, hayseeds. Man, who can..."
"Shhhhhh, Schultz," interrupts George, "you know it, we know it, the American people know it...but YOU should say...nothing...NOTHING!"
"Hey," Jerry grabs George's shoulder, "stop switching sit coms. What are we going to do about all the white folks...I mean, WE'RE white...NOT that there's anything wrong with that."
"NOT that there's anything wrong with that," the rest chime in...
Cue the exit music..."bern-dert, DA-der-na, Dert-Dert, Da-der-na, Dert-Dert...pa-tew!"
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I mean, if it's just a matter of covering the uninsured, how could it POSSIBLY cost THAT much? Is it going to be like energy costs here in California, from where this blog originates? Ever hear of LIHEAP? The "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program," is (ahem) a federal program, actually a consortium of programs, which provides financial assistance to everyone...whether they work or not...as long as they're "poor." No prerequisites, nothing, nada...just expand the cap, right?
But $2 trillion for health care? That is one huge subsidy. Is that money going to go to the "poor" whether they contribute (work) or not...whether they conform to ANY sort of established criteria or not...or whether they smoke or drink...or eat at McDonald's...or Burger King...or not? Will it go to bloated bureaucracy...or HMO (mis)management? Man, that's a lot of scratch...
Many would say the initial outlay is simply to get the program in place and thereafter rein in the ever rising cost of medical care in this country. But have no fear, they say, polls show that "we" are okay with the "rich" paying for this...but as I've said before, the rich will never, never, never, never, pay their fair share of taxes...it will ALWAYS be passed down to us, the ever shrinking middle class (the true meaning of trickle-down economics)...and hey, isn't the infrastructure already in place?
Still, I don't get it...sure, the pieces are in place...even the areas targeted for additional reform have been identified (I could link any number of articles on the subject at this moment). But to me, it doesn't add up? I haven't seen specifics. I've written to President Obama on a number of occasions and yes, on a number of topics, including health care...I have yet to receive a response. However, it sounds to me like, in this case, they're trying to have their cake and eat it too. What's next? Subsidize Betty Crocker?
Monday, November 9, 2009
Media? Thy name is IDIOCY!!
What's this with all the, "oh, we're sorry Bluto (excuse the Animal House reference)...but we can't make mention of rooting out Islamic Extremism (PLEASE NOTE THAT I SAID "EXTREMISM") in the US Military...nooo, we need to make sure we remain vigilant for possible unjust assaults on innocent Muslims in the military who might be unfairly targeted." Why? Because...we're a bunch of bigoted, vengeful, sheeple who immediately seek refuge in our God, guns, and religion. Yeah, where have I heard that before?
But HEY, kudos (and I DO mean serious kudos) to AP writers Angela K. Brown and Pamela Hess. Their article was posted on Yahoo.com:
The article presented simple facts. It did not, as Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey did on all the weekend talk shows, simply regurgitate talking points from the PC brass that we (the clueless American masses) need to "cool our heels." Hey, I don't recall our (the masses) putting anyone in a concentration camp. Wasn't that their (media) hero Franklin Delano Roosevelt?
I understand that we need to be smart (whatever that means)...but this seems very insulting. Still, what we need now, I believe, is more reporting like this (attached) AP story and less over-simplification from the mainstream (and cable, and internet, and talk radio, etc) media. Sure, I get it...the last person who called a terrorist a terrorist...was called an idiot (he was, but for other reasons) and drummed out of office...but, come on, have some stones...
Can you imagine if roles were reversed? That is, if the shooter was a "big, dumb, white guy,"
and the victims were innocent Muslim soldiers simply engaged in peaceful observance of their religion? The media would go nuts (as well they should). Well, they should go a little nuts right now...and stop the idiocy!!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Hypocrisy! Thy name is MediaCopp!!
Is that hypocritical? After all, I AM a big, dumb white guy. Au contraire, Jean-Paul breath...I DID in fact state that I believe government should have "zero" elected officials of Euro-Anglo origins. I still believe that. HOWEVER, I DO want to remain true to my statement that this be done in an "inclusive," and not "exclusive" manner...in other words...we don't kick everyone out who does not fit the criteria; we simply move them to support positions...you know, in order to IMPROVISE, ADAPT, and OVERCOME...
I would fill the Lt. Gov. slot until such time as we can pass a law which forbids me (and my ilk) from holding elective office. I would then be fully supportive of my replacement and truly excited about continuing to contribute in a subordinate position. It's the perfect solution! It is inclusive...we would have MORE people invested in the process...and the "responsible" would continue to survive...while the irresponsible would either modify their recalcitrant ways...or be offered a free ticket home to Western Europe...but more on that later...
It's election day!! What's this I hear about these three (3) relatively notorious races (Governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, and a congressional district in upper New York)...being a referendum on our (relatively) new president's policies...WHAT POLICIES? He's basically doing what his predecessor was doing...with the exception of health care...and then what? He's putting together a public/private partnership? Hello? We have that NOW...the only difference this time is the poor will be subsidized in a more overt (transparent) fashion...the middle class will STILL pay more. The REAL problem, I believe, is cap and trade (tax)...but more on that later...
Speaking of elections, SF mayor Gavin Newsome has dropped out of the California governor's race...not so fast with your celebratory movements there, Newt...ANYTHING can happen between now and next year....HOWEVER, yes...I AM three for three (in my predictions) or zero for three, depending how you look at it...but more on that (also) later...
One last item...Sheila Jackson Lee, congresswoman from Tennessee...she of the "Rush Limbo" attempting to buy into the National Football League (NFL) fame...many of you (okay, both of you) wrote and scolded me for calling her Sheila Lee (and thus omitting the surname Jackson). You thought I was being disrespectful because she apparently purposefully mispronounced the rotund one's last name. Boy, you guys are tough...
Anyway, now her cohort, Maxine Waters, congresswoman from California weighed in, indicating that she believes the NFL should lose their antitrust exemption. This statement was during the congressional hearings regarding players and their propensity for receiving concussions in the somewhat brutal game...and how teams should have "independent" panels to clear these injured players to return to the field (another long story). I AGREE! Why should a bunch of rich old white guys continue to reap the benefits of this type of "monopoly?" One question though...does Ms. Waters have a hyphenated name?
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