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The cult of Obama

This one’s for Alan:

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I love America!

There’s an old saying in film making (useful in story telling generally) that goes “Show, don’t tell”.  In short, this means show what’s happening in your story rather than explaining it.  Having a character actually perform an action is much more powerful than having a narrator describe an action.  And this, in short, has been the most frustrating aspect of watching America during the Bush Presidency.

To see Bush over an over again saying one thing and then doing the opposite.  To talk about finding those “responsible” for the 9/11 attacks and instead fabricating enemies that suited pre-determined political goals.  To talk about making the economy strong when pretty much every action he took fucked things up (and by some miracle the chickens came home to roost BEFORE the election – for the last year or so I though he was going to manage to stave of the economic collapse he had engineered until he was out of office).  To hear him talk mindless drivel about “freedoms” while turning America into a police state.  A pathetically inefficient, overly-bureaucratic police state at that.

As an outsider it seemed like every fucking lie he peddled was being eagerly swallowed up by a wilfully ignorant populace.  It was easy to think Americans had developed a taste for shit sandwiches and couldn’t wait to wolf down the next serving.  I joked about a year ago when the front running Democrats were a woman and a black man that the Democrats must want to lose.  Apparently not 🙂

That whole American mythology of “anything is possible, anybody can become President” is suddenly a lot harder to disregard.  It isn’t as if the country (and the rest of the world who are so heavily affected by what happens in the U.S.) are about enter a magical fairyland but this is stunning on so many levels.  Seriously Americans, how crazy are you?  You can turn 180 degrees from the soul-crushing negativity of the Bush years to one of the most hopeful and inspiring politicians in the world just like that?

And the dude is BLACK!  His dad was Muslim!  Part of his schooling was in the world’s most populous Muslim nation!  Holy fuck, whatever pill you people are taking I’ll have two!

I have been addressing this campaign quite regularly on YouTube and topic of race has always been part of it.  More than one person has had a bit of a dig at me by asking if a black person would be elected leader in Australia.  Short answer: no.  Slightly longer answer: no fucking way!  It’s a slightly unfair comparison as we don’t have a Presidential system and a Parliamentary system doesn’t really allow for a breakout star to rise to Prime Minister in a short space of time.  It’s possible but far less likely.

But it isn’t just that – Australia’s indigenous population are by and large treated like shit.  Pointing this out is a good way to make lots of non-indigenous Australians very defensive and angry, even people who are largely very reasonable and even progressive.  They’ll rush to point out welfare and lazy abos burning down their government provided houses and I have learned it’s largely impossible to talk to people on the issue if they’ve made up their mind like that.  Seriously, if you’re going to go on about how the most downtrodden indigenous race in the world have it so good I see no value in engaging in any conversation.

So you showed the world America.  Anything’s possible.  Hopefully the redemption of the Republican party (and maybe even the rise of third party candidates as a viable option) is also possible.  I wonder how long it will take some powerbrokers in the GOP to see the sort of passion Ron Paul (for example) inspired and go “Hey, maybe this hateful shit we’ve been peddling has run its course – why don’t we actually trying standing for something apart from hating people different to us?”  With the majorities the Democrats look like having some strong, principled opposition will be vital.  Like most political groups, the Democrats have an appalling track record for corruption and ineffectiveness when there’s nobody to keep them honest.

Anyway, I’m visiting The US in two weeks (only the dirty, immoral socialist land of California) so I hope y’all are still partying when I get there!

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Barack Hussein Obama – white women aren’t safe!

OK, I should have pulled my finger out and posted this on Friday while it was still kinda relevant.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an outrageous story debunked so quickly.  Mind you, you won’t have to go far to find some right wing nutjob or overly-impressionable simpleton who will still wear blind it’s true.

I’m talking of course about the mildly wacky McCain supporter who invented an absurd story about being attacked by some black dude who supposedly carved a “B” into her face because he was a “B”arack Obama supporter and she was a John McCain supporter.  Not that it’s inconceivable in general terms for an attack of that type to occur.  White Republicans hardly have a monopoly on being cowardly bullies.  It was the specifics that were so absurd.

The story was, in fact, so absurd that for a while I could have been easily convinced that it was a prank and/or satire staged by an Obama supporter.  But it appears she really was a McCain campaign worker.  By the way, I don’t think the McCain campaign had anything to do with this.  Their stoking of racist fears is hardly subtle but even they are slightly less insane than this.  My personal favourite touch was that the “B” was reversed… kind of what you might do if you were really stupid and looking in a mirror while carving a “B” into your own face.

I believe in mental health circles this is known as “a cry for help”. 

I found this story on Friday night and couldn’t believe the absurdity of it.  There was too much material there for me to *not* run with it so I decided to go for a totally overblown satire.  Knowing full well some morons would take it at face value.  Even though I led the description of the video with “Stupid people don’t get satire.”

And I was also amused by the number of people who rushed to comment in the ensuing hours that the story was untrue.  Really?  Lucky I had those internet commenters to save me from thinking for myself.

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Barack Hussein Obama – who is he really?

Thanks to despair.com here’s the answer loud and clear:

Barack Hussein Obama

Barack Hussein Obama

 I am totally over the idiocy, paranoia and hatred being spewed by the anti-Obama camp.  And not that I feel like giving any ground to the fucwits who have been drooling this shit but I will clarify the “racist” remark.  Of course not everyone who isn’t voting for Obama is a racist.  But everyone pushing the “terrorist” innuendo and outright smears is either an ignorant, racist fuck or is an evil, soulless, lying sack of shit who is pandering to ignorant, racist fucks.

And speaking of pandering, I don’t think people are cutting John McCain enough slack for the way he’s tried to calm down the rhetoric at his rallies recently.  I saw the video and he seemed to be suffering actual physical pain at the way he had to repeatedly tell people Obama was trustworthy and decent and not some baby eating demon or, worse, an arab.  He knows he fucked up and he’s decided to take some responsibility for it.  Maybe a little late but not near as late as he could have left it.

The big question for me is why did he do it?  He’s clearly done a 180 degree flip from what he was doing only a week earlier.  My theory is that he’s looked at the numbers and realised he’s going to lose the election.  He followed the advice of the evil, ruthless bastards in the GOP machine and gave up all of his standards and sank into the gutter.  He followed the advice of the same people who fucked him over with their lies in the 2000 primary race.  And it didn’t work.

I think he’s changed course just so he can live with himself.  He spent months abandoning any principles he had in his lust to win.  He gave up his soul and got nothing in return.  And who knows, this last ditch decency strategy might win him back a few moderates.  But given that is really is nothing but the barest standards of decency after months of lies, smears and hate mongering it’s almost certainly too little, too late.

At least it shows he hasn’t totally passed over into the dark side.  He has at least vestigal remnants of human decency.  He never deserved to be fucked over by his own party – his time was in 2000.  It’s too late now.  He’s too old, too unwell, his judgement is clearly shot and the choice of Sarah Palin as VP is a disgusting insult to the American people.  Given the chances of him dying in office are about 110% (with a 10% margin of error in that figure) Palin has to be seen as a Presidential nomination.  And neither America nor the world would survive that.

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Obama should have punked McCain

Well, it looks another presidential debate passed by without changing much.  From what I’ve read, these debates rarely have an influence on election outcomes but these ones seem even less likely to as nothing decisive seems to be happening in them.

Interestingly, I’ve seen a few commentators being fascinated by CNN’s use of real time reaction measurement by giving “undecided” voters a box with a dial to twiddle and translating the results into a moving line.  It’s isn’t that I want to deride CNN’s cutting edge widgets but we’ve had that crap for ages in Australia – over a decade, I think.  We call it the worm.

The most interesting thing I read about the debate was that McCain apparently deigned to look at Obama this time.  I personally think Obama should have punked him as they went to shake hands.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who would have laugh if, at the critical point, instead of shaking hands Obama suddenly lunged at McCain as if he was going to hit him just to see McCain flinch.

White guys ALWAYS jump when black guys do that – even if the black guy is a lifelong friend.  I’m not saying I find it inherently funny when obnoxious old men shriek like a little girl, fall over and shit their pants.  OK, I am saying that’s funny.  Comedy gold.

C’mon Obama, there’s on more debate.  Don’t let me down!

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The most important Vice President ever

I wonder how much longer John McCain can delay announcing his vice-presidential running mate?  Clearly he’s going to wait until the Democratic convention is over now but I wonder if he’ll wait until just before the Republican convention?  I did a bit of online checking and people have been predicting the announcement (and getting it wrong) for over a month now.  The hot prediction now seems to be Friday the 29th of August with the reasoning being that it will take some of the steam out of the focus placed on Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination.

Oh, and I think Friday might also be McCain’s 125th birthday.

It’s clear he needs something to make him appear exciting and newsworthy.  The Democratic convention has been marked by a series of high quality speeches and that isn’t turf on which McCain can compete.  It’s actually quite painful to watch him try and appear interesting and then compare that to an Obama speech.  Obama is without a doubt one of the most inspiring speakers in the modern world.  And you know what?  If being inspired doesn’t matter to you, I don’t give a shit.

No, really.  Save it.  I don’t give a shit what you think.

I wonder how nervous it makes McCain to have to follow Obama?  Seriously, having to compete with someone who’s young, charismatic, eloquent and inspirational when you’re a barely animated corpse can’t make you feel good.  Oh, and John?  Stop smiling.  I mean it.  You’re scaring the children.  And the adults.  That scary death’s head rictus that you force out on the advice of your handlers does not humanise you.  It makes it look like you’re thinking of eating babies.

I want him to hurry up and announce his running mate because whoever becomes Vice-President is without doubt going to become President.  Let’s not fool ourselves, neither of these candidates are going to survive a term in office.  The Feds may have decided the meth heads saying they were going to shoot Obama didn’t actually have the mental capacity to carry out their threat but does anyone doubt there’s a long line of crazy crackers with guns who refuse to accept the possibility of a nigger running the country?  And McCain is looking like a bad re-run of “Weekend at Bernie’s”.  There’s no way he’d survive the stresses of office.

So we’re looking at the most important Vice-Presidential picks in history.  They aren’t people who might become President if something happens to their boss, they will move into the big chair when something happens.  The reaction to Biden in unsurprising.  Some people love him, some people hate him.  He seems to have attached his name to some good policies and some bad policies.  He certainly has a reputation for mouthing off and being a loose cannon but he also seems to have a good track record of speaking truth to power

Frankly, the method of attack employed by the Republicans has surprised me in it’s stupidity.  Biden’s a bad choice because he’s criticised Obama before.  Really?  Is there a Republican who hasn’t hung shit on McCain at some point?  They’re practically writing the democrat’s attack plan for them.  I’m sure the Republicans had scripts of talking points worked out for every possible nominee.  They’re very good at talking points.  Far less useful at actually doing something helpful for the country (and the world).

I think they’ve been so successful in their manipulation of the media they’ve become complacent.  They continue to treat the public like morons by regurgitating clichés completely lacking in substance because they’ve gotten away with it so many times.  I’m desperately hoping that the American public gives them they wake up call they deserve.

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