So--should I delete it? Alter it? Use it to line the cat box? All reasonable suggetions considered....
UPDATE: Since the real Bill Whittle does not like his name to be taken in vain I have deleted the offending comment at his request. (I did, however, first remove his name and then print it to line the cat box...)
So did you guys change your times yet? For some reason I think it's this weekend. Anyway, I was going to blog about the Halloween doings at the theater, but I'm too darn tired. Maybe tomorrow....
Happy candy gathering on the Eve before All Saints....or is it All Souls? Hmmm...
ADDENDUM: Well, I've had a few hours sleep, and even though it's too early to have to get ready for work, and my poor body is far from well-rested, my brain is awake and running in circles and just won't go back to sleep, dang it! I hate it when that happens.
So I 've had a heck of a weekend so far, and it's only just Halloween today. The strip mall in which my theater is located decided to hold their annual treat giveaway on Friday evening, at least partly because a lot of the boutique type stores either aren't open or close early on Sundays. Last year we gave out cheap candy we bought at the Dollar Store, but this year we decided to go with our "theme" and give out little bags of popcorn and a movie pass. My Assistant Manager scoured the shops for two weeks to find little treat bags to use that didn't cost more than a penny apiece. The ones she finally located were kind of small, and only held about a cup of popcorn, but we bought 400 of them. In the meantime, I printed 500 movie passes on bright orange paper. The clerks filled the bags and set them in boxes and we were ready to go.
We ran out of treat bags and had to go buy brown lunch bags and cut them down. We ran out of orange passes and had to start giving out our regular ones. By the end, we'd had over 600 trick-or-treaters. The worst were the parents who got all pissy because they had to wait a few minutes for more popcorn, sighing and checking their watches. The second-worst were the kids who, after getting their treat, ran around the building and got in line again, only to turn loud and obnoxious when refused seconds. And, of course, there were the brazen few who showed up long after the event's publicized end-time and demanded something free.
Once Friday's festivities were behind us, I had Saturday to look forward to. We had a real estate company doing an employee appreciation day with popcorn, soda and a movie before our first matinee, and in the middle of the movie the electricity went out. It came right back on, but of course I had to go re-start the projector, and one wag wittily asked if we'd forgotten to pay our electric bill. It turned out that we were lucky--half of the strip mall and most of the neighborhoods to our east were without power for seven hours. Plus, business was pretty good Saturday night because folks decided to go out rather than sit home in the dark.
Sounds like a long day, doesn't it? Well, it wasn't over yet. One of my cashiers made a low-budget horror movie last year, and we had a midnight showing of "The Spell of 13." It's actually not too bad a movie, with good gore and some good scares and some great humor. In addition to producing and directing, my cashier also was one of the leads, and he's a very good actor. Anyway, it was after 2 am before I got the theater locked up and could head home.
So now it's actually Halloween, and I'm hoping my 12 hours today is uneventful, because I've had enough for one weekend. Not that I'd object to a treat or two (especially one like this*)--just no tricks, please. I'm not up to it today.
* Found here.
It seems Osama Bin Laden has released a new tape endorsing John Kerry. Looks like I'm going to have to change my vote--not!
UPDATE: I just realized that this is doubtless another of Karl Rove's plots to undermine Democracy! Osama is secretly in American custody, and was forced to read that speech by his American oppressors in order to swing the election to Bush. That tricksy Rove!
I'm really tired of this election. I'm tired of the networks trying to scrape up anything they can twist to use against the President at the last minute, and the way the Kerry campaign instantaneously has speeches capitalizing on it. I think if I hear "Halibuton" one more time I'm going to scream. I predict that this election will have the lowest voter turnout in history, and that's including all the fraudulent ballots the Dems can scare up, because people are just sick of the whole circus. Most of the people I've asked about it have said they aren't going to vote because all politicians are the same, so they don't care who wins, and their one vote doesn't matter anyway. I guess in a way that's good--because it means that my vote for President Bush won't be countered by a possible vote for Kerry. But it's also very very bad because it seems like only a few "battleground" states are going to pick the guy the rest of us have to live with for the next four years.
I can't remember the last time Indiana's electoral votes went to a Democrat. Even when we voted in a Democrat for Governor, the state still went Republican for President--so I can see where my family and friends would think their vote didn't matter, at least for President. But it's still pretty sad that folks who went to the trouble to register to vote just don't care enough to actually exercise their right.
The only good thing about being so predictable is that there's not much reason for organized voter fraud, because if Indiana went for Kerry nobody in their right mind would believe it....
I missed posting yesterday, but it's not my fault!!!! I guess munu came back sometime while I was at work, and since it was today when I got home last night, I'd already missed yesterday. There was apparently some problem with monkeys and we'll be moving to a new neighborhood with better animal control this weekend. Stupid monkeys.
Anyway, since I have been acclaimed Supreme Media Goddess by my adoring readers, I promise to use my powers only for good. I will also make Dan Rather dress in sackcloth and ashes and walk barefoot to the White House where he must kiss the feet of Donald Rumsfeld.
I will now go work on the new "Standards and Practices" rules for all news outlets. (Note to self: limit lightning bolt usage in enclosed spaces).
The left calls the President a liar based on things he never actually said. Yet whenever John Kerry actually lies, repeatedly, they say it's not what he really meant. It's the media's job to call Kerry on crap like this, but they won't. Can we elect new media? Please?
Since today is my "weekend" I had pizza for supper when I got home from work last night. I would have had a beer with it, but I forgot to put one in the fridge when I drank the last cold one. Just as well, since I have to go let the projector repairman into the theater this afternoon. We've been having "issues" with the sound in theater 2--it intermittently gets quiet and then loud during a movie. For some reason the customers don't like that. Whaddaya want for fiddy cents? Sheesh. Some days I just want to say "Lady, if you wanted to see a movie that didn't have scratches on, you should've forked out the $7.50 to see it first run." Don't get me wrong--we try to give the customer the best we have to give (which is why I have to go let the repairman in to look at the speaker). But the reason we can charge only a buck for a ticket is we don't have to repay a capital investment for stadium seating with cup holders and Dolby digital surround sound and a concessions stand constructed this century. Some people don't get that. I bet they walk into Dollar General and ask where the Ferragamo handbags are.
I don't mean to sound cynical, but I can't help but wonder if people are really as stupid as they act sometimes. Last night a man called and asked what time our last movie was, and I told him 9:40. "What have you got showing around 8?" he asked. I don't understand the "sequitur" there. It's like the lady who dragged her crying child out of "Haunted Mansion" saying she didn't know there would be ghosts in it, or the customer who asked "What's the name of that "miracle" movie?" (Do you mean 'Miracle'?). Are they really that stupid? I hope not, because they get into cars to drive home.
Before I worked in retail I used to assume that everyone was as intelligent as my family is--and by that I mean that our level of intelligence was "normal" and that there might be a few people smarter and a few people who had suffered brain damage but by-and-large the average person could figure out that it's not a good idea to let small children play with dry cleaning bags and that you shouldn't eat the stuff they use to keep medicine dry. Now I know why they put "Caution: Cutting edge is sharp. Avoid contact" on Reynolds Wrap™. Although, if someone doesn't understand that something that "cuts" is going to be "sharp," I don't know why Reynolds Wrap™ assumes they can read....must be a liability thing...
One of the reasons I try to avoid the news is because it's usually stupid.
Here's today's example: School Says Halloween Disrespectful to Witches
A Washington state school district is canceling its annual Halloween celebration, and the explanation has some parents baffled.
... The district said Halloween celebrations and children dressed in Halloween costumes might be offensive to real witches. ...
Do you think they would have cancelled it because fundamentalist Christians might find it offensive? Me neither...
Twelve-and-a-half hours in the salt mines ahead of me, and I have nothing to read! Auuugh!!!! Oh, I have plenty of books ordered, but, being the skinflint I am, I chose "budget" shipping and that means pony express, I think. At any rate, I am currently bookless--so between shows I will be nagging my clerks to "clean, don't lean" instead of minding my own business, absorbed in a murder mystery. They hate that.
I think today I'll make them take all the candy out of the display cases and dust the shelves.....muhahahah! Yes, I am evil! Evil to the core!
I wish the election were over and I could sleep peacefully knowing that the safety and security of our country was in good hands because the President won by a landslide. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who seem to have been fooled by Kerry's "moderate" costume, and a few, like one of my sisters and her husband, who want the government to give them more welfare, more food stamps, and more free health care so they don't have to work as much as they do now. They seem to think that there is some giant treasure chest full of goodies being hoarded by the evil rich, and that Kerry will take those goodies and distribute them to people like my sister and her husband, who believe working 20 hours a week (not because that's all they can find, but because they don't want to work any more than that) is too burdensome, because they really don't want to have to work at all.
You know, that sounds really great, doesn't it? Not having to drag yourself out of bed when you want a couple more hours of sleep, not having to put up with crap from your boss and your co-workers and your customers, but not having to worry about where the money to pay the bills is going to come from because Daddy takes care of all that by giving you a place to live and food to eat and maybe even an allowance so you can go to the movies. Only, who's going to build the houses, grow the food and run the projectors if Daddy makes it so nobody has to work? Well, that's Daddy's worry, not theirs.
My one consolation in all this is that despite the fact they loudly proclaim their support for Kerry, it's doubtful that my sister and her husband will actually vote for him, because the effort would be too much like work. Which might be why the Democrats are fraudulently registering so many voters--because they know Kerry supporters like my sis and her hubby are too lazy to actually vote themselves, and the thoughtful Dems want to make sure their opinion is counted. See, Daddy's making sure they don't even have to do their own voting! Thanks, Daddy!
Beal is a funny condition. It makes you think that, even though you have something to say, that something isn't good enough or witty enough or interesting enough to be said. That's why I didn't leave comments at any of the blogs I've already visited today save one--Bill's. I assume that the reason I had no trouble commenting at Bill's is because his standards are already so low that anything I might say there, no matter how pointless, would still be a shining example of articulate prose in comparison.
Which reminds me--go give Bill money. He needs his teeth fixed or a rectumectomy or something. Or maybe it was a fund to build a smoking hut so his garage ceiling doesn't get all nicotine stained. Sometimes it's hard to follow what Bill says.
Oh, and if anyone knows of a job for him please let him know--he's threatened to blog a lot more now that he's unemployed, so the quicker we can get him back to work, the safer we'll all be.... :)
I guess it's a good thing I have beal, otherwise I might be kind of frustrated that munu's been down and I couldn't blog all day.
Rumor has it that the server was invaded by rabid chipmunks, although reliable sources have reported that static electricity from John Edwards' hair was the real culprit. More as it becomes available....
At least I think that's what it is. Maybe I just don't have anything to say.
Nah. I just don't feel like saying it. It's beal.
A while back our newspaper reprinted an article from the Los Angeles Times. The headline was "Conservatives 'Team' up against puppet show." The article, a little pre-release publicity for "Team America," stated that conservative commentators, including "conservative internet gossip columnist Matt Drudge," have begun "lining up to denounce Team America:World Police..."
You see how it is? Conservatives condemn a movie before they've even seen it! I wonder if the Los Angeles times will run an update now that liberals are "condemning" it? I'm sure it will point out that conservatives have "flip-flopped" on this "issue"...
Today's my 12 hour day again. Those extra three hours just seem interminable. I think it's because I suffer Internet Withdrawal Syndrome once I am away from my computer for more than 8 hours, and the longer I am deprived of internet access, the worse my symptoms get.
There is only one known cure for IWS: a laptop. Help me out and send me your winning lottery tickets today!
(Fooled you--bet you thought this post was going to be about dieting!)
I tried to watch the tape of the third debate, but Kerry's repetition of the same distortions made me too ill to make it to the finish. He really has no clue, does he? He thinks that raising the minimum wage will create more buying power! Helllloooo???! If your payroll costs increase, you have to increase your prices or cut your payroll--especially if you're one of the small businesses that he's planning on socking with a tax increase! How difficult is that to figure out? And then we have the ripple effect: my Assistant Manager makes $7 an hour--the rate Kerry sees as the proper minimum wage--so her wages would have to be increased to maintain the differential, and that would bring her earnings to within spitting distance of my salary as Manager...
I see what's going on here--Kerry wants everyone to earn the same amount, except for the animals that are more equal than others (politicians, Hollywood types and ketchup heiresses). Just because my job is more difficult, stressful, complicated and involved than the kids who serve popcorn and soda is no reason for me to make more money than they do, now is it?
I hate liberals! Their communist utopia collapsed, and so they're trying to create one here. God help us if Kerry is elected.
I've been working on a term paper that's due tomorrow, so I'm kind of written-out. But I need the discipline (yes, Harvey, I know what that makes you think of) of blogging every day or I'll get out of the habit and that would be bad. I'm also behind on signing up the new Alliance applicants, because it's too much like work and I'm tired of work.
I don't know what's scarier--the prospect of Kerry winning, or the prospect of what the lefties might do if he loses. Vodkapundit got me thinking about it. Seriously--if you listen to the hysterical tone they take in their ravings, if you consider that they are willing to lie, cheat and steal to win the election, just imagine what they're going to be like if they lose, especially if it's close again.
I really think the only way to keep them from destroying our electoral system for President Bush to win by a landslide. Then maybe the Dems will start to divorce themselves from the wackos who have hijacked their party. I can hope, anyway...
This is very interesting. Summary for those too lazy to click: John Kerry's Navy discharge papers are dated February 16, 1978, when his committment should have terminated in 1972.
Mr. Carter's first act as president was a general amnesty for draft dodgers and other war protesters. Less than an hour after his inauguration on January 21, 1977, while still in the Capitol building, Mr. Carter signed Executive Order 4483 empowering it. By the time it became a directive from the Defense Department in March 1977 it had been expanded to include other offenders who may have had general, bad conduct, dishonorable discharges, and any other discharge or sentence with negative effect on military records. In those cases the directive outlined a procedure for appeal on a case by case basis before a board of officers. A satisfactory appeal would result in an improvement of discharge status or an honorable discharge.
There are a number of categories of discharges besides honorable. There are general discharges, medical discharges, bad conduct discharges, as well as other than honorable and dishonorable discharges. There is one odd coincidence that gives some weight to the possibility that Mr. Kerry was dishonorably discharged. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he lost his medal certificates and that is why he asked that they be reissued. But when a dishonorable discharge is issued, all pay benefits, and allowances, and all medals and honors are revoked as well. And five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S. Senate in 1985, on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry's medals were reissued.
Perhaps that explains why "Mr. Kerry has repeatedly refused to sign Standard Form 180, which would allow the release of all his military records."
The Puppy Blender pointed me to this story.
John Kerry thinks we should conduct a more sensitive War on Terror. We at the Alliance want to help him out. Here are a few suggestions on how this could be accomplished:
basically good-willed persons who through lack of experience or training engage in behaviors that often result in negative and seriously damaging consequences.
Group Hug. It's difficult to have a really satisfying hug with a bomb strapped to your chest, so leave it at home (just make sure it's on a high shelf so the kids can't reach it!).
Identify the "root causes" of terrorism. The poor terrorists probably didn't get enough hugs when they were growing up! (See above).
Wear a tee-shirt! Everyone knows that political staments are just more effective when worn on a tee-shirt. Bumper stickers are so last year!
Those are just a few ideas to help us wage a More Sensitive War on Terror. Some of them are even highly nuanced as well! I'm sure these will fit right in with the rest of John Kerry's platform. He has a P.L.A.N.*
*Pretty Large Aristocratic Nose
My pet Moonbat is still sending me links to "news" that Kerry is all that is noble, honorable and reasonable, and Bush makes Baby Jesus cry. Since that sort of dreck is basically repetitive and gets old fast, I have replied to each of his emails with the request he stop emailing me his chain-propaganda. Look what he wrote today:
I told you to not emai me .. take me off your emaikil list hag
He called me a "hag"! Just because I wrote to him "Your zealotry is becoming irksome. Get a hobby. Take up crochet or do crossword puzzles." Now my feelings are hurt! If I had a mailing list I would take him right off it!
I'm really starting to feel sorry for this guy. What is he going to do if (God forbid) Kerry wins? How will he fill his days if there's no reason to spend hours scouring the internet for "proof" that Bush bites the heads off kittens and is personally responsible for AIDS, Global Warming, Beef Wellington and the Spanish-American War?
Imagine how empty his days will be once a Kerry Presidency has wrought the promised peace and prosperity, ushering in the new global Age of Aquarius where Jew and Muslim work side-by-side to devise vegetarian menus for U.N. sponsored summits? With no raison d'etre, Moonbats everywhere will be blowing their brains out!
As compassionate Americans, we have a responsibility to ensure that all Moonbats have a reason to go on living. Vote for George W. Bush on November 2nd.
Not paid for by any political committee; not approved by G.W. Bush.
I just read that Christopher Reeve pased away. If I were Michael J. Fox or any of the other names Kerry droppped in the last debate, I'd start wondering if God was trying to tell me something....
Here's the thing--when John Kerry says he'll kill terrorists, I don't believe him. So I'm going to vote for President Bush--because I've been in favor of killing terrorists since Entebbe, and the President has killed a lot of terrorists in the past three years.
Tonight at work I suddenly realized what John Kerry's droopy face reminds me of:
He said so at least thirteen times during tonight's town hall debate. Of course, he never said what it was, except that it was better than the President's. I guess we're supposed to take his word on that. He also knows a lot more famous people than the President does, and he even told us their names--all their names. Now that I know Senator Kerry knows Michael J. Fox and Superman, all my doubts about his ability to act as our Commander-in-Chief have been laid to rest---not!
(Do you think he's over-due for his botox booster? He looked really droopy tonight).
I noticed that the Senator has added some sites to his dance card (remember him to Treblinka Square!)--he went to the Security Council and he was in Kyoto. No word yet on whether either of these trips were imaginary, like Christmas in Cambodia....
I also would have liked to ask Mr. Kerry to explain some of the statistics he tossed out, such as that in Missouri there are 62,000 people without health insurance, but 96,000 Missourians have lost their insurance under the President. ? I repeat: ?
He also said there would be no draft, but he was going to increase our military by 40,000. Maybe with this?
Oh, well--at least he has a plan!
This is my 1100th MT entry...is that a real milestone, or just an even number?
Anyway, I won't get to watch the debate live tonight since I have to work, but if I managed to remember how to program the VCR correctly I should be able to watch a tape of it when I get home.
There are a couple of people's posts I want to direct my readers to, (yes, I know it should be to which I want to direct my readers, but that's so awkward!) but I'm just not feeling linky today.
Despite several requests, my pet Moonbat still hasn't taken me off of his mailing list, so I have been replying with links to Spirit of America and Toys for Iraq (those links are on my sidebar if you must have them) and the like. The link to Bill Whittle's "Deterrence" (a couple of posts down) that I emailed him really sent him round the bend! I know--it's unkind to torment the mentally challenged* with intellectual reading material beyond their comprehension. I guess I must have a sadistic streak.
What I find most interesting is the patronizing tone he takes with me. In his first email (I had responded to a comment he made on my blog and that started the whole thing) he concluded his incoherent ramblings with "USE YOUR BRAIN NOT JUST YOUR MOUTH , OR TYPEWRITER, LITTLE GIRL.." When I replied that I was closer to 50 than to 20 he responded
Sorry I thought you were a little girl, it's just you demonstrate both the intellectual grasp of a twelve year old, combined with more imagination.
So rare in one of fifty, to be following a carefully deduced yellow brick road fantasy, with Bush as the " pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" guy,,, but, only the real mental giants like you are stupid enough to believe it,!!!
After I emailed the Bill Whittle link he replied
Read some history think , please don't forward mindless tripe written by someone that doest actually realize how stupid and brainwashed his article is , Hell if that article was written on paper I would look for drool marks!!!and I responded that I had double-majored in History and English in college. He wrote back:
that's how stupid that M.F. was !!
"WOW! I AM IMPRESSED!
I have a patent on a superconductive pulsed, electromagneticly assisted regeneration turbine!!
But, I have a rudimentary grasp, and am autodidactic in some ways. ...Being as you are such an intellect.
Having a degree in history should tell you that Hitler's third Reich is quite similar to Bush's regime in many way's. ...So, to say you managed to get ANY degree, much less History, with your total ignorance of this subject is a feat for you!!
Or, ya bought your history degree online for three bucks!
The sad thing is, it's very possible that this moonbat is intelligent; but his poor command of basic language skills and tendency to rant incoherently undermine any chance he may have of demonstrating it by lucid argument.
*Re-reading this I noticed I referred to my pet Moonbat as "mentally challenged." That was patronizing and unkind of me. I think it should really have been "emotionally unstable."
My brother emailed me: "I finally got a pretty clear pic of the ghost in our kitchen..." and attached this photo. Yes, the house is for sale. No, I don't think they'll be showing the photo to potential buyers.
My leftist pen-pal just won't leave me alone. He keeps sending me links to the kind of mind-numbing double talk he seems to find evocative. For example, this one (by E.L. Doctorow, so at least the punctuation & usage is correct), this one (a lovely "report" called "Edwards Crushes Cheney - Mainstream Press Lies About It", citing the fact that the online polls show that Edwards won--with no mention, of course, that Terry McAuliffe orchestrated the skewing of those results), a link to one of the skewed online polls, and my favorite--this link to that bastion of Truth, Justice and the American Way, The Fat One himself!
I guess he thinks that he's going to "save" me. Unfortunately, I've already been washed in the blood of Bushitler and my VRWC membership has 7 more years before it expires, so the only thing that might make me vote for Kerry would be a gun to my head... AND a million dollars, a condo on Maui, four scantily-clad Chippendale's dancers on long-term "service" contracts and a lifetime supply of pineapple sherbet. All that might make me consider changing me vote.
Nah. A million dollars doesn't buy as much as it used to....
Why can't leftists write in complete sentences with proper punctuation, correct usage of homophones, and good grammar? To wit:
You know anybody that says they know how to protect a country from a threat, has to have the I.Q of a pancake to believe a little lord fauntleroy, who went and hid, four twelve hours or so, while his daddy[chaney] stayed in an "undisclosed location" rather than a combat veteran with a medal for heroism only two steps below the medal of Honor.How does one respond to a statement which has no subject or predicate? How many restrictive and reflexive clauses can you string together with improper or inadequate punctuation?
Oh, I forgot the scary ending: And then he voted.
There must be a lot of self-delusion on the left. They seem to think they are the defenders of free speech, and yet their followers vandalize the property and campaign signs of Republicans, and shoot out the windows of Republican campaign headquarters (via the Puppyblender and Michelle Malkin).
So far, my poll is 20 to 4 in agreement with the married-gays-with-guns statement. Sorry I forgot to include an option for Libertarian/Independent/Communist/Other party affiliations...
Well, that was refreshing! I really enjoyed seeing Dick Cheney mop the floor with John Edwards! Of course, the online polls have already been skewed by Terry McAuliffe's storm troops, but those of us who watched the debate know the truth. Edwards looked like a spoiled twelve year old, smirking in embarassment because his folks found out he'd lied about who put the frog in his sister's bra.
In a way, it was sad that Pretty Boy Edwards was so out-classed by the V.P. that all he could do was parrot, verbatim, Kerry's talking points from the last debate. That and say "We have a plan" every five minutes. No wonder there's only one Vice Presidential debate--darn it! Edwards was like a featherweight thrust into the ring with the Heavyweight Champ, and I could watch Cheney hammer Pretty Boy again and again.
Unfortunately, I have to work during the next two debates. But this was a keeper, folks. Into the history books it goes: Cheney with a K.O.
Personally, I'd be delighted to live in a country where happily married gay couples had closets full of assault weapons.I wished I'd said it first. I think it sums up the way many conservatives feel. But let's check my assumption, shall we?
On the way home from work tonight I thought of something to blog about, but by the time I got something to nibble on, and got out of my clothes and into my nightie, I forgot what it was. Sigh...
Oh! I know--last night gasoline was $1.85 a gallon. Tonight it was $2.05. It went up 20 cents overnight! Today, five gallons will cost me a McDonald's double cheeseburger more than it did yesterday! What's up with that?
These days, buying gas is like gambling. Do I call or do I fold? Do I buy gas today, just in case the price jumps tomorrow? What if it drops tomorrow instead? Do I feel lucky? Well, do I, punk?
I came home to find this is my email:
The Evil Of Two Lessers
Cutting Through The Convoluted Web Of Deception
By Drant (Blogspot)
The Yale Alumni Club had a Reunion last night, and no matta what the TV says, John Kerry kicked The Idiots ass.
We knew what would happen- we knew that there would be no emergency last minute 512mb upgrade for Bushs Brain. We saw two Yalies with lovely suits and overprivileged lives stand and deliver two versions of the same bilateral horseshit we have been hearing for years, differing here and there only in their syllabic locution and varying level of what passes for erudition in a CNN world.
We watched two neatly coiffed rich white guys in makeup, Faces- fronting for the two party sham, for the giant corporations that really run this country and increasingly the Planet, as they split hairs over meaningless merest details in a global dick swinging contest.
These are men bought and paid for by the same bosses, brains washed in the same soap, who follow orders and know full well which side of their low carb croissants are lavishly buttered, reading from two sides of the same teleprompter, dancing to the same sickening tune without the slightest sense of rhythm-- Siamese twins, joined at their self-interest and in perfect zygotic congruence regarding just about everything, differing only over the degree of politesse one employs when aodomizing some defenseless ragheads or choosing which brown or yellow dudes are next in line to be detonated in the name of Freedom, Democracy and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The real debate is neither Bush nor Kerry, but the system they exemplify; it is the decline of true democracy and the rise of the American "national security statein which people are sent to prison and the key thrown away and whose leaders commit capital crimes in faraway places, unhindered these days, terrorism having replaced the red menace, another fake debate is under way. This is lesser evilism (John Pilger)
This is where the killing starts -- when debate is emptied of reason so that the public is subject to a kind of mass media lobotomy and fundamentally disenfranchised. What is the difference between not being able to vote and not having anything meaningful to vote for? (Robert Fisk)
It's true that if John Kerry becomes president, some of the oil tycoons and Christian fundamentalists in the White House will changethe real concern is that in the new administration their policies will continue. That we will have Bushism without Bush.
Those positions of real power - the bankers, the CEOs - are not vulnerable to the vote (and in any case, they fund both sides). The U.S. political system has been carefully crafted to ensure that no one who questions the natural goodness of the military-industrial-corporate power structure will be allowed through the portals of power (Arundhati Roy)
While the 2004 ballot is setting up to be one of the most divisive elections in history, campaign contributors to the candidates are looking more similar than ever. Presidential Candidate John Kerry has received increasingly more donations from employees of companies that have historically made large donations to President George W. Bush's campaign ( http://www.publicintegrity.org/bop2004/candidate.a
spx?cid=1 ). In fact, Bush and Kerry now share four of the same 10 largest donors this election cycle, all of whom are financial corporations, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity ( http://www.publicintegrity.org/bop2004/report.aspx?aid=374&sid=200 ).
Regardless of who you plan to vote for in November (if anyone at all), the assumptions behind ABB stand in the way of building movements that can bring about political change.
We need to chart a course that looks beyond the election to long-term efforts that will necessarily have to be independent of -- and oppositional to -- the Democrats, as well as the Republicans.We can't do that while shilling for the Democrats, and letting them off the hook
ABB -- Anybody But Bush -- is one of the most harmful slogans progressives have put forward in decades.The slogan tells John Kerry and the Democrats that they don't need to do anything to win our vote. (Anthony Arnove)
With John Kerry on the ticket, the Democrats have ensured a victory in November for the small but powerful pro-war special interests. Kerry is their sleeper, their private Manchurian candidate. They face a win-win scenario. Even if Kerry wins, the initial euphoria sparked by a Bush-free White House will eventually be replaced by this reality: no matter what Kerry and Edwards may have said from the podium in Boston, for most of the world neither help nor hope is really on the way (Jeremy Scahill)
So where the hell does that leave We (the Group formerly known as) The People? Hey, do I have to splain every little thing Lucy ?
It leaves us walking into the voting booth with no real choice, robbed of our ability to acquit our most fundamental obligation as co-signatories to the Social Contract- With our BALLotS cut off.
Countertenors trying to sing Don Giovanni. One thing we know is - They want it this way. They want the status exactly this quo, because this is the way they make a living, and baby needs shoes.
The Vietnam War proves that John Kerry cant be President.
The issue is not whether or not he was a hero in Vietnam, or got shot in the ass, or deserved his medals.
The issue is- what did he do AFTER that, and whether anyone would want a man who has done what Kerry did, to be handed the keys to the car.
Once a War Criminal, then a fearless truth teller, deeply aware and courageously vocal about his and Americas War Crimes, he has made some of the most cowardly decisions in recent political history, by becoming a stooge for the Democratic National Committee, ignoring his own convictions, and pimping himself for his own gain.
When The Idiot George went All In on the flop, and bluffed Kerry- (would Kerry have voted for the War had he known what he knows now-) Kerry had the world in his hands.
He coulda been Ali finally coming off the ropes, and throwing the perfect right to the mush, and DOWN GOES BUSH.
But no. Kerry stayed stuck in his muddled graceless version of the Hope-a-Dope.
YES ! He said. I woulda voted for the war, even knowing that you lied to me and everyone else, even knowing that we are murdering our children and theirs for no reason, even knowing that we have now fulfilled Osamas wildest wet dreams, and even knowing that it would mean squandering our desperately earned money on war and killing, thereby destroying our schools, hospitals, rivers and streams, and giving away any spare dollars to the bastards who need it the least.
But hey, he was only following orders.
The Democratic Leadership Council and the Party Bigs told him what to say, and thats what he did.
So friends, which of the Two Evils will be Lesser in the long run ?
We know one thing, it wont make a damn bitta difference to the Iraqis, The Afghanis, The Cubans, The Venezuelans, The Palestinians, The Sudanese, The Haitians, The Poor, The Sick, The Old, or anybody vaguely brown, black, yellow, gay, lesbian, disadvantaged or anyone not Rich, White, Straight and more or less Judeo Christian, anybody who prefers clean water, breathable air, food not made from petro chemicals, or anyone who likes fish that dont glow in the dark.
Those guys are all gonna get screwed either way. I hear ya, all you Pragmatists. You dont have to yell. We gots ta get ridda Bush, and then we go after Kerry. Thats a load of garbage. You elect Evil, you get Evil. Kerry dissed every Democrat who even smelled anti war in Boston, and he gets big bucks from MONSANTO, for shits sake. But OK- OK OK.
I'll make you a deal.
If we vote for Kerry, if we do like you say and live in the (give me a break Groucho) Real World, and we hold our noses, and vote for the worlds most famous Anyone-
We take off our pants and do it-
You guys have to promise not to fall back asleep on Nov 3. If you swear on Harry Truman's grave to kick some ass, and not heave a sigh of relief that you got Anyone elected and devolve into terminal snooze, and if you promise that you won't let The Democratic Party think that we support their indictable incompetence and corrupt cooption, and if you put it in writing that you know that its the whole system that has to change, and that Kerry and Bush are irrelevant
Then I promise not to trash Kerry any more, and not to tell everybody what a spineless putz he is, and give you four weeks of grace.
I've read it twice and I still don't get it. Is this supposed to make me vote for Kerry?
My wall clock is broken. It's shown 8:21 for two days now. At first I thought it just needed a fresh battery, which I supplied before setting it to the correct time. But the hour and minute hands stopped again. The second hand works great, by the way.
I know--it's right twice a day.
I don't watch tv. I suppose if I had cable it would be different, but the point is that I get my news, sports and weather from the internet. I form my opinions based on my research of topics that interest me, not what someone else tells me it is important to have an opinion on. Stem cell research? no opinion. Nanotechnology? no opinion. John F Kerry? a liberal in moderate's clothing who can't recall where he's supposed to stand on any issue for longer than a day. Not the kind of guy I want in the White House.
Then I read Unfit for Command. And one thing struck me harder than any of the stories about his "combat" or his later testimony against the war.
Yes, John F Kerry is honored by the Vietnamese Communists for helping them win the Vietnam war.
I don't know about you, but this just makes me feel ill. Maybe the electorate should start caring about what happened 30 years ago--starting with what Kerry really did and didn't do during his four months in Vietnam...