Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A prolific writer is deceased

A master of science fiction and a jewel of the literary world is no longer with us. His books touched millions, and films were developed based on his creative ideas and books. The world will certainly miss this legendary author.

Goodbye, Kurt Vonnegut.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Please stop talking (him, not me)

Obama has the nomination pretty much wrapped up, so I am baffled as to why he keeps opening his mouth to let audio waves of dumb-acity (TM) pour out. Here's the latest via Tom Raum, AP:
Democrat Barack Obama on Monday promised Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans help with their grievances — save one. "I know it drives you nuts. But I'm not going to lower the drinking age," the presidential candidate said.

Army veteran Ernest Johnson, 23, of Connecticut, said one of the things that peeved him before he turned 21 was that he couldn't come home and drink a beer — even though he was old enough to serve in the armed services and die for his country.

Obama told Johnson he sympathized, but that setting the legal drinking age at 21 had helped reduce drunken driving incidents and should remain.
You know what else would reduce DWIs? Banning alcohol! And banning cars! You know what else we should do? Ban people under 21 from serving in the military!

I'm sure the media is just cherry picking salacious comments, leading with the stuff to raise my blood pressure. This is Obama-style gold:
"The problem has not been our military — the problem has been our civilian leadership," Obama said. "There's no way you should end up homeless." He said he would, if elected, put into force a program that would guarantee at least transitional housing for homeless veterans.
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"The notion that you wouldn't have services available to you is inexcusable," Obama said. He said the military should start the process of treating soldiers suspected of post-traumatic stress disorder "before you are discharged."
See? That's good shit. Good shit. Why ruin that with throwaway comments about drinking and driving based on half-assed logic? It has nothing to do with his platform! At all! Why say anything about it? Play it smart and say, "that is something worth looking into, but it bears further investigation before I comment on it. I am knowledgable about many things, but not an expert on everything. Let me check into it." BAM! HOLY SHIT! WHAT A SMART THING TO SAY.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Presidential candidate vs pontiff candidus

The big news in the country, besides the fact that Kurt Vonnegut is dead, is that Obama denounced his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, saying, "All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn." That's a good motto for politicians - I oppose anything that hurts my popularity - but what exactly were these controversial statements that compelled Obama to write, "I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies" (as seen on the Internet)?
We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
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God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.
Um...oh no?

It seems another religious figure is making inflammatory remarks:
"Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!" Benedict [XVI] said to applause at the end of his Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.
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"At the same time, I make an appeal to the Iraqi people, who for the past five years have borne the consequences of a war that provoked the breakup of their civil and social life," Benedict said.
I think it's clear that Obama must denounce the Pope, too.