Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Political Quote

January 19, 2010

I keep an eye on politics the same way I keep an eye on a guy I don’t like at a party.  I have no desire to interact with him but I always want to know what he’s up to.

– J

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April 8, 2009

I only follow a few shows on television and of those only one has a plot – House M.D. 

We live in the age of DVR and I fully embrace it.  I’m usually an episode or two behind in House and I look forward to taking in a mini-marathon of new episodes every couple of weeks.

Imagine my frustration yesterday when the headline on 3 different news sites featured the shocking suicide of one of the characters on Monday night’s episode (complete with character name and photo).

Spoiler much?

I was seriously hacked.  So last night I sat down and didn’t enjoy a single minute of the two new episodes I watched because I knew exactly what was going to happen.

Why did this character of all television suicides make national headlines and ruin the surprise for thousands of viewers?

Because the actor left the show to go work for Obama .

I !*$#ing hate politics.

– J

Thoughts on Voting

November 1, 2008

In America my religion is my choice.  My place of worship is my choice.  My political stance (if any) is my choice.  We have many choices that are ours to make on these topics and many others and nobody has the right to tell me what to do or how to do it.

So I ask the question – Why is the subject of voting exempt from these choices?  How come every damn person, poster and newspaper I see is telling me I have to vote?  How come I’m supposed to feel bad if I choose not to?  Why isn’t voting considered a personal choice like anything else affiliated with political preference? 

I don’t trust either candidate as far as I can throw them.  I don’t want either McCain or Obama to lead this country.  And I do not believe in voting for a “lesser of two evils”.  I think when voting becomes a defensive measure as opposed to an offensive measure working for the good of the country something is terribly wrong.  I think the system is flawed, the people involved are corrupt and shouldn’t be trusted.  Therefore I’m not voting on November 4th.  If I don’t support someone I’m not going to vote for them.  Plain and simple.

To any who would tell me I have no right to complain if I don’t vote…   If the person you vote into office flushes this country farther down the toilet, I don’t think YOU have the right to complain.  I think you will be part of the cause and therefore I’ll be pissed at you just as much as the administration in office.  Remember those “Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for him…” bumper stickers?  Yeah, kind of like that.  Only I retain the right to say that about either candidate.  Folks, the political process is a crap shoot.  It’s an elaborate game of Russian Roulette that we play every four years and nobody knows how we’re going to fair or what’s going to happen.  For God’s sakes, you’re voting on POLITICIANS that you know nothing about except what the MEDIA tells you.  

“But J, what if everyone thought that way??”  

Everyone doesn’t.  It’s a non-issue and therefore you have no argument.

As a parallel to other rights and choices we have, if I go to church but do not take communion, do I lose my right to pray to God?  Certainly not.  In the same vein of thought, voting is an element of politics but in no way inhibits my rights of free speech as an American if I choose not to.

And furthermore, as much god awful, irritating, stupid and pointless protesting that has gone on lately don’t you DARE tell me I don’t have a voice.  If a “voice” includes using a swastika for the “s” in Bush’s name or making Obama monkey dolls (both equally ignorant, offensive and sick and both of which I’ve seen in person), I think I retain the right to my opinions regardless of whether or not I voted.

I try to keep a politics free blog.  For breaking that commitment I apologize but I feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t vent somewhere.  Frankly, this whole election season has beaten me down to a point of apathy.  Before ending this little fit, let me reaffirm the fact that at no time here have I said people should not be voting or spoken negatively of those that do.  I commend you for seeing a cause you believe in and taking an active role in it.  All I’m asking for is equal respect for my opinion since I am regularly forced to tolerate yours.

– J

Look Out, He’s Gettin’ Political

June 17, 2008

I try to keep a politics free blog.  People get enough of that crap forced down their throats every day they don’t need to hear more of it from me.  When I do breech the subject, I try to keep it light.  I do, however, have a few general thoughts to share if anyone cares to know what some schmuck country boy living in the city thinks.

I believe America, as a whole, wants change.  We are tired of the negative image and the constant bickering.  I also think America, as a whole, doesn’t know what kind of change it wants (or needs) or how to go about attaining it.  I see most of the ways people attempt to bring about change are generally useless and ultimately futile.  They accomplish nothing and usually add more division to an already split country.  Allow me to expound:

How many hundreds of thousands of people in how many thousands of places have protested the war since it began over five years ago?  How many people have wasted weekend after weekend in Union Square barking at people while handing out “Buck Fush” pins and pestering people to sign petitions for Bush’s impeachment?  And has it done any good?  Any at all?  We’re still at war and GW is still president, so I guess not.  And God bless America people have that right to free speech and public protest.  I have the right to quit my job, fly to Vegas and spend every dime I have.  That doesn’t make it a good use of my freedoms though.

Meanwhile, some of the less sociable political activists write letters to news papers, spend hours starting fights on blogs, facebook groups and similar outlets.  These people feel the need to voice their opinions because it makes them feel like an intellectual and somehow validates their existence if they can get someone else as angry as they are.  In the end nothing is accomplished except a few more people being aggravated.  No real “change” has or ever will occur this way.  I just don’t think we’re ever going to read the headline, “Today, the one millionth member joined an anti-Obama facebook group entitled ‘One Million Strong Against Barack Obama’.  He will be no longer be allowed to run for president.”

Change’s current poster boy is Democratic nominee Barack Obama.  He has made a new career for himself based on the feeling that Americans want something different but don’t know exactly what.  They do want change and so he promises it to them.  It’s hip to hate Bush right now, so naturally he’s distanced himself from him by taking a completely different stance on nearly every key issue. 

The Republicans have produced John McCain.  The media of course aligns him with less change to hang on to the far right thinking vote.  This has prompted many Democrats to begin calling John McCain “McSame” as in, same policies as Bush.  Nice.  I just love that the adult (voting) public steals catch phrases from a television drama to degrade potential world leaders.  There are clearly some deep thinkers on both sides as some hardcore Republicans actually believe Obama is pure evil because his name RHYMES with Osama.  Sad but true.

There are some out there so convinced by what their media outlet of choice has been spoon feeding them that they DO NOT CARE who they vote for as long as they have a “D” or an “R” by their name.  People don’t seem to think about how dangerous this is. 

I believe there never will be effective change in this country until we have a unified front.  I also believe that’s just not going to happen any time soon.  I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist.  America is so obsessed with reality television we have chosen to run this presidential election as such.  Depending on your affiliation there are good guys and bad guys fighting to stay on the political island.  And the reward isn’t money, folks.  It’s the office of President of the United States of America.  It feels more like people are cheering for their favorite football team than choosing a leader for this country that is in for such hard times ahead.  I envision a stadium split down the middle – red on one side, blue on the other, cheering their fool heads off for their “team”.  And after the game, these two sides are supposed to work together to run this country after dragging each others names in the mud for the past year.  The nation is split 50-50.  The only thing we’re deciding this election season is which 50 will get to be happy and which 50 will be bitter.

So that’s my two cents in Change.  Spend it however you want.

– J

Return to P.C. Land

June 6, 2008

You may recall my first trip to P.C. Land

I found another brochure for P.C. Land regarding its government and I wanted to share it with everyone.  Makes perfect sense to me.

Politics of P.C.

The political processes in P.C. Land are, of course, geared to ensure that everyone is happy and equal at all times.  As the term “President” seemed to leave people with the impression that their individual opinions weren’t the most important, P.C. Land has replaced this office with a Demographically United Non-Controversial Equalitarian.  The D.U.N.C.E.’s key role is to tell people whatever they want to hear, whenever they want to hear it, regardless of the actions they may take afterward.  The people of P.C. Land, you see, are generally content as long as they are being told they are getting their way. 

Election Season

Equality is the name of the game in P.C. Land.  Therefore anyone of any race, creed, color, species (as animals have equal rights to humans) or sex (if specified) can run for D.U.N.C.E. 

In order for everyone to feel included and important, each resident of P.C. Land (see previous brochure, footnote 2) is given a note card to write the one issue that is most important to them.  These cards are then mailed to potential D.U.N.C.E.’s and they read the name of the person who sent each card and their issue on television.  They then tell the person very sincerely that, “This issue is the first thing I will deal with once elected.”  Then they move on to the next card, and everyone is resonably happy.

As the campaign continues, the candidates then travel around the country politely telling everyone why they feel they are the best choice and taking advantage of any past personal problems other candidates may have had.  As candidates respectfully bash, degrade and assault one another (politely, of course), eventually the people decide who is the most manipulative, wealthy, lying, self-centered and two-faced.  This person is, logically, given the office of Demographically United Non-Controversial Equalitarian*(see footnote).

Times of War

War is bad and very, very rude.  People could get hurt.  Therefore we in P.C. Land reject any and all forms of war.  If a stern talking to won’t work, then the offending nations are clearly not playing fair and should cease and desist all bad acts and start thinking like we do at once.  If the offending persons continue to misbehave, then they will promptly be sent a very angry letter using forces including (but not limited to) italics, underscores and (in extreme cases) capital letters.

Citizen’s Rights

In P.C. Land you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as it doesn’t offend anyone else. This makes for some pretty boring evenings since hardly anyone leaves their homes for fear of offending someone or being offended themselves. If you are offended, it is your right (some would say your duty) to tell the persons offending you that they have done so. It should be noted that your words will probably have little or no effect on him/her/it, but as long as you feel better that’s what really matters. 

P.C. Land. Government that revolves around YOU!!

*If for some reason there is a tie, the tie is broken by counting the number and size of P.C. Land flag pins the applicants wear on a given campaign day.  Whoever wears the most wins because these are the kinds of issues that deserve the most attention when campaigning

My Next Vacation

October 17, 2007
I’ve never traveled outside the U.S. before and so I’ve been thinking about where I want to take my next vacation.  I think I may have found the perfect spot!  I’ve transcribed some of the brochure here.  Anybody care to come with me??

P.C. Land
 
Climate and Customs
 
As this is a tropical area, you can enjoy the warm sun and beaches most of the year. Be careful in the late summer and early fall however, as this is the beginning of the Personcane* (see footnote below) season which brings constant windy and rainy storms.
 
The people of P.C. Land also anxiously await the cooler months when they celebrate the non religion specific late December holidays and warmly greet one another with a festive (and inoffensive) “Hello”. Each home is allowed one colored light of their choosing to adorn their homes in honor of the holiday season. This is the most sensitive way to deal with holiday decor, as some neighbors may be of differing religious backgrounds and find some more outlandish displays (such as 2 or 3 lights) highly degrading.
 
Cultural Diversity
 
Due to the rigorous and exhausting complications from race and culture, all residents** are simply known as Hued Living Beings. Currently, P.C. Land proudly brags it is inhabited completely by Hued Living Beings (a statistic unmatched by any other country).
 
Romantic Atmosphere
 
Love is in the air in P.C. Land! On any given weekend you can see a Voluntary Legal Union Ceremony going on. VLUC’s (“weddings” are far to religion specific) are a wonderful display of acceptance as men and women, men and men, women and women, men dressed as women and women dressed as men, men/women and assorted farm animals, family members, certain intellectual aquatic animals and the occasional flora are all allowed and encouraged to intermarry and have very confused and ugly children. To show appropriate submission between participants, the last name (if present) is dropped entirely to avoid any misconception about one being superior to the other in any way. In it’s place they assume a mutually accepted identity such as “The Smiths” and that becomes their new name. By law, each individual in the union must have separate banks no less than 50 miles apart from one another and bank accounts are completely confidential and accessible only by retinal scan. Nobody is known to be a “primary” anything in P.C. Land, especially a primary bread-winner.
 
Local Wildlife
 
Thanks to the great efforts of PETA, no animals are detained or disciplined in any way as this hurts their feelings. They are instead allowed complete freedom to roam wherever they wish and occasionally maul those that get too close. Of course in such instances those animals who injure others are treated with the same rights as all Hued Living Beings who commit physical offenses.  They are given a stern talking to by a local celebrity and then sent home without dinner.
 
Tired of feeling like your every need is not being met? Do you often feel like you’re not the center of the universe when you clearly should be?  Then please, give P.C. Land a chance. We promise you the most inoffensive, sickeningly polite and Politically Correct vacation of your life. Come see what it’s like to live P.C.!!
  
  
*After a series of voting, it was decided that “hurricane” sounded far too chauvinistic and gave the impression women were somehow at fault.  A similar ruling applied in the court cases regarding the Spiderperson and Batperson comic book series’.
 
**A “resident” is defined as anyone who crosses into the boundaries of P.C. Land. Upon entering the country a language test is immediately submitted***
 
***to everyone else who is already here. Those who fail are asked to take a very lengthy and expensive 5 semester language course mastering the new language of the newcomer so he/she/it/them/they will not feel uncomfortable at any time while purchasing food.

 

 

Give us a break

April 17, 2007
Latest News story captions on CNN.com – 9:07AM, 4/17/07
  • Grieving begins at Virginia Tech
  • Student captures video of shooting
  • Bush “horrified” by Virginia Tech shootings
  • World mourns Virginia’s victims
  • Daughter, 9, describes preacher’s slaying
  • Deadly storm lingers in Northeast
  • Iraq’s insurgent claim they’re ‘building rockets’
  • Iraq truck bomb attack thwarted
  • Japanese mayor shot while campaigning
  • Having baby at 12, 18K dead a day; $34 to stop it
  • Station backs Imus and replays that broadcast
  • Oprah wowed by how much she earns just to talk
This is the news feed. Murder, death, threats of death, political correctness and Oprah. How are we not supposed to go around depressed all the time if this is what greets us every morning when we check the news? If there has been a tragedy on a school campus, we all have a right and a desire to know about it. But must it be presented to us with a spin to make us WANT to see it? Oh my gosh a student videoed the shooting. We are appalled and (whether we will admit it or not) wonder if just maybe they’ll show it… When some disaster like this happens, if you listen real close you can almost hear the news executives licking their lips in anticipation. 
 
I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of being subjected to fear tactics every time I try to see what’s going on in the world around me. Why must we dishearten people in exchange for ratings? You’ve all heard the spots for local news in the evenings… “Could a pill you take every day KILL YOU??? Details at 10…”
 
I understand and sorrowfully admit that there is no way to fix this. There is no way around it and that’s probably the way it will always be. I just get frustrated and very mentally exhausted from filtering through all the mind games, catch phrases and political agendas and people asking for my money every time I want to just see what happened in the world while I was at work today. 
 
Human beings are so mean to themselves. Not just physically, but we daily attack each other’s psyches as well. I’m not asking for the “All Happy News Network” or anything, I’m just asking for a break for my senses from all the extra crap. Anybody else feel the same way?