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The ruling class…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2008 by unvarnishedtruth

rulingclassAll this talk prior to the election about how Obama was going to bring in his Socialist friends and turn the United States into New Russia seemed silly then, to anyone with half a brain and an education beyond Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Now, with most of Obie’s cabinet appointments announced, it appears downright ludicrous.

As many of his suckers supporters have noted, since winning this agent of “change” has stacked his future White House with The Old Guard—picks from either the Clinton years or Bush holdovers, otherwise known as The Usual Gang of Idiots.  Particularly with regard to foreign policy and especially Iraq, it’s going to be hard to tell the new place from the old place.

As this article in Politico states today, Obama’s many supporters from the left and even left-center are becoming dismayed at what lies underneath once the mask has come off, and not just regarding appointments.  First there was the pledge to immediately repeal Bush’s tax cut for the hoity-toity, but now he’s reversed that, and wanna bet the cuts become permanent at the end of 2010?  He’ll find some reason—the economy is just starting to move, and stimulus spending by the business community is helping to create the new jobs we need to grow.  —Gee, that’s pretty good; maybe I should be his speechwriter.  Of course, there will be a slight uptick in jobs, and he’ll tell you it’s because business-owners are spending again that’s the reason, but it will be no such thing.  Instead the gov’ment will just jiggle the numbers as they always do to make things look at least slighty better than they are.  Wanna save this posting till 2010 and see if I’m right?

But that doesn’t surprise me so much.  What does make me pause is his change of position on the Iraq war.  The audacious commander-in-chief-elect had campaigned very pointedly on ending the war “on day one.”  I actually thought there might be some truth to that, since he was against it from the very beginning and consistently voted down any aid to the effort.

But things have changed again.  (Maybe that’s what he meant by “Change is coming soon.”)  Now Obama merely says he will, on day one, begin to design a plan that includes a responsible draw-down.  Boy, that’s pussy-footing that even a Michael Dukakis couldn’t match.

Somewhere recently—and now I forget where—I was reading a post about how America really has a set ruling class (with many of the participants named either “Clinton” or “Bush”) no matter who runs the show.  I wish I’d bookmarked it, because I’d link to it here as my parting shot.  It’s true.  You say potato* and I say spud, it’s all the same thing.  Here’s to another four years of tacking to the right, hemming and hawing on Guantanamo, Abu Graib, civil liberties, tax cuts for working people, corporate accountability, Pentagon accountability, and a host of other issues we were promised would see “change.”  The audacity of it is, 2012 is just around the corner, so soon we’ll start hearing about “change” again.

*Or potatoe if you’re Dan Quayle.

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A tip of the hat to the “Manila Standard Today”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by unvarnishedtruth

A great editorial, better than much of the crap floating around in the U.S.  I am reproducing it totally without permission, so I guess I’ll never get into heaven:

 

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By Antonio C. Abaya

As I write this piece, there are still more than 48 hours left before the presidential campaign ends and the voting begins in the United States. Barack Obama is still enjoying a lead in the nationwide polls, but anything can still happen.

At the height of the financial crisis about three weeks ago, Obama was enjoying a double-digit lead over John McCain. That lead is now down to seven percentage points, with another 7percent still undecided.

What this seems to indicate is that a significant portion of those who chose Obama three weeks ago, when the economy was in total shambles, have changed their minds now that the economy seems to be reaching a state of equilibrium, even though the numbers are still down.

And then there is the so-called Bradley Effect, named after Black Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles who ran for governor of California in 1992. He led in the polls all throughout the campaign, only to lose to his white rival on Election Day.

It has been explained that some white voters do not reveal their racist bias to pollsters but express that bias in the privacy of the voting booth.

It is estimated that as many as 6 percent of white voters could succumb to this latent racism. If true, that would impact not only on the real nationwide poll—which does not elect the president and vice-president—but, more importantly, on the state electoral votes, which do. In most states, the gap between Obama and McCain is six points or less, so the Bradley Effect is statistically significant.

At present, Obama is said to have 290 electoral votes safely tucked in, compared to 160 for McCain. The winning total is 270 electoral votes. Without the Bradley Effect, Obama is a sure winner. With the Bradley Effect, it’s only Obama, perhaps.

In my earlier article “Obama, Osama, Oh Mama!” (March 31), I wrote that as Obama became more likely to become president, he ran a higher risk of being assassinated by white supremacists, a view that was similarly expressed by British-South African novelist Doris Lessing.

The arrest of two white supremacist neo-Nazi skinheads in Tennessee, allegedly because they had publicly stated a desire to shoot and behead some 80 Blacks in a nearby school, to be followed with a plan to drive through an Obama rally to assassinate him, must be regarded as merely the tip of a white supremacist iceberg. There must be other, more coldly calculating racist-killers out there waiting for the right moment to strike.

Despite its claim to being a beacon of democratic polity, the US has had more political assassinations at the highest levels in the past 150 years than almost any other country on earth, Black Africa and the Middle East included.

In the last two minutes of this electoral ballgame, the neo-cons are still trying to score a slam dunk that could push the McCain-Palin team to victory. In October, the embattled Americans in Afghanistan and Langley (Virginia—home of the CIA) launched NINE unmanned Predator strikes with Hellfire missiles into suspected Al Qaeda hideouts in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the last two in one day alone, on Oct. 31.

The aim, of course, has been to hope for a lucky shot that kills Osama bin Laden and/or his deputy, the Egyptian Ayman al-Zwahiri. So far, they have killed dozens of Pakistani civilians, but not Osama or Ayman. They still have 48 hours to score that lucky shot.

If I were an American citizen, I would vote for Barack Obama. He is the more attractive candidate: Intelligent, articulate, liberal, composed, able to think on his feet, always ready with an apt sound byte.

Compared to the Ivy Leaguer Obama, McCain is under-educated, which is why he talks in clichés, like his patron George W. Bush. I do not think McCain—or George W—can locate Iraq or Afghanistan in a map if the markings were in Hebrew or Chinese. McCain was 895th in his class of 899 midshipmen at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

But Obama has no executive experience. Neither has McCain, nor has Joseph Biden. The only one in the quartet with any executive experience is the moose-eating Sarah Palin. But, like McCain, Palin is also under-educated and is so obviously unfit for the position of vice president, much more of president, that one must question the judgment of McCain in choosing someone of her low-bat caliber as his running mate, especially since by his own admission he had met her only once ever.

McCain justifies himself on the grounds that he is a maverick, and that she also is. God or Allah help this planet if the most powerful country is run by two under-educated mavericks. It will be perpetual war. Which is probably what the neo-cons want: Which is why Vice President Dick Cheney, the outgoing neo-con headman, unexpectedly endorsed the maverick duo today.

Palin was chosen for two reasons. The Republicans thought they could win Woman Power to their side on the rebound after Obama chose Biden over Hillary Clinton. But after the novelty wore off, what the Republicans got was Girl Power instead, girls aged from nine to 90, with no ideological or political consciousness, but tickled to the bones that a Powerpuff Girl was McCain’s running mate.

The other reason why McCain chose Palin is her appeal to her fellow Christian Evangelicals, who constitute the Republican mass base and who make up most of the 26 percent of the American electorate who still support the vastly unpopular George W.

The Christian Evangelicals believe that war in the Middle East is part of God’s Plan: Israel will be destroyed but the 144,000 male Jews who survive will convert to Christianity and this will be the signal for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Obama has no counter-argument to that.

But the best argument against John McCain is John McCain. He makes much of his five and a half years in captivity at the Hanoi Hilton, as well he should, since that makes him an authentic American war hero.

But while he was a POW, his first wife Carol figured in a car accident in 1969 that hospitalized her for six months and required massive surgery. In order to save her life, surgeons had to cut away sections of shattered bone, reducing her height by four inches, confining her to a wheelchair and forcing her to use a catheter.

When McCain returned from Vietnam in 1973, he returned to a disfigured and crippled Carol, different from the tall and willowy Carol whom he remembered when he left in 1967 for Vietnam.

In 1979, while still married to Carol, our hero met and dated the statuesque and wealthy Cindy, whom he pursued relentlessly until she agreed to marry him, whereupon he divorced the crippled and disfigured Carol in 1980.

I guess McCain would say this was part of his being a maverick. The billionaire and former presidential candidate Ross Perot, who paid Carol’s hospital bills, sees him differently, as a man who is “unusually slick and cruel.”

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What do the hockey moosebagger and this fellow have in common?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by unvarnishedtruth

They’ve both exaggerated travel experiences a tad…….. (<<–Yes, click there)

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"At least I went where I claimed I did, sniper fire or no."

"Hey, at least I went where I said I did, sniper fire or no."

My friends, my friends, what a cynical choice…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2008 by unvarnishedtruth

Does this qualify as a “Crazy Mac” post?  I really don’t know…

After yammering for months Obama doesn’t have enough experience and Obama is too much of an outsider, MacKook picks a VP who makes Barrie look like a grizzled veteran.  I’m sure he chose her not because he thought a candidate with mammary glands would nab all the disenchanted Hillary voters but because she was the MOST QUALIFIED.  Redumblicans have a habit of doing that.

Speaking of strange Republican behavior, for some reason the McCain choice today got me thinking about this unforgettable moment from a while back.  I guess what made me remember it is the fact that the GOP is always good for some crazy entertainment, if nothing else besides taking away our freedoms.

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Late breaking news!!: Here’s more on Senator McCain’s brilliant Vice Presidential choice.  (It just gets better.)

Also, it seems Palin until very recently was in alliance with a real Republican maverick and not one who just has a sticker on his tour bus.  But now that Johnny Mac has picked her, it seems her allegiance has conveniently shifted to a guy she didn’t even used to mention in interviews and who didn’t even really know her until last Sunday. As Lily Tomlin has said, no matter how cynical I get, I can’t seem to keep up.

What’s most interesting, however, is that this is how far McCain had to stoop in the direction of “inexperienced” before he could come up with a woman, just as Bush No. 1 had to pick Clarence Thomas as his black candidate for the Supreme Court.  Shows you how the Republican party is, through and through, the party of OLD WHITE MEN.