Earth to America… April 27, 2011Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: birth certificate, Birthers, Obama, poll
Ok, Donald Trump and the reported 47% of hate-filled, mentally unbalanced, delusional Republicans who believe Obama was not born in the US, does today’s release of his long form birth certificate do anything to change your mind? Can we finally move on to things are actually important?
Then again, you may be having a reaction like these people…
Thoughts on the State of the Union January 26, 2011Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: human-animal hybrids, Obama, salmon, State of the Union, WTF
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I watched last night’s State of the Union address with a good deal of curiosity, wondering if the pundits were correct in their predictions of what President Obama might focus on and for the most part I think they were. He talked about health care, the deficit, cutting spending, innovation, and a host of other topics. His move to the center was done eloquently and persuasively.
John Boehner, who incidently was the same color as the leather chair in which he was sitting, cried like a baby. Everyone applauded (not necessarily because he cried, but because that’s what you do at a SOTU). In all it was a good speech and one that I’m sure will be dissected from all angles and people will come to conclusions that range from “he’s a uniter” to “he’s a Nazi Communist.”
But, if there is one thing I miss from the Bush years, it is the head-scratching, strange statements he would occasionally make. You know what I mean, the focus on switchgrass as the future source of America’s energy and, my favorite, the human-animal hybrids.
As an aside, I thought about writing a story entitled George Bush: Werewolf Hunter, in which we discover that he was right about the hybrids and he alone saves the nation from an invasion of lycanthropy. Maybe I’ll still get to it one of these days.
But, just when last night’s speech seemed to be lacking in the why-didn’t-your-speechwriters-catch-that area, Obama dropped two gems. The first random bit had something to do with salmon, but seriously the only thing that I remembered was that he said the word salmon several times: fresh salmon, smoked salmon – like a presidential version of that guy from Forrest Gump. The other piece was his new catchphrase from the speech: Winning the Future, which of course is unfortunately abbreviated WTF.
This then leads us to ask the question burning in the minds of everyone across America:
P.S. Following this speech and people’s comments about it on Twitter last night had me literally laughing out loud.
American Idiots August 29, 2010Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: Barack Obama, Commerical Appeal, idiocy, insanity, Muslim conspiracy, opinion
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Idiocy is not the inevitable consequence of human nature. Granted, people often times show themselves to be total and complete morons, but it generally takes a certain denial of reality, a choice to ignore the truth staring one in the eyes, to accept willful ignorance of factual information in favor of a predetermined conclusion for them to reach the point of stupidity.
Thus, we come to the question of Barack Obama’s religion. Anyone with an ounce of sense realizes that this is an inconsequential waste of time perpetrated by hateful fear mongers, but nevertheless the question persists. Today’s Commercial Appeal again showed this to be the case in its “Hot Button” section in which readers can make their opinions known about various issues related to the city, the country, or even the world. The question for today was as follows:
What opinion, if any, do you hold about whether President Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim?
I recently got into an ill-fated discussion with someone I know who insisted that it was their opinion that Obama was a Muslim Communist. I attempted to explain to them that it was nonsensical for one to have an opinion on an issue like this – that opinions are held for personal judgments, whether they be for something innocuous like one’s favorite type of cake or about something important like the validity of a judicial decree. Opinions are not appropriate for a statement of fact. It is like saying, “It is my opinion that the sum of two and two is ten.” Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that is ridiculous.
But I digress, today’s CA article listed several responses to the question and while most of them were logical and realistic, there were a few that stuck out like Glenn Beck at an NAACP convention. Here is a taste of a few of these slices of America.
Obama referenced visiting 57 states, and then blabbed about “my Muslim faith” with George Stephanopoulos. Michelle Obama has not once accompanied Obama on his visits to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq. Why? It is because Sharia law prohibits Muslims from bringing a wife on politically oriented trips.
Obama bowed to the Saudi king, to send a clear signal to all Muslims that he too, was Muslim. Finally, no Christian would ever announce “America is not a Christian nation.”
There is a very simple acid test to resolve this. Ask Obama to publicly state that he believes Christianity is the only way to salvation. If he cannot, he is not Christian.
Tommy ********, Memphis
Obama is a Muslim. I have a picture of him praying in a temple. He is also anti-Israel and his policies against Israel will bring down this country. The people that bless Israel will be blessed by God.
Betty *****, Memphis
I believe there is far more evidence suggesting Obama is a Muslim rather than a Christian. His actual religion is not a cause for concern. However, any person that is ashamed of their religion and attempts to conceal it to enhance their own personal agenda lacks courage and is unworthy of leadership.
If the majority of voters were Muslim, would Obama claim to be a Christian?
P. *****, Olive Branch
Crazy. Just crazy.
Disinviting Division May 6, 2010Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: false accusations, Franklin Graham, hate, Islam, martyr complex, President Obama, right wing extremists
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President Obama declared today a National Day of Prayer for America, asking all citizens to take a moment and pray for our nation and our world. It’s a reasonable request, much as it has been for the presidents who came before him, but what would anything be in this country without controversy?
Personally, I think this treads to near the invisible line between church and state, but this controversy does not involve those of us who would rather see the government stay out of religion altogether. No, this comes from within the Christian community.
The current contention comes from Southern Baptist Rev. Franklin, Graham, the son of the famed Billy Graham, and his disinvitation to today’s National Day of Prayer ceremony. The reason for Rev. Graham’s exclusion harkens back to public comments he has made in the past and still stands by today that proclaim the religion of Islam to be “wicked” and “evil.” In an attempt to avoid divisive speech, the White House then decided that it would be best if Graham were not a part of the ceremony.
Of course, to many conservative Christians this is tantamount to declaring war on Jesus, Himself. So, to fight back He has been on a media tour this week making the claim that he is being discriminated against by the Obama administration for his Christian beliefs.
Newsweek printed an interview with Graham, conducted by editor Jon Meacham and religious editor Lisa Miller, earlier this week in which he goes into a bit more detail. The interview seemed pretty contentious at times, particularly between the stalwart Graham and Meacham, who flat-out told Graham that his comments were “offensive” to him as a Christian.
There are a few things I notice in the interview that I found quite telling.
First of all, though they are obviously talking about Graham’s past comments, he goes off on a wild tangent.
Graham: 80 percent of America claims to be of the Christian faith. Ok, so there may be 20 percent that may be offended, but it won’t be 20 percent.
Meacham: I’m in the 80% and I’m offended.
Graham: That I mention Jesus Christ?
You see, this is an obvious ploy by Graham to turn the tables on the “liberal Christian” and plant the seed that he doesn’t actually believe in Jesus, even though that had nothing at all to do with the point of the conversation. It is all part of this strange martyr complex that conservative Christians drag around and thrust out into the public eye any time they either don’t get their way or they get called out for spouting ignorance.
Later Graham goes on to compare all of Islam to the terrorists from the radical fringe who attacked us on September 11, in the process trying to insinuate that Meacham must not think that was wrong. He then makes the claim that he has “not heard one Islamic leader around the world stand up and say that (September 11 attacks) was a terrible thing…If Catholics had flown into these buildings in the name of Catholicism, the pope would have been on TV that night denouncing them, saying this was wrong and what they did was sin.”
Perhaps he’s right and he never did hear them, but he might want to do a bit of research on the subject before he makes another inane assertion like that. Clearly, those attacks were denounced by the Islamic community around the world. I suggest Rev. Graham try Google sometime before spreading false information to people who believe every word he says.
He then goes on to complain about the Obama administration allowing Muslims to celebrate Ramadan at the Pentagon, but not having a Christian ceremony. Ending this particular soliloquy with the question, “Why can’t we as Christians have our own program?”
The real question is, do they need their own program? Perhaps the National Day of Prayer should be done the way Jesus intended prayer to be – not as a public ceremony. I know, I know, that pesky Sermon on the Mount always gets in the way, doesn’t it?
Graham ends the interview with this wonderful little diatribe, feeding his band of far right extremists and email spammers exactly what they want.
Graham: There’s still the concern with many people about what Obama really believes. Obama’s father was a Muslim, so the Islamic world sees him as a Muslim. Now he has told me personally that he believes in Jesus Christ, and he is a Christian. He said that to me again last week. And I said, “Mr. President, thank you for sharing that with me, I appreciate that.” So I believe what he says. The Islamic world, though, they see him as one of their own. So if the president and his administration wants to cut guys like myself out, that’s find. But it’s sending a signal to the evangelical community that, you know, our people aren’t important to him.
I don’t know what else needs to be said…
An Olympic-Sized Controversy October 5, 2009Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: 2016 Olympics, bikinis, Chicago, fat guys, Rio, women
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Over the past few days there has been a good deal of heated discussion regarding the IOC’s choice of Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games over Chicago, the city which Obama lobbied for in person to the committee. So, the inevitable questions have been asked: Is Obama not able to close the deal? Is this more than just a bump in the road for a presidency dogged by uninformed but loud allegations.
Well, before laying the blame at Obama’s feet, please consider two things:
Was this ever really a contest?
Beer and Peace July 30, 2009Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: Barack Obama, beer diplomacy, Henry Louis Gates, James Crowley, race, Richard Neal, Sam Adams
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Today marks the much-talked about time of beer diplomacy set up by President Obama to talk through the racial tension brought about by white police sergeant James Crowley’s arrest of renowned black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, the two other participants in today’s event. Personally, I think Obama should be applauded for bringing both sides to the table for civil discourse and hope that it can be a model for the rest of us.
Now there has been a bit of controversy regarding the beer choices for this gathering, though. Obama chose Budweiser, Crowley picked Blue Moon, and Gates was trying to choose between Beck’s and Red Stripe, but Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts has balked at their choices, saying that the men should not pick brands owned by foreign entities (Budweiser is owned by a Belgian company). Instead, Neal suggests that they all settle in for a brews from Sam Adams, the largest American-owned and brewed beer. In case anybody’s wondering, I would side with Neal on this – not for any patriotic reasons, but because Sam Adams is my favorite.
Let us all hope that some good comes from this meeting over drinks. As the great philosopher Homer Simpson once said, “Alcohol: the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” Let’s hope today’s event is more of the latter and that this act of beer diplomacy is a resounding success.
Saturday Morning Crazies June 6, 2009Posted by Matt in Obama.
Tags: christian, delusional conservatives, Fox News, insanity, Muslim, Obama
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Need to add a bit of craziness to your Saturday morning? Check out this piece from the always-delusional folks at Fox News: Obama’s Christian-Muslim Double Standard.
Check out the comments. They’ll give you a good indication of the types of people who believe this stuff.
On Obama and Abortion May 18, 2009Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: abortion, Barack Obama, Notre Dame, pregnancy, pro-choice, pro-life
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I don’t know about you, but I really appreciated President Obama’s words over the weekend when giving Notre Dame’s commencement address. For those of you that have not been paying attention, there was quite a flap over Obama’s inclusion in the ceremony due to his policies on abortion and the pro-life positions held by many in the Catholic Church. There were protests and boycotts and other opposition to his role, but, despite all of that, I thought that his words of reconciliation and restraint were especially meaningful.
I thought his calls for civility in disagreements really cut to heart of the matter on both sides, where it is common to hear those who are pro-choice labeled as “baby killers” and those who are pro-life as ignorant.
“Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction, but surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.”
“As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”
He followed this with a statement that seemed to echo Bill Clinton’s “safe, legal and rare,” from more than a decade ago, urging those on both sides of the aisle to, “work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term.”
Amen to that.
I’ve long struggled with the issue of abortion and, regardless of what some may say, it is a tough issue. The multitude of facets and viewpoints that emerge when attempting to engage its various nuances can complicate matters to an even greater extent and easily leave one floating about in an endless and confusing abyss of gray.
Personally speaking, I tend to hold beliefs that are more pro-life than pro-choice. I don’t like the idea of abortion at all and I wish that it didn’t exist, but, regardless of what I want and regardless who is on the Supreme Court, whether underground or above, it is here to stay. Therefore, instead of a heartfelt but misguided attempt to change things from the top-down in a sort of trickle-down morality, perhaps work would be better appropriated from the ground-up, at the grassroots level. Maybe the advice of our pro-choice president, to work with and support our young women, is actually the most life-giving idea of all.
Teabagging Against Taxes April 15, 2009Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: DeSoto County, Fayette County, Memphis, Obama, porking, protest, taxes, tea party, teabagging
Multitudes are gathering together across our great nation today, April 15, 2009, to participate in one of their fundamental American rights. Hundreds, thousands, perhaps even millions of concerned citizens will come together in unison, their voices intertwining with each other in a cacophony of sound.
The object of their ire: taxes.
Their method of protest: teabags.
Of course this movement harkens back to that great moment over two centuries ago when American patriots, tired of paying taxes without representation, donned traditional Indian garb and dumped shiploads of tea into Boston harbor, effectively teabagging the British government. Once more the call has been heard by those standing against what they perceive as wasteful government spending and corporate bailouts by our own elected officials, yet this time the teabagging parties will stretch far beyond Boston harbor. Today protestors will be teabagging from coast to coast, in parks and in schools and in front of governmental offices, yearning for their voices to be heard. Some are estimating there to be as many as 750 public teabagging events around the nation, some lasting for short times and some all day long, but all focused on Obama and the Democrats.
Not to be outdone, teabaggers will be out in full force in the Memphis area as well. According to an article in the Commercial Appeal, there will be a large gathering at Audubon Park, where the teabagging will begin at 5:00 and another group of teabagging congregants in front of the DeSoto County courthouse at 4:00. One of the speakers at the Memphis event stated that they are, “Hoping for a big mix of people, that they are “Not getting into any of the social or moral things,” and that they, “Hope to have enough to go around for everybody.” Not to be outdone, residents of Fayette county will also host a gala of teabagging followed by a “porking” (participants are asked to bring a can of pork and beans to protest pork spending).
So, when the day is done and the tired protestors retreat beneath their covers after hours of teabagging and porking, at least they will know that their cries of outrage have been heard.
Anxiously Awaiting Your Text… August 21, 2008Posted by Matt in Obama, President 2008.
Tags: Obama, text, vice president
So, I signed up some time ago to receive a text message from the Obama campaign giving his VP pick and I have to admit that I’m getting a bit restless. Who’s it going to be: Tim Pawlenty? Joe Biden? Tim Kaine? Bill Richardson? Kathlenn Sebelius? Might it be a “dark horse” candidate like Wesley Clark? Or maybe Obama Girl?
And does it really matter anyway? Sure, the vice president casts the tie breaking vote in the Senate, but, despite Dick Cheney’s evil plans of global domination a la Cobra Commander, what else do they actually do as long as the president is around?
The cell is set to vibrate and I continue to wait…