Archive for the ‘Politics’ Tag
I never really got this blog going, it’s been five months since I posted anything, and the first thing I do is reblogging.
I need to change the tone of my blog, make it more about honest discussion and reasoned opinions. Then I need to post more often. In the meantime, here’s something that I find very disturbing:
In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:
Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.
Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.
Ms. Light always claims to be a local in these letters. Her real estate holdings are apparently prodigious, as she has claimed residences in Philadelphia, PA; Daly City, California; Mansfield, Ohio; Waynesboro, Virginia; Algoma, Wisconsin; Bangor, Maine; and dozens of other places. Who said Obama supporters were all downtrodden?
What I find most disturbing is not just that this is obviously either a) a fake letter to the editor, or b) a real letter being passed around like a chain email and updated to make it fit each community. No, what disturbs me is the thought that each of the editors who published it likely (to my mind, at least) did so knowing it was not from a genuine reader of their paper. Such blatant and obvious disregard for journalistic integrity from the people who control how Americans get their information should disturb everyone.
I pledge to never become a good little O-bot.
What’s your pledge?
Update: Machosauce pledges not to see anything with Ashton Kutcher in it:
The Daily Show notices that politicians are politicians, regardless of how they run their campaigns;Vodpod videos no longer available.
Spider-Man villain the Chameleon, intent on disrupting the 2009 inauguration, makes a fatal error…he disguises himself as Barack Obama, and Spider-Man knows that there can’t be two of The One.
The story, which ends with Spidey sharing a fist-bump with the new president sounds like it has the same punchline as Amazing Spider-Man #80, “On the trail of…the Chameleon!” In that story, the Chameleon made a similar mistake, in this case disguising himself as Peter Parker. Obviously there can’t be two Peter Parkers, and the Chameleon was apprehended.
Now, politics and social issues in comics are nothing new; several heroes fought Nazis during WWII, Green Arrow taught Green Lantern about racism, the X-Men are basically about the treatment of minorities and Wonder Woman was created (in part) to show a strong heroine who could keep up with male hero characters. What’s sad is that rather than offering any kind of social commentary, comics seem to be becoming just another propaganda device for the editors’ political agendas. Where once comic editors joined with government and went without Comics Code Authority approval in order to publish anti-drug messages, they now glamorize Democrats and threaten to kill Republicans.
Parting Shot: I wonder how Stan feels about Spidey pulling for Barack, when Stan was in the tank for Hillary?
…by Pierre San Martin, one of his victims:
“Thirty-two of us were crammed into a cell,” he recalls. “Sixteen of us would stand while the other sixteen tried to sleep on the cold filthy floor. We took shifts that way. Actually, we considered ourselves lucky. After all, we were alive. Dozens were led from the cells to the firing squad daily. The volleys kept us awake. We felt that any one of those minutes would be our last.
“One morning the horrible sound of that rusty steel door swinging open startled us awake and Che’s guards shoved a new prisoner into our cell. His face was bruised and smeared with blood. We could only gape. He was a boy, couldn’t have been much older than 12, maybe 14.
“‘What did you do?’ We asked horrified. ‘I tried to defend my papa,’ gasped the bloodied boy. ‘I tried to keep these Communist sons of b**tches form murdering him! But they sent him to the firing squad.'”
Soon Che’s goons came back, the rusty steel door opened and they yanked the valiant boy out of the cell. “We all rushed to the cell’s window that faced the execution pit,” recalls Mr. San Martin. “We simply couldn’t believe they’d murder him! Then we spotted him, strutting around the blood-drenched execution yard with his hands on his waist and barking orders – the gallant Che Guevara.”
Here Che was, finally in his element. In battle he was a sad joke, a bumbler of epic proportions (for details see “Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant”), but up against disarmed and bloodied boys he was a snarling tiger.
“Kneel Down!” Che barked at the boy.
“ASSASSINS!” We screamed from our window. “MURDERERS!! HOW CAN YOU MURDER A LITTLE BOY!”
“I said, KNEEL DOWN!” Che barked again.
The boy stared Che resolutely in the face. “If you’re going to kill me,” he yelled. “you’ll have to do it while I’m standing! MEN die standing!”
“COWARDS! MURDERERS! Sons of B**TCHES!” The men yelled desperately from their cells. “LEAVE HIM ALONE!” HOW CAN …?!”
“And then we saw Che unholstering his pistol. It didn’t seem possible. But Che raised his pistol, put the barrel to the back of the boy’s neck and blasted. The shot almost decapitated the young boy.
“We erupted. We were enraged, hysterical, banging on the bars.’MURDERERS! ASSASSINS!’ His murder finished, Che finally looked up at us, pointed his pistol, and BLAM-BLAM-BLAM! emptied his clip in our direction. Several of us were wounded by his shots.”
Personally, I’ve never understood leftist fascination with Che. To my mind, he was a thug and murderer who lost significantly in pretty much every battle he ever fought. There are so many others so much more deserving of the adulation he receives, even those who fought and died for causes and beliefs that were every bit as revolutionary…but they did it to better humanity and they did it in a way that did better humanity. Why the hero-worship of a war criminal?
H/T: Rusty (in a round-about way)