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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: November 06, 2008, 07:30:31 pm »
I dunno. The only thing keeping me from being 100% cynical is the fact that Obama has such a starkly different background from most politicians. The guy survived on food stamps for a while, he's lived in more places than Sarah Palin has read about, and he actually worked his way up to where he is, as opposed to being bred for it or having it bestowed on him like a birthright.

He's the first person in a long fucking time to achieve the presidency by his own hard work and determination. For now, I'm assuming that counts for something. His personal motives have to differ from motives of the last 20 presidents.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: November 06, 2008, 07:10:42 pm »
Voters' expectations are never realistic. Obama and the new Congress need to get something big pushed through ASAP to avoid breaking the electoral system (further) for a very long time. If all the wide-eyed optimists are disappointed in 2010, that'll be the end of the Democrats for a while.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: November 06, 2008, 05:42:18 am »
A brief reminder for anybody who is thinking that Abe Lincoln would be proud:

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

- Abraham Lincoln, 1858

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:12:42 pm »
Well why not? Apparently the President can unilaterally do anything else, from raping and pillaging entire sovereign states to eating cake while cities in his own country literally drown to death.

No joking: the American President in all seriousness now has at least as much power over American citizens as King George had over the American colonists in 1776.

Maybe conservatives are finally beginning to realize what they've done to the Presidency, but I doubt it. They just want it to stay in their hands.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:06:23 pm »
And another thing.

Leave it to the extreme Right to fret that a left-leaning (although in America's case, "Left-leaning" means anybody less conservative than Mussolini) President would ascend to the White House as if climbing onto an imperial throne.

If the Executive has the power to simply wave a staff and declare democracy "over," then I'm pretty sure democracy is already over. And if such power rests in the hands of the President, then we only have the "conservatives" to thank for it. Over the past decade their single greatest accomplishment has been the boundless expansion of executive power.

And now that they're about to lose their asses, all of a sudden it's a bad thing to have such a powerful Presidency. Go figure.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 29, 2008, 08:59:14 pm »
Socialism and democracy are totally mutually exclusive, too.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 29, 2008, 04:16:42 pm »
be sure to bring your brown shirt!

Or Kill Me / Re: Not particularly relevant
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:14:58 pm »
no H. not iraq.

Or Kill Me / Not particularly relevant
« on: October 28, 2008, 05:23:04 pm »
Taken from a discussion I had with some guy on his blog, concerning the town I grew up in.

I grew up in Bagdad, and graduated from High School there. And I don't think Randy should be so quick to give up his initial impressions of the place. It is full of tame, manageable people, who are singleminded and not very open to dissent or debate about much of anything.

The only people in Bagdad who display individuality are usually people who have nothing to gain from being "normal" -- teenagers who plan to leave as soon as they're legally allowed to and educators who use Bagdad to get a couple years experience and then move to a respectable district.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that the people of Bagdad don't like people rocking the boat. Less than a month before High School graduation, my friends and I were actually arrested on some trumped-up charges and almost imprisoned, until the Judge in the case realized what was going on and expunged our records and reprimanded the deputies involved. It was clearly a "you're not welcome and you'd better get out of town as soon as you can" message, and that's what we did.

Today, when most people I know look back on their High School careers as among the happiest times in their lives, I look back and almost ten years later I'm still glad I never fit in there.

I have to add that I wasn't an above-average troublemaker, in fact I have never been (including the incident I described above) actually charged with any crime other than traffic violations. I was never one to engage in reckless or dangerous activity, or to deface or otherwise vandalize anyone's property, which is more than I can say about many of the people regarded as inseparable from that society.

The thing about us that people in Bagdad hated wasn't that we were disruptive or violent or that we caused damage, because none of that was true. Bagdad, like any homogenized right-wing enclave, simply has a deep-seated distrust of anyone who reminds them that the world is full of people who don't fit the small-town stereotype.

We were targeted not because we were a threat but because we reminded people that the world is moving quickly away from these people's comfort zone; that societies change; and that there's a reason why Norman Rockwell wasn't a photographer.

I would stop short of calling the place a 21st Century version of slavery, because most of the people who live there do so because they choose to, because that's what they want in life. And that's fine.

But it is unfortunate that the town has so little consideration for people who live there because they must, provides so little opportunity for those who might choose to do something else in life, and breeds an extreme Us-vs-Them culture where the Outsider can never be accepted except as a novelty.

Bagdad is in many ways the quintessential American Small Town, and its exports include more than copper -- it is also a rich source of cynicism, cronyism, short-sighted jingoist nationalism, and institutional ignorance.

« on: October 24, 2008, 11:23:20 pm »

« on: October 24, 2008, 09:47:26 pm »
if nobody takes that gif and makes something NSFW out of it, i'll be disappointed.

Discordian Recipes / How to make what I had for dinner
« on: October 23, 2008, 06:45:56 am »
1 chicken breast, frozen.
1 handful of spaghetti
1 jar of alfredo pasta sauce
some nearly-expired spinach leaves
some frozen vegetables

First, try to defrost the chicken using your microwave's "Defrost" setting. When that fails, get pissed off and set it to nuke for 2 minutes on 100% power.

Meanwhile, distract yourself with guessing how much spaghetti you need. Do not use a spaghetti serving measurer thing, which would be cheating. Start spaghetti cooking in cold water.

Notice that the chicken has become half-cooked in the microwave, and remove it. Start frying it in a pan for no apparent reason. Some people recommend you chop up the chicken pieces before you start frying it. Those people are wrong. Find something to season it with, it doesn't matter what. I used steak seasoning. Be sure to apply the seasoning after the chicken is at least halfway done, otherwise the flavor might stay in the chicken.

Dump spinach leaves into the pot along with the cooking spaghetti. Take care to use just enough spinach to add color, but not flavor. Add some kind of oil (preferably edible) to pasta water, liberally.

When the spaghetti is done, strain it and put it in some kind of container. Dump the entire jar of alfredo sauce in and mix it up. Allow it to cool while the chicken gets done, which would already be done except you put the heat on too low.

When the chicken is done, toss it into the mix. Taste. Decide it needs something else. Check the cupboards and find nothing. Find frozen vegetables in the freezer. Nuke the holy Jesus out of them for like 10 minutes, then throw them in there too.


Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 21, 2008, 03:48:59 am »
From the Religious Right

Osama Bin Laden would.

Vote YES on Proposition 8

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 20, 2008, 01:13:04 am »
I'd buy that Powell didn't really want a war in Iraq, but it's plainly obvious that Bush did. Powell isn't a Neoconservative, he's a "pragmatist," most of whom are of the opinion (now) that going into Iraq was a mistake. Saying now that Bush didn't want to go to war then is probably just Powell trying to save a little face with the millions of Republicans who are pissed off at him now.

As for the endorsement, it's great and all but it probably won't move any numbers. Endorsements have more effect on the news cycle than they do on actual votes, which is still good for Obama. Of course it won't have any effect on the overheated base of the GOP, who will undoubtedly see this as a "Black thing," whether they come right out and say so or not. Expect all those people who say they're not racist because they'd vote for Colin Powell if he ran to write this off as Powell losing his "Conservative Edge," whatever that is, and not following his example with their votes.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: October 19, 2008, 05:34:01 am »
Never underestimate the power of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
          --Barack Obama

I predict the next 3 weeks are going to be filled with all kinds of people at all points on the political spectrum generating lots and lots of noise about Barack Obama being the inevitable President-elect, which will prompt Democrats will assume they have it in the bag by such a large margin that no one will notice if they don't actually go out and vote, resulting in a McCain victory.

The next four years will be full of Democrats bitching about Republicans stealing this election, a disaster or three on Wall Street, skyrocketing unemployment, bread lines, food rationing, and maybe Martial Law in some places.  In 2012, the Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton, who will also lose (if elections are still legal).

Also, since this America, there will be a race war.

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