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It’s an election year…

-by Nerdface-

…so let’s take a look at Obama’s record, shall we?

Negative:
-He didn’t close Guantánamo Bay, possibly the largest stain on the American conscience right now (and that’s saying a lot, sadly). If you read only one article today, read this.
-He signed the 2012 NDAA, which allows Americans to be imprisoned, indefinitely, without trial, until “the end of hostilities” (of the war on terror), which, we can all agree, at the current rate, is never.
-He supports the PATRIOT Act and has voted for it (as a Senator) and signed it into law (as President), despite the many times that he previously spoke out against it.
-He authorized the assassination of an American on foreign soil, based on his say-so as President: no day in court, no trial.
-Continued and escalated foreign conflicts, including the use of drones. He brought troops home from Iraq only when (per a treaty signed under George W. Bush) he could do nothing else. There are still thousands of “security” contractors in Iraq.
-His administration stated it would have a hands-off policy for medical marijuana, then did an about-face and orchestrated an on-going, multi-agency crackdown against pot that’s far beyond anything Bush did.
-The Obama administration has prosecuted more current or former government officials for providing classified information to the media than every previous administration combined.
-Supported the Wall Street bailouts, appointed former heads of JP Morgan and Monsanto to influential government positions.

Arguably mixed bags:
-Passed a health reform law.
-Deported record numbers of illegal immigrants, supposedly focusing on those with criminal records.

Positive:
-Repealed DADT.
-Officially ended the policy of torture carried out by the Bush administration.

The negative list is worthy of the Bush administration, and, under a Republican president, would be subjected to scathing critique and righteous fury from liberals.
We cannot afford to overlook these acts, even when they come to us at the hands of an eloquent, handsome, black, nominally progressive President. Believe me, I understand. I doubt that anyone—except maybe those imprisoned without trial or killed—is more sorry than I that Obama is not what he could have been. But reality is here. And we cannot and must not delude ourselves any longer.

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“lies, damned lies, and statistics”

-by Nerdface-

Stuff like this makes me absolutely batty. Right wing/left wing? Love Reagan/hate Reagan? Love Obama/hate Obama? You pays your money and you takes your choice.

It’s all the same—impossible to find out the truth, because no one cares about the truth. We just want to be right. We need to be right. We’re sure we’re right. OF COURSE we’re right. How could we possibly be wrong? OTHER PEOPLE are the wrong ones.

We cherry-pick. We believe the articles that agree with us, we repeat/repost/regurgitate the data that fits our particular worldview, we surround ourselves with media that tell us only what we want to hear. And all the while we spiral more and more into our own crazy.

Both these images came to my attention as recent Facebook shares. Beautiful, isn’t it, how Reagan increased debt by a whopping 189% compared to Obama’s paltry 16%, while simultaneously Obama doubled the overall debt of all previous presidents before him? Impressive, to say the least!

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” -Mark Twain

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A Modest Proposition

-by Nerdface-

Whereas it has previously been established at the highest levels of our government that the terrorist organization known as al-Qaeda hates us for our freedoms;

And whereas both supporters and detractors of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act admit that the law endangers—even tramples upon—the basic American freedoms of due process and habeus corpus, guaranteed us by Articles 5 and 6 of the United States Constitution;

And whereas the 2012 NDAA provides for the indefinite detention of any person who “was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces”;

I hereby submit that the members of Congress who voted for this bill, and the President who signed it into law, are, under this bill, directly supporting al-Qaeda in their goal of destroying America and her freedoms, and are therefore subject to indefinite detention under said law.

I move that they be detained under the law they signed, new representatives elected, and the law immediately repealed.

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OBAMA IS TRYING TO ACHIEVE GAYIFICATION OF THE WORLD!

-by Kid Bucket-

In a campaign full of “Really, Rick Perry? Really?” moments, this is one of the ones that really makes me dislike him more then I thought possible. After the Obama Administration decided it wanted to take a country’s treatment of LGBT citizens into account when deciding the amount of foreign aid they would receive, Rick Perry decided that this statement was Obama spitting in the face of every Christian in the entire country, and decided to release this statement of douchebaggery to counter Obama’s gayification of the world. Rick Perry is really here to save us, guys:

“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

“This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.

“I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

“But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

“President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.”

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the right to petition

-by Nerdface-

For weeks, I’ve tried to write about We the People, the White House online petition project, and exactly how that’s been working out, but I was too furious to get past a few sentences. However, I’m ready to try again.

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What’s funny is really funny unless it’s not funny then it’s wrong.

-by Kid Bucket-

Comedy.

It’s a very hard thing to categorize generally, from person to person. For example, A Fish Called Wanda is a hilarious movie (if you disagree you are wrong and we will take this out back and fight to the death like gentlemen) but not everyone likes Bored to Death (which just means you don’t get it and are dumb). Other than what not liking these two examples says about you, if you don’t think something is funny doesn’t mean it’s not comedy. South Park has been proving this for years, with just about every group of people on earth. I have laughed at every single episode of South Park I have ever seen, even the episode about gingers not having souls (it’s not as funny now, thanks people who think that repeating everything you hear ad nauseum is still hilarious I’M RICK JAMES BITCH!). But I am sure there are some Catholics who don’t like “Red Hot Catholic Love”, and some Mormons who don’t like “All About Mormons”.

I would mention Scientologists and “Trapped in the Closet”, but Tom Cruise would probably just sue me in England.

Which brings me to my point…

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the right to petition

-by Nerdface-

For weeks, I’ve tried to write about We the People, the White House online petition project, and exactly how that’s been working out, but I was too furious to get past a few sentences. However, I’m ready to try again.

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Update: An Explanation?

-by Nerdface-

Glenn Greenwald, for Salon:

Thankfully, we have a free and adversarial watchdog media in this nation to sort out the competing claims and to keep the citizenry informed and focused with respect to the Wednesday/Thursday conflict….

Also today, this report appeared, referring to this U.S. diplomatic cable released this week…

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CNN’s sensationalism

-by Nerdface-

Not that CNN’s bent toward sensationalism is news, but….  Check out this little procession.

Front page.  OMG.  Boehner objected to something Obama did! And Obama capitulated!

Once you click on the initial link….  Oh wait.  It was just sort of a request.  And Obama accepted.  Like a prom invitation!  And then:

So wait.  Due to feedback from a prominent member of Congress, Obama decided to move a speech he was going to make to Congress—one day.  This is front-page, top-banner-space headline news exactly how?

It seems obvious that on many levels of major media there is a determination to sensationalize—to pointlessly sensationalize—everything that possibly can be.  Maybe it’s because they’re subscribing to a philosophy of link bait; maybe it’s partially shaded with a ‘**bright shiny thing** don’t pay any attention to the dude starving in the corner’ agenda.  Either way, the result is to cater to the lowest denominator while accepting or encouraging that it forces the rest of us down to that same level.

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business insider: “biggest middle class tax increase in history” coming

-by Nerdface-

This article says that thanks to the new ‘debt ceiling’ deal, 2012 will see an extra $10 billion a month vacuumed from American pockets.

I wonder what would happen if the American people ‘defaulted’ on the ‘debt’ we ‘owe’ the government (in taxes)?

Of course, they just take it straight from our paychecks so we never even have a choice…. Clever, that.

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