Once again, Bryan says it all…

Here’s  the definitive judgement on the healthcare debate — and those who are attempting to thwart reform — from the website “You Are Dumb”: article

My warning to the fear-mongers: in the long run, you will not win.  Your actions will come back to you.  Let’s put it very simply: you will not be re-elected to office and will have to find a real job and have your healthcare threatened daily just like the rest of us.  Considering the behavior of those in the Capitol, that’s the worst “fuck you” I can think of.

Oh, and one more thing: have a nice day.  Not.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER FOR PRESIDENT

Look at this petition, circa 2003:  petition.  Particularly pay attention to some of the most recent signatures.  (While you’re at it, also read this, which contains enough really pissy little truths to make just about everyone unhappy.)

Admittedly looking at the situation from 2000 miles away, it’s my opinion that Ahnold has done nothing more while in office than a good imitation of that other B-movie actor who was once governor of California and ended up building quite a myth for himself while in the White House some years later.  And that’s enough to scare me.

You’ve probably guessed the reason I’m venturing into these waters: those who really don’t care about anything but trivia (about 9/10’s of the Republican Party, it seems), having been robbed of their Grey Poupon hissy fit, are now all lathered up about where Barack Obama was born.  Unfortunately their numbers appear to include Lou Dobbs, who once was a hero of mine, but nowadays has floated off  into Crazyland with the rest of the wingnuts.  It’s a shame, because for a while there he was the only one getting the actual truth out about the human cost of illegal immigration and mass immigration.  However, I digress.

The point is that Schwarzenegger really wasn’t born in the U.S., but that seemed not to be a problem before it became apparent that he couldn’t run California any better than your local Democrat.  Barack Obama is doing as good a job of running the U.S. as anyone can do these days, but he’s half-black and not conservative.  Therefore, let’s forget the environment, the economy, healthcare, the wars, and whatever the hell else and start screaming at the top of our lungs that we won’t believe that his birth certificate is legitimate no matter what anyone says.  He’s black and he’s not conservative.  That’s all that matters!

Now, let’s paddle backward for a bit and pretend that Schwarzenegger hadn’t flamed out as Gov.  Let’s pretend that, just like Pit-Bull Barbie, he still believed himself to be a Presidential hopeful (and I sometimes wonder if he still does, given the seeming Republican penchant for trashing governorships and then going on to national office anyway).   The only thing standing in his way would be that nasty little Section I, Article Two of the U.S. Constitution.

I wonder how many of the “birthers” would still be “birthers” if such a situation arose.  And who would call them out on it, loud and clear?  Just a pause for thought there, folks, although there doesn’t seem to be much thought applied to anything these days on that side of the aisle.

P.S. Wait a minute, I forgot one thing: the Immigrant Fans who, contrary to popular legend, exist in droves on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Capitol.  Now, Schwarzenegger is too just-plain-old white for any of this sort to successfully claim that not allowing him to be President is racist (probably wouldn’t stop them from trying, though).  But he is an immigrant.  Doesn’t that just about trump everything else?  After all, the immigrants did build this country, didn’t they?

Oh, I forgot.  That argument would only count if he were illegal.  Actually he’s a big fan of citizenship; word has it that he’s a citizen not only of the U.S., but of Austria as well.  Sorry ’bout that.

(also see this for a little bit of further commentary on Ahnold)

More Corrupt Than Thou?

Just a brief message from Illinois, where we have been toiling under only-somewhat-deserved the title of Most Corrupt State in the Union for quite some time now, mostly thanks to that hairball Springfield regurgitated last winter.

Applause all around for New Jersey.  Apparently your pols were even selling your organs.  Gosh, all ours were trying to do was sell us out.  How boring.

MSNBC: Defining “Average”

Oh, so MSNBC is now claiming that Obama lost the “average” viewer in his news conference last night.  There seems to be no pause in MSNBC’s rush to try to become the New Fox News…not that we need a new one, because the old one, unfortunately, is still there.

So anyway, what the hell is “average?”   I’m thinking it’s an ultra-conservative evangelical 12-year-old video-game addicted Wall Street banker with an IQ of 60.  Don’t know many of those, if only because I don’t know many 12-year-olds.

Certainly none of MSNBC’s editorial remarks (and it took three writers to make them), illuminated any real problems that Obama, or the rest of us normally intelligent people, must worry about.  But it is annoying that they tried, anyway.

Wanna see for yourself?  Read this:  http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/07/23/2005548.aspx

And oh my goodness, I just realized that MSNBC qualifies for a Stupid of the Day Award.  Take a bow, morons.

Another “sometimes you just gotta post a link” post

I don’t totally agree with everything said here (particularly I take exception to the simplistic and narrow-minded reverse racism), but I get the point…and you should, too:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/opinion/12rich.html

Just another day in la-la land

Apparently Sarah Palin now feels that the day-to-day grind of being governor of Alaska will hinder her from running for President.  All hints of a forthcoming indictment and/or scandal aside, this is the only possibility that strikes me as a plausible reason for her resignation. 

Unfortunately for her, in the real world having quit the day-to-day grind of being governor with just under half a term left to go will hinder one in running for President.  We kinda like our Presidents to stick around, even when we don’t like our Presidents.  Walking off a governor’s job in mid-term kinda sets off alarms in a lot of people’s heads, yuh know?  Even AWOL George stuck around, although he managed to be on vacation for a total of 3 of the 8 years he was in office.

If she had been in her second term, perhaps it would have been okay.  Or maybe not: we here in Illinois recently had a governor who was in his second term and refused to quit even after being indicted, arrested, and impeached.  Now that’s Presidential-style sticktoittiveness, but Blagojevich is never going to be President in this lifetime.  He’s a Democrat.  They don’t get to make as many mistakes as Republicans, and Blags has, at this point, actually exceeded the Republican allowance.

Anyway, Palin wasn’t even a second-termer.  This was a freshman governor.  This was someone who had a new and shinier bauble dangled before her and decided to bat at it, like a kitten who abandons a bowl of milk to chase a piece of metallic string around.  Or even Michael Jackson, who thought no one should notice that he’d had extensive plastic surgery and also that his skin was no longer black.  Of course, Jackson didn’t have the wingnuts to guard him, nor was he a politician, so he was inherently less dangerous.  On the other hand, Palin in La-La-Land could spell real doom for those of us out here in the real world.  There are just enough wingnuts — about 30 million of them — to make this a possibility.  And that’s frightening. 

Even if that thought doesn’t scare you, consider this: these people have been trying to foist their version of reality on the 270,000,000 rest of us (not to mention the rest of the world) for the better part of 30 years.  Look where it’s got us.  We have people out in public insisting that what they say is reality even if it’s clearly a lie, and we have lots of other people supporting them.  Meantime, our economy has fallen apart, the population has exploded, and the environment has continued to deteriorate.  But apparently we’re only supposed to care about abortion, Grey Poupon, Obama’s birth certificate, beer.

In the wacky world of  right-wingnuts, that’s the priority of things.  So quitting your job without having much of a track record in that job, just because you want a better job is perfectly okay as long as Sarah Palin does it.  She is, after all, anti-choice.  Anyone who finds her behavior both odd and enlightening — as in that it reveals her true self — is obviously a liberal (bad!) and is being mean to poor Sarah (badder!).

On the other hand, if Hillary Clinton had done such a thing, she’d be an unpatriotic liberal “feminazi” bitch who was so ambitious that she didn’t care about her consituency and only cared about glory, never mind her zipper-addled husband and ugly daughter which just make her worse.  She kills people too you know, and eats unborn babies in ceremonies conducted by lesbian witch covens.  Of course, all this is reality only in wingnut-land, but you catch the drift — or you will if you publicly attempt to defend Hillary.

Here’s the truth in a harsh light: all the right-wingnuts apparently want at this point is another President with a duncecap on its pointed little head so they can feel better about themselves — gee, you can be that stupid and still be President!  This particular pointed little head is invaluable because she may even allow the Fat Man a real voice in government, so expect the Fat Man to attempt to mangle reality in her favor until reality itself screams. After all, there’s something in it for him.

Imagine the unreality of the U.S. being run by Rush Limbaugh while pretty Sarah has her hair and nails done every day, and wears pretty clothes and darts around the world smiling at world leaders and saying really stupid stuff.  You know, kind of like Miss America, but without the brains.  We could have another George Bush (the only difference being that during that regime, the U.S. was being run by Dick Cheney), only much prettier.  What heaven; after all, there is no blessed paralysis that propaganda, sloganeering, name-calling and fear-mongering can’t accomplish.  Maybe we’d have no economy at all by the time she finished, instead of one merely in shreds, and we’d be overrun with cheap labor and unaffordable healthcare, and our food would be poison, and the environment would collapse completely.   And WWIII might even start, if for no other reason that the rest of the world couldn’t stand another minute of her.  But gosh, she’d make sure she looked pretty and kept uttering the correct buzz-phrases while we were heading down the poop shoot.  You betcha! smiley1_sl-designs1024x768

And we’d hear over and over again from Fox News about how great a President she is until someone actually started to believe it, and there would be rumblings about throwing out that nasty 22nd Amendment that limits Presidential terms so she could stay in office forever and keep us all mesmerized with her prettiness and down-home-iness, and eventually there would be a movement to build a statue of her in Washington, D.C., or maybe to carve her image into Mt. Rushmore.

And maybe, in the middle of it all, she’d quit.  It wouldn’t take much.  Maybe someone would insult her (darn, that happens a lot to Presidents).  Maybe someone would offer her one of Queen Elizabeth’s extra crowns, and she would think, “To hell with all this, I want to be the Queen of England!”   After all, isn’t it just Russia that’s between Alaska and England?  And she can see Russia from her back yard yuh know.

Oh no dears, it isn’t that far-fetched.  Always remember that it’s okay, because we’re talking about Sarah Palin here.  In the right-wing fantasy world of saints, she’s the saintliest.  Fox News is already talking about her “wide open” options, and MSNBC isn’t far off that mark, either.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s only because they want to see her become President so they can report on the damage.  If not, then I have no explanation.  I can’t believe they’re honestly that stupid.

Let’s just hope that the non-wingnut Republicans come to their senses in the next year or so and laugh her off their stage for good, and send someone serious up against Obama in 2011.  The rest of us have had enough of fashion-doll politicians, and there are a lot more of us than there are of the wingnuts.  If I were a non-wingnut Republican I would keep that in mind, because realizing that all of us don’t live in la-la-land with the wingnuts may be the Republicans’ only credible road back to the White House.

But if the sane Republicans don’t come to that realization, I have only one thing to say as I stare doom in the face: damn you, John McCain.

 Image from http://www.sl-designs.com/wp/smiley-winking_wallpaper.htm

Note to the World: You’re Fat.

It is no surprise to me that one of the big news items today is that anywhere from 30 to 40% of U.S. adults are obese.  My own estimate is slightly worse: about 70% of U.S. adults seem to be merely overweight; about 30-40% of that group are downright obese.  I count people as obese when I can hear them breathing 10 feet away and they are so fat that they can barely walk.  A fair number of them, in fact, can’t walk, which seems to me to be an awfully high price to pay for eating.

What may come as a surprise to some reading this, particularly if they do not reside in the U.S., is that (coming from a person who daily has the opportunity to observe this), it’s not just U.S. Americans who are fat.  Almost the entire world — the non-starving 5 billion part, that is — seems to be fat at this point. 

What I’m basing this on is that about 50% of the people who I meet every day are foreign.  And they are just as fat as the natives.

The difference between U.S. Americans and foreigners is that the Americans tend to whine about the food industry trying to kill them, even while they are stuffing that same food industry’s supposed poisons into their mouths by the forklift-full.  And indeed, the food industry has for some years been adding too much of everything to our processed food.  Some of this — as in “too much sugar” — is mostly the food industry’s fault, except when you consider the dilemma caused by sugars occurring naturally in “healthy” products like juice (many fruits naturally have tremendous amounts of sugar); some of it is due to regulatory practices (“too much salt” sometimes falls into the latter category), and some of it is things we in the public tend to identify as “bad” even though they’re not necessarily bad (such as many fats).  But the fact is, we control how much of “too much” we actually eat, and by doing so, we also pretty much control how much of “too much” the food industry produces.  Bitching about it at the top of your lungs in public will not change anything, but it may get you labeled as a lunatic.  Don’t bother.  Just don’t eat whatever it is you’re tempted to bitch about.  That should lose you at least 50 pounds right there.

The foreigners just don’t give a shit, except that a lot of them snort that the food is so much better wherever it is they came from.  I won’t go into that, in spite of the temptation.

The basic fact is, no matter where the obese come from, the fattest people are usually the ones who put the most food in their mouths.  Think about it.  The food doesn’t just jump into your mouth.  You have to put it there.  You have control of what you put there.  And many fat people I’ve observed are simply out of control around food.

A nurse once told me that a lot of (American) fat people she’s talked to, fat women in particular, are convinced that they need to consume about 5,000 calories a day.  I’m not kidding.  The reality for most women is less than 2,000 calories a day.  They can achieve and stay at a good weight restricting their diet to that amount or slightly less, in addition to exercising.  But a lot of women have somehow convinced themselves that they need at least twice that much, and probably more.  I do not know where these fatties got that idea; it’s certainly not from the media, however addled the media may be about getting things right.  It’s odd, bizarre…kind of like convincing one’s self that you don’t have to stop at a stoplight if you’ve never gotten a ticket.

As for the men, the nurse observed, they defiantly don’t give a flying one how they look or feel —  until something happens, like a high cholesterol reading (which actually may or may not be diet-related), or worse, a heart attack, stroke, or cancer.

And there are a lot of people who don’t know that they are fat.  I assume these are the same ones who think they must consume 5,000 calories a day.  Even mirrors don’t help these folks, and in the summer, they parade their fat in tight-fitting, skin-revealing outfits.  It’s not just women who do this, although they are often a bit more annoying because you are unwillingly presented with their canyon-sized, wrinkled, freckle-and-mole-peppered cleavage, which you have to attempt to ignore while talking to them.  It’s as revolting as a fat plumber’s butt cheeks.

Another part of the problem is nutritional illiteracy.  Most of the people you talk to equate ‘sugar’ and ‘fat’ with ‘bad.’  They don’t have any idea, and apparently don’t want to know, that the real story is far more complex than that — some sugars and fats are actually necessary, and if you control the quantities they are quite good for you.  But the media are sending us mixed messages every day.  What was good for us yesterday will kill us today.  Tomorrow, who knows.  It may turn out to be a cure for cancer.  This confuses a lot of people to the extent where they settle on sugar=bad and fat=bad and never progress beyond that point (nor do they stop eating and complaining about the “bad” fats and sugars).  They parade their ignorance around just like they parade their fat around.  I don’t have a remedy for this except that the news and other media should, perhaps, refrain from reporting anything about health-related studies.  Most of the reporting on these studies is inaccurate, anyway, and/or the studies themselves suck, and like I said, it appears to confuse so many poor dears that it’s a public disservice to keep doing it.

All that aside, take it from a person who observes feeding behaviors daily: the fattest of the fatties are usually the ones who eat the most.  That’s the basic fact.  To avoid being in that group, eat a little of this and a little of that, three square a day, stop yourself from having too many snacks, and get off your butt and move around.  If you’re like most people and have no health problem that is keeping you fat, you’re almost guaranteed to lose a bit of weight sooner or later. 

Some facts are harsh, but it’s hard to argue with the results.