Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

Great Song for the Election

Leonard Cohen, “Democracy.”

It’s coming through a hole in the air,
From those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It’s coming from the feel
That this ain’t exactly real,
Or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
From the sirens night and day,
From the fires of the homeless,
From the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
It’s coming through a crack in the wall
On a visionary flood of alcohol
From the staggering account
Of the Sermon on the Mount
Which I don’t pretend to understand at all.
It’s coming from the silence
On the dock of the bay,
From the brave, the bold, the battered
Heart of Chevrolet
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,
The holy places where the races meet
From the homicidal bitchin’
That goes down in every kitchen
To determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
Where the women kneel to pray
For the grace of God in the desert here
And the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

It’s coming to America first,
The cradle of the best and of the worst.
It’s here they got the range
And the machinery for change
And it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
It’s here the family’s broken
And it’s here the lonely say
That the heart has got to open
In a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It’s coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we’ll be making love again.
We’ll be going down so deep
The river’s going to weep,
And the mountain’s going to shout Amen!
It’s coming like the tidal flood
Beneath the lunar sway,
Imperial, mysterious,
In amorous array
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on

I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight,
Getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
That Time cannot decay,
I’m junk but I’m still holding up
This little wild bouquet
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Unfortunately, this country is getting less democratic, not more. With the emergence of a corporate oligarchy, a squashed and declining middle class and a huge and increasingly desperate poor and near poor lower class, this country is looking more and more like a Latin American banana republic shithole.

The flood of corporate and oligarchic cash into our money based and increasingly debased electoral process is particularly disturbing. Face facts. When you have money-based elections, you have no democracy. You can’t have democratic money-based elections – it’s oxymoronic.

This campaign was particularly disturbing in terms of democracy. The unbelievable amount of lying and distortion on one side – seldom corrected by an increasingly oligarchic and supine corpulent corpse of a corporate media – bodes particularly ill for democracy. When political campaigns become lying contests, and the media refuses to correct candidates’ lies, democracy goes right out the window.

The truth is that capitalism is pretty much incompatible with democracy. Capitalists are great at one thing: making really cool products and filling the shelves with overproduction of this, that and the other. They aren’t any good for anything else. In fact, in most other areas, capitalists are worse than useless – they’re downright toxic.

Marxists say that the culture of any capitalist country is the bourgeois culture of the ruling class. This is correct. The oligarchs own the media and the producers of culture, buy off the church and set the tone of the culture of the land. Gramsci talks about the rich creating a “cultural hegemony” under capitalism.

What you end up with in capitalist countries is a tiny oligarchic ruling class group and a vast section of the masses whose minds have been colonized and who frankly think like a rich person or even think they are rich or will be quite soon.

Under capitalism, the media is typically controlled by the 1% and serves to brainwash the 99% into going along with the projects of the 1%. The media is inherently undemocratic under capitalism.

I’m not sure what the solution is.

My opinion is that capitalists need to be kept out of politics and herded into the corner of the room where they can make stuff or fill the stores or whatever they do best. The market must be subordinated to society and not the other way around – the capitalists, the market, must serve the interests of society, of the masses, not or the ruling class, the 1%.

What to do with capitalists who refuse to serve the interests of society? I would say that they should be expropriated.

Hugo Chavez has done a great job of that. There’s a lot of money to be made as a capitalist in Venezuela as long as you go along with the popular project and serve the interests of society. Chavez routinely threatens the capitalists who won’t play along with expropriation, and a number have already been expropriated already. Well, that’s one way to get them to go along!

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Republicans and the “Rape Thing”

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There’s a reason behind Republicans saying all of these insane things about rape. The reason is a dirty little secret about pro-lifers that hardly anyone ever tells you about them.

Pro-lifers believe in no abortion. They don’t believe in any exceptions. The whole thing about exceptions for rape, incest and the life or health of the mother is just a feint. Sure, some soft pro-lifers believe in some of these exceptions, but the real hardcores believe in few if any of them.

No abortion ever, and no exceptions. That’s the pro-life credo. If you’re a pro-lifer, this is basically your belief. A lot of propaganda has been fielded over the years to water down the pro-life position with various humanitarian exceptions, but this was always merely cosmetic fakery, window-dressing to cover up the radical extremism inherent in most pro-lifers’ mindset.

The truth is that the pro-life mindset is fanatical. These people are fanatics. Most of them believe in few if any exceptions to the pro-life orthodoxy.

They’re scary people, and we can see where this leads. This is all part of the Republican “let’s go back and live in the 1950’s” fantasy world. It’s not going to happen. Only broken clocks run backwards. Any properly working clock or society runs forwards, in the direction of history.

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Romnesia

Romnesia is a form of memory loss, often described as “convenient memory loss.” It primarily effects politicians.

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White People

LOL.

Damn, are White people funny or what?

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Caption Contest

I am not exactly sure what this is a photo of. I have been told that there are wild females that roam the open areas of our great land. This appears to be a young wild female, apparently resting in her tree. Call it a “wild female at rest.” Other than that, I don’t know much about the photo.

Please invent a proper caption for this most interesting photo, you creative bastards.

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The Many Faces of Mitt Romney

More like the many faces of Mitt Romney. He’s not only taken two sides on almost every issue, if you include nuances, he’s taken maybe 10-15 different sides.

The guy’s a sleazeball. He’s a man who will say and nearly do anything to be elected President. He’s a cipher. Like Oakland, when it comes to Mitt, there is no there, there. No one knows where he is on almost any subject.

I was on a forum the other day, and a Swede said that in Europe, no candidate who flip-flopped all over the place so much he was harder to pin down than a ball of mercury could even be a viable candidate. He also said that no candidate who refused to release his tax returns would ever stand a chance. Mitt has been nearly insolent in his defiance of releasing his tax returns.

The Swede said that any candidate who did those two things could not possible get more than 10% in any election. Almost no one would vote for them, and they would be so nonviable that the party would pressure them to drop out.

So what the Hell is wrong with Americans?

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Thank You Masked Man

Thank you masked man!

What do you want?

I want Tonto the Indian!

What the Hell do you want Tonto for?

To perform an unnatural act!

OMG, the masked man’s a fag.

I’m not a fag! But I’ve heard a lot about it and read a lot of exposes, and I want to try it and see how bad it is…just once.

Tell you what. Give me the horse too!

What the Hell you want that horse for?

(Smiles.)

The act.

Bleh.

Bleh! The masked man’s a fag! Bleh! Oh, the masked man’s a fag! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Gaaad. He’s a disgusting fag! Faaag, fa-ag! Fag! Fag! Fag! Fag!

(Rides off into the sunset.)

Lenny Bruce LOL!

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Breaking News: Mitt Romney Charged with Violating Ethics Law

As of November 1, Mitt Romney is one of the first presidential candidates ever to be charged with violating federal ethics law.

United Automobile Workers (UAW) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have just charged Romney with hiding between 15.3 to 11.5 million dollars from the auto industry bailout in his wife Anne’s “blind” trust to conceal the gain and reduce taxes on it.

“The American people have a right to know about Gov. Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” the groups said in a statement. “It’s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.”

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The Entire World Says Thumbs Down on Mitt Romney

Yes to Barack! No to the man behind the curtain!

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