In marking the passing of a Great Soul, let’s not forget, that today a Mandela would be assassinated by an Obama.
Nelson Mandela was jailed under the legal rubric that the ANC was a terrorist organization, and he was the leader of its highest ranking cell. If he were to emerge today, if he were leading the struggle against the apartheid regime of South Africa in the year 2013, he would fêted with a US made, Presidentially authorized Hellfire missile, not with a Nobel peace prize or honorary doctorates in law. The man who ordered his murder would bring home the peace prize instead.
We have come a long way down an evil road and can no longer recognize our surroundings. Our maps don’t line up to the compass anymore, and we wander firing “blindly into a continent” – just like the French man o’ war in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – blindly into several continents at once. It is well for South Africa and it was well for Mandela, and for us, that he was born 95 years ago, and not 20 years ago. A young Mandela would certainly be killed.
Ave atque vale, Leo Mandela!
They also plan to join the zillionaire ranks of the 1%, at some point, so they can benefit from bipartisan permanent tax cuts for the rich, and they also plan to become international film stars and celebrities. They are just waiting for their big break. Meanwhile they play the lottery. Because while it’s inevitable that one day they will be discovered on American Idol or Star Search, you have to have a viable plan for the interim.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Healthcare.gov Not Actually Improved as Much as Administration Claimed
The Obama Administration tells tall tales?
I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise. Nor did they offer any hard data on WHAT REALLY MATTERS: the number of completed, error free 834 forms successfully transmitted to insurance co.s
Keep biting on the sucker bait, Democrats.
Democrats: if you just stop listening to them, they CAN’T lie to you. If you won’t stop listening to them they’ll NEVER stop lying to you.
At this point, it’s really more your fault than theirs.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Minimum Wage Increase Might Be Put on California’s Ballot…By a Conservative
Well SOMEBODY has to push elected Democrat officeholders to act on traditional Democratic policies and values, and it sure the fuck wasn’t going to be DEMOCRATIC VOTERS.
They’ve been eating shit so long they think it’s caviar.
“What are you willing to sacrifice?” we are asked…
I am willing to sacrifice the insurance industry. I am willing to sacrifice the absolutely wasteful, needless and murderous layer of profit skimming off of the people’s misery that is represented by the insurance industry and its greed. I’ll be happy to sacrifice the one third of one sixth of our GDP that is given as burnt offering to Murder, Inc. Yeah, I’ll sacrifice that. Don’t even need a special ceremonial dagger or anything. I’d just let the families these vultures have harmed tear them to pieces.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Reid Shows We Could Have Gotten Immigration Reform, a Second Stimulus, Public Option, Etc
You know what’s pathetic?
Reid goes nuclear — now bring on the liberal activist judges! Brian Beutler, Salon Magazine
Professional Democrat fluffers think this may be used to advance a liberal activist agenda, in any way, shape or form.
No, Brian, it’s far more likely to be bring on the Kagans and conservadem neoliberal dancing hippos.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Private Insurance Was the Worst at Slowing Cost Growth
Buy some or go to jail. –Obama.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Trey Radel Will Take Leave Of Absence After Cocaine Plea
He should take this opportunity to name Rob Ford as his Spiritual Adviser and 12 step Sponsor. Step 1. Acquire crack cocaine…
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post BREAKING: John Kerry Proclaims End to “Monroe Doctrine” Not Relevant for 100 Years Anyway
Hey, there was a Doctrine for wiping out the North American Indian too! We called it Manifest Destiny. Drunk as he was, Coach O’Neill knew about that doctrine too. Actually the football coach who taught US history at my public school wasn’t an alcoholic, but he did fuck the cheerleaders. Still we learned interesting and illuminating tidbits from him, such as the fact that the US bankrolled 80% of the French war expenditures in S.E. Asia during the Truman and Eisenhower years, and that following the French defeat in 1954, we suppressed a nation wide election in Vietnam which was scheduled to be held according to the treaty agreements which concluded the French wars in Indo-China. The election would have resulted in a unified Vietnam, but we let our side opt out because the Communist side was sure to win. Some of this I knew already, but knowing how difficult it was to come by this knowledge only made it all the more shocking to me that a public school teacher was enlightening his students with this generally ignored and suppressed information. Despite the fact that he was the football coach, I found myself respecting him. It was too bad about that cheerleader, but I expect she learned a few interesting things off of him, too.
Also, the official policy of the Obama administration is to extract every barrel of crude oil, every cubic foot of natural gas, wringing the last wisps of these from the rocks with fracking, and boiling it out of tar sands. His policy is to extract and burn every last molecule of the stuff, and then move on to “clean” coal. We are already into the red zone with carbon dioxide pollution destabilizing planetary climate. Evidence of global warming and more extreme weather phenomena -bigger, stronger storms, longer droughts and so on- piles up monthly. Yet the Obama White House proudly publishes graphics claiming US oil production has turned around from declining to increasing. YAY!
If as Erik claims the yahoos hate this guy because he’s fighting global warming they have the wrong man. So does he.
Since Obamacare is now whatever Mr. Obama decides it is (vide, the employer mandate suspension, and the dispensation granted to existing non-compliant policies) it should be no trouble at all for the President to tie premium increases to Social Security COLAs by decree. If he wants to.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Support for Obama and Obamacare Continues to Slide
Fuck “delay”. ABOLISH THE MANDATE.
Slavery is over, Mr. Obama.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Unnamed ‘Senior Law Enforcement Sources’ Claim US Government Wouldn’t Arrest Assange Today
Nothing the US governments says can be trusted or taken at face value. I don’t know how far back you’d have to go to find a time when the government could be taken at its word on some things at least. For quite some time though, it has been a fountain of outright lies and duplicity. Believe nothing until it has been officially denied.
The individual mandate was a promise made to the insurance cartel by Barack Obama. It’s not expendable, disposable or fudgibly flexible like a promise made to the American people.
I say the same thing to Democrats and fellow travelers about ObamaNoCare as I say to Republicans, or would say if I was on speaking terms with any Republicans:
Get out of its way, and let it crash and burn!
It is stupid for Republicans to try delaying implementation of a doomed law/program that is going to explode on contact with reality and leave a crater the size of Greenland when it goes. Let it run and fail, and then make political hay from it as your rotten hearts will instruct you. It is stupid to put obstacles in the way of your enemy when he is running towards his own destruction, but then today’s Republicans are made of stupid.
As for Democrats and Progressives: the more you try to polish this giant turd the worse you’re going to look in the eyes of the voters. Let the turd drop and get out of its way. The more you try to soften the blow with “fixes”, the more it looks like you are the one trying to direct it at people’s heads, to make it stick and to prevent them from escaping. Expecting gratitude for that is stupid. If you want to have any second chance with voters after Barry’s Chocolate Chernobyl erupts all over you, you need to start distancing yourself from it right now.
There is going to be a great deal of damage from this Mud Baby when it drops, and most of it is baked in already. Nothing you can do but damage control by getting away as fast as you can.
Barmitt O’bamney commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: AHIP Holds Gun to Own Head, Reenacts Iconic Blazing Saddles Scene
I am happy to report that they’re already panicking over on the Democratic websites! You can tell that by the way they are all screaming at each other to stop panicking, and ordering the Obots of lesser degree and seniority to “Clap Harder!”, as though it were the fault of rank and file Democrats that their leaders have betrayed them, once again, for corporate payola.
Whattaya mean it doesn’t end well? If a year from now the Democrats get the punishment they deserve for their cynical, shameless betrayal of their voting constituents, and if ObamaNoCare is repealed sometime later as the Welfare for Wall street scam that it is, or indeed for any reason you like, then I say all’s well that ends well!
ObamaNoCare bites the dust? That’s a BIG WIN for America, any way you slice it. The sooner it dies, the sooner it stops being a threat to Medicare, and the happier we should all be.
No we won’t have a clear unmuddied pitch on which to launch a drive for legitimate Single Payer reform. Obama and the corporatist wing of the Democrats made sure of that. Ironically, by pushing their public-private partnership for profits crap on us, they’ll have done a lot of damage to people’s willingness to trust a public solution. But at least we will have the Problem back, in sharp focus. People may despair of their government, but they’ll probably also have had enough of their government telling them that “We have to let these businessmen who want to make big bucks off your misery organize and run our health system, or it just won’t go.”
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