• In this age of Obama, some folks have no problem with cashing in on their black skins. No matter how much of their integrity it costs them.

    Ha! ‘Some folks,’ indeed, such as Obama himself. Though I’m not sure he ever had any integrity to sell, which might explain how he serves so cheaply.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Late Night: The Fire This Time

    2013-02-15 03:39:19View | Delete

    Civil rights once guaranteed to all Americans are gone…

    I’d like to know when we ever had what you’re suggesting we lost. I’m thinking never, and that’s why we’re here today.

  • Jaango, you are welcome to respect any mass murderer you choose, no matter his skin color. Regarding the things you list in your diary, there are a few that fit quite well into the Green New Deal. Good luck on any of them seeing the light of day tomorrow, or for the rest of the current administration’s term. You won’t get any such blood out of the corporatist/imperialist Obama turnip.

  • The simplest answer to the question posed at the top of this post– “why are all SOTU responses from the right?”– is that there is no opposition or even substantial criticism from the ‘left.’ Why should there be? Obama was re-elected with impressive numbers, despite his crimes and policy ‘betrayals.’ Liberals bought the turd sandwich– again– and this time asked if they could supersize the iced bile. Liberals own this disaster now, without an asterisk. Obama knows he can do what he wants, and the Democratic quislings liberals sent to D.C. all know it, too.

    I recommend all of you Obama supporters just take out some Chinese-made U.S. flags so you can cheer and wave them vigorously every time your champion completes an articulately uttered sentence.

  • No one from the Green Party understands about being elected to anything.

    Yes, we have a big problem sucking up to corporate donors for the bribes necessary for buying the marketing to herd spineless liberals into the Democratic cattle cars of delusion. You can show the addled horse the water, but you can’t convince him to stop drinking his own piss.

  • MaryM, is that an ‘I told you so’? If so, I politically love you. The reason why “we have nice things like speeches that would garner majority support from the American people in the dead of winter” is that the majority of ‘the American people’ are either too stupid or too cowardly to organize in their own interests.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Late Night: On How We Need To Get Off Each Other’s Cases

    2013-02-05 13:06:31View | Delete

    Sister Allison, let me tell you. I have a sure-fire way of getting these busybodies off my case, because they sometimes come at me even though I lack a uterus. I just remind them that there are already close to 7 billion rapacious consumers crowding and soiling the biosphere, and I’m in no hurry hasten our species’ demise by adding yet another grasping, pillaging parasite to the mix. If that doesn’t work, then I relent and agree that maybe it would be a good idea to make a special effort to have another little bundle of protein and fat, if only so that the bigger, stronger ones will have something to eat when the food inevitably runs out.

  • SamHolloway commented on the diary post Cheney’s Folly: How Torture Cost Us 7 Years in the Hunt for UBL by TuffsNotEnuff.

    2013-02-04 14:44:26View | Delete

    Of course, the “we” part was sarcastic. Don’t call me a liberal.

  • SamHolloway commented on the diary post Cheney’s Folly: How Torture Cost Us 7 Years in the Hunt for UBL by TuffsNotEnuff.

    2013-02-04 14:42:59View | Delete

    We still have a democracy here, implying collective responsibility, so the torture-hounds have made our country look like monsters.

    We look like monsters because we are monsters. We have a mass murderer who was just reelected to our highest office with the enthusiastic support of the supposedly sane and decent part of the electorate. But back [...]

  • SamHolloway commented on the diary post Disposable America by cmaukonen.

    2013-01-11 05:49:53View | Delete

    In the many decades of this republic’s formation and declaration, there is one commodity that was always considered disposable: human beings. The Middle Passage “The total number of African deaths directly attributable to the Middle Passage voyage is estimated at up to two million; a broader look at African deaths directly attributable to the institution of [...]

  • Excellent.

  • PW, my disagreement begins with the premise:

    The inability to think strategically on a consistent basis is not limited to Tea Party types.

    This assumes that the teabaggers (including the elected ones) were expected to plan or strategize anything. The Tea Party was consistently portrayed as some sort of independent movement by corporate media, and I’m wondering now why anyone in the liberal blogosphere would go along with that premise, even for half a block. The teabaggers are belligerently willing dupes to a corporate/wealthy agenda. They were guided (very easily, considering the motivation of having a Negro in the White House) into making noise and crashing the polls for the 2010 midterm. Their candidates were a bunch of nutjobs, cranks, and strident extremists, and they had powerful, deep-pocketed backing.

    Their timing couldn’t have been better, too. Obama and the Democrats profoundly disappointed the fickle, ignorant, and naive folks who’d bucked trends and come out strong for them in 2008. So the teabagger Congressmen and Senators came in and did just what ALEC and the Koch brothers told them, too, and were incapable of doing a damn thing outside of that.

    Conversely, I’m profoundly amused by the notion that Obama intends to do anything other than what he is doing. He didn’t do squat when he had both houses of Congress in his favor; the teabagger majority in the House and the virtual GOP majority in the Senate only give him plausible deniability for the remaining Dem faithful. Which isn’t saying much.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Obama the Purposeless Pragmatist

    2012-12-09 13:36:39View | Delete

    “Wreck,””slashing,” “murderous” – this language seems hyperbolic and premature to me.

    Maybe because you’re not the one being ‘wrecked, slashed, and murdered.’ Not yet, anyway.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Obama the Purposeless Pragmatist

    2012-12-09 13:33:36View | Delete

    Actually, most of those 310 million angry people are going to pop each other. The elites will have little trouble finding violent overseers to herd the survivors.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Things unspoken

    2012-10-23 06:19:11View | Delete

    That’s a big problem, Knut; so many here (including among Obama’s supporters) don’t believe it will come around, even though in many ways it already has, or at least the groundwork’s been laid. As long as they don’t believe Obama or any other president will revoke their own privilege to keep breathing, they’ll continue to make excuses for the slaughter of innocents overseas. The corporate media (with their staged, exclusive ‘debates’ and such) make it easy to maintain plausible deniability, though that deniability gets less plausible by the hour.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Things unspoken

    2012-10-23 05:09:02View | Delete

    If competence is desired in running wars, any president who overruled his military would be just that, incompetent.

    The issue is not ‘how to’ run the wars, but whether we ought to be running them at all. Also, last I checked, in our system of government the military is under civilian control. Though perhaps your advanced experience with the executive branch has taught you something that differs from our Constitution.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Things unspoken

    2012-10-23 04:30:14View | Delete

    Living Under Drones

    While this report does make rather dubious excuses for the U.S. right to occupy and wage war on foreign soil, it does attempt to take an honest, comprehensive look at the murderous, counterproductive drone program.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Things unspoken

    2012-10-23 04:15:59View | Delete

    I’d also note that it is the military strategy planners that put together its wars, not just the commander in chief.

    Who holds the power to hire and fire military planners? If you’re suggesting the president has insufficient power over the policies for which he’s taking public credit, then either he’s an incompetent executive or the executive is irrelevant. In turn, that means that either we need a more competent executive, or that the office is window dressing and we can stop debating the subject right now.

  • SamHolloway commented on the blog post Things unspoken

    2012-10-23 04:13:03View | Delete

    It’s possible Obama expanded their use but blaming him for drone warfare is patently untrue.

    How is that ‘patently untrue’? It isn’t just ‘possible’ that he expanded their use; he hasn’t tried to hide his expansion of the program. It’s his program now, and he isn’t making excuses for it. That, apparently, is the job of his supporters.

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