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Welcome to Libertarian Island! A Play in One Freedy-Free Act.

Libertarian Island

Libertarian Island

SCENE I: A busy urban street. Two middle-aged white men, BOB and JOE, are waiting at a stoplight, having a spirited political discussion. They have been friends for years and the discussion has the feel of ritual.

BOB: Look, I just don’t trust the government to run my health care. In fact, I don’t want ’em doing anything for me at all. I just want to live my life without government interference. What’s wrong with that? Besides, the American health care system is the best in the world!

JOE (sighing): Oh, forgawd’ssake, BOB, give it a rest already. I wish just for once you could live in that Libertarian Paradise you’re always talking about. I’d bet you’d be begging for government to come back in about half a second!

(The light changes. BOB and JOE start walking across the street, too absorbed in their conversation to pay much attention to where they’re going.)

BOB: No, seriously, JOE. The only thing to do is make government so small we can drown it in a bathtub. Every man for himself. It’s the only way we can be free!

JOE: Ahhh, BOB, don’t you get that all corporations care about is their bottom line? I’m telling you —

(Out of nowhere, a bus, out of control, careens into the intersection and smacks right into the hapless friends. Strangely, the marquee on the top of the bus reads “Liberty Express.” BOB and JOE fly in opposite directions as the scene fades to black.)

SCENE II: A lush island Paradise. The sky is a lovely blue festooned with decorative, puffy white clouds. BOB is lying on a hammock strung between two palm trees. Behind him, the facade of an impossibly luxurious resort hotel can be seen; in front of him is a beautifully landscaped infinity pool, complete with waterfall and fat-free bathing beauties in bikinis. BOB is unconscious, but appears to be otherwise unharmed by his encounter with the Liberty Express. Slowly, he opens his eyes and takes in his surroundings.

BOB (wonderingly): What the fuck?!

(One of the bikini-clad babes, perfectly tan and blonde, strolls over to BOB with a drink in her hand.)

BLONDE (liltingly): Hello, Bob! Welcome to Libertarian Island. Care for a complimentary beverage?

BOB (confused): What – what happened?

BLONDE (comfortingly): That’s really not important, Bob. Everything will be explained to you shortly. I’m just here to provide you with your complimentary beverage. Do you want it or not? It’s got a cute little umbrella and everything!

BOB (totally lost): Uh…yes???

(The BLONDE hands him the drink, which he sips tentatively. A huge smile blossoms across his face.)

BOB: Wow! That’s the best martini I’ve ever had. How did you know it was my favorite?

BLONDE (wagging her finger, flirtily stern): Uh-uh-uh! Drink up!

(BOB finishes his drink. His eyelids lower to half mast as the potent alcohol kicks in.)

BOB (tipsy): Thanks, uh…what did you say your name was?

BLONDE (coldly): I didn’t. (lifts her wrist to her mouth) Okay, he’s ready.

(She walks away, completely indifferent now that she has performed her duty, and happily situates herself on the lounge chair from whence she came.)

BOB: What – where are you going?

(He starts to follow her, but a man clad all in white robes steps in front of him, blocking his access to the BLONDE. The man looks like a Ken doll, the ultimate Republican idea of perfection. In fact, his name is KEN. Cool, huh?)

KEN: Now, BOB, let’s just calm down. My name is KEN, and I’m here to officially welcome you to – Libertarian Island!

(A banner unfurls from the palm trees between which BOB’s hammock is tied. The pristine white, beautifully-inked banner reads, of course, “Welcome to Libertarian Island.” Below that declaration are the words “Freedom IS Free! Free, Freedy, Freedelicious Freedom!”)

BOB (in awe): Cool!

KEN: I’m here to be your guide and to help make your stay more enjoyable.

BOB: How could it be more enjoyable? I mean, (gesturing) LOOK at this place!

KEN: Well, BOB, this place certainly is beautiful. But this is not where you’re going to be staying. Step this way, please.

(KEN leads BOB past the bikini babes, who loftily ignore him, and towards a dirt path in the elegant green sward. After a minute of walking, BOB notices something strange.)

BOB: Hey KEN – is that a door?!

KEN: Yes it is, BOB. You see, you were in the visitor’s section of Libertarian Island. When you go through this door, you will see the rest of the island. I promise, you’re going to love it!

BOB (confidently): Of course I will. I mean, this is Libertarian Island, so I’m assuming we’ve got that damn government out of our lives and are free to create a better society through choice and competition!

KEN: Ab-so-LUTELY! (opening the door) And heeeeerrrre we are!

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Godwin’s Law Has Acquired an Asterisk

According to Wikipedia, Godwin’s Law is understood thusly:

Godwin’s Law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1] is an adage formulated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states: “As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”[2][3]

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There are many corollaries to Godwin’s law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself)[2] than others invented later.[1] For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically “lost” whatever debate was in progress. This principle itself is frequently referred to as Godwin’s Law.

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Godwin’s Law applies especially to inappropriate, inordinate, or hyperbolic comparisons of other situations (or one’s opponent) with Hitler or Nazis or their actions.

Stupid Wikipedia. You know what they forgot to put in that article? The asterisk! You know, the one that says this principle no longer applies to Jewish people!

Yes, it’s true. The victims of the Holocaust themselves should be compared frequently, and with impunity, to Nazis. This is not only a free speech issue, but is the sign of a person wanting to have a legitimate discussion about the actions of the Israeli government towards the Palestinian people.

Or, so saith certain bloggers who call themselves lefties.

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WOLF!

Wow! I am absolutely disgusted. Can you BELIEVE that a reputable magazine would put a picture this offensive on their cover?

What? You were expecting me to feel sorry for Barack Obama because the New Yorker, the FUCKING NEW YORKER, made fun of the rightwing’s scaremongering about him on its cover?

FYI, Senator Obama, the New Yorker is part of the Liberal Media. In reality. The tiny, eeny weeny Liberal Media, which has very few members at this point, so you must be conversant with the three or four publications which belong to this nearly-microscopic organization.

Are you this dumb, or do you think we are? The New Yorker is laughing at people who think you and Michelle are terrorists, with a flag burning in your fireplace and a picture of Bin Laden on your mantle. They are making fun of the “politics of fear.” Hey, guess what? The issue is called “The Politics of Fear!” Quelle coincidence!

Please don’t pretend you didn’t understand what this was about, Senator. That is simply not credible. Anyone with a functioning brain understood, and you surely possess one. And it’s really getting quite tiresome and frustrating to see you fulfill every rightwing narrative about Democrats. Wimpy? You betcha. The attacks practically write themselves. If Obama can’t face a magazine cover – a JOKING magazine cover – then how is he going to deal with terrorism? Is he really ready to answer the red phone? OMG What About The Children!!!111!!!!

It seems like Senator Obama’s campaign has become addicted to the politics of distraction. He is not doing well against McCain in the national polls, had a much worse-than-projected fundraising month, and has been taking a lot of flak from his more liberal supporters on his vote on the FISA Amendment bill. So he has found something to be upset about – much in the same way that he found something to be upset about in Hillary’s innocuous statement about RFK, just as the latest pastor disastor (Reverend Pfleger) was about to hit the media.

A word to the wise, Senator. Please stop with the faux-rage and fainting spells every time someone even mentions the fact that you are African American. A “historic” candidate who refuses to acknowledge why his candidacy is historic, yet plays the race card every single time any sort of bump arises in his campaign, is cynical in the extreme. A “new kind of politics” indeed – but one that will appeal less and less to a weary public exhausted by the constant cries of racism over nothing.

In the 2004 election, the Republicans were the ones who used wolves to try and scare people into voting for them. In the 2008 election, to our shame, the Democrats are the ones crying wolf.

What a Disgrace.

I wish I could say I were shocked that the DNC behaved the way it did yesterday, but at this point, I feel its only purpose is to hand the nomination to Barack Obama, as was decided months ago.

What it did was this:

Florida will have its full delegation seated – but with half a vote each.
Michigan will have its full delegation seated – but with half a vote each.

Sounds somewhat reasonable, right? After all, MI and FL violated the sacred Rules of the sacred DNC.

Except…so did Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire. Did you notice any penalties meted out to them?

Me neither.

And it gets worse.

In Michigan, the DNC decided to take delegates AWAY from Hillary and award them to Obama.

That’s right – the DNC thinks it is just fine and dandy to take away delegates awarded to her by the people, and hand them over to a person who was not even on the ballot, by his own choice.

Could this be any more un-democratic?

Hillary thinks not.

Harold Ickes and Tina Flournoy made the following statement:

…We strongly object to the Committee’s decision to undercut its own rules in seating Michigan’s delegates without reflecting the votes of the people of Michigan.

The Committee awarded to Senator Obama not only the delegates won by Uncommitted, but four of the delegates won by Senator Clinton. This decision violates the bedrock principles of our democracy and our Party.

We reserve the right to challenge this decision before the Credentials Committee and appeal for a fair allocation of Michigan’s delegates that actually reflect the votes as they were cast.

Indeed. Yes, this utter travesty can, and probably will, go to the Convention, when the Credentials Committee will convene. (This remedy is within the sacred Rules of the Sacred DNC, by the way.) In August, the SuperDelegates will have one last chance to save this Party from total self-destruction.

As for the DNC, I sure hope Obama really is Jesus and Elvis rolled up into one celestial Being, because if so, maybe he’s worth making a public stance that voters, and principles, don’t matter to the Democratic Party.

Is the Party so idiotic as to place a false sense of Unity over legitimacy?

Apparently so.

Good luck with that, guys. Oh, and I hope you enjoy the latest surprise videotape coming from TUCC on Monday. It’s not a preacher this time, but Michelle Obama herself.

Will her husband throw her under the bus along with so many others- his grandmother, his church, two of the pastors he has known for many years and who were part of his campaign..?

Tune in tomorrow for another episode of…As the Democrats Turn!

Irony is Deader than Dick Cheney’s Soul.

I refuse to honor the hysteria regarding Senator Clinton’s statement about extended primaries (which included a reference to RFK’s tragic assassination). If RFK Jr. isn’t offended, I don’t know why anyone else would be.

However, I would like to take a look at the incredible behavior of the press corps during this brouhaha.

It’s been, oh, at least 400 days now that MSNBC has been obsessing on what Hillary was thinking when she made this statement. I have marvelled many times at the amazing mind-reading abilities that the media appears to have when it comes to the Clintons (and most Democrats in general). Apparently Hillary was wishin’ and hopin’ that Senator Obama would be assassinated when she was…talking about a historical event that occurred in June during an extended primary season. And when she never even mentioned Obama’s name.

Wow, I never knew that a presidential hopeful should be excoriated and convicted as Teh Evil because of thoughts she thunk!

Especially since our national press corps has COMPLETELY IGNORED THE ACTUAL MURDERERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

I mean, we’ve got Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice, haven’t we? (Rumsfeld can’t even go into certain countries for fear of being arrested for war crimes.) Through malevolence, incompetence or sheer unadulterated greed, these Asses of Evil are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Somehow, I don’t see them being excoriated. Somehow I don’t see their characters being constantly called into question and organizations like C.U.N.T. being formed to stop them. Somehow I don’t see calls for impeachment or any accountability whatsoever for these monsters.

No, once again, IACF rules the day.

They can’t talk about Bush and his cronies any more, after all. Remember that KKKarl works for Newsweek now.

The corruption of the corporate media is complete.

Say It Ain’t So, Eliot

Why, why did it have to be the Democratic Governor of New York? We’ve suffered for so long under the Republics, who have allowed corruption to reign supreme in Albany, and who have all but bankrupted our treasury. Now what are we going to do?


The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told senior advisers that he had been involved in a prostitution ring.

On its Web site, the newspaper cites an anonymous administration official as the source and says Spitzer was meeting with his top aides. The 48-year-old New York governor, and former state attorney general, is married and has three daughters.

The New York Sun reports that Spitzer is suspected to be connected to a prostitution ring that charges up to $5,500 per hour. Earlier Friday, the Sun reported suggestions that a public official was suspected of having hired one of the expensive call girls.


I’m so upset about this. The guy was a great Attorney General in New York, and I had such high hopes for him as Governor.

I just don’t know what’s going to happen now, but I doubt Mr. Incorruptible can survive this scandal. Perhaps Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, who seems like a committed progressive, will take over.

As some would say on Eschaton, fuckety fuck fuck.

Narratives

The more this story about the lobbyist and McCain develops, the more it looks like it’s directly impacting his narrative.

I had an exchange with the talented Four Legs Good on Eschaton yesterday, in which he implied that Obama’s string of primary victories over Hillary had nothing to do with narrative. I respectfully disagreed, and said that in my opinion, every campaign is about narrative. Obama’s fresh face, his charisma and his natural campaigning ability, along with his tongue-bathing by the national press and the public support of one of the most worshiped women in America, have allowed him to write his own narrative. He is the big change America needs right now, the great hope of American democracy. It’s an extremely powerful narrative after the horrors we have endured under George W. Bush, and it has acquired a momentum that most likely will not be stopped in the primaries.

Hillary’s narrative, on the other hand, has already been written by the press – she’s a cold, manipulative, ambitious shrew who is only out for power – and she has had an uphill battle trying to overcome it. Her war vote has alienated many on the left, although they forgave John Kerry and John Edwards for theirs, and although Barack Obama himself has said that he doesn’t know how he would have voted on the AUMF had he not been fortunate enough to be a Senate outsider at the time. Never mind, she’s an evil warmongering bitch and Obama is a sainted hero with superior judgment. I suppose judgment and luck are synonymous to Obamans.

It hasn’t helped that the press has cut Senator Clinton no slack whatsoever, painting her and Bill as racists (a charge contradicted by common sense – if they were racists, wouldn’t we know after 16 years of intense scrutiny?) when they say anything negative about Obama, while allowing Obama to get away with nasty stunts like this and this, for example, with nary a ding to his halo.

It looks like with Hillary’s recent loss in Wisconsin, she has one last stand in Ohio and Texas, and if she doesn’t win there, her narrative will have been beaten by Obama’s. Although the delegate count will remain close enough to go to the convention, she will be seen as a loser who cannot deliver in November. And so it goes.

As for McCaca’s narrative, it has been written by the press too – and it’s been overwhelmingly positive. Ignoring his flip-flopping on torture (he was against it, then he voted for it time and again) and public financing (for it, against it, for it, then hoping to be for and against it at the same time), the press routinely calls him a maverick and a straight talker with no evidence whatsoever. David Brock of Media Matters, with excellent timing, has just come out with a new book on the media’s incredibly generous treatment of John McCain. I very much look forward to cracking that one open.

I don’t think anyone cares too much about the personal angle of the McCain story (except possibly the fundies, who were not going to vote for him in large numbers anyway). No, what’s suddenly coming to the fore are more stories about McCaca’s loving relationships with lobbyists in general.

John McCain’s narrative may be completely derailed by this scandal, and that can only mean good news for Democrats in November.