Archive for August, 2010

MID-MONTH REPORT…ALL QUIET, EXCEPT…

August 15, 2010

the usual screaming from the Tea-Bagging types on the right! It starts to sound like the constant drone of locusts in August in Minnesota! Anyway, let’s take a short peak at events so far this month;

Mark Dayton won the DFL primary for Governor of Minnesota on August 10th. Some fast observations on that race are the over use of the term “grass-roots” by the MAK campaign. I would hardly refer to a seated Representative for twelve years in the House, the Speaker for the past four years, and the party endorsed candidate as a “grass-roots” movement. I would call it a “deeply entrenched politician” running for office again. I don’t have a problem with her running at all, just don’t refer to her campaign as “grass-roots”. She did have a very obnoxious but highly motivated ground force in the metro area that got the vote out for her but you can’t win a state-wide race from Minneapolis-St. Paul. I was so appalled by their sophomoric antics of a high school pep fest after the last debate at the Fitzgerald. Myself and a few other people were trying to speak with Senator Dayton about thirty feet from this group of red tee-shirt wearing high school cheerleaders making so much racket that we could hardly hear each other talk! Plain rude! Speaking of the endorsed candidate, the caucus/convention/endorsement process failed again. I do believe something dramatic has to happen. The system is broken, the old way of doing things hasn’t worked in over thirty years and the entrenched stalwarts of the party, need to change or move on. It’s time to throw the whole thing out and go with a primary, let all party practitioners of the state be directly involved in the candidate choosing process.

Tom Emmer, the republican candidate for Governor, is a Palin endorsee. His mantra is the same as the Tea-Bagger mantra nationwide, “cut taxes, cut government, cut education, cut police and fire protection, kill muslims, deny civil rights to same-sex couples, and spend freely on defense and border security”! This guy is also very inarticulate,surprise!, and should be dispatched by the Dayton candidacy quite easily.

Minnesota CD-6 is another story! Bat-Shit Crazy Michele Bachmann is leading the democrat, Tarryl Clark, by nine points in the last poll I saw. This is very discouraging, because if for no other reason, she does not serve the people of this district. The flies around the country finding stupid people at Tea-Bagger rallies to whip up into frenzies about the threat of Muslims, Mexicans, Blacks, and gays. At the same time she’s kissing ass on Wall Street and assuring those criminals she’s got their back in Congress. Tarryl Clark needs a lot of help. The people of this district must really be stupid because they are not being represented in Congress because Bachmann has a personal agenda that does not include being the representative from Minnesota CD-6!

How about our helmet headed nit-wit Governor? He has presidential aspirations for 2012 with the republican party. He has seemingly hitched his wagon to the Tea-Baggers, and with that ship soon to sink, he’ll be going down with it. Granted, this guy’s not very bright, but now he supports Arizona’s racist “papers please” anti-immigrant law, he wants to repeal the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, he is on record of favoring the repeal of the health care reform bill, he’s lined up lock-step with the agenda of the NRA, as well as sinking the state of Minnesota into near total collapse. He claims nationally that he cut taxes, failing to inform the country he merely moved the burden for bill paying from the state to other levels of government. The average tax payer in Minnesota hasn’t really seen any change in what they pay out in all taxes. A political trick to take advantage of stupid people! Anyway, since he sunk Minnesota, he really has become a non-issue!

Nationally, we can thank Palin and the Tea-Baggers for giving us Harry Reid back as Senate Majority leader. He was once the most vulnerable Senator and is now taking a lead in Nevada. This Sharon Angle makes Palin look like Einstein! The Palin/Tea-Baggers are sinking what was supposed to be an easy GOP pick up in Florida by backing the very slimy Marco Rubio. This guy oozes sleaze, but the Tea-Baggers anointed him. Must have been his racist leanings they liked. Now the great Charlie Crist is going to win as an independent, and will caucus with the Democrats in the Senate! The Tea-Bagger deal really is turning into the “gift that keeps on giving”!

Also on the national scene, the right-wing has really been showing it’s extremely racist side regarding the construction of an Islamic Learning Center and Mosque on lower Manhattan a few blocks from “Ground zero”. This is a local land use issue that the right is turning into a hate filled attack on the Nation of Islam. Wow, it’s amazing how they can take such a mundane issue as this, and turn it into such a racially charged national story. It’s the law morons, they have purchased private property and have local zoning approval for construction. Our country does have some points in its Constitution about freedom of religious choice without interference from government. Between this issue and now some of the idiots calling for the repeal of the 14th Amendment, they don’t want the country back, they want to change the laws of the country to “purify” the population, so that it will be all white European ancestry. If you think this is sounding like Hitler and the Third Reich, you are correct. I think Glenn Beck has the culprits mixed up in his scenarios!

Our beloved Minnesota Twins have clawed their way back into first place. What a fun team. They work hard, play together, and as Gardy says often, “they get after it”! I love this team, and hope this will be the year they advance deeper into the playoffs!

Th Minnesota Gopher football team is destined for yet another season in the shitter. With Gasbag Brewster at the helm, this team has become a picture of ineptitude. Sport magazine has picked them to finish in the Big 10 basement with a record of 1-11. Sports Illustrated has them in the basement of the league as well, but with a much better record of 2-12. The long tortured Gopher fans deserve better than this. It is time to remove Gasbag as well as the way out of his league Athletic Director, Joel Maturi.

My NFL hero, Brett Favray, is doing it go to those idiot Viqueen fans again. I love the way he messes with these idiots brains. NFL fans have the importance of pro football so far out of daily prioritized life, that when a genius like Favray comes along and scrambles these morons brains a little it makes for great side-line entertainment! This is not specifically a Viqueen thing either, remember how he fucked with the heads of the rather dim fans in Green Bush? For about three years he screwed with the people of EdGeinland, and now like whimpering babies they proclaim their hate for him. Keep it up Brett, lets see how bad you can screw with the fans of the ‘Queens!

That’s pretty much the picture from the North Star State in mid-August. I’m continuing my blogging hiatus until after Labor Day. I decided I can’t compete with vacations and fairs, so I’ll be back regularly after the holiday. I may have some comments at the end of August, I’m doing some traveling around the region with my friend Roger Tweed, so I may have some fun stuff for you then. Otherwise, thanks for today’s read and as always, I look forward to your comments!
Cam Obert

INSTITUTIONALIZING HATE AND INTOLERANCE

August 4, 2010

Racist Newtie

As the driver of the Republican party and the Tea-Bagger movement, Fox News has driven two stories to the forefront in the nation’s discourse today, the proposed construction of an Islamic learning center and mosque within a few blocks of “ground zero” in New York City and the issue of “anchor babies”, particularly in the American Southwest.

In delighting with the spread of hate directed at anybody other than white American males, Fox has stirred up this local debate in NYC regarding the placement of this Islamic mosque. It’s simple, Fox continues to paint the religion of Islam as a terrorist organization and all Muslims world-wide are terrorists. Watch Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck when they speak of Islam. If this isn’t a portrayal of hate and prejudice I don’t know what is! Mayor Mike Bloomberg tried to put this Fox contrived controversy to rest yesterday by saying there are no constitutional means to block the construction of this religious center, period! He also eloquently spoke of America’s tolerance and understanding. Americans are bigger than this, we are greater people than to let personal prejudice and ignorance supercede one of the tenets of our Constitution, freedom of religious choice. One of the leading voices of the Fox contrived opposition would be that of presidential hopeful and overall “Einstein”, Newt Gingrich. In a nationally shown speech yesterday, Gingrich said the Muslims are engaging in a cultural-political assault on the “American way of life”. He believes the new Islamic center is an insult to all Americans and should not be tolerated. And this idiot is running for President?! He might just as well put on the robe and hood and light a cross on fire with this kind of hate speech. Former Governor George Patacki(R-NY) also disagrees with Mayor Bloomberg. If for no other reason, there are no constitutional grounds to stop this project from moving forward. But, it is a matter of human decency. Does Fox News really want this country to become a reflection of them? A country of gun-toting morons that will shoot anyone that might be different from them. I have asked this question before, is there a God-fearing good and decent person in charge of or even working for Fox News? This network spews vile hateful shit daily, they hate anybody that is different from them. They do hire their “tokens” for sure, Coulter, Ingraham, Malkin, Palin, Carlson, etc. Let’s move that same question to the republican party. Would God-fearing decent people turn their backs on millions of people and vote against such basic needs as affordable health care, unemployment insurance, or jobs bills? How about the republican tolerance and even cooperation with the racist wackos of the Tea-Bagger movement? They attend and even lead rallies where there are a presence of racist signs and chants!

Now, because of the uproar over immigration, the Senate Minority leader, Mitch McChinless(R-KY), is calling for a review of the 14th Amendment, the Amendment that grants U.S. citizenship to any baby born in the U.S. McChinless, though only a mouthpiece for the leadership, Fox News, wants to open an investigation as to how the 14th Amendment can be re-written to prevent Mexicans entering the States and having babies. These babies, known as “anchor babies”, are U.S. citizens by birth, even though one or both of the baby’s parents may be undocumented residents. The Fox News led righties think this is the Latinos way to make staying in the U.S. easier. Well, common sense says they will never get the terms of the 14th changed, but Fox is just using McChinless, Boner, and Cantor to keep the racist fury of the right-wing in a lather.

It’s so obvious what’s going on here, the right-wing is taking stands on issues that will cause white Americans to fear and distrust anybody other than white Americans. So far, this tactic is working only with the less enlightened, or stupid Americans. These extreme positions will never become mainstream, simply because they are hate and fear based. Americans are above that nonsense. The problem lies in what they are doing to the mental condition of these stupid white people. The right-wing preys on these idiots to spread their vomit and they are so stupid they don’t even realize they are being used by Fox and the rest of the righties. Here is the danger, however, these people don’t know the difference between right and wrong. The result is the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the bombing of the federal Building in Oklahoma City, the formation of right-wing militias, and the re-birth of solid KKK. This mentality in too many people poses a real danger to country. What the right-wing is forming is a bunch of domestic terrorist cells and organizations that because of the limited intelligence of its members, can be very dangerous. Don’t forget, Sharon Angle, the Tea-Bagger candidate for the Senate in Nevada recently remarked if things don’t go the tea-baggers’ way, there is always the 2nd Amendment to fall back on. This coming from a person running for the U.S. Senate!

White Americans have an obligation to decency by rejecting any of the hateful shit that’s spewed by Fox and the right-wing. White Americans need to remember the very existence of America is based on freedoms, freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc. The new right is based on erasing all of that. They are based on pitting white men against everybody else. They scream it everyday with their policy positions and their actions. It’s time to shit-can Fox News and EIB broadcasting and start researching the news and the facts on our own. Fox has trained Americans to be shallow, ignorant, stupid, and to fall for 30 second sound bytes and bumper stickers. Oh, by the way, now Murdoch and Ailes want the local Fox News outlets to be more like Fox News, broadcast lies, use manufactured news stories to fit Fox’s agenda, etc. So you can look forward to the “Fox spin” on your local stories.

Stay cool and thanks for today’s read.
Cam Obert


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