I could throw in a pic of the Big Daddy of this sleazy tribe, Rush, but I'll spare you, my dear readers, the suffering. Suffice it to say even Rush is not doing so well these days. Take all these trends together, and grow heartened. These liars, these radicals, these hatemongers and con artists and demagogues are losing power, losing influence, losing appeal. America appears to be waking up from the 30 years long Republican nightmare, and we can thank Barack Obama for this great blessing. Thanks Bo!
But not all reporters/anchorman are evil.
I was never a Will Ferrel fan but this one time I was on the red eye to London and Anchorman came on the in seat TV and even though most everyone was sleeping around me I could not help but laugh out loud. LOL. To some annoyance. I've subsequently seen it many times and love it more so - funnier still to consider it as a superhero movie, where each channel is a super hero (or villain) team. Consider the anchorman fight as culmination of this theory. Hooray for analogies!
But the good folks of the NY Tribune could not have possibly imagined non-Europeans as future Americans, of course. Heck!
Really, though, in 1910 it wasn't even conceivable for a person of non-European descent to be considered American. Now look at us! A large block of non-Europeans got together and re-elected a black man born in Hawaii. Who of course has 50% European background, like many Americans.
You see here three very positive trends: 1. This kind of outright racism is no longer tolerated in most places. Sure, it still exists, but pushed down and frowned upon, which is but a step towards elimination. 2. Former enemies can become great friends! Or, at least, geo-politics makes for strange bedfellows. 3. Peace can be made and grown over generations. Arguably, Japan (and Germany) had fairly aggressive and war like societies prior to World War 2. Since, they've been two of the most peaceful countries in the world, and their societies have become much more tolerant and less martial.
We are making huge strides as a species for the most part. An important fact to remember when reading the latest Rightwing slobberings. It's never a settled matter, however. Peace and Justice must be fought for on a daily basis.
Poor redshirt working this shift. "OK, drunk lady, this is the men's room, and you're sitting in a urinal..."
Nihilism is the answer to nothing. It should in fact be fought strenuously wherever it exists for it is a poison that will kill any body it dwells within, sooner or later. Nihilism is especially dangerous for teens, and entirely natural at that age as well. Such are the stakes!
Here we see a Moscow club with a minimum breast size limit for female guests. Too small, and you don't get in.
Bigtime lawsuit in America. Free wheeling capitalism in Russia. Here's a prediction for 2013! Wingnuts will start hailing Russian freedoms as example of what's wrong with America.
They love Oligarchy, after all.
2. Pre Communism Russia, land of Dostoevsky and serfs?
3. The modern world with its modern problems?
4. The Internet?
5. Shake to choose again?
Also, from the "Phrases that sound dirty, but are really not, but maybe should be" file.
"Opiate of the masses?" More like rage-fuel for ever more wars and violence. No thanks, Religion. You've done your part - kindly exit, stage left.
Also, too - the word "hello" clearly can be spoken as "Hell!", "O!", as if in fiery damnation. Ironic, huh, for such a friendly word? What isn't ironic, though, really?
Invisiblemanitus is a tragic illness that strikes 1 in a billion Americans each year. Unable to be seen except for the items they wear, these invisible Americans cannot find work, a roof over their heads, or even food. Invisible people are struggling to stay alive on our streets, until now, hopeless for a cure. But with recent medical breakthroughs, we are close to a cure for Invisiblemanitus. With your generous donation we can continue the cutting edge science necessary to prevent this dread disease. Won't you please help people like Frank Jenkison, veteran, Father of 2, and yet living on the streets for over 3 years? It would mean so much to Frank and the several others like him - it's impossible to know for sure how many Invisible People there are, but that's why it's so important to give now so we can find out, and cure them. Thank you.
(Incredible Hulk TV show song)
Are Ye right with Galactus, mortal? If not, get yourself so soon, as He's hungry, and He could return at any time. Maybe in 6 weeks?
Zod's just a Kryptonian thug, by the way.
Anywho, money. It's the lingua franca of power in today's age of police states (meaning, the police will arrest you if you kill someone - probably!). Many, many years ago, there was no police, and the means of power were physical - kill or be killed. Kill to eat, or die. Fists, rocks, fire hardened wooden spears, the list goes on. But for the majority of our existence, power was a direct, literal thing. You had it, or you didn't, and if you didn't you could die at any time. Now though, we live in far more abstract reality. Sure, war is the expression of physical power, but it's scaled way up, a different beast entirely. Money is by far the more persuasive and omnipresent tool for the expression of power. Keeps your hands soft.
Which leads to, of course, the Rise of the Nerds. Money brings power, power brings the babes, babes lead to success over generations. And so we go from this
You'll note the key here is getting a million or more dollars. Otherwise, nerd, you're on your own, and that rarely works out.
However, if for some strange and weird reason you're NOT in it for the money, then, we could all do worse than follow these wise words
Also: Not a College Republican, though everyone from the 50's looks the part.
Speaking of served:
Thank you, President Obama, and all the thousands and thousands of folks who helped your re-election effort. Best campaign in presidential history.
I knew it four years ago. And two. And one (and eight to be true). And that last poll too. Obama is awesome in ways the Wingnuts can never understand. To their detriment - this is why they lose, and will continue losing. It's a Democratic future, thanks to Barack. Thank you, President Obama! May you enact a severely progressive agenda in the future.
The choice is stark - one brings a continuation of the Renaissance; the other its denigration.
Choose wisely, America. Choose Democrats, at every level.