Sunday, October 31, 2010

After a Few Whiffs of Another World He Decided to Stay with the Stench of the Present

I understand the argument that local still counts, that if you turn off the top-of-the-ticket voters it's the bottom of the bases' Boards of Education that get seized by motherfucking christers. If I hadn't said yes to one of mine saying please I wouldn't walk literally across the street day after tomorrow to vote a certain BoE ticket.

I wish I remembered where I read this so I could cite it, but someone observed that the insurance industry invested in Democrats to make health insurance mandatory and now that's done the insurance industry is investing in Republicans to make sure everyone is reamed by the insurance industry down to the last extractable penny. Which is the more loathsome, the one which baits or the one which switches?

Since I'm trying to escape the bonds of either/ors I say it's entirely possible that Barack Obama is both the best American liberalism can do and a grateful and complicit tool for the system that made him President.

A friend and I profoundly and respectfully disagree about Obama, a disagreement brought out again by my observation that a terrorist crisis on the Friday before Election Day 2006 would have sparked one motherfucking angry blogpost from me. She says "he (Obama) didn't exploit (the situation) -- he handled (it) responsibly. " My response is that it wasn't in his interest to exploit it. In a world of no either/ors, both can be true.

David Fucking Broder, two days before an election result that will remind him he once got boners writes:
Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve. 
And in a world free of either/ors it's entirely possible I will vote again on my own initiative on a local issue and for a particular candidate at least once more in my lifetime even though it's so jarringly disconcertingly to agree with David Fucking Broder (on anything) that Obama will cynically manipulate foreign policy, even if Broder approves while I feebly damn, that I feel like never voting again.


    Thomas Lux

    After a few whiffs of another world
    he decided to stay with the stench
    of the present: dumpster lids everywhere
    rising like cakes, garbage scows
    moving in long orderly lines
    across the harbor.... The olfactory - he loves it
    even when it wafts, wracking all points
    of the compass. It's always invisible
    and takes its direction according to the whimsy
    of wind, or fans, or the waves
    of a hand. Cave dwellers knew it,
    and dogs. The bare smell
    of dirt on cabbage, the snow-
    on-your-arm smell. Even
    in the abstract: fear-smell, like spit
    on a knife blade. And
    what the worms inhale, and then
    the smell of dew on barbed wire, the sweet,
    thick smell of sex, slick,
    our lungs giddy and pink with it....
    It's not the world which is good or bad
    and so we run our noses over everything.
    Even the dumb have this sense.


    1. Here is where I believe [TPTB] found and started grooming the Big O.
      Please be sure to read page 2.
      Zbig and Khalilzad giving the same sermon to a young impressionable O.