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The Obama Inauguration Rave: The Shortest Rave Ever

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord...

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

      Excerpts from Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, January 20th, 2009

Isn't it great to once again have such an articulate, intelligent, thoughtful, level-headed person in the White House? Someone who's not only an incredible inspiration to so many people, but someone who's also genuinely compassionate and empathetic.

Bye Bye Buffoon: The Final Bush Rant (Featuring Supertramp)

- "There's no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail." - Oct. 4, 2001. George W. Bush, in Washington, D.C., remarking on a back-to-work plan after 9-11, though, of course, he just as easily could have been talking about his entire presidency.
 

Eight Years of Insanity: Bush, Israel and The Slow Destruction of Palestine

Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?

            Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"


What's going on in Gaza right now is so incredibly tragic and unjust, not to mention unbelievably brutal and barbaric.

But I'm not here to discuss how it is we came to this horrific situation. No, that has been written about much more eloquently by others, people such as Avi Shlaim, an Oxford professor of international relations and an Israeli himself. I'd strongly recommend that everyone read his recent piece "How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe". It's a definite must-read for anyone wanting to really understand this conflict and the whole long, sordid tale of Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinian people.

The Lovefest Continues: Sarah Palin on Africa, NAFTA and more

Seemingly intent on proving every last word of my recent rant (Fear and Loathing in The Heartland: Republicans' Lovefest With Ignorance) to be true and factual, senior aides to John McCain have been leaking details about Sarah Palin and, man, are they ever doozies! If these reports are true, she's somehow even worse than she seemed in those Katie Couric interviews.

I must say, I fully appreciate these McCain aides backing up my theory about Republicans being completely infatuated, if not downright in love, with stupidity. However, I'm still a little confused by their motives.

Obama Wins: The Nightmare Is Over. So Why Am I Crying?

Tears of Joy

Do you really need to hear one more person tell you that last night was a historic night? I think not. But I'm going to say it anyway, because how else can you describe such a monumental event as seeing a black man elected as president of the United States just 40 short years after civil rights workers were being beaten, tortured and murdered down in the Deep South.

I can tell you right now that I've never before shed tears while watching an election result. I did, most certainly, cry tears of joy when Nelson Mandela was finally freed from prison back in 1990, but I've never cried for some regular event like an election. Not until last night. But this, obviously, wasn't an ordinary election.

Fear and Loathing in The Heartland: Republicans' Lovefest With Ignorance

"I can't understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones"

     - John Cage


What's up with Republicans and their love of stupid anyway? First Reagan, then George W. Bush, then Sarah Palin, and now Joe The Plumber. Well, perhaps it has something to do with their constant state of fear.

Drugs, terrorists, hippies, immigrants, universal medical coverage, Muslims, gay marriage, science, God, teenagers having sex - is there anything these people aren't terrified of?

Pallin' Around With Pinochet: Seeing The Real McCain At Last

"Heard your songs of freedom and man forever stripped,
Acting out his folly while his back is being whipped.
Like a slave in orbit, he's beaten 'til he's tame,
All for a moment's glory and it's a dirty, rotten shame"

           Bob Dylan, "Dirge"



If you want to read about someone pallin' around with actual terrorists, you need look no further than the new investigative piece by John Dinges in The Huffington Post. The article reveals, for the first time, John McCain's dirty little secret. That is, his friendly, private, undisclosed meeting back in 1985 with General Augusto Pinochet, the fascist military dictator of Chile.

What's especially remarkable is that McCain, a man who endured torture himself during his time as a P.O.W. in Vietnam, would go out of his way to meet with a dictator whose regime was known for one thing above all else: Torturing people to death.

Freedom Fly: Bottled Horniness For The Truly Patriotic American

The New French

You know how John McCain said he might not talk to the Spanish government if he's elected president? How, in an interview last month, he lumped Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero in with anti-American leaders such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and the Castro Brothers of Cuba?

Well, what I want to know is, does that make the Spanish the new French? And, if so, does that mean that this year all truly patriotic (i.e. idiotic) Americans will have to start calling their favorite aphrodisiac Freedom Fly, a la those Freedom Fries of French-hating days gone by? And, what I really want to know is this, will Freedom Fly still get you as horny as its American-hating cousin, Spanish Fly?

The Bill Maher Skinny Pubes and All Rave

Hey, all you fans of comedy and politics, Bill Maher has a new film out this weekend, a documentary on religion called "Religulous". I haven't seen it yet, but it sure looks great. What I have seen, however, is Jon Stewart interviewing Maher on "The Daily Show" earlier this week and, man, was it ever good! Check it out here:

Freedom Fetterers: The Story of a Bankrupt Philosophy

Uncle Ron and The Deregulators

Once upon a time, way back in the 1980s, some seemingly intelligent people (economics professors at the Chicago School of Economics, led by Milton Friedman, for instance) and some not particularly intelligent people (Ronald Reagan, for one) agreed something had to be done. Their nation was suffering under the chains of regulation and the tyranny of oversight and, like some sort of Charles Bronson-Chuck Norris deregulatory tag team, they were going to save it and they didn't care who got hurt in the process.

It seems that fifty years earlier, way way back in the 1930s, some socialists with funny sounding names like Keynes and Roosevelt had tried to fetter capitalism.

And, as everyone knows, to fetter capitalism is to fetter freedom. And to fetter freedom is to fetter the American way of life.

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