Monday, November 15, 2010

Sarah Palin: Whore of Babylon Update

The Whore of Babylon, who now has her own show on the dubiously named Learning Channel, has recently asserted that she could defeat Obama in the next Presidential election. Putting aside the fact that politics at the the Federal Level are utterly corrupt, and that, therefore, at least hypothetically, anything is possible, Sarah Palin's boast should disabuse anyone of two things: one that she isn't more than a tad eager to hold the highest elected office in the land, and, two, that she is not utterly delusional.

TWOB's distorted view of reality resides, in this humble observer's opinion, on Palin's astounding misconception that she is fit- in all the ways one needs, and ought to be fit- for The Presidency. Okay, I imagine she's physically fit, but, then, one of the nation's better Presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was confined to a wheel chair, so I'm not giving her anything but the minimum number of points for her likely ability to hike through some place like Denali National Park for more than half an hour without rest.

In truth- and it is the truth-only the most benighted and/or demented characters believe that Palin should be allowed to hold any office, however modest, since all Mrs. Palin really embodies, at least to those who have some semblance of judgment, is massive ambition married to appalling ignorance, all wrapped up in a toxic, little, Fundamentalist Christian box with a tawdry and fake "you betcha" bow on top. Put another way, in any other context save possibly running her own home in Alaska, she's a grand scale calamity waiting to happen. And that's being kind.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Oil's Still There

Some days I wake up and feel as if The United States should be, in a manner of speaking, broken up into pieces, formally dismantled bit by bit like an outdated, malfunctioning mechanical device. In truth, for quite some time, my default view has been that the breakup of The Union is as inevitable as anything in human affairs can be said to be, but, lately, my opinion is that sooner might be better than later as maintaining our collective presence seems, upon consideration, to be doing the vast majority of the local (and not so local) citizenry more harm than good.

I suppose, this morning, I was especially impelled towards this feeling by reading this. As The Gulf of Mexico fiasco was occurring, I devoted quite a bit of blog space to discussion of this year's, if not this decade's, if not this century's, most sickening, literally and figuratively, corporate/government act of skullduggery.

The glaringly indisputable fact that We The People haven't taken bold steps to hold to account the primary malefactors in this ongoing tragedy-as has been the case with so many other outrages- may be the most sickening aspect to date of the entire affair. As a result, I can't help but conclude that We The People absolutely do not deserve The Republic that, on a daily basis, many of us still foolishly imagine exits. However, we almost certainly deserve the one that we have allowed to be constructed, namely a massive, fetid, cauldron of consumer catatonia fully owned and operated by a rapacious and shockingly hollow nexus of political and corporate mountebanks.

Speaking of which, Obama, and his ostentatious traveling caravan designed to pimp internationally for corporate America, seems to be falling flat, and one also gets the distinct feeling that the result of this weekend's G20 meetings in Korea will, likewise, not yield anything helpful or useful towards addressing the growing fissures in the global monetary system. And yet, next to the more parochial on going catastrophe in The Gulf of Mexico, which, except on the slick, unsullied surface appears to be anything but related to the business (not being) efficaciously conducted in Korea, such portentous international events pale.