Tag Archives: Obama

Greying Pains

30 Jun

First, here’s a great interview with Israeli-born Gene Simmons of Kiss speaking his mind about Obama’s Israel policy. (Courtesy of Jackbenimble).  Ok, I hope you enjoyed that because I want to explain a fundamental point that he touched on.

We like to think of ourselves as having logical and coherent views on things, but the truth is that we’re mostly full of shit. And that’s ok. Our ideas were handed down to us as The-Way-It-Is by our parents, teachers and society and we accepted them as such. When you’re a kid, things are very simple, black and white. That’s because you have no experience with them the first time you hear them. They are your first and only impression. And they eventually sink to the level of emotions.

(That’s why they tell you not to talk about politics or religion at work. You’re going to end up having an emotional battle, not an intellectual conversation.)

As you get older, though, if you want to be able to see things from a truer perspective, you need to give up the security of holding onto these ideas. Why would you do this? Well, let’s hold off on the ‘Why’ for now and focus on the ‘How’, and the answer should become clear. The question is, if these ideas are on the level of emotion, how do you challenge them? Well, it’s actually not that hard. You can prove to yourself that many of the ideas and values you hold dear are contradictory to each other.

For example, you might feel guilty spending more money to be ‘green’. This is because you feel strongly about the values of social equality, and responsibility. If both values demand total obedience, you’re in a real bind.

Other people believe in Democracy very strongly, and yet still try to get a permanent ban on gay marriage passed before the majority decides it’s ok. That’s because they hold that both their religion and their form of government are a form of supreme truths that should be followed.

Others blame American schools for lowering kids’ intelligences in this country, while simultaneously pushing for less homework and pressure in schools. The two values working against each other here are the value of success versus the value of happiness.

If you don’t take the time to think these things through, and just accept everything in simplistic terms, you can push for one sort of change that will damage something else and you won’t even understand what went wrong at the end. The real truth is that most things in life demand a compromise on black and white values, and this isn’t a wrong or false way of living. Adapting your preconceptions to the reality of life is a true and natural way to live.

Now, I’m not saying there’s something wrong with trying to better your world. If you would like to see the world as a different place, and you think you can change it, go for it. But to push your way through when it’s clearly not working is not only stupid, but potentially very harmful to yourself and society. Just ask mother Russia.

The President’s Pimpin New Rides

2 Jun

As the iwatchnews.org story of the Obama administration’s limousine expenditures hits the major news outlets, many are concerned that the President needs to be more conscious of his image in this economy. For example, Muamar Wellington of the BGAFN*, feels that the nearly doubling of the federal fleet from 238 limos in 2008 to 412 in 2010 sends a, “Message that the President is…disconnected from the… American people.”**

Not everyone agrees that this is the main problem, however. In a phone interview with Yeshivaforum, BSBN*** spokesperson Rasheed Jackson said that while he “understand(s) that current security needs may have risen,” he is, “disappointed with the president’s decision to use limousines to fill this (need).” Mr. Jackson continued, “And why Cadillacs? Isn’t there a less stereotypical car you can pimp out with lights and armor? I mean, damn, n—-, I bust my ass trying to present a good image. Can’t you help a brother out? I’m just kidding, don’t put that in your article.”

Meanwhile, Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to tackle the question of how hundreds of specific detailing instructions requested by the President were essential to national security. Asked about the President’s request to have all 174 new limos “have hydraulics precisely calibrated to enable them to bounce to the ‘ba-doom-doom’ in 50 cent’s In da club if necessary”, Carney responded, “Yes, that is part of our brand new…top-secret security protocol which I am not at liberty to discuss further.” He continued, “However, I have seen it tested with about 50 limousines coordinating in the exercise, and I can confirm that it is awesome. Oh guys, I probably shouldn’t say this, but if you like disco balls and hot tubs, you need to see what the President did with his secret cabin on the U.S.S. Nimitz. ”

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*British Guys with Arabic First Names

**Statement modified to better support this article

***Black Sounding Black Names

2012 Election Campaign And Other Wastes Of Time

23 May

So the 2012 elections are coming up, and the campaign ads are starting. Is anybody else bored already? Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Obama has an attack ad out on Mitt Romney. Does he really see this dude as a threat? (No, you’re thinking of Mike Huckabee. Mitt Romney’s still in the race. Do a Google image search. See? Different guy.)

I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’s just trying to show that he’s using some of the huge pile of money he’s gotten from campaign contributions so far. And who wouldn’t want to contribute to him? It’s like betting on Mike Tyson at a backyard punch-a-thon. (What’s your problem? These things pull in a lot of money for cancer research.)

If I was Obama, I’d have ads running that said ‘Hi, I’m Barack Obama and I’m running again. You know what to do. Paid for Barack Obama for president.’ Maybe if I was feeling really good, I’d run ads like ‘I’m Barack Obama, bitch’. And I’d use the rest of the campaign money to throw one long celebration party till I’m elected again.

I hope there are no debates. Is he really gonna do the whole dog-and-pony show again? He should get up there and just smile condescendingly when the other guy’s talking. Then, when it’s his turn, he’ll just say unrelated stories about vacations he took.