Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Why I Love Al Jazeera - The Atlantic (October 2009)

Why I Love Al Jazeera - The Atlantic (October 2009)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

OpEdNews - Article: How the dolphins being massacred in Taiji Cove to satisfy demand for meat are poisoning the Japanese who eat them

OpEdNews - Article: How the dolphins being massacred in Taiji Cove to satisfy demand for meat are poisoning the Japanese who eat them

An Open Letter to the Republican Party-Sam Mossler

An Open Letter to the Republican Party
Sam Mossler

Dear Republican Party,

Sometimes when I am trying very hard to make a point and I feel that is is being missed I will, being human, go to great lengths to insure that my point is made. Often, in going to these great lengths I ultimately lose sight of the point I was trying to make and am focused instead on being sure that it is noted that I am making a point. Acknowledging that this is a common propensity ‘mongst mouth-breathers I am almost moved to forgive you for the last nine months. I, unlike many, relish the opportunity to forgive. I savor the forgiveness process. It would be far more comfortable for me, being who I am, to say:

“Well, they have a right to disagree. The dissonant cacophony of differing views is, as it always has been, the stirring composition played by our proud American orchestra for the last two hundred and thirty three years. These Republicans, who have always entranced me with their endlessly complex moral paradoxes, like pushing to have their Judeo-Christian symbology included in public works but failing to absorb the message of the sermon on the mount, may hold views that I find both confusing and objectionable. But, dagnammit, it is their right. And I enjoy a healthy debate, so God love ‘em. And, hey, we all have the same desired outcome in mind, despite our different theories regarding how to reach it, right? Right? I mean, ultimately we, republican, democrat, and otherwise, only seek to continue building a civilization that is more enlightened and closer to our conception of God than the civilizations that have come before us. So God love the Republican and his Free Market Poop on Your Neighbor But Praise Jesus approach to social evolution. It may not be a logical plan, or one that I agree with but thank you for your input. I love you.”

This, in so many words, was the mantra that has gotten me through to this point. It has allowed a love, sometimes conflicted but always sincere, for my conservative countrymen. And it has felt very good, this love, and has allowed to me to feel like a citizen of my own country for good or for better. But, Republicans, I feel that I have not been afforded the same respect. That, in fact, is putting it very lightly. Where you used to calmly illustrate your objections to social programs and produce charts that show how gdp's thrive when the market is bullish or bearish or what-have-you, suggest that our quaint leftist notions were naive and unrealistic, and chuckle over lunch at our idealistic foibles, you now have taken far more malevolent tacts. You have offered the American people a series of enormously flawed public figures and when we failed to glom onto your ham handed, under read, under educated, under curious, under everything deer hunters, dense pundits, flim flam men, and former CEOs ...when we rejected them you proceeded to damage, maliciously, a beautiful momentum. Something that, for a change, seemed pure and reasonable. Something that might have allowed us to rise above China and India, close on our heels, and show them that American right-wiseness wins out over the exploitation of a country's most vital national resource:people. But, failing to muster any honest data to counter this momentum and failing to produce any non-troglodyte to champion your ambiguous cause, you have created a topsy turvy world wherein suddenly altruism is socialism, ambition, when not profitable, is unpatriotic aggression, beauty is ugly, god is dead, and Obama is Hitler.

You are responsible, Republican party, though you may claim to be merely an old man behind a curtain. You are responsible for smothering our soul, for stifling our progress, delimiting human evolution, and cock blocking democracy. There is no forgiving you. Because you have moved from being ideological adversaries to destructive, malicious, mean spirited assholes. You have taken a collective national commitment to progress and sent it right off a cliff with empty promises of some goddamn tea party. And you've duped the dumbest twenty percent of America into thinking that they are fighting for a brighter tomorrow when, in reality, they are fighting to remain in shackles, sick, fat, and stupid, just as, it seems, you would like them to be. And sadly, twenty percent seems to be enough because dumb people yell the loudest. 


So, Republican Party, as you have abandoned the guidelines of polite debate and constructed a club house from discarded outhouses. As you have completely dismissed any urge for honesty or sincere investigation or reading or thinking or considering. As you have shrunken your vocabulary to that of a WWF announcer. As you have ended any intellectual curiosity I had about your views or any delusions I had that you are in possession of any measure of humanity whatsoever. As your brainless, brainwashed identity has become too submerged in the muck of pure idiocy to even bother debating you anymore, I heretofore cast you off to the frozen foods aisle of the Super Wal-Mart in my mind. You are dead to me. Fuck off.

Yours Truly,

Sam Mossler

When Will This White House Learn You Cannot Negotiate With Terrorists? - Jack & Jill Politics

When Will This White House Learn You Cannot Negotiate With Terrorists? - Jack & Jill Politics