An apocalypse of misplaced rage

thewiseass, 22 December 2012, No comments
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Okay, so the world didn’t end on Friday, December 21, 2012 (no surprise there), however, it was the Friday before Christmas…which, if you’re still shopping for presents, is a kind of apocalypse of a different sort. Which is where I found myself, not shopping for presents (I finished that last week), but for groceries…at Costco. A Costco at full-Xmas swarm, filled to capacity with frazzled humanity: traffic jams of shopping carts and people noshing on samples at nearly every aisle. And then, this happened…

To the woman with the iPhone plastered against her ear who screamed at me for bumping her with my shopping cart in an EXTREMELY crowded Costco on Friday:

Listen, I’ve been bumped many times but I’ve never gotten all hinky about it; if a store is CROWDED, it’s a given that there might be some unwanted contact. Heck, I’ve been poked by rolls of Christmas wrap and had carts backed up over my toes. Even my apology (and, hey, I rarely receive even a mumbled, “Sorry…” from shopping cart bumpers myself) didn’t placate you. You continued to scold me as if I’d deliberately assaulted you…like I’m some serial shopping cart rammer on the loose. And, you know, if you hadn’t been so absorbed in your phone conversation you wouldn’t have stopped short as another cart cut you off. You were so startled that you stopped abruptly, causing me to stop suddenly. Unfortunately, my cart was heavy and I couldn’t stop its forward motion sufficiently to keep the wheels from bumping against your heavily booted heels. Blame physics, not me. Sheesh. And, despite my apology, you kept yelling after me. What more should I have done to appease you? Should I have allowed to you to bump me in kind with your own shopping cart? Should I have lain prostrate upon the concrete floor and offered my back for fifty lashes? What? …READ MORE…

Romney campaign: shameless photo ops and reversing opinion with gale force winds

Sometimes a stately posture during a debate can determine whether or not a candidate appears ‘presidential,’ but the best test is what the candidate does during a time of domestic crisis. When monster Hurricane Sandy hurled the brunt of its fury on the east coast, primarily New Jersey and New York City, this Monday we were afforded that opportunity. The differences were glaring.

Of course, President Obama has the advantage – he is, after all, currently the President of the United States and it’s his duty to react decisively and with authority whenever the country is attacked by terrorists or Mother Nature. He did just that, returning immediately to Washington D.C. from a campaign stop in Florida to confer with FEMA chief Craig Fugate and the Secretaries of Homeland Security, Transportation, Energy and Health and Human Services, along with other officials on how to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane. …READ MORE…

The Donald needs attention: Trump tries to bribe President Obama for college transcripts

Not that I care to keep up with Donald Trump’s The Apprentice reality show, but is there a new season coming up? With all of his millions Trump really doesn’t need the free publicity, but he’d rather spend his money to promote himself as a public nuisance instead. Yep, The Donald is taking his Crazy Train Brain to the bank. On Monday the Cheeto-haired billionaire, in an appearance on Fox & Friends, teased that he had “something very, very big concerning the president of the United States…It’s going to be very big. I know one thing — you will cover it in a very big fashion.” Douglass Kass, a Florida-based investor who appears on CNBC’s talk show, Squawkbox, hinted in a tweet that Trump “will announce that he has unearthed divorce papers between the Prez (sic) and his wife.” Hardly an election-shattering revelation. …READ MORE…

Mitt Romney to President Obama in third debate: I agree with you, but I still think you’re wrong

If flip-flopping were made an Olympic sport, Mitt Romney would have won the gold. The governor continued to shape-shift himself to center-right in the third and final presidential debate, moderated by Bob Shieffer of CBS, in Boca Raton, FL on Monday night. Well, Shieffer was the official moderator, but Romney didn’t seem to notice; as in last Tuesday’s town hall, Romney intermittently admonished President Obama, “Listen, I’m talking right now — you’ll get your turn.” Okaaaay, Mitt! …READ MORE…

President Obama “brings it” in second debate; Romney? Still fibbing, mostly

The stage in Tuesday’s debate, a town hall moderated by Candy Crowley (CNN, State of the Union) in Hempstead, NY, could have been set up like a boxing ring, because both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney came out swinging…verbally. Roused from his near somnambulant state in the previous debate, President Obama sparred with spirit — and at one point, during a foreign policy question, he went from professorial to parental, complete with pointing finger. Governor Romney’s legs scissored stiffly about the stage, making him appear like a robotic comedian in dire need of his joints lubricated (deja vu: Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 town hall). …READ MORE…

GOP grasping for an October Surprise unwittingly reveals secret CIA Benghazi base

When it comes to searching for a scandal to tie to your opponent, House Republicans are always hopeful that they can turn a lemon into lemonade. Lately, however, it’s been more like turning that lemonade into piss water. They had such great hopes for the failed Operation Fast & Furious gun-walking ATF scheme to be the scandal of scandals which would upend the Obama administration, sending it into a spiraling tailspin. But…that didn’t work out so well — and, in the process, we learned about a similar ATF operation during the Bush administration called Wide Receiver that was just as unsuccessful. Oops.

House Republicans hoped for a second chance in the aftermath of the killing of the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and members of his staff in Benghazi. They sought to accuse the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of gross negligence in protecting consulates from terrorists. Darrell Issa (R-Media Megalomaniac), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believed he had finally found his Golden Goose — or, rather, he’d hoped to roast the Obama administration’s goose. In his zeal to fry the State Department, Issa bypassed private due diligence and authorized televised hearings anyway. Oops, Part II. …READ MORE…

Romney debate strategy: flip flop and talk really, really fast

Mitt Romney & AnimalMitt Romney showed up at Wednesday’s debate with President Barack Obama looking not at all as if he’d struggled with a bout of diarrhea the night before. Instead the Governor appeared tanned, fully caffeinated and chomping at the bit — one half-expected steam to puff from both ears. In contrast, President Obama appeared calm, cool, and, according to most pundits, professorial. The Jock versus the Nerd.

In an interview on CNN Tuesday, former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson said that after moderating a debate in 1992 between then-President George H.W. Bush and challenger Bill Clinton, viewers told her afterward that likeability and personality impressed them more than the substance of their statements. If that’s an accurate reference for Wednesday’s debate, then there was no clear winner — at best, it was merely a draw (although, grudgingly, extra points go to Romney). Of course, surrogates for both candidates were fist-pumping their guy, proclaiming theirs the champion. Meanwhile, pundits both left and right  have nitpicked the performance of each candidate — the harshest criticism coming from liberals, aimed directly at President Obama. And let’s face it: the President turned in a lackluster performance; certainly we expected more from someone of his intellectual caliber. …READ MORE…

S**t Mitt Romney says

In a campaign year that seems more like a production of Comedy Central than a battle between two serious challengers, Campaign 2012 will go down in history as one which made us laugh, cringe, and cry…simultaneously. And you thought Campaign 2008, with Sarah Palin winking and gamboling about, was bizarre…

Ah, Mitt Romney. Is there some sort of disconnect going on between your brain and your mouth? Romney’s gaffes often go way beyond the maladroit of President George W. Bush. It almost seems as if Mitt Romney is always thinking aloud, sans filter and self-editing. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: George W. Bush is not and never was an idiot; he was extremely adroit at presenting himself as simple, a regular guy, in order to connect with middle class voters. Dubya was born with a platinum spoon in his mouth yet he had the ability to make you believe the spoon was actually made of tin. Okay, so he mispronounced ‘nuclear’ and said things like “Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country” and “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” Okay, that last one, I contend, was GWB’s attempt at humor. Admit it, it gave you a chuckle. Sure, George W. Bush sucked at being president, but he always appeared to be a rather affable dude. I’m pretty sure that Mitt Romney would suck as bad as POTUS, except that he just isn’t…well…likeable. At all. The nervous, soft chuckles after Romney has said something conciliatory gives me the creeps. But I digress… …READ MORE…

GOP salivates over Kathleen Sebelius’s violation of the Hatch Act. But wait…

Kathleen SebeliusObama Administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did a mea culpa over political statements made at a meeting of the Human Rights Campaign in February. The Human Rights Campaign represents people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Sebelius cautioned the group that any progress made on LGBT rights under President Obama could be “wiped out in a heartbeat” if Obama were not re-elected in November. At the same meeting the Health and Human Services Secretary stressed the importance of electing a Democratic governor in North Carolina. Oops. Ding-ding-ding! Violation of Hatch Act! “Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act by making extemporaneous political remarks,” investigators with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates alleged violations of the Hatch Act, concluded in a report that referred the case to the president for “appropriate action.” …READ MORE…

Blip from the Past: The terrible and sad week

Since this 9/11 anniversary lands on a Tuesday, as had the original events of September 11, 2001, I offer this emotional post from September 16, 2001. A decade has come and gone and we’re still fighting on in Afghanistan (and to some extent, in Pakistan), but Osama bin Laden became fish food on May 2, 2011, four months short of the ten year anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We’ve also just ended combat operations in Iraq — a very expensive spin-off war courtesy of the Bush Administration with its ever-changing ‘objectives’: 1) Iraq has weapons of mass destruction…but they didn’t — just some rusty old parts dating back to 1991, buried near an abandoned farm; 2) We must topple Dictator Supreme Saddam Hussein (even though we called him our “friend” during the Iran embargo of the 1980s because he allowed us to use his air strips); 3) And we must stop the civil wars and all of those pesky insurgents (even though we never bothered to learn about the social culture and history of the region before we invaded). Ah, well…but I digress…

Besides writing the post below, I had also created a Flash movie (in Flash 5, when Macromedia owned it — yeah, that long ago) — crude but cathartic. Yes, it was indeed a terrible and sad week.

 

New York rubble
My God. Is this New York?

 

Where was I just before 6:00 PST, Tuesday, September 11th, 2001? I was just about to swing into my gym’s parking lot to begin my morning workout. I was listening to one of my favorite San Diego radio stations as the morning team conducted a phone interview with Montel Williams. Montel suddenly interrupted one of the deejays, informing them that a plane had just hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. At first I thought Montel was making a joke — a very sick joke. I mean, something like that couldn’t happen in America, right? …READ MORE…

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