Greetings from the 99% in rural America!
Short column today. Give me a break. I was awakened by a series of small explosions across the creek near my house at 2:20am this morning.
At first, I thought it was your garden-variety M-80s being set off, then I realized that each explosion was preceded just a fraction of a second by the sound of a detonator going off.
That gets your attention.
You may, or may not have noticed that I added a “donation” button to my webpage. Is this site worth a few bucks?
I didn’t want to do it, but with these tough economic times, it was either that, or get used to blogging from a campsite somewhere on the river.
That being said…..
We had another primary election here in the United States. I had all but given up on anybody beating Romney in another primary, but the result?
OH GOOD LORD!
I saw this on twitter this morning:
“Why don’t we just skip the whole voting part and just put political offices up on ebay for bidding?”
Calico Blackie says:
It would make sense. Skip the poor and middle class, since that’s what happens anyway, and give the Presidency to the person with the most money for bidding.
At least it would make our “democratic process” more honest. Plus, it would have the added benefit of removing the illusion that Wall Street and their paid-for politicians actually give a damn about you.
The rest of the world must be horrified after yesterday’s election result.
Conservatives, evangelical Christians rebuff Romney in South Carolina
“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who just a few days ago seemed poised to capitalize on his New Hampshire primary victory to win South Carolina, failed to appeal to conservative, lower-income, and evangelical Christian voters in the state, which led to Saturday’s victory for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.”
“Less educated voters also favored Gingrich – a former college history professor — by a wide margin: Those with no college degree accounted for 53 percent of Saturday’s electorate and Gingrich won 42 percent of those voters, with Romney getting only 24 percent of them.”
“Santorum won 19 percent of such voters, while Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won 14 percent of them.”
“Forty-five percent of voters interviewed said that defeating Obama in November was the issue that mattered most to them and 51 percent of them chose Gingrich.”
“Romney won 37 percent of those voters.”
“Born-again or evangelical Christians accounted for nearly two-thirds of the electorate and Gingrich easily beat Romney in that group: 44 percent to 21 percent.”
Calico Blackie says:
Congratulations, South Carolina.
You have just voted for a $1.6 million-dollar Freddie Mac consultant (who says he wasn’t a lobbyist) who has been married three times, had (has?) a mistress, and was fined $300k for 84 ethics violations the last time he held political office.
My only question is: If he gets elected President, would his current wife be called “the First Lady?”
Would “First Mistress” be more appropriate? Either way, they’re both cheaters.
There was some doubt as to how Palin would behave on a national stage, but with Newt you don’t even have that excuse.
No matter how much fun you have when you think you’re stickin’ it to them dirty libs, you don’t want them scared. You want them apathetic and unmotivated.
Low overall turnout is usually to your benefit. You’re doing it wrong. This is truth. With Newt Gingrich as the nominee you’d see a Democratic groundswell of Biblical proportions.
I can’t wait for Newt to release all the documents from when he was censured by the House of Representatives.
Here’s another idea.
Since America seems to be in love with reality shows and game shows, why not hold future debates in a Gong Show format?
Chuck Barris would be the perfect moderator for the debates. For those of you who are too young to remember the Gong Show and good old Chuck, check it out on Youtube.
It would be priceless to see the looks on the candidates faces when they get gonged for a wrong or lying answer, and I’ll wager the ratings would be sky-high.
After all, most of them have already proven themselves ready and willing to make asses of themselves.
Oh well, I can only dream.
The “Occupy” protests are still going strong, but “our” mainstream media is paying about as much attention to that as they pay to Buddy Roemer or Ron Paul.
Heck, they won’t even allow poor Buddy to be included in the debates because they’re afraid he would tear up the other candidates and make a mockery of the whole process.
Thank God for the livestreaming “citizen journalists” out there (Thank you @punkboyinsf), or we wouldn’t even realize there was anything going on in the world besides cruise liners running aground and a college coaching legend on his deathbed.
I’m usually a pretty peaceful person but that just makes me want to grab the nearest pitchfork and torch.
When enough people have nothing more to lose, things will change.
No one goes to Wall Street to make the world a better place.
A final thought………
Did you ever think you would see the day where WE, the PEOPLE can’t trust the Justice Department and now must look to Anonymous for Justice?
On that note……
Spring is just around the corner!
FIGHT THE 1%
Don’t forget about Officer Pike of the UC Davis PD. Let’s never forget how he and other police officers have treated peaceful protesters. He should be arrested and tried for assaulting the public.
We are the 99%