Friday, August 15, 2008


"There is no indication in the Bible that the antichrist will be an American."

--Tim LaHaye, w/r/t Obama

Thursday, August 14, 2008

So Horrible So Fast 

That's the title of a great short post by Jonathan Schwarz at Tiny Revolution. It refers to a report by the moderate and very well connected insider Steve Clemons. Here is the post:

As I remember the 1992 election, Bill Clinton didn't become completely horrible until after he'd won. But according to Steve Clemons, everything's sped up in the internet age:

Word has reached me that at Barack Obama's Hawaii retreat, Evan Bayh's chances to find himself the next Democratic VP candidate have moved to better than 50/50.

The conflict between Georgia and Russia has been one of several factors that has helped boost his status. Bayh's support of the Iraq War and general hawkishness are seen by some as a balance to Obama's call for a new and different kind of global engagement strategy that McCain's followers consider naive.

More from Ari Melber is here, including a pointer to Bayh's statement that "You just hope that we haven't soured an entire generation on the necessity, from time to time, of using force because Iraq has been such a debacle. That would be tragic, because Iran is a grave threat. They're everything we thought Iraq was but wasn't."

You really have to hand it to The System. They do good work.


Jonathan is right. This is not just a problem for Obama. This is the corruption and destruction of Obama. The Russia problem, as CNN is saying non-stop, is the "re-birth" [sic] of McCage. We will have Georgia-Czechoslovakia comparisons all summer. Given the opportunity for America to be involved in more war, the onus will be on Obama to prove that America should NOT be involved in the war -- the assumption being that America can and ought to be. Obama will spend the summer showing that he, too, hates Russia and is willing to kill to stop Russia, though he will also try to signal that he is less maniacally intent on killing/being-killed than is McCage.

Fuck Obama. Fuck America.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bad teeth no TV! 

I direct your attention to a thread on Roger Ebert's blog about the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. Some things of note here, sampled from some of my comments:

1. The ceremonies represent a situation that has been clear in the art world for some time: some of the top Chinese artists (such as Zimou, the formerly dissident filmmaker who directed the ceremonies) are working directly for the state. This includes Ai Wei Wei, who helped design the "Bird's Nest" stadium, and Cai Guo-Quiang, who organized the fireworks. Is this a death knell for the old avant-garde idea of the dissident artist that we saw under the old Communist regimes?

2. News agencies are now picking up on the various "fake" elements in the opening ceremony, such as the poor girl above who got Milli-Vanillied. This is hilarious, because fakery is spectacle: the goal is always a dazzling mirage designed to make real other fictions such as nationhood, unity, stability, globalization, etc. And China has not just screened out its own abuses, but those of Putin as well...

3. Most importantly: to whom/what does this occluded daughter of China direct her innocent gaze?


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