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An American Liberal Speaks. Colourfully.

Posted by Jason O on Mar 3, 2009 in Just stuff, Not quite serious.

The blue states. Where America lives.

The following is a post put up on a British Pro- Republican Tory’s blog (Donal Blaney, who makes me sound like Arthur Scargill.) by an American Liberal named Myshkin. 

The language is a bit strong, but it’s so entertaining that it’s worth quoting in full. He pretty much says what so many liberals think, and it reminded me of Bruno’s famous speech in The West Wing:

” F*ck the South. F*ck ’em. We should have let them go when they wanted to leave. But no, we had to kill half a million people so they’d stay part of our special Union. Fighting for the right to keep slaves – yeah, those are states we want to keep.
And now what do we get? We’re the f*cking Arrogant Northeast Liberal Elite? How about this for arrogant: the South is the Real America? The Authentic America. Really?
Cause we f*cking founded this country, assholes. Those Founding Fathers you keep going on and on about? All that bullsh*t about what you think they meant by the Second Amendment giving you the right to keep your assault weapons in the glove compartment because you didn’t bother to read the first half of the f*cking sentence? Who do you think those wig-wearing lacy-shirt sporting revolutionaries were? They were f*cking blue-staters, dickhead. Boston? Philadelphia? New York? Hello? Think there might be a reason all the f*cking monuments are up here in our backyard?
No, No. Get the f*ck out. We’re not letting you visit the Liberty Bell and f*cking Plymouth Rock anymore until you get over your real American selves and start respecting those other nine amendments. Who do you think those f*cking stripes on the flag are for? Nine are for f*cking blue states. And it would be 10 if those Vermonters had gotten their f*cking Subarus together and broken off from New York a little earlier. Get it? We started this sh*t, so don’t get all uppity about how real you are you Johnny-come-lately “Oooooh I’ve been a state for almost a hundred years” dickheads. F*ck off.
Arrogant? You wanna talk about us Northeasterners being f*cking arrogant? What’s more American than arrogance? Hmmm? Maybe horsies? I don’t think so. Arrogance is the f*cking cornerstone of what it means to be American. And I wouldn’t be so f*cking arrogant if I wasn’t paying for your f*cking bridges, bitch.
All those Federal taxes you love to hate? It all comes from us and goes to you, so shut up and enjoy your f*cking Tennessee Valley Authority electricity and your fancy highways that we paid for. And the next time Florida gets hit by a hurricane you can come crying to us if you want to, but you’re the ones who built on a f*cking swamp. “Let the Spanish keep it, it’s a sh*thole,” we said, but you had to have your f*cking orange juice.
The next dickwad who says, “It’s your money, not the government’s money” is gonna get their ass kicked. Nine of the ten states that get the most federal f*cking dollars and pay the least… can you guess? Go on, guess. That’s right, motherf*cker, they’re red states. And eight of the ten states that receive the least and pay the most? It’s too easy, asshole, they’re blue states. It’s not your money, assholes, it’s f*cking our money. What was that Real American Value you were spouting a minute ago? Self reliance? Try this for self reliance: buy your own f*cking stop signs, assholes.
Let’s talk about those values for a f*cking minute. You and your Southern values can bite my ass because the blue states got the values over you f*cking Real Americans every day of the goddamn week. Which state do you think has the lowest divorce rate you marriage-hyping dickwads? Well? Can you guess? It’s f*cking Massachusetts, the f*cking center of the gay marriage universe. Yes, that’s right, the state you love to tie around the neck of anyone to the left of Strom Thurmond has the lowest divorce rate in the f*cking nation. Think that’s just some aberration? How about this: 9 of the 10 lowest divorce rates are f*cking blue states, asshole, and most are in the Northeast, where our values suck so bad. And where are the highest divorce rates? Care to f*cking guess? 10 of the top 10 are f*cking red-ass we’re-so-f*cking-moral states. And while Nevada is the worst, the Bible Belt is doing its f*cking part.
But two guys making out is going to f*cking ruin marriage for you? Yeah? Seems like you’re ruining it pretty well on your own, you little bastards. Oh, but that’s ok because you go to church, right? I mean you do, right? Cause we f*cking get to hear about it every goddamn year at election time. Yes, we’re fascinated by how you get up every Sunday morning and sing, and then you’re f*cking towers of moral superiority. Yeah, that’s a workable formula. Maybe us f*cking Northerners don’t talk about religion as much as you because we’re not so busy sinning, hmmm? Ever think of that, you self-righteous assholes? No, you’re too busy erecting giant stone tablets of the Ten Commandments in buildings paid for by the f*cking Northeast Liberal Elite. And who has the highest murder rates in the nation? It ain’t us up here in the North, assholes.
Well this gravy train is f*cking over. Take your liberal-bashing, federal-tax-leaching, confederate-flag-waving, holier-than-thou, hypocritical bullsh*t and shove it up your ass.
And no, you can’t have your f*cking convention in New York next time. F*ck off.”


John Gormley is wrong on European Defence.

Posted by Jason O on Mar 3, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

In today’s Irish Times  Green Party leader John Gormley calls for Ireland to withdraw from the European Defence Agency.

He’s quoted as saying:  “The point is the treaty itself says that member states shall improve their military capability and that is not acceptable to the Green Party. We should be able to spend our money in an independent way…..It is very important in the wording of the concession there is no onus on Ireland at all to spend money on military capability so we are not forced in a certain direction,”

I have a lot of respect for John Gormley, and agree with him on a lot of issues, but he is just kneejerking on this. There is a tendency amongst the pro-neutrality lobby (Of which, amazingly, I’m not a member.) to oppose Ireland spending money on defence based on the “weapons bad, MRI scanners good.” principle. Yet, at the same time, the Green Party and others are enthusiastic supporters of Irish participation in UN peacekeeping.

See where I’m going here? 

We do spend a considerable amount of money on defence here, so that, for example, our soldiers have the right kind of armoured vehicles, body armour and weapons to defend themselves. That’s what soldiers need to protect a refugee camp in Chad.

If any of our soldiers die because of poor equipment, caused by Green Party restrictions, will John Gormley take responsibility for their deaths? He’s an honourable guy, and just might. But do we honestly need to risk our soldiers lives and the career of one of our more thoughtful leaders just to prove an unthinking point about how we don’t like guns?   


Great Books you should read (Again): Politics Lost.

Posted by Jason O on Mar 3, 2009 in Books

I know, I know, I’ve already hyped this book before, but I just reread it and really loved it. If you’re a politics junkie and you read one book this year, this is it.

Here’s what I said before about it:

” ImaPolitics for Grown Ups. gine a gang of  uppity, beerswilling, womanizing early thirtysomething yahoos decided to get a political unknown elected President of the United States.

They did.

Joe Klein is more famous for the Clintonist Roman a clef  “Primary Colours”, (He was Anonymous.) but he is primarily a US political reporter, and Politics Lost    is a book covering his experiences, and more importantly, his disenchantment with the moronisation of modern US politics.

We slate the Americans on this side of the Atlantic, but Politics Lost is a fine example of what the Americans do best. Go into a bookstore in New York, and you’ll be swamped by short, entertaining books of both the right and left discussing politics and the way things should be. When was the last time an Irish politician dared actually tie himself to anything but vacuous guff?

The book starts with a heart rending description of  Bobby Kennedy telling a crowd of black voters in Indianapolis that Martin Luther King Jnr.  had been shot and killed. Kennedy, whom the police chief refused to provide protection for, insisted on speaking in a black area, and gives an shocking unpolitically saavy but heartfelt speech to the crowd, and Klein points out that such a politician could not get elected today, as the media would crucify him for his unsanitized real feelings being voiced.

Klein then gives a fascinating picture of Patrick Cadell (Who later became a consultant on The West Wing.) who, along with Hamilton Jordan and Jody Powell, all in their late twenties/early thirties ,  got Jimmy Carter, an unknown one term Georgia governor elected President. Klein focusses on  Cadell, very much the High Priest of modern in depth political polling, and how his skills were able to help Carter et al completely sidestep the Democratic establishment and get an outsider elected.

Klein takes us right through to Clinton era to the 2004 election, deftly demonstrating how the perfecting of the election winning process is strangling the ability to actually run the country afterwards.

One of those books that’ll have political junkies reaching for the highlighter.”


Great Movies you should see: Down with Love.

Posted by Jason O on Mar 3, 2009 in Movies/TV/DVDs

Ring-a-ding-ding!When I told a friend recently how much I enjoyed the movie Down with Love   he remarked that I was rapidly becoming the “Gayest straight man” he knew.

In fairness, recommending this could give that impression, so let me be clear. If you haven’t a clue about the old Rock Hudson/Doris Day “Sex Comedies” (Believe me, they were innocent times.) of the 1960s then you won’t get this movie at all.

But if you are familiar with them, then this Renee Zellwegger/Ewan McGregor vehicle is great fun, with McGregor as the womanising Rat Pack prototype journalist Catcher Block and Zellwegger as the ultra feminist author Barbara Novak holding true to its 1960s roots as a battle of the sexes movie, with wonderful support from the always excellent David Hyde Pierce and superb production values. It’s just a great movie to look at and listen to.

Light and fluffy.

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