Friday, June 19, 2009

Dire Straits Indeed...

I've been trying to make heads or tails out of the whole condition of everything that has transpired since Obama took office,and frankly,it's well beyond my pay grade.

Bailouts and bankruptcies,
Wall Street,and GM.
Pirates and potentates,
Gitmo,
..and something that rhymes with GM that I can't really think of right now.

Oh!..Iran!
..Close enough.

It all just seems quite nebulous and out of control somehow,making it difficult to try and reason out if anything being done to rid ourselves of all these socio-political alligators is having any real effect.
Perhaps it's too late to think about draining the swamp,but I guess the alternative is to resign ourselves to being eaten alive.
..Which is just what the Republicans are bent on having us do!

How is it they can wake up in the morning to the same world I do,and take up all that oxygen railing incessantly against late-night talk show hosts,and the ethical implications of swatting a nasty ass fly in the Oval Office?

Their strategy is simple.
Wait for Obama to actually DO something in an effort to climb our way out of the abyss eight years of Republican leadership has plunged us into,..and then run frantically to the nearest crowded theatre to shout 'FIRE!'.., at the top of their lungs.

That's it...That's their job...It's what they know how to do.

Take this whole Sonia Sotomayor thing..

Here's a fine candidate for the Supreme Court.
More qualified than many who've already served,or are currently serving.

In the nearly thirty years since she graduated from Yale Law School,she has been a professor of law at the NYU School of Law,the Columbia School of Law,..and as an Appeals Court Judge she's heard over three-thousand cases,and drafted some 380 opinions on Constitutional Law.
..Pretty damn impressive!
But the mere fact that she was nominated to the Supreme Court by Obama has negated anything she may have accomplished over the course of three decades,in the tiny minds of the far Right.

She's a 'racist',an 'activist',(since when did being an activist become some kind of terminally immoral disease?),..and someone who has managed to keep her hidden agenda of overthrowing the white man a well kept secret for an entire generation,against the day she might be nominated to the Supreme Court,where she could finally put her evil plan into motion.
..An Obama-nation??

**'FIRE!!'**

You know what it's like??
..I'll tell you what it's like.

It's just like back in my beloved bar tending days,when I was at the height of my dating prowess..(Okay,..for the purpose of this analogy,'dating' means scouring the clubs for that special someone with whom I could have a meaningful and intimate relationship,..for one night).
I would often have conversations like this;..

She: 'Do you know that girl over there?'..

Me: 'Yeah,..we went out a couple times'.

She: 'YOU DATED THAT SLUT??'

Apparently,..a woman achieved the malevolent status of slutdom,by virtue of having dated me!..

Now,I'm pretty sure Sonia and I have never dated,..but hey,..it was the 80's,and we weren't all that into first names.
Still,..somehow I expect all of this is gonna end up being my fault!

It's after five p.m. in Sling's Domain,..and if I don't start drinking now,I'll be up all night..

(Cue Bartender's Theme Song)..

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23 Comments:

At 7:18 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

Can't tell you how much I appreciate the effort it took to make this all digestable. I've easily started ten blogs about this climate. The nearly gleeful dedication to NOT being cooperative - it's some weird ass version of schadenfreude. As if they want it so bad, they'll frickin' bring us all down just to get some.

I start one every time I read a Republican reply somewhere that accuses progressives and the liberal elite of being ... wait. What IS it they say? It's an oft-repeated line I'm pretty sure they pluck from one of the 'think-pieces' they email around.

I start one whenever one of my friends SENDS one of those emails. They're loaded - LOADED - with convoluted logic and claims posing as truth and ...

oh. I'm sorry. Is it possible to hijack a blog in the comments section? :):) POINT IS, I'm so glad you wrote this and thought this out and cooked up a great analogy. Thank you VERY much. I will shut up now.

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Well, at least Obama is our president. That makes it all better--at least in my mind. *smiles*

P.S. Still, I can't believe Letterman apologized to Sarah Palin for a JOKE that wasn't even ABOUT her younger daughter. He's just too nice, and she's just too bitchy.

 
At 10:54 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Booda Babe- No..Thank you!!
I kid you not,I've been trying to put together a cohesive assessment of the state of things since the Inaugeration,and I'm surrounded by people that are still waiting for Obama to produce a birth certificate!
It's like trying to describe the color orange to someone that has been blind their entire life..There's no common baseline of reality to build on.
The whole purpose of this post,was my attempt to lay some kind of foundation for any future rants or raves I might have.
I'm sorry..I didn't mean to hijack your comment.
..I'll shut up now. ;)

Miss HP- I actually blame the so-called liberal media for that.
If it hadn't been for their drooling over that 'controversy',Sarah's artificial indignation would never have interrupted 10 days of actual newsworthy developements.
By any standard of relevence,Dave's apology should have been a sincere and heartfelt,'Bite Me Bitch!'..

 
At 7:55 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i think it's the code of the west to bitch and squawk at everything the other party does. the dems have to keep all the craziest republican statements for the next election. so far they're getting lots of them.

the democrats should have maybe bitched and squawked more at the stuff mr bush was doing.

 
At 10:35 AM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

sigh*...we should all be happy..we have the president we wanted...mr flash mccool..the handsome good dad/husband..smart...and oh fuck ..ain't he funny...in the meantime he is letting the people that voted for him in droves hang out on the side line waiting for what he promised...if i was gay i'd be in a pup tent with a sign on the white house grounds saying fulfill your promises asshole..sorry..i went off on a tangent.

 
At 10:40 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

Well, thankfully you took the time to write my thought so eloquently. You spent a whole night with HER?

 
At 10:47 AM , Blogger jp said...

Just got done watching a news story about all the CEO's who are using their bailout dough to finance personal air travel...

And yes, she was a slut. But so was the girl who called her that.

 
At 11:47 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Billy P.- I expect the loyal opposition to make intelligent partisan arguments about whatever floats their boat.
Blatant lies and slander..not so much.

Yellerdawg- I expect much of what he's tryng to do to take a least a couple of years to show whether or not it's going to work.
Ensuring that gays get equal rights isn't one of them.
That seems like the sort of thing that can be rectified with the stroke of a pen.

Rosie- Yep..Back then the odds were pretty good I'd be spending the night with her. ;)

JP- I read about that..I view it as pure treason!
I was pretty much a slut myself,so it all works out nicely.

 
At 3:20 PM , Blogger apositivepessimist said...

HaHa…one thing I miss about my hospitality industry days…watching who was trawling and what they were trawling for and wondering if in the morning they were happy with what they caught.

 
At 3:56 PM , Blogger Sling said...

APOS!!- Great to see you've managed to survive ol'Kentucky!
I know what you mean about watching the trawlers.Behind the bar is the best seat in the house.

 
At 6:29 PM , Blogger Mom said...

Politics gives me a headache. Ms Palin makes me want to puke. Of Letterman was crude - that's what he does for a living. Thanks for saying what we all are thinking.

 
At 6:35 PM , Blogger more cowbell said...

Yeah what kills me about the Sotomayor insanity is how they're all up in arms and scared to death of the effect her "Latina perspective" might have on the country. But no one ever stopped to freak the fuck out about the many "White guy perspectives" sitting on the bench. Because, you know, theirs isn't a "perspective", it's just "normal". It's just NEUTRAL. Hers is something else, not normal, a "perspective", something other. Whatever. Idiots.

 
At 8:31 PM , Blogger jan said...

Sorry to be late for Friday night jukebox. Enjoyed your discourse, but I feel sanity in the world is slipping away. Thank do for music.

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Mom- You know,Letterman may very well have taken a cheap shot.
Once he made the sincere effort to offer up a mea culpa,the gracious thing for Sarah to do would have been to say,''No problem..ain't nothin' but a thing'.
..But no.

Cowbelle- Exactly!..Please Lord he'p me Jesus,gimme someone that has an ounce of empathy!..
The best argument they can come up with,is that she will bring her experience to bear.
..Is it slow and stupid out there,or is it just me?

Jan- These are the times when we take a deep breath,(in your nose..Out your mouth),..Find our centers,..and remind all the doomsayers that 99.999% of the entire planet would like to suggest they take their particular brand of Bullshit,and insert it horizontally where it is least likely to fit.

 
At 1:39 PM , Blogger Doralong said...

Iran, Pakistan, North Korea,Iraq, the situation between Israel & Palestine, the global economy tanking, energy security, the health care infrastructure getting ready to implode, bankrupt companies- both morally and financially...

The man has a full plate people, can we not cut him some slack? I didn't elect a savior, I elected a man I expected to be calm, pragmatic and thoughtful, and so far I think he has been. A person that I did not expect to walk on water and solve the nation's problems overnight. Given what he walked in to I figured anyone running for office and inheriting the mess we have was either an egomaniac, bat shit crazy (Hey there Sen. McCain) or an individual that genuinely thought they could pull us out of this mess.

I fully admit I backed Hillary- I was voting on gender. I figure the guys have had their turn and it might just take a woman to straighten this shit out. But after the primary I worked to elect this man and backed him wholeheartedly. I find it distracting, stupid and sad that the far right has to concoct crap to deflect focus from the urgent and very serious issues our President is trying to navigate. Pathetic I think is the word, because given the current state of affairs, they've pretty well lost their relevance.

That and it pisses me off when the media refer to the POTUS & FLOTUS as "Barack & Michelle" that's just damn disrespectful. But again I am rather old fashioned in some respects.

Wow- talk about your comment hijack- Sorry!

 
At 1:59 PM , Blogger just me said...

I am so glad you wrote this. I have come to the conclusion that I hate republicans, but that's not right either! And I agree, it will take Obama at least two years to get anything done....look at the mess he inherited!

 
At 6:32 PM , Blogger citizen of the world said...

sigh

Nut, Happy Father's Day to you!

 
At 11:13 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Doralong- My partner at work is a really nice guy,and we get along just fine,but his entire world view is spoon fed to him by Hannity,and Limbaugh.
Obama's been in office all of 6 months,and all those idiots can talk about is how he has FAILED!
Holy Crap!..
As much as I wish all this shit could be dealt with over a long weekend,it doesn't take a genius to figure out that it's just gonna take some time to unravel the Gordian knot the Bush administration tied us all up with.
I guess the Republicans would be happy if Obama did the same thing about the economy,that Bush did after Hurricane Katrina...Not a damn thing.
..You can't fail,if you don't try.

just me- I use the term Republican a little too generically sometimes..
I don't really hate them,but I can't stand the deliberate ignorance that their most visible representatives choose to display.
They are wasting our precious time with self-serving rhetoric.
..Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Citizen- Thanks for the Father's day wishes!..I had a nice long chat with my daughter today,so I'm feelin' pretty good!
It looks like she might be coming up my way in a few weeks to visit,so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :)

 
At 12:59 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Wonderfully written. I agree and where is the slutty girl?

 
At 7:03 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- Sadly,..slutty girls stopped hovering around me just a few years back.

 
At 9:43 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

The Republicans sicken me. Sad, desperate little people who will say anything about anybody, no matter how sensational or untrue. And it's usually both. They can all rot in hell as far as I'm concerned.

 
At 3:12 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Thinker- I'm just waiting for some Republican,..ANY Republican to stand up and say,'Wait a minute!..These assholes don't speak for me!!'..and then the real conversation can begin.
I'm a firm believer in Checks and Balances.

 
At 4:28 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

And don't get me started on the parlous state of things down under...its all the same...
Politicians crerate the problem...we react and then the same people provide the solution...and we think they have done a good job...some of us...

One night dates were almost a relationship back in the early '70's weren't they?

 

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