One More Political Post

I’ll try to make this my last political post in a place that’s supposed to be fun. It’s such a crucial issue that I can’t go blithely on with my nonsense before addressing it. And I’m talking to the Americans with this post, so if you’re not a Yank, it won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t read further.

No matter your political ideology, there is a problem which must be addressed in the U.S., and the class warfare being waged is not helping.

I like the way Michael Arrington presents it here:

“Huge tax cuts for the rich”

An addendum to my notes from yesterday.

One of the big talking points for people is the notion that the Republicans want to “sharply cut social services for the poor to pay for huge tax cuts for the rich.”


This talking point really works, because everyone knows the Republicans want to rework entitlements and they don’t like raising taxes on the rich. People get really pissed thinking about it. Rich people want a new ferrari or something, so some dirt poor family has to go without shoes.

But anyone who says this is either completely misinformed or (worse) dishonest. Most of my friends here in San Francisco are one of these.

And this is the kind of dishonesty that is really going to make the final reckoning a
whole lot more painful.

read the rest here

And if this just isn’t hip enough to hold your attention, perhaps you can spend time checking out the lofty summit which may have taken place between Julian Assange and Lady Gaga. Definitely more fun to contemplate and honestly, to make fun of, but my will is not cooperating this morning.

Wait. I can’t resist:

Click for the story

Man, if there’s anything Gaga knows, it’s a photo op.

Pardon me if I file this one under “who gives a damn.”

Should I even mention our guy’s name? I think I’ll leave him out of this one.


  1. Tempted to say that Gaga and Assange deserve each other…oops…I did! ;)

  2. I wish I could say what I;m really thinking about those two. I’ll say this, Assange knows how to hack and Gaga does know how to sing. I’ll give them that in plenty.

  3. My country (Brazil) is also in the electoral period and this poem made ​​me think about our time. I hope you enjoy.
    Best regards!
    Ana Cris

    Children of Our Era

    by Wislawa Szymborska
    translated by Joanna Trzeciak

    We are children of our era;
    our era is political.

    All affairs, day and night,
    yours, ours, theirs,
    are political affairs.

    Like it or not,
    your genes have a political past,
    your skin a political cast,
    your eyes a political aspect.

    What you say has a resonance;
    what you are silent about is telling.
    Either way, it’s political.

    Even when you head for the hills
    you’re taking political steps
    on political ground.

    Even apolitical poems are political,
    and above us shines the moon,
    by now no longer lunar.
    To be or not to be, that is the question.
    Question? What question? Dear, here’s a suggestion:
    a political question.

    You don’t even have to be a human being
    to gain political significance.
    Crude oil will do,
    or concentrated feed, or any raw material.

    Or even a conference table whose shape
    was disputed for months:
    should we negotiate life and death
    at a round table or a square one?

    Meanwhile people were dying,
    animals perishing,
    houses burning,
    and fields growing wild,
    just as in times most remote
    and less political.

  4. @ Ana Cris: Thank you!

  5. Thanks for sharing, Ana Cris!

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