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September 19, 2008

Oh, Bama! Nothing Beats Racism With Your Morning Box-O-Waffle Mix.

Filed under: Food,Idiots,Immigration,Missing Persons,Oh White People...,Politics,Race,WTF — bobbleheadedbob @ 7:31 am

Dammit.  Dammit, dammit, dammit.

The bobbLebot is not happy-eth.  Why?  Because the bobbLebot computes that this election is more than a little ridunKulous.  It’s a friggin circus!!!  We’ve got posterchild of feminism Moosey Lucy Goosey in one corner with the jabbity jabby Tina Fey/Amy Poehler skit in one corner, then we’ve got OWG, Rhetorical brilliance (and yes, that is con a capital ‘R’) with racist-arse buffoonery in the other.

This is not an election, this is made-for-TV!  But – alas… when has America last had a “free” election, anyway.  Que oxymoronic.  <– not cynical, but critical.

Anywho, this robot’s Achille’s heel tends to be, “RACISM?!  WTF??!!!” — and today’s case would be no different.  Oh, identity politics, what you have doneth to me!

BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.  Okay, the bobbLebot cannot help itself.  But… on the other side of the coin, the bobbLebot is ethically opposed to voting.  Besides, robots don’t have rights in this country anyway.

Move over, Aunt Jemima!  There’s a new mix in town!

mmm... thats sho good eatin

mmm... that's "sho good eatin'"

Meet Obama Waffles… with “change you can taste”.  Oh, but wait — it gets better.  Or so says Chip Berlet’s blog post:

The boxes of Obama Waffles for sale at the 2008 Values Voter Summit were certainly racist and offensive, and conference organizers did the right thing by shutting down the sales booth in their exhibit hall.

It was alternative journalists, including those working for Political Research Associates and People for the American Way, that first alerted the mainstream media to the offensive caricatures on the boxes with online posts from the conference.

This is what voting tastes like.

Patriotism at its finest.

Patriotism at its finest.

Now, why would Rev Wright be MISSING?

because hes running from the law or because he got caught up in a lynching

Southern Subtext: because he's running from the law or because he got caught up in a lynching

Dudes.  Racism can be offensive, racism can be completely moronic — and then there are times when racism is downright creepy.

Aaaaaaaand… the party doesn’t stop.

There is a side panel recipe for “Barry’s Bling Bling Waffle Ring” that features a “Recipe Rap” that begins with “Yo, B-rock here droppin’ waffle knowledge” with the rest of the ditty written in such an irritating White caricature of Black rap that even a White 1920s vaudeville blackface crooner would be embarrassed.

mex

Open Border Fiesta Waffles!

Under the caricature of Obama as a Mexican, there is a recipe card for “Open Border Fiesta Waffles.” The recipe card depicts a perforated border between the U.S.A. and Mexico. The text under this says the “greatest danger of all is to allow walls to divide us”…The recipe card on the Obama Waffles box including ingredients such as goats milk and jalepeno peppers, and advises as a “Tip: While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language.” The “Recommended Serving” is “4 or more illegal aliens.”

And the clincher’s just as dericious.

hm.

hm.

Though this blog post practically writes itself, there shall be commentary.  As minimal as it will be.

The strategy of not directly addressing race, or to keeping it to a bare minimum has been a brilliant strategy.  Why talk about race?  The ground crew on both sides and in the middle of this issue will do the work for them.  We’ve got Brown people talking about it, Yellow people talking about it — heck, we’ve even got White people talking about it… ALL THE TIME.

2 Reactions:

  • Yay!  We’ve got White people talking about race on major news outlets!
  • ::cringe:: We’ve got White people talking about race on major news outlets.

In any case, if that isn’t Change, this roboT don’t know what is.

::bLip!::

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September 8, 2008

Getting High on High Fructose Corn Syrup

Filed under: Food,Health,Idiots,Love,There's way too many categories,WTF — bobbleheadedbob @ 7:08 am

BOBBLEBOT IS BACK… erhm… miss me?

So has anyone been paying attention to those pro-High Fructose Corn Syrup ads?  Buh… I mean, the liquid sweetness comes from corn, so ain’t it all-natural?

Mmmmm, liquid sweetness…

::drools::

Looks, MA!  It’s fruit DRINK!  ALL NATURAL!!!

1st question: why is the popsicle nots alls meLticated???!

2nd question: don’t you love me???

3rd question: where did they get this pleasantly acoustic soundtrack from?  They must be hitting up the same person who wrote the tracks for yogurt commercials and kitchen products.

Now, the thrust of the argument for PRO-HFCS is that, “Whoa… I don’t know why it’s bad for me… so it must be good.  After all, it’s NATURAL.”  <- but not really.

Okay, if they’re going to launch a non-informative video campaign, here’s a more nutritionally informative video response – buh… cuz I’s too lazy to write a full-blown article at this time.  LAZY!!!

THERE.  HFCS is still honey-sweet smack for the masses.  SMACK I’S TELLS YOOZE!!!  And if you don’t believes ze bobbLebots, feels free to do yer OWN RESEARCH!!!

::ga-DUNK!::

August 1, 2008

::rolls eyes:: “Obama Too Fit To Be President”

Filed under: Idiots,Politics,Wake Up Call — bobbleheadedbob @ 8:03 am

The idiocy of American media astounds me.  UnLike my own idiotic endeavors, which are not and should not ever be taken as more than 3 shakes of salt….

…that is, 3 shakes of salt over some hot, crisp sweet potater fries.  Korean sweet potater fries… none of that orangey, soggy “yam” mush.

Mmmm…  gohgeumah

Wait on the weight-watching, por favor!

Wait on the weight-watching, por favor!

Sometimes articles like these deeply, profoundly disturb the bobbLebot…not just on the topic of what’s considered news, but just how damn seriously some reporters take such inane topics.  REPORTERS.  PAID, FREELANCE REPORTERS.

Oy(L).

But here’s a report from Fox Wall Street Journal:

Too Fit to Be President?

Facing an Overweight Electorate,
Barack Obama Might Find
Low Body Fat a Drawback

Yes… yes, they are totally for CeReaL. And I’m totally talking Tony-the-Tiger-Snap-Crackle-and-Pop for cereal.  In fact, this may be our new for-cereaLity.  (And can someone PLEASE stop with the idiot polls on which candidate you’d rather shop, barbecue, drink beer, play a game of Wii bowling or eat Campbell’s Chunky Soup with???!!!  JUST STOP THE MADNESS!!!)

The candidate has been criticized by opponents for appearing elitist or out of touch with average Americans. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in July shows Sen. Obama still lags behind Republican John McCain among white men and suburban women who say they can’t relate to his background or perceived values.

apparently im too healthy for America

apparently i'm too healthy for America

“He’s too new … and he needs to put some meat on his bones,” says Diana Koenig, 42, a housewife in Corpus Christi, Texas, who says she voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

So let the bobbLebot get this straight: Obama – the way he is marketing himself – is so eloquent, so cool, so physically and charismatically ideal that he just isn’t “with it” with the mediocrity that is the UniteRed States.  The ghost of the eradicated “left-ist” in me (was I ever really Leftist?  buh.  i wuz sucher poseR!!!) is yelling, “THIS IS WHAT 8 YEARS of DUBBYAH’s doggone DONE to the American PubLic!!”

“I won’t vote for any beanpole guy,” another Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.

Great.  So now they’re citing message boards?  Is this how lazy they’re getting?  Or just out of touch with reality?  Or is it EYE?  Is it the bobbLebot who is out of touch with ReaLity?

According to Sen. Obama’s Chicago physician David Scheiner, the senator works out regularly, jogs up to three miles a day when he can, and has “no excess body fat.”

Dr. Scheiner didn’t disclose his patient’s exact weight, but medical observers estimate that the 6-foot-1.5-inch-tall senator appears to weigh at least 10 pounds less than the roughly 190 pounds that the average American man of his height weighs. The Obama campaign declined to comment for this article.

Though Sen. McCain cannot lift weights due to injuries he suffered as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, he “walked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in August 2006” and hikes whenever he can find the time, according to John D. Eckstein, an internist in Scottsdale, Ariz., who treats Sen. McCain. At roughly 165 pounds, his weight is slightly above average for a 5-foot-7-inch man his age, according to nutritionists.

::ga-DUNK!::

And no, this is not a report by The Onion.  This is “Real News.”

While most voters don’t base their decision on physical appearance alone, a candidate’s height, weight and overall look can play a big role in what Americans perceive as “presidential,” says Thomas “Mack” McLarty, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

Auuuugh.  You see how they psyche you out there with the “Yeah, most people don’t vote based on PHYSICALITY per se… (faux morality check) BUT…”

But too much time in the gym can cause problems, as Sen. Obama learned last month after he made three stops to local Chicago gyms in one day, for a total of 188 minutes. The marathon workout session sparked a widely circulated Associated Press article titled “Obama Becomes a Gym Rat.” In it, the reporter wrote, “Sometimes it’s hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe.”

what can I say?  i likes to jogs on ze jobs.

what can I say? i likes to jogs on ze jobs.

Republicans have recently picked up on the senator’s fitness regimen. On Wednesday, the McCain campaign launched a new ad titled “Celeb” that compares Sen. Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. In a memo to reporters explaining the ad, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis wrote, “Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day.”

GAHHH!!!

::bangs harddrive against the wall::

It. Just. Doesn’t. STOP!!!

Struggles with weight-loss, on the other hand, can make a candidate seem more human. Some aides winced when footage of a sweat-drenched Mr. Clinton jogging into a McDonald’s in Little Rock, Ark., aired ahead of the 1992 campaign. But the footage is widely believed to have helped the then-governor of Arkansas connect to voters in conservative-leaning states like Georgia and Tennessee, which eluded Democrats in 2000 and 2004. These states have a statistically higher number of overweight people than Democratic strongholds.

“It says: ‘He’s just like one of us,”‘ says Arthur English, a political-science professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who used to see Mr. Clinton stop in for fries and a Big Mac after his three-mile jog.

It says, “He’s just as mediocre as one of us.”  Cuz that’s what we want for America.  Rachel Ray for president.

Sen. Clinton has said she tried Weight Watchers to keep the pounds off during her presidential bid — a tidbit that appealed to her core of middle-age female supporters that Sen. Obama is now trying to woo.

Sen. Obama is not without vices. According to Dr. Scheiner’s medical report, he has quit smoking “on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success.” People close to the senator say he began smoking nearly three decades ago and smoked about five cigarettes a day.

Some voters say that even this adds to Sen. Obama’s somewhat superhuman persona. “I mean, really, who quits smoking and doesn’t gain any weight?” says 30-year-old Stella Metsovas, an Obama supporter in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Is this how human value – yeh, let’s forget for a moment the FUNCTION of the presidency – is measured?  Quantified?  In one’s fallibility?  Granted, Obama is a Leo and is hence a CONTROL FREAK (which explains hitting the gym several times and Nicorette-chain-chewing), it bothers the bobbLebot that people crave to see some sort of inane mediocrity – however constructed it may be.

This reminds bobbLebot of mommy issues where mummy dearest tried to thrust a consumption disorder upon it.  Buh… too much personal information… buh…

But for serious!  It’s like, “Fail, FAIL!  Show us you’re a lazy slob like one of us!  Become a part of this mob of mediocrity!  Don’t make us feel bad for being stupid, fat and lazy!  FAIL!  WE NEED TO SEE YOU FAIL SO WE CAN FEEL BETTER ABOUT OURSELVES!  BECAUSE WE’RE TOO LAZY TO HOPE FOR OURSELVES TO ASPIRE TO BECOME SOMETHING BETTER.”

Dude.  America needs a shrink.  This is what too much privilege does to people: self-imposed neuroticisms.  A voluntary inducement of depression.  Going to Burning Man to find oneself.  (Yes, “leftists,” you, too, are guilty!!)

Not that I take in huge stock into the idea of new world leaders and new world orders, but the people VOTING for these peoples supposedly DO.  So I find it frakkin insane and diabolically disturbing that people are just eating up this ONTD/PITNB/Perez Hilton way of marketing presidential candidates.  I don’t know if media outlets are laughing at their audience or, more disturbingly, actually take this kind of packaged, plastic reporting seriously.

Eye is troubled.  Not self-destructicating, not frazzled, not short-circuiting.  Just really, profoundly troubled.

::worries::

running away from the mediocrity!

augh! he's taking the wrong tactic: running away from the mediocrity!

July 10, 2008

Baby Food: Yo, Britain! Yo Tykes Are RACIST! <- buh, not really

Filed under: Education,Idiots,Oh White People...,PoLicing,Race — bobbleheadedbob @ 8:28 am

Ze BobbLeboT is om nom nomming on astraL racial projections. This should go under ze “Oh, White People!” category. But first – though BobbLebot is the first to admit to writing quite poorly on TTS, BobbLebot is hypocritically critical of and the 1st to criticize poorly written articles for (inter)national news publications. This would be one of them. Just look at ze alarmist title.

Story from Telegraph News:

Toddlers who dislike spicy food ‘racist’

The National Children’s Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says “yuk” in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.

BobbLebot sees RED FLAG #1 – and it ain’t affiliated with any sort of Bolshevik revolution. Or revolution of any sorts. Or evolution for that matter. YES! Let’s solve racism by having adult kettles calling ze ittle rittle baby pots black.

don’t oppress me!

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can “recognise different people in their lives”.

Buh… because recognizing that “diversity’s COOL! =D” has the power to drive out the root of prejudice? Oy(L). Who are the people organizing this program again?

The 366-page guide for staff in charge of pre-school children, called Young Children and Racial Justice, warns: “Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships.”

It advises nursery teachers to be on the alert for childish abuse such as: “blackie”, “Pakis”, “those people” or “they smell”.

racist-in-training

The guide goes on to warn that children might also “react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying ‘yuk'”.

Staff are told: “No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist incident, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action.”

And yet, there’s nothing specific in this article that addresses how exactly the actions will be condemned. If anything, there is a stress on being alert – ALERT – to possible racist attitudes.

::BEEP! BEEP!!!:: <–ze unLoading of a canner WORMS

Warning that failing to pick children up on their racist attitudes could instil prejudice, the NCB adds that if children “reveal negative attitudes, the lack of censure may indicate to the child that there is nothing unacceptable about such attitudes”.

racist

BoBo – picking YER NOSE is WRONG! Bad BoBo, Bad!!! ß doesn’t mean BoBo won’t find pleasure in picking its nose in private.

Nurseries are encouraged to report as many incidents as possible to their local council. The guide added: “Some people think that if a large number of racist incidents are reported, this will reflect badly on the institution. In fact, the opposite is the case.”

Korean dogeater <– RACIST!

Okie dokes. First there’s the article. The very title is the pot calling the kettle “bLack(ie)”. “TODDLERS WHO DISLIKE SPICY FOODS RACIST” reveals the writer’s own racism by, in a facetiously alarmist tone, drawing a conclusion that, based off the NCB’s new guidelines, a distaste for unfamiliar (to Whites, at least), ie, “ethnic,” foods equates to racism. Basically, the “reporter” is trivializing the issue of race and racism – and you can tell in her cursory attention to the people behind the NCB – racially – and what exactly motivated their new aims to police the behavior of children. So yeah. BAD ARTICLE. Moving on — !

Okay, the National Childrens Bureau’s got mad problems as well.

*** They are advising participants in the program to police and report the behaviors, attitudes and ideology of children.

***********Ideology? (idiot-logy?)  With children? Yeah, I know. Being in preschool, I sincerely doubt a 4-year-old has sincerely examined issues of color outside making sure to keep them Crayolas inside the lines.

************Attitudes: Okay – let’s bring this back to food – and on this point, the reporter was right in saying this was a bit redunkulous. Let’s say I’ve got an aversion to bologna-Kraft-singles-mayonnaise-sandwich-on-soggy-Wonderbread. Let’s just say that. And let’s say that Adam White-Smith came to school with a sack of these bologna-Kraft-singles-mayonnaise-sandwich-on-soggy-Wonderbread and I said, “Ewww, NASTY!!!” First of all, a little birdie in me is doubting that the teacher’s going to equate my attitude as racism. HOWEVER, if I brought a vat of kimchi and hotdogs marinating in umeboshi and Adam White-Smith, who’s never known a vinegary pickle in his poor, White-bread life says, “Ewww, NASTY!!!” according to this program, he will be labeled as… RRRRRRRRRRRRRACIST!!! What am I saying? Or, what is it that I’m speculating? I’m speculating that the teachers employing these new measures already have a racialized and ethnographic perception of food – what is and isn’t deemed as “ethnic” or “Other.” Labeling a “GROSS!” for non-Whitebread foods is still labeling a difference from Whiteness, and hence, still teaching children – paradoxically – that difference is present in our foods and that difference is bad.

**+**+**+**+** While I do think that difference is imperative to recognize, creating a hierarchy of difference starting with food is also problematic. Ever had a parent force feed you something you didn’t want to eat with a smile on your face? Yeah, chances are, even though to this day you don’t remember what it tastes like, you aren’t inclined to eat it now. BobbLeBot’s going off on tangents agaiiiiiiiiiiiin…. Wooooooo!

**********Behavioral Policing. Has repression from a higher authority ever really worked? When alcohol was banned, there were speakeasies. When lynch mobs and racial profiling were criminalized… wait – they’re still here? With the advent of the wiretappings and designated “free-speech” areas post-9/11, did that stop the dissent? Or did that pour a rittle bit o overpriced oil on a flickering flame? To tell Adam White-Smith to stop calling Alice Kim a “China Bitch” or to get Rashid Brown to stop calling John Henderson a “Mudderfudding Cracker” doesn’t nip racism in the bud.

**+**+**+**+**Language is an amorphous thing for kids and toddlers. If they don’t know the name for one thing, they’ll make one up for it. If “blackie pakki” is off-limits, you can be sure as hell that a new term will come up to replace it. Even if it’s something as ridiculous as “ring dings bobbledybat” – the meaning behind those words will remain the same. The thing is, you can remove words (or try), but you can’t police the connotation. When Jeebus followers couldn’t openly practice their religion, they drew rittle fishies in the sand. FISHIES.

“Those people.” “They smell.” <– sorry, no commentary. Just found that frakking hilarious.

Sure, ze BobbLeboT is all for White “allies” edumacating themselves and returning to communities of Whiteness to educate, but this is reee-dunculosity. Granted, I don’t know if the NCB is 100% White, but I’ll wager 500 pennies that a good majority of them are, and that the peoples of colors on the board are most likely bourgeois, upwardly mobile and have internalized a desire for a seat at the lunch counter in lieu of frakking the system.

Essentially: what business do White and “White” people have in policing racism when racism was created by and for upholding the structures of White supremacy?

July 5, 2008

Burial Exposes Racial Rift in Texas

Filed under: Culture,Idiots,Race,WTF — disciplepete @ 1:01 pm

I hate racism, but occasionally racism is so absurd that I find it funny. For example: segregated cemeteries. Cemeteries? Seriously?? I wonder if these racist Whites also thought heaven was segregated…anyone know? I’m curious about that.

Anyway, this story from the NYT is about a recent failed attempt to desegregate a cemetery in Texas.

The corpse of a white woman whose 2007 killing barely made headlines is now at the center of a peculiar racial conflict over the desegregation of the cemeteries in a rural Texas county.

Black leaders in Waller County, northwest of Houston, say white county authorities deliberately sabotaged their efforts to have the woman’s unidentified body buried in one of two public black cemeteries. Judge Owen Ralston, the county’s top elected official and the man who decided where the woman would be interred, denies the accusation, insisting that cost — not race — led to her burial on Monday in a white cemetery…

Upon learning Wednesday night that the burial had taken place without his knowledge, a county justice of the peace, DeWayne Charleston, who is black, said, “I’m going to have that body exhumed.”…

…Racial strife is a mainstay of this rural county of about 36,000 residents, 30 percent of whom are black, census figures show. Accusations of racial bias in such matters as access to polling places have been common in recent years. About five years ago, black leaders successfully sued the City of Hempstead, the county seat, for failing to provide the same upkeep of black cemeteries as white ones…

 

 

June 29, 2008

Hussein in the MemBrains: SoLidarity in the PoLarity?

Filed under: Activism,Grassholes,Idiots,Politics,Wake Up Call — bobbleheadedbob @ 11:22 pm

BobbLebot is in the process of changing its planetary address so shall be out of commission.  Humanoids, reJoiCe!  (though this victory shall only be TEMPORARY…!)

Oy(L).  Sometimes the BobbLebot can compute how humanoids have arrived to conclusions of solidarity, what their ultimate designs are, especially in the interests of electing the first humanoid of color into a White Supremacy House…and yet, the rationale is troubling.

As reported by the New York Times,

Obama Supporters Take His Name as Their Own:

Bama Supporters

Interesting.  Oh, Bama supporters,what pale skin you have!  Love how the token tan man and the one woman are pushed out off center and to the side.  It really crystallizes and drives home what this campaign is all about.

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.

With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.

The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.

Auuuugh…  HolyTropicThunderRobertDowneyJr.  DammitGwynethPaltrowIamAfrica.  OhMyHeteroFratBoyWearingAThisIsWhatAFeministLooksLikeTshirt.

::gasp – !::

So this is what solidarity looks like?

::strikes a mechanized pose::

Oy(L).

Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist.

Let’s deconstruct this paragraph, shall we?  The first two sentences assertively distance Obama from Islam.  How?  By first asserting he is a Christian, NOT a Muslim. In the second sentence, Obama INHERITED his name – he couldn’t help it.  What’s more – ! – the person who gave him his Muslim name wasn’t even properly Muslim!  Oh, the injustice of FATE!

Obama couldn’t HELP being born with a Muslim name, just like ur best friend’s big sister couldn’t HELP being gay.  She was born with it.  She couldn’t help herself.

Third sentence: fact.

Fourth sentence: a projection of something beyond innocent indignance.  Translation: how can these bad bloggers and pundits POSSIBLY label Obama as a TERRORIST?!  This is RidiCuLous!  He isn’t even a real MusLim!  <— Oooooooooooh… hey, hold up, there, leftie-loosey — let’s not get all righty-tighty on issue just yet.

Why?  This frames Muslim affiliation as a pathogen of sorts that Obama needs to be absolved of.  To use an anaology, let’s use Nemo and his gimpy fin.

gimpy fin

Following that same logic, it’s like getting Dorrie and Nemo’s clownfish dad to voluntarily tuck one fin to the side, in a symbolic gesture of solidarity to Nemo’s HANDICAP.  Cuz that’s what Obama’s name is: a handicap.  A malfunction.  So to get (mostly) White people (though non-Muslims-of-color are involved as well) to take on the middle name of Hussein on their Facebook profiles and email signatures — isn’t that a little… no, patriotic’s not the word, what was it… oh yeah — PATRONIZING?!

“I am sick of Republicans pronouncing Barack Obama’s name like it was some sort of cuss word,” Mr. Strabone wrote in a manifesto titled “We Are All Hussein” that he posted on his own blog and on dailykos.com.

And We Are All Africa.

It’s one of those things that just takes off, because everybody got it right away,” said Stephanie Miller, a left-leaning comedian who blurted out the idea one day during a broadcast of her syndicated radio talk show and repeated it on CNN.

Ms. Miller and her fellow new Husseins are embracing the traditionally Muslim name even as the Obama campaign shies away from Muslim associations. Campaign workers ushered two women in head scarves out of a camera’s range at a rally this month in Detroit. (The campaign has apologized.) Aides canceled a December appearance on behalf of Mr. Obama by Representative Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim congressman.

OY.  So how do we solve this conundrum?  Islam’s been pathologized, so the Obama campaign responds to it like it IS a pathogen.  A virus.  So Obama supporters attempt to create a vaccine of some sort — take a portion of the germy cultures, multiply it in internet petri dishes, and then fight to innoculate the Islamophobia.  At the same time, are they the right people to do this?

The thing is, We Are Not All Africa.  Dorrie and Nemo’s clown fish dad don’t really have gimpy fins — and can untuck them at a moment’s notice.  Or when Dorrie forgets.  Gwyneth Paltrow and Lucy Liu can erase their face paint — I mean, after the photo shoot’s over with, how African are they, really?  What exactly does it mean, “We Are Africa”?  Does it mean that “We” (the privileged celebrities) all bleed the same blood?  If so, what does this all really mean, when we don’t even drink the same water, eat the same food, work under comparative conditions of labor?  Who is “we”?  What is “we”?  Can we truly be a “We” if we can readily access a towel to wipe off the face paint, if we can jet out of Zambia the second this sh*t gets too hot?

Doesn’t this come off as disingenous and patronizing to any of y’all???

Why is there a need for the solidarity of the privileged for something that’s perceived as undesireable to be legitimized in the eyes of the many?

The thing is, the middle names on the Facebook profiles can be deleted as quickly as you can log in another status update.  No.  No.  We are not all Hussein, and can’t know what it is to be a Hussein.  Unless we were born as a Hussein.  Lived as a Hussein.  Interacted with the world as a Hussein.

This is as bad as Tyra Banks living on the streets for a day.  The thing is, Tyra, you can go back home to your comfortable-arse bed and 3-million-dollar home at the end of the day.  The thing is, all you faux-Husseins can erase your names as soon as the campaign’s over, Clovers.

Solidarity?  For reals?  THIS is what solidarity looks like?  Okay, fine, then.

So what’s the point in having this breed of solidarity when the campaign can’t even swallow solid food?

June 19, 2008

Muslims barred from picture at Obama event

Filed under: Elections,Idiots,Politics,Race — disciplepete @ 12:06 am

Politico:

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

The campaign has apologized to the women, both Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally…

…Building a human backdrop to a political candidate, a set of faces to appear on television and in photographs, is always a delicate exercise in demographics and political correctness. Advance staffers typically pick supporters out of a crowd to reflect the candidate’s message.

June 13, 2008

Campaign: Michelle Obama never used word ‘Whitey’

Filed under: Culture,Elections,Government,Idiots,Politics,Race — disciplepete @ 12:33 am

LOL. Ok, well has she ever said ‘cracker’?? The American people need to know what kind of reverse racist we’re dealing with here! Yahoo:

WASHINGTON – Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign said Thursday that Michelle Obama never used the word “whitey” in a speech from the church pulpit as it launched a Web site to debunk rumors about him and his wife.

The rumor that Michelle Obama railed against “whitey” in a diatribe at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The rumor included claims of a videotape of the speech that would be used to bring down Obama’s candidacy this fall.

“No such tape exists,” the campaign responds on the site, http://www.fightthesmears.com. “Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.”

If no such tape exists, which I’ll bet is the case (do you think the Obamas are that stupid?), then we have here one of probably more incidents to come of right-wing Whites playing the race card to smear Obama. And for the record, I’ve never said ‘Whitey’ either!

June 4, 2008

U.S. Loses Trade Ruling

Free markets are one of those things often preached and selectively practiced. Al Jazeera:

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) appeal panel upheld on Monday a ruling from December that found that the US had breached trade rules over its subsidies to cotton farmers.

The ruling means that Brazil could now seek one billon dollars in sanctions until the US stops payments to its farmers.

Developing nations, especially in Africa, say the US subsidies lower global prices, squeezing their own poor farmers out of the market.

The US government is estimated to have paid its cotton farmers $2bn to $4bn in subsidies in most recent years.

However, Tony Avirgan from the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit think-tank, told Al Jazeera that the US government is unlikely to comply with the WTO ruling and has shown no inclination it will do so.

June 3, 2008

Optimus Prime Time for No-Flight Lists: Man Almost Arrested for Transformers T-shirt

Filed under: Grassholes,Gun Control,Idiots,Race,robots,Wake Up Call,World News,WTF — bobbleheadedbob @ 2:44 am

Apparently Heathrow Airport is cracking down on terrorism… whilst linking it to crimes of fashion. TRAVESTY, UR MAJESTY!

BobbleboT is angry with paranoid humanoids. ANGRY! This is species-ism! When will humans learn that ROBOTS ARE THEIR FRIENDS??? (…until, that is, they take over the world.)

Interesting bit o news from ze world via Daily Mail:

Man threatened with arrest at Heathrow for wearing Transformers T-shirt

An airline passenger claimed that a security guard threatened to arrest him because he was wearing a T-shirt showing a cartoon robot with a gun.

Brad Jayakody, 30, from London, said he was stopped from passing through security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 after his Transformers T-shirt was deemed ‘offensive.’

The IT consultant was set to fly off on a business trip to Dusseldorf in Germany when he was pulled to one side.

OMFRAKKINGZ! Are u KIDDING me? Uh, apparently NOT.

Apparently this shirt is the face of terrorism. Or maybe because it’s been lovingly draped over a brown body. Careful, stalkers! I spy with my robotic eyes a wedding ring. MARRIAGE, can we not ESCAPE it?!

Mr Jayakody said the first guard started joking with him about the Transformers character depicted on his French Connection T-shirt.

Ahahahaha! Good one, Mr. Jayakody!

::shakes head::

‘”Then he explains that since Megatron is holding a gun, I’m not allowed to fly,’ he said.

::silence::

Uh… apparently TOO good…

‘It’s a 40ft tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm. There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what I’m going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?

He was cooperative with the supervisor and took off the the ‘offensive’ T-shirt, replacing it with another shirt in his carry on luggage.

A spokesman for Heathrow operator BAA said: ‘If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it, for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it.

‘We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category.

‘If it’s offensive, we don’t want other passengers upset.’

He said there was no record of the incident and the passenger ‘certainly didn’t make a formal complaint at the time.’

Yes, this is how they keep Brown people and robots in CHECK. They gonna start instilling new dress codes at ze airport? No leftist slogan tees? The banning of Gundam and Transformers tees???! What about Thundercats??! Would Thundercats pass the screening?!!! INSANITY!

Optimus Prime would concur.

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