I died laughin' when I saw this and had to share.
I love me some Obama, but truth be told, we're on a head on collision with the future and he can't stop it. Before you have a knee-jerk reaction and hate me, reach for your poison: a pint of Ben & Jerry's, a tranquilizer, a drink or a jay if you're so inclined, and I'll explain why.
Let's begin with money, and no, this article ain't a re-hash of the news.
Our banking system is on the brink of collapse. The second giant hath fallen:
From the Wall Street Journal:
IndyMac has failed, and the failure of this one bank will wipe out 10% of the FDIC's insurance fund.
From the LA Times:
Citing a massive run on deposits, regulators shut its main branch three hours early, leaving customers stunned and upset. One woman leaned on the locked doors, pleading with an employee inside: "Please, please, I want to take out a portion." All she could do was read a two page notice at the door.
A run on a bank hasn't happened since the Great Depression.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are already coughing up blood. If a few more banks go down - and they will, soon - the government knows people will panic and there will be a run on the banks. For you young'uns, that's when folks run and withdraw their money before their bank goes down.
As an aside, I'm thinking about running to mine on Monday and hiding it under the mattress, but my oldest kid would love it if he found it.
I can picture him now, driving home in a new used car, filled with gas of course, and decked out in new clothes, gold chain, with an IPOD, cell phone, a bunch of diapers and toys for his future stepson, and a bag of leftovers from Ruby Tuesdays where he and his girl ate up any remaining savings.
Back to IndyMac. The feds took over and will re-open it next week, but what happens when a few more fail and FDIC (federal insurance) can't cover it? Those bank doors will be locked up tight. How will folks be able to get their belongings out of their safety deposit boxes?
My man Obama is a genius, but unless he's a magician, he's not bloody likely going to solve this problem or the oil crisis, unless he starts sleeping with OPEC and makes them scream Jee-zus. I'm sorry, ain't nobody that potent or can change our descent into damn near Third World status.
Crickets, here's your cue: Yes He Can!
Hmmm. Maybe he could, if chose David Blaine to be his VP. If Blaine can pull a Queen of Hearts out my ass, he can do anything, right?
Obama also has a secret paper shredder for part of our Constitution. He supported the Senate vote this week for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, aka FISA.
This is contrary to his early promo speech I fell in love with, where he says (at 50+ seconds), "and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries..."
FISA is kryptonite to our freedom; the head pirate, Bush, has already signed it into law. Shit that was illegal is now legal. Our government can snoop on us any time they feel like it and not say jack to us about it, not they haven't already been doing this. Now they won't go to jail for it because it's retroactive. They can even sell your personal information to other governments. Ain't that a bitch?
Uncle Sam won't need a court order to find out everything about you, from your phone calls, emails, all Internet sites you visit, where you bank, how much you got, or what you told your doctor in how you really got that embarrassing rash and what it is. Big Brother will know more about you than your mama, spouse, priest, therapist or drinking buddy.
I think of FISA as the other half of the Patriot Act. The two compliment one another and are symbiotic.
Thanks to FISA and the Patriot Act, we are officially a Police State.
If one of those Secret Police jackals misunderstands a joke in your phone conversation, they've got the Patriot Act - a complementary law that says they can make you disappear without a trace to some hell hole like Guantanamo Bay. They can keep you as long as they want and without a trial until they feel like it.
Considering that there are nearly a half million Americans to one million (depending on which reports you read) on a secret list of suspected terrorists - many who are simply anti-war - this has grave ramifications in the event our nation ever has another terrorist attack. There are already hundreds of empty prisons that will be filled in the event this country is ever shut down by Martial Law.
Reporters also will be crippled, under FISA, in getting information from dissidents and people in other countries who would be jailed or killed if their identity were known. If you think the news is watered down now, we ain't seen nothing yet.
So why did Obama support this massive invasion of our privacy that goes hand in hand with the Patriot Act? This is what one sheep wrote, saying it made her 'feel better'.
- It requires the Inspectors General to investigate past misconduct, so maybe someone(s) -- other than the now-immune telecoms, of course, will be exposed for their role(s) in the illegal wiretapping and perhaps even held accountable.
- It brings the FISA court back into the picture and demands compliance with the court.
Yeah, right. I ain't buying it.
I think Barack blew with the wind on that vote. He didn't protest the pussy-whipped Congress and Senate majority who approved it. Instead, he endorsed the inevitable, but by doing so, he sold us out on that one - and it's a biggie if you take your Constitution seriously.
I don't believe FISA is about fighting terrorism because the government has never had a problem getting a quick court order to snoop on a suspected criminal or terrorist.
It's about fighting us, We The People, in case any of us plan to revolt against the total, vampiric corporate takeover of America and their way of business that sucks us dry.
FISA makes Jesse Jackson's wanting to cut Obama's nuts off over supporting and expanding Bush's faith-based initiatives look small in comparison.
And let's give Jesse a break, please. He and Sharpton and all the other Civil Rights fighters paved the way for Obama to be where he is. Faux News abused Jesse like they do every black person, this time by violating his private conversation - just like ours will be under FISA.
Barack remains the best of the two main candidates who actually have a shot of winning. There are other candidates, folks, so you need to decide if you want to send both parties a message by 'wasting' your vote on an independent, one incidentally, who is also black and female - Cynthia McKinney, but gets zero press coverage.
That's because years ago she was the first to simply question what really happened on 9/11. The link in this paragraph is to her video about this. The media portrayed her as a nutcase and the pro-war lobby caused her lose the following election because she was a threat to their plans. She wasn't nutty after all, now was she?
She ran again and was re-elected in the next go 'round, and wrote Articles of Impeachment for GWB over his lies to invade Iraq, years before Dennis Kucinich did in May. She wouldn't dream of voting for FISA.
I've never sensed she was a well-organized person, but I've been taking a hard second look at her lately. In this film below, she's not nearly as smooth as Barack and never will be, but listen to her words and wisdom, particularly at the end, and think about them.
I've also wondered if our people can love a black woman as much as a black man, and if not, why not?
McKinney will probably win as the Green Party's nominee this month. By supporting her as a form of "FISA protest", we would be sending a powerful message to our favorite man that we treasure our freedom and our votes don't come cheap nor should be taken for granted.
I love Obama, but I love my country more.
On the other hand, if most black folks switched and voted for the Green Party's candidate who doesn't play any of this shit, Grandpa McCain would surely win. At this point we might as well roll over and die until 2012 if he hasn't gotten us all blown up.
If we love ideals more than heroes, our heroes will have learned a valuable lesson of not blowing with the wind and dismantling our freedom and the laws to protect us because it's politically expedient or convenient.
This goes not only for Barack, but all the Dems and Rupubs who voted for FISA.
Que sera, sera. Hardly any of y'all gonna do that. It's too thrilling to see one of us claw his way to the top, even if the price of his blowing in the corporate wind of compromises could be unbearably high.
I also think that we're scared inside. This is new ground for us - a charismatic, brilliant black man with the best speaking skills of anyone on the planet. He's so sharp and smooth one wonders if he could talk the devil out of hell.
This makes him a hero to us, but are we afraid that he's the first, last, and only black man who will ever have a shot at the Presidency? Or that if he loses this election, that he won't run again and have an even better shot in 2012 after Americans will have endured the Alzheimer's version of Bush?
I'm not sure I'm willing to miss out on being part of this history in the making either. What if I'm 'over-reacting' to his going along with his peers in the Senate and their easy acceptance of FISA, worrying for nothing, and he really is the best thing to come along since baked bread? I wasn't lying when I said I love Obama, but now my heart is at war with my head.
Somebody puh-leeze keep my hope alive.
At least Barack endorsed folks being able to purchase a gun in places like D.C., my old hometown, where gun ownership was illegal until a few weeks ago. Maybe he can hear the Great Depression II train rumbling on the tracks and knows we'll need them to protect our families, food stash and cash, and maybe against Big Brother if they want to insert V-Chips in our necks like dogs so they can keep track of our whereabouts at all times or shoot us dead in the next Hurricane Katrina type of event.
Fine with me. Only a fool takes a knife to a gunfight.