Not Dead, Yet

Well, who knew that activating a new WordPress account for research purposes would unlock a long-forgotten old relic from the past like this?

Five-plus years ago suddenly seems like unfathomably long time ago, even though it’s clearly not. Or at least it really shouldn’t be, under normal circumstances. But that rarely seems to be the case these days, where everything under the sun now seems to be rapidly coming apart and wildly flying off in all directions.

What a curious situation.

Subliminal Frames

If you’ve watched Santorum’s “Obamaville” web advert once or twice, it’s easy to miss a number of what can only be described as “subliminal” images as they appear for only a fraction of a second and often in rapid succession. Whether or not that advertising tactic actually works is highly debatable – personally, I’m rather doubtful that it has any effect whatsoever. It is, however, highly insightful with regards to the mindset of the ad’s creators.

So here for your edification are some of the split-second images you might not have apprehended at first or second glance.

Having ferreted them out, it’s hard for me to watch the video without seeing them now, but I’m curious… Did you notice that the attractive black woman shushing the viewer with her finger over her lips appears again towards the end of the ad? What do you think she’s asking the viewer to keep secret?

After the ad conflates Iran’s Ahmadinejad with Obama on the television, did you notice the little blond boy wandering into a dark, menacing forest? I know for sure I missed that one.

But you probably did get the quick shot of the scary-looking Muslim dude, right? Can’t demonize Obama without one of those!

The hamburger coming out of the meat grinder also escaped my attention at first. Not sure where that metaphor is directed… could be the war in Afghanistan or possibly some allusion to the Soylent Green future awaiting the miserable white folk of Obamaville should you-know-who get re-elected.

The others you may have caught: the close-up of the pensive young woman (not sure what that’s meant to signify); Obama looking terribly grim and forbidding; the Capitol building shot with a red filter to make it appear Hellish or possibly awash in blood; the goofy, uptight looking white woman with glasses sneering in disgust; and finally the helpless baby clothed in red in a pink bassinet.

I’m actually quite amazed that Santorum’s people didn’t include a picture of a fetus in the ad somewhere, but I guess this image of the baby comes pretty close to conjuring up that mental association.

Rick Perry: Lying Douchebag

Here’s the latest attack ad from the Rick Perry campaign:

“Can you believe that?” Governor Perry incredulously asks. “That’s what our president thinks is wrong with America… that Americans are lazy?” Hmmm. I wonder where Perry might have gotten his inspiration for this grotesque distortion from? Oh, right, of course… GOP TV (aka Fox “News”):

It’s absolutely pathetic that President Obama cannot make a legitimate, factually accurate observation about genuine shortcomings in his country’s business development and foreign investment policies over the past two decades without being viciously and dishonestly attacked for doing so.

Lies (and the Lying Liars who Tell Them) Update:
How refreshing to see a pundit call a spade a spade; i.e., that Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are deliberate LIARS.

Lawrence O’Donnell clarifies what Obama was actually saying before his words were taken out of context:

He`s saying our government has been a little bit lazy about that over the last couple of decades. It`s actually a very Republican-sounding idea that government is, to some extent, standing in the way of new business coming in to this country and that government has to make the business climate in this country more welcoming to business. It`s a classic Republican pro-business statement with a little insult to government thrown in there.

Is there a Republican out there who doesn`t think that the government, the government, is a little bit lazy? Is there a Republican out there who doesn’t think that every single government worker is a little bit lazy? Is there anything in that statement a Republican would disagree with? Of course not.

But if you just cut out a few words in the middle of it and show that to people, just like I just did with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, then you have got yourself the makings of a Republican campaign ad. And yes, the campaign ad is based on a purposeful, and absolutely pure lie. And Republicans now want to make it the big lie of this campaign, the big Orwellian lie that President Obama thinks that Americans are lazy.

There are plenty of issues on which Republicans can legitimately disagree with Obama on… that they feel the desperate need to LIE perhaps says more about their own lack of integrity and intellectual feebleness than it does about anything else.


A trifecta of sexism, ignorance and paranoia today:

In fairness to Republican hopeful Herman Cain, at least he had the decency to preface his crackpot theory with the caveat of not having the facts to back it up. Too bad the other nuts in the GOP clown car aren’t as candidly forthright about the baselessness of their assertions.

Update: Great new hash tag courtesy of TDSWJS:


GTA Taiwan

Amazing footage from RT of a deadly road accident in Taiwan captured by an on-board security camera.

It’s almost hard to believe this isn’t from a video game, but it’s real. Last October a bus hit and mangled 13 vehicles in a chain of crashes on the Changhua County highway, killing four people. The bus driver could not recall the actual moment or cause of the accident.

J.D. Salinger: Surprisingly Dead

It was kind of an astonishing shock to learn that the reclusive author was a fairly awesome 91 yrs old when he gently passed on the other day of heart failure. More than a little existentially ironic that…

“What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.”

Salinger’s fictional protagonist imagined his death this way:

Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

So will Salinger be unceremoniously dumped into a nearby river or something? Or will he be memorialized in “a goddam cemetatry” against his wishes?

Land O’the Free – Home O’the Dumb

Here’s a somewhat puzzling confrontation between an off-duty DC cop and a bunch of kids throwing snowballs at passing Hummers on the snowy streets of Washington earlier today…

Speaking personally, at about 1:35 in that video, I would most assuredly have thrown “another fuckin’ snowball” at that gun-toting jackass… Most likely beaning him with an iceball right in the noggin at that stage of proceedings.

Good grief. Did the gun-toting “Detective Baylor” seriously think that a relatively harmless snowball might somehow damage his precious, mauve-colored, lightly armored, faux military vehicle in any way?

The Anxiety of Freedom

Paul A. Rahe, author of Soft Despotism: Democracy’s Drift relates political behavior to human nature. Rahe argues that governmental policies regarded by some as manifestations of a tyrannical, overbearing “nanny state” inducing individuals to happily succumb to a state of servility are primarily caused by a disturbing sense of anxiety or inquiétude associated with social freedoms.

It’s a rather charming theory, but one that I suspect works quite painfully backwards from a preconceived ideological conclusion.

As usual, the complete discussion is available here.

Keep the Faith!

Marg Delahunty attempts to confront another fictional celebrity… inane Facebook blogger, Katie Couric ambush victim, partial-term governor of Alaska, former Mayor of the illicit meth-crystal, hobo-crack capital of America, “Death Panel” conspiracy theorist, congenital liar and aspiring talk-show host Sarah Palin, in an attempt to get just “a few words of encouragement for the Canadian conservatives who have worked so tirelessly to destroy the socialized medicare that we have…” before being bullied out of a book-signing in Cleveland, OH by a bunch of lifeless zombie thugs.

h/t: Surprisingly enough, to our sometime nemesis Patrick Ross.