Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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Because America totally gets a ctrl+alt+delete on Inauguration Day.
Either that, or she’s a firm believer in the Etch-a-Sketch theory.
Remember that one time right before Barack Obama took office and gas prices immediately dropped, the bailouts under George W. Bush were erased, the national debt reset, foreclosures immediately stopped, every single person had a job, and eagles flew out of Joe Biden’s ass, singing “God Bless America” as he danced with sparklers? And then Obama went and undid all that stuff, instituted the dreaded “Sharia Law,” made being a Christian illegal, and replaced the American anthem with “O Fortuna,” and Joe Biden cried as Obama dunked his sparklers in the tears of good patriots? Remember that?
Yeah, neither do I.

Because America totally gets a ctrl+alt+delete on Inauguration Day.

Either that, or she’s a firm believer in the Etch-a-Sketch theory.

Remember that one time right before Barack Obama took office and gas prices immediately dropped, the bailouts under George W. Bush were erased, the national debt reset, foreclosures immediately stopped, every single person had a job, and eagles flew out of Joe Biden’s ass, singing “God Bless America” as he danced with sparklers? And then Obama went and undid all that stuff, instituted the dreaded “Sharia Law,” made being a Christian illegal, and replaced the American anthem with “O Fortuna,” and Joe Biden cried as Obama dunked his sparklers in the tears of good patriots? Remember that?

Yeah, neither do I.

(Source: facebook.com)

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Why Did Eric Cantor Skip Out on His Inequality Speech? He Had Nothing To Say

Just two weeks after denouncing economic-justice protesters as an angry “mob,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) seemed to be shifting gears. Last Sunday, Cantor acknowledged the “warranted" frustrations of the middle class, and this week, was even poised to deliver a speech on economic inequality.

As it turns out, Cantor changed his mind. Yesterday, the oft-confused Majority Leader abruptly canceled, saying the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School invited the public to attend the speech, which meant Cantor would refuse to appear. The Republican appears to have been fibbing - university officials explained that the event had always been billed as “open to the general public,” and that Cantor’s accusation of a last-minute change in attendance policy simply wasn’t true.

That Cantor was afraid to talk about economic inequalities in front of the public is pretty ridiculous. That Cantor is making dishonest excuses makes matters slightly worse.

Emphasis mine. Why would Cantor not want to speak in front of the public? The school also notified him that protesters would be present. Either reason is not a good one for cancelling a speech. Citing the public being allowed to attend is just somewhat offensive. Looking at the text of his speech, it wasn’t anything new. For example, Cantor’s planned remarks included this gem:

It is this foundation — hard work, faith, family, and opportunity — that provides each of us with the prospects of unlimited potential in America. Each generation is able to get a little further ahead, climbing up the ladder of success in our society. How quickly you move up – or sometimes down – should be completely up to you. Much of the conversation in the current political debate today has been focused on fairness in our society. Republicans believe that what is fair is a hand up, not a hand out. We know that we all don’t begin life’s race from the same starting point. I was fortunate enough to be born into a stable family that provided me with the tools that I needed to get ahead. Not everyone is so lucky.

Read the full speech here. He includes nothing about how to give a “hand up” as he puts it, but who’s shocked that he did not address income inequality in a speech about income inequality, eh? …Anyone?

Filed under Eric Cantor Republican republicans politics University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania inequality protest weasel income inequality American government economy UPenn Wharton Business School

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Flag bill clears Wyoming House committee

Rep. Gerald NotGay continues his asshattery and government interference:

House Bill 204, titled “Patriotism in the Classroom,” cleared the committee on a 5-3 vote. Its prime sponsor is Rep. Gerald Gay, R-Casper.

Gay could not attend the committee meeting.

According to his colleague, Rep. Bob Brechtel, R-Casper, Gay decided to introduce the bill after he visited a school classroom and noticed the absence of a flag.

The teacher then pointed to a tiny flag “on a toothpick” stuck on the top of the blackboard.

The bill as it stands requires only a standard-sized flag. It also requires students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the first period of the day.

Oh, and any student who wishes to not say the pledge is singled out by being required to leave the room quietly while the real Americans chant. Seriously. They have to leave. I can see Gerald NotGay showing up with his shotgun and yelling: “Hey, you! Jehovah’s witness kid! GTFO, you unpatriot while we chant the chant of the godly land!”

This is what we have to waste our time on. Mandating the recitation of the pledge and display of the official regulation flag of the country, whilst casting the heathen offensive ones aside. Gerald NotGay, our Dear Leader, shall carry us henceforth upon his brawny demi-god shoulders into the future.

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Update: The individual in this photo was identified to me by an organizer at the Tea Party Rally as Dr. Terrence Dini of Laramie. It is not Dr. Dini in the photograph, and apologies for the misidentification. 

An unidentified individual at the Tea Party roundup in Laramie, Wyo.
Which American was that? The one that sang “Bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran” as a joke? The American, who as mayor of Wasilla, made women pay for their own rape kits? Or, you know, the one born in Hawaii and who WON?!
Click here to view the rest of the album. Most people were respectful and talked to me about their views. He was the only one who refused.

Update: The individual in this photo was identified to me by an organizer at the Tea Party Rally as Dr. Terrence Dini of Laramie. It is not Dr. Dini in the photograph, and apologies for the misidentification. 

An unidentified individual at the Tea Party roundup in Laramie, Wyo.

Which American was that? The one that sang “Bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran” as a joke? The American, who as mayor of Wasilla, made women pay for their own rape kits? Or, you know, the one born in Hawaii and who WON?!

Click here to view the rest of the album. Most people were respectful and talked to me about their views. He was the only one who refused.

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America

by Allen Ginsberg

America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956.
I can’t stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb
I don’t feel good don’t bother me.
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind.
America when will you be angelic?
When will you take off your clothes?
When will you look at yourself through the grave?
When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites?
America why are your libraries full of tears?
America when will you send your eggs to India?
I’m sick of your insane demands.
When can I go into the supermarket and buy what I need with my good looks?
America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world.
Your machinery is too much for me.
You made me want to be a saint.
There must be some other way to settle this argument.
Burroughs is in Tangiers I don’t think he’ll come back it’s sinister.
Are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?
I’m trying to come to the point.
I refuse to give up my obsession.
America stop pushing I know what I’m doing.
America the plum blossoms are falling.
I haven’t read the newspapers for months, everyday somebody goes on trial for
murder.
America I feel sentimental about the Wobblies.
America I used to be a communist when I was a kid and I’m not sorry.
I smoke marijuana every chance I get.
I sit in my house for days on end and stare at the roses in the closet.
When I go to Chinatown I get drunk and never get laid.
My mind is made up there’s going to be trouble.
You should have seen me reading Marx.
My psychoanalyst thinks I’m perfectly right.
I won’t say the Lord’s Prayer.
I have mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.
America I still haven’t told you what you did to Uncle Max after he came over
from Russia.

I’m addressing you.
Are you going to let our emotional life be run by Time Magazine?
I’m obsessed by Time Magazine.
I read it every week.
Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore.
I read it in the basement of the Berkeley Public Library.
It’s always telling me about responsibility. Businessmen are serious. Movie
producers are serious. Everybody’s serious but me.
It occurs to me that I am America.
I am talking to myself again.

Asia is rising against me.
I haven’t got a chinaman’s chance.
I’d better consider my national resources.
My national resources consist of two joints of marijuana millions of genitals
an unpublishable private literature that goes 1400 miles and hour and
twentyfivethousand mental institutions.
I say nothing about my prisons nor the millions of underpriviliged who live in
my flowerpots under the light of five hundred suns.
I have abolished the whorehouses of France, Tangiers is the next to go.
My ambition is to be President despite the fact that I’m a Catholic.

America how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
I will continue like Henry Ford my strophes are as individual as his
automobiles more so they’re all different sexes
America I will sell you strophes $2500 apiece $500 down on your old strophe
America free Tom Mooney
America save the Spanish Loyalists
America Sacco & Vanzetti must not die
America I am the Scottsboro boys.
America when I was seven momma took me to Communist Cell meetings they
sold us garbanzos a handful per ticket a ticket costs a nickel and the
speeches were free everybody was angelic and sentimental about the
workers it was all so sincere you have no idea what a good thing the party
was in 1835 Scott Nearing was a grand old man a real mensch Mother
Bloor made me cry I once saw Israel Amter plain. Everybody must have
been a spy.
America you don’re really want to go to war.
America it’s them bad Russians.
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.
The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia’s power mad. She wants to take
our cars from out our garages.
Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader’s Digest. her wants our
auto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our fillingstations.
That no good. Ugh. Him makes Indians learn read. Him need big black niggers.
Hah. Her make us all work sixteen hours a day. Help.
America this is quite serious.
America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set.
America is this correct?
I’d better get right down to the job.
It’s true I don’t want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts
factories, I’m nearsighted and psychopathic anyway.
America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.

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