Mud

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Throw enough mud against a wall, and some of it will stick.”

That is the strategy of the Right now with President Obama and it was the strategy used against Bill Clinton when he was President. Hillary called it a vast, right-wing conspiracy and she was correct. Mud thrown at President Obama seems to stick better because he is black and because his name makes him seem foreign to some. Before the November, 2012, election, I was a member of the Barack Obama Truth Team, and I followed some of the more outspoken blogs against him. They were filled with lies and hatred. They would not listen to the truth when I tried to correct their lies.

The same lies are repeated in all the books of right-wing pundits that I have read (and I have read more than a dozen). Those pundits are a regular fixture on radio and TV. Their books don’t contain the obvious hatred to be found on the Web. In Orwell’s 1984, the Ministry of Truth presented lies as true and truth as lies. The Right now turns facts on their head, claiming lies as truth. In previous generations, this technique was known as the Big Lie.

2016

Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, 2008 logo

Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, 2008 logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2005, I thought that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton would be the two major party nominees in the presidential contest in 2008. I was wrong on both counts. Those who speculate now about the 2016 election are whistling in the dark. The election is still more than three years away, and three years is a lifetime in presidential politics.

Muslim brotherhood

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wellesley College)

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wellesley College) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Muslim brotherhood party in Egypt won the most recent election, but not all Egyptians support the Muslim brotherhood. Some of those opposed to the Muslim brotherhood displayed their anger with the US by pelting Hillary Clinton‘s vehicle with tomatoes and shoes on her recent visit to Alexandria. When interviewed, some of crowd explained that they thought the US government was in league with the Muslim brotherhood. They claimed that they got their information from US websites. See guys, your thoughtless conspiracy theories do have consequences. Think next time before you make your false charges. The next attack could be on one of your loved ones visiting tourist attractions in Egypt.

Good hands

Barack Obama

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I talked to a retired reporter this morning while exchanging visits to each other’s homes. She told me about her experience interviewing Hillary Clinton when she also met Bill. What struck her at the time was how soft Bill’s hands were. I had a similar experience shaking hands with Barack. No calluses on the hands of the political elite.

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Fantasy baseball

Republican Elephants

The baseball season is about to begin and I will root once again that the Cubs make it to the World Series. I have been a Cub fan since 1950 and my fantasy is that they win the championship before I die.

Thinking of fantasies, my thoughts turned to what a GOP baseball team would be like if they played baseball instead of politics. The team name would of course be the Elephants and the owner the US Chamber of Commerce and the manager would be Grover Norquist. They would play in a new stadium each year financed 100% by the taxpayers. The stadium was formerly named BP Field, but BP sold the naming rights to Exxon Mobil to raise a quick $20 billion to fund the “slush” fund required by President Obama after the Gulf oil spill. The Elephants now play at home in Exxon Mobil Field.

Now let’s select our players. On the mound is our star pitcher, John “Teardrops” Boehner, famed for his tear ball. Like a spit ball, but wetted by tears rather than spit. Behind the plate and calling the balls and strikes (the Elephants play without umpires) is Eric Cantor. He wears the catcher’s usual protective gear plus rubber gloves, a raincoat and hat and goggles when he is catching John’s tear ball. On third base and keeping the official score wearing an accountant’s green eyeshade is Paul Ryan.

The rest of the infield is composed of the Elephants’ famed double play combination. Not yet as famous as Tinkers to Evers to Chance, they are Ignorance at shortstop, Apathy on second and Inertia on first base. These three are who keep the GOP Elephants in close games. Additionally, if the Elephants fall behind in the score, Paul just stops counting the runs the other side scores.

The Elephants have an unusual and especially weak outfield defensively. In far right field hugging the foul line is Michele Bachmann. Playing center and most of right field is Willard “Moss” Romney. Known as Mitt Romney off the diamond for his golden glove and golden bank account, he was given the nickname “Moss”, short for a rolling stone gathers no moss, for his constant movement in the outfield, changing positions at the drop of a hat or a change in the wind direction. The Elephants also field a second center fielder because no one will play left field. That leaves a huge gap that other teams can exploit. The Elephants are the only team in baseball with no left hand batters or pitchers.

The Elephants plan to use the 2011 season to prepare for the important 2012 season. I am particularly looking forward to the 2012 series scheduled to end on the first Tuesday of November, 2012.  If the Elephants survive the next two years, we will believe that miracles do happen, even in fantasy baseball.

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Democratic Donkeys

On the mound is their ace left-hander, Barack “No Drama” Obama. Behind the plate is their catcher, Joe Biden. On third is their main numbers man, Tim Geithner. The heart of the Donkeys’s defense is their double play combination of the 3 Cs, Bill Clinton as shortstop, Hillary Clinton on second base and Jimmy Carter on first.

In the outfield, there is Dennis Kucinich in left, Bernie sanders in center and Al Gore in right who bats fourth in the clean up position. The Donkeys wear an all green uniform and are nicknamed the Green Team. Their manager is Howard Dean. Their farm system includes two teams, the Washington Senators and the Baltimore Ballots. The Donkeys, unlike the Elephants, are known as a team of much internal dissension.