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December 10, 2009

agIsh: Robert Fisk – Obama is a Disaster

What’s worse than lost hope? False hope.

I don’t necessarily have beef against President Obama. I mean, I’ve never met the man, how can I hate him? But, as we like to say around The Pub, “the hype is too mudge!”


December 2, 2009

bg/ish: My Morning Paper…

So, Obama’s plan for Afghanistan is just like fuckin’… surge then pullout.

Seriously though, people are pissed off and calling this Black man crazy risky.

September 23, 2009

bg/ish: “We enthrall, and then we disappoint.”

Admittedly, I’ve had very little to say on this blog during the last few weeks. Heavy on the Links, light on the Rants and Opinions. I can’t really explain it. I tend to be a man of phases. I wouldn’t call it “writer’s block” or anything like that. It’s just at times I have very little to say. Ironically, these times are usually when I’m mentally overwhelmed, and writing would likely prove an effective form of release.

I can’t say it’s for a lack of ideas. I’ve had plenty of ideas. If anything, I tend to defeat myself by having a lack of confidence in my own voice. It’s the “Sure, I could write about this, but nobody would care” line of thinking. And I’m as disappointed by it as I am occasionally captive to it. So, in an attempt to break through this mental barrier, I’m going to do a bit of rambling about things that have been on my mind the last few weeks, no matter how inane or offensive…

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Briefly going back to the Obama / Joe Wilson debacle I mentioned a few days ago

Socialist Worker ran an excellent article covering the aspect of this that none of the media wants to talk about called, “Why won’t they call it racism?“…

In regards to Joe Wilson: “For someone like Joe Wilson, there’s a career to be made in stirring up bigotry and suspicion. In 2000, he was a leader of the right’s effort to keep the Confederate flag–a symbol of slavery and white supremacy–waving over the South Carolina state capitol. Wilson has been a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans…He opposes women’s right to choose abortion and favors banning LGBT people from marrying. In 2007, he voted no on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 2006, Wilson supported the construction of a fence on the Mexican border, and two years before that, he voted in favor of a law that would require hospitals to report undocumented immigrants who sought medical treatment.”

Sounds like a lovely fellow…

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Speaking of Obama…

Right-wing rhetoric would want to convince you he’s a Socialist…

He’s a bad man because he wants to promote health care for every citizen…

But none of that could be further from the truth. The people are being misled. They are being worked up into partisan fervors that only serve to distract them from the truth. And the truth is, Obama is no different from any other head of this state, in that his goal is to advance Imperialism and Capitalism…

Socialism my ass…

One of my favorite writers Greg Easterbrook points out in his latest column…

“Robert Benmosche, new CEO of AIG — which continues to hold $182 billion of the taxpayers’ money, and seems in no hurry to return any — will be paid about $7 million per year. That means typical people, who earn a median $50,000 a year, are being taxed so yet another plutocrat can own an estate. Benmosche also is “eligible” for a $3 million annual bonus, meaning even after all the flap about AIG bonuses, average people are still being taxed for AIG bonuses. And he received 200,000 AIG stock options with a strike price of $20. Right now, AIG shares are selling for $40, meaning the options have a current value of about $4 million. Thus Benmosche could take home $14 million for his first year of running AIG. This money comes from pockets of taxpayers struggling to pay their rent. It doesn’t surprise me that a plutocrat would be shameless about reaching into the pockets of the working class. It does surprise me that Barack Obama would OK this, and that the mainstream media would give up on AIG outrage. Have we simply accepted at this point that it’s OK for Wall Street leadership to steal from taxpayers?”


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Football season has started again, which means two things. One, it’s time for my annual reminder that, this blog was originally going to be a sports blog with an emphasis on the 49ers before I did nothing with it and then decided with ag to revive our old site here instead. And two, it’s time to suffer through another year of futility and mediocrity in Fantasy Football.

I detailed my Fantasy draft exploits of last year on this blog, when I had the 10th pick out of 10, but still managed to feel relatively comfortable with my squad. Alas, it was to no avail, as I finished in 8th place (out of 10) and comfortably out of the playoffs.

This year I landed the 11th pick (out of 12) and in addition to thinking that the commissioner (my dirty brother) has it in for me, I emerged from this draft disappointed and downtrodden. In other words, I’m not too hyped on my team. And why should I be? After two weeks of “action”, I’m a feeble 1-1 and haven’t generated enough buzz (good or bad) to even be mentioned in the commissioner’s Week 2 wrap-up.

SF F.C. failed miserably last year. It’s not looking too good for the Big Headed Slags this year.

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Finally, on a more serious note, I’d like to pass along an e-mail from a co-worker of mine regarding the nasty disease diabetes. Like myself, I’m sure many of you have family, friends or coworkers who are affected by diabetes.

I’m writing to you to ask for your support for a cause that is very important to me.

This year, I’m finally going to do it! I’ll be walking in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country.. Our goal: To raise $105 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.

As some of you may know, I have type 1 diabetes. My twin brother Ian also has type 1 diabetes. Aside from the personal impact on our lives, this is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people–a large and growing percentage of them children.

Many people think type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, the many shots, the countless blood sugar checks, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.

That’s the scary part… and yes, it’s kind of scary for me too.

The good news, though, is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.

I’m writing to ask for your support because now more than ever, EACH of us can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference

Please consider donating to JDREF and supporting me as I walk on Saturday, October 17th. If you are interested in walking with me, just let me know, I would love to have friends around me!

Together, we can make the cure a reality for my family and many others.

Thank you,

Laurel Kapros

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:

Follow this link to make a donation:

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Well, if you’ve managed to stick around this post for this long then you’ll be pleased to know that I’m done. With blogging. Until the end of the month… 😉 Suckas.

I’ll be back Oct. 1st.

Until then, keep checking back in case ag or chair post, and if you find nothing then head on over to Misheard Words. They’ll appreciate your support.

So that’s it, I’m out! And this is the music playing over my credits…

September 15, 2009

bg/ish: By Request – It Is What It Is (Updated)

I was asked earlier today why I haven’t posted anything to the blog in a few days. Should that question arise 50 times, I’d probably have 50 different answers. But that’s a whole other topic.

It was then suggested that I “write a blog about kanye west and what an asshole he is”, obviously related to Kanye’s latest adventure in assholery at the recent MTV awards show.

But I could never write about that. For one, I don’t care. This isn’t the first time Kanye has spouted off. In fact, I still adore his “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” line after Hurricane Katrina. Honestly, if Kanye hadn’t interrupted Taylor Swift (who?!?) I wouldn’t even have known an MTV awards shindig had happened.

You know who else probably doesn’t care about Black people? Joe Wilson. Now, of course I don’t have any facts to show that Joe Wilson is a racist, or that he doesn’t like black people, but I’m willing to bet he doesn’t yell out “You lie!” in the middle of the President’s speech to Congress if the President is white. I think without an underlying contempt and lack of respect for Obama as a man, that never goes down. But hey, that’s just my opinion, or as GO would say, just “words, floppin’ out my face.”

Ah but Joe Wilson has apologized, and Obama accepted. Kanye has apologized. The white girl will likely accept. So let’s just all move along now, there’s nothing to see here. It is what it is.

* Update *

According to this CNN article, I’m not the only one who feels this way…

Before debate on the measure began, one Democrat said the disrespect shown Obama by Wilson never would have happened to a white president.

“It only happened when this country elected a president of color,” said Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

March 13, 2009

bg/ish: A Must Read, Howard Zinn on Obama and the Future

If you’re not already familiar with the writings and speeches of Howard Zinn, lower your head in shame. Do it! I’ll wait…

OK, you’ve been shamed, but fret not, I’m here to bring you up to speed. Zinn is “is a professor, political scientist, historian, social critic, democratic socialist, activist and playwright”, and perhaps best known as the author of the classic A People’s History of the United States. I personally count this book as one of my favorites. Ever.

Socialist Worker has run an article containing the transcript of a speech Zinn gave in Washington D.C. a few weeks after the inauguration of President Obama. I found this speech, as with most everything else Zinn does, to be intelligent, logical, engaging, and damned important. Here is a not-so-brief excerpt:

“I’m going to talk about Obama and his administration–what’s going on, and what there is for us to do.

Because we are citizens, and Obama is a president. Obama is a politician. You might not like that word. But the fact is he’s a politician. He’s other things, too–he’s a very sensitive and intelligent and articulate and thoughtful and promising person. But he’s a politician. We have to remember that. Lincoln was a politician, and Roosevelt was a politician.

If you’re a citizen, you have to know the difference between them and you–the difference between what they have to do and what you have to do. Although there are things they don’t have to do, if you make it clear to them they don’t have to do it.

From the beginning, I liked Obama. But the first time it suddenly struck me that he was a politician was early on, when Joe Lieberman was running for the Democratic nomination for his Senate seat in 2006. You may recognize that name with the same amount of distaste that I utter it–Joe Lieberman, who says he’s a Democrat, who’s really a Republican, and who’s actually worse then both.

Lieberman–who, as you know, was and is a war lover–was running for the Democratic nomination, and his opponent was a man named Ned Lemont, who was the peace candidate. And Obama went to Connecticut to support Lieberman against Lemont.

It took me aback. But I say that to indicate that, yes, Obama is a politician. We have to understand that, and understand therefore that we must not be swept away into an unthinking and unquestioning acceptance of what Obama does. He will do some good things–he has already done some good things. He will do some bad things, and has done some bad things already.

Our job is not to give him a blank check or simply be cheerleaders. It was good that we were cheerleaders while he was running for office, but it’s not good to be cheerleaders now. Because we want the country to go beyond where it has been in the past. We want to make a clean break from what it has been in the past. We want to go farther than where another liberal Democratic president will carry us.”

Zinn goes on to discuss the current state of health care in this country, as well as the overwhelming financial crisis the United States now finds itself in.

I feel it’s important for people to continue to hold the President and his staff accountable for what happens over the next 4 years. This country is so clearly in a transitional state, the foundation (or lack thereof) for the future is being molded and shaped right now. Every day.

The day Obama was inaugurated was not a day for people to then sit back, kick up their feet, and wait for things like “change” or “hope” to come knocking on their door. I’ve had private conversations where I’ve essentially compared the Obama election to 9/11 – a rallying point for an entire country, an event that get’s people thinking in literal terms in relation to government. After 9/11 the populace shook with fear and then gave the government a free pass to do as they saw fit. I’m saying this population cannot afford to give the same leeway to this administration based on satisfaction and contentment.

Think about where your tax dollars are going right now, it’s hard not to be slightly outraged. Think about where this nation, this economy, this way of life we’ve all grown accustomed to will be in 5, even 20 years. Remember this government is supposed to represent you, the People.

“Some people might say, “Well, what do you expect?” And the answer is that we expect a lot. People say, “What, are you a dreamer?” And the answer is, yes, we’re dreamers. We want it all. We want a peaceful world. We want an egalitarian world. We don’t want war. We don’t want capitalism. We want a decent society.” – Howard Zinn

March 3, 2009

bg/ish: Worth A Thousand Words

I recently retired my old BlackBerry Pearl and moved on to a 8310 Curve. Before tossing the phone into the nether regions, I made a point to grab all the photos off the device. I’ve been shooting crappy low res digital photos for years. Give me a 1.3 megapixel and let me go to work! That’s just my style.

It was nice going through these photos. I got that phone a week after I moved to San Francisco, so in a lot of ways looking back through those pics was a bit of a stroll down memory lane. Some good, some bad, none I would trade for anything.

At any rate, I wanted to post a few of my favs. Not a lot of exciting stuff here, but some pics that despite their low quality hold some special meaning for me. Enjoy.

Like Peas In A Pod

I snapped this shot about 2 weeks after moving to SF. Danielle and Lil Girl were pretty much all I knew. I walked into our room and saw them sleeping together and ended up with a photo that will long be a favorite of mine. It’s a little sad looking back on it now… eventually Chewie came along, Danielle and I broke up, she moved out…

This pic reminds me of a simpler time when things felt easy…

Lil’ Girl In Da Hood

I should just warn you now, get ready for more than a few dog pictures…

Clearly Lil Girl is 5 pounds of pure gangster. This shot always cracked me up, and looking back on it I’m reminded of the eye problem Lil Girl used to have. All that filthy discharge around her eyes is gone now, thanks to a healthy Jeffrey’s diet.

A Night Out With Jesse

About 3 months after I moved, I got a call from my good friend Jesse on a random Tuesday night. He was in town. He had driven up with some friends of him and we ended up hitting quite a few spots around the city. In one of the more cutty locales, I snapped this shot of Jesse having a smoke. I’ve always loved it, and it sums up that night in so many ways.

Along Came Chewbacca

Chewie came into my life on June 28, 2008, and immediately took to Lil Girl, emulating her, learning from her… even sleeping like her. Super cute. Ok… no more pictures of sleeping dogs…

Black President

Election night 2008 was huge here in San Francisco, and in many ways bittersweet. People took to the streets in celebration of Obama’s ascendancy to the Presidency. I was having drinks at a bar in the Mission, where this artist, seemingly pretty confident of the outcome, paid tribute to our Black President.

2 Nights Later…

…people took to the streets to protest the passing of Prop 8. See, bittersweet. I took this picture outside my front door, then walked up to the MUNI stop and got a glimpse of this very simple message that had been left behind.

Back To The Beginning

I took this shot in a cab one night, a week after I moved up here. Danielle always had a smile and a laugh that I found infectious, and even now I can’t help but smile when I look at this picture. It reminds me of why I moved up here in the first place.

It’s true, things haven’t worked out quite like any of us had hoped, but like I said, these memories, I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

And so it goes…