President Obama finally came out and admitted yesterday that he supports same-sex marriage, an issue that he’s been dancing around for years. It’s a risky business to say such a thing just six months away from the general election, but perhaps the president got a whiff of the political climate and decided that he’d better do something drastic to win back the support of the people who voted for him in 2008.
To most, Barack Obama has been a disappointment—a big talker who failed to follow through on his campaign promises. To be fair, the Republican-controlled Congress has been to blame for most of that, but there’s more than a few people who think that he could have been just a little bit tougher with the likes of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. After all, during President Bush’s eight years in office, about the only thing he stopped short of doing was crowning himself king.
At any rate, it’s nice to know—finally—how Obama feels on this subject; and it’s even nicer to know that when he wins in November he will have another four years to appoint new justices to the Supreme Court, which ultimately will most likely be the entity that settles this issue once and for all.
Naturally, conservative bigots and blowhards all over the country are losing their shit and calling Obama a “red-baiting, pole-smoking, commie fuck” while religious leaders have confirmed, after speaking with the invisible man in the sky, that the president “will burn in Hell, along with all of his faggot friends.”
There I go again. Why do I write things like that? Perhaps it’s because I know that they are saying those things, even if they’re not quite ready to do so on television.
In similar news—and this says a lot about the Catholics—a school in Arizona, Our Lady of Sorrows, forfeited a championship baseball game because the opposing team has a female player.
According to NBC: Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X, a group of conservative, traditionalist priests who disagree with the reforms of the Vatican II Council in the 1960s and broke with the Catholic Church in the 1980s.
Wow. This bunch of yahoos are living so far out on the fringe that they actually think the Catholic Church is too liberal. Oh boy.
When asked why they chose to forfeit the game, a spokesperson spokesman for Our Lady of Sorrows said, “Because our God is an angry God who has forbidden women to wear pants. Just last week, he said that when a girl gets her first period, it’s time for her to quit school, learn to cook, and find a husband.”
Jesus Christ! I know, I know. I’m sorry. I just can’t help myself.
In global affairs, Greece—and most of Europe, for that matter—is on the very brink of financial collapse. The U.S. economy, as fucked up as it is, actually looks pretty good when compared to that of our neighbors abroad. Too bad everything’s all tied together and we share their same fate.
New York University economist Nouriel Roubini has described Europe as a “slow motion train wreck.”
Huh. It’s funny in a way, listening to idiots all over the world talk every day about raising X amount of dollars or balancing the budget or some other nonsense. Our fiat currency has absolutely no real value whatsoever—the only value it has is what we assign to it. The monetary system, as it exists, is destined to collapse by way of its very design; the good news is that logically speaking, this is no worse than losing a game of Monopoly. Rather than continuing to dream up new ways to keep the house of cards from collapsing, we should just implement a new system. Money is an invention—it’s a game that we have all tacitly agreed to play—and it has no real bearing on anything at all. In this world there are just two things to concern oneself with: people (laborers and consumers) and resources. So … it becomes a question of how to divide resources and labor. Money is not the answer. For that, visit The Venus Project and see what Jacque Fresco has to say about all this.
Right. And since I was blathering about Obama before I wandered off on that money tangent, I might as well mention his opponent, Mitt Romney. Apparently as a youth, Romney was a bit of a bully. According to some, he actually held down one of his classmates and cut his hair because it was a bit too over-the-top for his tastes.
“He can’t look like that,” one former classmate recalled Romney telling him. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!”
This comes as no surprise, because this same attitude has carried over into adulthood not only for Romney, but for the majority of conservatives and Republicans.
Finally, according to MSNBC: Moving to protect the Pentagon, Republicans controlling the House are pressing cuts to food stamps, health care and pensions for federal workers as an alternative to an automatic 10 percent cut to the military come January.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) said this: “Republicans refused to be reasonable. They refused to raise even a penny of new revenue or ask millionaires to contribute their fair share to help reduce our deficit and our debt. It is their intransigence—their refusal to compromise—that leaves us facing the threat of the sequester, and its difficult but balanced cuts.”
The White House added, “The bill relies entirely on spending cuts that impose a particular burden on the middle class and the most vulnerable among us, while doing nothing to raise revenue from the most affluent.”
In response, Republicans flapped their arms and moaned about the “crippling effect” all of this would have on the military, which is laughable when you consider that the United States could conquer the rest of the world with its left hand.
Here’s your wisdom:
John T. Schmitz is the editor & publisher of Secret Laboratory; he is the founder of Maple Hills Press and has also freelanced as a writer and photographer, contributing to various local and international publications. Mr. Schmitz lives in Minnesota with his wife, Megan, and their two children; he is the author of five books.
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