A very humorous yet frustrating phenomenon has been occurring since November 2008. On a somewhat regular basis, ultraconservative commentors on various websites blame President Barack Obama for everything they don’t like in this country — or, at the very least, use every opportunity possible to badmouth him. Some may compare this to the way liberals blamed President Bush for our nation’s problems over the past 8 years, but I would argue that this is a very, very different situation. In some of these comments, President Obama is being blamed for issues that have absolutely nothing to do with the ferderal government or even politics in general. As you can see, there is absolutely no reason why President Obama should even be mentioned in relation to many of these topics.
- Poster “Liz” writes a negitive review for the Broadway musical Avenue Q:
- “We have been season tickets holders to Broadway in Austin and this was one of the offerings. This is the first time in five years that I left at intermission. My husband and I usually go to the shows but my husband was sick so I read more went with my daughter – my 28 year old daughter. She was the one who suggested we leave. The actors were talented, the staging with the puppets was interesting, the pornography was disgusting and the lyrics were, well, just plain stupid. It wasn’t thought provoking unless you are so completely uninformed you just learned Obama was half white. Like OMG!”
WTF does President Obama have to do with Avenue Q?
- Poster “Diogenes” comments on news story about people returning empty boxes to retailers while getting a refund for the product supposedly in the box:
- “I waited behind two guys in white paint splattered coveralls as they returned three large step ladders, slightly used of course, to the returns desk and their complaint was ‘they didn’t like them’. They got to use the ladders free, more than likely for their one speciality job, and the store takes the hit for now having USED merchandise on their hands. Of course they don’t eat the cost. It gets folded into their overhead and we end up paying for it by prices that are just a little bit higher. If you understand Obama’s spreading the wealth philosophy then I’m sure you have no problem understanding this.“
How exactly does fraudulently returning merchandise to a retailer relate to Obama?
- “Smorgasbord” comments on a Consumerist article about Walmart accidentally pricing an item at $17.504 (yes, that’s four-tenths of a cent):
- They are preparing you for what prices will be once Obama gets all of his extra taxes he is going to put on businesses. The price is actually $17,504. But keep in mind, he promised 95% of the people will get a tax cut. Only businesses and the rich will be taxed more. So if you never buy anything, you won’t be paying higher taxes.
Originally posted on Notes from the Undertow.
National Dark-Sky Week 2009
Yours truly for UrbanCincy:
An unfortunate side effect of our modern industrial society is light pollution. Unlike the contamination of our air or water, light pollution is one type of contamination people may not think about or take very seriously. But over-illumination causes a variety of issues, such as an annoying nighttime glow, unnecessary energy usage, problems for astronomers, and even human health problems like reduced visual acuity and increased fatigue. Like our air and water, our dark night sky is a natural resource that we must work together to preserve.
In 1960, the ratio of CEO pay at large companies to that of the president of the United States was about 2 to 1. In 2007, it was more than 20 to 1. In 1980, executives at large companies made about 40 times what the average worker made. Last year, CEOs made about 360 times more than the average worker.
You Can Cap The Pay, But The Greed Will Go On
Lobbyists to Obamas: Please Use Pesticides In Your Vegetable Garden
MACA’s Executive Director Bonnie McCarvel sent a long letter to Michelle Obama reminding her of the importance of technology in modern farming, then publicized the letter via an email where she noted, “While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made Janet Braun, CropLife Ambassador Coordinator and I shudder.”
Blue Wisp could move to Clifton
Depending on their mood, Gaslight dwellers can walk to get groceries, watch the latest independent film, grab a bite to eat at restaurants featuring various types of cuisine and price levels and take their pick of assorted taverns to drink a cocktail, including the city’s oldest gay bar. They even have a wide choice of places to worship, ranging from a mosque to a Unitarian church.
Soon those choices will include a place to buy hammers and nails and possibly a venue to hear live Jazz performed nightly.
Jury finds man ‘SUPER’ guilty
A jury in Paducah has found a man who scuffled with police not only guilty, but SUPER guilty of resisting arrest.
The arguments being thrown out by Streetcar opponents are getting stupider and stupider. The Cincinnati Beacon just published two absurd stories to scare people away from supporting the Streetcar. The first claimed that streetcars are not capable of making it up the hill on Vine Street between Downtown and Corryville/Uptown — a totally untrue claim. The second described a scenario where “a lunatic with two bottles of motor oil” pours them on the Streetcar tracks, causing “199 terrified passengers to go sliding backwards down the track, totally out of control.”
You can clearly see the absurdity in these statements. Their arguments are getting further away from reality, and they are getting more desperate in their attempts to scare people, while the Streetcar system gets closer to being built.
The Streetcar is a nonpartisan idea, supported by Democrats and Republicans. It’s only being made into a political issue by three organizations opposing it: our local chapters of COAST, the NAACP, and the Green Party. Recent accusations from various media outlets claim that COAST has created an inappropriate political association with the NAACP, and that NAACP president Chris Smitherman is only being motivated by his desire to advance his own political career. Our local NAACP has taken additional criticism lately (from CityBeat, Cincinnati Black Blog, and even the Cincinnati Beacon!) for appointing Chris Finney, a lawyer who has been accused of taking both anti-Black and anti-gay positions in the past, as their attorney.
What can you do to support the Streetcar and help Cincinnati live up to its potential?
- If you are a UC student living in the Clifton, Corryville, CUF, or Uptown areas, make sure you are registered to vote at your Cincinnati address. You need to be registered in Cincinnati to vote on the Streetcar and other Cincinnati issues.
- Do not sign the petition that will put the anti-Streetcar/anti-rail amendment on this November’s ballot.
- If the issue does make it on the ballot this November, vote NO to the amendment that is attempting to block the Streetcar and stop any future rail projects from being built in Cincinnati.
- Keep up the the latest news on the Streetcar proposal. Don’t take my word for it. Look at the facts yourself and I believe you will support the proposal.