Re-Enforced Cynicism

December 5, 2010 at 4:28 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last week, I took my 5 year-old granddaughter to McDonald’s so she could play on the indoor playground. While she romped, I became so bored that I read the Happy Meal box. To allay my guilt at supplying the yellow-arched juggernaut with more money the box proudly proclaimed, “Now with every Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal purchase, a donation is made to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

My sensitivity to corporate weasel-speak immediately set-off my bullshit detector. “…a portion…” eh? How large a portion of the $3.09 I paid for the Happy Meal is McDonald’s going to donate? I suspect most sheeple would give the matter little thought & expect perhaps 50 cents, a dollar, maybe 2 dollars to be channeled to such a worthy cause. But if that were the case, then the box would proudly state the generous specific amount.

“Probably a penny.” I said to myself with a smirk.

Within a split-second I berated myself for my cynicism. I reminded myself to give McDonald’s the benefit of the doubt. No wonder my wife, Myrtle, teases me about being such a pessimist. I felt shamed.

And then my eye fell upon the tiny footnote at the bottom of the box: “McDonald’s donates a penny per Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal sold.”

So McDonald’s trumpets its benevolence & then gives the smallest coinage possible. Once again I am reminded that I was not born a cynic but became one through long years of experience.
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I saw in today’s headlines that official unemployment has “leaped” to 9.8%. That is a laughable statistic in light that actual joblessness in America is easily double that figure. And two years into the economic depression, the only reliable solution our pathetic so-called leaders have devised is to let unemployment benefits lapse for the long-term jobless as they’ve been letting happen since summer. The jobless who are no longer eligible for unemployment payments are no longer counted as “unemployed.” Viola! “Unemployment” problem solved.
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About once a year I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliant 1990 novel, Hocus Pocus, a prescient satire about America in 2001 when the nation has been thoroughly raped by its Capitalist owners & sold-off to other countries. Here is a brief excerpt taken from where the college-professor protagonist recollects a speech given by the college’s Writer in Residence. A speech that causes consternation among the college’s Board of Trustees:

He predicted, I remember, that human slavery would come back, that it had in fact never gone away. He said that so many people wanted to come here because it was so easy to rob the poor people, who got absolutely no protection from the Government. He talked about bridges falling down and water mains breaking because of no maintenance. He talked about oil spills and radioactive waste and poisoned aquifers and looted banks and liquidated corporations. “And nobody ever gets punished for anything,” he said. “Being an American means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Could have been written in 2010, huh?
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Somewhere along the line I read that President Ohwhatabummer plans to let the Bush tax breaks for the rich keep on rolling for another few years. That is, long enough that he will have been voted out and then the new Republican president can finally make the tax breaks permanent. Also, I see B.O.’s Deficit Commission is getting bolder about letting us peons know just how much they are going to hammer us. Gotta pay for the billionaires’ tax breaks so wave goodbye to Social Security!

And you can be sure that in 2012 a whole bunch of liberals will still delude themselves into believing that Obama is worth their vote.
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I am curious. Just when did you finally realize that our system simply exists to work-over every non-wealthy sentient being in the Milky Way? For me it was last summer when all that oil kept gushing into the Gulf of Mexico & millions of ex-workers were losing the lifeline of their unemployment benefits & the multiple wars were grinding on and the attitude of our government toward those crises was one of… peaceful detachment.

The U.S. has now reached the level of the old Soviet Union. Our economic, government, & social systems are completely wrecked & getting worse by the day & instead of fixing the mess the elites in charge spend their time grabbing all they can. And the common people have divided into 2 camps: a small percentage who still believe the lies or at least hope those around them still do & hope to grab some swag for themselves & the majority who know it is hopeless & we are going off a cliff.

If you are one of the shrinking minority who thinks our democracy will repair itself, I urge you to take a look at what is happening surrounding the revelations of government & corporate lies exposed by Wikileaks. There is a clear-cut case of “shoot the messenger.” It is enough to make baby Jesus cry.

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God Hates Jedi

July 26, 2010 at 2:37 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

By Reverend Hothoneywater, Special Correspondent

Here are some protesters who know how to handle the insane folks from Topeka, Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church. Westboro Baptist is the home of rabidly anti-gay, anti-Catholic, anti-Jew, Anti-Muslim, anti-Protestant, anti-soldier, anti-Italian, anti-… well, you get the picture. Apparently, they are even Anti-Baptist (no lie) and their views are rejected by all known Baptist organizations. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be pretty reactionary to have your fellow-Baptists reject you!

Congregants of Westboro Baptist dearly love to “spread the word of God’s hate” by disrupting funerals of gays & soldiers by picketing with signs reminding us that “God hates fags!” and other such sentiments. By the way, the soldier-hate is because they are serving the immoral, faggot-loving United States. Heck, they picketed the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. because “Jews are the real Nazis.” They even showed-up to try and ruin the funeral of Mr. Fred Rogers.  What can you expect from a group who once recorded a song titled, “God Hates the World.”

It seems that the Westboro flakes announced their intention to spoil the San Diego comic book convention. Why? I guess it’s what Jesus would do. Anyway, the brave souls of Comic-Con weren’t intimidated; they stood their ground and joined the protest, carrying their own signs proclaiming thoughts such as “All Glory to the Hypno-Toad.”

I have no doubt the infiltrators confused the heck out of the Westboro Baptist kooks. Here is a tactic that I hope to see used more against the right-wing nuts in the future.

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Everyone is Our Neighbor

January 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

In response to a posting called, “What Would Jesus Do About Obama,” on the Desertpeace blog, my good friend, ReverendHothoneywater made the following comment which I think is appropriate during another Christmas season filled with world-strife.

“Those who profess belief in Jesus and his teachings yet commit heartless and destructive acts are an embarrassment to true Christian faith. The misguided, loud-mouthed, & hateful stridency of these so-called Christians causes great harm to a world that cries-out for compassion. The phony-religious use God as a way to shackle rather than liberate their fellow human beings. You are correct, Jay, that they ignore Jesus’ teachings. But they do so at their peril. Jesus said, in Matthew 5:9 (the Sermon on the Mount), “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”

Many “fundamentalists” think they can participate in the most heinous acts and, simply by professing faith, still retain God’s favor. However, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is asked what must be done to gain eternal life. His answer is that one must 1) Love God… and 2) Love thy neighbor as thyself. He is then asked what is the definition of neighbor and his answer, known as “The Parable of the Good Samaritan,” illustrates that the term includes everyone.”

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