This citizen is officially on overload…Barton potentially chairs house energy panel, and more!

The similarities are eerie...and would explain, so much

You know that post I wrote yesterday?

That whole outreach to your community thing cause its important to know your neighbors in these economic and political times?

Yeah, I still agree with what I wrote – even more now because not even on my most cynical day could I have expected the fantastic amounts of utter shit I had to deal with in the headlines throughout yesterday.

I know I’m not alone in this, but man, how’s a guy supposed to do his job when every time he glances at his computer screen he sees a headline like:

LAWMAKER WHO APOLOGIZED TO BP MAY CHAIR HOUSE ENERGY PANEL

Nope, not kidding at all.

Perhaps a refresher from that most amusing day – I give you, Joe Barton: “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” Barton said. “I think it’s a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown … in this case, a $20 billion shakedown with the Attorney General of the United States….I’m not speaking for anybody else, but I apologize.”

Yeah! Texas!

Joe, I believe I am speaking for a lot of people when I say BP never needed an apology, they needed, and still deserve a set of handcuffs you dumb son of a…hey, did I ever share my Texas theory with the internet? The one that demonstrates how much better this country would have been if we never admitted Texas into the United States? Oh yeah…we’d be in a much better position as a nation if we had just set them up as some sort of perma-colony, you know, reap the benefits of any and all resources while ensuring we’d never had to have suffer through any Bush presidencies, oh, and our school books wouldn’t be globally laughed at, the Dallas Cowboys would never have won a super bowl…hell, Kennedy might even still be alive…but no, no, we get Joe Barton, mistress to every oil company imaginable.

And yesterday in the news, that’s not all…no, far from it…

We also get these two splendid moments of insight from G. W. Bush. Just in case you didn’t know, he did this interview with Matt Lauer which is really shaping up to be quite the Monty Python skit. Lauer asked him what the worst part of his presidency was…know what he said? Take a guess? Yeah…I know, pretty obvious…it was either 9-11, or maybe watching all those people suffer in New Orleans, waiting for a federal response that was days away…no? Okay, perhaps it was all the dead Americans from all those elective wars, or maybe when they discovered there were no WMD’s? No? Okay, then it has to be his regrets at stripping away the privacy of every American, or the way he tanked the economy or that prison in Iraq where all those people were tortured, or maybe the legitimization of torture itself, or perhaps the increasing consolidation of wealth…no? Okay, was it when he gave the unwanted backrub to the German Chancellor? Tell me it isn’t when he choked on the fucking pretzel?

Nope…no, it was when Kanye West called him a name.

(cough, cough…)

Asshole. I guess there was a definite reason why he wanted to wait until after the elections to release his book and do interviews.

Oh, and then I check headlines later only to discover another little ditty from this dimwit, didn’t you know that on the buildup to the Iraq war, he was a “dissenting voice” on the decision to invade Iraq because he didn’t “want to use force.”

Yeah, seriously.

Oh, but wait…there is so much more…I’m telling you yesterday, after the elections, people just went nuts on stupid…

Okay, so Obama spends the first two years of his presidency caving, caving, caving…believing that for some reason, this time, the Republicans are going to play nice and at least pretend to find a compromise, only to have them collectively turn their back on him at every handshake, every option…every freaking time. So now, the GOP gets a bit of the power back and you know, I guess there was part of me that was like okay, well at least now Obama’ll realize the only way he is going to get things through congress is to strong-arm, humiliate, politically blackmail the elephants until he gets something…maybe he is going to finally show some strength, get up to the podium and tell it like it is…

“Hey Boehner, yeah…climate bill, pass it or I leak the evidence about the dead gay hooker they found in the trunk of your Rolls, man….I didn’t want to go there, but you gave me no choice…”

Nope, not quite, instead we get Obama signaling that he will allow the wealthy to keep their tax cuts and also kill the climate bill.

In addition, he made the promise that he would “work harder” to build consensus with Republicans.

Brilliant. If Obama keeps trying to be everyone’s friend this way, we will windup with Jindal or Palin in the White House…Obama, if you are the only one trying to change the climate of DC, guess what?

And so we go back to climate change…remember all that we’ve been hearing about how these new candidates are furious about spending policies, all the waste, the bailouts, all that cash that’s being just thrown around…well, this new House of Representatives intends to hold hearings, doing an investigation of “climate fraud,” because obviously, 97% of the world’s scientists don’t know the truth the way a hundred congressional morons with no scientific training know the truth, and at the end of the hearings the Tea Party will finally put it to bed, yes America, the earth really is flat.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi said she has no regrets and feels her time as Speaker of the House was a “job well done” despite losing her job, and John Boehner feels that the GOP now represents the “voice of the American people” despite not claiming the Senate, despite having Tea Party candidates playing the conservative version of “more punk rock than you,” and beating their establishment candidates in the primaries.

Man, it just kept going…all day…this is a bullshit world they live in.

Glad they all seem to be okay with it.

Me?

As I said…I’m on overload…this is going to be a long few years…and as I began this, so I will finish…I’m going to spend my time in the community, building, because at least in my neighborhood, if I say something like, “Hey, all my clients went to my boss and demanded I be fired because I was doing such a good job, so I’m feeling good, no regrets at all,” my neighbors won’t just nod, or smile, they’ll look at me like I’m crazy… and they should.

That’s the reality.

Have a nice day.

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