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The Creepy Obama Video and the Hilarious Responses

Floating round online is a video of a bunch of kids singing a Obama-themed “Change” song. The video is very creepy, because of the monotonous voices and the rhythm. What really caught my attention though, were the responses: they were at best, ignorant, stupid and downright comical comments.

They ranged from just a “creepy” to extensive comparisons with Chairman Mao, Hitler and one elusive comment about Cuba. But they all had one thing in common: they were appalled at the idea of praising or venerating a human. they all, in some way, shape or form, had the words: God Save Us, God have Mercy on America, I Will Pray for this Country, et cetera. Which made me think: Why praise something that’s imaginary? Why not recognize humanity’s achievements?

I admit Obama is not the best choice for president, but he is good at getting people fired up. That is to be admired, except everyone on the Right seems to think that its because he’s some sort of Antichrist.

I’ve noticed before now, that individual humans are discouraged from taking credit for things, they are encouraged to ignore one man’s achievements. But where I grew up, in Mexico, we are inspired by these men and women, we honor them because they are fine examples of humanity. They are our best members.

There is Francisco Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Benito Juarez, Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Maria Morelos. To us they are national icons, men who dared to stand up. But in America, I don’t see monuments, it is as if were forgotten that a man can do great things. As if everyone is just expected to hold their heads up high because everyone else is doing it. So many people, of course, claim the America is the best there is.  I would argue against that, America is far from the best, in my opinion, it is one of the worst. We cry about human rights violations abroad while flaunting our disregard for them at home. We say we’re the smartest, and yet we still teach our children that “God did it” is as good as a scientific answer. As Fidel Castro put it once : “Cada nino Americano sabe bien quien es Mickey Mouse, pero no saben quienes son sus lideres”

America has the potential to be a great nation, a land where people can truly be free, but at every step, we are undermined by religion, fear and a sense of collective arrogance. From the idea that this nation was “Founded n Christian Principles” to the idea that “God is using America for the greater good” our intelligence is being robbed by fear and superstition, and yet, the same people responsible for this cry about how they feel sad that our country is going down the hill, because of “socialists’ like Nancy Pelosi.

I haven’t been to many other countries (In fact, I’ve never been outsie North America) but I feel like other places, other countries might be better to live in. I’ve been considering London, it trikes me as odd, that I may be the only American just waiting for an opportunity to get out, while so many people are dying to get in.

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BIO100 and ENG101

At this point I really hate my biology class. The subject we’re tackling now is evolution, and since I love evolution I actually though that I would love it, but it turned out to be a Evolution for dummies, much like that of Dr. Nash at the beginning of ASM104 (except she was good at introducing the material) and we’ve dragged onto day four. Having taken two whole days to discuss Creationism, which Dr. Nash talked about for maybe a minute. That was a fucking pain, because everyday of my life I have some creationist breathing down my back. Having my BIO teacher discuss all of it, is by far, almost suicidal.

I’m hoping that the teach will pick it up and actually do something of interest rather than babble on for the idiots, in which case, i might have to sneak in one of my good books in and read while he rambles on for the kidos.

Now about ENG100. It is an OK class, like I’ve said, it has the potential to be amazing, if we had more time, and i wasn’t stuck in such a um, pathetically idiotic, group. Today, my OCD got the better of me in the middle of class, I had to go fix the flag, which was bunched up on the pole rather than placed correctly on the pole. and after that I had a minor problem as I counted the chalk marks on the board and actually resisted wiping them clean. Which I will more than likely not forget for about a year or ten. There were eleven chalk marks on the board by the way.

Some idiot said that the country was founded on Christian values, my though was: “huh?” I shall say no more, because if I go on, I will use cuss words and that is never good.

After I got over this, we moved on to more readings and ended up talking about Machiavelli again. The teacher brought up the issue of the torture in regards to the presidential debates. And again all I have to say: Human Rights violations, if we want to preserve our image and enforce them, or have any moral standing, we must first eliminate them (violations) at home.

Then we discussed Stephen Carter, my though was, he’s an idiot. In a later post, I will tell you why.

Why Palin Needs To Be Locked Up Forever!

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science sent me this article link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

And after reading the article and watching the video, I pretty much had a minor heart attack! (Actually I shouted out loud: “they want this IDIOT to be our next Vice President!” in the library, in level three, the ‘quiet level’)

And then I had a panic attack, an honest-to-god, panic attack.

And then, after a couple of Excedrin, three bottles of water and reading a chapter of “The Structure of Evolutionary Theory” I managed to calm down. Kind of.

Strangely though, I have very little to say right now, I don’t thinks it’s quite sunk in. Of course after that, my friends over at Sam Harris’ website (The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation are must reads for everyone in the USA) send me this:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-harris3-2008sep03,0,5745350.story

And at that point I remembered why I read the LA Times. When I got to this part, I felt alive again, because as I get to say, ever so often: I Told You So!

Americans have an unhealthy desire to see average people promoted to positions of great authority. No one wants an average neurosurgeon or even an average carpenter, but when it comes time to vest a man or woman with more power and responsibility than any person has held in human history, Americans say they want a regular guy, someone just like themselves.

Kind of like Ayn Rand’s mediocre Worship. And also something I’ve been saying for a while. In this country we value ordinary things, ordinary people. “You can do anything you want, as long as you promise to suck at it” (late night commercial running of late) although in this case, it’s a little worse, we are potentially entrusting the country to this nut. She believes that the war in Iraq is some form of Holy Delayed Crusade, She wants Creationism taught in our schools, she holds the utmost respect for a man who spends his life shouting about the up coming Apocalypse, and how Jesus is directing the War on terror. Do we seriously want her as our vice president? As a possible president?

And remember when I said I respected Senator McCain? Well, I changed my mind. If he thinks that this woman is a good person to occupy (what should be only a ceremonial position, similar to the Queen of England) the Vice Presidency. Harris had this to say about him, and I, sadly, agree:

McCain has so little respect for the presidency of the United States that he is willing to put the girl next door (soon, too, to be a grandma) into office beside him. He has so little respect for the average American voter that he thinks this reckless and cynical ploy will work.

And so I have now very little respect for him. This man, who claims that he values and loves America so much, is putting his beloved country in her hands? She has no intelligence to speak of; she has a twisted world view (not twisted, EVIL!!!!) This is by far the most irresponsible move that the Arizona Senator has made so far, and as were drawing closer to November, I fear it may only get worse. Now that Plain has National (and International, I was watching news in foreign channels and Palin is all over the place, Madrid, Greece, Ukraine, even Bulgarian news reports were all hyped up about the nobody from nowhere becoming McCain’s running mate, he is already terribly unpopular in the international community, and now he’s even more. What can possibly happen if we vote for him? Our status in the international world view is already in the ground.) Attention it will only get worse. We are going to have Dover Trials all over again, maybe even in Arizona! Or the Florida ID initiatives attacking science from everywhere. What of Stem Cells? All of our potential cures are going out the window because our vice president does not know the difference between Somatic, Gamete, and Zygote, much less what Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer is!

And of course one thing that is important to me: gay marriage. We are voting for a woman and a man who do not even understand that homosexuality has a genetic and biological cause. These people think that it’s a ‘lifestyle’ (should not surprise me, they also believe all sorts of weird fairy tales, but still, do they even ever bother to pick up a science journal?) or a choice.

And of course there is also: abortion, the death penalty, military intelligence, habeas corpus (or lack thereof), free speech, human right violations, our deficit, the home crisis, our current economy, gas prices, alternate energy, global warming, and international standings. Problems that require someone with a working brain to manage, and were choosing these people!!

Palin’s solution is to drill for oil in Alaska, she proposes destroying miles of the most beautiful land in our country (home to several endangered species) for the benefits, which if calculated, sum up to about two cents cheaper gas, which sounds good, if the number was not collective over x-amount of years, 10? 20? I forget.

Anyway.

My solution is of course, lock her up in a straitjacket and padded walls, and lever let her out again.