I’ve Had a Belly-Full of This Election


This Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day. This is a bi-election (which, I believe, means that members of Congress swing both ways), and I was looking forward to voting against the bozos with the most obnoxious commercials. Unfortunately my surgeon − who is almost certainly a Republican − scheduled my surgery for 7:30 am on Tuesday and I’m gonna miss the whole party. Bummer.

Actually, this kinda lets me off of the hook. I’ve been increasingly annoyed at the Obama Administration’s and Democratic-led Congress’s unwillingness to pander to their base, to wit: me. No single payer or government option in healthcare. Guantanamo Bay still open and still denying folks their basic human rights. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell still the law of the land, and the Administration actively defending it in court. I mean, what the fuck?


It's somewhat disturbing when a couple of comedians are the most reasonable people in American politics.

It’s clear to me that President Obama has decided to govern as a centrist in the hope of generating some kind of across-the-aisle cooperation from that increasingly-rare creature, the Moderate Republican. This has resulted in no cooperation at all from Republicans, who clearly view his position as an admission of weakness, and growing disillusionment from folks like me. I mean, the dude could throw us a bone, couldn’t he? Thanks for the wise Latina Supreme Court appointee, but what have you done for us lately?

I suppose that in the end I’d have held my nose and voted for most of the Democratic candidates, but in any event, the whole thing is moot. I’ll be deeply stoned while a woman I’ve met once is digging stuff out of my belly-fat. Oh well.

Fear and Loathing (and Reasonableness) in Washington DC

At least I got to go to Jon Stewart’s/Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Saturday. It was a hoot. There were many fine costumes and signs. I had one that said, “Keep the Government’s Hands off of My Corporate Overlords” (thanks, Public Citizen!). And there were a number of wonderful tee shirts, including my favorite, “I masturbate, and I vote!”

Cheryl Crow might have been dressed like this when she sang at the Rally to Restore Sanity. I couldn't tell, since my view was blocked by many tall people. I like to think she was, anyway.

For much of the affair we were standing by a tree some 50 miles from the stage, behind perhaps the most deeply-stoned couple I’ve seen in 20 years, a pair of red-eyed vegetarians who were smoking dope out of a coconut-shaped bong and munching questionable snacks out of a sack while staring suspiciously at the people nearby who were dressed as bananas. The music was fine, Stewart and company were fun, everybody was acting quite reasonably, and a good time was had by all. I took a buncha video of the experience; maybe I’ll have a chance to edit them and put them up during my hopefully short recuperation period.


I don't know anybody in this picture. I just love the sign that says, "I am pretty sure that God hates us all equally." That's classy!

By the way. Here’s a link to Stewart’s closing speech. It’s shockingly moderate. Check it out.

So think of me this Tuesday and vote reasonably. Hug a Tea Partier or somebody and figure out a way to work together. Tell Newscorp’s fear-monkeys on Fox to go to hell. This is our frickin’ country, even if we sometimes don’t deserve it.

P.S. What the Hell is Up with NPR?

Oh, before I forget, would somebody please call up NPR and tell them that they’re really beginning to piss me off? First, they fire Bob Edwards from Morning Edition for being old. He’s replaced by a couple of younger newscasters who, after a year’s diligent hard work, are still not as good as Bob was.

Next they fire Juan Williams for being honest on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox, thus giving every member of Newscorp’s fear-monkey squad a chance to be righteously outraged at NPR for their unfairness. It horrifies me to be on the same side of any issue as Bill O’Reilly. NPR’s idiot CEO Vivian Schiller follows this up with a brutally insensitive flippant comment suggesting that Williams is mentally unstable and/or a publicity hound. This from the leader of an organization which would normally rather stab itself it its face than say something derogatory about mental illness? WFT?

And finally, NPR forbids its employees from attending the Rally to Restore Sanity. Why? Because other organizations might accuse NPR employees of having a liberal bias? That’s just stupid. Everybody on the planet already knows that NPR has a liberal bias. So this again is just more arrogant corporate idiocy.

It’s like they woke up one morning and said, “Let’s see how much it takes to get Paul Murphy so mad that he never ever again gives us money. Well, you’re on your way dudes. Keep it up and I’ll tell you where to stick your tote bags.


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2 Responses to “I’ve Had a Belly-Full of This Election”

  1. Andy Says:

    The audio was lousy at the march.
    The video was lousy at the march.
    The people were fun.

    What I took from the march was still a sense of hope.
    A hope that people in America can still laugh and not just whine and whine or possibly whine or jerk their knees or whine or jerk their knees or whine.

    Now, it is true that sometimes when I laugh, I do jerk my knee involuntarily. But it’s a result of laughter or something else…something that I hadn’t thought through possibly in order to plan to have my knee jerk.

    I like when my knee jerks to laughter. It seems correct.
    Let’s keep it that way.

  2. Paul Murphy Says:

    I spent much of the march on a secondary dope smoke high, so it all seemed fine to me. Except that my feet and back began to hurt around 2:30 because I’m old. Also I couldn’t see much of anything at all. It was good.

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