Morning Music: I Will Survive

TurkeyIt is the day — Thanksgiving day. Why didn’t I do something else? Really. I’ve hated doing this. But okay, at least I’ve found a few clever animated parodies. This one is a parody of Gloria Gaynor’s mega-hit “I Will Survive.” In this case, it is a very self-assured turkey singing the song. We have one or more flocks of turkeys around where I live. A lot of people hate them because they cause damage. But I find them quite charming.

Just the same, I don’t think much of them from a culinary standpoint. They don’t taste that great. And if you are going to go to that much trouble for a meal, why not make a prime rib? Still, every year it seems that I find myself fighting with family members who want turkey because it is traditional. It turns out, it isn’t. At the first Thanksgiving, they most likely ate duck. And isn’t it interesting that we make a big deal out of the fowl that were killed by the Pilgrims, but not the five deer that the Wampanoag killed.

Anniversary Post: the End of Democracy

Bush Sad ClownHas it only been 15 years?! On this day in 2000, the totally corrupt political hack Katherine Harris certified that George W Bush had won the state of Florida and thus was elected president of the United States. People have a tendency to add phrases to things like this with “despite losing the popular vote.” Forget the popular vote, folks! We have an electoral college. The popular vote doesn’t mean anything. If it did, then presidential candidates would campaign in a different way. So don’t mourn for Gore because he lost the popular vote.

Mourn for Gore (and whole United States and really the world) because he won the state of Florida. The election was not stolen because Bush lost the popular vote. The election was stolen because the Supreme Court decided that the voters of Florida didn’t matter as much as George W Bush matters. And so they found an equal protection clause in the Constitution that only applied to him. Interestingly, these were the same nimrods who can never seem to find an equal protection clause when it comes to anyone else. There is apparently a special Constitution that only conservatives can see.

Do you really think that you live in a democracy? You live in an oligarchy. Just ask Professor Chomsky: