Monday, November 12, 2012


I was wrong. Very wrong. Oh not about the election. Everyone who followed the actual real polls that used real math pretty much knew President Obama was going to get over 300 electoral votes and win easily. I am talking about Republican's heads exploding. I guess it isn't physically possible, but I witnessed  several very very angry white men seething in public. I wondered if when Obama won their heads would explode like at the beginning of Scanners or Belloq's head at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It just seemed to me that all that pent up massive ignorance and anger would surely need to be released in some way.
While walking into Walmart one night I overheard an older white male say to his wife, "Take a look at all of these niggers." Sometimes I have this bad habit of walking with my head down. So when I heard this I instantly looked up and saw several African Americans walking into the store. Who knows if they really were of African descent. They appeared to be but who really knows. My genetic code might be more in common with someone from Africa than that racist soon to be Walmart shopper. The first thing that zipped into my brain after hearing the above statement wasn't damn that is some old school racist bullshit! It was actually, I bet he's voting for Mitt Romney! I know not all Republicans share the viewpoint of the cast of The Mississippi Burning but you have to admit Hollywood could audition millions of  them for the Michael Douglas character if they remade Falling Down.
A couple of days later I was in Barnes and Noble about to leave when I heard (as well as half the store) a man yelling "OBAMA IS A MUSLIM SOCIALIST! HE IS ANTI AMERICAN!"  Naturally I walked towards the angry voice and my eyes revealed a white male pointing his finger at a black man and women. Someone from the book store staff calmed the man down and told him he didn't have to leave but suggested that he move to another part of the store. As he walked away he looked back and yelled, "AND HE IS GOING TO LOSE!" Instead of going to the christian living section or calm himself down by reading the latest Ann Coulter book, he walked out of the store. My first thought was I wonder if he owns firearms. Oh well, I better get the fuck out of here! I was leaving anyway!
These are just two examples. The first one was said by someone that if you weren't standing within 3 yards you wouldn't have heard it. The other was by a man who didn't need a microphone. But I thought they both revealed to me this incredible anger by a group of people who are are shrinking. I don't know if after last Tuesday night their heads spontaneously combusted but at the very least their bubble burst. Fox New tried to contain it and when the air was letting out tried to deny it. NOTHING TO SEE HERE! But in the end reality made all of their heads metaphorically explode. Karl Rove's head didn't explode but he did melt like the Nazi Gestapo agent Toht at the end of Raiders. 

People should be angry. But if they live in the imaginary fantasy world of Fox News, the anger is going to be in the wrong direction. The right wing media has an incredible megaphone.  Last Tuesday night they thought they were going to finally open up the ark and take control of its power. Thankfully more than 62 million kept their eyes shut.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Political acumen

Perhaps it all comes down to the way our brains are wired.