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Mr. G Is Right

Wednesday, 11 August 2010 11:26
President Obama laughs at an old picture of Robert Gibbs. (photo: Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama laughs at an old picture of Robert Gibbs. (photo: Pete Souza/White House)



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hite House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs ranted that "the professional left" needed to be drug tested for their complaints and attacks on the Obama administration after all the good things Obama has done.

I agree.

We "professional leftists" do indeed need drug testing because apparently the colorful liquid-inducing hallucinogenic of "hope and change" has worn off and the ugly mediocrity of modern Democratic leadership stares us in the face with the not-so-friendly smugness of a hookah-smoking caterpillar.

Maybe some good old-fashioned Window Pane or Micro Dot, or better yet, some natural organic 'Shrooms could do the trick. After all, we are all mushrooms now as the old joke goes, kept in the dark and fed a pile of bullshit.

And really, what is there to complain about? BP and the Gulf Oil disaster? Come on, there are no plumes, the oil has evaporated, and if you clap loud enough you won't notice where the poisonous garbage is being dumped. It's all good, bro. Trust us.

And the fact that Gitmo continues unabated or that confessions obtained from a teenage boy under threat of rape is just part of the process, the very slow process of adhering to humane and ethical Constitutional principles, is simply the price we must pay for freedom. As a former president said, "It's hard work."

The Dems have worked hard to save Wall Street, which is the real economy and thus the real America. Listen you over-aged hippies this just ain't your Grandpa's America no more! Cowboy up!

I agree, drug testing for everyone.

Let's start with the Democratic multi-acronym leadership. You guys get tested for an overload of estrogen and ever decreasing levels of testosterone. That might just explain your symptoms of impotence, foggy thinking, memory loss and mood swings.

In the meantime, I'll find some Purple Haze and get a prescription for medical marijuana so I can pass that drug test while staring at a Steadman portrait of Hunter S. Thompson and chanting, "I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me."

I mean, how much worse could it get? Right?

On second thought, do you think Corexit can grow magic Gulf mushroom shrimp that disperse the reality of war and greed?

I HOPE I have enough to buy some. Anybody got spare CHANGE?

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+5 # Guest 2010-08-11 11:29
Right On Brother! Time for Gonzo- eliminate the BS and lets get to work on a source for come Owlsley to send to the leadership!
+34 # Guest 2010-08-11 11:42
I think Michael Moore, who spoke on MSNBC, last night, spoke for everyone who voted for Obama when he expressed our great disappointment. But we too need to take responsibility- We are not coming out in large numbers, marching and protesting. They have backed down on a number of issues when their has been large outcries like the recent proposal to privatize public housing. If we want change the left and all those young people who voted for Obama need to understand that a vote for a president is not enough- you don't bring down a corporate dictatorship with one president! It took a lot to create unions, civil rights and and end the Vietnam war. They depend on our apathy. We are part of the solution.
-1 # Guest 2010-08-11 22:05
We are responsible to get busy telling all of our employees exactly what they need to do for US. We have been slacking off about it for too long. We can and have started this large job of re-training our out of control "workers" but it will take a lot of work. Write and call and tell them what you want. This must happen!
+6 # Guest 2010-08-12 00:37
Michael Moore is disappointed in Obama, many are, and the republicans can barely hide their disgusting smirks. Don't you realize that is exactly what they want. They have shot down everything he and the middleclass is for.

Democrats had the majority; but that is not enough. To overcome the obstructive republicans you need a SUPERMAJORITY. There are a lot of people waiting to be approved for a number of governmental positions, many judges too, but the republicans refuse to confirm. They don't give a damn that the court cases are backed up. THEY WANT TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. DON'T YOU GET IT?????

Keep bellyacking and slamming Obama and you can be certain the republicans will be back in power. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT??
+3 # Guest 2010-08-13 07:52
1. A President who will stand up for us so we can feel like our protests will actually have his backing. Maybe even show up at some of the protests.
2. All appointees who receive a secret hold should be receive a immediate recess appointment at the next recess. Even if you have to have the Pelosi and Reid temporarily recess the congress.
3. A President who will actually fight for Democratic values.
+22 # Guest 2010-08-11 11:46
You guys get tested for an overload of estrogen and ever decreasing levels of testosterone. That might just explain your symptoms of impotence, foggy thinking, memory loss and mood swings.

I was with you up until this bit of misogynist crap.
0 # Guest 2010-08-11 15:58
Quoting Laurie:

I was with you up until this bit of misogynist crap.

Christ! . . . no one's happy! It's an exaggeration . . . poetic license. Sheesh!
+3 # Guest 2010-08-11 17:15
He lost me there, too, Laurie! I could easily have said "Test them all for excess testosterone which has lead to the heartless barbarian votes for more dollars for more killing of innocent, men, women, and children in Afghanistan". There, John Cory. How do YOU like the hormone comparison now?
+4 # Guest 2010-08-12 07:06
I agree. Testosterone is what got us in this horrific mess in the first place. All through history, out of control white male testosterone has destroyed native cultures, it has kept women down, it has been responsible for billions of deaths worldwide, and now white male testosterone is bashing Obama because he isn't white. The black threat abides!! We must keep this man down, he might make us look bad!! What a joke. Take a good look at history, boys. Its the white man who has caused nearly all of the tragedies, not the black, brown, red or yellow man. Now its time to pay the bill that you have run up over the centuries. Brace yourselves, its gonna hurt!
0 # Guest 2010-08-12 11:30
Excellent post, genierae.
+10 # blah blah blah 2010-08-11 12:05
What a bunch of white collar, wet noodle brats are running the white house. Gibbs sentiment is a toned down version of what Rahm Emanuel said last January about liberals being "F&#$-ing retarded". People lose jobs over using such disrespectful language, but not if you are in the inner circle of power.

Too bad we, the "base" who worked so hard to get them into office, will be the ones to suffer most when the conservative backlash sweeps the next election. They are clearly taking care of their own, and that is NOT the middle class.
+9 # Guest 2010-08-11 16:43
The middle class? Are we still here? Surely, not after all the idiot yahoos have voted against their own economic self interests for the past 20 years, just to be able to thump everyone on the head with the bible??? And stop gay people from (horrors!) marrying??? Was sure we were gone by now. Nothin' to do anyway . . . nothin' to make, all made in China . . . no money to get paid . . . all in the Caymans . . . feelin' sick about it . . . no doctors -- all offshore with the poor rich bastards who hate socialism except for them.
+13 # Guest 2010-08-11 12:11
Agree fiercely with everything you wrote 'cept i wouldn't blame it on the estrogen. Pulleeaze!
+24 # Guest 2010-08-11 12:22
It's still true that we must BE the change we seek.

Let me rephrase that slightly: WE must be the change we seek.

WE. Not Barack Obama, not Nancy Pelosi, not Harry Reid. WE.

We -- YOU AND I -- must get up off our hands and elect more PROGRESSIVES, else change will always fade away like the image of the Cheshire Cat, leaving only that leering, cynical grin hanging there in the smokey air.
+4 # Guest 2010-08-11 12:25
whoa...gibbs needs help. maybe a job that gets him a life, some fresh air and sunshine, a loving partner, an organic garden and the green party. it'd be better than dishing out mush.
+3 # Guest 2010-08-11 12:44
Once again John Cory is being d correct. I voted for Obama but I can't truthfully say I'm disappointed in him because I really didn't expect much from him. And that's what we've gotten from the Democratic White House and both other houses. Not Much. I've given Obama a chance and have switched back to the Green Party. Sorry Mr. Prez., no second chance. John Cory gets my vote.
+4 # Guest 2010-08-11 12:47
so estrogen = foggy thinking, mood swings and memory loss, as well as impotence? Amazing.
+10 # Guest 2010-08-11 13:51
Way to piss off half our base, whoever dissed all women by comparing them to the pathetic excuses for leadership we have in Washington.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-11 13:24
The only thing I expected of Obama has been delivered: he was "not insane." (and now he's "not responsible. Park and Lock it.")
+9 # Guest 2010-08-11 13:47
Yes, Julie and Laurie, have pointed out a cruumy gender bias in this one. The rest sums up the disappointment. Now id we can get over the idea that the O'Bama crowd is whimpy and into the fact of them just being part of the bought and paid-for "establishment" THEN we can start to realize that we were a bunch of shnooks to even think that the system can deliver change.

The mess that G.W Shrub left behind was a golden opportunity for new approaches in economy, environment and diplomacy, but O'Bama did not have the team to implement change. Just same-old-same-old.

Solution, well, try mobilizing behind good candidates in the Fall for the next 5 - 10 years to see if a new congress can be elected of independents and non-Demos or non-Repugs.
+7 # Guest 2010-08-11 14:05
Gibbs is right, we could have Kuchinich in office, but could we have gotten any more done? We have a Republican block in lock-step, throw in a couple of DINOs and filibuster rules the day.
We could have had a single-payer health bill but it would have died in the Senate and we would have zip.
+3 # Susan W 2010-08-11 21:02
What makes you think we have more than zip now? This whole health care scam is nothing but a giveaway to the insurance companies. Without even a public option and the mandatory buy-in how is this better than the for-profit situation we are now saddled with? At least with Kucinich in the White House the entire policy would have started at single payer rather than starting in the pockets of insurance and big PHARMA.

To blame it on the Repubs and their filibuster is nothing more than making excuses for spineless Dems and their centrist, corporate leader who wants nothing more than to sit around the bi-partisan campfire and sing Kumbaya while the ordinary citizens suffer. Stop the filibuster by making them actually do it. There are few among those wizened up, impatient old jerks who would really stand up for hours on end and read the phonebook when they know a threat is enough to send the opposition whimpering for cover.
+13 # Guest 2010-08-11 14:19
The American military-indust rial complex is in charge, and everybody else is a pawn in its game, regardless of party affiliation or anything else. We must adapt to the reality that the Masters of War are robbing everyone of money, liberty, and life. The military-indust rial complex profits by causing others to fight each other. Fights in the homeland's political arena as well as on the world's battlefields are both profitable. Making others fight each other is a modus operandi with a very long history.

Wake up, everybody! Ignore all lesser concerns and side-issues, and focus all your efforts on controlling the one enemy that is devouring everything: the American military-indust rial complex. Fundamental reform is required. Now.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-11 16:20
Yes!! Let's keep our eyes on the ball!!

Seems like everyone has forgotten what is important. . . which is the planet and ALL of its inhabitants.
0 # Guest 2010-08-11 15:34
I hate to whisper the name, but it resonates with me: Lyndon Johnson. There, I said it. Vietnam, Chicago Democratic Convention, etc. History does repeat itself.
-1 # Guest 2010-08-11 15:55
Thanks to John Cory for sending out tickets to the best dance in town. Women, of course, insulted by hormonal comparisons with their nutless compatriots in the Democratic party leadership have politely refused Mr.Cory's gracious offer. Gays will not be attending either due to repeated rejections whilst trying to gain admission to the "I'm a normal f*****g human being Ball." They didn't ask Obama to be anti-gay and they didn't tell Obama they'd dance with him if he refused to acquiesce to promises he made on the campaign trail. White men are presumably all tea baggers and so are otherwise engaged. Black men and women may not be citizens of the country, likewise Asians, Hispanics or anyone who doesn't look like Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly. The dance will however prove to be a joyful and raucous affair for the extreme right wing of what is euphemistically called "our country." The "country" belongs to that 1 or 2 percent who love watching the rest of us implode. This "dance" is for them.
0 # Guest 2010-08-11 16:02
I know of thousands of women with more cojones than our Demo leadership. They are bought and paid for, and this has been the last straw for me. I am quitting their sorry butts, and am leaving the party after 40 years plus! Third party from now, no matter WHAT it does to spoil their chances. They don't deserve any more chances. PS: Stop dissing women....the protest I went to yesterday had ONE male.
0 # Guest 2010-08-11 16:30
Mr. Cory, there are two bonehead mistakes in your article. 1)bad grammar in the phrase "colorful liquid inducing hallucinogenic. " There are any number of readable ways to fix this. 2)the WWF/UFC notion that testosterone is the key hormone whose adequate concentration is determinant when the will to fight is at issue. In the real, life and death fight of working people for survival, political program and organization are determinant. I don't vote for Democrats, Republicans, or Greens because I've always understood that these rich peoples' parties do not have programs representing any meaningful hope or change. So no, I don't have any spare "Change," but you can watch LOOSE CHANGE for free.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-11 21:04
Pardon me... the greens are a rich people party, because, perhaps, they raise some negligible sum to remain visible enough to run? They might be the most visible 'leftist' third party, but certainly nobody jumping idealistically into the pit with a 'green' agenda is swimming in money. I'm not a gp member, but that casual lumping seemed rather rote.
+5 # Guest 2010-08-11 16:46
I'm sick of hearing how WE must do more. Have you called your rep lately to ask how they are going to vote on a bill? Their aid refuses to say how they will vote, when you ask to have your rep call you back nada word. Anyone that still believes we live in a democracy is the one under the influence. I have protested in my town every Wednesday for over 6 years. I write letters to the editor, letters & phone calls to my so called representatives & regularly attend Peace vigils yet nothing changes because we are living in a Theocracy ruled by the elite. United States of America is a solely owned subsidiary of Corporate America & AIPAC. Obama is just another puppet having his strings pulled by his handlers. The curtain has been pulled back & the wizard pulling the levers is... yup you guessed it, the CIA and all its benefactors. The Banksters, Bildebergers, Miltary Industrial Complex, IMF & World Bank. WE THE PEOPLE were sold down the river long ago. I think I'll go look for my hooka & numb the pain.
0 # Guest 2010-08-11 16:50
Yeah, this is all I think about.

But stop that crap estrogen talk, buddy.

You are losing over half your audience (if they mirror the population breakdown).

Being a woman isn't his problem. Far from it. Being an ass is.


Welcome to Pottersville2

I'll find some Purple Haze and get a prescription for medical marijuana so I can pass that drug test while staring at a Steadman portrait of Hunter S. Thompson and chanting, "I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me."
+4 # Guest 2010-08-11 17:35
Varda Burns, Michigan Liberal, and Kelly have got it right. I say the howling on the left is as bestial and dangerous as the howling on the right. There are all sorts of political things we could have been doing that we have not been doing. For his part, Obama has done what could be done. The hot-heads want to sit by and watch while magic is performed. Follow their path and wind up with Palin, or worse.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-11 17:51
Ditto to the women who already complained about the gratuitous injection of misogyny into this piece. The author should go read Alan Alda's classic essay on "testosterone poisoning."
+2 # Guest 2010-08-11 18:03 is an interactive, virtual Article V convention on the Internet to propose amendments to the US Constitution. All citizens are welcome to register as delegates. Both liberals and conservatives unhappy with the way things get done (or don't) in Washington are invited to stop shaking their fists at the sky and join. "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing."
+3 # Guest 2010-08-11 20:38
Frankly, I loved every word. The sexist analogy, however, was stupid and wrecked a lot of the message of the article for me.
We are the people our parents warned us about. If we don't get off of our asses and start walking (protesting, demonstrating, marching) and being SEEN and HEARD...we're done. Our kids are done and our grandkids are done.
We haven't been a republic OR a democracy since Nixon's time...and we are now moving from a corporatocracy to a plutocracy.
Last one out, turn off the lights.
0 # Guest 2010-08-12 07:43
While I would have used less inflammotory rhetoric to excoriate our President's propensity to compromise, we need to recognize that we are all in the sinking, leaking boat. Instead of arguing about the gender of whom we're going to row with, it's time to make sure that Our Masters listen to us; the First Amendment is there so that leaders can listen to ALL the crew--and correct their course before they land us on the shoals and reefs in a storm.
0 # John Cosmo 2010-08-11 20:47
I'm afraid that Obama and his team have fallen victim to the soft bigotry of low expectations.
+2 # Guest 2010-08-11 21:07
OH, for goodness sake! Get wise, folks! Demanding that Obama be perfect is the best way to give it over to the Repugnicans. Stop being so self-righteous, start supporting Democratic candidates, and make sure that there is a big enough majority that the REpugs can't continue to stifle the kind of change we need.
0 # Guest 2010-08-11 22:37
Sorry Granny but there is no difference between either of the parties of shameless whores in Washington! They have their salaries, healthcare, pension & golden parachute of bennies paid for by WE THE PEOPLE, they don't give a damn about what happens to their constituents. Take a look at the misery of the masses. Better start digging out your old copies of Mother Earth & figure out how to take care of yourself. I really hate to be the voice of gloom & doom, but we have become far too pampered & conditioned to believe our government really cares about what is best for us. Reality is we have been lulled into a stupor with lies, anti-depressant s, booze, consumerism & that stupid boob tube telling us what we want to hear. I vote for a REVOLUTION.
+7 # Guest 2010-08-11 23:30
WE must "do something"? I did something when I helped to elect Obama. He won the election and now he lives in the White House. He is supposed to enable the wishes of the people that elected him. I pay my taxes and that helps him finance what needs doing. Despite that, I am not doing enough? Then make me the f**king president and you won't need to wind me up! Look, Obama knows what progressives want. He also knows that our patience is wearing very thin. Demonstrations are a waste of time - no MSM coverage. Calling representatives is also a waste of time - they are only interested in themselves.

Obama does not have that long if he's going to impress me. The turd is on his plate and he must deal with it. I don't have the juice, Obama does.

The upshot is this: I did my part. I don't want to hear how it’s my fault nothing is working. I'm the boss. My employee is not working out. Either he starts to do things my way or he is fired - just like in the real world.
+2 # Guest 2010-08-11 23:49
If Gibbs isn't listening, can Obama be far behind? The sorry Congress and sad Senate aren't feeling the pain of the people, and neither is the Administration, as Gibbs amply demonstrates. In November the kids will stay home because there is no entertainment value in the General Election, the progressive elders will stay home because they feel betrayed, and the fascists will turn out because they smell blood. The national drama has no second act script.
0 # Guest 2010-08-12 08:01
John Cory --
I haven't read any of your writing in a long time and you're one of the best. Thank you.
0 # giraffe 2010-08-12 08:08
The estrogen remark was an express - not meant to insult women. Take the words estrogen and testosterone out and then read what YOU KNOW John Cory "meant"

"Let's start with the Democratic multi-acronym leadership . . . That might just explain your symptoms of impotence, foggy thinking, memory loss and mood swings.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-12 13:50
I once had a headache so the doctor on the boardwalk at Venice Beach wrote me a prescription for marijuana.
+1 # Guest 2010-08-12 16:53
"The military-indust rial complex profits by causing others to fight each other."

How can we help young people rise up en masse and REFUSE to fight? That is the only solution I can think of. That, and a REAL investigation of 9/11.
+5 # Guest 2010-08-12 22:01
I threw my support behind Obama and voted for him with great skepticism. No matter who is the next President it could take 50 years or longer to undo all the damage Bush and Cheney did if it ever happens at all. But Obama has squandered virtually every opportunity he has had to make progress toward that goal. It all boils down to the fact that the dems and the repugs have become so much like each other that they differ only in rhetoric. They are just opposite sides of the same coin. The Democrats have become like Republicans of the past while many of today's Republicans are a bunch of right wing loonies. I can remember when there was such a things as liberal Republicans and those that were open to at least some of the Democrats ideas. But the GOP has become so dominated by the far right, and all the dems want to do is try to appease them. They are so scared of being called liberal or....heaven forbid at the word Democrat really doesn't mean much anymore.
0 # Guest 2010-08-13 11:48
Why are we talking about a press secretary?
Is it not their job to be professional liar?
We can do better.
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 08:02
Just to note: I am a female and have no problem with the estrogen analogy. After all, I am a writer, too and use analogies all the time. Touchy touchy, ladies. It's not really about you.

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