Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
May 14, 2008
Stampman Returns
Category: Serious

(Note: readers unfamiliar with the case should refer to this prior entry.)

''It's the Christian thing to do!''

The front of the card doesn't require a closer look (there's nothing written or stamped on it this time, though the image itself is arguably pretty fucked up considering the context), but click on the interior pic above for a larger version with slightly more legible text. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be begging for the friendship of someone who "burned me twice in court!" At least I think that's what he wrote there. I'm not entirely sure, particularly since there was only one court case as far as I know. And including his birth year there with the hyphen? So creepy -- it's almost as if he's suggesting that he hasn't much longer to live. Which may actually be true, given that he's got the AIDS and all, but still.


-posted by Wes | 6:26 pm | Comments (4)
April 29, 2008
Reverend Wright, go away
Category: Serious

Before yesterday, I really didn't think Jeremiah Wright was all that bad. Well, I admit that I thought he was "out there" -- and certainly a liability to Obama -- after first seeing the snippets of Reverend Wright's sermons on YouTube early this year (or maybe even last year; conservative websites were harping on them long before they became the talk of mainstream media). But when I had the opportunity to listen to the full sermons I found it obvious that they had been taken entirely out of context for the purpose of vilifying the man and, by extension, Barack Obama.

Sure, "God damn America" sounds pretty harsh, but Wright was chiefly talking about the American government -- and the injustices towards "racial" minorities that he attributed to it in that sermon, for the most part, have been well documented. When he thundered that "America's chickens are coming home to roost," he was quoting former US Ambassador Edward Peck and highlighting that our country is far from being an innocent bystander on the international stage. Far from gloating that America had gotten its just desserts with 9/11, Wright was simply pointing out that "violence begets violence, hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism" -- and that, as we move forward, we need to recognize this reality and stop perpetuating the cycle. And the sermon from which Obama lifted the title of The Audacity of Hope was probably one of the best and most interesting sermons that I've ever heard. I haven't heard all that many sermons, of course, but considering that I'm hardly Christian I was surprised by how engaging I thought it was. I listened to it twice. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 7:21 pm | Comments (5)
April 13, 2008
And so it begins again…
Category: Serious

...since it's been about six months.

cat face.

-posted by Wes | 1:56 pm | Comments (4)
March 12, 2008
Why I want Barack Obama to win.
Category: Serious

How 'bout these Democratic primaries, eh? I'm not sure just how much I want to write here -- this could easily turn into a novel-length entry if I don't keep myself in check -- but I've been wanting to share my thoughts on the race for some time now. And it just so happens that Geraldine Ferraro's recent comments have given me a perfect occasion to do so!

According to Ferraro, "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is." In another interview, in which she discussed this response, Ferraro affirmed that she responded "in large measure, because he is black" when asked why Obama is where he is today. And now, rightfully so, in my opinion, she is taking a lot of heat for these remarks. But whereas Ferraro seems to think that she's being attacked because of her own skin color, I submit that people's response largely stems from the obvious ignorance of her comments -- whether they fully realize it or not.

Now, I admit that Barack Obama's skin color has played a role in his success this far. In fact, in the beginning, I didn't even like Obama all that much because he was clearly being used as the Democrats' token black. Every time I looked, he was being paraded out to give the same speech about how he came from mixed parentage and how that symbolizes the promise of America and blah-de-blah blah -- it basically amounted to, "My mom was white, my dad was Black, ergo America is wonderful." I wondered if he was capable of talking about anything else. People have accused Obama's more recent speeches on hope and change of lacking substance (I disagree), but these speeches are overflowing with depth and meaning when compared to his old rhetoric.

So certainly Obama's skin color aided his rise within the Democratic party, if only because the Democrats were so eager to use him to better appeal to the people and further their own agenda. And it probably factors into the reasons that people support him, though I would hardly state that it is the only or even primary reason -- or that, if the color of his skin were different, people would not feel so strongly about him. Rather, I think that the primary reasons that people are behind Obama are because he a) is an eloquent and inspiring speaker, b) is running an excellent campaign, c) appears cool and downright presidential in his debate performances, and d) successfully presents himself as being uniquely poised to bring about some much-needed positive change in this country. There are, of course, other important reasons regarding Obama's platform (which albeit is not that different from Hillary Clinton's), but still. Does Ferraro mean to suggest that people would vote for Obama even he were a poor and rambling speaker, seemed thoroughly uninformed, unkempt, and unfit to lead in his public appearances, and had been thoroughly defeated by Clinton in each of their debates -- simply because of his skin color? Please. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 11:30 am | Comments (8)
October 17, 2007
About that court case…
Category: Serious

I haven't written about this on the blog before, but those of you whom I've told in outside conversations already know how ridiculous this is going to sound. Here goes: for the past several months, my mother has been stalked by an acquaintance from her church. "Stalking" is not a term that I use lightly -- as you likely well know -- but I have no other term for an individual who sends creepy cards, phones incessantly (he literally called forty -- yes, 40 -- times on one particular day), stares at his target constantly during church sessions and follows her around afterwards despite being told to stop, and frequently drives past the home of another person who lives in a different town in a residential neighborhood on a freaking cul-de-sac for the sole purpose of peering into the garage and leaving pamphlets and church programs on the porch. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:28 pm | Comments (18)
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