Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Running on Empty

"Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind" — Jackson Browne
What brilliant politician would use this song in his political campaign? Who would remind the country that "hey, I'm losing, don't know where I'm going, and my tank is empty"? I'll give you a hint. He's not president. He's John McCain. But not only was it an unwise song choice, it was used without permission from the artist! Now the Republican National Committee is apologizing to Jackson Browne as part of a legal settlement.

Of course, I can't help but remember way back when Ronald Reagan misappropriated Born in The USA...

Okay, that was just a lame segue into the wingnut "birther" conspiracy. Despite overwhelming evidence that President Obama was born in the USA, these crazies keep prattling on.

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Barack Obama was born in Hawaii which is a US state. This is his birth certificate. It's authentic. Furthermore, Obama was 47 years old when he was elected, and he has lived more than 14 years in the United States. He meets the qualifications for office laid out in Article Two of the United States Constitution. What the fuck do these idiot birthers want?

If you don't like the president (probably because he's black), then can you at least come up with a better conspiracy theory? Not one that's easily disproved by public records!

If we can't agree on basic facts, I fear we're running towards a new dark ages where ignorance rules.


Trung said...

speaking of new dark ages, check out this song by bad religion. don't worry, it was posted by epitaph records so it's fine if i provide the link for your hearing and viewing pleasure ;)

Kristen said...

Cool video, and yeah... new dark ages. We can hope it only happens in the southern states, but that lawyer/dentist/real-estate agent in the TDS video lives in California. Scary stuff.

I've been looking over The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason lately and that's what got me thinking about the new dark ages.