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Uh-huh. Now here's what real-life Obama says about Reagan:

Here is real-life Obama, in 2008, on the subject of Ronald Reagan:

I don't want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what's different are the times. I do think that for example the 1980 was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn't much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing...

Video, see

Obama, yesterday:

Obama goes for notes of Reagan in Madison, Wis.

I think it's perfectly reasonable, given only two possibilities, to prefer real-life Obama wins over real Romney.

For your own sake, however, you need to look at reality as suggested by evidence, and not believe that your fantasy (prompted by wishful thinking) of what Obama should be has anything to do with the reality. Respect his own words, at least.

And in your OP you did indeed say: "As he said he wants to be a transformational president and bring us to a better place and kill the Reagan evil values." No, he didn't.

The militarism of Star Wars?

I mean the use of the hero story (lifted straight from Joseph Campbell) to glorify the transformation from a youth to a warrior. To become his best self, Luke must lose his family and old rooted life, and be introduced into a secret, powerful, magic order. Everything that was past on sleepy Tattooine was illusion, and completely lost to him. He is reborn into a struggle of supernatural good and evil. That is the truth of the galaxy, and it is good. The pain of the family's death doesn't last long in the movie, any more than Princess Leia is upset about the loss of her whole planet with billions of inhabitants for more than a few scenes. It's all worth it, the losses are bearable. Luke's transformation is the emotional core of the story.

The plot and ideological trappings are less important. The empire with its stormtroopers is more like a real army, but no real army recruits volunteers by telling them they will be interchangeable stormtroopers. In fact, military recruitment promises the opposite of military reality: be all you can be, army of one, test yourself, realize your inner hero, be something special as against the cookie-cutter world of the normals, fight for freedom against tyrrany. In the end we'll confirm your heroism by pinning a medal on you in a glorious ceremony, with staging lifted straight from Leni Riefenstahl's film of the Nuremberg party rallies. Never mind that in reality you're one of the empire's soldiers; the message claims the opposite.

Star Wars arrived at the perfect time for this message and was aimed at the 12-year-olds of 1977 (such as myself), a transitional generation in a transitional time. After the 1960s and early 1970s, Vietnam and the end of the draft due to popular disgust with militarism, the offer of Star Wars (just look at that title) was that things could be simple again. There could once again be good and evil, and "we" were the good. This was one of the first and the most successful of wide-release blockbuster movies. Another key one at the time was Rocky I-II: White American underdog who believes in himself almost upsets and then actually defeats an avatar for Muhammad Ali! These two films (among others at the time, but leading the pack) bespeak an ideological turn. I'm not saying the CIA wrote the scripts; they didn't have to, it was in the air, and Lucas was the lucky one who (wittingly or not) managed to hit the zeitgeist best with a juvenile pulp story he had not been able to sell for many years when the zeitgeist was more critical. It was also the beginning of the end for Hollywood's true golden age. The biggest movies since then have not been made for adults, or as explorations of difficult themes, but either to pander totally to the teenage demographic or as spectacular escapes from the ambiguities of adult life.


Uh oh. This guy's role professionally is to Always Be Wrong.

I don't think that's necessarily the case here, since presumably no money's directly involved in his prediction. But any time it is, his calling clearly has been to Fuck You Over. You'd be rich if you'd followed a strict line of betting the other way from what Cramer recommends. It's hard to believe there is no Anti-Cramer Index, or maybe I missed it. On the face of it it's also hard to believe this pump-and-dump whore still has a program, especially after Stewart's excellent televised assassination. Except, of course, that Cramer is not at all a failure. He is a functioning cog in the system, once you understand that it is supposed to suck small-investor patsies into the wood-chipper. (The Sirens who lured sailors to their deaths at least had a lovely song, unlike the unbearable noise of Cramer's show.)

Cramer, Dow at 36,000 and the sad lack of a guillotine in American life. http://journals.democraticunderground.com/JackRiddler/316

I guess the hardest part to believe is that anyone still watches the show, after all the people he's screwed with his fake-ass predictions. There's a certain class of system-supporting celebrity pundit who simply cannot be put down. Doesn't matter how wrong they are, what stupid things they write, what scandals they get embroiled in, year-in-year-out, they are never discredited. (See Joe Klein, Tom Friedman, David Brooks, etc. etc.) HuffPo is part of that culture, of course.

Finally, those of you still equating the DJIA with the nation's interest and wanting to claim credit on Obama's behalf should rethink that. It's peaked again and we will be revisiting the under-10,000 territory. These are the dynamics of capitalism; the standard array of government policies only make temporary differences.

All I care to hear from Dr. Rice...

is whether she is willing in trial at the Hague to testify against her co-conspirators (Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz et al.) on charges of planning and waging aggressive war and commission of crimes against humanity in Iraq and around the world.

Red Dawn is worse than child porn.

Child porn would be worse, except it is not used to brainwash fascism into young people at the multiplex.

You're complaining about the lowest grade propaganda movies.

Damn! In the Commie Yellow Peril invasion wank-fantasy for wannabe warriors, Red Dawn, our heroic Heartland American resistance youth only get to shoot Koreans!

No Chinese!?

Are you telling me commercial fascist propaganda is self-censoring its own hysterical enemy image, just to allow easier entry to the Chinese market? Oh god! We've already surrendered!

Wolverines, to the hills! We must fight for our freedom to the last drop of our blood! We'll deal with the Hollywood traitors later!

And now you're telling me that the producers of Iron Man, who are using the Fu Manchu knockoff "the Mandarin" as a villain, are going to have to tweak the casting to put a fig leaf on this racist cliche, again as a voluntary commercial decision to get past Chinese censors?


Hollywood's never done such a thing before, ever ever ever!

Get back to me when Hollywood voluntarily decides to stop brainwashing youth with violent, fascist, racist, militarist crap, okay?

Partial functionality begins in a few hours.

A couple of East River tunnels already open. It's not that your sour scenario of "years" to restore service is impossible, but do you have any particular knowledge or an argument on offer, or is this nonchalant panic-mongering?

Details on MTA service resumption

(10/31/12) NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has released details
on the MTA's resumption of mass transit services. Partial service has
been restored to Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. Partial
service will be restored tomorrow to New York City's subways.

- 1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times
Square-42nd Street.
- 2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times
Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and
Times Square.
- 3 trains are suspended.
- 4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue
- 5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-
Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.
- 6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand
Central-42nd Street.
- 7 trains are suspended.
- 42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and
Grand Central.
- A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.
- B and C service is suspended.
- D trains operate in two sections:
Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making
all local stops
In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay
Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street
- E trains are suspended.
- F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:
Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X
- G trains are suspended.
- J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all
local stops.
- L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway
making all local stops.
- M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan
- N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-
Herald Square making all local stops.
- Q trains are suspended.
- R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th
Street making all local stops.
- Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.

Tripathi's name has been removed from the Christopher Wight web site.

There is no longer any "campaign manager" listed, but a new "press officer," Carlisle Williams.

There is no explanation of the change on the site.

The campaign office number still doesn't work.

Carlisle's number works. I called and asked why Tripathi was no longer listed. Also, when will Wight issue a statement on this matter? Also, when will Wight be resigning from the campaign, given this matter? Also, shouldn't Carlisle Williams go ahead and quit, to save her own career?

Christopher R. Wight for Congress
Campaign Office
122 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028

Office Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am 6:00pm

Telephone: 212-988-9880

Press Contact:
Carlisle Williams
Email: carlisle@cw2012.com
Office: 212-988-9880
Mobile: 310-804-8418

Oh, so SAD!

Way to go - nobody here announced made-up disasters in the middle of a real one. This asshole Tripathi did. He spread fear to millions. So don't be trying to shift the moral blame to someone else's thoughtcrime.

Who says they're going to be controlled from 500 miles away?

In less than 20 years they'll be coming up with excuses why it's so great for national security to have these run by computer-animal hybrid brains with autonomy over battlefield decisions. They'll program the Geneva protocols right into'em and claim a higher rate of compliance with international law than with live soldiers.

But anyway, the eventual deployment isn't going to be on foreign battlefields. It's going to be right here at home, and the targets - you lot - are going to be pretty easy to deal with.
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