Friday, October 9, 2009

So that's what the "Magical Mystery Tour" was all about!

Man!  Cinie's "Magical Mystery Tour" description of the Changeling's, right-out-of-the-blocks foray overseas just jumped up and slapped me in the head when I got up this moring!  For some reason, the draft about Afghanistan was weighing heavily on my mind and I wanted to work on it, so I decided I'd get the hell up - early - and write a little bit.  Yes, along with others, it has been sitting for some time.

Imagine my horror surprise when my husband came out of the bathroom saying, "Did you see your boy won the Nobel Peace Prize?"

"Who?" I asked, really not having a clue, but just by the way he said "your boy," I knew I wasn't going to like the answer.  "Barack Obama," he said, with a shit-eatin' grin on his face.  I felt my head starting to swell.

"You kiddin' me???  For what????" (seems Joan Walsh over at Salon isn't the only one for whom being a little brown is a major civil rights contribution!)

With thumb and index finger firmly implanted on my shakin' damn head, and as my youngest walked through the kitchen heading out to work as well, I started my diatribe - listing the reasons why the Changeling has not done a damn thing in the interest of - Peace!  (Could that have been why Afghanistan was on my mind??) 

As they walked out, he said, "See, that's why none of that shit really matters!" 

His words stung.  But I let it go, because I had no wise, motherly come-back that would hold water in the face of yet another,  Bad Guys - 1, Good Guys - 0 scenario.  I thought to myself, "Whatever works.  This, is what having a Barack Obama for president is teaching Black men - kiss ass, lie, be egotistical, sexist, dishonest, megalomaniacal, manipulative, calculating, greedy and posturing - and you too can have it all!"   

I decided not to turn on the TV, radio or anything.  Frankly, I couldn't stomach the drivel I knew the mainstream media would be regurgitatng all day long.  Instead, I searched online for something that would at least let me know that the whole world hadn't lost its damn mind.

I found this, "Obama's Nobel Prize Is More of a Burden than an Honor" at Der Spiegel.  And this Reuter's piece, "Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize to mixed reviews," (along with the comment section) was heartening.  And then of course, Glenn Greenwald summed it up nicely with this, IMHO, very honest and sobering, "Obama's Nobel Peace Prize."  I felt better, but only a little (I swear!  It just gnaws at me why crooks and liars always prosper!).

Because it seems to matter not, I won't drone on and on about why IN THE HELL the Changeling meets these requirements as laid out in Alfred Nobel's will:

"The whole of my remaining realisable estate shall be disposed of in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually awarded as prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind...and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."
Suffice it to say that I prefer my Nobel Peace Prize winners this way:

Not this way:

(compliments of sister, Cinie awhile back - let me go see what SHE's got to say about this!  Should be good!)


ea said...

Had trouble commenting earlier today.

¿Are you kidding me? I had to check some news sites to be sure. I thought the committee actually "got it"--awarding non-celebrities for years of efforts to improve the lives of those denied a seat at the metaphorical table for a string of years--they revert to the years of Kissingeresque awards. Just mind-blowing and not in a good way.

Deb said...

"Had trouble commenting earlier today.

Please don't tell me that ea! Since my "Black Royalty" post, Cinie said she's been unable to post a comment here! I'm hoping it's some sort of fluke - but I'm glad you were patient and able to get through! ¡Bueno saber que puedo contar en usted, Hermana!

Mind-blowing is right mujer!!! I'm so weary of the emperor with no clothes gaining, gaining, gaining at the expense of humanity, IMHO. I expected so much better. But as I learned some time ago, "Expectations are a contract between you and you," particularly when a deaf-ear is turned. Hopeless, helpless in America - you choose.

Deb said...

Oh! ea, I just had to tell you that I'm officially and extra-maritally in love - with "The Unapologetic Mexican!" :-) I stumbled upon his blog while reading a Glenn Greenwald post - ¿Sabes su escritura?

Check himout in the Blog Roll in the sidebar. Am I overly enthusiastic?

ea said...

Encontré el sitio de web. Tengo que regresar para leer unos de los artículos. Pues, hay un caricaturista se llama , "El Machete". No sé si es el mismo tipo o no. I would sometimes cut out his cartoons and put them on the refrigerator.

Deb said...

ea...Pienso que es el mismo. He changed the name from "El Machete" recently - far as I can tell. I've not read all of his pieces yet, but I've read enough to know that right now - I like him! I particularly like his "Las Palabras" tab! Now that's diversity of the same mind!

If it turns out he's the same one whose cartoons you sometimes put on the refrigerator, it confirms what I already knew from your words - ¡Somos definitivamente hermanas debajo de la piel!

Ronnie said...

Deb, I can´t tell you how much I appreciate the unbridled honesty, esp. when surrounding by b.s. from the Gov´t, Madison Ave, even people sitting right next to me. You´re a breath of fresh air, baby. También soy hermano de verdad, wepa!

Deb said...

¡Podemos nunca tener bastante hermanos de verdad, hombre! And we both know I've n-e-e-ver been short in the "unbridled truth" department! But thank you. Like I said, I don't know any way else to be.

It was great talking to you yesterday. He got your email - sure, go ahead and give her my number! But do tell her to be forewarned - I often suffer bouts of CRS (Can't Remember Shit) due to old-age and therefore, have to be reminded of things now and again, but I'm sure we'll catch-up! :-)

Drop in any time!

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