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