Robert's Virtual Soapbox

(or, The Sanctimonious Professional Leftist's Blog)
MAY 31, 2010 4:46PM

Ralph was right

In the documentary about the life and the achievements of progressive Ralph Nader, “An Unreasonable Man,” one of Nader’s critics lambasts Nader for believing (or even having said, I’m not certain) that things have to get worse before they can get bette… Read full post »

When British Petroleum announced that it wouldn’t know for a little while whether or not its “top kill” effort would work, I knew that it probably wouldn’t. So I wasn’t exactly shocked when BP announced today that indeed it didn’t work.

The BP debacle is… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2010 10:18PM

I fucking HATE Billary Clinton

Blanche Lincoln, Bill Clinton

Associated Press photo

Former Arkansas Gov. Billary Clinton pals around with DINO U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Little Rock today. Billary hates the democratic process, as evidenced by the fact that he believes that progressive candidates shouldn’t run for office when he doesn’t w

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Comparisons of the Obama administration’s slow response to the current crisis created by corporate greed in the Gulf of Mexico to the unelected Bush regime’s slow response to the crisis created by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 perhaps have been inevitable, but they… Read full post »

Associated Press photo

Barack Obama, shown above during his Lincolnesque formal kick-off of his candidacy for president in February 2007 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, now finally concedes that with the Repugnican Party, “The day has passed when I expected thisRead full post »

Yesterday I called Repugnican National Committee head Michael Steele a liar.

I hadn’t planned to write more about his lies about this past weekend’s special election in Hawaii, but then today I got a fundraising e-mail in his name regarding Hawaii’s special election results, an… Read full post »

Charles Djou, Colleen Hanabusa, Ed Case

Associated Press photo

Neither Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, left, nor Democrat Ed Case, center, would drop out of the special election for one of the two U.S. House of Representatives seats for Hawaii won yesterday by Repugnican Charles Djou, right, by a plurality. HanaRead full post »

MAY 21, 2010 6:49PM

Maddow is the new Murrow

I have to agree with The Advocate’s assessment of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, whom I think of as a modern-day Edward R. Murrow (pictured below).

Professional television network journalism in the United States of America died no later than in 2003, when the corporately owned and… Read full post »

Voters are suckers.

Even though Barack Obama has failed miserably to deliver upon his campaign promises of “hope” and “change,” voters still believe that there are political candidates out there who are going to change the status quo.

But corporations and the corporatocrats th… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2010 4:23PM

Wingnuts bash Miss USA

Miss Michigan Fakih stands next to first runner ...

Reuters photo

Mirror, mirror on the wall: First runner-up Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, left, surely is happy for Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, right, who was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Predictably, wingnuts are asserting that Woolard should have won.

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MAY 18, 2010 12:56AM

I see homeless people

I just read about an apparent new trend -- how widespread it is, I'm not sure -- in which individuals are creating Facebook pages for their local homeless people. No, not charitably or humanitarianly (is that a word?), but as in turning the homeless into online local "celebrities," as objects of… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2010 1:28PM

Barbies aren't politicos

Miss Michigan Fakih stands with Miss Oklahoma ...

Reuters photo

Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, left, and Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, right, wait in suspense to discover which one of them would be made Miss USA last night in Las Vegas.

Probably especially because I’m a gay man, I don’t pay much attention to women’s be… Read full post »

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice ...

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Associated Press and Reuters photos

The 46-year-old Sarah Palin-Quayle pontificates in front of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention yesterday just before its cross-burning ceremony. Palin-Quayle’s juvenile, Valley-girl-like word choice, intonation anRead full post »

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will assimilate you.

So I’m thinking of Repugnican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as something like the Borg Queen, telling Arizonans: “You will be assimilated! Resistance is futile!”

I mean: WTF?

Arizona is out-Texasing Texas.

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MAY 12, 2010 1:06AM

I join the cat fight over Kagan

“So is she gay?” — asks gay pundit Andrew Sullivan of Elena Kagan.

“Elena Kagan is not gay,” answers gay pundit Richard Kim of The Nation. (Um, I think he’s gay, that is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Sullivan and Kim exemplify the two camps on… Read full post »

“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror that you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

 – Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith

President Barack Obama has taken some heat from tech-lovers for

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On WordPress, I can see what search terms people use to find my blog. My WordPress blog has had more hits on each of the past two days than it has had on any other day in more than a month, and by far, the piece that I posted last month on U.S.… Read full post »

This book sucks ass, as does its author. I did my best, but I was able to get only to page 18.

Trying to buck the criticism that those of us on the left never expose ourselves to views on the right (and vice-versa), I recently bought a copy of John… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2010 4:42PM

Skipping toward Armageddon

BP faces slew of lawsuits over Gulf of Mexico ...

AFP photo

The oil slick caused by British Petroleum’s failed offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico (pictured above) is now roughly the size of Puerto Rico, according to The Associated Press. Conventional American “wisdom,” however, has been that offshoreRead full post »

ANALYSIS - Is the oil spill Obamas Katrina? ...

FILE - In this aerial file photo taken Wednesday, ...

FILE - In this aerial file photo taken Wednesday, ...

Reuters and Associated Press photos

Fire boats battle the blazing offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico off of the Lousiana coast on April 21. No one is sure how much crude oil the ruptured oil well, operated by British Petroleum and located aRead full post »

Film reviews

Wanting to get away from it all, I decided to see a couple of mindless movies — “Kick-Ass” and “Death at a Funeral” – this past week. Here’s how it turned out:

‘Kick-Ass’: ‘Batman’ meets ‘Kill Bill’

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A sign in protest of immigration bill SB1070 ...

Associated Press photo

A sign, photographed at the state Capitol in Phoenix today, urges a boycott of Arizona in light of Arizona’s white Repugnican governor having signed a law that enables mostly white law enforcement officers to make those who appear to possibly

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APRIL 19, 2010 10:45PM

Assorted shit

Finally, a brilliant move by the Democrats

Apparently the Democrats are planning to make the Repugnicans’ refusal to go along with Wall Street reform a centerpiece of their November election strategy.

It’s a brilliant move.

Perhaps spurred on by the attention that Michael Moore broug… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2010 8:28PM

The cliff swallows of Thunder Valley

Blogger’s note: I usually don’t write things like this — I suppose that with my background in journalism, I find these things to be a bit too fluffy — but fuck it; I thought that I’d give it a try…

Cliff-Swallows

An illustration of cliff swallows in the wild (click

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APRIL 18, 2010 2:56AM

Nutmeg thinks you’re stupid

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 23, 2010, ...

Associated Press photo

Former online auction eBay CEO Megalomaniac Whitman, a billionaire Repugnican, apparently thinks that everything in life goes to the highest bidder. Thus far she has bid $59 million on the governor’s seat of California. 

Former California governor a… Read full post »