Robert's Virtual Soapbox

(or, The Sanctimonious Professional Leftist's Blog)
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 »

APRIL 16, 2010 6:10PM

Kagan looks queer to me

Supreme Court justice to retire, Obama gets new ...

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is widely viewed as a leading candidate for the Supreme Court.

AFP and Associated Press photos

Quick! Is that a woman or a man in drag?

Looks more like a man than a woman to me. But it’s U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, said to be a possible nominee to replace the retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

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Why is it that some issues that widely were considered to be no-brainers when George W. Bush was “president” now widely are considered to be question marks, gray area, under President Barack Obama?

Case in point: The Associated Press reports that a 24-year-old sergeant in t… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2010 1:15AM

Assorted shit

Posted April 12, 2010

Majority of Americans trust the ‘community organizer’ on nukes

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll that was taken within the past few days, a whopping 70 percent of the 1,000-plus Americans polled believe that the U.S. Senate should ratify

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APRIL 12, 2010 9:06PM

I’m a PROUD left-wing ‘censor’

I love the Internet. I still believe that the Internet is the best way for the average citizen to get his or her voice heard. True, the sheer volume of citizen content on the Internet — and, of course, the huge corporate presence on the Internet — make it incredibly difficult

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APRIL 8, 2010 11:14PM

The new, ACTUAL axis of evil

Trifecta! Repugnican Sarah Palin-Quayle delivering the keynote address at a “tea party” convention covered by Fox “News” in February. If this isn’t a sign of the end times, I don’t know what is.

In my last post I invented the “Unh

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APRIL 8, 2010 3:39AM

Is this the face of the future?

This undated photo provided by the San Mateo Sheriff's department ...

Associated Press photo

So this 48-year-old virgin (well, if I had to bet on it, I’d put my money on his still being a virgin) was arrested by the FBI yesterday for allegedly having harassed and threatened Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi via telephone.

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Elian Gonzalez attends  the UJC, Union of Young Communists, ...

Associated Press photo

Elián Gonzalez, now 16, is shown in Havana, Cuba, three days ago.

I remember when the right-wing, mostly Repugnican, anti-Fidel-Castro Cuban-Americans and their supporters made Elián Gonzalez, then only 6 years old, a pawn in their feud with… Read full post »

Likening the heat that it has been getting over the international child sex abuse scandal that surrounds it to the persecution that the Jews have endured didn’t work, so now the Vatican is blaming feminists and non-heterosexuals for its plight.

Reports The Associated Press today:… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2010 6:39PM

Assorted shit

Steele: It’s hard out here for a pimp 

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2010 file photo Republican National Committee ... 

Associated Press photo 

Repugnican National Committee head Michael Steele (pictured above) says that more is expected of him and President Barack Obama than would be expected of them if they were white. 

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I was looking at Salon.com’s little slide show titled “Holy Week around the world” when I saw some interesting Reuters images from Brazil and Spain. Boy, did I do a double-take.

Apparently, Brazil celebrates a “Procession of the Torches” in which the participants w

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