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I never thought I’d live to see this day.

Once in a lifetime you have a chance to witness a truly epochal event.  This is that event.  Tomorrow at noon, the first black man in American history will be inaugurated President. This is truly a proud and happy day for our country. It’s been a long time coming – nearly 400 years in fact – but it’s finally here.

On November 4, 2008, we demonstrated to the world that we’re serious about ending discrimination and upholding freedom and equality.  Tomorrow the hard work begins.  White America will finally be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.  For far too long, rich old whites have taken for granted that the country was theirs to control.  The presidency was as much about privilege and birthright as politics, and no one embodied that attitude as completely as our last president.  Well, all that’s about to change.  The pillars of the old power structure have begun to crumble, and there’s not a damn thing that can be done to stop it.

That’s what this election means.  That’s how serious it is. The time for talk is over.  Obama’s inauguration is a clarion call to action.  White America has some serious soul-searching to do.

It also means that African-Americans must finally be truly regarded as equals.  Instead of thinking of black men and women as sports stars, singers, sex objects and servants, they must now be seen as leaders, Senators, CEOs, Generals, and, of course, Presidents.

But then, those of us who have served in the military (the 1 percent) already knew that.  It’s the illiterati on both sides that have had trouble acknowledging it.

So when I say I never thought I’d see this day come, that doesn’t mean I never thought a Black man (or woman) would be capable of leading the country.

I meant that I never thought White America would accept that they are.

It’s nice to be wrong.

Some people are just too stupid to be allowed to speak in public.

Case in point:  Joe “the lying sack of shit who misrepresented himself to Barack Obama and became an instant neoConservative celebrity” Wurzelbacher.  Excuse me, I guess he prefers to be called “Joe the Plumber”.  Apparently he’s hoodwinked the right-wing media into believing he has something interesting to say, and is actually capable of doing something other than fraud.  This is Joe the Dumbshit on location in Israel, where he’s now been pretending to be a war correspondent, commenting on his new-found trade:

“To be honest with you, I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war . . . . I liked back in World War I and World War II, when you’d go to the theater and you’d see your troops on the screen and everyone would be real excited and happy for them,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press.

So, does he, in fact, have anything interesting to say?  Anything at all about the “regular Joe” perspective on the Israel-Hamas conflict?  Based on the clips we’ve seen, that would be a resounding “No”.  The man can’t even distinguish between propaganda and journalism.  He’s a brainless prat.

Before he left he was asked if he felt that he was in any danger.  His reply?

“Being a Christian, I think I’m pretty well protected by God.”

So now the guy who misrepresented himself as a plumber is now visiting Israel misrepresenting himself as a reporter.  And misinterpreting Christian theology in the process.  What a wonderful ambassador for our country.

Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, continuing to push the snooze alarm on his 15 minutes of fame.  For this he wins my first ever “Golden Alarm Clock” award.

Golden Alarm Clock

Following is a letter I wrote but did not send to my local paper, in response to a front-page article this week.
Sir,
Re. the January 6th article, “Towns lose watershed suit“, it comes as no surprise that a court based in Manhattan would rule against the rights of upstate citizens and communities.Under an EPA mandate waived last year, New York City would have had to install filtration systems and desalination plants, both of which would have reduced its dependency on Upstate New York for water and lessened the burden imposed on less wealthy communities in the Catskills. Instead of taking responsibility for its own water supply, the City succeeded in convincing a federal court that such measures would be too “costly” and was granted a ten-year waiver, in effect being given a license to pillage and plunder the poor for another decade. And at the end of this extension, I’m sure we can expect more of the same.

Interestingly, a search of the state’s premier newspaper, the New York Times, turns up not a single word written about this latest development. In fact, it’s very difficult to find any ink or bits devoted to covering Catskill Watershed issues between the pages of the Times. It’s very easy, however, to find articles about where to find “second homes”, “weekend retreats” and other “inexpensive” real estate. In other words, the City only really cares about upstate New York when it’s to their benefit to do so. Otherwise, they turn a blind eye to the damage they cause to the local communities by their insatiable desire for land.

New York City has been allowed to get away with treating the rest of the state as its feudal fiefdom for far too long. It’s time it started acting like a good neighbor instead of the greedy, grasping, overweening, bloodsucking parasite it’s been.

Why did I not send it?  Well, as it happens, the editor beat me to it.  The lead editorial was almost as scathing, but without the direct insults:

Surprise! NYC wins yet again

It’s not a surprise that a David lost another battle against a Goliath when Delaware watershed towns lost their legal battle to stop New York City’s exemption from filtering its water until at least 2017.

The towns of Hamden, Roxbury and Hunter had joined the Coalition of Watershed Towns in a suit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the Filtration Avoidance Determination waiver issued in 2007.

The 10-year waiver allows New York City to use water from the Catskill/Delaware system, which includes reservoirs at Cannonsville and Pepacton, provided it continues to take steps to ensure the quality of the water.

The fact that the city doesn’t have to spend $10 billion to build a filtration plant is the root of most of the animosity felt by leaders and residents of watershed towns in the Catskills and Delaware County.

That’s because the only way the EPA would issue filtration waivers to NYC is if the feds are sure that the water will be clean and drinkable anyway. And to achieve that certainty, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection is granted the authority to control most of the lands in the watershed. (click the link to read the rest)

New York City is nothing but a fat, bloated parasite leeching off its upstate neighbors.  I fucking hate the place.  New York would be much better off if the state would cut itself loose from the manacles of its feudal lords to the south.

Maybe if we started charging NYC use-taxes for the water and land it takes, the city leaders might think twice about what they’re doing.