On The Margins

Pic of the day:  Bridge in Argenteuil, by Claude Monet

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If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible psychological reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.

David Foster Wallace;  Up, Simba

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Newt Gingrich is out of the running for the Republican nomination for President.  Which means it’s Romney vs.  Paul at this point.  Meaning the General election is now set.  Romney vs. Obama.  Ron Paul only has any chance to make any noise as a third party candidate.  And anyone who has even three brain cells in his head knows that Ron was taken out as a viable Presidential candidate when his old racist writings from years ago came to light.

Only the white supremacists will vote for him now.  Ron Paul has been marginalized, and by his own words and actions no less.

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A Marine corps sergeant stated publicly that he would not follow all the orders given by the President.  Several times.  On facebook.  This is a violation of the Marine Corps code of conduct.  He will be getting an “other than honorable discharge” from the corp as a result.

Good.  I don’t mind that he felt that he could not follow the orders of the President.  Don’t know anyone that would.  The thing I mind here is the fact that this story is getting play at all.  119 articles on google news for this story.  Why? It give the press a reason to mention The President, the Tea Party (the offending sergeant is a member of said organization,)  and gives a news hungry public news to chew on, even if it is pure fluff.

Fluff.

Who seriously gives a shit about a whiny, unprofessional, self-important piece of shit like this guy?

I was going to link to a story with this, I was going to give his name, but realized that would only be adding fuel to the fire.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.