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Saturday: The Shareholders of Obama Corp

Rockefeller estate at KyKuit on Hudson: Abstraction in context

Sometimes, I wonder if the Obot contigent knew in advance that Obama was a corporate schmoozer and one of the Olympic MBA competition team whether they would have voted for him.  (See Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan for the full description) It seems to me that the self-described “creative class” isn’t as familiar with the type.  The Olympic MBA team flies into a site via expensive helicopters, preferably after they think most of the wretched refuse has left. They view us from a distance, like little zeros on the spreadsheet of life.  They talk amongst themselves and *say* they want our input, but only if it agrees with what they have already decided.  They function at a level of existence that is abstract.  Sort of like modern art.  The Jackson Pollack or Kandinsky variety, not the good stuff like the sublime, luminescent paintings stashed away at Kykuit on the Hudson.  No, the mental art of the Olympic MBA team is definitely $6 a pound variety.  They think we rabble won’t know the difference.

I wouldn’t count on that.

I (half) listened to Obama’s press conference yesterday and thought to myself (not for the last time) that he has a knack for making you think he’s going to do something.  But if you listen more closely, the amount of effort he intends on putting actions to words is minimal, if anything.  It’s a lot like his campaign style, which was a whole lot of nothing.  The NYTimes is catching on:

He resisted calls to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, saying he would do so only when oil supplies were genuinely threatened [what about when the economy is genuinely threatened?  Doesn’t the president get to make that call?]. He delivered instead a measured tutorial on this country’s need to make itself less dependent on foreign oil, while reminding Americans that a nation that consumes one-quarter of the world’s oil while owning 2 percent of its reserves cannot drill its way to energy independence.

This is what leaders do — seize a moment when something like a spike in prices at the pump has grabbed public attention and use it to instruct on larger issues, in this case the need for a saner energy policy and a cleaner energy future. Mr. Obama is good at that.

But there is another thing that leaders do, and that is to push and pull and knock heads and do whatever else is required to make sure those goals are achieved. And on this score, Mr. Obama often falls short, especially on important energy issues.

Case in point: the climate debate last year, which he framed beautifully in his speeches but then tiptoed away from. A few outgunned senators were left to try to get an actual bill passed and, unfortunately, failed.

A similar test confronts him now. As usual, the president has the music right. He said the only plausible strategy to achieve energy independence is to reduce consumption with increasingly fuel-efficient cars and alternative fuels.

Ok, here’s where the whole Obama phenomenon gets curious and interesting.  The Republicans are determined to make our lives miserable.  They are succeeding brilliantly.  Misery is indeed increasing.  Sometimes, I wonder if Lincoln was right to duke it out with the south, which has apparently never lost it’s fondness for cheap, exploitable labor.  He should have freed the slaves and then jettisoned off Dixie.  “See ya! Don’t take any wooden nickels!”

Pollock: Brooke says it looks like paint spatters but what does she know?

Where was I?  Oh, yes, so gas prices are increasing.  That means every other bloody thing that has to be grown and/or shipped is going to be more expensive too.  So, instead of the crappy 2% seed corn eating payroll tax cut, that got partially gobbled by federal taxes, going into the economy, that money is going to be eaten up by higher fuel costs.  You’d *think* that Obama would see the danger of letting a fragile economy teeter on the brink of a double dip recession if fuel costs go up.  Well, to be complete, he should be worried about the cuts in pay and bennies to federal and state workers and all of the hard working science types who spend 10 years in school getting their PhDs but can’t land a job making more than $37,000/year.   A loud mouth, slash and burn GOP governor here and there adds up.  It doesn’t help that Obama’s mouthpieces keep spouting the Villager’s mantra that spending cuts are necessary but are silent when it comes to raising taxes on millionaires or cutting back on defense spending.

But Obama’s committment to addressing the here and now so that the economy doesn’t sputter and go out, amounts to sternly worded letters to the oil industry and not tapping the strategic petroleum reserve.  No, instead, we are lectured about how unsustainable our oil consumption energy market is.


Do you ever wonder why some reporter in the room doesn’t just stand up and say, “Do you have any idea how to do your job, Mr. President?”

Of course an economy based on oil is unsustainable.  We’ve known about that (and heard about it relentlessly) for the past 40 years. But where are Obama’s green jobs?  Where are the plans for mass transit?   Both of those things would have helped stimulate the economy.  When I asked Hillary Clinton about these very same issues back at YearlyKos2 in Chicago 2007, she had a detailed answer with subparagraphs and funding mechanisms and she threw in her goal for wiring the nation up with high speed broadband so we wouldn’t have to do so much commuting.  Her answer took 10 minutes and was so complete that it was clear that she had really thought about the problem from all aspects, studied the parameters, asked a lot of questions and figured out her strategy.  Obama?   Ehhhhh… not so much.

But no, we had to have Obama.  Obama’s approach to the oil crisis, in The GREAT RECESSION, is to lecture us and tell us to hope and aspire to a day when we will have all the biofuel we can eat.  Nevermind that rising energy costs are going to force a lot of already stressed American families to make some really tough choices that will affect the economy in the immediate future.  But maybe Obama feels that we all need to suffer through higher gas prices and pay more of our shrinking paychecks to the oil bidness and drag the economy down and this will serve as a teachable moment for conservation and planning.  If you’re hungry, just have your stay at home wife (who has a law degree and kids in school all day) plant a garden in your yard.  Or better yet, feed those kids a lot less.  They’re too fat anyway.  American parents do not understand nutrition.

The fire?  What fire.  I don’t see a fire.

The fact that Obama has no problems with discretionary spending cuts deserves a post of its own.  His lack of advocacy for funds to Teach for America at the same time he lauds the program speaks for itself.  Not to mention the fact that womens’ rights in Afghanistan, and by extension, anywhere else in the world are just “pet rocks” of some inappropriately principled senior administration officials:

A senior U.S. official involved in Afghanistan policy said changes to the land program also stem from a desire at the top levels of the Obama administration to triage the war and focus on the overriding goal of ending the conflict.

“Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,” said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.” [Ladies, do not date or vote for these men]

There’s a pattern here, if the Obots actually look at it instead of petting themselves for being the in-group that got it all wrong but still think Obama can be rehabilitated.  Time and time again, Obama has demonstrated quite clearly that everyone, everyone’s rights, everyone’s economic future, everyone’s personal lives, everyone’s American Dream, are expendable and negotiable.  He draws no bright lines.  He protects noone, not even his political allies.  He makes an aspirational speech taking on a controversial issue and makes you think he’s going to do something about it.  But the speech is carefully crafted to give the impression of action when no such action is ever intended. He is the product and protege of the Olympic MBA team and its culture.  He has adopted their values, conformed to their behavior, feels distaste for those outside his milieu and thinks of the rest of us as abstractions.  He is in love with power but not for exercising it.  He simply wants to possess it.  His shareholders are his first priority.  If he keeps them happy, he’s doing a great job.

But shareholders are fickle.  I’ve seen many a schmoozing, ambitious, aggressive guy get to the top after a couple of years of thinking his “work” consists of sucking up to the guy two levels above him and leaving dead bodies in his wake only to be furloughed after a 3 or 4 year term.  The underlings grumble about the clueless management but console themselves that the shareholders will oust him in a couple of years, to be replaced with someone equally cool, detached and clueless.

Because after all, if all you’re doing is keeping the place barely going without actually producing anything innovative, if all you’re doing is giving speeches and providing lackluster leadership, well, any *body* can do that.  It’s easy to build an image out of nothing and sell it.  It’s just as easy to tear it down.  Lack of success is definitely not sexy.  And if Obama doesn’t start leading and bucking the Republicans, that’s where he’s headed.  He won’t be his own man and he’ll be presiding over a failed economy heading into an election year.

At some point soon, the shareholders, the other ones with the millions and millions of little shares, are going to want a change in management.

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  1. Jeez, the breathless hysteria of the US press over the nuclear reactor in Japan is just ridiculous. Yes, let’s make this as scary as possible.
    To recap: a nuclear reactor built in 1971 has survived a major catastrophic earthquake, a huge tsunami and a container building explosion. The steel reactor shell is still intact not affected. As a result, some slightly radioactive hydrogen gas was released.
    This is not Chernyobal, guys. This is a case of the japanese having multiple redundant cooling procedures in case of lack of power and having the diesel powered generators of one of those cooling rendundancies floode by seawater. So, they switched to a steam powered unit. That was ok but was unable to keep up with the buildup of gases in the containment unit. Now, they’re going to use seawater. Sounds to me like they’re doing all the right things and a china syndrome is not in the works.
    Will everybody just take a fricking chill pill?

    • It sure looks like the Japanese are on the cutting edge of earthquake-proof construction, but I have to admit I’m still a little nervous.

      • To be honest, I was a little surprised at the people who almost immediately started to scream that no nuclear power is safe.
        Let’s review:
        1.) it’s a 40 year old reactor, presumably built with an older generation technology.
        2.) it survived the biggest earthquake since japan started to keep records. An earthquake that moved japan’s coastline by 8 feet and shifted the earth in it’s axis (no joke).
        3.) it survived a huge tsunami that managed to swallow a city of 71000 people.
        4.) it had multiple redundant cooling systems and when the last one failed, they flooded the reactor with seawater. Done. Meltdown averted.

        So, what exactly is it about this reactor that was so unsafe? Yes, a catastrophe *could* have happened. But it didn’t. If anything, this story tells you what can happen when the worst possible scenario happens. The reactor gets cooled by any means necessary even if that means it can never be used again. Crisis avoided.

        • I’m sure a lot of my fears have to do with the fact that I was born in 1954. I can remember the Cuban Missile Crisis–I knew my parents were very worried, but I didn’t know exactly why. We went through the “duck and cover” Civil Defense drills in elementary school. I think the Cold War warped a lot of us for life–lol.

          • I’m a bit older and also remember the Cuban missile crisis. My school dismissed in the middle of the day, and at least the older girls knew damn well we’d been sent home to die with our families.

  2. Brooke is right.

    There are half a dozen paintings by a Pollock wannabe showing at a little local bistro that nevertheless serves excellent panini and soup. A friend of mine, a beginning artist with a medical background, looked at one, cocked her head and said, “Hmm. Looks like the autopsy room floor.”

    • I can see why you’d want a pollock in the lobby of some corporate edifice. They’re big, colorful and you either like it or you hate it. It’s not really an introspective piece. It doesn’t compliment its surroundings in a way that makes you reflect on anything. It’s just there, taking up wall space. And that’s OK.
      But it’s not genius. Anyone could do it with an unlimited supply of paint and a color wheel.

      Kykuit, on the other hand, has an amazing collection of modern art, all if it chosen and placed to optimize its impact on the space. That space, in turn, accommodates and optimizes the art.
      I think Edith Wharton dud the interior design. She made it very easy for the artwork to be shown to it’s best advantage.

  3. http://cannonfire.blogspot.com

    Read Cannonfire this morning. “Hillary: the time is NOW”

  4. RD, all during the primaries it was clear that Hillary was the work horse, Obama the show horse, and nothing has changed. He starts his day with his daily briefing at 9:30, for God’s sake, Hillary would have already been at her desk for a good four hours. I still hate the people who put him in office and what they have cost this nation, and I am not a person to use the word “hate” lightly. Yes, I hate them.

    • If BC was impeached for a lie about a personal issue why isn’t obama impeached for the many dangerous lies? I watched Dylan Ratigan last night and he was talking about obama not being held accountable for his actions and inactions and DR said one of the reasons was because of his race, people are afraid. He also mentioned the wall street sellout and big business, Manning. He has been ripping into obama alot lately ,wonder how the bought channel puts up with him? This is good. I can’t believe msnbc lets anyone criticise ob.

      • What is this Dylan Ratigan of which you speak?
        This is a media gasbag free thread.

    • He starts his day with his daily briefing at 9:30, for God’s sake.

      Some time back I noticed how in his schedule they not only put timestamps on “Leaving The White House at … Arriving Andrews Air Force Base at … Leaving Andrews AFB at … Arriving xyz at … Leaving xyz at …” etc. to make him look buzy, they sometimes even put some of Biden’s and Clinton’s schedule on there too, lol!

  5. are you on the high ground RD?just saw your Governor had declared a state of emergency 🙂

    • I haven’t seen any local flooding. Weird because I’m in the walmart in flooding grand central territory.
      Yea, it rained a lot a couple days ago.
      Dont know why Christie called a state of emergency. That would mean asking state workers to do stuff on overtime. And if I were them, I’d be helping my brother in law move. Or something.

  6. Another excellent post RD…and another reason I come here every day.

    Thank you.

  7. I’m reading the Guardian. CA is anti-nuke for the most part. Pretty scary lede story — in Europe they don’t want more plants either.


    Hillary probably did have plans. Even McCain had that Lexington project. But? They all need to look homewards. I don’t think they care to, RD.

    It’s past politics in a way at this point for most Americans. From the 80’s til now is when the power grid developed. When you read the lede at the Guardian and know that Obama plans to build nuclear plants?



  8. Wasn’t there a character – a politician – in the Foundation Trilogy who made wonderfully empowering speeches but, when they were examined by Logic Specialists they always boiled down to nothing. Grand words that meant nothing.

    That’s what I always think of when I hear Obama speak.

    • Same as it ever was
      Same as it ever was

      • Yep. It’s just that it’s particularly frustrating now when we really need someone to step up and DO something real.

        As things are now, if you had a genius idea for making a real difference — who would you tell? I don’t think there’s anyone in power open to a really incredible idea.

        • What I find frustrating is that no one seems to care or dare examine Obama’s (speechwriters’) words/wording. Every politician’s wording should be examined – even, and maybe especially, the words of the POTUS. After all he’s considered the World’s most powerful person.

          And it should be one of the obligations of the so called Fourth Estate to help us expose the words of politicians for what they really are – and to press on for real answers. The ‘beat around the bush’ no-answers politicians get away with, I think few of us would accept coming from family, friends or colleagues.

  9. More on nuclear power plant in Japan: so the new theory is that the Japanese government is lying about the threat. Maybe it is. But I would caution people who are suggesting this that the truth will out and rather quickly. Radiation levels can be monitored internationally and frequently is.
    Just because it seems plausible that the Japanese government is lying thru its teeth doesn’t mean it’s a catastrophe in the making. We’ll all know pretty soon. It’s very hard to keep stuff like that a secret.
    I’m inclined to believe the unit is toast at this point but not anything nearly as bad as the skeptics claim.

  10. A frequent commenter at the Hullabazoo said:

    “Obama is the race card that Wall Street played on us all.”

    He also said he hopes his statement goes viral. :mrgreen:

  11. I would like to see the stats on how many people have died from nuclear plant accidents and how many have died from coal, oil, natural gas etc accidents.

    • Add to that the number of men who have died in the coal mines in cave-ins, explosions, methane releases. They’re not so frequent now, but I remember a time when mine disasters happened pretty regularly.

  12. You know, “Saturday, the Shareholders . . .” is a good article: nothing new overall; different wording for the same dire foibles and sheer incompetencies of Obama[land]—which are totally true. He is beyond pathetic and clueless.

    Just stopped by this site as I haven’t been on it for some time, not since, in fact, several insightful, intelligent, and independent thinkers who commented on here regularly were asked to leave the site by Her Highness, none other than RD. One person I particularly enjoyed reading was myiq2xu. They were asked to leave the site because they were making RD uncomfortable. They were achieving that, not by any vulgar/incoherent polemics or syntactically challenged displays of ignorance, by merely challenging her viewpoint on an issue(s).

    Swarms of people left with these few people, as did I, who appreciate a person intelligent and open-minded enough to handle sincere critiques of their work. I wondered if RD had recovered from the mass migration of persons leaving the Confluence. I see that she has not done so: 22 comments at the time I begin begin writing the present comment: 7 of which were by riverdaughter (RD) herself. Let’s see that leaves 15 comments, none of which were very insightful. Also note that she has her usual picture up (or maybe that’s a slight update) AND a bluish icon, both representing her. . . . a way to look as though more comments are coming in? Too bad she couldn’t handle a bit of civil and justifiable criticism.

    Needless to say, I won’t be back!

    • No one was asked to leave by anyone.

    • I still visit daily and comment when I can. Maybe my posts are not insightful and earth changing enough for you. After carefully reading you comment in it’s entirety I find nothing insightful or informative in it. If you can not bring yourself to a higher level, I for one won’t miss you(speaking for myself only). RD is going through a bit of a rough time now and can use some support. I hope you reconsider and can add something positive and meaningful rather than the piffle you gave here.

    • Perhaps you should go back a few months and review RD’s comments about “mean girl” junior high school cliques. It seems you belong to one.

    • well let me just say.I have been coming here from the very beginning.time changes things.
      people come people go.so if you are like me you stay.:mrgreen:

    • Ciao!
      But before you go, let’s get one thing straight: no one forced the bloggers out.
      And yes, I didn’t like it when very conservative commenters had the gall to challenge the way I run my site. The blogoshpere is a big place. If they don’t like my place on the political spectrum, they are free to find one more to their liking. They are not free to move in and take over. IMHO, that’s where bloggers like digby went horribly wrong in 2008.
      This site does not accept money for blogs and didn’t even when the numbers hit 50000 page hits per day. Therefore, I am not compelled to conform my opinion to my readers in order to make a living. If I’m the only one writing and reading this blog in the end, that’s ok with me. Having a wildly popular revenue generating blogis not how I measure my personal success.

  13. I’ve been a huge fan of the Confluence for years, reading daily, though rarely commenting. I’ll have to say, though, I take issue and offense at this:

    “Sometimes, I wonder if Lincoln was right to duke it out with the south, which has apparently never lost it’s fondness for cheap, exploitable labor. He should have freed the slaves and then jettisoned off Dixie. ”See ya! Don’t take any wooden nickels!””

    The big corporations headquartered in the North and other areas of this country are as guilty of exploitation as any Southern based employer. Cheap labor has historically drawn factories from all over the country to the South, and the heads of those companies have fought like hell to keep out Unions. So while blame is being dished out, let’s make sure that every one who deserves a serving gets one.

    As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, I’ll be the first to admit that our history of racism is shameful, and deserving of the criticism that our fellow Americans who live north of the Mason Dixon Line have eagerly dished out. Heaven knows there’s not a racist residing anywhere in this country other than the South.

    As Moran Freeman, a resident of MS has said, (paraphrasing) Racism is less difficult to deal with in the South because racists in the South let you know what they are. There’s just as much racism in other parts of the country, they just hide it better.

    Thanks for the opportunity to express my view on this.

    • Well said, freespirit. Thank you.

    • I’m Native American, and it was the Union, before, during and after the Civil War, that pursued a deliberate policy of genocide against my people. The Confederacy, in contrast, granted Southern NA’s citizenship.

      This does not make the South’s persecution of African Americans any more acceptable or excusable. But the “South-bad-racist/North-good-nonracist” meme is not only simplistic but histoically inaccurate.

    • Ahem, I’m a military brat. I’ve lived in the south.
      I don’t make the southern thing up. It’s in the numbers. South of the mason Dixon line Is associated with conservative, bible belt, right to work states controlled primarily by republicans. Those same republicans tend to be movement conservative big business types. Go ahead, check the primaries, presidential elections and representative stats. I’ll wait.
      The north has it’s own set of problems. But please, spare me. I’ve been to the slave auction site in Charleston, SC. I’ve stood in the dilapidated slave cabins on a plantation. As far as cheap and exploitable labor, it doesn’t get worse than slavery. And that’s why we fought the civil war. It was to make sure slave states didn’t have an unfair labor advantage.
      And no, I don’t think the south ever got over its fondness for it. So sue me.

      • I’m not a military brat, but I am a southerner. And yes, I’ve stood in the slave auction courtyard of the Cabildo in New Orleans, seen the plantations, walked some battlefields. That’s one of the reasons I not only supported the civil rights movement of the 60’s but participated in it.

        Of course the south has the problems you mention. I didn’t deny that. What I am pointing out is that the north, and the federal government it preserved, has a history as viciously racist as the south. If you want to stand in a haunted place, try Wounded Knee or Sand Creek.

      • Spending a while as a kid in the South makes you an authority? Visiting a plantation gave you that much insight? It doesn’t take a deep thinker to figure out that enslaving another human being is wrong.

        I know the damn history, so you spare me. Any fool knows the South is populated primarily by conservative (doesn’t matter which party – all are conservative) Bible thumpers. For the sizable (though still minority) number of us liberals down here, it ain’t easy..

        As far as wages are concerned, blacks and whites alike deal with the issue of low wages. Minimum wage isn’t enough to live on. But like it or not, the factories are largely owned by corporations based in the North.

        I think you were wrong to make such a broad, sweeping statement condemning an entire region of the country. But, you know what? I don’t give a shit what you say any longer. I won’t be reading.

        The point

  14. Another view on nuclear power:

    Invisible Peril: Nuclear Radiation ——————————————
    Invisible peril
    If men were to see the state of the world as We, the Masters, see, they would be amazed, dumfounded and afraid, all at the same time. So far from the reality is man’s view of conditions on Earth, and so lacking in judgement is he about future possibilities, that, without help, man would watch his planetary home languish and die.
    As it is, planet Earth is in a sad and perilous condition while each day brings it nearer to the critical. Many voices have sounded warnings on global warming, and many views have been expressed, but even the most dire prophecy falls short of the calamity facing the world today. Few there are who see the immediacy of the threat and the urgency of the steps needed to counter it.
    Great as is the peril posed by global warming, this, unfortunately, is not the greatest, or most hazardous, faced by man today. Did he but know it, man is engaged in a slow but steadily increasing intoxification of the race and of the lower kingdoms. Toxicity, pollutions, of all kinds, and in all fields, is now the greatest danger to men, animals and the Earth itself. All are poisoned and sick in their own way.
    Sorry tale
    Unknown to men but evident to Us, the greatest harm sustained by men and planet in this sorry tale is caused by nuclear radiation. Men have gone far astray in the development of this most dangerous energetic source. Led astray by greed, and the false hope of vast profits, they have concentrated their experiments in ‘taming’ the most dangerous source of energy ever discovered by man, neglecting, meanwhile, a perfectly safe alternative use of the energy of the atom. Atomic fusion, cold and harmless, could be theirs from a simple isotope of water, everywhere available in the oceans, seas and rivers, and in every shower of rain.
    Man must cease his ‘toying with death’. Atomic fission is the result of the atomic bombs which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki; which erupted in Chernobyl and causes, subtly, death and sickness today. It is “that which stands where it ought not” and which must be renounced by man if he would prosper further.
    Earth scientists are confident that they have, indeed, tamed the monster, and can keep it under control. They do not realize that their instruments are crude indeed, that they measure only the lower aspects of nuclear radiation, that stretching above these dense-physical levels are levels finer and more dangerous to the health and well- being of all. But for the tireless efforts of our Extra-planetary Brothers in assuaging this invisible peril in so far as the karmic law allows, our plight would be perilous indeed. Wake up, mankind!
    This article is by the Master -, a senior member of the Hierarchy of the Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, has not yet been revealed for various reasons. Benjamin Creme is in contact with this Master who dictated

  15. Reply to “L.A. Sullivan”:
    I might not make very insightful comments (by your standard), but I don’t think it is anybody’s business to grade them. I might sometimes make more comments in one thread than others, but I don’t think it is anybody’s business to count them. And I really don’t see a problem with RD having different gravatars – stemming from, I believe, posting from different “outlets”.

    I’m genuinely appreciative towards RD for letting me come here and post, vent, opinionate, link. And even as I might not always agree with RD’s way of replying to other commenters, it really, really isn’t any of my business! Personally I’ve always been met with respect from RD, and she herself never, ever made me feel unwelcome here! For that I’m both humbled and grateful.

    • I concur. You said it much better than I did. :-).

      • if i agree,is that that the same as concur?? 😦

      • Thanks native1 … though I think you did pretty well yourself 😉 . And lol foxyladi, you made me look up “concur”. Just to be sure. Which reminded me of Maggie Smith – the absolute, personified highlight of the series! -– in Downton Abbey, when she, as the snobbish Dowager Countess after having made a snide comment, that someone takes at face value and compliment her for, murmurs <"Must not have expressed myself clearly enough." 😆

    • Am I the only one who finds this person’s obsessiveness creepy? Seems to me to border on stalking.

      • It’s just pixels on a monitor. It can not hurt you.

        • True. But the apparent necessity to vent that kind of venom is a bit. . . unhinged.

          • Unhinged indeed! But if this kind of attacks weren’t so inexplicably hatefilled … and personal – where does all this hate come from anyway? Directed as it is at total strangers!? – they would actually be hilarious in all their illogic, reality devoid, selfcenteredness. I mean, what’s up with the door slamming following a sobbing “… and you will NEVER see me again!” lol! As if anyone will even notice … or care. Reminiscent of the scorned lover who calls up the ex to tell him/her to “never ever call me again.” 😆

          • Kind of like the breakup note I saw quoted a long, long time ago in some magazine:

            Dear John,

            I hate you.

            Love, Mary

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