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Gay Obama

Maybe you’ve heard President Obama has a new Twitter account? @GayObama has been spitting out gems like “Just met the first Boehner I didn’t like.” and “Things I am *so* over: Ke$ha, Tea Party, cupcakes. In that order.” for about a week now. Some poor sap behind the scenes at The Daily Show is actually crafting the tweets. As it were, the catalyst for the whole thing was something we Year Two folks like to call ‘good.’

You see, Mr. Obama recently decided there was no real constitutionality to this thing called the “‘Defense’ of Marriage Act.” The upshot? Well, for one, it’s a whole lot more likely that Prop h8 will drop off the face of this planet sooner than later. Moreover, the Justice Department is pretty much sanctioning gay marriage, which means it’s only a matter of time before the Congress and courts catch up. That’s more civil rights for some real defenders of the act of marriage–people who still thirst for it, even after Larry King.

Not only has Gay Obama taken the country two steps closer to finally treating homosexuals as equals, but the man’s using his status as appointer-in-chief to break the heretofore impenetrable glass ceiling that has prevented openly gay members of this thing from serving in the executive office. A week ago, he appointed one Jeremy Bernard the new social secretary–that’s the person who throws the parties. You gotta start somewhere.

Sign Of The Times

There was a great bounty of hyper-ironic signage out at Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Being that it’s Election Day, Goods gives it up for this lurid Lincoln:

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
– John Quincy Adams


Good Quotations: Barack Obama (Or If You’re British, Obamer)

“I was amused — Jon Stewart, the host of ‘The Daily Show,’ apparently he is going to host a rally called something like Americans in Favor of a Return to Sanity or something like that. And his point was, you know, 70 percent of the people, it doesn’t matter what their political affiliation are, 70 percent of the folks are just like you, which is they’re going about their business, they’re working hard every day, they’re looking after their families. They don’t go around calling people names. They don’t make stuff up. They may not be following every single issue, because they just don’t have time. But they are just expecting some common sense and some courtesy in how people interact. And having those voices lifted up is really important. So hopefully, since they’ve got a whole bunch of cameras here, somebody was just listening to you.”

— Barack Obamer, speaking at a town hall meeting in Richmond, Virginia yesterday afternoon. You may not care for his policies, style, or field goals, but you have to appreciate his earnest appeals to rational numbers.

Double Down: Bill Bids Farewell

Watching Bill Moyers Journal is much like attending a college lecture from the best professor you ever had. His hour-long program is chock full of compelling and indispensable information that speaks to the fabric of this little project we’re all working on. Though some folks beholden to rigid political ideology consider Moyers nothing more than a loopy liberal, watching his show reveals that the man is just a devout populist hungry for better government and honest discussion.

Though a lot of people bidding farewell to Bill tonight have watched him for decades, I only came to know his show in 2007 (forever grateful, Father). I was incredulous at the conversations he would have every Friday night — conversations being the operative word. There’s not much yelling on public broadcasting, but Moyers goes even further. His discussions with guests make the solutions to all of the great ills of society seem simple.

Moyers is our staunchest advocate — steadfastly independent of the mainstream media and inexorably devoted to addressing the root causes of what’s ailing our country. I imagine if Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert weren’t allowed to crack wise, their shows would end up looking something like Moyers’ broadcast. Watching Bill talk to Jon, it was evident that the two commentators were cut of the same cloth:

We’re about to lose one of our great thinkers — one who was driven by obligation, not ambition. He turned down high-ranking positions in presidents’ cabinets, laughed at requests to run for office, and came out of retirement to present the arguments that weren’t being made. But, at 76, you have to respect the man’s desire to fulfill obligations outside of the industry he had a hand in forming. No longer will we have protracted discussions about man and his myth. No longer will there be a voice of reason sitting at the table on a Friday night. In a piece semi-eulogizing Bill in the Los Angeles Times, Neil Gabler bemoaned the gaping hole that will be left on television after tonight, arguing “There is no shortage of loudmouths on television. There is, however, a very short supply of soft-spoken moralists — exactly one.”

He continued,

Moyers has always sought the most interesting thinkers, people who would never otherwise be on television, and then discussed their ideas in search of timeless truths. In the last two months alone, he has interviewed naturalist Jane Goodall, playwright Anna Deavere Smith, economist James K. Galbraith and U.N. human rights investigator Richard Goldstone — a disparate group, none of them exactly headliners. In a sense, then, the title of one of his series, “Now,” was a misnomer. Moyers has never been about now. He has always been about something beyond the moment. Or put another way, while everyone else in the media has been exploring topography, Moyers has been exploring geology. This belief in the efficacy of ideas in the service of good is also what has made him such an extraordinary interviewer.

Do your best to catch the last episode of the Journal tonight at 9 on your local PBS affiliate. We all know Boots will:

Apologies to The Garden State

In keeping with Goodosphere ethos, I must note that this post is in no way a stab at New Jersey. After all, taking a stab at the muchmaligned third signatory of the Constitution wouldn’t exactly make for a compelling read, nor much of a foray into unfamiliar territory. However you may feel about Jersey Shore, the smell, or the pollution, it’s wise to remember that this is the birthplace of The Boss, the boss, and the man The Economist calls a modern day Socrates.

Irrespective of its contributions and many glorifications, there will always be two schools of thought on what moniker best couches all that is Jersey. Wikipedia’s New Jersey entry references “the Garden State” six times, but not once features the word armpit. A google of “Armpit of America” yields some 700,000 results and all of the most frequented ones that don’t refer to a dubious Washington Post article that bestowed the title on Battle Mountain, Nevada refer to New Jersey. The poor man’s Webster’s, Urban Dictionary, features just one definition for the ignominious title:

1. Armpit of America

New Jersey

As Bob approached the border of PA, he could see the sign that always brightened his day up:

“Welcome to Pennsylvania.”

“Ahhh, I feel better already” thought Bob.

NPR’s Peter Sagal — host of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and New Jersey native — tried to make some sense of the dichotomy between Garden State and Armpit of America with mixed results. What seems to be certain is that haters gonna hate and New Jersey is in fact exceptionally trashed and polluted. Thus, we don’t have to feel bad about laughing at Jay’s tattoo of the Armpit of America all up in his armpit:

Good Egg: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren has got the proverbial back of America. As the head of the Congressional Oversight Panel, lady goes around on the TV speaking nothing but unadulterated truth about the predatory banks and creditors that have taxed the naive out of The Dream. She speaks about it all so plainly and often that people are taking notice. She may just change the status quo if appointed the head of the still-possible-if-the-Dems-can-man-up Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA).

Essentially, a CFPA is a totally requisite arm that would make sure that the average prole doesn’t get hosed when she signs up for a credit card or buys a house. Somehow, this is a contentious issue. Good thing Elizabeth Warren has our backs: “My first choice is a strong consumer agency,” she told the New York Times. “My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.”

God bless Elizabeth Warren and God bless the United States of America.

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