Saturday, December 31, 2011

**No Reservations**

President Obama's statement on H.R. 1540:

Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012." I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed. In hundreds of separate sections totaling over 500 pages, the Act also contains critical Administration initiatives to control the spiraling health care costs of the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop counterterrorism initiatives abroad, to build the security capacity of key partners, to modernize the force, and to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of military operations worldwide.

President Obama issued a 'signing statement' on 12/31 before he made this bill a law, during which he directly addressed the "serious reservations" he had regarding the possible magnitude of this particular piece of legislation. He has a point: the impending deterioration of the Bill of Rights is somewhat concerning.

If you are STILL are unclear about the ramifications of the NDAA, check out this site for some quality mythbusting.

Friday, December 30, 2011

**Have a Happy and Healthy 2012**

From all of us here at the Revolting Blog: may you find health, joy and inspiration in the upcoming year...and let's all hope that those Mayans are full of shit, man.

Monday, December 26, 2011

**Why Are We Broke?**

Next time you wonder about why the country is facing record deficits, look no further:

1.) Exxon Mobil- With profits totaling $19 billion, the multinational behemoth of Big Oil received a $156 million rebate from the IRS and didn't pay ANY FEDERAL TAXES.

2.) Bank of America- $4.4 billion in profits last year alone, along with receiving a hefty chunk of the $1 TRILLION TARP bailout from the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department. Yet despite all this, they STILL received a $1.9 billion IRS refund. Don't you wish you had their accountant?!

3.) General Electric- $26 billion in profits over the last 5 years earned them a $4.1 billion tax refund, even after cutting 1/5th of its American jobs since 2002. True patriotism, right there.

4.) Chevron- The oil company's 2010 refund topped $19 million even after posting profits of $10 billion in 2009.

5.) Boeing- After receiving a lucrative contract from the Pentagon worth some $30 billion, they were also rewarded with a $124 million IRS refund.

6.) Valero Energy- $68 billion in sales and $159 million in tax refunds from the IRS. Sounds about right.

7.) Goldman Sachs- With profits totaling $19 billion, the multinational behemoth of Big Oil received a $156 million rebate from the IRS and didn't pay ANY FEDERAL TAXES.

8.) Citigroup- Even after being one of the beneficiaries of a $2.5 TRILLION federal bailout, and yielding more than $4 billion in profits last year alone, the bank paid exactly $0 in federal income tax.

9.) ConocoPhillips- Because of their oil and gas manufacturing deductions, a company that has taken in over $16 billion between 2007 and 2009 was still awarded $451 million in tax breaks.

10.) Carnival Cruise Lines- With profits of more than $11 billion over the past half decade, it's astounding-yet-absolutely-true that they pay a federal income tax rate of just 1.1%!!!

Ah, screw it...let's just cut benefits to the elderly, that should take care of all our problems!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

**The End of America As We Know It**



This law (National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, S. 1867) turns America into a battlefield and shreds the founding principles of the United States Constitution by suspending due process. Make no mistake about it, this is the beginning of the end of this fine land. The senate passed it by a margin of 93-7. Think about that for a second...93-7:

"It’s particularly telling that two such seemingly disparate groups of politicians — ostensibly liberal Democrats concerned with the rule of law and ostensibly conservative Republicans concerned with shrinking government — who spent two months disagreeing about whether or not to raise America’s debt ceiling, an ultimately arbitrary and unimportant decision, took less than a week to find consensus on upending the rule of law and radically extending the government’s power."

Liberals, libertarians, and independents alike should all be extraordinarily concerned with what's going on here. Now's one of our last chances to make a stand for the civil liberties that form the core of the Bill of Rights. Let our voices be heard loud and clear: President Obama, if you fail to veto this abhorrent encroachment upon our rights as free citizens, you have NOT A PRAYER of re-election. Tell him now, while there's still a chance. Click here to send him a letter.

And click here to learn more about this legislative abomination and the crooked politicians behind it (hint: his name rhymes with McBane)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Facebook Etiquette (Or Lack Thereof)

Since Facebook has become a necessary evil pervading every facet of contemporary culture, I feel it a moral imperative to share with everyone a laundry list of content-related complaints about what contributes to the site's free-floating atrociousness. We're all guilty of this incredibly egocentric behavior at one time or another, but just remember: it's never too late to change, people. We can all work together to make Facebook a better place for future generations to 'like.'

Relationship Issues... Thanks to a wildly inappropriate status update, I recently noticed that a distant acquaintance went through a rather messy, unfortunate divorce. If you really feel the need to air your dirty laundry in the most public forum imaginable, I suggest running a clothesline across Canal street;

a far more appropriate locale, with much greater proximity to the migrant workers that actually care about your soiled undergarments, if only for the purposes of one-hour martinizing.

Gym Posts... Am I supposed to sleep soundly tonight knowing that you spent the evening lightly jogging on a treadmill like a drunken hamster? If you feel the need to validate your daily workout regimen by shouting it out in front of a bunch of people that you haven't talked to directly in years, you probably should just continue being the lazy piece of shit that we already assume you to be. I wonder if everyone else on your friends list is hoping that you tweak a hamstring on the elliptical, you impossibly self-centered 24-hour fitnarcissist.

Celebrity Sightings... If it's a real A-List type that you spent an evening playing pinochle with, maybe I could understand. But the profoundly menial C-list encounters dominating the 'Book

defy logic. Here's a helpful primer: if you hung out with Alec, it could be sharable--particularly if you spent time pranking his adolescent daughter. If it was Billy, keep it to yourself. And if you're legitimately toying with the notion of posting an encounter with Stephen Baldwin, please also toy with the notion of jumping off of something very tall.

Travel Itineraries...I'm sure you've all seen a similar post: LAX-->JFK. Just because you're giving out your flight schedule doesn't mean anyone gives a flying fuck in return. How can this

information possibly be of any worth to anyone save the internet-savvy criminals who are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to rob you blind while you're sipping overpriced cocktails in a 3rd world paradise, strategically cordoned off from surrounding locals who would want to do just the same if only they had internet access.

Celebrity Death Posts... I GOT IT UP FIRST! No you didn't, you morbid donkey donut. We all have the Internet, and so we all know the very moment that any person of any consequence flatlines. It's so tragically inappropriate to use Facebook to satisfy this dark desire to spread news of death...that's what Twitter is for, you insensitive moron!

Excessive Pictures of Yourself Taken in Front of a Mirror... Exacerbated greatly by inexplicably asinine poses in said pictures.

Public Displays of Affection in the Facebook Realm... For the undying love of Christ, could you please do us all the following favor: turn 90 degrees to your right (or left) and whisper

those same tender sweet-nothings into the ear of your loved one and leave us the fuck out of it! It's not any less annoying on the web than it is in real life.

Conspicuous Consumption... Nothing exposes the inherent emptiness of rampant materialism so much as people's incessant need to Facebrag about their latest purchases. They're so incredibly satisfied with their new trinket or useless gadget that
they feel compelled to let near-strangers know all about it. Am I supposed to be happy for you?

Cause I just want it to break, quickly & into as many pieces as possible.

Scantily Clad Pictures of Dudes... Please don't. Not even girls want to see your chest-hair--and if they do, it's only to judge wether you have more or less than they do.

Daily Chores...If it sucks to do them, imagine how much more it sucks to have to read about you doing them?

Religion... If you're not supposed to discuss it a dinner party, why is it anymore acceptable on what is essentially an online dinner party where everyone you have ever known is invited? What would Jesus 'like?' To be left the fuck off of your Facebook wall, for one. Christ!

Personal Revelations Best Left Between You and Your Psychiatrist... "I Hate Men," you say? If you've got some serious skeletons in your closet, you should probably keep them locked up.

Unless, of course, you're hot and making a public declaration of your newfound which case, post away!

General Displays of Anger/Complaints... Get specific or get out. "I hate Wednesdays?" What the shit is that supposed to mean? If you're continually getting shat upon on the same day of every week, chances are it's not the day's fault. Let us in on the juicy details so that we are better equipped to make fun of your misery.

Trivial Proclamations... As earth-shattering as it might be to announce to your extended cyber-community that it's now the weekend, everyone on Facebook is already well-aware of this fact...because they've spent majority of their workweek reading through redundant status updates.

Moronic Observations... Although this brushes up on the well staked-out territory of trivial proclamations, the former merely leave us scratching our heads, whereas these nuggets of nitwittity make us all collectively stupider for having read them.

Inside Jokes (Unrelated to Nicolas Cage)... If you're referring to something that only has relevance to a handful of people, you should probably confine the comments to that specific group of people. Revolutionary, I know. If you're alluding obscurely to the ironic genius of Nicolas Cage, however, please disregard the aforementioned suggestion.

Sports/Concert Posts While AT the Event... The great Ram Das said it best: Be Here Now. If you were enjoying the event as much as your status update claims, than you'd actually be paying attention to what was happening...and NOT updating your status!

Grammatical Trainwrecks... If your ability to spell and/or write is shaky at best (and
borderline retarded at worst), how are we supposed to read and/or care about your indecipherable musings?

Conversely, there are a number of key elements that, if used more frequently, could dramatically improve the overall Facebook experience. Please observe:

Interesting Facts/Tidbits,
Posing Polarizing Questions/Polls,
Sharing Art of Any Kind,
Crazy Incidents Resulting in Injury and/or Disfigurement
Disgusting Displays of Vulgarity
Graphic Female Nudity
Intentionally Incendiary Remarks (Including, but not limited to, racism and/or fart jokes)
Corporate Secrets
Novelty News
Planting the Seeds of Widespread Revolution

Facebook has never been anything more than the content of which we generate--in its entirety. Together, we can all make it a more enjoyable, entertaining and scintillating site for everyone. Be the status change update you want to see in the world!