Wednesday, October 15, 2008

George and Osama's October "Surprises"

I woke up this morning feeling better than I have felt in a long time about the state of the American political situation. Barack Obama is starting to come out far ahead of John McCain in the polls; with each passing day, a Democratic victory on Election Day seems more and more inevitable. In states previously thought to be incurably Republican, Senator Obama is neck and neck or catching up - and in a few cases even ahead. What can possibly go wrong now? I thought to myself. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks:
Osama bin Laden!
Oh, shit! On the eve of the 2004 election, the hideous bastard sent a message to America that the GOP spun to be - and might very well have been - a subtle endorsement of John Kerry. The electorate fell for the line and the rest is history. In the past eight years, the Republican party has done such damage to the United States, it's a fairly safe wager that the Evil One (I refer here to bin Laden, not Bush) is counting on a McCain/Palin victory on November 4. Will Osama once again stir the electoral waters with another psych-op/publicity stunt? If he's still alive, the answer is probably yes.
It would be just like him to throw another nasty monkey wrench into the process, wouldn't it? I can just picture it now: On FOX Noise, file footage is being broadcast. Rupert Murdoch's personal Arab translator (Geeez, I've gotta get me one of them!) is relaying bin Laden's written statement:
"It is the duty of all my brother Muslims in America to vote for the holy, jihad warrior (and my second cousin, once removed), Barack Hussein Obama. Once installed in the president's office, the final destruction of the great Satan shall be at hand."
"Having a wonderful time; wish you were here",
"Love, Osama"
"P.S. - Michelle rocks!"
Would the American electorate, given their recent history, be sophisticated enough to see through what can only be described as an obvious Machiavellian ploy?
You're joking, right?
Maybe I'm wrong, but were something like that to happen, it would only benefit John McCain and the GOP. Were that to happen, this election is over. Of this there can be little doubt: The Bush Mob is counting on some kind of - any kind of - "October Surprise" in order to frighten the voters into voting for "war hero" John McCain. If an open letter to Barack Obama signed "Love, Osama" isn't forthcoming, an "unexpected incident" involving the U.S. military (an invasion of Iran, perhaps?) would also do the trick.
It must be a horrible thing indeed to walk in the shoes of George W. Bush nowadays. Have you seen him lately? The disgusting little thug has aged ten years since the early spring. Why? Think about it: As long as the polling results between Senators Obama and McCain were razor-thin, stealing this election would be as easy as it was in 2000 and 2004. McCain would be a sure thing and the First Fool and his posse of homicidal sycophants would be able to slither out of town, forever assured that they had gotten away with their crimes against the American people. The last thing in the world he wants is to have the Department of Justice placed in the hands of competent investigators - read that to mean: "non-right wing party hacks".
Things are different now. Very different. The so-called "permanent Republican majority" as envisioned by Karl Rove and the neo-cons eight years ago, has gone up in smoke. Seventy-five percent of the American people have awaken to the real agenda of these ideological perverts and they've had enough. Think about that for a minute: a quarter of your fellow citizens are so mind-twistingly stupid, they actually believe that this sick administration has been good for the country. Some Americans are funny that way, aren't they?
Bush today has found himself in one hell of a tricky dilemma. Stealing this election will be difficult, if not impossible. It was one thing to soil the electoral process when the polls had Gore and Kerry winning by a mere hair; to attempt as much when most of the polls are now predicting a landslide for Obama would be unthinkable. Or would it? These people are so arrogant, I wouldn't put anything past them at this point. If that happens, there will be a Revolution - COUNT ON IT.
The easiest course for Bush is to create a "military situation" which gives the people pause. Make them think that the survival of the union depends on the steady (if a tad wrinkled) hand if a Top Gun, macho kind of guy like G.I. Johnny McCain. So what if the situation in question results in a few thousand innocent people losing God's most precious gift? Since when did the sanctity of human life mean a damned thing to George W. Bush and company? I ask you!
I am absolutely certain of what I am about to say and God forgive me if I am wrong: Something is going to happen between now and Election Day. At the very least an unforeseen "event" is at this moment in the planning stage. The fact that it might take another two or three billion dollars out of our already depleted national treasure is beside the point. You must remember that what we're dealing with here is a cabal of sociopaths. The consequences of their actions means not a thing to them. Wake up, folks. Your government has been taken over by gangsters.
Pass the word to all of your friends. Tell them not to fall prey to the scam. We've got to take the country back from these people. Barack Obama is not the ideal candidate by any stretch of the imagination. If I had had my way eight years ago, we would today be at the twilight of the Nader Presidency (Yeah! Yeah! I voted for Ralph in 2000. Gore would have won New York regardless. So sue me!). Barack's inadequacies notwithstanding, he and Joe Biden are so head-over-heals preferable to John McCain and Gidget von Braun, it's hardly worth the space to even discuss the matter.
The fact is, if there is an "unexpected" military conflict, John McCain can very easily win this thing in the end. The strategy on our part should be to get the word out that something's coming. If enough people are made aware of this, if or when it happens they'll see it for what it is: a cynical attempt to lead the nation down the same reckless and stupid path they foolishly traveled when the Bush Mob was able to convince them that invading Iraq was a really neat idea.
About the only thing the Bushites seem to be able to run on these days is the assertion that the so-called "surge" in Iraq has been an overwhelming success. Maybe it has. Maybe it hasn't. What every talking head is ignoring, however, is the fact that as soon as the surge commenced, due to the fact that so many troops were diverted to Iraq, Afghanistan started to go into the toilet. We are now negotiating with the Taliban - the freaking Taliban! Five years ago Donald Rumsfeld and the morons under his watch in the Department of Defence were speaking of them in the past tense - and now, thanks in part to the surge in Iraq, they're regaining control of the country. Isn't that wonderful? This is, quite literally, the gang that couldn't shoot straight.
The next twenty days are going to be the longest in our lives. Count on it seeming more like twenty years. As the old saying goes, anything can happen and probably will. Molly Ivins used to remind us to keep our eyes on the shell with the pea under it. This is definitely one of those times. I sincerely believe if George W. Bush is not the last Republican president, this country is doomed. That's assuming it's not already broken beyond repair. Keep your fingers crossed and your hands folded....
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
Man Without A Country
by Kurt Vonnegut
There are less than a hundred days (ninety-six of them to be exact) until this criminally incompetent, nightmare of an administration is gone forever!
It has just been announced that the United States ranks 29th in infant mortality rates among industrialized nations. You're not surprised, are you? No, neither am I.


At 1:49 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Oh boy how Amerikans love surprises !!! In the spirit of capitalism why don't we have a contest to see who can guess what the surprise will be ?? Send Tom one dollar and a 3 X 5 index card with your choice of surprise. The lucky winner will avoid poverty for as long as the prize money lasts !! My first choice is an " economic emergency ", the suspension of the November election and the imposition of martial law to quell the ensuing revolution. Revolution ?? Now there is wishful thinking !!

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


As usual, you are spot on! Ever since the primaries began, I have wondered how the thugs would rig this election. When I read that the Bush Regime had changed Martial Law, I really got nervous. It is really simple for these Nazis to cancel the election and continue their greedy, nasty dictatorship.

When the banking crisis came screaming to the forefront, I thought that they would use that as their excuse. Now I fear that we will have another terrorist attack or an invasion of whichever country looks at us crossed-eyed. Iran better watch out!

Tom - I hope you are right about Americans taking to the streets should the election be stolen once again.

I know it is popular to call Americans stupid and lazy, but I like to hold out a little hope that we can rise above our stereotypes and be a brave, strong nation once again. We need to be re-unified - we have become so fractured and angry and scared. We so desparately need a leader who can heal this broken country.

Praying right along with you,

Jo Reside

PS - Ellis d -you beat me by seconds with your post.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Tom, I take exception to your depicting George W. Bush as Uncle Sam.
Bush is the very antithesis of Uncle Sam.
His polliting of the White House and every facet of government he can poke his dirty finger in just goes that much further to destroy what we have all worked so hard of for over 200 years

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Wilma, is this photo more to your liking? I always felt Alfred was a spittin' image of our (hopefully) soon-to-be-out-of-our-hair president.

Interestingly, folklore indicates that the model for Uncle Sam was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York, the supplier of meat for troops stationed in Tom's great state long ago.

Nevertheless, I never have held Sam sacrosanct or beyond ridicule. I suppose it's those obnoxious recruiting posters that always turned me off. I'm a child of the draft era. What can I say?

At 3:51 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

Having lost whatever optimism I might have had in life 8 years ago, I do worry about some stunt these horrendous Far-Right Repugnant Republicans will manufacture. I put nothing past them. They are working night and day on stopping newly registered voters from voting. In Ohio, they are well on their way to doing so. Here in Red State Indiana, they now require an official I.D. card to vote. That means you have to go to the BMV to get an I.D. card, if you dont drive. They will ask for your first born grandson and umpteen pieces of proof of identity to get the damned card. I went through this with my mother, 10 yr. ago, when she could no longer drive. It has only gotten worse. The Repugs have their voter suppression routine down pat. They have fine-tuned it, while spineless Dems have merely wrung their hands and whined.
Returning to the October surprise, an invasion of some Middle Eastern country is always a favorite tactic of the Far Right. Fearmongering is right up their alley. Plus, they lick their chops at the thought of more warprofiteering. They might explode something here, then declare martial law. That might work against them, though. Hard to say. The sheeple are easily manipulated; but are catching on some. I will be soooooo glad when November comes. I just pray that it brings something to be thankful for, because we so desperately need it.

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm GLAD I'm not the only one to see it, or say it! I'm NOT glad that it had to be said - it means that a LOT of lives are in danger...and I truly believe they are. There is a 'reason' Bush brought the brigade home for a possible 'event' in the near future. First you line up your personal little army to attend to your own safety, then you cause the 'event'...then the election is canceled due to martial law. Voila! You remain president until you're tired of all the money coming in. Neat trick. Skilled magician, pathetic politician. Sad country in the making.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

The attempted selling of the ACORN vote registrations as being wholesale Obama supporters committing voting fraud is a complete distortion of what voting fraud is.

Voting fraud can *ONLY* happen at the poling station or by mail ballot. Otherwise, if those who volunteer and the scrutineers at the pols, if they *ARE* non-partisan and performing their jobs accurately, these fraudulent voters would be denied the franchise.

Scare tactics that the DEMOCRATS' will steal the election? Oh, Puhleez!

Has anyone else thought that Rove and the McCain Campaign are just slimey enough to pay felons and others to subjucate the ACORN voter registration process just to make the organization and by association, OBAMA look fraudulent?

I see the hand of Rove in the Acorn "Mickey Mouse" registrations. It's just too damn easy for them to infiltrate any organization and "play it" to their "advantage."

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Well supposedly the people working for ACORN who filled out the phony forms were paid by ACORN, basically for volume. It is certainly possible they double dipped and got paid by the Repugs too. Now is the time to worry about the " unthinkable " since it doesn't look like Obama can be stopped by the conventional dirty tricks of the past. I don't really trust the SS to protect him. I think he should hire some Hell's Angels as bodyguards !!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Avram Mirsky said...

Dammit, Tom. I'm paranoid enough as it is. Don't make it worse!

But anything is possible with these ... thugs (can't improve on your apt label). And with posse comitatus a memory ...

Just remember, people. Gore was double digits around this time in 2000. It ain't over 'till Caribou Barbie gos home and sings the Alaskan National Anthem (she's a secessionist, after all).

At 9:00 PM, Blogger EveNY said...

Dear Tom, this one I am forwarding across the world...Many will agree with you.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Petra said...

Tom, I do hope (and hope and hope and hope!) that Obama will win this one. I'd vote, but, damn, I can't since I'm a Finn. But, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Ps: Your passion for the things that you believe in: It's so wonderful that it makes me want to laugh. In a good way. Do not stop.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Tom, this has been my biggest fear for almost four or more years. We will not be rid of those thugs until they have actually packed their bags and are on the Greyhound bus out of Washington. Nothing that they can do to stop an election will surprise me; in fact I am expecting it.

I recently did some research on Alternet for a friend of mine. Remember in 2007 the five or more unrelated articles about the prison camps at "undisclosed locations" in the good old US that our friends at Halliburton were building for "terrorists"?

Now skip forward to a few weeks ago when troops were being brought back from Iraq for "crowd control" in the event of riots. Then go back and read about the illegal arrests and holding of reporters at the GOP convention. Could Hitler have done it any better?

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

I agree that and October surprise, or an assasination, in the nation of assasinations are my biggest fear for your upcoming election.

As a New Yorker, you are probably more aware than most navel gazing Yanks of how uninspiring was our recent election and its results here in the Great White North. Stevie WhiteBread, overly Fed HarpSeal has obviously been studying the Rove Playbook on voter suppression. Why else call an election for the day after our Thanksgiving, when many voters would wake up at grandma's or where ever, maybe hundreds of miles away from their polling station and then drive all the way there to find out that they wouldn't be allowed to vote due to Stevie's new ID requirement law that meant even people with fucking passports were denied a ballot, because altho it had a picture, it didn't have a CURRENT address. And this was people with a voter card, on the voter's list. DISGUSTING.

randy from BC

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous:Desperate people use desperate measures.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...


Thank you for the kind words. I won't stop, I promise.

Tom Degan

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:27 EST Colin Powell endorses OBAMA on Meet The Press.

13:45 EST Fareed Zakaria endorses OBAMA.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

This whole thing is completely fucking RIDICULOUS!!!! Holy SHIT!!! How low can these fuck sticks sink? "Liberal media" my ass! "The First Dude" is a member of a secessionist movement in Alaska, lead by some Right Wing Nut Job that makes Machiavelli look like the bastion of reasonableness! WHERE'S THE NEWS?!! WHERE'S THE IN DEPTH ANALYSIS?

We sure hear about Bill Ayers! EVERY FUCKING DAY!!! We hear Obama's middle name is "Hussein" EVERY FUCKING DAY!!! We hear about the McCain/Palin signs getting pinched, and dog-shit thrown into the beds of trucks!

Where the fuck is the press when it comes to "Caribou Barbie" and her adventures in The Alaska Secessionist Party? NOWHERE!

It's like when ABC had information in 2004 that there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, but held the story until after the election! Gee! Sounds like a pretty lame maneuver for a liberal press!

Who would think that an arm of the left wing would sit on a story to help a Republican President get elected?

The whole thing with The October Surprise, (I hope!) has been undone by the stock market's horrific spiraling crash! When most of America's economy goes down in flames, it really doesn't matter what some nut case is pronouncing from a cave in the mountains of bum-fuck Pakistan!

Besides! We've had seven years to find a seven foot tall man in a five foot two world riding around on a donkey with a fucking dialysis machine! WHY THE FUCK IS THIS NUT STILL OUT THERE?

"Saint John the Semiconscious" says he's got this big plan to catch him! Alright! We're listening! Shit or get off the pot!

*sigh*! See what happens when you drink six shots of espresso at nine o clock at night!

At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other hand, this is on HuffPost...

Al-Qaeda Supporters Endorse McCain

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."

SITE Intelligence Group, based in Bethesda, Md., monitors the Web site and translated the message.

"If al-Qaida carries out a big operation against American interests," the message said, "this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaida. Al-Qaida then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it."

Mark Salter, a senior McCain adviser, said he had heard about the Web site chatter but had no immediate comment.

The message is credited to a frequent and apparently respected contributor named Muhammad Haafid. However, Haafid is not believed to have a direct affiliation with al-Qaida plans or knowledge of its operations, according to SITE.

SITE senior analyst Adam Raisman said this message caught SITE's attention because there has been little other chatter on the forums about the U.S. election.

SITE was struck by the message's detailed analysis _ and apparent jubilation _ about American financial woes.

"What we try to do is get the pulse of the jihadist community," Raisman said. "And it's about the financial crisis."

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a videotape just four days before the 2004 U.S. presidential election directly addressing the American people.

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