Ball of Confusion (Obama’s Blackberry Addiction)

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I have an idea for Obama about how to reduce our debt.  Just as sports teams sell the naming rights to their stadiums, official pizza place, beer, carpet cleaners, etc, Obama can be the first president to explicitly accept sponsorships.  For example, Obama cannot be separated from his blackberry (during intimate moments with Michelle, he sets it to vibrate and utilizes a special utility garter to keep on his person).  Surely, he could get $25 million or so for a four year sponsorship.  And that is only the beginning.  He could have an official brand of pants, sunglasses, pop, beer, toilet paper.  Anything and everything.  He doesn’t need the money, and wouldn’t be able to accept it, but could use it to push his agenda.

As much of a money maker that would be, there is way more money to be made in sponsoring buildings and events.  Companies, individuals, or even other countries (Saudia Arabian oil sheiks lay out plenty of money for the presidential libraries) could sponsor wings in the White House, or the whole White House if they had the scrilla.  The Lincoln Memorial brought to you by Budweiser.  Lowe’s presents the State of the Union at the Apple White House.  The individuals who work in the government get all kinds of legal and illegal perks, any money flowing to them goes right into their pockets.  Official sponsorships would deposit the money into public accounts.  Granted, this money is controlled by these corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, but they cannot embezzle all of it.  Some of it would trickle down to the economically parched.

white-house-south-face-1948One last note, it seems like we are standing on the verge of WWIII.  Two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan, are at each others’ throats.  Afghanistan is a mess.  Obviously, the Gaza situation is horrible.  Iran is waiting for the right moment to present itself.  The great bear, Russia, is run by a ruthless man, Putin.  And America is collapsing economically while already overextended militarily.  The American Empire is failing and falling for many of the same reasons the Romans fell.  I studied history, politics, and the classics closely for many of my schooling years and have seen this situation on the horizon.  Once the neo-cons got into power it was easy to predict their behavior based on their ideals and vision of the world.

The next two years will be real interesting.  I could see the Republican Party fracturing.  The tension between the fiscal and social conservatives has been around for several years.  The Grand Old Party is becoming just that the party of old, racist whites and the narrow-minded evangelical Christians.  I realize there is a left wing to the evangelical branch, which isn’t just concerned with abortion, gay marriage, stem cells, sex education, and killing Muslims.

The GOP is shrinking fast, and certainly some of the moderate members have to be thinking of rescuing it or splitting.  Karl Rove just addressed the issue of the shrinking base and how the party needs to reach out to black and Hispanic voters.  Yeah, don’t think that is going to work out so well.  Hilariously, even George Bush said:

“Look, obviously we got whipped in 2008 and there will be a new wave of leadership arriving on the scene,” Bush told Fox’s Brit Hume. “But it’s very important for our party not to narrow its focus, not to become so inward looking that we drive people away from a philosophy that is compassionate and decent and I — my call for our party is to be open-minded about different people’s opinions. We shouldn’t have litmus tests whether or not you are a Republican. And we should be open-minded about big issues like immigration reform. Because if they’re viewed anti somebody, if the party is viewed as anti-immigrant, then another fellow may say, well if they’re against the immigrant, then they may be against me. We have to be a party FOR a better future.”

Yes, that’s right George W is talking about being open-minded.  The man is very good at living in the opposite world.

In honor of the chaos, here are two versions of “Ball of Confusion.”  My fellow funkateer 4rest introduced me to Love & Rockets the other night.  The first song he played was a cover of the Temptations “Ball of Confusion.”  80s psychedelic punk soul.  “Ball of Confusion,” like all their songs I’ve heard so far, has excellent production.  Much Roger Troutman’s cover of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Love & Rockets make “Ball of Confusion” their own.  Oh, that bass.

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http://www.divshare.com/download/6307159-fc1

Here is the Temptations version.

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http://www.divshare.com/download/6307160-14a

I am working on a P-Funk post, which should be done tonight.

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