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Posted on Saturday, September 25th, 2010


In ancient Egypt, kings would keep track of how many enemies had been killed in their name by being presented with piles of severed hands and penises from their vanquished foes (hopefully after they've been killed). We know this because there are carvings and hieroglyphics in temples recording the gruesome tradition...

Severed Hand Pile in Egypt

The genius of this is that there's no room for error. If you tell your king that you killed 50 of his enemies, then you had better be prepared to pull out 100 severed hands or 50 severed penises to prove it. Otherwise... well, it may just be that it's your hands or penis served up to the king.

Nasty, sure, but... you can't make good decisions unless you can trust on the information you're getting.

And therein lies the problem with the world today. When images can be Photoshopped, video can be fabricated, and audio can be edited or changed completely... how can anybody trust that the information they're getting is accurate? How can you make decisions when everything has the potential to be a lie and any proof which substantiates "the facts" can be faked? Heck, you can't even trust what you read on the internets!

This has been weighing on my mind a lot lately because of the upcoming November elections. Since I don't blindly vote along party lines, and cast my ballot based solely on how I feel the candidate will benefit me... or people I care about... it seems impossible to make an educated choice. Because when it comes to desception, exaggeration, and even outright lies, politicians are the absolute masters. They will do or say whatever it takes to get them elected, and then spend their entire term in office trying to get re-elected for next term. Even if it means going back on campaign promises or flip-flopping on their track record.

Case in point? President Barrack Obama. Not that I had any grand illusions that he would be different than any other politician... far from it... but I fully admit I was hoping for more than I got when voted for him. Granted, he's still a far less dangerous option than hypocritical ass-hole traitor whack-job John McCain and his beyond stupid dumbass VP choice Sarah Palin, but still... very disappointing.

Health care reform? Eviscerated. Prescription drug imports? Scuttled. Don't ask don't tell repeal and support for the GLBT community? Fantasy. Public debate before bills become laws? Nope. Political lobbyist reform? Fat chance. Government transparency? An outright lie. Etc. Etc. Obama is working so hard not to rock the boat and make everybody happy that he's dodging, caving, or compromising on the issues I was voting for him to fix. As I said, no big surprise, but disappointing nevertheless. Such is politics.

So what to do?

Well, until I get proof that's equal in veracity to severed hands and penises as to a candidate's intentions... all I can do is research whatever I can and pick the one whom I feel is the lesser evil...

DAVETOON: Egyptian Penis Sacrifice

Not a perfect system, but neither is the political process.

And does anybody really want a pile of severed penises showing up on their doorstep?

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  1. A. Lewis says:

    The king would love my penis severed and severed to him.

  2. Sybil Law says:

    You are so awesome.

    And I say, bring back the severed penises!!

  3. kapgar says:

    I’m curious… you’ve written a couple posts now about how Obama has let you down. What kind of feedback have you received, if any, from people who were diehard Obama supporters? Just curious.

    I, however, am in the same boat as you regarding him.

    • Dave2 says:

      Obama CRITICS love it, of course. Obama SUPPORTERS don’t seem to care. Though I did get a comment once that was pretty scathing because of my criticism. I took it to email, and everything was fine once I further explained my position… but that initial blast was oddly vicious.

  4. Peggy Archer says:

    I think the solution is President Dave.

    Get elected, then start kicking ass and taking names.

    Just make sure you wear a bulletproof vest.

  5. Barnmaven says:

    I think Barack Obama is an inspiring man, and in different circumstances he might have been a great president. Its impossible for him to pass the legislation he wants thanks to cohesive Republican opposition. They’re not going to support a single piece of legislation that the Dems want to pass.

    That said, I too was disappointed by the meek bill that masqueraded as health care “reform.” I’ve also found a bad taste in my mouth over the way he’s left the gays who supported him behind, despite his campaign promises to end DADT and support the rights of LGBT Americans. I thought he should have been far more decisive and supportive of Muslim Americans regarding the NYC mosque issue. I had hoped he would be the kind of president who simply ignored the nutjobs in the birther and “Obama is a secret Muslim” groups, but instead he’s pandered to their veracity. He ought to just stand up and tell them to shut the fuck up and move to Canada if they don’t like it. As much as I hated Dubbya as president, you can sure as hell bet HE wouldn’t have hesitated to say as much.

    I hope this makes sense. I haven’t finished my first cup of coffee yet and here you have me talking politics. Thanks a LOT, Dave.

  6. When it’s time to vote, I do my best to bypass the garbage and find some real facts, like their attendance and voting histories and funding sources if available, and go from there. You just have to do the best you can to make a good decision, and forget that in the end they’re probably going to end up being a big disappointment.

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