Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MSNBC is Worse Than Fox News




As long as Joe Scarborough has the ability to say things like this to the American people, you can have MSNBC:

“It’s staggering, I don't know where to begin,” the MSNBC host began his rant. “There's not an intel agency on the planet that doesn't fear—I will use the word fear—ISIS.” Referencing recent intelligence reports that show ISIS is pursuing chemical weapons, the host asked, without a hint of irony, “How much does that sound like 2002 and the leadup to the Iraq War?”

I don't think anyone really "fears" ISIS except that very small constituency within the American media that wants to denigrate the President. Intelligence agencies in Turkey and China don't seem to mind them a bit. ISIS represents no existential threat to anyone and is a loosely organized terrorist organization funded by money from Saudi Arabia and the other Arab gulf states and aligned with the Turkish government. We ought to fear Turkey more than anything else and we ought to expel Turkey from NATO because of their tacit support of ISIS. We should consider the fact that Turkey's proxy war with Syria and Iran is just as destabilizing as the Saudi plan to purchase stability at home by paying extremists to attack other entities.

Who's a friend and who's an enemy? Why can't we grow up and view the world as it really is?

We should demand that MSNBC get rid of Scarborough, but what good would that do? He represents the beliefs of corporate management. MSNBC is just as bad if not worse than Fox News. The difference being the lack of liberal blogs who point this out every day.

MSNBC is Worse Than Fox News


As long as Joe Scarborough has the ability to say things like this to the American people, you can have MSNBC:
“It’s staggering, I don't know where to begin,” the MSNBC host began his rant. “There's not an intel agency on the planet that doesn't fear—I will use the word fear—ISIS.” Referencing recent intelligence reports that show ISIS is pursuing chemical weapons, the host asked, without a hint of irony, “How much does that sound like 2002 and the leadup to the Iraq War?”
I don't think anyone really "fears" ISIS except that very small constituency within the American media that wants to denigrate the President. Intelligence agencies in Turkey and China don't seem to mind them a bit. ISIS represents no existential threat to anyone and is a loosely organized terrorist organization funded by money from Saudi Arabia and the other Arab gulf states and aligned with the Turkish government. We ought to fear Turkey more than anything else and we ought to expel Turkey from NATO because of their tacit support of ISIS. We should consider the fact that Turkey's proxy war with Syria and Iran is just as destabilizing as the Saudi plan to purchase stability at home by paying extremists to attack other entities.

Who's a friend and who's an enemy? Why can't we grow up and view the world as it really is?

We should demand that MSNBC get rid of Scarborough, but what good would that do? He represents the beliefs of corporate management. MSNBC is just as bad if not worse than Fox News. The difference being the lack of liberal blogs who point this out every day.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

And Jesus Said Who Let the Dogs Out




This man is wrong. 

Ben Carson likened Syrian refugees fleeing the country’s bloody civil war and Islamic State violence to dogs on Thursday.


Speaking to reporters following a campaign stop in Mobile, Alabama, Carson stressed that the United States wants smart leaders who care about people, but noted there should always be a balance between safety and humanitarian concerns.


“For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably gonna put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination.”


Continuing his analogy, the Republican presidential candidate said that screening refugees is like questioning how you protect your children, even though you love dogs and will call the Humane Society to take the dog away to reestablish a safe environment.


“By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly,” he added. “Who are the people who wanna come in here and hurt us and wanna destroy us? Until we know how to do that, just like it would be foolish to put your child out in the neighborhood knowing that that was going on, it’s foolish for us to accept people if we cannot have the appropriate type of screening.”

You don't treat people like dogs. You treat them like people. There should be a basic level of humanity expected in a President, and Ben Carson just failed.

When you see this level of discourse from someone who purports to be a follower of Jesus, it's clear that none of the messages ever sank in. Ben Carson is a sociopath hiding behind Jesus.

And Jesus Said Who Let the Dogs Out


This man is wrong. 
Ben Carson likened Syrian refugees fleeing the country’s bloody civil war and Islamic State violence to dogs on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters following a campaign stop in Mobile, Alabama, Carson stressed that the United States wants smart leaders who care about people, but noted there should always be a balance between safety and humanitarian concerns.
“For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably gonna put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination.”
Continuing his analogy, the Republican presidential candidate said that screening refugees is like questioning how you protect your children, even though you love dogs and will call the Humane Society to take the dog away to reestablish a safe environment.
“By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly,” he added. “Who are the people who wanna come in here and hurt us and wanna destroy us? Until we know how to do that, just like it would be foolish to put your child out in the neighborhood knowing that that was going on, it’s foolish for us to accept people if we cannot have the appropriate type of screening.”
You don't treat people like dogs. You treat them like people. There should be a basic level of humanity expected in a President, and Ben Carson just failed.

When you see this level of discourse from someone who purports to be a follower of Jesus, it's clear that none of the messages ever sank in. Ben Carson is a sociopath hiding behind Jesus.

The Sorority House Imam








In case you were wondering, this is what bug-fuck crazy looks like.

I mean, the visual image of the imam and all of his dudes, strolling into a house full of women sounds more like the setup for a really, really specific kind of adult film than it does the beginning of the end of the American experiment with representative democracy.

The Sorority House Imam


In case you were wondering, this is what bug-fuck crazy looks like.

I mean, the visual image of the imam and all of his dudes, strolling into a house full of women sounds more like the setup for a really, really specific kind of adult film than it does the beginning of the end of the American experiment with representative democracy.

Chris Christie is Not Your Daddy




The reprehensible work of George Will continues unabated:

Paris was for all Americans, but especially for Republicans, a summons to seriousness that should have two immediate impacts on the Republican presidential contest. It should awaken the party’s nominating electorate from its reveries about treating the presidency as an entry-level job. And it should cause Republicans to take another look at Chris Christie, beginning with his speech in Florida the day after the Paris attacks.


In other words, Chris Christie will make a fine daddy!




When it comes to cheap shots, Will can't help himself:


In a debate 10 months from now, the Republican nominee will ask a variant of Reagan’s question: Is America safer or more respected today, anywhere in the world, than it was when Clinton became secretary of state?

Most emphatically, yes. We are safer today than we ever were before. For one, the president does not have Alzheimer's. And, two, he's not ignoring the Presidential Daily Brief. No where on the face of the Earth are there 150,000 American combat troops being ground up in a meatgrinder because Hillary Clinton decided to start a war for no reason because she has "daddy issues." 




Are you going to tell me that Chris Christie doesn't have his own set of complex character traits that revolve around shouting down anyone who disagrees with him? That's a helluva thing for someone who might want to try diplomacy once in a while to have, I'll tell you that right now.

And how out of touch is George Will with the Republican primary voter?

Every day that such errant nonsense sloshes through the Republican nominating contest is a day when the party’s claim to represent what the country craves — adult supervision — becomes less credible. Fortunately, sufficient days remain for Republicans to reshuffle the deck, to relegate Trump’s rampaging to the nation’s mental attic, and to recognize in Christie a serious political talent.



This must be why Chris Christie can't even break 10% in his own state and why he can't even hit double digits nationally. In other words, Chris Christie's message is so unpopular, the only recourse for someone like George Will is to throw away an entire column in order to make one vain cheap shot against Hillary Clinton. This is a man who can't stop screaming at people as the wheels fall off the bus. The Republicans are looking for a daddy, but it ain't Christie.

Chris Christie is Not Your Daddy


The reprehensible work of George Will continues unabated:
Paris was for all Americans, but especially for Republicans, a summons to seriousness that should have two immediate impacts on the Republican presidential contest. It should awaken the party’s nominating electorate from its reveries about treating the presidency as an entry-level job. And it should cause Republicans to take another look at Chris Christie, beginning with his speech in Florida the day after the Paris attacks.

In other words, Chris Christie will make a fine daddy!

When it comes to cheap shots, Will can't help himself:
In a debate 10 months from now, the Republican nominee will ask a variant of Reagan’s question: Is America safer or more respected today, anywhere in the world, than it was when Clinton became secretary of state?
Most emphatically, yes. We are safer today than we ever were before. For one, the president does not have Alzheimer's. And, two, he's not ignoring the Presidential Daily Brief. No where on the face of the Earth are there 150,000 American combat troops being ground up in a meatgrinder because Hillary Clinton decided to start a war for no reason because she has "daddy issues." 

Are you going to tell me that Chris Christie doesn't have his own set of complex character traits that revolve around shouting down anyone who disagrees with him? That's a helluva thing for someone who might want to try diplomacy once in a while to have, I'll tell you that right now.

And how out of touch is George Will with the Republican primary voter?
Every day that such errant nonsense sloshes through the Republican nominating contest is a day when the party’s claim to represent what the country craves — adult supervision — becomes less credible. Fortunately, sufficient days remain for Republicans to reshuffle the deck, to relegate Trump’s rampaging to the nation’s mental attic, and to recognize in Christie a serious political talent.
This must be why Chris Christie can't even break 10% in his own state and why he can't even hit double digits nationally. In other words, Chris Christie's message is so unpopular, the only recourse for someone like George Will is to throw away an entire column in order to make one vain cheap shot against Hillary Clinton. This is a man who can't stop screaming at people as the wheels fall off the bus. The Republicans are looking for a daddy, but it ain't Christie.

A Disaster For NBC




You can be well assured that the Deborah Turness era is about to end at NBC:

Hispanic lawmakers hoped a meeting with top executives from MSNBC and NBC News Wednesday would smooth over hard feelings from Donald Trump’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, it had the opposite effect.


NBC News President Deborah Turness committed a major blunder — as far as the Hispanic lawmakers were concerned — when she described undocumented immigrants as “illegals," a term that many in the Latino community find highly offensive.

And, the kicker:

“Members left more offended and more upset then when they walked in there. There was major 'Hispandering,'” said a Democratic staffer. “There is definitely hurt there.”


NBC is terrified that Donald Trump will actually get elected president and then they'll be sorry they ever fired him, won't they? The first week of a Donald Trump presidency will feature a rolling orgy of score settling and gut-wrenching screamfights into the faces of all those who have wronged him. NBC has wronged Trump so, naturally, they will be consumed by fire and put of out of business forever. Turness is a good candidate for the enclave of cardboard boxes that will appear behind 30 Rockefeller Center, but we can't call it that because some jackass paid for a new name.





Trump's new campaign motto is "laugh at me, will you?"



A Disaster For NBC


You can be well assured that the Deborah Turness era is about to end at NBC:
Hispanic lawmakers hoped a meeting with top executives from MSNBC and NBC News Wednesday would smooth over hard feelings from Donald Trump’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, it had the opposite effect.
NBC News President Deborah Turness committed a major blunder — as far as the Hispanic lawmakers were concerned — when she described undocumented immigrants as “illegals," a term that many in the Latino community find highly offensive.
And, the kicker:
“Members left more offended and more upset then when they walked in there. There was major 'Hispandering,'” said a Democratic staffer. “There is definitely hurt there.”
NBC is terrified that Donald Trump will actually get elected president and then they'll be sorry they ever fired him, won't they? The first week of a Donald Trump presidency will feature a rolling orgy of score settling and gut-wrenching screamfights into the faces of all those who have wronged him. NBC has wronged Trump so, naturally, they will be consumed by fire and put of out of business forever. Turness is a good candidate for the enclave of cardboard boxes that will appear behind 30 Rockefeller Center, but we can't call it that because some jackass paid for a new name.

Trump's new campaign motto is "laugh at me, will you?"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee




It's a sad day when you can't agree with the great Charles Pierce:

We can dismiss the concerns of the silly people first. We can dismiss Big Chicken's terror of Syrian toddlers. We can dismiss Tailgunner Ted Cruz's religious test for citizenship. (A philosophy with which Daesh would heartily agree.) We can dismiss Governors Greg Abbott of Texas, and Robert Bentley of Alabama, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Phil Bryant of Mississippi, all of whom went quickly for the chest-pounding end of the xenophobic scale. And we can dismiss John Kasich of Ohio, because he's still running for president in a party that has lost its mind. But we cannot dismiss the legitimate security concerns, expressed with prudence, of people like Charlie Baker here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) or Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. The idea that all the opposition to resettling here in the United States those fleeing the Syrian civil war is based simply on bigotry and fear is a kind of absolutism that doesn't serve the cause of the refugees any more than the bloviating of Tailgunner Ted does.

No, fuck that. Fuck that ambivalence and that wishy-washy bullshit in the ear and throw it down a flight of stairs. This is un-American and goes against every principle I can make up or imagine. I can dismiss their "legitimate" security concerns because there is a historical precedent that looms large over all of this. I'll stop before I call it racist but I really do think this is based on the idea that everyone from a Middle Eastern society is somehow genetically well-adjusted to being a terrorist in some way, shape or form. That insanity has to stop before I get my Irish up.

Have we forgotten the boat people? Have we forgotten the massive influx of Vietnamese refugees who came to this country in dilapidated boats after suffering through decades of war? Let's not forget that the Vietnamese were hardened a confusing mix of farmers, city dwellers, innocent bystanders, poorly trained government soldiers, and guerrilla fighters when we abandoned them to their fate. The very likelihood that some former Vietcong fighters could have, and did, in fact, emigrate to America is a forgone conclusion. These were people who had every right to hate us and who could have infiltrated this country.

Let's revisit that era, if you please:


Integrating refugees into American society meant the development of a comprehensive program of support and preparation. While a chief goal of resettlement was to help refugees achieve economic independence as quickly as possible, they benefited from generous government aid assuring a basic level of well-being until the refugees became self-sufficient. Many Vietnamese refugees started their American life at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, a fact reflected in their high rates of labor force non-participation, unemployment, poverty, and dependency on public assistance. In fact almost all of them began on welfare. The three cash assistance programs most commonly utilized by Vietnamese refugees were Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Supplementary Security Income (SSI), and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA). The first two programs were forms of public assistance, or welfare, available to U.S. citizens. AFDC was for low-income families with children and SSI was for the elderly or disabled poor. Refugees not eligible for either of these forms of assistance generally received RCA during their first six to eighteen months and were also able to apply for food stamps.


While early official policies toward Vietnamese refugees were generally sympathetic, the American public was ambivalent. As early as 1975 at the time of the initial entry of the Vietnamese, a Gallup Poll indicated that a majority of Americans then preferred that the Vietnamese be kept out of the United States (Kelly 1986). Many Americans felt that such culturally different people would create additional difficulties for acculturation, and some saw the Vietnamese as new economic competitors, as well as reminders of an unpleasant war. In the late 1970s, Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, those most likely to have to compete with the new arrivals for jobs, were found to show significantly higher levels of prejudice than individuals of higher socioeconomic status, against the Vietnamese (Cotter and Cotter 1979). The entry of Vietnamese people into the fishing industry of Gulf Coast in the late 1970s and early 1980s provoked resentment from native-born fishermen who felt threatened by the competition (Starr 1985). Prejudice against the Vietnamese resulted in some incidents of violence. In 1983, for example, a Vietnamese high school student in Davis, California was taunted by a group of white high school students and then stabbed to death. In 1989, in Raleigh, North Carolina, a Chinese American who was mistaken for a Vietnamese was beaten to death by men who were angry over the Vietnam War. In 1990, in Houston, a young Vietnamese American was stomped to death by skinheads. These were, of course, exceptional occurrences, but they could represent the most extreme manifestations of an incomplete acceptance of the Vietnamese by American popular opinion.

So, once again, fuck them. This is America. I can accept the ambivalence on the part of the people but I cannot excuse it on the part of elected officials who know that a white person with a strong opinion about keeping women from being able to choose what to do with their bodies is a helluva lot more of a threat than a kid with one shoe and a thousand yard stare from Aleppo.




If the very same people we bombed and napalmed into oblivion are willing to get on boats and come here and integrate into our society, then we have a moral obligation to accept the Syrian people displaced by our own stupidity. We went into Pottery Barn and knocked over the racks and danced in the aisles with our arms outstretched and we broke every damn thing we could get our hands on. We accepted Iraqis and Afghans and we have a moral obligation to accept Syrians as well. 

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee


It's a sad day when you can't agree with the great Charles Pierce:
We can dismiss the concerns of the silly people first. We can dismiss Big Chicken's terror of Syrian toddlers. We can dismiss Tailgunner Ted Cruz's religious test for citizenship. (A philosophy with which Daesh would heartily agree.) We can dismiss Governors Greg Abbott of Texas, and Robert Bentley of Alabama, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Phil Bryant of Mississippi, all of whom went quickly for the chest-pounding end of the xenophobic scale. And we can dismiss John Kasich of Ohio, because he's still running for president in a party that has lost its mind. But we cannot dismiss the legitimate security concerns, expressed with prudence, of people like Charlie Baker here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) or Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. The idea that all the opposition to resettling here in the United States those fleeing the Syrian civil war is based simply on bigotry and fear is a kind of absolutism that doesn't serve the cause of the refugees any more than the bloviating of Tailgunner Ted does.
No, fuck that. Fuck that ambivalence and that wishy-washy bullshit in the ear and throw it down a flight of stairs. This is un-American and goes against every principle I can make up or imagine. I can dismiss their "legitimate" security concerns because there is a historical precedent that looms large over all of this. I'll stop before I call it racist but I really do think this is based on the idea that everyone from a Middle Eastern society is somehow genetically well-adjusted to being a terrorist in some way, shape or form. That insanity has to stop before I get my Irish up.

Have we forgotten the boat people? Have we forgotten the massive influx of Vietnamese refugees who came to this country in dilapidated boats after suffering through decades of war? Let's not forget that the Vietnamese were hardened a confusing mix of farmers, city dwellers, innocent bystanders, poorly trained government soldiers, and guerrilla fighters when we abandoned them to their fate. The very likelihood that some former Vietcong fighters could have, and did, in fact, emigrate to America is a forgone conclusion. These were people who had every right to hate us and who could have infiltrated this country.

Let's revisit that era, if you please:

Integrating refugees into American society meant the development of a comprehensive program of support and preparation. While a chief goal of resettlement was to help refugees achieve economic independence as quickly as possible, they benefited from generous government aid assuring a basic level of well-being until the refugees became self-sufficient. Many Vietnamese refugees started their American life at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, a fact reflected in their high rates of labor force non-participation, unemployment, poverty, and dependency on public assistance. In fact almost all of them began on welfare. The three cash assistance programs most commonly utilized by Vietnamese refugees were Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Supplementary Security Income (SSI), and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA). The first two programs were forms of public assistance, or welfare, available to U.S. citizens. AFDC was for low-income families with children and SSI was for the elderly or disabled poor. Refugees not eligible for either of these forms of assistance generally received RCA during their first six to eighteen months and were also able to apply for food stamps.
While early official policies toward Vietnamese refugees were generally sympathetic, the American public was ambivalent. As early as 1975 at the time of the initial entry of the Vietnamese, a Gallup Poll indicated that a majority of Americans then preferred that the Vietnamese be kept out of the United States (Kelly 1986). Many Americans felt that such culturally different people would create additional difficulties for acculturation, and some saw the Vietnamese as new economic competitors, as well as reminders of an unpleasant war. In the late 1970s, Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, those most likely to have to compete with the new arrivals for jobs, were found to show significantly higher levels of prejudice than individuals of higher socioeconomic status, against the Vietnamese (Cotter and Cotter 1979). The entry of Vietnamese people into the fishing industry of Gulf Coast in the late 1970s and early 1980s provoked resentment from native-born fishermen who felt threatened by the competition (Starr 1985). Prejudice against the Vietnamese resulted in some incidents of violence. In 1983, for example, a Vietnamese high school student in Davis, California was taunted by a group of white high school students and then stabbed to death. In 1989, in Raleigh, North Carolina, a Chinese American who was mistaken for a Vietnamese was beaten to death by men who were angry over the Vietnam War. In 1990, in Houston, a young Vietnamese American was stomped to death by skinheads. These were, of course, exceptional occurrences, but they could represent the most extreme manifestations of an incomplete acceptance of the Vietnamese by American popular opinion.
So, once again, fuck them. This is America. I can accept the ambivalence on the part of the people but I cannot excuse it on the part of elected officials who know that a white person with a strong opinion about keeping women from being able to choose what to do with their bodies is a helluva lot more of a threat than a kid with one shoe and a thousand yard stare from Aleppo.

If the very same people we bombed and napalmed into oblivion are willing to get on boats and come here and integrate into our society, then we have a moral obligation to accept the Syrian people displaced by our own stupidity. We went into Pottery Barn and knocked over the racks and danced in the aisles with our arms outstretched and we broke every damn thing we could get our hands on. We accepted Iraqis and Afghans and we have a moral obligation to accept Syrians as well. 

We Are a Nation Led by Reactionary Fools




You knew this was coming:

In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan said: "As governor of Maryland, the safety and security of Marylanders remains my first priority. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris just four days ago, and after careful consideration, I am now requesting that federal authorities cease any additional settlements of refugees from Syria in Maryland until the U.S. government can provide appropriate assurances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to public safety."

This from the same people who were silent when the United States began bringing Iraqi and Afghan refugees to this country under a Republican President.

It all amounts to nonsense. To accept the moral necessity of providing comfort to the refugees of Syria would mean extending the President of the United States a small amount of trust. Well, why not do that? Oh, he's a Democrat? Well, we cannot have that, can we? If there was a Republican in the White House, timid men like Governor Larry Hogan would salute and execute.




I'd like to see which way their moral compass points. I'd like to know how these people can honestly say they're doing this out of a real concern because we've done it in the past. I can vividly recall the arrival of the boat people from Vietnam--why weren't they here to carry out Vietcong attacks against our shopping malls?





I mean, honestly. No one reads anymore and no one knows nothin'.

We Are a Nation Led by Reactionary Fools


You knew this was coming:
In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan said: "As governor of Maryland, the safety and security of Marylanders remains my first priority. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris just four days ago, and after careful consideration, I am now requesting that federal authorities cease any additional settlements of refugees from Syria in Maryland until the U.S. government can provide appropriate assurances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to public safety."
This from the same people who were silent when the United States began bringing Iraqi and Afghan refugees to this country under a Republican President.

It all amounts to nonsense. To accept the moral necessity of providing comfort to the refugees of Syria would mean extending the President of the United States a small amount of trust. Well, why not do that? Oh, he's a Democrat? Well, we cannot have that, can we? If there was a Republican in the White House, timid men like Governor Larry Hogan would salute and execute.

I'd like to see which way their moral compass points. I'd like to know how these people can honestly say they're doing this out of a real concern because we've done it in the past. I can vividly recall the arrival of the boat people from Vietnam--why weren't they here to carry out Vietcong attacks against our shopping malls?

I mean, honestly. No one reads anymore and no one knows nothin'.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

An Act of War in Paris




The image you see above is from the Gawker page on photographs of the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris. I chose this photo because, as you can plainly see, the small men who carried out this attack certainly deserve the middle finger.

Western Civilization  is not well understood anymore. The tradition that I believe in knows that there is an imperialist past and a struggle against racism and nationalism inherent in advancing our civilization. We very much want to be modern and do the good things. We are opposed both inside and out by religious fundamentalism. Perhaps it would be better to just replace Western Civilization with secular humanism and a belief in treating people decently. No matter, it would never occur to anyone to try and make their society better if they have already come under the sway of the idea that terrorism works.

Paul Krugman is right, though. The terrorists aren't after our civilization. They're hoping we overreact and freak out.

In France, it will not work. You see, the French people know horrors that terrorists have never seen. The French know their history, and if four years of trench warfare or four years of German occupation and defeat did not break the French people, then this certainly will not break them. These are the people gassed and bombed from the air in the last century; these are the people who know the rule of law and the stark choice of knuckling under or making one last charge against an entrenched enemy. A few thousand unemployable men in Toyota Landcruisers are what to the French people? A bug to smoosh, if that. These people had tanks roll through their cities; these people have still not repopulated the Eastern frontier shared with Germany for practical purposes (drive through it some time--no one seems to live there anymore).

I miss Paris. I miss Neuilly Sur Seine and I miss every thing about it. I hope to go back to Paris and I hope to go when it is more peaceful and I hope to see the sights again. This was an attack against civilization yesterday, and civilization will correct the indecency of the terrorist. No one is going to wrap themselves in sackcloth and slink off defeated in this thing they call France. The blood spilled on the ground last night has been spilled in far worse times and nothing can break these people.

Nothing.

An Act of War in Paris


The image you see above is from the Gawker page on photographs of the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris. I chose this photo because, as you can plainly see, the small men who carried out this attack certainly deserve the middle finger.

Western Civilization  is not well understood anymore. The tradition that I believe in knows that there is an imperialist past and a struggle against racism and nationalism inherent in advancing our civilization. We very much want to be modern and do the good things. We are opposed both inside and out by religious fundamentalism. Perhaps it would be better to just replace Western Civilization with secular humanism and a belief in treating people decently. No matter, it would never occur to anyone to try and make their society better if they have already come under the sway of the idea that terrorism works.

Paul Krugman is right, though. The terrorists aren't after our civilization. They're hoping we overreact and freak out.

In France, it will not work. You see, the French people know horrors that terrorists have never seen. The French know their history, and if four years of trench warfare or four years of German occupation and defeat did not break the French people, then this certainly will not break them. These are the people gassed and bombed from the air in the last century; these are the people who know the rule of law and the stark choice of knuckling under or making one last charge against an entrenched enemy. A few thousand unemployable men in Toyota Landcruisers are what to the French people? A bug to smoosh, if that. These people had tanks roll through their cities; these people have still not repopulated the Eastern frontier shared with Germany for practical purposes (drive through it some time--no one seems to live there anymore).

I miss Paris. I miss Neuilly Sur Seine and I miss every thing about it. I hope to go back to Paris and I hope to go when it is more peaceful and I hope to see the sights again. This was an attack against civilization yesterday, and civilization will correct the indecency of the terrorist. No one is going to wrap themselves in sackcloth and slink off defeated in this thing they call France. The blood spilled on the ground last night has been spilled in far worse times and nothing can break these people.

Nothing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Flip Your Wig





This answers the nagging question as to what Matt Drudge is freaking out about, I guess.

Flip Your Wig



This answers the nagging question as to what Matt Drudge is freaking out about, I guess.

Can Any of These People Beat Hillary Clinton?




I mean, what's the real question here?


11. Maria Bartiromo says something nice about Hillary Clinton, and gets booed.


Bartiromo, referring to Clinton: “You will be facing a candidate with an impressive resume.” The crowd booed loudly. The shot cut to Rubio smiling.
Bartiromo: “She has arguably more experience, certainly more time in government, than almost all of you on stage tonight.


If you're like me and can't get past the fact that there were virtually no verifiable facts discussed last night during the Republican Presidential Debate (s) last night on Fox Business Channel, what are you left with?

Well, no one looked presidential, did they? No one looked like a lock on the nomination. No one smelled like a winner. No one presented facts with stature and maturity. No one looked like they could stand on a stage with Hillary Clinton and not be torn to pieces with fact-based analysis and questioning. There is an amazing suspension of disbelief at work here, one that will backfire in a general election. No, we kinda need regulation. You are free to believe in whatever fantasy you want, but President Obama has been a much better steward of the economy than George W. Bush ever was.

I mean, as soon as Ohio Governor John Kasich began living in the real world, and talking like someone who has negotiated with lawmakers from a different party, he had his head handed to him. There's no place for that in a Republican primary debate.

The economic stuff was the killer for me last night. No one seems to have any idea how the economy works. One big hint--if someone from the Heritage Foundation tells you that, despite all evidence to the contrary, voodoo economics is the way to go, run.




The only path to victory for the Republicans lies along a road where the have the ability to exploit America's resistance to Hillary as a continuation of the Obama Administration. Something horrible has to happen to the economy. There is already a healthy resistance to Clinton because of the whole legacy issue. No one on that stage last night looked like a reasonable alternative. No one up there looked like they could beat Bernie Sanders, either.

Can Any of These People Beat Hillary Clinton?


I mean, what's the real question here?

11. Maria Bartiromo says something nice about Hillary Clinton, and gets booed.
Bartiromo, referring to Clinton: “You will be facing a candidate with an impressive resume.” The crowd booed loudly. The shot cut to Rubio smiling.
Bartiromo: “She has arguably more experience, certainly more time in government, than almost all of you on stage tonight.

If you're like me and can't get past the fact that there were virtually no verifiable facts discussed last night during the Republican Presidential Debate (s) last night on Fox Business Channel, what are you left with?

Well, no one looked presidential, did they? No one looked like a lock on the nomination. No one smelled like a winner. No one presented facts with stature and maturity. No one looked like they could stand on a stage with Hillary Clinton and not be torn to pieces with fact-based analysis and questioning. There is an amazing suspension of disbelief at work here, one that will backfire in a general election. No, we kinda need regulation. You are free to believe in whatever fantasy you want, but President Obama has been a much better steward of the economy than George W. Bush ever was.

I mean, as soon as Ohio Governor John Kasich began living in the real world, and talking like someone who has negotiated with lawmakers from a different party, he had his head handed to him. There's no place for that in a Republican primary debate.

The economic stuff was the killer for me last night. No one seems to have any idea how the economy works. One big hint--if someone from the Heritage Foundation tells you that, despite all evidence to the contrary, voodoo economics is the way to go, run.

The only path to victory for the Republicans lies along a road where the have the ability to exploit America's resistance to Hillary as a continuation of the Obama Administration. Something horrible has to happen to the economy. There is already a healthy resistance to Clinton because of the whole legacy issue. No one on that stage last night looked like a reasonable alternative. No one up there looked like they could beat Bernie Sanders, either.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Congress Needs Residential Space





There's an easy solution for this, but no one will do anything about it because that would take creativity and common sense:


The speaker has no house.


Of all his unusual traits for his new role — relative youth, a love of Clif bars for lunch and an excessive interest in tax policy — the most notable may be Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s insistence on sleeping in his Capitol Hill office.


Like scores of other members of Congress, most of them Republican, Mr. Ryan chooses to bed down in a cot in his office every night the House is in session.


Congress should do the following:



  • Build at least five or more apartment buildings that can be secured and maintained by the U.S. Park Service or Congress itself or acquire them outright.

  • Create at least 400 units that could accommodate families through careful analysis of the housing market near Capitol Hill.

  • Ban the practice of sleeping in Government offices

  • Provide units for all members of Congress (except those wealthy enough to decline this benefit)

  • Cut Congressional pay by $15,000 per year if a member uses this benefit in order to pay for housing.




You're welcome.


Congress Needs Residential Space


There's an easy solution for this, but no one will do anything about it because that would take creativity and common sense:
The speaker has no house.
Of all his unusual traits for his new role — relative youth, a love of Clif bars for lunch and an excessive interest in tax policy — the most notable may be Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s insistence on sleeping in his Capitol Hill office.
Like scores of other members of Congress, most of them Republican, Mr. Ryan chooses to bed down in a cot in his office every night the House is in session.
Congress should do the following:
  • Build at least five or more apartment buildings that can be secured and maintained by the U.S. Park Service or Congress itself or acquire them outright.
  • Create at least 400 units that could accommodate families through careful analysis of the housing market near Capitol Hill.
  • Ban the practice of sleeping in Government offices
  • Provide units for all members of Congress (except those wealthy enough to decline this benefit)
  • Cut Congressional pay by $15,000 per year if a member uses this benefit in order to pay for housing.
You're welcome.

Senator Tom Cotton Knows What Causes Drug Addiction




I mean, how can you argue with a brilliant mind like this:

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested on Monday that population decline and drug abuse in poor areas could be the result of too many people on Social Security disability.


Speaking to the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday, Cotton warned that communities with high a percentage of residents on Social Security disability had reached a tipping point that was linked to population decline. But he said that communities which used fewer benefits were enjoying a population increase.


“It’s hard to say what came first or caused the other, population decline or increased disability usage,” Cotton opined. “Or maybe economic stagnation caused both. Regardless, there seems to be at least at the county and regional level something like a disability tipping point.”


“When a county hits a certain level of disability usage, disability becomes a norm,” he continued. “It becomes an acceptable way of life and alternative source of income to a good paying full-time job as opposed to a last resort safety net program to deal with catastrophic injury and illness.”

I guess that's why affluent suburbs are being devastated by heroin addiction

[...] the heroin epidemic of the 21st century is largely a white person’s scourge. The Center for Disease Control says the cheap, easily accessible drug is attracting affluent suburbanites and women. Nearly 90 percent of the people who tried heroin for the first time in the past decade are white, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in July, 2014, and there is no reason to believe the trend has eased since then. Said the researchers: Heroin use has changed from an inner-city, minority-centered problem to one that has a more widespread geographical distribution, involving primarily white men and women in their late 20s living outside of large urban areas. The cause for this may be simple. White people addicted to prescription opiates, the sorts of drugs they could conveniently get from a friendly doctor or pharmacist, are finding heroin an obvious (and cheap) substitute now that law-enforcement officials have cracked down on those opiates. The hottest fronts in this war now can be seen in rural states like Vermont and in suburban areas that largely missed the ravages of the crack craze.


All of those recipients of tax breaks, property tax credits, and subsidized employment via government contracting are making everything go to hell because that money isn't going into some phony 401K scheme anymore--it's paying for heroin and then it's paying for drug treatment. It would seem to me that people who have a lot of money on their hands are more likely to get bored, abuse drugs, and vote Republican.




To be fair, Cotton is from Arkansas, and probably meant methamphetamines rather than heroin. That would mean that his bullshit, ignorant argument still makes no sense, but I don't think anyone is expecting much out of a junior wingnut senator.

Senator Tom Cotton Knows What Causes Drug Addiction


I mean, how can you argue with a brilliant mind like this:
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested on Monday that population decline and drug abuse in poor areas could be the result of too many people on Social Security disability.
Speaking to the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday, Cotton warned that communities with high a percentage of residents on Social Security disability had reached a tipping point that was linked to population decline. But he said that communities which used fewer benefits were enjoying a population increase.
“It’s hard to say what came first or caused the other, population decline or increased disability usage,” Cotton opined. “Or maybe economic stagnation caused both. Regardless, there seems to be at least at the county and regional level something like a disability tipping point.”
“When a county hits a certain level of disability usage, disability becomes a norm,” he continued. “It becomes an acceptable way of life and alternative source of income to a good paying full-time job as opposed to a last resort safety net program to deal with catastrophic injury and illness.”
I guess that's why affluent suburbs are being devastated by heroin addiction
[...] the heroin epidemic of the 21st century is largely a white person’s scourge. The Center for Disease Control says the cheap, easily accessible drug is attracting affluent suburbanites and women. Nearly 90 percent of the people who tried heroin for the first time in the past decade are white, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in July, 2014, and there is no reason to believe the trend has eased since then. Said the researchers: Heroin use has changed from an inner-city, minority-centered problem to one that has a more widespread geographical distribution, involving primarily white men and women in their late 20s living outside of large urban areas. The cause for this may be simple. White people addicted to prescription opiates, the sorts of drugs they could conveniently get from a friendly doctor or pharmacist, are finding heroin an obvious (and cheap) substitute now that law-enforcement officials have cracked down on those opiates. The hottest fronts in this war now can be seen in rural states like Vermont and in suburban areas that largely missed the ravages of the crack craze.
All of those recipients of tax breaks, property tax credits, and subsidized employment via government contracting are making everything go to hell because that money isn't going into some phony 401K scheme anymore--it's paying for heroin and then it's paying for drug treatment. It would seem to me that people who have a lot of money on their hands are more likely to get bored, abuse drugs, and vote Republican.

To be fair, Cotton is from Arkansas, and probably meant methamphetamines rather than heroin. That would mean that his bullshit, ignorant argument still makes no sense, but I don't think anyone is expecting much out of a junior wingnut senator.

Monday, November 9, 2015

This Woman is Mentally Ill




Someone should have taken a moment to contemplate a world where someone this mentally ill could command so much media attention for her remarks:


Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) calls in an interview for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is “coming soon.”


The 2012 Republican presidential candidate made the comments in a radio interview last week with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after both Bachmann and Perkins went on a tour of Israel. The website Right Wing Watch posted audio of the interview.


“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” Bachmann says. “And that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, he’s coming soon.”


Bachmann also says that “the prophets longed to see the days that you and I live in.”
Her takeaway from the trip, she says, is “that the Jewish state of Israel truly is a miracle of the hand of God.”

This is sad and delusional behavior. It should not be taken seriously nor should it be considered anything other than someone's cry for help. Who is helping former Representative Bachmann? What happened to her to leave her in such a state of mental illness?

We're in butterfly net territory here. As in, two men are going to have to chase her with a butterfly net and help her to the psychiatric ward.

This Woman is Mentally Ill


Someone should have taken a moment to contemplate a world where someone this mentally ill could command so much media attention for her remarks:

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) calls in an interview for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is “coming soon.”
The 2012 Republican presidential candidate made the comments in a radio interview last week with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after both Bachmann and Perkins went on a tour of Israel. The website Right Wing Watch posted audio of the interview.
“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” Bachmann says. “And that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, he’s coming soon.”
Bachmann also says that “the prophets longed to see the days that you and I live in.”
Her takeaway from the trip, she says, is “that the Jewish state of Israel truly is a miracle of the hand of God.”
This is sad and delusional behavior. It should not be taken seriously nor should it be considered anything other than someone's cry for help. Who is helping former Representative Bachmann? What happened to her to leave her in such a state of mental illness?

We're in butterfly net territory here. As in, two men are going to have to chase her with a butterfly net and help her to the psychiatric ward.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Louisiana Loves Hookers

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I'm going to come right out and say it--this is, as John Cole says, a devastating ad. If it ran in North Carolina or Indiana, it would work.

Louisiana?

Nah. Vitter's the next governor of Louisiana if this gets widespread play. The vast majority of Americans choose prostitutes over patriots every day of the week. They'll step over a Veteran on the sidewalk in order to get to the part of town where the hookers use funnels, hoses, and see-through paddles on men like David Vitter whether they're wearing diapers or not.

Americans hate veterans but they just won't admit it.

Louisiana Loves Hookers


I'm going to come right out and say it--this is, as John Cole says, a devastating ad. If it ran in North Carolina or Indiana, it would work.

Louisiana?

Nah. Vitter's the next governor of Louisiana if this gets widespread play. The vast majority of Americans choose prostitutes over patriots every day of the week. They'll step over a Veteran on the sidewalk in order to get to the part of town where the hookers use funnels, hoses, and see-through paddles on men like David Vitter whether they're wearing diapers or not.

Americans hate veterans but they just won't admit it.

Full Employment is at Hand




We are getting dangerously close to a "thanks, Obama" moment:

According to Labor Department statistics released on Friday, the American economy added 271,000 jobs in October, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.0 percent from September's 5.1 percent. This lowered unemployment would normally be considered by economists to mean the United States is close to "full employment," but a so-called "slack" in the labor market following the 2008 recession has led to differing calculations. Either way, the dip in unemployment is expected to signal an interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve next month in order to stave off inflation.





Can Republicans who have served in Congress actually run against an economy they have been sabotaging for over seven years? I suppose they can--shamelessness is not a strong suit on the other side of the aisle. But the real question is, can anyone honestly run against an Obama track record and say that a Republican can do better? Can a Republican keep unemployment low? Can a Republican replace Obamacare without sending millions back to the ranks of the uninsured?





Not if they're doing the bidding of billionaires. Not if they're slaves to Voodoo Economics. It's not going to work, even with a marginally informed electorate.

Full Employment is at Hand


We are getting dangerously close to a "thanks, Obama" moment:
According to Labor Department statistics released on Friday, the American economy added 271,000 jobs in October, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.0 percent from September's 5.1 percent. This lowered unemployment would normally be considered by economists to mean the United States is close to "full employment," but a so-called "slack" in the labor market following the 2008 recession has led to differing calculations. Either way, the dip in unemployment is expected to signal an interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve next month in order to stave off inflation.

Can Republicans who have served in Congress actually run against an economy they have been sabotaging for over seven years? I suppose they can--shamelessness is not a strong suit on the other side of the aisle. But the real question is, can anyone honestly run against an Obama track record and say that a Republican can do better? Can a Republican keep unemployment low? Can a Republican replace Obamacare without sending millions back to the ranks of the uninsured?

Not if they're doing the bidding of billionaires. Not if they're slaves to Voodoo Economics. It's not going to work, even with a marginally informed electorate.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Help




The hired help are to blame for the fact that the entire Bush dynasty is a rolling dumpster fire:

WASHINGTON — After years of holding back, former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son’s administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
In interviews with his biographer, Mr. Bush said that Mr. Cheney had built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence withinGeorge W. Bush’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. Mr. Rumsfeld, the elder Mr. Bush said, was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.”
Mr. Bush’s sharp assessments, contained in a biography by Jon Meacham to be published by Random House next week, gave voice to sentiments that many long suspected he had harbored but kept private until now. While he continued to praise his son, he did tell Mr. Meacham that the younger Mr. Bush was responsible for empowering Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld and was at times too bellicose in his language.


The world is divided into Bushes and the help, and the help are to be jettisoned when things go south. I don't get the timing of all of this--you'd think that Jeb Bush would want Dick Cheney out there campaigning for him because nothing else is working. His campaign is a disaster. Billionaires are going elsewhere with their money. 





An old clown like Sheldon Adelson should have been feted by the Bush clan and they should have had Cheney grab the old man's arm and hiss things like "we're going back to the gold standard sideways!" and  "kibbutzes overrun by Hamas!" and "we bomb as soon as the raven appears."





Cheney's response will be to further emasculate these people. They should have waited until both he and Rumsfeld were medically unfit for public commentary or in the throes of dementia before attacking them. Oh, well. Tactics were never a strong suit for these aristocrats. 

The Help


The hired help are to blame for the fact that the entire Bush dynasty is a rolling dumpster fire:
WASHINGTON — After years of holding back, former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son’s administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
In interviews with his biographer, Mr. Bush said that Mr. Cheney had built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence withinGeorge W. Bush’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. Mr. Rumsfeld, the elder Mr. Bush said, was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.”
Mr. Bush’s sharp assessments, contained in a biography by Jon Meacham to be published by Random House next week, gave voice to sentiments that many long suspected he had harbored but kept private until now. While he continued to praise his son, he did tell Mr. Meacham that the younger Mr. Bush was responsible for empowering Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld and was at times too bellicose in his language.
The world is divided into Bushes and the help, and the help are to be jettisoned when things go south. I don't get the timing of all of this--you'd think that Jeb Bush would want Dick Cheney out there campaigning for him because nothing else is working. His campaign is a disaster. Billionaires are going elsewhere with their money. 

An old clown like Sheldon Adelson should have been feted by the Bush clan and they should have had Cheney grab the old man's arm and hiss things like "we're going back to the gold standard sideways!" and  "kibbutzes overrun by Hamas!" and "we bomb as soon as the raven appears."

Cheney's response will be to further emasculate these people. They should have waited until both he and Rumsfeld were medically unfit for public commentary or in the throes of dementia before attacking them. Oh, well. Tactics were never a strong suit for these aristocrats. 

They Did Store Grain in the Pyramids




Ben Carson is out of his fucking mind, of course:

Ben Carson on Wednesday reaffirmed his belief that ancient pyramids in Egypt were used to store grain rather than for pharoah tombs. When asked if he still believed the pyramid theory he outlined in a 1998 commencement speech, Carson told CBS News, “It’s still my belief, yes.” BuzzFeed posted the speech Carson delievered at Andrews University, a college founded by Seventh-day Adventists. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” he said. “Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”


Talk about an unforced error. Someone in the Carson camp is going to search Google for an image showing grain storage in pyramids. Please, please, please--use the image above. I made it special just to help you out of your jam.





If you repeat it enough times, you can make any idiot believe that the pyramids were grain storage facilities. You can make a Republican primary voter believe anything you want as long as you say it in a calm, clear voice without laughing like a hyena on windowpane acid.

They Did Store Grain in the Pyramids


Ben Carson is out of his fucking mind, of course:
Ben Carson on Wednesday reaffirmed his belief that ancient pyramids in Egypt were used to store grain rather than for pharoah tombs. When asked if he still believed the pyramid theory he outlined in a 1998 commencement speech, Carson told CBS News, “It’s still my belief, yes.” BuzzFeed posted the speech Carson delievered at Andrews University, a college founded by Seventh-day Adventists. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” he said. “Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”
Talk about an unforced error. Someone in the Carson camp is going to search Google for an image showing grain storage in pyramids. Please, please, please--use the image above. I made it special just to help you out of your jam.

If you repeat it enough times, you can make any idiot believe that the pyramids were grain storage facilities. You can make a Republican primary voter believe anything you want as long as you say it in a calm, clear voice without laughing like a hyena on windowpane acid.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Kentucky Will Get a Taste of What It Feels Like to be Kansas




In American politics, there is no hope for people who vote against their economic self-interests:

The Associated Press projects that Republican Matt Bevin has defeated Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s gubernatorial election.

Bevin, an ultraconservative businessman who launched an unsuccessful primary challenge to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, promised to roll back the commonwealth’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and dismantle Kentucky’s popular health insurance exchange, Kynect. Under Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky was one of the few Southern states to embrace the 2010 health reform law. Conway pledged to continue Beshear’s health reform policies.


Polls of the race were few and far between, but generally gave Conway, the commonwealth’s attorney general, a slight edge. But with both candidates mired in the low 40s heading into Election Day, the outcome was difficult to predict.


Do you live in Kentucky? Do yourself a favor and leave if you can. Ask for relocation assistance if it's available. The stated goal of Matt Bevin is to destroy the economic infrastructure of an entire American state in order to satisfy his own ideological bent towards what can only be described as evil. Yes, it is evil to take something away from people that keeps them alive. You take away health care and the result is the expected one--people fucking die for lack of access to proper care. 




This is what Federalism will look like for the next few decades. Damage and ruin for many, economic normalcy and progress for others. We'll have people living and thriving in one state and we'll have bankruptcy, death, and desperation on the other side of an otherwise insignificant border. The states have gone mad and elected extremists because of the fear of abortion/guns/federal bogeyman. I realize that this is immensely sad for the people who voted to keep their health care insurance and to keep this insane wingnut from destroying the economy of Kentucky. 




But these states are now incubators for craziness and extremism. They are very, very friendly for corporate interests and for anyone opposed to common sense. No one cares enough to vote anymore and governance is now a fondly cherished memory. Another domino has fallen and no one is paying attention to the sound it makes when it lands on anyone unfortunate enough to be sick.






It does no good to sneer at the intentional harm being done to states like Kentucky. Nobody reads anymore, nobody knows nothing, and nobody votes. Cherish the fall of decency. Embrace the pawn shop economy of being lucky or being dead.

Kentucky Will Get a Taste of What It Feels Like to be Kansas


In American politics, there is no hope for people who vote against their economic self-interests:
The Associated Press projects that Republican Matt Bevin has defeated Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s gubernatorial election.

Bevin, an ultraconservative businessman who launched an unsuccessful primary challenge to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, promised to roll back the commonwealth’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and dismantle Kentucky’s popular health insurance exchange, Kynect. Under Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky was one of the few Southern states to embrace the 2010 health reform law. Conway pledged to continue Beshear’s health reform policies.
Polls of the race were few and far between, but generally gave Conway, the commonwealth’s attorney general, a slight edge. But with both candidates mired in the low 40s heading into Election Day, the outcome was difficult to predict.

Do you live in Kentucky? Do yourself a favor and leave if you can. Ask for relocation assistance if it's available. The stated goal of Matt Bevin is to destroy the economic infrastructure of an entire American state in order to satisfy his own ideological bent towards what can only be described as evil. Yes, it is evil to take something away from people that keeps them alive. You take away health care and the result is the expected one--people fucking die for lack of access to proper care. 

This is what Federalism will look like for the next few decades. Damage and ruin for many, economic normalcy and progress for others. We'll have people living and thriving in one state and we'll have bankruptcy, death, and desperation on the other side of an otherwise insignificant border. The states have gone mad and elected extremists because of the fear of abortion/guns/federal bogeyman. I realize that this is immensely sad for the people who voted to keep their health care insurance and to keep this insane wingnut from destroying the economy of Kentucky. 

But these states are now incubators for craziness and extremism. They are very, very friendly for corporate interests and for anyone opposed to common sense. No one cares enough to vote anymore and governance is now a fondly cherished memory. Another domino has fallen and no one is paying attention to the sound it makes when it lands on anyone unfortunate enough to be sick.

It does no good to sneer at the intentional harm being done to states like Kentucky. Nobody reads anymore, nobody knows nothing, and nobody votes. Cherish the fall of decency. Embrace the pawn shop economy of being lucky or being dead.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Another Ridiculous James O'Keefe Prank





This will surely destroy our great Republic:

Administrators at Vassar College agreed to personally shred a pocket Constitution after an undercover reporter posing as a student complained that she felt “triggered” by its distribution on campus, while professors at Oberlin College confided that they shared the reporter's misgivings about the founding document.


The video was produced by Project Veritas, a non-profit established by conservative journalist James O’Keefe, and employs a similar style to the undercover ACORN videos that first brought him to prominence.

“Honestly, can we just like destroy... is there a shredder or something? I think it might be really therapeutic." Tweet This

“Last week something kinda happened on campus that kind of really upset me and I ended up having a panic attack,” the reporter tells Vassar College Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity Kelly Grab. “It’s just I’ve been kind of hiding out in my room ever since kind of scared, so, finally somebody told me I should maybe come talk to you about it and see if there’s anything that can happen or anything … They were handing the Constitution out on campus.”


“Oh, CATO Institute,” Grab murmurs while looking the booklet over.


“They were handing it out and as soon as I saw it you know I started to not be able to breathe, hyperventilating,” the reporter elaborated. “My vision went blurry and I just—kind of just lost control.”


The level of stupidity found here is absolutely breathtaking and it's rather an Onion-esque sort of piece. The only thing that surprises me is that they didn't throw a fetus in the shredder and write a poem about Saul Alinsky.





As the great Charlie Pierce likes to say. who the fuck are these people when they're at home?

Another Ridiculous James O'Keefe Prank



This will surely destroy our great Republic:
Administrators at Vassar College agreed to personally shred a pocket Constitution after an undercover reporter posing as a student complained that she felt “triggered” by its distribution on campus, while professors at Oberlin College confided that they shared the reporter's misgivings about the founding document.
The video was produced by Project Veritas, a non-profit established by conservative journalist James O’Keefe, and employs a similar style to the undercover ACORN videos that first brought him to prominence.

“Honestly, can we just like destroy... is there a shredder or something? I think it might be really therapeutic." Tweet This

“Last week something kinda happened on campus that kind of really upset me and I ended up having a panic attack,” the reporter tells Vassar College Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity Kelly Grab. “It’s just I’ve been kind of hiding out in my room ever since kind of scared, so, finally somebody told me I should maybe come talk to you about it and see if there’s anything that can happen or anything … They were handing the Constitution out on campus.”
“Oh, CATO Institute,” Grab murmurs while looking the booklet over.
“They were handing it out and as soon as I saw it you know I started to not be able to breathe, hyperventilating,” the reporter elaborated. “My vision went blurry and I just—kind of just lost control.”
The level of stupidity found here is absolutely breathtaking and it's rather an Onion-esque sort of piece. The only thing that surprises me is that they didn't throw a fetus in the shredder and write a poem about Saul Alinsky.

As the great Charlie Pierce likes to say. who the fuck are these people when they're at home?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mike Barnicle Can't Come Up With One Original Thought




Awful comparison, and wildly off the mark:

Just 50 years ago, the U.S. made the disastrous decision to ramp up its involvement in Vietnam. Is President Obama repeating the same mistake?


History is like a nagging friend, a back-seat driver or a Monday morning quarterback always ready to tap you on the shoulder with an often annoying reminder of the obvious, of something startling that’s been forgotten in the dust of time passed. And fifty years isn’t exactly in yesterday’s rear view mirror.


I found myself thinking about something the other day that took place exactly 50 years ago. The ghost of that long gone time jumped off the page of the newspaper as I read about the Obama administration’s decision to announce publicly for the first time that a small unit, less than 50, of Special Operations troops would soon be on the ground inside Syria. They will be advising, working and fighting alongside one element or another of rebels combating both ISIS and Bashar al-Assad, the killer who leads what’s left of his broken state.


Yeah, about that whole thing where history repeats itself. If you're a serial plagiarist, you really don't want to make that comparison.And if you're a hack like Mike Barnicle, you've just written the laziest and hackiest column of the year.

Mike Barnicle Can't Come Up With One Original Thought


Awful comparison, and wildly off the mark:
Just 50 years ago, the U.S. made the disastrous decision to ramp up its involvement in Vietnam. Is President Obama repeating the same mistake?
History is like a nagging friend, a back-seat driver or a Monday morning quarterback always ready to tap you on the shoulder with an often annoying reminder of the obvious, of something startling that’s been forgotten in the dust of time passed. And fifty years isn’t exactly in yesterday’s rear view mirror.
I found myself thinking about something the other day that took place exactly 50 years ago. The ghost of that long gone time jumped off the page of the newspaper as I read about the Obama administration’s decision to announce publicly for the first time that a small unit, less than 50, of Special Operations troops would soon be on the ground inside Syria. They will be advising, working and fighting alongside one element or another of rebels combating both ISIS and Bashar al-Assad, the killer who leads what’s left of his broken state.

Yeah, about that whole thing where history repeats itself. If you're a serial plagiarist, you really don't want to make that comparison.And if you're a hack like Mike Barnicle, you've just written the laziest and hackiest column of the year.