Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Race Begins Monday




We are mere hours away from the beginning of the race for the presidency. It all kicks off when the Iowans gather and begin voting for whoever they think should be the nominee. 

Remember that the rules, for the Republicans, have changed--this was because of Ron Paul's strong 2012 finish in the state. If those same voters come out, they're going to split between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. They are not voting for ersatz Republicans this year. Oh, hell no.

Anyone who, up until now, has appeared weak or wishy-washy will be beaten silly tomorrow. They'll be used to clean the floors of the hotels that will overflow with panicked campaign workers. More than a few of them will be jettisoned or fired. These people don't want Jeb Bush and they don't want Chris Christie. I think they're going to go big for Rubio.

I have a sneaky suspicion that Donald Trump's "organization" will fail. Iowa is where you need an army just to get out of the starting blocks. In Trump's case, where is that army? Where are the loyal people needed to wage war? Did he remember to write the checks and pay for them? I am of the opinion that his campaign isn't savvy enough to win in Iowa. We will see if the air goes out of his campaign tomorrow. If it doesn't, and if he actually has supporters and organizers, then we'll know how serious he really is.

It'll be funny if more of those Ted Cruz mailers show up. I wonder if he's letting the Trump folks know that the election actually begins on Tuesday afternoon because of bad weather, a ballot mixup, and because he's a really, really big dick.


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The Race Begins Monday


We are mere hours away from the beginning of the race for the presidency. It all kicks off when the Iowans gather and begin voting for whoever they think should be the nominee. 

Remember that the rules, for the Republicans, have changed--this was because of Ron Paul's strong 2012 finish in the state. If those same voters come out, they're going to split between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. They are not voting for ersatz Republicans this year. Oh, hell no.

Anyone who, up until now, has appeared weak or wishy-washy will be beaten silly tomorrow. They'll be used to clean the floors of the hotels that will overflow with panicked campaign workers. More than a few of them will be jettisoned or fired. These people don't want Jeb Bush and they don't want Chris Christie. I think they're going to go big for Rubio.

I have a sneaky suspicion that Donald Trump's "organization" will fail. Iowa is where you need an army just to get out of the starting blocks. In Trump's case, where is that army? Where are the loyal people needed to wage war? Did he remember to write the checks and pay for them? I am of the opinion that his campaign isn't savvy enough to win in Iowa. We will see if the air goes out of his campaign tomorrow. If it doesn't, and if he actually has supporters and organizers, then we'll know how serious he really is.

It'll be funny if more of those Ted Cruz mailers show up. I wonder if he's letting the Trump folks know that the election actually begins on Tuesday afternoon because of bad weather, a ballot mixup, and because he's a really, really big dick.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The End is Near in Oregon




The Federal Government has been masterful in handling the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and it would be a tragedy if anyone else had to die for what amounts to nothing:

The four people who remain holed up inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon say they are ready to leave peacefully -- or prepared to die.
The nearly monthlong armed occupation of the refuge -- a protest of federal land policies -- began to crumble this week when leader Ammon Bundy and seven other occupiers were arrested. One was killed in a traffic stop Tuesday night when authorities made some of those arrests.
Three others were arrested Wednesday when eight more left the refuge.


They committed felonies! They destroyed public property! They destroyed artifacts and protected archaeological ruins! They should all be arrested, provided with representation, and made subject to the same laws all of us live under. They are innocent til proven guilty. They should enjoy the same privileges and rights all of us have. 





It's clear, so far, anyway, that the popularity of begging for snacks did not lead to thousands of like-minded patriots making the journey to Oregon. They're out there, hunkered down, perhaps waiting for a better location to occupy. They should take over an American military base. Fort Hood, Texas would be a pushover for a few dozen fat boys in camo. I'd love to see that on the news.





Everything that happened was a theater of the absurd. They thought they were making a point; they thought they were the start of a popular movement. But then, some people sent them dildos. Everything turned to shit after that. Meanwhile, sensible people are trying to make sense of how to live with one another in the American West.


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The End is Near in Oregon


The Federal Government has been masterful in handling the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and it would be a tragedy if anyone else had to die for what amounts to nothing:
The four people who remain holed up inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon say they are ready to leave peacefully -- or prepared to die.
The nearly monthlong armed occupation of the refuge -- a protest of federal land policies -- began to crumble this week when leader Ammon Bundy and seven other occupiers were arrested. One was killed in a traffic stop Tuesday night when authorities made some of those arrests.
Three others were arrested Wednesday when eight more left the refuge.
They committed felonies! They destroyed public property! They destroyed artifacts and protected archaeological ruins! They should all be arrested, provided with representation, and made subject to the same laws all of us live under. They are innocent til proven guilty. They should enjoy the same privileges and rights all of us have. 

It's clear, so far, anyway, that the popularity of begging for snacks did not lead to thousands of like-minded patriots making the journey to Oregon. They're out there, hunkered down, perhaps waiting for a better location to occupy. They should take over an American military base. Fort Hood, Texas would be a pushover for a few dozen fat boys in camo. I'd love to see that on the news.

Everything that happened was a theater of the absurd. They thought they were making a point; they thought they were the start of a popular movement. But then, some people sent them dildos. Everything turned to shit after that. Meanwhile, sensible people are trying to make sense of how to live with one another in the American West.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LaVoy Finicum Meets His Maker




Blue tarps do not stop bullets:

Ammon Bundy, leader of the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, was arrested and one of his followers killed in a highway traffic stop Tuesday.

A law enforcement official told CNN that authorities pulled over two vehicles. Everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people: LaVoy Finicum and Bundy's brother, Ryan Bundy, the official said.

Shots were fired, but it's not known who fired first, the official said.

Ryan Bundy was injured, but Finicum died, the official added.
Finicum was among the most outspoken of the occupiers who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns on January 2 to protest federal land policies.

Earlier this month, he said he'd rather be killed than arrested.

"Absolutely ... I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box," he told NBC News. "There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them," he said. "I'm prepared to defend freedom."





Is this the end of Yokel Haram? Or will these self-styled patriots start coming out of the woodwork? How many of them will use the blue tarp as their symbol of freedom?





Who cares? These criminals deserve to be behind bars. Every moment wasted considering their nonsense is one we could have used laughing at Donald Trump.


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LaVoy Finicum Meets His Maker


Blue tarps do not stop bullets:
Ammon Bundy, leader of the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, was arrested and one of his followers killed in a highway traffic stop Tuesday.

A law enforcement official told CNN that authorities pulled over two vehicles. Everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people: LaVoy Finicum and Bundy's brother, Ryan Bundy, the official said.

Shots were fired, but it's not known who fired first, the official said.

Ryan Bundy was injured, but Finicum died, the official added.
Finicum was among the most outspoken of the occupiers who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns on January 2 to protest federal land policies.

Earlier this month, he said he'd rather be killed than arrested.

"Absolutely ... I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box," he told NBC News. "There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them," he said. "I'm prepared to defend freedom."

Is this the end of Yokel Haram? Or will these self-styled patriots start coming out of the woodwork? How many of them will use the blue tarp as their symbol of freedom?

Who cares? These criminals deserve to be behind bars. Every moment wasted considering their nonsense is one we could have used laughing at Donald Trump.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vindication, Baby




This is a good start:

A grand jury convened to investigate whether a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic had sold the organs of aborted fetuses on Monday cleared the clinic and instead indicted the undercover videographers behind the allegations, surprising the officials who called for the probe and delighting supporters of the women's health organization.


The Harris County grand jury indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, both of California, on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. It also charged Daleiden, the leader of the videographers, with the same misdemeanor he had alleged – the purchase or sale of human organs, presumably because he had offered to buy in an attempt to provoke Planned Parenthood employees into saying they would sell.

Now we need damages to be assessed. As in, how much did Planned Parenthood lose in terms of funding when the Republicans launched their coordinated attacks?

Put these clowns out of business. Every dime they raise through Gofundme should be confiscated and given to Planned Parenthood clinics all over America. Oh, and the families of those killed by the Planned Parenthood shooter--give them some as well.


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Vindication, Baby


This is a good start:
A grand jury convened to investigate whether a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic had sold the organs of aborted fetuses on Monday cleared the clinic and instead indicted the undercover videographers behind the allegations, surprising the officials who called for the probe and delighting supporters of the women's health organization.
The Harris County grand jury indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, both of California, on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. It also charged Daleiden, the leader of the videographers, with the same misdemeanor he had alleged – the purchase or sale of human organs, presumably because he had offered to buy in an attempt to provoke Planned Parenthood employees into saying they would sell.
Now we need damages to be assessed. As in, how much did Planned Parenthood lose in terms of funding when the Republicans launched their coordinated attacks?

Put these clowns out of business. Every dime they raise through Gofundme should be confiscated and given to Planned Parenthood clinics all over America. Oh, and the families of those killed by the Planned Parenthood shooter--give them some as well.

Hillary




I wholeheartedly endorse Hillary Clinton for President. But, if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I'll vote for him, too.

The bottom line is, I'm voting in November. I'm voting for Democrats. I'm not voting for Republicans. I'm not voting for a Republican in my lifetime. Hate to be predictable, but that's where I stand.

In the months ahead, we're going to witness a shitstorm of Biblical proportions. Imagine the tornado scene in the Wizard of Oz. Crazy people on bikes, swirling cows, flying horrors, winged monkeys, savage little cheap men in bad suits, wingnuts, followers, doomsayers, fools and errand boys are all headed our way. Someone is going to have to grab the Democratic party by the lapel and start howling for reason. A failure to elect a Democrat this cycle is not going to be the end of the world, but it will unravel quite a bit of human progress.

The conservatives like to say that they stand athwart history, yelling stop. In a global environment, we can no longer afford obstructionism. So, it's one thing to say, "let's keep going on the path set by President Obama." It's another thing to ignore the possibility of reviving the 50-state strategy and going after every single Congressman and Senator every election cycle, every time.

And that's really what's needed--a comprehensive effort to elect Democrats and hold them accountable every election cycle. We can't go to sleep or everything will fall apart.

Hillary


I wholeheartedly endorse Hillary Clinton for President. But, if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I'll vote for him, too.

The bottom line is, I'm voting in November. I'm voting for Democrats. I'm not voting for Republicans. I'm not voting for a Republican in my lifetime. Hate to be predictable, but that's where I stand.

In the months ahead, we're going to witness a shitstorm of Biblical proportions. Imagine the tornado scene in the Wizard of Oz. Crazy people on bikes, swirling cows, flying horrors, winged monkeys, savage little cheap men in bad suits, wingnuts, followers, doomsayers, fools and errand boys are all headed our way. Someone is going to have to grab the Democratic party by the lapel and start howling for reason. A failure to elect a Democrat this cycle is not going to be the end of the world, but it will unravel quite a bit of human progress.

The conservatives like to say that they stand athwart history, yelling stop. In a global environment, we can no longer afford obstructionism. So, it's one thing to say, "let's keep going on the path set by President Obama." It's another thing to ignore the possibility of reviving the 50-state strategy and going after every single Congressman and Senator every election cycle, every time.

And that's really what's needed--a comprehensive effort to elect Democrats and hold them accountable every election cycle. We can't go to sleep or everything will fall apart.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Sociopaths Among Us




That's a comment left at the particularly loathsome and flippant story published in USA Today by David Mastio about how the poisoning of Flint, Michigan's water supply was a "tad" overhyped.

News flash, asshole. Just because the water is tainted elsewhere doesn't mean it's perfectly okay to poison the people of Flint, Michigan. The mere fact that we have these problems all over the United States is proof that we're not taking any of this seriously enough. No one should have water full of poison anywhere! That's the whole fucking point! Arrrgh!

These sociopaths are everywhere. They come out of the woodwork in order to say things that make all the sense in the world. That's right. Flint, Michigan's children have been exposed to toxic levels of lead and other harmful chemicals and the best they can muster is a crack at Michael Moore's fat ass.

Hey, remember when, kids?



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The Sociopaths Among Us


That's a comment left at the particularly loathsome and flippant story published in USA Today by David Mastio about how the poisoning of Flint, Michigan's water supply was a "tad" overhyped.

News flash, asshole. Just because the water is tainted elsewhere doesn't mean it's perfectly okay to poison the people of Flint, Michigan. The mere fact that we have these problems all over the United States is proof that we're not taking any of this seriously enough. No one should have water full of poison anywhere! That's the whole fucking point! Arrrgh!

These sociopaths are everywhere. They come out of the woodwork in order to say things that make all the sense in the world. That's right. Flint, Michigan's children have been exposed to toxic levels of lead and other harmful chemicals and the best they can muster is a crack at Michael Moore's fat ass.

Hey, remember when, kids?


There Are No Words




Donald Trump retweeted a Twitter user named White Genocide TM today.  I am fairly certain this will not become an issue in the current election cycle. What did you do with your down time?


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There Are No Words


Donald Trump retweeted a Twitter user named White Genocide TM today.  I am fairly certain this will not become an issue in the current election cycle. What did you do with your down time?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Killing Them With Lead Pipes and Filthy Water




Oh, the victimhood of these people:

Gov. Rick Snyder's staffers worried in September that the issue of lead in Flint's drinking water was being politicized and that the state's responsibility for the crisis was being exaggerated.


"I can't figure out why the state is responsible except that (then-treasurer Andy) Dillon did make the ultimate decision so we're not able to avoid the subject," Snyder's chief of staff Dennis Muchmore wrote to Snyder in a Sept. 25, 2015, e-mail.


He followed it up the next morning, writing: "The real responsibility rests with the county, city and KWA," referring to the Karegnondi Water Authority. "But since the issue here is the health of citizens and their children, we're taking a proactive approach."

Michigan sounds like a fun place to live. Keep electing Republicans and all of the problems with poor people will go away. The decision to poison them out of existence ranks up there with the best ideas of the Gilded Age. Tell me how Governor Rick Snyder hasn't filed to run for President yet? He's the ideal Republican--he's got a solution for poverty that nobody saw coming.


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Oh, the victimhood of these people:
Gov. Rick Snyder's staffers worried in September that the issue of lead in Flint's drinking water was being politicized and that the state's responsibility for the crisis was being exaggerated.
"I can't figure out why the state is responsible except that (then-treasurer Andy) Dillon did make the ultimate decision so we're not able to avoid the subject," Snyder's chief of staff Dennis Muchmore wrote to Snyder in a Sept. 25, 2015, e-mail.
He followed it up the next morning, writing: "The real responsibility rests with the county, city and KWA," referring to the Karegnondi Water Authority. "But since the issue here is the health of citizens and their children, we're taking a proactive approach."
Michigan sounds like a fun place to live. Keep electing Republicans and all of the problems with poor people will go away. The decision to poison them out of existence ranks up there with the best ideas of the Gilded Age. Tell me how Governor Rick Snyder hasn't filed to run for President yet? He's the ideal Republican--he's got a solution for poverty that nobody saw coming.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Aw, Hell No




I am not having this.

Let's get into the time machine, shall we? Let's go back in time and read about how the Bush Administration stocked the Veteran's Administration with people who didn't even believe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was even a thing for young soldiers returning from war.

Sullivan was working as an analyst at the Veterans Benefits Administration in Washington in early 2005 when he was called to a meeting with a top political appointee at the VA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Michael McLendon. McLendon, an intensely focused man in a neatly pressed suit, kept a Bible on his desk at the office. Sullivan explained to McLendon and the other attendees that the rise in benefits claims the VA was noticing was caused partly by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who were suffering from PTSD. “That’s too many,” McLendon said, then hit his hand on the table. “They are too young” to be filing claims, and they are doing it “too soon.” He hit the table again. The claims, he said, are “costing us too much money,” and if the veterans “believed in God and country . . . they would not come home with PTSD.” At that point, he slammed his palm against the table a final time, making a loud smack. Everyone in the room fell silent.


“I was a little bit surprised,” Sullivan said, recalling the incident. “In that one comment, he appeared to be a religious fundamentalist.” For Sullivan, McLendon’s remarks reflected the views of many political appointees in the VA and revealed what was behind their efforts to reduce costs by restricting claims. The backlog of claims was immense, and veterans, often suffering extreme psychological stress, had to wait an average of five months for decisions on their requests.


When I asked him years later about the meeting, McLendon laughed. Then his face darkened in anger. “Anybody who knows me knows I wouldn’t talk that way.”


Nevertheless, McLendon was open about the skepticism he felt toward the diagnosis of PTSD, calling it “a made-up term,” which has “taken on a life of its own.” As he spoke about the diagnosis, he pounded the table with the side of his hand more than ten times, hitting it so hard that the wooden surface shook. “Do I think they have a mental illness and should be stigmatized for the rest of their life?” he asked. “What gives a psychiatrist the right to do that?”


Later, in an email about our conversation, he wrote:


[PTSD] is not a diagnosis based on empirical evidence, but rather . . . it is an artificial construct erected by a vote of selected psychiatrists. This does not mean that there are not problems that certain individuals do have [and] issues that need to be addressed. But rather, it means that we have created policies and programs that have not served veterans well.


He recommended several books on the subject, including The Selling of DSM, whose authors, Stuart Kirk and Herb Kutchins, show a deep mistrust about the disorder and the scientific rhetoric surrounding the diagnosis. McLendon’s outlook seems to have had a significant impact on the way veterans are treated upon their return from war.
McLendon and many of the other high-level officials at the VA shared political convictions that, along with doubts about the science of PTSD, made them less likely to push for additional psychiatric services for veterans. They believed in streamlined government and free markets, and they supported a prominent role for faith-based organizations. The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, R. James Nicholson, had previously served as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as ambassador to the Vatican. McLendon’s politics closely mirror his boss’s, and under Nicholson’s watch, veterans had increasing difficulty in obtaining adequate psychological care.


When a 2006 Government Accountability Office report raised questions about whether soldiers were getting the psychiatric help they needed, an assistant secretary of defense disputed the report’s findings, pointing to the fact that soldiers were being referred to chaplains. During this time contracts for veterans’ services were increasingly parceled out to leaders of faith-based organizations rather than to secular ones, even though veterans’ advocates opposed any bias toward faith-based treatment and argued that replacing empirically proven, nonsectarian programs with faith-based ones was a mistake.


The religious programs grew, despite concerns. At the VA Healthcare Network in upstate New York, chaplains compiled spirituality assessments of patients within twenty-four hours of their arrival. The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System gave patients a questionnaire that stated one of the System’s goals as helping veterans “Maintain Optimal Spiritual Health.” In Coatesville, patients in the psychiatric ward had a daily, thirty-minute block of time scheduled for “SPIRITUAL UPLIFTING.” Meanwhile Benimoff wondered, “what kind of God would allow people to sink to the depths we here in this ward had sunk?”

I don't know--the same God who let an American president start a war because he had daddy issues?




The thing that Sarah Palin won't admit is that her son is 26 years old, lives at home, couldn't keep it together with his first wife and his first child, and the President of the United States of America is simply not to blame for her trainwreck parenting philosophy. 





If President Obama is to blame for Track, who's to blame for Bristol? She couldn't even successfully marry one of the two fathers of her children, and one of those was a Medal of Honor winner.





Man, that's one hell of a record, isn't it?


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Aw, Hell No


I am not having this.

Let's get into the time machine, shall we? Let's go back in time and read about how the Bush Administration stocked the Veteran's Administration with people who didn't even believe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was even a thing for young soldiers returning from war.
Sullivan was working as an analyst at the Veterans Benefits Administration in Washington in early 2005 when he was called to a meeting with a top political appointee at the VA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Michael McLendon. McLendon, an intensely focused man in a neatly pressed suit, kept a Bible on his desk at the office. Sullivan explained to McLendon and the other attendees that the rise in benefits claims the VA was noticing was caused partly by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who were suffering from PTSD. “That’s too many,” McLendon said, then hit his hand on the table. “They are too young” to be filing claims, and they are doing it “too soon.” He hit the table again. The claims, he said, are “costing us too much money,” and if the veterans “believed in God and country . . . they would not come home with PTSD.” At that point, he slammed his palm against the table a final time, making a loud smack. Everyone in the room fell silent.
“I was a little bit surprised,” Sullivan said, recalling the incident. “In that one comment, he appeared to be a religious fundamentalist.” For Sullivan, McLendon’s remarks reflected the views of many political appointees in the VA and revealed what was behind their efforts to reduce costs by restricting claims. The backlog of claims was immense, and veterans, often suffering extreme psychological stress, had to wait an average of five months for decisions on their requests.
When I asked him years later about the meeting, McLendon laughed. Then his face darkened in anger. “Anybody who knows me knows I wouldn’t talk that way.”
Nevertheless, McLendon was open about the skepticism he felt toward the diagnosis of PTSD, calling it “a made-up term,” which has “taken on a life of its own.” As he spoke about the diagnosis, he pounded the table with the side of his hand more than ten times, hitting it so hard that the wooden surface shook. “Do I think they have a mental illness and should be stigmatized for the rest of their life?” he asked. “What gives a psychiatrist the right to do that?”
Later, in an email about our conversation, he wrote:
[PTSD] is not a diagnosis based on empirical evidence, but rather . . . it is an artificial construct erected by a vote of selected psychiatrists. This does not mean that there are not problems that certain individuals do have [and] issues that need to be addressed. But rather, it means that we have created policies and programs that have not served veterans well.
He recommended several books on the subject, including The Selling of DSM, whose authors, Stuart Kirk and Herb Kutchins, show a deep mistrust about the disorder and the scientific rhetoric surrounding the diagnosis. McLendon’s outlook seems to have had a significant impact on the way veterans are treated upon their return from war.
McLendon and many of the other high-level officials at the VA shared political convictions that, along with doubts about the science of PTSD, made them less likely to push for additional psychiatric services for veterans. They believed in streamlined government and free markets, and they supported a prominent role for faith-based organizations. The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, R. James Nicholson, had previously served as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as ambassador to the Vatican. McLendon’s politics closely mirror his boss’s, and under Nicholson’s watch, veterans had increasing difficulty in obtaining adequate psychological care.
When a 2006 Government Accountability Office report raised questions about whether soldiers were getting the psychiatric help they needed, an assistant secretary of defense disputed the report’s findings, pointing to the fact that soldiers were being referred to chaplains. During this time contracts for veterans’ services were increasingly parceled out to leaders of faith-based organizations rather than to secular ones, even though veterans’ advocates opposed any bias toward faith-based treatment and argued that replacing empirically proven, nonsectarian programs with faith-based ones was a mistake.
The religious programs grew, despite concerns. At the VA Healthcare Network in upstate New York, chaplains compiled spirituality assessments of patients within twenty-four hours of their arrival. The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System gave patients a questionnaire that stated one of the System’s goals as helping veterans “Maintain Optimal Spiritual Health.” In Coatesville, patients in the psychiatric ward had a daily, thirty-minute block of time scheduled for “SPIRITUAL UPLIFTING.” Meanwhile Benimoff wondered, “what kind of God would allow people to sink to the depths we here in this ward had sunk?”
I don't know--the same God who let an American president start a war because he had daddy issues?

The thing that Sarah Palin won't admit is that her son is 26 years old, lives at home, couldn't keep it together with his first wife and his first child, and the President of the United States of America is simply not to blame for her trainwreck parenting philosophy. 

If President Obama is to blame for Track, who's to blame for Bristol? She couldn't even successfully marry one of the two fathers of her children, and one of those was a Medal of Honor winner.

Man, that's one hell of a record, isn't it?

The White Supremacy Party

kinda stupid:

There was nowhere to hide. Ninety minutes before the scheduled start time, there were already about 100 people standing on the floor level. The rest of the crowd filed into the bleachers that wrapped around three sides of the gym. There was a designated press area on the floor, but I was without credentials.
I had no proof that my anxiety was justified. After all, why wouldn’t this crowd, who skewed toward grandparent age, go to see a presidential candidate when he rolls through town? But my initial group of five had whittled down to two, and every time I looked up in the rafters, I found someone whose eyes were locked in on me, causing me to look away. When that happened, I’d occupy myself with my phone or converse with my lone companion, partially to chat, primarily to be seen talking to someone white.
I couldn’t believe it: I was actively attempting to give off "I’m here with white people" vibes in order to erase some of the frowns I felt, the whispers I was sure were about me. Eventually, we located the rest of our group — they were up top. And not just off to the side, in the middle of a packed section.
The startling difference from the Jeb rally was the sheer number of people present for Trump: Easily over 1,000 in the rafters alone, with a growing crowd down below.
Weaving my way through a section of bleachers, I alternated between smiling and looking down at my feet. That safety I felt at Jeb’s rally was no longer present: I was just a black guy at a Trump rally, and I knew people wanted to know what I was doing there — my intentions. Rock classics blared from the speakers — from Led Zeppelin’s "Communication Breakdown" to the Rolling Stones’ "She’s a Rainbow" to Elton John’s "Rocket Man." I knew all these songs and mouthed the words to most in the hope that this demonstration of traditionally white knowledge might make me temporarily colorless. The attempt was futile, however, and I just went back to opening and closing apps on my phone.
I wanted to disappear, but I couldn’t. While I acknowledged that this all could have been in my head, I needed Trump to finally hit the stage. Then, just minutes before his entrance, an omnipotent voice came through the speakers:
"If a protester starts demonstrating in the area around you, please do not touch or harm the protester." Laughter erupted in my section and throughout the venue.
I did a hard scan of the room from my balcony seat: Row by row, section by section. I couldn't find one black or brown person. I took a picture and put it on Instagram, with the caption "when I find a second black person, I will hug them tight and never let go."

Read the whole thing. This is America, and the year is 2016. We have a major party candidate who leads in virtually every poll and he is actively courting and drawing in an untold number of white supremacists and racists who are willing to go up to people of color and attack them.

Anyone in the Clinton campaign who is not paying attention is guilty of incompetence. What is being developed right now is a major, major theme that should resonate through the Democratic Party for all candidates, from the top on down--a vote for Trump is a vote for white supremacy. They need to start making ads right the hell now.












The White Supremacy Party

It's all good--there's someone of color in there somewhere!

This is why forcing Donald Trump to sign a pledge to support the Republican nominee (and NOT run as a third party candidate) was kinda stupid:
There was nowhere to hide. Ninety minutes before the scheduled start time, there were already about 100 people standing on the floor level. The rest of the crowd filed into the bleachers that wrapped around three sides of the gym. There was a designated press area on the floor, but I was without credentials.
I had no proof that my anxiety was justified. After all, why wouldn’t this crowd, who skewed toward grandparent age, go to see a presidential candidate when he rolls through town? But my initial group of five had whittled down to two, and every time I looked up in the rafters, I found someone whose eyes were locked in on me, causing me to look away. When that happened, I’d occupy myself with my phone or converse with my lone companion, partially to chat, primarily to be seen talking to someone white.
I couldn’t believe it: I was actively attempting to give off "I’m here with white people" vibes in order to erase some of the frowns I felt, the whispers I was sure were about me. Eventually, we located the rest of our group — they were up top. And not just off to the side, in the middle of a packed section.
The startling difference from the Jeb rally was the sheer number of people present for Trump: Easily over 1,000 in the rafters alone, with a growing crowd down below.
Weaving my way through a section of bleachers, I alternated between smiling and looking down at my feet. That safety I felt at Jeb’s rally was no longer present: I was just a black guy at a Trump rally, and I knew people wanted to know what I was doing there — my intentions. Rock classics blared from the speakers — from Led Zeppelin’s "Communication Breakdown" to the Rolling Stones’ "She’s a Rainbow" to Elton John’s "Rocket Man." I knew all these songs and mouthed the words to most in the hope that this demonstration of traditionally white knowledge might make me temporarily colorless. The attempt was futile, however, and I just went back to opening and closing apps on my phone.
I wanted to disappear, but I couldn’t. While I acknowledged that this all could have been in my head, I needed Trump to finally hit the stage. Then, just minutes before his entrance, an omnipotent voice came through the speakers:
"If a protester starts demonstrating in the area around you, please do not touch or harm the protester." Laughter erupted in my section and throughout the venue.
I did a hard scan of the room from my balcony seat: Row by row, section by section. I couldn't find one black or brown person. I took a picture and put it on Instagram, with the caption "when I find a second black person, I will hug them tight and never let go."
Read the whole thing. This is America, and the year is 2016. We have a major party candidate who leads in virtually every poll and he is actively courting and drawing in an untold number of white supremacists and racists who are willing to go up to people of color and attack them.

Anyone in the Clinton campaign who is not paying attention is guilty of incompetence. What is being developed right now is a major, major theme that should resonate through the Democratic Party for all candidates, from the top on down--a vote for Trump is a vote for white supremacy. They need to start making ads right the hell now.

Phony Issues on the Campaign Trail




Undocumented workers in America? Well, they're getting rarer and rarer:

The illegal immigrant population in the United States has fallen below 11 million, continuing a nearly decade-long decline that has the potential to reshape the debate over reforming the nation’s immigration system, according to a study released Wednesday.


The total undocumented immigrant population of 10.9 million is the lowest since 2003, says the report from the Center for Migration Studies, a New York think tank. The number of undocumented immigrants has fallen each year since 2008, the report says, driven primarily by a steady decline in illegal migrants from Mexico. Even sharper declines from South America and Europe have contributed to the overall numbers, the report says, even as illegal immigration from Central America — where families with children have flocked across the southwest border in recent months — is on the rise.


Written by Robert Warren, a former longtime U.S. government demographer, the document could have an impact on the fiery debate over immigration that has unfolded on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. Republican candidates, led by Donald Trump, have portrayed the border as overwhelmed by illegal immigrants who must be kept out by a massive wall the New York developer proposes to build. President Obama and Democratic candidates say the border has never been more secure and call for comprehensive immigration reform to naturalize immigrants already here.


Does this automatically mean wages are going up? I don't think so because there will always be a larger number of jobs in America that Americans won't do. A good number of Americans won't pick vegetables, process meat, or work in in the landscaping industry. They don't want to clean things or pick things off the ground. But the illusion that there's a problem here will persist because facts don't matter. 


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Phony Issues on the Campaign Trail


Undocumented workers in America? Well, they're getting rarer and rarer:
The illegal immigrant population in the United States has fallen below 11 million, continuing a nearly decade-long decline that has the potential to reshape the debate over reforming the nation’s immigration system, according to a study released Wednesday.
The total undocumented immigrant population of 10.9 million is the lowest since 2003, says the report from the Center for Migration Studies, a New York think tank. The number of undocumented immigrants has fallen each year since 2008, the report says, driven primarily by a steady decline in illegal migrants from Mexico. Even sharper declines from South America and Europe have contributed to the overall numbers, the report says, even as illegal immigration from Central America — where families with children have flocked across the southwest border in recent months — is on the rise.
Written by Robert Warren, a former longtime U.S. government demographer, the document could have an impact on the fiery debate over immigration that has unfolded on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. Republican candidates, led by Donald Trump, have portrayed the border as overwhelmed by illegal immigrants who must be kept out by a massive wall the New York developer proposes to build. President Obama and Democratic candidates say the border has never been more secure and call for comprehensive immigration reform to naturalize immigrants already here.
Does this automatically mean wages are going up? I don't think so because there will always be a larger number of jobs in America that Americans won't do. A good number of Americans won't pick vegetables, process meat, or work in in the landscaping industry. They don't want to clean things or pick things off the ground. But the illusion that there's a problem here will persist because facts don't matter. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Anime Masturbating Supporters of Donald Trump Unite



[Rick] WILSON: Well, first off, I think that's absurd. I think that there is definitely still a very significant portion of the party that is a limited government conservatism based faction of the overall coalition. Now the screamers and the crazy people on the all-right as they call it, you know, who love Donald Trump, who have plenty of Hitler iconography in their Twitter icons and names...


[Chris] HAYES: They sure do. I can back that up.


WILSON: … who think Donald Trump is the greatest thing. Oh, it's something. But the fact of the matter is most of them are childless, single men who masturbate to Anime. They're not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity.

The only thing you should hear after that is the sound of the mic hitting the floor.

Anime Masturbating Supporters of Donald Trump Unite

[Rick] WILSON: Well, first off, I think that's absurd. I think that there is definitely still a very significant portion of the party that is a limited government conservatism based faction of the overall coalition. Now the screamers and the crazy people on the all-right as they call it, you know, who love Donald Trump, who have plenty of Hitler iconography in their Twitter icons and names...
[Chris] HAYES: They sure do. I can back that up.
WILSON: … who think Donald Trump is the greatest thing. Oh, it's something. But the fact of the matter is most of them are childless, single men who masturbate to Anime. They're not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity.
The only thing you should hear after that is the sound of the mic hitting the floor.

Another Bullshit Story About the Military




I call bullshit on this story:


On the other hand, if you ask the Pentagon commanders if they think that the plan of Donald Trump will succeed, they tell a different story from Trump’s. A number of leaders in the Pentagon have revealed that they plan to quit or retire if Donald gets into power.


His plans are utterly outrageous and would result, not only in the needless deaths of hundreds and possibly, thousands more Americans dying, but also in national foreign policy degrading into something very, very dangerous. Ot would literally be bad for everyone everywhere on earth. So why is this chump still in the running? Why is he leading the GOP candidacy?

First, you have to be aware that these kinds of stories proliferate during election cycles. There will be an equally vague and poorly sourced story about how "many senior generals and admirals" will retire if Hillary wins the election. This is in the same vein as the stories of how Clinton "hates" the uniformed military and "hates" the Secret Service.

Second, no one put their name and position with the story. Funny, that. If one of the Joint Chiefs had publicly released a statement intending to retire on Inauguration Day, 2017, if the human demon known as Donald Trump were sworn in as President, okay, then. But the junior undersecretary for capital improvement's chief of staff? Who gives a rat's ass? If you're not patriotic to serve your country just because someone with short fingers and a vulgar disposition has taken control of the Executive Branch of government because We, the People elected him, don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. The whole idea of serving in the military is to put the needs of others ahead of your own. And if you can't manage that, please do leave.

Third, you have to believe that there are numerous individuals serving on active duty or as Senior Executive Service-level individuals who put party affiliation above their service or their love of country. Control over the Executive Branch changes on a regular basis--as many as four or five times over the course of a twenty to thirty year career. How does anyone get to retirement age? That's a lot of petulant retirement ceremonies. I would submit to you that these people like to complain. However, if they're a handful of years short of retirement, you could elect a chimpanzee president and they'd salute and execute.

If Donald Trump were to be elected President, hell would not freeze over. The country would continue to function. The military would remain professional. It really would not be the end of the world (although, don't quote me on that). But let's get one thing clear--President Obama really, really, really is going to SUSPEND the 2016 Presidential Election, DECLARE MARTIAL LAW, and seize control of the Federal Government for the next THIRTY YEARS. At that point, he will pass control of America over to Sasha or Malia, whichever one can learn the most about SAUL ALINSKY.


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Another Bullshit Story About the Military


I call bullshit on this story:

On the other hand, if you ask the Pentagon commanders if they think that the plan of Donald Trump will succeed, they tell a different story from Trump’s. A number of leaders in the Pentagon have revealed that they plan to quit or retire if Donald gets into power.
His plans are utterly outrageous and would result, not only in the needless deaths of hundreds and possibly, thousands more Americans dying, but also in national foreign policy degrading into something very, very dangerous. Ot would literally be bad for everyone everywhere on earth. So why is this chump still in the running? Why is he leading the GOP candidacy?
First, you have to be aware that these kinds of stories proliferate during election cycles. There will be an equally vague and poorly sourced story about how "many senior generals and admirals" will retire if Hillary wins the election. This is in the same vein as the stories of how Clinton "hates" the uniformed military and "hates" the Secret Service.

Second, no one put their name and position with the story. Funny, that. If one of the Joint Chiefs had publicly released a statement intending to retire on Inauguration Day, 2017, if the human demon known as Donald Trump were sworn in as President, okay, then. But the junior undersecretary for capital improvement's chief of staff? Who gives a rat's ass? If you're not patriotic to serve your country just because someone with short fingers and a vulgar disposition has taken control of the Executive Branch of government because We, the People elected him, don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. The whole idea of serving in the military is to put the needs of others ahead of your own. And if you can't manage that, please do leave.

Third, you have to believe that there are numerous individuals serving on active duty or as Senior Executive Service-level individuals who put party affiliation above their service or their love of country. Control over the Executive Branch changes on a regular basis--as many as four or five times over the course of a twenty to thirty year career. How does anyone get to retirement age? That's a lot of petulant retirement ceremonies. I would submit to you that these people like to complain. However, if they're a handful of years short of retirement, you could elect a chimpanzee president and they'd salute and execute.

If Donald Trump were to be elected President, hell would not freeze over. The country would continue to function. The military would remain professional. It really would not be the end of the world (although, don't quote me on that). But let's get one thing clear--President Obama really, really, really is going to SUSPEND the 2016 Presidential Election, DECLARE MARTIAL LAW, and seize control of the Federal Government for the next THIRTY YEARS. At that point, he will pass control of America over to Sasha or Malia, whichever one can learn the most about SAUL ALINSKY.

Monday, January 18, 2016

George Washington and His Happy, Contented Slaves




This is the kind of history that book publishers are not going to be able to get away with anymore:

Scholastic Publishing says it will stop distribution of a children's picture book that received wide criticism for depicting President George Washington's slaves as jovial workers.


The publisher announced Sunday that "A Birthday Cake for George Washington," released on Jan. 5, was being pulled from shelves, and all returns of the book would be accepted.


"We believe that, without more historical background on the evils of slavery than this book for younger children can provide, the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves and therefore should be withdrawn," Scholastic said in a statement. "We do not believe this title meets the standards of appropriate presentation of information to younger children, despite the positive intentions and beliefs of the author, editor, and illustrator."


You have adults making marketing decisions based on this kind of thing. They don't get a pass because this is a "children's book." Really? Did children write it, illustrate it, plan for the release, and include it in the marketing materials?

This is one of numerous examples that were available to the adults that planned this book:

George Washington himself ended the marriage of one of his slaves. In February 1795, he learned that a woman named Fanny at River Farm was "Laid up" for an entire six-day work week because she had been "badly beat" by her husband, Ben, who was owned by a Mr. Fowler. Washington was so incensed that he refused to allow Ben on the plantation and ordered him whipped if he disobeyed. (Within four years Fanny remarried, once again to a slave living off the Mount Vernon estate. This unnamed second husband belonged to a Mr. Alexander.)

Washington's slaves were, of course, treated well in many cases. Except that they were slaves! There are no words...


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George Washington and His Happy, Contented Slaves


This is the kind of history that book publishers are not going to be able to get away with anymore:
Scholastic Publishing says it will stop distribution of a children's picture book that received wide criticism for depicting President George Washington's slaves as jovial workers.
The publisher announced Sunday that "A Birthday Cake for George Washington," released on Jan. 5, was being pulled from shelves, and all returns of the book would be accepted.
"We believe that, without more historical background on the evils of slavery than this book for younger children can provide, the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves and therefore should be withdrawn," Scholastic said in a statement. "We do not believe this title meets the standards of appropriate presentation of information to younger children, despite the positive intentions and beliefs of the author, editor, and illustrator."

You have adults making marketing decisions based on this kind of thing. They don't get a pass because this is a "children's book." Really? Did children write it, illustrate it, plan for the release, and include it in the marketing materials?

This is one of numerous examples that were available to the adults that planned this book:
George Washington himself ended the marriage of one of his slaves. In February 1795, he learned that a woman named Fanny at River Farm was "Laid up" for an entire six-day work week because she had been "badly beat" by her husband, Ben, who was owned by a Mr. Fowler. Washington was so incensed that he refused to allow Ben on the plantation and ordered him whipped if he disobeyed. (Within four years Fanny remarried, once again to a slave living off the Mount Vernon estate. This unnamed second husband belonged to a Mr. Alexander.)
Washington's slaves were, of course, treated well in many cases. Except that they were slaves! There are no words...

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It's 1988 All Over Again




This poor fellow at the New York Post must have spent a good amount of time trying to Wikipedia his way into the hearts of his prospective readers. In this article, you'll hear the breathless indictment of Bernie Sanders as a Communist. 

Yeah, no one cares, dude. No one cares. And if you knew anything about an FBI background check, you wouldn't humiliate yourself like this. Sanders has never hidden what he's about and he's never run from the truth of his background. I hardly think he would be sitting in the United States Senate if there was something to this whole thing of him being a "diehard Communist."

Has he been talking to the Politburo again? Gosh, I hope he remembered to use his secret encoder ring and the dead drop by the old pumpkin on Willoughby Lane. Good Lord.

There was a time when you could call someone a Communist and do real harm. That was twenty-seven years or so ago. Now, you get shrugs and a yawn. People have moved on. And no one is talking about Eugene Debs anymore, either.

It's 1988 All Over Again


This poor fellow at the New York Post must have spent a good amount of time trying to Wikipedia his way into the hearts of his prospective readers. In this article, you'll hear the breathless indictment of Bernie Sanders as a Communist. 

Yeah, no one cares, dude. No one cares. And if you knew anything about an FBI background check, you wouldn't humiliate yourself like this. Sanders has never hidden what he's about and he's never run from the truth of his background. I hardly think he would be sitting in the United States Senate if there was something to this whole thing of him being a "diehard Communist."

Has he been talking to the Politburo again? Gosh, I hope he remembered to use his secret encoder ring and the dead drop by the old pumpkin on Willoughby Lane. Good Lord.

There was a time when you could call someone a Communist and do real harm. That was twenty-seven years or so ago. Now, you get shrugs and a yawn. People have moved on. And no one is talking about Eugene Debs anymore, either.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Another Chance to Freak Out




Now, the worst thing you can do is speculate:

Eight people were hospitalized after an unknown substance was found Friday morning at the Longworth House Office Building, according to the Washington, D.C. fire department. A spokesman declined to describe the symptoms but incidated they were minor. No congressional offices at the building were fully evacuated.

So, I'll speculate. Someone with an anti-government agenda (and this has been really popular as of late) did something. My bet is on the Western Yallquaeda movement or some such thing. I'm shocked that a package with a dangerous chemical made it as far as the Longworth House Office Building. That suggests sophistication or incompetence--take your pick but don't speculate.

This was clearly proof that Obama has been a terrible president. Or it was nothing. But it's irresponsible to speculate, so we'll do it anyway.

Another Chance to Freak Out


Now, the worst thing you can do is speculate:
Eight people were hospitalized after an unknown substance was found Friday morning at the Longworth House Office Building, according to the Washington, D.C. fire department. A spokesman declined to describe the symptoms but incidated they were minor. No congressional offices at the building were fully evacuated.
So, I'll speculate. Someone with an anti-government agenda (and this has been really popular as of late) did something. My bet is on the Western Yallquaeda movement or some such thing. I'm shocked that a package with a dangerous chemical made it as far as the Longworth House Office Building. That suggests sophistication or incompetence--take your pick but don't speculate.

This was clearly proof that Obama has been a terrible president. Or it was nothing. But it's irresponsible to speculate, so we'll do it anyway.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Comment from Obi-jon Kenobi




A masterful rant on what's really going on:

Obi-jonKenobi

The problem with all of the Y'all Qaeda yahoos running around with guns and pumped up on half-truths, hyperbole, and hysteria spoon-fed to them by the reich-wing echo chamber, is that there has NEVER been an objection raised by these people to the abuses of public lands by the special interests and various individual ranchers, loggers, and miners that have been responsible for degrading these lands. . . NEVER. It's always about the way they've been victimized by the government agencies tasked with administering (and protecting) public lands. When those same lands are destroyed, when forests become stump farms, when mining companies buy land at rates set in an 1872 mining act, take all of the minerals and leave the toxic waste for the taxpayers to deal with, when the frackers suck up precious water during a drought and dump the toxic remains in the nearest river, not a problem with these people.

They're all fine with watching the land go to hell as long as they get their share of the action, as long as their cattle get the cut-rate grazing rates reduced to zero, as long as they can drive their four-wheel and all-terrain vehicles though ancient ruins and up trails into wilderness areas, and as long as they can get high-wage jobs from one of the exploiters, f*ck the public lands and all the people that want to keep them that way.

Every protest that draws these cretins - including this one and the last one the Bundys were involved in - is fueled by misinformation on purpose, after all, outrage is the coin of the realm in hate-talk radio and conservative cable, it stirs up the rubes and yahoos and drives them to the polls to vote or take over a public refuge. It doesn't matter if it destroys the country in the process, it gains political power for the right-wing agenda (see the Republican politicians flocking to the refuge to hold hands with the "patriots").

You simply can't believe ANYTHING they say or believe any people that come forward to tell their tales of the evil tyranny of the BLM or whomever they want to assign blame to, you have to double and triple check every detail, after all, these are the same people repeating the claims of the Hammonds despite a court transcript with sworn testimony that contradicts their story. I believe some of the information about the BLM abuses is probably true but the problem is I can't believe any of the sources, they don't even know when they've been misled. The Hammond's case is just one of many examples of the distortion of information in order to support an agenda.

The people pushing this agenda are either ignorant of the facts or they're willing to be part of the propaganda parade.

I'm reprinting this in full because, damn, son. Common sense is in short supply. Why not inject a bit into the mainstream? This is too goddamned sentient to die on a comment thread. And if this fine fellow asks, I'll take this down because these are his words. The fact that they make perfect sense is a feature, not a bug.


A Comment from Obi-jon Kenobi


A masterful rant on what's really going on:

Obi-jonKenobi
The problem with all of the Y'all Qaeda yahoos running around with guns and pumped up on half-truths, hyperbole, and hysteria spoon-fed to them by the reich-wing echo chamber, is that there has NEVER been an objection raised by these people to the abuses of public lands by the special interests and various individual ranchers, loggers, and miners that have been responsible for degrading these lands. . . NEVER. It's always about the way they've been victimized by the government agencies tasked with administering (and protecting) public lands. When those same lands are destroyed, when forests become stump farms, when mining companies buy land at rates set in an 1872 mining act, take all of the minerals and leave the toxic waste for the taxpayers to deal with, when the frackers suck up precious water during a drought and dump the toxic remains in the nearest river, not a problem with these people.

They're all fine with watching the land go to hell as long as they get their share of the action, as long as their cattle get the cut-rate grazing rates reduced to zero, as long as they can drive their four-wheel and all-terrain vehicles though ancient ruins and up trails into wilderness areas, and as long as they can get high-wage jobs from one of the exploiters, f*ck the public lands and all the people that want to keep them that way.

Every protest that draws these cretins - including this one and the last one the Bundys were involved in - is fueled by misinformation on purpose, after all, outrage is the coin of the realm in hate-talk radio and conservative cable, it stirs up the rubes and yahoos and drives them to the polls to vote or take over a public refuge. It doesn't matter if it destroys the country in the process, it gains political power for the right-wing agenda (see the Republican politicians flocking to the refuge to hold hands with the "patriots").

You simply can't believe ANYTHING they say or believe any people that come forward to tell their tales of the evil tyranny of the BLM or whomever they want to assign blame to, you have to double and triple check every detail, after all, these are the same people repeating the claims of the Hammonds despite a court transcript with sworn testimony that contradicts their story. I believe some of the information about the BLM abuses is probably true but the problem is I can't believe any of the sources, they don't even know when they've been misled. The Hammond's case is just one of many examples of the distortion of information in order to support an agenda.

The people pushing this agenda are either ignorant of the facts or they're willing to be part of the propaganda parade.
I'm reprinting this in full because, damn, son. Common sense is in short supply. Why not inject a bit into the mainstream? This is too goddamned sentient to die on a comment thread. And if this fine fellow asks, I'll take this down because these are his words. The fact that they make perfect sense is a feature, not a bug.

Sex Toys For the Militia




I don't know what this guy thinks he's going to accomplish by losing his cool. When someone sends you boxes and boxes of sex toys, the very last thing you're ever going to want to do is to get mad, post a video of you getting mad, and then expect things to go your way.

All that mail and nothing good falls out? That's like watching a neighbor run off with your Amazon delivery. It's heartbreaking. Too bad you can't rely on the law when you're in the militia. You just have to soldier on and do without. Why they started an occupation without snacks is beyond comprehension. Don't believe it when they say that they were in the military. Everyone goes to the field with pogey bait that will last 90 days, if necessary.

Kudos to everyone who is sending sex toys to the militia. You're freeing them from a fate worse than death--being taken seriously. The great power of the Intenet--relentless mockery and derision--reveals itself in fantastic ways.

Sex Toys For the Militia


I don't know what this guy thinks he's going to accomplish by losing his cool. When someone sends you boxes and boxes of sex toys, the very last thing you're ever going to want to do is to get mad, post a video of you getting mad, and then expect things to go your way.

All that mail and nothing good falls out? That's like watching a neighbor run off with your Amazon delivery. It's heartbreaking. Too bad you can't rely on the law when you're in the militia. You just have to soldier on and do without. Why they started an occupation without snacks is beyond comprehension. Don't believe it when they say that they were in the military. Everyone goes to the field with pogey bait that will last 90 days, if necessary.

Kudos to everyone who is sending sex toys to the militia. You're freeing them from a fate worse than death--being taken seriously. The great power of the Intenet--relentless mockery and derision--reveals itself in fantastic ways.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ted Cruz, Constitutional Originalist




Why not a George Washington tattoo? Everything about Ted Cruz is fake.

If you really care about these things, and I know I don't, you can understand how Ted Cruz feels about the Constitution right here:

But did I just understand you to suggest that state officials should feel no particular obligation to follow the court ruling if they feel it's illegitimate?


CRUZ: They should feel no obligation to agree that the court ruling is right or is consistent with the Constitution.


This ruling...


INSKEEP: But does that mean they can ignore?


CRUZ: They cannot ignore a direct judicial order. The parties to a case cannot ignore a direct judicial order. But it does not mean that those who are not parties to case are bound by a judicial order.


And that's what Justice Scalia was saying in his dissent, which is that the court depends upon the remainder of government trusting that it is faithfully applying the law and — and these judges and justices are disregarding their oaths.


This is — the entire premise of the decision on marriage was that in 1868, when the people of the United States ratified the 14th Amendment, that we were somehow silently and unawares striking down every marriage law across the country.


That's a preposterous notion. That is not law. That is not even dressed up as law.
Now listen, reasonable minds can disagree as a policy matter. Should gay marriage be allowed. I suspect you and I would disagree on that policy matter.


Part of the genius of our framers is they set up a system to resolve the policy matters, and that system is we can engage in the democratic process, you can make arguments in support of whatever forms of marriage you embrace and others can make other arguments and our elected officials decide.


What this decision is, and both of these decisions are, are decisions from the Washington elites that they know better than the American people, that it doesn't matter whether the American people agree with them or not, they're going to force their radical views on them, and that's — that's really unfortunate.


Well, the radical view "forced" on the American people deviates from the original language of who can be elected President in this country. Ted Cruz says you can ignore the law if you don't agree with it, and millions of Americans don't think you should be President if you were born in Canada.





If you apply an originalist viewpoint, and if you reject the fact that we have applied common sense to the interpretation of the law since the founding, you come away wondering why this man sounds like a hypocrite. Under his own standard for interpreting the Constitution, he's ineligible because he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. This has gotten to be so convoluted that you have actual originalists trying to argue that the originalist argument doesn't apply to Ted Cruz because he's technically not one of them.





If you faithfully apply the law to the original language of the Constitution, you arrive at this conclusion, thanks to the man who actually taught Constitutional law to Ted Cruz himself:


Article II, section I, clause V of the US constitution states: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”


In his emails to the Guardian, Tribe discussed Cruz’s own approach to constitutional issues, noting that under “the kind of judge Cruz says he admires and would appoint to the supreme court – an ‘originalist’ who claims to be bound by the historical meaning of the constitution’s terms at the time of their adoption – Cruz wouldn’t be eligible because the legal principles that prevailed in the 1780s and 90s required that someone be born on US soil to be a ‘natural born’ citizen.”


He added: “Even having two US parents wouldn’t suffice for a genuine originalist. And having just an American mother, as Cruz did, would clearly have been insufficient at a time that made patrilineal descent decisive.


“On the other hand, to the kind of judge that I admire and Cruz abhors – a ‘living constitutionalist’ who believes that the constitution’s meaning evolves with the needs of the time – Cruz would ironically be eligible because it no longer makes sense to be bound by so narrow and strict a definition.”


Tribe said: “There is no single, settled answer. And our supreme court has never addressed the issue.”


Ted Cruz has one hope, and one hope only, and that's a favorable opinion by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The originalists on the court could not possibly agree with him because Cruz doesn't accept any modifications of the law. You couldn't make this up if you tried.