Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Speed of Change

 


If you're mad at President Joe Biden because he hasn't made everything happen all at once, I feel for you right now. It probably looks like he is stuck in low gear, trying to get on the freeway.

Change and the United States Government are diametrically opposed and foreign to one another. You cannot change the government just to fit what you want it to be. You have to understand that the president is not a reality show carnival barker who can just do whatever he wants whether or not it is legal. We have seen four years of unboxed powermad tyrant insanity and now we're not sure how to approach a month of calm, steady leadership.

Biden was not going to come in and change everything all at once but he has done the work to ease the strain on the Executive Branch as a whole. Simply by nominating capable people who have been confirmed by the Senate, he has done more than Trump did in the last two years of his failed presidency. The Senate slow-walked the nomination of Merrick Garland specifically because they are terrified of a Justice Department inquiry into what's been going on with regards to foreign donations to Republican politicians and all the other criminality we've seen. 

Establishing the right people to lead all of the Federal agencies means that the leadership provided will work its way through the system. You may not realize it now, but it takes months and months just to reassure the workforce that there is a way forward. None of these agencies have had that for four years, not even when James Mattis was at Defense and certainly not when cabinet secretaries were being replaced with the fourth person in line in violation of the law. 

Telling people to be patient invites abuse. I get that. But really, as slow as the government really is, we do have to be patient and remember that Biden is not going to screw up and break the law and invite the Trump-saturated judiciary into the fold in order to spike the punch bowl and shit all over the place. 

Raise the Minimum Wage


McDonald's needs to answer for having a "secret intelligence service" after we raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour:

For years, McDonald's has internally labeled activists and employees working with the Fight for $15 campaign a security threat and has spied on them, Motherboard has learned. McDonald's says that this work is designed to identify protests that "could put crew and customer safety at risk."

The fast food giant's secretive intelligence unit has monitored its own workers’ activities with the movement, which seeks to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, including by using social media monitoring tools, according to two sources who worked at McDonald's who had direct knowledge of the surveillance and leaked documents that explain the surveillance strategy and tactics. A team of intelligence analysts in the Chicago and London offices keep an eye on the activities of Fight for $15 labor organizers across the world, figure out which McDonald's workers are active in the movement, and who they are working with to organize strikes, protests, or attempt to form unions. 

No McDonald's workers are currently unionized, but many of them are politically involved with Fight for $15, which has organized fast food worker strikes and protests since 2012 and is affiliated with one of the country's largest unions. To date, McDonald's has refused to bargain with workers who the company says aren't its employees because they work for franchises. 

The surveillance is particularly notable given the current political battle being fought over a $15 minimum wage, which has been proposed in Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. An increase in the minimum wage is broadly popular nationally with both Republican and Democratic voters (and two-thirds of Americans support raising it to $15), but the proposal has become a sticking point in the stimulus legislation: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin—a critical vote in the Senate—has said he does not favor a $15 minimum wage. The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for more than 10 years.

What is depressing is that all of the large chains probably have the same anti-labor, anti-raising the minimum wage mentality that needs to be addressed by ensuring that workers have the chance to organize. You can't just raise wages without raising the quality of the job itself. You do that by addressing who gets insurance benefits, paid time off, and all of the other things that collective bargaining can guarantee for people who have never had these things. That alone should motivate people to support raising the minimum wage and improving the structure of what work looks like in the 21st Century.

I am hoping that the new Biden Administration will put someone in charge of the Department of Labor who can make it easier for workers all over the country to organize. More importantly, they need to fight the disinformation campaigns that are being run to scare people into supporting efforts to block a minimum wage increase.

Raising the minimum wage does NOT kill jobs. It raises workers out of poverty. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Yeah, Trump is Still Crazy

 


There are going to be days like this:



A seriously deluded ex-president is forced to confront the reality of having to live at Mar-a-Lago and deal with the fact that he is completely irrelevant. He has no friends, no lawyers, no money, and nobody likes him. He has a few hundred incompetent Republican politicians who still fear him, so maybe that's enough? I have no idea.

Trump is so far removed from relevance that I had to debate whether to even laugh at his latest "statement." It is so full of damaging material. He still imagines that he is president. He still believes he "won" the election. He thinks people investigating his blatant criminality are on a "witch hunt." The only thing sustaining him is the fact that media companies cannot figure out how to generate ratings when the current president, Joe Biden, is competent and reasonable. They don't know what to do when the president is not a shrieking narcissist who can't stop putting his foot in his mouth and doing illegal shit.

America is going through a cleaning and a withdrawal from the madness of the last five years. Here you have a toddler, not a man, pounding an old bag of sand and whining about how things aren't fair. He didn't win anything. He and his party where thrown out of power. Where are the crybaby emojis and where are the people who are supposed to mock an American politician who can't get what he wants?

This is how you're supposed to do it:


More of this, please.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Party of Family Values

 


The Democratic Party is the party of family values. When your family is in trouble, Democrats are there to help.

Two politicians are helping to provide resources for residents in Texas who went days without electricity, heat, or running water, while the state’s own Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is under fire for flying to Mexico with his family.

This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who narrowly lost to Cruz during the 2018 midterms, worked to provide Texans with supplies and conducted welfare checks, respectively, after the state was hit with an unprecedented winter storm. 

Millions of people in Texas went without power for days after the winter storm took out the state’s power grid, and the American South has seen record-breaking freezing temperatures. At least 47 people have died as a result of the extreme weather as of Friday, including at least 30 people in Texas, according to the Washington Post.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday that the relief fund she set up raised more than $2 million in one day and will benefit five Texas-based organizations. She also said she would be traveling to Texas on Friday to “distribute supplies and help amplify needs & solutions."

“Charity isn’t a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

When your family is freezing to death, the Republican Party is the party of me first, motherfucker.


The Federal Government Must Protect Consumers From Griddy

 


This is insane:

As the Texas power grid collapsed under a historic winter storm, Jose Del Rio of Haltom City, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saw the electricity bill on a vacant two-bedroom home he is trying to sell slowly creep up over the past two weeks. Typically, the bill is around $125 to $150 a month, he said. But his account has already been charged about $630 this month — and he still owes another $2,600.

 “If worse comes to worst, I have the ability to put it on a credit card or figure something out," Del Rio said. ”There is no one living in that house. All the lights are off. But I have the air at 60 because I don’t want the pipes to freeze.”

When he contacted Griddy, his electric company, they advised him to switch providers, Del Rio said.

This is outright theft. If there was ever a need to protect people from being taken advantage of, this is it. There should be caps on what Griddy can charge. There should be regulation as to what Griddy can do to consumers. But there aren't! That's what's so crazy about this situation.

“The last thing an awful lot of people need right now is a higher electric bill — and that’s unfortunately something a lot of people will get stuck with,” Schulz said.

Royce Pierce and his wife, Danielle, who live in Willow Park, west of Dallas, have been watching their electricity bill tick up by nearly $10,000 in the last few days for their three-bedroom home. While the family told NBC News they consider themselves lucky because they’ve had power, the financial burden has come with additional challenges.

Since the family is on a variable rate plan with Griddy, the company automatically debits the bill as they use electricity. Danielle said she closed the debit card connected to their electricity bill because Griddy wiped it out. The family has been using separate accounts and credit cards to pay for necessities as the storm goes on.

Griddy claims that they are fighting against the rate increases. Good! Fight like hell! But when you discover that Texas politicians have set up a lobbyist-friendly situation that allows a public utility to fleece consumers, that's when it is time to say enough is enough, goddammit.

I don't care what the "variable rate plan" is because I don't think anyone should have to pay these outlandish prices. Your power bill--and, for that matter, your health care bill--should not be allowed to wipe out your credit cards and your bank account. Add "variable rate utility bill" to the list of things that needs to be fixed now that there is a Democrat in the White House.

This is exorbitant and cruel in nature. The Federal government needs to step in and protect the people of Texas from predatory utility companies that have no right whatsoever to drain the life savings of anyone. And no, I don't care if it's a legal agreement between the utility and the customer or if it's something people signed away their rights for. I think the government HAS to step in when a situation gets to this level of price gouging. It is immoral and unjust.


Friday, February 19, 2021

The Calls Were Coming From Inside the House

 


This is probably a big deal, but I can't get over the fact that the Representatives and Senators who openly sided with the assholes who stormed the Capitol are still allowed into the building:

Six US Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay, and 29 others have been placed under investigation, for their actions in the January 6 riot, a department spokesman said Thursday.

"Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Department's Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline," department spokesman John Stolnis told CNN. 

CNN reported in January that the USCP had placed at least 10 officers under investigation, and two others had been suspended.

If I have one criticism of the aftermath of January 6 it's that the Republican Party have failed to identify and then remove members of their own party who gave aid and comfort to Trump's mob. There's no way Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley should still be in the United States Senate. There's no way that the dozen or more GOP House members who were trying to use their time on the floor to help the insurrection get off the ground should still be in Congress. I mean, that's a massive dereliction of duty on the part of the Republican caucus. It really is.

And the fact that so many Capitol Hill police officers turned out to be traitors, well. We have a whole other problem there. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Thank God Rush Limbaugh Is Finally Dead

 


There is no reason to show Rush Limbaugh any consideration or kindness. He lived far too long. He had a long life in American media that was undeserved and did tremendous damage to our country. There is no reason to mark his death as anything other than a net gain for the American people. He soiled the nation's AM airwaves with bigotry and cruelty in order to make money. He delivered the bare minimum of a broadcasting experience, never rising to any moment and never expressing anything other than panicked, sweaty hatred for anyone who disagreed with him.

This should be a moment to celebrate the work of Al Franken. When Al decided that it was time to write a book that exposed Limbaugh for the intellectually bankrupt fraud that he was, he painted a target on himself that eventually ended up costing him something precious and dear. Had Franken not gone after Limbaugh as well as the sickening turds of the far right, he might not have sucked into the dirty tricks that cost him his Senate seat. Al didn't come without flaws. He did come with the fucking receipts and he paid dearly for telling everyone the truth.

No one stood up to Limbaugh and told him to his face that he was a twisted piece of shit, not in any other way that mattered. Countless politicians bent the knee and sucked on his flaccid dick, hoping for the cash to roll in. Limbaugh was given TV shows, print interviews, magazine covers, and appearances that he could use to promote himself. 

No one was a worse misogynist than Limbaugh. He hated women. He hated the very idea of women being equal. It was normal for him to express hatred and disdain for any woman who accomplished something in America. For that alone, his end should be celebrated as progress. His disgusting attacks on Sandra Fluke should have ended his career. It only extended it.

His broadcasting career was unique in that he was able to turn hatred into a ready-made audience. Countless people in this country tuned in to hear their sickening opinions read back to them. They were the shitheaded dittoheads, most of whom ended up being Trump voters. 

No one wasted their potential like Limbaugh. He had opportunities galore in the early days, and he milked it for all he could get out of it. And, like the kid who is given a brand new car for no reason, he smashed it and blamed everyone else for what went wrong in his life. His gig commenting on professional football was taken away specifically because he couldn't stand the idea that an African-American player could be a quarterback. He disappeared from TV because people got tired of looking at his wretched face. They preferred to hear his voice on the radio and they loved what he had to say. 

The people that made him were idiots. They were wannabe Michigan militia nut jobs, secret bigots and closet racists. They were stupid enough to pay for Limbaugh's cheap products, which were hawked endlessly because why give anyone content when you can run more ads and make more money? Limbaugh sold a version of Reaganism that never existed, a John Birch Society worldview that was unrealistic. He sold whatever shit he could sell and the rubes ate it up. Ha, ha, suckers. You get to move on to Sean Hannity now. Hope you like another college dropout who knows how to turn on the fake charm and separate you from your dwindling supply of cash money.

Limbaugh confirmed every prejudice that plagues the American experience. He hated everyone who was different and punched down like no else save Trump and in Trump he found a kindred spirit, someone who, by virtue of being an even bigger piece of shit, managed to turn it into a fleeting moment of glory that ended up being set on fire and flushed down the toilet. Trump's demise is Limbaugh's demise as well. They are the worst of us and, really, they shouldn't even be considered Americans because they hate everything about this country that they cannot turn into personal profit.

Never forget that this man hated like no other. He hated minorities. He hated people who were innocent but ended up being shot anyway. He mocked people dying of AIDS. He never met a school shooting that he couldn't turn into a knuckle headed defense of the Second Amendment. He hate you, specifically, just because he just hated people. He hated the poor. He hated liberalism even though he had no idea what he was talking about. He hated all foreigners unless they were useful to him. He attacked a juvenile female based on her looks because her father was a Democrat. He attacked a man and accused him of faking Parkinson's disease just because he could.

Never forget that he was a pill popping junkie who engaged in sex tourism in the Caribbean and had to invent his own job because no one else could employ him and not face a massive boycott. At the end, Limbaugh was the oldest sack of rotten meat on the shelf, left behind a rusted-out, burning dumpster called the Trump Regime, crawling with enraged maggots and emitting a high-pitched whining sound that was music to the ears of the deplorables who fell out of the basket and waved a crumpled up dollar at him.

He was worse than the scum you clean off your shoes. He was the filthiest American broadcaster to ever live. Now that he is dead, rejoice and know this is a better land.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

When Will the People of Texas Turn on the GOP?

 


I just don't know if this is the thing that will do what decades of neglect and incompetence couldn't do:

Elijah Dorminy's family has depended on their generator to make it through the deadly cold and power outages that have plagued Texas since early Monday morning, and he is worried soon even that won't be an option.

Dorminy, his wife and their four children are worried what will happen when they need to refill their generator with gas again. Only one gas station still had fuel in Watauga, the suburb of Fort Worth where they live, Dorminy said.

"Pray for us, this is going to be rough," he told CNN.

More than 4.3 million households and businesses were without power in Texas on Tuesday morning as a result of a winter storm and freezing temperatures that swept into the state Monday. The entire state was below freezing from Monday into Tuesday morning, and utilities have been knocked out or frozen over by the bitter cold -- leaving many without primary means of heating their homes.

Everything in Texas is designed to keep the Republican Party in firm control of the government. Each and every district is heavily Gerrymandered at the local, state and Federal levels. You have congressional districts that look like they were designed to elicit fits of laughter. You have a state GOP party apparatus that doesn't believe it will ever lose power. 

Texas has its own power grid because it refuses to submit to Federal regulation. And yet, after threatening to secede, where did Abbott turn for help? The Biden Administration was quick to offer a hand. This is the difference between conservative boogaloo governance and decency in public service. I just don't think the Proud Boys are going to be bringing generators and space heaters around to everyone who needs one.

It all comes down to the voters. We need civic engagement. We need people to start caring again. We need for people to realize that if they keep pulling the lever for politicians who put a failed ideology ahead of common sense, the same results will keep piling up.

This is the state, after all, that sent Ted Cruz back to the Senate. This is the state where Ken Paxton stays in office despite being under investigation for some of the most obvious acts of political corruption ever seen. And this is home to Governor Greg Abbott, who has single-handedly botched every crisis thrown at him, up to and including this one.

I lived in Texas. I know what it's like to go through a crisis is a state run by Republicans who don't care about anyone other than their rich donors. I know what panic, gas shortages, and mismanagement look like. That's why I don't live there anymore.


This is how bad things are:

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Oath Keepers Are an Anti-government Hate Group

 


This is what you get when a Republican-controlled Congress insists on preventing the Federal government from investigating white supremacists and hate groups. You end up with the Oath Keepers, among other groups, and you reach a point where things have gotten out of hand.

When they get around to figuring out how the January 6 attack on the Capitol really happened, you'll be able to draw a straight line from the early, heady days of the so-called Tea Party movement, the rise of anti-government white supremacist groups, and the mainstreaming of the idea that it's perfectly okay for Republicans to associate with people who think it's okay to terrorize anyone who disagrees with their hateful ideology.

It will take a generation to undo all of this damage and we had better start right now.

The Lincoln Project Conned a Lot of People

 




You could call it a shit show and you wouldn't be exaggerating at all:

The Lincoln Project’s fundraising page has been shut down, following a wave of scandals which continue to engulf the organization.

The donation page on the Lincoln Project website has listed as inactive since Saturday after a number of its founders resigned amid reports of sexual misconduct and misappropriation of funds.

The anti-Trump PAC consisted of a group of Republican strategists working to unseat former President Donald Trump, after criticizing him in media appearances throughout his term.

But the group imploded last month when multiple young men went public with allegations of sexual harassment against co-founder John Weaver, which other members of the group reportedly ignored.

I'm not linking to that article at the New York Post specifically because it is part of Rupert Murdoch's trash media empire. But what it does say is that these Republican strategists worked to "unseat" Trump even though they really didn't. We need to dispense with the notion that Republicans working to defeat a specific Republican is anything to embrace in these modern times. When Trump fades from memory, all of these people will go back to trying to establish themselves as the legitimate heirs of some weird Reaganesque mantle.

What they are really interested in is having a say in how Democrats govern this country. They should be ignored. You should not hold any of them up as allies or heroes and, for God's sake, don't give them any of your money. People like this knew that there would be a market niche for anti-Trump donations from unsophisticated middle-of-the-road Americans. They appealed to them and wooed them and shook them down for cash in much the same way that Trump did when he lost in November 2020.

It was all a grift. It will always be a grift. The grift never stops. Support real Democrats and real democracy. Reject the lies and definitely do not think, for one minute, that any of these people were ever on the side of decency. They were in it for the money, man.

Grover Norquist is Crying Like a Little Baby

 


One of the consequences of throwing Trump and a bunch of Republicans out of office for failing to govern is that now we get to fix the tax code. I am hoping President Biden let's Senator Elizabeth Warren stick it to the rich and signs legislation that specifically targets the wealthy. I hope they are taxed into oblivion. Let them go live in the Caribbean. Let them deal with foreign banking officials who are corrupt and will walk off with their wealth because their banks are just Ponzi schemes.

I mean, is it fair and reasonable to want people like Grover to have a big sad all over the place? I think it would be irresponsible not to hope and pray for someone to relieve him of whatever bullshit untaxed wealth he's been hoarding throughout the Trump years. The man who said that he wanted to shrink government down to the point where it could be drowned in a bathtub is now going to get super serious about regulating the behavior of America's wealthy elites. 

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of fucking criminals.

A President Who Reads Things

 


It is incredibly UNFAIR that President Joe Biden actually reads things and processes information like a normal human being. This is destroying any chance of Trump being elected in 2024, or so I am told:

He's [referring to Biden] shown more willingness to answer shouted questions than Obama was, weighing in on his predecessor's impeachment trial even as the White House insisted he was focused on other things.

The President's Daily Brief, a highly classified update on the country's top intelligence, is back to a daily occurrence after happening only sporadically under Trump. Joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Kamala Harris -- who has used an iPad to receive the briefing, like Obama -- Biden is run through the update by a range of intelligence professionals.

He has expressed a preference for a fire built in the Oval Office fireplace, and sometimes adds a log himself to keep it going. His dogs, two German Shepherds called Major and Champ, sometimes join him.

President Biden should stop and think about how this makes Trump look like an insane bag of screaming meat. And then he should go on doing whatever it is that a normal president does because that is certainly calming me down. I don't know about you, but I'll take more of this, please.

And, yes, you would not be wrong for imagining a scenario where President Obama or any other Democratic president would have been impeached and driven from office simply by ignoring the PDB. The standards applied to Democrats are easy to see--they have to be perfect, they have to have everything go right for them, and they have to govern responsibly and be on top of everything briefed to them.

A Republican president simply has to be white, have something of a pulse, and he can howl and scream and shit himself in public and it's your fault for thinking that's wrong.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Media is Keeping the Republican Party Alive

 


I suppose I could pick on CNN here, but, really, the whole sorry television and print media business is guilty of sustaining the legitimacy of a Republican Party that is perfectly okay with unhinged violence and killing people in the name of holding onto political power. 

What happened today in the United States Senate was equal parts atrocity and farce. It was a crime against the idea of living in a republic and a tragic example of what it means to live in America at a time when money and media bullshit sustains the careers of people who should have been shamed out of public service years ago. You couldn't satirize today's GOP and you couldn't invent a character like Trump because he is the ultimate crime against common sense.

At the end of the day, Trump's impeachments will go down as exercises in trying to hold him accountable when the media plainly won't do its job. Trump and his enablers should not be treated like legitimate politicians or leaders. They have surrendered to a worship of money and power. It's always a game of who's winning and who looks like a fucking loser. In reality, you had Representative Jamie Raskin and his powerful, coherent argument in favor of holding someone accountable for inciting an insurrection against the Legislative Branch of government and the Office of the Vice President of the United States. On the other side, you had a shit show made out of dickweed opinions hatched in the gutter and little else.

The Democrats in the House did their job, and they were joined by a handful of Republicans.

The Democrats in the Senate did their job.

Seven Republican Senators did their job.

Everyone else said nah.

That's America for you. Everyone who didn't do their job should be ignored, shamed, and ostracized. In a week, they'll see the donations come rolling back in (I'm guessing) and they'll all be back on the Sunday shows. We'll then start talking about how they have made up their mind to SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF THE DEFICIT OH MY GOD and why Joe Biden won't lead and man, those Democrats are doing a bad job of solving all of the problems that were dumped on them.

The media simply won't do its job. They can't stop letting the GOP have the upper hand when it comes to explaining themselves. They have to pretend that there are two sides to everything. When presented with sanity and insanity, there's no choice. When you're presented with a president who tells a mob to go kill the Vice President and the Speaker of the House, you'd think an attempt to decapitate the presidential line of succession would have caused someone to do the right thing.

Think of the people who went through the entire January 6 attack on the Capitol. Why should anyone show up for work there on Monday? If you're a Capitol Hill police officer, why would you show up and protect people who voted to give Trump another chance to send a mob your way? Why would anyone on staff show up for the next Trump insurrection riot? Why bother pretending to have a country anymore? It just doesn't make sense anymore.

Doesn't it feel like a line has been obliterated? Will we just go back to the same old, same old?

I have no idea.



Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Joe Biden Has All of Trump's Perfect Phone Calls

 

Yeah it's probably nothing but holy shit nonetheless.

Few Trump-era mysteries are as intriguing as what the 45th president said to Vladimir Putin in at least a dozen rambling, off-the-cuff calls and meetings over four years. Understanding what was said between the two could help illuminate whether Trump ever revealed sensitive information or struck any deals with the Kremlin leader that could take the new administration by surprise.

Now that President Joe Biden is in the White House, he can see for himself.

“They don’t need our approval to see those [records],” a former Trump White House official said, referring to the new Biden national security team. “Biden owns all the call materials. There is only one president at a time.

The Biden White House did not comment on whether it had seen the content of the calls. But so far, at least, the National Security Council has not registered any complaints with their ability to access relevant call records from the previous administration..

“It is a national security priority to find out what Trump said to Putin” over his four years in office, said one former national security official who is close to the new president. “Some things, like what happened in some face-to-face meetings where no American translator or note-taker was present, may never be fully known. But I would be very surprised if the new national security team were not trying to access” the call records.

We have seen, repeatedly, clear evidence that Trump is not a thoughtful or discerning individual on the telephone. We have also seen him take extraordinary steps to ensure that the translators who have worked with him and with Putin have been under severe restrictions. So, what's there? Was Trump foolish enough to reveal classified information? Was he subservient to Putin? Was he stupid enough to admit to Putin that he was compromised and would do "anything" he wanted, up to and including selling out American interests?

My guess is that Trump was embarrassing enough to warrant hiding these calls and Putin was smart enough not to say too much, knowing that he was being recorded at all times. Trump has behaved as if he has no idea that he could possibly be recorded by any foreign intelligence service (hence, his use of an outdated, unsecured phone for the entirety of his presidency).

If the Biden people are smart, and we know they are, anything compromising will be declassified and released whenever it is reasonably discreet to do so. They don't want to be accused of being reckless but there is a historical need to understand what Trump said to Putin and an overarching need to ensure no future president acts in this manner again.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Distractions Abound

 


Now that the Republican Party has been thrown out of power at the Federal level, it is important to watch how the bullshit culture wars are going to be obsessed over by the media while Democrats try to fix the country.

This is a classic example of a bullshit story/event/situation. Comedian and film actor Seth Rogen is an activist in the real world. He uses his social media presence to hammer home the fact that Republicans are a bunch of dicks. 

Here, he has slammed some journalist who isn't even worth naming and made it so the man's mother has to defend him. Wah, wah. Welcome to the stupidest country on Earth.

Rogen has also gone after dipshits like Ted Cruz. I am pleased with this development. I think more celebrities should pound home the indisputable fact that the Sedition Caucus of the Republican Party is full of grifters, cheats, assholes, and jackoffs.

In and of itself, if a United States Senator like Canadian-born Cruz can be completely thrown into fits of screaming and panic by something Rogen says about him, then that goddamned Senator is a worthless clown. In other words, Cruz needs to focus on the fact that he'll be in the minority for a while and his beard makes him look like a deranged circus performer with a scat fetish.

None of the things that really matter, which are economic in nature and should be organized around getting people relief, getting them jobs and better wages, and getting a COVID vaccine into their bodies, are affected by the standoff between Rogen and Cruz. But you have to credit Rogen for getting Cruz so freaked out that he is probably curled up in a sleeping bag filled with his own feces. It keeps Cruz from developing anything that resembles a coherent argument against helping the American people.

And that's a good thing.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Republicans in Disarray

 


I don't know why anyone cares about the House Republicans. They are the worst of the worst, the utter dregs of a dying political party that is held by the throat and kicked repeatedly when it doesn't do whatever Trump wants. We are getting to the point where they are all irrelevant. The future will be written by the people who move past the nationalism and the incompetence that these people personify.

For every Marjorie Taylor-Greene, there are fifty House Republicans who are just as bad. They don't believe any of this QAnon bullshit. They are using it to wring money out of the teat. That's all.

There's no point in identifying every stupid thing they say or retweet or like. They are just doing it to get the rubes to hand over what little money they have so that Republicans can maintain a lavish lifestyle that includes shaking every penny out of their campaign funds. If you think what Duncan Hunter did was unique, you're going to be shocked when you discover what most of the GOP members do that is legal.

But, yeah. I'm so tired of these people. They are the ugly, ugly past.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram Live

 


It is pretty clear to me that a number of Democratic House members came very close to being murdered on January 6. These individuals need help and understanding and I doubt very much that we really understand everything they may have gone through.

WARNING: this may trigger some people who have had traumatic experiences.