Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Republican Revolution: Part Duh!


~Blogger Tom Degan of "The Rant."


Wow...that was a schalacking!

That must be what it is like to go to the "wood shed."

The Republicans enjoyed great success and many victories on Election Night.  I feel the need to repeat myself:  I don't get it.  We have record numbers for the DOW, unemployment finally at 6%, payroll companies reported that 235,000 jobs were added last month--mostly at small companies--and America voted for the party that shut down the government over a hissy-fit and cost us $25 billion.

I don't get it.

If there was one race that I was certain that would gain a Democratic seat in the Senate--it was Mitch McConnell's.  Virginia voters had already taken a swipe at Republican Leadership ousting Eric Cantor, so why not Mitch?  Mitch did little to campaign.  He blew up during a radio interview, never met with the editorial boards of his State, and was notoriously 'mum' on his agenda if re-elected.  

All Mitch had to do, was point to the fact that his opponent wore the same colors as Barack Obama.

That's it.

That hate that has been fostered over the years, with half-truths, innuendo, and blatant lies was just hot enough for Kentucky voters to re-elect ol' Mitch.  If it's one thing you hear from the Red Staters, it is their contempt for career politicians, incumbents, and those personally profiting from public service.

Apparently the hate is strong enough in Kentucky where those particular "principles" are ignored and gives McConnell a pass.

Some fun facts:    (Using 2012 numbersThe State of Kentucky has a 19.4% poverty rate, that's increased steadily since 2008's 15.7%.  The "poverty rate" for a married couple with two children is $23,283 (a little more than $11 an hour).  Child poverty is 26.5% compared to 23.5% in 2008.

During this same time period Kentuckians were showing growth in the number of individuals covered by health care.  It was theorized that education and health care jobs (accounting for 24.5% of the State) would see a boom and provide employment opportunity beyond coal mining.

What is Kentucky doing about this?

The State tourism board is providing $18 million in funding for a "life-sized" replica of Noah's Ark and they sent probably the worst enemy of the Affordable Care Act back to Washington, to not only jeopardized the health coverage Kentuckians now have, but to endanger a blossoming industry as well.

Kentucky--two things:  (1) If you're going to spend $18 million on a fake boat, I guarantee you more people would flock to your State if you built the U.S.S. Enterprise or whatever the hell the name of Captain Steubing's ship was on "Love Boat."  

I'd say it was insane that people would pay money to look at a boat that reminds me that "God" killed everyone in a flood, but stranger things are happening!

(2) Kentucky--you don't get to complain about anything for the next six years.  Nothing!  You had a shot and you chose same ol'-same ol'.  Just go sit in the corner now and think about what you've done to yourselves.

And so it went across the country!  Iowans elected Joni Ernst, who will enter history as the first woman to represent the State in Congress.  Ernst actually made the point that she was used to castrating hogs so she'd be a "good fit" in Washington.  Republicans like to drone about the Founding Fathers and when you think back upon those men--inventors, legislators, ambassadors, architects of our Democracy--you think of Joni Ernst as well--right?  We need to start mass producing bronze busts of her immediately and place them next to Ben Franklin.

Ernst wasn't the only woman to enter history last night.  Mia Love became the first black Republican female to serve in Congress.  Ernst and Love's victories helped to create other milestones.  For the first time ever 100 woman serve in the Legislative branch.

 I just wonder if Ernst and Love (heh..sounds like a law firm...) will heed the advice of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and let men bring policy "down to a women's level."

Who knows?  There might be pictures and puppets to hold their attention.  Perhaps the use of small words and analogies relating to kitchens.

Seriously, America elected this?



Oh-fucking-goody!

I think I answered a question from my last post:  "Is there a plan?"

Guess not.

It is strange times when Rush Limbaugh can make sense!  Why else would these clowns be elected?  Stop Barack Obama...from what?  Are we objecting to the unemployment rate?  To the 230,000 jobs?  The historic DOW numbers?  The increase in domestic oil production?

Pray tell...stop him from what?

There's been six years for the GOP to prosecute this supposed insidious undertaking by Obama.  With 3/4s of his term gone, this undertaking has yet to materialize, but they're still going to "stop him."

...and we fell for it.

In the closing days of Ernst's campaign, she couldn't decide if Obama was "apathetic" or a despot.  You can't be both folks, and that thought escaped both Ernst and Iowans.

Again with the fear.  That nebulous undefined threat, which is never proven and proof is never demanded of.  Just fear.  On Election Night, Americans became 7th grade mean girls and felt the need to fill the lunch table to pick on the kid with funny name and big ears.

Congrats! 

If there's one bright spot with this election, it's the demotion of Harry Reid. For too long Democrats have settled for Reid and Nancy Pelosi--who just today--announced her intention to retain her leadership position.  Swell.  Just swell.

A lot of Democrats are furious.  We should be.  The anger isn't being directed at the GOP, it's being directed inward, where it should be!  In this election cycle (and others), we've seen Democrats turn away from this President

If you are Democrat and haven't realized it, nothing will make you appealing to the would-be conservatives.  We are all "God-less," "abortionists," "gay-enabling," "socialist," hell-bent on a "nanny state" and the overthrow of Capitalism.

So why run? 
 
The easiest job on the planet, I would think, would be the attack-ad creator for the DNC.  What work do you have to do?!? 

The material is in no short supply and you don't even need to "spin" it.  You just need to remind people of it!  This--Democrats do not do.  Not well.

We have boring talking points.  Pick a divisive issue.  Any one.  The Republicans and Tea Party--you really can't expect what they are going to say.  Todd Kincanon, former head of the South Carolina GOP advocated executions for ebola.  Alex Jones followers wanted to plant landmines at our border to fend off children.  It doesn't get whackier than that people!!  At a minimum what you can count on is something loud, passionate, and gut-punching.

Democrats?  We show up with a fucking pie chart and talk percentages and GDP.  I think Jon Stewart said it best, "Democrats walk around with their dick stuck to their leg."
For all the bizarre claims, conspiracy theories, vague innuendo, and outright lies the GOP has produced, Democrats haven't fought back effectively against any of it.  It seems the Democratic leadership and DNC are content to let MSNBC and the late night talk show hosts do their fighting.

So true.

Contrary to conservative lore, not every Democrat is a liberal.  Not every Democrat has the same opinion on every issues.  We just don't drum people out of party for thinking differently.  If you are Democrat, it really is time to start to consider what that means.  It's more than being the "nice guys," who don't say crazy shit.  There's a reason why you chose this party and if you're ashamed of that reason, if you're not fired up over that reason, you're a derelict.  You're a derelict of duty.

Not since 1928, have the Republicans held the majority of Congress.  Anyone care to remember this historical significance of 1929?  

Coincidence?

For Democrats and non-conservatives, this election has been a giant black eye.  The bully came and we wanted to reason with him.  We didn't want to "fight."  We considered ourselves a "good person" and hoped others would recognize and remember that.

They didn't.

They don't.

Our best course is a change in legislative leadership and DNC style.  It's apparent that no one gives a fuck about "consecutive months of job creation," oil production, or the pluses and minuses of the GDP.  The gloves need to come off! 

It's become a daily event where some moron conservative says something completely off-the-wall and something that will never be rebuked by their party at large.  We let this go.  We let the country forget.  We need to fight back with the same venom, vigor, rabidness that GOP has been using for the last 6 years.

Some of these assholes are still on the fucking birth certificate thing!!!  We--we let minefield and executions fade away to oblivious....for percentage points?!?

The $24 Billion Man
Not everything is "lollipops and unicorns" in the GOP world.  If there was one other person who wanted to see McConnell bested as much as I, it had to be America's Favorite Do Nothing Politician--Ted Cruz.  Word has it, Teddy was in the wings just hoping for a shot at McConnell's job.  A Republican win of the Senate and a defeat for McConnell, might just have opened the door for McCarthy...er Cruz.
McConnell has since insisted there will be no government shut-downs--a possible swipe at Cruz.  What will Teddy have to do on Sunday mornings?

The Election, despite the numerous wins and wins by respectable margins at both the Federal and State levels, has been called a "wave" by both sides of the aisle.  To me the wave feels like a "landslide," but still it's called a wave.

I find that odd.

Perhaps it's called a "wave," because for so long the GOP has been the "exiled government" content to sit back and whine.  Now they are placed in a position of leadership, but clearly they are not united.  

What can we expect?

I'm sure tax breaks for the rich and corporations are already on the table.  Possible impeachment proceedings might begin--'cuz we haven't wasted enough of the Nation's time yet.  I personally fear another war.  And you can be guaranteed that gay marriage and worker's rights will be on the chopping block.

Then again, we're Democrats.  Don't pay any attention to that.  "The Voice" might be on.  Or Dancing with C-Rated Has-Been Stars.  Then again there's probably some reality TV show making cupcakes or some shit that is far more important.

Let's worry about that!

Right?



Monday, November 3, 2014

Decision 2014

With the mid-term elections just days away, I have to admit, I'm a little nervous.  Ok...I'm "a lot" nervous.  I don't have an agenda or even a "liberal agenda"--I just want shit to work.  I'd like to get back to a point where real issues get addressed, without the lies, without the dysfunction, and without the distraction.  I have a sick feeling that I am going to be woefully disappointed.

A few years ago, the idea of adding clinics to schools made its rounds through Congress.  It was an intriguing idea.  However, as solidly Dem as I am--at least these days--I had more than my share of fair questions:  (1)  Who's paying for this?  (2)  Where is the money coming from?  (3)  Are we talking existing space?  New construction?  (4)  What about infection and visitor control?  (5)  What about parking?  The list continued.

For the Republicans, well they panned the idea because school clinics would allow your fourth grade children to get an abortion.  I'm not sure what this says about fourth graders.  Well...actually I am pretty sure of what this says about fourth graders...  But abortion?  Really? 

I honestly don't get it.

All the relevant questions and objections that could be raised and the GOP leaps to abortion?  That's the crazy I've come to see out of today's GOP.  As I'm writing this, it's now just occurred to me--Did the GOP want fourth graders to be mothers?

I honestly don't get it.

I look at some of these boobs who have been elected and I just wonder, "Why?"  It happens on both sides.  For every Charlie Rangle, there is easily another Louis Goemert.  Both equally useless.  How Rangle was even reelected is beyond me. Goemert...Goemert is not a smart guy.  For as "devout" and "patriotic" as this guy is, what has he actually done?  For that matter, how about Rand Paul?  We could pick politicians from both sides of the aisle and ask that question.

But it amazes me that the politicians who seem to do the least, not only have so much to say, but people listen to them!  If you measure lack of achievement and compare it to political potential--Bachmann is queen!  This dope did n-o -t-h-i-n-g!  Yet it didn't stop her from mounting a Presidential bid.  People actually gave this dope money and her claim to fame was a light bulb bill!

I might be the only person watching these lazy bastards, who claim to "love" this country and talk of God, yet bemoan this country's "downfall," who wonders what the hell are they doing about it.  And these guys are BIG names.  It seems all they do is stand on the sidelines, lobbing political grenades and accusations, and giving interviews. 

Where are the ideas?

What is the plan?

Is there a plan?

If you don't like this bill or that law, what's your idea?

It seems to me we've been waiting six years for a counter plan.  Six years of our economy improving, not because of Obama, but just because of ordinary people, who have rolled up their sleeves and risked while Washington remains gridlocked.  It's been a struggle and an unnecessarily complicated struggle because of this gridlock.

We've actually sent idiot Tea Party candidates to Washington who vowed to not compromise.  The idea of a split ticket is actually long dead.  Instead of results, we settle for inaction, and then we bitch about the government that we're breaking.

How in the hell Mitch McConnell is even still viable is beyond me. Here's a guy who hasn't been willing to meet with editorial boards or even answer questions about his agenda if elected.  Yet, he's somehow fended off a primary challenge from the Tea Party and leads Grimes his Democrat opponent.  We don't buy cars like this!  If we walked into a show room and the dealer refused to answer any questions until after we bought the car, we'd walk away.

Not in Kentucky.

It has got to be easy to sell cars in Kentucky.

The success of these numbskulls and their ability to keep getting re-elected is largely due to the hate directed at President Obama.  It really isn't racism--not so much anymore--it's just plain ol' fashion hate.  Many aren't even certain why they hate them and if they do have a reason, it usually pretty ridiculous.  The man's name alone ("Obama") isn't "American" enough for some and yet the thought that there isn't a truly "American" name escapes these dummies.  We're all "mutts" descended from other nations. 

This hate has come to sicken this country.  At a time when we should be working together closest, we are farther apart than ever before.  Still, we've managed. Unemployment is dropping.  The Market is doing relatively well.  People did this, not the politicians.  It certainly wasn't some liberal or conservative plan that masterminded the recovery.

There really hasn't been a plan.  Has there?

The Obama Administration puts forth its agenda, where it's blocked in the Republican controlled House.  The GOP comes out with their own outlandish agenda, where it's blocked in the Senate.  Every measure of success, whether it is a drop in unemployment or a spike in the Market is greeted with contrariness by the GOP.  We can't even agree on good news.  The GOP spends most of their time talking about God, Abortion, and gays.  They've been content to sit the bench; giving interviews about how they hate the latest idea, with no plan of their own.

In the interim, we wait.

We suffer.

And while the political game is played, we put forth gross caricatures we have come to call "candidates."  They are angry.  They are "patriotic."  They are "devout."  They are mad as hell about the direction of this country and they're going to go to Washington to do...nothing.  As bad as things are, as they claim it to be, their goal is to be yet another foil against President Obama.  Their only idea is to obstruct and we elect them.  It's why I use quotes around words like "American," "patriotic," and "devout."  Because if these dummies really did believe in this country, if they truly were patriotic, and if they were half as devout as they claim--they wouldn't let blind hate bog down this country simply for hate's sake.

...and that's where we've been for six years--bogged down in hate.

Should the GOP take the Senate--and all polls indicate they will--I'm counting on two more years of being bogged down in hate.  Blogger Jim Wright at Stonekettle has some interesting predictions of what is--and more precisely, what isn't--to come from a Republican lead Senate. 

A minor upside of a Republican victory of the Senate is the loss of Harry Reid's Senate Majority "Leadership."  You'll have to forgive me, for I've lost track, but it was during one of the debt ceiling debacles wherein the Senate had to stay late to work, that Harry Reid whined about his trees blooming. 

People are out of work, losing their homes, the government might get shut down and this smarmy fuck is whining about his trees blooming back home?!?  Puh-lease.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are everything that is wrong with the Democrat Party.  These two may be the best damn vote gathers in all of creation, but "leadership..." Timid.  Small.  Boring as sin.  I couldn't tell you what either of these dimwit's vision of this country is and quite honestly, I doubt think they have one.  I'm honestly amazed these two doddering fops have kept their leadership positions this long! 

If the Democrats lose the Senate tomorrow, well...we deserved it.  From candidates running away from this President to a lackluster base that doesn't care or doesn't understand the importance, the loss will be deserved.  I hope I'm wrong, but maybe it's for the best.

Regardless--vote tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

74 in Less Than 2

 
It happened again.  We knew it would.  It was only a matter of time and to be fair--we really haven't been paying attention.  There have been so many things to worry about!!  Something had to give!  Why not this?  Again, we have another student, this time from Marysville, Washington, who decided to kill himself with a gun but not before spreading his misery to others.

The knee jerk reaction is going to be to blame the NRA.  Or Wayne LaPierre.  It's easy to blame them.  They are the recognized national figureheads of guns.  But it's a mistake to blame them.  They just aren't that important anymore or even relevant.  One might as well blame Microsoft for the demand of child pornography.  Although, I do suspect Microsoft is at least concerned with child pornography.  For them, it's all about the money!  They are a business.  As proven by their willingness to cow-tow to their more radical members (in Maryland and Texas to be precise), the NRA has shown they will gleefully trade lucidity for cash.  They aren't stupid.

Their members are.

For the last six years the NRA has enjoyed a fundraising bonanza.  The idea of a national "gun grab" dots their talking points and literature and what CPAC event would be complete without the threat the "gubment" was going to take your gun?  The gun grab myth has been so effective, that even when the NRA isn't talking about a gun grab, the gun nuts are!


Ask one of these bozos, what bill--what piece of legislation--is on the table that is going to take away their guns and you'll hear every goddamn pro gun talking point.  But...you won't hear anything about this "bill." Ask what the bill does and they'll repeat their stupid selves, regurgitating the same tired talking points.  Ask who introduced the legislation and they'll tell you President Obama.  At that point, you realize you're talking to moron who not only doesn't realize there is no "bill," but who also doesn't understand how bills work. Still, the gun grab myth works and dummies who can't tell you who introduced the bill, why, or what it does gleefully hand over their money to fight this imagined assault on the Second Amendment. 

The NRA is a business.


As news comes from the Marysville and we learn more about the shooter, less and less can we simply blame the NRA. The student shooter was obviously troubled and the alleged infidelity of his girlfriend was too much for him.  And so he made the decision that murder and suicide were his only recourse.

We are failing out children.

I suppose it is an easy thing to do these days. We have had so much distraction, strife, and rancor over the past several years, it's easy to get caught up. We've been so busy with ebola!  Tune into any TV station covering ebola and you'll find a Brady-Bunch grid of supposed experts talking about ebola.  On any station there are more people talking about ebola in the U.S., than actual citizens who have contracted ebola.  There was that "invasion" of fifty thousand diseased, raped, God-less, gang-banging children at our Southern Border.  We were going to be broke!  Slaves to filthy brown people; handing over our money so they could buy pinatas!  Isus--they cut off someone's head!!  They're coming across the border!  Run!!  Panic.  Fear.

Tally up, if you will, how many Americans have died due to gun violence in schools and compare that number to the combined American deaths caused by the border crisis, ebola, and Isus.  Once you do the math, I think we will finally have something to fucking shit our pants over.  If you want fear--if you want to piss and moan about the direction of this country, you don't need to look at our borders or even beyond them.  I realize many of us are still caught up with the stupid football players beating their girlfriend or their children, however since Sandy Hook, there have been 74 school shootings.

It's easy to fall into party lines on the subject.  Some will say a "gun nut" parent didn't secure their weapon and allowed this happen.  Others will blame "liberal parenting."  Some jackass will say, "This is what happens when we take Jesus out of the schools."   We'll talk about mental health, arming lunch aides with uzis, video games, movies, and whether or not we should even publicize these cases in the media.

What we won't talk about is us.

It has to suck to be a kid these days.  It has to be downright confusing and overwhelming.  The messages they hear provide no hope. No mercy.  No compassion.  No logic. No direction.

For the majority of these kids' lives, we have been a nation at war.  We not only can't decide if we should end the wars, we're far too damn eager to start others. We've had young people killed by adults and adults killed by young people.  We're less trusting of our neighbors, especially if they are black, poor, or of a different faith.  We talk about overthrowing our government and lie to these kids that their future is there for their taking.  We've actually become so selfish and hateful in this country that we have some threatening Civil War over, of all things, Obamacare.

Health care.

We have people expressing their desire to kill others over annual check ups.  Mammograms and prostates.

Are we surprised our kids are killing?

We don't like to talk about ourselves.  It's painful and ugly.  Especially when it's true.  I'm sure someone somewhere is sputtering reading this self-assured, they they know why this is happening.  But if each of us thinks back, our video games, movies, celebrities...were equally contemptible.  Our parenting was no more liberal or conservative than it is today.

The change is us.

It's the world we have presented to our youth.  Is it so hard to believe that our callousness, our willingness to dismiss or even condemn our fellow man has rubbed off on them?  People, we have others willing to kill over health care.  Health care.  The "evil influences" aren't coming from the media entirely...or even mostly.

To think, our children regularly practice how to not get shot at school during "lock down" drills.  They don't practice how to avoid getting beheaded by Isus.  They don't practice how to avoid getting ringworm from Guatemalans.  They don't have drills about ebola.  The practice and drill to avoid being shot, by fellow students or often someone from the neighborhood.  The threat is within.

In the '70s, I remember doing "air raid" drills.  We were made to go into the hallway and sit with our heads between our knees in front of our lockers.  Although only 6 or 7 years old, I had no idea how this was going to protect me from a bomb dropped from a plane.  The hallway didn't seem the be the safest spot!  This was the best they could do?!?

I'd learn years later that "air raid drills" was a euphemism of sorts for "big ass Soviet ICBM detonating and vaporizing me into ashes."  I was put in front of my locker, not for my safety, but for identification.  And you know what?  All of that seems sort of silly to me know.

Then again...

Kids my age getting vaporized at their schools wasn't a fairly regular thing.  I don't think I even knew what a "Soviet" or "ICBM" was back then.  Today's kids...today's kids are keenly aware of the danger.  Not just the suggested danger, but the probable danger.  It happens in the North.  It happens in the South.  Blue State.  Red State.  Big school. Small school.  Teenagers.  Elementary kids.  Classmates.  Strangers. 

Just an aside here:  But is there a "script?" I mean how exactly do you explain to a kindergartener that everyone is going to hide and be quiet to prepare for someone walking the halls with a gun, who probably wants to shoot them?

We're expecting...what...from this?

Well adjusted young adults?

Really?

And we're okay with this?!?

All too soon, Alex Jones and his "InfoWars" misfits were quick to label the shooting at Marysville a "False Flag."  It never happened.  It was staged.  Jones makes a living selling fear and conspiracies and as far as I'm concerned, he already has blood on his hands.

The LAX Shooter who killed a random TSA Agent, was an avid listener of Jones and reader of "InfoWars."  To Jones and his crew, the TSA are "jack booted thugs" of the government, "shredding your Fourth Amendment"...'cuz everyone should be allowed onto a plane with a bomb...or some silly shit.  Still, Jones enjoys great success, in large part to his army of tin-foil hat wearing, conspiracy theorist, Illumanati-NWO fear mongers.

To Jones and company, Sandy Hook was a "false flag."  The Boston Bombing was a "false flag."  Marysville is a "false flag."

For those that support Jones, President Obama can't do anything right.  The man wakes up wrong!  The cry and whine daily that our government is corrupt, inefficient, and mismanaged.  Yet, seemingly, our government has extraordinary skills in arranging these "false flags."

Twenty children and six teachers died at Sandy Hook.  Our nation shrugged.  We were told this "was the price for freedom."

Are we still expecting well-adjusted youth?

I'd like for any of these denying assholes to be dragged into the morgue, to watch the parents of dead children identify the body.  To have these creeps sit through the autopsy.  To have these jerks walk among the classmates terrified by fear and wracked by loss.  Then to have them crawl on their hands and knees to the parents, after the casket has been lowered, and beg forgiveness.

...random beatings with a ballpeen hammer wouldn't necessarily be discouraged, but I'm in a "charitable" mood tonight.

Jones and company have since tried to blame CNN for their premature false flag.  It's the sort of thing that happens when you form an opinion on inferences.  It also helps if you're really fucking eager to deny gun violence.  The premise of Jones's false flag was based on a gun control initiative on the ballot for the State of Washington.  To this addled crew, our utterly incompetent, tan suit wearing, latte-saluting, complete failure of a President, decided to "create" this false flag to swing the vote.

...and for all the fucking moron chronically masturbating conspiracy theorists out there:  "tyrannical despots" who are "hell bent" on "destroying this country" don't influence votes.  Really--you dopes have to decide if he's a tyrant, completely incompetent, or some genius mastermind who arranges false flags.  After six year of indecision on your part, get your shit straight or just shut the fuck up already.

Legislation, is the current favorite method to combat gun violence.  As any gun advocate will tell you, "Criminals don't follow laws."  They are correct in this.  Many New Yorkers have been worked up about the S.A.F.E Act--they way it was passed and how it affects gun owners.  I'm inclined to agree--to a point.  The only person that is going to be prosecuted by the SAFE Act, is the guy who actually stops for the cops and who miscounted his bullets.  Some poor working stiff bastard, eager to get on the road for a day of hunting, shooting, whatever...is going to be looked at like a would be mass murder.

But legislation is the only tool at our disposal.  It's easy to rally around the "ban guns" banners with two more dead and three critically wounded.  But on the day of the Marysville shooting, a lesser publicized story also hit the wires.  A North Carolina grandfather fended off a trio of young men who invaded his home and attempted to rape his granddaughter.  A perfect case of the castle doctrine. To some, this perfect case, is all the justification needed.  Seventy-four school shootings since Sandy Hook will be wiped away from memory and relevance because of one "perfect" case. 

And yet, on the same goddamn day, an illegal alien who had been deported twice, killed two officers with an AK-47.  October 24, 2014 was quite the day for gun violence.  If you haven't been counting, more lives were taken than saved.

I said I agreed with the opposition to the SAFE Act--to a point.  Let me explain.  Tough shit!  That about sums it up.

The law is crap, but y'know what...many of the people against this law are even shittier.  When others Rights across this country have been infringed upon, you didn't hear a goddamn peep from the anti-SAFErs.  They weren't quoting the Constitution then or arranging rallies.  It's only when their personal selfish world was infringed upon, that they took issue.

Gun owners have wrapped themselves in this vanity-ridden faux nobility myth. They actually believe this horseshit too and it makes them sound like swell people.  They aren't.

Gun owners are just that--gun owners.  They aren't "patriots."  They aren't here to "protect the homeland."  Patriots and protectors of the homeland don't sit on their asses when 20 children get gunned down in a school.  They don't get that title.  Want to be a patriot?  Go take the spot of some 19 year old heading to Afghanistan or Iraq.  Already served?  Don't care--you're job ain't done.  If these guys are going to romance over some perceived ordained responsibility to protect us--goddamn it--go do it!!  I could care less what any Founding Father wrote 200+ years ago, because I am goddamn certain that children hiding under tables in a school wasn't part of the fucking plan!!

I have probably heard every stupid friggin' reason why guns are "needed."  Not one gun owner has discarded the myth and been honest and said, "They're cool and I like to blow shit up after a long week."  What is wrong with that?!?  No.  No.  I get the same warped history lesson, dotted with quotes conservative web sites and blogs have cherry-picked, and inevitably I hear some nonsense about fending off the government.

Well...the government better goddamn well hurry up with this "take over."  Seventy-four shootings in our schools alone in less than two years isn't going to leave a whole helluva lot of people left to "round up!"

To hear people say, that the death of 20 children is "the price we pay for freedom..."  What the fuck is that?!?  What a complete goddamn cop-out.  What a cowardly thing to say.  What a cold dismissive thing to say.

Are we still banking on well adjusted youth, with this type of mentality and morality?

With all the legislation directed at gun control, there has been no lucid argument from gun-owners.  Gun-owners, not gun organizations.  These overpaid fear-based fundraising machines have blotted out all common sense of gun owners.  Gun owners realize school shootings happen.  They know home invasions happen.  They know some crazy prick who can't get laid might roll down the street shooting.  It's why the bought the goddamn gun in the first place!

For gun-owners its time to stop cowering behind the Second Amendment and stand in front of it.  They can't argue patriotism, or safe guarding the home front, or even that they are "law-abiding" when so many of their brethren are absolute morons with their guns!

May 6, 2014 -- A New Jersey man shoots his 11 year old nephew in the head, killing him obviously, while demonstrating the laser sight.  It works!

How, as a demographic, can this group be so ready to believe in false flags and government take overs, but can't see the gross irresponsibility of fellow owners?  Gun owners are going to "save me" from the government?!?  It seems like I'm likely to be shot by one of them as they show me their toy!

This myth and fake nobility of gun ownership has to be shed.  It's really more of a punchline now--a running joke.  Seventy-four school shootings in two years is morbidly impressive, but I've got a feeling if we look at accidental deaths and shooting from legitimate gun owners, we most likely meet, probably exceed, and perhaps double that number.

A lot of gun owners feel persecuted. They feel the can't legally own a gun without harassment or undue bureaucracy.  Well...what are they doing about it?  I mean aside from reciting the Constitution and imaging government takeovers...  Anything?  You won't hear the gun organizations condemning sloppy gun ownership.  Gun owners will tell you that they are "trained" and "know what they are doing."  I've read enough news stories about older family members shooting children, children shooting older family members, and children shooting children to disagree with that.

Hell I've read where the idea of even locking up an unused weapon is an 'assault' on the Constitution.  I'm betting some students in Marysville wished one .40 caliber handgun was locked up.

It really is time the gun owners took back their hobby and sport from the gun organizations.  They are losing this fight through legislation--legislation which only snags the truly good guys.  Sincere gun owners who are respectful of their weapon and their responsibility, would never tolerate a loaded weapon to be pointed at anyone's head for a "demonstration."  So why do they allow it now?  Why the silence?  Why the acceptance of idiocy of their own?

Is there not one gun owner or organization that will ask the obvious question, "Who the fuck let the kid take a .40 caliber gun to school?!?"  I know...it's not as sexy as government conspiracy theories.  It doesn't make them feel as good as being a "patriot."

What it does do, is that it shows some integrity.  It gives others some faith, that not every gun owner is an blood thirsty hermit waiting for someone to come onto their porch to "castle-doctrine" them.  Or that they aren't playing Russian-roulette with their toddler.  It makes the pro gun argument stronger, with no need of myth or fake nobility.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Voice in Alaska

There comes a time, when someone comes along, who gives voice to what you've been trying to say.  They capture both the spirit and feeling of what you, yourself, have been unable to articulate.  You read what they have to say and you find yourself silently nodding in agreement and saying "Yes!"  "Exactly!" and "Thank you!" to no one in particular.

Jim Wright has been that voice for me.  I first came across Jim's work this past summer during the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.  So many I knew had such strong opinions and I could only think, "these assholes...again?!?"  One of Jim's themes during his essay was I care...but I don't really care...  I became a fan!  Jim captured it all in, "An Eye for an Eye in the Country of the Blind."  

Jim writes a blog at www.stonekettle.com.  A gun owner and retired Naval Chief Warrant Officer with over 20 years of service, Jim is the "worst" kind of political junkie:  a moderate.  I think.  Jim doesn't brand himself, but damn--he makes a lot of sense!  I think I like that.  There is a whole lot of labels out there, but not many of them making sense.

Especially the conservatives of this country.

Something has happened in this country in the past six years.  A fog...  A cloud...  A psychosis...that has really brought out the worst in people  I'm sure the conservatives would say, "Duh!  Obama!" but that has never made sense to me.  This President has been rather impotent; his only real "success" has been Obamacare and the numbers are still out on that.  It's been a real study to try and understand the hate directed at this President and as Jim has recently written, this is waaay beyond "loyal opposition."

There is a nationalism--and an unhealthy one at that--and an appetite for war in this country the likes I have never seen in my lifetime.  I have read about such things in history books in the years preceding both "Great" wars.  This must've been what it was like 1911 and 1938.

There is a readiness of violence--directed towards our own citizens by their fellow citizens--that bothers me to my core.  I'm told to worry about the border, my neighbor, the dark-skinned guy down the street, ebola and so many other exotic threats.  I worry about what is close to home.  I understand the potential dangers these other things hold.  I don't understand our own citizens turning on one another.  The more I try to understand the less it makes sense.

The thing that has really bothered me the most are these "johnny-come-lately," would-be Minute Man, "devout partiots;" who scream daily about "liberals" and subscribe to every nutty conspiracy theory and talking point out there.  They scream about Marxism, and socialism, and communism, and liberty, and rights...

...and it occurs to me, no one used to talk like this.  "Liberty" was a word so sacred it was relegated to the textbooks; its meaning so massive--it wasn't used lightly.  Now it's a bumper sticker.  Marxism, socialism--all the "-isms and -ists" were fears of bygone years now resurrected.  We didn't have people losing their mind over the Pledge of Allegiance, or the lack of school prayer, or who gave the opening prayer at the City Council meeting.

These things simply weren't issues for people.  It's all very recent that this has happened and if you take the time to think back, you'll realize it to.  The very people who scream about America and liberty and whatever their flavor of the week is this week, weren't behaving like this in 2008 or 2007.

Now one can grab the giant far-left liberal paint brush and simply pronounce these people as racists who can't accept a biracial President.  More likely, they've fallen for many of the--as Jim Wright calls them--"provable lies" and rhetoric spewed forth over the radio and internet.  How can so many, say the same thing, with the same vocabulary, almost word for word?"  

It's really becoming that simple now.  These folks are either rabid racists or have allowed themselves to be beguiled to such an extent their complaints are all uniformed.  It's either ignorance or gullibility and were it or they not so dangerous, it would be almost pathetic.

Without further adieu, I'd like to present Jim Wright's latest blog, "Self Abuse."  Go there and read.




 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Question for the States

“Marriage is a question for the States...”
~Sen. Ted Cruz

Conservatives are not in favor of big government telling you what you can or can't do.  They are, in favor, of having a lot of smaller governments telling you what you can and can't do!  It's easier to screw you at the local level.  Less people vote.  No one really cares who the 3rd Ward Council Member is--it's not their ward.  And do we really care about the school board?  

We should.

There is a lot you can say negative about today's conservatives--scads in fact--but I'll give them this:  they are motivated and they have a plan!  These guys have been in "election mode" since Obama took office.  Some believe they are motivated by racism.  I do believe that is the case for some of them--it's clearly apparent.  However, the underlying motivation isn't all that important after all these years.

The Republican "Scream Machine" has given conservative constituents any number of reasons to be motivated.  Fear works.  Innuendo is convenient.  Baseless conclusions are popular.  Lies are regular.  It really doesn't matter anymore.  The "Negative Nancies," "Debbie-Downers," and "Sad Sacks" of conservative media have successfully beguiled their constituency through numerous ways.

This is a constituency that buys into the Muppets being "socialist indoctrination tools."  They'll support a candidate who believes his Republican opponent is a robot.  They elect leaders, who believe the Boston Bombing was a "false flag."  "False Flags," in conservative speak are events that were supposedly staged by the government.  One Tea Party lunatic, Stella Trombley, raised the False Flag specter because the victim who had both his legs "supposedly" blown off, wasn't "moaning" in pain.  Sandy Hook is another False Flag for some of this dimwits and let me tell you--those parents sure are committed to "the bit."  There is plenty of gullibility and ignorance to go around with this lot.

Add to this gullibility and ignorance a steady diet of negative media and you have all the motivation you need.  Contrariness, has been forever popular, with the nay-sayers.  The stock market reaches a record high?  It's a "bubble" according to the cons.  The stock market plunges a few hundred points?  Well that's just "indicative of this President's horrible policies!"  Gas climbs higher during the summer?  Proof that Obama is trying to 'break us' all!  Gas drops lower in the fall?  It's an election tactic by Obama!  Obama sends 100 soldiers / advisers to the Congo?  He's starting another war on another front!  Obama decides to not send troops immediately to Libya during the Arab Spring?  He's letting all those people die!

Get an idea of how the game is played?

The genius is, is that the motivations of the conservatives doesn't have to make sense to them.  No matter how silly, outlandish, far-out, or just insane the idea is; they can rationalize it!  Unfortunately...this only works for them!  It certainly hasn't worked on a national level, despite Mitch McConnell's 2009 goal.  There's a reason for this and it has nothing to do with "voter fraud" or "government hand outs."  The reason is quite simple:  Non-conservatives aren't part of that echo chamber of conservative noise.

Non-conservatives don't buy into the routine and regular panic offered by the GOP and Tea Party, but there is enough of their numbers who do.  While these idiotic claims and pronouncements are dismissed and laughed off routinely, regionally they've gained traction.  That traction has led to a host of conservative nut jobs being elected to relatively low-level posts but seeking extraordinary change.

Many school districts have struggled with Tea Party coups and fortunately many districts have fought back.  Creationism, anti-union tactics, and an urge to focus on a right-wing view of the Constitution have spurred many of these communities to unseat Tea Party representatives. Jefferson County, Colorado is but one of the latest and more high profile examples of the Tea Party, quite literally, trying to white wash history--heavy emphasis on the "white."

It isn't just a white wash of history and creationism being thrust into our classrooms--the implications are bigger.  The party and ideology that has made personal liberty its supposed passion and regularly parrots government conspiracies that will "enslave" us all, comes up pretty short in the personal liberty category on the local and State level.  Despite continuous whining about the deficit, jobs, the economy, and our position in the world at large, conservatives at the local level have a very strange agenda. 

Voter ID laws are popular to combat voter fraud.  "Fraud" which previously was never an issue is a major issue.  While many can get behind the idea of an ID to vote, it's the other particulars of these bills that are often the issue.  Frequently voting times are changed.  Polling places are moved.  Early and absentee ballot rules are changed as are registration requirements.  In short, many of these "voter ID" bills have less to do with IDs than creating barriers to vote. But hey...that's not "tyranny" right?

Gay marriage is a favorite issues for conservatives to flog.  How many times have we seen the GOP block same sex marriages only to see the ban overturned?!?  It would seem to be a wasted effort on the conservatives' part, but they just can't help themselves barking up this tree.  Is this part of that "liberty" they keep droning on about?

"Religious Freedom" is another favorite of the conservatives.  Of course, they're only talking about "religious freedom" for Christians--not everybody.  This has manifested as prolonged battles over which make-believe Sky Daddy is going to be prayed to at the beginning of City Council meetings.  More seriously, it's been hidden behind in an attempt to legalize discrimination as seen in Arizona's "I'm Not a Bigot, My God is" bill.  Who is shredding the Constitution again?    

“Marriage is a question for the States...”

Of course it is.  It has to be.

Nationally, conservatives simply don't have the numbers to ban same sex marriage Federally.  Don't despair conservatives!  It doesn't mean you guys won't try!  Ted Cruz has already said he'd seek a Constitutional Amendment.  I am a bit confused...I thought the Federal Government telling us we can't do stuff was 'bad...'  Thankfully, with the "world on fire" according to many conservatives, we're going to tackle that "hot button" issue of gay marriage.

How do these idiots get elected?

Hating our government and calls for revolution and Civil War have become real popular--too popular.  I know a lot of self-styled "patriots" out there are all worked up over their rights and the Constitution.  They've bought in to this anti-Federal mentality and just adore the idea of State's rights.  But when you start thinking about your rights, you're not a "patriot," you're a selfish douche bag.  When you start thinking about everyone's rights, well...you might just be on the right path.  And if you can do that, you might just realize who is infringing on rights.

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fear: The New Constant






The are so many things I'm supposed to frightened of these days that I am losing track!  What the hell is wrong with us?!?  When did we become such pussies?  When did the slightest bit of news give way to rampant speculation, a certainty of destruction, and all these idiotic prognostications?  After this past week, I'll tell you what I'm afraid of:  I'm afraid I'm living in a nation populated by complete morons.  Sincerely.  I can't believe what I'm reading.  I can't believe what others are writing.  Oh--and where to begin??  Ebola?  Isus?  Muslims?  Which inflated fear shall I address first?


Let's start with the Muslims, here at home, first.  There were some Tea Party rallies and conventions this past week and boy did the stupid come with them.  At an Ohio Rally, some dip shit preacher made the claim that "it is well known that about...17...members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated our government."  This is one of the popular Tea Party theories and one the stupidest.  Were it true, the elected Tea Party and Republican "patriots" of this land are complicit in treason.  It is, after all, "well known" and when something is "well known," you...estimate.


Now according to these fine, "freedom loving," anti-big government types, you can do anything you want in this country...as long as you follow the Ten Commandments.  If that statement strikes you odd--congrats!!  You're starting to see idiocy of their position.  There aren't simply laws newcomers should follow, it's a conversion of faith.  One view point.  That's not a assumption on my part, the dip shit preacher went so far as to say that we can't run a country with 2, 3, or 4 view points.  "It doesn't work on the football field.  It doesn't work in government!"  Obviously that whole "governance through compromise" is lost on these people, but that isn't a surprise for anyone who has been seriously watching these lunatics. 


Don't worry!  You're going to have a lot more "liberty" and be free of "tyranny" if you just agree to everything they say and convert to their faith.  Won't the "freedom" be grand?!?

I won't claim to have a particular fondness for "Muslims."  Then again, how do you know someone is a Muslim?  Aren't we really talking about Arabs in general and just assuming they are Muslims?  I don't care for their dress.  I've never tried their food.  It "bothers" me to hear them talk in their language.  I find it to be an ugly language.  But, I don't fear them.

These are the "smart ones!"  These are the ones who decided to get the hell out of their war-torn, arid, sandy, radical, medieval, superstitious shit hole of a country.  We go to the market and bitch about parking.  They go the market, quite happy, that the bus and market didn't detonate!  Yeah, they have weird Dr. Seuss looking places of worship (should they actually be Muslim) and their faith is often associated with intolerance and violence, but is it really so different from Christianity?

Beheadings you say?  I see your beheading and raise you burning witches and stoning gays.  Sharia Law?  I give you the Ten Commandments, forced right up your ass, wrapped in "liberty!"  Subverting followers to their faith and sowing discord?  Have you been watching these other assholes?

Speaking of beheadings:  According to Ted Nugent, we were all supposed to be in mortal combat with Isus on September 11th, right here in the streets of America!  How many did you kill?!?!?

There's no loss of credibility for Ted, despite the epic street brawl's non-event.  There never seems to be for any of the conservative clowns that make some grand dire prediction or pronouncement.  We were supposed to get rounded-up by FEMA camps--for some reason, no one has yet to explain.  Churches were supposed to bombed by B-52s and drones.  Let's not forget the complete, utter, and permanent take over President Obama was to have launched after his second inauguration.  It would seem that our Nubian overlord and Dictator-for-Life was quite magnanimous in letting this silly Ohio Rally happen.  I can't blame the lunatics who vomit forth these idiot ideas.  The blame has to fall on the moronic Americans who continuously buy into the bullshit, time and time again, after non-event after non-event.  One would think that after six years of a steady diet of wild prognostications and dire events that never materialized that conservatives would wake up!  One might think that with all the imminent threats looming over us, that some conservative some where, would ask, "Hey....just a minute, if we have nukes at our border, a plot to expose us to ebola, and the Muslim Brotherhood in our government; why the hell are we bothering with gay marriage and abortion?!?"

But it doesn't happen.

Isus is scary because they are beheading people.  We should do something!  Really?  The entire region is goddamn scary!!  I was sold on this back in the '80s when car bombs in market places were common place.  They're willing to blow up their own goddamn people because of some silly cleric's say-so.  That's scary!  Why it has taken a few beheadings (which isn't all that abnormal or even provocative for them under Islamic Law) to "spook" us is beyond me.

The conservatives have been howling over this!  As if they give a rat's ass...  I don't know what they are bitching about, because there isn't much light of day between what Isus is doing and what was being talked about at that Ohio Rally.  Isus wants one view point, based heavily on Islam.  Ohio Tea Partiers also believe one view point, based heavily on Christianity.  Now aside from the name on the door of the magical sky-daddy, where is the difference?  I can tell you which is a bigger threat to this country...

We not only have to fear Isus from afar, they are "sneaking in through our border!"  Ever wonder how conservatives "know" this?  Do they have teams of watchers sitting at the border watching camel riding, scimitar wielding, jihadist crossing the border?  Or are they just making shit up?  I'm going to go with the latter, not because I know better, but because I'm "iffy" on the whole "security briefing thing" from any Tea Partier after the certain approximation of "about...17" Muslims in our government.  For a group that has their finger supposedly on the threats to this country, they're a bit short backing up their evidence!

Oh--and the fucking border!  How many years have we been made to be afraid of the border?  In the first Gulf War, we were told that Scud Missiles and nukes would be launched against us.  How are you faring with the radioactive fallout?!?  After 9/11, we were going to have dirty bombs, suitcase bombs, nuclear suitcase bombs, and biological attacks just streaming across the border.  This past summer, we were "invaded" by an army of Guatemalans lead by Dora the Explorer!

Now...if you missed out on the 9/11 non-event of battling Isus in our streets, were you at least able to throttle an 8 year old Latino with ringworm?

None of this matters now because we are all going to die from ebola, but not before we share our righteous indignation that we are actually letting our own citizens back in to the country to care for them.  Welcome to America!  Don't stumble because we'll push you out of "paradise!!"  Of course, Obama is responsible for this too!  He wasn't screening passengers at the airport!  He must've been too busy planning drone strikes on churches...or was that 2009? 

Fox's resident twat, Laura Ingram has scolded the President for not banning these people and letting them back into their own country.  Can you imagine if he had banned them?!?  I can just imagine the "conservative concern" for the "poor Americans forgotten and disowned by their country!"  For now, the conventional wisdom of these dummies is that infected Americans should stay where they are--it is after all--"they're own fault." 

Tom Degan, who writes a great blog called, "The Rant," has said that this President's autobiography should be subtitled, "Damned if I Did...Damned if I Didn't!"  I've stopped wondering what Republicans want this President to do.  What I am confident of, is that it will be the exact opposite of what he is doing, even if it was a position previously supported by them.  If the significance didn't carry such dire consequences, the State of our country would almost be comical.  For a group that had done its damnedest to portray this President as some type of Constitution shredding tyrant, it's mind boggling to see these dopes upset he isn't shredding the Constitution.

Fear is one of few constants this new breed of conservatism offers.  It's a "circle-the-wagon" mindset.  Make sure you convert to Christianity, else you won't be allowed inside the wagon circle, protected from the imagined or manufactured threat!  If you're seeking answers from today's conservatives, it's simple:  Give yourself to God.  God will fix everything, because "our" God is "better" than "their" God.  Beside the atrocities committed in "our" faith, although like atrocities committed in other faiths, had "good" reasons.

We have some complex stuff going on in the world right now and the conservative "solutions" is turn yourself over to some magical absentee sky-daddy, who is going to protect us from the followers and teachings of the other other magical absentee sky-daddy.  This is the plan?!?!?

You need to be afraid!  And not just afraid, but overwhelmed too.  It is a lot to think about--so just don't!  Give yourself over the angry people and their God and they'll take care of everything!  They haven't let you down before have they?

Cower and fear Muslims, Arabs, non-whites, ebola outbreaks, and especially non-Christians!  Fret about hand-to-hand combat on your own front lawn from an enemy an ocean away!  Pay no attention to the imminent threat, danger, and calls for violence from far too many of the white supposed Christians, who are going to "save" you.

Stay fearful my friend!

Fearful and stupid. 


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Republicans Are People, Too

Something wonderful happened this week.  Something wonderful and terrible happened this week.  Vinny Minchillo, a Republican strategist launched a new website and campaign called, "Republicans Are People, Too.

Let's just chew that over shall we?

A Republican strategist and campaign strategist for the Romney campaign, felt it necessary to remind us all that Republicans are human.  They also have feelings too, so be nice!

"Did you know? Republicans drive Priuses. Republicans recycle. Republicans listen to Spotify. Republicans put together Ikea furniture. Republicans are white. Republicans are black. Republicans are Hispanic. Republicans are Asian. Republicans read the New York Times in public. Republicans use Macs. Republicans are grandmas, daughters, Moms. Republicans are left handed. Republicans are doctors, welders, teachers. Republicans donate to charity. Republicans enjoy gourmet cooking. Republicans shop at Trader Joe’s. Republicans like dogs and cats, probably dogs a little more than cats. Republicans have tattoos and beards. Republicans have feelings. Republicans are people who care. Republicans are people, too.
 ~on screen text of the video~


Minchillo's site notes that people "...will stick up for Genghis Khan before they'll defend a Republican."  I have to wonder...what--no Nazi reference?  It does seem to come up in their talking points oh-so-often.  But ok...Genghis Khan...

There's a reason--several actually--why Genghis Khan gets a pass, but the left-handed, recycling, cat loving, Trader Joe shopping Asian grandmother does not.

More than likely, 'grandma' is just a thoroughly despicable ignorant human being.

Genghis Khan was pure.  He was murderous tyrant intent on conquering all.  He didn't hide behind faux-patriotism.  He didn't lie to you.  He didn't use religion to compel you or to make you feel fear.  Khan was a butcher and didn't try to hide it.  He wanted to conquer the world and kill and he did a pretty good job at it.  Khan in his own sick and murderous way was pure and honest.  No secrets.  No guess work.  No propaganda.

Republican Conservatives can learn a thing or two from Genghis Khan.

It's telling that Republican strategists have to start humanizing their party.  There's no greater damning evidence to prove that some--an ever shrinking minority in the GOP--are seeing the extinction of their party happen before their eyes.  

They are going to need a much bigger website.

The damage has already been done and the wound is mortal.  This is no "victory" for Democrats or Liberals or even Independents.  What we are witnessing is the slow suicide of the Republican Party.  It's a morbid scene.  We're torn between wanting to help and standing mesmerized looking at all the ignorant gore.  It'll be strange and weird to see them go and while there have been many battles, it isn't like Republicans are like Hitler!

Hitler actually tried to get his country's economy going again...

It's actually extraordinary that Minchillo's website was even thought up.  It's not as if your average self-styled conservative gives a shit about what others think of him or her.  In fact, they sort of hold it as a badge of honor.  They call it "American."  These are the "new" "conservatives"--the ones who decided they were "red to their core," starting February 2009 when the black guy came into the White House.

Take a shot!  Somewhere a "conservative" just decried the 'race card."  Unfortunately, it's true and as much as true conservatives or Republicans want to deny it; they have a whole new breed of lunatic representing them.  Bigots, Christian Zealots, your garden variety conspiracy nuts, libertarians hell bent on revolution or civil war, homophobes, and seemingly every ignorant asshole with an 7th grade education hitched their wagon to the GOP.

...and they took them!

Willingly.

Without reservation or complaint.

The desire to win and win back the White House trumped reasoning and good judgement.  It no longer mattered who ran for office--Ku Klux Klansmen could run for Sheriff and the GOP didn't mind.  It was an "R" on the ballot.  No matter how crazy, ignorant, insensitive, or stupid a comment uttered by one of their own; the GOP stayed in lock step with one another.  It's all about the win baby!

Lying has become standard for the GOP. I don't even understand why their constituency tolerates it.  Mostly because it is the constituency that is being lied to.  PolitiFact.com charted statements by Democrats and Republicans and ruled that today's Republicans were three times more likely to lie.

Even today, Senate nominee Tom Cotton (R-AK) has doubled down on his lie of President Obama hijacking the farm bill and turning it into a food-stamp bill.  Although his statement has been widely discredited, Cotton is still buying more ad time to lie and mislead his constituents.  It's all about the win baby!

Republican constituents--don't think you get to decide that winIt wasn't a Republican that was highlighting the voting irregularities in 2012.  It was Rachael Maddow.  Maine, Missouri, and Iowa all saw GOP voting irregularities, but don't believe me--ask a Ron Paul supporter!
It is good I suppose that someone in the GOP is trying to show some commonality the GOP has with us all.  Although, I have to wonder about beards.  It seems to me they are particular about who wears beards.

But to say the GOP "cares."  Really?

Besides themselves, for whom?

I know they got choked up over the Syrian Conflict.  They wanted to send soldiers, money, and food over there to help the "humanitarian crisis."  Some GOP were so taken aback, they even put aside (temporarily) their overwhelming need to find some way to humiliate fourth graders for receiving a free or reduced school lunch.  So "choked up" by the "humanitarian crisis" overseas, one might--might--have forgotten how this Party cut funding to Meals-on-Wheels, ended extended unemployment benefits, and spent dozens of fruitless attempts to end medical coverage for people who finally were able to afford coverage through the ACA.

The GOP cares?

Well if bombing and military action are part of the equation, they can be "caring" I suppose.

GOP:  You're going to need a much bigger website.

Future historians and sociologists have their work cut out for them.  The time we live in now, will not make any highlight reels.  It's a regressive time, a time in which conservatives have embraced old fears, created some new ones, and have shown we have learned nothing from our past history.  These days we have conservatives calling for the internment of Arab Americas, a repeat of the pointless and destructive policies of the World War 2 era, we thought we learned our lesson from already.  McCarthyism is seemingly alive and well, as conservatives declare who and what is or isn't "American."

It is the ridiculous, utterly preposterous, desperate, and just plain ol' silly notions and ideas that today's Republicans insist on believing and parroting that historians and sociologists will have the hardest time explaining.  Perhaps they'll be gentle and just not mention the embarrassingly ignorant claims of today's GOP.  Perhaps enough time will go by where scholars can only conclude that these claims were made in jest and couldn't quite possibly be the undeniably "truths" conservatives hold them to be.

It's almost daily that some idiot ass conservative makes headlines for saying something so goddamn ignorant, foolish, or outlandish.  It's become their brand really.  It's not "remarkable" anymore.  It has gone on for so long and so unchecked, it's almost shocking when a Republican says something reasonable.  Take Republican Glenn Grothman (R-WI), who is headed from the State House to the House of Representatives.  Grothman is pretty "garden-variety" as far as Tea Party Republicans go.  He believes labor laws should be changed, because none of us really want "time off" from our jobs.  He's against mentioning homosexuality in sex education classes, as our children are seemingly so dull-witted and prone to suggestion, they might start copulating with the same sex as soon as the word is mentioned.  Like many of his brethren, Grothman doesn't believe men and women deserve the same rate of pay.  He also doesn't believe in Affirmative Action for any group--unless it's a man being paid more than a women.

As I said, Grothman is typical of today's GOP.  He's one of the "normal" ones.

We've talked briefly about the new breed of lunatic that has declared themselves "Republican."  These are the "Republicans" who believe the government is waiting to round us all up into "FEMA camps" and that we are all being poisoned by "chem trails" from planes.  They are convinced that "death panels" exist and that "gun-grabs" are around every corner.  They believe the government destroys towns with tornadoes, using "weather weapon stuff" and collapses homes in Florida using "targeted sink hole" technology.  They are "patriotic," "love this country," and yet convinced its destruction is at hand. 

Tim Murray -- "Not a Robot!"
They believe in freedom from "tyranny," yet advocate for laws that promote Christianity and legalize discrimination, limit who can marry who, and who can vote--and when.  They love their papers!  Lest you think I am only describing the far, far, far, fringe of the Republican Party, I should remind you of Timothy Murray, would be Republican nominee for Oklahoma's 3rd District.  Murray was beaten soundly by the GOP incumbent Frank Lucas, who garnered 82% of the vote.  Murray contested the election results on the grounds that:  Frank Lucas was hanged three years ago by the World Court and replaced by a robot! 

Go ahead...Google it.

I'll be right here.

This lunatic mentality among the GOP is not the fringe, it is the growing base of the Republican Party and as unnerving as it is that Murray was even allowed to run for Congress, bare in mind that 18% of Oklahoma's 3rd District actually backed this guy!!

The once "weird," "far-out," "crazy" ideas of the new breed of Republicans aren't so out of the ordinary anymore.  Claims and allegations no longer have to be substantiated.  Claims and allegations that have been disproved are ignored and embraced as fact by the constituency.  A little know Sheriff's race in DeKalb County, Alabama is making headlines, as the supporters of the Republican nominee base their platform on the "fact" that President Obama will declare a dictatorship.

"Obama is determined to be a dictator with the executive orders he signs.  He has left the US Constitution in shreds. If Obama decides to run again (against US law) or declares a National Emergency to suspend elections in 2016, what will our Democrat sheriff do? I am concerned he will go along with this lawless president.
~Betty Mason, wife of Republican State Party Leader


 Just an aside here:  I find myself embarrassed for Republicans who have these morons in their midst.  The "Executive Order" thing, while popular amongst the retards of the GOP, has been disproved continuously.  Still these dummies hang on to this notion like stink on shit, convinced that these Executive Orders are "proof" of some tyrannical, dictatorial regime.  For the record:  Obama has used Executive Orders the least of all Presidents over the past 40 years.  It might be time for the party of "We're Not Racists" to either learn to fucking count or get over it.  At the very least, just don't see it as a "monarchy" when Obama circumvents the idiots in Congress to make your government work for you.

This type of fear runs amok among the new GOP and their supporters.  I've lost track of the things I'm supposed to be afraid of:  dirty bombs at the border, nukes at the border, ebola patients causing outbreaks, B-52 bombing churches, Isus in our streets beheading us on 9/11, Guatemalans spreading disease, socialism, communism, Marxism, economic disasters...but the fear is all a sham.  It's all about the win baby--and you just have to be dumb enough to buy into at least one of the lies.

While we're on the subject of fear, I don't worry about the stupid border, bombs, Muslims, or diseases.  Conservatives on the other hand spook the shit out of me!  Any group of people who can rally around candidates who believe their opponent is a robot or that the President is a "demon" because a fly landed on him, is a bit off-kilter to me.  The idea that there are would-be conservatives out there who honestly believe the government is using "sink-hole technology" for shits and giggles is more than bit disconcerting.  This culture of fear weaved by the today's GOP, while laughably silly, is dangerous.  This constant manufacturing of "government plots" was just enough to make one Paul Ciancia walk into LAX and kill a TSA agent--or "jack booted government Gestapo thug"--as they are called by some right-wing outlets.

Today's conservatives talk about "liberty" and "freedom," but they aren't talking our liberty or freedom; they are talking about theirs.  This group that is so "patriotic" and devoted to "love of country" seems awfully anxious to start shooting other Americans.  Impeachment, revolution, and Civil War are talked about openly by today's conservatives.  They realize they are a minority.  What they don't realize is that their own views and values are contributing to that minority status.  They don't talk so much about democracy any more.
There is, the not-so-veiled threat of Civil War and revolution.  We'll all be "safe" and "happy" when the wing-nuts come with their guns to protect us from the government we voted for. 

Prius--Proof Republicans are Just Like You and I
This shouldn't unnerve any of us.  After all, Republicans drive Priuses and some have tattoos, and go fly fishing.  They are just like you and I...with that one little difference of wanting "stone" gays or start a Civil War over the Affordable Care Act.  Still--besides the wanton, indifferent, depraved, and ready violence the GOP suggests or offers--they really are just like you and I.  

Really.

Republican strategists can try like hell to find some common ground with the average voter, but the damage is done.  The GOP has embraced and accepted crazy as their brand.  It's about the win baby!!  They won't condemn the lunatics in their own party.  They won't rebuke comments.  They won't question the wisdom of political platforms.  They can recycle all they want, declare their love for dogs or try to find some common ground that might make us forget the platform of bat-shit crazy they have adopted and accepted, but it's too late.

The ignorant gore is everywhere.