Monday, November 14, 2016

Holy fucking shit

Never thought I'd be back doing this again.
I lifted this text from my brother:

The policies they pursue will cause generational damage to America, and the world. Global warming is a fact. Poor federal oversight of polluting industries is a fact. What do Republicans want? A climate change denier in charge of the EPA; or No EPA. Given our system of government, that could mean no real federal oversight of pollution or greenhouses gasses ever again. This is one of our primary challenges of this century, and we're just going to abrogate all responsibility. What are China, India and Russia going to do when we rescind our climate agreements?

Healthcare in America was broken, millions were uninsured and at risk of bankruptcy or premature death. What do Republicans want? Removal of ACA. Millions will go uninsured. There won't be another meaningful attempt at covering Americans without healthcare for a generation, at least, given what type of reception the completely milquetoast ACA got. The Supreme Court. Republicans broke historic norms here and refused to seat Obama's candidate. They'll be rewarded for this in the short term, and we'll get someone as dumb as Thomas and as cruel as Scalia. Social justice issues will take a 3 decade step back, almost overnight. This person will be there for a generation. This precedent may break the court, as factions in the government stall nominations indefinitely.

A radicalized congress. With no check on Ryan and the house, they can push through their dream package of legislation. "Religious Liberty" laws, that institutionalize discrimination. Massive tax cuts to the wealthy that will raise our national debt, which will then be used in turn to raise our retirement age and cut medicare benefits. Naked class warfare. This is a fundamental break of the social contract that Americans have enjoyed since the great depression.

Republicans think BLM is a domestic terror group. They think police officers shouldn't be recorded. You think a Trump Justice Department will look at issues of systematic racism in policing or voter suppression? Communities of color are on their own. You can't compromise with people who live in their own reality. There is no "common ground". We can talk about why they believe what they do, but from a policy standpoint, IT DOES NOT MATTER. They must be opposed, on everything. This won't be W2: "The Wrath of Cheney." (Jesus, who thought we'd ever hope for that). It won't. It's worse. Much worse. The country will survive, but from a government functioning standpoint, it'll be a harsher, less forgiving, more racist, more environmentally irresponsible place, and we may never recover.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

How does anyone take this shit seriously?

As ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse of children, cover-ups and avoidance of justice climb the hierarchy of the Catholic church to implicate Pope Benedict himself, the head of the Vatican's tribunal has taken the unprecedented step of publicly reinforcing the Pope's status not as father of the church but as a head of state - and thus immune from prosecution.

During his tenure as archbishop of Munich, Pope Benedict XVI participated in the decision to move a priest accused of sexual molestation to his diocese to undergo "therapy." The priest was then reassigned and committed more abuse. Benedict (at the time Archbishop Joseph Rat singer) was involved in the 1980 decision to move the priest from a church in Essen, Germany, to Ratsi's rectory in the Munich region. The kid toucher was subsequently allowed to continue pastoral duties, during which he committed new abuses for which he was convicted by a court in 1986. All of this is in keeping with decades of similar conduct by the US church officials. Most recently the gay prostitution ring in the Vatican itself continues to show that religion is rotten to the core. Even the Pope’s brother, Father Georg Ratzinger, has admitted he hit (on) choir boys. Italian priest Father Amorth said in response to the most recent scandal to hit the Vatican: ”The Devil lives in the Vatican. Naturally it’s difficult to find proof, but the true consequences are visible. We have cardinals who don’t believe in Christ, bishops connected with demons. Then we have these stories of paedophilia. You can see the rot when we speak of Satan’s smoke in the holy rooms of the Vatican.” Unintentional truth can be the best kind.


Sadly, he follows this bit of truth with holy roller nitwittery so as to undermine it: Amorth claims to have participated in 70,000 exorcisms.
Isn’t the transparent lie enough to show this is a bullshit? Dealing with 70,000 “Demonic possessions” means 4 a day, every day for 50 years. Seems like that much demonic possession would have made a few ripples outside the amorphous church world, but no.

Monday, January 11, 2010

God Wants me to Travel First Class

stuck in the middle with you

Michael S. Steele, Republican National Committee chairman, is using his title to market himself for paid appearances nationwide, personally profiting from speeches with fees of up to $20,000, an unusual practice criticized by a string of past party chairmen. Mr. Steele, who vigorously campaigned for the $223,500-a-year RNC post, is working with at least four agencies to book speaking engagements. He charges between $8,000 and $20,000 for an address, plus first-class travel and lodging expenses.

"Holy mackerel, I never heard of a chairman of either party ever taking money for speeches," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., RNC chairman under President Reagan. "[B]eing national chairman was and is a full-time job," Mr. Fahrenkopf said. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson, who served in that position from 1997 to 2000 and was President George W. Bush's Veterans Affairs secretary from 2005 to 2007, said the job "demands so much of your time that you can work 24/7 and not get everything done, so taking time out to speak for the benefit of one's own bank account is not appropriate."

It's OK though, because Jeezus wants him to do it.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's a terrible thing to live in fear

Another asshole from South Carolina

Our chief weapon is fear...fear and resentment.
Fear and resentment.... Our two weapons are fear and resentment...and anger.
Our *three* weapons are fear, resentment and anger...and an almost fanatical devotion to self-deception....
Our *four* *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, resentment.... I'll come in again.

“I just hope the Congress, the Senate and the president recognize that people are afraid of what's going on.” All fear all the time is what the Republicans want. Everyone should be afraid of everything except whatever bullshit policy the republicans are cramming down our throats at any given time.

The middle aged white person temper tantrum show of 2009 must be read in context: The Republicans have governed won elections for so long using these three four weapons that they cannot understand how the dems and the voters will not respond to them now.

Of course the Congress still does, because they are led by DINO cowards Reid and Pelosi and crippled by blue dog "democrats" that vote republican.

The WH seems to capable of standing up to them in some ways. I wonder what's different about this president that he could confront a large powerful organization designed to generate and multiply fear and resentment.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Moving quickly, Brooks slammed his metal-topped cane onto the unsuspecting Sumner's head.

the fish stinks from the head

Republican Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina heckled the president of the United States from the floor of the House during a joint session of Congress this evening, screaming "You lie!" while the President addressed Republican spin regarding medical benefits to immigrants.

This is not the first time that representatives from South Carolina have disgraced Congress.

In May, 1856, Senator Charles Sumner of Masschusetts gave a speech describing slavery as a harlot, comparing South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler with Don Quixote for embracing it, and mocking Butler for a physical handicap. Three days later, Congressman Brooks advanced on Sumner while he worked at his desk in the Senate chamber and beat him into unconsciousness. Brooks continued to strike Sumner's prone and unconscious form until he snapped his cane in two. Fellow South Carolinian Congressman Laurence Keitt brandished a pistol to repel anyone attempting to stop the attack.

The next part of the story reflects the true honor and chivalry of the gentleman from South Carolina. Massachusetts congressman Anson Burlingame was a vocal critic of the attack. When Burlingame denounced Brooks as a coward on the floor of the House, Brooks challenged him to a duel, and Burlingame accepted the challenge. Burlingame, as the challenged party, specified rifles as the weapons, and to get around anti-dueling laws he named the Canadian side of Niagara Falls as the site. Brooks backed out of the challenge, claiming that he would be murdered on his way north. Burlingame's reputation as an avid deer hunter and a deadly shot with a rifle could also have been a factor.

Monday, September 7, 2009

He was once a professor, you know

Right wing douchebags are right to tremble with uncontrollable pants-wetting fear about indoctrination by Obama in his upcoming speech to schoolchildren. He is sincere, intelligent, articulate, charming, and persuasive - all the things the Boy King of Crawford was not.

President Obama's advice and ideas are likely to be considered (and well received) by anyone with an open mind.

George Herbert Walker Bush, St. Ronnie, and duhbew all made appearances with schoolkids. Hey Republicans, how'd that work out for you?

Monday, June 29, 2009

This Little Thing Of Ours

HUGE tracts of land

This article was published in 2003. On reading it, the question immediately jumped to my mind: Where are the assholes profiled in the story now? What damage have they done to our country since their little cult of fundamentalist lunacy was disclosed?

hiking the trail

Well, La Casa Nostra is still going strong, as Ensign and Sanford are made men in that Family.

cashed in his chips

The circumstances about Republican Senator John Ensign's confession of breach of trust, adultery and deceit are surprisingly similar to those of current republican hypocrite Mark Sanford. During the Lewinsky scandal a decade ago, Ensign voted to remove the president from office, and Sanford also voted to remove Clinton from office. When other prominent politicians got caught in sex scandals, Ensign went on the attack, and Sanford also went on the attack. Ensign is an evangelical Christian who has promoted the "sanctity" of marriage; Sanford is an evangelical Christian who has promoted the "sanctity" of marriage. Additional hypocrite republicans who had no problem legislating private behavior until they were caught include Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, Mark "Turn the Page" Foley and "Diaper Dave" Vitter.

diaper dandy

These men are in the party that pushed to amend the Consitution to protect "the sanctity of marriage" but who are so afraid of the constitutional frailty of legislating religious claptrap that they also moved to strip the courts of jurisdiction to hear cases relating to it.

im in yr base, bangin yer wife

These are the people running our country. They see no irony in using the Mafia, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and Pol Pot as their role models; nor in

lumping Jesus in with that group.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Coming soon to a fiction section near you.

The Republican wingnut welfare circle jerk continues: Dick Cheney is now writing a book for which Threshold Editions, the imprint headed by Mary Matalin, his close friend and adviser, will pay him TWO MILLION DOLLARS.
hiding behind the flag
Karl Rove's book will also be published by Threshold.
Karl searches for his decency
Matalin will then herself or through her minions pimp the books on TV and in print. Some other RNC cash cow/stooge will preorder a shitwagon full of the book to gin up a phony NYT "bestseller" claim. The republican corporate welfare handout continues unabated.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Oh Lord, Won't You Buy me a Mercedes Benz?

turd pail in

Alaska's First Cuckold Turd Palin disliked daughter Bristol's ex-fiance Levi Johnston so much that he offered to buy his daughter a car if she split from the moronic high school dropout. The 19-year-old putative father of "Bristol's" five-month-old son puked up the spew on his rocky relationship with the Wasilla hillbilly clan in a soon-to-be published interview in GQ -- and said that even though he would not be able to read it, he felt others should know that his would-be family values father-in-law was so desperate to send him (fudge) packing that he tried to bribe his irresponsible dick addict daughter with a car on multiple occasions. The unemployed self-proclaimed "fucking redneck" made a poor impression on the family of McCain candidacy killer Sarah Palin -- but slutty teen mom Bristol refused to stop fucking the brain dead sperm donor until their inevitable breakup in March.

The split caused infighting between the two trailer trash families -- and the Johnstons went public with their gripes over custody and child support. "I'd give anything for [Tripp], to really be his father," Levi said during a television interview in March. "[There are] a lot of changes when you're a party to a fraudulent scheme to conceal your girlfriend's mom's illegitimate baby. When you hold him for the first time, you know, I don't do a lot of things I used to anymore, like the meth I bought from my aunt."

Bristol's butt-nuggeted moose hunting ex went on a media blitz after the break up so he could "show that everyone in both familiies are complete and total fucknuckles." he said.