Friday, October 2, 2015

The 2nd Amendment is a Suicide Pact but, oh well "Stuff Happens"

"There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact." - Justice Robert H. Jackson
Apropos of Justice Jackson's observation, the Second Amendment is, in fact, a Suicide Pact. The Cult of the Gun has taken over the United States and distorted the Second Amendment through parsing, legal rigamarole, obfuscation, deliberate lies, outright evil falsehoods, and disingenious argument reductio de absurbmentum and created a society in which common sense and strict enforcement of anti-gun legislation is impossible and brought the entire Nation down a repeating destructive path.

An armed society is not a polite society. It is a murderous, trigger happy, edgy, nervous society. So, we are witness to the spectacle of the Mass Shooting Gun Humping Maniac Dance. A killer armed with a Gun kills 9 and wounds 17 more at an Oregon Community College and immediately the Gun Nuts demand more Guns.

The Cult of the Second Amendment is one of those National Delusions and Insanities that overcomes a people from time to time.

Rereading Charles Mackey's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, the current thinking re: the 2A is strikingly similar to the madness of Duelling which Europe suffered through for centuries.

Meanwhile after every shooting, the Republican response is to provide the literal least they can to the vicitms, as they offer up their 'Thoughts and Prayers' and proclaim this is not the time to talk about Gun Control as we're all too emotional. So, get used to get. Sandy Hook didn't change anything. In fact it made the situation worse as gun laws were loosened everywhere and gun humping lunatics flooded youtube, twitter, and facebook with Sandy Hook was a Hoax videos.

Even now, on-line stories are flooded with gun humping nuts who proclaim and chant the received wisdom, Holy Second Amendment! Gun Laws don't Stop Gun Rampages! And We, the People are held hostage to the Gun Nuts insanity as we wait for the next mass shooting at a yoga studio, grade school, or military base.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Conservatives hate Catholics and threaten to assassinate Pope Francis

Since Pope Francis' elevation to the Papacy, the White Power Right-Wingers in America and their Party, the Republicans, have been gnashing their teeth and getting angrier and angrier at Il Papa. Now, on the eve of his visit, Conservatives are threatening to assassinate the Pope.

Conservatives have historically always hated Catholicism. But, in the 1980's Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II made common cause and hard right-wing views inflitrated and corrupted the Church. Any American Catholic not accepting the vicious right-wing Agenda was a "cafeteria catholic" and a traitor to the faith.

Today, Pope Francis is reversing that trend, pointing out the Church should be helping the poor, speaking out against runaway Income Inequality and Vulture Capitalism, while addressing Climate Change. Pope Francis has also relaxed rules on women receiving absolution for abortions and to ease restrictions on Marriage Annulments.

These changes do not sit well in Right-Wing America. Conservatives love Cut-Throat Capitalism, hate the poor, want Women punished, and are reflexively against addressing Climate Change because Liberals are for it. All of these things hurt people and Conservatives love to hurt people.

But, as with the Rise of Trump, the White Power Right-Wingers are feeling more and more comfortable with demanding their Republican Party, begin to follow through and deliever the U.S. Government back into the hands of the White Supremacists, which has been one of the carrots Republicans have dangled in order to secure the bigot vote.

Sarah Palin complaining that the Pope sounds "too liberal" and the Republicans in Congress pulling a ceremonial bill congratulating the Pope on his elevation to Saint Peter's Chair weren't enough.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has invited Pope Francis for a one-on-one meeting and this is infuriating to Conservatives. Now, the National Review Online, (the link goes to the Booman Tribune not the odious racist NRO) is trying to craft a narrative to justify a conservative assassination attempt on the Pope. The NRO article basically culls an article by Maureen Mullarkey which proclaims Pope Francis is Mussolini and Peron and notes,
She is not the first, nor should she be the last to notice the violence that lurks within Francis’ rhetoric.
Just recently NRO called Bernie Sanders a Nazi because conservatives love to call people Fascist in order to diffuse and distract away from the fact right-wing policies are fascist.
"It’s clear to me that the Code of Canon Law, Canon 915, says that a Catholic politician who publicly espouses positions that are contrary, not just to any teachings of the Church, but to serious moral teachings, should not receive Holy Communion until they recant those positions publicly," Bishop Michael Sheridan responded. "Voters needs a little bit more nuance, because there the question is, are we voting for those politicians precisely because of their positions on those non-negotiable issues? Here is what I would say: It would be very difficult for me to understand how, if there are two candidates quite far apart in their positions on these matters, I could vote for the one who consistently opposes these Church teachings, simply because he might be in favor of a few good things."
 You see in the article by right-wing drone Terry Jeffrey quoting conservative Bishop Sheridan, was about Vice President Joe Biden, being denied communion under the Papacy of Benedict XVII but of course nowadays with Pope Francis such appeals are ignored by Republican Catholic politicians who simply tell Francis to shut up because they don't want to hear him.

Conservatives are rapidly causing a schism in the Evangelical/Catholic Voting Block which they've enjoyed since the Reagan/Thatcher/John Paul II days.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chicken Hawk Donald Trump likens his New York school days to Vietnam

The New York Times, a bastion of Trump Love, is running a story on Donald Trump upcoming Biography (to be released on September 22nd). First off, I knew Trump's run was, most likely, some scheme to fleece the conservative rubes once more, which is why I haven't really written anything on him. But, the piece might be the missing scale in TRUMP/SMAUG's impenetrable hide.

The funny thing is somewhere along the way, the conservative rubes have become tired of the rhetoric and no-action from the Republican Party. You can only claim Obama/Hitler is fundamentally destroying America so many times before your devotees begin to wonder why you aren't doing something about it.

So, it's no wonder that the establishment Plutocracy choices for President ("Jeb" Bush or Scott Walker) are not polling well. The rabid conservative base wants a President who is going to stomp on gay people, deport the Mexicans, eliminate the social safety net for blacks, and reconstruct the White Power Nation they so fervently desire.

Trump has been saying out loud and loudly what white power conservatives want to hear. Every attack on Trump strengthened him, every mention of his name even in the most negative of connotations or tone propelled his Make America Great brand stronger.

Until, perhaps, now. I saw a Tweet by 2016 Illinois Senate Winner Tammy Duckworth, thanking Trump for his "service" and found the New York Times story.

From 1959 to 1964, Donald Trump attended New York Military Academy, after graduating in 1964 Trump ensured he received several deferments, including ones for "heel spurs" on both feet, before receiving a high final draft number.

Trump, never content, has likened his time in School to actually being in the military. Here's what Trump has to say about his avoidance of the draft and Vietnam,
"My number was so incredible, and it was a very high draft number. Anyway, so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people..." 
And it doesn't matter to Trump because like everything he does he does it better, as he had "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military."
Now, I don't think this will hurt Trump with his Right-Wing White Power Fan Base. Conservatives gleefully voted for Chicken Hawk 5 Deferment Dick Cheney and W(orst POTUS in History) both times.

White Power Right-Wingers bounded into the voting booth to elect Mitt Romney, who likened his time in France to being exactly the same as being in French-Indochina, and whose 5 Sons all eschewed Military Service during, what conservatives call, the Greatest War Since Ronnie Raygun defeated the Soviet Union.

The Republican Party is replete with Chicken Hawk Warmongers. Trump fits right in and Conservatives will gladly vote for him and shout "White Power!"

Monday, September 7, 2015

Questions Mount in The Death of Fox Lake Police Officer Joe Gliniewicz

Update:I've sat on this for a while, but now that the
news media is reporting on it, there are mounting questions concerning whom exactly is responsible for the Death of Joe Gliniewicz. Because of the failures with the search for the suspects and internal investigations involving the Fox Lake Chief, the on-going investigation has not ruled out suicide or, even worse, Blue-on-Blue murder. I can only hope no Fox Lake Officer was involved but, as the media digs it's becoming frighteningly possible that this was not the murder we thought it was.

Today was the funeral procession for slain Fox Lake Police LT Charles Joesph Gliniewicz. Over 1000 Police Vehicles and several thousand police officers attended. You know who wasn't there?  Sean Hannity, Charles Krauthammer, Racist Limbaugh, Erick Erickson, Ben Shapiro, or any of the Faux News bigots or right-wing internet trolls.

Because LT Joe Gliniewicz's murderous assailants don't fit the race baiting narrative the right wing media is attempting to craft. See 2 of the 3 suspects, obliquely referred to in this Washington Times article as Suspicious Men (without a description), are white.

So, it runs counter to the ratfucking of #BlackLivesMatter and the War on Cops narrative the Incestuous Right-Wing Media is trying to create.

It's the same reason Faux News and the Right-Wing Media didn't proclaim the War on Cops when conservative second amendment heroes Jerad and Amanda Miller killed 2 Police Officers in Las Vegas declaring, "This is the beginning of the revolution!" or when Richard Poplawski assassinated 3 Pittsburgh Officers in 2009 because he feared President Obama's Coming Gun Ban.

Conservatives don't care about Joe Gliniewicz. All they care about is using the deaths of Police Officers to advance the Right-Wing Agenda of Oppression and Intolerance. What they support is the Legal System of Law & Order; the use of Police Power and Authority to Oppress and Advance White Supremacy.

On-Line Conservatives have rushed to demand President Obama denounce the attacks on Police Officers, pointing out Barack made comments after Trayvon Martin's death. When the President's numerous comments denouncing the attacks are referenced, right-wing internet scolds cry 'Bullshit!' because it undermines what they desparately want to believe.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Conservatives love when Cops are killed as they ramp up the Republican War on Police Officers

"I suspect some of the police may actually even be fans of Rage Against the Machine. I suspect some of the police come from working class and middle class backgrounds like we do and like you do. I suspect the Cops here today have much more in common with this band, with you people than with the people of the RNC." - Tom Morello addressing the People protesting the RNC on 09/02/08.
Conservatives don't give a shit about Individual Officers. Everytime they speak it's about "The Police" or "Officers" plural.
"Cops across this country are feeling the assault. They’re feeling the assault from the president. From the top on down, as we see — whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore — the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement." - Senator Ted Cruz.
And immediately conservatives swallow Cruz and regurgitate his Right-Wing crafted talking points. The Republican Party strategy has been to bitch and moan, whine and cry, day in- day out everyday of Obama's Presidency. They know it's a winning strategy. Eventualy, all the phony poutrage and faux scandals they craft out of nothing will catch the Media's attention who will sagely wrinkle their brows and report on the growing controversy, as though outright Republican lies and fabricated conservative falsehoods should be treated as credible. It worked during the Clinton Presidency leading to a bogus impeachment and allowed the Criminal Bush/Cheney Cabal to run on bringing back honor to the White House, which was besmirched immediately when Al Gore the Winner of the 2000 Presidential Election was denied the Office by the Right-Wing Stooges in the SCOTUS.

Now, Republicans and conservatives don't actually care about individual Officers. Cops as a monolith. Law Enforcement as a solid undifferentiated block. What Conservatives can never mention is individuality. Because the individual is anathema to the Republican Agenda.

What Republicans actually support is the euphemistic phrase Law & Order; i.e. using the Police to, oppress minorities, enforce intolerance against those oustide the main stream, and advance the agenda of the Plutocracy.

As Nixon's special longtime Presidential Assistant John Ehrlichman revealed,
"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news."
The only individual Cops that Conservatives like are dead ones. Because Republicans are grave robbers and cheap fakes, who cram their right-wing words into the mouths of the dead. Using the dead to advance their agenda is the hallmark of American Conservatives.

It's disgusting. It's cheap. It's tawdry. It is who they are...

Like Benghazi, Republicans who beat their breast, tear at their hair, bemoan and wail at Obama's War on the Police can't tell you the names of any Officer. All they can do is cut-and-paste facebook memes.

Individual Police Officers are of no use to the Republican Party because an individual can waiver in his political views and not toe the right-wing line.  Republicans have the same view of the Military and Veterans.

Conservatives don't care about Veterans but, only about the Military-Industrial-Complex. Conservatives recoil when a Hero, like Pat Tillman turns out to be a complicated individual who doesn't swallow the right-wing pablum which keeps conservatives returning time and time and time again to their Republican Masters.

What's actually happening is Republican Policies are responsible for the deaths of Police Officers. Guns everywhere laws have demonstrably not made Americans safer. Murders are down from the high point but, overall gun deaths consistently top 32,000 a year in America. And it's the ease of access to guns that is putting Officers lives at risk.

Additionally, Republican economic policies create impoverished areas and off-shored Tens of Millions of manufacturing jobs; which used to be in the urban areas. Republican draconian drug policies incentivize drug dealing, usually the only jobs left in abandoned urban areas.Republican DoD budgets and Wars based on Lies swindled Trillions of Dollars from the American People. Republican deregulation of Wall Street led to the Housing Bubble, the 2007 Republican Recession and wiped out Trillions in savings and assets for the Middle and Working Class.

And all these Republican Party Policies, crafted to benefit the Very Rich are putting Police Officers lives at risk. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Obama thinks he's better than McKinley!

"Denali... the great one, soaring under the midnight sun." - Sarah Palin (I prefer William Shatner's spoken word rendition of Palin's word salads) 
The Right-Wing outrage machine is the cure to the world's energy crisis. It never stops and is powered by nothing.

Over at NationalReview you can catch a whiff of the insanity which permeates all levels of the American Right-Wing. But, there are numerous posts in the incestous right-wing internet bubble, which have generated a limitless supply of conservative vitriol and hate.

It doesn't matter that Alaskans wanted to return to the mountain to it's original name, it doesn't matter that President McKinley never set foot on the mountain, it doesn't matter that the only reason Denali wasn't renamed 30 years ago was a Parlimentary procedural move by a single Ohio Republican in Congress, it doesn't matter that Congress delegated to the Department of the Interior the authority to make this decision over 60 years ago.

No, the only thing that matters is getting conservatives frothing at the mouth, taking to their keyboards to rage amongst themselves, to decry King Obama, to make oblique threats, to cross reference one another's rage while their political Masters, the Republican Party, feeds their violent stupidity and active ignorance

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guns and Pot are for White People only

Guns are a Natural Right which belongs only to White People. The only Gun Control which will be instituted in this Country will be for persons of color and muslims.

The latest Senational Shooting (Note: I did not watch any video I will not watch any associated video) was perpetrated by a Black Man, as he murdered two former white colleagues On Air, while wounding another woman. The Killer also separately recorded the killings and posted them to Social Media before taking his own life. Immediately the Right-Wing Internet Wurlitzer went into Outrage Mode over the Race Murder as Breitbart called it. Gun Maniacs immediately took to their platforms to call for the arming of Reporters.

Of course, Gun Nuts are always primed for the next shooting, so that they can get ahead of the calls for Gun Control and shut down debate. But, they needn't bother.

The Gun Control Debate is finished in this country. The observation that Gun Control effectively ended after We, as a People decided killing 20 Children at Sandy Hook in Connecticut was acceptable is absolutely correct. But, there is the possibility rabid reactionary right-wingers might be able to disarm Minorities.

As such Conservatives have taken it upon themselves to restrict access to Muslims. Mainly these incidents (A, B, C, D) appear to be political theater. But, they serve as a reminder of what Take Back America and Make America Great Again actually mean.

It's a demand by White People to be placed into Positions of Social Power again. To be assured of authority based on racial lines, with a egalitarian helpful government towards whites, ensuring a solid 30 year job and educational advances for their children, while actively suppressing progressive gains for The Other.

This is sometimes called Natural Rights, by on-line Conservatives who want to appear intelligent and educated as they try to claim to be more than just pawns of the Rich and Powerful doing the bidding of their Plutocratic Masters. However, just as with the use of the label Classical Liberal, it's a cover term for White Supremacy (not all White Supremacists are Conservative but all Conservatives are White Supremacists). And the whine of white conservatives who are upset the Government and the 1% have broken the White Power Social Contract with them.

When a Gun Nut marches around brandishing a weapon next to a school, or little league baseball field, or in an airport, the white male (cause it's always a middle-aged white guy) is relying on the tacit White Power Social Contract. He isn't a criminal (that's the blacks), he isn't a terrorist (that's the muslims).

Additionally, while Pot has being decriminalized completely in Washington and Colorado and partially in many other States, don't be an unarmed black person killed by a murderous white gun maniac because then the fact you have cannabis in your "system" will be used by the Racist Right-Wing Media to smear you after your death. Because after the Police or self-appointed Watch Captains, gun down an Unarmed Black Person, the first thing to be released is a toxicology report for the dead.

Right-Wing Reactionary Assholes have been demonizing Black and Brown people for a hundred years over the demon weed.

A century ago, William Randolph Hearst used his media empire to publish article after article that Cannabis made Blacks and Mexicans violent, while also emboldening them to look askew at White Women.

Today, Rupert Murdoch and the Right-Wing Media uncritically publish every Police Department's report which declares the unarmed black person killed by Police Officers had Cannabis in their system, giving the black Super-Powers to Shrug off bullets, thus exonerating the Police.

For a group who declares Real Americans can't trust the Government conservatives greedily swallow every Report and every Acquittal of Criminal Cops. However, this becomes easy to understand when one realizes that Conservatives love when Police Officers murder black people.

Because, the underlayment of every Conservative argument, every conservative internet website, every on-line right-wing story is an ardent longing for America of Yesteryear, in which Whites were in Charge and the Nation, Government, City and County were aligned to support White People from the Cradle to the Grave.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Republicans hate and wish violence upon Teachers

Of course, Republicans hate Teachers, the profession is mainly comprised of strong independent women, a group by and large which is anathema to the Monstrous Conservative Id which is consuming their Party.

In late 1675, King Charles II of England moved to outlaw Coffee Houses as dens of sedition and sappers of workmen's energies;
[M]any Tradesmen and others, do therein misspend much of their time, which might and probably would otherwise be imployed in and about their Lawful Callings and Affairs; but also, for that in such Houses diverse False, Halitious and Scandalous Reports are devised and spread abroad, to the Defamation of His Majestie’s Government...
King John Kasich of Ohio has a similar plan with Teacher's Lounges,
"So if I were, not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers' lounges, where they sit together and worry about, 'Woe is us.'"
It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious to observe the morphing of the Republican Party into its' direct opposite now that the Republicans are and wholly owned and operated by the Plutocracy and support Absolutism and the Rule of the Few.

But, it was the first part of Kasich's comment which revealed why King John of Ohio would move to eliminate Teacher's Lounges
"I’ll tell you what the unions do, unfortunately too much of the time. There’s a constant negative comment, ‘They’re going to take your benefits, they’re going to take your pay,'"
Of course, Kasich's comment is ironic because that is, in fact, what he and every other Republican is trying to do. Kasich as the quiet underdog, whom many in the RNC hope will emerge from the tRump Ordeal as the next genial Republican bumpkin President has been as much of a Plutocratic bully, seeking to impose Conservative Agenda of Oppression, Intolerance, and Adulation of the Rich upon the United States for the last 25 years, as any other Republican.

Modern Teachers Unions are powerful, one of the last powerful Unions in existence and Unions are the last group who rountinuely stands up to the Rich. The NEA (and sister organizations) are well organized for such large groups, so, naturally the Republicans, as Guard Dogs of the Rich and Champions of Misogyny, spit hatred and wish violence upon them.

The also-ran Republican Candidates for President see the monstrous Conservative Id released by Donald Trump and recognize they need to feed the beast in order to have a chance at stealing the Presidency.

Tough-Guy wannabe Chris Christie, has no chance of being President in 2016. Christie, who looked so formidable in 2012, with Koch Brother backing, flamed out just like the other famous nazi gasbag in his State. Whatever Oppo Research Mitt Romney unearthed in 2012 and the despicable misuse of his Office in ordering the closure of the Fort Lee Lanes on the GW Bridge have burst his aspirations.

Nonetheless, faux tough guy Christie can still be counted upon to attack Teachers. When Jake Tapper asked Christie who on the national level deserves a punch in the face, without pausing Christie replied, "Oh the National Teachers Union..." Christie then placed the laurels upon his own head as he recounted his life & death struggles against Teachers since 2009, "I have got the scars to show it."

Fortunately, Christie has no chance at being either the President or Vice-President. Now, one of the real threats to win the nomination, after the Monster of Conservative Id Trump bows out having snookered a cool Billion in PAC donations, is Scott Walker.

Scott Walker earned his right-wing bona fides destroying Wisconsin Education and attacking Teachers Unions. Walker's entire tenure has been the enactment of the Plutocracy's Neo-Feudal Agenda;
  • When asked how he would turn Wisconsin into a Right-to-Work-For-Less State, Walker had no qualms about proclaiming he'd use "Divide and Conquer" tactics.
  • When asked how he'd deal with a Terrorist threat like ISIS, Walker noted, "If I can take on  100,000 protesters I can do the same across the world."
  • And in his most recent sham spectacle, Walker bristled with false swagger, telling a small group of protesters, "I will not be intimidated. I am not intimidated by you."
Thus, we can see Republican hatred of Teachers is a by product of the Plutocracy's Agenda for America; the Creation of the NeoFeudalist State. The destruction Unions is a prime goal of recreating the America of Yesterday the Rich crave; the America in which Wage Slaves are shackled into Corporate Bondage and the Political Parties use the Awesome Power of the Government to ensure the Social Darwnian Natural Order of Society.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Aaron Schock doesn't want you to know what Crimes he pulled as a Congressman

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has claimed 5th Amendment protections for documents, papers and correspondence generated from his Congressional Office.
"No court has recognized that a public official (specifically a U.S. Representative) has a constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment to avoid the compelled production of publicly-funded, non-private, public or official records within his official (specifically his official congressional) office," Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass said.
What's that? You're stunned Faux News isn't running segment after segment about the criminal malfeasance of a Congressman? And the efforts to get obvious official public documents hidden from the eyes of the public? Then you must be unfamiliar with the acronym IOKIYAR.

Schock's profligate ways and dandified airs raised nary a peep of concern over at the conservative media because Schock could be counted on to vote the proper way and advance the Conservative Agenda of Oppression, Intolerance and Adulation of the Rich.

So, now Republican Darin LaHood is most likely going to take Schock's seat and be expected to toe-the-line and if he gets in trouble like Schock, or David Vitter, or Mark Sanford, or Mark Foley, or any of the other Criminal Republicans, Faux News, their conservative drones, and their Plutocratic Masters will ensure the Reactionary Agenda continues moving forward as Conservatives seek to shackle the American People into Corporate Bondage and Wage Slavery.

Cameras in Nursing Homes might have cost Bruce Rauner the Governor's Race

Much of Bruce Rauner's fortune was made from stealing from public employee pensions and from swindling older people.

But, his worst instance of Vulture Capitalism was purchasing nursing homes and setting them up as elder abuse warehouses. Rauner and his Hedge Fund Firm GTCR swooped in and purchased Nursing Homes because a Balanced Budget Law, passed by Congressional Republicans, changed the way Medicare funds were dispersed. The tragedy, misery and tales of criminal actions enabled by Rauner ad his minions were heartbreaking, unless you're a Conseravtive, because right-wingers revel in hurting sick and old people.

Rauner, like all Vulture Capitalists, makes nothing. What the Vultures do is set upon some industry or sector and pick it clean. In Florida Nursing Homes, Rauner slashed budgets, eliminated nurses and healthcare staff and left the elderly inside to die slowly so he could extract maximum profit with a minimum of expense.

Now, as Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner has just signed a Cameras inside Nursing Homes Law. Of course, Rauner didn't originate this law, Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan sponsored this bill which would allow residents and family members of those in nursing homes install (at their expense) cameras inside the rooms.

If Governor Rauner had found a way to veto this bill as too burdensome on businesses I'm certain he would have exercised that option.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Remember when Bowe Bergdahl was a Hero? Shamefully forgotten by Traitor Obama? Well, Donald Trump doesn't!

Now, Bowe Bergdahl is facing the prospect of having President Trump personally execute him?

Here's conservative artist Jon McNaughton's Obamanation Painting. (Used without Permission)

Let's notice a few things. Everything is Obama's fault! See the BP Oil Spill? Obama's Fault!

Even more despicably look at Usama Bin Laden's picture (nearly dead center) and the Jet flying towards UN Headquarters in an obvious attempt to invoke 9/11, along with images of all the Right-Wing phony Obama Scandals.

But, just off the President's right is former POW Bowe Bergdahl. As Donald Trump continues his takeover of the Republican Party it's easy to forget that Bergdahl was at first a brave warrior left to rot by the scurrilous President Obama and then a terrible traitor worse than Benedict Arnold when his release was secured by that cad President Obama. So quick was the right-wing reaction, that conservatives and Republican politicians quickly back-tracked and scrubbed any positive mention to Bergdahl on their websites and election materials.

Well, Trump has resurrected Bergdahl only to pantomime shooting him dead,
"We get a traitor like Berghdal, a dirty rotten traitor, who by the way when he deserted, six young beautiful people were killed trying to find him. And you don’t even hear about him anymore. Somebody said the other day, well, he had some psychological problems. You know, in the old days ……bing – bong. When we were strong, when we were strong."
And this coming so soon after Trump ridiculed John McCain and saw his poll number sky-rocket. Conservatives love Trump's message, this is just another in the long line of Conservative un-Values.
Remember the Right supposedly is in awe and reveres the Troops. But, just as when Mitt Romney couldn't differentiate between Military Members and the Military-Industrial-Complex,
"When you give a speech, you talk about things you think are important... I didn’t use the word troops, I used the word military, and I think [giggles] they refer to the same thing.” - Mitt Romney.
Or the gross misogyny directed at the two Female Army Rangers, Conservatives only support Troops and Veterans who help advance their agenda of Intolerance, Oppression and Adulation of the Rich. This is why Donald Trump is doing so well, Donald Trump is American Conservatism. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Safer with a gun? (A response to Charles Hanna of West Dundee, Illinois)

Here is Mr. Charles Hanna of West Dundee, letter to the Chicago Tribune Voice of the People August 17, 2015:
It's 2 a.m. You and your family are asleep upstairs. You hear glass breaking and footsteps downstairs. You instruct your wife to dial 911. At the moment, you wouldn't want a gun near your bedside? (Statistically, it doesn't matter, right?)
Well, Statistically it does matter. Because guns in homes are far more often used to murder family members than kill Home Invaders.

So, here's a retort Charles.

Your wife is on the phone with 911. The Police are minutes away. You've got seconds. You pull out your P229.357 Sig Sauer from the nightstand, press check to make sure there's one in the chamber, and head downstairs. You don't turn on the lights because that will alert the Home Invader. You still hear noise downstairs. You spy the figure of a silhouette in the kitchen. You take aim and pull the trigger. And murder your teenage daughter. Because she went out while you were sleeping and when she tried to sneak back in accidentally knocked over a glass vase.

And this isn't even a fictional account.

Gun Cultists are always hyping the Two A.M. Scenario for the same reason Gun Nuts fabricate the claim that guns are used literally millions of times a year to stop crimes. It's also why the Republican Party bars the CDC from collecting data on injuries and deaths due to firearms. Profit.

Because insane Gun-Humping Fanatics, encouraged by deceitful NRA leadership and callous Lobbyists for the Firearms Industry, don't want Americans to know the Truth About Guns; that Guns kill more than 30,000 Americans and wound Thousands more every year, so the blood-soaked Gun Industry can continue to make Millions of Dollars of the Deaths of Americans.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cops have been turned into Toll Collectors and Leg-Breakers

Having worked The Job for many years, one of decisions I've seen many Departments adopt is the use of Police Officers as an additional source of revenue for the Village coffers.

While Broken Windows tasked Police Officers with treating everyone living in certain areas, usually People of Color as potential criminals, most Departments also have policies on the books so Officers treat the people, they are ostensibly tasked with protecting and serving, as ATMs.

Jaywalking? $50. Underage drinking? $100. Cannabis smoking pipe? Another $100. DUI arrest? Tack on the administrative tow fee. Left wheel to curb? Overnight Parking? 30 minute parking limit? Ca-ching, ca-ching, ca-ching...

From the small Village of Bull Valley, in McHenry County Illinois comes the story of traffic stops by the BVPD using a non-moving infraction as a revenue generator. BVPD is stopping construction vehicles that do not have proper lettering and signage on the side of the vehicle and issuing a Village Ordinance Citation based on State Law 625 ILCS 5/12-713. The problem is even though Illinois Representative Dan Burke said he crafted the changes in the law to allow application to be handed locally instead of through District Courts, the "loop-hole" discovered by Bull Valley's Chief of Police is not against the letter of the law.

Now, why are Police Departments doing this? The reason is simple, taxes are too low on the wealthy and Corporations therefore various Towns need some way to make up budget shortfalls. Especially in Illinois, where for the privilege of having Boening's Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, Boening pays an effective tax rate of near Zero Percent. Other large "Illinois-based" Corporations similarly benefit from tax code legerdemain.

But, despite the retasking Police Officers haven't been able to generate enough! Thus, enter the automated Red Light and Speed Cameras in the City of Chicago and Suburbs. In 2014, Suburban Red Light Cameras took in $12 million. These fines are of course borne dispropotionately by Working Class people driving to and from work.

Turning Cops into Debt and Dues Collectors has been the most wrongheaded decisions adopted by municipalities across the Nation as Villages struggle to meet financial obligations. But, it's only going to increase as the Rich transfer more and more of the financial burden onto the vanishing Middle Class and beleaguered Working Class.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scott Walker's Socialism for the Rich and Cut-Throat Capitalism for the Poor

"Socialism, communism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer." - Hank Steinbrenner, who received $1,200,000,000 Billion Dollars from the taxpayers of the City and State of New York to pay for the building of his baseball stadium.
Here's how Capitalism works in America. When a "private" business wants huge wads of taxpayer "relief" to finance some project, the discussion becomes a lofty, Grandiose debate on Utilitarian Principles and the greatest good for the greatest number; Highlighting the vast network of ancillary benefits to businesses, the community, the neighborhood, and the government. 

Therefore, it's only good and proper the Rich receive help. Also this is not Socialism. But, under Vulture Capitalism when were are talking about helping poor people with food assistance? Well, then the howls of lazy moochers and the mean-spirited tired cliche of 'feeding wild animals makes them too dependent' are trotted out. Also this is Socialism.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his plan to enact Socialism in Wisconsin. It's just that like all Republicans, Scott Walker believes in taking money from the Working Class and giving it to the Plutocracy. Socialism for the Rich and Corporations and Cut-Throat Capitalism for the Poor is the motto of the Modern Republican Party.

After slashing $250 million from the Wisconsin budget for Education, Scott Walker brazenly turned around, and in a massive Pay-to-Play Scam, gave Millionaires (who contributed vast amounts of money to his two election campaigns, recall fight, and Presidential Super PAC) hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to pay for their new Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Stadium.

Scott Walker's entire governorship has been the forcible theft of Public Lands, Resources, and Monies for redistribution upwards to the Rich. That he feels free to do this so brazenly during the run-up to the 2016 Republican Nomination shows, that Walker would steal Billions from the American people writ large and transfer those monies up to the Plutocracy using the Awesome Power of the Federal Government.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Senator Mark Kirk was a lying criminal asshole before his stroke

And is still a lying criminal asshole afterwards.

So it appears that in between calling women "Ho's" and accidentally revealing a lot about Senator Lindsey Graham with his "Bro with No Ho" comment and siding with the 47 Republican Traitors in the Senate in undermining the Diplomatic Triumph of President Obama with Iran, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is dipping into his campaign funds to supplement his income and pay for his healthcare.

First off, how despicable that a Senator who gets ALL his EXPENSIVE Medical Care covered by the U.S. Government while siding with a Party whose sole mission is to eliminate coverage for the old, sick and indigent is also supplementing his care with money he's purloined from his campaign. In 2010 then Congressman Kirk ran for Senate on this slogan, "I’m Mark Kirk and I can’t wait to vote against the health care bill next week."

But, then we already knew Kirk took a non-chalant attitude towards monies which don't belong to him when he paid his former girlfriend with campaign funds. Because Senator Kirk has stolen money from his campaign on previous occasions. In 2010, Kirk used his Senate Campaign to funnel money to his then girlfriend, Dodie McCracken
The girlfriend, Dodie McCracken, who works in public relations, has acknowledged receiving more than $143,000 in fees and expenses for her campaign work. A former live-in girlfriend, she is no longer romantically involved with Kirk, according to a campaign aide.

At the heart of the matter is Vertolli's assertion that the Kirk campaign may have improperly hidden money to McCracken by paying her through another company working for the campaign. Because the money was not paid directly to McCracken, her name does not appear in Kirk's federal disclosures.
Now it appears that Senator Kirk is perfectly content to use funds which he has no right to use. For, you and me that's called Stealing. But, IOKIYAR is the first rule of Right Club.

And You Do Not Talk About Right Club. It's just Standard Operating Procedure for Illinois Republicans. If they aren't molesting little boys (Former Speaker Dennis Hastert), they're getting millions in kickbacks and lavish gifts (Congressman Aaron Shock) or just treating themselves to money which isn't theirs (Senator Kirk).

But, IOKIYAR. Just like when Senator Kirk lied about his military accomplishments, when he "misremembered it wrong" claiming to have been the Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year or in kinda/sorta allowing Illinois Voters to believe he served in Iraq and came under fire when he served in the Navy (Stateside) during the Bush Iraq Debacle.

So, while the Media have been hyperventilating about Donald Trump and his statements which supposedly do not reflect the Republican Party, the repeated despicable comments of so-called moderate Republican Senator Mark Kirk prove the Republican Party is filled with bigots, thieves and lying scumbags. Because stroked-out Senator Kirk has been a lying criminal scumbag for a long time.