Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just so you know MSNBC, African-Americans are way smarter than the RNC and Conservatives are Racists

MSNBC has angered the RNC and conservatives by a tweet,
Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family the tweet read.
MSNBC later apologized. But that's not enough for the aggrieved RNC bigots and right-wing Wurlitzer of outrage.

"Until [Griffin] takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes—not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans—I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC," Reince Priebus said in the memo.

For all their anger over the "Race Card" conservatives play it more often than a Las Vegas Croupier.

Conservatives are the wimpest whinners in the world. Now, it explains why young conservatives eschewed military service during the GWoT as Right-Wing Chicken Hawks: The Next Generation.

But, when it comes to race politics the RNC and conservatives are similutaneously brilliant and blind. They very much resemble the imagine of George W. Bush's America post-9/11, the blinded cyclops, enraged and flailing around.

The problem is conservatives don't know how to talk to African-Americans, not that liberals do either mind you, it's just that Republicans don't know and don't care.

So, much as they have done in other areas which confound their worldview, right-wingers have crafted a fantasy realm in which it's not that African-Americans can clearly see conservative values are evil and will harm them but, that it's a giant conspiracy which has fooled them.

The immediate reaction by conservative bigots to the paucity of Black Republicans is to deride African-Americans as racist. One way they attempt to prove it is by pointing out the disparity in voting records for African-Americans which are heavily weighted towards Democrats over Republicans.

That disparity was overwhelming for the 2008 and 2012 Presidental elections, in which, President Obama won 96% of the African-American vote. 

But, some right-wingers attempt to move beyond the blacks are racist cause they won't vote for whites by proclaiming that Democrats are the Real Racists and have been duping African-Americans all along.

Senator Rand Paul has been peddling this for years and has always received massive applause and acclaim from white conservatives whenever he trots out his tired mantra Democrats are the real racists. But, when Senator Paul took his travelling clown show to Howard University to whitesplain to the assembled students that the Republican Party of the 21st century is the same as the 19th century, "The argument I’m trying to make is we haven’t changed."

Paul went on to cite the evil racist behavior of Democrats from the 1860's and 1890's as evidence and was surprised by the level of knowledge possessed by the Howard students. Senator Paul couldn't name the first African-American elected to the Senate. The crowd at Howard University educated him.

During the 2012 election, Vice President Joe Biden angered the right-wing when he pointed out the Romney/Ryan economic plan was "to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. He is going to put y'all back in chains."

Conservatives were livid and tried to diminish Biden by claiming this was a typical Biden gaffe, but just like the MSNBC tweet the real reason Right-Wingers were upset is because it highlighted the truth of about conservatives values.

However, Biden's insight into conservative values doesn't serve their purposes well enough so conservatives then engage in their next favorite practice making up quotes. Now, Right-Wingers will make up quotes which support their beliefs and they attribute them to the Founding Fathers or Abraham Lincoln but, will invent vile, despicable quotes to use against those who disagree with their evil bigotry.

The current quote which is making the rounds amongst Tea Party Bigots is the LBJ fabrication, "I'll have those n*****s voting Democrat for the next 100 years."

This is an outright lie. It's undercut by the use of 'Democrat', the Right's current favorite way to make a childish taunt against the Democratic Party. But, more tellingly this right-wing radio slander against LBJ is necessary to fit into the conservative worldview.

Conservatives believe that black people are stupid. So it's funny, how the conservative message of, 'Hey, black person if you weren't such a dumbass you'd vote for republicans!' doesn't resonate and win them more votes, but Republicans are conditioned to think whipping and berating their constituents is a good way to garner their vote.

The Second Amendment Wins Again Americans lose... Their lives

"Pro-Second Amendment... There's no place for you in New York?!?" - Sean Hannity, still threatening to leave New York State still not following through...
Is it too soon to adopt gun control regulation in the US? Well, is it?

Because for the Gun Maniacs no amount of dead Americans will ever be enough or will ever provide justification. So, if you think the latest school shooting or mass murder will alter their position you've joined a Cargo Cult.

Perhaps, one would think this a late post about the Maryland Mall shooting where 2 more innocent people were murdered (the killer also took his life) and another person injured. Well, a different pair of men, brothers, were shot and killed over last weekend as well.

In West Virginia, a Second Amendment champion saw two black men behind his home, retrieved his firearm, and from a comfortable distance, pointed the barrel out his window and shot them each to death. The initial story broke that these were two interlopers who violated his land and were breaking into his shed. Except, it turns out the the two murdered men, Carl and Garrick Hopkins, were on property they had purchased, the shed did not belong to the killer and there was no property belonging to the murderer inside the shed.

This was a case of Racist Nervosa, an extremely common condition in America, in which Faux News stories of New Black Panther Party intimidation, Hoodies and Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman provide the necessary Casus Belli for Shoot First, Ask No Questions Later, but be defended tooth and nail by the Right-Wing Wurlitzer of Outrage.

Will pro-gun loons snicker and try to derail gun control talk with more childish clip/mag semantics? Will they attempt to play gotcha by pointing out President Obama has Secret Service agents with (gasp) Guns?!?

Now, the killer in West Virginia is being charged with two counts of first degree murder so the Firearm Fondlers quickly adopt a, 'See he's being punished for his crimes; nothing more to do; move along.'

There's a fundamental disconnect at work in the Gun Control debate. Gun Humpers have adopted an extremist anarcho-libertarian stance similar to those who feel Drunk Driving isn't really a crime unless you damage someones property or run somebody over.

Any Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) will tell you after the fact policing is the least effective way to deter and prevent crime.

As a Nation, we've got to get in front of this epidemic of gun deaths. Only cigarettes, automobiles and marbled rib-eyes kill more Americans than Guns.

Norman Goldman repeatedly states that we are living on hope; Hope that a Second Amendment Hero won't decide today is the day he's going to kill as many people as he can, in a kindergarten, a yoga studio, a Sikh temple, or a darkened movie theater. Goldman also points out that our chattering political class is petrified of the massive out sized influence the NRA, Gun Manufacturers and Firearm Fondlers have over this particular issue.

And with so much anger being bandied about over real and imagined slights and the overall feeling of political helplessness this Nation is a boiling cauldron of Rage... and 300 million guns.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tom Perkins, Peter Schiff and the Plutocrats are Wyrms (SOTU Update)

"Maybe someone who is – what’s the politically correct word, you know, for mentally retarded, I believe in the principles this country was founded on. I’m not going to say that we’re all created equal you’re worth what you’re worth."

The Plutocracy is very very angry. How dare poor people mention Income Inequality! How dare poor people agitate and organize against Fracking! This is Kristallnacht II!
From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent “progressive” radicalism unthinkable now?
Tom Perkins
In 2012, Smaug the Magnificent was listed as the Richest Fictional Character in History. J. R.R. Tolkien wrote of Smaug that when Bilbo Baggins took a small chalice from of "his" hoard Smaug's Rage was the kind which "is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy lose something they have long had but never before used or wanted."

Poor People are Poor for a Reason... namely because they have been robbed for generations by the Rich.

Plutocrats, like the Koch Brothers and Tom Perkins, are fire-breathing Wyrms, destructive, nearly invincible forces which don't create anything but, destroy and destroy and destroy then steal hordes of Capital which they proclaim to be theirs. They poison and destroy people's lives and livelihoods in pursuit of profits. 

While most Plutocrats are content to let their massive Conglomerations and political henchmen do the dirty work of squeezing blood from the poor, Perkins is a rare Plutocrat in that he personally got his hands dirty, or rather the fiberglass hull of his yacht, murdering a Nice Doctor

The Rich been doing it so long and with such deference from their wholly owned Politicians and paid lickspittles, Peter Schiff, Maria Bartiromo, Jim Cramer, Larry Kudlow, Neil Cavuto, Rick Santelli and a host of people willing to sell others into servitude, the Rich believe they owed not only money and power but respect and obsequious deference as well.

Peter Schiff was last seen demanding random working class people give him 15% of whatever they just spent coming out of Wal-Mart (yeah it didn't make sense when he did it and it doesn't make sense when you read it) and telling Occupy Wall Street to get a job.

Since, Ronnie Raygun's placement in the Presidency, Progressives have been fighting a rear-guard action against the Plutocracy and their rapacious ways.

Plutocratic Wyrms were not going to simply sit back and agree that Progressive Victories in the 20th century were the way the World was going to be. Plutocrats have thus been in engaged in a Long March towards returning the World and the people under their Domination.

This is why Occupy Wall Street was such an important new maneuver against the rapacious Rich and why the Rich used their political muscle and Ultra-Reactionary shills to crush Occupy.

Nonetheless, Occupy forced the issue of Income Inequality into the media, who would have been more than content to just remake Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.

And that is what has Tom Perkins so frightened that Progressives are fighting back against the Plutocracy instead of bowing in Awe to their August Majesty.

I! Have had! Enough! of YOU!!!
State of the Union Update:
President Obama has 3 years to attempt to undue the 30 years of Thachter-ite Neoliberal Reaganomics. Our problem today, is not too much or too little Government; it's the focus of 99% of Government time, resources and efforts on the 1%. 

We have two inverted pyramids at work in which the 1% get 99% of Government's attention while the 99% are lucky to get anytime spent by government addressing our concerns.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Joe Walsh rushes to defend Dinesh D'souza One Adulterer aids Another

Former Congressman Joe Walsh who did nothing during his 2 years in Congress except for claiming he got President Obama elected, yelling at uppity female Postal Employees who dared question him and wondered why American Jews don't love Israel has rushed to defend D'inesh D'Souza

Wow... Joe Walsh just discovered the second favorite quote conservatives love to overuse in the hyperbole of Obama=Hitler.

Conservatives have been trotting out their bastardized versions of Pastor Martin Niemöller famous poem throughout President Obama's tenure.

At least this is a real one most of the "quotes" right-wingers love to recite happen to be complete fabrications which sound so correct to conservatives because they're the ones making them up.

When Joe Walsh was my Congressman I used to write him asking him to do "something" about the plummeting home prices and massive number of foreclosed homes in his congressional district. Walsh never replied to my requests. Of course, I found out that Walsh an Adulterer and Deadbeat Dad was in court trying to explain that his Congressional Salary of $174,000 with free taxpayer funded healthcare he was still too poor to pay the $117,000 he owed in back child support. I suppose he was tried of hearing the crap about the Banks causing the Great Republican Recession.

Dinesh is a well known liar, adulterer, and now criminal (i.e. he's a Conservative). Dinesh has been sucking off wingnut welfare for a long time now, after this leftist persecution he'll be able to join the pantheon of Wingnut Heroes like domestic terrorist, chicken hawk child raping Ted Nugent.

Former Governor Bob McDonnell who besides taking hundreds of thousands of dollars of graft while Governor of Virginia also managed to shove through Mandatory Rape Wand legislation.

As always But but but OBAMA!!!1!1! is the first cry of the right-wing wimps every time they get caught in their crimes. Conservatives would be a fucking cosmic joke if they weren't causing so much oppression and destruction to the country.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Conservatives are False Patriots who hate Real Freedom and True Liberty

Like cafeteria patrons they pick and choose from their narrow bigoted idea of Freedom and then seek to subjugate and oppress other Americans who do things they don't like.

An Identification card is not required to live in America. It just isn't; no matter how much the right wants to belabor the facts and bring up non-arguments like air travel and bank accounts. Identification cards are nowhere to be found in the Constitution and have always been ruled as unnecessary for day-to-day life but, are part and parcel of autocratic regimes who wish to subjugate their citizens.

So, conservatives hype a fake problem, Voter Fraud, because their true intention is to restrict the liberty of Americans voting in ways they don't like.

Conservatives hype the threat of muslim extremists and terror attacks while ignoring the massive damage caused by Corporations. Many of which owe no allegiance to the United States.

Al Qaeda could only have dreamed of causing the damage BP did to the Gulf. Freedom Industries poisoned the entire water supply for 300,000 Americans in West Virginia an incident akin to a plot device in a Tom Clancy novel. But, the gall to file for Bankruptcy protection to avoid financial responsibility while, obscuring the true depth of the toxic spill speaks to their comfort in their corporate criminality. Because they knew they could count on Speaker John Boehner crying to the Media to blame that Too Much Regulation and... President Obama were to blame.

Freedom Industries wasn't the only Corporation to pollute with reckless abandon. I've written before about the dumping of petcoke all over the poor residents of Detroit and Chicago by the Koch Brothers. But, during the Republican Government Shutdown, Tesoro Logistics spilled 20,000 barrels of shale oil in North Dakota.

The amount of oil spilled in the U.S. in 2013 surpassed the last four decades combined;
Altogether, 800,000 gallons spilled from US railroads in the years from 1975 to 2010. That data, which comes from the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, does not include records of Canadian spills, some of which are thought to surpass one million gallons spilled on their own. 
In part because of major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, over 1.15 million gallons of crude oil seeped from train cars.
Why? Because fuck regulations that's why. Because conservatives are so duped/ignorant/uncaring that when Republicans say Regulations are bad and liberals like regulations... You don't want to be a liberal? Do you? Liberty-loving conservatives bristle and swell up with false ideals of freedom ignoring the clear and present danger Corporations pose to all Americans.

But, lest one think conservatives are only false patriots when it comes to large macro issues fear not! Conservatives hate freedom and personal liberty of Americans even after your death.

In Texas, there is the case of a woman, Marlise Munoz, who passed away two months ago and who has detailed end-of-life instructions if she is in an inoperative brain dead state. But, her rights and wishes are nothing to conservatives because she is pregnant and conservatives view women as nothing more than husks for growing the next generation of conservatives. Her corpse is being re-animated to be an incubation chamber for a "distinctly abnormal" fetus which is months away from being viable and which is expressly against the wishes of herself, her husband and her family.

This is an extreme example, no doubt, but conservatives love extremism because it helps them in their goals to restrict the liberty and freedom of Americans who do things conservatives don't like.

Conservatives really, really, really hate Sexual Freedom for Americans. They have undertaken a decades long war on Americans, which continues today, in order to dominate and dictate what consenting adults can and can not do.

Conservatives main two targets have been women and homosexuals (as the Duck Dynasty Grifter Bigot episode showed) but, their goal is oppression of All Americans. But, they've been having setbacks as over the last decade oppressive conservative laws have been struck down by the Courts (esp. the 2003 SCOTUS case of Lawerence v. Texas)and legislatures have passed laws mandating equality and liberty for Americans who conservatives don't like.

Mike Huckabee, Faux News luminary, former Governor of Arkansas, and 2016 Presidential hopeful declared conservatives want to give Women freedom from their "libido" by restricting their access to birth control.
"[T]he Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing or them a prescription each month for birth control."
Huckabee suffered from a mental linguistic error combining the terms 'Uncle Sam' and 'Sugar Daddy' resulting in the portmanteua of "Uncle Sugar". Of course, his comments aren't directed at winning over Women but, telling conservatives they are right to Oppress and Subjugate Americans for their sluttly ways.

And when that fails they fall back on the 1st Amendment and complain that "their" religious liberty is being harmed.

What conservatives mean when they cry about their religious liberty is the Freedom to Oppress and Subjugate other Americans who are engaging in activities they don't like. The Religious Freedom conservatives want is the freedom to impose their beliefs onto others.

The 1st Amendment is not an edict for right-wing religious supremacy and with the Government enforcing an Evangelical Inquisition, but that is precisely what Conservatives want.

And then when all their legal rigamarole fails, all their electoral shenanigans are unmasked conservatives implicitly and sometimes explicity indicate they will use the 2nd Amendment to advance their goals of Oppression and Subjugation.

Conservatism is Terrorism.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Advancing the Free Enterprise System upon the backs of the Working Class in 2014

"They don’t have a true free enterprise system." - Representative Paul Ryan. Erstwhile Catholic Paul Ryan shows his true allegiance as he disagrees with The Pope in order to defend his True Lord, the American One Percent.

Paul Ryan's family "made" all their money by government contracts while Ryan himself went on the government dole after a mere 6 months as a "Businessman". Last year during the Republican coup d'état to overthrow Democracy and install Corporate Control of the Nation, Ryan let on to the real reason the Right was and still is trying to sabotage the now wildly successful ACA, "we're not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people."

There are three canards which Right-Wingers repeatedly trot out as the be all, end all; Privatization, Deregulation, and Taxpayer Welfare for the Rich.

What the Republicans and their Moneyed Masters really mean when they recite their mantras is the 1% plans to use the Awesome Power of Government to siphon off money from the from the Poor and Working Class and transfer it to the Rich.

What they seek is giving Corporations and the Rich total economic control over the Nation. The great trick, ALEC and the Rich have pulled is stealing from and oppressing people and getting those people to blame the Government for it.

Freedom Industries poisoned the entire water supply for 300,000 Americans in West Virginia an incident which would have Faux News calling for Jack Bauer to torture every brown person he could find and the Impeachment of President Obama if it was alleged to have been caused by muslim terrorists. Yet, since it was due to the criminal negligence and malfeasance of a Corporation, Speaker of the House John Boehner immediately put the blame on Too Much Regulation and... President Obama.

Freedom Industries recently filed for Bankruptcy protection to ensure they are protected from financial responsibility as well as being protected from criminal prosecution.

Meanwhile, the type of American that Republicans love and conservatism breeds is Terry Rupe of Kentucky. Mr. Rupe receives federal assistance especially medical care for his daughter.
"I don't have any use for the federal government," Rupe said, even though his household's $13,000 yearly income comes exclusively from Washington. "[T]hey've never done anything for me. I'm not ungrateful, but I don't have much faith in this health care law. Do I think it's going to work? No. Do I think it's going to bankrupt the country? Yes."
Getting people to vote themselves into Wage Slavery and Corporate Bondage.
"And the Post Office actually has some real assets. They have real estate, they have an overfunded pension fund..."
Here is Steve Forbes licking his chops at getting at the Post Office Pension where Wall Street financiers can clip it and whittle it away, as they have done to other State Pensions, until the workers have nothing and Forbes has several million more in off-shore bank accounts.

Modern Capitalists like Steve Forbes don't create anything these days, and this is the way the Current Robber Barons are different and perhaps even worse than the Rockefeller's, Mellon's and Morgans of the 19th century. That is the Free Enterprise System Paul Ryan wants to implement. A system in which money is taken from the Workers and given to the Capitalists by Republican Goons.

The bigger a Corporation gets the less and less in real dollars they end up paying in taxes.

ESPN the "Worldwide Leader" in Sports Broadcasting has received $260 Million over 12 years in taxpayer Welfare. Big Fish swim for free. Most subscriber packages come with ESPN and since Americans can't customize their cable choices not only do you have to pay a fee for having the privilege to have ESPN but, part of your taxes subsidizes their existence.

From 2011 through 2012, the CEOs of the top six publicly held fast food chains including McDonald's, Yum! Brands, Wendy's, Burger King, Domino's and Dunkin' Brands, hauled in more than $183 million in fully tax deductible "performance pay," lowering their companies’ IRS bills by an estimated $64 million. "Performance Pay" is a euphemism for taxpayer funded welfare for Billionaires.

In 2009, dozens of American Plutocrats sued to keep their names secret as the Department of Justice began investigating the Swiss-based Banking Giant UBS. It turned out that in the last days of the George W(orst President Ever) Bush Regime, 52,000 Americans illegally stole and moved Hundreds of Billions of purloined loot from the United States into Switzerland. 6 months later UBS agreed to pay a $780 million dollar fine (an unheard of event in the history of Swiss Banking) to keep the names and total dollar amounts stolen secret.

Now, RNC propagandists Reince Priebus and Solomon Yue are pushing for a repeal of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which is set to take effect on 07/01/14.

Approved in 2010 after a tax-avoidance scandal involving a Swiss bank, FATCA requires most foreign banks and investment funds to report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service information about U.S. customers' accounts worth $50,000 or more.

Of course, the Super Rich who control this country want the Law repealed. The Rich in this Nation aren't increasing the wealth through elbow grease and hard work but through byzantine tax laws, legerdemain and political control.

The American Plutocratic Overlords do want a smaller government; small enough to fit in their pocket. And that is what their Wholly Owned Republican and Pro-Business Democratic henchmen are paid to accomplish.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Richard Sherman of the Seahawks was flagged for the penalty of Unforgivable Blackness

Richard Sherman's raw interview with Erin Andrews after the Seahawks victory over the 49ers is one of the latest incidents that has sent the Right into an apoplectic fury.

Conservatives were angered by Sherman's display, his dreadlocks, his rawness, his thugishness. Facebook and Twitter were littered with reactions calling Sherman a "Thug" over and over again. What conservatives really hate is Sherman's penalty of Unforgivable Blackness. Because when conservatives saw Sherman standing brazenly triumphant in the face of an attractive white woman, it stirred the seething cauldron of animus right-wingers have towards African-Americans.

Of course, the same emotive display by a white athlete would have earned praise from the likes of Limbaugh and conservatives as gritty, hard-nosed and demonstrable of the tough attitude which made Football great until Jim Brown and his "Thugs" ruined everything.

The use of the word "Thug" by right-wingers is nothing more than a euphemism for the N-word. Lee Atwater taught conservatives well, they know they can no longer wear their racism openly, so they have to substitute words and phrases to conceal their bigotry. So, the N-word becomes Welfare Queen, Steak-Eatin Young Bucks, Natural Born Citizens and Thugs.

And since conservatives are wantonly lacking in education they don't know the word was adapted by the English for the slurring of Indians based on the Thugee Cult. To the British Raj of the 18th and 19th century all Indians were N-words. The word Thug entered the English Language in the 1830's when the British moved to obliterate the Cult and curtail the Thugee practice of highway robbery and murder by strangulation.

Thug has really gained momentum since the election of Barack Obama as the Right-Wing Fart Bubble Internet Media has applied the term to President Obama, Eric Holder, Shirley Sherrod, Susan Rice and everyone associated with the President and the Fake Scandals the Right has foisted upon Obama in their effort to undermine him and subject the Nation to the Rule of Ultra-Reactionaries and The Plutocracy.

Here's a Warning Shot: Guns "Save" Lives but, Bullets Don't

Thanks to ALEC, the NRA, and Gun Maniacs have ensured that every minor scuffle and verbal argument is going to become a shooting or worse a gun fight.

The latest Hero of the Second Amendment, Curtis Reeves, gunned down texting bad guy Chad Oulson when their argument reached the stage of Loud Voice and Red Face. Just as the NRA wants; someone disrespects you? BLAM! Some elderly alzheimer patient flouting your Commands? BLAM! Somebody using your driveway to turn around? BLAM! Someone texting during the previews? BLAM!

Of course, there have been Two School Shootings and hundreds more shot across the Country in the week since Reeves murdered Oulson.

In the wake of the Florida Movie texter murder, the NRA, ALEC and Gun Lunatics are not pausing to reconsider their ideas but are pushing forward so that Total Unrestrained and Unrestricted Gun Violence is the "Law" of the Land.

The NRA's paid Republicans are now pushing for Warning Shots and Aggressive Weapon Displays and Flagrant Flagging to be lawfully protected activities in Florida. The ignorance of what bullets actually do when fired just proves again that Gun Lunatics, who routinely accuse gun control advocates of not understanding weapons, are the ones who don't understand the tools in their possession.

Radio Host and former Faux News token liberal Alan Colmes recently interviewed South Carolina Senate candidate Lee Bright and asked Bright if Teachers should have "machine guns". Bright responded that a teacher "protecting school grounds" should carry whatever "she" can.

When asked specifically if that meant "machine guns", Bright responded, "The Second Amendment is pretty clear. It says the right to carry arms should not be infringed... I don’t see how the government can regulate it."

The levels of gasp-inducing ignorance exhibited by Gun Lunatics posing as Legislators is frightening. Bright is so encapsulated in his epistemic closure he can't "see how the government can regulate it" [i.e. guns]. Well, Mister Bright the Constitution is Not a Suicide Pact. Just because you want teachers patroling schools with Squad Automatic Weapons doesn't mean WE, the PEOPLE do.

But, this is the way Gun Maniacs always frame the issue. Second Amendment! Freedom! Protecting Schools! Ask them for details about where Teachers weapons will be stored during the school day, what level of training a teacher will undergo and whom exactly will pay, how many clearing barrels and gun safes the school will have, what kind of sling the gym teacher will use since he can't have a belt holster with his athletic shorts and how many "accidental discharge" casaualties are acceptable to the NRA and Pro-Gun Violence Republicans and you'll get no answer other than an angry denunciation of Gun-Grabbers!!! 

As Ultra-Reactionary thinking has been thrust upon the Nation and endlessly championed by paid shills of the Plutocracy, these extremist positions, where Republican Senate Candidate Bright or Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia just do not possess the range of thought and can't figure out how to keep RPGs and SAWs off the streets because Derp! Second Amendment! become more entrenched in the emotive recesses of the hermetically sealed right-wing brain.

But, this is what the NRA wants. They want people shooting and murdering each other with Guns. They want people going everywhere armed, ready to shoot at whatever goes bump in the night. Be it their 14 year old step-daughter or the mad delusions of their unconscious minds. They want a Nation consumed by Unrestricted Gun Violence.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Governor Quinn just angered the Koch Brothers because of their Petcoke dumping

Governor Pat Quinn has stepped up and issued an emergency orders for the management of petroleum coke (petcoke), a toxic, choking, foul, hazardous byproduct of oil refining which Petroleum Pigs like the Koch Brothers have been dumping upon the residents of Detroit and Chicago in massive open air piles.
"We want to make sure that every neighborhood in the state of Illinois is protected from the hazard of petroleum coke," Governor Quinn said at a press conference Monday afternoon. 
Quinn delivered the announcement from the outskirts of KCBX Terminals’ 90-acre property, at 3259 E. 100th St., on the Southeast Side of Chicago. The company, controlled by the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, temporarily stores petcoke along the Calumet River for a nearby BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. 
The rules will be submitted to the Illinois Secretary of State before the end of the week, Quinn said. The rules are expected to take effect before the end of the month, after a review by the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB), which has the option to host a 14-day public comment period on the issue. 
Back in October, BP Whiting was producing 6000 tons of Petcoke a day. Detroit’s Marathon refinery wasn’t producing petcoke before its expansion, but produced 1,720 tons per day throughout 2013, while the Phillips 66 refinery in Wood River, Illinois, increased its petcoke output from 1,300 to 5,700 tons per day.

In December, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan successfully won a lawsuit against Hammond, Indiana-based Beemsterboer Slag Corp., which operates a facility along the Calumet River. Beemsterboer Slag was accepting out-of-state petcoke residue and illegally storing it in and around the Calumet River.

Plutocratic Candidate Bruce Rauner has probably already called the Koch Brothers to tell them that when he is elected he'll undo Quinn's Emergency Orders and defund the Illinois EPA and allow the Petroleum Pigs the power to dump hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic Petcoke wherever they wish in Illinois. After all it's not being dumped inside the palatial estates of Bruce Rauner or the Koch Brothers.

Rauner's best buddy Mayor 1% (Rahm Emmanuel) quietly stopped Chicago Alderman attempts at outright banning the accumulation of petcoke inside Chicago.

You know who isn't mentioned in the Progress Illinois Report? Republicans. No comments about this from State Senator Jim Oberweis or Congressman Peter Roskam or US Senator Mark Kirk. And why is that? Because Republicans don't care where Corporations dump their pollution and toxic waste because it isn't being dumped in their backyards.

For far too long Republicans have been allowed to get away with the blanket assertion that 'Regulations are bad' and when a West, Texas Fertilizer Plant explodes because of Rick Perry's hatred for the EPA or Freedom Industries poisons the entire drinking supply of 300,000 people in West Virginia well who could have predicted that?!?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chris Christie's criminal abuse of power and the GW Bridge Scandal

"The good news for all of you and for me is that the governorship in New Jersey is the most powerful constitutional governorship in America.  
We know the answers. They're painful answers. We're going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We're going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We're going to have to raise the Social Security age. We're going to have to do these things. We're going to have to cut all types of other government programs that some people in this room might like.  
We need to take on the teachers' union once and for all, and we need to decide who is determining our children's future, who is running this place. Them or us? I say it's us." 
Chris Christie told David Koch in June 2011, as Governor Bully planned all sorts of shenanigans to steal billions first from New Jersey citizens, then from the rest of America and transfer it to the Koch Brothers and other Plutocrats.
Governor Chris Christie is not finished. The GW Bridge of Size Scandal will not lead to Impeachment and Christie sure as hell isn't going to resign.

The Sunday MSM shows are going to be disgusting. Chris Christie is going to be gushed over more than he was after he won the NJ Governor race. Christie was being touted by the MSM as the clear Front Runner for 2016 and now the MSM is going to put on a solemn face and talk about his seasoning and resolve in the face of this current "crisis".

Chris Christie's press conference has already being lauded by the Usual Media Suspects (Morning Joe), despite being a rambling incoherent mess in which Christie proclaimed himself the victim, blubbered about having no knowledge, and said "I" more time than an optometrist.

Chris Christie is nothing more than a petty bully but, with frighteningly Big Aspirations. I have no doubt that he knew and was very pleased with Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff, who sent an August 13 email to former Port Authority Director of Interstate Capital Projects David Wildstein, a longtime Christie friend and ally; "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

From inside the Governor's office, Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein deliberately caused the GW Bridge closure with the "traffic study" as political payback for Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich and as punishment for an area which the Christie's people believed were Buono voters.

Kelly and Wildstein are in serious criminal trouble and now comes the waiting game to see what level of cooperation they will provide against the Criminal Christie. Because, despite Christie's claim 'I just found out I was lied too!', Christie had called NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in December to push him to drop any investigation of the Bridge closure.
Mr. Christie, a Republican, complained in a private phone call to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, that Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge from Fort Lee, N.J. was cut from three to one in early September, according to this person. The lane closures occurred without notice to local authorities, officials have said, and snarled traffic for a week in the small borough on the Hudson River bluffs.
Additionally, Port Authority officers were advised by Christie's office to blame the traffic back-ups on Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich.

So, Christie's lies have already flopped, but back in December Big Bully Christie had all sorts of fun during interviews where he tried the shtick of 'Hey yo, didntca see me? Yea I waz out on the bridge with a vest and cones blocking traffic! Whatca gonna do about it! Ooooh!'

Huh. However, I'll take a direct quote from Christie and play it off as conservatives as do,
"I worked the cones. Unbeknownst to anyone, I was working the cones."
Chris Christie directly admitted to closing down the GW Bridge. Case fucking closed.

Christie thought he could get away with sarcastic denials about the scandal but once he could no longer play the Shtick, the Right-Wing Noise Machine leapt to his defense.

Dana Loesch, Erick Erickson, Michelle Malkin, Dan Riehl and all the wing-nut-o-sphere immediately leapt to their twitter accounts, But but but OBAMA!?! and Eric Holder won't investigate and Hillary Benghazi so that conservatives will make sure that talk of Chris Christie's criminal abuse of power will be deflected back into the Blame Barack Game.

But but but but OBAMA!?! is a conservative cry we are going to hear for decades to come.

Now, the thing is if Christie manages to avoid liability but slyly acknowledge he was getting some political payback out of this his stature will rise amongst the Tea Party crowd and the ultra-reactionary right-wing pundits.

And that's where Christie becomes really dangerous because right now he is the Koch Brothers chosen candidate;
"Five months ago we met in my New York City office and spoke, just the two of us, for about two hours on his objectives and successes in correcting many of the most serious problems of the New Jersey state government," David Koch said. "At the end of our conversation, I said to myself, 'I'm really impressed and inspired by this man. He is my kind of guy.'"
In 2011, the Koch Brothers flew Christie out to their Billionaires Strategic Planning Convention (a.k.a. The Legion of Doom) in order for him to give the keynote address.

TheBradBlog acquired audio recordings of Christie's keynote speeches to the Plutocrats in which the assembled Billionaires entreated Christie to run in 2012. Christie declined, probably because he knew it was foolish to go up against President Obama, but set the stage for a 2016 candidacy.
"Please, if you leave with just one message from me, if only one message sticks: This is a huge moment of crisis and opportunity for our country. All of you are the people who are going to lead us back to American greatness. If you care enough to do it."
Forged in Political Fire of his making, but quenched by the tongue baths of fawning media fans, and swaddled in the money of Plutocrats, Christie may be able to emerge from this Criminal Scandal as the Presidential Front Runner of 2016.

Friday, January 10, 2014

TNSTAAFL unless you're Republican Jack Kingston

"You see me reaching for my fucking wallet?" - Payback
To be fair to Representative Kingston, there's an entire class of wing-nuts on welfare.

There is an entire class of Moocher Conservatives paid to sit on their fleshy behinds and mouth the odious policies of the Plutocracy. Jonah Goldberg, that misshapen lump of chicken hawk flesh, is one of the most famous as he's been paid millions to write that Liberals = Hitler and to extol the virtues of War from the safety of his keyboard, simply because his mother tried to have President Clinton impeached for a blow job.

But, recently in their never-ending War on the 99%, Republicans have engaged in the glorious victories of taking food out of the mouths of children.

Jack Kingston who, of course, supported eliminating SNAP and voted for cuts went further by supporting the Newt Gingrich Plan of putting poor students to work mopping floors and scrubbing toilets in between their classes and after school
"But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria -- and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money," Kingston said at a Jackson County Republican Party meeting. "But think what we would gain as a society in getting people - getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch."
Well, of course, it comes as no surprise that Jack 'Work Ethic' Kingston doesn't need to reach for his wallet when it comes to picking up his lunch tab.

"Jack Kingston and his staff expensed nearly $4200 [$4182] in meals for business purposes to his congressional office, paid for by the American taxpayer," WSAV Channel 3 Dan Kartunen reported.

WSAV also found that Kingston also racked up $4289 of free meals paid for by third-party groups like the Georgia Bankers Association and the Congressional Institute. Kingston also expensed $145,391 worth of meals for campaign events.

So, Mr. TNSTAAFL racked up $153,862 in free lunches or nearly his entire Congressional Salary.

So, what's the quid pro quo for those lunches picked up by the Georgia Bankers? And is it just sheer hypocrisy or does Jack Kingston not equate his free lunches with mooching?

The Founding Fathers believed that running the Government was their aristocratic duty and wanted to do so for no salary.

Today's Congress members are paid a yearly salary of $174,000 but, half of the current Congress are millionaires. And today's millionaires not only feel they are owed an outsized amount of respect but, loads of gratis; millions of dollars in off-the-books gifts, a lunch here, an all expense paid trip to Taiwan Peter Roskam Style there...

Thus it's only to be expected that Congressmen like Jack Kingston have no empathy for the Poor and responds to the whims and tantrums of the Plutocracy, they are them.

TNSTAAFL - the Libertarian Party motto, comes from Robert Henlein's novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, one of the founding documents of Libertarianism, in which a magical all-knowing, all-powerful Deus Ex Machina computer is needed in order to make libertarian values succeed.

With all the despicable antics coming from the Republican Party these days, I forgot to add Kingston also displays a level of ignorance and myopia that comes from never having to worry about where your next meal comes from. At all level of education, school lunch programs have free and reduced levels.

But, a puke like Jack Kingston would only know this if he actually cared about Representing his Congressional District as opposed to gearing up for Senate and trying to inflict as much pain on the Poor to appease his Rich Owners as possible.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Governor Candidate Bruce Rauner has a message for Illinois, I Plan to Crush Workers and give Taxpayer welfare to Corporations

Bruce Rauner has reported incomes of $27 million in 2010, $28 million in 2011 and $53 million in 2012 has concluded that the minimum wage in Illinois is too high.
"Capitalism is the greatest poverty-fighting machine in the history of mankind, and I’m proud of the role I’ve played in it," Bruce Rauner.  
Rauner "worked" for 30 years at GTCR which has "managed money" for decades for the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and the Illinois State Board of Investment, the largest and third-largest state pension funds, respectively, in Illinois.

Of course, like all modern "wealth managment" millionaires, Rauner made his money by accounting gimmicks and legerdemain. He's charged extorbinant consultation fees and clipped money from Pensioners, while mismanaging public pension funds.

Just like Mitt Romney and other so-called Capitalists, Rauner made his money the old-fashioned way... He Stole It. Now that he's skimmed off millions he's quick to lambast Illinois' underfunded pension liability.
"When those excess benefits are being paid out to government employees, taxpayers lose." Bruce Rauner
Yeah, lazy Teachers! Working for 30 years and then expecting a pension, whereas Rauner's Role as a Rentier, extracting $100 million from the Pensions over the last 3 years alone, is beautiful capitalism at work of which he's "proud".

GTCR has raised the largest percentage portion of its money from public pension funds. Pensions supplied half to two-thirds of the firms funds according to Rauner's own estimate. His former partners decline to comment, citing a state prohibition on asset managers who receive public money from trying to influence elections.

A month ago, Bruce Rauner pledged at a Downstate candidates’ forum that if elected governor he would reduce the state’s minimum wage by $1 to make it equal to the federal rate in an effort to make Illinois more economically competitive.
"I made a mistake. I was flippant and I was quick. I should have said, 'Tie the Illinois minimum wage to the national wage and, in that context, with other changes in being pro-business, I support raising the national minimum wage.' I’m OK with that," said the Republican from Winnetka.
Key words to remember are to make Illinois "Pro-Business", that means crushing labor. Modern day Capitalists view labor as an unnecessary expense. One of the long sought after goals of the 1%, in pursuit of a Wage Slave State, has been the total defeat of Labor. 

Here in Illinois we've seen many times business try and strong-arm the Governor and Legislature (Sears Inc., CME Group and Office Max) in Pay-to-Play and the Race-to-the-Bottom schemes.
In fact, Illinois Residents overwhelmingly want Fair Tax Legislation passed in which Corporations and Millionaires, like Rauner, pay their fair share of taxes instead of receiving Illinois taxpayer welfare so we can be privileged by their scores of minimum wage jobs. A Better Illinois points out that over 75% of Illinois residents want a Fair Progressive Tax.

Billionaires and Corporate Thieves are so opposed to shouldering their burden of the Taxes that spearheaded by the Koch Brothers, conservative think tanks are planning a non stop propaganda blitz to poison this effort.

Bruce Rauner has unequivocally stated he intends to use the Awesome Power of Government to crush labor, reduce wages, impoverish workers, eliminate Unions, and place further unfair burdens on the over-taxed working class and shrinking middle class. Like all Republicans, a Rauner Governorship would be an implacable foe of the Working Class and would he align himself with the Koch Brothers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Republican Art Laffer (of the Laffer Curve Fame) Calls for a Return to Slavery

"He said in the first hundred days, he's going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains." - Mighty Joe Biden correctly diagnosed the Paul Ryan and the Republican Party efforts to reintroduce Slavery to the US.
Republicans were super mad at VP Biden during the run-up to the 2012 election because Mighty Joe never gave them the cover they've come to expect from Democrats. The Republican Party is wholly owned by the Plutocracy. As such they care only for what Corporations and the Super Rich want; and what they want is the elimination of the Middle Class, the institution of Wage Slavery and a Neo-Feudalist Corporate Controlled State in which workers are forever shackled in the chains of Corporate Bondage.
"The minimum wage makes no sense whatsoever to me,” former Reagan economist Art Laffer told Faux News host Jenna Lee. “Honestly it’s just the teenage — Black Teenage Unemployment Act. And this is the very group that we need to have jobs, not be put out of work because of a minimum wage. So, I’m very much in favor of getting rid of the minimum wage."
Art Laffer, is famous for popularizing a curve which purportedly showed a massive reduction in tax rates would create more tax wealth for government, and thus led to the creation of Piss Down Your Back and tell you it's Raining Reaganomics. Of course, the last 30+ years of Reaganomics in combination with other Ultra-Reactionary Right-Wing policies have utterly shattered the middle class, created an income inequality not seen since the Gilded Age and ended the belief in the American Dream; which it was designed to do.

Laffer, like most entitled rich white conservatives of his era, represents everything the Republican Party is supposedly against. Laffer spent the sixties attending Yale and Stanford (not in the military, probably because like Tom Delay too many minorities had signed up and taken his spot) and then spent the seventies teaching at Pepperdine and USC before joining Reagan's cabinet. So Laffer has never had a real job so he doesn't know how actual businesses operate.

Now, why would Laffer highlight Black Teenagers in his rant against the Minimum Wage? Because like all modern conservatives he's either a bigot or enjoys playing to the racists. Laffer is proposing that black teenagers work for whatever Business wants to pay with the wealth of their labor being siphoned off for their Owners

Laffer wants a return to the idyllic days of America's Founding in which Owners paid their workers nothing and massive wealth was accumulated. Because we would have 100% employment if we allowed Corporations to pay people nothing; which is exactly what Corporations want to do and what Republicans try to accomplish while in office.

Republicans want Slavery returned to America.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jet Blue blames the Government for their failures

Record Cold has hampered all manner of travel and business throughout the Nation. Hit especially hard have been airline flights.

More than 400 JetBlue flights were canceled Monday, with another 120 flight cancellations on Tuesday, airline officials stated.

JetBlue didn't blame the weather. JetBlue didn't blame complications which come from arctic cold and huge snow falls. JetBlue didn't blame their lack of preparation. JetBlue didn't blame their failure to hire enough pilots, flight crews, and ground staff. Nope, JetBlue blamed the Government.
"In the midst of us repairing those schedules disrupted by this week's winter storms, we're facing an additional challenge as new FAA rules went into effect for crew rest," JetBlue spokeswoman Tamara Young said. "These rules further impact our ability to operate an already disrupted schedule, causing our pilots to 'time out' even sooner. As a result, additional cancellations are likely to occur as we work to reset the operation."
The FAA announced the final details of the minimum rest period for pilots in December 2011 so JetBlue had 2 years to deal with suspected problems but, why do that when instead they can just blame the FAA.

This has been the brilliant ploy of Corporations for decades. Their fuck-ups and failures are actually the fault of Government! If only the Government allowed JetBlue to fly pilots with no sleep flight after flight after flight these planes would have magically taken off on time. Damn Government Regulations!!! 

And with Republicans constantly hammering their plans of Deregulation and Privatization it's only a matter of time before Republicans convene Congressional hearing to blame Obama for the Cold weather and apologize to JetBlue for interfering in their private business affairs.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Republicans 2014 Campaign Slogan: Back to Iraq!

As for why my sorry a** isn't in the kill zone, lots of people think this is a searingly pertinent question. No answer I could give -- I'm 35 years old, my family couldn't afford the lost income, I have a baby daughter, my a** is, er, sorry, are a few -- ever seem to suffice. - Supreme Chicken Hawk Jonah Goldberg
Neoconservative chicken hawk Republicans are running their standard Blame Barack Campaign for the recent violence in Iraq.

Despite the fact that George W(orst President Ever) Bush won Victory in Iraq on 11/22/2008, 
We won. The Iraq War is over. 

I declare November 22, 2008 to be "Victory in Iraq Day." (Hereafter known as "VI Day.") - as declared by Zomblog, Zombietime,
and echoed by Flopping Aces and hundreds of other conservative epistemically closed fart bubble blogs, Violence in Iraq, which never actually stopped, is again on the Rise with the latest media reports declaring extremists have captured Fallujah from the so-called Iraqi Army.

Iraq was never about Peace, the Reverse-Domino-Theory, (basically that standing up a domino of Democracy in Iraq would magically stand up dominos of Democracy in other Middle East Nations) propagated by lead from the rear War Proponents was a thin veneer to cover their true goals which was a plan to steal Trillions of Dollars from the US taxpayers while also opening up Iraqs Oil Reserves for theft by Anglo-American Oil Conglomerates.

So, now what? Flabby-assed Republicans will try and run the 'Liberals are bad at war while Republicans are macho he-men'. 

While Bloody Bill Kristol, Just Six More Months Thomas Friedman, Charles Krauthammer, Jason MatteraBen FergusonMatthew ContinettiChris Vucovich or the College Republican Chicken Hawks never saw a War that they didn't want some other American to fight. Including a Return to Iraq...