Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rape-publicans will soon be descending on Oklahoma to sexually assault underage girls

If you're going to watch an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game make sure you don't doze off at the game after a few beers or in the airport bar awaiting your flight, because you might wake up with some conservative's dick in your mouth.

Rape-publicans scored a major victory in their War on Women in Oklahoma. In an absolute miscarriage of justice, the oral rape of a 16 year old girl has been codified as A-OK, according to OK Law.

In a ruling which clearly ignores the spirit of the law to adhere the letter of the law, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruledForcible Sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation. 

According to the Court, under the fair meaning of the Forcible Sodomy Law, the Honorable Judge Patrick Pickerill's decision to dismiss the case on 11/30/15 was correct.

That would be this Honorable Judge P. Pickerill (an appointee of Governor Mary Fallin),
Judge Patrick M. Pickerill is accused in one indictment of falsifying judicial records and other felony offenses to create a drug court, even though he did not have that authority. Grand jurors alleged he hired a former secretary at his law firm as the drug court coordinator and as his bailiff. Grand jurors also allege he backdated two administrative orders to mislead the public...
Pickerill was indicted for his Felonies on 09/26/15, a full two months before his horrendous decision to give the A-OK to orally rape girls.

The Court of Criminal Appeals is made up 5 justices, Hudson, Smith, Lumpkin, Johnson and Lewis; 3 were appointed by Governor Brad Henry, 1 by the late Henry Bellmon, and 1 by current Governor Fallin.

Brad Henry has 3 daughters, if one of them came to him with the exact details of this crime would he be fine with such a ruling? If Mary Fallin woke up in the Governor's Mansion after having fallin' asleep following a bottle of riesling would she be content to say, 'My bad shouldn't have had that wine! A dick in the mouth is what I get.'

First off, this is part and parcel of right-wing law. If a woman (even a girl) is raped, it's her fault. Yes, the 16 year old girl in question was drinking underage. A witness testified, the victim was falling in and out of consciousness while being driven home by the suspect. According to the original trial, she woke up in the hospital with a BAC of .34 while a rape kit was being administered. Semen was found on and around her mouth and back of her legs. This highly intoxicated underage girl could not possibly give consent to sexual acts and the back of the legs semen indicates she was probably at one point out cold face down.

But, hey the suspect said it was consentual so too bad for you girl. For all conservatives claim to hate Islam they certainly ape it's more odious tenents. For example, in each and every Rape case the testimony of one woman is Never enough to convict a man.

So, if you plan to have even one drop of alcohol cross your lips make sure you are locked away in your panic room before you fall asleep because the Oklahoma Criminal Court says anything else that passes by your lips while you're out is A-OK!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rape-publican Dennis Hastert gets away with it, a further Investigation is needed to figure out how much George W. Bush and the Republican Party knew (Updated)

Dennis Hastert has received a 15-month sentence ostensibly for his banking crimes, but in reality for the numerous instances of molestation he perpetrated upon high school boys as their wrestling "Coach". While, attending sentencing, convicted criminal Dennis Hastert, all of a sudden developed a case of incarceratius, a highly-technical term for when a perp needs medical attention upon being arrested, by showing up in a wheel-chair.

I give Judge Thomas Durkin much credit for not allowing ambiguities during the sentencing, repeatedly referring to the criminal Republican as a "serial child molester" and making Hastert admit to these horrendous crimes.

But, mention Hastert's heinous crimes and reflexively conservatives will screech Bill Clinton!!! The Right-Wing media and Republicon Party should be congratulated on their brain-washing techniques and success.

For years conservative garbage mouths have used every platform they control, i.e. All the media, to villify Liberals and the Democratic Party while timid reporters have somberly nodded their heads and repeated the lies and baseless accusations against the Left.

Who in the Republican Party, and for how long did those Republicans, know that Dennis Hastert was a child molester? It casts a very suspcious eye on all the kick-backs the Republican Party steered his way as Speaker of the House. Did George W(orst POTUS Ever) Bush know that Hastert need money to cover his crimes? Is that why W(orst) signed the Bill for the Plano Parkway? To funnel money to Hastert?

I don't support further digging into Individual A or other victim's (they've suffered enough) to uncover this but, it appears that as far back as 2002 Hastert was planning on buying the silence of his many victims, and so structured land purchases and government funding to pay for his victim's silence and cover his crimes.

This goes way beyond IOKIYAR, there was no doubt collusion amongst high-ranking levels of the Republican Party and the 1% to funnel money to Hastert so he could keep his evil crimes hidden while at the same time he whole-heartedly enacted policies to enrich the Plutocracy and screw over America in a metaphorical sense this time.

This should not be the last chapter of Hastert's henious crimes. It should be the wedge to investigate everything he did while in the House of Representatives.

The court received more than 60 letters (20 of which remain unreleased) from prominent elected Republicans and conservatives asking Hastert receive leniency. Including from the odious Republican and convicted criminal Tom DeLay, who asserted "we all have flaws" and Hastert "doesn't deserve what's he going through." It's obvious the Republicans knew all along that Hastert was a criminal, but since he was their criminal they could not care less.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rape-publicans, Bathrooms, and Bigotry

Ever since their defeat in the 2003 Lawerance v. Texas decision, which removed the ability of the right-wing religious bigots from breaking into peoples homes to tormet, beat, and arrest people for consensual relationships in the privacy of their own home, right-wing bigots have been searching for an avenue of attack.

The conservative movement believes it has hit upon an unbeatable legal strategy with their current crop of Bathroom crotch sniffing and Christian Bigotry Bills. By couching their bigotry in phrase sincere religious beliefs and euphemistically used title Privacy ,conservatives believe their Pro-Discrimination anti-transgender Bills would easily be signed into Law in states run by Republican Legislatures and Governors and survive challenges in the Right-Wing dominated SCOTUS.

Of course, while conservatives dominate gerrymandered and voter-suppressed States they don't control social media or society at large any longer and the backlash against Conservative Bigotry has been swift.

There are no credible reports of a Transgender person accosting someone in a bathroom. The laws in Tennessee, Mississippi, and North Carolina do not reference incidents or police reports because they do not exist. In fact, it's much more likely, a Republican Congressman like Dennis Hastert or Mark Foley or a Conservative blowhard like Rush Limbaugh or Ted Nugent, will rape your child than a transperson.

But, look at the way conservatives frame their talking points, for instance Curt Schilling Facebook post which cost him his job at ESPN. It's Rape and/or fear of Rape.

While an element of gay panic and hatred of the other comprise a significant part of these laws, there is the deep dark desire of Rape underlining these Republican laws.

Conservatives and Republicans are seemingly always a hair's-breadth away from forcing themselves onto young girls. It's why Republican officials are always talking about Rape because Rape is always on their mind. Republicans can't stop talking about how they want to break into bathrooms and rape young women.

Rape-Rape-Rape. It's the first thought of Rape-publicans when they wake up in the morning and their last thought at night. Rape-Rape-Rape. Thus, because projection is their strongest belief, Republicans believe that must be the case with the LGBTQ community.

The New Centurions (1970) by Joseph Wambaugh pretty much encapsulates the conservative view on LGBTQ persons. Wambaugh's books exude a reactionary ethos, especially, when he writes about liberals and race relations but, when he writes about the LGBTQ community, which he does extensively in all his books, it's with fascinated revulsion bordering on the homicidal.
"Did you guys hear how many marines Hollywood vice busted last weekend?" asked Simeone...
"What's happening in Hollywood?" asked Gant
"What always happens?" Said Simeone. "The joint is lousy with faggots. I hear they got twenty marines in fruit pinches last weekend. They're going to notify the general at Camp Pendleton."
"That pisses me off," said Gant. "I was in the corps but things were different in those days. Even marines are different now." (Ibid. 177-178)
Wambaugh devotes an entire chapter of his belief that gay and lesbian people are akin to hardened criminals,
"You know The Cave?" Gant asked Roy.
"The fruit joint on Main?"
"Yeah, but it's not just fruits. There's lesbians, sadists, masochists, hypes, whores flim flammers, paddy hustlers, hugger muggers, ex-cons of all descriptions, and anybody else with a kink of some kind or other." (Ibid. 174)
"It's a beautiful place," said Roy.
"The park? Oh, yeah. But it's full of faggots and thieves and assholes in general. No decent people dare hang around here after dark." said Ranatti. (Ibid. 189)
Towards the end of the chapter the Vice squad and uniformed backup raid The Cave. Wambaugh's phrasing is perhaps revealing, "he watched the blue wedge of bodies insert itself into the opening of the Cave." And "the cathartic blue wedge of policemen withdrew from the mouth of The Cave". Emphasis mine. Perhaps Wambaugh is being cute and having a chuckle at his clever phrasing or perhaps...

The only character in The New Centurions who shows a scintilla of humanity or respect for Civil Rights is "Roy Fehler",
Roy was not completely certain that he would like to receive an eighteen-month assignment to vice because he respected the privacy of others. He believed that this undercover surveillance smacked of fascism and he believed that people, damn it, were trustworthy and there were very few bad ones despite what cynical policemen said.
But, Roy the Liberal gets told off by Wambaugh in blackface and gets shot on two occassions, the last fatally to close the book.

But, foruntaely times have changed so much so that in the Cop Series Southland (2009-2013), which used portions of Wambaugh's books as source material, one of the main characters "John Cooper" is homosexual. The series does treat the character's sexual orientation as an intergral issue often leading to tension between partners and civilians on the street.

While, I could go further into Wambaugh and Reactionary Police Officers, that's a subset of this issue, and the Officers of Wambaugh's day are 2 or 3 generations removed from working the job.

What we are looking at with the Sincere Religious Belief Laws and Patriotic Bathroom Privacy Acts are hopefully the last gaps of the bigoted hateful right-wing. But, I don't believe so.

One would think small-government loving conservatives would be wary about ensconcing such far-reaching invasive laws into the hands of Government Officials, one would think that Libertarians, those haters of Government intrusiveness and the State, would be taking to the ramparts to decry such an expansion of the corrosive powers of the State, but libertarians have this odd way of justifying the use of force by the government against those they don't deem worthy of legal protection.

What these laws are designed to do is to feed the hatred which consumes the Right-Wing and to put fear into the LGBTQ community. To let them know that anyday, someone can complain about them and they are only free at the whim of the bigoted conservative/libertarian/right-wing community.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Bundy Insurrectionists, In Court, the coddling continues (Updated)

"Those Crazies In Montana Who Say, 'We're Going To Kill ATF Agents Because The U.N.'s Going To Take Over' -- Well, They're Beginning To Have A Case." - Dick Morris, Fox News March 2009
5 members of the Bundy Insurrection at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, refused to enter pleas, during their April 15th Court appearance. The defendants engaged in other right-wing Sovereign Citizen "Tactics", such as demanding the entire 64 page indictment be read out loud and requesting to represent themselves. The presiding Judge entered Not Guilty pleas for them. Cliven Bundy, in a separate Court, also refused to recognize the Court's Authority and did not enter a plea.

First of all, I think the Department of Justice, originally under Eric Holder, and the FBI have done a fantastic job defusing these conservative terrorist incidents and not allowing Faux News and the right-wing internet to incite a full-scale right-wing violent revolution. A overtly violent confrontation would have been used by Faux News and the right-wing internet in all manner of nefarious ways to continue their Quest to Destroy the United States and End the American Dream. However, much of the liberal and leftist coverage of the 2 Bundy Stand-offs was focused on the juxaposition of Law Enforcement response to minorities/Occupy protests and the Bundy Armed Rebellions. 

While this was valid criticism, it ignored two more salient points; First, any right-wing protest no matter how ridiculous (e.g. The Truckers Ride for the Overthrow of the Government) or unlawful (e.g. Republicon Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz marching on the White House demanding the Lynching of President Obama) is going to receive widespread positive media coverage from the Mainstream Corporate Owned Media. It's just the nature of the beast and while it needs to be understood there is no point crying about it. Second, and more importantly, violence especially by the Government, should always be the last option, if possible.

Thus, I was in favor of letting the Bundy Buffoons self-exile at the Malheur Refuge, because of it's remoteness. Of course, within 1 months' time the assembled gaggle of right-wing domestic terrorists had despoiled the area with vast trenches of shit. A ripe analogy for what conservatives have been doing to the country for the past 35 years.

But, following their lawful arrest and detention such open contempt for a Court's Authority would not and should not be tolerated. Judges, in my Cook County District Courthouse, would rightly hold the accused felons in contempt but, when dealing with right-wing domestic terrorists, the velvet glove does not cover the iron fist of justice but the gentle fluffing hand of Nevada State Representative Michelle Fiore and multiple other elected Republican officials.
"We really need to get these patriots released," Fiore told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We want to make sure our patriots know we stand with them."
An elected official standing with those who've taken up arms against the Government is the definition of Republicon Patriotism. But, Fiore is not alone as Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer also gave aid and comfort to the Bundy Insurrectionists prior to their arrest. These two and the many other Republicon officials apparently feel emboldened enough to ignore their real Oaths of Office for the fake ones like the ones taken by the Oathbreakers.

Unlike the standard member of the Trumpenproletariat, the Bundy Insurrectionists, their Sovereign Citizen fellow-travelers, the III Inchers, the Oathbreakers, the Unconstituional Sheriffs of America, and other unaligned right-wing domestic terrorists have been aching to murder liberals, women, and minorities in order to Make America Great Again.

The Trumpenproletariat is facing is the gross naked evil of Cut-Throat Capitalism and want to lash out. The 1% have shredded the Social Contract and no longer view the white American Worker any different than a Worker in Indonesia or Guatemala, i.e. an expense to be kept as cheap as possible and replaced as soon as it becomes old, broken, or too expensive.

A Crafty Demagogue like Trump has seen this and stoked the anger, but the Bundy Clan have used it in a different but, classic way. The Bundy's were criminals long before their 2014 Insurrection. But, with the myth of the self-made Western Rancher, and Sage Brush Rebellion infrastructure to fall back on, they received wide-spread support from all the fetid corners of the feverish right-wing.

"The draconian, authoritarian way that the government is going after Mr. Bundy is obviously to try and scare him, and scare ranchers, and send a message which is utterly un-American and not consistent with a free people," Andrew Napolitano, April 2014, Future Supreme Court Justice under President Donald Trump.
Therefore, the criminals felt smugly self-assure they could travel to a fellow conservative terrorist, Sheriff Palmer at their leisure. It ended in multiple arrests and the death of Robert LaVoy Finicum when he attempted to kill Oregon State Troopers and FBI Agents trying to detain him.

It's a pitiful thing. The Bundy Insurrectionists may consider themselves Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn or Nelson Mandela, but their closer analogy is members of Vice Lord Nation. The Bundy's and their fellow criminals have staked out terrority, threaten law enforcement with guns and violence, ignore laws, recruit fellow criminals, and put innocent bystanders living in those communities at risk.

The Bundy's and members of other Right-Wing Organizations have declared War on the American Government and should be treated exactly the same way as the detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

Surprise, the Bundy Domestic Terrorists were present for at least 2 months prior to their Armed Insurrection, trying to strong arm Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, intimidating the local residents, committing various crimes, and apparently trying to form a shadow government to perform some crude Coup and establish a right-wing patriot state. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Senator Mike Lee fancies himself a medieval Polish Nobleman

Pudgy Utah Republicon Mike Lee has been successful in using a procedural hold in the US Senate to keep $250 million in Federal Relief from the lead-poisoned residents of Flint, Michigan.

This is not surprising coming from Mike Lee, one of the scummiest sychophants in the Senate today. Lee ran for Senate on a platform of repealing Child Labor Laws, so he has no problem with children being harmed and sees protecting children as Unconstitutionala function outside the scope of the United States Government. This, of course, also serves the right-wing mantra that government doesn't work.

Since, he's been in office Lee's "highlights" include; proudly marching on the White House with Sarah Palin, Senator Rafael 'Ted' Cruz, Larry Klayman, and a 100 conservative domestic terrorists under the banner of the confederate flag, the symbol of the worst arch-traitors in American History, to demand the arrest and lynching of President Obama.

He's also used the arcane procedural rules of the Senate to deliberately sabotage the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Lee demanded a constitutional amendment making it possible to raise taxes only when approved by 2/3rds of both the House and Senate and threatened if it wasn't approved "in his framework" he'd shut down the Government. When 'Ted' Cruz did shut down the government in 2013, Lee continued to enjoy all the financial perks of his office, "I’m working," Republican Senator Mike Lee. "I’ll continue to be paid*."

When he began his hold Lee stated, "If we create a precedent that suggests any time there’s a significant problem with a locally operated utility that operates entirely intrastate. I would ask, where’s the stopping point? What’s the limit?" - this is basically the same argument Lee touted after Hurricane Sandy and Republicons were screeching during Hurrucane Katrina, i.e. 'FYIGM*!'

Of course, Lee sang a different tune when it came to Federal Disaster Relief for Utah in 2011. In that case it was 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!'

It's no mystery why Lee is withholding the funds from the residents of Flint, Michigan; they are poor, mainly black, and they've been screwed by a Republican Governor. This is the essence of Republicon governance. Steal money, kill the poor, and use every piece of "legal" recourse to ensure those people stay screwed.

But, in using byzantine Senate procedure to withhold the money in the Energy Mordenization Bill, Lee is repeating history as farce. I wrote previously about the Polish Sejm and liberum veto,
The Golden Freedom, which the magnates defended with every bit of chicanery and power they commanded, was the freedom of the few to oppress the many... - James A. Michener's, Poland
In the novel Poland, Michener describes how the, "incredible liberum veto, by which one nobleman in the Seym (parliament) of hundreds could negate and prorogue the entire work of the Seym by merely crying, 'I oppose!', was a major cause of Poland's disappearance from the map of Europe". 

The Republicons are not interested the United States or 99% of its' citizens, what they are interested in and busily working towards, is the re-feudalization of America. They are in office to destroy the federal government, or more specifically those parts of the federal government which aid the poor and working class, and to create a Wage Slavery State in which every man, woman, and child is held at the whim of the Rich and shackled in Corporate Bondage.

* Fuck You I Got Mine.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Republicans Use Debt as a Weapon (Updated)

"We are enslaving future generations, our children and grandchildren to debt that we are irresponsibly putting on their credit card," Arkansas State Senator Terry Rice said, arguing that accepting federal funding as part of the expansion would add to the national debt.
Time Magazine has dutifully put out the right-wing Fear the Debt by claiming every American owes $43,000. Over at Lawyers, Guns, and Money the correctly identifies why Time has done this, in the post The Real Motivation of the Pain Caucus
Time Magazine made the smart decision to put its dumb cover story about the national debt behind a paywall. The premise — the national debt is like household debt and should be considered as if it’s apportioned equally to every U.S. resident — is stupid on its face. But Matt O’Brien has read the thing because nobody else will, and it’s even worse than its premise. When you’re considering a flat tax, it’s not because you care about the national debt, it’s because you think wealth needs to be massively redistributed upwards, with the debt as the tissue-thin pretext.
From time to time Republicans trot out Fix The Debt but, like the 3-card Monte Dealers they are, Republicans never worry about debt when they are in charge of Government. Debt is a shell game Republicons use to distract their duped drones in order to continue their plans of slashing the social safety net and transferring Trillions of Dollars of future Americans Wealth upwards to their Plutocratic Masters.

This is not a new weapon but, like all the Moldy Chestnuts/ Zombie Lies the Republicons promulgate, a new batch of vicious conservatives emerges to pick up the torch to burn the Social Contract.

Back in 2010 as President Obama submitted his plan to help the country escape the Republicon Recession of 2007, the House GOP got together and trotted out the same old sky is falling, Fix The Debt chicanery,
These unsustainable debt and deficit burdens were not imposed upon us by some outside force, they are created by the choice to grow the federal government and spend at unprecedented levels.
Reflecting on his own coming of age in a time of economic turmoil, Ronald Reagan said, “To be young in my generation was to feel that your future had been mortgaged out from under you, and that's a tragic mistake we must never allow our leaders to make again.”
Today, our leaders are again making the tragic choice to mortgage our children’s future.  But there is an alternative, and over the next two days we will share with you how controlling spending, reforming our social safety net programs and lifting the crushing burden of debt will spur job creation and put us back on a sustainable fiscal and economic path.
Invoking the rotted corpse of Zombie Reagan and his Voodoo Economics is a given but, always worth laughing at, since Ronnie Raygun and Daddy Bush ran up $4 Trillion dollars of National Debt in the 1980's, which famously hamstrung President Bill Clinton, and along with the 1994 Republicon Contract on America gave us the worst elements of the Clinton Economy; i.e. The Budget Surplus.

When the Republicons stole the 2000 election, they made their first order to run the deficits back up, steal the Surplus, and pile more Debt upon the American People. Shadow President Dick Cheney in 2002 observed, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter."

Of course, by 2010, Jeb??? Henserling and Paul90X Ryan conveniently left out wherein they and the Republicon Party ran up Trillions in Debt with their foolish and callous taxcut-and-spending and military adventurism. Most dramatically illustrated by the 5 Trillion dollars of debt the Republicons added to National Deficit with their criminal misadventure in Iraq, the open-ended burden treating our wounded Veterans and their families will cost in the next 25-50 years under the dunder-headed leadership of W(orst POTUS in History) and the evil, criminal agenda of War Criminal Shadow President Cheney.

But, Republicons never take responsibility for their actions, they Just Do and let future generations sort out the mess. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality," - Karl Rove.

Thus, when Republicons are in power massive deficit spending is undertaken usually focused on the military and overseas adventurism, but when the Democratic Party is elected to the Congress or Presidency Fixing the Debt! and slashing Spending for the Social Safety Net becomes the only thing a responsible government can do. 

It derailed President Obama during his struggle with the Domestic Terrorists in the Republicon Party. The vicious use of Fix the Debt! to crush the American People was vividly illustrated by Paul90X Ryan's Path to Penury budget during the 2012 election, correctly called Ludicrous and Cruel by Paul Krugman. Of course, as with every action by the Republicon Party the Fix the Debt rhetoric serves their overarching agenda of stealing Social Security, defunding Medicare, and transferring wealth up their Plutocratic Owners, the 1%. It's the raison d'etre for the modern Republicans.

Much of this is predicated upon the fact that the holders of debt are always incredibly wealthy members of the 1%. "Some people call you the elites... I call you my base," - W(orst) addressing his Moneyed Masters.

As such, according to Republican Orthodoxy, Debt Holders must be made whole before the business of government can continue. If this means using the IMF to extract blood money from impoverished Nations to Vulture Capitalists who buy up their debt on the global market, fine. If it means bailing out Casino Hedge Fund Managers who made bad bet upon bad bet in the rigged housing market, building up towers upon foundations of shit until the whole edifice collapsed then so be it.

The Rich need always to be made whole and the Republicons stalk and slice up the Poor and Working Class in order to accomplish it. This is what the Republicons always do when they assume office. Ronnie Raygun's massive deficit spending, W(orst)'s blundering and destabilizing of the Middle East, and his scheme to swindle Social Security right before the Republican Recession of 2007 are designed to build up massive levels of Debt which the Republicans fully intend to extract from the American People.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Trump and Cruz Voters are The Republican Party

"Commie Faggot! Commie Faggot!" - McCain/Palin Voter in 2008 / "You goddamn Communist N*gger-lover!" - Trump Voter 2016 and screamed by every conservative from 1948 to 2016.
There is a belief, the Republican Party has been begging the media to advance that the Trump Supporter is some new and here-to-before unseen Wild Reactionary. But, in much the same way the Media clings to the Both Sides Do It bullshit rhetoric, the assertion that these people aren't the typical Republican voter is false. Trump's supporters are the Republican Party of 2016. Those voting for Trump (and/or Cruz) are Conservatives. Their spittle-flecked chants have been heard at every Republican rally since 1948. And they want what Republicans have always wanted; Societal Dominance.
"This is a movement," Trump exulted last August during a campaign speech in Nashville, Tennessee. "I don’t want it to be about me."
Whatever Trump is and desires is almost irrelevant at this point. Whether he really believes women should be punished for abortions, or if he really plans to invade Mexico, round up a million slaves, and make them build us a wall, or if he will order the military to murder children, rape men, and torture women in an orgy of war crimes doesn't matter. As he said this is a Movement; and once a movement is set in motion it will continue in motion unless some other force acts upon it. And while there is a general feeling Canadian-born Raffie Cruz is more dangerous of the two, because of his megalomaniacal theocratic ambitions, either one will destroy America because of the (un)holy terror they will allow to be unleashed.

The rabid reactionary right-wing believes with Trump/Cruz as President they will be returned to the place of power and authority, even if it's an ephemeral power only over the most marginalized people in the Nation.

What we are seeing is the final transformation of the Republican Party. The Party Elites, who promised a Re-birth of the Nation to get the votes of angry bigots, in order to pass tax cuts is about to complete it's change into the Party of White Power Racists, which will promise the upper class tax cuts to keep them on board.

One additional thought, which was spurred by Steve M. over at No More Mister Nice Blog where he asks why we haven't seen Trumpian Riots yet. It's one thing for the White Power Tea Party Republicans to kick out an Eric Cantor in Virginia or to nominate a Sharron Angle for Senate in Nevada, but when it comes to the Presidency the Republican Elites have much more sway and they very well may take the nomination from Herr Trump.

If they do engage in some convention misdirection, I believe the Republican Party, that cadre of racist bigots, right-wing religious fanatics, conservative child molestors, and Vulture Capitalists will do as they as always have; dutifully line up and vote for the candidate (whomever it may be) with the saintly R after his name.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dennis Hastert, Don Blakenship and the coddling of Conservative Criminals

Always note that Privilege means "Private Law". If you are rich, white, and conservative you can expect to get away with the most heinous of crimes, usually followed by a vigorous defense by the right-wing media. Additionally, you can always expect Republicans to rattle their sabres about how they are "tough on crime". But, it's as hollow and false as their so-called patriotism.

Republicans are weak on crime when said crime is committed by a member of the Right-Wing Club. Obviously, if the alleged criminal is poor, liberal, or a minority then expect conservatives to gleefully support violence, torture, and extra-judicial murder.

Dennis Hastert, abused at least 5 youths, during his tenure as a High School Coach. When "Coach" Hastert took over the Speakership of the Republican Party he gladly oversaw the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for a consensual adult sexual relationship. Hypocrite is too generous and kind of a word. Child Molesting Sexual Predator is more fitting. To which should be added convicted criminal.

The need for hush money to pay off his victims explains Hastert's Prairie Parkway real estate shenanigans, which netted "Coach" several million dollars from the $207 million federal grant he secured from President George W. Bush. Hastert apparently has been engaging in various criminal financial schemes to fund his hush money.

But, conservatives loved Hastert cause he undermined Democracy, with his "Hastert Rule". Even after the allegations began to surface and the heinous details emerged, conservatives took to the ramparts to denounce the extortion, because that's the "crime" they really cared about, and to rail about Big Bad Obama and his LIEbral Government "illegally" intruding on the private financial affairs of Dennis Hastert.

Don Blakenship, the Chief Executive Officer of Massey Energy, has spent decades buying Republicans. Because as a rich man he needed the ability to flout the law with impudence and be assured he would never be held accountable. Blakenship's purchase paid off when in 2004, a West Virginia Judge whom Blakenship owned ruled in his favor in vacating a 2002, $50 million dollar verdict against Massey Energy. So, egregious was this invocation of Privilege that the case went to the Supreme Court in 2009.
In the West Virginia case, Justice Kennedy wrote, there was “a serious, objective risk of actual bias.” Chief Justice Brent D. Benjamin, the beneficiary of the coal executive’s spending, twice joined the majority in 3-to-2 decisions throwing out the $50 million jury verdict against the company, Massey Energy. 
In a series of decisions rejecting disqualification motions, Justice Benjamin said there was no objective reason to suggest he could not rule fairly in the case. 
Justice Kennedy said he did not doubt Justice Benjamin’s sincerity. “We do not question his subjective findings of impartiality and propriety,” Justice Kennedy wrote of the state court’s chief justice in Monday’s decision, Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Company, No. 08-22. “Nor do we determine whether there was actual bias.” 
The plaintiffs in the fraud case, several small mining companies, won the $50 million verdict in 2002, persuading a jury that they had been driven out of business by fraud committed by Massey. That company’s chief executive, Don L. Blankenship, spent about $3 million in 2004 to defeat an incumbent justice, Warren R. McGraw, a Democrat, and to elect his opponent, Mr. Benjamin, a Republican who is now the court’s chief justice.
On April 5, 2010 an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine owned by Massey Energy Resulted in a disaster which killed 29 coal miners. During Blakenship's 10 year reign as CEO of Massey Energy safety regulations were systematically ignored and undone in the pursuit of profits (Mine owner ran up serious violations, 495 violations last year alone.) Blakenship was just found guilty of one count of conspiring to violate mine safety regulations. Of course, deregulation is a core plank of the Republican Party. And predictably this gets zero coverage on Faux News while the only chatter in the epistemically closed right-wing internet is to decry the travesty of justice of convicting Blakenship.

Josh Marshall at TPM points out that when child molesting Dennis Hastert ascended to be Republican Speaker of the House during the right-wing Impeachment of Bill Clinton, the entire Republican leadership involved in those proceeding were all deep into sordid, tawdry, or criminal sex scandals. But, IOKIYAR.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Biological Determinism and Conservative Bigotry

If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle
There are certain racist ideas which bubble up from time to time as a new generation of right-wing bigots come to the forefront. I received this comment from a self-described conservative:

Glen Filthie said...
The average black IQ is 85. Mohammed Ali had an IQ of 79 which psychologists consider to be mild mental retardation.

As a conservative and a race-realist...I know there are exceptions to the rule - but they ARE the exception.

For the record I wish that you were right and I was wrong, but the facts are what they are.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Beware going to Trump Rallies

"I've hurt you and I wish to go on... hurting you." - Conservative Idol Khan Noonien Singh
Current Conservative idealogy is based on the infliction of pain. Conservatives want to hurt people. They are blinded by Rage at their economic condition and falling standard of living and have absorbed the right-wing media propaganda that steak-eatin' young bucks and mexican rapists are to blame for their woes.

They lustfully cheer the murder of unarmed black americans. They whole-heartedly approve the pepperspraying and beating of leftist protesters. They applaud the demonization of muslims and mexicans. They push legislation to disenfranchise members of the LGBTQ community. They support the destruction of Unions and the theft of Teachers pensions. They vote to eliminate medicaid, Obamacare, and Social Security even though conservatives disportionally benefit from those federal programs.

In short, they want those whom they've been conditioned to believe have stolen the American Dream, to be hurt. There are a myriad number of reasons for conservative rage; belief in biological determinism and right-wing propaganda efforts top the list. However, normally Republican politicans don't stoke the rage directly; they appeal to it sideways and make obique veiled references to "the other" while allowing Hate Talk Radio, Faux News, and the right-wing internet to fan the flames of violence and do the heavy lifting of conditioning.

But, in this election the savvy Donald Trump emerged and threw the Republican gentleman's agreement out when he told conservatives to unleash their Id, to indulge in violence, that he will pay their legal fees, while he bemoaning the fact you can't just shoot the other anymore. So, begins the violence at Trump Rallies.
  • Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski has been charged with Battery after he man-handled a Breitbart "reporter". I'm sure it was a shock for the young lady as working for Breitbart she hates all the right people and was no doubt at the Trump Rally to give his Make America Great Again fascism a glowing review.
  • Matthew Vadum (who wrote in 2012 "Registering them [the Poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American")  tweeted out a threat to protesters that conservatives have millions of guns.
  • The old white male conservative Trump supporter who contected with an elbow strike on a non-violent black man calmly being escorted out of a Trump Rally in North Carolina threatened, "The next time we see him we might have to kill him."
  • Another white male Trump supporter in Cleveland invoked the most infamous Nazi death camp, repeatedly telling protesters to "Got to fucking Auschwitz", while throwing up the Nazi salute.
  • Nazi salutes and white power shouts are ubiquitous at Trump rallies. A older white German immigrant Trump lover threw the Nazi salute up at protesters. Trump Junior then tweeted out the name of Bernie Sanders supporter and claimed she was the one who did it. Until that woman threatened to sue and it was proven to be a fervent Trump fan and little Trump Junior tweeted a 'My bad I got bad info' non-apology apology.
  • PBS, ran a shockingly obtuse story, on a white South Carolina woman sporting white power tattoos all over her exposed arms and neck who claimed for the first time in her life she and her family was campaigning for a political candidate (i.e. Trump).
  • A black active duty Air Force serviceman beat up a protester being escorted out.
  • In the latest incident in Wisconsin, a young white male douche bearded Trump supporter pepper-sprayed a female juvenile who claimed an older gray haired white man groped her. After spraying into a crowd the the man walked off with the smug look of satisfaction at hurting a leftist. But, while blinded with the spray a different older white male Trump supporter yelled, "You goddamn Communist n*gger lover. Get out of here!"
The times change but the American Conservative does not. So, while I agree in protesting Trump and his modern day fascist rallies be aware that conservatives have a longing deep down in their bowels to hurt everyone whom their identify as Left or "the Other" and the Republican Party, which has been feeding this right-wing beast for electoral victories, can no longer restrain them.

So, if you do go to protest Trump, remember the conservatives present are going there praying for a confrontation and are, most likely, armed. And when conservatives walk around with weapons it's not with the hope they won't have to use them, it's with the fervent desire that they will get to use them.