Saturday, August 20, 2016

Obama The "Messiah"

Never mind the fact America's great new savior Trump has proclaimed that he alone can "fix the system" and make us great again. "Obama the Messiah" has been the slogan behind the far Right's hate and contempt for the man before he even took office.

History shows demagoguery has long been the path to power for authoritarians. Obama is guilty of his share of betrayals and sell outs, but never by being a demagogue. 

Those few of us paying attention in 2008 knew Obama had a corporatist nature. His Bush-appeasing approval of the Fourth Amendment-defying FISA amendment that exonerated telecoms for sharing our communications with the NSA was the first warning flag.

Obama swiftly appeased the Right again when he removed the public option from the conservative Heritage Foundation-inspired Obamacare.

Obama the "socialist messiah" even offered to cut Social Security for his "grand bargain".

Obama's support for the TPP is further proof of his record of corporatist appeaser.

His "looking forward" and ignoring the lies and treachery that led us to torture and the debacle in Iraq was another clear indicator this man is no progressive, let alone socialist.

ISIS was a direct product of Bush's destruction of Iraq and dismissal of the Iraqi army. Now many of the cult zombies buy into Trump's lie that Obama "founded ISIS".

Yet the far Right cult blames Obama for this. And then they whine about their obvious racism at worst, and stupidity at best, being called out for blaming the black guy for the damage their white Republican leader caused. The same hate cult blames Obama for the financial collapse and the Bush Recession.

Give me a f-ing break. If these closed minded, vile, false Christian assholes are looking for respect, they're not getting any from any sane and informed persons.

And if this is what many "good Christians" believe, they will be in for a shock. These false beliefs reflect only the willful hate and ignorance of sanctimonious hypocrites. I doubt their "heaven" is full of hypocritical willful haters, for they directly defy the commandments of their Savior. No wonder Ghandi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

Many of them clearly, and deliberately, do not want to be like Christ. Greed is their god. Hate is their creed. Ignorance is their strength.

Instead of understanding these facts, the far Right STILL parrots their "messiah" BS. They truly embrace ignorance and believe their own crap, or are basically evil. They promote their own concept of the "noble lie".

It may take a leap of faith to be Christian, but it takes a giant leap of ignorance and hate to be a far Right Christian. That giant leap of ignorance and hate is exactly what con-servative Republicans nurture, and need, to dupe the American people into approving their suppression of democracy, letting Big Oil dictate environmental policy, and allowing the Kochs to dictate and dismantle our Constitutional regulation of commerce and providing for the general welfare.

(Also posted at Fair and Unbalanced.)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

"Make Russia Great Again"

There is no shame, no honesty and no decency left in the Republican Party. Failure to understand this fact is, and has been, America’s fatal flaw.

Here’s the latest Republican hypocrisy reported by NBC News:

Mike Pence chastised President Obama on Friday for indirectly referring to Donald Trump as a demagogue, saying — perhaps ironically — that "name calling" has no "place in public life.

…Pence's remarks backed up against his own running mate's use of derogative nicknames over the last year on the campaign, including: "Little Michael Bloomberg", "Crooked Hillary" [Clinton], "Corrupt [Tim] Kaine", "Liddle Marco [Rubio]", "Lyin' Ted" [Cruz], "Crazy Bernie" [Sanders], "Goofy" [Elizabeth Warren] and "Low Energy Jeb" [Bush].

Well whadayaknow? As proven again and again, name calling, IOKIYAR.

That was great hypocrisy, but con-servative theocrat Pence still takes a back seat to what Dear Leader Trump said.  (Trump is North Korea’s favorite after all. And according to Trump, Putin’s pick.)

To help him take power, Trump openly hoped Russia would hack into our country and his political opponent. Sounds like treason, or at least inciting espionage and criminal conduct.


Donald puts himself above the law and our country. He has the bigoted, arrogant and dishonest characteristics of an authoritarian dictator.

Benedict Donald actually said:

“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

How's THAT for "presidential"? But wait, there's more.

"I've always felt fine about Putin. He's a strong leader. He's a powerful leader." High praise for a thuggish strongman from another. He also respected Saddam for the same reasons.

In the November 10 GOP debate, Trump said: “I got to know him very well because we were both on ‘60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.”

And now:

“I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is,” Trump said at a Florida news conference.

Look no further for a perfect example of Orwellian "double-think", holding two contradictory statements as truth. "Ignorance is strength", comrades.

The  horror is so many low-information, ignorant, stupid, and pathetic American racists and rubes believe that man, no matter what he says.

Fellow billionaire Mike Bloomberg accurately noted, "I know a con when I see one".

Even the Koch brothers refuse to back this reckless ignoramus and sociopath.

We know Paul Manafort, NATO-defying Donald Trump’s top adviser, has close ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

"It was a weird thing for the people in Ukraine, because they could not imagine how an American strategist agreed to cooperate with Putin’s friend. It was confusing. But Manafort played a decisive role in the victory of Yanukovych," said Ukrainian political expert Oleg Kravchenko.

The Guardian reports:

Discussing a possible Moscow hotel project with real estate website in 2013, Trump boasted: “The Russian market is attracted to me. I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room”.

On another occasion he declared: “Moscow right now in the world is a very, very important place. We wanted Moscow all the way.”

In 2008, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr, told a New York Russian real estate investors conference that a “lot of money [is] pouring in from Russia”. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” he added.

There you go folks. The choice is clear. Vote Republican.

Comrade Benedict Donald will “Make Russia Great Again”.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

RNC Day 3: Thank You, Ted

Things have been really heating up inside Mount Doom on the Cuyahoga.

We can thank "Lyin' Ted" Cruz for most of those BTUs.

Cruz is one the worst of the fundamentalist tea-bagging Republicans to come along. Despite being unlikable in every way, the guy has a Nixonian calculating sense of strategy and purpose. 

Too bad his purpose is to create a corporatist theocracy.

Lyin' Ted seized his moment, and drew boos and howls from agitated Trumpies at the convention, only after failing to endorse their anointed One Who Will “Make America Great Again” ™.

We all know how a rabid gang of authoritarian personalities react to those who fail to fall in line. It is ugly. He was even compared to Hillary! How’s THAT for pure hate?

One can almost sympathize and admire Teddy boy. For good reason, he resents Trump, not only as being one who is not a “true conservative”, but as a vile brute who smeared his wife and father.

Poor Ted. He’s been made an example of the new lows Republicans now embrace in their Jihad against decency, democracy, and government of, by and for the people.

Trump has been busy terrifying the world, brandishing his unstable personality while leading his legions of fanatic followers. As his VP Pence talked about commitments to friendly nations, Don the Con announced he wouldn’t be in any hurry to meet our NATO treaty obligations in case of conflict.  

Having it both ways is what he’s always been about.

But Pence is now to be the Trump appointed President of domestic and foreign policy, if we are to believe the Kasich people. Asked what Donald will be doing, his toady replied, “He will make America Great Again” ™.

How’s that for before-the-fact dereliction of duty? He’s not only Sarah Palin’s twin in being grossly uninformed, he’s also planning on being the next “Quitter in Chief”.

I guess the Trump Constitution allows all powers to be ceded to the VP, just like Cheney had assumed from a previous clueless neo-Aristocrat allowed into the White House.

Trump will appoint “Unbelievably good people” to make America great again. Trust him.

Gotta love America the Ignorant.

But what I find most savory is Ted’s words that rankled the rubes more than anything else. “Vote your conscience”.

“What conscience?” one may reasonably inquire. He’s talking to fanatic far Right Republicans, after all. Authoritarians value obedience and conformity, not conscience, and never dissent. That’s for sissy liberals, not Real Americans ™.

Once again Democrats have been handed the perfect weapon to use for their campaign. I doubt they will run with it though. They’re arrogant, and too smart by half, which isn’t too smart.

Democrats should appropriate “Vote your conscience” for Hillary’s campaign slogan. What could be more bi-partisan, and appeal to more people?

They could even thank Ted for the perfect gift. He’d just LOVE that.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Day One: Thank You, Melania

Mordor on Lake Erie, aka the Republican National Convention, is blossoming into the quadrennial tragi-comic  “Anger and Hatefest of Clowns” we’ve been expecting.

Professional haters Tom Cotton, Rudy the 9-11 Guy, and some authoritarian far Right military and cop types, have launched the spectacle into a proto-fascist orgy of blame and resentment.

There is no Right wing con-servatism without blame and resentment. It is their essence.

Ah, but there are more elements mixed into their frothing stew of arrogance and bigotry. We have dishonesty, incompetence and evasion of accountability in abundance. “Bush kept us safe” pretty much covers those slimy characteristics.

These dark elements of con-servatism are illuminated by the reaction to Melania Trump’s speech. It contained passages lifted directly from Michelle Obama’s convention speech eight years ago. 

Of course, the Trumpies howl in indignation at the very suggestion of plagiarism, no matter how obvious it is. Melania says she wrote her speech. Right. So that would make her the plagiarist. But true to Trump form, bragging and lies are their specialty.

The speech was no doubt  handed to her by an underling.

But a Trump NEVER admits to a mistake. If they did, they’d be busy coming clean for the rest of their snooty, privileged, neo-aristocratic lives.

True to form, the Trumpies have circled their wagons with bald-faced insistence there was no copy and paste and no plagiarism. The “liberal media” conspirators just need to know it was coincidence. Yeah, that’s it. Those were common words, right?

If you believe that, we have just the president for you.

Eager Democrats pounced in their own clumsy manner. “Aha!” they caught the Trump campaign in a lie. That’s a mistake. They lie all the time. Another lie will wash off their oily scales like the rest of their massive opus of falsehoods.

At the very least, Democrats could hammer the liars with something like, “If Donald hired a plagiarist for his wife’s big convention speech, who will he hire to “fix” our country?”

That just might move the Trumpies to back-track their incompetence. All they have to do is fire someone. We all know that sends a tingle up their legs.

If Democrats were smart, and that’s a big if, they would embrace Melania's speech and announce with unending delight and celebration the fact that Melania has the same values as Michelle Obama. 

Yes, all Dems need to do is say, "Thank you Melania, for agreeing with our First Lady Michelle."

After that, they could thank Donald for agreeing with all the con-servative white racists in the country.

Onward through the madness…

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why I’m "Considering" Voting for Trump

Why would any sane person consider voting for Trump? Good question.

I’m NOT considering voting for Trump as the way to “make America great again”. That’s not going to happen. Only fools and fascists fall for that crap. Trump would only bring xenophobia, racism, war, torture, group punishment and more medieval methods to deal with problems of our modern era. 

Trump declared, "They probably think we’re weak, we’re stupid, we don’t know what we’re doing, we have no leadership. You know, you have to fight fire with fire."

The crowd responded with chants of “USA! USA!”

At one point, he asked the crowd: "What do you think about waterboarding?"

When Trump answered, "I like it a lot. I don't think it's tough enough," it was met with cheers of course.

Like Bush before him, Trump would further destabilize the world and make America more lawless and belligerent than before. The potential damage he could do is limitless.

And that’s why I would consider voting for him. Our country is rigged for the elites and broken for the citizens, and cannot be repaired as it is now.

The “tear it all down and rebuild” idea is something to be considered, and nobody could help bring it all down faster than Trump. The only problem is the people suffering most now would have to face an even greater loss of democracy, along with more privation and austerity. 

It will be ugly. But that never stopped them from voting for Republicans and Corpo-dems before.

Older people vote for the party that wants to privatize their Social Security and cut Medicare. Too many apathetic younger people don’t have any interest in their future. Yes, it is the definition of insanity to repeat the same failed pattern.

So, why not embrace “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”? Let’s steer this stinking ship of fools into the iceberg. We’re doing it anyway. It’s only a matter of how fast we do it. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a good life. I have no young children to worry about. My future doesn’t matter so much anymore. Why should I care?

That’s the only possible way I would "consider" voting for Trump. It’s good to at least consider every possibility, right?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

How About Freedom AND Safety?

I grew up in the Great North Woods and hunted from a young age. I learned early that some rights are contingent on responsibilities to safety. I own firearms…and I’m not trembling in my ammo can, fearing Obama’s coming to take them away. 

Many gun owners are really afraid of this false and manufactured “threat to freedom”. It is due to appeals to emotion, reinforced by political propaganda and corporate PR.

I’m very familiar with the gun debate and think I’m with the mainstream public on this. We don’t need AR15s and AK47s for sport or self defense. Weapons of modern warfare should have been restricted long ago. Actually they were once, then Bush let the restrictions expire.

I think new sales of weapons of war, as well as their large magazines, could be banned and not one American would be less free or less safe. We have a Second Amendment, yet we don’t arm psychotics, or have the right to machine guns, RPGs, and flame throwers. This is for good reason. It is a reasonable and sane point that we are all for some kind of gun control. It is a matter of degree.

For many, this reasoning doesn’t resonate well with such an emotional issue. Emotions can affect how we react to events and how we think of things. Reasonable discussion can be difficult if not impossible when emotions are involved. Extreme Ideologies prey on emotion, and allow only ideologically filtered information. 

Both freedom and safety are emotion-charged concepts.

I will attempt to appeal to reason and provide an alternative point of view on some points presented for consideration, and I will also offer appeals to emotion for perspective.

“What better incentive for  hastening of a tyrannical police state than a disarmed populace?”

Perhaps a better incentive for hastening for a police state would be a population of ill-informed souls conditioned by corporate media to never understand, or even be exposed to, the words 'Inverted Totalitarianism" and “Neo-liberalism”. They are engineering the demise of democracy and the entrenchment of unchecked economic political power. Educate yourself on these terms, and you’ll understand what I’m saying.

The previous Republican Administration has proven the government can get away with a war of aggression, mass surveillance, torture, and indefinite detention without charges. Let’s also remember that just before the invasion of Iraq 70% of Americans falsely believed Saddam was an ally of al-Qaeda and involved in 9-11. 

Americans believed Saddam had aluminum tubes for a nuclear weapons program, "biological labs", stockpiles of WMDs, and other falsehoods 

Corporate media wasn't interested in dissenting voices. Relatively few were allowed. The New York Times and Washington Post, along with CNN and FOX "News" simply parroted the claims of Cheney and other Neocons.

Corporate media programming and manipulation, lack of public interest and involvement, and our easy acceptance of propaganda are how we become intellectually disarmed for tyranny.

BTW German civilians in the 1930s had guns. Seems gun owners had no problem when they were pro-police.

It is a fair claim that Americans are uneducated on our history and Constitution.

I would be careful of demeaning others’ “lack of understanding the Second Amendment”. There is no one indisputable “understanding” of the Second Amendment. Beware the ideologues who tell you otherwise. The founders didn’t say it was for armed rebellion if your party lost an election. It might just be about the outdated militias. See what I mean? The same applies to much of the rest of the Constitution.

We were a free society before AR15s. We would still be as free without them. They do not grant, bestow or assure freedom. The Bill of Rights does.

I don’t understand how innocent humans being slaughtered is an acceptable “price of freedom” for grown men wanting to play soldier or militia. I know a lot of these guys, and they are misinformed and afraid. And someone profits from misinforming them and fueling their fear. They respond to appeals to emotions wrapped in words like freedom, liberty, and patriotism.

It’s too late to undo the harm, and future harm, from military style weapons in circulation. The bloody epidemic of weapons of war has been unleashed and will only grow worse if no action is taken. The more weapons of war in society, the more piles of bodies. See Aurora Colorado, See Newtown. See Orlando. See San Bernardino. See Iraq. 

But it's getting better, so we don't need more gun laws, some say.

“Gun violence has fallen dramatically since the '90's (Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011)”

Yes, the overall firearm homicide rate is down, largely because the crack epidemic subsided and the 18-24 year old population bracket has shrunk.

What else has changed? 

The number of mass killings by semi-automatic rifles has risen. Like it or not, the NRA has made it easier for terrorists to buy weapons of mass murder. 

Someone profits from this slaughter. (Blatant appeal to emotion.)

“So taking all of that into consideration, (Firearm homicide rate lower than death by auto, tobacco, alcohol, etc) or please remind me why we need to start taking away people rights?”

As noted, see the right to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theatre. It is not taking away a right to employ reasonable limits, unless you want the right to shout “Fire”, and to have mortars and artillery. Again, we’re trying to be reasonable here.

BTW, Are not the victims and families really the ones who had their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness taken away?  (Blatant appeal to emotion.)

“The gun wasn't the problem, it was the fault of a poor vetting system and the radical ideology of the shooter”

Of course the shooter was the problem, but, again, shall we ask the victims if the assault rifle was not a big part of the problem?  (Blatant appeal to emotion.)

“Every time something like this happens people stand on the graves of the victims and try to capitalize on tragedy and take away freedoms.”

I agree. 

Who really capitalizes?  That would be the NRA and the makers and sellers of AR15s. They are the ones who profit most after these horrible incidents. It can be argued that military style weapons in abundance make us less free, especially the victims. (Final blatant appeal to emotion.) 

There’s that “More than one understanding” thing again. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Projection from Human Scum

I hate Right Wing racist sociopaths. They have always been a cancer on humanity.

Walking tumor George Zimmerman wants to profit from the sale of his murder weapon. If that's not despicable enough to human decency, he adds insult to murder.

“They didn’t raise their son (Trayvon Martin) right,” Zimmerman said. “He attacked a complete stranger and attempted to kill him.”

“Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did everything they could to capitalize on her son’s death. She was never a mother figure to him. Tracy Martin couldn’t have cared less about their son. He treated him like a dog without a leash...Sure, I’m sorry for any parent that has lost a child. That being said, I also believe it’s their duty to have an internal dialogue to see what they should have done better and what they should have done appropriately.”

(How many times has Zimmerman been in and out of trouble with the law again?)