Monthly Archives: September 2013

The GOP Is Slowly Starting To Wake Up

Or rather, they’ve finally decided that the damage the Tea Party is wreaking on their party is more dangerous than standing up to them and risking a Koch funded primary:

The circus created the past few days isn’t reflective of mainstream Republicans — it projects an image of not being reasonable. The vast majority of Republicans are pretty level-headed and are here to govern. - Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)

I disagree with the strategy of linking Obamacare with the continuing functioning of government – a strategy that cannot possibly work. - Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

John McCain has less than pleasant things to say about Cruz, anonymous GOPpers are feeding the media damning details on Cruz and worst of all, the media is actually pointing the finger at the GOP for the impending self inflicted wound.

Think about that: the MEDIA is not working overtime to blame “both sides.” Despite the incessant whining from the right of “liberal media bias,” anyone paying even a little attention knows the “liberal” media will go to any lengths to avoid blaming the GOP for anything. If Obama saved a cat from a tree after Ted Cruz set the tree on fire, the “liberal” media would report it as “Both men are facing recriminations over the situation.”

For the “liberal” media to not be screaming “A pox on both your houses!” at the top of their lungs? This is some serious shit.

Proof That God Hates White Supremacists

The racist weasel that was trying to buy up a mostly abandoned town and turn it into a haven for white supremacists has run into a bit of a problem. Seriously, the irony here is so perfect it just HAD to be intelligently designed:

An order giving white supremacist Craig Cobb five days to come up with a plan for installing running water and a sewer outlet into his home in Leith expired Monday and it’s possible the house could be declared uninhabitable.

So a piece of shit is being evicted for not being able to flush the shit is he is so very full of. Well played, God. Well played…

HIV Is In Decline. When Will The Religious Right Put A Stop To That?

Via RawStory:

Hailing progress in distributing antiretroviral drugs that prevent the transmission of the virus from pregnant women to their unborn children, the UN body said it may be possible to slash new infections among kids by 90 percent in the next two years.

In its annual report on the state of the global pandemic, the agency said the drugs had prevented more than 670,000 children contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS from 2009 to 2012 alone.

Antivirals promise to eliminate new cases of HIV in a decade or so. This is an unfortunate development for the religious right since they consider HIV/AIDS to be a divine punishment for homosexuality and fornication. Conservatives have complained, and meant it, that the wildly successful vaccine for HPV will lead to increased promiscuity among teens. They were and are actually willing to use the threat of a disease that can cause cervical cancer to keep girls from having sex. How do you suppose they’ll react if we try to wipe out new HIV infections in the United States? My guess? Not well at all. Who are we, after all, to interfere with “God’s judgement?”

Colorado Republican Upset By Gay Brainwashing

Waaaaah!

Klingenschmitt said that the problems all started when Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed the civil unions law earlier this year.

“There are no waivers or provisions for any contrary thought, whether it’s religion or people’s expression of their own morality,” Lambert explained. “It completely suppresses basically any ideas.”

“It’s a mind-control experiment by the majority party, the Democrats here in Colorado, to force everybody — including children in schools, everything else — under penalty of law to believe in homosexual marriage,” he added.

Actually, he’s not completely wrong on the mind control aspect. Seat belts laws were an assault on our freedoms according to the usual crowd of idiots and anti-smoking laws were tyranny. But a funny thing happened: deaths and injuries from car accidents plummeted and non-smokers, who vastly outnumber smokers, realized that, hey, I like eating my dinner without choking on cigarette smoke in a restaurant! Now, most people don’t even question the need for seat belts and even smokers generally don’t feel entitled to blow smoke in the face of non-smokers.

The entire point of laws are to modify our behavior in some way. It becomes a crime to abuse or attack a black person for being black and society starts to frown upon overt racism. It becomes a crime to fire a LGBT person for being LGBT and gay bashing becomes a taboo behavior. This is why the right fights so hard against anti-bullying laws. Kids who grow up in a system where they are penalized for abusing LGBT kids tend to grow up thinking, horror of horrors, that demonizing the LGBT community is unacceptable.

Lambert is not upset at the conditioning, he’s upset that HIS philosophy of hate and bigotry is not the one being enforced.

Don’t you feel just awful for him?

The Latest Conspiracy Nut Freakout May Have Something To It (VIDEO)

There’s a new conspiracy flying around the tinfoil hat circut that actually has me deeply disturbed. But leave it to the anti-government idiots to take away the wrong message. This is what happens when you see the boogeyman under every rock:

If you don’t want to sit through the droning, here’s the short version:

Forced Home Inspections Will Implemented sometime in 2013.

FEMA purchase orders for over $14.2 million for MREs and heater meals to be delivered to Region III by October 1st.

FEMA purchase orders for 22 million pouches of emergency water to be delivered to region III by October 1st.

FEMA purchase orders for $13.6 million for MREs and heater meals to be delivered to Austin by October 1st.

Nine-week training course for UN Peacekeepers in CONUS to learn Urban Warfare, English, and US weapons systems beginning 4th week of July for 386,000 troops to be completed by October 1st. $11 million in antibiotics to be delivered to FEMA region III by October 1st ordered by CDC.

World Health Organization held second emergency meeting in its history to discuss MERS Coronavirus. Determined a vaccine MUST be in place by October 1st.

2800 MRAPs must be delivered to DHS by October 1st. No leave will be allowed for US military from September 28th thru November 5th. NORCOMM yearly training for civil unrest suspended until September 27th. To be performed in northeast coastal areas. Date for release of QE3 report moved to October 16th.

All DHS agents MUST qualify with sidearm, shotgun and AR 15 by September 28th. No mention of yearly less lethal qualification. Sporadic testing of GPS and Communications satellites is coordinated for the first time with a testing date of September 29th.

Etc. Etc.

Now, assuming all of this is true, there IS something to be concerned about here and it’s not what the imbeciles of the tinfoil hat brigade are gearing up to be outraged about.

The MERS Coronavirus has the WHO and the CDC extremely concerned, and for good reason: it has a fatality rate of almost 50% so far. By way of comparison, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the people who caught it. 50% is Black Plague territory and this one can spread by contact. If it mutates to become just a little more easily transmitted, we’re looking at a disaster on a worldwide scale.

And if THAT happens? Well, looky there! The evil government has been stockpiling supplies, vaccines and water while training troops to handle exactly the kind of civil unrest a massive and deadly outbreak would cause. Who the fuck do these conspiracy idiots think is going to maintain order in the face of a devastating plague? The gun nuts and their doomsday militias?

This Is What REAL Class Warfare Looks Like

Via Rawstory:

Angry Bangladeshi garment workers blocked roads, set factories alight and clashed with police for a third day on Monday as protests demanding a minimum monthly wage of $100 spread outside the capital Dhaka.

Abdul Baten, police chief of the Gazipur industrial district near Dhaka which is home to hundreds of factories, told AFP that “up to 200,000 workers” had joined the latest demonstrations.

His deputy Mustafizur Rahman said about 300 factories, which make clothing for top Western retailers such as Walmart, were shut on Monday to contain the violence as protesting workers attacked plants that stayed open.

You might think I mean that the workers burning factories and protesting is the class warfare I am referring to. It’s not.

 ”…protests demanding a minimum monthly wage of $100″

These are people that would 60, 70, 80 hours or more a week and they’re fighting JUST to reach $100 a month. 

Quick bit of math for the conservatives among us: 40 hours per week time 4 is 160 hours a month. That’s sixty two cents an HOUR. And that’s going by US labor practices. And no, they can’t just “find a better job” so, yes, they ARE being forced to work there.  When you’re other option is starvation and homelessness, you do not have a choice.

Meanwhile, Walmart, alone, made $15.7 billion in profits for 2012. Not revenue, actual profit. The only question I have is how long the big chain stores will wait before hiring mercenaries to go in and start killing people to get the workers back in line. They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again. Greed knows no morality.

DC Pundit Class Shows Their Total Irrelevance

Remember when the point of attacking Syria was to get rid of Assad’s chemical weapons? Or, at the very least, get him to not use them again? How is it we’ve achieved that very goal without firing a shot but this makes Obama look “weak?”

Keep in mind the historic nature of what is happening in Syria. Not only has Assad admitted to having chemical weapons for the first time, he’s declared that he wants to join the international chemical weapons ban. Not only that, but Russia brokered the deal, putting THEIR international reputation on the line. Does anyone think Assad will embarrass his closest and most powerful ally? Not bloody likely.

Obama’s “warmongering” and behind the scenes diplomacy accomplished this. But, boy!, what a big pussy he is for not starting a new war!

Your “liberal” media hard at work making asses of themselves.

Miss America 2013 Is Indian And The Right Absolutely Freaks Out. But They’re Not Racist At All. Really!!

Once again, the right is in full fledged poutage mode over “their” America slipping from their grasp.

Behold! The doom of ‘Murika! This year’s Miss America, Nina Davuluri from New York:

Nina Davuluri

Holy fucksticks! She’s an injun! Tain’t no way no injun can be no Mizz ‘Murika!

OK, that’s a slight exaggeration of the reaction.

Oh wait! No. It’s not.

miss america

 

But Justin! You filthy liberal scum! That’s just one person! He doesn’t represent the right at all!

O RLY?

Todd Starnes is a Fox News Hate Radio personality. Yeah, I’m sure it’s just an isolated incident. Just like it always is.

The dumbfuckery ranged from calling Davuluri a terrorist to an Arab to a Muslim. Because when you’re white, angry and stupid, anyone with brown skin from another country is probably a Muslim terrorist.

My favorite part of all of this is how Miss Kansas represents the “real” America. Why? Because the right clings to this idea that small towns in the middle of corn fields are the majority of America. As usual, reality says otherwise.

Here’s some interesting facts, none of which will be welcome by Todd “Captain America” Starnes:

  • Population of the United States –           313.9 million
  • Population of Kansas –                          2.866 million (0.91%)
  • Population of New York –                       19.57 million (6.23%)
  • Population of NYC –                               8.245 million (2.62%)

Kansas represents less than 1% of the population of the entire country. New York City ALONE is almost three times as populous.

But that’s just New York and everyone knows that REAL Americans don’t live in cities! Ah. Some more bad news for Starnes:

Rural population as percentage of total population in 2010 –   19.3%
Urban population as percentage of total population in 2010 –  80.7%

The US census defines the different areas as:

  • Urbanized Areas (UAs) of 50,000 or more people;
  • Urban Clusters (UCs) of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people.
  • “Rural” encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area.

Even if you try to skew the numbers and count all population centers under 50,000 as “rural,” you’re still looking at a 68.3% to 31.7% difference. In other words, two to one, Americans live in cities. And that’s only if you’re being insanely loose with the definition of rural. In reality, Americans live in cities 4-1.

Therefore, Miss Kansas does NOT represent “real” American values. The overwhelming majority of us do not hunt or own a gun. Less than half of one percent of the country is currently in the military and even less are reserve personnel. If you count up all the veterans still alive, then number is significantly less than 50% of all American citizens. This is not to diminish their service but let’s not pretend they represent a majority of the country.

And let’s be honest here, if Ms. Davuluri had been the one with tattoos, then tattoos would have been the sluttiest thing ever as far as the right is concerned.

I’ve written about this “real America” nonsense before but it bears repeating:

But despite urban life being the statistical norm, there’s a distinct problem with the line of thought that one is more authentic than the other: it is all utter nonsense. There is no such thing as an American that’s intrinsically better than any other. If there was, this wouldn’t be the United States as we understand it. The whole theory behind the existence of this country is its egalitarianism.

If the idea of an Indian woman born and raised in America winning the Miss America pageant fills you with rage and disgust, you’re a racist piece of shit and you don’t understand the point of America at all.

‘Walking While Black.’ Apparently It IS A Crime In Florida

Or at least this cop was stupid enough to try it.

First Coast News reported on Monday that Bobby Wingate was cited by an officer for “walking down the wrong side of the road” during the stop, then punched in the face. When the officer pulled out his Tazer, Wingate called 911 to protect himself.

“He said do I really want to fight him?” Wingate can be heard telling the emergency dispatcher. “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Wingate was arrested, charged with resisting arrest without violence and walking down the wrong side of the road and brought to trial. But in court, the officer testified he was not sure what side of the road Wingate was on, prompting the judge to dismiss the case. Wingate has since filed a civil suit against the department.

What I want to know is: What if the cop had remembered? Would it have made a difference? And what the hell was the cop thinking? Did he really think a judge would uphold it or that he wouldn’t be slapped with a massive civil suit?

Were the police always this stupid or is it a new thing?

Anti-Union Forces Handed Temporary Defeat

Via Raw Story:

Indiana’s much-derided “right-to-work” law was ruled unconstitutional on Monday by a state Superior Court judge, paving the way for another legal battle with the state Supreme Court.

WXIN-TV reported that Judge John Sedia’s ruling found that a provision in the law requiring unions to represent workers who do not pay union dues violates the state constitution.

Here’s the perfect example of how the right lacks any core principles whatsoever. The way right to work kills unions is that it makes it possible for union members to leave the union but still forces the union to represent them. And people being what they are, they decide “Why buy the cow when I get the milk for free.” This, of course, is a terrible decision in hindsight because as soon as the union is defunct, benefits vanish, pensions get axed, wages drop, etc. And job security? What’s that?

But look again at what conservatives force unions to do: support people that refuse to pay into the system. This is the very thing conservatives claim to despise more than anything else. Except, of course, when it can be used to undermine the political and economical clout of workers.

The right has no core principles.

addendum: Some might be tempted to suggest that “AHA! So you admit that socialism doesn’t work! After all, what kills the unions is the same as the rich being forced to pay for the poor!”

Let me think about that for a seco no you stupid bastard! It’s not the same at all. In the case of the rich and the poor, the poor CAN’T pay and the rich can more than afford it. In the case of the unions, everyone is making roughly the same amount and the union workers are being forced to support their non-union coworkers that can absolutely afford to pay. The latter are the kind of moochers conservatives claim to detest while the former are those that need a hand up.

So there’s that.