Saturday, August 19, 2017

Alex Jones Running Like They Just Announced Dollar Nite At An East Texas Titty Bar



As The Short Bus Media Sloooooowly Catches Up With Us Hateful Libtards



Nine months ago, ABC News' chief pedantic, finger-wagging scold and Both Siderist warrior political analyst was very busy lecturing the rest of us on what naughty, naughty (and ignorant) Americans we were for jumping to irresponsible conclusions about Trump voters:

Nine.
Months.
Later.
Have I mentioned that this is the guy ABC News pays for his deep and perceptive insights into the minds of the American electorate and state of American politics?  And like the rest of his Beltway media running buddies, the words that Mr. Dowd is now struggling mightily not to say are: "Holy shit!  The Left was right about the Right all along."

Funny old world.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Professional Left Podcast #402

"I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid."
-- Harlan Ellison, writer


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Racist President Fires Racist Hype Man



American racists "concerned" but remain optimistic.


Bannon out.

Why no picture of Bannon?

Because Bannon is not the story.

President Stupid and the party of bigots and imbeciles that elected him is the story.




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What Eugene Robinson Gets Wrong



"We thought the GOP would never recover from lying us into Iraq, endorsing torture, Katrina, etc.  But then Obama wore that damn tan suit..."
-- driftglass


Dear Mr. Robinson,

I love your work, but until your profession is purged of its legions of flunkies, quislings and Both Siderist Republican-enablers, your headline today will never come to pass:
History will remember the Republicans who stick around

...
With only a few exceptions, however, GOP political leaders have been too timid to denounce the president and the reprehensible game of racial politics he’s playing. I think the corporate chief executives who bailed are making the right bet: History will remember who spoke out, who was complicit and who stood idly by...
Sorry, Gene -- may I call you Gene? -- but given the state of your profession today, this is nonsense.

Really dangerous nonsense.  

Because perhaps you hadn't noticed, but thanks to the legions of flunkies, quislings and Both Siderist Republican-enablers that pollute your profession, "history" gets reset after every Republican atrocity.  
For example. the minute the Bush Administration started feeding the Constitution through the wood-chipper, the GOP and the legions of flunkies, quislings and Both Siderist Republican-enablers that pollute your profession all agreed to suddenly forget all of the righteous pieties they spouted during the Clinton years about the moral imperative of holding presidents maximally, impeachably accountable -- even for little things like blowjobs -- no matter the cost.

See, "Like A Virgin", September 11, 2009.

For example. in 2009, Newt Gingrich -- one of the Founding Father's of Republican lying and hate-speech, and one of its most dedicated ongoing facilitators -- was also the most frequent honored guest on "Meet the Press".  In fact, the Beltway media's open-ended dedication to blotting-out Gingrich's monstrous behavior and rehabilitating his public reputation over and over and over again is such a blatant stain on your profession that it has earned its own title:  "The Gingrich Rules".  

Of course, after the Bush Administration imploded, these same, Republican meatheads had the same-but-opposite problem:  how the hell were they going to make their eight years of relentless cheering-leading the Bush Clusterfuck disappear?

And then, right on schedule, along came the Fake Tea Party.  

See, "Now, The Bush-Belly Sneetches", September 17, 2010.

And while that "History" thingie which was supposed "remember" their complicity and hold them accountable was busy chasing rainbows, the entire Bush Administration disappeared straight down the same memory hole into which the entire Clinton Administration had already been consigned. Suddenly all human history began on January 20, 2009 and nobody remembered nuthin' that happened before then.  

See "Croatoan Conservatives", August 20, 2016.

And what do all of these massive crimes against democracy and history have in common?  None of of them would have been possible or sustainable without the very active cooperation of those legions of flunkies, quislings and Both Siderist Republican-enablers that pollute your profession.  

And the fallout from 20 years of media complicity in helping Republicans lie about who they are, what they they believe and what they have done has been catastrophic.  The entire Republican Party from the leadership to the base is now addicted to the belief that, no matter how recklessly they behave or how much ruin they leave in their wake, thanks to the on-demand intercession of those legions of flunkies, quislings and Both Siderist Republican-enablers that pollute your profession, they will never be held accountable or have to pay any price for any of it.

And that, Gene, is why 63 million of these meatheads felt perfectly OK going to the polls in November and casting their vote for a lying, racist madman.  

Because why not?  

After all, it don't cost nuthin'.




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Johnny Cash Friday


From Rosanne Cash
A message from the children of Johnny Cash:

We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association.

Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners. Along with our sister Rosanne, he was on the advisory board of an organization solely devoted to preventing gun violence among children. His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII. Several men in the extended Cash family were among those who served with honor.

Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, ‘Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.’

We do not judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed. We value the capacity for love and the impulse towards kindness. We respect diversity, and cherish our shared humanity. We recognize the suffering of other human beings, and remain committed to our natural instinct for compassion and service.

To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology.

We Choose Love.

Rosanne Cash
Kathy Cash
Cindy Cash
Tara Cash
John Carter Cash

August 16, 2017

‘Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.’ Rep. John Lewis

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Matthew Dowd is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person



ABC News' chief political analyst warns that pointing that he is a callow, myopic political chump is not a "winning strategy."
I dunno, Mr. Dowd--

-- it sure feels like I've won something.

So, no, I'll be rubbing it in for awhile longer.

Also, for someone who wears his Catholicism so prominently on his sleeve, Mr. Dowd seems acutely averse to anything remotely resembling confession, repentance or atonement.

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This Is Basic Shit People



Never play cards with a man called Doc.
Never eat at a place called Mom's.
Never elect a President who's cool with Nazis.

Basic, basic shit.  



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We Cannot Endure Permanently Half-Fox and Half-Free



"We will become all one thing, or all the other." -- driftglass, 11/30/2010





Bullshit Connor Speaks



...the King grew vain;

Fought all his battles o'er again;

And thrice he routed all his foes,

And thrice he slew the slain*

President Stupid is never going to stop until he is removed from office.  Never.

Furthermore, the Republican Base is never going to leave him because they are just like him -- a fact which, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary staring them in the face --


-- the Brain Caste of the GOP and pretty much every member of the Beltway media has spent the last couple of decades vehemently denying by numbly invoking the Magic Conjure Words "Both Sides Do It" over and over again every single fucking day.

As I wrote last year about the Suddenly Woke Ana Navarro, but which applies to all the Judgement Day Republican converts and every single go-along-to-get-along windsock pundit in the Beltway media...
...
Like most Republicans who have come-to-Jesus long after it was too late, Ms. Navarro has plenty of fury, but is pitifully short of answers.  She keeps insisting that, to keep Il Douche in check, the Republican congress "must" do this and "must" do that...which she damn well knows they are never, ever going to do.  The boys greet her impotent hand-waving with a polite moment of silence, after which -- bless 'em -- they ask "OK, but what about those members of the Republican congress who don't have a conscience?"  

She also lays a lot of the blame for this fiasco at the feet of the self-contained media-bubble in which...

...wait for it...

...wait for it...

...Both Sides live!

Because Driftglass Rule #17: If you corner a Conservative hard enough, Matthew Dowd/David Brooks/Ron Fournier will invariably come popping right out of their mouth.  After all, what else is she gonna say?  "Liberals were right all along"?  Ha!  We should all live so long.

While I do not doubt her genuine fear and anger, I have no use for Judgement Day Republican converts like Ms. Navarrro.  I have no sympathy for her plight, and her opinions are irrelevant to me. I am weary of suddenly hearing things coming out of the mouths of life-long Conservatives which sound, over and over again, a helluva lot like what every Liberal has been shouting from the rooftops for the last 20 years.  Sorry, but if you're a Judgement Day Republican who has spent most of your adult life mocking and slandering the people you now imitate, the only thing you are good for is helping us better understand the most efficient way to raze your Republican party to the ground.

For example. there is obviously something deeply fucked-up with the mental and emotional makeup of people like Ms. Navarrro -- and thousands like her -- that permits them to coast along, year after year, devoting time and energy to advancing a fundamentally depraved ideology without noticing the easily observable objective realities that were staring them right in the face.  

Then, suddenly, "OMFG where'd all these bigots and monsters come from!!!"

It seems to me that isolating the specific psychological malfunctions that cause someone to become and remain a Conservative and, conversely, figuring out exactly what finally fractured Ms. Navarro's wingnut conditioning would be a worthwhile project.   Also Ms. Navarro should be able to yield any number of exploitable secrets about the goings on among Republican influencers.

Beyond that, her value is exactly zero.  


* From Alexander's Feast by John Dryden

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