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Election Post Mortem

4e3df32f007a6-imageI hate to say it. But, I knew it. I knew Hillary Clinton couldn’t win. I said it in 2008, and again this time around. I just knew that Republicans would find, or create, enough crap on her to make it impossible. It was one of the reasons I backed Barrack Obama then, and Bernie Sanders this election cycle. Perhaps I should have been more vocal about it … not that it would have changed much. The Democrat’s power machine had their eyes on HRC for a long time. It was a fait accompli.

Speaking of Dems. I lay much of this at their feet. Instead of taking the Bush buddies to task for their war, economic, and social crimes; their Kumbaya attitude of “let’s move on” emboldened right-wingers who had raped and pillaged so much, here and abroad. Allowing them to continue to plan for their future without fear of any kind of reckoning for the past. It also gave Righties an opportunity to not have to own the failures of 8 years of Bush II. To actually be able to paint Obama and the Dems as the architects of the Great Recession and the other collateral damage they left behind. Without something concrete to point back to, it gave them the ability to sweep everything under the rug and create a dog and pony show to distract the public from the reality they had just endured. After all, the average American’s memory seems to be about as reliable as that of my Alzheimer’s laden father.

Our ability to forget the past has truly brought us to this moment. Forgetting that our lives have been quantifiably better under the last two Democratic Presidents. Forgetting what our President-elect has said and done over the last several months, much less the past several years. And, certainly forgetting that it was the same dog-whistles, and vitriolic nationalism that led the world to the beginning of one of it’s darkest chapters a mere 82 years ago.

The media gets it’s fair share of the blame, as well. In their insatiable need to sensationalize everything for the sake of ratings, they allowed and even encouraged the legitimization of a candidate that was by many accounts “uniquely unqualified” and “spectacularly unfit” for the office of President. Our fourth estate failed us, as the job of journalist has taken a turn toward melodrama rather than truth. I’m sure that Walter Cronkite is spinning in his grave.

My hope is that I, and others like me, will continue to have the freedom to express our inner most thoughts and feelings through their blogs, podcasts, news outlets, and general media. Though, the way the Washington Post was banned from covering Trump during the campaign doesn’t give me confidence that the 1st Amendment will be defended as vigorously as the 2nd in the near future. I will continue to search for truth, and post about all the injustice, inequity, and plain unlawfulness committed against our society for as long as I am able. I truly hope I am wrong about what the next 4-8 years will bring. But, unfortunately, my hope has worn very thin.

Can’t Be Quiet Any Longer!

Hitler-TrumpI can’t be quiet any longer! I just can’t!! My self imposed muteness must end. The shit pile we call a country was going down the crapper at a parabolic pace, and there didn’t seem that anything could be done on this end. The louder I screamed, the worse it got.
Many want to blame it on Obama, or the Republican controlled congress. Others take aim at Wall Street, or the Military-Industrial Complex. Still others hold the media responsible, be it liberal or conservative. Me??? I blame them all!
We, as a general populace, are screwed daily, from multiple directions, and from multiple uninvited parties. People into BDSM call it “Air Tight”. Which is what this poltico-socio-economic system we’ve come to accept; that represses, suppresses, and oppresses the vast majority of us in ways we may not even comprehend; seems to be for the very few who thrive splendidly in it.
That said, it is not the butt-fucking of the masses by the “of, for, and by the people” mirage that has me back on my cyber pulpit. NOPE! It’s actually the possibility that we could be repeating the unquestionably ugliest chapter in human history, a mere 71 years after the nightmare ended. In case you haven’t read your history, there was a man who rallied a disgruntled electorate behind a culture of distrust, and eventually hatred, of minorities; a belief that their society was superior to all others; and savagely, and eventually murderously, enforced their dogma with a goon squad made up of angry, violent sociopaths.
In the video below, you can see how Donald Trump’s legions treat anyone who does not espouse the same ideals as their vaunted leader. It doesn’t matter if you are vocal protestor, a silent observer, or even a legitimate journalist trying to make your living covering the front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination … you are fair game for a beat down:

The rabid staunchness of his supporters – and the lengths they will go to in order to defend his inane, if not inhumane, tenets – is eerily similar to the early days of what would become the Third Reich. His henchmen, hauntingly reminiscent of what would become the SS. His xenophobia, Islamophobia, and self-admitted chiraptophobia; strikingly similar to the many psychosis exhibited by Adolph Hitler, himself.
I guess it’s not surprising to see the ugly head of fear, race/religion-baiting, and bullying take hold of a significant portion of the public. After all, there is great discord going on in this country. Besides, most of the population can’t name the Vice President, much less remember the murderous crimes against humanity committed by a psychotic, paranoid, schizophrenic and his followers last century. Though, if you were to actually study some history, you might find the parallels unnerving. You might even find yourself wanting to stand up to the insanity and say “ENOUGH!”. I know I do.

Is it just me (#4) …

… or does it seem like Microsoft’s “I’m a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea” ad campaign appear to be a convenient way for Bill Gates to abdicate any blame for the fact that Windows is still, and will always be, a huge POS?!?

I Just Couldn’t Do It!

Oprah and Sarah Palin together?!?!   Even the prospect of watching a huge train wreck on national TV couldn’t get me to tune in. I just couldn’t do it. I’d rather have shaved my head with a cheese grater while chewing on tinfoil!

Missed America

WARNING: THIS BLOG MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND/OR ADULT THEMES

The old adage, better to be thought of as a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt, was never so apropos. Last night, dethroned Miss America and Sarah-Palin-wannabe, Carrie Prejean nearly walked off the perennial “Larry King Live” show on CNN.  She accused the show’s namesake of being “inappropriate” for asking her why she settled her lawsuit with the Pageant over her dismissal (see video below). Actually, the only inappropriate thing Larry did was to have this duplicitous Ho-bag on his show.
It’s bad enough that her public stance against same-sex marriage was enough to get her crown lopped from her hollow dome. But, then it turns out that Ms. Prejean dropped her jeans to make a solo sex tape. That’s right, seems Carrie doesn’t care much for a legal union between two loving and consenting adults, but making self-pleasuring porn is no problem at all. I’m telling you, you just can’t write this stuff!
And, to think they were getting ready to parade Ms. CreamJean out there with ultra-rightwing political aspirations. I could just envision the pre-election debate:
“How do you feel about same-sex sex, Ms. Prejean?”
“I feel that sex should be between yourself and your left hand … and, sometimes, your right.”
Apparently, she also has a book she is out there pumping (her reason for being on LKL), which will probably make a great doorstop. By the time Black Friday rolls around you’ll likely be able to get it, bundled with Palin’s waste of paper, in the “Please, Just Take These Books We Can’t Sell” bin of your local bookstore … along with a free cup of coffee and a donut for your troubles. I just can’t imagine anyone would want to read the drivel that this brainless lemming is trying to unload. Because, even Sarah knows that shooting a Moose from a helicopter is much different than shooting your Moose-knuckle in HD.

Chicken Little Lieberman

November 10, 2009 1 comment

I already have it in for Joe Benedict Arnold Lieberman. I mean, how does a guy go from being the Democratic nominee for VP to keynote speaker at the Republican Convention in just 8 years? Was the guy a plant, a political black-op operative meant to cause disruption and turmoil in the progressive camp? I’m starting to believe in this very possibility.
Lieberman was on TV over the weekend yelling “Terrorism” at the top of his Chicken Little lungs in the case of the nation’s newest mass murderer, Major Nidal Hassan. While evidence has since come to light that Hassan may have had Islamic extremist sympathies, there is no evidence that this was an organized act of terrorism. Certainly, there was absolutely nothing to insinuate a terrorist connection when Jumpin’ Joe declared that the terrorist-sky was falling.
So, why was he stirring the pot while simultaneously pushing the number one panic button for the American public? Was it a diversion tactic to deflect the media away from the historic house vote for healthcare reform? Was it an attempt to rekindle public support for the Bush/Cheney led rape of the Bill Of Rights? Or perhaps, just trying to shift attention away from the fact that he is to the Democratic Party what Brett Favre is to diehard Packer fans?
Whatever his motives were for prematurely making Hassan the latest al Qaeda poster-child, there was definitely an agenda. What it was isn’t readily visible, yet. But, we can be sure that it had designs, and intentions that probably weren’t very altruistic. After all, the Bushinators proved that if you create enough hysteria you can get away with anything.

Did you know …

November 7, 2009 2 comments

… a real meteor hit Indonesia last month!
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/28/asteroid-explosion-over-indonesia/
Real news, no coverage.  What a surprise!  If that thing would have hit Brittany Spears, then it would have been covered, ad nauseam.

P.S. – Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  Between the flu (not Swine, thankfully) and jury duty (not picked, thankfully), I’ve been off the box.