“What’s in it For Us?”

That’s the heart and soul of “free market” capitalism.

“Government is the problem and can’t save the world. Only we can do that,” says Wall Street.

“Okay,” says Main Street. “Then do it.”

“Sure. Easy. But first…what’s in it for us?” is the constant Wall Street refrain. “How much ya got?”

We need healthcare for all.

“What’s in it for us?”

We need to make the Covid vaccine free and available on a global scale.

“What’s in it for us?”

We need to do something pronto about climate change.

“What’s in it for us?”

We need to stop people from being evicted from their homes.

“What’s in it for us?”

Again and again, the constant spittle-laced mantra from the right is that government can’t do anything, yet when you ask them for ideas, it always revolves around their ability to make money off of any situation first, or they won’t lift a finger.

Covid has made it crystal clear that something about that model has to change.

We simply cannot depend on Wall Street and the “free market” to help us or save us in our time of need.

You see…that’s not their job.

The Time is Now

Proto-Trumpie, Germany, 1933

Republicans have always been on the dim side of the scale, but what they lacked in smarts, they made up for in avarice. This goes back to at least the Nixon days, maybe not so much to Eisenhower.

One can almost scan the headlines and trace the slow decline into madness with their finger.

“If the president does it, it’s not illegal.”

“Government is the enemy, and trickle-down economics leads to prosperity.”

“Iraq has WMDs.”

Etcetera….

But through all of that, at no point in time could someone have told me that Republicans were so stupid that they would refuse to wear masks or seek vaccinations in the midst of a global pandemic.

Nope. I could believe a lot of things, but I could never believe that anyone on earth could be that stupid and mean.

But, by God, they showed me didn’t they? The Republicans.

Or the Trumpies, as they should more accurately be called now.

While I’m happy we have a Biden/Harris presidential administration, I’m afraid it looks as if President Biden is going to fall far short of his calling.

The times call for a man (or a woman) of foresight and action, and thus far Biden has proven to be neither.

Between his paper-shuffling regarding the millions of people facing evictions, to the even more unforgivable sin of not eliminating or modifying the filibuster so that we can enact a federal standard of voting rights—something that, if done with forthrightness and fairness—would doom the Trumpies to obscurity.

Fair and square.

But no…instead, Biden’s standing aside as the Trumpies lay the groundwork for stealing future elections in plain sight, at the state level, and when and if that happens (it probably will happen, and we won’t believe it), we may not get another chance to knock the bastards on the ropes and deliver a KO punch.

I can see that clearly, as can dozens of journalists, as can millions of other progressives who are cognizant and paying attention.

We don’t have to cheat to beat the Trumpies.

All we have to do is make the elections fair.

And there’s nothing nefarious or untoward about that, President Biden.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. — John F. Kennedy

Mondair Jones, Congressman NY-17
John Sipher, former CIA Serviceman


There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. — John F. Kennedy

Faces of Conservatism

The face of denial: Governor Ron DeSantis.

Florida has the highest new infection rates in the country.

Yet, instead of making an effort to contain the virus and limit the spread, what has he done? He banned businesses from requiring vaccination, ignored health officials, and banned schools from requiring masks.

Apparently he thinks the virus knows to stay away from schools.

The guy declared victory over Covid last year, around April I think, and made sure to pat himself on the back.

The face of cruelty: Fox News Host, Tucker Carlson.

Berates the 150 Capitol Hill officers who defended against 9,000 insurrectionists on January Sixth.

Essentially calls them a bunch of babies.

The face of mockery: Fox News Host, Laura Ingraham.

Actually invented “Best Performance” awards mocking the four Capitol police officers who testified before congress.

During “The Ingraham Angle,” she declared that Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn gave the “best political performance” and Officer Michael Fanone gave the “best action performance.” Her show’s team even mocked up some trophy graphics.

I guess her next step down into the pit of depravity is to fashion little voodoo dolls of the officers and stick pins and needles into them on live air.

The face of fascism: the rich.

Yes, this is something I’ve thought about but could never prove.

Yes, it is not Trump alone keeping this modern-day fascist movement alive and well: it is America’s richest people who are determined to stay in power at all costs.

Buckle up, kids.

It’s just gonna get worse.

For now, though, conservative groups seem to be doubling down on their investments in election-fraud alarmism. In the next two years, Heritage Action plans to spend twenty-four million dollars mobilizing supporters and lobbyists who will promote “election integrity,” starting in eight battleground states, including Arizona. The New Yorker

Proof of Life

Just touching base. What would they call this? A “proof of life” post.

I am so outraged. Past infuriation. Smack dab in the middle of mossy exhaustion.

Stupidity is truly a formidable opponent, and if in some Bizzaro world they could hand out PhD’s in stupidity, the GOP would be the most highly credentialed political party in the history of the earth.

It just never ends with the GOP, their childishness.

I don’t even know where to begin.

Like, we just saw a guy lying in a hospital bed, recovering from Covid, telling a news crew that if he had it to do over, he still wouldn’t take the vaccine. Because he doesn’t believe in government.

Covid’s on the rise again. Of course, mostly in red state Trump strongholds. Places where vaccination rates are just above 32%.

And they’re blaming…I don’t know…pretty much everyone but themselves.

Then that stunt with Kevin McCarthy nominating Jim Jordan to Pelosi’s January 6th investigation. He could have appointed a gob of spit…on a hankie…and it wouldn’t have been more insulting

Then, when Pelosi rejected Jordan’s appointment…which everybody knew was the only sane thing to do…McCarthy threw a fit, pulled all five of his Republican nominees, and accused Pelosi of playing political games.

I mean, geez, it just doesn’t get any more…deceitful than that.

Then there’s Senator Rand Paul M.D. (not a real doctor) who wants to arrest Dr. Fauci (a real doctor) and blame him personally for the pandemic.

And now Trump’s cabal of congressional loyalists want to blame the January 6th insurrection on Nancy Pelosi, of all people, claiming she was responsible for security—which she was not—which is a fact that’s been easily proven and reported a dozen times now…but they continue with the lies and accusations anyway.

Trump is still claiming the election was stolen from him and spreading a whisper campaign that he’ll be reinstated next month, in August.

Guys like Tucker Carlson are praising Trump for helping develop the vaccine…then turning around and discouraging people from taking the vaccine.

?????

This is just crazy town, and it’s hard to take.

The Dems should just start lying to the Republican base. Forget all the wedge issues, just tell them what they want to hear. Guns for everybody! No abortions for anybody, and no money for the brat once he’s born! Jesus is King of Everything, especially Johnny’s Discount Appliance Service.

Remember…if it’s not cheap, it’s not Johnny’s!

God, Guns & Idiots

Rep. Madison Cawthorn says the ‘mechanisms’ needed to execute President Biden’s plan for door-to-door outreach in areas with low COVID-19 vaccination rates could eventually be used to take guns and Bibles.

I am so sick of these assholes.

That’s a really good way of cutting to the chase and finding out whether or not someone is an idiot.

If they’re all in for guns & God, they’re probably idiots….

…and assholes.

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I can see some folks hearing about this and rolling their eyes and saying “Aw, come on. It’s no big deal. It’s just Republicans being Republican again.”

And they may be right.

But let’s remember that roughly 1/4th to 1/3rd of Cawthorn’s political base is going to believe him, and about one out of ten of that lot will be unstable enough to possibly shoot and kill a social worker who knocks on their door asking if they’ve been vaccinated or not.

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(from the “fascists will be fascists” file)

(corporations always come first in the USA…and how many of us own a corporation?)

(the stupidity is truly bottomless)

Total BS

(cannabis banned in 1998 Olympics)

Robbed.

She was robbed.

Piece of shit white trash dudes robbed this talented young woman.

Sha’Carri Richardson.

Fastest woman alive.

Smoked a little pot.

Ostracized.

What fucking shit.

So mad I could spit.

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Cannabis has been banned at the Olympics for two decades, ever since Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana that induces a “high”) in 1998, and had his gold medal taken away as a result.

We Know What Happened

We already know what happened on January 6th, 2021 at our nation’s capitol.

The Republicans tried to overthrow our country.

We know it—and they obviously know it—which is why they steadfastly refuse to investigate the chain of events that lead to a few hundred yahoos breaking into our capitol with little or no opposition.

Surprise, Surprise….

OSU study: Conservatives more susceptible to misinformation than liberals

Anyone who has spent five minutes talking to a Trumpie–or any Republican for that matter–has known this ugly fact for twenty years. It goes all the way back to when they believed Bush and Rumsfeld’s lies about WMDs in Iraq.

From the article: For example, 41% of Republicans believed the false claim that Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia and sold part of the U.S. uranium supply in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. Just 2% of Democrats said it was true.

Conservatives are gullible.

They’re gullible because they don’t know how to think.

They believe that their opinions are just as good as anybody’s.

Conservatives’ consistently poor performance in distinguishing truths from falsehoods appears to be largely explained by the fact that widely shared falsehoods were systematically more supportive of conservatives’ political positions,” the authors wrote.

I.E. they were pandered to.

I argue with conservatives a lot while I’m online. I know better than to think I’ll ever change their minds, but I do know that sometimes there are people who are on the fence about a given issue, and I can win them over if my argument is convincing enough.

Often times it is, and people have told me that.

I’ll argue with a conservative as long as I know that other people are listening to the conversation, but I just give up and block the idiot if it’s a one-on-one debate, because that’s about the most frustrating activity in the world.

It’s like catching a kid red-handed stealing from the cookie jar, but the kid just continuously denies it.

“But Donny, I saw you do it.”

“No you didn’t.”

“Your mom saw you steal those cookies, too.”

“Nuh, uh.”

“Yes she did. We even have pictures of you doing it. Look.”

“That’s not me.”

“I have your fingerprints.”

“No you don’t.”

Etcetera, etcetera….

They’re gonna be the death of us, conservatives, Republicans.

The followers believe anything that they’re told, and the leaders (Fox News and the GOP et al.) can’t open their mouths without lying.

I’m at a loss. I see no end to it all.

They are constantly on the attack.

Wealth is not a Talent

To the left is the Walton family (I say that ironically).

There is absolutely nothing special about them whatsoever…other than their obscene wealth.

Their talent didn’t make them rich. The fact that their father was Sam Walton, founder of the evil Walmart megastore, is what made them rich.

Their talent does not keep them rich. They simply use their wealth to hire talented people to skew the American economic system so that they continue to get richer and richer every year, regardless of what they do.

How many people saw their wealth increase by 84% in the past five (5) years?

Pretty much the only people in our economic system who saw anything remotely close to that were in the richest one per cent (1%), or to be even more precise: the richest 0.1%.

The billionaires.

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It’s not hard to see what’s wrong here.

In fact, the problem is very easy to see: the rich are too rich, so rich in fact that they use nothing but their wealth alone to further enrich themselves.

They have used their wealth to skew our political and economic system to the point where the only people even allowed to get rich are the people who are already filthy rich.

This is not sustainable.

The money that we need to spend to make this world sustainable and habitable for the foreseeable future is being hoarded by multi-billionaires and used to make them even richer.

This is a mile-high house of cards doomed to fail.

It’s only a matter of time.

The rich are eating our seed corn.

The earth is on the brink of inflammation.

The rich won’t lift a finger to fix things unless they can figure out how to get rich in the process, and the COVID-19 vaccine debacle is proof positive of that claim.

We’re in a serious fucking mess here.

The rich could save us…but they won’t.

Wow…a whole million dollars….

The Face of Evil

It’s real: evil.

I wish I could think of a better word as it relates to humanity. It sounds so dramatic, almost hysterical…but for now, “evil” will do.

It’s evil to look someone in the eyes and lie to their face.

It’s evil to raise money under the auspices of helping military veterans, or providing people with a sound education, and then secretly spend most of the money on yourself.

It’s evil to bear false witness.

It’s evil to promote the wants of the powerful over the needs of the powerless.

Time and time again, the faces of the Republican Party and its associates do every single one of those things in the course of a day. Then they go to bed, have a good night’s rest, wake up the next morning, and do it all over again.

I hate to wax hyperbolic, but it’s very important to be honest with yourself regarding any conflict, to know the ground, to see the face of your enemy.

And unfortunately the painful truth is that the Republican party and most of its members & supporters are—to one degree or another—evil. Most are evil in the passive sense, in the sense that they just don’t really care, but some are evil in the active sense, in that they care very much because they are manipulating people to get more of what they want: wealth & power.

Evil basically lives by a small set of standards:

  1. What’s good for me and the people like me is best for all, even if it isn’t.
  2. It’s all legal as long as you can get away with it.
  3. They can’t do anything to stop you until they do.

American Liberals—and by extension the working classes of every country in the world—are dealing with global corporate fascists who expect us to live by a golden set of rules to which they themselves will never adhere.

That’s evil.