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.

Swiss Army Fools

A senior federal judge in California overturned the state’s longtime ban on assault weapons Friday, likening an AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife in his ruling.

“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” wrote Roger Benitez. (The Daily Beast)

Know this, and know it well:

Nothing will change until rich and powerful people start getting killed in mass shootings.

The gun industry–which is a founding member of the military industrial complex (the corporate cartel that rapes us to the tune of over $700 billion per year)–does not care how many people their products kill, maim, abuse, or terrorize.

They’ve probably filed that under some obscure “value added” clause.

As it is now, there is an average of one mass-shooting per day in America, but unless there are more than four or five casualties, the event rarely makes national news. Yes, we’ve been conditioned to that point of apathy: a mass shooting of three or four people is no longer nationally newsworthy.

And even when there are ten or twenty people killed, or more, then the same old song is sung on the network news shows…for a couple of days…and then everything goes back to normal and we basically forget it ever happened.

And why is that?

It’s because only nobodies are getting killed.

We’re pushing forty thousand nobodies getting gunned down every year, and not a damn thing is, or will be, done about it.

But you watch, someday a few dozen somebodies are going to get mowed down like blades of helpless grass in a thresher of flying Swiss Army lead–and things will change toot sweet.

Honest to God. If a few billionaires and Wall Street fat cats are having some kind of “freedom” shindig, and one of the caterers pulls out his trusty Swiss Army Knife and murders twenty people in the span of thirty seconds…then within a fortnight, congress will call a special session. Then they’ll ram through some legislation to ensure such a thing never happens again.

Nothing will change regarding gun violence in America until important people start dying from mass-shootings.

Tick-tock goes the clock….

An Ass Named Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin: “I’m not ready to destroy our government. I’m not ready to destroy our government, no….”

More proof that you don’t have to be very bright to be a US Senator.

All you have to be is a multi-millionaire.

The filibuster, as it stands, is what’s destroying our government.

Historically, the filibuster was mainly used to kill any legislation that would have helped America’s non-whites. Literally. The filibuster is a racist legislative relic.

And I think Joe knows that, but Joe is one of those “conservative” Democrats, which is to say he will lie to your face like a Republican, but vote with the Democrats when it’s convenient in order to satisfy his dimwitted West Virginian base (93% white, ranking 47th out of 50 in education).

What are the Republicans currently using the filibuster against?

National voting rights, and a bi-partisan investigation into the Trump insurrection of January 6th.

Nothing more needs said.

Notes:

…Manchin, the self-described centrist—which means he is so moderate a Democrat that he is always a threat to vote for Republican policies—from a state that he sees as unready to embrace climate change or big investment in recovery…. (Raw Story)

If rage destroys America as we know it, cowardice will be the crucial enabler.” (Paul Krugman)

“Manchin’s ploy: Make preserving the filibuster more important than any item (even voting rights or investigating insurrection) and insist, despite every bit of evidence to the contrary, that there are 10 Republican votes to break the impasse.” (Jennifer Rubin)