Friday, October 24, 2014

Begging Letters

I wrote a post a few days ago about the endless barrage of panic-filled begging e-mails from Democrats all over the country.  There is something that I think I need to add to my comment about the combat fatigue these have caused in me.

I think what really has made me just tune all of this out is the fact that constantly squeezing Democratic voters for money has become a substitute for even the pretense of governing on behalf of the American people.

Where are the prosecutions of Wall Street?  Where are any signs of consequences for the Bush Administration's war crimes?  Where is any attempt to rein in the national surveillance state?  Where are even the Democrats (with only a couple of exceptions) who will stand forthrightly and say that they will never see Social Security or Medicare damaged?  We all know, in fact, that Obama was ready to cut Social Security and Medicare, for nothing in return except empty promises from Republicans who never keep their promises, and we know that there is no reason to believe that Hillary will be any better.  So instead, we are expected to cough up our money for campaign spots that endeavor to make Democrats seem just slightly better than Republicans, and will damage us just slightly less.

Where are we supposed to find a cause for enthusiasm in that?

Redneck Family Values

Coming fast on the release of the police recording revealing (to the four or five people in the world who didn't get it yet) what a pack of low life trash the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family are, is this tragic news:

"TLC has pulled the plug on its hit reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports surfaced that star "Mama June" Shannon is dating a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel."
And here he is.  Of course, giving that it's Mama June we're talking about here, maybe that's the best she could do.


In a fine display of how seriously this sort of person really takes the endlessly repeated right wing blab about "family values," the adorable "Mama June" dumped the father of Honey Boo Boo a few months ago, and now has taken up with this guy, who just got out of prison for "forcing oral sex" on an eight year old.  The victim is apparently some sort of relative of Mama June, just to give things a little more of that trailer-trash flavor.

For the record, I've seen five minutes of the show, during which a pig pooped on their dining table while they were getting ready for dinner, so I am no expert, but I am distressed at the way that right wingers make people like these worthless low-lifes, or the Duck Dynasty con men, or Sarah Palin's trashy family out to be exemplars of what it means to be a real American.





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Palestinian Hero

A Palestinian poster celebrating the heroic life of the guy pictured above.  Part of the text reads:  "The martyr hero Abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi performs a sacred act of running over the settlers in occupied Jerusalem."

His act of bravery?  He deliberately killed a three month old Jewish baby with his car.  A sacred act.

Nelson Bunker Hunt

So Nelson Bunker Hunt seems to have died yesterday.  The essence of all the reporting on him seems to be that he was an oil billionaire, who inherited his money from his oilman father and in concert with his brother, lost most of it in a harebrained scheme to corner the world silver market, and then got a lot of it back.  The reporting, and the information easily available on the web sort of stop there.  Examine, for example, the Wikipedia page on him, which only devotes a couple of sentences to the real reason for remembering him, his brother and his father: their rabid right wing politics, backed up by massive amounts of their oil money.  In fact, the Hunts were the prototype for the malignant Koch brothers, who have taken upon themselves the right to do so much damage to the country today.
Hunt with his brother

Their father was an uneducated wildcatter who made a lot of money and left it to the brothers, along with their thirteen other siblings.  The Hunt brothers were also "privately" educated (i.e. they never went to school) and steeped in their father's beliefs, which were pretty much in alignment with the John Birch Society, with which he was involved, exactly like the Koch Brothers' father.  What none of the web sources that I saw mentioned, and what I think is the most important fact of all is that, between them and their father, the Hunts were the number one factor in the creation of right wing talk radio in the 1960's, financing both shows like the Voice of Americanism, and radio stations that carried their propaganda.  They were also among the creators of the Conservative "think tank;" their Western Goals Foundation being the grandfather of the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and countless other right wing propaganda mills following in their footsteps. 
 Daddy H. L. Hunt in front of his ludicrous J. R. Ewing style mansion

Thus, we get the current political climate in this country, where massive propaganda expenditures by a few billionaires pollute our electoral processes to the point where democracy is nothing but a pathetic fiction, and this is considered entirely acceptable.  These are the original Koch brothers, and although their malicious political career was cut short by their disastrous overreach in the silver market, they had blazed the path for the many rich sociopaths that have come after them.

Ebola Prompts North Korea To Bar Tourists

And once again, Republicans in the United States narrowly miss an opportunity to act just as irrationally as the world's most lunatic dictatorship.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Palin....

Just for the record, here is a link to the 27 minute police tape made at the scene of the brawl involving the Palin family a month or so ago.

Two comments, and then I'm out of here:

First of all, John McCain should be tied to a chair and forced to listen to this tape about a hundred times, until he is ready to face the sickening spectacle he unleashed on the American people.  Thank God she will never have a position of real power ever again.

And second, can you imagine the press circus if, say, Joe Biden's family was involved in such a disgraceful incident?  I do not believe I am exaggerating to suggest that it would produce wall to wall press coverage for two years, just like Clinton's blow job did, with Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd and all the rest of them declaring to the public that Biden must be driven from public life.  But in this case, oh that wacky Sarah and her wacky family.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Going Viral

I can't resist this.  It's the hottest song right now in Liberia, and as sick a joke as it is, the song is indeed going viral:



Well, I actually like it, even though it's not the kind of thing I usually listen to.  I'm happy to give the musicians a couple of hits.

An Unfortunate Confession

Which I feel called upon to make before election day:  I have been overwhelmed with e-mails with panic-stricken titles, begging me for money for candidates.  I don't know about you, but I'm receiving at least 40 to 50 a day.  I just can't deal with it, even though my interest in politics is obviously much greater than the average person's.  Except for a couple of names (e.g. Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren) I just delete them en masse, resulting in my political contributions this time around probably being lower than in a normal election year.

Sorry, I'm only one person, and I just can't deal with it.  I suspect a lot of other people are feeling the same way.  Five hundred or a thousand begging mass e-mails are simply not a workable answer to the Koch brothers.  As long as elections are about nothing but who has the most money, we are screwed. We'd better find a way to take these anti-American rich sociopaths out of the picture, because they have seen to it that the whole rest of the country doesn't have enough money to compete with them when the whole game is about buying politicians.

Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

Yeah, that's the story.  At least in the mainstream press (the headline above is from Reuters,) which seems to be tiring already of its latest irrational scare story.  Ebola "crisis."  Which consists of exactly three cases- one person from Africa who died, and two people who got it from him, who seem to be on the road to pulling through.  Three cases and one death in a country of over three hundred million people.  So even on a random basis, your odds of getting it in this country seem to be about one in a hundred and fifty million.  Even the Powerball lottery looks like a good investment compared to that.

Let me remind you that, if this is an average day, over 1300 people will die in the United States from smoking-related causes.  And if you think Ebola is bad, you should watch someone die from lung cancer.

And this could be largely stopped immediately by a President with the honesty and guts to place tobacco on the schedule 1 narcotics list with other drugs that are addictive and have no medical use. That is where it legally belongs, but of course this is the classic case of corporate profits over human lives- hundreds of thousands of them a year, in this country alone.

Of the people, by the people and for the people...yeah, right.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Press Rigs the Game

As we enter the last crucial couple of weeks of the 2014 Congressional campaign- crucial because lies told at this point can never be refuted in time for their falsity to sink in with the ignorant American voters, the mainstream press is demonstrating in classic form exactly how "liberal" it really is.

Three examples from just the last day:

This article from Reuters:

"President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity."

Now, the real story:  Obama made an appearance at a high school stadium in Maryland.  The eight thousand tickets sold out immediately, and many more people showed up than could be accommodated to hear the speech.  The extra people were put into the high school gym.  Obama, when he heard about this went to the gym and met personally with the people there.  After this, some of them left.  No one in the main crowd of 8,000, who greeted Obama with extreme enthusiasm, was seen leaving early.  The event was actually a great success for Obama, but was reported as a humiliating failure, in a deliberate attempt to beat down any Democratic groundswell.

And consider this report from Politico today, showing a cunning understanding of the significance of polls:

"POLITICO poll: Democrats in danger over Ebola...The survey underscores the dangers for Democrats in the midterms"

Once again, a report deliberately cast to make the Democrats' prospects in the elections look bleak.  Now, what was this based on?

"Voters who intend to support Republicans in the most consequential Senate and House elections this November had significantly less confidence in the federal government’s response to the occurrence of Ebola, according to a new POLITICO poll."

I see.  Democrats are in trouble because voters who have made up their minds to vote Republican have less confidence in the Government that other voters do.  Or, as Daily Kos explains it:

"To summarize: Politico poll found roughly 2:1 confidence to no confidence ratio on the government's Ebola response, with Republicans more critical than Democrats, and found that Democrats led Republicans in the horserace ... yet somehow they decided that what their poll really showed was that Ebola is a problem Democrats."

Once again, a story which is in general quite favorable for Democrats is presented as a disaster for them.  "Public strongly supports Obama's reaction to Ebola- Good news for Republicans."

Finally, here is the purportedly liberal (and definitely black) Tavis Smiley  agreeing wholeheartedly on national Television with Bill Krystol's claim that the Republicans are going to run the table in November:



And the hits go on- misleading, dishonest reporting designed to see to it that Democrats get to election day as discouraged as possible, and to provide cover for Republicans whose vote suppression and gerrymandering wins them elections in districts where the people do not agree with their piggish priorities.

As I have said so many times before, the Democrats can crush the Republicans without hardly trying, but they can't beat the Republicans and the press together.  Republican ownership of the mainstream press- one of the worst gifts brought to us by deregulation- the greatest scam ever played on the American people.



When This Guy Says It, You Can Trust Him


Something Green Eagle has said many times too.  I was going to complain that, for some reason, people listen when this guy says it, but ignore Green Eagle.  Then it occurred to me that no one really listens to him either- at least no one who can do anything about it.

The nation's number one case in point- WalMart:

"Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15."

That means that, every year, American taxpayers contribute $6.2 billion dollars directly to the Walton family- money that should be paid by the company, but we pick up the tab.

The six Waltons on Forbes' list of wealthiest Americans have a net worth of $144.7 billion.  Next year, at least $150.9 billion, I guess.


This Is Who These Idiots Give Us to Run Our Country?

No wonder the government is so screwed up.  I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover and all that, but really-here is a picture of  Missouri Republican Congressman Billy Long:

Boss Hogg was a joke when he was on TV.  It's not a joke when these ignorant crackers send him to Congress.