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Name: William Rivers Pitt
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Hometown: Boston
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Upon which...

Upon which my face becomes a pillar of incandescent fire, my soul dies, my tongue burrows through the roof of my mouth and throttles my brain, the stars burn out, the sky cracks, the ground transforms into molten lead, the rivers run red with the blood of basic decency, and God Herself takes a giant shit in my mouth before I die screaming on a pyre made of NRA pamphlets and the whispered rumor of a decency long since dispersed by a frigid, rancid, smoking wind.

George Zimmerman Compares Himself To Anne Frank

I will not victimize you with the text. Click at your peril.

"...ain't no life nowhere." -- Jimi Hendrix


I do not want Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

Period. End of file.

Wrong on the Patriot Act.

Wrong on the Iraq war and the AUMF.

Wrong on the Keystone XL and fracking.

Wrong on Wall Street across the board.

= wrong on personal freedom, unjust war, climate change, and economic justice.

I've been a Democrat since 9:00am of my 18th birthday. I've worked on Democratic campaigns high and low. No one, but no one, can challenge my creds on the matter of party loyalty.

Wrong is wrong. This is a bad idea we will come to regret.

Go ahead and launch the personal attacks. That has come to be expected. The first Clinton supporter who can actually explain how they can live with her record earns my respect, if not my agreement.

...oh, and P.S., O MY GOD REPUBLICANS ARE SO BAD YOU GUYS does not count. She voted like a Republican on the Patriot Act and the war, acted fully like a Republican on Keystone, and is as Republican as you can get regarding Wall Street. That O MY GOD REPUBLICANS garbage doesn't fly anymore. She forfeited that privilege when she sided - again and again and again and again - with the worst people in the country

So explain it to me. Explain how we can't do better if we actually try. I'm a Democrat in good standing. I'll wait.

Twelve years ago today, the US attacked and invaded Iraq

Where were you and what were you doing when it happened?

I was, honestly, flat on my back in my living room watching images of Baghdad in flames.

Happy Evacuation Day!

The Feast of St. Patrick, which falls on the 17th of March every year, is an interesting day. By tradition, it is the celebration not only of Ireland's patron saint, but of the arrival of Christianity to those emerald shores. Because it is a Catholic holiday that falls in the middle of Lent - a time of personal and sacrificial deprivation - it was decreed long ago that the restrictions on the consumption of alcohol be lifted for the day. This explains the boozy nature of the holiday, and why your town officials will spend the better part of Wednesday hosing regurgitated green beer, corned beef and cabbage off the sidewalks and into the gutters.

In Boston, however, St. Patrick's Day is more than just an excuse to get sloppy. Since March 17, 1776, it has been known as Evacuation Day. The story of this day tells the dawning tale of these United States, and is unique in the annals of this nation's history.

The beginning came in April of 1775, when British troops were routed in Lexington and chased all the way back to Boston. American militiamen laid siege to the city for the next 11 months, but were severely under-supplied; at one point, they were issued spears to fend off a potential British counter-attack, as they had neither powder nor ball nor musket to fight. Meanwhile, the British had total control of the city, and a mighty British fleet had invested Boston Harbor. Their guns were trained on the shore, and with an order, the city would be incinerated.

The following winter, a bookseller named Henry Knox put a proposal before George Washington, commanding general of the revolutionary forces. In the prior spring, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had led a successful foray into upstate New York to take Fort Ticonderoga, along with all its armaments. Knox proposed those arms be brought to Boston and deployed against the British. Washington gave his blessing, and Knox departed on December 1st with a large force.

Over the course of the next several weeks, Henry Knox and his men forged their way to Ticonderoga, assembled the weapons - 43 heavy cannons, six coehorns, eight mortars and two howitzers - and boated them across 30 miles of Lake Champlain, rowing into the throat of a screaming gale. From there, they constructed 42 sleds, each weighing 5,000 pounds, and dragged them with 80 oxen through the deep winter snow from upstate New York all the way back to Boston. They arrived with their prize on January 24, 1776.

Six weeks later, British general William Howe looked up one morning to discover an unassailable gun battery arrayed on the Dorchester Heights, aimed directly at his fleet in the harbor. Washington, Knox and the rebels not only placed the Ticonderoga guns atop earthworks erected overnight, but also added logs among the armaments to make the arsenal appear all the more fearsome. "The rebels did more in one night than my whole army would have done in one month," Howe said in the aftermath. A sustained barrage from the British ships managed to kill exactly four rebels, and delivered some 700 cannonballs to the Heights, which were happily collected and redeployed.

General Howe eventually decided the situation was untenable. The British troops who had occupied the city were withdrawn and put aboard the ships in the harbor. Those ships, under the shadow of Knox's cannons, unfurled their sails and put to sea, departing Boston Harbor, never to return. The date was March 17, 1776.

Evacuation Day.

In every way that matters, March 17 is my favorite day of the year. I outgrew the annual St. Patrick's Day booze riot years ago, but Evacuation Day stays with me, and always will. The fulcrum of our history tilted on people who dragged tons of equipment from Albany to Boston through the deep winter snows, and then dared the strongest military on the planet to try them, and faced them down.

If you think you can't, know that you can.

If you think it's impossible, know that it isn't.

If you think it's over, know that it's not.

This is your heritage, too.

Happy Evacuation Day.

Whoever made these deserves the Nobel Prize For Just So Awesome

Gangsta rap/hip-hop, so prepare for some hard language.

But damn.



These were very nearly the end of me.

I am no fan of Hillary Clinton by any means, but...

I am no fan of Hillary Clinton by any means, but I am even less a fan of the "mainstream" news media...and with this email thing, you just have to love how these laggards have managed to go from "Clinton Scandal!" to "Remember The Other Clinton Scandals!" to, now, "Look, The Media Is Back In Clinton-Scandal Mode!"

In essence, they've downshifted so they can report on themselves. Easiest gig in America, and now they get to do it until a year from November. "Wow, look how we do what we do!"

Maybe a cat asleep in a ray of sunlight is lazier than these frauds, but I doubt it.

Clintons and controversy: The circus is back in town

Gad zooks, get a job.

Whatever you're doing, STOP. Watch this. Right now.

That is how you do that.

Holy wow.

For reference, the original:

I like the first one better.

Screenshot of letter sent to Iran by GOP Senators

How to Die of Dumb

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), right, listens to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) speak at
a news conference in Washington about their opposition to the climate change bill on Wednesday,
June 4, 2008. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / The New York Times)

How to Die of Dumb
By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout | Op-Ed

Sunday 08 March 2015

Sen. James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma since 1994, took to the floor of the Senate the other day with a snowball in a bag. Because it was cold in Washington DC, he said, because there was snow on the ground, that proves climate change is a hoax. "In case we had forgotten," he said, pulling the snowball from the sack, "because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It's a snowball, just from outside here. It's very, very cold out." He went on to denounce what he called the "hysteria on global warming," and then threw the snowball at the presiding officer.

James Inhofe - who believes snow in DC disproves climate change - is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, because of course he is. He won with 57 percent of the vote in his last re-election campaign, because of course he did.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky since 1984, has been urging state officials all across the US to refuse to comply with the new EPA rule on carbon emissions that was championed by the Obama administration. The rule requires existing power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent, based on the 2005 requirements, by the year 2030. Senator McConnell is having none of it. "Think twice," he said, "before submitting a state plan, which could lock you in to federal enforcement and expose you to lawsuits, when the administration is standing on shaky legal ground and when, without your support, it won't be able to demonstrate the capacity to carry out such political extremism."

Mitch McConnell, as Senate Majority Leader, has the power to keep any bills he dislikes from coming to a vote. Until January of 2017 at least, that means any legislation seeking to address the issue of climate change will never see the light of day, because McConnell thinks giving attention to the threat of carbon emissions - what is eventually going to kill us all - amounts to "political extremism." Because of course he does.


I don't have an easy answer for how to deal with this. How to explain people like Inhofe and McConnell, how to explain people who have voluntarily returned them to Congress for a combined total of 52 years, would require a political, economic and sociological treatise that I have neither the space nor the time to compile at this juncture. The short version, however, is that our cannibalistic economic model, indifferent news media, sagging voter turnout, general cynicism, religious derangement and fundamental addiction to a cognitive dissonance that motivates so very many to slap aside stone-carved facts staring them in the face, is going to put this whole human experiment into a shallow, unmarked grave.

People talk about "Destroying the planet," which is a hoot. The planet isn't going anywhere. Even the environment may recover in one form or another. The equation we are busily erasing from the blackboard - for profit while encased in a suffocating bag of ignorance - is ourselves.

This is how you die of Dumb.

The rest: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/29508-how-to-die-of-dumb

So let me get this entirely straight (re: the Clinton email story)

The Daily Beast has apparently published a report that substantially undermines the NYT story on Hillary Clinton's email habits while at State. Fair enough, we'll let that play out.


Because she didn't abuse the email rules doesn't mean she didn't vote for the Patriot Act (like a Republican);

Didn't vote for the Iraq War (like a Republican);

Didn't push the Keystone XL pipeline (like a Republican);

And isn't in bed with Goldman Sachs and their criminal friends.

Like a Republican.

This is what passes for a Democrat these days.

I'm glad she didn't screw up the email thing. It'll be one of the first things she's gotten right in years.
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