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I can dodge lawn furniture.

Ditto rocks, pencils, wrenches, power tools, remote controls, screwdrivers, billiard balls, random blunt objects, etc.

I might come out with skin or organ damage, but I'd likely survive a knife wielder.

I can't outrun or dodge hollow points or 7.62mms.

I'd also like there to be a better way to identify a law abiding good guy with a gun versus a mass shooter other than hoping I win the "When the Shooting Starts" lottery.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 09:35 AM (0 replies)

I finally watched "Game Change" from beginning to end . . .


I gotta tell you . . . . I'm well aware that there are people on my FB feed and in real life that think Barack Obama is the biggest piece of Stalinist Leninist Marxtits Communist Fascist Nazi (insert racial slur here) shit walking the Earth. Even though we all know that, as a moderate, he's neither here nor there but the country is glacially pulling itself out of the Bush morass despite the inequality and no Universal Health Care. You mention his name and people's nostrils flare and their faces get all fucking red; like you're mentioning Castro or Khrushchev or O'Saddama Bin Laden or someone like that. I know, because in the past month, I actually saw it happen. It's frightening stuff, to be frank.

This movie though, it just pains me to think to this day that FIFTY SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE thought that putting this stunningly inept and dilettante person one bad heartbeat away from The Presidency of the United States . . . .was a good idea. Furthermore, one cannot claim "liberal bias", because much of what's portrayed in this movie actually happened according to the Republican staffers that were part of the campaign.

I don't think the antagonist of this movie was McCain (who should thank Ed Harris for making him look better than he actually is) or Steve Schmidt or Fred Davis or really, even Sarah Palin.

I think the real problem here is we just plain and simple have way too many might-makes-right, well conditioned, faith-based, education-disdaining, poor-hating, wealth-loving, front-running, crank magnet ultracrepidarian extremists who really don't seem to stand for a societal and unilateral ideal that doesn't involve a zero-sum inevitability where rich white (and let's face it, mostly male) America runs the planet rampant at the behest of everyone underneath them.

They support an economic platform that relies on the assumed benevolence of the wealthy, the hope that a business will pan out to a sustainable fruition, the demand that children finance a high-interest mortgage merely for their economic advancement, the vanquishing of an underfunded but highly necessary social safety net, and most laughably, the almost sarcastic assurance that an individual's "gumption and hard work" will save them despite the sheer lack of solutions as to how that's going to happen.

In the death throes of the McCain/Palin campaign, we got to see just how conspiratorial, paranoid and ugly the sentiment of the voting public got. A prophetic line from the end was "ah, who cares? In 48 hours, no one will remember who she is." IF Only.

Looking at the 15 candidates left in the RNC, most of them religious extremists, mean-spirited celebrities, CEOs that think about as much of firing thousands of people as they do sneezing, crank magnets, global warming denialists, anti-science, anti-woman, pro-Wealthcare, anti-student . . . the RNC has either not learned anything or they agreed and sided with the antagonists.

Or, sadly, maybe they've done both.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 12:36 PM (3 replies)

People need to STOP ACTING like Kim Davis is being held hostage by a book or an invisible being.

This is utter BULLSHIT that this woman is even being taken one bit seriously. Given press time. Rejoicing on stage to thunderous applause with opportunistic assrockets like Mike Huckabee like she's in Godspell or something. Given chance after chance after chance and no one is allowed to touch her because she's without a doubt being held hostage by a believed ominscient being or her twisted interpretation of a long-edited religious text and she absolutely cannot CHANGE.

COME on.

To quote Steve Martin in All of Me . . . "Is everyone here bananas??"

Stop treating this woman like she's anything other than a batshit insane megalomaniac!!

There is no omniscient sky daddy that holds precedence over the laws of the land.

Your book is not holding you hostage.

We do NOT govern by mythology here.

Everyone really needs to grow the fuck up and put their foot down once and for all when it comes to this crap.

Religion is great if it gives you spiritual enlightenment and well-being.

Anything past that, especially instances where you're denying other people due human rights because of your belief . . . NO.


So, if Kim Davis is jailed, she becomes a martyr for the "religiously persecuted".

If you fine her, the taxpayers will more than likely be footing that bill.

Is there ANY way this woman loses in this scenario?

I cannot do it.

I cannot in all consciousness support an economic platform that relies on the assumed benevolence of the wealthy, the hope that a business will pan out to a sustainable fruition, the demand that children finance a high-interest mortgage merely for their economic advancement, the vanquishing of an underfunded but highly necessary social safety net, and most laughably, the almost sarcastic assurance that an individual's "gumption and hard work" will save them despite the sheer lack of solutions as to how that's going to happen.

Can we finally say that the GOP's platform should be coined "Lottery Politics"?

With Jeb Bush's (the newest contender of Mitt Romney's "Most Tone Deaf Politician" title) latest commentary on Medicare, which amounted to "Build the moat, draw the bridge" and warranted more than a few deserved angry responses from those with a brain stem, it's about time to say it once and for all:

The GOP's social and economic platforms almost entirely depend on either patronage, privilege, great luck or all three at once in order to work. In other words, lottery, albeit with various odds.

In the GOP's strange little world:

* You'd better be born to the correct set of parents. Preferrably upper middle class to rich ones.

* You'd better be born in the correct time period (it varies based on economic position in life, location, and employability).

* You'd better be born in the correct country (again, varies on . . . see above).

* You'd better subscribe to the correct mythology, or you're either getting persecuted or have the Bejeezus bombed out of you (and hey, it's a no-brainer, because you can turn all criticisms of your judgement right back to them!).

* Your sexuality better be to their liking, because Bible. And it somehow IS their business, because reasons.

* You'd better have an awesome set of DNA, or it's off to the bake sales and gofundme hell for you, you wealthcare liability.

* You'd better know what you want to do for a living starting around 13. And it better be economically viable.

* The GOP prefers you have a great mind for business. And that business better be a successful one, because everyone working for someone else is eventually going to get replaced by a robot.

* As far as college goes, anything other than STEM is a waste of money, so be inclined to do the right thing for the greater good.

I could go on for days, but the point is this: I would like to think that the path to making life fairer for everyone probably shouldn't involve having the people who don't believe in concepts such as privilege, patronage or luck running the show.

Seems every time America does something right . . . .

. . . . it really brings the fucking creeps, regressives, racists, sexists, hypocrites, historical revisionists, Defenders of the Faith-Based, size-shamers, misogynists, victim-blamers, victim-deniers, the logically challenged and the human rights deniers out of the rotted wood steps of humanity, doesn't it?

Dumb Letters to the PD Dept: Whole Heaping Helping of Hatred.

Jesus H. Christ on a Stick these people just fucking SUCK. A landmark legal precedent has been set and you and your book of half myths can just ABIDE.

Human rights are not a matter of "difference of opinion" and it's the ultimate in hubris to think you can tell someone who they're allowed to love. GROW UP and GET THE FUCK OVER IT, ASSHOLES.

Now that the gays have won in the Supreme Court, now that their "marriages" must be recognized by all the states, it is high time they stop bullying the bakers, the florists, the photographers, and all the other Conscientious Objectors whose deeply rooted religious beliefs preclude any participation in such ceremonies.

Neil Parks,


OH, WEATHER THE STORM, you delicate flower. Fuuuuuuuuuuu . . . .

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50states is a slap in the face to both Bible-believing Christians and all Americans who cherish voting rights and democracy.

Jesus confirmed in the Gospels marriage was to be modeled after Adam and Eve one man and one woman. This is the way God designed and intended it in the beginning. God created man and woman to be the perfect complement to each other, our sexuality given to us for the purpose of procreation. Additionally, marriage is meant to be a picture of the impending union of Jesus (the bridegroom) when he returns and is joined to his bride, the church (i.e. all who have believed on him as Lord and Savior).

By their decision, the Supreme Court negated millions of votes cast in Ohio and more than 30 other states where voters decided to retain traditional marriage by a wide margin. Ultimately, one unelected official wearing a black robe in Washington D.C. decided for us what he thinks is "best" for the residents of Ohio and the nation rather than allowing the democratic process to function. Not only did their actions negate millions of votes, but also the sovereignty of the states as well. Make no mistake: Rule by judges is the single biggest threat to freedom and democracy we face in this nation.

Dan Holland,


Yeah, that same guy who brought you W. and Citizens United. You know, those two things that you wholeheartedly support. But hey, YOU people are the cherry-picking experts.

It once was said that for evil to thrive, all it takes is for good people to do nothing.

Just because it is legal for same sex "marriage" and just because it is legal for abortion on demand, does not make either of these actions right or moral.

Our society has truly lost its moral compass. God is surely weeping over us, just as Satan is rejoicing. Who is your God?

Christine Rath,


Then there's this fucking guy . . . .

Justice Kennedy, there is no dignity in sodomy! Dignity cannot be bestowed by a court. No judge can make male-on-male sodomy "worthy of honor and respect." Honor and respect come from within. No man can ever feel dignified as another man violates his mouth or anus. It is the ultimate desecration of manhood.

You can call it "marriage" if it makes you feel better, but two men doing despicable things to each other's bodies can never be dignified. Calling it "gay" does not make it so. Sodomy is filthy; in fact, God calls it abominable.

Dale L. Kwarciany,

North Royalton

The Plain Dealer actually printed this. Funny thing is, the way they describe physical acts of sex (particularly when it relates to same-sex couples) . . . . would make Larry Flynt say "Geez, want a job?"

I see that Conservatives are getting tired of reliving the past.

That they want teh lib'ruls to talk about something other than a racist cloth of treason and sedition

. . . FINE.


1. Explain to me how job offshoring, job inshoring, union-busting, wage suppression, corporate tax breaks, the shareholder value myth and automation, all business practices America (particularly conservative America, regardless of political affiliation) wholeheartedly supports, are conducive to the long term health of a consumer-based economy.

2. Explain to me how keeping, lowering or even more hilariously, eliminating a wage that already represents a buying power LOSS over time is a smart and economically sound move.

3. How do thousands upon thousands of debt-strapped millennials purchase big-ticket necessities such as homes, cars, education, health care, day care and appliances?

4. Is governing by mythology a sound idea?

5. Why do we still feel the need to be the world's cop when our infrastructure is crumbling?

6. Say a political party puts forth a serious candidate for President. How does anything get accomplished with a gerrymandered Republican House that controls all of the purse strings?

7. Why do Conservatives feel that any action that could help America is a giant waste of money, but are perfectly OK with allocating tax dollars to help destroy things (like human rights, a foreign country, etc.)?

8. Do Conservatives still believe there's no such thing as racism, sexism, human rights suppression, privilege, patronage or luck in 2015?

Hey, NO one wants to talk about an ugly and stained past, amirite? What's important is that we make them examine themselves on America's counterproductive present and inevitably ugly future.

Peasants are funny.

The funniest peasants are the kind of peasants that refuse to accept that they're peasants.

These peasants are extra hilarious when they ridicule other peasants they deem lesser than them for not remaining in their station and raising awareness about a wage that's LOST real-dollar buying power since 1968.

Rather than have every peasant unite for better wages for everyone, these better-than-thou peasants instead absolutely cannot sleep at night without assurance that the lesser peasant's life MUST SUCK worse than theirs does.

"Because absolutely NO ONE ON EARTH works harder than ME, Goddamnit! THEY are the stupid and lazy ones!!!"

The owners wholeheartedly thank you for carrying their water and keeping the heat off of them. Peasants.

"YEW WANT BETTER THEN 8 BUCKS AN HOUR, STUPED? MEET YER REPLAECMNT!! HAW HAW HAW HAWWWW!" - someone who's super-assured THEIR job cannot be automated.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Wed Jun 3, 2015, 02:17 PM (2 replies)
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