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I am goddamn sick of stupid fucking bullshit getting turned into national talking points by the goddamn motherfucking Republican motherfuckers. Republicans gin up a controversy out of sawdust and fog, the fucking media takes the threat seriously and Democrats then play-act like they have to take Republican concerns seriously. It's no different from a goddamn child bawling about the monster under the bed, mom credulously believes it's there and dad is left trying to prove a negative. "I can't see a monster there, it's not there." No, that just means it's really good at hiding! "There's no monster there." That's what a monster sympathizer would say!
We always let the Republicans make the first move. So, is this like Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby, is this rope-a-dope? The story on the 2012 campaign is that Obama created an opportunity for the Republicans to fuck themselves by letting the crazies set the agenda. Rush Limbaugh talking points led the news cycle and so we got top stories of slut shaming, denying contraception, rape apologies, and immigrant-bashing. Romney was correct in that he would only get 47% of the vote but he mobilized the other 53% against him.
This gave Obama a victory, ok. But what's he going to do with it? We aren't talking about climate change, technological unemployment, resource depletion, and any of the big, serious issues that face us. Are the rights of gays and women and minorities unimportant? No. But at the same time, there are bigger issues at hand. Does it really matter if gays are allowed to marry if there's no food to eat? Does it really matter if women have to be paid the same as men if the jobs are still paying shit wages? Hell, if there are even jobs?
I want to see Obama get his baseball bat and tell the GOP how it's gonna be.
I want to see Democrats setting the agenda for a change. I want internal reformers to say fuck the oligarchs, fuck the banks, fuck Wall Street, we're representing the people. Get on the bus or get under it.
This isn't going to happen, of course, which is why I'm so upset.
Posted by jollyreaper2112 | Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:26 AM (24 replies)
So, we've got the nutters doubling-down on the old strategy (god, guns, capitalism, brown people are scary!) and alleged party moderates trying to say "Hold on, now, we're going to have to reform."
Don't trust them.
It's not like we're talking about an aesthetic question like whether folk should remain acoustic or go electric, it's not like a professional preferring a certain toolset for a number of years and finally coming around to seeing the wisdom of the new-fangled way of doing things, coming onboard. It's not like someone growing up in a bigoted environment and giving up those beliefs due to life experience and coming to see the error of his ways. These people were drinking the kool-aid the week before.
Not to go all Godwin but this is like denazification after WWII. Party membership was required. I'm not going to fault the police chief for wearing the armband and shouting the slogans. I am going to fault him for going along with rounding up the Jews. I'm not going to fault the factory worker for taking part in the war machine but I will fault the industrialist who helped put Hitler in power in the first place, those who enthusiastically cooperated with the Reich and reaped the benefits.
You can at least respect the consistency of a fanatical true believer, the brutal honesty. Of course, the only good thing you can find to say about them is also the reason why they need killing, because they will never surrender, will never see reason, will use their dying breath to spit at you. You can't even say that much about the converts. These assholes were willing to follow the party line set by the true believers, the hardliners, the fanatics, but the moment the winds change they're willing to pretend they've come to reason. If they had any reason, if they had any principle, they never would have sided with such monsters. And we're talking America, not Nazi Germany. You might risk your political career telling Grover Norquist to go fuck himself but you won't be risking your life.
So, Jindal, you're willing to admit your party is full of shit? Fine. Leave public life in shame. Hughes, you knew the kind of misogynists you were getting in bed with from the start, don't act so surprised and outraged by all the rape talk. Frum, you cut your ties far enough back and have taken enough shit from them, at least you've shown you have some integrity. You're welcomed back to humanity on a probational basis.
Posted by jollyreaper2112 | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:57 AM (0 replies)
Double down, give GOP middle finger. Their tears are sweet as the finest mead.
Warren: get her on banking committee, threaten quisling dems with waterboarding if they cave.
Bill Clinton: Get him doing something official, what I don't know. Secretary of Explaining Shit?
Michael Moore: Team him up with the guy who did the documentary Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead, get him on a juice fast and down to a healthy weight, Surgeon General's point man on fighting obesity. Conservatives hate anything Michael Moore, plus we keep him healthy enough to make more films. How is this not a double-win?
Elliot Spitzer: Special Prosecutor, go after the banks that burned him on the prostitution angle. Yeah, like you don't already know that was a special FU just for him.
Elon Musk: Special Adviser on Science
I figure we could also pick from the people in this book who are still alive --
Angry conservative troll yelling at clouds.
Posted by jollyreaper2112 | Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:03 PM (7 replies)
Saw this spammed on Facebook and it traces back to free republic. Such sweet suffering.
Delusions pasted below...
As the election results pour in tonight, I am confronted with by a period of time in which I must reassess my core values and beliefs, and how they fit into the broader population of the United States.
It is my belief that the Nation is becoming a Humanist Country, where Government is at the Center of Life much as Religion had been in the past. We are becoming more like Sweden or the Nordic countries rather than like the Southern EU nations of Greece, Italy or Spain. The difference between a social democracy and a Humanist Country is at its core one of financial ability to maintain - the Nordic nations have oil, gas and low populations and the South has more people than they can support.
My basis for these thoughts are that I have lived in a state of mind in which I choose to be conservative, religious, and tried to be the best person I could, all the while teaching my children to work hard and be self-reliant.
But as the election results are coming in evidence to the contrary confronts me that many more Americans are not conservative.
The state of American is that just over one-half of the citizens are happy with the Democrats while the conservative half like myself felt he was destruction to the Nation on so many levels.
Tonight I must finally admit that Democrats and liberals have achieved their goals of moving the County into a social democracy like those in Europe; tonight is 1970 in Europe and in 50 years the USA will be in the same dire straights as Europe.
Americans like myself will no longer take the risks or work harder than the laziest in each of our work environments and all seek the same diminishing rewards. Having lived in Europe and experienced the their culture in The Netherlands and Belgium, all incentive to produce has been breed out of the population.
So tonight I must accept that the Country is not going to collapse nor is it going to change much from today for that matter. Tomorrow I will be faced with walking the social plank off the Ship into the water or tread lightly so as not to offend the Humanists, the gays, the anti-Christians, the Latinos, Blacks, women, etc.
Tonight I go to sleep knowing my way of life is in the last generation where a majority once worked hard and individuals were important; tomorrow I embrace the new culture where the intolerant are somehow the norm and to live counter to their culture is being intolerant - I for one do not think I can tolerate this new status quo but will silently accept what our schools and taxes have done to society.
Posted by jollyreaper2112 | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:51 AM (10 replies)
Can we possibly hope he will get medieval on some congressional republican asses? I'm sick of Obama negotiating with terrorists. I want to see him fight fire with fire. This bipartisan shit where they tell him to go fuck himself and he asks with what has got to go. I don't expect him to invite them to a dinner and being along a baseball bat like Capone but I think he can do something more akin to an offer they can't refuse, not so much a horse's head in the bed but simply prosecuting them for crimes committed while in office and asking the survivors who's next? It's impossible for them to lead as they have without being corrupt. It's not a question of whether they broke the law but the circumstances. Fire Holder and put someone in who will go after the GOP like a weasel in a chicken coop.
Posted by jollyreaper2112 | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:53 AM (4 replies)
Perhaps more than any single individual, Mozilo has come to symbolize, and bear the blame for, the subprime mortgage crisis. In a New York Times feature on October 20, 2008, Henry G. Cisneros, former secretary of HUD and member of the Countrywide board of directors, describes Mr. Mozilo as “sick with stress — the final chapter of his life is the infamy that’s been brought on him, or that he brought on himself.” CNN named Mozilo as one of the "Ten Most Wanted: Culprits" of the 2008 financial collapse in the United States.
Wow. This guy must be doing serious time, right?
On Friday October 15, 2010, Mozilo reached a settlement with Securities and Exchange Commission, over securities fraud and insider trading charges. Mozilo agreed to pay $67.5 million in fines and accepted a lifetime ban from serving as an officer or director of any public company; it is the largest settlement by an individual or executive connected to the 2008 housing collapse. Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, said in a statement that "Mozilo's record penalty is the fitting outcome for a corporate executive who deliberately disregarded his duties to investors by concealing what he saw from inside the executive suite." By settling the SEC charges, Mozilo will avoid a trial that could have provided fodder for future criminal charges.
This fine represents a small fraction of Mozilo's estimated net worth of $600 million. Countrywide will pay $20 million of the $67.5 million penalty because of an indemnification agreement that was part of Mozillo's employment contract. The terms of the settlement allow Mr. Mozilo to avoid acknowledging any wrongdoing.
In February 2011, the U.S. dropped its criminal investigation into the facts behind that civil settlement.
Ok, so let me get this straight.
1. Steal more money than I could possibly spend in an entire lifetime.
2. Pay a 11% vig on it to the government.
3. No jail time.
Seriously, what the fuck? I could do more jail time for pirating a Beatles album.
Obama has been a major disappointment for me. He pretty much strikes me as Harvey Keitel's character from Pulp Fiction, a cleaner. So, guys, what went wrong? Dead hooker in the hotel room? Drunk driving with fatalities? Got caught skimming millions from your charity fund? Stabbed your ex and her boyfriend to death and got in a low-speed chase that was all over the news? I'll make all the problems go away but it's gonna cost you.
So yeah, the economy didn't implode. The lights stayed on, stores remained open. We didn't descend into anarchy. But what happened with the criminals who caused this mess? They got away with it.
This is probably the Obama quote that pisses me off the most. "Some bankers gave explanations for the industry’s high salaries, such as 'competing for talent on an international market.' But, President Obama cut them off. 'My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.'"
Obama, your job is not to protect these fucks from the consequences of their crimes. Your job is to say "I speak for the mob with the pitchforks. Consequences are happening now. It's your choice as to whether you're facing a court of law or a lynch mob."
This is the latest quote that pisses me off almost as much. "I've said if the Republicans need more love -- (laughter) -- if they want me to walk the dog or wash their car, I'm happy to do it. (Laughter.) And I genuinely believe that most Americans -- Democrats or Republicans -- they just want us to solve problems."
Obama is not stupid. We have insider quotes from him that show he knows exactly what game is being played and what the score is. For him to go through the kayfabe of acting like there's anything bipartisan to be had with these economic terrorists is fucking insulting. You do not negotiate with people who are in the wrong, you offer them the term of unconditional surrender. Civil rights are not something that's negotiable. You don't find a middle ground on segregation. You don't find a middle ground on reproductive rights. You don't find a middle ground on prosecuting criminals to the fullest extent of the law.
It just infuriates me that you can whip the Rush Limbaugh audience into a frenzy over welfare the thought of a black man living off the sweat of a white man's brow they can't put 2 and 2 together and see someone like a Mozilo is ripping them off harder than any street hood could conceive of.
I'm just so tired of hearing excuses over why we can't fight harder, why we have to put off change until tomorrow, why we have to accept the status quo. I don't want a president who's kissing their asses, I want a president who's busting their skulls.
Posted by jollyreaper2112 | Mon Nov 5, 2012, 10:41 AM (4 replies)
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