Member since: Fri Jul 4, 2008, 02:39 PM
Number of posts: 4,701
Member since: Fri Jul 4, 2008, 02:39 PM
Number of posts: 4,701
- 2015 (11)
- 2014 (15)
- 2013 (22)
- 2012 (14)
- Older Archives
I've been warning people for three decades that this kind of shit would happen once the country changed its views on worker's rights. It started with piss tests and moved onto a mindset where employers have every right to know who they were hiring. And that meant knowing how they behave outside of work.
No they fucking don't. One does a job and gets paid for a job well done. That's the beginning, middle and end of the deal. Fuck all the fascists who think otherwise.
Posted by 20score | Mon May 11, 2015, 08:55 PM (3 replies)
In a departure from their modus operandi, of advising our perceived enemies and stating our laws incorrectly, Tom Cotton, John Bolton, 47 Republican senators and the entire staff at Fox News have decided to address President Obama in an open letter.
Let’s Bomb Oman, or Anyone Else…We’re Open to Suggestions.
Dear Mr. Obama,
As you are well aware, we really wanted a war with Iran; but the nuclear deal you have negotiated has hampered our desires and forced us to expand our horizons. We will of course continue to sabotage this deal in any way possible until June, short of ordering the strikes against Iran ourselves – we believe strongly that you would lose respect for us, if we didn’t – but we fancy ourselves as pragmatists and have looked at a map and decided we would be almost as happy to have a war with Oman, or Turkmenistan, or even Algeria; we are not unreasonable people. To prove it, we will seriously consider a war with a country of your choosing.
The reasons for war are of course numerous, varied and vital to our national security. Instead of listing them all, we will just name the most important. Money and fun. Who doesn’t like those two things? But like Sisyphus rolling his boulder, we thought concentrating solely on Iran would be futile and we would lose sight of the larger picture. War, itself.
In case you were worried that the public may not want a war with an arbitrary enemy, we have the guarantee of one of the undersigned, Roger Ailes, that about forty percent of the country could be whipped into a war-frenzy in less than a month. With anyone, even New Zealand or Canada.
So the ball is in your court, Mr. President. Please give us a war; the clock is ticking.
Tom Cotton and the Republican Senate
The staff at Fox News
Posted by 20score | Fri Apr 3, 2015, 12:10 PM (28 replies)
Some of you out there in the wider world may be getting sick of our apologies; and that is completely understandable. In 2001 we released one of history’s greatest morons upon you, after slightly less than half of us voted for him (well, half the engaged voters, anyway) one not satisfied with finger-painting or collecting odd shaped potatoes, no, his hobbies included stealing from the national treasury and giving it to our richest; ripping up treaties…oh, and starting wars. So, the sane and decent half of our country apologized to you. And we meant it. But in the years after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, a good portion of our country started a long (and still ongoing) process of losing their fucking minds. A never-ending process of continually becoming dumber and meaner. It’s like they sniff glue for breakfast and have meth for lunch. And those people unleashed Bush on the world a second time. And a second time, we apologized.
We were done with you? No! These glue sniffing methheads, who now proudly call themselves teabaggers, have become more populous and powerful in our congress. These whiny, reality denying, sadistic embarrassments to the human race – and let’s face it, there are others like them throughout the planet – have tried to scuttle an agreement between our country and Iran. In the process of their temper tantrum, they made the world more dangerous by messing with international nuclear agreements, of which they have zero understanding… scratch that…they would have a better track record if they guessed at what positions they should take in important matters – they seem to actively seek out the most moronic, most destructive outcome, and then push that idea. Plus, they have implied thousands of our agreements, both past and future are meaningless and subject to cancellation arbitrarily.
So, you people out there must be sick of hearing us apologize for our greedy, war mongers and torturers, our morons who believe Jesus runs the Republican Party, who think science is malleable and depends on monetary outcomes, who hate the poor, etc. Well, we’re sick of apologizing for them, too. But, we owe you this one.
Sorry for our dipshits – again. We will honor our agreements, both past and future. And we’ll try hard to stop any wars they are dreaming about. Thanks for your consideration.
Posted by 20score | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 12:31 PM (19 replies)
Every person on the planet that can speak, lies on a daily basis. This was just an exaggeration. A bad one, and he should be called out, but it should be a day long story - that's it. But because it's simple, people can grab onto it, understand it, and feel superior. No one got hurt and he actually was fired upon. Twelve or thirteen years later he embellished. Big fucking deal.
I don't watch network news, and haven't for decades. So I barely know who he is. I read the news, listen to NPR, Democracy Now; or, now that it's on, watch Al Jazerra. Network News, sucks. At best. Every hour of every day, there are lies told on all the networks, (especially Fox) that get people killed, destroy lives, start wars, scapegoat the innocent while protecting economy destroying thieves...and this the bullshit people care about? Embarrassing.
Posted by 20score | Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:00 PM (0 replies)
Video, Tom Cotton:
I few days ago Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas questioned Brian Mckeon, Deputy Under Secretary for Defense. The importance was lost on most people, even Tom Cotton himself, who said, “I just wanted to let people know I was a dick to be reckoned with. Not a goofy dick like Louie Gohmert, but someone who can sound smart while saying stupid things…I believe I made some headway.”
But it wasn’t until Frank Luntz put out a memo, “Causation is longer a consideration, for anything,” that got people talking.
The conversation that killed critical thinking:
SEN.TOM COTTON (R-ARKANSAS): OK, now I want to explore the so-called risk balance between recidivism of released terrorists and the propaganda value that terrorists get from Guantanamo Bay. How many recidivists are there at Guantanamo Bay right now?
And good riddance. “We’ve been trying to get rid of logic and critical thinking for years, but they keep raising their ugly heads. ‘There’s no global warming, it’s cold outside.’ And what do you think Trickledown Economics is? That’s right, one big giant ‘fuck you’ to logic. But Tom…my hat’s off to him, you know? He finally poisoned that bitch and buried her. Logic and critical thinking are done!”
Frank Luntz’s memo describes how every terrorist attack before 2002 can be linked to the lack of a Guantanamo Bay prison. And why stop at the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979? Says Luntz, “Hell, Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. No Guantanamo.” But the real beauty is in extrapolating from this conversation. “Everything is up for grabs,” says Luntz. “Don’t like regulations on derivatives? Well, connect it with something you do like. John Wayne Westerns. See? It doesn’t matter how tentative, or even non-existent the connection. As long as there is something you like, and something else you don’t like, just pretend they’re connected and your point is proven. This guy just made my job so much easier!”
Posted by 20score | Sun Feb 8, 2015, 09:43 PM (16 replies)
In these days of constant misinformation, scapegoating and mean-spirited politics from Fox and right-wing radio; plus infotainment and corporatism from most other media, it’s hard to make improvements to our culture. And we have been on an ever increasingly downward trajectory since the terror attacks of 2001. (Arguably for a generation before that, but at nowhere near this level of decline.)
More open and hostile racism, politicians brought into the same, ‘Free Market’ as our toys and clothes; Total Information Awareness, where everything one does, says, writes, buys, and all contacts are examined and everywhere one goes is tracked and stored; whistle-blowers are prosecuted at a never before seen rate; militarized and abusive police are the norm; theft of billions by a handful of people goes unpunished while debtor-prisons (at least people are being put in prison for debts) are making a comeback; the social safety net has more wholes poked in it every month; these things are just a small sample our pathological decline. But within the old rhetoric describing who we believe ourselves to be, is an answer to some of the problems we face.
Treason is looked upon as the worst of crimes for a reason. People are willing to spend almost anything on defense; and in the case of an actual threat to the nation, like World War II, we will pull together and sacrifice for the common good. Why? Because in situations like WWII, we all rise and fall together as a community. For many, that feeling of community only applies to war and national security.
The right likes to live partially in the past, in a world that never really existed. At least in a world where the sins of the past are white-washed or ignored. Where every town is a little like Mayberry and we all help each other in times of need. That past was never a reality throughout the entire country, but in pockets people did do the right thing by each other (and still do in Amish Country), because they felt they were in this together.
If we can take that feeling of camaraderie and expand it through ever increasingly large circles, we will have a better country for all. When we view through a patriotic lens the problems people face in poor areas, in a drug war that does little but destroy lives, homelessness, mental illness, discrimination, etc., we will all be the better for it.
If people start to expand their circle of empathy beyond their area, race, sexual orientation, religion and political affiliation, and apply the standards of country outside of war, we will come much closer to our promise and reverse an almost generation of decline.
Posted by 20score | Sun Feb 8, 2015, 03:06 PM (19 replies)
At a very rare and brief press conference in Manhattan, Charles and David Koch laid out few demands before they spend their money buying politicians in the 2016 election.
“It’s only fair,” said David Koch. “People think, ‘Well, they’re spending a billion dollars to buy a president, a few senators and representatives – they should be happy with what they’ve got!’ But they don’t look at it from our point of view. Yes, we do make a lot of money off of our investments…but look at how much time and money we put into running the country! Sometimes there are individual bills that need to be written. That costs money. And do you think politicians at the state level buy themselves? Hell no, that costs money! And what about judges?”
“Exactly!” said David’s brother, Charles. “One judge may be cheap, by him or herself. But multiply that by a few hundred and now you’re talking real money…at least for some. Add into that some think tanks, a few scientists…plus all the politicians David mentioned and you begin to understand why we think a few politicians should be thrown in, gratis. I'm sure I speak for others in our class, also. We all feel a bit slighted.”
“And maybe a few bills that we had people write, too” David interjected. “And the truth is, to make up for all the negative press we’ve been getting, and all the money we’ve been spending, a couple of national parks thrown in wouldn’t hurt either.”
“We have to be going now, thank you for your time,” David said.
Posted by 20score | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 04:47 PM (24 replies)
There has always been a puritanical versus enlightenment fight going on for the heart of the country. Fascist, corporatist versus people, theocrats versus secularists, authoritarian versus freedom, racism versus decency, science versus ignorance and greed versus charity. During the times when the fight is most visible, such as the Great Awakenings, the Abolitionist Movement of the 19th century, the labor movement of the early 20th century, the Civil Rights Movement and today’s fights, it is not always apparent who will win the fight; even for those gifted with empathy and critical thought. And being right on one or more critical issues, such as civil rights, does not automatically put one on the right side of all issues.
Lyndon Johnson helped move civil rights forward and was great on poverty, but expanded United States involvement in a blatantly unjust war. There were African Americans helping the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a KKK type organization (with members of the Klan involved), because they believed the state would win the civil rights fight. And of course there has been overlap within many of the issues, with morality, reality and empathy being the common thread.
We are fighting numerous problems today, with clearly delineated sides of right and wrong. (Albeit with grey areas, degrees and nuances in each subject.) Our idea of democracy seems almost a joke in its current form (the Kochs spending close to a billion dollars to buy politicians, lobbyists writing our laws, entire media outlets - of which there are only six – devoted to propaganda, misinformation, scapegoating, wealth transfer to the top and diversion). Our idea of freedom is unrecognizable from just a generation ago with Total Information Awareness on a fast track to fruition, along with other repellant programs (NSA spying, DEA spying, asset forfeiture, militarized police, over 200 SWAT raids a day, license plate readers and indefinite detention). War crimes going unpunished and in many circles, unacknowledged (torture, the entire Iraq War). A reigniting of the civil rights fight, a fight against reprehensible trade agreements like the TPP and an effort for the middle class and the majority of the country to hold on to whatever wealth they have left. A fight to help the environment (global warming, endangered species, the health of the oceans, overpopulation, wilderness protection, etc.).
It’s easy to see which sides are right and which sides are wrong in these struggles. At least on the edges, where facts and decency are facing lies, greed and malice. What bothers me (aside from the ever-present War on Reality) is the fact that I don’t know which side will win this one.
Posted by 20score | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 01:42 PM (17 replies)
Would you like to be able to do anything, and never be held to account?
Can you take any situation and make it about you?
Are you willing to protest at a funeral and yet take other citizens right to protest, with no sense of irony?
Does any legitimate criticism send you into a pouting fit?
Do you believe respect and submission mean the same thing?
Then you have what it takes to become one of the NYPD!
Posted by 20score | Sun Jan 4, 2015, 01:55 PM (47 replies)