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Member since: Fri Apr 16, 2004, 02:36 PM
Number of posts: 8,721
We all know that the Republicans hate Trump because he is shouting out GOP positions that are always sold with a "dog whistle."
You can just hear their private conversations: "How dare Trump broadcast our hatreds in plain english?" "Who is he to shriek 'the truth' about immigrants?" "Next thing you know, he'll be talking about 'uppity people.'"
Trump is really scaring the shit out of the Republican "establishment," (whatever the hell that means today). But, in truth, the Republican "establishment" has been a disease on democracy ever since Nixon, (and for the past couple of centuries). Over the past 200 some odd years their different factions have gone under various names from "Democrats," to "Know Nothings," to "Republicans," to "wingnuts," to KKK, to Citizens Councils. But don't be fooled. They're always the same people. They are the haters/bigots/morons/fools/ignorant/frightened. Today, they are calling themselves "conservatives/Republicans/patriots/'real Americans.'"
Some believe in "white supremacy." Some believe in a version of Jesus that makes them superior to the rest of humanity, some of them need to see people further down the ladder than they are. And some of them don't or can't think.
All of this is what today's Republican Party is. And that is why they are so pissed off at Trump. He's showing (sane) Americans who and what the Republican Party really is.
Maybe Trump needs some kind of "thanks" for blowing the Republican Party cover.
Or maybe we Dems need to get our act together, and somehow find a cure for the disease of ignorance that currently infects our society.
Posted by Cyrano | Thu Jul 23, 2015, 04:17 PM (11 replies)
I love Bernie. I love Elizabeth. And I'll vote for Hillary if she's nominated.
Being a devout agnostic, I have no idea where this "revelation," "spaketh," "message from the universe," or whatever else you want to label it, came from. But I am certain that Sherrod Brown will be our next president.
Please save your "sober up," of "what are you smoking?" or, "snap out of it" comments. I'm going to put this post in my journal and you can check it in November of 2016.
All I ask is that when this comes about, please don't send me messages asking for a winning lottery number.
Posted by Cyrano | Wed May 13, 2015, 11:59 AM (23 replies)
Of course, Hillary does not yet have the nomination, so it's a bit early to speculate. But what the hell. I'm going to get in my two cents right now and say that the Democratic Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, is perhaps the best running mate she could pick. (Hell, I'd like to see him at the top of the ticket.)
I won't put his full background here, but he's really smart, charismatic, liberal, soft spoken, physically attractive, (more people than you can imagine are swayed by "attractive"), and a Democrat with a capital D.
So what do you think? Too early for a HILLARY/BROWN bumper sticker?
Posted by Cyrano | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 01:18 PM (17 replies)
Republicans just can't seem to find a sewer deep enough. Here's an excerpt from Paul Krugman's column in today's New York Times.
(T)he just-released budgets from the House and Senate majorities break new ground. Each contains not one but two trillion-dollar magic asterisks: one on spending, one on revenue. And that’s actually an understatement. If either budget were to become law, it would leave the federal government several trillion dollars deeper in debt than claimed, and that’s just in the first decade.
The modern G.O.P.’s raw fiscal dishonesty is something new in American politics. And that’s telling us something important about what has happened to half of our political spectrum.
(B)oth (budgets) claim drastic reductions in federal spending. Some of those spending reductions are specified: There would be savage cuts in food stamps, similarly savage cuts in Medicaid over and above reversing the recent expansion, and an end to Obamacare’s health insurance subsidies. Rough estimates suggest that either plan would roughly double the number of Americans without health insurance. But both also claim more than a trillion dollars in further cuts to mandatory spending, which would almost surely have to come out of Medicare or Social Security. What form would these further cuts take? We get no hint.
... Republicans really believe that tax cuts for the rich would generate a huge boom and a surge in revenue, but they’re afraid that the public won’t find such claims credible. So magic asterisks are really stand-ins for their belief in the magic of supply-side economics, a belief that remains intact even though proponents in that doctrine have been wrong about everything for decades.
But I’m partial to a more cynical explanation. Think about what these budgets would do if you ignore the mysterious trillions in unspecified spending cuts and revenue enhancements. What you’re left with is huge transfers of income from the poor and the working class, who would see severe benefit cuts, to the rich, who would see big tax cuts. And the simplest way to understand these budgets is surely to suppose that they are intended to do what they would, in fact, actually do: make the rich richer and ordinary families poorer.
Look, I know that it’s hard to keep up the outrage after so many years of fiscal fraudulence. But please try. We’re looking at an enormous, destructive con job, and you should be very, very angry.
Posted by Cyrano | Fri Mar 20, 2015, 09:02 AM (16 replies)
Yesterday, many, many cops turned their backs on NY Mayor de Blasio at the funeral for slain NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. (And many other cops didn’t.) The police were specifically asked to respect the day as a funeral, not an opportunity to protest. Yet the answer of far too many of them was a gigantic “Fuck You.”
It seems that their complaint is that they’re “not being supported.” And those who supposedly are “not supporting” them include NY Mayor de Blasio who has a black son, Erik Holder, the head of the DOJ, President Obama, and Rev. Al Sharpton, to name a few. Hmmm, seems to be a common thread there.
And what is it that’s “not being supported?” I guess it’s a series of killings of black people that are being publicly protested by blacks, whites and many others, countrywide. The protests are due to no apparent police accountability, and the fact that no grand jury has seen fit to bring forward indictments.
As an aside, down here in Palm Beach County, FL, a crowd of retired cops came together the other day in the town of Wellington to “Support the police.” It was covered in The Palm Beach Post and although they didn’t say exactly what it was they were "supporting,” you can draw your own conclusion.
IMO, the underlying theme of this entire police “moment of discontent” is blatant, thinly disguised racism. They may not be members of the KKK, but it sure as hell seems to me that they want the general public, and the powers that be, to condone the practice of killing people who are guilty of breathing while black. And yes, they do have a dangerous job. But no one’s forcing them to keep it and most would rather be cops than anything else. (It should also be noted that many cops turned their backs because of peer pressure. It takes real courage to stand alone amid a tsunami of bigotry.)
So what do you think? Police racism, or just a police union tactic to get “support” (whatever the hell “support” means)?
Posted by Cyrano | Mon Jan 5, 2015, 12:38 PM (65 replies)
North Korea, a backward, barbaric relic of the dark ages, has scared the living shit out of Sony, Hollywood and, perhaps, “The Men In Charge.” They did it the 21st century way. They hacked into a treasure trove of information and they killed a major Hollywood production.
As much as I despise the fact that Hollywood/Sony has caved in on freedom of speech, there’s an incredibly powerful lesson to be learned here. For years now, we’ve been decrying the power of the haves over the have nots, the power of the Koch brothers, the Walton (Walmart) family, and a handful of others, to buy and own everyone and everything. Not to mention the power of government to gather up everything we say and write, and to track our physical location at any instant.
Perhaps there are hackers out there who are capable of breaking into anything and everything that the powers that be don’t want anyone breaking into. Perhaps such hackers might decide that wealth and power can’t keep screwing the people and creatures of the earth with impunity. Perhaps they’ve decided they can’t keep polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe. Perhaps such hackers have decided that there really is a way to fight back against a stacked deck and a system drowning in corruption.
Military might has always been the path to power throughout recorded history. However, … I’m willing to bet that, at this very moment, governments, and the handful of people who buy and own governments, are in deep discussions with McAfee, Norton, and every other organization or entity that has even an iota of an idea as to how to protect themselves in today's cyberspace universe. After all, they are all as vulnerable as Sony/Hollywood. It seems that the “Masters of the Universe” have an Achilles Heel.
Welcome to the 21st Century.
Posted by Cyrano | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:52 PM (6 replies)
There are concepts which most of us can’t verbalize. But we do recognize them when someone else speaks them aloud. They are a verbalization of our hopes and dreams. They are words like “I’ve been to the mountain,” or, “Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last.”
Very few people are as articulate as Martin Luther King. For many hundreds of years, white people have oppressed, enslaved, abused, degraded, raped, tortured, murdered and done everything possible to tear the very soul out of people of color. But it hasn’t succeeded. The instinct for fairness, justness, and the sense of a shared humanity, cannot be suppressed through threats, bribery, pain, or “the rule of law.”
And now we have Ferguson, Missouri. Nothing is new here. Nothing is surprising. Nothing is any fairer than it has ever been. And nothing is as infuriating as the current inability to sweep away the injustice.
So let’s say it plainly. Ferguson, Missouri is nothing more than ongoing American racism. It sucks as much as it ever has. And only a fool would believe that this will be the end of it.
Okay, call me a fool, but I believe that the younger generation places little stock in the racism, religiosity, regionalism, nationalism, or any other remnants of ignorance out of the past. But that doesn’t mean that those who harbor hatred are going to go away tomorrow. It will take a while longer. But the future is upon us, (if we can survive the current rape of planet Earth and somehow fix it).
And I also believe that the future holds much for humanity. We are just coming out of our adolescence. That which is to come, we can only imagine. But one thing we can be sure of. The future does not belong to the bigots, the haters, and the unimaginative. It belongs to those who know of reason, humanity, tolerance and even the love of one's fellow human beings.
We must believe that the victims who have paid the price with their very lives have not done so in vain. The alternative is far too unthinkable.
So decide for yourself. Are we on the threshhold of a world about to drown in the muck of intolerance? Or are we about to enter a world made brighter by the sacrifice of so, so many.
My hope is that we are emeging from the darkness and ignorance of the past
Posted by Cyrano | Tue Nov 25, 2014, 02:40 PM (8 replies)
No one should be allowed to fly out of Texas. We're talking about Ebola here. And who knows how many Ebola infected Isis terrorists may have slipped into Texas from the Mexican border? Safer to just ground all the flights.
Oh, ... sorry. I must have had a brief case of GOP-think fever.
Posted by Cyrano | Sun Oct 12, 2014, 01:17 PM (113 replies)
Last night, I was watching an old Bogart Movie, “Key Largo.” Edward G. Robinson played a mob leader and he was asked something like, “What is it you really want.” He hesitates and says, “I want, … I want, …” Bogart says, “He wants more.” “Yeah, that’s it,” says Robinson enthusiastically. “I want more.” Another character asks, “Will you ever get enough?” Robinson shakes his head and says, “No, I guess I won’t.”
That less than one minute on the screen explains the top 1% who virtually own this country. It’s just not that deep. Every fool who votes for a Republican is helping that 1% get “More.” And that single word “More” is all the explanation needed for Republican dickishness.
Posted by Cyrano | Fri Oct 3, 2014, 01:35 PM (5 replies)
That headline is an example of how you start a rumor which becomes self perpetuating. And Karl Rove is a master at it. It’s a tactic he’s been using his entire career.
His recent attack on Hillary, while ridiculous, will have many wingnuts believing she actually has a brain injury from that fall she took a while back. And it will seep through to those who pay no attention to politics.
We can expect such attacks against Hillary to be launched daily now by Fox “news,” hate radio, and the rest of the Republican propaganda machine. They’re already blaming her for the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria.
Truth means nothing to Republicans. They will just make up any piece of shit and then use their echo chamber to repeat, repeat, repeat.
We Dems don’t currently have the means to counter their never-ending lies. But we’d better figure out a way pretty damn soon.
Posted by Cyrano | Wed May 14, 2014, 09:58 AM (140 replies)