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When I was a kid, Hostess fruit pies were to die for

They were tasty, the crust was flaky and you got plenty of filling. My fave were the French Apple pies.

A short while back, when I was waiting in line at the party store, I came across a Hostess peach pie on the stand. I was hungry and haven't had a fruit pie in many a year, so I decided to give it a go. Needless to say, I was not happy with the product.

The pie was flat from the lack of filling. The crust, no longer flaky, was akin to cardboard and the taste was atrociously bitter and super-super sweet at the same time. I wondered, "What the hell happen to Hostess?"

Apparently, unrestrained capitalism… The panacea of every Right Wing Republican asshole, DID not give Hostess an incentive to excel in the manufacture of its own product. Poor management was to blame. If the owners wanted to protect their name, they would not have allowed product quality to deteriorate so dramatically over the years.

They would have said, "We need to improve. We need to make a better product, we need to take care of our loyal employees and our customers alike."

They did not.

But let's face it, if you own a company, load it up with debt, drive it into Chapter 11, skimp on product quality, exploit the labor force out of their livelihoods, disappoint your customers, pay yourselves extravagant salaries and bonuses and have a plan to liquidate the company's assets while blaming your disingenuous negotiating skills on the workers that you're about to kick out on the street while welshing on their wages and pensions… Then you must think that you're the greatest capitalist in the world…

You're about to hit BIG, baby and you're loving it, because that's all you really care about.

(Just try to resist screaming "I'm Rich!" at the top of your lungs when you're killing all of those jobs and cherished memories at the same time.)

Whenever you hear someone describe themselves as a "Republican"…

You can take it as a cue that it means that they're about to start being an asshole.

What non-political thing do you detest the most?

I detest peanut butter cookies and people eating crunchy things next to my ears.

I detest them both equally.

Same here, H.L., same here.

EVERYTHING is a Conspiracy...

Do you think that food just appears in a grocery store for no reason at all?

Of course, not!

THEY put it IN the grocery stores because that would force us to PAY for it in order to get it OUT!

Man, THEY think of EVERYTHING!

We can't possibly win against them...

THEY own us.

Do you think that stories just APPEAR on the evening news out of thin air?

Of course, not!

PEOPLE do things that are noteworthy enough to get EXPOSED on the evening news.

They are doing stuff like ALL of the time.

We can NEVER stop people from doing it...

They will ALWAYS get our attention.

Are you always AFRAID that will could get caught doing something WRONG, even when you think that you're not doing ANYTHING wrong at all?

Of course, you are!

They can always come up with reasons to accuse you of doing something wrong, even when you have no idea of knowing what you did wrong.

That's why your best bet is to never get caught of doing those wrong things than you never knew were wrong.

They're waiting to catch you now.

You have to make sure that they don't

What ever it is, it really isn't what you think it is... It's really something that someone else knows about. So until you really KNOW what it is, while you don't, what else can it be other than a conspiracy?

Joseph Campbell should rise from his grave to slay The Disney Corporation

Disney has long been responsible for bastardizing mythic acculturalization and assimilation to comform to its own trademarked visual and narrative styles.

The myths that Disney have acquired were reshaped to accommodate its commercial exploitation of them. They're acquired the rights to Native American, European and Latin American myths. Myths that were created from historical narratives and literary masterpieces. Modern and ancient myths.

And now they have acquired the ownership of Marvel Comics, LucasFilm and, most recently, The Holy Bible itself. Three of the most well known myth creating venues in American society.

Disney's commercial exploitation dumbs down the mythic narrative so that it's no more than a commercial product to be consumed by the lowest common denominator. A form of ethnic bleaching is used to make their myths palatable for maximum appeal by the majority population. Real complex and accurate cultural and historical aspects are replaced with stereotypical depictions, maudlin and sappy musical accompaniment and fanciful dance. Disney's own trademarked artistic aesthetic is used to alter the mythic tone to its own for maximum commercial appeal.

It creates trademarked characters that were never in the mythic narratives that it has acquired. Changes the time, meaning and impact of historical events.

It fashions its own reality in order to achieve the highest profit potential possible.

Lost in all of this cultural bleaching is any real association to the source material. Both literary and oral traditions are trashed and replaced with a caricatured framework to be consumed.

Instead of reading source works, understanding the existential points and historical complexities of the subject matter, bright colors, sounds, songs, phrasing replaces all of that. Consumers adopt the commercial visage instead, without even knowing what the original myths were all about.

If we lose access and control of our own cultural narrative, we lose the ability to define what we're all about. Not only do we become the stuff of talking animals and animated flatware, we lose sight of the history of racial, cultural and sexual identity.

When our myths are trademarked, they no longer belong to all of us, they only belong to the people who own the trademarks.

Violante Placido - Together

When it comes to the affairs of public officials, I like to take the French approach to such things…

Blasé disinterest.

It's human nature, especially for men in power positions to have the occasional dalliance or two. C'est la vie! It would be naïve to think otherwise.

Now obviously in matters of national security a comme ci, comme ça approach would be inappropriate, so aside from the sexual infidelities to consider… We are talking about a man who was the Director of the CIA, ne-c'est pas? We should ask ourselves and all the parties involved, how has this harmed the nation?

I'd rather we stay focused on the salient aspects of national security interests, rather than on any prurience going on in either of their boudoirs.

So, I'm going to resist being prudish towards those two, by saying, "Ou la la, you shouldn't have broken your vows because you wanted to share la petite mort with each other." But I will say about the mishandling of classified data, “C’est vraiment des conneries! You both should have thought about the nation's security FIRST and FOREMOST.”

So sex, non and security, oui!

We should stay focused on the important things, Mes Amis, not this childishly titillating merde.

Unlike the media and his supporters, I always knew that Romney was going to lose

I recognized early on, especially after every incident and statement in which the Romney camp exposed their own incompentence, arrogance and utter lack of self-awareness, that they didn't have a clue about how they came off to people. The likability deficit that Romney created was a huge clue and they completely ignored it. So did much of the national media, as I had very well classified their unabshed cheer leading for Romney in the same way that a prostitute would have sex with anyone who gives them money.

Most of all, I think that best explanation for Romney, his voters and the national media's unrealistic assumption that he was going to win is defined in The Dunning-Kruger effect. It was clear to me that the Romney campaign was utterly incompetent and, had he been elected, would run the country in much the same incompetent fashion. Dunning-Kruger is quite explicit about how the ability to overrate ones own competence correlates with identifying with other incompent people and completely disregarding true competence in others.

To these people, they can create fantastic rationalizations in order to believe that the President should be kicked out of office and a complete charlatan like Romney should replace him. Forget about the auto bailout, the economic recovery and the killing of Bin Laden ordered by this president, none of that was supposed to matter in comparison to every absurd fantasy that they created to condemn him... THOSE fantasies were good enough reason to elect Romney instead.

I mentioned before that this phenomena is nothing more than magical thinking.

Now, although I say that I didn't have any doubts about President Obama's reelection, I understand that concerns over GOP voter suppression, election tampering and fraud were all valid concerns. That would have been the only way that Romney could have gotten elected, given the way that he came off to the people who weren't living in a hell on Earth under the rule of a Scary Negro.

It's quite clear from the Right's post-traumatic reaction that the fear and anger that they've been expressing for the past four years is not going away, at least not easily anyway.

That anger is quite comfortable and all too familiar to them. They are complete ill-equipped the function outside of that skewed frame of reference. They will resist coping with reality as long as they have a support group of other completely incompent, utterly unrealistic, prevaricating and wholly clueless sub-cultural assholes to pander to them.

These people are exercising the absolute right of a free society to engage in magical thinking. They are offended that anyone, an authority figure who was reelected, a truthful and competent press or a majority of winning voters would attempt to dissuade them from their God-given right to create their own self-sealing, highly resistant to reality misinformation bubble.

To them, such any attempts would be "unAmerican". This, of course, explains their penchant for assigning outsider status to everyone that they hate. To me, their cultishly tribalized behavior is as American as cherry pie. Ask anyone who stands outside of the culturally defined norm of this country and they'll tell you the same.

What was clear to me was that, by operating sheerly on that tribalism alone, Romney could not get elected. But most of all, that tribalism that he espoused would create the very conditions for his downfall. It wasn't because he was a better candidate, he was by far the worst candidate that I've seen in my fifty-one years on this planet. The tribalism itself created very good reasons to vote against Romney, as well as the defiance created in the outrage against GOP voter suppression efforts. Democracy was at stake here and the American people responded valiantly by stepping up to the plate.

We have a president, in Barack Obama, that shows that he puts his faith in the American people. To him, that was the only sure thing about this election. He didn't have to create a phony self or fabricate a Mitt Romney that didn't exist. All he had to do was both tell the truth and allow the Romney camp to continue demonstrating their utter contempt for the political process and ordinary Americans.

In the end one side knows what America is all about, while the other side is dealing with the pain of confronting an America that doesn't comport while their narrow and unrealistic vision.

Gawd... It must really suck to be them.

The Right Wing is just begging to get spanked again

They're not going to play nice at all. To them, playing nice is nothing more than admitting defeat, which they can never do.

They believe that they just didn't try hard enough, weren't conservative enough, somehow never seemed to achieve enough idealogical purity in order to persuade the American people to kick out that scary black fellow.

The political distillation that brought us people like DeMint and Teabaggerati will now step into high gear. The Republican purge of doubters and wishy-washy types has begun.

If you think that people like Akin and Mourdock are never going to run on any future GOP ticket again, you are mistaken… They're going to double and triple down on the madness.

They haven't figured it out yet, but they are in the process of making Republicans a permanent minority and fringe party of obsessed radicals.

Bring the madness.
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