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About Me

If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

Journal Archives

Rodney King Dies, Racist America Celebrates.


Fucking assholes.

Oh look, Yahoo's propagatin' the 2000 Big Myth.

Wow, is this some foreshadowing I'm seeing . . . . . ?


It was a mess for the country and also for the major news organizations who create complex mathematical models to match vote results and exit polls to determine the inevitable winner. But in 2000, the result was anything but inevitable. Each of the three television networks incorrectly declared Al Gore the winner of Florida initially, only to withdraw that decision, later giving the state to George W. Bush — and finally withdrawing that decision as well.

"We managed to make two mistakes that night like everyone else did, but it was shocking," said David Westin, who was president of ABC News on that historic night.

In his new memoir, "Exit Interview," Westin explains, "We believed that our 'decision desk' was better than anybody, and that we got it right every single time and we got it right earlier than just about anybody did."

Er, Gore DID win Florida. The highly partisan SCOTUS Filthy Five, the Florida Election Fixers and Faux News stole it from him. The End.

Of American progress, that is . . .

It's Marine Week in Cleveland!


Lots and lots of high-tech expensive weaponry on display in one of the poorest and economically declining major cities in the country. Bring the kids!

"Trust us, children . . . using one of these to blow the beJAYsus out of sovereign nations that never threatened one American citizen is a noble and just sacrifice your country's willing to make for your educations and futures."

"You just shut the HELL up, you pansy-ass, troop-hatin' liberals and demonstrators. Freedom isn't Free and we got enemies EVERYwhere! WELL WORTH THE COST!!! Occupy a jawb or a shower or somefin . . . haw haw haw."

Why am I not a Republican?

I think it boils down to the fact that you cannot logically justify a taxophobic political acumen that scorches social services while building up the military to Cold War levels, puts less money in the hands of the poor while putting even more money in the hands of the obscenely wealthy, sees the middle class as expendable and easily-replaced “perpetual victims”, writes off blue-collar labor as uneducated complacent relics who refuse to “compete”, demonizes minorities as "system gaming useless eaters", eliminates unions, strips L/G/B/T/Q/I people of their human rights, wants to control everything about women, shifts risk to the people that are least equipped to deal with it and is perfectly all right with the installation of a plutonomy without sounding like a completely selfish and hateful asshole.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Thu Jun 7, 2012, 11:04 AM (6 replies)

Was in Milwaukee this weekend . . . .

. . . there was a teacher's convention/conference at the hotel I was staying at.

I rode up the many-floored elevator . .. crowded . . . I noticed a female teacher (as indicated by her badge/pass) who sported a sticker stating "I Stand With Scott Walker".


Who the hell can figure why supposedly educated people buy into whackjob bullshit and vote against their best interests? Is it a mean streak? Is it misanthropy? Is it a superiority complex?

Posted by HughBeaumont | Mon Jun 4, 2012, 12:38 PM (8 replies)

Romney on CNBC . . . "Putting Jobs First". No seriously, THAT'S his slogan.

Yes, it's CNBC and yes, it's RMoney, but come on. COME on. How believable is a guy who thought as much of firing a few thousand workers as he did brushing his teeth every morning? How believeable is a guy who salivates at the thought of a 28% Loophole-included TMTR?

Mitt, today's jobs numbers are far more an indictment of your buddies in corporate America and the Republican Controlled Congress, both holding America hostage by conducting a partisan-fueled obstruction campaign on the President and the American people.

Failing America to gain control of America.

Makes sense, doesn't it?

"Putting Partisan Politics First"
Posted by HughBeaumont | Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:53 PM (7 replies)
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