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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

Brazen Shit Dept - Timothy Loehmann (Tamir Rice's Killer) speaks:

Complete with Steve Loomis's shrug and dismissal of "Justified Force". Why aren't these two in JAIL? Everything they say in this interview is a proven-by-security footage FALSEHOOD. This was a drive-by shooting. Nothing more, nothing less.

Loehmann said that he opened his car door slightly when the cruiser was about 30 yards from Tamir, presented his weapon and started yelling: "Put your hands in the air! Let me see your weapon! Freeze!"

This account is inconsistent with his written statement to the grand jury, in which he said he hadn't opened the door and begun yelling until the car was rolling to a stop. (Read the officers' written statements in the document viewers below.)

An internal affairs investigator questioned Loehmann about the mechanics of holding open the passenger-side door of a moving vehicle, while also holding a gun in his dominant right hand.

Loehmann described the crouching posture he had to assume on the door's threshold to be "prepared for anything."

"The threat just became incredible," Loehmann said. "I had to make the decision fast because Frank and I were in immediate danger. If the subject did pull out the gun and point it towards us, I would have been shot and possibly my partner. ... Plus, I was stuck in the doorway and my partner was still seated in the driver's seat. So we were basically sitting ducks."

Er, the video shows Tamir standing up from a park picnic bench. OMFGZ CALL THE SWAT TEAM!! The shooting happened in 0.79 seconds. You barked no commands in that amount of time. The elapsed time of the security footage proves your story bull paddies, bro.

I feared three Presidencies.

Cruz - because he's a religious right whackjob, an insufferable economic Reaganite and a smarmy, social safety net-gutting fuck on the level of Paul Ryan.

Fiorina - because she's a vile human being who fired thousands upon thousands of workers at HP and Lucent while getting lottery perk after lottery perk as a CEO. Also, because she took $4 billion in 2004 Homeland Investment Act money and used it for stock buybacks . . . while firing workers. I don't want that element anywhere near the White House.

And, of course, Trump - because come ON.

I think if it were Kasich or Rubio that somehow won (For the record, I don't think either of them would have beaten Hillary) . . . I'd be angry and would still protest . . . but I wouldn't be "Scared to fucking DEATH" worried.

I'd probably be in the mindset of "let's weather this moron" rather than seeing a future of smoking ruin, crashes and no hope.

That's what the Red Hat Klan doesn't seem to get.

I'm a businessperson. Well, not really, but humor me:

What's in it for ME to want workers/consumers (one in the same) to have it WORSE in life?

As a Capitalist (again, hypothetical), what's in it for ME to praise a reduction in the quality of life for the middle/working/poor via wage cuts, benefit cuts, cuts to education, cuts to health care, etc.??

Shouldn't I WANT them to have disposable income so they can BUY my products/services?

"Wull, wudn't a uneeversul basic whachumucallit makin' them dipendnt on thu Gubmint" YES!! Theoretically, why should I CARE where their cash comes from? THEY HAVE MONEY. TO SPEND. ON MY SERVICES and PRODUCTS!! I WANT them to have dependency! I WANT THEM to have money to spend!! If they don't spend money, I have no business! (aside: not like we're going to GET a UBI in our lifetimes . . . but remember . . . hypothetical . . . )

Deep down, Capitalists have to understand that killing the proverbial consumer golden goose is going to mean less purchases, right? Deep down, they've GOT to get that automating/offshoring workers out of existence is going to mean less revenue for them, right?

So why do most business owners, small and large, support Schtroumpf, Republicans and the self-destructive Re-branded Feudalism they practice?

ON EDIT: I'm still furious that we were not allowed to post to DU on election night.

That still doesn't sit well with me at all.

We all needed to be with kindred spirits during an ushering in of one of modern American History's darkest days and likely it's most stunningly bad lapse of judgment.

Instead, we were confined to social media outlets loaded with either the MAGA Klan Cheerleading Squad or the "very reasonable persons" telling us that "this too shall pass" and "we've weathered greater storms than this" . Or worse yet, the odd smirking asswipes verbosely blaming "TEH IDENTITY POLITIKS LEFTITS" for Trump's victory.

It just seemed so . . . . coordinated. Why US?

A kind of "Lest We Forget" thing that doesn't seem to be touched on . . .

and one of the main reasons I'm never calling that orange-colored fuckface "My President" (hint, lurkers: he's not your president either, and you're kidding yourself if you think he is):

He was one of the most prominent members of the Obama Citizenship Denial, or "Birther", movement. There's a run-down of all his tweets on the subject at the Salon link for further reference.

Back in the day, I referred to these people as the "President Ni**er" Group. Shoe fits.

They never saw him as an elected official or a human being; they only saw him as a color they hated looking at and blamed all of their imaginary problems on.

Much like the historically revising idiots who participate in New Deal Denialism or calling Hitler a card-carrying Lefty, this is an example of going out of one's way to discredit an individual or a political movement with gregarious falsehoods and nutbar conspiracy theories.

The whole movement was and is un-American to the core. And now, it's most prominent speaker is President.

For now.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 10:31 AM (0 replies)
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