Friday, October 2, 2015

This Is No Longer A Serious Country

I was watching HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher the other week, when he had John Cleese as a guest. I've been beating my brain over the rocks for the last decade or so trying to figure out why the hell America is as insane as it is. How insane is it?

We elected Bush Jr twice, even though we knew he and Cheney were bald-faced liars and war criminals. Americans barely flinched when it was 're-revealed' by Edward Snowden that we are all under surveillance (but you know, Google beat the NSA to that one). We resist commonsense gun legislation because of the 2nd Amendment, in spite or perhaps because of the level of violence plaguing this country in terms of horrific bi-weekly mass killings, We pride ourselves on our comedy, yet refuse to get serious.

Which brings me back to John Cleese's statement on Bill Maher's show: "The United States is no longer a serious country". He said it with a laugh, but I was frozen after he said it. He's right. We are Bizarro-world, where up is down, left is right, and gravity is still a 'theory'.

We are NOT a serious country. If we were, we'd practice what we preach, actually act like the good guys we think we are, and stop this nonsense.

America is racist. It's homophobic (although that is slowly changing). We're xenophobic, even though we are a nation of immigrants. We're about morality, although we don't practice that abroad, at war, or diplomatically. We distort history for political agendas. We promote firearms when firearms are a serious problem, and vehemently. We promote saving the environment while destroying it. We promote equality abroad, without practicing it at home. We bemoan slums, ghettos, and favelas, yet we have one of the highest poverty rates in the world now.

John Cleese is so correct. We are not in fact a serous country, and that should scare the living shit out of everyone, since we also happen to have the largest arsenal of nukes in the world (well, its a see-saw with Russia, but you know what I mean).

America no longer values the harsh truths of reality. We're now so fiercely Christian, we ignore our secular leaps - like science, space travel, technology, etc - in favor of a bizarre longing for the Apocalypse. 80% of Americans actually believe in this horse shit. Kentucky is even planning a "Zombie Apocalypse Awareness" event, run by the CDC...

We, as a country, have lost our damn minds. We are a nation of absurdities, or contradictions, and hypocrisy. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Destroying GOP Principles, One At A Time

Election season is here again, and of course that means partisan rhetoric ad nauseum.

Last election season brought us such brainy GOP mantras as 'Drill Baby Drill', '9-9-9', and otehr simplistic ideas that have no basis in reality.

This season, we have at least 12 - count em - 12 GOP Presidential 'hopefuls' and about 4 Democratic ones.

Why the disparity? Let's just say that the GOP's strategy has always been "Chuck a ton of crap and see what sticks" and it's no different than when they field candidates.

This year, we have Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Lindsay Graham, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, and a ton of other repeat-o-matics in the field.

While they all pretend to be individuals, in reality they are networked to the GOP command center (AKA Fox News) via invisible brain waves that begin to control their mouths once they enter the race. If you need evidence of this, harken back to the time that Chris Christie actually made sense, and Jeb Bush was a moderate.

All of that flies out the window when you become a GOP candidate for the Presidency. So here are the issues we'll hear them spew, and the logical responses based in reality that they'll never listen to.

1) Abortion. Good. Fucking. God. Can these people not understand what the Supreme Court is and what it stands for? This is SETTLED. But no, we're going to hear more bullshit that the GOP cares about 'the sanctity of life', even though what they are actually proposing is "We don't care if you are rich, poor, young or old, sick or dying, you will give birth to that motherfucking baby", which in turn raises poverty rates, crime, and other ills of society. So unless you actually like the idea of a poverty stricken and desperate slave-force that will work for a buck, this is an insane issue to defend. Which brings us to the next cog in the GOP clock of death:

2) Abolishing the minimum wage. As if this olicy would result in anything but the driving down of wages. The GOP have been very good at manipulating the public to actually feel bad for the privileged, absurdly wealthy people in this country. They're painted as 'job creators' rather than labor barons. They're painted as 'good patriotic Americans' when in reality the biggest businesses outsource the fuck out to India and China. They're painted as the patron saints of the allmighty American Dream. Which they're not. Anyone who's ever been laid off because the company is 'cutting costs' knows that this is all for the shareholders - faceless rich pigs who don't give two shits about you and your family. Which brings us to cog number three - the family.

3) Family values. If I have to get my family values from the GOP, please just kill me now. The Adams Family has stronger family values than any of the GOP posers/hypocrites that tout them. Let's libsplain this so the neo cons get it in plain-speak. The GOP version of family values is as such: Man works, woman stays home and takes care of kids, does what man says. The 1950's version of the Cleavers. This is not reality. Several things invalidate this rosy worldview of a man's paradise: Women have brains, ideas, and ambitions. Just like men! (surpriiiiise!). There also exists such a thing as gay people, who do not fit into their idea of a nuclear family. And transsexuals. And millenials who don't marry. And other people who don't fit into that mold. This apparently makes them piss their pants. How dare you challenge what they have defined as marriage and love, after all? Stop it liberals! You're making their tiny brains and thick skulls hurt!

4) ...and on to LGBT issues. The current GOP is made up of mainly Evangelical leaning christians. This is because in the 1970's the GOP was in trouble as it was (like it is now) out of good ideas, irrelevant, and had the whole Nixon fire to put out. This has led to a co-opting of the GOP by zealot Chrisitans. From Ted Cruz, to Jeb Bush, to Rick Santorum, these people are incapable of moral thought outside of what their church-going constituents tell them to believe and support. Incapable. If the Bible said "This is a fish" and it was in fact a turtle, they would not think twice about calling it a fish. The LGBT issue is a lot like this. Everyone outside the Christian bubble (and some who exist in it) understand that being gay is another facet of the human species. Most sane people would simply encounter a gay person, and wish them well. Christians on the other hand fantasize about what their life in hell would be like, and feel obligated to 'save' (aka mentally torture) them. The GOP is no different. They would like to make life as absolutely undignified and uncomfortable for gay people as humanly possible. They don't like things that are different from white Christians. That's a fact.

5) Guns. Oh boy! Guns! Let's forget for a moment that we went to war over 3,000+ deaths on 9/11 at the drop of a hat, but 30,000+ people killed each year in the US by people shooting guns ilicits cries of "holy shit, now the liberals are coming to TAKE OUR GUNS". Not only has that NEVER happened in the entire history of the US, it won't happen. Why? Nobody has those kinds of resources, they don't want to get shot. The lack of resources is also why gun control fails miserably every time it's implemented. Their fear is overblown, and inconsistent with reality (as are most of their cynical anti-liberal positions). but that won't stop them from lying, and telling you that Democrats want to disarm you. Well, maybe that's not true. We might want to disarm the rebellious Southern racist fuckwits... but that's just good sense!

6) War. The GOP LOVES war. They make SO MUCH MONEY off of defense contracts it would make Scrooge McDuck shit gold. From chickenhawks like Chris Christie who never served, calling for war with Iran, to Lindsay Graham who absolutely wants to nuke them for daring to talk smack to Israel, we have a bunch of trigger happy thoughtless cowards who would rather fire missiles than sit down and talk in civility with our enemies to hash shit out. These men are dangerous to world stability.

Anyhow, you won't hear an issue from the GOP that makes one iota of sense. They want to take your wages, your healthcare, your social security, indeed, your very freedom, all while saying they're for freedom and liberty. It's a bunch of tired ass horse shit. Don't buy it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bernie Sanders Will Change Things

Maybe you haven't heard about the Independent turned Democrat from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. You could be forgiven if you haven't. But a quick Youtube search reveals some of his greatest hits. He slams bad policy with the vigor of Lewis Black, while grasping the issues and the technicalities better than anyone I've ever seen. He may not win (although, that could change with enough exposure) due to his avowed status as a Democratic Socialist.

Now before you get the 'red fear' in you, there are plenty of very well off Democratic Socialist countries in the world. Sweden, Norway, Iceland... Germany. They are prosperous, have a well-educated public, affluence, low crime, and of course, universal healthcare and college. Is that REALLY so bad? No, it's not.

But this country is nothing like we've seen before. A recent study by Princeton University determined through mountains of evidence that the USA is now in fact an oligarchy - a government run by and for billionaires.

80% of this countries wealth is in the coffers of the top 1% of our population. Plainly speaking, a hundred or so billionaires own our government, our land, its corporations, and therefore - your ass. It is a new form of slavery, and one that affects every working American in this country regardless of who you are. Billionaires can make or break entire cities, neighborhoods and states. They have more money between them than the Republican and Democrat parties combined. The Koch Brothers alone posses more political pull than any group or PAC in the nation.

That's what Bernie's mad about, and he will bring it to our attention. This man heralds a revolution, if he can survive. Billionaires didn't get that rich by playing nice, and they didn't do it by following the rules we expect them to. No. They change the rules when they want, by buying representatives, courts, police, mayors and more. You and I can't do that no matter how many people we get together.

This is why we're an oligarchy. If power was represented by a percentage, we'd have less than 1% collectively.

Bernie Sanders wants to break up that power. Such concentrated wealth only begets its own gravity. You have enough money, and the interest alone will literally suck the wealth out of our economy. You get it now? There is absolutely something as being 'too rich' and 'too greedy'. You can literally 'break the game' and 'win' at the expense of all of us.

And he is the only person who knows exactly where the exacto knife needs to go. Hillary Clinton's last speeches were all to huge banks, like JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup. You won't see Bernie cuddling up to banks. At least not those ones. What you will see him do is attempt to break them up. No more too big to fail, no more catastrophic recessions where only the rich recover.

People have been fooled by Republicans and Democrats alike about 'who's at fault for a shitty economy'. They both are. Both parties collectively live in a fantasy, where every American is a self-made-millionaire, or very close to it. That's the reality they lived. And it is true that someone can rise to power rapidly, if they sell their soul to the machine, but that's not normal life in America. Normal life is having a boss, going to work, making a paycheck, keeping the economy moving with products and services. They don't provide that. They fund raise, and sign laws.

Bernie Sanders most likely won't win, but he will get my vote. I cannot in good conscience keep on contributing to politicians that truly do not have our best interest at heart, and are not qualified to lead this great country. Bernie has the wisdom, years, knowledge, and experience to make this happen.

A revolution is coming, and even if Bernie does not win, people will have heard the truth from a man who is not buying the bullshit, and who wants to warn you. You may not vote for him, but listen to what he says. He knows we're all in danger, and knows exactly why. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

47 Senators Commit Treason, Violate The Logan Act

No sitting US president has ever had to deal with as much disrespect, opposition, or now, treason, than Barack Obama. Not Bush Jr, not Clinton, not Reagan. Not Carter, not Ford, not Truman.

This week, 47 Republican Senators committed treasonous acts by first inviting a foreign president to dictate foreign policy to the US Senate, and followed up this action by directly communicating with Tehran in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits anyone but the President from conducting diplomacy with enemy states such as Iran, Syria, or other nations like Cuba.

To be clear, this is an attempt by Republicans to again undermine and sabotage a sitting US president, and a clear power grab attempt.

But nothing will be done. And Republicans know it.

Why? Well, let's look at the big picture.

First of all, Obama stirs up VIOLENT and racist thoughts in the GOP base. Any action Obama takes will be seen as politically motivated (let's never mind that pesky Logan Act law, nobody has ever actually been prosecuted, and only one person has ever been indicted).

Let's pretend for a second that Obama tells Eric Holder to bring charges against 47 US senators. What's that going to look like to the Fox-zombies out there? The story would blaze across Fox and WSJ: "Obama attempts to dissolve congress, charges GOP with TREASON!". And the USA goes into a second civil war.

Don't think that would happen? Well, I sure do. That's the last thing we need.

But, the GOP have talked for years of impeachment, wouldn't it be only fair to actually prosecute people who actually broke the law? Sure it would! But the fallout is not worth the risk. Perhaps when Obama is out of office, charges could be brought against these traitorous senators, but if Obama does it, the US ignites in a rage of fury. There is no doubt in my mind.

So for now, we as US citizens have to watch our democracy shattered by the GOP loud mouths, watch as our system of government is disrespected, abused, and usurped, and there's not much we can do about it. We literally have zero power over those corporate whore warmongers. The SECOND a GOP President gets elected, with a GOP congress, you better start hoarding your food, and putting your savings in mattresses... this shit will get UGLY. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Why ISIS Might Be Able To Unify The Mid-East

No, I'm not saying ISIS is good. Seriously, nobody says that. What I am saying is that I've now seen more than several nations strike back at ISIS, and some of them are Arab Spring nations. Now, while ISIS has enjoyed some victories, they will be temporary. Cities will be re-taken in Syria, Libya, and Iraq. Mostly because of U.S. and local forces, but ISIS isn't making friends, and while it's busy pissing off the entire civilized world, now it's pissing off the nations you'd think might ave turned a blind eye tot he formation of an Islamic state.

Turkey has taken the gloves off, along with Iraq, Iran, Jordan, and now, Egypt. EGYPT! Egypt is by far the largest and most democratic of Arab states. While all of the above mentioned countries with the exception of Turkey and Jordan have gone through the so-called 'Arab Spring', and have internal struggles of their own, Egypt is a titan among them all. Even with the civil strife, they still have an incredibly effective (and U.S. armed/trained) military, and they do not take kindly to threats against their citizens - Muslim or Christian. ISIS miscalculated heavily.

Jordan is also a staunch U.S. ally, and now they are bombing ISIS in retaliation for the beheading of their pilot. In each case, the motive has been 'revenge'.

While ISIS draws foreign fighters to their fronts, they will never be able to form a safe and secure Islamic state after pissing off Egypt. Not going to happen.

The US calculus on this has been painfully slow to watch, but the results now speak for themselves. ISIS is an Islamic problem. An extremist faction which is detestable to civilized Muslims. Fatwas will be issued by powerful imams in Iran, Egypt and maybe even Saudi Arabia (who knows?). ISIS began surrounded by enemies, and they will perish surrounded by enemies. The US was wise to allow the Muslim world to experience some losses a-la ISIS, as brutal as that may have seemed.

Obama has been adamant about how ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Libya are issues for them to sort out. The violence NEEDS to run its course, like a fever burning through a patient. The end result is a civilized Middle East which is all but immunized against this sort of militarized radicalism (or not... you know, Afghanistan...). That may be a rosy picture, but once you have Egypt on your ass, you're pretty much done. Now that Egypt, Iran, Jordan, etc are saying NO to ISIS, they're going to be short lived. I give them a couple years, at best. It's just such a shame all those people want to throw away their lives for something that the Arab world will never allow to happen.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

There Is No Sugarcoating The Fact That Republicans Are Evil

While political hyperbole is rampant these days, I have a very hard time finding any negative criticism directed towards the GOP to be unfair. Plainly, there is not one honest Republican in government. They're all after your shit, and gaining power does not satiate them. They are the party of 'Let's say one thing and do another'. They are the party of 'stupid is fucking awesome, let's be feckless toolbags and say FUCK THE NERDS!'.

These guys have more power than I'd care to admit. They took control of Congress, and already they have:

Tried to kill Social Security
Gone after abortion (ad-nauseum, again and again... fucking assholes, leave it alone!)
Tried to start more wars (with Iran)
Promised to take away health care from the millions who bought it under Obamacare
Campaigned for LOWERING WAGES
Tried to enforce more of that failed 'welfare drug test' bullshit (costs more than it saves... but you know, math... empathy... meh)
Tried to pass Keystone XL pipeline (Thankfully Obama will veto this!), even though we have no less than THREE FUCKING OIL LEAKS destroying MASSIVE amounts of pristine wilderness, INCLUDING Yellowstone national park
Attempted to de-fund and neuter the EPA
Ted Cruz is now going to control the purse strings for NASA
They've barred the Pentagon from acknowledging that climate change is a threat
Redistricted the nation to favor their party and make it nearly impossible for Democracy to occur
Supported racist cops who shoot unarmed black teenagers

..and they call the Democrats 'evil socialist monsters'.

Guys, this is shit that SUPER-VILLAINS do, not politicians. This kind of fuckery would make Dr. Evil blush in admiration. These complete jagaloons have no respect for anything but that almighty and fictitious dollar.

Seriously America, what the fuck?

During this time, the GOP has literally convinced people that those 'radical leftists' are 'coming to get you'. It's like being punched repeatedly in the face by a bully saying "Look out for that dude over there helping that old lady cross the street, that guy wants to fucking kill you!". I do not know how Americans can be SO FUCKING STUPID to vote these guys into power. Really.

As a litmus test, I seriously want you to do this:

Go online. Look up ANY bills that were passed by the GOP in the last 20 fucking years and ask yourself if ANY OF THEM HELPED YOU?

I know the answer, which is "absolutely fucking nope". But humor me.

There is literally no harsh criticism I can give to the left, except for the fact that they are shrinking violets when it comes to getting aggressive in politics. That shit needs some serious work. They've tried very fucking hard to give you the liberties, and privileges that every American deserves. The right to grow old with dignity and not in poverty. The right to health care. The right to a well paying job. The right to higher education. The right to a public elementary education. The right to clean air and water (Wait, that was NIXON!!). The right to have a planet that support LIFE!!

What the actual fuck have any Republicans done for YOU other than demonize the left, attempt to destroy every mountain, river, and glacier, sell and burn more oil, and sabotage our country?

Really, what the fuck have they done? I BEG someone to tell me even one... fucking... thing...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GOP Is In Power, And Out Of Excuses

Well, the GOP did it. They took both houses of Congress and now have leverage with the budget. Strap yourself in, it's about to get fucked up in this country. Mitch McConnell is now the Senate Majority leader. This would be great for him if it weren't for Ted Cruz, who is slated to fuck up Mitch McConnell's program by way of continuing to attempt to repeal Obamacare, and who has already threatened another government shutdown now that the GOP control the purse strings. Yeah, it's about to get ugly.

And Obama would be wise to allow it to happen.

The GOP for the last decade or so, have been anything but helpful to the USA. They've pissed away the massive surplus of the Clinton days, and gave it to the banks. The Bush Doctrine created an endless war with an ideology (Islamic terrorism) which sought to pad the pockets of companies like Abrams, Northrup-Grumman, Halliburton and of course the renamed Blackwater. The middle class was gutted and has all but evaporated.

And then Obama got elected, and McConnell told his party NEVER to cooperate with him. Then they accuse Obama of being a tyrant when his only power is executive action.

Well, Obama, I say this. Don't negotiate with terrorists, and the GOP are terrorists. If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile.

The GOP has been purchased by powerful special interests, namely the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and the far Christian Right (megachurches). You can't deal with people who have been bought. They're not out there to 'do the right thing' and support American values. They exist as corporate shills to represent the interests of big money. Good luck getting anything out of the GOP that isn't tied to expanding energy production (at the extreme expense of citizens and the environment), attempting to repeal Obamacare (ONLY because a Democrat passed it... the law works, it was their idea in the first place, and a HUGE boon to the insurance industry... which does drive down costs), and more probably pressure to get into another fucking endless war with Syria or Iran.

Obama would do well to do what he has been. Allow the GOP to shut down government to spite him. Allow the GOP to continue to attempt in futility to repeal Obamacare. Allow the GOP to attempt to start more wars (and veto). Troll the fuckin shit out of them. Make them lose their goddamned minds, and they will slip up. You'll see the racism, misogyny, hate, and the moronic ideas flow. They will expose themselves for what they are, and try to paint he roses red, but you know, in the end, it's up to the American people to pay attention. If they don't none of that will matter.

The GOP will attempt to do one thing and one thing only. Sabotage the office of the President, as they have done from day one. They will do everything in their power to ruin this country, and then blame Obama for it. That is actually their stated strategy. All while they de-fund the EPA, and foul our waters, expand oil and gas, loosen restrictions on banking in order to let the Wall St parties go crazy, and probably keep attacking Roe v Wade, continuing the war on women.

Get ready for a shit show. The districts have been hopelessly gerrymandered, and the GOP is doing all it can to rig our democracy int heir favor. They have to win by cheating.

The GOP would be wise to send bills to the president's desk with no bullshit. No bill riders, no more attempts to repeal a working and well-liked law. But you know, one thing the GOP is not is wise. It's ruthless, and organized, but not wise at all. Welcome to the Idiocracy.