Water Works

Boy, Donald Trump has dragged the GOP thru the dung-riddled mud. They’re trying to outconservative each other. If Donald Trump says this:

Trump reiterated his pledge to reintroduce the technique if elected: “We have people chopping the heads off Christians, we have people chopping the heads off many other people,” Trump said. “Not since medieval times have we seen what’s going on. I would bring back waterboarding, and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

So much for the 8th amendment.But I suspect that Donald hasn’t read the Constitution. He doesn’t have to. His supporters probably haven’t either, so why would he bother with a discussion? What does Donald Trump mean when he says a hell of a lot more? I would like to see how far he takes it. Because it is already a matter of public record that we are allowed to do what we want as long as we don’t scratch anyone up. I guess the Donald wants to bring back thumbscrews and the catherine wheel, because we’ve already gone medieval on our detainees.

Why the pining to act like beasts? What kind of mind rot does it take to call for more torture of our helpless detainees? We have enough blood on our hands even if we didn’t torture. We’ve displaced millions and leveled historic cities.

Anyway, he’s got other candidates to call for the same thing:

Trump was out-brutalizing Cruz, who said he would only use waterboarding sparingly, in emergency scenarios. Cruz, however, still denied that waterboarding constitutes torture, appearing to rely on Bush lawyer John Yoo’s discredited definition of the term.

Like climate science, Republicans arbitrarily deny anything that sounds Bad to its retarded misanthropes.

Rubio, not to be outshined, vomited this up:

Rubio also backed waterboarding, saying that terrorism cases should not be held to the same humane legal standards of traditional law enforcement.

Time to check the Geneva Conventions, asshole. I know you’ve all tried like hell to put enemy combatants into a legal black hole, but it’s just wrong and once again is contrary to our Constitution. We are a better nation when we treat our prisoners like we would treat our fellow citizen.

One must ask: why the obsession with this technique? Why does this torture tactic arouse tumescence in conservatives? Beats me. You can ask anyone who’s been in SERE training that it’s a horror not easily recovered from. Its use makes us a gruesome nation. I’ll just let the late Christopher Hitchens show and tell you whether or not this shit is torture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between Metropolis And Flyover Country

About weeks ago, I was losing my shit about a lawmaker in Oklahoma who wanted to ban LGBT-friendly counseling to troubled students.

I was very mad. I went on a tirade about Christian (lack of)values. They are truly hurting people and using their seats of power to do it.What should I expect? She’s a conservative, which posits that we will be better off by turning back the clock and revisit a time that never really was. Today’s modern Republicans want nothing more than a militarized authoritarian theocracy.

Well, we got enough problems already with the fight between capitalism and socialism(which are not mutually exclusive, mind you). So you can wait your turn to fuck the American people in the ass.

And there I go again, getting off track. Off the soapbox I go.

I wanted to illustrate the fight over sexual values. There’s this theocratic twat in Okie-homa:

no public school “counselor, therapist, social worker, administrator, teacher or other individual” will be allowed to refer anyone under 18 to any person or organization if the referral “pertain[s] to human sexuality.”

Then we go to New York:

New York state will bar health insurance coverage of therapy aimed at changing the sexual or gender orientation of young people, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, decrying the practice as “misguided” and “intolerant.”

Top U.S. health officials have long discredited so-called “conversion therapy,” saying attempts to change lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are unethical and often harmful.

“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

The difference could not be starker.

This is the 70s and early 80s all over again, where they re-closeted gay folk. It’s a crying shame. New York gets it right. Oklahoma, if your’e not on my quarantine list, there you shall go.

 

 

Throwing The ‘Book

I’m on a Facebook strike again.

The food pictures, the location-marking, the memes, it’s all got to go. Your friends are devolving into boring mush…at least when I was insane, I was entertaining. This type of crazy I’m talking about is the crazy of middling, where if anyone were honest with themselves about who they have become would stick a pistol in their mouth.

Hell, I bore myself. I shouldn’t add to that collective pain that urges us to be noticed.

So begins my Facebook fast-how long it will go on, I do not know. I may only last days, but I hope to get a few months in. I don’t even use it right-I have blocked so many annoying people that all I get constantly is the borderline psychosis of magazines like Salon, who don’t like editors.

This means I will be blogging some more. Hooray for my one constant reader!  For now, I will just do some more railing against religion and making fun of politicians who piss me off. Just like I did with Facebook…I just don’t want to be constantly tweaking the nose of what’s left of the hollowed out shells I call(ed) friends. Here, you have a choice-you even get to tell me off when I am wrong-which is against good FB etiquette, and a good as reason as any to get the hell off it since no one says what they really think.

Facebook delenda est! Let’s have a conversation, a good one.

 

Church Lady

We need to have a reckoning with our gun laws. They kill a lot of people, and that’s all a gun does. I’m appalled at the carnage these tools dole out. Countless gun owners have done a good job shooting themselves and their loved ones. Kids get into their parent’s guns and shoot their siblings. Unstable people shoot dozens of people with ease. Police shoot innocent people all the time. It’s the gun, you dumb motherfuckers, that makes all this death possible.

This is not the purpose of bearing arms. Now I know there is a court decision contravening what I’m saying, but our gun owners do not constitute a well-regulated militia. They’re the furthest thing from being disciplined.

One lawmaker has an answer to the crisis: God. Of course.

“It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know,” Allen told the state’s appropriations committee on Tuesday, who didn’t really ask. Her idea is that guns don’t kill people, blackened souls kill people.

Ah, but that gobbledegook isn’t the kicker. Wait for it…

“We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. We should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” Allen added.

What is she trying to say? Because I’m not a gun owner, and never will be. You can get fucked if you tell me to go to church because the very rights that I don’t exercise and rights you want to protect are literally killing this country.

How about you just send the armed? Because of all people, they could stand to use a little restraint. And clergy, please devote some time to things like locking your guns up and perhaps throw a little weapons cleaning lesson in there.

So: more guns, more God. I live in the most fucked up place and time.

 

 

 

Apocalypse Whenever

I have said here many times that Republicans and other right wing nutbags are not really interested in the Constitution. They’re anarchists, who would be very much at home underneath the Articles Of Confederation instead, where the states ran amok. You see, these pigfuckers would like nothing better than to ruin the mechanism that is used to run the federal government.

Sorry, Cooter:

A New Hampshire man seeking to get back to the “original Constitution” was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday after he purchased grenades from an undercover agent, telling him he had another $200,000 on hand to buy C-4 explosives and “rocket-type stuff.”

According to the investigation affidavit, Musso allegedly claimed he could sell large quantities of grenades and that he belongs to a group of people bringing back “the original Constitution,” while noting that he feared the government might be aware of their efforts.

“That is why I need some of this stuff,” he claimed.

I need to know what he means by bringing back the “original” Constitution. I love this story and would like to see an expose on him, while he cools his heels in prison.

 

Again With The Ghouls

There is still so much hate that needs to be contained and eliminated. Black bodies being dropped by cops everywhere, Muslim houses of worship defaced, Latinos being denied the chance to live a productive life, it’s like the 60s never ended. Oh fuck it, you can go back as far as you like to see the kind of shit we’re seeing now. Hate’s roots are often untraceable, unless you dig.

Have I forgotten anything? Oh, I forgot about homosexuals being denied basic human rights:

Oklahoma legislators are trying to pass an expressively cruel bill that would bar depressed LGBT youngsters from seeking gay-affirming counseling at school, Slate reports.

The state House bill, proposed by Republican Sally Kern, is part of a slew of anti-gay legislation she wants to pass, which would sanction discredited gay “conversion” therapy and prevent HIV-positive people from getting married.

The bill states that no public school “counselor, therapist, social worker, administrator, teacher or other individual” will be allowed to refer anyone under 18 to any person or organization if the referral “pertain[s] to human sexuality.”

Why? Fucking why? What the fuck?

Christians. God damn motherfucking Christians, looking to tell everyone what to do for whatever fucking biblical reason they have. These are kids we are talking about are in the most confusing time of their life and you fucking Christians can’t show a little empathy and basic human decency because you read a book that also sanctions killing animals in a temple and splashing their blood on an altar, then burning the animal so you can atone for whatever shit you did against your stupid god…and the god is pleased by the smell. Morbid fucking bullshit, that’s all your book amounts to.

Go full tilt, you assholes, but do it away from the public. Get out of our legislative bodies and hate your way to heaven.

 

Creepshow

By now, you’ve seen more than one example of “family values” people that are not. One sleazebucket in Tennessee got caught sexting to young women, and hopefully it is a career ender:

Tennessee Republican leaders were told of a potential sexual harassment complaint about House Majority Whip Jeremy Durham’s behavior about a week before an unprecedented House GOP caucus meeting to decide the fate of his leadership role, but the specific concerns were never disclosed to his fellow legislators, Republican lawmakers confirmed.

One woman in her mid-20s, who worked in various capacities at the statehouse, said during the 2013 legislative session, Durham repeatedly sent text messages and Facebook messages, sometimes late into the night.

One text message, after 10 p.m., says he misses her.

In another text, at about 1:30 a.m., Durham asks her for pictures.

A second woman, in her early 20s whose work required her to be at the statehouse, also said she received dozens of text messages from Durham during the 2013 session and after. A text from Durham, sent at about 1 a.m., asks the woman for pictures. 

“He would come up with these ideas and I would just be like, ‘Are you crazy?’ ”

It’s not the sexting that bothers me so much as he, like many a Christian family values asswipe, takes hypocrisy to a new level bit by bit. I can handle sleazy. What I can’t stand is the Janus-faced fuckballs who jerk off with one hand and praise the lord to the rafters with the other.

From The Desk Of

Just yesterday, I was up Obama’s ass for deployment of troops to Iraq. But it’s his last year, and he is going to run out of ink in his executive order pen to make good. Today, with one stroke, he eliminated juvenile solitary and confinement for low level infractions. This will affect up to 10,00 people in federal prisons across the country. You can read the whole thing here.

Ol’ Zandar there is a good resource. Check him out some time.

Sick Of It All

Broken promises. Betrayal. Lying.

This is the language of politics. This is what they do best.

Today, Barack Obama announced, through his Secretary of Defense, that it’s time to go back to Iraq. Oh, we’ve been nibbling around the edges of deployment for a good bit now, but this campaign promise is officially kaput. There is no apparent way to stop Daesh without manpower.

I don’t quite know what to say. I’ve been caught here saying that we should send the entire weight of the American military to crush these motherfuckers. Alternatively, I have said the damage is irreparable; it was just a matter of time before Iraq went to shit again.

Upon reflection, these thoughts are not irreconcilable. I can wish for their destruction while expressing remorse that Iraq is fucked. One thing is clear; nothing will ever be the same again for the people of Iraq. And that is the worst part of all of it, unless I consider the tens of thousands of American soldiers who cannot awake from the horror that war truly is. Some of them will never wake again.

Fuck it. I don’t care that Obama broke a promise. What a surprise that a politician will say one thing and do another. He painted himself into a corner and stepped in the wet stuff anyway. I still believe that at heart Obama is trying to do the right thing and exigent realities have caused him to change course. In reality, I would expect no less. I want my politicians to grow and evolve. But I don’t want to get cold-cocked with a broken promise either. Perhaps, all I am looking for is a good reason. If he could just come out and say it and give it to us straight, I’d be mollified.

In the absence of any good decision, I will say this- give ’em hell, mighty 101st. Hooah!

 

Carly Fiorina Is Shower Scum

Carly “No Chance At Even Getting Close To the White House Unless On A Guided Tour”Fiorina is still out there meeting and greeting.

There’s a thing called the Young Republicans, and they’re all headed for college or least have finished school at 18.

But how young do you really want to fill kids’ heads with the platform of a particular party? My kids talk to me about them, and they are 12 and 13. I think that’s a fine age for a kid to have an opinion on current events, unsophisticated as it may be.

Carly Fiorina has no such qualms. That’s why she hijacked a pre-K group of kids to take them to an anti-choice event:

Carly Fiorina’s latest campaign stop in Iowa has upset some Des Moines-area parents, who say the GOP presidential candidate “ambushed” a group of kids on a preschool field trip — and led them to an anti-abortion rally.

On Wednesday morning, Fiorina attended the Iowa Right to Life Presidential Forum, where she emphasized her support for defunding Planned Parenthood and passing a national abortion ban.

The anti-abortion event was held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. At the same time, a group of preschoolers was also visiting the botanical garden for a field trip.

According to the Des Moines Register, Fiorina “headed straight for a group of giggling 4- and 5-year-olds” when she first arrived at the botanical garden. She reportedly ushered them toward the makeshift stage set up for the anti-abortion event — which featured a large poster of a fetus — without asking permission for the children to sit with her.

Someone should sue her. How could you lie and place children in the midst of it?

In the unlikely event that there is a just afterlife, Fiorina makes a suitable candidate for eternal pain. She’s a terrible person.

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