OBAMA SAID “NIGGER” OMG!

The manufactured outrage industrial complex high-fived as soon as the word got out and retreated with purpose to their mighty keyboards of justice to compose their acid criticisms of the black man in the White House for using the word in the context of a conversation about progress on racial relations.

It’s like a trap set to see who is serious and who is not. Anybody who would mention this in a critical way is clearly as unserious as it gets. We know them by the fruit of their bullshit.

“The Key Thing Conservatives Don’t Get About Obama’s Use of the N**** Word”

And Another Study While We Grieve

Once again, as a country we have to deal with the aftermath of a nut who decided to play God and had the 2nd amendment provided access to kill power to satisfy his blood lust. Meanwhile, in the sane world another study shows that the gun culture is misguided and midguides. It’s a myth that guns are used for self-defense.

“The NRA has staked its entire agenda on the claim that guns are necessary for self-defense, but this gun industry propaganda has no basis in fact,” the group’s executive director, Josh Sugarmann, said in a statement. “Guns are far more likely to be used in a homicide than in a justifiable homicide by a private citizen. In fact, a gun is far more likely to be stolen than used in self-defense.”

And nothing will change, once again, because money runs us all and the gun fetishists have the money and the Supreme Court.

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A Woman on the $10, Maniac Jackson Stays on $20

Okay, I’ve written about this before, how we should finally honor a great American woman on our money (the equivalent to the American values Hall of Fame). And it’s sure time to reevaluate Andrew Jackson and take him the fuck off the $20. So that seemed to be a confluence of goodness. But NO! The president stays in the picture, lose the guy who got killed in the duel.

While it’s a good announcement, so far, that they are going to put a woman on the $10 by 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of suffrage (although we don’t know who gets the honor yet), the rest of it is a disappointment.

Hamilton was the incredibly prescient designer of our modern economy, one of the authors of the Federalist Papers. He was an aide to George W. during the war and was named the first Treasury secretary.

Jackson was a racist, homicidal hot head who became the leader of the first legitimate American cult of personality where a president guided the country in the direction he wanted by force of his own personality and popularity, without compromise, and that direction would be reviled today as horrifically ignorant and unproductive for the country.

Ironically, Jackson didn’t believe in paper money. Think about how shortsighted that was.

In essence the guy who foresaw central banking and an economy based on manufacturing loses to the guy who denied central banking even when doing so caused financial depressions, slaughtered Native Americans in every unjust way imaginable (the “Trail of Tears” that was him), owned slaves, hunted runaway slaves and fought for the expansion of slavery. If people today really understood who that white haired guy on the $20 was they’d be outraged.

This piece in Time tries to explain why Jackson is more deserving than Hamilton, despite being a genocidal maniac. I think his history is incomplete and his determination that Hamilton was an economic elitist and Jackson a true democrat is facile at best. Jackson did not found the Democratic Party, nor can he be given credit for the expansion of white male suffrage that took place largely before he took office. His attachment to democracy was very much dependent on whether people were voting for him or not. His attachment to free speech was tenuous at best as he allowed his Postmaster General to adopt the first gag rule that cut off all abolitionist materials from being delivered in the South. Imagine if today the President and Postmaster General conspired to keep all gun control literature from being delivered by the mails.

This writer for the Washington Post Wonkblog agrees with me.

We’ve had a lot of panics, depressions and recessions since Jackson’s terrible economic policies. No one has quite solved the boom and bust cycle. Yet government and economists know more than Jackson did 175 years ago. Maybe it’s time to let “Old Hickory,” as he was known, retire from the field and give the $20 bill a makeover.

Nobody is perfect, none of our Founding Fathers would stack up perfectly when the veil of their lionization is lifted. But Jackson was a scoundrel by anybody’s measure.

As passionate as I am about this Alexandra Petri is even angrier than I am. I’ll let her have the last “word”?

If someone has to go, far better Old Hickory than Alex. To take Hamilton off the currency while leaving Jackson is actively make America a worse place. It is picking your awful DMV photo as your headshot. It is tearing up your hardwood floors and putting down moldy carpet. Words fail me here so I am going to smash at the keyboard now zszgwnwriqetiet4hineqthinqvghinqgvhint4hnpq4etvnpq4tn4tht4vin4tqint4inh4

Success Story – Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity

When the world economy melted down Iceland was hit very hard. But unlike most of Europe they did the New New Deal and now Iceland is back to booming while the countries that cut spending are still mired in schleretic growth with meh results.

But repeat after me: THEY’RE SO SMALL AND WHITE, AMERICA COULD NEVER DO WHAT THEY DID AND SUCCEED!!

Unless you count America in the 30s. But I guess we were much smaller and whiter then.

“Why are the banks considered to be the holy churches of the modern economy? Why are private banks not like airlines and telecommunication companies and allowed to go bankrupt if they have been run in an irresponsible way? The theory that you have to bail out banks is a theory that you allow bankers enjoy for their own profit, their success, and then let ordinary people bear their failure through taxes and austerity. People in enlightened democracies are not going to accept that in the long run.”

Is that so tough?

The people who lead us, well intended as they might be (cough, cough) are, as Bugs Bunny would say, a bunch of maroons!

The FDA Banned Trans Fats “And it is a very big deal.”

Indeed. They warned they were going to do this in 2013 and now they’ve done it. The idiots who want to call this the food police, like the pro-death and dismemberment lobby and anti-regulation whores will say this is the end of the republic. But they always do.

“It’s probably the single most important change in our food supply, if not in decades then ever,” said Michael Jacobson, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and a longtime advocate for the change. “This action alone will save many thousands of lives each year.”

New York did this in 2006 and the sky did not fall. The food industry said it couldn’t be done, but in fact it was easily done.

“The food industry will probably continue to argue that there are some foods where you need it [trans fat],” said Jacobson. “But that’s just not true. The government knows that.”

I wonder what else Bloomberg wanted to do that could have been easily done, but was fought as if it was herpes. Cause soda is freedom.