When the Anti-PC Police Have a Point

I mean if you can’t call out “corporate Democrat whores” then who can you call out?  Is everything sacred?

Dr. Paul Y. Song was one of the people who introduced Bernie Sanders at his massive Washington Square Park rally last night.  He used this language.

Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen.  [boos]  Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something grater than the status quo.  [cheers]  Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic Whores[cheers] who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.

Okay, so you cant’s use the word “whores” now to describe people who take money and sell out their values?  It’s not even the connotation of selling sex here.  Somehow now that word is particularly linked to women, and thus sexist?  Unh, uh.  Whores are whores!  They have no gender. In the context of politics, lobbying and governing “whores” only connotes the moral failing of accepting money, as tantamount to a bribe, to represent monied interests instead of the public’s best interest.

But that’s not the world we live in now.  So Song had to recant.

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And Bernie had to disavow.

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And even Song’s wife, journalist Lisa Ling, a Hillary supporter had to announce her regret for, for some reason.

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Ling completely got the context right in her apologia, but still felt the need to make sure everyone understands that her husband wasn’t calling Hilary a whore with his “gaffe”.  Because that would be the worst thing that ever happened, ever, if he did.  But he didn’t.

Ya think they had sex last night?  I’m guessing no.

Jeez, people.  Really?  We have lost our collective minds.

Ranking Best Delis in America

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It’s subjective, assholes!!  But that said, I’ve sampled 4 of the 10.  1-3 and 7.  It’s not fancy shmancy but I’ll take Ben’s Best.

10 Best Delis in America

  1. Katz’s – NY, the one in all the TV commercials & half the TV shows, where Meg had the O. One of the survivors from the golden age of NY delis.
  2. Cantor’s – LA, I saw Nick Cage there
  3. Ben’s Best – the smallest on the list, I bet, the real deal in Queens, after a Mets game, what’s not to like?
  4. Wise Son’s Jewish Delicatessen – SF, CA
  5. Zaftig’s – Cambridge, MA
  6. The General Muir – Atlanta
  7. Brent’s Deli- Northridge, CA – Yuuuge sandwiches and pieces of cake. Even by deli standards this place had humongous portions. Flintstonian portions, no kidding.
  8. Kenny & Ziggy’s – Houston
  9. Kenny & Zuke’s – Portland, OR
  10. Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen – Chicago

How many have you enjoyed?

 

 

The Irony of Trump’s Followers

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Last weekend I spoke to two white males who expressed enthusiasm for the Trump experiment. In both cases I declined to get into any in depth debate over the extreme idiocy of such a way of thinking, mainly because neither person struck me as open to argument or worth my time. I merely pointed out that, at the very least, I was unable to risk the government of the United States of America to a personage who had failed to give a single day of public service in their entire lives. You know, maybe if the governing bug hits you you should run for something lower than the leader of the free world, something like mayor, or congress, governor maybe, see if you have the knack before you go for the brass ring.

In both cases their response was something along the lines of “see what public service has gotten us so far?” or “yeah, like our current president.”  Hm, what?

In one case there was clearly little thought given to this, just the frustration and pettiness of someone who thinks that they should be further along in life and has an idea that things could be different and better, if… maybe a businessman… eh… end of thought.

The other admitted to being a libertarian who spouted the usual nonsense about running the country like a business, huge national debt, going to be like Greece any day now… hey Ted Cruz is my real favorite, although I know nothing he proposes would pass.  Oh yeah, one of those funny new libertarians who has no problem denying a woman’s dominion over her own body and asserts Christian dominionist theology.  Abolish the IRS and make it a church!!  He’d like that guy in the WH.  So why would I waste my breath arguing with that?

Trump sure has put together a curious coalition of addle-pated thinkers.  Between pseudo-libertarian business fetishists, resentful middle-aged racist/sexist/nationalists and cynical “they all suck so why not let it all burn down” nihilists, it’s quite a crew.

 Jamelle Bouie has a nice analysis in Slate that focuses on the restoration of the white hierarchy that Trump represents so well, so that even though he’s actually running against other white people, he sounds like he’s running against Obama all the time.

For some on the right, Trump is the grassroots response to Republican elites who have abandoned their working-class voters to the whims of laissez-faire capitalism. “[T]he Republican Party, and the conservative movement, offer next to nothing to working-class Trump supporters,” writes Michael Brendan Dougherty in the Week. “There are no obvious conservative policies that will generate the sort of growth needed to raise the standard of living for these working-class voters.”

I would also note the horrible irony that the justifiable anger out there about the government not doing anything to help working people, caused by the Republican party’s obstruction of everything Obama wanted to do to help them (see the JOBs Act, Infrastructure Bank, etc.), has been a large factor in the creation of Trump.  The success of the Republican establishment in convincing these know-nothings that Obama has been a radical president that gave the store away to black people and illegal immigrants, hasn’t actually inured to their benefit. The GOP plan to manufacture and cultivate cynicism that government doesn’t work and can’t achieve anything has convinced their own followers that they too need to go and we can only really trust outsiders with no credibility.

‘Cause the people with credibility have done so much for us, huh?

P.S. The Ted Cruz lover is convinced Hillary is going to jail. When I pointed out that that is highly unlikely and the Democrats are not worried about it at all, he said “well, nobody really knows.”  Another example of why the Fox News motto should be:

“Fox News, we make shit up and you spout it convincing people you’re an idiot.”

 

 

 

Harvard Men Can’t Trust Themselves

Noooo, really?  Harvard asked its still in this day and age sexually segregated hoity-toidy clubs to admit women and somebody answered as best as he could bless his heart.

“Given our policies, we are mystified as to why the current administration feels that forcing our club to accept female members would reduce the incidence of sexual assault on campus,” Storey wrote in an email to the school’s student newspaper. “Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct.”

I suppose he’s right.  Those Harvard girls are way too irresistible to trust yourself around. If the guys were forced to go through their bizarre college rites and rituals next to such accomplished and elite young women they’d be walking a minefield of sexual misconduct. It’s an avoidable moral hazard. Just don’t let the women have equal access to these elitist clubs and nobody gets hurt.

They should be safely baking cookies in their sororities anyway.

He later apologized.

“Unfortunately, I chose my words poorly and it came out all wrong,” the statement said. “This failure has led to extreme and unfortunate misinterpretations, which were not my intentions at all. I take the issue of sexual assault extremely seriously, and I am truly sorry to those I have offended.”

In other words – How the fuck did I get into Harvard if I could say something that mind numbingly backwards with my outside voice?  I will in the future make a greater effort to not speak stupid. Or something.

Rick Scott Doesn’t Deserve Coffee

Hilarious video of a woman confronting the odious Gov. Rick Scott of Florida.  Only comment is that Florida did elect this Golem-like buffoon, twice!

“You cut Medicaid so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” Cara Jennings told the visibly shaken governor as he waited to pay for his coffee. “You’re an asshole. You don’t care about the working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”

He didn’t even wait for the coffee.  More of this please!

Oh Hillary (Sigh)

On the View this morning:

During an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Candace Cameron-Bure asked Clinton if she thinks it’s possible to be a feminist while identifying as “pro-life.”

“Yes I do, absolutely,” Clinton said.

“They’re not mutually exclusive?” Cameron-Bure asked.

“No, absolutely,” she said. “Look, I’ve been, and I’m sure that Whoopi and Joy have been, we’ve been in these conversations now for, what, 40-plus years, right? And I respect the opinions and beliefs of every woman.”

Let me make this simple for you: if your position is that it’s not right for you, then whatever, it’s your business. But if you want to take choices away from (other) women, you’re not a feminist.

By definition you are NOT A FEMINIST.

That is all.

 

Kansas, Again (Facepalm)

Kansas, the Classic Coke of states, is looking to dismantle the remaining bastion of sanity in the state so that it can just float out into the crazysphere.

Outraged by Kansas Justices’ Rulings, G.O.P. Seeks to Reshape Court

Well, of course, because conservatism never fails, it’s always just not conservative enough. So as the state circles the drain, the answer is to flush harder. Like Paul Krugman says “conservative ideology predicts disaster from any attempt to tax the rich, help the less fortunate and rein in the excesses of the market; and what are you going to believe, the ideology or your own lying eyes?”

It’s classic conservatism: here we are, we all agree that abortion should be banned, and the death penalty should be enforced, and if the Supreme Court of the state interprets the state constitution such that those actions are unconstitutional, the answer is to impeach the justices for judicial activism.  They’re the ones being political, not the conservative politicians questioning the court’s judicial virility.

In his State of the State address in January, Mr. Brownback said the selection of justices “is controlled by a handful of lawyers” as he repeated his call for an amendment to create “a more democratic selection process.”

My God, the selection of judges is in the hands of lawyers?  We all know that’s a job for plumbers and Piggly Wiggly clerks.  If they can’t impeach the moderates on the court (remember this is Kansas, so these flaming liberals are moderates by every standard) they’ll set it up so they have to run for election and with millions of dollars in ads spent to tar the justices as Isis loving longhair hippies, a new court that reflects the conservative mood of the state will be elected and do what Jesus wants, rather than that Commie judicial activism. (Irony meters explode.)

Election of judges is as ridiculous as a Donald Trump interview.

The funny thing is the justices already face retention elections every six years, unopposed. The electorate just has to confirm that the justice should continue. So naturally these are very low turnout elections and there’s very little attention paid to them so the justices are almost always returned to the court.

Groups that are expected to try to unseat four justices in November have so far been coy about their preparations and fund-raising. “Preliminary things are going on is all I’ll say,” said Mary Kay Culp, the executive director of Kansans for Life, an anti-abortion group.

That state is as doomed as a thought in Sarah Palin’s head.

Kansas, Again (Facepalm)

Kansas, the Classic Coke of states, is looking to dismantle the remaining bastion of sanity in the state so that it can just float out into the crazysphere.

Outraged by Kansas Justices’ Rulings, G.O.P. Seeks to Reshape Court

Well, of course, because conservatism never fails, it’s always just not conservative enough. So as the state circles the drain, the answer is to flush harder.

It’s classic conservatism: here we are, we all agree that abortion should be banned, and the death penalty should be enforced, and if the Supreme Court of the state interprets the state constitution such that those actions are unconstitutional, the answer is to impeach the justices for judicial activism.  They’re the ones being political, not the conservative politicians questioning the court’s judicial virility.

In his State of the State address in January, Mr. Brownback said the selection of justices “is controlled by a handful of lawyers” as he repeated his call for an amendment to create “a more democratic selection process.”

My God, the selection of judges is in the hands of lawyers?  We all know that’s a job for plumbers and Piggly Wiggly clerks.  If they can’t impeach the moderates on the court (remember this is Kansas, so these flaming liberals are moderates by every standard) they’ll set it up so they have to run for election and with millions of dollars in ads spent to tar the justices as Isis loving longhair hippies, a new court that reflects the conservative mood of the state will be elected and do what Jesus wants, rather than that Commie judicial activism. (Irony meters explode.)

Election of judges is as ridiculous as a Donald Trump interview.

The funny thing is the justices already face retention elections every six years, unopposed. The electorate just has to confirm that the justice should continue. So naturally these are very low turnout elections and there’s very little attention paid to them so the justices are almost always returned to the court.

Groups that are expected to try to unseat four justices in November have so far been coy about their preparations and fund-raising. “Preliminary things are going on is all I’ll say,” said Mary Kay Culp, the executive director of Kansans for Life, an anti-abortion group.

That state is as doomed as a thought in Sarah Palin’s head.

China Has Long Term Plan to Revamp Energy

Not us.

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China will spend $50 Trillion to create a 21st century global energy electricity network by 2050.

The State Grid Corporation of China envisions a future “global village” of efficient transmission lines to tap and distribute electricity from giant solar farms around the equator and wind stations in the Arctic, according to its website. Liu estimated that the global network could mean clean energy comprising 80 percent of global consumption, displacing fossil fuels as Earth’s principal energy source.

Well, somebody has to. Better the Chinese than nobody at all.

Even the People Honoring Him Knew

George Mason University is renaming their law school the Antonin Scalia School of Law. The acronym is ASSOL.

Yup!

Now why would they do this?

The university announced Thursday that it has received $30 million in combined gifts to the George Mason Foundation to support the law school, the largest gift in the university’s history. The donations make possible three new scholarship programs. Twenty million dollars came from an anonymous donor, and $10 million came from the Charles Koch Foundation, which has given millions of dollars to colleges in the United States. The family is well known for its support of conservative political groups, sometimes stirring controversy.