The Horror, The Horror

They know they’re a minority and the public is not on board with them.  They do not care. They will persist in pushing a nationalist, fascist agenda worse than anybody could have imagined (unless they listened to Bannon on radio everyday when he had a show on SiriusXM).

This is the far right conservative wet dream that even Tea Party nut jobs did not have the balls to try to push on the American people.  Rendering every administrative agency a lapdog of the industry it’s supposed to regulate, eventually eliminating them entirely. Bannon and company will do it and bet that they can baffle enough people, suppress enough votes and keep pushing to shut down real democracy so that they can profit from it.

It’s up to us to stop them by voting in massive numbers in 2018.

 

Republicans Have a Wierd Way of Showing Compassion

Republicans have for awhile! That’s why Repubs like G.W. Bush and Jack Kemp had to create “compassionate conservatism” – they had a bad reputation for being tough love, hardasses that talked a good game about Jesus, but didn’t follow anything he said. They would revert to Old Testament stoning when they should have gone with love thy neighbor.

This current group truly does not give a fuck about being called Pharisees.

Pulling an undocumented woman out of a hospital when she was awaiting brain surgery? Okay. She must have had gang ties.

“It is heartbreaking and inhumane.”

Taking health care coverage from people? You better or you’ll lose!

… if Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare, expect massive stay-aways next November…

Treat transsexual youth like pariahs in order to protect the snowflake fee fees of straight Christian Taliban? You betcha.

Charles Blow calls it the Death of Compassion, but it’s not, it’s merely the unmasking of Republicans as being cold, hateful, heartless, compassion-less automatons.

The rest of us who have been called “bleeding hearts” for caring about people and “tree-huggers” for caring about our only planet are feeling compassion more than ever for more people and animals and plants than ever! And empathy!

Lets not forget the controversy over “empathy” awhile back. Another one of those words that you would think would be non-controversial and certainly bi-partisan. I mean, if you think human emotion is not something dictated by political party. But Republicans begged to differ and claimed that empathy was a dirty fucking hippy invention.

“The Trump phenomenon is devoid of compassion, and we must be closed to compromise.”

Like Christians have always pled, when accused of hate – love the sinner, hate the sin. Nevermind that Jesus told them not to judge, they judged.  And we too will judge.  If you stand with Trump, you are not compassionate, you lack empathy, you condone hatred and prejudice. If that conflicts with your view of yourself, that’s not me. That’s you. Get out of the Republican Party, denounce their policies.  Join the resistance or not! But stop pretending that tithing to your church to help the other members of your church, while doing nothing for the vast majority of your brothers and sisters you do not know, makes you a hypocrite. A Pharisee. And an ass!

I Think The Reaching Out to White People Thing is Almost Officially Dead

It will be officially dead when/if the DNC chooses Keith Ellison as the new Chair. It was a lot of people’s first panicky instinct after the disaster of 11/8 (I went to a lot of 11/8 funerals, believe me, no bagpipes, but lots of crying).  But once the real numbers came out we were able to see what a chimera that “disaffected white Obama voter turned Trump voter” really was.

Steve Phillips laid out in the Times in “Move Left, Democrats” how the real target should be the outsized amount of third and fourth party voters who want the party to be true to its FDR base of working people (of all colors) and less of a corporate shill pretending not to be (sorry if that is unfair to Hilary, but there it is).

The far more important — and largely untold — story of the election is that more Obama voters defected to third- and fourth-party candidates than the number who supported Mr. Trump. That is the white flight that should most concern the next D.N.C. chairman, because those voters make up a more promising way to reclaim the White House. The way to win them back is by being more progressive, not less.

As Phillips notes, this is a far more fixable problem.  Around 2 million people voted third and fourth party in 2012 and that exploded to 8 million in 2016.  Many of these people likely already regret that irrelevant protest vote.  They, in effect, said a pox on both your big party houses while believing their vote wouldn’t effect a baked in election.  They didn’t really want Trump, just didn’t feel like they could vote for Clinton either.

As Democrats in the 80s  can tell you, chasing the so-called Reagan Democrats was like chasing after an ex-girlfriend who was clearly out of love with you.  Moreover, they started EST, developed a crack habit and decided to only eat hubcaps made in the USA.  Just let them go.

PS – Reagan Democrats are all dead, but somehow are still kicking like zombies for people like Chris Matthews.  Ask him about how Reagan and Tip O’Neill solved problems over drinks, I dare you.

Where’s My Soros Check?

Grab your Molotov cocktails (in the form of incendiary questions) and get out here! My representative Leonard Lance (Lizard Person – NJ) is getting grilled.  He tried to keep his town halls on the down low, get friendly faces in there, but to no avail.  Two packed town halls.  16832138_10154891456580390_1889918049061597316_n-e1487725297888

Circuit Court Denies 2nd Amendment Protection to Death Machines

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit tossed a completely appropriate, and so far unprotected, hand grenade into the ongoing gun non-debate in Amerikkka.

No, you don’t have a right to weapons of war under the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, which specifically embraced handguns to be owned in the case of the protection of one’s own home.   This doesn’t seem to be all that controversial a ruling based on the Supreme Court’s own lack of fervor to get involved in the assault weapons bans instituted in certain states since Sandy Hook.

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Writing for a nine-judge majority, U.S. Circuit Judge Robert King said that weapons such as M-16s and functionally equivalent guns that “are most useful in military service” aren’t protected by the Second Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. That ruling limited the Second Amendment’s “core protection” to the ownership of handguns for purposes of self-defense within the home.

Sane states do not have to go along with the insane states on these issues.  It’s amazing how state’s rights does not seem to extend to areas like guns that the phony “originalists” will say have absolute protection.  Can’t get an abortion in Mississippi – move!  Can’t get all the fire power your twisted heart desires?  Satan has captured your state and must be expelled in an exorcism of bullets!!!

There were no pictures of the Justices available to prove whether the 5 in the majority were wearing pussy caps.

Resist death penis machines.

Nothing to Add to the “Shit Sandwich” That is the Trump Presidency

So there was a press conference yesterday.  77 minutes of crazy.  The media then competed to identify all the crazy.  Talking Points memo had The Eight Craziest Moments of the Press Conference. Rolling Stone upped it to 18 WTF Moments from Trump’s Unhinged Press Conference.

The leaks are real, but the news is fake.

He inherited a mess.

Treating an Orthodox Jewish reporter shabbily and not answering his question about anti-semitism after the guy bent over backwards to NOT call him an anti-semite.

The administration is acting like a fine tuned machine.

Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20% of our uranium.

Asking black reporter April Ryan to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus – because she would know them, of course.

So much crazy that the man Trump had asked to be his second National Security Advisor declined the invitation because it was a “shit sandwich.”  Harward wanted to bring his own staff and Trump wanted to saddle him with Flynn’s staff, a group of people assembled because they were a-okay with the nature of Flynn’s wingnuttery so-lovingly called “Flynn Facts” (ie. racist nonsense that Flynn got from the internet but believes).

Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a fine tuned machine?

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