Just a Reminder as the Two Dictators Meet

1. This is all a show, a photo op, a Potemkin Village, a pantomime. Both of these dishonorable leaders need to burnish their bona fides at any cost. South Korea is the only honest broker in the show.

2.  The Libya model makes it impossible for Kim to denuclearize. Virtually no chance whatever that he’ll do anything substantive to disarm.

3. The Soviet model is kind of forgotten, but it’s remembered by the leaders of every prison camp country.  Kim will never loosen his grip, relax anything, open anything or allow the Korean version of glasnost. The very survival of his dynastic rule depends on the absolute subjugation of the North Korean people. Even minor exchanges of citizens or sporting competitions are dangerous to nations like Kim’s. Actual free and open internet would destroy the walls and fences three generations of Kim’s have constructed. North Koreans are kept hungry, not just because of a lack of food, but as a way of keeping them weak and dependent. Such a leader isn’t negotiating even an inch of barbed wire away.

So no i’m not optimistic. Optimism here would constitute insanity.

Continuing the Unmasking of the Crank Funders of Conservative Causes

Unlike Soros, who gives some money to causes he believes in supporting democracy at home and abroad, but is given way, way, way more credit/blame by conservative conspiracy mongers than warranted, there’s a legitimate cadre of conservative billionaires that really truly do fund much of the right wing/libertarian think tanks and astroturf lobbying firms in the wingnuttosphere.

It’s hard to believe now but 10 years ago very few people knew who the Koch Brothers were and how many political pies they had their fingers in.  Now thanks to Jane Meyer in the New Yorker, Alex Kotch in the Nation, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, and other reporters, almost everybody knows about the brothers and their influence on American politics.  The Ricketts, the Bradleys, Adelson, the Mercer’s, etc.  are all well known to people who pay attention to such things now.

The NY Times peals back the mask on another wealthy family trying to influence your life that you’ve probably not heard of.

 

 

 

Soros Unmasked to be Behind All Liberal Horse Breeding Horrors

HA!  The conspiracy mongers who blame George Soros for all ills as they quote Saul Alinski to liberals who have heard of neither of these people, will now likely boycott the Saratoga Stakes.  A group of Soros Fund Management employees have a stake in the race horse breeding industry, including the very happy (for them) prospects of having a potential Triple Crown winner for breeding stock.  That’s gonna be some very remunerative humping that horse will do!

The next step, the newspaper reports, is that Justify’s equine descendants will form an underground horse alliance that will eventually impose Jewish-influenced horse Marxism on the United States by force.

Roseanne thinks he bred horses for the Nazis.

 

History is Hard (For Stupid People)

Okay, almost everyone knows by now that Trump cited the sacking of the White House in 1812 for why Canada is a potential national security threat and thus, worthy of tariffs.

But there was some more international relations stupid that was less reported from the gang that couldn’t govern straight.

State Department spokesman Heather Nauert cites D-Day as a sample of what a great relationship the U.S. has with Germany. 

“We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany,” Nauert said. “Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany.”
Nauert’s comment came during a press briefing Tuesday after she was asked about controversial remarks by the US ambassadors to Germany and Israel.

I’m actually going to give Trump a tiny bit of smart ass credit on his answer which may be more glib than just plain stupid.  I’m sure that in one of his early new job orientation sessions upon moving into the WH, some historian told him about the burning of the WH.  He paid just enough attention to remember that it happened and who can keep Britain and Canada straight?  They’re so interchangeably white, which you’d think he’d be okay with.  In any case it’s so long ago, who cares who really did it.  It was a smart ass answer that he could high five with Kelly about afterwards.

For the State Dept. spokesman to cite one of the most famous attacks of WWII comprising an all out allied invasion against Germany, as evidence of our long and strong relationship, seems less smart ass and more like word association.

Just wait, at some point they will cite the bombing of Hiroshima as a great exemplar of our special relationship with Japan.

Happy 15th Anniversary of Some Sweet, Sweet Stupid Via Tom Friedman

NY Times columnist Tom Friedman, a/k/a the Mustache of Understanding set the entire context of the Bush era in this interview soon after the beginning of the Iraq War, which was always a great success!

 

What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, “Which part of this sentence don’t you understand?”

You don’t think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we’re just gonna to let it grow?

Well Suck. On. This.

His very learned exhortation to “suck on this” was the Bush era in a nutshell as people who fancied themselves great thinkers, elites as it were, we’re only too happy to get down in the gutter with that (Harvard and Yale educated) Texan president that didn’t speak too good, but had a folksy common wisdom.  Yes, we were going to spread democracy at the end of a gun and it was going to be glorious, most days.  Of course, some days would be lesser glories, or even nightmares.  But that’s okay, it’s part of the process of imposing folksy wisdom on a population that have been undermined by the bigotry of low expectations.  Friedman and Bush understood that they were respecting the Iraqi people enough to believe that the end of the gun would just be an entry point.  The Iraqi people would embrace democracy and then thank us for pointing all those guns and bombs at them – like a slap in the face to a shell shocked soldier bringing them back to rationality.

And if you don’t like it, repeat after me:  well, suck… on… this!

 

It Is a Banner Day For Stupid – Roseanne Loses Show By Saying Thing She Can’t Not Say, GOP Congresswoman Blames School Shooting on Porn, Trump Warns Mueller is Going to Meddle with Midterms

Roseanne was always going to say something that caused the house to collapse.  ABC displayed amazing optimism in giving her a forum again and even announcing a second season after two episodes.  TV Execs are some of the dimmest people on the planet, but there must have been some people in that building knocking wood every day the inevitable didn’t happen.  And then it did.

Capture

Sorry to cast and crew who hopefully didn’t put a downpayment on that house in the Palisades. You get to commiserate with the Cosby people who lost decades of residuals because of the sickness of their star.

From racist and impulse control stupid to headshaking, questioning everything stupid, we present Tennessee Congresswoman and gubanatorial candidate Diane Black.    The headline is:

Porn Leads To School Shootings, GOP Congresswoman Says

When you start a sentence “porn leads to school shootings” you really don’t have to finish it “GOP Congresswoman says”, that’s just a given.

Imagine the stunned silence in the room, even from clergy when they’re going down the list of causes of shootings and she says “porn.”  The double takes, the furrowed brows, the trying to be equanimous “um, how so Congresswoman?”

During a meeting last week with local pastors, Black raised the issue of gun violence in schools and why it keeps happening.

“Pornography,” she said.

“It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there,” she continued. “All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”

The natural follow-up question:  What kind of porn do you think is having the most effect on would be murderers?  Anal? Plushies?  It’s not tentacle porn because this never happens in Japan, so we can rule that out.

And finally, well not finally, there’s always more stupid to note.  But let’s go with Trump’s latest absolutely soul crushing nonsense… since yesterday’s tweeting that all the dead soldiers would have loved what he was doing with the country on Memorial Day.

Trump tweeted that Mueller is interfering in the midterms.  Not Russians.  Not Trumps.  Not Wikileaks.  Mueller and his 13 Angry Democrats will meddle with the midterms.  Somebody said that his repeated phrase “13 Angry Democrats” is refering to the play and movie “12 Angry Men.”  is there a chance in hell that he’s seen that movie?  No.  No way.

 

The Irony of Republicans Looking to the Agency They’re Gutting to Protect Gun Makers From the Banks They Keep Deregulating

The stupid has been so thick (and thicc, the new cool spelling) that yours spewly has recently taken to bed sickly-like, at least intellectually.

Let’s just review briefly what we know to be true:

Republicans have been sliding down a slippery slope of stupid for two generations since they allowed ideological charlatans like Stone, Helms, Reagan, Vigourie, Falwell, Atwater, Gingrich, etc. take one of the two (just two, take it or leave it) national parties, formerly lead by statesmen and people of good will, down a twisted rabbit hole of bullshit and gang tactics so that now they are lead by a pathological liar and conman. Say what you will about the GOP, but their devolution to a completely irresponsible criminal enterprise has been truly efficient. Less than 50 years from the party of Lincoln to the party of Trump.

One big facet of the Republican slide to fraudulence has been their changing attitude towards government itself, adopting a more libertarian (read: irrational) take on regulations. From the Eisenhower view of government as necessary, however restrained in its scope for the protection of the individual, to the modern GOP’s belief that government should do EVERYTHING the red team wants it to do, for the benefit of its political base regardress of science, math, ethics, rationality or sustainability and NOTHING the blue team values, because liberal tears are delicious.

Famously, the putative party of small government, as Reagan named it, has now long stood ready to restrain spending on the commons or human needs, but give a blank check to the Pentagon.  They reverse regulation they formerly saw as reasonable regarding big business, but demand that every uterus be inspected and every public bathroom be monitored.

The freaks running the Trump kakistocracy are engaged in a crazy chase of their twisted, stupid base’s rabid devotion to guns as a way of life. An idea whose basic irrational premise can be tested by repeating the previous sentence and substituting the word “guns” with any other noun. … rabid devotion to toasters as a way of life. … rabid devotion to floor lamps as a way of life… rabid devotion to doorknobs as a way of life… Modern pluralistic democracies do not adopt any one noun as a touchstone of life. That’s for the shamanistic leaders of pre-historic tribes mesmerizing their followers with a magic totem that they’ve imbued with mystical (and mythical) power.

But that’s who they are now – cavemen in suits – rallying support for icons against the misguided nonbelievers who would destroy us all with their elitist facts.

Which brings us to the delicious irony at hand of Republican lawmakers, who stood against Elizabeth Warren and the creation of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and look the other way as Mick Mulvaney burns it down, turning to said CFPB to protect gun manufacturers from activist banks that are making it harder for the gun makers to use financial services.

Major banks have taken a series of steps this year to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. They are restricting their credit card and banking services to gun retailers and halting lending to gun makers that do not comply with age limits and background check rules determined by the banks.

It’s quite a brilliant reversal as those most powerful of entities, the financial institutions that Republicans believe should be as unregulated now as they were before 2008 (hell, pre 1929 would suit them fine) listen to their customers and their consciences and turn their sites on the gun makers that create weapons of death with Congressionally decreed impunity.

Asset managers and institutional investors have divested in gun stocks the same way they divested in South African businesses 30 years ago as the public, then as now, was out ahead of our government in recognizing a bad actor and demanding action.

“If you’re going to turn us into a nation of red banks and blue banks, you’re making a mistake….”

Said Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana.

Kennedy said he planned to file complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau against banks that are effectively restricting gun sales by setting their own rules…

You know what, conservative tears are not tasty. I do not need them or their salty self-righteousness.  If banks, which have grown to eat our economy and are otherwise hurting our democracy, can impair businesses that profit on human misery, like they put a crimp on apartheid in an earlier age, then I applaud.

For those afeared that this action by banks are problematic actions taken against lawful industry, I point to the cannabis business. A burgeoning business made legal by popular demand but blocked from the full panoply of banking services because of fear by the banks in getting into business with entities that profit from a Schedule I drug. Government could listen to its citizens and help those businesses bank freely. The same Republican senators standing up for guns, are silent for pot, a much larger constituency by the numbers. As the numbers of legal cannibis users grows daily, the number of gun owners contracts with fewer people owning more guns every year so that 3% of Americans own 50% of the guns.

Republicans – defending the indefensible, protecting the people from the products and services they would choose in a real free market, shielding their donors from accountability and making a mockery of democracy.

May God have mercy on their soullessness.