Showing posts from 2017

Trumpy Bear

Like everybody else, I keep thinking it just can't get any weirder - and then it does.

I have no idea if this is a real thing, but here it is.

The company peddling this thing is apparently real - looks that way anyway.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste or intelligence of the American consumer.

A Letter

From 2 direct descendants of Stonewall Jackson.
Slate, Jack Christian and Warren Christian - Monuments Must Go
We are native Richmonders and also the great, great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson. As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall, we are writing today to ask for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue. They are overt symbols of racism and white supremacy, and the time is long overdue for them to depart from public display. Overnight, Baltimore has seen fit to take this action. Richmond should, too.
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Confederate monuments like the Jackson statue were never intended as benign symbols. Rather, they were the clearly articulated artwork of white supremacy. Among many examples, we can see this plainly if we look at the dedication of a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina, in which a speaker proclaimed that the Confederate soldier “saved the very life of the Anglo-Saxon race in the South.” Distur…

That Funny Aussie Guy

Jim Jefferies

"A name so American I can't even pronounce it."

Today's GIF

It's like a warning flasher. I wonder if somebody could develop a lapel pin like this.

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Learn sumpthin', bubba

Let us be clear.
Putting the statues up in the first place was "sanitizing history."
What's going on now is fumigating history. — Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) August 16, 2017


How far from acceptable

Watch this video on The Scene.

Hardening Evidence

So, this isn't fully baked yet - it has to be submitted for peer-review and then maybe we'll see it in the journals.

Vox, Brian Resnick

One of the starkest, darkest findings in the survey comes from a simple question: How evolved do you think other people are?

Kteily, the co-author on this paper, pioneered this new and disturbing way to measure dehumanization — the tendency to see others as being less than human. He simply shows study participants the following (scientifically inaccurate) image of a human ancestor slowly learning how to stand on two legs and become fully human.

Participants are asked to rate where certain groups fall on this scale from 0 to 100. Zero is not human at all; 100 is fully human.

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Also important: Alt-righters in the sample aren’t all that concerned about the economy. The survey used a common set of Pew question that asks about the current state of the economy, and about whether participants feel like things are going to improve for them. Her…

This Gets Weirder Still

"So you're not really a White Supremacist?"

"Apparently not."

It's a wonderment.

hat tip = @justcallmeBABA


Christopher Cantwell - Alt-Right, Smug-White, Fucking Nazi Ass-Wipe - the guy they spotlighted in that VICE piece on HBO a few days ago.

It's the Age Of Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

Something that just got clearer: these jagoffs talk trash all the time about how "all those people" are getting everything for free, and they're a burden to society, and honest tax-paying Americans always have to pick up the tab, and blah blah blah.
But Cantwell's not bitchin' because somebody else is gettin' the goodies - he's bitchin' cuz he's not gettin' the goodies.
There's a lot of weirdness rattling around in my brain about all this - economic pyramids, and wealth disparity, and Maslov's Hierarchy, and the downward pressure of that Supply Side crap, and what always happens when there's too much power in too few hands and too many people with nothing more to lose.
The kicker is - I wasn't expecting Cantwell to be so scared. You don't cry like that …

Mr Colbert

Stephen brings it.  And even tho' it seems like the jokes are writing themselves, this is work, kids. It's not as easy as it might look.

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Now that's one eloquent lady

I'm a rabbi.
I believe words have power.
I try to choose mine carefully.

Fuck you, Trump. — Rav Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) August 15, 2017

Scary Shit

HBO's VICE News via YouTube:

...but a little bit encouraging in spite of it all.

Because we've been here before, and we managed to muddle thru just by stumbling forward.

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"...praising by faint damnation."

And Away We Go

This is not right.  Even though I sure as hell understand the impulse, I can't encourage or approve or condone. I have to condemn this action unless these people stayed to be arrested and jailed and fined for it.

Civil Disobedience is not about Justice if you don't follow through - you have to play the whole 9 innings.

We need to maintain a healthy skepticism and be wary of "movements".  Once put in motion, these things take on a life and a will of their own, and they can go in directions we can't anticipate and don't control.

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Because of course it has to be all about 45* - that's where we are now - The Era Of Victimized Privilege.

Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017

Be Aware

Heading for some fun in the big city? Don't forget the big advice:

Notice what's going on around you, and don't act like a victim
Same goes with this fight against the Alt-Right assholes among us. We need to know what's up, and we need to know who's who.
Southern Poverty Law Center - The Hate Map:

Check the locations of these groups Compare with the map of your Congressional DistrictCall your Representative and make it known that you expect loud public condemnation of them

A Look Inside

Good Men Project:

We are at what Lisa Hickey rightly calls an inflection point in the United States. White Supremacists and White Nationalists are marching around the nation, ostensibly to protest things like the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA. It is time for every white person in this country to decide where they stand. It is far too easy to describe the torch-carrying Supremacists as some other sort of species, as monsters and not as humans.

We can create mental walls: They are them, and we are us. We’re not like them. But this is intellectually dishonest. These people are our co-workers, our family, and our friends. They’re people we pass on the street.
hat tip = Walker Thornton
Check in with Tim Wise.
My Go-To Tim Wise:

Tim Wise at Salon in June:
Anti-racist author Tim Wise: White America desperately wants to be numb, and Donald Trump “is a walking, talking opioid”

Today's Told Ya So

From 2014 in PoliticusUSA:

During the protests against America’s involvement in the Viet Nam war, it became very popular for warmongers and so-called patriots to tell young men facing losing their lives in a worthless war and those protesting to save them that this is “America, love it or leave it.” The implication was that since Congress adhered to the Constitution in waging war, regardless the devastating consequences, the American people were obliged to either show their love of country and support the war or get out. There is a segment of the population today that hates America, its people, and the nation’s founding document, but instead of packing up and leaving the country, they have tasked Republicans to punish the entire population by legislating that all Americans suffer their lifestyle founded on poverty, bigotry, ill-health, and religious ignorance. Although there are Americans who hate this nation across the country, it is the former Confederacy that is punishing the people…

Same Assholes, New Century

It still seems like a recycled bromide when we try to remind ourselves that we've seen this "Take Our Country Back" malarkey before.
But in certain parts of the world, they remember the lessons quite well, and apparently, a lot of them won't be putting up with any of our bullshit.
The Guardian:
A drunken American tourist has been beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi salute, police said.

The 41-year-old man, who was lightly injured in the attack, was being investigated for violating the law against the use of symbols from banned organisations, Dresden police said in a statement.

The incident happened on Saturday morning as the tourist, who was “strongly under the influence of alcohol”, left a bar in the eastern city’s Neustadt area and repeatedly gave the Hitler salute on the street.

“An unknown passerby then beat up the man and slightly injured him,” the statement said.
Don't Be A Sucker

History doesn't actually …

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Senator Ron Johnson, R-WI
Our hearts break for the loss of life today in Charlottesville. There is no place for such violence. — Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) August 13, 2017

They're fucking Nazis, you feeble minded corporate tool. You're not going to lose votes saying "I deplore fucking Nazis." #Idiot — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 13, 2017

How Do We Expect Less?

The bar is being lowered pretty much in keeping with 45*'s eroding approval numbers.

Baltimore Sun, Dan Rodricks:

Did anyone expect President Donald J. Trump to wax eloquent and consoling with regard to Charlottesville? Did we really think he would condemn the torch-bearing white supremacists who assembled there? Do a majority of Americans count on Trump to provide wisdom, guidance and inspiration in times of trouble?

No. No. And no.

Handed an opportunity to shock us with a display of principled leadership, Trump on Saturday could have distanced himself from the alt-right and white nationalists he empowered with his “Make America Great Again” campaign. But he did not come close to that. He never uttered any of the descriptors we use for people who carry Confederate flags and chant, “Jews will not replace us.”

Instead, he blamed “many sides” for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville.
“Many sides” presents a false equivalence, putting neo-Nazis on the same footing as those who s…

3 Dead In Charlottesville Yesterday


Mixed Up In A Good Way

Charlottesville, Summer of 2017

What can you say about a country where a guy would be willing to lay down his life protecting the rights of people who would just as soon see him dead?

That is indeed a wonderment, but you say, "God bless the United States of America."

Read Your Charlie

Charlie Pierce at Esquire has a quick and partial recap:

I see that the Bedminster Improv opened early on Thursday.

"Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn't tough enough. They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough. And we're backed 100 percent by our military, we're backed by everybody and we're backed by many other leaders. And I noticed that many senators and others came out today very much in favor of what I said. But if anything that statement may not be tough enough… Sure, well always consider negotiations. But they've been negotiating now for 25 years. I talk. Somebody has to do it.

But Putin threw out our diplomats.

"I want to thank him because were trying to cut down our payroll, and as f…

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Seems to me this is exactly what Obama was talking about - "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

The rubes get played - there's one born every minute, and two slickers like 45* to take him for every nickel he's worth.

Supporter: 'When Trump speaks you can understand him, don't have to look up the big words; If he had to cheat to get in, I'm OK with that.' — Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) August 11, 2017

Follow the developments at The Guardian

One Of The Problems

Whooo yeah - sure glad I chose to be born white, and middle class, in the American suburbs.  Best decision I ever made.

I realize folks who post this crap on social media aren't consciously going outa their way to be shitty. This is not intended to be mean-spirited. Indeed, it's supposed to be a good Life Lesson for all those mopey little pity puppies out there who just need to buck up and put on their big-girl panties and lace 'em up and get in there and blah blah blah.

But the lack of intent to be shitty doesn't make it less shitty for someone not born to the dominant demographic.

We start with a (mostly) appropriate feeling of pride and gratitude where our own situations are concerned, but we end up with the kind of bullshit attitude that poor people are poor - and they have all those poor people problems - because they're somehow morally deficient.

And that ends up making us say some of the stoopidest fucking things:


St George of Carlin, in a prophetic address to The Press Club.

hat tip = FB Friend D Rapier

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I'm becoming less convinced that 45* is actually still POTUS.

Oh for eff's sake Trump got this "Fire and fury" crap from Bannon who got it from a video game (h/t @politico) — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 10, 2017

Without Adult Supervision

Paraphrasing Mr Mencken: Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the American consumer.  Wal-Mart seems to work very hard at proving it.

Ms Bee

Continuing the trend of decent reporting being taken over by half-hour comedy shows.

Samantha Bee (the only woman with a late night show on American TV)

The View From Out There

It's politics, remember, so they don't tell us the whole truth.

But sometimes they tell some of the truth because - surprise surprise - it's in everybody's best interest to do it, and the Politcos not only recognize that, they manage to do the right thing (surprise surprise again).

This piece is chock-full of little slices of Scary-as-Fuck.

Buzzfeed, Alberto Nardelli:

The current standoff is a dramatic illustration of the grave international concerns over Trump.

On one level, the officials said, he is something of a laughing stock among Europeans at international gatherings. One revealed that a small group of diplomats play a version of word bingo whenever the president speaks because they consider his vocabulary to be so limited. “Everything is ‘great’, ‘very, very great’, ‘amazing’,” the diplomat said.

Another diplomat said it had proved impossible to discuss serious international issues, such as Libya, with Trump. And seven months into his presidency, the European…

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"Working vacation"

Trump golfed with a random person TODAY. It's the middle of the day on a Wednesday. Golf games last ~3 hours.

He. Does. No. Work. — Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 9, 2017

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