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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Come In From The Cold

Let's have a pity party with some nice, hot mint tea:

Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland.
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Now, as Bernie Sanders’ surge foreshadows a new burst of progressivism, moderate Democrats are looking to their counterparts in Washington with a plea: Don’t freeze us out.

For years you froze progressives out.  Maybe you could try being actual populist Democrats yourselves instead of moderating your shit to be closer to Republicans for a change, spineless motherfuckers.

ntodd

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Fucking Vermont

Given my deep and abiding love for the word 'fuck', not to mention swearing in general, I find these maps of naughty words in the US to be quite interesting.

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So Salon's Gone #SlatePitch?

A thousand times noIT'S TIME TO DRAFT AL GORE - Hillary's flailing. Biden's grieving. Bernie's a longshot. Gore bridges the party's establishment, progressives.

What do you get when you combine Hillary's "flailing" and Bernie's "longshot"?  A drafted Al Gore.  Jesus fuck.

ntodd

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Speaking Of Ignorant Assholes Who Don't Understand Constitutional Shit

Oh, LePew, you pierce me with the ack-ack of love:

A standoff between Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and state legislators came to a head Thursday, when leaders in the statehouse refused to consider 65 pieces of legislation he attempted to return with vetoes. Democrats and Republicans alike say they consider those bills already to be law, as LePage missed the 10-day deadline to properly veto the legislation.

The offices of Maine House Speaker Mark Eves (D) and Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R) confirmed to TPM that the legislation had been sent to the revisor of statutes to be chaptered as law.

The best argument against First Past The Post voting...

ntodd

July 16, 2015 in And Fuck..., Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Oh, No, They Just Went To Jupiter

To get stupider:

Dent County, Missouri will take back its plan to fly flags “below half-staff” to mourn the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, out of respect for veterans, the Salem News reported Tuesday.

Presiding County Commissioner Darrell Skiles told the Salem News the three-member, all Republican commission would vote Tuesday or Wednesday to axe the plan “out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military.”
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News of the decision spread rapidly through Dent County, population 15,000, with a petition to “Stop Act of ‘Mourning Gay Marriage’ By Lowering Flags Below Half Mast,” launched by a group dubbed “The Organization of Reasonableness of Dent County” appearing online within hours. The petition had around 1,180 signatories on Tuesday morning.

“The act of lowering the American flag from full height has long been a way for communities to mourn local and national tragedies. To compare the Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage rights to those tragedies in any way is an insult to both the tragedies that have been previously mourned in this manner and the basic principles of government under which the United States operates,” Salem resident Alex Sellers wrote with the petition.

According to U.S. Flag Code, the flag is to be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, by order of the President, or to mark the death of principal figures of government, such as former governors, presidents, and Supreme Court justices.

I recommend burning a rainbow flag.  And shoving it up Uranus before it goes out.

ntodd

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Kuiper?

We hardly know 'er!

This change in Pluto’s size isn’t huge—just 2 km, or 0.1 percent—but it’s significant. It helps nail down Pluto’s density, which is important. What’s perhaps more interesting to many people is what this means about Pluto’s place in the Kuiper Belt, the region of space beyond Neptune loaded with large icy objects.

Eris is another Kuiper Belt object discovered in 2005. It too has a moon (Dysnomia), and that led to a mass measurement showing Eris to be substantially more massive than Pluto, about 1.25 times as massive.

But Eris is very nearly the same size as Pluto! The best measurements we have indicate it’s 2,326 ± 12 km across, similar to but smaller than Pluto. Now that we have Pluto’s size nailed down, we can be even more sure that Pluto is in fact bigger than Eris. Pluto is almost certainly the largest object in the Kuiper Belt.

But it’s not the most massive object! Eris is denser, so it probably has more rock mixed in with its ice.

Even though our knowledge of Pluto’s size only changed a little, I expect this will throw gas on the fire of calling Pluto a planet again. My thoughts on this are clear: The term “planet” is more of a concept than a definition, and Pluto doesn’t care what you call it! We need to study it for what it is, not what we want it to be.

Fuck you, Phil.  Pluto will always be a planet.  IN.  MY.  HEART.  OF.  HEARTS.

ntodd

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

We Object To A Racist Symbol In One Particular Context, So We Should Change Everything

It's truly amazing the lengths people will go to so as to not wrap their thick heads around the simple idea that we don't want to ban the Traitor Flag.  We simply would like to remove state sanction of the symbol and what it stands for.  

It ain't that difficult, but some people work very hard--unintentionally or not--to be fucking obtuse.  Asshole apologists and strawmen should not play with fire.

ntodd

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Monday, July 06, 2015

There's Being Blunt, And There's Just Being Asshole

Bernie's blunt, and that's one of myriad things I like about him.  "Straight talkers" like Christie are just loud, insulting assholes who enjoy punching down.

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Party Like It's 1829!

I fucking hate Andrew fucking Jackson.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Brooding The Loss

A crybaby Reb sezwut?

General, I have no division...

Yeah, you lost.  Get over it.  And take the Lost Fucking Causers and their piece of shit flag with you into Hell.

ntodd

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Support Our Troops, The Pussies!

Christ, what assholes:

A Facebook group operated by right-wing military veterans mocked combat veterans who asked neighbors to be courteous when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks.

The OAF Nation account posted an image Wednesday evening that showed a bearded veteran wearing a T-shirt reading “comfortable with violence” standing beside a placard distributed by a mental health advocacy group.

“Combat veteran lives here: Please be courteous with your fireworks,” read the signs, which were shipped for free to veterans by the group Military With PTSD.

OAF Nation and a related account, Operator as f*ck, each posted identical homophobic posts mocking veterans who display the signs.

“Well which one is it, sister?!” the posts read. “Are you ‘comfortable with violence’ or do you want people to cater to your fragility because you volunteered to be around sh*t that blows the f*ck up? Thank f*ck the Taliban and AQ don’t have roman candles and firecrackers.”

“What do you guys think about these f*ggoty ass yard signs?” the account administrator asks group members, listing several hashtags intended to underscore the posts’ subtext.

Naturally, the right to shoot off sparkly explosive rockets trumps any right to health our veterans have...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Romans 1:18

Mustang Bobby:

I think Steve M is on to something: if states such as Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi won’t obey the federal laws or the rulings of the Supreme Court, then the next time they get hit by floods, tornadoes, or a hurricane, they can pay for their own disaster relief.

Yes, of course it would be cruel to deny assistance to the innocent people when a natural disaster strikes; why should they suffer because their governor or attorney general is a homophobic asshole?  (Well, for one thing, the people of the state elected them.  They bear some responsibility for putting them in office in the first place.)

The point is that the states can’t have it both ways: demanding to be left alone and stand for states’ rights (and Jesus!) until the going gets hairy.  It’s like a teenager who stomps out of the house swearing he’ll never have anything at all to do with his cruel parents and then demands they give him his allowance.

Wait, maybe Matthew 26:52 is more apt.  Whatthefuckever, these assholes could be taught a thing or two...

ntodd

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It's Not Like There Aren't Racists Up North

I recall a scene in Glory when the newly minted 54th is marching into camp, much to the cruel delight of white Union soldiers.  "Gettin' dark mighty early 'round here!"  Some wit remarked.  "I'd rather have a hog than a nigger; at least you could eat the hog."  Later there's a confrontation between white and "colored" troops and the first non-white non-com: "Stripes on a nigger; that's like tits on a bull!"

Etc.

It comes to mind because of this atrocityConfederate flag hung from Boston memorial for black soldiers.

Some people really just don't know what this war and the 54th were all about.

ntodd

PS--It's not like there aren't fucking idiots up North.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Apostle Paul Says, "Do Your Fucking Job."

RMJ examines the Texas AG's opinion that nobody has to do nothin' they don't want for teh Marrying Queers.

I'll just remind those G-d fearing clerks and JPs of Romans 13:

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Let's put this into words they'd understand: issue the God ordained marriage licenses or go to Hell.

ntodd

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Constitution Itself Is Unconstitutional

Clearly it's not unconstitutional on its face, asshat:

Huckabee issued a statement evoking the Revolution in the wake of the ruling vowing: “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court...We must resist and reject judicial tyranny.”

“What does that mean?” Kelly asked Huckabee. “You have to accept this ruling, right? I mean, are you planning on not accepting this ruling in a way?”

“How do we accept something that is – on it’s face – unconstitutional? Has the Congress yet acted?” Huckabee responded.

But Kelly was undeterred, laying into the GOPer: “It’s the Supreme Court’s job to interpret the Constitution and tell us what it means. And like it or not, they get the final say unless the people decide to pass a Constitutional amendment.”

“Glad you brought that up, that’s the whole point, the people do have a right to say, and in over thirty states they did say, and they said very clearly that they want to affirm the laws of nature, and the laws of nature’s god, words from the Declaration of Independence, and keep marriage what it’s always been,” Huckabee said.

The candidate then compared the decision to the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott ruling, which ruled African Americans were not citizens, to the same-sex marriage decision.

How nice it must be to be an unappointed pundit who can wave a hand to dismiss Article III, Article VI, and Amendment XIV.  Oh yeah, and making sure people who are citizens are equal under the law is precisely the same as a ruling that protected the propertied class whilst denying a black person could even be a citizen, free or not.

ntodd

June 27, 2015 in And Fuck..., Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Speaking Of Obstacles

The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.

 - SCALIA, J., dissenting, Footnote 22, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

Really, Nino?

Ask the nearest hippie.

Roger B. Taney is chortling in his grave.  Here, have a cookie, asshole.

ntodd

PS--Never forget Scalia's gem from Romer: "The Court has mistaken a Kulturkampf for a fit of spite."

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Your Concern Is Noted

A loser sez what?

Indeed, however heartened the proponents of same-sex marriage might be on this day, it is worth acknowledging what they have lost, and lost forever: the opportunity to win the true acceptance that comes from persuading their fellow citizens of the justice of their cause. And they lose this just when the winds of change were freshening at their backs.

Indeed, Mr Chief Justice, the saddest part about this day is the realization that if only our brothers and sisters had suffered injustice a bit longer, then you would've accepted their equality under the law.  It's just like how we shouldn't have fought the Civil War and just let the One Percenters of the day come around.  Or like how Brown and Loving really ruined things for black civil rights.

ntodd

PS--Also, too: Roberts appears to have missed how marriage equality is he accepted norm.

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Dignity

Unsurprisingly, the concept of human dignity figured heavily in Kennedy's opinion today.  Equally unsurprisingly, the dissenters don't have any and don't want anybody else to, either.  And they're worried people won't treat them with dignity because of it.

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June 26, 2015 in And Fuck..., Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Fuck Article III, Amirite?

I love butthurt "Constitutional Conservatives":

Louisiana Gov, Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday suggested doing away with the Supreme Court during a speech in Iowa that followed the court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage.

"The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body," he told the crowd, as quoted by The Advocate newspaper. "If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court."

He forgot one niggling Detail:

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court...

Pandering fuckwit.

ntodd

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Last One In The Car Is A Socialist!

Does Obamacare include coverage for kicking my glue addiction, because I tried to stop sniffing this week:

I was pushed into the middle of Squint and the Meat Puppet without warning. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, whose appeal to liberals beyond Not Being A Republican I never will understand, was there, and they were asking her about the mini-sensation that Bernie Sanders is causing out on the hustings these days. McCaskill replied -- not without reason, mind you -- that much of the sensation is being hyped by an elite political media that cannot stand the notion of a Hillary Rodham Clinton cakewalk to the Democratic nomination. But McCaskill chose to go beyond that.

"I very rarely read in any coverage of Bernie that he's a socialist. I think everybody wants a fight and I think they are not really giving the same scrutiny to Bernie Sanders that they're giving to, certainly, Hillary Clinton and the other candidates."

Ooh, red-baiting. What fun! It certainly was a shock to me that Sanders is a Socialist. He's really hidden that one in plain sight for his entire career. What came next was a real shock. Mark Halperin asked McCaskill for three policy positions held by Sanders that she would call Socialist positions. McCaskill's gob was utterly smacked. She danced around the question for a while and then settled on the following: a) that Sanders wants to expand entitlements; b) that he supports universal health-care, and c) that he is unsound on The Debt. 

Jesus fuck, does she even know how to read?  Oh, and fuck off, you corporatist, centrist, conservative...

ntodd

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