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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bullies Hate Being Punched Back, I Hear Tell

This makes me giggle like a happy baby:

"I've run my last campaign," Obama said toward the end of the nationally televised address. Republicans in the chamber applauded derisively, which prompted the president to ad-lib a zinger which wasn't in his prepared remarks: "I know because I won both of them."

Democrats erupted with applause.

In the Capitol after the speech, Republicans expressed displeasure at being jabbed by the president in the same speech where he asked for their cooperation.

"Probably not helpful when you rub the other guy's nose in the dirt a little bit," Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a close ally of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), told reporters.

Derisively is a good word for the GOP response to his prepared line.  Probably not helpful?  Fuck them if they can't take a good retort--'specially after "YOU LIE!" and whatnot.

ntodd

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lee Was A Loser

Fuck Robert E Lee.  He chose poorly.  And he was a parternalistic racist who is held up as some chivalrous hero by Lost Causers who still plague us almost eight score years after his friends asked him to commit treason in the defense of slavery.

ntodd

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

We Need A Million Pundit March

Fuck you, Friedman:

Truth be told, if there’s anything that really distinguishes Friedman’s contribution to the growing “million Muslim march” meme (a close cousin of the “Where’s the Palestinian Mandela?” talking point that pops up whenever Israel attacks Gaza), it is its consummate intellectual sloppiness. Using the frivolous nontroversy over President Obama’s no-show at last week’s huge march in Paris for free speech and against radical Islam as a jump-off, Friedman writes that we should focus instead on “what would have really made the world feel the jihadist threat was finally being seriously confronted,” which is apparently a massive march from Arab-Muslims that, Friedman writes (with unintentional irony), would be organized “without anyone in the West asking for it.”
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My point...is to note that calls from Friedman and others for the world’s Muslims (who number in the hundreds of millions) to organize a grand, symbolic display to prove they condemn murder are not only glib and irrelevant to actually thwarting radical Islam, but hypocritical, too. If Tom “suck on this” Friedman wants to prove he’s opposed to torturing innocent people to death, bombing a wedding or launching a war of choice, more power to him. But if he wants the world to believe he means it, he’ll have to organize it himself.

When I see Mister Six Months and Judith I Was Proved Fucking Right and Maureen Earth Tones out there in the cold, marching with thousands of other pundits, finally joining the millions of regular folks who have been out there regularly marching--not to mention using other NV tactics--against American wars, injustice,  and corruption, then he can call on others to make a stand (which, of course, they already have been doing in myriad ways but Tommy doesn't have teh Google).  Otherwise, he can shove his huge paycheck up his ass--hopefully that will plug things up enough that he won't be able to pull a column out of there for at least 6 months.

ntodd

PS--As I've noted before:

There are Palestinian (and Israeli) Gandhis.  And yes, many are in jail (as Gandhi was) or dead (as many Gandhians have been before them).  Real Gandhian principles, tactics and strategies are apparently still not wholly understood, which isn't surprising.  Alas.

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Who Farted?

Catholic League president Bill Donohue poops out of his mouth:

While Donohue compared the French satirists to the Hustler publisher in a derisive manner, Kelly argued that the Supreme Court’s 1988 decision affirming Flynt’s right to mock public figures protected even “scatological” satire, calling it “the bedrock of the First Amendment.”

“The political cartoon is a weapon of attack, of scorn and ridicule and satire; it is least effective when it tries to pat some politician on the back,” she said, quoting from Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s decision. “It is usually as welcome as a bee sting and is always controversial in some quarters.”

“Here’s my response: if that’s the case, why don’t you show, right now, what they put on in those scatological comics?” Donohue asked her.

Come on, Fox News isn't about attack or scorn!  But who doesn't love good scat humor?


Richard Newton Treason! (1798): John Bull passes wind at a poster of King George III as William Pitt the Younger scolds him

Farting in defense of treason is no vice.

ntodd

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Governor Fucking Plurality

Believe me, I am not a Shummy fan.  He's spineless, has alienated his base, and lost activist Democrats in last year's election.  I voted to his left in protest of his plutocratic tendencies.

He threw single-payer under the bus.  He deserves demonstrations at his inauguration (as did our friend in the White House).

But any shitbag who complains about legislators' voting for him today per their kinda vague constitutional mandate--or misuses words like 'disenfranchised' one more goddamned time--needs to get the fuck over it.

ntodd

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Let's Go To Measleyland!

It's not just a philosophical choice:

California officials issued a health alert this week over a measles outbreak that appears to have originated at Disneyland theme parks. Nine cases of the highly contagious virus have been confirmed so far in people who recently visited the tourist destination — most of whom haven’t been vaccinated against measles.

Health officials have tracked nine measles cases in California and Utah and are working to confirm an additional three suspected cases. They say that one infected person probably spread the virus throughout the parks. The infected people range from eight months to 21 years old.

Eight of the nine people who have come down with measles have not received the recommended vaccinations against it. Two of the cases involve children who are too young to receive the measles vaccine and are dependent upon herd immunity to protect them from the disease.

Get your damned shots, you selfish assholes.

ntodd

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Servants Of The Private Good

Steve Bates is gonna be in trouble:

Somebody, and I will indeed mention his name, is a bit unclear on at least one basic concept of public service:

Councilman Kirby Delauter of Frederick County, Maryland lashed out on Saturday at a reporter for using his name in an article without his permission.

In a Facebook post, Delauter slammed reporter Bethany Rodgers of the Fredericks News-Post "for an unauthorized use of my name and my reference" in an article over the weekend...

I have a few words for Kirby Delauter. Mr. Delauter: you are an asshole. You do not even have Louie Gohmert's distinction of being an entertaining asshole. Your attitude makes me sorry I live on the same planet with you... but most of all it makes me grateful you do not represent me in any government body. You are just an asshole, no more, no less possibly much less. Delauter you rant, dedumber you sound. Do your district a favor: go home and never show your face in public again.

I would never be so crass as to call Councilman Kirby Delauter of Frederick County, Maryland, an asshole.  I, too, am a public servant and would never want my constituents to read my name in an article.  They might contact me and ask me to, you know, serve them, which is anathema to public service.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Jesus Fucking Christ On A Menorah

For the enlightenment of readers who aren't on Facebook:

A city official shocked onlookers Tuesday in Massachusetts with his pronouncement during a ceremony marking the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

“Jesus is the reason for the season,” said Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams.
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Williams, who is Baptist, said he mentioned Jesus after previous speakers referenced “the bright light” from 2,000 years ago, which he took to be an allusion to the birth of Christ.

“Jesus was Jewish,” Williams said. “To me, Jesus is the messiah … I thought I was being very positive.”

“Jaws dropped,” reported the Springfield Republican, but Williams said some participants, including rabbis, thanked him for his remarks afterward.

However, none of them have commented on the record.

“I thought it added something to the service, it didn’t take away,” Williams said.

What an ignorant asshole.  Oh yes, Jesus was part of a revolt 160 years before he was born. 

Added something?  Yeah, you injected your own belief of Jesus' messianic identity into a cermony that has fuck all to do with him, for people who don't share that belief.  That does, really, take away from the service.  

It comes from the sense of entitlement certain Christians positively cling to in this "Christian" nation.  Hey, you don't mind if I tell you who to marry, what to do with your body, how best to worship under the protection of the Christian First Amendment, do you?  A bright light mentioned during the Festival of Lights?  Clearly you must mean Jesus.

As I said elsewhere, I'm sure Williams won't mind when a Muslim mentions the fact that Christ was merely one of Allah's prophets and that Muḥammad was the most perfect of His creatures at the next Midnight Christmas Service.  It's just adding to the festivities, right?

ntodd

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Don't Know What To Do With White People Offended By This

Seriously, I'm having a hard time understanding how ostensible allies can be offended by this article:

Over the past two weeks, I've seen good white people congratulate themselves for deleting racist friends or debating family members or performing small acts of kindness to Black people. Sometimes I think I'd prefer racist trolling to this grade of self-aggrandizement. A racist troll is easy to dismiss. He does not think decency is enough. Sometimes I think good white people expect to be rewarded for their decency. We are not like those other white people. See how enlightened and aware we are? See how we are good?

Over the past two weeks, I have fluctuated between anger and grief. I feel surrounded by Black death. What a privilege, to concern yourself with seeming good while the rest of us want to seem worthy of life.
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We all want to believe in progress, in history that marches forward in a neat line, in transcended differences and growing acceptance, in how good the good white people have become. So we expect racism to appear, cartoonishly evil like a Disney villain. As if a racist cop is one who wakes in the morning, twirling his mustache and rubbing his hands together as he plots how to destroy black lives.

I don't think Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo set out to kill Black men. I'm sure the cops who arrested my father meant well. But what good are your good intentions if they kill us?

When my friends and I discuss people we dislike, we often end our conversations with, "But he means well."

We always land here, because we want to affirm ourselves as fair, non-judgmental people who examine a person not only by what he does but also by what he intends to. After all, aren't all of us standing in the gap between who we are and who we try to be? Isn't it human to allow those we dislike—even those who harm us—a residence in this space as well?

"You know what? He means well," we say. We lean on this, and the phrase is so condescending, so cloyingly sweet, so hollow, that I'd almost rather anyone say anything else about me than how awful I am despite how good I intend to be.

Really, how much empathy do you have for people smacked down by our society's inherent racism if you can't even hear what she's saying, and fall back onto glib dismissals on the order of "all lives matter"?  Fine, you're great, now will you stop being offended--which, yes, is making it about you and comes from privilege--so we can get back to actually talking about the problems of injustice?  Jesus fuck.

ntodd

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I Don't Know How To Say It Other Than, "Fuck You, Governor Shumlin."

God knows you wouldn't want to ask your plutocrat drinking buddies for any coin:

In a striking reversal, Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday abandoned his chief policy initiative, saying “now is not the right time” to pursue single-payer health care reform.

Shumlin dropped the political bombshell with no warning Wednesday afternoon at a crowded Statehouse press conference. He said that new cost estimates provided by his team last Friday made clear that the plan he envisioned was “just not affordable.”

Continuing to fight for single-payer when it would likely hurt Vermont’s economy, he said, “is not good for Vermont and it would not be good for true health care reform.”

Shumlin vowed to pursue more modest measures to slow the growth of health care spending, but his decision to forgo a looming battle in the legislature over how to finance his plan marks the end — for now — of a four-year effort to dramatically restructure the state’s health care system.

It also represents a major political blow to a politician who rode to the governorship on the promise of enacting the nation’s first single-payer system. As Shumlin himself said Wednesday, “This is the greatest disappointment of my political life so far.”

For some people, it's not a disappointment, but more denial of necessary services for them to live.  For some people, it's not a disappointment, but a complete betrayal.

You are not just a disappointment, but a traitor who has cynically and ignorantly undercut all our arguments for, and hard work toward, the best, most cost-effective reform that is desperately needed.  You are not just a disappointment, but clearly a huge mistake made by the voters who trusted you for several years.

I'm not just disappointed, but ready to abandon you and a Democratic party that was at least somewhat on the side of the People here in Vermont even if still way too spineless and right leaning nationally.  Go fuck yourself, loser.

ntodd

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Stop Shooting People Then Nobody Will Be Mean To You

As a Browns fan, I know from disappointment.  For most of my life, they've ranged from sucky all the way to mediocre, with brief moments of pretty-goodness when Brian Sipe or Bernie Kosar were tossing the ball.  I've never been prouder of them than this weekend.

So the Cleveland police can go fuck themselves:

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins became the latest player to join on-field protests against recent police shootings of black men on Sunday, when he walked onto the field with a t-shirt that read “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” over his jersey.

Rice was the 12-year-old who Cleveland police shot in November after they received calls that he was playing with a toy gun in a park near his home; Crawford was killed by police in August in an Ohio Walmart while holding an air gun. Both were black.

Now, the Cleveland police union is demanding an apology from Hawkins and the Browns, saying that players like Hawkins don’t understand the law enough to take a stand.

“It’s pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law,” Jeff Follman, the president of the Police Patrolman Union in Cleveland, said in a statement to Cleveland news station newsnet5. “They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology.”

It's pretty pathetic when cops think they can intimidate atheletes who are exercising their First Amendment rights and showing solidarity in a struggle for justice for unarmed black people being gunned down.  Whiny assholes.

ntodd

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Engage In The Fucking Debate

Hardly surprising, but more than a little disappointing:

The C.I.A. maintains that the brutal interrogation techniques it used on terrorism suspects a decade ago worked. The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that they did not. And on that, at least,President Obama is not taking sides.

Even as Mr. Obama repeated his belief that the techniques constituted torture and betrayed American values, he declined to address the fundamental question raised by the report, which the committee released on Tuesday: Did they produce meaningful intelligence to stop terrorist attacks, or did the C.I.A. mislead the White House and the public about their effectiveness?

That debate, after all, has left Mr. Obama facing an uncomfortable choice between two allies: the close adviser and former aide he installed as director of the C.I.A. versus his fellow Democrats who control the Senate committee and the liberal base that backs their findings.

“We are not going to engage in this debate,” said a senior administration official close to Mr. Obama who briefed reporters under ground rules that did not allow him to be identified.

Dude, you are a lame duck with a Republican Congress about to take over.  You're correct on the moral and legal issue, and there is absolutely no political upside to hedging on the pragmatic.  

You want a fucking legacy?  You'd better evolve quickly on this like you did marriage equality if you ever hope to be on the right side of history.

God DAMN, sometimes you can really be an infuriating shithead.

ntodd

PS--He could still pardon the assholes.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Being Anti-dead-kids Is Not Being Anti-cop

Naturally I love the swearing, as well as the larger point:

As upset as he was over an “unforced error” on Monday, Daily Show host Jon Stewart saved the most anger for Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade for invoking the 9/11 attacks to paint Stewart as being anti-police.

“By the way, jackass, you can truly grieve for every officer who’s been lost in the line of duty in this country, and still be troubled by cases of police overreach,” Stewart said. “Those two ideas are not mutually exclusive. You can have great regard for law enforcement and still want them to be held to high standards.”
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Fox News quickly accused Stewart of using his show to “slam the cops.” Kilmeade later mentioned that 85 New York City police officers were killed after the attacks “in case [Stewart] wants to include it.”

“F*ck you, Brian,” Stewart said. “Seriously. F*ck you. That is so far out of line, that even within the confines of this bit — ostensibly accepting blame for everything that’s coming my way for a factual error I really do regret, f*ck you. Ears, eyes, nose and throat. In fact, if I hadn’t told you to f*ck off, I would have had to apologize on tomorrow night’s show for being factually incorrect.

Life and politics are generally not zero-sum games.  Unless you have a vested interest in making them so.

ntodd

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Ghost Of Sci-Fi Yet To Come

This Atlantic article is a piece of shit:

Over here is Le Guin, taking a stand for science fiction on the grounds that "we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope." And over here is Star Wars, showing you more pictures of the Millennium Falcon. So much for Le Guin’s call to elevate creators who know "the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art."

It's not just Star Wars either. Science fiction is everywhere in popular culture, and it seems like it's managed to be everywhere in the present by largely jettisoning the future. The massive, major franchises are all decades-old; the triumphal rhythmic successes of Star Wars and Star Trek and Dr. Who vie with sporadic reboots of Robocop or Planet of the Apes. Even newer stories, like The Hunger Games or Divergence feel less like fresh visions than like re-toolings of stagnant dystopias. Poor George Orwell wants his panopticon back.

First of all, Bentham invented the panopticon, you fucking ignorant douchenozzle.

Second, the author might not have noticed, but Hollywood in general has been recycling and rebooting and re-derivativing and sequeling and prequeling everything for quite a while, so it's not just sci-fi.

Third, please note Le Guin, one of my faves, writes sci-fi, as do many other excellent, imaginative people.  Sci-fi is not limited movies, which is all the article talks about.  There are plenty of new offerings in the literary world.  See Point Second above: the alleged sci-fi problem is Hollywood, not sci-fi as a genre which is still diverse and creative.

Fourth, just because the author is bored with the rich universes that are being revisited, some people like exploring the nooks and crannies for more than a few installments.  That's why people argue about canon and write fanfic and whatnot.

Fifth, what the fuck is wrong with nostalgia?  Did Scrooge McSciFi read A Christmas Carol, or listen to A Child's Christmas in Wales, or watch A Christmas Story just once, then write a screed bewailing how there's nothing new about Santa or Jesus coming out any more?

Get off my moisture farm, asshole.

ntodd

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dilution Of Dissent

Indeed, Fuck CNN:

In the [CNN video], a single protester runs into the camera’s frame and shouts, “F*ck CNN!”

Other demonstrators quickly took up the chant, which was broadcast live to all of Anderson Cooper 360‘s viewers.

“And as you can hear,” said Marquez, “they don’t exactly love CNN, either. These people are willing to protest anything.”

I see what you did there.  If people are willing to protest anything, then really they are protesting nothing, can be dismissed.  Dilute the dissent and we can move on without hearing, internalizing.  Even if we're protesting the media (who is part of the problem, though not quite in the cartoonish, self-serving way Darren Wilson's BFF made it out to be).

ntodd

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Speaking Of Ignorant Governors

What a fine ruben you New Yorkers have re-elected:

"We are experiencing a pattern of extreme weather that we have not seen before," Cuomo told reporters Sunday after a press conference about the massive lake-effect snowstorm that hit Buffalo last week and the flooding that's now likely because of warming temperatures. "I don't want to get into a political debate at this time about climate change causes, et cetera. Forget the causes. Is it global warming? Is it reliance on fossil fuels? Forget the causes. What is inarguable is the result."

Dog knows we wouldn't want to address causes to try mitigating these inarguable results.  Hey, let's just blame the NWS!  Cowardly asshole.

ntodd

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ignorant Governors

I see Cuomo is throwing our wonderful, important National Weather Service under the bus, just as Georgia's Guv did earlier this year.  Fuck you, ignorant asshole.

ntodd

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Removing The Mustache Totally Fixed Things

That racist cartoon?  It wasn't meant to be, then it was edited to not be, so what's the big deal?

Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States. 

No, of course he didn't intend to be racist.  He just intended to be an ignorant asshole.  BECAUSE THAT'S FUCKING FUNNY!

ntodd

PS--It ain't a crime to be here without documentation.  See below.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

White Guilt

Oh, Kansas, you provide us with great mirth and weeping:

Claiming that immigrant rights groups are “calling for the return of the Spanish territory, which could be almost half of the United States,” the caller warned, “When one race or culture overwhelms another culture, they run them out or they kill them. And it’s a bigger issue than just being Democrats. And they know in numbers, once the numbers are so bad, they can pretty much do whatever they want to do.”

“What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course,” [Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach] responded. “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests. So, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen. I still don’t think it’s going to happen in America, but I have to admit, things are strange and they are happening.”

I can't imagine any ethnic cleansing ever, ever happening on American soil, can you?

ntodd

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Friday, November 07, 2014

A Matter Of Partisan...er, Conscience

LOL:

Republican members of the Vermont Legislature will be free to vote their consciences in the upcoming balloting to choose the next governor, party leaders said Friday.
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Even though recent tradition has been for lawmakers to cast their ballots for the top vote-getter, some Republicans are considering backing Milne.

How sweet they get to vote their consciences!  And their consciences just tell them that they should buck tradition and the top vote-getter because, hey, they got $370k in outside money to win a couple seats in the Leg!

ntodd

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