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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

June 30, 2015 in And Fuck... | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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.

June 30, 2015 in And Fuck... | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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."

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

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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.

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

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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.

ntodd

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

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

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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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Saturday, June 20, 2015

It Never Is What It Is

Ever A Mystery:

It isn't guns (just a lone wolf)
It isn't racism (no such thing)

It's an accident (Governor Oops)
It's mental illness (lone wolves are nuts)
It's the trans (accepting Caitlyn Jenner fosters evil)
It's no guns (pack heat in church for Christ's sake)

It's all Obama's fault (you know why)

JFC.

ntodd

PS--Having heard about Erick Erickson's analysis, I added a line.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Genocidal Currency

I fucking hate Andrew Fucking Jackson and think a steaming pile of monkey shit or even Ronnie Fucking Raygun's Zombie Head on the 20 would better serve our Republic.  But a woman would be best.

I will, however, accept 20s before the Blegiversary ends this week, no matter whose mug is on 'em...

ntodd

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dred Scott Loved Pudding

The proof texting is in the pudding:

“Even during the anti-slavery movement, even the pro-slavery movement in the South in the United States, the United States government didn’t come in and try to keep pastors from preaching either for or against slavery,” he insisted. “They let them have freedom of speech. You hear a lot from the left about the separation of church and state. A lot of evangelicals would would be happy if the state got back on its side of the line.”

Same-sex marriage was likely inevitable, meaning there would be a “slippery slope” to polygamy and adults marrying children if the court did not set strict limits, according to Thomas.

Remember when the Federal gummint came in and told all the churches to talk about how awesome gay fucking is, and to do gay marriages and shit?  Thank goodness they never tried to stop Mormons from having sister wives...

ntodd

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June 14, 2015 in And Fuck..., Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How Many Republicans Can Clog A Toilet?

Oh yes, this circus again:

Why does the government want to know how many toilets you have in your home?

It might seem like a silly question, but it is now central to a dispute between congressional Republicans and the Obama administration over the kinds of questions that the Census Bureau can ask in its mandatory surveys.

Because the Constitution and shit.

ntodd

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I Got This Chain Letter From An Anti-semitic Uncle Of Mine...

Jeebus:

After an interview in which she incorrectly stated the presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was a dual-Israeli-US citizen, NPR's Diane Rehm told TPM she made "a mistake" and got the information from Facebook.

Benae Mosby of WAMU emailed TPM a statement on behalf of Rehm:

On today's show I made a mistake. Rather than asking Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders whether he had dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, as I had read in a comment on Facebook, I stated it as fact.

He corrected me, saying he did not know where the question came from. I apologized immediately.

I want to apologize as well to all our listeners for having made an erroneous statement. I am sorry for the mistake. However, I am glad to play a role in putting this rumor to rest.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rehm's interview with Sanders went off the rails when she repeatedly asked whether he, or any other members of Congress, "have dual citizenship with Israel."

"Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel," Sanders, who is Jewish, replied. "I'm an American. I don't know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. I'm an American citizen, period."

I don't like Bernie's AIPAC-buggering preferences, but what in the actual fuck?  How about skipping the stupid memes on FB and talking to him about policy?

ntodd

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June 10, 2015 in And Fuck... | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Go For It

Life is just too important for these bigoted assholes:

Sarah and Nick Jensen, an Australian couple, published a letter saying they’re considering divorce after 10 years of marriage — because gay people in the country might soon have the legal right to marry, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the paper, the Jensens believe “widening the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples threatens the sacred nature of the union and leaves the door open to polygamy.”

To carry their logic further, the mere fact that we allow gays to live should outrage them so much they'll kill themselves.

ntodd

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Call Her Caitlyn, Dammit

I understand that rightwingers would freak the fuck out about Caitlyn Jenner coming out, and that some folks would not appreciate her winning the Arthur Ashe Award, etc.  Backlash--ranging from mild, ignorant joke attemps to super-bigoted ejaculations--when a high-profile person defies social norms isn't surprising.

Yet I am astonished by ostensible liberals who go out of their way to claim they are ignoring Jenner.  Dismissing her transition because she's a Kardashian/celebrity/whatever.  Saying they are annoyed by her being a "role model."  Deadnaming her.  Stuff like that.

We've been proposing that #BlackLivesMatter, and suggesting that it really isn't about specific, flawed individuals (e.g., Mike Brown), but rather about the larger issues at stake.  So why are people not examining the real obstacles transgender people face in our society instead of focusing on the cover of Vanity Fair?

ntodd

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Monday, May 25, 2015

The Rebs Shot First

'member how I said the Stars and Bars aggravates me?  Let's just say that Johnny Reb didn't fight for freedom or his country, and kinda can fuck off on this particular day.

ntodd

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War: WTF?

Paul Fussell died on May 23, 2012.  I referred to his work a couple times on this blog, and read aloud from his book Wartime once on a (now lost) podcast dedicated to the word 'fuck':

The use of fucking as the adjective and fucker as the noun of all work was so common among British troops that it was noticed in an official War Office pamphlet of October, 1941, issued not to reprehend the usage but simply to warn against careless identification of strangers. In North Africa a German spy dressed in British uniform had succeeded in deceiving a British unit because he spoke impeccable Other Ranks English. The War Office pamphlet warned: “lt should . . . be impressed on all ranks that the use in conversation of ‘f--—-s’ and ‘b----s’ is not necessarily a guarantee of British nationality.”

Now and then even the troops wearied of fucking and tried substituting equivalents like conjugal or matrimonial, as in “Where's the conjugal NAAFI in this camp?” or “What the matrimonial bloody hell do you think you're doing?” Fucking was so common and boring by the time of the Vietnam War that the Americans merely alluded to it and accommodated it to the more modern abbreviation habit. Thus a new arrival was a FNG or Fucking New Guy, and, as an army nurse remembers, a little rubber boat used for frolics while swimming was a LFRB, short for Little Fucking Rubber Boat.

After several years of fucking, one did not have to be a puritan to find it tedious. On Guadalcanal, Sherwood F. Moran, a Japanese language expert, said wearily to one marine, "Yes, I know, you saw the fucking Jap coming up the fucking hill and raised your fucking rifle and shot himbetween the fucking eyes.”

Ernie Pyle is also reputed to have had enough, even if his remonstrance took ironic form. “I am sick and tired of that word --,” he once said. “If I ever hear the ---- word again I'm going to throw up.”

But the use of the term could never be curbed because it was so essential to military meaning:

Once, on a misty Scottish airfield, an airman was changing the magneto on the engine of a Wellington bomber. Suddenly his wrench slipped and he flung it on the grass and snarled, “Fuck! the fucking fucker’s fucked.” The bystanders were all quite well aware that he had stripped a bolt and skinned his knuckles.”

NTodd's Pa's Wife got me the book the summer before my sophomore year of college.  As it turns out, the following spring I took a WWII class taught by an old friend of the author's.  The prof once assigned an article by Fussell, but I didn't read it since I'd read his book and I referenced that in the associated paper instead.  Wartime made quite an impact on me, and I highly recommend it.

ntodd

PS--I took the class pass/fail, skipped several weeks in a row during a rough patch when I rarely attended any course, got an A- (which only counted as a 'pass').  The prof in question was right out of Central Casting: a tall old man, wore the tweed jacket with leather elbow patches, chain smoked right outside the room (you could still smoke inside back then) until classtime.  Began our section on the Pacific Theater by saying, "the Japanese...are a little people."  He also told me I didn't have to be so conversational in my papers and exams--I now look back at it as practice for blogging.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

An Apple Watch On Everybody's Wrist

Soon there will be apps that can 3D print food right from your wrist so we won't need SNAP!  At least for people who can afford the fucking watch...

ntodd

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Kepler Wouldn't Understand Either

Via RMJ, I see that there's a conflict between native Hawaiians and astronomers who want to build a telescope on Mauna Kea, considered sacred ground by the latter.  

I love science.  I love space.  I love looking at space.  I find looking through a scope to be a religious experience.

I wouldn't build one on somebody's religiously-significant land, especially when it had been stolen by our nation.  Hell, man, we've got goddamned scopes in space.  Why the fuck do we need to mess up other people's shit?

The confused astronomers are absolutely soaking in privilege as invisible as cosmic rays we bathe in our whole lives...

ntodd

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