...and it's not looking so good for us, either.
Riddle: How many right wing nut jobs can you stuff into a Saturn V rocket? Answer: I don't know. Let's find out.
Scanning the news these past few days reminded me again and again why
I've been trying to divest myself of political blogging for years, now. I
used to think I was immune to outrage fatigue and then it finally
caught up to me back when Junior was still squatting in the White House.
And I admit it: These past few months, blogging for me, with everything
else I have going on, is like trying to start a car with a bad battery
and on 5 cylinders. I just can't seem to get any momentum anymore. And
the lunacy on the far right is so toxic, it often results in
Take the right wing, who've been reduced to sneering at Michelle Obama
for trying to get kids to eat healthy and exercise and pooh-poohing the
annual Easter Egg roll at the White House. After all the doom-mongering
since November 2008 at how Obama's Socialism is going to kill America,
the Dow Jones Average is over 14,200, the president just wrapped up a
highly successful tour of Israel and corporate profits are at an alltime
high. So now they have to content themselves with acting like 3rd grade
schoolyard bullies and saying "Neener, neener!" at perhaps the least
political event at the White House.
If Justice Anthony
"Buttsex" Kennedy is going to be the swing vote, I think we have another
couple of decades of the despicable, Clinton-era DOMA and Prop 8 to
look forward to. Scalia and Alito
have pretty much weighed in with their thoughts on gay marriage and
adoption and providing progressives with a solid argument as to why the
Supreme Court ought to have checks and balances.
think the homophobes and bigots of the right wing wouldn't stand a
chance with an ignorant shyster like Paul Clement representing them at
the Supreme Court but you'd be wrong. Clement actually made the
incredibly bone-headed assertion that DOMA wasn't signed into law in
1996 on moral grounds, which is like saying that Jim Crow laws were
enacted in the South merely to hold black voters to a higher standard
and wasn't at all based on disenfranchising them because of race.
But anyone with access to Youtube can go back to 17 years ago when
psychopaths like Georgia's Bob Barr stood up in the well of the House
and inveighed against gay marriage as flames licking the pillars of our
society. DOMA was certainly ratified and signed into law on
religious/moral grounds (Our first mistake right there in letting them
frame the debate thusly because homosexuality has nothing to do with
morality and everything to do with human rights and privacy) and now, 17
years later, the right wing, through Clement, is trying to redefine
marriage as it is now recognized in nine states while at the same time
trying to redefine the latter-day GOP as not being bigoted at all.
So, now Wal-Mart is trying to get its own customers to do their dirty work for them?
From the, "But, but... it looked good on paper!" Files, Wally World
is seriously thinking of implementing what is perhaps the most
incredibly stupid crowd-sourcing idea in human history in getting its
own customers to do their deliveries for them. For a little bit of gas
money and an unspecified discount (but no hourly wages), Wal-Mart will
give you the names and street addresses of random strangers so you can
deliver their online orders to them on the way home. That should work
out real well at households that are fanatical about standing their
ground and unvetted delivery people who just might keep those packages
that may or may not contain guns and ammo.
I don't know what the fuck they're smoking at Bentonville but they shouldn't Bogart that shit.
Speaking of not vetting people properly, another al Qaida underwear
bomber was caught with explodable undies just before he boarded a jet.
Here's the kicker: He was working for Saudi intelligence and our own CIA
And yet, if you want to get a minimum wage job through a temp agency,
you have to provide tons of documentation for the I9s and undergo a
rigorous interview process.
In one of the ultimate
examples of judicial corruption and hideously skewed priorities, Natrona
County District Judge Catherine Wilking recently ruled in Wyoming
that a fracking company doesn't have to reveal the ingredients of their
fracking chemicals on the basis that they're "trade secrets." So, in
other words, if any of these 900+ chemicals that seep into your well
water give you cancer, you're not even allowed to know what's killing
you because of the corporation's right to keep their trade secrets.
By the way, did you know that Congress quietly but unanimously passed "the Monsanto Protection Act
", as it's come to be known? In a classic example of stealth legislation (USA PATRIOT Act, anyone?
right wing scumbags in our Congress slipped a rider into a Farming bill
like a shiv between the ribs. It essentially gives Monsanto ("Changing
Your Genetic Structure One Meal at a Time.") legal indemnification from
anyone seeking to sue the chemical giant for health problems arising
from their genetically-modified organisms. The one lone dissenting vote
in the Senate came from Jon Tester whose amendment to strip the rider
from the bill wasn't even put up for a vote, nor was the legislation
even open to hearings. Another fine example of government at the People,
against the People and despite the people.
The North Carolina Senate, which is so deeply crimson it's enough to make red blush, is poised to pass a charter schools bill
that has to be read to be believed. It would essentially hand over the
state's entire public education (which is 48th in the nation in public
funding, a status that's remained unchanged since at least 1996
, spending less than $8500 per student per annum) to the corporate sector. Says The Answer Sheet:
bill titled “NC Public Charter School Board,” introduced by two
Republicans, calls for a new board to approve and oversee charters. The
State Board of Education would no longer have the job of overseeing
charter schools, and charter school applicants would no longer have to
get permission to open from local school boards or local education
agencies. They could go straight to the new board, whose members would
be appointed by the governor...
more, local school boards would be forced to lease open buildings or
land to charter school operators for $1 annually unless they could prove
that wasn’t feasible, according to the Progressive Pulse. If a charter school closes, its assets won’t go the local school agency or school board but to the state’s general fund.
This has got the Koch Brothers' and ALEC's greasy fingerprints all over
it. Not only would it essentially neuter the North Carolina Board of
Education, it would strip away any semblance of regulation regarding
educational standards and the vetting process that, until now, was
indispensable in the hiring process. Under this new Republican (of
course) bill, charter schools could hire anyone who just might be a sex
offender and on a sex offender database. It would also basically ensure
that North Carolina's schools move even closer back to the segregation
we oldtimers saw in the 1960's.
However, lest you think
North Carolina is hopelessly crimson, this ought to warm the cockles of
your heavy heart: In the lower chamber of the North Carolina Congress,
they're finally getting around to repealing Jim Crow laws
that you'd think the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would've put an end to.
While they're at it, maybe they can finally make lynching a misdemeanor
Finally, let's remember that President Ronald Reagan was shot
by John Hinckley 32 years ago tomorrow. Let's also remember that
President Reagan fortunately survived through sheer luck, not because he
had armed security surrounding him. Just something for the psychopaths
at the NRA to think about.