Not As Good As A Sharp Stick In The Eye

What if I told you

Andrew O’Hehir, in yet another article which dismisses the possibility of a Bernie Presidency, wrote:

“As Sanders’ most ‘roid-raged and testosterone-fueled supporters will ultimately admit, Hillary Clinton is vastly preferable as president to any possible Republican, semi-lovable Rust Belt New Ager John Kasich included.”

O’Hehir Article

I have never taken steroids. And, since I am rapidly approaching retirement age, my Killerstestosterone levels have dipped considerably. Maybe that’s why I do NOT admit that Hillary would be better than any of the Republican maniacs currently vying to be CEO of Amerika. As sick as it may sound, I prefer the pitchforks and burning torches which will undoubtedly infest America should one of these Republican nincompoops be elected or illegally installed, to the soft, comforting blue propaganda blanket that will descend over fuzzy headed, smug Hillary supporters as they bask in their belief that electing a female was all that really mattered. Hillary will put all the Starbucks-and-fine-white-wine crowd back to sleep, which, in my opinion, is far worse than any open rebellion, or even a self-righteous Drumpfshirt uprising. Nothing short of extreme discomfort will get those who mistakenly think of themselves as being “Lefties” up off their comfortable, upholstered, Häagen-Dazs-bloated asses and into the streets. I say bring on the farm implement-wielding, angry douchebags.

Chomsky on TerrorismDrumpf or Cruz’s election will bring horror back home to America, the horror which Hillary would have directed solely against innocent citizens in the Middle East. If the Clinton Family takes over again, emotionally infantile Americans will, one mo’ tahm, be thoroughly shielded from the terror their very own tax dollars inflict on women and children in parts of the world whose names they can’t pronounce or even read. Democrats only protest Republican war mongers, and I am thoroughly disgusted with all the Democrats who could not care less that Obama and his flying bomb toys are responsible for almost as much death and destruction as Darth Cheney and Dim Son. The cowardly ostriches who refer to themselves as patriots need a good, strong whiff of the huge piles of imperialist/neoliberal/neocon excrement we have sprayed all over the face of Mother Earth, the down home, American-made stinking dung to which we euphemistically refer as “foreign policy”.

A good friend of mine offered the following observation:

digyourgrave“What you’re advocating is the election of two dangerous people. You don’t think Trump would be more bellicose and hair-trigger than Hillary Clinton in international issues? Cruz thinks he’s the portal to the End Times. By advocating for a Republican you’re also throwing the Supreme Court to the right for the next 30 years. Goodbye, Roe, unions, privacy and whatever else GOP-controlled state legislatures can bring to a fight. You’re insisting on anarchy and fascism if your (and my) preferred candidate doesn’t get the nomination.”

Despite having respect for my friend’s opinions, I still think it’s a matter of degree. Given her track record, it’s a good bet that Hillary will Bloody Iraqi Childplacate her groupies just long enough to make them believe she really is “On Our Side”, and then go back to quietly fucking her constituency by making nice with the banker boys, just as Obama has been doing. Meanwhile, the “Everything is Fine as it Is” crowd hunkers down for another four- or eight-year nappy, the banks and corporations get richer, we bomb a few more countries, kill a few thousand more children and wrongly accused inmates of Guantanamo and countless other, nameless black sites, the Queen hands out a few more drilling rights to BP, and all the sleepy fuzzies never notice. Kumbaya, you dumb motherfuckers, Kumbaya.

corrupt cocksuckersAs far as SCOTUS goes, both Alito and Roberts could have been blocked by the Dems, who instead chose to let each man serve for several decades. Teddy Kennedy and Company approved the installation of not one, but TWO staunch corporatists. Why should I trust that Hillary or any other corporate Democrat tool won’t do the exact same thing? Riddle me THAT one, Batman.

Trump and Cruz are both assholes, and, as much as I hate to admit it, many members of the military brass are not. If either bozo orders the military to commit war crimes, the military will refuse. Probably. But should the party of bloated pachyderms manage to pull off the governmental hat trick, it won’t matter which member of the Republican clowncar scores the goal. Each one is repugnant enough in his own right (sorry Carly) to force America into sitting up and listening. I honestly don’t think anything short of electing an openly Fascist theocrat or a repulsive, narcissistic rich boy will scare us enough to put our system of governance on the road to a long-term, sustainable fix. Unfortunately, American society needs to be broken and reset, and it’s going to hurt. A lot.Carlin American Dream

Perhaps I’m naïve in thinking this, but I believe that the spineless corporate press, despite their obvious tendency to whore themselves, overwhelmingly lean, albeit almost imperceptibly, to the left. If Trump or Cruz engages in either idiocy or Armageddon prep (or both), I doubt seriously that the entire mainstream press will pretend everything is just fine. I have enough remaining faith that the movement which Occupy and Bernie spawned will inspire the Trump-sized handful of MSNBC employees who are still capable of thinking for themselves (Rachel Maddow? Chris Hayes? Hello?), to wade successfully through whatever lunacy the Right Wing seeks to impose on the American people and report it accurately.

And yes, it will probably be a bit messy. Because eggs into omelets and all that.

Go Bernie.






But They Can’t Afford to Create Jobs . . .

2 Lil' Piggies

1)      Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009.  Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

2)      Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

3)      Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

4)      Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

5)      Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

6)      Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

7)      Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

8)      Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

9)      ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

10)  Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

Smart New Boss, Same as the Old Dumb Boss

In January 2009, President of the United State...

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There’s really not much difference between Obama and Bush, policywise.  Barack, unlike his predecessor, can put cogent sentences together without help from a scriptwriter (or a Special Ed teacher), which is nice, and he’s got a lovely family, but aside from his personal charm there is little difference between his style of violent, middle-class colon cleansing and that of the disgusting little fake Texan from Connecticut.  We are still being surveilled, but more so, we are still in Guantanamo, and Iraq, and Afghanistan, and now he’s also gotten us into Libya and Syria. And those are just the wars we KNOW of.  The CIA torturers Barry exonerated are likely at work, as you read this, stirring up their special brand of imperialist mischief in whichever third world country we’ve yet to exploit fully.  There is still no universal health care, or even the Public Option he promised during his eloquent presidential campaign.  Obama gave trillions to his rich buddies, just like Bush did, and did absolutely nothing while people lost their homes. He hasn’t done anything to prosecute the Banksters responsible for the foreclosures, and in fact has stood around speechifying while they shower themselves in billion-dollar bonuses and bask in the Bush tax breaks Mr. Obama refused to let expire. Not only did he let British Petroleum slide when they killed eleven men and destroyed the economy and ecology of the Gulf of Mexico, he’s allowing them to renege on their promised damage payments.  He has also just OK’d Shell Oil drilling in the Arctic, without even bothering to oversee their drilling plans.  Obama is STILL pushing nuclear power, even after Fukushima.  In short, Barack Obama is Bush Dark, another wholly owned corporate lackey who does as he is told whenever they tell him to do it.

Did he inherit a huge, steaming pile of about-to-collapse economy and illegal invasion?  Yes he did.  And he’s done exactly nothing to fix any of those problems except in token, ineffective ways.  Bending over to please a bunch of Neo-Fascist Republicans in the name of “bipartisan cooperation” is useless and cowardly. It’s on a par with Pelosi declaring impeachment “off the table”.  Any of you “Progressives” out there who still think Obama is on your side need to pop your head out of your sphincter and realize he never was.  You should have realized that as soon as he was declared a “top tier” candidate.  No one gets there without the approval of the Big Boys. Progressives like Kucinich and Gravel get ridiculed and dismissed early in the phony dog-and-pony show that is our election process. Every one of the men or women left standing is a corporate shill, you can take it to the bank. Their bank, very likely, because they own most of them.

Palin couldn’t possibly be that much worse, and that “deer in the headlights” expression whenever anyone asks her a non-scripted question is priceless.  I say bring’ er on.  She really can’t fuck things up much worse than they already are, and besides, Tina Fey could entertain us all with at least another four years of comedy gold as she mines Sarah’s boo boos. And all of John McCain‘s friends could pound their walkers while they stare at them.

Bachmann is a riot too.  I’d love to see the confusion and panic in those wildly unfocused eyes when the corporatists who really run this place give her her marching orders.  I wonder if she’ll be submissive.

Perry strikes me as Bush with better hair. He wears his sleaziness like a badge of honor, and his stolen election will probably get this whole end-of-the-empire thing moving much, much quicker. If we’re REALLY lucky, he’ll follow through with his plan to have Texas secede from the Union and we can start printing school textbooks that are reality based once again.  Then Crawford will no longer be part of the United States and then the World Court can extradite Bush and try him for war crimes since the CIA won’t be protecting him anymore!

But hey, I’m a dreamer . . .

All three of these corporate stooges believe that the world was created in seven days, and that climate change is a natural occurrence which has nothing whatsoever to do with all the carbon we’ve been crapping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, and that Evolution is a theory that should be taught alongside Creationism in Science class.  They also think Armageddon is a really swell idea and have no real problem with the world ending.

But they’re perfectly sane, apparently, and you’d be a libelous fool to state anything different.  Professor Irwin Corey and Pat Paulsen are looking better every day.

We American citizens used to be treated with dignity, regardless of our social or economic status (as long as we were White, of course), and I used to be proud of the fact that we shared that sense of personal dignity with other countries.  We don’t have any dignity anymore, because we have adapted to being treated like garbage by the men who own us.  The fact that we justify this mistreatment of human beings in any way tells me we don’t have a very high opinion of ourselves, but we revel in it, through our love of war and capital punishment and UFC.

In 2012, we have the choice of voting for an eloquent, cowardly Corporatist or any one of several other, demonstrably wacky Corporatists, yet we continue to la la la along like everything is fine, while unemployment rises, a few more trillion are hoarded by those who pay no taxes, and our infrastructure collapses around our ears, but we can’t hear it because we’re wearing iPods.

We deserve everything that’s going to happen to us.

Sliding Down the Wacky Razor Blade Fun Ride

Dick Cheney, Oil Vampire

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By now you must have figured out that we’re pretty much cooked as a country, and quite possibly as a species.  The odds of a billion or so consumer zombie Yuppies and Teabaggers  suddenly waking up to discover that the Koch Brothers and Goldman Sachs REALLY AREN’T THEIR FRIENDS are about as high as Dick Cheney apologizing to Iraqi orphans.  There are hundreds of us, but there are millions of them, and the thems are being coached over the cliff and into the abyss by some of the most virulently disgusting men ever to slither across the surface of this planet.  These men own EVERYthing, have no conscience or scruples, and have grown so ugly and powerful they’ve gotten most of their minions to disbelieve in their very existence.  Pretty neat trick.  Mention Bilderburg or The World Bank to most American serf workers and they’ll either stare at you blankly or chuckle politely, depending on the level of creature comfort their keepers have allowed them to obtain. Game, set, match to the moneyed monsters and their lobotomized multitude.

So what do we do? Suicide is for cowards, and besides, there’s a perverse part of me that wants to stick around and watch as these idiots finally realize what they’ve done to themselves.  Talk about FUUUUUUUUN shit!  What a joy it would be to witness the expression on Mrs. Married-the-Right-Guy-For-Comfort-and-Security’s face as the planetary weather patterns finally coalesce into near-constant tornadoes and 130-degree daily temperatures, all because she and her country club friends and ancestors couldn’t give a rat’s ass that their collective, decadent lifestyles DIRECTLY contributed to the despoiling and collapse of our environmental life support systems.  Teak panels for the yacht but no more clean air to breathe.  Tee hee!  Or maybe watch the flicker of horror wash across the faces of the CEOs in charge of General Electric and DuPont and Monsanto when they see their grandchildren writing in death agony from a terminal disease which DIRECTLY resulted from the industrial misadventures and toxic byproducts of their grandfathers’ corporate malfeasance. What a hoot!  Perhaps the day will finally come when swarms of unemployed, white, Teabagger hillbillys from South Carolina and Arizona and Kentucky and Texas and several of the other Southern Retard states FINALLY realize that the nice white men they’ve been supporting all these years because Jayzuz told them to have been screwing them all along.  When these gangrenous dolts thunder into corporate gated communities and multi-billionaire-built mansions wielding machetes, it will truly be time for Pay-Per-View.

Nah.  It’ll never happen, because these animals don’t care. I have doubts that they’re even human, else why would they, seemingly intentionally, destroy their own people and planet?  They must be scary space monsters is all I can figure, because they sure don’t care about us humans.

In the meantime, I guess we just sit around and watch as they destroy themselves and take us with them.  All the knowledge and logic in the world can’t unbrainwash somebody, and besides, it is unrealistic to think we can unbrainwash the number of people who need it in time to save our collective bacon.  Too many television sets, too little time.

I forget where I first heard it, but someone wrote that it’s impossible to reason someone out of a position they did not arrive at by reason.   I think that’s true.

Hello there, miserable brain-dead world!


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This is an interchange I just had with a Conservative blogger.  After it was posted, she basically told me to get lost because she didn’t like what I said and didn’t feel there was ever any way to reconcile our differences.  Perhaps she’s right, but it pointed out to me how calcified the Conservative mindset really is, and why it will ultimately lead to the destruction and downfall of this country.

But it’s not all bad, since it’s what drove me to start this blog.

Her original post is in italics.  My response is in bold.

Thank you for your reply. I will attempt to address each of your points.

“Do you really believe that taxing the job creators does not result in higher prices for you, me and all consumers?”

What you or I “believe” is irrelevant. The job creators are not creating jobs, and if people don’t have jobs, they don’t have money, and if they don’t have money, it doesn’t matter how high prices are since they can’t afford to buy anything anyway. It has been estimated that the very rich are currently sitting on about $46 trillion, but they simply have not invested in American job creation or infrastructure.

“Do you really believe that corporations and the so-called “wealthy” job creators pay those increased taxes?”

General Electric, Exxon/Mobil, Bank of America, and seven other large corporations paid ZERO Federal income tax last year. No, there is no evidence that those corporations paid taxes. In fact, we little folk subsidized several of them with our tax dollars, despite their record profits.

“I was a small business owner and I can tell you that the price of the product goes up when the demands for more dollars from the government come along. And in addition to the price of the product rising (which is paid by the consumer, not the producer) the ability of the so-called “wealthy” job creator to improve his business, i.e. buy new equipment, hire more people, provide bonuses to the current employees or even give them raises, is diminished.”

Excellent points. The cost of business is clearly passed along to the consumer almost always. You and other small-to-medium business owners, however, are small potatoes compared to the folks mentioned in the previous paragraph, so our problems are not theirs. Just look at BP. They lost billions despoiling the Gulf of Mexico, and they’re still doing quite well, thank you very much. Small business owners are merely trying to stay afloat. Small business owners do NOT make huge profits. They cannot count on government subsidies for their business expenses. You are talking apples and oranges.

“I have a treasure trove of “evidence to the contrary.” I lived it, pal.”

I have no doubt you did. You just need to open that treasure trove a bit wider, because so far you have not proven your point.

“Have you ever owned your own business? Have you ever provided an income for up to 60 families?”

No. I’m sure it’s a tremendous responsibility. Why did you stop?

“I’m guessing not because the people who want to keep taxing the “millionaires and billionaires” have never been in the position of helping to put food on someone else’s table.”

Again, please explain the connection between a business that supports 60 families and one that makes billions of dollars of profits each quarter and pays no taxes. Maybe I’ve missed something.

“And if you are one of those “millionaires and billionaires” who WANT to pay more taxes – knock yourself out! Send the IRS a check! They’ll be glad to take your money. Or better yet, in the “for” line on the check, write my name so you can contribute to my tax debt.”

Unfortunately, there is very little evidence that American corporate leaders are patriotic enough to do what you suggest. They twist themselves into knots shielding their billions in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes, but you’re right, the very idea that they’d freely chip in to help when their country is in need is indeed laughable.

“Now you give me evidence that the Republicans are “gutting” anyone’s life savings. This is nothing more than liberal talking points. And I call bullshit on it.”

Glad to. Some examples:
Silverado Trading and Loan bailout. We paid for it.

Bush Treasury Secretary John W. Snow “forgot” that people needed money to pay for their mortgages.

Bush and the Goldman-Sachs connection

And please don’t think I’m supporting Democratic Party banksterism by pointing out the crimes of the Bush Administration. Geitner and Obama are shills for Wall Street, no doubt about it, Clinton started NAFTA and helped destroy unions, so I have no use for them, either.

I just wish those of us down here on the lower rungs of the economic ladder could find a way to dispense with all this two-party crapola and realize the need to start working together. Keep our differences of opinion; they’re healthy, but for God’s sake if we keep fighting each other about philosophical differences we’re merely sealing our own collective bankruptcy.