Friday, August 22, 2014

What Difference Does It Make If Conservatives ARE Stupid?


Sure they're pretty stupid, but what difference does it make? After all, science doesn't know about anything scientific...

"Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old."



"In the wake of the success of the 'Cosmos' television series, which picked up four Emmy Awards earlier this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed politics, religion and science in a recent interview with AlterNet.

"When I asked if the success of 'Cosmos' had surprised him, Tyson said he had not anticipated the kind of coverage the show would get by entertainment sites and blogs. Because of the show's major network backing and primetime slot, he said, it was covered like any other television show. He said this forced many entertainment writers to write about all sorts of science topics not often covered in these publications, exposing the show to a new and possibly unintended audience.

"Tyson was not as shocked by the backlash the show garnered from certain religious and political groups, mainly creationists who took issue with Tyson’s insistence on discussing evolution, the Big Bang theory and the history of scientific discovery. Their criticism of the show did not bother Tyson at all. 'You have to ask yourself, what are the numbers behind the people making these claims? Someone like Ken Ham [owner of the Creation Museum] has beliefs that are even crazy to many Christians...'"

And if stupid people don't "believe" in man-made climate change, so what?

"World's Largest Ice Sheets Melting At Fastest Rate Ever Recorded."

ANTARCTICA MELTING GLACIERS

"Greenland and Antarctica are home to the two largest ice sheets in the world, and a new report released Wednesday says that they are contributing to sea level rise twice as much as they were just five years ago.

"Using the European Space Agency's CryoSat 2 satellite, the Alfred Wegener Institute from Germany has found that western Antarctica and Greenland are losing massive amounts of ice.


"'Combined, the two ice sheets are thinning at a rate of 500 cubic kilometres per year,' said glaciologist Dr. Angelika Humbert, one of the authors of the AWI study, in a press release. 'That is the highest speed observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago...'"

Our schools might be able to take the stupid out of stupid people...

"School Accidentally Omits 'Under God’ from Pledge, Parent Blames Obama for Trying to Take "God Out of Everything,"'"



"One South Carolina mother was appalled when her children’s school accidentally took the phrase 'under God' out of the Pledge of Allegiance. According to a story on Opposing Views, she blamed the government’s attempts 'to take God out of everything' for the omission.

"Jessica Andrews, the mother in question, told Fox News’ Todd Starnes how she felt when she read the Pledge that her daughter would recite every day in school:
"It was like an 'Oh my gosh' type of feeling. It didn’t have 'under God.' It’s outrageous, to be honest. It seems like the government is doing everything they can to take God out of everything."
By gosh, the word 'God' is missing, by golly...

How do stupid people broadcast their stupidity, anyway?



That couldn't be a problem for our libertease, could it?



What could those dummies want anyway? Oh...



As long as we  don't elect the Conservative dummies to public office we'll be okay...



But when you analyze the facts, Conservatives have to be stupid because they're...Conservatives.

"Missouri Councilman Blames His Racist Facebook Posts On The Fact He Is Republican."

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"A Missouri city councilman is apologizing for what some are calling racist messages that he posted about President Obama on his Facebook page.

"Councilman Peter Tinsley’s offensive posts were brought up before the Poplar Bluff City Council at their meeting on Monday night.

"KFVS reports that Tinsley said the photos were posted last year and it was never his intention to offend anyone...

"...Tinsley said that apology not only goes out to the people of Poplar Bluff, but also to members of the Republican Party.

"'Anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true. It’s not an excuse,' Tinsley said..."

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We've seen time and time again how Conservative Sheeplets claim they don't have to obey the laws of spelling, syntax, or grammar because they're practicing Conservatives.

A murderer can get off the hook by a claim of insanity, and now a Conservative racist can get away with his racist hatred by claiming that he is a Conservative...

What's next, a claim of Conservatism when one is accused of genocide?  Or rape? Or pedophilia?

Before it's too late let's criminalize Conservatism.



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"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat
myself."

Harry S. Truman.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Not All Conservatives Are Racists...

...but you can bet everything you've got in the bank that all racists are Conservative!

"Missouri official apologizes for racist Facebook posts: 'I was a very active Republican at the time.'"

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"(Poplar Bluff, Missouri City Councilman Peter)...Tinsley apologized on Monday, saying that 'at one time, I was a very active Republican, very opposed to Obama. I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it. It was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes. It seemed funny at the time but today it’s very serious and it’s not funny at all.'


"Poplar Bluff Republicans were not happy with apology. 'It even got more intense when he proceeded to blame the republican party for him thinking like that,' said the chairman of the Butler County Republicans, Eddy Justice. 'Republicans believe everyone should be judged on their qualifications, on their ability...'"

Tinsley was just one politician of course, after all as you can see by reading this article at an African-American paper that most of our politicians are awesome statesmen...

"St. Louis' African-American Newspaper Details Racist Reactions and Evasions by Missouri Pols to Michael Brown's Killing."



"(Editor's Note: The Political Eye is a column at the St. Louis American, the country's only African-American weekly newspaper published since 1928. This commentary appeared last Thursday, but speaks to the ongoing institutional racism and other barriers that have been exposed by Michael Brown's killing.)

"The EYE is moving in unchartered waters writing about the police shooting of Michael Brown, the greater St. Louis African-American community’s unprecedented response in protest and the militarized police repression of these protests. The motto of this column is “what it is, it ain’t,” because in St. Louis politics, and in much of our civic life, the truth seldom comes out plain. Almost always, it’s twisted.

"In this case, for once, what it is, it is.


"There can be no denying what the newspaper has reported for decades..."

Here's what an "autopsy" showed us in Ferguson...



Do you ever wonder why all this outrage blaming Conservative racists is in the headlines when we know that not all Conservatives are racists...



Oh...



Well, just as long as Conservatism means preserving our liberties we're okay...



After all, we elected an African American as our president!

"Fox 'News' Outraged That Kenyan Socialist Marxist Communist Nazi Muslim Obama Didn’t Wear a Necktie!"



"For most people, their reaction to the murder of reporter James Foley was a mixture of anger and sadness; a sensation of loss, and perhaps a seething rage directed at the men behind it. For most.

"But Fox News contributor and Outnumbered guest co-host Pete Hegseth is not like most people. Where most were numbed into silence, Hegseth had his priorities straight: he wanted to know where Obama’s tie was.

"Hegseth, an Iraq combat veteran, commented on Obama’s statement regarding the video, saying that he hoped the U.S. military forces have been order 'to do something about this.' He then added 'You know, I wish [Obama would] put on  tie. I wish he’d show enough respect to do that, stand at the podium and do that.'

"He said that the idea of Obama speaking without a tie gets him 'fired up...'"

But for those of you with a more serious frame of mind, check out the following story...

"The Poisonous Racism Driving Violence in Ferguson and the Rest of America."



"The past week's unfolding tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, with its militarized and overwhelmingly white police force confronting angry and hopeless African-Americans, is not a story unique to that place or this moment. Many cities and towns in this country confront the same problems of poverty, alienation and inequality as metropolitan St. Louis -- or even worse.


"But beneath the familiar narrative, there is a deeper history that reflects the unfinished agenda of race relations -- and the persistence of poisonous prejudice that has never been fully cleansed from the American mainstream..."

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Do we have to wait until these revolting racists and disgusting bigots die off before we see racism finally eradicated in America?

Maybe not all Conservatives are racists, but there are so many of them it doesn't really make a difference.

How many "compassionate" Conservatives can you name that have come to the defense of the murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson?  How many Conservatives have disowned the KKK anywhere in the country?  And how many Conservative congressmen or senators have offered any bills to fight racism?

None, and there never will be because racists are an important segment of the Republican Party's base.

Racism against our fellow Americans will never disappear until Conservatism is criminalized.




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"Well, it — what it’s going to be here, it’s actually a biracial cookie. You’ve got
three of the chocolate wafers, and then you’ve got the white vanilla cream — the
cream…. And Kraft comes up with the Or-Bam-eo, the triple double-dipper."

Rush Limbaugh.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It Can't Happen Here...Can It?


From Wikipedia: "It Can't Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis. Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a populist United States Senator who is elected to the Presidency after promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and traditional values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel's plot centers around journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it. Reviewers at the time, and literary critics ever since, have emphasized the connection with Louisiana politician Huey Long, who was preparing to run for President in 1936 when the novel appeared..."



From Lewis's book to today, we've seen all of the signs that Conservatives are succeeding in taking us down the road to fascism.

First, we look at the best and the brightest of the Conservative stars...



What kind of world would a writer like Lewis and other writers in the 30s see today?

"Ferguson Police Threaten, Restrain and Arrest Journalists, Is This A New Police State?"

A police officer runs up to a video journalist and shouts, "Get the fuck out of here ... or you're getting shot with this."


"No. This cannot be happening. Journalists are like the Red Cross. We are the untouchables during violence. We walk right up to the volcano of war and peer inside. The word 'PRESS' gives us a free pass in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Beirut, Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mexico. Journalists can take a war zone tour, the ultimate in adventure.

"Oh sure we might get hit by a bullet if we pop our head up at the wrong time or kidnapped by radicals ready to auction us to the highest bidder or sucked into a mob and molested by a thousand hands. We know the risks…or I should say, we knew the risks. But until now the danger comes from the “other” not the “us.”

"But in Ferguson the police shed the traditional well-known rules of journalism.  The police’s abuse of journalists became so bad that President Obama had to remind them that 'media freedom is protected in the U.S...'"

We could tell him that Ferguson is just an isolated incident...but that might be a fib.



Or we could point out that our justice system is the best in the world!

"Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men."

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"In the week since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, initial autopsy findings, police reports, and eyewitness accounts have begun to provide some insights into the circumstances of his death. But plenty of questions remain unanswered, not the least of them: Where is Officer Darren Wilson, and what's likely to happen to him?

"Wilson, who was put on administrative leave after killing Brown, reportedly left home with his family a few days before his name was made public. A fundraising campaign launched on August 17 has already raised more than $10,000 to cover the financial needs of Wilson's family, 'including legal fees.' (The campaign has since increased its goal to $100,000.)

"It remains to be seen whether Wilson will face criminal charges, but a limited review of similar killings by police suggests that the officers more often than not walk away without an indictment, and are very rarely convicted..."

But as long as we take care of our children, our precious resource...we're okay!

"The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts."



(And make sure that our kids are will fed and have a nice warm house to live in...we'll be fine!)

"There May Be More Homeless Kids Than You Think."

HOMELESS CHILD

"A shift in tracking homeless children may benefit young ones falling through the cracks in the current system.

"If the Homeless Children and Youth Act, sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), passes into law, the Department of Education and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be on the same page when it comes to defining homelessness, according to the Newark Advocate. Currently, the Department of Education estimates that there are more than 1.1 million homeless children across the United States. HUD on the other hand, because of a stricter definition of what qualifies as homeless, counted just 138,000 children as meeting its on its latest survey taken last year, according to SFGate..."

But we and our children are doing well because of our "job creators," and we will make sure that "It Can't Happen" here...

"New Study Reveals That Republican Policies Have Pushed Millions Of Americans Into Hunger."

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"A travesty is 
a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something, and although not synonymous with a tragedy that means an unfortunate or disastrous occurrence, both words are apropos to the economic situation millions of Americans find themselves in. The travesty is that as the richest nation in the world, most of the nation’s wealth is held by a tiny percentage of wealthy elitists, and tragically, an inordinate percentage of the population is hungry for lack of income. Republicans claim people struggling in poverty are lazy and lack family values, or that cutting wages, eliminating overtime pay, and eliminating social programs coupled with more tax cuts for the rich and corporations will lift the poor out of poverty.

"It has been over five years since Republicans crashed the economy and put millions upon millions of Americans out of work and into poverty, and throughout the recovery Republicans drastically cut domestic programs, purposely kept wages stagnant, and maintained tax cuts and special privileges for the people they serve; the rich and corporations. According to their economic ideology, then, with the stock market at record highs, corporate profits through the roof, and unemployment continuing to fall, there should be very few Americans suffering from food insecurity and outright hunger. However, according to a shocking study released by the relief charity Feeding America on Monday, the number of Americans struggling to feed their families is the same as during the height of the Great Recession..."

But once we take care of fascism, it's gone forever...isn't it?



Finally, what can we do to stop the Conservatives from taking over?  Or is it indeed too late...

"Can America Wrestle Back Power From Its Corporate Overlords?"

"The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule impact upon public policy."



"Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.

"A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.

"Put simply, most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

"A new study scheduled to be published in this fall by Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern University’s Benjamin Page confirms our worst suspicions.


"Gilens and Page analyzed 1,799 policy issues in detail, determining the relative influence on them of economic elites, business groups, mass-based interest groups, and average citizens..."

Ah well, maybe it has happened here.

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Much of the info above was posted with tongue slightly imbedded in our cheek, but it's no laughing matter when the Cons have relentlessly pushed us down the path to their New American Age of Feudalism.

With no opposition from the People or their media or their higher institutions of learning, we are finding out that it not only happened here, it happened without any resistance at all.

We should have criminalized Conservatism back in the '30s when Sinclair Lewis warned us what might happen.



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"It’s been the same story ever since I can remember, ever since Wilson – the
Republicans don’t do a thing for the little man."

John Updike. (American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary
critic. 1932 – 2009.)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

America Is Broken, Who Is Going To Fix It?




There's no doubt Conservatives are driving America into a third world country, let's see how...

"America’s Conservative Road to Destruction – A Brief History."



"We ran across an amazing post on Facebook, and we thought it was something that every single one of our readers should see. This wonderful read, penned by Bruce Bacon, details the long conservative-lead road to ruin down which America is headed.

"We contacted Bacon, and are reposting with his permission. Minor alterations have been made to embed links and videos. We encourage you to visit the original post here, as it is a “living document,” i.e. Bacon is still updating it periodically.

"We’d like to thank Bruce for his very thoughtful and thought-provoking study of the right-wing’s attempt to decimate our nation. Read this, share it with your friends, and remember to vote blue in 2014, 2016, and every election year following.

"I was born in the early 50′s, spent 8 years in the Air Force, and had the chance to raise two great kids and enjoy a prosperous America before the right wing tentacles grabbed two thirds of our government. I’ve watched this happen in my lifetime as have many of you. Please take a few minutes and grab a fresh cup of coffee (or tea), sit back and and review the timeline I’ve put together. Yes, it is lengthy, but our American government wasn’t infiltrated over night. It was a calculated effort. This note explains not only what happened, but chronicles the pre-determined sequence of events that allowed it to happen.

"Conservatives reading this will immediately be on the defensive. And you should be. But all the evidence presented here is documented and undeniable. These are the facts.  And denying facts is precisely what you have been systematically conditioned to do. If you read this through to the end, (which I challenge you to do) you’ll know exactly what is meant by that statement..."

Conservatives don't think so though, they just believe that we're headed back to the Golden Days of The Sixties...



...back to the days when we still had our Freedums...

"Constitutional Rights Essentially Suspended in Ferguson as Police Raid Homes Door to Door."



"According to journalists’ firsthand accounts found in the live streaming video from Tim Pool of Vice News (posted above, but may not be currently live), police or National Guard troops are now sweeping houses door to door in Ferguson, MO. Thumbnail credit: Ryan J. Reilly.

"This is a blatant violation of the constitution under the 4th amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
"These door to door searches are presumably in response to shots being fired at authorities, which were supposedly also witnessed by journalists in the area.

"Freedom of speech, protected by the 1st amendment, has also been suspended in Ferguson. According to Argus Radio’s live stream, peaceful protesters were being mass arrested and hauled away on camera.
Freedom of the press has now basically been revoked in Ferguson as well..."

But we still have the People to rely on...don't we?



Bullets are flying all over the country, not just Ferguson, Missouri...

"Man Killed By Stray Bullet While Playing Computer Game On His Birthday."

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"A Connecticut man died Sunday when a stray bullet struck him as he played a computer game, just hours after he celebrated his 58th birthday.

"Police in New Haven are investigating the death of Darryl McNair as a homicide, NBC Connecticut reports. The man's family is left wondering how a jovial day turned to sorrow.

"'He was dancing in the street, and I was like ‘look at him,' Chandra Costin, McNair's stepdaughter, told WFSB. 'He was enjoying himself. Now he's gone. What do we do? Where do we go?'

"Police responded to reports of gunfire shortly before 2:00 a.m. Moments later, they received a 911 call from a woman who said her husband had been hit..."

We're okay though, as long as no one gets hurt...



Who in the world can be begging for America to fail? Oh...

"GOP is Begging America to Fail."

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"Bill Clinton recently weighed in on the current situation with the government standoff on ABC’s show 'This Week.'

"(The president)...told the host 'I’ve never seen a time– can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail?'

"Clinton says the GOP has some weird obsession with Obamacare and they have some unfair demands.

"Clinton sided with Obama’s decision to not take the Republicans demands seriously..."

Here's a possible cause of America's Decline and Fall...

"False Facts and the Conservative Distortion Machine: It’s Much More Than Just Fox News."



"A new study found that voters’ values and partisanship had the strongest associations with distorted beliefs."

"Citizens are misinformed — often badly so. It’s not just that they lack good information — which would merely make them uninformed — they have plenty of bad information that leads them to believe untrue things. Or more likely the other way around: They believe untrue things, and that leads them to collect — even invent — bad information to flesh out what they already believe.

"This was vividly illustrated by a 1991 study that found that the more people watched TV during the first Gulf War, the less they knew about fundamental issues and facts, even as they were more likely to support the war. Wanting to believe that the U.S. was involved in a noble cause, for example, only 13 percent knew that when Iraq first threatened to invade Kuwait, the U.S. said it would take no action, while 65 percent falsely 'knew' that the U.S. said it would support Kuwait militarily..."

The Cons still can't understand the problem, maybe we can ask the scientists why...

"Study Proves Religious Kids Have Difficulty Telling Fact from Fiction."




"According to the study:
Children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school, or both, judged the protagonist in religious stories to be a real person, whereas secular children with no such exposure to religion judged the protagonist in religious stories to be fictional. Children’s upbringing was also related to their judgment about the protagonist in fantastical stories that included ordinarily impossible events whether brought about by magic or without reference to magic. Secular children were more likely than religious children to judge the protagonist in such fantastical stories to be fictional.
"The results suggest that exposure to religious ideas has a powerful impact on children’s differentiation between reality and fiction, not just for religious stories but also for fantastical stories..."

We rest our case.

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The Roman Empire fell, the Ottoman Empire fell, what makes you think Conservatism can't bury America?

As we've seen, you destroy the Constitution bit by bit all in the name of preserving it, while you attack minorities, women, and the poor, dumb down our kids, destroy paychecks, shut down protestors, fix the elections, stifle the press,destroy the environment and infrastructure, and all while you help GOP congressmen destroy the economy -- it's comes naturally to you if you're a Conservative...

...unless we criminalize Conservatism first.



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"Just because the Supreme Court rules on something doesn't necessarily mean
that that's constitutional."

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-R), on the legal status of Obamacare.

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