Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, December 02, 2016

Stop The Recount! You Lost! Get The Fuck Over It! Move On! Die!!!

I'm referring of course to North Carolina's Far Right Biblehumping corporate-dicksucking governor, Pat McCrory.  It was a close election, but McCrory's opponent — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper — has defeated McCrory by more than 10,000 votes.  10,000 votes is supposed to be the legal cutoff point, above which the vote is official, i.e. no recounting of the votes.

But McCrory and the rest of North Carolina's Republican Mafia are insisting that 90,000 votes in Durham County are suspicious (i.e. too many Nigras and poor people and librul college students must have slipped through the Voter Suppression machine) and need to be recounted.

North Carolina has had a Far Right legislature for a long time, but until four years ago, their Democratic governor would routinely veto the avalanches of teabagger wetdream legislation that came pouring in.  That all changed four years ago when Pat McCrory got elected.

McCrory is most infamous for signing North Carolina's Eek!  It's a Homosexual!  Keep them perverts out of the bathroom! bill.  (Governor-Elect Roy Cooper is the state attorney general who refused to defend the state's anti-LGBT law in federal courts, much to the chagrin of North Carolina's Biblehumping community.)

But McCrory is also one of the fossil fuel industry's busiest skankiest prostitutes.  For just one example:  Fracking companies are not required to disclose the chemicals used in the fracking process — chemicals that are seeping into people's water supply.  But that wasn't enough.  McCrory signed a law making it a felony for anyone to publicly reveal which chemicals are used in the fracking process.  When a fossil fuel lobbyist says Suck my dick! Pat McCrory answers How hard, Sir!?!?  Should I spit or swallow, Sir?!?!

Bill Maher nailed it 3 years ago with this description of Pat McCrory's governorship:

“North Carolina is going apeshit in a way no state ever has.  Take every crazy angry idea your drunk right-wing uncle mumbles at Thanksgiving, turn it into a law, and that’s North Carolina today.”

Thank God he's been voted out.  Governor-Elect Roy Cooper, you've got a huuuge mess to clean up.  Pat McCrory, fuck off and die!  And the slower the better.

UPDATEThe corpse that died almost four weeks ago has finally admitted he's dead.  Pat McCrory has just announced:

Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken and we now should everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper.

Ya think???

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Fidel Castro: 1926 - 2016

About fifteen years ago, I read an anecdote about Fidel Castro's early life.  I have no idea whether the story is true or not; nothing turned up on any of the web searches I did.  Anyway, the story went like this:

One day during elementary school, Fidel Castro got into an argument with the school bully.  The bully challenged him to a fight after school.  Fidel took him up on the challenge.  The bully trounced Castro; beat the living shit out of him.  The next day, Castro walked up to the bully and challenged him to a rematch.  The bully again pounded the fuck out of Fidel Castro.

This exact same scenario happened again and again, day after day, month after month.  Castro never won any of these fights; got his ass kicked every time.  But by the end of the school year, the bully was scared shitless of him.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from William S. Burroughs

For awhile, back in the Aughts, I was posting William Burroughs' Thanksgiving Prayer every year.  Now that the American People have spoken, and told us to turn the clock back a few decades (or centuries), I think William Burroughs' warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving Prayer is more appropriate than ever.


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Friday, November 18, 2016

President Obama should APPOINT Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's How.

I'm not interested in grousing over the lost election, or pointing fingers over whose fault it was.

But more far-reaching than identity politics, party loyalty, who's worse, Hillary or Trump, yada yada, the biggest stake in the 2016 election was the future of the Supreme Court.  1992's "It's the economy, Stupid!" morphed into "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

Bitch McConnell is now being praised for his shrewdness in not even allowing an up or down vote on Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.  But maybe McConnell's sleazebaggery has backfired.  According to the Washington Post's interpretation of the appointments clause of the Constitution:

“The president 'shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States.' Note that the president has two powers: the power to 'nominate' and the separate power to 'appoint.'  In between the nomination and the appointment, the president must seek the 'Advice and Consent of the Senate.' What does that mean, and what happens when the Senate does nothing? [bold/italics added]

In most respects, the meaning of the 'Advice and Consent' clause is obvious. The Senate can always grant or withhold consent by voting on the nominee. The narrower question, starkly presented by the Garland nomination, is what to make of things when the Senate simply fails to perform its constitutional duty.”

Or as The Rude Pundit said:   It's like when a president refuses to act on a bill within ten days while Congress is in session. It becomes a law, no?

I don't claim to have any sort of legal expertise, but I say go for it.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Leon Russell

Leon Russell has died at the age of 74.

Aside from having a piano and vocal style totally unlike anyone else's, he wrote This Masquerade (more famously performed by George Benson) and Delta Lady (better known by Joe Cocker).

Here are some YouTube links to some of Leon Russell's music.



Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Any Silver Linings Here?

Looking for a silver lining in last night's Bizarro World travesty is sort of like losing your house, being relegated to a cardboard box and then saying Hey, cool!  Now I won't have to deal with those neighborhood kids walking across my lawn any more.

But in the long run I know, we'll all be dead in the long run there was one encouraging statistic in yesterday's election.  Voters in the 18 to 25 age bracket voted Democrat in almost every state.  The only red states were Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming.

So, that's the future; if we can live long enough to enjoy it.

Friday, November 04, 2016

“If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”

Contrary to Mark Twain's famous quotation, voting apparently DOES make a difference, and they're trying desperately NOT to let us do it:

This is a voters' waiting line in North Carolina after early voting was eliminated.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bundy Inbreds 1, Standing Rock Sioux 0

Yesterday’s dual headlines were a sick — beyond sick! — reminder of how little has changed in this country since the 1950s.  Shit, make that the 1850s.

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company has sicced their private goon squad — the most brutal crackdown yet — on the nonviolent Native protesters who don’t want their water supply polluted by a pipeline rupture.

Meanwhile, in southeastern Oregon, a jury has decided that it’s perfectly OK for a gang of inbred neck-drooling rednecks to stage an armed takeover of a wildlife sanctuary, and occupy it for six weeks while threatening local residents.

I can’t think of anything printable to write about this.  So instead of going on an endless rant about corporate enforcer/thugs disguised as “law enforcement officers” and a bunch of armed knuckle-dragging vigilante wannabes, I’ll just copy a few of the Facebook memes that have been going around since yesterday:

Oregon standoff vs. Standing Rock

Monday, October 24, 2016

Don't Touch That Dial! The 2018 Election will Feature Even MORE Mudslinging!

If you're worried about getting bored and restless after November 8th, fear not:

Even if Democrats win the Senate this year, Republicans are practically guaranteed to recapture it with a vengeance in the 2018 election.

“What few people talk about — but should — is that this could be a very short-lived majority for Senate Democrats, as the 2018 field is remarkably bad for them.

The numbers for that year are stunning: 25 Democratic or Democratic-affiliated independents are up for reelection, compared with just eight Republicans. That’s as lopsided an election cycle as you will ever see.

But a look inside the numbers makes the Democrats’ challenge in 2018 all the more daunting. Fully 20 percent of the 25 Democratic seats are in states that then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012 (and even Trump is likely to carry on Nov. 8): Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.”

OK, get that relieved complacent expression off your face, clench your teeth and make a fist 'til your knuckles turn white.  And maintain that posture for at least two more years. 

Never a dull moment. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Donald Trump and his Alt Right Goons