An amazing map of the Koch brothers massive political network

These greedy fuckers are keeping cumstains like Rand(y) Paul and Mike(y) Lee in office almost single-handedly. People gotta stop believing the hateful lies they spew (like, fer example, giving all of our money to 2 extraordinarily wealthy spoiled inherited wealth rich kids is somehow magically going to create jobs in this country).

Honestly, on some days I think these 2 fuckers, all by themselves, are worse for the country than the entire GOP (and the GOP’s idiot supporters).

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I got a phone call today

I was at work, so when she asked for me by name my first question was “may I ask who’s calling?” I’ve been getting a lot of “spam” calls, lately, so I wanted to know who I was talking to before I launched into a profanity laced tirade.

“This is (I don’t remember) from (the Democratic something or other).”

I brightened. “Oh, hi”, I said, adding “Can we make this quick? I’m at work.” If my change in tone didn’t tell her that we have the same goals, I don’t know what else I could have done or said. Clearly, she knew I was someone who had donated before, and wanted me to do so, again.

“I’ll try to be quick”, she assured me, then said something along the lines of “Will you join us in standing on the dead bodies of dead children to support an agenda we had the day BEFORE the (abominable) killings in Newtown?”

I said “I’m sorry, but this is one thing I don’t stand with the Democrats on. We have too many other problems; continuing long term unemployment, the economy, things that affect people every minute of every day.” That’s as near as I can get to a verbatim transcript without a recording.

I added “We’ve had a vote. It’s time to move on.”

She was polite. She said something like “OK” before I said “I’m going to let you go.”

Yeah, I know, who cares, but here’s the interesting part.

An hour or two later I was talking to a co-worker in DC, arguably the most liberal city in America, who thinks he’s more liberal than I am. I told him this same story.

He replied, “I told my parents the same thing last week! They couldn’t believe I felt that way.” He thinks he’s more liberal than I am, and he thinks his parents are more liberal than he is. He agreed with me, BTW.

I can’t read the liberal blogs, any more. I don’t think I’m a baby killer. At least, I’ve never killed one, even by accident. I don’t think I’m the guy who wants boyfriends to murder their girlfriends, the way I’m accused of being on liberal blogs, EVERY DAY. I’m not in love with guns. At least, I’ve never fucked one, or masturbated thinking about one, or even had one in bed with me when I made love to a real live human being, so it’s not a “fetish” for me, as I’m accused of being some kind of pervert, EVERY SINGLE GODDAMNED DAY.

I don’t know the answer. “Liberals” aren’t my allies. I know that. Ron and Rand Paul sure as fuck aren’t my allies (Rand, the little baby, recently came out in favor of using drones to kill liquor store robbers as they leave the store, fercrhissakes.) And it’ll be a cold day in hell when I agree with a Republican on ANYTHING else.

But I know (for sure) that as long as “my side” continues to push this losing issue in spite of all the REAL problems this country faces, I’m going to be on the outside looking in. Virtually EVERYONE hates me for my point of view.

I know this. This isn’t conjecture.

I don’t know who my allies are, any more. Some days I feel like the last sane man in the universe.

And “pro-gun” people will vote, while anti-(drones, chained CPI, “not using the bully pulpit enough”, etc.) people won’t, so we’re move even further to the right on everything else.

P.S.-her politeness spoke volumes to me. Mostly, that she’s getting so many sycophantic responses that toe the “stand on the bodies of children to further the gun-grabbing agenda” party line that I wasn’t worth trying to get a few bucks for “the cause”.

If it’s not obvious, I’m really disgusted with politics, right now.

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Narcissism of Small Differences

Just clicking on links, not having had quite enough coffee yet, I ran across this:

The Precarious but Profound Middle Ground In The Struggle Between Religion and Science

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m going to click on a link like that. But in the closing paragraphs I found a gem that I think may help explain why “liberals” can’t hold together the way that “conservatives” do.

Continue reading “Narcissism of Small Differences”

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How Republicans REALLY Behave

This is a re-enactment of your typical day in the House or Senate when a Republican wants to advance one of their typical reverse-Robin-Hood ideas. This is why Democrats cannot stay home this November and let the Tea Party crowd put these children back in power. The American middle class cannot afford another minute of their slimy, self-serving policies.

h/t to DU poster “gadjitfreek”

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So I’ve been thinking about this whole AZ thing…

I see people calling for boycotts of AZ. Even a misguided call to boycott AZ Iced Tea, which is based in NY state. I hear complaints about racial profiling. Racial profiling is, BTW, illegal. It’s also done every day. Has been, and will probably continue, and not just in AZ. Of course there are the inevitable claims that this will hurt “this or that” party politically. Or be used to suppress the vote. Etc.

But what I haven’t really seen is anyone complaining about this:

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.

I’ve begun to wonder if anyone actually understands what the bill of rights is for, or why those 10 amendments were included almost immediately after the constitution was signed.

Some of the framers wanted to spell out, specifically, what rights no government could touch. Ever. Under any circumstances.

The only real opposition to the idea of including specific individual rights (yes, even the 2nd), BTW, was from those who didn’t want to “limit” our rights to “just those”. The thought was that by spelling them out it could be inferred that others weren’t protected, or weren’t as important.

The framers were real big on not being told what to do.

BTW, the “tenthers” are dead wrong. States can’t over-ride the constitution. AZ, specifically, can’t over-ride the 4th no matter how “urgent” it is.

In Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961), the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment applies to the states by way of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court has also ruled that certain searches and seizures violated the Fourth Amendment even when a warrant was properly granted.

Is the 4th amendment well and truly dead, in America?

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“Conservative Woodstock”?

Here’s a pretty funny Kos diary about what Fox is calling “A Conservative Woodstock” and the author is calling “The Teabagger Clown Show in the Desert“.

Among the highlights: 1 Porta-potty for every 263 BPH-suffering angry old white guy, and Democrats passing out free coffee and doughnut holes. (Get it? ;-> )

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244 Percent Increase in Hate

New report finds that right-wing extremist groups have grown 244 percent in the past year.

A new report by the Souther Poverty Law Center has unearthed shocking data about the rise of militias, antigovernment groups, and other right-wing extremist groups. The report, titled “Rage on the Right,” has found that there has been an increase of 244 percent in the number of these extremist groups in 2009.

The number of extremist groups in the United States exploded in 2009 as militias and other groups steeped in wild, antigovernment conspiracy theories exploited populist anger across the country and infiltrated the mainstream, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Antigovernment “Patriot” groups – militias and other extremist organizations that see the federal government as their enemy – came roaring back to life over the past year after more than a decade out of the limelight.

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