Saturday, October 21, 2017

Obviously Time To Start My Birthday Fundraiser



Since it looks like I have a lot of catching-up to do.

Because while there is a lot of yadda yadda in this article about what a clueless, sleazy little hatepimp Ben Shapiro is --
Welcome, Ben Shapiro
What a precious snowflake.

Ben Shapiro is the kind of person who talks about opening the door to civil, genuine conversation, then slams it on your foot and taunts you if you say “ouch.” ...
-- here is a cold, hard fact, with a little emphasis added to liven up your field of vision:
His speaking tour is sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, a big-budget conservative youth organization that uses its outside money to coordinate and pay speakers who come to campus, ostensibly at the invitation of their campus YAF chapters. The organization is more top-down than its preferred, heroic, resistance narrative of “small campus conservative group takes on the liberal goliath” and standing up against the “self-perpetuating aristocracy” that is the public university. The YAF holds over $71 million in assets. Thanks to a $10 million gift from the DeVos family, the national organization recently bought the Ronald Reagan ranch, and a 2016 $16 million bequest has turbo-charged their national speaker initiatives. The YAF is also closely affiliated with the State Policy Network, a web of conservative think tanks awash in Koch brothers money and the organizational power behind the ALEC initiatives to get ultra-conservative template legislation into state legislatures. Real outsiders. Alumni of the YAF include Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller and Ann Coulter, while current speakers range from the anti-Islamic Robert Spencer to the questionably credentialed Ted Nugent.
Simply put, the kind of money the Right puts behind even a clueless, sleazy little hatepimp like Ben Shapiro buys him and his filthy agenda a place at the table.

With that kind of money, you can buy your way into national media conversation and onto the national agenda.

With it, you can buy your way back into the spotlight no matter how miserable an excuse for a human being you are:

Without it, you're just another crackpot standing on an orange crate, annoying the passers-by.

So here's the deal.

If I can raise just a tiny fraction of what Fox News spent to buy Bill O'Reilly out of prison time and back into prime time ... just a wee percentage of what the Young America’s Foundation is willing to drop to keep America's media pantry stocked with human toe-jam like Ben Shapiro ... say, a million dollars ... I solemnly promise to run right back down to the Dollar General and buy this very copy of Newt Gingrich's Brick Of Turgid-Bullshit (assuming someone hasn't snapped it up by then) -- 


-- and send it -- autographed by me -- to the person who puts me over the top!


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No County For Old Republicans



As anyone who lived through the Age of Dubya and retains a functioning, long-term political memory will tell you, the Bush Administration was not simply bad -- it was an ongoing national catastrophe which the Republican Party and the our nation's Greater and Lesser Conservative Thinkers and most of the national media lauded as the cat's fucking pajamas...

...right up until the wheels came off.

At which point, as I have noted at length on many occasions, the Party of Personal Responsibility did exactly what I predicted they would do way back in 2006:
In five years, having voted for Bush will have become the parachute pants of this decade.

It will become the “Oh my GOD. What the fuck was I thinking?” shameful secret people will occasionally and elliptically allude to by piping up with, “well, he did good after 9/11” as schoolchildren are taught what a disaster on every front and by every measure he was, and as adults who now have to pay and pay dearly for the myriad lies and crimes and follies of George W. Bush recount his Top 100 Fuckups and bitterly laugh and laugh and laugh.
What I got wrong back in 2006 as the time-line.

For those wingnut 101st Chairborne heroes who rose through the ranks of the Wingnut Welfare State by slandering Liberals as America-hating traitors -- 


-- didn't take five years to unperson Bush.

 It only took a matter of months.

By August of 2006, our nation's Greater and Lesser Conservative Thinkers were beginning the process of running like hell away from their simple, profitable "Bush Good/Libtards Bad" bullshit (David Brooks from April of 2003) --
The Collapse of the Dream Palaces

Mass destruction of mistaken ideas. 

...
My third guess is that the Bush haters will grow more vociferous as their numbers shrink. Even progress in Iraq will not dampen their anger, because as many people have noted, hatred of Bush and his corporate cronies is all that is left of their leftism. And this hatred is tribal, not ideological. And so they will still have their rallies, their alternative weeklies, and their Gore Vidal polemics. They will still have a huge influence over the Democratic party, perhaps even determining its next presidential nominee. But they will seem increasingly unattractive to most moderate and even many normally Democratic voters who never really adopted outrage as their dominant public emotion...
-- and re-establishing a new base camp under the sheltering bower of the Big Lie of Both Sides Do It lie (David Brooks, three years later)
Party No. 3
...
The flamers in the established parties tell themselves that their enemies are so vicious they have to be vicious too. They rationalize their behavior by insisting that circumstances have forced them to shelve their integrity for the good of the country. They imagine that once they have achieved victory through pulverizing rhetoric they will return to the moderate and nuanced sensibilities they think they still possess. 
But the experience of DeLay and the net-root DeLays in the Democratic Party amply demonstrates that means determine ends. Hyper-partisans may have started with subtle beliefs, but their beliefs led them to partisanship and their partisanship led to malice and malice made them extremist, and pretty soon they were no longer the same people...
And once it became clear that no one but a few, dirty hippies were interested in holding Conservatives responsible for anything they had said or done during the Age of Dubya, the floodgates opened.  By 2009, like German soldiers after the fall of Berlin,  millions of loyal Republican meatbags who had spent most of a decade loudly piss-drunk on Fox News/Hate Radio fake patriotism were sprinting away from the disaster they created as fast as their little legs would carry them, pausing only long enough to burn their Bush/Cheney lawn signs and swear they had never even heard of George W. Bush.

Thanks to the Fabulous, Tea-Baggulous Bush-Off Machine and the unstinting collaboration of the mainstream media, they re-branded themselves as The Tea Party.  And everyone but a few, dirty hippies obligingly looked the other way.

And so it went.  From Bill Kristol to Michael Gerson to Newt Gingrich to David Frum to Rick Wilson to Charlie Sykes, cushy, gold-bricking fink-tank or academic or media jobs were carved out for just about any Bush Regime Dead Ender who wanted one, as the entire Age of Bush was shoveled down the memory hole, and the ghouls and hobgoblins who made it all possible were ouchlessly absolved of their past sins and swiftly rehabilitated right back into positions of power and influence.

A New Golden Age of Both Siderism had arrived, and during eight years of ever-escalating Republican lying, sedition and sabotage leveled against any attempt by the first black president to do  anything, every act of barbarism was blunted, deflected and diffused with this kind of shit from the same old cast of monsters:
Why Won't Obama Lead?
By Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal - March 11, 2013
But this Golden Age came with a terrible price, one which I already covered in exhaustive detail many times including here.
Like A Virgin

“...they turned to prayer, beseeching
that the sin which had been committed
might be wholly blotted out.”         -- 2 Maccabees. 12:42

Because once the media and the GOP party leadership had chosen to collectively permit the Republican base to get away with refusing to hold George Bush to anything resembling the same standards which they had piously demanded of Bill Clinton...

...and immediately after that allowed that same mob of imbeciles and bigots to unilaterally exonerate itself of all responsibility for the Bush Regime disasters they had just spent eight years lustily cheering for (as I also wrote a long time ago)
...the Right...collectively jumped past a spiritual event horizon and into a soul-darkness from which there is no return: a darkness in which imps and devils are always patiently waiting to take your hat and coat and make you extremely comfortable on the gentle, downward-sloping road to Hell.

This darkness comes with a promise and a catch: the promise is, that the Right will never, ever be called to account for the endless lies they have told and endless betrayals they have committed; the catch is that they can never leave, and no matter how repellent their neighbors become and no matter how humiliating and horrifying the lies become, they are obliged to shut up and go along with the program. With this promise comes the terrible, goosestepping power of a mob under harness, but with it also comes a grotesque fragility because to keep the darkness alive the Right has become a confederacy of Mrs. Havishams, rotting away in the gloom.

And to make matters much, much worse, their decaying mansion sits on top of such a massive, leaky stockpile of lie upon lie, betrayal upon betrayal, hypocrisy upon hypocrisy and treason upon treason that the danger of one, stray non-Fox Approved fact accidentally glancing off another non-Fox and sparking off a conflagration is omnipresent.

The entire Conservative enterprise is built on delusion and old dynamite, which is why every clock much forever remain stopped at one minute after Reagan's inauguration, every fact must be smothered under the stasis field of Rush Limbaugh roaring, rage-drunk bluster.  It is the sarcophagus of a dead ideology where the walls are now so densely postered and palimpsested with the detritus of Conservatism's lurid, lying history that its denizens cannot find the exit anymore, and its floors are so sticky and pitted with the grue of its savage, tribal, beat-in rituals that no one bothers to even look for the door.

Which is why  no deviation can be permitted, no error can be admitted and no apologies can be allowed.
Ever since the rise of Donald Trump, our nation's Greater and Lesser Conservative Thinkers have been flailing around for a theory of the case that fit two, mutually-exclusive criteria.  It had to A) provide a comprehensive explanation for what has happened to their party, and B) not implicate them in any way.  (From me in 2011):
Well Into Their 117th Trimesters, David Brooks and David Frum both suddenly decide they really don't want to keep Reagan's baby.

Earlier today Mr. Brooks placed his order for a political D&C through pursed-lips and a frowny face by rewriting Reality's Timeline so that he was somehow never a part of the 30-year lead-up to the Giant Pig Party Implosion at the end of the Empire we see bearing monstrous fruit all around us.

Mr. Frum, more comically, decided instead to pretend that the person most responsible for the Giant Pig Party Implosion at the end of the Empire...was the Reasonable-to-a-Fault Democratic President!Because he has so far failed to put Frum's Republican Party down like the sick animal that it is, and failed to clean up the toxic partisan sewer that David Frum helped create..despite Mr. Frum and every other Conservative douchebag in America being warned to beware just exactly these consequences for the last 30 years by two generations of Liberals...
And so, as is always the case when Conservatives band together to lie their way out of a fiasco of their own making, the first casualty is Occam's Razor.  The simplest and most obvious explanation -- that Donald Trump did not manufacture the racist meathead base of the GOP but was manifested by the racist meathead base of the GOP -- is too fatally incriminating for life-long Republican and Conservative Big Thinkers to permit.  And so, instead we get weepy, baroque gibberish from the Great Minds of the Right.

David Brooks breaks out his scale-model Straight Talk Express adventure-bus and vroom-vrooms it around the floor of his bedroom, despite the fact that the tires are gone, the axle is shattered and the action figures got chewed to pieces by dogs years ago:
The Essential John McCain

It turns out that John McCain’s most important service to American democracy..

In the first place, McCain seems to be the only member of Congress...

Second, McCain is one of very few Republicans...

My colleague Bret Stephens has already quoted from McCain’s speech...

Third and most important, McCain still believes that paideia is essential for democracy...

As the brilliant Spanish philosopher Javier Gomá Lanzón reminds us...

McCain’s career has had its low moments, as all of ours do — a banking scandal, Sarah Palin — but...
This is all done to give Mr. Brooks a running jump into these two, flagrant lies about Mr. Brooks' Republican party.

First...
Books will someday be written on how Trump, this wounded and twisted man, became morally acceptable to tens of millions of Americans. But it must have something to do with the way over the past decades we have divorced private and public morality, as if private narcissism would have no effect on public conduct.
This is a lie.  Trump did not become "morally acceptable to tens of millions of Americans".  Trump was morally acceptable to tens of millions of Republicans because Mr. Brooks' Republican party is built on foundation of bigotry, stupidity, rage and paranoia.

Second...
The acceptability of Trump must also have something to do with millions of religious voters being willing to abandon the practical wisdom of their faiths...
This is a lie.  The Conservative evangelicals Christopaths who have been a pillar of the GOP since Reagan invited Jerry Falwell to help him run the party have always been an insult to Christ and have always practiced a fraudulent, counterfeit Christianity with roots sunk deep in white supremacy and Confederate history.  And you damn well can't abandon what you never had in the first place.

Continuing.

The other New York Times Conservative Big Thinker -- Ross Cardinal Douthat -- is so desperate  to avoid facing the fact that the GOP base has been a toxic shitpile of bigotry and ignorance for decades that he is willing to tip-toe down in the memory hole to sorta, kinda rehabilitate the Bush Administration:
...The first is that, for all its failures, not everything about the Bush era was disastrous, and there were ways in which the Bush White House had a clearer sense of what conservatism should offer to the common man than any its would-be successors have come up with since.

This doesn’t excuse the disaster of Iraq or the various problems with Bush’s domestic agenda, including the way that one of his middle-class-friendly policies, the push for homeownership, contributed to the housing bubble and the crash. But it is still a mistake for the right to dismiss the Bush agenda as merely “a failure and a fraud,” as my friend Peter Suderman did recently in these pages, and also a mistake for liberals to suggest that Trump is just returning to the Bush playbook, as New York’s Jonathan Chait did in a recent piece.

Because he’s not really returning to it...
Like Mr. Brooks, this loaf of steaming flapdoodle is laid down just so Mr. Douthat can take a running jump into this flagrant lie about Mr. Douthat's Republican party.
What’s the matter with the Republican Party? Many things, but right now above all this: Far too many Trump supporters, far too many conservatives, have seen the then-inaccurate caricature that Frank painted 13 years ago brought to blaring, Technicolor life by Trump...
This is a lie.  Because as Mr. Douthat knows damn well, when George W. Bush needed to win Republican primaries back in 2000 (which is -- do the math, Douthat -- more than 13 years ago) he did not appeal the better angels of the Republican base.  Instead he deployed Karl Rove to gut John McCain with racists lies and slander...because he knew they would work.

I am equally sure that Mr. Douthat knows damn well that when Dubya's daddy was running behind in 1988, he didn't quote Burke and Buckley to the masses.  Instead turned to Karl Rove's mentor, Lee Atwater,  to put him over the top by whipping the Pig People into an electorally-exploitable racist frenzy.

Just as I am also equally sure that Mr. Douthat knows damn well that when John McCain was running behind in 2008,  he locked the better angels of our nature in the trunk of the Straight Talk Express so he could hie his ass down to Liberty University to publicly kiss Jerry Falwell's crusty, racist ass, and then get on with the filthy business of unleashing Sarah Palin on the world.

All of these men did all of these thing because they are Republican politicians who damn well understand the base of their fucking party.  And I really don't give a shit if they did their pandering to bigots and imbeciles reluctantly, or enthusiastically, or if they jobbed it out to hired hands.  The point is they all did it because they all knew they had to do it.  Because they knew that without the support of their racist, brainwashed base, no Republican would ever win another election.  And by doing this -- by willingly renewing this Faustian bargain year after year, decade after decade -- the leadership of the Republican party and our nation's Greater and Lesser Conservative Thinker collectively paved the way for President Stupid.

Your see, the bigots and imbeciles finally got tired of dealing with Republican middle-men who promised them the world, and delivered nothing but tax cuts for the rich, foreign policy debacles and excuses.  So they conjured up a man who was the essence of their defining pathologies  -- casual racist, sadism, petulant, malignant stupidity and constant, constant, constanlying -- and made him their Golden Calf.  

And thus, as I warned all the way back in 2005, the Age of the Little Red State Fundy arrived right on schedule
...
So she got on the phone with her very good friend Karl Rove and with his help organized carpools to the polls, and get-out-the-vote drives, anti-gay marriage amendments and smear campaigns. For Jesus.

And Little Red State Fundy delivered the margin of victory and was featured in many, many magazines: without Little Red State Fundy, the Republican Party could never, ever, ever win anything.

And now everybody knew it.

Then she said, "Now who shall help me Rule the Earth."

"We will!" said Moderate Republicans, Undecideds, and Libertarians.

"I am quite sure you would," said Little Red State Fundy, "but see, now you are all my bitches."

Then she called Randall Terry and Tom DeLay and Ann Coulter and Jerry Falwell and Rush Limbaugh and James Dobson, and they and the rest of the Shining Path Republicans used what was left of the Constitution as ass-floss.
And judges were terrorized into silence.
And those deemed ungodly were beaten in the streets.
And they invaded whoever the fuck they felt like, for whatever fucking reason they chose.
And the very idea of a Free and Fair press died.

And to people who had been very clear all along that they genuinely believed in a Theocratic Nanny State and thought that precipitating Armageddon and triggering the Second Coming should be the highest calling of any worldly government, were handed over the police, courts, government, treasury and nuclear weapons stockpiles of the United States of America.

And in the end -- just as they had been warned for the past twenty years -- there was nothing whatsoever left at all for Moderate Republicans, Undecideds, and Libertarians.


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Professional Left Podcast #411


"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You Can Be A Good American, Or You Can Be A Good Republican


But you can no longer be both.

I wrote that many years ago as part of my own version of the Seven Things so monstrous and obscene that you may never, ever, ever say them on teevee ("On Shouting Fuck".)

Let's check in and see how I did!
1. Joe Lieberman was and is a lying, warmongering weasel.

2. They don't hate us for our freedom.

3. Our democracy is a gutshot mess, and the GOP is holding gun.

4. The prime directive of our media is to scare us, flatter us and lobotomize us into giving our money to corporations in exchange for crap that makes us sick.

5. A disturbingly large number of our fellow citizens are jaw-droppingly stupid and/or intractably bigoted.

6. Genuine Christianity's worst enemies are Conservative Evangelical Fundamentalist Christians.

7. You can be a good American or you can be a good Republican, but you can no longer be both.

These define the circumference of the wholly-artificial Obscenity Perimeter the Media Villagers have invented to keep scary rabble from getting in front of a camera and making wee-wee in their mojitos.
Still true.

Still almost entirely verboten on the teevee machine.

And so it goes.




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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hey, What Ever Happened to that Glenn Greenwald Fella?



You know, that guy who I used to write about from time to time and point out that he lied kind of a lot about really big, important issues?  Bit of a thin-skinned asshole and monumental hypocrite whose automatic response to any criticism from anyone was all-out, knives-out attack?  Who divided the world neatly into "People who agree completely with Glenn Greenwald" and "Drooling, jackbooted Obot servants of tyranny?"

Yeah, last I saw him he was stooging over on Fox News with his BFF, Tucker Carlson:

But hey, at least Trumpshirts like Jim "Namaste; Put your best foot forward; Beware the Left/Dems; Hope, Faith, Love, Redemption; USN Vet #MAGA #1A #2A #BlueLivesMatter" Manchu --
-- thinks he's not so bad.

For a leftie.

So he's got that going for him.

At this point, a lesser man would probably say something like "I fucking told you so".

And when have I ever pretended to be anything other than a lesser man?


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Meet America's New Ambassador to the Vatican


Mrs. Tiffany Homewrecker nee Jizzbucket Callista Gingrich.

Meanwhile, her purveyor, Newton Leroy "Definer of civilization. Teacher of the Rules of Civilization Arouser of those who Fan Civilization Organizer" Gingrich, was apparently spending a little of the pin money he picked up for excreting a steaming log of prose called "Understanding Trump" on jug wine* and Quaaludes.


Because nothing means anything anymore.


*Thanks for the catch.

David Brooks: Rotting Down The Bones*

DFB3

Seven years and several lifetimes ago, I raided the Elite Pundit's inner sanctum and vouchsafed to you, dear reader, the secrets of the temple I found therein.   Specifically. I explained in ten short rules exactly how to write a David Brooks column in a post I cleverly entitled "How To Write a David Brooks Column".   And since the final five rules were as follows --
6) Rinse and repeat. No matter what the subject, no matter how false or bizarre the equivalence, just rinse and repeat. Twice a week.

7) Every week.

8) Year.

9) After year.

10) After year.
-- I thought today would be an excellent opportunity to see how well the first five rules still hold up all these years later.

Rule 1:  Pick a subject. Any subject. From Tasseled Loafers to Torture, it literally does not matter.

Upswingers and Downswingers
...
The popular gloom notwithstanding, we’re actually living in an era of astounding progress...

Progress is real, but of course it doesn’t happen in a straight line. Often it happens in what Ruth DeFries calls the ratchet, hatchet, pivot, ratchet manner.
Rule 2:  Quote extensively from one person or group on the subject. It's OK to just more-or-less copy and paste in big hunks of what whatever-you-happen-to-be-reading-at-the-moment to flesh out your 800-word column. Here at the Times we call that "research"! (Note:  Mr. Brooks has slacked off the "quoting people" quite a lot stuff in recent years, often preferring to just make things up out of thin air based on his need for those things to exist to flesh out his Both Siderist column du jour):
During the mid-20th century the West developed a group-oriented culture to deal with the Great Depression and the World Wars. Its motto could have been “We’re in this together.
Rule 3:  Quote from some other person or group on the same subject who appears to hold a different opinion. If no actual opposition exists, just put on your Magic Green Jacket and invent an opposing opinion.
That became too conformist and stultifying. A new individualistic culture emerged (pivot) whose motto could have been “I’m free to be myself.” That was great for a time, but excessive individualism has left society too fragmented, isolated and divided (hatchet). Something new is needed.
Rule 4:   ...try to impute these fictional distinctions to the different hemispheres of the political Universe. So no matter how bigoted, reckless or just bugfuck crazy the Right behaves, you just go right ahead and blandly assert with no supporting evidence whatsoever that the Left is equally and oppositely bad in exactly the same qualities and quantities. Here at the Times we call that "seriousness"!  (Note: emphasis added)
Politics during the hatchet phase gets nasty. It tends to devolve into a fight between upswingers and downswingers. (I’m adapting the words from a deceased Iranian-American futurist who called himself FM-2030.) Upswingers believe in progress and feel that society is still fitfully moving upward. Downswingers have lost faith in progress and feel everything is broken.

Both right and left are dividing into upswinger and downswinger camps...

Among Republicans the upswingers embrace capitalist dynamism, global engagement and the open movement of people and ideas. The downswingers embrace ethnic and national cohesion and closed borders.

On the left it’s between those who believe the only realistic path is to reform existing structures and those who think they are so broken we need to start over.

The downswinger mind-set is similar across left and right. Because of the loss of faith in progress downswingers have a baseline mood of pessimism, protest and anger. They are marked by a deep social distrust and a bent toward conspiracy thinking. They disrespect codes of etiquette that traditionally regulate public life and crack down on opposing speech.

Politics gets nasty in these “hatchet” periods because downswingers have a tropism toward ethnic and identity politics...

Politics also gets nasty in these periods because personal grievance gets intermingled with social grievance...
Rule 5:  Discover in your final paragraph or two that -- amazingly! -- the precise midpoint between those two completely artificial positions on an imaginary spectrum just happens to be exactly the Right and Reasonable answer!
There are moments when society goes into decline. But there are many, many more transitional moments when some people just think society is in decline, when it’s really in a bumpy pivot. This is such a moment. It gets better.
In case you don't remember what was going on way back when I stole the Secret Formula to David Brooks' Success and shared it with the world, seven years and several lifetimes ago...

...the GOP was in full-tilt hysteria mode over the birth certificate of Barack Obama -- a "movement" which would become the racist rocket fuel powering the political rise of a crackpot New York real estate con man named Donald J. Trump...

...despite mountains of fact-checking, "Obama Death Panels Are Gonna Kill Your Sainted White Grandma" was still a thing because Republican voters are reprogrammable meatbags...

...New York Times' bold, new wingnut affirmative action hire and Emergency Backup David Brooks, Cardinal Ross Douthat, was boldly predicted a Return to Normalcy
A Return to Normalcy
...
The Republican midterm sweep delivered the coup de grâce to the liberal fantasy by dramatically foreshortening what many pundits expected to be an enduring Democratic majority. But it also dropped a lid, at least temporarily, on the conservative freakout. (It’s hard to fret that much about the supposed Kenyan-Marxist radical in the White House when anything he accomplishes has to be co-signed by John Boehner
...
This return to normalcy is good news for fans of bipartisan comity and centrism for centrism’s sake. And it might be good news for the country. In the end, some sort of bipartisanship will be required to pull America back from the fiscal precipice, and the productivity of this lame-duck December shows that cooperation between the two parties isn’t as impossible as it seemed just a few months ago...

...the unhinged racist ravings of Glenn Beck were a big thing...

...and mainstream media hacks and Republican collaborators were still giddily, knee-walking drunk on the delusion that the "Tea Party" was some brand new, grass-roots movement of previously-politically uninvolved Real Murricans, instead of the Koch-funded Republican rebranding scam that everyone on the Left knew it to be.


And seven years and several lifetimes ago I also wrote this ("The Persistence of Mediocrity"):

If he were just another local oaf, I wouldn't much care what he was up to, but by no virtue other than where he sits, Mr. Brooks falls into a very small category of multimedia bullshit force-multipliers, and so instead of just fouling his own nest, his words directly influence what a billion Chinese think of our country.

DFB casts a long and terrible shadow which deserves rebuttal.
And I have a strong, sad feeling that seven years from now, if I'm still behind this keyboard, I will be able to write exactly the same god damn thing.

* A reference to Natalie Goldberg's most excellent "Writing Down the Bones"




Monday, October 16, 2017

The Worst Man


In an open, public process that lasted over two years, the Republican Party consciously and deliberately nominated and then elected a perfect specimen of their tribe.  And since the day he was elected the the highest office in the land. President Stupid has returned the favor by acting as the perfect avatar of his Republican base.

Just like Trump, the base does not respond to reason or facts.  Just like Trump, they lie constantly, maliciously, shamelessly and incompetently.


Just like Trump, they have no memory of anything before breakfast.  Just like Trump, they are consistently unable to comprehend basic human morality.  And just like Trump, since they are completely convinced of their invincible infallibility on all matters,  they gleefully mock the idea of compassion and believe that compromise with anyone outside of their seditious little circle is tantamount to treason.  

Through their Dear Leader, they are working hard to finish the project at which they have labored for decades -- rolling back the Enlightenment and wrecking this country beyond repair.

And unless they and their allies and collaborators are aggressively named and shamed and driven back into the political sewers from which they came, thanks to this disaster of a president, they will succeed. 


* Graphic and quote are both from "The Best Man", 1964.

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"Now"?


Q: Where the fuck have these people been for the last few decades?

A: Running Republican political campaigns and hiring themselves out to major American teevee networks as political analysts.


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