Thursday, November 15, 2018

Recipe for Graham Cracker Pie

In a recent WaPo OpEd piece, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin points out that Rep. Mark Sanford [R- SC], after mildly criticizing Chumpie, was primaried by a “cheerleader for President Trump” who was then in turn beaten soundly by Democrat Joe Cunningham in a county described by Sanford as the most “conservative district in the country to flip to the Democrats”.

So the local GOPers went for the Chumpbot but the overall populace went blue. Hmm. According to Sanford, one of the reasons for this is current, Trump-inspired, Republican incivility: “I heard it from young soccer moms and longtime Republican voters alike. They don’t want to condone behavior that is counter to what they’ve taught their children.

 Rubin suggests that by Sanford primarying the rat known as Sen. Lindsay Graham [R-SC], he “would do his party, state and country a service” and characterized Graham’s born again Trumpism as burning “with a fervor that stuns colleagues and friends of his former ally, the late senator John McCain (R-AZ)”, further bemoaning Graham’s vote in favor of “a budget-busting tax bill, but he’s also become an all-purpose apologist for Trump’s lawlessness (e.g., illegally putting an unfit acting attorney general in charge of the Russia probe, undermining the credibility of elections, smearing the FBI).” Rubin believes “Sanford has the unique ability to primary him from the right while bashing him for enabling Trump.”

The interesting thing is that those in the know not only agree with Rubin but have stated that Graham’s conversion to Chumpism stems from a fear of losing his seat, not to a Democrat but to a fellow Republican in the primaries. Sanford could be the one.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Line of Blood in the Sand

I recently saw Dave Chappelle being interviewed on CNN and the one thing that stuck with me from that exchange was his assertion that he still could not understand how families and friendships had been frayed due to politics. What I don’t understand is how Chappelle could not comprehend such a thing.

We’re not in the realm of arguing over tax cuts and funding for Sesame Street and the NEA anymore; those quaint days are behind us. What we have now is a significant portion of our citizenry supporting a PROVEN bigot, con man, misogynist, sexual predator and thief who cannot and will not acknowledge his role in fanning the flames of hatred and division in this country, not in the furtherance of an ideology or philosophy but simply to pamper his fragile ego. A man whose increasingly despicable actions and pronouncements are seen as daily reminders of past authoritarian regimes by those who have managed to survive them, including Holocaust survivors. And listen, I don’t know about you, but if someone who lived thru the horrors of Nazi Germany tells me to pay attention to what’s going down, I’m gonna pay attention.

Trump has drawn a line of blood in the sand, one that dares decent people to continue to follow him. And for many of us who see this waste of human life for what he truly is, being apologists for his followers is simply not possible. In the end, my question is not why Mr. Chappelle doesn't understand the reason behind these aggressively divided families and friends, but why would he expect anyone to look the other way at an allegiance to the monster that has created this divide?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Who You Gonna Call?

We can criticize this individual all day for anonymously going to the NYT and denouncing the terrifying disaster that is the Trump presidency(not that anyone paying attention has been surprised), but where else could s/he go? To the borderline treasonous Congress? To the Pentagon to ask they stage a coup?

Congress was designed for instances in which a dangerously inept con man in the White House needs to be taken down. But who's gonna lead the charge? Paul Ryan? Mitch McConnell? Devin PoS Nunes? The fiasco and travesty that is the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings is proof we cannot trust the Republicans to do the right thing.

So, again, where was this whistle blower supposed to go?

Sunday, September 2, 2018

With His Batman Now Gone, Sen. Graham's Robin Has Joined The Joker in the White House

"On Tuesday, [Sen. Lindsey] Graham took a seat on the couch of Fox & Friends, President Trump’s favorite show, and sealed his transition from apostate to Trump apparatchik...Having echoed Trump’s no-collusion line (as if that were the lone issue), Graham, a former military lawyer, picked up Trump’s attack on the justice system...From there, the South Carolina Republican echoed all of Trump’s attacks against the Russia investigation...Incredibly, Graham even joined the 'lock her up' movement...Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, could not have said it better." 

Watching the eulogies given by Meghan McCain and President Obama, I was wondering what the hell Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were doing at Sen. McCain's service. Later, I read Sen. Graham had asked Cindy McCain permission to invite them, who accepted his request.

First of all, it was terribly inappropriate for Graham to ask Mrs. McCain for such a thing and put her in such a painfully awkward and unnecessary predicament. To invite Trump family members who never uttered a peep of disapproval when that walking sewage drain in the Oval Office repeatedly demeaned John McCain's military service and attacked him personally, even as he fought a deadly disease, was naive and insulting, at best. But seeing it is part of his re-election process, in which he's obviously going all-in kneepads for Trump, is both incredibly craven and despicable.

Lindsey Graham, you are one toxic piece of shit, sir.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Nixon's Silent Minority

Lots of buzz over last night's gubernatorial debate between the incumbent, Andrew Cuomo and upstart Cynthia Nixon. And with this race, as well as many others, there's been a lot of talk about upsets and fresh blood within the Democratic party, all good stuff. But in this case, no dice.

Here's the cold hard truth: African-Americans and Hispanics make up more than 40% of the party in NY. And Nixon's numbers among that bunch, to put it mildly, pale in comparison to Cuomo who has something along the lines of 75% of that demo's support.

Basically, we can predict what happens to a statewide candidate in NY with negligible black and brown support, right?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Perfect Orange Shit Storm

Here's a crazy idea...

Could it be that Chump's harping on an on of late about Mueller's investigation, Sessions' recusal, etc. is his bid to distract us all from what he fears is the monumental shitstorm that will come from the fall of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, plus the cooperation with the Feds from David Pecker and the Trump Organization's CFO?

You know what they say: It never looks good for the boss when the accountant has the Feds' ear.

Oh, and just a friendly reminder: the POTUS can't pardon anyone for state and local crimes. This means you Jared, Ivanka, Uday and Qusay. Sorry.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Get Your Shit Together, Democrats

I was reading an online Op-Ed piece at CNN critical of what one could call the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, written by Froma Harrop, an author/writer who the conservative/libertarian think tank The Heartland Institute has called her its "favorite lefty”. Not good.

And it shows in the CNN piece. Harrop takes on what I would call a benign Fox News tone, respectfully criticizing but not pulling her punches, as she details the sins of the hard left and their effect on the party’s losses over the last two decades.

She does make some good points, though: It’s a fact plenty of folks irresponsibly and/or naively gave their vote to the Ralph Naders and the Jill Steins and then bemoaned getting Bush or Trump in that Faustian bargain. And yeah, the Ocasio-Cortez-type candidates are not going to appeal to the Dem base in every district. But the biggest takeaway for me was her allegation that the party’s hard left was more interested in dethroning establishment Democrats than winning the November midterms. And frankly, that doesn’t seem a far-fetched accusation when you factor in what went down in the 2016 Democratic primaries and campaign and what we’ve seen and heard since.

Listen, it’s time for Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the rest of their ilk to hit the road. But let’s keep the eye on the ball: the goal of the 2016 midterms is to gain majorities in Congress not settle internal scores or make dramatic, symbolic purges for the fuck of it. We need to win. Badly. I’d rather hold my nose a little bit and see a Democrat I don’t see completely see eye to eye with win the election, than have another Louie Gomer Pyle or Rapey Roy Moore-type go to Washington.

Democrats are routinely mocked for being more than able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We don’t have the luxury this time. Get on message and stay there, Democrats. We can deal with our dirty laundry after we’ve won back Congress. Don’t fuck this up.

[CNN: Democrats Pop The Movement’s Balloon]

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

GOP Rolls Over and Plays Dead With Anti-Lynching Legislation

Incredibly, the US Senate has not been able to pass anti-lynching legislation for over 100 years. Right now there is a bill in the Senate to make lynching a federal hate crime. It has 26 sponsors. 25 of them are Democrats. The lone Republican? Tim Scott of South Carolina, who happens to be African-American.

Scott, when asked about the absence of GOP sponsors to the bill, graciously defended his scumbag colleagues and called himself “the first” Republican to support the bill, not the only one and seemed quite hopeful in this regard.

You know, the allegations of black (and brown) folks that Democrats take them for granted have a certain validity, and Republicans have been known to piggyback on this narrative in a futile attempt to win over PoC. And I say futile ‘cause how the fuck do they intend to win over the African-American community when the GOP can’t even get behind an ANTI-LYNCHING BILL?!

Welcome to Trumpistan.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Grifters

How corrupt and sleazy are the Republicans in power? Every day we discover more and more evidence of their thieving ways. But here's a nice little nugget you may have missed regarding Trump's Robin-Hood-in-reverse tax scam, courtesy of Organizing for Action (emphasis theirs):
Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16) -- a member of the Ways and Means Committee that wrote the bill, and a Congressman personally worth an estimated $74 million -- bought a massive yacht for himself on the same day he voted for the bill. Just to be clear: Rep. Buchanan wrote and voted for a tax bill that put millions of dollars in his own pocket -- and cashed it in with a yacht the very same day.
Replenishing the swamp, I see...and yet Trump still has the gall to call HRC "crooked".

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Liberal Apologists for Chumpbots Are Ruining The Country, Too.

Didn't mean to do the pop culture crossover but this is an apt instance, politically and socially speaking.

Some rare exceptions aside I loathe reality shows. And the likes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette I find particularly revolting. So when I read this piece on how the most recent season of the latter show had the liberal girl choose a racist bro who thinks David Hogg of the Parkland, FL massacre is a “crisis actor”, I came very close to losing my dinner. And for multiple reasons.

Let’s not get so much into the incredibly disappointing choice she made by picking a troll over a dude who she connected with; whose politics align with hers; one who her family is said to have preferred; and who actually happens to be a survivor of a school shooting himself. Or how some dudes will take it as proof that women don’t want a good man. Who gives a fuck? It’s stupid show. Whatever.

But let’s look at the fact that she chose the Alex Jones-type dude because she allegedly wants a man to challenge her as the broader statement it makes in these times. And that is, that we should forgive the fucked up transgressions of asshole bigots who have not done the work to deserve it, just for the sake of  “coming together”, “healing the country” or whatever offensive, new age-y bullshit clueless, apologist liberals keep regurgitating.

Good motherfuckin’ grief!

[Esquire: The Bachelorette Finale Was a Choice Between a Parkland Conspiracy Theorist and a School Shooting Survivor]

Monday, August 6, 2018

Grand Old Putin

I firmly believe that if the vast majority of Trump supporters were to discover that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Putin tilted the 2016 election towards Trump, they would be grateful to the Russian thug. I've said this often. And now we have proof.

The t-shirt acknowledges two things:

- Gratitude to Putin for delivering the Last Great White Hope.
- The implication that Russia as a staggeringly white country, is preferable to them than the melting pot that is the Democratic Party.

Treasonous pieces of shit.

But "They're hurting." Fuck off with that bullshit.

Hey, liberal apologists (looking at you Van Jones, Jon Stewart, et al) do you need any more proof that these are evil motherfuckers?

Recipe for Graham Cracker Pie

In a recent WaPo OpEd piece, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin points out that Rep. Mark Sanford [R- SC], after mildly criticizing Chum...