Victory for Plan B

A New York State judge ruled that the morning after pill, known as Plan B, must be available with restriction.

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Yawn…. two MORE Suicide by Gun Rampages

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TWO MORE gun-violence kill sprees in the last couple of days — the Thrill Kill Couple in Las Vegas and now this morning another white male teen “who can’t take it anymore” bucks down his fellow kids at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon (I’m not going to name any of these chumps).

At this point, I’m practically numb to “breaking news story” of Suicide By Gun Rampage… after the Newtown Shootings in December of 2012, you have thought there would be some tightening and more stringent reinforcement of gun control laws (particularly for registered mentally ill individuals), but NOPE!

Any politician who gets up on the mic and laments these kills is sick, duplicitous jackass, but NOT ONE OF THEM is really trying to do something about gun violence in America. Because they can’t, America is a Gun Culture (matched by the likes of The Philippines).

The NRA has won the propaganda war and offered unconditional surrender terms to the gun control advocates, who have capitulated completely.

I’m not going to hold my breath until the next Suicide By Gun Rampage rolls across the CNN news ticker.

See you at the Gun Show this weekend!

 

 

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The Fix IS In, Part One of a Series

Comedian John Oliver dropped a mega-rant against the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) getting ready to show its ass, and bow to corporate pressure to abrogated Net Neutrality.

Check it out here:

Apparently, Oliver’s encouraging words for his audience to add comments to the FCC’s website, broke the website.

How’s that for populism?

 

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The Fix IS In, Part Two of a Series

tumblr_n0ux9p3hOP1qc6j5yo1_500Wealth inequality is the GOP’s national economic policy.

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Why the GOP Are Some Bitches (Part Eleven)

Even though Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell might have saved the planet at the 11th, the country marched two weeks in to a Tea Party-orchestrated shut down of the United States government… primarily over the Affordable Care Act; which is the law of the land that was upheld by the Supreme Court and then underscored by Obama’s dick slapping of Willard Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election.

And while Congressman John Boehner holds the title “speaker of the house” it is quite clear that he had no control over his party that holds the majority, and that the 40 members of the House are the true leaders of the party, and when they were given their chance to show that they have some visions for the direction of the country, they shit the bed.

1obamaBoehner100913I get that the GOP and the Teabag Party Caucus don’t want Obamacare; it’s a big government outlay that will alter a huge chunk of the economy going forward, it raises taxes and it prevents the health insurance industry from gouging the public (so health insurance company investments aren’t going to deliver big gains and put money in the pockets of those who can afford to invest these days). It’s a bete noir to their core values… but you lost in every avenue to defeat it that a democracy allows.

So the real stink is coming from the Debt Ceiling, which at midnight tonight reaches its limit. The Treasury will have exhausted its borrowing ability, and it is this money that’s being spent by the federal government that’s stepping on the dicks of the Tea Party. But let’s look at something… under Obama’s watch a lot of federal spending has been slashed, from the 2011 Debt Ceiling Squabble to the Across-The-Board Sequester, which is what the GOP claims it wants (but I think they just want to ran a dick up the Black President’s ass to teach “the uppity nigger” a lesson).

A great deal of the (highly arguable) over-spending claims and Obama-instigated ballooning federal deficit that gave rise to the Tea Party jerkweeds in the first place, are disingenuous. Toying with the country’s economy, and therefore the world, should be considered treasonous… but I don’t think anyone in the mainstream media sees it that way, and therefore hasn’t presented this theory/fact. Obama could get impeached by the new speaker of the house (’cause I doubt Boehner retains the position), if he sidesteps Congress and invokes the 14th Amendment to force the Treasury to pay the country’s bills.

The most head-scratching thing is that the Tea Party can’t even come to an agreement amongst themselves over what they want; no sense of vision or leadership, and that’s why they’re dangerous. All they can do is say, “no” to Obama’s policies. The opposition that doesn’t present an alternative and just pooh-poohs is a bunch of bitch-ass MuthaFs.

SLITTING DEMOCRACY’S THROAT

Yet and still the GOP and its Tea Party crackpots receive a lot of support (from the grossly uninformed electorate and obscenely wealth individuals; stranger bedfellows I can hardly imagine). Their obstructionist tactics to defund Obamacare is so antithetical to good faith democracy — the so-called ethos of this country — that it undermines the moniker “The World’s Greatest Democracy” at an unprecedented level.

But let’s face it, that is exactly what the GOP has been after for the last generation with the gerrymandering/redistricting chess moves (if this is NOT anti-democratic, then I don’t know what is… considering that convicts, housed in rural areas, are barred from voting yet count toward the representative population in those Congressional districts) such that the overwhelming majority of House of Representative seats are “safe”; free of any kind of true challenge from the opposing party (which is some cases favors the Democrats).

Aggressive gerrymandering on its ugly surface alone takes a toxic explosive diarrhea shit on the graves of the Founding Fathers (who I can’t give any respect to any more as means to justify any post-Reconstruction reasoning for any new law) and the Constitution that they laid down (now exposed for being a potentially laughable governing document, and shown for what it really is — a instrument for giving Big Business and capitalists free reign like no other country in the history of the world).

Chew on this juicy fact: in the 2012 House races, 1 million more votes were cast for Democrats, yet the Republicans still maintain control. Democracy is bleeding out in 21st Century America.

Democracy is supposed to be about majority rule from the ballot box and (at least) bi-partisan agreements and compromises for effective governance. If you don’t like what’s happening, the ballot box is the way to switch up the politicians and policies that make more sense to the majority of the people.

However, how can you support the concept of democracy, if your vigorous (and respected) opposition is no longer that, when that opposition turns into outright obstructionism with strong-arm tactics that remind me of the SA (Brown Shirts) in Weimar Germany. It’s like the kid who takes his football away because he didn’t win the coin toss and then was scored on in the first play of the game.

It’s being a pussy-ass sore loser.

ACTING AN ASS WITHOUT FEAR

Now here’s the rub on this whole situation, and it’s really fucked up – a radical Right-Wing group, no matter how distasteful and racist (‘cause we KNOW that racism has seen a resurgence since Obama was first elected), has successfully flaunted the country’s mythological ideals and spirit to the utmost, even when it behaves most terribly and in ways that would have the likes of Thomas Jefferson eat King George’s shit he’d be so disgusted.

This same radical Right-Wing group can act a fool, because they know that no radical Left-Wing group will rise up and mirror the same bad behavior  (political extortion, economic blackmail and legislative obstructionist tactics) in Washington even if a Right-Wing majority ruled Congress and a Right-Wing jackass sat in the Oval Office. Why? Because a radical Left-Wing group does more than hint at socialism and communism, and in America – at any and all its points in history – it is far better to be a branded loud-mouthed racist or an anti-Semite than to branded a socialist or a communist.

Take the case of movie producer John Palermo, who recently openly called Kanye West a classless nigger in print. He’ll get a pass (after some public shaming and a difficult few years as a producer), but if he was making claims to radically redistribute wealth, he’d be shunned and prevented from working.

Look at how the Right has used the ugly of stick of socialism to paint Obama since Day One; it’s one of the midwives for the birth of the Tea Party.

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL…

The problem with running away from socialism while throwing stones at it is that one needs to take a careful look at just how socialist the United States actually is; all the government handouts in the form of the social safety net, farm subsidies (that disproportionately help citizens and voters in the Red States) and other forms of corporate welfare, government-back loans for housing and farms and business (the SBA)… are are wealth redistribution efforts. Yet there’s a lot of avoiding this picture… unless you put people of color in the frame, then he have voters up in arms about handing money to lazy, shiftless blacks and illegal latinos.

Something that I think people forget is that during the Great Depression lots of white Americans joined the American Communist Party, because in the aftermath of that wanton destruction of the majority’s wealth that tore the poor a new asshole, redistribution seemed like a possible good idea… at the time. But those desperate choices and political leanings came back to take their pound of flesh.

How do you think Senator Joseph McCarthy and his Inquisitors were able to launch the Red Scare in the early 1950s unless a sizable portion of the population had either embraced or been curious about communism during the hopelessness of the Great Depression. The stain of being a communist is so virulent that McCarthy was able to dredged up records from 20 years prior to destroy people’s lives.

1380375_10153313286635109_908177091_nLater, Ronald Reagan used our collective fear of communism to not only win several elections but to rip up a good deal of the social safety net in California and then for the nation as a whole.

Reagan, what a bitch.

 

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USA, the great democracy? I’m laughing so hard, I’m pissing my pants

And so the bitch-ass GOP members in the House of Representatives have forced part of the federal government to shut down, because they don’t like the taste of the Obama’s dick in their mouth in the form of the Affordable Care Act.

A robust opposition is CRITICAL to any functioning and effective democracy, yet what the Tea Party gutter snipes are doing opposing the ACA (aka Obamacare) is outright criminal, and it’s refusing to swallow the sour grapes of losing out in opposing this legislation THREE TIMES.

First, the Republicans lost the battle when they failed to elect John McCain or gain a majority in the House or Senate in 2008; the sad thing is the notion of a great many concepts in ACA came out of the Republican think tank The Hertigate Foundation.

Second, the Republicans claimed that the ACA was unconstitutional, so they took it up with the Republican dominated court and LOST.

Third, good old chump of chumps Mitt Romeny claimed he’d win the presidency and then repeal Obamacare his first week in office.

None of those things came to pass, and so the law stands, thus prompting the GOP to hold hostage government action (which they don’t like anyway) and the full faith and credit of the United States — best believe we haven’t seen ugly until the debt ceiling debate rolls around (It should not be referred to as the debt ceiling anyway… change the terms, and you change the narrative).

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Renewing Their Bitch-Ass MFs Card

John Boehner, Eric Kantor and the tea party are back to extortion tactics to burn down ObamaCare. With the federal government about to run out of money and the debt ceiling reaching its limit – at the same time, which had made the Republicans’ dicks hard – is the coup the GOP has been rubbing their hands together since über-chump Mitt Romney got his ass handed to him last November.

Obama will veto any spending bill that snatches the money away from the Affordable Care Act, not that one will get out of the Democratic controlled Senate.

What pisses me off is that October 1st is when the discount insurance programs start their intake period. As someone who really needs to see a few doctors, but can’t afford the full freight price. I checked my monthly fee on Covered California website; it’s going to be $65/month with all sorts of no-deductible services in can get.

But these GOP cads want me to pay at least twice that, have high-ass deductibles and that would be if I could get insurance anyway (’cause I have a pre-existing condition).

My life style will change when ObamaCare comes into effect. And I don’t care of businesses have to subsidize it!

Also the House GOP have voted to slash $40b from the food stamp fund over the next 5 to 10 years. See? Fucking bitch-ass chumps.

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Defending Same Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court has finally heard the arguments on whether to uphold or strike down California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay & lesbian marriage in Californa. The repercussions will be felt across the nation come summer when the SCOTUS issues its ruling.

The opponents to same sex marriage are primarily the religious right; those self-styled chumps who use the Bible to dictate their thoughts on how not just they should live, but how you and I should live as well. The Bible has many a verse that decries and damns homosexual activity… And with good reason, because Religious fanatics believe that sex should only be about procreation, and sex for other means is deemed wicked in the eyes of not just God, but most specifically and acutely “His” church.

These people should all forced their women to undergo female circumcision. And Michelle Bachman needs to be first in line.

Anything that has a religious root to its argument pretty much has no business in shaping laws or social morays in the modern era. You base a legal argument on a verse of Scripture and you’re trying to skirt around the separation of church and state component to the Constitution. Think about it, the church is the one that has told you homosexuality is wrong and you’re being its undeclared proxy when arguing in accordance with a religious doctrine.

The Purpose of Marriage

One of the things that comes up all the time when same sex marriage is debated is the purpose of marriage, and it gets defined as a sacred union between a man and a woman. But that’s not the case. It can be for certain marriages, but its hardly true in a country with a higher than 50% divorce rate.

In days gone by, marriage was a covenant between a man and his father-in-law to determine the disposition of property when the father-in-law died. It was also a means to control women from having children with multiple partners, so the children could be provided for and raised by an identifiable father (and force upon him a sense of responsibility for his off-spring, which he could disregard or deny if he wasn’t married).

However, we all know that throughout history all the way up to the present day, far too many men treat their children like shit and don’t raise them right. There are a lot of deadbeat fathers, so marriage (and then divorce) doesn’t guarantee that the man will be a proper father. The courts have laid down rules and penalties about this – and this could be applied to divorced same sex parents as well, should they have children together and then split up.

The argument that marriage is deigned in part to ensure that children are raised by both the mother and father is foolish, because look at the number of divorced households that then result in single-parents raising the kid(s) with no help or help that is begrudgingly given through court order.

Another “purpose” of marriage is to be a legal contract to enable the woman to have rights to the man’s property and money. Ask any man who has been through a divorce how fair the courts are in terms of dividing up the so-called joint property. Unless you live in a no fault state and have a mutual agreement between the spouses, the man gets sodomized by the woman and her lawyer the vast majority of the time.

Marriage is a legal contract that also affords you certain rights under the Federal government, and these are nearly all financial in nature (e.g. filing joint tax returns or receiving. Social security benefits) and these can and should be extended to same sex couples as well.

The Civil Rights Aspect

The 1950s and 60s ushered in changes to Society that should have been in put in place by the Constitution, but the overhyped Founding Fathers refused to deal with core issues and kicked the can down the road (thus laying the groundwork for the Civil War when the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was ratified – thanks a heap, guys!).

The problem with race relations is core to the country, and Black people who helped build this country as slaves, were instrumental in redeeming it through the Civil Rights movement. The Women’s Movement and the advancement of all other protected class came about because Blacks took beatings, dog bitings and water cannons for US ALL.

It’s disingenuous to preclude homosexuals from getting their just due, as they get discriminated against the same way as women and disabled people do (nothing compares to the adverse treatment Blacks get though).

It’s going to be a few months until we know how all this shakes out, but if Prop 8 is upheld and same sex marriage is banned, then there’s another reason why the GOP have fucked this country no only over the past 40 years but over the coming 40 as well.

Trampling State’s Rights

There are something like 1100 rules and statutes that will be affected if same sex marriage is deemed legal in California, because of how it bleeds into federal law and benefits. Marriage, as a legal binding contract and status, is defined by the states, so if the SCOTUS strikes down Proposition 8, thus leading the pathway to same-sex marriage… it’s basically the Feds trampling on States’ Rights, and that’s something that the GOP, in particular, won’t like. What many people probably fear is that if the SCOTUS  overrules States’ Rights in this issue, it will set the precedence for more hobbling of States’ Rights. So this factor alone might be reason enough for the SCOTUS to punt on this case thus going back to the latest ruling, which was the California Court of Appeals ruling which I believe struck down Prop 8 (there is controversy, because the judge in that case revealed that he was gay and then didn’t recuse himself).

What happens next does have everyone sitting on pins and needles…

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And We’re Hating Because…

Now the Hollywood award season is over, the two odd “news” stories that cropped up in the waning days is The Onion’s vulgar commentary on Quvenzhane Wallis (star of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD) and the insipid “hatred” of actress Anne Hathaway.

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I get the smack down of Q Wallis, the media doesn’t care for Black women too much, particularly snarky young ones (as she was little too much on the Red Carpet prior to the Oscar ceremony, challenging her mother and sister the way she did). Although The Onion had some big brass ones to call her a “cunt” in a Twitter post.

The Anne Hathaway knee-capping seems to be based on the fact that she’s “insincere”… and that she’s came across too well rehearsed at

Hathaway has sky-high sex appeal… for an actress who isn’t a blonde bombshell or even one who makes it a point to market herself as a sex symbol (although EVERY actress wants to be considered sexy… and have men and boys jerk off while looking at their photos, they just don’t want to know it; as long as they sense that kind of unbridled carnal lust, they’re good).

So I’m not understanding the hate…

it seems that people are casting disparaging judgment on the woman based upon her off-camera behavor, how jacked up is that? And let’s be honest, it’s almost inappropriate to used a jaundiced lens on the artist when the step away from the camera, step off stage, step away from the keyboard, the canvas, the sculpting platform… because if that was an appropriate criteria for whether or not we “like” an artist, we’d probably end up hating more artists and refusing to appreciate or even experience their artwork — which is what we crave in a society that in drowned in negativity…

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Ras the Exhorter:

The agenda of the church was probably the reason for the departure of the red tile roofs that dominate Italian homes

Originally posted on A Certain Slant of Light Photography:

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Five humongous domes of St Mark’s Basilica make a very interesting contrast with its neighbors. I wonder if the departure from the red roof standard is deliberate.

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