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New American Dark Ages

Jul 042014
 

Americans are evenly divided between those who think DUHbya, the guy who pissed away a fortune in war and tanked the economy — not that it hurt the profits of his friends one bit — or Obama is best/worst for the economy. Get real, people. Something is horribly wrong with the ability of a frightening large number of Americans to think clearly.

Poll: Obama ‘worst president’ since World War II

In a new Quinnipiac University Poll, 33% named Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Only 8% named Obama as the best president. How the 12 post-war presidents fared:

Poll: Obama ‘worst president’ since World War II

First time ever | Albuquerque Journal News

“Clearly, if you had the guts to invest during the depths of the crisis, your returns would have looked just spectacular,” he said, noting annualized returns of 21 percent and a total return of 175 percent from March 2009 to the market’s peak.

Browne said it was stressful, of course, including watching the Dow drop 50 percent from its highs, but again the takeaway is pick an “appropriate asset allocation and stick to it.”

First time ever | Albuquerque Journal News

My ranking:

  1. DUHBya is the worst, may no one ever approach his crapulence.
  2. Nixon was a dirty rat and dreadful. (I never thought I’d hate a president more, but I was so wrong.)
  3. Raygun was the turning point in the destruction of America by blind conservatism.
  4. Ford was pointless.
 Posted by at 11:06 am on Fri 07/04/14
Jun 302014
 

Dana Milbank is spot on in this piece.

In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’ – The Washington Post

In its last day in session, the high court not only affirmed corporate personhood but expanded the human rights of corporations, who by some measures enjoy more protections than mortals …

Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby decision. “Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

Alito’s ruling notably did not protect the rights of people employed by Hobby Lobby. They can now be denied contraceptives they were supposed to receive as part of their employee health plan — because the craft chain’s owners object to certain forms of birth control required under Obamacare. … [mjh: What happens if a corporation’s owners object to transfusions or other emergency medical care?]

There was a certain risk in having Alito deliver the 5-to-4 opinion defending corporate personhood, because his mannerisms are strikingly robotic for a human. …

Ginsburg, in her dissent, wrote: “Until this litigation, no decision of this Court recognized a for-profit corporation’s qualification for a religious exemption. .?.?. The exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities. As Chief Justice Marshall observed nearly two centuries ago, a corporation is ‘an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law.’?” …

So Alito … reverted to the “Dictionary Act definition of ‘person,’?” which includes corporations. (The Dictionary Act also … says the words “?‘insane person’ shall include every idiot.”) … [zing!]

Alito’s ruling was, Ginsburg said, an “expansive notion of corporate personhood.” She invoked the writing of former justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote that corporations “have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires.” [mjh: Corporations do have a single desire: an insatiable appetite for profit above all else, including the well-being of employees or customers.]

In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’ – The Washington Post

 Posted by at 9:06 pm on Mon 06/30/14
Jun 232014
 

DUHbya! [shakes fist, extends finger, spits on the ground] I’ll dance and piss on his grave.

Read this and pass it on. [hattip to MR]

Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American | Dangerous Minds


To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

… You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. …

On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11.

Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American | Dangerous Minds

 Posted by at 1:43 pm on Mon 06/23/14
Jun 082014
 

Of course, Raygun was inarticulately referring to black people, not white people.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: NRA retreats after rare attack of lucidity – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.

This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to openly carry firearms have taken to showing up en masse at public places — coffee shops, museums, restaurants etc. — toting shotguns and assault rifles. So say you’re snapping photos at Dealey Plaza, and up sidles some guy with an AK slung over his shoulder.

That sudden dryness of mouth and tightness of sphincter you feel is not reassurance.

“This is terrifying,” a visitor from Washington state told the Dallas Morning News. “We have guns in our house, but we don’t walk around with them. . . . This is shocking.”

The NRA seemed to agree. In an unsigned online editorial, it stated the obvious, calling the practice of bringing long guns into public places “dubious,” “scary” and “downright weird.”

Days later, having come, well . . . under fire, from Texas gun groups, the NRA was in retreat, apologizing and blaming this rare lapse of lucidity on a staff member who apparently failed to drink his full allotment of Kool-Aid. The organization assured its followers that it still supports the right of all people to bring all guns into all places. …

[W]hile the modern gun rights movement is usually regarded as a conservative construction, Winkler writes that it was actually born of liberal extremism. It seems that in 1967, a heavily armed group of Black Panthers showed up and walked brazenly into the California statehouse — there were no metal detectors — as a group of children were readying for a picnic with the new governor, Ronald Reagan.

The Panthers saw this as an exercise of their constitutional rights. Reagan and other conservative Republicans saw it as a threat and crafted laws to stop it from happening again. The future president said, “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.”

The point being that what conservatives seem to regard as a mission of restoration isn’t. This idea that everyone in Chipotle’s should be armed is neither some holdover from the Old West nor some time-honored value inextricable from conservatism. No, it is wholly new. And wholly mad.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: NRA retreats after rare attack of lucidity – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com

 Posted by at 2:36 pm on Sun 06/08/14
Jun 082014
 

I trust that Barbara Waggoner is a real person, not a fabrication of an NRA PR campaign. I’ll also assume no one in her family makes money in the Gun Industry. Like most gun advocates, Ms Waggoner tells us what doesn’t work and what won’t work. She is unusual in suggesting something we can do: focus on mental health. I appreciate her suggestion but wonder if there isn’t something more direct and specific to be done regarding guns. If so, it will have to come form the Gun Community itself, because they will not tolerate any suggestion from outside.

So, what can we do? To save time, here are the current suggestions from Gun Advocates:

  1. There is no problem.
  2. If there is a problem, it’s not guns or people with guns, it’s [fill in the blank].
  3. Current laws don’t work.
  4. Any law you can conceive of won’t work.
  5. Nothing needs to be done and/or nothing can be done.
  6. Let’s outlaw baseball bats and cars because they kill more people.

No need to repeat any of those. Not one of them is worth the electrons they’re printed with. So, use your mind for something other than paranoia and defensive rhetoric: What can be done to reduce deaths from firearms?

More rules are not the answer to more gun violence | Albuquerque Journal News

By Barbara Waggoner / Las Cruces resident
PUBLISHED: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 12:05 am

Law-abiding gun owners do not have a fanatical belief in an extremist interpretation of the Second Amendment.

More rules are not the answer to more gun violence | Albuquerque Journal News

I’ll be interested in the attack Gun Advocates will mount on Ms Waggoner. After all, she implies that anyone who does have an extremist interpretation of the Second Amendment is NOT a law-abiding gun owner. Moreover, she dares to suggest there is such a thing as an extremist interpretation of the God Given Sacred Unquestionable Second Amendment. How dare she!

 Posted by at 1:31 pm on Sun 06/08/14
May 292014
 

FURG!

‘Immediate action’ on gun control sought | Albuquerque Journal News

By Kimberly Kindy / The Washington Post
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

GOLETA, Calif. – Richard Martinez grew up around guns, shooting birds out of the fruit trees on his family’s farm. He later served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before going on to become a criminal-defense lawyer, at times representing the young and the violent.

Now, Martinez is a grieving father.

He’s asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was killed in the rampage Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a (expletive) that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down. “Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”

Saying that “we are all to blame” for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding “immediate action” from members of Congress and President Barack Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: ‘Not one more,’ ” he said Tuesday. “People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

Martinez is the latest tragic figure to raise the mantle of gun control. Previous massacres and spasms of violence have produced urgent calls for new restrictions.

But these appeals have failed to translate into action by Washington. Nor have they significantly changed public opinion about further regulation of weapons.

Martinez vowed that he’s not going away.

‘Immediate action’ on gun control sought | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 1:42 pm on Thu 05/29/14
May 182014
 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Partisan gap even extends to tragedy of Nigerian girls’ abuduction – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com

There is something more than usually saddening about that.

It is a truth curdling into cliche that American politics is riven by a partisan gap, left wing and right wing estranged from one another like the husband and wife in some long, bad marriage. But in its behavior here, the right does not so much seem estranged from a competing ideology as from its own humanity.

How is this a thing? How is an expression of caring, concern and outrage deemed worthy of mockery and condemnation? Are these people truly that corroded with cynicism and bile? Is their criticism now just a tic, a reflex bypassing thought? Is every damn thing to be reduced to politics?

Apparently, yes.

Once upon a time, we put politics to the side when tragedy came. Nowadays, that’s something we seem less and less able — or willing — to do. That’s a tragedy in itself.

Nearly 300 innocent girls were taken by madmen. Celebrities, political figures and everyday people wrote the social media equivalent of a petition to express their concern. That simple gesture begat a controversy — and gave us a sobering new measurement of that partisan gap.

Apparently, it’s so wide even compassion cannot get across.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Partisan gap even extends to tragedy of Nigerian girls’ abuduction – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com

 Posted by at 1:59 pm on Sun 05/18/14