Category Archives: bullshit and bravado
She released it in the dead of night (12am AK time) for starters. The transcript of Palin’s eight minute, bullshit-laden response can be read here. I can not believe she had the balls to actually use the phrase blood libel. Palin is not Jewish, and evidently she has no knowledge of the phrase and it’s meaning, otherwise she would of stayed as far away as possible from it. The uninformed, intellectually-challenged shrew couldn’t of found a more explosive term to use in her speechifying:
But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.
Palin is once again playing the victim card.It’s what she does best. She will attack first and then, when someone responds to her dehumanizing, usually violence-charged rhetoric, she will immediately play the victim.Such is the case with her use of the term blood libel. Tom Diemer at PoliticsDaily spells out the meaning of the phrase accurately and succinctly:
“Blood libel” is an extraordinarily loaded phrase because it recalls the false accusation by Christians against Jews that was used for centuries as an excuse for anti-Semitic persecution. The libel generally refers to the charge that Jews required human blood, and in particular the blood of Christian children, to bake matzoh bread.
Evidently Palin is a follower of the classless and outright lying bag of batshit Andrew Breitbart, as he used the phrase in a tweet yesterday. His use of the term was turned against the GOP itself. Since Breitbart has already been proven to be a thug who generates nothing but lies and then the right, without fact-checking, perpetuates them, we can ignore his bleating. Palin prattles on, attempting to deflect the criticism of her violent-laden rhetoric:
There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?
Palin has used degrading, illogical rhetoric since the 2008 presidential campaign, it’s her stock in trade. Her ‘palling around with terrorists’ line, used to describe Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, was unconscionable and an outright lie.You can count on one finger the number of times Obama and Ayers actually spent one on one time together.
Palin actually nails herself to the wall in the following:
As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.
Palin can say now she meant voting but her rhetoric said otherwise to millions of extremists who began to carry weapons to political meetings. She has shown little, if any, respect to Democratic candidates. Her ‘crosshairs’ map was nothing more than a visual image of violence for her supporters. Palin of course, did not mention her crosshairs map in her speech. She actually seemed to defend her type of violent speech with the following:
No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.
Intolerance of hate speech is a good thing. Refusing to allow speech that uses words that invoke violent mental images should never be tolerated. Shrill cries of imagined insults? The crazy among us will take her at her word….literally.
If Palin and her ilk can not intelligently speak to the issues without invoking hate or violent mental images, we must stand up and call them out every chance we get.
If we take Palin’s words at face value her logic, as always, is skewed and intelligently infantile.Violent rhetoric, according to Sarah Palin, does not inspire violence…but criticism of the violence-laden rhetoric does.
If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas.
The Republicans have already created a bill entitled To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.They do not propose any ‘better idea’s’ in that bill Sarah, not a one. Where are the proposals to replace what the R’s want to remove? The also have stated there will be little time for ‘debate’ on this bill and they will not allow any amendments. As attorney Jeff Golberg notes: No alternative Republican plan to reform the health care system is included or referenced. Why? Because Republicans don’t have a plan.
Like her brethren, Palin offers nothing in her speech to replace her negative rhetoric of violence and obfuscation. We should be pissed, but certainly not surprised.
I really didn’t want to mess up my quiet, calm, sunday morning…but hell…here goes.
Friday, our President attended a $30 grand per plate dinner. Bet ya five bucks that I probably wouldn’t of known a soul there if I had the 30 g’s to pony up. But that isn’t the point of my post…the following quote from his speechifying is what boosted my blood pressure:
Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn’t there. If you get the financial reform bill passed — then, well, I don’t know about this particular derivatives rule, I’m not sure that I’m satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven’t yet brought about world peace and — (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation.
First, to say the Healthcare Reform Bill was historic is true…most of it was written by the healthcare industry and to assuage those fucking Rethugs that didn’t vote for it anyway you dipshit. Most of the ‘good things’ in the bill don’t begin to happen for another four years or so, therefore my 30 year old son, who has never had health insurance as an adult, still can not get any you fucking asshole. And….23 million people will still not have healthcare insurance. Finally, Big Pharma will still get rich off this fucking bill. I could continue, but why bother? Most of you know where the potholes in this horseshit ‘reform bill’ are.
Second…the Financial Reform Bill. Give me an effin break…there was so little financial reform it’s pathetic. You threw a few bones to the masses when you created a few ‘rules of the road’ for credit card companies and that wonderful department that Elizabeth Warren won’t be in charge of… but your friends on Wall Street still, for the most part…get a free-fucking-pass to make millions and millions whilst fucking us all, and with very little, if any, regulations.
Finally, the crack about ‘the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation‘… Who the hell are you shitting there big guy? It sure as fuck isn’t me. You and your stoolie’s in Congress got very little done..unless you count the public whining and bitching you guys did about the Rethugs aka the Party of No, while totally ignoring, publically, the assholes known as Blue Dogs that populate the House and Senate. You look more and more like Bush43 every-fucking-day…whether it’s your lie about the Iraq war ending, your lie about transparency in the federal government, your lie about closing Gitmo, giving civil rights to the LGBT community or my personal favorite… still spying on American’s without a friggin warrant…none of those things you did are progressive values you sumbitch. None, zero, sip, nada. We kinda fall 180 degrees the other way you fucknut.
Once again, You sir, are so full of shit your eyes are brown. Glad those rich folks enjoyed your visit…enjoy it whilst you can dude because way too many of us progressives are tired as hell of your fuckery, and I for one will probably be voting once again for my cat, good ole Scooter Lee, for President in 2012.
Sweet Jaysus, where the fuck did the weekend go? Did someone steal it? My fantasy teams did ok…but now back to reality and I don’t mean the Housewives of DC…
Elizabeth Warren is the best weapon the Democrats have and are they using her? Oh Fuck No They Aren’t. From Alternet:
What could he possibly do that would grab people’s attention, mobilize his political base and put his opponents on the defensive? There is an easy answer: Appoint Elizabeth Warren to start running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) immediately.
And the brilliant part of this idea — as explained by Shahien Nasiripour at the Huffington Post (see also David Dayen’s Thursday coverage) — is that the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation allows the person charged with setting up this new agency to be an outright appointment, rather than a nomination subject to Senate confirmation.
Warren’s credentials are impeccable — she came up with the original idea for the CFPB, she pushed effectively for it to become legislation and she has proved most effective in her oversight role as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. And her manifesto for the CFPB is sensible and actually pro-business — although she naturally opposes the specific ways in which big banks mistreat people.
It’s almost like these fuckers want to lose in November..I swear to Buddha.
But wait!!!!! There is more m’dear readers…more fuckery to send you screaming your lungs out whilst running in and out of traffic. From Chris Hedges over at TruthDig who says we shouldn’t pity the Democrats. Sadly I agree with him.
There are no longer any major institutions in American society, including the press, the educational system, the financial sector, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our dysfunctional political parties, which can be considered democratic. The intent, design and function of these institutions, controlled by corporate money, are to bolster the hierarchical and anti-democratic power of the corporate state. These institutions, often mouthing liberal values, abet and perpetuate mounting inequality. They operate increasingly in secrecy. They ignore suffering or sacrifice human lives for profit. They control and manipulate all levers of power and mass communication. They have muzzled the voices and concerns of citizens. They use entertainment, celebrity gossip and emotionally laden public-relations lies to seduce us into believing in a Disneyworld fantasy of democracy.
The menace we face does not come from the insane wing of the Republican Party, which may make huge inroads in the coming elections, but the institutions tasked with protecting democratic participation. Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Do not fear the tea party movement, the birthers, the legions of conspiracy theorists or the militias. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter. If the hegemony of the corporate state is not soon broken we will descend into a technologically enhanced age of barbarism.
Investing emotional and intellectual energy in electoral politics is a waste of time. Resistance means a radical break with the formal structures of American society. We must cut as many ties with consumer society and corporations as possible. We must build a new political and economic consciousness centered on the tangible issues of sustainable agriculture, self-sufficiency and radical environmental reform. The democratic system, and the liberal institutions that once made piecemeal reform possible, is dead. It exists only in name. It is no longer a viable mechanism for change. And the longer we play our scripted and absurd role in this charade the worse it will get. Do not pity Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They will get what they deserve. They sold the citizens out for cash and power. They lied. They manipulated and deceived the public, from the bailouts to the abandonment of universal health care, to serve corporate interests. They refused to halt the wanton corporate destruction of the ecosystem on which all life depends. They betrayed the most basic ideals of democracy. And they, as much as the Republicans, are the problem.
So….if that shit doesn’t depress the fuck outta ya on this monday morning…you either aren’t paying attention or you plain ass don’t give a shit anymore. Which is it?
Carlin might be dead, but thank Buddha his words live on:
“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice . . . you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying . . . lobbying, to get what they want . . . Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want . . . they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that . . . that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it . . . they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people . . . white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means . . . continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you . . . they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all . . . at all . . . at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . .”
Just a short note…that I knew this shit was gonna happen. Mostly because the corporate media has covered BP’s ass when it comes to the possibility of an ocean floor leak and of course the whole horrific mess that will kill off the environment for decades and the toxic chemicals they spray from the sky on all living things. From the WaPo writeup:
A seep would be a serious setback if it indicated oil or gas escaping from the capped well and burbling up through the seafloor.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen released a letter Sunday night that he had written to BP, noting a “detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head.”
He gave permission to keep the well shut but said BP must keep him abreast of any potential problems at the well and prepare to release oil if a serious leak appears. “When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours,” Allen wrote.
Wonder if their fucking stock will dive again with this ‘setback’. Mutha Fuckas..
I ain’t buying BP’s newest bs that they stopped the leak. First off, if the pipe under the ocean floor now explodes, the Gulf of Mexico will become another Dead Sea.
Second, their stock prices went up at least 7% today, and frankly…that is all they give a shit about…who is kidding who here?
Third…the corporate media is covering BP’s ass to the hilt…which is why they aren’t talking about the possibility of the BP pipeline under the ocean floor now taking a huge shit. No need to worry the common folks…or as BP likes to refer to us…the little people.
Fourth…the wetlands, the people who live there and the 10,000 birds that are dying off the coast of Louisiana, not to mention my friend RJS’s post on the toxic dispersants permanent effects on all living things… What-the-fuck will BP do to ‘make them whole’ again? Yeah right…
Enough on BP and their victory..The Obama/Dodd/ Frank Financial Reform bill has passed..whoopee-fuck. That watered down horseshit won’t change most of the casino-style bullshit the Wall Streeter’s pulled to get us into this mess. From Dean Baker’s statement, someone I usually listen to on financial shit:
“The final bill passed by the Senate today and already approved by the House of Representatives will improve regulation in the financial sector. However, given the severity of the economic crisis caused by past regulatory failures, the public had the right to expect much more extensive reform.(emphasis mine)
“The requirement that most derivatives be either exchange-traded or passed through clearinghouses is also an important improvement in regulation. However, important exceptions remain, which the industry will no doubt exploit to their limit.
“The creation of resolution authority for large non-bank financial institutions is also a positive step, although the fact that no pre-funding mechanism was put in place is a serious problem. Also, the audit of the Federal Reserve’s special lending facilities, as well as the ongoing audits of its open market operations and discount window loans, is a big step towards increased Fed openness.
“On the negative side, there is little in this legislation that will fundamentally change the way that Wall Street does business. The rules on derivative trading will still allow the bulk of derivatives to be traded directly out of banks rather than separately capitalized divisions of the holding company. The Volcker rule was substantially weakened by a provision that will still allow banks to risk substantial sums in proprietary trading.
“More importantly, there is probably no economist who believes that this bill will end the risks of too-big-to-fail financial institutions. The six largest banks will still enjoy the enormous implicit subsidy that results from the expectation that the federal government will bail them out in the event of a crisis.
“Also, the fact that no regulators, most obviously Ben Bernanke at the Fed, were fired for failing to prevent the crisis leaves in place serious doubts about the structure of incentives for regulators. Cracking down on reckless behavior by politically powerful financial institutions will always be difficult for regulators. On the other hand, if regulators know that failing to crack down carries no consequences, even when it leads to disastrous outcomes, we can expect that regulators will have a strong bias toward ignoring reckless behavior.
Yes, we had every right to expect more from those fuckers..so don’t expect me to get giddy over this horseshit ok boys?
On the homefront…yuppie sista is going crazy with Dad at her house…welcome to my world for the last two months chica. She is still giving me orders although we did have a huge come to jesus-type headbutting yesterday…and I came out on top. But, all in all…it’s still a fucking mess. I am talking to the Escondido Director of the Humane Society (Her name withheld by me since it took me forever to work my way up to her level) in an effort to figure out what the fuck to do with Dad’s wonderful grey cat that is still in that fucked up complex with a fucking money-grubbing whackjob hopefully feeding him.
Hugs to all that read my bs…fuck the rest of ya. 😉