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Recently, your humble correspondent wrote a Get Out The Vote blog post, as he is ofttimes wont to do. The responses from across the Intertubez ranged from “hell yeah” to “meh”, with the “meh” contingent far outnumbering the active supporters of our constitutional rights. Things like “the 1% are the only people who can get elected, so why bother?”

This is regrettably not uncommon. People have become so accustomed to being rolled over by The Man, they assume that nothing can be done to stop it. Which, of course, is what oppressors WANT. Derp.

Gentle Reader, almost nothing is impossible. Very little is inevitable. Many things are difficult, but that is no reason to just lay down and give up. The plutocrats and oligarchs who have seized control of our government are counting on our giving up.

And that alone is reason enough to keep waving our “digital salutes” at the lot of them, to remain active, and to never give up fighting for the country that is ours.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

The link below takes you to a research study that proves what we already know in our guts: rich motherf***ers have bought our government and are using it to steal the rest of us blind. And they can do it because so few Americans vote. Here’s the money quote:

Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association,and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policy making is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

(Emphasis mine)

The reason this happens, Gentle Reader, is because the 1% have no competition for the attention of our “representatives”. Since the majority of eligible voters do not vote, the Governors, Delegates, Congresscritters and Senators around the country do not fear our disapproval. But they DO fear the wrath of the rich who have bought them.

The only way to change this dynamic is to rise up as one (“e pluribus unum”) and exercise our constitutional rights by voting. When millions of us cast the loathsome wretches out of office, and do so time and again, they’ll respond.

It takes each of us a few hours, twice a year, to vote. It costs the 1% billions of dollars to purchase and maintain their control of our nation. We can earn an enormous return on a tiny investment if we all just take a few minutes and make the investment.

http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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Please note that the states with the suckiest job-creation records are run by the GOP. NOT a coincidence.

The Cranky fam is on vacation, so such posting as occurs over the next week will be short. But not sweet.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

By now, you’ve heard quite a lot about the nutbar who shot up a Jewish community center there, killing mostly Gentiles in the process. He’s in jail, and will likely stay there for the rest of his life, thank God. But it turns out the town’s newly-elected mayor is just as bigoted as the shooter.

In this article, Mayor Daniel Clevenger says things like:

“Kind of agreed with him on some things, but I don’t like to express that too much.”

“I am a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings. The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State’s workforce.”

“Made a few Jews rich by killin’ us off.”

“Jew-run government backed banking industry turned the U.S into the world’s largest debtor nation.”

No wonder Frazier Miller felt free to kill people he hated in Marionville: the future mayor, via the newspaper, was right there with him, helping to spread his filthy hate. Talk about encouraging terrorists…

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Yesterday, this writer lamented the BLM’s stupid, short-sighted surrender to a thieving rancher and his terrorist supporters. Comments elsewhere were largely dismissive of the dangerous precedent that was being set, by those whose ideas are more based on theory than reality. As we can see today, reality trumps wishful thinking: the terrorist bastards are loudly claiming victory, and are using the BLM’s caving as proof.

An Arizona state representative in attendance, David Livingston, said the battle over the Bundy cows would serve as a unifying event for lawmakers across 11 western states working on state sovereignty issues.
“This was a major tipping point,” Livingston said.

So now the terrorist traitors will, as predicted, turn it up a notch. They are feeling frisky and are on the offensive, borrowing tactics like using women as human shields that are also used by al-Quaida and other violent motherf***ing extremists. Sure looks like they won, doesn’t it? Yup.

Throughout the decades-long imbroglio between Cliven Bundy (supposedly no relation to Ted) and the rest of America, one thing stands out as clear and consistent: his complete disregard for the rule of law. So what happens when a bunch of “militia” goons takes up arms against the lawful authorities and defeats them? His disrespect for the rule of law becomes even more intense, as it does for all those like him. This is going to breed more domestic terror activity.

You can say “at least a bloodbath was averted”, and that’s a fair point. But that’s based on the assumption that the terrorists would have actually started shooting, which is contrary to their own stated plans. Of course, now that they think we’re weak, they are far MORE likely to shoot next time: their belief in the power of their cheap-ass imported wanna-be assasult weapons has been magnified by the surrender monkeys at the BLM.

The terrorists and Bundy got a cookie and a pat on the head, instead of the boot up the arse and trip to jail they deserved. Anyone who thinks this will do anything other than encourage them to commit more acts of violent, treasonous sedition has their head in a very dark and smelly place. This will not end well for any of us.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Move over, Dick “shoot your face” Cheney, someone just bumped you off the Heartless F***wad Podium. Kimberly Davis, of Port Fairy, Land Down Under, was texting and driving when she almost killed a cyclist. Not only that, but she left the poor guy laying in the dirt and later said to the cops, and we quote:

“I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it,” she told a police officer.

“I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car.”

Yes, you read that right. Even though the stupid s*** nearly murdered the man she smeared all over the road, she blames him for damaging her car. “Sociopath” doesn’t begin to describe her.

The hell of it is, she probably isn’t unique. Just more honest about her inhumanity.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Waaaay back in the day, your humble correspondent was bullied at elementary school. The bullying continued and indeed grew more violent as time went on without punitive action from any source. Finally, I had had enough and the bully got the living s*** beat out of him, after which he stopped bullying my nascent blunt and cranky corpus. He did it as long as it was successful, and stopped bullying when it stopped being successful.

Back in the day, Ronnie Reagan negotiated with Iranian terrorists, giving the lie to our oft-stated “never negotiate with terrorists” policy (you remember the Iran-Contra scandal? That.) and thus encouraged decades of terrorist attacks against the USA: because our weak, two-faced actions did not match our tough rhetoric.

Somewhat later, Russia invaded Georgia, and the Bushistas made all manner of blustering, bellicose threats, none of which they could (or did) back up. So the Neo-Soviets in Moscow went right ahead and stole part of a foreign country, and just recently did it again (Crimea) and is currently doing it yet again as this is being written (Eastern Ukraine). Because the West showed that our big talk was just that: all talk, no walk.

And last weekend, a bunch of mouth-breathing domestic terrorists waved their cheap plastic guns at Federal agents, and the Feds showed their bellies and surrendered. Granted, no one wants bloodshed, but this sets a precedent and sends the same message to these un-American “militia” scumbuckets that Reagan sent to Iran, and Bush sent to Russia. And the results are all too likely to be similar.

Because you cannot reason with the unreasonable. Because humans tend to do this time what worked last time. So the treasonous bastard terrorists in America will say to themselves, “threatening to kill Feds worked so well, let’s do it again”.

Short-term appeasement of violent extremists might seem reasonable in a given moment: but it always ends badly. The BLM officials who caved to violent terrorists have emboldened these white, Teabagging, anti-America, strong-argument-for-retroactive-abortion yahoos, and you can bet they will take the same lesson that bullies and terrorists always do. Those stupid f***s.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

That’s because if you have to pee during your six-plus-hour wait to cast a ballot, the bathrooms are verboten. Closed. Not available. No matter how long the line, or if you are elderly, or if the weather is crap (oh, you can’t do that either-no potties for you voter types).
From the article:

Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated. “[T]he Department’s policy is not to permit access to restrooms at polling sites on election days,” Assistant County Attorney Shanika Graves said in a Feb. 14 email.

This latest voter-suppression effort is, of course, designed to keep the elderly, minorities and working poor from casting their ballots: Democratic voters, in other words. The local Board of Election is pretending that this is a decision based on the rights of the disabled, which is a lie more transparent than a hooker’s blouse. No, it’s Miami-Dade county doing what it does best: rigging elections so that “Republicans” win.

If it’s any comfort to all those voters waiting in long lines to vote this year: no matter the state of the diapers they may have to wear in order to exercise their franchise, they will never be as full of s*** as the elected officials who concocted this, well, crappy idea.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Ultimate mastery of f-bomb dropping was on display in Congress yesterday as “Representative” Louie Gohmert (R:Bedlam) was whupping on the Attorney General during a photo op hearing. Louie whupped, and AG Holder whupped right back. Typical stuff, up to that point.

But then, at the end, General Holder threw a F-bomb right up the proboscis of the “distinguished gentleman”: he said, “Good luck with your asparagus.” That, Gentle Reader, is f-bomb usage of the highest order.

For those unfamiliar with Gohmert’s long and apparently intimate relationship with the noble stalk-like veggie, a refresher may be found here. On a previous occasion, Louie went all lizard-s*** on Holder, to the point that even other “Republicans” noticed the scaly fecality of his behavior (which tells you how crazy the man was acting). The good Mr. Gohmert got himself so waxed with wroth, he said this:

“The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus.”

Thus making himself even more of a joke than usual (which is pretty hard to do), and indeed, Gohmert’s pile of Asparagus jokes has been growing ever larger since that day. Asparagus this, asparagus that.

Thus allowing the AG to tell Louie to f*** himself, using “asparagus”. That, friends, is damn near Jedi Master-level f-bomb tossing. Truly magnificent.

It makes you proud of our public servants, doesn’t it?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

That’s right, America, he IS that stupid, and he is advocating for just exactly that. In the American Spectator, Stupid-Boy Ben really raises (or lowers) the stupid bar by saying stupid s*** like:

We want there to be a high number of rich people who function as a brake on government just as the nobles did on the crown in long-ago England.

My humble observation is that most long-term poverty is caused by self-sabotage by individuals. Drug use. Drunkenness. Having children without a family structure. Gambling. Poor work habits. Disastrously unfortunate appearance. Above all, and counted in the preceding list, psychological problems (very much including basic laziness) cause people to be unemployed, have poor or no work habits, and enter and stay in poverty.

Of course, he cites no facts to back his “thesis”, and for good reason: there aren’t any. In fact, the data either points to the exact opposite conclusion (in re poverty), or leaves out important details (as in feudalism). Vis and to wit:

Feudalism cannot work in the modern world. Click the link to see why. Also, feudal nobles were not acting “nobly”: they were kissing up and kicking down, like any present-day politico or plutocrat.They were (and are) looting from those under them and stacking their ill-gotten gains where the hoi polloi could not reach them, and acting like they were (and are) entitled to do so.

Reading Stein’s “article”, one thing stands out (besides stupidity): it is the smug, elitist, arrogant assumption of personal superiority with which the 1% are so densely infused. Put another way, Sir Ben of Stupidstein suffers from a self-esteem problem: far more self-esteem than is justified.

Were he the only idiot in his Village of Privilege, it might not be so damaging. But alas, he is but one of many ig“nobles” controlling our economy. These purblind fools truly do believe in a neofeudal system with themselves as nobles and the rest of us relegated to an imposed status of serfs, villeins, merchants, and such. Please note: in feudal society, there is NO upward mobility. None. Not ever. Not a bit.

Given the lack of such mobility across the globe in recent decades, it seems that the emperor Reagan and empress Thatcher and their successors have already started moving us towards a neofeudal society. One in which we are born into a certain place, and remain there uncomplaining, knuckling our forelocks at the idiots among the nobility who take all the riches and leave us with naught but scraps and dregs: all the while telling us we are inferior because it’s our basic nature and thus our fault.

The differences between Ben Stein and an idiotic, syncophantic noble in King John’s court? Only of degree and location. King John bungled his kingdom into wreck, losing territory and causing a disastrous civil war. And contrary to Stein’s assumption, the much-vaunted nobility royally screwed the pooch right along with him, instead of acting as a check upon him. Only after thousands had died and much wealth was lost forever was the Magna Carta signed: if the nobles had truly functioned as Stein says, the wars would not have happened in the first place.

We can count on a similar outcome to this harebrained system in our time. Stupid is as stupid does.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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