On this April Fool’s day, let us call out some fools. Let us call out some serious fools. Yay and verily, Cranky Brothers and Sisters, let us call out some seriously destructive fools that infest our country. Because their folly is not a joke. It’s not even worthy of a giggle. They are, in brief:

ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO ENABLES TEAPUBLICANS TO HOLD OFFICE. Yes, Boehner, Pence, Cotton et.al. are scumbuckets par excellence, but they can do their scumbucketing in office only because fools voted them into said offices. Today, let’s list the four main categories of such fools:

Number A: Anyone who votes for a Teapubbie. By the way, there is no longer any difference between the Teabaggers and the “Republicans”. Just as happened with the “Christian Conservatives” in the last century, the party has been taken over by the extremists. So if you vote for anybody from the GOP, you are voting for Ayn Rand-worshipping, homophobic, racist, bigoted, Constitutionally-challenged, seditious mother***ers.

Letter 2: Anyone who COULD have voted but failed to do so. Electoral math in our corrupted, twisted “democracy” is binary. D or R. No other choice matters, because no one can get anything done unless they are a member of one of the two parties that Adams and Washington warned us against, or if they caucus with one of those parties. So a non-vote is equivalent to a vote for Teapublicans. Oh, and shove the “conscience” and “ideology” arguments, because neither one matters when the votes are tallied up. The only things that count on election night are ballots.

Thirdly: Anyone who does not cast their ballot so as to defeat all Teapublicans. Electoral math in our corrupted, twisted “democracy” is binary. D or R. No other choice matters, because no one can get anything done unless they are a member of one of the two parties that Adams and Washington warned us against, or if they caucus with one of those parties. So a third-party/protest/cartoon-character-write-in vote is equivalent to a vote for Teapublicans. Oh, and shove the “conscience” and “ideology” arguments, because neither one matters when the votes are tallied up. The only things that count on election night are ballots.

Finally: The “News” media. It is so far in the Teapubbie Tank as to be part of the RNC’s Communication department. Even allegedly “liberal” outlets like MSNBC and NPR frequently regurgitate Repub talking points whole. No wonder so many people are foolish: even smart people can be fooled, if the media “catapults the propaganda” often enough.

How to not be a fool: Vote so as to defeat each and every Teapublican in each and every race, in each and every election.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Proof may be found in Indiana, where a load of “Christian” hatemongers passed a law that basically makes anyone other than straight white Fundagelicals second-class citizens. True to form, these Teabagging legislators deny that they hate gays: nononono, they are merely protecting the “religious freedom” of fellow Teavangelicals. Riiiiiiiight.

It also can be found in Ohio, where a load of “Christian” hatemongers passed a law that basically makes anyone other than fetuses second-class citizens. True to form, these Teabagging legislators deny that they hate women: nononono, they are merely protecting the “rights” of unbornTeavangelicals. The fact that they laugh at stories of rape is meaningless. Riiiiiiiight.

Proof abounds in Michigan, where a load of “Christian” hatemongers are pushing a law that basically makes anyone other than Teavangelicals second-class educators.True to form, these Teabagging legislators deny that they hate non-“Christian” teachers: nonono, they are merely going back to the “true intent of education”, which was to teach kids how to read Scripture. Riiiiiiiight.

On and on it goes: from calls for a violent “Christian uprising”, to Teavangelical racism, and pretty much every sin listed in the Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandment. These sickos crap all over the teachings of Rebbe Yesuah bar Josef while proclaiming their loyalty to Him.

This, Gentle Reader, is why the Constitution forbids the establishment of a government-sanctioned religion. Theocracies always crash and burn, spectacularly. Because they are based on premises of faith that cannot be proven.

Instead of being wrong like the Religious Right, let’s actually try being, you know, right. Let’s try actually treating all of us as being truly equal. Like the Constitution says.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And if a non-Moslem German does it, it’s “Mental Illness”.

Dufaq?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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From the ever-awesome Betty Bowers.

First of all, remember that Phil Robertson is himself a rapist, of the Statutory variety. He managed to avoid prison by marrying the 15-year-old girl he’d impregnated (possibly when she was only 14), but ask any father of a young teen girl how he’d feel about an adult male molesting her, and most parents would reach for their shotgun. And not to make him marry their child, either.

He also urges other men to seduce underage girls, thus making them rapists like him. Really? No, seriously, really? Could a man be lower than a molester of young women?

Yep, Phil can get lower than that. Low like world-champion-at-moral-Limbo low. He shared one of his personal rape fantasies at a prayer breakfast, with children in attendance:

I’ll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him.

Then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them, and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him, and then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now, is it dude?

(Note: Phil said more, but this blogger will not reprint that vile filth. Even Jeffrey Dahmer wouldn’t have thought of some of Phil’s sick criminal sex fantasies.)

Of course, to Phil, rape is not wrong. He committed that crime himself and got rewarded instead of punished. He is not an Atheist, but he clearly doesn’t know right from wrong, even with his Teavangelical “faith”. Or maybe he loves him some rape because of said Teavangelical “faith”.

Gentle Reader, this is sick enough already; but it gets even worse. The audience of Vero Beach “Christians” did not object to Phil shouting his Rape Porn at their children: indeed, from the audio, it sounds like they were in agreement with him, showing their approval for said Rape Porn. Teavangelical parents liked having Duck Daddy telling their own children all about rape, decapitation, genital mutilation, and other truly revolting crimes.

That says a LOT about contemporary American “Republican” “Christians”. And what it says is not good, not good at all. Fathers, keep those shotguns handy. Whether the potential statutory rapist is an avowed Atheist, Christian or anything else. Rape freaks are rape freaks.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Regular readers know that Mr. Blunt and Cranky has had long careers in business and the arts, and is therefore not at all opposed to making money. Indeed, Adam Smith is frequently cited here: the man was a firm believer in a WELL-REGULATED free market. Because he was smart enough to see the harm that unchecked profits can cause.

Profits are not inherently bad: in the right measure, they can do a lot of good. But anything can be overdone: and the Teapublican “greed is good” mantra is an object lesson. Here, then, are three examples of the horrors that can be wrought by profits:

Number A: America’s profit-centered “health care” system kills lots of people. Including this writer’s only son. Yes, Aetna has death panels: people are denied care based on profit margins. That is why my son was kicked out of the hospital just a few hours after awakening from a coma. PROFITS CAN AND DO KILL. PROFITS KILLED MY KID.

Letter 2: American industry is constantly pushing for less (or no) regulation, in order to increase profit. Thence came disasters such as massive oil spills, poisoned rivers and aquifers, and destructive, deadly industrial accidents. Profits can and do destroy.

Thirdly: American politicos are taking bribes in record quantities to enhance the profitability of private businesses with taxpayer dollars. Yes, they call them “contributions”, but c’mon: these are bribes. Bribes that result in the theft of our hard-earned. Profits can and do corrupt.

Once again, Gentle Reader: your humble correspondent is not, repeat NOT opposed to profits. But not everything has a free-market solution. Some things are better divorced from a financial profit motive. Some things must be non-profit in order to succeed: things like health, education, public safety, and so on.

It’s long past time we put the final nail in the coffin of Reagan/Bush voodoo economics and its resulting death, destruction and corruption.

Reality is calling, America: better pick up the phone while we still can.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And f*** the rest of us. Most Americans think the Constitution is the current one, as adopted by the representatives of We the People. Here’s a link to it. But ask a Teapublican like Ted Cruz, and you’ll get a completely different definition of “Constitution”: the old, flawed one from the 1850’s. The earlier version of the Constitution that allowed the Civil War to happen.

That’s because the “Republicans” are still fighting the Civil War, and they haven’t given up yet. Here’s your “Republican” idea of the Constitution: an Antebellum version, stripped of all those bits about equality of the sexes, creeds and colors; all but wealthy white landowners stripped of voting rights: indeed, a “Constitution” that would once again make many of us into slaves and chattels. It would allow the South to re-play the Civil War, and perhaps win this time. White Power on a grand scale.

And it is 100% Teabagger in nature. Racist, sexist, homophobic, plutocratic, and generally anti-American in every respect. In their own words:

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law will focus on invigorating protections of the Ohio Constitution due to well-founded fears of a stark shift in how federal courts protect constitutional rights because our new President has expressed a preference for judges who are sympathetic to those who are vulnerable, those who are powerless, those who can’t have access to political power, and he prefers judges who have the empathy to understand what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. Mr. Obama will have the authority to handpick federal judges who share his constitutional jurisprudence, and will do this early and often.

The 1851 Center will also commit itself using the Ohio Constitution to provide a safe harbor from leftward-moving federal courts. With the Buckeye Institute, and the contributions of Ohio citizens, the 1851 Center will spur the pendulum to swing away from government intrusiveness, and back towards the ethically superior state of freedom.

Got that Gentle Reader? A Constitution that allows the states almost unlimited rights to do with its “citizens” as they will. A Constitution that allows some of us to be 3/5 human. A Constitution that is, in sum, unconstitutional. That is what Ted Cruz, Antonin Scalia, John Boehner and the rest of the “Republican” party have in mind.

Government of the wealthy white males, by the wealthy white males, for the wealthy white males.

Vote, God-F***ing-Damnit. Vote while you still can. And vote AGAINST the Teapublicans who want to wipe out your rights.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-photo-charlie-114429739886.html Bless the mainstream “News” media for their circumspection, but let’s call spades “spades” here, shall we, Gentle Reader? These are not “contributions”, they are BRIBES. BRIBES.The right-wingnut Teavangelical typhoon Johnnie Menard funneled at least a million and a half bribing bucks, in secret, to Scott Walker’s political operation. And he got what he paid for, too:

So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and help advance his pro-business agenda — he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret, three sources directly familiar with the transactions told Yahoo News.

Menard’s previously unreported six-figure contributions to the Wisconsin Club for Growth — a group that spent heavily to defend Walker during a bitter 2012 recall election — seem to have paid off for the businessman and his company. In the past two years, Menard’s company has been awarded up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from a state economic development corporation that Walker chairs, according to state records.

And in his five years in office, Walker’s appointees have sharply scaled back enforcement actions by the state Department of Natural Resources — a top Menard priority. The agency had repeatedly clashed with Menard and his company under previous governors over citations for violating state environmental laws and had levied a $1.7 million fine against Menard personally, as well as his company, for illegally dumping hazardous wastes.

This is why the Roberts Court is wrong about campaign funds and speech. It is why the “Republican” party has become a criminal enterprise. When secret money buys elections, it buys our government. One more time, loudly:

When secret money buys elections, it buys our government: it buys our executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

And when skeevy crooks like Menard buy the government, we the people LOSE our government. We have already lost it in Ohio, Wisconsin, and much of the rest of the nation.  We can take it back; by voting.  And by  being engaged, enraged citizens.

Or we can continue doing nothing, and lose it all. It’s our choice.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Costa Rica just met 100 % of its energy needs with no, repeat, NO fossil fuels used to generate electricity. Not a big country, granted, but 4 million+ people just spent over 2 months contributing almost not at all to global climate change.

The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a press release.  

The ICE says the country’s zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at four hydroelectric power facilities in the first quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of January, February and so far March, there has been no need to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity. 

Instead, Costa Rica has been powered primarily by hydro power – both pumped storage and run-of-the-river plants – and a mixture of geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy.   

Note this little phrase: “State owned power supplier”. The reason Costa Rica has done what America will not is encapsulated in that phrase. America has become a nation obsessed with private, profitable enterprises. We think nothing can be done in any other way, so we don’t even try to use government anymore.

America is failing, Costa Rica is succeeding. Maybe we should try what works, like they did.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

The cranky ticker has a rude ‘tude today, so we gotta wait for it to mellow out.

Mr. B & C

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