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TeaNomics explained.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

(P.S. If you know the artist who created this meme, pass their name along so they can have the credit they deserve )

I had the cruise set to 70, as is legal. The needle was kinda sorta on the right edge of the 70 hashmark, but it was on 70 nonetheless. So I was legal, but on the edge of going 71. Should a cop have given me a ticket? 

Probably not. I’m just a guy who was not quite OCD enough when setting the cruise control before the morning commute. Even in Ohio, the cops don’t write you up for going 70 MPH in a 70 zone. 

But had it been Hillary Clinton behind the wheel, eedjits from across the political spectrum would be tarring and feathering her even though she was doing something legal. Because it’s HRC, dammit, she must have been doing something skanky, amirite bros?

Christ on a Vascar, people. It’s just the Teapublican ratf***ing machine at work. Remember where these “stories” come from.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

With the “Hillary Email Scandal”, American “news” media didn’t just screw the pooch: they screwed it, blued it and tattooed it. And since so many people dislike Bubba and Hillary, the bulls*** lies about her email got swallowed hook line and sinker by their detractors on the Left and the Right.

And even though the story has been proven false, the Clinton Hate Club is still acting as if it were true. Truly bipartisan idiocy on display, folks. Even though:
      No laws were broken.
      No rules were violated.
Even with that,  since it’s associated with a f***ing Clinton, OMGOMGOMG!!!!! There’s smoke, there must be fire! Let’s all freak out and pretend something bad happened!!!!!

Christ on a Clenis. Anybody remember Whitewater? Same thing happened then: a load of bulls*** was chucked about by various “Republicans”, and the media picked it up and ran with it. And when, in the end, all that came of it (pun intended) was oral sex and cigar fetishes, did anyone offer mea culpas? Was anything learned by the Punditocracy and the fools who listened to them?

Oh, Hell no, of course not. Lots of jackasses STILL think the Clintons were crooks instead of what they were: a dysfunctional couple composed of a idiot savant horndog politico and an overly-forgiving spouse.

In the end, Gentle Reader, Clinton Derangement Syndrome (CDS) stems from three things that waaaaay too many of us buy into:

Number A: Bill Clinton was trailer trash who made it to the White House. Instead of praising him for that rags-to-riches achievement, people still treat him like some lazy-a**ed meth lab operator. Because of his humble origins. (In Lincoln’s time, such a rise from adversity would have been treated as an asset.)

Letter 2: Hillary Clinton is a tough, powerful lawyer who has had her own significant achievements. Achievements in both her  professional and personal lives. Waaaay too many Americans still think she should have stayed in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. “Cookies”, ferchrissakes.

Thirdly: They are neither perfect nor are they Repubs.

One final note: During Whitewater, Liberals were smart enough to see that the whole thing was a crock of s*** dreamed up by pathetic, criminal Right Wingnuts trying to kneecap  two leaders of the Democratic party. This time around, eedjits from the Right AND from the Left are piling on the crazy train, spreading the phony “Clinton Trust” canard far and wide.

This writer used to think we couldn’t get any dumber than we were in the Lewinsky era. USED to think that. CDS Act Two  has proven otherwise.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

How in the F*** can you govern what you want to destroy? You cannot. They cannot. They even admit it:

“I thought we were off to a good start with Keystone, but now we’ve hit a wall, so I’m trying to weigh where we are going for the next 18 months or so,” Coats said. He added: “We have been at this for two months now, and we are already hung up in terms of not being able to govern.”

Coats isn’t alone.

Republicans on both sides of the Capitol were shaken at the party’s handling of the DHS funding dispute that led to a monthlong standoff, paralyzed the GOP agenda and prompted serious questions internally about whether their newfound majority can deliver anything significant over the next two years. The fear among House Republicans is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be too quick to heed Democratic demands and push through watered-down bills on education, trade, health care and the budget. And the worry among Senate Republicans is that their House counterparts will scuttle hard-fought compromises that offer the only way to overcome filibusters and get bills to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The new Teapublican party is not the Republican party of old. The Right Wingnuts started when Nixon got busted and the Raging Righties in their Tightie Whities had an enormous collective sad. The Federalists continued the revolution, aided by a packed Supreme Court and a mass media largely owned by wealthy Teabaggers.

The Teapubbies have what they wanted:authority. Perfect for a load of authoritarians. But they also got something else along with it: RESPONSIBILITY. Teabaggers hate that s***.

Being in charge of something doesn’t give you the power to destroy it; it requires you to run that thing you are responsible for.

Pity the poor Teapublicans, whose theoretical Ayn Rand utopia they cannot have after all. Poor deluded dimwits. They thought “governing” was a magical product of seizing power. Poor pitiful teabagging chucklef***s.

On second thought, don’t pity them. F*** ‘em.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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See that Teapublican? She wants the Black members of Congress lynched. That means she wants them murdered by white vigilantes, like the KKK used to do. She said so, straight up:

Tea Party radio host Andrea Shea King argued recently that Democratic lawmakers — and specifically members of the Congressional Black Caucus — should be put to death by hanging if they boycotted Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech to Congress

“Obama doesn’t have to run for reelection again, a lot of these guys do,” King said in a clip of her radio show that was published by Right Wing Watch on Monday. “Listen, I would like to think that these guys could pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.”

Think she’s an outlier? Think most Teapubbies aren’t racists? Think most “Republicans” aren’t totally down with KKK-style torture and murder of any black person who gets into a position of authority (or acts “uppity”, in Teapublican terms)? Better think again:
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And thousands of other examples exist from notable Teapublicans, in office and out. The “Republican” party tacitly encourages their many violent, racist, treasonous, and seditious members by not denouncing them. Indeed, the GOP rarely says anything to discourage such unconstitutional and illegal behavior.

Tells you all you need to know about the once Grand Old Party. They have become the Garroting Old Party, or perhaps the Gibbet Old Party would be more accurate. They are showing their true nature, and it is a vile and revolting vision that is being revealed.

Anybody who votes for a Repub is showing their approval for KKK-style actions and segregation. ANYBODY and everybody who votes Repub is enabling this behavior. Vote for a Teabagger, you vote to support treason and the murdering of black people. Period.

And neither the blood from the murdered people of color, nor the ashes from burnt crosses (sometimes with people of color tied to them) will ever wash off the hands of Repub voters.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Seriously, what else can explain their actions of the past 35 years, since the Reaganistas took over a formerly rational political party? Consider these few examples of many:

Number A: Teapublicans in Congress are openly sabotaging negotiations between the USA and a hostile foreign power, even though the Constitution says that foreign policy is in the Executive Branch’s portfolio. So Boehner’s invitation to Bibi to “address” the Congress is more than just another of his drunkard’s hissy-fits: it violates the Constitution. Not that he is any stranger to extra-constitutional actions, of course. Look at his actions as they relate to women’s rights, minority rights, voting rights, and so on: Boehner and the rest of his party are actively breaking the law, based on an illegal premise, for an illegal purpose.

Letter 2: Teapubbies are a load of “Christian” evangelicals who want to trash the Establishment Clause and set up a Theocracy. They claim that this is a Christian nation, even though the law pretty clearly says otherwise:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[1]

Thirdly: Teapubbies are frequently Secessionist scumballs. Such as the seditious “Republic of Texas”, the Southern National Congress, and the League of the South, to name but a very few.

All of these groups and people are Right-Wing Teabaggers, Libertarians and Teapublicans. None of them are Liberals. And all of them obviously hate America and its Constitution. By their actions we know them.

Likewise we know that people who vote for Teapublicans also support sedition, legislative overreach, and religious totalitarianism.

What’s that you say, dear “Republican” voter? You claim that you support the Constitution?

Bull-f***ing-s***. When you vote for a person or party that treats the law of the land like a**wipe, you support that treatment, as surely as if it were your own toilet into which the soiled Constitution got dropped and flushed away.

By our votes people know us. If you are voting for Teapubbies… *flush*

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

No, this is not a joke. Or at least, it’s not funny. You can now “gift” any and every North Carolina official with sexual favors, and it’s legal.

North Carolina’s State Ethics Committee has just opened up a major problem for their state — they just made it legal for lobbying firms to purchase prostitutes to service politicians. The Committee’s determination that sex had no value and that sex between a lobbyist and politician was nothing to report or in any way questionable means that a major loophole has opened up for lobbying firms. Now lobbying firms can hire people with the explicit goal to seduce and fornicate with politicians in order to garner favor.

In other terms, lobbying firms can hire people who can offer sexual services for politicians, and they don’t even need to register.

Whores servicing whores. Both parties being pimped out. With human trafficking, child abuse, slavery and other concerns that go with prostitution finally getting acknowledged in this country, Carolinians are taking a firm stand for abuse. Abuse of women, abuse of children, and abuse of power. All wrapped up in one, well, f***ing law.

Christ on a condom.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Finally, the root cause is revealed.  Plenty of talk has been talked on the topic, by experts, data wonks, and politicians. But nobody was able to say why the 1% started f***ing the rest of us to an even greater extent than hitherto, from the 80’s through the present day. Not until a few months ago, that is:

There are many gauges of the depth and breadth of economic inequality, and they often measure what middle-income working people have today against what they had prior to 1980 – that time when homes were affordable, along with doctor visits and college educations. Yet few of the astonishing charts and metrics that have captured this widening gulf explain how it all came about. So when economist William Lazonick pointed a finger at a very specific aspect of corporate behavior, people took note.

Lazonick’s 4,900-word piece, titled Profits Without Prosperity, focused on the 449 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index that were publicly listed from 2003 to 2012. Lazonick found that from the end of World War II until the late 1970s, corporations generally took a “retain-and-reinvest” approach to profits. That is, they kept their earnings and reinvested them – first and foremost in pay raises and job benefits for the employees who helped make the firms more competitive, but also in business expansion, research and new technologies.

But starting in the early 1980s, after the Securities and Exchange Commission removed limits on companies’ power to buy back their stock, these large, publicly traded companies began spending a portion of their net income on stock buybacks. The trend was exacerbated in the 1990s, when the compensation packages of corporate chief executives were linked directly to the stock value, and has accelerated in recent years – even though it’s been little noticed and rarely discussed as a prime driver of economic inequality.

THIS IS HUGE, Gentle Reader. Huge. It proves what everyone except Teapubbies and all the other “small government” and supply-side eedjits have known for decades: the Reagan Revolution was a huge mistake, a f***-up for the ages, even worse than when the Senate handed Rome to Caligula. The nation’s woeful retreat from its former stability to the shambles of the present day is, once and for all: The. Fault. Of. Reagan. Era. Republicans.

And the longer America keep electing these criminally idiotic, venal, fact-challenged, big-mouthed-but-walnut-brained f***wits, the worse it’s gonna get. We need to vote each and every “Republican” who is currently IN office OUT of said office. And that soon.

Maybe someday, when Repubs go back to the pre-Reagan days of ideological and political sanity; then, and ONLY then, can we allow them back into power. But frankly, friends, we can’t AFFORD these Teapublican nitwits any longer. They have cost us dearly, far too dearly, and done far too much damage to be trusted now.

Now you know who to blame. Time to do something about it.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Jessa Duggardaughter, one of the many Teavangelicals from the scripturally-challenged “Quiverfull” wing of Christianity, displayed her spectacular level of Biblical ignorance in a recent Facebook post.Here is a wee bit of it:

“God isn’t slacking to fulfill His promised Judgement (sic) on sin — it’s coming,” Duggar warned. “The only reason you’re are alive right now is because He is merciful and has kept your heart beating for another day.” She warned that God could strike anyone down at any time and render his final “judgement” – but she’s not the least bit worried. “This should be concerning to you,” Duggar said. “I know it was for me! When I saw myself in light of God’s standard, and I knew that I fell short. But I found hope in the Gospel — the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ! I would still be lost today were it not for His grace!”

Wow. Just, like Wow. Jessa thinks she is guaranteed a ticket to Heaven, and the rest of us are on the road to Hell. In fact, she is sure of it.

She started her post by quoting Matthew 7:1 but then proceeded to completely disregard it, as do so many of her ilk. Not all that unusual, many Teavangelists frequently treat the teachings of the Christ they claim to worship with this sort of disrespect.  It might seem odd that a Christian would give Christ a raspberry, but it’s pretty common.

Here’s the key: some people (like the Duggars) think that Jesus Christ is a magical being that guarantees them a ticket to Heaven no matter how badly they treat others, so long as they are “born again”. Others (like this writer) think that Rebbe Yeshuah bar Yosef  was sent here by God to remind us of what we needed to do and be, in order to be worthy of such a destination.

You might be tempted to blow by this little bit of dogmatic disagreement, but please hang in there: it is the basis of a schism that dates back to about 300 A.D. or so; are we to worship or to follow? Did Jesus come down only to be crucified and thus shower the faithful with His magic blood, or should we listen to what He said before He was executed? Worshipping is much easier: just grovel a bit and your work is done. Perhaps that is why Jessa looks so gleeful as she contemplates our eternal damnation: image Following actually requires effort, spiritual and otherwise. Here are a few of the actual words spoken by Jesus: think about how difficult they actually can be to do, day in and day out:

Matthew 7:“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Matthew 6:”Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”

Matthew 22:36-40 is the really big one: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied:‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'”
(One should note that the answer was not “Accept me as your personal savior and you will go to heaven, no matter what else you do”. I think if He had MEANT that, He would have SAID that. But He didn’t. Not once. Not ever.)

None of these, nor the many other teachings of Jesus, are presented as optional selections from a Heavenly buffet line. Christians are supposed to do them all. Small wonder the Lord’s prayer reads as it does: it is nigh on impossible to live your life to such standards.

And that may well be why Teavangelicals created their own most important commandment (to be born again), instead of the one Christ laid down. Many people want an easy life, and the lazier they are, the easier they want their lives to be. And loving everybody 24/7/365 is about as difficult as a task can get for most of us. Easier for the Duggarites and their sort to hold themselves up as uniquely Heavenbound, with no effort or self-improvement required on their own part. Magic Jesus Blood does all the work for them, amirite?

See you in Hell, Jessa. Unlike you and yours, most of us won’t be surprised should we wind up there.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

 

Remember 9/11? And how the Bushistas said we really needed the Patriot Act? And the repeal of habeas corpus? And warrantless wiretaps? And secret agencies and laws (and tons of oh-so-secret funding)? And a couple of land wars that killed lots of soldiers and civilians?

And a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them? Ohmygoodnessgracious, the DHS was ESSENTIAL to winning the Global War on Terror (GWOT) (Teapubbies totally suck out loud at acronyms, have you ever noticed?). We simply HAD to have it, and to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on it. And right away, too. Remember?

Of course you remember. So do we all. Which makes things seem puzzling today, when the Teapublicans are willing to kneecap that ever-so-very important agency, just to stick a thumb in Obama’s eye. How could they take such a risk to such an all-important entity over such a trivial matter of prosecutorial discretion of alleged illegal immigrants?

The answer is obvious: DHS isn’t really important.

DHS, GWOT, and the entirety of the “Republican agenda” of the day was, is, and will always be neither more nor less than  a right-wing wet dream come true; an enormous, extra-constitutional seizure of power and money, designed solely to enrich and empower a privileged few while impoverishing disempowering the masses.

Now that we know this to be the case, it’s time to do away with DHS and every other Bush-era “Republican” piece of policy or law that has anything at all to do with national security: because it was bulls*** when it was proposed, bulls*** when enacted, bulls*** when expanded, and is still bulls*** today.

Away with Gitmo, torture, wiretaps,  secrecy, imperialist wars of choice,  the Patriot Act, all of it. Throw it all onto the dungheap of history (as one should always do with bulls***) and return our stolen funds and freedoms to us.

And prosecute the conniving mammy-jammers responsible for the scam as well. Let them stand under the crap they created as we pitchfork it onto their compost pile.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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