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And they are still doing it. Teabagging racist “republicans”, for all their claims of loving limited government and freedom and such, are in reality a load of murderous authoritarian scumbuckets who will (and do) gleefully kill anybody who gets in their way. Especially those who protest.
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Make no mistake about it. Republican Jim Rhodes, with encouragement from Republican Richard Nixon, ordered the National Guard, with loaded weapons, to deal with people who didn’t like the Vietnam war. Repubs did it.

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Dead people. Murdered people. A Democracy shot down. Done by Repubs.

Never forgive. Never forget.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

You have a Socialist running  for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race. A motherf***ing SOCIALIST. So away with the all the talking points about DINOs, and Corporatcrats, and “no difference”, and many more. The man who is the most Liberal of all current politicos is going after the brass ring.

He has given the Left (and many Centrists, too) exactly what they have said they wanted. Now let’s see what you do.

Here’s hoping you get off your asses and GOTFV. If not, well, keep holding out for that rainbow pony that poops sparkly butterflies.

Anybody calling themselves a liberal who doesn’t gear up to vote NOW is a fraud and a nincompoop. Let’s see what happens.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And about time, too. Bernie Sanders is, of course, the “democratic socialist” who appears to be far Left in these degenerate times. In reality, his policy positions would have been seen as moderate back in the 50’s.

When a radical centrist (speaking) thinks the Dems are too far Right and need Bernie to pull their party back towards the Left, you know the political establishment has gone waaaaaay too far towards Teapub Wingnut land.

Good on Senator Sanders. Here’s hoping we actually get to vote for the man in 2016.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Yesterday’s potentially historic hearing on Marriage Equality seemed to focus on almost everything BUT the law. Lots of yakkity yakyakyak about “millennia”, “dignity”, and “culture”, and only a few mentions of the legal ramifications of the matter. So this writer will step in and remind everyone of what the court ignored:

Number A: The current law robs gay people blind at tax time. Remember Edie Windsor, who was jacked out of $363,000.00 dollars by the IRS, because she is a lesbian? And she is not alone: manifold state and federal laws permit and enforce these “gay taxes”. Anybody who is gay gets ripped off by the government at tax time and it’s legal in most cases. The Supremes need to either allow LGBTQ Americans to pay no taxes, or to pay the same taxes as hetero citizens. Law.

Letter 2: LGBT citizens often have no right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. Because they can’t be married, they have no legal relationship, and they can (and are) denied entrance to medical facilities when their family members are in need. The Supremes need to ensure that the law treats all of us equally. Law.

Thirdly: There are many hundreds of discriminatory laws across the nation that cover schools, property, health, civil rights, inheritance, and on and on. And on. They treat gays like second-class citizens, or worse. Anybody who DOESN’T see the constitutional violations has their head in a very dark and smelly place. Laws.

Yeah, we need to think about culture and honor traditions. Absolutely. But is that where the Supreme Court should FOCUS their efforts? Absolutely not. Courts need to do their own f***ing jobs, which is, you know, LAW.

Our government as a whole is spending too much time dicking around in the private lives of its citizenry, and not nearly enough taking care of their legally mandated responsibilities.

Law. LAW, God-f***Ing-dammit.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Over and over again, we get these wake-up calls. Over and over again, America listens for a little while, and then goes back to its usual state of willful ignorance. Rinse and repeat. STUPID.

It’s not like we haven’t seen this before: people are oppressed for so long and in so many ways, they can’t take it any more and lash out in blind rage. Baltimore today, Ferguson yesterday, and running back through history: Watts, Little Rock, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, all the way back to ancient Rome and its predecessors. An insular ruling class oppresses the masses, and eventually the masses revolt.

And there are always those who TELL the ruling class what is going on, pleading with them, exhorting them to change the arc of history, to learn from history, to not repeat the mistakes of history. So it was, and so it is. For example, here are the words of Baltimore Orioles COO John Angelos:

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage, and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle-class and working-class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the US to third-world dictatorships, like China and others; plunged tens of millions of good, hardworking Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil-rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

Pretty clear, isn’t he? America can (and should) listen to him, wake up and take action. But no, America will probably just roll over, smack the s*** out of the snooze button on the alarm, and go back to sleep. Eventually, the wake-up call will be so loud, it can’t be ignored any longer.

By then, it’ll be too late. America will finally wake up, only to find out that it died in its sleep.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Just a short post this morning to lug a brick upside the heads of those sneering at Bruce Jenner and his announcement of his Trans journey to womanhood. Apparently, some people think it’s a PR stunt, a money-making scam, or a bizarre way to weasel out of a traffic ticket. Really, America? No, seriously, really?

People really think that someone would trade the coveted legal and socioeconomic status of a wealthy white male for the discrimination suffered by those in the LGBT community?

People really think Jenner is throwing his primary marketing asset (a masculine Olympian image) away, after having made millions from it over the past 39 years?

People really think it’s a stunt to subject one’s self to the hormones, surgeries and manifold other tortures that it takes to physically transform from one gender to another?

C’mon. Wake the f***ing f*** up. This writer knows a few Trans individuals, and can tell you they have a tough row to hoe. Everything from A to Z changes and it is a lifetime struggle. Nobody does it lightly. It is done because the person involved sees no other choice if they are to live a fulfilling life.

Really, this writer is flummoxed only by Jenner’s continued adherence to the conservative “Republican” part of his identity. But that’s humans for you: complex beasties, we are. Good on Jenner, and may his many critics either shut the f*** up, wake the f*** up, or both.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

A Clinton candidacy always brings the lying rat bassets out in droves, and her 2016 bid is no exception. The Teapubbies have carefully timed the Scandalism Machine to try to sink her Presidential bid. Like they did to Bubba in 1992 and 1994. And when Hillary ran for Senate. And when she was confirmed as Secretary of State. It’s all about scandalscandalscandal, every single time. Never mind that all the millions of dollars the Right Wingnuts spent digging for dirt on the Clintons ever turned up was oral sex and cigar kink. (And that was on Bill, not Hillary.)

Knowing that Secretary Clinton would run for Prexy (like everybody else did, DUH), the “Republicans” have spent loads of taxpayer dollars on “investigations” that have turned up even less than they did in the 90’s. Undeterred, they are gleefully wasting our hard-earned on these witch hunts, shining bright lights on nothing and substituting innuendo for information. And getting lots of money and assistance for their smear campaigns from rich motherf***ers in and out of the media, foreign and domestic.

In the interest of Truth, Justice, and the Amercan Way, let’s turn those spotlights around for a wee minute and shine it upon HRC’s manifold accusers, and see what we find, shall we? Oh, we shall; yes, yes we shall.

Number A: The big Clinton Email Server “Scandal”. You know, the one where Hillary had a legal server that she used legally, and disclosed everything that was legally required? Yep. Not for nothing was “scandal” enclosed by scarequotes.
Turns out that the Teabilly who is leading the charge against Mrs. Clinton is doing the same damned thing. Yes, Trey Gowdy has his OWN private email server, not that you hear much about it. This writer had to go down five pages in a Google search to find it, underneath all the regurgitated Repub talking points that pass for “news” these days.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who heads the House’s Select Committee on Benghazi, is leading the charge in calling for investigations of Clinton’s email.

Yet it’s important to note that Gowdy maintains his own domain treygowdy.com.
For example, one campaign contact email he used was info@treygowdy.com. While it’s not unusual to maintain such a thing particularly for campaign work, it’s not clear that Gowdy utilizes this email solely for political campaign work and not congressional tasks.
AlterNet asked Gowdy’s office through both a telephone inquiry followed up by an email communication to his press secretary about how he segregates work he conducts through his personal domain vs congressional work. We also inquired about where his personal email server is stored and how it is secured. We also attempted to contact Gowdy campaign manager George Ramsey, but he did not return our phone calls. 

Letter 2: How about that new blockbuster book about Clintonian “Corruption”, Clinton Cash? Wow, sounds like some pretty damning stuff, if you listen to the breathless panting of the “reporters” who are “covering” the story. Ermmm…well…no… Turns out Mr. Schweizer is a paid Republican operative, who was paid lots of money to write a bulls*** hit piece:

As Crooks and Liars pointed out, Schweizer’s Government Accountability Initiative, a 501(c)(3), is funded by three conservative powerhouse donors.
First up would be the infamous Koch brothers, who contribute to most of GAI’s funding through the Franklin Center, a “free market” organization dedicated to “democratizing journalism.” Also in play is another the Koch-run Donors’ Trust, a political “slush fund,” according to the blog.
Of the total $2.2 million received in 2012, $2 million came from the Franklin Center, the Koch-funded “watchdog” organization. Perhaps coincidentally, the Franklin Center also received a $2 million contribution in 2012 from Donors’ Capital, the sister organization to Donors’ Trust.
Next is the Mercer Family Foundation, headed up by the eponymous hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer. As Crooks and Liars noted, Mercer’s main targets are usually congressmen trying to roll back the power of Wall Street. Mother Jones reported that Mercer is currently the top bankroller for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign.

Finally: Everybody remember when Hillary called out the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (VRWC) and was roundly mocked for having done so? Well, gosh darn it and golly-gee-shucks, it existed then and has continued into the present day. Click the links for details.

Score from just the aforementioned wee minute of looking at the accusatory Teabaggers, Plutocrats and Pundits:
Hillary:3
Hillary Haters:0

This writer doesn’t much care for Hillary, any more than he he did for Bill. If he has to vote for her, he’ll hold his nose while so doing. But these Nixonian Ratf***ers need to be put in a cage with the rest of their rodent brethren to gnaw on each other, so that the political process can at least be slightly less infested with such vermin.

It sure would be nice to decide our 2016 votes based on facts, instead of lies spread by a load of paid “Republican” liars.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Once again, in spite of evidence to the contrary, “Republicans” are pushing a Voodoo Economics budget that steals from the 99% and gives to the 1%. This is Teapub Econ 101: steal, steal, steal. Then steal some more.

And it’s not just a government budget matter. No, Gentle Reader, Teapubbies have deregulated industry upon industry so that their bribing buddies can also steal with impunity. All across the economy.

So let us cast a jaundiced orb upon Spotify as our example DU jour: by dint of paying less than a pittance for the music they resell, they pocket almost all the proceeds. Indeed, Spotify by itself is worth more than the rest of the American recording industry put together.

And they do it the GOP way: f*** the actual provider with an elephant d*** while a bunch of sleazebag crooks pocket most of the proceeds.

Just like Wal-Mart. Just like Mickey-f***ing Dees. Just like many businesses in America and around the world. Like other idiotic greedhead f***wits throughout history.

We NEED laws. We NEED regulations. We NEED a government that truly represents our interests, because without that, we are at the mercy of the predatorial classes.

Vote. Vote against every Teapubbie. Push for candidates that will guard our interests. Else you will keep getting robbed.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

(Yes, the TPP sucks. More on that another day.)

On April 22nd of 1970, this writer was in a Boy Scout troop that took part in Earth Day I. We were assigned a stretch of road south of town that ran through an industrial park. We climbed into the drainage ditches and threw out all kinds of crap that had been accumulating therein for who-knows-how-many years: appliances, tires, plastic, bits of rusty metal, and cans of noxious chemicals, many of them leaking.

Yes, a bunch of teenagers stood in toxic waste for an entire day. We felt good about it, doing our bit. Back then it was a new thought for most people: ecology and all that. Our country (and most others) knew about pollution, saw the fish kills, smelled the stenches, but the idea of individuals doing something about it? Naaah.

Back then, people drained their antifreeze onto their dirt driveways to keep the dust down. They poured used motor oil into drainage ditches and lit up to keep the weeds down. Industrial areas stank. And that was normal.

Yes, a bunch of teenagers stood in toxic waste for a day. Hard though it may be to believe today, people in the 60’s were surprisingly ignorant. You got your news from a few print sources and a couple or three TV channels, and if you missed the news you were out of luck until the next broadcast. Ignorance was easy back then. We didn’t even know we were standing in toxic waste.

Today, you won’t find kids in standing in sludge without knowing it. Today, people rarely do many of the things that were done before Earth Day helped to spread the word and raise awareness. We have learned a lot since then.

Yes, we stood in toxic waste for a day. It woke us up. It woke millions of people up. And there are those among us (Cruz, Koch, Boehner and many more) who would have us all go back to sleep.

Stay awake.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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When you hang a Confederate battle flag and nooses in front of your house, you are a racist. Period. Don’t lie about it, please, because nobody is stupid enough to believe you.

A Michigan tree trimmer and one of his employees set up a display featuring a Confederate flag and a pair of nooses – and they don’t care about neighbor complaints. Neighbors complained about the display outside Robert Tomanovich’s home in Livonia, where he hung a noose from a tree and a Confederate flag, printed with the slogan “I ain’t coming down,” on a fence,reported WXYZ-TV.

After the complaints, a second noose was hung from a tree outside a second home Tomanovich owns down the street and used for his business, Robert’s Discount Tree Service.

Tomanovich fled inside his home when a WXYZ-TV reporter asked him for comment, but one of his employees admitted to hanging the second noose in response to the neighbor complaints.

“I love it,” said the employee, who displayed a Confederate flag license plate on his work pickup truck. “Screw ‘em.” The employee, who declined to give his name, said he and his boss would not take down the flag or nooses.

“Hell, no,” he said. “We’re going to put up more.”

Tomanovich’s wife, Lindy, said the display was not intended to be racist.
She claimed her husband’s family is from the south and they simply like the way the Confederate flag looks.

Maybe Ms. Tomanovich is stupid enough to believe her own stupid words. Unlikely, but possible.

But even if that were the case, nobody else is gonna buy that hogwash. Yo, Bobby and Lindy: you are a pair of racists, as is your employee. Just admit it.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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