This country contains far too many people who either: rape; want to rape; support rape; or pretend rape doesn’t happen. Or some combination of the above. Only a very few of us are loudly anti-rape, which is why this country is such a hotbed of rape freaks. Think that’s an exaggeration? Nope:

Number A: The cops who blamed an 11-year-old girl for being raped:

In 2009, the police and courts thought Hicks-Best was a false rape accuser who was lying to cover up for her naughty behavior. “All sex was consensual,”” one police officer wrote in an email discussing this case with his colleagues. “Parents are unable to accept the fact of this child’s promiscuous behavior caused this situation.”

If you’re flinching at the phrase “child’s promiscuous behavior,” you should be. A child, after all, cannot be promiscuous. To be promiscuous requires consent, and 11-year-olds cannot give meaningful consent. The young men accused in this case range from their late teens to 21 years of age, but apparently the idea that women—and girls—are the gatekeepers of sex is so ingrained that the police in this situation thought little of pinning the responsibility for this situation on a girl who is still young enough to play with Barbies. 

Letter 2: A man who helped gang-rape a teenager got no jail time.

SANFORD — A 16-year-old former Winter Springs High School football player today pleaded guilty to gang rape and was placed on probation for five years.
He is the first of five co-defendants to enter a plea or go to trial in the highly-charged case.

He along with four others team members were arrested after the girl emerged from a patch of woods near the school Nov. 13, in tears, telling a friend that several high school boys had gang raped her.

Thirdly: the Penn State frat that took illegal pictures of women without their consent and posted them on Facebook:

The Facebook page had 144 members, including current students and alumni. That’s a relatively large number of college students and recent graduates who knew the fraternity was posting nude photos of nonconsenting women for at least eight months and went along with it.

Plus there are many thousands of threats to commit sexual violence, some even from cops, ferchrissakes:

During an interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on Tuesday, Judd explained how she had been threatened while she was tweeting about the Kentucky basketball game on Sunday. “When I express a stout opinion during March Madness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence,” Judd wrote on Twitter. “Not okay.”

On Wednesday, Furhman told the hosts of Fox News’ Outnumbered that Judd did not have a case if the threats were made during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

“She doesn’t have a case because it’s March Madness,” he opined. “It’s college basketball. It’s the playoffs. All bets are off, all laws don’t apply.”

“So, you can threaten a woman with physical and sexual violence?” Fox News host Andrea Tantaros asked.

“This is my personal opinion,” Fuhrman insisted. 

These few examples took but a few seconds to find, Gentle Reader. Think on that: in less than a minute, Google found these and thousands more stories of women being subjected to sexual violence, threats, stalking, and so on. How prevalent must rape then be in America?

Pretty dampened prevalent.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

His name was Otis Byrd.
In Mississippi. Hanged from a tree. He is dead.

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. – The Claiborne county chapter of the NAACP and family members say that Otis Byrd, a man reported missing, was found hanging in the woods not far from his last known residence. So far, the FBI and MBI has not released the identity of the person found and the death is currently under investigation. 

This statement is from an official release from the FBI and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation:

“Earlier in the day, the Claiborne County Sheriffs Department and the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks conducted a ground search for a man who had been missing since early March. Officers located a man hanging in the woods near Old Rodney Road a half mile from his last known residence.”

So to all those fools on the Roberts Court and elsewhere who claim that racism is over: BULL-F***ING-SHIT.

Open your eyes, White America.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

This study from the Sunlight Foundation proves it. Your humble correspondent ofttimes rails against corruption, and then watches as idiot voters re-elect thieving scumbags. Hopefully this will get spread far and wide, and voters will wake up:

Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions

Between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America’s most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion on federal lobbying and campaign contributions. A year-long analysis by the Sunlight Foundation suggests, however, that what they gave pales compared to what those same corporations got: $4.4 trillion in federal business and support.

That figure, more than the $4.3 trillion the federal government paid the nation’s 50 million Social Security recipients over the same period, is the result of an unprecedented effort to quantify the less-examined side of the campaign finance equation: Do political donors get something in return for what they give?

And Hoo Boy, do they EVER get a return on that investment:

Overall, the Fixed Fortune 200’s PACs, employees and their family members gave $597 million to political committees and disclosed spending $5.2 billion on lobbying. They make this enormous investment in politics in large part because their businesses are inextricably entwined with government decisions — including spending decisions.

For example, the federal government issued contracts to purchase goods and services that totaled a little more that $3 trillion during the period; companies among the top 200 corporate political givers won $1 trillion of that, a third of the total. The Treasury Department managed $410 billion in loans and other assistance issued under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, created by Congress to cope with the 2008 financial crisis; of that amount, $298 million, about 73 percent, went to 16 firms among the Fixed Fortune 200. When the Federal Reserve took extraordinary measures in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, it funneled nearly $2.8 trillion through 29 Fixed Fortune firms. The companies that participated the most in politics got huge returns.

It’s BRIBERY. Not because a cranky old fart says so on this blog, but because the evidence says so. The numbers say so. The results say so.

So, Gentle Reader, now you know. Here’s hoping everyone remembers this when election day rolls around. Don’t listen to their speeches, throw away their junk mail, turn off their commercials; look instead at their votes and who may be buying said votes.

Follow the money. Follow your nose. They both will lead you to where the Rats are, and show you what the loathsome critters are up to. It’s never anything good.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Facts are great things, and this post has plenty of them. All y’all, click and read.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Because of the elimination of lifetime caps and ban on denials based on pre-existing conditions, I have insurance. And when I had a heart attack, I was admitted to the hospital and immediately given excellent care. 

That, my friends, is what the ACA did for me. Without it, I would have likely died. Today I am on bedrest with medications and follow-up appointments scheduled. 
Just one of the millions of success stories you never get to hear about because most of the “news” media hates President Obama.

Bless Obama and the other Democrats who just saved my cranky old ass. And f*** any and everybody who opposes the ACA, because if they had their way, I wouldn’t still be breathing.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And about damned time, too. In an interview with Vice News, the Prexy drops a truth bomb (no drones used) on Repubs and the American “news” media:

President Barack Obama traced the origins of Islamic State militants back to the presidency of George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq back in 2003, arguing that its growth was an “unintended consequence” of the war. 

In an interview with Vice News, President Obama said the rise of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) can be directly linked to America’s excursion into Iraq under Bush. 

“Two things: One is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,” Obama said in an interview with VICE News. “Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.” 

He’s right, you know. There were no “Islamic” terrorist groups in Iraq before the Bushistas lied us into war there in the early Oughts. None. Zip. Nada. They moved in during the chaos that followed Shrubya’s Eodipal Invasion.

And that means, Gentle Reader, that America is at least partly responsible for Daesch. Most of us aren’t happy about that. Most of us are smart enough to not want another war.

But some people are either stupid or corrupt (or both) enough to be banging the drums for yet another war of choice. People like Tehran Tom the Traitor Tot, who is lining his pockets with arms industry money whilst fomenting conflicts in the Middle East.

It isn’t comfortable to hear the President remind us of our nation’s historical errors. But as long as the Teapublicans push us towards war to make good on the bribes they take from the MIC, such reminders will remain necessary.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

F*** that guy sideways, with a rusty file and a sandy lubricant.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Yes, the Teapubbies want to force rape victims to bear the children of their rapists. Not for the first time, of course. But it points out just how rapey the “Republican” party has gotten:

Mitch McConnell, now the Senate Majority Leader, made an astonishing announcement this weekend: he ruled out a vote on the Attorney General nomination of Loretta Lynch, poised to become America’s first female African American Attorney General, unless Republicans have their way on forcing rape victims to give birth to the children of their rapists.

Any questions? Just one: why did so many stupid-f***s vote for these woman-hating, rape-loving asswagons?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

(Short and early post: this blogger has to be up at oh-dark-thirty to get his ticker replumbed. Again. See you after the anesthesia wears off.)

Scary stuff, Gentle Reader, scary stuff. The party that controls most of our country prides itself on being a load of scientifically illiterate, math-challenged yahoos who want to monitor each and every intimate detail of your life.

If that doesn’t scare you, you aren’t paying attention. We heard a prominent member of the Senate Repubs call for a miltary coup, forcing the government at gunpoint to starve the poor and feed the MIC.

We have a plethora of elected and appointed Teapublicans who loudly proclaim their willful ignorance on matters such as climate, rape, and even basic arithmetic, ferchrissakes.

So the same people who want to shoot anyone who disagrees with them are also those who take pride in their lack of knowledge about pretty much anything except for about 10% of the Bible. They are running things. And they are running things because they got the most votes.

Which means that stupid voters are in the majority. That is even scarier.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Austerity failed here, and it’s failing in Europe too.

Sixty years ago today, an agreement was reached in London to cancel half of postwar Germany’s debt. That cancellation, and the way it was done, was vital to the reconstruction of Europe from war. It stands in marked contrast to the suffering being inflicted on European people today in the name of debt.

Needing a strong West Germany as a bulwark against communism, the country’s creditors came together in London and showed that they understood how you help a country that you want to recover from devastation. It showed they also understood that debt can never be seen as the responsibility of the debtor alone. Countries such as Greece willingly took part in a deal to help create a stable and prosperous western Europe, despite the war crimes that German occupiers had inflicted just a few years before.

The debt cancellation for Germany was swift, taking place in advance of an actual crisis. Germany was given large cancellation of 50% of its debt. The deal covered all debts, including those owed by the private sector and even individuals. It also covered all creditors. No one was allowed to “hold out” and extract greater profits than anyone else. Any problems would be dealt with by negotiations between equals rather than through sanctions or the imposition of undemocratic policies.

Lots more at the link. Go, Gentle Reader, and see an example of history that SHOULD repeat itself.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky


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