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He and his fellow racist, bigoted, partisan, Ayn-Rand-worshiping , Teabagging “Republican” Supreme Court “Justices” pretty obviously want to disenfranchise every person of color who does not sit on the high court. Yesterday’s “f*** those poor black voters” ruling is just the latest example:

“Tens of thousands of North Carolina voters, especially African-American voters, have relied on same-day registration, as well as the counting of ballots that were cast out of precinct, for years,” Barber said in a statement. “As the appeals court correctly concluded, eliminating these measures will cause irreparable harm of denying citizens their right to vote in the November election – a right that, once lost, can never be restored.”

Despite the Supreme Court ruling, Barber said, the NAACP and other organizations plan to make “sure that, county by county, as many votes as possible are counted despite the barriers posed by the Supreme Court’s ruling.”

Prior rulings in Ohio and indeed, nationwide, demonstrate that the Roberts Court has a 100% racist agenda when it comes to voting. The “conservatives” ALWAYS vote to f*** people of color. Even when they themselves are POC, people like Clarence “Uncle” Thomas do all they can to oppress and abuse others.

And the most disgusting aspect of this loathesome man, beyond his massive hypocrisy, is his near-sociopathic greed, lust, and lack of concern about anyone but himself. He has been a huge beneficiary of Affirmative Action, but wants no one else to get those benefits. He has profited greatly by Civil Rights laws, but wishes to deny those benefits  to anyone else.

The other four “Justices” who routinely vote to turn non-white American citizens back into slaves (Alito, Scalia, Roberts, and Kennedy) are, of course, white, so their racism, classism, and discriminatory actions are to be expected from scum such as they. But for a black man to oppress other black people, and to do so with such consistency and enthusiasm, is truly inhuman and borders on the demonic.

And what is the quickest and best way to turn people of color back into second-class citizens? Why, taking away their access to the polls, of course. Clarence “Uncle” Thomas knows this, and that is why he rules as he does. Take away the voting rights from black citizens, and they won’t truly be citizens any longer.

People of color need to vote. They need to vote for politicians who don’t hate minorities, so that future Supreme Court jurists are worthy of being called “Justices”. Without the scarequotes.

Because “Republicans” put that bastard Uncle Thomas on the court. Given the chance, they’ll put more black-hating motherf***ers up there with him. Vote, while you still can. Against the racist Republican  motherf***ers like “Uncle” Thomas.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

We won’t get change by rioting. Nor by shooting unarmed citizens. Those are both s***ty ideas. Instead let’s look at one of the first actions taken after the deplorable murder of Mr. Michael Brown: a voter-registration tent.

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Yes, that is correct. The majority of Ferguson is black, but due to various disenfranchisement measures, only 12% of that community votes. On the other hand, lots and lots of white people vote, so guess who gets represented in city government? Yep, the people who vote.

That being the case, people are registering black voters (and anyone else too, of course) in order to use the ballot box to change how things are done in that town. If enough of the majority residents of Ferguson turn out and vote, they can get a government that actually represents, you know, the majority of the people. The way democracy is SUPPOSED to work.

The response to these voter registration efforts has been sadly predictable: racist Repubs hate it, and everybody else supports it. Repubs as a rule oppose increasing the voter pool, because they know it doesn’t work for them: higher turnout favors Dems.

We all need to do what people in Ferguson are doing: register to vote, and then vote. Use our power to get the government we want and deserve.

Register. Vote. Every election, every year.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

It’s not often that a state gets the Judiciary Smackdown dropped on them twice in the same week, but those wiley Republican coyotes in Texas have felt the Acme Super-Dooper Bitch Slap Kit whack their corpulent cheeks in such wise this past week. In a state that is trending towards fewer white voters, the white legislators are trying every trick in the book to hold onto power, even as they become what they despise (a minority group).

First, their Voter ID law got flushed down the pooper because it, well, discriminated against everybody who isn’t white and financially secure. “Naughty, Naughty” said the court as it pulled the chain and sent the law swirling down into the sewer.

Then their Redistricting Plan got like treatment, for the same reason. The courts said “I can NOT believe this s***, and pulled the chain again. Swoosh, swirl, buh-bye to the crooked white guy laws.

This is yet another example of the corrosive effects of party politics on the nation. In order to hold onto power, a political party (the ‘Phants in this case) lied, cheated, and broke laws left and right. They could have spent the taxpayers’ money on roads, bridges, cops, or useful things like that; but because their party is more important to them than the people, they wasted their constituents’ hard-earned on gerrymandering and voter suppression.

Rarely has a group of individuals been more worthy of being bitch-slapped, and twice within a few days at that. It warms the cockles of this blunt, cranky old heart to see an entire state party get taken down in such a brutal fashion.

Mr. B & C

P.S. Ohio got two judicial bitch-slaps this week, too, for the same partisan horses*** behavior. But Ohio gets a lot of crap in this blog already, so Texas got the headline. One must share the Blunt and Crank around every once in a while, n’cest pas?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky is fully aware of his personality flaws: indeed, his blog is named after two of them. Mind, these are only two of the many he possesses. And he is fortunate to have friends and family who are right there to make sure he is aware of said flaws whenever they manifest themselves.

One positive characteristic is his ability to say “I don’t know”. Because the yakittyyakyakyak of fake “experts” drives him straight over the edge and into the pit of barking madness, he usually restricts his own speech to topics about which he has actual knowledge. Not the most redemptive of qualities, but still, it is redeeming. Kinda. Sorta.

This writer has worked on elections (software, hardware, and humanware) over the years, and has learned one whole helluva lot about how American elections work. From when you register, to how they make sure you are you, and how they collect and count your votes, he knows a fair bit about it. So when he whupped a load o’ snark at Florida Guv Rick Scott’s illegal and /or incompetent voter disenfranchisement activities, said snark came from an expert source.

Not so most responses. Ad hominem attacks, quotations from Rush Limbaugh (without crediting the man, at that), falsehoods and just plain made-up crap, all these came flowing in. And this writer, ashamed though he is to admit it, lost his temper. Part of the fault is his, for not having better control of his emotions.

Fault also must be laid at the feet of the willfully ignorant; those who proudly speak from a complete and utter lack of facts, expertise, or knowledge.  These people speak from ignorance that they not only acknowledge, but embrace and proclaim (kind of like a kid who is so happy he got laid, he boasts of the case of clap he picked up).

From churches who teach that the fact-based knowledge of our world is not only wrong, but a one-way ticket to the fires of Hell; to the media that has been dumbed down to the point that even sheep would say “Sweet Jesus, that’s stupid”, our nation has become a haven for know-nothingism.  Meanwhile, those of us who insist on talking about facts are all too frequently subjected to verbal tarring and feathering.

And it is even sadder when many of the jackanapes who are slinging worthless lies are very bright people who made a deliberate choice to live in an echo chamber, because there is no excuse for their ignorance.  They could use their intelligence for their own and others’ benefit, but choose instead to wallow in a false, faux-mindless mediocrity that suits them (and their neighbors and nation) ill.

Your correspondent will continue to speak from facts, and admit his ignorance and error when appropriate (such an admission is forthcoming, in fact). Tough rocks for anybody who doesn’t like it.

Mr. B & C