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Just checking, because lots and LOTS of people are yammering on about him during this year’s campaign. Which is pretty f***ing stupid, because OBAMA CAN’T BE F***ING RE-ELECTED. The pundits and “news” types are all ratchet-jawing about the man, but in truth he matters not one bit for next Tuesday’s contests.

The Senatorial candidates matter. The Gubernatorial candidates matter. The House candidates matter. So too do the other state and local ballot options. They matter, and they matter a LOT. (For example, McConnell, Boehner, and a host of other politicos are up for re-election or de-election.)

By your actions you can help turn this country into a Red Hell or a Purple Patchwork (It’ll take a Helluva lot more than one election to turn America Blue). You can take away our rights, or give them back to us. You can enable us to: feed the kids or starve them; fight or cower; fix or ignore; pay or go broke; function or fall apart; all of these vitally important matters are in the hands of voters on November 4th, 2014.

But Obama is NOT on the ballot. We kinda need to ignore him when we hit the voting booth, because the people for whom we DO cast ballots can actually make our lives better or worse.At the very least, we need to focus on the people and issues that are on the table this coming Tuesday.

The media moguls and bribe artists would love nothing better than to have us focus on a lame-duck President: that enables them to play their sleazy shell games via distraction and misdirection, f***ing us over royally in the process. We The People need to see past the sleight of hand and focus on the task at hand.

Like Obama or loathe him, as you choose: but you can’t vote for him this year. Concentrate on the people you CAN vote for instead.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

One more time, everybody, all together: “Bull-F***ING-S***”. Phil Robertson is not a victim: he is a multimillionaire with an enormous estate, an entrepreneur and tireless self-promoter who has worked hard to earn his considerable riches. He is a shrewd manipulator of people and this writer would not be at all surprised if this recent blowup turned out to be a huge, carefully scripted publicity stunt. You know, like the whole Duck Dynasty media behemoth.

The beards, the redneck schtick? All scripted and perfectly crafted to sell in the current market. This family made millions of dollars before the TV show, and looked like the friggin’ Romneys:

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Yep, yuppies. That was the Robertson clan when they WEREN’T acting. But they are acting now.

And actors play parts. Salesmen sell products. That means, Gentle Reader, that you can’t take anything Phil says at face value. He is ACTING. And he is SELLING. So maybe he meant all that revolting s*** he spewed, maybe not, but there is a strong likelihood that it was all done on purpose, to create a buzz and increase ratings.

No way is Phil Robertson a victim. He is shrewd, wealthy and powerful, and is set for life. You want to talk victims? How about the veterans who are getting their pensions and bennies cut, or the kids that lost their food stamps and are now even hungrier?

Those are REAL victims. Phil is not one of them.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

On Edit: Thanks to a friend who found this article from earlier this year, in which Phil announced his likely departure from the show: http://m.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/duck-dynastys-phil-robertson-i-wont-do-the-show-much-longer-2013267

Makes it seem even more likely that this is all just a publicity stunt. B&C

Here’s the article, in which Notable Nitwits Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz all claim that The Duck Dude’s right to free speech has been abridged. Not that they are the only ones saying stupid crap today, but they are in the article, so we’ll pick on them. What they are (wrongly) saying is that A&E has violated Phil Robertson’s First Amendment rights to free speech, by suspending him from his job after he violated company policies. All together now, Merry Cranksters: “Bull-f***ing-S***!”. (Pronounce the asterisks in any manner you choose.)

The First Amendment (as touched on in the linked piece) covers government aided or directed suppression of free expression. It does NOT prohibit a private enterprise from limiting or circumscribing employee speech and actions. In fact, the law allows employers to set such limits in many cases. So, the Nitwit Fox Brigade is either stupid, cluless or both.

The Government has said f***-all about Duck Boy’s anti-gay, anti-black, anti-all-kinds-of-people rants. The Government does not give a single turd from a constipated field mouse’s ass about what Phil said. The Government has done nothing at all.

No, it is a private business that has opened a can of HR Whoop-Ass on the fake old fart. It is the free market in action – A&E sees a potential threat to profitability in Robertson’s idiot statements, and is seeking to retain those profits by mitigating risk. A standard, legal, ethical, and smart business move.

It is not the eeeeevil Obaminator and his Zombie UN Free Speechbots who have told a moronic hunk of trash with cash to shut his face. It is that most beloved of all Right-Wing Institutions who have told him to STFU: an employer.

Yell at A&E if you want – that’s protected speech, just like what the Duckbot spewed in GQ. The government could give a s*** what you say. Just like they don’t care what Phil Robertson said. But piss off your boss, and THAT might cause you some grief. Also like Phil’s case.

Mr/ Blunt and Cranky

A recap for those of you who aren’t in the loop on this matter (the rest of you, skip to the next paragraph): Not too long ago, the Supremes decided that anybody can spend anything they want to for any political purpose. They further decided that on a few occasions, said anybodies would have to tell everybody what they spent; but on most occasions, anybody can spend anything and tell nobody.  Also, just about anybody can say anything they want, even if it is a pack of lies, anywhere and anytime they want to. There are a few rules (easily circumvented), and not much in the way of real-time enforcement of those few rules. That’s where we are today. Got it? Good.

The net result of this is shaping up to be one huge Charley-Foxtrot (ask a military person what that means, if you don’t know); a butt-ugly, corruption-causing, vile and revolting perversion of the American electoral process.  Why does Mr. Blunt and Cranky say so? Faithful readers will guess that a list is coming up, and they are correct:

[Number A] The amount of money spent on advertising across multiple media platforms has exploded. This writer is adding ad-free channels to his Roku box so as to entirely avoid any TV channel with advertising already, and it is not quite June. Likewise he has sworn off some Internet sites that use ad revenue because the toxic, slimy bilge that oozes across those Web Pages has already turned his stomach one too many times.

[Letter 2] Citizens United being a “free speech” case, there is almost no restriction on what people can say, and no requirement for accuracy or truth in that saying. Recourse for the libeled/slandered is difficult to obtain, and will take until long after the election is done in any case.  That means that anyone with lots of money can get their lie out in the media, and by virtue of that money drown out the truth: unless the other side has more money and can drown out the liars.

[Thirdly] Anybody who really thinks that all this money spent on behalf of politicians will not influence the actions of those politicians once they are elected (and even if they are not) is living in a dream world and needs rehab and/or brain surgery. Christ on a pogo stick, people, come on.

[Fourth and most important] Citizens United means that money = free speech. That means those with more money get more free speech. Put another way, most of us have a little bit of money, and our voices will not be heard over the roar that is created by those with a lot of money. The wealthy extremists will drive the debate, and possibly decide the election thereby.

George Orwell once said that “some of us are more equal than others”. In this case, some of us now have more of a right to free speech than others. If you value your rights to speak and vote, you should care about this ruling. And you should let your “representatives” know that you care.

Mr. B & C