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This is how Vlad wants you to see him:


And this is what he actually is, and does:


Always remember, Gentle Reader: Putin was the head of the KGB back in Soviet times. That means he was in charge of torture, genocide, murder, and brutal suppression of any tiny hint of dissent.

From recent events, it is clear that he hasn’t changed a bit, no matter how many nipple shots the scumbucket butcher shows us:


Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Mr. Blunt and Cranky was driving home from The Place That Pays Him To Go There yesterday, and was listening to the news (because really, be honest, 95% of the “music” on radio is either old stuff you’ve  heard too many times already, or new stuff that you hate), and heard a story about the polarization and radicalization of Congress (link below). Here’s the important bit: the reason that “Republican” legislators listen only to the Raging Righties in their Tightie Whities is because those are the voters who show up and vote in primary elections. And you can’t win a general election if you don’t win the primaries.

What this means is that only loons and extremists can get elected to a “Republican” seat in the House or Senate (this does not apply to Dems, since there are no Loony Lefties in elected office anymore, and haven’t been for years): the voters they have to satisfy are as crazy or crazier than the nutballs they elect. And whoever turns out in November will probably vote for whichever party the candidate is labeled with.

It also means that a cycle is created, with candidates growing ever more partisan, to try to out-wingnut each other, so the party base becomes ever more wingnuttified with each passing year. Like any media campaign that relies on ever-increasing hype, the Repubs are forever ramping up the level of crazy in order to appease the teeny tiny but very vocal “base” of their party. If they don’t, they’ll lose the next primary, lose the next election, lose their cushy government jobs, and have to return to the real world and have to earn an honest living. Such a prospect is anathema to any elected official, and terrifying to boot.

The only way to break this cycle of ever-increasing insanity is for sensible, normal, rational Americans to vote in primary elections. Even if you’re not a party member, you can pick the one that is closest to you and vote for the sensible grownup who is running for a particular office, and by so doing kick the crazy wingnut candidate to the curb. It’s simple, takes less than an hour, and solves the root cause of DC’s problems.

Simple, easy, cheap, not a hardship, solves the problem. How often can you literally say you helped save the country in such a manner? If enough of us do this, we can end partisan gridlock, stop all these phony-baloney crises, and have a Congress that truly represents the majority of Americans. Because right now, it represents a minority.

Congress will represent the people who can put them into office and remove them from office. Those people are primary voters. Let’s all be  primary voters. And take our country back from the crazies.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

If Mr. Blunt and Cranky had a dollar for every time a politician said something like “never mind the individual opinions of our caucus members, for the good of the party we must come together and be 100% united”; well, he could afford to give out his songs for free instead of hawking them on iTunes and other such sites. But alas, we don’t get dollars from our dysfunctional elected “representatives”, and so on we go with our jobs, while they fail at theirs. Over. And over. Again.

And the reason they fail is their devotion to their parties, and their corresponding lack of devotion to us. Even though we pay their salaries, they spend their on-the-job time working for their parties. We see and hear them apologizing for voting with their party, say it isn’t their view, but they have to hew the line, and so on. Hey, Chuckles, we are paying you. Either work for us, or quit and work for your friggin’ party.

Look at the past few years for a classic example: the “Republican” Party and their openly avowed Number One Priority of getting a “Republican” in the White House in 2012. By their own admission, they put their constitutionally-mandated work aside to focus on partisan politics, to the detriment of the nation.

This is far from the only example of such party-centric focus: it has been a staple of partisan operations for many a year, in many a place. It is only unusual in that it was so baldly stated, without the slightest hint of shame. And without much in the way of consequences from the voters, who have gotten very little for the billions spent on and by the Legislative branch of late.

Two relevant comments from very prominent politicians:

Number A; President Washington, in his Farewell Address, warned us that political parties would someday steal the reins of power from the voters and their legally constituted organizations. His prediction has come true, even if we choose not to recognize it.

Letter 2; Haley Barbour recently announced that his “Republican” party was in need of “a proctology exam”.  True, if vulgar.

If we squashed political parties like the cockroaches they are, we could take the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on them, apply it to the deficit, and maybe have our “representatives” start to represent us for a friggin’ change.  Until we do, we will continue to be ruled by organizations that have no right to govern us.

Mr.  B & C