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In the “nobody could be THAT sleazy” competition of 2013, the Virginia Senate’s GOP caucus has truly raised the bar for all the other sleazebuckets who would contend for the title. This was sleaze combined with racism, gall, and a truly epic flip o’ the bird to any sense of cooperation, bipartisanship, respect, or fair play. We are talking EPIC, here, peeps: Wow.

Short version: while a black State Senator ( and veteran of the Civil Rights movement) was, on Martin Luther King Day attending the public inauguration of a black President, the Virginia Repubs took advantage of his absence to ram a gerrymandering plan through that would diminish the impact of minority votes. You see, had he been there, there would have been a 20:20 tie between the Elephants and the Donkeys, and the bill would have been debated and passed (or not) on a bipartisan basis.

But nooooooo. The “republicans” in Virginia want to rig future elections by gerrymandering the state and to Hell with the wishes of the governed. Those voters expressed their wishes by electing equal numbers of Repubs and Dems. Got that? Virginians explicitly rejected partisanship with their votes. But the GOP could give a rat’s fart about what the electorate wants: for them it is all about power and wealth for their party and those that bribe them.

Oh, and the racism: after all the slights against black folk already named above, and the dirty pool played in order to screw black voters and elected officials; when their “work” was done, the Senate adjourned “in memory of Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson”.

Just to make it crystal clear: after taking a number of questionable actions that were specifically targeted to hurt black people, on Martin Luther King Day, the Virginia Senate “republicans” chose to honor a Confederate General.You know, a guy who betrayed his service oath and took up arms against his country in order to keep black people in chains.

Virginia voters, you can do two things: either embrace your Pro-Slavery Republicans; or kick their asses until they stop doing this crap. By your choice, we shall know you.

Mr. B& C

Yes, Barack H. Obama has once again become President of these here United States of America. Like him or loathe him, he has accomplished something a lot of Prexies have not: he won re-election. Lots of people on the Right cannot wrap their heads around this reality, so Mr. Blunt and Cranky is here with his trusty Fungo Bat of Fact to ever-so-gently beat the truth into their heads.

Obama accomplished this feat by beating the ever-lovin’ crap out of Captain Forehead in the General Election, just as he did unto Senator McCain a few years back. The math says he won, and no matter the screeches and conspiracy theories, math wins in the end. Obama won the election. Cope, people.

Another uncomfortable fact that you all must accept: Obama won both his terms with higher percentages of the popular vote than Bubba or Bush The Dumber. Yes, I know, the FoxIverse and its echo-chamber brethren would have you believe that Obama is less popular than pond scum, but the fact remains that he got one whole helluva lot of votes. Simple logic says that most people either like the guy, trust the guy, or both. Regardless of what Limbaugh and his fellow shriekers say.

Four more years of a Black Prexy, folks. Oh, and by the way, the U.S. Census defines race as whatever the citizen chooses. Mr. B & C identifies as White, for instance. Obama calls himself Black, the U.S. Government concurs, ergo the President is Black. And he’s having the public ceremony on MLK Day. Yep, another influential Black man. That’s the breaks, Honkies.

One final whack of the Fact Bat: the United States operates under a Constitution, and all of our laws must, repeat MUST, be in compliance with said document, no matter how popular an idea may be at a given moment. So if you want some bright, shiny object enacted into law (like outlawing guns or abortion), fuhgeddaboutit.Not only are the Supremes experts on the Constitution, so too is President Obama. So calm down and adjust your expectations to fit what the law will actually allow.

Reality. Learn to love it, folks: because reality ain’t going anywhere.

Mr. B & C

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This is a picture of the Orlando Amtrak Station, taken at Noon the Friday before Inauguration Day. This station is usually pretty much empty. Today, there are 300 people here, waiting to train up to D.C. to witness the second swearing in of a Black President.

With all the crap going on in our country, it is easy to forget the progress that continues to happen, and the history that continues to be made every day. And it gets made because of people like these, being dedicated, working for what they believe in, day in and day out.

On Martin Luther King Day, a black man will take the oath of office and start his second term as President of the United States of America. That really is a big deal, folks. And it is a good reason to be proud Americans. Take a moment and be it,

Mr. B & C