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This always surprises people: the Courts have ruled that news organizations can tell lies whenever they choose. Freedom of speech, don’tcha know. Jane Akre, an award-winning Journalist, was hired by Fox News affiliate WTVT to be, well, a journalist. You know, someone who reports news.

To Fox’s surprise, she and her team found some news. News that one of Fox’s sponsors did not like at all. So Fox ordered her to put some lies in the broadcast, to keep the sponsors happy and the money rolling in. Ms. Akre refused, on grounds of professional ethics.

Fox then fired her and her husband; they sued, and the court’s ruling, incredibly, made it clear that there was no law requiring that news organizations provide truthful content. None. Nada. Zippo. Zilch. Lies are A-OK for those upon whom we rely for accurate reporting.

That ruling, as we look back, opened the Falsehood Floodgates the rest of the way for politicians and their BFFs in the Infotainment Industry. One may still sue for libel, although it is very hard to win and takes years. One may sue over a false advertisement, but those cases are likewise hard to win and take years as well.

Meanwhile, Fox and their compadres repeat their lies so often in the interim, the lies wind up being believed to be true by a large majority of Americans. A few recent examples: Benghazi, Obama’s birth certificate, and much of the Michael Brown coverage.

This writer loves him some First Amendment, yes he does. However, there is no reason not to be able to require that news providers at least put a label on lies: call ’em “editorials”, or “speculative”, or “unproved”. It would be better to make the lies illegal, but the Roberts court ain’t gonna outlaw lies. Not with the current load of Bushbots and Reaganistas forming the majority, anyway.

So, Gentle Reader, remember that you really CAN’T trust anything you read in the papers or see on the TeeVee. You are being lied to 24/7/365 by at least some of the “news” sources you have heretofore relied upon for information. You’ll have to keep a line open to Snopes, FactCheck, Politifact, and other such sources before you can believe Thing One the newsies tell you.

Because in modern America, it’s legal for rich corporations, “news” outlets and politicians to lie to you whenever they want, about whatever they want, however they want.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And they say it straight out, with no shame at all. The state of Texas is fighting the DOJ, hoping to keep the courts from blocking them from screwing tens of thousands of citizens out of the right to vote. Their “logic” works like this: “We aren’t discriminating against people of color, and never did, really, well, maybe we did a little bit but not all that much,and we willnevereverever do it again. Honest. Pinky swear. But we ARE trying to rig elections so Democrats can’t win”. From the article:

“Shortly after the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision, Texas moved to reinstate restrictive voting laws that had previously been blocked by the feds. As far as it’s 2011 redistricting plan goes, the state’s brief argues that’s all in the past, and it was a partisan issue rather than a racial one anyway.

“The redistricting decisions of which DOJ complains were motivated by partisan rather than racial considerations, and the plaintiffs and DOJ have zero evidence to prove the contrary,” the state writes in its brief. “It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.”

This is yet another example of why political parties suck, and why we should have listened to President Washington and never allowed the corrupting beasties to exist in the first place. Texas “Republicans” see absolutely nothing wrong with election-rigging, screwing voters from the other party out of the right to vote, and subverting the electoral process for partisan gain. In their minds, it is perfectly OK to steal elections. And that is truly frightening.

Criminals saying that their crimes are no big deal are always scary: murderers who say “God told me to kill that doctor”, child rapists who claim “it was her idea”, and so on. The creepiest crooks are those who simply fail to understand that the law of the land applies to everyone, or even think that their crimes are legal when they commit them because, well, just because. Texas is saying that they can completely destroy the democratic process, so long as their primary intent is not to discriminate on basis of skin color.

Here’s hoping the courts and the Department of Justice drag out some big ol’ cans of Whoop-Ass for this case, and open them upon the Texas “Republicans” who are trying to steal an entire state. Because THAT, dear reader, would be a big crime, and worthy of a commensurate punishment.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

This really should be a George Carlin punch line, but is scarily quite real. Mississippi: the Red State that imprisons young kids for acting up at school. Below is the link:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/feds-authorities-in-meridian-miss-violated-rights-of-black-children/

A couple of choice quotes from the article:

“The system established by the City of Meridian, Lauderdale County, and DYS to incarcerate children for school suspensions ‘shocks the conscience,’ resulting in the incarceration of children for alleged ‘offenses’ such as dress code violations, flatulence, profanity, and disrespect.” The Justice Department findings letter noted.

Describing the “school-to-prison pipeline” the Justice Department findings letter noted of the alleged abuses by the police, “By policy and practice, [the Meridian Police Department] MPD automatically arrests all students referred to MPD by the District. The children arrested by MPD are then sent to the County juvenile justice system, where existing due process protections are illusory and inadequate.”

This is a waste of taxpayer money and an insult to the parents and children who are required to send their children to these “schools”. It is also unconstitutional on multiple grounds, abusive, counterproductive and un-American to an unbelievable level.

Oh, and as it chances, there is a for-profit, privately-owned prison in Meridian (one of five in the state). It would be interesting to see if anyone in the MPD or on the local School Board had a financial interest in this school-to-cell scam, now, wouldn’t it?

Mr. B & C

As you might know, Republicans around the country have been pushing Voter ID laws. Aggressively pushing. Pushing like a panicky heroin dealer who owes the Mob lots of vig on his back payments. They have been trumpeting them in the media, courts, and legislatures as necessary to combat “voter fraud”. Now, when it goes to court and they have to sign on the dotted line,they suddenly admit that there is no evidence of voter fraud to combat.

Mind you, that hasn’t stopped them from pushing the laws anyway. Mr. Blunt and Cranky is more than a bit flummoxed by this: when we are spending taxpayer dollars to combat a problem, one would reasonably expect a problem to exist, and that our “representatives” would have actual proof of the existence of said problem. So, one wonders, why are they doing all this expensive (but seemingly unneeded) work on the taxpayers’ dime?

Uncommon honesty, at least in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania: they are pushing voter ID laws so as to cut back on the number of registered likely Dem voters, thus making it easier for Repubs to win.  This is not just a random blogger’s opinion: it is the stated objective of Repub lawmakers involved in such efforts.

Here’s where they admit that there is no evidence of voter fraud: http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/ApplewhiteStipulation.pdf

Here’s where the PA GOP House Majority leader tells us why he pushed the law in his state: http://www.politicspa.com/turzai-voter-id-law-means-romney-can-win-pa/37153/   Use the Google thing to find a more detailed admission from the WI GOP Big Cheese(head).

Straight from the Elephant’s mouth, folks. Ask yourself: why would you vote for a party that out-and-out makes s*** up in order to take away the legitimate rights of American citizens?  These laws would have stripped this writer’s mother (a lifelong Republican, by the bye) of her right to vote. Make your blood boil?

It gets worse: the next voter to lose their rights might just be you. Think about it.

Mr. B & C

Everybody knows this little rodent and what a pain in the arse he is:  a bunch of kids at recess decide to play kickball (or whatever), and he decides to be The Rule Maker. At first, everybody goes along, because, hey, it’s kickball, not too complicated, what can he do to mess it up? No worries, knock yourself out, ferret-face.

But as the game progresses, he re-writes the rules for his own benefit whenever things don’t go his way. Pretty soon, fights break out and the game goes up in flames, all because of the little snot and his sneaky crap. And he keeps doing it, recess after recess, day after day, until the whole classroom decides to take him down in the next dodgeball game. Pretty ugly scene, if you remember those days from your youth.

It is certainly no more palatable in adulthood. From bosses who “interpret” contract rules to shaft certain workers they dislike, to elected officials who implement legislation to skew the playing field in their favor, we see that the snotty little weasel was not improved by being smeared all over the second grade playground. Indeed, he grew up to be even sneakier and more mendacious than he was before. And he intends to take that old dodgeball and give it back to you, right where you will find it to be the least comfortable.

Today’s Grown-Up Little Playground Snot (GULPS) is Florida  businessman crook Governor Little Rickie Scott, who reallyreallyreally wants to make sure his team wins this fall’s electoral kickball tourney (and when one thinks about it, ball-kicking is pretty much what politics has become). In spite of the other players (the counties, the auditors, the feds, the voters, etc.) he is going to interpret existing rules and write new ones on the fly, so as to make sure he wins.

Just as in those halcyon days of yore, the other players are getting madder and madder, and the allegorical dodgeballs (lawsuits) are flying at the GULPS. Also as in those aforementioned days, he is insisting that he alone is right, and that anyone who does not follow his super-duper extra-special  personal set of awesome rules is a cheater.

Maybe we were too harsh on the GULPS when he was a wee tyke. Perhaps some gentle understanding would have helped him to grow up into something other than a sleazy, conniving, serial rule-rewriter with a heart of pig poo and the eyes of a rabid stoat.

 Or maybe we weren’t harsh enough. Pass the dodgeballs around, kids, that recess bell is ringing.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky