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The whole Teabagger Meltdown over Caitlyn Jenner is just the most recent example of hypocritical moralizers with their own secretly amoral lives: for instance, the many-times-married, closeted gay foghorn Rush Limbaugh lambasted her for, well, being a her. Mike Huckabee responded to the Vanity Fair photo of Ms. Jenner by extolling the joys of showering with underaged girls. And so on. And on. AND on.

Every time a politico excoriates an opponent for conduct unbecoming, we come to find out that they have a related skeleton in their own closet. Like “pro-lifer” Scott DesJarlais, who pressured his own wife and mistress to get abortions. Or David Vitter, who hates all sex offenders except himself? Or the crew of Congressional Sluts (Hastert, Hyde, Gingrich, et. al.) who prosecuted Bubba in Blowjobgate?

Sometimes, a fiscal hawk can indeed be a good money manager. And some defense critics actually have served in combat. But never will you see a preachy poltico or pundit rant and rail about dah gay, or women’s healthcare, or anything related to sexual morality who doesn’t have his or her own little secret sex life. Usually one that they are pretending to hate.

Put another way,Orin Kerr recently said these few pithy words:

“If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.”

Cranky’s First Law has been proven. NEVER trust a politico, pundit, or plutocrat who claims to hate ANY sort of sex or gender-related activity. Sure as eggs is eggs, they are down with some serious private (and mayhap illegal) naughtiness of their own.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

No, this is not a joke. Or at least, it’s not funny. You can now “gift” any and every North Carolina official with sexual favors, and it’s legal.

North Carolina’s State Ethics Committee has just opened up a major problem for their state — they just made it legal for lobbying firms to purchase prostitutes to service politicians. The Committee’s determination that sex had no value and that sex between a lobbyist and politician was nothing to report or in any way questionable means that a major loophole has opened up for lobbying firms. Now lobbying firms can hire people with the explicit goal to seduce and fornicate with politicians in order to garner favor.

In other terms, lobbying firms can hire people who can offer sexual services for politicians, and they don’t even need to register.

Whores servicing whores. Both parties being pimped out. With human trafficking, child abuse, slavery and other concerns that go with prostitution finally getting acknowledged in this country, Carolinians are taking a firm stand for abuse. Abuse of women, abuse of children, and abuse of power. All wrapped up in one, well, f***ing law.

Christ on a condom.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Remember the 90’s? That was when a Dem got elected President, and the Repubs spent years manufacturing “scandals” so as to stop him from getting his agenda accomplished. Bulls*** allegation after bulls*** allegation, and finally one stuck to the wall: a stain on a gullible young lady’s dress, put there by our horndog Prexy Bubba. Finally, after years of effort, the “Republicans” had a scandal with which to distract the public and derail the administration’s efforts and policies. Oh, and to use to take the White House in 2000. Dirty politics, but effective. Even today, “Lewinsky” is a punch line.

Now we have another Democrat at 1600, and the Repubs have been working from the same playbook for his entire term. BS “scandal” after BS “scandal” has been thrown at Obama, and none has stuck. Not until Ron Paul supporter Edward Snowden decided to derail the administration. And he (or whoever he really works for) has upped the game considerably. Not just a stain or an “is” leaked at random moments: no, these releases of national security information are being timed to lead the media and the more gullible members of the public around by the nose:
* The initial “revelation” happened just after another attempted scandal was fizzling out,
* The “revelation” about spying on China came out right before Obama met with China’s leader,
*The “revelation” about spying on Russia came out right before Obama met with Russia’s leader, and then
*Right on cue, the son of the man Snowden supported in 2012 denounced Obama over the NSA “scandal”.

A well-coordinated and effective but of dirty politics, you’ll agree. And it will continue, because it seems to be working. Note that this writer is neither excusing Clinton’s pre-adolescent behavior with Ms. Lewinsky, nor is he standing up for the appalling breaches of privacy that the Bushies and their Patriot Act handed down to the present regime.

But, Gentle Reader, he IS saying that the “revelations” and “scandals” are part of a pattern of behavior that we have seen from the “Republican” party for many years now. Far too many of We The People are forgetting this, and allowing ourselves to be jerked around on the strings of various puppeteers, who are not doing this for the good of the country: no, they are doing this to stop Obama from getting anything done, so the Elephants can kick the Donkeys out of power once again. And it’s working, because far too many of us aren’t paying attention.

And if this disgraceful campaign of character assassination succeeds, you’ll have this latter-day Lewinsky to thank (or blame). Yes, the new and improved edition of a young naïf who hit their knees in order to “service” someone in a position of power. A punchline-in-waiting is he, aided and abetted by our national failure to pay attention when we are being manipulated.

The only question left is what sort of “stain” will be left on Mr. Snowden, and whether he can ever wash it away.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Mr. Blunt and Cranky heard a phrase once that described the scumbucket rapists and their enablers in Steubenville, OH to an inch: “Mama threw away the baby and raised the afterbirth.”

Rude, you say? Insensitive, over the top perhaps? Read the article below, watch the videos, follow the links, and then say that the above phrase is not appropriate:
It is Even Worse

Or check this link if your stomach isn’t that strong: Not as detailed

If a tenth of this is true, then a lot of people in Steubenville have a hole inside themselves where their morals should be. And calling them afterbirth is, quite frankly, better than they deserve.

If this writer ran the show, each and every person who raped; aided and abetted a rape; covered up a rape; supported the rapists; or abused a rape victim in any way, shape or form would be bound, gagged, and left alone with their victims and the families of the victims. And the victims could do anything they wanted to their rapists, with no legal consequences.

Why not? That is  about how much law and order Steubenville, OH has used on the rapists, after all. The victims deserve at least as much liberty as the criminals.

Mr. B & C

Mr. Blunt and Cranky thinks it is time for some new words to describe our new breed of politicians: those who not only cheerfully sell themselves to the highest bidder, but fully admit to so doing. These blatantly corrupt swine are all about personal gain and clearly care nothing for the voters who elected them.

So if all these politicos care about is personal profit, let us then dub them “profitutes” and their profession as “profitution”.

Insulting, you say? How dare we compare the likes of John Boehner to common whores? Well , perhaps: but to this writer, it is the hookers who should be insulted. After all, those who sell sex for money are not violating a sworn oath to the constitution. And the Profitutes most certainly are: they take our tax dollars and give us nothing in return. At least a call girl provides the services she contracted for.

(Full disclosure: your humble correspondent has never had sex with a prostitute. He HAS, however, been screwed many times by profitutes.)

Mr. B & C

To hear a few crazies on the Left tell it, this week’s election results are a sign of the impending Social Democratic Paradise on Earth. News flash: uhhhh, ermmmm, not really, no. What it was was a repudiation of the Teabagging, Randian AMFYOYO dope dreams of the Radical Right. That is something quite different from an endorsement of the Hard Left.

The majority of the American electorate is and has always been Centrist.  This despite the earnest efforts of generations’ worth of extremists of many persuasions: alas, the sad reality is that most humans don’t really give a monkey’s about the nuances of political theory. What they want from politics is to have safety, security, and to do their own thing.  So when their wealth is redistributed beyond what seems an equitable extent, they get pissy. When their freedoms are infringed beyond the extent that seems required for their security, they get a wee bit ticked off. When they are insulted, condescended to, or abused, they get hugely pissed off.

All three things were done unto them in the past few years by the Radical Right; and so they gave the Teabaggers a humiliating kick in the groin. Well-deserved it was, and quite entertaining to watch. What they did not do was to endorse a wholesale shift to the Left.

What does that mean? If the Left wants to achieve their goals, they’ll have to do it slowly, carefully, respectfully, in consultation with the Center, and above all in a way that enhances the overall freedom, safety and security of the nation. That requires a calm, grownup approach, peeps.

The last thing anyone in the Center wants to hear right now are the words “radical” or “revolutionary”. They have had a bad experience with that sort of thing of late, and anyone who tries to peddle it now will wind up with their nether regions  feeling a lot like those of Akin, Mourdock and Company.

Mr. B & C

Back in the Y-Zero-K Days, a whole raft of people told Pontius Pilate to crucify a rabble-rousing Rabbi from Nazareth. Whipped into a frenzy by the pundits and politicians and preachers of the day, the popular opinion was to kill a man who had never done a lick of harm to anyone. Today, of course, we know that they were wrong to do so.

Back in the last century, a skinny little Austrian with a good speaking voice managed to whip millions of people into a frenzy of hatred and embark upon a mission to rule the world. Millions upon millions of people died in the ensuing war, and we can see the horrible aftereffects to this day. Today, of course, we know that the German people and their allies were wrong to do so.

Today, we have lots and lots of people doing as the Pharisees and the Nazis did, and millions of people following along, whipped up into a frenzy against gays, our big-eared Prexy, immigrants, Moslems, women, and other folks. It is “popular”, and the “will of the people” to persecute these folks. We are told, for example,  that as a “Christian Nation”, the majority may impose its will upon the minority and do as we wish to them.

It would do us all well to remember the countless times in history when large groups of people have been conned into doing unspeakable things to their fellow man. In the future, people will regard us as unkindly as we today regard the gullible fools that enabled the Romans, the Nazis, the Klan, and other like-minded slimeballs.

Mr. B & C

If someone built a bridge of twigs and mud, and told you it was an Interstate Highway bridge, Mr. Blunt and Cranky hopes you would not drive over it; (if you would, he shan’t ride in a car with you). Oh, the person might ask you to “trust them”, to “have faith”, and urge you to drive over the bridge despite the obvious weakness. But no one possessed of even a moiety of their marbles would be fool enough to do so. Faith is a wonderful thing in its place, but one must not let it be used to enable folly or to cause harm.

A pity, then, that so many people put their faith in structures of similar weakness; theories of economics, political party affiliations, and the like. These are matters of propaganda, philosophy and convenience, but still subject to validation by evidence. And, regardless of what we might wish to believe, facts will have their way in the end, regardless of how earnestly we might wish otherwise.

Because Faith, by definition, is reserved for things that may not be proven or disproven: one can have (or not) faith in a God or Gods, for instance (as Mr. Blunt and Cranky does, stubborn old Presbyterian that he is). But how can have faith in something like a theory of economics, which can be proven right or wrong?

Things of the real world are solid, and not subject to alteration by our wishes, no matter how passionately we may believe them. Put another way, we are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs, but not to our own set of facts. Disagree? Then let’s see you walk through a solid granite wall, defy gravity, or overdraw your checking account. No matter the depth of your faith, you’ll wind up sorry and sore in the end.

When politicians ask us to “trust them” as they keep secrets from us, we are being asked to use faith in the wrong place: because their secrets will come out in the end, and their follies will hurt us and break our hearts. Politicians CAN give us information if we demand it. They are not suitable objects for our faith, and we do wrong when we give it to them.

As the parties build their flimsy structures and ask us to drive across them, we owe it to ourselves and each other to look upon them with clear eyes; yes, and to use our brains, too. Because if we all drive across their flimsy bridges based on mere faith, we and our fellows are quite likely to come to a very bad end.

Mr. B & C

Below is a link to a story about Prince Mitt’s latest obnoxious treatment of “ordinary” people, showing his ingrained lack of respect for others:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mother-slain-navy-seal-romney-shouldn-t-politicize-175619474–election.html

The story is simple: a brave American soldier (not like Willard, who was a draft dodger) gave his life for his fellow man. Romney decided to use the soldier’s story as a tool to attack Obama. We shall repeat: Mitt, coward that he is, used someone’s heroic death to score a few cheap political points. What a scumbucket. And he didn’t even have the common decency to check with the soldier’s family first.

The fallen soldier’s mother is calling Mitt on his un-American, sleazy, cheap, disrespectful behavior. As well she should.

As should we all.

Mr. B & C

Waaaaay back in the day, Moses told Pharaoh the contents of the cans of whoop-ass that would be opened if he did not free his slaves. Pharaoh said to himself “Awwww, he doesn’t really mean it”, and Egypt’s ass got well and truly whooped upon. Can after can, until Pharaoh showed his belly and let em’ go.

In the early decades of the last century, a disgruntled political prisoner wrote Mein Kampf, announcing his agenda and intentions for after he got out on parole. The parole board said to themselves, “Awwww, he doesn’t really mean it”, and nearly half the planet’s asses got well and truly whooped upon.

After Watergate, an influential conservative wrote the Powell Memo, detailing how Righties would whoop the asses of the Lefties. The Lefties said to themselves, “Awwww, he doesn’t really mean it”, and the Left’s collective (pun intended) ass got well and truly whooped upon.

Flash forward to the present day: Romney and Obama are the both of them a-runnin’ to be the Prexy. Both of them are telling us what they will do if they get into the Oval Office, so maybe we had all best learn from history and listen this time around.  Short form: Romney will kiss the institutions and whoop ass on the individuals, and Obama will kiss the individuals and whoop ass on the institutions.  (They have each said as much about their agendas on more than one occasion, albeit not in this writer’s blunt and cranky phraseology.) Listen to both of these  yahoos, and vote for the vision you prefer come November.

Just don’t, PLEASE, for the love of God, say to yourself “Awwww, he doesn’t really mean it”. Not unless you have one helluva cushion for your ass.

Mr. B & C