Monday, March 29, 2010

Uncivil War

Can't wait to see what kind of mental gymnastics the fine assholes as FAUX News come up with to explain away the 'not being swarthy and Muslim' part of this group of Conservative Christian Domestic Terrorists.

Militia members charged with police-killing plot - Yahoo! News:
"WASHINGTON – Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia in the Midwest are charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel, federal prosecutors said Monday."

A Marine has a message for these Christian Conservative Domestic Terrorists.

Newsvine - An article I wish I would never have to write - To those calling for a civil war, this Marine wants you to stop, and think...:
"Secondly, Regardless of your political ideology, you've earned the right as US Citizens to say your piece - no matter how wrong it may be. That is your right, and I will give my life to protect it.

But this government of ours is a democracy. We vote for our representatives, and they vote in our interests. Sometimes, the votes don't go our way. That's life, better luck next time. Exhaust your legislative options, and then focus on gaining the required votes and/or seats to achieve your desired legislative vote next election time. That's the way things work.

But the SECOND you start committing acts of violence and vandalism, then you've usurped that Constitution. You in a way have assaulted it. And then you and I (I being every servicemember who has sworn to defend said Constitution) will have a MAJOR PROBLEM."

Whatever they (Republicans) are blaming others of doing, they (Republicans) are the ones actually 'doing'.

It really is quite simple.

Janine R. Wedel: Shadow Elite: March to War -- The Neocon Playbook, Straight from the Soviet Bloc


Prepared to be more shocked.

Daily Kos: Is Future Shock And Grief At The Heart Of The Tea Party?:
"Let’s take a look at who the Tea Party members are. It is true they are overwhelmingly white, but they are also overwhelmingly male, and have attended college. They also tend to be from more rural parts of the nation and skew older. Basically, you can describe them as the conservative wing of the Baby Boomers.

All this leads me to wonder, is the Tea Party Movement a Future Shock reaction? For those who don’t know, Future Shock is the idea of Alvin Toffler. He came up with this idea in 1970, and it states that as the pace of change accelerates folks become unable to absorb more change and become 'future shocked'. Toffler predicts that people who become future shocked will act out in bizarre ways; they will be unable to assimilate new information and will, in general, try to retreat from the massive pace of change.

This sounds surprisingly like the actions of the Tea Party members, doesn’t it? For the conservative Baby Boomers this pace of change, a black president, a seeming repudiation of the Republican Party’s war and economic policies, coupled with the economic melt-down and the continuing deterioration of the assumption that white men will run this nation is too much for folks who grew up in a time when change ran slower."

The Twilight of the Elites - 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years - TIME:
"In the past decade, nearly every pillar institution in American society — whether it's General Motors, Congress, Wall Street, Major League Baseball, the Catholic Church or the mainstream media — has revealed itself to be corrupt, incompetent or both. And at the root of these failures are the people who run these institutions, the bright and industrious minds who occupy the commanding heights of our meritocratic order. In exchange for their power, status and remuneration, they are supposed to make sure everything operates smoothly. But after a cascade of scandals and catastrophes, that implicit social contract lies in ruins, replaced by mass skepticism, contempt and disillusionment."

Amen. I've always thought this was one of our more awful local practices.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: End Local Judicial Elections:
"WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is endorsing an end to the election of judges at the state and local levels."

Daniel Firger: Why We Need a New Bull Moose Movement

A century ago, Roosevelt explained the need for his third-party candidacy:
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly what should be said on the vital issues of the day.
These words ring truer today than they have in quite some time. Trillions of taxpayer dollars are propping up a financial sector bloated with profits; but Congress, looking ahead to the midterm elections, is too paralyzed to act decisively and help relieve ordinary Americans suffering through the recession. To make matters worse, the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United overturned a century's worth of campaign finance law, giving corporations more influence in elections than they've had since Teddy Roosevelt delivered his Bull Moose speech in Milwaukee.

During Roosevelt's presidency, a conservative Supreme Court comprised of railroad lawyers consistently blocked dozens of progressive federal and state legislative proposals. The pro-corporate Supreme Court appointments of Roosevelt's successor, President Taft, who filled six vacancies, did nothing to temper progressive outrage. True to form, Roosevelt jumped into the fray, decrying the Supreme Court's out-sized role as a barrier to social justice. In his Progressive Party convention speech, Roosevelt declared:

The American people, and not the courts, are to determine their own fundamental
policies. . . . The stick-in-the-bark legalism, the legalism that subordinates equity to technicalities, should be recognized as a potent enemy of justice.

I lived in this neighborhood for a short period of time, pre-transformation. Place doesn't even look the same.

How we roll:

Hayes Valley: A Former Freeway Turns into a Farm - Look - GOOD:
"The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake left many of San Francisco's urban freeways structurally unsound. (Back then, there were many, carving up the core of the city.) But the flipside was a boon: The teardown of broad segments of elevated road has led to the revitalization—the reinvention, really—of neighborhoods like Hayes Valley. It has also given the city chunks of unused space, including the stretch between Laguna, Octavia, Oak, and Fell Streets, where ramps to the old Central Freeway haven't led anywhere in years."

FAUX is trying to sign a deal for this to replace 24.... but, for real this time.

Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France : NPR:
"The hostess and a chanting audience urged the players — who had levers in front of them — to send jolts of electricity into the man in the box when he gave an incorrect answer.

Even when the player screamed out in pain for them to stop, 80 percent of the contestants kept zapping him. In reality, the man in the electric chair was an actor who wasn't really being shocked — but the players and the audience did not know that.

The documentary makers say reality television relies increasingly on violent, humiliating and cruel acts to boost ratings. They say they simply wanted to see if we would go so far as to kill someone for entertainment."

Book Claims CIA LSD Experiment Made French Town Crazy - ABC News


Again, The Onion writes a piece of satire which quickly turns into the reality of the situation.

Pope Forgives Molested Children | The Onion - America's Finest News Source:
"VATICAN CITY—Calling forgiveness 'one of the highest virtues taught to us by Jesus,' Pope John Paul II issued a papal decree Monday absolving priest-molested children of all sin."

This is an excellent video on how fucking stupid bottled water is.



Jez said...

Can't watch videos at work, but totally agree on the stupidity of bottled water. We own about 6 stainless steel Kleen Kanteen bottles of various sizes, and filter our own house water, fill these up and take them with us.

JPW said...

When you get home, definitely check it out. Really well done. Hell, most of the bottled water comes from city municipalities anyway. Not a very bright country.

Anonymous said...

It is disingenuous to imply that conservative protesters are domestic terrorists- liberals regularly celebrate people who commit similar acts, for example, Bill Ayers engaged in bombings and the Days of Rage Riot, the anti-war protest at the 2008 RNC got much more violent than anything the tea party has done thus far, and ELF and ALF regularly commit acts of violence.

Furthermore, most the allegations against the tea partiers behavior has been exaggerated- like the claim that Rep. Cleaver was spit on. Watch the video- the guy was yelling and spit merely came out of his mouth. Gross? Yes. Should he have apologized? Yes. But was it intentionally spitting on him? No.

You fail to even mention that of all this mess, and it is a mess, that the only charges have come against the guy who threatened Cantor- a republican. Violence isn't right, never an answer, etc. But why the short memory?

Anonymous said...

You are correct that judicial elections is an awful practice.

JPW said...

Again, you're spreading a load of horseshit, CLA. Nobody on the Dems side celebrated Ayers. Nobody. He's a Republican boogie man. So, that argument is a total load.

We don't have an entire propaganda TV station that hires every Republican Felon (convicted, awaiting trial, or just slimey enough to avoid arrest) in an effort to 'wash away their sins'.

Saw the video and yes he purposefully spat on him. I also heard very distinctly 'nigger' and 'fag' on other videos. Quit trying to excuse your sides insane and dangerous behavior. White, angry, hypocrites, racists is the Bagger make up.

Riiight. RNC more violent than anything the Baggers have done. Riiight.

There is no exaggeration. You guys own it. Conservatives own the militias, own the racists Teabaggers, own the Tim McVeighs.

ELF and ALF are not codified parts of the Dem party. Actually, they hate Dems as much as Republicans.

Oh, and Cantor's boy. He threatened Obama too. Hell, in his 2000 YouTubes, he pretty much threatened everyone. He's crazy was equal to all.

I repudiate his threat against Cantor, but kinda convient after Cantor's "I was shot at" horseshit was exposed. Boy who cried wolf and all. Cantors a lying ass.

This is no 'both sides are doing it'. This is Conservatives 100%.

Again, Tim McVeigh. Just waiting for the 2010 version to strike. Thanks god Obama's Socialist FBI and Socialist ATF are on top of the ball. Saved a lot of lives in Michigan.

Shannon said...

CLA, I agree that hyperbole is negative regardless of what side you are on. However, I also think that denial is just as dangerous. Just because you might not put yourself into the same category as the zealots, does not mean the zealots don't exist. Like it or not, the Republican Party policies seem to attract way more closed-minded wackos, and even if the wackos "may not" be an accurate representation of the majority of your party, should it not make you wonder what it is about the policies that are so attractive to extremists?

Anonymous said...

I'm not denying the zealotry or the closed-mindedness- it is there, but the same problem fringe groups exist on both sides. Moreover, a terrible amount of demonizing exists on both sides too where people's positions are terribly manipulated. For example, today in the KC Star an editorial ran that essentially concluded that if you opposed the bailout or health care or any of the President's programs- you were doing so because you were racist. This conclusion unfairly demonizes anyone who has legitimate policy disagreements with the legislation.

In any event I am not defending the tea partiers or some of their extreme positions, merely pointing out (and my list was just off the top of my head) that both dems and repubs attract idiots. This is a major problem with the two-party, big tent political style of politics. Citizens are left to pick one or the other- I'm not just one or the other. I think JPW would maybe agree with something like that- he complains about fake democrats on occasion. I'm not nearly as unreasonable as you paint me.

Shannon said...

It wasn't my intention to paint you as unreasonable, quite contrary. Truthfully, I find your comments calmly made and your willingness to agree on some things demonstrates a great ability to reason. However, the impression your comment had made is that you didn't recognize much extremism in the Republican Party. Perhaps, that wasn't your intention, but I find your arguments in "proving" extremism in the Democratic Party pretty weak. Of course, there are crazies on both sides, but honestly, c'mon, you cannot convince me that it's equally crazy. One side promotes tolerance, and one side promotes intolerance, inflexibility, what side do you think the crazies are gonna have more fun with?

You are soooooo right about it being wrong that there only be two sides to choose from. Thankfully, here in Canada, even though our politics consist mainly of Liberals and Conservatives, during election time, we have other little guys that can throw out their voice and challenge both parties. It's a very valuable tool from the standpoint of a voter to have a party that knows it doesn't stand a chance to win to at least excercise their right to make the big guys look like assholes.

So are you suggesting that your issues are not so much with one side or the other, but rather your lack of choice? I admit I was very surprised when you said that, because the arguments you present give the reader the impression that you are much more supportive of the right side. Not that it matters to me what side you support, I just thought I'd point it out in case that isn't the statement you've been wanting to make.