“Youse don wanna be steppin’ on youse own crank, youse know?”

My favorite response to the question “Why don’t cops break up Tea Party rallies?”

“It’s not about violence or guns. Those are distractions. OWS trying to be nonviolent isn’t because violence is “bad” or “wrong;” it’s because violence is a distraction. The reason guns are OK at a tea party rally is that it isn’t a protest; it’s a ratified, funded, and supported affirmation of those who already have political power. The rich aren’t going to disrupt you kissing their asses.”

Thank you so much, Mr. Burke, for placing that crystalline-clear thought into the ether.

“I like taxes. They pay for civilization.”

(I cadged this list from Addicting Info, but I want to ensure that I can find it again for quick reference.)

The next time you see idiots like this:

remind them of what “no taxes” would force them to do:

Do not use Medicare.
Do not use Social Security
Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
Do not use public restrooms.
Do not send your kids to public schools.
Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
Do not live in areas with clean air.
Do not drink clean water.
Do not visit National Parks.
Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.
Do not walk or run on sidewalks.
Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.
Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.
Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.
Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.
Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.
Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
Do not apply for any Pell Grants.
Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.
Do not apply for federal housing.
Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
Do not swim in clean rivers.
Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.
Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.
Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.
Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.
Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.
Do not apply to win a government contract.
Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.
Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc., by the Consumer Protection Agency.
Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.
Do not apply for unemployment benefits.
Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.
Do not live in homes that are built to code.
Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.
Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
Do not use public libraries.
Do not use the US Postal Service.
Do not visit the National Archives.
Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.
Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.
Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm.
Do not take walks in National Forests.
Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.
Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.
Do not use Medicaid.
Do not use WIC.
Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.
Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
Do not visit historic landmarks.
Do not visit fisheries.
Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.
Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.
Do not use public transportation.
Do not drink water from public water fountains.
Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.
Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.
Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.
Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.
Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.
Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.
Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.
Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.
Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
Do not attend a state university.
Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.
Do not use any water from municipal water systems.
Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.
Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.
Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.
Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.

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The above is also good advice for the 1%; it is a reminder that they would never have made their fortunes without the support of the economic and social web in which they exist.

Do you *still* need a reason not to vote Republican??

First it was applause for Texas’ record of criminal executions.

Then it was applause for allowing the uninsured ill to die.

Now it’s booing a self-outted soldier for asking about DADT’s repeal.

What else do the Republicans and the Tea Party have to do to get the message across?

When you see the water rushing toward you, it’s too late

When the Republican debate crowd applauded the number of executions in Texas, that was the tsunami warning horn.

When the Tea Party debate crowd applauded the notion of people without medical insurance being allowed to die in the case of catastrophe, that’s the shoreline suddenly pulling back just before the tidal wave shows up.

Are we going to wait until we are swept away by the water?

Children, be very very afraid

The Spouse® and I stopped for groceries at one of our local warehouse-style stores today, and sat down for a slice and soda before leaving. There was a mother and two 8- to 10-year-old children with her who were doing the same.

Mommy was talking to the kids about how she and Daddy were going to go off somewhere (couldn’t make out where) for two weeks, and that the children would not be going with them. Little Boy wasn’t very happy about that, and Mommy said,

“Now, we talked about this. Why is it important for you two to go to camp?”

At this, the little girl piped up,

“Because Jesus wants us to, and America needs us to.”

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It’s sad when children get indoctrinated into groupthink at such a young age, isn’t it? (The whole clip is relevant, but what I had in mind starts around 4:20.)

“There is a difference between you and me. We both looked into the abyss, but when it looked back at us… you blinked.”

There seems to be some surprise out there in the blogosphere about teabaggers not really having that strong an opinion about gay marriage.

One needs to remember that the core of Tea Party history was a movement away from government interference in life, and toward issues concerning taxes and government spending. Many teabaggers have a live-and-let-live attitude toward private matters.

Where there’s a confluence of teabagging and anti-gay-marriage sentiment, it comes from:

  • the rich conservative knuckleheads who use money and influence to push social and political agenda such as gay marriage, illegal immigration, and union-busting (the Koch brothers, the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage, and too many religious groups to name, among others)
  • politicians making hay out of Tea Party-inspired unrest so these pinheads can keep their phony-baloney jobs and associated power (Michele Bachmann, Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Tim Pawlenty, among too many others), and who will say anything to get someone to vote for them and give them campaign money

I mean, really, folks. Who else would brag that god has told them to run for the presidency? Who else would openly call for the criminalization of consentual sexual practices?

Man, those Democrats are master deceivers

“The Tea Party is our friend.”

“The Tea Party is doing a wonderful work right now. They’re asking us in Congress to get our fiscal house in order…”

Right. I’m so glad to hear Crazy Eyes Bachmann revealing the truth: that three ranking Democrat legislators have that much influence on the Republican Party.

After all, it is the Republicans that won’t agree to any budget compromise unless that compromise includes repealing the Affordable Health Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Boy, that Harry Reid: he is one devious guy.

Sleeping with the enemy (and getting fucked by them)

The first time I get to meet Rachel Maddow, I will offer to bear her child.

I usually love it when I see those with fallacious political viewpoints made into the fools they truly are. However, I now feel a little sorry for the true-blue Tea Party folk who are trying to make a political difference. However, it’s political business as usual; the old-boy political machine (hello, Sal!) has used its Tea Party Express invention to:

  • get free publicity by suborning a major news organization into becoming another Faux News (I will never watch or read another CNN article ever again),

  • disguise a for-profit Republican consultancy’s publicity efforts as a grassroots movement, and
  • make a buck out of it.

“All together now, kids!”

Let’s all recite the North Central Louisiana TEA Party Patriots Candidate Pledge!

I hereby pledge to:

Support and defend the U.S. Constitution as originally intended by the Founders and as explained in the “Federalist Papers.”

Let’s take that one apart; “as originally intended by the Founders” is as slippery a slope as any to start. Who can say what was “originally intended”? The Federalist Papers is a series of essays (written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison) expanding upon facets of the Constitution, but is in no way a complete codification of it. This is nothing but basing one’s opinions on wishful thinking.

Act in a fiscally responsible manner: Decrease the size and scope of government on all levels–local, state, and federal; Decrease spending on all levels–local, state and federal; Work toward a balanced budget.

Ya got me on that one. Voting down extension of unemployment benefits, and helping to defeat bills that would give economic breaks to working-class folk–yep, that’ll cut that spending right down. Wanting to preserve Dubya’s tax breaks to the wealthy is another step in the right wrong direction.

Support the free market by lower taxes and fees on businesses and individuals: support only those regulations that enhance competition.

…except for that lovely bribes campaign contributions made by BP to most of the Louisiana legislature, hey?

Conduct myself personally and professionally in a moral and socially appropriate manner.

Let’s all notice that Senator David “Diaper” Vitter, serial adulterer and devotee of prostitutes, is a signatory.

Be careful what you wish for

The Republican electorate of Delaware is attempting to get what it so richly deserves from Christine O’Donnell.

From Bill Maher’s show:

O’DONNELL: A lie, whether it be a lie or an exaggeration, is disrespect to whoever you’re exaggerating or lying to, because it’s not respecting reality.

MAHER: Quite the opposite, it can be respect.

IZZARD: What if someone comes to you in the middle of the Second World War and says, ‘do you have any Jewish people in your house?’ and you do have them. That would be a lie. That would be disrespectful to Hitler.

O’DONNELL: I believe if I were in that situation, God would provide a way to do the right thing righteously. I believe that!

MAHER: God is not there. Hitler’s there and you’re there.

O’DONNELL: You never have to practice deception. God always provides a way out.

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Looks like the Republicans in Delaware who voted for O’Donnell will get exactly what they wanta homophobic, anti-sex liar.

UPDATE: Oh, and after numerous reports that the GOP had no intention of funding O’Donnell’s campaign, RNC chair Michael “Invertebrate” Steele says the RNC will back O’Donnell’s bid.