It Needed To Be Said

Another day, another mass shooting.

Rather than play another round of White Terrorist Bingo, I’ll just say that President Obama speaks for me on the subject:

A Message From Sentient America

The events of the last few days in Charleston and the media reactions to them are so depressing, so infuriating, so absolutely WTF mind-boggling, that I am beginning to wonder if our so-called “cold” Civil War II* is a misnomer.  It is no surprise, of course, that a certain entertainment channel (in the sense that screaming OOGA BOOGA BOOGA at white people all day long counts as entertainment) could gleefully find a way to simultaneously condemn the shooter for being “evil” AND pirouette away like a Mirror Universe Fred Astaire from the true motivation of that evil.  That’s par for the course for them. No, what has made a definitive mark this time is the degree to which ALL of the “mainstream” press has contorted themselves to avoid the truth, something so obvious no one with more than a few functioning brain cells could miss it.


So do me and the rest of Sentient America a favor.

Stop running and face the problem.

No more White Shooter Bingo:

No more tear-soaked statements of bewilderment over not knowing what causes this when the shooter CLEARLY EXPLAINED EXACTLY WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID. (Also, doing so with the traitorous, treasonous flag flying over your capitol grounds – seriously, enough already.)

No more blaming mental illness for the shooter’s actions – the mentally ill have enough to deal with in this country without getting dragged into domestic terrorism attacks.  Unless you consider ISIS/ISIL/whoever mentally ill too, just STFU about this.

No more pivoting from the victims (if you even acknowledge them at all) to musing about whether the “black community” will “act out” over acts like this.  Ever hear of lynchings of black people in response to real (or more often, imagined) crimes? Here’s a hint: THAT was acting out.


No more “but but but what about BLACK ON BLACK CRIME? What about Baltimore?” (Let me tell  you about Baltimore – any cop that espouses the view that there is only one choice – either to let them do whatever the hell they want without accountability or reproach, without being subject to the laws that they are enforcing/departmental policies OR standing back and not doing their jobs, then they need to be doing something else – ANYTHING ELSE – for a living.)

No more victim blaming. That’s right, victim blaming. If you’re stupid enough to say that a victim should have been in favor of allowing members to carry handguns IN A CHURCH in response to a massacre inside A CHURCH, you should really stop talking.

There are some serious problems here, and if they are not addressed, in the end, NOBODY WINS.

Hypocrisy Hits A Brick Wall, Pt. Deux

Our rugged individualist may not lose his sight after all:

The Fort Mill, S.C., Republican who went public Tuesday with his plea for help paying for sight-saving surgery had raised almost $12,000 by Wednesday evening – most of it from self-described liberals and Affordable Care Act supporters saying they hope he’s learned a lesson.

That’s enough to ensure he can get the treatment he needs, said Dr. Andrew Antoszyk, an eye surgeon with Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. After reading Luis Lang’s story in the Observer on Wednesday, Antoszyk said he’d work with Lang and with Novant Health to give him the care at reduced cost.

Wow, that’s nice.  People who this man has been politically opposed to forever kicked in to help, even after he kicked away the hand of the president who tried to help him in the first place.  Great story.  Looks like he got some free advice along with the donations:

“No one should be without medical (care) even if they have not made their own best choices in life,” wrote Steve Kadel, who gave $10. “The party of personal responsibility (has) left you hanging on your own consequences. Progressives like me think that’s just cruel. Be well.”

So, did our Luis learn anything?

“It turned into a political thing,” Lang said. “That wasn’t my intention when I reached out. This is ridiculous.”

So has he learned anything from this experience?

“I did,” he said.

“I hold the whole government responsible for this, state and federal,” he said. Greed from medical providers and the government also add to the flaws in the system, Lang said.

Does he hold himself responsible? There was a short pause.

“I do hold myself partly responsible because of the view that I had. I should have taken better care of my sugar,” he said. “Yeah, I should have had insurance.”

He noted that some donors have asked what he thinks of the fact that liberals, rather than conservatives, are helping him.

“I look at a person as a person,” he said. “People are acting from the heart, just like I have done in the past.”

Mostly, he says, he’s overwhelmed by the attention his story has gotten.

“The Charlotte Observer should give me a free subscription now,” he quipped.

Well, for a conservative, that wasn’t bad. Took SOME personal responsibility, and let’s face it, he’d rather gnaw his own legs off ahead of the inevitable amputation rather than admit liberals were right, so there you go.

He’ll live to fight (and vote against his own interests, and ours, repeatedly) another day.


Hypocrisy Hits A Brick Wall

"I would rather die in agony than accept assistance from you."   The Charlotte Observer reports on the case of a rugged individualist that is finding out the hard way that choices have consequences:

Lang is a self-employed handyman who works with banks and the federal government on maintaining foreclosed properties. He has done well enough that his wife, Mary, hasn’t had to work. They live in a 3,300-square-foot home in the Legacy Park subdivision valued at more than $300,000.

But he has never bought insurance. Instead, he says, he prided himself on paying his own medical bills.

That worked while he and his wife were relatively healthy. But after 10 days of an unrelenting headache, Lang went to the emergency room on Feb. 25. He says he was told he’d suffered several mini-strokes. He ran up $9,000 in bills and exhausted his savings. Meanwhile, his vision worsened and he can’t work, he says.

Sounds like he’s one of the people the ACA was created to help- waitaminute…

Lang, a Republican, says he knew the act required him to get coverage but he chose not to do so. But he thought help would be available in an emergency.

Okay, principled opposition (up to the point where HE needed help) it is then…go on…

He and his wife blame President Obama and Congressional Democrats for passing a complex and flawed bill.

(My husband) should be at the front of the line because he doesn’t work and because he has medical issues,” Mary Lang said last week. “We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act.”

What the?  Are you SERIOUS?

The ACA was created specifically to help people like you, you dunce.

YOU made the decision to refuse to take part, and in voting for GOP leadership at the state and federal level, voted to DENY those options to everyone in your state.

Now that that decision has bitten you in the hind quarters, you think you deserve SPECIAL treatment?

If you had happened to a single black female fast-food worker, many of your Tea Party brethren would be excoriating you, perhaps even cheering figuratively or literally, as you slowly went blind.

I won’t do that, and based on recent responses to your GoFundMe page, many others on the left won’t either.

Let me speak plainly. I do hope that you get the help you need to keep from going blind.

I also hope you manage to LEARN something from this.

Specifically, you need a better governor, better legislators, and a better SCOTUS Chief Justice.


UPDATE: Some notes from a Balloon Juice thread made sense of the “front of the line” quote:


This is not hypocricy. ‘Personal responsibility’ means ‘niggers deserve what they get.’ I know this is hard to swallow for most people. You don’t want to believe in code words, because in most situations they’re so unlikely. Let me tell you a story I hope will convince you.

Recently, Ron Paul came up in a thread here and I followed a link to an excerpt from his newsletter. You know, the ones so blatantly racist he’s now denying he wrote? This one was written in the wake of the Rodney King riots, about how you have to steel yourself to kill blacks when they come for you.

It read like a laundry list of current conservative talking points. Personal responsibility, dependency on the welfare state, everything that is sometimes referred to as a dog whistle. In particular, I was impressed by their use of ‘inner city youth’. Even the phrasing about shooting black people was standard ‘stand your ground’ type arguments.

The only difference was they tacked on ‘because black people are animals.’

Three quarters of modern Republican positions and motivations are straight racism, with a paper-thin mask to keep them from being booed and called names in public. This guy is mad that the government was giving to blacks what should rightly go to him.


Mr. and Mrs. Lang are cheesed off that all of the blacks and browns don’t have to dutifully take their spots at the back of the bus, now that Mr. Lang needs a seat.


All About That Base

Human punch line and brain bleach sales generator Rick Santorum was at an event called the South Carolina National Security Action Summit yesterday when a nice retired schoolteacher proceeded to lose her damned mind.  This level of lunacy deserves to be experienced uncut, and since I’m a sharer:

Senator Santorum, thank you for being here. I’m Virginia Eleasor, a retired schoolteacher, lifelong political activist, and lifelong resident of South Carolina. I’ll ask you the same question I asked Senator Cruz. I’ll preface it by saying—Michele Bachman, I think it was king said that Boehner made a deal.

My question’s on defending this country. Thank you for what you do for national security. I’m concerned with sealing these borders and protecting United States. I’ve fought that battle all my life. And I’m losing, and it’s because I’m not getting help from my Congress.

And anyway, Michele Bachmann and King, in an interview on one station said that Boehner made a deal with Obama back in September to be on board with his executive amnesty. The American people put Republicans back in office in the House and the Senate and the two things we asked y’all to do was shut down Obama’s executive amnesty and shut down Obamacare. And you didn’t. You let us down on both issues.

Why is the Congress rolling over and lettin’ this Communist dictator destroy my country? Y’all know what he is and I know what he is. I want him out of the White House. He’s not a citizen. He could’ve been removed a long time ago. Larry Cleveland’s the one who got the judge to say that the executive amnesty is illegal. Everything he does is illegal. He’s trying to destroy the United States. The Congress knows this. What kind of games is the Congress of the United States playing with the citizens of the United States?

Y’all need to work for us, not for the lobbyists that pay your salaries.

Get on board. Well let’s stop all this and get save America.

Y’know, what’s goin’ on Senator Santorum.

Where do we go from here? Ted told me I’ve got to wait now till the next election. I don’t think the country will be around for the next election.

Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago and the three Admirals and Generals. He has totally destroyed our military. He has fired all the Generals and all the Admirals who said they wouldn’t fire on the American people if they ask ’em to do so if he wanted to take the guns away from ’em. This man is a Communist dictator. We need him out of the White House now. And the Congress of the United States is the only one — we’ve lost our Congress. We’ve lost our executive.

Let that marinate for a minute, and then consider that this lady used to teach children.

The best thing that the South Carolina National Security Action Summit could do to actually enhance national security is to evac all the sane people out of the state, then wall itself in.


UPDATE THE SECOND: Here’s his “response”:

“I’m not a sitting member of the Senate, so I’m not taking blame for any of that stuff,” he said. “But you hit on one point to which I absolutely agree: this is a complete lack of leadership.”

In a properly functioning country, that statement would be this idiot’s political epitaph.  As it is, he could probably use it as a campaign slogan and make it work.