I Guess That Pivot’s Not Coming

Since so many people seem to have forgotten, I’ll leave this visual aid here:

Too disgusted to say much more at the moment save this – if you’re still making excuses for him at this point, there’s no excuse for YOU.

Advertisements

Save The Day – VOTE!

Gotta get this done, folks.

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:

The 47 – Why It’s Time To Prosecute

By now most of us non-Neo-Confederates have had more than a belly full of the nonsense surrounding that letter that 47 seditionist, humor-challengeduninformed, and/or just plain stupid GOP senators signed and sent off to Teheran.  This was just the latest in a series of infantile actions by the so-called “loyal opposition,” and in my view, the straw that should have broken the camel’s back.  It is time – no, damned well PAST TIME – for the full force of the law to descend upon these feudal lord wannabees masquerading as statesmen.  Here’s why – the Republican Party as a whole has been on a 7-year-plus-long shit fit, unable and unwilling to accept the fact that Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency instead of a) a bitter old codger with delusions of empire and judgement more befitting a cartoon villain, and b) the living embodiment of a mirror universe version of Thurston Howell III, only even MORE clueless.  They’ve engaged in actions specifically designed to destroy not only the public trust in the federal government, but to destabilize, delegitimize and ultimately destroy the government itself.

Despite the escalating nature of their actions, and despite the fact that had the roles been reversed, every Democratic legislator would be sitting in Guantanamo Bay right now, the GOP has paid NO PRICE WHATSOEVER for what they’ve done.  They’ve been held accountable for NOTHING. They’ve shut down the government, then complained that government services weren’t available to them – and they weren’t held accountable.  They’ve gerrymandered their way to majorities in a number of states, kicking scores of legally eligible voters off the rolls in the process – and they weren’t held accountable.  They’ve given a wink and a nod to seditionist nullifiers like Cliven Bundy, wrung their hands while both law enforcement officers and private citizens have assassinated men, women, AND children with few prosecutions and even fewer convictions – and they weren’t held accountable. And now, they’re interfering with foreign policy and coming dangerously close to starting a war that neither they nor their progeny will get within a light year of – and they haven’t been held accountable.

Notice something?  They haven’t been held accountable, and they KEEP DOING STUPID STUFF.

So I have an idea.

How about making these reprobates fully understand the law they’re sworn to uphold yet don’t understand (specifically the Logan Act), AND HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE?

You know, just to see if it would work.

Tears Of The Villagers

press

What is the source of the Village’s anguish?  The fact that they’re dealing with someone who is infinitely smarter than they are:

MODERATOR: Jon Karl from ABC News.

Q: Mr. President, thank you. In China, in Syria, in Egypt and now in Russia we’ve seen you make strong statements, issue warnings that have been ignored. Are you concerned that America’s influence in the world, your influence in the world is on the decline? And in light of recent developments, do you think Mitt Romney had a point when he said that Russia is America’s biggest geopolitical foe? If not Russia, who?

And Mr. Prime Minister, do you think these sanctions will change Vladimir Putin’s calculation, will cause him to back down? And do you see there’s a — where do you see a Russian red line, where if they go any further, if they go into eastern Ukraine, into Moldova, where options beyond sanctions have to be considered? Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, Jonathan, I think if the premise of the question is that whenever the United States objects to an action and other countries don’t immediately do exactly what we want, that that’s been the norm, that would pretty much erase most of 20th century history.

I think that there’s a distinction between us being very clear about what we think is an appropriate action, what we stand for, what principles we believe in, versus what is, I guess, implied in the question, that we should engage in some sort of military action to prevent something.

You know, the truth of the matter is, is that the world’s always been messy. And what the United States has consistently been able to do, and we continue to be able to do, is to mobilize the international community around a set of principles and norms. And where our own self-defense may not be involved, we may not act militarily. That does not mean that we don’t steadily push against those forces that would violate those principles and ideals that we care about.

So yes, you’re right, Syria — the Syrian civil war is not solved. And yet Syria has never been more isolated.

With respect to the situation in Ukraine, we have not gone to war with Russia. I think there’s a significant precedent to that in the past. That does not mean that Russia’s not isolated. In fact, Russia is far more isolated in this instance than it was five years ago with respect to Georgia and more isolated than it was certainly during most of the 20th century when it was part of the Soviet Union.

The point is that there are always going to be bad things that happen around the world, and the United States, as the most powerful nation in the world, understandably is looked to for solutions to those problems.

And what we have to make sure we’re doing are that we are putting all elements of our power behind finding solutions, working with our international partners, standing up for those principles and ideals in a clear way.

There are going to be moments where military action is appropriate. There are going to be some times where that’s not in the interests — national security interests of the United States or some of our partners, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to continue to make the effort, or speak clearly about what we think is right and wrong. And that’s what we’ve done.

With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia’s our number- one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that, you know, America’s got a whole lot of challenges. Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors — not out of strength, but out of weakness.

Ukraine has been a country in which Russia had enormous influence for decades — since the breakup of the Soviet Union. And you know, we have considerable influence on our neighbors. We generally don’t need to invade them in order to have a strong cooperative relationship with them. The fact that Russia felt compelled to go in militarily and lay bare these violations of international law indicates less influence, not more.

And so my response then continues to be what I believe today, which is Russia’s actions are a problem. They don’t pose the number- one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan, which is part of the reason why the United States, showing its continued international leadership, has organized a forum over the last several years that’s been able to help eliminate that threat in a consistent way.

And with that, we have another great rejoinder to the thousands of Villagers, war cheerleaders, NeoConfederates, profiteers, America-is-in-decline-ers (as long as that one is in office, that is), and other sundry jackasses: Be still, an adult is talking.