Time To Gear Up

The necrotic dumpster fire that was the Republican National Convention is finally over, and it was every bit as bad as I had imagined it would be. There’s plenty I could say in response to both the party and the gibbering buffoon representing them, but for now I’ll outsource this to Jon Stewart:

The GOP doesn’t just need to be defeated in November; that would be letting them off too lightly.  They need to be DESTROYED.

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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.

THIS WAS A RACIALLY-MOTIVATED ACT OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM. PERIOD.

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.

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.

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.

Ferguson

John Oliver’s take on the events in Ferguson:

Welcome to “post-racial” America.

Orwell On The Half Shell

Via @Billmon1, this:

Actually, when you add it to all that has gone down over the last six years, perhaps this better explains it: