Season’s Bleatings

by kara on August 30, 2014


Yup, well, if wingnut Christians do anything particularly well it’s persecution fantasies and this obviously well made, not at all cheap bullshit film will be yet another (after “Persecuted”) giant christomasturbation fest. I guess the upshot is if you live in the South and Southwest (no doubt the only regions this film is playing in, oh and Kansas and maybe Chino Hills, CA), your ultra self-satisfied holier than thou asshole neighbors, fellow employees and relatives might disappear for a couple of hours. It’ll be like every normal thinking persons fantasy: The Rapture!

Now, Kirk Cameron’s movie’s not a documentary, but rather a “comedic narrative” that walks a typical Joe Eggnog through a careful debunking of the lies spread by mean-spirited secularists. According to Mr. Cameron:

“It’s a scripted story about a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian male and he’s got a bad case of religious bah humbugs,” Cameron said. “He is just deflating his wife’s entire Christmas party because he has come to believe that everything we’re doing at Christmas to celebrate is wrong.”

Don’t you love that the “script” “writers” thought that it would be a good idea to give the character the name “Christian White” — as if the “actor” playing it wouldn’t make it clear — and then that Cameron thought maybe he’d better explain it, in case the audience doesn’t get it (which is probably a valid assumption). A white Christian male, because this character really speaks to so many of us out here. Should make for a good climactic scene when he finally confronts the movie’s antagonist, a shadowy figure named Muslin Brown. Maybe with help from his buddy, Token Blackfriend.

Of course, Kirk Cameron will not accept payment for this film as that would be crass commercialism of Christmas (NOT a fact).

Happy Horses Time!

by kara on August 29, 2014

at Compton Jr Posse. Yeehaw!

Just say NO to CLEAR EYES

by kara on August 29, 2014

This shitty summer’s events have really revealed with nauseating clarity the ugly secrets of the little people behind the curtain. They’re terrified of black people. I mean, wee always  kind knew that. The whole “second amendment” thing was kind of a dead giveaway. But they never came out and said that.

But now when  former Nixon speechwriter and Clear Eyes spokesman Ben Stein is willing to come out and say publicly that black men are armed simply by virtue of their big blackness, well hell, yeah, they’re admitting it pretty clearly: they’re just afraid. What we suspected is true.

Ben Stein, ladies and gentleman, is one of the great intellects of the Right. Ben motherfucking Stein. He is so certain that Trayvon Martin needed to be shot that he now remembers armed neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman as being an actual policeman. It is nice to know that George Zimmerman isn’t the only one who had that fantasy.

Can we just admit that there really are two Americas? There is the America of those who are scared to death of African Americans, are armed to the teeth like Seal Team Six, who shoot first (and don’t ask any questions later, ever even), who always have an excuse why killing black folks is AOK. Their America is real scary. Too bad most of us have to live there! And there is the America of the rest of us who are (pick one) black, nor mentally ill, outraged, reality-based or all of the above. Sooner or later the cops will get sloppy and start pulling their shit on white people who don’t happen to be hippies or gheys or commie/liebrul/anarchist/hoodlums or dirt poor and homeless and suddenly Christian White and his family are going to notice- kind of the way crack and hip-hop suddenly became a problem the moment white kids discovered them…

“Liberal white guilt” is both real and  a figment of the conservative projection complex. White liberals (like myself) tend to reject the tribal instinct that causes one to lump oneself in with conquistadors, slaveholders, and their ilk.  And we know enough about other peoples to understand that white folks aren’t necessarily particularly “evil”, just the first to make guns and really big ships. Barbarism and cruelty are ingrained in our species, not just our race. Conservatives, on the other hand, see the rest of the world through the prism of whiteness. Race, to them, is about “us” and “them”. So when they see white liberals trying to help folks out of another color, it’s not the old “neighbors trying to help neighbors” I learned about in Unitarian Sunday School, it’s white people giving resources, money, food, what have you,  to non-white people, and because empathy and human decency are beyond their capacity or understanding, they explain it using the only emotions they are capable of – fear and loathing. It MUST be guilt, because, to them, what else could it be? Guilt doesn’t always manifest itself through overcompensation, it depends a lot on who is feeling guilty. Some people try to drink the guilt away, snort or swallow the guilt away. Others try and convince themselves that everything that they feel guilty about is really okay. And THAT’S where black/white race relations take a particularly nasty turn.

Because white people owned black people as slaves, and because southern whites brought this country through a crippling and horrific civil war over their “rights” to keep doing so, the only way to make that okay is to commit yourself to the belief that black people – and by extension, all minorities – are really, on some fundamental level, less “human” than whites. This is why that Bundy buffoon started spouting off about how slavery was actually good for black people. This wasn’t the result of some random neuron firing in the mind of an old man who was losing his grip – this is a FUNDAMENTAL belief of conservatism, which comes from genuine white guilt.

BTW can we fckng boycott CLEAR EYES? Anyone?

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Aug. 28, 2014 2:34 pm
By Thom Hartmann …

If you want to know what libertarianism is all about, don’t ask a libertarian, because most of them don’t know. A new poll from Pew Research found that only 11% of those surveyed who identified themselves as libertarian were correctly able to identify the very basic meaning of libertarianism as “someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government.” Even though that’s often an oxymoron, that’s what libertarians say, and their followers apparently don’t know it.

Weirdly, that same poll found that 41% of libertarians believe that the government should regulate business, 46% of libertarians believe that corporations make too much profit, and 38% of libertarians believe that government aid to the poor is a good thing.

Similarly, of the so-called libertarians polled, 42% believe that police should be able to stop and search people who “look like criminals,” and 26% think “homosexuality should be discouraged.”

What happened to limited government and more individual freedoms? Basically, people in America who call themselves libertarians have absolutely no idea what libertarianism is really about.

So, let’s go over it for a second. Back in 1980, David Koch, one half of the Kochtopus, ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate. And the platform that he ran on back in 1980 provides a great summary of what libertarianism is really about.

First, libertarians want to “urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.” In other words, they want to make it as easy as possible for corporations and wealthy billionaires to flood our democracy with corruptive cash and buy even more politicians. They want Citizen’s United on steroids – and then some.

Next up, libertarians “favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.” Instead, they want to privatize healthcare in America, so that their billionaire friends in the healthcare industry can get even richer, while working-class Americans are getting sicker and sicker. In fact, a 2012 analysis by Citigroup found that insurance company stocks would skyrocket if Medicare alone were to be privatized. And Big Pharma would experience a revenue and profit boom, too.

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Charles Vacca, 39, died Monday at a hospital, and a cute 9-year old girl’s life is irreparably damaged, after the girl accidentally shot Mr. Vacca, her shooting instructor, in the head with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range.

The girl’s loving parents knew that you can never start too soon when it comes to putting firearms into the hands of your tykes, so while vacationing, they made a pitstop for some gun fun. The girl had successfully fired the gun in “single-shot” mode several times. When it was switched into “fully automatic,” the weapon recoiled and she lost control, hitting the instructor who was standing off to the left. A video shows her shooting the weapon before the accident.

The shooting range, which has highway signs that advertise both shooting and a good meal – really you can’t make this shit up – is called “Bullets and Burgers’.

Bullets and Burgers isn’t exactly a traditional shooting range where you go to for target practice — it’s a genuine tourist trap /campground/burger joint/buy lottery tickets spot/impulse & pee stop on Highway 93 between Las Vegas and Kingman. They’ve got ICE COLD Beer, a Full Bar, and Pool Tables, and their homepage crows that “LAST STOP Arizona is the Biker’s MUST STOP”:

“The Bullets and Burgers Adventure is a private outdoor range set in a stunning outdoor desert landscape. We separate ourselves from all other Las Vegas ranges with our unique ‘Desert Storm’ atmosphere and military style bunkers. We are located on the eclectic 30+ acre Arizona Last Stop property surrounded by picturesque mountain views at the edge of the undeveloped Lake Mead Recreational Area.

To top it off, lunch is included inside the the World Famous Arizona Last Stop restaurant located onsite. You will be treated with the World Famous All American Hamburger, fresh cut french fries, and a drink. The All American Burger is guaranteed to be the best hamburger you have ever eaten.”

“….Just fire at will and have a blast!” they advertise. Even a nine-year old should be able to distinguish “Will” from Charles Vacca. Other than that, it sounds like she was mostly following instruction. this just makes me want to vomit. WHen I was nine, I had trust in my parents to let me do things that were safe and to prevent me from doing stupid stuff that was in their control. This poor kid.

This country is insane and probably ruined, from the inside. Fuck it. If you want me, I’ll be looking at mini ponies on the internet.

Teen Sleuth

by kara on August 19, 2014

Out of all that argle-bargle about what happened, I have ascertained the following:

Michael Brown, high on pot and rap lyrics, was bum rushing the police officer while simultaneously going for his gun, AFTER being shot five times.

Assuming that Officer Wilson is right handed (like 85% of human race), then his firearm would be holstered on the RIGHT side of his body. Which would mean Michael Brown would have to reach through the vehicles window and ACROSS the police officers body to grab it. Sounds about as likely as a mob informant committing suicide by shooting himself twice in the back of the head. But then again, you should see the talents of Mexican drug cartel informants, they can simultaneously hang themselves and set themselves on fire! Speaking of Mexican cartels, the Ferguson police left Michael laying in the street – sans covering -all day to send the message “you’re next” to the rest of the community.

And the shell casings? AS IF. That’s as if the Ferguson police would have collected and submit spent casings as evidence. All that got collected was thrown in the Mississippi river 8 days ago. When asked about the whereabouts of said evidence, Ferguson Chief of Police plans to blame locals for interfering in the investigation and arrest Mike Brown’s family for tampering with evidence. Justice served!

by kara on August 18, 2014

Racists: Well, he was shot 6 times because he robbed a convenience store.

Reality Check: We don’t know that.

Racists: Well, he got shot because he charged the cop.

Reality Check: With what weapon?

Racists: Well, he was killed because he had pot in his system.

Reality Check: Because everybody knows marijuana makes you so very violent-like.

Racists: Well, he deserved to die anyway because he was a thuggy rapper.

Reality Check: But violent, right-wing, anti-govt nutjobs deserve our understanding and tolerance because…?

Racists: Well, well, well–

Reality Check: Go ahead, say what you really want to say!

Racists: Well, he was a black kid, you know.

Reality Check: Thank you, you late-to-the-game asshole, for your honesty. Now please go fuck yourself.

No, not THAT incident Report.

by kara on August 15, 2014

The Ferguson Incident Report, (no, not the shooting incident report), written four days after Michael Brown was killed, definitely identifies Brown as the suspect, but he was conveniently dead by then.

 

arrived scene 8-13

Am I reading this thing right? Are they claiming that the time stamp on the tape says the incident took place between 11:52:58 and 11:54:00? But the call (911?) was received at 11:51; officers was dispatched at 11:53 and the responding officer arrived at 11:54? The notion that an officer was dispatched at 11:53, arrived at 11:54, departed at 11:54 to go looking for a kid he found 6 minutes later and shot repeatedly is not particularly easy to digest – especially when the report says the call was dispatched as “stealing” (i.e., petty theft, no mention of robbery or “strong arm”, whatever the fuck that is)*

If Michael Brown was a subject in a robbery, why is it we didn’t hear that on Sunday, when the police first started letting information out? Or Monday? Or Tuesday? Or maybe Wednesday, when the report was finally prepared? Instead, they slipped this all out, by a befuddled bumbling cop, out at the press conference identifying the shooter, and so now, all we are talking about is the mini cigar robbery. Now we just need to know why Officer Wilson found it necessary to shoot a cigar thief while he had his hands in the air. Where’s the fckng incident report on the shooting?

Chief Bumblethumbs said in a press conference that Wilson stopped Brown and Johnson because “they were walking in the middle of the street blocking traffic” Well, that clarifies things even more, don’t it?

*Oh and fucking lazy donut assholes. You put your name on the bottom of every motherfucking sheet. You got to be stickler on the administrative stuff. Otherwise, you may appear to be sloppy and stupid and inept at your job.

by kara on August 9, 2014

Simon Chung, 1976 – 2014

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by kara on August 4, 2014

For Jesus said unto the huddled, gathered masses: “Fuck those little children, for they are from the wrong country. And if your fellow man should try to help them remain in these United States, the Greatest Country Ever, take thee to the legislature and ensure it is almost impossible for them to do so. The path into (unto?) the United States is to be difficult for all, except the very rich, or the exceptionally sports gifted, or the very famous, and the meek shall go fuck themselves.”

- The word of our Lord.

Chapter 2: How God Established our Borders.