This guy was in my high school class. Isn’t that special.
I’m actually glad to hear this because even a snowball’s chance of Ronn Owens ending up on KKSF would place me on the verge of projectile vomiting. Knowing he’s staying at that other station that’s no longer the station it was… allows my stomach lining to remain intact.
These GOP assholes have the audacity to wave the flag and point suspiciously at anyone who doesn’t look like them. They are the most unpatriotic bunch ever!
Please PLEASE let the Republicans be the first ones over the edge of this fiscal cliff. That way, they’ll be smashed to smithereens when the rest of us fall on top of them.
Happy new year!
Am I the only one who doesn’t give a crap about “The Royal Family”… or whether or not they continue to spawn… or really anything about them? Seriously?
I wish I had written this:
Any woman who wants to gestate some man’s genetic material for his benefit in almost a year of involuntary servitude is more than welcome to do so. But no woman owes such sacrifice and martyrdom to anyone — especially not to a society that has always treated women like garbage, a society that grants full personhood to 15-second-old zygotes and corporations while denying that very same status of personhood to the woman in whose body that zygote is being hosted.
Forcing women to become, and to remain, pregnant against their will is a violation of human rights. Period.
There are only two legitimate reasons to vote Republican:
- You are 100% anti-abortion under any circumstance and believe absolutely that half the population of the U.S. should not have the legal right to choice or personal sovereignty; and/or
- You are filthy rich, you want to continue paying an effective tax rate well below that of the average American, and you otherwise thoroughly enjoy the financial protections and rewards bestowed upon you by that party.
Any and all other justifications are just noise. The Republican party likes to paint itself as being all about family values, fiscal conservatism, and patriotism. In reality, however, it stands for exclusion, regression, greed, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and religious extremism… and, frankly, treason. And don’t forget seething hatred. Republicans despise the government of the country they purport to love, and it’s a good bet that they also hate you.
To those who proclaim that unemployed people should just “get a job” and not “expect the government to bail them out,” I say stop being so damned ignorant. To those who are voting Republican in this election because they consider “socialism” to be the worst kind of evil, I say stop being so damned selfish.
We’re all in this together.
Humans are SOCIAL animals. We live in SOCIETIES. We thrive on SOCIALIZING. And guess what? Socialism is not inherently a bad thing. Applied moderately within the framework of democratic rule and a capitalist economy, it simply levels the playing field in a few crucial areas.
For the record, I don’t think all that many people are sticking their thumbs out for a free ride. Yes, of course, there will always be some that take advantage of a handout, but most regular folks are horrified at the thought of having to live on welfare, shop with food stamps, and/or rely on Section 8 housing. Americans are proud people; they want to work, pay their own way, make something of their lives, and contribute to the greater good. But many simply are unable to do just that at this point in history. Because the too-big-to-fails, with the government’s blessing, have off-shored and downsized away hundreds of thousands of jobs and rigged the system in any number of other ways, resulting in a continual redistribution of wealth upwards and into fewer hands. They’ve greased the politicians’ palms… and in return are receiving the best back scratching money can buy. At the expense of a good chunk of what was formerly the middle class, not to mention those who have never had a chance to claw their way up out of poverty.
“Get a job?” I’m sure hundreds of thousands of folks would love to. If only.
Are we supposed to consider the unemployed and underemployed lazy and/or stupid and/or undeserving because they weren’t sociopathically devious enough to become part of the 0.01 percent? Because they didn’t have a magic 8 ball that told them the house they purchased in 2006 would lose 75 percent of its value by 2012? Because their life savings was wiped out when they lost their job and consequently their healthcare coverage, and then had the sorry luck to contract a serious illness? Should we just sit back and allow half the nation to starve, become homeless, resort to crime, and/or die of preventable/treatable diseases?
We’re all in this together.
Our society only works if we devise a system that strengthens it across the board.
This is why I believe the essential elements that allow our society to operate effectively — education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. — need to be socialized. These elements should be paid for by, and made available to, all U.S. citizens. They should not be owned or operated by the greedy self-serving private sector. We’ve seen where that’s led, and it’s nowhere you want to be caught alone late at night.
I’m not saying we should hand everyone a shiny new iPad and a set of wheels with that new-car smell. But an enlightened society such as our own should provide at least a baseline of existence for its citizens, a few safety nets, and a semblance of equal opportunity.
I ask you, which is a more positive, fair, and long-term effective strategy:
- Teaching a person how to fish, providing him with a starter pole, some tackle and bait, along with a sandwich and an apple so he doesn’t starve before making that first catch; or
- Affording him no education and no pathway to acquiring the tools and resources he needs to fish for himself, then tossing him into the rapids while you shout “sink or swim!”
I’m requesting that you try, just for a moment, to step away from your prejudices, put aside your righteous indignation, consider your own hard work but also your advantages, and try to love your neighbor while realizing that what benefits the guy down the street benefits you as well.
Rather than thinking “handouts,” think “a hand up.”
Let’s at least start mixing the paint and stretching the canvas… because it’s going to take all of us together — as a SOCIETY — to complete the big picture and make it a real work of art and humanity.
I have to guffaw at the idea that people who are disappointed after having voted for President Obama in 2008 would therefore, in 2012, cast a vote for Mitt Romney.
Hello. We are disappointed because Mr. Obama did not go nearly far enough with the hope and CHANGE. Rather than governing like a true progressive, Mr. Obama was for the most part centrist and even a bit center right. But Mittens? Why on earth would we want to go even further backwards??
I’m not the biggest fan of President Obama, but he’s definitely the least worst this election season.
The biggest laugh of the 21st century is the assertion by the right-wing-wacks of America that they are patriots while those on the left are not. If anything, I’d say that it’s the opposite and far-right conservatives have proven to be, for the most part, rather treasonous.
They do everything they can to undermine the economic well-being of the vast majority of Americans — starting with the offshoring of jobs, continuing with corporate welfare, and ending with the attempt to remove every last safety net for the poor, disabled, and otherwise disadvantaged. They cultivate unnecessary wars, putting thousands of American service men’s/women’s lives at risk and plunging the country even deeper into debt. They aim to remove the sovereign rights and freedoms of 51 percent of the population (i.e., women). And they show no loyalty to or respect for the current President of the United States.
In just about every manner, they put politics and propaganda and their own greed and lust for power before the good of the country and its people.
So how exactly are they patriotic? Because they wave a flag? Because they say “god bless?”
Spare me. And excuse me while I gag.
Want to balance the U.S. federal budget? Here’s an idea: Put an end to corporate welfare and stop fomenting & participating in unnecessary wars. It’s a no-brainer.
Oh, wait, you have a better approach? Yes, I see it: Vilify and further disenfranchise the poor and unemployed during an economic crisis caused by the rich! What a brilliant strategy!