The fact that those of us who are standing firmly by our convictions – i.e., choosing to operate in alignment with our ethical beliefs and refusing to collude with corruption – are being called out as irresponsible, spoiled, privileged, delusional, and immature illustrates what a sick, sad world we live in. These are some truly…
Shit is REAL now, folks. VERY REAL. In addition to my volunteer work on the Bernie Sanders campaign (door-to-door canvassing, among other things), I conducted exit polling on June 7 in local precincts for an independent, non-profit group. Half of my exit polling was done in Pittsburg, California… and there was a huge discrepancy that…
Do it! Let’s fail to re-elect every single last one of those stubborn petulant crybaby personality-disordered sore losing TREASONOUS rat bastards!
Isn’t that the very definition of treason?
Republicans don’t remotely love the United States of America. Every time I see one of them waving a flag or hear one of them invoking the Constitution, I want to puke. Violently.
I haven’t yet said much (anything publicly) about the current government shutdown by the GOP side of the House. Mostly because, even considering the insanity perpetrated by American right-wing wackos, it’s downright surreal. It’s also a travesty that a single Republican is still being allowed to serve in Congress rather than having been tried and sentenced for TREASON by the Justice Department. All I can do at this point is laugh… because if I don’t, my head might explode.
So here’s a humorous video that, in pointing out the complete absurdity and nonsense of the situation, sums it up perfectly…
I “like” several local news/info pages on Facebook — East County Today, Antioch/Brentwood/Oakley News, Take Back Antioch — and the bottom-feeding level of discourse that transpires on these sites never ceases to amaze me.
It’s always the same mantra (or variations on the same theme):
- “Section 8 blah blah blah…”
- “If only they’d allow concealed carry yada yada yada…”
- “Richmond and Oakland ghetto thugs and so on and so forth…”
- “Liberal politicians soft on crime wah wah wah…”
It shouldn’t surprise me. At all. I grew up in the ass-backwards city of Antioch, so I know more than I’d ever want to about the kind of ignorant, reactionary, hillbilly yahoos that populate the area. But you’d think that, as the region has grown exponentially in number of residents, and as the complexion of the population has become more diverse, a little sophistication, a little enlightenment might have crept in somewhere. Somehow?
On the face of it, East Contra Costa County has a lot going for it: awesome, seemingly endless rolls of breathtaking foothills; lovely oak and chaparral woodlands; a magnificent waterway (the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta) and associated wetlands; six regional parks (Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Contra Loma Regional Park, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, Big Break Regional Shoreline, and Browns Island); and three State of California parks (Brannan Island State Recreation Area, Franks Tract State Recreation Area, and Cowell Ranch/John Marsh Property State Historic Park). Plus glorious weather for most of the year.
The only missing elements are class, culture, and sophistication. And tolerance. Rather than a celebration of diversity, we have god, guns, and an intense fear of “socialism” and folks with brown skin. And this only seems to have grown worse over time. Is Fox News and right-wing radio to blame? Have these irresponsible media outlets fried every last bit of intellect out here? Regardless of the cause, it is a bit of a tragedy, considering there weren’t all that many brain cells around here to begin with.
California has a reputation for being “liberal”…. and, well, it is fairly progressive in the more densely populated urban areas. But most of the state — including the fair city of Antioch — cannot accurately be termed liberal. Truth is, the Golden State is largely inhabited by moronic bumpkins who chug down the Fox/Limbaugh reactionary propaganda like it’s Mountain Dew on a hot day.
No intelligence necessary.
No critical thinking required.
Shame on you Fox News for spreading this lie, misleading the public and inciting your viewers.
Shame on you Reince Priebus, and the Republican National Committee. You’ve done your party and your country a great disservice by remaining silent.
Speaker Boehner, shame on you and every Republican for failing to state that you had in fact received invites that you declined to accept.
Each and every one of you owes the King family, the organizers of this event, and most importantly the American people an apology for the utter lack of respect, and class shown in using the celebration of the greatest uniter of our lifetime to drive a wedge through this already divided country.
For the record, it pisses me off when a state-run lottery is referred to as a tax. So-called progressives assert this all the time:
“Lotteries are a regressive tax against the poor!”
Utter horseshit. Since when are taxes VOLUNTARY?
The smug condescending attitude toward those who choose to play the lottery is equally as annoying:
“You have a higher chance of being struck by lightning than of winning the lottery!”
So what? Some people ARE hit by lightning. And some people DO win the lottery.
It could be anyone.
It could be you.
There’s nothing deluded about thinking that, if you play the lottery, you might win a large jackpot. Most likely, you won’t. On the other hand, you just might.
From the Treaty of Tripoli, which has been law in the United States since June 10, 1797:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Mussulmen [Muslims]—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
I LOVE this so much — total GIRL POWER!
If only we’d had something like this back in the early 1970s, the girls of my generation might have been confidently celebrating “the red badge of courage” rather than shamefully enduring “the curse.” In any case, I’m glad that young women today can feel proud of and comfortable with their natural bodily functions.