A lot of stuff is going on in this country and it can be summarized in a simple phrase… When will they ever learn?
So I give ya’ll… some thoughts and maybe even a few lessons…
When will they ever learn… Take 1
Just last week the elephants were at again… they… the House of Reps voted to repeal Obamacare, 240-181. And, this time to show that they were really serious they added an amendment… or whatever the hell it’s called… to defund Planned Parenthood.
Along with the elephant heavy… pun unintended… oh, hell, I lied, it was fully intended… Senate who voted to repeal the ACA back in December, they… the fucking elephants… have finally succeeded… unlike the other 60 times they voted to rescind the ACA… to get the measure to hit the Bamster’s desk.
Chief House elephant…aka the House Majority Leader… Kevin McCarthy (didn’t he make an old sci-fi movie? About snatching bodies or something?) said in blog that he posted, “With this bill, we will force President Obama to show the American people where he stands.”
Ummm… The damn law is known in the public’s lexicon as OBAMACARE…it bears his name. What the hell does this dumb twit… McCarthy… think he gonna do when the stupid ass measure hits his desk? He’s gonna veto the damn thing and send it right back where it belongs… into the trash can of broken elephant dreams.
Instead of trying to do exactly what the Bamster has been asking for all along…which is either to come up with a better plan or fix what’s wrong with the law… the damn elephants do nothing but waste our money… aka our taxes… passing these useless lame ass and twit-headed measures that have no chance of succeeding, and frankly. are in we the peoples worst interests. Because by repealing the healthcare law they would take valuable medical insurance away from millions upon millions of folks as well as handing unfettered control of how folks can get insured back into the hands of the greedy corporate structure that thinks profit first and healthcare last.
Instead of spending time trying to compromise and find a way to come up with a way to stop guns from falling into the hands of sick people or bad guys like terrorist of all kinds… or finding a way to feed the hungry or give comfort to those who are impoverished… they fiddle around passing measures to send to the Bamster’s desk and then say stuff like this will show us… we the people… where he… the President… stands.
Like we all don’t know where Obama stands on Obamacare already? Pleassseeee….
Can we file this stupidity into the toilet bowl of missed elephant opportunities to do something right and try to move onto something a little more intelligent with our dime…
When will they ever learn… Take 2
Steven Palazzo, the elephant rep from good old Mississippi recently introduced a measure on the floor of the House to censure the Bamster because of the Executive Orders that he issued in an attempt to do something about the proliferation of guns into the hand of peeps who shouldn’t be having guns.
Palazzo said that the Bammer’s actions were unconstitutional and that the prez was acting more like a king or so-called benevolent dictator with his damn executive and overreaching powers….
Ok… What Palazzo said was that the Prez was expanding his powers though executive overreach. You say tomatah I say tomato… same difference when ya’ll get right down to it.
Palazzo also said, “(Obama’s) actions this week to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is just the latest, if not most egregious, violation of the separation of powers found in the United States Constitution. Congress must go on record to stand up as an equal branch of government… both against this President and any future president who attempts to use his authority to write the law instead of enforce the law.”
Whatall pissed off the elephant from Ole Miss was that the Bamster issued orders for new mandatory background checks for guns bought from dealers online and at gun shows, as well as a mandate for extra staffing and funding for the several government agencies involved in monitoring the purchase of firearms.
Oh my god… that is taking away my second amendment rights. Why that son of bitch bastard…
Yeah, right. Seems like some sensible and sane tweaks to what already exists if ya’ll want my opinion.
As well as following through on stuff that both Ronnie the Raygun and Bush the Second both said about guns… that background checks should be done so that it’s a lot harder for peeps that shouldn’t have guns to get guns. Both, by the by, were prez’ who were elephants.
Know something about the Bamster’s Executive Orders?
A CNN/ORC poll said when asked about them that 67% of folks said that they favored the changes the Bamster said he was ordering to be done regarding guns.
That’s almost 70% of those folks who were asked that said they supported the Bamster and his orders to expand background checks to cover more gun purchases made online or at gun shows and to make it easier for the FBI to complete background checks more efficiently.
And… these feelings came across party lines… 85% of donkeys agreed with the Bamster, while independents agreed 65%, and,51 % of them damn elephants even agreed…
All in favor of them damn Executive Orders that the Bamster issued.
Now… listen up there… I’m gonna tell ya’ll, and, clue ya’ll in on a little something about these executive orders that the elephants be crying a lot of crocodilian tears over…
Every damn prez since Georgie Washington has issued executive orders and they are totally legal to do. In fact, some serious legislation or laws or stuff got done because of some prez’ issuing an executive order … even elephant prez’.
Check out your history… Executive order 10730 issued by Ike… aka President Dwight D. Eisenhower… on September 24, 1957 authorized the Department of Defense to restore order and enforce court-ordered integration in Little Rock, Arkansas. The day before Eisenhower had issued a proclamation ordering mobs in Little Rock to disperse; when the mobs refused to comply, Eisenhower authorized military presence in Little Rock.
Whatall led up to this situation was that the Little Rock school district voted to integrate its schools in 1957. On September 4, Governor Orval Faubus, opposed to integration, said in effect… “Hell, no! Not in my state!”…and he sent state national guardsmen to prevent black students…aka famously known in the media and in our history books as the “Little Rock Nine”… from entering Little Rock Central High School.
And my , my, my, how things have changed through time… the dude was a donkey… today he would probably be a elephant if such a rude, racist improbability were to occur today… or would it be such an improbability the way the elephant side of the prez campaign is going so far?
The Federal courts issued an order to Faubus to get them national guardsmen out of the way and let the nine black students enter into Little Rock Central remove the troops and permit the nine students to enter the school on September 23.
Being what Arkansas was like back in them days… not exactly a warm and fuzzy place for black folks who wanted to be treated the same as white folks… there were riots raging all around the school so the nine students were removed from the area after about three hours.
Time for Ike to act… and he did… Executive Order 10730… he ordered troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock to restore order and to protect the students.
And, being the stupid, ignorant racist that he was… Faubus closed the Little Rock public high schools to prevent any further integration from happening o nhis watch.
The United States Supreme Court declared Faubus’ action illegal and the public schools reopened August1959.
The point is… without that Executive Order… a totally legal maneuver by the prez… who knows how long the civil rights movement, not only in Arkansas but throughout the US, might have been delayed.
Other important Executive Orders…
In 1965, Executive Order 11246 was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It set down the rules for non-discriminatory practices in hiring and employment on the part of U.S. government contractors. It prohibited any federal contractors and subcontractors, who did over $10,000 yearly in Government business, from discriminating in their hiring practices based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also said that these contractors were to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are hired and treated fairly and equally during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”
The LBJ order was a follow-up to Executive Order 10479 signed by Ike in 1953 which created the anti-discrimination Committee on Government Contracts, which was based on a 1941 Executive Order 8802 that was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It differed significantly from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which only required organizations to document their practices once there was a preliminary finding of wrongdoing. These Executive Orders required the businesses to maintain records of hiring and employment practices and when requested by government peeps they had to furnish said docs to prove they were doing whatever they claimed they were doing…. aka that they were compliant with the law… aka the Executive Orders.
That’s just a few examples regarding how Executive Orders have been used… and used to do stuff that needed to be done that circumnavigates around the sometimes boondoggle we get mired down within when we need to get shit done in this country.
Check out the accompanying chart to see how many damn Executive Orders have been issued and by which prez since the very first dude existed who presided as our chief cook and bottle washer since them early days of the country.
When will they ever learn… Take 3
Now this censure stuff…
Censure is a formal congressional measure of disapproval that serves a type of public reprimand or rebuke… and… there is no real consequence other than the announcement of the measure itself.
In other words what the elephants want to do is say… “Bad president… Bad. Got to your room and think about what you done did…”
Then on top of all the waste of time and bullshit, another elephant… House Speaker Paul Ryan… blasted the Bamster and said, “What I think he’s trying to do is distract from basically his failed policies. I think the President should put as much effort into going after homegrown jihadists and going after terrorist infiltration of our refugee network and going after defeating ISIS as he is in trying to frustrate the law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.”
Hmmmm… his failed policies… Ended the Iraq War… Saved the Country from a Depression… Saved the Auto Industry… Eliminated Osama Bin Laden… oh yeah… almsot forgot…Passed Health Care Reform (love it or hate it, it’s a massive accomplishment that eluded presidents for the better part of a century)…
Made Significant Advancements in Civil Rights (e.g. Ending Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell)… Doubled Fuel Efficiency Standards… Reinstated SCHIP (insuring 4 million children)… Passed Wall Street Reforms and Created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… Helped Topple Kaddafi/Liberate Libya without losing any American lives… Ended Bush Torture Policies… Greatly Increased Support for Veterans… Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act… Passed Fair Sentencing Act…
One more thing… during the Bamster’s terms of being the country’s prez… It’s the first two-term presidency not to be derailed by scandal since Eisenhower.
Yeah, there was some shit about Benghazi and Fast and Furious, but, compared to Watergate, Iran-Contra, or, the phony evidence used to justify attacking Iraq… or…even Billy Boy Clinton’s sexual antics.
Simply put… the Bammer has done what he done despite… and sometimes because of… a recession, poorly disguised racism, an elephant congress who acted reckless and without regard for any sense of compromise, a party of donkeys who most of the time acted without any balls (or cherries) and relentless 24/7 attacks from the 1% and the conservative side of the media.
My prediction is that history…when all the bullshit is over and done with… will be a lot kinder to the Bamster than we all are being to him right now.
Who’s land???? A long sorry legacy…
Ya’ll probably been hearing, or reading, about them peeps out in Oregon who armed themselves and decided to go and take over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge… they say they want the Federales… as in the US government… to give back their land.
Funny thing isthat there’s another group of folks who are saying “Just hold on there, and get your asses in line.”
Them that be making that statement? The Burns Paiute Tribe.
A group that happens to be direct descendants of the people the U.S. Army starved and murdered into submission in the 1860s in a successful effort to confine them to a 1.8 million-acre reservation…which was eventually reduced to the 1,000 or so acres where the 420-member tribe is now headquartered.
In a word… the Paiute leaders are profoundly pissed by these occupiers’ demands.
Seems if, ya’ll go and look at the archeological records it shows that there were people on that land that encircles the 190,000-acre Malheur preserve at least 6,000 years ago. The Northern Paiute were there at least back as far as 1,300 years ago. They seem to have a justified reason to be pissed by these white malcontents masquerading around the preserve as some sort of heroes who be standing up for justice and what’s right against the big bad over bearing and over reaching US guv’mint.
Way back around the 1850’s white peeps started coming into the area and the Paiutes essentially said “Oh, no… this can’t be… no, no, noooo… just can’t be…” And, them there Paiutes did their objecting with some simple but empathic tactics… they fought back and forcefully resisted the white “settlers”.
After all…what the hell would ya’ll do if some strangers came in and started to squat on your property and said they were staying whether ya’ll liked it or not?
Probably… lacking any other access to any reasonable and peaceful means… tell them “Get the fuck off my land or I will move your asses for you and get you off my land.”
Of course, the white folks being self-obsessed, self absorbed and righteous white folks put out the call for the US government to help out and it took a while… seems they had something called the Civil War to resolve first… but they.. the US government… did send in US cavalry who went about to wiping out about half of the Paiute tribe before General George Crook stopped the killing and slaughter long enough to issue his terms for a resolution of the fighting… “peace or death.”
Being outnumbered and outgunned, the Paiutes had no choice… they settled and eventually took it up the ass until they would up with the 1,000 acres they now have.
But way back in 1876, as the land the Paiutes were supposed to habit dwindled down Paiute Chief E-He-Gant raged and ranted as he said… “Did the government tell you to come here and drive us off this reservation? Did the Big Father say, go and kill us all off, so you can have our land? Did he tell you to pull our children’s ears off, and put handcuffs on them, and carry a pistol to shoot us with? We want to know how the government came by this land. Is the government mightier than our Spirit-Father, or is he our Spirit-Father? Oh, what have we done that he is to take all from us that he has given us? His white children have come and taken all our mountains, and all our valleys, and all our rivers; and now, because he has given us this little place without our asking him for it, he sends you here to tell us to go away. Do you see that high mountain away off there? There is nothing but rocks there. Is that where the Big Father wants me to go? If you scattered your seed and it should fall there, it would not grow, for it is all rocks there.”
Unfortunately, this story regarding the Paiutes and their land is not out of the ordinary when it concerns the coming of the white man to Americas… this story of theft and murder, of being ordered into terms of “a one-sided peace or be killed” is the truth about the settlement of the West by the so-called settlers and the pioneers. In fact, it appears it is still going on right now in Oregon as these so-called white militants… (some call the terrorists and I’m not one to quibble about them using that term if ya want the truth from me)… demand to be given land that was never theirs to rightfully claim in the first place.
These pretenders and bullies continue with lies and threats of death just by the fact they took and occupied land as an armed so-called rebel militia. When the truth is that they are just more punks with guns who think if they put up a stink long enough and act like the spoiled asses that they are then sooner or later they will get the government to capitulate to at least part of their demands and be given something when something was not theirs to possess from day one.
All I want is some truth…
Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett miraculously survived being shot at point blank range Thursday night following a failed “execution,” officials said. He “only” suffered a broken arm and nerve damage after being hit at least three times in a shootout with a man he was pursuing.
The 30-year-old suspect is said to have fired at least 13 times, emptying a 9-mm handgun.
In no way am I trying to condone what this mutt was trying to do to this cop… I mean from video that was obtained from the scene it appears that the suspect walked close to the police car and fired from inside the car’s driver’s side window… but how come when a criminal fires 13 rounds at a cop it’s said that he tried to murder the cop but when a cop fires 13 times… into some dudes back or while he’s lying on the ground … it’s self defense or “warranted”.
Anyone got an answer for me?
I’m all ears…
Work is interfering with my day…
So… I’m gonna wrap this up with some quotes from a dude who… in the vein of folks with names like Lenny Bruce… Richard Pryor… said some very funny shit that was deadly serious and the truth…
How the class system really works…
“Now, to balance the scale, I’d like to talk about some things that bring us together, things that point out our similarities instead of our differences. ‘Cause that’s all you ever hear about in this country. It’s our differences. That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about–the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another. That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money! Fairly simple thing. Happens to work. You know? Anything different–that’s what they’re gonna talk about–race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank! You know how I define the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep ’em showing up at those ‘jobs’.
The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there… just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep ‘em showing up at those jobs.”
One man’s (and mine, too) truth about religion…
Everybody’s trying to save the earth…
“We’re so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody’s going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven’t learned how to care for one another. We’re gonna save the fuckin’ planet? . . . And, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin’ great. It’s been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn’t goin’ anywhere, folks. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your shit, we’re goin’ away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.”
The American Dream…
“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice . . . you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying . . . lobbying, to get what they want . . . Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want . . . they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that . . . that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it . . . they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people . . . white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means . . . continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you . . . they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all . . . at all . . . at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . .”
It’s only words, and words are all I have…
“There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven you can’t say on television. What a ratio that is! 399,993 . . . to seven. They must really be baaaad. They must be OUTRAGEOUS to be separated from a group that large. ‘All of you words over here, you seven . . . baaaad words.’ That’s what they told us, right? ‘That’s a bad word!’ Awwww. No bad words. Bad thoughts. Bad intentions, and wooooords. You know the seven, don’t ya? That you can’t say on TV? Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits. Huh? Those are the heavy seven. Those are the words that’ll infect your soul, curve your spine, and keep the country from winning the war. Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits, wow! And tits doesn’t even belong on the list! It seems like such a friendly word. Sounds like a nickname. ‘Hey Tits, come here man! Tits! Meet my friend Toots. Toots, Tits. Tits, Toots.’ Sounds like a snack . . . oh yeah, it is. Right. But I don’t mean your sexist snack, I mean new Nabisco Tits. Corn Tits n’ Sesame Tits n’ Cheese Tits . . . Tater Tits. Bet you can’t eat just one!”
All of the above quotes/routines are from the inimitable George Carlin…
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Before another thousand words…
Didn’t always like everything he did… but boy oh boy when he was on? He was great… gonna miss ya David…
Another thousand words…
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