The Watering Hole, Monday, August 18th, 2014: Sick Day

I am so sick of everything that I’m just going to throw up a few thoughts and see who’s coming down with the same thing.

I can’t even find the words to describe how sick I am of “Christians” (who, if Christ were real, would have been disowned by him) who are doing their damnedest to take over this country, whining about ‘religious persecution.’ The same zealous whackjobs go crazy fearmongering about ‘teh gay agenda’, when their own ‘Christian-nation/one-nation-under-their god’ agenda is infinitely more far-reaching. An excerpt from Right Wing Watch:

“Christian-nation activist David Lane is engaged in a multi-year, multi-state project to get conservative evangelical pastors more involved in electing right-wing candidates, and he is intent on making sure that the GOP nominates a 2016 presidential candidate to the Religious Right’s liking.”

When pastors of any religious stripe start getting “involved in electing right-wing candidates”, their church’s tax-exempt status should be revoked, period. They’ve been on thin ice for years, let them operate on just tithing and other donations from their parishioners.

I’ve been sick forever, it seems, of the sheer stupidity of the vast majority of Americans, but the last few years the ignorance has reached new heights? depths? From the now-common mundane ignorance of people who cannot speak or write proper English, to the simplistic denials of the worldwide disaster of global climate change, too many Americans are smugly proud of their lack of knowledge. When ‘leaders’ in government happily announce “I’m no scientist” when talking about human female biology/birth control, or climate change, or evolution, the premise of the movie “Idiocracy” doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched anymore. Just add some holy-rollers/snake oil salesmen to Idiocracy so it’s a tad more realistic.

I’m sick of the police and other law enforcement entities playing into the teabagger/libertarians’ narrative with the militarization of police forces across the country. There are groups out there who are insanely itching to get into a firefight with the “gummint” and consider ANY law enforcement to be the “gummint.” Cops, you are NOT helping when you treat civilians as an enemy – I’m looking at YOU, FERGUSON.

And I am sick to death of the blatant outright racism that has been revived by the election of President Barack Obama. But not just the racism itself, it’s the acceptance, even embracing, of racism that makes me so sick. I don’t know if President Obama anticipated just how much racist backlash would result from his election – I know I certainly didn’t. Just take one or two examples regarding the insanity that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri:

Ever-clueless Representative Steven King:

“”This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

“I just reject race-based politics, identity politics” King concluded. “I think we’re all God’s children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior.”

and,

Tea-Partier radio-show host Jesse Lee Peterson:

““I’ve said from day one that Michael Brown is a thug,” Peterson explained before asserting that he must be a criminal by nothing[sic] “the fact that he was running from the cops, period, because good folks do not run from police officers, they follow their instructions.”

He added, “I just think that it’s a shame that, in America today, that criminals are given the benefit of the doubt – especially black criminals because white criminals are not – but black criminals are given the benefit of the doubt and the police officers are the suspects. I don’t know what has happened to my country.”

According to Wikipedia, “On September 21, 2005, Peterson penned a column for WorldNetDaily, in which he suggested the majority of the African-American people stranded in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were “welfare-pampered”, “lazy” and “immoral” and “Peterson has also thanked “God and white people” for slavery—adding that if it weren’t for the slave trade, blacks might have never made it to the United States—and described traveling on slave ships as akin to “being on a crowded airplane” That is one ‘brother’ who really hates his own race. How can he possibly think that way?

I can’t help but think that, had Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Primary and the Presidency in 2008, we would not be seeing all of this out-in-the-open, ‘can-you-top-this’ undisguised racism. I blame President Obama for a lot of things, but I can’t honestly blame him for being elected and thereby opening the floodgates of racial prejudice.

This is our daily open thread–what’s on your mind today?

77 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, August 18th, 2014: Sick Day

  1. …had Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Primary and the Presidency in 2008, we would not be seeing all of this out-in-the-open, ‘can-you-top-this’ undisguised racism.

    That is true – we’d have the misogynistic mentality. The discussion would be about her hair, wardrobe, makeup, etc. Like Obama, she’d never have been given credit for positive steps to get the country back on the economic track.

  2. Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy: reports

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is preparing to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the first time since he was granted political asylum two years ago, according to reports.
    British newspapers have in the last few days been reporting Assange is suffering a range of illnesses, including heart and lung conditions and high blood pressure.

  3. Well-said, Jane; I couldn’t agree more. I have no quarrel with those who accept any given religious belief — so long as they keep it to themselves. But to each and all of those who work tirelessly to impose their belief on others, the only appropriate words from me to them are “fuck off.”

    As for the militarized police idiocy, I have to wonder: where are the Cliven Bundy anti-gubmint militias? Why aren’t they in Ferguson standing up against the gubmint’s police in defense of the unarmed citizenry? Why aren’t they as outraged over the murder of a young black man as they were over Bundy’s cows who were well-fed at/by the public trough, so to speak? The answer is probably obvious.

  4. By all means nominate a GOP presidential candidate who is as extreme a religious fundamentalist as it is possible to be. I want to watch them lose by a wide margin.

    • “Brown also was shot four times in the right arm, and all the bullets were fired into his front, Baden said.”
      Thank the heavens he wasn’t shot in the back…./snark off

  5. I would heartily encourage Mr. David Lane to find the most extreme JeebusCrakhead he can muster to run for the GOP nomination. The crakkier the better. I trust the Amurkin people to shove that crap right back into the GOP’s gaping maw.

    • Al Jazeera? Dirty, camel-riding, rag-head terrists…… don’t need to listen to them…. /Bundy off

  6. Worm-eaten brain #1:

    ”This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

    Somehow, I doubt he means North America.

    And beetle-infested brain #2:

    “I just think that it’s a shame that, in America today, that criminals are given the benefit of the doubt – especially black criminals because white criminals are not – but black criminals are given the benefit of the doubt and the police officers are the suspects. I don’t know what has happened to my country.”

    Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat, fucker.

  7. Doctor Who Takeover Week

    All week except for BBC News and a few new episodes of current season shows. The marathon leads up to Saturday’s season premiere episode.
    I watched ‘The Fires Of Pompeii’ over the weekend, with future Who stars Karen Gillan and Peter Capaldi, before they were famous.

  8. Authorities ‘leak’ that Michael Brown may have smoked pot

    While [St. Louis County medical examiner Mary Case] declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front.

    In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

    And he wasn’t even from Colorado. Think of it. The TRAVESTY!

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/18/1322614/-Authorities-leak-that-Michael-Brown-may-have-smoked-pot

    • Well you knew that was coming. Smoked marijuana = drug crazed thug, even though no one I know who smoked a little ever became drug crazed.

    • Obviously, the officer was just defending Amurkin values by eliminating another dope fiend.
      /snukking fark off.

  9. Authorities Lift Curfew For Ferguson, Governor Says

    Authorities on Monday lifted the overnight curfew for Ferguson, Missouri, after two nights.

    The announcement came from Gov. Jay Nixon, who earlier in the day ordered the National Guard to the St. Louis suburb after a week of clashes between police and protesters over the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

    Nixon said that the National Guard would have a limited mission and would report to the state Highway Patrol, which took over security in Ferguson on Thursday.

    The curfew didn’t mean anything last night as the action took place two and a half hours before the deadline.

  10. Michael Bell’s article on the shooting of his son demonstrates just how hard it is to hold cops accountable:

    “I have known the name of the policeman who killed my son, Michael, for ten years. And he is still working on the force in Kenosha.

    Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.”

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/what-i-did-after-police-killed-my-son-110038.html#.U_I_bEi0YpL

  11. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. Trudging up and down the hill everyday, trying to keep up with the Jones’ and worn down by their influence… not worth it.
    I was so trampled into the bottom of that rut I couldn’t see straight and got Meself terminated today!
    Heh, I didn’t even have to fight, leave in a week, see-ya-later-bye.
    Cool.
    I’m sure not depressed now!

      • I agree, the rare opportunity to ACT surprised, and then carry that through the whole episode, looking surprised and dumbfounded at everything they say…heh.
        Freedom isn’t free, it’s priceless.

          • I’ve been trying to find a way to leave for awhile now, looks like it worked out nicely.

            You know what happens when you announce you’re leaving… the parting deal ain’t so great, to be avoided if possible.

            • When I was a safety director I halted a job to have a crane operator who was involved in an accident that caused minor property damage drug tested, as per company and union rules as well as Federal regulations . Several days later I was given my 2-week notice and was told I didn’t have to come in anymore, but I stayed long enough to conduct two scheduled safety meetings before leaving. Unfortunately, two of the attendees were killed on the job months after I was gone. The company left town!

            • Wow, you’re on the line when it’s safety… there’s a few hazards here, but mostly it’s the headlong rush into projects without doing completion on the previous ones. In my year here I have completed only one new project, the rest has been rehabilitation of infrastructure and cleaning up the incompletes of others going back 10 years. Now that the dirty work has been done, time to boot the hired hand from the place so that the La De Das can lay back with their dinner parties.
              I smell a surprise summer vacation coming on, and it won’t be on a lawn!

      • Thank you for that thought. I know a whole lot more about small farms now, and what to look for and what to avoid. I’ve downsized, trimmed and frugal-ized tremendously, but I still can’t work for free…. yet… plus you’re at the other edge of the continent.

  12. Nice to know that Pope Frankie approves of military action in Iraq. He’s even considering a visit to Northern Iraq. Ya know, in case you thought making this a full blown religious war was a good idea.

    • That’s interesting.

      From the Wiki:

      Organic polymers can be used to create aerogels. SEAgel is made of agar. Cellulose from plants can be used to create a flexible aerogel.[17]

  13. Wayne and I have a new little orange striped boy, white chin, bib and belly, white paws. He’s all tuckered out right now from meeting the other ‘kids’, so far he seems to be settling in fairly well. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, hoping that Troi’s old mothering instincts will resurface. No name for him yet, but that usually takes a couple of weeks.

      • Thanks to Mel, and no, he’s not a rescue kitten, sorry to say. One of the girls at work knows someone who had a litter of five kittens, four of them orange. We’ve been saying for years that we’d like another orange guy, as all of our previous oranges had great personalities. I wanted two of the kittens, but our new guy was the only one left. He seems pretty self-possessed, but so far his encounters with Troi have not been positive. Troi’s gotten cranky in her old age, and with her physical afflictions, she’s uncomfortable, too. Hopefully for now she’ll just avoid him instead of hissing and growling at him.

    • I can’t tell what happened there, but if it were robbery it’s a very slow low-key one. No leaning over the counter or threatening motions. No store clerk would let someone intimidate them out of something and then confront him at the door. If you’re scared enough to hand the merchandise over, you let the guy leave.

    • Good idea, Ms. Oystercatcher looks like a leftover bouquet, blends right in.
      Nice tall stones to get behind out of the wind!

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