Randy Rainbow weighs in on Alternative Facts

This is how I’d like to see the White House Press Corps respond to this administration’s bullshit artists.

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The Watering Hole; Friday March 28 2014; Outrage

Courtesy of online dictionary, a partial definition:

out-rage:
noun
1. an act of wanton cruelty or violence; any gross violation of law or decency.
2. anything that strongly offends, insults, or affronts the feelings.
3. a powerful feeling of resentment or anger aroused by something perceived as an injury, insult, or injustice: Outrage seized the entire nation at the news of the attempted assassination.

That pretty much summarizes my opinion of each and every one of the policies which have come to define today’s Republican Party, aka the GOP aka the Tea Party aka the AFP (American Fascist Party). In brief summary, this is the American political party that does not give a tinker’s dam about ANYTHING that has ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING other than money and power. They care nothing for culture, for civilization, for we the people, for education, for science, for the environment, for wildlife, for _______ (fill in the blank with ANY word other than money, or power, and save me however many thousands of pages it would take to list everything in the universe that’s hated or dismissed as insignificant by Republicans).

While y’all are doing that, I’ll post here an account of the latest atrocity that’s causing my blood to boil. It’s brief, summarized in a few short paragraphs describing outrageous actions by Republicans in the state of Idaho, courtesy of the Center for Biodiversity. It reads (highlights their own):

Idaho’s official policy is that “wolf recovery efforts be discontinued immediately, and wolves be removed by whatever means necessary.” The state has already killed more than 300 wolves and now plans to ramp up the massacre, slaughtering another 500.

Idaho’s legislature created a new “Wolf Control Board” just days ago — made up of hunters and ranchers and funded with $400,000 of taxpayer money — to shoot, trap and gas the state’s last remaining wolves.

Though Idaho’s wolf population has plummeted by 42 percent since federal protection was stripped away, the state — left in charge of wolf “management” — wants to kill another 500 of these ecologically precious predators. That will drive their population down to an unsustainable level of just 150.

There is, of course, zero logical reason for such stupid and ridiculous wildlife policy other than the all-too-typical (and common) Republican hatred of virtually everything other than themselves, and the money and power they spend their respective lifetimes cultivating.

The next step, the only chance remaining for Idaho wolves, will be if the US Fish and Wildife “Service” should ultimately decide to follow the science (rather than the hatred) and restore the endangered species tag to wolves in the lower 48. Sounds like the obviously logical choice to be made, but then when Republicans have any input at all on most anything at all, the concept of ‘obviously logical’ goes flying out the window. Every freakin’ time.

OK, rant over. Hopefully the embedded message — that the Republican “philosophy” of death to everything and everyone but the rich and powerful is the absolutely WORST government option that this country could ever choose. Sadly, pretty close to fifty percent of the apparent electorate supports and even votes for such dirt. Wish I had available the means to make the needed repairs, but it’s probably far more simple to train a colony of sewer roaches to dress for dinner than it is to convince half the population that they’re voting only for their own destruction.

OPEN THREAD; ANY and ALL ANTI-GOP RANTS WELCOME!

The Watering Hole; Friday February 14 2014; K@N$/-\$ $#[T!!

This just in:

Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is an Abomination

On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life . . .

In addition to barring all anti-discrimination lawsuits against private employers, the new law permits government employees to deny service to gays in the name of “religious liberty.” . . .

So. One defined ‘category’ of American citizens is now, by legislative mandate, about to be “legally” denied the rights ALL American citizens are presumably guaranteed. Why? Fear. Fear of . . . something, something based in the dark and psychotic depths which tend to define human insecurity, human fear. Reminds me of a couple of other quotes I’ve run across over the years:

“There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. A state that supresses all freedom . . . and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism . . . and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.”

And this one too, speaking of ‘fear’ and the apparently time-honored means of politically encouraging it, of employing it as a tool to suppress:

“The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don’t ask for their love; only for their fear.”

I could go on, but won’t. Attributions of the above quotes should satisfy any urges for further comment. The top quote appeared, as per the link, on Slate.com yesterday, February 13 2014.

The second quote was courtesy of Kurt Huber, head of the White Rose Society (a German non-violent, intellectual resistance group) who was killed by the Nazis in 1943.

The third: Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? A random Tea Partier? Maybe someone from Kansas? Nope.

Those were the words of Heinrich Himmler.

Kansas can now, this very day, feel free to celebrate the fact that, in their own special Tea Party and God-fearing fashion,  they did indeed manage to beat, by one day (but not by much else), the sixty-ninth anniversary of yet another cultural atrocity: the Allied firebombing of Dresden. In that vein I do hereby . . . sort of and with back turned eastward . . . (being polite here) “bow” . . . in their general direction. Etc.

Across the entire of human existence, only abomination seems to forever endure and forever repeat.

Why is that??

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