Saturday, September 28, 2013

All The Proof You'll Ever Need That An Ivy League Education Is Not What It's Cracked Up To Be:

Ted Cruz.

Not convinced?


George W. Bush.

The thing, as they say, speaks for itself.

To be fair, Cruz probably isn't any worse than the people who elected him. They are either completely stupid or totally venal or some virulent combination of both stupidity and venality.

Don't mess with Texas. They can fuck things up all on their own.

PS I've been racking my brain trying to figure out who Ted Cruz reminded me of. Then, as if on the road to Damascus, it came to me in a flash: that ur-conman, Mr. Haney from Green Acres. No wonder the hicks and rubes love him so.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Looney Tunes

It is said that the philosopher Wittgenstein enjoyed the fractured logic of cartoons.

Boy, would he have gotten a kick out of the Republican Tea Party!

Simply put, when you elect people who do not believe in government to govern you...well, what would you expect to happen?

Do fact adverse xenophobes living in their own alternative universe have empathy, let alone sympathy, for anyone else? Hell no!

Do people anxiously awaiting the Rapture care about the environment? Hell no!

Do people who swear by the Book of Revelations and can't wait for the "end times" to begin care about peace and justice in the Middle East? Hell no!

Do nihilists plan for the future? Hell no!

Do fools, knaves and grifters in the pockets of billionaires care about anything but their next payoff? Hell no!

Bugs, Daffy, Porky and Elmer, had nothing on Ted, Louie, Sarah and Rand.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This Just In: Karl Rove Is Still A Festering Pustule

So I'm scanning the Huffington Post the other day, searching for tidbits, and what do I find?

"Obama's handling of the Syrian conflict has been 'an unmitigated disaster'." So saith one Karl Rove.

Well...If there's anyone with a working knowledge of disasters in the Middle East, and elsewhere, it would be Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove. Or Donald "There Are Knowns and Unknows, But Mostly A Whole Bunch Of Stuff I Don't Have A Fucking Clue About" Rumsfeld. Or Condi "I'll Be At Jimmy Choo's If You Need Me" Rice. Or Lil Dick "The Dark Lord" Cheney. Or any of the Bush Gang, including ol Simple W. his own self.

The idea of any member of that crew being taken seriously when they pontificate about any aspect of the government is laughable.

Their wars have cost the United States trillions of dollars, killed hundreds of thousands of people, crippled an untold number more, and displaced millions. Oh yeah, and they poisoned the well for the foreseeable future for any President or Secretary of State who goes before the United Nations with a legitimate concern. Their lies destroyed whatever moral authority our country might have once had, given plausible deniability to murderous dictators everywhere, and the moral high ground to Vladimir Putin, of all people.

The aptly nicknamed "Turd Blossom" should stop talking about foreign policy, about which he and his erstwhile employers have proven they know absolutely nothing, and get back to trying to steal elections by whatever-means-necessary, which is something about which he is an expert.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Bit Of Harmless Fun

We all sit, with bated breath, waiting for the Great Syria Debate.

The nation's best minds, seated in our hallowed Congress and representing all reasonable points of view, will, with the highest intellectual rigor and the wisdom that is our country's birth right....

And blah blah blah.

Louie Gohmert is a member of the United States Congress. So is Trent Franks. So are Steve King, Darrell Issa, Ted Cruz, Dana Rohrabacher...oh, the list goes on and on. Inhofe, Flake, Paul, McConnell, Graham, and Sessions. Quite the brain trust, ain't it?

The Congressional debate over Syria will make monkeys throwing their feces at each other look like Masterpiece Theatre.

Some of these morons will still not admit that the President is a native born US citizen. They're just not sure...

Or perhaps they are sure, but they know they have to act like idiots to appease their idiotic base. I don't know which is worse: to be an idiot or to just act like one because you're afraid.

Our Congress is full of bought and paid for "climate change" deniers, evolution deniers, healthcare crisis deniers, gun nuts, racists, homophobes, misogynists, Ayn Rand quoting dweebs and hopheads chanting "USA USA!" as they stuff the Koch brothers' money into their pockets.

Expecting them to do anything in a sane and timely fashion is asking way too would require them to put aside their personal passions and pettiness and act like statesmen. And that's not going to happen.

Anyway, the truth is that there is no good solution to what is happening in Syria. It is a civil war between a murderous despot, who is supported and supplied by Russia, China and Iran, versus a collection of armed sects. And trust me, the Russians and Chinese really don't care who Assad gasses. Because they both reserve the right to brutalize their own citizens as needed and by whatever means necessary. Besides, this gives them all a chance to screw with the good ol' USA.

Based on our lies about Iraq, why would the other member states of the UN trust us now? Even our British friends are tired of war. And if by chance Assad could be removed, who would replace him? There is no fertile ground for democracy to take root. Modern Syria is, like most of the Arab states in the Middle East, an artificial construct, left behind from the remains of the Ottoman Empire after the first World War. Cobbled together by the British and French out of tribes that have been killing each other for a thousand years, since the original schism in the Muslim world. And apparently you can now throw al-Qaeda into that mix. What kind of coalition government would that toxic brew yield? And for how long?

I have no doubt that there are many peace loving, innocent Syrians who want to live in the 21st Century and not the Middle Ages. After all, most people everywhere just want to get along with their lives, watch their children grow, and age as gracefully as possible. Unfortunately, in Syria they have no power, nor any say in what happens to themselves or their state. Personally, I would pack all I could and head for the nearest border.

I'm afraid the slaughter of the innocents will continue for the foreseeable future, until all innocence is lost.