Category: "Politkxsrgarg"

Jul/13
2017

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday it is "obvious and indispensable" to have exchanges with U.S. President Donald Trump as the two leaders were set to meet to try to push past major differences and find common ground on security, defense and other issues.

Odious makes far more sense in that sentence.

Jul/02
2017

So much for separation of church and state...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Churches should have the right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans targeting a law that prohibits such outright politicking from the pulpit.

Republicans repeatedly have failed to scrap the law preventing churches and other nonprofits from backing candidates, so now they are trying to starve it. With little fanfare, a House Appropriations subcommittee added a provision that would deny money to the IRS to enforce the 63-year-old law to a bill to fund the Treasury Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies.

The subcommittee passed the bill Thursday.

The GOP likes to prey on the feeble minded and weak spirited. And what better way to do it than from the pulpit? If you're in a church (because, let's be realistic here folks, they're not talking about Mosques or Temples, the GOP thinks there's only one religion in the world: christianity) you've already suspended both your belief in reality and your own self-determination. It becomes even more ironic when they go after support for causes that actually do HARM to those they're courting for votes. Health care? Not for you, you have god right? Help the poor, or elderly? Well Jesus said he'd care for them, so let him, they don't need our money. Love your neighbor? Not if they're dark skinned, gay or liberal, in which case god wants you to kill (just like the jihadi's only with a cross not a scimitar.)

So the GOP, after gerrymandering the fuck out of every state they could, they're now trying to weaponize religion for their own benefit. It's not a democracy they're after, just a christian state based on the same model as Iran. Guns, religion, big money and oil. And everyone else can go fuck themselves.

Jun/27
2017

After tens of votes to repeal the AHCA the GOP is in a dog-sweat to shove through a "replacement" and pat themselves on the back. You'd think, however, that maybe juuuuust maybe some of them might want to read it first. And get non-partisan opinions. And the results of analyses.

But that would be bad IF the deal itself had major flaws right?

"It's a big complicated subject, we've got a lot discussions going on, and we're still optimistic we're going to get there," McConnell told reporters after the lunch. (AP)

McConnell thought that by drafting it in secret, by not letting anyone SEE the development that they couldn't form a solid opinion when they did finally see the finished product. He desperately wanted the kudos now, and didn't care much at all about who might be effected.

But other senators, other GOP senators DID care, maybe not about people dying from lack of coverage but for their own totally orthogonal reasons.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans' health bill while middle-income families would get about $260, according to a new analysis of the foundering bill.[..]

Moderate Republicans were concerned that too many people would lose health coverage under the bill while conservatives said it wouldn't do enough to reduce premiums.

So the rich donors get their kickbacks so they can keep pouring their donations into the GOP coffers. That was the main focus of what Mitchy really wanted to do. Killing the poor through lack of coverage was just an added bonus. Now that the word is out, and before the vote, before July 4th which would have seen lots of loud self-congratulations to cover the howls of dismay, it will be just a tiny bit harder for the GOP to move ahead with their "death panels" (oh wait, they don't need death panels because it's just a simple calculation - if you don't need subsidized healthcare then you win, everyone else can go suck it.)

But if the GOP can't kill the poor by yanking their access to medical care, they CAN just make sure they're exposed to more poisons in the air, water, ground and... of course, global warming.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is taking steps to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday outlined a process for rescinding a 2015 regulation that defines which waterways are covered under the Clean Water Act.

Yep, death to everyone who can't afford bottled water and their own medical coverage. Just fuck 'em. It's not like this administration isn't overt in its distaste for the poor, it just wants a bigger gap between the haves and the have nots. Like a 6' gap. Straight down.

May/03
2017

The ACA, otherwise known as the AFFORDABLE Care Act is the actual title for Obamacare. Trumpcare on the other hand is the American Health Care Act.

Hmmm, they both cover care but something is suspiciously missing from the AHCA isn't it. Like, say affordability? Yes, that's right folks, in the desperate drive to "repeal" the ACA, tRump and his GOP flunkies are trying to ensure that the losers lose hard. Who are the losers?

  • The poor
  • The elderly
  • The sick

Yes, in the GOP world, health care is only for people who want to pay premiums, but not for those who might actually need benefits. In essence it's a winning bet for making money. Which is the GOP strategy all along. So if you're NOT rich, if you're NOT young and you're in great health then bully for you.

The rest of you? Can fuck off and die...

Apr/28
2017

Go on tRump Voter tell me why you think this is awesome...


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has so far refused, saying that he would share the tax documents only after the Internal Revenue Service completes an "audit" of them. He's never disclosed proof of an audit and tax lawyers say there's nothing preventing him from releasing his returns if he's under one.

Trump said before he launched his campaign that he'd release them if he ever ran for office.

"If I decide to run for office, I'll produce my tax returns, absolutely," he told an Irish television station in 2014. "And I would love to do that."

Yep taxes. Funny how Dickhead Donald can totally reverse position on EVERYTHING he campaigned on and yet Hillary is still the liar. Funnier still how everyone who hated Hillary has yet to justify how they not only accept but approve of far worse behavior from their savior Dickhead Donald.

Y'all are fucking stupid right? Yeah, I knew that.

Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie.... Sing it with me now!

Apr/24
2017

Especially when that practice might benefit the poor and disenfranchised! The very NERVE that people WITHOUT money can actually find a lawyer to represent their interests! WTF right? The law is for the RICH. Exclusively!


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state's higher education system.
African-American attorney Julius Chambers, who endured firebomb attacks in the 1960s and 1970s as he fought segregation, founded the UNC Center for Civil Rights in 2001, serving as its first director. Now conservatives on the state Board of Governors, which sets policy for the 16-campus system, want to strip the center of its ability to file lawsuits, removing its biggest weapon.[..]
Those developments followed a conservative political takeover of North Carolina, launched in 2010 when Republicans took their first state House and Senate majorities since the late 1800s.
Board member Steve Long said the center must refocus on its education mission, and "one of the things you say no to is public interest law firms." He added, "free enterprise, civil rights, protection of children's rights - whatever the cause it doesn't matter. Are you going to stay on mission as an educational institution or not?"

Ya think Steve Long sleeps well at night? I mean what person with a reasonable conscience say "fuck children's rights"? A good conservative can, apparently. Funny how the moment conservatives get into power they go after institutions which play a noble and necessary cause. That's because it irks them. In their mind the law exists to JUSTIFY their views, and that justification is firmly grounded on affordability. By eliminating an agency that they can't control one that, mind you, isn't PAID for by the school but by outside grants and donations, fucking-shitbag-rightwing-assholes will ensure that those without money never get a chance to be heard.

All in the name of "preserving a mission of education."

Because really, what better way to learn than by hands-on? No. Not if it means success for someone who couldn't pay for it otherwise.

Fuck you Steve Long. Fuck you.

Apr/23
2017

It was printed on a sign at a rally. The rally was in defense of having a conservative hate-speecher present. It said "Hate speech is free speech." It took a while, but eventually I've come around to that position myself.

You're chuckling right now I'm willing to bet. However there's a corollary there, if one CHOOSES to use hate speech, then one must be prepared for the incivility that results. Put more succinctly: if I'm going to use words that will trigger an unthinking anger, then I must be prepared for my opponent not just to do the same, but to do worse. And that RIGHT there means that I'm the one responsible for the degeneration of communication. This is precisely where I choose to spit on the relationship and stomp it to death. This is also precisely why I cannot claim, at any point in the future, the moral high ground NOR feign outrage when my opponents stop listening and do the same.

After a decade of listening to conservatives malign, threaten and abuse non-conservatives, it's simply astounding that they are now crying about how horrible it is when they're on the receiving end.

Really?

Dickhead Donald went out of his way to hate on women, non-whites, and anything that does not align with making money (environment, health, education, international cooperation, the list goes on.) Now suddenly all the tRumpanzees who embraced the hate, who screamed at non-whites, who assaulted Hillary are upset and outraged that this frenzy of anger has continued unabated. Somehow it was all just going to go away. Right? Please?

Oh no. The effectiveness of "please" died when you decided that someone who can degrade, defile, and disrespect with venomous vitriol another human is worthy of representing our nation. tRump ran under a banner of hate, so why so surprised when it becomes the standard?

So to all those out there "surprised" that the loving liberal is now the hating liberal. To those who thought that the effective use of hate as a motivational tool, as a tool to intimidate and annoy opponents belonged to the right, well, maybe now you're going to realize the damage that YOU did in embracing it.

The use of hate does not belong exclusively to the right, rather, as the sign pointed out, it IS a right. And it belongs to everyone. And THAT is the conservative legacy.

Apr/14
2017

Question 1: And why, exactly, didn't this ten minutes of listening come sooner? Like say, before the election?


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues. And for all his usual bluster, he's startlingly candid about the reason: He's just now really learning about some of them.
"After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy," the president said after a discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping that included his hopes that China's pressure could steer North Korea away from its nuclear efforts.
[..]
That's just one of several recent comments offering insight into what looks like a moderate makeover for an immoderate president. As he

Question 2: Will the herds of screaming, frothing, shit-flinging Trumpanzees follow their Great White Leader's example and think for 10 minutes themselves?

Well, probably no, since thinking absolutely NOT a desired characteristic of a mindless-woman-hating-bible-thumping-greedbag. So I guess that brings us to Question 3: if DDT has changed his opinion, will his mindless, drooling, knuckle dragging hordes follow him?

It's interesting that DDT has suddenly had the epiphany that "being president is hard and means thinking about stuff, stuff that isn't necessarily about him." What's less interesting is the evil fuckwads he put into positions of power BEFORE his epiphany happened. Maybe he's fire more of them? But what will he replace them with? I don't know if I WANT to know the answer to that...

Apr/12
2017

Bitch Betsy has started on her mission to ensure that higher education is exclusively for the exclusively wealthy. Everyone else can fuck right the hell off.

April 12 (UPI) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has rolled back protections for student loan borrowers that were enacted by the Obama administration.
She formally withdrew policies outlined in memos issued by former President Barack Obama at the end of his term in office that called for the Federal Student Aid office to strengthen protections for borrowers. [..]
Among the Obama memorandums DeVos withdrew were two requiring the FSA office do more to help borrowers manage or even discharge their students loans.
The Obama protections came after an increase in student loan defaults and what some officials called systematic mistreatment of borrowers by companies servicing student loans.

Like that? Betsy doesn't want education within reach of the average American. Lucky for her, tRumptard, who is only in it for himself, won't care what it does to the current generation of college-age kids. Between routing money from public schools back into the hands rich fundies who prefer private, mind-control academies to bankrupting fools who actually try she's on a mission to "make American stupider."

Bravo Betsy, you're a hateful bitch but at least I give you credit for not trying to hide it.

Apr/12
2017

No worries, it's ALL under control...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Now that President Donald Trump is in the White House his team is figuring out that Russia is "never up to any good," the top Senate Republican said Wednesday.

Well goddam! How did America miss that one until just now? Boy it's a DAMNED good thing we got these guys in offices! They're fucking geniuses!

Keep doing the politics boys, you're doing a GREAT job.

Mar/26
2017

Chaos is pretty simple, just let entropy do its thing. On the other hand order and structure, well, that's muuuuuch harder.

The Republican Party of "no" for Democrat Barack Obama's eight years is having a hard time getting to "yes" in the early Donald Trump era.
The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington, they are pitted against one another and struggling for a way to govern. (AP)

The first thing a baby learns is to annoy its parents by dropping, throwing and grabbing shit at random. Baby doesn't know much, only that it gets them attention and it's EASY. Parents, on the other hand, need to teach baby rules, limits and self control so that their youngster can interact with society at large, not be a nuisance, and to deal with the hard work of learning and growing up.

The GOP is still pretty much in that "throwing shit" stage of growth. After so many years of screaming, crying, pitching a fit, refusing to cooperate and acting out for attention they have no idea how to function as a viable entity. Sure they're all GOP in name, sure they have the numbers to make the government function to their benefit... but there's the rub, they can't all agree what that benefit is.

The government, and conservatives in particular, have forgotten the utility and art of compromise. Now that they have the ability to steer the ship, twenty hands are all grabbing for the tiller and the ship is stuck with it's sails luffing, no destination in sight.

Well... that's not all bad now is it? A few years of going in circles may actually knock some sense into them (or their constituents) and maybe IF they can learn to cooperate with each other, and that's a big maybe, then maybe they can learn to cooperate with the others as well. Maybe...

Feb/05
2017

Apparently we're bad and we should feel bad. And also love Putin.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said he respects Vladimir Putin, and when an interviewer called the Russian leader "a killer," Trump said the United States has many of them.
"What do you think? Our country's so innocent?" he told Fox's Bill O'Reilly in an excerpt released by the network. The president's interview was to air Sunday afternoon on the Super Bowl pregame show.

Do you smell the patriotism burning there? I do. Truthfully I get it, Putin helped tRump win the election AND probably has some nifty dirt on Dickhead Donald as well. Trump stands by people who helped him, regardless of ethics, impact and better judgement. The best part is seeing the flag-mongering, ultra-patriots who backed him try and swallow this. Yes, Putin's a thug, a killer and a war-hungry megalomaniac. But hey, we're besties now so it's cool right?

Heh. So awesome.

Jan/06
2017
It tastes pretty damn yummy to the next Prez...
President-elect Donald J. Trump appears to side with the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over United States intelligence agencies, with Vice President-elect Mike Pence backing him up.
So, my little Trumpettes, how's it feel to see your adored prez sucking some scraggly Aussie dick huh? Yes the fucking PRESIDENT OF THE US ADMITS HIS ADMIRATION FOR ASSANGE. Yes he do. Of course we all know that, up until a tight election was technically (non popularly) won by a total fucking tool, Assmange was an enemy of the US. Someone who solicits and publishes sensitive materials, endangering MANY people, not just Americans, working abroad. But hey, he's got the GOP stamp of approval now, so if you support your leader you'd best fall in line bitches! Heh. This is humerious. What next? A gold statue of Putin in the Oval Office salon? Probably, and just in time for his visit too!
Nov/15
2016
The funny thing, the most typical line I heard from Trump voters were "Oh, he's not really like that." Well let's see, in the few minutes of news I've heard so far: * tRump doesn't want to live in the White House because it doesn't have gold bathroom fixtures * he's appointed all his kids as "consultants" which enables them to set policies AND profit from them * he's anointed a card-carrying racist to his cabinet So what part of "not really like that" is he really? Seems like he really IS as shitty as he proposed to be. Oh, and best part? He's already backing down on all the promises he made during the election, from leaving NATO, to building a wall, to eliminating Obamacare, to incarcerating Hillary. Tell me now... what's not to like?
Oct/16
2016

I Don't Buy The Lie

Ok, so while Trump is howling about how the entire election is rigged against him (he'll sue, just wait) I've been trying to find out what the entire "crooked Hillary" thing is about. I've scanned several conseratroid websites and the results are not very satisfying. Here are the "lies" that have everyone so worked up: - She landed in Bosnia under sniper fire, which wasn't verified on the video - She left her job at the White House in debt, which was true but apparently not debt-enough to count - Her email server was "set up with the same security as typical servers", which was also probably true, but hey we all know that US servers are totally hackproof - She came from immigrant grandparents, and oops, only one was - She's concerned about the cost of college, which means that when she takes money to speak at colleges she's a hypocrite - She claims a long list of accomplishments, which is bs because being Secretary of State is easy-peasy It's interesting to note that not all websites hating on Hillary go after Benghazi. I'd guess the ones omitting this are a little more up to date, where she's been cleared multiple times of trying to deliberately mislead people. Still, it's easier for people to hold on to comfortable lies than read long and boring transcripts. For the most part even Congress has finally buried that horse. Yep, those are some lies. Worse than grabbing women's privates, mistreating your workers or not paying taxes when you're rich-as-fuck. I support that the "lying" label is just that, a label, sadly one that has stuck because really they don't have much else to stick her with. America isn't ready for a woman president, just the same as it wasn't ready for a Black president. All the myths propagated during the Obama elections turned out to be just that, but the thing is that people WANT to hate, they WANT to be afraid, they want that unifying threat... even when it doesn't exist. Honestly Bernie would have been a far greater threat to the established GOP, so it doesn't surprise me in the least that some members of the GOP have been deserting their candidate. And for those out there who want to hate on Hillary, go ahead, I'm sure she's used to it. Just like every other woman who ever dared to break the glass ceiling.
Oct/08
2016

Uh Huh.

As the Talking Heads said "and the heat goes on..."
I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN! (Der Trump)
Truly this election is one for the history books. Like it or not, American politics will never, ever be the same. We have a new standard for who can get elected and what the Public will tolerate them saying. Political experience? We don't need no stinkin' political experience, in fact the less the better...
Jul/31
2016
Back in early May I predicted that the asshole conservatives in charge of the most vulnerable states were being predictable douchebags. And I was right.
Pregnant women are being advised by Public Health England to consider postponing non-essential trips to the US state of Florida, amid concerns over the Zika virus. Its travel advice was updated after Florida confirmed four cases of the virus transmitted by local mosquitoes.(BBC)
The nearsightedness, the pettiness is pretty typical of what you expect from a politician. But you'd think that one who represents a district that depends heavily on tourism would be slightly more sensitive to what was GOING to happen. Zika was coming to Florida back in May and our government wanted to do something about it. But because it was against their mantra, because it was politically expedient to laugh at the offer Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia turned their back on funding that science needs to figure out a solution. Now the solution will involve more money than prevention. It will involve money to figure out how to manage a tourism industry that will be damaged as young families and couples make other plans. It will involve money for babies born in those states with a condition that will make them dependent for their whole lives. It will involve money to sway voters into believing that prevention was a lost cause because, after all, Zika is god's will (but when it the vaccine coming out?) The politicians who made the decision to reject Zika funding back in May have nothing to worry about for themselves, and as for their voters, well, who cares about them? At least until election time?