One Democratic Senator (Tom Carper of Delaware) joined 51 Republicans voting for fast track. Mitch McConnell voted against it when it was clear it would fail so that he can bring it up again. So who will benefit from the TPP?
Big labor unions and liberal members of Congress have picked a fight against the global expansion of the rights of workers by mounting do-or-die opposition against the Trade Promotion bill moving through Congress that will allow the President to bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress for an up-or-down vote. In doing so, American labor is displaying key symptoms of its self-inflicted collapse.
Rep. Paul Ryan, on CNBC with Joe Kernen shilling for the TPP this morning, does not give a hairy rat's behind about the rights of workers. Neither does the Chamber of Commerce, also shilling for this execrable multinational corporate government deal.
I remember when President Obama's fans explained his Catfood Commission as "eleventy-dimensional chess." It wasn't. He's been working for Wall Street the entire time.
P.S. This isn't over. There will be another vote tomorrow, after a couple fig leaves have been added. Our President and the GOP only need 7 or 8 Democrats to switch votes to get this through the Senate. Some who voted against it yesterday are just hoping for token concessions in order to cover their fealty to the richest few.
The people won this round because Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown effectively organized opposition and because voters persistently called their Congresscritters to let them know it's a bad deal. Keep calling!
The University of Wisconsin at Madison plans to cut 400 positions and drastically trim its budget, a response to Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to cut $300 million from the UW system over the next two years.
Walker is pulling this sort of shit not because there's any particular needful reason to do so, but in order to make himself president. What's Andrew Cuomo's excuse, I'd like to know..
I got morbidly curious about whether or not Althouse had burbled anything about the decimation of her own damn campus, but nah.
Althouse is, as we may have previously mentioned, a real shit. I could look up what she makes, and do some sort of calculation as to whatever the fuck value the UW-Mad law school has for the Wisconsin taxpayer, but I'm more than confident she's mostly just getting well paid to post featherbrained bullshit while her colleagues who do actual work get axed.
Of all the sorry frauds we've contemplated over the years, Althouse is just about the most dingaling awful.
Religious oppression was one reason many of our ancestors came to America. They wanted to escape rulers who demanded that everyone worship their way. In Ireland, Catholics couldn't vote or own a gun.
I kind of know a lot about the history of Irish immigration to the US. "I'm a Catholic and I cannot own a gun" is the subject of approximately zero heart-rending ballads as regards emigration motives. But then again I am unaware of the Catholic religious belief "you get to have a gun." The Jesuits misled me badly on that score, I guess.
I'm reasonably sure -- just guessing -- that John Stossel is a fucking imbecile.
Snot-nosed fuzzy little foreigner CW McCooke has written a book, of sorts. It is, I gather, about how Americans will soon start to love conservatives, and libertarians, and also, I don't know, syphilis.
I will read and review this slimy git's emanation:
For a bottle of 15 year old Redbreast. About $100.
I think that's fair. I will read the whole godawful thing.
So you can click the Donate link in the upper left. And if I get a hundred bucks, "break off a hundo," as it were, I will buy a bottle of Redbreast and review this puppy's yips with this blog's usual objectivity and panache.
Any dough raised beyond the Redbreast bottle will go towards buying another Redbreast bottle, or else to some charity or progressive cause or crap like that.
I've done some shit for free lo these many years blogging, but I'm not reading that tripe boozeless.
No time for pleasantries, let's get down to business. Can you dig it? I know you can, so shut up and start reading!
Dick "The Fifth Horseman" Cheney is still roaming the Earth!? And the VSP give him a stage!?!? Fuck my nipples...
Barack Obama is still President. And still black. BLACK!
Elizabeth Warren should have a $1B war chest for something, Something. Just 'cuz.
I will vote for Hillary. She'd better earn it. Seriously.
I'm a white man. I don't have a damned clue about living a non-white life, but I wish my white "brothers" would get a clue. Frankly, right now, it's almost as if there's a fucking White Plague going around. I don't like that. I would like my non-white friends to feel safe.
Speaking of plagues, Fuck all of the "GAY, EEK!" folks. Scientology is a "religion", too, Biblehumpers. I would like my gay/confused/not-sure folks to feel safe. Seriously, what is with the Bible and sex?
I'm back with the same message/attitude I had before: Love Life. Compassion is a virtue. Kill Whitey.
I live in a small town in the Midwest. It's 2015, and I still see posters in gas stations and stores for benefit shows to help with medical expenses. ObamaCare is coming, but it's not all the way Downtown yet.
So... me. I'm engaged to a cute, amazing, incredibly skilled nurse. She said "Yes", which made me very happy. I play in a band every once in a while, I read the "good" blogs every day, I curse the MOTU and take my little dogs out for their potties. And I miss all of you (and read all your comments).
You -- yes, you -- can be morally superior to Dennis Prager merely by gazing at him and thinking he's kind of a dick. I mean.
As one who loves America -- not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history -- I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline.
Is one of those exceptions that we're not as horribly racist as we've been for most of our history, at least overtly?
Ha ha a joke. By "decline" Prager seems to mean that "America" is becoming ever less "decent." The American "experiment" is to do with dispositively establishing the claim that, in regards to other nations, Fuck You, we are the decentest.
By what metric?
The Decline of the Family: Nearly half (48 percent) of American children are born to a mother who is not married. Forty-three percent of American children live without a father in the home. About 50 percent of Americans over 18 are married, compared to 72 percent in 1960. Americans are having so few children that the fertility rate fell to a record low 62.9 births per 1,000 women in 2013. And in an increasing number of states, there are now more deaths than births.
For openers, all citations are omitted, because this is Townhall. I am willing to bet that these statistics are all trash, but I can't be arsed to look them up any more than Prager could be arsed to cite them.
But it's fun to note that Prager seems to be bitching that "America is having too few babies, and the only babies we have are popping out of sluts!"
The Decline of Education: Compared to nearly all of American history, the average American school teaches much less about important subjects such as American history, English grammar, literature, music and art. Instead, schools are teaching much more about "social justice," environmentalism and sex.
I have not yet encountered the liberal-minded individual who has advocated cutting funding for literature, music, and art in our public schools. But it's still YOUR fault, hippie fuckface.
As for "environmentalism," presumably Prager means that kids should not learn about how physics works so that Our Kids are not brainwashed by Science into believing bullshit about what happens when shitloads of carbon are pumped into the atmosphere.
Any of us who receive emails from large numbers of Americans can attest to the deteriorating education -- including among those who attended college -- in written English. In sophisticated commentary on websites as well as in email, one encounters the most basic errors: "it's" instead of "its;" "their" instead of "there;" "then" instead of "than," etc.
You write for Townhall, asshole, which has comments sections. And many, many dumb columnists. And is edited by nobody smarter than a bowling ball. Wanna play?
This is also of course not a sign of "deterioration" even remotely, of course, as regards grammar skills. There is an extensive literature -- oh, fuck it, what do I know, besides my fucking doctorate that Mao himself gave me.
Most universities have become secular seminaries for the dissemination of Leftism. Moreover, aside from indoctrination, students usually learn little. One can earn a BA in English at UCLA, for example, without having read a single Shakespeare play.
To the extent that American history is taught, beginning in high school and often earlier, American history is presented as the history of an immoral nation characterized by slavery, racism, colonialism, imperialism, economic exploitation, and militarism -- not of a country that, more than any other, has been the beacon of freedom to mankind, and the country that has spent more treasure and spilled more blood to liberate other peoples than any other nation.
I'm actually coming up blank on a single example of the US "liberating other peoples" that is not highly qualified by someone, you know, explaining what actually happened, and why.
Beyond that, please don't teach my kids propaganda? Shouldn't that be beneath us? Prager? Prager?
The End of Male and Female: Whatever one's position on same-sex marriage, one must acknowledge that at the core of the argument for this redefinition of marriage is that gender doesn't matter. Marriage is marriage, and gender means nothing, the argument goes. So, too, whether children are raised by mother and father or two mothers or two fathers doesn't matter. A father has nothing unique to offer a child that a mother can't provide and vice versa.
This is hilarious considering the previous grammar snobbery: Gender! Prager is too dumb to know what pointless fights he's already lost.
Anyway there is no evidence of any sort to back up Prager's nonsense, though there are a lot of lies.
Blah blah blah transgenders are bad... OK:
The End of Right and Wrong: At least two generations of American young people have been taught that moral categories are nothing more than personal (or societal) preferences. Recently, an incredulous professor of philosophy wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times titled "Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts." In it he noted, "Without fail, every value claim is labeled an opinion" (italics in original). This extends to assessing the most glaring of evils. Since the Nazis thought killing Jews was right, there is no way to know for sure whether it was wrong; it's the Nazis' opinion against that of the Jews and anyone else who objects. I have heard this sentiment from American high school students -- including many Jewish ones -- for 30 years.
Human beings committed the Holocaust. Human beings sat in judgement of those who ran the camps.
There was, you know, no supernatural entity taking part in the Nuremberg trials. That was all run by humans.
"Moral categories" ARE "nothing more than personal (or societal) preferences." This is precisely why us nasty progressives are so passionate about moral issues. It's because history shows that anyone who conceives of morality as some sort of abstract system of absolute rules has turned out to be, in practice, a vicious asshole. Like, say, someone who says "gays shouldn't marry" and then whines when he's told to fuck off as a bigot.
The End of Religion: There are no moral truths because there is no longer a religious basis for morality. More than the Enlightenment, it was the Bible -- especially the Hebrew Bible (which was one reason America's Christians were different from most European Christians) that guided the Founders' and other Americans' values. Not anymore. Instead of being guided by a code higher than themselves, Americans are taught to rely on their feelings to determine how to behave. Instead of being given moral guidance, children are asked, "How do you feel about it?"
I don't get how "obey the imaginary person" makes one automatically more "moral" than "I've thought hard about this and I've decided to treat my fellows as I would like to be treated."
And why shouldn't children be asked "how do you feel about it"? This is a snorter.
The End of Beauty: Just as morality is subjective; so are beauty and excellence. There is no good or bad art or literature. You like Beethoven; I like rap. You like Shakespeare; I like Batman. "Street art" (aka graffiti) is worthy of museum exhibition; paint thrown by an "artist" from atop a ladder onto a canvas is considered high art and fetches over $100 million; and a giant sculpture of a dog with lifted leg urinating adorns the front of the Orange County Museum of Art in California.
Given how much fun Shakespeare had with dirty shit, this is hilarious.
Prager is complaining that he doesn't get to make the rules anymore.
More than that, he's writing a boring and lazy appeal to old white bigots so that they send him money.
I've never had much patience with the argument that you shouldn't ever call people with Sincere Religious Objections to gay marriage "bigots." "Bigot" is in fact the correct term for people who would deny other people equality before the law based on their personal prejudices.
The simple fact of the matter is that if you really believe in democracy, you believe in a democracy of morality. How do you achieve the end of slavery, the vote for women, gay marriage in New York? Well, you win. You fight to achieve the right to impose the dominant definition of what is right and what is wrong, in the culture and through the law.
The main reason I hate religious arguments against gay marriage, to be honest, is my personal disgust at the intricate cruelty of religious people towards certain of my friends and family -- and the reckless collateral damage homophobia has inflicted generally. It's a vicious madness going back generations.
If your "religious freedom" makes you a bigot, well, fuck you, and you will pay a price -- you will lose your power to say "I am religious, so I have the power to determine legitimate from illegitimate fuck-standards."
And if you thought Hobby Slobby was ever about "religious freedom," well, you probably weren't reading this blog for fun in the first place...
It may well be that the president is going to present American Jews with a choice over the coming months no American president should ask us to make—to become parties to and participants in his effort to create what, in 2009, he called “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel.
The American president has every fucking right to ask whether or not anyAmerican is more loyal to America or to a foreign state.
The idea that America must always defer to the demands of a client state with a powerful lobby is kind of an electoral loser.
Or it would be, in a democracy.
American Jews tend to be Americans, and proud of it. At least in my experience -- in my experience growing up in New York City, which is geographically attached to several of the most historical United States.
Launching an immediate war against Iran is of course desperately necessary, and the wisest possible current use of taxpayer dollars. Perhaps you worry that such an enterprise might be expensive. Fret not and shut your carping, you chickenshit unAmerican traitor what throws like a girl. Wars are cheap, and anyway, this one's already paid for. How?
On the actual substance of these Democratic complaints, Erikson is silent, opting instead to fowl the air with tu quackquack nonsense, thus ducking the question.*
Of greater fascination is his closing, and his evident conception of a Devastating Putdown:
Tough shiitake mushrooms for you.
I am not joking when I say that this all is the sign of a diseased mind -- the kind of sick stuffed shirt who gets rock-hard at the thought of ordering up a war or a waterboard like it's a cigar, but who declares himself on the side of the angels because he won't say "shit" in public, nevermind "fag" or "kike" or "nigger" and so on, world without end fuck yeah. And who also beats his wife because Jesus. The dumb hypocrite cracker fucker. **
We all know this. Every person you shake hands with has (one trusts) wiped shit off their butt with that exact same hand. But nobody talks about this very fundamental existential true reality in any even vaguely sensible public forum.
Likewise, everyone has ideas about God, which one, the absence of same, etc.
If you want to talk about religion publicly you should be just as willing to talk about shit.
Which means, let's mostly never talk about it.
What I specifically want to happen is for people to talk about God as often as they talk about wiping up their own literal shit. I want the same linguistic taboo.
You can examine the particulars your own selves, but what it boils down to is an accusation that "grass-roots conservatives" are being ripped off by shady PACs who collect donations from the rubes, but then "line their own pockets" and don't spend any money on getting crazy far-right idiots elected.
Well, yeah, I guess that happens.
But the question is: so?
What conservative "media organization" isn't a scam?
I mean, holy shit, this is coming from Right-Wing News, one of dozens of pretty the exact same wingnut sites featuring the exact same gibberish from the exact same authors collecting checks for the exact same rubbish cant. The American Thinker? Townhall? Big Dead Breitbart? The Fuckulist? The Daily Crawler (half cuckoo political smears, half tit-gazing?). And The Grand-daddy, the ghastly NewsMax (which is straight-up a platform for fraud*)?
None of these places, nor their smelly likenesses, commits anything like journalism, or do anything other than feed the mindless maw of outraged anger that is Conservatism and the garbage-demons who get paid to stoke the hate.
Cite: John Fucking Hawkins' own fucking article:
Additionally, for those of us who have a lot of friends in the Tea Party and among grassroots conservatives, stories of abuse have become rampant. That may be why you’ve heard people like Ann Coulter and Dana Loesch publicly suggesting that there are groups out there ripping people off.
I put that shit in boldfaced red because it is my point exactly.
Ann Coulter and Dana Loesch are bitching about how their rubes are getting gouged by other rubes.
That they may be nuts enough to be sincere is of no nohow.
I haven't pulled a snap inspection of the Townhall inmates in a while. Poo everywhere! Let's get shipshape! This means you, person whose name I always forget seconds after reading it.
Not a neuron firing. What do you have for us?
Italian prodigy, Raphael, once painted two angels in the Sistine Chapel. One chubby cherub wears a mischievous expression as he rests his chin on his hand. The other looks wide-eyed and innocent. This angelic pair has celebrity status if you consider how often they have been reproduced.
Indefensible commas and an aesthetic derived from inspirational posters featuring kittens. Pray continue.
Political historians like myself surmise that these cherubs are also known as "Stupid Cupid" and "Smart Cupid."
Yes. That is exactly what "political historians" of your class would do. I have no doubts at all in this regard.
There follows prattle so debased it includes a "Michael Moore is fat" joke. It need not detain us.
Other Townhall entries are more sophisticated, in the sense that they're just as dumb. Like:
"Someone said" is a KAPOW! Subject + Verb start to a News Article. You know you are in Fine Hands. And the thesis is inarguable: "Obama, as a Muslim, knows full well that Islam means 'surrender' to Allah-- or death-- and is inherently violent." So if you were curious about why your hijab chafes, now you know.
In other exciting Townhall news, the Laws of Physics dictate that Charles Darwin was a dick and God's Indomitable Will gave us spirochetes, the US Senate, and who the fuck knows, malware.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
This is a Townhall "joke."
Dear Tom: I appreciate that my boyfriend takes care of himself, in part because he wants to look good for me, but I wish he were a little bit more like my father's generation. When we went to a football tailgate recently, he refused to drink beer like the others - and whined the whole time that nobody brought a bottle of decent chardonnay. Also, his man bag - OK, it's a purse - is bigger than my purse and he doesn't even seem to be embarrassed about that. Am I being overly sensitive? - Overly Sensitive
Dear Overly Sensitive: If anyone is being overly sensitive, it is your boyfriend and millions of men from his generation. These sensitive New Age men are often so in touch with their own emotions and needs that they don't much notice anybody else's. If such a fellow drinks a beer, a rare thing, it will be an exotic brand from some remote part of the planet. He won't drink from a mug, either, but from a wine glass. At baby showers - yes, men are invited to those now - he'll get misty. If he ever becomes a father, he will clap the loudest the first time Junior uses the commode for "No. 2."
No, I don't get it either. But then the whole "heterosexual" thing seems to be going OK with me so far, even if I do get to drink wine on occasion, when I'm not beating the crap out of Dothraki or some such shittery.
This is embarrassing as many are attacking the methods with what sound like valid arguments.
Uh, no kidding.
You know what's fun? You don't even have to be good at math to know why this is some sweet, sweet garbage:
Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.