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POLITICS IN THE BUFF: THE GOP HONEYMOON AFTER RETAKING THE CONGRESS IS OFFICIALLY OVER; PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ON IMMIGRATION IN SPEECH TOMORROW NIGHT

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ANDREW BRIETBART, BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, IMMIGRATION, POLITICS IN THE BUFF, PRESIDENT OBAMA, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 19/11/2014 by sarahbloch

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Conservative heads are exploding all over the United States after it was announced that President Obama will deliver a speech to the American citizenry tomorrow night regarding his plans to use executive orders to reshape immigration to the United States. The Republicans have been adamant about not discussing immigration much less passing any immigration legislation. From a purely political standpoint this move by the President to grant a certain level of citizenship status to millions of undocumented immigrants is a multigenerational death shot to the future of the GOP.

While conservatives are dying off and not being replaced the Democrats can depend on several generations of Latinos to support the policies that will make their lives better by allowing them to stay and work in the United States.Even though the electoral politics are clear this is still a bold and legacy building move for President Obama. The successes of ObamaCare now fully cemented in the wounded psyches of the middle class; now comes the greatest act of diversity and compassion toward minorities in America since the Civl and Voting Rights Acts were passed in the late 1960s.

Republicans have already begun to howl and a few to threaten to go back to what they did while they only controlled one house of the Legislative branch- they will double down on being the party of “No!” in all areas outside of this immigration debate. There is very little they can do to undo an executive order; the only recourse for the GOP now is suicide from fear of death. GOP fringe elements from the TEA Party will call for Impeachment for certain now making their faction and the party as a whole easy fodder for those who see these pro-White and White-only bigots for what they are.

Twitter is ablaze with threats from Cruz to block presidential appointees and attach riders to bills to strip the president of his power to grant amnesty in this case. Both of those seemingly nuclear options are dead on arrival. Breitbart News Service is already fanning the flames against a president that never has to run for office again. Their headline Big Government story reads, “Baby Boom of Hispanic, Asian, and Black Children to Make Whites a Minority by 2050.” This is something we know already here on the Progressive side of the debate that is bound to happen and with the conservatives impotent due to their religious beliefs on sex and marriage they have sealed themselves in a box filled with gas fumes and are trying to strike a match.

A child born today will never know what the GOP was and certainly will never have a chance to vote for a GOP candidate. Those twentysomethings now who will drive Progressives into power anew in Congress and the majority state legislatures by 2024 will look back at the start of a historical golden age for Progressives that grew out of defeat that just a few days conservatives were dancing in the streets about. Politics is not a simple game nor is a kind game. Today it appears that the GOP will be retiring from the stage in a decade or so and leaving behind those who can only get elected to the House in the least diverse and backward districts in America.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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EXPLAINING HOW HELL WORKS TO A CONSERVATIVE

Posted in 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, CIVIL RIGHTS, CLASS WARFARE, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CRAZY FLORIDA, DEATH PANELS, DIVERSITY, DOOMSDAY PREPPERS, FOX NEWS, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, FREEDOM, GOP MELTDOWN, GUN CONTROL, GUN RAMPAGE, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HELLAC CAMPAIGN TO END BIGOTRY, HELLAC COURT SYSTEM, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, IMMIGRATION REFORM, IMPEACHMENT, IN HINDSIGHT, NEOCON1, POLITICS, POOR WHITE TRASH, PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSE, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, REVISIONIST HISTORY, RUSH LIMBAUGH, SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE, SANDY HOOK MEMORIAL, TEA PARTY, TEA PARTY SOUL CRIMES, TEA PARTY SUICIDE, TEA PARTY VIOLENCE, TECTONIC SHIFTS, TERRA EX REL HELL V UNITED STATES, TERRA IMMORTALIS, THE AMERICAN TALIBAN, THE BLAZE, THE CANCER OF HATE, THE GREATER FOOL, THE HELLAC BILL OF RIGHTS, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE ORIGIN OF MODERN AMERICAN CONSERVATISM, THE SKY IS FALLING, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, THINGS THAT MAKE CONSERVATIVES ANGRY, UNREST IN AMERICA, WE SEE YOU, WHITE LIKE ME, WHITE PRIVILEGE, WILLIAM J LOGAN JR, WORLD NET DAILY, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE with tags , , , , , on 21/07/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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After being handed his ass by one of the smart kids in the room, Neocon1, a banned former commenter at Blogs for Victory and regular commenter at Glen Beck’s The Blaze, replied the following to Sarah Bloch our culture wars writer regarding Hillary Clinton’s defense of a client accused of rape in 1975:

and you call your self a compassionate human being and a woman?
Then I hope you or your daughter get brutally raped by two men, beaten half to death, then have some complete scumbag bloodsucking lawyer call you a whore responsible for the crime against you…..then come back then and sing the virtues of hillary…….

I would expect any good attorney to attack the investigation, the evidence, the police, but to LIE, disparage, and brutally attack a poor 12yo girl is beyond the pale…but hey you and your ilk freely MURDER your babies so why would you feel any different for a 12yo?
Ghouls who will one day be in the REAL Hell not the fantasy land you play in today…

Sarah, ever the professional journalist replied:

I am a compassionate Human being Neocon1. This is why I can allow your post to stand and not go running back to my beads crying outrage about someone wishing rape on me and my child or feigning faux outrage about my country being disparaged.
She wasn’t a scumbag lawyer as you put it she gave her client the same legal defense that anyone should get under the circumstances. I do find it very interesting sir that even the slightest changes to gun laws, that allow you to keep your guns but challenge their universal sale to adults who simply have the cash and the ability to walk out of an auditorium brings out the truly acidic and ghoulish responses against shooting victims but yet you feel because you are judge, jury and executioner a man accused is a man guilty.

Were this your son accused of this brutal crime I would hope that you would want someone to be as vigorous in his defense. Clinton simply followed the findings of the state psychologist who determined that the girl had sexual fantasies of a nature advanced for her age in their professional opinion and would have testified to that finding under oath. To sweep this under the table would have been a crime which would have lead to Clinton, or any other attorney appointed by a court as defense counsel to be disbarred. The United States Constitution is designed to keep the the justice system from becoming a star chamber and to protect citizens, even those found guilty from the cruel and unusual punishment that conservatives lust for so deeply for anyone they feel has deviated from their Dominionist morality. You and those who think like you are no different from apostate Muslims who in their hearts believe they are “chosen” and that Allah commands them to murder. Stop being a Christianist and work on being a Christian and you will see that the Progressives are doing the work of the guy you say you worship.

Now that is top class . . .

I had to chime in and I’m sure others here will as well:

Neocon1 you once again give me a look inside the head of a conservative. This isn’t about politics to you guys anymore. Religion or your moral beliefs isn’t really the important [see Nancy Reagan's infidelity and Ronald Reagan's affair with an 18 year old coed for more] factor. This is about the control of society and those things are only tools to be used to live as you wish while keeping others from what you have. The conservative way is nothing more than an orgy of “do as I say not as I do.” it is a lie wrapped in lovely Jim and Tammy sets, Jerry Falwell brimstone sermons, Catholic Mass incense and a pretense of love and affection for Israel and the Jewish people until you don’t need them after the Rapture. And even that’s a front to keep the poor white trash sending TBN preachers their hard earned gelt to make sure they get to hold the whip hand after Death.

Sad and shitty to wish rape on a woman who I, personally, saw weep and light a candle for your grandchild when you were going through troubling times. And no Sarah doesn’t need your apology America just needs to be rid of the archaic people like you who think they are self made, morally pure and chosen over all others because they are straight white and male. Let me give you a news flash Neocon1 the Creator of the Universe loves all of us–equally. Now how does that fit into your worldview?

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Of course Neocon1 will say for the 863,191st time that we are Christian haters, anti-white bigots and communist faggot sympathizers. Well, actually no we aren’t any of those derisive things. We would appreciate it if as the linked post states conservatives would actually act more like Christians. Real Christians not the dime store made in the Confederacy version that gave you Birthers, TEA Partiers and the Palin 2016 crowd. For fuck;s sake people have an original thought in your heads that you didn’t hear from Rush, Hannity or read at the Drudge Report. Stop being more concerned about the abortion of a woman you don’t know and help your fucking next door neighbor who’s struggling. Stop being so concerned about two people you don’t know of the same sex getting married and help by strengthening your own marriage. Cease being bigots about immigration and embrace just how wonderful the diversity in America truly is. Quit wishing it would all just go to shit in a class and ideological civil war just because you are in the last twenty years of your life and you are jealous that there will be more history after you are gone. I beg of you conservative Americans stop being moralizing vessels for hate and start being HUMAN BEINGS. Your very Soul depends on your actions.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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SPEAKER BOEHNER ON PALIN’S CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT: “I DISAGREE”

Posted in JOHN BOEHNER, PRESIDENT OBAMA, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN with tags , , , , , on 09/07/2014 by sarahbloch

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From USA Today House Speaker John Boehner today openly disagreed with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s call for the Impeachment of President Barack Obama. When asked if the President should be impeached this morning on Capitol Hill the House Speaker responded “I disagree.”

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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THE CONSERVATIVE TAKE ON THE CULTURE WAR: “YEAH, YOU WON, PROGRESSIVES, BUT YOU CHEATED!”

Posted in 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, ABORTION RIGHTS, ADVERTISING, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ANDREW BRIETBART, ANGRY OLD WHITE MEN, BAD JOURNALISM, BIG LABOR, BIGOTRY, BREITBART, BREITBART IS STILL DEAD, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN AMERICA?, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, CIVIL RIGHTS, CLASS WARFARE, CLIVEN BUNDY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CURRENT EVENTS, DEATH PANELS, DEBT CEILING, DOOMSDAY PREPPERS, DREAM ACT, ERIC HOLDER, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FETAL PERSONHOOD, FOX NEWS, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GLENN BECK, GONZO JOURNALISM, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GUN CONTROL, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HAPPINESS, HATE, HELL V. UNITED STATES, HELLAC CAMPAIGN TO END BIGOTRY, HERITAGE FOUNDATION, HILLARY CLINTON, HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT 2016, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2016, HOMOPHOBIA, HOT MESS, HOW HELL WORKS, HOW THE RIGHT SEES THE 47%, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, IMMIGRATION REFORM, JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, KARL ROVE, KEL'HESH'AR, LAAL HETHRI, LEGALIZE ADULT SEX WORK IN AMERICA, LIHEAP, MILEY CYRUS, MURDER SUICIDE, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, OBAMACARE, OBESITY IN AMERICA, OCCUPY DC, OCCUPY WALL STREET, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PASTOR CHARLES PHELPS, PASTOR JACK SCHAAP, PASTOR TERRY JONES, PAUL RYAN, POLITICS, POLITICS IN THE BUFF, PRESIDENT OBAMA, PROGRESSIVES ON THE MARCH, REALITY CHECK, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, RUSH LIMBAUGH, RUSSIAN ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY LAWS, SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN, SEX, TEA PARTY, TECTONIC SHIFTS, TED CRUZ, THE AMERICAN TALIBAN, THE BEST OF TERRAN TV, THE BEST OF THE WEB, THE BLAZE, THE CANCER OF HATE, THE CULTURE WARS, THE GOP GENDER GAP, THE GREATER FOOL, THE HELLAC BILL OF RIGHTS, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE SKY IS FALLING, THE TRIBALISM REPORT, THE WAR ON THE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, THINGS THAT MAKE CONSERVATIVES ANGRY, TIM WISE, TODD AKIN, TOO BIG TO FAIL, TWERKING, U.S. ECONOMY, UNREST IN AMERICA, VOTER SUPPRESSION, WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP, WE SEE YOU, WHITE PRIVILEGE, WINGNUT ROUNDUP, WOMEN'S RIGHTS with tags , , , on 16/04/2014 by sarahbloch

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I am currently reading John Nolte’s article on 11 reasons the Left has not won the Culture War at Breitbart.com. Simply reading this is making my day because I love to laugh in the morning. Millions of conservatives have likely read this today and more than a thousand have commented. Those comments will be covered by Fred Schwartz later in the day.

Nolte begins with same sex marriage which I see as a full faith and credit legal issue not a moral and religious one. I don’t think, however, that any shop owner has a right to refuse service to a gay couple anymore than they have the right to refuse service to a person based on their race, religion, gender or disability. The author feels that the “voice of the people” has been tossed out in favor of the rulings of “activist judges.” In a bizarre twist John Nolte points to a rise in “Christian entertainment” as proof that Americans really do not want people they do not know of the same sex to get married. The singular example is the film “Heaven is for Real” which has grossed nothing yet because the film is to be released today. Nolte’s point is that Sony TriStar Pictures has decided to release the film on a Wednesday in 2,417 theaters. This film and others like it are one point Nolte shows as proof that on the topic of same sex marriage the Right is winning. I will make a claim here: Heaven is for Real will not make more money between its premiere and the end of the box office weekend than “Transcendence” will make from its opening until Sunday night on a theater by theater basis.

The next Culture War issue is the legalization of marijuana. Both Washington state and Colorado have legalized the weed most notorious to conservatives and more states are moving to decriminalize small amounts. Most recently the state of Maryland did just that becoming the first state south of the Dixon-Line to decriminalize pot. Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia have also done so. Nolte does not address any of the medical reasons for pot use or even recreational ones as a justification for a victory here in the Culture war. Instead he states that abortion rights activists are on their heels quoting an article on Breitbart.com no less about a poll conducted by the Knights of Columbus regarding abortion rights. The Gallup Polling Service numbers show that those who view themselves as pro-Life vice those that are pro-Choice are nearly equal at 48% to 45%. The numbers of those seeing abortion as federally defined from the same poll vice those who do not believe abortion should be legal at all is 52% vice 20% as of May 2013. Nolte loses this battle as well.

Nolte sticks with entertainment decrying the amount of sex on television but reveling in what he calls the return of the masculine male on the National Geographic Channel. These shows according to the author “celebrate the working class and their traditional values.” What he really means is they celebrate being white, Christian and living in the woods or where it’s very cold. The next “reason” the Right is winning the Culture War is the ascendancy of Jimmy Fallon to the Tonight Show as a counter to Stephen Colbert stepping into David Letterman’s slot after his retirement next year. There is no rhyme or reason to this at all.

The next nugget reveals something about conservatives. They like strong male characters. Nolte point to Don Draper [Mad Men] Walter White [Breaking Bad] and Tony Soprano [The Sopranos] as examples of these. They are called “flawed” and “anti-heroes” and I imagine that takes the guilt away for all the nudity, sex, drugs and violence which conservative say they are against on TV.

More entertainment, really? Miley Cyrus is popular but unions are dying says Nolte. I fear conservatives may never come out of this irrational abyss. As if the weakness of unions in America is a good thing for those working class people they say they love?

Conservative media is on the upswing says Nolte. Well get back to me in 20 years when most Fox News viewers are either dead or senile or have slaughtered their family. There is a trend in there demographically if you just take the time to look.

Women are getting birth control but conservatives have their guns! This is awful. War on women much? The fear of the Other is oozing here.

Nolte sees more money in politics as a solution to what ails the Right politically. No John, the key would be to make your tent bigger. Oh, that’s right you can’t do that because you’d have to let in all those brown people, women and gay people on a level playing field.

Yes, Occupy is dead but given time the TEA Party will wither as well. I think the date on that tombstone will be somewhere around 1 February 2017.

What John Nolte needs is a time machine so he can return to that conservative era of his father the 1950s. Back then by conservative standards women were in their place (not barefoot and pregnant but seen and not heard), minorities were second class citizens and it was a crime to be gay. It must be awful for John Nolte to have to watch as all that unearned privilege is redistributed in the form of earned civil rights.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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HOW PROGRESSIVES CAME TO ELECTORAL POWER IN AMERICA

Posted in BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN AMERICA?, CIVIL RIGHTS, CLASS WARFARE, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, DEATH PANELS, DEBT CEILING, DIVERSITY, DREAM ACT, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GONZO JOURNALISM, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HOW HELL WORKS, HOW THE RIGHT SEES THE 47%, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, IN HINDSIGHT, JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, LAAL HETHRI, NAACP, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSE, PROGRESSIVES ON THE MARCH, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, REBUT BLOGSFORVICTORY, REVISIONIST HISTORY, SARAH PALIN, SCOTUS, SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, TEA PARTY, THE CANCER OF HATE, THE CULTURE WARS, THE DEMOGRAPHICS FAVOR PROGRESSIVES, THE GOP GENDER GAP, THE GREATER FOOL, THE HELLAC BILL OF RIGHTS, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, THINGS THAT MAKE CONSERVATIVES ANGRY, WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP, WE SEE YOU, WELFARE REFORM, WELFARE REFORM LIES FROM THE RIGHT, WHITE LIKE ME, WHITE PRIVILEGE, WILLIAM J LOGAN JR, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WORLD NET DAILY with tags , , on 26/01/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Amazona there is a difference between taking a short cut to the Moral High Ground and actually looking out from the Moral High Ground. I’ll give you this point you are absolutely right that it is as simple as voting for Progressive or Liberal candidates to get your moral superiority biscuit. As a group Progressives do stand for good things. Being against poverty, torture, corruption, misogyny, bigotry, abuse aren’t simply things that Progressives are against though. Conservatives are also against many of these societal scourges.

This is where things get confusing and clearly why conservatives are tripped up and find themselves unpopular both electorally and in general. Progressives don’t require a purity test, a loyalty test, or a religious affiliation to walk into our tent. Conservatives with their messages about tax rates being too high should, on that issue alone, have had a way in to the minds of the moderates and independents out there but for some reason they have a social agenda that is more important to them than the economic agenda.

Issues like same sex marriage, abortion and immigration are where conservatives fail simply because their tent is not as inclusive. I’m not going to be so closed minded as to say that this is because of some grand bigoted conspiracy but it is what it is. Conservatives offer little to blacks, Latinos, members of the LGBTQ community, single mothers or the non religious. The coalition that has been built by conservatives since the fall of Nixon of working class whites in the rural West and South and a few upper middle class and wealthy whites who have an agenda driven by heredity and inheritance. This coalition had a majority during the Reagan era and had the Moral High Ground in the dying age of the Cold War. This coalition drove America forward to a conservative vision that likely thought that with political power would come the power to change society; to pull it back from the brink. At this point in Reagan’s second term no one would have imagined that 18 states and the District of Columbia would recognize the marriage rights of same sex couples.

And yet, thirty years later, here you are in an America that seems nearly alien to you. Looking up at people like me who are standing on top of the mountain of Morality. What happened? Is the question most of you are asking and that is the smartest question you can ask and it has an easy answer. Three decades ago, the Greatest Generation were the electoral force in America. They were more conservative than even you Amazona having never dabbled in the experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s with Liberalism as you have said you did. These men and women who were adults in the 1940s and 1950s were around your age now in the 1980s and Reagan was an ultimate relief to them. Hey were afraid the Greatest were that all of their hard work to secure freedom and liberty for the coming generations of THEIR CHILDREN was going to wasted by the creeping Socialism, Diversity and Depravity that they saw in Liberalism.

The answer is obvious what happened. Those from the Greatest Generation had children, the Baby Boomers, and those Boomers had children in the 1970s. Those Generation X children had children Generation Y, or the Millenials. Being born now to the Generation Y women are the Digital Natives of the information age or Gen Z kids. The easy answer to the question of what happened to fear of authoritarian religious, political or corporate power is the last generation that never questioned them has nearly died entirely and has been replaced with an ever more questioning set of grandchildren.

Those grandchildren continued the trend of questioning all authority that began in the 1960s into the new Millennium. I’ll be the first to admit that the War on Poverty was a failure because it simply threw money at a problem that could not be solved so simply. However, in that time the Greatest Generation still held sway on all matters social and the ground was not yet fertile for the sort of change that one sees today.

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On my side of the great political divide Progressives worry about the pendulum swinging back toward conservatism on a daily basis. Maybe the generation that will be born to young girls that are infants now in America in the 2030s and 2040s will hearken back to the nostalgic days of the 1940s and 1950s. Who knows? By the time they go to the polls for the first time they will live in an America so saturated in information both for the good and the bad that the messages that resonated with 21 year olds in 1945 will seem as archaic as silent movies do today.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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PROTESTS IN KIEV AND BANGKOK

Posted in ANGRY OLD WHITE MEN, BENGHAZI, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN AMERICA?, CIVIL RIGHTS, CLASS WARFARE, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, FAIL, FALSE CRIME REPORTS, FASCISM, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, FREEDOM, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GLENN BECK, GLOBAL ECONOMY, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GUN CONTROL, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HATE, HELL V. UNITED STATES, HELLAC CAMPAIGN TO END BIGOTRY, HELLAC COURT SYSTEM, HOW HELL WORKS, HOW THE RIGHT SEES THE 47%, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, IN HINDSIGHT, NAACP, POLITICS, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RURAL CRIME, RUSH LIMBAUGH, SAMANTHA POWER, SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE, WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP, WE SEE YOU, WELFARE REFORM, WELFARE REFORM LIES FROM THE RIGHT with tags , , on 01/12/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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I have been debating, I use that term loosely, Amazona at Blogs4Victory over the past few days about what course is right for America politically. I have been watching the events in both the Ukraine and in Thailand closely over the past few days in context with Amazona’s staunch conservative values. This leads me to clear conclusion, and trust me I am as shocked as you are that I have had this moment of clarity. I understand fully now what conservatives need to do to get their way politically in America. They must do what the Ukrainians and the Thais have done– take to the streets.

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I understand that this is easier said than done. Americans in the past few decades have grown moribund in their desire to rock the boat politically in the form of mass protests. I large part of this is that protests in America are generally astroturfed events that are born in the minds of those who have too much political power already and far too much money to throw around. The TEA party has staged several events for politically profitable reasons just this year and the causes they “fought” for have been quickly forgotten and the right has moved on to their fallback positions of bigotry and pushing wealth up the hill to the 1% who care very little about the bottom 50%.

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The left has done no better. The Occupy Wall Street movement too is less about informing voters or agitating than it is about shouting at the wall that is runaway capitalism and greed simply for greed’s sake. These things have to change in America no matter which side wins this major ideological war in American politics. Too much time is being wasted debating people like Amazona who while she admits that she was a Liberal in the halcyon days of her youth and admits as well that she had “bad experiences” and not invested in informing the American people that they actually have choices and don’t have to listen to the loudest voices shouting in the theater that is actually not on fire.

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If America were as a ablaze as the conservatives believe it is things like the Knockout Game would be wider spread events instead of random acts of violence. Real issues like the constipation of the job market would be sources of outrage to both Liberals and Conservatives instead of brickbats they use to place blame. The goal really shouldn’t be who wins the grand debate about abortion, gay rights, gun control quantitative easing, the national debt or even what happened in Benghazi last year. The goal is to find a way to renew the power that the middle class held firmly in their graps for the better part of the 20th Century.

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Now I know that sounds terribly nostalgic coming from a guy who regularly pounds conservatives over their desire for the good old days but in this case it fits. If the American Right wants to make their belief that America isn’t being run according to the Constitution they need to push away from their computers and smartphones and take to the streets. They need to cast off FreedomWorks and Rush Limbaugh and speak for themselves and let the rest of the nation hear their voices clearly. In doing this they do not need a united front but a united spirit like that being displayed today in the streets of Kiev and Bangkok. Only then will those in the political middle and the young take them seriously. A great man once said, “politics ain’t beanbag” and that witticism still rings true today.

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In Hindsight
Personally, I doubt if people like Amazona are going to do this because in the end they don’t want life to be better for all Americans because the only people they feel are “true Americans” are those who share their wish to have more power than they deserve under the terms and conditions that they can accept because of their moral, religious or political beliefs. As a Progressive, I feel that if Americans have a bit more skin in the game, and if the wealthy were to dip their toe in the pool of wealth redistribution just a bit the government could back off a little and allow for a new age of technological prosperity unseen in the history of Terra. There is a lesson for everyone here– if you want change, real change, you have to willing to risk everything.

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SARAH PALIN CAN SEE OBAMA’S IMPEACHMENT FROM HER HOUSE

Posted in DEBT CEILING, IMPEACHMENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA, SARAH PALIN with tags , , on 15/10/2013 by Majordomo Pain

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In two hundred seventy four words Sarah Palin sums up why the GOP is fracturing into a party of establishment Republicans, a vanguard minority of TEA Party radicals and moderates that may migrate into the Democratic Party:

Apparently the president thinks he can furlough reality when talking about the debt limit. To suggest that raising the debt limit doesn’t incur more debt is laughably absurd. The very reason why you raise the debt limit is so that you can incur more debt. Otherwise what’s the point?
It’s also shameful to see him scaremongering the markets with his talk of default. There is no way we can default if we follow the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4, requires that we service our debt first. We currently collect more than enough tax revenue to service our debt if we do that first. However, we don’t have enough money to continue to finance our ever-growing federal government (with our $17 trillion dollar national debt that has increased over 50% since Obama took office). That’s why President Obama wants to increase the debt limit. He doesn’t want to make the tough decisions to rein in government spending. So, he’s scaremongering the markets about default, just as he tries to scaremonger our senior citizens about their Social Security, which, by the way, is funded by the Social Security Trust Fund and is solvent through 2038.
It’s time for the president to be honest with the American people for a change. Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense. A default would also be a shameful lack of leadership, just as mindlessly increasing our debt without trying to rein in spending is a betrayal of our children and grandchildren who will be stuck with the bill.

Sarah Palin has made a name for herself and a massive pile of wealth by doing just what she accuses the President of the United States of doing. Palin uses fear to convolute an already confusing issue for most Americans. We, Ourselves realize that there would be far reaching and potentially disastrous ramifications for the global economy if the United States Treasury would default on its debt on 17 October 2013. Clearly, Ms Palin does not understand the difference between debt and the debt ceiling. The United States debt ceiling comments made by President Obama are analyzed by Louis Jacobsen at PolitiFact:

Experts we spoke to agreed that Obama is on safe ground when he says that raising the debt ceiling “does not increase our debt. It does not grow our deficits.”
Obama is correct that the debt ceiling addresses debt, not spending — at least not directly. Raising the debt ceiling allows the United States government to borrow funds that cover the obligations the government has already incurred. It doesn’t by itself prompt any new spending: Congress and the president must separately sign off on any new federal spending commitments. Put simply, the United States has chosen to divorce spending and financing decisions.
The part where Obama is somewhat misleading is when he says that raising the debt ceiling “does not allow for a single dime of increased spending.” (We asked the White House for comment but didn’t hear back.)
In fact, raising the debt ceiling is a necessary condition for eventually raising spending without a default. Spending can only be raised in the future if the debt ceiling is raised (or if progress is made on paying down the existing debt, something that’s rarely happened in recent decades). Without a debt ceiling hike, Congress and the president would find their hands tied if they ever wanted to make any new financial commitments.
So, contrary to what Obama said, if the the debt ceiling is raised high enough, it does, in fact, “allow” for additional spending. It just doesn’t demand it.
“Clearly, raising the debt ceiling does not in and of itself increase the debt or grow the deficit,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. “But to say that it doesn’t allow for a dime of increased spending is misleading. When the credit card company increases my credit limit, it doesn’t increase my debt load or even my spending. But it certainly facilitates it. The same is true with the debt ceiling.”
Satya Thallam, director of financial services policy with the the center-right American Action Forum, concurred, saying that while the debt ceiling has “little to do with the present,” it has “everything to do with future potentials.”
Thallam said the debt ceiling can be perceived as a prerequisite for future spending — though a better term, he said, may be “post-requisite.”
“It’s like signing a contract to purchase new furniture, and then going to your credit card company and asking for a credit limit increase to cover the amount,” he said. The debt ceiling “doesn’t lead to additional spending, but it does risk the possibility that you won’t be able to pay.”
Not that the threat of the debt ceiling has scared off Congress from spending in the past.
“Congress has passed budgets knowing that the borrowing to follow through on their budget commitments would exceed the debt ceiling,” said Tara Sinclair, a George Washington University economist. “I wish they treated it as a prerequisite, but instead they go ahead and spend and then find themselves at risk of defaulting on obligations. If they were limited by the debt ceiling in terms of planning the budget, then that would be different, but they appear not to be.”

The United States Treasury web site has this regarding the United States Debt Limit:

The debt limit is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments. The debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.
Failing to increase the debt limit would have catastrophic economic consequences. It would cause the government to default on its legal obligations – an unprecedented event in American history. That would precipitate another financial crisis and threaten the jobs and savings of everyday Americans – putting the United States right back in a deep economic hole, just as the country is recovering from the recent recession.
Congress has always acted when called upon to raise the debt limit. Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit – 49 times under Republican presidents and 29 times under Democratic presidents. In the coming weeks, Congress must act to increase the debt limit. Congressional leaders in both parties have recognized that this is necessary. Recently, however, a number of myths about this issue have begun to surface.

The Congress, while it has the power to impeach a President for acting outside his constitutional authority, also bears the burden of assuring America does not default on her debt—not the President. In this again Ms Palin is offering misinformation simply for the purpose of maligning President Obama. Sarah Palin does not have anyone to hold her to account for these remarks on the Right because these nuggets of disinformation serve the greater purpose of making political action committee dollars flow from the pockets of people who are febrile with the desire to make a case that the 44th President is the worse one America has ever had.

Economist Barry Eichengreen notes in contrast to Palin the effect of a US economic settlement default:

But a default on US government debt precipitated by failure to raise the debt ceiling would be a very different kind of shock, with very different effects. In response to the subprime disruption and Lehman’s collapse, investors piled into US government bonds, because they offered safety and liquidity – prized attributes in a crisis. These are precisely the attributes that would be jeopardized by a default.
The presumption that US Treasury bonds are a safe source of income would be the first casualty of default. Even if the Treasury paid bondholders first – choosing to stiff, say, contractors or Social Security recipients – the idea that the US government always pays its bills would no longer be taken for granted. Holders of US Treasury bonds would begin to think twice. The impact on market liquidity would also be severe. Fedwire, the electronic network operated by the US Federal Reserve to transfer funds between financial institutions, is not set up to settle transactions in defaulted securities. So Fedwire would immediately freeze. The repo market, in which loans are provided against Treasury bonds, would also seize up.
For their part, mutual funds that are prohibited by covenant from holding defaulted securities would have to dump their Treasuries in a self-destructive fire sale. Money-market mutual funds, virtually without exception, would “break the buck,” allowing their shares to go to a discount. The impact would be many times more severe than when one money-market player, the Reserve Primary Fund, broke the buck in 2008.
Indeed, the entire commercial banking sector, which owns nearly $2 trillion in government-backed securities – would be threatened. Confidence in the banks rests on confidence in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures deposits. But it is not inconceivable that the FDIC would go bust if the value of the banks’ Treasury bonds cratered. The result would be a sharp drop in the dollar and catastrophic losses for US financial institutions. Beyond the immediate financial costs, the dollar’s global safe-haven status would be lost.

We, Ourselves, of the Collective are forced to wonder if Ms Plain is aware that there is such an organ as the Bank for International Settlements? To understand the metrics of how central banks settle their accounts is sine qua non to understanding the implications of a debt default by a sovereign nation. Sarah Palin could examine the troubles in Iceland in 2008-2011 and the implosion of the Somalian currency in the 1990s as examples of what steps can be taken by the International Monetary Fund and what takes place when no action of aid is taken internally or externally. None of these things matter to Palin for her goal is simply to make this about the 44th President of the United States failing the people she feels are the “true Americans.” This is why Sarah Palin can see the mirage of impeachment from her house.

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