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THE GOP CONVENTION OF 2016: DEFIANCE IN THE FACE OF DISASTER

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, 2016 ELECTIONS, 2016 US ELECTION, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , on 03/02/2015 by sarahbloch

blochadvocate_7“No man needs anything more than his own knowledge that his way is best to destroy him.”– Paaclu Obeleth, Liberty and Peace

That quote comes from one of my favorite account of the war for our independence here in Hell, written by the leader of the partisans on Rham. It allows you, the Living to see for a moment into the minds of those people you see on television called politicians. It is very easy to look back at history and see where an American political party has gone wrong. Fred Schwartz points to 1968 and the Democratic Party’s awful convention in Chicago. That event was a perfect storm for failure. The Tet Offensive emboldened the anti-war movement, Daley’s obsession with crushing the protesters and the lack a a strong Democratic candidate with a vision poured gallons of fuel on the party’s pyre. And, of course, there was television to bring it all to the comfortable living rooms of the American people.

So that brings us to the 2016 GOP nomination process and the massive field of potential candidates. The primaries begin in less than twelve months with an event that isn’t a primary at all the Iowa Caucus. Eight days later New Hampshire has its primary and the process likely will end in late June with the Utah primary. The GOP has shortened their schedule for a wide variety of reasons. Foremost, they want to limit the amount of time their candidates are before the cameras. Less exposure less time for errors that Democrats can use against them. So much energy has been poured into this and taken away from the suggestions of the 2012 Election Autopsy that this becomes the first gust of the storm to come.

As recently as February 2014 a poll, this one from McClatchy, has Sarah Palin as high as 8% among GOP likely voters. No other poll has even offered her name since. Today there is a buzz that Palin is considering a run. This would be the first bolt of lightning, albeit offshore, of foul weather building. Palin entering the contest would be huge for TEA Party conservatives and would create nausea in the bellies of Establishment members of the GOP. Her presence would divide the party in ways that can only be measured on a Richter like scale. Reince Priebus’ grand plan to trim down the primary schedule and limit debates as the ultimate troubleshooting effort to “degaffe” the GOP candidates will have been torched by a single decision.

Bush and his name recognition and immigration problems would see his support being chipped away by not only Palin. but by moderates like Christie and unknowns like Ben Carson. So by the time the GOP comes to Cleveland, in a race that will likely still have a minimum of five candidates still in the field with broad support. Those candidates would be, Palin, Paul, Bush, Walker and Christie; with Paul and Palin each having as much as 30% of the delegates they’d need to be the nominee. I feel that Palin if she has a lead over Paul might offer the VP nod to Paul for his delegates and that would be that if the Kentucky Senator could see beyond the right now. Paul is only 52 now and four, or eight years in Blair House would make him the de facto front runner in 2024. If Paul wants the right now moment he would find help, in a brokered convention, from a most unlikely source to balk at such a deal–The GOP Establishment.

The so called moneybags and kingmakers within the GOP don’t want Rand Paul or Sarah Palin but they do want, in a brokered convention, time. Time to change minds by making deals in the cigar smoke filled rooms in Cleveland’s most posh hotels. These deals might bring a Scott Walker or a Chris Christie out of the ashes and onto the podium arms raised and declaring proudly that they accept the nomination amid boo and harsh criticism from the membership of the convention floor. Such an event might be enough to anger Palin into casting her lot as a third party candidate. The outcome of that event would be the final fracturing of the GOP. The hurricane would be ashore then with no place safe to run.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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THE GOP POST ELECTION 2012 AUTOPSY: REPORT CARD JULY 2014

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY with tags , on 16/07/2014 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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To say the defeat of Mitt Romney in November of 2012 by President Barack Obama was a sobering moment for the GOP would be a gross understatement. Romney’s handlers had virtually assured him of wins in not only Florida but Pennsylvania and Ohio according to their polling. While there was no single factor that kept Romney from winning the election, or kept the GOP from taking back the Senate, the combination of a poor message to women, Latinos and African-American voters became a force equal to the anti-Bush backlash that saw Obama defeat John McCain in 2008.

With this in mind, minutes after the defeat, the Republican National Committee began to assess the damage. The following month the autopsy of the failure was presented and made public. While I don’t agree with all the recommendations as de facto solutions to the problems within the GOP, each is a positive step toward moderation that would allow the GOP, which is strong in state government, to not lose ground as a national party.

There were decision to tweak their message. An outreach program to Asian, Latino and African-America voters was proposed. The RNC even wanted to create more diversity within the hierarchy of the GOP.

What’s missing from the autopsy is how the RNC, as a party organ, was going to deal with the TEA Party as a direct threat to the GOP’s existence. Additionally, none of the GOP leadership, in or out of elected office, was willing to break ranks with those who felt the only way to secure their control of the House and win back the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections was to remain staunchly anti-Obama on every issue despite the fact that Obama never has to run for office again. Those in Congress were more interested in finding a way to neuter the sitting President rather than building their power by working with him.

The problem here is both demographic and geographic. Districts in urban centers, where there are large masses of voters tend to be more diverse; districts in rural areas tend to be more homogeneous. This makes for concentrations of Democratic power in most of the big cities and concentrations of GOP power in rural counties in most states.

Primaries have become battlegrounds for GOP incumbents as the challenges to prove conservative bona fides become more and more pronounced. The inability of the GOP to deal with the TEA Party in the recent run of primaries where we witnessed the ouster of Eric Cantor in Virginia is a sign of the weakness of both the GOP autopsy and the fear that the GOP base is less GOP and more TEA Party aligned. If this “purification” of the party where only the most conservative candidate can be elected continues over the next three election cycles, 2014, 2016 and 2018, their will be a rift that sees many of the most conservative voters departing the GOP, which must moderate to survive, for a more palatable, whiter, more socially concerned, more anti-cooperation with anything proposed by Democrats, third party.

It is for this reason that I give the original GOP 2012 autopsy a B- for its scope and the party itself an F for its work on implementing it. Congressman Issa’s neverending Benghazi hearings, Speaker Boehner’s folly of suing the President, the government shutdown and Sarah Palin’s calls for the Impeachment of President Obama all serve as testaments to the siege nature of the war the GOP is fighting internally. The work being done by GOP moderates like Ramesh Ponnuru is being drowned out by the inept inheritors of modern conservatism, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Palin and Hannity in popular culture and Akin, Perry and Cruz among those in and near the power center of elected office. This is a deadly mix of confusing and conflicting messages that for the most part are shouting races to say the most conservative thing first.

At the end of election night 2014 the GOP will likely be right where it will be right now with control of the House and Democratic control, albeit smaller, in the Senate. What looms on the horizon is an election process that will begin in the late winter of 2015 as potential presidential candidates on both side announce their intentions. One doesn’t have to be an oracle to see the electoral disaster of pitting “the most conservative candidate” against an Elizabeth Warren or a Hillary Clinton. There would need to be no autopsy by the RNC after that disaster because the GOP would get no wins outside the South minus Florida. This leaves the GOP with only one option–to moderate, diversify and jettison the social issues to survive.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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FOREIGN BORN, RADICAL, SEXUAL SINNER

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE SEX SCANDAL, DENISE ODIE JOSEPH II, DINESH D'SOUZA, FOLLOW UP, FOX NEWS, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, IN HINDSIGHT with tags , , , , on 24/01/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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If you said these words to a conservative they would smile and think of Barack Obama. Actually, this person is Dinesh D’souza the once high and mighty evangelical conservative who sought to bring down President Obama. D’Souza failed for the same reasons there hasn’t been a GOP president since Bush. He failed because unlike the Progressives, D’Souza lives in a purity vacuum whose standards cannot be maintained in the real world. D’Souza wanted to have an affair but entangled in the draconian rules of Evangelical Christianity, he felt that he had to place a veneer of value on his relationship with Denise Odie Joseph II by introducing her as his fiancee.

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In Hindsight
I could care less if conservatives want to commit adultery or not, I am not their judge. However, I do have a really big problem with people who espouse the values of moral purity and wish to tear down those who simply want the same freedoms as everyone else in the freest nation on Terra. These people, those like D’Souza who we all know with the most recent news of his indictment on campaign fraud charges places him that pantheon of fake moralists and ethical psychopaths along with Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Andrew Breitbart all of whom have their many flaws overlooked by a seething white conservative base that knows nothing of compassion and lives only to feed their hatred of “the Other.”

Pax Terra!

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WHY DO YOU NEED THE DEVIL WHEN YOU HAVE LIZ TROTTA?

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I’ve heard some really stupid things come out of the mouths of overpaid pundits for this ideology or that over the last few years but this one from Liz Trotta at Breitbart.com really takes the cake. Trotta’s commentary states that since people don’t believe in the devil anymore society is just going to keep getting worse and worse. That really means that conservatives are going to keep losing culture war battles over things that the young people and moderates, you know the folks who really make the decisions about society in America, find fully acceptable. As you, loyal reader, know, I am a citizen in good standing, gainfully employed in the breathtaking capitol city of Hell, Dis.

If there’s one thing I know about, with a personal certainty it’s what the state of Old Scratch is. The tyrant who once ruled all twenty city-states of Hell, what you Living folks call the Afterlife on its own special plane of existence with its own cool new rule book, no longer exists having been cast into Oblivion just over 14 Terran standard years ago. Now I know there are conservatives and their most vitriolic bigoted fringe of white male Dominionists that will never accept that this is the case because it doesn’t play well with their end time needs. To them all I can say is sorry for your bad luck pal. Yet and still these people believe in talking snakes, talking fiery bushes and a rapture that isn’t even in the Bible but was made up nearly out of whole cloth in the 1830s. That aside for the moment at least I have to admit that Trotta is moving in the right direction when she says, “Our need to be shocked, though, has spiraled out of control, and death surrounds everyone, especially the children.” The thread is lost when she doesn’t go into why all the guns? Or why not decriminalize marijuana and cocaine? Or why do conservative pundits have to push the fear button every time? Instead Liz Trotta starts to whine and drone on about things in popular culture that she finds annoying or offensive. Liz Trotta does not care about what children see or do her job, her only job is to put a seed of fear in the minds of middle aged white men and women who already feel that the country they are living in is somehow less free, less safe and less prosperous simply because Barack Obama is president and his face is not white.

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In Hindsight

This commentary by Trotta ought to be must see TV for every Progressive young person who gives any thought to what the real motivations of the Conservative movement are. I like the analogy that the GOP is on its way to becoming a “zombie party” having been infected with the TEA Party virus they are now running around foaming at the mouth like the crazed undead from the Resident Evil movie franchise. [Note to Milla Jovovich: I know these movies pay you a shitload of money but I’d really like to see you “act” again.–V.D.] The chief reason for the concentration of this virus among a single nearly homogeneous demographic is because of delivery systems like Liz Trotta. Why do moderates and Progressives not fall for this nonsense? Well for the most part we;ve built up and immunity to the Limbaugh strain, the Coulter strain and the Hannity strain after many years of constant exposure. But wait! There’s hope! For any conservatives out there hoping they could cure themselves of possibly save their children from becoming political zombies as well I hear a little drug called Reason works every time and has a double effect it relieves the symptoms of bigotry brought on out of anger that one is simply middle class and middle aged.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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THE MEDITATORS SPEAK: A RESPONSE TO RON MAPES OF CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Yesterday Ron Mapes of Concord, New Hampshire wrote the following letter to the editor of the Concord Monitor:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”– Sen. Barack Obama, March 2006

I think this statement by Obama, failed leader of this nation, pretty much explains to all honest, true red-blooded American patriots who love God and country what exactly is wrong with the United States of America right now. The time for Obama’s impeachment is now; the proof is there many times over. It’s time to get rid of those we elected last time and bring in honest, faithful political leaders who have the guts to get the job done and get it done right the first time.

It’s obvious those we elected last time were bought and paid for, not elected. Wake up and get it right this time.

Mr Mapes selectively quotes then Senator Obama’s speech of 16 March 2006 on the floor of the United States Senate. The full text of that speech is archived here at Snopes.com. The point the letter writer is trying to make is not a simple one, however, We, Ourselves, see the message as very clear. President Obama, to Mr Mapes and millions of other like minded Americans, is not an honest person. To the conservative element bent on having its way despite being a retrograde minority view sees the 44th President of the United States as the antithesis of a “true red blooded American patriot.” The leader of the free world therefore to the far right does not love the G-d that all conservative white Americans worship on this very day. And most definitively this man that was twice elected President does not love the country despite garnering 135 million votes in those two elections and presiding over the most difficult economic recovery in American since the Great Depression.

Mapes says the time for Impeachment of the sitting president is now. We, Ourselves of The Collective and the Meditators feel America, to use a popular colloquialism has bigger fish to fry. We believe that those who believe as this man does are fighting a war long lost on behalf of the memory of those long dead who reaped the benefits of generations of misogyny, bigotry and power concentrated in the hands of a tribally loyal few. The Collective understands that there is huge profit in telling people with closed minds exactly what they want to hear. Rush Limbaugh has made a career of doing just that. We, Ourselves, would ask you, the reader of this post, what has Limbaugh ever offered as a solution to any of the problems that America has today? Better, when his ideology ruled in Washington did he do anything other than to support his side blindly?

The Meditators often ask why people, no matter how tribally motivated do such things? We ask the same question in regard to minority violence in urban centers all across America? But unlike the far right which seeks only to blame others for its ills while offering nothing new as a solution, We Ourselves do strive to put measures forth to stem the suffering of the American middle class. Ron Mapes ideology is not the disease it is a symptom of the inability for a segment of America not to be able to let go of the need to have someone to struggle against vice joining the fight for Progress. Trillions have been wasted on the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty which were doomed without utilizing the proper tools. The solutions to both are legalization and education. To be a member of free society demands both responsibility and sacrifice and to that end ideological conservatives and thugs that want to hurt people and damage property are joined at the hip. Neither see what they are doing to their reputations as a group as harm because they are enjoying their moment in the sun.

Impeachment is not the solution to the problems that Ron Mapes sees that are a cancer in America, because Obama is not the problem. The problem in America now is that the conservative ideologues on Main Street USA have taken the Middle Class hostage piled them onto a train speeding toward a mountain tunnel where the poor are forced to roam and are smiling all the way to the bank with overflowing campaign coffers thanks to Citizens United. If you want more freedom and prosperity in America do not vote for the party that wants to send America back to back alley abortions, racial segregation and criminal prosecutions for LGBT persons; vote for a party that wants all people to be at least middle class and if you falter will be there with a safety net to allow you to reach for the brass ring. Bruce Currie who comments on the letter makes the obvious even more clear:\

This letter illustrates the extent to which some in this country are completely divorced from reality–when it comes to economics, politics, and virtually anything that requires coherent thought. That’s a summary description of those who identify as Tea Party members or their fellow travelers. Ted Cruz and his merry band of pranksters have led the Republican Party to the brink–and are taking the country with it. They’re getting hammered in the polls, and dragging the greater Republican Party down with them. Their recklessness is hurting millions of Americans who depend on the government, and yet we have some here who are cheering them on, and blaming the president and the Democrats for what is entirely the fault of a few extremist Republicans. Have they no appreciation for facts and the truth? Have they no shame?

Does this sound familiar?

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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COCO AUSTIN THURSDAY: PUTTING YOUR POLITICAL CARDS ON THE TABLE

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, COCO AUSTIN, COCO THONG THURSDAY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, POLITICS, PRESIDENT OBAMA, TEA PARTY, TEA PARTY VIOLENCE with tags , , , , , on 10/10/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Most of you who read my articles know that I am a Progressive. The question posed by The majordomo this morning was exactly the one I’ve been asking conservatives all over Hell for the last 9 days. If ObamaCare is busted and won’t work, why are you guys trying to defund it? The clearest answer is the right is fearful that ObamaCare will work and come to be applauded as President Obama’s signature accomplishment in the future. Couple this with the facts that the base of the GOP is literally dying right out from under them and you have a perfect fetid swamp that can grow all manner of political crazies from Rand Paul to Ted Cruz to Michele Bachmann. End times? Really?

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I feel it’s high time to do what Coco is doing up there and put all the cards on the table. First, the GOP needs to grow up and realize that ObamaCare is the law of the land. Second, the administration needs to get someone, anyone to fix what’s wrong with the ObamaCare website and do that soon rather than later. But for the government shutdown this would have been the lead story for the past nine days. If it was possible for a political party to shoot themselves in the foot after shooting themselves in the head this is it. The terror of a few Congressmen being primaried caused the GOP to blow what should have been its biggest political public relations victory in decades. Now Boehner is trapped and likely won’t make it ti 2014 as Speaker. With 2016 looming right around the corner it would take aliens landing on Terra for there to be a GOP majority in both houses of Congress and a GOP president in the White House. Maybe they need to take that 2012 autopsy out and read it again.

Pax Terra!

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ALI AKBAR?

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, BREITBART IS STILL DEAD, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , , , , on 03/07/2013 by sarahbloch

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WatsonTheThird who runs the excellent blog, RebutBlogs4Victory asked an interesting question about whatever happened to Ali A Akbar who was trying to purchase Blogs4Victory back in October 2011 so here’s what happened.

Back in the late summer of 2011 when the staff was informed by Fred Schwartz that conservative political activist Ali Akbar was considering buying, for real money, Blogs4Victory, Diane Valencen asked for a little background investigation to be done on Akbar, Margolis, Noonan and Pusateri, the principles in this blogs sale deal. Two weeks later there was an announcement that changes were coming to B4V just as the research was being revealed to the The Consiliul, which is a group of the six editors, the Editor-in Chief and the legal counsel for The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork. To make a long story short there was little of interest about Noonan, Margolis and Pusateri that was not already known. Ali Akbar on the other hand was quite the treasure trove of unknown information including the fact that he was a convicted felon.

So like any honest group of journalists faced with a big story near to an upcoming Presidential election year we contacted both our attorneys at Pinchon Davies and a Magis in the Hellac Court of First Fruits and Tenths here in Dis. Now this is going to sound like a bit of Afterlife inside baseball for a moment but I promise you this will all make sense in the end. Matt Margolis, who actually owned and ran Blogs4Victory and its predecessor Blogs4Bush was arranging the sale to Ali Akbar’s limited liability company, Pundit Syndication. While there were several rumors about the size of the sale it is estimated by our investigators that the deal was in the $100,000 to $150,000 range, however, this has never been confirmed because the sale did not go through. Now a little more inside baseball. The post at Blogs4Victory announcing the Noonan retreat from blogging, which we covered in this post offers a rosy scenario where Margolis and his friend Akbar will trade places and that Matt hoped to become a sort of blogger emeritus at B4V:

So, you’re probably asking what this all means. Well, I’m not leaving this community behind. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve spoken with my friend Ali Akbar about all of this. Ali and I go way back. You may have tuned in to our once popular online radio show, The American Resolve. I am pleased to tell you that one of Ali’s companies, Pundit Syndication, will be acquiring Blogs For Victory in the near future. What does this mean? It means Blogs for Victory is about to get faster, better, and bigger. Over the next month, you’ll notice major changes in content and branding. I will be staying on, of course, as editor-in-chief emeritus, and working with Ali as he transforms Blogs for Victory into what I always hoped it could be.

Here’s where journalism and the understanding that conservative political pundits need a veneer of purity clash horribly. The leadership of this newspaper needed to make a decision on two topics. There was clear evidence that Akbar was a convicted felon and that few if any of his political friends knew out this conviction and we needed to decide if we were going to publish what we knew, pass it on to others in the living realm with more juice to work on the story or just sit on our hands and see what happened to Blogs4Vcitory when the news came out. Cavalor Epthith, the Editor-in-Chief of The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork chose the latter for reasons that might surprise many of the conservative bloggers that read us every day. Cavalor said, “I cannot see the merit in using the ideological puritanism of conservatives against Margolis and Noonan in this case. We have had big stories drop into our laps in the past and we will have big stories drop into our laps in the future. Let the living deal with this one; years from now this paper can write a very interesting eulogy.”

Pundit Syndication only exists as a shell on Facebook now. On 1 October 2011 there was a post:

We just bought Matt Margolis’ Blogs for Victory, formerly Blogs for Bush. This is a pioneer in the field of political blogging. We’re proud to adopt this legacy blog.

There is no verification we have found that the blog sold and there are very few signs that Akbar took any interest in the blog after 1 October 2011. But there was this post at Blogs4Victory of 27 September 2011 that as winter turned to spring and spring to summer that Fred Schwartz, Research Editor kept pointing to over and over again that made him believe we had missed the biggest story since The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork went digital on 31 August 2005:

Ali and I have been good friends for quite a few years now, and our backgrounds are very different. Even our politics, while at the conservative end of the spectrum, are different. I dare say that if we reviewed all of our positions he’d probably be more conservative than I am. However we got to where we are politically, our beliefs are genuinely our own. We both believe enough in our politics to have walked the walk and not just talked the talk. And it is a shame that celebrities like Morgan Freeman or Janeane Garofalo use their celebrity to stereotype roughly half of Americans and insult minorities just because they don’t conform to their close minded belief that black Americans are traitors to their race if they lean to the right, or that Republicans are inherently racist. Those attitudes do more to hurt race relations in this country than they realize.

I’d like to see Morgan Freeman take up Ali’s offer to attend a Tea Party event in Tennessee. Perhaps a little open-mindedness can usher in a new era of civility.

It was the “more conservative than I am” part that caused a change in Fred Schwartz when in the late spring of 2012 as Mitt Romney was finally replacing the GOP flavors of the week as the Republican primary cycle was winding down. Another man with a criminal record Brett Kimberlin began a campaign against conservative bloggers that in a single word was relentless even compared to the efforts we have made here. Kimberlin and his allies known as Team Kimberlin allegedly began a campaign known as swatting an act of making a call to law enforcement and reporting a heavily armed person in the home of an adversary blogger. When the cops get there much mayhem and confusion is the result and such an act could get people because of their confusion killed. Here in Hell, the Laal Hethri has defined this as an act of terrorism for quite some time now.

Team Kimberlin had an axe to grind with Andrew Breitbart and made no effort to hide their joy when he died on 1 March 2012. Shortly after that Team Kimberlin members found the story about Ali Akbar’s felony conviction just as we had from the 2007 posting at a blog called Libertarian Republican. By the time this story made it to the core of the conservative blogosphere there was no need for Liberal bloggers to be involved. There was such a right wing absolutist feeding frenzy that realized they had someone non pure in their midst that within weeks all that Akbar had built up since his criminal past in 2006 had evaporated.

So to answer the blog posts title Ali Akbar can be found on Facebook to this day making short comments about how much he loathe the left and occasionally about what kind of music he likes.

Breitbart adhux autem mortju! [Breitbart is still dead!]
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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GOP 2012 ELECTION AUTOPSY REDUX

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY with tags , , on 24/06/2013 by sarahbloch

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Both your comment and the comments above from Amazona make David Brooks point for him. It is a combination of retrograde thinking [living in the past], plus an aging base [sorry like it or not there are more 50 and 60 somethings aligned with the GOP than 20 somethings], coupled with a sense that government has abandoned a silent bargain with those who felt values and belonging to a group who had always held power were more favorable than promoting a sense of cultural and economic diversity, that is tearing the GOP apart. Mr. Brooks tells the damning tale clearly:

“Can current Republicans change their underlying mentality to adapt to these realities? Intellectual history says no. People almost never change their underlying narratives or unconscious frameworks. Moreover, in the South and rural West, where most Republicans are from, the Encroachment Story has deep historic and psychological roots. Anti-Washington, anti-urban sentiment has characterized those cultures for decades.

It’s probably futile to try to change current Republicans. It’s smarter to build a new wing of the Republican Party, one that can compete in the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic states, in the upper Midwest and along the West Coast. It’s smarter to build a new division that is different the way the Westin is different than the Sheraton.

The second G.O.P. wouldn’t be based on the Encroachment Story. It would be based on the idea that America is being hit simultaneously by two crises, which you might call the Mancur Olson crisis and the Charles Murray crisis.

Olson argued that nations decline because their aging institutions get bloated and sclerotic and retard national dynamism. Murray argues that America is coming apart, dividing into two nations — one with high education levels, stable families and good opportunities and the other with low education levels, unstable families and bad opportunities.

The second G.O.P. would tackle both problems at once. It would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obama’s second Inaugural Address because of its excessive faith in centralized power, but who don’t share the absolute antigovernment story of the current G.O.P.”

That’s the important bit. The Right will not change. They will not offer any form of plan that uses government power to help the 47% because that action would run counter to the wishes of their base. They will not take action on the absolute dire necessity to level the economic playing field in America by way of taxation, wealth redistribution and the nationalisation of some industry because they would lose all their corporate election campaign support. The GOP, in its current incarnation cannot reach out to blacks and Latinos in any meaningful way because their party is at its roots a party of white men, for white men with values forged in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the times prior to and after the so called “Greatest Generation.” It is this nostalgia for the social weather of that time that cripples the GOP in the age of the Internet, the 24 hour news cycle and the GLBTQ rights struggle. There is no chance that any of the real social issues of the modern era will be decided in favor of conservatism. There may be setbacks on marriage equality for homosexuals but within a generation the majority of states, outside the South, will have passed legislation or voted marriage equality into law. Over the next five to ten years you will see attempts being made to reverse a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy within federal guidelines, but like the conservative fight against marriage equality these will be Pyrrhic victories—at best.

In the end Brooks is absolutely correct. There will be a fracture in the GOP coming after a sound defeat in the 2016 presidential election and what I seen as a shocking loss of the House the same year. James Carville wrote after the election of President Barack Obama that his victory should not be taken as a direct sign of the fall of conservatism but as the shove that leads to the fall of the GOP as a national party. I still believe he’s right because there is very little that the grassroots conservatives like many of you here at Blogs4Victory can do to energize young people, women and minorities to vote for your policies because you have none that support their American dreams. For the remainder of this century conservatives will have governorships and legislatures in mostly rural states in the South and the West and as the ball drops on December 31, 2099 I would be willing to wager that Texas, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas will not be among these last bastions but South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho will.

Carville made another point after the 2012 election while America waited for a stunned Mitt Romney to concede. Chris Matthews asked Carville what the Democrats needed to do to finally wrestle control of all three branches from the GOP for the long term. Carville’s response, “Wait.”

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MITCHETHEKID EXPLAINS IT ALL

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CAVALOR EPTHITH EDITORIALS, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, DOOMSDAY PREPPERS, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FETAL PERSONHOOD, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GLENN BECK, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION, HOMOPHOBIA, HOT MESS, HOW HELL WORKS, HOW THE RIGHT SEES THE 47%, HUMAN BEINGS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, JAN BREWER, JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, KOCH BROTHERS, L BRENT BOZELL, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, MICHELE BACHMANN, MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MITCHETHEKID, MITT ROMNEY, NAACP, NEOCON1, NRA, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PASTOR TERRY JONES, POINT COUNTERPOINT, POLITICS, PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSE, PROGRESSIVES ON THE MARCH, QUOTE OF THE DAY, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, ROCK THE SLUT VOTE, RUSH LIMBAUGH, TEA PARTY, THE CANCER OF HATE, THE GOP GENDER GAP, THE GREATER FOOL, THE HELLAC BILL OF RIGHTS, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, THE RICH STILL DIE, THE SKY IS FALLING, THEOCRACY, THEY EXPLAIN IT ALL, THINGS THAT MAKE CONSERVATIVES ANGRY, U.S. ECONOMY, UNREST IN AMERICA, WE SEE YOU, WHITE PRIVILEGE, YOUR DAILY SIMPLIFICATION, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, حرر سوريا! with tags , , , , on 25/03/2013 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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A daring post from a Liberal commenter both here and at Blogs4Victory. This should be any Progressive’s first read this morning:

Thanks for mentioning our conversations Cluster. I appreciate it. I think that Amazona is correct in saying that social issues should not be the focus of any government, let alone one based upon conservative precepts. To take that statement to its logical conclusion, we all should be libertarian, as long as we do not devolve into anarchy. Unfortunately this is not the case. There are many, to many IMO, that are obsessed with social issues and use the government and it’s law making and law enforcing power to enact both restrictions and allowances. I am not a constitutional expert. I have a DAR manual that I look at from time to time but mostly for a point of clarification. I agree that it is a brilliantly written document and that the authors had enough forethought and enlightenment to be cognizant of the future. But it is also a product of it’s time, written by human beings who were every bit as complicated and flawed and brilliant and tragic as anyone living today. The essence of all words, as a conveyance of thinking, is metaphorical. (A word itself.) And as such, the words are subject to interpretation. An argument can be made that the “intent” that Amazona mentioned, is nothing more than learned guessing. (Emphasis on ned in learned.) One of the functions of the Supreme Court, is to interpret the meaning of the language that comprises the Constitution, by way of a shared consensus of opinion between a quorum of justices.
But in a representative government, if a social issue is a concern, then it does become subject to legislation. This has been a fact throughout human history. We do not live in a vacuum (no pun intended towards those who doubt my aviator skills) and in 2013 there are over 300 million people who live in the US. In 1776 there were ~ 2.5 and were primarily agrarian.
I think that conservative principals are the best choice where the issue(s) are economic in nature. But I do not disparage a degreed economist who happens to have a more fundamental understanding of the dynamics of a multi-trillion economy and how it interacts not only with those that have a dollar in their pocket, but now amongst the entire planet as well.
As I see it, it is not the educational system that is to blame, or the inherent bias that all people and businesses possess that is the root of the problems conservatism is experiencing, it is the behavior, the claims and the reporting of it. A few examples exist on this blog alone. Retired Spook going on about transformation. Society, culture and politics are fluid, not static.Please provide some specific examples Retired Spook, of how our country is suffering from the progressive nature of time and the changing attitudes of the population. There are very few examples that my feeble brain can come up with that verify your conviction that an uber left even exists, let alone paint with such broad strokes this “intense dislike of how America was founded.” Just how was it founded? Not why, but how. And why do you stereotype? Not all “liberals” are America hating. In fact, most people desire a better America, not a worse one.
Amazona’s use of inflammatory adjectives as a method of demeaning and undermining alternative points of view. And her obsession with spelling, grammar and punctuation. (I write the way I speak, commas substituting for pauses.)
I won’t even address Neo. There isn’t a better representative for the fanatical, fringe extreme that gives conservatives a bad reputation than he. Conservatism isn’t the problem. It’s conservatives.
I am a supporter of smaller government. I do not think excessive regulation(s) are a good thing. I think local control is superior to national but I also recognize the duplicity that currently exists on the right, how traditional conservatism has been eviscerated by a pandering to a certain type of uninformed and fearful individual and how tribalism has been exploited to further the monetary goals of others. This is the human condition. This is what Machiavelli often referred to and encouraged. I think that for conservatism to make a resurgence, it has to go through a metamorphosis. Unfortunately for those currently experiencing this change, it is a difficult process and it is perfectly understandable to want to blame those that don’t subscribe to the ideology, whom are not fixated with blaming the “media” or contemporary popular culture for their poor and declining image. There is a difference between cooperation and capitulation. This demarcation applies to all sides of the political grid. Self examination is a positive. A refusal to accept the need to change is not. And this applies to everyone on both a personal level and as a member of a group.
OK. I think I will slither back into my hole now.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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THE EXASPERATION OF BEING IN THE MARK EDWARD NOONAN DEMOGRAPHIC IN AN EVER MORE PROGRESSIVE LEANING AMERICA

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, 2012 US ELECTION, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, POLITICS, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , on 19/03/2013 by sarahbloch

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This quote from Blogs4Victory writer Mark Noonan in the comments section of a recent post:

That is where you’re doomed – you want “racial minorities”. I want all of those of my fellow Americans who think our public schools suck – a lot of these people happen to black, white, Latino, what have you. I want all those of my fellow Americans who think that marriage is between one man and one woman – a lot of these people happen to be black, white, Latino, what have you. I want all those of my fellow Americans who think that the people on the local level should decide how the government money gets spent, rather than bureaucrats at Town Hall, State Capital or DC – a lot of these people happen to be black, white Latino, what have you.

To our great distress, we signed off large segments of the population – but now we’re going to go everywhere and tell everyone what we believe. Will this get us 50% of the black vote in 2016? No. But even 20% destroys you – that’s right, casper, you can get 8 in 10 African American voters and we’ll crush your party at the polls in a landslide of epic proportions. Latinos – will we get more than 50% in 2016? No. But even 40% destroys you – that’s right, casper, you can get 6 in 10 Latino voters and we’ll crush your party at the polls in a landslide of epic proportions.

We’re going there, casper…we’re going to go in to those blue hell holes your side has created and offer them something different.

As if the scathing autopsy of the failure of the GOP in the last election wasn’t enough you have here Mark Noonan an ardent champion of conservative distributism admitting what the problem is with his party, leaping over the solution to his party’s problems and then realizing that he has the power to destroy the very thing he values the most–conservatism. If I may be allowed to address Mr Noonan and all of the like thinking conservatives in America for one brief moment.

Ahem.

The train has left the station and you’re not on it. What Noonan has written is wishful thinking. He wished in ’08 and he didn’t get his wish. He wished in ’12 and he didn’t get his wish. Why didn’t the GOP move more toward Latinos and blacks, gays and Asians in 2009 after being soundly defeated by Barack Obama? That’s because those demographic groups aren’t welcome in the GOP and those demographic groups don’t generally feel welcome in the GOP no matter their economic class. There’s your problem with just racial minorities Mark Noonan we haven’t even begun to talk about how you need to address single women under the age of 35. That’s another topic for another time.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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