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AN EPISTLE TO WHITE RURAL AMERICAN VOTERS WHO MIGHT THINK THEY WERE DUPED BY DONALD TRUMP

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, DUPED TRUMP VOTERS, HOT MESS, IMPEACHMENT, IN HINDSIGHT, POLITICS, PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRESIDENT TRUMP on 23/11/2016 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Greetings rural white American Trump voters who thought they would wake up this morning to news that materials were being rushed to the southern border to build the wall!

You’ve gotten what you wanted; finally your guy the one who resonated with your anger at the social and demographic change still ongoing in America has given you a colossal victory. Fear of the Liberals coming to take your guns, your Bibles and your unearned right to be treated better than everyone else based solely on the color of your skin have all been swept away like a sand castle in a rising tide. But it isn’t all unicorns and rainbows, well bad analogy. Let me try that again. It isn’t all chewing tobacco and shotgun shells this morning is it? There’s a nagging little sound in the periphery of your hearing and a faint yet deep ache starting in the middle of your chests. Even the least intelligent human beings get this when they are starting to feel that their perceived reality isn’t actually real.

Donald Trump is the President-elect not a magician. If you really believed that this man would build a wall on the border with Mexico, deport all undocumented aliens in the United States and cease to allow Muslims to enter the United States well then you have been duped. And it’s not just on issues that were impossible like those; there will be many more disappointments and missteps in the coming weeks prior to the inauguration. There are many questions that need to be answered about the Trump Foundation, about how his daughter Ivanka can run his organization and yet have a place at the transition table and how the man will handle adversity and negative commentary prior to becoming President.

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In Hindsight
To you, white slightly less angry white voter, you still can console yourself over Thanksgiving dinner surrounded proudly by your spouses, in laws and meth addict adult kids and their children in your double wide trailer that you helped to hold back the rampaging tornado of Liberalism in the USA for four years. That won’t be indigestion that you feel as you crack your fifth Pabst Blue Ribbon while watching football tomorrow. That ache in your chest is the knowledge that I am here with my colleagues watching every step that Donald Trump takes during his time in the White House. And this I can promise you; if you think conservatives angered about having a Progressive man of color in the White House fought dirty with lies and half truths about Barack Obama wait until I start in on Donald Trump with actual facts and his own words.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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ROWAN COUNTY KENTUCKY CLERK KIM DAVIS SHOULD NOT BE FIRED BECAUSE SHE WAS A WHORING SLUT BEFORE SHE FOUND RELIGION SHE SHOULD BE FIRED BECAUSE SHE IS WHAT THE FAR RIGHT HATES THE MOST SOMEONE WHO IS TAKING PUBLIC FUNDS TO DO NO WORK

Posted in COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT, LGBTQ RIGHTS, MARRIAGE EQUALITY, PROGRESSIVES ON THE MARCH, RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY, UPPER MIDDLE CLASS WHITE TRASH on 03/09/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Sure, I was ready this morning to write about what a hypocrite on marriage Kim Davis is considering she’s been married four times had twins out of wedlock and divorced three times. Her life from 1984 until her bolt from the blue conversion four years ago is no caricature of conservative religious people in America it is the reality. But when you come right down to it I could not possibly care less about who Kim Davis fucked while she was married or how many times she went to a clerk to file for divorce. [I am struggling with the fact that if their had been a really fundamentalist clerk at the time she was pregnant out of wedlock and trying to file her final papers what a shitstorm that would have been in 1994.–F.S.]

Kim Davis is paid $80,000 a year to be Rowan County clerk. She is being paid to not do her job currently in a place where the median household income is $33,081. Davis as an individual makes more than twice the household income of this rural, poor county. She is living a lifestyle far above the people who come to her office on a daily basis. Conservatives have whined for decades about welfare and how much money can be saved by cutting off single mothers and minorities who need a safety net.

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In Hindsight
Well here’s your chance conservatives to cut off the money spigot to a religion crazed bigot. Just taking the gap between the household income figure for Rowan County, $46,919, and dividing that by 12, $3,909.92 would provide food stamps [at Kentucky’s rate of 127.33 per person per month.-F.S.] for 30 people. Not three people or even fifteen people but 30! For all these years conservatives have foamed at the mouth about taxpayer money being wasted. Here you go right wingers this is your chance to show America and the world that your fiscal issues are more important than your social issues. The Supreme Court has ruled and legally no matter what your religion [if a Muslim clerk in a urban center was making the same refusal I would have written a basically similar article but I doubt if a Muslim female clerk would have anything like Kim Davis’ marriage and divorce record.–F.S.] marriage licenses must be issued to same sex couples seeking to marry. Kim Davis needs to get off the Rowan County dole and see how well her retrograde religious bigotry will play out in the private sector. Rowan County must fire Kim Davis; she can keep her religion but not the people’s money.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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RACE IN AMERICA: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND BEING BLACK

Posted in FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA on 13/06/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Well here I go again diving into the deep end of the pool with an anvil tied to my back. No one will really like this post because it picks at the never healing scab of a wound in the chest of America that won’t heal in your lifetime no matter how old you are. Louis Armstrong an entertainer whom I consider a close friend explained racism and bigotry in America like this. “Freddie,” he said, “as long as there is more than one white grown man in America with low self esteem there will be bigotry. As long as there’s one rich white grown man who realizes money can’t buy him happiness that sees a black man laughing and free no matter his station there will be racism.”

I can’t argue with any of that. What I can try to unwind is what Rachel Dolezal is being accused of after it has been reported that she, an NAACP chapter President in Spokane, Washington isn’t black after all. She’s as white as you can get in America having been born in Montana to two white parents. All of this is curious especially when you consider that many of her friends with which she grew up with said she identified culturally with black American culture.

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So what makes Dolezal different from the beautiful African-American pictured above? Well it’s as simple as one word–black. It is the connotation and all the Samsonite that comes with the word black in American culture that makes what Dolezal did such a conundrum for Progressives like myself and conservatives as well. Is this a straight con to get a job and artistic notoriety or is it a natural urge that gave this formerly white woman comfort? As a journalist it’s not up to me to answer those questions but it is a part of my duty to ask them.

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In Hindsight

I’ll leave this here for the same reasons that there was no reason for me to write about Caitlyn Jenner. There are already pounds of opinions on the Internet that have raked the coals and plowed that field enough. Meh. What Dolezal has done is to force America to understand that America is changing, dramatically and quickly socially. Maybe it’s no longer possible to choose to be black because blacks cannot tolerate this from a moral standpoint after centuries of suffering the dual fists of bigotry and racism from rich and poor whites alike. Maybe it’s a matter of the shifting demographics and a purely economic and political decision that allowed her to make positive career choices she wouldn’t have had as a white woman in the same environment. Or maybe Rachel Dolezal just wanted to work somewhere that allowed her to have her hair natural all the time. I invite her to tell us here at the Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork because that would be quite the scoop.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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HOW HELL WORKS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “JE SUIS CHARLIE” AND “WE HATE SAND NIGGERS!”

Posted in ANDREJ PEJIC, CHARLIE HEBDO, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, HELLAC CAMPAIGN TO END BIGOTRY, HOW HELL WORKS, IN HINDSIGHT, JE SUIS CHARLIE, LEE GERMAINE, PAMELA GELLER, TERRORISM on 05/05/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Any rational person should be able to grasp the difference between the two phrases in the title. The first is the unifying phrase in defense of the right to Free Speech shouted around Terra after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris earlier in 2015. The second is the unspoken, but resonant tone of an organization run by Pamela Geller called Stop the Islamicization of America or SIOA.

Now, to me, Islamicization means a takeover of American culture or government by the religion of Islam. Currently Muslims make up about 0.9% of the population in the United States despite being one of the fastest growing religions in the world. There have been other sources that have stated the Muslim population at as high as 11 million but those figures are inflated as the CAIR numbers are for political purposes. The figure I will be using comes from the Pew Research Center report in 2011.

So figure the odds of a group made up of less than 2 million adults taking over the United States of America. I would be quick to point out that if that number represented a standing army it would be a formidable opponent for any nation. But for the United States? I doubt it.

Still conservatives are shouting that the attack on an event in Garland, Texas this weekend by ISIS inspired and linked terrorists is an assault on their free of speech. I agree that it is an assault on Free Speech and it is the worst kind of assault on the worst kind of Free Speech. As odious as Geller and her organization is they have every right to hold an event for cartoonists to do whatever they wish. Art is art and this is Truth. If anyone alive on Terra has learned anything from the Charlie Hebdo events it is that freedom of speech often comes with a heavy cost–often in lives cut short by those who are simply backward and pro-Death. Now this doesn’t apply to all Muslims, of course, anymore than I think everyone who is white and living in rural or suburban America is addicted to heroin or some other opiod.

But what is missing from all the right wing arguments is the clear context of both events. Charlie Hebdo, as a magazine is a brazen shit stirring and sarcastic work of journalistic art writ large for decades. Geller’s organization serves two purposes to enrich her from the trough of white bigots looking for somewhere to vent their anger at the loss of privilege post 9/11 and well maybe there’s only one purpose to SIOA when I really think about it. To conservatives what they did in Garland is speech, hate speech that must be protected from government or personal infringement. Yet they are offended, mind you not to the point of coming to Hell and shooting up the offices of The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork, by displays here of nudity, sexuality or eroticism. It’s sort of curious that these people adore guns and cling to their Bibles and yet are appalled by the nude male or female form. But so are those ardent defenders of a state that doesn’t and never will exist on the other side of this boring and meaningless Modern Age Crusade.

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In Hindsight

This is once again much ado about nothing from the right. Geller will continue to have her political fringe whoredom as the woman who stood up to Islam and shook her fist. Only martyrdom for her cause is likely ever to give her the fame orgasm she lusts for and I hope that never happens.

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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CORPORATE AMERICA DUMPS THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT FOR THE POP TARTS NURSE: CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODE

Posted in FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT on 01/04/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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America the Beautiful.

For the last few days I have been very happy with the nation of my birth; the nation of my first life. For the first time ever, corporations those new and special people that have more rights than any individual could ever possibly have, and the lawyers to exercise those rights with extreme prejudice, did the heavy lifting to support the civil rights of a vilified and denigrated class of people; the LGBT community. Those are my people because I am one of them– I as many of you know am bisexual.

The laws here in Hell regarding marriage are very different from the laws in America. I have two spouses; one transgender and one female. It is a marriage contract. We had a church wedding ceremony. There were flowers and cake and dancing and lots and lots of food and alcohol. There was no one who refused to be a part of the ceremony from the baker, to the caterer to the musicians to the necropriest who married us.

In America, things are different for many reasons. there has been as many scholars have pointed out a marriage between corporations and the Religious Right for nearly 80 years. That marriage has ebbed and flowed had its ups and downs over the course of those decades. In the early years of the New Deal, as Kevin Kruse points out in his latest book, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America corporate America reached out to the most prominent evangelical preachers of the era to spread the message that capitalism was a gift from on high. That lasted until the war years of the 40s and then reappeared in the Red Scare years of the 50s.

Then the 60s happened and Kennedy and the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam dominated the space that would have been filled by the messages of Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell. After Nixon proved the Southern Strategy could work politically and then threw it all away on Watergate, Falwell founded the Moral Majority and business seeing an opportunity closed ranks with him. That lasted through Reagan and Bush and began to soften as the technology age hit in the early 2000s.

Younger people with money now run huge corporations. Now I’m not saying Corporate America is reformed; they still do a lot of ill. But in the issue of LGBT rights they’ve done good work. Big Business virtually gaslighted Governor Mike Pence. By Monday morning of this past week Pence likely didn’t know whether to shit or wind his watch. His foaming rabid Christian base wanted him to sign the bill and shut up; Big Business wanted him to be inclusive. We see what the outcome is– Pence sent the legislature back to send him a bill without discriminatory language. Same thing applies to Governor Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas.

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In Hindsight

I have to explain the title of this post. There was a commercial with a cartoon that showed a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly who had a Pop Tart as a baby. A very [well I think personally] sexy and hungry nurse shows up and eats the kid. Conservative moms [mostly a group called onemillionmoms] went ballistic. Most channels pulled the ad but Comedy Central [home of my main man Jon Stewart] runs it about 50 times a day. So that’s where you are today America. Progressives have won this week. Lois Lerner won’t be indicted; Senator Menendez was. LGBT rights being stood up for by corporations against governors makes this a 5-1 halftime lead. I doubt if the opposition can change their tactics in time enough to win the week.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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AND NOW BACK TO THE NEWS

Posted in 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 STUPID EMAIL FORWARDS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT with tags , , , , , , on 25/02/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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From time to time the bickering, for lack of a better word, with conservatives whether here or at their sites, can be fun. After this last exchange with Tim, Neocon1 and Jeremiah at Views From the Right Side this week I was left feeling a little bitter. I will make this short and sweet. What I get paid to do is verify the information that comes in and package it for our readers. I am a researcher and a journalist that prides himself both on his accomplishments and has learned from his failures.

In this case, I have failed. Not in the meaningless and pointless arguments with people who’s minds will never be changed at their blogs, but you, our readers. The progressive cause is not one that wants to take the rights of people away. On the contrary, Progressives want to use the government and its power and purse to make the lives of Middle Class Americans better. Just listening last night to Senator Elizabeth Warren and representative Elijah Cummings talk about what they want to do to help the bruised, battered and ever shrinking Middle Class gave me more than a little hope. I should be writing editorials about what those who I think have the best solutions to America’s problems; not screaming at the top of my lungs at people who have no grasp upon reality. The stories you should have been glued to over the past few weeks should have been about the alleged “black sites” in Chicago and ever deeper writing about the Mette rape case and the corruption in the South Dakoya Department of Social Services.

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In Hindsight

I will do better for you. In the end you, the young Progressives in America, are the reason why I do this and I apologize for losing sight of the real reason I am here. So, for the record, and since they will never change their minds, turn their back on bigotry, or even ever admit that their political ideology restricts Americans from living their lives in Freedom and with Justice I have this parting commentary. “Enjoy your petty blog comments victories, your self aggrandizement and even your bloviating conservative media icons. If you think you are winning the hearts and minds of young Americans you are more than delusional you are insane. You are the same people who a short five years ago said that same sex marriage would never be legal in a majority of states. Look where we are now with 37 states and the District of Columbia. You are the same voices that shouted epithets at children as they walked to schools decades ago. You, conservatives are the past; Progressives are the future.”

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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BILL O’REILLY WILL REMAIN AT FOX BECAUSE THEY DON’T DO JOURNALISM

Posted in BRIAN WILLIAMS, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE COWARDICE, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HATRED OF BLACKS, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE SEX SCANDAL, CONSERVATIVE STUPID EMAIL FORWARDS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, FEARSPEAK, FOX NEWS, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, IN HINDSIGHT, RUSH LIMBAUGH with tags , , on 21/02/2015 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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In the latest exposure of an anchor on television embellishing their “war record” Bill O’Reilly is under fire for allegedly lying about his experiences in 1982 as a “war correspondent for CBS News during the Falkland’s War. O’Reilly has stated numerous times that while working for CBS News he reported from the Falkland Islands during the war between the junta in Argentina and the United Kingdom under the government of Margaret Thatcher. The fact is there wasn’t a single America reporter on any of the islands involved so this cannot possibly be true.

Conservatives rolled on their collective floors with delight over the fallout from the repeated lies told by NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams about his war reporting record. Now, conservative mouthpieces like Rush Limbaugh are not impressed with the pounds of evidence showing that O’Reilly, like Williams, has lied about his record. Limbaugh claims that piece about O’Reilly’s war reporting record by Mother Jones is both irrelevant and politically motivated.

In classic Fox News form, O’Reilly came out swinging yesterday to a group of reporters. O’Reilly never made any apologies instead he attacked the reporters from Mother Jones, especially David Corn whom he called, “a guttersnipe liar.” And in his interview with TVNewser, O’Reilly made a typically conservative violent comment about what should happen to Corn after he is vindicated of these accusations, saying, “When everybody writes the truth, I’ve talked to about eight or nine reporters, and when they verify what I’m saying, because it’s easily verifiable, then I expect David Corn to be in the kill zone. Where he deserves to be.” Harsh stuff to say the least from the TV talk show host.

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In Hindsight

This will be quite an angry fight between Fox and Mother Jones. If victory in this battle for journalistic integrity means Bill O’Reilly is suspended or fired then Mother Jones will almost certainly lose unless more people come forward to tell the actual truth about where Bill O’Reilly was in 1982. Conservatives generally don’t care about things like journalistic integrity unless a lack of it can be displayed by someone they consider a Progressive member of the MSM. Fox news isn’t really news it’s more of a salad of tidbits designed to reinforce the ideological beliefs of the base of viewers despite the facts. The fact that they are number one among cable news stations and have been dominant here for many years, is a testament to their ability to preach to a choir of 50 million plus Americans who are certainly conservative in all things publicly. The bottom line here is that Brian Williams lied, numerous times, for 11 years. About this fact conservatives demanded his departure from NBC News. Bill O’Reilly has lied about his record for 33 years, but conservatives both in the media and the rank and file don’t have a problem with this. And here is the definig difference against a real journalistic enterprise like NBC News and a conservative political entertainment organ like Fox News. The former has journalistic integrity standards and the latter does not.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
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