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THE CONSERVATIVE IDIOT OF THE DAY: VITO BARBIERI

Posted in CONSERVATIVE IDIOT OF THE DAY, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 24/02/2015 by sarahbloch

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In the great and august deliberative body that is the Idaho State House, a Republican member of the House State Affairs Committee, Vito Barbieri, during a hearing about an anti-abortion bill had the following exchange with a panelist, Dr Julie Madsen:

Dr. Julie Madsen, a physician who said she has provided various telemedicine services in Idaho, was testifying in opposition to the bill. She said some colonoscopy patients may swallow a small device to give doctors a closer look at parts of their colon.

“Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?” Barbieri asked.

Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2015/02/23/3592003_lawmaker-asks-if-swallowed-camera.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

2015?

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
135 Melnar 3 AS

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.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
118 Melnar 3 AS

BLOGS FOR VICTORY OFFLINE

Posted in 2016 US ELECTION, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN with tags , , , , , on 25/01/2015 by sarahbloch

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The Internet child of Matt Margolis and Mark Edward Noonan, BlogsforVictory, which began as BlogsforBush a digital apologist for the unjust war in Iraq, is down as of midnight last night. There is no explanation I can find except they didn’t update their account at GoDaddy.com. I am sure they will whip out a credit card and renew the blog and return to their opining about what’s wrong with Terra from an authoritarian conservative perspective. This blog has fought many wars with them especially socio-political ones. The fact that Noonan cannot bear to see the nude human image was likely the reason anyone who worked for The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork were banned from commenting there. If this is the end of BlogsforVictory I must admit a measure of sadness. Nothing made me happier than reading Noonan’s predictions of conservatives winning presidential elections only to see him have to eat his words on the following Wednesday. The hypocritical gut twisting the likes of Amazona, tiredoflibbs and Count d’Haricots were forced to engage in as the war in Iraq went south due to no WMDs being found. At the start of B4B back before the turn of the century conservatives likely thought they had a renaissance on their hands in the first decade of the new century. 9/11 reinforced that for them. Then the grand social pendulum started to swing toward the Progressives. Same sex marriage and abortion rights are still law in America even though the latter has seen states chip away at a woman’s right to choose. Over the last six years the two electoral victories of President Barack Hussein Obama has lit the fuse to the bomb that will eventually blow up the GOP and fracture the Right irreparably for at least a generation. BlogsforVictory, and blogs like them that required conservative ideological purity, have been more responsible for the coming demise of the GOP than any action by President Obama, Progressive elected officials or even Liberal bloggers like me. Maybe Noonan and his fellow travelers in theocratic conservative authoritarianism will rally behind a single candidate that they wish to see elected the nominee in 2016. Palin isn’t a favorite for Noonan; nor is Dr Ben Carson but I could see a BlogsforCruz2016 rising from the ashes of B4V in the coming months filled with the same improbable enthusiasm that they had for McCain and Romney over the last two election cycles. If there is one thing I can give them credit for after so many poor predictions is that they are consistent in their blind belief that they are the majority in the face of proof to the contrary.

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
109 Melnar 3 AS

POLITICS IN THE BUFF: SANDY RIOS AND THE PILLARS OF CONSERVATIVE STUPIDITY

Posted in CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, POLITICS, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 24/01/2015 by sarahbloch

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Conservative talk show host [ugh, still have to say that] Sandy Rios on her show Wednesday conversed with callers that while they did not know where the United States Air Force Academy was, they were sure that President Obama was using “Islamist code” in his Monday night delivery of his 2015 State of the Union address. The caller stated that Obama was wrong on the location of the USAF Academy that it was in Fort Collins not 133 miles away in Colorado Springs. The Air Force assures me that the academy hasn’t moved; it’s still in Colorado Springs.

The lack of accurate information aside let’s get to the real batshit crazy nature of this conversation. Rios says during the segment, “The other thing he said that I caught, he has done this before, you know there are five pillars of Islam, and he used the term ‘pillars’ again in his speech last night. Actually, President Obama used the word “pillar” exactly one time in his speech and it was in this context [emphasis mine.–S.B.]:

“That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.

There’s one last pillar to our leadership — and that’s the example of our values.

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims — the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.”

This one reference is some sort of Islamist code? For this to be the case then no other President must have ever used the word except to tip off ISIS that it’s time to come to America to install Sharia law because the Americans are ripe for the picking. Sorry President Obama Sandy Rios has foiled your plan for American domination by global jihadists. What? There’s no such plot? Any good conservative would want to see proof right?

“Fortunately, we and our allies have rediscovered the strength of our common democratic values, and we’re applying them as a cornerstone of a comprehensive strategy for peace with freedom. In London last year, I announced the commitment of the United States to developing the infrastructure of democracy throughout the world. We intend to pursue this democratic initiative vigorously. The future belongs not to governments and ideologies which oppress their peoples, but to democratic systems of self-government which encourage individual initiative and guarantee personal freedom.

But our strategy for peace with freedom must also be based on strength—economic strength and military strength. A strong American economy is essential to the well-being and security of our friends and allies. The restoration of a strong, healthy American economy has been and remains one of the central pillars of our foreign policy. The progress I’ve been able to report to you tonight will, I know, be as warmly welcomed by the rest of the world as it is by the American people.

We must also recognize that our own economic well-being is inextricably linked to the world economy. We export over 20 percent of our industrial production, and 40 percent of our farmland produces for export. We will continue to work closely with the industrialized democracies of Europe and Japan and with the International Monetary Fund to ensure it has adequate resources to help bring the world economy back to strong, noninflationary growth.”

Okay conservatives would you like to take a guess which President made that statement during his State of the Union address. Need a hint? The address was delivered to a joint session of Congress on 25 January 1983.

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
108 Melnar 3 AS

THE VOTE FOR US HOUSE SPEAKER: THE 2015 CALM BEFORE THE 2016 STORM

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, JOHN BOEHNER, POLITICS, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, TEA PARTY on 06/01/2015 by sarahbloch

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My colleague Fred Schwartz thought the 2008 Republican national Convention was going to be a disaster. Even then he saw that the collision between the far right and the establishment GOP were on a collision course that could lead to the end of them as a national party. While the odds of the GOP securing the White House in 2016 remain slim the doomsday predictions for the House and Senate haven’t come to pass.

The GOP have quietly become a major force in midterm elections precisely because of those far right conservative supporters of candidates that incorrectly call themselves republicans. The TEA Party, as an umbrella organ with those conservatives disillusioned with the Establishment GOP, will be the death of the Grand Old Party shortly after their defeat in the 2016 presidential election cycle. Mid term elections serve as cauldrons that pour forth the fears and hypocrisy for the conservative base and allow them to broaden their legislative branch power. Presidential elections focus the media spotlight on the ugly truth or the bigotry, misogyny and homophobia that are needed by the Establishment GOP to get their ultra conservative base of 40 million voters lathered into a frenzy.

Today John Boehner stands at the crossroads of the death of the GOP. There can be three outcomes as he seeks to remain House Speaker. There can be a Boehner victory on the first ballot. This is the likely outcome. There can be a defection from him of enough votes to force a second ballot or more which would still see Boehner win. Then, horrifically, Boehner could lose the vote many ballots down the line. This would be the de facto lighting of the fuse that would see the GOP fracture at its center. And who’s to say that Democrats in an act of bold partisan politics wouldn’t support a crackpot like Louis Gohmert on the first ballot just to make things interesting?

The Establishment GOP would then be forced to come to the center and jettison those from its ranks with TEA Party loyalty. The problem with this would be that several of the bright lights of the GOP for the 2016 nomination are in lockstep with the TEA Party. Gone would be Ted Cruz and likely Marco Rubio to a new third party. That would be the best case scenario for the GOP.

Schwartz mentioned in 2008 that the GOP convention could look like the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention. were Rubio and Cruz still in the running and Jeb Bush ushered in the backdoor through smoky room dealings the rank and file on the convention floor could rebel, especially in Southern and Western states. The public meltdown would be a national embarrassment for the GOP and the implosion would resonate into an electoral landslide for not only the Democratic nominee in the national but far down the ticket. This event, over the next five election cycles in state elections, could be the unwinding of the control that Republicans have had at the state level for nearly a decade.

That is why I see this vote today as more than posturing for 2016. It may be the first shot of a civil war between the Establishment and the TEA Party that will be bloody and ugly and played out on your televisions over the next 23 months.

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
91 Melnar 3 AS

THE POISONOUS CONSERVATIVE MENTALITY

Posted in CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 23/12/2014 by sarahbloch

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I cannot state strongly enough how much I delight in every instance of conservative Americans running around as if their heads are on fire in a fit of outrage blaming Progressives for all their hallucinated persecutions. The very same people who are weeping alligator tears for two police officers murdered in Brooklyn this past weekend are the very same people who wanted to see Cliven Bundy’s supporters have a firefight with agents from the Bureau of Land Management. And that’s just one example of the gut twisting hypocrisy that has to exist for anyone to be a conservative in America. Just a bit ago I read this comment from Cluster at BlogsforVictory:

OT, but I think we can properly blame the left wing of the Democratic Party for the murders of the two NYPD officers. Just a couple of weeks ago, there were demonstrations in NY, stemming from the GJ decision where the crowd was chanting – “What do we want, dead cops. When do we want it – now”.

I remember when the tea party was blamed for everything, imaginary or real, by the leftists yet nothing of this horrible magnitude ever developed. When do you suppose Sharpton will make his appearance and proclaim that “Police Lives Matter”?

Here is my full disclosure moment. Yesterday I sat in a meeting with Diane Valencen, Fred Schwartz, Majordomo Pain, Ciu Cava dealth Nixhot, and two attorneys from Pinchon Davies our legal representation to discuss where the limits of our tolerance for bigotry in comments to this blog would be. As a hardcopy newspaper we have a section of the editorial staff review letters to the editor and a few dozen make it into that section every day. Thousands of dozens of others do not. It isn’t the newspaper’s job to print every opinion; it is our job to be a clearinghouse for the rational and the germane.

In that spirit it was decided to ban Neocon1 from commenting after month of bigoted, homophobic and insulting rhetoric that would be better suited on a white supremacist blog than here where we without a shred of shame promote Progressive ideology, politics and values. This relates to the pathology of the conservative mind. Facts are seen as weapons by conservatives that can be manipulated or ignored to fit their desired outcomes, socially and politically. Never would anyone here say that all cops are bad but it never stops a right winger from decrying the universal subhumanity of black Americans, members of the LGBTQ community, women and anyone who espouses Progressive values.

Cluster fails from the very first sentence of his comment. It was not the left wing of the Democratic Party that caused the officers to be murdered it was the culture in America that makes it possible for a man with mental illness to acquire one of the hundreds of millions of guns and travel with it freely to a city and commit such a crime. Sure the TEA Party didn’t exist as an organized entity until FreedomWorks cobble it together after the Right saw the Affordable care Act was going to be passed by Congress and signed into law; but the embryo of their frustrations have been there for decades. In the most recent generation the frustration of the Right has manifest itself in the form of the abortion clinic bombings of Eric Rudolph and the terror attack of Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City. Note that I did not include the Newton School massacre in this list despite the fact that the gun culture supported by the Right is the blood that ran through the veins of that tragic event.

As far as the people chanting for the deaths of police officers, I and everyone I know on the Left denounce such calls as counterproductive to the cause of Civil Justice which means respect for police officers and police officer respect for all citizens.

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
78 Melnar 3 AS

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
46 Melnar 3 AS

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