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THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST: A LOOK BACK AT AN HISTORICAL MONTH IN AMERICA

Posted in 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 RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, OBAMACARE, POLITICS, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, SAME SEX MARRIAGE, THE CULTURE WARS, THE SATURDAY RANT, THINGS THAT MAKE CONSERVATIVES ANGRY, WE SEE YOU with tags , , , , on 27/06/2015 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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As I sit here in my home relaxing after a very nice brunch with Veronica, I can’t help but think about history. Not just any history but the history of my former nation the United States of America and how it has been intertwined with the history of this newspaper. In just sixty-one days The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork will celebrate its tenth anniversary as a progressive and hard hitting news blog. Our very first story in late August 2005 was about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Cavalor Epthith [q c p n!] made it clear after the first week that this blog was a work in progress and that our mission was not to change the minds of people but to “simply make them think.”

Well, people are thinking, some of them hopefully many of the more than a million that have read these pages, are. Cavalor after the first year said he was willing to keep the digital version of the paper alive for five Terran years and in that last few months before the fifth anniversary he would review our efforts and decide if it should continue for another five years. After the election of President Barack Obama and all the reporting the staff had done on the failure of the Iraq War there was a feeling of certainty that the plug would not be pulled.

On 29 August 2010 Cavalor said, “We simply cannot stop now just when things are getting interesting.” Oh, how much more interesting things have gotten since that day. This month has seen tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina as nine black Christians were murdered by a white supremacist terrorist and triumph as the United States’ Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and decided that same sex couples have marriage rights in all fifty states of the Union. Despite conservative warnings that the nation would tear itself apart if either of these decisions came to pass it is business as usual from Washington to Los Angeles on this fine morning.

So as is in my nature I’ve taken my victory lap over these two decisions, said a quiet prayer to the Fates on behalf of the grieving families of the victims in Charleston and gone back to the work that I am tasked to do here– looking for threads in the reports of news from all over Terra. There is still much work to do and Cavalor knows this best of all. Just yesterday he brought the staff in for a meeting about what we will be doing here digitally for the 2016 election. “So we’re not shutting up shop in late August?” I asked smiling. “Not a chance,” he said, “things are just getting interesting.”

More impressions from the staff on five more years of The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork follow over the rest of your week end.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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A VOICE FROM THE PAST: STEVEN THRASHER, “WHITE AMERICA HAS LOST ITS MIND”

Posted in STEVE THRASHER, THE MEDITATORS with tags , , , , , on 25/02/2015 by Majordomo Pain

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Originally published in the Village Voice on 29 September 2010 noted journalist author and radio personality Steven Thrasher makes clear what the election of President Obama has done to the white conservative mind.

About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.

It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).

But when that streak was broken—and, for the first time, a non-white president accepted the oath of office—white America rapidly began to lose its grip.

As with other forms of dementia, the signs weren’t obvious at first. After the 2008 election, when former House majority leader Tom DeLay suggested that instead of a formal inauguration, Barack Obama should “have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million,” black folks didn’t miss the implication. References to chicken, particularly of the fried variety, have long served as a kind of code when white folks referred to black people and their gustatory preferences—and weren’t many of us already accustomed to older white politicians making such gaffes? But who among us sensed that it was a harbinger that an entire nation was plunging into madness?

Who didn’t chuckle, after all, the first time they heard that white people had doubts that Barack Obama had even been born in the United States and was therefore ineligible to be president? It sounded like one of those Internet stories in which some (usually white) writer does his best to prove something everyone knows to be true is actually the exact opposite. And you go along with it for a few paragraphs to see how long the writer can convince you that what you know is right is actually wrong.

Seemed like that, didn’t it? After all, what was the beef? Obama’s father was Kenyan, and the kid was born in Hawaii—which is barely a part of the United States to begin with (only a state in 1959!). His mother was white, and after the Kenyan guy left, she married an Indonesian guy, so little Barack lived in Jakarta for a while before coming back to Hawaii to be brought up largely by his white grandparents. . . . And that’s it? Come on, this was after-school-special material, the kind of thing that brings a tear to your eye because little half-Kenyan/half-white Barry made good, not the stuff of conspiracy novels.

But the more you shook your head at it, the more it seemed to have taken root deep in the lizard part of the white nervous system. Obama is not an American. He says he’s Christian, but he has a Muslim-sounding name. He’s not black, he’s not white. . . . Is . . . is he even human?

Today, Newsweek has found, nearly a quarter of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim, with barely 42 percent of the nation accepting his claim that he’s a Christian. CNN finds that a quarter of Americans also believe that Obama was “probably or definitely” born in another country.

Harris found in an online poll that 14 percent of Americans believe in their hearts that President Barack Obama is the antichrist, with nearly a quarter of Republicans saying so.

At least in this form, however, Satan (sometimes) wears a flag pin.

What was going on? Had decades of sucking down so much high-fructose corn syrup not only made Americans incredibly obese, but also messed with white brain chemistry to the point that some sort of tipping point had occurred?

Not a bad theory, but no, there’s a simpler explanation, with two parts: For the first time in their lives, baby boomers are hard up against it economically, and white boy is becoming outnumbered and it’s got his bowels chilled with fear.

“In an age of diminished resources, the United States may be heading for an intensifying confrontation between the gray and the brown,” writes Ronald Brownstein in his July National Journal article, “The Gray and the Brown: The Generational Mismatch.” That’s a polite and understated way of saying that older white folks are losing their shit as they’re being replaced by young brown and black kids while the economy is in the crapper.

Brownstein notes that 40 percent of the nation’s population under 18 is already non-white, with that number significantly higher in the Southwest (read: Mexicans!). By 2023, that number of young non-whites will be an outright national majority.

At the same time, the baby boomers are getting older. At 80 percent white, boomers have gotten pretty used to dominating nearly every field of endeavor in this country since they came of age—politics, business, education, the arts—just about everything but MTV programming. Boomers set the national agenda in so many ways that we can forget how much the national economy and national media cater to them. Bewildered by the number of Cialis ads you see on television showing those flabby couples sitting in bathtubs? Or the way that older women are suddenly “cougars” and “MILFs” and . . . oh, yeah, you remember, boomers are getting old, but still want to think they can get the sheets sweaty. See? Boomers and their fixations and fears explain nearly everything. . . .

Read the article in full here.

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: HOW CAN “PRO-LIFE” PEOPLE FEEL MORE OUTRAGE OVER LOOTING AND VANDALISM THAN THE MURDER OF A YOUNG MAN?

Posted in MICHAEL BROWN MURDER with tags , , , , , on 13/08/2014 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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This is the question that has been in my mind over the last 48 hours. This question has been in my mind because I seriously doubt if the people who I have read complaining about the burning of a convenience store after the murder of a young man by a police officer have any compassion for Human Beings. A single photo that I have seen on the Internet distills my concern for the state of America’s minority young men:

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Conservatives and their pro-gun acolytes are trying desperately to make this the fault of Michael Brown Jr. To these people it must have been a case of the yet unnamed police officer defending himself. That Brown did not have a weapon and did not have access to a weapon is apparently irrelevant to those who feel that their “way of life” has been threatened from the very day President Barack Obama won the 2008 election. As dismayed as I am to say this I believe that this is the last straw for America’s cities and their long oppressed and misunderstood minority populations. Marginalized for long decades even after civil rights legislation made overt racism illegal these Human Beings are n ow in the digital age being vilified for simply existing.

Conservatives feel cornered in their suburban homes surrounded by the wealth of a middle class existence but they lack the real power that they crave. A few generations ago they answered only to their own kind; their governments reflected back to them their bigotry in the form of a corporate attired face from their tribe and any resistance by the “other” in the name of simply being treated as Human was crushed with an iron fist. Today the tactics used by those who would deprive citizens of their most basic of civil rights are no longer a fist of iron but a vest of Kevlar, a tactical uniform, an automatic weapon and armored personnel carriers in a town of less than 25,000 people.

For many conservatives in America this is a frightening time. Some do not want this to be exposed as an event of bigotry for their own political reasons while others work to make the victim in this horrible situation appear to deserve the execution he received. Both are on the wrong side of history because that long stream is flowing toward those who are different from you and away from your centuries of wasted privilege.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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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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SPEAKER BOEHNER ON PALIN’S CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT: “I DISAGREE”

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

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

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POLITICS IN THE BUFF: WHAT THE TEA PARTY FACTION IN THE HOUSE REALLY WANTS PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DO AND WHY THIS WILL BACKFIRE

Posted in POLITICS IN THE BUFF, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , , , , on 06/10/2013 by sarahbloch

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The far right in the US house wants two things and they can only have one. First, they want to remove from office, at this point by some legal means, the twice elected President of the United States. Next they want to defund or repeal ObamaCare before the American people can come to realize it is a program that works for them, saves them money and makes them healthier. As I have said they can only have one and either would be hailed as a victory, no even better a proof, that Conservatism is alive and well in America and is on the rise. Below is a speech that I think would change politics in America not for the next generation or even the next century; this speech made by President Barack Obama on 16 Oct 2013:

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“My fellow Americans. The impasse between a small majority of GOP members in the House of Representatives and the Democrats in the Senate and the White House has come to a point where it is no longer viable for me to remain President. As of noon today I have tendered my resignation from the office of President of the United States and in accordance with the 25th amendment to the United States Constitution, Vice President Joe Biden becomes the 45th President of the United States. I take this action to preserve this great nation and to save it from extremists within our government who would destroy the nation out of their dislike for me. This office is more important than me or anyone else who would hold it and I fear if I remained, that not only would the power vested in this Executive Office be destroyed but America’s reputation as well. Despite the bitterness and the partisan gulf that has expanded between the two parties that govern this great land it has been my pleasure to serve the American people to the best of my ability over these nearly five years. It has been a time of unprecedented economic and domestic difficulty and I thank all those who have helped me and thereby helped you, the American citizens, during these hard times. In closing, I offer a challenge to all those who opposed to me while I was President; do all you can to support President Biden in his effort to bridge the gap between Progressives, Moderates and Conservatives. If you truly love America you will face this challenge not with arrogance and bluster but with an open mind and a welcoming hand. God bless you all and God bless the United States of America.”

Moments after this speech was completed, the Conservative pundits would be hailing the victory and all the church bells from Breitbart to WorldNet Daily would be ringing with news that Barack Obama was out of office. TEA Party members of the House and Senate would be in front of microphones having literally tons of press conferences some of them with tears in their eyes. The TEA Party constituents of these congresspeople would vent their spleens one last time and beat their chests black and blue with pride of their accomplishment. They will shout, “We have taken OUR country back!”
In the well appointed suites where GOP operatives and lobbyists reside, however, there would be panic.

The boys and girls on the right who work on K Street would realize that a political tsunami was coming. Biden would first have to select a VP and the clearest choice would be Nancy Pelosi since the California Democrat has no aspirations to be President of the United States and knows the ins and outs of the sausage making that takes place in Washington better than anyone else in the party. The smart kids who do politics no matter which side of the divide one resides would know now that not only had the political playing field changed; the very game of politics will have had its rules rewritten in an instant. In his first act as President, Biden will ask to speak not to the American people but to a joint session of Congress at 5 pm on 16 Oct 2013 in order to seek a means by which to get the federal government funded and raise the debt ceiling.

There would no longer be any cover Conservatives could take. Obama is gone and the problems of the nation remain. As now, there would be no means by which to defund or repeal ObamaCare. That battle will have been lost. But this scenario, as draconian as it seems, isn’t about the short term, the debt ceiling, or even ObamaCare. This scenario is about the long game, 2016 and beyond and by this sacrificial act on the part of the first person of color to serve the American people as their President, it would destroy the GOP into factions that it would never recover from and save the United States from the clear and present danger of being dragged back into a Conservative led political dark age.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S STATEMENT ON THE BENGHAZI ATTACK ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Posted in CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, PRESIDENT OBAMA, TERRORISM with tags , , on 17/10/2012 by Majordomo Pain

From WhiteHouse.gov.

The Blogs4Victory echo chamber is in rictus.

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