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To “Extinctionist” Republicans Desparately Denouncing President Obama’s Plan To Help Save The Planet — I Say Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish!

By Bifford Caulfied — It’s not like we have been able to count on Republicans to come up with anything sensible in politics, business, tax policy, the middle class, or foreign policy for years, anyway  -– so I don’t know why it continues to surprise us when these knuckle-dragging troglodytes vehemently denounce a plan to make our planet a tiny bit more sustainable.

And when they cry out, “Hey, I’m not a scientist,  I don’t know”,  I distinctly hear, “I am just too dumb and too bought and paid for by the Koch Bros and their “ilk” to dare care about something like the health or sustainability of the planet.”  It’s hard to tell what they really think — or if there actually is any signs of life in those seemingly inert brains — but Republicans for some reason believe it is their designated mission (probably Koch Bros assigned) to protest that anything that might extend the life of the planet a week is inherently evil, European socialist with a twist of Obama-Kenya-ism, anti-jobs, and bad for the national debt — and therefore must be fought to the death and defeated.

I guess after watching the “extinctionists” for a few years now — I have just one question.  If you guys are so bound and determined to kill the planet and life on earth as absolutely “fast and furiously” as you can — why don’t you all form a Jones-town like cult — all of you go to an Alex meeting presided over by the Koch Bros on some scantily populated South Sea island — and all of you drink the poison cool-aid and kill yourselves.  Then you have achieved your goals (at least for yourselves) of ending life, you’re out of your collective misery, and the rest of us can go about the sensible business of trying to sustain life on earth for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.  Plus — what a relief to be rid of all of you Republican and Tea Party losers and your plutocratic boyfriends!

Or — as we used to say when I was a kid:   “Good riddance — to bad rubbish!”

 

Eric Cantor’s Money Couldn’t Buy Him Love!

By Frank B. Glenn — Despite the fact that Eric Cantor spent 10 million on his house race and David Brat spent less than $100,000, Cantor got soundly whipped in his Virginia Congressional race — and was quite surprised by the fact, apparently.  That Cantor lost was pretty surprising, because he had promenaded himself around town as a Tea Party advocate, champion, and cheerleader.  The truth of the matter was more that he pretended to be an authentic “tea partier”, but all he actually was in reality was a tireless advocate for the interests of the wealthy — wall street, big business, and corporations, in general.

 

Either he thought that by cozying up to business working as a tireless “tool” for their interests, he could use their substantial political contributions to overcome any trivial grass-roots protests, or he thought that because he was the Republican majority leader in Congress he was an untouchable –  money and connections didn’t matter  — and therefore he just  couldn’t lose.    The “punditocracy”  tirelessly beat the “immigration” drum, saying that Cantor had gotten out of step with his constituents on immigration and that that was what did him in.  They quoted showed video of, or quoted David Brat railing on Eric Cantor’s views on immigration almost exclusively  — but the reality was that David Brat’s entire campaign was based on the fact that Eric Cantor was out of touch — or didn’t care about the everyday people in his district — that all he was was an over-acheiving and predictable advocate for the interests of “big business” and not ordinary Americans.

 

In fact, surveys taken in Cantor’s district immediately before and immediately after the election showed that more than half of everybody – including Republicans — favored some kind of sensible immigration reform.  The only thing immigration related that they objected to with regard to Eric Cantor was that the way he talked about immigration was in the same way that big business and corporations talked about immigration — and that he was simply representing business’s position on immigration, not his the people in his Congressional district in Virginia.

 

Then, of course, there was the on going insult and disrespect evidenced by Cantor toward his district  -- in that as time went on he spent less and less time in his district communicating with voters about their concerns — ones that he might have spoken out for — or represented them about in Congress.

 

In short, I think Eric Cantor had served as a faithful “tool” or money and power — and obviously thought that with “money and power” his side, he didn’t have to worry much about the pointy headed professor running against him.  In fact, Cantor actually mocked David Brat for being an elitist college “professor” type — and implied that therefore Professor Brat could not be taken seriously by the voters.  It appears, Mr. Cantor, that you were wrong on that one.

 

In an interesting political twist, however, we suddenly see the potential for “real” political change emerging as the anti-corporate tea party views and the liberal progressive views coalesce around the ideas of reigning in the power of business in politics and trying to create an economy in which their is a more level playing  ground and more income equality.

 

 

The “Old” Indiana Pacers Returned On Sunday! But Was It Just A “Cameo” Appearance?

By Ritchie Totten — For most of the regular season this year, the Indiana Pacers were clearly the best team in the East – and maybe in the entire NBA.  They were rolling.  Players even compared the way they played defense to the way the World Champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFL played defense in the Super Bowl.  It was their “schtick”.  Their particular excellence!  Then came the Danny Granger trade.

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Now all things considered, Danny Granger had a pretty tough early part of the season with the Pacers.  He was injured for most of the first half of the season — but he was nevertheless considered to be an important part of the Pacers teams and mentality.  He was supposedly a team member who provided veteran stability.  He was talked about as being a locker-room leader — a force.  And — he was a force to reckoned with on the court — when he was healthy.  But when he went — and Even Turner came in — the Pacers went south.  I’m not saying that trade was the cause — necessarily.  Sometimes it gets to be a long season — and teams who are winning big — and steadily — lose focus a little and get tired of waiting for their “real season”.  Their play gets a little sloppy — the intensity and motivation for individual games drops off a little.  Then time goes on and playing that way kind of becomes a habit.  They fall into the “waiting for the play-offs” state of mind — and uninspired, unmotivated style of play becomes a habit — and it becomes a hard habit to break.

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It seemed at times that that was what happened to the Pacers.  Then the play-0ffs came, and it was a little like the Pacers thought playing that great Pacer style of defense-driven basketball would just return again — because it was the play-offs.  The  result was that the Pacers would look pretty good in one game — and lackluster and unmotivated the next game.  Roy Hibbard was criticized –then cat-called — and finally benched for inexplicable and extended minutes in key stretches  of play-off games.  Long story short, the Indiana Pacers did just enough in their first two series to get by — and move on.

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And then came the Miami Heat.  Even though the Pacers suffered a late season collapse, they had enough built-up mojo from the early part of the season to end up the Eastern Conference top seed.  So Miami rolls into Indiana and the “old” Pacers re-appear.  They absolutely “maul” the Heat. — winning 107-95 in a game that was never that close.  All the Pacer stars — young and old  — showed up and played like it was last November – December all over again.  Roy Hibbert dominates.  Indiana ended up winning by nine points — but the game, like I said, was never really that close.  The Heat’s best efforts by their “big three” could never get closer than eight points as the game rolled into the home stretch.  And for most of the game, the Pacer lead was in the high double-digits.  The Miami Heat had no answers — and no response.

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As Miami Heat coach, Eric Spoelstra, said after the game on Sunday,  “We’re just going to have to figure this out.”  My question is — is this just another flash in the Indiana Pacer’s pan — or has the part of the season Indiana has been waiting for all year finally arrived — and they are fully engaged again?  Or have they satisfied themselves that they can beat the  Heat now — and they can just relax again — Mission accomplished?

Swiss Vote to “Work For Less” in Sunday National Referendum!

By Frank Byronn Glenn — I was wrong.  I was very wrong.  I said in an article a few days ago that the American people should follow the lead of the Swiss, and use a national referendum to vote in a $25 an  hour minimum wage.  I both “denouce and reject” that headline.

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In one of the more puzzling event in the world Sunday, the Swiss people voted overwhelmingly  – by a 76% – 24% margin to defeat their national Minimum Wage Initiative.  In most countries, just getting such an initiative on a national ballot would have been a  modern day political miracle — but to get it on the ballot and then stomp it to death with such gusto defies the intellect.

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Why, I ask, “Once you have the corporate over-lords clearly in your sights — would you ever back away and let the opportunity slip away?”  I mean, the initiative going down to such a huge defeat is tantamount to the Swiss people saying, “No, we don’t want a significantly  higher standard of living.  We’re just not worth it.”

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As I said  in my earlier article, I talked to everyday Americans that shocked me by saying that $25 an hour was just too much money for entry-level workers to make.  Where, I ask you, would they ever get that idea?  I could (almost) understand a person making $18 to $25 per  hour in a low-end,  semi- professional  or white collar job worrying that suddenly a fast-food worker, a household domestic or nanny — or an agriculture field worker — would be earning as much per hour as they were — and that they might not like — or even feel a little threatened about their status in society because of it — but to outright resoundingly reject defies logic.  They have got to believe that because of the type of work they perform — they just are not worth it.  And it’s pretty hard to imagine that they just deductive came up with that opinion all by themselves.

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There was even a story circulating  about a Swiss citizen working as a household domestic making approximately  $3250 per month saying that she was going to vote against the initiative because if her employer was forced by law to increase her monthly pay from $3250 per month to $4300 per month, she would most certainly lose her job.  What could possibly have made her think that unless her employer had told her on no uncertain terms — that that was the case?

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But I can tell you one thing.  If a nation’s citizens, when given the chance, soundly reject an opportunity to take control of their own destinies and create a better life for themselves and their countrymen — an opportunity which is rare enough in and of itself — then the odds of their duly elected representatives in government — beholding, as they generally are, to financial contributions by corporations and wealthy individuals — ever passing significant, standard of living changes upwards in the minimum wage and closing the income inequality  gap — are probably “slim-to-none”.

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So — Americans — don’t do it.  Don’t take my advice.  Do not — under any circumstances — follow the lead of the Swiss.  Keep fighting for a minimum wage upwards of $15 per hour!  And if the opportunity comes  — seize it — and never look back!

 

Americans Should Follow The Swiss Example and Demand a $25 An Hour Minimum Wage!

By Frank Byronn Glenn -- The Swiss vote in a national referendum on Sunday, May 18, 2014 on whether to raise the national minimum wage to $25 an hour or not.  Meanwhile the American Congress diddles and dithers in angst — mostly over whether or not their corporate overlords will disown them if they raise the minimum wage to $10 dollars an hour in the United States.   Congress people who make around $90 an hour for a forty hour week — plus another amount equal to that in perks, franking privileges, expenses and other political largesse.  And we’d be lucky if  Congress worked even a 20 hour work week, so their pay is actually closer to $200 an hour for actual time worked. And they are worried they will anger their masters, like Sheldon Adelson  and other billionaires, who could spend $100,000 per day until the end of time and never deplete a dollar of their starting capital.  And the politicians, primarily Republicans — are so dug in that raising the minimum wage can’t even be debated on the floor of the House, much less voted on.  It is political anathema –and political poison for them to even acknowledge the issue would warrant an honest debate.

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And then there is progressive  old “left coast” Seattle, which has the gall to talk about the possibility and viability of a $15 dollar per hour minimum wage – an idea that right wingers predict would be the beginning of the end of the modern era –  as we know it.  It will “kill jobs” they say.  It will collapse the economy — increase unemployment.  Like they even cared about that.  These “out-sourcing” kings, queens, princes and princesses and their political lackeys have already sent every job minimum wage or above that they possibly can — out of the country –  where they are paying 30 cents to 2.50 an hour to make things like an inhaler at a cost of 15 cents that they turn around and sell to chronically ill people  in the U.S. for $75 dollars a pop.

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Help in easing the income discrepancy and the wealth inequality for the working poor and middle class in the United States will never originate or come from the House of Representative or the Senate in these United States.  Politicians are too dependent on donations and financing from the rich to further their careers and maintain their life-styles to ever do anything meaningful on behalf of the American people. In Switzerland, the $25 minimum wage increase applies to entry level jobs like house-keepers, nannies, fast-food workers, agriculture laborers, and other entry level and menial jobs.  The Swiss have a really stream-lined method of getting good ideas, programs, and policies onto the ballots so the whole country can vote on them as a national referendum.  Americans should learn from the Swiss.  If average, working-class Americans are going to ever improve their lot economically in this country, it is not going to come from the House of Representatives or the Senate — and probably not even the Presidency.  It is going to come because Americans have taken to the streets by the millions — demanding fairness –  and suddenly politicians are more afraid of losing their jobs — and maybe their heads — than they are of disappointing or displeasing their corporate and individual wealthy “sugar-daddies” and “over-lords”.  Anybody that thinks the politicians in the House and the Senate will — of their own volition — do anything significant to improve the lives of everyday Americans are smoking one too many of those funny cigarettes you hear about.  It just is not going to happen.  The politicians have too much of a vested interest in placating the rich people who finance their campaigns — and ultimately — their cushy jobs and luxurious life-styles.  Most of them are in the same economic class as the rich people they fall all over themselves to pass laws, policies and programs to benefits anyway.  So it’s win-win for them.

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And the weirdest part,  is  that corporations, rich individuals, their PR men, corporate-owned media, and their political “yes men” have been so successful in pushing the idea that only the rich are entitled to have a decent life-style — that I have even heard working class people say they think $25 per hour would be just “too much” for everyday working poor and middle-class Americans to get paid.  Too much for what, I ask?  It’s like the abused house-wife syndrome — where an abused spouse thinks that the beating she gets from her husband is her fault.  Is what she deserves.  And that what she should do is just try and work to harder not displease him — not rile or upset him so often.  The sad plight of Americans –economically — will not improve  — until everyday Americans value themselves highly enough to do  what the Swiss have done — demand to be paid enough money for their labor that they can live a reasonable worthwhile and secure life.  Raise their children — send them to college, take vacations once in a while — enjoy affordable, available quality health care — and retire with a modicum of dignity and security at the end of a long working life of dedicated and committed service in their country — and in their communities! Good for the Swiss!  You deserve it, too — Americans!

OKC Thunder Project Power and Depth — Eliminate The Clippers!

By Ritchie Totten — On a night when the Oklahoma City Thunder’s dynamic duo were off their game early — their tenacity – and the contributions of their big men bench when Serge Ibaca left the game revealed why the Thunder just might be the team to be reckoned in this years NBA Finals.  On a night when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook weren’t hitting early — they showed their tenacity and basketball savvy — just kept moving the ball — and grinding — and pushed thru to victory late in the game.  It was almost an act of basketball will and tenacity not basketball savoir faire that won the night for the Thunder in  the end.  And, of course, the sleeping dragon – Durant — reared its  head when it was “money” time in game six of the Western Conference Semifinals and pushed the Thunder up, over, and thru the Clippers — and to victory.

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And once again the Thunder, playing in their fourth Western Conference Finals in five years — meet their old nemesis – the San Antonio Spurs – for the opportunity to play for all the marbles in the NBA Finals — yet again. The Spurs — who can play with tempo — play big — play half court grind it out basketball –  shoot you out of the game from three-land — or just beat you with slash, opportunism, hustle, and finesse — await the Thunder now.  Something does seem to have changed in the dynamic between the Thunder and the Spurs this year.  The Thunder went 4-0 against the Spurs int regular season — and ever since the Spurs went up on the Thunder 2 – 0 in the Western Conference Finals a couple of years ago — only to lose the series 4-2 to the Thunder — the Thunder has seemed to have had the edge against perhaps the best-coached, most solidly fundamental basketball team in the NBA.

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In their games in the regular season — it did look like something was different between these two teams this year.  I think it is partly the match-ups.  The Thunder bigs — particularly rookie Stephen Adams and the aging warrior Nick Collison –are not only wider, nastier, and more bone-jarring in the paint — but Serge Ibaka  has added a reliable mid-range jumper and power and authority in the paint close in — that was lacking in prior years.  Ibaca, drawing attention from defenses when he sets up in mid-range jumper territory — has shown a new facet to his game — the power dribble-drive to the bucket from anywhere on the court.  And whether it is that the Thunder bigs are a touch faster — a touch nastier — good, quick passers and reliable as scorers around the rim, it seems like the Thunder wears San Antonio down as the game progresses.  And in several cases this year the well-coached, savvy, opportunistic Spurs succumbed to the high energy, high octane, up-tempo play of the Thunder dynamic duo — and their supporting cast.

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The entire play-offs this year has been one for the ages — and the Western Conference Finals — on paper — looks like it will be no exception.  The well-coached and savvy Spurs — representing old age and treachery — will test their will and aging bodies against the exuberantly high octane and athletic youth and dynamism of the up and coming Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Western Conference Finals between these two “best of the West” teams — should, past predictive of future, be one for the ages, also!  Bring the pop-corn and let’s get it going!

 

OKC Thunder “Snakebites” LA Clippers!

By Ritchie Totten -- Oklahoma City Thunders, down 13 points with four minutes and change to play — down 7 with 50 seconds to play — use miracle finish and Clipper miscues to squeak by LA and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals.  Durant, having trouble hitting his shots early, responded to score six points in a flourish when all the chips were on the line — and Russell Westbrook continued to streak and soar and defend and closed out with three straight free throws with six seconds left to win the game for OKC, 105-104 — capppng off a 38 point other-worldly night.

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The Thunder were up 16 points with 9 minutes left in a superb 3 and a half quarters in Game 4, only to falter down the stretch and lose the game to the tenacious Clippers.   In something of a reversal of roles tonight, the Thunder not only kept their push to the Western Conference Finals alive, but went up 3-2 and showed grit and uncommon opportunism in continuing to play against all odds — and came up winners.

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Man for man, the Thunder are probably as talented at all positions and the bench as any team in basketball.  But they play brilliantly for periods of time in games — and look  unbeatable  — then suddenly and inexplicably seem to lose their focus and their rhythm — and look average, sloppy, and careless with the ball for stretches.   The only real question for the Thunder this year seems to be — will they mature enough to get up and stay focused and finish in games that they should clearly win going away.

Karl Rove Says Hilary Clinton “Brain Damaged”!

By Frank Byronn Glenn Karl Rove did even his own disgusting, unethical, and lying self a new all-time low this week  when he fired his first desperate shot of the 2016 Presidential Campaign – stating as fact that Hilary Clinton suffered “brain damage” in the fall she took when she was Secretary of State — that she was in the hospital for 30 days — and that when she got out she had to wear special glasses that only a person  “suffering from major brain damage ” must wear.   Not only untrue — but absurd.  If that’s true, where are “Doc Roves”  special glasses — because I got news for you — Karl Rove has not only had “brain damage” for the last 10 to 15 years as a political slanderer and corporate “yes man”, but he, like his mentor before him, Lee Atwater, are (and were, as Lee Atwater is dead now)  guilty of moral turpitude in the conduct of their lives as “professional slanders” and are well-known by everyone who spends 10 minutes a week paying attention to politics — to be unconscionable liars, fact distorters and news and information manipulators.

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Almost everything Karl Rove says is a lie or a deliberate distortion anyway, because his entire career as a political hack for the wealthy and powerful is based on him getting paid to do and say in public — things that the rich and power would shudder to have  attributed to them.  Rove is a political prostitute of the first order who mentors and role models the Republican philosophy of:  1) lie about your adversaries in public forums and then fight as hard as you can to keep the commentary on your lies circulating and spinning as long as possible, with the goal in mind that before its all done there will be enough people who have heard the lies repeated all over the news so much and so often that they automatically assume there must be something to it — or it would not be being talked about so much.

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Rove’s other “nasty trick” specialty is to plan an underhanded and unethical attack or operation against his adversary, and then, just before he does the deed — he goes public  accusing his adversary of doing the dirty deed to him.

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In a way, you can almost understand and appreciate why Rove may be taking this tactic with Hilary Clinton this early in the campaign.  It is common knowledge that Republicans are scared “sh-t—s” that they can’t beat Hilary in 2016 — and the only way in hell they can field a candidate that everyone knows is “whacko-bandana-crackers” and have a snowball’s chance in hell of even being in the conversation is to build a case for the fact that while the Republican candidates are “nuts”, Hilary is brain-damaged.  And that’s how sad the Republican party has become.  Rove, their moral and philosophical leader actually thinks alleging Hilary is “brain-damaged” will cause the American people to not notice or deliberately ignore that fact that the Republican candidate is “certifiably insane” — and immoral besides.

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Karl Rove is a pathetic political prostitute and hack whose finest hour was his role as “architect” of the  George W. Bush and Dick Cheney” election campaigns,  and the subsequent enabling of the re-colonization of Iraq and the expropriation of the Iraqi people’s oil — and the concomitant slaughter of 10′s of thousands of Iraqis and the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and contractors — all  for a few more dollars profit for his corporate overlords.  That’s how Rove makes a living.  Prostituting himself to people with more power and money than he has!

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If Rove isn’t the saddest, most contemptible,  and most morally bankrupt of all the corporate  whores in America — I don’t know who is.

Ugh!

Benghazi Is The New “Freddie Krueger” Obsession and Romance for the GOP — It Just Keeps “Coming Back!”

By Frank Byronn Glenn  – Given the dozens of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the relentless pursuit of hoped for  impeachable offenses in the non-existent partisan criminality in the IRS treatment of non-profits — and the sluggish and grumbling exhortations about “Fast and Furious”  — should we really be surprised that the GOP alleges to have found the “smoking gun” of Benghazi in some emails at the White House that prove the Obama administration knew the Benghazi attacks were acts of terrorism.  Dudes!  President Obama came out in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attacks and called the attack an act of  “terrorism” and warned the perpetrators that acts of “terrorism” would not dissuade us from our resolve to seek out and neutralize terrorist actions and bad actors around the world.  Granted, the Republicans admittedly have nothing to run on in 2014 — or 2016 — at this point so they are desperate for something — anything — but guys, this is just a little bit too crazy for even the craziest among us.

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So… Republicans — let me set the record straight on Benghazi once and for all right here. There is no there, there.  And even if there was, it would still be hypocritical and preposterous for the GOP to take the “faux outrage” positions they  and their wholly-owned subsidiary propaganda  buddies at Foxx News do.  Let’s take a for instance — or two.

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Let’s assume for a  minute that in the days leading up to the night of the Benghazi attack — and while the attack was in progress, even — the administration was asleep at the switch.  Let’s say they were all ballroom dancing –  or, better yet, doing the “cha-cha”  in the White House “Situation Room” — and word  came in that Benghazi was under attack.  Let’s imagine that the response of Barack Obama and his inattentive and unconcerned administration minions were just to keep on — keep busy having fun — as the Republicans fantasize — and in some cases, even allege — too lost in  their own dream world of amusement to be bothered to do anything about it — in response.

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Let’s imagine that — as bullets were flying in Benghazi — and people were  dying — (four to be exact) — that the President and his fellow revelers continued dancing.  Sashaying to the right — sashaying to the left — stepping on their penises every other step along the way, in their consummate ignorance and incompetence and uncaring — playing violins and blowing gazzoos,  degrading each other with trashy plastic saxophones  — in frivolous debauchery and abandon.  Let’s say they all were intoxicated — or high on marijuana — or both.  And that they were all  passing great big voluminous clouds of foul-smelling flatulence — without so much as an “excuse me” for the indiscretion –  laughing –  howling hysterically even — when the news came in that four people had been killed in the Benghazi.  And let’s say that for weeks the staff at Benghazi had warned the Obama Administration that an attack was coming, and had asked for additional security — and the President Obama and Hillary Clinton had laughed at them — made fun of them — dissed them, and even called them “light-weights” and “uncommitted” and lacking of “gravitas”.  And let’s say, furthermore, that hours before the attackers hit Benghazi,  the Benghazi staff received word that the attackers were on their way, and that it was their intent to burn down the station and kill its occupants.  The staff cried out to Hillary Clinton  and Barack Obama, personally,   to send in the  special forces — or the 82d Airborne — to save them  — and Hillary and Barack did nothing.  They sipped sarsaparillas and had pedicures and neck massages — while Jane Fonda sang sweet, melodic and deeply moving anti-war songs of peace and resurrection.

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Let’s imagine that every word of what I have just written above,  is true. And — moreover — that every accusation the Republicans have ever  made about how the Obama Administration handled Benghazi –was true.  That the GOP  could just “make-up” every horrible thing imaginable  that they wanted to — and allege it had happened — and it would come true –  and the American people would accept it whole-heartedly and unquestioningly — because the deeply  trust-worthy Republicans and their right wing “truth-sayers” at Foxx News said it was true — and they could always be counted on — so it had to be true.

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So — even if every bad thing about the Obama Administration’s handling of the Benghazi affair ever said — or alleged — was true — it still wouldn’t be as bad as what the Bush/Cheney Administration did– initially, deliberately, consciously, repeatedly — and continuously — in the lead up to and in the prosecution of the war in Iraq.  Bush, Cheny, Condi, and Powell lied from the beginning to get us into the war.  They lied about the reasons for it.  They lied about how it would be received by the Iraqi people.  They lied about how much it would cost, how it would be paid for, how long it would last, and what the end result would be.  And they lied about WMD.  In fact, the United States military was the only WMD in Iraq — for the Iraqi people — and for the several thousand American soldiers and contractors that died for Bush and Cheney’s lies.  They even outed a CIA agent (a federal crime), ruined her career, and put the lives of other undercover agents around the world at risk — because her husband dared to call “crap” on “one”  of their lies.  And yes — it was tragic that four Americans on duty in Benghazi died needlessly.  And it was also tragic that several hundred thousand Iraqi men, women, and children died in Iraqi because of Bush and Cheney’s lies.  And it is t tragic that several thousand Americans  died needlessly in Iraq — as a result of Bush and Cheney’s scheming, dreaming — and lies.

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Can’t you just hear  the loved ones of all the people Bush and Cheney killed deliberately  — screaming  into the empty darkness — in grief — in despair — in anger –  still not believing it was allowed to happen — not understanding why — or how — it happened --  and not comprehending why the American people do not demand justice — and retribution — for those horrible crimes.   And then they pick up the paper — or watch the news — and see the Republicans — and Foxx News — running around hysterically demanding an explanation — demanding to know “all the facts” (every single one ) in their “faux” fury –and their rage “to get to the bottom of Benghazi”.  Give me a break, Republicans.  You should be very ashamed!

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I think the saddest thing, though, is that many of these Republicans and those people who worked  at Foxx during the Bush/Cheney years — are still in office — or still work at Foxx.  And where was their outrage and concern for good government then?   The American people deserve better  than this.! And what is sadder, still — is that ordinary Americans are — for the most part — far better  people than most those who represent them will ever be!

 

The “Romney For President” Movement — 2016 — Rears Its Not-So-Attractive, 47% Head — In Utah!

By Bifford Caulfied – If it’s possible for politics to be both ghoulishly entertaining and absurdly pathetic at the same time — the Utah Republican party has perfect pitch.  Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans told the Deseret News this week that a fledgling “draft Romney” movement is alive and well — and serious about making the case that all the people who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and now have buyers remorse — have something to cheer about. By  my count, that should be about six people, total.

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Romney has stated repeatedly that he has no interest in running — and will not run — in 2016.  My guess is that Romney has never stopped thinking about running in 2016 since an hour after he lost in 2012.  That’s what you get when you combine a limitless ego with a political tin ear — and a fluid value system whose only challenge is to find that certain sound bite that the majority of Americans want to hear in deafening and mind-numbingly repetitious monotones for the next couple of years.

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And let’s be real about it.  Mittens has probably had a continuing, although delusional,   heart-to-heart talk with himself about his “near miss” in 2012 -- and has convince himself that but for a “liberally biased press — and an occasional  mis-step here and a zig where a zag was actually called for –  there — he would have been a shoo-in — magic underpants and all  — for the Presidency in 2012.

 

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I personally think that Mittens is just about as big a buffoon as his daddy George was all those long years ago — but he also might have a bigger ego and a greater need for sense of ascendancy in his personal life than papa George did.  Plus George was self-destructively and brutally  honest, whereas truth to old Mitt is whatever is rattling around in his head at the  moment — and that’s subject to change whenever a new rattle crops up.

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At any rate, the clown car crazy show of Republican Presidential candidates in 2012 made for some of the most entertainingly mind-blowing right wing political theater that I’ve seen since the days for Ronnie “ray-gun” Reagan — howdy doody turned Jesus — er, Joseph Smith — on steroids?