Thursday, October 1, 2009

Roman Polanski, Rapist

The odds are good that Roman Polanski is going to get away with it.

Let's remember, there's no gray area here. In a civilized society, this case would be a slam dunk for the prosecution. Polanski is a rapist, a child molester and a sociopath. The famous Oscar-winning director took a 13 year old girl to Jack Nicholson's house and sodomized her. What's worse, the cops didn't have to work very hard to find out what happened because not only did Polanski confess to his crime, he bragged about it. "Everybody wants to fuck a young girl," Polanski explained.

And the idiotic Hollywood celebrities eagerly signing the "Free Roman Polanski!" petition obviously agree. Behind the pathetic excuses and lame rationalizations, what these politically-correct assholes are really saying is that Rich White Guys have the right to fuck children. "Maybe Roman was wrong, but hey, I loved Chinatown." Jesus. Only in Tinseltown is an Oscar a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card.

Does anybody remember Leona Bobbit? Now that was a woman who knew what to do to a rapist.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

When Republicans Attack!

Rep. Alan Grayson hit the bull's-eye.

Call me a crazed, don't-wanna-grow-up fanboy, but Grayson's no-bullshit presentation reminded me of a scene in Independence Day. As you recall, the earth is being attacked by invaders from outer space. When an alien is taken prisoner, the President of the United States asks it, "What do you want?"

"We want you to DIE!!!" the alien screams.

Maybe the Republicans don't have death rays, but their intentions are the same. I'm glad Grayson reminded us.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Next Great Depression Is Just Around The Corner

U.S. Job Seekers Exceed Openings by Record Ratio
Despite signs that the economy has resumed growing, unemployed Americans now confront a job market that is bleaker than ever in the current recession, and employment prospects are still getting worse. Job seekers now outnumber openings six to one, the worst ratio since the government began tracking open positions in 2000. According to the Labor Department’s latest numbers, from July, only 2.4 million full-time permanent jobs were open, with 14.5 million people officially unemployed.

And even though the pace of layoffs is slowing, many companies remain anxious about growth prospects in the months ahead, making them reluctant to add to their payrolls.

“There’s too much uncertainty out there,” said Thomas A. Kochan, a labor economist at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. “There’s not going to be an upsurge in job openings for quite a while, not until employers feel confident the economy is really growing.”

What the fuck do people expect?

The United States wilingly destroyed its manufacturing base and outsourced most of the jobs. We all can’t be cashiers at WallyWorld.

The last I heard, capitalism only works if folks got the money to buy shit. Hey, somebody tell that commie rat Marx to stop laughing.

And lately, the only thing a Visa card is good for is cutting your throat.

Maybe I’m wrong, but wouldn’t it be a great idea if this country made a serious investment in our infrastructure? Besides creating jobs, it would make me (and a bunch of other people) feel a lot better knowing the bridge I’m driving on ain’t gonna fall down.

Fat chance. If the Republicans and the treasonous Blue Dog Democrats are able to kill the public option in Obama’s timid, not-so-ambitious health care plan, did you think they’ll let keep any of his other empty promises?

No wonder my father idolized FDR. That was a president who knew how to get things done. As he told opponents of the New Deal, “They hate me, and I welcome their hatred.” Bipartisanship, my ass.

In enacting sweeping social reforms, Roosevelt was more of a gangsta than Obama will ever be.

Anyway, at least it'll be easy to find the unemployment office. Just follow the long long line over there.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Losing The War

Did you hear this?

"They have a president, a large majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate," Senator Mitch McConnell said. "If they all want to join together in unison and raise taxes and cut medicare, they can do that." Amazingly, this Republican idiot decided not to lie which just goes to prove, I guess, that accidents happen.

However, McConnell's right. The state of health care in the United States is a big problem and it's getting bigger. Duh.

45,000 Americans are dying every year because they're uninsured. If this was a war, we'd have surrendered a long time ago.

Can you say "genocide"?

But nothing's happening.

The Republicans don't care because it's their job not to care. Inside their bodies are black holes that suck up light and any random crumbs of compassion.

The Democrats care because it's their job but they won't do anything and they feel really really bad about it. Maybe it's because they don't have any balls and a wet limp fraying rope where their spines should be. Leverage means nothing if you won't use it.

45, 000 and counting.

I think you and I and the other progressives have to re-think our strategy. Those numbers are going to catch up with us sooner or later.

Obviously, it isn't the Republicans who are the problem. It's the cowards, the Blue Dogs and the two-faced Democrats who act like Republicans in the closet. Until we can vote them out nothing will change.

But they keep on getting re-elected, damn it.

What can we do? We can't vote for the Republicans, the party of Rush Limbaugh, the teabaggers and Fox News. But how can we vote for the Democrats, the do-nothing party of the cowardly, two-faced Blue Dogs?

Maybe we shouldn't vote at all. Yeah, that'll help.


What a lousy menu. Ain't much to choose from.

Somewhere, a sad Ralph Nader is saying, "I told you so."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Grandma Got Run Over By The CEO of an Insurance Company

Charley Pierce has an essay in The Nation that everybody should read:
Does anyone honestly believe that this White House has acted in good faith? With its allies in Congress? With its constituents? Hell, with its own campaign promises? Does anyone honestly believe that, say, Chuck Todd gives a rat's ass how many people out in the country slowly sicken and die as long as Chuck can tell us who's up and who's down, and what's politically feasible and what's not, and that he can still get a good table at the Palm? Never in my long career as a professional cynic have I seen an spasm of Beltway bubblehood so far removed from the actual concerns of people's lives--so far removed that, last weekend, we had a gathering of the politically halt, lame, blind, and crippled in Washington, gathered for the sole purpose of petitioning various oligarchs to keep screwing them with their pants on. Never in my long career as a professional cynic have I seen a spasm of Beltway bubblehood so far beyond even the limits of Irish Smartass to describe it. The political class in this country--politician and journalist, lobbyist and legislator, Republican and Democratic, Executive and Legislative -- has made a collective decision to protect the profits of one of the least popular industries in the history of the Republic, to preserve the iron grip of corporate bureaucrats over the practice of medicine in America, and to refuse virtually without serious discussion to adopt measures favored by 77 percent of the voting public. It is to be in awe, is what it is.
I don't get it. Sure, 77% makes sense, no problem. But why isn't it 100%?

O.K., I understand that trying to figure out crazy people is a dumb thing to do, but seeing these mean, loud, angry and batshit crazy teabaggers protest against changing the lousy health care system in this country has given me a headache that won't go away. I should probably go to a doctor but I can't afford the co-pay. I wish I was joking.

What exactly are we "protecting" here? The cold hard statistics tell us the 45, 000 people uninsured people die every year no matter what Rush Limbaugh thinks. Yelling as loud as you can won't postpone the inevitable: everybody gets sick, sooner or later. You'll get sick, you'll get hurt, or you'll get old. There's a hospital bed in our future, and it's gonna cost us a lot of money.

But, as Ronald Reagan chuckled, "Facts are stupid things," and these idiots stubbornly refuse to face the facts. You see them on CNN and Fox News threatening the non-crazy people, carrying ugly posters of Barack Obama with a painted-on Hitler mustache, and oiling their guns. No, I don't get it. The teabaggers remind me of the clueless meat puppets in horror movies who ignore the horrible screams and the disembodied corpses until it's too late. "Huh? There's a monster?!?" the victim screams, just before he becomes lunch.

However, it's the CEOs of the insurance that are the real monsters here, and they like things just the way they are. No, they're not selling cigarettes that cause lung cancer or unsafe cars that fall apart, but they do get rich denying medical coverage for trivial and ridiculous reasons and letting people die. It's nothing personal, it's just business. They're hungry and we're on the menu. I wish I was exaggerating.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Willful Lobotomies

Awful. Embarrassing. Tragic. Frightening. Obscene. Idiotic. I feel as though there aren't enough words in the language to express how I feel. The more I think about how criminally uneducated the high school kids in Oklahoma are, the more words come rushing in to fuel my horror and outrage.

However, there's one one that's inappropriate and I won't use it: funny.

It doesn't matter what I think, of course. The ugly jokes are going to be here sooner or later, like demented clowns tumbling out of a volkswagon. This fiasco is comedy gold and you know those writers on The Daily Show are already sharpening their pickaxes.

But it still isn't funny. The fact that there's high schools in America that can't (or, what's worse, won't) teach students who was the first President of the United States is a punch line wearing brass knuckles. Wanna bet it's not just history they're lousy at? Can these kids balance a checkbook? Fill out a job application at WalMart? But I bet they know the name of the actor who played Edward in Twilight.

Sadly, failure of the educational system is in further evidence of the decline of the American Empire. Our government starts illegal and unnecessary wars and tortures prisoners. Our CEO's loot the pension funds of their employees and are rewarded with big bonuses. And our schools keep schoolchildren dumb and don't feel bad about it. It's a global village now, and we're the village idiots.

But hey, stupid is as stupid does.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Invaders

Do you ever get the feeling that the United States has been invaded by aliens? What's worse, they're winning.

No, you won't see these alien invaders hovering menacingly over the White House in their flying saucers. Oddly enough, these enemies of the human race have been seen at the town hall meetings on health care, acting like angry rednecks yelling at the black kids sitting at the "white only" section in the cafeteria. When Barney Frank asked one of them, "What planet do you live on?", it was closer to the truth than he realized.

After all, what planet do these lunatics live on where they think this nightmare of a health care system the United States is stuck with is good? What planet do they live on where people are supposed to feel sorry for insurance companies? What planet do they live on where nobody ever gets sick?

Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here. Let's go to Canada instead. For some reason the aliens are afraid to go there.