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If you are not scared by GOP debates you are not drinking enough Koolaid.

After last night's televised Republican candidate debate there followed emails which begin: "if that didn't scare you, consider this", etc. Well, guess what? You're supposed to be scared! You're supposed to worry that any of a lineup of numbskulled fundamentalist zealots will appoint more Justice Scalias to the Supreme Court. You're supposed to worry that a racist hatemonger will lead the nation to unbriddled fascism. You're supposed to be so unsettled at the lowness of America's common denominator that you'll elect ANYONE to divert your handbasket going to Hades. Even, God forbid, that unscrupulous Hillary. You think Trump's supporters are stupid? Look at the idiot the election show-runners are taking you for! Reality TV couldn't script a more preposterous baffoon than Donald Trump. And he has followers in spite of his irrational carrying-on. Trump's appeal isn't owed to his outragious zenophobia or simpleton populism. Those play to the average liberal's fears. Trump grows more popular the more the corporate media opposes him. If ever there might be a Washington outsider to slay the oligarchs, it's Herr Trump the uber oligarch! A village idiot spews more truth than entrenched bureaucrats. Trump's act is still electoral Kabuki, but in the linear realm of possibilities, the smart voters are going for the longshot because the authorized contenders offer nothing. So how is this for scary: Trump fans are smarter than you! Calm down, it's not by much.

Can Chris Christie pretend he doesn’t know MOTIVE for extorting Fort Lee?

Commenting on televised politics is as meaningless as speculating about developments on reality TV. Since the Christie bridge debacle purports to effect which presidential candidate gets voted off the island, it might be worth at least delving where the talking heads are not. Of course Chris Christie's office engineered plausible deniability for their boss with the bridge blocking scheme, but Christie would certainly know WHY pressure was being brought to bear on Fort Lee. Christie's lack of curiosity on the matter betrays an untruth. If his mea-non-culpa had digressed to speculate about a motive, he would have exposed himself to being caught lying.   Was the Washington Bridge closure in retribution for the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, not giving his endorsement? Was it retribution for a Democratic senator obstructing the state legislature? Retribution does seem petty. I think there's a stronger likelihood this was not retribution, but extortion, about a yet unmentioned political goal. Especially as Sokolich professes not to know why the governor's office acted why it did. What would be the point of retaliating if your mark didn't know why? A second clue is that now the mayor has accepted governor Christie's apology, still without asking why. When Christie's chief of staff emailed "It's time" to disrupt the traffic in Fort Lee, it's unlikely any of the players were in the dark about what that time was.

Senate hopeful, Missouri fool Todd Akin takes wide stance on legitimate rape

Representative Todd Akin revealed his "legitimate rape" standard was no misunderstanding -- now he's courting America's vast army of Christian idiots who already share his belief in rape-modulated immaculate contraception, a convenient pretext for a complete abortion ban. Meanwhile his Larry Craig Wide Stance against abandoning his campaign bid in disgrace allows the GOP to earn points distancing themselves from Akin's crass misogyny, even though their party platform is steeped in it. When I hear American conservatives seem to compete with each other over who can bring the ugliest inanity to the party, I can't help be reminded of internet trolls --which constructive discourse requires we not feed. Except we are powerless to prevent the damn corporate media from feeding their GOP squeezebox monkey trolls and stoking the firestorm of ignorant, beyond the pale, political twists and u-turns. Now pundits are mouthing suggested mea culpa for the recalcitrant unpenitent: What Akin should have said. I'll have a go: I'm sorry, I'm a moron, a morally bankrupt, crap-regurgitating degenerate. Yes I'm a reflection of my constituents, but people, you can't give no-ideologues like me the responsibilities of government. I know that much.

Todd Akin is latest GOP scarecrow, behind him, Doug TAR BABY Lamborn

When GOP posterchild Todd Akin says legitimate rape does not cause pregnancy, he not only dials up the sinister on his party's bogeyman character, Akin also steers the national dialogue unto abortion, wedge issue territory. The public's surprise with the GOP's ever debased one-downsmanship masks the pattern with which media pundits skew the election themes. Yes, Akin's comment exposes his anti-abortion partner, VP candidate Paul Ryan's absurd obsession with redefining forcible rape, but that's to get further mired. With Akin's gaffe, and the memory of so many before his, Colorado local conservative baffoon Doug Lamborn's "Tar-Baby" taunt comes to mind, let's admit that American partisan politics is not Kabuki, it's WWWF.

Paul Ryan! Mitt Romney picks running mate more low brow than Sarah Palin

He did it! Mitt Romney picked someone more low brow than Sarah Palin, and not just figuratively. Kleptocrat Representative Paul Ryan personifies the very definition of the idiom, Low Brow, coincidentally a eugenic measure of a diminutive frontal lobe, not unrelated to pea-brained under-evolvedness. Such a Frankenstinian VP pick for the GOP ticket, means our election stage managers are pulling out all stops to scare Democrats into the voting booths. That they keep having to make the Republican bogeyman ever bogeyer, could mean they anticipate enthusiasm for President Obama to reach new lows. What unspeakably unpopular move is coming from Goldman Sachs' man in DC, dare we ask, that we'll need Paul Ryan playing Goober Pyle Lugosi to frighten Americans back into Obama's arms?

Near success of delegates for Ron Paul exposes electoral college as rigged

I want to give Ron Paul supporters their due. By their determination to advance their Republican candidate by hook or by crook, Team Ron Paul's self-deputized delegates have exposed the US electoral college nomination process to be fixed. Isn't it interesting how far Republican state party chairmen have been willing to go to stop even the slightest encroachment on candidate Mitt Romney's presumptive convention backing? May the best man win is the ethos they preach, but it seems the furthest from what they will allow. Of course this learning moment will be lost on Ron Paul's army of halfwits, just clever enough to outmaneuver the average rival Republicans, but dumb enough in the first place to fall for their "Dr. Paul". Don't you just love it, their reverence for a PhD, from mostly stunted males claiming post-grad (of associate degrees) studies in "The Austrian School" of economics? They're gun nuts and bombastic proponents of folk-wisdom libertarian nationalism, no surprises there, and so we can't even congratulate them on debunking the apple-pie objectivity of America's electoral level playing field, because it will go to their head and their craniums are pit bull small.

Right wing blogger asshole Andrew Breitbart died of shame, obviously

More likely gout. Obviously Breitbart's body lacked the bilious elasticity of Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. Speaking of which, were you in the loop on this email joke? A young black Limbaugh asks his mom; "Mommy, how come Iím black and youíre white?" To which his mother replied: "Donít even go there Rush! From what I can remember about that party, youíre lucky you donít bark!"   Probably you'd find that joke more crude than either a Limbaugh or Breitbart mother would deserve, but imagine that the actual subject of the email was President Obama and his mother. The real story is that such an email was forwarded by Montana Chief US District Judge Richard Cebull to his inner circle, with the following personal note: ďHope it touches your heart like it did mine.Ē

GOP Republicorp outsources groveling lackies from subsidiary Democratards

We the electorate have been warned that "REPUBLICORP" will be unveiled as the dreaded merger of the GOP and corporate masters. Unconcatenated into the spiffy boo-word is mention of the Democratic Party, a wholly-powned subsidiary. Sure they're the voices sounding the alarm, and they will certainly blame the victim where voters fail to elect Dem incumbents. Or WHAT will befall us? The sky falls apparently, if the Republicans regain the majority in Congress. Although Dems won the majority during Bush's term, but couldn't subpoena squat. And those were the halcyon days before super majorities and the virtual filibuster. I bet Washington Democrats can't wait to be delivered from their put-on-the-breaks personas and resume unabashedly rolling in the loot of unfettered capitalist rape. Michael Moore calls the Republicans the bigger criminals, but I have to say, there's something about a lying petty criminal that's much more offensive, especially when you can tell the petty fiend has aspirations to larceny every bit as grand. Myself, I am simply salivating at the satisfaction of seeing the bullshit party cretins decamp.

Act Blue is not going to stop Joe Wilson

Progressive websites are raising money to defeat GOP Tourette's poster child Joe Wilson in the next election. Is it going to work? No. You can't stop populist assholes like Wilson, or Vitter, or Delay, or Gingrich, or Lieberman, can you? Incumbent embarrassments have legions of loyal constituents. That's who you have to stop. If you want to stop Wilson you have to insist the South Carolina prosecutor's office isn't dropping charges of domestic violence, disorderly conduct, child truancy, poaching, littering, lying about sales use tax, and loitering at nursing homes trying to register voters. Shroud that crowd in red tape and Joe Wilson's base will head for the hills.

Tea Party Express bypasses Colorado

COLORADO lost some of its square state stature today when the national teabaggers tour bus took a turn in Albuquerque and went south. The Tea Party Express is headed to DC to protest health care reform, but its two week schedule is going to exclude Rocky Mountain crackers. Coloradans feel the mouth-breathers down our necks everyday, but this marks an evolutionary shift, as ideological cul-de-sac becomes dead end.

The Dubya archetype as maladroit foil

Some might argue that it began before George Dubya. Apparently the US public's distrust of politics is placated by believing its fate is in the hands of someone they could feel comfortable having a beer with. I'd say it began in earnest with the cardboard figurehead Ronald Reagan, and continued through the wimp and slick Wimpy. The perceived acuity of the US president has since been diminished ad absurdum to an incoherent, uneducated, illiterate inebriate. The ascension of Barack Obama marks a change meant to refresh voter confidence, but clearly our government's winning motif is taking a not so distant back seat. Americans need someone with whom to feel superior, if not in the highest office, at least among his foils. We saw it in Obama's purported campaign opponents Wrong-way McCain and the sans pareil Sarah the Plain. With Republicans willing to plumb heretofore unfathomable shallows to foist its characters, there appears to be no end of candidates for rodeo clown. While I'm inclined to think these caricatures are fashioned by the media's framework, mano a mano performance like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal make me a believer in the solo tour de force majeure, excuse me, grand malheur. Could Jindal's rebuttal to President Obama's congressional address have been any weaker? It's hard for me to predict that SNL will give us anything other than the Palin treatment, lampooning Jindal's insipid pitch by reprising it verbatim. Now you've been to a doctor, you've watched your lawyer kick ass, you've taken the sage advice of accountants, you've been impressed by museum docents, grateful to police officers, seen miracles performed by plumbers. I've even found myself in the debt of cable installers, and more often then not, public clerks. Are we to then believe that Bobby Jindal and ilk are the best our public offices can offer?

Is Roland Burris a GOP Senate ringer?

Is there more to senator-aspirant Roland Burris being turned away in DC, than political theater? Illinois governor Blagojevich was caught asking for payola to decide the appointment. Did he get the money? Without asking, the DC Dems are acting like the unassuming Mr. Burris is the pay-to-play golden ticket holder. I suspect the undistinguishing features which allay our suspicions about the septuagenarian may be the very traits which interest his sponsors.   In boxing, it's called a ringer. While some Democrats are content to ask the would-be junior senator if he'd consent to be a modest placeholder until the 2010 election, I think that's exactly what he's intended to be, but not for the Dems. Burris is a placeholder for the GOP. The uncharismatic Burris, regular-loser of elections, is meant to remove any incumbent advantage the Democrats would hope to cultivate in the next two years. Burris would waste that opportunity, then face a Republican challenger in the next election and lose. Who did you think was offering big bucks for the senate seat? Was someone going to pay multi-millions to put Jesse Jackson in Washington? If the Dems had dibs on the party affiliation of Barack Obama's old office anyway, why was Blagojevich expecting that an ally would pay millions to install one particular Democrat over another? Who would have been offering the millions, except bidders dismayed at Blagojevich's nonpartisan disloyalty. Maybe the Democratic Party's insufficient coffers, and the projected Republican gained foothold, is what drew colleagues to unleash investigators to nail the turncoat sumbitch politician. Though no one's asking such questions, Burris cuts short the proforma inquiries, about his links to the governor's alleged graft, with mock surprise that his personal record might invite suspicion. Except, what is Burris's public record but a trail of failed elections? He has no accomplishments other than the elections in which he played straw man or spoiler and he lost every one. Perhaps he has always been an innocent pawn. It would seem pretty damn racist to suggest the diminutive black man has never been accomplice to the scheme, even now. No one dares be seen critical of Burris, who would be the only African American in the Senate. And the media is not about to spoil the GOP fix. Burris is in, and apparently it's all legal. And inevitable. The best legal opinions the media want to parade before us explain that because the governor is still in office, his appointment of Burris is legitimate. Even though the crime is the very act which installed Burris. Does that make sense to you? A bank robber gets to keep the bank's money until he's faced a jury of his peers? A court order could secure the monies for the bank, lest the accused gamble it all in Vegas, or score big, and return with a better legal team. An injunction could prevent Blagojevich and partners from enjoying the fruits of their crime, until the mess is untangled. But the corporate media and the GOP have put the

A.C.O.R.N. is not where vote fraud is at

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is under attack for submitting fraudulent voter registration applications. But what the accusers don't tell you is that by law ACORN is required to submit all forms gathered. ACORN flags those which look suspicious, but election officials feign that ACORN is trying to sneak them through. So the GOP is pointing the finger at the organization that is itself the victim defrauded by dubiously motivated contractors. Most important, even as this slander has been leveled at ACORN for phony registration forms during past elections, no vote fraud has ultimately ever occurred. This is in contrast to the real election fraud being perpetrated by partisan election officials purging the voter roles in Swing States. The Republicans are fabricating accusations against ACORN to distract journalists from reporting the far larger, and completely effective disenfranchisement of working class voters. Here are details submitted in ACORN's own defense: Fact: ACORN has implemented the most sophisticated quality-control system in the voter engagement field but in almost every state we are required to turn in ALL completed applications, even the ones we know to be problematic. Fact: ACORN flags in writing incomplete, problem, or suspicious cards when we turn them in,. Unfortunately, some of these same officials then come back weeks or months later and accuse us of deliberately turning in phony cards. In many cases, we can actually prove that these are the same cards we called to their attention. Fact: Our canvassers are paid by the hour, not by the card . ACORN has a zero-tolerance policy for deliberately falsifying registrations, and in the cases where our internal quality controls have identified this happening we have fired the workers involved and turned them in to election officials and law-enforcement. Fact: No criminal charges related to voter registration have ever been brought against ACORN or partner organizations. Convictions against individual former ACORN workers have been accomplished with our full cooperation, using the evidence obtained through our quality control and verification processes ó evidence which in most cases WE called to the attention of authorities Fact: Most election officials have recognized ACORNís good work and praised our quality control systems. Even in the cities where election officials have complained about ACORN, the applications in question represent less than 1% of the thousands and thousands of registrations ACORN has collected. Fact: Our accusers not only fail to provide any evidence, they fail to suggest a motive: there is virtually no chance anyone would be able to vote fraudulently, so there is no reason to deliberately submit phony registrations. ACORN is committed to ensuring that the greatest possible numbers of people are registered.

Senators give Paulson keys to treasury

The Senate has signed Paulson's blank check for the Wall Street ransom payment. Band of Thieves, Murder of Crows, Goddamn Jerk of Senators!   Overheard on the radio about Obama/McCain: "It's amazing such similar solutions for the economic crisis can be coming from such vastly different candidates." Not so amazing if you consider you've only assumed the red and blue are opposites. Both candidates colluding with the Banking oligarchs could be a tipoff that both parties represent the same interests. Time to wonder how the American people's interest might have been represented by an alternative third [sic] party? How well are you reconciling Barack Obama's theme of "change" as he stumped for the Wall Street money grab. Obama likened the crisis to your neighbor's house being on fire. Besides the implication that no one would want to be uncharitable, you might also deign to pitch in for the selfish motive of keeping your neighbor's fire from spreading to your house. That was Obama's clever pitch, but is that what the failing investments represent? The bankers' homes? Hardly. I can't even think of an analogy to represent what the jeopardized assets represent to the hierarchy of needs of the super wealthy. Assuming they are your neighbors. Would it be their twelfth snow-machine that's on fire? Their son's floozy's uncle's twelfth snowmobile on fire and threatening your house. You need to what, pay him to buy another so that the burning one can be safely drenched without pissing him off, since the thrill he gets from that snowmobile is to keep it ablaze for the thrill of endangering you and your family. Try that one on us Obama. UPDATE FROM MICHAEL MOORE: Tonight, the Senate passed an even worse "bailout" bill than the one the House defeated on Monday night. Only 25 Senators (and most of them for the wrong reasons) voted "No." It now moves to the House for a vote, possibly on Friday. Why did Obama and Biden vote for it? I think we all know the answer. Let's keep our eye on the ball of removing the Republicans from the White House, but let tonight be our first reminder that our work is not finished on November 4th when Obama wins. The struggle between what is best for the people and what is best in order to line the pockets of Wall Street will continue. 150 million Americans combined can't even match the wealth of the richest 400 Americans. All we have is our vote. And there will always be more of us than them. We will all need to become more politically active if we are going to get our democracy back.

Sarah Palin Church Lady for President!

I may be too impressionable, but I've warmed up to Sarah Palin. For President! The American two-party delusion needs a coup-de-grace, and doesn't Palin have just authenticity enough to pull the trigger? Assail this logic if you can. The Democratic Party is already out of the picture. Since reclaiming Congress in 2006 the Dems have shown Americans what they can do. Nothing. Name the issue, whatever their constituents want, the Democrats won't deliver it. They can't even commandeer a lead in the polls against the most despised political machine in recent memory. They've got a charismatic candidate who can run pirouettes around his opponent, a corrupt, desperate, lying geriatric. But the Dems can't sway the corporate media from allegiance to the GOP. How many rotten eggs do you need hatched? The Democrats are already rolling over for 2008 election irregularities. They will give in to Wall Street's trillion-plus dollar extortion. And they won't end the war, or stop torture, or defend the Constitution, or impeach genocidal bastards, regardless the public's outrage. The Democratic Party is a dead lost cause. Dead. The Republican Party is still kicking -the shit out of us- and they've no doubt got plenty left in them. We learned in just the space of a week that the GOP financiers must get their money or they'll break the economy's kneecaps. What kind of odds do you want the goons won't be back for more? We used to imagine that asset-stripping capitalists knew enough not to kill the golden goose, but maybe we underestimate the standard of living (ours) left to strangle from her. Republican journeymen such as McCain, Lieberman, Graham, and cronies Paulson et Cheney, won't stop at extracting your gold fillings. But novitiate Sarah Palin just may have a less developed depth of greed. I've made this mistake before, when I imagined George W. Bush too simple to know that absolute power was his to corrupt. But don't you have the sense Sarah Palin is the real deal? There's no Prescott Bush in her bloodline. Palin will loot only as much as she can stash in a Winnebago. Then she'll apply herself to her spiritual calling. She's no Tammy Faye. To my mind, Palin's religiosity is sufficiently extreme to appear genuine. There may of course remain Halliburton machinations behind Palin's flirty church lady. But the oligarchs' growing mendacity, combined with Sarah Palin's small-minded zealotry, could bring Fascist America beyond the pale. I think the GOP legacy could finally close the book on our nation's Democracy fable. If we survive it, the Republicans will be gone for good. I'm with Jacques' election 2008 slogan: GOP IN 2008, GONE FOREVER IN 2012, WORTH THE RISK.

The difference between GOP and a pig? Lipstick.

In her speech last night at the RNC, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin riddled us: What's the difference between a HOCKEY MOM and a PIT BULL? LIPSTICK. Maybe those of us who aren't Alaskans or Canadians don't know what "hockey moms" are. The raised placards at the RNC would have us think, and the cheering response would have us believe, that this is an appeal to homemaker feminists. We're meant to confuse "hockey moms" -I'm sure- with "soccer moms," a term which has nothing to do with tenacious blood-lust / sports advocacy. "Soccer Moms" is about multitasking mothers overtaxed by the myriad after-school activities which excuse their driving Subarus or SUVs. The lexicographic link must be "soccer hooligan" from which we can derive the disproportionate competitive fervor shown by Little League parents. (Soccer Mom -- Soccer Hooligan -- Hockey Mom?) Would that explain the pit bull comparison? Or are Alaskan pit bulls beasts of burden on the dog sled teams? No. VP candidate Sarah Palin is a pit bull alright, with the lies she's pulling her children into, and the bold faced misrepresentations she's making about her political record as a reformer and corruption cop, which she is everything but. But where Palin really needs the lipstick is to disguise her pit bull blood lust. Palin shoots moose and wolves from airplanes. She championed a ballot initiative to protect the rights of "Safari" outfits to take "hunters" like herself aloft where they can spot wild animals against the bare snow, stalk them until they are out of wind, then fire at them with high power rifles until they splatter dead. No need even to land the plane. Pit bulls are outlawed in many civilized municipalities and Human Societies throughout the lower forty-eight won't let people re-adopt them, choosing rather to euthanize pit bulls sooner than expose more would be pet owners to the genetically malignant brutes. Pit bull skulls shrink in on their brains as they age. Ever since the Budweiser pitchdog, people think they're cute, and owners will insist they are friendly just like any other dog, yada yada yada. Except they are the preferred pets of meth dealers to guard the stash while they are replenishing ingredients at Wal-mart. Pit bulls were bred to have heads like anvils and vice-like jaws. They look like steel-toothed pot-bellied pigs. I'm surprised the GOP wants to remind TV viewers about an analogy whose punchline is lipstick. Lipstick cannot disguise a pig, and it's not going to disguise Sarah Palin.

Nothing says “change” like a guy who’s been in the Senate for 35 years.

Democratic Party making it clear they want a fascist police state even more than the GOP. Only violence at demonstrations by neofascist, jackbooted cops. I hope the City of Denver loses many millions of dollars in lawsuits for violating the Constitutional rights of protesters. And the Democrats lose many millions of votes for their complicity in these crimes against the Constitution of the United States of America. (Excerpted from thomasmc.com Aug 26.)

The NeoChristian Agenda: hurt everyone else, and feel superior for it

Republican campaign strategy condensed into a single word: deception. Fox News Sunday: McCain will have to pander to the bigots to win in November. Remember how, just a few years ago, all the Repblicans you knew were simultaneously chanting: "Bush is the greatest president in American history"? Now you'd be hard pressed to find any that will even admit they voted for him. John McCain is no leader, he can't even lead his own party! Karma's a bitch. It looks like the Christians are learning what it's like when they force other people to pray "in Jesus name." Excerpted from Thomas McCullock's July 7 notes, thomasmc.com.

Republican Bad Boys, what you going to do when they come for you?

No truth to the rumor that Ted Haggard does a version of the theme song from the TV sitcom called 'COPS'. Republican Bad Boys, what you going to do when they come for you? Bad Boys, Bad Boys... Read Bad Boys, Nasty Boys: Out of the GOPís Closet by Michael Parenti for some interesting dirt on the Republican bad boys.

Super bowl Janet Jackson and Republican morality.

This is something I published a couple of years ago. Every bit as relevant as today. And every bit today as then, some things are timeless.This one contains a "dirty" word, so you might go ahead and set your browser Content Filter to profanity blocking. Better to censor yourself than try to censor me. But now, once again, we are going to have the hyperbole and rampant commercialism pushed onto our senses, over and over and over and endlessly and I bet you thought I was going to say over again and again and again and repeatedly.I don't know the exact date of the Super Bowl. Just that it's about a couple of weeks. I know the Chicago Bears are going to be one team, because of the hype I got as soon as I opened one of my email servers.I am sure everybody is going to get lots and lots of Emails saying Bears or ? you choose... or New Poll: Who will it be Bears or ?There will be jockeying to find out what the commercials are going to be for the half-time show, there will be much breathless wide-eyed awe and stories about what the commercials and so much (ok, I lied, there are more than one "dirty" word in this) all kinds of who-seriously-gives-a-fat-rat's-ass-about-it bullshit, to lead us up to the Big Game.A lot of the commercials are going to be for beer. And other drugs, especially alcoholic drugs. You know the ones, they say at the end of it "(name of brewer/distiller) urges you to DRINK (notice they put this word last) responsibly".It is dope dealing at its finest. The crack house and the opium den and the weed corner are blown away (sick dope reference) by this magnum opus of Purveyance of Demon Rum.And it is on a Sunday, a Pagan holy day, co-opted by Christianity, for worship of our respective God or gods. Pastors in Churches across the land are going to schedule their services, especially the evening services, around this latter-day Circus Maximus. And their morning services too, because the worshipers are going to have to rush to the store after services so they can score their dope and munchies for the BIGGGGG DEALLLLL.......So I got the Super Bowl part embedded in our consciousness, right?Now to the Republican Morality part, for a quick tease, then to Janet Jackson and the Infamous Titty Incident, then back to a slightly longer rant on Republican "Morality".The owners of the NFL teams, virtually all of them, are supporters of the Republican party. And the R's pay it back in spades by supporting legislation that makes the PUBLIC TREASURY pay for the stadia, (yes, I spelled that last word right, I'm practicing my Latin, are you?) the security, the traffic control, and in-stadium dope I mean Beer Sales. That last because some stadia, like the ill-fated Cotton Bowl in Dallas, are in dry precincts. Which is the real reason the Cowboys don't play in Dallas, for decades

Judging Decision 2006

I was once a trainee in a work group, where my brash behavior caught the ire of the team. "Don't you realize Eric that each of us has a voice on your evaluation? Aren't you worried that your insufficient reverence (I'm paraphrasing) will reflect in each of our assessments?" Everybody stared at me across the conference table. They were high level engineers and each was smiling. "Well I said, hoping to obscure my fool-hardiness with diplomacy, "I'm not concerned with your evaluations actually." This was the diplomacy of speaking frankly. " I'm on the management fast-track program. I've already been evaluated, I'm here because the company saw my potential. I believe that administrators are going to look at your observations in terms of whether you recognize the qualities they already like. It will be a test of your management potential more than anything." Two weeks later, and I can't say I wasn't sweating it, my evaluation was filled with unrestrained praise. I relate this story, of course because I come out fabulous, but too because I'm thinking of the upcoming elections. If the American public reelects the GOP, reconstitutes in effect the party of lies, corruption, war-profiteering, racketeering, election-fixing, treason, war crimes, and pedophilia, it's going to reflect on the American voter. Someone in Europe is going to have to put together a website to answer our "sorry everybody" with "No, we're sorry, you ignorant, ignoble fools!"

A Freudian mixed metaphor for the GOP

I've read it several times now, the eight-hundred pound gorilla in the room. This would seem to confuse 1) the proverbial 600-900 lb primate (gorillas not named Kong seldom excede 400 lbs) who outclasses everyone else in size and power, for 2) the pachyderm in the room whose relative mass overwhelms our capacity to ignore it, though we try.   In this corporate age of Darwinian monopolies, maybe the de facto brutality of alpha-male corporate monopoly has become something the corporate media mouthpieces won't let us talk about. There's an elephant in the room, and the three hundred pound gorilla won't let us talk about it.   The gorilla is the elephant is the new metaphor for the GOP.

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