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Viewed from Interstate 70, Kansas is the selfie of American Idiocracy

Post office in KansasTOPEKA, KANSAS- Who’s not in Kansas anymore? Anyone with a lick of sense. I crossed the state recently to find the western half riddled with fracked well heads, billboards condemning abortion, tollbooths on the interstate, police cruisers extorting drivers, and privatized postal services! I told the tollbooth attendant I didn’t think much of Kansas, I meant its dumbfuck Kansans.

University of Colorado lease does not guarantee Memorial Hospital will continue to admit Medicare patients

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Local voters have until next week to decide whether to accept the offer to lease the city’s Memorial Hospital to a University of Colorado non-profit entity, but there is no guarantee that the community health needs will continue to be met, in particular, that Memorial will continue to accept Medicare. Indications are not encouraging. At a symposium held tonight by 9 to 5 Colorado addressing privatization of public services, it was revealed that Memorial provides more care to indigents than any other hospital in the state. At the same time, the Denver hospital run by the University of Colorado currently ranks last there for indigent care. Apparently teaching hospitals prefer teachable cases, and excuse themselves from the cases that create billing difficulties because “it’s not their mission.” Alas, the prestige of becoming a teaching hospital is how politicians are selling the Memorial deal, now obviously dubious. And ordinarily the privatization of medical facilities in Colorado is regulated by what’s called a “conversion statute” except –it protects the public interest only in cases of hospitals sold, not leased! While a 40-year “lease” sounds less commital, it actually circumvents Colorado’s protections. Now let’s consider the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act which may take some financial pressure off hospitals. Why-ever is Colorado Springs rushing to privatize before that card is face up? You can bet the medical industrialists have already factored that windfall into the profit they’re going to turn from cutting out everyone else who falls in the cracks. And we will have no say in the matter, because the lease makes that much clear. Why not ask our city attorney to confirm we’re screwed before the election and not after?

Morons argue to replace National Weather Service with private companies

Like “accuweather” WHO GET THEIR DATA FROM NWS AND NOAA.
Oh, and using NASA maintained satellites, NOAA maintained field workers at weather stations from north pole to south pole and all points in between, you know… The scientists who work at public expense for the public good.
Who also have collected and analyzed the data about Global Warming. Must kill the messengers, then all that smog, the toxic fumes coming from the carbon-burning motors driving everything from cars to aeroplanes to electric generators will continue to poison us but we’ll not know anything about it because the Big Brother Corporate Government won’t let us. Real swell idea.
Dumbshit TeaBags and RepubliKlan types are going to eat it up with a spoon though.

What’s wrong with privatizing public resources? Quite a lot, actually…

(Editor’s note: Some Colorado Springs councilmen don’t see anything wrong with leasing public assets for private profit. Is there anything wrong with that?)
 
Well, let’s see. The City Council is so top heavy with Real Estate Brokers including Princess Barbie Czeladtko, and Tim Leigh, and if they get their Fascist way fellow Realtor Steve Bach as “strong mayor” who all ran on money donated by people who favor privatizing ALL public lands, from the BLM lands to the Indian Reservations to the National Parks, National Forests and… city and county parks. How would they do that without a conflict of interest? It seems they’re throwing City Funds straight to their own businesses. Then there’s an Issue Princess Barbie and a few of her friends (if self-absolbed Princesses HAVE “friends”) blaming the drastic fall of real estate value on the visibility of poverty.

Specifically the No-Camping ordinance which further punishes homeless PEOPLE for being poor. In a sense actually Demonizes them, the way Princess Lisa went on a screed about “The Homeless” PEOPLE participating in a church Pizza Party at a downtown park. one that’s about three miles as the crow flies and four as the dog trots from prospect lake.

She denounced one person for being in Her Most Learned Snap Diagnosis “schizophrenic”. Something even REAL Doctors can’t do without days of testing done by multi-disciplinary experts working as a team.

It’s simply wonderful that we have such arrogant bigots on City Council yes?

The rest of her statement was truly fascist. She advocated that PEOPLE who have fewer dollars in their pockets should not be seen in public, and especially…

Wait for it…

Are you still waiting?

It’s Worth the Wait….

No really, it is…

Public Parks, such as Prospect Lake and Memorial Park.

Would the Colorado Springs Gestapo Department step up their already dictatorial and arbitrary denial of non-wealthy citizens to have the same access to Parks, Libraries and other PUBLIC places as the Princes and Princesses of the city?

Some of Princess Lisa’s allies in and out of City Government, going by names like Playsinsnow, Patchsi, Janis Heuberger, Beep-beep…

Have suggested without one word of protest from City Council, banning anybody who LOOKS homeless from City facilities.

Because, you see, “public” in their definition means only the Rich part of the “public” and the rest of us can simply eat their shit.

And they have this Capitalist Mythos which says that the Real Estate Crash was caused by the actions of people who cumulatively own a fraction of 1% of the wealth in this town or the nation or world as whole entities. Instead of by the actions of Greed-mongers such as those, like Real Estate Brokers, who bought and sold the idea that a finite resource, land, constantly rising in price, would bring THEM infinite wealth. Like Ponzi Schemes, Chain Letters and Pyramid businesses, it fell apart and took America down with them.

And now, many, including some on City Council, like Leigh and Princess Barbie, are blaming the poorest of the poor for causing it by being seen in public.

Screw that noise, buddy.

There’s already a FAILED restaurant directly across the street from Prospect Lake. Wouldn’t it make more sense to use facilities which already have, unlike a storage area,

Such things as a working Restaurant layout inside? And on their patio dining area as well.

What, the people who believe in the Power of Private Ownership don’t want to purchase that restaurant?

Then there’s, again, the Urban Renewal GentriFascists like Leigh and Czeladtko and Bach will persecute the working class people in this city for “getting too close to THEIR restaurant” by using other park facilities?

Because when your restaurant business idea falls on it’s face, as MOST restaurants do, the non-elite Elitist Pigs like Patchsi, Heuberger, Princess Lisa, etc, will blame the presense of Visible Poverty for THEIR failure. It’s a hallmark of the infantile Narcissist that they’ll blame their failure on the most convenient and most defenseless target available.

They’ll have the CSPig Department doing sweeps to remove “undesirables” from Our Own Property to protect the Delicate Sensibilities of all those Wealthy Captains of Capital and their sows and Piglets. Mustn’t actually SEE the blight the acquisition of their Wealth imposes on others. It might, as Princess Lisa pointed out about the pizza party at Acacia Park, cause some vague and undefined danger to the Children.

But only, of course, the Children of the Wealthy, our own kids can, like us, line up and receive a ration of Rich Folks Shit to eat.

What, are the Rich upset that a scion of Poverty can offer back an equal and, really, much more deserved, ration of scorn upon their Greedy Nasty Ways as the scions of Wealth heap upon US?

Tough. The only way you’ll force us to kneel before you, O Ye Rich, is to have paid minions like the Police do your fighting for you.

Yeah, you’re really “elite” there.

The “jobs” you’re going to bring are of course going to be Minimum Wage. Nice Try, Bozo, thinking you can buy us with another Work-your-self-into-a-lifetime-of-Debt “career” opportunity. I bet you or any other member of the council would never work at minimum Wage and haven’t since the time you were teenagers and your Minimum wage was supplemented by assistance from your parents. You would cite that it’s impossible to maintain your lifestyle on Minimum Wage. But the people who are POOR, we don’t deserve your lifestyle, because we’re not born to wealth like you and OUR kids don’t deserve the same opportunities as YOUR fat snot-nose Piglets because they were also not born to Wealth. Wealth accumulated from OUR labor into YOUR Rich pockets.

The “people” you’re going to draw, don’t you mean Rich Bitches like yourself? Oh, sure, we really NEED more Rich People pushing us out of the only homes we have and sneering at us that YOUR money, stolen from OUR labor, somehow makes US inferior to you.

You’re going to colonize an already populated area and say you’re bringing “people” in, what of those PEOPLE who are already HERE, punk?

Very Colonialist and Royalist to think that a region inhabited by poor people is essentially uninhabited. How will you do that without being an outright Racist Prick?

You’re like the literally God-damned Pilgrims coming to Massachussetts, getting rescued by the indians because they were

A. too stupid to even FIND Virginia
and
B. completely worthless as subsistence hunters and farmers…

And then having the extremist GALL within two generations to declare the People Who Were Already Here to be “non-people”. Called us a construct of the devil, demons assuming human form and without souls, and taking as justification that we’re not mentioned in Genesis.
(I originally wrote Leviticus, there’s another issue I use a lot that Chickens, the heart and soul of the Jewish diet, aren’t mentioned in Leviticus. My bad.)

The preacher who said Wrote those words for all to read, Cotten Mather, is the same one who made that ridiculous sermon about America being the New Jerusalem, a city on a hill. The ones your insidiously evil congenital Liar “leaders” use to convince the ignorant that America (meaning the wealthy, not the rest of us ‘peasants’ who can simply eat your shit) should run the entire world in the name of Enlightenment.

And those of us who live in the neighborhoods you covet, like Ahab coveted the vineyards in the portion of Jezreel, we can either conform, by becoming rich even though you’ve instituted so many barriers to that acquisition of wealth, or leave.

Leaving at the point of Police batons and guns and tasers and tear gas.

Which IS the threat of overwhelming force you use to get others to comply to your Imperial Will.

Sunday Afternoon sur Lac du Prospect

Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs, circa 1970
I don’t know if this scene strikes me because it’s George Seurat’s idyllic park, or because I’m nostalgic for Colorado circa prosperity. Circa 2011, the privatization cronies are after our city’s public gem, Prospect Lake. Colorado Springs local John Moore made a video, which features this and other vintage memories. (See video below)

Moore’s video show a webpage on which City Councilman Tim Leigh outlines his proposal for Prospect Lake, a recurring theme among his “fresh ideas” for Colorado Springs, in which he targets now public resources for lease or sale to private for-profit enterprises.

Leigh’s text below:

RE-IMAGINE NEIGHBORHOODS AND REESTABLISH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Imagine that, instead of continuously developing the open prairie to Kansas, we took a 2nd look at existing neighborhoods, utilized existing utilities & roadway infrastructure and created a culture where existing, stable neighborhoods were prized and could be reasonably redeveloped and modernized.

RE-IMAGINE PROSPECT LAKE
Imagine that Prospect Lake is fully utilized as the prized asset that it is; where a private entrepreneur promoted the water venue with exciting events throughout the summer.  Imagine the boat house being re-deployed as a high-end restaurant or some similar use all acting as a catalyst for redevelopment of the entire neighborhood.  Imagine immediate benefits to the city – funding the operation of Memorial park, not from general collections, but from leasing fees and new found sales and property tax generated specifically from that venue.  Imagine playing to our vision as recreational Mecca and imagine a public/private partnership creating a community asset where we all win.

Labor Rally In Austin commemorated Fallen Workers

While the "grass roots" TeaBags and their Billionaire Masters were bitching about how badly victimized they think they are if they have to pay workers an adequate wage or compensation for their injuries... or deaths.

For those who think Disabled Workers complain too much about how we’re cast out by society, these are mock coffins carried to commemorate the ones who are now forever silent and can no longer complain about how deregulated workplaces, Union Busting TeaParty “heroes” like Don Blankenship and Scott Walker are literally killing us.
The one killed every two and a half days statistic doesn’t even touch the statistics about wages and health care and other compensation for our work, being cut off because the Koch-suckers in the Tea Party…

Decided that their Bosses, the ones who funded and organized their “grass Astroturf roots” fake revolution are being “victimized” if they get a 4.9 point gain on their investments instead of a 5, and blaming the workers for demanding a fair wage and living standards. We’re not allowed to demand a profit for selling OUR products and service, OUR labor, or even to be paid what it costs us to produce it… for THEM to enjoy.
The TeaBags barely have time to turn from eating the flesh of our babies (figuratively) (ok, literally) long enough to tell us that we’re “bums” for not wanting to support their Parasite Class.

It doesn’t reflect the workers seriously injured, every day, because in Texas, and soon the rest of the nation, “job killing” safety regulations and environmental regulations will be rolled back, even eliminated. The public lands? Hah! fully privatized, or soon will be. The Lazy God-Damned Republican parasites in Ohio voted not only to silence the workers but also to seize the public lands, even the state parks, deny the public access to them while they destroy them to extract every last drop of oil and lump of coal from “their’ domain.

 

 

 

 

Hillary says “Free the internet from political control”

And neglects the NeuenRealpolitik of Corporate control of Politics in America and its vassal states, and the strange silence on her part about Net Neutrality, just, you know, allow Corporate Overlords to control every aspect of the Internet through”free” Market business decisions. As though the Internet wasn’t developed at PUBLIC expense. Kind of like the Military are PUBLICLY funded institutions but somehow, all the profits from their Corporate Warfare go to the same very small group of very rich Thieves.

AT&T, Microsoft, the “Baby Bells”, IBM, Intel… they were very handsomely paid for their “contributions” to developing the Internet. But somehow, I just don’t believe that their engineers, the ones who did all the work, got paid a double digit percentage (> = 10%) of the amount paid to the tiny minority of shareholders who own most of the shares.

Remember Ross Perot? Made $20bn by having the GOVERNMENT provide the research, the recruitment and training of his Data Management team, the equipment to build “his” corporation, EDS… but it was “his” so-called leadership that was the most valuable asset.

Even then, after he immediately sold the company for the aforementioned twenty thousand x a million dollars, fudges on his income tax. Oh, and it was to build the Social Security Medicare database, he being an outspoken critic of Non-Privatized Social Security.

More recently, he got a fat cat contract, no bids, to provide the data management through the company he no longer officially owns, and his Country Club/Military Industrial Complex buddy former Gov. Bill Owens, the term “thick as thieves” applies here… to “manage” the Electronic Benefits Transfers… Medicaid and Food Assistance and AFDC and some very sore spots for Republicans, Child Protective Services… (Why do “conservatives” hate American kids?)

When the system, no bid, patched together and really shoddy, experienced several hiccups during the first 6 months that cost Human Beings Their Irreplaceable Lives, Bill Owens laughed it off with a militaristic quote that it was like launching a new Aircraft Carrier, “you gotta run it for a wile to get all the bugs out of it.” Ignore the fact that a carrier is designed to KILL large numbers of people.

Basically, it’s the notion that “Why should we let the lives of PEASANTS interfere with our profit margins?”

Bill Owens has yet to answer for how much he made in kickbacks from EDS and his old friend Ross Perot.

Hillary has yet to answer for how much she’s making in kickbacks from AT&T, Comcast, Microsux etc over her effective blocking of Net Neutrality.

But these are the flag-carriers for “freedom”. And somehow in such a high position of moral authority that they can tell other countries what to do.

The War, on illiteracy. High School Seniors unable to pass ASVAB tests.

So the predicted backlash of BushCoNomics War on Education is coming out.
“Throwing money at” education was deemed inefficient and ineffective.
Making sure that schools which were struggling to educate the next generation of Coolies and Cannon Fodder for the Corporate machine, not performing well enough, were to be cut off from federal funding, leaving the Corporate Compassion of the local business, be it Massey Energy or GM or Martin-Marietta, or Tidewater Oil, Or The Army… to pick up the slack.It was to be a National Implementation of “The Texas Model” pushed by George, Jeb and Neil Bush.
Twelve years of this Noble Experiment by (first) two states which have a standardized statewide curriculum, set by the governor of each state, the governors happened to be sons of a bi.. err Ex-President, yeah, that’s the ticket, and have another brother who sells textbooks.
It’s just a coincidence that the “Educational Resources” provider McGraw-Hill publishing, for whom Neil works as a salesFreak poured millions of dollars into the state campaigns of George and Jeb, and George’s Anointed Successor Rick Goodhair, who in turn used their positions to buy school textbooks for EVERY FREAKIN’ SCHOOL DISTRICT in their two very large states. No conspiracy there, no sir!
And poured more millions into the National “no child left behind” campaign, which also (just a coincidence, mind you, nothing to see here citizens, keep moving, nothing to see) purchased, with the even larger Federal budget, even more of their products. Products designed not to make children more educated in “elitist” disciplines like arts, music, THINKING LOGICALLY but to better prepare them for McWalMart Jobs and of course being infantrymen, to serve the Rich and kill other soldiers and other workers who don’t cooperate with the Agenda of the Very Rich. Like having enough non-Rich people able to pass the ASVAB tests and join the Army and spill their own blood for the Rich so the Rich don’t have to spill THEIR own blood.

Nothing that would prepare them to take what very slim chance for social and economic advancement was (allegedly) available through diligence, hard work and Educational Achievement.
Accusations of this policy being remarkably similar to the Old South Slave Codes which forbade the Slaves from learning to read, and provided Capital Punishment for any person who TAUGHT a slave to read, or the Post-Civil War terrorist actions of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups to suppress education, (teachers and schools were the largest groups attacked by Klan terrorists) is of course Silly Liberal Elitist “conspiracy theory” and in itself Racist. (the Klan and their related groups like The Heritage Foundation, Tea Party, and Minutemen are of course not racist… just ask one, he’ll tell you “We’re not racists, that’s a damn Commie Pinko Propaganda statement spread by them Liberal Nigger lovin’ queer Jew-boys, and we all know how much THEY lie!”)
So the magic is, the wonderful gift they gave themselves and by extension, the rest of the world, that after 12 years of NCLB being the law of the land in two states and a decade of it being the law across America, now they’ve gotten the kids dumbed down so far that they can’t pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which was written on a SIXTH GRADE reading and comprehension level.
Way To Go, Hoam Skewlers!

Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Men

According to the Tennessee Fire-non-Fighter who watched his neighbors’ house burn to the ground, with the fire crew standing around to make sure fire didn’t spread to their own properties, called his actions “Robust, Masculine Christianity” a new-old method of trying to justify ones evil deeds by re-translating the Bible to edit out any forms of compassion, sharing, care for ones neighbors, family, people they’d never met…
So here are a few other things that define Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Men,
A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man lets his neighbors house burn down.
A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man cares so much about his Nation that he won’t send anything more than a “prayer guide” card to surviving victims of flood, tornado, earthquake, rampaging murderers, outlining how Christ demands that nobody help ones neighbor, and detailing how to Toughen Up and just get over it.
Rush Limbaugh, (m)Ann Coulter, etc, did that for everybody from the widows of VietNam Agent Orange victims, 9/11 firemen and anybody from New Orleans who wasn’t rich enough to escape the Katrina Flood.
A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man doesn’t care if his children, parents, or even himself contract e-coli or Salmonella from contaminated unregulated foodstuff, he shrugs and says, “Oh, well, MOST people who die from e-coli or salmonella had other health problems (like, being very old, very young, pregnant, just had a baby… you know, Not Robust Macho Men) so it doesn’t matter. A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man especially doesn’t care when it’s somebody else’s kids, and especially if he owns stock in the corporations that sold the poison food.

He merely does as Boxer did in the book “Animal Farm”, after he worked himself almost to death, and the Pigs sold his still breathing body for dog food, according to Master Propagandist Glenn “Squealer” Beck, his last words were “I Will Work Harder for my corporate whore-lords even though it’s going to kill me and my family

A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man refuses to believe that anybody ever becomes rich by inheriting stolen money or by stealing that money for themselves, it’s always bread that the wealthy earned by the sweat of their (servants’) brow. And their newly “discovered” proper translation of the Bible by people who don’t speak any more Aramaic or Classic Hebrew than he does and they told him that it’s true.
Sean Hannity said it, he believes it, that settles it.
A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man believes that Richard Cheney and George Bush, being elected by a minority of the voters, were thus appointed and anointed by God, Himself, to have the rule over all the land, and all foreign lands as well, “Love God and Obey the King” and if somebody points out that America doesn’t actually HAVE a king, he will shout down that Upstart Rebellious Peasant and call the police on him if he doesn’t shut up.

A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man believes that the previous rule doesn’t apply to any “king” elected who is not approved by the High Priesthood of Beck and Hannity and Sarah Palin and Bill O’Reilly.
A Real Manly Macho Robust Christian Man believes that God commands him to inject his own version of what God says into every political decision affecting every other person in the entire world even though Tyrants throughout history have used the same lame-ass lying arguments he’s being spoon fed by his Corporate Whore-lords, who pimp out the revised version of the Gospel, the same way they’ve always pimped out the Name of God and they pimp out any working class person who is STUPID enough to fall for that crap.

By their fruits shall ye know them.

Tennessee Fire-Non-Fighters and the Bible

The language used by the fire-non-fighter is heavily ingrained indoctrination. There’s a movement with some familiar names on the letterheads, spokesfreaks not leaders, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Malkin… people whose ambitions are to create an American Sha’ariah based on their own interpretation of the Word.
Or more importantly how the words of the Word get translated into English. They believe that somehow King James was a Liberal. Rather than the really vicious killer he was, and point to speculations on his sexuality, which really doesn’t make three quarters of a fat rats ass. The dude was a killer, that trumps any other social or moral consideration you could think of. But the contention is that the Shakespearian English, and they toss in the “Shakespeare was queer, you know” wink wink nudge nudge low-flying canard as evidence, used in the KJV 1611 was “effeminate”. Oh, he’s a lumberjack, he’s okay. (so gay?)
And they’re actually Re-Writing the Bible to reflect what they think it should be. Nothing new there. Even by their own admission.
Many of them cite the “Thou shalt not Kill” commandment, saying that “They” meaning, not the person speaking who is as ignorant of who “They” are as he is of the actual grammatical structure of Classical Hebrew, BUT “They” Apocryphally proved that it really should have said “Thou shalt not Murder” and thus place a distinction among the concepts of Killings not authorized by the King-du-jour and those which are authorized.

AND then make the silly ass demand that WE, the “peasants”, never question “Their” word on it. Does Hannity or Malkin or Beck or Jack van Impe or any single one of their Demented Demonic Disciples actually speak Classical Hebrew fluently?
I’ve never met one who does and I’ve been in fundamentalist churches all my life.
The same way the Lying Freaks say that They, and only They, can possibly know the Original Intent of the “Founding Fathers” who just by a coincidence aren’t the ones who actually FOUGHT the revolution, but those Wealthy Landed Aristocrats who commanded it. And the sources of their Arcane-yet-Unquestionable Knowledge of the Constitution are the sources of the Religious Revisionists. Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich are also in their sorry lying ChickenHawk lot.

But they’re going to, just like the Fire-Non-Fighter, claim that somehow They have been given the revelation that Thou Shalt Not Kill is a grammatical error in a language none of Them even speaks.
Apparently the concept has been sold to more than a few individuals.

And it’s Mighty Convenient if those who seek to rule over everybody else offer up their version of the Word of God as being the unquestionable basis of their so-called “Authority”.

God Himself hath verily told us through secret Revelation that we of course are not obligated to prove in any way, that YOU must bow down before us, and accept our Mighty Rule as surely as you would His, without question or dissent

Nothing new there either. The contention against “bad” kings as opposed to “good” kings has always centered on the “bad” kings somehow usurping the authority of Kingship.

They put in little disclaimers to their otherwise Iron-Clad commandment of “Honor God and OBEY the King” like “unless WE don’t accept the King as legitimate, then you sorry-ass PEASANTS better help us overthrow the one and worship OUR “True King”.

In other words, follow Saddam Hussein, Very Bad.
Follow the American-British installed Puppet King al Maliki, Very Good.

Follow President Obama, Very Bad.
Follow the Godly and Anointed Leader Queen Sarah, Very Good.

The “Anointed and True King” horseshit isn’t an exclusively Judeo-Christian-Islam concept either, it shows up in blatantly pagan literature like The Lord of the Rings.

Or, to quote the heathen-rewritten-as-Christian-rewritten-as Monty Python tale of King Arthur:

“Strange ladies lying in puddles distributing swords is no basis for Kingship. True executive authority comes by a mandate from the Masses, not some farcical aquatic ceremony. If I were to go about saying I’m the Emperor simply because some moistened Bint lobbed a scimitar at me they’d lock me away, hadn’t they”?