Suppose They Gave An Uprising And Nobody Came?

Operation: American Spring fell just a LITTLE short of their goal of 10-30 million “patriots” to overthrow Obama. I thought I’d help out by creating #americanspringexcuses to come up with legitimate reasons why True Patriots couldn’t make it, like “kids had soccer” or “mom said I had to clean the basement, er The Patriot Bunker.” Little did I realize my humble offer of help would explode across the twitter verse, as people rushed to pitch in.


Sadly, though, some of the tweets demonstrated the ugly level of class consciousness that exists in American politics, even among progressives, mocking the sunshine patriots as ignorant rednecks or hillbillies. They aren’t. They are white people terrified of the future.

The Tale of Brave Sir Ryan

Brave Sir Paul Ryan protects his hearing on poverty from the contaminating presence of any actual poors.

Published in: on April 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Yet More Tales from the Oligarchy

Income inequality is not a natural phenomenon. It didn’t hit America like a hurricane or an earthquake. It is rather the direct and deliberate result of policies implemented by the government at the behest of its owners, the oligarchs. For example, average income taxpayers now subsidize the exorbitant salaries of billionaire CEOs, even at supposedly “liberal” companies like Starbucks. There’s a solution, of course; we have to stop rewarding economic serfdom.  A bill recently introduced in the California Legislature would peg CEO taxes to the ratio between their salaries and the salaries of their company’s typical worker. It’s a good start and needs to be considered by Congress; of course, we have to pry Congress from the fingers of the oligarchs first.

Published in: on April 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Gospel According to Ayn Rand

American Christianity, and in particular Evangelical Protestantism and especially the blasphemous “Health and Wealth Gospel,” has long been used as a figleaf for an economic system that is utterly at odds with actual, Biblical Christianity. You cannot serve two masters, to paraphrase Scriptures, you cannot love both Christ and Ayn Rand. Pope Francis gets it; why can’t Paul Ryan?

Because SCIENCE!

Good News, Everyone!

Good News, Everyone!

Science proves my point that America is now an oligarchy.

Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

News Round-Up

  1. Prepare to be shocked: politicians listen to lobbyists and don’t give a shit about ordinary people! I know, right?
  2. Asshole enlists help of other assholes to defend his God-given FREEDOM to steal from the rest of the country. Surely, Clive Bundy is the living embodiment of the Doctrine of Discovery: “I stole this here land for years therefore it’s mine because FREEDOM!”
  3. Republican Outreach to Women marches on!
Published in: on April 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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More Tales from the Oligarchy

Rich asshole in Shawnee, Oklahoma uses his petty authority to abuse and brutalize the homeless. Film at eleven!

This story encapsulates two disturbing trends: the power of the oligarchy to use political power to pursue personal wealth and the ongoing rise in demonization of the poor. It’s particularly poignant that most of the homeless in Shawnee are Indians…homeless in their own country, their land stolen out from under them.

Meanwhile, the United States as a whole continues to fall in standard-of-living rankings with other industrialized nations. Welcome to Galt’s Gulch!

Down And Out In America

It probably comes as no surprise that most of what “everybody knows” about poverty in America is dead wrong. It should also come as no surprise that most people are ignorant about poverty, given the relentless propagandizing by oligarchs determined to make the rest of us see the poor as somehow “other” and “less.”  Interestingly, if someone smart (like say, a Redditor) were to compare poverty rates by county in the US using the same standards (though adjusted for cost of living) as the UN uses for Africa, they’d see huge swathes of abject poverty in the reddest states of the Deep South. Why? Mainly because the Deep South has been following the Republican/Oligarch Economic Model (small government, low wages, no unions, little regulation) for the better part of a century.

Published in: on March 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

More From Our Corporate Overlords

Kneel, peasants!

Kneel, peasants!

The Hobby Lobby case is not just about whether or not corporations have souls (and therefore religion) or even whether your boss gets to decide if you use birth control; if Hobby Lobby prevails, your boss will get to decide what your doctor tells you.

Meanwhile, mega-banks are keen to make sure you don’t know that not only are they “too big to fail,” they get lower interest rates because of it. That’s right, you’re subsidizing banks even more than you thought you were.

Published in: on March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Screwing Continues

  1. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the richer you are the longer you live. Conversely, the poorer you are, the quicker you die;
  2. Some rich guy thinks all that democracy and voting is getting in the way of real education “reform” (by which he means, the quick and efficient destruction of public schools);
  3. FOX “News” makes you stupid. With that in mind, non-stupid people should start voting in Republican primaries for non-stupid candidates;
  4. Joseph Sabia has a great job--getting paid to make sure that your job sucks;
  5. Nearly all of what Joseph Sabia and the “Employment Policies Institute” says about raising the minimum wage is demonstrable bullshit;
  6. For that matter, most Right Wing propaganda is bullshit. Especially the parts about how beaten-down and persecuted they all are.