Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

I Don’t See the Conflict

From yesterday’s WaPo piece, After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump.

In the aftermath of the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Republican lawmakers and leaders face the most unpalatable set of choices yet in their relationship with President Trump. They are caught between disgust over his failure to unequivocally condemn neo-Nazism, a desire to advance a conservative agenda and fears of rupturing the Trump-GOP coalition ahead of the 2018 elections.

The article continues with an amazingly detailed, angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin analysis of just how horrible each Rethuglican elected official they could get on the record “thinks” the Pumpkin is.

Here’s what they are missing: not one of these capitalist tools genuinely gives the tiniest little rat’s ass about this issue.  They each have to make just enough noble-sounding noises to avoid awakening their dupes at home.  Mainly because, this country is not yet at the stage where you can steal an election without having some base of support among the under-educated.  The level of support they are willing to voice for Pumpkin is directly tied to how monochromatic and racist their particular base is.

But the corporatism and fascism underlying the Rethuglican agenda remain unchanged, and have little to do with whether we are a Nazi regime or just a genteel racist one.  The vision is, a desperate work-force willing to give all the labor needed to enrich the capitalists, that costs no more than is necessary to avoid starving it to death.  One that manufactures its own replacements by breeding, so that maintenance costs are low.

The slavery that dare not speak its name.

To keep this on track, certain policy goals become very important:

  • Women must not have reproductive freedom.  A mother will be desperate to keep her babies from starving, so will be willing to work for less.  Defunding Planned Parenthood and opposing all but the hilariously ineffective “abstinence-only” sex education suddenly makes sense.
  • The state must never intervene to prevent starvation.  A population in fear of starving is less able to negotiate decent wages for labor, but has to take whatever they can get.  The opposition to WIC, SNAP, a living minimum wage or a universal basic income suddenly makes sense.
  • Health care must stay expensive, and tied to employment.  A population in fear of loved ones dying from treatable conditions is less able to negotiate decent wages for labor, but has to take whatever they can get.  The rabid hatred of even such a wimpy half-measure as the ACA suddenly makes sense.
  • The conditions of employment must be completely at the whim of the employer.  Workplace safety or wrongful termination enforcement by the government is unacceptable.  Mockery of OSHA suddenly makes sense.
  • Government’s sole function is to protect the property rights of the capitalists.  The Golden Rule is absolute.  Bizarre legislation like the DMCA suddenly makes sense.  A willingness to destroy the ecosystem in pursuit of the next quarter’s EPS suddenly makes sense.

This didn’t start last week.  Last week just shows how well it’s been going.  Racism is not all that important to the real goals, but it’s a dandy way to keep the base distracted from rebelling against its enslavement.

 

What Will They Kill Next?

Those darn Millenials!  They are killing…

Everything!

OK, so what did you have next in the dead pool?  Well, here’s what’s next: the Animatronic Band at Chuck E. Cheese!  That’s right, the chain that trained millions of American children to like bad pizza is discontinuing this amazingly creepy act.

And they blame millennials for this move.  Note to Chuck E.: Millennials did not kill this.

People with taste did.

Fort Sumter, VA

No, wait, Fort Sumter is in South Carolina.  What’s in Virginia?

Charlottesville.

With the Pumpkin supporting the bigots (there’s no other way to take the full week’s worth of his blather about it), well… I saw this map of how the US will look after the second Civil War.

After the WHAT??  You read it right.  By some definitions (click through the map… also see here) it has already started: last Saturday.

So… is this horrible?  That I looked at that map and thought, Hmm… could be worse…?

 

Drive that Train!

When I started this idea of Train Music Thursdays, the Ballad of Casey Jones was not far from my mind.  And it will definitely make an appearance.But then, when the Grateful Dead released this track by that name, nothing could have been further from that old folk song.

 

Because… OF COURSE THEY ARE

The Daily Stormer is a Nazi (no neo-, just plain Nazi) website that helped coordinate the racist thugs who wrecked Charlottesville this past weekend, and then crowed when Pumpkin blamed the anti-fascists.

When you run a Nazi website, you really don’t want a lot of visibility from civilized folks.  In the past few days, they have been kicked out by Go-Daddy, then by Google.  Finally, today, CloudFlare pulled the plug.

Pretty awesome.  And Nordstrom’s didn’t even drop his daughter’s clothing line!

So where are they now?  Where have they found, to spew hate from?  The answer is… let me just say… as soon as you know it… you will exclaim what I did, and what I put at the top of this post:

BECAUSE, OF COURSE THEY ARE!

The answer is, Daily Stormer is no longer a .com domain… it’s now dailystormer.ru; they’re now registered and hosted in Russia!

BECAUSE, OF COURSE THEY ARE!

It makes perfect sense, after all.  The current crop of Nazis, pumpkin included, are so fond of Putin, it only makes sense that this is where their web presence should land.  I wonder if they could get a deal for hosting whitehouse.gov?  I also wonder if Putin knows who Molotov and Ribbentrop were, and what Barbarossa was?

* link to NYT coverage, not hate-filled site

 

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