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Right Wing Power Grabs

“IOKIYAR” or “It’s OK if you are Republican” has been used for years now, to describe how all scandals that demolish the careers of non-Rethuglican pols are simply ignored when the thug has an (R) by his name.

This is about capitalists, or should I say, oligarchs, making sure that they can never be held to account for all the depredations of their untrammeled drive for more and more and more.

Enslaving women and brown people is for keeping the racist, sexist mucking forons just enough at bay so that the guillotines are not going up in every city.

Follow the money.

Showdown

The vote on Kavanaugh may come as early as today

Photo: NYTimes

The fact that Susan Collins might vote for this guy makes David Brooks’ opinion that this is a low point in American political devolution almost correct.

He says political statements no longer operate on the level of intellectual persuasion with facts or perspective.  He says they are simply “to mobilize your mob.”  

Of course, now that Brooks’ mob – Rethuglicans – appear to be in the ascendancy, he would like Democrats to be circumspect and always civil.  On the council that ultimately green-lighted the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, he’d have been that guy who wanted more negotiations with the Nazis instead.  Then when everyone else is being loaded into the boxcars to Treblinka, that guy goes home to his family.

This is indeed a low point, but Rethuglicans have a warehouse full of shovels.  And no mob was ever reasoned out of rioting.  What it will take is an army – or a bigger mob.

Let’s get into the streets and into the voting booth.  Bigger than they can imagine.

Playing Defense

Seen this movie before, have we?

My sense is, Rethuglicans in the Senate are trying to gauge the minimum amount they need to pretend to follow a fair process with Kavanaugh’s accusers so as to prevent another half-million woman march on the mall, and a twenty-million woman march to the polls Nov 6.

Some of their gambits, like Brett’s “calendar”, are showing a few cracks and loose rivets.  But the rich-old-white-man-ocracy is not going anywhere until every woman, every African-American, every Latinx voter washes it away in the voting booth.

Be there.  November 6.  And every goddam Election Day after that.

Believe Women!

#MeToo and #TimesUp are more important than we might think because they show that we are starting to ascribe credibility to women approaching that which we automatically ascribe to men.

But this is about to get put to its toughest test yet when Christine Blasey Ford sits down with a Rethuglican Senate committee to fill them in on her violent run-in with Brett Kavanaugh, Pumpkin’s pick to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court (seeing as how Michael Cohen is not available).

I have visions of another Anita Hill situation.  I hope not.  But having faith in this patriarchal society to do the right thing by women is not much of a +EV position.  Also, this way I remain capable of being pleasantly surprised. 

In any case, a lawyer buddy of Kavanaugh’s tweeted last week (before Ford’s identity was even known)

“Wonder if accuser will say she was sober at time of alleged incident at drinking party. If drunk, how drunk? Cognitive dysfunction, impaired memory, mistaken identity, all compounded by 35 years? (I am of course not saying her drunkeness would excuse anyone else’s conduct.)”

So – he wonders if she was drunk.  Then he assumes she was but wonders how much.  Then he assumes however much she was drunk, it was plenty because she, of course, has all kinds of mental breakdowns as a result.  Inability to think, or remember events, or identify people.  And even though she was blind, blackout drunk (see what I did there?) it does not excuse someone else’s bad behavior toward her.  But of course, none of this has the least little thing to do with his buddy, ol‘ Brett.

When he got called on this, his reply was along the lines of, Are you saying that extreme drunkenness does NOT cause these mental deficiencies?  He’s already entered into evidence the fact that she was extremely drunk because… he imagined it, and he has a penis.  So, QED.

No, it does not HAVE to go this way.  Not now, in 2018.  Not even with the pussy-grabber-in-chief squeezing his blackheads in the west wing.  But is that the way to bet?

Surprise me, America.

via Rebecca Solnit, whose book, Men Explain Things to Me is the awesome and you should grab a copy RFN.

FEMA Test Announced

Thursday afternoon at 2:18 PM Eastern there will be a test of Wireless Emergency Alerts.  This means, if you have a phone, you’re getting a text from Pumpkin.  You cannot opt out.

I’m sure he will not take this opportunity to be unprofessional or unpresidential.  He will only tell everyone, “this is a test” and let it go at that.

I’m really looking forward to it!

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