Saturday, April 03, 2010

Reality truly does have a liberal bias . . . .

Steve Benen has a post up at The Washington Monthly that hit home for me. Worth the read - [Click Here]. Here's an exerpt:
It's not especially surprising, of course. Reading this, it's hard not to think of the Ron Suskind classic when a senior adviser to then-President George W. Bush dismissed those who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.... That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality."

If today's conservative Republicans reject reality, it stands to reason that they'll reject history, too.

But it's nevertheless a reminder of why conversations with those immersed in a right-wing ideology tend to be rather frustrating, if not futile, experiences. In order for political discourse to have any meaning or value, there have to be certain agreed upon facts that serve as a foundation for the dialogue. But as the McClatchy piece notes, that foundation is no longer stable -- conservatives frequently choose to believe versions of events that aren't real, because the make-believe version makes them feel better.

BINGO! This describes exactly the dilemma I find myself up against when I make any attempt at reasonable dialogue with right-wing friends or family. Facts are inconvenient things to them, even more so if those facts undermine the bedrock beliefs in whatever inanity they choose to ascribe to.

I've semi-retired from trying to bridge this intellectual gap -- perhaps after Obama's term ends and they see that Armageddon didn't occur and that not a whole helluva lot has changed in their lives, maybe (big qualifier type maybe) then they'll stop and genuflect on what intransigent assholes they've been and we can take another shot at the sane, civilized discourse thing. That's all I can hope for.


Friday, April 02, 2010

Weeeeeeeeeee . . . . .

Hehe . . .

Arcade Games


Friday M-Vloggin' -- with John Mellencamp

Being the rebellious sonofabitch I am, I've always had a soft place in my mischievous heart for this song.

So I call up my preacher
I say, "Give me strength for Round 5."
He said , "You don't need no strength, you need to grow up son."
I said, "Growing up leads to growing old and then to dying
"And dying to me don't sound like all that much fun."


Oh no oh no
I fight authority Authority always wins


GFY redux-redux

These whining, sore-loser asshats can GO FUCK THEMSELVES too.


GFY - redux

As a followup to my previous post -- Bill Maher went on Leno and pretty much validated every thing I stated about the whining right-wingers. Thanks for the support Bill.



I cannot even begin to express in words how much this sickens me, however, in the interest of ensuring idiocy does not go unanswered, I'll take a stab at it:

By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel
8:22 a.m. EDT, April 2, 2010

MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."

You know what I have to say to this "good doctor" and to the Army officer who is refusing to obey orders because he wants to see Obama's birth certificate, and to the 'gubmint' is evil clowns who are ripping up their census forms, and the Republican state Attorney's General who are vowing to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform bill, and to the right-wing screechers who are using the not-so-subtle threats of violence as a means of protesting their displeasure with the current political party in power, which happens to not be theirs ---- to all of you I say GO FUCK YOURSELVES! That's right - GO FUCK YOURSELVES, AND FUCK YOURSELVES 10 WAYS FROM SUNDAY!

The GOP and rightwing are great for crowing, "elections have consequences, elections have consequences, neener, neener!" when their chosen political party wins and is running the show. Well that works two ways fuckheads. Obama and the Democrats not only won the last election, they decimated the GOP and the right-wing message of fear and hatred. Get over it! And if you all can't get over it and you instead choose to not play by the long established rules of America's participatory democracy --- well, that's your choice --- and you can GO FUCK YOURSELVES for all I care.

Therefore, until you whining, tantrum throwing, pants wetting right-wing fucktards make an official announcement that you will all GO FUCK YOURSELVES, I would kindly request that you all just STFU and let the adults get on with the critical business of getting this country back on the road to peace and prosperity.

Thank you very, very much.

P.s. -- Oh -- and GO FUCK YOURSELVES!