The midterm elections and their aftermath

wrezxuwty1wo8fglx6dtI’m in a post-election funk. So let’s wallow in it with the Rude Pundit (you delicate wallflowers out there should not read this):

Citizens in Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota all hiked their state’s minimum wage by huge margins while still voting in the Republican for Senate and/or governor. In Alaska, the minimum wage hike passed and Republican Dan Sullivan is leading incumbent Mark Begich. In Colorado, the voters defeated a personhood amendment while voting in for senator a goddamn guy who sponsored a federal version of the thing. Fucking Kentucky fuckers are happy pigs in the Obamacare mud, but, fuck you, Alison Grimes. Kentuckians want the cockknob who wanted them to stay sick and toothless.

And this isn’t just in what you consider red or reddish states. In fucking Illinois, voters said “yes” to raising the minimum wage, a constitutional amendment for the right to vote, a higher tax on millionaires to fund schools, and a birth control mandate for insurance plans. They elected the Republican for governor, and he opposes at least two of those measures – the tax and the minimum wage (Bruce Rauner has said he wasn’t going to get involved in “social issues” like birth control).

Anything else?

Shut the fuck up if you’re writing some think piece about how Republicans will work with President Obama now. Shut the fuck up if you’re writing about how Republicans will have to govern now. Shut the fuck up if you’re writing blindly optimistic fantasy fiction about all the amazing things Obama will do now that he’s unshackled completely from Congress. Just shut the fuck up.

Here’s what’s gonna happen, as sure as you’re reading this. Republicans ran on one simple message: We will do nothing. Oh, sure, they made a big deal about repealing the Affordable Care Act or whatever, but that ain’t happening until Obama is gone. So they will do nothing. It’s the easiest fucking goal to reach, almost beautiful in its sinister simplicity. Republicans in the Senate are going to block any nominee for anything. Legislation was never going to pass, even if they lost the Senate. So they will vote for an agenda that has no way of getting past Obama’s veto. They will vote to overturn the vetoes and fail. They will hold useless hearings on useless topics like Benghazi and, oh, fuck, why not, Ebola. They will subpoena the White House endlessly, which will slow the work of the Executive Branch. There will be talk of impeachment, but that won’t go anywhere because it would be doing something, which is not part of the GOP ethos now.

Is there anything to look forward to? Anybody?

With nearly all precincts reporting, nearly 70 percent of D.C. voters approved a new law that allows possession and cultivation of small amounts of pot for adult use. The newly-passed Initiative 71 allows city residents 21 and older to have up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six pot plants in their home. It also legalizes the retail sale of marijuana paraphernalia and allows adults to give (but not sell) pot to each other.

The first of the Manson murders: Aug. 9, 1969

Another bizarre anniversary today. Forty years ago, Richard Milhous Nixon resigned as president of the United States.

But 45 years ago, the first of a series of crazed murders occurred in California:

Charlie Manson is a psychopath. His followers were insane sheep. Patricia Krenwinkel was a member of the flock. She’s still in jail and as poignant as this interview is, she should stay there for the rest of her life..

If you don’t know what happened that day 45 years ago, the best book about it was “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor of the Manson family,

Here’s how crazy the Manson clan was. They believed a song that Paul McCartney wrote because he wanted to make a really loud song, was, in their reality, and I have to quote Wikipedia on this:

A part of the Beatles’ coded prophecy of an apocalyptic war in which racist and non-racist whites would be manoeuvered into virtually exterminating each other over the treatment of blacks. Upon the war’s conclusion, after black militants would kill off the few whites they would know to have survived, Manson and his companions would emerge from an underground city in which they would have escaped the conflict. As the only remaining whites, they would rule blacks, who, as the vision went, would be incapable of running America. Manson employed “helter skelter” as the term for this sequence of events.

I try to refrain from profanity in my postings, I can’t come up with any other way to describe this: That was some fucked up shit!

Why you should vaccinate your kids

Apparently, there’s an epidemic of whooping cough on the West Coast, even though there’s a vaccine that can wipe it out. (Via USA Today):

Scientists are searching for clues to the resurgence of whooping cough, a nearly forgotten childhood infection causing outbreaks around the country.

California last week announced a whooping cough epidemic, reporting more than 800 cases in two weeks, along with two deaths in infants. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 10,000 cases so far this year of whooping cough, also known as pertussis.

Although whooping cough is cyclical, peaking every three to five years, cases have soared in the past decade, with 48,277 cases in 2012, the largest number in 50 years.

The best defense against whooping cough is vaccination, says Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health.

The reason: There are people in this country who, when faced with getting their medical advice from either a Nobel Prize winner in medicine or a former Playboy centerfold figure the boobmeister has a better grasp on health issues.

I don’t know. I guess that’s God’s way of thinning out the herd.

Anyway, listen to this. It makes sense.

Stop listening to the kooks.

Land of the free?

We know for sure that Americans live in the nation that honors individual liberty above everything else, right?

So how do we square that belief with this:

Global-rates-of-imprisonmentThe United States puts more people in prison, per capita, than any other country in the world. More than Russia. More than China.

Why?

Are Americans more dangerous than people on the rest of the planet? Are we more corrupt than people in what are considered the most corrupt places on Earth.

The answer is simple: drugs.

According to a report by the London School of Economics:

Ernest Drucker, adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, dives into one of the most costly, counterproductive byproducts of the war on drugs in America: mass imprisonment. Drucker details the grisly measures used to punish inmates brought in on drug charges in the U.S.—citing discipline that includes hard labor, severe mental and physical privations, isolation, body mutilation, and execution. The collateral effects, Drucker argues, show how imprisonment, human rights, and public health are related.

Our war on drugs has made the U.S. a prison for more people than anywhere else in the world. Something has to change.