Attacks in Paris

The news out of Paris is horrific. Religious fanatics with guns and bombs have killed at least 120 people. It’s an attack by Islamic State psychopaths.

The best television news coverage has been on France 24.

President Francois Holland gave this speech soon after the attack on the Stade de France, where he was one of the fans at a football match between France and Germany:

And President Obama had this to say from the White House:

But the French are in solidarity. Football fans sang the national anthem as they left the Stade de France after the attacks:

And, of course, someone stupid has something disgusting to say about it all.


Kentucky Maps That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Drink Moonshine Until He’s Blind

I’m still trying to figure out how poor people in bad health in Kentucky decided they wanted a Republican governor who promised to take away their health insurance.

The Rude Pundit explained it to me:

So people who have less than nothing would rather have their cancer go untreated than take Medicaid from a Negro or allow two people of the same sex to get married. That is about as delusional and pathetic as it gets and, frankly, so gut-level, depressingly dumb that, on his crueler days, the Rude Pundit thinks it’d be just fine for them all to get sick and die and raise the intelligence of the species just a bit. Hell, they pretty much just admitted that they’re cool with that.

But here’s the thing: The country will not move forward without an appeal to the gut-level stupid. Forget the fucked-in-the-brain-by-religion crowd. They’re out of reach. But there is a contingent of the rural poor that can be reached and can be brought into the fold. It’s just been too long without any real effort to do so, not during the Reagan or Bush or Clinton or Bush II years and not as much as needed during the Obama administration.

Sure, it’d be easy to say, “Well, let ’em freeze to death in a ditch with their single tooth.” Except for shit like this very election, shit that keeps happening, that happened in 2014, too, shit that has an effect on the House of Representatives, for instance. That has to do with the lives of you and, more importantly, the Rude Pundit.

The stupid people aren’t going away. We just haven’t figured out how to make them less stupid.

Here’s a map of the election results. Typical blue and red designations:

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And here’s a map of where Medicaid is used the most in the state. The more brown, the more Medicaid:

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So most of the places that rely on Medicaid thought it was a good idea to vote for the guy who said he would get rid of the healthcare they rely on. That means they are more likely to die. That’s what getting rid of the state exchange means.

And they knew that’s what he was going to do. I voted in the Kentucky election and I saw the ads. It wasn’t something Matt Blevin, the Republican governor-elect, was trying to sneak through.

So what’s drove them to vote for that? The Washington Post took a look at that today:

Dennis Blackburn has this splintered self-interest. The 56-year-old mechanic hasn’t worked in 18 months, since he lost his job at a tire company that supplies a diminishing number of local coal mines. “The old guy had to go home,” Blackburn says of his layoff.

He has a hereditary liver disorder, numbness in his hands and legs, back pain from folding his 6-foot-1-inch frame into 29-inch mine shafts as a young man, plus an abnormal heart rhythm — the likely vestige of having been struck by lightning 15 years ago in his tin-roofed farmhouse.

Blackburn was making small payments on an MRI he’d gotten at Pikeville Medical Center, the only hospital in a 150-mile radius, when he heard about Big Sandy’s Shelby Valley Clinic. There he met Fleming, who helped him sign up for one of the managed-care Medicaid plans available in Kentucky.

On Election Day, Blackburn voted for Bevin because he is tired of career politicians and thought a businessman would be more apt to create the jobs that Pike County so needs. Yet when it comes to the state’s expansion of health insurance, “it doesn’t look to me as if he understands,” Blackburn said. “Without this little bit of help these people are giving me, I could probably die. . . . It’s not right to not understand something but want to stamp it out.”

I don’t know what to say. The guy just signed his own death warrant. He doesn’t realize that Blevin fully understands what he’s doing. This isn’t a case of a politician being misguided, because he absolutely believes the poor are moochers and are better off dead.

Maybe it’s for the best. Sometimes, you’ve got to thin out the herd.

Matt Blevin Source: Kentucky Maps That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Drink Moonshine Until He’s Blind

Happy Satan Day

Today is Halloween. You know what that means?

The Rev. Pat Robertson — the conservative televangelist, outside-the-box thinker and man who once blamed the  2010 Haitian earthquake on a “pact to the devil” — sees Oct. 31st, uh, differently.

“That’s the day when millions of children and adults will be dressing up as devils, witches, and goblins … to celebrate Satan,” Robertson said on his program “The 700 Club” on Thursday. “They don’t realize what they’re doing.”

Uh, OK?

He didn’t really say that, right?

Dude, it’s just about the candy, It’s not about your immortal soul.



The pope visited. The pundits comment.

Pope Francis should be glad he’s headed back to the Vatican. This trip to America must have tired him out, simply because of all the political acrobats trying to parse whether the pontiff would be a Democrat or a Republican. Because, in America, all that matters is our stupid political processes.:

From The Rude Pundit:

Oh, man, oh, man, the events just keep coming, every day seemingly more strange and absurd than the last. A pope delivers a speech that, if given by a Democrat, he’d be accused of being a wild and woolly socialist.

Seriously. That must just be a crazy liberal talking.

But then:

While social justice has long been a pillar of Catholic doctrine, that kind of rhetoric in the document sounds anti-capitalist to many on the right.

“Essentially, what this papal encyclical is saying is that every Catholic should vote for the Democrat Party,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday, using the name for such a document from the pope. “That’s what it is. How else do you interpret it when the pope comes out and sounds like Al Gore on global warming and climate change?”

OK, that’s just a crazy Republican talking.

But then:

If he could, Pope Francis would endorse Bernie Sanders for president. I don’t mean to speak on behalf of the world’s most recognizable religious leader, but when you compare the political philosophy of both Sanders and Francis, theres only one conclusion: Sanders best fits his view of the world.

That’s just a crazy journalist talking.

Honestly, the pope doesn’t strike me as a partisan voter. He just seems to be a nice man telling everyone to be nice to each other.

Some things to keep in mind about high school science

Especially if you’re a child of color.

1) Kiera Wilmot’s curiosity wasn’t destructive.

2) Ahmed Mohamed’s homemade clock wasn’t a bomb.

So let’s hire teachers who are intelligent enough to look at these things and say, that’s impressive, instead of a bunch of cowardly dunces who feel it’s their primary duty to call the police because brown kids are intelligent.

(Just for the record, it comes as no surprise these atrocities happened in Florida and Texas.)

Trump rally POV

What we see at a GOP rally for Donald Trump:


What Donald Trump sees:


It’s all crazy, but what really is over the top is a reference to Donald Trump and Jesus in the same space/time continuum. And the sign is very confusing. Based on the color of the lettering says: Thank You, Jesus, for Lord President Trump.

What’s a Lord President? Is that some level of Jedi Sith? And besides, Trump hasn’t performed any miracles. It’s not like his face is going to magically appear in food:

I’m pretty sure that as all this plays out, there are going to be times when I think I’ve gone insane, because this can’t be possible. I mean, it makes as much sense as this: