Now, any kid can grow up to become president

Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee for president. Up until this moment, you couldn’t honestly tell a girl that she could grow up to be president someday..

Eight years ago around this time, Barack Obama was officially the Democratic nominee for president. Up until that moment, you couldn’t honestly tell black children that they could grow up to be president someday.

This country has seen huge gains in equal opportunity in recent years.

And a certain flatulent Cheeto tinted balding lump of smarmy ego is trying to sell us that we need to “Make America great again.”

Which brings me to a reality check by the Rude Pundit directed at a disappointed segment of the left who swear that despite their preferred candidate saying it’s time to unite and make sure Truckfumpet never gets near the nuclear codes, there’s way, no how, they will vote for Hillary because … ??? (The language is not pretty):

You know who will get hurt by a Trump presidency? Every fucking group you think you’re defending with your purity. And don’t fucking get upset when we say that not voting or voting for Stein or Johnson is as good as voting for Trump. It’s as good as voting for Trump because Clinton is the only candidate who can beat him, and any vote not for her is a net gain for Trump, and that shit’ll matter in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere. And, yeah, fuck you if you think that voting for Clinton to stop Trump ain’t enough of a reason. It is enough of a reason. It’s always been, in every election, enough of a reason. Sorry, sunshine, that’s the fuckery of democracy.

Fuck you for not knowing your history and not wanting to do everything you can to stop someone like Trump from ascending to the White House and appointing Supreme Court justices, which will fuck us all for the rest of our lives. You know who agrees with us and disagrees with you? Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren. Michael Moore. President Obama. And a fuck-ton of liberal writers (and a shitload of conservative writers, but fuck them where they stand anyways).

Do you think we’re all just lying to you? Do you think people across the left are liars or shills, including the dude you worshipped all this time? Or maybe, just maybe, we are sounding a warning bell, telling you that this shit is real. A Trump presidency is realer in its consequences than a Clinton one, however bad you think a Clinton presidency might be. Fuck, the Washington Post took the really unusual step to say, “Yeah, fuck this. Trump is a psychopath. Stop him.” That’s unheard of.

Don’t damn us to be Cassandras. Don’t let us stand there in 2017 and forward and say, “Told you so.” Probably from our cells in the gulag.

Back in my youth (in 1980), I was one of the pure of heart, swearing,”by God, I’m voting for John Anderson because those puppets of the major party establishment need to be taken down a notch.”

The result: Eight years of Ronald Reagan and the validation of all that today’s GOP believes America should be. A place where those of a certain color or gender or sexual preference needed to shut up and stay in their place.

And then the next generation of the pure of heart came along in 2000, swearing, “by God, I’m voting for Ralph Nader, because those puppets of the major party establishment need to be taken down a notch.”

The result: Eight years of George W. Bush (the Dumber) and the total abdication of civil liberties and human rights for the introduction of a police state mentality that watches our every move and has a fetishistic obsession with torture as a way of dealing with people who were a genuine threat to our safety, but easy enough to nullify without waterboarding or other “enhanced interrogation techniques.” A situation brought about because Fuckhead the Dumber ignored every warning that a bunch of religious zealots were about to attack, even though the Democratic president before him warned that he should watch out because a bunch of religious zealots were about to attack.

I was wrong, and I’ve been trying to make up for that mistake ever since. The pure of heart of 2000 were wrong, and they haven’t begun to make up for that mistake.

This is 2016. Another mistake like that could be our last.

 

 

Apocalypse, now … even though things are pretty good

Newt Gingrich is the essence of what’s wrong with the Republican Party. He knows that negative “feelings” are unwarranted, but instead of being a leader and correcting misconceptions, he preys on fears to secure power for his allies.

He’s the kind of person who would have done quite well in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. He would allow a dictatorship to happen, and he should be banned from all media.

But that’s not going to happen. So let’s watch as he supports the dictator with the disco beat, and dances our way to social disintegration.

Fox News’s Jabba the Hutt isn’t dead: Another News Corp. atrocity

Last week, Rupert Murdoch announced he would take over as CEO of Fox News with the resignation of Roger Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Since the announcement of a lawsuit against Ailes by former “Fox and Friends” anchor blonde Gretchen Carlson, 25 women have described similar sexual harassment that goes back to the 1960s.

So people think the story is over as far a control of Fox News is concerned. Ailes is out. Rupert is in. So why does this seem slimy?

Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position under fire, but will remain with the company until 2018 as a consultant, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Thursday.

Ah … the fine print … so why is 2018 significant?

With the scandal erupting rapidly, Fox executives began negotiating the 76-year old executive’s departure. Ailes’ severance package includes about $40 million of payment, or roughly the amount he was owed for the duration of his contract that was set to expire in 2018, according to a person briefed on the matter.

So, Ailes is getting at least $40 million, and Rupert is going to follow his advice until 2018, when Ailes’s contract was going to expire anyway.

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutIn other words, it’s just cosmetics. Nothing changes. Ailes will still call the shots, but the words will come out of Rupert’s mouth.

Has this ever happened before?

Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire. …

There was immediate speculation last night that the paper will be replaced by a Sunday edition of the Sun which could be produced by staff at the daily. The domain names TheSunOnSunday.co.uk, TheSunOnSunday.com and SunOnSunday.co.uk were registered two days ago.

The News of the World was shut down in 2011 when investigators revealed the paper was hacking phones of celebrities, royalty and dead people, including a girl who was murdered. In the murder case, the hacking actually led police to believe the girl was still alive, throwing off the investigation.

So Rupert closed News of the World, a Sunday paper, and then immediately added a Sunday edition to the Sun, one of his other papers. So where do you think he found a staff fast enough to open a new Sunday edition?

It’s all smoke and mirrors, but it gets worse, according to TPM:

Trump said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that, at first, he didn’t want to comment on Ailes. Ailes announced he was leaving Fox last week amid sexual harassment allegations.

“But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him,” Trump said.

“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person,” Trump continued. “And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”