I mean really. What else could go wrong in the coming year?
Led by Melissa Harris-Perry, the former MSNBC host, this is one of the best analyses I’ve come across on why the 2016 presidential election went the way it did. They provide historical context on why failed political strategies and misperceptions created by pundits have led us to where we are today.
Among the observations:
- There is no gender gap. It’s a race gap.
- A woman should never use a political strategy used by a white man.
- A lot of men of color failed this country.
- Never watch cable news (I especially agree with this one).
(And by the end, three of the four women are pretty sauced.)
According to the Rude Pundit:
Drudge has said that the National Hurricane Center is hyping Matthew and lying about wind speed because they want to “make exaggerated point on climate” change.
And what is the Rushbot saying?
But if you listened to conservative talk radio, you might have heard Rush Limbaugh himself today on Oxy the Obese Clown’s Analotorium of Fart Noises telling you that Matthew is being hyped because Al Gore needs to prove that climate change is real. No, really: “After Katrina, remember, Al Gore and all the global warming people? They were happy! They were beating their chests like Tarzan out there, and they were saying, ‘This is just the beginning! Because of climate change and because of global warming, we’re gonna have hurricanes like this every year, many of them.'”
I’m glad someone reads and listens to these alt-right clowns so I don’t have to.
The folks that right wingers listen to are more than willing to lead their lemmings to suicide to make a point. And the cliff jumpers on the right will listen to them, because they think it’s clever to say and do things that piss off liberals. (Like nominate a certain anthropromorphic pile of cow manure for president.) So expect a bunch of make America firsters who believe this mush from the manure pile …
… to stay in their homes and ride out this storm.
A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.
A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”
The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”
As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”
The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”
The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”
Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.
When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”
And God said, “I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”
Now, I could be compassionate, pull out my Bible and refer the followers of manure, Drudge and Rush to Matthew 7:15:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
But acquiescent morons really piss me off, so I’m giving the final word to the Rude Pundit:
Jesus fuck, fine, just fucking stay there, Drudge readers and Limbaugh listeners. Fucking stay and drown and get your asses reamed by flying debris with your corpses devoured by alligators. You’ll end up improving the nation considerably in your absence.
So the denier lives until he’s 75. That seems to encourage denial, which I don’t think is the point of the cartoon.
How about this to scare you:
Right now, there are eight tropical storms happening on the planet. One is about to hit Japan and two are headed in the direction of Hawaii. Four are hurricanes (typhoons, cyclones, whatever you want to call them). Notice how they’re all around the red band? That’s because the oceans are warming and that allows the storms to build.
We are on track for the hottest year in recorded history. The coasts are going to be underwater sooner than you realize.
Just ask the people in Louisiana.
The governor of Louisiana has asked all the presidential candidates to stay away from the flooded areas of his state because political photo ops get in the way of disaster relief efforts. Here it is:
[President] Obama himself is facing criticism for not cutting short his annual summer vacation to visit the flood devastation in Louisiana, but the governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, has publicly asked Obama to stay away, citing the drain on resources that a presidential visit demands and that he would prefer to devote to flood relief.
Of course, the right wing media minions are criticizing Obama and Hillary Clinton for not screwing up disaster relief efforts by showing up for a photo op when important work has to be done.
And, of course, the douchebag in a white baseball cap who Republican voters say is the right person to lead the free world and his holier-than-though fluffer vice presidential running mate go down to the flooded areas of Louisiana for a photo op.
Is that Play-Doh (click to enlarge because I can’t believe what I’m seeing)? You’re bringing Play-Doh as part of your photo op? Because when the water’s rising above your neck, nothing says “I need to be rescued” like Play-Doh?
I must be seeing this wrong.
Well, at least Mr. Make America Hate Again must have exerted a significant amount of time and energy as he helped unload that big truck:
On Friday morning, freshly-minted Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC News that Trump and running mate Mike Pence would be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to “help people on the ground” in a “decidedly nonpolitical event” with “no press allowed.”
As it turns out, though, there actually were members of the press allowed, and the candidate did use the occasion to attack his political opponent, and there were opportunities for photographs, but true to his word, Trump did “help out.” Pool cameras trailed Trump for his entire visit, and over the course of those several hours, Trump “helped out” by unloading a truckload of toys for 49 seconds, these 49 seconds.
Is this a parody of a presidential campaign?
So let’s say some intergalactic alien race, let’s call them Kanamits, came up with a special use for humans and took us all with them to their planet. What would happen to this third rock from the sun?
Well that’s depressing. If humans disappeared, the world would be a better place from nature’s perspective. It wouldn’t take that long: 500 years or so. And 500 years is nothing in the life of a 4.5 billion year old Earth. Hell, 500 years is nothing even if you’re deluded into believing the Earth is only 6,000 years old.
We need the Earth more than it needs us.
Let’s remember that.