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.

Trump’s delusional ‘moment of silence’

Because he is incapable of telling the truth, Donald Trump, the soon to be Republican nominee for president of the United States, came up with this:

Trump reiterated the claim at a rally in Westfield, Indiana on Tuesday night, where he criticized Black Lives Matter for holding rallies across the country the weekend after the Dallas shootings.

“The other night you had 11 cities potentially in a blow-up stage,” he said. “Marches all over the United States—and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!”

Of course, he said it on Fox News, which people watch to increase their stupidity.

No one, absolutely no one, called for a moment of silence for the killer.

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This is the same as when he said Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the collapse of the World Trade Center. I was about to get a train to work in New York, across the street from the World Trade Center, on Sept. 11, 2001. And I remember watching the news and seeing a report about Palestinians cheering the terrorism. But the report was in the Middle East and I remember thinking, “we’re going to war with a Muslim country.”

I knew it was on the other side of the world thousands of miles away. Trump thought it was across the river.

So either he’s a fool and doesn’t know any better, or a liar and deserves nothing but contempt. I say he’s a bloated scumbag fucknugget, but that’s just the New Yorker in me.

His rabid followers foam at the mouth in their hatred for Muslims and Latinos, who in his world are rapists and murderers. He went for the Jews recently with his Hillary Clinton Star of David on a pile of money tweet.

Now he going for, as he puts it, “the blacks.”

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

And while Trump creates another distraction from reality, let’s be aware that this is his base.

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Let’s talk about compromise

I’m getting sick of people saying things would be better if people in Congress or in politics in general would just compromise. Because compromise means different things to different parties:

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Democrats tend to see a problem and work to compromise by trying to find a solution by working with the other party.

Republicans tend to imagine problems and say compromise is doing what Republicans want to do. Which brings us back to the problem with compromising with crazy people.

Now you can go with the Ayn Rand philosophy of compromise from “Atlas Shrugged“:

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

Or as Digby put it more simply, it’s like taking a date to a fancy restaurant, and you want to order a nice steak and potatoes, but your date wants anthrax and tire irons.

 

Death in Dallas: Just like in …

At least five police officers were killed and seven injured by a sniper in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter rally held to protest two killings by police this week of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Now, we know the Right is going to twist this into their version of reality where the Obama administration has created an atmosphere hostile to police and brought about the unleashing of terrorism in the Black Lives Matter Movement. But that’s bullshit.

Our country is filled with psychopaths who have easy access to guns. And when psychopaths have guns, people die. According to reports on the latest gun atrocity:

Four Dallas Police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer were killed by “snipers” perched atop “elevated positions,” officials said.

Videos circulating on social media showed an individual with an assault-style rifle shoot a police officer in the back at point-blank range.

A gunman, believed to be the same shooter, then engaged in a violent, three-hour standoff with SWAT officers, police said. Brown said the attacker was killed when police sent an explosive device attached to a robot to where the suspect was holed up and detonated it, killing him.

How is it possible that a guy with an assault rifle can fully display his weapon and casually walk up and unload on a bunch of cops? Because you can just walk around with a gun in Texas.

Open carry became legal in the state of Texas on January 1, 2016, and open carry on college campuses will take effect at the beginning of August. Approximately 937,000 people (about 4 percent of the state’s 27 million residents) have a license to carry. Those nearly 1 million people could openly carry their licensed handguns starting just this year, but many have had confusion about when and where they are permitted to do so.

Gun laws in Dallas allow licensed gun owners to openly carry their handguns wherever they were previously permitted under the state’s concealed carry laws. …

Some of the licensed attendees at the protest were openly carrying their weapons, and many of them reportedly turned their guns over to local police once the shooting happened.

In Minnesota, the black guy who was killed had a permit to carry a gun. He told the cop he had a permit, and the cop shot him.

In Louisiana, open carry of firearms is allowed without a permit if the gun holder is at least 17. The black guy who was killed probably wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because he had a criminal record. But as the videos of the incident show, he was already subdued by the police and wasn’t going for his gun when he was shot to death.

In Texas, open carry is a religion, and Second Amendment fetishists bring out the heavy artillery whenever there’s any kind of event involving people and protests and a chance to say “fuck the government, here’s my gun and I’m proud of it.”

And we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath in Texas with an assault weapon and a grudge against cops unloads on police assigned to keep order at a protest rally.

Just like in Florida, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a grudge against gays goes into a nightclub and unloads on people dancing  celebrating Pride Week.

Just like in Colorado, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a grudge against existence goes into a cineplex and unloads on people catching a midnight show of “The Dark Knight Returns.”

Just like in California, we’re supposed to be surprised when psychopaths with assault weapons and religion induced dementia go into a Christmas party at a regional center and unload on people just trying to enjoy the holidays.

Just like in South Carolina, we’re supposed to be surprised when a racist psychopath with an assault weapon goes into a church and unloads on black parishioners as they’re studying the Bible.

Just like in the District of Columbia, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon who’s frustrated at work goes to a naval installation and unloads on people who are trying to make sure our Navy is ready to defend the country.

Just like in Arizona, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a grudge against government goes to a congresswoman’s meet and greet and unloads on the representative and her constituents.

Just like in Connecticut, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and still holding a grudge for how he was treated as a little kid goes into a grade school and unloads on six and seven year olds who are just trying to learn.

Just like in Virginia, we’re supposed to be surprised when a psychopath with an assault weapon and a history of scaring his teachers and classmates goes into a major university and, until the incident in Florida above, commits the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

I am now a broken record. And like a broken record, I can go on with this list forever.

The shooting in Dallas isn’t about Black Lives Matter, or unjustified police shootings or any other conspiracy theory bullshit people come up with in the next few days to “explain” the event.

It’s about psychopaths with guns.

And instead of addressing the problem, we’re going to study the lint in our collective national navels, shift our attention to another shiny object and go on about our business.

Until the next psychopath with an assault weapon strikes.

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And now, a word from the Right, just as expected:

Following the killing of at least five police officers in Dallas overnight, a former one-term congressman from Illinois ignited a firestorm with a now-deleted tweet threatening President Obama with “war” and warning Black Lives Matter demonstrators to “watch out.”

“3 Dallas cops killed, 7 wounded,” former Rep. Joe Walsh, an Illinois Republican, wrote just before midnight, in a tweet that is no longer on his profile: “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

The reaction to the tweet  was an immediate mix of shock and outrage, as Twitter users assailed Walsh for openly threatening the president and for the racially charged nature of the tweet.