In 2024 we must show turncoat Princess Sinema to the door

Queen of tackiness “Democratic” U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinemawho is approved of by only 8 percent of Arizona’s Democrats and who has just been censured by Arizona’s Democratic Party — makes far more than $15 an hour and has no problem whatsoever voting, so what’s your fucking problem?

If it’s federal legislation that actually will help people — such as raising the federal minimum wage to $15 or preventing voter suppression (voter suppression is the Repugnican Party’s fucking business model) — count “Democratic” U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema out.

I don’t much care what, exactly, is up Sinema’s ass. Some mental illness (a personality disorder at the minimum), I’m guessing, as evidenced by her erratic, teenaged-like behavior and her garish and inappropriate outfits (including anime wigs) for a U.S. senator, but my guess also is that besides working only for her corporate pimps, corporate whore Sinema thinks that she’s cute. (Surprisingly, to my knowledge she didn’t curtsy this time while voting down voting rights.)

Sinema isn’t cute; she’s a cunt. She’s a fucking traitor.

Sinema is causing grave damage to the well-being of the United States of America, and so far more important than psychoanalyzing her is removing her, as soon as is possible, from the position of power that she has done nothing but abuse.

So it is gratifying to see that yesterday, the Democratic Party of Arizona finally censured the bitch for refusing to support her own fucking party.

The censure has no immediate practical effect, many news stories have noted.

That’s true in that of course no state’s party organization can remove a sitting elected official, but if your own state party has censured you, be you Repugnican or Democrat, you might have a problem with your next re-election effort.

On that note, what the fuck is Sinema’s long game?

She’s up for re-election in just two years, and only 8 percent of Arizona Democrats approve of the job she’s doing. I don’t see the Arizona Democratic Party supporting Sinema’s re-election, and no, if Sinema went ahead already and officially became the Repugnican that she already is, the Repugnican voters of Arizona won’t vote for former “Democrat” who says she’s bisexual (she’s so cutting edge!) and who, inexplicably, was affiliated with Arizona’s Green Party before she “became” a “Democrat” in 2004.

I don’t see Sinema getting a second term, and you can help make sure that she is relegated to the dustbin of U.S. history, where she belongs. You can donate to the Primary Sinema PAC, as I have done and as I will continue to do.

We must remove Sinema from power — which we can do, given how much Arizona’s Democrats already despise her — and use her lavender-wigged head on a pike (metaphorically speaking, of course…) as an example to others who would run for office on a platform of helping the people and then, once in office, fucking them over royally, princess-style.

P.S. If you think that Princess Sinema’s latest antics are no big deal, know that in refusing to protect voting rights, she is wholly enabling shit like this (this is from The Washington Post):

In the battle over voting rights, an idea is starting to move around in Republican circles: designated police forces designed to hunt down voter fraud. On the basis of available evidence, this is a solution in search of a problem. It is another example of what comes from former president Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has put a proposal for such a force in his new budget. In Georgia, former U.S. senator David Perdue, who is running as a Trumpian candidate in the GOP primary for governor against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), says he wants something like it to assure that only legal votes are counted.

DeSantis’s new budget calls for $5.7 million for his Office of Election Crimes and Security. The money would pay for 52 staffers, including 20 sworn law enforcement officers and 25 non-sworn investigators, with field offices around the state. The team would go after “election crimes and irregularities” and have the power to refer findings to a statewide prosecutor. …
 
Former “President” Pussygrabber ludicrously created a “Space Force.” Let’s create a “Voter Fraud Force,” even though voter fraud in the United States of America is nearly nonexistent!
 
Once you buy the big lie of “voter fraud,” you’ll then accept what the anti-democratic, treasonous Repugnican-fascists obviously want to do next: prevent all voting by mail, so that you must vote in person — and then, just like in the good old days, install jackbooted thugs at polling places to ensure that the “wrong” people don’t vote (in the name of “ensuring election integrity,” of course).
 
The road to the fascist hell that the treasonous Repugnicans (redundant) so desperately want for the United States of America is paved by the likes of turncoat Kyrsten Sinema.

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Sleepy Uncle Joe’s predictably bad year

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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We’re all feeling this way about right now…

I can’t say that I’m shocked that Joe Biden’s one-year anniversary in the White House marks national malaise and an approval rating of only around 42 percent.

President Biden has at times talked like a progressive but for the most part as president has kept to the playbook that we saw during the Clinton and Obama presidencies. After all, Biden himself promised rich donors in 2019 that under his presidency, “No one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change.”

Fact is, ironically actual Democrat Bernie Sanders fired up the Democratic and Democratic-leaning electorate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary season. He won the first three states of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada right out of the gate* before the Democratic establishment closed ranks and decided to tank his candidacy by reviving Joe Biden’s campaign, Lazarus-style.

Biden always had been expected to win South Carolina (because he is Obama-adjacent), yet when he won South Carolina (the fourth state to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries), it was bandied about by the Democratic establishment elite as “proof” that Biden was the people’s choice — because with “woke” racism, only the black voters within the Democratic Party matter, you see; the rest of us are to go fuck ourselves.

(Seriously, though, why have presidential elections at all? Let’s just let apparent kingmaker U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina decide for all of us, as he did in 2020.)

As a presidential candidate, Biden didn’t excite the members of his own fucking party, as evidenced by the fact that in 2020 he lost Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada right off the fucking bat.

Yet the Democratic establishment elite shoved the moribund Joe Biden down our throats anyway, because what could go wrong?

And how is Vice President Kamala Harris doing? I can tell you from having watched her political career as my state of California’s attorney general and U.S. senator for California (for only four years before she became veep — the woman is nothing if not ambitious) that Harris is awful at politics.

She never seems comfortable in her own skin, is easily rattled by easy, predictable questions and gets way too defensive in even rather pedestrian interviews, and never takes a political stance that isn’t safe. (Oh, added bonus: Any criticism of Harris, no matter how valid, knee-jerkedly will be countered with cynical, “woke” bogus accusations of “racism” and “sexism.”)

Call me whatever you will, but the Democratic Party’s voters didn’t like Harris, either; she dropped out of the 2020 presidential primary race even before Iowans caucused because she’s that shitty a politician. But Hey, let’s put her on the ticket with Lazarus Biden! What could go wrong?

Harris’ approval rating is about 45 percent right nowthat’s what could have gone wrong, and did go wrong.

To be sure, the Biden administration faces some headwinds that are not of its own making, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that of course the Repugnicans in Congress have no interest in allowing the Biden administration to rack up any political successes.

And don’t even get me started on “Democratic” U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, who should go ahead and change their party affiliation to Repugnican already. (You can donate to the Primary Sinema PAC here. I have. [As I have noted, I think that it would be much easier to rid ourselves of Sinema than Manchin.])

But the Biden administration’s No. 1 problem, in my book, is that Biden and Harris, who inspire approximately no one (outside of South Carolina, anyway…), were forced upon us by the same-old Clintonian and Obamaesque assholes — corporate whores all — who think they know better than everyone else.

The best thing that Sleepy Uncle Joe could accomplish as president would be to make enough Americans realize, once and for all, that the calcified, self-interested, clueless, corporate-whoring Democratic Party establishment elite are our enemy as least as much as are the Repugnicans — and maybe even more so, since the Democratic establishment elite actually claim to be on our side.

(Which is worse? An enemy who at least clearly is your enemy — or a frenemy?)

Bernie Sanders should have been allowed to be able to win the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination; corrupt assholes like Pete Buttiboy, who was rewarded by Biden with a Cabinet post for his having dropped out of the 2020 presidential race just before Super Tuesday in order to tank Bernie by endorsing Biden, and the also-insufferable Amy Klobuchar, who also dropped out of the presidential race just before Super Tuesday to tank Bernie by endorsing Biden, should have put their own personal selfish, corrupt ambitions aside and let the people continue to speak in the primaries and caucuses via their votes.

The Repugnicans are not the only threat to our democracy; plenty of Democrats in name only don’t want you to vote unless you vote the “right” way, and voting for Bernie Sanders was not voting the “right” way.

True, there was no guarantee that as the Democratic Party presidential nominee of 2020, Bernie Sanders would have beat “President” Pussygrabber in November 2020.

But the enthusiasm that Bernie engendered among voters (outside of South Carolina…) well might have made him president — which the Democratic Party establishment elite just could not have, because it probably would have spelled the doom of their brand of sellout, turncoat politics.

Now, because of the Democratic Party establishment elite, we have to suffer three more years of the Biden-induced national political torpor, if he lives that long.

And whom do we have to look to after Biden?

Kamala Harris, whose approval rating is at 45 percent?

Don’t blame me; I vote for Bernie, in 2016 and in 2020.

All of this wholly unnecessary bullshit was predictable — and was predicted.

P.S. Ted Rall sums it up well, as usual:

*Under the corrupt, arcane rules of the Iowa caucuses, Joe Biden and Pete Buttiboy earned more delegates from Iowa than Bernie did, even though Bernie got 26.5 percent of Iowa caucus-goers’ votes to Buttiboy’s 25.1 percent and Biden’s paltry 13.7 percent. Caucuses must be scrapped, as they inherently are open to rigging and corruption.

Bernie won the 2020 Iowa caucuses, unless we assert that it shouldn’t be one person, one vote — which is what the Democratic Party establishment elite (just as the Repugnicans) believe whenever it suits their own political agenda.

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Typhoid Trump is a sociopath (but we knew that, and to his lemmings that’s an appealing feature, not a fatal flaw)

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“President” Pussygrabber looked like shit and obviously was struggling to breathe when he claimed at the White House on October 5, 2020, that he had beaten COVID-19 after he had just been hospitalized for it. Pussygrabber is such a fucking sociopath that he freely endangered even his own supporters, such as how, according to The New York Times, the day after he tested positive for COVID-19, he attended an event for military families.

I could tell that there was something wrong with “President” Pussygrabber when he debated Sleepy Joe Biden on September 29, 2020.

I wrote at that time:

I could spend hours slicing and dicing the Dumpster fire that was tonight’s first debate between “President” Pussygrabber and Joe Biden, but I’m going to save myself a lot of time and energy and just go off of the optics of the spectacle — after all, that’s what the so-called swing voters largely do: focus on the optics and ignore the substance.

In tonight’s debate — which was so very 2020 — not only would the “president” never shut the fuck up — making him look desperate, not commanding and strong — but he appeared to be fat and sweaty.

Soon into the debate, if you can call it that, Pussygrabber made me think of Richard M. Nixon: not only have both “men” been impeached (and, indeed, impeachment is forever), but both were infamously sweaty during a debate. Tonight’s debate looked much like Nixon’s televised debate with John F. Kennedy in September 1960: Nixon sweaty and desperate, Kennedy looking good, fit, calm and collected.

Biden apparently lost his cool a few times, but with Pussygrabber doing his best not to allow Biden a word in edgewise, Biden could be forgiven for anything short of having walked over to Pussygrabber and pummeled the shit out of the fat, orange, fascist bastard.

Will tonight’s debate affect the presidential election?

Among the aforementioned “swing-voter” set — among those weirdos who before tonight truly more or less have been undecided between “our” Oompa-Loompa-on-crack “president” and Biden — I think that the debate will have an impact. Most of them will go with the calmer and more collected — the more presidential — candidate, I’m confident.

Do I expect Pussygrabber to lose any of his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging die-hard supporters’ support? No, because they’re fucking insane. …

Did Pussygrabber’s Nixonian first debate with Biden help Biden win in November 2020? Perhaps we’ll never know, but I don’t think that it helped Pussygrabber, and now we know, from Pussygrabber’s chief of staff, no less, that Pussygrabber knowingly had COVID-19 when he debated Biden on September 29, 2020.

Reports The New York Times:

President Donald J. Trump tested positive for coronavirus three days before his first debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2020, two former administration officials said Wednesday.

The White House did not announce the positive test at the time, and the president received a negative result shortly afterward and carried on with a campaign rally and the debate, the officials said. The account was first reported by The Guardian, which cited a forthcoming book by Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

The two former officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, confirmed the timeline on Mr. Trump’s test results contained in “The Chief’s Chief,” by Mr. Meadows, Mr. Trump’s fourth and final White House chief of staff.

The revelation came more than a year after widespread speculation that Mr. Trump was sick when he first shared a stage with Mr. Biden for their first presidential debate on Sept. 29, months into the pandemic.

The White House declined repeatedly at the time to give a precise chronology of when precisely Mr. Trump first received a positive coronavirus test result. The administration first told the public in the early hours of Oct. 2 that Mr. Trump had tested positive. Mr. Trump was hospitalized later that same day. …

If you are sane and normal, you can’t see Pussygrabber as anything other than what he is: a fucking sociopath.

To knowingly quite possibly spread a potentially deadly virus to others because you don’t want to be inconvenienced or politically set back is evil.

Of course, to Pussygrabber’s mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging supporters, who refuse to wear a face mask or even get a safe and effective vaccine (although we’ve been vaccinating against potentially deadly diseases for generations), Pussygrabber isn’t a sociopath, but is a fucking hero. (Indeed, per The New York Times, “When [Pussygrabber] left the hospital [after having been treated for COVID-19 in October 2020], he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him…. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer. He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt.”)

Pussygrabber’s documented sociopathy — and again, we have it from his then-chief of staff, no less — is more than enough reason to keep him from ever becoming “president” again.

I’m realistic, though; we are largely a sociopathic nation, and so yes, I could see Pussygrabber getting a second term in the Oval Office, in no small part because the so-called Democrats who are supposed to be fighting for us, the people, have their hands tied because they’re too beholden to their corporate pimps for their political donations to actually significantly improve our lives.

Thus, they lose elections, which they continue to blame on us progressives (that is, on the relatively few actual Democrats) — rather than on their own widespread corporate whoredom, which kills them at the ballot box (oh, hi, Terry McAuliffe!).

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SHOCKER!: Repugnican wins governorship of former slave state!

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What, these two guys don’t excite you? (President Joe Biden campaigns for Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Arlington last month.)

I’ll admit it right off: Before Virginia’s gubernatorial election of last week, I gave DINO retread gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe a grand total of $10, only because e-mails from two other candidates whom I support (Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, who is running for a second term for 2022, and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is running for the U.S. Senate for 2022) asked me to. That was the only way that I was going to give McAuliffe a penny: via a request from a Democrat whom I actually like and have some respect for (despite shilling for the likes of McAuliffe; there is considerable pressure from the party to do such unsavory things, I’m sure).

But the low amount that I begrudgingly gave McAuliffe demonstrates my lack of enthusiasm for the likes of him.

And it is beyond pathetic that one close* gubernatorial race — Virginia’s — widely has been portrayed as a sure harbinger of the 2022 midterm elections. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat the gubernatorial recall effort against him by 62 percent to 38 percent in mid-September. Why wasn’t that gubernatorial election portrayed as having national significance?

Oh, because California isn’t representative of the nation as a whole. But is Virginia? Really?

What if the candidate is defective? I find Terry McAuliffe to be wholly uninspiring, and while I’m registered as an independent because I cannot abide by the turncoat corporate whores who call themselves “Democrats” (just like McAuliffe), I generally vote for the most progressive yet still viable Democrats, as I have little to no other choice in our fucked-up partisan duopoly.

If McAuliffe doesn’t float my boat at all, how was he supposed to excite the Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters of Virginia?

Plus, McAuliffe already was Virginia’s governor, from January 2014 through January 2018 (you can’t have two four-years terms in a row in Virginia, and Democrat Ralph Northam has been the state’s governor from January 2018 to present). Clearly, McAuliffe’s first stint as Virginia’s governor didn’t excite enough of the state’s voters for a Round Two. He was a shitty choice for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, just as Joe Biden was a shitty choice for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. (And Sleepy Joe’s downward slide into becoming Jimmy Carter 2.0 is proof positive of that.)

Further, how blue has Virginia been anyway? While the Democrats had control of the governorship from the mid-1870s all the way through the 1960s, the Repugnicans captured the governorship in the 1970s and into the early 1980s, and again from January 1994 through January 2002 — and again from January 2010 through January 2014. While the last four presidential elections in Virginia went to the Democratic candidate, the Repugnican presidential candidate won Virginia from Richard Nixon in 1968 all the way through George W. Bush in 2004.

Given its electoral history, I wouldn’t call Virginia a blue state — and that’s not shocking, since it was a slave state, for fuck’s sake. (My personal rule is that I’d never live in a former slave state. The mentality that made slavery even possible never fully leaves the state, in my opinion; it’s what I’ll call a forever stain.)

Of course the Democratic establishment (comprised of the “centrist” corporate whores ever seeking to perpetuate their self-serving scams on the American people), from which the likes of McAuliffe hails (Wikipedia notes that McAuliffe was “chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign”), has been blaming McAuliffe’s loss on “wokeness” and on progressives, with all of their crazy talk that spooks too many voters.

Of course, the vast majority of voters in Virginia who are turned off by progressivism and/or by “wokeness” never were going to vote for a Democrat anyway. And it’s a better idea, I think, to try to fire up your own base than it is to think that you’re going to convince members of the other side to join yours; the vast majority of them never are going to, so it’s better to use your resources to shore up the votes that you’re already much more likely to get (rather than to risk losing them via neglecting your base at least in part by trying to woo the opposition).

And the DINOs never, ever are going to admit even the starkly obvious fact that their ability to excite the Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters wanes with every single fucking election — and that’s because they are doing the business of their corporate sugar daddies and puppeteers, not the business of the people.

For their votes you promise the people appreciable improvement in their lives, yet because you’re beholden to the very same treasonous (redundant) corporations who refuse to allow any real improvement in the average American’s life, the voters eventually see that while they keep voting for your party’s candidates, their lives, as Sleepy Joe might put it (oh, wait: he did), never fundamentally change. Yet still you expect their votes — even though all that you have left, because you have no accomplishments of your own to point to, is to try to frighten the voters by the even worse Repugnican candidate.

You can win an election here and there by primarily to even solely demonizing your opponent. In fact, in the aforementioned recent California gubernatorial recall election, once Repugnican front runner Larry Elder’s right-wing whack-job views were made public, the election stopped being about Newsom’s hitherto gubernatorial record and became about what a right-wing whack job Elder is and how out of step his political views are with the Californian electorate.

But will this political tactic work for every election in perpetuity? Methinks not. It’s no long-term political plan.

If — and it’s a gargantuan “if” — McAuliffe’s loss gives the Democratic establishment an inkling that their “strategy” of foisting fossilized corporate whores like McAuliffe — and yes, Sleepy Joe — on the electorate is a huge fucking mistake, then his loss would have been for the greater, long-term good.

But as long as the old fucks (with rare exception, such as Bernie Sanders) still run the Democratic Party, the party will continue to languish. (And, of course, Sanders remains an independent, not a Democrat, even though, like me, he has little choice in our corporately owned and controlled partisan duopoly but to try to work with the Democrats.)

The moral of the story of McAuliffe’s loss last week is this: At some point, you actually have to give the people a good reason to vote for you.

Who knew?

P.S. I stumbled across this and thought that I’d share:

In October 2017, before current Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was elected, fivethirtyeight.com’s Harry Enten wrote this: “… I’d urge you not to read too much into Virginia’s governor’s race. State politics are different from national politics. … More than that, gubernatorial elections — especially in Virginia — don’t necessarily reflect the national mood.”

I’d ask what has changed in the last four years that this no longer would be the case.

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Don’t make me have to defend Pete Buttigieg, for fuck’s sake

Faux “News” “personality” Tucker Carlson makes the only facial expression that he’s capable of making.

Tucker Carlson is an over-privileged little piece of shit who knows nothing except how to pander to the ignorance and the hatred of his wingnutty audience. The vast majority of online articles about Carlson that I see I just skip over, as he has become a fucking caricature of a supposedly conservative commentator. He’s so far gone that he’s hard to take with any seriousness, except to acknowledge his contribution to the ongoing degradation of our democracy and civil society, most notably his assistance in the United States’ march toward fascism.

But when I read that Carlson recently made a sexist and homophobic attack on Pete Buttigieg, U.S. secretary of transportation, I immediately wished for Carlson’s slow, painful death.

Reports The Guardian:

…“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child,” Tucker Carlson told his Fox News audience on Thursday. “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went.”

In fact, Fox News provides paternity leave, and Carlson’s colleagues have previously praised the company’s six weeks of paid leave on-air.

“They give us six weeks as dads for paternity and I’m taking that six weeks,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Todd Piro told his viewers in March, according to the left-leaning research center Media Matters for America. “I can’t wait to bond with my little one.”

Similarly, Fox host Jesse Watters said he was “pro-paternity” after taking six weeks following the birth of his third child. …

Clearly, this was a homophobic attack. Carlson is not on the record, I’m pretty sure, saying that his fellow wingnutty propagandists Todd Piro and Jesse Watters were “tying to figure out how to breastfeed.”

(In response to the “breastfeeding” dig, Buttigieg retorted, “In [Carlson’s] case, I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave.”)

Even Carlson, I am confident, as fucktarded as he is, understands and probably even more or less agrees with the fact that in today’s world, if a woman doesn’t want to be a mother, that’s fine; that’s her decision — and that if a man wants to raise a child, on his own or with another man, that’s fine, too; that’s his decision, too.

Carlson most likely is quite consciously further ingratiating himself with his base of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, MAGA-cap-wearing, vaccination-refusing troglodytes who called Al Gore’s supporters “Sore Loserman” even though Gore won the popular vote in 2000, while former “President” Pussygrabber lost the 2020 popular vote by more than 7 million votes, yet millions of Pussygrabberians still maintain that Pussygrabber actually won, apparently wholly unaware of their rank hypocrisy.

Carlson knows what cray-cray these degenerates believe and he knows whom they hypocritically and irrationally hate, and so he plays those same tired chords, over and over and over again, because they’re the only chords he that knows how to play.

And it’s funny how wingnuts throw the word “freedom” around mindlessly while attempting to limit the freedoms of those whom they don’t like and with whom they disagree. That’s called fascism.

As a gay man, I’ve never had the desire to parent a child, and I generally think that it’s irresponsible to bring even more people into this already-troubled and already-overcrowded world. (I understand that Buttigieg and his husband adopted their two babies [twins], so they didn’t contribute to the planet’s count of human beings by going with a surrogate mother, I understand, but instead adopted twins who needed a parent or two, which is laudable, even though it’s something that I’d never do.)

But if I did have the desire to parent a child, I sure the fuck would be prepared to blast any heterosexist, homophobic piece of shit who tried to stand in my way of my exercising of my human and civil rights (a.k.a. my freedoms).

Especially when examples of abysmally awful parenting by heterosexuals abound, I wouldn’t hear any lecture on parenting from a straight person.

All of this said, I still think that it was in poor taste of Mr. and Mr. Buttigieg to publicly release this photo early last month:

I’m fine with a picture of the happy couple with their newly adopted babies, but what the fuck is with the hospital bed?

Unless I missed that day in biology class, neither one of them gave birth to either of these babies, so please get your asses out of that hospital bed, gentlemen; please don’t dismiss or disrespect the birthing process like this, by even giving the appearance that perhaps you’re acting as though you did this, as though you created these babies.

Call me old-fashioned, but I never would have posed for a picture like that.

Finally, let me make it clear that I don’t support Pete Buttigieg’s “centrist,” pro-corporate politics, to put it mildly. I didn’t support him when he stupidly ran for president of the United States after only having been mayor of South Bend, Indiana — I vote for the most progressive yet still viable candidate, regardless of that candidate’s biological sex, race or sexual orientation — and ever since Buttigieg helped to tank Bernie Sanders’ second run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and rejuvenate the moribund Joe Biden campaign (for which he was awarded a Cabinet post in the Biden administration, as I noted at the time), he’s pretty much dead to me.

(And now we’re stuck with Old Addled Uncle Joe for president, whom some already are more or less accurately comparing to Jimmy Carter.)

I will, however, protect Buttigieg and all non-heterosexual and/or non-gender-conforming individuals from fascist attacks based on their gender identity and/or gender conformity and/or sexual orientation.

To fail to do so allows fascism to grow, as history has made plain.

And go fuck yourself, Tucker Carlson. (What a faggot name — amirite?)

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The dead-enders among us finally are meeting their deserved dead ends

Two pillars of Pussygrabberianism — and it’s a cult with millions of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, MAGA-cap-wearing followers — are that of course former “President” Pussygrabber actually won the 2020 presidential election and that it’s a bad idea to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Alas, these twin delusions, as they always were destined to do, are crashing upon the brutal rocks of reality.

Since the treasonous, fascist, anti-democratic Repugnicans had bought and paid for the months-long “audit” of the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona’s most populous county, I’d figured that of course they would get what they’d paid for (“evidence” of “fraud” and/or a “stolen election”), but even the “Cyber Ninjas” “audit,” which was widely criticized by elections experts and others of both parties, showed that not only did Joe Biden win Maricopa County, but that he won it by a bit more than the original official results had put it.

Repugnican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said of the “audit’s” findings: “The [original election] outcome stands and the 2020 election in Arizona is over.”

Maybe it’s over in Arizona — at least to the point where the rest of us in the nation no longer will have to be plagued by the fascist, treasonous Arizona bullshit (again: maybe) — but it’s not over elsewhere, as Repugnican-orchestrated “audits” of the November 2020 presidential election continue in other states, even though we’re coming up on a fucking year after the November 2020 election.

After all, the monkey-see-monkey-do, lemming-like Pussygrabberians take their marching orders from deposed dictator Pussygrabber (“deposed” because the American people deposed him at the ballot box by more than 7 million votes in November 2020, and a “dictator” because he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes in 2016 in the first fucking place, so he never legitimately was elected as the nation’s leader), and fuck such trifles as climate change and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (and the novel pandemics still to come): per the Pussygrabberians, bogus “voter fraud” and bogus “stolen elections” are our “No. 1 issue.”

This juvenile tactic of just claiming that you actually won what you actually lost apparently is the Repugnican Party’s only “plan” for the future. This dead-end belief, coming from dead-ender in chief Pussygrabber himself, apparently is that the rest of us actual patriots (you know, because we love and respect democracy, including certified election results) will just get sick and tired of the Repugnican-fascists’ temper tantrums after they lose elections and just tell them that OK, they actually won — in order for them to stop tantruming.

It won’t play out that way, however; telling us, the majority, that you, the minority, get to rule even though you can’t win elections anymore is not going to result in the rest of us caving in to you; no, it’s much more likely to result in a second American civil war (and this time, the North would do what it should have done the first time: polish off the Southern traitors. Don’t tread on us, motherfuckers!)

Nor is the Pussygrabberians’ “strategy” to “battle” COVID-19 — to refuse to wear face masks and to take other disease-prevention measures and, of course, to refuse to be vaccinated — a sound long-term plan. Google “anti-vaxxer dies of COVID-19” and you’ll see ample fucking evidence of this fact.

Further, a federal judge in Kentucky just yesterday ruled that a Kentucky healthcare system may require its more than 10,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as a 1905 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a Massachusetts mandate for the smallpox vaccination is the standing precedent on the matter of vaccination mandates.

“Actual liberty for all of us cannot exist where individual liberties override potential injury done to others,” the federal judge proclaimed.

Don’t expect the Pussygrabberians — ignorant, selfish traitors all — to understand this basic fact about freedom or to follow it.

But they don’t have to; the rest of us, the majority, still can, and must, minimize the danger that they pose to the rest of us, the majority.

Like the novel coronavirus, we probably can’t completely eradicate the Pussygrabberians and the threats that they pose to us, but we can, and we will, keep them contained.

The dead-enders, being dead-enders, will meet their dead ends sooner or later, but probably sooner rather than later.

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California’s voters hand the Repugnicans their sorry asses to them on a platinum platter

California Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses reporters after beating back the recall attempt that aimed to remove him from office, at the John L. Burton California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrates his blowout win in the California gubernatorial recall election on Tuesday night in Sacramento. Newsom is on track to have done even better in the recall election (64 percent thus far) than he did in his initial election to the governorship in November 2018 (with 62 percent). The Repugnicans in the state are being awfully quiet these days, for some reason…

From Day One, the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom very primarily was an effort by the disgruntled and the crazed — and the significantly outnumbered — Pussygrabberian minority here in the state. It widely was called a “grassroots” effort by its pushers, but those “grassroots” cover no more than about 40 percent of the state’s population.

Indeed, in the Public Policy Institute of California’s polls on the recall effort released in March, in May and earlier this month, no more than 40 percent of the state’s likely voters ever said that they supported the removal of Newsom, despite the state’s big problems, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the high cost of housing and the high rate of homelessness, the now-regular huge wildfires and drought.

In the results of Tuesday’s recall election thus far, Newsom is keeping his job, 64 percent to 36 percent.

I’ve noted here that I had expected Newsom to garner around 56 percent, maybe 58 percent in Tuesday’s recall election, but if his 64 percent holds, that’s even better than he did when he was first elected in November 2018, with 62 percent of the vote.

So, far from repudiating Newsom, as the Repugnican recall pushers for months and months claimed the majority of the state’s voters would do, the state’s voters instead doubled down on their show of support for Newsom, giving him an even larger margin of victory this time around.

So why has Newsom done significantly better than even the polling had suggested he would? (Fivethirtyeight.com’s final polling average for the recall election was 57.3 percent to keep Newsom to 41.5 percent to remove him, and Real Clear Politics’ final polling average for the recall election was 56.3 percent to keep Newsom to 41.8 percent to remove him.)

Newsom has done even better than expected because the aforementioned disgruntled fascist fucktards here in California (and elsewhere throughout the nation, of course) are loud and obnoxious, and their loudness and their obnoxiousness can make it appear that their numbers are significantly greater than they actually are.

It was California’s true silent majority — those of us who love science and who thus believe that climate change is real and who believe in the overall effectiveness and the overall safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, among other things — that has given Newsom his blowout win in Tuesday’s bullshit recall election.

You don’t hear much from California’s sane majority — because we’re sane. We’re quietly keeping the state afloat while the wingnuts whine how hard they supposedly have it and how much they’re “oppressed” while they do nothing but drag the rest of us down with their selfishness and their laziness and their abject ignorance, such as with their willful refusal to benefit the larger population by getting vaccinated against a virus that has killed more than 67,000 Californians thus far. (The rest of us, we “socialists,” have to cover the costs of their wholly preventable COVID-19-related hospitalizations, of course. [If we are “socialists,” it’s largely because we are burdened with these lazy and selfish Pussygrabberian fucktards, who are a huge drain on the system.])

Further, I surmise that most of the undecided voters in the end broke for Newsom, and a top state Repugnican operative has posited that Repugnican-fascist recall candidate Larry Elder’s stupid, sleazy, anti-democratic campaign tactic of claiming election fraud even before election day (indeed, former “President” Pussygrabber has grabbed Elder by the pussy, too) had the effect of depressing Repugnican turnout. (Why even bother to vote if it’s all “rigged” anyway?)

And, of course, before Larry Elder’s rise in July, the recall campaign had been all about Gavin Newsom and his shortcomings, real or perceived; after Elder’s rise, it became all about Newsom vs. Elder, whose wingnutty political views are wildly out of step with the majority of California’s voters.

Of course, since the close of the polls on Tuesday and the media’s reportage shortly thereafter that it was shaping up to be a blowout for Newsom, it’s been mostly crickets from the state’s Repugnicans.

Why? Because Newsom’s victory has been so huge that even they can’t, with any credibility at all, claim “election fraud” or a “stolen election.” (Which, I predict, will not work for the dying Repugnican Party in the long term. They follow the fucktarded Pussygrabber at their own peril; the idea in politics is to actually win elections, not to lose them but steadfastly lie that you actually won them.)

And it’s crickets from the Repugnicans now here in the Golden State because it’s not like the Repugnicans ever admit when they’re wrong or when they have had their treasonous, fascist asses kicked by the majority of the voters again. Just like with an Orwellian memory hole, they’ll just pretend as though none of it ever happened, since that’s what’s most politically convenient for them.

In the meantime, we sane Californians, we sane Americans and we sane human beings have a state, a nation and a planet to save.

Unfortunately, at the same time, we have to continue to do battle with our enemies within: the right-wing nut-job traitors who call themselves Repugnicans.

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Gavin Newsom is looking quite safe

Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, hugs his wife,Jennifer Siebel Newsom as he celebrates at an election night party after he defeated Republican opponent John Cox to become 40th governor of California Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Gavin Newsom and his wife celebrate his crushing 62-percent-to-38-percent victory in the California gubernatorial election of November 2018. This celebratory scene most likely will be repeated the night of September 14, when the majority of the state’s voters are expected to affirm that they want to keep Newsom, who still is in his first term, in office.

With the bullshit gubernatorial recall Repugnican-vanity-project do-over election just eight days away, California Gov. Gavin Newsom very much appears to not have to worry about having to pack up his office anytime soon.

The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll has Newsom keeping his job handily, with 58 percent of likely California voters saying they want to keep Newsom in his job, and only 39 percent of them saying they want to boot him.

And since vote-by-mail ballots under state law automatically were sent to more than 22 million registered voters beginning August 16, the ballot return rate of more than 5.7 million ballots thus far has been more than 2:1 Democratic:Repugnican — which is in line with the voter-registration composition of California, which is about 2:1 Democratic:Repugnican.

Obviously, Democrats are voting, are not sitting out this stupid, colossal-waste-of-taxpayers’-money election (as the pundits for a while had predicted very well might be the case), perhaps especially since they’ve all been mailed a ballot. (Repugnicans hate voting by mail only because it makes it easier for the “wrong” people to vote, of course. If you want to vote for a Democrat, at the minimum, you should have to crawl for at least a mile under razor wire among shards of glass and fire ants, you see — while being shot at by a firing squad.)

Further, according to the aforementioned PPIC poll, a higher percentage of even Repugnicans are voting to keep Newsom than the percentage of Democrats who are voting to boot him — only 7 percent of the Democrats polled by the PPIC said they’d cross over to vote to oust Newsom, whereas 17 percent of the Repugnicans said they’d cross over to vote to keep him.

(Independent/”no-party-preference” voters were almost evenly split, with 49 percent saying they’d vote to retain Newsom and 44 percent saying they’d vote to eject him, so it looks like Newsom probably will get some net help from the state’s independents, who overall lean toward the Democrats.)

While I don’t see the final, official vote tally putting Newsom at the PPIC poll’s 58 percent, which is only four percentage points away from what he garnered in November 2018 (a whopping 62 percent of the vote), I expect him to keep his job with probably around 54 percent, maybe around 56 percent of the vote.

Indeed, fivethirtyeight.com’s average of recent polls has Newsom winning the September 14 do-over election with 53 percent, which I surmise is close to what the final election result will be.

Still, all that Newsom has to get is a simple majority and he keeps his job, and those who are putting their money where their mouths are at PredictIt.org right now are betting 86 cents that Newsom will keep his job — to 14 cents that he’ll lose it.

Still, fully expect the Repugnicans, a bunch of fucking zombie-sheep if ever there ever were any, to claim, way, way beyond ludicrously, that no, right-wing nut job Larry Elder actually won the recall election, despite the fact that California’s voter registration favors Democrats over Repugnicans by about two to fucking one, and despite the fact that Elder’s cray-cray political positions — such as (not in any certain order) his opposition even to any minimum wage at all, his opposition to the government making public-health rules to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (even though the pandemic at this point is killing mostly anti-vax wingnuts, a.k.a. the Repugnican Party’s base), his desire to turn our public schools into private profiteering centers, and his (timely…) belief that the states should be able to determine whether a not a woman has the right to choose — are wildly out of step with the political positions of the crystal-clear majority of the state’s voters.

These traitors don’t flinch about blatantly lying about “election fraud” and “stolen elections” because they’re perfectly fine with rule by the minority, which, of course, is not democracy, but which is tyranny — as we also see primarily with their continued steadfast support for former fascist “President” Pussygrabber, who lost the popular vote not once, but twice (by almost 3 million votes in 2016 and by just more than 7 million votes in 2020), yet these mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, MAGA-cap-wearing, COVID-19-vaccine-refusing fascist traitors still talk insanely about Pussygrabber’s pending “reinstatement” as “president”democracy (those 7 million more votes for Joe Biden than for Pussygrabber) be damned.

It is vital that we sane, actually patriotic Americans — you know, actually patriotic because we actually want as many eligible voters to vote as possible, and because we believe in honoring election results instead of treasonously lying pathologically about “election fraud” when we cannot win fairly and squarely at the ballot boxhold the line.

There are millions of rabid traitors out there who are perfectly fine with installing their fascist “leaders” who have only minority support, like Pussygrabber and Larry Elder — no matter how the majority of us vote.

P.S. To be sure, a huge chunk of those voting to keep Newsom in office aren’t totally in love with him, but really, really don’t want a Repugnican as governor. (This certainly has been my case.)

This political dynamic hasn’t changed, I surmise, since the 2020 presidential election, in which, I surmise, hatred for “President” Pussygrabber was stronger than was the love for Joe Biden, but nonetheless, that hatred for the unelected, fascist Pussygrabber — who always was more like a lame-ass mob boss than anything like a United States president — was enough to give Biden the win.

Similarly, I surmise that the majority of those who are voting to keep Newsom are only lukewarm on him — but nonetheless strongly prefer him to the frontrunner on the other side, Repugnican-fascist Larry Elder.

Further, while the Repugnicans of course want to pin all of California’s problems on Newsom, most of the state’s voters aren’t nearly as fucktarded as is the typical Repugnican voter, and they realize that no one individual in the nation’s most populous state is primarily responsible for the state’s problems, and that much (if not most) is out of the control of the state’s governor, whoever that is.

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Why I voted for Angelyne for governor

Wikipedia says of Angelyne: “Angelyne (born Ronia Tamar Goldberg, October 2, 1950) is an American singer, actress, media personality and model who came to prominence in 1984 after the appearance of a series of iconic billboards in and around Los Angeles, California, that read only ‘Angelyne’ and pictured her posing suggestively.” (See photo above.) Born almost 71 years ago, Angelyne of course doesn’t look like she looks in the photo above anymore, but she’s still more qualified to be governor of California than, say, Repugnican-fascist Larry Elder…

Last week I received my vote-by-mail ballot for the beyond-bullshit September 14 California gubernatorial recall Repugnican-fascist do-over election.

And last week I voted “no” on the removal of Gov. Gavin Newsom — here’s my “ballot selfie”:

— and on the second part of the ballot, I voted for Angelyne as the “replacement candidate” should Newsom be removed:

Why did I waste my vote like that?

Oh, I did not waste my vote.

The first question on the ballot is the most important one; if more than 50.0 percent of the voters vote to retain Newsom, as I did (despite his flaws), the second question on the ballot (the selection of a “replacement candidate”) becomes moot.

As far as the 46 replacement candidates on the ballots are concerned, I won’t vote for a Repugnican (and 24 of the “replacement candidates” are running as such). That’s it. Even if you’re supposedly less evil than is the typical Repugnican, I nonetheless judge you by the company that you keep.

To me, if you call yourself a Repugnican, you are aligning yourself with the likes of former “President” Pussygrabber, the only “president” in my lifetime who first got into the White House after he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, was impeached twice during his illegitimate first term in office (the entire time of which he acted like a lame-ass mob boss, not at all like a U.S. president), and who refused to admit that he lost “re”-election, even when his opponent garnered more than 7 million more votes than he did.

And if you call yourself a Repugnican, you are aligning yourself with the basement-dwelling, animal-skin-wearing incels who treasonously attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to try to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election, and you are aligning yourself with the anti-vax flat-earther fucktards who complain about ongoing COVID-19-related restrictions but who won’t fucking get vaccinated or even wear a fucking face mask and who now are overburdening our hospitals because their lovely thoughts and prayers aren’t nearly as strong as is a fucking vaccine.

And if you call yourself a Repugnican you are aligning yourself with racism, white supremacism, sexism and misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, “Christo”fascism, voter suppression, the actual (at least attempted) theft of elections and a hatred for democracy except for when it goes your way, anti-environmentalism (that goes along with the anti-science flat-eartherism), etc., etc.

Who else is on the do-over gubernatorial election ballot besides Repugnicans?

Some no-name Democrats (one guy apparently has a YouTube channel — Ooooo!) and others with no party preference (like Angelyne) or who are affiliated with a third party — none of whom could be elected as governor of the nation’s most populous state in a regular election.

I recently read an editorial somewhere recommending that we vote for the most “sensible” Repugnican (that is, not Larry Elder), the “argument” being that if Newsom is booted, a Repugnican most likely will get the highest number of votes to take his place, so we should work to elect the least-evil Repugnican.

No fucking thanks. I grew tired of voting for the lesser of two evils, which is why I changed my voter registration from Democrat to no party preference back in 2016, after the Democratic Party establishment first fucked over Bernie Sanders royally. (This presciently saved me the trouble of having to change my voter registration after the Democratic establishment fucked over Bernie again, in 2020, reviving the corpse of Joe Biden at the very last moment.)

Again, no thanks to voting for the “lesser” or the “least” of the evils. Keep your fucking evils. (On that note, I did not vote for lesser-evil Biden in November 2020, knowing that he would win my state and all of its electoral votes anyway. [If the popular vote actually got you into the White House, I might have voted for Biden, but in this so-called democracy, the popular vote doesn’t get you into the White House.])

As I have nothing but contempt and disgust for the September 14 California Repugnican-fascist do-over electionwhich was made possible only because a Repugnican-and-Pussygrabber-aligned “judge” gave the proponents of the do-over election a full four additional months with which to gather their petition signatures to get their little election (citing COVID-19, since COVID-19 is a thing when it benefits the wingnuts for it to be a thing)I fucking refuse to acquiesce to it by treating it with seriousness and legitimacy that it does not deserve.

It isn’t serious or legitimate; it’s a fucking political circus.

Therefore, I voted for one of the clowns, and for the one who seems to be the most innocuous and the most likeable of the clowns.

(And Angelyne is, inarguably, quintessentially Californian…)

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Taliban R Us

I’m not an expert on Afghanistan or the Taliban, but when I saw in the news that the Afghan army collapsed like a house of cards in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after the United States’ military exit after two decades of “nation-building” in the “Graveyard of Empires,” I didn’t blame the Afghans; I just figured that the whole Afghan adventure always has been primarily if not only about members of the U.S. military-corporate complex looting the U.S. treasury via another impoverished nation in the name of “spreading democracy.”

Those juicy gubmint military contracts are just too juicy to ignore!

Further, I surmise that most Americans view the members of the Taliban as ignorant, violent, unwashed hordes, forgetting (or maybe ignoring) that we have such ilk here at home: the American Taliban.

Here, for instance, is a photo of the members of the Taliban after they recently took over the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul:

Associated Press news photo

And here are some pix of the American Taliban as they briefly overtook the U.S. Capitol on January 6:

Supporters of Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol.
Supporters of President Donald Trump in the US Capitol's Rotunda after breeching police barriers in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021.

A man sitting at a desk holds up a document and sticks his tongue out

Jake Angeli yells inside the Senate Chamber in Washington. Photo / Getty Images
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Actually, it’s probably not fair to compare the Taliban to the basement-dwelling incels and other assorted mouth-breathers and knuckle-draggers who briefly overtook the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

I mean, from the images that I have seen, the members of the Taliban have been much more orderly and organized, and certainly, entirely unlike the American Taliban, clearly they had a fucking plan — and clearly they are achieving their objective of a complete takeover of the gubmint.

This Q-Anon fucktard (redundant) who broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 wore a shirt emblazoned with “Trust the Plan” —

Getty Images news photo

— but how did that “plan” turn out on January 6 (and since then), other than resulting in a lot of arrests and incarcerations and felony convictions (and seriously beefed-up Capitol security)?

Still, we sane Americans always should be mindful that among us are plenty of troglodytes (such as those pictured above) who would love to impose their backasswards beliefs, including if not primarily their ironically evil, backasswards “Christo”fascist beliefs, on the rest of us.

There would be no vote to make the U.S. a theocracy like Afghanistan is about to become. (And indeed, this is where the “Christo”fascists are with that liberal elitist concept of democracy these days: If they lose an election, no, they actually won it! It was stolen from them! In fact, there is no way that they can lose any election!)

A “Christo”fascist theocracy here at home would be created and maintained not democratically, but via violence.

If we actually patriotic Americans were to allow that to happen.

P.S. Here is Ted Rall’s take on the hypocrisy:

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