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Sessions: “Progessive” is baaaaad! 

Jeff Sessions, Elena Kagan

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Elena Kagan is grilled by asswipe Sen. Jeff Sessions, shown in a video monitor during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings late last month in Washington.

I fucking hate Repugnican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. He and his ilk can’t die fast enough, as far as I’m concerned.

I haven’t been paying much attention to the news that Elena Kagan, the milquetoast Obama administration’s centrist, play-it-safe, probably-closeted-lesbian candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, is skating toward confirmation, but this quotation from Sessions stating why he opposes Kagan did catch my eye:

“She has deeply held liberal, progressive views.”

Uh, Webster’s defines “progressive” as “favoring or promoting progress,” “moving forward,” “proceeding onward,” “advancing,” “improving.”

The Repugnicans and the other wingnuts are against these things.

The opposite of being progressive is being regressive, which Webster’s defines as “opposing progress,” “returning to a former less advanced state,” “retrogressive,” “being retrogressive, reactionary, unprogressive or reactive,” “being backward.”

Thanks, Jeffy, for telling all of us so plainly what you and your party and your supporters are all about. Rarely do we get such unvarnished truth from the likes of you.

Free advertising for the ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is in the news today.

The ACLU won 18-year-old lesbian Constance McMillen of Podunk, Mississippi, a settlement of $35,00o for wrongful discrimination from her backasswards high-school district, which canceled her high school’s prom rather than allowing her to attend with her girlfriend.

Constance McMillen

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Constance, pictured above in March, said she’ll use the money for her college education, and she said of her victory, “I knew it was a good cause, but sometimes it really got to me. I knew it would change things for others in the future and I kept going and I kept pushing.”

To put one’s comfort on the back burner for the betterment of others is a rare, brave, admirable thing to do. Constance is a hero to me.

But probably not to this guy:

Byron Willimas

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The Associated Press reports that this guy, 45-year-old Byron Williams, was on his way to shoot up an ACLU office and the office of another progressive organization in San Francisco when instead he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol and ended up in a shootout with CHP officers.

Reports the AP:

Williams was wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with three guns, including a rifle, as he traveled to San Francisco late Saturday night in his mother’s Toyota Tundra, police said. He is accused of opening fire on [CHP] officers who approached his truck after pulling him over for speeding and weaving in traffic.

The AP notes that Williams, who previously was convicted twice of bank robbery, might face life in prison under California’s “three strikes” law if he is convicted of his latest alleged crime. The AP also notes:

During a police interview at the hospital, Williams said he had planned to camp out in San Francisco on Sunday night then begin his attack when the ACLU and Tides Foundation opened Monday…

Williams also told investigators he was upset because he had not been able to find a job and because of the poor economy…

Williams’ mother, Janice Williams, told the San Francisco Chronicle her son had been angry with “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.”

Gee, ya think that Williams is a “tea-partying” Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin-Quayle lover? Ya think?

I mean, surely the best solution to joblessness and the shitty economy — and the fact that “Congress [is] railroading through all these left-wing agenda items” — is to go shoot up an ACLU office!

Still, though, Byron’s actually a hottie, although I don’t know when that mug shot of him was taken (he looks significantly younger than 45 in the mug shot).

If hot wingnuts ever want to come after me, I don’t know that I would be so opposed to that… Just as long as they speak softly and carry a big, big stick… And hell, they don’t even have to speak softly…

Except if they still live with their mothers, though, as seems to be the case with Byron… That might be a deal-breaker

Stone is gaga for Hugo

Filmmaker Oliver Stone, promoting his new documentary about the democratic socialist revolution in Latin America, “South of the Border,” says that oil and other natural resources “belong to the people” and should be nationalized.

I agree with him wholeheartedly.

To assert that anyone “owns” and should thus profit from such natural resources as oil or minerals or water or even seeds for crops — or should profit from such basic human needs as health care or education — is fucking insane.

“We shouldn’t make this kind of profit on oil or on health [care] or on war or on prisons. All these industries should be public industries,” Stone asserts.

I’ll add education to that list. Our students have been thrown to the student-loan sharks and to the rectal rapists of the textbook industry when they should be receiving a free or nearly free college education if they’ve done well academically.

Students shouldn’t have to rely on winning lawsuits for wrongful discrimination at the hands of their wingnutty high school administrators to finance their college education.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see “South of the Border,” starring my favorite political leader on the planet, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, of whose leadership Stone says: “You hear all the criticism, all the exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking the economy has surged in Venezuela from 2003 to 2008…. This is a story that people don’t know.”

Maybe I’ll send Byron Williams a DVD of “South of the Border” when he’s in prison for life. Maybe then he’ll finally understand that corporatocrat-ass-kisser President Barack Obama (whom Stone correctly called “Bush Not-So-Lite”) is hardly a “socialist.”

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