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Is this the face of the future?

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So this 48-year-old virgin (well, if I had to bet on it, I’d put my money on his still being a virgin) was arrested by the FBI yesterday for allegedly having harassed and threatened Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi via telephone.

The Associated Press reports that

Several federal officials said [the man] made dozens of calls to Pelosi’s homes in California and Washington, as well as to her husband’s business office. They said he recited her home address and said if she wanted to see [her home] again, she would not support the health care overhaul bill that since has been enacted.

The wingnut, Gregory Lee Giusti, of San Francisco, at least actually resides in or around the district that Pelosi represents…

The AP gives some interesting tidbits about Giusti, such as that he apparently managed to speak directly to Pelosi via telephone at least once, but I found this one to be the most interesting:

Sister Lorna Walsh, community operations manager of the Mercy Housing complex where Giusti lives, said he had lived in the subsidized housing for almost 10 years.

Subsidized housing?

Um, isn’t that socialism?

What kind of follower of Ayn Rand is this guy?

But seriously, this guy seems to have significant emotional and social issues, and he’s just the kind to be riled up by the right wing, with its talk of “reloading” and fighting the “tyranny” (um, democratically elected lawmakers and leaders democratically passing legislation is democracy, not “tyranny,” just because you disagree with them ideologically).  

Of course, when one of these wingnuts really goes off the deep end and kills someone, or maybe blows some shit up, killing many, the right-wing noise machine will claim no responsibility whatsofuckingever.

Yet all you have to do is go over to the Repugnican National Committee’s website and see things such as a PhotoShop job of Nancy Pelosi engulfed in flames, reminiscent of the good old days of witch burning, or see her on the RNC’s home page (as I type this sentence, anyway) portrayed as a wicked puppet master.

Pelosi isn’t the democratically elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, you see.

No! She’s an uber-villainess who must be destroyed!

Hey, I’m all for free speech, but if anything serious happens to Pelosi or to President Barack Obama or to one of the other favorite targets* of the Trinity of Wingnuttery — the Repugnican Party, the “tea party” and FOX “News” (I’ll include Rush Limbaugh and all of the other wingnut commentators with FOX) – then we have that unholy trinity to blame. Squarely.

I don’t peruse the wingnut blogosphere — I find that idea as palatable as taking a trip to the bowels of hell — but my guess is that the wingnuts already are making a martyr out of Giusti, ignoring the fact that threatening the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is a federal offense, and are asserting that she-tyrant Nancy Pelosi will have the FBI come get you next!

Pelosi and Obama are the two Democrats the wingnuts hate the most; Pelosi’s main crime is that she presides while possessing ovaries, and Obama’s, of course, is that he presides while black.

I’m not sure which one of them the right-wingers hate more, and perhaps it’s a quandary for them as to whom they should hate more: the liberated woman or the black guy. (The RNC, at least, seems to use hatred of Pelosi more than it uses hatred of Obama in order to raise money. I mean, isn’t “Pelosi” Italian for “Satan”?) 

What this nation really needs is a black lesbian president.

Then, the wingnuts will just spontaneously combust.

*Speaking of targets, I just can’t post this graphic from Repugnican and “tea party” queen Sarah Palin-Quayle’s Facebook page often enough:

And I find it interesting that Palin-Quayle has been involved with all three branches of the Trinity of Wingnuttery, the “tea party,” FOX “News” and the Repugnican Party.

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Disrupting democracy IS un-American

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the woman whom the wingnuts love to hate, second only perhaps to Billary Clinton. (Hell, I love to hate Billary — her Repugnican-like rhetoric during her battle with Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination I cannot forget or forgive — and I’m not even a wingnut!)

My criticisms of Pelosi would be along the lines of my criticisms of Billary, and I have had problems with Pelosi for a very different reason than the wingnuts’ reason: Pelosi isn’t left-wing enough.

But I wholeheartedly agree with Pelosi that the Repugnicans’/wingnuts’ recent rash of disruptions of town-hall meetings is “un-American.

A town hall — an antiquated thing, it seems, in the year 2009 — is supposed to be the grassroots democratic process at its best, is it not?

So for individuals — egged on by corporate and plutocratic interests to fight against their own best interests and to fight instead for corporate and plutocratic interests — to disrupt town halls in order to shut down the democratic debate indeed is anti-democratic, and if we define “democratic” as what it means to be “American,” then the orchestrated disruptions of town hall-meetings indeed not only is un-American but is anti-American.

(The disruption of the democratic process, especially by the corporatocrats and plutocrats, is as American as apple pie, you might argue, and you are correct, but it’s the ideal that I’m talking about here.)  

The Repugnicans and wingnuts love democracy only when democracy goes their way. If democracy doesn’t go their way — such as it did not go their way on November 4, 2008, when Barack Obama and Joseph Biden defeated John McCainosaurus and Sarah Palin-Quayle — then the Repugnicans and wingnuts will disrupt the democratic process altogether, such as they did when Al Gore won the White House in 2000 but BushCheneyCorp stole the White House from Gore, and such as the Repugnicans and wingnuts are disrupting the democratic process right now by the orchestrated disruptions of town-hall meetings, which go way beyond the putative issue of health-care reform and are about the fact that these anti-democratic disruptors just cannot accept the fact that their old white guy lost and the younger black guy won the election. 

In their defeat, the Repugnicans and wingnuts are showing their colors: they are yellow-bellied traitors who think nothing of subverting democracy when democracy doesn’t go their way.

Not only are they un-American, but I don’t consider them to be my fellow Americans, but to be anomalies — malignant, cancerous growths that should be removed from the body politic.

I fault Abraham Lincoln for not having finished the job, for the cancer has returned.

P.S. I just can’t resist the opportunity to bash Billary again. The news media today report that baby boomer Billary got sand in her vagina when someone asked her what her husband’s opinion on something is. From The Associated Press:

KINSHASA, Congo – Hillary Clinton has a message for the world: It’s not all about Bill.

The secretary of state bristled [today] when — as she heard it — a Congolese university student asked what her husband thought about an international financial matter.

She hadn’t traveled to Africa to talk about her husband the ex-president. But even there, she couldn’t escape his outsized shadow.

She abruptly reclaimed the stage for herself.

“My husband is not secretary of state, I am,” she snapped. “I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

Clinton’s presence, so bold in her historic presidential candidacy against Barack Obama, has sometimes been hard to see in the months she’s served as the supposed face and voice of U.S. foreign policy.

The president’s ambitious travels have overshadowed her, heavyweight special envoys have been assigned to the world’s critical hotspots, Vice President Joe Biden has taken on assignments abroad — and then last week her husband succeeded in a North Korean mission to free two journalists even as she landed in Africa on a seven-nation trip.

“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?” she asked incredulously when the student raised a question about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to Congo.

“If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion,” she said. “I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

The moderator quickly moved on.

State Department officials said the student approached Clinton afterward and told her he had meant to ask what Obama, not Bill Clinton, thought about the Chinese loan. A senior Clinton aide said that Mrs. Clinton assured the student not to worry about it.

The student’s question, according to the State Department translation, went like this: “Thank you. Mrs. Clinton, weve all heard about the Chinese contracts in this country. The interference is from the World Bank against this contract. What does Mr. Clinton think through the mouth of Mrs. Clinton and what does Mr. Mutombo think on this situation? Thank you very much.”

It was unclear whether the French-speaking student or translator had erred. Either way, she was not pleased at the mention of her husband’s name.

The Clintons have always been a complicated couple. An accomplished lawyer and politician in her own right, Hillary Rodham Clinton has struggled for decades to balance her interests and ambitions against his. She has supported his career while looking to blaze a trail of her own — at times proud of, and benefiting from, her husband’s accomplishments, and at other times frustrated by his failings and his habit of overshadowing her, friends say….

Whether the student misspoke or whether the student intentionally asked Mrs. Billary what Mr. Billary thinks about a matter, the fact is that Mrs. Billary blew a gasket when she at least thought that she’d been asked about what Mr. Billary thinks about a matter — despite the fact that when it has been politically beneficial for either or both of them, Mr. and Mrs. Billary have been a unit.

The two Billaries for years have sent us conflicting, confusing messages at best; for instance, while I’m glad that the two Americans were brought home safely from North Korea by Mr. Billary, can we be blamed for some confusion when it’s Mrs. Billary who is secretary of state but it’s Mr. Billary who is out scooping American citizens from a member of the Bush regime’s “axis of evil”?

Get a grip, Mrs. Billary. You want it both ways but you can’t have it both ways. And get that sand flushed out as soon as possible, please.

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Stupid white men dog pile upon Pelosi

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whom the Repugnicans would love to pin the blame for the treasonous and unelected Bush regime’s illegal and immoral practice of torture, is pictured in Washington yesterday.

The scandal du jour is whether Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was or was not informed by the Central Intelligence Agency in fall 2002 about the use of waterboarding, a form of torture — or, as the Bush regime euphemistically called it, an “enhanced interrogation technique” — that simulates drowning.

I suspect that Pelosi is telling the truth and that the good ol’ boys of the CIA are not telling the truth, but for the moment, until and unless actual proof materializes, it seems to be a case of she said, they said.

Nonetheless, the disempowered Repugnicans aren’t missing the opportunity to dog pile upon Pelosi. The facts never got in their way.

The fact of the fucking matter is that the Repugnicans have hated Pelosi for years. That she became the nation’s first female Speaker of the House in 2006 really rattled the stupid white men’s cages.

Just as the Repugnicans — who talk tough but who actually are pussies who refuse to take responsibility for anything — would love to pin the blame for the Bush-induced shitty economy on President Barack Obama, they’d love to paint Pelosi as the Torturer in Chief.

Nice try, motherfuckers.

Even if it turns out that the CIA did inform Pelosi in September 2002 of the waterboarding that the Bush regime was conducting, in September 2002 Pelosi wasn’t even House minority leader yet (she was not elected to that post until November 2002).

In September 2002 Pelosi was the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. As a member of the party that so thoroughly was shut out of power by the Bush regime and the Repugnican-controlled Congress, how much power would Pelosi have had in the fall of 2002 — within six months before the Bush regime launched its illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War — to do anything about waterboarding anyway?  

While we’re talking about torture, can we go ahead and put Dick Cheney, the actual Torturer in Chief, on trial for his treason, war crimes and crimes against humanity already?

It’s clear that the assbite now is only trying to make a “case” for himself that he was just doing what he thought was best for the nation when he committed his felonies as vice president. Cheney is trying to sway public opinion such that enough Americans incorrectly view him as the innocent victim should he ever actually be prosecuted for his crimes.

He is anything but an innocent victim.

He should be imprisoned.

And I don’t rule out waterboarding for him.

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