Kavanaugh…

Can somebody – anybody – please tell me why we, the people are suffering through this Kavanaugh show-hearing?  It’s a massive waste of time and money.  It’s clear the GOP doesn’t want anybody to know anything about this guy.  That was made evident when the White House decided to withhold a hundred thousand pages of documents about him.  Of course, they need plausible deniability so they dump forty-two thousand pages on the Democrats fifteen hours before the “hearing” begins.  Nice.

Worse, though…none of the people in the spotlight of one of these “hearings” shows up without having been trained and prepped and Kavanaugh is no different.  He’s not going to tell Diane Feinstein how he feels about guns.  He’s not going to answer honestly regarding his views on abortion or whether he thinks a (Republican) President should be President for life.  He’s going to regurgitate the non-answer response that some “expert” told him to say.

We all “know”, though.  He was selected in the first place because of his belief that a sitting President can’t be criminally investigated – a “belief” he has apparently developed since he helped Ken Starr stalk and harass Bill Clinton.  He worked for the Bush 43 administration and I recently heard John Yoo say nice things about him.  Of course, John Yoo should be expecting to spend a few eons in hell as the legal crap-stain who authored the idea that torture is okay if you juuussst call it “enhanced interrogation.”

Roe vs Wade is in the cross-hairs now, as well, but Kavanaugh isn’t going to SAY so during the show.  He’ll just blubber out some words about how he’ll always make all decisions with respect to established law and blah, blah, blah.  People refer to Roe vs Wade as being about abortion but it’s my understanding (I’m no lawyer) that it really codified privacy between a doctor and a woman patient (including abortion).  Once unraveled, perhaps men can once again get their wives doctors to issue a full report to them regarding what’s happening with their wive’s now semi-private parts.  Don’t worry, ladies.  We men know what’s best for you…

The Republicans don’t care that he’s issuing canned answers and the Democrats can’t do anything about it.  They don’t have the information they need to research the guy and they’ve been intentionally denied the time to seek it out on their own – which really just reinforces the fact that when the Republicans say, “Show’s over.  Let’s vote,” the vote will happen and the Democrats can’t stop it or change it.  The Republicans will vote “yes” in lock-step, the Democrats will vote “no” in lock-step and Brett Kavanaugh will become the next “Justice” of the United States “Supreme Court.”  (These days, “Supreme” just means it comes with Sour Cream…)

So…if the GOP is hiding as much information as they can – and they are – and the GOP has enough votes to push the guy through regardless of what the Dems think – and they do – why are we wasting time, money, energy, and resources on this dog-and-pony show?

McCain…

Last week was pretty quiet, comparatively.  John McCain’s passing kept our National Embarrassment off the front pages.  His final, decent act.  Even in death, McCain out-maneuvered Trump.  Out-maneuvering Trump isn’t much of a trick, I know.  Hell, a squirrel could out-maneuver Trump.  But McCain did it dead!  You gotta respect that.  He didn’t just make the right squeaky noises like the rest of the GOP.  He didn’t have positions.  He had principles.  He was, I think, the last bulwark defending what’s left of America from the foil hat right.

I’m digressing a bit, here, but I used to enjoy debating various topics with my right-leaning brethren.  Then I became aware they were taking religious stands – that is, there was nothing, and I mean NOTHING, that could convince them to reconsider their unsupported assertions.  It’s the old, “God said it, I believe it and that settles it!” position except with ‘Fox and Fiends’ replacing God.  THEN I discovered – OMG – they were “with Q.”  Full-on conspiracy theorists.  Nuts.  It’s not fun debating them anymore.  I don’t think it’s ethical to pick on the disabled…

McCain didn’t play that game.  He did what he thought was right.  He wasn’t always.  He was part of the “Keating Five”, the bi-partisan group that set up the artificial housing bubble that crashed the Eighties and destroyed the Savings and Loan industry, replacing it with Credit Unions.  But that was just more right-wing “less regulation is better” bullshit.  I think McCain learned from his mistakes and, honestly, who can ask more from anybody than that?  Everyone makes mistakes.  The measure of intelligence is ‘how many times’…

I’m glad we get this weekend to savor the relative quiet of last week.  McCain cast the vote that kept the Affordable Care Act alive – for a little while longer, anyway.  Now I expect the GOP to eliminate it entirely.  It benefits Americans.  The GOP can’t have that.

I’ll tell you this: I don’t know who Doug Ducey (R), the current Governor of Arizona, will appoint in McCain’s place.  I don’t know much about Ducey.  Is he old-school, loyal-opposition GOP or the more modern disloyal-opposition, burn-it-to-the-ground GOP?  We’ll all find out together.  But either way, we’ll not see John McCain’s like again…

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In an effort to pretend Facebook has it’s users best interest at heart, they’re no longer allowing me to post automatically from my blog site directly to Facebook.  If I forget to manually post it, you might miss out.  It makes more sense, to me, to just go to my blog site – The Bacon Press (www.mybaconpress.com) <– that’s a link – and click on the little button at the bottom that says subscribe.  They’ll ask for an email address and it LOOKS like they’re asking you to “join” WordPress.  In truth, though, they just need the email so they can forward these little bits of (hey, you fill in the blank) directly to your inbox…

Damages…

I’ve been thinking about the National Embarrassment’s EPA (now known as the Environmental Profiteering Agency) and the recent announcement that they think using asbestos again in manufacturing is just a peachy idea.  It was brought to mind the other day when I saw a commercial on television – yes, some people do still watch television – for a lawyer’s firm seeking people who suffer from Mesothelioma and may have been exposed to asbestos.  Now, I’m not a doctor – unless that’s the plan for the evening (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) – but I’m pretty sure asbestos has been linked fairly clearly to Mesothelioma.

Question: if you KNOW there’s an ARMY of attorneys out there just itching to sue your ass for exposing people to asbestos and, having already successfully sued many other asses for exposing people to asbestos, are you going to use asbestos?  The LAST crowd to use the stuff – those now doing the paying out – could at least offer as a defense the suggestion (I know…) that they didn’t know it was harmful when they used it.  Nobody gets to use that today.  NOW the suits will allege the companies did it with full knowledge of the danger and reckless disregard for the people who might come into contact with the stuff.

Maybe – just maybe – the Dumbass Don’s declaration that people can use it will fall on deaf ears and nobody will.  I can’t say for sure, though.  Greed is a terrible thing and Crapitalism boosts greed to an exalted state.  Crapitalism turns it into a simple formula: if they can make more in profits than they’ll have to pay out in punitive damages it will be worth it to the company.

I’ll tell you this: It sucks for humanity but the DOW may go up a couple of points, so…

Lying is lying…

The other day I was on social media – Facebook, to be exact.  One of my conservative friends had posted an item from conservative commentator Michelle Malkin.  In it, she was observing that social media was removing posts from conservative commentators.  You might want to let that sink in a minute, though some of you are with me already.  I was watching a conservative commentator on social media complaining that conservative commentators were being deleted on social media.  I followed a link on the post and discovered she has an entire page hosted on Facebook with post after post – all of which had NOT – obviously – been deleted.   I wonder if she appreciated the delicious irony…

I suspect her reference was about Alex Jones.  But Alex Jones is a flim-flam man.  He just wants to sell things and he’s found an audience gullible enough to buy anything he puts forward.  He plays to his weak-thinking audience by saying the most outrageous things he can.  He claims, for example, that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax and convinced his audience to harass the parents of the victims.  He – and Malkin – claim it’s a matter of free speech.  I think it’s the equivalent of yelling fire in a theater when no fire exists…

The reality is that social media outlets these days are worrying about being blamed for the raft of fake news being produced by various players and they’re working to tone down the bunk a bit.  It’s not their fault it’s mostly conservatives who fall for and repeat fake news.

The thing about Michelle Malkin is that she’s a master of the Lie of Omission.  The things she says are factually accurate – as far as they go.  It’s only in the aggregate that her “information” becomes false because she doesn’t share ALL of the facts – only those that support her position.  But a lie of omission is still a lie…

 

Questions and Observations…

Are you with Q?  Ancient Alien theorists say, “Yes”!  I mean, really, who wouldn’t be?  He seems like a fun guy.  Granted John de Lancie played Q a bit…over the top as the saying goes but I think it gave Q that certain…je ne sais Quoi that made the character special – unforgettable, even.  Those episodes were always fun and he…what?
Wait, what?  ‘Deep State’?  What’s that?  Really?!?  Okay, one question:  when you make your hats, do you use the heavy duty foil or is the normal weight okay?

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I finally saw a climate change denier say in the social media that it would be inappropriate to try to say the fires currently raging across the entire western region of the United States have anything to do with Climate Change, specifically, Global Warming.  The “thinking”, apparently, is that because many of the fires have human-caused ignition points – several are attributed to arson – they can’t possibly be blamed on global warming.

And here I thought the IPCC said the fires that DID happen would be larger, more intense, and harder to fight.  I’m no expert but I don’t think sources of ignition even entered into the discussion.  Two record-setting fires in as many years seems to back the IPCC position.  You know…again…

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“Americans HAVE the sticker shock of health care as it is and what we’re also not talking about is, why aren’t we incorporating the costs of all the funeral expenses of those who die because they can’t afford access to health care?  That is part of the cost of our system.  Why don’t we talk about the cost of reduced productivity because of people who need to go on disability, because of people who are not able to participate in our economy because…they’re having issues like diabetes or, or they don’t have access to the health care that they need?  I think at the end of the day, we see that this is not a pipe dream.  Every other developed nation in the world does this.  Why can’t America?  And that is the question that we need to ask.  We have done these things before.  We write unlimited blank checks for war.  We write…we just wrote a two trillion dollar check for that tax cut – the GOP tax cut – and nobody asked those folks, “How are they going to pay for it?”  So MY question is, why is it that our pockets are only empty when it comes to education and health care for our kids?  Why are our pockets only empty when we talk about 100% renewable energy and it’s going to save this planet and allow our children to thrive?  We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do.  But when it comes to, uh, tax cuts for billionaires and when it comes to unlimited war we seem to be able…to invent that num…invent that money very easily and, to me, it belies a lack of moral priorities that people have right now, especially the Republican Party.”
_                                                                                                                   – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Stupid Is As Stupid Does…

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I’ve heard a couple of things from my conservative brethren that I think even THEY must know are nothing more than talking points.  One is about Paul Manafort.  They pretend he shouldn’t be prosecuted because there’s no demonstrated link between him and Russians regarding the collusion investigation…that they know of, anyway.  That is to say, Meuller might well have discovered crimes in Manfort’s life but because Meuller is investigating campaign collusion with Russia how can crimes unrelated to campaign collusion be prosecuted?

I KNOW – and I mean, I really KNOW – that my conservative brethren aren’t that stupid.  Here, let me put it another way.  Let’s say I get pulled over for speeding and while the cop is approaching the car, he notices the body of the person I just murdered in the back seat.  According to the espoused theory, he’s supposed to ignore the axe in the body’s head and just write my citation and let me go.  After all, he stopped me for speeding.  It would be…inappropriate if he arrested me for the murder, right?  See?  Stupid.  It’s immediately apparent.

If this is the line the White House or ‘Fox and Friends’ or whomever wants you to parrot, don’t.  They’re asking YOU to bring shame and disgrace to yourself and your family to defend a lie.   Free advice, here.  If your “team” asks you to pretend you’re too stupid to see what’s wrong with the official position, you might want to decline lest someone take you at your word…

Speaking of Meuller, though, the whole “they haven’t found anything so the investigation should be shut down” line falls very near the other one on the stupid scale.  I simply refuse to believe conservatives are stupid enough NOT to know that the investigation is “on-going.”  (“On-going” means they’re still investigating.)  The reason you haven’t heard the details is that you’re not supposed to…yet.  One of the most important bits that whole line ignores is that our National Embarrassment keeps adding to the pile, extending the investigation.

Every time Dumbass Don tweets some new bit of obstruction, it has to be investigated, too.  Now that he’s confessed (via twitter) that he knew the meeting with the Russians was about getting dirt on Hillary, Meuller has more work to do.  The investigation gets extended.  In reality, you haven’t heard anything yet NOT because there’s nothing to report but, instead, because there’s so much, it’s taking a long, long time to pull it all together in a legally appropriate way.

I’ll tell you this: I KNOW my cons aren’t stupid.  But if you don’t want people to decide you’re stupid or call you stupid, stop pretending to be just to win a political fight.  Whatever the issue of the day is will come and go but the label you’re applying to yourself will last forever…

VOTE…

Remember back a few years ago when every faith-based “Movement Conservative” knew – and I mean absolutely knew – that Mexicans were coming across the border and cutting off the heads of farmers who lived nearby?  The stories were rampant.  Finally, a reporter went on down to the areas around the borders and asked the Sheriffs for the incident reports.  Surely people weren’t having their heads chopped off without law enforcement at least making a report, right?  Turned out, of course, it was just a myth…a Movement Conservative Myth.  Sure, they still believe it.  Nothing can cause them to change a belief they’ve decided on, least of all factual basis.  But for the rest of us, it confirmed what we already suspected: Movement Conservative Blather…nothing more…

It’s the same with this voter fraud…um…fraud.  Every one of the Movement Conservatives knows – just KNOWS – that in-person voter fraud is rampant.  Thousands, millions, maybe billions of fraudulent votes get cast in every single election if you ask them.  In truth, it doesn’t happen, at least not to a statistically significant degree.  When it DOES happen, it’s usually a matter of sending in an absentee ballot and then going to the polling place anyway.  I know Ann Coulter did it.  I’ll bet she wasn’t trying to help Hillary, though.

Trump said it happened again in the 2016 election.  It didn’t.  They said it anyway.  Trump established a commission.  When they started to discover that it hadn’t happened, Trump disbanded the commission.  People argued about it over the internet.  In today’s Guardian appears this article,  ‘Documents disprove White House voter fraud claims, says ex-member of Trump commission.’  Spoiler alert: it didn’t happen.  No, don’t try to convince your Trumpublican uncle.  He can’t hear you.  He’s faith-based…

You know what DOES happen, though?  Computer voter fraud.  These are the voting machines built by the companies the build ATM’s but those same companies insist they can’t build a machine that handles complex transactions AND gives you a receipt.  Anyway, you cast a ballot on one of those computer voting machines and maybe your vote gets counted as intended, maybe your vote gets applied to the vile candidate.  There’s no way for you – or anyone else – to know.

I keep hearing about how the Russians interfered with our “election” by saying mean things about Hillary on the internet.  Truth be told, I have a hard time getting upset about it.  The conservatives have been saying absolutely horrible things about Hillary since 1992.  When I saw some lying meme about her during the campaign, the thought of Russians never crossed my mind.  I just dismissed it as more conservative bullshit.  But while all this talk is going on, there’s also talk around the edges about the security of the voting machines.  Did they hack in?  Did they flip votes?

Of course they did.  You don’t really think this country elected Trump, do you?  But the “two parties” don’t want to admit it for two reasons.  The public face is that they want to reassure the public that the voting system is fair and accurate.  But the real reason is that each party wants to try to maintain the ability to hack into the machines and swing elections they way they’d like to see them come out.  In my mind’s eye, I see two “war rooms”, one Republican, one Democrat, each furiously hacking into machines and switching votes.  The Dems flip one, the Repubs flip another.  The Dems flip one the Repubs have already flipped and the Repubs come back to flip it back their way and vice-versa.  Back and forth the battle goes until the polls close and a “winner” is announced.

Either way, your vote probably didn’t get counted accurately – at least not if you wanted to vote for someone other than the conservative.  So, if you want to vote for the conservative, go ahead and use the machines.  (Can you tell I think the cons are better at it?  They’ve had more practice.)  BUT…if you want to vote for someone other than the conservative and you want your vote to count, DO NOT – under any circumstances – use a computerized voting machine to cast your ballot.  Vote absentee.  Paper.  Traceable.  “Unflippable”, if you will…

The major parties won’t like it and the press won’t like it.  It will take FAR longer to count the ballots and announce a winner if they have to count all the absentee ballots – but it will be a better outcome.  Vote!  You just have to, that’s all.  There are no acceptable excuses in this “election.”  But vote absentee.  (Hey, it’s actually easier and you can vote in your underwear – or less, if you’re so inclined.)  Make the bastards count the paper ballots.

I’ll tell you this: we cannot count on our “elected” officials to do the right thing in this matter.  They have too much to lose.  The ONLY way we can take back the vote is if we use paper and the only way we can voluntarily use paper is if we all vote absentee, so that’s what we need to do…

Thoughts?