Monday, November 21, 2011
DATELINE: ON SEASAME STREET, LEARNING ABOUT CO-OPEATION: Apparently some place that NONE of the fucking assholes from the US Senate and the US Congress ever bothered to do, and the cost, not to them, because they will still get paid, will be huge. The Republicans can’t bear the idea of taxing the rich, because that’s where they are getting their money, and where a lot of those politicians fall in the tax schedule! Democrats are too attached to their social programs and don’t want to give them up! The Republicans don’t want a deal because then they can use the whole clusterfuck to campaign against Obama and when they get in and control Washington, they can put whatever bills they want forward. The Democrats didn’t want a deal so that Obama could campaign against Congress. Quit playing the God damned games and do what you are paid to do. We all have to do that; why don’t you? You have a job – be fucking glad for that! – so just do it and quit with the kindergarten theatrics.
Here’s a little fucking reality check for all of you dickheads. The social programs will die anyways when there is no one working because there are no jobs. As they walk away from their homes to let them rot because they can’t pay their mortgages or their utilities, they will NOT be paying taxes either. They will not be buying the shit that the merchants who still have stores are trying to sell. They will not be buying cars, putting more people out of work. They will not be travelling, because who the fuck can afford to. If they are expected to carry the weight of the debt because those in the top 1% have the money for the accountants to find the loopholes to get them out of paying taxes. It’s happened for years, but god forbid that get dealt with. God forbid they may have to coin up a little bit. Of course, they will have more desperate, destitute people to take advantage of, because those trying to feed their families will do anything they have to, so let’s take advantage of them.
Now, why do I give a flying fuck about the US Congress and US Senate being populated with colossal dickheads, and a committee of Super-assholes? I don’t live down there, I don’t pay taxes down there, and my passport does not have the seal of the United States of America on it. But I do care. I care because I have friends down there who already cannot make ends meet. I have friends who have lost everything they worked years to build, and they lost it through no fucking fault of their own, but because of the crap pulled by the companies and government officials who have only one interest in mind – their own pockets and the amount of money in those pockets. They don’t give a flying crap about anyone else, about the people who pay their wages, and go without so there can be huge bonuses for work that a fucking trained monkey and an abacus could do.
I care because not only did these idiots fuck over their own country, they have fucked over a whole lot of other countries whose currencies and economies are already suffering from the shit going on from the mismanagement down there. Welcome to the shit that goes along with being a world power, the ‘most powerful country in the world’. Yes, we are pissed off, because by being a trading partner with you, you just fucked us as well. Yet the politicians have the audacity to thank each other for their work on the committee? Sorry, but they all fucking failed. You couldn’t be civil in the room – oh, wait... were you even in the same room? – so why the hell go through the absolutely insulting pretence now? You failed. You were PAID to do a job, and yet again, you pocket the money and fuck the tax payer. Well done. Please, remind us again, what exactly is your own personal wealth, Super Committee members? Perhaps if you depended on food stamps, medicaid, or were a vet living on just a veteran's benefits, you would have been more motivated to get off your ass and do something.
I would love for each of those idiots to do one thing, now that they have shown their priorities and their maturity. I would love for them to sit down in a fucking classroom with some Grade 10 students, and explain exactly what the fuck they were doing and why they were not able to agree on anything. I would like them to do it together, all of them, in one classroom, talking to the future, explaining to THEM why it was so impossible, why the word ‘compromise’ is nowhere in the political dictionary anymore, at least not in this era of the eternal election campaign. I would like for them to walk into the VA and explain to the men and women who have served and given so much for the safety and security of their country that their benefits, already abysmal, will be further cut. I would like them to explain to the people who depend on food stamps because they lost their jobs because of the shit pulled by corporate offices as they send the work overseas where it can be done cheaply (who cares about the quality) and will mean more money in their own pockets, that they can no longer have food stamps, because those were cut as well. I hope they have some lubricant with them for that, because it would at least be a believable sympathetic gesture in this pitiful comedy.
I guess, as the gap between rich and poor expands like a bank executive’s waistband, and the middle class is totally wiped out, elections just won’t matter a damn anymore. It’s hard to follow all that mudslinging when you have no television or radio, and you can’t afford a newspaper. Well done, Dickheads. Could John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Max Baucus (D-Montana), John Kyl (R-Arizona), Pat Murray (D-Washington), Xavier Becerra (D-California), Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Dave Camp (R-Michigan) please stand up and take a bow, for ensuring that those who can least afford it will once again carry the brunt of this partisan bullshit.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Always remember , Freedom is never free.
Thank you to all veterans, to our friends, family, and colleagues who have worn the uniform and continue to pay the price. You can be taken from battle, but the battle can never be taken from you.
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a Jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg or perhaps another sort of inner steel: The soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She or he is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Danang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another or didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor remains unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife was still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airman, and also a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot: "THANK YOU".
God Bless Our Veterans!
by Paula Blois
November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
DATELINE: BEATING THE SUGAR OUT OF THE CAIN: This might surprise you, considering the topic, but no, this is NOT about Herman Cain and his alleged inability to keep it in his fucking pants (well, it might be, but that’s secondary). This is about the entire press corps and their pathetic attempts to fill news time with their partisan bullshit. That’s what is wrong with the whole fucking continent –we have asshole politicians with a huge sense of entitlement, and a media that panders to them.
Since this story about sexual harassment broke, how many ‘experts’ have been interviewed about what this does to a person, why they might not report it immediately, why they might report it now? Well hell, why would they bring those on when they can have a plethora of pundits sit and spew erudite opinions from their assholes? As usual, the REAL story, the real opportunity to be journalists and make a difference is lost in the need to score political points one way or the other. To hear men saying that ‘it happened twelve years ago so what difference does it make’ is enough to make me want to crawl through the television screen and scrog a few scrotes.
Why didn’t these women come forward when it happened? Well, two of them did, and there IS record of that because they were in fact paid settlements that, in 2003, Herman Cain acknowledged. Funny how in 2003, he admits to something that he adamantly denies today… but I digress. Most women will not come forward at the time, because they will lose their fucking jobs if they do, or they will be poo-pooed by the rest of the male workforce and subjected to even more harassment. That’s the wonderful thing about sexual harassment – it’s like the gift that keeps on giving.
Women in that situation, by nature, feel ashamed. They shouldn't, but they do. They are accused of wearing the wrong clothes, saying the wrong words, standing the wrong way, walking too provocatively, or chewing their food in a way that would invite a man to make advances. It is always HER fault. That’s why they rarely make a claim at the time. Why did they wait for twelve years? Because they can see that now this man has a very viable opportunity to become the most powerful man in the world; how the hell many more women does that put on his holy altar? As the Big Guy in the Oral Office, how many other women would he abuse? They came forward because they are scared as hell for other women that might have to work with him. After twelve years, to dig up this shit internally and relive it though asshole reporters and pundits is not an act of desperation; it’s an act of sacrifice and bravery because they know, once again, they will be victims of abuse because of it. For reporters to say that none of these reports have a bearing on how a man will vote is nothing more than MORE evidence as to why women will not come forward when they are victimized like this. To have those absolutely ignorant blonde bimbos using their news shows to spew the Republican Party line and discredit all these women and victims is totally reprehensible. Stick to the fucking story, ladies, and quit turning this into nothing more than cheap talking points for our own pulpits. Be journalists for a fucking change.
As for Herman Cain… *sigh*… My problem is not that he apparently was an asshole twelve years ago. To be honest, working in predominantly male work environments all my life, I would be surprised if he didn’t, because, and there is no way to gently state this, a LOT of men are colossal dicks to work around. Their attitude towards women sucks. Here is a news bulletin for all you wanker-toting individuals out there: the majority of women-folk can think, we can work, and we do NOT spend our entire day dreaming of that perfect man and trying to tantalize you all.
Herman Cain COULD have gotten in front of this, but he chose to be an asshole. Yes, it was years ago and people do change, and he easily could have said that yes, he had made mistakes, yes, he has grown and matured and learned something about it, and yes, he recognizes that he can make a difference by helping to empower women and make it so this is less likely to happen. When he instead went with the ‘deny, deny, deny’ despite evidence to the contrary (yes, I am back to the cases where there were cash settlements – and those have not been disputed), it set the precedent for him, and was a pretty clear indicator that there was more to come. When he started to get angry at the press for asking him about it… considering he IS planning to become President of the United States… anyone with half a brain had to wonder what the anger was for, and realize the obvious thing is that there are even more skeletons in the closet. He has adopted the old ‘offence is defense’ principle, and it will not work. He could have turned this into something beneficial for himself, for women, for workplaces, but instead, he showed that yes, Virginia, he really is a misogynistic prick, no, he does not have any respect for women, and for sure, he is not an appropriate candidate to lead the country.
He will have a press conference today. The asshole reporters will chew apart every word he says, looking for innuendo. They will conveniently avoid discussing the fact that statistics indicate that up to 70% of women working in North America have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Yes, that is UP TO, because, like cases of sexual assault, the vast majority of the cases go unreported because the victim has already been abused enough and can’t handle the shame of having to go through the process again, and again, and again, in order to get anywhere when the bottom line is, and the abusers know this, it will be one word against the other, and that very rarely works in the victim’s favor. Statistics show that at least 62% of victims will not take action. Virtually 100% of female victims claim that their harasser was a male. Of the reported 7% of men who are victims of sexual harassment (although, again, I suspect this would be higher if all of them came forward), 59% of them are harassed by women. 70% of the time, the person doing the harassing is someone of higher status and authority within the organization, 20% of the time it will be someone at the same employment status as the victim.
Am I pissed about this whole situation? Damned right I am. The media circus has proven in spades why victims will not come forward in these situations, and has set the cause of ending sexual harassment backwards by twenty years just in the last two weeks. Herman Cain has taken what could have been an incredible opportunity to make a real difference to a lot of people, and turned it into his own little fucking pity party, peppered liberally with self-righteous indignation. Despite the policies he might campaign with, despite his ability to make a speech, despite his hard earned success, he has proven he is not a man who will stand up and be counted, and in doing so he has proven he is not a man to be elected President of the most powerful and influential country in the world. He has shown it would not be appropriate to have him championing women’s rights or human rights or equality or freedoms. He has shown that he is nothing more than slimy and pathetic, especially when, as a last ditch effort, he brings his wife into the debate by stating she supports him and knows nothing about his perverse sexual proclivities. My first response to that is that if you are an asshole to women, Herman, what the hell else is she supposed to do? My second response is that she is your wife, and the wife is always the last to know, since I rather doubt your over-dinner banter includes a list of the women you groped over the course of your work day. Sorry, asshole, but your 15 minutes should be up. Unfortunately, with the media we are blessed with today, this fucking cock and pony show will continue on, to the detriment of all victims of sexual harassment, for many more weeks.
There are many people out there who have made mistakes. The real adults own up, learn and use that experience to make a difference. There are many good people out there who treat others with respect; why the hell is it so hard to find a candidate in any political suit who understands respect or shows respect? Why is respect such a rare commodity in the media now? Until we start to see that, it’s damned near impossible for us to have any respect for them. It’s time for us to start demanding it in both arenas.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
DATELINE: PULLING JURY DUTY – Judge William Adams, that child beating piece of fucking dog crap, says that there is a story that will come out about why his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, released a video tape of him whipping her, screaming at her, threatening to hit her in the face... as if there is a justification for what he did. What the fuck is wrong with this piece of shit, and why the hell is he allowed to sit in judgment of anyone when he goes home and breaks the law. This is not spanking. This is not corporal punishment. This is almost eight fucking minutes of beating a child, hitting her again and again with a leather strap while he is totally obviously out of control. What the fuck difference could it possibly make as to why his daughter released the video?
Yes, the event happened seven years ago, long enough for the statute of limitation to have run out on assault, and yes, she might have another reason. I would consider it a fucking blessing that she finally spoke out about it, because there is yet another minor child in danger of that monster that is her father. Someone needs to look out for that child.
It is pretty fucking clear that this was not a one-time event, because the girl set up a damned video camera to catch what he does to her. I don’t care if she is blackmailing him... there is absolutely NOTHING that anyone can do that deserves that treatment from anyone, let alone a parent. There is NOTHING any child could possibly do that deserves such a barbaric beating. She uploaded some music. Well, yeah, that’s wrong... but not something that merits what she received.
Judge William Adams, the Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge, should never be allowed to sit on the bench again. He should not be allowed to practice the law. Practice? Ain’t that a ripe one. He apparently does not practice what he preaches from his tax-payer sponsored bench. He should not be allowed to sit in judgment of anyone, and he should never be allowed to be anywhere near a child or a woman, because this piece of crap has no respect for anything. That beating has nothing to do with rage or anger or discipline, but was completely about his own ego, his own dick and his own sick needs. Every case the man has adjudicated involving children or abuse should be revisited, because this monster would not be capable of sound judgment where children are concerned. He should be locked away with some of the people who he sent away. Let them teach him what it’s like when they make him the victim of their perverted sexual weaknesses. Alternately, lock the son of a bitch in a room with Lorena Bobbitt and a very dull knife. I don’t care, but keep the sick bastard away from anyone else he might hurt.