Wednesday, September 05, 2012

What to do when there is no theory

Look, this coy bullshit does not look good on grown adults.  "It could be some other reason", my ASS- Voter ID legislation is a plot cooked up by the GOP and Teabagger Party that is in fact an attempt at Voter suppression.  It is specifically aimed at poor people and people of color, and its primary aim is to disenfranchise those people so that they won't vote for Obama.  It is grounded in a philosophy of White Supremacy, a well-documented long term campaign that started at least many decades ago and is implicity supported by the Republican Party.

Honestly- conservative ideology strikes me as just...dumb, from top to bottom.  About the only things I can at least tentatively agree with are the two ideas of fiscal conservation of public monies and the need for a strong defense.  Otherwise, everything, whether a concept rigorously explained or a talking point glibly disseminated, is complete trash- antisocial, antihuman, anti-American, and stupid.  To me, the smart way to govern (and more importantly, the JUST way) is to share and steward all public resources, and ensure that no citizen goes without basic necessities.  I consider basic necessities to be all the very latest luxuries, by the way, so in at least that regard I personally am in accord with the opening scenes of Plato's Republic.

And that means Socialism.  Nationalize all production, subsidize every worker.  Beyond that, leave the people to their own devices.  But when you eliminate poverty, which is not just possible but essential in a culture like ours,  you have performed a scientific experiment with rigor- you've removed one factor that affects your bottom line in the inscrutable algorithm that controls the Sim City that is your life.  This leaves you free to concentrate on what remains, which, who knows...crime for fun?  Repent, Harlequin....mrmee, mrmee, mrmee................

Tuesday, September 04, 2012


I admit it- the real reason that I like to get in Faceweb Pissing Matches is because I ALWAYS WIN!!! YAY ME!!!


  • Mark Cole and Tom Belsanti like this.

    • Lori Nelson Brown Ain't that something....
      3 hours ago · 

    • Cathy Brown if you am I
      2 hours ago · 

    • Eric Steinberg yes, Pat, you are missing a lot. Voter ID is the Repub attempt to enact a poll tax so that the poors and the browns wont go to the polls. Sadly, our constitution expressly forbids a poll tax. ID is required for the convention because it's for Democrats ONLY- not an election. But I know that you know all this, so why are you excessively coy? Should i use smaller words?
      about an hour ago via mobile · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto Eric...a 'Republican Poll Tax'? First time I've heard that one. Coy? Me? Since when? Nobody, not even the Republicans wants to keep anyone who is a 'Legal' voter from exercising their constitutional right to vote. And since the Supreme Court has called Obama Care a 'Tax' I don't think you really want to go there. One more thing from this coy guy, if you want to make it personal with the 'smaller words' comment we can go there too.

    • Eric Steinberg Noap, that's exactly what it is, and dont pretend otherwise. Poll taxes are racist. The AHCA, on the other hand, benefits all Americans. But we were talking about Voter ID. Repubs absolutely do want to keep NonWhites away from the polls- and the Supreme Court agrees, having just ruled that the Texas Voter ID law amounts to a poll tax and is therefore unconstitutional.
      about an hour ago via mobile · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto Guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one.

    • Eric Steinberg ‎"southern strategy "?
      about an hour ago via mobile · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto I'm from Chicago

    • Patrick Lucatorto I'm really sorry you think we are all racist...couldn't be further from the truth

    • Gayle DePoli Secret service and TSA always require photo ID. Funny all large TV events require them too. And I very much oppose photo ID at the polls.
      about an hour ago via mobile · 

    • Eric Steinberg I'm not calling you a racist- I'm saying that the policy is racist.
      about an hour ago via mobile · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto Your view on this is something I will never understand Gayle. Eric, I just don't see it that way. Is it racist to require photo ID when you drive? And thank you for not including me in the racist group. I can't deny they are out there and always will be but I just don't see that policy as a tax or racist.
      57 minutes ago · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto When photo ID is required by law for so many other things of much lesser importance than voting for our leaders.
      56 minutes ago · 

    • Eric Steinberg Given the FACT that voter fraud has not occurred, why do we need more laws to "solve" a non-problem? Voting should be 100% free so that everyone eligible can vote. Poll tax disenfranchises eligible voters. Do you think certain voters should be disenfranchised? Which ones?
      50 minutes ago via mobile · 

    • Gayle DePoli Law in my state is that you show ID. Could be your electric bill. No photo required. To change the laws in states to show a government photo at this late date, many voters wouldn't get the message. Or not be able to get to a place like the DMV to obtain a photo ID. They would all be cut from the voting process. The people checking IDs at the polls arent professionals that could tell if one was a fake anyway. Most people show their drivers license. Others refuse because its not required by law. I know. Im an assistant registrar if voters in this town. Would you be willing to have the states absorb the cost of printing non-drivers license for all those that need a photo ID? Because for the electorate to pay say $20 for a legal photo ID is stiring the poll tax controversy.
      45 minutes ago via mobile · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto But without it how do you determine if someone is legally allowed to vote? Susie spent a few years working the polls in CA when we lived there. I don't want anyone turned away as long as they are legal citizens of this country. A utility bill does not address that. My state is already absorbing the cost of the federal government not upholding their own immigration laws. But that's a whole different can of worms.
      38 minutes ago · 

    • Eric Steinberg eligibility is determined by registration. voter registration forms are federal and in most cases require a witness. where are the hordes of illegals trying to vote? thats right, they dont exist. why is a small-govt type like you trying to create a whole new federal bureaucracy? just to keep some poor Americans away from the polls? could it be because the GOP thinks they'll vote Obama?
      30 minutes ago via mobile · 

    • Patrick Lucatorto Come spend a few days in AZ if you really don't think they exist...should I mention ACORN? I just want whomever wins to win legally. If Obama wins a second term God bless him but it won't be with my support. And if you want to talk about cheritable contributions lets compare Mitt to Joe. So much for being against the poor. Have to contimue this another time my to get things done before I leave for L.A.
      24 minutes ago · 

    • Sean O'Connell The Dems are full of contradictions Pat. They know America needs fiscal management and they show it by staging two nights of a convention in an arena and then moving the party to a stadium. What does this maneuver cost? Four years ago that stunt was part of illustrating a larger movement, but four years later it just is an example of bloat and ego. It just shows the deaf ear they have to stupid spending. BTW they may not be checking ID's to fill that football stadium. And if they do as good a job as the Carolina Panthers do at not filling the seats will the media take note? Will they show us a filled Mile High Stadium of 2008 and a not so filled B of A Stadium. Somehow, I don't think a producer from any network, except maybe Fox, has been assigned to that angle.
      18 minutes ago · 

    • Gayle DePoli It at the time if registration in the town hall or motor vehicle that your ID us checked and you are out in the records. For the most part you vote in your neighborhood and at your schools. The pricess includes checkers and challengers. Anyone with just cause can challenge the vote. Lots if paperwork. City officials do all of the checking through proper proceedures to insure the person is who they say they are. The likelihood if someone knowing who they are us high. Plenty if fraud will come into with early voting. Securing ballots for a longer period if time, etc.
      18 minutes ago via mobile · 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bad Dudes(tm)- Some thoughts on those who aspire to Elite Deviance

John Derbyshire, Mohammed Atta, Ayn Rand, Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, Ghost Breitbart, Michelle Malkin and ultimately Kim, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, McCarthy.   These are putative intellectuals who form their philosophy in bad faith with the rest of society.  Where do they come from, these theorists of the KKK, Nazi Party, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Republican Party, any antisocial group (ha! irony)?  And why are they so dangerous?

You are someone who lives in good faith with the rest of society.  You pay taxes, stop at red lights, wave to your neighbors.  But there exists a type of person who, although they may do those things, also burns with nihilist glee inside, actively seeks schadenfreude against the whole of humanity, is filled with spite for the endeavors of others.  These cynics may even be us; I'm sure most have had at least a moment of "all politicians suck balls".  But there's a difference; you, the non-cynic, have (haz?) bought in to society, at least to some degree, and you've made your peace with it.  A Bad Person (tm) never does, in a basic way.  He or she spends their twenties and thirties justifying their outlier status with hatred, and is never brought into the fold and never experiences a mellowing of negative friction with their fellow man.  This results in something like sociopathy, which it just might be: a grown man or woman with poisonous attitudes, a negative view of life, convinced of their own moral and intellectual superiority.  Bad People (tm) can sometimes possess a great amount of energy and motivation, that occasionally, combined with healthy amounts of luck, propels them into the seat of power.  And then we're truly screwed, because such ideologues drag us all right to the brink of what Samuel R. Delany called 'cultural fugue', which means the death of the planet.

F'r instance- John Derbyshire makes a big deal out of his quiet lifestyle, but every aspect of it is a sham.  He's married to a Chinese woman, but he penned an essay that explicitly states that a good reason to form a relationship with someone of another race is so that you can have intellectual ammo for arguing your racist point of view.  He's apparently some kind of math professor, but the sciences are not immune from Bad People- you've got your Carl Duisberg, your Mengele, your Unit 731, MK-ULTRA etcetera.  J. Frank Parnell!  Jack Parsons!!  He thinks that any thinking person will take his article about "The Talk" as an honest argument; but he doesn't really think that, he seeks only to score single points in the most dishonest and odious way possible.

The point is, he's not for anything; he's against everything.  This kind of outlook is a reaction, and thus reactionary.  And quite frequently this reaction (abreaction?) is channeled into revenge on the world.  Bad People seek to punish the rest of us, for our laughing carefree ways, our smarmy well-adjusted disgusting pinkness.  They hate us for our freedoms!  And rightly so...I have certainly been, and continue to be, alienated a little bit, so I know how it feels. If anyone deserves punishment, it's the whole of our species.  Bad People go too far, though.  They consider themselves qualified to judge, they pursue opportunities to do so, all while showering contempt on everyone who disagrees with them.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Trayvon Martin.  Here's the thing- he was just about as good, as straight-arrow, as together, as a teenager can be.  He was FUCKING INNOCENT.  And here's this shitbag, Zimmerman, saying "they always get away".  Well, he was gonna make damn sure that this one didn't; come hell or high water, he wasn't gonna let his chance to plug a "coon" slip through his fingers.  Do I need to couch my desire to lynch this fuck in meta?  Along with the Chief of Police?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Hey Crack!  Here's one for you- a bunch of New Age hucksters fawn over this bullshit painting, I call bullshit, and they try to beat me up.  Ain't that some shit?

p.s. Facebluch convo is slightly disjointed because Mark Ryan deleted some of his stupid bullshit before I could screencap it.


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