Dems blame Bernie for WHAT, now???

I knew something stupid was afoot last night when a Facebook friend had an “I hate Bernie because REASONS” meme in her feed. And lo and behold, there it is. First they blame Bernie — who could have WON them an election, had they had the sense to run him instead of Honduras Coup Hillary — for “costing” them an election. Now it’s this. And of course, it’s all bullshit. Have they no shame? Next up: Jill Stein is a secret Russkie! Oh wait, they’ve already shot that wad, haven’t they?

Meanwhile, here’s where Bernie REALLY stands on gun control. As you can see, he differs from them on some points, but he’s not exactly an NRA puppet. But even in the primaries, the corporate Dems were trying hard to discredit him on this issue. And failing.

There really are no words for how loathsome and venal these people are. Party unity? Only behind the “right” guys…and Bernie, with his socialistic tendencies, is clearly not in with the machine.

And then they wonder why they get nothing done on this issue, no matter how much they talk about it.

Yeah, I wonder too.

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The truth about the two Koreas

Abby Martin sits down with Korea expert and historian Tim Shorrock to find out how Korea became two countries, and what’s really going on in the North — which he has visited and knows about as well as any westerner ever could. Even as the US of Amnesia ramps up the war rhetoric and Donnie keeps harping on his big red button, the two Koreas have turned their backs, and are now engaging in bilateral peace talks — no Washington interference allowed. This is unheard of…unless you know a bit about Korean history. And realize just how many horrible fascist dictatorships in the South have been propped up by Washington…in the name of “democracy”, of course.

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Music for a Sunday: After the parade has gone

In light of all the shootings (and the “professional school shooter” who wanted to become famous for the latest massacre), this seemed all too appropriate…

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A radio moment that says it all about the Florida school shooting

Courtesy of Mike Malloy, this is a real barn-burner:

When you get so mad at all the fucking bullshit that you have to stop the show in order to calm down, that’s how you know it’s time for a change. Mike is well known for keeping it 100% real, and for going after the root causes of political fuckery in the US of Amnesia. Long may he rule…

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Republic of Florida: Most pathetic terrorist group EVER.

For those who thought that these guys were just some bunch of politically-incorrect-but-harmless “it’s okay to be white” guys…sorry, but they’re not. They are TERRORISTS. They were TRAINING terrorists, as “lone wolf” sleeper agents (who are neither lone, nor truly sleeping, EVER). And one of them took them at their word. At first, they say that yeah, he was one of them. But then, unlike Daesh (which claims every terror incident they can, even ones with no links to them), they wuss out of it when it becomes apparent that they are in deep shit for their ties to a very real, very demonstrably one-of-them terrorist.

And these dumbass chickenshits call themselves the Master Race, and think they are the future of an “ethnostate”? It is to laugh.

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All the unsurprising truths about the Florida school shooting (that I could find, anyway)

This is just one. There are others:

Schoolmates who heard his violent rhetoric and threats thought he was “creepy and weird”. They avoided him. They also describe him as “passive-aggressive”, trying to be tough, and rude. Even among the school’s outcasts, he was an outcast. In fact, those who knew him the best predicted that he would turn out to be a school shooter.

He was abusive to his former girlfriend, and got into a fight with her new boyfriend. This was apparently one of the many “disciplinary problems” that got him kicked out of the school he eventually shot up.

And on a related note: Sorry, “incels”, he’s NOT one of yours…at least, not in the sense of being unable to date girls. He clearly had a problem with trying to control at least one girl he DID date, however, and that put a crimp in his efforts to maintain the relationship. As did his idolatry of Eliot Rodger, another infamous misogynist shooter. It’s no wonder that male dominance and misogyny are common factors in shoot-up violence, with guns being touted by their own manufacturers as a penis surrogate:

And yes, he did use one of those in the shooting, too. It was legally owned, to boot. His friend’s family, with whom he moved in after his adoptive parents died, made him keep it in a locked cabinet, but he had a key, so accessing it was not a problem for him. In other words: Fat lot of good THAT protective measure did.

And where could he have picked up those misogynistic, threatening, gun-fetishizing attitudes that so frightened and repelled everyone who knew him at school? Well, if you hang out with white-supremacist militias, as he did in his spare time, it’s kind of hard NOT to. The fascist group he was with, which calls itself “Republic of Florida”, is one of those “white ethnostate” groups that the Southern Poverty Law Centre keeps warning us about, even as the mainstream media keep fixating on the Antifa groups who are literally all that’s standing between mainstream society and the fascists who want to run it. No wonder his schoolmates were scared shitless of him!

Oh, and this same white-supremacist group helped him get his hands on at least one of his murder weapons, too. That makes them accessories to the crime, does it not? (Oh, and now they deny it, too. Big surprise! Pity they’re already on record as having him in their ranks.)

And I’m sure you’ll all be shocked, SHOCKED to know that, just like his hate-group confederates, he considered Muslims terrorists and was “no fan of the Jews”. And that they all consider feminism to be a “cancer”, even though their group apparently has a handful of female members. (Yes, I know. The irony is too rich for me, y’all.)

Oh, and get this: He actually posted, under his real name, on YouTube. Death threats, no less. He boasted that he would become a “professional school shooter” and planned to kill as many Antifa as he could. And while they were reported to, and investigated by, the FBI…nobody did shit to stop him.

So those who say they “never saw this coming” were clearly walking around with blinders on their eyes, their fingers in their ears, and going la-la-la-la-la. Even when it was literally staring them in the face, they REFUSED to see it for the credible threat it was. They chose, instead, to write it off as just “boys being boys”, trolling harmlessly on the Internet. Does that not make them culpable as well? At the very least, it makes them incompetent and criminally negligent. A firing offence, surely, if you’re with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is an anti-crime outfit as well as an investigative one.

And finally, there are those who say he “snapped” after his adoptive mother’s death. Does anyone take this seriously? I don’t. Because people who “just snap” and then commit violence tend to be a lot more random about it. They don’t go for years on end dropping creepy breadcrumbs here and there, hinting at a violent personality seething away just below the surface. They don’t brag in advance of what they’re going to do, especially not on the Internet. They don’t go to such premeditative lengths as pulling a fire alarm so as to have easy pickings for maximum carnage as the occupants exited the building, or try to blend in with a fleeing crowd after the shooting is over. No, y’all, this was not a case of someone basically good who “just snapped” when he lost his mom. It was someone who planned this. And if his mother’s death had anything to do with this at all, it was just the final match to a fuse that had been reeled out over several years. He MEANT to do this.

And there are, ultimately, no excuses for it.

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Heroes for Today: The sweet revenge of Lissa Lucas

Well, that was a few days ago. Look at Lissa Lucas today:

In an interview with The Intercept two days after being thrown out of the legislature, Lucas wondered if Shott had overplayed his hand by having her expelled. “He brought so much more attention to it by having me thrown out,” she noted.

It has certainly helped her fundraising.

As of this writing, her campaign has raised more than $50,000. Lucas told The Intercept that this is a nearly elevenfold increase from the $4,000 she had raised prior to her address at the legislature. “I’m blown away,” she said.

The significance of this amount cannot be overstated. The website Ballotpedia tracks the total campaign contributions in District 7 for every campaign cycle going back to 2000. Lucas’s sum raised so far is more than twice the $17,498 raised by all three candidates in 2016. It is larger than the total funds raised during any cycle in the district in the 21st century. (The second-highest fundraising was $23,994, raised by four candidates in 2006). The current amount raised by the incumbent, Republican Jason Harshbarger, is not yet publicly available, but he raised just $9,300 in 2016.

Lucas is doing all of this without attending the high-dollar fossil fuel fundraisers she has criticized many in the legislature for patronizing — including Harshbarger. In December, he was hosted at a fundraising event by a phalanx of fossil fuel lobbyists brought together by the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.

I’m shocked, folks. Not by the amount she managed to raise just by lifting her voice up a bit; she’s earned that. I’m shocked, rather, by how little it takes to buy off a corrupt lawmaker in West Virginia. A couple thousand bucks and a fancy dinner and booze-schmooze at the local chain hotel? SOLD!!!

And I am pleasantly surprised by how quickly things can turn around. Even in one of the poorest (and most corruption-ridden) states in the Union, a woman who spoke out found massive support…and proved that you don’t need Big Oil and Big Frack money to mount a successful campaign. You just need to be there on behalf of those who will actually elect you…namely, THE PEOPLE. And they will reward you far more richly than Big Fracking Oil ever could.

PS: Here’s Lissa Lucas, talking to Jimmy Dore about the bill, its corrupt sponsors, and why it’s unpopular:

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Baby Jesus and Alex Jones have semen on the brain

That’s right, folkies…they both got triggered (to wank on the air, or at least the Internet) by a gnarly vein in Barack Obama’s temple.

Honestly, these ‘wingers obsess more about sex than people actually HAVING sex ever do.

And oh, what the heck…I’m now triggered as well:

“Abominate” THAT, motherfuckers.

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Weinsteingate gets worse…

Jesus H. Christ. Just when you thought Harvey Fucking Weinstein had reached peak awfulness, up come new allegations that blow everything previous out of the water:

Yup…he had an actual small army of people to aid and abet him, right down to giving him his boner shots so he could rape (or wank in front of) unwilling actresses. And oh yeah, he used his connections to the White House (!) to threaten anyone who stood in his way, too. Even to the point of claiming that the Secret Service would “help” him, which they certainly are NOT in the business of doing, but which an impressionable (and starving) young actress looking to break in would probably not have the wherewithal to question, never mind standing up to.

The mind boggles.

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What’s wrong with Jagmeet’s tweet?

On first glance, this looks about right, right?

But there’s a huge howler in this tweet from our federal NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh. Take another look, and see if you can spot it.

Give up yet?

It’s that word, “legacy”.

On first glance, it seems correct, but it’s not. Here’s why:

Colonialism never ended in Canada. And the Indigenous genocide, as the farce of the Colten Boushie murder trial shows, has yet to end.

Just look at how the RCMP treated Colten’s family on the night he was killed. It reeks of colonialism. They barged in demanding to know if his mother was drunk. They had no sympathy for her shock and grief. In every word and deed, they acted as if Colten had been the murderer, not the victim. It all begs the questions: If it had been the family of a white person killed by an indigenous shooter, would they have acted the way they did? And if not (because of course not), then why was there this discrepancy in terms of response?

Just look at how the trial was stacked against the victim, and in favor of the killer. Not one Indigenous person on the jury. It was truly a jury of the murderer’s peers: all white, all racist. Of course they were going to believe every bullshit thing he said. Even though not one word of it was believable. Hey, if a white guy said it, he must be right and innocent. Right?

Well, no.

The residential schools may have been closed, but the mentality that conceived and built them is still very much in force. Nobody is distributing smallpox-ridden blankets to the First Nations now, but they are still being forced to live in ghettos on the worst lands in the country, with none of the public services that everyone else seems to take for granted. And even in those godforsaken places, if something is found under the soil that white people want (and can make vast sums of money from), the rights of those living there get studiously, institutionally ignored. Pollution infests the waters of Grassy Narrows, where mercury poisoning is wreaking slow but sure havoc on an entire Indigenous population. Attawapiskat, ridden with suicides due to poverty and hopelessness, is still festering, too, though it’s sitting on top of a literal diamond mine. These are not the exceptions of Indigenous life in Canada; they are the rule.

Meanwhile, Indigenous burial grounds are being stolen so that wealthy white developers can plop condominiums and golf courses onto them; the Oka crisis of a generation ago is still an open sore, as is the shooting of Dudley George (by the Ontario Provincial Police!) at Ipperwash. These things have not ended. They have simply been swept under the rug, to be ignored, again. As long as money can be made, and by the “right” (read: WHITE) people, who cares?

And when Indigenous people lead the fight against oil pipelines (which no one with any common sense could want), they suffer harsh crackdowns…while actual white supremacists are being tolerated (and going utterly unabused, and even getting an assist from police) in the name of “free speech”. Hell, the Colten Boushie case even echoes that of another Indigenous man, shot many years ago by an actual, self-admitted white supremacist!

Why do you suppose that is?

There is still the belief (largely unspoken now, but still prevalent) that white people are “better” than anybody else. That this land belongs to them alone, by virtue of their coloring, their language, their history of imperialism. That those who lived here first don’t even count as people, because some distant monarch, centuries ago, said that they didn’t. That those who cannot conform absolutely to laws and values imposed by a white, British, colonial government are less than human, and therefore undeserving of equal treatment. And that even when they do, they still get treated like lawbreakers simply because of the color of their skin, the shape of their features, and the non-Anglo names they bear. That’s it, in a nutshell.

That’s why Colten Boushie’s family were treated like criminals by the police, while an actual killer — HIS killer — got preferential treatment from the legal system. That’s why every preposterous lie was believed, and the truth was brushed aside, during this farce of a trial. That’s why there’s so remarkably little outrage among white people here, even though all decent folk of any color should be fighting mad.

To the white-supremacist mindset, you see, nothing wrong happened here: a dirty Injun trespassed on an innocent farmer’s land, menaced him just by existing while brown, and got what he deserved: a bullet to the back of the head. And if the farmer wants to say it was all an accident and he only meant to “scare” him, well, who are WE to contradict him?

Colonialism hasn’t been dismantled. It simply lives on under a thin new guise: modern ultra-capitalism and the so-called rule of law.

There can be no talk of a “legacy” here, because we have not put this problem behind us. It’s still alive, and it’s ugly as hell. Jagmeet Singh, though he means well, is as much a party to it as we all are, simply by his inaccurate choice of words.

If we are to start addressing the problem, we need to call it by its right name first. We cannot say “a legacy of colonialism”. We must say ONGOING COLONIALISM first. We cannot talk of a “legacy” of genocide; we just say GENOCIDE outright. Not until we face up to it directly can we begin to tackle the matter as we should. Whitewashing our language is not going to clean up the mess we’ve made, and it’s time to quit pretending it can.

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