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This past Memorial Day I was reading a piece from the indefatigable Charles P. Pierce at The Politics Blog at Esquire about our nation's most recent gun massacre and these words rang as true as a Presbyterian Bell Choir:

"Wayne LaPierre gets paid when his masters sell guns to the bad guys. Wayne LaPierre gets paid when his masters sell guns to the good guys because of the guns he's already arranged to sell to the bad guys. Wayne LaPierre is the strange white man in the Congo who knows where he can get you some AK's. He's the shadowy fellow in the coffee shop in Kabul who knows where RPG's can be had, cheap. He's the well-dressed, silken-voiced operator, sipping his tea on a cool and breezy veranda outside of Bogota, who smiles at you and shows you on the map where you can pick up your order, because it is time once again for you to make war and him to make money. His look is the smooth and shiny black of the vulture's feathers. He feasts on the carrion of nations."

- Charles P. Pierce

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Fri May 16, 2014 at 01:08 PM PDT

Live Free Or Dry!!!!!

by joeyess

This is an abject lesson in Derp.

Just....... wow.

Where you all at???? or The Patriots Are Stuck In Their Campers.

Update: In related hilarity......

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Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:08 PM PDT

He Was My Gypsy Soul......

by joeyess

This community consoled me when I lost my Dewhickey.

This past Saturday I lost another best friend. My wanderer. My Gypsy Soul......

I lost Iggy Figadoo in a sudden and tragic way.

Join me under the fold for my remembrance.

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Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 10:49 PM PST

A Brief Rebuttal to Sarah Palin

by joeyess

This won't take long.

This woman is a dangerous human being. Recklessly so. So dangerous that Charles P. Pierce actually posted an unprecedented Saturday post just for her.

Below is what she had to say about nukes........

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It took me all of five minutes of googling the intertoobs to find out who's behind this rash of bills..... Kansas and Arizona are just the beginning, folks. 38 states are being targeted by this template law.

Below the fold are the details. They're short, but sweet.

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I have defended this administration from every nonsensical charge made by the GOP that has been cooked in every meth lab bubbling up from south of the Mason-Dixon line. This constant culture of scandal mongering is not only abhorrent to me, it's bad for this nation.

With that said, I opened my browser this morning and went to Charlie Pierce's Politics Blog.
Those of you familiar with Charlie, know him by his writing to be a sane voice in a din of conventional wisdom.

So it was with some surprise when I read this morning's post on the DoJ that: .... in all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.

Follow below for Charles' take and my reluctant ascent.

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December 8, 1980.

John Lennon had been shot.

I do this every December 8th..... I awake to the sad fact that this is the day that the man I perceived to be the very consciousness of music and art was gunned down.

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It's been a long time since I've set foot in a Walmart. I've always hated the way their workers looked beat up, the customers looked worn down, the stores all look the same; like an outlet of pain and depression all designed for the reaping of a maximum in profits.

But now I have another reason to loathe the place. They not only impoverish their workers here, they kill their workers in far away lands and do it on the QT.

Thru a long line of sub-contractors, Walmart has washed it's hands of the blood and charred remains of the women and children that have died in the Bangladesh version of the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. They're squeaky clean on this one.

Or they'd like America to think they are.

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This is rich. Bobby Fucking Jindal is calling for the GOP to become more enlightened:

“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”
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Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 12:50 PM PDT

GOP Racism Sans The Dog Whistle.

by joeyess

The Republican Party has completely foregone the dog whistle. They're simply out and proud racists. I will henceforth consider any member of the GOP as a fellow traveler with these scumbags. The entirety of the GOP is complicit and in league with this rhetoric. And until I'm sufficiently satisfied that they no longer trade in this nonsense, they are all suspect. And the only way to satisfy me is for them to lose elections because they no longer have the support of the Confederate Wing of the radical right. Until then, in my mind, they're ALL guilty.

Here's state Rep. Loy Mauch (R-AR)
Follow along and gaze in astonished horror.

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While working all day yesterday, I could only read Romney's words last night.
I read his words a dozen times on a dozen blogs.

They were infuriating when they were merely words on a computer screen.

You have all seen the video. It's disgusting, but it's worth one more view in this context.

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Sun May 27, 2012 at 09:41 AM PDT

My Lucid Dream

by joeyess

Just before I woke up today, I had the most vivid dream. Now, I'm a lucid dreamer, so I stayed with this dream for a long time, allowing it to shift and controlling the shift as I usually do,  but I remained centered on the main topic...... my father had died (In reality he died nearly 2 years ago).

Since he died last August, I never really mourned Pop. I never really cried. I don't know why. I just didn't.

But this morning, in my dream, he died. And all the people that I have loved throughout my youth and to the present, my closest cousins, my best friends, my enemies, everyone that I have loved and still love, they all came around to pay their respects to dad. In my dream I found myself in a shower room, naked, water turned on all around me. And I was crying. Crying so hard that my tears weren't running down my cheeks, but rather were actually jetting from my eyes in a steady stream like water from a hose.  Uncontrolled by any muscle, unabated by any will. I just let them stream out........And as people came up to me to pat my back, give condolences, say their piece, the tears kept streaming. I received these visitors with joy and thankfulness, without shame....... In my naked, vunerable grief.

I think I have finally grieved my father. I still miss him terribly. I still feel that loneliness of his absence, but I believe that the grief just moments ago poured out of me in one, beautiful lucid dream.

Goodbye, Pop.

I'm still your boy,

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