By tmcbpatriot | June 11, 2013 | 2 Comments
The other day ThinkProgress had a piece that went like this: A citizenry that’s constantly on guard for secret, unaccountable surveillance is one that’s constantly being remade along the lines the state would prefer. [French social theorist Michel] Foucault illustrated this point by reference to a hypothetical prison called the Panopticon. Designed by utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham, the Panopticon is a prison where all cells can be seen from a central tower shielded such that the guards can see out but the prisoners can’t see in. The prisoners in the Panopticon could thus never know whether they were being surveilled, meaning that they have to, if they want to avoid running the risk of severe punishment, assume that they were being watched at all times. Thus, the Panopticon functioned as an effective tool of social control even when it wasn’t being staffed by a single guard.
Ugh. I swear, sometimes I think people just need something to talk about. This NSA non-story and all the hullabaloo around Panopticons and evil government plots to imprison our minds reminds me alot of Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
What, I have to explain this? Oh, ok.
You see, when I was 15 I was a huge Judas Priest fan. I, and alot of others like me, loved to watch Rob Halford prance around on stage and in videos donned head to toe in leather because, gosh darn it, he was bad-ass. I have to admit, putting it together that he was gay never really dawned on me. Say what you will, but most metal heads back then did not give it much thought. The fact that he wore only tight leather and carried whips on stage just made me think he was totally metal. Little did I know that he was actually telling the world year after year that he was headed to a gay bar right after the show.
When he finally came out years later, or I should say, when he finally said it out loud, we all sort of went meh…It’s not as if it was a surprise, but since he never came right out and told us we all just either ignored it, figured it was true, did not want to believe it, or honestly thought the leather was just something he liked to wear for comfort. In other words, we were young and naive and not really aware of how the world worked.
This NSA thing reminds me alot of Rob Halford. Knowing as fact that the NSA was and is spying on us is really getting somewhat of a “meh” reaction too. I mean, let’s compare: It’s not as if it was a surprise that the government is looking at everything we do, but since the NSA never came right out and said it we all just either ignored it, figured it was true, did not want to believe it, or honestly thought that twitter and Facebook were things only our followers and friends could see.
I guess the only thing that is different is that we are no longer young. We still, however, seem to miss what was right in front of us the whole time. You were smarter than all of us Rob Halford, and obviously still are.
Rock on dude!
By tmcbpatriot | June 8, 2013 | 1 Comment
Santa Monica, California (CNN) — The gunman’s rampage began at a home in this beachfront city, where two were found dead inside. Then he carjacked a woman and fired at a public bus. It all ended when police shot him dead at Santa Monica College as students studied for finals, a mile from the house. Authorities have found no link to domestic or international terror.
“No link to domestic or international terror.” Man, we really need to change the definition of terror. Too bad the gunman didn’t scream some kind of racial slur or look somewhat muslim. I can only assume that due to him being mentally unstable he must have been white and otherwise a normal citizen. Kind of like mildly mannered Clark Kent who suddenly becomes a rampaging Superman.
Rest assured this story will quietly disappear into the annals of gun nuttery and be just another story about some nice guy who went off his meds. I am sure too that prior to this unfortunate incident he was one of those “responsible gun owners” we hear so much about.
And don’t worry all the rest of you, as of today, “responsible” gun owners. We won’t bother you. Now’s not the time. In fact, it really never is, is it?
By tmcbpatriot | June 7, 2013 | No Comments
People. People! We live in a world of tweets, facebook posts, cell phone texting, youtube video sharing, and a millieu of other electronic communications brought to you by giant corporations who you willingly share all of your deepest darkest secrets with. It is hilarious that now we are suddenly shocked to discover that all of this is readily available to anyone, including the government, to read, watch and listen to.
Today Obama had to go public to defend the government looking at the baggage we left at their door step to peruse at will. And to all those blaming Obama for this, as if he started it, your misguided anger is side splitting. Please read a history book and spend some time learning about what a National Security Agency and Central Intelligence agency does with its time.
Go back further than 2009 when you do your research. You might want to be sitting down for it.
By tmcbpatriot | June 4, 2013 | No Comments
That’s a quote today from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He said these words while talking about the fact that New Jersey now needs to fill a newly vacant Senate seat. It’s a situation that, like photos of Christie, is not pretty.
In addition to the predicament the Governor now finds himself in, for a politician to say they will not play politics with this vacant seat is like a baseball player saying they will not play baseball when handed a bat. It’s such a silly premise that it insults the intelligence of anyone who has any.
I can understand why Christie would say such a thing though. He’s actually quite the politician, popular as a Governor and seriously discussed as a Presidential contender in 2016. And just as assuredly as there is mustard stains on every piece of clothing this man owns, the replacement of the recently departed Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) is most certainly political in every respect.
- Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) was 89 and has been very old for some time so his death was no surprise.
- Lautenberg’s seat was up for grabs in 2014 and Corey Booker has been waiting in the wings to scoop it up.
- Obama fell over himself recently to make sure he was seen once more with Christie, ala Hurricane Sandy.
- This week it was also reported that Democratic donors — “including George Soros” — are contributing to Christie’s re-election campaign against Democrat Barbara Buono.
Coincidence? If you think so then you definitely do not play politics. The real problem for Christie is that he now has to pick a date and time for a special election as well as find an interim replacement in the meantime. Is he going to choose a Republican as interim Senator after all the Dems have done for him of late? Is he going to pick an interim Republican just in time to destroy Immigration Reform? Is he going to dis his base and push for an early special election, thus compromising any Republican opponent from mounting an effective campaign?
Lots of choices and they all sound political. For a guy who won’t be playing any, he’s got himself in quite the pickle. Mmmmmm…pickles.
Ok, Governor, you can eat now….
By tmcbpatriot | May 31, 2013 | No Comments
Walmart, tornados, cicada’s, Megyn Kelly, Oprah, Mitt Plans Return To Political Stage, IRS Employees Spent Government Funds To Film Dance Video, Obama To Visit Homophobic Culture At Vital Time….WTF??……Meet Abdulelah Haider Shaye, The Other Journalist The Obama Administration Has Targeted…..
Jeez. That’s alot right there. I have to admit, I decided to take a bit of a breather during all of this Obama bashing. IRS, Benghazi, journalist spying, you would think the President was in trouble. But nah. His numbers are up. It’s true! The guy is just likable by a good number of folks I guess. But it’s weird too. For some reason it seems so easy to yawn about all of this.
Could it be because my brain was manipulated? Were Republicans right about that one? I have to admit, it is weird that I am pretty much fine with Obama through all of this. Maybe it just means I am definitely a liberal, or maybe I just hate Republicans that much that I will stick with the Dems no matter what. Kind of like being a Cubs fan.
When you think about it, Obama has not been proven guilty of anything. Whereas, George Bush, for example, was so guilty there was no need to even bother. But really, Obama did not jail any journalists and none were arrested or brought to trial for anything. Benghazi is a total political farce and the IRS did the same shit to Dems back in the day I am sure, only nobody busted them for it.
It’s all a bunch of hooey and simply a reason for FOX to exist. So go back to doing whatever it was you were doing. There’s really nothing to see here. Thanks for stopping by though. It’s nice to be back.
By tmcbpatriot | April 26, 2013 | No Comments
Latest story out of the J. Edgar Hoover building is that the Boston bombers were headed to Times Square to wreak havoc there. Hearing this news, Mayor Bloomberg said “We don’t know if we’d been able to [stop an attack] if the terrorists had arrived from Boston. Bloomberg then continued to read from the terrorism script we have all come to know so well: ”The fact is New York City remains a prime target for those who hate America and want to kill Americans.”
I don’t know about you, but I just can’t stand that line. For me it’s right up there with the “evil doers who want to do us harm.” It is such a nonsensical, hollow piece of propaganda politicians throw at us every chance they get. It’s also a reminder of how stupid they all think we all are.
It reminds me of that scene from The Jerk when Navin R. Johnson is working at a gas station and the assassin, who randomly marked Navin for death, is now trying to shoot him. The shooter has really bad aim is ends up hitting all the cans. Navin, being the jerk that he is, thinks the shooter hates the oil cans and that getting away from them is his only hope for survival. For all you youngsters out there, this was during a simpler time when snipers were funny.
Now, if you put this scene into current political terms it is really quite revealing, at least to me. Until we face reality and understand the real target of the evil doers, only then might we start to figure a way out of this mess. The longer we avoid reality and replace it with patriotic sounding emptiness the greater our chances of getting shot.
Spoiler: The cans are not the ire of the hate.
By tmcbpatriot | April 22, 2013 | No Comments
A true communicator in a world of gibberish.
By tmcbpatriot | April 21, 2013 | No Comments
It’s started. I have to say I am not surprised in the least. The media is like clockwork and the people who read HuffPost are as lemming-like as you might imagine. All day I have been reading comments like this:
“The younger follows the older in every shot. The younger seems oblivious to the presence of cameras and the consequences, while The older is wearing shades and trying to avoid being photographed, because he is the only one who understands what the heck is going to happen in the coming days. The older guy pulled his brother into this.
“If it does come out that the younger brother was going along with his older brother out of some misplaced sense of sibling loyalty, then I feel a little sorry for him.”
“Even so, the kid said he wanted to be A DOCTOR. How does that fit in with murdering innocent strangers?”
I would continue, but I might vomit on my keyboard. What in the holy hell is going on here? Just last week two people planted bombs in a crowd of marathoners, an entire city was closed down in their apprehension, four totally innocent people were murdered, scores lost limbs, and people now hope that the surviving murderer gets his wish to become a doctor?
I am sure cretin Nancy Grace will play up this story to the hilt while FOX’s Keith Ablow will do a body language analysis of the younger kid and determine that he was just brainwashed by his Charles Mason-like older brother. It will sell newspapers and get people tuning in.
But it also begs the question that nobody is asking: Does this mean Jodi Arias was brainwashed by love? Was that Adam Lanza psycho brainwashed by the NRA? Was Eric Harris brainwashed by Dylan Klebold? Was the aurora nut brainwashed by Batman?
Why is it that the story line of brainwashing only seems to come out with a bombing perpetrated by people with funny sounding names? Coincidence? Am I imagining things? Or maybe I’ve just been brainwashed into believing that.
By tmcbpatriot | April 18, 2013 | No Comments
This is something.
Fagor America, Inc., “the company that made the pressure cooker used in the Boston Marathon bombs said they are “deeply saddened” by the attack. Following that, the fucking battery company of those used to make the bomb go boom released a statement expressing condolences for the victims.
In other news, makers of AR-15′s and other gun manufacturers have released similar statements about how sorry they are that their products have been used millions of times to kill and maim.
Wow! One of these stories is actually true. Can you guess which one?
By tmcbpatriot | April 18, 2013 | No Comments
When I read about the Senate killing all hopes of greater checks and balances for guns an image popped into my head. It was the moment when OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder. There was a split screen on the T.V. showing black people cheering for a killer and white people looking forlorn and shocked. Remember?
The gun debate and the Senate throwing in the towel this week on background checks could have had the same split screen. Although race is not at play here, the reaction towards the guilty party would be exactly the same. After word came down that the Senate had failed to pass any sensible gun legislation you had one half cheering for the gun and the other half looking similarly forlorn and quite shocked that a killer will get off scott-free.
But again, like in OJ’s case, all is not lost. Justice will eventually be served, although it may take some time and perhaps more criminal activity before anything sticks. But rest assured, as with all true criminals their luck eventually runs out.
By tmcbpatriot | April 16, 2013 | No Comments
Amidst all the craziness, some craziness…but in a good way.
By tmcbpatriot | April 16, 2013 | No Comments
This Boston bombing has really brought out the best in journalists and Republicans alike. One is blaming Muslims surreptitiously while the other is convicting them of this crime outright. So in keeping with this theme of putting blame before we really know anything, I want to weigh in and accuse Ted Nugent of perpetrating this atrocity in Boston. If you stop to consider it, it is as plausible as any other theory out there. Let’s review the facts.
First, this bombing occurred on April 15th which is to the day that Uncle Ted promised us he would be dead of in jail by this time a year ago. Perhaps the Nuge was either expecting to be blown up yesterday or caught afterwards and thrown in jail. Why not? Isn’t Massachusetts considered the “most liberal” state in America by Republicans? Isn’t it also the birthplace of Obamacare?
Now, I am not saying Ted Nugent definitely placed two bombs in Boston. I am just saying that the FBI should ask him where he was yesterday. Is my accusation any more asinine then Wolf Blitzer’s? Is it that I need to get paid in order to be a hack? Fine. Somebody send me a check.
By tmcbpatriot | March 29, 2013 | No Comments
A while back I created a link on my blog called Music for the Soul. It was intended to be a respite from all the politician talk and a place to go when politics takes you to the brink and you need a way back. Music does that for me and I love to share. Well, I decided to bringing it forward to the main blog. Hopefully you will enjoy my taste in music. If so, please let me know.
Here is the first installment inspired by N. Korea’s soon to be spanking. Enjoy!
By tmcbpatriot | March 29, 2013 | 1 Comment
Hola! It’s Miguel! Hope you are all doing very well. Even since Señor Romney lost, we Latinos have been working tirelessly to ensure that Congress does not forget about us. As you might recall, Romney promised great things for Latinos, including encouraging Latinos to return to their homeland and bring prosperity there as a result of our American experience.
Sadly, his Presidency was not to be. But do not lose hope. Congress has taken up the fight and things are looking up. In recent months Congress has promised to take up immigration reform. The time has come for our people to finally have the respect we deserve.
In fact, a recent survey show that “a majority of Latinos — 56 percent — had a favorable view of Congress, up from about 35 percent who held such a view in November 2011. That could be in part thanks to work on immigration reform, an issue most Latino voters support and place high on their list of priorities.”
This is truly an exciting time. And while some of you might still be in doubt with all of the talk of us being “illegals,” I think you will find that this Congress is starting to change its canción. For example, just this week Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said:
“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes…It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
You see? Republican’s know that picking tomatoes is important work and want to see us doing it while learning new technology too! What a country! And although machines cannot compare to an endless day of hard labor, it is important that they remember what our ancestors provided. And what is the big deal about calling us wetbacks? It is what we call each other. I always saw it as a term of endearment.
So get on board mi amigos! Republicans and Congress are looking out for us. Once the gay people are able to get married it won’t be long before we Latinos can marry this great country! Vaya con dios. Adios!
By tmcbpatriot | March 22, 2013 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | March 16, 2013 | No Comments
This week a gay man woke up from his coma at CPAC and wondered aloud what the hell he was doing there? Realizing, as if for the first time, that he and his gay friends were not welcome, he reacted the way any gay man in a room full of haters would. He became embarrassed.
Yes, this week while a bunch of racist and totally insane people gathered in Maryland to be crazy together, a gay Republican named Jimmy LaSaliva and his adorable club called GOProud was excluded from the festivities. As a result, Jimmy got his lace panties in a twist:
“I’m embarrassed to call myself a Republican right now,” Jimmy LaSaliva, co-founder and president of the gay conservative group GOProud, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday. The gay Republican was referring to GOProud’s exclusion from participation at CPAC for a second year in a row, banned as an official sponsor. LaSalvia attended CPAC as a guest of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a sponsor of CPAC which hosted a panel Thursday on which LaSaliva appeared, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.”
Ok, two things: That CPAC is happening in a place call “Mary-Land” is ironic and funny in and of itself and Jimmy should have brought that up. Second, that Jimmy is embarrassed by Republicans who are more embarrassed by him than he is of them is even funnier and should be the only reason for Jimmy to be embarrassed.
Being openly gay and a Republican is silly and, I would imagine, downright confusing too. It is a phenomenon I just need to learn more about. So I am heading down the street to the “He Man Woman Haters” convention. Sally Silverstein, member and president of HeManicures is protesting her snub at that convention for the third year in a row. Come to think of it, maybe she and Jimmy can meet and cry over their Mint Julep’s together while Sinatra sings Only the Lonely. If anyone understands loneliness, it’s Frank, trust me.
By tmcbpatriot | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
My favorite part of this yearly Republican calamity is the snubbing on the only guy who shows any promise for the GOP in 2016, Chris Christie. The CPAC charman said this about Christie this week in response to questions about the Governor not being invited:
“Chairman Cardenas…defended the conference’s snub of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, indicating that the conference focuses more on “national matters than anything else” and that other governors had a “more excellent conservative record” worth highlighting.”
Funnier still is that this same guy defended Donald Trump’s inclusion as:
“a billionaire who creates jobs” and is “not afraid to talk about the failures of the Obama administration.” He said that Trump, who has spoken previously at CPAC, is “a persuasive speaker” who was brought “back by public demand” and that “the crowd here loves him.”
You can’t make this shit up. Nobody would believe you! In an event that promotes itself as finding the next Republican hero to save the Republican party from itself, the one guy who stands any chance of doing that job was not invited!
Like I said, you just can’t begin to understand the stupidity and short sightedness of Republicans. But who am I to ruin a good thing? Keep it up fellas. The country depends on it.
By tmcbpatriot | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
With the Crazy People Are Conservative (CPAC) convention in full- on insanity mode this week, this next story seemed most appropriate. Republicans, as most of us know, live in a world of denial and fantasy. In their world Obama is a socialist, all blacks are on food stamps, gays are sodomites and pedophiles and latinos are, well, latinos. Most often, in this fantasy world, Republicans find themselves constantly challenged by a pesky thing called reality. It is a reality that is slowly, but surely, swallowing them up.
This week we saw yet another example of that as another Republican reversed his stance on gay marriage because, surprise, surprise, his son is gay. I am talking about Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Now, before you get any ideas, Portman did not make this decision overnight. It took him two years.
Portman said of his two year long change of heart on gay marriage:
“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years.”
How touching, except of course for the fact that as recently as 2011 Portman was ”openly hostile” to gay’s and gay rights. In fact, his opposition of the gay “led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the school’s graduation ceremony.” But hey, he’s come around. He’s now among the reality based. There’s hope for him, right? Well…
Portman, you might recall, was once considered to be Mit Romney’s running mate. In fact when a reporter asked asked why Romney chose Paul Ryan over him he assured the reporter it had nothing to do with the gay stuff.
“Portman, who was ultimately passed over as the GOP vice-presidential candidate in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan, said the fact that his son is gay was not the deal breaker for Romney. How does he know? “Well, because they [Romney's campaign] told me,” said Portman.”
LMAO! Just as I was thinking Portman was one of us, it seems he still has one foot firmly planted in the rabbit hole.
By tmcbpatriot | March 12, 2013 | 2 Comments
Andrew Brietbart is still dead! That much is true. Not much else coming out of his namesake’s “news” blog may be though. For the second time in a month, Breitbart.com posted a false story that was later taken down after it turned out to be totally untrue.
Apparently, a story about Paul Krugman going bankrupt vent viral, getting picked up and reposted on the popular conservative website. Turns out, the story was satire, invented by a blog called The Daily Currant. Who knew? Well, Breitbart.com should have. However, before it was proven to be a non-story, it also wound up on Boston.com, which is actually a serious news source. Asked why Breitbart picked up the story in the first place without first vetting it for accuracy, they replied it was because Boston.com was a “trusted” news source. Great answer. It would later come out that Boston.com posted the story “by accident” while Brietbart did it on purpose.
It should come as no surprise that a hyper-partisan website like Breitbart.com would post satire as truth, especially when it is a story that bashes a well known liberal like Krugman. I am pretty sure too that the folks over at Breitbart wanted to believe this story, even if perhaps they doubted its veracity.
As a result, is it any wonder that our so-called news organizations are considered to be so untrustworthy? Additionally, can we even call them news organizations when stories such as this one trumps actual news stories that are actually true and virtually ignored?
For example, just this week a report came out saying that about $8 billion was wasted or unaccounted for that was suposed to be used for reconstructing Iraq. Sure, we could file this story under “No Shit” and move on, but it also begs the question: Are we in danger when supposed news organizations report made up stories as truth simply because they want it to be true or are we screwed because we, as readers, seem to care more about made up stories even after we know they are not true while ignoring the ones that are?
The answer is a bit unclear, but if this latest media screw up is any indication, I am pretty sure of what the answer most likely is.
By tmcbpatriot | March 11, 2013 | No Comments
Joe Lieberman has a new job. He will be co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute’s “American Internationalism Project,” let by former Senator Jon Kyl.
Of the AIP, Kyl writes: ”Fiscal constraints, weariness with war and isolationism are eroding the American will to lead. The nation has often chafed “at the burden of our obligations.” But what once appeared to be a truism of an earlier era – the willingness to shoulder “the burdens of leadership in the free world” – has ceased to resonate with many Americans. American internationalism has never been simply a response to threats, but an expression of who Americans are and what kind of world we want to live in.”
So Joe Lieberman, a man once considered for V.P., who turned his back on Democrats when they needed him most and who still pretends to be an Independent, is now going to work for a Republican think tank to help them find new ways to start wars, all in the name of bipartisanship.
Seriously, how does this guy sleep at night?