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Guys, shed a tear for Pat McCrory. Shed a single, crystal tear with a unicorn on a rainbow reflected in it. Former Gov. Pat McCrory says the backlash against House Bill 2 is making some employers reluctant to hire him but he’s currently doing consulting and advisory board work. McCrory has been appearing frequently in…

Jesus’s disciples: “They were all Donald Trump.”

So there’s this guy, Rick Joyner, a right wing Christian nutball who’s so nutty even other right wing Christian nutballs think he’s loopy, that says that Christ’s disciples were all proto-Donald Trumps.

This filthy little atheist took a look at that claim…

Quote of the Day






Random Guy on Facebook: “I’m extremely grateful that Jill Stein is spearheading this recount, and I hope above hope that something positive might come from it- but either way, the second this is all over I hope a piano falls from the highest skyscraper and lands directly on her head.”

Contempt. Utter contempt.






You’re a sucker/you forgot to think You’re a sucker/you embraced a fink You’re a sucker/that was a big mistake You’re a sucker/you shouldn’t trust a snake I don’t want to share my world with a bunch of fools. The contempt I feel right now for my fellow Americans is palpable and painful. I’m having trouble…

Hillary Derangement Syndrome

I couldn’t get through this recent piece of shit at Common Dreams without throwing things at the wall. I couldn’t even finish it.

“Pro-Clinton Democrats join Big Pharma and state Republicans in fighting to defeat first-in-the-nation ballot measure for statewide single-payer plan”

Colorado was not first in the nation to propose a single-payer system. That was Vermont in 2011. And before that there as MAsscare and other experiments. Oh sure, play semantics SORRY YOU’RE WRONG.

“Most Americans support replacing Obamacare with a single-payer system, and Bernie Sanders has made his support for universal healthcare a central pillar of his presidential campaign. His rival Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, continues to support the least popular position of maintaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with only incremental and modest changes.”

Like many people, I support single payer. I have more skin in the game than most because I am on Medicaid now -essentially single-payer health care- due to my long-term unemployment. It is superior in every way to my previous Obamacare Silver plan. THAT SAID. I was an actual sort-of serious reporter during the healthcare debates and was deep in the weeds of the research. It is, frankly, unbelievable that anything passed at all and now that the ACA is here, it’s not going away anymore than the TSA or the NSA. The Sanders idea of starting over just isn’t realistic. What IS realistic, and which WAS popular about Obamacare, is the Public Option. The insurance companies opposed it tooth and nail, because it’s basically “Medicare for All”. Obama backed down. But Clinton is on the record as saying she wants to revisit the public option, which she has vocally supported since day one.
It is interesting that the writer keeps using phrasing like “Pro-Clinton Democrats join Big Pharma and state Republicans” and “Clinton’s position is echoed by establishment Democrats in Colorado, including Clinton supporter and former governor Bill Ritter” and “John Hickenlooper, the state’s current governor another prominent pro-Clinton Democrat”. Clinton, to the best of my knowledge, has never represented Colorado in any form: she was first lady in Arkansas, First Lady in the White House, Senator for New York, and Secretary of State. There is no reason at all to believe that the preferences of Colorado Reps Ritter and Hickenlooper have anything to do with Clinton’s preferences: in fact it’s absurd. By the writer’s logic, Clinton must also be in favor of legal marijuana, since both of these Clinton-supporters represent America’s marijuana playground.

The writer -IMO- has now proven him or herself full of shit three times, tying Hillary Clinton to issues she has nothing to do with, in an effort to make the candidate look bad. I had to stop reading.

Is there any reason, as a critical reader, to take anything this person writes at face value again?

Those Meddling Kids

North Carolina governor and laughingstock Pat McCrory is pulling the old “blame the media” schtick for the backlash against North Carolina’s unnecessary, unconstitutional, and unpopular new law the writes discrimination (and a whole lot more) into the state’s legal code.

“There’s a very well-coordinated campaign — national campaign which is distorting the truth, which is frankly smearing our state in an inaccurate way, and which I’m working to correct,” he said in a press conference. “And I hope the media starts putting out more accurate information on the facts between a basic common sense bill which allows businesses to determine their own restroom and shower and locker room facilities, not government.”

“And I frankly think some of the media has failed miserably in communicating the clear facts, especially the national media with the New York Times and the Washington Post and the Huffington Post,” McCrory continued. “And we’re trying to clarify that [sic] facts, and I hope you put out the accurate information about the true facts of a common sense ordinance.”

He also criticized “editorial pages which are definitely misleading the public on many items.”

yes, if only the media would stop talking about what’s in the new law:

A section of the new law alters the state’s law that had allowed private sector employees to sue their employers under state discrimination law discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

“It takes away a right that people have had for 30 years,” Bill Rowe, the director of advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center told TPM on Friday. “It’s a pretty big change that caught us all by surprise.”

And

The state has long had laws regulating workplace discrimination, use of public accommodations, minimum wage standards and other business issues. The new law – known as HB2, the Charlotte bathroom bill or, more officially, as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act – makes it illegal for cities to expand upon those state laws, as more than a dozen cities had done including Charlotte, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham.

And:

The bill also pre-empts local employment ordinances governing wages, benefits, employee protections and leave policies…

In addition to blocking anti-discrimination protections across the state and imposing standards for single-sex bathrooms, the bill also prevents cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.

The bill would also end anti-discrimination protections for veterans. At least two North Carolina jurisdictions — Greensboro and Orange County — have anti-discrimination ordinances in place banning bias based on military or veteran status. Under the new measure, cities and counties would be prohibited from passing protections for veterans or service members.

Yes, if only the damn media would just SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP then everyone would stop complaining about The North Carolina Republicans and their governor, who hate gay people, working people, low-income people and veterans so much they’re willing to lose billions in Title IX funding for education, as well as lose businesses, conventions, and lucrative sports matches. If it wasn’t for those meddling kids, pat McCrory might have gotten away with it.

Well done, North Carolina Republicans. You’ve successfully made your state a laughingstock that compares unfavorably to GEORGIA. Do you know how fucking stupid you have to be to compare unfavorably to GEORGIA? You have to be so fucking stupid that your empty skulls would make great serving dishes for boiled peanuts.

Also, someone tell Lindsey.

ETA: I got Lindsey’s state wrong. For the first time ever, South Carolina is less embarrassing than their neighbor.

Kentucky Still Trying To Go Back in Time






A Kentucky Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow store owners and other providers of services to refuse to serve interracial couples, interracial families, or couples of different faiths. In addition, the bill would prevent the refused couples from seeking redress through the courts. […] What is the point of this, the worst-written…

Mummery

As someone who’s a big fan of “the old weird America” (most famously compiled by Harry Smith), I have complicated feelings about the annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.

The parade itself is a living piece of that old weird America, dating back to well before the first official parade was launched in the early 20th century. The people who make up the various clubs spend considerable amounts of time and personal funds on the endeavor: whatever else may be said about the Mummers, it is truly populist art and performance. And so, in that light, it speaks to me.

THAT SAID.

The racism and homophobia have to fucking stop. It’s making me, a person who is predisposed to like weird stuff the Mummers, start to not like them anymore.

I’m a guy who listens to and performs old time southern fiddle music: I have a high tolerance for insensitive material. But ya know, I don’t perform a song like “Run Nigger Run” publicly, I don’t break it out at jam sessions, and I would be appalled if it was played at a festival, even if the melody IS really catchy. Outside of very specific historic or academic contexts, that song has no place in the 21st century. It is a relic from when we were a worse people than we are now.

This shit? Not funny.

While the Mummers have recently become more inclusive and diverse, change is happening too slowly. For the past three or four years running, the parade has featured blatantly racist and homophobic themes (and this year outright gay-bashing) that simply do not fly with the greater public, and make Philadelphia look like a city of nitwits and mouth breathers to the rest of the world. It is simply AWFUL PR for our city, and as the population here skews younger and more educated, fewer and fewer people will go to the parade. If you’re a Mummer who cares about the tradition, it’s even worse: more and more people will come to the conclusion (as many already have) that the parade should be done away with entirely. At that point, Mummery will eventually be the same kind of relic, interesting as a specimen of an earlier time, but only to a small group of obsessives and academics.

But as a Philadelphia New Year tradition, it will be dead as a doornail. And it doesn’t have to be this way, at all.