Your present situation puts me in the mind of another brilliant newspaper man...
“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything.
I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency.
This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”
“Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration
- courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness,
and above all, love of the truth”
"The men the American people admire most extravagantly
are the most daring liars...;
the men they detest most violently
are those who try to tell them the truth"
-Henry Louis Mencken (All Three)
Texas Republican Death panel:
Clowns seem to be crowded in THIS tent as well, not so much defending the legions of Republican Buffoons and flying monkeys SO lamely pretending to be gynecologists, economists, constitutional scholars and ethicists, but proudly parroting the litany of specious and malevolent memes conjured from Rove's "Mighty Wurlitzer" of (very predictable) vitriolic delusions, serial character assassination and black-op hatchet-bytes. Hitler only had loudspeakers and radio. This digital disinformation ogre has 24-7 global networks and an army of overpaid sociopathic orcs in service to the aristocratic gilded elite standing on our necks, and Clown-Parrots lap it up and defend it like Pavlov's pooch.
What? No flaying of Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, Hillary Clinton or Eric Holder? Get with the script!
There's so much projection going on here, it seems like the Rave Theater on a Saturday night, with just as many thugs on the edge of violence. Calling an opponent on behavior you plainly exhibit is not an accepted debate strategy, Jasper....It is a clinical element of behavioral dysfunction.
Keep it up. Your wannabee-plutocrat fetish may speed all of us to the misery and early death of corporate serfdom more quickly than you can imagine. Texas leads the way, with a Republican Death panel being formed and rushed-through on Friday (Please recall the Wingnut-Bellowing on THIS issue, and who was accused. The insanity of Projection-Apery writ large.):
"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities"
"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power,
is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. "
“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools,
and those who dare not, are slaves.”
― George Gordon Byron
“When someone else's safety and acceptance in society is on the line,
your personal discomfort comes in a very distant second.”
― Courtney Milan
"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals;
separated from law and justice he is the worst.
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
-The Book of Proverbs
“The Right thinks that the breakdown of the family is the source of crime and poverty, and this they very insightfully blame on the homosexuals, which would be amusing were it not so tragic. Families and 'family values' are crushed by grinding poverty, which also makes violent crime and drugs attractive alternatives to desperate young men and sends young women into prostitution. Family values are no less corrupted by the corrosive effects of individualism, consumerism, and the accumulation of wealth. Instead of shouting this from the mountain tops, the get-me-to-heaven-and-the-rest-be-damned Christianity the Christian Right preaches is itself a version of selfish spiritual capitalism aimed at netting major and eternal dividends, and it fits hand in glove with American materialism and greed.”
― John D. Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct?: The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church
“I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all."
― Alexis de Tocqueville
"Liberals and conservatives disagree over what are the most important sins. For conservatives, the sins that matter are personal irresponsibility, the flight from family life, sexual permissiveness, the failure of individuals to work hard. For liberals, the gravest sins are intolerance, a lack of generosity toward the needy, narrow-mindedness toward social and racial minorities." -E.J. Dionne
"Conservatives are more religious than liberals
-although there is no evidence that they're nicer people because of it." -Andy Rooney
"The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas -- uncertainty, progress, change -- into crimes." - Salman Rushdie
"The conservative may clamor against reform, but he might as well clamor against the centrifugal force. He sighs for the "good old times,"--he might as well wish the oak back into the acorn."
-E. H. Chapin, Living Words
“Expect poison from the standing water.”
― William Blake
"I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass."
-Barry Goldwater, 1981
“I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species we've fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don't believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we've made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.”
― Caitlin Moran
“The Vatican won't prosecute pedophile priests but I decide I'm not ready for motherhood and it's condemnation for me? These are the same people that won't support national condom distribution that PREVENTS teenage pregnancy.”
― Sonya Renee Taylor
“How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?”
― George Carlin
As long as we keep electing and allowing corrupt criminals to top State Government, Congressional and Senatorial positions, this will continue, as all they want is their cut, regardless of the source.
As (former Chattanoogan) Samuel L. Jackson strongly suggested, WTFU.
The hum of the Founders, spinning in their graves, is a great deal less tonight, thanks to James Earl Carter IV and Clay Bennett.
Those of us who prefer reality to the obscene plutocratic demagoguery of Fox and Fiends thank you both for your Patriotic duty in revealing those who not only harbor interests directly contrary to 99% of the American people, but who are actively working to destroy our sacred birthright of self-governing democracy. Kudos to you both.
To those delusional victims in sordid lockstep with those jackals, I can only hope your gullibility will become apparent to you in time to save what we have fought and died for over two centuries.
“To agree on keeping a status quo that can't be kept
has nothing to do with consensus.
"So what are you whining for? I've never understood that about Republicans. Even when they win, they manage to come off sounding like an oppressed minority." -Eric Holeman
"Power is not a means; it is an end....
Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself....
The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy - everything.... No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends....
We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science.... There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always - do not forget this, Winston - always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless....
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
-George Orwell, 1984
“Trickle-down theory - the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.” ― John Kenneth Galbraith
"I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." - Bishop Desmond Tutu
"Of course I believe in free enterprise, but in my system of free enterprise, the democratic principle is that there never was, never has been, never will be, room for the ruthless exploitation of the many for the benefit of the few." - Harry S Truman
"The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we'll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.
There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." -Warren Buffett
“The only truly new ideas [the right] has come up with in the last twenty years are (1) supply side economics, which is a way of redistributing the wealth upward toward those who already have more than they know what to do with, and (2) creationism, which is a parallel idea for redistributing ignorance out from its fundamentalist strongholds to those who know more than they need to.”