Is this Hillary XP or Vista?

Oh, the “real” Hillary wants to come out to play, eh? The endless Benghazi circus might be a disgusting witchhunt, but some of these emails being dredged up tell us what we already know… she always has her eye on the next rung of the ladder of her career and she surrounds herself with sycophants.

To be honest, I might like her a bit better if she was more naked in her ambition and didn’t hide some of her dark sarcasm. The little bit that bleeds out in unguarded moments makes me grin occasionally.


a snapshot of Obama derangement

Fascism is surging.1 WDSU had an inaccurate story about Russian air strikes on ISIS. I posted a correction, stating Russia is hitting Syrian rebels backed by the American CIA. I’m no expert on the Syrian Civil War by a long shot, but the rabid manichaeistic cheering for the Russian “having the balls” to attack needed addressing. One guy sneered at the link to CNN and said he’d never believe CNN or American politicians. Too many people still kept cheering Putin for being a strong leader. Strong. Strength. It kept being mentioned. These are people in Louisiana… Americans. It gives me the creeps. They love that Putin makes Obama look ineffective in their eyes.

When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, not once did I root for Saddam Hussein. It never crossed my mind. I was against that war because it was against American interests and was a danger to stability in the Middle East. These people clearly don’t care a whit about what’s good for America or the world. They hate Obama so much they will support anything that undermines him. They hate Arabs so much that it doesn’t matter who or what they are fighting for or against. They want them all dead.

One guy started an argument with me about how Syria doesn’t want USA assistance anymore. I pointed out that we were not assisting Syria militarily in first place, but the rebels. He went off elsewhere in the thread to assert Assad was democratically elected and the U.S. doesn’t respect that. He kept talking about how Assad and Russia are the only ones fighting ISIS even though I proved that false earlier.

It felt weird. The psychology of these people is dangerous. They didn’t feel like bored trolls, but average people who believe sick things. They don’t care about the motivations of people as long as they seem strong and damage the people they hate. There are too many of them. It’s ill-advised to make an assessment about anything based on comment threads of any news story, but it means something. I have a feeling these are the same people who love Trump.

  1. Or call neoreactionism. That truly does seem more accurate. []

Hillary is Bush lite

This link to an article on propaganda in the American government has been sitting in draft because I didn’t quite know what to do with it. Some of the social media work they do I appreciate because I don’t believe many people grasp what the government does for them. How civic-minded of me! But then something like how Clinton had her staff push 60 Minutes to push back against Julian Assange. This is exactly what I don’t want the government doing.


Isn’t that use of “balance” in quotation marks just too precious? Fuck these mendacious assholes. This is the Bush administration all over again. From the private email server to the manipulation of journalists, it’s all too familiar.

Julian Assange on 60 Minutes (4 Aug 2013) from This Day in WikiLeaks on Vimeo.

Pope Francis gives a sly nod to Black Lives Matter

Catholicism isn’t my expertise. Thomas Merton was little more than the mystic who had an interest in Buddhism to me. It’s been pointed out that Pope Francis namechecking Thomas Merton is in part an homage to Black Lives Matter.

I’m trying to track down an excerpt from a piece Merton wrote in 1963 about the March on Washington that the journalist Ryan J. Reilly posted as images, as it’s eerily reminiscent of discussions I’ve seen in the past year concerning white liberals.

Tangentially, yesterday a very pleasant man approached me about supporting a future local event showing support for firefighters, police, and soldiers. I was rolling with it, as everything he said up to a point was perfectly reasonable. I have a patriotic streak, but remained cautious. He then pivoted to approaching people in his old military uniform because if he wore his old police uniform that people would spit on him as he walked down the sidewalk. His eyes were welling up in tears. He sincerely believed that nonsense. He rambled on about the children of all of the dead cops and how they no longer had fathers. It was crystal clear that he sincerely believed the myth that there is a war against police and the death toll is vast. As a representative of my company, I kept my mouth shut and steered him back to the event. Even if I had the time and opportunity to question this man about his persecution complex, it would have solved nothing.

DEA propaganda

The new Netflix series Narcos and fascism. Ouch. He’s convinced me. I hope this doesn’t spoil the rest of the drama. Obviously, it’s not a documentary, but the truth laid bare is grating.

I am only two episodes into the series and was enjoying it. The heavy subtitles made it something to watch more attentively than most shows or I would be further along. I was already a little suspicious how the CIA has yet to make an appearance, but the DEA has. The street prices getting thrown around confidently came off as hyperbole already. Now the allowances I made for storytelling all seem to be sinister manipulation. Damn it.

Charlie Brooker says Black Mirror wasn’t hinting

He insists he would have screamed that Cameron fucked the head of a dead pig into traffic on the streets. Once again, Black Mirror is spookily precognitive.

Meanwhile, Cameron issued a stupid nondenial, pretending he’s not acknowledging that he did indeed put his penis in the severed head of a roasted pig. I feel awkward about the matter. It looks like his own party is ousting him to install a yet more odious creep to execute a more draconian conservative agenda. However, I loathe him and it’s especially funny after how Corbyn was trashed for some very frivolous things. To be honest, I don’t much care where he’s put his penis,  as long as he’s not hurting anyone else.


Donald Trump: American Psycho

I had no idea that Trump’s favorite band is U2. Of course it is. Trump: American Psycho.

This paragraph rounds counter to everything else:

Bateman recognizes the utter meaninglessness of his crimes as transgressive, that “there are no more barriers to cross.” As he puts it “there is no catharsis, my punishment continues to elude me and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself.”

Obviously there is no self-reflection in Trump. It’s all predator satiation.

I watched two-thirds of the CNN Republican debate the other night. It feels weird to say that I miss Romney. Kasich doesn’t sound completely evil and/or insane. Rand Paul is scum but made sense talking about the danger of needless wars and the war on drugs. It very much weirded me out to have Trump solidly wave off Carson’s attack on the progressive income tax and say it’s not socialist.1 So much outright lying otherwise…

via vallejo nocturno

  1. But so what if it was? []

That’s mighty Clintonian of you, Mr. Vitter

Here’s a little secret… I don’t give a flying fuck if. Vitter is unfaithful to his wife. That’s their problem. However, Vitter loves to roll up his sleeves and legislate morality. Anyone who wants to defunding Planned Parenthood and has sex with prostitutes is a lowlife hypocrite.

Another thing is that I have no problem legalizing sex workers. Prostitution isn’t anything I’m especially enthusiastic about but I’ve been convinced over the years how legalizing sex work will protect people who are routinely marginalized, abused, and destroyed. It’s against the law now though and I’ve never seen any effort from Vitter to change that.

However, when sitting senator David Vitter, now possibly the next governor of Louisiana, will stand there and refuse to answer whether he broke the law, declaring asking the question is playing game, he deserves to be publicly shamed.

Christ, what an asshole.

Blessed are the slave catchers?

Monday, Bobby Jindal held a prayer rally for fallen police officers at the state capital. It’s one of those things that I brush off as thinking, yeah, it’s a dumb stunt with distinct problems understanding the separation of church and state and it’s just another stunt to kindle Jindal’s presidential campaign, but hey, it’s dead cops. Few want to roll their eyes memorializing dead police, because they’re public servants performing a necessary service who died in the line of duty. It is obviously a dog whistle to anyone with sense, because it’s a nodding acknowledgement of the myth of the current war on cops. Louisiana actually has had a higher percentage of police deaths than anywhere else in the U.S. though, so I can see why a normal conservative who thinks praying works would want this event. It’s still not helping your poll numbers much in New Hampshire and Iowa, Bobby.

Last night I saw a tweet from skooks about how Jindal’s butler is a convict. He was denied a request for parole.1 Okay… peculiar.

Then a local journalist replied to that tweet:

That gives me a very bad feeling, Jindal’s all about cost-cutting, but this seems creepy. Most of us see and know how often prisoners are used for labor, but the pieces are falling into place disturbingly. There’s debate about how prisoners are being used as labor too frequently, that it’s beginning to feel less like a penal system and more like a resource for free labor. Here’s an article in the American Prospect titled, Modern-Day Slavery in America’s Prison Workforce.

Now we pivot to another uncomfortable truth that’s being discussed a lot in the wave of police abuse, especially in the lethal violence against unarmed people of color. Modern police in America evolved from patrols of slave catchers.

I have two friends who are state troopers. I have family in Chicago who are cops. I apologize if I’ve used this disclaimer before. Hell, I had a local cop let my kid play with his dogs in the park this weekend. He was extremely cool. I’m fond of many local cops who handled some incidents around where I work, as they worked with humanity, dignity, and grace.2 I’ve seen them go out of their way to protect children and keep them out of trouble.

However, all of this police worship, especially in Louisiana, is disconcerting when taken in context with government supplemented by a labor force made up people they captured and incarcerated. I really don’t like where this is going.

  1. Hopefully he’ll get clemency, although not every prisoner gets a chance to earn personal trust with the governor. []
  2. I nurse some bad memories from some things that members of the Hammond PD did over two decades ago. []