Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Douche of the Day -- A two-way tie

At first I thought David Brooks was going to be an easy winner.

A Renaissance on the Right


Sure. That's gonna happen. Any minute now.

All right, you do have me curious, though. Let's hear it.

What’s bad for the gavel is good for the pen.


What is that even supposed to mean?
Never mind, let's just plow through.

What’s bad for the gavel is good for the pen. The Republican Party is in the midst of a cataclysmic transformation. But all the political turmoil is creating a burst of intellectual creativity on the right.

Ahahaha. . . oh, good one. "Intellectual creativity!" "On the Right!" Ahahahahaha!!!

Young, fresh writers are bursting on the scene: Sohrab Ahmari, Helen Andrews, Charles Cooke, Mollie Hemingway, Jason Willick, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Gracy Olmstead, James Poulos, Oren Cass, Matthew Schmitz and many others.

And the one thing they all have in common? That no one has heard of any of them. Meanwhile the op=ed pages are still populated by the same right-wing schmucks they have been filled with for years - your George Wills, your Charles Krauthammers, your David Brookses. . .

Other conservatives are rising to defend that order, including National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, who later this month comes out with his epic and debate-shifting book, “Suicide of the West.”


Yeah. . .no. Nothing that has ever been produced by Jonah freaking Goldberg has ever been realistically described as "epic" or "debate-shifting."
"Stupid" and "shitty," yes. "epic" and "debate-shifting?" not so much.

Goldberg points out that for eons human beings were semi-hairless upright apes clumped in tribes and fighting for food. But about 300 years ago something that he calls “the Miracle” happened. It was a shift in attitude. For thousands of years, societies divided people into permanent categories of race or caste. But, Goldberg writes, “the Miracle ushered in a philosophy that says each person is to be judged and respected on account of their own merits, not the class or caste of their ancestors.”

Three hundred years ago?
Three hundred. . . so the early 1700's.
Goldberg's thesis is that in the early 1700's, mankind decided to stop judging people by their background or heritage and instead evaluate each individual on his own merits. In the 1700s.

When slavery of African people was at its peak. When European aristocracies held sway. When every nation on Earth was ruled by a monarch whose entire claim to authority was that he was the descendant of his ancestors. This was when the "Miracle" happened. Seriously.

So humankind decided to end tribalist conflict in the early 1700s. The era in which the Hapsburgs and Stuarts were fighting over the thrones of the United Kingdom. When Louis Quatorze was trying to exterminate the Hugenots in France. When Catholics and Protestants were slaughtering each other all over Europe, that was the time that the human race outgrew primitive tribalism.

Somehow, even though in the early 18th Century, humanity had decided to judge each individual on his own merit, not by the group to which he belongs, the Holocaust still happened. And the Armenian genocide. And Jim Crow. And lynchings. And the Yugoslavian civil war. And the Tutsi-Hutu war in Rwanda and all the other horrible atrocities of the 20th Century that can all be flung, bloodied and disfigured, onto the doorstep of unrelenting tribalism.

And this is the guy David Brooks is touting.

It's a 2-way tie for Douche of the Day.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Douche of the day - Richard Cohen

Why do newspapers even bother having op-ed columnists. If this is the best they can do, who needs 'em?

- Whose privilege?Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:56:01 EDT

I am the child of privilege -- or so I am being told. I am white, I am male. Put them together and you would think I've been sitting on a trust fund -- unearned, unappreciated and unjustified. There are people who think that being male has historically been an unalloyed privilege. The many dead of our national cemeteries suggest otherwise.

Oh my God! Did you know that if you are a white man, even the whitest of white men, you can still die? I has no idea! And here I was thinking how lucky I was to have been born white and male. What a fool I was!

Also, yes. That is exactly what the concept of white privilege and male privilege is. It's an assumption that every white male is a spoiled ingrate trust-fund kid, and if any white men are not born with a silver spoon in their mouths the entire concept is proven to be invalid. Well played, Cohen!

Let me concede right at the top that it was always better to be white in America than black. Let me further stipulate that in the workplace, it has usually been better to be a man than a woman. Let me further stipulate -- or possibly assert-that the situation is finally, belatedly improving. Hallelujah.

Okay, usually? In what instance was it ever preferable to be a woman in any workplace? And also, are we seriously going to pretend that the only facet of life in which men are granted an unfair advantage is in the workplace? The fact that I can walk through a dark alley at night knowing that the worst case scenario is I am relieved of my wallet says to me that I have it better than any woman in everyday life. The fact that I can travel to any country in the world and not have to worry that I might be arrested for having my hair or skin exposed speaks volumes about the ways in which men have it better than women in multiple facets of life. And the fact that I will never have to worry that a bunch of religious fanatics may decide that they know better than I what kind of medical procedures I might need. . . well, you get the idea.

My first real job was with the New York office of a national insurance company. Sexual harassment was a problem, for sure. But the term did not yet exist and the problem was not formally recognized.

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We had no acknowledged diversity problem, either. In fact, we simply had no diversity. African-Americans, Hispanics -- you name it: None. Our office was exclusively white and not by accident. When I asked my boss why we had no black employees, he told me directly that it was his policy not to hire any. And when once, by accident, a temp agency sent over an Asian file clerk, she made the mistake of using the common ladies room. Women from the office next door demanded she be fired. She was.

I'm not really sure what point you think you're making here. Are you saying that because newsrooms can no longer overtly refuse to hire black people or fire Asian ladies for Asianing up the restroom, that privilege is a thing of the past?

When my mother died, I wrote that had she been born in a later era, she could have been president of the United States. Her competence was awesome and her drive was remarkable, but she was kept in her place by discrimination and tradition. Now her place has been taken by my sister. If Donald Trump is limited to one term, it will be because my sister has organized most of New England to oppose him. When it comes to warnings, Paul Revere has nothing on her.

So I didn't know who Richard Cohen's sister is. I decided to Google her to see if she was someone famous. This is what I got:

So when Cheeto Mussolini fails to win re-election, it will not be due to his stunning incompetence, his remarkable level of corruption or his astonishing lack of mental acuity, it will be because of Richard Cohen's sister who is either Peewee Herman, a burly bearded black man, or Eric Clapton. Hell of a family tree!

Although I'm not sure how much credit we should give the woman who is organizing the #Resistance in New England which went almost entirely for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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So why bring up your mom and sister anyway?

All this is by way of saying to women: I'm on your side. But when I see op-eds, such as the one recently in The New York Times that states in the headline that the Metropolitan Museum of Art should not have appointed "yet another white, male director," I recoil. That's just another way of saying that white and male is a disqualification.

Oh my God, no it isn't!
Saying "hey, you know what, every director you've ever had has been a white male, maybe give someone else a shot at it" is not the same thing as saying "you should not hire any white males. White males are bad." You have to know this. You can't possibly be dumb enough to not know this.

Diversity in the workplace is an overdue goal, but it can amount to a quota by another name. Choose a woman because she's a woman and you've eliminated a man because he's a man.

Oh Heaven forbid!
Heaven forbid a man should possibly not get a job!
You know, just a paragraph ago, you were saying:

When I went into journalism, it was mostly a guy's thing. It was rare for a woman to be a foreign correspondent, rarer still for one to cover a war. My career surely benefited from that. There are women around today that I am glad I didn't have to compete against when I was starting out.

So you acknowledge that you happily took advantage of the bias against women to advance your career, but God forbid that a woman might get a similar break (although in the real world, there are no quotas and women are still less likely to be offered prestigious jobs.) It's fine for you to do it, but if a hypothetical woman were to hypothetically do the same thing, well that would just be grossly unfair!

 It's not that anyone is fooled by obfuscation. Some of the resentment in the white, male electorate is based on the conviction that the deck is suddenly stacked against them. That's Trump's constituency, right there. (He got about 63 percent of the white male vote.) Someone has to tell those guys how deceived they are, how they have benefited all these years from being male and white. Forgive them, if they do not understand.

I'm sorry. Do you think this column is helping? Do you think your pitiful whining about white men being disqualified on the basis of white man-ness is helping to disabuse them of this false notion? Do you think that complaining " Choose a woman because she's a woman and you've eliminated a man because he's a man.

Once I was passed over for a newsroom position I very much wanted. "We needed a woman," an editor told me. I said nothing, although I seethed.


Seriously? You didn't see the irony in that? You didn't see the karma? You got to where you were by being favored over women, then once ONCE! a woman gets favored over you and you seethe? (That's if I believe you. I can't imagine an editor would open himself up to a lawsuit by being that candid about hiring/promotion practices.)

I said nothing, although I seethed. In short order, I was made a columnist, so I didn't even get a chance to cry. But the instant rush of utter unfairness lingers. The woman chosen was qualified, but her qualification had nothing to do with her sex. I was told she was just a needed statistic.

Waaaah!!! It's so uinfair! That mean qualified lady got the promotion and all I got was this lousy job being an extremely well-paid columnist for America's most prestigious newspaper which has made me rich and famous and makes people take my dumb opinions seriously! Waaaahhhh!!

The way women have been treated in the workplace is wrong -- everything from pay disparity to sexual harassment to outright discrimination. But the past does not obliterate the solemn obligation to treat people as individuals, not primarily as members of a sex or race. Fairness demands it. Democracy requires it

Okay, so. . . first of all, you're saying that pay disparity, sexual harassment and discrimination are in the past? Try saying that to any working woman with a straight face. I dare you!
And also you're saying that in that benighted past when workplaces used to be hostile/unfair/unwelcoming to women (whew! Glad that's over!) we weren't a democracy?
Or are you just saying that you know, it was not really cool for women to be discriminated against, but let's forget about that, it's ancient history. Now that whiny little douchebags like Richard Cohen think that they might somehow be the ones getting the short end of the stick, that NOW all forms of discrimination must be eliminated post haste!

Congratulations, Richard Cohen, You are the douche of the day!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Disturbing News

So this is unsettling.
11 House Republicans have sent a letter to Jeff Sessions, the head of the FBI and, for some reason, the US Attorney for Utah to refer several people for investigation/prosecution. (https://desantis.house.gov/_cache/files/8/0/8002ca75-52fc-4995-b87e-43584da268db/472EBC7D8F55C0F9E830D37CF96376A2.final-criminal-referral.pdf )

Who are the nefarious evildoers they want to see get arrested? Well, the rogues' gallery includes.

James Comey

Hillary Clinton

Loretta Lynch

Andrew McCabe

Pretty much a most-wanted list of supervillains.

Just look at the crimes these magnificent 11 are alleging that these ne-er-do-wells have committed.

James Comey: Charged with not prosecuting Hillary Clinton when she totally did e-mails. Also with keeping memos of his meetings with Donald Trump.



Seriously, check out the letter. It's a pdf, so I can't cut and paste any excerpts and the screenshots are getting screwed up, but click on the link and you'll see I am not making this up!

Hillary Clinton: Charged with having paid for oppo research.

Hmm, weird. 
I guess they decided to give her a pass on murdering everyone in Benghazi! Benghazi!! BENGHAZI!!!

Anyway, there are very serious charges levied against everyone on the list, including "lacking candor" and a thing that some nutter on FOX claimed that Loretta Lynch did.

I don't know which is a more disturbing possibility. That these eleven menebers of Congress - not 11 guys standing on milk crates with bullhorns on Los Angeles street corners, but eleven actual, honest-to-God members of Congress -- The US Congress!-- actually believe in their Alex-Jones-addled brain-like objects that Comey, Clinton, et al are actually guilty of these made-up "crimes," or that these eleven members of Congress are so committed to turning the United States of America into a tin-pot dictatorship that they are actively trying to drum up spurious charges against anyone they perceive as one of Il Douche's political enemies. Either way, it's awfully frightening.

Here is the list of the eleven either super-corrupt or super-crazy reps who signed this insane letter.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On Vacation

Jetting off to the left coast!

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    Okay, I'm going to visit my sisters. Still, though. . .

    Be back next week.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A good read if you like being livid

No treatment for gunshot wound sends mom to jail

A Stephens City woman took almost two hours to get medical treatment for her 4-year-old daughter, accidentally shot last September in the backseat of a vehicle parked at Quarles Truck Stop in Opal.

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How. . . how does. . . I mean for fuck sake, how do you not go straight to the emergency room?
Well, first of all, how do you let your 4-year-old get shot? How do you have a gun and a four-year-old in the same place?
How does a four-year-old child end up shot?

Traveling with three children from Winchester to Colonial Beach, Ms. Beach and Mr. Davis pulled into the truck stop Sept. 8 to get gas.

Mr. Marshall and Ms. Beach left the children “unsupervised” in the vehicle. But it remains unclear if all of the children had been unrestrained.

Mr. Davis’ 2-year-old son apparently picked up the gun and “accidentally discharged it,” hitting Ms. Beach’s daughter in the shoulder.

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And once you've somehow allowed your four-year-old daughter to get shot, how is your next move not to call 911 or drive to the nearest hospital? I guess you knew that, because it was a gunshot wound, the hospital would be required to call the police and you were afraid that the police might take away your precious gun. The gun that has been doing such a terrific job of keeping your family safe.

Oh, according to the prosecuting attorney:

Ms. Beach made no effort to call 9-1-1 because, as a convicted felon, she wanted to avoid possible prosecution associated with the accidental shooting.

O, shit! You're going down. You're doing hard time on this one, Piper!
Let's see -first, you're a felon in possession of a firearm. I don't know how your little girl got shot, but you're the adult in the car so you're definitely responsible for that. And then you made the conscious decision to risk that little girl's life in order to save your own worthless butt. How many charges is that?

After a nearly a 90-minute hearing Wednesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker sentenced Destinie Rochelle Beach to 12 months in prison on one count of “abuse and neglect” of a child, “demonstrating reckless disregard for human life.”


But. . . but. . . that's not enough. One count? Twelve months? With priors? It's not enough.

Judge Parker suspended all but 10 days of the sentence.

Jack Nicholsom

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Oh for the love of . . .
What do you have to say for yourself, Judge parker?
“I think your behavior was inexplicable,” Judge Parker told Ms. Beach. “Your child was shot. You’re first order of business” should have been to get her medical care.

Well, yeah. We can all agree on that. That girl could have bled out. How does this merit ten lousy days in jail?

Judge Parker expressed doubts whether the 2-year-old could unbuckle a car seat belt, get a hold of a handgun and fire a round.

“That would be a questionable occurrence,” the judge said. “I greatly suspect the 2-year-old didn’t do it.”


So you know she's lying to you, you know she's already a convicted felon, and you know her daughter is lucky to be alive because of her and you STILL suspend all but 10 days?

Ms. Beach and Mr. Davis then drove to they drove to Colonial Beach, where a friend of a family member contacted authorities about the accidental shooting. The girl received treatment at an area trauma center and got released.

Seriously? After all that, it wasn't even her that called 911? It was some friend of the family? Some other person had to go "shit, that kid's been shot. I'd better get her some medical attention." Her own mother didn't do that, some virtual stranger had to step in? And this horrible woman STILL only gets 10 days?


Playing the victim

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No! Bad Huffpo!

No, no no! You do NOT make Laura Ingraham out to be the victim here. Yes, you probably have a point. Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and others male FOX cretins have gotten away with saying equally or more disgusting things on the air, but for Gods sake, can we not help this awful awful woman cast herself as the aggrieved party? Right-wingers generally do not need any help playing the victim.

Like for instance:

Sibling of Parkland victim maintains he was shut out of 'March for Our Lives' rally

Brother of Parkland Shooting Victim: March for Our Lives Excluded Me Because My Speech Didn’t Fit Agenda

Yeah. That's how it works. Rallies are not debates. If you want to go out and advocate for arming teachers, start your own rally. Believe me, you'll have no trouble getting the NRA to sponsor it or FOX to promote it. But complaining that you weren't allowed to give a "more guns everywhere, please" speech at a gun-control rally is like me complaining that they wouldn't let me give my pro-Obamacare presentation at a Tea Party.