Patrick Andendall – LikeTheDew.com http://likethedew.com A journal of progressive Southern culture and politics Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://likethedew.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DewLogoSquare825-32x32.png Patrick Andendall – LikeTheDew.com http://likethedew.com 32 32 To Those Who Say “A Pox on Both Your Houses,” I Say “A Pox on You” http://likethedew.com/2015/12/04/to-those-who-say-a-pox-on-both-your-houses-i-say-a-pox-on-you/ http://likethedew.com/2015/12/04/to-those-who-say-a-pox-on-both-your-houses-i-say-a-pox-on-you/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 12:53:20 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=62502 “[The Stupidparty] has become an insurgent outlier. It has become ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science...]]>

To those of you confronted with opponents who blame both parties, or people who quote a supposed Obama or Clinton “lie”, let this piece become your irrefutable weapon,—you need not waste your breath again in pointless circular debates with people who have trouble thinking critically. The following will finally put the last nail into the false false equivalent argument -the last refuge of the Stupidparty disciple.

“[The Stupidparty] has become an insurgent outlier. It has become ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition, all but declaring war on the government. The Democratic Party, while no paragon of civic virtue, is more ideologically centered and diverse, protective of the government’s role as it developed over the course of the last century, open to incremental changes in policy fashioned through bargaining with the Republicans, and less disposed to or adept at take-no-prisoners conflict between the parties. This asymmetry between the parties, which journalists and scholars often brush aside or whitewash in a quest for “balance,” constitutes a huge obstacle to effective governance.” —Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, Washington Post op-ed. Mann is the author of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the Politics of Extremism

The Stupidparty may retort by saying that liberals say stupid things and Democrats are also corrupted by money—and of course they have half a point. I will deal with the money aspect later. But when progressives do say stupid things the comments tend to be flaky, yet well meaning; they are fighting against bigotry, torture, rape, wars, environmental catastrophe, etc. Progressives, by their very nature, are trying to make things better; they are not part of the odious promotion of dangerous nonsense. Rarely do the mistakes made by Democrats lead to the obvious conclusion of being genuinely stupid, ignorant or bigoted.

But don’t take my word for it. We do not need mere opinions when I am always happy for the facts to do the talking.

Der Spiegel Article—Opinion Piece: 

SP DetectorDer Spiegel is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. According to The EconomistDer Spiegel is one of continental Europe’s most influential magazines. After the 2012 conventions—a time when the stars of each party have an opportunity to put their best foot forward on the national stage—it carried the following story by Gregor Peter Schmitz:

Truth is in short supply. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have become more unabashed in their lies than ever before. With a mainstream media weakened by the appearance of partisan bias and editorial staffs that have been ravaged during the crisis, many of the whoppers won’t be second-guessed.”

The article then observed that, in the assessment of PolitiFact, Democratic misstatements pale when compared to the Stupidparty’s “unscrupulous” tactics. The Pulitzer Prize–winning PolitiFact.com is, according to Wikipedia, a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times, in which reporters and editors from the Times and affiliated media outlets “fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups.” (Wiki)

As Der Speigel’s report (unsurprisingly) discovered, 10% of Romney’s and other leading Republicans’ statements were absolutely false, whilst Obama was totally incorrect 2% (one out of 50) of the time. They do not see any sign that this situation will improve, despite the fact that Ryan’s untruths have become legend. Der Spiegel thus rather incredulously ends with a quote from a Romney pollster:

“Despite all the debate over Ryan’s most recent fibs, ‘We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,’ a defiant Romney pollster, Neil Newhouse, said at a panel hosted by ABC News at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week.”

Therefore, not only are the Stupidparty lies worse, as demonstrated earlier in this chapter, but they lie 500% more often. But lies work, and this forces even the more honest politicians to stretch the truth more than they would otherwise feel comfortable. If you are playing a competitive game of golf with a blatant and repetitive cheat—and your very career depended on the outcome—I suspect the quality of your sportsmanship might suffer. I will take a mulligan too.

New York Times op-ed reached the same conclusion:

Kevin M. Kruse, a professor of history at Princeton, is the co-editor, most recently, of Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement.

This article takes a swing at the bulk of the news media, pointing out that fact-checking is fundamental to journalism but that it had become clear during the 2012 presidential campaign that most journalists were just going through the motions, presenting opposing arguments as if they had equal credibility. The article concludes:

“Fact-checking, once a foundation for all reporting, was now deemed the province of a specialized few. But as this campaign has made clear, not even the dedicated fact-checkers have made much difference. PolitiFact has chronicled 19 ‘pants on fire’ lies by Mr. Romney and 7 by Mr. Obama since 2007, but Mr. Romney’s whoppers have been qualitatively far worse: the ‘apology tour,’ the ‘government takeover of health care,’ the ‘$4,000 tax hike on middle class families,’ the gutting of welfare-to-work rules, the shipment by Chrysler of jobs from Ohio to China.”

A look at the graph below will help quantify what has happened as a result of the Stupidparty infrastructure being treated as if it should be worth listening to. Is it possible that the more you listen, the less informed you get? Well, I think we just demonstrated that in the previous chapter.

Stupidparty Lies MoreFrequent (500%) and more Odious

Before moving on let me try and compare famous progressive gaffes with Stupidparty gaffes. These gaffes show up prominently on Stupidparty blogsites:

  1. Joe Biden on culturalism: “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
    Awkward, yes. Not mean-spirited or necessarily ignorant.
  1. John Conyers on the Affordable Care Act, which he voted for: “I love these members; they get up and say, ‘Read the bill’ . . . What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
    Impolitic. Not untruthful.
  1. Former DNC Chairman Donald Fowler on the possible delay of Republican National Convention due to Hurricane Gustav: “Plus, they think the hurricane’s going to hit [starts laughing] New Orleans about the time they start. The timing, at least it appears now, that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates God’s on our side.”
    A very ironic and totally appropriate and deserved joke.
  1. Barack Obama: “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”
    Obama is not Palin. Campaign fatigue. One suspects that if a Stupidparty Disciple knows how many states there are, in order to record this quote, we can presume Obama does.
  1. John Kerryon the troops: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
    Kerry speech had prepared notes, and what he wrote on those notes was . . . “if you don’t, you get us stuck in Iraq, just ask President Bush”—the underlined words, he accidentally dropped. (Wiki)
  1. Howard Dean: “We know that no one person can succeed unless everybody else succeeds.”
    Clumsy but harmless.
  1. Al Gore: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” March 9, 1999.
    Al Gore did not invent the Internet. What’s more, he never said he did! However, his contributions to the development of the Internet as we know it were quite significant.

Now we should look at the leading candidates running to be President.

Carson's statement by Politifact ruling

I noted that Ted Cruz has told the truth once. I was wondering how was that possible. No –not that he lies so often –he is just a ghastly human being –no, I was more interested in what could have possibly motivated this charlatan to let truth slip into his vernacular. Interestingly enough it was while attacking the government that he accidentally somehow told the truth. He complained that the government was regulating the need to have wheelchair accessible public bathrooms. So in his moment of truth he was unwittingly revealing what a little shit he is. Now let us compare these guys with the Democrat opposition. Apparently Ted Cruz has a better record with the truth than Donald Trump or Ben Carson – who themselves literally have an infinitely worse record that the Democrats:

You Know How Conservatives Insist That Liberal Candidates Lie More Often Than Their Own?

What is also notable is how these numbers dovetail with the research of Der Spiegel, which they did after the 2012 convention speeches. Der Spiegel correctly feared that the situation would get worse. If one simply focuses on the “false” column we can now verify what Der Spiegel concluded —that the Stupidparty tells lies 400% more often. But as has been pointed out –it is not simply the frequency of such lies that we have to consider, but the severity.

So I was interested in Hillary’s two pants on fire lies.

First: “I remember landing under sniper fire.” Yes this does appear to be untrue, but evidently she had been advised that they might be landing under sniper fire –but, her hyperbole was just a fraction of the multiple sins of Brian Williams, and journalists must be held to higher standard than politicians. Anyone who can stand up to eleven hours of congressional persecution –without taking a single hit, well that is sort of proof of a fundamentally honest person. Lying makes life so much more complex, and a pattern of lies would become impossible to sustain. Therefore, in respect to the wide ranging Benghazi affair, where the prosecution team had virtually unlimited funds, an enormous amount of public and private records;  it was very telling to witness a faultless performance by Clinton. The prosecutors became ever more desperate, uncouth  and pathetic in their attempts to create a scandal. At the end of the day, it was transparently clear who the bad guys were.

Her second “pants on fire” statement:  Obama “basically threatened to bomb Pakistan.” The reason why Hillary lost the primary against Obama was because at the time she was being cowardly and, on occasion, she liked to link her message to John McCain’s in order to try and cement the image of Obama being too inexperienced to be Commander-in-Chief. Here she was just channeling John McCain. But really – was it so bad?  The point that they were both making was that Obama was willing to be a lot more aggressive in pursuing Bin Laden than McCain or Hillary. Now we can see with the benefit of hindsight that Hillary and McCain were quite correct—Obama was far more willing to push the envelope. So was she being disloyal to the party and cowardly? Yes. But she paid the price and made amends by the way she and Bill Clinton helped Obama.

Thus both her “pants on fire” statements are really quite minor points, and can be quietly easily explained. Accusing Obama of “basically” threatening to bomb Pakistan, while slightly misleading, was just summing up an attitude – a “can-do” attitude that had been missing up to that point. It’s a bit like me saying I might want kick someone in the balls, such as people who drone on about both parties being equally bad. It is more of a statement of attitude than a real intent to maim – i.e. I might be prepared to break social conventions of not discussing the world’s three most interesting questions –sex, religion and politics- so that I do not actually have to kick someone in the balls.

Now let’s compare Hillary’s minor gaffes to Trump:

Now I am still concerned that some people may be having difficulty in visualizing what I am actually proving. Can you blame me? When is this ever discussed? So I wanted to try and create a visual that would simply ram the facts down in a way that cannot be immediately spat out. What few people seem to discuss – is that lying is a three-dimensional issue – one needs to register both the frequency and the severity of the lies.

False Statements Both Frequency and Severity

If you look at the volume of lies –Ben Carson lies are about 1000% more voluminous than Bernie Sanders lies.

Egregious lies are deadly. People get killed. We have seen that from the South Carolina shooting, the Colorado planned parenthood shooting and many other versions of domestic terrorism. Egregious liars, winding up Stupidparty disciples this is is a predictably deadly recipe. Take it away Ben Carson, help us visualize false equivalence, help us understand why stupidparty is the equivalent to mayhem and death.

Ben Carson Says "Both Sides" Are Guilty Of Extremist Rhetoric

Now that we have proven the extent to which the Stupidparty is so very different from the Democratic Party – let us study a live example of the differences. Please watch this short video clip very closely, because it is easy to miss the really interesting part.

So my colleague Jason Newell has already had fun with this clip and he writes about Trump’s continual bouts of verbal diarrhea in his satirical piece, “The Birther-in-(Wannabe) Chief – Trump’s Most Uninformed Statements.” But I have become so numbed by nonsense from these guys that that was not what really caught my attention.

I do not really want to research all the nonsense spouted by Trump below, but clearly the questioner tried and failed to correct Trump’s misinformed rant. Again, that is not the really interesting part. Now below see the screen shot just before Rand Paul knee caps Donald Trump—towards the end of the above video. It would appear that everyone else on the stage is oblivious to Trump’s ignorance. I have replayed these four seconds of action time and time again.

 

GOP Debate

Now I looked at a different video to try and see who understood what Rand Paul was talking about –and this is the screen shot was taken about three seconds later…

GOP Debate 2

So who gets it? Trump just belligerently puffs out his chest, Carly Fiorina not the slightest glimmer –all we get is that “face” (as Trump would put it). Jeb Bush gets it. Does anyone else?

The video below will be clearer: What you are looking at occurs from 4 to 8 seconds into the clip

Trump has just said something incredibly stupid, gets nailed and, yet with the exception of Jeb Bush, who looks round to see if anyone else is interested, gets nothing but blank stares— no one else on the stage seems remotely interested. This must be because Stupid is the norm –it is the benchmark.

So now just imagine if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders had made such a statement. It would not only be on the news cycle 24/7, it would also presage the end of their campaign. No objective informed viewer tolerates ignorance from the Democratic leaders.  But such ignorance makes barely a ripple in Stupidparty land because Stupidparty is what they are – hiding in plain sight within its perfect camouflage. We watch the debates, the interviews with such low expectations –i.e. everything around them is so Stupidparty – therefore, stupid becomes invisible, hiding in itself.

So false equivalence that!

The people who promote false equivalence, the very people who have created this alternate universe paradigm, have one remaining argument. “Both parties accept money from the Oligarchs” and they are correct. But the Democrats have to accept such money to stay in the game –and they are clearly less corrupted by this money. Climate change denial anyone? So yes, Democrats are corrupted by such money – but it is a relative equation. They are probably corrupted by money to the same proportion that they have surrendered their integrity – as measured in the charts above.

Still do not believe me?  Well here is the ultimate test, the easiest test. First, figure out what needs to be done to salvage American democracy (at this point we all know that democracy has become a farce). Well I have done the hard part –this is what needs to be done.

SmartParty Platform

Now ask yourself which party is more willing to implement these solutions, solutions that would have vast popular appeal.

So to all you “a pox on both your houses” lightweights, I say—“a pox on your house,” because by making such an argument you are revealing such a lack of insight that is easy to see that your house is more like a shack built in tornado alley. Please quit your infernal whining, grow a backbone, stop being the problem and start to become part of the solution. Welcome home to the land of reality.

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FIFA FI FO Thumb, I Smell the Blood of a Rotten Russian Man http://likethedew.com/2015/06/06/fifa-fi-fo-thumb-i-smell-the-blood-of-a-rotten-russian-man/ http://likethedew.com/2015/06/06/fifa-fi-fo-thumb-i-smell-the-blood-of-a-rotten-russian-man/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 18:28:23 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=60437

Putin vs ObamaVirtually every caricature cartoon has Putin always beating Obama at chess. Stupidparty love to suggest that Obama is playing checkers against a chess grand-master. Odd since chess would be beyond their powers. Perhaps we should revisit this issue.

Not long ago a strapping Russian super hero, overwhelmingly proud of his disturbing mix of a jedi judo six-pack physique and chess thumping grand master heritage, was strutting half naked across the world stage seemingly out maneuvering any mortal who got in his way. A Palin with a brain, his task made easy by a disingenuous myopic American administration through 2008 being held in contempt in the court of world opinion (barely more respected than the Russian oligarchical dictatorship – see below chart), a booming Russian oil economy, opposition oppressed, and popular rule on the back nationalist fervor to restore the empire to its former delusional glory – but now, with the help of the West, Russia is being built on more solid economics. The re-acquisition of Crimea, the undermining of Ukraine, the strategic noose holds of surplus oil production and consequent controlling pipelines, the awarding of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, not surprisingly devoid of natural snow, the successful campaign to host the 2018 football World Cup, a terribly weak US President—what could go wrong. Wait a minute, weak President? – the 2018 World cup? Something just does not add up.

Putin, who is clever, has over the years become extraordinarily confident and arrogant. Dealing with George Bush know doubt helped feed his superiority complex, plus Russia was rebuilding from a crisis and needed western capital – and with an incoming Obama administration preferring to trust that stronger economic ties would logically lead to a deescalation of disputes. But Putin is nothing if not cunning and he waited to sow his wild oats, to let his true self begin the task of taking on Western interests to allow his imperialist soul to get it’s hearts desire. By being the one to make first move he by default assumed the advantage getting the white pieces on the chess board. His aggressive opening gambits were thus bound to give him the strategic advantage. He had so little respect for the chess playing capabilities of Obama that he proceeded to aggressively attack with his queen – but in doing so left his queen exposed.

GALLUP: Rating World Leaders: U.S., China, Russia, EU and Germany
Obama, getting to know his opponent, played a patient game, advancing his pawns in order to minimize the threats to his key strategic pieces. So the game was afoot. Controlling the center of the board, Putin aggressively moved his supporting pieces around the board seemingly gaining territory all the time. If it had been a Stupidparty President only conversant with tic-tac-toe – escalate, escalate, escalate – huff and puff – countries like Ukraine would have been destabilized to the point of collapsing back into Putin’s camp.

Patience is a virtue, waiting for an error – inevitable within the context of an overly confident predator, under the impression that he was playing “speed chess.” The shooting down of the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 with the loss of 298 civilians was the result of Putin’s lax control of his agent provocateurs acting on Ukrainian territory. Putin in seeking plausible deniability had allowed an environment to brew that would create such a catastrophe because every one knows it was Russian equipment and Russian know-how that allowed this tragedy to unfold. So even though Putin feigned innocence – everybody knew the truth. His queen (any semblance of credibility) had sacrificed itself and Putin know longer controlled the central region of the board. Obama could now move his more powerful pieces from behind the protection of his pawns. He now knew that passively going for any type of stale mate – with both Kings unable to corner the other – would likely lead to further advances by the white pieces, belligerent even with out their queen.

The still in play black queen started marshaling her forces – the various pawns and rooks were able to maintain a gradual advance, applying greater sanctions, applying specific pressure to specific high value pieces, specific Oligarchs – making it difficult for them to rove the board – marauding the weaker regions. Having moved his rooks into play – Obama now brings out his knights to attack the Russian economy with even greater speed than Putin could possibly have anticipated, thus out of left field totally blindsiding the adept grand master, the price of oil plummets. (Every now and then it helps to have the CIA protectorate, that is Saudi Arabia, on the board). This would lead to a reversal of Russia’s booming economy to the point of a contraction – thus undermining the base upon which Putin is able to freely move his pieces – popular support. Note to analysts predicting a quick rebound in oil prices -this can not happen while OPEC is producing significantly more oil than is actually demanded.

Meanwhile Putin refuses to relinquish his advantage, fully understands that attack is the best form of defense, he remains determined to carry on with is agenda in the Ukraine and elsewhere– figuring that Obama chess skills will fade via attrition. This is Putin’s new game, the longer he stays in it, his opponents focus must surely slip, especially since Obama’s is operating in a domestic political environment shadowed by a kindergarten Congress of spoilt brat kids acting out an unending tantrum of Stupidparty vitriol and absurdity. They only want to throw the chess board into the garbage, so that they can play “call of duty” on their “Game Box Nintendo’s.” But Obama is not only a chess player he has rapidly had to acquire the skills of child psychiatry and is able deal with Congress using the following rules:

*When a child has a temper tantrum, it is important that you stay calm. It helps to remember that tantrums are normal. They are not your fault. You are not a bad President. Shouting at or hitting children will only make the situation worse. A quiet, peaceful response and atmosphere, without “giving in” or breaking the rules that you set, reduces stress and makes them feel better.

You can also try gentle distraction, switching to activities a child enjoys or making a funny face. If a child has a tantrum away from Congress, lead this child to a quiet place, such as the car or a rest room. Keep the child safe until the tantrum has ended.

Temper tantrums are an attention-seeking behavior. One strategy to minimize the length and severity of the tantrum is to ignore the behavior. If a child is safe and not being destructive, going to another room in the house may shorten the episode because now the drama has no audience. Your child may follow and continue the tantrum. If so, do not talk or react until the behavior stops. Then, calmly discuss the issue and offer alternatives without giving in to your child’s demand. (*quote with poetic license)

Vintage Tupperware Shape O Sorter Ball ToyWithin this context, give these horrid brats some toys to play with –to keep them distracted, but toys that will not break when hurled across the room. Let them play with marriage equality, gender pay equality, feeding the needy, healthcare etc. They can throw these toys at each other and hopefully causing some self inflicted bodily harm, but the toys should not break, lest the public ground the miscreants off to their bedrooms.

If they master these kindergarten lessons then they might be ready for a formal fact based education — but do not let them near toys that can cause harm to others such as Guns, an Army, Nuclear Weapons.

But Putin is no child with a temper tantrum. He is fully aware of truth and consequences and knows full well he is playing a deadly game of chess with a guy forced to multitask by having to deal with actual world crisis’s during his 24/7 kindergarten class. Back to Ukraine – what few people understand is how fragile the Ukrainians are to Russia’s economic and nationalistic fervor. Obama has resisted populist jingoistic taunts, threats of military action that would threaten the pro Ukrainian alliance that he has been nurturing. Resorting to hyperbole would make him equal with Putin, and retaining moral authority is vital as was the patiently waited result of Putin sacrificing his queen. It is not understood by many how far worse the situation in Ukraine could easily get, have gotten. It would be easy for Obama to send high tech arms to Ukraine, but there can be no guarantee that these would not fall into the wrong hands- and regardless such weapons could not stand up to Russia’s military might. But Obama retains that option to train and arm the Ukrainian army. Politically this is easier to do, but playing chess is all about strategic thinking, which requires brains and courage. If Crimea and other territorial regions in Ukraine had representation in parliament – one could easy have a pro Russian Government in Kiev – which would be Putin’s end game. Obama, having more sanctions, more options up his sleeves uses these tools to maintain the status quo, with Putin no closer to being able to veto Ukraine’s merge into Europe. During this status quo the Ukrainians should, when ever possible, use it’s resources to building a functioning economy rather than a war of attrition against Putin’s agents, even if that means avoiding a global scale crisis over small pro Russian regions. The Crimea was never quite such a black and white issue anyway.

But this status quo ties into Obama’s long game, taking advantage of any missteps by Putin. The latest Putin error comes from a most unexpected quarter, but a mistake that Obama may have been privately aware of for the last three years. This all revolves around the FIFA scandal. Under any normal scenario it is absurd that it should be the Americans who are taking down FIFA. Americans have virtually no interest in Soccer at an adult level, – yet after the Summer Olympic Games, the World Cup Football tournament is the worlds biggest sporting event, a spectacle that might make for a few sound bites on the American news horizon- but dominate the rest of the planet – with a build up that make the Olympics pale in comparison.

Blather with Putin Cartoon by Marian KamenskyHosting the World Cup will cost the Russians a massive $20b, likely much more – but in return they get international respect, greater acceptance, more tourism and long term benefits to the economy. This will theoretically be a massive propaganda boost for Putin, thus giving him more political and economic capital to spend on an ever more aggressive foreign policy. But Obama is now playing offense, while Putin has had to play defense to protect his main pieces who have lost the protection of the queen. For many moves he was apparently oblivious to the fact that his castle had become exposed, could be gone in three or four moves. Obama seemingly strikes out of no where – dramatically arresting numerous top FIFA officials in Zurich in a predawn raid . He has known that he has had these characters dead to rights for months. Putin, horrified, caught off guard, trips up. In his panic, he publicly and vehemently supports the FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter. Putin called the arrests a “clear attempt” to stop Blatter’s reelection, which he said had the support of Russia, which won the right to host the 2018 men’s World Cup back in December 2010. Vladimir Putin suggests FIFA probe is a U.S. plot to take 2018 World Cup away from Russia.

Who cares? He’s missing the point! Corruption on a massive scale is corruption on a massive scale – you are either OK with that or you are not. Thus this spontaneous, vociferous support for a doomed man was ill considered. Yes Blatter did win reelection – two day s after the arrests – but even that worked in Obama’s favor. It just needed another little American push or two. FIFA is so institutionally corrupt (this has never been a well-kept secret) that anyone associated with Blatter’s re election showed that they are likely fully OK with all that corruption. Some of the arrested are just simply deeply stupid people, such as Ex VP Jack Warner, quoting a piece from the Onion about FIFA awarding the Olympics to America—”turning” him should be as easy as having “Jack Bauer” never going to the bathroom even once in twenty four hours, unless it is the venue to successfully persuade people like Jack Warner to tell the truth. It did not take long to topple Blatter. How did they do it – first the US just kept leaking details suggesting that Blatter was also implicated in the corruption and secondly FIFA’s main sponsors like Coca Cola, MacDonald’s and others desperately do not want their brand to be associated with corruption. Publicly they simply stated that they were reviewing the situation – but I can virtually guarantee that at least one of these sponsors insisted that Blatter quit. With Blatter quitting and others likely to be extradited to the USA – FIFA corruption has nowhere to hide. It is obvious that world cup venues where chosen as a result of bribery—Qatar, hosting the 2022 world cup? You got to be kidding.

Sepp Blatter meets with Vladimir Putin by Ria NovostiNow we may never know the extent of Russian cheating in securing the 2018 games. This is because the world cup scandal has become the equivalent of Obama exchanging one of his pawns for a second Queen. The US Justice Department will be able to find out the truth – but may choose to play the long game. Yes they could threaten to cancel the 2018 world cup, America’s European allies and others could be covertly pressured to play along –at the very least turning the 2018 World Cup into a ramshackle humiliation for Russia –empty stadiums turning into expensive symbolic white elephants of failure. Assuming that Russia played the FIFA corruption game, hard to believe that they did not – this would be further leverage to use against Putin— that if handled correctly, could turn popular support for Putin (gained by securing the games) into hostility as a result of Putin’s being caught with his hand stuffing cash into the barrel. His immediate rabid support for Blatter will come back to haunt him. So now Putin cannot even consider doing anything outrageous in Ukraine and other places in the European sphere until well after the 2018 World Cup tournament. This whole worst case breakdown scenario could end up as a checkmate against Putin, with Russia’s economy continuing to struggle against a world not eager to trade with a rogue nation. A check mate move made by a different US President –the details of such a move having been provided in a sealed envelope the day Obama leaves the White House.

Incidentally there is one set of Obama’s enemies that should be thanking Obama profusely. Netanyahu of Israel, along with his fundamentalist billionaire fans in the USA, who have pretty much bought up the Stupidparty. The thing is that under Blatter, FIFA was likely to expel Israel from FIFA. Americans are obliviously unaware that Israel has no unconditional allies outside of stupidparty. Israel’s offence is playing soccer in the West Bank (this they should not be doing) whilst at the same time restricting the ability of Palestinian players to travel. But Israel will likely dodge that bullet – because even though FIFA will become “corrupt” free, it will in turn likely become corrupted by politics rather than money. As America is the savior, America will have political capital — so I would not expect Israel to be expelled any time soon.

It certainly helps to have a smart President, and just maybe Obama will take his revenge out on Netanyahu (with plausible deniability) or he might threaten people like Adelson and his chums to cut out their odious crap –but now I fear I am just dreaming. The US is just too far down that rabbit hole. But this is an “X “ Obama has on his tic-tac-toe board, his specially designed game with Congress (Congress not being smart enough to play chess, whilst stupidparty enough to lose a game that should always end in a draw)

Soccer may be an irritating game, a game that for no good reason does more damage to the English psyche than the loss of the empire. (Because while better than the Americans, they are crap at it and will remain crap at it – whilst being extraordinarily good at numerous other sports that the English public ignore, because or their soccer fetish).

But this FIFA take down comes with real bonus’s that few Americans will ever recognize. America’s approval rating will continue to rise, Russia’s continue to fall, America unwittingly will have secured the admiration from peoples across the globe for salvaging their favorite sport from the clutches of an antiquated and fundamentally corrupt governing body. When was the last time an American foreign policy “plot” meshed so neatly with the interests of mankind even if it is all over this rather irritating game (at a professional level), so irritatingly called Soccer?

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The Deconstruction of a discredited Gundermenatist Rock Star http://likethedew.com/2015/05/20/the-deconstruction-of-a-discredited-gundermenatist-rock-star/ http://likethedew.com/2015/05/20/the-deconstruction-of-a-discredited-gundermenatist-rock-star/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 23:21:25 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=60255 Ironically - let us begin with a Joke. Man walking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and a huge flock of sheep. Tells the shepherd, "I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock." The shepherd thinks it over; it's a big flock so he takes the bet. "973," says the man. The shepherd is astonished, because that is exactly right. Says "OK, I'm a man of my word, take an animal." Man picks one up and begins to walk away...]]>

Ironically – let us begin with a Joke.

Man walking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and a huge flock of sheep. Tells the shepherd, “I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock.” The shepherd thinks it over; it’s a big flock so he takes the bet. “973,” says the man. The shepherd is astonished, because that is exactly right. Says “OK, I’m a man of my word, take an animal.” Man picks one up and begins to walk away.

“Wait,” cries the shepherd, “Let me have a chance to get even. Double or nothing that I can guess your exact occupation.” Man says sure. “You are an economist for a government think tank,” says the shepherd. “Amazing!” responds the man, “You are exactly right! But tell me, how did you deduce that?”

“Well,” says the shepherd, “put down my dog and I will tell you.”

I thought I had pretty much covered the whole gamut of NRA nonsense in my book and subsequent blog posts. These articles piqued the interest of various media outlets—but then I got slightly blindsided by a Myth that I had failed to think about thoroughly. The radio interviewer Brian Crabtree asked me about the notion that certain people believed that “Gun-Free Zones” made every one less safe.

I immediately stated that coming from New York (and with a European sensitivity), I had no real knowledge of what sounded like a patently absurd notion. I did not express myself quite like that on the radio. But I have not spent much time in parts of the world, outside of the Middle East, where normal people would even worry about the need for Gun-Free Zones, let alone the ludicrous notion that more guns are the solution to escalating gun issues—assuming one is not planning to be living in a war zone patrolled by paramilitary citizen bands of vigilante good guys. So I guess down in Stupidparty land folks roll up to the saloon, tying their steed to the post, are then asked to remove their guns while they down a few shots of Jim Beam, Mountain Howitzer, Coffin Varnish or whatever before heading off to the mall to buy a new screen protector for their iPhone 5s.

More than 165 jailed after nine killed in biker gang shooting (Screen grab/KWTX)
More than 165 jailed after nine killed in biker gang shooting (Screen grab/KWTX)

Brian Crabtree quoted John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, saying that 92% of mass shootings occurred in Gun-Free Zones. John Lott also claims that armed vigilantes regularly stop mass shootings. Gun fanatics invariably resort to this source for their statistics, then proceed to misunderstand the charts.

Before I start this discussion, I will accept that there is no statistical evidence that suggests open carry has triggered an increase in violent crime, but I will explain the underlying phenomenon that would prevent such rise later.

So how much intellectual integrity does this one-man Gatling machine have? Do his statistics come from a poisoned tree? These are the facts I do not dispute (but yet are not important enough to fact check) that John Lott bases his whole career on:

(Infowars.com)
  1. A very casual look would indeed suggest that more guns = less violent crimes. But it turns out that this is very shitty Math. Least importantly, you do not start a graph at 1.5—that is disingenuous. You start at zero. So let’s look at a proper graph illustrating violent crime, showing that violent crime has halved since 1991.

    John Lott - 2nd - quotes removed-3
    (FBI)
  2. Now, instead of the number of guns, it is far better to look at gun ownership by households. It turns out that the number of households with guns has remained static. So—unless you need to protect yourself with multiple guns— that whole theory about more guns reducing violent crimes is dead wrong.

    (Gallup.com)
  3. Gun-violence reductions are largely racial—and these trends did not occur as a result of “Good Guys” with (multiple) guns cruising neighborhoods, enforcing the law.

    (Wikipedia)
  4. There just happen to be numerous explanations for the reduction of violent crime. Let us look at New York City: In 1990 there were 2,245 Murders and Non-Negligent Manslaughters. Stupidparty logic would have addressed this issue by saying, “Well, clearly the Bronx is an unsafe neighborhood, so give everyone a gun so they can keep themselves safe. Give taxi drivers a gun; shop owners a gun; teachers, students guns, so that will dissuade would-be thieves.” Just give a gun to the good guys!

Clearly, such pearls of wisdom were ignored (well, the Stupidparty was not born until 2000). So what happened in New York City?

2013 had 334 such deaths. These violent crimes have fallen by 85% since 1990. New York City is now one of the safest cities in the country, in the world. No one could say that this improvement was due to increased gun ownership, or vigilantes, or oozy waving superheroes dressed in Batman garb.

The city’s dramatic drop in crime has been attributed by criminologists to the refocusing of policing tactics onto petty crime (based in the belief that graffiti, boom boxes, car-windshield washers all create an environment of lawlessness, conducive to crime); also to the end of the crack epidemic; and—controversially—the legalization of abortion approximately eighteen years previous, along with the decline of lead poisoning. There is growing body of research linking lead exposure in small children with a whole raft of complications later in life, including lower IQ, hyperactivity, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities. The mandatory installation of partitions in taxis, street-level security cameras, greater diversity of the police force, gentrification of neighborhoods, and infrastructure investment all helped reduce violent crime. Also, today it is a lot more difficult to steal a car, because of tracking technology, and those pesky experts argue that car theft is a gateway into a life of crime. Now back to that little titbit about the legalization of abortion. (Source: Wikipedia)

Concerning other cities, the Christian Science Monitor reports:

“We used to put pins on a map to figure out what the patterns were and where to concentrate our limited resources,” says Tod Burke, a former police officer in Maryland who now teaches criminal justice at Radford University in Virginia. “Now we have databases and computers. It’s really gotten a lot more sophisticated.”

Beyond technology, law enforcement personnel are much better educated and trained today than ever before, adds John Paitakes, professor of criminal justice at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. They’ve also benefited from leaders like William Bratton, who recast policing in Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles by applying the “broken window” theory posited by social scientist James Q. Wilson in 1982. The theory held that run-down and vandalized areas were more prone to serious crime than were areas kept in better order.

Mr. Bratton has proved that “by handling the smaller crimes and dealing with the quality of the local environment, you prevent some of the bigger crimes,” says Professor Burke.

Communities have also become smarter at addressing crime. Social programs and services for youths have successfully targeted those hours after school when most youth crime is committed—though recent budget cutbacks could endanger those advances. “There is evidence that . . . gang intervention programs involving the police and community leaders, after-school programs, [and] community outreach programs are having a positive effect,” says Frederic Reamer, professor of social work at Rhode Island College in Providence.

It is really odd that no researcher (except for our man John Lott) ever suggests that more guns is a factor in reducing violent crime. The idea is patently absurd. But how does John Lott get to pull the wool over people eyes? In my book Stupidparty Math v Myth I state that I try and use the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid). I determined to do this because I am quite aware of the fact that if you torture statistics enough, they will confess to anything. Herein lies John Lott’s trick:

Ted Goetzl, a retired professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, published a paper in The Skeptical Inquirer in 2002, cataloging the most egregious abuses of econometrics in criminology. Unsurprising, John R. Lott’s most significant work, More Guns, Less Crime, was at the top of the list.

Goetzl argues that Lott’s studies consistently rely on extremely complicated econometric models, often requiring the computational data-crunching power exceeding that of an ordinary desktop computer. Lott then assumes the rather convenient position of insisting that his critics use the same data and the same methods he used to rebuke his claims, even after both his data and methods are repudiated.

GOP Stupid Phone
GOP Stupid Phone

Back to that absurd statistic by John Lott about 92% of mass shootings being in gun free Zones – thus inferring more guns just must be the answer. According to Mother Jones there have been 62 Mass shootings between 1982-2012. 20 of these occurred in the workplace, 12 in schools, and 57% involved a current or former intimate partner. To suggest that any of these perpetrators where patrolling around checking their “Gun Free Zone” app on their smartphone is just idiotic. But you know what, idiots believe such utter nonsense.

A quick note on the in-vogue open/concealed carry movements. The New York Times reports:

A few states have passed universal background checks since the shooting of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, but legislatures overall seem determined to approve the concealed carrying of weapons, supposedly to help guard against civil disorder.

The idea that this improves public safety is firmly rebutted by the latest figures from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety research and advocacy organization, which found that at least 743 non-self-defense deaths since 2007 were attributable to individuals with permits to carry concealed weapons. These included 222 suicides. Twenty-nine of the incidents were mass shootings of three or more victims that resulted in 139 deaths. The death toll for law enforcement officers was 17.

The assault on gun safety has exasperated law enforcement officials like Milwaukee police chief, Edward Flynn. “We’re the only place I know where it’s a misdemeanor to carry a gun illegally, but a felony for a second rap for carrying pot,” he said, pointing out the disparity favoring gun owners. “Would you tell me how that makes sense?”

Therefore, there are numerous factors that explain the reduction of violent crime—but more guns is clearly not one of them. So how has John Lott gotten away with this obvious sleight of hand? Lott’s work is one of the finest examples of correlation not proving causation—but that standard of Math is beyond the level of Myth-loving Stupidparty.

(acs.org)

His work caught the imagination of the gullible because since there is no one single reason for the reduction of these crimes (a mathematician cannot bring forth a simplistic opposing study proving John Lott is wrong) —all they can say is that he has not proved his case.

But we have debunked Lott’s fundamental premise—and shall now zero in for the kill, i.e., people with guns help prevent crime. Stupidparty land abounds with silly, myopic slogans: guns don’t shoot people, people do. give guns to the good guys. Really? Only good guys have guns?—so why did the police have to up the ante and become armed? By definition they are worried about bad guys with guns. So how does one spot the difference? Easy if you are Stupidparty: the bad guys with guns would be black, have an accent, walk funny—so no problem there. Other than that, it is ignorant nonsense.

But John Lott and his crowd cite various incidents when Batman has supposedly come to the rescue and saved the day. These stories very rarely hold up under the spotlight. As Mother Jones reports:

“Appalachian School of Law shooting in Grundy, Virginia: Gun rights die-hards frequently credit the end of a rampage at the law school in 2002 to armed ‘students’ who intervened. They conveniently ignore that those students also happened to be current and former law enforcement officers, and that the killer, according to police investigators, was out of ammunition by the time they got to him.” For this story and others follow the link.

John Lott - 2nd - quotes removed-1
(LOLJesus.com)

Mother Jones goes on to say: “In the wake of the massacres this year at a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, we set out to track mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years. We identified and analyzed 62 of them, and one striking pattern in the data is this: In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun. And in other recent (but less lethal) rampages in which armed civilians attempted to intervene, those civilians not only failed to stop the shooter but also were gravely wounded or killed. Moreover, we found that the rate of mass shootings has increased in recent years—at a time when America has been flooded with millions of additional firearms and a barrage of new laws has made it easier than ever to carry them in public places, including bars, parks, and schools.”

Surely, we hear it argued, people on killing sprees choose gun-free zones to play out their problems. But these schools are specifically targeted; then the majority end in murder suicides—so clearly the perpetrators are not motivated by their own personal safety. Law enforcement experts fear that concerned citizens opening fire in a cinema or elsewhere are liable to do more damage, make the situation worse.

Now that we have debunked the appalling conclusions that John Lott and his fans come to, we should look at his intellectual integrity on another level.

Media Matters reports:

On his October 26 appearance on CNN’s New Day Saturday, Lott made untrue charges on background checks that are characteristic of his work. He often advocates for weaker gun laws by manipulating statistics about firearms and by touting his discredited research that purports to prove looser rules concerning the carrying of guns in public reduces crime.

Lott, a contributor to FoxNews.com, will testify before an October 29 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law while representing his new organization, Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). Lott has previously mischaracterized “Stand Your Ground” in order to defend the law that played an important role in the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges that he unlawfully killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. CPR’s secretary is National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent, who caused controversy by calling Martin a “dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe,” and used the Martin case to make disparaging remarks about the African-American community and endorse racial profiling.

As Salon reports:

Here’s what critics say about him. Lott held prestigious positions at Yale and the University of Chicago, where he published his groundbreaking book, More Guns, Less Crime. In the early 2000s, his work fell into controversy for employing what some academic critics termed “junk science” and for various apparently fatal methodological flaws. Later, he was unable to prove the existence of a study central to his thesis. He was also caught using a fake “sock puppet” to defend his work and attack his critics online. “In most circles, this goes down as fraud,” Donald Kennedy, the then-editor of the prestigious journal Science, wrote in an editorial. Even Michelle Malkin said Lott had shown an “extensive willingness to deceive to protect and promote his work.”

There were other controversies as well, such as the case of the mysterious missing table and the claim that 50 percent of black Republican votes in Florida were rejected. Eventually, even the conservative American Enterprise Institute apparently was not a good fit for him, as he left that gig in 2006, which he had taken after leaving academia. He now has no academic affiliation and is a general conservative commentator.

Wikipedia adds, “In response to the dispute surrounding the missing survey, Lott created and used ‘Mary Rosh’ as a sock puppet to defend his own works on Usenet and elsewhere. After investigative work by blogger Julian Sanchez, Lott admitted to use of the Mary Rosh persona. Sanchez also pointed out that Lott, posing as Rosh, not only praised his own academic writing, but also called himself ‘the best professor I ever had.’”

It is obviously tragic that John Lott has managed to motivate so many. But this appears to be his career, so he is intellectually cornered by his own success: he has been accused of being funded by the NRA and at least one gun manufacturer—but has retained plausible deniability, so perhaps such funds have been indirect. But still he gets contributions from key NRA enthusiasts like $50,000 from John Gresham’s Gun Talk radio program—one of the NRA’s top independent recruiters. Perhaps once bitten twice shy, he is now loudly proclaiming that he will not accept funds from the NRA, etc., But like the way the fake-Christian Indiana pizza parlor won the lottery by tapping into bigots, the Crime Prevention Research Center will find a rich seam of Stupidparty Gundermenatist to tap into. There will be no stopping John Lott. He will do just fine being the servant of the Gundermenatist base. His Math a perfect fit for those lacking critical-thinking skills.

But I just wish that Lott would spend a moment reflecting on the damage he’s doing to society and consider his logical end game. If more guns make you safer, then everyone must have a gun at all times. Take a moment to consider what this means for just one type of establishment—schools. Following John Lott’s advice, schools will have more security and armed teachers. But a suicidal kid on a mission will easily dodge such security, so now all schools entrants will have to pass through metal detectors—but still suicidal maniacs will be able to shoot up classrooms, by sneaking in firearms through windows, or shooting from the outside or shooting the person manning the gun-detection machine. So walls will have to be built around the schools. But a kid with a ladder and dream will surmount such walls. So now we will need barbed wire and spotlights around the perimeter.John Lott - 2nd - quotes removed

Therefore, the school will morph into a prison. I hardly need mention that it will still not be safe, because now you just have tons of people with guns—and not all of them will be good guys. How come the USA is the only non-failed nation state that is being lead down this road, the road of armed groups of concerned citizens drifting around, acting out their Dirty Harry, High Plains, the very Good against the bad and the Ugly fantasies. This is the road to Somalia that Bing Crosby would never sing about, or it is the road to the spaghetti Wild West, replacing the excitable horseback posses with militia-erected check points, manned by Stupidparty disciples in between football games. It is just patently absurd, sick—but all the while, John Lott will be collecting his blood money. Like Rand Paul —who on finding the rules of the recognized board inconvenient, set up his own ophthalmology board in order to certify himself, John Lott had to create his own research center in order to maintain his credentials as a researcher—because no one else would have him.

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The Mathematics of Guns and Violence in the US Compared to the World http://likethedew.com/2015/05/07/the-mathematics-of-guns-and-violence-in-the-united-states-as-compared-to-the-world/ http://likethedew.com/2015/05/07/the-mathematics-of-guns-and-violence-in-the-united-states-as-compared-to-the-world/#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 18:58:50 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=60149

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It is projected that sometime in 2015, Gun Deaths will become more ubiquitous in the USA than Auto fatalities — at over 30,000 lives per year. By way of comparison in the UK Automobiles are 1,300% more deadly than Guns (using 2011 data).

Baltimore represents the inevitable confluence of trends that only spell more disaster down the road. The trends at play are: 1) Gun Culture 2) Inherent deep rooted Bigotry and 3) the disenfranchisement of the voters –with the consequent undermining of Democracy.

Here he focuses on one element – Gun Culture, leading into bigotry:

The Rest of the World Compared to the USA - Gun Ownership
Gun Ownership – The Rest of the World Compared to the USA

The growing childishness of American gun culture can be seen quite clearly by analyzing school shootings.

Pattern for School Shootings since 2000

And of course the more Stupidparty the state, the sillier the gun culture gets –with obvious consequences:

Safest vs Unsafest States - Firearm Deaths
(Source: Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts)

So Within this context we can now look at Fatal Police Shootings:

What is so remarkable is that there is no reliable data on police shootings—up until very recently at least. Yes the FBI tries and others, but the reporting requirements are suspect and not all precincts report.

The reason is that police shooting people has never been a big cause for concern. Well we are damn well concerned right now. Do we have good reason? To answer this we are going to have to be a bit more creative in order to get a true reflection on what is going on.

First it appears that we do have good data on violent crimes – and this is important because this will help put police fatal shootings into a more revealing perspective.

Violent Crimes 1991-2013

Note how violent crimes have halved over the last twenty years. This has occurred for numerous reasons. But this reduction has not occurred because of the presence of more Guns (a myth promoted by the NRA) –we know this myth is claptrap because the number of households owning a gun has not increased, so unless you are John Wayne in the climactic scene of the movie True Grit, one eyed, on a horse, gripping the reins in his mouth, firing off multiple guns at the bad guys—having fifteen guns in your collection will make little difference in your ability to defend yourself, your ability to shoot your irritating neighbor, or offensive spouse. But perhaps your kid’s exposure to an accident might be significantly higher.

  1. Data seems somewhat easier to get in more recent years
  2. Everyone seems to agree that the official numbers significantly understate the true numbers
  3. Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight website we may actually have credible numbers since May 1, 2013 from a Facebook page titled  “Killed by Police”

Fatal Police Shootings Per Year

I used three different sources: Green US Department of Justice;  Red the FBI; and Blue the Nate Silver recommended Killed by police. As per Mr. Silver’s recommendations I took the Facebook data and multiplied by .85. I arrived at my 2013 number by increasing the 8 months of data by 50%. I did a similar pro-rated exercise to project a total for 2015 using data at March 18th, 2015

It is impossible to have an intelligent conversation about this because the NRA is not capable of acting in good faith, having been hijacked by the extremist nine member “nominating committee” and has become on odious organization as a result.

Want proof?—that the NRA does not give a dam about its members, the general public or law enforcement?

Background Check on Sale of Guns

  • 77% of NRA members favor a waiting period for purchase of handguns
  • 82% of Americans support limiting the sales of military‐style assault weapons
  • 94% of police chiefs favor requiring a background check for all hand guns sales

Now we need to look closer at the racial question that every one (capable of critical thinking) recognizes is an issue. Because this is done per million -the undercounting problem discussed above is moot for the below graphic.

(Source: Propublica)
(Source: Propublica)

But surely the Supreme Court just recently indicated that Race was a problem of the past and thus scrubbed laws that prevented states with a history of racism from indulging is racist voter suppression strategies. Voter suppression is born out of racism, because it is promoted on the back of inflaming fears of voter fraud. But since I prove voter fraud by the voter is mathematically irrelevant, there is no case for voter suppression.

So what is up with the Supremely Stupidparty Court?

“One must truly wonder, if, in Roberts, we are seeing a textbook example of the myopia, lack of self-awareness, and narrow-mindedness that can result from attending the non-racially-diverse Roman Catholic grade and boarding schools in 1960s and 1970s small-town, rural, overwhelmingly-white Indiana….”

But if we are in post racial phase – how would the Supremely Stupidparty Court explain the following profile of Stupidparty supporters on issues relating to race. By way of example, if you choose be a birther you are choosing to reveal remarkable ignorance to the point of being a racist. I explain why Donald Trump is racist, since I can show that he himself is not interested in the facts— and that he is just part of inherent racism/bigotry within the “pillars” of Stupidparty.

  1. 49% Believe Acorn stole 2012 election. PPP 2012. With no funding, Acorn dissolved in 2010. Source
  2. 51% Are “birthers.” Source
  3. 57% Believe Obama is a Muslim. Source
  4. 66% Believe Obama is a socialist. Source
  5. 24% Believe he may be the Antichrist. Source
  6. 90% Are oblivious to the fact that 95% of population had tax cuts at time of 2012 election. Source
  7. Only 22% percent of SP  disciples believe Ferguson raises important racial questions. Source
  8. 68% of Stupidparty voters believe the President should be impeached for something. Source
  9. Only 11% of SP disciples believe Obama loves America. This is a reaction to Giuliani’s sad statements and pitiful record regarding his own “family values” —a man who has many lessons to learn from Obama in that regard.  Source
  10. 62% of SP disciples believe Obama is secretly trying to take away every ones guns. Source
  11. 44% of SP disciples believe that Obama is secretly trying to figure out away to stay in office beyond 2017. Source

Racism, or at least the need to excite racists out of their caves, seems to have grown exponentially with Obama as President and the growth of the ultra-silly wing of the Stupidparty especially since 2010. This alongside the increasingly absurd gun culture appears to be leading to more shootings in schools, outside of schools and by the police. But we are still missing one vital component.

Back to our police force that operate in and are clearly part of this racist context. Now we know that the Stupidparty loathes Unions. But there is an exception –police Unions. Historically they have been in bed with the Stupidparty. The Stupidparty needs the police to enforce law and order. Why?

Stupidparty is totally beholden to the special interests that are determined to maintain the unsustainable income discrepancy trends by giving even more tax breaks to the wealthy whilst funding such tax breaks by cutting social programs. They popularize such measures by appealing to the easily stoked prejudices of their base. Populist politicians promoting poverty.

US Real Average After Tax IncomeCreating an environment that can only lead to more social injustice, an environment where one can always find a justification for a police shooting.

Fox' Hannity

Now see how Stupidparty reps distorts the situation and effectively sends the message that shooting someone in the back is OK. Sean Hannity:

And his record I mentioned earlier — it has nothing to do with — you know, what happened in this case. I assume that it probably was connected to why he ran and his relationship with police at that time. I mean it’s pretty extensive.

You know there’s a simple solution in terms of for other people going forward is: don’t be involved in the sale of drugs, don’t think police are your enemies, don’t run at 8:30 in the morning when you see a cop, and certainly that is a part that he plays in this equation.

Cutting benefits, the safety net—because of the “47% moochers”—harping on about food stamps. Stupidparty Reps love to bring up food stamps –because the Stupidparty base is under the erroneous notion that minorities are the prime beneficiaries and that feeding lazy parasitic blacks is a waste of taxpayer money. That base is oblivious to the fact that they will not be gaining anything by such actions. Additionally they are wrong on so many levels. It is Red States that are the “Moocher” States – because economic policies designed for the haves (trickle down) simply do not work as well as trickle up:

States that get the most back from Washington

The United States is the only country in the world where the struggling class (aka middle class) has been duped into voting against their own economic interests.

Stupidparty Maryland State Delegate Patrick McDonough suggested last week that parents did not deserve to continue receiving food stamps if they refused to stop their children from protesting the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Now let’s dispel some more myths regarding Food Stamps.

Food Stamp Myth Buster

So let’s get this right – whilst we needlessly impoverish huge swathes of the country. Needlessly— you ask. The USA is the best right, the wealthiest country right?

Child Poverty Rank

So whilst the USA needlessly impoverishes huge swathes of the country, it now needs to find ways to “maintain order”. Well the “Stand your Ground” laws introduced and promoted by the odious group ALEC (a front for a group of people trying to turn the country in an oligarchy) have effectively legalized the murder of unarmed black kids – as is clearly the case in the Zimmerman incident.

Now you have the spread of “open carry”- which is clearly a white man’s privilege. At the moment they are mainly accidentally shooting off their own appendages, often the very appendage that houses the Stupidparty brain. But we already have an adult waving his gun during a kids sporting event—and it will not be long before a “biased” referee gets what’s coming to him. This will be a white parent, because any black parent carrying a gun would have already been shot in the back by a police officer. These police officers now being appropriately armed and excused for over reacting in virtually any scenario:

The Stupidparty Praetorian Guards gets special perks.

As the National Review reports:

“But as police unions’ clout has grown, law-enforcement culture has tended to place the interests of unions and officers above those of the community. Police unions have lobbied against greater transparency in day-to-day policing and against internal-review policies or public-records laws that would shine light on complaints filed against officers, among other proposals. Inevitably, the justification given in these cases is “safety of first responders” or the desire to “prevent community unrest.” But in reality, it’s an attempt to reduce the chance that officers, whether malevolent or simply negligent, will be held accountable for their actions.”

It might be a war out there–but these guys were not warriors. All unarmed, all in one year.
It might be a war out there–but these guys were not warriors.
All unarmed, all in one year.

As the New York Times reports: “In recent weeks, Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois has traveled the state promoting his proposal for more than $2 billion in cuts to pensions for public employees. All public employees, that is, except police officers and firefighters….. Mr. Rauner was following the lead of other Republican governors in the Midwest who have imposed unwelcome changes on state and local employees in the name of saving money and improving services.

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin introduced a bill that would roll back collective bargaining rights for government workers and require them to contribute more toward their own pensions and health coverage. He excluded police officers and firefighters from the legislation, known as Act 10, which he signed the following month.

In 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan signed a right-to-work bill, eliminating the requirement that private and public sector workers contribute dues to the unions that represent them, whether or not they are members. The bill included a “carve-out” for police officers and firefighters, which Mr. Snyder supported.

Mother Jones reports: Police use of highly armed SWAT teams has risen by 1,500 percent in the last two decades, and many police departments have cultivated an “us vs. them” mentality toward the public they ostensibly serve.

It would appear that the Police attitudes are getting out of control. The NYPD took umbrage when the Mayor had the audacity to question one of their many questionable actions. In unison they turned their back on him during a funeral service and then proceeded to refuse to do their jobs via a work slowdown somewhat reminiscent of Great Britain in the 1970’s when the whole country was being held hostage by overzealous trade Unions.

Regarding the confusion surrounding how Baltimore victim Freddie Gray died, Let us put the police version in its best possible (highly improbable) light. He was not strapped into the Ambulance because it is considered too dangerous to strap a “dangerous person” in. So that would imply a known risk factor to the police. If there is such a known risk factor –bring in a risk management specialist to solve the problem. For this reason alone the Baltimore police must surely deservedly face a lawsuit and heads need to role—may this be an abject lesson to all other police forces.

I am telling you this –The police are regularly unnecessarily and extremely foolishly shooting unarmed people all the time. ALL THE TIME. This must stop.

Baltimore has arrived and for a week or so the media might pay attention and occasionally they might even ask the right questions. What should those questions be?

 

1) Why has the USA gun culture gotten so absurd? – This is a fact and please stop tolerating the following notions:

  • a) Guns don’t shoot people
  • b) Good guys should have guns
  • c) More Guns = More Safety
  • d) The NRA is an acceptable organization. (For it is not)

2) Why is Racism still such a huge problem? We need to stop accepting the following notions:

  • a) Reverse Racism. People who make this argument are invariably desensitized to racism. If you want to experience racism how about going to an African Country and get discriminated for being white —then you might have cause to complain.
  • b) That the inherent bigotry with in the Stupidparty is somehow acceptable.
  • c) It is OK for police to shoot/kill unarmed people.
  • c) It is OK for police forces to not represent the ethnic profile of the people they are policing.
  • d) It is OK for the police to cover up their malpractice.
  • e) The Supreme Court’s decision: Shelby County v. Holder, must be revisited/challenged. They were clearly wrong and have simply empowered racism. They chose to take the case at a time when they knew that we have a dysfunctional congress. John Roberts may not be a racist but his racial worldview is infantile. So he chose to change the rules knowing that congress would not be capable of acting intelligently.

3) What is the logical end game if Income Discrepancy Trends continue their present course? Since Rand Paul is running for President now is a good time to ask the following question: Where else can Ayn Rand unfettered libertarianism/capitalism lead, other than fascism?

The battle between the people (democracy) and the oligarchs is set:

  • The oligarchs have the Supreme Court (Citizens United, Shelby County v Holder), the paid off Congress and the Stupidparty base with its self-evident and carefully nurtured bigotry for the purpose of creating a false flag adversary, resulting in a mad hatter’s parallel universe determination to vote against their own economic interests.
  • The people through democracy still have the power to pressure their representative’s to demand campaign finance reform, end voter suppression, end gerrymandering and reverse income discrepancy trends and to stop pandering to bigotry.

Whose side are you on – the people of Baltimore or the forces empowering a militarized police?

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Note: This story was updated Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 9:48 AM.

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