I suppose it would be churlish in the extreme to wonder (forget about asking out loud) who’s going to go to jail for any of these shenanigans? While it is impractical to throw bank buildings into the hoosegow, I’m pretty sure our current jail cells would accommodate any number of individual persons who had their pockets suddenly filled with all sorts of money that didn’t really belong to them.
I know: I’m a churl.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Healthcare.gov Not Actually Improved as Much as Administration Claimed
The short answer and quick takeaway is to get online soon, and get signed up if that’s your intent. Anyone old enough to remember America Online, and the problems subscribers had getting on back in the 1990s? This is not so very different. It will require a little advance planning, some patience, and a bit of luck. Maybe the administration could get cracking on some public service announcements? Would any of us really miss one less ad during the evening news for products we can’t buy, whose content is overwhelmingly devoted to why the product could very well be much worse for consumers than any ailment it’s supposed to treat?
Considering the privations and hardships Americans have suffered through to get to this point, a balky website doesn’t seem quite on a par with, say, the Oregon Trail, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Depression, World War II, and so forth.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Lamar Alexander Seems Really Bothered by the Idea of Democracy
Dear Lamar: We just had a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. It was called the 2012 general election. It was in all the papers. And a majority of voters voted to keep it. The Supreme Court weighed in, in their own stupid fashion, to try to fuck it up. But even the Supreme Court said the Act passed constitutional muster.
Why aren’t you carrying out the will of the people, Lamar? Why has your side of the aisle persistenly practiced unprecedented obstructionism, to the point of shutting down the federal government because you don’t like the way Congress passes laws, the President signs them, and the Supreme Court affirms them? You can always go to some other country that doesn’t have such a system, but I don’t think you’d like it in any of those places, because fools like you don’t tend to be anointed with high offices in government. You might even have to work for a living, pardon my language.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Late Night: Larry Klayman Loses Another Lawsuit Fight
Looks like Klayman will get another bite at the apple, since the dismissal is without prejudice and the Judge has allowed him until December 5 to file a second amended complaint, this time with an actual cause of action.
I don’t know how things go in that neck of the woods, but the Second Amended Complaint could be Klayman’s last chance. If you can’t state claim after three tries (complaint, amended complaint, second amended complaint), it may be because you don’t have a claim.
gratuitous commented on the blog post FBI ‘Accidentally’ Investigated Anti-War Site For Six Years
Of course it wasn’t an accident. Being against war is to be a heretic in the land of the High Church of Redemptive Violence. Popes come and go, the Catholic Church goes on. Similarly in the United States, Presidents come and go, but our rock solid faith in violence – military, economic, constabulary – endures from age to age. If violence doesn’t resolve a problem, it’s because we weren’t violent enough. If you oppose violence as the first and last resort (and every resort in between), you’re a suspicious person.
gratuitous commented on the blog post North Carolina GOP official canned after controversial interview on The Daily Show
I saw the segment, and almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Manvi even goes so far at one point as to say, “We can hear what you’re saying, you know.” Yelton was totally unfazed, and kept plowing ahead. When he got to his comment about “some of my best friends”, I was thinking Manvi would just lunge across at Yelton and rip out his throat.
But it’s indicative of something that Yelton felt comfortable mouthing that stale, racist platitude. And that something doesn’t speak well for our Republican friends.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Americans Overwhelmingly Blame Shutdown on Congressional Republicans
This has to be very disheartening for the centrists in the popular media. After all their hard work trying to apportion blame equally, it seems the stupid, horse-brained masses just aren’t taking direction as well as they used to.
But I suppose as long as they can find one person in Paducah who says it’s all the Democrats’ fault for not collapsing, the media will remain true to their fact-free calling. Because that’s where the money is.
Why did Ryan vote the way he did? Well, it would be irresponsible not to speculate, in my opinion. Let’s just say he cast his vote as he did because he hates America. If Paul Ryan doesn’t hate America, let him explain himself. Over and over again.
Anyway, no, there is indeed very little to celebrate in this mess, but make no mistake, this is a 100% Republican production. I will send a shiny nickel to the first popular media reporter (sic) who asks John Boehner why he kept saying there weren’t enough votes in the House to pass a clean continuing resolution and increase in the debt ceiling. The final count I saw was a nearly veto-proof 285-144. Is he that bad at counting? If there was some strategic chessplay going on here, would the Speaker like to favor us with his opinion of just what he accomplished by holding up this vote for so long, wasting so much money (as much as $55 billion by some estimates)? What did he get on October 16th that he couldn’t possibly have gotten on, say, September 25th?
Shiny nickel, guys. Let’s see someone ask those questions, hmmm?
gratuitous commented on the blog post The Crisis is Finally Ripe Enough for the Cowardly Boehner to Act
About four or five days from now, if all goes well and the United States doesn’t go into actual default, the dust from this contretemps will be settling, and the score for both sides totted up. The Democrats should be able to say (and I hope they do), that they saved the nation and the global economy from a catastrophic blunder by a gaggle of demagogues who were allowed far too close to the levers of power by a spineless Speaker of the House.
The Republicans will have nothing to show for their contemptuous, cynical manipulation of the political process. They will be in their most vulnerable position in decades, and it is only just and meet that they receive the full measure of excoriation for it. If they aren’t disciplined promptly and properly, they will do it again. Let there be no doubt about that. The architects of this fiasco need to be held accountable.
And after all that hard work by the popular media to paint this as a “both sides are to blame” routine catastrophe. It’s almost as if people aren’t paying attention to the likes of Chuck Todd anymore. Maybe Mr. Boehner can throw one more lavish drinky-drinky party before he quits the Speakership? Everybody would feel good one last time, and then totally forget about the last five years.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Speaker Boehner Says Country On Path To Defaulting On Debt
Boehner says he doesn’t have the votes to pass a Continuing Resolution or to raise the debt ceiling? Prove it. You’ve brought things to the floor this year that didn’t pass. Didn’t pass in the most humiliating and amateurish manner imaginable, because you or your party whips couldn’t count.
I don’t think a vote on a clean CR or debt ceiling increase would even violate the so-called Hastert Rule. I don’t recall seeing any polling whatever of the House Republican caucus: Does a majority of the Republican House really oppose these bills? Because even with a small number of votes (say, 25 or 30, less than 15% of their members), the House could pass those bills in an hour.
Remember how fast funding for TSA snoops got re-authorized after the sequester? Man, that bill nearly caught fire from how quickly it got through Congress and to the President when it looked like Congress critters might have to wait longer for their recess flights home. Time isn’t the problem. Votes aren’t the problem. The Constitution isn’t the problem. The Senate isn’t the problem. The President isn’t the problem. Even the House isn’t the problem. The problem is with a cadre of bomb-throwing radicals, and a Speaker who’s too scared to stand up to them. THAT’s the problem.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Judge Unseals Documents Making It Possible for Lavabit Owner to Speak About FBI’s Pursuit of Snowden
That little tidbit jumped off the screen at me, too. It’s possible that that information was gleaned in a purely appropriate manner, but at this point, I’m disinclined to believe anything the government presents in a case like this.
If I were Levison, however, I wouldn’t be too anxious to take advantage of the absence of the gag order. I wouldn’t put it past government lawyers to appeal, get the order reinstated, then add to the list of offenses any violations of the gag order while it wasn’t in force. I’m aware of the constitutional prohibition against ex post facto laws, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to fight a spurious criminal allegation every bit as hard as you fight a seemingly more legitimate allegation.
gratuitous commented on the blog post Scott Lively running for Governor of Massachusetts as spoiler candidate [Updated]
Well, “Not Yet Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity” should be a winning slogan for Scott. I remember him from his salad days in Oregon, assisting Lon Mabon to run the Oregon Citizens Alliance dedicated to outlawing homosexuality. Mabon has long since departed the political scene, but Lively seems impervious to shame, flitting hither and thither, in the United States and in countries around the world, bringing his message of intolerance. From the photo above, I’d say the years have not been kind to Scott. Bitter, unreasoning hatred will do that to a person.
It appears Lively’s ego has at last overcome whatever good sense he might have had, and he’s willing to put himself personally into the arena. Here’s hoping that Massachusetts deals out the electoral drubbing he deserves.
gratuitous commented on the blog post ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels Join With Al-Qaeda Faction
Well, that’s all taken care of! Nothing more to worry about. All will be well that ends well. Things are lookin’ up. This is good news for John McCain. I can’t see how this can possibly end up being anything but a super win-win-win for all concerned, and that includes our good friends the Russians as well as President al-Assad of Syria.
Okay, maybe some dirty fucking hippies will be slightly discomfited, but who cares about them anyway except dirtier fuckinger hippies?
gratuitous commented on the diary post Obama’s Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press by Norman Solomon.
But I was reading Driftglass, and that site said nobody had never been prosecuted for nothin’, and Edward Snowden is a craven coward, and Glenn Greenwald is a grandstanding self-promoter, and there are lots and lots of people out there giving away government secrets for free and they’re not bothered or molested in any way, [...]
gratuitous commented on the blog post DOJ Gives Halliburton A Pass On Destroying Evidence In BP Oil Spill
Don’t fret; someone will be along soon to explain to us all how this is really the best result for all concerned, it frees up the Justice Department to concentrate on really important stuff, shows how well we’ve moved on, and lookit this very cool commercial BP is airing about how they’re all caring and stuff!
Hasn’t Halliburton suffered enough? Aren’t you libruls supposed to be all about, like, compassion and understanding?
Just so. There is, indeed, nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered. One other point I would like to make is what the President’s job is supposed to be (and by extension, that of the agencies of government). The second President Bush stated publicly over and over again that he thought his job was to [...]
gratuitous commented on the blog post Brazil’s President Cancels Trip To US Over NSA Spying
I wonder if Brazil isn’t sucking around for the Southern Hemisphere version of Egypt’s military-takeover-that-isn’t-a-coup? The U.S. is awfully fond of democracy and popular elections, until somebody gets the bright idea that that means a country can popularly elect their own leadership.
gratuitous commented on the blog post ACLU Releases Report on FBI’s Development Into Abusive Domestic Intelligence Enterprise
Well gee whiz! If you have to go through all that “due process” folderol, how are you going to pump up the arrest numbers and justify a big fat federal budget? If there aren’t enough Muslims being radicalized, the FBI has to do it for them. And that ain’t cheap.
The Church Commission may have said, “It has become clear that if some lose their liberties unjustly, all may lose their liberties. The protections and obligations of law must apply to all.” But what isn’t generally known is that there was apparently an unwritten “unless they’re very, very bad” exception to that dictum. Which is why, in the 21st Century, the United States can summarily execute its own citizens and foreign nationals in targeted assassinations, and everyone will call it “justice.” The Bible itself says, “What further need have we of witnesses?” To which our modern security apparatus would add, “Or evidence?” It’s enough that top men in the proper positions decide that someone is very, very bad, and that’s enough to deprive our enemies of life, liberty and property.
gratuitous commented on the blog post As Assad Pledges To Turn Over Chemical Weapons, CIA Ships Weapons To Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels
A “policy”? What is this thing you speak of? Kind of a funny sounding word: Policypolicypolicypolicypolicypolicypolicypolicy. Hee, hee. Sounds like blabbering an infant would do. “Policy.” Heh.
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