• The judge is a right wing judicial activist, so no shame is involved here. He does it because it’s natural and because he can, just like a dog who licks his own a-hole.

  • Every time I go through airport security I always make sure to wear clean socks, so as the odor isn’t mistaken for a gas attack. What I don’t like is to have to take off my belt, which requires me to use both hands to hold up my pants.

    Airport security is similar to an SNL skit.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Jeb Bush Moves Ever Closer To Presidential Run

    2015-01-09 13:39:30View | Delete

    It will be the political version of the TV show Family Feud, since for years now Bill has acted as the son that GHW Bush never had. If this country continues to exist as a functioning entity, some day an intrepid historian writing about 20th century America will pinpoint old man Bush as the pivotal figure on how this country went totally off the rails since 11/22/63. He had his mitts involved in everything, even the JFK assassination.

    No, the sheeple won’t dummy up in 2016. As long as the low paying jobs continue to be created, and people have just enough in their pockets for the monthly cable bill they will button up. I’ve come to the general conclusion that a truly representative democracy can’t flourish here, but then it never has.

  • If Warren and Sanders are really serious then start a filibuster, otherwise, all it is is cheap talk that wads the underwear of and scares Southern belles like Lindsay Graham.

  • “Yet, come 2016, even many here, at FDL, will dutifully suspend conscious awareness and “vote” for “More-Of-The-Same” …

    I have already made my decision on 2016, and future elections as well. Screw it all, the game is rigged. Once more, anyone who says “well, if you don’t vote you can’t complain”, can stuff it. Like hell I can’t. I have no issue with paying a fair (I emphasize “fair”) share of taxes to keep things running, but I’ve turned my back on the charade that is hero worshipping electoral politics.

  • To expect Holder or Obama to do anything is like expecting the tail to wag the dog. They don’t control the agenda. Just swallow hard and admit that any sliver of moral superiority this country could ever claim was lost hundreds of years ago.
    Now it is all a question of might makes right, and the slob public that eats up Fox, is scared nightly by the local news, and bamboozled by fictional tripe like Zero Dark Thirty will accept it. You see, the concept of “freedom” is BS. What people value most of all is security, or the illusion of it. Those who countenance torture by thinking they are being protected from the “other” should all choke on their lapel pins and yellow ribbons.There is nothing of value left to wave the flag over.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post The Torture Never Stops

    2014-12-10 10:50:20View | Delete

    Of course, no one will ever do a perp walk for this. I’d accept the use of torture in our name for a trade off with our homegrown Taliban honestly admitting that their “shining city on a hill” is no more than an out house, and get off the “we’re number 1 and just awesome” and admit that morally we are no different than a military junta in a Third World hell hole. But then, that would entail a sense of introspection that the Reich Wing lacks. American Exceptionalism is a charade and a cruel hoax used to bamboozle the peasants.

  • We know damn well that there will never be an perp walks in orange jumpsuits coming from this. The best that can be hoped for(and its barely any comfort) is to acknowledge that these were crimes against humanity and that those in charge have been pardoned, so as to carry for the rest of their lives the branding of being a criminal. When you are a sociopath like Cheney and Bush they could care less. They will continue to live well and some day die peacefully.
    If Obama even attempted a pardon based on crimes being committed he would go the way of JFK, and he knows it.Remember, these were just “folks” who made mistakes.

  • No doubt some of these deviants will be given their own show on Fox and bring on Palin and Coulter to fawn over them. I also think we will soon be seeing a group of sports bar losers and debauched frat boys waving their index fingers and saying “we’re number 1″ as they read about the rectal “exams.” At least the saving grace of this report will be that Condi Rice won’t lose her membership at Augusta National over today’s “unpleasantness.”

    Sorry, but the only way I can deal with today’s news is with bemused disgust, for we are a blood lust society.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

    2014-12-09 09:23:47View | Delete

    “Bush was the equivalent to Queen Elizabeth.”

    I think George was more of a Walmart greeter.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

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    Th US populace are essentially childlike and can’t ever admit that we are anything but perfect. The edcucational system has brainwashed people to reciting the pledge of allegiance in grade school to yelling “booyah” as planes fly overhead before a college football game. The next public official that utters the term “American exceptionalism” should choke on their words.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Redneck Georgia Town Bans Mosque, for Freedumb!

    2014-12-08 16:15:52View | Delete

    Right on comrade. To the barricades.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Redneck Georgia Town Bans Mosque, for Freedumb!

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    You are talking about what are called “one offs”, I’m talking about a way of life that is hundreds of years old. Stop giving the South a pass, unless you are saying that all of us are fucked. In that, we can agree upon.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Redneck Georgia Town Bans Mosque, for Freedumb!

    2014-12-08 14:05:56View | Delete

    WTF, of course the North has its share of haters.The difference being that Southern bigotry is a form of twisted regional historical pride, a way of life, whereas in the North , an out and out bigot is a pariah.
    Racism and bigotry are as American as apple pie, but its just that the South has a much bigger piece of the pie to continually munch. You can’t turn a blind eye to history.

  • The Cheney/Bush admin apparatchiks and the other torture enablers are all over the MSM covering their backsides, and trying to scare us into silence.
    The fact that Kerry, who made his bones as an anti war soldier turned pol, is leading the charge in squelching the report is rich in irony.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Redneck Georgia Town Bans Mosque, for Freedumb!

    2014-12-08 10:32:51View | Delete

    Tomasky is absolutely correct. The South has been dragging the rest of us down to their level for decades. Combine their agenda with the spineless corporate Dems and you have a recipe for Third World status within a generation.

  • Sometimes I have to pinch myself to just realize that I’m still human inside:-)
    Frankly, this decision by the GJ hit me like a 2X4. At least bring this incident to trial.A DOJ investigation is squat.

  • It would be naive to say I’m shocked, but WTF, the whole world saw the video of this murder. More than Ferguson, this now gives the cops an open season. So much for cops wearing video cameras. It doesn’t matter what is on video, because they will always walk. I suggest that the young cop who placed the choke hold move out of NYC and establish a new identity because he’s a marked man.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Validation on Health Care Reform

    2014-12-03 14:16:27View | Delete

    The GOP marches in lockstep (or, should I say, goose step), whereas with the Dems it’s like trying to round up dozens of chickens(terribly apt). Harkin has generally been one of the better public servants, but he’s off base here. Where was he in 2009 calling for a single payer? He knew back then that the votes were never there in the Senate. You had people like sneaky Joe, Nelson and Baucus to deal with – 100% DINOs. As long as DC is in the pockets of big insurance and pharma, there will never be a universal system of healthcare.

  • I hope I live long enough to see the day when products on super market shelves will have pot in them. It will make the race to the bottom that we are experiencing so less painful to endure.

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