Category Archives: newspeak

Poor little rich boys

We can't let the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession, and who need to create the jobs that will get us out of it, foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government.” – Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Can't go to bed without pointing out the jackassedness of this comment by the ranking GOP Senator.  He is of course referring to the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for fools earning over $250,000 a year.  Just let that sink in… “the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession“…

That's right, asshole.  Them rich folk done been hit so hard they can barely afford to pay the MARGINAL TAX ON ALL DOLLARS EARNED OVER $250,000.  Meanwhile, in the real world

Forty-four million people in the United States, or one in seven residents, lived in poverty in 2009, an increase of 4 million from the year before, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.

The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent — the highest since 1994 — from 13.2 percent in 2008.

Over the past two years these scumbag Senators have managed to thoroughly crush any delusions I once had about the possibility of national crisis giving birth to transformative change in this country. And I mean the good kind of change, not the teabag variety that is currently suffocating the last vestiges of moderation in the Republican party.  [Note to you Mainers – Olympia is next].

What I'm trying to say is, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts are the only thing I care about politically these days.  There's really nothing else on the horizon that's going to elicit more than indifference or disgust out of me.  The class divide gets greater every day and it's completely unsustainable for a healthy society.  I'll have to dazzle you with charts and graphs some other time, but for now I'll just say, NO MORE TAX CUTS FOR YOU RICH MOTHERFUCKERS.

Who am I kidding, here's a chart

What this says to me is, if the Democrats really feel the need to be total pussies about this, then they better at least give me a new marginal tax bracket at $500,000, which is where the real highway robbery begins to kick in.  Otherwise I don't want to hear any more bullshit about “deficit reduction”.

“Am I Demon?”

Here is a straightforward explanation of Deem and Pass, a common way of making the stinky sausages of legislation that make their way through congress. Also, a discussion of the typical hypocrisy that is implemented in the demonization of what our republican asshole friends and the corporate media refer to as “demon pass”. Yes, they acutally plan on inviting Danzig in for a special emergency session. He will sacrifice a pig and run through the halls of congress wearing its mutilated skin as a rain coat. Then on to the formation of the dreaded death panels.

“Am I Demon?” No, without the scary made up name, the process of deem and pass, is just business as usual. We have witnessed the invention of a new term, this “demon pass”, to replace the current terms of “self-executing rule” or “deemed as passed”. Really? My good Republican asshole friends, you may be wiser to take just your loss and shut the hell up.

Polling euphemisms

Gallup came out with a poll yesterday that was – I thought – supposed to take the country’s temperature on torture investigations and related matters.  Here are the signature poll results:

That’s a rather pathetic showing.  And yet, I can’t help wondering… WTF is a “harsh interrogation technique”?  Is it when excitable teevee cop slams the pervert up against a wall until he gives up tells where the little girl’s body is?  Or is it when CIA spooks drown a clinically insane man 83 times in one month in order to establish a (patently false) link between Iraq and Al Qaida?  From the Washington Post review of Ron Suskind’s The One Percent Doctrine:

Abu Zubaydah, his captors discovered, turned out to be mentally ill and nothing like the pivotal figure they supposed him to be. CIA and FBI analysts, poring over a diary he kept for more than a decade, found entries “in the voice of three people: Hani 1, Hani 2, and Hani 3” — a boy, a young man and a middle-aged alter ego. All three recorded in numbing detail “what people ate, or wore, or trifling things they said.” Dan Coleman, then the FBI’s top al-Qaeda analyst, told a senior bureau official, “This guy is insane, certifiable, split personality.”

Abu Zubaydah also appeared to know nothing about terrorist operations; rather, he was al-Qaeda’s go-to guy for minor logistics — travel for wives and children and the like. That judgment was “echoed at the top of CIA and was, of course, briefed to the President and Vice President,” Suskind writes. And yet somehow, in a speech delivered two weeks later, President Bush portrayed Abu Zubaydah as “one of the top operatives plotting and planning death and destruction on the United States.” And over the months to come, under White House and Justice Department direction, the CIA would make him its first test subject for harsh interrogation techniques.

In conclusion: Get real, Gallup.  Asking the public about “harsh interrogation techniques” is not the same as asking about “torture”.  Quit polling the talking points.

P.S.  How’s this for a Freudian slip?