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A Week In Democratic Hell

Couldn’t sleep so decided to spend some early morning time on Twitter at about 4:30 this AM.  First thing I have to say is yes, it’s been one HELL of a week.  Seven days of Watching the Democratic party slowly disintegrate.  And in some instances not so slowly as there is  relative minority that can’t wait for it to disintegrate naturally and insist on rendering it to it’s component atoms as quickly as possible.

For example, there was a running thread where in two people I follow, presumably both Democrats since they both appear to belong to the UniteBlue organization, were… probably still are… engaged in one of those juvenile little pissing contests that are part and parcel of social networking or any other form of social discourse that allows two people to interact with each other anonymously without having to be face to face with the people they’re belittling and own the words they’re saying.  Tried scrolling to see what the original argument was about but any indications had long since scrolled out of reach and now it’s the same old Peewee Herman style “I know you are but what am I?” routine extending off to the horizon, both of them claiming some kind of weird “victory” over the other and spewing hate and discontent at a pace even Rush Limbaugh would have a hard time matching.

You’d be surprised at how often that goes on among Democrats.   It’s reached the point where many… in fact most of those I associate with… Democrats on the interwebs spend more time trolling other Democrats whom they feel aren’t centrist or “pragmatic” enough,than they do battling the right wing, which is the ALLEGED “real” enemy.  I don’t suppose there is a metric by which the magnitude of the Democratic Party’s move to the right over the past 30 years can be measured with 100% accuracy but if you deny that rightward movement exists, you’re too much part of the problem to ever be part of a solution.  These Centrists and Blue Dog types are the ones I call the Republican wing of the Democratic party and their sole reason for existence seems to be , having shrunk the liberal movement to the size of Grover Norquist’s bathtub, making sure that liberals and left leaning moderates never again rise to a position from which they can assert any control or even influence over the party’s agenda.

The big takeaways for many Dems of course is that a) the “non-voters” (which for them is a dog whistle for “those damned liberals”) didn’t come out to vote and b) the candidates are to blame because they didn’t let the President do their campaigning for them.  TwitterDems point gleefully to the fact that only one senate candidate campaigned with PBO and he won.  Looking at a) one question immediately  arises.  Voter turnout in general was obscenely low, only 37&.  That means that they didn’t turn out for Republicans either, a fact simply ignored by the Democratic Tweetership.  Of that number barely more than half voted for Republican candidates. and folks, this is par for the course for Off year elections.  The president. whoever or whatever he might be, has traditionally lost congress in the second half of the second term for the last 50+ years.  I know it flies in the face of Mr. Obama’s perceived infallibility and so it’s a pill you find hard to swallow, but it’s just following a pattern that not even personal charisma and cool can overcome..

But for some obscure reason, the Democrats claim that had more people in general turned out, more of them would have been Democrats than Republicans and therefore swung the election to the Democrats.  They offer no empirical evidence for this claim of course, mainly because there isn’t any, but that narrative allows them to go on claiming that liberals and “Emos” are to blame for their humiliation and they’ll spend the next two years getting even (just like they’ve spent the last FOUR years getting even for 2010) even if it costs them the NEXT election also.  Believe me, in terms of fury, hell doesn’t even come close to a progressive Democrat who thinks he’s been scorned.

As for part b) of the equation, I don’t know where they get this notion that only one candidate “allowed” PBO to campaign for him and he won or that Wendy Davis and Alison Lundergen Grimes lost because they “ran away from the president.  I have to wonder, because  This CBS Analysis has been on the wires since the morning of November 5th and I’ve read others that all state pretty much the same thing. Some exerpts:

Wary of President Obama’s low approval ratings heading into the midterm elections, the White House limited his exposure on the campaign trail. Steering clear of the many Democratic Senate candidates running in red states where the president was particularly unpopular, Mr. Obama stuck to only blue states where he was more likely to help rather than hurt.

Hope you all caught that.  The White House itself was the entity that limited his campaign.  What is so hard to understand here? Both Grimes and Davis were running in states where PBO might actually have hurt them more than helped and HE HIMSELF was smart enough to realize this.  His “lone victory” (according to the TwitterDems) was in a state where he enjoyed a higher level of popularity and could actually help the candidate instead of possibly hurting them. But Centrists Dems are no more likely than RWs to let facts get in the way of hype and rhetoric.  As for only one candidate “embracing the president” and allowing him to tun with them, not only did PBO do the selecting of those he would or wouldn’t run with there were NINE not one as claimed by the O-bots on Twitter.

Did the president ultimately hurt the nine candidates he campaigned with in the lead-up to Election Day? That’s hard to say. He certainly didn’t help much: Five of the nine candidates lost their races, and that number could rise to six if Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy does not eke out a last-minute win in his re-election race.

So, by the morning after, Mr. Obama had already lost over half the races he DID take part in.  So much for Grimes and Davis, both running in states where half the population actually hates PBO, “throwing it all away” by “refusing” to let him campaign with them.  I realize people are unhappy about losing, especially a loss of this magnitude but dammit, clapping your hands over your ears and squawking “lalalalala”l every time someone mentions that the Democratic party and you yourselves may have played some small part in the debacle is childish and we already HAVE a party of overgrown juvenile delinquents to contend with.

So whatever Democrats.  I’ve been stomped on and ground down by BOTH major parties for the past 30 years and don’t really have a dog in the hunt anymore.  I don’t have a party and I don’t see either the Democrats or the Republicans backing away from what we might as well call the “Election Industry”  because… when billions are spent for 530 people to get jobs that supposedly pay less than 200k a year…  you can bet Wall St figures on making it back somehow… that’s all the hell it is.  If anyone ever pops up with enough balls to call for sweeping that entire nest of ugly unadulterated venality and graft that we call our capitol and anybody in it off the face of the planet, wake me up on election day and I’ll dutifully cast a vote for that person.  Otherwise, a vote for the lesser of two evils is always going to be a vote for evil and I’m tired of it being the only choice we have.

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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Stupid On Steroids

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Because of my health problems, I no longer have driving privileges in CA so I simply let my driver’s license lapse. I’m told that in many other states now I wouldn’t be allowed to vote because I didn’t have a picture ID issued by the state. I’m also hearing that no federal ID card is acceptable and that even VA benefits cards, which are acceptable for virtually every OTHER reason a person might need a picture ID are being denied in many states. It HAS to be a state issued ID card.

While this may or may not be an attempt at “voter suppression”, another effect is that it forces people to get an “accepted” form of ID issued by the state itself if they want to participate in our (long gone) government of the people, BY the people.

The states charge the person a fee for this “service”. So if you want to exercise your constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, you’re going to have to shell out X number of bucks to whatever state you live in in order to do it which makes it appear to be just another form of poll tax. Here in CA it would cost me at least 10% of my entire household budget for a month (IF it hasn’t gone up in the past few years since I looked into it before) and I simply can’t afford it. What the HELL is up with that?

Stupid Is As Stupid Says Department

B0Rfq4fIEAE1YWmI know that most people don’t need any reminders that this dude is an extremely and willfully ignorant individual and if the truth be known I’m having a major problem trying to find words to describe just how brain dead the man really is.  Any public figure who can stand up in front of the American people and make statements like this one seriously calls into question his qualifications for being a public figure in the first place but this one has been known not only to push the stupidity envelope hard and often but to actually take pride in his ignorance.  But then I suppose everybody has to be number one at something and being stupid is Rick Perry’s shot at it..

I find this on a par with some of the stuff that falls out of Michele Bachmann’s (whom we’ll get to momentarily) mouth every time it’s open, which is all the f’ing time.  If Rick Perry is the pride of Texas, then that poor state is so deep in crap they’ll never dig their way out.  Perry, Cruz and Screwy Louie.  God what a f’ing trio of stooges.  Way to go Texas, you’ve got the Trifecta of Stupid  going on down there.

 

121080136As promised.  I had no idea where to even start with this one. I think my choice for the stupidest Bachmann quote is this one: “Our movement at its core is an intellectual movement.“,  which she had the damned gall to utter at the Tea Party movement, CPAC conference, March 2014. ( http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/republicans/a/michele-bachmann-quotes.htm )  You really need to stretch it to top pretending that there’s anything intellectual about the Tea Party for stupid but she, like the old time Vaudeville comics, has a million of them and every one of them comes pretty damned close.

I haven’t figured out yet exactly who tops who in her ongoing battle with Ultimate Grifter Sarah Palin for who can say the dumbest shit, female division, but there’s not a doubt in my mind that both of them need to be put away somewhere for their own protection and not allowed anywhere near sharp objects and that Americans with more than two firing synapses need to quit paying any attention to either one of them.

 

Scott Brown Is More Than Just Another Carpetbagger

 He’s also a… well… I’m not sure what else he is but according to Vanity Fair, he’s “Red Meat”.  He’s also an flipping insult to sailors everywhere but that’s a whole ‘nother story.  This dude is the smarmiest carpetbagger in the history of the nation, having gotten his ass kicked in his alleged home state of MA, whereupon he simply moved across the state line and decided to run in New Hampshire.  item3.rendition.slideshowWideVertical.scott-brownThe guy simply oozes slime from every pore and if New Hampshire elects him after his total failure in Massachusetts then they truly deserve what they’re gonna get from him because he didn’t do diddly squat for his constituents during his 1/3 term in office and promptly lost his ass when confronted by an opponent who wasn’t afraid to WORK for the seat.  First off there’s the fact that Scott Brown didn’t actually WIN in MA so much as Martha Coakley lost due to a combination of factors that she failed miserably to take note of because of pure laziness on her part.  According to William Rivers Pitt ( http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/22536-william-rivers-pitt-the-eternal-scott-brown-campaign ) she simply assumed she had it in the bag and didn’t have to run for it.  So anyway, he got elected to serve the last two years of Ted Kennedy’s term and immediately set about leaving his tea stained footprints all over the office and sure enough, according to Mr. Pitt…

My second Scott Brown election came two all-too-short years later, because there is no gravity: the Earth just sucks. See, Ted Kennedy died midway through his six-year term, so they had to have an election to fill his seat, but then they had to have another election in 2012 when Ted would have been on the ballot for re-election, and so Scott Brown had to run again, and for the second time in two years, we were smothered by Vote For Me Because Of My Truck commercials from Scott Brown, lather, rinse, repeat.

…except, this time, Mr. Brown was forced to encompass the superior intellect of Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic opponent, and he was forced to encompass the fact that it was 2012, a presidential election year, which meant voter turnout would increase by orders of magnitude. By the time they finished hosing the blood off the walls, Elizabeth Warren was shopping for lodging in the nation’s capitol, and Mr. Brown was taking a law firm gig while doing occasional turns on Fox News.

That’s the record he’s running on in New Hampshire.  Two years of miserable failure in Massachusetts, followed by two years of relative obscurity while waiting for another senate seat to open up somewhere in the neighborhood and a couple of shots on the country’s premier right wing propaganda machine.  Not a lot there that a sane person would think qualified him for a senate seat but in a system as borked as ours is it could easily get him the office.  If it does, I’m simply going to write New Hampshire off as the Texas of the Great White North and hope that when lame-ass Texans finally get tired of mouthing about secession and decide to actually DO something for a change, they take New Hampshire with them.

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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Privatized Health Care Has Nothing To Do With Health

Just about every month now, regular as clockwork, Family Health Care Network refuses to authorize a refill on at least one of my medications, picked seemingly at random, claiming the doctor wants to see me first for whatever reason.  This time it’s because their doctor who had previously signed off on that particular med no longer works there.(?)

Their basic premise? “We’re so concerned about your health that we can’t allow your prescription to be refilled until the doctor sees you. “. In spite of the fact that the doc just saw me 11 days before, knows exactly what meds I take (or better know it)  and has expressed no concern over any of them and that they can’t let me SEE said doctor for at least a month or so.

Then they make an appointment for me anywhere from 3-5 weeks down the road.  So for those up to 3-5 weeks I usually go without that particular med.  This month it’s my potassium supplement.  Without it I can’t take my Lasix which is what controls the fluid buildup around my heart (guess how important that is to a Congestive Heart Failure victim) because I’m averse to the massive muscle spasms in my legs that result from not replacing basic electrolytes lost due to Lasix use.   These two meds have been a regular twice a day fixture in my life the best part of two decades and they will be a regular fixture for the rest of my life.  But I’ve been without both for three weeks now, and still have another week to go. 

Inevitably when I DO get in to see the docs, they inevitably ask me why I’m there ( Actually doc, it’s because your employers are holding my meds hostage so they can bill Medicare for another appointment) and then they just automatically… without any discussion about the med in question or its effects on me… walk me to the front desk and have the same front desk people who denied the refill call the drug store and tell them to go ahead and authorize it.  Seriously leads me to believe that my doctor was never even personally aware any of this was taking place.

I already had an appointment for May 19th.  My doctor had made it when she had seen me just 11 days before all this, knowing full well at the time that I took potassium as a counter to electrolyte imbalances caused by the Lasix.  (Not only do I take my bag of pill bottles to appointments at their request but she’s authorized refills of this med at least twice before.)  But when they pulled this (for the third month in a row now) I naturally wanted to move it up to as soon as possible.   It would be impossible for me NOT to do without these two drugs for very long and I’m already feeling the effects of not having them in increased shortness of breath, degraded motor functions and vertigo and dizzy spells. 

Took several minutes of the girl digging through the appointment list before she found a cancellation for May 1st at which time I, a congestive heart failure patient, will have been without my Lasix for almost a month. Would have been for going on two months otherwise but this is the best they could do.

THIS is what privatization and the subsequent monetization of public health care has meant to my demographic.  People who keep blathering on about private industry doing everything cheaply and more efficiently need to live with the results of that kind of thinking for… oh, a year or two would probably be enough… instead of just automatically believing whatever Fox News says just because hey, they’re Fox News.  It’s easy to sit there and mouth debunked 1980s screeds about it, not so much to have deal with it face to face every single day.

These companies that provide these services aren’t there to maximize service to the public.  They’re there to maximize return on investment for their shareholders.  Anything and everything else is subordinate to that one purpose for their existence.  They’re not in the business for their health (or yours either, apparently), hence the sometimes one to two hour waits for a 4-5 minute session.  There’s also the fact that they’re making these unnecessary appointments when they don’t have enough staff to keep up with what they have which is one of the main reasons for the long waits, short visits and cattle call assembly line procedures in the first place.. 

These kinds of practices not only don’t serve the patient, they actually endanger the well being of the patient. I’m seriously beginning to question the “First do no harm” rule I learned in my first EMT class.  Maybe it ought to be updated to “First do no harm unless it increases ROI for the investors“.  Then it would fit into today’s concept of health “care” a whole bunch better.

People we’ve got to demand more transparency and accountability from our executive branch no matter WHO happens to be living in the White House. Privatized health care is a blatant scam and I can’t find a single government agency that will even talk about it.  While you focus almost solely on voting out RWs in congress, representatives of this Democrat administration are sliding huge chunks of the corporate agenda into place that will be almost impossible to dislodge when and if America ever comes to its senses and that have nothing whatsoever to do with either congress or the GOP. 

Doesn’t it ever occur to you that the real reason the Tea Party was created in the first place was just to keep you looking the other way while Wall Street got in through the back door?  At least think about it. 

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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Personality Types and Politics

Personality Types and Politics.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

We The People-So Far Behind We Think We’re In Front

I have come to the conclusion that too many people would rather talk about old people than listen to one.  That people are more interested in talking about disabled people than listen to the opinions of one.  And especially, that far more people are are interested in finding ways to blame the right for the plight of poor people in this country than in hearing what’s really wrong from… well, from a poor person. 

Even among the so call leading lights of the left on the social networks, far too many of those “lights” are way too busy making sure they improve or at least maintain their little spot in the pecking order of online mini-pundits than in being forced to admit that the people actually suffering through what they can only speculate on might have a valid opinion or two even if it disagrees with theirs.

indexFor an example, you can happen upon a Twitter thread involving four or ten people gushing over the Affordable Care Act (there are dozens of them every day) and acting as if PBO was the ultimate savior of humanity for having achieved it, yadayada.  And you can say something like “I have mixed feelings about it since I’ve actually LOST medical coverage over the past few years to help finance it” or whatever and, just like poor old Arlo in the police station in Alice’s Restaurant, “They all move away from you on the bench there.” because nobody wants to hear that their hero might not be perfect and that his “signature” piece of “landmark” legislation might have a few holes in it and left a few people… or even more than a few… behind with less coverage than before and, even more significant, less coverage at a higher price than the ACA provides to all those newly insured folks who were standing in line to be part of the historic occasion.

Me… I tend to look at all the compromises and giveaways and the stuff that was taken off the table before anyone had ever sat down, as losses, pure and simple.  You don’t win when you give your opponent 98% of what he wants before he even has to come to the table and then don’t get anything back.  There was never anything that made any sense in terms of actual “reform” other than universal single payer… just like all the other developed countries have… and to take it off the table without firing a shot and require nothing from the Republicans in return was… not so much a mistake but a signal to some of us that this was going to be yet another example of style over substance and political theater that in the end simply pitted one group of us against another with any gains for one requiring “offsets” from the other in order to make it at least appear to work.

Just like the “financial reform” that was introduced by the administration back about 2010 when they said beforehand that they wouldn’t be breaking up any of the offending institutions that “had” to be bailed out because they were “too big to fail” nor would any of the CEOs and other execs of any of thosemagic_dees banks and other institutions face prosecution for their part in the financial destruction of the country and that they would be free to go right on doing what they were doing with the addition of almost a trillion taxpayer dollars with which to invest in high yield schemes that made billions for their companies and millions for their top executives and institutional shareholders.  Yeah sure, most of them supposedly paid back the bailout loans, but only after having received billions in return on investment on monies that were supposed to be used to make banks safe for the public to walk into again.  If we’d had any balls, most of those profits would have gone into the treasury to pay for their next round of thievery which is already looming on the horizon. 

BankstersWhat happened when our government finally had to admit that many of the same companies that were being subsidized by the taxpayers with bailout loans were not only still paying their CEOS and other honchos hundreds of times more than the average working stiff makes but instead of using them to make loans available to consumers were investing them and then offshoring the bloated profits they were making on them in order to avoid paying taxes?  Why, we punished the person who brought it to light of course.  That’s what this administration may perhaps be noted most for when history passes judgment in the light of hindsight.  They were more apt to punish or help marginalize the people who exposed criminal actions than to prosecute those committing them. 

071113_revolving-door3Many of the prime time players in the machinations that ultimately brought this country down… far from getting what they actually deserve for doing so…  have been placed in positions of oversight over the very industries they served and as soon as they were done playing fearless leader, went right back to the those same industries which were in many casesGraph1 bolstered financially by the actions of these people with the added fillip of them having been paid by the very people whose interests they were working against…  Not a damned one of them has ever been called to account unless you want to count those mini-circus “hearings” for people like Jamie Dimon who basically told the people of the United States to go get screwed or Lloyd Blankfein who claimed to be doing “God’s work” by helping force more than half% of the population into abject poverty and scaring the water out of the middle class.

I’m sorry people, I’m neither happy nor satisfied when the President of the United States looks me in the eye… during an election campaign of course… and says he’s finally gonna get me piece of the pie that I’ve paid for and spent 47 years helping to bake only to find out later that Wall Street had been allowed to ship the pie to China again.  I didn’t like it when Reagan and the Bushes did it, I didn’t like it when Clinton did it and I don’t like it now, ESPECIALLY with the administration pushing TPP and on second thought, I’m NOT sorry for being pissed off about it.

The fact is that for many of us who are unfortunate enough to be considered part of the “lower” classes, things are simply worse than they were six years ago.  If you, in your so far secure little middle class niche,  can’t or won’t understand that then let’s just say your little nest in the 99% is obviously way farther up the food chain than mine is.

21448_cartoon_main You can blame it on the Republicans or the Tea Party all you want and yes they are hugely significant… hell, even the MOST significant… factors in what has gone on for six years but if they hadn’t existed Wall Street would have had to invent someone or something else just like them to do their job.  For once, just be objective enough to ask yourselves… if we had been going to see any real and meaningful reform in any of this.., why were and are there so many financial industry and global conglomerate CEOs, execs, lobbyists and such in the mid to highest levels of this administration and why are the institutions and individuals that have all but destroyed the “American Dream” for all but a tiny little fraction of the population still free to go right on doing it with the only really visible consequence that any of them might suffer as this shakes out being that the health insurance industry might only make five billion in profits this year instead of six?

I’m old and maybe not quite as sharp as some of you or even as sharp as I myself might have horese traderonce been but dammit even I can still recognize a wind broke horse when I see one.  I never bought one back in my horsey days and I’m not buying one now.  You can have freedom or you can have unbridled capitalism but there’s no way you’re gonna get both.

CarsYou keep electing leaders solely on party affiliation or… worse yet… on your perception of a candidate’s personality… like you’re buying a used car or aluminum siding based on how slick the patter and how brightly the salesman’s teeth flash when he smiles at you… and you’re gonna deserve exactly what you get.  Unfortunately, your kids and grandkids won’t and that’s who’s going to pay the ultimate price.  I’ve been saying it ever since I realized that “Cowboy” George W. Bush was nothing but a damned Connecticut goat roper and and I’m sticking to it, at least for the foreseeable future.

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Personality Types and Politics

In preparation for a post on how our our basic personalities constitute the basic controlling factor in regard to the position in which we are most likely to wind up on our “political spectrum”, I was doing a little research on some of the various quirks and traits that help to define an individual persona as pertains to a person’s core belief system and I came across the following definition of a narcissist at one of my favorite encyclopedia/dictionary sites:

Narcissism is the pattern of traits and behaviors which involve infatuation and obsession with one’s self to the exclusion of others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one’s gratification, dominance and ambition.  

On the outside, a narcissist appears to have higher than average self-esteem. Paradoxically, the narcissist’s self-esteem is [actually] lower. For the narcissist, self-worth comes from the belief that he/she is superior to his/her peers; it is not enough to be “okay” or “pretty good,” the narcissist can only feel worthwhile by being the best. It is this struggle of the narcissist to convince others of his/her superiority that results in the outward appearance of high self-esteem, and the inadequacy that the narcissist feels from not being the absolute best that results in the narcissist’s [actual] low self esteem. In addition to fragile, exaggerated self-esteem, narcissists are also characterized by a lack of empathy, that is, a lack of sensitivity to the feelings of others. These traits are present in most people to some degree but severe narcissism may warrant a diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder.

So of course, the next step was to look up  this narcissistic personality disorder.  Interesting findings there too.  Fore example:

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder that is characterized by extreme feelings of self-importance, a high need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. NPD can be considered as a pathological form of narcissism. It is estimated that 0.7-1% of the general population are afflicted with NPD. Most people with NPD (50-75%, according to the DSM) are men.

This jibes with my personal experience as I’ve known a few narcissistic types personally in my day and been exposed indirectly to many more in my years on line, and it seems to me that roughly nine out of ten… of at least the most vociferous and demanding of attention… have been males. 

A narcissistic personality disorder as defined by the DSM (see DSM cautionary statement) is characterized by an all-pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration or adulation and lack of empathy, usually beginning by early adulthood and present in various contexts. Five (or more) of the following criteria are considered necessary for the clinical diagnosis to be met:  

    • Often feels grandiose and self-important (e.g., exaggerates accomplishments, talents, skills, contacts, and personality traits to the point of lying, and demands to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).  The person may be obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance (the cerebral narcissist), bodily beauty or sexual performance (the somatic narcissist), or ideal, everlasting, all-conquering love or passion.
    • The person with NPD may be firmly convinced that he or she is unique and, being special, can only be understood by, should only be treated by, or associate with, other special or unique, or high-status people (or institutions).  They often require excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation – or, failing that, wish to be feared and to be notorious (narcissistic supply).
    • They often feel entitled, demanding automatic and full compliance with their unreasonable expectations for special and favorable priority treatment and may be “interpersonally exploitative”, i.e., use others to achieve his or her own ends.  They’re most often devoid of empathy and may even express pride in being so. Unable or unwilling to identify with, acknowledge, or accept the feelings, needs, preferences, priorities, and choices of others, they most often choose the path that is likely to bring the most attention to themselves.
    • They are often constantly envious of others and may seek minimize the accomplishments or situations of others, largely by directing attention away from those others and to themselves or attempting to marginalize or even hurt or destroy the object of their frustration. Can suffer from persecutory (paranoid) delusions as they believe that others feel the same about them and are likely to act similarly.  He or she may behave arrogantly and haughtily actually feeling superior, omnipotent, omniscient, invincible, immune, “above the law”, and omnipresent (magical thinking). May anger quickly when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted by people he considers inferior to him or otherwise unworthy.

If you take a good look around you today you start to realize that virtually any and all positions of authority, influence or power are being filled by people who display an inordinate number of those symptoms.  Many of the so called movers and shakers in the “blogosphere” and on the social networks… I could name at least two prime examples from my own limited circle of experience on Twitter alone… display many of the major symptoms. 

A certain amount of Narcissism is a requirement for anyone who intends to spend their existence in the public eye, but never in our history has it been carried to the pathological extremes we see today.  This kind of personal self obsession… especially among those we choose to lead us… is a sickness that borders on a a deadly pandemic.  If ever you want to express a death wish just choose a pathological narcissist to act in your interests.  Mitt Romney was a perfect example of virtually everything I’ve described in this post and his election would have been tantamount to instant suicide for the working classes and while I’m not about to risk the wrath of the O-bots by suggesting that even their beloved Messiah suffers from his own version of the syndrome, I will state without reservation that most of the people he has chosen to surround himself with do.

Our media has become the laughing stock of the planet because the entire function of providing information to the public been taken over by pathological narcissists whom Wall Street can control simply by adroit manipulation of their overblown sense of self worth.  Why else would someone like Chuck Todd have risen to a position of responsibility in any news organization?  How else would people like Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin even have jobs in our society or a bloated hog like Rush Limbaugh make millions by simply pimping institutional hate to the ignorant masses?

We’ve truly allowed the inmates to get control of the asylum folks and in doing so we’ve taken the punch line right out of that stale old joke.  When it actually becomes an asylum, as this country has today, it’s no longer a joke but merely another inescapable truth.  Politicians don’t seek office to serve the American people, they seek office as a means of obtaining what they feel is rightfully theirs by virtue of their innate superiority to the rest of us.  The day we finally get that through our heads and stop looking at politics as some kind of junior grade popularity contest between competing personality cults is the day we finally start doing something about the situation we all profess to abhor.  Until then we’re just fodder for enhancing the self esteem of a the 1% and their overly pampered lap dogs.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Sayonara Suckers!

In the beginning, God created the Earth and he stocked it with enough materials and natural resources for its population to live to all live on it together… if not exactly soft life in all cases… at least a reasonably decent one.

Today the 85 (yeah, 85, 15 less than 100) richest people own more of the planets wealth and resources than the entire poorest 3.5 BILLION (uh huh, with a “B”) people… HALF the world’s population… combined. In other words, they have Hoarded more than half of the resources that were put there for all of us for themselves, taking it out of circulation and storing it in places where it will not have to be shared with anyone.

I have found nothing in my New Testament… nothing in the teachings of Jesus Christ… that would indicate that either the creator or the savior intended it to be that way or that these 85 people are… as some of them have outright claimed… doing “God’s work”.

I find the amazing thing about all this to be the number of ORDINARY people who not only see nothing wrong with it but are more than willing to play a smaller version of the game themselves, hoarding their own nickles and dimes… at least until the sharks at the top of the food chain get around to them and then it too will be gone like a fart in a whirlwind. For some reason, the middle glass still honestly believes that as soon as the poor, the disabled, the elderly have all been dispatched to the poor house or the debtor’s jail or the cemetery… that those same 85 people won’t be coming for the middle class itself next.

That’s the way it works in shark city. First you eat all the little fish. The helpless little minnows that spend so much of their energy just trying to survive they have no strength left over to fight back. Not a lot of meat on a minnow granted but there ARE millions of minnows and all those morsels add up to a pretty good meal before it’s done.

At that point, the middle fish have a choice to make. They can join with the millions of little fish and put things back to rights and insure once again that there’s enough that even if we can’t all be rich, nobody has to go homeless and hungry… or they can toady up to the sharks, counting on them dropping enough crumbs so that the middle fish can continue to live their comfortable little suburban lives with minimum disruption to their ball games, car races and cheapjack reality TV shows as possible.

Believe me, middle class Americans have never had to think too long or hard about which side of THAT equation they wanted to be on. During the 80s and 90s, they managed to make a pretty comfortable living herding little fish into the jaws of the Great Whites on Wall Street in return for their own pristine little lives continuing to run as smoothly as possible. All of a sudden, people who had themselves been raised for at least part of their lives on public assistance… indeed some who until a relatively short time earlier had themselves been raising their own kids with the assistance of the taxpayers… now that it was time to start giving some of it back… suddenly became real righteous about whose money that was and how they earned it and nobody was “entitled” to it but them.

Of course it didn’t help the sudden case of cognitive balloon gas that overwhelmed the senses of your average working class right wing American that at literally every juncture in their mundane little lives there was a Wall Street propagandist more than ready to reinforce the dogma should the faithful begin to falter. They permeated the government, the media, the universities… indeed it was virtually impossible to go for more than a waking hour in any given day without seeing some childishly scribbled misspelled poster or hear some snake oil peddling bought and paid for politician or see some broken down old has been “celebrity” mumbling, “The poor are your enemies. Kill the poor. The poor are your enemies. Kill the poor”.

So they joyously swam around herding the minnows into great shoals and schools where they would be easy pickings for the big dudes and sucking up their crumbs in some kind of weird parody of the shark’s own feeding frenzy and every two, four or six years voted faithfully to renew the patina of respectability emanating from free elections in

But eventually there comes a day when all the little fish have been picked clean. Between the big fish and their middle sized lackeys, they’ve picked those minnows right down to the bare bones, nothing but a bunch of fishy looking little skeletons kinda just drifting around sinking into the primordial ooze. And there’s this weird thing about sharks, you see. They don’t quit being hungry just because the appetizers are all gone. And suddenly the middle sized fish look up at the big fish dons and capos standing there with these little smirks on their faces and they say, “That was great! Who do we go after next, boss?”. “Boss?” “BOSS????”

And that’s when the little tiny light bulb flashes a couple of times in their middle sized fishy heads and they look around to see who the sharks are eyeballing behind them with that hungry look on their faces and there ain’t nobody there. At that point, some of the more literary minded mind find themselves feeling a little “Hemingwayed” as in “Ask not for whom the dinner bell tolls chump. That’s right, it tolls for you.”.

First stage of course, is denial. If the American middle class is good at any one thing above all others it’s denial. They can deny louder and longer than perhaps any other species in the known universe. A shark could gnaw half of one of their legs off and they’d still be denying it was happening. Then comes. “It must be some kind of mistake. They wouldn’t do that to me after all the compromising and ass kissing I’ve been doing this past thirty three years.

That’s the stage we’re in now. They still think all they have to do is send a couple of stern tweets or threaten to vote for someone else three years down the road and the members of that wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries we call our government will do an instant 180 and elect to starve to death (or at least go back to having to live within the means of someone of their arrested mental development) rather than eat the other leg. Right. THAT’S gonna happen.

Nope my middle class friend… you might as well change your name to lunch because your former buddies are still hungry and there ain’t nobody left out there but you. And as I’ve said before, I can’t be sure I’m not going to enjoy… at least just a little bit… seeing you drifting down into the muck here at the bottom of the pond and hearing you crying to the bitter end that it can’t be happening to you because your the MIDDLE CLASS goddammit.

What your forgetting is that once you’ve helped eliminate the lower class, you automatically BECOME the lower class and the only ones that are going to survive the continuing feeding frenzy are those 85 people we spoke about at the top of this piece and they already have it divided up among themselves. Sayonara, sucker!
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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