Sunday, July 31, 2011

Democratic Blunderground strikes again

Now DU is censoring any user who opposes the latest version of the debt ceiling deal. You know, the version that gives the Tea Parties every last thing they wanted.

Sometimes you can't write crazier fiction than the facts!

It's "buy, buy, buy!" at PBS

A key purpose of public broadcasting is to free the airwaves of corporate influence and censorship. But unless the government acts, PBS will soon be indistinguishable from corporate TV and the loudmouths who populate it.

For years, PBS has violated FCC rules that prohibit advertising on noncommercial stations. A network that was once free of ads began including commercials between shows a long time ago. I was disheartened one day to find one of our local PBS member stations displaying foodstuffs swirling in a mixing bowl (much like a flushing toilet) as a corporate logo flashed on the screen. It was as if I was watching the commercial break in a bad sitcom. It's a fact that such ads on PBS run afoul of FCC regulations, as member stations are designated for strictly noncommercial use. Not like the FCC does anything about it like they should.

But it's about to get a whole lot worse! (That's been the story of the past 30 years, hasn't it?)

Now PBS has announced that soon they're going to start including commercial breaks during shows - not just single brief ads between shows.

And the FCC and Congress refuse to do shit about it.

Yet the do-nothing Congress can't understand why they only have a 12% approval rating.

I hope Mister Rogers comes back to life and mails a used piece of toilet paper to PBS.


Suspicious fire destroys Democratic HQ

Yesterday, a suspicious fire consumed the We Are Wisconsin office in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We Are Wisconsin is a Democratic organizing group involved in upcoming recall elections.

The fire burned all day and threatened nearby buildings.

I don't even need to tell you this is almost certainly arson. There's a story like this every few years that always turns out to be arson - without fail - like when the antiwar activists' house burned down in Virginia.

The Republicans don't care about the ballot box. They go straight to the match box. We've seen it before.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

College GOP hogged vans to keep students from voting

So when are the indictments gonna come?

It's now been revealed that the College Republicans chapter at the University of Maine at Farmington suppressed the vote in the 2010 election. The group reserved university vans on Election Day and then parked them in a Wal-Mart lot so they couldn't be used to take students to the polls.

Who is claiming this? Why, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party is! Maine GOP head Charlie Webster bragged to the press that the college GOP goon squad misused the vans. "Guess what happened in 2010?" Webster gloated to a newspaper. "The buses didn't run on Election Day because we had the College Republicans reserve them early and on Election Day we took them over and parked them in the Wal-Mart parking lot."

Meanwhile, Webster is suppressing the vote himself by gathering lists of college students who voted in Maine and demanding that the Maine Secretary of State investigate them for voter fraud just because they voted. This despite the fact that the Symm v. United States ruling and other federal laws give students the right to vote where they attend school.

You know something? All the Democrats need to do in the next election is run on the fact the Republicans regularly suppress the vote, and they've probably won. Not like it matters, as long as they keep compromising with the GOP on everything else - but that's another story.

It's also telling that Kentucky became more Republican right after The Media launched a crusade that ended the practice of transporting folks to polls in Democratic areas. This campaign, however, was not targeted at right-wing churches transporting voters. So we need to hold The Media responsible for its share of vote suppression.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Lawn Chair Quarterback: "Private Property"

Ever notice how little public property there is left?

In my day, it wasn't like this. But after the nationwide hard freeze of 28 years of tyranny and greed, it seems like hardly any public land remains.

Our latest 'LCQ' explores the greed-driven land run that shuts out the working poor...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tea Party leader arrested over pirated software

When you see stories like this, not only does it set the bar even higher for what right-wing stupidity even gets noticed, but it also calls into question how they're funding their activities.

The president of the Grand Strand Tea Party in South Carolina was arrested Tuesday for selling pirated software ranging from Photoshop to Rosetta Stone language packages. He was caught when somebody purchased Rosetta Stone programs from him on Craigslist only to discover they were counterfeit. The Tea Party dude then refused to refund what the buyer paid.


So the Tea Party movement isn't just a fascist cult. It's also being bankrolled by criminal activity. I bet most of what they do that isn't being paid for by the Kochs, the taxpayers, or the Republican National Committee is being funded by scams like selling bogus software. Authorities should now be on notice to keep an eye out for Tea Party expenditures and to follow the money trail to see where it leads.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Lawn Chair Quarterback: "It's Itching Powder!"

No time for a big description of this 'LCQ' installment. The lighting is poor and the air conditioning is too loud, because it had to be recorded in the living room due to the heat - but I'm sure you'll get a few laughs out of these recollections of a time-honored sitcom prank...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Have no fear, ish #462 is here!

There can be only one Last Word!

MSNBC may have a show now called 'The Last Word', but when you mention The Last Word in Campbell County, Kentucky, everybody knows you're talkin' about the fanzine of freedom that utterly beginned 18 years ago.

The Last Word has now published issue #462, which gives insightful commentary about these timely topics...

• The hypocrisy and decadence of Osama bin Laden and his American counterparts in the Tea Party movement.

• Serial scamming by a major electronics merchant.

• Ron Johnson's humiliation.

• Rejection of bailout dough for a local developer.

• A right-wing politician who vandalized a legislative chamber's ornate furnishings.

• And more!

So peep, weep, and oggle-beep...

Harkin's home run

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) finally went there.

Now, I was a Harkin man in the '92 primary for Leader of the Free World. The Tom Harkin of 1992 was tough: He called Republican policies "bullshit", and he was big on trying to pull funding from illegal wars. If Harkin was the nominee then, I might not have ever been forced out of the Democratic Party. Just think, the Democrats might still be the Democrats!

Evidently, the Tom Harkin of 2011 is no wimp either. Today, he said that the Republicans have become a "cult driven by a singular fixation and obsession: preserving tax breaks for the wealthy at all costs."

He said it, not me. A "cult."

One of the most durable and loved public figures in this fine land just called the Republican Party a "cult." It wasn't a poorly funded blog or some nobody walking down the street who said this. It was 5-term Sen. TOM HARKIN who said this!

I'd already started to believe the GOP might be a cult. But if I'd said it, it wouldn't have the same impact as a U.S. senator saying it, right? So what woulda been the point in me saying it?

Are the Republicans a cult? Well, they do have their own lingo. And they're not allowed to trust anybody outside their elitist fold. They pretty much all listen to the same right-wing radio and TV shows that reinforce their ideas. It's not much less of a cult than Jonestown or Pathway Family Center was.

What other conclusion can we make when somebody supports harmful candidates and public policies just because a talk radio station told them to support them? The GOP today isn't built solely on mob rule by the rich. The Republicans wouldn't have the support they have if they didn't at least get SOMEBODY to vote for them who would be hurt by their policies. Hell, I was afraid to leave my high school even when I knew it was harming me, so think what a whole political party can do.

I think Tom Harkin just hit a home run by calling the GOP a "cult." What he said needs to be repeated.

When recession Presidents get reelected

An interesting thought about electoral politics occurred to me today.

In my lifetime, EVERY President of the U.S. and A. who's been reelected has done so during a recession. Every single one. That's 3 times, for those of you who are counting.

Reagan was reelected in '84 during the recession he caused. Clinton was reelected in '96 during what turned out to be the early stage of the recession that Bush later worsened. Dictator Bush even won in '04! All 3 elections were won by a guy who had some role in causing or worsening the recession - though Clinton's role was defined largely by him caving to everything Congress wanted and paying heed to unreliable pollsters and self-serving consultants. It's hard to say the same of Obama, because his stimulus package created more jobs in 2 years than were created in the previous 14 years.

A more worrisome difference is that The Media generally denied there was a recession in 1996 and 2004. These days, they're making damn sure we know there is one - as if we can't figure it out ourselves. Fact is, however, that things are better in America now than they were 3 years ago.

Surely, Obama is beatable - but I think he'll win again. I won't guarantee it, of course. And after the polls were so far off in 2010, I can't place even a speck of faith in them even if they had him ahead by 30%. But the Republican field is uproariously weak. Every major candidate the GOP has is a known quantity, and people don't like them. With the Republicans lately bonded by their intent to place the government in default, they're just digging themselves in deeper. Regardless of electoral performance, the truth of the matter is that the Republicans have not gained actual public support in years. You know it as well as I do, so let's not kid ourselves here.

I don't know how that will affect elections in 2012. With the Citizens United ruling still not repealed, it's questionable whether we even have free and fair elections. And there's lots of politicians who have very little actual support, but they still get elected. Isn't that right, Geoff Davis?

I also don't know what effect the current media scandals - such as Fox's hacking of 9/11 victims' phones - will have. The Media likes to build narratives to favor Republicans, but I can't imagine that the News Corp scandal would actually help their cause.

The biggest enemy might not be the GOP nominee - but The Media.

Tea Party assaults Oregon activists

The Media won't cover this story. So we must.

The violent criminals who compose the Tea Party movement committed yet another assault - this time in Roseburg, Oregon. When a peaceful group of locals gathered at a park a few days ago for a MoveOn-sponsored rally, they were met by teagaggers who promptly began disrupting the event.

When the MoveOn folks left, the teagaggers then followed them home and trespassed on their property. Police had to be called, and now there may be legal action against the assailants.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Reporter who exposed News Corp found dead

The title of this entry is all you need to know about how the right-wing media machine takes care of those who blow the whistle on them.

Sean Hoare - a London-based journalist who first exposed the illegal phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation (which owns Fox News) - has just been found dead in his home.

The body count comprised of those who challenged the right-wing order expands. Meanwhile, the murder of anti-Bush author J.H. Hatfield is still unsolved. In fact, Hatfield's murder took place 10 years ago today.


Town suppresses "new organizations"

Town officials in Gould, Arkansas, don't seem to have received the memo that the era of a Bush-style command state enforced at the end of a battering ram is supposed to be over.

The town has now approved a law that bans the formation of "new organizations" without city council's consent. You read that correctly: If you want to start any type of organization, you must get the city's permission first. The ordinance reads, "'No new organizations shall be allowed to exist within the city of Gould without approval from majority of the city council." It also bans unauthorized meetings between townspeople and the mayor.

The mayor vetoed the measure because it is of course unconstitutional - but city council plans to override his veto. Plus, when the city attorney warned that the law was unconstitutional, city council tried to fire him.

So if you want to form an Elks chapter or a Pablo Cruise fan club in the town of Gould, be forewarned. City council is watching you.

This law likely will be ruled unconstitutional, but lately the right-wing establishment has admitted that they think the Constitution is expendable, so they don't really care. News Corpse (the folks behind the ongoing hacking scandal) helped get these extremists "elected", so what do you expect?


Friday, July 15, 2011

Want to hold a convention? Then pay for it!

Isn't the country supposed to be broke?

Then why is the Republican Party demanding $55,000,000 in federal taxpayer money for security at their 2012 convention in Tampa?

While the Republicans have their hands out asking for dough for the convention, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (supposedly a Democrat) is of course happy to oblige. "Without that money, we would have almost an impossible task trying to put this on," he warned.

Then don't. If the Republicans aren't willing to pay for their own convention, then they shouldn't have one. Simple as that.

Why would you even want a Republican convention in your town? Every GOP convention leaves its respective city a wreck. If the town isn't littered with vomit and discarded signs with state names on them, it always ends up having to pay for the lawsuits that result when the city inevitably arrests anybody who dares to exercise their free speech by protesting the convention.

There's no money for Medicare or veterans benefits, but there's enough money to provide $55,000,000 in security for some has-been politicians to go on TV and talk about "Smash Mouth politics"? I guess since the Republicans think they're "messengers of God", they think they can make the rest of the country pay for everything they do.

Then again, taxpayers already pay for everything they do as it is.


Lawn Chair Quarterback: "The 5 Scowl"

Allow me to introduce something I call the 5 scowl - from the board game Trouble (or any other game that uses a single dice).

We all knew sore losers growing up. When they appeared to be losing at a game, they always accused opponents of cheating.

I'm talking about kids who threw the game across the room when their opponent rolled a 6. But when their opponent rolled a 5, the 5 scowl was often seen.

Here's how it worked: Player A rolls a 5. Player B whines that they cheated. Player A then scowls at Player B after being accused of cheating. I know the 5 scowl and the bogus cheating accusations are as pointless as arguing over misheard lyrics in a long-awaited music release, but some peeps had strange priorities in my day.

These sore losers are grown now. They're called Republicans...

I'm sure the Republicans prefer Headache over Trouble though - because the pieces in Headache are shaped like the pointed cowl of their hoods.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Newt says Supreme Court isn't mentioned in Constitution

"The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish." --U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 1

It's not even dusk, and this is already today's second "Did they really say that?" moment - after bubble gum connoisseur Mitch McConnell criticized the concept of elections.

Newt Gingrich - the elder statesman of GOP fascism - now says the Supreme Court isn't even mentioned in the Constitution. At a speech in Iowa, the egotistical asshole proclaimed, "There is no Supreme Court in the American Constitution."

Yes there is, Newt, you idiot. It says in plain English that the powers of the federal judiciary "shall be vested in one Supreme Court" in addition to lower courts. Read the Constitution sometime, Newt.

Gingrich's larger point though was that Congress can and should bar the Supremes from reviewing laws passed by Congress. Um, no. It doesn't work that way. It's called separation of powers, dumbass.

He also falsely claims that the judicial branch is supposed to be the weakest of Uncle Sam's 3 branches. Wrong again. The 3 branches are supposed to be coequal. Since 1995, the legislative branch (largely because of Gingrich) has been by far the most corrupt in aggregate. Why would the Constitution give it more power than other branches?

Gingrich's proposal for unchecked legislative activism isn't sparkling new. GOP presidential frontrunner Michele Bachmann has backed it too, and it goes at least as far back as the '80s when Jesse Helms proposed it. Despite not being a member of Congress, right-wing former Alabama Chief Justice and serial laughingstock Roy Moore ghostwrote a 2004 bill that would have gutted judicial review in church-state separation cases. This bill would have even overturned existing laws and impeached judges who backed separation of church and state.

I think the even larger issue is the phenomenon that seems to be almost unique to modern America: mob rule by elites. Money has corrupted our electoral system so thoroughly that the outcome of elections often moves us further and further from the ideals of democratic republicanism. The system is largely one of right-wingers yelling, claiming to represent us (although they don't), and not giving up until they get their way.

Newt and his Republican revolutionaries of the '90s are the Tea Parties of today - mob rule by the rich.

Elections won't become elections again until money gets out of the system. We can start by ending corporate personhood.


Those big, mean elections are scaring Mitch McConnell

How did my state manage to elect this idiot - 5 times, no less?

Senate GOP head honcho Mitch McConnell said today that we should rewrite the Constitution because elections haven't worked. He feels we should amend the Constitution to force outcomes favorable to conservatives, because the people keep electing folks who aren't right-wing enough for him.

Mitch the Glitch endorsed the proposed balanced budget amendment - because he thinks it's still 1989 when people still gave a shit about it. He seethed, "No more games. No more gimmicks. The Constitution must be amended to keep the government in check. We've tried persuasion. We've tried negotiations. We've tried elections. Nothing has worked."

"We've tried elections"??? Did he really say that???

In other words, he's mad because elections prove that the public doesn't want his balanced budget amendment. Doesn't he grasp that?

Why doesn't the public want it? Well, every so often - and on an increasing basis as long as Republicans are in charge - there's a little thing called a recession. It's an economic emergency that requires the government to spend more of our money than it takes in. Besides, over the past 21 years, America has been at war just as often as not. These wars were entered into by Republican regimes. Wars cost money.

When the GOP dominated everything in the 2000s, I don't think they'd have cut war spending if we had a balanced budget amendment. They'd have slashed other programs for sure.

On the other hand, if we had a balanced budget amendment, the Republicans would be the first ones to violate it. They've become synonymous with fiscal mismanagement, as deficits have always worsened under their watch. The only time we might appear to need this amendment is when they're running things!

We want a balanced budget - not an amendment. Unfortunately, the Gingrich/Bush recession has made deficit spending a necessary evil.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Government in default? Are they really this crazy?

An observation about the debt ceiling talks...

Is the Republican Party of today actually crazy enough to allow the government to go into default? Remember, a default would not only be unconstitutional, but it would also cost seniors and others their Social Security payments for at least a month. And it would cost veterans their benefits.

Yes, I do believe the GOP has become that crazy. Just look at the rise of Michele Bachmann. She's leading in the Iowa caucus now!

The Republicans are now crazy enough that they think everybody else - not them - is crazy.

It's just like Brossart sending kids to CPH for challenging them when actually Brossart is who's crazy. It's exactly like that.

If the government goes into default, it may turn out to be the last thing the Republicans ever do. That may well be the end of their history as a major party.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Lawn Chair Quarterback: "Just For Mitt"

If I was a gambler, I'd wager that Mitt Romney uses Just for Men.

Maybe Just for Men should be renamed to Just for Men Who Don't Understand the Economy. Romney - the embattled Republican presidential hopeful - has proven he has no better understanding of the economy than John McCain had. That says a lot, for McCain is the man who hired PHIL GRAMM as his economic adviser.

PHIL FREAKIN' GRAMM, of all people!!! Hiring Phil Gramm as an economic adviser is like hiring Rush Limbaugh as drug czar.

Memo to my readers: Do not vote for a party whose presidential nominee hires Phil Gramm for any position related to economics (or anything else).

If a touch of gray means experience, then Mitt Romney shouldn't have a single gray hair. Honestly, what has Romney done in life, before he became an unpopular one-term governor? I've been a writer, a librarian, a cartographer, and computer programmer. What's Romney been? I sure as shit don't know!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

GOP candidate wants to bar homeless from voting

The Republicans have completely lost it. They don't say anything with a damn bit of smarts or sense anymore.

A man who gave me free firewood (i.e., his campaign literature) while I was monitoring a laughably feeble Tea Party rally now wants to prohibit the homeless from voting.

Bill Johnson - a Tea Party-backed race-baiter who is now the Republican nominee for Kentucky Secretary of State (and is trailing in polls badly) - has shared with the press his wacky ideas on electoral republicanism.

For decades, Kentucky has had a process for allowing the homeless to vote. Indeed, the U.S. Constitution guarantees the homeless the same right to vote as everybody else. In Kentucky, if the homeless can't provide a fixed address, they are registered in the precinct where the county clerk's office is. Makes sense, since the homeless are most likely to live in central cities.

But Bill Johnson grumbled, "If an address cannot be determined, then a person should not be allowed to vote. It's that simple."

Um, state law and the Constitution say they have a right to vote, Bill. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. If I become homeless between now and November, do you honestly think I'd stay home from the polls? I'm an American, and I will vote. I fought too hard for my rights to have Bill Johnson take them away.

This is the Republicans' next step towards instituting a property requirement for voting. Tennessee has almost done exactly that. I'll be damned if I'm gonna let anybody take my right to vote away just because I'm not enough of an aristocrat to actually own any real property. I work too hard to lose my rights. If they want to take me to jail for daring to vote, let them.

Damn. The Republicans are just completely batshit.


Monday, July 4, 2011

They finally admit it: They don't care about the Constitution

Ladies and gentlemen, adults of all ages, the extreme right has just crossed a major frontier.

They've now reached the point where they no longer hide what they really think about the Constitution. They've finally become comfortable coming right out and saying what they really think.

There have been other public displays of constitutional contempt in recent years, but I don't remember any that were this public, and whose source was so unashamed about elaborating on their disgust at constitutional liberties. Marc Racicot and right-wing editorialists at the Harvard Crimson have nothing on this guy.

The culprit is some nobody who wrote a column recently for Louisiana State University's Daily Reveille. The title of the piece is..."Welfare drug testing bill warrants Fourth Amendment override." The article is about exactly that.

They really are infatuated with this issue, aren't they? It's just like how last year they were obsessed with the "Ground Zero mosque."

"Fourth Amendment override." Think about that for a moment. Think about what those words mean. That's batshit.

The column comes right out and says what other right-wingers haven't had the unmitigated temerity to say publicly yet: It says the Fourth Amendment is basically bunk, and that it just flat-out doesn't apply to anybody who gets government assistance. This dumb loser says welfare recipients "cannot expect to have full privacy rights."

Where does the Constitution say that, genius? If the Bill of Rights was intended to exclude an entire class of people, wouldn't it say so?

I guess we can expect such open scorn for the Constitution from somebody who writes columns praising Michele Bachmann.

"Fourth Amendment override." That's where the conservative movement is at in 2011. "Fourth Amendment override."

Happy Fourth of July.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Taxpayers stuck with $12M climate change bill

If this doesn't prod the public to fight the corporate criminals who deny climate change, what will?

Cincinnati experienced more rainfall in the first half of the year than it usually does in a WHOLE year. Now, if you're familiar with Cincinnati, you can only imagine what that must be like. This is the city where they call it a "drought" if there's a single day without rain. This is the town where - even in a "dry" year - when it rains, it rains, and then it rains some more. Nobody who's spent their lives in Cincinnati has ever seen a real drought, so getting double the average rainfall is going to create problems.

Because of this year's record-shattering monsoons, local taxpayers are stuck with a bill of at least $12,000,000 to repair the damage. Key among this climate change carnage is washed-out bridges, buckled roads, and washed-away hillsides.

It's your money, Jo(e) Sixpack. What are you and I going to do about it?

We're better than the spoiled babies on Facebook who groan about "their" tax dollars going to services for the poor who truly need it. If you want to complain about where tax money goes, we should be marching in the streets that the climate change denial cult has cost us so much.

Local governments should use eminent domain to seize property as collateral from big corporations responsible for climate change. This would surely be constitutional, as constitutional rights are not supposed to protect corporations. Corporations have one right only: to sit down, shut up, and stay out of our way.

To not require corporations to reimburse taxpayers for the $12,000,000 that climate change has cost just in this area this year is in effect a $12,000,000 handout for corporations that caused this climate change. If our public officials don't support making the taxpayers whole, then maybe it's because they love corporations so much that they're willing to take our hard-earned money to "help them out."

Friday, July 1, 2011

Book burners still burnin' books

"This chapter tells our 3rd-graders they have a voice and they should get involved."

A parent in Frederick, Maryland, said that regarding a social studies textbook. That statement sounds like a positive review of the book - not a negative critique.

But the person who said that happens to be a right-wing nut - who is trying to have the book yanked from the local school system, simply because it appears to teach our young people that they have a voice.

So I guess the book burners think we're supposed to teach kids that they're property, not people. It's obvious that's what they want.

I wish somebody told me when I was in 3rd grade that I had a voice. I would have turned out to be a much better and smarter citizen much earlier. The only voice I thought I had when I was in 3rd grade was the desperate cry that accompanied getting paddled at school. Insight and civics were dirty words in these parts. Children were treated as property.

I'm a working man, and I'm breaking my back to do right for my country. I'll be damned if I'm going to let a bunch of right-wing control freaks deprive America's young people of the knowledge of their constitutional rights.

Tea Party sedition and class warfare in Mississippi

The Tea Parties are like an onion of open sedition against the Constitution: They're layers and layers of unconstitutionality wrapped around a core of sheer evil.

Lately, they've anchored their ship largely to one issue: drug testing of government workers and welfare recipients. As a "small government" movement, you'd think the Tea Parties would be against such a policy, right? Well, guess again.

In addition to drug tests being unconstitutional, hardly anybody in the real world supports it. But the Tea Parties and the Republicans have hitched their lives to it because they want to energize the fascist base. America does not have free and fair elections. It has mob rule by the rich.

More to the point, they think you can repeal constitutional rights with a voter referendum. No, it doesn't work that way. This is supposed to be a constitutional republic, not a pure democracy. Pure democracy was one of the things the Constitution's framers opposed. If that's what we had, a handful of states would be invading other states to impose their antiquated laws on an unwilling public.

Be on the lookout for the Mississippi Gulf Coast 912 Project - one of the teabaggingest of the teabagging groups. As an example of their scumbaggery, they call it the 912 Project in an attempt to exploit 9/11 and paint opponents as unpatriotic. Now they're sponsoring a statewide referendum in Mississippi that - if approved by voters in 2012 - would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require all state workers and welfare recipients to take a drug test.

If they asked me to sign their petition to get their referendumb on the ballot, they're walking on the fighting side of me. If there's one valuable lesson I've learned over the years, it's this: In America, you obey the U.S. Constitution. You have no right to deny somebody else's constitutional rights. None.

Worse, this measure would require the person being tested to pay for the drug tests themselves. For state workers, the cost would be docked from their salary. Also, the proposed referendum is full of misspellings.

I believe that before referendums even appear on a ballot, courts should have the power to initiate a case to remove the measure if it's unconstitutional. Our small-r republican system is the glue that bonds a free people, and I favor reasonable safeguards that curtail rule by those such as the teabaggers who lack the moral capacity to govern according to constitutional tenets.

Mississippi has a major geographic characteristic that many other states lack: It abuts international waters. Since the Mississippi Gulf Coast 912 Project hates the Constitution so much, why don't they move to a ship in the Gulf of Mexico so they can start their own country? I think there's a very simple reason why they don't. They'd prefer to whine about America being so unfair to them - and impose their goofy views on the country as a whole.

The Tea Parties are enemies of the working class, enemies of the poor, enemies of science, enemies of the Constitution, and enemies of America. I've always been told that if fascism came to America, it would be wrapped in the flag and waving the Bible. Well, the Tea Parties fit the bill.

If they fuck with me, that could be the biggest mistake they ever made. Do not underestimate me. Because I happen to believe in all 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights - if you catch my drift.

Lawn Chair Quarterback: "Billy Joel Looks Like An Old Man"

Isn't it weird how the musical giants of my day all seem to have aged?

I used to think famous singers and musicians who you heard on the radio were superhuman. I didn't think they had any regular lives outside the music world. I thought they were immortal and invincible. But then somebody told me Eddie Money used to be a cop, and it was only then that I realized that singers were once regular peeps.

And - on a totally different subject - isn't it strange how Florida is so right-wing when it's surrounded by international waters where the right-wingers could just anchor a ship and start their own country? Weird, huh?

Our latest 'LCQ' talks about these phenomena...

Looney Toomey thinks the Internet might break

Fascist Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) isn't known for smarts.

His ignorance of how the Internets (sic) works ranks right up there with all the whack-a-doodles who either claimed the First Amendment didn't apply to the Internet or insisted it applied to things it didn't apply to. (Usually they claimed both.)

Toomey is throwing an absolute shitfit over federal bills that are being proposed to keep companies from tracking folks on the Internet. He says these bills might "break the Internet."

I'm gonna pause here to let the stupidity of that statement sink in.

This is the same Pat Toomey who once headed the nutso Club for Growth. Founded in 1999, the Flub for Growth has borrowed much of its propaganda methodology from the Third Reich. Namely, it calls everything the exact opposite of what it is. To them, "growth" is actually corporate greed. The only thing the Club for Growth wants to grow is corporate power and class warfare.

The Club for Sloth is so extreme that it referred to Mike Huckabee as the "liberal governor of Arkansas."

The only thing that's "breaking the Internet" is having to keep writing about the serial idiocy of the current bumper crop of right-wing nutcases. The less support they have, the dumber they keep getting. The vibrations from the resulting laughter are probably snapping phone lines.