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First off, Tucker Carlson is a gibbering idiot. This is a fact. What are not facts are the things Carlson spews five nights a week on Fox News. Even Fox News said so, in defending Carlson and itself from a lawsuit accusing Carlson of slander. Carlson didn’t commit slander, the Fox lawyers argued, because no one […]
Last night, Tucker Carlson said, somewhat out of the blue: Tucker Carlson just now: "Why do I care what's going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? … And why shouldn't I root for Russia, which I am" — Sarah Brooks (@Sarah_K_Brooks) November 26, 2019 It has become increasingly obvious to me that Republican leadership looks toward Russia, a country with an economy the size of Texas, and sees heaven. Not only are Republicans willing to tolerate Russia, Republicans increasingly want to turn the United States into Russia. Over the last two weeks, and especially last night, I have seen signs of the first rollout of Republican support of Russia. Why would Republicans look so longingly at a nation so poor in comparison, a nation that essentially can’t bake bread? Well, that part is very easy. Russia specializes in minority rule, and a very very special type of minority rule, oligarchic rule, lawless oligarchic rule. Painted in that coat, now it seems like a match made in heaven, does it not? We have long known that Republicans understood that they had to do everything they could to hold on to power as a minority party: Utilize the electoral college (two of the last 3 Republican presidential terms sprung from a minority vote), suppress votes, gerrymander, decrease immigration to the maximum extent, and stuff the courts with far right judges that will impose far right ideology no matter who occupies the White House or controls Congress. @davidfrum once said, "If the Republicans are faced with a choice of giving up power, or giving up on democracy, they will choose to give up democracy" He knew what he was talking about. They are most dangerous now because they can't win a fair election anymore. — Alameda Mark (@alamedamark) May 28, 2019 The transition has been gradual throughout Trump’s administration. Early on. when the Republican Congress heard that the new president Trump was about to unilaterally lift sanctions on Russia, the Republicans codified those sanctions into law. But in the last year, the Republican Senate approved sanction relief to certain Russian oligarchs and is now adopting Russian talking points on impeachment and the 2016 election. At the start of the Trump administration, the Republicans in Congress knew they had to take away Trump’s ability to do Russia’s bidding. Now Republicans themselves will do Russia’s bidding to preserve Trump. It would seem that Republicans see a natural ally for “minority rule” in Russia, as opposed to the United Kingdom or Canada. If Republicans are going to give up democracy for conservatism, they need allies with similar values. Hence, Republicans, ostensibly the “party of Reagan,” a party that once had a genetic disposition toward opposing all things Russian, now sees a place that is “not so bad.” Tucker Carlson must be charged with exploring the outer edges of “admitting it,” and seeing what happens. Have no doubt, the roll-out acknowledging Russian kinship is a planned event. It likely has been market tested, gamed-out in computer simulations testing different approaches, all that. Russia may be a backward nation in technology and resources, but they are mankind’s preeminent experts in the social sciences regarding population control, media manipulation, propaganda, and intimidation. Minority rule is a dicey proposition because you have to be right every single day, or you […]
I wish Republicans would just settle on one alternative to “anything BUT the guns” causing mass shootings. I have just written that Trump-supporter Tony Perkins insists it is because we teach real science and prevent his idea of prayer in school. Now, Tucker Carlson weighs in to assure us that marijuana contributes to the cause. “In the aftermaths of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the country scrambled, justifiably, to understand what motivated the killers,” said Carlson. “Ideology seemed like an obvious reason and we picked that apart at some length. But it could it just be part of the answer? “A toxicology report on the Dayton shooter, for example, revealed that he had several drugs in his system including cocaine and Xanax. He was also known to be a longtime user of marijuana. It turns out, in fact, that many violent individuals have been avid marijuana users. Is there a connection?” Apparently Carlson believes marijuana contributes more than guns, since he never got around to discussing the gun laws that allow such slaughter. Notice that he never got around to noting that the Dayton shooter did not have marijuana in his system at the time? We only get the second hand assurance that he was “known” to be a longtime user of marijuana. Cocaine and Xanax? A strange choice, at odds with each other, but we presume that people make strange choices, and that is why those of us not under the sway of the gun lobby want much stricter gun laws, precisely because we presume the obvious, guns inevitably fall into the hands of someone “not right.” With respect to El Paso, we need not delve even that deep, because the El Paso murderer went out of his way to assure us as to what motivated him. Apparently we aren’t supposed to talk about the disgusting views about immigrants propounded by Trump. Tucker was not done: “I don’t think it’s going way out on a limb to draw that connection then between cannabis use, particularly I assume chronic use and acts of violence,” You are going much further out on that limb than you need. “Why is this not something that we’re pursuing more aggressively?” Because most of us prefer to stay aggressive on the one cause we can really do something about? Keeping guns out of the hands of all people disturbed enough to murder fellow citizens. Regardless, influential Republicans seem chock-full of answers to the mass-shooting epidemic. They just cannot seem to agree with each other, except for agreement that gun laws that keep guns off the street is not something to be discussed. They are becoming increasingly complicit. **** Peace, y’all Jason firstname.lastname@example.org, and come aboard the Twitter Train, @MiciakZoom
Hoo boy — the stupid, it burns…. Luckily, Twitter was on duty:
Ibiza is an Island in the Balearic chain off the coast of Western Spain, that has long had a reputation for hedonism, expensive mai tais, casual sand sex and binge drinking. A party destination for the youth set, sort of like Europe’s answer to Cozumel, only pricier. Tucker Carlson knows this, being an heir to the Swanson Food fortune, whose own biological mother left him with his father at age the tender age of six to pursue what Wikipedia euphemistically calls “a Bohemian lifestyle.” Make of that what you will. Although Tucker probably has extensive knowledge of Ibzia, I doubt his core audience does, so he probably set off a mad run on the Google Machine with this mini rant on abortion on his show. Yes, yes Tucker, women are showing up desperate to Planned Parenthood to endure abortion so they can fit into their bikinis for the summer season at Ibzia. Is that where mommy went, sad boy? What a malicious, lying little shit you are. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
If a wandering space traveler came back to Earth once every ten years or so, on a routine reconnaissance, say for a periodical called, “The Lightyear,” I can only imagine her astonishment at the difference between what emanates from the Oval Office in 2009 and 2019. Obama was a “cool dad” on Twitter and his mentions of things like national emergencies were confined to the swine flu epidemic and issues of unquestioned urgency — not made up invasions by non existent forces, for the purpose of ginning up his base of supporters. Obama was technically the first social media president, because the technology didn’t really exist for any other president, prior to his time. All that has totally changed. Now we have a *resident whose highest literary expression, and philosophical depth, is to be found in 280 characters or less, replete with raging caps and exclamation points. He has honest to God said on Twitter, “I fancy myself something of a writer,” in response to which a real writer, J.K. Rowling, burned him to the ground. This weekend’s rage fest on Twitter, in the wake of the Fox News troubles, is vintage Trump. And make no mistake about it’s meaning: Trump is simultaneously defending his side and escalating the war, after two of his generals, Tucker Carlson and Jeannine Pirro, were struck down in combat in the same week — and for who knows how long. Double explosions happened within days of one another. Tucker Carlson was publicly censored when Media Matters dug up tapes from his shock jock days, wherein he endorsed sex with underage girls, just as long as they were married. Carlson and Fox News found themselves on the receiving end of ad cancellations, so Carlson went on a vacation, which Sean Hannity assured the world was already planned. Here’s a few snippets if you missed the Carlson debacle. “Wait, wait! Hold on a second. The rapist, [read “husband”] in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.” Along the same lines, he defended Warren Jeffs, saying that charges against him were “bullshit” because “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.” Carlson also had plenty of awful things to say about women in general. At one point, for example, he said he feels sorry for Justice Elena Kagan, who at that point had been nominated for the Supreme Court. “I feel sorry for her in that way. I feel sorry for unattractive women. I mean it’s nothing they did.” He also said women are “like dogs” because “they hate weakness” and “they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic.” He also called Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” Carlson feels sorry for Justice Kagan and there is no question in my mind but that she returns the sentiment — in spades. Then, the next bomb landed on “Judge” Jeannine Pirro (or she pulled the pin on the grenade and blew herself up, depending upon your viewpoint.) Pirro actually had the hubris to question a sitting congresswoman’s patriotism. Here’s a catch-up. “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Ms. Pirro said. […]
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