Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

Mario Piperni on Repug Gumbo

GOP – Bad Reality TV

December 8, 2011 By

This is just about right.

The prospect of Donald Trump moderating a debate is what finally made things click.

It occurred to me the other day as I was leaving a comment elsewhere: if someone had written a TV show and the plot followed the current Republican primary, I would have some serious problems with it. Namely, I would pan the show as unrealistic. A joke. Liberal Hollywood’s parody of what the Republican Party is. Herman Cain? Who the hell acts like that. There is no way that a party would seriously give a serial-adulturing, ideologically muddled, lobbying-compromised former House Leader a shot at the nomination. Hollywood couldn’t devise a more repugnant figure as the potential head of a party that they want nothing to do with.

The degree to which the GOP seems to really be becoming as unhinged as the Democrats always said it was is actually somewhat hard to determine except out of hindsight (if Romney wins the nomination and runs a conventional campaign, this will all be forgotten and the equivalent of an adolescent phase and not any sort of genuine threat to the republic). Indeed, it’s that my entire adult life I have heard over and over again that the GOP is truly unhinged that makes me skeptical that it’s genuinely true, all evidence to the contrary, in a “boy who cried wolf” sort of way. I’m still in wait-and-see mode. If anybody but Romney (or Huntsman or maybe Johnson, haha) gets the nomination, at this point, they will have made their critics case for them. (I am thinking of the GOP as a “they”; this is not a promising sign).

Few people aside from hardcore conservatives view the Republican party’s performance over the last three years and, more specifically, the last three months, as anything other than the antics of an unhinged group of people firmly detached from reality. Herman Cain? Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry? Embarrassing.

There have been few conservatives willing to stand up and call out the madness for what it is in the way that a David Frum or Andrew Sullivan have. Most conservative have allowed their irrational hatred for a centrist Democratic president to become an excuse for taking a drastic hard right turn. How else does one explain allowing a corrupt and unstable nutcase to become the governor of Florida? Or worse, allowing a transparent, self-promoting flim-flam pizza man to spend a month leading the Republican primary field?

One word: unhinged.

LUV Newsletter and Corporate Control


Corporate Crime Reporter (CCR) has a great piece on the double standard of justice for corporations.

Using the Upper Big Branch mining disaster in April of 2010 as an example, CCR shows that despite evidence showing the corporation lied and covered up safety violations leading to the deaths of 29 miners, no corporate executive will be charged with a felony leading to prison time, as would happen to us peasants.

Corporations are allowed to get off, when they are caught killing their employes, with a cash settlement. Their executives consider it worth the risk of a fine as the cost of doing business, since fines don’t cut significantly into profits, and usually they get away with the safety violations so are rarely caught. There is little reason for them to care about safety of their workers. Even with these charges hanging over its head, Massey Energy was able to sell the mine to Alpha Natural Resources earlier this year, because Alpha executives knew they would be let off with a fine and allowed to continue to rake in massive profit, the only thing they care about.

Our corrupt Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people — people with a right to unlimited bribing of candidates for office (unlike mere humans who have campaign limits) and also apparently with a license to kill, as the laws continue to be applied.


Truthout reports this morning that the political group controlled and financed by the billionaire Koch brothers is boasting that it keeps politicians in line repeating the lie that global warming isn’t real, by threatening to “put them in peril” if they should support the environment rather than the 1%.

And billionaire media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is pushing new laws to make it easier to shut down internet sites which are not friendly to corporate greed at any cost to the public interest.

Corporate media consider Russia to be an enemy state, as is their role in our National Security State, which has been trying to restart the Cold War for about a decade, on behalf of the Nuclear Mafia branch of the ruling Forces of Greed. Of course, as with most of what our government does in foreign affairs, deception plays the key role — President Obama and his State Department pretend to want good relations with Russia, even as they encircle Russia with NATO members made from former Warsaw Pact nations and Soviet Republics combined with an ABM system strategic weapons experts tell us we would bomb if Russians tried to build it on our borders.

Corporate media accuse that the recent elections in Russia were fraudulent, censoring out that the Russian people want communism back — they are tired of watching the wealth concentrate into the hands of the greediest, most ruthless, and most corrupt — the capitalist model all over the world today. On Saturday large protests are expected by those who believe the elections were rigged on behalf of the ruling United Russia party. Mikhail Gorbachev has called on officials to annul the results of the vote.

The Russians never had communism, but had always planned to get there, officially. Meanwhile, they put a privileged class in charge, like our privileged class, and called it communism, as our economic system was called capitalism and both sides pretended to be opposites, just as the Democrats and Republicans claim to be somehow different, as they kneel beside each other kissing transnational corporate butt and selling out the American people to transnational investors who don’t give a damn about this country or its people.

Lenin had predicted that capitalism would become the globalist hell it is today in his piece “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism.”

Lenin’s prediction was delayed as long as the world had a large socialist movement, because the ruling Forces of Greed in the capitalist world had to allow the workers to keep a bit of the wealth in order to dissuade them from becoming communists. When the USSR fell, that need no longer existed, and the capitalists set about their globalist schemes to supplant existing democracy with their secretive World Trade Organization, evading environmental laws, labor laws, and moving jobs to child labor, slave labor and prison labor to maximize profit, their only goal.

Of course the oligarchs in Russia, like the oligarchs here, want to keep things as they are, with the rich richer and everybody else going under or trying to keep from going under. Israel Shamir has the best piece we’ve seen on what’s happening in Russia today, here, and we think at LUV News this will impact what happens in the USA over the next decade.  —Jack

The Borowitz Report

Falling in Polls, Romney Considers Adultery

Huddles with Advisors About Possible Affair

CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report)– Troubled by his fading poll numbers, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is considering a bold strategy to reboot his Presidential campaign: engaging in a high-profile extramarital affair.

At a press conference in Concord, New Hampshire, today Mr. Romney confirmed that he was consulting with senior advisors about the best way to proceed with an inappropriate relationship.

“Republican voters have sent the message that they want to vote for an adulterer and I have heard them loud and clear,” he said.  “I promise that I will engage in a world-class extramarital affair that will make all of us proud again.”

According to one senior advisor, the Romney campaign was already holding focus groups and conducting special polling to determine the best person with whom Mr. Romney should conduct his extracurricular dalliance.

And in a sign that Mr. Romney is taking precipitous action to find an object for his adulterous intentions, today his campaign launched a new dating site, SexyTimeWithMitt.com.

But according to one female visitor to the site, Mr. Romney’s nascent career as a would-be lothario is still very much a work in progress: “When I first went on the site and he listed ‘tougher border control’ as one of his turn-offs, and five minutes later it was a turn-on.”

Still, an aide to Mr. Romney maintains that the former Massachusetts governor has “the right stuff” to be a world-class adulterer: “In the focus groups, the two words we kept hearing over and over again were ‘wooden’ and ‘stiff.’”