Monthly Archives: December 2012

LUV News on Cliff Bullshit

HAVE WE FALLEN OFF THE FISCAL CLIFF YET?

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Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner notified Congress yesterday that we will hit the debt ceiling on New Years Eve, as we slide toward the edge of the very scary fiscal cliff.  This appears to be one last attempt to convince Congress to accept President Obama’s austerity program.

The latest polling shows that corporate media have been successful in convincing the masses we have to all sacrifice what little goes to the American people from their taxes in order to maintain the massive tax breaks for the transnational investors and corporations who now pay a tiny fraction of what they paid fifty years ago, coupled with a thousand foreign military bases, numerous wars, massive corporate welfare and other untouchable programs the masses are not supposed to notice, as fear is stoked about a fiscal cliff.  Our mass media seem to be shamelessly saying, “quick, grab grandma’s cat food,” and about half the population has bought the scam.

Send in the Clowns

Buffoons, Souls and a New Year

December 31, 2012 By

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Jon Huntsman still remains one of the few remaining rational Republicans out there willing to call out the emperor for wearing no clothes.

“The party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place. We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based and doesn’t believe in math.”

With the fiscal cliff deadline a few hours away, it appears that Republicans are ending the year in the same manner they started each of the last four – creating needless crisis after crisis as they cater to the ridiculous and irresponsible elements of their party. Unfortunately, Huntsman’s words will fall on deaf ears as the GOP is determined to carry their vaudeville act into the new year.

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I couldn’t end the year without posting for an entire week. I’d like to say I’ve been relaxing and enjoying the break away from politics and blogging but the truth is I’ve been ill for the last while. Not a great way to end the year but, hey, it is what it is. I’ll soon recover and regular programming will continue on this site.

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a wonderful, prosperous and healthy New Year. Thank you for supporting this site as you do and I look forward to another year of illustrations and sharing political thought with all of you.

Be safe.

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Humor: The Borowitz Report

A Holiday Letter from John Boehner

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) released the following holiday letter to the American people:

Dear American People:

It’s Speaker Boehner here, writing my first and last ever holiday letter to you. Why am I doing this after all of these years, you might ask? Well, I won’t mince words. I’ve started drinking a little early this Christmas.

Yes, I’m sitting here in my man-cave, panelled in mahogany the color of me, doing a rack of Canadian Club shooters and smoking my way through a carton of Lucky Strikes as if they were the last Twinkies in creation. If my chief of staff knew that I was writing to you while I was this polluted, he’d shit a phone book. But guess what? I don’t fucking care anymore.

You see, this will be my last Christmas as Speaker of the House, all because a cabal of Tea Party miscreants in the House of Representatives doesn’t think I’m a ginormous enough asshole for their taste. Who’s more to their liking? Virginia’s own Eric Cantor. As a waiter might say at an all-you-can-eat shit buffet, “Excellent choice.” How odious is Eric Cantor? Let me put it this way: when we have to speak to the press, I actually prefer to stand next to Mitch McConnell.

What will life be like under Speaker of the House Eric Cantor? Well, he’s the guy who recommended cuts in disaster funding just hours after tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri. Nice. And it was his “never met a dick-measuring contest I didn’t like” pathology that helped create last year’s debt-ceiling crisis. You can’t put a price tag on a performance like that. Well, actually you can: it cost the country nineteen billion dollars. Starting to miss me already, aren’t you? Fuck you.

So have a very Eric Cantor Christmas, America, and as that smug four-eyed sociopath drives the entire nation off the cliff, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now leave me alone, God damn you. Damn you all to hell.

Happy Holidays,

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The Decline and Fall…

Is America in Decline?

It is if we keep letting lawmakers be bought…

America sucks.

It hasn’t always. But it does right now. And it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can change it…

Of course, some people won’t agree with me. They’ll say it’s the greatest nation on earth. The freest. Home of the brave.

To them I ask: Would the freest nation on earth publicly execute a wheelchair-bound double amputee at a home for the mentally ill?

It happened last week in Houston. The courageous men in blue there opened fire on the man who was wielding a pen after he demanded a cigarette and a soda.

This guy had one arm and one leg and was mentally ill. Houston cops shot him in the head.

How brave they were. How free we are.

Six Michigan police fired 46 bullets at a mentally ill homeless man in July.

Michigan’s finest, well-trained, and noble officers hit the man 11 times — with fewer than 25% of their shots.

Two of those fine Michigan men have been reprimanded; one has been demoted. Their names were not released.

These are the kind of militarized morons policing our country. Protecting us no more, their job is to instill fear and keep the populace at bay.

But that’s how it is, isn’t it? A veil of secrecy has been erected between the government (and its enforcers) and the people.

You vote for a candidate who pledges to do X or to repeal Y, and what do you get? Nothing. Their agenda is their own, formulated at the request of the highest bidder, meant only to further entrench their power and line their pockets…

Big Pharma. Big Retail. Big Tobacco. Big Health Care. Big Oil. Big Agriculture. Big Banks. Big Government.

Take Two Every 8 Hours, Stay Off Drugs

Prescription pills kill 140,000 people every year in the United States, severely injure one million, and send two million to the hospital.Big Pharma

Side effects include brain damage, stroke, pulmonary disease, cardiac arrest, perforated ulcers, cancer, liver failure, and addiction.

Those are legal drugs.

Illegal drugs kill about 5,000 Americans per year, mostly from cocaine and heroine.

Tell me, on which drugs should we wage a war?

The facts are clear. But Big Government and Big Pharma — which spends $100 million per year lobbying (bribing) politicians — can’t get a cut from the “bad” drugs.

So 1.5 million Americans are locked up each year for illegal drug-related crimes, while Big Pharma drug reps make great livings taking doctors out for expensive lunches every day so they push their pills.

And 80% of those 1.5 million arrests are for possession, so those fine cops mentioned earlier aren’t even getting the distributors.

What’s more, 44% of possession arrests are for marijuana — which kills no one — rather than for the harder stuff that does.

Yet since the 1980s over a quarter-trillion of your taxes have gone to fight a war on drugs that kills millions fewer people than the legal ones executives and congressmen are profiting from.

Drug dealing isn’t drug dealing when it’s state sanctioned.

To quote Gerald Celente, whose book What Zizi Gave Honeyboy inspired this essay: “It actually all makes perfect sense in a system in which justice is measured by the size of political campaign contributions.”

And it’s not only pharmaceutical drugs; the hypocrisy is multiplied when you inspect alcohol and tobacco, which do tens of billions each year in sales and spend hundreds of millions bribing so-called ‘lawmakers.’

Smoking kills about 450,000 Americans each year. Alcohol kills another 150,000.

But remember, kids, Altria (Philip Morris), Anheuser-Busch, and Pfizer bribe the government. They have sales goals to meet. Pot growers don’t.

Shit: It’s What’s for Dinner

Lamar Carter is a cattle farmer. He feeds his cows shit.

He’s cited in a U.S. News & World report as buying 745 tons of chicken scat and stacking it 12 feet high on his farm. After it sits for seven to 10 days, it’s mixed with a small amount of soy bran… and fed to his hundreds of cows.

He’s quoted as saying: “My cows are fat as butterballs. If I didn’t have chicken litter, I’d have to sell half my herd. Other feed’s too expensive.”

You may have also heard the recent story going around about another cattle farmer feeding candy to his cows.

And I shouldn’t have to recount the squalid conditions your beef and chicken inhabit while alive, injected with hormones and antibiotics (half of the antibiotics made in the U.S. are for animals), starved, and then force-fed to produce bigger eggs, wading in their own feces until they die.

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I won’t even tell you where millions of euthanized dogs and cats end up.

Is it any surprise 80 million Americans contract a foodborne illness annually (over a quarter of the population), 9,000 of them meeting their maker because of it?

Have you noticed there were no warnings for eating undercooked meat or eggs 20 years ago?

But like drugs, where does the regulator’s hammer come down?

Surely not on the Hormels, Cargills, Tysons, and Perdues who are so profit-hungry they feed the animals you eat feces… but on the small mom-and-pop farmers trying to make it on their own selling all-natural beef, chicken, and vegetables.

In many states, it’s illegal to sell raw milk. In others, small farms have been raided at gunpoint. (By whom? By those lovely militarized police we talked about earlier.)

Guess which operations have enough to bribe the lawmakers you elected?

And then those politicians have the gumption to decry the loss of small businesses during their election campaigns when it’s them putting them out of business.

America!

I could go on and on about the current injustices plaguing the American system. (And I will next week… and the one after that.)

Like how your Nobel Peace Prize-winning president increased troop levels in Afghanistan, a so-called “troop surge,” who are now coming home and “leaving behind an uncertain landscape of rising violence and political instability that threatens to undo considerable gains in security,” as the NYT reported last week.

Last year was the deadliest year for American troops in Afghanistan since the war began. This year could rival it.

Soldier suicides are at an all-time high, and are beginning to outpace deaths on the battlefield. That’s some kinda peace.

There was once a time when leaders like Washington and Eisenhower actually led wars. And they knew the desperation it caused — and that it should be used only as a last result.

Now we carry on wars for years, the suffering felt only by the lower classes, while draft-dodgers, community organizers, and Mormon teachers decry its necessity having never witnessed first-hand its atrocities. If they want a war so bad, I say give them a rucksack and rifle and send them out there.

Try to guess how much money Lockheed and Raytheon and Northrup Grumman spend taking your elected officials out to dinner. (It was up 11.5% in the first quarter this year to just under $16 million.)

Or how about the constant flow of banking scams at the highest level, only to never see any major prosecutions or law changes…

You might understand why if you knew the banks and their political action committees (bribe squads) spent nearly $20 million on political candidates — Democrat and Republican — in 2010.

Banks like JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Bank of America have spent $16 million since 2011 trying to get people elected who make or bend laws in their favor. Congressmen, on average, get $20,000 per year from the banks. Senators get about $30,000, but it was up near $100,000 leading up to the implosion of our economy.

No wonder they continue to bill this as “the greatest nation on earth”…

They’re making money hand over fist while everyone else struggles.Banker Chess

What I don’t understand is why the majority continue to buy into it.

It was Hitler who said if you repeat the same lie often enough, people will eventually believe it.

So How Great Is It?

It’s great enough that Americans now work 160 more hours per year than they did 20 years ago.

And for what?

How’s your purchasing power? Your home value? Your savings account?

It’s no wonder a majority of people think the country is suffering from a moral breakdown.

To quote from Celente’s book:

If the “American way” was working so well, why was “stress” cited as the primary cause for the 25% increase in sick days? Why do stress-related problems account for 60% to 90% of doctors’ visits in the United States?

If “life has gotten better,” why are 5% of our children being fed Ritalin to calm them down, and why are we gulping down more than a million dollars’ worth of Prozac a day to keep steady?

I think it’s because they’re chasing a dream they know they can’t attain — or worse, no longer even exists.

Almost one-third of Americans say they’ve been on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

For years now there’s been a growing sense of something being truly wrong with our country. The Occupy Movement has been the most vocal about it, but they aren’t fully representing the problem.

Bankers, for all their faults, are only leveraging the system they live in; the Supreme Court, after all, has affirmed that companies are people, and can donate limitlessly and anonymously to political campaigns.

We’ve allowed our country to reach a point where we’ve sold our happiness and sense of community to the highest bidder, and only those at the top of industry and top of government get true profit.

A family of four could once live well on one salary. Now two aren’t enough to scrape by.

As Celente concludes in the chapter entitled, “Make money your God and it will plague you like the devil”:

If the facts show — and the people say — they’re unhappy and morally starved, and large numbers are on the verge of cracking up, is the “American way” delivering on its promise?

When the media and politicians talk about other nations that don’t have the financial and material riches of the United States, they tell us the people in those countries are “living in poverty,” but as any seasoned world traveler will tell you, “poverty” is a relative term. It can be argued that while people living in poor nations lack our material comforts, many of them possess the wealth of community and the family prosperity that has dissipated in America and among her people.

A close friend of mine, a mid-level derivatives manager at Citi, recently quit his job to move to South America. An accountant here in my office is heading to Melbourne next month.

Departing isn’t the only option, though it is increasingly appealing. I’m going to stick it out here for a while, perhaps on a remote farm, if I can swing it…

Of course, no matter where you choose to live, acquiring and growing capital always makes it easier.

I’ll continue to try to help you do that every week — while also wading through the events and policies of a stranger and stranger world.

And I’ll be taking the stage at the New Orleans Investment Conference next month for the same reason.

Call it like you see it,

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Nick is an editor of Energy & Capital and the Investment Director of the thousands-strong stock advisory, Early Advantage. Co-author of the best-selling book Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks, his insights have been shared on news programs and in magazines and newspapers around the world. For more on Nick, take a look at his editor’s page.

Truth-2-Power on the Boner

Can Speaker Boehner End the Internal Terrorism That Is the Tea Party?

December 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

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Grover Norquist’s Christmas present came early this year. The Tea Party, the monkey wrench which he and his billionaire backers dropped into the machinery of government, proved that Teahadi Republicans can still break the House of Representatives even when more of their the GOP caucus has entered post-election 12 step KoolAid-Anon programs.

Last night Mr. Boehner was handed a huge defeat that will set off waves of lemming panic on Wall Street today. He lobbed yet another meaningless, symbolic bill full of goodies for the Tea Party Teahadis in his caucus as a “Plan B” solution to the illusionary fiscal cliff which he and the other Republican lemmings seem to be running for full tilt.

It was another dumb show to appease Mr. Norquist, the Brothers Koch, and the other heavy funders of the Republican Party from the 1%.  It had zero chance of passing. It was a waste of the taxpayer’s money to even keep the lights on in the House of Representatives for another of the hundred or so symbolic bills that the GOP has put out to stomp their feet or dig their heels in.

As I’ve told you months ago, the Republicans have been engaged in a multi-year Uncivil War.  Two extremist groups, the Neocons and the Libertarians, are fighting for control of the party.  The mainstream media is touting this as a fail for Boehner, which is true,  but they’re still missing the High Noon moment that yesterday’s failure of Republicans to gridlock in lockstep, as they’ve been doing over the last four years, really is.  We have entered the phase of open hand-to-hand combat.

Without the racist bogeyman of re-electing a black president, the GOP, wholly out of touch with the rising minority majority of 2016, the huge deficits caused largely by two wars and staving off the Wall Street melt-down, AND the downgrade of United States credit to their names, is doomed to fall apart.

Neocon Republicans, fearing  extinction, were not ready to vote for Mr. Boehner’s show “Plan B” proposal that included tax breaks for millionaires and a slashing of food stamps.

Not that they’re against that sort of thing, mind you, but many realize that this exercise in political Kobuki theater this late in the game, as they’re staring at  running the country over the fake fiscal cliff in less than two weeks WITH holidays, can still snap the fragile economy in two.

It will be yet another recession for which they will squarely be blamed again by the American voter if they do not come up with something more substantive than the usual Reactionary Red Kool Aid that they’ve been serving up with Mr. Boehner’s endless mock legislation of the last two years.

It will be the end of the Republican Party if they cannot effectively participate in governing the country.

Some of these Emperors, apparently, have discovered that they’re buck naked after all.

We are ten days away from a self-imposed line in the sand that the Congress put in place to trigger action and cooperation on the budget. It will not be possible because the Tea Party element of the Republican Caucus doesn’t really care.

Teahadis are not there to engage in consensus.  The Libertarian Dead Billionaires Club wing of the Party, voiced by the Koch Brothers, Foster Freiss et al, and their Junior League, the Club for Growth, have spent decades pruning the House of Representatives to make it most unrepresentative, and to force government to break.

We’ve seen the GOP turn its back on countless polls and even the very clear message sent by the American people in the last election because Teahadi lemmings bask in the warm green glow of the cash being lobbed at them.

Libertarians want small to no government. Destroying it is their plan to get their wish to have a society run largely by the corporates, with everything you do, from birth to education to your death to be a profit center for the handful that reap in so much and give back to so few.

The whole purpose of the Tea Party was not to create legislation. Its purpose is chaos. They are the monkey wrench drops into the gears of government, sand to gum up the oil of compromise that has kept American politics running for centuries. They are Mr. Norquist’s evil spawn.

Osama bin Laden would drool at Mr. Norquist’s plot. Destroying the government from within, and jeopardizing the fragile recovery, which showed improved signs as estimates were upgraded yesterday,  is no less an act of terror than blowing up a pair of towers. He wanted a Rubber Stamp president to do the bidding of his American Legislation Exchange Council, which seeks to write law from outside the government and hand it off to their turniphead Teahadi minions and a Mitt-like president who sign off on it without scrutiny or objection.

Politics has become religion for the Far Right. The Tea Party operates from an absolutist dogmatic faith in Grover and his employers from the 1%, devoid of intellect, reason or that most American of political groundings, common sense.

Mr. Boehner is now faced with the seminal moment of his Speakership.  He can rally the Neocon Republicans, swallow a large slice of humble pie along with his meal of crow, and align with Mrs. Pelosi’s Democrats.  He can get a deal done with the White House, and destroy the political cancer on the body politic that is Grover Norquist’s Tea Party, OR he can try to hold the GOP together through more fantasy votes on phony bills that have about as much chances of working at the Mayan doomsday did of preventing the sunrise this morning.

The issue is not the fiscal cliff:  It is whether the Speaker has the intestinal fortitude to put the Tea Party down, pull the monkey wrench out of the cogs of government, and restore order to the political system.

If he did it, he would be hailed as perhaps one of the greatest Speakers in American history, and set himself up for a long run in that chair, and probably even save his party.

Kool Aid addiction is worse than heroine, or crack cocaine, though. We’ve seen repeatedly how the GOP lives inside their own hard-core bubble.  Last night was no different. They have gone home, without so much as a promise to the American people to resolve their difficulties and return to do the people’s business which they were allegedly elected to do.

Which is why the GOP is doomed to destruction, and another fiscally conservative party, at least if history is an indicator will rise.

Last night was High Noon Mel Brooks style. The President is standing at the other end of D.C. armed with common sense and the willingness to cut a deal.  Speaker Boehner and his GOP have their political weaponry pointed too,  but in a circular firing squad.

Get ready for the fiscal cliff, and the woe it will cause.  The Teahadis are doing what the Kochs pay them to do: Destroy government, and protect the rich.

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Between the humiliating and chaotic collapse of Speaker Boehner’s already ludicrously extreme Plan B and Wayne La Pierre’s deranged proposal to put government agents in schools with guns, the Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall. This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their own country – was the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 not enough for them? – but to the entire world.

Those of us who have warned for years about this disturbing trend toward ever more extreme measures – backing torture, pre-emptive un-budgeted wars, out-of-control spending followed, like a frantic mood swing, by anti-spending absolutism of the most…

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Water, Inc.

The Corporations Are Coming for Our Water

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by Mary Grant

A range of private players in the water arena, including water service companies like American Water, are part of a relatively new corporate effort to coordinate public outreach about the “Value of Water.”

It is a fairly clever PR tactic that plays on two meanings of the word value: importance and monetary worth. The idea seems to be to convince the public to pay more for water service by tying water’s importance to its price.

The argument goes: Something of great value is worth a lot and should be priced accordingly, so if you think water is important, you should pay more for it. Although illogical, this line of thought is supposed to make people more amenable to hikes in their water bills and even to pricing water on a market.

Without a doubt, water is important. In fact, it is too important to let whims of Wall Street dictate access to it and too important to let price force families to go without it.

Xylem, Inc., a water technology firm that spun off from ITT Corp. last year, is one company that has been touting the Value of Water.

The firm was a sponsor of the American Water Summit, an industry conference held last month, and used the venue to talk about its Value of Water campaign. Xylem CEO Gretchen McClain was one of the conference’s keynote speakers and presented the findings of her company’s 2012 Value of Water Index, a national poll of U.S. voters about water infrastructure issues.

She presented four main findings:

1) People recognize the importance of water
2) Government has a mandate to act on water issues
3) People take personal responsibility and are willing to pay more for water service
4) There was a level of disconnect – while people recognize water’s importance, they underestimated water usage and the cost of infrastructure and took water service for granted.

Her proposed solution was for businesses to come together with one voice in a water coalition to support a PR campaign about the value of water.

What she left out of her presentation was interesting. She didn’t point out that the survey found greater support for government investment than for rate hikes: 85 percent of respondents believed the government should invest money in updating water systems, while 61 percent were willing to pay more to upgrade water systems.

For some reason, her presentation also excluded the survey finding that 98 percent of respondents “believe every American deserves clean water.”

Perhaps we should give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that these omissions were due to the nature of the audience, packed with corporate execs and privatization shills.

A public education campaign about the importance of water would be beneficial if only these companies weren’t using messaging that is misleading and undercuts the human right to water to boost their bottom line.

Water isn’t just valuable; it’s invaluable. Access to water is essential for life and public wellbeing. Everyone, regardless of ability to pay, has a right to safe and clean water.

Jim Hightower on Michigangsters

Welcome to ‘Michiganistan’

Welcome to the first autocratic czardom in the nation.

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Michigan is no longer a state. It is now “Michiganistan,” an autocratic czardom in the hands of Emperor Rick Snyder.

Formerly the Republican governor, Snyder has been enthroned by the GOP’s lame-duck, legislative supermajority to rule with an iron fist — democracy, rule-of-law, fairness, and the people be damned.

Ironically, voters had given Snyder and his cohort of right-wing corporate ideologues a spanking for this kind of nastiness in a November referendum. The GOP cabal in Lansing had conspired last year to usurp the local authority of city governments and allow Snyder to send in unelected, unaccountable autocrats to fire elected officials and seize control, but last month, Michigan voters overthrew this absurdity.

This month, however, Snyder and gang doubled down on their dumbfounding, anti-democratic zealotry. With no warning, no hearings, no public input, no floor debate, and no time for citizens to even know what was happening, the same legislative czarists rammed a union-busting bill into law. Even though he had publicly rejected such a proposal earlier this year as being “very divisive,” Emperor Snyder gleefully signed this measure.

Who’s behind this madness? Say hello to two infamous, anti-union, billionaire plutocrats: the Koch brothers. They had funneled as much as a million dollars into Snyder’s 2010 gubernatorial election, and three Michigan front groups funded by the billionaire brothers aggressively pushed the exact same anti-worker proposal that the Republican thugs just bullied into law.

Two things not long for this world are dogs that chase cars and politicians who deceive and cheat the people. Already, Michiganders are organizing a petition drive for another referendum to overturn the law and return the Czardom of Michiganistan back to democratic rule. Stay tuned.

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow. (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly “Hightower Lowdown,” co-edited by Phillip Frazer.

Mario Piperni on Gun Crazies

Conservative Claims That Husky 12-Year-Olds Could Have Saved Many in Connecticut Shootings

December 20, 2012 By

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You read stuff like this and you just know it had to come from some idiotic conservative with their head firmly placed up his or her ass where the last vestiges of male superiority syndrome reside. Via ThinkProgress:

There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.

Wonderful. Apparently, in this person’s mind, the laws of physics cease to exist when it comes to bullets and males who played high-school football. Same goes with husky 12-year-old boys. Bullets just bounce off these two groups of superior beings. Also note that the writer insinuates that a female janitor would have lacked the courage and/or strength to “heave” a bucket at the shooter.

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people? How warped can their minds be that they’re willing to look at every possible reason for Adam Lanza’s shooting spree other than the one that says that maybe, just maybe, semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition clips should not be in the hands of anyone except people in the military?

They blame the lack of God and prayer in schools, mental illness, too few first grade teachers carrying concealed weapons, bad parenting, video games, Hollywood, President Obama and an absence of males in elementary schools guarding weak and helpless women and children as valid reasons as to why mass shootings occur. What about the actual weapons that can fire off numerous rounds at a single click of the trigger? What part do these people think they play in this sordid tale of carnage?

None. Absolutely none…except their belief that if there were even more guns available life would be better.

These ignorant jackasses sicken me.

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