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When Your Society Fails, Does It Make a Sound on the Radio?

rush 1I guess we’ll see. I’d be very surprised to see the rest of the “news” spewers like Limbaugh, even mention that an influential, local right wing radio host from Wisconsin has realized his job hasn’t exactly been helping his society at large.

Charlie Sykes is finally, man enough to admit he, and those like him created Trump, but it goes much deeper then that, because an entire generation of Americans have been hidden from any kind of interesting debate, in favor of a verbal wresting match where any earnest man always gets disqualified from even participating by the corporate interests who own our airwaves. Sometimes the paid talkers get bored and let somebody on who can actually bring facts into the conversation, before they turn his mic off, or try to make him lose his composure.

This obvious controversy has been let out of the box much too late for Fox-like-viewers to have their minds changed in the midst of a train wreak election, but I guess we can hope for a scrap of justice to fall our way. It got reported on by the media-omnipresent “Talking Points Memo”. (sarcasm).

Conservative Pundit Owns Up To Role In Trump’s Rise: We ‘Created This Monster’

Don’t miss the important part of the TPM article. Charlie Sykes really seems to be tiring of his miserable, influential, corporate job. This part of an interview with him is SPOT ON!

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Nothing will happen. We live in an oligarchy.

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Apocalypse Not Now

Apocalypse 2015
“White House Down” (2013)

Via Think Progress.

Remember all those Tea-GOP predictions about what 2015 would be like if President Obama’s doomed Marxist regime was allowed keep running the country into the ground?

Today, the nationwide average for a gallon of gas is $2.24. The unemployment rate currently stands at 5.8% and has been under 6% since September 2014. The Dow Jones Industrial Average currently stands at 17,823 and is up over 35% since Obama was reelected. The Dow has climbed more than 10,000 points during the Obama administration. The U.S. economy grew at a robust 5% in the 3rd quarter of 2014, following 4.6% growth in the second quarter.

Why couldn’t the Tea-GOP predict declining wages? People who work for a living need a raise, badly.

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What We Teach About Women and Consent

Lets be clear for a moment. Rush Limbaugh is one of the most disgusting pieces of raw sewage to ever be flushed through the pipes of the waste system that we call American conservatism. There is no good reason for his continued existence, let alone his being allowed on Armed Forces radio. To refer to him as a waste of good air assumes that he breathes, rather than just drawing power from the festering pile of ignorance that he stores where others have a soul.

But he said something right the other day. Something worth quoting. Something disturbing.
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The War Power, The Sergeant, the Senator: Treason or Heroism

The Sergeant who some years ago left his post in that unnecessary and unwinnable war in
Afghanistan is either a hero, a traitor, or just a terribly young man in the wrong war at the wrong time. He spent terrible years of torture and probably said things he didn’t really mean.

Some years ago in Vietnam, Senator McCain was shot down over Vietnam, another unconstitutional war, and equally unwinnable war, confessed repeatedly to things he later recanted, once safely in the United States, and is, quite rightly regarded, despite his confessions to American war crimes, a hero. The two cases are not quite completely on all fours, as we say in the law. But the similarity is sufficient to compare with each other and with the undergirding of law.

Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, who are visited by war, either their own or, like Obama, inherited from another (in Obama’s case two other) fools who preceded them, have always had this power. While not yet president, and without this act may well not have become president, Ronald Reagan communicated with Iran, telling them, in effect, just to refuse to deal with Carter on releasing our citizens from the U. S. Embassy in Iran, and await his presidency. Their deal (which killed Jimmie Carter’s hope for a second term and by the way was treason, meriting a firing squad.)

The 30, 60, 90 day notification of Congress is also unconstitutional, but not for the reasons the Republicans and Democrats alike, trumpet. Saint Paul, as I recall, said “this trumpet has an uncertain sound.” And I know he said that some leaders have “zeal without knowledge.” This is Republican and Democratic leaders on steroids, just like my former wife.

The reason the War Powers Act is unconstitutional is not what is now said by either Republicans or Democrats, as I told Joe Biden when he was both Minority Senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate and when he was chair. I testified before his committee a few times, and he called me at the law school sometimes to chat about this. The reason is simple. Due to both a few but very senior Democrats and almost all Republicans, Congress forced the Demo’s to give the president 30, 60, or 90 days to play with Congress’ army while he picked his nose. War has not been officially declared since FDR did it in WW2. George Bush (the first) and Colin Powell, in my opinion, got it right, constitutionally, by voting 50-50 in the Senate, and then the Dark Lord, Vice President Cheney, broke the tie and we went to war in Iraq the right way by law; and they had the smarts to stop when their limited mission was accomplished. And until this time, the President, as Commander in Chief, has no constitutional power to use the United States armed forces, save self-defense.

In the Framers’ mind that means only when the United States of America, not our allies, are attacked. For Utahns, the reason J. Reuben Clark, my hero and a great patriot, a rock-ribbed Republican who served under many Republican presidents, served variously as chief legal adviser to the Department of State (then, as an deputy Attorney General on loan from Justice to State,,,,,,now called Legal Adviser to the State Department; and Vice Secretary of State, and Ambassador to Mexico; and advised many presidents between world wars one and two, on all arms control treaties between those to dreadful wars) opposed NATO was because it delegated the war power to a generation not yet born and for the defense of people, and nations, not yet born. Neither the United Nations (Korean War) nor NATO (Ukraine?) can declare war for the United States of America. This is the statement of law, the War Clause, that makes this beyond debate. Remember, that it is also the sole right of Congress: not the President of the United States, nor NATO, nor the United Nations, that decides what constitutes International law, as well. So, both Constitutional Law and International Law, save an attack on the United States, inform us that Congress, not the president or these international bodies, who determines for war or peace.

So screw the people and the Congress and president now living. When the president, any president, has this army to use, that army will never return to Congress’ care. This is unconstitutional because it is an illegal attempt to delegate to the President a plenary power, given exclusively, textually, to the Congress. Like the power over interstate commerce (the road by which most civil rights legislation is constitutional), along with the equal protection and due process of law clauses of the 5th and 14th amendments. It’s as if Congress were to say to Obama, “Say, friend, we’re so damned tired of life in Washington, despite the cherry blossoms, we will do what the Supreme Court does, and reconvene when good weather returns. We’re going to go to Balboa Island, California, where it’s nice and sunny, in ocean or on the beach, and pick our nose and scratch our butts. And better yet, we have one in eight chances not to pick both with the same finger. Even though we’ve proven, time out of mind, that we in Congress cannot chew gum and pick our nose, simultaneously (a great blessing). So, pres., you now have the taxing and the spending power, and we’ll sweeten the loaf by throwing into the pot, since you do have to stick around in this shitty weather, and give you the power also to fund and provide for the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Navy. And don’t sweat it about financing things by the provision in the Constitution that spending bills begin in the House. Since you already have the taxing and spending power, do all this in the White House. P.S. please instruct the Treasury Department to deliver our checks, our salaries, and all the REALLY big bucks from the armaments industry and all those other lobbyists. We really have earned this right by selling our souls to the devil. Have a good life.

I say that both Senator and Soldier are bona fide heroes. Ed Firmage xoxox

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Winning by previously unheard of margins!

I have heard that “men forget but never forgive, women forgive but never forget.” I don’t know if this is true. It is looking more and more like neither forgetting or forgiving are in the cards for Rush’s war on women.

Rush, I am sure we all recall, is a serial sexist prick and low life of the worst kind. Along with fantastic comments like “I love the women’s movement, especially from behind” and throwing around terms like “feminazi” he also loves a good personal attack. Those of us with memories that work further back than breakfast might recall that he attacked Sandra Fluke (not her testimony) and engaged in some good old fashioned slut shaming. In his book testifying that a roommate was prescribed birth control pills for the hormonal effect of limiting growths and was denied them is the same as wanting so much sex that you can’t afford to pay for all the condoms. Ah small government conservatism, where healthcare is a sin, but nosing around other peoples bedrooms is proper behavior.

Well, feminists, both male and female, decided the blathering gas bag of the hysterical right was a step too far, and organized a boycott. Which, if it is done by the right is “the free market at work” but if done by the left is “economic terrorism.” Anyway, his drug royal addicted-ness was unimpressed. His advertisers would remain with him, this would all blow over, and order would be restored…

November 17th, Cumulus radio received a downgrade from Moody’s, who stated “uncertainties associated with the radio business as a whole and the acknowledged difficulties the company is encountering are cause for caution.”

What acknowledged difficulties?

“CEO Lew Dickey reported in two previous quarters that Limbaugh advertising is down and that the show is a drag on earnings.”

So I guess that all blew over.

“Clear Channel, the parent of Premiere Networks, the Rush syndicator is $21 billion in debt. They have been firing employees in small numbers so as to not appear that the company is undergoing large scale layoffs. It would look bad for Mr. Romney if his former company fired Clear Channel workers en masse.”

Well, as long as Rush is winning. Maybe the math whizzes who figured out the Romney landslide can figure out how 21 billion in debt is a positive number.

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Except for Rush Limbaugh, ALL the Top Republicans Shills Have Broken Ranks With Mittens Rmoney

We are witnessing the end-days of the GOP. R.I.P.

The question becomes, who will win the final battle; the racist Religious extremists, the racist Tea Baggers or the tired old-guard racist Republicans?

Stay tuned…

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Winning like there is no tomorrow!

Rush Limbaugh continues to lose advertisers like he is some kind of crazed egotistical sexist bloviating gas bag. Most likely because he is. Sam’s Club, eBay, UPS and hundreds of small businesses have bailed out on the lying sack of excrement in the last few weeks. While no one but the drug addled gas bag himself knows exactly how many companies have crossed the street to avoid being seen with him, some estimates have the number over as many as seven hundred.

The initial plan to over come his being a deeply disgusting excuse for a human being where to hire public image consultants to remake his image on twitter and Facebook. That seems to have largely failed, based only the fact that he is not actually saying anything on either medium.

But the real fun is just starting. Remember Bain? Company famous for hiring androids and downsizing and outsourcing jobs in struggling companies? Guess who owns Clear Channel! Yep. And guess who is 19 billion in debt? The same Clear Channel. Guess who is going to have to pay a forced dividend to Bain for over 2 billion more? Go on guess…..

In a case of one disgusting thing eating it’s own kind, Bain seems to be licking whatever passes for its greedy maw and eyeing the company of lying shock radio has beens. I recommend you don’t watch. This won’t be pretty.

Good news, soon Rush’s job will outsourced to a Korean who will actually be able to speak English and who has an actual grasp of American politics. Should be a big upgrade for the show.

I wonder if Ken will still listen in.

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Still winning

Rush continues to “win” against that horrible “liar” and notorious sex addict Sandra Fluke.

UPS has pulled its ads from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, becoming the latest company to boycott the show since his well-circulated slurs against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. Cumulus Media, which owns 38 of the 600 channels that air Limbaugh’s show, told financial analysts that the boycott — now more than 40 companies and counting — cost them “a couple million bucks in the first quarter and a couple of million bucks in quarter two.”

If nothing else, Rush is a good warning sign for people everywhere. I know whenever I meet someone who admits to listening to him that I have found a profound lack of intelligence…

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The Return of the Yuppie Abortion Slut

Props to Amanda Marcotte for the title and basic concepts:

After conceding that the middle-class, liberal model in which women are permitted to marry later and have egalitarian careers is also a model that creates more stable families, he implies that these women only achieve this impossible goal with the heavy use of abortion. That childless yuppies and sorority girls are the main clients of abortion clinics is an article of faith in the anti-choice community. If you ever want to see the Internet version of a feeding frenzy, for instance, check out anti-choice blog comments when the blogger holds up a white, middle-class feminist as a hate object. The speculation about the frequency of said woman’s abortions competes only with disingenuous calls to pray for her wicked feminist soul.

The problem with this stereotype of the yuppie slut with her abortionist on speed dial is that it has no basis in reality.

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