Under the Bludgeonings of Chance/My Head is Bloody, But Unbowed.



“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest human beings of this or any century.  He did more for freedom in his lifetime than the United States did, and with cleaner hands.  


Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

Chuck Grassley is a Liar

 Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said the court’s decision on Tuesday reflected the positive impact of the civil rights legislation and that the legislation was no longer needed.

“What it tells me is after 45 years, the Voting Rights Act worked,” Mr. Grassley said, “and that’s the best I can say. It just proves that it worked.”

NY Times, 6/25/13

Right, Chuck.  Racism is totally dead in America.

Fuck you, you asshole; your atavistic bullshit can’t die off soon enough.

There’s no way these people can be this stupid.  They know exactly how much the press will report, and that they won’t get called on this mendacious bullshit.  Fuck ’em.  It would take about half a second to point out that, you know, racism is in fact alive and well.

Not to mention…well, Chuck, if we don’t need the law anymore, then why ar eyou working so hard to get rid of it?  It’s not like we’d decriminalize murder if the murder rate dropped to zero, right?  That shit would still be wrong, and it would still be a crime.  

This is Why I Hate



Incomes for the bottom 90 percent of Americans only grew by $59 on average between 1966 and 2011 (when you adjust those incomes for inflation), according to an analysis by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston for Tax Analysts. During the same period, the average income for the top 10 percent of Americans rose by $116,071, Johnston found.

To put that into perspective: if you say the $59 boost is equivalent to one inch, then the incomes of the top 10 percent of Americans rose by 168 feet, Johnston explained to Alternet last week. 


Welp, this economic system seems to be working perfectly.  I look forward to more privileged white people explaining why this is a desirable outcome for everyone.


Fucking swine.  Sharpen your pitchforks.

“It was a curious period.”



What you have here is some ginned-up bullshit between (white) wiseguys aiming to preserve segregation because, you know, it’s unfair that non-white people should ever have to be considered alongside whites.  


The problem we all live with

Angry white people are the reason this little girl had to be escorted to school by the Feds.  White people angry that they had to share.  But I’m sure our contemporary assholes think it was either all an exaggeration or since we have a black president racism is gone away forever and shutupdon’ttalkaboutitlalalalalacan’thearyou.  They might be able to keep a straight face about it, but without laws like these the country will drift even further back on all the important measurables of racial justice in this country–we’ll just follow the slower, poisonous Northern model instead of the atavistic Southern strain we’ve done such a good job of stigmatizing.  

But really, this is the part that made my simmering pot of anger boil over.  Get a load of thisfuckingguy, the smarmy-ass fuck.

But when asked why the drafters [of the 14th Amendment] created programs targeted to black Americans if they did not intend the Constitution to allow the government to use race to help minority groups, [senior constitutional studies fellow at the Cato Institute Ilya]Shapiro said, “It was a curious period.”

 “It was a curious period.”

Thanks for giving the game away, fuckhead.  If you find yourself on the same side of the argument as thisfuckignguy, well, you deserve more scorn than even I can humanly heap upon you.  But I will by-god-dammit fucking try.

Down to the Wire

The second [of two sources of dysfunction in current American politics] is the fact that, however awkward it may be for the traditional press and nonpartisan analysts to acknowledge, one of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the center of American politics, it is extremely difficult to enact policies responsive to the country’s most pressing challenges.

–Thomas E. Man and Norman J. Ornstein’s It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.

Why I’m supporting Barack Obama in 2012.

Via Balloon Juice.