The Mother of all Sons of Bitches

In the past few days we’ve been drenched a tidal wave of conflicting messages about the Tea Party.  For instance, someone, somewhere has decided to try to save Sarah Palin’s career.  As an example of this, YahooNews ran a love letter to her in the guise of “opinion” just the other day.  The writer never got down to specifics — possibly because there are none — but instead waxed poetic about how Palin just oozes liberty and justice and holy inspiration, and about how moving her movie was (yes, so moving that people probably moved away from theaters to get away from it), and how anyone who hates her is afflicted with “Palin Derangement Syndrome.”  How hopelessly unoriginal, particularly in the face of the far more real Obama Derangement Syndrome that has been used as feed for an entire movement — the Tea Party, such as it is.

And it’s the Koch-backed Tea Party I am talking about here.  In the last few days they have had enough ups and downs in the media to knock anyone permanently dizzy, leaving alone the fact that they were dizzy to begin with.

Of course there’s the fact that a Koch brother was caught on audio saying something about launching “the mother of all wars” against the Obama administration during the reelection campaign next year.  The left were outraged; the right just probably silently nodded their noggins.  I was left wondering  just why such an untantalizing figure would directly quote a hated, deposed and hanged dictator, while hiding behind an Astroturf populist political party of his own creation.  Seemed rather ironic, if not just plain stupid.

And then we heard that Palin’s speech the other day drew a bigger audience than did Romney’s in the same state.  This was designed to scare moderate Republicans into kissing the Tea Party’s collective ass, when it is the size of that ass that has come under question.  Interestingly, it was hard to pin down just how big Palin’s audience was. But then the amateur videos started to leak out and seemed to indicate that if there were not an historic, possibly life-threatening stampede out of the venue after she spoke (which was before the keynote speaker of the event spoke), then the audience couldn’t have been very big to start with.

And then there was James Hoffa referring to the Tea Party as “sons of bitches,” and the immediate joke that this had shocked the teabaggers so badly that they dropped their “Obama is Hitler” signs.  Certainly, after scrambling to pick the signs up, they started whining about threats of violence against them.  Never mind that one of their own tools has been threats of violence.

And then, of course, came one of those ubiquitous surveys saying that approval of the Tea Party is at an all-time low, and at least one left-wing blog announced that we are witnessing its death.  Got news for you: it seems like the majority of the U.S. public has never heard of the Tea Party (and/or is not sure what the hell the Tea Party is).  So who were the survey-takers asking?

And tell me, even if it’s true that the Tea Party is dying, how does an Astroturf faux party die?  I think it will merely change its name and become yet another bogie man to scare moderate Republicans to the right.  There is too much at stake here for the Koch brothers and their ilk to give up that easily.

The only way to end this game is to keep coming out with the truth.  And the truths are these: the Tea Party is not real, so let’s stop examining it as if it were.  Sarah Palin is nothing more than a publicity whore.  And the Kochs are behind the whole thing.  Why?  Because they think the life of an Untouchable in India is good enough for 98% of us.

And in this case, the mother of all sons of bitches is nothing more than publicity.  If you don’t pay attention to the Tea Party or Palin, they are finished.  The Kochs, operating in the shadows, are another deal altogether, but the answer there is to expose them at every opportunity.

It is possible, folks, but we just have to keep looking at the man behind the curtain and not so much at the curtain itself.

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Things Get Worse With Koch: Tea Party Pumps Up $4 Gas

Things Get Worse With Koch: Tea Party Pumps Up $4 Gas.

Maybe it runs in the family

Found this on WordPress’s “The Unknown Journal”: The Koch Family Tree.

Verrrry interesting…

Why Am I Not Surprised

WI Gov. Scott Walker Funded by the Koch Brothers

After all, in one month flat this same wonderboy manufactured a budget crisis and tried to set unions against each other by targeting some for his draconian anti-worker measures while exempting others.  And then he threatened his own people with the National Guard, and is refusing to back down even in the face of a large and growing state-wide protest.

Meantime, I understand, Fox News is busy blaming Obama for the fact that pretty soon you will no longer be able to buy incandescent lightbulbs.  HUH?  you ask.  Yes, I answer — if it’s not Fox News, it’s definitely on the list of right-wing talking points at present and they’re definitely putting it out there, probably in a desperate attempt to divert attention from the fact that those pesky Koch brothers have popped up again, right in the middle of this latest teabagger power-drunk orgy.  I know this because an elderly, isolated relative who rarely steps out his door but always has the right-wing screamers on the radio blustered at me today, “Obama’s trying to save duh electrzity.”  Uh, yeah…duh.  What the hell does that mean…are teabaggers anti-electricity-conservation now because it involves ecology and they don’t believe in it?  (BTW, the Federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which mandates increased efficiency for certain lightbulbs, was signed into law — as the title says — in 2007.   Yes that’s TWO-THOUSAND SEVEN, before Obama was in office.)

Meantime, for those who haven’t noticed, Wisconsin’s on fire and all the teabags in the world can’t seem to smother this one, nor the fact that once again the Koch brothers are involved — this time bankrolling Wisconsin’s teabagger governor, who is the arsonist.  I think everyone should be deeply concerned and leave the goddamn incandescent lightbulbs where they belong, which is in the past.

P.S. — here’s a list of some of the products the Koch brothers’ companies produce: Koch Products.  Surprisingly, a quick glance doesn’t reveal any incandescent lightbulbs.  But for me, that’s the only surprise.

The Gathering Crowds

All Glenn Beck hysteria aside, (and he IS hysterical in every shade of meaning of that word), there is the fact that in the past few years, crowds have been gathering.  In the most recent cases, Tunisia and Egypt, the crowds forced revolutions.  In Europe –Italy to be specific — they expressed dissatisfaction over sexism.  There’s still no word on what Beck’s blather on London may have been about.

There is word of gathering crowds in Iran, which actually has had a lot of crowd scenes in recent years.  But from what I heard, there may be a difference this time.

The U.S. has had its crowds, too: the Glenn Beck crowds…two of them…that no one really knew the reason for, but some nice billionaires paid for so people could talk about their love of guns and revolution against the black guy in the white house because, well, he’s black, but not the RIGHT KIND of black like Dr. King who is safely dead so Glenn Beck can claim his legacy and turn it nearly all white without anyone noticing.  And then there was the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert crowd that existed merely to counter the Beck crowd, and which was bought and paid for by other rich people.

None of these resulted in anything much.  Bread and circuses, you know.

I look at Egypt and wonder if anything similar could happen here, and I have my answer in Beck’s tearful blubbering and Hitleresque theatrical rage (people seeking liberty!  Oh, it’s AWFUL and our STUPID MEDIA refuse to see it!) and Stewart’s bubbly response (they’re looking for freedom, what’s so awful about that?): probably not.  The Tea Party is being groomed to be the U.S. version of Mubarak’s thugs, but if push comes to shove, their groomers are set to be disappointed because the Tea Party is like the rest of us: too timid to face our formidable enemies here at home.  And who are they?  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, certain members of the Supreme Court, and a majority in the House.  And let’s not forget the Koch brothers who paid for it all, and that Australian guy who runs Fox News, a.k.a. the propaganda department.  That is to say, the same people who are running the Tea Party.  And who are the Tea Party?  Well, in office they have been revealed as misogynists.  They blame women’s reproductive systems for the U.S.’s economic woes, and so they have launched an all-out war on women, as well as on that other horror: freedom of speech.

Nope, I guess even with millions out of work and the unchecked loss of jobs to cheaper countries (shrugged off in the media as merely “inevitable” and “the jobs aren’t coming back” — no solutions offered except that for some reason “we need to be more educated”), and people losing their homes in every neighborhood…nope.  No response except for a bought and paid-for rally (or two or three) hosted by TV personalities.

I guess we haven’t suffered enough.  Or maybe we’ve lost our grip on reality.  The reality is this: power is given, not taken.  This seems to have been forgotten in the U.S.  It will be interesting to see what it takes to remind us.

Supreme Toxicity

In the midst of an unresolved and (in the case of Obama and most of the rest on Capitol Hill, unrecognized) economic depression, one more bit of bad news has come to light: neoconservatism has not only destroyed the economy, but also poisoned the Supreme Court.  That is to say that they’re corrupt as hell — at least some of them are.

More specifically, I present the names Alito, Scalia and Thomas for your consideration.  Just do about 5 minutes on Google and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

You’ll also undoubtedly see a bit about the Koch brothers (the billionaire leaders of the Teabaggers) and Citizens United.  But if you want it all boiled down into one video, watch this.

Not that corruption on the Supreme Court is anything new, but folks, this is serious stuff and you need to know about it.  It’ll tell you how we got in this mess, if nothing else, and clarify that indeed the teabaggers are being taken for a ride at the very front of the bus that’s careening out of control with all of us on board.  It’s almost enough to make one feel sorry for the poor saps…which I would, if they’d just shut up and listen, and if the rest of us could only get off this damn bus before it goes over a cliff.