The story of the year (as far as American readers are concerned, thankfully she hasn’t invaded Europe yet) is Vani Hari, the so-called “Food Babe”. She has taken the internet by storm, posting selfies – and lots of them – in her endless quest to get practically everything banned that she can’t pronounce.
The Tea Party is going solo in some states, and more and more will follow suit quickly. Believe it.
Last night i decided to weigh in on the Mississippi Senate Republican Primary Between Whacked out Chris McDaniel and and a suddenly moderate populist incarnation of what was once Senator Thad Cochran. I didn’t realize it would be huge! Specifically in the McDaniel post failure meltdown.
I mentioned Tea Bagger Maniac McDaniel had refused to concede.
The Tea Party’s Ozzy Osbourne-Madman Chris McDaniel
Its just not something they do, its too graceful and dignified. No Tea Bagger ever concedes in the conventional sense. They freak out and claim fraud no matter how crushing the vote tally. So, like Herman Cain before him and Joe Miller before him McDaniel went on a wild scorched earth rant about the underhanded and UnAmerican nature of his opponent/vanquisher, which was another republican this time; Thad Cochran and the GOP itself. With theatrics and insanity that seemed headed towards some theatrical pyro and maybe biting the head off a bat, McDaniel openly and full throatedly questioned the GOP’s Conservative legitimacy. He did more than imply that a third party was needed. Typical Bagger shit, right? Yes but this time soooo much more!
When the Loser of the Night took up the microphone at his Beer Hall Putsch-like Campaign gathering all Hell broke lose! (Cue Metal Guitar Chord Chunking!!)
A screaming McDaniel was incensed at what he thought was the most unAmerican and UnConservative aspects of Cochran’s strategy- first off-Inclusiveness. The idea that his states primaries were open to voters of either party disgusted McDaniel and he falsely called it illegal. Next he attacked Cochran’s governing philosophy-Mainly the fact that Cochran had told the people in one of America’s poorest states that he would work within the framework of the existing system to bring home the money the state so desperately needed. The McDaniel philosophy and promise was to bring back Nothing to his state so that they could be Free… from money I guess. Why so many Republicans were so stoked about McDaniel’s vision is hard to say. It had been assumed he would win going away. Instead he loses by 4000 votes.
On its own it was hilarious and fulfilling to see a tea billy hater so worked up and pissed he couldn’t be Coolest Kid in the Playground. He’s threatening to sue people today. Good Luck. Hey, maybe he will stick around long enough as an Independent Bagger Third Party kinda rebel Candidate and deal ol’ Thad a killing stroke out of spite and putting the Democrat in, whoever the Hell that is, into the seat Cochran has held since the Civil War (like 36 years).
Enter Snowbilly Grifter Sarah Palin, a woman without a soul or a real source of income outside her own big mouth. She seized on McDaniels comments and made a demand, semi Patrick Henry-like, of ‘Give Me a Conservative Republican Party or Give That Party Death!’ Rush Limbaugh, who also needs to blow a lot of hot air to stay rich, went full tilt on the third party option, that being the Tea Party. Hannity was on the same page, except of course when he said it he sounded like Sylvester Pussycat.
I’m Gonna Say It Now & Ya Heard It Here First–The Tea Party is going solo in some states, and more and more will follow suit quickly. Believe it.
Whats this say for the Republicans? they have birthed a monster to be sure. Their maladjusted latchkey kid Tea Party is a paranoid gun nut who hates his parents as much as anything else. The little bastard is going to take a chunk out of them.
In the short term the GOP is going to end up suffering serious setbacks, but they will always shill hard for big business and so they will survive. In the long term they need a new outlook. Thad Cochran ran toward the middle and won like that. Other old school republicans may just follow suit. It saved Cochran’s ass when he was considered dead and buried. If they choose to take a similar approach, which included a healthy dose of Federalism, they will need to drop some other extreme ideas too, but this may actually help.
The Venn Diagram of the Tea Party/GOP has been in motion since McDaniels meltdown (way to perpetuate the Irish stereotype of ungoverned anger, dick) and I think will remain so for the foreseeable future
Lets face it, the candidates in the Mississippi GOP Senate Race are total jerks with zero appeal. That said the GOP nom will be the guy to likely win the job at the end of the day. McDaniel is just a disgrace to the Irish but hey, way to fucking go breaking into a nursing home to get political dirt!
Cochran, the “Non Tea Bagger” Republican is a knuckle dragging cro mag who would not be near the front of any Darwinian Line. Good thing he’s a Creationist!
So, just two dicks dicking it out for the poorest state in America, right? No, not really. This was a big time shit show.
The whole campaign has been like a * huge * hit of crack for political junkies like me. Google some of the exploits in this race. This is the run off. Stage 1 ended with some erstwhile McDaniel Campaign workers getting locked inside the local courthouse with all the ballots. How embarrassing! Maybe tonight’s flop is a sign they weren’t just lost?
McDaniel ran a brazen campaign where he promised to do NOTHING for the people of his hard to spell state. This would make him the only person to ever lose an election but still accomplish all their legislative goals!
Bottom Line Tea Bagger Down!
UPDATE 6-25-17 6:04 am EDT- Cochrans lead is up to 6000 votes. McDaniel disgraced himself as he kept up the Tea Party Tradition of never conceding and claiming voter fraud every time they lose. These guys are so opposed to being civil and pander to such an angry base they would likely lose credibility if they just behaved like a normal pol in a loss.
With 96% of the vote counted its Cochran actually finally walking fully erect and out in front by 3995 votes. Who knew this many people would even care?
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We love to go to War here in the USA and we’re fucking awesome at blowing shit up. Sometimes, like when the Brits fucked with us or the Japanese attacked, its pretty righteous. Then there’s the Wars of Choice that we never needed to get involved in. Some were more justified than others. Here’s some Pro’s & Con’s where I try to divine the most unnecessary or pointless from 3 to 1.
Tale of the Tape- We fought hard for a bunch of dicks running a corrupt democracy with no love from their own people. We also had no true reason to go. In fact even at no point during the war did the Viet Cong attack inside the US or anywhere really outside the theater of operations. Sure, they would take a quick shortcut through Cambodia or whatever, but they just didn’t try anything here.
Positives- Almost 20 years of War Weariness that kept World War 3 from going down, several Great War Movies (Full Metal Jacket being the best)
Honors/Accolades- Best Soundtrack of American War, Widespread Distrust of the Government and popularization of recreational drugs
Notable Negatives- America takes an ass kicking from a bunch of stone age commies with AK-47’s, the political career of John McCain, a generation of Domestic Terrorists, a generation of neglected homeless Vets making up the majority of Homeless Populations in every major city becomes National Disgrace for 2 decades, The ME Generation, War revealed to be a 10 Year Long Racist Atrocity Party where we basically attacked the shit out of the civilians too and many bad maudlin movies trying in vain to put the war in perspective.
#2- Desert Storm
Tale of the Tape- One despot invades the land of another. The United States decides to split hairs and make a global power play for oil by calling one worse than the other
Honors/Accolades- Dubbed “The Nintendo War”, very few combat losses, scared the fuck out the rest of the world for a decade with terrifying Gun Camera pics presented by Norman Schwartzkopf’ CNN becomes major provider of news with newly enhanced reputation
Notable Negatives- We poisoned 100,000 American soldiers by exposing everyone to massive amounts of radioactive ordinance, subjecting many to a chemical hell in Kuwait and Southern Iraq as they dealt with an environmental attack by Sadaam when he blew up as many oil wells as he could to cover his retreat. New Found American Arrogance would lead to future conflicts by creating stupid fiction that we could fight anyone painlessly, by remote control whenever we felt like it. A new Generation of Domestic Terrorists (Timothy McVeigh) Not to be forgotten- Motivating one Osama bin Laden to attack the United States with unprecedented Success on 9-11.
#1 Operation Iraqi Freedom
Tale of the Tape- All for Nothing. No WMD’s. Lots of casualties. Americans turned on and hated their leader, Dick Cheney and his enabler George W Bush. A new generation of Fucked Up Vets who will need a lot of help. Destruction of Americas World Reputation, Mass Brutalization of American Troops, Pointless attempts to unify what WILL be THREE COUNTRIES soon- Kurdistan, Iraq and Western Iran. Pouring Billions of Dollars into a black hole of non accountability. Currently under Re-Branding by Bush Apologists remaking it as a war to free the Iraqi People from Tyrant. The Office of President of the United States forever tarnished by yet another Bush having yet another pointless war against Iraq
Positives- Americans turned on and began hating their leader, Dick Cheney, and his enabler George W Bush. “Mission Accomplished” shows stage management at its worst and most obvious, War Weariness that seems to be forcing an end to the Afghan Debacle as well. Proves that Life can be better and safer for the populace at large under a brutal dictator than after a US “Liberation” which may deter future pointless wars
Honors/Accolades- Most Obscure War since 1898 due to conscious ambivalence by the public and willful deception by the government. “Embedding” journalists with Military Units ensures complete vacuum of information In fact we’re still waiting to see more than 15 minutes worth of footage from this war. What war coverage there was was thanks mostly to Chelsea Manning releasing videos like the infamous video of a BBC crew being accidentally blown away by a US Attack Helicopter complete with “we kill people all day” commentary from the crew and ground control. No Welcom Home Parade of Consequence.
Negatives- A new generation of completely fucked up Vets who will need help for decades. “Mission Accomplished”. A lasting distrust of the Government so extreme that it has spawned the Conspiracy Industry (like Truthing and Info Wars). America revealed as Worlds Brutal Corrupt Policeman beating confessions out of our captured enemies, a new generation of Domestic Terrorists (like the scumbag Tsarnaev Boys)
What do you think our most pointless war was? The polls are open and comments are enabled!
Renewed Interest in the case today, 3-25-2014, in the form of an excellent follow up on The Rachel Maddow Show, keeping this story alive. Maddow showed the FBI’s ‘evidence’ ‘justifying’ the shooting; including a signed confession by Todashev (redacted) and audio (withheld) where he incriminates himself. She correctly points out how preposterous this is! Please take the poll at the end of the article!
“The facts: Todashev (pronounced TOE-duh-shev) was a 27-year-old ethnic Chechen who hung out with the elder Tsarnaev in Boston and moved to Florida two years ago. He was shot dead after apparently lunging at an officer after walking away from questioning at his condo near Universal Studios in Orlando. What spilled out in the immediate aftermath were reports that 1) Todashev was about to complete his written confession, perhaps strengthening the case against Tsarnaev; and 2) Todashev pulled a knife on investigators, prompting them to kill one of the only men in America who have known when Tsarnaev turned for the worse. Both of those claims seem a…
Lets face it, people love to get high and Philip Seymour Hoffman was no exception. Now he’s a cautionary tale and little more. Yes, he left behind a huge body of great work but he threw it all away for about 70 bags of heroin.
Did anyone seee it coming? Well some are now trying to say Hoffman was seen a couple of times walking around looking mightily stoned. Others are
The Late Philip Seymour Hoffman looking every bit the junkie
Once a junkie always a junkie? YES. Living in the New York City area I have seen a disturbing rise in the amount of junkies i see as well as the wakes and funerals for young users who weren’t lucky enough to make 46. I have known many junkies and only one has quit. How he did it I will never really know. He lives in fear of a relapse and maintains his sobriety only by fully engaging in Narcotics Anonymous. Thats a heavy burden most couldn’t handle.
Philip Seymour Hoffman danced with the Devil as a young man. MOst people say he’s been sober as the day is long for nearly two decades. You almost DON’T want this to be true because it means there’s NO ESCAPE and time doesn’t assuage the wounds and longing,
Its the sad truth. For once “Just Say No” is probably the only way to avoid this evil drug taking your life.