The Kristallnacht of the 1% Continues!

For having all the money in the world, the 1%ers sure do whine a lot. Anyway, today’s persecution complex exhibit A is brought to us by The Wall Street Journal (again), and features the Perils of the Koch Brothers. Yes, Charles wrote an editorial about how put-upon the wealthy are, specifically himself and his brother:

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[T]he fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles.

We have no choice but to fight for those principles, well that takes balls for him to say. But here’s the passage (after the self-congratulatory clap-trap) that sings out:

Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal.

So, in other words, accountability is un-American, the wealthy are morally superior, and we serfs should know our place and surrender unto the wealthy’s tender embrace.

Historians say that the French Aristocracy never saw The Terror coming. Just sayin’, Charlie.

(WSJ)

Stormy Weather

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Slab-faced national treasure of the Id run amok Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R- benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!1!, the perversion of the Boy Scouts, IRS, and the White House spying on Fox News) has introduced legislation to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to “prioritize weather-related activities, including the provision of improved weather data, forecasts, and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy” over researching the effects of Climate Change.

The legislation passed the House, by the way, just two days after the UN report that warned of increased famine, war, and poverty from unmitigated carbon emissions.

(Think Progress)

It keeps happening to him

(TPM) Graphic Design at its finest for the event State Sen. Chris McDaniel is backing out of. How could he possibly know that it would attract White Power segregationists…

Teabagger US Senate Candidate, Noted bad logistician and famous friend of Neo-Confederate Secessionists everywhere, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel has once again found himself booked as a Keynote speaker at a gun show with Confederate War memorobilia and white nationalists who agitate for segregation.

Just a coincidence, I’m sure, that this is at least the third time that this has happened.

(And as always our disclaimer: not all Republicans are racists. However, if you are a racist you probably are a Republican.)

(TPM)

Mississippi “We Don’t Serve Your Kind” Law Will Be Signed

A real sign at a pizza joint in AZ

A real sign at a pizza joint in AZ

Republican Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi said in a statement that he was proud the measure would add the national motto, “In God We Trust,” to the state seal. And that seems to be his fig-leaf for signing into law the ability for anyone to discriminate against anyone else using religion as an alibi when the lawsuits start coming in.

(HuffPo)

Tengrain Presents…

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(Peggy Noonan’s Blog)

(UPDATE: I’m putting this on the front page because it was mentioned on The Professional Left Podcast and people are looking for it. Fresher posts below. Thank you to Bluegal and Driftglass for the hat tip.)

Bad Ads, cont.

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It looks like it was an April Fool’s prank, but that’s OK with me. Maybe more people will take on this billboard with other, better messages?

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Mr. C. Montgomery Burns)

There’s a lesson here…

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…but I’m not sure what it is:

Two hundred fifty employees of the United Parcel Service (UPS) walked off the job for 90 minutes in February to protest the firing of one of their coworkers, Jairo Reyes. Reyes had driven for the company for over 20 years, and they felt his firing (which occurred after a complicated saga over the hours that senior UPS workers could hold) was unfair.

This week, all of those employees were given a pink slip, New York Daily News reports. “They just called me in … (and) said, ‘Effective immediately, you are no longer on the payroll,’” one UPS employee told the outlet.

The workers are represented by the Teamsters, so what happened?

UPS workers are unionized under the Teamsters, and UPS alleges that the protesters not only delayed package delivery for customers, but also violated their union contract. Gaught invited the Teamsters of Local 804, where the workers were fired, to appeal the termination under contract rules. But the union insists it already has.

“Since UPS fired Jairo Reyes and 250 drivers walked off the job in protest, Local 804 has repeatedly tried to bring UPS to the table to settle the issues,” the group’s local wrote on its page. “Local 804 will continue to work with political leaders and the public to bring UPS management to the table to reach a fair settlement. We will do whatever is necessary to achieve this goal.”

Oh, wait a moment! I know what the lesson is: USE THE GODDAMN US POSTAL SERVICE TO MAIL YOUR PACKAGES.

(Think Progress)

There really are two Americas…

It’s official from the Roberts’ Supreme Court: Money=Free Speech, so now the 1% have more speech than the rest of us.

And of course this comes just days after the Wingnuttian 2016 Goat Rodeo contestants worked the stripper pole for casino-owning vulgarian Sheldon Adelson. It is just a coincidence Lindsey Graham wants to ban online gambling now that he has Adelson raising funds for his re-election campaign.

(I wonder when Roberts will sell the naming rights to the court?)

(NYTimes)

“It’s Florida, Jake”

Home of the newly wed and nearly dead might be a good place for this GOPer who is primarying Ted Yoho:

(Saint Petersblog) The bizarre double life of conservative congressional hopeful Jake Rush

Running for the U.S. Congress can be the role of a lifetime for a budding politician, which would seem on the surface to fit right in with “conservative” Republican candidate Jacob A. Rush.

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What the slick video does not mention is that Rush – as “Chazz Darling,” “Staas van der Winst” and a host of other roles – was a long-time member of the Mind’s Eye Society, otherwise known as “Camarilla.”

Mind’s Eye, or MES, is a nationwide community of gothic-punk role-players who come together to take on personas of vampires and other supernatural beings (known as Kindred), dealing with night-to-night struggles “against their own bestial natures, hunters, and each other.”

MES has a number of different sects, with names such as Vampire: The Requiem; Vampire: The Masquerade; Changeling: The Lost; Geist the Sin Eaters; New World of Darkness and Werewolf the Forsaken, among others.

Using various “domains” — through both table games and “live action”— Rush participated as dozens of “characters,” with names like Darling, van de Winst, Johan Gambrys, Zane Daily, The Kriesler, Archbishop Kettering and more.

He could be Gov. Batboy’s running mate. Or as Dan Savage succinctly put it, God Hates Fangs.

(Saint Petersblog via The Stranger)