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American Fables, Tales For Our Times: Conservatives Vs. the World

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Twins Ron and Reagan, up and dressed for school, ran down to the kitchen where Mom, (like I’m sure all good conservative Moms do), had a full hearty breakfast ready and waiting. The family said prayers first, (as I’m sure all good conservative Christian parents do), and everybody smiled and laughed and shared love around the table. Then Ron and Reagan grabbed their book bags and lunches and climbed into the car.

Dad left for work and Mom drove the kids to school. The children turned at the school doors and waved yelling “I love you”, (as I’m sure all perfect conservative children do).

Mom had barely parked the car back in the garage when her phone rang. She answered to hear Ron screaming into the phone, “Mom, my teacher has a rainbow flag hanging in the classroom, come get me before I turn gay!” Mom screeched the car back out onto the road and sped back to the school. Ron came barreling down the sidewalk and dove through the open passenger window, curling up on the floor yelling, “Drive Mom, drive before the gay catches me!”

Mom had just gotten the distraught young Ron home when her phone rang again; it was Reagan sobbing uncontrollably, “Mommy, Mommy, I forgot to pray before class started, now I won’t be able to pray again until lunchtime! Come get me before I become an atheist Liberal!” Out Mom screeched again to rescue her imperiled daughter from the clutches of Public School Satan.

Both children having been rescued, Mom called Dad and said, “You need to come home, our whole conservative way of life is under attack!”

“Lock all the doors and windows, I’m on my way!”, he replied.

When Dad got home he strategically placed all but one of the numerous bibles they owned in front of every door and window (He had to keep one to read to the children from every night as I’m sure all good conservative Christians do).

Dad told Mom to make sure all of the guns were loaded which was a good thing because they’d forgotten to reload the kids’ AR-15 after they shot up the couch (and unfortunately the family dog that was sleeping on it) the past weekend. Meanwhile, Dad went through the house straightening and kissing the framed Constitutions hanging in every room.

Once they were safe in their conservative bubble Dad held a family meeting. “It’s become too dangerous for you kids out in the real world; we’re going to have to home school you from now on.”

But honey, Mom said, we didn’t even graduate from high school, how can we do that!?”

Don’t worry, we can teach them the three Rs, God, Guns, and… and… okay, the 2 Rs. They don’t need to be socially or culturally rounded, that’s for Liberals; our kids will learn our version of history and all the right groups to hate. Besides, proper English is over-rated, science is a deep-state sham, and when have we ever used math?”

Later that night, after they had said bedtime prayers together (as I’m sure all conservative Christian families do), the children went to bed knowing they were finally safe from the real world (whatever the hell that is). As Mom and Dad got ready for bed, Mom said, “Today was a close call; I heard the Smith’s little daughter has to go into therapy because she learned there was slavery hundreds of years ago and now she thinks she’s a Klan member!”

So, what’s the therapy for?”, Dad asked, but Mom had already fallen asleep.

The moral of the story is: You cannot change hearts and minds when willful ignorance holds those minds hostage.

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If you want America to fulfill its promise, STOP ELECTING REPUBLICANS!

Feel free to add your own “moral to the story”.

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Just Sayin’…

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV)

horse's assesThe Tennessee Poison Center has seen a dramatic increase in calls for people experiencing issues after taking ivermectin for COVID-19.

… the week of August 23, the TPC saw a big spike in calls, with 12 people calling in just that week for ivermectin, nearly all related to COVID, and all experiencing varying severity of symptoms.

According to Dr. Rebecca Bruccoleri, medical director of the TPC:

“It can cause GI upset, it can cause neurological symptoms too. We’ve been seeing people who have been having altered mental states because of this come in, so this can be a serious ingestion.”

I’m pretty sure it’s the folks whose mental states are already altered flocking to the feed store to pop horse de-wormer for COVID. Just sayin’…

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Nunes’s Medal of Freedom Renders the Award Meaningless

Trump Destroys An American Honor

Neither honor nor tradition has ever meant squat to Donald Trump. Now, in his childish, petty quest to burn things down on his way out, he’s decided to trash the Medal of Freedom. That medal, according to White House.gov is (my emphasis):

…the Nation’s highest civilian honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

medal of freedom imageTrump has decided to award this medal to, of all people, Devin Nunes. Why not give it to a circus clown? But wait, he may come close. It’s reported that Trump will hand one to Jim Jordan, too. These choices are an insult to the integrity of the award, and a slap in the face to the people who were worthy of it.

It’s true that Nunes and Jordan have made “exceptional contributions” to Trump’s private endeavors, but that’s the polar opposite of America’s national interests as it relates to this medal and these jokers.

Donald Trump is so proud of his choice of Nunes, he awarded the medal to him in private Monday. Here’s the ridiculous testimonial:

trump's Nunes bullshitAll Nunes has ever done is to help Trump practically destroy this country. This sham of an award shits all over everything America stands for.

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To learn more about Nunes read:

Text messages point to Rep. Devin Nunes in Ukraine scheme at heart of Trump impeachment

“The Russia Investigations: What Does Devin Nunes Know?”

“A Timeline of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman: All the Nunes That’s Fit to Print”

(Google Nunes Russia or Nunes Ukraine and find even more)

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Lindsey Graham Dangled Stimulus to Buy Votes

Winning is all that matters

Many writers have called out Lindsey Graham‘s post-McCain descent into the gutter, but it turns out he can go even lower. As Americans struggle to stay above water and small business owners lose their livelihoods, Graham is dangling stimulus money like pet treats to buy the Georgia Senate seats. Via The Hill:

lindsey grahamWhile he frequently antagonized Trump during the 2016 Republican primary, he has since become a loyal lap-dog for the outgoing president. In a surprise development, though, Graham does not necessarily agree with Trump on stimulus checks. He says that he will support the president’s hope for a larger check, but only if David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler win their senate runoff races.

Update: As I write this, Graham has voiced support for a stand-alone vote to raise stimulus to $2000.00, wonder how he’s being rewarded for that.

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Now YOU’RE Paying For Corporate America’s Meals

When the Hell is Enough Enough?

Republicans fought long and hard to get the 35% statutory corporate tax rate lowered. They claimed it made U.S. companies less competitive than their foreign counterparts. At the same time, Republicans KNEW that corporate effective tax rates averaged much less.

In 2016, the Senate Budget Committee’s Ranking Member received a report from the GAO on effective tax rates. The GAO report, using tax years 2006-2012, found:

cash and cigarsThe statutory tax rate on net corporate income ranges from 15 to 35 percent, depending on the amount of income earned. For tax years 2008 to 2012, profitable large U.S. corporations paid, on average, U.S. federal income taxes amounting to about 14 percent of the pretax net income that they reported in their financial statements (for those entities included in their tax returns). When foreign and state and local income taxes are included, the average ETR across all of those years increases to just over 22 percent.

Insanity is… well, you know.

Even so, the GOP majority got their way in 2017, rewarding those big-money donors at the expense of American taxpayers. In 2019, a report from ITEP (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy), Corporate Tax Avoidance in the First Year of the Trump Tax Law found:

TCJAWhen drafting the tax law, lawmakers could have eliminated special breaks and loopholes in the corporate tax to offset the cost of reducing the statutory rate. Instead, the new law introduced many new breaks and loopholes, though it eliminated some old ones.

Key Findings:

pigs at the troughThe 379 profitable corporations identified in this study paid an effective federal income tax rate of 11.3 percent on their 2018 income, slightly more than half the statutory 21 percent tax rate.

91 corporations did not pay federal income taxes on their 2018 U.S. income. These corporations include Amazon, Chevron, Halliburton and IBM. An ITEP study released in April 2019 examined 2018 Fortune 500 filings released to date and found 60 companies paid zero in federal income taxes. Now, all companies have released their 2018 financial filings, and this report reflects that.

Another 56 companies paid effective tax rates between 0 percent and 5 percent on their 2018 income. Their average effective tax rate was 2.2 percent.

Now, instead of the mere 27 companies paying no income taxes in 2015, we’ve jumped to at least 91 companies avoiding taxes in 2018.

Feeding Corporate Pigs

Fast Forward to 2020. A raging pandemic, over 300,000 U.S. deaths, huge job losses, people facing evictions or losing their homes, and THIS is what Trump and Republicans insisted be part of the latest COVID Relief Plan:

feeding corporate pigsCorporations will now be able to deduct 100% of the cost of “business meals”.

Paying 50% of their meals was obviously too burdensome, so Americans will pay even more now to prop up our so-called “self-made” corporate Americans. We already subsidize their

          • Operating Expenses

          • Employee Expenses

          • Insurance

          • Travel

          • Bad Debts

          • Interest

          • Equipment

          • Taxes

          • Professional Services

          • Advertising

Not to mention yachts, planes, second homes…

Now we can feed them, too.

Meanwhile, working families are struggling to put food on their own tables. Republicans are vile, despicable people who’ve never given a rat’s ass about America.

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Stop Molly-Coddling the Obese Baby in the White House

Donald Trump refuses to admit that he lost the election and Republicans are molly-coddling him like theTrumpscreaming obese baby he is. To avoid the risk of losing favor, everybody is offering him emotional rattles to play with until he stops crying and starts packing his things.

santorumRick Santorum (yes, he’s still around):  “He’s just found out that he’s probably not going to be the president of the United States anymore. This is a very emotional time, give people space to work through this.”

fleischerAri Fleischer: The “decent thing to do is let the president himself take the time he wants to absorb this.”

 

CNN: Almost everyone around the President — members of his family, senior staffers and outside advisers — believe he will accept defeat and leave the White House in January even if he never publicly acknowledges Biden’s win.

mcenanyKayleigh McEnany, On whether Trump would attend Biden’s inauguration: “President Trump believes he will be President Trump, have a second term. I think the president will attend his own inauguration

mcconnell2Mitch McConnell: “Let’s not have any lectures, no lectures, about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results.”

 

Laura Ingraham: “Now, losing, especially when you believe the process wasn’t fair, it’s a gut punch. And ingrahamI’m not conceding anything tonight, by the way, but, losing, if that’s what happens, it’s awful.

 

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Greg Gutless Gutfeld says of Trump: “He redefined the party, because he spoke for people that both the Democrats and the Republicans forgot about. So I think, I think we’re gonna have a HELL of a lot of fun. We’re gonna have two presidents! We’re gonna have two presidents!” (Right. Outa. His. Ass.)

HannitySean Hannity: “… every American should be angry, outraged and worried and concerned about what happened in the election and the lead-up to the election.”

(Trump talking points)

CarlsonPerpetually befuddled looking Tucker Carlson claims: the “outcome of our presidential election was seized from the hands of voters”. (This is especially ridiculous considering 2020 had the highest voter turnout percentage since 1900.)

Even Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, can’t man-up enough to face his boss head-on. As the Daily Beast reported, O’Brien has:

O'Brien…pushed national security officials to publicly embrace the absurd Trump message that the election has not been certified and that there are still legal battles playing out across the country that could turn in the president’s favor.

“If you even mention Biden’s name… that’s a no-go, you’d be fired,” one national security official said.

This molly-coddling has gone on long enough. DONALD TRUMP LOST. It doesn’t matter if he cries, sucks his thumb, stomps his feet, or stays in bed hiding under the covers all day, HE STILL LOST. Somebody in that party of impotent cowards needs to find the brass to tell him it’s over.

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These Idiots Will Vote

If you don't vote

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Bezos Asked Michael Bloomberg To Run

What Arrogance!

Jeff Bezos asked Michael Bloomberg to run for President in February. According to Vox:

bezos asked bloomberg to run in februarySometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city’s former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.

It wasn’t just any Amazon executive — it was Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO and the world’s richest man.

Bezos was calling with a question for his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider entering the 2020 presidential race?

Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation.

But he had a question of his own for Amazon’s CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in New York City? Bezos’s response matched Bloomberg’s — he wouldn’t.

Now Michael  Bloomberg is running. As a Democrat. This is a perfect example of why voters are so cynical about politics. The Rich feel they’re entitled to buy control of the country if necessary. Bloomberg will self-fund his campaign, which puts all other  Democratic candidates at a huge disadvantage.

His rationale for running is that Joe Biden’s campaign was struggling financially. Instead of putting his money behind Biden, the Mayor’s over-blown sense of self says the country needs him. We don’t.

Like Trump, Michael Bloomberg IS Wall Street

Michael Bloomberg, though a champion for certain Democratic causes, is no Democrat. His views on women and minorities are enough in themselves to reject him. Then there’s his defense of Wall Street’s business as usual. In September, Bloomberg Magazine boohooed the mere $23 million Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer David Solomon was paid last year. It seems his predecessor earned three times that much in 2007. In fact, they report:

Investment bankers had their pay reduced by about a third, with a mid-level banker now getting $600,000 to $950,000, Bell said. Compensation for managing directors has fallen roughly 30%, to an average of $1.5 million to $2 million.

Awww… at the same time the article states, and I quote, “…pay was never as significant for the [bank] branch staff, [You know- the “little people”] but it’s been holding up too, rising along with average wages.”

As Slate’s Matt put it:

When the question is gigantic sodas, Bloomberg sees exploited marks and decides to rescue them from themselves. But when the question is financial products, Bloomberg sides with the con artists and says the marks are only suffering because they’re not smart enough.

Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the Democratic race could blow everything up. If voters have to choose between two oversized egos, they may just keep the one we’ve got. Bernie voters probably won’t vote at all, making Bloomberg the spoiler, as he admitted.

The Mayor’s autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway, style, coupled with his disdain for women and minorities should make his candidacy a non-starter. Democrats need to stand up to this attempted hijacking of our primary.

WILL THEY?

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Bloomberg is the Last Person Democrats Need

One Egotistical Rich Guy in the 2020 Race for President is Enough

Michael-Bloomberg is running for PresidentMichael Bloomberg isn’t happy with the Democratic frontrunners, so he’s decided to enter the race. As a Democrat. Like a White Knight riding in to save us from ourselves. Pfft.

Bloomberg has been a Republican, an independent, and a Democrat, depending on which party meets his needs at the time. As his two terms as New York City’s Republican Mayor were coming to an end, he introduced a measure to extend the term limit to three terms. This was after, as CNN reported:

New Yorkers went to the polls twice and said, ‘We want term limits,’ ” … referring to a public vote in 1993 that imposed the two-term limit and another vote in 1996 that maintained it. Bloomberg, who introduced the measure, welcomed the council’s approval as the “right choice.”

He got his third term, regardless of what the voters wanted.

Following Giuliani’s Racist Lead

Bloomberg’s support for “Stop and Frisk”, and his arguments for racial profiling are a big problem:

The numbers are the numbers, and the numbers clearly show that the stops are generally proportionate with suspects’ descriptions and for years now critics have been trying to argue that minorities are stopped disproportionately. If you look at the crime numbers, that is just not true. The numbers don’t lie.

While Bloomberg argues the policy lowered crime, the crime rate continues to drop under Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Via Fact Check:

Major felony offenses have dropped every year de Blasio has served as the city’s mayor, according to New York Police Department data. Other felonies are down. Misdemeanors are down. Arrests are down.

And the ACLU reports that 2018 saw the lowest number of recorded homicides in nearly 70 years

Bloomberg Just Trump With Less Practice

As for Bloomberg’s treatment of women. The Atlantic describes:

a series of stories about him, accumulated over decades, that suggests in the aggregate a distinct pattern when it comes to his treatment of women: reports of disparaging comments made about women’s bodies and appearances. Allegations of a deeply sexist work environment at the company that Bloomberg founded and, for many years, ran.

Bloomberg, quoted by colleagues as saying, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.” Bloomberg being asked in a deposition, “Have you ever made a comment to the effect that you would like to ‘do that piece of meat,’ or I’d ‘do her in a second’?” Bloomberg replying, “I don’t recall ever using the term meat at all.”

In his 1997 autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, the mogul bragged about keeping “a girlfriend in every city” during his years working as a Wall Street stock trader in the 1960s and ’70s. He is reported to have said, of the computer terminal that made his fortune, “It will do everything, including give you [oral sex]. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.”

Democrats need to put Michael Bloomberg out on his ass, the sooner the better. As the New York Times put it:

Mr. Bloomberg is plainly an uncomfortable match for a progressive coalition passionately animated by concern for economic inequality and the civil rights of women and minorities.

AMEN

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This Ivanka/Jared Thing Gets More Ridiculous Every Day

Why do we keep sending Trump’s know-nothing spawn and significant(?) other to represent us on the world stage? From y net News:

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The US president’s daughter and her husband Jared Kushner head delegation of dignitaries from Washington to the US Embassy inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem; ‘With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem,’ Ivanka writes on Instagram ahead of visit.

Dignitaries? These two have no qualifications for this delegation other than being Jewish and related to the-guy-currently-residing-in-the-White House. If being Jewish is required to represent us in Israel (it’s not), send Adam Sandler and Bette Midler for God’s sake, at least they’re intelligent and entertaining.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of these little pukes flittering around the world pretending to be players in American Politics. This amateur-packed White House is an embarrassment. I hope people come to their senses by 2020.

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