LIMBAUGH: Okay, folks, it’s a moment of truth. We are mere hours away now from Tropical Storm Isaac, which everybody is desperately hoping becomes a hurricane. I can’t believe this. They are desperately hoping that it becomes a hurricane. It’s the Democrats’ wet dream that this thing hit New Orleans. So, you know me. My middle name is Solutions. I have some ideas for the Republicans. How to deal with the tropical storm, slash, hurricane hitting New Orleans.
The first thing we do is offer to send 500 bus drivers to New Orleans, paid for by us, to make sure that the buses that were not used by the Democrat mayor during Hurricane Katrina will be used to evacuate people should it become necessary. The second thing that I think the Republicans ought to do is send bags of money instead of sand. Bags full of money to shore up the levees in New Orleans. This would accomplish many things. A, it would show our compassion. B, we could have Romney’s five sons who CNN last night asked, “What’s it like to be rich as sin,” or whatever. They did. Piers Morgan asked Romney’s sons, (paraphrasing) “What’s it like to be stinking rich?” So we have Romney’s five sons deliver the bags of money to shore up the levees.
Now, this will accomplish much. It will show our compassion, and it will do something else. Once we publicize that we have sent 500 bags of money — well, whatever number of bags, bags filled with money to shore up the levees, what will happen? The poor of New Orleans will storm the levees and steal the bags, thereby putting themselves at risk for the eventual flooding that will happen once they remove the bags of money. And that way the Republicans can get rid of even more Democrats in Louisiana and shore up the state for themselves. How about those two ideas, folks? Am I not thinking or am I thinking?
Fuck you, Rush Limbaugh. Fuck you forever, you piece of shit.
The Battle of Blair Mountain was one of the largest civil uprisings in United States history and the largest armed rebellion since the American Civil War. For five days in late August and early September 1921, in Logan County, West Virginia, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 lawmen and strikebreakers, called the Logan Defenders,who were backed by coal mine operators during an attempt by the miners to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. The battle ended after approximately one million rounds were fired, and the United States Army intervened by presidential order.
I can’t believe I’d never heard about this until today.
Chris and I have been talking about this topic. Civil uprising.
My belief is that our people have become too lazy and afraid to fight their own government if it (as it seems to be continuing to do) became too controlling and powerful. We fear our government, and we should. Our military is by far the strongest thing we have as a people - much stronger than our health, our economy, our education, and in my opinion much stronger than our freedoms. Any civil uprising could be and would be quickly squashed, and any of you gun-toting “no way, this is why the 2nd amendment gave us the right to bear arms” wack-jobs that think different are being naive and unrealistic. Just look what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. When the looting began, and people tried to use those “2nd amendment guaranteed” guns to protect their homes from the looters, our government declared martial law and like a tsking parent confiscating a slingshot, simply took them away. People demanding that they be able to keep their weapons (you know, based on the Constitutional right to have them) were put in the corner (aka jail) until the grown-ups were done sorting it all out. If they had fought harder, I don’t doubt we would have been hearing the news report about a man shot on his porch because he wouldn’t put down/relinquish his weapon as ordered by the police.
Chris pointed out that there are so many more citizens than there are military, which is correct. However, our citizens have much less powerful weapons than our military, for one. For another, when was the last time we were able to show ourselves to have awareness of the fact that we are the ants and they are the grasshoppers? We can’t even peacefully demand that our elected officials give us proper workers rights or health care, much less coordinate millions of us into a bloody rebellion. Hell, how many of us can’t even be bothered to VOTE?
No, our government keeps us juuuuuust comfy enough to not want to rock the boat and lose that house, that car, that job with the pension that we’re so darn lucky they’ll allow us to have. Our lives? Forget about it. We’re a bunch of narcissistic assholes that wouldn’t risk that unless you paid us (and those that would are in the military - they’d be the ones shooting your ass during the uprising).
Not to be a pessimistic dick, but we’ve bred a government that made us afraid and paranoid. That fear and paranoia allowed it to become a (very profitable) war machine. That machine is no longer in our control, and if we try to fight it we’re fucked. We’re in too deep at this point. I’m not surprised at all that I haven’t heard of the Battle of Blair Mountain. Why would there be anything about this in the history books? They don’t want us learning this stuff, and getting any crazy ideas about demanding the rights we’re supposed to have to govern our lives, and to govern our own government.
Nope, just move along. There’s nothing to see here.
Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy
HAHA NO MONAY!!!!!
Maybe our generation aren’t buying houses and cars because EVERYTHING IS SO FUCKED
You want us to actually talk to bank people and get home loans and auto loans? They are still fucking us! Any time I go into a bank, I feel disgusted. You want me to do MORE business with the who want to charge me 5 dollars for every single swipe of my debit card? Get fucked!
You think I’m gonna buy a car? A car? Where am I gonna get the money for a car and the insurance and the insurance against the insurance company if God forbid they decide to do the same things they did to the poor Fisher family and countless others? And fucking GAS? Are you crazy? The planet is dying, and you want me to buy gas at $FUCK.YOU/gallon?
In the past 5 years since the economy fell apart, we’ve been adapting. We’ve been listening to countless horror stories of those who made the risk. Those who saved and did it right, and still ended up with an inferior product with inferior service that RUINS YOUR LIFE. It’s not like ordering a pizza, and instead of sausage, you get cheese. It’s like ordering a pizza and then your credit is ruined and you are flat broke. The pains of acquisition aren’t worth it if it can all be taken away like a bureaucratic fart in the bathtub. It would be smarter to save our money for tickets to god-damn Mars than to invest in these hideous, broken systems.
We aren’t cheap. We fucking hate doing business with you people.
All these pieces on Millennials are so mired in confusion since we don’t even trust journalists any more. The news, our entire lives, has been scary. Think about being 8 and processing the deaths of abortion doctors or homegrown terrorism. Now try to process the news when every asshole on camera just lies. The news hasn’t had an ounce of truth in it for 10 years. Can you not understand how much we don’t trust anyone who is older than us? How can you trust anybody when the president and vice-president of the United States lied to the Secretary of State so they could START THE WRONG WAR!
Also, that graphic? Is that what you think we all look like? Are you fucking kidding me, Atlantic?
I hope they never find out how to market to us. I hope we splinter so much that companies like Ford will have to make a decent product instead of asking the Vomit Spouts that created Jersey Shore how to create MORE fantasies about how great THINGS will make your life. We don’t attach to things because things break. We saw everything break.
This is now the third area in which Romney has refused to share specifics on the explicit grounds that so doing would be bad politically for him. Romney has repeatedly said he won’t release his tax returns because Democrats will find things in them to attack. And he has vowed to eliminate whole government agencies, but has confirmed that he won’t specify which ones precisely because his failed Senate bid taught him that getting too specific puts him at risk of losing. As Jonathan Chait has written, this is akin to saying: “One of the things I have found in previous elections is that announcing my plans makes people want to vote against me.”
Do your job, media.
Do your job, reporters.
Do your job, cable news.
Do your job, newspapers.
Inform voters clearly and without the “both sides do it” false equivalency, that the Romney campaign is deliberately hiding what a Romney presidency would mean for the country, because the campaign knows that they will lose if voters find out their actual policy plans.
It is absolutely staggering to me that it is possible in this country for a person seeking to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES can completely hide everything that person would do if elected and expect voters to be totally fine with that.
The cable news and national network news programs have a responsibility to clearly explain this to voters: Mitt Romney won’t tell you what he plans to do if you elect him, because he believes that if you knew, you wouldn’t vote for him.
Yet Another Reason Comcast is a 10,000-headed Jackass
I was recently married, and am changing my name to my new husband’s as so many people do. Comcast is my cable/internet provider and they are one of the many companies I need to contact to have my name updated in their system. I decided the easiest way to find out what each company I work with needed from me to facilitate the change (some just need my request, some need ID, some need a copy of the marriage certificate, etc) was to contact them by email and ask what they would need. The majority of companies are contactable by email, so this step went quickly. No waiting on hold, no waiting for the live chat person to come online, just shot out all of the emails and waited for the replies to come in over the course of my day.
I logged on to the Comcast website and sent them an email at Customer Support. The response came about 5 hours later from a CSR who told me that I need to complete a Name Change Form. Great, I say, will you please e-mail it to me? No. *It has to be mailed.*
What… you mean, like, with a stamp by the post office? Is it 1949? Did you know that your company runs a multi-million (billion?) dollar internet provider service that includes e-mail? *deep breath* Okay, can you please mail it to me?
No, you have to *call in to customer service* at 1-800-COMCAST and request that they mail it to you.
Wait… on the phone? Like, make that tiny computer I carry in my purse dial numbers and talk to someone… with my voice?! ARE WE CAVEMEN NOW?! *deep breath*
So I called into Comcast and was promptly (and by “promptly” I mean “After making my way through an elaborate maze of ‘Press 1 for English’ ‘Press 9 for Billing’ and ‘Press 4 to watch Charlie Sheen battle Puck from that one season of the Real World LIVE ON PAY PER VIEW!’ prompts”) told that the hold time was approximately 82 minutes (this may be an exaggeration) but if I wanted to I could hang up and go to Comcast.com and speak to someone on Live Chat Support.
So I hung up, went *back* to the website, and dialed up Live Chat. Much more my comfort zone. I asked a woman named Diane if she would please send me the name change form. After asking me twice how my day was, and ensuring me twice that she was going to provide me with exemplary customer service today, Diane told me that she would have the form mailed to my house. From there, she tells me, I will have to take the form, in person, to my local Comcast office along with proof of marriage and identity.
Is the form available at the office, Diane? Can I just walk into the office and fill out the form today?
No. We have to mail it to you.
So, I have to wait for it to come in the mail, then take it to the office in person.
Fine then. Can I just ask one question, Diane? Why is it that I can’t type into a box and speak to a person online via email and have them mail me this blank, inconsequential administrative form; but I was able to type into a box and speak to a person online via live chat and you are now able to mail it to me?
You need to be able to speak directly to a representative to make this request.
But email… It’s just exactly… okay never mind.
And just so you know, ma’am, for us to update your name in our system will be a fee of $1.99.
Well clearly, Diane. How else would your company cover the cost of printing up a form and mailing it to me? THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY YOUR COMPANY COULD HAVE MADE THIS PROCESS LESS TIME CONSUMING, ADMINISTRATIVELY BURDENSOME OR INEXPENSIVE NOW IS THERE?
Nope. INTERESTING girls are the best kind of girls. And sadly, pretty girls are seldom interesting. They’ve spent too much of their lives getting by just being pretty, they have no reason to cultivate any sort of purpose or personality. The overlap does happen, but its so frighteningly seldom and I think the most unfortunate thing is that far too many pretty girls think they fit in the overlap because people pay attention to them.
Attention doesn’t equal respect, and it certainly doesn’t equal value.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other involves orcs.”—John Rogers (via barrier-trio)
The U.S. Justice Department said it will not pursue criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc or its employees related to accusations that the firm bet against the same subprime mortgage securities it was selling to clients.
The decision not to prosecute Goldman, a firm held up by critics as a symbol of Wall Street greed during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, highlights the difficulty in prosecuting crisis-related cases.
“difficulty in prosecuting crisis-related cases” Isn’t that adorable? I wonder why it’s so difficult to prosecute these pig fuckers…
“The department and investigative agencies ultimately concluded that the burden of proof to bring a criminal case could not be met based on the law and facts as they exist at this time,” the Justice Department said in a statement late on Thursday.
Because the fucking banksters write the goddamn laws, and our worthless and corrupt congress cashes the checks and does what they’re told.
The Banksters own the American government, and until we take our country back from these motherfuckers, not a single one of them will ever face justice, because under the laws these sons of bitches have written, they haven’t done anything wrong.
Burn them all. Burn them to the fucking ground, and salt the earth where their ashes fall.
I’ve been finding beauty in really graphic, dark images lately. I can’t tell if that means I’m losing my damn mind, or if this is part of getting older and accepting death and the fact that someday I’m just going to be another corpse that someone has to deal with.