What Flavor Politician Are You?

Being Libertarian
I found this image on the Being Libertarian page on Facebook. I have to wonder at naming a page Being Libertarian when it's been demonstrated that Being Liberal was a thing on Facebook before there was a page called Being Libertarian, but I digress.

The image is attempting to show how silly it is to say that Libertarians are Democrats or Republicans. Stealing votes from Democrats or Republicans. However, there is a problem in their logic, which I will illustrate literally.

Gary Johnson is Crystal Pepsi, not Dr. Pepper. If it means anything, the Orange Hate-Monkey is Pepsi laced with arsenic.

Clinton is not Coke, but then neither is Coke these days. Lacking access to a Coke (to take the metaphor to its proper conclusion) I'll vote for the thing that says it's a Coke. At least the can is the right color and the drink will be carbonated and not too sweet.

I don't like Dr. Pepper anyway.

Just in case that isn't clear enough, I will elaborate further. Gary Johnson and much of the Libertarian Party (LP) philosophy and platform is Republican. I know they insist they are different, but in reality the GOP morphed into a variation of the LP about the time Reagan was President. They've been becoming more and more the LP as the Tea Party took over with each succeeding election since that time.

So there are still only two flavors to choose from. That is by design. The system only works the way we see it working, unless we take the effort and energy to alter it's framework.
In a system where winners are decided by earning at least 1/N of the vote, there will be N choices.
As I've said many times, I'm voting for Clinton. I prefer centrism. I prefer we not wreck the system. I prefer we reduce suffering rather than increase it. So I won't dilute the vote by shifting my vote to some other candidate which has no chance of beating the two major parties who have hardwired themselves into the system.

Facebook status and consequent comments incorporated and backdated to the blog.


A Gratuitous Plug

I should have posted this last week. Hell, I should have posted several things over the last months. I swear, I'm working on a few things. I'll get them out soon. In the meantime, a gratuitous plug for The Late Show, the revival of Mirror, Mirror Stephen Colbert and The Word;






For those of you wondering why Colbert changed his show so much, this weeks show goes into why that is.





Imagine that.  Not being able to use your own name and your own material because your former employer claims to have the rights to your face.  Sad, really.

Fair Weather Facebook Fearmongering Hillary Hater

A comment I left on a friend's wall when one of his friends suggested that Hillary was worse than Trump and she was voting Green;

http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/2016/07/oh-for-fucks-sake-in-which-i-gently-talk-to-my-friends-who-are-republicans-democrats-and-the-undecided/

and if that doesn't convince you, read this http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/2016/07/oh-for-fucks-sake-why-your-presidential-protest-vote-is-a-wretched-idea/

or this other thing http://ranthonysteele.blogspot.com/2016/05/us-politics-fix-starting-process.html (the last one being something I wrote) these protest votes for alternative presidential candidates, this entire obsession with the top office? Completely unwarranted.

I have other friends who can't bring themselves to vote for Hillary. I say "so what?" all the offices down-ballot.  ALL OF THEM. Should not suffer because you don't like the candidate at the top of the list. Voting is the last act in a series of acts in which you should have at least brought something that you agree with to the table.

If that didn't happen, maybe you should change parties. Just remember that the current system only acknowledges two and can't be changed except from inside those two parties. The sooner we accept this fact, the sooner we can get to work fixing the system.

Facebook status backdated to the blog.

Republican Convention Post-Mortem

I remain amazed at how easily the Orange Hate-Monkey (OHM) got the nomination. That is the only part of the equation that I remain mystified by. I remain mystified by it because, as any parliamentarian can tell you, it isn't easy to hijack a convention like he did. And yet there is no other word to describe how the convention went down other than to say it was hijacked.

Did the "never Trump" faction have enough political savvy to stop him from becoming the nominee? The answer appears to be no. He secured the chair with someone who would gavel the convention to order. His supporters clearly understood how to silence a floor fight. All that is left is for the delegates to vote and he's the nominee, and the GOP can finally accept the labels we have attempted to pin on them for 30 years and more. They are fascists. They are openly racist and xenophobic. They are happy to promote and embrace a christian theocracy, even when lead by a fakir.

It is also worth noting that the best politicians that the GOP can muster could not stop a political newb from taking over their convention and making them all dance his tune. They appear to deserve all the ridicule and embarrassment that can be piled on them at this point. They really are the NSDAP. They equate to the PNF. May they be remembered by history in the same light as their failure predecessor political organizations.

The New Yorker
The choice in this election could not be more starkly drawn no matter what the Hillary haters say. It is now up to the informed and the thinking to lay out just how bad it can be with an authoritarian of the caliber of the Birther-in-Chief. Just how grim the future is when lead by the Orange Hate-monkey. Just how untrustworthy a real-estate developer is. Time to lay it all out for everyone to see so that there is no question that anyone who votes for Trump votes for concentration camps and mass extermination. Anyone who supports Trump wants the US to be destroyed in a paroxysm of self-hatred. Anyone who supports Trump wants to see civilization end. Make them prove that this is not the case at every turn. Hammer them into submission with ideas too strong to be refuted.

The next President will be Hillary Clinton. If we are lucky.
Dick jokes and eager young interns with their hands on your junk. Giggling impotent old men eager for a show. Inflexible self righteous authoritarianism. Anger. Shouting. Marines. Jerking off. Outrage. Violation. Embarrassment. Mortification. Forced to tough it out to the bitter end.

And finally you go home dirty and used, clothes ruined, dignity long fled, covered in sticky goo and shooting blanks.

In the rain.

Honestly, what DOESN’T it have to do with the Republican National Convention?

See you tomorrow, Folks. My regards to Mr. Trump. - Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station on Facebook

Facebook status backdated to the blog.  The 29% chance of winning that Fivethirtyeight gave him on the eve of the election explains everything else you need to know. Comey did it