Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Lonely Hunter of Pussy

     So, if we're to believe Duncan Hunter, a guy who last year was ridiculed mercilessly on ultra right wing sewer Red State, his wife Martha was responsible for him funding not only lavish vacations in Italy, which included a plane ticket for their pet rabbit, but she was also to blame for him using campaign funds to fund his five, count 'em, five extramarital affairs with three lobbyists, a staffer and a staffer for the Republican leadership team.
     As proof that Republicans have a sense of humor, after all, Hunter had his legal team try to get the charges of corruption dismissed on the grounds that two of the federal prosecutors went to a Hillary Clinton campaign event in 2016, proving that the Clintons will always be responsible for Republican corruption.
     He'd also alleged that the federal prosecution coming at the end of a lengthy investigation that goes back several years, was part of a left wing deep state conspiracy embedded deeply in the Department of Justice. Which is also risible  when one considers it's Trump's DoJ. He'd also complained that his $174,000 salary was insufficient to live on in his own district, the 50th CD of California that he'd essentially inherited from his father, also named Duncan Hunter, when he was easily re-elected last November despite being on parole.
     In other words, like a typical right wing nut bag, Hunter's blaming everyone for his 1,100 overdrafts and $37,000 in overdraft fees and his wife for funding pizza parties and Ubers sticking his penis in at least five women to whom he is not married. So, to put it bluntly, Margaret Hunter, who'd changed her plea to guilty on one count of corruption and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors is still looking at five years in prison while her hot-pricked husband continues to serve in the US House pulling down that 174k that he complains is insufficient to keep body and soul together. Boy, is his next fundraiser going to be awkward.
     Maybe Daddy can get him out of hot water by coauthoring a cook book with him. Failing that, if Hunter wants to embark on a career as some romantic desperado like 11 certain Oregon Republicans and make a run for Mexico, he's gonna have a few problems with that, too.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Interview with Liz DeBoest

“Bye, Baby," Calvin murmurs on my lips, and then he kisses me hard, grabbing my backside hard, too. ​I soften in his influence, and my insides buzz with anticipation.
     But he releases me, and then he winks at me. Jackass, but a hot one and all mine. But damn, why does he always have to turn me on before he leaves for work? ​
     Hmm, maybe I'll pleasure myself before I have to leave for work.” -DeBoest, E. A. The Live In: Him Her and Her Kindle Edition

     So begins the newest release of Detroit area erotic romance author, Liz DeBoest, June’s author of the Month. Liz has amassed a following with her Construction of the Heart series and she’s graciously consented to an interview.

15) You write erotic romance, with an extra heavy emphasis on the “erotic.” How do you write so many sex scenes while keeping them all unique and fresh?

That's a great question since I do keep all of my sex scenes different from one to the next and different from one book to the next. You won't find a duplicate sex scene in any of my writings, and that is because of my characters mainly. My characters are all so different, male and female (their backgrounds, their cultures, and their lifestyles) and have different styles in the bedroom. But it's also because of my personal experiences in and out of the bedroom (I'm married to a kinky man), my fantasies, and from what I've read myself as a lover of erotic books.

14) How difficult is it for you to be an indie novelist while also facing the demands of running a household and taking care of a husband and two active kids?

It's another full-time job on top of my full-time job of being a homemaker, and my husband is always working, so it makes it a lot harder. It keeps me constantly busy. I'm always moving, but I'm a very organized person, so I always plan out my day every morning.
I get all of my writing done while my kids are in school and on the weekends if there's enough time. And when I'm pressed for time, I write things in my notebook so that I won't forget, and then I add it to my story later. I keep a notebook by my side at all times. I always have ideas in my head that have to come out as soon as I think them.
I don't usually write during my kids summer break though, unless it's in my notebook.
           But even though I'm always busy, I enjoy being an indie author. I get to do things my way, and that suits my personality greatly. But I don't get much sleep.

13) How old were you when you decided to be a novelist and especially when you decided to be an erotic author?

I decided to be a novelist and an erotic romance author at the same time at about three and a half years ago, so I was about 38yrs old. I've been an avid reader my entire life, and I have dabbled a little in writing over the years. But after reading so many stories, I just decided one day that I would try writing my own. I had several ideas and decided I would start turning them into books. And now I can't stop. It turns out I'm pretty good at it.

12) There’s an emphasis on romantic fiction to provide the reader with an HEA (Happily Ever After) ending and you’re no exception. Why is that when real life doesn’t always provide happy endings?

Well, reading is an escape from real life, and fiction does just that, lets you escape from your world. I don't think anyone wants to read something that ends badly or leaves you guessing, unless it's the first book in a series. I don't think people would want to escape with something that's like their real life, or what's the point of escaping? I think people want happily ever after endings when it's a love story. I know I do. And if you're a hopeless romantic like me, you want to believe in love and all of its possibilities.

11) Describe your typical writing day. Do you set word goals for yourself, write in a notebook, laptop or do both?

When I sit down to write, I use my laptop. I don't necessarily give myself a word count goal, but I give myself the goal of completing certain scenes, and if I don't complete them, then I scribble the rest of it down in my notebook. I use my notebook for every idea that pops into my head and for writing general ideas of a scene, because I'm not always by my laptop. And I even bring my notebook out and about with me. I've always got ideas for the current book I'm writing or the next book I plan to write.
I write the majority of my stories while my kids are in school, so I have limited time, and that's why my notebook is so handy. I have a lot of notebooks, too.

10) A couple of years ago, Amazon began a crackdown campaign on erotic literature, including taking down books that weren’t even erotic. What are your thoughts on that and do you know of any authors who’ve been victimized by Amazon’s capricious censorship?

That is the reason that I don't label my books erotic. I write erotic romance, heavy on the romance (95% of the time) and heavy on the erotic entanglements, but I don't use the erotica genre when publishing my books. I use fiction, romance, and then either multicultural/interracial or contemporary. I've heard about Amazon giving erotica authors a hard time, but I don't know any personally that have been affected. But I'm not an erotica writer anyways, so I won't allow myself to be labeled as one. I don't use erotic book covers either. I like to consider myself an extremely steamy romance author. After all, I write love stories.

9) Facebook, it seems, has also gotten in on the act. For the second time this spring, you yourself had been put in Facebook jail over a picture you’d put up.  Why do you think it is that Facebook happily accepts money from people who host the sale of child brides and post videos of mass shooters doing their murderous acts yet crack down on romance authors putting up steamy but hardly pornographic photos?

I think it all starts from someone reporting the post. When I had a post removed for the first time almost two years ago, it was because someone reported it. I posted a pic on my author page and had no troubles with it until I decided to share it to a book group a few days later. It was reported from someone in the group and removed, and ever since then my author page has been flagged. I spend a good chunk of money with Facebook as well, so I really think it all begins with someone reporting the post, and then you're automatically put into their system and watched. Plus, Facebook has this whole thing against sex, but I really have no idea why they don't have policies for the other crap that goes around Facebook. It seems too many people are scared of sex. My theory is that it's run by racist, ignorant prudes.

8) With The Live In: Him Her and Her, you didn’t do a watch party or set a launch date in advance. Instead, you just spontaneously put it out (and missed your own launch because of your capricious incarceration). Is there some benefit to launching a book with no notice?

I never do a launch party or have a pre-order date. If it's ready to be published, I don't see why I should make the reader wait any longer. I keep my readers updated the whole time I'm writing a book and give them small excerpts every so often. Plus, I don't have enough fans that read my books to do something like that anyways. Yes, I have a lot of followers between all of my social media, but that doesn't result in lots of readers for me, not yet anyways. And I guess you could say that I'm not all that experienced in all the ins and outs of being an indie author. I'm still learning and trying to gain a bigger fan base.

7) The history of erotic romance literature goes back to the dawn of human literacy, back to the days of Sappho in the 7th century BC. One could make a case that human sexuality is the most unchanging constant in the entire human experience. Would you agree?

Yes, for one, none of us would be here without it. Sex keeps life going. The world is always changing. People are always changing. But I think human connections are what we crave, and I think love is what we crave, and sex comes along with those human connections. And when you can connect with someone on that level, it forms bonds. And when there's nothing else left in the world, just people, communication through words, sex, and sexuality will still be there.

6) Like Sappho and so many other authors, you celebrate the bisexual experience between women in your work. Has anyone ever criticized you for that and if so, what’s your answer?

No, not yet. I haven't been criticized. With my new book, The Live In: Him Her and Her, it was my first time writing about lesbian and bisexual experiences. It's not something I ever personally experienced though, but I do know people that have those experiences. So I don't always write about things I know firsthand. There is a gay man in the Construction of the Heart Series, but I never wrote about his personal life that deeply since he wasn't the main character. I talk about his boyfriend, but nothing sexual. There is a gay man in my book, One Night: Two Strangers, but again I didn't get into his personal story, because he wasn't the main character. But I support human beings period in whatever kind of love they desire. Love is love, and if someone doesn't like that, then they don't have to read my books. I don't keep it a secret what type of book I'm writing either. I let my readers know if it's interracial or has gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters.
But my answer to anyone that hates against that is, love is love, and if you don't like it too bad. I write about all kinds of love. After all, I'm married to a black man and have lesbian friends.

5) Plotter or pantser?

I'm most definitely a plotter. I plan out my novel before I start writing it. I plan out the characters entire backgrounds and what I want in their story. I plan out the first chapter until the very end. But as I'm writing, sometimes I guess I could be considered a pantser, because I listen to my characters, so sometimes scenes end up in my books that weren't planned at all. Yes, my characters speak to me. And I love it, because although I like to plan, I also like when I'm adding things that pop up out of nowhere. It makes my writing experience so exciting, and then I get even more excited to present my book to the world.

4) Suppose an acquisitions editor from Harlequin or Mira in Canada approached you with a book deal- Would you take it or would you reject it and insist on being an indie author and maintaining complete control over your work?

Hmm... That's a hard one. I'm a control freak for sure, but I've actually thought about it, and I'm not sure. I guess it would depend on if they would want to change too much in my books. I wouldn't want a traditional publisher to change my books, at least not too drastically, but I would also love the idea of being a well known author. I guess I would have to know all the benefits coming my way.

3) If human sexuality is indeed the least Protean facet of the human experience, what do you see for the future of erotic literature?

I think it will go on forever and get better and better. I think as time goes on, it will be accepted more too. At least, I hope so. I love reading about love and sex, and I love writing about it. And as time goes on, maybe it won't be such a taboo for others.
         Literature will always be around. Sex will always be around. And combining the two will always be a desire.

2) Would you ever consider writing in another genre or are you locked in with erotic romance?

I've considered combining the paranormal with my erotic romance, but I'm still on the fence about that. Before I started writing the Construction of the Heart Series, I had a paranormal erotic romance story planned out, but I decided to put it on the back burner and get out all my other ideas first. I might go back to it one day and complete it, but I'm not sure yet. I'm not considering any other genres though. I absolutely love writing about love.

1) Do you plan on adding any more additions to the Construction of the Heart series?

I actually might. I've thought about it a lot. There are a few characters that I could write about from that series and tell about their love story, or I could continue with Derek and Violet. I love writing about Derek and Violet. They are my babies. So I'm not sure yet, but since I've thought about it a lot, I actually do have certain characters from the series that I would write about if I did. I've even gone to the extent of kind of plotting their stories. So it may happen, but I have other books planned out that I want to finish first. So I guess stay tuned!

Gotham City Digest

(Where we vow to never leave the European Union in a lurch.)

      I apologize in advance to my UK friends but I really hope Boris Johnson is the next Prime Minister so when Trump goes to England to meet him, we'll be treated to all sorts of Tweedledee and Tweedledum memes. Seriously, hours after Johnson finds out he's one of the top two contenders for PM, the police had to be called to his girlfriend's house? Is this British history in the making or a episode of COPS: London?

     Brett Kavanaugh gets one thing right and Fox fans completely lose their shit.

     I called bullshit on this yesterday. There's no way Trump is capable of showing any human compassion, especially for Iranian Muslims.And speaking of Iran...

     MIGA? Head, meet desk. Desk, head.

     Fake Uber driver and a fake penis. To judge by his mug shot, I have to admit, it looks like the real thing.

     What about forced labor for migrant kiddies? Work, after all, would set them free.

     So, court documents reveal Manafort was canoodling with Sean Handjob. As Goebbels would say, "Fair and balanced."

     Thrice married philanderer who cheated on all three wives and bragged on tape about committing sexual assault can't understand why 16th woman accuses him of sexual assault.

     More white male privilege. If this pedophile was black, he would've been strung up by now. Keep in mind, this was in Missouri, which just passed the most draconian abortion law in the nation.

     "Woman arrested for turning in husband's firearms to Lakeland Police." This country has gone completely insane.

     This is bottomlessly disgusting. We've taken their parents and other adult caregivers from innocent children. Now we're taking their medicine. And a government lawyer suggested taking away their soap and toothbrushes.
      Anybody recall seeing photos of the piles of possessions taken from the Jews by the Nazis at the death camps? Massive piles of shoes, eyeglasses, money, suitcases, clothes, even gold teeth.
      We're there now.

      A very good article about a Socialist Hungarian poet unknown in the US whose poem helped end a war.

      God help us every one but these Christians are walking, breathing organ donors. Meanwhile, the real AntiChrist is in the Oval Office and they're singing his praises.

     Breaking: White House finally admits that drones are unmanned.

     Basically, Jim Jordan was treating Trump's collusion with Russia as if it was a men's college locker room. Well, Nadler was having none of that shit.

     Police urge people not to rush to judgment against the police who rushed to judgment & arrested a man for being hospitalized while black.

     When people publicly make threats on peoples' lives, they often get arrested. So why isn't this homicidal right wing asshole now in jail for doing just that?

     Really, did you expect anything else from a guy who was a Senator from a state with only one industry, which is filing papers of incorporation for these same billionaire scumbags?

     We're the most prolific kidnappers on the planet. Yay.

     It's easy to dismiss these apocalyptic bozos and dead-enders but don't forget, 62,000,000 of our fellow Americans voted for this evolutionary dropout. We'll dislodge Trump soon enough but we're going to be left with 62,000,000 disaffected, pissed off morons desperate for the next right wing Messiah. We thought things couldn't get worse than Nixon. Then we got Reagan, the Bushes and now this gibbering idiot Trump. Never underestimate our nation's capacity and unerring talent for electing people who are worse than the last.

     An incredible story of bravery plus links to plenty of books about similar women WWII spies.

     This is a mere microcosm of what we as a nation are going to be left with after 2020. Notice every single person picking up their trash is black.

     Kellyanne's husband is at it again.

     One more time, with feeling: They're concentration camps for kids. Border Patrol agents make the worst babysitters on earth.

     And while we're talking about concentration camps for money, here's a list of companies making big money in Miami off them and the US taxpayers. Think any of the Democrats currying favor in Miami this week mention this? Don't bet the farm on it.

     Trump was doubling down on this latest fascist bullshit. Then six hours later, as with Iran, he did an about face. Christ almighty, Hamlet had greater convictions than this scatterbained moron.

     To any of my friends, especially those in Oregon, let this serve as a cautionary tale of what happens when you vote for Republicans: You get this shit. Cowardly scumbags who'd rather flee the state like so many Old West outlaws who have to literally be hunted down by police in multistate dragnets like the common criminals they are (One of them threatened the lives of any Oregon State Police who'd come after him). This is all over a climate change bill that involves a fight they know they will lose since Democrats hold both chambers in Salem plus the Governor's office. Ergo, they're cravenly and childishly fleeing the state like rats streaming off a sinking ship because denying them a quorum is the only weapon they have left.
      This is what voting Republican gets you, people: Do nothing Congresses, absentee and corrupt legislators who literally, LITERALLY, run from their duties when they realize they won't get their way. And now, like they're in a movie called Old Guns, these craven, wet-legged criminals are allying themselves with right wing terrorist groups like the Oath Keepers. (Tip o' the tinfoil to Constant Reader CC for the second link.)

     Oh, look, 13 welfare queens. And they're all white.

     Thank you, President Obama?

     This came out a year ago today but still worthy of posting. If anyone knows what happened to the 800 pound spoon, please tell me. I want to know if it wound up in Massachusetts.

     Yes, let's save the earth by destroying it.

     I will not feel sorry for Jeff Sessions, I will NOT feel sorry for Jeff Sessions... And finally...

     Once more: Concentration camps for kids. Make that phrase common again. It drives the government nuts.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Two Summer Nights in June

 (By American Zen's Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari)
Miami --- For those for whom half their hearts are in Havana, the capital of that 2 AM Communist barfly sharing a vast world stage with just a certain pudgy, anvil-haired North Korean, Miami nowadays is the next best thing. The last major Florida city before one hits the Keys has always enjoyed an almost unendurably vibrant nightlife is now seeing an influx of political tourists who are fully prepared and provisioned to drop vast amounts of money and, in some cases, their pants.
     Being sent here on assignment by my boss Ari has been a mixed blessing. True, it is Miami, one of the most beautiful cities in America, but it's late June in which the humidity turns the air into clear augur and one literally leaves little puddles of sweat just walking to the ice machine. Most lamentably, Ari's travel person decided to book me back into the Ricky Ricardo Arms, a venue favored by many of our nation's most successful cocaine smugglers. I've already counted six fading human-shaped chalk outlines on the premises. Their postcards feature police with lights on parked in front of the establishment.
     So, understandably, I've chosen to stay clear of a motel named after Cuba's most famous bandleader and divorcee and the Babaloo Room into which I was booked and spend as much time as possible in public. After all, I'm here on assignment to cover the two nights of Democratic debates to be held on the 26th and 27th at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts here in downtown Miami. The logistics alone are staggering and it escapes me how they will find places and podiums to accommodate the 327 Democrats elbowing each other for the single nomination to represent Wall Street. But somehow, I suspect they'll persevere.
     As one can expect, there are people of all political stripes and agendas as Miami briefly turns into Hollywood for criminals and hangerson. Indeed, as one right wing Twitter influencer with over 600,000 followers for an account dedicated, against all odds, to making Donald Trump actually look presidential, put it, "You can't swing a dead intern in Miami this week without hitting at least one corporate lobbyist."
     While the visual is a disturbing one, I can't fault him for his perception. Just as walking along Hollywood and Vine for an hour or two is virtually gurananteed to put you within sight of a Hollywood actor or their criminal defense attorney, walking through downtown Miami allows one to briefly rub elbows with the political and quasi-political glitterati, if such a thing exists (I'd opt for sleazerati but such things are decided by others).
     Among them are the occasional congressperson on both a state and federal level (Last night I saw former Senator Bill Nelson walking around Elleven asking random people, "What the fuck happened?! How did I lose to fucking Skeletor??"), corporate lobbyists and others paid and paid well to throttle representative democracy to the point of premature ejaculation. What follows are some of the types I've found here in Miami.

Michael the Professional Token
Michael, last name unknown, although court records when he was charged but not convicted with conspiracy to commit two acts of murder when he belonged to a cult named Yahweh ben Yahweh listed his aliases as Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside (not to be confused with the Woodside Literary Agency) and Mikael Israel. He is the sole African American who's always seen at Trump rallies all over the country and has actually been seen having lunch with Sean Hannity. By last night, Michael had already successfully chained himself to the Arsht Center to ensure he'd be first in line for the first debate. Rumor has it he'd done so on the advice of amateur Twitter HQ doorwoman Laura Loomer. He hopes Donald Trump will reward his heroic efforts with a shoutout of his Twitter handle, @UncleTomMichael and, if he's really lucky, his very own Wikipedia page.

Jailbird Jimmy O'Keefe

The late Andrew Breitbart's favorite butt boy, Project Veritas' James O'Keefe, decided to leave his pimp outfit home so he could come and capture irrefutable evidence of liberal hypocrisy. Just a few hours ago, I saw him getting pushed away from Bernie Sanders after trying to get him to admit he didn't voluntarily pay a 90% meal tax on his lunch at the 27 Restaurant. In fact, I just saw him walking around with a set of blue overalls with "Jimmy's Legitimate Computer Repair Service" embossed on the back and furtively loitering around Debbie Wasserman's Schultz's office. I haven't got the heart to tell him she's not the chair of the DNC anymore.

Random Right Wing Cubans
As Bob Dole would say, "You know them, I know them, we all know them." Here in Little Havana and all over Miami, they're known as gusanos and are currently holding the longest celebration in Miami history over the death of Castro, even though he's been dead for going on three years. They still speak longingly about the Bay of Pigs and are in fact still celebrating the death of John F. Kennedy for abandoning them. With assclown retirees like this, who needs Ted Cruz's father?

The Corporate Mainstream Media
I will probably never live down the sight of seeing Wolf Blitzer wearing a Guayabera with CNN racing stripes running down both nipples and a straw Panama hat. But I did get to see Don Lemon's face crumple when he was told by someone from Miami's gay community that the Castro isn't in fact in Miami but San Francisco. Count on the media to continue acting as if we're living in an It's a Wonderful Life alternate America in which Bernie Sanders was never born and to resurrect straw polls from 2016 showing Hillary beating Donald Trump by double digits only with Joe Biden's face literally Scotch-taped over Clinton's. Expect Chuck Toddler to declare this a two person race between Trump and Biden even though the election isn't until November 3, 2020.

Z-List Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists
These people are purely responsible for those brilliant armchair detectives known as QAnon. Thank the likes of Alex Jones and various 4Chan and sub-Reddit poobahs of the right wing political punditocracy for giving us Pizzagate. Look for Laura Loomer and Pam Geller to scream accusations of anti Semtisim because Miami doesn't have enough synagogues for wealthy New York retirees. One Cuban restaurant tried to kick out Alex Jones after he had dinner there but couldn't fit through the doorway again after he claimed his salsa was impregnated with fluoride by Barack Obama and the ghost of Saul Alinski.

Corporate Lobbyists
Nowadays, they cluster around machine Democrats as if Tammany Hall is a thing again (and it is). Miami has essentially been turned into K Street for the next several days, their business suits distended not with muscle but bursting envelopes full of Benjamins intended for any of the other 19 candidates who aren't cranky old Socialist Jews from Brooklyn. They triangulate like hungry sharks, looking for the perfect Democrat to whom to give their largesse but, like a husband standing before the packed fridge at 2 AM, just can't find anything worth taking to bed. They can often be seen at watering holes bemoaning that their jobs would already be over if "Clinton would just get back in the fucking saddle."

Saturday, June 22, 2019

AOC is Right...

     ...but she was just following a path I'd already long ago set a year ago almost to the day.
      Again, I was virtually the first one in the 5th estate, let alone the almost completely useless 4th, to use the phrase "concentration camps" in connection with these "detention centers" and I was calling them out as such over a year ago. And, unlike AOC, I didn't need the blessing of a concentration camp expert to give me permission to do so. I can see the writing on the wall for myself, thank you, and I'm just as capable as anyone of calling a spade a spade.
     In Eastern Europe 75-80 years ago, there were detention camps, which is how it all started. They were called "relocation camps" and the people of Germany bought it hook, line and sinker. They even set up a model camp (called Theresienstadt) with healthy-looking Jews they would show the press. The idea of the "Final Solution" that brought about the death camps such as Auschwitz didn't come until years later.
     My point is, it didn't start all at once and didn't just pop up out of nowhere. It was a process, an evolution that took 12 years to develop and did so through the silent consent of the German people who didn't actually know what was being done in their name.
     And Masha Gessen makes a good point that the further back in time history's greatest villains recede, the more two dimensional and unreal they appear. And when that happens, history turns into a perennially unlearned lesson, that these things happen only to OTHER people, that, to quote Sinclair Lewis, it can't happen here.
     Well, it IS and it's time we collectively pulled our heads out of our lazy, fat, pasty asses and realize history repeats itself for a reason and it's because, as Santayana said, we ignore its lessons. It also repeats itself because tyrants like Hitler, Stalin and, yes, Trump think alike. The rationales are the same, the tactics and the propaganda are the same. We started out by calling these concentration camps for kids "Tender Age" facilities, a phrase that made Rachel Maddow cry on the air.
     A few days ago, a Trump lawyer actually asked a judge why we can't take away beds, soap & toothbrushes from these child prisoners who violated no laws. What happened in Nazi Germany was a process that took years. What we're seeing unfolding now is taking mere months. Within a year, we've gone from "Tender Age" facilities and what Laura Ingraham called "summer camps" to petitioning judges to allow them to take away from them the most basic accoutrements for human survival. 
     We're already taking away their medicine and they're starting to die in our dubious care. They're spinning, whitewashing and outright lying about what's happening just like the Nazis did. Don't help our evil government along by refusing to recognize history repeating itself. They count on you to not have the guts to confront it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Meme o' the Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gotham City Digest

(Where we promise to never filibuster the news for its own sake.)

     Elaine Chao has lined her own pockets and stolen taxpayer money to benefit her husband’s state: The House will now investigate corruption allegations against her & McConnell's crime family.

     Margaret Hunter, the wife of CA Rep. Duncan Hunter, threw hubby under the bus June 13th, pleading guilty and admitting she and her husband misused more than $200,000 worth of campaign funds for personal gain, including a $10,000 trip to Italy and plane tickets for their pet rabbit, Eggburt.
      Who says a wife can't testify against her own husband?

     You hear that? Democratic Socialism, NOT Socialism.

     Black Phoenix family sues Phoenix PD for abusing them and threatening their lives for $10,000,000. Good. I hope they get twice as much.

     If this doesn't choke you up, you're not human.

      “Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community,” (Mayor) Rawling said. “We will not stand for this kind of behavior.”
      Less than a month and a half later, the body of the same victim was found floating in a lake in Dallas. So, yes. Dallas DOES stand for this kind of behavior.

      Remember when Steve Mnuchin told us the Harriet Tubman $20 would be delayed for 6 years for technical reasons and may never have her likeness? Well, here it is. The NY Times got a peek at the design, done in 2016. Mnuchin, like everyone else in this kakistocracy of an administration, is a lying sack o' shit and tRump is a racist. Shocking, I know.

     The polling is fake.
     OK, it's not fake but the numbers are ancient. We have newer polls.
     No, I can't prove they exist.

     This is one of the few things that'll make me appreciate Microsoft Word.

     OJ Simpson just joined Twitter on the 25th anniversary since he murdered his wife & Ron Goldman. He's already attracting lots of followers.
     As you can expect, he's already up to his old knife tricks...

     The FBI found kiddie porn on Alex Jones' computer. So, naturally he concocts a conspiracy theory blaming the Sandy Hook parents.

     But, sure, let's worry more about Sharia law than the danger in our midst.

     Watch what happens when George Stephanopoulos repeatedly presses Trump on why he refused to answer questions about obstruction.

     Keep in mind, these are the very same people who protect white supremacists, KKK & Neo Nazis during their hate marches.

     Bernie Sanders slams ‘polite f-u’ letters sent by generic drug companies as 'clearly illegal' and calls for an investigation. Bernie's such a badass.

     Well over half of our government is working in unison to protect one crook. Take a moment to let that sink in. This is the DOJ's argument to not release Trump's tax returns in violation of federal law. They've seen them. They know what's in them would sink Trump in 2020. And, knowing he's a crook, they're busting a nut to keep him in office.

     I bet he would've listened if the Navy told him the aliens were brown instead of gray and ate tacos.

     This is what we did 54 years ago. We can do it again. Obama didn't have the growing, liberal grassroots movement that LBJ enjoyed after the '64 general election. But it's growing again. And right wingers and Dixiecrats like James Eastland were doing the same exact thing McConnell's doing now- Preventing progressive and commonsense bills from coming up for a vote. And people are noticing and are getting pissed off at the Do Nothing right wing agenda.
      2020 is going to be a blood bath for the right wing. The 2018 midterms were mere prologue for what's to come.

     In the last 30 years, the 1% gained $21,000,000,000,000 while the bottom half lost almost a trillion. Pass the steak sauce.

     Only in America can a "wellness check" on a sleeping black man immediately escalate into a virtual hurricane of bullets over literally nothing then be defended by a so-called expert calling the hideously disproportionate response "reasonable."

     I don't give a fuck if you're CNN (Capitalist Network News) and if you're owned by the corporate cunts at AT&T. NOBODY puts Bernie in a corner.

     You see, Donnie, the whole idea of a false flag operation is that it has to be plausible.

     My followers could "demand" I not leave after 2024? I can't believe he assumes he won't be in federal prison before next election day.

     God bless the United States of America and its rock-ribbed, Christian conservative Republican family values!

     When are we as a nation going to finally collectively come to the inescapable, ineluctable conclusion that this "man" posing as our president is hopelessly, irretrievably insane and 25th Amendment his ass out of the White House?

     Oh, no. Price-gouging only on checks for black parties is definitely not racist.

     During the now infamous ABC interview, Trump tossed Mick Mulvaney out of the Oval Office for coughing.

     Kellyanne Conway is the kind of Jersey skank who wouldn't even make the B roll of a Jersey Shore episode.

     It's an ongoing indictment of our ongoing ignorance that we need an Englishman to explain to Americans what impeachment is.

      Mitch says making Puerto Rico and DC states is "Socialist."
      Washington DC is 63% nonwhite or Hispanic.
      Puerto Rico is 99% nonwhite or Hispanic.
      That's what he means.
      Ergo, McConnell's opposition is purely racist.

      Running over Trump protesters.
     "Harmless jokes."
      Ha ha.

     Good thing she wasn't a black mother whose child walked out of a Dollar Store with a doll or it really could've gotten ugly.

     Does it really surprise you that a right wing nut job like Kavanaugh would have his world view and legal opinions shaped by Fox "News" and other right wing outlets?

     Bolton and Pompeo, "tickle parties"? THAT's a visual that won't be going away any time soon. Thanks, Lisa.

     And a fan of Alex Jones, at that. But please, let's just keep our heads in the sand and keep pretending right wing media isn't having any effect on its violent right wing listeners.

     Yeah, perfect time to start a new war with Iran- when we don't have a Defense Secretary. So now Trump is forced to move one more acting secretary in a mad attempt to hide the empty chair THAT will leave. Political scientists and historians ages hence will shake their heads in wonderment that our country hadn't collapsed from the sheer staggering weight of this government's own corruption and ineptitude.

      Michael Knowles argued on Fox "News" this week that Kyle Kashuv was only “espousing conservatism” when he was rejected by Harvard for using the N-word at least 11 times and calling to “kill all the f*cking Jews.”

     Thank goodness Jews the world over have Liz Cheney to explain their own history to them. And finally...

     Oh, this ought to be good. And by that I mean bad. And by that I mean rolling dumpster fire.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Gotham City Digest

(In which we will always show you how the real world works.)

     In other words, "Russia, if you're still listening... so am I."

     "Omar was found to have used the campaign money during her tenure as a congresswoman to travel to Boston for a speech at a political rally, travel to Chicago to accept an award and attend a fundraising event, and to pay for a hotel in Washington, D.C., where she participated in an interview at a conference..."
      Wait a minute. Isn't going to campaign events covered under responsible usage of campaign funds?
      "Republican state Rep. Steve Drazkowski initially raised concerns about Omar's travel..."
      Oh, THERE you go. I knew a Republican was behind this.
     Drazkowski is the right wing asshole who 9 years ago introduced a bill patterned on Arizona's odious "Papers, Please" law.

     I guarantee you, Biden, Harris and Booker are adjusting their knee pads to suck off the Kochs even as we speak.

     Despite my personal animus toward Hillary Clinton, it has to be said she is or was a licensed attorney and as such, she would be better equipped to read a long legal document such as the Mueller Report and to see these things. After all, Trump attended a business college, not a law school.

     Look at it this way- The more time he spends on the links, the less he's damaging the world. Isn't that worth $3.6 million?

     Looks as if Mitch was ditched by the Army back in '67 for packing fudge in the barracks.

     Oh and speaking of the Turtle...

     The rapaciousness of corporate scumbags never ceases to amaze me.

     “(A) consensus of peer reviewed literature has nothing to do with the truth.” In other words, "Who needs experts & facts? We've got Donnie Dumbo's gut."

     Epic Systems v. Lewis was decided by the Supreme Court a little over a year ago. The pro-corporate right wing SCOTUS essentially allowed companies to force arbitration on their hires from Day One. The whole idea of forced arbitration is to keep its evils from reaching the light of day in a court of law and to wrench power from the hands of the work force. Arbitration, as anyone who's studied it knows (as I have), is always tilted in favor of the company who pays the arbitrator with the understanding that their purpose is to vote against the worker and with their employer most of if not all the time. This interview from last month explains how Epic Systems v. Lewis effectively gave corporations the power to dodge being sued for violating existing labor laws.

     I can't tell you how proud I am to have a "president" who acts like the fat bully on a junior high school playground.

     God almighty, do I hate this creature. He is a political cancer on everything that is good & decent in this world.

     Seriously, everything good that Trump touches, dies.

     Actual bullets fired at US forces on D-day: 360,000,000
     Actual bullets fired at Bill Barr: 0
     Shut the fuck up, Barr.

     The Lord sure does work in mysterious ways.

     Alabama banned abortions in cases of rape. But when women give birth after rape, they can't terminate the parental rights of their rapists. Lawmakers thought about fixing this but decided not to.

     The most corrupt couple in DC, hands down.

     This man is my new superhero. Yelp is like Facebook & other corporations- They try to extort money out of you & when you don't pay them, your analytics and visibility aggressively plunge to nothing. It's called "hard bargaining" and was protected by a 9th Circuit ruling that differentiated it from a protection racket and extortion, which it still is. When a corporation puts the arm on you and retaliates in a way that can affect your business & reputation, it's extortion. Don't let the 9th Circuit define for you what extortion is. And Yelp, like every single corporation on the planet without exception is evil, avaricious and vindictive. Cheers to this paisano for fucking up their shit.

     Don't tell me these fascists aren't trying to murder these kids. These Border Patrol detention facilities are just mini concentration camps, plain and simple. And speaking of which...

     OK, if this was a Board of Health inspection done on any civilian restaurant, that place would, could or should be closed down immediately. But I guess ICE concentration camps get a free pass and are allowed to continue serving rotten food to migrants. And what the fuck is with the nooses?!

     Linda Fairstein can go down in flames more spectacularly than even most disgraced Republicans I can think of. If you had anything to do with Fairstein getting fired by Dutton and Vassar College, I salute you. Yes, Fairstein lost her contract with Dutton, proving you can always depend on a corporate entity to do the right thing to save their threatened bottom line.

     OK, guys, we took down Linda Fairstein last week. This week, let's take down another formulaic, racist hack: Nicholas Sparks.

     Bless this librarian gal. That's all I got to say.

     The House voted to hold Barr & McGahn in civil contempt. Party line vote- 229-191. After all that high-minded bullshit & political theater on Twitter, Justin Amash proved he was just another right wing partisan piece of shit with no balls & no bowels.

     Keep in mind, this is the same asshole that just bought Barnes & Noble, our biggest bookstore chain. Now he's busting a nut to destroy America and make Israel great again.

     Trump will never escape that rose colored hamster ball.

     Trump essentially admitted to George Stephanopoulos he would collude with Russia... again. Great. Let's see if he feels the same way if Russia or NoKo offers Biden kompromat on him, too.

     Kellyanne Conway is guilty of violating the Hatch Act and needs to be removed, says Trump's own OLC. Naturally, Trump's flunkies nonsensically started screaming about the liberal agenda, Hilarity ensued.

     Really, Kellyanne Conway is the kind of Jersey skank who wouldn't even make the B roll of a Jersey Shore episode.

     How many House bills have been impaled & suspended in Mitch's do nothing Senate? Let us count them.

     So, a black toddler walks out of a dollar store in Phoenix with a doll and this happened.

     So there Kevin McCarthy, budding conspiracy theorist, stood giving out a conspiracy theory about Democrats & the Steele Dossier and a reporter threw this verbal pie in his face: “John McCain gave the Steele dossier to the FBI.” As usual, hilarity ensued.

     Congressman Fred Flintstone (R-Bedrock) calls Trump "a president of the law" and referred to Nancy Pelosi by a masculine pronoun. Yes, Republicans are this stupid.

     So, Pelosi unloaded on Mitch "Grim Reaper" McConnell. Who else thinks it's time for Death to take a long holiday after election day next year?

     I'm giving serious thought to making this the plot for my sequel to my work in progress. The virtually nonexistent response to the 5200+ plus Native women that disappear every year is a crime unto itself.

      Obama BFF Jamie fucking Dimon on Socialism.
      Then Bernie Sanders on Jamie Dimon.

     Nearly 55 years after the first one, Trump's trying to have his own Gulf of Tonkin, with the help of Pompous Minimus, the slightly less sweaty Alex Jones.

     The spawn of a multi-millionaire corporate attorney and a banking heiress whose elite prep school bought him a computer in 1968 is hardly "self-made". The uber rich like Bill Gates tell us these fairy tales in the hopes that we won't eat them alive.

     Absentee Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who hasn't held a presser since March, to leave position so she can spend even less time with the press.

     Nice gesture but that's all it is. Wyden knows it'll never get out of committee.

     And pigs wonder why we say, "Fuck the police." Look what they're saying about us.

     OK, one more time, you right wing shitheels, and remember, there's no shame in asking for the bouncing ball. John. McCain. Gave. The. Steele. Dossier. To. The. FBI.

     Here's a video of an Israel lobbyist calling for a false flag operation against Iran, and even mentioning the Gulf of Tonkin, at a right wing think tank.

       And these are the lawless assholes who want to investigate Mueller and his team for doing their jobs?! And finally...

     Mick Mulvaney should not be allowed anywhere in DC even in a tour group. Seriously, even Donnie Dumbo doesn't want him in the Oval Office.

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