Friday, July 24, 2015

Diagnosis

Rick Perry, indicted on felony charges and near the bottom in polls, claims that Donald Trump is a cancer on conservatism.

Republicancer is the disease, and it's epidemic. Trump and Rafael Cruz are symptoms of Republicancer, and Rick Perry is a milder symptom.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cheeseburgers

Let's assume that every fast food franchise joins Whataburger in banning open carry of firearms on their property. What are the possible outcomes?
  • Redneck assholes defy the prohibitions, are arrested and taken downtown for booking. Excellent outcome.
  • Redneck assholes stop eating all those cheesebugers with double bacon and chili, get their weight down to a healthy level, and live longer. Not-so-great outcome.
  • Redneck assholes stay at home because the only reason they go out is to load up on high-calorie, deep fat fried junk food. Good outcome. 
  • Redneck assholes leave their pistols in the house and gradually realize they can survive outside without them. Great outcome, but unlikely to materialize.
I can live with all four of these, but maybe there are other possibilities that haven't occurred to me.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fund This

Every time I turn around, somebody is using GoFundMe to raise a bundle of ready cash. The ones whose tragic stories are reported on the Internet are often members of the group we refer to as trailer trash.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bad Hair Week?

The 21st century Republican Party is designed to attract voters who are conservative and (a) white, or (b) old, or (c) religious, or (d) rural, or (e) all of the above. As percentages of the total U.S. population, the demographic groups that dominate the GOP are shrinking or, at best, stagnant.

If the GOP wants to remain a national (rather than regional) force, it's absolutely critical that its core constituents turn out en masse on election day. Among people who are old, white, rural, religious conservatives, fear and hate are powerful motivating forces. The GOP goal is to make sure the base is constantly agitated and itching to vote. Party leaders relentlessly pound on issues like gun control and the war on Jesus to make sure their single-issue voters are lining up at the polls.

This has been a bad hair week for Republicans on the issues. First it was racism and the Confederate flag. Then it was the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in favor of Obamacare. Now the Supremes have upheld same sex marriage.

On the plus side, the Republican base will definitely be itching to vote next year.