Monday, January 15, 2018

Bush Was The MBA President . . . Now We Have The First NDA President...

Simply fucking amazing:

The Daily Beast was informed late Friday that porn star Jessica Drake is not allowed to discuss President Donald J. Trump on account of a non-disclosure agreement she signed barring her from any such talk. NDAs are often deployed as part of settlements to silence accusers. 

“Jessica’s NDA blankets any and every mention of Trump, so she’s legally unable to comment,” her publicist, Josh Ortiz, informed The Daily Beast. “Jessica signed a non-disclosure agreement after her allegations of misconduct, and she can’t do as much as peep his name publicly.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-accuser-jessica-drake-has-an-nda-preventing-her-from-talking-about-donald-trump

He's Just A Gigolo . . . . . . .




The Gadfly would wager good, honestly earned, lower middle-class, non-exempt paycheck money that there are dozens of these Drumpf NDA's (non-disclosure agreements) floating around out there that have absolutely fucking nothing to do with real estate nor any other aspect of legitimate business world transactions (yes - The Gadfly knows - insert Trump as a businessman joke here).

If you've ever listened to any of Howard Stern's radio shows, there are myriad instances, over many years, of Dashing Donny musing on-air about his lustful tendencies and insatiable appetite for young, nubile wenches.  His dalliances with porn stars is ho-hum not-news to people like The Gadfly who have actually followed Donald Trump's very public "career"and heard him boasting of his mighty sexual conquests all over the globe.

Listen - please, once and for all - you few remaining, possibly reasonable Trump supporters.  Donald Trump is a grifter and con artist.  He's a litigious backstabbing "businessman" who feels much more comfortable sitting around a boardroom table with mafia crime bosses than he does with legitimate American corporate business leaders.  He surrounds himself with emotionally prepubescent political groupies, fawning yes men and women, and no evidence at all exists that he is capable of humbly seeking counsel from people who are mature, intelligent and possess natural leadership skills and experiences.

He lies incessantly, and is a comically obtuse narcissist.  He has the disposition of a pit viper and the moral verisimilitude and humanity of Simon Legree.

Oh -- and it cannot be pointed out nearly fucking enough that the July, 2006 alleged "Tighty Whities" hotel/porn star incident took place a mere couple of months after his son Barron was born to him and his wife of 16 months, Melania.

And that is what prompted the Gadfly's explicit "amazing" admonition at the opening of this post.

It is practically impossible for The Gadfly to fathom how conservative, God fearing America would be reacting to news stories that might have come out a year in to Barack Obama's first term, that entailed accusations that Obama had paid off some porn starlets in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in doing so, secured legal agreements from these porn starlets sealing their silence -- and that at least one of the dalliances occurred shortly after the birth of a child with a new, young wife.

Can you imagine dear readers -- the hew and the cry, hither and yonder, that would have been belched forth by "real" American, religious conservatives, who are now Trump's base,  should such a story have ever shown up in The Wall Street Journal about Barack Hussain Obama??  O. M. F. G.

It's the primary reason that The Gadfly does not ever . . . FUCKING EVER! . . . ever, ever, ever again -- care at all to hear any religious conservatives preaching on the subject of "moral values."  It is quite apparent that an unfortunate majority of those conservatives simply have none --moral values that is -- or at least do not have any that are borne of intrinsic human honesty and decency.

You "morals values" spouting conservatives really do need to coherently explain how it is that you can refer to yourself as a moral person and still support a moral monster like Donald John Trump.  And you can delude (lie to) yourself all that you can, but that would only underscore just how far you have lowered the bar on your own morals --- because, for all intent and purpose at that point, the bar is lying flat on the ground - it cannot get any lower than that.

The Gadfly is more than ready to have that conversation with evangelical conservatives, however, if their intransigence to date on coming clean over their hypocrisy on this situation is any indication, The Gadfly will not be wasting any of his valuable personal time waiting for that cathartic moment to come to pass.




----TFG




Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Very Stable Genius Walks in to a Bar Wearing Tighty Whities . . . Oh - What's the Use?...

 
This is just much too priceless:
 
President Trump pushed back against damning reports Friday that he paid $130,000 to a porn star one month before the 2016 election in exchange for her keeping mum about a sexual encounter they allegedly had over a decade ago.

The porn star, Stormy Daniels, has stayed silent on the salacious claims, except for a statement of denial supposedly signed by her and circulated by Trump's personal attorney.

But on Friday night, another porn star, Alana Evans, shed some light on the matter, telling the Daily Beast that Daniels told her one day after the alleged tryst that Trump had chased her around a hotel room "in his tighty-whities."

"All I'm going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities," Evans said her fellow porn star told her the morning after she supposedly had sex with Trump in July 2006.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/porn-star-claims-trump-daniels-invited-hotel-room-article-1.3754209

"Tighty-whities?"  wtf . . .

 The Gadfly cannot imagine how the rest of the world views our nation right now.

The Gadfly made a sincere attempt to put himself in the shoes of our allies - looking in from the outside on America.  Dunno' - perhaps the methodology is all wrong, but all that The Gadfly could see is a country that, in all of it's majestic wisdom, has elected a soulless, 72 year old man-child who possesses the sexually deviant lifestyle of Charlie Sheen, has the business scruples of John Gotti, the intellectual capacity of Elmer Fudd (sorry Elmer) and the behavioral temperament of Joan Crawford , as the leader of the free world.

"Tighty-whities?"  Say what??

 Christ -- our long standing ally the U.K. (Britain) -- an ally that has stood steadfastly by America's side through two world wars, the cold war and just about every military venture since, publicly conveyed their relief this past week when Trump declared that he was cancelling his trip to London.

The Brits stated that they were relieved and that they believed that their own people's vocal opposition to the current American President's presence in their country is what scared Daring Donny away.  Does not anyone else find it disturbingly un-fucking-believable that America's staunchest ally doesn't want to be seen palling around with the likes of the American President?

Alright -- hold it right there ...... before we proceed any further . . . The Gadfly just has to know - what the fuck are "tightie-whities???" . .

A synonym for briefs . They are underwear worn for there support purposes, antonym of boxers. The pros of tighty whities are support in gym class and hiding an erection. The disadvantages are that if you are pantsed then your penis will appear smaller, and that they might strangle your penis.

Because of incidents in which prison inmates trousers started to fall down, many teenagers believe baggy pants are cool. Because of that, it became the cool thing to wear boxers instead of old fashioned tighty whities.
 Urban Dictionary: tighty whities

Oh . . .

Thank you Trump supporters.  Thank you so mother fucking much you fucking lunatics.






----TFG




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Very Cluelessly Stable Dissembling Genius . . . .

Jeebus, this fucking guy . . .

During a press briefing today, as Trump read off a prepared list of what he believes his incredible presidential accomplishments are, like he always does, Trump claimed he received letters of high praise from a lot of news anchors over yesterday's open immigration meeting.

Trump said, "Yesterday, we had a bipartisan meeting with House members and Senators on immigration reform, something they've been talking about for many, many years, but we brought them together in this room, and it was a tremendous meeting."

The media was incredibly impressed that the cameras were allowed so much time during their meeting.

He continued, "Actually, it was reported as incredibly good, and my performance - some of them called it a performance, I consider it work, but it got great reviews by everybody other than two networks, who were phenomenal for about two hours."

Donald claims network bosses told them to cut out his praise.

"Then after that, they were called by their bosses who said, 'oh, wait a minute.' Unfortunately, a lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was one of the greatest meetings they've ever witnessed. And they were great."

"They probably wished they didn't send us those letters of congratulations," Trump said.

He then went on to proclaim that his ratings keep the networks from going out of business.
https://crooksandliars.com/2018/01/trump-claims-news-anchors-sent-him-letters

Sigh ...

Is there not one single individual in Drumpf's sphere of influence who is capable of explaining to this cultural cripple of a president what "slow clapping" is?? Hmmmm?? . . . .







The Gadfly has to seriously question whether there honestly exists any other social or cultural aspects of reality - at all, aside from the collective, sadistic id of his hard core followers - that the mind of this "very stable genius" of a world leader is coherently attuned to.

Oh, and not that it matters much, to some apparently, but this daft sonofabitch has got the fucking nuclear codes.



----TFG




Monday, January 8, 2018

The Inherent Danger in the Fanaticism and Desperation of Cornered Rats . . .

Over the holidays I was at a family member's home and watching a CNN special about a trio of journalists who went to North Korea and for two weeks were allowed to go (with some measure of surveillance of course) among the North Korean people and ask them questions about their lives, their country and their dear leader.  Here's an online excerpt:

We go down another, windy, road, and reach a site North Koreans consider sacred: the cabin where North Korea says Gen. Kim Jong Il was born. Our guide tells us the story of Kim’s supposedly mystical birth.

It was really cold and the weather was not normal. But somehow on that day the strong wind stopped all of a sudden, the sun began shining through. Everything was bright and a quiet calm took over. The flowers bloomed and in the sky was a particularly bright star,” our guide tells us.

“Is that a legend or did it actually happen?” I ask.

She insists it actually happened.
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/09/asia/north-korea-secret-state/


It was pretty fascinating.  It was also a frightening parallel window in to the Trump fanatic's world view because a lot of the behaviors and the level of credulity and demonically possessed devotion that the North Koreans exhibit towards their dear leader Kim Jong Un and his father Kim Jong Il, is comparably mirrored by that of many of the most hard core of Trump's supporters.

And with the release this past week of Michael Wolff's incredible, hair-raising book "Fire and Fury" documenting his time wandering around the Trump White House for several months after that traveling freak show that we have come to know as the Trump administration took up residence, we clearly see now the reality that most sane people already knew, and that others are slowly coming to see the horror of, namely that this country has a bunch of self-interested, Peter Principle political hyenas and psychotic sycophants running our government.

Just take a look at this clip of CNN's Jake Tapper interviewing Trump's current favorite spokestoad Stephen Miller yesterday.  It is a jaw dropping demonstration of the sort of delusional mind fuckery and intellectual flatulence of which only the North Korean people themselves could truly appreciate:





Tapper, vainly attempting to speak calmly over the manic screeching of Miller, finally had to tell him in politically correct terms, that he was full of the proverbial bull's shit and wasn't going to subject CNN's viewers to it.  Tapper then nonchalantly directs the camera off of Miller in mid-screech, and cuts off his microphone.  ** [Note to other network and cable tv news outlets -- this is the absolutely correct way to deal with these lying weasels - as soon as they start in with the bullshit lying, tell them to their faces that they are full of shit and cut their microphones off.]

Anyhow, follow up reporting from today says that after Tapper cut to a commercial, he requested Miller please leave the studio.  Miller, still ranting and screeching about the greatness of his dear leader Drumpf, refused to do so and security people were summarily called and they physically escorted his propaganda spewing ass off of the premises.

Now dear readers --- please explain to The Gadfly how Stephen Miller's behavior in that clip is any different than that of the North Korean tour guide exclaiming Kim Jong Il's celestial eminence and swearing by all that is known of it's veracity?

And that is why these Trump people scare the living shit out of The Gadfly -- much more so than a ragtag bunch of religious loons riding around in pick up trucks and living in caves in Pakistan.  It's because these asshats are already here within our borders - in large numbers - with many of them heavily armed -- and just as many willing to justify and defend their mindless hero worship of their dear leader through subterfuge of our civic institutions and constitutional laws, and in some cases, even with violence.

It is classic nationalism and fascism any way you look at it and should it come down to it, The Gadfly will unrepentantly tell all of you that he is not averse to seeing yet another historical outcome for it in the vein that Mussolini and Hitler experienced calamitous denouements to their own attempts at spreading such a cancerous ideology.  This disease simply must not be allowed to spread, and with the pincers of Robert Mueller's probe closing in, all bets are off as to how these very awful human beings are going to react.


Fanatics can justify practically any atrocity to themselves. The more untenable their position becomes, the harder they hold to it, and the worse the things they are willing to do to support it.” 

Mercedes Lackey, Changes


----TFG



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Guess That Settles That . . . . Thanks For The Clarification Fredo...

Uh huh . . . .

President Trump insisted Saturday that he is "a very stable genius," following the recent publication of a book that raises questions about his mental state and fitness for office.
"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," Trump tweeted, noting: "I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star ... to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!"

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/06/576204103/a-very-stable-genius-trump-responds-to-renewed-criticism-of-his-mental-state


 . . . . .you don't say!? . . . please do go on . . . . .






There's going to be a whole new branch of psychiatry that will be created out of this hair-raising American experience with this delusional half-wit president and his equally delusional and stunningly dumb fucking supporters.


----TFG









Saturday, January 6, 2018

Making America Duck and Cover Again . . . .

Gee - thanks Trumpies . . .

Last Updated Jan 5, 2018 5:02 PM EST
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has scheduled a briefing for later this month to outline how the public can prepare for nuclear war . . .

. . . This comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. President Trump tweeted Tuesday night, boasting about the size of his "nuclear button" and how it's "much bigger & more powerful" than North Korea's.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-nuclear-blast-briefing-nuclear-war-emergency-preparation-north-korea-tensions/

The Gadfly doesn't suppose that electing a delusional narcissist with the worldview of a toddler and the social skill sets of a bonobo monkey might have anything to do with the fact that here we are, nearly two decades in to the 21st century, and we're talking about reliving the 1950's where we were teaching our school children how to huddle under a little wooden desk in the event a nuclear strike was imminent....





Maybe Bert the Turtle will save us . . . .





Want to have some real fun?  Here's an interactive map that you can play with to see what the effects of a nuclear detonation in your beloved town or city will be:  [ Interactive NUKEMAP ]



Good god - what horror have the idiot citizens among us wrought?



----TFG



Friday, January 5, 2018

Just Whose Fucking Side Are These Guys On? Inquiring Gadflies Want To Know...

This seriously changes the dynamics of all of this Russian election meddling shit and it begs a very obvious fucking question:

WASHINGTON — More than a year after Republican leaders promised to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, two influential Republicans on Friday made the first known congressional criminal referral in connection with the meddling — against one of the people who sought to expose it.

Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior committee member, told the Justice Department that they had reason to believe that a former British spy, Christopher Steele, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding information in a dossier, and they urged the department to investigate.
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/us/politics/christopher-steele-dossier-judiciary-committee.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Christopher Steele is a highly regarded, former British Intelligence agent with a stellar career working for Britain's vaunted Secret Intelligence Service MI6.  He has extensive experience in dealing with the Russians whom Britain, our ally remember, still considers a state enemy.

Steele played a vital role early in the Afghanistan conflict working with MI6 and allied Special Forces to target high level Taliban targets for capture and elimination.  He subsequently rose in rank within MI6 to become a highly valued senior intelligence officer, and eventually became head of MI6's Russia intelligence desk.

To put this not so gaddamn, motherfucking bluntly --- Christopher Steele is a fucking hero and a patriot to not just his home nation of Britain, but to Britain's allies (yeah - that includes America you stupid right wing fuckers) and to democracy itself.

And now the Republicans want to persecute him.  Why?  The Gadfly could provide you dear readers with a truckload of cynical, manufactured motives that right wing conservatives are already floating to the top of the turd bowls masquerading as their mouths as the justification for this sudden interest in seeking criminal referrals against Christopher Steele.  However, The Gadfly has no interest at this moment in wallowing in that pile of maggot-infested horse feces.

So why then?  Well -- all that The Gadfly has to say to you dear readers is that with this suspicious turn of events, the very first inquisitive thought that popped in to The Gadfly's mind was -- how deep?  How deep as in -- how deep does the treason with the Russians really go?  And specifically now - with Grassley's and Graham's actions - how deep within the Republican party and in Trump/Republican supporting, oligarch America does this Russian ratfucking appeasement shit go?

It all jibes as well with the increased intensity in the past few weeks of coordinated (Trump/GOP) public attacks on the integrity of the FBI, the DOJ and by proxy the rest of the American intelligence and federal law-enforcement community.

Ask yourselves this dear readers.

Can any one of you show The Gadfly a single video tape, of any one of the top GOP leaders, stating for the record, that Russia, as a state, is indeed an enemy of the United States, and that Vladimir Putin is a murderous, authoritarian tyrant who would love nothing more than to see the destruction of American democracy and see it's alliances with European democracies damaged or destroyed, to the benefit of his empire, and -- that any American working in conjunction with Putin's Russia to sabotage and even alter the outcome of an American presidential election should most certainly be charged with the highest form of treason??

Just one video tape of just one high ranking Republican stating that stark, unambiguous truth and reality??  Not one?? . . .






The Gadfly rests his case.

There is ample evidence, at this juncture, that all of this Russia election meddling shit, enabled by a nation of frighteningly dumb-ass citizens turning a blind eye to it, isn't going to turn out well for this country.  And people had better be prepared for when it doesn't.



----TFG



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

You Can Compare Apples to Oranges, But Don't Compare Bulldogs to Poodles....


Goddamn these people are scary delusional:
 
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) sent out a couple of tweets on Tuesday to blast Obama while comparing Donald Trump to Winston Churchill.

In his first tweet, Huckabee said he has seen "The Darkest Hour about Churchill and said it reminds him of what "real leadership looks like."

"Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press. Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness," Huckabee tweeted. "But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn't retreat. We had a Chamberlain for 8 yrs; in @realDonaldTrump we have a Churchill."

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/mike-huckabee-dragged-comparing-trump

Donald Trump = Winston Churchill.   That is some spectacularly special manner of ignis fatuus there dear readers.  Fluffers far and wide bow in marveled homage.

Winston Churchill was a highly decorated military officer who saw combat in several of Great Britain's wars and military actions prior to becoming British Prime Minister in 1940, where he subsequently led the English to victory in Europe along with the allied forces in WW2 over Hitler's Germany.

As for Drumpf .... well - The Gadfly supposes that in the tiny, infirm minds of his supporters - he's a war hero too.  Hell - they even have video proof - observe:




.... ahhh yes . . . Donald John Drumpf - a true, red, white & blue, real American, fake-sport warrior - saving America from the dread onslaught of steroid soaked wrestling promoters.

"Bone Spur" Donnie, or "Draft Dodger" Donnie Trump = "Bulldog" Winston Churchill . . . . . imagine fucking that.

The Gadfly does not doubt for one moment that Mike Huckabee, and probably most of Drumpf's supporters, actually believes that horseshit.  But The Gadfly has said it before, and he will state it yet again -- those are precisely the kinds of deranged views that make these modern-day American conservatives, in The Gadfly's honest opinion, the foremost internal threat to the future of the United States and what remains of it's democracy as we know it.



----TFG



Thursday, December 21, 2017

♫...Oh Come All Ye' Bootlickers...♫ . . . . . .

So.  Fucking.  Sickening.

One of the classic features/traits of dictatorships --- pious hero-worship of dear leader:






Ohh come let us adore him,

Ohh come let us adore him,

Ohh come let us ado-ore hi-im ...,

Dru-umpf our lord
. . . . . .



----TFG


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Arrogance Like This Needs To Be Made An Example Of . . . Are You Listening Bob Mueller?


Platinum-blonde Vampira emerges from her "alternative facts" crypt to spew ever more "alternative facts" (aka lying horseshit) - over the public airwaves - all on the nation's premier "alternative facts" "news" network:





They are completely fucking unhinged and The Gadfly is not so certain that these people aren't also, at this point, foolishly setting themselves up as willing accomplices to treason.





----TFG



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fasten Seat Belts . . . . Turbulence Ahead . . . .


Intertoobs scuttlebutt says that something big is coming . . . .





Look for Drumpf to make his move this coming week or two to try and shut down the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation -- with Republican (to what extent? TBD) complicity.  It's going to get ugly and it's going to make Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre pale in comparison as a direct threat to our constitutional laws which are the heart of America's civic life.

The foremost question that comes to The Gadfly's mind is -- who are you dear reader going to put your trust in?  A highly decorated U.S. Combat Marine who has master degrees in international studies and law, and a man who has had an impeccable career as an assistant attorney general, and as a U.S. Attorney who headed the prosecution that led to the convictions of the Pan Am 103 Libyan terrorists, and finally, a man who served with distinction as the head of the F.B.I. under both Republican and Democratic Presidents.

Or - are you going to entrust your future this lying, two-faced motherfucker:






----TFG




Banning Words? Is This The Beginning of the End of the American Experiment?...



The Gadfly is not an alarmist by any means, but some of the shit that this administration is doing in the background right now, while everyone is distracted and wringing their hands about the Mueller investigation outcome, is simply stunning, and yes, fucking alarming.


The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.893e86793c9f


If they can utilize the power of the state to ban specific words, then who or what is to stop them from taking it to the next logical step - the banning and sharing of ideas and opinions and the right to pursue certain unalienable rights?

This is the kind of totalitarian edict that The Gadfly would expect to hear that Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin political associates had issued and who in fact do so all the time.







Let's do a cursory review of this list of seven dirty words that the CDC has been informed that they are forbidden from using in their policy papers shall we?

Let's take a look at the most obvious one first -

Fetus.  It's no secret that Drumpf has thrown his political lot in with the evangelicals and abortion is the hot potato issue that gets their loins all hot and bothered.  It's the proverbial bone thrown to a radical group who are determined to control the reproductive rights of every woman in this country and which is really just a gateway issue they use as cover to see their Christian reconstruction plans for ruling the nation are advanced.

Vulnerable.  When The Gadfly thinks of the word "vulnerable" in the context of a political, socioeconomic discussion, he thinks of the elderly, the poor, the physically disabled, immigrants, people with no access to affordable health or mental health care, the homeless, etc.  Conservatives don't like the word because it appeals to good people's hearts and souls too easily and god forbid that we have public servants who demonstrate any empathy toward their suffering fellow citizens as they discharge their government duties.

Entitlement.  Apparently, any government program that enhances the quality of life of an American while shaving a few cents on the dollar off of some billionaire's tax cut is an "entitlement" and once again it's a word that conservatives do not like to bandy about except in the context of  it being a vehicle for some undeserving Americans (usually the darker-skinned ones) to take something that they have no right to.

Transgender and diversityBigotry and racism, pure and simple.  Aside from the abortion issue, if there's one thing that modern, alt-right conservatives hate more, it's people of different skin colors, different cultures, languages and lifestyles, different religions, and open-minded ideas about how to govern a nation of such diverse citizens.

And lastly.

Evidence-based and science-based.  The Centers for Disease Control are scientists.  It's what they do.  They study the science and collect the best available evidence about a wide range of public health issues with the goal of protecting the American populace from dangerous health threats that if not addressed and dealt with could very well compromise our national security.  The Gadfly would think that any American who considers themselves sane and reasonable would want scientists who have this thankless job to be all about evidence-based and science-based analysis when they study these critical national health issues and issue national policies to deal with them.

And just curious -- what is the penalty should a scientist consciously make the decision to speak out publicly using any of these banned words?  Demotion?  Loss of job.  Economic sanctions?  Legal persecution up to and including arrest and imprisonment?

Drumpf and the conservative right are treading dangerously close to authoritarianism with shit like this dear readers.  And it needs to be clarified right here and now that there is a clear line to be crossed, and by their own evidence-based actions and words,  the right seems to be quite willing to do so at some future point should they ever gain unfettered power.  And it goes without saying that should that moment come to pass, then perhaps it's time to dust off these hallowed words and put them to good use:


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/


Just saying.



----TFG



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

To What Painful End Does This, Their Madness, Eventually Bring Us? . . .

Oh dear baby Jeebus - or somebody - please, please make them stop . . . please? . . . . .


https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/940651419094286337?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdigbysblog.blogspot.com%2F

Not by any stretch of the imagination does The Gadfly consider himself a horseman.  But The Gadfly has seen enough John Wayne westerns and Bonanza re-runs to be pretty fucking confident that that is not how a real cowboy and real man - at least one who legitimately knows something about horses - rides one.

That has has got to be some of the most sad-sack style of horse-riding The Gadfly has seen since Billy Crystal proved that nice Jewish yuppies from the city can't ride in "City Slickers."

Roy Moore broadcasts the depths of his desperation by pulling this idiotic stunt.  But Moore, just like Trump, knows who his base is and he knows they will love him all the more for it and stiffen their resolve to continue ignoring the monstrous reality staring them in the eyes - namely that they are about to quite possibly elect a child molester to high public office.

The Gadfly honestly does not know what answers or solutions there are to dealing with the disturbing realization that about a quarter or so of our country's citizenry are just flat out mother fucking insane.  All that The Gadfly does know is that if the rest of us don't confront these people and deal openly and determinedly with their bullshit, and instead allow it spread -- it most assuredly will be the end of democracy as we presently know it.



----TFG



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Have Yourself a Merry Little FakeNews Christmas . . . . .


Fox "News" has been playing their gullible viewers for suckers for a very, very long time and The Gadfly probably sounds like a broken record to his dear readers for regularly pointing this actuality out, but it has gotten to the point where they aren't even trying to obfuscate their public chicanery anymore - they just lay the deceit right out there, and proudly so, for the world to see:


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The insinuation by this dim bulb bimbo Kayleigh McEnany is that, finally - after 8 years of heathen contamination of the white people's white house, Drump is  long-awaited savior of their sacred, yet liberal-besieged birthday celebration of baby Jeebus.

They actually believe that the benign act of just mouthing the words "Merry Christmas" by dear leader Drumpf, and in the context of a rallying cry to his cult members, is unquestionable evidence that dear leader is a proud and patriotic American, a "real" American, unafraid to utter the divine Christmas greeting -- unlike that filthy, Kenyan Muslim - Obama.  Conservatives like McEnany are convinced that Barack Obama, in deference to his "secret" Muslim religious views, consciously chose not to ever use the words "merry" and "Christmas" as adjective and noun respectively in a sentence ----

Except those hundreds of videotaped times when he did of course . . .observe:





This is why The Gadfly attacks Fox "News" so relentlessly dear readers -- it has nothing to do with their penchant for skewering heavily to the right on everyday, boilerplate partisan politics on their network.  No - it has everything to do with a racist, fascist Australian billionaire, Rupert Murdoch, being granted the privilege and the trust to broadcast over the American public airwaves, and abusing that trust by knowingly spreading lies and misinformation, with the principle goal of advancing his chosen political ideology and a political movement.  That dear readers is the burr under The Gadfly's saddle that gets him so riled up about Fox "news" and the asinine, insidious shit like this "war on Christmas" hogwash that his lowbrow network has been peddling for years.

It takes some pretty fucking shameless and diabolical motivations to promulgate a swindle over the public airwaves that is consciously designed to frighten old people, young children - and the just plain dumb - in to believing that people like The Gadfly want to culturally expunge, or even outright ban, the uttering of the words "Merry Christmas".  More than anything though, it demonstrates to The Gadfly's eyes just how desperate the conservative movement must be for them to have to keep feeding their believers this steady, mind-numbing diet of manufactured fear and hatred and stupidity, and that is liberally laced with active strains of bigotry, nationalism and religious zealotry.

If humanity survives these dangerous times we live in, history will not look kindly upon Rupert Murdoch and his Palpatine-like media empire for the mischief and troubles they have wrought to the well being of the human condition - and rightly so.

To The Gadfly it is all the more reason to stand up and speak out now.  There is a battle for the soul of this country going on, with some very dark and humanity and democracy despising elements involved.  It just needs to be acknowledged that they who win that battle, also win the privilege of writing the history.



----TFG


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Words Fail . . .

Apparently being a guy in his mid-30's who stalks the shopping malls hunting down teen girls for "dates" is an Alabama state "value."  Gee -- who'd have thunk it?




Good god - what has gone so terrifyingly wrong with this country that so many simply cannot recognize the evilness of rewarding this duplicitous deviant a position in higher office where his legislative actions can affect so many American's lives.

The Gadfly just cannot wrap his dirty old liberal hippie head around that and accept that this is all normal and ok.

And those are The Gadfly's values.



----TFG