Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bricks & Baseball Bats . . . As American as Apple Pie and Tea Parties

Just a random post . . .

The Gadfly has been thinking quite a bit about the Charlottesville thing and after weeks of somberly considered, carefully thought out analysis, The Gadfly has decided to throw his moral lot in with Woody Allen's character Isaac Mortimer Davis in the movie 'Manhattan', specifically as it pertains to the most appropriate, if not effective method of interfacing with marching Nazis in this country:

Isaac said it best at the end of that clip -- "Physical force is always better with Nazis.  It's hard to satirize a guy with shiny boots."

It is what it is.  Amen.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Prison Can't Fix A Rotted Soul and Supreme Assholery . . .

Just look at that smirking, leering and very punchable face.

Now picture that same punchable face behind prison bars --- with one of these fine citizens as a bunk mate standing behind him:

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Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who is awaiting sentencing for a fraud conviction, was sent to jail on Wednesday after a federal judge revoked his bail because he had offered $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair.
Mr. Shkreli, who was free on $5 million bail while he awaited sentencing, had made two Facebook posts offering cash to anyone who could “grab a hair” from Mrs. Clinton during her book tour.
At the hearing in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto said that Mr. Shkreli’s post could be perceived as a true threat.

There's something uniquely special about the carnal level of fear that must exist in a lot of these conservative, (wealthy and poor) white males that has just the mere thought of Hillary Clinton driving them to such prepubescent fits of madness.

The saddest part is that this fucking parasitic menace to society won't spend nearly as much time in prison as would be needed to really get a meaningful message through to his thick as a brick skull -- one that might actually help get him on a path toward helping him become a more decent human being instead of toxic burden on society.

Shkreli has that same, smug, bullying arrogance - the kind that attracts these conservative males to "leaders" like Trump.  Shkreli has his own brigades of cyber sycophants and when you read their on-line commentary, it's almost like the words are interchangeable from comments that you typically see on pro-Trump news forums.  They are views and opinions which emanate from a mutually disturbed mindset - the kind of mindset that The Gadfly believes one would get if you were to transmogrify all of the most obnoxious character traits of Beavis & Butthead with the twisted soul and life force of Emperor Palpatine.

They are, quite simply fawning, unthinking, gleeful followers of bullies.  They are the kind of individuals who would much prefer to hitch a ride on the coattails of an uncompassionate, morally corrupt, charismatic, wealthy, Hollywood celebrity flim-flam man for their leadership.  God forbid should they genuinely have to expend the time and effort, and making the intellectual investment that is paramount when one is contemplating the prospect of what kind of a person it is that you want leading your nation forward and being the representative face and public voice of all Americans.

The story of human history is replete with the tragic outcomes of allowing such kind of blindly devoted drone arrogance to flourish and gain footholds in ideological and political movements and among the intellectually lazy and spiritually bankrupt masses.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's Not Insensitive. It's The Truth . . .

Shazam!  And there it is. :

That's likely to leave some tire tracks on the foreheads of a few victim playing right wingers.

Bill Maher has a right to gloat (see video starting at 4:37 mark) about the prospective annihilation of some prominent conservative, climate change denying spokespeople's homes that have the unfortunate misfortune of being in hurricane Irma's Floridian lawn mower path.

The Gadfly hopes Maher continues to gloat about such karmic irony.

The Gadfly hopes other people with public platforms like Maher decide to speak up and do so as well.

Somebody has to point out that conservatives have stubbornly dismissed and smugly pooh-poohed the views of 97% of the world's climate scientists for the better part of a couple of decades now, and continue to do so, even as boot-to-the-head evidentiary reality is whacking them upside their fat melons.

Conservatives have mercilessly mocked former Vice President Al Gore since 2006 for his seminal documentary "An Inconvenient Truth, and it's sequel" which presciently foretold us of these impending dynamic and menacing changes with weather patterns and the resulting impact, to not just our society, but the entire planet.  Shit, if there is any one individual who deserves the right to take a huge, heaping, steamy shit right in the arrogant climate-denier's parade route, it's Al Gore.

But The Gadfly will let Al Gore fight his own battles.  What the bigger point that The Gadfly wants to throw the spotlight on here is -- how fucking long are we as a citizenry going to continue listening to, and granting deference to, the modern-day conservative movement's views on any subject of importance regarding the competent and sane governing of this country, and the ultimate destiny of it's people?  When are the majority of us going to wake up and see the calamitous future that the conservative's dunder-headed mindsets have in store for us as a society and a nation?

Sigh . . . . . .

In 1998, Disney World decided they were going to allow the dreaded gays to have a one-day, rainbow flag waving, gay pride event at their resort.  That old bible banging, conservative icon, Trump deifying, and part-time professional weather prognosticator, Pat Robertson from the 700 Club, issued a somber press release condemning Disney, and even the city and people of Orlando - ominously warning them:

"I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags (gays) in God's face if I were you..."

A few months after that fire & brimstone implied threat to the gays, Disney World and the city and residents of Orlando Florida, Hurricane Bonnie slammed in to the Virginia coastline and ravaged Pat Robertson's CBN/700 Club headquarters facility in Virginia Beach.  Go figure . . . .

Ok - so not only have the conservative movement's leaders been clearly and tragically wrong about, and on the wrong side of history of, nearly every single fucking major, societal-changing (for the better of all) issue in our nation's history -- but they are also, by all available evidence, comically and frighteningly inept weathermen.  And to top that off, it appears that their sway with the big guy in the sky is such that when they pray to him to have him smite their perceived enemies, they end up getting smote themselves.  That, to The Gadfly's discerning eyes, is the pinnacle of of perpetual wrongness, not to mention quite the celestial 'diss'.

Something's gotta give with this troubling situation of the deaf, dumb & blind leading us all forward in to the failed empire abyss.  Let's just hope that that "something" comes before it's much too late to salvage what remains of the Great American Experiment.


Friday, September 8, 2017

And The Gadfly Thunk and he Thunk and he Thunk . . .

Hmmmm . . . . So this got The Gadfly to a thinkin' . . . .

The White House late Friday swatted down claims made by Russia’s new ambassador to the U.S. that he had held a “warm and friendly” introductory meeting with President Donald Trump earlier in the day.
“There was not a meeting,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an email to TPM. “He was here for a credentialing ceremony with 12 other new ambassadors and their spouses.”
Anatoly Antonov was far more loquacious in his comments to the Russian press, characterizing the initial meeting as chummy.
“The atmosphere was good, constructive and friendly,” Antonov said, as quoted by TASS. “President Trump met me cordially. We agree with his staff members to continue our contacts.”

Lol.  Jeezus . . . .

The Russian Ambassador to the U.S. says a formal (he was quite descriptive) meeting took place between himself and *pResident Trump this morning.  Trump and his people are saying it never happened.  One of these two parties is brazenly lying.

And so here's what The Gadfly thunk:

Since both parties are prolific and well documented liars, each in their own right, let's approach it from this comically obvious angle . . .

If the Trump team is lying, it once fucking again begs the question, why is Trump meeting with Russians, in private, outside the view of the American people and the American press and then when confronted about it, lying?

And if the Russians are lying about this meeting having occurred -- well, that's some pretty fucking lousy, back-stabbing, ratfucking and conniving shit perpetrated by one of the highest level diplomats in a country that right wingers are fondly referring to as a,"friendly" nation -- dontcha' think?  . . . which naturally makes some (some of us anyhow) wonder then why it is that a lot of right-wing conservatives seem to hold such a bunch of conniving and ratfucking Russkies in such high regard these days anyways?

What a tangled web like-minded charlatans weave eh?


A Non-Political Message . . . .

Oh dear lord --- those poor bastards . . . . .

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That is a NASA satellite snapshot from mid-day today.  That little white blob to the left is Hurricane Katia, about to make landfall on the central Mexico coast.  The white blob to the right is Hurricane Jose who is nipping the heels of his big, goonish sister, Irma, right ahead of him.

And that brings us to Irma.  Take a close look at that picture.  Irma is 2.5 times the size of Jose and if you do some basic measurements, it's clear that the circumference of Irma is three (3) times wider than the widest point of the Florida peninsula.  And --- it's eclipses the entire south to north length of Florida by about one half.

This is a fucking horrifyingly, monstrous-sized storm dear readers.  This thing is going slam in to the tip of Florida with somewhere in the neighborhood of 150-165 mph winds with gusts up to 195mph - likely a CAT 5 level (according to latest news reports).  This is dead-man walking level devastation we're looking at here.

This country had better learn to put aside their stupid fucking, petty political snits for awhile and pull together because a great many of our fellow countrymen & women & children, conservatives, liberals, Democrats, Republicans, black, white, brown, are going to be needing the help of every one of their fellow citizens who truly, honestly and passionately cares about this nation.

Oh -- and Rush Limbaugh -- that fat, phony fuck, after peddling his idiotic bullshit about this Hurricane being a liberal conspiracy to advance the views of 97+% of climate scientists on the subject of climate change -- well that porcine banshee hauled fat ass in the middle of the night out of his Palm Beach, Fl. castle while his rube followers were still getting their rocks off Limbaugh's (The Gadfly's longtime nickname for him is 'cRush LimpBalls') bitter pablum.

Anyhow -- LimpBalls is just a circus side-show.  Florida and it's people will be deeply more in need of our attention in the coming days, weeks and months.

So here we go folks.  Pray if you're of the persuasion.  Be ready to extend a helping hand, offer a little of your money if you are able.  If all you got is empathy, sympathy, spiritual support -- that's always welcome -- and it sure does appear that they are going to be needing a lot of that.

Peace - out.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thank You To Our Police Men and Women . . . But . . . . . . . . .

This is not a subject The Gadfly gains any satisfaction talking about.  Let's make that clear right off the fucking bat.

This is what happens when the Thin Blue Line is hijacked and turned in to a Maginot Line between law enforcement and the citizens they are sworn to serve:

A nurse in Salt Lake City was aggressively arrested for obeying hospital policy and refusing to allow a police detective to draw blood from a severely injured patient, according to several reports.

When The Gadfly saw this video, and the way that that cop got very scarily aggressive in an instant and manhandled that nurse, all he could think of was wow --- is this really America in the 21st century?  Is this America, the bastion of democracy and freedom and justice?  How do the police explain this one away?  The Gadfly knows how they explain away the shooting of unarmed minorities, but this one? .... this should be interesting.

The Gadfly works in the health care industry.  The co-workers that he sees in hospitals and clinics every day are the utmost of professionals and they take their responsibilities and their commitments to their patients welfare and privacy with almost zealous seriousness.  That Salt Lake City nurse's actions were heroic in the face of the state sponsored thuggery that she was being confronted with from that police detective and the detective's superiors.

Listen - The Gadfly knows how stressful the job of a police officer can be.  That however, is absolutely no justification for abusing the law enforcement powers at your disposal, like this cop did, to justify the means to an end that he was in pursuit of.  And as far as this idea of respecting the police goes, it's one thing to respect what they do and the services they provide to our society, but if there are bad actors in their ranks, why should those individual corrupt and lawless actors be respected?   Think about that.

But then again we now have watch commander Drumpf in charge of the nation -- someone who has a penchant for exhorting aggressive behavior out of people who identify with his brain sickened ideology and world views, including unfortunately some law enforcement officials:

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump received applause on Friday when he endorsed police brutality while delivering a speech to law enforcement officers on Long Island, New York.
The president suggested that officers should hit suspects’ heads on the doors of their police cars.
“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump said.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” he added.
His remarks received significant applause.

When the leader of the free world is encouraging police brutality against his own citizenry, however slyly, and directly to the police themselves mind you, and the very same police who are the recipients of that messaging are applauding those words of encouragement, then the thin blue line hasn't just been stretched to the breaking point, it's been smeared and smudged, and mangled and has become an unrecognizable, muddled mess -- not to mention a clear and present liability to a civilized, freedom worshiping society.

And just to further underscore the venality of the cops applauding Drumpf's goading of them to violence in their ranks -- that is a major fucking problem there The Gadfly would say.  The cops jobs aren't to be judges, juries and executioners.  Those actions are the sole responsibility of the civilian citizenry and their justice system.  The police are there to impartially enforce the law and protect society from the lawbreakers.  To serve and protect.  Not to serve, protect and mete out selective, extrajudicial punishment whenever the urge fancies them.

Every cop in that Salt Lake City force's line of command that was involved in the decision making process to manhandle and illegally arrest that nurse should be handed their fucking pink slips immediately and never be allowed to work in law enforcement again.  That is the only feasible action that can be taken that will have any positive impact on getting the message across that rogue and bullying policing of the citizenry will not be tolerated or excused.

Now if we can only get the good cops, for The Gadfly is certain there are more of them than bad ones, to demonstrate some moral courage by standing up and be counted applauding that kind of message, then perhaps there is hope that we can make some progress on improving relations between a lot of our communities and our traditionally paternalistic police forces.  So far though, all that The Gadfly sees from the vast majority of police is an entrenchment among themselves, the shutting of doors to open and constructive dialogue, and that troubling, tribal mindset of protecting your own even when you know some of your own are dirty and rotten to the core.

And so likely, nothing will change until that whole police/civilian population relationship dynamic is fleshed out, thoughtfully analyzed, and rationally and fairly reformed by serious adults on both sides who collectively have the powers to effect lasting and transformational change.  And let there be no mistaking --- Donald Drumpf is most certainly not to be considered as being one of those serious adults nor should he be allowed to participate in that vitally important national conversation in any way shape or form.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Topic Transitioning . . . Gadfly Style . . . . .

The Gadfly had been pondering posting something mundane about the putrid combination of 30 years of Reagan trickle-down economics and conservative zeal for robber baron era de-regulation of big business (most egregiously in the fossil fuel/petro-chemical industries) having basically paved the way for the post-Hurricane Harvey devastation, and more critically, the misery which will be suffered for years and years surely yet to come, in Texas.

However, in deference to that horrible situation, and to the poor souls who are currently suffering enough as it is as a result of those, now confirmedly failed policies, The Gadfly will instead talk about this:

Special counsel Robert Mueller is working with members of the IRS's Criminal Investigations (CI) unit as part of the investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, according to a new report.
The Daily Beast reported on Thursday that Mueller has teamed up with agents from the IRS unit dedicated to prosecuting financial crimes such as tax evasion and money laundering. One retired agent from the team said that the FBI doesn't have the "expertise" that the CI unit has when it comes to investigating financial crimes.
“The FBI’s expertise is spread out over so many statutes—and particularly since 9/11, where they really focused on counterintelligence and counterterror—that they simply don’t have the financial investigative expertise that the CI agents have,” Martin Sheil told The Daily Beast. “When CI brings a case to a U.S. Attorney, it is done. It’s wrapped up with a ribbon and a bow. It’s just comprehensive.”
The news comes just a day after it was revealed that Mueller is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) to investigate possible ties to Russia involving Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager.

The Gadfly instantly noticed, in that article excerpt, was unambiguous reference to the two most consistent albatrosses -  namely financial skullfuckery and Russia ratfuckery - that have been wrapped around Donald Drumpf's bovine, oil of olay slippery neck since he ego-maniacally just one day, up and decided that he wanted to be the leader of the free world.

And that dear readers is why The Gadfly is so very, very, very interested in seeing some big news come from the Mueller investigation pretty soon.  Because The Gadfly believes that Robert Mueller also sees that there is something that is J-U-S-T  N-O-T  R-I-G-H-T about any of this shit and the bottom of it all needs to be gotten to.

Robert Mueller is going to be to Trump what a Chinese 267.8 Mph Maglev train would be to an old doofus, half-deaf boozer sitting in his stalled Model T on the tracks at the rail crossing as the Maglev bears down.

Mueller is going to give (or gift?) us all, , every god-blessed one of us The Gadfly believes, some very fascinating insight as to how an almost comically amoral, lazy-minded, sorry excuse of a sleazy used car salesman, and mass media parasite, who had the fortune in life to have been jettisoned  'twixt comfortably pecunious (go look it up) thighs, and with a fatherly bequeathal tucked under his smallish arm (hence the hands thing), gets precisely to the pinnacle of world power where he finds himself at today?

And by god, we better get the ever-loving truth about what these fucking people, these so-called, self-professed patriotic"Americans," are doing playing a game of dirty Twister! with a bunch of Russian intelligence moles, dirty-moneyed Russian oligarchs, Russian mobsters and NosferaPutin his murderous, dictatorial self.

The Gadfly deserves to hear that truth.  Every American in this country deserves to hear that fucking truth.  The whole of it all.

Let's hear it.


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Stern Parenting of a Puerile U.S. President . . . A Job Fit For the US Marines...

The Gadfly is pretty certain that never in General John Kelly's wildest reflections, could he have imagined that one day, after having joined the military, dedicating his life to it, attending war college, and commanding U.S. Marine combat troops during war time in Iraq, and serving (albeit briefly) as head of Homeland Security, that his next, and likely last, tour of duty would be as his nation's highest ranked and decorated babysitter for the 71 year old, hyperactive, ADD afflicted rage toddler in The White House:

In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute desk.
The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted.

In other words -- the person whom Americans have installed as the leader of the most powerful nation on earth simply cannot be trusted to make well-informed, rational, adult decisions with news, information and policy documents pertaining to his extremely complicated and worldly important job of governing the nation without such complex and critical material being delicately prepared and gently spoon-fed to him by General Kelly and his staff.

Oh sure -- they'll permit little lord Donny some leeway, like allowing him to play with and wreak havoc with his electric Twitter toy, but apparently the real adult decisions that affect all Americans here at home and which advance America's foreign policies abroad are going to be made by others -- namely those who have the authentic gravitas and intellectual capabilities to actually make the more mature, and level-headed judgments that need to be, and will be in the best interests of the country.

And yet Drumpf's supporters just don't see it.  Their blind and unbending worship of him simply does not allow them to see the truth for what it is.  God forbid should they actually have to admit that they made a mistake in voting for such an amoral, pitifully unqualified and immature ass-clown to begin with, but even when the evidence is staring them right in the face, as it is now, they exhibit the very same childish behavior as their beloved leader, not unlike the unruly child who when being reprimanded and brought to heel by an elder, plugs his ears, jumps up and down stamping his feet and screaming neener! neener!! neener!!! at the top of his lungs.

It's sad, but more than that, it's scary -- scary knowing that nearly a third of your fellow citizens are are so deeply immersed in the labyrinth of Drumpf's Rasputin-like spell that they are now the proverbial lemmings -- lemmings that are willfully, almost gleefully content to follow him right over the cliff to the doomed, collective fate of possibly all Americans.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Maybe They Can Build a Wall Around Cherokee Reservations . . .

It's only fitting . . .

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 1:37 PM
“Michael the Black Man,” a fixture at Trump campaign rallies over the last two years, was once a member of a cult who believes many of the President’s enemies are Cherokee Indians.
The outspoken Trump supporter goes by several aliases — Michael Woodside and Michael Symonette — was spotted in his “TRUMP & Republicans ARE NOT RACISTS” and holding his “BLACKS FOR TRUMP” sign at the President’s rally Tuesday night.
“I’m glad I was there to get the message out (about) what’s going on with the Democrats and the Cherokee Indians” who are “absolutely destroying the black man and the white man of America,” Michael told Chicago radio station WLS on Wednesday morning.
Michael — a former cult member who has previously accused Oprah Winfrey of being the devil — said he got in line at about 8 a.m. Tuesday and was the sixth person waiting.

It makes perfect sense.  "Michael The Black Man" left one cult to join another.  Cults these days are pretty much the equivalent of B-list celebrity fan clubs - and the C.O.D. (Cult Of Drumpf) is really no different.  It's just another mentally unstable social posse that appeals to a collection of sociopath groupies whose ideas of what constitutes "a life" revolve around the group-think activity of social-media worshiping whatever celebrity who happens to be the prevailing target of their psychotic affection on a given day.

But it truly is heartening to see that Drumpf's minority outreach efforts are producing such impressive results, even if those results turn out to be the luring of kooky and creepy poster children for psychiatric disorders from the "Oprah Winfrey Is The Devil" congregation to the vaunted MAGA cause.

Honestly though -- what's with this guy's Cherokee Indians obsession?  What in god's name happened to this poor bastard that triggered such an aberrant, schizophrenic suspicion of native American Indians, and not just any old run of the mill native American Indian, but specifically Cherokees?

It's an intriguing ponderance no doubt, but perhaps The Gadfly, and anyone else of presently sound mind, would be best off not knowing the answer to that loaded psychiatric query.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Is Your Neighbor, Your Friend or Even a Family Member a Pod Person? . . .Yikes!

Greetings dear readers.  The Gadfly does not relish the role of disseminating unpleasant news, especially about one's self, but here goes.  The Gadfly has been diagnosed with a rare, yet devastating illness - one so onerous that it often render's it's victims in to a 'non compos mentis' state (go look that up if you must).

The illness that The Gadfly has been diagnosed with is a disorder called "Capgras."  What the fuck is "Capgras" disorder" you ask?

Well -- allow Wikipedia to expound:

Capgras delusion is a psychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member (or pet) has been replaced by an identical impostor.

The Gadfly first started noticing these disturbing symptoms some time around -- oh maybe November 8th of last year -- and the symptoms have steadily been increasing in frequency and intensity to this very day.  But it was only yesterday that The Gadfly, after doing a little bit of online research, was able to self-diagnose his affliction with near unquestionable certainty, and it became clear that this horrible malady was what was causing these mind-numbing feelings that something was very, very, very wrong with a lot of the people in the world around him.

And what exactly pray tell was the event which triggered The Gadfly's self-diagnostic epiphany?

The Gadfly watched this video of a focus group interview on CNN with a group of self-described Trump supporters.

Observe the dead-eye, dead-soul ramblings of people who have cashed in what remains of their minds, their life essence, their dignity, and their membership in the human race, all for the opportunity to claim membership as loyal anointed foot soldiers in the army of their chosen cult -- C.O.D. (Cult Of Drumpf):

Next up was a Trumper who claimed the entire Charlottesville protests and violence was a set-up by somebody "to make Trump look bad."
L.A. Key said, "I think a great portion of it is a conspiracy. I think it was a setup."
"From whom?"
Key said, "I think people who want to derail our president. There were buses coming in with lots of young people -- protesters coming off the same bus with some wearing Black Lives Matter and some wearing KKK shirts. They were brought in to cause a controversy."
Camerota, "Where are you getting your evidence?"
Key, "A lot of it on Facebook."
"You saw something on Facebook."
Another Trump agreed and said, "Yes." He discussed an Antifa ad on Craigslist.
Camerota, " And you trust Facebook more than news organizations?
"Oh, yes, live video from people who shot it, that were present, yes."
Camerota, "You trust your Facebook feed even though you don't know the origin --"
"They are our friends."

Please go watch the video at the link if you want to truly understand exactly what message The Gadfly is trying to convey to you all here.

Now, The Gadfly is going to methodically deconstruct this circus side-show for you in a moment dear readers.  But first back to The Gadfly's medical disorder . . .

Remember the famous 1950's sci-fi/horror movie "Invasion of The Body Snatchers?"  Remember when the lead character, Dr. Miles Bennell, played by actor Kevin McCarthy finally realizes that his friends his co-workers and even his wife have all had their souls and their identities and their human traits erased, only to be replaced by someone or something that was a physical duplicate of their loved one, but completely inanimate and lifeless on an innate human level?  Remember the horror of watching McCarthy's on-screen realization that aliens were taking over his species?

That was just a Hollywood movie of course - one about an extraterrestrial invasion in a sleepy little California town which has alien plant spores from outer space coming to earth, growing in to large seed pods and then consuming and reproducing duplicate replacement copies of each human they come in contact with.  Except the duplicate "humans," even though the seed pods have copied the real human's physical traits and memories, are completely devoid of any human emotions or feelings.

Those insentient beings produced from the alien seed pods? --- they're here, on earth, today, in the good 'ol U. S. of A., and they are in great numbers among us.  That video at the link above is evidence enough of it.  And therein lies The Gadfly's own Capgras diagnosis.  The Gadfly is undoubting in his belief that there are a few people in his personal sphere of acquaintances who have had their souls commandeered by alien seed pods by virtue of their undying, mindless support and defense of the short-fingered, demented vulgarian mobster squatting in the White House.

The Gadfly used to think it was kind of amusing when one of the cable tv or network news shows would put together one of these "focus" group interviews with Trump supporters.   It was amusing for about 5 minutes - but now it's just fucking terrifying.  It's terrifying to know that people with such delusional and psychotic minds are actually out there in such formidable numbers -- and not only that -- they are voting and they are procreating.

Anyhow -- let's get on with the deconstruction of the pod people's statements in that video.  It's quite simple actually:

These people are of the irrefutable conviction that the violent events in Charlottesville Virginia were a conspiracy and a frame-up job orchestrated by liberals to make Donald Trump "look bad" and -- and -- distorted and lied about by "fake news," and -- they are absolutely convinced that this is so because they saw some Youtube videos and their "friends" told them about it on Facebook and Craigslist.

That's right --- they get all of their knowledge, their news and their information about seminal, possibly even historic events occurring in our nation and our society (and one would assume the world as well) from their Facebook timeline, Craigslist postings and Youtube videos.

And about all that The Gadfly can say to that is . . . . .

God, if you really do exist, now is the time to get off your almight duff to help us all escape this Kafkaesque insanity.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bannon's "War" Is a War on America's Future. It Must Fail -- And Fail Miserably . . .

And there it is!! . . .
Donald Trump's former chief strategist has vowed to go to war against the president's opponents, after being fired from his job at the White House.
Steve Bannon, who has returned as head of ultra-conservative website Breitbart News, said he would fight for the agenda that won Mr Trump the election.
"I've got my hands back on my weapons," he said. "It's Bannon the Barbarian."
Mr Bannon helped shape the America First campaign message but fell foul of more moderate White House forces.

The Gadfly has contended for some time that the right wing media septic tank byproduct known as Breitbart "News," very similarly to it's mentor Fox "News," is not only not a "news" organization, it has absolutely nothing to do with the mostly honorable profession of news journalism.

Steve Bannon just admitted as much.  Bannon views Breitbart as one of his "weapons" to be used to wage "war" against Drumpf's detractors and and anyone who opposes Drumpf's agenda in addition to utilizing it to rapaciously promote his own worldview agenda.

You know who else was in the business of utilizing the mass media as a weapon to further a certain not so very nice monster's political machinations?  This guy:

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That's Joseph Goebbels.  Goebbels is famous for having employed his crafty media skills to promote another narcissistic lunatic to a then war weary nation who, at the time, had a chip on their shoulder the size of Steve Bannon's booze-soaked nose and were in perilous economic times.

Goebbels plied his trade -- now commonly referred to as propaganda -- quite effectively as history now shows.  He managed to convince a gullible nation that all or most of their nation's woes weren't from their leader's penchant for warmongering and losing, but actually the fault of the Jews, all other minorities, liberals, intellectuals, artists, and and anyone else who didn't have a place in dear Adolf's "master race" society.

Let's be clear -- The Gadfly is happy that Steve Bannon is out of the White House.  His short, alt-right presence roaming the hallowed halls that many other greater Americans have tread, will leave an indelible stain on the national honor for some quite some time.

But The Gadfly will not lie in telling you that he is a bit troubled by Bannon's return to the media "empire" known as Breitbart (The Gadfly refuses to call them "News").

At Breitbart, Steve Bannon will be free to be use his very important public platform to peddle the exact same pseudo-intellectual, alt-right conservative clap-trap and disinformation to the poorly educated, the poorly informed and the narcissistic, belligerent assholes who thought it would be funny to vote in a supremely unfit and unqualified buffoon like Drumpf for the most important job on the planet -- leader of the free world.

It remains to be seen just how influential Bannon and Breitbart actually believe themselves to actually be.  And The Gadfly wouldn't wager anything on that point only because we have already been witness to just how fleeceable and irresponsible a sizable voting bloc of the American public really are.  Either way, as with any dangerous reptile, it would be wise to keep a close eye on Bannon and his snake pit at Breitbart because -- well because snakes are snakes and they do snake-like things -- that's why.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Proof That Nobody Has a Monopoly on Stupid . . .

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Oh fer fuck sake:

A Missouri state senator says she has no plans to resign ― despite loud calls from within her own party to do so ― after she said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal made the comment on her Facebook page Thursday morning in response to a thread she’d started out of frustration over the white supremacist violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I hope Trump is assassinated!” she wrote on her page, which is not open to the public. While she deleted the post soon after, a screenshot of it nevertheless quickly gained traction, earning rebukes from across the political spectrum.

It just goes to show you dear readers that there are some real fucking idiots in the Democrats ranks as well.  And yes, this very imbecilic woman Democrat needs to resign her office post haste as she has clearly shown that she is really no better than the alt-right assholes who cheer for the death of their adversaries.  And The Gadfly really does not give a flying fuck what her skin color is or what her ethnic or socio-economic background is.  Publicly calling for a sitting U.S. President's assassination is about as asinine as it gets and her constituents would do well to march on her office and demand she resign immediately and her supporters should abandon her like the plague.

Listen - The Gadfly despises Drumpf with every fiber of his being, but he does not want to see him harmed in any way.  Violent action such as that would not only be immoral, it would be an incredibly destructive event that would put this country in an uncontrollable tailspin toward a failed and self-immolated nation state.

And besides -- Drumpf is doing just fine as it is in digging his own political grave with his Neanderthal behavior and his actions in office without the damaging histrionics of morons like this Missouri political critter.

Just fucking enough already!!!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In Case They Hadn't Made Their Case Clear Enough . . . .

The Gadfly officially rests his own case on the question of just how cavalierly malevolent a great many of these alt-right guys truly are.  Observe as a couple of them make the case for their side:

“I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died,” Moore told CBS affiliate WBTV on Tuesday.
“They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody’s freedom of speech,” he added. “So it doesn’t bother me that they got hurt at all.”
Chris Barker, the imperial wizard of the group, agreed with Moore’s sentiment.
“When a couple of them die, it doesn’t bother us,” Barker told WBTV. “They’re always attacking and messing with our rallies.”
Moore said members of his group attended the rally in Charlottesville and claimed the gathering would have been “peaceful” if “the anti-fascist and the communists” hadn’t shown up.
People who call the Loyal White Knights of the KKK headquarters hear a recorded message praising Fields for “running over nine communist anti-fascists,” according to WBTV.
“Nothing makes us more proud at the KKK than we see white patriots such as James Fields Jr, age 20, taking his car and running over nine communist anti-fascist ... James Fields hail victory,” the recording says. “It’s men like you that have made the great white race strong and will be strong again.”

"When a couple of them die, it doesn't bother us."  Let that soak in for a moment.  Then ask yourself if it mattered whether the number was "a couple", or say ..mmmm, dunno, maybe 6 million?

Fucking Hitler could not have orated on his own behalf any better had he clambered out of the pit of hell, reincarnated, and taken a seat on the couch with Fox & Friends, and blurted it out over the national tv airwaves.

That is their mindset -- openly on display -- and there are quite a few of them out there.  As horrifying of a thought that is though, and what with watching them emboldened enough to parade around publicly, bathed in their newfound arrogance to let their NaziKKKwhitespremacist freak flag fly, The Gadfly has got to feel confident that the reality is much more so along these lines:

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That is the god's honest, quintessential poster of Good vs. Evil if ever there was one.

This country of ours has fought a civil war and a world war against these absolutist retreads from political history and their beliefs - and the end result in each event was as it was fordained -- evil was defeated.  Simple as that.  But Evil is never really, and The Gadfly means really, gone - is it?  It's always lurking about out there, in the shadows, on the fringes, just waiting for an opportunity to slink out from it's dank, dark quarters and wreak mayhem against humanity.  As it has been for the hard-core right wingers - Donald Drumpf came along and they found their long awaited, alt-right sugar daddy who lent the legitimacy of the world's most powerful leadership position and whom they have anointed as their savior.  And by all available evidence - to this very moment, as The Gadfly's fingers flit across his keyboard typing this oration, Drumpf is all too content to wear that well-earned crown proudly.

Something's gotta give here.  It just has to.  And if the history of human advancement is is to be a guide in this matter -- the repetitive outcome of Good always conquering over Evil is a favorable guide to go by.

But then again -- this is America and we find ourselves where we presently are as a nation and a society because there are way too many boobs (take that any way you want) like this who turn out to vote:

It's unfortunate that this is what America is all about today, but it is what it is.

But let the alt-rightists be duly advised . . . .

Democracy knows no skin color or ethnic heritage.  It only knows that freedom, equality and justice for ALL men, women and children of our country and the world and are unmistakably the heart of who we are as a nation and a people, and are non-negotiable aspects of it's soul.

That's all.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When a Nation's Collective Courage Cowers, Evil Breeds With Zeal . . .

In case you didn't notice dear readers, this just happened this past Friday -- prior to the ugly events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend:

08/14/2017 12:41 pm ET | Updated 14 hours ago
WASHINGTON ― An anti-government extremist was arrested by the FBI on Friday for allegedly trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City.
Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, was charged with malicious attempted destruction of a building. He was arrested in a FBI sting after he allegedly tried to set off what he thought was a bomb in a cargo van that he’d parked by the loading dock of the BancFirst bank, according to federal court filings.
“What happened in Oklahoma city was not an attack on America, it was retaliation,” Varnell allegedly wrote in a message he wanted posted on Facebook after the bombing.

This is the kind of individual that Drumpf is giving aide and comfort to with his coddling of the alt-right cowards.

Was Timothy McVeigh's 1995 Oklahoma City bombing also "retaliation?"  "Retaliation" for fucking what might The Gadfly ask??  "Retaliation" for whatever manufactured grievances these right-wing, militia pricks have coursing through their diseased brains?

Here's this asshole's idea of "retaliation":

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That is a picture of Oklahoma City Fire Department member Chris Fields cradling a mortally injured toddler who was one of Timothy McVeigh's "retaliation" victims of his April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

That little 1 year old baby was one of 19 toddlers and babies along with 150 other Americans whose lives were snuffed out in an instant because some right wing assholes wanted "retaliation" for --- who the fuck knows? --- the grievances these losers have are as malleable on a day-to-day basis as the mush inside their musty cranial cavities.

A lot of these alt-right and militia twats have openly expressed admiration for Timothy McVeigh and his depraved deed.  Take another look - please, do it - at that picture of fireman Chris Fields tenderly carrying that dying child's mangled body and then ask yourself what kind of person would express admiration for the individual(s) who were responsible for that sick inhumanity.

Thank the gods that be that the FBI caught wind of this fuck-stick Jerry Drake Varnell's "retaliation" plans and prevented him from perpetrating yet another right-wing mass murder event.

There is a dark, horrifying sickness that is the lifeblood of this modern-day conservative movement and it is not going to go away quietly - that they have made clear.

Nazis, KKK, white supremacists and just plain old racists have hijacked the Republican party and traditional, honorable conservatism.  The Tea Party was employed as the ramming vehicle that the right wing used to bust down the doors of the mainstream GOP garrison, and once that door was open, they let in every slimy right-wing, bigoted and hate-mongering group that had been hiding in caves and under rocks (where they rightly belong) for many years where they were just waiting for their Aryan savior to come along and lend recognition and legitimacy to their pestilential ideology.

And it is quite clear now that Drumpf is indeed the white-power savior that they have desperately hungered for.  Drumpf's own words are glaring in their intent to show deference to the alt-right cretins - pithy protestations to the contrary.

Dear readers -- you all had better start paying much closer attention to this shit.  These people, like their Muslim Jihadi counterparts on the other side of the world, have shown they are more than willing to murder innocents in the name of their ideology.  If people don't start speaking up and joining together as a force of good to combat this evil in our midst, it really is just a matter of time before another Oklahoma City slaughter happens - and who knows, maybe the next one will be in your city, or perhaps The Gadfly's.

Speak up, speak out -- even if it risks offending friends and family.  To sit back in timorous quietude is the equivalent of being a passive accomplice to these alt-right goons and their toxic, ass backward worldviews.  The values and morals of a decent people and a decent society demand it.

This nation's future, yours, our children's and your grandchildren's future, is in your, our hands.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

No Pictures or Cartoons, No Videos. Just Words That Need to be Said . . .

There's something that's been sticking in The Gadfly's craw all fucking day about the ugly shit that has occurred in Virginia the past couple of days.

There were a lot of Nazi symbols and flags within the ranks of the alt-right foot soldiers last night and today.  Combined with shouted slogans taken directly from Goebbel's propaganda playbook.  They were overtly, almost gleefully, telegraphing their ideology and it was vile and it was infuriating.

What truly enraged The Gadfly weren't so much the physical acts of violence, despicable as they were, but the aftermath of the whole deal.

As some of our national political "leaders" were publicly denouncing the Charlottesville violence, what was being left unsaid, much less talked about, was the most obvious observance of all --- namely that these people who call themselves collectively the alt-right --- are indeed motherfucking Nazis.  They are new-age Nazis, which as far as The Gadfly is concerned, makes them no different one iota from old-school Nazis.  They are one and the same.

There comes a time when people have to speak up.  Speak out against this madness and these disturbed individuals and their even more disturbing movement.  Be forceful and unrepentant in your views - especially so knowing that those views stand for decency and goodness in our society.

Think about it dear readers . . . this country fought a 5 year long World War, half way around the world, to defeat these Nazi sonofabitches and their evil ideology and their evil symbols.  More than 400 thousand Americans gave their lives in that war to kick Adolf Hitler and his Aryan fuckstick bullies to the curb.  More than 50 million humans died in that war.  The sound ass whooping which America dished out to Hitler was deliberately intended to send a loud message to the world that America was at the pinnacle of the moral high ground and more than ready and able to defend herself and her friends who might be threatened by other Hitler wannabes.

And yet, unbelievably, here we are, some 75+ years later, having to fight that same fucking, wearisome enemy again -- the enemy of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, the enemy of our other brethren democracies, the enemy of our way of life, the enemy of humanity.  The enemy of a peaceful future.  Here we are facing that same insidious threat one more time -- only this time that enemy is us -- or at least a significant number of us and they reside right here in the good ol' homeland -- US of A.

Well this is one American who has had enough already of these assholes.  And if there is going to be the "taking back" of any country, the people getting this country's soul and legacy yanked out of it's hands (violently if it has to come to that) are going to be the ones who are left fondling their Swastika flags, their KKK costumes and their confederate flags.  It's going to be that venerable and inevitable story of good conquering evil --- as it should --- as it must --- as it will.

And as for our shit head little new-age Nazi friends -- The Gadfly is not sorry to say -- they're going to get their stupidly evil asses kicked to the curb one more time in world history -- and once again it will be utterly deserved.  And The Gadfly can only dream of securing any direct or indirect opportunity to be a contributing actor in that historical denouement.