Friday, March 29, 2013

So Easy Even a Simian Can Understand It . . . .


Several men with assault rifles and hand guns crashed a Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action event in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday and stood silently as the state chapter of Moms Demand Action held a rally in favor of limiting the availability of military style weapons and universal background checks.
At least two or three men showed up at the rally site before the event began and engaged in a discussion about gun regulations with the group, two participants in the action told ThinkProgress. The armed men — who were later joined by another man carrying a hand gun and a woman who runs Indiana Moms Against Gun Control — insisted that they had a right to carry the loaded weapons.

The Gadfly realizes fully that it sounds macabre and cruel, but in a twisted sort of way he almost wishes that in one of these cases (as in the one described in this post), the AR-15 toting boor turns out to be a twisted, right wing sociopath who then goes on a bullet spending rampage -- slaughtering a bunch of moms and kids and bystanders and responding police and EMT's .. . .and ..... oh fuck it.

But seriously --- who the fuck is checking up on these dweebs?  Who the fuck knows who they are and what their intentions are??

The Gadfly is only certain of two things at this point.  Obama isn't going to take any goober's guns away and another Newtown shooting is just around the corner because the people of this country lack the moral courage to do any fucking thing about it.

As to these lowbrow retards showing up at a Moms Against Illegal Guns event sporting their precious Mastercard-paid-for extensions of their penises on their shoulders --- The Gadfly would love to see the mirror response if a bunch of equally and legally armed Black Panther members showed up at an NRA rally sporting their "hunting" rifles.  That would be interesting huh?

Nonetheless - shame on these dickless douchebags -- they obviously couldn't show up to a debate with words and intellect defending their positions, so they instead show up prominently displaying their killing gear to be used as an intimidation factor.  Fucking cowards and twats - every one of them.


Some More of Those Generous, Republican Values . . . .

The Gadfly will make pretend he is befuddled by this stuff for the sake of making this conversation more entertaining, if The Gadfly's conservative friends will simply acknowledge that they truly do not want all of the "blahs" and the "Messicans" exercising their constitutional duty to vote for their chosen representative or presidential candidates.

Ergo . . . :

Two bills filed by Republican lawmakers seek to cut back early voting and eliminate same-day registration in North Carolina.
Senate Bill 428, filed by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, would cut the early voting period from two weeks to one and would eliminate same-day voter registration.
House Bill 451, filed by Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, goes even further. In addition to cutting early voting and same-day registration, it would also outlaw early voting on Sunday and straight-ticket voting.
"I just think that we will put some balance into the election process," Starnes said.

Now let us all agree, for the sake of debate, that the GOP is represented by the Archie Bunker types of the world and the Dems are represented by the "Meathead" Mike Stivics of the world.  Can we agree at least on that point?  Ok - so one of the things that the Archie Bunkers are always fucking bitching and moaning about is that the immigrants are not assimilating themselves fast enough in to American society - right??  So The Gadfly believes that it begs the question then - what could be more representative of a new U.S. citizen/former immigrant assimilating themselves in to our society than by that individual exercising their god-given, constitutional right to participate in the American electoral process?  Right??

So why then are Republicans and conservatives around the country doing every thing in their misbegotten power to make it extremely difficult for Americanized immigrants and minorities in general to exercise that right?  And don't flatter The Gadfly's horseshit detection capabilities by trotting out that dead horse of an fucking argument about "protecting the electoral process from fraud."  Actual voter fraud is so rare, that every time some right winger brings it up in conversation, Pinocchio's nose grows 6 inches.

So what we are left with then as to the GOP's motive for these insidious state level bills engineered to make it harder for people of color, people of less than Country Club incomes, and the old and infirm to more easily exercise their right to vote?  Hmmmm??

If The Gadfly has to ask the question twice, then it stands to reason that you the reader have not been paying very close attention since 2008 as to what's been going on in this country since America elected it's first black President.

Let's face the reality -- the Tea Party and the Old White Guy establishment have had enough of the "blah" President and his Kenyan, Muslim, Colonialist policies and they do dearly want a return to power of a Mitt "Never Met an Offshore Tax Evasion Haven He Didn't Like" Romney type of guy - you know - a guy just like them - to run "their" country.

So - now that The Gadfly has cleared up that bit of nasty business - about the only thing he can do at this point is to appeal to the fair-minded and sane people of this country to speak out and fight back against this shadow bigotry and to participate in the long fought for struggle for ALL Americans to legally exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote -- no fucking ifs ands or buts about it.

Because if you let these pricks win these slimy state battles, it's just a matter of time before they will want to do it at the federal level if and when they ever regain control of the levers of federal power.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Things That Make The Gadfly Want to Build His Own Unmanned Drone and Program It's Attack Sensors To Home In on the Loudest, Fattest, Most Dishonest and Vile Media Gasbag On The Planet...

The modern day, human version of the zeppelin sprung a gaseous leak (opened his gaping piehole of a mouth) today and attempted to slather a redundant layer of stupid upon the hairy backs of his slack-jawed, zombie-eyed followers.  The perpetually effervescent one belched thusly:

Scientists Who Accept Global Warming Consensus Are "Political Advocates" Spreading "Misinformation"

The Gadfly - beyond praying to his own unreliable and lazy gods that the Reich's righteous dirigible Von Limpballs shall meet a fiery demise not unlike his primogenitor The Hindenburg - wonders if the believers in this charlatan have so much as a embryonic clue about the fact that of the world's estimated 35,000 professional climate scientists, more than 95% who are actively "working in the disciplines contributing to studies of our climate, accept that climate change is almost certainly being caused by human activities."

But hey man! -- who needs people with knowledge to tell you the facts -- especially when you have a known serial liar, political propagandist, self described comedian and fabulously wealthy corporate whore to spoon feed you his version of reality instead -- right??

While writing those disconsolate words, The Gadfly is reminded of the late, great George Carlin's admission of having reached a point in his life where he has given up any hope for his species.  And Mr. Carlin, instead of being angry over this tragedy, consoles his disappointment with the knowledge that when the human race finally reaches that apex where the advancement of our shared intellectual development grinds to a halt because our penchant for listening to and believing meatheads like Limpballs has become the dominant thought process, the acceleration of our doom and by virtue of such, our enlightened renewal, begins afresh.


And The Winning Numbers Are . . . . Congratulations Ma'am - You Hit The Healthcare Jackpot!! As For The Rest of You Sorry Fucks - Better Luck Next Time Losers!!!

It should be enough to make anyone with a conscience weep for the sorry state their beloved country has come to:

Twice a year, Tennessee holds a “health care lottery” that gives some hope to the uninsured residents in the state who can’t afford health coverage. Tennesseans who meet certain requirements — in addition to falling below a certain income threshold, they must be elderly, blind, disabled, or a caretaker of a child who qualifies for Medicaid — may call to request an application for the state’s public health insurance program, known as TennCare.

I mean really --- a lottery for the uninsured (poor) to determine which lucky winners have a chance at receiving some possibly life-saving healthcare?  At what point do we just start being honest with ourselves and admit that the American dream has morphed in to the movie "The Running Man?" - remember that flick with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson?:

By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where "runners" attempt to evade "stalkers" and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.

Only in the modern, real life case the plot line can be modified a tad as such:


By 2013, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a corporate run, oligarchy state, which exerts death panel like control over ordinary American's lives . The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of reality game shows in which the poorest in society fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Paul Ryan, where "runners" attempt to evade "stalkers" and certain death for a chance to be granted affordable access to the nation's healthcare system.

This country is so fucked - and I state that with an unfathomably deep sense of sorrow.


Guffaw! Chuckle!! Sigh!!! . . .

Fox "News" is so hopelessly awash in it's self-made sewer of lies and propaganda that it has gotten to the point where they cannot even keep track of the right wing garbage which they themselves have already reported on and dismissed as garbage:

On Monday afternoon, Fox News ran a segment suggesting that the Department of Homeland Security is buying up large quantities of ammunition to prevent law-abiding Americans from defending themselves. The story came two days after the DHS justified the purchases in a letter to lawmakers and Fox itself dismissed the theory as a conspiracy in its signature nightly news broadcast.

The Gadfly has long since ceased trying to convince conservatives that having Fox as their sole source for all news and information is the equivalent of trying to gather truthful information at the scene of a drive-by shooting in the deepest part of the ghetto - being that you will never get the entire story and the stories that you do get will all contradict each other and the actual truth will never be known.

How Murdoch and Ailes continue to get away to date with calling their sorry-ass and clownish outfit a "news" organization will be a question for the ages.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The American Dream On Life Support . . .

The Gadfly would like to share a bit of personal history with you the reader.  In early 2009 The Gadfly suffered a sudden, life-threatening medical condition which required emergency surgery to rectify.  Fortunately, The Gadfly survived this affliction and is here today to share his dirty fucking hippie views of his experience with the "greatest" healthcare system in the world with knowledge seekers far and wide.

Why is The Gadfly imparting this information?

Education my friends - education.

The Gadfly came across this in-depth article in Time Magazine by journalist/lawyer/advocate Steven Brill called "Bitter Pill:  Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us."

The Gadfly postulates that until you have read this article and fully understood it's core message, you have no clue whatsoever as to how utterly corrupt, arbitrary and ultimately immoral the for-profit healthcare industry is in this country.

Getting back briefly to The Gadfly's personal experience - the event which truly opened The Gadfly's eyes to what the actual priorities of the healthcare industry are came when The Gadfly was barely 4 hours out of major surgery and while still anesthetized found himself face to face with a very kindly, soothe voiced lady hospital official at his bedside.  The matronly, soft spoken hospital lady proceeded to methodically inform The Gadfly precisely what expenses related to his surgery and hospital stay that his employer provided health insurance paid for and what it didn't.  And as for the care not covered under said policy, the still anesthesia woozy Gadfly was asked to sign a promissory note promising to pay the out of pocket hospitalization expenses (somewhere in the range of $5-6k if The Gadfly's memory is accurate).  The Gadfly blissfully signed the document, for in his narcotic induced state, he could have been signing a confession to the Lindbergh kidnapping for all he knew.

And sure enough - a few weeks after being released from the hospital, The Gadfly received a nice little, itemized bill in the mail.  While the word "itemized" is used to describe this bill, The Gadfly is certain it was written in some form of alien code that only certain bean counting hospital staff members, who have received some form of top secret training, could decipher.  Fortunately for The Gadfly he was gainfully employed and was able to pay off the out of pocket bill (with interest of course) over several years time.

Here is the bottom line - Steven Brill has dared to expose, in this Time article, the dirty not-so-secret secret which the corporate elites and our elected officials are either too afraid or too compromised through the political money machine to speak truthfully to Americans about.

Brill's Time article is quite long (around 30 or so pages) and it is pay subscription (for $4.99 you can get a free week of access and all of Time's archives - including this article) but believe me - it is well worth your time if you want to educate yourself on this wholly unique American travesty.

If you would like a condensed version, here is a video of Charlie Rose interviewing Mr. Brill on his PBS show:

The specific words from Mr. Brill in that Charlie Rose interview which really blew The Gadfly's mind were - "health care (in America today) is not a marketplace . . . there is nothing free about that market."  Those devastating words were meant to shove a big fat fist down the throats of the "free market" shills and their perpetually wrong visions of sugar plums and free market fairies who take care of and fix everything all of the time.

That being said, and more than anything, the thing that is truly fucking infuriating to The Gadfly about this horrible, yet totally preventable, health care crisis is that according to a 2009 study from the American Journal of Public Health, approximately 45,000 American citizens needlessly die every year for the sole reason of lack of basic, affordable health care.  Think about that - that is the equivalent death count of nearly 1 and a half 9/11 terror attacks every month of the year all year long.  That also equates to, if you care to do the additional math, since 9/11, 2001 -- 540,000 U.S. lives lost because of our high-priced, inaccessible (for too many) health care system.  That is more casualties than the U.S. suffered in WWI, WWII and the Korean War combined!  The Gadfly cannot even wrap his dirty fucking hippie mind around the sorrowful reality of this inhumanity and it truly makes him question whether America has the right anymore to claim the moral high ground on any issue as it pertains to human rights and human dignity.

Suffice to say that until the people of this country grow a collective spine and stop buying in to the lies and bullshit spoon fed to them from the likes of our current crop of bought and paid for politicians and the corporate scum and demand change or else -- things will go on as they are and eventually the whole house of cards will crumble in on itself.  And if folks think we're in a world of shit now, you haven't seen anything yet.

Read Brill's article and share it.  Educate yourself and then speak out.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Funny Shit The Gadfly Couldn't Possibly Make Up Even After Ingesting a Handful of Magic Mushrooms . . .

The Gadfly wryly observes that there are simply times when the conservanut's own actions unilaterally write the comedy material with which comedians much superior to The Gadfly employ gleefully to mock them with.


NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.
The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?”

Keep in mind that this nasty little fracas occurred at a TeaBagger (Tea Party Patriots) sponsored session where the goal was to educate conservative activists on how to court more black voters to their cause.

 Doh! . . . . . (as The Gadfly awaits you the reader's guffawing to subside) . . . .  Yep - overt racism on full display at a conference aimed at getting more minority (specifically black) voters to support conservatism and it's policies.

The unfunny part of this episode though is that this does not shock The Gadfly in the least.  The Gadfly has recognized the seedy undercurrent of bigotry in the Tea Party movement from the day they appeared on the national scene, which not so coincidentally, coincides with the days shortly after America's first African American President was elected to the Presidency of this great nation.

But at least they are beginning to admit openly now what one of the core tenets of their movement is and The Gadfly for one hopes they keep doing so - for the more that mainstream America sees up close and personal what these assholes are truly all about, the quicker they can be made irrelevant and the rest of the country can get on with the business with doing what's best for the national interest as a whole.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Things That Make The Gadfly Want to Ram Kabob Skewers Through His Eyeballs . . .

The mortifying idiocy just never stops with these people:

March 08, 2013 12:00 am  •  (60) Comments
PHOENIX - Religious organizations would qualify for new property tax exemptions under legislation being considered by the Arizona House of Representatives.
The measure would allow churches to avoid taxes on property used for activities other than religious worship.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Justin Olson, said the current religious-exemption law has resulted in many lawsuits because county property assessors don't have clear guidance on which organizations qualify for the exemptions.
Proponents say the proposed overhaul will allow churches to avoid property taxes on vacant lots that could eventually be turned into worship centers.
But critics say the proposed expansion could result in tax fraud because it would allow any religious organization to claim exemptions on property not used for worship.
The measure would remove worship as the central criteria for religious groups qualifying for property-tax exemptions. Under the expansion, religious associations or institutions would be protected from property taxes so long as the property isn't used for profit. Student dormitories, staff housing and shelters would be spared from taxation.
Critics say the measure would allow groups posing as religious organizations to expand their for-profit land holdings on the cheap. Under the measure, any group that calls itself religious could sit on undeveloped lots for years without paying taxes.

The Gadfly is not surprised in the least that it is a conservative Republican lawmaker who's flogging this wholly insipid measure to coddle the religionist crowd even more than they already are.

Can anyone coherently explain to The Gadfly how allowing any group who fancies themselves a "religious organization" to avoid paying their fair share of property taxes is not an unconstitutional slap in the face to other non-profit organizations who don't claim a religious charter, yet must pay taxes on their property holdings?

The Gadfly believes that if laws like these are allowed to exist then everyone and their proverbial mother will be organizing small groups and claiming that they are "religious organizations" to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

The Gadfly has long, long, long advocated for taxing all religious organizations as businesses.  And taxing them fairly.  Religion pulls in big money and they are the only ones not held accountable for demonstrating what they are doing with that money.



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Things That Make The Gadfly Want To Rip Out His Own Intestines With A Fondue Fork . . .

The Gadfly, while channel surfing his local vast wasteland today, discovered irrefutable proof that America's news media truly has thrown in the towel on it's duty to inform and report news that is important to the long term survival of democratic principles in this country.

Take a look at this picture and note the CNN time slot at 6:00pm highlighted in yellow:

Upon CNN's inception in the early days, a time when The Gadfly actually had some respect for Ted Turner's vision of a 24 hour cable NEWS network, the channel's signature slogan has been "The Worldwide Leader In News!"

As you can see by the photo of The Gadfly's cable lineup from earlier today, CNN has come a long, long way from being a pioneering stalwart of the fourth estate to joining the putrid ranks of the rest of the vast wasteland by dedicating a whole hour on it's channel and giving a name to that hour program to an accused murderer, Jodi Arias.  The Arias murder trial case is nothing special, except for the fact that is full of lurid details - everything from the victim being a Mormon LDS member to relationship betrayal, to possibly forced anal sex to eventually a violently bloody murder.

Yes indeed ladies and gentlemen -- IT'S THE JODI ARIAS SHOW -- ON CNN! -- cha, cha, cha!!

Gather the children around the TV set after dinner folks and find out the latest on this fascinating human interest story!  A story that is more important to American's lives than the political chicanery and treachery in Congress that could potentially destroy a shaky economic recovery from a multi-year recession that has devastated many family's financial futures in this country and left Wall Street and Banking criminals off the hook to laugh their way all the way to their own banks and back.  A story more important than getting to the bottom of the truth as to why America was lied in to one unnecessary war and while that one was beginning to fall apart went and started another unnecessary war.  A story more important than a crushing majority of the world's foremost climate scientists giving ominous warnings to governments around the world of the accelerating effects of man's industrial activities on the earth's fragile eco-system and it's now near-term prognostications of how these effects will not only upset the delicate balance of the world's natural order, but also will have mortal consequences for the human race on whole.

Oh Yes - tune in folks to THE JODI ARIAS SHOW -- ON CNN! because "The Worldwide Leader In News!" believes murder mixed with lurid sex is what passes for news these days and as long as they have enough hollow-eyed, slack-jawed human slugs to push up the peg counts in The Nielsen ratings, life is just fucking dandy.

So let's get that fondue pot a cookin' shall we --- whaddya' say hmmmm?


STOP PAYING FOR YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE! Don't You Silly Americans Know You Can Get Free Care at Your Local Hospital ER?? Duhhhh!! . . .

The Gadfly did not need a prominent progressive blog to tell him that medical services rendered via a hospital's emergency room are ridiculously costly and much more so than if an individual had a robust health insurance plan that actually was designed to do what it is supposed to do:

The rising cost of medical services is driving up the price of health care throughout the industry. There’s perhaps no better illustration of that phenomenon than hospitals’ emergency departments, since ER trips are the most expensive type of health care delivery. In fact, a new NIH-funded study finds the average cost for an ER visit was over $2,000 — about 40 percent more than most people spend on their rent each month.

But then again that is what Republicans have been flogging as a feasible health care plan repeatedly over the past few years as they try to destroy the fledgling (PPACA) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) before even the most cost saving provisions kick in in 2014.

Prominent GOP'ers such as Rep. Paul Broun and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant are on the record as stating that "all" Americans have health care because they can just show up at their nearest hospital emergency room and be attended to:

Hell - even failed (thankfully) 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Willard Romney was touting this idiocy in his effort to defeat Barack Obama:

WASHINGTON -- Downplaying the need for the government to ensure that every person has health insurance, Mitt Romney on Sunday suggested that emergency room care suffices as a substitute for the uninsured.
"Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance," he said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night. "If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care."

That's one of those "bold" new leadership ideas that the conservanuts tried to foist upon America in the last election.  Fortunately a majority of Americans rejected it outright.

But The Gadfly wonders exactly what are we to make of this foolishness when one of the major political parties in the country is so fucking insane and radical in their thinking where their view that exorbitant care dished out on the fly in hospital emergency/trauma rooms is a viable form of "health care?"  How is it that we as a nation are not just simply laughing these ignorant and uncaring morons out of the national discussion on the critical issue of the very real health care crisis that exists and is worsening in this country?

While The Gadfly feels that the PPACA falls far short of the benefits that a single-payer or national health care plan would provide Americans, there is no doubt, except in the feeble brains of these neanderthals on the right, that at the blind rate that we are going with our present bloated and costly for profit system, it is just a matter of time before the whole house of cards that it is implodes in upon itself.

So The Gadfly begs those of you who are sane enough to understand this stuff - the next time you hear some right winger mindlessly bashing Obamacare, ask them what their solution is - and if it is anything like the solution that the Paul Brouns and the Phil Bryants and the Willard Romneys of the world are advocating - just laugh out loud in their faces - let some spittle fly to underscore your scorn.  Perhaps collectively humiliating these cretins on a regular basis and denying them a seat at the table of the national discussion on the issue will result in some progress on solving the health care nightmare that all too many Americans have faced, are facing or at some point in their lives will undoubtedly face.


Friday, March 1, 2013

We Got Your Fucking Sequester Right Here Beyotch!!

The Gadfly strongly urges anyone who is sincerely interested in the recovery of the American economy and the return to prosperity and vitality that has made us the most powerful democracy and capitalist engine in the world to read this piece by Robert Borosage.

It is absolutely the clearest and most accurate analysis of what this whole fucked up situation, known as "the sequester" is all about.

Pay particular attention to the part where Borosage methodically ticks off the list of "unsustainable imbalances" that have contributed directly to our nation's current Great Recession.  It goes without saying that the preponderance of the blame in Borosage's view (and The Gadfly adamantly concurs) lies squarely at the feet of the whack job GOP and their lunatic wing - The Tea Party.

To put this in some form of coherent, layman's perspective, The Gadfly will state this for the record.  The Gadfly is more than willing to concede the obvious - that President Obama shoulders his own share of blame for this sequester clusterfuckery.  Having said that, The Gadfly sees the situation as such - - think of the sequester as a stick of dynamite.  Obama, in his never ending haggling with the intransigent, reactionary Republicans, pulled the stick of dynamite out of his pocket and waved it in warning under their noses.  And the Republicans have now done the unthinkable - they have purposely lit the fuse of the stick of dynamite, snatched it from Obama's hands, and tossed it through an open window into the American people's house, which one can view as the equivalent of the slowly but surely growing national economic recovery.

Poll after national poll indicates the American people are much more distrusting of the Republican party to manage this country's economic affairs and implement policies that result in doing the most good for the most people.  If the wingnuts are truly of the belief that blowing up the fragile recovery and sending the economy back into the deep recesses of a second recession is a fantastic and wonderful idea, than all The Gadfly can say is that he hopes the fallout becomes the worst case scenario.  The Gadfly actually hopes that not just a return to recession but the beginning of a full blown depression will be triggered.  For if anything is going to teach the hard headed American people a fucking unforgettable and painful lesson as to who's side the modern day Republican party is on and actually gives a shit about, there's nothing like a 1920's style depression, a stock market crash and 30% national unemployment rate to get such a point across.  For the most important outcome of such a period of national pain and misery would be the permanent destruction of right wing conservatism - particularly the virulent strain which permeates and dominates the mindset of the modern day GOP.  That outcome, in and of itself, would be the saving grace for the long term perseverance of this Great American democratic experiment.

Therefore, in conflict with his most inner feelings of humanity and hope, The Gadfly implores the GOP -- GO FOR IT!  JUMP YOU FUCKERS!!