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Well - it's been a couple of weeks since the American electorate handed over the keys to the governing asylum to the sociopaths and the calumniators on the conservative right.
The Gadfly would be wholly remiss in his duties as - well, a gadfly - if he didn't take a few moments of his precious free time to remind his dear readers what noxious hell awaits this country once these supreme ass-clowns ascend to power.
Let's start with this bit of long ago finished (finished except in the minds of Fox "News" and their lizard-brain viewers) bit of business - The inimitable Charlie Pierce over at Esquire has the honors:
We interrupt your regularly scheduled weekend with this special report.
The largely mythical beast known as Benghazi, Benghazi!, BENGHAZI! is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late scandal, It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If they hadn't nailed it to our eyeballs, it'd be pushing up the daisies. Its metabolic processes have ceased. It's off the twig. It's kicked the bucket, rung down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibule.
A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
This is a classic Washington news dump -- late on a Friday night, the week before Thanksgiving, on a day on which the Congress decided to show the president what a tyrant he is by going on vacation for three weeks. Do they think that the blog ever sleeps? Do they? Huh? Fie on you, sirs.
The House Intelligence Committee report was released with little fanfare on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel. The eighth Benghazi investigation is being carried out by a House Select Committee appointed in May.http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Alleged_End_Of_Benghazi
That's right dear readers - despite this 7th, GOP controlled investigation which states unequivocally that "the CIA and the military acted properly" in their response to the Benghazi attack, there is going to be yet an 8th investigation come May, after the screeching monkeys take control of the congressional and senate monkey houses. Now - some of you more observant readers may be asking yourself why there would be yet an 8th investigation next May based on the FACT that 7 investigations to date, including investigations owned wholly by the GOP themselves, have declared nothing improper took place? The Gadfly has a two word answer to that question -- Hillary Clinton. Yup - the Benghazi!Benghazi!!Benghazi!!! asshattery is still a very effective political smear tool for the conservanuts for which they will gleefully utilize to rile up their idiot base for the 2016 Presidential election. And yes - it really is as simple and as cynical as that.
Next up - immigration reform! EEK!!
President Obama's long overdue executive action offers deportation protection to millions of immigrant parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. It is not, as those on the right are loudly and dishonestly claiming, a blanket, irreversible "amnesty" program. Amnesty is the code word, kind of like "entitlements" is a code word for minorities receiving government handouts. Fox's Megyn Kelly let it slip in conversation on her show the other day that the conservatives are consciously using the "amnesty" word to rile up the bigoted lizard brains in their base which serves their asshole purposes, but really does nothing but cheapen the discourse on the subject. As it is, Obama's action pretty much is the equivalent of a big "FUCK YOU" to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who know very well that Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in the country and the more that the conservatives treat Latinos like sub-human shit, the quicker that the portending demise of the conservative movement, and by proxy, the Republican party, punches the clock. And boy -- let's hope that they do try to impeach Obama over this action, which by the way, is not an unprecedented one - for both Reagan and Bush used their executive powers to act unilaterally on immigration issues. An impeachment attempt would pretty much ensure the White House remains in Democratic control for the foreseeable future, a future where those aforementioned demographics it must be noted, do not favor a party that is still dragging it's knuckles in the dark ages on most of the important domestic and international issues of the day. Frankly - if you ask The Gadfly what all of this conservative braying over the immigration issue boils down to, and what really has the wingnuts frothing at the brain, is the prospect of a dirty Kenyan, Muslim, terrorist appeaser giving other dark-skinned humans a chance at getting a small slice, or even a few measly crumbs, of "their" American dream pie.
Last on The Gadfly's list is this sad commentary on the subject of American "exceptionalism":
November 19, 2014
Unequal treatment before the law has become a hot topic in a country reeling from cases like those of Troy Davis and Michael Brown. In Georgia, yet another case has arisen of an innocent young minority man being shot to death with little punishment for his killer.
In January 2013, 22-year-old Georgia Tech student Rodrigo Diaz, alongside his girlfriend and two other friends, pulled into a driveway in Gwinett County, Georgia, hoping to pick up a friend for skating. It turned out to be the wrong driveway. The homeowner, Phillip Sailors, emerged from the home and fired a warning shot with his .22 pistol. As Diaz began to drive away, Sailors fired again, striking Diaz in the head and killing him.
Despite these circumstances, police arrested Diaz's girlfriend and their two friends and held them overnight. This week, Sailors pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, and will have one year of probation and be charged a $500 fine.http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/georgia-man-shoots-and-kills-latino-22-year-old-pulling-wrong-driveway-gets-500?akid=12487.1084699.L5CmBx&rd=1&src=newsletter1027376&t=7
If someone can coherently explain to The Gadfly what is so "exceptional" about a nation whose laws are so morally decrepit and cowardly, that a 22 year old college student, in the prime of his young life, gets a bullet to the head for the crime of inadvertently pulling in to the wrong gun-toting wingnut's driveway and his killer only has to pay a $500 fine and be on probation for a year, The Gadfly is all fucking ears. But this is the kind of society that the NRA and the conservatives envision for America folks -- a nation ruled by fear, by mistrust, by hate, and by cruelty and selfishness and the celebration of ignorance and stupidity. It is the kind of nation for which most of the Republican winners in this most recent election have a raging hard on for. Suffice to say -- it is not the kind of nation that The Gadfly wishes to see his children and grandchildren having to live in -- and so The Gadfly will continue to open his dirty fucking liberal hippie piehole and talk about this shit -- if for no other goddamn reason that somebody has to do it.