Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Of Holidays and Hope ...

The Gadfly sends Christmas/Holiday greetings and well wishes to all.

The Gadfly will be traveling through the New Year, so no posting until his return.

Thank you readers for visiting this shittly little blog and taking the time to listen to an old soul rant about things which stir his passion --- and The Gadfly wishes you all the best in the coming year and hopes to be back at the keyboard to continue fighting the good fight upon his return.



Friday, December 21, 2012

Fuck The Atom Smasher. No Force of Nature is More Explosive Than Reality Colliding With Right Wing Group Think . . .

While the NRA's Wayne LaPierre linguistic upchuck from earlier today was enough buffoonery to cause any sane person's eyeballs to spontaneously spurt blood, believe it or not it pales in horrifying comparison to the musings of a Libertarian pundit (if by pundit you mean a flesh decayed Zombie that can grunt sounds which somewhat resemble actual human words) who decided the world could use some sound Libertarian guidance on how to deal with the Newtown, CT child massacre.
Megan McArdle (said Zombie) a couple of days ago wrote an essay in The Daily Beast with a uniquely novel approach as to how to deal with future armed and armored madmen with WMD's who decide to play Rambo using real live kindergartners as their training exercise pop-up targets.

Brace yourself, because what you are about to read are words that instantly qualify as The Stupidest Fucking Crap Ever Uttered In The Annals of Human Linguistic History.

Imagine this was said about the Newtown massacre and how to deal with the next one:

"I'd also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once.  Would it work?  Would people do it?  I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips."

The Gadfly's initial response (after allowing the steaming hot coffee to finish draining from inside his now seared nostrils) was this:

LOL!  OMFG! . . . . . . ad infinitum.

Yes dear Megan -- let us "drill" train our toddlers, who when confronted with a demented, AK-47/100 shot magazine sporting psycho spraying bullets to and fro, to bum rush the kook in an attempt to take him down - with the noble goal of preventing additional carnage.

The Gadfly will repeat this since any rational human being, after reading such blithering idiocy, may very possibly be motivated to put their brains in to a temporary, self-induced coma.

Megan McArdle, Libertarian Pundit extraordinaire, actually believes that one of the best ideas for preventing future mass shootings in schools is to train the little tykes to group together, and like a good old fashioned rugby scrum, run directly at the bullet spraying loon, knock him to the ground and thus upsetting his slaughter-hungering equilibrium, which in wingnut theory, will result in a few less rugrat corpses and blood to be mopped up after afterward.

The reasonably functioning human mind and the compassionate human soul stagger at the cold-blooded, sociopathic thought process that is belched forth from these monstrous people.  It makes one wonder whether this country is deserving of the gift of democracy, considering how often we shit upon it in the name of some maniacal interpretation of a document written over 200 years ago when mankind could not foresee the advancements in genocidal weaponry designed to butcher human beings on a mass scale.

To close, all that The Gadfly has to say to the Megan McArdle's of the world is - fuck you.  Fuck you and every single soulless sonofabitch who thinks like you.  And The Gadfly sincerely hopes, since you are convinced that nothing can be done to prevent another Newtown tragedy,  that the next schoolroom massacre doesn't find a loved one of your own as one of the bloodied, lifeless cadavers being carted away in a zippered, plastic bag for no goddamn good reason at all.


It isn't Doomsday in America today, but thanks to the NRA, it most certainly is Dumbsday . . .

OK - so The Gadfly watched the NRA's leader (and half human/half lizard) Wayne LaPierre give his nationally televised "press conference" this morning in response to the Newtown elementary school massacre:

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So - in the proverbial nutshell - Mr. LaPierre's argument can basically be summarized as such:

> If only we had More Guns.  Many, many more guns.

> Arm the teachers - cross train them as S.W.A.T Commandos.

> Hi-tech security and armed guards and/or Police in all schools (what about massacres in movie theaters, malls and churches Wayne? Armed guards & cops there too?).

> Ban shoot-em up video games.

> Too much gun violence (no I'm not making this up) in movies and on tv.

> Ban music videos that show America's youth disrespecting authority.

And after listening to the words (if by words you mean vomit retched forth in human speech form) of Mr. LaPierre's ludicrous screed, this half human/half lizard man curtly turned away and slouched off stage like the naked coward that he is, ignoring pleas from reporters for follow up questions.  It was classic NRA flim-flammery and gutlessness.  Advertising LaPierre's appearance as a "press conference" and then running away from any tough questions which might call in to question any amount of accountability that the NRA and Mr. LaPierre might have in America's epidemic of mass killing events.  This farcical spectacle, quite frankly, was nothing more than a hastily produced NRA infomercial and quite a shallow and amateurish one at that.

After watching such stunningly unfeeling dirge, The Gadfly wistfully wishes, if solely for a moment, that he were a faithful believer in the Heaven/Hell stratagem - purposefully so that he could take some pietous comfort in knowing with every fiber of his being that there are very special and insanely broiling accomodations awaiting Wayne LaPierre and his gun goon brigades in the ungodly depths of Hell upon their Earthly demise.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Sigh . . . The End of The World As We Know It . . . [ again??? ]

Like many traumatic national events, the Newtown shooting has already spawned its share of wild conspiracy theories that draw in everything from British finance to the Hunger Games.

Yep - The Gadfly has already received three chain e-mails in the past couple of days breathlessly telling him that the Aurora and Newtown mass shootings are calculated, evil, 'Manchurian Candidate' type plots that have been engineered by Obama and the U.N. to provide justification for confiscating all guns in America and handing over America's entire national security apparatus to the U.N. with the end goal of a one world government with Obama as Supreme Chancellor Octavius Barry Palpatine or something thereof.

My god these fucking people are so sickeningly ignorant and laughably paranoid that it just makes The Gadfly dizzy and nauseous.  Oh - and btw - you can thank Rupert "Asshole of The Millenium" Murdoch and Fox "News" for employing people like Glenn Beck, Dick Morris, Eric Bolling and Sean Hanniturd for helping to fuel the spread of this zombie apocalypse idiocy and pants-pissing schizophrenia with their constant fear-mongering styled "what if?" type of ranting and raving on the public airwaves.

The Gadfly swears to The Flying Spaghetti Monster that if a Toyota Prius sized asteroid were to fall from the sky tomorrow and hit smack dab on top of Fox' NYC HQ, vaporizing the whole place and every employee in it, yet leave every other building and human around it untouched, The Gadfly would fall to his knees, and with arms outstretched and eyes gazing toward the heavens, become an instant believer in miracles - the kind of miracles that could only be delivered by a loving, merciful, mindful and justice appreciating god.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Maggot Mockery on Standby - - Please Stay Tuned....

The Gadfly had a head full of derisive commentary re: the shit maggot who's talking in this video:

However,  The Gadfly was subsequently distracted by the horror soaked news of some gun goon slaughtering 27 people, including 20 kindergartners in a Connecticut elementary school today, so  I am simply going to have set my filet knife aside for the that was meant to make Grover Norquist in to Wingnut Sushi for the moment and deal with it another day.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Motor City Motor-Mouth Madman Opens His Demented Pie Hole Once Again . . .

Unka' Ted is proposing revoking the right to vote for any American who is receiving any form of public assistance as well as eliminating Medicare and Social Security.

Ted Nugent called for the suspension of the right to vote for "any American who is on welfare" as part of his proposal to reduce federal budget deficits outlined in his latest Washington Times column.
The National Rifle Association board member also called for "slaughtering the three sacred entitlement cows" of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and called for tax increases on "the nearly 50 percent of Americans who pay zero federal income taxes." Nugent wrote that these policies should be instituted "before taxes are raised on the producers, which will further choke the economy."
Nugent frequently attacks Americans who receive public assistance, whom he has termed "gluttonous, soulless pigs."


It is quite understandable why this creep is such a darling of the Tea Party.  A statutory rapist, Vietnam war dodging coward, and a serial illegal "hunter."  Yep - that most certainly makes him the perfect poster boy for the sociopath Teabaggers alright.

But hey wait just a moment!  The Gadfly just recalled something.  Didn't ol' Ted, last April 15th at an NRA gun goon rally, state that if Obama was reelected that he himself "will either be dead or in jail by this time next year?"

He sure as hell did:

"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don't even know what you're made out of."

All The Gadfly has to say is that for the first time in his curmudgeonly lifetime, he is joyously looking for to the coming year's tax filing deadline day.

One can only hope that the cameras are rolling when Unka' Ted is either frog-marched off to the hoosegow (the likelier of the two boasts) or driving one of his smoke belching SUV's off a cliff straight down into a mile deep canyon (ala Thelma & Louise).

But the reality of the situation is - ol' Ted really is, not at all unlike his AM radio soul mate Rush Limbaugh, just a loud-mouth, ignorant, lying, racist, immoral coward who hides behind his public persona and his wealth when attacking those he disagrees with.  Ted Nugent is quite simply the worst of the worst of humanity, not to mention, lamentably,  a downright shitty American citizen.


Einstein's Theory of Republican Relativity . . .

Here we fucking go again:

Throughout the fiscal cliff negotiations Republicans have insisted on preserving tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, but have dogmatically opposed maintaing a payroll tax holiday that disproportionately benefits the middle class. Payroll taxes fall harder on those lower down the income ladder and economists believe that allowing 2011′s 2-percent decrease to expire could undermine economic growth, while permitting the top rates to go up would have only minimal impact.
On Tuesday morning, during an appearance on SiriusXM’s POTUS Politics, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) argued that raising marginal rates on the very rich would slow-down job creation but insisted that the nation’s debt problem requires the government to allow the payroll tax holiday to expire. Price said that individuals — presumably those who benefit most from the holiday — must feel “more pain” to help set the country on a sound fiscal footing:
TIM FARLEY (HOST): The payroll tax holiday is likely going away. People will likely get that increase in the deduction from your pay as of January 15, you’ll see your first paycheck, 2 percent will be gone. And I wonder if, even if you come to a solution…people are going to look at their paychecks and say, ‘I thought we solved this and look at all this money being taken out of my paycheck.
PRICE: Well, remember, step back and recognize that we’ve had four straight years of trillion dollar plus deficits, we’re $16 trillion plus dollars in debt. This doesn’t get fixed without some pain for everybody…The remarkable challenge that we have requires more work and more diligence and more pain for more individuals.

"More work and more pain for more individuals."

Care to make a wager with The ol' Gadfly as to who these "individuals" that the esteemed Republican Congressman is referring to are?

Oh Jeebus F*cking Kripes.  The Gadfly is just dog tired of debunking that hoary old lie - the one that hysterically claims that slightly raising the marginal tax rate on the extremely wealthy stifles job growth.  Bill Clinton did just that - raising it to 39.6% and the result was this country experienced the most prosperous economy and explosive job growth in history.  That is undeniable fact.

Frankly what is behind GOP Rep. Price's statement is that it is quite apparent that the GOP is still in the thrall of the Tea Party and by virtue of such, as it pertains to the on-going "fiscal cliff" negotiations with Obama, seemingly don't mind causing taxes to be unnecessarily increased on the middle class, defense spending drastically slashed, and social services like SS and Medicare to be decimated --- all just so they can save some gazillionaires the heartbreaking misery of not being able purchase that new mansion with a car elevator or that new battleship sized yacht with it's own helicopter and helipad.

But you know how The Gadfly feels about this?  If political suicide is the way the GOP wants to go - The Gadfly is all for it at this point.  It is obvious that they have learned absolutely nothing from the ass kicking they and Thurston Howell II took in this last election.  They just simply are, at this juncture, willingly intransigent, selfish, greedy, craven bastards and there truly is no hope for them that The Gadfly can foresee.  So pass the popcorn and Achtung baby!


Friday, November 30, 2012

The Sad, Sad Plight of America's "Job Creators" . . .

Damn that radical socialist Obama and his evil, Leninist plot to destroy and besmirch the beauty and grandeur of Red, White & Blue American Capitalism!!  Damn him to hell!!!

United States corporate profits reached a record high in the third quarter of this year, even adjusted for inflation, according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Political Charlatanism - GOP Style . . .

If you are still trying to figure out why Gramps (Get Off My Lawn!) McCain, Lindsey (HuckleFairie) Graham and Kelly (who the fuck is she?) Ayotte are running around and searching out media cameras daily and giving first hand lessons on how conservatives utilize the hypocritical fainting couch as a political tool as it pertains to this wholly manufactured Benghazi "scandal" - let Jon Stewart explain it to you in very clear, uncomplicated layman's terms:


Costco vs. Walmart || Good vs. Evil

How Costco Became the Anti-Wal-Mart

This is a great article which wholly and definitively demolishes the Wall Street conventional wisdom that a large scale retailer needs to pay it's employees slave wages, and shitty, if any benefits in order to succeed in the marketplace.

Take a few minutes and read this NYT piece on how warehouse retailer Costco has stuck a big progressive thumb in the eye of Wall Street by showing them that, unlike Walmart, treating your employees with respect and dignity by providing them with a decent living wage and robust benefits is not only a successful business formula, it is also making a positive economic impact in the communities where they do business.

Here's a key excerpt from the article:

But not everyone is happy with Costco's business strategy. Some Wall Street analysts assert that Mr. Sinegal is overly generous not only to Costco's customers but to its workers as well.
Costco's average pay, for example, is $17 an hour, 42 percent higher than its fiercest rival, Sam's Club. And Costco's health plan makes those at many other retailers look Scroogish. One analyst, Bill Dreher of Deutsche Bank, complained last year that at Costco "it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder."
Mr. Sinegal begs to differ. He rejects Wall Street's assumption that to succeed in discount retailing, companies must pay poorly and skimp on benefits, or must ratchet up prices to meet Wall Street's profit demands.
Good wages and benefits are why Costco has extremely low rates of turnover and theft by employees, he said. And Costco's customers, who are more affluent than other warehouse store shoppers, stay loyal because they like that low prices do not come at the workers' expense. "This is not altruistic," he said. "This is good business."


So "Wall Street analysts" have a case of the sad eyes because Costco has the unmitigated gall to treat their employees like human beings who are valuable assets and who are vital to the success of the business?  You know what The Gadfly says to those Wall Street analysts??  GO FUCK YOURSELVES!!  You Wall Street charlatans are the incompetent and greedy shit heels who crashed the world economy with your small minded, limp dick financial chicanery and you have the goddamn nerve to criticize a very successful retailer (read the article to see how Costco's employee centric business model is creaming Walmart in the stock market) for doing the right thing?  It's enough to make your blood boil, if like The Gadfly, you truly give a shit about your fellow American's quality of life.

It just simply goes without saying that America needs more CEO's like Costco's Jim Sinegal and once and for all a universal condemnation of and refutation of the business practices of the Walmarts and Bain Capitals (Willard's former vulture capitalist firm) of the world.

America is the greatest country on earth.  But if we allow the Walton family and the Bain blood suckers to get their way, we will simply become the largest, most dysfunctional banana republic on the face of the planet.

So please stop spending your money at places like Walmart.  Spend it at Costco and local establishments.  The only way Walmart and their ilk will ever change their ways is if we the people stop giving them more of our money to hoard.

Do your part and make America a better place to live for all of us.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fox "News" Hack: Read My Lips - I"m Lying My Fucking Ass Off To You Because I Know You're Too Stupid To Think For Yourself

Huh??  Wanting to put the top tier tax rate back to 39.6%, which is what it was under 8 years of Bill Clinton's stewardship, which just happened to be the most prosperous economy in U.S. history, equals "Anti-American Concepts Of Radical Wealth Redistribution" with the sole intention too "equalize everyone?"

You see -- this is the kind of lying and misinforming by Fox "News" that long time Republicans David Frum and Joe Scarborough recently were referring to when they talked about the GOP's election drubbing owing much to the Republican base being lied to and fleeced by the "conservative entertainment complex" (meaning Fox "News" and AM hate radio):


Just because some pretty, blonde bimbo with a marginal grasp of proper english opens her uninformed pie-hole on national television and says something so stupid and evidence less, does not make it true.  But Rupert Murdoch knows his viewership and unfortunately those sheep lack enough critical thinking skills and so they just swallow it and believe it as if it were gospel.

And they are wondering still why they got the fucking stuffing knocked out of them in this election.


Fox "News Hack": Those Crispy Burnt Corpses Should Be Thankful They Had Those Sweatshop Jobs!

I don't know how Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes sleep at night.  They truly have managed to dredge up and give a public television platform to some of the most awful, heartless, soulless and loathsome pieces of human shit pundits on the planet.  And despairingly - they seem to have a very deep bench of them.

Case in point:


And without so much as a detectable hint of emotion - to just blithely talk about the unnecessary, fiery deaths of 129 human beings in the context of profit motivation in America being "assaulted" has taken depravity to new depths of monstrousness.

Honestly - I have had enough of these fucking repugnant sons of bitches on Fox.  I now truly do openly wish that the old cocksucker Murdoch and his dark apprentice Jabba The Ailes both die soon - and if it happens that their demise entails a horribly suffering type of death - I'll shed not a tear nor lose a second of sleep over it.  The sooner their evil carcasses are worm meal, the better off this world will be for it and I truly mean it.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's over. Thank Gawd It's over.

Quite frankly The Gadfly is just too goddamn tired right now to do any form of celebrating for what was obviously a big win for us dirty fucking hippies Tuesday night.

The Gadfly will say this though - it is true that The Republicans, fielded just about the shittiest candidate they could dredge up - a vulture capitalist bazillionaire who hides his tax money in off-shore tax havens, views half the country as moochers, and who just simply couldn't be honest with the American people on any position at all.  Those sad facts in and of themself however, should not have resulted in the smack down the American people delivered to Willard and the GOP in this election.

The Gadfly has two words for you - no, no - make that three words for you.

The first word - policies.  Willard simply refused to be consistent and truthful as to where he stood on just about every single important policy question that affects every day American's lives. His constant changing of positions and inability or just plain refusal to provide any specifics whatsoever about his economic policies left many people pointedly distrusting of the man. How do you expect people to vote for you when your economic policy is nothing more than telling voters "trust me - elect me first and then maybe I will tell you about my policy positions?"

The other two words.  Tea Party.  The Gadfly long ago predicted the Tea Bagger's would overreach and show the whole world what they are truly all about.  They were not a new grassroots entity when they appeared on the national scene in 2008 (coincidentally right after Obama's inauguration).  They are the same old lunatic, John Bircher, racially spiteful nutbags who have always been on the periphery of GOP politics.  And when that dirty negro, Kenyan, communist, socialist, pinko liberal, terrorist appeasing hippie lover was elected, they came crawling out from under their slimy rocks in droves, pretty much took over the GOP and showed their ugly, hateful, racist, insane faces for all of America and the rest of the world to see.  And thankfully most Americans have been abhorred by these people, their boorish public behavior and their petty, selfish and repugnant brand of politics.

That is how a President presiding over one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression, a steady unemployment rate hovering around 8%, and facing the enmity and deep moneyed pockets of some very wealthy and politically powerful cocksuckers gets re-elected in a near landslide.

The Teapublicans, not unlike Barney Fife, quite simply observed, haphazardly shoved their single bullet pistol into their waistband and shot their own stupid fucking foot off -- and you know what?  America is better off for it.

That is all The Gadfly has to say on this matter for the time being.  It should be highly interesting in the coming days watching how the GOP deals with their pigheaded, vulgar spawn the Teabaggers.  The Gadfly isn't so certain that the old school establishment Republican guys have the guts to fight them - as they know it will be  one helluva bloody internecine battle.  But they also see the obvious demographic writing on the wall and know that the Teabaggers are a very cumbersome liability to their hopes of remaining a viable national political party in the long term.

Nonetheless - pass the popcorn kids and let's settle in for what is sure to be a good show.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ohhhhhhh! The Stupid!!! It Burnssssssssssss!!!!!!!

The Gadfly is wholeheartedly convinced that if it were possible, via some form of modern intelligence testing, to declare one single American television political pundit 'The Stupidest MotherFucker On TV', Fox's Steve Doocy would be awarded such a glorious designation hands down.

To wit - The Gadfly giveth thee this:


Here is how easy it is folks to debunk Doocy's froth-mouth, mush-brain observation that as he remembers it, it was Mitt Romney's plan which "saved the auto industry":

Step-by-step instructions:

1.  Open up your favorite web browser.
2.  Go to Google.
3.  Type in the search box the words "Mitt Romney Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."
4.  The very first result of that search should be a link to a NY Times article with same name.  Click the link - which is actually this one:  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html.
5.  Look at the article byline to see who wrote the article with the title "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."
6.  The author of that article is Mitt Romney.  Read the whole article and then ask yourself if that sounds like a plan which would have "saved the auto industry."

This is The Gadfly's hobby folks.  Debunking right wing lies and bullshit.  The Gadfly chose this hobby for a couple of entirely mundane reasons - one it's easier than collecting postage stamps.  Two, The Gadfly hates fucking liars. The Gadfly  especially despises liars who misuse the public airwaves to spread their lies and misinformation to their fellow Americans sans impunity.

Now - if someone can provide evidence that Steve Doocy had never heard of, much less read Willard Mitt Romney's November 18, 2008 op-ed in the New York Fucking Times which was basically a long-winded, snobbish way of telling the American auto industry to fuck off and die -- well then perhaps The Gadfly will reconsider his view that Mr. Doocy is 'The Stupidest MotherFucker On TV.'

Suffice to say, The Gadfly will not be holding his breath in anticipation of such evidence being brought forth any time soon, if ever.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Wading In To The Cesspool (Mindset) of the Average Romney Voter . . .

Oh lord god almighty.

The Gadfly did not know whether to laugh or to cry while watching this.  Especially the part where the interviewer is asking the Romney supporters to explain what Romney's plans are for bettering the country's current situation and why they like those plans.  Merciful deity(ies) whoever thee be - please save us from these ignorant rubes.



The scariest part is knowing that these people breed.


Willard and the Ghost of Shrub Past . . .

Political strategist Robert Creamer asks the intriguing question as to why George W. Bush has not been campaigning for Romney - at all.  The Gadfly too has been wondering where the former Republican President has been during this critical election year.  Unlike Bill Clinton, who has been stumping for Obama since day one, Bush has been completely a non-entity in the Romney effort.

The whole piece is worth reading, but this excerpt from the piece really kind of sums it all up as far as The Gadfly is concerned:

But of course there are many other reasons why the Republicans have failed to ask George Bush to campaign for their Presidential ticket. Two stand out.
We have had two great economic experiments in America over the last 30 years. One succeeded. The other failed – in fact, it was a man made disaster.
The first was led by President Bill Clinton. Clinton believed that you grow the economy from the middle out – not the top down. He understood that businesses don't invest and hire unless there are customers out there with money in their pockets – that they are the "job creators" – not a bunch of hedge fund managers on Wall Street.
Clinton proposed a federal budget that would eliminate the deficit mainly by calling on the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes -- and by investing in infrastructure and education to grow the economy. And Clinton forcefully defended programs like Medicare when Newt Gingrich wanted to cut them to give tax cuts to the rich.
When his budget was debated in Congress, Republicans predicted it would lead to massive job losses and recession.
The Republicans were dead wrong. Clinton presided over the most prosperous period in human history - literally. On his watch the economy experienced robust growth and created 22 million new American jobs. Clinton eliminated the Federal deficit and left his successor with budget surpluses as far as the eye could see.
Then came George Bush. He cut taxes for the rich – arguing that this would turbo charge job growth and that the deficit would take care of itself. In fact, Bush's Vice President, Dick Cheney – a man who has also been noticeably absent from the campaign trail this fall – famously said that "deficits don't matter."
The result: Bush left office having presided over the worst record of job growth since the Great Depression – zero net private sector jobs created – that's right, zero.
Worse, his failure to regulate Wall Street set the stage for the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression, costing 8 million Americans their jobs, wiping out 40% of many people's pensions, collapsing of the housing market, and causing the worst economic downturn in 60 years.
Bush's trickle down tax policies not only failed to create economic growth – they left the Federal Government saddled with more debt than all of the previous Presidents had racked up since the beginning of the Republic. And remember, that debt load made it even harder for President Obama to clean up the economic mess once he came into office in 2009.
It's not surprising, then, that you don't see George Bush on the stump trying to convince Americans that Mitt Romney's economic policies will create a better life for the middle class. Of course he could step in for Mitt, he certainly knows the script – in fact he wrote the script.
After all, Mitt Romney is promoting exactly the same economic policies that Bush used to create zero private sector jobs, crash the economy and run up the deficit just a few short years ago.


These are the facts folks.  Oh yes, as certain as the sun will rise in the morning, The Gadfly's conservative detractors will don their tin foil antennae hats and begin zombie-like chanting in unison that black is white, up is down, 2+2 = 5 and that facts have a liberal bias.

The Gadfly is truly sick of you childish, reality denying fuckers.  Just grow up will you?

The highlighted section above excerpted from this article is just fact.  Fucking accept it and if you can prove it wrong with evidence instead of just stomping your feet, pouting and calling it "liberal bias" then fucking do it!

Anyhow, the bottom, very uncomplicated explanation as to why George W. Bush is the invisible man in this year's election is because it was he and his incompetent, greedy, and very fucking stupid political cronies who drove the country into the economic and foreign policy ditch by lying through their collective teeth to the American people over and over again - and when confronted with their malfeasance simply continued lying and denied they had any fault for the crisis that America found itself in at the end of Bush's term.

And as the article's writer astutely points out, Romney and Ryan are continuing the lies because they have every fucking intention in the world of going back to the ruinous Bush policies which will continue to benefit the undeserving 1% elites in the country at the expense of quality of life and equitable economic prosperity for the 99% rest of us.

These are facts - and the only bias these facts are infused with is the bias of undeniable reality.

The Gadfly advises all of you to seriously think long and hard about it before you walk in to that voting booth on Tuesday.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Here - just hold this can of beans and give a pretend smile that suggests you actually give a shit!

Astoundingly pathetic:

Romney Campaign Staged Donations At Storm Relief Event

As the East Coast and parts of Ohio struggled to regroup in the devastating wake of “Superstorm” Sandy, the Romney campaign hastily transformed a scheduled victory rally in Dayton, Ohio into a non-political “storm relief event” on Tuesday. According to BuzzFeed, the campaign encouraged supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies and “deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman.”
Just to be safe, campaign aides reportedly spent $5,000 at a local Wal-Mart on supplies that could be put on display. When supporters arrived at the rally-turned-relief event, they were treated to the 10-minute video about Romney’s life, which was first unveiled at the RNC. The event ended with supporters lined up to hand over supplies and meet Romney. But according to BuzzFeed, this donation process was also staged:
Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, “What if we dropped off our donations up front?”
The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. “Just grab something,” he said.
Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their “donations” to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest “Thank you.”
The Red Cross, meanwhile, said they were grateful for the supplies but encouraged people to donate money or blood as a more efficient way to help the relief effort.


Truly folks -- what more evidence is needed to prove beyond a shadow of any doubt what empty-hearted charlatans Romney, Ryan and their sugar daddies, The Koch bros., all are?

The Gadfly does not know what fucked up molecular structure of atoms has deformed the common sense DNA strand in some, and thus makes a sizable number of Americans convinced that Willard and pals actually give a rat's ass about them and the plight of their fellow serfs, but just knowing that there are millions of them out there makes The Gadfly truly fear for the future of representative democracy as we know it.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Heckuva Job Willard! Heckuva Fucking Job!!

KETTERING, Ohio – Mitt Romney repeatedly ignored questions about his position on federal funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at an event for storm victims Tuesday.
After speaking briefly to supporters and gathering donations Romney, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and some campaign staffers headed outside into the cold, rainy afternoon and proceeded to load up a yellow Penske truck with supplies, canned goods and other donated items.
“Governor, are you going to see some storm damage?” one reporter asked.
Several others again asked Romney whether he would eliminate FEMA.
“Governor, you’ve been asked 14 times. Why are you refusing to answer the question?” one asked.
Romney ignored the reporters’ queries and continued loading up the truck. Earlier, during the event, he ignored similar queries.
14 times the man who claims he wishes to be the President of all of Americans refused to answer a simple question about his intentions re: the federal government agency, FEMA, that is charged with the life and death task of coordinating the Federal response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities.

FEMA was created in 1979 and had been a generally successful agency -- until that is -- George W. Bush appointed a political donor/crony (Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown), who had absolutely no crisis management experience whatsoever, to head the agency in 2003.  Then along came a catastrophic weather event known as Hurricane Katrina.  A major American city literally drowned while the head of FEMA, his politically appointed lackeys, and his boss George W. Bush, dithered and dallied and for all intents and purposes put the level of their rank incompetence on display for the whole world to see.  Nearly 2000 Americans died and the city of New Orleans has yet to fully recover from that disaster.

Now we have yet another Republican "leader" who today demonstrated truly what a coward he is.  The reason Willard Mitt Romney ignored those 14 queries from the press re: how he would handle FEMA is because he wouldn't handle it.  He would let his political henchmen handle it.  Romney is on the public record as stating he would eliminate FEMA and turn disaster relief efforts over to the states, local government entities and private enterprise.  Yeah - because we know how fucking well the idea of adding the dynamic of a profit motive and turning over the responsibility of dealing with a human crisis issue like, oh say war for instance, (Iraq and Afghanistan private contractors are the perfect example) has worked out.  The result was rampant incompetence and corruption and billions of wasted (more likely embezzled) taxpayer dollars.

Here's video of the Willard stating exactly and clearly what his plans for FEMA are:

So just remember folks - that next flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, natural gas explosion, etc., that devastates your community, don't even bother looking to a would-be President Romney for any leadership or help.  That kind of help is reserved for his hedge fund pals and bankers on Wall Street and his financial advisers in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda -- not for real-life, insignifican peons like you and I.

You've got a clear choice come Nov. 6th people -- crystal clear.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Of Rapturous Rapists and Shit Flingers . . . The Conservative World View Encapsulated

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart decided to weigh in on this week's events involving the ongoing GOP obsession with rape and Sarah Palin's racist dog whistling and Donald Trump's big, election changing announcement.

First Colbert -- the key phrase re: the GOP?  "Team Rape."  ROFL!:

And then Stewart on Palin and Trump.  The key phrase:  "I don't know how I ended up confusing these images."  LMFAO!:

The Gadfly thanks the deities that be for the existence of Colbert and Stewart every fucking day of his conservanut loathing life.


The Sheriff is a Ni- . . . . [insert favorite racist dog whistle here]

From the inimitable Charles Pierce at Esquire's "The Politics Blog:"

Clock's ticking, and they're not being subtle any more.
Here's Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods taking to the social media today:
In a Facebook post today, Palin wrote: "Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies." She also used the term in the text of the post, which concludes, "President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end."
Then, let us move on the Megyn Kelly, oddly spelled Fox News spokesmodel, and her take on that whole horses-and-bayonets business:
"That's an interesting point, that it speaks to an ability to be bipartisan," Kelly agreed. "And whether the president has that, and whether he's been in Washington maybe too long, maybe it's gotten to him and he's sort of gone native because the guy who was going to be hope and change got to Washington, and now he sounds a lot like the people he said he was going to change."
Going native! Ungawa!

Honestly there's only one way I can respond to this.  I am going to conscientiously edit Palin's statement so those of us who are dog-whistle hearing impaired can better understand.

Here is the updated, infinitely more intelligible re-write:

"Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger.
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger.

Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger.
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger.

Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger.
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger."

[Relevant video footage of Palin and Fox's musings]

There!  I fixed it so that it's now more coherent for all.  God I love my hobby.


A Halloween Horror Story - Zombies Who Vote! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

A short time ago The Gadfly received one of these ceaseless, and always comical, right wing viral e-mails, after which perusing, The Gadfly made the determination that computers with internet access in mental institutions truly ought to be more tightly controlled as far as patient usage goes.

Anyhow, accompanying the crayon scribblings of this e-mail was the following graphic:

[click pic for larger size]

The Gadfly chuckled heartily to himself after viewing this graphic, yawned, went and performed some long neglected yard work, fixed a couple of loose spokes on on the front tire of his motorcycle, replaced the litter in The Catfly's litter box, experienced a splendidly satisfying bowel movement, and then spent several semi-distressful moments attempting to decide whether to have the Vegetable Beef or the Clam chowder soup for lunch.  After his hearty lunch, The Gadfly then walked over to his computer and with a few flicks of his nimble fingers over the Cheetos residue stained keyboard, within seconds had used the Google to demolish every single statement on the graphic as either an outright lie or major distortion of the truth.

The Gadfly's point here is that this is how easy it is to debunk right-wing, conservative bullshit.

So, earlier this week, the infamous Donald (is there any other?) was teasing the scandal starved maroons in the mainstream media about some ginormous news story that he was going to reveal on Wednesday that would shake the world of American politics to it's foundation and completely change the complexion of this year's Presidential race.  El Trumpbo even had one of his lackeys seductively tweet something about "someone" "possibly" uncovering evidence of Michelle Obama having filed and then withdrawn divorce papers against Barack Obama a decade or so ago (keeping it classy eh Donald? -  you piece of elitist shit).  Anyhow, turns out the "big story" was that The Trumpster was making a public offer to Obama that he would donate $5 million to Obama's favorite charity if Obama would provide Trump with copies of his college transcripts and his passport.

Sound familiar??  Hint . . . scroll up just a tad and focus eyes firmly on posted pic/graphic and read studiously.

This is the kind of garbage that the stupid wingnuts fall for - over and over again.  And no matter what amount of evidence is provided to these people which demolishes their cherished lies, they just simply out and out reject reality and continue to believe that which is not believable.  Is it any wonder that one of the most top-rated shows on cable tv these days is about brain-dead zombies?  It's because we have a nation fucking full of them right now and they get all of their worldly news and information from Fox "News", Rush Limpballs and idiotic viral e-mails like this one that The Gadfly received.

Let's just hope for all of our sake that come November 6, more reality-based Americans show up at the polls than do the zombies.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

God Bless The Rapists - Bless Them One And All . . .

The Gadfly is just grimly amazed that the GOP keeps offering up ghastly people like this fuck face as candidates who they deem worthy of representing their party:

WASHINGTON -- Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock declared Tuesday night he opposes aborting pregnancies conceived in rape because "it is something that God intended to happen."
Debating Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) in their final Senate race showdown, a questioner asked them and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning to explain their views on abortion.
All three said they were anti-abortion. But Mourdock went the further, putting himself in territory near Missouri GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, the anti-abortion congressman who infamously asserted that women don't get pregnant from "legitimate rape."
"The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother," said Mourdock, the Tea Party-backed state treasurer. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."


So hey all of you God fearing parents and grand parents out there - just remember this - when your 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 year old or adult daughter/grand daughter is brutally raped and impregnated by the local sex deviant, you truly have no idea how blessed you are, for according to these right-wing, fundamentalist religious whack-jobs, it is something that God intended to happen.  Weeeeeeeeeeee!!  It's God's will baby!!  Don't worry!  Be Happy!

Somebody just grab the nearest baseball bat or sledgehammer and slam it full force into The Gadfly's forehead please --- for that is the only way The Gadfly might even barely be able garner some semblance of sense of this insane prick's viewpoint on this subject.

What this guy is stating isn't totally preposterous though. It is important to keep in mind that these people's religious views are based on a core tenet of their belief system which has their chosen deity raping a married man's wife while she slept and conceiving a child from that rape, who in turn upon his death, becomes their God - therefore does it really shock anyone that views like this are quite conventional in the Christian Taliban culture?

As it is though, this guy Mourdock truly is one of the many monstrous poster children for your modern day Republican party folks.  And it goes without saying that this is the same party of Willard Romney and Paul "Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver" Ryan.  These are the people who want to lead this country as it moves forward in to the 21st century.

And some of you still wonder why The Gadfly has such a visceral loathing for these fuckers?  Really?


Friday, October 19, 2012

If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas . . . and if you lie down with lying Scumbags, you still get up with fleas.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow went on an epic rant the other night after discovering that the Romney campaign had granted journalist credentials and provided travel access on the Romney campaign airplane to right wing conspiracy nut and World Nut Daily columnist Jerome Corsi.

Corsi was the instigator of the infamous and now completely discredited lies about John Kerry's military service as a Swift Boat commander during the Vietnam war while Kerry was vying for the CINC position in the 2004 Presidential election.  Here is the Wikipedia entry on Corsi -- it is basically confirmation of what a sordid, shady, slimy character he is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Corsi. ]

So Maddow is wondering why the Romney folks are allowing this fraudster and political smear merchant Corsi in to their inner fold at this late stage of the race - watch her analysis and then The Gadfly will give his:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Ms. Maddow, most certainly understated,  - - nailed it.

However, The Gadfly has a slightly different take on things.  The corporate fascists who are bankrolling Willard and The Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver's campaign are getting desperate.  Their guy's policy messaging is falling flatter than a low fat, no sugar IHOP pancake.  The Gadfly, having been an astute observer of conservative/GOP political strategery for many moons, can smell the desperation - can taste it.  Thus the sudden appearance of a creepy, slimy, conspiracy flinging, pathological lying sociopath like Jerome Corsi.  Desperation with only 3 weeks to go before election day.  Willard and the Koch brothers (more human scum) are digging in to the toxic pit of character assassination and manufactured controversy.  It is all they have folks.

The Kochs, the Willards, the Ryans, the Teabaggers and their glassy-eyed followers have no vision that serves the most Americans equitably.  Their foreign policy is the same as the last idiot President's policy - the one that had us attacking the wrong country and then starting a 2nd war in a country where it was not needed.  Their economic policies are no different from Bush's - even worse for the middle class and the elderly and working poor.  These people are taking this country down the road to Roman Empire like ruin and that is not an exaggeration.

The Gadfly is non canonizing Obama as a Saint.  The Gadfly has plenty of disagreements with Obama on a variety of issues both domestic and international.  But when the Gadfly takes a long, hard, objective look at the people who are pulling the puppet strings behind Willard & Boy Wonder from Janesville, The Gadfly has serious concerns about the fate of democracy and freedom should these people ever gain total governing power.

Lastly -- a message to Obama and his handlers -- the next time over the last few weeks before the election - if Robo-Willard or any of his neo-con, jack-off surrogates brings up the Libyan Embassy attack just smash them in their fucking shriveled old loser nut sacs with these two contrasting videos:

Compare this:

To this:

The Gadfly rests his case.

Hardball politics isn't rocket science.  You hit the other prick where it hurts the most - and then you keep hitting that soft, bruised, slightly bloodied spot over and over and over again until the enemy cocksucker is writhing in godawful pain.

Wake up Barack.  Get them steel-toed boots on and kick these fuckers so hard in the groin that the corpses of their long deceased ancestors will audibly groan in pain.  Do it for your fellow countrymen.  Do it for America's future.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

If It Walks Like a Fascist, Talks Like a Fascist and Treats Their Employees Like Corporate Assets - They Are Fucking Fascists

[**Disclaimer** -- if the photo accompanying this post offends you - it was meant to.  I am not desecrating the American flag.  The international financial criminals who are attempting to purchase yours and my Democracy and governing institutions are the sons of bitches who have desecrated our flag and every thing it stands for.  You better fucking wise up about this shit.]

This is what 21st century fascism looks like folks:

By Rebecca Leber on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:30 am
The Koch brothers’ $60 million pledge to defeat President Obama — along with their political network’s $400 million spending — make them two of the most influential conservatives this election.
Not content with their unprecedented influence in politics, the Kochs have also taken to influencing the votes of their employees. According to In These Times, Koch Industries sent 45,000 mailers to employees at Koch subsidiary Georgia Pacific, urging votes for Romney and other conservative candidates. The letter warns ominously of “consequences” for the workers if Republicans lose. 

Can you imagine the blood curdling rage from the right if somebody like Warren Buffett or George Soros threatened their employees with losing their jobs if they did not vote for their paymaster's chosen political candidate Barack Obama??  Holy Teabagging Fuckity Fuck on a Shit-fit Stick Batman!!

I'd really be interested in hearing what some of my conservative friends think of this kind of economic terrorism.  I call it that because that is exactly what it is.  These goose-stepping  pricks  are threatening their employee's and those employee's family's livelihoods based on who the employee votes for.  This is the kind of authoritarian shit the fucking Nazis did in pre-WWII Germany - go read about the "Brown Shirts" - maybe you'll learn something.

Nonetheless, what the Koch Bros. are doing, what several other GOP connected corporations and businesses are doing is fundamentally anti-American.  It should be constitutionally outlawed.  These scumbag CEO's and owners of these companies should have their right to do business in this country revoked permanently and their individual citizenship rights revoked on the spot.  Deport their worthless fucking asses to Saudi Arabia - I'm sure they'll still manage to do good business there as new Saudi citizens.

If some of my conservative brethren can find me a mirror example of a Democratic connected company threatening their employees in the same manner - please provide me with the evidence.  I'm confident however, you will not find any such evidence.  All the more reason for me to ask you why you want a fascist government with the rich stealing more for themselves, the middle class being decimated even further, and the permanent underclass being repressed to the point of utter hopelessness and goose-stepping cocksuckers like the Koch Bros. dictating to you who it is you should vote for if you wish to remain employed.

I'm all ears.


When The Media Reports What Their Corporate Paymasters Expect . . .

Charles Pierce makes the most sadly accurate observation of the fiasco that American Presidential elections have become and how our dysfunctional mainstream is playing the most critical role in that disillusioning catastrophe:

It is a paint-by-numbers deal for the elite political media, most of which, I guarantee you, already knows what it's going to say at the end of the night. Unless Romney comes out dressed like Anton LaVey, or the president starts reading, unbidden, from Soul On Ice, nothing either of these guys say to Candy Crowley and a room full of New Yorkers will be treated as being of any real consequence. Romney has so battered the political dialogue — and the English language — with his 100-pound bullshit sledge that he has pretty much shaped the narrative of the campaign in such a fashion that his fanatical devotion to barefaced non-facts has become a weird kind of status quo. Far too many people in this business have accepted the Etch-A-Sketch argument to the point at which whether something is true or not is measured by its effectiveness as a tactic. "He had to run to the right in the primaries and then 'pivot' to the center in the general" — that's something that makes the political wiseguys look smart, but, taken literally, it means that the entire election process in the world's oldest self-governing republic is a contest to find out who can most smoothly move from one set of lies to another, and it is also a recipe for depriving the people who ultimately will make that decision of the kind of information they need to do so. How this is in any way good for democracy is not for small minds to ponder, I guess.

All the more reason for Americans to just once and for all make a statement to the media by refusing to watch their programming when it comes to news and politics.  Turn the shit off.  The media is beholden to the same big money interests that both political parties bow down and kiss the feet of.  Until the media is separated from a corporate and financial standpoint from their big money masters, Democracy as we know will continue to wither and weaken.

Send e-mails to the big 3 (ABC, CBS, NBC) and the cable news outlets like MSNBC, CNN, (I refuse to include Fox as they do now qualify as a "News" outfit).  Tell these money grubbing suits who run the news divisions of these companies that you are turning them off and that you are urging your friends and family to do the same.  Hit them where it hurts - advertising dollars based on viewership numbers is what drives these dirtbags to smugly play play games with our Democracy and electoral system.  Let's end it.

Do it and your country will thank you in the long run.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Save America - Keep The Lunatics From Overtaking The Asylum!

The Gadfly does so humbly thank the fucking Flying Spaghetti Monster every day of his life for the existence of Comedy Central and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

The Gadfly cannot imagine the dread and tedium of watching right wing idiots take over this magnificent country and treating it like a redneck's pickup truck without Stewart and Colbert to observe this unfolding horror, and with their breathtaking humor, helping The Gadfly to understand and cope with it all.

Watch, if you will, Jedi Master Stewart as he wonders how in fuck's sake do crazies, creeps, and home-grown Taliban, which are the type of people who really seem to be the core base of the GOP these days, make it to the national level in politics.

If you watch any videos prior to election day, please take 10 minutes out of your bullshit busy day and watch these two.  And after you watch them, ask yourself - are these the crazy motherfuckers the people that I want running this country and dealing with very serious and life and death domestic and foreign policy issues??????  I simply ask you to think about it.

[ PART 1 ]

[ PART 2 ]

If that doesn't demonstrate to you how precarious this country's reputation and future is, then I simply and wholly give up on you.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

American Talibangelicalism - Jihadists of The Free World

Those evil fucking Taliban!! . . .

Oct 10 (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner shot by the Taliban had defied threats for years, believing the good work she was doing for her community was her best protection, her father said on Wednesday.
 Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday as she was leaving her school in her hometown in the Swat valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad.
 The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying her promotion of education for girls was pro-Western and she had opposed them.

Shooting a 14 year old girl in the head in an attempt to execute her for defying Taliban teachings. Evil fuckers.  We should just nuke the whole country.

Good thing America is an entirely different country - full of good, wholesome, loving and forgiving Christianity.  Oh wait . . .

(NEWSER) – A Republican candidate for Arkansas state legislature says it's time to crack down on rebellious kids—by threatening them with the death penalty. Instituting the punishment "would be a tremendous incentive for children to give proper respect to their parents," writes Charlie Fuqua, a former lawmaker, in his book, God's Law: The Only Political Solution.

This would be child murderer has the support of the Arkansas state GOP.  How much more evidence do my conservative friends need to see that your political party is piece by piece being taken over by radical religious quacks and neo-fascists?

Jesus Fucking Christ.