Monday, June 27, 2016

Week of 06/27/2016

You Brexit You Bought It... (And A Few Other Thoughts)
So once again we enter a time when a whole bunch of things popped up, and rather than try to focus on just one of them, I have to try to get them all.
So here we go...
Brexit: The absolute big news this past week is England’s decision to leave the European Union.  The so-called “experts” said that it really wouldn’t happen.  That this was just the sour grapes of a few malcontents in England and this would all blow over once people realize what would be at stake.
Hell, the financial world bet the farm on England remaining with the EU!
That, I think, should have been the first warning sign right there.  Any time the financial world does that, they often lose.  And “they” don’t really lose; the rest of the world does.
I’m not going to try to pretend to know everything about what was going on with England and the European Union.  But I will suggest that both England and the EU deserved this vote.
First you have a country that really wasn’t embracing the EU.  It was like they were still in the trial period and they just can’t make up their mind to commit.  Hell, they were still working on the pound currency instead of wholeheartedly embracing the Euro.
Second, you still have a whole bunch of people pissed off over what happened in 2008 with the Great Recession.  Yes, the 1% ended up with the gold over there too... and everyone else got the shaft.  And then add to that a whole bunch of people from Eastern Europe and the Middle East who were looking for work, and you get a whole segment of the populace pissed off at “outsiders”.  Hell, in this country they’d be called “’Muricans” and would be voting for Trump.
So you have Europe and the British politicians that quite simply underestimated the discontent that is in England right now.  They either dismissed the group outright, or they just ignored the grumbling masses.  What they thought was a meaningless gesture is now a swift kick in the bullocks.
The funny part is all of the Monday morning quarterbacking of the vote and how the so-called “experts” screwed up.  They’re ready to blame anything and everything that doesn’t include the word “ourselves” in it.  The media script says that the voters somehow didn’t “understand” what was at stake when they voted to leave the EU.  They point to one jerkoff that claimed that he didn’t think his vote “really mattered”.  Excuse me?  The whole “my vote don’t matter” excuse is supposed to be used when you don’t vote, not as an excuse for how you voted!  Another script says that the British newspaper, The Sun, is to blame for the surprise victory because they ran an 11th hour “special”.  Guess who owns that?  Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News.
So now we have the markets crashing, the British Pound getting so cheap it could practically be sold at Wal-Mart, the pompous elitists in the EU demanding that England go ahead and leave right this very minute (spoiler alert: that won’t happen and that’s by design and they damn well know that), Scotland and Northern Ireland wanting to do their own reverse-Brexit from the UK, France wanting to do their own “Brexit”, and the self-promoting clown, Donald “The Ego” Trump, taking credit for all of it.
In short, folks, I think this will be a learning moment for both England and Europe.  You don’t ignore the masses that you’ve been screwing over.  You’d think that England, of all places, would keep that in mind, but, then again, they still celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as an insult to the grumbling masses, not as an important lesson.  You know what they say about those that fail to learn the lessons of history...
Orlando Crisis Loons and the “Sit-In” – So after a screwed-up loser shoots up a gay nightclub in Orlando, murders forty-nine people, and pledges allegiance to two warring Islamic factions that hate each other (which is like pledging allegiance to both the Hatfields and the McCoys) before being done in, we have our usual political temper tantrums about how to supposedly “prevent” these things from happening again.
The chicken-hawk fascists on their masturbatory fixation on hating Islam say that we need to embrace Trump’s McCarthist anti-Islam policies.  That and bomb more places around the world... just ‘cuz.  Hell, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, the pompous adulterous hypocrite, is even suggesting we should resurrect McCarthy’s House Committee on Un-American Activities!  Oh, and did I forget to mention that Gingrich is supposedly a contender to be Trump’s running mate for the GOP ticket?
But the liberals aren’t any better!  They have their same broken record script that they’re gurgitating faster than a Hollywood bulimic with a seven-course meal and a bottle of ipecac.  Their script is even simpler: Ban guns, ban guns, ban guns, ban-ban-ban g-g-g-g-uns!
I know it sounds like a no-brainer to say that someone who is on the “no-fly list” shouldn’t be able to get a gun, but that list in and of itself is an Orwellian wet dream that needs to be taken to a shooting range and used as target practice.  You don’t know if you’re on “the list” until you go to the airport and find yourself on that list.  There are no set standards for being on “the list”, and no recourse that can be made if you are on “the list” and you’re not supposed to be.  And who determined whether or not you should be on “the list”?  And what kind of accountability is made if someone puts you on “the list” and they’re not supposed to?
It’s rather ingenious if you think about it, because the liberals are using the favorite weapon of the neo-conservatives born from their fanatical obsession of 9/11 against them!
The only problem is, they can’t win, even with this weapon.  They don’t have a majority in either side of Congress.
So the Democrats decided to stage a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Good old-fashioned sit-in from the 60’s!  Led by Congressman John Lewis, no less!
Unfortunately for him, it still didn’t work.  Speaker Paul “Mister Budget” Ryan simply adjourned the House early.  It was useless, just like Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster a few months ago.
My problem is this: the same people that were calling Canadian-born Cruz a “hero” for his filibuster stunt were mocking and making fun of Congressman Lewis for his sit-in.  I may not agree with what the Congressman is pushing for, but he’s been putting his neck out for what he believes in far more times than anyone on the opposite side ever has! 
Would you take a fire hose to the face and a police baton to your gut for what you believe in?  Would you be willing to go to jail for what you believe in?  I don’t see any of those gutless chickenhawks willing to do any of that.  They’d rather be holding the truncheon instead of being on the receiving end of it.
I’ll make this painfully simple for those “’Muricans” who suffer from Fox News ADD: If you hold your allies to one standard and your opponents to a separate one, then you forfeit any claim to be a champion of the rule of law!  If you can’t tell the difference between the rule of law and the rule of egotistical sociopaths, then you are the problem in our society, not the solution.
Speaking of Orlando Crisis... – We’re all obsessively fixated on the nutcase with the automatic weapon, but he wasn’t the only villain in Orlando that weekend.  There was the premeditated murder of “Voice” singer Christina Grimmie at her concert just the day earlier, and then the death of a two-year old boy at the hands of an alligator not far from Disney World.  Three tragedies in the same weekend in the same area... I’d hate to be part of the tourism board over there right about now.
And that brings me to my last subject...
Speaking of Loons... – The mass-shooting in Orlando has turned the LGBT community into the momentary cause-to-protect group.  It was a year ago this week that the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages were constitutionally valid nationwide, but that didn’t change the minds of those bible-thumping extremists, nor those of the Fox News crowd that saw the decision as a complete and utter failure of the United States.  But now, after the shooting, those same factions are in a bind because of a self-professed Muslim extremist.  Now they have to support the very group that they spent last year wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth over.  There is a part of me that is laughing over that little bit of tragic karma.
But not everyone in the Fox News crowd has signed on to the new protect-the-group mission.  There are still some extremists that see the LGBT community as being biblically evil.  And they’re not afraid to say that the Muslim loon who couldn’t decide which extremist group to support on the phone was not only “right”, but that he didn’t go far enough. 
Yes, those people still exist.  And they’re not afraid to say what they believe.
Unfortunately, they’re getting an ugly taste of the very persecution that the rest of their political allies used to dish out.  Their signs are being vandalized and they are facing vocal threats.
And I have a serious problem with that.
Let’s get brutally honest here... while I’m not a supporter of the anti-LGBT crowd, I recognize that they have every right to say what they believe on church signs and their own home signs.  It’s called the First Amendment, and it was the very constitutional amendment that the LGBT crowd celebrated this time last year.  And if you really do love freedom as I do, then you have to show the same kind of tolerance for their hatred as you expect others to show for you.
Tolerance is not one-sided.  It’s not “do as I say not as I do”.  That’s the hypocrisy of our joint enemies.  Don’t be like them.  Be better than them.  Show them how it’s done through example, not through posturing. 
A lot has happened in the past two decades that I’ve been doing online commentary, but the really important stuff didn’t happen overnight.  It happened when we decided that we needed to be better than what we once were.

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