Monday, October 24, 2016


It seems that many people are as disgusted with politics and political parties as we are... the Pirate Party looks set to win big in Iceland.

A relatively new party founded in 2012 they managed to squeak past the 5% threshold to get representation in the Althing, the national parliament.

In mid-2015 they successfully managed to repeal Iceland's blasphemy law following the earlier Charlie Hebdo shootings.

Currently polls show the Pirate Party leading with 22.6% of the vote in the general election slated for 29 October. 

Started in Sweden there are now Pirate Parties in 17 European countries, the US, Canada, Israel, and Australia. They have elected representatives in Sweden, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Obama & Jay Z

Photo: Mikamote

Donald Trump is an evil misogynist for his comments about women, yet the President parties with Jay Z, Chance,  Wale, 
J. Cole, Ludacris, among others.

(Bitch) (Bitch) (Bitch)
Don't make me say it thrice, you acting all up tight
All sidity like, like you ain't a (Bitch)
You ain't no better cause you don't be f*cking rappers
You only f*ck with actors, you still getting f*cked backwards
(Bitch) Unless you f*cked a dude on his own merit
And not the way he dribbles or ball or draw lyrics
You're a (Bitch), No ma, you're a (Bitch)

 So this is the kind of music our President likes and Donald Trump is the misogynist?

“So we could never be a couple hun / F*ck love / All I got for hoes is hard d*ck and bubblegum.” Big L

“Bitches ain’t sh*t but hoes and tricks / Lick on these nuts and suck the d*ck.” – Snoop Dogg

“I know she like chocolate men / She got more n*ggas off than Cochran.” – Kanye West

“My little sister’s birthday / She’ll remember me / For a gift I had ten of my boys take her virginity.” – Bizarre

“Slut, you think I won’t choke no whore / Til the vocal cords don’t work in her throat no more?!” – Eminem

“It’s damn near four in the morning, ain’t sh*t to discuss / Til you ask which d*ck do you suck.” – Jadakiss

“Love a feminist b*tch, oh, it get my dick hard / So no apologies for all the misogyny.” – Danny Brown 

Update: My apologies, I forgot to insert the link to the article these lyrics came from.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Music for the Electorate

Voters who say they’ll back Donald Trump are more likely to be fans of Garth Brooks, Van Halen and Slayer, while Hillary Clinton voters listen to Beyonce, Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers, according to a survey by research firm Audiokite.  Would-be Clinton voters are two times more likely to prefer jazz and three times more likely to prefer folk music. Trump supporters, meanwhile, are more than twice as likely to prefer country and metal.  FORBES

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Words, words, words...

And the winner of the third debate was...

Photo: Jim Greenhill
Did you watch? I wasn't planning to but turned it on at the last minute and sat through the whole thing. My overriding thought on the matter? That out of 318 million people it comes down to these two Asshats is really sad.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Long Arm of the Clintons

Ecuador's government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet access at its embassy in London after the whistleblowing site published a trove of damaging emails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The recognition of the reprimand comes less than 24 hours after WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had cut off Assange's access to the Internet on Saturday after the publication of Clinton's speeches to Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.

In follow-up messages posted Tuesday, the group claimed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had personally intervened to ask Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing documents about Clinton.  

Associated Press

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Missileers for Clinton?

Who do you think is more likely to get us into war? Clinton or Trump?

By the way, I know lots of missileers and this guy's in the minority among them. In fact, none of the missileers current and former that I know are fans of Clinton, including the Democrat that voted for Obama.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Jill and the Greens

Photo: Gage Skidmore
In 1998 Democrat Jill Stein campaigned for the Massachusetts Clean Election Law.  The law was approved by 67% of the voters was repealed by the Democratic Massachusetts legislature in 2003 and Jill Stein left the party to join the Greens.

Who are the Greens?  Here a few key points from their platform

End destructive energy extraction and associated infrastructure: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, natural gas pipelines, and uranium mines. Halt any investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, including natural gas, and phase out all fossil fuel power plants. Phase out nuclear power and end nuclear subsidies.  End all subsidies for fossil fuels and impose a greenhouse gas fee / tax to charge polluters for the damage they have created.

Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Government would be the employer of last resort, and the unemployed would have an enforceable right to make government provide work. Create direct public employment, as the Works Progress Administration did,  in public services and public works for those who can't find private employment.

Establish an improved “Medicare for All” single-payer public health program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings by eliminating the $400 billion annually spent on  the paperwork and bureaucracy of health insurance. No co-pays, premiums or deductibles. Access to all health care services, including mental health, dental, and vision. Include everyone, period. No restrictions based on pre-existing illness, employment, immigration status, age, or any other category.

Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university.  Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude.

Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage, with indexing.

Demilitarize border crossings throughout North America.  

Demilitarize the police: End training from Israeli Defense Forces on occupation-style policing; End 1033-style programs that transfer military equipment to civilian law enforcement and incentivize police departments to return military-grade weapons to federal government. End use of SWAT teams and no-knock raids for drug offenses and serving papers.

Terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, close Guantanamo, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial. Repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that give the president the power to indefinitely imprison and even assassinate American citizens without due process.

Cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases. Ensure a just transition that replaces reductions in  military jobs with jobs in renewable energy, transportation and green infrastructure development. End the destructive US economic and military intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations. Such intervention serve the interests of multinational corporations and  global capitalism over the interests of the vast majority of the citizens of those nations. 

Protect voters’ rights by enforcing and expanding the constitutional right to vote (including a new amendment if necessary). Enact the full Voter's Bill of Rights guaranteeing each person's right to vote, the right to have our votes counted on hand-marked paper ballots, and the right to vote within systems that give each vote meaning. Make voter registration the responsibility of government, not a voluntary opt-in for citizens.

Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means nationalizing the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and placing them under a Federal Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.   Prohibit private banks from creating money, thus restoring government's Constitutional authority.   

Impose an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.  Use Department of Housing and Urban Development authority to grant or withhold funds in order to encourage state and local governments to take positive steps to desegregate housing, including ending zoning laws that effectively prohibit multi-family housing, prohibiting landlords from refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers, increasing Section 8 voucher amounts so that poor people can move into middle income neighborhoods, prohibiting the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits to increase low income housing in already segregated neighborhoods, and building new public housing in middle income communities that is high quality and mixed income.

This is nowhere near the full platform, I've picked on or two statements from each section to present here.  Click on the "Platform" link to read the full document. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Open Thread

It's a free for all...
What's on your mind?