Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What did I learn from this election

In a real sense white educated and uneducated America voted hate*, hate born of many years of right wing media: Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter, Newsmax, and Fox media are only a part of the mostly rural hate machine. It hates progress and diversity, it hates what is often called political correctness, but was once considered manners and tolerance. Much of this hate is even exhibited in Evangelical Christianity's opposition to a changing, more tolerant society. Main Street media lived all this time in a self reflecting bubble in which they presented hate as if it were just spectacle. They failed too. What I actually saw.

The republicans are an unprincipled party.
Republicans elected the first candidate with no connection to truth.
Republicans are not Conservatives in any sense of the term.
Social change and rights for others brought out an enormous backlash.
Republicans blame everyone except themselves.
The republican base excuses their party, its corporate sponsors, and their own part in the economy.
The republican base does not believe in the American values of our founding documents.
Racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia, and bigotry define much of the republican base.
Donald Trump is a shining example of American white privilege.
Single issues manage many Republicans, demonstrating why their state and congressional governments are useless.
Republicans investigate investigate investigate, but do nothing for America and its people.
Republicans have the first Twitter brained candidate as their leader.
Make America great was a dog whistle which was heard clearly.
Fifty years of right wing republican radio has created a non reflective know nothing base which blames everyone except itself.
Main stream media refuses to accept the reality of the American electorate.
A sense of alienation mixed with hate remain powerful instigators of action, thirty years of Hillary hatred created a myth.
A myth believed by republicans and others.
What will republicans do now that they cannot investigate the Clintons?

In summary:

There are so many ironies in this election: whites voted this time, rural and evangelical whites voted for Trump unlike both McCain and Romney. McCain had to face the fact that George W. Bush screwed up badly, and Romney didn't seem authentic, and on top of that was a Mormon. Blacks came out for Obama, but he faced a Congress that opposed his very being. Intellect doesn't win in America. And then there is the baloney economic argument, come on folks, it ain't true as Trump voters had all the benefits of white privilege, and the democratic policies they believe came from thin air. One truth that Trump spoke is for Blacks, what have you got to lose, or to rephrase in a more truthful way, you're gonna lose anyway. This is America, wake up and smell the bigotry. As for immigrants and Muslims, you guys, just like twenty five years of Hillary hatred, were the foils that roused the base and supplied the hate factor. Blame must be given even when it is a fiction. Everyone should read Eric Hoffer sometime, nothing brings people together like common enemies. White college educated folk live in a libertarian bubble in which they got theirs, so what if your work is outsourced. That's the free market. Trump outsourced and used Chinese steel, but China is now laughing as democracy elected a misogynist bully. Did white women forgive the grabbing and ratings just because a judge may one day remove another woman's right to privacy - are you kidding. MSM talked to themselves in reflecting mirrors and forgot they too are among the privileged; Trump was their accomplishment too. But now the republicans have control, so when things fail as they do under their rule - read history - they too will be thrown out, once again and the tale will continue. Some time, maybe in our grandchildren lives, humans will wake up and realize it is they who can make things right, and while institutions help, acceptance and support for each other works better. Oh and maybe then religion will remain a private concern and God will applaud the show.

Next related post: where to from here.

*Hate, I pondered other words but they'd dilute the issue. 'Hate the sin, not the sinner' the religious formula works well as 'sin' for some can be anything at all. Synonyms for hate: animosity, resentment, abomination, hostility, abhorrence, if you witnesses the rallies and the words and actions, they all fit. As I watched the Benghazi hearing, republican men and women shows hate as you rarely see it.

"If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times." Mark Twain

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Worth a read

"What is it about a flamboyant millionaire that appeals to poor white conservatives? Why do they believe a Trump presidency would amplify their voices? The answer may lie in America’s historical relationship between the wealthiest class and the army of poor whites who have loyally supported them." Jonna Ivin

Read article here.

"If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times." Mark Twain

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Irritus U update AR15s and Trump

Special Lecture Notices:

'Irritus now conducts free lectures covering issues that are important to our public at large. Lectures will include timely topics that often confuse and complicate our simple message. Ambiguity in messaging can confuse our base and often even us.

Guns Safety and Slogans:

Citizens have every right to be safe in America, a massively armed society does not make anyone feel safe. Obviously it's important we support weapon manufacturers but at the same time our people must win re-election. So this lecture will cover how to avoid being looked upon as a nutcase with no concern for voter's safety. Topics include:

If your constituency is not full of rabid gun nuts how you can abstain from voting.

How to answer questions about the death of a loved one by unnecessary and once illegal automatic weapons.

How to appear sincerely concerned over children's deaths.

If your constituency, like Ted Cruz's, is full of gun nuts you're among the lucky ones. But death is final so try not to smile so much. We must appear caring.

Following the lecture there will be an open forum in which tactics going forward will be covered.

War Lecture

Another war, more deaths, more Muslim hatred of America, how do we talk about and defend the complexity that is the Middle East today and the hard part is how we justify all the spending that could help America, but instead is used to pay for cruise missiles?

Number one rule, always mention Hitler.

Then say we cannot look weak and the world is really on our side even if they are not.

Make sure collateral damage is aimed at the foes and is really their fault.

Bring home a badly wounded child to be used as a detraction from the horror of war, shows how much we care.

Praise the bravery of our people and the courage of our congress even though most would never serve in the military.

Remember always that with war come war profits and you know that mantra.

Our topics will be updated as topics and issues enter the public arena and confuse our base.



[Sorry, Our Faculty has not kept this up to date, some of our students are complaining as they don't always know what to say. We'll try to keep our course structure up to date. Thanks as always for your support.]

if this was not so true it would be funny

we can only hope that the dims stay/get more organized and the repugs keep the tea party

oh well
I pledge allegiance to the constitution of the United States of America as amended by the legislative and executive branches and interpreted by the Supreme Court

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America


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Several kudos are due this week for our finest graduates and spokesmen.

Ted Cruz was splendid in his use of 'lawlessness' and the associative power he brought to make executive orders seem lawless. Professor Sterculus PhD was proud of one of his favorite students and has added 'lawlessness' as a key term whenever used with our opposition's president. Read the brilliance of his words below.

"For all of those on the left who are willing to excuse the president’s lawlessness and disregarding federal law, there will come another president of the other party."

"Suppose the next president says, ‘I’m instructing the Treasury Department [to] no longer collect taxes at a higher rate than 25%,“That happens to be policy I agree with. I would love to see moving towards tax reform and lowering the top rates. And yet, that would be an extraordinarily bad outcome from the perspective of the Constitution and the protection of the liberty of the people." Cruz's remarks were on Glenn Beck’s radio program, a program we support and advertise on, but we must admit saying one of our goals out loud may have been a bit too brash, but you know Ted.

The Speaker of the House didn't miss this new use of 'lawlessness' and deftly used it to counter any progress on Immigration reform. Great move John, now we can keep our corporate sponsors happy with a continuation of their under the covers, and need we say underpaid, labor force. Great move, Johnnie.

Our third kudo goes to the right wing talking machine and its brilliant use of the CBO report as anti-jobs. It's critical we keep our voters confused over any benefits of Obamacare, the numerous press releases and comments from Representative Ryan, among others, called it a job killer and the constant repetition works as poll numbers for Paul Ryan demonstrate. Always remember regardless of truth, repetition works best. You go Paul.

More to follow - shred this document immediately after reading.

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Irritus Update: Confidential Important (internal document)

Two issues have surfaced that require new approaches to our educational concepts and core curriculum. Transgender bathrooms (TB) and Donald Trump (DT) complicate our mission to maintain privilege for our people and to education our students. We will cover the easier topic first.

While TB is complicated socially and not covered in any archaic religious document, for instance we can't point to the Bible for help, it confuses and stirs up our base support. It is a great distraction from the fact Mitch and Paul do nothing but talk in their positions of authority. It also supports States rights issues and our Professors and students are well aware of the power States rights have in maintaining privilege. If we treat it as we do abortion it is a winner, we do nothing that will cost money for our people, but we keep them occupied with another topic. If a liberal or socially conscious moral person should protest we bring up our daughters in a bathroom with a man. This one is easy, now to the tough one.

Donald Trump has changed the dynamic of our party but we must still stick together. Paul Ryan recently endorsed DT, while this sounds like a denial of all we believe in, and it is, we must keep quiet and support him for a SCOTUS selection is at stack and we can't have another judicial lawyer selected. We must have a known ideologue in the image of Antonin. But, and there are lots of buts, with DT, while he claims to be a conservative republican, even we aren't conservatives, only republicans who support our people, our corporations and our institutions of training. Donald confuses in so many areas it may become necessary to have a translator, say on Fox, change his phrases to conform to our meanings. Our people learn from Fox. For instance on taxes we must allow the low tax message to continue even if it has failed for eighty years and counting. This allows monies that could be used for roads and bridges to be used for our corporations, financial institutions and our wealthy benefactors. If a bridge fails, we use the old Cadillac ruse of our hero Ronnie, only now we'll have to make it a Lexus mom. 'If there weren't so many on food stamps and welfare that bridge would still be standing.' Listen folks we played these cards since Coolidge Hoover and refined them with Reagan Bush, we can do it again.

Summer School schedules will be revised and distributed soon. Keep the faith.

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Irritus Update - Internal Document Not For Public Distribution


But because our benefactors make more money on rifles and long guns it is critical we keep our message of gun safety consistent and constant. Our students and professors realize an AR15 in the home is overkill and if used by the frightened handler may kill the entire family as well as the intruder. Face it folks, many AR15 owners aren't the brightest bulb in the box as shown by all the accidental deaths. Bullet poof walls are being examined but may be too costly and difficult to install in trailers. So while none of our benefactors want to live next to some trigger happy weekend drunk armed with an AR15, we still need big sales, doesn't matter if sold based on dubious facts and confusing data. Irritus will publish the following info on right wing sites, gun hugger sites, and media such as FOX.

Why you need an AR15:

Burglars today often wear bullet proof clothing, your AR15 will penetrate most
Red scope attached to your AR15 guarantees clean kill with minimal home damage
Families must be instructed on first burst of firepower to hit the floor and stay there till all clear
Irreplaceable family pictures must be protected with bullet proof glass
Children's beds should be surrounded by bullet proof material if you can afford it
Wives, girlfriends, or adulterous relationships must know location of second or third bullet clip for quick delivery
Grandparents should sleep in basement or attic and floors must be reinforced
Apartments pose a particular problem as thin walls could cause you to shoot the old lady who lives next store
Family schedules should be reviewed daily so any late entry doesn't result in wasted bullets
Keep propane gas tank location clearly noted and protected as much as possible
Know where the water shutoff is in case of bursting pipes
Dogs cats fish birds and other household pets should be insured because they can't be moved or may even run into the line of fire

We need stories of AR15 saving the lives of people and hamsters because Americans love animals more than their neighbor. Play down all the accidental deaths and mass shootings. Stories like, 'while our walls are full of holes our cat lived through surgery for its missing leg.' The dog and fish may have died in the battle, but the intruder ran away. Grandma died happy in our bullet barrage, shouting 'shoot em' 'shoot em', she died for our freedom is on her tombstone. Stuff like that. Always remember stress freedom even if many causalities.

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Irritus U is happy that our standard bearer and presidential candidate Donald Trump has selected Mike Pence as his VP. Mike's values and votes in congress represent the values our college gives to its students. If America were ever able to have a stable fair society our benefactors and supporters would have to pay their fair share, and we cannot allow that to happen. We preach 'freedom' but that freedom must be controlled. Add to that a contented just society would be much harder to manipulate and thus elect representatives that stir up the pot of resentment over immigrants and minorities while supporting our people. Good luck Mike, Irritus supports you.

Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)"
Future of conservatism demands traditional marriage. (Feb 2008)
Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mike-pence/

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Special Alert: Historians on our man Trump

Irritus has learned historians are critically looking at our current presidential candidate. Irritus too has doubts concerning Donald Trump we'd much prefer the VP choice as his voting record is stellar. But our media maybe went too far in making government the problem and creating too many dog whistles about blacks, hispanics and others. But we cannot have Hillary Clinton elected. There is the possibility Hillary would be fair and impartial and this is something that could hurt outsourcing, taxes, and profit margins. Our base has been carefully created since the New Deal, we cannot got back to a more liberal, inclusive nation. The 1% need our support, plus maybe the next two or three percenters who pay our bills. See the historians piece here: https://www.facebook.com/historiansondonaldtrump/

Make sure this piece is not distributed and if mentioned just say it has been totally debunked. This tactic has worked for our base and should continue to work as they don't read and only watch Fox. Shred this document upon reading.

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Updated 08/04/16

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Whale Killer Japan


And yet Americans still support Japan by buying their autos and other products? Animal lovers in America are outraged if an Animal is mistreated and yet they fail to help in this important issue. And to top it off, Americans complain about deficits and social security solvency as they support Japanese union workers and their universal healthcare. Sometimes I think that idiot Donald Trump has a point even when it isn't certain he understands it.

Many Americans buy a Prius to salve their conscience and save the earth, maybe they should do something substantive instead. Americans could stop this ecologic destruction even as they support their own nation. Will they? Of course not, instead they will ask Hillary Clinton about her carbon donors as the world turns or is that burns.

Read article here.

Another Controversial Election Issue - Tax Havens

Check out corporate tax havens and you must wonder how America will repair a crumbling infrastructure when it biggest users hide from their responsibility. Will Trump or Sanders or Hillary or Kasich address this issue?

FedEx. Walmart. Another example.

"There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve, then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tiny blasts of tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us." Pogo

Monday, January 25, 2016

American Conservatives are Embarrassing

"By an accident of birth, I fall into the White Guy category. To keep this on a positive note, let’s call it my brand. And that means that if other people with my outward characteristics do dumb-ass things, it reflects on my brand." Scott Adams

White conservative Americans have become an embarrassment. I know that's not politically correct, but face it folks we are starting to look like a nation of idiots. Think about that for a minute. Our white conservative Congress is voting again to repeal healthcare, you know healthcare that is slavery. Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to make America Somalia, no need to obey federal laws - articles of Confederation redux. Kansas Governor Brownback bought into the insane idea idea that reducing taxes brings forth magic. Now the state is a mess. Kansas is just one state run by a white conservative republican. Was Brownback alive in 2008 and 2009 or was he lost in some imaginary supply side universe. Laffer is so appropriate a name.

What's the matter with white America is the question of the day. Recently a group of white militia conservatives took over a garage sized nature center in Oregon because they have the mental acuity of a spoiled five year old. Give children guns and they soon think they are warriors. Reminds you of a five year old who won't come in for dinner. One wonders what the idiots will do when tourist season arrives, maybe they'll give 'take over nation' demonstrations one garage at a time. If another American had asked for this land it would be welfare, how is it America belongs to the select few white Americans? The nation's Indians should tell them they're way late.

Then we have Maine Governor Paul LePage, of course everyone knows racism is alive and well in America, that is except white Americans, they think they are colorblind, try really hard to forget their narratives. Didn't a Marxist Kenyan president change all that. One can only wonder at the level of insanity when a woman becomes president. She is white, will that help? Are you kidding me. Anyone watch the Benghazi hearing. If hate required a face there were plenty of opportunities. Can you spell just plan nuts. And Deez even got some votes.

Anyone watching the republican debates would marvel at the level of dialogue, when it isn't the same reduce taxes on corporations and the wealthy and the economic genie will appear, they are upping each other like some chest pumping pretend wrestler, bomb em all. Bomb em all, bomb em all, is it fear, paranoia, everything has become Munich. Have any of them served in the military, had they maybe a rational thought would arrive.

Have you seen the crowds at Trump rallies, cheering the blond platitude, an inherited real-estate developer, now the darling of white conservative America. Trump engages in so much hyperbole, historians and sane media journalists now require therapy. While Nazi references are badly overused by these conservative republicans, recently a Muslim woman stood up and was escorted to door, that wasn't the proper sign of allegiance to a mountebank wearing a trite slogan. Remember the Gay soldier. Booing in this crowd is a substitute for thought.

And this comedy of white conservative sloganeering would just be funny until someone like Governor Rick Snyder poisons the people of Flint, Michigan to save a buck. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker isn't just dumb, he wants all the citizens of Wisconsin on an equal level. Why fund education when anyone who isn't as extreme as you is just not conservative enough. How many teachers does Governor Rick Perry want to fire, he can't remember that either. And then there is Rick Scott. Any need to go on.

Have you noticed none of the republican governors support education. This would be funny until you look at the warriors in Oregon, or the tea party signs to keep government out of their medicare, or poisoned water, add tornadoes and floods which only matter if you happen to be in one. Education is power, it is feared by the powerful for it focuses attention on cause rather than aimless finger pointing. Pay close attention to Governors and candidates who listen the likes of the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson.

"If we held the White House, taxes would be lower, spending slowed and the military strengthened...." Governor Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina responds to the SOTU. She forgot 'freedom.' If a listener read history they know how often these same words are used, and they'd know too how meaningless they are. Can you spell voodoo or oligarchy.

Idiocy mixed with fear is so dangerous a mindset, anyone find those WMDs or witness the wonderful spread of democracy in the Middle East? If you have, let the rest of America know. So long as big money buffoons, corporate lobbies, think tanks that do anything but think exist, militiamen armed with AK15s isn't a reality show, it is reality.

It would give solace to the sane American if after President Obama's term, sanity in America returned, but given the House under 'missing a heart Ryan' is still voting to end slavery, aka healthcare, no hope is in sight. It has to be clear now, elect a conservative white governor and your state gets dumber, you lose healthcare, your environment is polluted, and your state goes into massive debt. All the while they throw out, weakness, appeasement, surrender, Chamberlain, again and again, is there any hope white America.

If anyone has an idea on how sane white Americans, who still believe in a land of promise, inclusion, fairness, and accomplishment can separate themselves from dumb white America. Please, please let America know. By the way, suggested forehead tattoos, would help but people do occasionally change. Imagine for a minute the Donald's audience cheering bigotry, slogans waving, 'make America great again', Palin rambling, dissenting Americans booed, and you witness the absurd theater white conservative republicans have created. And so it goes....

Source Information:

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/136879450111/working-on-the-white-guy-brand
http://www.alternet.org/story/150392/the_8_worst_governors_in_america
http://www.salon.com/2016/01/14/thank_you_oregon_militiamen_the_longer_you_stay_the_more_ridiculous_you_and_the_conservative_movement_look/
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/156038
https://aeon.co/opinions/why-bullshit-is-no-laughing-matter


Reading

'Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class' by Ian Haney López
'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
'Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal' Kim Phillips-Fein
'It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism' by Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
'Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong' by James W. Loewen
'Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free' by Charles P. Pierce
'Liberty Under Siege: American Politics, 1976-1988' by Walter Karp
'Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
'American High: The Years of Confidence, 1945-1960' by William L. O'Neill
'A Bubble in Time: America During the Interwar Years, 1989-2001' by William L. O'Neill
'Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960s' by William L. O'Neill


'The American conservative has become a sort of trained bumpkin, they outsource their work and pay them nothing and he unconsciously blames government when she doesn't blame some racial or ethnic group. Years of training have made them puppets. One could say corporate puppets, the corporations play them like children. Has the conservative always been this naive a tool of others? Maybe they have, for power knows all you need to do is have an enemy to occupy them. When it isn't government it's progress, or for some conservatives it's another human being of difference. I guess when one's mind is empty of education or history, it gives comfort to know satan caused all that is wrong. Satan can be whatever the powers that be tell them. No need to name names' mc5


And I give you this idiot to add to the point. http://www.sltrib.com/home/3441922-155/story.html

"Forgotten by the fevered crowd was the supposedly bedrock conservative principle that people are responsible for their own actions, and that it's time to stop blaming society."

[url]http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/neil-macdonald-sarah-palin-1.3416452[/url]


Conservatives must now face the monster they have created after sixty years of disparaging government, why all of a sudden would they think their idea of government is better than another. Nations deteriorate from the inside, the destruction of America started in earnest with Ronald Reagan and the rise of oligarchy. Sixty years on, an education that excluded diversity, reality, science, history, and every other American value has had great impact. Mirrors are obviously missing at the National Review and other conservative locations. The scary thing is, Trump and Cruz could actually be more extreme and they'd still appeal to the conservative American. Doubters check Iowa voting. The apologetics begin.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Reads and Links

Interesting history and our Constitution.

'A Bubble in Time: America During the Interwar Years, 1989-2001' by William L. O'Neill
'American High: The Years of Confidence, 1945-1960' by William L. O'Neill

'That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing' by Michael Austin

Games and Life

'The Grasshopper, third edition: Games, Life and Utopia' by Bernard Suits

July Links

Buy American
More on cars
Outsourcing
Ten things and Life
Give your money away
Meat or vegetables
Outrospection


"It's fun to tease people about where fiction and life intersect." Dorothy Allison


Thursday, May 28, 2015

May Reads.

Summer reads and a few links.

'The New Prophets of Capital' by Nicole Aschoff
'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror' by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan
'The Nearest Thing to Life (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities)' by James Wood
See Work link below. 'The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction' by Matthew B. Crawford
'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds' by Charles MacKay
'Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises,' Sixth Edition, by Charles P. Kindleberger, Robert Z. Aliber, Robert Solow

Fiction: 'Crow Fair: Stories' by Thomas McGuane and all of Cormac McCarthy

'The Founding Fathers Versus The Gun Nuts'
Outsourcing, a bit dated, but still relevant.
The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism.
Unreal, unreal.... see YouTube.
Working with your hands.