Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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This is what I get in reply to answering this ask.
No, actually YOU’RE everything that is destroying America. Classism, racism, violent misogyny, all in one quite angry, hate-filled package. 
Guess what? I regret nothing about doing what I have to stay healthy, even if it means accepting benefits from a system we all pay into. 
And like the slime you are, you’ve already oozed back into whatever hellhole birthed you, and deleted your tumblr. No worries. I jacked the URL, just in case it had some kind of special meaning for you. It’s now a private blog called “Land Scum”. Think of a new URL, and I’ll still be here when you resurface. 
Cheers!

This is what I get in reply to answering this ask.

No, actually YOU’RE everything that is destroying America. Classism, racism, violent misogyny, all in one quite angry, hate-filled package. 

Guess what? I regret nothing about doing what I have to stay healthy, even if it means accepting benefits from a system we all pay into. 

And like the slime you are, you’ve already oozed back into whatever hellhole birthed you, and deleted your tumblr. No worries. I jacked the URL, just in case it had some kind of special meaning for you. It’s now a private blog called “Land Scum”. Think of a new URL, and I’ll still be here when you resurface. 

Cheers!

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Behold the cover of Rush Limbaugh’s new children’s book! LOOK AT IT! Already available for pre-sale on Amazon, Limbaugh insists there’s no politics in the book. It exists for the purposes of “’teaching what isn’t being taught’ to school children today about American exceptionalism.”
Here’s the description:

Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this book, he is transported back to the deck of the Mayflower.

Yeah. You read that correctly. Rush Revere. He’s long wanted to make history come alive for the kiddos, but not so long that he had time to think of a different first name for his protagonist.
I feel bad for the kid that gets this in their Christmas loot. Not because I think the book will be terrible — for the record, I do — but because Rush has never had any kind of historically accurate sensibilities when discussing the past AND present. I know this is a book for children, I get that.
But he’s presenting this book as something that is “teaching what isn’t being taught” in school, superior to what kids are learning, and that’s just a big ol’ steaming cup of NOPE.

Behold the cover of Rush Limbaugh’s new children’s book! LOOK AT IT! Already available for pre-sale on Amazon, Limbaugh insists there’s no politics in the book. It exists for the purposes of “’teaching what isn’t being taught’ to school children today about American exceptionalism.”

Here’s the description:

Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this book, he is transported back to the deck of the Mayflower.

Yeah. You read that correctly. Rush Revere. He’s long wanted to make history come alive for the kiddos, but not so long that he had time to think of a different first name for his protagonist.

I feel bad for the kid that gets this in their Christmas loot. Not because I think the book will be terrible — for the record, I do — but because Rush has never had any kind of historically accurate sensibilities when discussing the past AND present. I know this is a book for children, I get that.

But he’s presenting this book as something that is “teaching what isn’t being taught” in school, superior to what kids are learning, and that’s just a big ol’ steaming cup of NOPE.

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Diary of a Mansoldier, the Great War on Men

This might be one of the greatest comments posted on the internet in the history of ever. It’s at least in the top ten. I present Jezebel commenter Ari Schwartz: The Dark Lord of Snark summarizing the future from the post "Fox News Troll Returns With a Breathtaking Sequel to the War on Men" — Hint: the troll is anti-feminist Suzanne Venker, darling of the Men’s Rights movement and niece of Phyllis Schlafly. I discussed Venker in depth here already. Anyhow, here’s Ari:

Diary of a Mansoldier, the Great War on Men

I was told once that women are nurturers. That they were the “fairer” sex. Little did us men know that it was all a ruse. A ruse by the Women’s Operations Militia Army and Navy. The forces of WOMAN close in on us beleaguered men by the day. Soon, men will have nowhere to turn but the dark corners of reddit and 4chan.

First they demanded entrance to the universities, to the jobs. We capitulated, unaware that it was just the first salvo in our demise. What could they possibly do with college educations and decent jobs? Besides, they’d all just leave to make children anyway, right? And yet, all those WOMANs were just setting the stage for their war.

Then they got a wonder pill that gave them agency over pregnancy. But we didn’t see the signs. We just thought it was all fun and games. It was so obvious. But for a WOMAN, it was just a way to gain further control.

Then they came for equal wages. But we were told that it was just fair to be paid equally. Raised on a steady diet of “fairness,” we thought that the forces of WOMAN were just demanding what we had.

Then they demanded to be part of the government, and the military. It was so impossibly obvious that they wanted the keys to everything. But what could we do? At that point, we still had enough control left that there wasn’t much to fear. Sure, they had started to earn more than many of us, and sure, they were graduating college more than we were, but it was okay. We were still men, right?

Then it all came crashing down. 2157, the forces of WOMAN came forth, bringing with them decrees of fairness and equal treatment under the law. Men quickly found that being on the same level as a WOMAN caused irreparable damage to their previously unknown macho gland. The macho glands literally shrank away, and men were left changed. Those who did not undergo regular treatments of Tucker Max therapy became known as “pleasant human beings.”

Those of us who are left have migrated to a colony in Texas. There, we practice the manly arts: farting loudly at dinner, wolf whistling at anything with tits, talking about our favorite episode of Family Guy, and calling WOMANs “bitches” for no reason.

Not many of us are left. The war has taken many of us. Some men have even joined the WOMANs in their heartless and cruel crusade for equality and same treatment. Every day our kind grows fewer in number. Every day we grow weaker, less interested in talking about the sizes of our “guns.”

The war on men is won. Now we shall all live as equals. This is a sad day for men indeed. I weep for the future of bros everywhere.

Ari Schwartz, this is for you:

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This is why the terrorists hate us

So maybe I’m being over-dramatic here… though I’m almost sure this is a recruitment video for any anti-American terrorist group.

But really, Kim Kardashian bawling over a $75,000 earring that she lost in the ocean is just too much. Who the hell wears earrings like that to the beach?!

"I don’t want to seem like a spoiled brat crying over a earring…" Well, sorry, you do. I love the person who says "Kim! People are dying!" while she’s whining about her earring. 

I’m almost pissed she found the damn thing. Apparently, it was easy to find because “it’s sparkly and so huge!”

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This is where political messaging is going. Justin Fucking Bieber apparently has something to teach Washington. Ooh, “Never say never!” - to spending cuts!

But let’s be offensive, and call America a bunch of drug addicts.

Here’s the ad script:

America could learn a lot… from a drug addict. Even though this country’s $14 trillion in debt – Washington raised the debt ceiling 10 times in the last 10 years.  Each time – it’s like another hit – another spending hit.  But you’re the junkies.  41 cents out of every dollar you spend is borrowed –from places like China.  So China is like your dealer… And your addiction and your dealer control your life.  To borrow less – you need to spend less.  Yeah – Washington could learn a lot from a drug addict.

Yep, meeting our obligations is totally like tweaking. I’m guessing meth just because this looks like a leftover meth PSA. I’m not even going into how ridiculous it is to compare the national budget to the horrific disease of addiction. This whole campaign was ripped off from the laughable “______ is my anti-drug” PSAs. Faulty metaphor is faulty.
Oh, and Washington can learn a lot from Harry Potter and the Jonas Brothers.
Um, no. Just no. This debt ceiling issue was a manufactured crisis. However, it’s not Grandma and single moms driving up debt.
This is why we can’t have nice things:

This is where political messaging is going. Justin Fucking Bieber apparently has something to teach Washington. Ooh, “Never say never!” - to spending cuts!

But let’s be offensive, and call America a bunch of drug addicts.

Here’s the ad script:

America could learn a lot… from a drug addict. Even though this country’s $14 trillion in debt – Washington raised the debt ceiling 10 times in the last 10 years. Each time – it’s like another hit – another spending hit. But you’re the junkies. 41 cents out of every dollar you spend is borrowed –from places like China. So China is like your dealer… And your addiction and your dealer control your life. To borrow less – you need to spend less. Yeah – Washington could learn a lot from a drug addict.

Yep, meeting our obligations is totally like tweaking. I’m guessing meth just because this looks like a leftover meth PSA. I’m not even going into how ridiculous it is to compare the national budget to the horrific disease of addiction. This whole campaign was ripped off from the laughable “______ is my anti-drug” PSAs. Faulty metaphor is faulty.

Oh, and Washington can learn a lot from Harry Potter and the Jonas Brothers.

Um, no. Just no. This debt ceiling issue was a manufactured crisis. However, it’s not Grandma and single moms driving up debt.

This is why we can’t have nice things:

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Debt Limit: Myth vs. Fact

First, what is the debt limit, why is it important, and what does not raising it actually mean? From the U.S. Treasury [All emphasis mine]:

The debt limit is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments. The debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.

Failing to increase the debt limit would have catastrophic economic consequences. It would cause the government to default on its legal obligations – an unprecedented event in American history. That would precipitate another financial crisis and threaten the jobs and savings of everyday Americans – putting the United States right back in a deep economic hole, just as the country is recovering from the recent recession. Congress has always acted when called upon to raise the debt limit. Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit – 49 times under Republican presidents and 29 times under Democratic presidents. In the coming weeks, Congress must act to increase the debt limit. Congressional leaders in both parties have recognized that this is necessary. Recently, however, a number of myths about this issue have begun to surface. The facts about the debt limit are set forth below.

I’d like to remind folks the US Treasury claims to have had little warning about the Great Financial Crisis which began in 2007. So maybe if they’re actually warning about something, we should pay attention. To read the full explanations of the myths and facts, click here.

MYTH: If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, the consequences would not be any worse than the effects of a government shutdown.

FACT: If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, the government would default on its legal obligations – an event unprecedented in American history. This would cause investors here and around the world to doubt, for the first time, whether the United States will meet its commitments. That would precipitate a self-inflicted financial crisis potentially more severe than the one from which we are now recovering.

MYTH: Raising the debt limit increases the federal government’s obligations.

FACT: Raising the debt limit simply allows the government to meet its existing legal obligations.

MYTH: If Congress simply enacted the House Republican Budget Resolution that Representative Paul Ryan proposed, there would be no need to increase the debt limit.

FACT: The House Republican Budget Resolution would require multi-trillion dollar increases in the debt limit for the next several decades.

MYTH: If Congress and the Administration would just cut spending then they wouldn’t need to increase the debt limit.

FACT: There is no credible budget plan that would allow the government to avoid a debt limit increase.

MYTH: Passing legislation to “prioritize” payments on the national debt above other legal obligations would allow the government to avoid a default without increasing the debt limit.

FACT: Legislation to “prioritize” payments would simply represent default by another name.

MYTH: The Treasury Department can simply continually push back the date it hits the debt limit.

FACT: The government will reach the debt limit in mid-May and extraordinary measures to buy additional time will be exhausted by about August 2, 2011.

Including weekends, we have fifteen days and counting.

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The 2011 NOW Left-Wing Activism Conference

Don’t let the innocuous title fool you. An excerpt:

A worthless organization designed to elect political leftists is convening a conference in Tampa, Florida. Hopefully Tampa will be given a good scrubbing so that it is non-toxic in time for the 2012 Republican Convention.

From June 24-26, the National Organization for Women infested a nice part of Florida. Some delegates may be trying out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but most are there for their annual conference, where they cry on each other’s oversized shoulder pads and insist that they are relevant.

Read on for one of the most blatant displays of misogyny, homophobia, etc… and yes, it’s written by a dude. 

My reaction:

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