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Mr. Scorpio

Mr. Scorpio's Journal
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November 17, 2015

I have no idea how Isis could harm Washington DC more than Congressional Republicans have…

You guys in DC know exactly what I'm talking about.

And GOPers in general never hesitate to fuck over America every chance they get:

You know what we call it when Daesh threatens to attack DC? Tuesday.

By 8ackgr0und N015e
Tuesday Nov 17, 2015 8:01 AM EST


Listening to Republican governors (like GOP Presidential wannabee Chris Christie) beating up on refugees makes me sick. I would like to say I tried to look at this from the GOP viewpoint, but that would be a lie. I can’t get my head that far up my own ass. This cowardly lion likes to think he’s tough, but he isn’t fooling anyone. The only way Tweedlee Dee Dumb is a threat is if you’re five years old, value common sense, or stuck in the seat next to him on the train.

When did we turn into a nation of pussies? Before anybody gets their panties in a bunch about sexist terminology (and completely misses the fucking point) how about I just call these governors dicks, instead? Either way, I didn’t get the memo.

I’m sorry if that offends you. You know what offends me? People who panic and go after the weakest among us in their hysterical overreaction to a threat. You know what else offends me? People who do more damage to themselves than the terrorists could ever hope to do in a month of Sundays. You know what else offends me? People who betray our heritage by scorning refugees fleeing from the same animals who terrorized them in their own country.

Not to put too fine a point on this, but did you know one of the newly appointed ministers to the Canadian cabinet, Maryam Monsef, arrived in Canada as a refugee from Afghanistan? So much for the great refugee threat, eh?

November 16, 2015

After Paris, right-wing media launches new war on reason, reality

When I dared ask conservatives to tone down violent rhetoric after Paris, they responded with death threats
Chauncey DeVega

Last Friday, I wrote this Salon essay about the barbaric terrorist attacks on Paris, France. I made a very basic and clear argument: Terrorism is a form of political violence that kills and injures people. For decades, America’s right-wing media and other opinion leaders have routinely used violent language—including the word “terrorist”—to describe liberals, Democrats, progressives and others with whom they disagree.

In recent weeks and months, Fox News, as well as Republican candidates such as Ben Carson and Chris Christie, have used violent and eliminationist language to talk about Black Lives Matter and the student activists at Yale and Missouri. Both groups are working to create a more just and fair United States that treats people of color with dignity, and respects their full and equal human rights. Neither Black Lives Matter nor the student activists at Yale and Missouri are “terrorists.” They are not killing people. They have not strapped explosives to their bodies. They have not used assault rifles to shoot people.

I concluded with the following basic suggestion. In the face of real terrorism in the streets of Paris and elsewhere, with broken and bloodied bodies, families in mourning, and a country in a state of emotional and psychic shock, perhaps America’s right-wing media, and conservatives en masse, should seriously reconsider their casual use of violent rhetoric.

The right-wing media and its supplicants responded with apoplectic rage.

November 16, 2015

Time once Again for the "Does Cilantro taste like soap to you?" Poll

Here's the result from almost three years ago: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018280030

Does Cilantro taste like soap to you? Let's do it again!

To me, STILL yes… Now I know why. Ugh! It's in my genes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/cilantro-aversion-gene-study_n_1901124.html

The Devil Weed!

November 16, 2015

If you have Showtime, I suggest that you give the new Marlon Brando doc a look-see


It's basically Brando talking about his life in his own words. The parts I liked were when he talked about turning his back on Hollywood in order to dive into the deep end of the Civil Rights pool, for both African-Americans and Native Americans.

He didn't mince his words. No bullshit and whitesplaining, about the way that oppressed peoples fought their own oppression.

Check it out on Hulu if you can't watch it on Showtime.

Great stuff indeed. He was one of the great ones.

November 15, 2015

Somebody pinch me!

Oh my stars and garters!
November 15, 2015

I Am So Thankful To Have Obama In The White House Today.

By pollwatcher
Saturday Nov 14, 2015 10:59 AM EST

The horrific terrorist attack yesterday in Paris has struck at all our hearts. We’ve had our differences with France as we’ve had differences with any friend, but today we mourn for those who fell victim to the cowardly attacks of fanatics, and we stand solidly with the French people as they work through their grief.

But make no mistake, there will be a military response to these attacks, and America will be with the French in this response. The only question is, what type of response will it be, and what part will the U.S. play? Will our part be an Iraq style attack in Syria, or will it be a support role?

Imagine if we had a President McCain, or Rubio, or Carson, or Bush… If we had a President McCain, we would already be deep in Syria dealing with IED’s, ambushes, collateral damage… If we had any of the clowns in todays GOP clown car, I believe we would soon be going very heavily into Syria. But we are extremely fortunate that we don’t have the clowns, we actually have an adult in the White House.

Sadly, President Obama will have to respond to the terrorists, the only question is how? The French will have to make a direct response and we will have to assist them in every way possible. I’m afraid we are going to see U.S. boots on the ground in Syria. But unlike a large scale invasion force, which I believe any of the GOP candidates would do, I think President Obama will think through this carefully and we’ll end up with more special forces and support troops somewhere near Syria. Surgical strikes when possible will become the new norm.


November 15, 2015

Possibly the worst police beating caught on camera since Rodney King.

By Frank Vyan Walton
Saturday Nov 14, 2015 1:28 PM EST

They say this is as bad a Rodney King. Frankly, I have to agree this is the worst, most vicious police beating I’ve seen in at least 20 years and that’s truly saying something. It’s like a pack of wild rabid dogs in the midst of a feeding frenzy. Truly disgusting.

From the San Francisco Chronicle.

The video shows the deputies chasing after a man at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street at about 2:05 a.m. Thursday. One deputy jumps on the man, knocking him down, and goes on to punch him twice while he was still on the ground.

He gets off as the second deputy pulls out his baton, and uses it to strike the man on the head. The video jumps 10 seconds to both deputies using their batons on the man as he struggled on his knees and screamed for help.

The video jumps once more to show the man on his knees with his hands on his head, and one deputy pushing him to the ground so he and the other deputy could continue hitting him with their batons.

Yeah, that’s about right.


November 15, 2015

For White America, Black Protesters Never Do it Right

By Grizzard
Thursday Nov 12, 2015 10:08 PM EST

In the wake of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, the prevailing refrain from White America was consistent. While especially contemptible cretins described protesters as animals and used racially-charged language to paint their picture, many white folks from the more reasonable reaches of society bemoaned the violent nature of the black protests.

“But why do they have to light things on fire?” you might have seen. “What good is rioting and looting?” It wasn’t the cause that bothered those detractors, just the methodology marshaled in support of the cause. These were white folks, many of them liberal, who wanted you to believe that if protesters had just conducted themselves with a little bit of that white class, White America might have lent its undying support rather than standing up for the innocent business owners caught in the war zone.

With this in mind, you might have expected White America to respond with glee when a group of black students at the University of Missouri decided to use peaceful means of coercion to get across their points. No, these students weren’t burning cop cars or throwing trash cans through the front window of a storefront. They were creating online coalitions, taking pictures, enlisting the help of college football players, and going on hunger strikes. They were using their right to peaceful assembly to demand answers from a college president who seemed at a loss for how to deal with mounting racial tension on his campus.

They were, in essence, doing precisely what White America had asked of the protesters a few hours away in Ferguson.

Imagine their surprise when they learned that White America had a new complaint. These black students were too sensitive and too demanding. Their peaceful actions, it seems, are ruining college atmospheres which, if you believe White America, are defined by the ability of students to offer race-based hate speech with impunity. In Ferguson and in Baltimore, black protesters showed precisely what’s wrong with America by refusing to act peacefully in the face of centuries of intentional and systematic oppression. In Columbia, Missouri, they were guilty of another misstep — carrying too far the baton of political correctness.

It’s in this that we see confirmation of what many knew in the wake of Baltimore. Those detractors—the people primarily concerned with the poor, oppressed CVS storefronts—were never sincere in their critiques. They never disagreed with only the tactics, and their support could never have been won with a peaceful protest. They were involved only in a game as old as time for White America — the search for the first reasonable distraction.


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