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Boilerplate Rethuglican Fundraising

From the desk of: The American M.O.B. (Majority Opinion Blowback)

"My American M.O.B. over the GOP-Russian Mob any day, any time...Let's roll!"


In answer to your question regarding why the Washington Times would print a supposedly "favorable" article about a Democratic candidate (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/22/kyrsten-sinema-pulls-even-martha-mcsally-arizona-s/):

This is actually a commonly used tactic to induce specific Washington D.C. PACs to send cash to a Rethuglican campaign viewed by local operatives on the ground as "in trouble."

Make no mistake about it, there are very specific D.C. PACs that are being targeted to read and react to the WT article. Those particular PACs will have tangential ties to the specific Rethuglican political operative quoted in the article, which almost always is the only person interviewed for "background" on the Democratic candidate.

Aides for the Rethuglican PACs are tasked to scan the right-wing rags for just such articles and if the name of the political operative quoted in the article is on that PAC's "heads-up" list, it will be walked right up to the top, followed by a money trail shortly thereafter.

Timing is also critical. The WT article follows on the heels of the conservative Arizona Republic newspaper (the state's largest) coming out in support of the Democratic candidate, which they rarely do.


So, let's analyze this particular article for the "tells" that give it away as a fundraising dog whistle:

1.) Headline about Democratic candidate is designed to capture Rethuglicans' attention and scare the bejeezus out of them.

2.) Sure enough, the only person quoted as to the "merits" of the Democratic candidate comes from Stan Barnes, one of Arizona's top Rethuglican political operatives. The framing of his quote is entirely boilerplate and follows "the rule of threes," a writing principle that suggests a trio of statements is most effective in engaging readers. Here's an analysis of Barnes' three-sentence quote:

a.) Set the Democratic candidate up as the smartest cookie in the room: “She is perhaps the single best politician in Arizona today.” This is code for: "HELP!" She's kicking our ass!"

b.) Follow with a set of 3 adjectival compliments (2 real and the 3rd underhanded, which is designed to lead into the final sentence of the quote): "engaging, funny, and mirrors people."

c.) End with a slapdown to convince Rethuglican donors that the Democratic candidate is so clever that she's able to pull the wool over everyone's eyes: "She makes people think she agrees with them, even if she doesn’t.” This is code for: "Holy shit! Even Rethuglicans are voting for her!"

3.) The remainder of the very short article will feature the main talking points being used in the Rethuglican candidate's on-air ads, which is what the political operative is asking certain D.C. Rethuglican PACs to help fund more of.


So, there you go, that's the answer to your question. I keep an eye on Washington Times articles during an election just to identify the boilerplate fundraising articles that tip the hat on which Rethuglicans are in trouble.


Posted by PandoraAwakened | Wed Oct 24, 2018, 07:51 PM (0 replies)

Nov 6, 2018: Take-a-Millennial-or-Gen-Z to the Polls Day

From the desk of: The American M.O.B. (Majority Opinion Blowback)

"My American M.O.B. over the GOP-Russian Mob any day, any time...Let's roll!"



Dems, do you REALLY want to see a Blue Tsunami in a few weeks? If so, then here's my challenge to each and every one of you:

Find one Millennial or Generation Z voter who you will personally drive to the polling booth on November 6 or who you will personally supervise in getting their mail-in ballot completed and dropped off at either the post office or a ballot drop-off location.

I committed in my mind a few weeks ago to finding at least one young person to drive to the polls (even though I myself and my own Gen Z son who's old enough to vote are both Early Ballot mail-ins).

Result? I was quite surprised at how easy it was to have ended up with three fired-up young persons who are registered to vote for the first time in their lives and who have committed to the carpool. I'll be driving them as a group on election day and treating them to Starbucks afterwards. It's not that hard, people. Just start talking to neighbors, coworkers, your kids, their friends, etc.

If you're not a reader, skip to the "Conclusion" at the bottom of this article for the "magic bullet" I've discovered that gets Millennials and Gen Z voters to the polling booths. If you're more interested in digging beneath the surface of who these voters are, keep reading.


Millennials (Gen Y) & The "Woke" Generation (Gen Z) in a Nutshell

So, who's Gen Y and who's Gen Z? While the world has not yet settled on universally agreed-upon birth years/age ranges, the general differentiation starting to take hold between the two groups of young people is "pre-9/11" and "post-9/11." But for those of you who really need specific guidelines to go by on this, here's some Pew Research Center data:

In 2014, Pew at first named the year 2000 as the birth year between Generations Y and Z. However, it turns out that the 9/11 attacks, combined with the Great Recession, is turning out to be an anthropological and sociological marker between generational attitudes, which also will have its effects in the voting booth.

Thus, on the basis that anyone four years of age or younger at the time of the 9/11 attacks would have little or no memory of the event, in 2018 Pew revised its designation for Gen Z as those born from 1997-2013 (although the end date is not yet firm), which means they are currently 5-to-21-years-old. In terms of the upcoming election, Gen Z includes the 18-to-21-year-olds.

Meanwhile, Pew has designated those born from 1981-1996 as Millennials. So, how does this translate to voting? Well, obviously for 2018, the 22-to-37-year-old Millennials are the bigger of the two younger voting groups (for now, but keep reading).


Gen Z:

For voting purposes, Gen Z is not a statistically large group…yet. However, from just my own personal observations, those old enough to vote in this group are the most highly enthused about turning out to vote once someone walks them through the how-to ropes. However, if no one approaches them on the nuts and bolts of what they need to do to get registered, they will likely not dive into the pool until 2020.

Listen up, fellow Dems: It is critical to engage this youngest group politically right now, along with their younger brothers and sisters thereafter. The full force of Gen Z's voting power is yet to come and by the looks of it, it's going to be a doozy.

According to Forbes (2015), Gen Z makes up 25% of the U.S. population, which is an even larger group than either the Millennials or the Baby Boomers! These are the young students you saw rise up after the Parkland, Florida shooting. This is the group that self-describes as "woke." This is who is going to hold everyone's future in the palms of their hands across the entire spectrum of American society, much like the Baby Boomers have done for a few generations now.

So, if you do no other GOTV efforts for 2018, you need to do at least this one thing:

Go find one 18-to-21-year-old who you're going to make damn sure votes in this cycle. As an added bonus, the nice thing about this age group is that they tend to bring along a friend or two!



Millennials:

The most striking aspect of Gen Y is the fact that, depending on which source you cite, Millennials have either already overtaken the Baby Boomers in size or they will have done so by sometime in 2019.

As some of you are painfully aware, despite their numbers holding the power to absolutely make or break any U.S. election they might choose to get involved in, the Millennials had the lowest percentage voter turnout by age group in 2016. Now, there are many factors that come into play about why this happened and there are many general studies on Millennials from which you can extrapolate.

I will just say this, based both on what I've read and what I've heard firsthand from Millennials I've spoken to while canvassing, many (particularly the older ones) consider themselves to have been a driving force in helping to put Obama into the White House. And they expected to again be players in 2016, as evidenced by the large uptick in Millennial voter registrations at that time. But, their guy was Bernie, pure and simple.

[And please, before anyone gives themselves a hernia bending over backward to take this thread off-topic, which I've seen happen a lot here anytime someone mentions the "B" word, just cool your jets for a moment and let reality sink in.]

One of the Millennials' biggest issues was and still is personal debt, a lot of it fueled by crushing student loans, which they've found themselves struggling with, even as many have started having children of their own. In fact, many will tell you it was their own children they were thinking of, coupled with personal educational debt experience, that helped The Burn resonate when he spoke of low-cost higher education.

But, as we all now know, after what happened with the 2016 primary, the previously motivated Millennials became disillusioned, bagged up their marbles, and went home (as evidenced by all that unused currency in the form of increased Millennial voter registrations that ended up lying fallow). Many Millennials I've spoken to who didn't vote in 2016 now readily admit, given the craziness that has ensued as a result, that maybe saying "to hell with it" wasn't such a good idea, after all. So, there is hope with them.

Another factor to consider with Millennials is the effect of social media on their perceptions. They were the first to dive willy-nilly into Facebook and Twitter, experiencing more of their lives online than any other generation. As yet, there have been ZERO studies done regarding the actual influence of the disinformation campaigns initiated by foreign troll farms in the social media landscape. I, for one, will not be at all surprised, after such assessments are eventually conducted, to find that Millennials' political perceptions were more disproportionately affected by the Russian bots than the rest of the nation.

So, where does that put us with Millennials today? Polls continue to show a majority of them would rather Democrats take control of Congress in the upcoming Midterms and that they disapprove of Rethuglicans by a large margin. The big question, of course, is whether they'll make their preferences known by exercising their right to vote. Most polls show 50%-55% saying they will 'probably' or 'definitely' vote in a few weeks.

How can you help to get more Millennials to the polls? A crucial factor is that you have to talk to Millennials about what they care about, not what you think they should care about (see below). The good news is that many of them are already registered to vote from the last time they thought they were going to jump in, but then turned away.


What the Millennial Generation Cares About Politically

This is just a list of what I've found motivates Millennials to vote Democratic where I live. You will undoubtedly find variances in your own area. To that end, please add to this list by providing commentary below, and if you feel comfortable doing so, let readers know the general area in the U.S. where you live. I am in Arizona:

Political Issues: In terms of government, Millennials' biggest issues appear to be transparency, responsiveness, and corruption. Other issues they care about are income inequality, climate change, the environment, solar energy, preservation of public spaces, net neutrality, student loan debt, and having to work multiple jobs even after borrowing all that money for education. Those I've spoken to without higher education are deeply dissatisfied with the jobs they seem to be relegated to by not having at least associate's or bachelor's degrees.

Additionally, the young women of this demographic are hopping mad right now. Many are just realizing that something they've all heard their mothers talk about---previously vague concepts to them like "glass ceiling" and "pay inequality"---actually still exists. Their anger at bumping up against what they thought was consigned to the history books of their mothers' workforce days is exacerbated by the amount of debt they have.

Also, as has been born out with women across the board, 1 out of 3 of these young women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, mostly in their current workplaces. Sadly, about 1 in 6 have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives. More in this age group have reported sexual misbehavior than any other group of women before them, and they can tell you all about what it's like to be silenced and denied due process as a result. Yeah, they're mad.


What The "Woke" Generation Cares About Politically

Following is a list of what I've found motivates Gen Z kids where I live. Again, please feel free to add to this list in your own comments below:

Political Issues: Gun violence, climate change, the environment, net neutrality, cost of higher education, lack of funding for K-12 education, diversity, judicial justice, wishing people would get over their hang-ups about their LGBTQ+ friends, and seeing themselves as the generation to move this country out of bigotry and racism.

As you can see, some of Gen Z's concerns overlap with the Millennials' interests. Differing issues the Millennials care about seem to be a direct reflection of their life experiences to this point, which may or may not also become concerns of Gen Z as they move in and out of college and/or into the work force. Differing issues that Gen Z kids care about appear to be more focused on seismic cultural shifts. It's also important to note that some sociological sources are still wrangling with delineating between these two groups and a few have stated they consider both generations combined to be "Millennials."

However, I can tell you that my own Gen Z children and their friends bristle at being called Millennials, who they see as politically apathetic and not civically engaged. As one of them put it to me, when Gen Z says "Stay Woke," they're not so much speaking to their own peers (who intuitively know no other way to be) as they are politely prodding their older Millennial cousins to "Wake the Hell Up."


Conclusion

Talk to young adult Millennials and Gen Z kids about their issues, what they care about. While you and I may understand healthcare, for example, to be extremely important, that is not necessarily what is topmost on their minds at the moment. (They're young. Remember when you, too, thought you would live forever and never get sick?) Whatever it is you find they care about where you live, bring it all back to the vote.

You're also going to discover, as you start to reach out, that these generations have a deep mistrust in current political and judicial institutions, and, frankly, it would be silly to deny that they don't have good cause for such distrust. However, through trial and error, I have figured out how to overcome this particular objection to voter participation:

Amazingly, for all the time they spend online, I have yet to meet anyone from either of these age groups who was aware, prior to me telling them so, that their generations are LARGER IN NUMBERS than any other in America.

As such, it is completely within their power to take over these institutions and remold them into a better future. That's when I see the lights come on and that's when I see a sudden interest in voting.

So, there you have it, folks. Each and every one of you needs to commit right now to finding and taking just one of these young persons to the polls in a couple of weeks. You might be surprised to find yourself with a carload!

Oh, and if you have a few bucks to spare, take them out for a latte afterward.


Posted by PandoraAwakened | Tue Oct 23, 2018, 07:53 PM (6 replies)

How to Vote for So-called "Nonpartisan" Judges on Your 2018 Election Ballot

From the desk of: The American M.O.B. (Majority Opinion Blowback)

"My American M.O.B. over the GOP-Russian Mob any day, any time...Let's roll!"



The Days of "Impartial Judges" Are Long Gone

The takeaway that every Democratic and Independent voter should now have after witnessing the Kava-Naughty debacle is that JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS MATTER.

If you're in a county that has a "nonpartisan merit system" for judges, it can become especially hard to fully complete your ballot because of the sheer number of judges who might be up for Yes/No retention---all listed without notation of party affiliation or judicial ideology. In this type of system, judges are initially politically appointed and then face a retention election after being in office for a period of years.

Now, purists will say, "But judges are supposed to be impartial, so party ideology doesn't matter." To them I say, "WAKE THE HELL UP and smell the puke that's been hurled on you!"

With my own 2018 General Election Ballot in Arizona, 51 judges are listed, all of whom voters are supposed to decide whether to keep on the bench or not. Unfortunately, a lot of people skip this portion of the ballot because, short of looking up actual judicial decisions of each and every one of these guys (which might take you two serious weeks of research to achieve on top of your actual day job), most don't have a clue whether to say 'yes' or 'no' on any particular judge.


So, How Can You Determine Which Judges to Keep & Which to Dump?

Do you know who does vote 'yes' or 'no' for every last one of the "nonpartisan" judges up for retention? You got it, dear ones…far-right Rethuglicans. Why? How? It's really quite simple: The right-wingnut groups and Rethuglican PACs always provide judicial voting lists for their constituents…who to say 'yes' on and who to say 'no' on. Unfortunately, at least in my state, the Democratic organizations have not seemed to have picked up on this simple idea.

So, what should Democrats and Independents do to stop leaving the judicial retentions blank on their ballots? Duh…just vote exactly opposite however the Rethuglicans tell their sheeple to vote. Very simple and it doesn't take hours upon hours of research.

Where does one find such lists? That's simple, too. Just go to the websites of the far-right-wingnuts in your state. For example, in Arizona, I always go to "Intellectual Conservatives" (I know, what an oxymoron, right?) to know which judges to keep or dump by voting in reverse of what the Repugnants say. You know you have your own versions of this kind of crazy online in your state.

If you're not from Arizona, you can stop reading now and go follow through with the action plan I just gave you (if you have "nonpartisan" judges to contend with on your ballots). Then, post your results online to help your neighbors.


Arizona's "Judicial Performance Review"

Most Democrats I've talked to who do actually fill in the judicial part of the ballot do so based on the "recommendations" of the state's "Judicial Performance Review" (JPR), which, frankly, is the biggest crock of shart that ink has ever been wasted on.

The JPR is based on surveys completed mostly by lawyers, but also by a few litigants, jurors, witnesses, court staff, and a mysterious category called "parties who have contact with presiding judges." (WTF? I'm not sure I even want to know who's in that last group.)

Survey participants rank judges in general categories like "legal ability," "temperament," "communication skills," "administrative skills," etc. These surveys are then reviewed by a panel of 31-34 "volunteers" selected by Arizona's Rethuglican-packed Supreme Court. This commission then votes as to whether judges "meet" or "don't meet" standards, and all without the public ever getting to see the raw data upon which the commission's votes are supposedly based.

Not surprisingly, since this judicial evaluation system was put into place for Arizona's three largest counties back in 1992, very few judges ever get dinged in the JPR as "not meeting judicial standards." Everyone's usually just peachy-keen! In other words, if they have a pulse and a law degree and if they can sit on the bench without veering too far off into Kava-Naughty rage, then the sitting judges will meet the JPR standards.

What is interesting, though, is a look at the handful of judges through the years who have gotten the elusive JPR "does NOT meet standards." Only a couple of true miscreants are on that short list. The rest tend to be women judges who…surprise, surprise…bucked up against Rethuglican ideology! Imagine that…

Democrats, stop using the JPR as a "guide" to anything. It says nothing about judicial biases or ideologies, let alone the consequential decisions being made in these judges' courtrooms that have profound impact on public life.


For Arizonans Only: Supreme Court & Courts of Appeals; Superior Court (Maricopa County)

For Arizonans, I've reversed the "Friends of Kelli Ward" how-to-vote list for judges on the ballot this year. (Sorry, Pima County and Pinal County Superior Court judges were not on this list.) Because we all know Ward is her own special kind of Rethuglican cray-cray, we most certainly want to do exactly opposite what she says!

So, print out this list and use it to mark your ballots accordingly:

Justices of the Supreme Court:

BOLICK, CLINT---NO, NO, & HELL NO! [Biggest political-operative, Rethuglican ass-wipe in Arizona & leader of the Abolish Public Schools movement]

PELANDER, JOHN, III---NO

Judges of the Courts of Appeals:

SWANN, PETER---YES [Division 1]
ECKERSTROM, PETER---YES [Division 2]
ESPINOSA, PHILIP---NO [Division 2]
STARING, CHRISTOPHER---NO [Division 2]

Judges of the Maricopa Superior Court:

ANDERSON, ARTHUR T.--- YES
ASTROWSKY, BRAD H.--- NO
BACHUS, ALISON S.--- YES
BAILEY, CYNTHIA J.--- YES
BARTON, JANET E.--- NO
BERGIN, DAWN---YES
BLAIR, MICHAEL C.--- NO
BRAIN, MARK H.--- NO
BRODMAN, ROGER E.--- YES
CAMPAGNOLO, THEODORE---YES
COMO, GREGORY S.--- YES
COOPER, KATHERINE "KAY"---YES
CRAWFORD, JANICE K.--- NO
CULBERTSON, KRISTIN R.--- NO
CUNANAN, DAVID O.--- NO
DUNCAN, SALLY SCHNEIDER---YES
FINK, DEAN M.--- YES
FISH, GEOFFREY H.--- NO
FOSTER, GEORGE H.--- YES
FOX, DEWAIN D.--- NO
GRANVILLE, WARREN J.--- NO
GREEN, JENNIFER E.--- NO
HERROD, MICHAEL J.--- NO
HOPKINS, STEPHEN M.--- NO
KREAMER, JOSEPH C.--- YES
LEMAIRE, KERSTIN G.--- NO
MARTIN, DANIEL G.--- NO
MOSKOWITZ, FRANK W.--- YES
MROZ, ROSA---NO
MYERS, SAM J.--- NO
O'CONNOR, KAREN L.--- NO
OTIS, ERIN O.--- NO
PINEDA, SUSANNA C.--- YES
POLK, JAY M.--- NO
REA, JOHN CHRISTIAN---NO
RECKART, LAURA M.--- NO
ROGERS, JOSHUA D.--- NO
RUETER, JEFFREY A.--- YES
RYAN-TOUHILL, JENNIFER C.--- NO
SINCLAIR, JOAN M.--- NO
SMITH, JAMES D.--- NO
STEINER, RONEE KORBIN---NO
SUKENIC, HOWARD D.--- NO
SVOBODA, PAMELA HEARN---YES
VIOLA, DANIELLE J.--- NO
WARNER, RANDALL H.--- NO
WELTY, JOSEPH C.--- YES
WHITEHEAD, ROY CHARLES---YES

So there you go Arizonans...straight from the horse's ass of none other than Kelli Ward. Mark your ballots as noted above and stick it in Kelli's eye.

Now get those Early Ballots in, or show up at the polls on Nov. 6 armed (with knowledge) and ready!

Posted by PandoraAwakened | Mon Oct 22, 2018, 12:18 PM (24 replies)

Always Question the Sources you Cite...

From the desk of: The American M.O.B. (Majority Opinion Blowback)

"My American M.O.B. over your GOP-Russian Mob any day, any time...let's roll!"


There's something about what you've quoted in your reply to "Massive Twitter data release sheds light on Trump Russia strategy" that made the ole "spidey sense" perk up. I read the entire actual Atlantic Council report on this matter but found no data, no surveys, no polling whatsoever to support the two sentences above the "Conclusions" statement you've quoted from medium.com that attempts to "pooh-pooh" the influence of the Russian bot campaigns and troll farms.

You need to understand that "Medium" is Twitter's online magazine and it is very important for them to absolve themselves from as much blame as possible for what happened in the 2016 elections. They are, after all, being called on the carpet in congressional investigations. The most important thing for Twitter right now is to prevent Congress from regulating them.

At first, Twitter denied everything regarding Russian disinformation accounts operating on their platform. Now that the evidence is out proving the lie in that assertion, the only option they have left is to say, "Yeah, okay, there were these things going on, but they didn't influence a thing."

Think about it for a second. Do you find Twitter to be a credible authority as to what did and did not influence the political motivations and mindsets of Americans in 2016?

The only thing that could determine exactly how much influence occurred would be a mass polling of Americans to answer this: Of the themes put out by the troll farms, which did they believe to be true and how much did it influence the political opinions they ultimately developed?

Just anecdotally, I personally know three people who now readily admit to having been taken in by social media posts that have been found to be part of the Russian bot campaigns. Two of those persons ended up not voting at all in 2016. The third voted for Trump, and, in her words, now regrets "being such a fool for believing what I was reading online back then." No one has called to ask any of these three persons whether they were affected. In fact, NO single American has been asked this question because ZERO polling on this topic has occurred.

So, the next time you read such statements regarding what social media did or didn't influence in 2016, kick your own "spidey sense" into high gear.

Posted by PandoraAwakened | Thu Oct 18, 2018, 05:13 PM (1 replies)

Inside Skinny on What Trump's Friday Visit to Mesa, AZ is REALLY All About

From the desk of: The American M.O.B. (Majority Opinion Blowback)

"My American M.O.B. over your GOP-Russian Mob any day, any time...let's roll!"



Date & Time of tRump Circus Show: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 3:30 p.m. doors open; 6:30 p.m. trash talk begins

Location: International Air Response (see end of article for more info. about these douchebags)

Address: 6250 South Taxiway Circle, Mesa, AZ 85212 (at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport)



Mesa, AZ – After protesters outnumbered tRumpettes by 20,000 the last time the fake-prez dared to show his face in Phoenix, Friday's shart show will not be held at a major venue, nor even a minor one, for that matter.

Partly because crybaby Drumpf is way too scared to stray very far off a tarmac here, looks like this is going to instead be another chickenshit, hide-in-the-hangar ordeal, which he's claiming is a Lyin' McSally Rally---but keep reading for the real lowdown of what's actually going on here.


Background on Where tRump is Appearing

On top of the fact that every venue in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, and Peoria told tRump's scheduler, "Sorry, already booked up" (even though they aren't), tRump handlers were desperate to put him somewhere, anywhere in the Phoenix metropolis where he would least likely piss his diaper at the sight of protesters.

To that end, team tRump was, of course, easily led by the nose to plant him in Mesa, home of Arizona's biggest Mormon temple and largest population of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). Now, before anyone gets their panties all in a twist, I am NOT bashing the tenets of anyone's religion. I am merely stating the facts of Arizona's highly non-secular political reality, one that has been intricately entwined with religion for many years now.

This is a situation that has only recently begun to feel any real pushback (what non-Arizonans will recognize as the oft-quoted turning of the state to "purple" without explaining why that is occurring). Citizens have finally become fed up with the LDS politicians' antics, particularly their decimation of the state's budget and their efforts to destroy the public-school system here.

In a highly coordinated campaign led by Rethuglican LDS politicians, first they bled dry the state funding of education and now they're engaged in stealing federal dollars from the public schools through a deceitful "voucher system" that transfers federal education money to "charter schools," which are primarily owned by LDS members. These private religious schools are shielded from accountability, despite filling their coffers with public money, by state legislation enacted by, you guessed it, Rethuglican LDS politicians.

As a result of these efforts, Arizona now ranks third from the bottom (only above North Carolina and West Virginia) in all categories of education. In a recent report from WalletHub, Arizona ranked dead last in the nation for public school spending per student. So, yes, the LDS Church has been highly successful in its money grab.

The truth of the situation in Arizona is that Mormons not only have been overwhelmingly in control of most of the levers of power for a number of years, but they are also tRump's biggest supporters and enablers here.

But don't take my word for it; just ask U.S. Congressman Andy Biggs, LDS leader of the Anti-LGBTQ Hate Movement and privileged white millionaire, who has anointed himself as tRump's #1 head cheerleader.

Yeah, that guy...Biggs is the cruel and downright sinister former president of the Arizona Senate who has wasted nearly all of his first stint in Congress by:

1.) sponsoring House legislation to shut down the Mueller investigation,

2.) using his position on the House Judiciary committee to hysterically cry for "But her emails!" investigations,

3.) using his chairmanship of the House Subcommittee on Environment to proclaim that climate change is a hoax (and he knows this because he says, no joke, that he's "smarter than Einstein"---yeah, right),

4.) sponsoring House legislation to build a border wall, contracts for which will be funneled exclusively to construction companies owned by LDS members

5.) refusing to vote for any healthcare bill that does not completely repeal the Affordable Care Act because he believes when it comes to health, the decision between life and death should be a simple matter of survival of the fittest bank account,

6.) calling for the abolition of the Department of Education while advocating for charter-school voucher systems (from which he personally and the LDS Church peripherally profits),

7.) vowing to be a major player in overturning Roe v. Wade because he believes men have the right to complete ownership of women's bodies (creepy),

8.) calling for censure of Congresswoman Maxine Waters because, well, face it, Andy's kind has a very l-o-o-o-ng history of chest thumping at black folk (especially strong black women, who they hold in particular contempt), and

9.) spending half his time as a media whore on Faux Fox "News" with his buddies from the Freedom-For-Me-But-Not-For-You Caucus.

You see where this is going, right? Where do you suppose tRump is showing up here?

You got it, smart ones: the gerrymandered CD 5 East Valley district of none other than Andy Biggs, who the fake-prez owes bigly for his comical, but eerily totalitarian, goose-stepping in the halls of Congress.

Interesting that tRump is too scared to appear in McSally's district where migrant children are being held in dog cages, even though this week's "rally" is supposedly for her. Yet, the scared little man-baby will only show his face in Biggs' completely "safe" district, one that cash-rich Andy doesn't need any help at all to buy, er, "win" again.

You see, CD 5 is a district whose lines were specifically redrawn to cobble together portions of cities that make up the suburban sprawl east of Phoenix (parts of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Sun Lakes). The district's boundaries were expanded a few years back to reach into only very specific neighborhoods of adjacent towns, which is why its western and northern edges are jagged lines.

Thus, CD 5 became a district that has since magically delivered the largest congregated group of voters of a certain religion---who, like good little sheeple, always vote exactly as their deacons tell them to---providing a guaranteed win for any Rethuglican nominee of that same religion.

What happened with Biggs is that his own colleagues in the AZ legislature cut a deal with him to get him to leave the AZ statehouse. (You know it's bad when even the Rethuglicans couldn't take the heat of this guy's toxic bullshit anymore.) They agreed to install him as CD 5's rep in Washington, but of course he would have to give up the state senate for that.

Because Biggs is just as big a narcissist as tRump (but with decidedly deeper Machiavellian tendencies), who also has bigly aspirations of someday soon becoming U.S. Prez himself, the AZ legislators knew he wouldn't be able to resist such an offer. Bye-bye Phoenix. Hello D.C.

Now Biggs is on a march to what he and his Church believes is his preordained destiny to sit at the Oval Office big desk. And the man-baby currently there hasn't a clue what Biggs is actually up to. How easily the ding-a-ling got rope-a-doped into coming to Biggs' district rather than McSally's! What an idiot.

So, you see dear readers, this little stunt in Mesa isn't about either tRump or Lyin' McSally. But it most certainly is about Biggs winking to fellow parishioners in the pews and saying, "I got this."


Sleazebag Backers of Friday's Shart Show

The location of this week's circus act will not be in the heart of Mesa. In an effort to discourage dissenters from showing up, they're sticking tRump w-a-a-a-y out at the farthest edge of Biggs' district: specifically, at the small, regional Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport where suburbia meets desert.

More precisely, tRump will not be at the airport terminal itself, but rather at the private business hangar of governmental contractor International Air Response.

Yes, folks, this is the exact same business location from which CEO Bill Grantham helped to hurl orange vomit on America by trotting out the man-baby here in his 2015 run-up to Russian-assisted theft.

The following video link shows the relatively small size of the hangar tRump will be appearing in. This is a short time-lapse of the people who showed up in 2015 (before red-hat disease was inflicted on everyone):

https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAirResponse/videos/918742918181016/

Perhaps some journalist at the Arizona Republic will look into the sweetheart government contracts that Grantham's gotten since imposing tRump onto the nation. Nah, that'll never happen…International Air Response's VP & COO Travis Grantham works an additional day job at the Arizona State Capitol as Rethuglican State House Representative.

Travis Grantham is the third leg of a "Devil's Triangle" drinking game played at the statehouse with fellow LDS Rethuglican seat-warmers Eddie Farnsworth and Warren Petersen. That political trio will make damn sure the newspaper keeps its mouth shut about any grift going on. But, maybe Phoenix New Times will someday get around to peeking behind that curtain…

Based on the stupid-ass conspiracy theories and misogynist comments that Travis Grantham regularly espouses, coupled with his bromance attachment to right-wingnut extremist Mark Levin, I'm starting to think the Grantham family might be related to the Biggs family, or at least attending the same church services.

What I really wonder about, though, is another aspect of the Grantham business: How many of the Hollywood decision makers who are leasing airplanes for their action films from International Air Response know just how far up tRump's ass the Granthams are?

Interesting that these guys are more than willing to take boatloads of money from the very people they regularly ridicule and who their deacons have deemed unworthy of ruling their own planets when they leave this one. But, of course, that's LDS Rethuglican gospel, right?


Details for Valley of the Sun Resistance

For any Arizonans looking to become the next heroic Plaid Shirt Guy (or Gal) at Friday's shitshow in Mesa, you can get free tickets from https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/az-oct-2018 where you have to give up a name (make one up), an email address (just create a new one that you can delete later) and a mobile phone number (might be worth picking up a burner phone for).

Not sure what the stage set-up is going to be on this one (as far as whether human props will be on-camera behind tRump). I suspect only LDS leaders and politicians will be up there with him. Personally, I think it would be hilarious if the Phoenix Resistance packed the audience with people who just stood there, arms crossed, with stern looks on their faces.

One thing to keep in mind is that this tired rerun of tRump flailing his arms while spewing misogynist, racist crap is going to occur at a place of business whose swamp-rat owners can be held personally liable if they allow or encourage Rethuglicans to lay hands on peaceful, but frowning, silent observers inside their hangar.

Another thing I've been told is that International Air Response employees are required to attend as audience members, which is why it's scheduled for 4 p.m. Since they will still be on-the-clock, there's your paid attendees for you. Don't be too hard on them. They just want to keep their friggin' jobs.

Note to anyone who does get in, but is then made to leave: Find a TV camera, tell the newsperson you're an R (local media here will only talk to you if you're an R), and then tell them that you have just decided to vote straight-D because they kicked you out for not clapping hard enough.

See you at the Biggs circus, folks!


UPDATE:

Time changes: Doors now opening at 3:30 p.m.; supposedly starting three hours later at 6:30 p.m.

So apparently the man-baby was so scared of protesters that he landed unannounced at Sky Harbor Airport last night to no fanfare at all and slinked off to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess where I'm sure the taxpayers are picking up a huge tab since tRump doesn't have his name on anything in the Valley of the Sun.

In related news, guess who else has come to play golf in Scottsdale? Yes, folks, we're getting whacked over the heads with a real double whammy this time: Mr. Iraq War himself, Georgie Boy Bush also flew in. Throughout the night, Death Eaters could be heard screeching and wailing overhead as two fake-presidents slept in close proximity to one another.

Posted by PandoraAwakened | Thu Oct 18, 2018, 09:19 AM (45 replies)

Sinema vs McSally debate wrapped up about an hour ago on KJZZ 91.5

Wow, McSally just lied on-air again...and again...and again.

She actually said that it wasn't fair to call her privatized Medicare plan "privatized" and then proceeded to slam the idea of government Medicare. WTF? She also lied again about her clear record of supporting Social Security privatization and increasing the age of retirement. Like no one can easily pull up her public statements on these matters?

She also repeatedly kissed tRump's ass throughout the debate and tried to dance all around the immigration issue of putting children in cages at the border. She went off on this rant saying that, according to southern AZ ranchers, ALL children coming across the border here are no more than pawns to the drug cartels and that NONE of the immigrant children are related to the adults they're with. Wow...as the kids say, "she a crazy lady."

At the end of this debate McSally went all unhinged trying to squeeze in a bit of her most recent slur campaign about Sinema's 2003 opposition to the Iraq War by repeatedly talking over the moderators to shout at Sinema about "treason" or something and demanding an apology. Again, "she a crazy lady."
Posted by PandoraAwakened | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 09:37 PM (6 replies)

Yes, there is a way to get rid of McConnell

Kentuckians are a proud bunch. If someone were to start hammering away now at how the little guy in Kentucky has been totally conned, snookered by McConnell, it will resonate. While his despicable stance on health care will be the primary force pushing against McConnell in his own state in 2020, the nail in the coffin would be a relentless campaign of framing McConnell for the crook he is. Just keep pounding away at that $800,000 he took from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and various other dark money schemes he's been involved in. Compare how his own finances have risen exponentially over the years while fellow Kentuckian's wages have remained stagnant for decades. Make McConnell the poster child of dark money.

Kentuckians don't like to be laughed at. There is, unfortunately, a long history of jokes insulting their intelligence. It's more of a regional thing perpetuated by people in surrounding states, particularly those in Indiana, but nonetheless it has existed for well over 50 years and has spawned its own cottage industry of "How dumb?" jokes. I bring this up NOT to give credence to the jokes, but to simply point out that Kentuckians are highly sensitive about not wanting to be seen as lacking in intelligence. Thus, they have a heightened sense of awareness that if they end up characterized as people who blindly continue to support a local outed con man, this would only give further fuel to the jokes.

Plus, Kentuckians actually have a deep-seated disgust for con men, once they've been outed as such. Believe it or not, there is an old saying that is still often quoted in the hills of Kentucky: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." This should be in every in-state campaign ad within Kentucky against McConnell. Indeed, Dems running against Rethuglican incumbents statewide in Kentucky would be wise to adopt this slogan. It speaks to Kentuckian's roots as proud people who are tired of being maligned and really can't stand being snookered (tRump not withstanding).

Posted by PandoraAwakened | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 07:28 PM (0 replies)

Case Solved: Mitch McConnell's "Himpathy" Assault Claim

Senator Mitch McConnell's latest goo-goo-eyed crazy talk is a cuckoo-for-coconuts strategy of claiming that he himself is "literally" a victim of "assault." Apparently, someone has told him that the only way to steal someone else's thunder is to…well, literally steal it…otherwise known as "gaslighting."

Now, most sane people recognize gaslighting fairly quickly when they hear it in its typical "Not me, you!" form---for example, "I'm not the colluder, you are!" or "Who's a puppet? You're the puppet!" This type of gaslighting is the stock-in-trade of narcissists.

However, gaslighting's lesser-used, inverted cousin "Not you, me!" (most often employed by passive-aggressive types) usually takes a hot minute to sink in before the ole BS detector starts clanging like there's a five-alarm fire raging in the basement. This is the type of gaslighting Mitch attempted to engage in this past week. So far, this dress is not looking too pretty on him.

To be fair, the geezer's timing couldn't have been worse, as Mitch's own hilarious attempt to insert himself into the #MeToo Movement in quest of the mythical "Him Too" unicorn got upstaged by Twittersphere's Mommy Dearest making herself and her Sailor Son the laughingstock of the moment. But hey, I'm all for equal-opportunity ridicule. Old McTurtleneck says he wants to play, so let the games begin!

But first, the fine print: Because we are staunch supporters of the underlying principle of "We Believe Survivors," which calls for first giving an accuser the benefit of the doubt as a basis from which to launch a proper investigation with due process for all (as opposed to the "I Will Fuck You Again if You Don't Get Out of My Face" old-school method), my crackpot team of investigators and I have burned the midnight oil in a sincere effort to plow right through to the very bottom of this sad and empty barrel.

Having dispensed with the requisite amount of minimalist disclosure, we assert that, in the interest of robust transparency, the following investigative report is a full and unredacted copy of our letter to Mr. McTurtleneck in response to his demand---indeed, his preordained right as Rethuglican leader of Rich Old White Men Everywhere (ROW-ME)---for a long-awaited and well-deserved dollop of "himpathy" comeuppance:


INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: Mitch McTurtleneck Assault Allegation


Dear Sen.(ile) Mitch McTurtleneck,

So sad to hear of your recent "literal assault." Please accept our sincerest and infinitely meaningless "thoughts and prayers" as a token of our concern for the trauma you must be going through.

Although you came forth with shaky voice and a remarkably restrained, single crocodile tear to publicly proclaim the shocking details of the crime committed against you when those nasty women dared to address you and your drinking bros in the halls of Congress, we regret to inform you that your charge does not quite meet the very high bar for what constitutes "assault" in at least 28 of the 50 great states of 'Merica. And while we're sure this incident will forever be seared into the hippocampus of your brain as the worst thing ever to have happened to you, unfortunately your account is lacking in appropriate levels of specificity and sobriety, as outlined in this investigative report.

First of all, silly boy, you did not file a police report. As every right-wingnut will tell you, "That there's proof-positive that I…er, rather…someone else didn't do it!" But your failure to walk yourself down to the local cop shop is not necessarily a deal-breaker with us. As investigators, we are in possession of a mountain of evidence that this is actually quite common for someone in your position.

However, what is absolutely insane is that you chose to take your case to the airwaves. What the heck kind of due process is that, sir? Nevertheless, here we are. And because you chose to go around the very process that is rigged against you ten ways from Sunday, it is now left for us to thoroughly review and present your case to the American people.

Investigation Findings 1: Time and Place

The first issue to address in assessing the veracity of your claim is that you are unable to state the exact day, minute, and second this alleged assault occurred. As you can imagine, this casts serious doubt on the infallibility of your memory, leading many to surmise that this incident never actually happened. Not us…we're not the ones saying that. God no, we would never stick our necks that far out on the chopping block, you understand. But, you need to know for your own good that other people are saying that---just definitely not us…we're not saying that. We believe that you believe what you say you believe even if you don't believe that you can believably establish an exact time of occurrence. Got it?

Nonetheless, if you were able to submit for DNA testing something like, say, a pocket calendar with drops of your attackers' blood conveniently marking the correct date, we might then be able to believably reopen this investigation. Even better, if you could also produce an antiquated wristwatch whose hands are frozen in time at the exact moment said watch stopped ticking when it was broken during said alleged horseplay, then we could definitely revisit this critically flawed aspect of your testimony. There is, after all, some legal precedent for broken clocks acting as corroborating witnesses.

Even though you were unable to give us a precise date for when this assault supposedly happened, we nevertheless have been able to reconstruct a general timeline based upon your statement that you believe the incident occurred at some point last month during this massive party held in Washington, D.C. Outlined below is a summary of how this party came to occur, its participants, and its eventual shutdown:

Starting in September of 2018, thousands of citizens, men and women alike, began pouring onto Capitol Hill for a party that ended up lasting several weeks and of which future generations will admiringly reflect back on as the impetus for a string of "Impeach Week" traditions, including formation of the infamous "100 Indictments or Bust Club."

To the great consternation of ROW-ME members, admission to this party was free of charge. However, several bouncers were present to screen those attending; partygoers cleared of carrying concealed weapons were marked in black Sharpie with the word "I" or "We" on the palm of one hand and the word "Believe" on the other.

The people attending this party had their cell phone cameras rolling 24/7. All the news outlets were there too, even the fake ones---Faux Fox, RT (RuskieRugRats Today) and BratBart. Everyone was there to record every minute of onstage, offstage, and backstage activity surrounding the premiere of what started out as a very poorly written passion play, of sorts, with the working title "Fundamentalist Wet Dreamz."

The rising action of this stage production featured a cast of power-hungry, geriatric villains rage-screaming at women and their menfolk who, in turn, yelled back that they weren't going to let uber-rich members of this cult known as the Gross Old Perverts (GOP, for short) grab women's pussies anymore. Additionally, in an underdeveloped subplot, the villains were also mad about their priests and deacons having gotten spanked for grabbing little boys' private parts.

Randomly interjected throughout the play was another character dressed in an orangutan suit who was listed in the playbill as "The Emperor with No Clothes." Every now and then, the villains would trot him out onto the stage where he would screech, jump up and down, scratch his crotch, and pretend to be relevant to the plot line.

The stage design of the play was quite impressive. One of its backdrops was a rolling screen showing thousands dying in hurricanes because they couldn't seem to catch one of those damn flying paper towel rolls to mop up all the water around them. Meanwhile, an equally impressive, flame-throwing prop hung overhead throughout the play---a massive death comet hurtling toward Earth. This was noted in the playbill as a metaphorical ticking clock for the timeframe in which the GOP cultists needed to complete their dastardly deeds.

In one scene of the play, a video screen backdrop featured this giant wall built of dog cages holding crying children. At the base of the wall, an angry mob wearing red ballcaps were frantically engorging themselves on scraps of red meat. Their hats were emblazoned with an acronym---MAGA, meaning "Make America Gag Again"---that identified them as minions of the GOP cult. Then this character wearing a yellow wig appeared onstage with a huge dog whistle. As soon as he pretended to blow it, the angry red-hat mob puffed their chests with rage and started chanting about locking up more people and needing more babies to sacrifice. Dark stuff, to be sure…

Anyway, the climax of the play involved a doddering False Prophet hoisting herself on her own petard to enable the anointment of a Grand Poobah who the GOP cult had groomed for years to do their bidding. In the play's falling action, this self-inflated character scurries off to the GOP's underground lair where he is to be initiated into the dark arts by four black-robed Horsemen of the Apocalypse whose day jobs involve sitting on this very high bench where they pass judgments that enslave people to corporate dark money and crushing debt for generations to come.

For reasons outlined below, the play's ending never reached the point of being revealed to the public. Sources tell us the full manuscript of the play is currently locked away in the National Enquirer vault. Rumor has it, however, that the conclusion of the play centers on the Four Horsemen using the Grand Poobah as their linchpin in rewriting the People's Constitution to include a mixture of scenes from "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Hunger Games."

Now, the producers of this play only intended to put on a "soft opening" so as to hone the script and figure out how far they could push the dialogue without "jumping the shark." However, one of the actors, this drunken frat boy who was supposed to be playing the pretend role of a sober judge, went all rogue on everybody, catching the attention of the media as he veered wildly off-script.

The next thing you know, one of the audience members, who recognized the frat boy as a criminal from her own real-life past, jumped onto the stage and began delivering her own lines, greatly improving the play's trajectory, which had to that point lacked a hero character. However, this unplanned upstaging enraged the villain actors who started lashing out at audience members because they were cheering her on and throwing her roses.

Yet, the more the villains hissed and thrashed about, now themselves completely off-script, the more the audience began to identify with the cast members who were playing the parts of enraged citizens pushing back against the evil GOP cult. From there, as you know senator, all hell broke loose as word spread like wildfire that "Rocky Horror Picture Show 2" was playing a one-time, live engagement in the nation's capital.

Thousands flooded into D.C., with overflow from the Capitol Building spilling out into the streets for miles around and days on end as a full-blown interactive theater event was born. Just as occurred with its 1975 predecessor, the musical science-fiction, horror-comedy show being presented within the Congressional Playhouse inspired fans to re-enact scenes in the streets, with most choosing to play the role of protesters. Many brought their own props mimicking those used in the play, including signs, beer hats, yearbooks, and old calendars that participants placed over their heads whenever it started to rain.

On the whole, a good time was had by all as this cultural phenomenon played out. The media marveled at how, for such a large, ongoing event, the crowd was remarkably well-behaved. Police records reveal there were no accidents or incidents of violence resulting from the mega-drama. The only arrests occurring happened on Capitol grounds when some participants were cited for trespassing on private property. They were, of course, immediately released when it was discovered that the Capitol Building is public property owned by the People.

Meanwhile, a rift had developed amongst the play's executive producers. The white-haired money men of the group were finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the daily rewrites of the play as the public took over the narrative and inserted more and more characters. The younger, more energetic co-producers wanted to go for a longer engagement because they felt the organic story being written was truer to life than the original scripted version.

Finally, though, two events brought the play and its surrounding festivities to an abrupt, premature ending. First, the thespians playing the GOP villain roles had become terrified of the mirrors that audience members were holding up to them as they performed. They were also dispirited by the scathing reviews they were getting in the press for their amateur overacting while the good-guy cast was receiving raves. Thus, the anti-hero actors threatened to take their marbles and go home if the producers didn't return the play to its originally written script and wrap the whole thing up post-haste.

The next thing to occur was arguably even more threatening to the producers. A scrappy, bald-headed talent agent showed up with another cast of characters to add to the play. Because this very same guy had previously been involved in taking down the career of the actor who could now only get roles dressed up as an orangutan, everyone got really scared about where this might be heading.

At that point, the play's producers reunited and rushed through to the climax, which they then falsely proclaimed to be the ending of the play as the Grand Poobah character scurried off to the GOP lair in its closing scene. With no other scenes being played out in public, the D.C. party was shut down and everyone was encouraged to go home and forget about the spectacle they had just witnessed.

This concludes our assessment of time and place for when you claim the alleged assault against you occurred, senator. We regret to inform you that of the thousands of attendees at this mega-party, not a single person has come forth to corroborate your claim of assault. Furthermore, we have scoured the social media landscape and of the thousands of clips documenting this party over several weeks, none appear to have captured any such incident of assault.

Investigation Findings 2: Inconclusive Testimony

One highly troubling aspect of your case, sir, is your own testimony in this regard. We are particularly concerned about your inability to state the exact number of women allegedly assaulting you, which we consider to be highly suspect. When we interviewed you as part of this investigation, you first attempted to circumvent this question by saying, "Well, I said 'literally.' That's a synonym for 'numerically,' you know. So, there's your number, literally. Good enough?" Umm, no, not exactly.

As we continued to press you on this critical detail, you consistently dodged the question with answers such as, "Who's to say how many women there are in America?" and "Numbers, schnumbers, let's just make shit up and call it a 'mob,' okay? That covers every number above one, right?" Your statements on this issue have been duly noted for the record, sir, and we can say with confidence that they do not help your case.

Another element of your assault charge that concerns us is your description of the alleged assailants as "vaginas shooting laser beams from blood-red eyes." We're afraid this is just a bit too vague to sufficiently identify the perps. Not only were you unable to provide basic descriptions of your supposed assaulters, you couldn't even remember their hair styles, for goodness sake. Most tellingly, you couldn't say for sure whether they were wearing Gucci heels or Nike running shoes. You claim the weapons your assaulters attacked the air with were handheld signs, yet you are unable to identify the shades of nail polish on the fingers that clutched those signs. Clearly, your failure to distinguish between such obscure, inane details substantially bolsters the alternate reality that you are "confused" about what you thought you saw and heard.

Assault is a very "up close" kind of crime, senator. If your alleged assault occurred in broad daylight, as you say it did, and your assailants weren't wearing ski masks, which you say they weren't, then why did every sketch artist's attempt to help you identify your attackers result in the same drawing depicting a line-up of oddly shaped pink hats? Are you obsessed with hats, sir? Is this perhaps a fetish that clouds your vision, making it impossible for you to discern the details of women's faces?

Returning to the idea that assault is a crime of close proximity, we would also like to know why you are incapable of describing the smell of your attackers' breath as either minty fresh or reeking of Kentucky bourbon? As there is ample video footage in public archives of you turning up your nose and flaring your nostrils at the smell of bi-partisan colleagues all the way across the room from you, we find it curious that your olfactory senses were inexplicably out to lunch when an arguably much more menacing nemesis was supposedly mere inches from you.

Also, you say your assaulters were shouting at you as they committed this crime. Yet, you are unable to recall anything they said to you other than, "mitu-mitu," which you say you feared to be a form of sadistic torture they were attempting to subject you to. We have done exhaustive research on this term, senator, and the closest thing we have found is a similarly named small village in Columbia that is run by very tall Amazon women. Are you sure you're not simply projecting an irrational fear of powerful, foreign women, sir? Perhaps…and this is merely speculation on our part…but, perhaps you have reached the point where you now see all American women as strong Amazonians and that scares the bejeezus out of you. We're just sayin'…something to think about here.

Additionally, when we asked what haunts you most about this unfortunate incident, the thing you can't ever shake, you described the knuckles of these women as they tightly gripped their signs. As we are unable to find the appropriate words to summarize your answer, we've elected to simply enter into the record your full response, which is as follows:

"Well, if you're asking me what keeps me awake at night, what snaps me out of the few sweat-soaked moments of sleep that I've had since this occurred, I would have to say it is the image of those women's knuckles. They were holding onto these homemade signs so tightly that their knuckles were white…white I say! I am not a young man, and I have to say that in all my years no one ever told me, and I never observed it myself until now, that people other than Caucasians can actually have white knuckles. It shook me to my core, I tell you! It's upended everything I've always believed about my own racial superiority. It makes me feel like the man upstairs is laughing uproariously at me…just another cruel joke at my expense! Those knuckles haunt my dreams."

Okay, then…duly noted, senator.

Investigation Findings 3: Alleged Injuries

Our investigation also addresses the alleged injuries you claim to have sustained. After failing to come to your press conference with pictures of your wounds, which would have helped establish your case, your press office followed up by releasing a picture of your neck with this accompanying statement:

"Senator Mitch McTurtleneck sustained neck injuries after several women repeatedly pounded him over the head with professionally printed signs advertising the television series 'Survivor.' Doctors examining the leader of the Senate described his condition as a rare but irreversible condition commonly known as 'accordion neck.' As a result of this assault, the senator must now forever feel the pain of his chin jabbing into his chest as his eyes appear to be popping out of his head because he has to roll them upward to make eye contact with those he chooses to excoriate (as is his right as the leader of ROW-ME)."

While we commend your staff for their creative effort in trying to cover for you, senator, we regret to inform you that thousands of other pictures have surfaced, some dating 50 years back, that show you have apparently suffered from "accordion neck" for many decades. This latest evidence leads us to believe that you have indeed experienced the type of assault you have described---just not when and by whom you claim.

[Also, we would be remiss to not point out that your own testimony described the signs wielded by your alleged assaulters as "homemade," while the statement from your office describes these signs as "professionally printed." Although this is not actually germane to the investigation, it is our duty to note even the slightest discrepancies.]

In a further development, after being soundly trounced online by the grassroots hashtag campaign #ShowUsYourBruisesMitch, you came forth in a second press conference with an explanation for why you have no apparent bruises, scratches, or gaping wounds indicative of the type of "literal assault" you described as being inflicted upon you. For the record, your on-camera statement at that time was as follows:

"I know my surname has caused many people to joke over the years that I am a descendant of amphibians. The truth of the matter, however, is that my mother was spawned from a long succession of lizard-people. That means I have just enough reptilian---not amphibian---DNA for my body to spontaneously heal. How else do you think I've survived as a member of the Senate for these many decades with no apparent signs of leaving anytime soon? I can personally attest to you that I've had my own tail chewed off many times, and it just keeps growing back. But let's be clear about one thing here, just because my wounds heal overnight does not mean I don't feel the pain. And that is what needs to be focused on here---my pain."

Well, if you say so, senator…that certainly puts the injuries portion of this investigation to bed, doesn't it?

Investigation Findings 4: Lack of Corroborating Witnesses

Even though we find your own testimony in this matter has more holes than a swarm of bacteria farting its way through a vat of Swiss cheese, we nonetheless wanted to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of himpathy for you, Mr. Turtleneck. Therefore, we have also given an obligatory, cursory glance at your list of potential corroborating witnesses.

Regarding the 50 Rethuglican senators you requested us to speak to as witnesses on your behalf, we would refer you to new Department of Justice guidelines, which state that only witnesses for the accused are required to be interviewed in assault allegation cases. As a reminder, sir, you are the accuser in this case. Under the new rules of due process, the accuser's witnesses can only be interviewed if deemed "credible," which is a term whose definition is classified and, therefore, not open to debate by the American people. But, we think most can figure out on their own the particular criteria disqualifying the senators on your list from meeting the "credibility" designation. Therefore, we did not take their testimony.

However, on the off-chance that a small number of Americans might think these new rules are unfair, we have initiated "CYA Hotline" whereby any potential witnesses who did not receive interviews can phone in their testimony at the following number: 867-5309. After listening to a pre-recorded message delivered by a pleasant-sounding young woman named Jenny, witnesses can record their statements up to a maximum allowable time of two minutes. All messages will be screened by Mimi Tootunes, LLC and any testimony deemed worthy of being heard will be converted into lyrics and sung as a medley on the steps of the Supreme Court at a date to be announced after the Midterm Elections.

Regarding the other three non-senatorial witnesses you've named as potentially having been in the vicinity of the alleged assault when it occurred, we discovered that one of them, former statesman Mr. Frederick Douglass, has long been deceased and therefore could not have been present to witness your allegation. We have, however, deemed your remaining two witnesses to be credible and, as such, have completed interviews "under penalty of felony" with each of them.

Your first witness, activist Ms. Statue de la Liberté, maintains she is not aware of having ever met you, although she doesn't rule it out entirely as she has entertained a large number of guests through the years in her penthouse suite overlooking New York Harbor. However, Ms. Liberté asserts she has never been to Washington, D.C., the site of your alleged assault. In fact, she says she has not stepped foot out of the state of New York since her arrival from France many years ago.

Furthermore, Ms. Liberté claims you only put her name on your list of witnesses so as to bring her immigration status to the attention of ICE agents who are now constructing a cage around her Ellis Island hi-rise. She told our investigators that she suspected foul play was afoot when men dressed in riot gear busted down her golden door last month waving a warrant to search for "tired, poor, and huddled masses." When she protested, they told her to "shut up and sit down" because they had it on good authority that her home was being used to shelter "wretched refuse from teeming shores."

Nevertheless, she persisted. Ms. Liberté told the agents that she not only would not sit down, but that she could not sit down as she was afflicted with "greyscale disease" which made her legs hard as stone and her knees unbendable. After consulting their cellphones and discovering, much to their chagrin, that greyscale was indeed a thing (per countless "Game of Thrones" experts), the jackbooted thugs flew into a rage and proceeded to torture Ms. Liberté by waterboarding her previously brightly burning torch.

OMG…seriously, senator?

Moving on to your other named witness, judge-and-jury advocate Lady Scalae Justitiae has testified that she does not recollect being present during the incident you describe. She further said that even if she was present, she did not see a thing because she has been wearing a blindfold for the last several years while playing a perpetual courtroom game of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" using a very large sword.

When asked whether she could at least attest to your integrity, Lady Justitiae sighed and said, "No, not anymore." When asked what had changed in her relationship with you, she told a story of a private party in the basement of the White House during which everyone had been drinking a lot of beer:

Lady Justitiae testified that as she started down a hallway to leave the party, she found it difficult to walk straight. Then she heard a voice she knew to be that of a guy they call Teeny Weenie Grahamcracker. He was laughing hysterically as he ran down the hall screaming at the top of his lungs in an exaggerated Southern drawl, "Mitch McTurtleneck just ralphed in one of Lady Justitiae's scales and pissed in the other!" She then fled the premises, slipping and sliding as vile liquids sloshed all around her…never to return to that house of horrors again.

Holding back her tears, Lady Justitiae told investigators, "I can't begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 76-year-old boys who do such things, but it was horrible and hurtful. I have to carry those scales around with me everywhere I go to maintain my balance because of inner ear problems. I pray no other person with a pre-existing condition is ever treated that way again."

Wow…just…wow. Needless to say, sir, the corroborating-witness aspect of your case has been a total bust.

Investigation Findings 5: Lack of Corroborating Evidence

As has already been noted in previous sections of this report, there appears to be a severe lack of corroboration supporting your claim---no DNA evidence, inadequate suspect descriptions, gaping memory gaps on your part, inability to prove injury, and no credible supporting witnesses (as opposed to very credible witnesses impugning your motives for making such a charge).

As also previously noted, we were unable to locate from social media any video and/or audio of your alleged assault. Despite all of this, we surmised that, surely, video evidence must exist somewhere if an actual assault upon you had indeed occurred. Unlike most assaults, which are committed behind closed doors, you have said on-the-record that your alleged "literal assault" occurred in a very public, governmental setting that just so happens to have hundreds of taxpayer-funded cameras trained on it inside and out.

Therefore, in the interest of thoroughly investigating your claim, we engaged A/V analysts to review all Capitol Building footage from the past several weeks. After hours upon hours spent scanning every pixel of said footage (manpower of which was also taxpayer-funded), authorities have confirmed that no electronic evidence exists to support your claim. Experts submitting testimony for this report have certified that, although the footage reveals an unusually high volume of tourists in the Capitol for this time of year, nothing out of the ordinary for a thriving democracy appears to have occurred.

Moving on, the final corroborating evidence we have chosen to address in this report is that of polygraph testing. Although you offered to take a lie detector test to support the veracity of your allegation, we didn't take you up on that offer because, in the first place, it just wouldn't be fair to the other side (should they ever be identified) who might find themselves in a real pickle to either do the same or risk looking guilty.

Secondly, and this is the greater problem, say your polygraph said you were telling the truth; hell, that would mean there's a pretty good shot that theirs would call them out as dirty, stinking liars. Or vice versa…could go either way! Do you have any idea of the havoc that would rain down on our economy with such information? Why, that would upset the delicate balance of both the gambling world and the news industry, both of which rely on prolonged anticipation and fantasy to survive, not facts and near-certain outcomes! No sir, we just couldn't go down that slippery slope.

Additionally, while polygraphs are not permissible in court, there is case law handed down a few years ago by this D.C. federal judge named Bart Kava-Naughty who wrote out a whole laundry list of exceptions for when it is perfectly legal to compel someone to be polygraphed, including for investigations such as this one. Arguably, the elements of your particular case stick out like a sore thumb on that list; hell, it practically leaps off the page! However, we decided it was in the "best interest of the country" to keep that little nugget of information on the down low.

We're sure you would agree that national security is much more important than your own little, individual concern in overcoming the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) you say you have, which may or may not have been caused by this so-called assault. We're not even saying anything remotely close to national security is involved here either, but still, surely you can't argue with "patriotism," right? Go 'Merica.

Investigation Findings 6: Female Assistant / Sex Crimes Fundamentalist / Sometime Prosecutor

Now, since PTSD has been brought up as a component of your case, we want to make clear that no one is saying you don't have some level of anxiety going on. We think you do. Truth be told, we wish we could just shout as loud and as angrily as possible that you're batshit crazy and your whole story is nothing more than a deep-state conspiracy that you got rope-a-doped into when you were still in diapers! But, no, that's not who we are anymore. No, no…we resolved not to go there this time because you, like all survivors, deserve to be heard.

Instead, as responsible members of an enlightened society, we took the extraordinary step in our investigation to consult with Ms. Pritchel "Aunt Lydia" Bitchwell, a fundamentalist sex crimes prosecutor who lives in the desert, eats fried eggs right off the 200-degree sidewalk in front of her house, and has a penchant for punishing women while downplaying any role that men might have in perpetuating "rape culture" (which, according to Ms. Bitchwell, is just another deep-state conspiracy theory).

Ms. Bitchwell's credentials speak for themselves: Her most famous case involves her office knowingly sending a woman to prison on false charges and keeping the gal locked up for 10 whole years while withholding exculpatory evidence. Meanwhile, after falling in cahoots with an apeshit sheriff that an orange baboon would eventually pardon, she helped to squirrel away in the back room over 4,300 untested, dust-covered rape kits. When a new sheriff did eventually come to town, this super-duper prosecutor was forced to begrudgingly start investigating those kits, from which she got one whole conviction! So many sperm…so little time.

So, you see, Mr. Turtleneck, it's not like you can say the expert we brought in to look at your case held any kind of bias against you, for goodness sake---you're a man! Yet, even this man-loving, woman-bashing "female assistant" advised us that you haven't really given us a whole lot to work with here. She said that if only you had a few names of some women suspects she could interrogate, she would have been more than happy to write up a report claiming they were guilty based on no evidence whatsoever. Easy peasy.

When we asked Ms. Bitchwell if she could at least provide us a written report summarizing the salient points of your side of the case, she exclaimed most emphatically, "Hell no! It's against my religion to disparage the male species! You realize with this guy's testimony, that's what you'd be asking me to do, don't you? DON'T YOU?!! I can't…no, I won't do it. No, I say! You can't make me!"

After sitting Ms. Bitchwell down at the toddler's desk that we keep in our office for the sole purpose of putting uppity and/or fanatical people in their place, she finally calmed down and thought long and hard about what would be the best course of action for you to come out of this with the least amount of egg on your face.

Finally, she advised us that the most humane way to handle a seemingly unfounded assault charge like yours is to first gently acknowledge that, yes, you probably do have PTSD. Then, she said we should suggest to you, again gently, that this doesn't necessarily mean all of the panic attacks you clearly suffer from have been precipitated by the alleged assault bouncing around in your brain that you just can't seem to shake.

After letting that sink in for a moment, Mr. McTurtleneck, we are supposed to then encourage you to rethink your allegation because there really are so many other things that could be contributing to your disorder and, thus, clouding your judgment about what actually has happened to you---like, for example, your anxiety over the $800,000 you took from that Russian oligarch whose properties are being confiscated by this tall Special Counsel guy even as we speak…or, the worry you must be feeling about whether mainstream media is ever going to look deeper into that drug bust on your father-in-law's tanker while your wife holds the position of Secretary of Transportation…you know, little things like that.

Conclusion: Empty Barrel Lacks Juice

We think you will agree, Mr. McTurtleneck, that your allegation of "literal assault" has been given much more serious consideration and intensive investigation than any similar accusation would have received if you were instead of the female species.

As such, having done the deep-dive to the very bottom of this empty barrel, we conclude that the findings of our investigation, painstakingly outlined herein, reveal your allegation to be wholly without merit. Furthermore, any continuing outbursts on your part regarding this matter deserve to be roundly criticized, mocked, and ridiculed as the bullshit it clearly is.

Recommendations: GOTV

For those persons capable of making it to the end of this lengthy investigative report, we congratulate you and heartily commend your public-school teachers for not only educating you to read something longer than a meme, but also for instilling in you the good sense of what it takes to be a true citizen in support of democracy.

We would further suggest that if you are offended by the unfounded "himpathy" claims of Mr. McTurtleneck and his ROW-ME partners-in-crime, the best way to put an end to their baseless charges and general skullduggery is to do the following by Tuesday, November 6, 2018:

Log off your computers, get off your couches, lift your heads up from your phones for one hot second, and GO VOTE THEM OUT. Then do the same in 2020. Easy peasy.

Yours truly,


Investigative Committee for the American M.O.B. (Majority Opinion Blowback)

"My American M.O.B. over your GOP-Russian Mob any day, any time…Let's roll!"


And now for the fine, fine print: Should anyone reading this report be idiotic enough to think they can sue our committee for engaging in the brilliant art of satirical expression as protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, we hear there's a scrappy, bald-headed lawyer out there who's likely to kick you right back in the nuts and make you pay bigly for the pleasure. Just sayin'…

Posted by PandoraAwakened | Sun Oct 14, 2018, 07:44 PM (6 replies)

Newbie wants to know best forum for posting Political/Social Satire

Hello everyone! I'm new to DU and I am just thrilled to have found an outlet so filled with both news and creative expression from like-minded people.

I am a writer, researcher, former college professor, and student of various forms of the English language. Many moons ago I had careers in marketing and advertising. I do not maintain a social media footprint (intentionally), but I am highly skilled in performing online research.

As a matter of fact, I discovered DU as a result of a recent project that required me to wade through the muck of many (too many) conservative websites cataloging particular phrases. I was struck by the number of sites I came across that lift whole sections of DU and, instead of focusing on their own articles and stories, seem to spend an inordinate amount of energy writing often juvenile and even downright infantile replies to DU threads on their own sites. This struck me as such an "against-the-ropes" defensive posturing on their part that, of course, I had to check out what they were so scared of---and so, here I am.

Anyway, I am a long-form writer, so you are not likely to see short, quippy posts from me. However, what I can contribute are serious explorations of topics I am knowledgeable and passionate about. For example, I just spent the past two days writing a political/social satire piece that I would like to post to DU. Can anyone tell me what the best forum would be to post such a story? Also, is there a maximum word or letter count that I need to be aware of?

Thanks in advance for your response.
Posted by PandoraAwakened | Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:29 PM (41 replies)

Recognizing & Combatting "Tropes"

A "trope" is a common (and usually overused) theme or device employed in written and spoken language. Its purpose in the context of politics is to persuade, distract, and/or obfuscate from truth.

Kudos to the OP for bringing up one of the most egregious tropes of modern American political history: "Move on for the good of the country," which inevitably translates into a cornucopia of INACTION, including don't investigate, don't legislate, don't think, talk, or write about _____________ (see other replies to this post for several excellent historical examples with which you can fill-in-the blank).

I have heard it bemoaned for decades that Democrats are bad at messaging and I've unfortunately seen this to be too often true. I think one of the main reasons for this is a failure to understand language devices, such as tropes. This is both a failure to recognize when a trope is being used to frame the narrative and a failure in understanding how to combat a trope to reframe the narrative.

If you are still confused as to what I am talking about relative to the topic of this thread, let me give you a different example that should help bring this into sharp focus: There are two Republican tropes used after every mass shooting to ward off gun legislation and, indeed, to shut down all future discussion of such: The first is the "thoughts and prayers" trope, inevitably followed by the "now is not the time" trope (a variation of the "don't investigate for the good of the country" trope). Now do you understand? These are simply disingenuous rhetorical devices employed to make everyone look away. It's really that simple, and as evidenced over and over again, such tropes are highly effective.

So, how do you counter tropes? Well, thankfully, Shakespeare, one of history's greatest manipulators of the English language, provides a very clear blueprint for taking down a trope: You ridicule the hypocrisy of the trope publicly, loudly, mercilessly, unceasingly, and without apology until the trope itself is the object of derision, laughter, and scorn.

The most recent, modern example of how this works can be seen in how students nationwide have employed the "We call BS" campaign against all tropes that uphold and sustain gun violence. As evidence of the effectiveness of calling a trope onto the carpet, note that newsrooms everywhere have tapped down on their anchors' use of the "thoughts and prayers" trope lest they become memes and objects of derision themselves across the social media landscape.

So, while I can see how well-intentioned people might easily fall for the fake emotional appeal to not investigate this or that "for the good of the country," once you come to understand this for the trope that it is, one that even Shakespeare heartily mocked repeatedly, then it becomes your duty to educate and enlighten fellow Democrats about this ploy.

If a Dem is playing along with the "just move on" trope, call out the trope for what it is (and you can do this without ever mentioning the name of the hapless Dem). Make fun of and laugh at the hypocrisy of the trope repeatedly and mercilessly until they stop letting others who are just a little more clever about the use of rhetorical devices continue to play them for fools.

At that, to those who still wish to see no evil, hear no evil "for the good of the country," I CALL BS! Let the investigations begin and MAKE AMERICA LAUGH AGAIN!


Posted by PandoraAwakened | Mon Oct 8, 2018, 03:58 AM (1 replies)
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