The Coldest War

There’s really nothing new to say. Our country has been attacked, it continues to be attacked, and a frighteningly substantial number of people are fine with that, including a frighteningly substantial number of elites in government and media.

This is the case. If it were not the case, everything would look and sound a lot different.

We spent a year being angry at this — angry at the traitors, angry at the collaborators, angry at the media for treating this as politics as usual, angry at everyone playing civics and civility in the face of creeping despotism.

And then we realized they’re all hopeless and useless. Feckless, even.

Of course, none of this is new in kind, only in degree. These people have always been among us, their sins visited upon us, their prejudices and greed and fears smothering us through our government. They abide the slaughtering of innocents, the kidnapping of children, the targeted misery of others. They profess to be Christian, but they ignore the Gospels. It’s all Leviticus and Paul to them, never Jesus.

Meanwhile, record highs have been set across the Northern Hemisphere. It won’t be a Flood this time.

We are not yet hopeless — not yet ready to descend into late Twain or mid-Mencken — but only because we can’t bear the thought of letting the bastards win. There’s too much at stake to surrender, too many people who have it much worse than we do, too much love still in the world to forsake, despite dedicated efforts to thwart it at every turn.

And yet we wonder what it will take. We know we are not alone in our frustration and anger, we know that Polls Show a majority of Americans aren’t happy with the state of things, we know that if we had an actual representative democracy, a functioning republic, that we would not be in this position.

But here we are, for reasons we all know and can trace back decades, even generations. We are here because of indifference, the indifference of people who live pleasant-enough lives, the indifference of people whose worst fear is paying more taxes, who don’t have to bear the brunt of all those heinous policies we hear about daily, people for whom politics can be enjoyed as sport with no personal consequence.

We remain hopeful because we have to be, but we recognize how deeply fucked shit is, and only getting worse. And we don’t know how much time remains to fix things before they break completely.

[Image: Some unknown genius.]

34 comments:

10:50 am • Saturday • July 14, 2018

We are here because of racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, jingoism indifference, the racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, jingoism indifference of people who live pleasant-enough lives, the racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, jingoism indifference of people whose worst fear is paying more taxes, who don’t have to bear the brunt of all those heinous policies we hear about daily, people for whom politics can be enjoyed as sport with no personal consequence.

11:17 am • Saturday • July 14, 2018

@JNOV: I haven’t had a good editor in like forever.

7:49 pm • Saturday • July 14, 2018

I’d like to think that this horrifying episode finally will force this country to confront its toxic, destructive racism in an even more profound way that #MeToo has brought the battle against sexual assault. Could go either way, I’m displeased to acknowledge.

That said, we’ll know after November.

3:09 am • Sunday • July 15, 2018

@¡Andrew!: It’s gonna be like Iraq and the banks: No reckoning. The elites will circle the wagons, like they always have.

Something like a T&R Commission would take a revolution. Power looks after its own.

3:38 pm • Sunday • July 15, 2018

@nojo: My talents are wasted.

Elon continues to be a douche.

Best comment: Shut up and go to Mars already.

I can’t watch Michelle Wolf’s show because I can’t get used to her voice, but…”Elon! You’re a genius inventor! Can’t you invent a girlfriend your own age?”

In other news, very much enjoying Killing Eve.

4:14 pm • Sunday • July 15, 2018

@JNOV: Binging Mad Men, because I’d like to see Elisabeth Moss win for once.

9:05 pm • Sunday • July 15, 2018

@¡Andrew!: To cheer you up, some fotos of the Unicorn in Madrid enjoying art and interacting with the tasty tapa leaders of Spain.

/Por nada!

1:25 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

Holy shit, Treason’s suddenly showing up in Elite Conversation. I may need to fan myself.

1:36 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018
6:07 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

@SanFranLefty: Sadly, Obama has been the biggest disappointment of this entire ordeal. He’s one of the most respected leaders on the planet—he should be leading the resistance—however his whole attitude is “I’m ca$hing in, so you suckahs are on your own. Peace, bitches.”

6:08 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

“Prezinazi AntiChrist has received his marching orders for more glorious attacks against American liberals,” dumFux state media treason bimbo gushes.

This humiliating slummit, along with the treasonous GOP senatards’ trip to Ru$$ia over the 4th of July holiday, is a prelude to the horrors that Tdumbp and his Republinazi coconspirators plan to unleash against us in the upcoming months. A false flag “terrorist” attack seems most likely, or maybe they’ll just flip the midterm vote totals to ensure that the Greedy Old Psychopath kleptocracy continues to hold us hostage.

And forget about the CIA or the FBI riding to the rescue. They’re either totally incompetent, or they’re Republinazi sympathizers that’re in on it for themselves.

6:09 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

It’s worth remembering that the RNC also was hacked, yet Ru$$ia/Wikileaks never released their emails. FSM only knows what kompromat they have on the Gross Oligarch Perverts, yet that does partially explain their bizarre behavior, like siding with Ru$$ia by constantly attacking our own law enforcement agencies.

Ugh, now that the government has lost all credibility, conspiracy theories are all we’ve got left to attempt to make sense of this seemingly endless nightmare.

6:10 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

@JNOV: Elon Musk always has been a self-serving, greedy, con artist asshole, as people seem to discover for the first time every week.

6:14 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

Greed is God
Treason is Patriotism
Stupidity is Strength

Updated for the 21st century pre-Gilead USA.

7:20 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

@¡Andrew!: I go back and forth on Barry. Part of it is some sense of Ex-President Propriety, part of it is wanting his followers to find their own strength — and I fear part of it is what he has always faced, the fear of being an Angry Black Man in public. I don’t think it’s the book deals, but some judgment that if he steps up, it will be counterproductive.

It can also be said that time’s up for introspection. Which is why I go back and forth.

9:29 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

@JNOV:
I like it.

Did some mockery of Jon Stewart’s MO in this week’s ep (at least I think she did.)

9:30 pm • Monday • July 16, 2018

Treason is the reason for hunting Trump’s campaign aides season.

12:44 am • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

Thomas Friedman joins the Treason Chorus. The cab drivers must have got to him.

8:08 am • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

GOP Leaders Move Goalposts On Opposing Trump To Him Being Filmed Masturbating On U.S. Flag In Arlington Cemetery

WASHINGTON—Promising citizens that they would finally take action if the President crossed this new red line, GOP leaders announced Monday that they were moving their goalposts for opposing Trump to him being filmed masturbating on an American flag in Arlington National Cemetery.

“After today’s attack on U.S. intelligence agencies, we have officially moved our line in the sand to President Trump being caught on video, vigorously pleasuring himself to completion amid the graves of fallen U.S. soldiers,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who claimed that in order for Republican officials to begin blocking Trump’s nominations or voting against his policies, the video must be at least a half hour of the president with his pants around his ankles, humming the national anthem, and giving the middle finger to the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier.

“Unless we see clear footage of President Trump looking into the camera, his face twisting in pleasure as he climaxes, we will refrain from taking any concrete measures to reel him in. If Trump is masturbating on a flag anywhere other than Arlington, or if he does not ejaculate directly on Old Glory, we will continue to stand behind him. And if fewer than 100 eyewitnesses see him engaged in the masturbation, we will dismiss it as hearsay. Of course, it goes without saying that if he claims it was a joke, all will be forgiven.” McConnell added that Republicans would stand firm on their new line for President Trump except in the extraordinary circumstance of another open seat on the Supreme Court.

–The Onion

2:21 pm • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

Is it just me, or has everything suddenly calmed down? I was expecting Outrage Day 2, and it’s pretty much crickets out there.

3:42 pm • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

@nojo: I noticed the same. Apparently, the major news outlets can’t get any more Republinazis to go on record. Maybe the ‘pubs are frantically trying to figure out how to spin this treason as a total victory for Dear Leader, and we’re the ones who’re the Reverse Traitors for our loyalty to the US.

They’ve been betraying the American people for so many decades on behalf of US oligarchs that betraying us on behalf of Ru$$ian oligarchs ain’t no thang.

7:21 pm • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

BTW, It’s still Tuesday. Is it still 2018?

Have we been in some alternate reality or twisted time warp for like 501 years? Funny how days seem like years under the Twitler regime.

7:23 pm • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

@nojo:
That Friedman is cutting edge.

7:38 pm • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

@¡Andrew!: Someone suggested the Hadron Collider fucked up the timeline.

7:53 pm • Tuesday • July 17, 2018

@nojo: OMFG We’re trapped in Escape From The USA and they’ve already sent in Snake Plisskin!

Figures this is how it’d all end—trapped in a third-rate, trashy sequel.

This country sure does need a hero.

5:48 pm • Wednesday • July 18, 2018

@¡Andrew!: @nojo: Egypt just needs to go ahead and open that sealed black sarcophagus they found. Let’s end this all right now.

6:20 pm • Wednesday • July 18, 2018

@Mistress Cynica: Have they solved the face-melting issue yet? That’s always the catch.

12:29 am • Thursday • July 19, 2018

@nojo: Just close your eyes, Mariam, and don’t look at it, and your face won’t melt.

Meanwhile, Crazy Smokeee Eyes Huckabee says Trump & Team are considering Putin’s request to “turn over” former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul to Putin for questioning. Said Ambassador works on the Stanford campus only a 30 minute (to 90 minute, depending on traffic) drive from my house and I will chain myself to the Hoover Institute if that’s what it takes to keep Mango Mussolini’s ICE Gestapo agents from arresting him.

See, e.g., State Department Officials “At A Fucking Loss” Over Latest Trump Sell-Out to Russia

The current U.S. diplomat said the openness to turning over McFaul capped off a shocking week for U.S. geopolitics.

“The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the government’s. That’s very clear over the past week and a half, between shitting on our NATO allies and kissing Putin’s ass,” the diplomat said. “He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it.”

The diplomat continued: “Either he’s compromised by Putin or he’s a pussy, in which case he should grab himself.”

12:46 am • Thursday • July 19, 2018

Meanwhile, whether or not QE-II intended to do it, I LURVE this theory being promulgated by all my favorite ghey fashionista bloggers that Betsy Windsor was throwing major shade at Twitler during his visit to London by way of her brooches. Fuck yeah, and just compare it to her interactions with the Obamas, the Clintons, or for that matter, when she and Prince Phillip visited Austin and she got to hang out with Ann Richards and Lady Bird…

P.S. I’m sure that JamieSomers will join me in saying, “Let loose the Corgis!” – I just wish Betsy had done it.

3:43 pm • Thursday • July 19, 2018

Demons not released, faces not melted, but still more found than in Capone’s vault.

https://gizmodo.com/big-mysterious-sarcophagus-opened-sucks-1827722447

4:08 pm • Thursday • July 19, 2018

A bit of good news to brighten our day:

Gay Former Marine Neil Rafferty Wins Democratic Runoff Election in Alabama

That’s right—we’re even winning in ole ‘bammy!!!

10:09 am • Friday • July 20, 2018

#TreasonSummit

Why did they need translators, anyway? Putin speaks fluent English better than Benedict Donald; did he need a native speaker to understand Tdumbp’s gibberish word salad?

So just to wrap up: Prezinazi AntiChrist on Monday openly committed treason live on global television, all but screaming “I’m handing control of the US government over to Putin’s Ru$$ian mafia, and I’m a lying traitor, you dumbfucks!”

Polling in the aftermath indicates that 80% of Democrats, and 60% of independents disapprove of turning the US over to the Ru$$ian dictator. However 90% of Republinazi voters approve of the move, praising Putin as “a strong leader better than any Democrat,” while 10% feel that Nancy Pelosi used her witchcraft to trick Tdumbp into saying it.

Hope everyone enjoyed Infrastructure Week!

5:38 pm • Friday • July 20, 2018

New Invader Zim special announced at Comic-Con. Keep hope alive!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=xwDN8pJvW2I

11:35 am • Saturday • July 21, 2018

@JNOV: Killing Eve is so, so good. I can’t wait to see Season 2.

This is such a funny, unexpected story about it from creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96-nDLUAIcY

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