Margie’s fartastic return to the tweeter

Y’okay. Before I get to today’s (stupid) story, here’s a little snippet — a rare moment of levity from one of my all-time favorite movies, just to set the tone for y’all:

Now. Why is this important? Uh, because Marjorie Fucking Taylor Fucking (soon-to-be-formerly) Greene has returned to Twitter with the Great Unbanning, and she has something, uh, IMPORTANT to say:

Yeah, that’s right. She decided to make her big comeback all about farts. The Turks have already shown why that was so fucking dumb, so here’s my (untweeted) contribution to the whole stink:

Stay in school, kids.

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Down go the Oath Keepers!

Ben Meiselas breaks down today’s verdicts in the sedition case against the Oath Keepers, and it’s a doozer with far-reaching repercussions — and not just for the defendants proper:

As Ben says, it’s been a slow and gradual, and very meticulous, build-up towards a case against Der Drumpf himself. The Justice Department has had to wade through the trials from the smallest fish — the disorganized rioters of January 6 — on up through the ranks toward the best-organized conspirators, who happen to be the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. And with the biggest fish among them now found guilty and likely to spend anywhere from 20 years to life in prison, the pressure will be on those not yet convicted. If those co-conspirators want to see any of their charges dropped and/or potential sentences reduced, they will have to turn on Dear Leader and testify against him before a grand jury. How many of those, and who exactly they are, remains yet to be seen.

Meanwhile, however, one family will most likely be feeling a great deal of hope, if not yet relief, as a result of today’s batch of verdicts. Meet Tasha Adams and her son Dakota, who escaped from Stewart Rhodes with a great deal of courage, the clothes on their backs, and very little else:

Notice how Dakota doesn’t refer to his own father as “Dad”, or even “my father”, but by name only. He has also changed his surname to his mother’s maiden name — a further testimony to the state of profound alienation in which he grew up. For, as Dakota notes, his father was never really a parent to him; only his mother was that. His father was, as he says, an obstacle — not only to his freedom but also his personal safety. Dakota was brought up with all the same propaganda and training the rest of Rhodes’s men got, but with him, it didn’t take. No doubt his father’s coldness toward him, as well as his obvious obsession and power-hunger, saw to that. Still, Dakota managed to keep up the dutiful-son/militiaman act until finally, an opportunity came for him, his mother, and his little sisters to make their final break. And this all happened nearly three years before the terrorist insurrection of January 6, 2021…

The family has been working hard to rebuild their lives on their own, in a remote and lonely part of the country. If Stewart Rhodes gets a life sentence for his leading role in the Oath Keepers’ part of the insurrection, then the Adams family will be breathing their biggest collective sigh of relief. Given how deeply entrenched Rhodes’s views are, how violent and dangerous he is, and how important he is as head of a movement, it seems very likely that he will be behind bars for the rest of his life.

And it won’t be just his estranged family members breathing easier then, but an entire country.

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Music for a Sunday: Excuse me while I say Happy Birthday to this guy

Aldo Nova pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix on what would have been the latter’s 80th birthday, with a song inspired by Jimi’s revolutionary guitar style.

Writes Nova: “Happy Birthday, Jimi!!! Today, Jimi Hendrix would’ve been 80 years old. I made a little montage of his photos accompanied by a part of my song called ‘Excuse me While I Scream,’ which is an hommage to Jimi, taken from my album Nova’s Dream, which I will re-release in 2023, completely remastered by the best of the best, ‘The Legend’ Bob Ludwig himself.”

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Missing Link relieved that mass-murdering son at least isn’t gay

Srsly. You have to see this to believe it, and even then, you might not believe a word of it. David Doel has the deets:

And here’s a snip from the Daily Beast:

Aldrich, Brink, and Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, have long raised red flags among others in the family, a relative told The Daily Beast shortly after Aldrich’s arrest.

“I don’t want anything to do with that part of the family,” the relative said, asking that their name not be used to avoid becoming tangled up with them again. “They’ve always had issues, a lot of problems… I’m totally disgusted by that side of the family right now.”

In Brink’s interview with CBS 8, he apologized for Aldrich’s alleged actions, saying there’s “no excuse for going and killing people. If you’re killing people, there’s something wrong. It’s not the answer.”

At the same time, Brink, a recovering methamphetamine user who once appeared on the reality show Intervention, said he “praised [Aldrich] for violent behavior really early. I told him it works. It is instant and you’ll get immediate results.”

Brink also said he didn’t realize Aldrich was still alive, telling CBS 8 that Voepel called him in 2016 and said their son had changed their name to Anderson Lee Aldrich, then died by suicide.

“I thought he was dead,” Brink said. “I mourned his loss. I had gone through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son… His mother told me he changed his name because I was in Intervention and I had been a porno actor.”

So, let’s take a moment to absorb all this: The accused shooter may be an enby, which makes for a horrifying probable motive for going in there and shooting up a drag performance night in which several trans people were also present. They’re estranged from other relatives. AND they have THIS weirdly oblivious guy for a father, who has some interesting entries on his résumé:

Brink, who has appeared in such films as My MILF Boss 8, I Wanna Get Titty Fucked, and Latina Slut Academy, told CBS 8, “You know Mormons don’t do gay. We don’t do gay. There’s no gays in the Mormon church. We don’t do gay.” (The Mormon Church has confirmed that Aldrich was a member but had not been active in some time.)

A Mormon? A porn performer? A “recovering” meth head? That’s fucked up, and don’t ask me which part of it I think is the fuckiest. I’d be going in circles all night!

And that’s just one parent. On the maternal side, the accused killer has not only a steaming mess for a mother, but a teabagger-turned-MAGAt politician for a grandfather — one who got defeated in the recent midterm elections. Grandpa Dearest had some choice words about the January 6 terrorist putsch, too:

California chapters of a group focused on national security are calling on the State Assembly to expel member Randy Voepel, R-Santee, for comments he made following the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.

“This is Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny,” Voepel said in a San Diego Union-Tribune article that ran three days after the Capitol riot which left five people dead, including a San Diego woman. “Tyranny will follow in the aftermath of the Biden swear-in on January 20th,” Voepel said.

Tyranny, huh? Funny, but the only tyranny I’m seeing is the rampaging of the fascist gun nuts, shooting up anything and everything that they don’t like. Including nightclubs where innocent people of all gender and sexual orientations are just enjoying a drag show and celebrating the memory of trans people whose lives have been lost to just such senseless violence as this.

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Facebook won’t fact-check Donnie, but it WILL fact-check li’l ol’ me.

Farron Cousins has a bombshell for us, one that should make everyone furious. And it certainly bugs ME:

…because I’m just a common nobody, with no influence to speak of, much less power to spread false news to detrimental effect. And look what Facebook has done to me:

So what’s behind that restriction (which I’m currently spending 90 days in Facebook Jail for)? Glad you asked:

This is one of the items. A joke, which I even acknowledged was a joke, but Facebook’s “independent fact checkers” still saw fit to punish me for.

My other “offenses” are all in this same vein. There are five in all. None are serious, and none are meant to be. They’ve done no harm to anyone or anything.

I have no followers and fewer than 500 Facebook friends (some of whom are deceased!), so it’s hard to imagine why this is even a problem. But somehow, though I’m an honest person who just loves a good joke against the political right, I’ve pulled a 90-day shadow ban for them.

And the worst part is, I have no recourse. None. Whatsoever.

Meanwhile, right-wingers — even outright NAZIS — are being allowed to lie unchecked. Why? Because their bullshit counts as “political speech”.

I really don’t want to leave another social media platform, but this nonsense is really out of hand now. Facebook fucked up, and it deserves to be BROKEN up. Partly to save us from another fucking Drumpf presidency, but mainly just because shit like this really is an insult to the intelligence of anyone with a working social conscience.

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So long, Elon, and thanks for NOTHING.

Welp, folkies, I’m finally doing it. I’m leaving Twitter.

Initially I didn’t intend to, but when they abruptly locked me out of my own account for saying “Honkies”, that was it for me. I couldn’t be arsed to try to get back in. I no longer tweet, and I no longer WANT to tweet. At least, not on Twitter.

The taste in my mouth is so bad that I don’t want to say another word over there, not even goodbye to all the lovely people I’ve met and befriended in my 12-odd years on the bird app. It’s not worth it to me even to try. If I did try, who’s to say I wouldn’t get locked out again, anyway? In case you hadn’t noticed, the new sheriff there is awfully thin-skinned behind all those tin stars he’s plastered all over his unimpressive carcass.

And you want to know what’s really stupid about my own particular lockout? Not only is the word that got me barred NOT “hate speech”, as the lame excuse that landed in my e-mail claimed after I launched my futile appeal — it’s actual FREE speech. It harks back to a word that existed in counter to actual hate speech, to oppose actual fucking RACISTS. You know, those same wankers that are currently still flooding the tweeter with endless strings of n-words?

Incidentally, that word isn’t the white equivalent of the n-word. Why? There is no “white equivalent to the n-word.” Because racism only goes one way. Both-sidesism is bullshit.

And on top of all else, I wasn’t even using that word in a racial context. I was using it in its newest and most Canadian context, one that Twitter’s algorithms (and few remaining moderators) have apparently not yet learned — namely, as a nickname for the horn-honking fascist traitors who laid siege to our nation’s capital late last winter, trying to pester Justin Trudeau out of office (and make a whole entire city miserable in the process, too). Since they all put “Honk Honk” and cutesy references to the fascist “Honkler” meme in their bios, what better to call these silly Nazi goose-steppers than HONKIES?

But Twitter doesn’t see it that way. And nobody can tell them so now, because they’ve apparently banned the word. So much for “free speech”!

So, here I am, tweeterless. Effectively, and soon to be literally. That widget will soon be leaving my sidebar, to be replaced or not, as I see fit. If a better platform that offers such widgets comes along, and I’m sure that one soon will. Twitter hasn’t been the only game in town for quite some time now.

So, you say. What’s one more relatively unknown tweeter, leaving a platform that’s already hemorrhaging users by the million, over just one word that the ultra-racist new boss won’t let me say, even when it’s the only mot juste?

Well, that’s just the thing: Regular folks like me, who for years engaged there in good faith, have been blocked, banned, and relegated to permanent underclass status. Not by the old “lord and peasant” system of verification, which was necessary for public figures and corporate entities who had to be concerned about malicious impersonators using and abusing their identities in a way regular people did not. We are now being subjected to something which I hate and hesitate to call censorship, but which has a remarkably similar effect. A fucking corporation, not any government or human-rights tribunal, is charging us to be seen, as well as telling us what names we cannot call the worst people on the planet. If we don’t comply, we lose our right to use the platform, as well as our equality as consumers. This as the hatemongers who were banned, and banned for cause, under the previous owners, are all making a comeback and even gaining “first-class” status.

And on to add insult to injury, we peons are now being expected to buy back our active status with US $8/month for a now-worthless token that even those who had it before got for free — back when it actually meant something.

You’ll have to pardon me if I don’t think “new Twitter”, with its n-word slingers and other assorted scum running wild, is worth spending 8 cents on even once, let alone a hundred times that every month. So, I’m switching platforms, and I won’t miss this one at all.

Adios, Elon, and get non-sexually fucked.

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Quotable: Bernie Sanders on the US midterm elections

With his characteristic honesty, the Bern sums up the situation and congratulates some important luminaries of the progressive wing of the Democratic party:

As he stresses at the end, the work of the progressives isn’t over yet. They’re up against some seriously evil opponents.

The work begins.

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Music for a Sunday: You’ve gotta pick up every stitch…

Quite possibly the grooviest video for the spooky season. And still as fresh and funky as it was in 1968.

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Chuds celebrate attack on Paul Pelosi, but…

Before we begin, I just want to say that I have no love for Nancy Fucking Pelosi, and haven’t cared for her since she defended Dubya Bush against the truth as told by Chavecito. That said, violent assaults shouldn’t be happening to anyone, much less an elderly man like her husband. Jeff Waldorf has the story:

Meanwhile, guess what? This is not the tough-on-crime “gotcha” moment that some might wishfully think it was. Those chuds are gloating about a vicious criminal who turns out to be…uh, one of theirs.

The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California home and severely beating her husband with a hammer appears to have made racist and often rambling posts online, including some that questioned the results of the 2020 election, defended former President Donald Trump and echoed QAnon conspiracy theories.

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A pair of web blogs posted in recent months online under the name David DePape contained rants about technology, aliens, communists, religious minorities, transexuals and global elites.

An Aug. 24 entry titled “Q,” displayed a scatological collection of memes that included photos of the deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and made reference to QAnon, the baseless pro-Trump conspiracy theory that espouses the belief that the country is run by a deep state cabal of child sex traffickers, satanic pedophiles and baby-eating cannibals.

“Big Brother has deemed doing your own research as a thought crime,” read a post that appeared to blend references to QAnon with George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

In an Aug. 25 entry titled “Gun Rights,” the poster wrote: “You no longer have rights. Your basic human rights hinder Big Brothers ability to enslave and control you in a complete and totalizing way.”

The web hosting service WordPress removed one of the sites Friday afternoon for violating its terms of service.

On a different site, someone posting under DePape’s name repeated false claims about COVID vaccines and wearing masks, questioned whether climate change is real and displayed an illustration of a zombified Hillary Clinton dining on human flesh.

There appeared to be no direct posts about Pelosi, but there were entries defending former President Donald Trump and Ye, the rapper formally known as Kayne West who recently made antisemitic comments.

In other posts, the writer said Jews helped finance Hitler’s political rise in Germany and suggested an antisemitic plot was involved in Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.

“The more Ukrainians die NEEDLESSLY the cheaper the land will be for Jews to buy up,” the post said.

In a Sept. 27 post, the writer said any journalists who denied Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election “should be dragged straight out into the street and shot.”

Welp, looks like the tough-on-crime Repugs might have to start cracking down on their own, AGAIN. Don’t anyone hold your breath, though.

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Why RT got cancelled (warning: appalling)

Konstantin of Inside Russia has the answer, in the form of some footage that will turn your stomach:

That monster, who smiles and laughs as he advocates for the murder of Ukrainian children, is Anton Krasovsky, director of Russian-language broadcasting on RT. His lame excuse? “Well, it happens. You’re on air, you get carried away, and you can’t stop.”

Well, a normal person would think something more along the lines of “Whoa, I’m on air, I better watch what I say”, but Krasovsky is clearly not a normal person. He’s been suspended for what he said about Ukrainian children, but the latest scuttlebutt is that RT’s current editor-in-chief is thinking of reinstating him. This even though she initially called his remarks “wild and disgusting”. (I don’t think we need to ask who’s actually behind THAT decision, do we?)

Ironically, a few years back, this same Krasovsky was fired for allegedly spreading “gay propaganda”. The reason? He came out on the air as gay. Looks like he’s been trying to “atone” for it, in the most appalling ways possible, ever since.

For those wondering what Konstantin says at the end of the video, a commenter on YouTube translated it from Ukrainian: “I’ll never kill you or your children. Please forgive us, Ukrainian people.”

Words for all good Russians to live by.

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