Lock Your Bedroom Door: Santorum Wants Your Condoms.
January 4, 2012

From Salon, by staff writer Irin Carmon:

Here is an actual Rick Santorum quote: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” And also, “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

That was in October 2010, not long ago. This guy wants to force you to follow his ‘morality’. He wants you to become a Catholic follower of the sick old men in the Vatican, just like he is. This is a guy who will turn the Presidency into a modern Inquisition, with condom cops breaking  down your bedroom door; roughing up your daughter and your son to make sure they aren’t thinking  about using birth control; and no doubt criminalizing any act of sex that you do just for pleasure. Sure, it starts with a condom bust, but then the deeper fanatic will start to show his fangs: masturbation will get you jail time; actual sex for fun with the opposite sex will get you flogged in the public square; sex with the same gender will get the guillotine. And women, yo, women, pay attention, your lives are going old style with a vengeance: prepare to go back to the kitchen and spend your life barefoot and pregnant if this mindless piece of arrogant religious madness gets into the White House.

Speaking to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Santorum recently reaffirmed his opposition to Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on discussing or providing contraception to married couples, and established a right to privacy that would later be integral to Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas.

This atavistic pig is the best the Republicans can come up with? Or second best, according to some people in Iowa with some strange ideas on what America is about and how it should operate. (The first best is no bargain either, which the vote in Iowa seems to confirm.)

And really, think about it, why is this guy so concerned with what you do in your bedroom? Or the back seat of your car? Or out in the woods? It’s none of his business, is it?  It’s none of the government’s business, is it? But he thinks it’s important that it be his business and the government’s business. One might suppose that he thinks it will create jobs (condom police, sex police, gay security patrols), but no, he’s just got a prurient, evil mind; he’s just got himself thinking that whatever he thinks is moral (because a decrepit Pope said so) should be forced down the throat of the American public via the power of the Presidency of the United States of America. But then that’s right in line with the Republican way of ‘thinking’.

Yeah, vote Santorum, vote Condom Man. And get the rack and the Iron Maiden ready.

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Iowa: The Sister Kissing State
January 4, 2012

So, Iowa. Romney beat Santorum by eight votes out of sixty thousand cast for the two of them. Eight votes. He spent millions of dollars and barely won against a guy who was underfinanced and a big underdog only a few days ago. And he didn’t do any better yesterday than he did four years ago.

How come? Romney inspires no passion, but in a field of men  (Bachmann wasn’t a factor) who can best be described as way out in right-wing wingnut field, he looks most electable. Iowans who bothered with the caucus couldn’t make up their mind: elect a hypocrite they don’t really trust or a religious zealot they don’t think is electable. Romney is most likely  to be the Republican candidate going into the election.

As for the rest of the crowd, only Ron Paul may have survived to move on, but some of his views are too extreme even for Republicans, although some of his views may well appeal to the factions on the left. But he is not going to overcome his history of brutal racist and anti-gay commentary published under his aegis.

Rick Perry is crawling back to Texas and hopefully we won’t have to listen to any more of his nonsense. Perhaps he would have better luck running for Pope, an office from which he can pontificate on his delusional religious beliefs as much as he wants.

As for Bachmann, perhaps now she can get the help she needs, though that may well require a long period of institutionalization somewhere other than in Congress.

But what of Romney, a golden boy in his own mind? One might suspect that he will crow about his win, but please, eight votes out of sixty thousand? Hardly a rousing margin. In fact his ‘win’ can hardly be considered a win at all, considering the money he put in, and his mawkish speechifying that often included reciting the lyrics to so-called patriotic songs. At least he had the good grace not to sing. And if he should go on to win the nomination, he’s not going to be able to continue pushing his line of lies that Obama is the chief architect of the financial crisis: the facts don’t support that line, and if he pursues it, Obama’s crew will hang Bush, Iraq, and Afghanistan around Romney’s scrawny Republican neck. Nor can he escape his part in the predations of Bain Capital: it’s hard to claim that you can create jobs when you destroyed companies and threw people out on the street and pocketed the profit from doing so.

The big question about the election isn’t whether the Republicans can depose Obama, which comprises their whole program, but whether Obama can overcome what he’s done to destroy his own base over the last three years. It’s hard to get excited about a guy who has done everything he could to disappoint the people who supported him so passionately in 2008.

We can expect Romney to push all the emotional buttons of patriotism, god, country, god, faith, religion, god, patriotism, enemies abroad, traitors at home, and so on ad nauseam, because that’s what Republicans are good at. They can’t govern worth a damn, but they sure can make you think you’d like to have a beer with them, or kick the living crap out of them. Obama can push the same buttons and he can refute, on the facts, Romney’s charges about the economy. They’ll go back and forth until November. November! Crap.

When you get right down to it the real question is whether the country can stand ten more months of bullshit from both sides without everyone’s head exploding. Two men who can’t be trusted butting heads for ten months. It may be enough to get everyone to throw out their televisions and go back to reading books. Not a bad outcome actually.

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Of Republicans, Flag Pins, and Professional Wrestling
December 31, 2011

There’s going to be blood in the streets of this country. I don’t think there’s any question about that. Too many chasms are open and widening between classes of people, too much viciousness and ignorant bile flows from the Republicans and their Tea Party masters, an ignorant lot at best. There’s a price to be paid for what they’re doing, and I can only hope that Republicans pay it rather than the people they demonize and victimize.

The Republican candidates represent the worst of America. I tend to think of them as clowns, or Republiclowns, but that trivializes the danger they represent to the country. They are, no matter what face they show to the world, evil, foul, and disgusting human beings. Romney, considered the most electable of the lot, is ignorant and thoughtless, not to mention a liar and a hypocrite who will do or say anything to get to the White House. He seems to think he’s entitled, even while he blasts what he calls the ‘entitlement culture’ – never mind that most people earned and paid for those so-called entitlements. Even the most reasonably intelligent one, Huntsman of Utah, is a bad apple. He came out and said he believes in evolution and that global warming is real and caused by human activity, but in a matter of days he reversed himself. Why, one might ask?

A few years back the National Science Foundation did a study of Americans’ knowledge of science. It’s not surprising that a majority question whether evolution is a fact, given the childish and unfounded  faith in the supernatural most Americans exhibit and practice. But the study also found that twenty percent of Americans believe that the sun moves around the Earth. Twenty percent.

That’s why Huntsman reversed himself. That twenty percent? They’re the Republican base. Ignorant. Superstitious. Utterly incapable of critical thinking. Anti science. Anti intellectual. Anti government, in good part because they understand nothing about government. They are immature, thoughtless, and arrogant. And if one of these Republican candidates gets into the White House, with any kind of support in Congress, or even if lacking that support, you can be sure that it is the Republican base that will drive policy, and that Republican President will take the country back to the dark ages of the nineteenth century, of Jim Crow, of women as second class citizens, of education as a religious endeavor, of persecution of people who are ‘different’ — gays, blacks, Asians, Latinos — you name it: if you’re not white and heterosexual and religious, you get to go to the back of the line, to the back of the bus, to the slums, to the street.

Romney’s big claim to the White House is that he’s a businessman and therefore he can fix the government. The big flaw in that argument is that the government is not a business, is not about profit and loss, is not about manufacturing things for profit. Remember that Romney’s big success (success being defined as making himself rich, which is the only way Americans define success) involved buying up companies, burdening them with debt, breaking them up, throwing people out of work, and putting the profit from all of that in his pocket.

Translate that into government policies, driven by the brain dead, slogan-eating Republican base, and Romney will see his mandate as telling him to break down Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; tax the poor and the middle class more; cut taxes on the rich, who he will call ‘job creators’ when in fact they do not create jobs or contribute much of anything to the common good of society; expand the military beyond its already bloated, purulent presence in the world; and use the military to bludgeon countries he disagrees with because he is utterly lacking in the skills and intellect needed to actually talk with and deal with them constructively over the short term or long term.

And Romney is considered the best of the bunch. Imagine if the atavistic Ron Paul gets in. Or the freakish Santorum. Or the volatile hypocrite and greedster Gingrich, the bomb thrower. Even Huntsman, whose views in full are by no means moderate, has chosen the path of hypocrisy and pander to appease the ignorant mob that is the Republican base. He effectively slobbered all over himself when he reversed his supposedly honest opinion on two major scientific facts.

What a disgusting bunch of people.

And Obama, the Democrat? He might as well sign on with the Republican party, because if he gets in again we’ll have a Republican in the White House, parading as a Democrat. He can’t be trusted. His word is worthless. He refuses to fight for anything. I don’t think he has the balls for a fight, frankly. He comes across as a man who would  let a psychopath rape his wife before he’d fight for her. I no longer respect the man. He lied to us for our votes, and he lied big, which only made the letdown after he got into the White House that much more devastating. He doesn’t stand for anything. Hard to believe in a man who doesn’t stand up, who doesn’t stand for anything, who doesn’t fight for anything. Oh, okay, he lets the military kill anonymous peasants in Afghanistan and Pakistan and assassinate American citizens. I guess that makes him a man in the eyes of… somebody.

Some choice for 2012. The Weakass Liar Obama or The Ignorant Panderer (Romney, Paul, Santorum, et al).

I no longer have any interest in voting. Hardly any point. Obama brings a slow death of democracy and freedom. Romney et al offers a quick death. And all the while that democracy is dying the yahoos and fools and stupid people on the right will cheer and whistle and stomp their feet because the depth of their understanding and appreciation of the United States government and its Constitution and laws doesn’t run any deeper than their appreciation of professional wrestling, an activity as phony and shallow as a Republican wearing a flag pin on his jacket.