Sweet Jesus on toast.

I have a app for my Android phone called SmartNews, and I’m feeling it’s increasingly ill-named. The ads on the electric TV evidently tout its “voices from all sides”, but there’s an increasing number of right-wing articles in my feed and I have no idea how to get rid of them. They are from news sites with passive names like “The Bulwark”, “The Pluralist” and “The Daily Signal”, and the only way you can really winnow them out from other wingnuts like TheBlaze (which is all “HA HA DUMB LIBTARDS” all the time, even in headlines) is by clicking on them and reading the article – at which time it evidently becomes something “you’re interested in” and keeps showing up, even after you’ve realized they’re stealth conservatives.

This time it’s the Bulwark, with an article (no link, not gonna even) with a title something like “Green New Deal Reveals Dismal State of STEM Education” or some such. Click through, and it’s an article about how fuzzy-minded the stupid liberals who advocate for the GND are, not understanding The Real World and this must of course be due to the dismal state of STEM, for reasons.

Only thing is, this is from the same people who have spent DECADES destroying STEM and education in general, going back AT LEAST to 1963 when Richard Hofstadter first wrote Anti-intellectualism in American Life. They’ve celebrated the dumb and gullible, shit all over education, denounced intellectuals as “eggheads”, and generally made America stupider. I mean, look at what we have now – a President* who pulls his fucking pants down and rolls in his ignorance, while calling himself a genius. (Dunning-Kruger to the White Courtesy Phone, calling Dunning-Kruger…) The GOP has made itself the Party of Not-Science from their willful stupidity on global climate change, economics, sexuality, physics, chemistry, biology, genetics, and that’s just the beginning. They’ve destroyed public education, demeaned teachers, and shit all over higher education as a breeding ground for Communism. And now. AND NOW they’re all pissed off about a supposed lack of education on the part of GND advocates.

This is the usual pissy patronizing you get from the conservatives – “oh, you’ll wake up when you find the real world doesn’t fit your dreams” – only, the Democrats have been more oriented to science and technology than the GOP ever has, and it was a Democrat that brought us the Apollo Project. The article dismisses comparisons with that as “being for a discrete goal”, i.e. landing on the Moon, ignoring the massive level of research on everything that had to be done to take humanity from simple orbital capsules to a Moon landing in a single decade. The GND has a discrete goal – solving global climate change and instituting a more sensible economy – but it’s not one the wingnuts want to hear, so they pretend it’s “aimless”, the way they always do when they’d rather not listen. (Occupy movement, anyone?) I’ve said for years that we need a new New Deal/National Recovery Act which could put people to work in everything from playwriting to rebuilding infrastructure to mass WiFi access to architecture, as the original did. Is that not “discrete” enough?

And what spinoffs might come from research and development into Green power generation and transportation? You get the feeling that these assholes mention the Mahanttan Project and Apollo not because of the intellectual challenge, but the fact that MANLY MEN supposedly were doing MANLY things in the pursuit. The Green New Deal isn’t evidently MANLY enough for them. No missiles. No bombs. Just benefit to the world. And that’s not enough for The Bulwark.

*sigh*.

Look at all the dust.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted last, and a whole lot has happened – I’ve left Sou’ Ca’lina to return to my hometown of Rochester, NY; I’ve been through a shitty couple years personally, and, speaking of shit, we have a GOP candidate who’s an outright authoritarian running for President. I made a comment in a post a while back about the GOP running a “he-man” for President; little did I know what they’d come up with! And polls are claiming 49% of the voting public want this man to become President. WHAT. THE. FUCK.

There’s a copy of Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here available on the Internet at the Australian Gutenberg site; technically Americans shouldn’t be reading it there because it’s still under copyright here or something, but I’m going to suggest going an reading it anyway. Buzz Windrip is more folksy and countryfied than Trump, but there’s a lot of parallels between the two, and I’m afraid if Trump gets elected somehow it’s going to look a lot like the America in the book.

“Besides,” said Tasbrough, “this chewing the rag is all nonsense, anyway. As Crowley says, might be a good thing to have a strong man in the saddle, but–it just can’t happen here in America.”

And it seemed to Doremus that the softly moving lips of the Reverend Mr. Falck were framing, “The hell it can’t!”

The 149 year cease-fire

Welp, it’s Election time again, and the Democratic Gubernatorial challenger here in South Ca’lina has had the GALL to object to the Confederate battle flag flying outside the State House, right across from Main Street.

“Piffle”, says our Governor:

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) on Tuesday said that there was no need to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds because it was not an issue for CEOs, and the state had “fixed” racist perceptions by electing an Indian-American governor.

Oh, hey, what’s that about CEOs?

“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” the governor noted. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Oh, WELL. CEOs.

After all, it’s not like we haven’t made giant strides in rehabilitating our image nationwide:

Haley said that she had tried to improve the perception of the state by ordering employees to answer the phone with the phrase “it’s a great day in South Carolina.”

“But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor,” she insisted. “When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.”

Some of our best friends are… nnn…iii… those people! And I’ve almost gotten to the point I can call our government offices and not have to repress giggling at how the phones are answered.

I mean, just because South Carolina’s elected officials and GOP representatives keep popping off with outrageous racist bull, you’d think we had some sort of problem down here. Nothing could be more wrong!

For example, at least we’re not calling for martial law.

Yet.

We owe it to him, after all

Along about 2012, when Mitt Romney (aka Mittens) was running for President against Barack Obama (aka the Kenyan Marxist Usurper), I noted several times that it seemed to me as if Mittens was running a campaign predicated no so much on the philosophy that he was the best man for the job as the idea that he was entitled the Presidency if he wanted it, dammit, and the whole dubious process of having to convince the proles to vote for him was too vulgar for words. He was a CEO, after all! Workers don’t vote for CEOs; they just accept the change of leaders, shut up and keep working.

Well, this post over at Hullabaloo of a conversation between wingnut babbler Hugh Hewitt and Chuck “You didn’t say ‘Syria’!” Todd just doesn’t make me feel any better about the whole thing:

HH:  … I want to ask you the Politico question. In today’s Politico, Robert C. O’Brien and I write an article called Romney 3.0, Third Time’s A Charm. What do you think? Is it possible he’s going to get in?

CT: I think he only gets in if he’s drafted. I feel like that that’s the hint he’s been saying, and I’ve talked to some folks who know him very well. He is not going to go through a grueling primary campaign. He is not going to sit here and defend his conservative credentials again, go through schlepping around, allowing all these guys to take pot shots on him. I think he is open to this if it’s a draft movement, and if it’s sort of like everybody else doesn’t fit.

Now, I ask you – does that sound like someone who feels a need to go through the process? After all, since he didn’t get elected last time after everything he had to do – Answer questions! Travel around! Be criticized! – once again we owe him.  He’s not going to fill out an application and sit in a crappy plastic chair for an interview!

Which says to me that it’s a good thing he didn’t win last time, and would be a good thing if he’s passed over for the GOP nomination this time. With all the problems we’re having with democracy lately, the last damn thing we need is an Emperor.