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Stronger Together?

October 17, 2016 @ 12:56 pm By: Kvatch Category: Elections, History, Politics

This is the tagline of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but as the nastiest presidential election in collective memories of every American alive today grinds to a close, the few of us that proudly remain on America’s left need to ask if it makes any sense to even consider common cause with our fellow citizens.

For over 30 years, since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural, the right has been on an unrelenting campaign to turn America’s progressives and liberals into demons—and oh how they have succeeded. Even the Democrats, who might be expected to provide cover for liberals, broke with them during Bill Clinton’s campaign, and cast us off as relics impeding the party’s ability to win elections. And so, lacking any champion at the national level, we were branded as libtards, feminazis, and traitors. The blowback has even reached the center-right Democrats represented by Clinton, as unhinged racists openly talk about revolution, assassinating the former Secretary of State before she can assume office, and rounding up the leftists preparatory to stripping them of their citizenship and deporting them. (That last, by the way, is unconstitutional, but that hardly matters to your average Trump supporter who cheers their candidate’s promises to lock up his opponent till she rots.)

So here’s the thing… Evangelicals lament America’s drift toward immorality. They claim that America has abandoned them and their way of life. Southerners, 150 years after the Civil War’s end, lament the loss of separate identity and curse the nation that took them back. Citizens in the rust belt lament lost industries and the jobs that went with them. White males lament a lost patriarchy and curse the crushing political blow that they are about to receive. But in this festival of loss not one of these constituencies conceptualizes that, through each political or economic spasm, the coasts with their liberal politics, inclusive values, and vibrant multi-cultural populations have continued to keep America chugging along. These states and regions are the ones that put $2 into federal coffers while taking back $1. These states and regions are the ones that provide the innovation that brings the country back from massive financial misdeeds and might provide a way forward.

We didn’t abandon the evangelicals. They chose to abandon us, branded us as immoral “others”. We didn’t force Southerners to chose separation. They chose it for themselves. We did not take coal jobs from Appalachia, automotive jobs from Detroit, or steel jobs from the midwest, but once those jobs were gone we tried our damnedest to provide the money for training and retooling. We can’t help white males who feel threatened. Being forced to compete on equal terms with women, other races, other creeds, and other orientations is the imperative of our Constitution.

There is no longer any reason to reach out, no reason to compromise.


Clinton has it wrong. We are not stronger together.

Get Your Gun

July 11, 2016 @ 10:50 pm By: Kvatch Category: Race, Rights, Society

GunFor a white man owning a gun is a legitimate expression of his 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

For a black man owning a gun is a death sentence meted out by a state-sanctioned assassin.

Philando Castile found this out.

When Policemen Become Assassins…

July 8, 2016 @ 4:29 pm By: Kvatch Category: Police, Protest, Texas, Violence

…the targets may just decide to fight back. As deplorable as the tragedy in Dallas is, we should have seen this coming a mile off. You can only murder under color of authority so many young black men before someone will get it into their head to take revenge.

And in the meantime sniveling conservative cowards like former Representative Joe Walsh try to turn this into a race war, while conveniently forgetting that their support for the police at the expense of everyone else rests on a firm foundation of hypocrisy. Muslims should rat out their ‘terrorist brothers and sisters'; Hispanics should turn in their undocumented friends; Blacks should snitch on drug dealing thugs, peaceful BLM protestors, and whomever else whitey is worried about today. But policemen? No. Policemen have no obligation to root out the predators in their midst.

There will be no peace–can be no peace, should be no peace–while blue-clad assassins continue to murder with impunity.

Stupid McLawsPlace

June 29, 2016 @ 2:49 pm By: Kvatch Category: District of Columbia, Politics, Snark

As the DC Mayor’s Office re-engages in the, probably futile, process of trying to enfranchise its citizens through statehood, the question arises: What should the 51st state be called.

‘New Columbia’ has been suggested, but this frog doesn’t think that the name really captures the pure, viscous, indifference of the Senators and Representatives that will…never…Ever…EVER allow representation for District residents. (And lest you think that this doesn’t apply to Democrats, think again! As our starry-eyed mayor will soon find, Democrats have no more taste for DC statehood then their Republican counterparts.)

So, in honor of the masters of our congressional plantation, I suggest:

Stupid McLawsPlace

Texit: Only In My Dreams

June 25, 2016 @ 7:05 pm By: Kvatch Category: Politics, Snark, Texas

Now that the Brits have voted to exit the European Union, secessionist fools in the Great State of Texass have decided to revive the notion of Texas’ exit from The Union. But there’s a big difference between the UK’s departure from the EU and Texas’ exit from the United States…


For starters, if Texans are stupid enough to try and secede the response from their fellow citizens in the other 49 will be, “Take your backwater, racist, gerrymandered, federal-dollar-sucking asses and GET THE FUCK OUT! Good riddance!” No US citizen should give a damn that these arrogant assholes want to isolate themselves in their parched little corner of North America. Let them snuggle up close to Mexico, who may be their only source of commerce and…well…water! (Because, let’s face it, not a single river that allows Texans to frack-the-crap out of their state originates in their state, and when New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas decide turn off the spigot, Texas will dry up and blow away.)

And for those of us who remain in the good ‘ol US-of-A: How wonderful will it be to never again have to listen to a barely literate, white, ethically challenged, Texas governor lecture us? How wonderful to never again have to some piece-of-shit Texan disdainfully refer to one of us as a “Yankee” despite the fact that we come from Louisiana, or Florida, or wherever.

Keep your guns and your poverty-level ‘jobs miracle’. Never again saddle us with an idiot for president, and please, please, please don’t just play at leaving the Union. Put your money where your loud Texan mouths are…GO and be done.

Fuck the Tourists!

June 16, 2016 @ 6:53 pm By: Kvatch Category: District of Columbia, Protest, Rights

It’s tourist season again in the nation’s capitol, and as the hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens flock to Washington to spend some days contemplating our national treasures, some of us residents will invariably be asked for directions, for restaurant recommendation, or told with wide-eyed wonder how lucky we are to live amid such bounty.

I would humbly suggest to my fellow DC residents, that this is the opportune time to inform these naive vacationers of how we really feel about living on the congressional plantation. I suggest looking them straight in the eye and saying:

Fuck you and fuck your family!

It’s your representatives, your senators, that keep us in chains—unable to make our own laws, spend our own taxes, and exercise the most fundamental obligation of any American, the right to vote for our own representation.

If your concept of democracy is so exclusive that it doesn’t extend to the citizens of your nation’s capital, then GO-THE-FUCK-BACK where you came from and leave us in peace.

I guarantee that this will get Congress’ attention. Americans love to write their representatives when they feel they’ve been slighted.

“Goddamn communist nigger-lover…”

March 31, 2016 @ 9:16 am By: Kvatch Category: Elections, Politics, Protest

This the the kind of rhetoric we hear from racist, bumpkin, anti-American, Trump supporters in Wisconsin, just after they grope and then pepper spray teenage girls at point-blank range.

But let’s not screw around on this issue. We’re talking about making America great again, right? I mean…that’s what was on the t-shirt of the of the ignorant ass with the loud mouth. So here’s an America improving suggestion: Find the child-molester who groped the young woman and THROW HIM THE-FUCK IN JAIL! 5 to 10 in the state pen, accompanied by sex-offender rap would certainly go a long way to improving Wisconsin.

And as far as the loudmouth’s opinion goes…count me the-fuck in! I’ll thrown in my lot with the communist nigger-lovers any day of the goddamned week.

Pataki Needs a Muzzle

December 6, 2015 @ 12:52 pm By: Kvatch Category: Politics, War

George Pataki

We must declare war on radical Islam. @LorettaLynch I’m not edging toward violent speech, I’m declaring we kill them. Go ahead, arrest me.

—  Former New York Governor, George Pataki

Done! Now would someone actually arrest this motherf*cker for incitement to murder. Because you just know that some blinkered, right-wing, gun-toting kook is going to take this statement as an inducement to shoot up a mosque full of innocents!

—  Kvatch

Minneapolis Cops Are A Disgrace

November 20, 2015 @ 3:12 am By: Kvatch Category: Protest, Rights

As they were when I lived there in the 1980’s, so they remain today.

The protester is House member (D-MN) Keith Ellison’s son.


August 9, 2015 @ 8:37 pm By: Kvatch Category: Commerce, Protest, Technology

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Oh…and by the way: F*ck you and the Pixel you rode in on!

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