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Enough Is Enough...

Quite frankly, the GOP should have lost any kind of respect from Democrats eons ago. This current collection of Right Wing demagogues, conspiracy theorists, misogynists, Jim Crow promoters and war mongers must not be co-operated with any more.

They are the party of all the worst ideas imaginable.

Democrats should stop thinking that any of their ideas can be rehabilitated in any way, as if a Democratic version of a Republican bad idea could work either. The realization is that they can't, Republican ideas are all inherently bad.

There are some things that I wish Democrats would stop doing... First thing is giving up and simply letting Republicans have their way. Democrats should be fighting tooth and nail against bad Republican ideas, whatever the outcome... Win, lose or draw. I don't care.

With apologies to the "Galaxy Quest" crew, "Never give up, never surrender."

This should be a motivational poster on every Democrat's wall.

Next, and this is a hard one... Stop trying to convince Republicans that they're wrong and all Democrats need to do is to use a factual convincing argument to change their ways.

I'm sorry, Republicans just simply aren't interested in facts and they most certainly aren't concerned with the concerns of Democrats in a way that they would change their minds.

Republicans are a lost cause. The only good Republican is one who would stop being a Republican, in order to change into either an Independent or a Democrat.

Yes, it's an innate trait of Democrats to rehabilitate, guide, teach and convert people with logic and facts. There are plenty of people out in the world who will be convinced of what is right when exposed to those things... However, today's Republicans will never be those people.

[bNext, which is the very hardest for Democrats; stop saving their asses when they fail.

If you can't stop them, simply let the chips fall as they may. Sure, even when they're the only ones in charge, they'll create scapegoats and straw men to explain away why they've tanked the economy or threw hundreds of thousands into unemployment. Instead of Democrats coming around and fixing their bad ideas... If we get the chance to take over, we should completely scrap their bad ideas and replace them with what we know works.

They've lost all legitimacy and aren't worth the effort.

A friend of mine suggested that the two previously mentioned types of behavior amounted to a form of co-dependency by Democrats. Republicans are addicted to their bad ideas and all Democrats are doing to simply validating the basic premise of those bad ideas. Frankly, we should stop conducting interventions with Republican bad ideas. It's annoys them and takes up too much of out precious time and effort.

Their ideas can't be fixed or changed to be made practical or functional. They needs to scrapped completely.

Next. stop being fucking scared of Republican accusations and fear mongering. When Democrats takes that crap under advisement, Democrats invariably end up with eggs on their faces.

Stop paying attention to garbage... And it's all garbage where the Republicans are concerned.

Now, I suppose you're wondering what the result would be if Democrats stop supporting the basic premises of Republican bad ideas... Well, quite simply, those ideas will fail. When and where the Republicans are in completely charge, and there is absolutely nothing that Democrats can do to stop those bad ideas, the result will obviously be a bottoming out effect from the catastrophic failure that would be brought about from their bad ideas.

Now, frankly I seriously doubt that any long standing Democrat has it within himself or herself to practice tough love with Republicans as they fling themselves, and by extension, everyone else head-long into the abyss.

Talk about hard, that Chinese trigonometry hard for Dems. But I'm sorry, but we just can't continue doing this yo-yo effect of bad ideas and rehabilitated bad ideas, because one way or the other, faster or slower, we're just going to bottom out anyway.

It's about time they faced their failures without Democratic interference.

Cruel and harsh? Yes... But necessary. The reason being stems from an age old traditional American trait of only doing the right thing when all other options have been completed exhausted.

If Democrats can't fight or fail after fighting against them, the only thing left is to let them defeat themselves. Don't try to save them, they won't appreciate the effort anyway.

One main problem that we have today is that we are all existing within a patchwork of mitigated bad Republican ideas... Democrats are simply not building their own ideas, promoting them and implanting them.

Lewis Black said it quite succinctly, "Republicans are the party of bad ideas and Democrats are the party of no ideas." If all Democrats are doing is attempting to rehabilitate one bad Republican idea after another, when do they have the time, effort and will to develop, promote and implement ideas that are uniquely all their own? It's not happening and hasn't happened in decades.

Hence, this Republican borne hell that we're all living in today.

Lastly... Start working and thinking like DEMOCRATS.

Do you want grass roots support? Of course, you do. The only way that Democrats can move into the greater and undisputed political preference is when the people feel desperate enough to stop living off of Republican fantasies and start living in the real world.

Yes, restructuring the nation after their failures will be a very difficult charge to lead. But it's the only choice that Republicans have left behind of everyone else.

Be firm, but fair... There is NO other choice.

(Laughs maniacally...)

I wonder why that is...


Rutherford deputy in DUI checkpoint video once resigned post

By Becca Andrews, Gannett

A Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy at the center of a controversy tied to a videotaped DUI checkpoint stop has in the past drawn the scrutiny of his superiors and once resigned from the office, a review of disciplinary records shows.

Deputy A.J. Ross was featured in a July 4 video posted by the Libertarian Party that depicted a verbal altercation between Ross and 21-year-old Chris Kalbaugh. The Middle Tennessee State University junior accuses Ross of violating his constitutional rights during a checkpoint stop.

Sheriff Robert Arnold's office has refused to comment on the video, other than to say Ross's actions are "currently under investigation."

But sheriff's office records show Arnold rehired Ross in November 2010, six years after the deputy resigned amid accusations that he lied about whether he had auto insurance after an accident on Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.


Blacks Who Stand Their Ground Often Imprisoned

The recent acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin has led to intense scrutiny of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, which hung over the Zimmerman trial along with similar “no retreat” self-defense laws, and their impact on people of color.

“I think the Trayvon Martin case highlighted the racial inequalities that exist in American society,” said Brendan Fischer, general counsel of the Center for Media and Democracy. “It is a symbol of how the American justice system devalues the lives of people of color. [And], ‘Stand Your Ground’ has embedded a lot of these injustices into the system. Statistics have shown its application has been anything but equitable.”

Supported by the National Rifle Association, “Stand Your Ground” was passed by the Florida legislature in 2005. The measure turned age-old self-defense principle on its head by allowing persons to use deadly force to defend themselves, without first trying to retreat, if they have a reasonable belief that they face a threat.

The law’s template was then adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit organization made up of corporations, foundations and legislators that advance federalist and conservative public policies, authorities said. Since Florida passed the law, similar measures have been introduced in one form or another in about 30 states, usually those with state legislatures dominated by Republicans.


"Can I interest you in some Term Life Insurance?"

How a Libertarian Used Ayn Rand's Crazy Philosophy to Drive Sears Into the Ground

July 17, 2013 |

Eddie Lampert, the legendary hedge fund manager, was once hailed as the “ Steve Jobs of the investment world” and the second coming of Warren Buffett. These days, he claims the number 2 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s worst CEOs. He has destroyed Sears, the iconic retail giant founded in 1886, which used to be known as the place “Where America Shops.”

America now avoids Sears at all costs, thanks largely to Mr. Lampert and his love of twisted economic logic.

A bit of background: Lampert cut his teeth on Wall Street at the risk-arbitrage desk of Goldman Sachs under Robert Rubin, who later became U.S. Treasury Secretary and now serves as vice chairman at Citigroup. In 1988, Lampert founded ESL Investments and joined the billionaire's club at age 41. He rose to fame in the early 2000s for seizing control of Kmart during bankruptcy and then using it to take over Sears. Along the way he was kidnapped and deposited on a motel toilet in handcuffs for nearly 40 hours, and lived to tell the tale. Lampert is known for his touchiness and odd habits, such as conducting meetings from a bare bones room to Sears executives forced to tune in by videoconference. He hates flying.

You might say that Lampert is the distillation of the fervent market worship and wrong-headed economic approaches that came to dominate the U.S. in the 1980s and have yet to run their fatal course. He adores Ayn Rand, and is reported to have given out copies of Atlas Shrugged during an ESL annual dinner. Lampert is also a fan of Friedrich von Hayek, the Austrian economist beloved by conservatives and libertarians. As a Robert Rubin protégé, he absorbed the lessons of a man whose discredited economic focus on budget deficits ended up starving the country’s infrastructure, education and alternative energy.

Looking at what Lampert has done to Sears, we can see what happens when the lessons of his mentors are actually applied in the real world. It isn’t pretty.


Star Trek Continues E01 "Pilgrim of Eternity"

Make sure to take notice of the inside joke with the "Mr. Simone" character

I think that they're trying to tell us something...

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