Author Archives: The Head Seminarian
I never saw it coming. How silly of me.
I don’t know how they did it, but conservative forces have figured out a way to politicize vaccination and make it unpalatable to a certain cross-section of society. Why are they doing it? Like, what’s Fox’s endgame? To kill as many viewers as possible? What’s most likely is that at bottom they are trying to own the Biden administration, denying it the victory over COVID that it should rightfully have considering we have reached a point where you wait 15 minutes to get a vaccine at the supermarket. If Trump couldn’t beat corona, no one can, goes the logic perhaps.
A few wise words from the erstwhile president would be helpful here; in fact, today Peter Doocy wanted to know if a PSA of some sort from both Biden and Trump would spur people to go get their shot. But Trump’s too big a baby to be a statesman. That has never changed. He’s quite busy churning out childish “statements” about how he won the election or whatever other petty grievance he can’t let go of.
Let’s be clear; anyone who dawdled as much as Trump did on COVID deserved to be unelected. But I think that even if the number dead were cut in half whoever was president would still have gotten the axe. It was simply a bad time to be president. So now is not the time to be small about it. It was fated. He should say something for the health of society in any event, especially since he’s still held in high regard by his followers. But I certainly won’t hold my breath.
Personally, I don’t think that calumniating against the vaccine should even be legal at this point. This is still a public health emergency. The rules of media and markets simply don’t work for the times we live in. We are being super-irresponsible. If this stupid virus continues to race around the country, it’s a virtual certainty that the little fucker will mutate its way around a vaccine and then we are all screwed. Some people think we will see an end to the virus eventually, but I don’t see it happening. We’ve poisoned the discourse around vaccines with impunity, all in the name of free speech and association- rights which will not help you when you are on a respirator or dead.
I think I have found the right-wing id. I have traced it down to Nicholas Fuentes.
Nick’s just hit my radar, as well as puberty. I seem to be a bit late to the party, but the kid is making a name for himself by out-outraging the outraged right. He’s even started fights between Charlie Kirk’s adherents and his, that’s how right-wing he is. His little fascist army calls themselves Groypers, which apparently is what this fella is:
Hilarious. Anyway, he’s so over the top that I wonder if he is left-wing performance art. It can barely be taken seriously, but thanks largely to Donald Trump we’ve reached a juncture in political discourse that the Overton Window is open just enough for a Nick Fuentes to slither through. Here’s Nick rhapsodizing outside of CPAC (not invited, again, amazing considering what they talk about there) about an era far removed from his Gen Z ass:
Bless his little pointed head. He’s very much into America First rhetoric too, which as you probably know was one of the slogans of 1930s American proto-fascist nationalism.
This is the baby-faced enemy, folks. This is the terminus, the end result of right wing thought in America, where “owning the libs” (or in Nick’s case, owning everyone he can) is the only initiative that matters. If it’s offensive and outrageous, they want in on it. Then they bitch about being canceled when someone objects, of course. What good this game is is anyone’s guess. It certainly is making a mockery of the first amendment, that is for sure.
I’ve been happily mining Carlson’s greatest hits for clicks. But you may have noticed that he’s gone from laughable asshole to dangerous asshole in the last year or so. I’m way behind on calling him out.
Let’s just get back gently on the horse with a new clip of him taking cheap shots at a man who has more grit in his taint than Tucker Carlson has or ever will have in his whole flabby body.
I was a member of the US military for a time. And I can tell you that it’s not the hotbed of conservatism that you would assume it is. Chief among the attributes one must have as a soldier is situational awareness. You must strive to know all of the angles on the battlefield. It’s somewhat analogous to having an open mind in the civilian world. A few days ago, Chairman of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff General Mark Milley exemplified this quality while responding to some questions Matt Gaetz had for him. In his response he said he wanted to know what caused white rage, what he felt his cadets should know when it came to things like critical race theory, and explained that reading and understanding texts outside of our general American understanding does not make us or his soldiers weak or less patriotic.
In comes fearless Tucker Carlson, laughing at the clip and calling Milley a stupid pig.
“Mark Milley is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Carlson. “He didn’t get that job because he’s brilliant or because he’s brave. Or because people who know him respect him. He is not, and they definitely don’t. Milley got the job because he is obsequious. He knows who to suck up to, and he’s more than happy to do it. Feed him a script and he will read it.”
Milley has the top military job in the nation, only lower than Joe Biden on the military chain of command. So I don’t know what point he’s trying to make here re: sucking up.
Carlson mocked Milley for his comments. “Hard to believe that man wears a uniform. He’s that unimpressive. Notice he never defined White rage? And we should know what it is. What is White rage?”
I love this. What is white rage? Really? Was Tucker sleeping through the Trump years? Maybe he missed the riot at the capitol? Is he vaguely aware that he stokes it nightly?
I would give Tucker half an ear if he had served and made these comments. But he clearly doesn’t understand “men wearing the uniform”. His insights are puerile and severely lacking in any understanding of what makes a soldier, much less one with the stature and breadth of experience as Milley. Tucker Carlson is not qualified to measure him, he’s just an asshole with a TV show on the worst network ever created. I’d like to see him bring Milley on and try his shtick, but you and I know Tucker’s happy lobbing his cowardly bullshit from a distance on this one.
Update: Tucker alleges the NSA is monitoring his communications. The NSA patiently explains that they don’t do domestic surveillance, unless you are in contact with a hostile foreign agent. You’re insane, but you aren’t that big a fish, asshole.
Yesterday, the Voting Rights Act died because Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do not understand-even at this late stage of the game-that Republicans have no interest in passing laws, unless it has something to do with abortion or taxes. It’s plainly obvious for all to see, but those two buttheads are still being painfully obtuse about their intention to make Joe Biden’s presidency die by suffocation. Make no mistake, the gambit can work, and confused voters may find themselves staying home if they don’t see any results.
Liberals are now forced to play the long game. That is to say that there’s going to be no forward movement unless we get more Democrats in office. The bitch of it is they will have to face withering criticism and bad faith arguing from Republicans for the next year and a half until we can do that. And as you know, the GOP is pushing voter suppression laws all over the country. They’re determined not to have a replay of 2020. Thankfully, the cloud of COVID is beginning to lift and we can see voters return to the polls with their feet more confidently.
Sinema’s out there arguing that there is no point to voting on something that Republicans can just reverse should they find themselves in the majority again. What she is prescribing, perhaps unwittingly, is a state of permanent gridlock. The days of sixty vote majorities are gone and they are not coming back-this country is bitterly divided, perhaps moreso than any time since our civil war. Every Democrat should already know this. What needs to happen instead is that we need to govern effectively, so much so that the people will happily cast their ballots again for Democrats. If we get results, there’s no reason to fear a Republican resurgence, is there now, Kyrsten? But she’s not giving us even half a chance to move the ball. She’s a raging disappointment and so is her compadre Manchin.
Ignoring political realities is giving Mitch McConnell everything he wants. If a dissatisfied public sees fit to award them majority status again, two things could happen: A) Nothing, because conservatives gotta conserve, and B) Republicans junk the filibuster themselves. A Biden White House will prevent B from doing too much damage, but think of all the time we are wasting not solving problems. I personally don’t see Ron DeSantis as much of a threat come ’24, but losing all the marbles is a possibility-and at a time when we should be showing Americans what we can do, we are instead showing them that politics is useless and not worth participating in.
And that, friends, is exactly how Republicans like it.
Now I myself have not gone down to the land of Q to see the hottest, most hilarious poop-I use Twitter as a go-between so I don’t have to go too far down that rabbit hole. I wouldn’t even know where to find them on the internet, honestly. But I do know who their most prominent subscriber and pied piper is.
For my money, it’s Lin Wood. I don’t think I know anyone crazier. Similar to the pillow guy Mike Lindell, he can’t let go of the election loss of Donald Trump.
Let’s check out some of his latest and greatest hits, for posterity. Consider carefully that there’s more than a handful of people who believe what he is saying.
This is Lin’s latest, stemming from the core Q belief that satanic pedophiles are running the Democratic Party:
Wood ran for chairman of the South Carolina GOP recently. He got shellacked because his rival secured Trump’s endorsement even though Wood was Trump’s bitch boy. Wood turned the other cheek and explained his loss thusly:
“I support President Trump 100%. President Trump is a genius. He plays chess at a level we will never fully understand. I was honored by his description of me as a ‘strong and talented’ opponent. Upon further reflection, I understand his endorsement of my opponent, Drew McKissick. My faith in President Trump has never wavered. He is doing God’s will for our country.”
This man is a lawyer. So he’s not stupid per se, but he may be deranged in some other way. This is what happens when you start to believe in absurd conspiracies. It’s your brain on Trump.
Yesterday, the noose around Donald Trumps’ organization got a little tighter. I doubt that this will be cause for pause from Republicans continuing to genuflect to Donald Trump.
It baffles the minds of the political observers- why would they do that, given that Trump is a proven loser?
The answer is rather simple. It’s math. They don’t have a chance to win without his sycophantic, wild-eyed supporters. Those people will absolutely not show up for Republicans if Donald is repudiated in any significant way.
Many are sounding the klaxon that Republicans can still win in their current configuration. They cite all of the restrictive voting measures passed by a number of Republican controlled states. Personally, I’m panicking a little that the Biden administration is going to founder and lose its goodwill among voters once the memory of their stimulus check fades and the masks have come off. Because it sure looks like nothing will get passed by the divided Senate without the elimination of the filibuster. What’s to be done? Nothing, I guess, for the time being. I try not to panic too much, because the Republicans are planning to field some of the most charmless fucks ever to seek office in 2024. I’m talking about lilywhite jokers like Ron DeSantis, Tommy Cotton, and Rick Scott. But 2022 is important too. As we all know, the voters tend to turn against whoever occupies the Oval Office in the midterms. The best defense against this is a highly successful administration and I do worry we won’t rack up enough Ws to work against the historical tides. Voters have a short memory and are forever asking, “But what have you done for me lately?”
It’s all cause for concern. The possible future we face if the pendulum swings too hard is a Republican controlled government who will not hesitate to eliminate the filibuster themselves. Then again, actual philosophical conservatives might balk and it’s back to the norm of gridlock. After all, their goal is to strangle and stymie government regardless of whether it does good things or not.
But they will never get anywhere fast if they don’t bring the MAGA billy boys to the dance. It’s probably half of their support. And should Republicans forsake them and their clown prince of a leader, they lose.
Once again, conservatives have turned a innocuous word into some sort of slur. It’s quite the trick how they manipulate language.
They did this with “liberal” and “antifa”. Nowadays, it’s “woke”. This is woke. That’s woke. Woke all the live long day. It’s making me crazy.
How does one become woke? What does it mean, what does it represent?
They’ve been saying it so much that I don’t think they even know what they mean anymore. Being woke, as I understand it, is being sensitive to the trials of other people. It’s really nothing more than walking a mile in someone else’s shoes and trying to do something to lessen the impact upon them.
You are merely culturally aware. That’s all that woke is. What the hell is so bad about that? I dunno, you should ask one of these fucking chuckleheads. The answer may amuse you.
It may be too late for the term woke. Now that conservatives have adopted it as a pejorative, they’ve stripped the meaning out of the word and we all have to listen to them go on and on about it as if it is something to be feared.
I mean, call me fucking woke any day. That’s a compliment. My biggest problem may be that I’m not woke enough.
Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting. I don’t know what’s happening to me. Day after day, I succumb to the silent scroll of Twitter without finding one damn thing that I can stretch my legs on.
Oh sure, Tucker Carlson has gone from inert asshole to dangerous asshole, telling viewers of his show to call CPS on people who mask their children outside. He’s also developed some weird, inappropriate high pitched cackle when he thinks he’s said something clever or trenchant. You know, I never really expected him to be this big of an asshole. But he’s going places that Bill O’ Reilly, the demagogue he replaced, would surely have feared to tread.
What have I got for you otherwise? I’m blanking.
Maybe I’m just lazy. Or maybe I’m missing out on the best of the internet by allowing social media to determine what I see and learn. Could be both.
Things are stable, if a little stale. Bipolar is under control, anxiety has been quelled. I suddenly lost my only friend outside this house, one hell of a battle buddy. It is unknown why he left us just yet. I hope that his demons did not cause him to die by his own hand. He was deployed one too many times, and I do know that and he was struggling trying to find help for his PTSD. I will miss his constant contact-we’d bond regularly over weed and Coltrane. It will be weird to not ask him how he’s holding up. Clearly he kept that information from me. He was supposed to give me BBQ tips too. I’ll probably always think of him when I see the smoker I’m going to buy. There’s actually been a bit more death real close-the wife lost her stepdad too. It’s not been the greatest two weeks.
Other than that, the family is in good shape. My oldest graduates high school next month, and I’ll be putting another kid in a driver’s seat come summertime. The wife and I are on a quest to drop some weight. Now that we are vaccinated, we feel OK about returning to the gym.
Musically, I’m currently sampling some Buzzcocks (Operator’s Manual), Smiths (Hatful Of Hollow), and John Cale (Vintage Violence). They’re all ok, nothing mindblowing on the first spin, but none of them made me end the album in medias res. I already knew what the Buzzcocks were capable of so that was like returning to an old friend. Hoping the Cale will show its flavor on the second go-round. The Smiths, I have never been really into and I’m not sure this collection, though important for “How Soon Is Now?”, is going to change my mind.
Have to pick up the damn guitar again. I found a new, easier way to play the main riff of The Stooges’ “Search And Destroy” by watching James Williamson run through it on YouTube so I gotta keep working on all the parts of that legendary tune.
There. Five hundred words of who cares. See you around, or not.
But pick up the pace, Biden administration.
I don’t want to sound like the kind of person that needs to have things the way I want them all the time, but it’s time to see the president’s next trick.
During the rosy period that came about near the passage of the ARP, there wasn’t an ounce of oxygen for conservatives. They spent their time grousing about the sex of Mr. Potato Head and “cancel culture”, whatever that means. Now that we have gotten our checks and people are lining up in droves to get newly available vaccine, we’ve been able to enjoy the fruits of our 2020 victory. But we cannot rest on our laurels.
The next signature achievement should be teed up right now. I know the administration is still building and slowly accessing its power, but there needs to be a parallel effort to show the American people that it’s smart to have Democrats in charge. That it’s smart again to have a government that works.
This lag in the administration’s performance may not be purposeful, as the legislative body must do its job if anything is to get done. It’s entirely possible that we are simply waiting for more Democrats to come around to the idea of either eliminating the filibuster or drastically reforming it. It doesn’t matter anymore if the minority party has the power to spike legislation while barely lifting a finger. We have a badly broken country, and there’s really no time to allow the opposition to do nothing but obstruct progress. You can bet your bottom dollar that we will weaken at the polls in 2022 if we don’t keep the good times going.
Conservatives, Republicans and Donald Trump have already gotten people’s attention turned to the border, where unaccompanied minors are now being allowed to cross without immediate repatriation. Now maybe we don’t have the infrastructure to administer an endeavor like this; but what should should be a relatively uncontroversial policy change has morphed into a crisis that threatens to destroy the country if we don’t stop it. Any goings-on at the border seem to get the nation’s racist amygdala to begin furiously pumping panic into the body politic. Sadly, it’s an effective wedge issue. Here’s a decent read on the “crisis”. In point of fact, it’s not even a new issue-scads of unaccompanied minors began arriving beginning in 2019 when fucko was president.
We’ve got to fight fire with fire; the wheel must continue to turn. If we don’t have something good cooked up time and time again, the opposition will inject their narrative and the press will happily chase theirs over ours if we fail to hold their attention.
UPDATE: Looks like next on deck is infrastructure! Figuring out who pays and how much is currently being debated.
We now return you to our somewhat irregular, yet popular installments of “Tucker Carlson Is An Asshole”. There’s a LOT of searching for that phrase, much more than you might imagine.
Today, we’ll dunk on him for disparaging women (and trans servicemembers as well) in uniform. Tucker said something so beyond the pale the Army chief of staff and the Pentagon had to respond to his chickenfeed.
“So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits. Pregnant women are gonna fight our wars,” said Mr Carlson, seemingly making fun of servicewomen. “It’s a mockery of the US military”.
The Fox News anchor, once infamously rejected by the CIA before starting a media career, went on to compare the US military with that of China, who he complained was becoming “more masculine”.
“While China’s military becomes more masculine, as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore,” said Mr Carlson, who went on to make transphobic comments.
If anyone shouldn’t be making bullshit macho statements, it’s Tucker fucking Carlson. Take a look at that guy. If the word “soft” had a picture next to it in the dictionary, Tucker’s face would be there. He’d wash out of basic in the first two weeks, while the females in his platoon ran the gauntlet successfully. He is decidedly not the authority on what makes a military functional or lethal.
No one is sending pregnant women to the front lines, you insufferable prig. The military accommodates women who become pregnant and they serve in other important roles during their pregnancy. I don’t understand what the deal is with these people who can’t handle the military being sexually inclusive. Dozens of countries have an integrated military and it doesn’t suffer one whit as a result.
To that end, I’ve got news for Tucker.