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Veteran’s Play

I can’t keep up with Ben Carson sometimes. He says so many idiotic and nasty things that I should rename this blog “Fuck Ben Carson, Hard”. What’s the good doctor opining on, you ask? This:

…the other thing that has to be done, is the size of the government has to be reduced significantly. There’s a lot of stuff that we’re doing that doesn’t make any sense. We have a Department of Veterans Affairs. We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs.

That’s it. I give up. He’s a joke candidate like Trump, trying to see how outrageous he can be without pissing off people. Imagine if a Democrat said that…we’d never hear the end of how we don’t support the troops. Is Ben Carson a military expert? Does he know the first thing about soldiering? Does he understand soldier’s needs after combat? Then why the fuck is he putting forth such stupefyingly jerked-off policies? Because he’s an idiot, and a dangerous one, just like the rest of them. Carson’s just out there being brain-dead more often. Of all the things to cut…of all the things…I’d have wound up having permanent residence in an asylum if the VA hadn’t saved me from myself when I came back damaged. Those are the stories you don’t hear enough of. Thanks to our lazy press, we only notice the VA’s work when it does not.They are a great organization and I owe my life to them, and it is full of great people.

Ben Carson is the one not making any sense. But he must have realized that what he said sounded terrible, so he gave himself an out:

Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department of Defense.

HAHAHAHAHAAA…you’re worried about bloat in the government and you want to turn veteran care over to the most profligate department in the fucker? This guy either cannot think on his feet or doesn’t really have any convictions other than the same old tired platitudes we’re used to seeing from cons. This is special dumbassery, though. Furthermore, if you fold it into the Department of Defense, aren’t the same costs going to occur, just under a different ledger line?

Here’s more from the interview I’m quoting from:

You know, 14% down recruitment for our volunteer army right now. Why, because they are looking at what we are doing to our veterans.

Total bullshit. What are they doing to the vets that is so bad? See above. We are a long way away from a Bonus Army, for sure. People are falling through the cracks, I get that. The system is straining under the weight of so many soldiers coming back broken. But like I said, a brand new bureaucracy under the DD is not going to make things better. Recruitment is probably down because our new crop of kidlets don’t really like our doctrine of endless war. But hey, I’m just stabbing in the dark, just like Ben Carson. The only difference is that I’m not delusional enough to want to be president while being so fucking thick.

You can thank the VA for that, by the way.

Ben Carson, Dramatic Ironist

Smart dumb person Ben Carson is out on the stump, whining that his Christian beliefs are being shoved in the closet:

This past weekend, Carson told attendees at the Iowa State Fair that it’s time to stop listening to those who say Christians shouldn’t talk about their faith publicly.

“We have to stop listening to these people who tell us that we cannot talk about God, we cannot talk about our faith,” said the retired pediatric neurosurgeon.

OK, not a single soul has stopped you from blathering about your god. In fact, you’re doing it right now and no one cares.

“I wonder, do they realize that our founding document, our Declaration of Independence, talked about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator, aka God? Do they know that the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God, that in many courtrooms on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust,’ every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet, says ‘In God We Trust’?

So God is plastered all over the money, in the pledge, in the courts, in the Declaration but somehow He’s being pushed out of everything at the same time.

That, my friends, is magic.

Tricks Of The Trade

Aha! Steve M. says what I’ve been thinking for a long time now. For whatever reason, it’s a right-wing line of attack to associate someone with Saul Alinsky. Dumbass Ben Carson tried it against Hillary Clinton recently. But who really are today’s Alinskyites?

Those same right wingers. I’ll step off and leave you with Steve up there.

Educate Me Some More

Every day I learn something. Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I get answers to any question I have. You know who I learn the most from? Wingnuts. They reference a ton of bullshit that requires further analysis.

I’m about to pick on Ben Carson again. I know, I risk going to the well so often, but he’s so full of shit I can’t help examining the dumbfuckery he traffics in. Planned Parenthood is in conservative crosshairs after an undercover sting that showed a PP representative dispassionately talk about the donating and acquisition of fetal tissue. Now the liberal media is all over this story, calling it a hoax, but the fact is that rep didn’t exactly do PP any favors. The discussion, even when edited, is kinda gruesome. The only thing that can be said that is bullshit about that video is the “sale” of the tissue-the price quoted is absurdly lowball for acquiring it. Most likely these are costs to cover for processing. Otherwise, the rep fucked up, got caught being matter-of-fact about the procedures and there is no denying that.

No doubt that all the conservative candidates would like to be the man or woman to shutter Planned Parenthood and clamp down on the right to abort a pregnancy. Ben wants to be the first out of the gate by giving a history lesson about the organization(I will not link to the wingnut site I got the quote from):

Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson recently asserted on a Des Moines, Iowa conservative radio show that the purpose behind Margaret Sanger’s founding of…Planned Parenthood was to “eliminate black people.”

Carson was asked by a WHO Radio host to comment on an Obama speech from last year in which the president defended Planned Parenthood and even said “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” Carson replied:

“You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people. That was the whole purpose of it.”

So I had to go see for myself if this crazy claim had any validity to it. It is definitely true that Sanger was something of a Darwinist in the style of Herbert Spencer. But she was not a racist. Furthermore,she didn’t even believe in abortion. Her whole cause celebre was to prevent it by providing birth control to as many people as possible. The whole racist thing comes from a letter to a  doctor:

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Well now, that looks awful on its face, doesn’t it? But Ben Carson is in the bubble. He just isn’t interested in context or facts. What Sanger was worried about is the suspicions of blacks that whites were trying to control and destroy them. In its time, that was a real concern for black leaders. Above all, Sanger wanted to work with blacks to help its women(and its men indirectly) choose life in a liberated fashion-exactly what she was counseling to everyone she could reach with her message. Unwanted pregnancies were the societal ill that Sanger devoted her life to. Birth control was the panacea. And today birth control is still with us, helping women to enjoy sexuality and choose motherhood when they want to, if they want to at all. And there are motherfuckers like Ben Carson who want to close off this avenue of choice because they are obsessed with the contents of women’s bodies below their waistline.

He really thinks he has a truffle, a cudgel against Hillary Clinton, who extolled the work of Sanger:

“I am delighted to have her saying that on tape because if I am a nominee and we are in the race, believe me, that quotation that she just said will come back and it will be in a context that people can understand. She has done us a great favor right there… That is a ticking time bomb and of course, her whole relationship with Saul Alinsky.”

Fucking Saul Alinsky again. The god-damned media needs to do its job and ask him what the fuck he finds objectionable about him, or grill him about what he knows about the guy. I would be delighted if he could tell me who he is and what he pioneered, which is the art of mass resistance, nothing more. “Saul Alinsky” is not going to be an effective dog-whistle to a large section of the populace. It may play with other ignoramuses, and I guess that’s the game he’s gotta play because he is hurting in the polls. But fuck him for tying an outrageous false narrative to the president and the soon-to-be president.

Being The Bigger Dick

The Donald is sucking all the air out of the GOP’s space. The other 43,879 candidates need to do something to get some face time. Enter Ben Carson, who decides to pick on people doing their penance:

At an event in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson revealed that he, too, had visited federal prisons—and had a much different takeaway.

“I was flabbergasted by the accommodations—the exercise equipment, the libraries and the computers,” he said. He said he was told that “a lot of times when it’s about time for one of the guys to be discharged, especially when its winter, they’ll do something so they can stay in there.”

“I think that we need to sometimes ask ourselves, ‘Are we creating an environment that is conducive to comfort where a person would want to stay, versus an environment where we maybe provide them an opportunity for rehabilitation but is not a place that they would find particularly comfortable?'” he told reporters.

Now Ben Carson pulls a lot of things out of his ass, like the time he insinuated that your environment makes you gay. What the hell is this guy’s issue with prisoners, anyway? I’d like to see some numbers on how many people actually earn themselves more time for bad behavior because they don’t want to leave the hoosegow. Now I may be pulling something out of my ass, but I’d aver that few people want to be locked up. It sounds terrible. I don’t care how many amenities you might have-you are still, ultimately, unfree. And that’s an intolerable state to be in for a long fucking time. That’s life going by, with no purpose. Time you will never get back. It’s a madhouse with bars.

Maybe I’m a little soft on crime. I think the prison system is cruel and unusual, especially max facilities. And we consistently fail to find ex-cons a way to join polite society in such a way that they don’t go back to doing the things that got them locked up. Maybe that’s why they’d rather stay in-for the three hots and a cot-but that is a poor substitute for actual freedom. I don’t buy his claim, and I think he’s a soulless piece of shit for desiring to be a little crueler to the truly fucked.

Toxic Nativism

Bitching about immigrants is the habit du jour of the right wing. Actually, it’s always time to shit on 11 million people desperately trying to survive however they can by fleeing crushing poverty. We should greet them with open arms; after all, it is that imperative that we have based our country on ever since we were born as a nation. We are the paragon of the multicultural experiment. Sure, every new wave of immigrants did their turn in the barrel, ostracized, vilified-but eventually they were assimilated into the larger culture.

So why do we have it in for Mexicans?

I’ll hazard a guess and suggest that skin color has a lot to do with it. And we now fear that our cultural purity is in jeopardy just because Mexicans retain some of the trappings of their native culture. Every ethnic group does this, but it’s not OK for Mexicans currently. That’s unfortunate, because those “illegals” do some of the shittiest work imaginable. It’s the kind of slave labor that makes our country hum each day. Our grocery trip would be a lot different if we didn’t have immigrants to butcher, process, pick and pack our food. Your shit would not be clean. Your roads would not be fixed and your buildings would not be built. These are jobs that Americans do not want to do. Often they cannot do these jobs, because of location. No one is pulling a Tom Joad to split chicken breasts or harvest tomatoes.They don’t want to accept unsustainable poverty to protect the bottom line of Cargill.

Our “illegals” add incalculable value to our civilization. Yet we project onto them the worst characteristics and images possible. We say they are lazy. They eat up social services. They do not pay tax. They simply don’t pull their weight and that is unacceptable in our capitalist society. But it’s bullshit, if not outright racism. Every single time an “illegal” uses his money to live in America, he or she contributes to the macroeconomy. Every time they make a transaction they pay a tax, just like you and me. There are bad eggs, certainly. But what “race” doesn’t have those?

Anyway, this is a long way around to criticizing the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from our conservatives. There’s Ben Carson, who is privileged to the point that he has forgotten that he’s a black male or that he is a token for whitey. How is he the upstanding Negro and Barack Obama is not? Simply because he shares the stratified white value system. Anyway, here’s Carson’s defense of Donald Trump, the worst kind of capitalist pig going:

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson lamented Monday that the uproar over Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants indicates some people seem more interested in calling out violations of political correctness than discussing the issue of illegal immigration.

“It’s the P.C. police out in force,” Carson, a former neurosurgeon, said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller. “They want to make very clear that this is a topic you’re not supposed to bring up.”

There’s a right way and a wrong way to discuss our immigration issues. Saying that they are rapists and criminals and that they are “killing us” is probably what the wrong way looks like. That is what people find truly nauseating, not the topic itself.

Last week, a 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed on San Francisco’s Pier 14. The shooter is believed to be an illegal immigrant with a lengthy criminal history who had been deported several times.

“It will be interesting to see what their reaction is to the shooting in San Francisco,” Carson said of Trump’s critics.

Has Ben Carson looked at a newspaper in the last few weeks? It would be interesting to see if he has a reaction to a white guy killing nine black people.

“What we really need to be talking about is how do we take care of our illegal immigration problem,” he said. “I’ve talked about that extensively. And the key thing is we have to secure all our borders—north, south, east and west.”

“And it doesn’t have to be a fence or wall,” Carson added. “That’s stupid. We have all kinds of electronic surveillance devices, drones, not to mention people. So we can do it. And then turn off the spigot that dispenses all the things that they are coming here to get. Then there won’t be any reason for them to do it.”

Oh, shut it. You’re such a piker. Ben Carson’s take on illegal immigration is about as sophisticated as mine is, and that is sad for a national figure. You want to use drones and guns against women and children, and take away real flesh and blood people’s survival mechanisms. That’s so classy and savvy. He makes like no one else has thought this shit before.

The truth is, we don’t and won’t do anything about our illegal system because the straight up business of this country knows the reality of the situation. Yet time and time again Republicans return to the well of racism and conspiracy. It appeals to our low-slung tendency to disparage the Other. Donald Trump is leading in the polls partly because of the terrible things he says about immigrants. That should give us pause, and we need to recheck the pulse of this hodgepodge culture we have shed blood and sweat to create.

Paging Doctor Asshole

Picking on Ben Carson is too easy. He doesn’t understand the Constitution, he thinks Obama wants to declare martial law so he can pursue a third term, and says other stupid things that a smart person should not say. Yet somehow, he rates as a Serious Candidate-the polls show this. We live in an idiocracy where bottom-feeders like Carson flourish. His ascendance is probably being propelled by racists who finally have a black man they can like because he sounds like the massa.

A while back, Ben got himself in hot water because he doesn’t have a clue about what makes someone gay. He had to walk that dumb shit back. Then he said this:

“I simply have decided, that I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum, the liberal press says ‘let’s talk about gay rights.’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore,” he said.

Translation: When stupid words formulate in my head and I emit them from my face, I can blame the mass media for repeating them.

So that was that. Ben was not going to talk about the gays.

It turns out that’s all he can talk  about these days:

In a recent interview with Brett Baier on Fox News, the CNN interview was brought up and the GOP presidential candidate continued to express his frustration with homosexuals claiming that they’re owed civil rights. “I was a little bit irritated [during the CNN interview in March] that he was equating the whole gay marriage issue with the Civil Rights movement,” Carson said. “Because, quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain.’”

Let me ask you this, Ben: were poll taxes and literacy tests a form of discrimination? Eh? News flash-just because there are no “signs”, that doesn’t mean that there is no breach of civil rights. What a turd of an argument for sanctioning homophobia. Discrimination must be on clear signage for it to be called discrimination…OK, dumbass.

There’s something very sad about a minority oppressing another minority. The enemy is forgotten and ignored history. But Ben Carson has transcended that, so he doesn’t stay true to the game. He doesn’t see class, gender and race because he’s wealthy. That sounds like a good thing. But what it really means is he is hopelessly out of touch with people. While it is true that  all of our politicians are rich, we rabble need to pick the people who want to understand us. Of course, Ben does that, catering to gun nuts, religious fanatics, conspiracy theorists and unrepentant Obama-haters. Maybe he knows what he’s doing, because he needs those votes-but he will probably never break off from the base and start listening to the mushy middle that all presidential candidates need to win. And I doubt condemning homosexuals to second-class citizenry will put them in his column.

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