Archive for January, 2013

When Leaders Are Idiots, Economies Don’t Grow

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The US economy contracted in the 4th quarter and is several trillion dollars below the long-term growth trend.

And what are the topics dominating Washington while this ongoing disaster wreaks havoc?

1) Gun Control: no chance whatever that anything will be done.

2) Immigration: no chance whatever that anything will be done.

3) The Deficit: every chance that the economy will be wrecked further by contractionary and foolish austerity.

Oh yes, and there’s unemployment and climate change, but nobody’s even discussing these issues!!!

Gorilla says: “A world run by stupid people can only grown in stupidity!”


Another Plan Going Nowhere

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Happy to be wrong about the new immigration “framework”, but Gorilla thinks this has more or less no chance of passing the House of Representatives.

Some things might be spun off, like the visas for agricultural workers and those with advanced degrees from American universities.

But the larger issue, namely what to do with the 12 million undocumented immigrants and the children of immigrants who were born or brought to this country, seems like a non-starter.

This is because the Know Nothing Party has become essentially a racist, angry old white people’s party, and elected Know Nothing officials have plenty to fear in the way of primary challengers from the far right.

Building fences doesn’t work, stepping up border patrols doesn’t work, what’s needed is a broad parole of those already here, coupled with a Dream Act for their children, and far more green cards for high-skilled workers.

Gorilla says: “We have easily absorbed those already here, we need many more immigrants and much less protectionist restraint of trade by professional organizations!”


Third Time’s Just As Uncharming

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Yes, contractionary policy is contractionary, and the UK is not learning for the third recession in a row that cutting spending during a time of private sector demand decline is just about the stupidest thing stupid men like Cameron and Osborne can do!!!

So, to distract from this ongoing, unnecessary failure, Brits now have the prospect of a referendum on Euroland, assuming they decide to reelect the selfsame idiots who are destroying both the UK and Euroland.

Gorilla says: “Keep calm and get angry, that’s the only philosophy worth having in these horrible times!”


Why Not Just Abolish The Senate?

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Filibuster reform is gun control is climate change is unemployment: nothing will be done!!!

And the Senate remains what it is: a useless, utterly unnecessary institution. Small states become kingmakers, and the interests of the nation go down the toilet.

Gorilla says: “One house and majority rule is fine by me, even when the crazies are in charge!”


Equality Includes The Right To Die In Combat

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Nice of the Pentagon to join the 21st century and allow women to serve in combat…

Why this should be any more controversial than allowing gay soldiers to serve is beyond Gorilla’s understanding.

What would also be nice is a recognition that all of the wars fought by the United States since WWII have been pointless and soul destroying.

Or the acknowledgement that backward countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran, and the fifth-rate terrorists they employ, are not in any way a threat to the national security of the United States.

Or the conclusion that spending $800 billion/year on defense, when unemployment is unacceptably high, is a complete and utter waste of national treasure.

Gorilla says: “Small truths, however welcome, always get in the way of the larger picture!”


The Stupid Will Continue

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

One of the world’s stupidest men, who alas also occupies one of the great offices of the British state, says that contractionary policies that cause contraction will be continued for at least another 2 years!

How many political parties can win reelection on the slogan “we’re screwing you and we will continue screwing you!”? We’re about to find out in both Germany and the UK.

Throughout the developed world, literally millions are watching their lives be ruined by the evil, amoral and stupid leaders they’ve elected.

Gorilla says: “If you want a future, stop voting for the past”


Extrajudicial Execution Is Murder, Unless The CIA Says It Isn’t

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The current nominee for CIA Director is a man who was involved in torture, extraordinary rendition, and extrajudicial executions.

But because he is King Of Drones, a wholly unelected position with zero accountability, his agency will allow him to continue being the murderer he is.

This is the terrible stain that dogs the otherwise remarkably accomplished Obama Administration: a continuation of repugnant policies that flout both domestic and international law, followed by ham-fisted attempts to avoid accountability by writing in legal exemptions without any sort of judicial review.

Gorilla says: “When you decide you’re above the law, you’re no better than a tinpot tyrant for whom the law no longer matters at all!”


Virginia Is For Misogynistic Racist Traitors

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Governor Ultrasound, as misogynistic a Governor as has ever lived, is well known by now. He’s a contemptible hateful asshole who deserves nothing but disgrace and/or eggs and/or pies in the face.

The Virginia Senate, home to at least 20 racist traitors, is less well known, but not for want of trying.

First a gerrymandering political map to take advantage of one Democratic Senator’s being out of town for the Inauguration.

Then an adjournment in honor of the racist traitor Stonewall Jackson on the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King!

Gorilla says: “No, nothing’s really changed in America or in Virginia, and nothing ever will until such racist traitors stop being elected by their racist, traitorous constituents!”


Golfer Richie Rich And His Shit Eating Grin Speak

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Did I mention my wife and my mother have cancer, and if they were poor, they’d be long dead by now?

Oh no, it’s all about the “drastic changes” coming, after you made nearly $50 million last year:

“There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and, you know, it doesn’t work for me right now. So I’m going to have to make some changes.”

The golfer in question is Phil Mickelson, and no, he hasn’t a clue in the world about how anyone with a family who took home a little over $50K last year, say the median income before taxes if you’re fortunate to have a job, might live.

Gorilla says: “And this is why we elected Barack, to remind such assholes encore et encore that we don’t give two shit eating grins about people like you!”

Update: Richie yesterday decided to apologize, having just enough self-awareness to realize what an asshole sounds like.


Zero Dark Thirty: Stereotypes Work Wonders!

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Stereotype 1: caring Alpha males practice torture and get…

Stereotype 2: simpering Alpha females, who pause for a second and get…

Stereotype 3: the catharsis that comes from knowing and getting bugger all, now that Osama is dead!

Accountability of course is as fictional as a film, which certainly is not the film’s fault, because making films is only and always about money!

So let’s hand out the awards, and pretend we will be anything other than unaccountable when the actual occasion becomes the fictional excuse…