Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

I have a theory, and may the FSM help us all if it turns out to be right.

Pretty much everyone you speak to agrees that every member of the current crop of Republican wannabe Presidential contenders is unelectable, if not certifiably insane.

The GOP base may be dumber than a box of rocks, but let’s face it: the Republican leadership is anything but. They’re shrewd, underhanded, and as we have seen time and again, downright fucking evil.  They hate Obama and the ideals of our democracy with a burning passion, and aren’t going to put anyone up against him who doesn’t have a reasonable chance of winning the presidency in 2012, and none of members of the Republican Clown Car has a chance in hell of pulling that off.

My theory is that they’re going to pull an “August Surprise” next year. They’re going to roll out their true anointed one during the national convention, someone as ignorant and as malleable as their base, but with an outwardly agreeable personality that will appeal to the masses; someone  guaranteed of giving Obama a real run for his money.

Two names immediately come to mind, and both scare the living crap out of me: Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush. Yeah, yeah, neither one is supposedly interested in the job, but that doesn’t mean shit. Remember Republicans lie. That’s all they know how to do. So you can safely ignore what we’re seeing now. It’s nothing more than a diversion, a freak-filled circus sideshow existing only to make the chosen one all the more appealing to “mainstream” Republican and Independent voters when the time comes.

I hope I’m not right about this, because if it happens, our nation—already teetering on the edge of the the corporate/fascist abyss—will go right over. Hitler didn’t have the technology or resources to succeed at this and Orwell’s 1984 was 30 years premature. If we end up with another Republican president and Congress, you can kiss everything this country has supposedly stood for over the last 200 years goodbye.

Enough is Enough!

There is a HEINOUS bill, House bill H.R. 3035—aka the “Mobile Informational Call Act Of 2011″—making its way through Congress right now, and it’s going to affect every cell phone user in this country.  The bill aims to give telemarketers, bill collectors, and similar douchebags complete, unfettered access to your cell phone number.  If you aren’t on an unlimited cell phone plan, this means that YOU will be charged for every minute these scum suckers can waste when calling you.

More importantly to the Congressional Vermin Hordes, passage of this bill will allow them to robocall us with “information” about why we should vote for them! How convenient! Hey, forget taxing the pigs on Wall Street a half of a percent more. Forget keeping the air and water in a non-poisonous state. Forget about the economy! To these “people” it’s all about finding “new and innovative” ways to destroy the quality of our lives.

The bill was introduced by Republican Congresscretin Lee Terry of Nebraska, and all but one of the nine co-sponsors are also Republicans.  Quelle Surprise! So who, besides our “elected representatives” think this bill is a good idea?  The usual 1% suspects, of course: the Mortgage Bankers Association, the American Banking Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But there is a new way of letting Congress know we’ve had enough: Reverse Robocall. If these Koch-suckers think that receiving robocalls is so great, perhaps it’s time to turn the tables on them.

Tell ya what Mr./Ms. Congresscretin…how about you publish your cell phone numbers so your constituents (you know, the people who elected you to serve as their representative) can call you day and all night with some messages of their own? I know I’ve got some good ones for you and there’s plenty more where those come from. I can’t wait until some enterprising individual actually does start doing blast emails of the cell phone numbers of the members of The Amalgamated Asswipes Of Our Government Union, and providing daily updates for those numbers. The twisted morons in Washington would need to have their staffers devoted all their time to little more than providing them with a new cell phone number or a temporary cell phone every day. Probably nothing would bring Washington’s incessant attacks on us to a screeching halt faster.

What do you think?

So Much for That First Amendment Thing…

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi thinks this is the appropriate response to a peaceful sit-in.

The cops say they feared for their lives because of the crowd that was gathering around them. Seriously? Look at that photo. Look at this one:

What do you see? A dozen students on the ground looking at their feet, and some onlookers all holding up cameras at a respectable distance – you’ll note the other cops aren’t looking terribly worried. The cop casually saunters over and pepper sprays the people sitting down, which is odd since supposedly they were afraid of the people who were standing up.

It’s obvious they weren’t afraid of the crowd.  I mean, look at them!

But for the sake of their argument, let’s say they were deathly afraid of all the cell phone cameras behind them, recording this brutality from 20 feet away. If they feared for their safety from the crowd surrounding them, then why didn’t you pepper spray the crowd? Why would they turn around and spray a bunch of kids sitting on the ground, doing nothing except looking at their feet?

Here’s another shot, taken right before the kids get pepper-sprayed. Notice how the cops are in fear for their lives from the very dangerous children sitting down quietly on the cement, doing absolutely nothing.

And here’s another photo. These are the same kids who are being pepper sprayed in the photos above. Look at these kids. This is the scene that caused the police to “fear for their lives” and attack these kids. (Not the terrorist fist jabs.)

These are cops. They’re trained in how to use their weapon with precision, and only when necessary. And we’re to believe that these cops, in the heat of what appears to not be a very scary moment, accidentally attacked the people who weren’t even threatening them? They used their weapon on the wrong crowd of people. This could have been their guns they were using. We’ve got cops who don’t even know how to pick the right crowd of people to fire at. If they’re this bad as cops, they should all be fired on the spot.

“If you look at the video you are going to see that there were 200 people in that quad,” said UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza. “Hindsight is 20-20 and based on the situation we were sitting in, ultimately that was the decision that was made.”

Spicuzza is a liar and should be fired. And 20/20 is just hindsight, it’s about fifteen multi-million dollar lawsuits. And her job.

It is not a happy day at the UC Davis Facebook page.

The cop doing the pepper spraying has been identified:
Lieutenant John Pike
530-752-3989
japikeiii@ucdavis.edu

Feel free to let this neanderthal know how you feel. Twitter is alight with it.

There is clearly no justification for that this uniformed thug did. I wonder how the parents of those students feel after seeing this? Their children were holding a peaceful sit-in and they got pepper-sprayed. How do alumni feel? He’s a university cop. UC Davis owns Pike’s actions.

I’m sorry, but this has gone too far. This has happened in police department after police department across this country without repercussion. Our police look like the goons in Russia, China, and countries throughout the middle east—you know, the ones we’re so intent on bringing democracy capitalism to.

UC Davis staff and administrators reportedly watched and did nothing while the police attacked. They didn’t even offer to get medical help for the students afterwards. Take note kids, when you’re trying to decide which school to attend, UC Davis probably isn’t a good choice. And it’s probably not a good place for alumni to donate money to, since money (or the withholding of same) seems to be the only thing that effects change in the world.

UCD paramedics later treated with saline the eyes of 11 protesters; two were taken to Sutter Davis Hospital. Nearby, one young woman sat on her knees, crying with her eyes shut and pink streaks of Pepto-Bismol and water running down her cheeks.

Kristin Koster, a post-doctoral lecturer, used a scarf dipped in another home remedy, Maalox and water, to help Dominic Gutierrez, who was barely able to open his eyes.

He was sprayed, he said, when he tried to shield others with his jacket.

Koster said that she was “horrified” by both the actions of police and the inaction of staff and administrators standing nearby who did not seek medical assistance for those hurt until asked.

UC Davis faculty members are now calling on university Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to resign. Here’s a brief except of the letter (read the entire thing here) that was submitted to the Chancellor by Nathan Brown, Associate Professor of English at UC Davis:

Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked.

What happened next?

Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.

This is what happened, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Police Chief Annette Spicuzza. You are responsible for it. Lt. John Pike should be summarily fired and you should resign immediately.