Wednesday Reads: Learning Life’s Lessons in a Pool Room

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Good Afternoon

Do you want ever wonder what the hell is going on with politicians today and how they can get away with this kind of shit to begin with in the first place?

That is a rhetorical question…but the setup is legit.

 
Lady Lindsey.

And away we go….

Lindsey Graham: I Know Iran’s Lying Because I Ran My Family’s Pool Room | Mediaite

In pre-taped remarks to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference over the weekend, Senator Lindsey Graham says he knows Iran’s lying because he learned how to spot a liar in his parents’ pool room.

No, seriously.

Graham, of course, kept the focus largely on politics, talking about his background, his belief in the greatness of America, his expected 2016 run, his foreign policy chops, and Hillary Clinton.

But it was when he talked about growing up that he made the connection between his time working at the pool hall and the current Iran nuclear negotiations:

“My family owned a restaurant, a pool room, and a liquor store. And everything I know about the Iranians I learned in the pool room. I ran the pool room when I was a kid and I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are lying.”

Wow.

As the comic image above states, “What the fuck is this bullshit?”

Then you have the other one, Walker…the Kochsucker favorite I guess, who says… about those forced ultrasounds he makes the women in his state take who are looking to get an abortion…yeah they should just shut up about that because you know, forced ultrasounds are “lovely” and “cool.”

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended a bill he signed that required women to undergo ultrasound examinations before seeking an abortion, saying the medically unnecessary procedures were a “lovely” and “cool thing.”

The likely Republican presidential candidate told conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch on Friday that the law, portions of which were struck down earlier this year by a federal judge, was misrepresented by a hostile media, reported Right Wing Watch.

“The media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea,” Walker said. “Most people I talked to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time that pull out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, (and) we still have their first ultrasounds. It’s just a cool thing out there.”

Yes, there is nothing more lovelier than what basically can be described as a forced (uh, emphasis on forced for all those dumbass shitbags who don’t think the word rape is violent enough) rape on a woman by sticking a vaginal probe ultrasound stick up her v-hole to get a cool picture of a clump of “misogynist funded government up your uterus.”

See what I mean: The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show – The Washington Post

…there are currently 10 candidates who are declared or all but certain to run, and another four who will probably run. But while the voters might find this an embarrassment of riches, for the party’s leaders and financiers, it looks like a recipe for trouble.

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this news:

In a Saturday interview on the Larry Kudlow Show,  a nationally syndicated radio broadcast, David Koch let it slip that the roughly$900 million that he and his brother, Charles, plan to lavish on the 2016 presidential race could find its way into the hands of more than one GOP contender.

“We are thinking of supporting several Republicans,” David Koch said, adding, “If we’re happy with the policies that these individuals are supporting, we’ll finance their campaigns.”

Koch said the brothers would begin writing checks to individual candidates in “the primary season, winter and next spring.”

Up until now, the Koch brothers hadn’t indicated that they’d be taking a side in the primaries. It almost seemed that they viewed that as the kind of thing amateurs like Sheldon Adelson do, throwing money at some candidate based on overly irrational personal feelings, while they keep focused on the real goal of getting a Republican — any Republican — into the White House. By saying they’re going to support several candidates in the primaries, the Kochs are pledging to accelerate the winnowing process, by which the race’s chaff can be sloughed off and the focus can stay on the serious contenders.

af023f1da0fe841ac983ad93d5a9ebe5Don’t be fooled by the line about them supporting all the ones whose policies they’re happy with. That’s because there’s almost no disagreement among the candidates, at least on the issues the Kochs care about. All of them would like to see low taxes on the wealthy (most have even advocated a flat tax, a boon to people like the Kochs), a dramatic reduction in regulations that affect corporations and a rollback of the social safety net. Where the Kochs personally disagree with the candidates (as they may on some social issues or on immigration), they disagree with all the candidates, because the candidates’ positions are so similar.

Gawd, I hate those fuckers.

The rest of today’s links below are on the quick, because the Koch Brother’s have disgusted me so…

Supreme Court Agrees to Settle Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’ – NYTimes.com

The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear a case that will answer a long-contested question about a bedrock principle of the American political system: the meaning of “one person one vote.”

The court’s ruling, expected in 2016, could be immensely consequential. Should the court agree with the two Texas voters who brought the case, its ruling would shift political power from cities to rural areas, a move that would benefit Republicans.

28021bd19df44577a64ea181f3d88a0fI can’t believe this: Australia wants to scrap the tampon tax – Business News – Business – The Independent

Tony Abbott has distanced himself from comments made by one of his own ministers in which he agreed the tampon tax should be scrapped in Australia.

“I understand there’s long been a push to take the GST off goods, which are one way or another regarded as health products,” Mr Abbott said. “It’s certainly not something that this Government has a plan to do.”

The reaction comes after Treasurer Joe Hockey vowed to lobby state and territory governments to remove the consumption tax on tampons and said he would raise the issue in his next meeting with state treasurers in July.

Well, no strike that. I can totally believe it.

Sanitary pads and tampons currently attract the 10% Goods and Services tax in Australia, whereas condoms and sunscreen do not.

Mr Hockey’s pledge comes after a Sydney university student, Subeta Vimalarajah, started an online petition addressed to Mr Hockey against the tax on a “bodily function.”

The petition argues against the tax and the current categorisation of sanitary products as not “necessary” enough to be GST-free.

“On the other hand, condoms, lubricants, sunscreen and nicotine patches are all tax-free because they are classed as important health goods, but isn’t the reproductive health and hygiene of 10 million Australians important too?” the petition says.

Pads and tampons essential? Does a bear need Viagra to get stiff? And is this Viagra covered 100% here in the USA? You bet your ass it is.

8c159e8cf8df96b914210cb2c7215d9eAnyway, more links:

UN Officials Didn’t Follow Up On Sex Abuse Claims For Months, But Whistleblower Was Punished

How the Duggars’ Conservative Christianity Can Enable Abuse and Cover-Ups

Bill Cosby Gets the Trial America Craves on Inside Amy Schumer

Bill Nye Confirms ‘The Universe’ Is Trying to Tell Amy Schumer Something | Mediaite

Stop Policing Women’s Bodies | Beth Cone Kramer

Meb93c3b93ed1ee00f40e65fc5159e7dey Favorite Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Has Died

An Ode to the Feminism of Mad Men | The Mary Sue

Georgia counties seeing racial shifts amid reversal of Great… | www.myajc.com

The Cost of an Adjunct – The Atlantic

Why Humblebragging Doesn’t Work – The Atlantic

The VA Can’t Fund IVF for Soldiers Because Congress Loves Embryos More

Emoji is dragging us back to the dark ages – and all we can do is smile | Art and design | The Guardian

So it’s official. We are evolving backwards. Emoji, the visual system of communication that is incredibly popular online, is Britain’s fastest-growing language according to Professor Vyv Evans, a linguist at Bangor University.

The comparison he uses is telling – but not in the way the prof, who appears enthusiastic about emojis, presumably intends. “As a visual language emoji has already far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop,” says Evans.

2dbfaccd482800605d19ef3dfcd47d65Perhaps that is because it is easier to go downhill than uphill. After millennia of painful improvement, from illiteracy to Shakespeare and beyond, humanity is rushing to throw it all away. We’re heading back to ancient Egyptian times, next stop the stone age, with a big yellow smiley grin on our faces.

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…the simplest and most common-sense historical and anthropological evidence tells us that Emoji is not “progress” by any definition. It is plainly a step back.

Evans compares Emoji with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Well indeed. ancient Egypt was a remarkable civilisation, but it had some drawbacks. The Egyptians created a magnificent but static culture. They invented a superb artistic style and powerful mythology – then stuck with these for millennia. Hieroglyphs enabled them to write spells but not to develop a more flexible, questioning literary culture: they left that to the Greeks.

These jumped-up Aegean loudmouths, using an abstract non-pictorial alphabet they got from the Phoenicians, obviously and spectacularly outdid the Egyptians in their range of expression. The Greek alphabet was much more productive than all those lovely Egyptian pictures. That is why there is no ancient Egyptian Iliad or Odyssey.

Read that whole article, it is interesting, in an Idiocracy sort of way.

What is it like to be an Octopus? | Boria Sax

This is an open thread.  Have a wonderful fucking day!