Checking In On Old Friends

I had not dropped by Reclusive Leftist for a while. Here is my old friend Violet Socks’ latest:

National Schadenfreude Day is just gonna last all week, isn’t it? The headline from the Washington Post:

Republican Party begins election review to find out what went wrong

Hello, Republican Party? What went wrong is that you hate female people, black people, brown people, gay people, non-rich people, educated people, rational people, etc. That’s a lot of people.

Party officials said the review is aimed at studying their tactics and message, not at changing the philosophical underpinnings of the party.

Okay, see, this is going to be a problem. Because the philosophical underpinnings of your party are that you hate female people, black people, brown people, gay people, non-rich people, educated people, rational people, etc. Do you see where this is going?


At its core, the GOP is the party of the 1%. Yes, it started out as something different back in the 19th century, but for the past hundred years the GOP has been the party of the rich. The party of the 1%. And all the other stuff—from red-baiting to abortion to the Southern strategy to guns to gays—is just smoke and mirrors to trick the 99% into voting for them.

Racism and sexism have been particularly potent smoke-and-mirror techniques for the past few decades, so much so that there is now a generation of useful idiots in the lower ranks of the party who really think that’s what the GOP is about. But modern demographics are complicating that strategy. There are just too many female people and black people and brown people on the other side.

When your base is down to the Confederacy and Deseret, you have a problem.

While the so called “gender gap” does exist, more than 40% of registered GOP voters are women (in 2010 the GOP split the women’s vote 50/50 with the Democrats). 8 out of 10 of the wealthiest counties in the country voted for Obama last week. As for gays, approximately 25% vote Republican. Not only that but opposition to gay marriage exists in both parties. Vice President Cheney came out publicly in favor of gay marriage long before Obama did.

In the case of minorities, who hates who? Mia Love was defeated by a white male Democrat, and Allen West is currently trailing a white male Democrat by a small margin in Florida.

Lately I feel like I’m in one of those movies where everybody starts turning into pod people. Either that or lots of sane, rational people are just going stark raving bonkers.

I wonder if some day historians will be writing about the mass hysteria that swept the nation in the early 21st Century the same way they discuss witch hunts?

I’m heading back to the man cave to hide.

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172 Responses to Checking In On Old Friends

  1. DailyPUMA says:

    The voter picture ID issue I found amazing. Having people present a picture ID when they vote actually makes it easier for that person to then use their picture ID to qualify for all kinds of government programs.

    What should have been a positive Republican move was spun as being racist, and raises the question if there might have been rampant voter fraud after all.

    • myiq2xu says:

      If that many minority members are unable to get a government issued photo-ID, why aren’t the Democrats trying to help them?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Would have helped the Hillary caucuses in 2008 😉 Geesh, the home base of PETA is down the road from me and they have a van that roams poor sections to spay and neuter their pets for *free*. I donate to that effort. I would DEFINITELY donate to a roaming van that provides free photo i.d.’s to the homeless! I’ve been assured those in public housing and getting assistance already have photo id.

  2. Somebody says:

    I guess she’s unaware of the civil rights movement and which party was the impediment. Guess she’s unaware that MLK was an R. Gues she’s never heard of log cabin R’s.

    • LOL Facts are impediment to the challenged. We are not allowed to point out facts. That just results in them sticking their fingers in their ears and going “LA LA LA Can’t HEAR you!”

    • myiq2xu says:

      Neither party is the same as it was 50 years ago.

    • votermom says:

      Violet banned me after first telling me I’d been had by Sarah Palin and that basically as an immigrant I was too dumb to know better.

      • myiq2xu says:

        When the “white racist” and “male chauvinist” labels won’t stick they gotta come up with something else.

      • gxm17 says:

        She banned me after I commented that health insurance is not the same as health care (a Green Party position), telling me I was either a right winger or a ratfucker. After I’d been commenting there for four years and donating to her blog. Whatever. I left, as asked, and never looked back. The groupthink on so-called “feminist” sites is Orwellian scary.

  3. catarina says:

    Who in the hell were all those women at the Republican convention?
    Condoleeza Rice, Susanna Martinez, Nikki Haley, Mia Love?
    Look, Violet, black, yellow, brown, black..women!

    And men..lots of Not White Guys.
    I don’t have my name list handy.
    But I saw them. On the stage.
    Did the GOP kick them out of the Party after the convention?

    • Somebody says:

      Shhh Cararina don’t let the cat out of the bag. The GOP has them locked up until the next convention.

      Nah, I’m kidding they’re not locked up……they’re actually animatronics, the GOP stopped holding hostages decades ago. sarc/off

    • They watched MSNBC. We saw all those people because we watched on c-Span so we could listen and form our own opinions. C-Span is only for those interested in and capable of thinking. MSNBC and her satellite Pravda outlets are for those who need their info pre digested.

      • lorac says:

        Yes, I read that MSNBC didn’t broadcast the speeches of any of the non-whites, and only showed one speech by a woman. Disgusting.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I really found the RNC inspiring by the folks they chose to highlight. Still not sure it was a good idea to exclude the GOP primary peeps and Tea Party fave Sarah. But we’ll work this out in the coming weeks, snort, before 2016 ramps up.

      I’m still stuck on Cory Booker on the Dem side, but he’s under the DNC bus. Otherwise, I have no one else 😉

  4. DM says:

    GWB did everything that the Republican Party was against, and in the same way, Obama has done everything that the Democratic Party is against. Parties don’t mean anything.

  5. catarina says:

    It’s not that the GOP doesn’t support women and people of color.
    It’s just that they don’t support the *right* women and people of color.

    • Somebody says:

      Truer words were never spoken catarina

    • Erica says:

      Bingo. And if you’re not one of the “right” women or people of color, or gay people for that matter, watch out. The Dem party is going to come after you with all the vigour of Obama’s well-honed vindictiveness.

    • swanspirit says:

      All that crap about the party of rich old white men is the propaganda of the class / race war that the “compassionate uniting party of the people ” used to divide and propagate hate so they could win . And it worked .Hate and fear won thanks to Obama .

    • DeniseVB says:

      What’s creepy, I’m starting to see signs that Alan West and Mia Love were targeted….as porch monkeys. Makes me sick.

  6. 49erDweet says:

    This has become a little too much “Wizard of Ozy” Reality became fable and spin morphed into truth. Time to reboot.

  7. carol haka says:

    Well, the good news is Sarah Palin and the Tea Party love all of those factions. But most importantly, they love the Constitution and the 1st Amendment. Palin 2016. 👿

  8. votermom says:

    I wonder if some day historians will be writing about the mass hysteria that swept the nation in the early 21st Century the same way they discuss witch hunts?

    It’s a cult.

  9. DM says:

    There’s lots I don’t like about the Republican Party, but I hate the Democratic Party.

  10. yttik says:

    I’d rather know the truth than suffer from delusions. I’d rather lose with y’all, than win with people who warp reality. I’d rather be free of the Dem plantation than trapped in that distorted view of the world.

    Don’t hide in your man cave, myiq. It’s incredibly lonely to not be one of the cool kids, but like your mother probably once told you, “if all your friends are jumping off a bridge, are you going to follow them??”

    This country needs leaders, we need people who go rogue, who don’t mindlessly follow the herd over the cliff. That is and always has been the soul of our country. We’re a land of rebels and revolutionaries.

  11. yttik says:

    By the way, Violet kicked me out long ago, ironically because I’m a minority and a feminist and a bleeding heart. A genuine bleeding heart who believes helping the poor should be about empowering them to have a big hunk of the pie for themselves, rather than an extra 6 bucks in food stamps every month. I’m also apparently too radical of a feminist, because I don’t believe that equality has anything to do with pole dancing and collecting a free pack of birth control pills.

    I’m not an old rich white dude. But some of my best friends are 🙂

    • elliesmom says:

      I’ve been banned by Violet a couple of times – once for suggesting that women shouldn’t slap men. I’ve had comments deleted by Amy Siskind at TNA when I’ve suggested the group has become just another shill for the Democrats. She hasn’t banned me yet, but give it time. Uppity thinks I’m a nasty Republican. But, you know, I’ve never been banned from a conservative site for suggesting they lighten up on their anti-abortion rhetoric or keep their noses out of the rights of gays and lesbians to enjoy all of the benefits of marriage. And I do that a fair amount.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Whoa, I still haven’t been banned/tombstoned by dkos or du, I don’t burn bridges 😉

  13. driguana says:

    Everything is upside down! The first phase of the beginning of the end and the end of the beginning starting on December 21st….don’t ya get it??? Or, as Jim Morrison so succinctly put it….”break on through to the other side”!!!

  14. Constance says:

    I wondered when this would start. Check it out a Texas petition for withdrawal from the union because the Federal government doesn’t follow American principles…–election.html

  15. Somebody says:

    Did you guys see this?

    • angienc says:

      Not surprising — you’d have to be as stupid as they are to support Obama.

      It’s sad that we’ve raised such a generation of losers– they don’t even understand the principles of socialism, yet think it is superior to capitalism & their classrooms had pictures of Che Rivera on the wall, not George Washington.

  16. scoutt says:

    I keep trying to shut down any conversations about the election. The desire to bathe in the satisfaction of beating people you hate is just too tempting and they won’t shut up.

    Honestly, everyone i talk to says they aren’t happy with his lordship but OMG we couldn’t let that horrible awful Romney win. Vaginas!

    We go back and forth and finally I end up saying, “If you tell me you voted for his lordship because he’s skin is dark or because you’re afraid of possibly getting two farrrrrr right judges appointed, I’d respect your honesty. But any other reason is pure bullsh*t”.

    And that brings the conversations to a moment of clarity that we both can tolerate.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Every four years it’s the same shit:

      “ZOMG! We can’t let them take over the Supreme Court!!!”

      • votermom says:

        Well, that’s gonna be moot in 2016. Obama will have packed SCOTUS by then with more Kagan clones.

      • smile says:

        This is how twisted their thinking is. By this logic, it is not a presidential election, it is an indirect election of the supreme court judges.

        OT: Was thinking about the bronco bama fans sore winner attitude and beyonce’s twitter after the election saying “take that mitches” and realised that these voters do not have a concept of what democracy is and what democratic elections are. They are upset, no, enraged and filled with hatred that anybody dared to run against their bronco, that bronco even had to run to be elected again. Nothing else explains their attitude. The other, we, are supposed to be gracious, but they, the bronco fans, are justified to be anything but gracious.

    • Constance says:

      The thing is a lot of people who voted Obama voted for the Democrat brand which the prefer to the Republican brand. If the Republicans don’t figure that out and work on their brand then we need to assume they like playing the powerless victim.

  17. angienc says:

    I stopped reading Violet’s blog months ago when she wrote a diatribe about how freaky Mormons were, rationalizing that it wasn’t bigotry because they are, in fact, weirdos who wear “magic underwear” (not “temple garments” mind you, she actually used the slur while claiming not to be a bigot).

    BTW, no one on the “tolerant Left” has ever been able to explain to me what is so much more offensive about a Mormon wearing temple garments than a Jewish person wearing a yarmulke or a Christian wearing a cross necklace.

    She needed a pretext to vote for Obama after what he did in 2008 to both Hillary & Palin & Romney’s religion was it. She’s a hypocrite & a fool.

  18. myiq2xu says:

    I was flipping channels and just caught something on CBS about the power being still out in Brooklyn and generators just arriving from Texas over the weekend.

    The ADA unit I was in in Germany had one whole section that took care of generators for the unit equipment. We used to practice packing up the entire BOC and moving it to the field and setting it back up on short notice. Sometimes we would do it 2-3 times in one day.

    Why don’t we have some rapid-deployment FEMA units with generators, tents and mess halls??

    • yttik says:

      “Why don’t we have some rapid-deployment FEMA units with generators, tents and mess halls??”

      Mostly because government efficiency is an oxymoron?Or was that a rhetorical question?

    • votermom says:

      Bloomberg sent away the National Guard because they have guns. (that little man is worse than Obama)

    • swanspirit says:

      Because the wonderful pressie said there would be no red tape , and then Christie kissed his ass .or something like that

    • Somebody says:

      Um, I don’t think those are union generators if they came from Texas. Better send them back asap.

    • Karma says:

      This was before Katrina and one of the only things my dad could tell me about his time there. Anyway, his base was responsible for disaster relief/response for the southern states.

      When a storm was coming in he would gauge where it would hit and how large it was. And order them to start loading the trains with the appropriate amount of supplies, so once the federal order came down, the trains would leave immediately. He said that they had large equipment, etc for clean up, trailers, furniture, pots and pans, clothing, even toys for the children, stored on base.

      If the order didn’t come in they would unload the trains. Not sure if they kept that procedure after my dad was assigned to another base but it was one he implemented while there. Or if the re-organization after 9/11 would have another base taking up that responsibility.

      But it seems like Bloomberg might have negated any military help from another state which was tasked with that regional responsibility just like he negated his own National Guard unit from helping.

      • myiq2xu says:

        There should be supply depots around the country filled with emergency supplies and equipment. Each state should have their own as well.

        There should be no need to put out bid requests for basic things like food and water.

        • Karma says:

          I agree. Who knows maybe the states want the Feds to cover the costs so that’s why they refuse to supply such depots. Or the Feds want that responsibility over the states. Not sure where the problem exists especially after 9/11, DHS, and Katrina.

      • Karma says:

        Also this is the same thing that Angie pointed to when noting that a Dem Mayor and Dem Gov stood in the way of Bush helping in LA.

        Those out of state trains couldn’t move without the feds. The feds can’t move without the disaster states making the requests.

  19. votermom says:

  20. DM says:

    Let me get this straight: the jihadists that attacked Benghazi didn’t text Panetta of an impending attack, and that’s the reason Panetta couldn’t mobilize the armed forces quickly. 🙄

    Panetta: The fundamental fact is this: in order for us to be able to move quickly -we have to have some advance notice that something is going to happen and in this case we didn’t have that. When we were informed the attack was already happening, and to be able to respond quickly when an attack is already going on, just make it very difficult to be able to move as quickly as we would have wanted to.”

  21. swanspirit says:

    AND Susan Rice is indeed being considered for SOS unfuckingbelievable

  22. votermom says:

    74 RTs on it. LOL

  23. piper says:

    Most kids at some point learn that money doesn’t grow on trees. These college kids will eventually learn that they will be the ones paying back obama’s generosity.

  24. piper says:

    btw – the fix was in from the beginning – Nate Silver’s wrote a book on why many predictions fail and a few don’t – his book is in the new section of our library.

  25. myiq2xu says:

    I have some great news!

    My granddaughter is now officially a “big girl”!!!

  26. DM says:

    It’s a dream team:
    Obama, POTSU
    Kerry, Secretary of Defense
    Rice, Secretary of State

    Whoever replaces Geithner will complete that dream team.

  27. t says:

    Nice GFG quilt on the child’s bed. Hope the monster doesn’t get it ;-).

    It’s wierd what the Democratic Party has become….oh, and write when Violet says Harry Reid should be kicked out of the Senate for being a scary Mormon.

    One time Violet blew a gasket over something I said…I was actually agreeing with her, I mean completely agreeing with her. She is quite something.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I got an email out of the blue from Violet asking me to remove her from our blogroll.

      No explanation as to why.

      She was listed under the “Friends” header.

      • lorac says:

        And the dems (the former party for most of us, so there should be some connections at the base between us all) are supposed to be so tolerant and be able to hear others and reach across the aisle to indies and republicans – but instead all they’ve got is “let me stay in my box, and you stay out of MY box” and then they just keep themselves warm and self-righteous with the most sterotypical, antiquated, out of touch beliefs about “the other”. But no wonder – they’re too skeered to be near us, in case they might have to adjust their worldviews!

      • trixta says:

        She just “unfriended” us.

  28. ME says:

    OT: I like to read “Volokh Conspiracy” which is a libertarian blog. There is a poll of their readers on the side bar. 28% of those polled said they voted Obama. Quite possible that Ron Paul people voted Obama.

    • angienc says:

      Ron Paul people were never going to vote for anyone *but* Ron Paul or Obama– they’re into cults of personality.

  29. angienc says:

    This made me laugh:

  30. swanspirit says:

  31. myiq2xu says:

    “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.'” — Robert Heinlein

  32. Karma says:

    The whole thing is a convenient spectacle but this part about minimization made me laugh.

    In all electronic surveillance, including emails, the FBI is legally compelled to adhere to the principle of “minimization,” limiting the invasion of privacy as much as possible to what is specifically warranted. This applies even when a case involves the worst kinds of criminals.

    Agents are required to abstain from even listening to such purely personal conversations as mushy talk between a mob killer and his mistress. Minimization in these instances may have saved lives, as Mafia wives are notably more liable to express their fury physically than, say, military spouses. The wife of one Gambino crime-family boss sent an email concerning her philandering husband that was unquestionably a death threat. She then followed it with an apology.

    “I am sorry I misspelled ‘arsenic.’”

  33. on the subject of Violet, she ran the TNA blog for the first little bit of TNA’s existence. I’d never written anything ever because I thought I couldn’t, and of course, she fancies herself to be the best writer of all. So Violet invites me to write once a week on the TNA blog, and I said yes. Well, it turned out that maybe I actually had something to say, and one of my pieces turned out to be the all time highest commented on piece up to that point (“Eating Crow For Caroline Kennedy”). Violet couldn’t handle apparently that the non-writer got such a great response and she, the best writer of all time, didn’t .

    So she started nitpicking my stuff and got all arrogant and superior with me. And then I wrote something—-I can’t even remember what it was, but it was about some writer who wrote about the holocaust. When I wrote the piece, she came after me and said that I wasn’t allowed to write anything about the holocaust because bloggers overused holocaust references.

    Well, first of all, I didn’t see that “rule” written anywhere. Secondly, as a Jew, don’t tell me what I can or can’t write about the holocaust. But finally, Violet became the censor and doorkeeper trying to take away my free speech.

    In the end, Violet didn’t last long anyways as the keeper of the blog. Like many others at TNA, Amy ran her off using one of her favorite tools, a disagreement on how much money Amy was supposed to pay Violet. Amy apparently told her she would pay her, Violet billed, and Amy refused to fork over the cash on some wildly irrelevant pretext.


    • scoutt says:

      I did a ton of branding and messaging work for Amy (she asked me to help) and she blew me off and went ahead with a confluted wtf do you stand for site. I did not have a good experience with them.

    • Karma says:

      I had high hopes for them after NOW completely laid down over Obama. But they quickly disabused me of that notion.

      Lots of weird stories like yours that seemed to spill out of that place.

    • AniEm says:

      Sad. This is a parable of contemporary feminism in action. Sounds as though she was too threatened to welcome your insights and abilities. It seems that feminists have distorted feminism just as Dems have distorted the Democratic label. To paraphrase the old Pogo cartoon – We’ve met the enemy and she is us.

  34. I might also add that the piece myiq referenced above falls under the “sore winner” category in my book:

  35. gxm17 says:

    IMO, the disappearing and dismissal of conservative POC by progressives is one of the most disgusting and despicable forms of racism at work today.

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