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Patriot? Meh.

So there’s this lunatic (my apologies to lunatics) out in Pennsylvania who evidently has the blessing of the town “leaders” to pump rounds of ammo into Nancy Pelosi’s face (Sorry—it is a picture on a target that is some sort of clown with a hammer that this nimrod calls Nancy Pelosi).  He proceeds to show more than a little animus towards “libtards” in his gosh- darn, adorable little drawl:

“Fuck all you libtards out there … yous take it in the ass…I don’t give a fuck what you say, so you can all go fuck yourselves. Period.”

Oh brother, now that hurt. I may have to crawl up into the fetal position for a bit.

He is also the defacto organizer of some sort of loser cult that is going to “protect” the Constitution, because Lord knows, I go to sleep at night feeling soooo much better knowing that men like Kessler have graduated from playing “mine’s bigger than yours” in their mommy’s woodshed to defending my sorry ass from those who would destroy the very essence of our republic.

Plus folks, he’s on the school board.

Oh, and he was shot with his own gun in the hand during a bar fight in Pennsyltucky when he tried to “break-up”  the fight after downing a few.

Awesome.

Hell, he makes Ted Nugent look downright stable.

Look, people with all of their marbles still intact see this dude for what he is–an idiot. He is the only cop in some jerkwater burg where the only real fun they have is cussing out “libtards” and jacking a few into a target on a Saturday night so they can feel all “tough“ and “manly.” I get it. No harm, no foul right?

But what I’m observing which is probably more disturbing than old Skeeter having a melt-down on Youtube is the acquiescence of a certain segment of the population to this type of over the top and dangerous rhetoric, and moreover, their implicit and sometimes complicit, sanctioning of it.

Somehow, this dolt is some sort of “patriot”, because, evidently anytime you form a posse based on your paranoid and uneducated views of what the Constitution enumerates and why, and if you are somehow now the ultimate arbiter of how the government is or is not enforcing it, and hold utter disgust and blind hatred for the citizens who placed their votes for representatives to uphold said document, you are now in the Tea Party era, a true “patriot.”

Chew tobacco…chew tobacco…chew tobacco…SPIT!

Sorry friends. Mark Kessler is no patriot because he has the Constitutional right to carry a gun around and pretends to shoot our elected leaders in the face because he dislikes them.

Mark Kessler is no patriot because as a public servant, his job is to make sure he dispenses justice in a dispassionate, fair, and impartial manner to ALL citizens. His words and actions call that ability into question.

One can only wonder what he would do if someone drove through HIS town with an I Love Obama sticker plastered to their bumper. Maybe he’d let you pass…or maybe he wouldn’t…

And that is what’s wrong today.

Ban the Books, Full Steam Ahead

We have learned from a Freedom of Information Act that Mitch Daniels, while sitting governor of Indiana, requested that the writings of historian Howard Zinn be expunged from all Indiana classrooms in 2010, as well as “liberal propaganda.”

“This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away,” Daniels wrote. “The obits and commentaries mentioned his book, `A People’s History of the United States,’ is the `textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.’ It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page.

“Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”

If you don’t know who Howard Zinn is, you should do some research. He is a man who tried to explore the side of history from the perspective of the “other”, or in his own words, a look at history “from the perspective of the slaughtered and mutilated…”

I am still trying to digest the notion that the Brothers Koch, A.K.A. , the evil brothers hell-bent on destroying the world for their profit, are probably going to get their “Kochtapus” tentacles around 8 major newspapers. This will enable them to spread their special brand of laissez- faire business ideas, A.K.A., Robber Barons Redux, to many more eyeballs. But this little tidbit about Daniels is just as scary and revealing about the direction that the authoritarian wing-nuts want to take us.

It doesn’t surprise me that these right-wads want to control the minds and hearts of the public. Bubbles the chimp could figure out that the radical right game plan is to dumb-down the electorate, one news outlet at a time (you don’t think Fox is a bunch of propagandist, lying asshats? Go here for proof). The party that flails about like wind-chimes during a hurricane over the “Constitution” and “small government” needs desperately to suppress facts and knowledge which doesn’t fit their narrative that corporations should be able to do whatever the hell they want and not get taxed along the way. Academics like Zinn who don’t comport with their jingoistic narratives are a threat.

Thinkers…a threat. It really is that simple.

The only way to fight annoying scientists and scholars who use facts and research is to take control of what people can read and learn. Can Daniels refute anything he has written based on facts? I doubt it. Zinn had his own biases to be sure, however, without his perspective, history truly is written only by the victors with their own gargantuan biases, and very often, a  misstatement of the facts by co-mission and omission. That is why Mitch Daniels cannot allow Zinn’s revisionist history to be disseminated to the youth of America.

And that is what is wrong today.