Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Today in Republican Detachment Disorder: Let Our Skeevy Past Be Stricken from Every Book and Tablet

Stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every mainstream media outlet in America.

Let the horrific shit we said and did for decades that led inexorably to the Rise of Trump be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.

So, how are we all doing today?

I know how I'm doing.  I'm sitting up late into the night with my lovely wife wondering how we're going to function as a going concern now that Amazon has decided to shut off the rewards program that was generating half of the revenue from our podcast.


We were meticulous about following their guidelines, but in the end, they shut it down anyway, and so whatever we had in the pot in September is now the last dime we will ever see from them, because whatever was in there for October and November from purchases you all made through our link has been taken back.  It was fun while it lasted and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who bought stuff this way knowing that you were kicking in a little do-re-mi to literally keep the lights on and the health insurance paid at our little podcast in the Middle of Middle America.

So that's how I'm doing.

You want to know who isn't worried one little bit about suddenly and arbitrarily losing half their income?

The New York Times' newest resident Very Serious Conservative, Bret Stephens.  Because despite generally being an assembly-line-created Modern Conservative douchbag and climate change denialist, Mr. Stephens excels at providing the hot commodity which is most in demand in professional media circles today.  See if you can spot it!

BRET STEPHENS: You know, I find myself and I think a lot of my friends in the same position, which is, we're in a kind of "I can't believe what I'm saying" moment.  Because for so much of my political life, I have just been sort of consistently and instinctively on the side of the Republican Party.  That's when it was a matter of the sort of policies they were espousing, especially a version of the Republican Party that was about free trade, enterprise, openness, democracy, human rights and so on.  That party, incredibly, in the space of just a year and a longer...simply no longer exists...
Yeah, you're clever.  You spotted it.
That party, incredibly, in the space of just a year and a half, simply no longer exists... 
Although I will give Mr. Stephens for accidentally using the word "incredibly" correctly:
incredibly:  adverb -- Used to introduce a statement that is hard to believe.
And the reason that Mr. Stephen's assertion that the GOP went from a party of "free trade, enterprise, openness, democracy, human rights" to a party of degenerates, imbeciles, racists and demagogues in 
"in the space of just a year and a half" is incredible is is not credible.

Or, in plainer language, it is a lie.  A Big Lie.  A Big Lie in which every single person on that panel actively participates, along with virtually the entire profession of American political journalism and punditry.

A Big Lie that that is so terribly fragile and so easily debunked that it cannot bear the slightest push-back or scrutiny, which is exactly why dirty hippie push-backers and scrutinizers are not allowed within thousand yards of panels like these.  

Because even the most casual observer cannot fail to notice that the ranks of profession of American political journalism and punditry are now wildly overstocked with wildly overpaid hacks like Mr. Bret Stephens who are employed at heavy expense to make sure that the Big Lie behind which they all cower remains intact no matter what.  One sustained attack on their big, glass jaw and the whole edifice of their artifice would shatter, which is why the men who own the cameras and who fill Mr. Stephens' pockets with ducats do not allow that to happen.

Hey, you want to know who else isn't worried one little bit about missing any meals anytime soon?

This guy.

This guy: "Clarence Thomas's wife presents award to James O'Keefe at Trump hotel".

From The Atlantic:
It’s been eight years since O’Keefe’s debut on the national scene. The videos in which he and Hannah Giles posed as a pimp and prostitute to record ACORN employees appearing to advise them on how to break the law made the kind of impact mainstream news organizations dream of. They lead to ACORN shutting down, and made O’Keefe a key figure in the conservative media of the time. While others in the blogosphere or on cable news complained about the left, O’Keefe was out there doing something about it, infiltrating liberal institutions and exposing their corruption.

According to tax filings for Project Veritas, O’Keefe is raising more money than ever; he drew a salary of over $300,000 last year. But Project Veritas feels like a relic from an earlier era in conservative media, like a Glenn Beck chalkboard or a Fox News segment on “Obamaphones.”...
In case Mr. Stephens reads this, allow me to explain.  You see, Bret, "eight years" is longer than "a year and a half".  In fact, Bret, your side of the political spectrum has been an extraordinarily fertile and profitable breeding ground for all manner of ratfuckers and scum-peddlers for decades now.   And for all of those decades that the Republican Party has spent shambling quite deliberately and purposefully down the long, wide, and clearly-marked road from Nixon's Southern Strategy and Lee Atwater, through Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, and now, at last, to Brietbart, Hannity, O'Keefe and all the rest of the flesh-eaters and hobgoblins who own the Party of Lincoln...

...none of Conservatism's overpaid child-men like you, Bret, gave one little damn about the truth.

And now that the Beast that we dirty hippies have warned you about all this time has finally come, you wring their hands, look to the Heavens and ask "How did this happen?"

Fuck.  You.   All.

"Where Yesterday is Exiled, Memory is Rebellion" -- driftglass, January, 2010.

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Kevin Holsinger said...

Good evening, Mr. Glass.

So is Amazon doing away with the program entirely? Or did they claim you did something wrong?

Be seeing you.

Lindy said...


Bliohlaw said...

Donated.Thank you, for all your hard work.

toussaint said...

No recourse for them stealing what is rightfully yours? Of course, you have all sorts of options to go to the competition, so the market will punish Amazon.

Pretzelogic in Philly, PA said...

In addition to listening to the Pro Left podcast (of course) I've been listening to Bob Cesca's show (it can be entertaining).

I mention this only because about a month ago, if that, Amazon pulled the same stunt with him right down to refusing to tender the commission (if that would be the correct term) already due for purchases made via his link.

The good news (I think) is that Amazon apparently agreed to let him put the link back on his site, based on what he said in his most recent episode. Not clear to me from Cesca's discussion of events whether Amazon agreed to make good on the lost commission from prior purchases, but all may not be lost... ?

In the meantime he added links to other vendors (Target et al) so now they have some competition, such as it is.

David C. Drake said...

Beautifully written. Thank you for being a powerful voice for the truth...for more than a year and a half.

Robt said...

It is like the republican failure follies on ice.

Come around every election or so.

The silent movie keystone cops of finance with the children favorite Destro the Kansas economy killer aper.

So I was so amused with ODonnell bring on Tom Friedman . Now that he feels assured of his tax cuts. On the show to address us little people with his superior mind on "the only guy that matters" decision on Jerusalem.

Tom is so apart from himself over this. He actually stated why he disagrees with Trump (the only guy that matters).
No, he didn't say the words he disagrees with Trump. But he did rant on an appeal of why it should not happen. To ODonnell's audience..1..??..!.

IF severe violence breaks loose or war . Not to fear. Trump is raising my taxes and will have a lot of my money to send in America. For as long as my pension lasts anyways.

On the other side of the planet, Bannon, Trump and company are telling Alabamians that George Soros is in town and spending his evil money to help Roy boys enemy. How the Wa Po, Soros and libtards of the baskerville have come in to their state.

As if Bannon ever been to Alabama before, he is just one of the good ole boys driving around with Luke Duke driving around the General in the Trumps of hazard.

Len Boatman said...

Amazon is the devil. I've been trying to make a go in Affiliate marketing since apparently I'm to goddamn old to get steady work anymore. I can't tell you how many people I've tried to warn away from their business model when asked. Utterly capricious, all rules subject to change and reinterpretation based on a whim. Kind of like dealing with an insurance company or google or the government get the picture. Our entire culture is like wearing a hair shirt.

Robt said...

While the US Supreme Court takes on the most important case of our time.

A Colo. cake baker who has an actual menu list of standard cakes he offer for sale.

Birthday, wedding cakes. But his closely held religious beliefs that he discriminates with somehow got the right money behind him after losing his case of violating the state civil rights.

Did you know cakes are religious? Especially wedding cakes? Are cup Cakes as religious? Doughnuts? Hostess cupcakes?
This has no end...!

The good days of, I refuse to serve you.

That the cake baker creations have religious creative labor that cannot be allowed for a same sex couple to have this cake and eat it too.

Let SCOYIS diddle over bigoted expansion over civil rights. Because this is the most very important issue of our time.

Didn't matter what the State law was. The state Supreme court ruling, the Fed appeal court ruling.

We have 5 conservative justices (wit Gorsuch). Lets use it for our ideology over the constitution.

Taint no judicial legislating from the bench here.

xajj said...

I complained to Amazon. Any advice on how to proceed?

driftglass said...

Thank you all.