Thursday, December 12, 2019

Today In Both Sides Do It: Oh Lord, Thy Both Siderist Fish Are So Many And Thy Barrel So Small

There's a thing some bible people do when they're in need of a quick hit of spiritual guidance or uplift: open the bible to a random page, stick a finger on a random paragraph and read what it says.  Seems to work for some people.  As for me, my only advice is that if you're doing that, try to avoid the parts of the Old Testament that sanction things like genocide, the end of all life on Earth, or handing your virgin daughter over to an angry mob so that they'll leave you in peace.

But, as I say, seems to work for some people, and who am I to make sport of where people find comfort these days.

I mentions this because I believe it has now become almost impossible to open any op-ed page in any major newspaper anywhere in America,  stick a finger on a random paragraph and not read some godawful Both Siderist drivel by some highly paid media personage.

(Cue driftglass opening his dying local paper to the Opinion page.)

Hey look!  A column by Washington Post Bush Regime Dead-Ender and unreconstructed Torture Pimp Marc Theissen entitled "Joe Biden in the Democrat's Mitt Romney" taking up one-third of the page.  And while this may get the blood moving in the veins of octogenarian wingnuts where I live here in Trump Country, this morning I can't.  Just can't.

Hey look!  The other two-thirds of the page (minus a cartoon and one letter) is taken up by a syndicated column by Insufferably Smug Washington Post Conservative Kathleen Parker entitled "Trump will survive impeachment -- and be stronger for it" .

And around and around my finger goes, until I poke it ... right ... here (emphasis added):
When people examine the lineup of the president’s congressional prosecutors — Mother Superior Nancy Pelosi, the prim and pursed-lipped Adam Schiff and grumpy scold-meister Jerrold Nadler — it’s easy to imagine why some might rather take their chances with a player like Trump. Remember, life is a continuation of high school, and Congress is just one big gymnasium.

This isn’t to say that Republicans emerge as valiant crusaders for the moral good. Both sides have behaved poorly, and “winning,” alas, isn’t an option...
And to contradict the title of my own blog post, hunting Both Siderist turds in the media punch bowl is not, in fact, like shooting fish in a barrel.

It is like shooting legless mouse babies.

In a teacup.

With an RPG.

And if you would like the world to know how god damn sick of it you are ... we've got merch!


Robt said...

Just in case you needed another example cited. Or piled on.

The MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. Andrea and her guest chit chat of the House mark up committee members.
How both sides are wildly impassible and both sides argue there partisan position).

Without explaining why congress no matter their party. Took Oath of Office to the constitution.

President refuses to show up and offer exoneration facts. Somehow, GOP believe this means they are exempted to their oath of office to the constitution and allowed to be the president's defense. Which means, the people in their districts are not represented. They are shunned aside and the president representation is their priority.

Can a on line charity be set up called, "Go _uck'em"

Anonymous said...

Even the usually respectable Atlantic Monthly has these two articles on their web site:

Democrats Have Failed to Prove Their Case Against Trump - Republicans are still waiting for a convincing case that the president was acting to advance his own personal interests.
By Mario Loyola December 12, 2019


This Isn’t What Progressives Wanted From Impeachment - They feel betrayed, and Democrats’ newly announced support for President Trump’s trade deal isn’t helping.
By Elaine Godfrey December 12, 2019

I will not force myself to read them.

My disgust is beyond words.

Anonymous said...

Because I'm American and the other side is too, I must be equitable, equanimous and deferential. However, should a reelection occur in 2020, I shall willingly become an ex-patriot once again not in the sense of an offshore oil drilling, well paid subservient, but as a low spark of a well-healed defender of the Latin Honor Society and all those fellow soon to be retirees who had the smarts to pull their 401k in Dec. 2007 and put it into money markets.

Ed said...

Both sides ask for it.
You can’t eradicate cannibalism by eating the cannibals; there is no better analog for what voting is.
The voting booth should reconfigure the ballot lever to a dildo and require the Helots to use their mouths to make the selection of their next master, it also provides a keen preview of things to come for the voter.
“A ballot is just a substitute for a bullet. If your vote isn’t backed by a bullet, it is meaningless. Without the bullet, people could ignore the election outcome. Voting would be pointless. Democracy has violence at its very core!” ~Muir Matteson, “The Nonviolent Zone”
"An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it." ~ George Bernard Shaw
"Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves." Herbert Marcuse
"Working within the system means to become a part of the system. When you go into the voting booth, the only meaningful significance that your action will have is to show that one more person supports the state". ~Mark Davis
"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other." ~ Oscar Ameringer
"If the right to vote were expanded to seven year olds ... its policies would most definitely reflect the ‘legitimate concerns’ of children to have ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ access to ‘free’ french fries, lemonade and videos." ~ Hans-Hermann Hoppe
"At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent." ~ Joseph Sobran
"The measure of the state's success is that the word anarchy frightens people, while the word state does not." - Joseph Sobran

Robt said...

I hear you on correcting with voting.

My problems that support the Articles are.
*National Security.
* Ongoing endeavor of Rudy for Trump and the utilizing of foreign contrived falsehoods perpetrated even on their own supporting voters.
*combined with the mass voting suppression, the purging, providing voter polling places to accommodate.
* intentionally refusing to legislate to defend voters from foreign attacks.
* The institutional allowance and enabling to propagandize Vulnerable American voters from having the best information to make the best informed vote.
* adhering to agreed parameters of rules of competing. That does not allow for rewarding the criminality .

mahakal said...

This is gonna blow your mind.

Green Eagle said...

I will repeat my prime maxim of today's politics: The Democrats could beat the Republican party into oblivion without hardly trying; what they cannot do is beat the Republicans and the press working together.

Anyone who still buys the story that the press is just intimidated by Conservatives, or that it's all like high school, or all they care about is ratings, is a fool. The mainstream press in this country is largely owned by a few rich corporations, thanks to Ronald Reagan, and they are the Republicans' accomplices, not their dupes.