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The New South is Rising

The data out of Alabama about who voted for Doug Jones in Tuesday should make the GOP nervous.

Be afraid, GOP, be very afraid.

There’s a very good reason why they’re trying to ram a bad tax bill through and want to hand the internet over to the Telecoms who will owe them big time next year.

I’m going to guess that turning the internet into just another packaged deal for the cable companies is going to turn out younger voters like you have never seen before. Net Neutrality may be the single thing that finally does the Republicans in.

Go ahead, touch that third rail.

In the meantime, guys like this one give me hope. Oh, sure, you might not be able to download him quickly after next year. But he’ll still be out there. Yep. Rednecks are liberals too.

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Texas Republican Blake Farenthold is a dick and a bully. No one should have to work under these conditions. Shame of the House of Representatives for not disciplining him and getting him to resign.

Michael Rekola, who was Farenthold’s communications director in 2015, described in an interview with CNN new details of the congressman’s abusive behavior. It ranged from making sexually graphic jokes to berating aides — bullying that Rekola says led him to seek medical treatment and psychological counseling, and at one point, caused him to vomit daily.

One comment from the congressman was especially personal. Rekola was about to leave town to get married in July 2015, when, he said, Farenthold, standing within earshot of other staffers in his Capitol Hill office, said to the groom-to-be: “Better have your fiancée blow you before she walks down the aisle — it will be the last time.” He then proceeded to joke about whether Rekola’s now-wife could wear white on her wedding day — a clear reference, Rekola said, to whether she had had premarital sex.

“I was disgusted and I left. I walked out,” Rekola said. Almost immediately after returning from his wedding, he gave his two-weeks notice.

Those crude remarks in the summer of 2015 marked just one of many instances in which Farenthold made sexually charged comments to or in the presence of aides, Rekola said. During the nine months that he worked for the congressman, Rekola said, he was also subject to a stream of angry behavior not sexual in nature — screaming fits of rage, slamming fists on desks and castigating aides, including regularly calling them “f**ktards.”

Blake Farenthold and Ted Cruz, Texas role models.

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Speaking of that third rail, Business Insider has a post about what you can expect after net neutrality is ended. This is how they do it in Portugal. You know how you can’t get certain channels on cable unless you buy stuff you don’t want? Something similar will happen with Netflix and Hulu or instant messaging. Yes! That unlimited messaging that you ALREADY pay your wireless service for could be charged again when you come home and switch to your home’s WiFi.

Isn’t that special?

If you like your health insurance choices, you’re going to love the new internet from Comcast under no net neutrality.

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The Conversation has a post by Frank McAndrew, at the psychology department at Knox College about why year end celebrations like winter solstice, Christmas and Hanukkah are so important to people. To me, this suggests what it is that cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses are disrupting when they cut their followers off from those celebrations and why they do it:

The Zuni of the American Southwest, meanwhile, have long viewed the house as a living thing. It’s where they raise their kids and communicate with spirits, and there’s an annual ritual – called the Shalako – in which homes are blessed and consecrated as part of the year-end winter solstice celebration.

The ceremony strengthens bonds to the community, to the family (including dead ancestors), and to the spirits and gods by dramatizing the connection each party has to the home.

During the holidays, we might not officially bless our home like the Zuni. But our holiday traditions probably sound familiar: eating with family, exchanging gifts, catching up with old friends and visiting old haunts. These homecoming rituals affirm and renew a person’s place in the family and often are a key way to strengthen the family’s social fabric.

Home, therefore, is a predictable and secure place where you feel in control and properly oriented in space and time; it is a bridge between your past and your present, an enduring tether to your family and friends.

It explains so much about how ex-JW kids react to the holidays.

People, do not do this to your children.

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We’re all in this together. Everybody sing:

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23 Responses

  1. All the Trumpanzees and Horseshoe Leftists who made the ascension of Pai possible will be howling the most loudly about the New Net Order which Pai, the “former” Verizon employee, is preparing to foist upon us. 😡

    Thanks a fornicating heap, Stupid White Folks and Purity Troll Voters.

    • Oh, I left out the voluntary non-voters (“voluntary” as distinct from the victims of voter suppression or bad luck). I fart in their general direction as well.

      • sigh* “from”, not “form”.

        Not for the first time, I ask: I can haz edit feechur, plz? 😛

        • If I could figure out how to turn it on for you, I would. You might try posting the comment and then editing it. That usually brings up the editing tools for me.

          • I can edit comments until I post them, but on Disqus (which sucks in other ways), or on my anime site, I can edit comments after I have posted them. I can’t do that here.

          • That’s strange because I have an “edit comment” link that allows me to edit post posting. But I don’t have the option to turn it on for you.

  2. Some doofi over at P. M. Carpenter’s blog think Schmoe Biden is a “natural” choice for 2020. *vomits* 😛

  3. Oh, Heather Heyer’s mom had to have her ashes interred secretly so neo-Ratzis can’t desecrate the site.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/heather-heyers-mom-im-starting-to-hold-trump-responsible-for-her-murder-in-charlottesville

    The White Male Pure Left, of course, will tell us that the Neo-Ratzis have just been driven mentally ill by “economic anxiety” and we must listen to them and try to “understand” them.

    Fuck that noise sideways with a rusty chainsaw.

    Yes, you WILL be replaced. AND YOU FUCKING WELL DESERVE IT. 👿

  4. Pai looks like the guy who didn’t get laid enough, you know the unpopular guy in school, the misfit, the quintessential ABCD (look it up)…just look at him. yuck!

    • Pai was appointed by President Obama to the Federal Communications Commission in May.

      This guy Pai is an Obama Appointee from 2012 and has been a lawyer there from at least 2010. How about that!

      • Obama always did try too hard to appease the Right. That was one of many reasons Hillary would have made a better President. She had seen Bill do the same thing and get kicked in the teeth repeatedly, and finally impeached. She would have known they could not be reasoned with, or mollified.

  5. ICYMI. You know 2018 should really, really be VERY easy for Democrats if they can capitalize on this kind of ignorance which is prevalent on the R side from the top. Your first world, richest nation in the world, elected official! Time to drain the swamp.

  6. Bring it on!

    • PA Gov. Tom Wolf just tweeted on net neutrality and affirmed what Inslee said. His office is looking into how to protect consumers. But it’s trickier here because Republicans control the legislature and they are assholes.

  7. One more thing on the Jones vs. Moore election: 😈

    I’ve never met this woman, but I love her already. 😆

  8. OK, another one more thing (who am I, Columbo?) 😉

    Lance Mannion originally posted this on Nov. 12, but despite Moore’s defeat, it remains all too relevant.

    http://lancemannion.typepad.com/lance_mannion/2017/12/notes-on-roy-moores-tribe.html

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