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Michael Cohen: Is this the kind of jerk-off you would want to be US Attorney General?

Bloged in America, Elections by Gutter Grunt Wednesday July 29, 2015 at about 12:11 am


Ole’ shit-for-brains

The news is now pretty much viral: Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, is a total dick. Total. And he probably knows less about law than I do, which ain’t much, I’ll admit.  But at least I have never stated in an interview with The Daily Beast that “by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse,” implying that there is no law against spousal rape.  Wrong, dude.  Spousal rape is illegal in all 50 states – even South Carolina and Texas. It’s illegal in many other places with horrendous records on civil rights — places like Paupa New Guinea, Turkey, Namibia, and Israel. Maybe Cohen was referring to Botswana or Tajikistan when he implied that spousal rape is legal, or OK, or whatever the hell he was implying.

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Photo-tour of the North end of Vancouver Island

Bloged in Potpourri by Gutter Grunt Monday July 27, 2015 at about 12:09 am

Nanaimo - Port Hardy - Holberg -
Ucleulet - Tofino - Nanaimo

This year all of BC has been hot, dry, and on fire, including Vancouver Island.  But in mid-July a line of storms blew in off the Pacific and helped snuff the early summer forest fires, thereby providing a window of opportunity to see the Island before the late summer fires start.  I’ve seen the lower end, but not the remote upper end, the tip of which is N of the 50th parallel — it is still quite light at 10 pm. My cottage is just about where the “N” in “CANADA” is on the map.  I caught the 5:30am ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo, and was in Port Hardy by 1 pm. (BC is not really purple, btw.  It’s sort of burnt umber.)

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The Sandra Bland/Brian Encinia encounter: Jim Crow redux gone viral

Bloged in America, Good cop/Bad cop, Race by Gutter Grunt Friday July 24, 2015 at about 3:26 pm
Would you mind putting out your cigarette?
– Brian Encinia

Before this Sandra Bland tragedy and debacle in Waller County, Texas gets totally out of control, I thought it might be helpful – at least in organizing my own opinions – to put down a few thoughts. I have carefully examined both versions of the arrest vid that were released by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, which appears to have been named after Robespierre’s 1793 Committee of Public Safety to oversee the French Reign of Terror. Basically, I see the entire “policing effort” of Texas as a reign of terror, particularly for blacks – not unlike many other states.

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Lisa Gorcyca: Poster-girl for what’s wrong with Americans’ system of choosing who judges them

Bloged in America, Courts by Gutter Grunt Sunday July 12, 2015 at about 6:12 pm

God gave you a brain. He expects you to use it.
– Lisa Gorcyca

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Humiliating irony or poetic justice?

Bloged in America by Gutter Grunt Friday July 3, 2015 at about 10:16 pm

When I think back over a lifetime of watching politicians humiliate themselves and being humiliated by others, I can think of only one situation where a politician was humiliated by his/her spouse, and you know the situation I’m talkin’ about.  In virtually every case of public humiliation that I can recall — at least the sexual ones — the politician humiliated his spouse; the reverse seems not to happen, although I’m sure there’s plenty of spouses goofin’ around, if you catch my drift.  Of course, when both spouses are politicians, then it’s a whole new set of rules, and have no doubts, Hil was a politician while she was FLOTUS.

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Pestilential cops, prosecutors, & judges in the news

Bloged in America, Good cop/Bad cop, Courts by Gutter Grunt Tuesday June 30, 2015 at about 1:54 am

The USSCt is making it a bit harder for cops to brutalize folks and get away with it; a couple of elected judges are facing disciplinary hearings for being dumb basses; a queer prosecutor in Delaware draws an almost-get-out-of-jail card after raping a 16 yo boy; and the Las Vegas family court is a total cess pool, complete with pricks, goof-balls, fat asses, and shit-4-brains cops.  Hey, it’s America, man, enjoy. 

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Late entry to yesterday’s peace on teaching the English English

Bloged in Media Fails by Gutter Grunt Sunday June 28, 2015 at about 8:26 am

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Special pre-Independence (from England) Day edition of: Teaching the English English

Bloged in Media Fails by Gutter Grunt Sunday June 28, 2015 at about 8:24 am

More examples of why the  Daily Fail is to journalism what Malaysian Airlines is to air travel. 

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From the Guys & Dolls Dept.

Bloged in America by Gutter Grunt Sunday June 28, 2015 at about 8:17 am

Professional women: Just as demented as the guys

 

I am about as much a feminist as I am feminine and bein’ how’s I’m an ex-Marine combat vet, I don’t consider m’self to be Bruce Jenner exactly. Caitlyn. Whatever. But one doesn’t have to be a feminist or feminine to be fair-minded and over the decades I have been hopeful about the way women have taken – not been given – larger and larger responsibilities in running the world. Today women are highly visible in all professions and predominate in a number of them.  Although the opportunities that women have today were available, technically and legally, to the girls I graduated from high school with half a century ago, a lot of ill-founded, malignant, sexist presumptions have been eliminated and those opportunities are a lot easier to take advantage of for today’s high school grads. There were, for instance, no female astronauts back then, and none on the horizon, literally or figuratively.

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From the Details, Details Dept.

Bloged in America, Wing-Nuts (Right), Wing-Nuts (Left) by Gutter Grunt Sunday June 28, 2015 at about 8:14 am

EmptyWheel is now telling us that it’s the white guys who are really America’s terrorist problem.  An excuse for the FBI’s warrantless tapping of Americans’ phones?   

Jim White at EmptyWheel seems to me to be a few bulbs short of a complete 4-pak, like a lot of liberals these days, including Barack Obama.  In White’s case that is really ironic because EW  is normally written by voracious blogger Marcie Wheeler, who comes across as very sharp.  But Wheeler is on vacation and so the EW second stringers have taken the opportunity to dim the lights at EW considerably, so to speak.  

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