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  • GottaLaff

    You noticed!!! We like it better too : )

  • Linzack

    You are my favorite site, and you just got better. I love the new look, or else my eyes miraculously improved on their own. The bolder print and stronger headlines are wonderful. Love you guys. Keep up the great work. DG

  • GottaLaff

    Thank you Pat! I forwarded this to Paddy. She'll contact you asap.

  • GottaLaff

    Thank you so much! YOU come first, and we appreciate the support no matter what!


  • pat1944

    I say you are wrong and you will be wrong for sometime to come as demographics have moved beyond male dominance and white male at that....

  • pat1944

    Hi this is pat1944 a long time poster but one who would be glad to donate via snail mail. If you give me a box number or something like that it would be fine. I hope to give at least 50$. You have been so informative for all of us. Wish it could be more.

    Pat Smith. pat1944 from Bend Oregon

  • pbr90

    Someone entering Congress having signed 20, 50, or 100 pledges would certainly freeze Congress into paralysis. How did the Norquist pledge get to be the community standard, and why haven't other groups used them for other special interests?

    As an abuse of process, what could be a better example of misusing the political process for private gain?

    These issues are not mere window dressing, or politically extraneous but the attempt to control the members of Congress by private groups.


    Re: AIPAC and Zionism

    AIPAC is foreign controlled lobbying group that $erves the interests of racist/bigoted neo-Nazi Zionist wackos in the Jim Crow APARTHEID 'theocrazy' of Israel.

    The primary purpose of AIPAC is to convince or coerce the whores in Congress (and in the $enate) to always put the interests of Israel before the national interests of the U.$. and the Amerikan corn syrup people. Most of the Amerikan establishment media machine is also '$ubservient' to the AIPAC/Israeli agenda, a discriminatory $ociopathic agenda of ethnic cleansing and even genocide... done for the $ake of Zionist tribe-all-eeego.

    KKKristians in the U.$. are often in agreement with the neo-Nazi Zionist wackos in Israel because they share a similar mean-'espirited'-ness within the heart: namely sexism, racism, bigotry... cruelty toward others... and gratuitous violence and $elfishness fed by rapacious grrreeeeeed.

    The only solution for Israel is a ONE $tate $olution where current inhabitants of the so called 'Holy Lands' live together as they did before 'Ass-Kin-Nazi' Jews from Europe and Russia invaded PALESTINE in the name of their almighty white-male father 'Gawd'... a vicious, violent, vengeful, worship needy ski-Gawd-man that supposedly rules Planet Overbirth Earth from his tyrannical throne in the dictatorship of heaven. A TWO $tate $olution is the wishful fantasy of delusional people in extreme denial of geographical realities.

    Failure to achieve a ONE $tate $olution will tempt fate to turn the entire area (Israel) into a radioactive sheet of black glass. So... be warned! And time runs short for ewe-folks.

  • Sonny Rose

    You're losing with the Real Americans now....Jus' Sayin'

  • majii

    I love Political Carnival, and I will give the blog a donation, but it will have to be at the end of the month. Being a retired teacher, I only get paid once a month and it's always at the end of the month. Normally, I would have been able to donate before the end of the month, but I needed a new pair of glasses, and since my eyesight is sooo bad, I had to spend a total of $400 for the exam and new eyeglasses earlier this month, and this was AFTER a discount of 40% on the eyeglasses.    

  • Katy Kay

    Great website, forget how I got to it, perhaps gottalaff, from twitter. Powerfully cool poster of gun death stats and articles, great t-shirts, ordered one.  Thanks.  Keep it up, hope you stick survive in the horrendous competition!!

  • GottaLaff

    I know. I get Brad's newsletter, and this is major suckage.

  • pigboy

    BREAKING: Portland's Clear Channel-owned KPOJ Progressive Talk Station Flipped to Fox Sports

  • RHytonen

    (Re: Twitter, and trying to find a way to keep this discretely as relatively off line as possible.)

    Obama stands no more possiblity of losing in CA than he does of winning in my state, WV.

    Therefore, for those wanting actual, noncorporatist, non-PoliceState, non Extractionist (KXL etc) change, as on  - it DOES make sense to START NOW in actually changing this government to one that protects and represents the people against the power of "moneyed corporations," against whom we were warned, as far back as Jefferson. Revesing the effects of that will sseem ruthless, and WILL be "socialist." Every government contains those elements,  they are necessary to avoid what we have - pure, defined Fascism, the absolute Rule by Corporate Business.

    It needs to begin by sending a message of voter power.  The 90% of Americans who don't vote, come immediately to mind. Your tweets will not convince them that it wasn't possible to get Single Payer Health Care, or true punishment of the Bush War Criminals and Wall Street's Recession-Engineering Pirates, if only they had been as ruthlessly championed as their minority opposition. Anthony Weiner's library book analogy was spot on.

    And we need to change this government to one actually has both the power and the will, to REGULATE business and REVERSE the 50 years of economic and social abuse it has shamefully and insidiously been given the power to perpetrate. How does a thriving economy with a 92%TMR
     become a banana republic with a 32%TMR and no cap gains or inheritance tax to speak of? Corporations payig a NEGATIVE tax while earning hundreds of billions in profits and giving out multimillion dollar bonuses to individuals, while claiming poverty and receiving $16TRILLION in interest-free loans to gamble with, at zero interest; during a recession when hundreds of millions of people lose jobs, homes and health care? 

    These are ALL things that could easily have been prevented by a government that admitted its role is the direct OPPOSITE of business, and that HAS to have the courage to announce loudly, it IS ANTI-BUSINESS. We formed it in great part, to protect the individual from the inherent -leglly defined- predatory nature, and individually irresistible power, of aggregated business.

    And no, President Obama is not up to that task, and has shown he doesn't really even have the will.
    The American who can condone section 1021 of the NDAA, 0r ANY of the Patriot act or Drone KIll List - either doesn't exist, or is lying from some Economic Stockholm Syndrome delusion (actually just personal, lazy greed;) blended with the Meritocracy Myth. It dwarfs the criminally craven gullibility of the German public in 1930.

    And yes, I voted for Obama and would again - IF I lived in a "Swing State" - but I would sleep just as badly that night as if I had voted for Romney, knowing it goes against the tangible proof I've seen,
    and so makes really no difference. Only the rhetoric -and not the significant results- are different.

    The scales of the expensively image-crafted Cults Of Personality and careful lighting and exoensuve mics and camera work of scripted "debates," have permanently fallen from my syes. Reagan showed us actors make lousy top-level Governors.

    And yes - being retired and at leisure, I watched ALL the "debate" on Health Care on C-Span. Pressidents of the past, wih Senate Party Leaders or House Speakers, were easily able to strongarm the legislature to get, say, a 92%TMR, Medicare, Glass-Steagall, Taft-Hartley, or the WPA. Here? Not so much. And the bribery was palpable.

    I know now from the results, it was ALL theater for the gullible. I have resigned from that group permanently. I now want OUR government back from the corporatists on both "sides" - of which "sides" there IS only one, with different rhetoric, but the same owners. It's those owners who need to be thrown in jail.

  • Charles bourget


    Subject: Profile of Sociopath= IE Radical Right by Medical definition
    Profile of the Right Wing and the 1% in GeneralThank you for your ongoing efforts for "social justice". It is crucial for the future of America that this goal be achieved."Society" as was envisioned by the founders is at stake!!
    Understaning the "war" on women,childrenthe elderly,sick and society in general I believe there is a 100% match with the profile below and the current,radical right "Republican/tea party" candicates.
    They (Right wrongers)are quick to use the word"socialist" because the are "anti social"and just demonize the word with lies. Their MO on all the tactics(deceits).The word social has a positive meaniong by "{normal" standards.I believe it to be important to put this forward to help the people understand what they are up against!!
    Thank You For your Consideration
    Profile of the SociopathThis website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.
    Glibness and Superficial Charm
    Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to beused. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
    Grandiose Sense of Self Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
    Pathological Lying Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis.
    Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
    Shallow Emotions When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
    Incapacity for Love
    Need for Stimulation Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
    Callousness/Lack of Empathy Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
    Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
    Early Behavior Problems Aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.
    Irresponsibility/Unreliability Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
    Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
    Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
    Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.
    Other Related Qualities:
    Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them Authoritarian Secretive Paranoid Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired Conventional appearance Goal of enslavement of their victim(s) Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love) Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim Incapable of real human attachment to another Unable to feel remorse or guilt Extreme narcissism and grandiose May state readily that their goal is to rule the world (The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare
    NOTE: In the 1830's this disorder was called "moral insanity." By 1900 it was changed to "psychopathic personality." More recently it has been termed "antisocial personality disorder" in the DSM-III and DSM-IV. Some critics have complained that, in the attempt to rely only on 'objective' criteria, the DSM has broadened the concept to include too many individuals. The APD category includes people who commit illegal, immoral or self-serving acts for a variety of reasons and are not necessarily psychopaths.
    DSM-IV Definition
    Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture. There is a marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules. Individuals with this disorder are sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths.
    Antisocial Personality Disorder results in what is commonly known as a Sociopath. The criteria for this disorder require an ongoing disregard for the rights of others, since the age of 15 years. Some examples of this disregard are reckless disregard for the safety of themselves or others, failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, deceitfulness such as repeated lying or deceit for personal profit or pleasure, and lack of remorse for actions that hurt other people in any way.
    People with this disorder appear to be charming at times, and make relationships, but to them, these are relationships in name only. They are ended whenever necessary or when it suits them, and the relationships are without depth or meaning, including marriages. They seem to have an innate ability to find the weakness in people, and are ready to use these weaknesses to their own endsthrough deceit, manipulation, or intimidation, and gain pleasure from doing so.
    They appear to be incapable of any true emotions, from love to shame to guilt. They are quick to anger, but just as quick to let it go, without holding grudges. No matter what emotion they state they have, it has no bearing on their future actions or attitudes.

  • Anonymous

    I like Elton! He says what he means, and means what he says!

  • Mass Mirage

    Hey I found this strange advertisement from an ancient Esquire. Looks quite a bit like the Boehner.

    Use at your own discretion...

    By the way, I really enjoy this site and come here pretty often. Someday I'll be able to donate but not today I'm afraid, out of work again!. Take it easy!