They’re Just Fucking With Us Now, Right?

Awesome:

“Honey, I’m going on Fox to announce that my biker gang of meatheads will be private security for Trump and bash any protestors that get ‘unruly.’ What should I wear?”

“I dunno, babe. Probably anything but brown. Literally anything but a brown shirt.”

Bonus hilarity- that is Chris Cox, head of Bikers for Trump, who is a “chainsaw artist.”








Evil Infests Augusta

John Brunner said it exactly right in The Shockwave Rider:  “If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil it consists in treating another human being as a thing.”

With that in mind, let me give you the latest from Maine’s governor, the utterly odious Paul LePage:

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill Wednesday that would allow pharmacists to dispense an anti-overdose drug without a prescription, saying that allowing addicts to keep naloxone on hand “serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.” [via Kerry Eleved at GOS]

That’s nonsense on its own terms, as the deeply valuable Maia Szalavitz — herself a former addict — has argued over and over again:

As with needle exchange, opposition to Naloxone distribution has mainly come from those who fear that reducing drug-related harm will lead to increased drug use.   Fortunately, also similarly to the data on needle exchange, the research doesn’t find this occurring.

But don’t let any actual experience bother you, LePage!

“Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” LePage wrote, repeating a contention that has caused controversy before. “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”

It’s a strong word to use, I know.  But this is evil.

Rembrandt_Harmensz._van_Rijn_-_Christ_with_the_Sick_around_Him,_Receiving_Little_Children_(The_'Hundred_Guilder_Print')_-_Google_Art_Project

In LePage’s telling the addict isn’t a person.  He or she is rather just the worthless meat sack that locally reverses entropy between one overdose and the next.  He’s rather let those suffering an overdose die than live because, as he frames it here, the state of addiction robs the user of all other human attributes.

This is how a monster thinks.

I won’t say that this is the view that infects all of your modern Republican party, because on this issue it’s not. But it remains a perfectly mainstream one for the GOP — and this is a case of words (and inactions) that kill.

If you needed any more reason to go all yellow-dog Democrat on every line of your ballot, Governor (sic!) Paul LePage is exhibit (n)*

Last, to help wash the taste of tiny-minded misery out of your mouth, here’s Szalavitz again:

…one of the biggest misunderstandings we have about addiction is that tough love—is that being kind will fail and tough love will work. What really helps and why harm reduction, which is this idea that we will meet you where you’re at and we’ll help you whether you’re ready to stop or not—why that works is because when you have addiction, you tend to be very marginalized, self-hating. You might be homeless. You feel like a criminal. Nobody has any respect for you. And when somebody just hands you a clean needle or gives you access to naloxone and says, “I believe you deserve to live, regardless of whether you do what I want,” that’s a really powerful message of kindness.

And here a plug (full disclosure: she’s a friend) — here’s Maia’s new book on addiction.

*Where n is an arbitrary large number.

Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Preaching (The Hundred Guilder Print) c. 1649.



What Hell Hath God Wrought?

Absolutely completely 100% awake and can not sleep, so I was going through my music archives, and I found…

NICKELBACK.

How the hell did that get in there? I feel so dirty.








One Of Us

Or, well, me:

Love it. I seriously thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for saving that sweet woman and her child.

Why does Wolf Blitzer have a job again?








Bring On the Asteroid

Todd Palin’s Alleged Prostitute Releases “Tell All” book.

Boys Will Be Boys: Media, Morality and the Cover-up of the Todd Palin Shailey Tripp Sex Scandal is the true story of how Shailey Tripp (Wait, what?), a young single mother of two special needs children became sexually involved with Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.

This book explains the many factors that culminated in Shailey becoming not only the mistress of ” Alaska’s First Dude” but also a prostitute working for him which ultimately resulted in Shailey being arrested in March of 2010.

The end is officially fucking nigh.

I mean it.  We, the human race, deserve to die a fiery, pulverized death if so much as one tree is killed for this abomination.

Also too, open thread.



Mobile Apps

I’m an Android user.  I like the iPhone, but my carrier doesn’t have it.  AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and C-Spire carry the iPhone, but US Cellular does not.   Anyway, I LOVE my Android phone.

One of my favorite apps, a cloud storage app called ‘Box‘ as in “put it in the box,” is currently offering 50GB of free storage for life if you download the app and activate an account by the end of March.  The 50GB can be accessed from any device that accesses the web.  If you have data you need to protect, for example, stuff you put in your Box, you should use Encrypt It for simple, straight forward AES 256-bit encryption.

Of course, I use Evernote just about every single day, as well as various Google apps.  The Facebook app finally got decent, and I spend my lunch hour every other day with headphones on streaming TV shows from Netflix.  Pandora is essential to me, as is Shazaam, an app for finding the names of songs by taking samples of them.  Android’s first real credible analog to the iPhone’s Siri is Speaktoit Assistant.  I could go on and on about various apps that I use or that I’m impressed with, but I’m pretty sure you’re already bored to tears.  I’m pretty happy with my Samsung Mesmerize, the US Cellular version of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, and I don’t anticipate getting a new phone until USCC has 4G service in the OKC metro in the second half of this year.  We also have a Toshiba Thrive tablet that we use for all sorts of stuff, but it doesn’t have a cell modem built into it.  We tether it via bluetooth to one of our cells when we want to use it mobile.

What mobile apps do you guys use for your various platforms?

Open Thread, while we’re at it.

 








While Others Just Talk and Talk

I don’t watch Meet the Republicans, This Week with the GOP or any of the other Sunday shows, but reliable sources report that Jack Lew went on Face the Conservatives and State of the Right Wing with Candy Crowley yesterday and told the bishops that clowntime is over:

Mr. Lew said the president put out a solid plan, and when asked whether there is more room for compromising said, “No. This is our plan.”

In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Lew said, “We’re going to go ahead and implement it.” He said the White House has “broad consensus – not universal consensus – that this is an approach that’s right.”

Rick Santorum was on next, and his face got red as he cried, bunched up his little fists and pounded the table saying that in his ideal world women would be constantly pregnant, but until he can raise up his new caliphate, he’ll accept that sluts can take their shame to a pharmacy and get the pill, but those roundheels should have to pay for it. Or words to that effect.

And is it just me, or do any of you detect a bit of a post-coital flush coloring Mitch McConnell’s pronouncement on Bob Scheiffer’s Old Man Show that not only Catholics, but any employer, should be able to decide not to pay for contraception as long as they dispense Viagra like a holy sacrament? My guess is that Mitch just renewed his Rx for the little blue pill for free on his Congressional health plan.