Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

Recently, internet-famous alimony-inspiration story and rape apologist Mike Cernovitch launched a manufactured campaign to get Sam Seder off of MSNBC, and it appears Sam’s contract will not be renewed:

MSNBC has decided not to renew its contract with contributor Sam Seder after an old tweet emerged in which Seder joked about Roman Polanski raping his daughter, TheWrap has learned.

Seder’s contract ends in February and he has no scheduled appearances between now and then, a spokesperson for MSNBC told TheWrap.

“Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene,” wrote Seder in the now deleted tweet from 2009.

The year was 2009, and the film community was in the middle of organizing a petition to allow Polanski, a child rapist, to return to the United States without facing arrest and prosecution. Referencing his own daughter was an obvious attempt to trigger some empathy in these activists, and his point that artistic brilliance doesn’t compensate for moral failure was and is both true and relevant.

Cernovitch’s ham-fisted and clumsy campaign succeeding is pretty unbelievable to me- as in, I literally don’t believe it. It seems far more plausible to me that the contract cancellation is about Sam’s thoughtfulness concerning late-stage capitalism and its accompanying political dynamics in our increasingly undemocratic system, as well as his willingness to host contributors with anti-capitalist views. People like Sam are a threat, because corporate media, even when packaged as “news”, has a hierarchy to maintain and an endless beast to feed with consumer spending. They don’t care about what’s true or fair, and some faction of suits was probably looking for an excuse to give him the axe.  Cernovitch, useless piece-of-shit predator that he is, just provided them with one.

Corporate media will never be a safe place for people who want real coverage and systematic solutions to issues that affect actual peasants, like the personal finance industry’s scams, foreclosure fraud, corruption in the oil and gas industry, blood money in the pharmaceutical industry, or anything else that directly takes aim at the same people who fund corporate media, like each of the industries covered in the links above.

Tweet #IStandWithSamSeder. Contact advertisers you’ve heard on majority.fm and tell them you appreciate their sponsorship. Become a member at cucknation.org, if you can (haha, yes really). Donate an extra few bucks at majority.fm, if you can. And above all, remember: stronger than all the lisp-infused whining of an alimony baby is the solidarity of a peasant army.

The New York Times: Committed to Quality Journalism And A Really Shitty Opinion Page

Above: Noted Haver of Opinions Mark Penn

Are you a relatively prosperous peasant, one with a few extra dollars a month to spend (this is not a request for charity)? Perhaps you’d like to stay informed in this post-modernist hellhole we call the United States of America? Obviously you’d have to consider a subscription to the nation’s paper of record, The New York Times. And according to their advertisement, they are a paper committed to “uncovering truth with unmatched tenacity” based on their “journalistic values” that “are deeply held and unimpeachable.”

That all sounds pretty good- look, they even have perspectives that “help you get the whole picture”! And if you haven’t heard, they’ve given their platform over to the perspectives of Mark Penn and Andrew Stein, who’ve chosen to share some advice for the Democratic Party:  cut it out with the “identity politics” and “socialism” and “move towards the center”:

The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party.

Do tell, fellow Democrat who is clearly not a decade past relevancy!

[…]the last few years of the Obama administration and the 2016 primary season once again created a rush to the left. Identity politics, class warfare and big government all made comebacks. Candidates inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and a host of well-funded groups have embraced sharply leftist ideas. But the results at the voting booth have been anything but positive: Democrats lost over 1,000 legislative seats across the country and control of both houses of Congress during the Obama years. And in special elections for Congress this year, they failed to take back any seats held by Republicans.

The median American family’s real income peaked around 1999/2000. I’d say that’s pretty clear evidence of successful class warfare. And while the Democratic Party’s failure to build a farm team of local and state level candidates is real, the rigged playing field they play upon is also real.

They go on and on; they really don’t like identity politics and like a heavy-handed police state. They accuse Democrats of focusing on transgender bathroom access and not embracing free speech on college campuses. It’s the right that’s so concerned with who pisses in what toilet, of course, and it’s the right who whines when students walk out of commencement ceremonies hosting their party’s high-paid war criminals. The only reason any of that stuff is a national issue is because the right talks it up, and they do it so they don’t have to talk about how how shitty they are at governing.

But whatever, the piece is so bad they it would take more words to properly demolish than the original article contains. Their advice to “move to the center” turns out to mean “embrace of series of political positions and slogans that we personally approve of.” Some of them are meaningless (“renewed growth”, “fiscal responsibility”, “fair trade”), some of them are right-wing (cracking down on “so-called nonviolent drug offenders”, “backing the police” i.e. not getting upset when people are needlessly shot by state-sanctioned thugs), and some of them are current ideas in the mainstream of the Democratic Party (immigration reform that grants work permits and/or citizenship, increased protections for workers through labor law).

The New York Times, committed to fighting Trump and reporting the truth, and also producing some of the laziest and most nonsensical opinion pieces imaginable. Subscribe today to learn more about the world and help speak truth to power, and also get shitty political commentary from across the spectrum, unless you’re to the left of Krugman. You want that, you’ll need to go to one of the little guys.

Am I The Only One Around Here Who Gives A S**t About The Rules?

I see a disturbing strain of thinking beginning to take hold among people, that President* Pence would be far more dangerous than President* Trump, so people shouldn’t get too excited about Trump leaving office due to resignation or impeachment. Sen. Al Franken, Jeff Waldorf of TYT Nation (couldn’t find where I heard, but I heard it), this dude at Counterpunch; there are many more but those specifically crossed my path. And this kind of thinking- well, it shows just how far we’ve fallen as a country.

Let’s leave aside the fact that impeachment isn’t going to happen with a GOP Congress- full stop. Let’s also leave aside the possibility that any crimes Trump would hypothetically be removed for might implicate Pence.  None of that changes the fact that this man’s presence in office is illegal. He openly violates the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, he displays behavior and judgement that indicate him unfit for the office, and his administration has no respect for the government’s Constitutionally-required neutrality in matters of religion and race/ethnicity via the 1st and 14th amendments. He encouraged a hostile foreign actor to hack his rival’s campaign and implied to his followers that they employ violent remedies against his opponent if she prevailed.

Famous pro-peasant political thinker Thomas Paine once said, “For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other.” We may be governed by mortals, but we’re supposed to be ruled by our ideals- expressed through laws. We’ve never achieved perfection in this, but the trying is still important, the demand is still important. And if you’re not convinced that demanding this criminal be removed from office is correct, regardless of the chances of it happening, then consider the fact right-wing propaganda outlets are happy to encourage this idea.

Don’t fall for this. The lesson to learn from the fact that the GOP won’t impeach an obvious criminal is that they are complicit in his crimes, not that demanding impeachment is wrong or a waste of time. The correct position here is MARK IT ZERO- and the fact the GOP won’t tells voters a lot about where their priorities are, because there is no ideal too precious for them to sacrifice in exchange for yet more money and power.

 

#ShameOnNBC For Giving Air Time to Alex Jones.

 


Alex Jones is an alleged human being and all-around weird dude. I’m not going to go through the entire list of reprehensible and weird stuff he has said on camera for attention- and there’s a lot more than that- the point is he’ll say nearly anything for more hits’n’clicks. But what makes him a true asshole his choice of victim- the worst people attack and manipulate those who can’t defend themselves. And who’s less capable of defending themselves than dead children?

I don’t care that Megyn Kelly challenges him on this in the interview, and I don’t care about a free and fair exchange of ideas. Some people just shouldn’t be given a massive media platform, because that means they win an opportunity to promote themselves and their garbage. And it’s not too late to do the right thing and pull it! Don’t give this dangerous moron more influence than he already has.