The Appalling Ignorance of Conservatives

facepalm_estatuaWonder why little aid is flowing to Puerto Rico in spite of the most devastating hurricane in its history?

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll conducted in March found that fewer than half of Americans (47%) believe that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth.  They are.

Instead, 30% of the people surveyed thought residents of the island are citizens of Puerto Rico. Another 21% just didn’t know where the people of Puerto Rico belong.

Probably the same dumbshit 30% that believes in creationism, denies human activity as the cause of current climate change, and approve of Trump.

 

Fascist Watch, 12-13-16

falangeBreitbart writer James Delingpole kicks off our Fascist Watch series with his ominously titled ““When You Hear A Scientist Talk About ‘Peer Review’ You Should Reach For Your Browning article.  It’s a typical climate change denial article, nothing special, but the title is not merely a dog whistle for the right wing extremists, but a direct call to action with the wording taken directly from a Nazi play “Schlageter.”

The only silver lining I can find here is that Delingputz is a Brit, rather than an American, happily living in Islington, London.  Might be a good idea to write some letters to him telling him in no uncertain terms that we will not stand incitement to violence in the press, and while we are at it, participate in the campaign to pressure Breitbart advertisers to pull the plug, citing this article.

Finally – any UK folks seeing this?  You can report this article as an act of terrorism.

First 90 days

the-stingIl Douche-y and his wing nut cabinet have already suggested what they won’t do next year, but what will they likely do immediately after infesting the Oval Office?   They will rescind various executive orders:

  • Reverse decision on Iran
  • Eliminate Federal Privacy Council
  • Anti-Russian nuclear proliferation
  • Eliminate Advisory Board on Toxic Material and Worker Health
  • Eliminate paid sick leave and minimum wage for Federal Contractors
  • Preparing Federal Departments for Climate Change
  • Ban transgender students from using bathrooms that don’t match their (original) gender
  • Eliminate the ‘DREAMers’ deportation deferments for children of illegal immigrants
  • Postpone TPP
  • Scrap the Paris Agreement on climate change
  • Eliminate the Clean Power Plan

In addition, he is likely to reinstate old Shrubya executive orders such as banning funding for embryonic stem cell research, reopening GITMO.

He will also likely nominate a SCOTUS justice which the new Senate will fast track.  Meanwhile the GOP will push through a  variety of veto’d legislation from the last few years such as repealing Dodd-Frank, pushing for a flat (or at least flatter) tax, making Shrubya’s tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.

Meanwhile, Trump will be preparing for The Big Con, to direct billions of dollars in federal spending towards his business interests and those of his cronies.

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*Update 5:30pm – yep the GOP has laid out their plan to do everything that I outlined and more.