Hey, Dork. Pithier, not a louder Left

Ted Cruz said show him one mass shooting that gun laws prevented. Which mass shooting did guns prevent? Leftie’s and reasonble gun owners need to get more sarcastic not louder. Take these examples:

1, Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terror… Okay, then not all white people are KKK, but all KKK is white people.

2. That child you abort might one day grow up to cure cancer…or, that child you fail to abort might one day grow up to kill the person who would have cured cancer.

3. It was a cool summer in Des Moines, where’s your global warming now? Answer, the world is round and your head is square.

4. “So-called” Muslims need to clean up the extremists in their midst if they really are a religion of peace…to, does that also apply to “so-called good” cops?(Also will accept “does that apply to leagal gun owners?)

5. Gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns. Um, do laws prevent criminals from breaking any law?

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6. Gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns. Car thieves still steal cars, does that mean you shouldn’t have a license, or car insurance?

7. I can’t vote for a socialist like Bernie Sanders, well then, you definitely wouldn’t have voted for Washington, Adams, Jefferson or Lincoln. “We the people?” or “Union” let alone “more perfect union,” or “welfare,” in the constitution? Or is it that the Right only believes that its only about the guns and Blacks as 3/5 a person?

8. also not in the constitution, the word freedom, internet, porn, gay, abortion, AR-15, big gulp, god, Christian, apple pie, Chevrolet or immigration.

Sometimes the only cure for stupid is a good strong whack to the head.

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Punking the Commie Pope

Being a liberal means never having to apologize to the pope. Recall during the election in 2004 and 2008, we were told by the Right that if we didn’t listen to the Pope, the last one who grew up as a Nazi Youth-no se3riously-about abortion and contraception then we weren’t true Catholics. A few even went so far as to label pro-choice Catholics as heretics. Right out of the inquisition. What was that high horse position regarding the violent and deranged Muslims needing a reformation. During Christianity’s so-called Reformation the inquisition was still torturing and imprisoning tens of thousands of innocents, and the Pope in Rome was still presiding over the annual carnival with wonderful events such as the running of the cripples and Jews at the end of sharp pikes. Ah, but who doesn’t love a carnival.

As another aside, by the way, Christianity didn’t reform, even with humanism. Christianity was reassigned to a social position rather than a political and ruling position. Only then were there public and serious thoughts about universal human rights, efforts to end slavery, the vote, secular constitutions and the opportunity for ever dumb ass hick to get on talk radio and regale us with their Duck Dynasty wisdom. For all the Wikipedia historians out there, that wasn’t Humanism. Humanism was still a servent of Christian doctrine.

But what really gets me is the willingness, with all their piety and catholic and Christian flag waving, like Kim Davis, or political self-promoter Mike Huckabee or a caller and thousands of listeners to the Michael Savage show to throw this new Pope under the bus. These holier than thou, every baby’s breath is perfume gold Catholics are so gay married to their own personal hate, bigotry and religious team sports that they’ll happily side with a nationalist Jew like Savage mercilessly attacking the Pope. They are so lost to hate and idiocy that the same pundits, such as Savage, telling Catholics they were going against their religion for not following in lock step with the pope over abortion endure and indeed join in calling the pope a socialist or worse when he dares speak of mercy for Syrian and Libyan refugees or about climate change.

As an atheist, and recovering Catholic, nothing the pope says means any more to me than anyone else.I am just amazed at the hypocrisy. Certainly the pious Catholics only believe that God speaks through the Pope as long as he espouses what they already believe. So, why complicate things? Why not just cut out the middle man and keep your Sundays free for the important things in life, swimming down at the quarry, landscaping around the trailer, betting with the neighbors on which tooth will come out the next time you are fine dining on generic pop tarts, walking the three-legged dog you accidently shot one day while cleaning the shotgun, house painting over the rust on the pickup, watching the kids run naked through a sprinkler while wistfully retorting, “they grow up so fat, I can’t believe they’re 30 already!”
. Your real religion is Nascar and chicken wings. You are wasting energy and allowing someone else to take the credit each time you hide behind religion. Shout it out loud, and shout it proudly…”I AM A DICK!” Then on Monday, you can go back to your job as a county clerk, Kim Davis.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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If I was a stand up comedian. You wouldn’t believe the day I had today…

Unfortunately I am an author in a culture that now considers the word “book” to be a verb. And everybody says that’s amazing until you ask them to buy a book and suddenly it’s like you just handed them a gun used in a double murder.
“Hell no! I don’t want my finger prints on that!”
And so the life of writer isn’t as glamorous, and it certainly isn’t as lucrative as they make it look in movies. That’s why, to keep up with bills I took a part time job with a delivery service. After what happened today I wish I was a stand up comedian rather than a writer. Today was meant for stand up.
I had to pick up a canister for embryos at a small fertility clinic in Northbrook. Tthe girl at the counter was nice enough and as I was leaving she said, no doubt to gauge how long it would take me to return with the embryos she asked how long it would take. Figuring traffic, I told her a couple of hours. Without thinking she said, “Oh, we’ll see you around lunchtime.”
Bad choice of words. Like Spiderman, my sarcasm senses were tingling.
The fertility clinic I was to pick up the embryos at was in a building just off the Chicago River, near downtown. It was a pretty lavish place; very upscale. Why is it a blessing when rich people go to lengths to have a baby, and everyone says they overcame the odds. If you’re poor and can’t get pregnant, it’s probably for the better because the word is so overcrowded.
So I am waiting while they load the fetus’, which must just drive the anti-choice people nuts. I have to use the bathroom, and the receptionist hands me a key. Now I’ve seen movies and TV programs with scenes in fertility clinics. As I push the key in the door I am expecting this unbelievable bathroom; something out of a swingers pad in the 1970s, or something to put you in the mood, right? I’m thinking there’s like black mirror tiles, porn music, or the best of Prince playing softly, leopard skin rugs and towels, maybe a wide screen TV with a stack of DVDs all laced with an ambient shame just for being there in the first place.
Instead I open the door and the brightly lit room smelled of Lysol and Febreeze. The room looked like an add from a JC Penny catalog and there was a reader’s digest in a drawer, and my first thought was, how disgusting! What sort of sick bastard gats off on Readers Digest! If you can’t get pregnant, that might be the problem.
Then I remembered some years ago when my brother and his wife were trying to conceive. One day on the phone he says, Bill, we’ve tried everything. We’ve tried lotions, magazines, movies, therapy…”
I said, “Great, have you tried having sex?”
So I’m in the bathroom and on the wall is a changing table. I thought, wow, that’s jumping the gun just a bit. Or, maybe it’s the most brilliant marketing ever.
Finally the lady returns with the embryos loaded into the canister, and I can’t help but ask if there are and safe handling procedures. She says just to keep the canister upright.
Should I play a certain kind of music, I ask, perhaps play some Mozart or recite some Shakespeare? She asks if I know any Shakespeare. I blush and say no, but I can recite half of the movie Stripes, and I have U2s rattle and Hum in the CD player.
On the way back traffic on the highway was heavy so I detoured through a northern suburb. Passing down on street I neared a bunch of anti-abortion types holding signs with pictures of aborted fetuses. I had half a mind to pull over and call the bunch to the car and announce, “Lookie here. I wrangled some live ones!”
I was worried about bumps in the road and started acting like those people with the baby on board signs. Suddenly I’m like a doting parent, but my only reference here to these floating fetuses in the tank in the backseat was when we brought goldfish home in plastic bags, or when I’m holding a cup of something on a bumpy road, and I’m suddenly horrified of the thought of those little embryos sloshing around like passengers on the Titanic.
Then I thought that maybe I should stop and buy a card to leave at the clinic for the future parents reminiscing about their kid’s first car ride, and that it was in a Honda with a hundred thousand miles on it, and that we stopped at Wendy’s for a shake-chocolate- and that if the kid grows up to be a pot smoking long haired stoner it might be the Led Zepplin CD I had cranked. And that the stuff floating in there with the embryos was just me feeling guilty that I didn’t have enough for everyone so I dropped a French fry and a piece of a chicken tender in the tank…and I am super sorry they implanted you with a French fry.
And then I just couldn’t help myself when I finally arrived at the clinic and the girl looks at the canister and asks, if “that is…”
And I nod smartly and say with total confidence, “Yep, its lunch.”

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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GET OUT OF MY FACE! The Taliban-like assault on women’s sovereignty over their own bodies continues: Massachusetts abortion law struck down.

Fundamentalism won a victory today regarding a Massachusetts law making it a crime for anti-choice protesters to come within 35 feet of women entering so-called “abortion” clinics. The ruling will have a significant impact far beyond the abortion issue. In a unanimous ruling over the case McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law.

Pro-choice volunteers escort a women to a health clinic. Only 1 in 9 women visit these clinics for abortion related issues.

Pro-choice volunteers escort a women to a health clinic. Only 1 in 9 women visit these clinics for abortion related issues.

Once again the court in a short-sighted ruling has endangered women and the public by striking down a law that maintains a reasonable physical buffer between anti-choice harrassers and innocent women in vulnerable and high emotional circumstances. Only 1 of 9 women entering women’s health clinics are there for an abortion procedure or counseling. The supreme court struck down the Massachusetts law, calling it a violation of the First amendment. However, in the strictest application and definition of protest and the first amendment, the court sided with harassment and verbal assault instead of petition of grievances to the government or government officials.

Read the full unedited ruling here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1168_6k47.pdf

There have been long held reasonable restrictions on appropriate and inappropriate speech. The FCC regularly enforces speech, which should fundamentally be challenged as a violation of the First amendment, since the FCC, a government entity is describing what may and may not be said with regards to public discourse. There are also laws regarding slander, inciting violence or panic, as in the yelling fire in a crowded theater example. So among private citizens there are already reasonable curbs to some forms of speech. This now removes distinction between private citizens and public officials.

While a blow for women’s rights regarding privacy and harassment by belligerent parties, it does remove constraints on activists and progressives who have been routinely pushed back from confronting politicians or protesting at events. As we have seen repeatedly presidents, congress people, events, hearings, foreign leaders and diplomats have been afforded buffers from protesters. This law would mandate and demand that protesters be afforded their first amendment right in getting as close to those officials as necessary to be heard. As necessary would be the perview of the protester, not the protestee, by the way. It would also open up their families to protest as well, since today’s ruling erases all distinction between public and private citizen.

What does that mean for you? There are provisions in the law that make certain types of intimidating speech a prosecutable offense as a type of assault. For example, if I scream hysterically or violently in your face or at your child I can be arrested and prosecuted for assault. In my extreme emotion, if spittle hits or falls on you, you could accuse me of assault. Now all of that, you and your child are now fair game for anyone wishing to “protest” against you. Anything can now be framed as a protest. Verbal assault now has been all but eliminated, excepting direct threats of violence.

In a word this ruling is an assault on public safety. For protesters of all stripes, the gloves come off. For better or worse that is the nation we now live in. Let the law of unintended consequences prevail. That is the peril of a court who considers issues in the short run rather than the long run.

WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Smart Ass! A come back for every right wing talking point

If there is one redeeming quality I’ve learned growing up in a big , hard-drinking, small town Midwestern family, and working a tough blue collar union job is that you learn to give it as well as take it.. And by “it” I mean when someone throws a shot your way, your return shot should put them on their ass. It has helped me become the most dangerous emerging voice on the Left.

On my radio show I am always talking about messaging and how Progressives and Liberals always are at a general disadvantage to the Right. Their arguments are simple, but loud and repetitive. They appeal to base instincts and lazy people who only wish to be validated in their firmly held ignorance, and appeal to their laziness in actually becoming informed, or worse, that they actually have to consider other people’s existence. The Right yawns at too much information. They want it simple and easy. That represents their world.

On the Left, the center Left and for much of the center-the vast majority of this nation, our messaging is usually far more nuanced, necessarily encompassing a spectrum of perspectives. We like details and science and understand a world in shades of gray, in which the continuum of perspectives among the lives of people is not black or white. Despite that facts and truth are fully on our side, that doesn’t translate well in a media world. We must do a better job, which is why the itinerate smart ass in me decided to help with comebacks to beat the Right…

CORPORATIONS
RIGHT: “Corporations are people, my friend…”
LEFT: A corporation is a person the same way the forest is a tree or the Navy is sailor

ABORTION
RIGHT: That baby you abort might one day grow up to cure cancer.
LEFT: That baby might one day grow up to kill the person who would have cured cancer

FRACKING
RIGHT: Graduates from the South Dakota Institute for Mining Technology earn more working for Fracking firms than most university graduates.
LEFT: Crack dealers make more than most high school graduates, Bank robbers earn more than bank tellers!

GUNS
RIGHT: Forcing gun owners to register their guns and have IDs doesn’t stop criminals from having guns.
LEFT: registering your car and having a license doesn’t stop car thieves…

KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND CLIVEN BUNDY
LEFT: Where are the gunmen supporting deadbeat racist millionaire Cliven Bundy’s “property rights” for thousands of Americans having their land stolen for the XL Keystone pipeline?
RAND PAUL: Cliven who?

MUSLIM TERRORISTS
RIGHT: Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims
LEFT: Not all white people are KKK, but all KKK are white people ( White supremacists have killed more than 200 people in the US over the last decade.; Muslims 2)

BENGHAZI
RIGHT: fOuR AMerIcaNs dIEd iN BeNGhAzi FOUR On 9-11-2011!!!!
LEFT: 3000 died on the original 9-11 due to the incompetence of Bush’s administration, 3200 over a lie in Iraq, 11 incinerated in the Deepwater oil disaster and no one has gone to jail. No, wait, I’m only getting started…

GLOBAL WARMING
RIGHT: If there is global warming, how come it was so cold in Intercourse Pennsylvania (There really is an Intercourse Pennsylvania!)
LEFT: While you were sleeping, the Egyptians and Columbus proved the world was round.inter

GAY MARRIAGE AND THE BIBLE
RIGHT: Says right there in the bible ‘bout gays bein’ ‘gainst god…
LEFT: Reading cliff notes again, I see. There is far more in the bible in the bible about tending your own garden, minding your own business, greed, gluttony and selling your daughter into slavery being okay

WELFARE AND THE FREE MARKET
RIGHT: We can’t afford welfare, but we need to let the free market work for business!
LEFT: The US spent $500 billion on welfare for the poor. It spent in 2013 $576.4 billion on giveaways to corporations; local, state and federal combined-double that for tax forgiveness. Who are the real welfare queens? Sounds like even the free market doesn’t believe in the free market!

VOTING
TOO MANY AMERICANS: Voting changes nothing!
LEFT: A car dealership offers a warranty for your new car, however, that warranty doesn’t cover misuse or neglect

Add a few of your own. I’ve got more. Call into the show Mondays-Fridays from 9-11am in Chicago on AM1680 QR radio, www.que4.org and feel free to share your suggestions, or argue with mine. Bring it, I’m ready.

WC Turck is the author of 4 books, including the critically acclaimed Bosnian War Memoir “Everything for Love,” and Broken: One soldier’s unexpected journey home, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He can be heard weekdays from 9-11am, and 1-3pm on the Revolution and Beer show with partner and cohost BL Murray.

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Revolution and Beer Reactionary of the week: Dis-elected representative, and ideological masturbator Joe Walsh.

Joe_WalshIt is easy to understand why the unseated right wing former representative-turned-blowhard on AM560 Joe Walsh dislikes Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor. For one, she supported the Madison protests against Governor Walker’s bullying of teachers, fireman, garbage men and cops. Two, she’s African American, in fact the only African American woman in the Wisconsin senate. And three, she was reelected, unlike the loud Mister Walsh, who inserted himself into American politics, unfortunately via the faux wave of the Tea Party. And when that wave crashed and was gone, so too was ole Joe’s political career.

On his basis-for-lack-of-reality radio show Monday night he took issue with Taylor regarding comments on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” with Ed Schultz, in which she likened the actions of her Republican State counterparts to the Taliban during last week’s fiery abortion debate in Madison.

The comments came after Senate President, Republican Mike Ellis abruptly cut off debate on the issue while another democrat Senator Kathleen Vinehout read aloud letters from female constituents concerned over a bill that would make ultrasounds mandatory for any woman considering an abortion. It is a pattern repeated time and again by Republican controlled legislatures around the nation as they seek to roll back the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that made a woman’s right to choose the law of the nation. Unable to overturn that decision, republicans have opted instead for harassment as a means of ending a woman’s right to make choices regarding her own life, future and health.

Walsh, the great moralist, who uses the right wing radio station as a propaganda tool to deflect criticism regarding allegations he failed to pay child support, regularly and vehemently defends policies and cultures of misogyny. Though he claims to be pro-life, his penchant for the cowardly conceal carry initiative essentially mandates a death sentence for petty crime, and places all of us in far more danger. Those who demand the “right” to carry a weapon everywhere are in the opinion of this writer, clinically afraid of their own doughy shadow.

But Walsh took issue with Taylor’s statement’s condemning the tantrum by senate President Ellis. Walsh did not take issue with a grown State Senator throwing a tantrum, however. Taylor told Ed Shultz that. ”Anti-women legislation has been their priority. Not creating jobs. We were silenced that day. The president broke his gavel. The women in the assembly were escorted out.” She went onto say that the current legislation, “…is no different than what I experienced when I went to Turkey and heard of what the women in the Middle East are experiencing with the Taliban, trying to silence them for being at the table.”

Walsh was unhinged, or at least played the masterful part of the pretend unhinged, like any theatrical lawyer. Playing to the lowest common denominator nightly to his lowest common denominator audience, Walsh bitched that he was “Sick and tired of (Democrat’s) war on women claims. I’m not going to stand for it anymore!” In a frothing rant that was about as fact based and coherent as the dad on “The Family Guy” cartoon, Walsh went on to accuse senator Taylor of insulting Muslim women with the Taliban comparison.

Truly heartfelt words from the man who appeared to have called The Council on American Islamic Relations terrorists in the preceding segment. And Walsh is well known for his empathy for both Muslims and women alike. His latest perversity on the issues facing our nation is to organize a small number of reprobates in his continuing pornography of gun proliferation he’s dubbed freedom fighters. Our bellicose friend here is keen on the prodigious misuse of the word “liberty,” which apparently only refers to Christian White women who self-police themselves into their husband’s cultural and selectively moralistic constraints.

But why should any of us care why an ideological wanker like Walsh even exists? He is a panderer on the super highway of base emotion and ignorant self-interest. But where the danger lies in “men” like Walsh is that they legitimize hate. For such men, their railing against so-called political correctness, is what the rest of us call manners and culture. I don’t walk into a room full of women and say, “What’s up…?” with some derogatory refrain about women, not because of political correctness, but out of politeness and respect.

I am told again and again by friends on the Right that the Reactionary pieces sound bitter. No, they are meant to strike at the heart of the reactionary in question. This is not the lawyerly sparring of an issue. I am not like so many in the mainstream media with limited issues to speak on. There isn’t enough time in 10 lifetimes for all the topics I want to explore, issues to follow, injustice to battle or stories to tell.

We aim to get at the heart of the matter, which was a challenge for this particular piece. Search and search was we might, Brian and I will be damned that Walsh doesn’t actually appear to have one.

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