Thursday, December 18, 2014


Remember when conservatives were gushing about Putin and telling anyone who would listen that they wanted him to be their president? And, that he was playing "chess while president Obama played checkers"?

Well, sadly for my wingnut friends , it seems that Mr. Putin wasn't such a genius after all.

But you have to wonder where all this Putin love came from. Maybe it was seeing him riding bareback on a horse. All that macho imagery. It must have reminded them of their other hero, Ronald Reagan. Or, maybe it was because he was picking fights with their enemy, Barack Obama, and he seemed to be winning at the time. (Seemed to be.)  

Anyway, things haven't been going so well for Vladi of late.

"A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West. Russia's economy imploded.

The latest news is that Russia's central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is down 50 percent on the year against the dollar, from falling any further. It's a desperate move to save Russia's currency that comes at the cost of sacrificing Russia's economy.

But even that wasn't enough. After a brief rally, the ruble resumed its cliff-diving ways on Tuesday, falling another 14 percent to a low of 80 rubles per dollar. It was 60 rubles per dollar just the day before. The problem is simple. Oil is still falling, and ordinary Russians don't want to hold their money in rubles even if they get paid 17 percent interest to do so. In other words, there's a well-justified panic. So now Russia is left with the double whammy of a collapsing currency and exorbitant interest rates. Checkmate.

It's a classic kind of emerging markets crisis. It's only a small simplification, you see, to say that Russia doesn't so much have an economy as it has an oil exporting business that subsidizes everything else. That's why the combination of more supply from the United States, and less demand from Europe, China, and Japan has hit them particularly hard. Cheaper oil means Russian companies have fewer dollars to turn into rubles, which is just another way of saying that there's less demand for rubles—so its price is falling. It hasn't helped, of course, that sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine have already left Russia short on dollars.

Add it all up, and the ruble has fallen something like 22 percent against the dollar the past month, with 11 percent of that coming on Monday alone. As you can see below, the Russian ruble has fallen even further than the Ukrainian hryvnia or Brent oil has this year. The only asset, and I use that word lightly, that's done worse than the ruble's 50 percent fall is Bitcoin, which is a fake currency that techno-utopians insist is the future we don't know we want.

And this is only going to get worse. Russia, you see, is stuck in an economic catch-22. Its economy needs lower interest rates to push up growth, but its companies need higher interest rates to push up the ruble and make all the dollars they borrowed not worth so much. So, to use a technical term, they're screwed no matter what they do. If they had kept interest rates low, then the ruble would have continued to disintegrate, inflation would have spiked, and big corporations would have defaulted—but at least growth wouldn't have fallen quite so much." [Source]

So maybe he isn't the grandmaster wingnuts perceive him to be. Maybe he exposed his Queen and Obama took it with a checkers move. It wouldn't be the first time. Obama has been beating wingnuts at their own game for eight years.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Viva La Cuba.

I would like to start this post by saying thank you to O's administration for easing travel restrictions to Cuba. A brother's cigar collection will lose some value, but I can live with that.

I am just looking forward to getting a little R & R in Havana and checking out all those cars from the fifties

Of course, as is to be expected, the Cuban exile community in Miami is upset about the move. To them, Fidel Castro is the closest thing to the devil himself.

I feel their pain. But it's a good political move on O's part. Most (not all) of those Cubans in South Florida are all conservative republicans and would never vote for a democrat if their lives depended on it.

Truth be told, I have more love for my Cuban brothers and sisters who were stuck in Castro's Cuba than for the ones who escaped to sunny South Florida.

"Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo, a Republican whose father was a pilot in the 1996 Brothers to the Rescue mission, called Democratic President Barack Obama a sellout.

"Today will be a sad day for all those who have dedicated their lives for a free Cuba. Our President has sold out freedom," Bovo posted to his Twitter account, @CommBovo.

He followed up with two more posts, directed at the dissident Ladies in White and at the Brothers to the Rescue families, whose relatives were shot down by the Cuban Air Force.

"Damas de Blanco @BarackObama and his accomplices sold you out," he wrote. Then: "Family members of murdered pilots of Brothers to the Rescue @BarackObama Sold you out."

Maggie Khuly, the sister of Armando Alejandre Jr, one of the four Brothers to the Rescue members shot down, said the families of the failed mission's victims were outraged.

'I was expecting this, but I can't believe it,' Khuly said. 'No one (in the federal government) had the decency of telling us anything."'

Ahhhm, excuse me, but who the hell are you?

Maggie, No one in the federal government owes you an explanation for a damn thing.

Still, I hate to say it, but I actually agree with a FOX VIEWS host about some of the bad possibilities of this move.

"Reacting to the news that President Barack Obama intends to loosen restrictions on the U.S. embargo on Cuba, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith wondered whether we’ll “ruin” the island nation with the influx of capitalist goods rather than basic necessities.

“I think the last time I went [to Cuba], I brought back Cuban rum, Havana Gold for like four dollars,” Smith reminisced. “Think of how all of that will shift if this actually happens.”

His guest, Gerri Willis of the Fox Business Network, noted that PepsiCo put out a statement on Wednesday asserting their eagerness to begin trading with Cubans.

'You know the fear among anybody who’s ever been there or who cares at all about the Cuban people, as so many of us do,” Smith continued, “the last thing they need is a Taco Bell or a Lowe’s.'” [Source]

Don't forget Burger King and Wal- Mart.

Finally, please check out this video and tell me what you think.

This is what happens when a black police officer tries to arrest a white man who happens to have a higher rank in the police department than he does.

Oh ohhh. 

Pic from

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Use of force.

Now maybe some other people will believe me when I say that we live in a police state.

What the police in Texas (Where else?) did to 76 year old Pete Vasquez was outrageous.

"A Texas cop was recorded on his dash cam video hitting a 76-year-old man with a stun gun over a dispute involving expired car tags. Nathaniel Robinson pulled over Pete Vasquez to ask him about the expired inspection ticket on his car. Vasquez said it was a dealer’s car with special plates, and that’s why he didn’t need a current one.

In reaction, Vasquez says, Robinson got angry and grabbed him, proceeding to put him in handcuffs. And then, after a few seconds of struggling, you see on the video that Robinson tackles Vasquez to the ground, and then gets up and hits him with a stun gun.

Vasquez says he was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the leg. He was not actually charged with anything and says Robinson came to his house to apologize.

Robinson has been placed on administrative duty." [Source]

With all the police officer's being put on "administrative leave" lately, soon there will not be enough cops to put on the street.

Still, if these rogue police officers have folks like Sandra McElroy to get their backs, they will be just fine.

Free to kill 12 year old children playing with a toy gun in a park, and free to kill a Wal- Mart shopper (in an open carry state) who is holding a gun he picked up in the store.   

"The Smoking Gun released a lengthy report revealing that “Witness 40,” whose testimony helped convince a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, completely fabricated her story and has a criminal history marked by mental illness, lying to authorities, and blatant racism.

According to the report, Witness 40 is a 45-year-old woman named Sandra McElroy, and her account that Brown charged at Wilson helped exonerate him (and, as The Smoking Gun points out, became part of the narrative surrounding the events of Ferguson). But a glance at her history throws her credibility into doubt: Though diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 16, McElroy told the grand jury she hasn’t taken any medication for her condition in 25 years, and admitted that a car accident in 2001 left her “struggl[ing] with a faulty memory” ever since.

McElroy first reached out to prosecutors nearly four weeks after Brown’s death, and her account closely matched with the account Wilson gave of the shooting — not surprising, considering that in the weeks leading up to her contacting authorities, she posted statements supporting Wilson on her Facebook wall:
In the weeks after Brown’s shooting–but before she contacted police–McElroy used her Facebook account to comment on the case. On August 15, she “liked’ a Facebook comment reporting that [witness Dorian] Johnson had admitted that he and Brown stole cigars before the confrontation with Wilson. On August 17, a Facebook commenter wrote that Johnson and others should be arrested for inciting riots and giving false statements to police in connection with their claims that Brown had his hands up when shot by Wilson. “The report and autopsy are in so YES they were false,” McElroy wrote of the “hands-up” claims. This appears to be an odd comment from someone who claims to have been present during the shooting. In response to the posting of a news report about a rally in support of Wilson, McElroy wrote on August 17, “Prayers, support God Bless Officer Wilson.”  
…Commenting on a September 12 Riverfront Times story reporting that Ferguson city officials had yet to meet with Brown’s family, McElroy wrote, “But haven’t you heard the news, There great great great grandpa may or may not have been owned by one of our great great great grandpas 200 yrs ago. (Sarcasm).”

I wonder how many other people like Sandra McElroy are out there. I suspect that there are quite a few, and that they are all too willing and ready to let officers like Darren Wilson go free without having to answer to anyone for their actions.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Siege Down Under and next door.

An escaping hostage is caught by a policeman in Sydney, 15 DecemberToday, sadly, was a day of sieges.

One was over 16,000 miles from the kid in the land of cricket and kangaroos, and the other was just a few miles from where I sit writing this post in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Of course Americans are more up in arms over the Muslim terrorizing folks in a café in Sydney, Australia. It was all horrific to be sure, and when it was over three people lay dead, including the depraved lunatic who thought it was cool to terrorize innocent people to make a religious point.

Australians aren't used to this. So now, they too have lost their innocence.

The other lunatic was literally a domestic terrorist. Not only is he home grown, but he terrorized family members and loved ones. (That's the domestic part.)

"PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man went to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs before dawn Monday and fatally shot six people, authorities said, including his recently engaged ex-wife, who had told neighbors she feared he would kill her.

Police swarmed from one community to another as they searched for Bradley William Stone but said late Monday they didn't know where he was.

Police earlier had surrounded his home in Pennsburg, where he had been believed to be holed up.

"Bradley, this is the police department!" officers yelled. "Come to the front door with your hands up. You're under arrest."

But Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at an evening news conference investigators were still searching for Stone and didn't know how he's getting around. Ferman said investigators had recovered Stone's cellphone and his car.

The rampage started at ex-wife Nicole Stone's Harleysville apartment, investigators said. Stone broke in through a glass door around 4 a.m., firing multiple rounds and fleeing with their two children, the woman's neighbors said.." [Source]

This guy, unlike the extremist in Australia, is still on the loose. That has to be a terrifying thought for anyone who knows him and got on his bad side.

Just the thought of some Muslim extremist jacking me while a sip coffee in Starbucks is scary, but so is the thought of some random dude with family issues going all Falling Down on the kid while I go about my daily business.

Honestly, I think I will just stay away from public spaces as much as possible in the near future.

Finally, I can't comment too much on the story on this video, but I am just putting it out there to get some feedback.

"Philly's finest" put down a young black man, and his family has some questions.



Sunday, December 14, 2014

The killing of Jack.

So have you all heard about the tragic shooting of a beloved family pet in Questa Verde, California?

It seems that while the family was inside the home, a police officer was investigating a burglary call. He went into the backyard of the home, and the poor dog, who always played with the mailman, suddenly charged him. (The officer's uniform must have fooled him.)

Sadly, officer William Moreland fired three bullets into the family dog killing him instantly.

Now the people of Questa Verde are outraged. The seven year old Welsh corgi named Jack did not have do die this way. Officer Moreland has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a further investigation of the incident.

PETA and various other groups have been picketing the police station and calling for the officer to resign. It is reported that the family is in seclusion and are devastated.

OK, so I just made up that entire story to make a point. Unless you believe that the movie Poltergeist was not based on fiction, you will understand that there is no town called Questa Verde, California. And the last time I checked, detective William Moreland was Wendell Pierce's character in The Wire. Jack? Well I think that was the name of the scruffy little dog on Little House On The Prairie.

But here is the thing, had it all been true, more people in the majority population would be up in arms about the shooting death of Jack the Welsh corgi than they would the shooting death of Tamir Rice , or the choking death of Eric Garner.

No matter how egregious the actions of the police officers were in these cases, we learn that poll after poll shows that most people in the majority population just do not see it that way. To them, their local police are fair to black people.

Again, had the story above been true, I suspect that polls taken about the actions of Officer Moreland would have had a different result than they do about the actions of the police officers in these latest high profile cases where black men were killed. White folks take it to a whole different level when it comes to their pets. When it comes to the lives of young black men, on the other hand, not so much.

The president has dogs. Why isn't he on television saying if he had a Welsh corgi he would look like Jack It's an outrage!

*As far as I know the dog in the pic's name is not Jack and he is doing just fine.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Caption Saturday.

I need a caption for this pic.

Holla at me.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Racism isn't just for red states.

I love it when certain folks have an alleged lapse in their "color aroused" judgment.

The latest is this female executive from Sony Entertainment, who, as some folks tend to do when they think that they are alone with like minded people, said some racially insensitive things about Barack Obama.   

But field, she is a Hollywood liberal who supported the president with her own money.

Yes, there is that. But I need you Negroes to understand that it's not just Southern conservatives who have "color arousal" issues.  Some of your so called liberal friends have issues as well.

Of course this executive went to the Priest of all things racial in America for absolution.
"Hours after Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement comparing her to disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal revealed in a Q&A interview with Deadline’s Mike Fleming, Jr. that she has spoken to Sharpton on the phone, saying, “I know I screwed up.”

Sharpton’s condemnation of Pascal came after an email exchange between the Sony exec and movie producer Scott Rudin leaked as part of the larger cyber-attack on Sony Pictures from a possibly-North Korean-connected group. In the conversation, Pascal and Rudin joked about the types of movies President Barack Obama likes, with clear racial overtones.

I’m so disappointed in myself, that I ever would have had such a lapse in my thinking,” Pascal said in her first public comments aside from a short apology statement earlier today, adding that she doesn’t want her 30 year career defined by these leaked emails.

Asked if she has apologized directly to the president, she said, “I don’t know Barack Obama. I worked really hard for him in both of his campaigns. I am inspired by him. I…I’m embarrassed, deeply.”

Yep, I am guessing that after she kissed Rev. Al's ring he gave her communion.

Lady, you are only "embarrassed" because you were exposed.

And you Negroes wonder why black actors can't find work in Hollywood.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Divider- in- Chief"?

I love how all these pundits and pollsters are declaring that race relations are worse than they have ever been in America under Barack Obama.

As if Barack Obama got in the White House and declared that it's open season on whitey.

White folks like to call Obama a divider, but it's hard to divide what has already been split into little pieces.

I suspect that race relations (publicly) might have gotten worse under Barack Obama because angry "color aroused" white people couldn't hold in their racism any longer. And, truth be told, clueless black people thought that having one of their own in the White House would suddenly make racists view them in a different light.

White people who voted for Barack Obama out of some sense of racial absolution for past sins are disappointed that he did not deliver. He did not make them feel any different because racism has actually gotten worse. A stark and sad reminder to them that the shadow of ignorance and bigotry that has long hovered over their beloved country is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Barack Obama, this highly educated and "articulate" politician, was, in the words of Katt Williams, "Nigger light". Finally, a black man white folks could trust with the keys and wrap their arms around.

At least this is what they thought. Unfortunately there were too many white folks who could only see that a black man was driving, and they did not want to be in the back seat.  It is why early on in his presidency you had the opposition party declaring that they were dedicated to making sure that his presidency failed.

So yes, America's racial wounds were reopened with the election of Barack Obama. But the Band- Aid that was covering it was not really healing anything; it was just covering it up.  Barack Obama becoming president just forced us to tear it off. Sadly, what we are seeing now is not pretty.

'"We are more racially fractured and fragmented,' said James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

'It has exposed more wounds than it has healed,' he said of Obama's election. 'It has exposed how racist our society still is."'

I didn't need some "Africana studies" professor from one of America's finer schools to tell me that. That's what my eyes are for.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Who was Sheneque Proctor?

I just saw an interesting short film that kind of brings home the "black lives matter" debate that has been taking place in this country. (Shout out to HLN for putting on the young brother that produced the film tonight.)

Everyone (black and white) should watch it, and they should think long and hard about their own thoughts on race after they do.

So speaking of black lives, there was an incident in an Alabama jail recently that I would like to bring to everyone's attention.

"BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The death of an 18-year-old woman while in custody in the city of Bessemer, outside Birmingham, has sparked controversy among residents of this largely African American community. Many, including the NAACP, are asking how she died and who was responsible.

County and city authorities aren’t talking, but the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is looking into the Nov. 2 death of Sheneque Proctor in the Bessemer City Jail, according to SBI spokeswoman Robyn Bryan.

Ms. Proctor, who lived in neighboring Brighton, was at a Bessemer hotel with friends when she was arrested on Saturday night, Nov. 1. Her aunt, Tracy Rodda, said that officers told Proctor she was being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Early the next morning, she was found dead in her cell, according to Rodda, who said her niece had complained of problems with asthma.

Bessemer officers declined to give details when a reporter representing Weld asked them how Sheneque Proctor died and what she was charged with. The reporter asked to see a copy of the arrest report but was denied.

Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden said, “I know the case. I know we had a death in the jail. Erring on a conservative side, not to protect the city but to protect the rights of an 18-year-old, the city of Bessemer will not disclose any information.”

Proctor’s mother, Scherita Proctor, reached at her home, said, “We don’t know what happened. I’ve heard lots of things. I don’t want to speculate. We’re waiting on a death certificate.”

Proctor graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in May. Her mother described her as “sweet and loving.” Sheneque leaves behind a 5-month-old son, Zamaruien Blevins.

Besides the controversy arising from the death of an 18-year-old mother, there are questions being raised about how exactly Proctor was treated. Relatives indicated that Sheneque complained of how officers had dealt with her.

“She said three officers were handling her really rough,” said Rodda, who added witnesses have claimed as many as six Bessemer officers were involved with Sheneque’s arrest.

Later calls to Scherita Proctor to confirm Rodda’s account were not returned.

Rodda said that on the night of her arrest Sheneque Proctor had called her mother, who did not have the bail money. Rodda said she wishes she had gotten the call. “Maybe we could have come up with $235 [for bail].”

On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 2, two detectives went to the Brighton home of Scherita Proctor and informed her of her daughter’s death, according to Rodda."

Now let me say for the record that I don't know the race of the police officers who arrested Ms. Proctor, or that of the jailers who were charged with watching her. It doesn't matter.

The fact that an 18 year old can go to jail for disorderly conduct and end up dead the very next morning is troubling. The fact that the authorities are being so tight lipped about the entire incident is scary.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A "bunch of hooey" ?

Yes President Obama, we did indeed "torture some folks".

Former president Bush said that we did not, but now, of course, we know that is a lie. Or maybe not. Maybe former president Bush was misled as well. I bet Dick Cheney knew that we "tortured some folks". Methinks he protests a bit too much about the release of this report by The Senate Intelligence Committee.

It's not a "bunch of hooey" Mr. Cheney, you should be in jail.

We are now being told that the CIA used tactics that are "brutal and flawed", and according to one of the senators who was responsible for the release of the report; it is a "stain on our values and history."

Those on the right side of the political divide will tell you that this is no big deal, and that this program was needed to stop the next September 11 type attack from taking place in our homeland.

This is the position of Dick Cheney and some of the other apologists for the ignoble and inhuman act that is torture. We know now that this is not true. These torture programs did not stop one terrorist act from taking place on our shores, and it did not help us to kill Osama bin Laden.

So now that we know that America is no different than any other Third World country, and that we do not respect the rule of law; we have to ask ourselves if it was all worth it. I, for one, do not think that it was. But I am just a small time left wing progressive blogger from Philadelphia. Senator John McCain, who was himself tortured, apparently has no love for torturing folks, either. I will defer to him on this subject.

"Republican Sen. John McCain broke with members of his party Tuesday, lauding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture and decrying the use of torture as having "stained our national honor" and doing "much harm and little practical good."

On this we both agree.

For the record, I am no fan of this president's drone program, either. Targeting and killing alleged terrorist (with collateral damage sometimes thrown in) is not a good look for this administration or the country.

But it seems to be something that we have all accepted. And we shouldn't. We should see it for what it is. Like torture, it creates a strain on our democracy and diminishes our standing in the world.

Sadly, though, Americans don't seem to care.

Maybe this report will change some things.

Monday, December 08, 2014

"Dems, It's Time to Dump Dixie" and let Republicans have "Free-Market Jesus Paradise".

I just read a terrific article about the political shift taking place in the South, and why the people in the majority population from those states support one  political party over another.

The South, in case you all didn't notice, is now the domain of the republican party. (At least when it comes to state wide elections)We can thank gerrymandering and inherent racial bias for this interesting political development.

As a result of this shift, the author of the article had some interesting advice for the democratic party.

"Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie

With Mary Landrieu’s ignominious exit, the Democrats will have lost their last senator in the Deep South. And that’s a good thing. They should write it off—because they don’t need it.

I don’t remember a much sadder sight in domestic politics in my lifetime than that of Mary Landrieu schlumpfing around these last few weeks trying to save a Senate seat that was obviously lost. It was like witnessing the last two weeks of the life of a blind and toothless dog you knew the vet was just itching to destroy. I know that sounds mean about her, but I don’t intend it that way. She did what she could and had, as far as I know, an honorable career. I do, however, intend it to sound mean about the reactionary, prejudice-infested place she comes from. A toothless dog is a figure of sympathy. A vet who takes pleasure in gassing it is not.

And that is what Louisiana, and almost the entire South, has become. The victims of the particular form of euthanasia it enforces with such glee are tolerance, compassion, civic decency, trans-racial community, the crucial secular values on which this country was founded… I could keep this list going. But I think you get the idea. Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment. A fact made even sadder because on the whole they’re such nice people! (I truly mean that.)With Landrieu’s departure, the Democrats will have no more senators from the Deep South, and I say good. Forget about it. Forget about the whole fetid place. Write it off. Let the GOP have it and run it and turn it into Free-Market Jesus Paradise. The Democrats don’t need it anyway.

Actually, that’s not quite true. They need Florida, arguably, at least in Electoral College terms. Although they don’t even really quite need it—what happened in 2012 was representative: Barack Obama didn’t need Florida, but its 29 electoral votes provided a nice layer of icing on the cake, bumping him up to a gaudy 332 EVs, and besides, it’s nice to be able to say you won such a big state. But Florida is kind of an outlier, because culturally, only the northern half of Florida is Dixie. Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).

So Democrats still need to care about those two states, at least in presidential terms. And maybe you can throw in North Carolina under the right circumstances. And at some point in the near future, you’ll be able to talk about Georgia as a state a Democrat can capture. And eventually, Texas, too.

But that’s presidential politics. At the congressional level, and from there on down, the Democrats should just forget about the place. They should make no effort, except under extraordinary circumstances, to field competitive candidates. The national committees shouldn’t spend a red cent down there. This means every Senate seat will be Republican, and 80 percent of the House seats will be, too. The Democrats will retain their hold on the majority-black districts, and they’ll occasionally be competitive in a small number of other districts in cities and college towns. But they’re not going win Southern seats (I include here with some sadness my native West Virginia, which was not a Southern state when I was growing up but culturally is one now). And they shouldn’t try.

My friend the political scientist Tom Schaller said all this back in 2008, in his book Whistling Past Dixie. I didn’t want to agree with Schaller then, but now I throw in the towel. He was a man ahead of his time. Look west, Schaller advised the Democrats."  [Source] 

You could argue, of course, that this is all about the democrats choosing to support the black guy to become president. But I saw this trend long before Barack Obama came on the scene.

Nope, this is about white Southerners choosing sides. A form of political segregation if you will. If those Niggers are voting for the liberal democratic guy it can't be good for me.

The article continues:

"But it’s not just a question of numbers. The main point is this: Trying to win Southern seats is not worth the ideological cost for Democrats. As Memphis Rep. Steve Cohen recently told my colleague Ben Jacobs, the Democratic Party cannot (and I’d say should not) try to calibrate its positions to placate Southern mores: “It’s come to pass, and really a lot of white Southerners vote on gays and guns and God, and we’re not going to ever be too good on gays and guns and God.”

Cohen thinks maybe some economic populism could work, and that could be true in limited circumstances. But I think even that is out the window now."

It's all out "the window now". Maybe the author is on to something. Secession could be next.

I wonder what they will call their new country. I bet they won't give me a passport.

Sadly, I will need one. My in- laws live in Louisiana for crying out loud.  

*Pic from