January 20, 2012

14 Elements of Fascism

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Lawrence Britt analyzed the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. While, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history, they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.

  1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
  2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
  3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
  4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
  5. Rampant sexism.
  6. A controlled mass media.
  7. Obsession with national security.
  8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
  9. Power of corporations protected.
  10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
  11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
  12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
  14. Fraudulent elections.

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November 20, 2014

Keystone XL pipeline arguments are all based on lies

by Ben Hoffman

The arguments supporting the Keystone XL pipeline are all lies.

Advocates claim it will create 100s of thousands of jobs, when in fact, it will create only a few thousand temporary jobs and only about 35 permanent jobs (according to the State Department, factcheck.org, and politifact.com).
Read more…

November 12, 2014

Workers dangling 69 stories up World Trade Center building

by Ben Hoffman

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters have been called to the World Trade Center site, where one or two workers are stuck on scaffolding that’s about 50 stories above street level.

The problem was unfolding around 1 p.m. Wednesday at 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest skyscraper. Television images showed one side of the scaffolding had dropped at a sharp angle.

The Fire Department of New York said further information was not immediately available.

Live feed here:

http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Scaffolding-2-Workers-Stuck-at-World-Trade-Center-Site-282443311.html

It’s currently 64 degrees in Manhattan, which is why they were washing windows. They haven’t gotten hit by the cold front affecting much of the nation.

November 12, 2014

Neil Young turns 69 today

by Ben Hoffman

At that age, the number ’69’ no longer has sexual connotations, but happy birthday, Neil!

Here’s a good video of his BBC concert in 1971…

November 9, 2014

Morals vs. Religion

by Ben Hoffman

Morals are doing what right regardless of what everyone says. Religion is doing what everyone says regardless of what is right.

November 8, 2014

The opinion of a conservative

by Ben Hoffman

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2

November 7, 2014

The sincerity of Cory Gardner

by Ben Hoffman

Cory Gardner questioned about his loyalty to the U.S.

Cory Gardner questioned about his loyalty to the U.S.

These seem to be words Cory Gardner lives by:

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.
~ Jean Giraudoux

November 7, 2014

U.S. unemployment now down to 5.8%; Americans show their dissatisfaction and vote for more destructive policies

by Ben Hoffman

Stop-Being_a_dumbass

Three days after voters expressed their discontent with the state of the economy, the government on Friday reported strong signs of improvement, estimating that employers added 214,000 jobs in October, while the official jobless rate dropped for the second month in a row to 5.8 percent.

The increase puts the average monthly employment gain for the past six months at 235,000 — an indication, analysts said, that the economy’s progress after years of meager growth was on the upswing.

A range of other job measures all improved, including a huge increase in the number of people reporting in a separate survey by the Labor Department that they found a job last month. At the same time, the government revised the figures for the two previous months, adding 31,000 more jobs to the numbers previously reported for August and September.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/08/business/jobs-numbers-for-october-2014-reported-by-labor-department.html

November 6, 2014

The American people have spoken!

by Ben Hoffman

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Welcome to dumbfuckistan.

November 5, 2014

A Corporate CEO, a Public Union Worker, and a Teabagger…

by Ben Hoffman

Originally posted on DRUDGE RETORT:

A corporate CEO, a public union member, and a teabagger sit around a table. In the center of the table is a plate holding 12 cookies. The CEO takes 11 cookies starts eating them. The teabagger appears puzzled. The CEO leans over and wispers in his ear, “look out for that union guy, he wants part of your cookie…”

The teabagger pulls out his gun and shoots the union member. “Damned socialist,” he states proudly. “The CEO worked hard for those cookies.”

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November 5, 2014

The difference between Democrats and Republicans

by Ben Hoffman

Republicans-vs-Democrats

Some people claim both parties are exactly the same. Those people are idiots. Here are the basic differences between Democrats and Republicans.

  • Democrats have good policies but are weak leaders.
  • Republicans are strong leaders but their policies are catastrophic and fail miserably each and every time.
  • Overly emotional people tend to vote Republican because that party makes them feel safe.
  • Analytical people vote Democratic.
November 5, 2014

Cop killer Eric Frein is a religious conservative. Who’ve guessed?

by Ben Hoffman

Typical conservative

Typical conservative

Frein had high powered weapons and the Bible in his hideout. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Read more…

November 5, 2014

Republican Brownshirt, Stormtrooper, and former U.S. Army Major General wants to jail Obama and his administration

by Ben Hoffman

Paul Vallely -- neo-nazi Stormtrooper

Paul Vallely — neo-nazi Stormtrooper


Paul Vallely gave a rambling Election Day interview to “Trunews” host Rick Wiles yesterday, in which he called on Congress to move swiftly to impeach President Obama.

Vallely, who once called for a “citizen’s arrest” of Obama and even a coup, said Obama should face impeachment “because of the treasonous events that have occurred in violation of our Constitution.”

In fact, Vallely said that Obama and other administration officials should be put on trial for treason.

After Wiles alleged that “Barack Obama is a jihadist,” Vallely called the president a “radical Islamic sympathizer” who is guilty of “aiding and abetting the enemy.”

“This national security team needs to be tried for treason,” the retired Army general added.

Read more…

That’s how fascism works. You jail or kill your opponents after making them out to be the enemy.

The best and the brightest don’t make a career out of the military. It’s only when we have a draft that the best people go. Vallely served for the Republican party — not for our country.

November 4, 2014

Don’t like government policy? Joni Ernst says to murder the person responsible.

by Ben Hoffman

Conservative cunt

Conservative cunt

Joni Ernst recently said, “I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

So, according to Ernst…
Don’t like the way you’re treated by the police? Shoot him.
Don’t like to pay taxes. Go to the IRS and shoot IRS agents.
Don’t like regulations or any laws? Go shoot some people.
If a clerk at the store keeps you waiting too long, shoot that person.
Just go out and shoot some people. Apparently, it’s the American way!

November 4, 2014

The current version of a “true” American

by Ben Hoffman

Dumb-fuck religious conservative

Dumb-fuck religious conservative

Conservatives are dumb-asses, but apparently, they’re what is now considered to be true Americans. Our Founding Fathers were progressives — the antithesis of conservatives. America is going full-blown fascism. Fuck conservatives and low-information voters.

November 4, 2014

Americans are dumb-asses

by Ben Hoffman

Fuck America

Fuck America

The U.S. is not a great country. It is a country of dumb-asses.

Republicans nearly totally destroyed our economy less than 10 years ago, lied us into war with Iraq, embarrassed the hell out of us with their complete incompetence in fighting the two wars, and tripled the federal debt. And those are just the big fuck-ups.

A country of good people would not vote for assholes intent on destroying our country. But they did, and now Republicans control both Houses of Congress. Democrats, being the spineless wimps they are, won’t abuse the Senate filibuster like Republicans have for the past four years. It will go back to a simple majority to pass anything, or Republicans will eliminate the filibuster.

But the real blame for this disaster lies with the Democrats and lack of any spine. Republicans destroyed our economy; it has rebounded under Obama; yet Democrats act like Democrats caused a recession that doesn’t exist and Republicans claim they will revived the economy.