The ‘H’ Word

It was only a matter of time before a member of the PennLive.com “Trailer Park Caucus” went and called me a “Hipster”.  It happened as part of an ongoing exchange over a recent cartoon about Ben Carson:

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@SaberSaw @psuin1  Or one of the many “code words” for it; “%47”, “Taker”, etc.

The “Trailer Park Caucus” think they’re being cute or clever

I enjoy your epithets while denigrating perceived epithets. Just so you know, my house and land are worth far more than whatever little hipster hovel you live in.

I don’t see myself as a “Hipster”, I don’t ever see myself as “hip”.  Being that I’m over 40, I may be too old.

But I do have a few beefs with the “Hipsters”, and figure this is an opportunity to express them.  The first thing is that “Hipsters” are contributing to gentrification; as they move into places that are cheap they push out existing people and their businesses.  They also may be indirectly contributing to blight, as landlords work to drive the prices of property down.

The main beef I have with them is they tend to be “slackivists”, they will click, like, and share posts, but won’t put themselves on the line.  They’ll post a hashtag like #BlackLivesMatter, but heaven forbid they appear at a rally.

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Showing True Colors

Threats  by the hacking group Anonymous to reveal members of the KKK has reached the mainstream media, and PennLive.com decided to pick up the story.  In an area that in the past has seen the Klan make efforts to recruit from the mobile estates and other like-minded areas, there was sure to be a response.

There has been, and, to no surprise, many commenters seem to be critical of Anonymous’s efforts.

I wonder if many of the commenters on PennLive.com are afraid they’ll be “outed” as Klansmen or women?

A Simple Question

PennLive.com continues to get more creative in their attempts to get a few clicks out of the “Trailer Park Caucus”.

This time by asking a question about the manhunt that gripped the State of Pennsylvania last year for a man who ambushed and killed two PA State Troopers.

I can’t help but think that this follows from the news piece earlier in the week on the head of the FBI speculating that increasing crime rates has to do with cops being afraid that their actions are being recorded.  Especially since much of the “Trailer Park Caucus” are what would be seen as “Right-Wing Authoritians”

Against Better Interests

I have observed the Right Wing for awhile and, through observations, have realized a few common themes.  I will say my perspective is a bit unique, as I see the former Confederate States of America as having many of the elements of fascism.

One of two common traits that seem to weave through many rightist movements is a desire to create a sort of “Corporate State”.  One need only look at Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy to see how tightly industry was joined to government.

The second common trait is a way to convince voters to vote against their economic interests and for this state.  Usually this involves an “outgroup” of some sort; for the Nazi’s it was Jews, etc, for the American Right of today it is Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims, etc.

Now to do both of these, one needs a sufficiently gullible group.  The less-educated, rural, voters that make up the “Trailer Park Caucus” that may be base of the GOP are perfect “tools” for the “%1”.

A news story from yesterday’s PennLive.com about a bill designed to target “Union Intimidation”, that may actually have the effect of  criminalizing organizing and picketing activities, brought out one example of how well the strategy employed by the Koch Brothers, ALEC, and their media mouthpieces, is working:

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You have to love the liberals when they say “plenty of laws already on the books for this”. Kind of like gun laws. We don’t need anymore, we just need to enforce the ones we have. Have to love the hypocrisy. If union workers want to strike others willing to work for the old wage and conditions should be allowed to do so. Unions once were needed in this country. Now they have simply become a drain on their memberships pay and a means for the complacent to secure higher wages than their skill set is worth. Instead of working with companies to remain economically viable in the market they drive up costs. This causes businesses to be less competitive and to shut their doors leaving all their members out of work. Then the union leaders pack up and go fleece others somewhere else. Too much corruption.

Too Little, Too Late

After a Perry County, PA parade featured a float with a parody of the former African-American Mayor of Harrisburg, PA, a small firestorm erupted.

The “Trailer Park Caucus” of PennLive.com, took the bait and came out in defense of the float.  I wonder how they would feel if for a “Juneteenth” or “Pride Parade” a group were to enter a float with a model of a trailer park lot, complete with junked cars, hillbilly teeth and folks in mullets?

But the sponsoring group did pledge to scrutinize floats more closely, according to PennLive.com