FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Keysmash

On May 30th, dictionary.com’s word of the day was keysmash, defined as “a random string of letters and symbols typed out on a keyboard or touchscreen, used to signal intense emotion in written communication.”

^%G&%@#D#^=FU*(&^*#@*

This entire piece could be nothing but keysmashes.

Politics is big, ugly business.

In Montana, Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a House seat, assaulted Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs, grabbing him by the neck, throwing him to the ground, pummeling him, and breaking his glasses. When I read about the incident, I knew the outcome. Knew this viciousness, standardized by Donald Trump at rallies, anywhere he’s defied or challenged, would secure victory for Gianforte.

)(&%^&&FU(*&^%$)#$*><{*

Jacobs had asked a question about the Republican health-care plan. For this, he was clobbered.

It’s not just the Wild West; it’s the Wild North, South, and East. From the mountains to the prairies to the rising sea levels poisoned by chemicals, mean is meaner—hostility laced with methamphetamines.

Of course, Trump loved the aggression. After the election, he gave a shout-out from Sicily, “Great win in Montana.”

Voters oozed admiration for Gianforte. Diane Willard blamed Jacobs. Bruce McGee said Gianforte had “his undying support” and suggested that “the scandal might even have an upside. It certainly propelled him into the national spotlight.”

#$%^&*(DE*^%*FU)*&)&^%=X<>*

In Texas, Republican Matt Rinaldi lost his shit when he saw demonstrators at the Capitol protesting Texas SB4, the state’s new anti-sanctuary law. Democratic Reps. Ramon Romero Jr. and Cesar Blanco were discussing the demonstration when they were interrupted by Rinaldi who called the protesters a disgrace and then said, “Fuck them, I called ICE.” As they argued on the House floor, Rinaldi threatened to put a bullet in Representative Poncho Nevárez’s head.

Most likely, Rinaldi now has an adoring fan club and a life-long career in politics. Jeez, he sounds like U.S. presidential material.

$#@%^N+F-=9*%^FU/<*&^=#$%*

In Georgia, the race pits Republican Karen Handel against Democrat Jon Ossoff. A calculated brawl could be a path to triumphant glory. Behavior that appeals to the basest of instincts will be rewarded. Civility is boring and oh, so yesterday.

(&^%$#%&FU(&^%_+)*&^%*

I received an email that I sped through and then deleted. Something about the South Carolina rivalry, where right-wing Ralph Norman is running against Archie Parnell. Another opportunity for landing a blow, a black eye, drawing blood. I remember the words head-to-head. The gist: send money. More money is needed to prevent the ascendancy of the Republican. So………. prevent it—the sure and fast way: with a rough and tumble. All Parnell has to do to break a leg is to break a leg. Norman’s.

Body slams, head smashes, and while an opponent is down, he/she receives one hell of a kick to the keister. Keister smash.

There’s something terribly wrong, something vile, something rotten. The personification of nauseating odor. A culture steeping in violence.

@%$#&^*(*&M+=*FU%*&()=<>X%$*

More articles by:

Missy Beattie has written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. She was an instructor of memoirs writing at Johns Hopkins’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in BaltimoreEmail: missybeat@gmail.com

Weekend Edition
March 22, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Henry Giroux
The Ghost of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era
Gabriel Rockhill
Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests
H. Bruce Franklin
Trump vs. McCain: an American Horror Story
Paul Street
A Pox on the Houses of Trump and McCain, Huxleyan Media, and the Myth of “The Vietnam War”
Andrew Levine
Why Not Impeach?
Bruce E. Levine
Right-Wing Psychiatry, Love-Me Liberals and the Anti-Authoritarian Left
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Darn That (American) Dream
Charles Pierson
Rick Perry, the Saudis and a Dangerous Nuclear Deal
Moshe Adler
American Workers Should Want to Transfer Technology to China
David Rosen
Trafficking or Commercial Sex? What Recent Exposés Reveal
Nick Pemberton
The Real Parallels Between Donald Trump and George Orwell
Binoy Kampmark
Reading Manifestos: Restricting Brenton Tarrant’s The Great Replacement
Brian Cloughley
NATO’s Expensive Anniversaries
Ron Jacobs
Donald Cox: Tale of a Panther
Joseph Grosso
New York’s Hudson Yards: The Revanchist City Lives On
REZA FIYOUZAT
Is It Really So Shocking?
Bob Lord
There’s Plenty of Wealth to Go Around, But It Doesn’t
Jeff Cohen
Let’s Not Restore or Mythologize Obama 
Christy Rodgers
Achieving Escape Velocity
Monika Zgustova
The Masculinity of the Future
Jessicah Pierre
The Real College Admissions Scandal
Peter Mayo
US Higher Education Influence Takes a Different Turn
Martha Rosenberg
New Study Confirms That Eggs are a Stroke in a Shell
Ted Rall
The Greatest Projects I Never Mad
George Wuerthner
Saving the Big Wild: Why Aren’t More Conservationists Supporting NREPA?
Norman Solomon
Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President
Ralph Nader
Greedy Boeing’s Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs
Tracey L. Rogers
White Supremacy is a Global Threat
Nyla Ali Khan
Intersectionalities of Gender and Politics in Indian-Administered Kashmir
Karen J. Greenberg
Citizenship in the Age of Trump: Death by a Thousand Cuts
Jill Richardson
Getting It Right on What Stuff Costs
Matthew Stevenson
Pacific Odyssey: Puddle Jumping in New Britain
Matt Johnson
The Rich Are No Smarter Than You
Julian Vigo
College Scams and the Ills of Capitalist-Driven Education
Brian Wakamo
It’s March Madness, Unionize the NCAA!
Beth Porter
Paper Receipts Could be the Next Plastic Straws
Christopher Brauchli
Eric the Heartbroken
Louis Proyect
Rebuilding a Revolutionary Left in the USA
Sarah Piepenburg
Small Businesses Like Mine Need Paid Family and Medical Leave
Robert Koehler
Putting Our Better Angels to Work
Peter A. Coclanis
The Gray Lady is Increasingly Tone-Deaf
David Yearsley
Bach-A-Doodle-Doo
Elliot Sperber
Aunt Anna’s Antenna
March 21, 2019
Daniel Warner
And Now Algeria
Renee Parsons
The Supreme Court and Dual Citizenship
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail