Kaepernick's refusal

Niners QB Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem in protest

Well ... let's watch the flag-wavin' super-patriots go alpha sierra over this one.
But the 49ers got this right:
"In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.''

I don't agree with his position, though, because I think his explanation, as presented, is shallow. I think he might want to take a watch of "For Love of Liberty" and put it in perspective there. He will see men and women who had and who have a lot more sand than does he, and certainly most of the BLM clowns. By refusing to stand, I think he is dissing all those portrayed in "For Love of Liberty," and more.

Update 0750/08.28.2016. Prompted by some discussions on FB ... Almost all of the flag-waving super-patriots I have come across have never served in uniform, and have sacrificed little or nothing.

They become enraged over people who refuse to recite the pledge of allegiance, or who burn or otherwise 'desecrate' flags. They want such people jailed; some are willing to assault such people, beat them up ... for what? To teach them all about 'American values?'

I find flag-burning, etc to be a very poor means of trying to make a point, but I believe it to be protected 'speech'. I think it is, and so does the Supreme Court. Our Constitution says so, buried there in the First Amendment.

I believe Kaepernick's form of protest to be a poor one, but it is his God-given right to do it that way. I think so, and so does the Supreme Court, and our Constitution says so.

It's not my fault that the flag-waving super-patriots' critical thinking skills are so poorly developed that they can't see it; that their emotional development ceased somewhere at the kindergarten level.

I've written about this elsewhere. The oath I have taken many times has always been to 'protect and defend the Constitution.' That means I 'protect and defend' Kaepernick's form of protest. I don't like it, I don't have to like it, but that's where I stand with it. That's where the Constitution stands with it.

Those who have served in uniform, yet who engage in the rabid psuedo-Americanism of the flag-waving super-patriots would do well to take a good think on the oath they took, and what it really means.

The Clinton Foundation

Trump, GOP call on Clinton to release schedule before Election Day

Ol' Foot in Mouth says it is 'unacceptable' that State is refusing to release the Clinton Crime Syndicate's schedule before Election Day.

For once, we are in 'agreeance.'

However ... it is also unacceptable that Trump has refused to release his tax returns; that we are relying on a quack's downright silly note on the state of Trump's health while he and the Trumpkins are making the most insane claims about Hillary's health ... and then there is the question of Melania's mysterious doings in New York a year before she got a 'real' visa.

Show me the tax returns.

Show me a credible health report.

Show me the visa. An irrational birther like Trump should understand where that one's coming from.


"...no right to speak..."

This latest bit of buffoonery over the Swink school board gives me flashbacks to similar buffoonery with the La Junta school board.

School boards are among the most arrogant of our elected officials. To give you some idea of the depths of that arrogance, here is a reprint of a blog post from 11.16.2010:


At the last East Otero R-1 school board meeting, board member Debbie Hansen briefed the board on a seminar she had recently attended. The seminar, hosted by the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), covered some legal issues boards might face. Public participation was apparently among those issues, for Hansen shared with the board that she had learned that the public has no right to speak at school board meetings. The rest of the board seems to go along with the idea that the public has a right to speak only to the extent that the board grants that right.

The public has no right to address a board of elected officials at a public meeting? Our elected officials "grant" us the right to speak?

I asked the CASB legal staff about that. Here is the salient content from the CASB answer:

None of these laws [Colorado open meetings and school board specific statutes] obligate public entities to include an opportunity for public comment as part of a public meeting.

Which, of course, is true. Why would they? A citizen's right to petition for redress of grievances, which is generally why we want to comment at board meetings, is rather adequately covered in the 1st Amendment to the federal Constitution, and in Article II section 24 of the Colorado Constitution:

The people have the right ... to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances, by petition or remonstrance.

 A "petition of grievance" can take many forms; it can be as simple as "Please tell me why you spent a pile of tax money" on a particular project. Given that this board has yet to see a funding proposal it doesn't like, that may be a very pertinent question.

The right of citizens to address their locally elected officials is an American tradition that arises well before our Revolution and the Constitution. How can a local board of elected officials be so arrogant as to tell citizens that they have no right to speak before them? The laws cited by CASB, the school board protective association, do not say that a citizen has no right to speak - they simply don't address the issue at all. It is the CASB legal staff who are presuming to tell us this means we have no right to speak. And while many boards may give citizens two or three minutes to speak, given the complexity of most school board matters these days, such a limit arguably amounts to constructive denial.

I suspect that should a citizen actually be denied the opportunity to speak in a reasonable and reasoned manner before a school board, the legal staff of both CASB and the board in question could find themselves gainfully employed for some time to come. If CASB and board counsel can find for denial of the right to speak in the references cited, certainly the ACLU and similar civil rights watchdogs can argue the opposite. For years, one would think. Do not our school boards have better things to do than insult the very people who elected them? And have they learned nothing from the recent election, where a thoroughly disgusted electorate gave the boot to government officials who refused to listen?

BTW ... you could consider this post to be a form of that "remonstrance" mentioned in the state Constitution.

"Political Correctness"

These days, Ol' Hoof in Mouth is really appealing to his Sturmabteilung by his 'upfront' and 'refreshingly honest' lack of 'political correctness.'

The problem with that is this. Ol' Hoof in Mouth is not challenging 'political correctness' with reasoned opposition. He is resorting to verbal thuggery, brash rudeness, and a total lack of civility. Some of his Sturmabteilung are resorting to physical thuggery, with Ol' Hoof in Mouth's full approval.

Our earlier post about the Swink school board calls to question some - most, actually - of the garbage posted on board member Scott Amrhein's FB page. Amrhein has a photo on his page, of a whining child, captioned, "If anything on my page offends you, don't blame me; blame your parents - they raised a pussy."

With that, Amrhein claims the right to post any kind of crap he wants, discounting any who don't agree as 'pussies.'

Well ... it doesn't quite work that way. As an individual, Amrhein has the right to post whatever bungholish and ignorant garbage on his FB page that he wishes - until FB has enough of it, and pulls his plug.

If Amrhein wishes to parade his loutishness and ignorance in full view of the community, well ...OK. Have at it. I don't have to look at it, and that would be all that needs to be said or done.

But this fellow is a member of the school board. He sits on the governing board of the schools that educate our kids. He is part of the governing body that sets policy, selects teachers, provides the steerage and direction for the entire school district.

Now, when we see the content of Amrhein's FB page, we have considerable insight into the mentality of at least one of the school board members.

And so we ask the question ... is that mentality what we want setting school district policy, selecting teachers, providing steerage and direction for the entire school district?

Is someone who thinks the Klan is funny someone we want on the school board?

Is someone who thinks suicide bombers are amusing, posing with guns, presumably fake bombs, and dressed as caricatures of Muslim suicide bombers someone we want on the school board?

Turkey just invaded Syria over the slaughter of a wedding party by a suicide bomber.

We have our servicemen and servicewomen buried in our cemeteries, victims of suicide bombers.

I have two grandkids in the Marines, who will surely deploy to the Sandbox in the not-so-distant future.

I don't think Amrhein is amusing at all. I don't think he has any place on the school board. And if the two school board members to whom he forwards his garbage - Bamber and Clodfelter - are of similar mindset, neither do they.

That's not being a 'pussy.'

That's standing up to ignorant loutishness.

Women's Equality Day

That's today.

Remember Bella Abzug?

Back in 1971, she was a Dem rep from New York State. It was Bella who twisted the Congressional arm to commemorate every August 26 as "Women's Equality Day," as a sort of celebration in remembrance of women's suffrage. August 26, 1920, was the day ratification the 19th Amendment was certified.

As the old commercial used to say - somewhat condescendingly, but still, the message was there - "You've come a long way, baby!"

But not quite far enough, as the inequality in pay continues to fester.

Vanessa McGrady writes a bit about this in Forbes:

'Women's Equality Day' Rubs Salt In The Pay-Gap Wound


Waffling on the waffles

Ol' Hoof in Mouth is really doing some serious Buck-pedaling these days.

No legal status for undocumented immigrants

Donald Trump ruled out Thursday a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the United States, walking back comments he made earlier this week in which he appeared open to the idea.

But the Republican nominee declined in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper to clarify whether he would still forcibly deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US -- a major tenet of his immigration platform -- after he suggested this week he was "softening" on the idea.

Seriously. He's beginning to sound like Ken Buck, back when he made his run for the Senate.

Wonder how all this is sitting with the far right base that got him the nomination, based on all that tough talk on illegals.

"Trigger warnings" and "Safe spaces"

This is pretty good. A university finally draws a line in the sand.

U. of C. tells incoming freshmen it does not support 'trigger warnings' or 'safe spaces'

"It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive," the report states. "Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community."

I like the tone of the letter. I like the emphasis on civility, and operating in a climate of mutual respect.

These days, both are in short supply.

Northwestern Nazarene University has been dealing with something similiar for the last couple of  years. This has to do with a professor whom the fundamentalists in the denomination really detest. They don't like what he has to say ... so they managed to get him booted.

Northwest Nazarene University rethinks academic freedom; no easy answers

The school claims it was 'budgetary.' That has no credibility. Here's what is really all about:

Northwest Nazarene professor shares views on God, loses academic freedom

I don't know why NNU just doesn't follow the examples already set by more secular universities - U of C being a notable exception..
"Colleges today are more diverse than ever, and students are lobbying across the country for their universities to provide a safe space, or inclusive environment where students of any race, gender, sexuality, class and ability can go to find compassion and empathy while escaping the pressures of prejudice."
I'm not sure how hiding in a 'safe space' where you don't have to listen to opposing or different or 'uncomfortable' thoughts by others contributes to 'diversity,'  What are these students going to do when they get out into the real world and find that curling up into the fetal position is really not an option?
Still, if NNU wants to follow current educational theory, all they have to do is set up a 'safe space.' A sound-proof room, where students and their parents can sit, and plug in some ear buds, and listen to really loud David Barton speeches.
Kind of like when kids cover their ears and babble 'Nananananananana I can't hear you!' when they want to drown out people they don't like.

The Puppetmasters

Looks like the new puppet masters are gaining control over The Mouth. He's saying pretty much what they are telling him to say. Apparently that includes some serious waffling on immigration; Ol' Foot in Mouth isn't sounding nearly the badass now as he did before the convention. Looks like he sold himself to that 'Hispanic advisory committee' last Saturday. What happened to all that tough talk?
But we've already seen what a horse's ass he is, relying pretty much on lies and sleazy innuendo to whip his Sturmabteilung to a frenzy. Him staying on a script written for him by his new puppet masters doesn't change that.

Warning shots

US fires warning shots

USS Squall (PC-7) is a Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship. She is well armed; the heaviest weapon aboard is the Mk 38 chain gun - the naval variant of the M242 gun used in the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. She could grind an Iranian patrol boat to mincemeat in short order.

The Swink school board

I'm particularly impressed with the paint job on the car - the Confederate flag motif. That by itself is hardly a big deal ... but tied in with the reference to his klan robe, I'm thinking ... that's a great standard to be setting for the Princeton of the Plains' governing board.

I'm also impressed with the dedication to quality education we see implied in the 'Don't need no schoolin' thing.

I'm not all that offended by it, not really ... I just think it's pathetic that this is what we have sitting on the board that oversees the education of our kids.

Update 1930/08.25.2016: Actually, having thunk about it a bit, I am all that offended about it. It takes a real ignorant twit to crack funnies about the Klan.

Is this all that amusing?

or this?

I remember watching this on the evening news:

It wasn't funny then, and it is not funny now. That's the Klan. That's the Klan mentality in the minds of the Selma police and Alabama state troopers. It's a joke, is it? Only to a childish, ignorant twit.

We tell the kids to be careful what they post on FB; if nothing else, because employers include social media checks on backgrounders for hiring. At the big "Don't be an unsportsmanlike lout" parents' briefing in the Swink gym, 'inappropriate' behaviors on FB were specifically mentioned ... because it discredits the school.

What then, is this, coming from a member of the school board. Is this representative of the Swink community? 


"Many people are saying ..."

"Employing a witches' brew of vague but inflammatory language, the Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly amplified and offered roundabout endorsements to conspiracy theories and outright lies by presenting them, in speeches and interviews, with an increasingly dubious caveat."
"Many people are saying ..."
"Nobody talks about it ..." (except Ol' Foot In Mouth Trump, of course, in vague and nebulous manner)
"I heard ... "
And the Sturmabteilung gobble it up.

Inciting violence?

Donald "Ol' Foot in Mouth" Trump has the Dems pinging off the walls, with his recent comments about the Second Amendment:

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said with a shrug at a rally here after accusing Clinton of wanting to strip Americans of their gun rights. He paused, then softly offered a postscript: “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

The Dems insist that Ol' Foot in Mouth is inciting the gun nuts to take up arms against the Clinton Crime Syndicate. Even some Republicans expressed concern, if only about the 'awkwardness' of Ol' Foot in Mouth's phrasing:

... Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of Trump’s most ardent defenders, struggled to fully embrace his comments. Sessions insisted in an interview on CNN that Trump did not mean to encourage violence, but he acknowledged that Trump’s words were “awkwardly phrased.”

Trumpkins are pooh-poohing the very idea that Ol' Foot in Mouth was fomenting revolution:

“In no way was he threatening Hillary,” said Sarah Smith, a 72-year-old retiree who attended the rally in Wilmington where Trump made the remark. “Anybody who thinks that is delusional.”

Well ... here's the thing. A 'normal' person might - almost certainly would - see through the 'awkwardness', might not even see the 'awkwardness', and make no connection between Ol' Foot in Mouth's comment and incitement to violence ... if the 'normal' person were listening to a 'normal' candidate.

But Trump knows full well what kind of mentalities he has out there in his Sturmabteilung, his Brown Shirts, the ones who scream  "Kill the bitch!" in  reference to the Clinton Crime Syndicate, shout "F**k the nigger!" in reference to President Obama, kick and beat anti-Trump protestors ... all with the glowing acquiescence and tacit approval of their Leader.

I don't believe for a minute that Trump didn't know exactly what he was doing with that comment. He planted the seed in the minds (I use the term loosely) of his Sturmabteilung. Then, feigning wide-eyed innocence, he claims, "I did no such thing ...".

Yeah, Trump, you did.


Gooses and ganders

The noodie shots in the New York Post seem to have had some repercussions. How could she have shot those in 1995 - which she did - when she insists she did not come to the US till 1996.

I wonder if she paid the taxes on her US earnings.

Trump was one of the biggest of the birthers. "Show me the birth certificate!"


Show me the visa. Let's have some answers to the reasonable questions posed by WaPo.

Don't hold your breath.

“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

So ... remember when Ol' 1Y went alpha sierra over the ad that showed a Melania noodie?

He blamed Ted Cruz for it.

Melania Trump naked ad angers Donald Trump

This is what led Ol' 1Y to take his cheap, spineless, gutless, low-rent, no-balls shots at Heidi Cruz.

Which is why Ted Cruz basically told Ol' 1Y and the RNC to pound sand when it came to endorsing The Mouth.

Yet the RNC and the Trumpian Sturmabteilung really expected Cruz to swallow Trump's shit and endorse him ... and threw thuggian hissy fits over his refusal to do so. I say good on Cruz ... if Cruz had decked Ol' 1Y at the convention I would have been the first to stand up and cheer. But all that's another story.

Liz Mair has copped to releasing the ad, and she states that Cruz had nothing to do with it. Nothing. Cruz maintained all along he had nothing to do with it. Now Mair confirms that. Actually, she confirmed it back in March.

That didn't stop Ol' 1Y from shooting himself in both feet before sticking them in his mouth.

Now ... hold that thought, of Ol' 1Y going nuclear on Ted Cruz, and watch this:

McCain waffles on the question of Trump being trusted with the nukes

But this moment also captures just how awkward supporting Trump is growing for Republicans — and indeed how reckless it is — as his instability and erratic behavior become more and more evident to everyone. McCain should be a safe incumbent, but he’s facing a potentially tough reelection fight, perhaps in part because Trump’s abusiveness and demagoguery are alienating Latino voters (of which there are many in Arizona) to an untold degree. Trump has repeatedly questioned the war hero status of McCain — “I like people that weren’t captured, okay?” he once said — which has also alarmed Republicans about Trump’s temperament. In recent days, as Trump attacked the family of a Muslim-American killed in combat, that alarm has escalated into widespread GOP panic that the Republican nominee for president is now revealing himself to be deeply, catastrophically unfit for the job.

What was it that the Clinton Crime Syndicate boss said?

“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

Sieg Heil redux

Here's a video that shows the foaming-at-the-mouth fascist moonbats that seem to gravitate toward Trump's little Sturmabteilung lovefests ... aka 'political rallies.'

Unfiltered voices from Trump supporters

"Kill the nigger" (in reference to Obamba); "Kill the bitch" (in reference to Hillary).

Ol' 1Y encourages this. He denies that, but he puts a lot of effort into whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Very presidential, that.

Seig Heil.

"He's a loud-mouthed dick"


Liz Mair certainly put that one out there. Ol' 1Y surely must appreciate her direct manner.

Who is Liz Mair, you ask?

Liz Mair Wiki article
Biography from Liz Mair website

A somewhat more pneumatic Ann Coulter. Doesn't seem to be as shrill, either, though I suspect from her history she's a bit of a loose cannon herself.

But she does have Ol' 1Y pegged pretty good. Remember the first noodie of Melania? That was Liz:

 People can blame me if they don’t like the ad.  The fact is, the ad worked. The ad did exactly what we intended it to do and it’s done far more than that. The reality is that part of the reason that Donald Trump is tanking right now is because he’s bothered spending a week and a half getting pissed off and acting like a toddler having a major meltdown over this ad.

Here is the ad in question:

I remember when Trump went alpha sierra over that. But then . .. the rest of the story came out in NYP.

and Ol' 1Y just blew it off.

This stuff is a downhome hoot. Who cares about the Russians, the Iranians, ISIS, the NORKS, or the PinkChinks. We gots T&A shots of Melania.

Sieg Heil!

Trump Supporters Reportedly Beat Black Lives Matter Protester At Campaign Rally

“At least a half-dozen attendees shoved and tackled the protester, a black man, to the ground as he refused to leave the event,” Diamond reported for CNN. “At least one man punched the protester and a woman kicked him while he was on the ground.”

America's 'Christian' conservatives sure gave this guy a lesson in American values, didn't they?

Ol' 1Y Trump says, "This is a movement like people have never seen ...".

Yes ... we have:

Trump's Eleven Minutes

Amid GOP distress, Trump gets on message -- briefly

And then, he showed his ass once again. Rather than deal with the important issues of the day, Ol' 1Y went into his Jerry Springer middle school playground act ... and the geniuses in his audience just ate it up.

For the remaining 40 minutes, Trump served up the red meat and comic indignation that his rowdy supporters expected after waiting several hours in the hot Florida sun.

He dredged up everything from his contentious primary battle in Florida to his claim that Muslims danced in the streets of New Jersey after the 9/11 attacks to the controversial comments he made about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly nearly a year earlier.

"I meant her nose or her ears or her mouth. But these people were perverted and they think it's another location," Trump said as he launched into another exercise in lambasting the press.

He even joked about an attack ad that used footage of him playing golf: "At least my swing looked good. Thank you, Hillary," Trump said.

Yep. "Ol' 1Y" Trump kept his wits about him for 11 minutes.Then he went back to feeding his mob of wannabe BrownShirts.

"I just want to tell you the campaign is doing really well. It's never been so well united," Trump said. "We started on June 16. I would say right now it's the best in terms of being united that it's been since we began. We're doing incredibly well."

Keep on drinking the Kool Aid and smoking the Hopium, there, "Ol; 1Y." You're making it incredibly easy for the Clinton Crime Syndicate.

The Huelskamp Affair

This one is interesting. This Huelskamp fellow got himself kicked off the House Ag Committee. Like almost all of his ilk, he has not learned to play well with others; his behavior and attitude led to his removal.

Tim Huelskamp, Anti-Establishment House Republican, Loses Primary in Kansas

He was soundly whupped in the Kansas primaries by his opponent, who has the support of the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Livestock Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Huelskamp had the Koch brothers, the Club forGrowth, and a bevy of his wild-eyed brethren.

“Getting kicked off the Agriculture Committee is a crime that can’t be forgiven,” Brian Scheideman, a 52-year-old driver’s education instructor, said after voting for Mr. Marshall in Wamego, The Associated Press reported. “I don’t mind the independent voice, but you’ve got to figure out how to work with people.”

Huelskamp, playing the rugged Tea Party 'conservative', shot himself in both feet and got himself tossed off the Ag Committee. It was his own fault. Huelskamp didn't get done, what the people of Kansas sent him to DC to get done ... and he has paid the price. Now ... he is whining and carrying on like ... well ... Donald "Ol' 1Y" Trump.

Why is this a big deal? It seems to be figuring prominently in the growing 'civil war' within the GOP.

GOP's long-simmering civil war breaks into the open

Across the Capitol, a bloc of outspoken conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus is furious at the party leadership after the surprising ouster this week of a leader of the group, Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, at the hands of a moderate candidate backed by well-funded groups linked to the party establishment. Conservatives are already plotting retribution, with some privately warning that House Speaker Paul Ryan could face a revolt from the right.

"Clearly the war continues," Huelskamp told CNN Wednesday. "The establishment never sleeps. They spend more time going after conservatives than going after Hillary Clinton. It was about sending a message, and the message is this: 'They came after me to get a scalp.'"

Clearly, the voters of Kansas disagree. That's why they gave this character the boot.

We can only wonder if the Kansas Brown Shirts are going to start thumping people in retribution.


Was the $400 million in cash paid after Iran prisoner deal really ransom?

That's a pretty article, that sums up nicely the salient facts of how the US comes to be holding - and releasing piecemeal - Iranian cash.

It is nothing new.

"There is a long history of Iran getting back part of its frozen assets after Americans are released. As part of an agreement that led to the 52 remaining embassy hostages being freed in 1981, Iran received $3 billion of its $12 billion in frozen assets. The rest was used to repay American creditors or put into escrow to cover judgments against Iran.

The $400 million settlement in January was one of those cases."

Note that the money was, is, and always has been Iran's money. It is not taken from the pockets of American taxpayers.

Note that time frame for the release of the Original 52 in exchange for releasing frozen Iranian assets. That all ties in to the Iran-Contra affair, which tended to give at least passing credence to the "October Surprise" conspiracy theory ... enough so that more formal investigation took place. A number of Americans involved in that deal stand by their contention that the 'October Surprise' is far more than a 'theory.'

This Iran assets thing has been going on since the overthrow of the Shah. It covers every president since 1979, Republicans and Democrats - including, as a major player, Saint Ronald of Hollywood. But the 'conservatives,' those self-proclaimed guardians of 'American values' are going alpha sierra over Obama's chapter of this on-going drama. That means they are either too ignorant of our history - in other words, too stupid to do a bit of research - or deliberately making a mountain out of a molehill.