7/31/16

Trump's flapping trap

The Mouth has really got himself into a shit storm, and he just makes it worse every time he opens that flapping trap.

Donald Trump’s Confrontation With Muslim Soldier’s Parents Emerges as Unexpected Flash Point

The confrontation between the parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, and Mr. Trump has emerged as an unexpected and potentially pivotal flash point in the general election. Mr. Trump has plainly struggled to respond to the reproach of a military family who lost a son, and he has repeatedly answered the Khan family’s criticism with harsh and defensive rhetoric.


And Mr. Trump’s usual political tool kit has appeared to fail him. He earned no reprieve with his complaints that Mr. Khan had been unfair to him; on Sunday morning, he claimed on Twitter that Mr. Khan had “viciously attacked” him. Mr. Trump and his advisers tried repeatedly to change the subject to Islamic terrorism, to no avail.

Trump is such a pathetic whiner. He couldn't bully Khizr and Ghazala Khan ... so now he is whining.

Other Republicans went much further than Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell in chiding Mr. Trump. Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who is seeking re-election, said the Khans deserved the utmost respect: “I am appalled that Donald Trump would disparage them and that he had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to those of a Gold Star family.”

The biggest sacrifice Trump has made is showing up at sporting events with the world's worst combover.


Getting inside Trump's head

Khizr Khan seems to have gotten inside The Mouth's head pretty well. He's got The Mouth sputtering in his beer trying to defend an indefensible position.

Trump's a real badass when he's abusing suckbutt interns; he's a real badass when he's mouthing off for his fans with the Jerry Springer show mindset ... but here we have a pissed off American who won't back down ... and he has The Mouth sputtering.

I've made a lot of sacrifices

Putin's not going into the Ukraine


Good Lord, what a buffoon.
"He's not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He's not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want," Trump said in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
"Well, he's already there, isn't he?" Stephanopoulos responded, in a reference to Crimea, which Putin took from Ukraine in early 2014.
Trump said: "OK -- well, he's there in a certain way. But I'm not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you're talking about and all of the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he's going away. He takes Crimea."
The Mouth's comments don't even make sense. He just babbles.
His outlook is like saying the NORKs 'kind of visited' South Korea on 25 June 1950.
Or that the Marines 'took an extended winter vacation' at the Chosin Reservoir.
Or that the Japanese took a weekend jaunt to Hawaii on 7 December 1941.
Putin's gotta be laughing his ass off.

7/24/16

Feelin' the Bern ...

(CNN)The head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary.
Seriously? There were questions about the DNC's impartiality? Say it ain't so, Joe!
I'll bet Bernie's feelin' The Bern pretty good right about now.
Meawhile, the Colorado Republican Party has been having some 'issues' with that impartiality thing. It seems that in addition to posting her Obama chimp meme, Delta county GOP chairperson (former chairperson) Linda Sorenson was less than impartial in the GOP primary, pretty much tramping all over the party's rules. And on the local front, our own Judy Reyher, chairperson of the Otero Repubs, could easily have been mistaken for Kimmi Lewis' campaign manager.
It all reminds me of the closing lines of Animal Farm:
"The creatures outside [said creatures being We the People] looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again [said critters being our 'political leaders' of all parties]; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

7/13/16

Time for a change


"The platform demands that lawmakers use religion as a guide when legislating, stipulating “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights.”
It also encourages the teaching of the Bible in public schools because, the amendment said, a good understanding of its contents is “indispensable for the development of an educated citizenry.”"
I'll go for that when hell freezes over. Much of their platform involves the Republican party - and the government - sticking its nose into our most personal affairs, in the most intrusive ways. That is a dog that absolutely does not hunt.
If a school wants to offer a course in comparative religion, or a course in the Bible as literature, that's one thing. What the Republicans want is something else entirely; teaching the Bible in the context they want is best left to parents, at home. What the Republicans want is no better than what ISIS wants, perhaps - for the moment - with a little less bloodshed. If those people have ever read the First Amendment, it's clear to me that they do not understand it.
The Republican National Convention will be interesting to watch, as they take another huge step toward political self-immolation.
Here in Colorado, the Republicans hit a low back in 2010 with the Dan Maes/Tom "Ol' 1Y" Tancredo/Ken "Buck-pedalin'" Buck fiascoes. The best they can do these days, especially at the local machine level, is put up Obama chimp memes
and go on rants about blacks ... and they are still on the 'Obama is a Muslim' kick.
Time for a change. We need a political party whose platform is 'justice for all.' Neither party is capable of that, especially the Republicans.

GOP war-fighting strategy

There was that thing over Ted "I'm a Christian" Cruz's call to 'carpet bomb' ISIS. While that gave all the flag-waving super-patriots red, white, and blue stiffies, it is a stupid thing to think and a stupider thing to say.
Aside from the fact that it goes completely against the laws of warfare - which, by the way, are rooted in those Judeo-Christian 'ethics' and 'values' the 'Christian' Right and the Republicans are so fond of throwing in everyone's faces - it's tactically and strategically unsound. It just doesn't do all that much good.
Sean MacFarland has a pretty good handle on that.
We've done that carpet bombing thing in the past. The Air Force still thinks they won WWII with it. Most recently, and arguably most disastrously, we did it in Cambodia. We started it with Operation MENU and continued it with Operation FREEDOM DEAL. While MENU did not lead to any confirmed civilian casualties/displacement, it is difficult to accept that unrestricted B-52 strikes in the MENU target areas didn't cause some of that. OTOH, FREEDOM DEAL was a civilian bloodbath.
I was there, from the last part of MENU through FREEDOM DEAL, until the last bomb was dropped on 15 August 1973. Most of those bombs were dropped through COMBAT SKYSPOT sites, which were the same radar systems, and the same people, as manned the so-called 'bomb plot' in the Smile Hi.
These 'carpet bombings' accomplished little, other than the destruction of Cambodia and the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocents.
Between MENU and FREEDOM DEAL, the United States dropped 540,000 tons of bombs on Cambodia, most of it on the most populated parts of the country. By comparison, we dropped 180,000 tons on Japan during WWII.
The same thing went on in Laos, in the same manner.

Making more enemies than we kill

But it made the flag-waving super-patriots happy. Cruz' political predecessors walked around with political boners, Proud To Be RealAmericans, as did the flag-wavin' super-patriots in communities across America.
Yeah. Let's hop on the Cruzian bandwagon and do some of that 'carpet bombing.'
And Trump? He's no better: "When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families ...".
I wonder what his 'Christian' Evangelist advisory board has to say about slaughtering civilians. non-combatants.
Oh ... yeah. "Well ... they do it!"
We can only hope they are right with Jesus, though with thinking like that, it's hard to see how they could be.

Compromise

Heard in a local coffee shop: "Simply being in the same room as a Clinton is a moral, ethical, and legal compromise."
Clearly, the coffee shop wasn't the Barista.

From the FBI to the TSA in fifteen minutes

Then we had the Attorney General of the United States, carrying on like a member of the Clinton Crime Syndicate.


As for her henchman Comey ... he should be feeling particularly shitty, having in a mere fifteen minutes reduced the reputation of the FBI to that of the DEA or ATF ... or TSA.


7/8/16

Making America Great Again

I keep hearing how Trump is going to 'make America great again.' But when I ask for some specifics as to what that means, I can't seem to get a coherent answer.

So I'm going to drop back and punt. Let's assume that 'making America great again' means taking the country back to a time when 'we as a nation feared God.'

That's not too far-fetched, given James Dobson's recent - albeit waffling - endorsement of Trump, calling him a 'baby Christian.' Trump has also rigged a panel of God's professionals, apparently to assist him in keeping God on his side.

It's also not too far-fetched given the reaction of that paragon of Evangelical Republican virtues Mike Huckabee's view on how things were when 'we as a nation feared God.' He made quite a show of it after declaring back in 2012 that the Newtown shooting was no surprise, as we have 'systematically removed God from our schools.'

That God dude must not be nearly as omnipotent as the Evangelicals seem to think he is, if 'we' can give him the boot from anywhere ... but let's not be asking Questions about what God's professionals tell us about God.

Nonetheless, some of the rowdier of the younger Evangelical set - in this case Rachel Held Evans -claimed that Huckabee's statement was ...

Bullshit

Huckabee responded in characteristically arrogant fashion, self-assured that he and God are on the same wavelength. Here is an excerpt that I find absolutely fascinating. It's where he lays out how Great America Was Back When We As A Nation Feared God:

I realize my viewpoint sounds out-dated and archaic, but when that world view was the foundation of our nation’s social contract, we got in trouble at school for talking in class, chewing gum, pulling a girl’s pigtails, or slouching in our school desks. We took guns to school, to be sure, but they were in the gun racks of our trucks and we used them to hunt before and after school. It never occurred to us to use them to murder our teachers and fellow students. So yes, I can stand the contempt and criticism of the left. I’ll gladly accept their scorn as they substitute creative language with a steady stream of profanity-laced tirades that I’m an idiot, a throwback to the past, and a person who should be forever silenced. But when we as a nation feared God, we didn’t fear that a 20 year old with a high powered rifle would gun down our children in their schoolrooms.

No, Huck, we didn't fear a 20 year old with a high-powered rifle in the schools. We had other distractions, back when We As a Nation Feared God:

Pulling pigtails?


Nathan Bedford Forest, a God-fearing man. Very much anti-pigtail pulling.


God-fearing men interacting socially in America, back when We As a Nation Feared God. We can only wonder if these fellows pulled the wrong pigtails.


This one is from Huck's Arkansas. Perhaps he pulled the pigtails a little too hard?


 God-fearing government officials explaining old-fashioned American Values to gathered citizens.


Another God-fearing government official, perhaps engaged in explaining God's Mysterious Ways to a fellow who didn't quite get it? Note the Moses-like rod in the hand of the God-fearing government official, who clearly oozes Christian spirit.



God-fearing Christian Americans. Pals of God-fearing Man Nathan Bedford Forest.

Chewing gum in class?


God-fearing Man enjoying the Blessings of a God-fearing Nation.


More God-fearing men - black veterans of WWI - enjoying the Blessings of the God-fearing Nation which they had served, presumably in a God-fearing manner.



















God-fearing government official explaining basic American values of truth and justice ("Your president is not a crook.").

Slouching at our school desks?


 John Chivington, God-fearing Methodist minister, and hero of Sand Creek, where he managed to slaughter a bunch of women and children who, being heathen Injuns, presumably were insufficiently God-fearing.


God-fearing corpses litter the field at Gettysburg, having been led into God's righteous battle by other God-fearing men, in defense of  "states' rights" - the God-given right of God-fearing men to own other men as slaves. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

 Talking in class

And no one had sex back then, outside the holy bonds of matrimony, We As a Nation Fearing God as we did and being too busy talking in class anyway. And of course, there was no child abuse, no child molestation, no domestic abuse, none of that back when Mike Huckabee was thinking about pulling those pigtails ... for We Were a God-fearing Nation:


I think I'll avoid Huckabee's God, and stick with my own. Fortunately, because of those 'liberal' courts and 'activist' judges, and because of people willing to tell the Christian Right to shove it, I do not have to accept the Republican version of God, even if Mike Huckabee wants to ram it down my throat at gunpoint:




Perhaps Job should be re-written. Huckabee could ghost-write for Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. And, since he has such a handle on God, perhaps he should do a nice revision of God's speech as well.

Or perhaps he and Donald could just write scripts for a remake of "Ozzie and Harriet." 

And keeping it all in perspective:



Update 02.10.2015: Fresh remembrances from Huckabee's 'back when we as a nation feared God':

History of lynchings in the South documents nearly 4,000 names

7/7/16

Dobson does a 'Buck-pedal'

Dobson does a "Buck-pedal".
Dobson's intense distaste for the Clintons is well-known and well-documented. It seems that Dobson - like Billy Graham back in October 2012 - was willing to sell his soul, or least a piece of it in order to lead his unwitting sheep to the Republican trough. He anointed Trump a 'baby Christian.' Now ... Evangelicals could vote for Trump with clear consciences, ignoring Trump's total lack of 'Christian' behavior in his treatment of others.
Unlike Billy Graham, however, Dobson seems to have suffered some murkiness in his own conscience, and has 'walked back' his previous gush over Trump the Christian.

Dobson walks back claim about Trump's born-again conversion


Here's one example of Trump the Christian.


As for Billy Graham ... Evangelicals have long held, often in scathingly un-Christian terms, that Mormons are ... a heretical cult. Not really Christians. Graham was one of the Evangelical leaders who preached that ... till he figured political expediency 'trumped' (sorry, couldn't help myself) religious conviction, and blessed Mitt Romney back in 2012.

Billy Graham's Romney endorsement backfires

Buried somewhere in all that evangelical handwringing is that John 13:34 thing. Buried under the self-serving bullshit of God's professionals.

7/6/16

The Comey Conspiracy

So ... the tinfoil hat crowd is slamming Comey as being part of The Conspiracy. I wonder if it has dawned on any of the geniuses that are foaming and frothing over The Comey Announcement ... that Comey is a) a Republican; b) a Bush appointee (USA) and a Bush appointee (Deputy AG, the #2 position in the Bush DoJ).
Interestingly, his senior thesis at William and Mary examined the belief/doctrinal relationship between Reinhard Niebuhr - a raving liberal - and Jerry Falwell - a raving 'Christian' Rightie, regarding public action.
But wait! There *is* fodder to feed the conspiracy theorists! Niebuhr developed a theological theory, a 'perspective,' back in the 1940's and 1950's ... "Christian Realism."
"Christian Realism is a philosophical perspective developed by the theologian and public intellectual Reinhold Niebuhr in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Niebuhr argued that the Kingdom of God cannot be realized on earth because of the innately corrupt tendencies of society. Due to the injustices that arise on earth, a person is therefore forced to compromise the ideal of the kingdom of heaven on earth. Niebuhr argued that human perfectibility was an illusion, highlighting the sinfulness of humanity at a time when the world was confronted by the horrors of experiences such World War II, the reigns of both Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, and the Holocaust. The movement was in part a reaction to the Social Gospel movement. Numerous political figures have been influenced by Christian realism, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Madeleine Albright, and John McCain."
Aha! You see the connection!!!!!!!!! Obama ... Clinton ... Comey ... all influenced by Niebuhr!!!!!!!!
It's part of a New World Order thing, that transcends political party boundaries!
It's a scheme ... it's all a scheme ...

Hillary's credibility gap



"Yesterday was just the latest reminder that Clinton would probably be trailing in the polls if Republicans had nominated a stronger candidate. Donald Trump, rather than emphasize the damning revelations from Comey’s speech, instead chose to suggest that Clinton tried to “bribe” Attorney General Loretta Lynch and that the system is “rigged.”"
There ya go. The Republicans are just so dysfunctional, so disorganized, so ... whacked ... all they can do is present a clown like Trump, whose strongest suit is an appeal to the tinfoil hat crowd.
All of the more reasoned analyses - eliminating the whackos on the left and on the right (which sadly seems to be the majority of both parties these days) - we see that Comey's findings represent a fairly logical outcome. And a predictable one, but not for the whacko reasons the tinfoil hatters on either side are presenting.
Hillary is, all other things aside, not too shabby a lawyer. She is a lawyer, you know.
She did not lie to the FBI. She didn't.
She lied to the American people. Every analysis points to this. Lying to the American people is not a crime. It's simply what politicians do.
If Comey had recommended prosecution, both sides would have gone completely alpha sierra, rather than just mostly. The trial - and the lead up to the trial - would have been a complete Three Stooges/Keystone Cops political circle jerk ... especially given the likelihood of acquittal.
What Comey did was call a spade a spade - he said she is a liar; he said she is deceitful; he said she can't be trusted with high-level government documents/information. We all knew she is a liar, a cheat, and a security liability ... and now we have the Director of the FBI stating it right out in the open.
So if one votes for Hillary, one is voting for a liar, a cheat, and someone who can't be trusted with gummint secrets. Kind of like Richard Nixon, except for the secrets, or any of a number of other presidents and CongressCreatures, but let's not confuse the issue for the moment.
OTOH, we have ... Gary Johnson.

I wonder if it has dawned on any of the geniuses that are foaming and frothing over The Comey Announcement ... that Comey is a) a Republican; b) a Bush appointee (USA) and a Bush appointee (Deputy AG, the #2 position in the Bush DoJ). Interestingly, his senior thesis at William and Mary examined the belief/doctrinal relationship between Reinhard Niebuhr - a raving liberal - and Jerry Falwell - a raving 'Christian' Rightie, regarding public action.Whatever he is, Comey is no dummy, and is likely the smartest of this entire bunch.
I'm really looking forward to the Congressional hearings, and watching the scum from both sides posture and pander. In my view, both sides of this particular political fence are all lying, self-serving whores. The Obamanians and the Democrats have no redeeming social value; the Republicans are at least as bad, and at the moment, are even worse, as they are trying to paint themselves as something they are not and have never been - truthful, virtuous American patriots.
A syphilitic pox on them all.

7/2/16

Local Republican makes it to the big time

Our own Judy Reyher, chairperson of the Otero Republican machine, has been noticed by such as HuffPo:

"Republican's Facebook post refer to 'black population' as 'hatred-filled beings.'"

She has a ways to go to reach Linda Sorenson's level, though:

African-American addresses Republicans Whose Leader Compared Obama to Chimp

But Dolores Wilson didn't think Sorenson's leadership efforts were all that and a bag of chips:

Linda Sorenson is not the victim here

No matter. Reyher is doing what she does best, and that is represent the deeply-held views of her Otero Republican friends and neighbors.

She has been a good, solid representative of the state's Republican party views for quite some time:

Hitting a nerve


Update: From the front page of FauxNews:

Republican Colorado official steps down after posting Obama meme on Facebook

If that one doesn't work, go here.

The Colorado Republicans have apparently decided that ""There's no room for racism, intended or unintended, in society," [Suppes] said. "It's best for the party, best for the county, that she step down.""

Of course, the cynical among us might wonder ... if that is so, then why did it take the Colorado Republican Party so long to move on it. It's hardly anything new. Perhaps having it blasted all over the 'net by HuffPo and Faux might have something to do with it?

Another excerpt from the Faux story:

Party members said Sorenson also urged people to vote for U.S. Senate candidate Daryl Glenn, even though six Republicans were competing for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the June 28 Republican primaries. Glenn won the primary.

Under party rules, officials of state and local parties, including their leaders, are not allowed to endorse one primary candidate over another.

Our own Judy Reyher was unabashedly endorsing Kimmi Lewis, before the primary. So much so, we thought that Reyher might have been Lewis' campaign manager. How is it that she gets away with that? The fluid application of party rules is almost Hillaresque.

Timshel, and Cain's jawbone of an ass

We've been watching season 1 of Hell on Wheels.Episode 9 was pretty good. It was titled 'Timshel.'Now, if you have read 'East of Eden', you will recognize that. You'll remember the conversation about it, between Sam and Lee. It is described here as the best midrash on the matter, better even than those produced through the most exacting rabbinical argument - at least for we mere lay people.

The discussion is about Cain killing Abel, in Genesis, and the meaning of the word 'timshel.' It is, I think, one of the best arguments making the case for free will, and against predestination, as one will find.

During the fight scene at the river, which is linked from YouTube below, the music played is 'Timshel', by Mumford and Sons. You may have also heard it as 'As brothers we will stand.'

It's a brutal scene, where 'brother' is pitted against 'brother' in the figurative sense - one human against another ... and as Black Moon kills his brother Pawnee Killer near the end of the scene, in the literal sense.



 But what stimulated a bit of discussion was the part where Bohannon, out of ammunition and with no other weaponry to hand, grabs the jawbone of some animal and bloodily dispatches a Cheyenne Dog Soldier.

'Timshel', the segment from 'East of Eden', and the nature of the song by Mumford and Sons would indicate the analogy here is Cain's killing of Abel, and the choices made both in launching the fight, and the choice to stand to.

Timshel. "Thou mayest ..." which, as Steinbeck points out in his character Lee's explanation, offers the choice: "Thou mayest not...", leaving 'timshel' to be perhaps the most important word in the world."

As we were discussing it, I mentioned Cain killing Abel with the jawbone of an ass.

Leece took exception, remarking that the bible does not state how Cain killed Abel, and in any case, it was Samson who wielded the jawbone of an ass with considerable homicidal efficiency.

"But everyone knows he used the jawbone of an ass!" I argued.

"How? How does 'everyone' know that?" Leece asked.

"Well, it's in the bible!" I exclaimed.

And almost instantly realized that if she said it wasn't, I was almost certainly whistling a heathenishly ignorant Dixie.

She's right, of course. The bible makes no mention of how Cain killed Abel.

But biblical art; classical art; is full of examples of Cain killing Abel, and in many of those works of art, he is shown wielding the jawbone of an ass.

In Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes Vol 35 1972  we find an article by A.A. Barb which takes note of these works of art and their depiction of the weapon as the jawbone of some animal, and which further states:

"...from at least the 9th century AD, Irish and Anglo-Saxon literary tradition maintained that the jawbone was that of an ass.

It has been established that both the literary tradition, and artistic representation of the jawbone as a weapon,originated in early medieval Hiberno-Saxon Insular art and spread thence to the continent, but so far there has been no satisfactory answer of where the idea for this curious weapon originated...".

Barb goes on to discuss what other forms of weaponry might have been used by Cain.

"It's interesting how culture can color our perceptions of what the bible says, even when it doesn't say anything," Leece remarked, as she polished off the last of her sopapilla.

Ain't it, though. Would that a fundamentalist or two were listening ... particular those of a political bent.

Speaking of choice of weaponry ... in the video, we see some fine representations of the Winchester Model of 1866.

We see no mention in Genesis of these, either.

Leece has posted on this with "How Cain Killed Abel" and "God is not logical".