This started as a comment in the "Early returns" thread, but it got so long that I decided to make it a post of my own. "Our guns are finally safe." Yeah. Agreed. Our guns are finally safe. For now. I had to drive to DC, yesterday. On the way home I was listening to CSPAN on the radio. They were covering a group of ultra-right-wing extremist christianistas taking turns speaking. Tony Perkins is one name that stood out. If you don't want to go to the link, Tony's the kind of RW fanatic who thinks your right to love who you choose is outweighed by his belief that the ghost in the sky hates anyone who disagrees with him (disagrees with Tony, not the ghost, about whom Tony is clueless). Be prepared for Donald J. (the antichrist) tRump and Michael (christianista sharia) Pence shoving an extremist christianista world view down our collective throat. Continue reading "Our guns are safe"
You may have seen this, by now, but it's worth bookmarking. The full title is USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency' Two choice excerpts:
In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now. This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.And:
Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems. Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.
But I don't relate to the average mentality in the USA.
Don't misunderstand me. If she's the Democratic party's nominee, I'm voting for her. But I'm voting Bernie in the primary... Link: A Legacy of Pushing the Democratic Party to the Right I don't want "Obama-light". I want "change I can believe in". But I'm voting for Hillary if her opponent is _______________ (any candidate from the Republican clown car). It just makes me feel so icky... IOW, it sickens me to know that my choice will be Hillary, or some far-right leaning loon who will bring about global economic destruction. "NEOLIBERALISM (TM)" has no home if not in the Republican party. Why don't we have a choice, any more? Is it the media? The RW noise machine? The stupid, reality-hating evangelicals? Wall Street? Citizens United and/or rampant money in politics? Bad court decisions? It's gotten so bad I can't nail it down, any more. All of the above? I guess I can advocate for Bernie until the cows come home, but I can't make America any smarter, or make voters care more about what a train-nwreck, for example, Ted Cruz or Rand Paul would be. I'm hoping for massive voter turnout in the general election because Republicans only win when "no one" shows up. Because they REALLY suck that bad.
A Brief History of the Apocalypse Floaters been promotin' "YOUR moral decay is going to get ME into heaven" for a helluva long time. According to Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts the first predicted Apocalypse was in ca. 2800 BC. Even if you discount that for some reason, the next was in 634 BC. Depending on how you define the Apocalypse, the end of HUMANS or the end of the WORLD, the real apocalypse comes in ca. 4,500,000,000 AD when the sun will swell into a red giant star, swallowing Mercury, Venus, Earth, and perhaps Mars. This will be the true end of the world! Personally and IMNSHO, the way we burn shit to save time and effort, not to mention get around and generate electricity, is going to end the human race LONG before then. Maybe in this century. We're probably already past the tipping point... Consider this my public apology to my grand-kids/great grand-kids that I didn't do more, and earlier, to battle the anthropogenic global climate change deniers. Starting with the Bible-thumpers, then moving on to Big Oil funded quasi-"scientist" and (you have to have seen this coming) Republicans and ESPECIALLY teabaggers...a "vast conspiracy" of scummy people determined to make the world a
better worse place.
Crazy fuckers in the middle east, at it again. For not the first time in what, 3,000 years? Air raid sirens in Tel Aviv as Hamas declares all Israelis targets For discussion: would Obama/a Democratic POTUS or a GOP/teabagger POTUS be more likely to intervene in a century's old religious war? Please be prepared to defend you answer when Obama doesn't commit US troops to this crazy ass-ed eons old religious war. Bonus points if you can find a GOP POTUS who DIDN'T "come to the aid of Israel" in a similar situation. Jews vote for Democrats, and the GOP would love to absorb them into their hateful fold.
How Hobby Lobby Undermined The Very Idea of a Corporation
This gets complicated, but bear with us. Basically, what you need to know is that if you and some friends start a company that makes a lot of money, you'll be rich, but if it incurs a lot of debt and fails, you won't be left to pay its bills. The Supreme Court affirmed this arrangement in a 2001 case, Cedric Kushner Promotions vs. Don King:Read the rest at the link. Maybe the pro-corporate religious-kook 5 have managed to undermine everything they stand for?linguistically speaking, the employee and the corporation are different “persons,” even where the employee is the corporation’s sole owner. After all, incorporation’s basic purpose is to create a distinct legal entity, with legal rights, obligations, powers, and privileges different from those of the natural individuals who created it, who own it, or whom it employs.That separation is what legal and business scholars call the "corporate veil," and it's fundamental to the entire operation. Now, thanks to the Hobby Lobby case, it's in question. By letting Hobby Lobby's owners assert their personal religious rights over an entire corporation, the Supreme Court has poked a major hole in the veil. In other words, if a company is not truly separate from its owners, the owners could be made responsible for its debts and other burdens.
OK, I haven't changed my mind. I think the North LOST the civil war, and the South would have been so ruthlessly crushed by reality that they'd have rejoined us, IF WE LET THEM, by now, that maybe letting them go off on their own little experiment where Biblically sanctioned slavery was "Okey-Dokey" might have been a better outcome of the Civil War. Hard lessons learned are often lessons retained. Unlike our current situation. I've also posted this link several times. But this is funny' the only confederate flat that matters: AKA,
red-beans-and-rice grits eating surrender monkeys...
Believing that "my God can beat up your God" is no way to run a planet.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Heavily armed peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic's volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped by violent Christian militants.If monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) won't end themselves by attrition, we need to end them by ridicule and pointing out their own internal hypocrisy. Did you know that James Dobson's group American Family Association is a far-right "christian" hate group? Look, I don't care if you want to make sandwiches by placing two slices of bologna, a slice of cheese, and some lettuce between two slices of Jesus. I mean, seriously, I don't claim to understand how a wafer and some wine changes into Jesus in your stomach, but if that's what you choose to believe, it doesn't affect me. But going to war over religion is no longer cool. WWTD; what would Timbuk do? Well, for one, I wouldn't fucking go to war over your (fucked up) belief that two men (or women) in love shouldn't be allowed to marry. Or your (fucked up) belief that Jeebus can beat up the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or your (fucked up) belief that it's somehow our DUTY to allow an already wealthy 1% to gain even more wealth by fucking up the only planet we have to live on (read that as Koch brothers trying to increase taxes on solar panels). Or ... If you want to argue that the US is less than perfect, I can't disagree, but I'd ask you to look at Saudi Arabia, where petroleum oozes out of the ground like pus oozes out of a pestilent wound, yet women can't drive because of Sharia law. Where would you rather live? Ah, well, I'm either preaching to the choir or arguing with the faithful (who, by definition, cannot be persuaded), so never mind.