Make America Great Again

I get paid to parse words, phrases, sentences. It's entirely possible that I could have supported someone who campaigned on making America great.

I have a problem with "again". The phrase clearly means that we've left something behind. That something we USED TO DO is now gone, and bringing it back would "make America GREAT".

I'm not going to trot through all of the shameful things in America's past; slavery, the war in Iraq, the Citizens United decision come to mind, but there are so many...

Somebody, anybody, tell me what is now gone that bringing it back will lead to a "great America".

Bonus points if you remember to show how bringing whatever it is that's now gone will "make America great".

Brave New World

‘I no longer have to be politically correct’: GOP politician arrested after grabbing a woman in her genital area

Trump, his supporters, and the GOP in general are filth.

Don’t Watch Donald Trump’s Inauguration

What better way to combat a performer-politician than by diminishing his stage? The lower Trump’s ratings, the less inclined television producers will be to give him the free airtime that was the lifeblood of his presidential campaign. A presidential megaphone can never be totally silenced. But we can do our part to restrict his ability to blanket the airwaves for the next four years and become larger than life.

Our guns are safe

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"

Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’

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.
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.

Everyone Who Has Ever Worked With Ted Cruz Despises Him

As the Republican clown car of presidential candidates continues to merrily roll along, there has been an interesting development over the past couple weeks. Ted Cruz is suddenly rising in the polls, inching above Ben Carson and closer to puzzlingly perpetual leader Donald Trump. It’s been so noticeable that some are even warning that the country should prepare for President Cruz.


It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

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.

Looks Like

...we're gonna have to outlaw hands, too. Or maybe soccer. Utah soccer referee dies after teen punches him in the face Although no one has yet given me a satisfactory explanation of how ANY of the proposed legislation, including expanded background checks, would have prevented the tragedy in Sandy Hook, it looks like most of America, once again, has decided that passing more laws in response to tragedy, without consideration of unintended consequences, in a pussy attempt to feel "safer", is the way to go. We wouldn't want to expand care for the mentally ill, or maybe make life easier for ex-cons coming out of prison when it's so much easier to become even more authoritarian, after all. That'd be too "liberal", or "Christian", or something.