Thursday, October 5, 2017

Let's Test Our Limits

We have our First Amendment Right to free speech. But it is not an absolute right. We have the intended right to a free press, to peaceful assembly and to speak to power. We don’t have the right to shout “fire” in a theatre or to threaten, libel and slander.

Like the First Amendment, the Second Amendment is also not absolute.

Most of us support some gun control or limits on Second Amendment rights. At present it is an insignificant minority that wants a total ban, along with government confiscation. It is also an insignificant minority that wants no controls or restrictions whatsoever.

Let’s dispel the notion that the Second Amendment is for waging war against the government if our candidates lose, or we don’t like some laws or leaders. Only  dangerous idiots speak of “Second Amendment remedies” in that context.

The Second Amendment’s purpose was for the people to have a militia to mobilize for protection and defense against armed threats.  Militias are now antiquated and we have law enforcement and the National Guard for citizen protection. Since the Redcoats and Geronimo are no longer active threats, that leaves only the threat of violent criminals.

While we have the right of armed self-defense against violent criminals, we should understand the need for limits. 

Most Second Amendment defenders support background checks for purchases. Most Second Amendment defenders will also support prohibiting sales to minors, the mentally ill, domestic abusers and felons.

The fact is some level of gun control is desired by most of us.

Where we differ is in the degree of gun control and regulations.

Let’s test our limits.

Should untrained civilians have the right to bear without registration:

A Nuclear Submarine?
An Aircraft Carrier?
An ICMB?
A B1 Bomber?
An F22 Fighter?
An Abrams Tank?
Artillery?
An Anti-tank Rocket Launcher?
A Mortar?
A Bazooka/Rocket Propelled Grenade?
A Belt-Fed  .50 Caliber Machine Gun?
An M-6O/M240 Machine Gun?
An Automatic M-16 or AK47 rifle?
A Semi Auto M16 style  or AK47 style, convertible to automatic, with 30+ round magazine?
A Semi-Auto Rifle with 10 Round Limit magazine?
A Semi-Auto Shotgun?
A Lever or Bolt Action Rifle?
A Pump Action Shotgun?
A Semi-Auto Handgun?
A 6 round Revolver?


Since there is no documented case of self-defense that required a 30 round magazine. That is where I draw my line. 

If there were no civilian sales of large volume magazines and military style weapons easily converted into machine guns, there would be many more survivors from the Las Vegas Massacre and other mass shootings. 

For all guns up to that threshold I would support mandatory background checks, registration, and safety certification for all future sales. There is no sane reason for weapons to be easier to obtain than a driver’s license. There is no sane reason for guns to be irresponsibly owned, stored or operated by the wrong people. 

I totally get the argument there is no sane reason for even having weapons in the home. States and homes with the highest per-capita gun ownership suffer proportionally higher deaths from guns. An armed society is not a polite society.

Practical sane steps are needed. Otherwise the Second Amendment is little more than a suicide pact and prescription for tragedy for the nation.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Holy Church of the NRA

Its about freedom, they say.

Thousands of Americans have died, and thousands more Americans will die from the NRA symbol of freedom.

The Holy Church of the NRA preaches the answer to gun violence is simple. We just need good men with guns.

Good men with guns were at the Las Vegas concert. They and their guns were useless in countering the sniping mad man with militarized weapons.

Scores of human beings are dead, and hundreds wounded.

Nothing will be learned. No actions will be taken to mitigate the bloodbaths wrought by assault weapons. No actions will be taken to restrict the number of assault weapons. They are, and will be, easier to get than a drivers license.

This must be accepted as the way of life in our country. In reality it is the way of death.

Nothing will be done to interfere with the proliferation of military style weapons of mass destruction, for the Church of the NRA and the Militia Amendment shall never be challenged.

Human sacrifice must be offered in reverence to the almighty Gun God at the Alter of the Militia Amendment. The will of the Holy Church of the NRA shall be done.

It's the non-negotiable cost of "freedom" that must be paid...by the victims.


The only problem is the victims and the population terrorized by criminals and gun nuts are not so free, are they?

Saturday, September 30, 2017

What Leadership Does, And Does Not, Look Like


This is what leadership looks like:

Last Sunday Hillary Clinton tweeted:

President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens

The Trump Administration finally announced two days later that they were sending the hospital ship Comfort.

“It takes a Leader”.

The Spanish-speaking people of Puerto Rico who bear the horrible devastation by Hurricane Maria don't seem to rate up there with hurricane stricken Texas and Florida... I wonder why?

Turns out our Mis-leader had priorities. Since Maria made landfall Sept. 20 and up until Tuesday, Trump tweeted some two dozen times about the NFL — and twice about Maria.

This is what really mattered:

"The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger"

“I have plenty of time on my hands,” Trump said. “All I do is work. And to be honest, that’s an important function of working. It’s called respect for our country.”

Our Mis-leader was not content to just blame those uppity Black men protesting against bad cops getting away with killing Blacks. Trump always has room to blame the journalists of our free press.

“FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico,” Military is now on site and I will be there Tuesday. Wish press would treat fairly!”

There it is. It's all about him. Everything would be just great if not for the damn press ruining... everything.

Blame. Attack. Accuse. Complain. Whine. Repeat.


Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to “get Trump.” Not fair to FR or effort!...The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!...Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an amazing job is being done in Puerto Rico. Great people!

The vile man pitted the press against the military. There is no such thing as too low for that slimy vermin of humanity. 

And of course he couldn't miss the chance to stroke his own ego.

"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered....... 

He then tweeted:...The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!

Yes, the cost is the first big consideration for Trump. It’s not easy deciding how much to punish those brown people for their debt to Wall Street, you now. Trump the Enforcer is here. He’ll make it all right.  It’s high time to force those folks with destroyed homes to pay Trump’s cronies first.

Making them ask for help online, with no functioning electrical grid, is a good start.

Before we forget this is still all about Dear Mis-Leader:

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job,"

But they should take comfort.

Elaine Duke, acting secretary of Homeland Security said, “I know it’s a hard storm to recover from. But I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane.” “The relief effort is under control. It is proceeding very well considering the devastation that took place.”

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded.

“Maybe from where she’s standing it’s a good news story,” Cruz said on CNN’s “New Day” Friday. “When you are drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story.”
“I’m sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me,” she continued, holding back tears. “Frankly, it’s an irresponsible statement. ... Damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story. ... This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water.”
“If I could scream it a lot more louder ― it’s not a good news story when people are dying when they don’t have dialysis, and when the generators aren’t working and the oxygen is not providing for them.
Where is there good news here?”
Unlike the cruel heart and empty soul of Trump, most Americans' hearts ache for the Puerto Ricans when they see the news coverage.

Meanwhile Hillary and Ms. Yulin Cruz are doing the leading.
These women are demonstrating leadership is about responding to the needs of the people.
Trump is too busy patting himself on the back and attacking the real leaders, whether the are Black athletes leading protests against injustice, or women raising their voices on behalf of human beings in need. 
Let's remind the Republicans that many thousands of Puerto Ricans will be moving to Florida. They will tell tales of destruction, hard times, illness, hunger, thirst and death.
And they will remember how our great Mis-leader worried more about the cost than getting them vital aid. 
And they will remember how he insulted their leaders, and ignored their plight. 
And they are American citizens. 
And they will vote. 

==

Most people don’t have water or power. There’s no cell service. Roads have been totally washed away or blocked by debris. This is life right now in Puerto Rico, where 3.5 million Americans are struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Something we can do...

Caribbean Hurricane Maria & Irma Relief Fund

Hurricane Maria caused devastating destruction in Dominica and massive floods and destruction in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands just two weeks after Hurricane Irma. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean.

All donations to this fund will support hurricane recovery and relief efforts in the Caribbean. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

This Is Our Test

I've had it.

Let's break this "KneeGate" thing down to its essence.

Patriotism has been pitted against protest.

Patriotism is in this case one side's version of patriotism, as represented or even embodied by the national anthem and the flag. They feel their patriotism is offended. This version of patriotism has been pitted against a Constitutional protest over unaccountable killings of Black Americans by bad cops.

One side views the protest being against the anthem, against the flag, against the military, against all of law enforcement, and even against the entire country.

The other side sees it as a Constitutional protest against unaccountable killings of Black Americans by bad cops. They are exercising their First Amendment right to demand the all-American values and goals of justice and equality. 

This is the difference of views that has produced such division, anger, and hate.  

One person in particular has incited this division, anger and hate.

Trump. "Great anger", he called it.

He stokes the blame and hate and anger that echoes from far Right political rallies from Europe’s past. Questioning the patriotism of political dissent has a nefarious history.   

America's original sin of slavery leaves unhealed scars of division and racism. Trump is ramping up hate and fueling the ideological civil war among our people. Brother against brother once again becomes a factor in America's ongoing struggle for equality. 

Trump is betting Americans will be easily steered into buying his anger and hate that is rooted in the curse of slavery, segregation, racism and xenophobia.

Trump basks in the anger.  He wants us to hate, resent, and fight over two views that are not in conflict. He wants Americans to be too stupid, or too angry, or too partisan to understand one can be both patriotic and outraged by unaccountable killings of Black Americans.

This is our test. Will we let Trump divide us, or will we stand together for equality, justice and country?

Monday, September 25, 2017

It's Just Possible

This we have learned from our Divider-in-Chief and Angry White Con-servatives:

“Very fine people” marched with the white supremacists, Klan, and Nazis. 

Black Lives Matter is a racist hate group. 

And Black athletes who protest exonerated bad cops and the racist police killings of unarmed Blacks by taking a knee during the anthem are “Sons of bitches”.

Angry White Con-servatives readily believe all of this.

True to form, FOX (R) propaganda feeds their Angry White Con-servative dupes:

Howard Kurtz (Host): The president is clearly tapping into resentment among a lot of sports fans and others toward these multi-million dollar athletes who they think should be playing instead of protesting.

Cheryl Chumley: Well, I just want to take a little bit of disagreement with what you said.

Kurtz: Please.

Chumley: First off, I think it is fairly simple for journalists to look at this issue in a light that isn't covering it just from the day-to-day rapid reaction. First off, Trump didn't call anyone an S.O.B. He came out and said, “What if the coaches called these players S.O.B's?” And I think that --

Kurtz: A fine distinction I think.

Chumley: It is a fine distinction, but it's the difference between truth and not truth. And I think as journalists, we are in the business of reporting truth as we see it down the line.

Trump's exact words were, "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now'?"

This is how millions of Angry White Con-servatives learn “the difference between truth and not truth”. 

They don’t. 

All they believe is crap, from their C.R.A.P., the Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities.

Is it any wonder so many AWC's and Trump supporters are duped by “alternative facts”? Could it be they choose to believe what they want to believe? It's just possible.

In what’s left of our free country, demonization of free speech begets more free speech.

The number of NFL players taking a knee multiplied exponentially.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "But I've been in the league a little while, and I know the players in this league. There are no SOB's in this league. These are men that work hard, of integrity, they're involved in our communities. They're fathers, they're brothers, and their mothers aren't what he said they were. And our guys, just like anything else, we believe in unity, civility and also the First Amendment rights to peaceful expression and freedom of speech.”

Von Miller, a player for the Denver Broncos, said, “We felt like President Trump's speech was an assault on our most cherished right, freedom of speech."

They Great Divider was delighted by the reactions to his fanning of the flames. The Orange Fuhrer beamed:

"The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger"

"Great anger". That's what feeds Angry White Con-servatives and their racist authoritarian leader. Great anger is how they feel, how they react, and how they thrive. 

Exactly like Angry White Germans in the 1930's.

"One might call Trump's base the white working class. But one of those adjectives is working harder than the other”, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in “The First White President”.

“The fact of a black president seemed to insult Donald Trump personally. He has made the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy the foundation of his own. According to pre-election polling, if you tallied only white voters, Trump would have defeated Clinton 389 to 81 in the Electoral College. Not every Trump voter is a white supremacist. But every Trump voter felt it acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one. The American tragedy now being wrought will not end with him.”

Coates summarizes:

“I think if you own a business that attempts to keep black people from renting from you; if you are reported to say that you don’t want black people counting your money; if you say — and not even reported, just come out and say — that someone can’t judge your case because they are Mexican; if your response to the first black president is that they weren’t born in this country, despite all proof; if you say they weren’t smart enough to go to Harvard Law School, and demand to see their grades; if that’s the essence of your entire political identity you might be a white supremacist, it’s just possible.”


If only those athletes marched with the Klan and Nazis, maybe then they’d be praised as “very fine people voicing their free speech” by the White Supremacist Racist-in-Chief. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Angry White Con-servatives And BLM

Oh, no. 
Back Lives Matter got in trouble again. Did they kill someone? No. Did they cripple someone? No. They protested a trigger-happy cop. 
Ah, that’s the problem.
Whatever did that good police officer do? For one thing, he shot a fleeing black man in the back. But that’s ok, right? Anyone can make a mistake. Even trigger-happy cops.
Turns out this cop proved it’s really ok, and even did it again. Yes, he shot two fleeing black men in the back. One is dead and the other will spend his life in a wheelchair.
Black Lives Matter protested that police officer named Officer Ryan Pownall. This annoyed angry white con-servative, and Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President, John McNesby, who called them "a pack of rabid animals" and said, “These are not activists, they are racist hate groups determined to instigate violence.”
Got the message? It serves those protesters right. Let’s dehumanize BLM and have more cops thinking it’s fine to shoot black men in the back. It doesn’t bother birther Trump, why should it bother all the other angry white con-servatives? After all, those black men are the real racists for protesting good white cops shooting Blacks in the back.
This is the ugly racist core of con-servativism, folks. They hate BLM. They hate anyone who marched with BLM. They hate anyone who invoked the BLM name. They hate anyone who was even associated, or not associated, with the members of the organization. 

Angry white con-servatives refuse to see the difference between real hate groups such as the Klan and white supremacists and BLM with its multi-racial support. The former groups are united by hate, espouse hate, and direct hate at minorities. Their speech is hate speech. BLM exercises free speech as the founders intended. As covered under the First Amendment, BLM protests government policy and the legal system’s tolerance of police unaccountably for killing Blacks. In other words they demand equal treatment from law enforcement and under justice. That is the core of their message. 


Go to the BLM organization’s website and see if you find anything resembling the hate of the racist, angry, white con-servative organizations. There is no comparison.
Doesn't matter. All angry white con-servatives choose to see are roving gangs of black thugs. 
BLM and those sympathetic with the organization or anyone marching with them are all a “racist hate group” to angry white con-servatives. I’m sure the Klan and Nazis whole-heartedly agree.
It turns out, not even Nazis are as bad as BLM. At least McNesby never demonized white racists as “a pack of rabid animals” like he did BLM protesters.
When it was brought to the attention of McNesby that one of his officers named Ian Hans Lichtermann displayed a tattoo showing an eagle in the style of a Nazi emblem, it didn’t bother him.  Not even with “Fatherland” inked out in Germanic lettering over it. As you know, “Fatherland” was the Nazi’s term for Germany.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called the tattoo “incredibly offensive”.
But there was nothing offensive to the angry white con-servative McNesby. “It’s an Eagle. Not a big deal”.
All he saw was the Eagle. Yup, one of those proud American Eagles... under the Germanic banner of “Fatherland”.
So just who is the racist hate group?  Not the angry white conservatives, obviously.
After all, they’re just dedicating their work to dehumanizing and shooting minorities in the back for the “Fatherland”. When was that ever done by a racist hate group?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How to Win the War on Drugs

About that war on drugs.

Trump and Sessions want to double down on authoritarian, senseless and failed policies. They are wrong.

We know the war on drugs is a costly, brutal, unjust and deadly failure.

Drugs and drug abuse are public health issues. 

Treating drugs and their abuse as a medical, rather than law enforcement problem, is really the bottom line. Treatment is always a better solution over incarceration. It is ineffective, costlier, and more destructive to families to punish users as criminals.

The best way to win the "war on drugs" is to end the war on drug users.

Dangerous street drugs are a public health issue, so we need the DEA, but for countering illegal sales and manufacture of lethal and addictive drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines. We also need to enforce against importation of such street drugs.

Since cannabis and psychedelic substances are not as toxic as aspirin or alcohol, and they are incorporated into religious traditions, they should not be included in that class of dangerous drugs. Their possession and use must be decriminalized.

Drug gangs depend on their products being illegal to be in business. Street sales, not possession, should remain criminalized. If an addict had cheaper access to a legal prescription, with treatment as an option, that would take a lot of crime out of the equation. The costs of treatment and even legal maintenance doses is far cheaper than crime and incarceration.

Decriminalization of simple possession and employing treatment over arrest and incarceration are the sane, compassionate, and most effective solutions.



Spain and Portugal are now showing this to be reality, not theory.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Con-servative Moral Grounding

This much is clear. 

They don't want to admit it, but the Republican/conservative health care solution has always been, "Let them die".  That phrase drew cheers at a Republican presidential debate.

If the poor are too "morally weak" to buy health insurance, they don't deserve what is a right to millions in civilized countries. Yes, many cons see unemployment as a moral failure. 

To them wealth is not only a virtue, but also an entitlement to rule. Those who fail to submit to rule by wealth are targets of lies, hate and resentment. Serves them damn socialists right, I tell ya. 

In fact, to them, con-servatism itself is a virtue. It is their morality. 

So what is the moral grounding of the Right? Christianity? Please...unless we mean the teachings of White Nationalist Hedge Fund Jesus. 

Hint: Trump is president. 

This is what they want. 

Small government. (Meaning removing safety nets and public service programs and privatizing the commons, not so much military aggression, brutal law enforcement, and police state warrantless surveillance.) 

Taking food stamps from poor children, militarizing law enforcement in a "justice system" rigged against the poor and minorities, and stripping voter rights and poll access for minorities are their values. 

These truths are self-evident.

Also clear is con-servatism is rooted in, and guided by, elitist authoritarianism. Wealth is revered. Corporations and the wealthy are endowed as super persons entitled to more rights than average individuals.  Even in our House and Senate the minority of conservatives have greater representation than the majority.  

But who whines louder? "We want our country back! Waaahh!"

Cutting taxes for the rich has always been their top priority along with gutting pollution and Wall Street regulations. Not to mention denying the Black President his Constitutional duty to replace a Supreme Court justice. That is their idea of the "business of the people".  

Authoritarian con-servatism always bends to tyranny, racism, and scorn for the poor. They are the servants, and the epitome, of the elites. Screw the "takers" and anyone else who can't afford health care. It is who they are. 

As the Right breaks the rules, or makes up their own, to subvert democracy, and to facilitate less equality and more human suffering, they are the ones demonizing and admonishing liberals for not being concerned for our country. They believe their lies that liberals hate freedom, hate America, and desire a communist dictatorship. And this demonization never ends.

It is their belief system and their true "moral grounding". 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bad Apples

“We’re going to support you like you’ve never been supported before.”
We get it. Our Dear Leader was boosting the morale of law enforcement officers in a speech on Long Island. 
“For years and years, [laws have] been made to protect the criminal,” Trump said. “Totally protect the criminal, not the officers. You do something wrong, you’re in more jeopardy than they are. These laws are stacked against you. We’re changing those laws.”
Yeah, ask the growing list of victims of poorly trained cops about who the laws and courts are stacked against.
But his message went much darker. He practically advocated police brutality when he ranted: “When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’”.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” he added.
Many officers grinned and enthusiastically applauded.
There’s your “few bad apples”, heartily embracing the “Law and Order President” casually endorsing the idea of brutalizing suspects in custody.
What happens when cops become the thugs?
Nothing good can come of it. Nothing resembling justice. 
Citizens are killed and injured. Families then sue the city that employs the thugs in uniform. Respect for police diminishes. Then someone decides to take further revenge against random officers that are the epitome of professionalism, and more cops die.
Is that really worth this stupid “Please don’t be too nice” tough guy talk?
Time will tell. It isn’t hard to picture the day when some thug cop capriciously kills or maims someone, and we see his grinning face and clapping hands in the video of that speech.
Trump is an ignorant, thuggish, stupid asshole. Cops who get a tingle up their leg at Trump’s tough talk are also stupid thuggish assholes. We don’t need them in uniform. But there they were, basking in the vile ignorance of our president. 
Instead of culling these authoritarian bullies from police departments, we doom ourselves to more unwarranted deaths by cops, and we doom more cops to acts of retaliation.
But since our nation is now under an authoritarian bully of a president, don’t hold much hope for more sanity, professionalism and good judgment from those “few bad apples”.
Trump the "Bad-Apple-in-Chief" just enabled and encouraged those bad apples in uniform into more violence and bloodshed.
That is what authoritarian bullies do. 

==
This is how professionals in law enforcement responded to Trump's thuggish remarks:

Gainesville Police:

The @POTUS made remarks today that endorsed and condoned police brutality. GPD rejects these remarks and continues to serve with respect.

Suffolk County PD: 

The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.
As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.

International Association of Police Chiefs:

Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.


Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Light of the Right Through The Glass Darkly

As I may have mentioned, I've been studying con-servatism for years. I've heard Limbaugh. I've watched FOX News. I have even read many good con-servative bloggers. I learned I'm a real American, and I learned liberals are to blame for everything. Most of all, I learned to believe. I learned to stop thinking and just believe. 

That's how it's done. Ya just gotta believe, especially believe people with lots of money. Trust me. Or better yet, trust the GOP and Trump. 

I now trust the good Christians of the Republican Party. Because I now believe Republicans are God's Own Party. And most of all I believe, and believe in, our president. He's rich AND he's a star! That's proof enough for me that he knows way more than I do.

That was it. My learning is complete. My eyes are opened! My con-servative soul is reborn. 

Thank God that White Nationalist Jesus sent Trump to save America! At last, we are a great country! Unbelievable personal liberty! And so much prosperity for everyone! It’ll make your head spin.

Our con-servative agenda is finally in full swing. Crackdown on the drug war. More asset forfeiture without conviction. Longer prison sentences. Break up those Mexican families. Wooo Hooo! Smell the liberty!

Shut down climate research! No more Global Conspiracy of Evil Climate Scientists. Dear Leader will shut them up for good. Smell the freedom!

Open the floodgates for our job creatin' polluters! Smell that fresh air of prosperity! Drink that “Liberty Lead” in your water, Flint!

Deregulate Wall Street! Let there be big league prosperity for the most worthy and morally superior pillars of capitalism. 

Cut taxes for the rich! They have suffered long enough. Great prosperity will magically trickle down to the rest of us. This time I promise it will. Remember, ya gotta believe.

Time to cut Medicaid for all the sick parasites, and take food stamps from those whiny little poor kids. We’ll show them what good con-servatism will do for them. Let ’em pull themselves up by their bootstraps, just like our Dear Leader did since he was only two years old. 

We were only mocking the Black Guy. Trump is the real messiah, and he will lead the Great Republican Revolution for a new (Mostly White) American Aristocracy!

No wonder us true believin' Republicans and con-servatives are falling in love with Putin. It's ’cause he knows what’s best for America. 

Trump. Yeee Haww!

I bet Putin told him just what they would do in their secret meeting. First, stop supporting them damn Syrian rebels. They annoy Vlad's other little buddy Assad. 

And sanctions, schmanctions. There's deals to be made. We all know our president is a legitimate businessman. You believe that, right?  I know you do.

Trump's playin' it smart, keepin' what's said between him and Putin a secret from us. Kremlin Don knows who to trust, I tell ya. Ya gotta let the genius do what he knows best. 

Don and Vlad, they ain't a gonna be fooled by no fake news on CNN, or them dumb-ass USintelligence agencies. These two tough, smart leaders know what's best for America and the world. Just ask 'em.

Prosperity and power for those who have it! (Especially for Don and Vlad.)

Health care for those who can afford it! Free speech for the rich! A Federal government in shambles! This is what makes America great!

And what about them what got a problem with that? Punishment, exclusion, and silence for them Muslims, Blacks, Mexicans, liberals and other losers.

In other words, more WINS for Don and Vlad.Woo Hooo! USA! USA! KGB! KGB!

God bless real Americans and the Real America! To Hell with loony liberals and their commie agenda! Putin’s Puppet is in charge.

Thank you, Jesus! We knew you loved America best. You can hold off on the Rapture as long as Trump is our Dear Leader, for Heaven has descended upon our humble, and once again great, Christian nation

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Con-servative "Value$"


What’s this in the news? Did I just see Trump lied and lashed out in hate again? Imagine that.

Con-servative Trumpists are fanatical members of the Cult of Rightwing Authoritarian Personalities. They don't care how much their Dear Leader lies and hates. The Republican Party shows its utter lack of values, decency and honesty by defending their leader, and explaining his vile behavior away. You see, they are busy joining Trump in rubbing their hands over the prospect of stripping health care from millions while cutting taxes for the rich. 

In other words, con-servative "Value$". 

And greed isn’t their only “value”. Along with sheer avarice, they show relentless rapacity in privatizing public services like schools and Social Security, taking from the commons, and appropriating natural resources that should belong to the unfortunate people who survive, or are born after, our New Dark Ages. They are the true “takers”. Make no mistake. They will take it all, if allowed. 

They will back Trump to the bitter end, whatever form that takes. Why? Because of the common enemy. And that enemy is not Russia. It is not Putin. In fact, con-servatives have openly thanked Putin and Russia! That's how whacked out their cult is.  

Note that Putin and Russia are NEVER demonized by the American Right. 

This tells us who they see as the real enemy. 

Liberals are the enemy. Those who sanely question and oppose the party of authoritarians are the enemy. 

Putin is their ally. Any mention of Russian interference in the election is shouted down by con-servatives.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the close election counts in swing states were rigged by their cult loyalists. We may never know, especially while the Great American Tragedy is unfolding. We do know Putin was a key player in their coup over our democracy. 

Maybe when evidence is uncovered that Trump owes Russia money, or had them launder funds for Trump businesses, a few Republicans may see the need to do something. Not out of a sense for justice, mind you, but selfish political ends.

Maybe. Maybe not. 

The other primary reason the cult unites behind Trump is because he hates, or is perceived to hate, the same people con-servatives hate. Cons have hated, accused, blamed, demonized, and attacked liberals since before the Soviet Union existed. It is what they do. Religious and racial minorities have always been the targets of their resentments. Their large contingent of racist con-servatives have roots that go back to the times when they were pro-slavery, pro-Jim Crow, the Klan, and up to today’s vote suppression for minorities. 

And their “value$” will never change. Taking food stamps from the poor, cutting people off Medicaid, deregulating Wall Street, removing environmental regulations, gutting worker safety rules, crushing unions, suppressing living wages, wars of aggression, torture, and brutal law enforcement all spring from the same source: Con-servatism. 

It is who they are. Authoritarians will not change, and they will not recognize facts or accept reason. We know this is true because they prove it all the time. Their god is Greed. Unlimited power and wealth are their goals. 

Anyone who supports Constitutional taxation, regulation of commerce, and provision for the general welfare will be viciously attacked. They are at the core, an anti-American aristocracy of elites, with their duped authoritarian follower foot soldiers blaming, accusing, and demonizing all those who oppose their masters' agenda.

This is the Cult of Rightwing Authoritarian Personalities that has taken over the nation by hook and by crook.

It’s time for the people to wake up and cut the C.R.A.P. out of our government, or they will most certainly be the ones dumped upon when the C.R.A.P. hits the fan.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Billboard Mentality

The billboard rented in Texas by a guy named Kyle reminds us of the level of emotional drama found in the break-up of a long term romance. After all, the man was passionate enough to pay money to get his urgent message out.

“ABC News: I grew up with you. We are through. The Russians didn’t elect Donald Trump. I did.”

(Sorry, Kyle. You didn’t elect Trump. Even the majority of voters didn’t decide. The electoral college did. And sorry, Kyle. ABC News didn’t say Russians elected Trump, even though you believe the “alternative fact” that they did.)

We appreciate Kyle’s eloquent elaboration in his note  to HuffPost. It’s always a treat to hear a Trumpist explaining his loyalty to Trump. As expected, resentments, baseless accusations, falsehoods and Republican talking points (alright, I’m being redundant.) constitute a YOOOOGE portion of his beliefs.

This is what Kyle had to say, including my commentary:

“ABC News was the only channel I watched as a child growing up in Texas but I think they have lost touch with America and forgotten the working man. (He means "Republican America, aka "real America". Hmm. I wonder who really forgot the working man? Not the guy who opposes minimum wage, opposes unions, and opposes worker safety regulations? Not the guy who wants tax cuts for the rich while de-regulating Wall Street? Not that guy, eh? )

They don’t represent our voice anymore. (So this guy thinks the news media was supposed to represent his voice, loaded with the misinformation, lies and memes of far Right positions? Wherever shall he go for his alternative facts?)

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was funded by the Clinton Foundation in close coordination with the media, (No, and no. Sounds like someone isn’t listening to any news other than just FOX. You know, because FOX “represents our voices”, meaning the Republican Party.)

..and now we’re seeing them try to fix what they couldn’t fix during the election. They are doing everything they can, night after night, to create narratives and sway people’s direction to impeach Donald Trump. (Darn ABC for reporting those darn non-alternative-facts again. Trump tried to shut down the investigation that began with Trump loyalists getting caught telling lies about contacts with Russians. And then Trump contradicted intelligence agencies who reported Putin actively attempted to aid Trump. I wonder why? “Alternative facts” from FOX and Trump are all he needs.)

Our democracy is at stake when a major political party and the media are in bed together.(And this brilliant doofus isn’t talking about FOX(R), which would make his point quite nicely. What kind of democracy is he talking about? Not the one where the candidate with the most votes wins, obviously. )

I’m not asking anyone to boycott the Democratic Party. (He gets a point here, for not regurgitating the fictitious “Democrat Party. Well done, Kyle!)

I’m not in the brainwashing business, but the liberal media is.” (Right. Except that the term “liberal media” is a far right/Republican/ Trump brainwashing meme intended to get the cult to believe only them. But don’t expect to learn this from the corporatist ratings whores at ABC.)

“This was not an easy decision. For 35 years I have watched how their agenda has changed. (What agenda was that , Kyle? Representing your voice, or reporting the news? Not an easy decision? You bought into the Right's propaganda and agenda long ago, Kyle.)

This didn’t just start with Donald Trump, I watched them systematically destroy George Bush and hand us Barack Obama on a silver platter.” (Kyle seems blissfully ignorant of Bush's bloody and unpopular war based on lies, that ultimately spawned ISIS. This is obviously entirely the fault of the "liberal media". Kyle also seems blissfully unaware of the financial collapse under Ol' Honest George.  Kyle’s been blaming the “liberal media” for a long time, showing us how much he really is a true believer in the C.R.A.P. (Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities).

“I grew up in America where we were not afraid to say who we are and what we stand for, as witnessed by my billboard,” (That’s right. Especially now in Trump America. Kyle is not afraid to say who he is and what he stands for. He is a low-information, far Right, true believer of C.R.A.P., and he's an ideologue who stands for the most malevolent liar, greatest narcissist, and least informed authoritarian ever to sit in the Oval Office.)

“I’m considering starting a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy up vacant billboards for various Trump supporters who otherwise couldn’t afford it to make their voices known,” he told HuffPost by email. (“Trump supporters who otherwise couldn’t afford it” will be even less able to afford it soon enough. They will be the ones losing out on health care and public services so the rich can get tax cuts. But that's OK. You're never too poor to buy the C.R.A.P.)


So apart from these minor details, Kyle has it all figured out.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heirs

Another Muslim is murdered in Republikanistan... and of course the crime is ignored by the Right.

And in the Georgia special election, repugnant Republicans are demonizing and blaming liberals for the baseball shooting.

The Washington Post reports one particularly hateful ad on FOX.

-- One conservative outside group, Principled PAC, is even trying to link Ossoff with the shooting in a particularly foul commercial that is airing today on Fox News. A narrator claims, without citing any evidence, that “the unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans.” Over grainy footage of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) being wheeled in a stretcher to an ambulance, a narrator says: “When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday, because the same unhinged leftists cheering last week’s shooting are all backing Jon Ossoff. And if he wins, they win.” The ad, backed up by a five-figure buy, concludes by urging people to vote for Handel: “Stop them. Stop them now.”

This is who they are, people. This is con-servatism.

Goebbels would be proud of his neo-fascist heirs. Just replace "leftists" with "Jews" to see their source of inspiration.

The con-servative Right is fueling hate and tearing our country apart... and blaming liberals... of course. It is what they do and who they are.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Global Village Idiots Or "How To Think Like A Con-servative"

For years con-servatives have made quite a wild, scattered and crazy case for denying and muddying the climate change issue.

For the longest time they declared climate change was “not happening” and “not settled science”, and my favorite, “just a theory”.

I suppose the theory of gravity is also debatable. Unlike the sun, I have never seen gravity. I will therefore debate its existence. It cannot be settled science if I can't see it. That just makes common sense to me.

When cornered by facts supporting actual climate change, they then insisted “climate change is always happening”. Or not, because we have winter storms and it snows in Antarctica.

They like to suggest global warming is caused by sunspots, moonbeams, "liberal thermometers", all sorts of wacked out debris of detached discourse. 

Although the same silly science tells me CO2 is heavier than air. And it doesn't come from the sun, it turns out.

Here is what else I know. Thanks to peer reviewed science.

Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades is nearly double that of the last century.  CO2 levels have gone up drastically. Average temperatures have risen. 

Coral reefs are bleaching. Permafrost is thawing (releasing methane and more greenhouse gasses).  Plant species are migrating north. Glaciers have disappeared and shrunk. Arctic Sea ice is vanishing, state-sized ice flows are separating from Antarctica,...you know, observable reality.

There is a certain political party, and certain corporate interests, that don't want us to know these facts. In fact, their political mission is to deny, demean, distract, deflect and deceive on the issue of climate change. 

Could this all be in the name of political power, and profit over people, profit over planet and profit Uber Alles?

Could it have something to do with their not wanting to slow the upward distribution of wealth to the already wealthiest persons and entities on the planet? Can't be having that. Not in America, anyway.

The fossil-fueled, corporate-funded denial industry has duped so many Americans that we are the leading nation in the world in climate change denial. USA! USA! We're number One!

We are the global village idiots who pulled out of the Paris Accords. It's almost like we are puppets of Putin's puppet.

Putin or not, we are under the corrupt rule of the Cult of the Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities. (C.R.A.P.) Bad things happen when they run the show. Last time they were in charge they collapsed the economy and started a war that spawned ISIS.

But, hey. “Priorities”. “Values”. 

These are the lessons I have learned in studying “How To Think Like A Con-servative”.

First we demean “loonie liberals”, accuse them of hating America and having no values. Then we blame them for anything we don’t like, and accuse them of causing everything bad.

Then we undermine climate science by framing researchers as a Global Conspiracy of Evil Climate Scientists. (Unlike oil corporations, they will LIE just to get more money! Grrr. That makes me very angry.)

Then we crank up the hate and demonize journalism as the enemy of the people, just to level the playing field. A Republican grabbing a reporter named Jacobs by the neck and throwing him to the ground was something to be cheered and joked about.

Just a few samples of far Right civility and basic human decency:

Rush called Jacobs “a pajama boy journalist” who was “insolent … disrespectful … whiny and moany.”

CNN correspondent Kyung Lah went to a polling place to interview voters and reported that nearly everyone she talked with said they weren’t changing their vote:

She tweeted: MT GOP voter, upon learning we're from @CNN: "You're lucky someone doesn't pop one of you."

And:

"That audio made me cheer." A woman told CNN as she smiled and walked in to vote for Gianforte.

Fox contributor: Rachel Campos-Duffy: This guy was not a reporter looking for a fair story. He was obviously doing a take down on him. And this guy got his back up -- he got a little bit of Montana Justice.

Rob O'Neill: I am from Montana. The guy he is running against is all about the environment and all of this stuff all of a sudden. What happened there in Montana, apparently the snowflake reporter invaded Gianforte's safe space. We have a saying up there, "you mess around, you mess around, you might not be around...granted I'm not condoning the body slam. I think it's kind of funny based on my history. “

Dana Loesch: First off, you can believe two things simultaneously. That Gianforte behaved wrongly. You can believe that, But you can also, Tucker, believe that the media in some respects is culpable. The violent progressive left is in some respects, culpable... . I had so many people who called in to my radio program today, Tucker, who said you know what? Maybe the media deserves it.

The Con-servative Sinclair Broadcasting Montana NBC Affiliate reportedly refused to cover the Gianforte story.

A Texas Tribune reporter snapped a photo of Republican Governor Abbott showing off his target sheet on Friday, after which the governor “jokingly” pointed to the bullet holes and said, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters,” according to reporter Patrick Svitek.

Are we clear where we stand here, my fellow Real Americans? 

We’re on to a great formula for success here! All we have to do is believe we are right. 

The secret to how to think like a con-servative is this: 

Believe the C.R.A.P. 

Believe Republicans and Breitbart, and believe FOX and Limbaugh. Believe anything and anyone that tells us to hate and blame liberals, to distrust and resent minorities, to demonize journalism, public education, and politically incorrect science. It's so simple. Just believe; no need to think.

Now let's deregulate polluters, and let Wall Street do as it pleases. Let’s gut public education. Corporate schools and FOX will make sure is our children learning.

Let’s cut taxes for the rich and let their brats inherit billions tax free. (Here’s looking at you Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. We know you deserve every dime.) 

It’s high time to slash corporate tax rates, eliminate minimum wages, destroy unions, privatize infrastructure, privatize prisons, privatize national parks, privatize Social Security, cut Medicare and food stamps for the poor, let them drink lead... 

And before you know it, America will be great again. 

Yee haw!