Monday, July 16, 2018

Just This...


7-16-18

Putin’s Puppet Day. 

A day of infamy and betrayal. 

You're with Trump or you're with America now.

All The Answers


It's always a delight to see how Trump's loyal Republicans, conservatives, and far Right Cult have ALL the answers, isn't it? 

The smarter Republicans and traditional conservatives are realizing their party has become a cult. Our country needs more of them. And we need them more than ever.


"We're in a strange place. It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" the Tennessee Republican told reporters. "It's not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a President that happens to be purportedly of the same party."- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker

That cultish thing is now the Trump Cult. The Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities has been around and in power for decades. And his base has been waiting for him for a long time, since the Civil War even.

They don't need no stinkin' education. They don't need no stinkin' journalism. They don’t need no stinkin’ free press. They don't need no stinkin' science. And they don’t need no stinkin’ arts.

They got Hannity, Limbaugh and Doocey to do their thinking for them. They trust and believe a pathological liar like Trump, and his Government Of Putin, as they attack the FBI for investigating Russian interference in our election.

Then they call liberals commies.  Amazing, isn't it?

This is because they also get to invent their own language, to unilaterally define words.

“Death taxes”, “death panels” and “Liberal media” exist only in their fevered paranoia.  They need to mistrust and smear information sources that don’t regurgitate far Right talking points. This is exactly how a cult operates.

This Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities is a load of C.R.A.P. indeed.

Never mind they don't know the difference between communism and democratic socialism. They sure as hell don’t know what neo-liberalism is.

They think Democrats today are the same party as a hundred and fifty years ago, when conservative white racists started a war to keep their slaves.

They think the Constitution is like the Bible, full of eternal truths, instead of an amendable foundation of law, government, and civil rights. They believe that Jesus sent Trump to save America from brown people, or some evil “others”. They believe any crazy crap their authoritarian leaders tell them. If the party line changes, so do their beliefs.

They believed Trump when he said the Electoral College is unfair. Then they believed Trump when he said the Electoral College IS fair. Hint: It’s NOT fair. It is directly counter to the ideal of consent of the governed in the Declaration of Independence. (Thank the slave states for that one, too.)

The same is true of their rigged House gerrymandering, and the very Senate itself. Rural white conservatives will always have the greater proportion of representation. Consent of the governed is now a dead concept. These are the fatal flaws of our doomed experiment as a democratic republic.

Now the C.R.A.P. are so totalitarian, and so fascistic, as to believe our First Amendment’s provision for a free press has spawned the “enemy of the people”.

Remember when they howled about “state media”?  What happened to that? FOX has become their “Ministry of Truth”.

They believe “very fine people” march with Nazis. They believe Trump is honest. They are indoctrinated to believe in a system of rule by “divine Right of Wealth”.

They believe oil corporations’ paid shills and PR over climate and environmental science.

They are indoctrinated to revere wealth and the wealthy to the degree they will submit to corporations writing our laws, and polluters’ dictating environmental policies, and Wall Street swindlers self-regulating their banks. They believe people should serve the economy instead of an economy that serves the people. They are often duped Christians, literally serving mammon. Capitalism is their earthly god. They must believe in de-regulated capitalism, even when it fails.

And there’s the key word. “Believe”. It’s all they have to do. Far Right Authoritarian personalities are usually followers, sucking up the propaganda of FOX, the National Enquirer and Alex Jones.  This is the C.R.A.P. they cling to as tightly as their religion.

Because it IS a cult. It has attracted every American Nazi, white nationalist, and militia nut.

No wonder they hate journalism, science, and higher education. And it’s no wonder they hate liberals and other informed people for questioning their state media, and their incompetent and corrupt Party of Trump.

They are tearing our country apart.

And Putin couldn’t be any happier; that’s for sure.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Putin And His Puppet: A Love Story


The big meeting every sane person dreads is upon us.

I'm no psychic, but....Putin's going have an entertaining, and very rewarding, day for sure. Secrets will be spilled. After all, "No Puppet" Don likes to make a good impression with Russians, and Vlad will expect juicier stuff than their ambassador got in the exclusive (of Americans) Oval Office meeting.

First Putin will stroke the Big MAGAt's ego with praise for being a strong leader. Tit for tat stuff. 

Then Vlad will remind him who their real enemies are; liberals, the free press, Democrats, democracy, NATO, etc. The usual scapegoats for authoritarians.

Putin will likely pander to Trump's racism by praising him for abusing and traumatizing brown mothers and children. Vlad will note with delight the birther lies and frequent blame leveled at Obama, and then share a big laugh at how the Black guy's policies are being reversed. 

Then they'll have a nice back slapping, two-minute hate just for Hillary. 

Putin will congratulate and thank our president for inviting him to hack Democrats and help defeat Hillary. He'll urge his American Government Of Putin into more discrediting, obstruction and harassment for the FBI.  Then they will proceed to solemnly agree there was no interference in the election.

Afterwards, Putin will advise Trump to offer more appeasement to Kim Jong Un, because it makes fools of the press and critics.  More trade war tariffs against allies will be urged as well. THAT'll teach that nasty woman and those weak Democrats a lesson!

Putin will then praise the Big MAGAt for all his big winning ideas.

As the Big MAGAt goes out the door, Putin will casually mention the hotel room video, and offer his condolences for such a small penis. Vlad will encourage our president, though. "A good way to compensate is by making people you hate suffer", adding, "Nothing feels better than hurting people, correct, my little puppet?"

The Big MAGAt will thank his mentor, and head home with freshly renewed resentment, anger, and hate for all Americans who support that unfair and totally rigged witch hunt.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New National Anthem


Usually, I don’t like national anthems.

Although “O, Canada” is sounding better than ever.

In general, they sound like marches and martial music.

Although I’ll always stand for, or sit and listen to, Jimi’ s version of the ”Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock.

As I’ve been lately harping about the failed state of our nation, and even named it the Failed States of America, I feel it incumbent upon me to at least suggest a new national anthem.  On second thought, perhaps MAGAtLAND would be a more appropriate new name for the Failed States of America.

Let's face it. Both the old name and old anthem are as antiquated as the Constitution, democracy, the rule of law, and decency itself.

I offer this new anthem in the spirit of Putin, who ordered the new Russian national anthem to be a revised version of the anthem under Stalin. Very patriotic.

In the same spirit, I also offer all glory and credit for our new anthem to Putin's Puppet President.

This should suffice to represent our country, for at least the duration of the Big MAGAt’s incompetent, corrupt, and criminal rule.

With apologies to Joseph Hayden’s and Germany’s “Deutschlandlied”, I hear a striking similarity to the melody line heard in "Deutschland Deutschland Uber Alles".


MAGAtLAND My MAGAtLAND


"Russia if you're listening..

No puppet no puppet

You're the puppet

It's all a Hoax, Fake news

Enemy of the people

The single greatest Witch Hunt

In American history

Totally controlled by Russia

Putin is fine. He's fine

We're all fine

Da! Da! Da!

Putin is fine. He's fine

We're all fine"

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FSA! FSA! FSA!


In case anyone missed this. 

Here we are. Putin has a president in our White House, and Wall Street and the Kochs now own the Supreme Court. 

"We should not burden a sitting president with civil suits, criminal investigations or criminal prosecutions."

The bottom line: By word, wink and nod, Trump got his loyalty oath, a promise of immunity, and the power to pardon himself from Kavanaugh. 

Corruption is the norm, and the rule of law is replaced by rule of man.

The nation once known as the United States of America has become the Failed States of America. 


This is how democracy dies, and consent of the governed is crushed. More indicators of a failed state:

The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman tweeted: "In the age of minority rule, a Supreme Court justice appointed by a president who got fewer votes is confirmed by a party in the Senate that got fewer votes, to validate policies opposed by most Americans:"

Norm Ornstein responded: "I want to repeat a statistic I use in every talk: by 2040 or so, 70 percent of Americans will live in 15 states. Meaning 30 percent will choose 70 senators. And the 30% will be older, whiter, more rural, more male than the 70 percent. Unsettling to say the least."

European Council President Donald Tusk warns, "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many."

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Spirit of '76 And Consent Of The Governed


(Fellow patriots. We're all familiar with the fife and drums version of "Yankee Doodle", as portrayed in the "Spirit of '76" painting, right? Please put that on repeat in your mind's ear while you read this.)

In the USA today, (Not the paper) we celebrate the Fourth of July. But what do we really celebrate? For years it wasn't celebrated at all in the South. Today for some, it's nothing more than a day off work. Others may even celebrate freedom, if they’re lucky enough to have it. 

We know millions of Americans were not set free on that day in July 242 years ago. They had a long wait.

Our nation, the United States of America, was born that Fourth of July in 1776, through the words of the Declaration of Independence. From our nation’s infancy we rebelled against the abuse of power and unaccountable rule by monarchy. We rebelled against “a long train of abuses and usurpations” including:

“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”

It’s as if King George III thought he was Donald Trump!

Our cause, our mission and our duty are the same as then. NO kings! Rule of law, not rule of man.

Yes, as Ben Franklin warned, look at what has happened to our “republic, if you can keep it”.

The republic was flawed from the beginning, and the Founders knew it. Women couldn’t vote. Only male property owners had that right. Slavery was not only tolerated, it was expanding. The Electoral College was forced onto presidential elections by slave states. The Founders understood that our Constitution would need to be open for amendment for a more perfect union.

Little could they foresee how those flaws, even after some critically needed civil rights and voting rights amendments, would infect our republic.

The triumph of the Party of Trump is the most pronounced and dangerous symptom of a diseased republic. The Party of Lincoln, the one led by a man appealing to “the better angels of our nature”, is extinct. The Party of Trump has become the home of resentment, blame, anger, false accusations, racism, cruelty, hate, and division, all sown by far Right politicians and their media. (Not to mention Putin’s thumb on their side of the scale.)

The Electoral College, the legalized corruption of campaign finance, the gerrymandering of House districts, and the Senate itself represent serious flaws in democracy and a structural bias against majority representation.

In case the fact still eludes some people, let me say it clearly.

What we have in the United States is not a democracy. When a minority seizes power over a majority, it also not a representative republic, founded on the consent of the governed. It is a corruption of the Founders’ dream, and for most Americans, a failed state.

This is what we have now. Consent of the governed has been replaced by the rule of an increasingly unaccountable minority.

First let’s get this straight. The Right needs to know this: The majority is NOT on their side. Although they are not losing morally or socially, there is a reason moderates and Left are losing politically.

The reason is clear.

Moderates and the Left are losing politically only because democracy is losing.

First there is an imbalance in money and power. Through the legalized bribery endorsed by the Supreme Court in cases like Citizens United v. FEC and McDonnell v. United States , Wall Street and other corporate elites have more Republicans than Democrats in their pockets, corrupting public service into their private service. (Tax cuts for the rich, healthcare cuts for the poor.)

Second is the significant over-representation of conservative rural and suburban whites, aided of course by gerrymandering racial minorities out of their due proportion of representation. And there’s the Senate giving equal power to rural White Wyoming and Iowa as New York and California.

Then there's the electoral college...

No wonder this so called representative republic is diseased almost to its death.

If, or when, democracy is restored and the majority regain their fairly proportioned representation, the Left and moderates will be winning politically, morally, and socially again.

As Martin Luther King Jr. understood, "“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”. And it takes centuries, even in the “Land of the Free”.

In direct contradiction of the Founders’ ideal of “consent of the governed”, the very reason for the revolution, we have a system of government that allows the government to be unrepresentative of the popular vote. 

In 2012, House Democrats won about 1 million more votes nationwide than Republicans, but that wasn't big enough to put them anywhere near retaking the chamber. Democracy lost.

In 2016 Trump LOST the popular vote but won the election while crying it was “rigged” against him. Democracy lost again.

Democrats also got more votes for the U.S. Senate than Republicans, and yet Republicans maintained their Senate majority. Democracy lost again.

To be a modern American conservative is to reject and obstruct democracy. Just as they rejected and obstructed the Constitutional duty of the Black president to appoint a Supreme Court justice, they rejected and obstructed the majority's legitimacy and moral right to representation in state power,. They oppose the concept of consent of the governed and support a tyranny of the minority. And again, they are NOT the majority.

But we already know that. So let’s remind them of this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 

The majority of Americans need to exercise the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish it”. Not by the hateful violent means of the Right’s “Second Amendment remedies”, but by voting.

Complacency, apathy, resignation, ignorance and cynicism need to be resisted and overcome as much as the Party of Trump itself. The deck is stacked against democracy, against the consent of the governed, against we the people.

It's time for real Americans to take our country back from minority rule, from the tyranny of usurpers, and from the enemies of democracy. Since the system IS rigged by structural bias in favor or the Right, it will take more than a mere majority, but a landslide, to win back the consent of the governed.

The choice is now between democracy through a revolution of conscience and consciousness, or of an autocratic far Right tyranny by the minority of economic royalists and their American aristocracy. Their regime is dedicated to the suppression of democracy. And they don’t need to dupe a majority into voting for them. They have the blind loyalty of the FOX(R) and Trump cult.

And remember, if we want a democratic representative republic, if we want to restore the consent of the governed, it is imperative we go out and vote. It is imperative we convey the will of the people to our politicians and it is imperative they be held accountable.

It is imperative we be active as American citizens for the cause of democracy, and self rule, and the consent of the governed. We need to exercise our "Right of the People to alter or to abolish any Form of Government that becomes destructive of these ends". If enough of us do so, the extremists of the far Right  and Party of Trump will be defeated, and even the Democrats dancing on corporate strings will have to listen to We the People again.

Feel the Spirit of '76! Happy Independence Day! 

Now, EARN IT!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The KINDERGULAG: State Sponsored Child Abuse


Who believes this con, anyway?

Kirstjen Nielsen says, "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period. Don’t believe the press.”

I’ll tell you who believes that nasty woman shortly, but first a question.

How do authoritarian sociopaths create future sociopaths and criminals?

Traumatize children by taking them from their parents and locking them in cages.

Mission accomplished, you cold-blooded fascist Trumpists. This cannot turn out well. Not that they give a damn.

Decent and humane people everywhere are condemning this unnecessary cruelty by the US government. It is cruelty by choice. Cruelty is in season. We’re not even talking about immigration restrictions, requirements, numbers, bans, or any policy save one. This grotesque zero tolerance rule Trump and Sessions initiated. This is about basic decency and human rights.

Many decent Republicans are appalled.

I stand with them.

Who do you stand with?

Have you noticed how the far Right reacts when journalists, liberals, moderates, and those less authoritarian, and saner Republicans condemn the Trump/Sessions zero tolerance policy?  

We’ve seen the blizzards of resentments, the victim card playing, accusations, and deflections. (See Dave Dubya’s Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse.)

They react wildly of course, and actually accuse critics of wanting “open borders for rapists and gangsters”.

“Open borders”. What does that even mean? Not once have they defined what “open borders is”.  But they just know that’s what we want. THAT they can define. They’re so dim-witted by authoritarian blindness they see stupid liberals who don’t want ANY border security.

Then they suggest the false choice between human rights or secure borders. Do they realize illegal immigration is waaaaay down? No, but they all seem more agitated than ever before. What changed? Authoritarian leadership has taken over.

And this takes us back to who believes Kirstjen Nielsen.

Falling in line with these authoritarians is what separates the pro-torture people from the rest of us. This is where the authoritarian personality emerges. How about we waterboard  those kids if they get out of line? After all , they’re just a bunch of young gangsters anyway. Right?

We’ve heard them insist their parents knew what was going to happen. (Right, they got all their news from cable in the back of the truck on their way up here)

Cold.

In contrast, even Melania offers a warmer heart.

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," according to a statement from her spokeswoman. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

Instead her husband is the most hateful and heartless president in history.

Every convicted child molester in prison, every gang member in prison, every rapist in prison, and every murderer in prison has more rights than those parents and children. Yes, THEY can get visitors.

Zero tolerance won’t allow even that Basic. Human. Decency.

This should be about Justice. It is not. It is injustice. It is cruel punishment for innocent victims; many seeking asylum.

“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.” – Laura Bush

I stand with Laura Bush.

I ask again. Who do you stand with?

Sorry if my question seems too difficult for some of you. You’ll find they are easier to answer when you examine your conscience, and stop wildly reacting as if I’m suggesting “Open Borders for Rapists and Gang Members”.

The emotional strain and trauma for CHILDREN needlessly taken from their parents arms and ruthlessly imprisoned is State Sponsored Child Abuse.

This is exactly how these kids and parents see Trump America.

And it ain’t great.


It is State Sponsored Child Abuse.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Authoritarian Tactics And Rules Of Discourse:


 “Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.” - Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee
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"We're in a strange place. It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" the Tennessee Republican told reporters. "It's not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a President that happens to be purportedly of the same party."- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker
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Jonestown and Waco have shown us cultists will defend or follow their leaders unto death. Their cult is their religion. There really are fanatical “Trump Christians” exulting, “Jesus sent Donald Trump to save America”.

Sorry. NO. That would be more a hooded “Republican Jesus of Wall Street", aka Mammon, they are thanking.

To protect the Cult leader, the alt-Right Party of Trump and FOX(R) seek to discredit the Justice Department and shut down a productive investigation into Russian interference in our election. Conspiring with an adversarial regime to take power over our government amounts to treason, the deepest betrayal of our country.

All in service to the cult of the Big Dotard. The Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities has reached its inevitable transformation into a toxic American expression of fascism.

And their propaganda continues to poison the minds of our fellow citizens to the great detriment and peril of our democratic republic.

I never heard of “Alinsky Rules” before I was accused of employing them. The same is true of almost everybody I know. (Alinsky’s book was actually disseminated by the Tea Party group FreedomWorks to use for scary red-baiting.)

The propaganda machinery of the radical Right has been hammering those who disagree with them with red-baiting accusations of “Alinsky tactics”.

The accusation would be leveled when they are cornered by the truth or by questions they cannot answer.

Maybe I’m a bad liberal for not following or even knowing what the “Alinsky rules” are.

But I have been observing the propaganda of the radical Right. 

I have compiled the Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse.

They will deny it, of course, and “deny” isn’t even one of their Dirty Dozen Rules of Discourse.

I alphabetized the rules, so let’s start with the first,

They deceive. Their Big MAGAt has lied more than any American politician in our collective memories.

They tirelessly deceive in order to unite the Right and consolidate power. The radical Right MUST LIE. They represent a powerful and wealthy anti-democracy minority bent on one-party rule. The Big MAGAt and his Party have recruited every white racist in the country to that cause.

The second of the Authoritarian Dirty Dozen Rules of Discourse is the foundation of their dogma. They have seized authority to unilaterally define terms. They smeared the word “liberal” for decades. They have historically undermined journalism with their “Liberal media” Big Lie. Now under the fascistic rule of the Party of Trump they have gone from what the Nazis called “Lügenpresse”,  to declaring our Constitutional free press is the “enemy of the people”.

The German Nazis used the term “Lügenpresse”, or lying press, in their campaign to destroy journalism. Now American fascists cry “liberal media” and “fake news” when the truth threatens their agenda.

And here we are:

"I do it to discredit and demean you all, (News media) so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you." – Big MAGAt Cult Leader

"Truth is relative. They may have a different version of the truth than we do." - Rudy “Perjury Trap” Giuliani

This is exactly what totalitarians do.

The Rules:

Deceive
Define
Deflect
Distract
Demand
Demean
Demonize
Deride
Despise
Dictate
Discredit
Dismiss
Distort

The Tactics:

Blame.
False Accusation
Inflaming Hate
Inciting Anger
Instilling Fear
Intimidation
Questioning Patriotism
Employing Fallacies
Projection and other defense mechanisms.
Whataboutism
Obfuscation
False Narrative
Outright Lies

Their “Not A Full Deck” of Cards:

The Angry White “Victim Card”.
The “Commie Card” Accusation.
The "Alinsky Card' Accusation.
The Reverse Accusation “Race card”. 

This isn't intended to be a complete compilation, of course. These are just the common rules and tactics from the top of my head. 

Along with "Deny", I'm sure there are even more  "D" words to add to our already "Dirty Baker's Dozen"; let alone what can be added from the rest of the alphabet. We are open to such amendments as offered, of course.

Start with applying these rules and tactics to any utterance from an alt-Right/Trumpist/White Nationalist and you'll see the pattern. Other less employed tactics and rules will emerge. 

Happy hunting!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Glimpse Of Hope


For years I’ve been saying the only path to human prosperity and survival is through evolution of conscience and consciousness.

If our thinking and perceptions don’t evolve, they narrow and withdraw from reality. We’ve seen this demonstrated by the Party of Trump and their leader.

The Washington Post chronicles a unique exception to conservative stultification of the mind’s conscience and consciousness. Even a conservative Mormon like Orrin Hatch has shown some progress amidst all the bigotry and regression embraced by the Party of Trump.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a socially conservative 84-year-old Mormon, was long one of the most outspoken critics of gay people in Congress.

In 1977, as a freshman, Hatch said gay people should never be allowed to teach in public schools because they have a “psychological deficiency.”“I wouldn't want to see homosexuals teaching school anymore than I'd want to see members of the American Nazi Party teaching school,” he told a group of students.

In 1988, he referred to Democrats as “the party of homosexuals.”

In the 1990s, he championed the Defense of Marriage Act – which prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions and barred couples from receiving benefits.

When the Supreme Court struck down the law in 2013, Hatch ripped the justices for relying on their “personal opinion.”
But the times, they are a changin’.

-- Hatch, retiring after 42 years as the longest-serving Republican senator in American history, appears to have had a change of heart. In honor of Pride Month, Hatch took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to send “a message of love” to “my LGBT brothers and sisters.”

“These young men and women deserve to feel loved, cared for and accepted for who they are,” the senator said in a heartfelt speech. “I don’t think they chose to be who they are. They’re born the way they are. And we ought to understand that. They deserve to know that they belong and that our society is stronger because of them…

“No one should ever feel less because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” he continued. “LGBT youth deserve our unwavering love and support. They deserve our validation and the assurance that not only is there a place for them in this society, but that it is far better off because of them. These young people need us—and we desperately need them. We need their light to illuminate the richness and diversity of God’s creations. We need the grace, beauty and brilliance they bring to the world.”

-- These comments are especially notable because President Trump and Vice President Pence have pointedly declined to acknowledge Pride Month. After Barack Obama issued proclamations all eight Junes he was in office, the White House chose not to do so last year or this year.

..........

-- Against this backdrop and his own history, Hatch pleaded with his fellow conservatives to not just tolerate, but love, those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. “Mr. President, ensuring that our LGBT friends feel loved and accepted is not a political issue,” said Hatch, who as president pro tempore is third in line to the presidency. “We all have a stake in this. We all have family or loved ones who have felt marginalized in one way or another because of gender identity or sexual orientation—and we need to be there for them. … Regardless of where you stand on the cultural issues of the day—whether you are a religious conservative, a secular liberal or somewhere in between—we all have a special duty to each another. That duty is to treat one another with dignity and respect. It is not simply to tolerate, but to love.”

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Good for Hatch. It took Obama time to accept marriage equality too.

The question remains when the Party of Trump recognizes this about not only the LGBTQ community, but with liberals, Blacks, Muslims, and immigrants. As long as they are the Party of Trump this consciousness and conscience will be suppressed.

The road is long, and obstructed by the rubble of far Right propaganda, and bridges are far too few. It offers only a slight glimpse of hope when the only Republicans who show truthfulness and compassion are no longer running for office.

We are only at the beginning of the evolution of moral courage and compassion for the modern American Right. For them to continue on this path, they need to turn Left.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

What To Expect From Singapore? More Winning


Putin's Puppet has been busy. 

Instead of working with our allies, he was shilling for his master, demanding Russia be allowed back in the G7. After all, it's the least Putin deserves for attacking our election.

Putin wins.

Steve Schmidt, Republican without a party, tweeted: “TRUMP disgraced the Presidency and the United States at the G-7 summit. From his slovenly appearance to his unpreparedness, ignorance and arrogance, he beclowned himself. The Republican majority is filled with cowards who are servile supplicants to the most unfit POTUS ever.”


As horrifying as the first two sentences are, the greater tragedy is in the third. Cowardice is bad enough. The shredding of the Constitution and betrayal of our country is now the ruling party's agenda.

The Party of Trump has solidified and will continue Putin's work.

And there are more winners.

As Abby Huntsman indicated by Freudian slip on FOX(R), "This is history we are living, regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators. What we are seeing right now, this is history.”

Yes. This is history, already. Here's the deal.

Kim has already won his little game of "Spin the Dotard". 

As Trump embarrasses our nation more than anyone in history,  China is already reducing sanctions. 

Kim wins.

And Trump wants to help bail out Chinese telecom ZTE, facilitating their next round of espionage against us. 

China wins.

So far the Dotard has given Putin, China, and Kim victories. So what happens next? 

This will happen:

Trump will make demands. Kim will make demands. Trump will have a tantrum and stomp off. And it's back to the same crap.

And Kim will win again.

Is he tired of winning yet?

Which reminds me of a question only a “good conservative” can answer.

Why was it bad for the Black president to talk to Kim, but OK for the Angry White president? FOX(R) said so, so it must be true!

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Update:


“It’s my honor, and we’re going to have a terrific relationship.”

I should have known the two dictators would bond. The Dotard loves him some dictators as much as he resents our allies and hates a free press, minorities and Democrats.

So we have vague language, posturing for posterity, and empty promises. Kim can tell his people he got the US and South Korea to end their planned military exercise. Kim demolishes an old test site.

Kim wins.

The bottom line remains. it's back to the same crap.

It will be entertaining watching the Trump Cult gloat in expectation of a Nobel Prize. But wasn't it the North Korean dictator who requested the summit? Wasn't it South Korean president Moon who met with Kim first?

Kim's status had been elevated beyond expectations.

Kim wins again.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Pardon Me"


Trump's first pardon was fellow racist birther Joe Arpaio.

Now it's Dinesh D’Souza. Hold your nose, the stench is about to engulf the room. No wonder Trump and the alt-Right love the guy.

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“Hitler was NOT anti-gay. He refused to purge gay Brownshirts from Nazi ranks saying he had no problem as long as they were good fighters.”

(What's this? No history classes required for our guy who knows Hitler was a liberal. Hitler had a gay Brownshirt leader killed in “Night of the Long Knives. Gays were force to wear pink triangles in concentration camps.

His compassionate con-servatism for Parkland school shooting survivors was exhibited when they supported of a failed attempt to ban assault rifles.) 

“Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs,”

Charlottesville rally “staged”: “The white supremacist leader of this group is an Obama guy and an Occupy Wall Street guy, so right away you know that this could be a sort of staged Nazism that we’re seeing for the benefit of serving a narrative.”

On Obama: “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO...Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment”

“I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!”

D’Souza shared a meme of Obama holding a sign that calls himself a “gay Muslim” and suggested that former first lady Michelle Obama is a man.

“OVERRATED DEMOCRATS DEPT: So Rosa Parks wouldn't sit in the back of the bus--that's all she did, so what's the big fuss?”

(Only stupid democrats thought Rosa Parks was special, amirite?


Vox has the sordid racist history of the sordid racist bigot.)

D'Souza first came to prominence as a student at Dartmouth (he graduated in 1983), where he was one of the first editors of the Dartmouth Review, a still-extant conservative campus publication. During his time there, the Review:

Published an interview with a Ku Klux Klan leader accompanied by a "doctored photo of a black student being lynched on campus." This spurred then-Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY) to resign from the publication's board.

Ran an anti-affirmative action article written entirely in ebonics and headlined, "Dis Sho Ain't No Jive, Bro."

Posted a list of members of the campus Gay Straight Alliance, some of whom were still closeted.

(For some reason, nobody loves to deny and downplay racism like racists love to deny and downplay racism. Unless they want to blame and accuse liberals of racism, obviously. 

D’Souza assures conservatives there’s no racism in slavery, and segregation was just the Southern White Conservative rulers’ way of protecting Blacks. And of course, the Civil Rights Act needs to go.)

The End of Racism (1995) was considerably more incendiary. Here are a few lines from the book:

"Was slavery a racist institution? No. Slavery was practiced for thousands of years in virtually all societies … Thus slavery is neither distinctively Western nor racist."

"In summary, the American slave was treated like property, which is to say, pretty well."

"Am I calling for a repeal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Actually, yes. The law should be changed so that its nondiscrimination provisions apply only to the government."

"Segregation … represented a compromise on the part of the Southern ruling elite seeking, in part, to protect blacks." [Emphasis D'Souza's.]

"If racism is not the main problem for blacks, what is? Liberal antiracism."

"Racism originated not in ignorance and fear but as part of an enlightened enterprise of intellectual discovery."

"The civil rights establishment has a vested interest in the persistence of the underclass."

"The main contemporary obstacle facing African Americans is neither white racism, as many liberals claim, nor black genetic deficiency, as Charles Murray and others imply. Rather it involves destructive and pathological cultural patterns of behavior: excessive reliance on government, conspiratorial paranoia about racism, a resistance to academic achievement as 'acting white,' a celebration of the criminal and outlaw as authentically black, and the normalization of illegitimacy and dependency."

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Presto! The end of racism! 

Just don’t call these vile bigots racists. They are the “real victims” of injustice.


The good news is it looks like we found Roseanne’s soulmate, folks.