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May 23, 2017

Honduras… And Bigoted Voters

March 3, 2016

How many months is that I have been asking Clinton supporters about Honduras?
Not ONE knew anything about this – even while touting her experience as Secretary of State.
What I have heard is bigoted crap like this:
“I want someone with a womb in the White House at least one time before I die,” Mrs. DeBose said.
Experience? Here’s a victim of Mrs. Clinton’s experience:
“As is well known, she supported the coup d’etat in my country, which has sunk a very worthy and bleeding land further into abject poverty, violence, and militarism. She is part of those who consider only some lives to be legitimate, obviously not rebel women and women of color that live here and who do not, at least not all, fit in with imperial interests.”
read here:

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Shame on all the low-information, prejudiced voters who let something as inane as body organs or religion be the deciding factor.
And you are so damn PROUD of it.  Proud of being shallow and a bigot…
You have ceded all moral authority over people who support a candidate only for being a white male xian. Or opposed Pres. Obama because the other candidate was white. You are cut from the same cloth. You are sexist. Just sexist as someone who will not vote for any woman.
That makes you hypocrites, plain and simple. 

If you are a member of the restricted TIME FOR A WOMAN clan, try learning about ISSUES not GONADS, as many other voters have done.
Look up Honduras and see the beast you support based only on gender.
(And, no, I do not support Sanders because… I want someone with a foreskin in the White House at least one time before I die.  See how you sound?)

Election Time Is America’s FEAR-A-PALOOZA

December 24, 2015

Crime is down in America. Despite this fact, a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law just found that Americans are terrified of crime. 
70% of Americans believe that they are in danger of being killed by “ISIS” – which they think is trying to take over America. International Terrorism is a chimera; a fantasy drilled into the consciousness of Americans by politicians who use this demonstrably false threat to hold power. The BBC documentary THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES charts this fraud in great detail. It works and now the HOME OF THE BRAVE is quaking in its boots. Even though home-grown followers of a reputed Prince of Peace have been bombing and shooting up Planned Parenthood centers, nebulous “foreigners” are feared to the marrow.

Even though more toddlers have killed Americans than terrorists have, the fear of foreign terrorists is pervasive and forms the basis of the Republican political campaign.

Listening to the hysterical shrieking of the conservative fear-mongering horde, one would never know that you are more likely to be crushed to death by your furniture, than killed by terrorists.

People deliberately spreading fear… THEY are the real terrorists. The only people terrorizing you now are these power-hungry politicians.

There is a candidate on the Democratic side who also talks the neocon bull about the need for America to lead the world in  “the global fight to exterminate Islamic State” which presents NO threat to us here. Mrs. Clinton even calls for a NO FLY ZONE even though ISIS has no air force. Or a single airplane.

When trying to persuade people to vote for her, as they ignore the many serious complaints about her, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters always whip out yet another fear: They say we MUST have her in office to save the Supreme Court.  So even though they admit that she cannot be trusted in other ways, and she talks like a conservative, and is sponsored by Wall Street (which shovels money at her) they somehow trust her to make progressive SCOTUS choices. Why? And said from he court, what are we to expect from her choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? The Education Department? Will she secure the separation of church and state? When it comes to the mythical man in the sky, Mrs. Clinton is as much a bible thumper as any other conservative, claiming that this amalgam of Bronze Age fairy-tales made her the person she is. Religious pandering always accompanies fear mongering with conservatives and Mrs. Clinton is no exception.

Back to earthly matters: Will Clinton protect Social Security from Wall Street privatizing? Will she prosecute the rapacious banksters who crashed the economy of the world? Yes, you say? Why should we think so? This would be biting the hand that feeds her, and feeds her husband, and feeds her daughter, and feeds her much touted grandchild – whose father is a hedge-fund huckster from a family of Republican politicians.

And when all else fails, the Clinton wing raises the fear of back-alley abortions – claiming she and she alone will save Roe v. Wade.  See my previous post in this blog in which I show why that is balderdash. This is more fear… It is all some people have to offer. Some. Not all…

So clearly, we cannot lay the far-mongering rap exclusively on the Republicans. It infects conservatives no matter which party they sign on with. One thing is certain: I will never support any candidate who inspires and exploits fear. THAT is terrorism: “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims” (New Oxford American Dictionary). And deliberately scaring the crap out of people is intimidation. Doing so for political gains is TERRORISM. No, it is not swarthy, Muslim, foreign terrorism but terrorism it is.

Using fear is, of course, nothing new. The whole phony “Cold War” worked wonders in the fear department. I hear from people to this day who believe that “commies” are trying to take over America – which was another totally phony fear. The USSR was never a threat to America. Again, see THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES to learn how Ronald Reagan whipped this fear up to a post-McCarthy fever pitch even though the CIA told him it was baloney. The CIA. Hardly a bastion liberal pinkos… For a look at fear in the early 20th Century I recommend the reissue of a 1919 classic called UNMASKING FEAR.

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This valuable study of mass hysteria and rampant fear first appeared in 1919, long before mass media – which today is the most virulent and relentless purveyor of fear. But the lessons apply. And I consider them are well-worth learning from. IF, of course, people can learn. I have my doubts – especially when I see people running for their lives from… nothing at all. When their furniture is a bigger threat…

Why Is This Discussion STILL NEEDED?

October 23, 2015
Abortion. Freedom of choice. Telling women what they may or may not do concerning their own bodies.
This is still a concern for many of us.
And it should be, because many politicians oppose reproductive freedom.
Why does one noted politician think it is right to say things like this:
The decision to have an abortion is between “a young woman, her family, her physician and pastor.”
Her PASTOR? Really?
Or:
Abortion is “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women. There is no reason why government cannot do more to educate and inform and provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
What good is a right if it is NOT exercised?
Who says that about ANY OTHER right?
Freedom of Speech should “
not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
Or:
Abortion should be “safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean rare.”
Will there be an acceptable National Abortion Quota?
Would any other right be so easily and glibly dismissed?
Free speech should be safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean rare.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness should be safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean
rare.
Here is another comment from a politician. Do you support this view?
“I for one respect those who believe with all their heart and conscience that there are no circumstances under which abortion should be available.”
One politician had THIS exchange with an anti-choicer:
“I know you’re pro-choice, but you have indicated that you would like to reduce the number of abortions. Could you see yourself, with millions of voters in a pro-life camp, creating a common ground, with the goal ultimately in mind of reducing the decisions for abortion to zero?”
The politician nodded, telling attendees of the nationally televised event: “Yes, yes.”
A politician also said THIS about wanting to END ABORTION if the republicans ALLOW her:
“I am where I have been, which is that if there’s a way to structure some kind of constitutional restriction that takes into account the life of the mother and her health, then I’m open to that. But I have yet to see the Republicans willing to actually do that, and that would be an area, where if they included health, you could see constitutional action.”
REMEMBER:
When they say rare – they mean NEVER.
And who said these things?
SHE did: the last time she ran for president. And lost.
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So it’s 8 years later and time for her to whistle a different tune.
I will vote for someone who will protect the right of ALL women to control their bodies. Without interference from a government that will “provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
Or involve her Pastor

True Humility

September 25, 2015

Since humility and humblosity are in the news this week,
I recall a Buddhist story worth repeating.
A rich, powerful warlord approaches the master and asks, “Master, what is humility?”

The master looks the warlord up and down then says, curtly, “And just who on earth are you to waste my precious time with your insignificant, foolish, and childish questions?”
The warlord trembles with rage and as he pulls out his sword, the master says, “What you are feeling now. That is NOT humility.”
And the master walks away.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE? IT’S IN THE BIBLE! (again)

September 6, 2015

I posted this back in 2012, but with the hypocritical ignoramuses in the republican party (formally called “candidates”) howling about “religious freedom” and how it trumps the Constitution, I thought it time to revive it. These bigoted loudmouths know nothing of their beloved bible.

     It is the religious right wing loud mouths who always can be counted upon to a) demand that we obey the Holy Bible and b) make the claim that there is no such thing as separation of Church & State in America because those words are not in the Constitution. Never mind that this separation was primary on the minds of those who wrote the Constitution. Forget that this separation is what made the United States of America absolutely unique in the history of Western “civilization.” And the hell with the facts that the United States Supreme Court has consistently held that such a separation exists. Throw all that away if you wish.  Let us see what the Bible itself has to say on the subject:

     As Moses is ready to die and the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses grows concerned that there the tribes have no leader to keep the people from anarchy. So, being Moses, he consults God. Here is what happens in the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

Numbers, 27:15-23

And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

    Do you get what happened? Moses puts Joshua in charge of the people and has Aaron’s son Eleazar in charge of the priesthood. Moses and, more to the point, GOD ALMIGHTY have vested two separate people with the powers of Church & State. It is right there in the Good Book.  Joshua is in charge of the people and Eleazar is in charge of tending into God’s judgment. It’s all there in black and white.

    As long as the religious literalists insist that the Bible is a history book, and as long as they insist that it is God’s “divine plan” for humanity, silly claims but they make them nonetheless, then we see by example that God wants the power of the state separated from the power if the religious establishment. There is no getting around it.

    UPDATE: Further driving the point home is 1 Samuel, 13:8-14 where King Saul, tired of waiting for the arrival of Samuel the priest, makes his own burnt offering. When Samuel arrives all hell breaks loose. Why? Because Saul has usurped the power of the clergy and thus violated the biblical separation of Church & State.
Can it be any more clear?

Separation of Church and State… It’s In The Bible!

Mel Gibson For President!

September 4, 2015

(and no, he is not from Australia)

Gibson Quotes

Hey “JOKERS”… God Says Yer Nuts!

February 27, 2015

For a new project I am working on, I have spent the last month delving into the world of Old-Time Radio (OTR). The project deals with visualization because, alas, in this age when people are bombarded by images at every turn (even TV sets in elevators!) our imaginations have atrophied. Experts say we are subjected to 300 ads per day! In this climate, the drama and comedy of OTR becomes an excellent stimulant to the imagination – to our ability to make images in the mind’s eye.

The suspense shows like THE SHADOW, LIGHTS OUT, SUSPENSE, and THE WHISTLER really burst into the mind with “special effects” that cost nothing and are all our own. Comedies like THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM to it brilliantly as well.

Back in the days of the great Radio comedian Fred Allen, his popular show ALLEN’S ALLEY featured a bloviating caricature of a Southern politician named “Senator Claghorn.” The blustery Claghorn would spout the most tortured “logic” and then grandly announce “IT’S A JOKE, SON!” 

In 1947, Senator Claghorn made a brief foray into the movies...

In 1947, Senator Claghorn made a brief foray into the movies…

Claghorn, as played by the brilliant actor Kenny Delmar (a graduate of Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theater”) became something of a national fad and was himself caricatured in Warner Bros. cartoons as the bellicose chicken FOGHORN LEGHORN, who may be more familiar to current comedy fans. The effort sorely taxed the vocal cords of voice artist Mel Blanc, who really through himself into the role.

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Foghorn Leghorn

That was then…
Today we have an outbreak of REAL Claghorns and Leghorns infesting politics.

Behold Ben Carson!

Six months ago I predicted that once Tea Party sock-puppet Ben Carson begins to get coverage outside his little group of hateful, ignoramus admirers, the world would immediately see how utterly stupid he is. With his barely coherent diatribes against what he calls “Women’s Lib,” as though this were 1972, his bizarre religious notions, and those patently fake stories about his childhood, Carson has reached a new low in empty rhetoric. But recently Carson outdid himself when he went on to suggest that gay couples should not “force” good christians – like himself – to make wedding cakes for them because… these god-fearing saintly people can easily poison the cake. Poison!

Carson caught so much flak over that one that he used his tried and true defense when he says something stupid: “I was only joking.”

“IT’S A JOKE, SON!”

And then hot on the heels of Carson’s sickening remark, came another bible-thumper xian taliban republican so minor that I won’t bother to name him (Ok, it was some yutz named David Moore, a Montana Republican). This bonehead went on a rampage about yoga pants. Seriously. He wanted to arrest women who wore yoga pants in public. And when he became a world-wide object of ridicule guess what he said? “I was only joking.”

“IT’S A JOKE, SON!”

It took decades, but conservative politicians have finally shown who they are and they are… a 1940s humorous, grotesque stereotype.

But here is the best part:

The vile, cake-poisoning Dr. Carson claims he likes to read. He says he especially reads the Bible, which he avers gives him all the answers to life and those pesky policy positions he needs to bone up on. Why bother to think about an issue when an archaic book can tell you just what to do? And of the books of the bible, Ben Carson has a favorite: “Every morning I read from the Bible. The book of Proverbs, written by King Solomon, is my favorite. (Perhaps this it is not surprising, given that my middle name is Solomon.)”

Don’t you just love his egocentric reason for reading Proverbs? Thank god his middle name is not “Karl” or today Carson would be the world’s stupidest communist. Be the as it may, as soon as I read of his love of Proverbs, I knew Carson was either lying, or he is too goddamn stupid to understand his favorite book. Why do I say this? Because the very action of saying something horrible and then claiming it is a joke… IS DENOUNCED RIGHT SMACK IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS:

“Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!'”
That is from Proverbs 26: 18

Keep in mind that this dimwit “believes that the Bible is the true, inspired word of God given to men and women, containing God’s plan of salvation and offering timeless wisdom and counsel that is always relevant, and he reads the Bible every day.”

Well, there it is, IN GOD’S PLAN! Anyone who deceives people and says IT’S A JOKE is a deadly maniac. God said that. God herself thinks that Carson and the Yoga Pants nut are BAD people. God explicitly denounced the very actions these xian talibaners engage in. As punishment, while they will most likely burn in hell forever, they should go right now and stand in the corner and flagellate themselves to whip this offensive behavior out of their sinning souls. Or, since Carson’s name is allegedly, Solomon, he should lock himself in a room and read The Song of Solomon (“A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts”) until his testicles explode.

Hey, I don’t wish him harm. I’m only joking…

Why It Happened…

November 12, 2014
Don't Say We Were Not Warned

Don’t Say We Were Not Warned

If you are at sea over the recent mid-term elections, I suggest you reach back to 1996 and re-read this book by Al Franken, now Senator Franken, to see the process of the dumbing down of the electorate right back at the start.
As Franken notes – and which should have horrified everyone – the people who get their information from conservative “news” shows think of themselves as highly informed, but they are actually THE MOST IGNORANT of all voters.
Read this again and ask yourself if we were not adequately warned…

The Most Irresponsible President EVER…

September 15, 2014

So now high ranking members of the American government have gone into weeping hysterics over a group called ISIS.
This is a group of radicals about half the size of the NY Police Department who are waging many wars on many fronts and getting beaten badly by the Kurds. They have almost zero chance of success. But…
This splinter group committed some atrocities on video and now we must launch a war against them.
What ISIS needs to succeed is a stream of new recruits. And having the USA as their enemy will be the greatest recruiting tool since UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!
The videos of some beheadings sent American policy makers into fear and anger. And that is NOT the time to make a decision. But they did, so now…
We get all the usual blather about how ISIS is the greatest threat EVER to the United States, just like the Soviets were and the “Red” Chinese were and the Viet Cong were, you get the drill. The Home of the Brave is always scared shitless about some group or other.
But who is to blame NOW? At whose feet do we lay the blame for the ISIS wars? That’s easy: George W. Bush is to blame. He destabilized the area with a needless war because God told him to do it…  Great… a religious nut launches a war and Americans blame other religious nuts for it.
Bush’s divine war against Iraq all but gave the world a written guarantee that Shia, Sunni and Kurds would butt heads on the battlefield, but that was not enough for Bush. Like the overgrown mama’s boy that he is, Bush had to appear macho to the world so… THE IDIOT ACTUALLY – LITERALLY! – ASKED FOR THIS! Does nobody in the rah-rah corporate media remember Bush’s taunting challenge to the various groups in Iraq?:

“There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: bring ’em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.”  July 2, 2013

“BRING ‘EM ON” 

Remember that? “BRING ‘EM ON”…
The idiot actually said it. He TOLD them to do it. In case you missed it, take a look above at the video.

So now they are bringing it on and nobody is mentioning that THE RELIGIOUS IDIOT, THE DRY DRUNK IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THE MAMA’S BOY NAMED GEORGE W. BUSH TOLD THEM TO DO IT.

And now that the whole Middle East is under siege, now that American politicians have something more scary than Ebola Fever or Mexican children to scream and swoon over as they drain the treasury, now that the USA is going to launch a war which will make America itself a legitimate target… Bush goes off painting pictures of his toes in the bathtub… Swell.

A Bush Masterpiece...

A Bush Masterpiece…

Way to go, Georgie.
You managed to fuck up the whole world and nobody remembers that 

YOU ASKED FOR IT!