August 2015

Really? – 8.31.15 – Buffer Zones and Trump

by Pitt Griffin on August 31, 2015 · 0 comments

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“There are very few who can think, but every man wants to have an opinion; and what remains but to take it ready-made from others, instead of forming opinions for himself?” A.C. Grayling

Do what I say, not what I do.

SCOTUSMassachusetts enacted a law establishing ‘buffer zones’ around abortion clinics. Protesters were required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances. The Supreme Court overturned the law – ruling it was an unwarranted limitation of the protesters’ First Amendment rights.

However, this respect for First Amendment rights doesn’t reach the Supreme Court itself. There is a buffer zone keeping protesters out of the plaza in front of the Supreme Court. Legal types argue that this is institutional property, and if an abortion clinic owned a plaza it could legally keep protesters away.

But it’s the people’s Supreme Court, we pay the salaries and the buildings’ upkeep. And the Capitol Building has no such restriction on similarly located protests (h/t The Washington Post)

The Trump effect.

Is Trump a naturally talented politician or an idiot savant? He tapped into a well of resentment against brown people. He thumbs the GOP in the eye. He upsets the measured kabuki of DC politics. He slaps away all attacks. He takes it to ‘the man’. In short, he does everything the little guy dreams of doing but is too powerless to do.

The Tea Party voter wants to be reassured, as small children want to be reassured. They have to know that daddy will protect them. They don’t need any details just the assurance. The Donald is theirs. He isn’t playing lip service to the voter while doing the plutocrats bidding. He really is in it for the regular guy.

Trump soaks the rich.

The Trump death watch started the minute he made his Mexican rapists comments. His imminent demise has been regularly forecast, but the Republican establishment has now accepted he isn’t going anywhere soon. There doesn’t seem anything he can say that is too offensive.

Most troubling for them is the spotlight Trump is shining on the tax rates of the rich. If some unwashed democratic socialist says the rich are undertaxed, the true believers see it as an attack on American prosperity. But if a Tea Party-loving plutocrat points out their state-sanctioned greed, then the little guy will take a fresh look at the wealthy’s economic rape.


You cannot call yourself “pro-life” if your interest in life’s sanctity ends at birth.

August 29, 2015

“In my world, you don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, […]

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Do Business People Make Good Presidents?

August 28, 2015

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.” ― Dave Barry. Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump have sold themselves to the GOP primary voter as non-politicians who can bring business acumen to Washington DC. They say […]

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Really? – 8.27.15 – Trump’s Sinking Tide Lowers all Boats; God at the County Clerk’s Office; Jindal Hopes all the Monsters Will Just Go Away;

August 27, 2015

“Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid” ― George Carlin. The Trumpification of the GOP. Donald Trump has the innate political ability to say whatever he wants and have it treated as the truth. This […]

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Really? 8.25.15 Boobs; Electronically-enabled Adultery; Old-time Adultery.

August 25, 2015

Topless in New York. During the previous administration, Mayor Bloomberg had designated several blocks of New York City pedestrian zones. This attracted tourists and the inevitable tourists fleecers. Popular where the Disney characters and superheroes who would pose for pictures and then aggressively demand money. Time moved on and a new mayor, Bill DeBlasio, feels […]

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Trump: Is he Bigger than Jesus?

August 23, 2015

“We’re more popular than Jesus now” – John Lennon. Trump’s path to citizenship Aliens have several ways to get to America. Through the regular immigration process. Overstaying student, work or tourist visas. Sneak across the border. Or, in two cases, marry Donald Trump. Trump the evangelical. So pumped up was he by the reception he crowed, […]

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Donald Trump: Can He Win?

August 21, 2015

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” ― George Bernard Shaw Donald Trump made noises in 2011 about running for President. He, of course, didn’t. When he made more noise this year about running, many dismissed it as the same old egotistical rumblings. Then he announced […]

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Really? 8.19.15 – Ashley Madison Fraud?; Defining Race; Gun Nuttery; Cop Training; Birthers Alive & Well.

August 19, 2015

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” ― Jonathan Swift An affair that will be remembered. Ashley Madison is a website that advises its subscribers, “Life is short. Have an affair.” It promises to facilitate ‘discreet encounters’. This has encouraged millions to use the site – […]

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Political Snap Shot – 8.18.15. Iran; The Crazies; Ted Cruz; Hillary’s Prognosis; Jim Webb

August 18, 2015

“The Democrats never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” – Anon It’s your friends you can’t trust. Democrats can always rely on the Republicans to be a pain in the ass. They cannot rely on each other’s support. The President’s team negotiated an historic deal to diminish the threat of a nuclear Iran. According […]

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