November 2016

The romance of Mitt and Don.

It seems that Mitt Romney was playing a long game of hard-to-get. Until recently his words about Donald Trump were harsh – but, as we now see, he was just being coy. Trump also kept his desire for the salt-and-pepper fox under wraps.

Romney’s opinion of Trump’s veracity was clear. He once said, “Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark”. Adding, “There’s plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake.” And, “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Mitt offered opinions on Trump’s abilities. “His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. Adding, “I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.”

And opinions on Trump’s character.“Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”  And, “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”

Trump, in turn, said of Romney, “Look, Mitt is a failed candidate. He failed. He failed horribly. He failed badly. … He’s a choke artist.”

Then they had dinner together.

Their first date.

Their first date.

Republican jellyfish.

The election of Donald Trump has shown that spines are rare among Republicans. It is one thing to run against someone and then make common cause with him should he be elected. It is another to be emasculated in public and then suck up to your abuser.

Marco Rubio was slimed as “Little Marco” before he endorsed Trump. Worse, “Lying Ted” Cruz had his family dragged through the mud. Trump said Ted’s dad was in on the plot to kill Kennedy and his wife was ugly. Yet this oleaginous man backed Trump and even made phone calls for him.

Sanders and slander.

On Conan O’Brien’s show, Bernie Sanders, the populist candidate who actually cares about people, slammed Trump for his flag-burning and voter fraud tweets. Specifically, Sanders referred to the Trump’s actions as, “delusional and totally insane.” Is Sanders in legal jeopardy? No. There is no slander when what you say is true.

An anachronism that is past its ‘sell-by’ date.

There is a movement to persuade 37 Republican members of the Electoral College to cast their vote for someone other than Trump. It is a quixotic scheme. In all likelihood, Trump will survive the challenge. But the long-term results may be sunnier.

Why do we even have an Electoral College? Hamilton argued for a safeguard against the whims of an ill-informed mob subject to passions. In 2016 it had the opposite effect.

Trump himself pointed out the absurdity of the institution. He argued he didn’t win the popular vote because he focused on ‘swing’ states. Without the Electoral College every vote counts. And with that, winners’ claims about mandates would be credible.



Really? 11.29.16 – Fundamentalism Is a Cancer in America.

November 29, 2016

A good Christian. This election has shown so many self-declared Christians to be completely devoid of any Christian spirit. Luckily, there are still Christians in America who act according to Jesus’ precepts. Take Colby Martin. He was a young star of the conservative evangelical church. And like many, he studied the Bible. However, he came to realize that […]

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Really? 11.27.16 – Evangelical Is Just a Fancy Way of Saying Hypocrite.

November 27, 2016

Louisiana GOPer sexts 17 year-old-boy. “I’m not gay” – so claims Mike Yenni, Parish President of Jefferson Parish, LA. Which raises the question: Why was he sexting a teen boy? Why did he kiss him in a mall bathroom? And why buy him underwear as a gift? Now his wife, Michelle Swanner, has announced – after praying […]

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Could America Embrace Fascism?

November 22, 2016

The anti-Trump folks fall into two camps. The ones who draw comparisons to Nazi Germany. And the others who think that – as awful as Trump is – he is not capable of dragging the country to fascism. So let us ask: Is America poised, like Germany in 1933, to usher in totalitarianism? Are the two […]

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The Sanctimony of the Third Party Voter.

November 20, 2016

Many huffy lefties voted for a third party candidate. They told themselves they were traveling the moral high road. What will they do in four years, if they still don’t like the Democratic candidate? Throw away their vote again – and reelect Donald Trump? These sanctimonious gits think that their protest vote says something good about […]

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Do You Want To Be President? Work on Your Charisma.

November 16, 2016

If you consider the presidential elections since 1980, is there a common theme among the winners? Obviously, they have had different levels of ability. Their politics and policies vary. And their commitment to the truth differs from candidate to candidate. So what does that leave? Let’s consider 2016. Americans elected a thin-skinned, vindictive, ill-informed, incurious, incompetent, misogynist […]

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Trump Lies to His Voters. They Couldn’t Care Less

November 15, 2016

Trump rose to the pinnacle by promising many things. Yet, even before he’s taken the oath, he showed his policies were often just so much smoke.Trump said he would ‘drain the swamp’ yet he’s hiring swamp monsters. He said he would be a unifying President, but he has turned to notorious racist Steve Bannon as his chief policy […]

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How to Talk to a Conservative – a Primer.

November 12, 2016

“Deregulation is a transfer of power from the trodden to the treading. It is unsurprising that all conservative parties claim to hate big government.” ― George Monbiot It is hard to have an intelligent conversation with a conservative. After all, he usually believes that man was made from dust – and woman from his rib. […]

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Evangelicals Elect an Unholy Man.

November 11, 2016

When I was a boy, I went to schools that were unmistakably Christian. As it was in England, where parents think their children are vaguely criminal and too rambunctious to have underfoot, I was sent away to a low-security detention facility at the age of eight. A place called, in British private educational parlance, a ‘boarding school’. The authorities […]

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