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Sessions announces ‘religious liberty task force’

Okay, I’ll stop pooping these headlines out soon. But first, this one…

I think it may finally be time to start a serious conversation about taxing religious institutions if they’re going to insist on overtly (or covertly for that matter) influencing politics.

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“Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”

“Sessions said the cultural climate in this country — and in the West more generally — has become less hospitable to people of faith in recent years, and as a result many Americans have felt their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack.”

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Giuliani: ‘Collusion is not a crime’

America’s Mayor goes ‘El Bonzo Seco’*

As most people know, reporters have to be really careful with the words they choose, otherwise they can easily be sued for libel.

This is why they say a politician told a falsehood, or a misleading statement, because they’ll be sued if they flat out call something a lie. And it’s also why they say collusion instead of conspiracy.

And of course, this is also why Trump wants to tighten the libel laws, so he could sue anyone he wants for saying anything he doesn’t like. When you lie as much as he does, you want to be able to sue anyone who reports that you told an untruth, a fib, falsehood, fabrication, deception, fiction, falsification, white lie, half-truth, exaggeration, tall tale, a whopper, fibbing, misinformation, misleading, or any other synonym that, while less legally binding, still means he’s a lying sack of shit.

“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Rudy Giuliani actually said this on Fox & Friends.

Anyway, I guess one would assume that his lawyer knows that. So, is Rudy being misleading?

*A special thanks to Stephen King

Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government unless Democrats agree to fund Mexico wall

“And we’re going to build a big beautiful wall on the southern border. And who’s going to pay for it?!”, Donald Trump screamed from the podium.

“MEXICO!!!”, screamed his hopeful, yet slightly gullible, supporters.

And so it went for months. Except, in the end, Mexico’s president made sure to publicly say that Trumpy had a much better chance of discovering Mike Pence giving $5 blowjobs in the alley behind Burger King (okay, that may not have been the exact wording). Finally Trump begged him to just go along with it publicly so his anti-Mexican base won’t get angry (I can’t imagine why that didn’t work).

Now here we are, almost a year and a half later, and still no one wants to help him build his wall. *weep* *sniff*

So, what happened?

Well, the same thing that has happened to Trump for decades — He had one of his big, beautiful ideas. He announced his big, beautiful idea. He promised amazing things about his big, beautiful idea. And then finally, we find out that he never had any plan for how to pay for his big, beautiful idea. Not legally anyway.

The problem is, he doesn’t know how to do it without stiffing his contractors, or borrowing money from Fat Vinnie (or Vlad the Potato, or whoever is lending these days). Nope, not this time. This time Trump would actually have to do most of his ‘negotiating’ out in the open, in full view of the public.

And what happened?

President I’m-Taking-My-Ball-And-Going-Home-If-I-Don’t-Get-My-Way has had to resort to political threats and temper tantrums, again.

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“Donald Trump has threatened to “shut down” the government unless Congress passes legislation that would fund his proposed wall across the US border with Mexico. In an early morning tweet, he demanded a raft of changes to the country’s immigration laws, adding he wanted “great people” coming into the country.” — Read on www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-border-wall-mexico-shut-down-government-democrats-congress-a8468621.html

Democratic Socialism: Making America Great The First Time Around

Fear mongering is an American institution

Below is an excerpt of a transcript of an article from The Daily Caller. In the article, the author visits a political rally where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Bernie Sanders proposed truly barbaric things (Lucky for us someone was there to report on it so we could be warned).

In the article the author suddenly realized how easy it would be to fall into the trap of believing some of these truly horrifying ideas of this thing called Democratic Socialism. Here are a few of the key ideas the author brings up that she is sure will clearly ruin America:

  • I saw how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that my children deserve healthcare and education.
  • I saw how easy it would be, as someone who has struggled to make ends meet, to accept the idea that a “living wage” was a human right.
  • Above all, I saw how easy it would be to accept the notion that it was the government’s job to make sure that those things were provided.

I mean, it’s obvious that thoese ideas will bring about the end of western civilization as we know it. Americans don’t want some nanny state where people see their tax dollars going to benefit someone other than the person who was forced to pay them, right?

So, here’s the problem with everything she is saying. The word “socialism” gets wielded around as a club by conservatives, mostly because calling someone a ‘commie’ doesn’t get the reaction it used to. It wouldn’t be such a huge contradiction if they didn’t love all of the socialist-like things that actually helped Make America Great The First Time Around.

Here are a few of the things that American brand socialism has paid for that conservatives enjoy using:

  • The roads we drive on
  • The bridges that dot the landscape
  • Waste removal and treatment
  • The sewer system, and water treatment that makes sure we have clean water (outside of Flint, Michigan anyway)
  • Snow removal
  • Hurricane relief
  • Streetlights
  • The law enforcement community conservatives love, but conveniently forget how it’s paid for
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • Customs and Border Patrol (they LOVE these guys)
  • The entire military and their budget that goes up and up, as it’s funded with public tax dollars
  • The Dear Leader’s Secret Service detail, the White House, etc.
  • The freakin’ Pentagon
  • The court system that conservatives want so many judges appointed to
  • The public library system that our founding fathers founded
  • The Postal Service
  • The National Weather Service
  • The health care our conservative Congress are guaranteed. And don’t forget the VA

I’m sure there are tons more, but I think you get the point

So, yeah… it’s pretty horrifying to think what would happen if we used public funds to invested in our children’s education and abilities to compete in the world’s markets.

So, is our government responsible for all of these things?

Or are we responsible for telling the government what we want it to be responsible for?

I don’t know… But I do know that a government is responsible for what the people it works for tells it to be responsible for.

So…

If a company can suddenly now be a person (Citizens United)

If a company/person who is clearly performing an essential services (such as selling sparkle and glue like Hobby Lobby) can legally avoid having to pay for birth control

Then the sheer amount of actual people who are protesting and crying out for things like publicly funded education, and universal healthcare, should easily have more than enough credibility to ask for these things.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” – Orwell

The White House transcript and video of the Trump Putin press conference in Helsinki has been edited to remove the question asking Putin if he wanted Trump to win the election, part of a broader campaign of information warfare the Trump administration is waging with Russia against the American people.
— Read on www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-white-house-edits-putin-support-for-trump-out-of-transcript-1284716611545

“Hello,Speaker Ryan? The people who record history called. They wanted to know you weren’t willing to stop Donald Trump when you had the chance?”

At this point, I can only hope that the power brokers in the Republican Party are seriously drawing up plans on how to enact the 25th Amendment. The guy who’s been squatting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has said some seriously fucked up stuff.

Just yesterday he started his day by all but threatening Iran with nuclear annihilation. He then went on to target a few political figures who have publicly shown some spine against him. Many of them openly calling for his removal from office. The idea of stripping security clearances from people who publicly disagreed with him… that’s petty, thin-skinned, third world dictator bullshit. The mainstream reading of current events says that Trump is beginning to act like a cornered animal and lashing out in irrational ways. Of course the problem with that theory is that it depends on him have a rational side.

For most of my life, the Republican Party has bragged about being the Party of Law and Order. In fact, for years just about every political position they held, has been borderline Constitutional fetishism. In fact, during the Obama years, there were a number of politicians who likely were using a rolled up copy as a marital aid for themselves.

The bottom line is that in almost every scenario, the Legislative branch of the Unites States Government is the one way that the founders gave us to combat such a psychopath.

And so, the country looks to politicians who have remained uncharacteristically quiet, as they spend their time pillaging the country’s tax revenues in an effort to pay back their rapacious donors, while using the presidents mental deterioration as a smoke screen. Saving the country that has blessed them will always take second place, it seems.

When the truth is found to be lies

Here is why so many people in the Republican party are willing to set aside solid evidence, and instead believe what Donald Trump tells them. The far-right movement of conservatives that has been living on a diet of straight-up conspiracies and lies for so long, that it is second nature to them now. As evidenced by your average conversation these days.

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Bubba Q. Public: “Obama is secretly from Kenya”

Normal Brain Brian: “Seriously, there’s a public records trail a mile wide that refutes all of that.

Bubba Q. Public: “Planted years ago. Them there Muslins think in decades, not days.

Normal Brain Brian: “Did you get upset at some of the stuff his church minister said? That Jeremy Wright guy… You know, from Trinity Church?”

Bubba Q. Public: “Oh sure. You know that guy was part of the human trafficking syndicate. See, there’s this pizza place in Warshington…”

Normal Brain Brian: “Wait! What? I thought you guys said that was a Hillary thing?”

Bubba Q. Public: “CROOKED HILLARY!!!!! BLAAAAARGBLBLBLBPPPPFFFF!”

**(about 20 minutes of swearing, and breaking things, and a whole lot of babble about emails, and shills, and back braces, and uranium, and pizza shops, and foundations, and Benghazi, and emails, and Benghazi, and emails…)

Normal Brain Brian: “Are you okay? It sounds like we might have hit a nerve and…”

Bubba Q. Public: “LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!!”

Normal Brain Brian: “There’s no one else around us. Why do you keep chanting and looking around for people to join you? It’s only you and me.”

**(another 20 minutes of ranting and yelling at the salt and pepper shakers on the table…)

Normal Brain Brian: (to self) “Maybe it’s time to lighten up the mood) — “So, how about this weather lately?”

Bubba Q. Public: “You fucking snowflake! Oooh noooo! The world is gonna end because it’s raining out! It’s the big bad global warming! What’s that?? Oh, we had record snowfall this year. BOOM! Take that! You fucking shill.”

Normal Brain Brian: (pauses to come up with something, anything to talk about that doesn’t involve a conspiracy…) — “How about we put all this aside and go grab a cup of coffee?”

Bubba Q. Public: “Coffee?! HAHAHA!!! Suuuure! Yeah, let’s go get some mocha choka burnt crap from Charbucks so we can fund more terrorists coming over the border, I can see right through you and your Commie crap.”

Normal Brain Brian: (Walks away shaking his head, as Bubba screams about winning the argument because of his superior ‘free thinking’ American logic, and telling everyone to ‘Do your homework people!’)

You wait… This is going to be significant

The moment as I saw this headline I felt a thud in my chest, as something very significant just fell into place… this is going to be important.

“These memos and presentations indicate Facebook took the methods it learned from the Trump campaign to further refine a marketing model called “Test, Learn, Adapt” (TLA), which it currently uses to assess its own advertising. These internal documents are a candid recognition by Facebook of the GOP candidate’s advertising success and reveal the degree to which the company views Trump not just as a potential regulator or a source of misinformation, but also, above all, a valued customer.”

www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/congratulations-zuckerberg-call-trump-election-2016