The Last Word

Looks like I got back in the saddle here at least for a little bit, I saw a Lawrence Odonnell (Host of The Last Word) segment the other night that really caught my attention. First I have to say I am a big fan of the show, and absolutely love Rachael Maddow who precedes Lawrence on MSNBC, weekdays.

The discussion was about the Trump administrations use of the bible to justify recent atrocities committed by the administration in their immigration policy. Perhaps you have heard the kerfuffle concerning the separating of children from their parents?. Anyway the WH acolytes used the bible of all things as justification, the panel on the show was disussing a response to the administration with a couple of guest religious advoates, a Bishop Michael Curry and a Father James Martin.

A lead in by Lawrence:

“In a country that enshrines separation of church and state in
the constitution, we never need to use religion to justifying a government
policy. But American politicians love to do it. And the Trump administration
is doing it to justify their policy of child abuse at the southern border.

Attorney general Jeff Sessions has cited what he calls biblical
justification using a bible passage that was frequently used to justify
slavery. And now Kellyanne Conway has come along and pulled Catholicism
into this bite. At the same time that the Pope and the catholic bishops
and catholic priests have objected to what the President is doing to
children at the southern border.”

Kellyanne Conways remark from a few days back is the topic: “As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has got a conscience and wouldn’t say the junk that somebody, said, apparently, allegedly, I will tell you that nobody likes this policy. ”

And Father James Martin replied thusly: “Well, I think
what she is saying absurd. I believe she has a conscience obviously, but I
think most people who see what’s going on in the border realize that their
conscience is telling them this is outrageous and it’s sinful. There’s a
reason why we are so outraged. It’s because God moves through our
consciences and tries to move us through action. So it’s sinful.”

Then the Bishop Michael Curry had his turn, saying basically that the bible tells us to love thy neighbor, and this policy is not doing that. Then Lawrence said this:

“To the people in our audience who are not religious, have no
religion, to atheists, they can come to the conclusion that this is an
immoral act without any religious guidance whatsoever. And morality can be
found in certain positions without any religious guidance whatsoever or any
religious belief.”

And to that I say Halleluja! Just wanted to bring this to your attention, it caught me by surprise, and I just wanted to share. My admiration for Lawrence Odonnell grew a little more that evening.

Oh, FWIW our asshole in chief signed an executive order just a little while ago canceling the policy THEY put in place, which separates children from their parents at the border. I suppose he will trumpet about acting like it wasn’t under his goddamn guidance in the first place and what a really nice guy he is. Disgusting piece of shit.

The transcript of the Lawrence Odonnell show from which I gathered my quotes, look for it a fair way down the page (look for “Begin Video Clip” followed by “Kellyanne Conway, White House Counselor”) is here:

http://www.msnbc.com/transcripts/the-last-word/2018-06-18

 

EDIT: I have been looking in vain for the video to accompany this post. MSNBC appears to have the wrong video in the 6/18/18 slot, and I cant get a youtube vid to load, says unavailable. So, Im going to let it go, I still have a life lol. If anyone finds the video in your travels, please drop a line and let me know. I figured I might not be able to post the video due to copyright issues, but was hoping I could at least point to the time stamp.

Oh, This Is Good

Every once in a while I’ll see a recommended post in my reader that is pretty awesome. I found one this morning.

I know I have harped on tRump quite a bit lately, it is difficult to not use the blog as a place to vent. It just happens. Every day there is more and more ridiculous nonsense from our tiny handed president. It is I think making me a grumpy (er) old man. Anyway, anyone interested in a great look at the blatant racism of our orange-ish leader click here:

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/55588023/posts/20445

What Have We Done To Deserve This?

Just step down already. Somebody impeach the bastard. Anything is better than this. We the people of this country ARE responsible for this atrocious president. I mean he got the vote. BUT, and this is a big but (no big butt jokes!) this slimy, devious, lying, narcissistic, petty little dictator wannabe, does NOT speak or act for all of us.

I apologize for the current state of my shithole country. There are good people here. This man, this administration, this Senate, this House, does not speak for or represent a great many of us. How we got here, and how can we fix this, I don’t really know. I just woke up one day and regretfully we had the Great Orange One as a president.

Just know that we all can’t be judged by Donald fucking Trump. No more than we can be judged for the color of our skin. No more than we can be judged for our our place of work, or the where we live. I promise you there are good people here. And it will take good people to fix the shithole we are in.

I just hope the good people will rise to the occaision.

 

Is It National Elect A Pervert Day?

Only time will tell. The people of Alabama will soon show their stripes.

Praise the lard! Let some backlash of sanity envelop us all! Let us drive the ebil from our midst! Let the people see the error of the Republican parties ways! Let them vote as sane and rational people and not puppets of Faux News and the lying orange haired evil one!

Too much to ask for eh?

But on a positive note I’m halfway to becoming a hellfire and brimstone preaching preacher, I just have to get this whole believing in an invisible friend thing straightened out.

Impeach The Bastard!

Let me begin by saying I have never been so damn busy in all my days. I have let the blog go slack, have neglected my friends blogs, but life can do that to you sometimes 🙂 But I will make time for this, if you have not seen it already, or heard about it, there is a large petition sponsored by Tom Steyer (a bloody billionaire, a real one, unlike tRump) that has already accumulated more than 1.6 million names. I just added my name to the list. I hope you will too.

It is fast, easy, painless, and a course of action any level headed individual would feel good about taking part in. Interested? Go here:

https://action.needtoimpeach.com

The work I have been involved in will play out before long I think, then I might get back to my old posting self. Till then I miss you guys and gals and think of you often.

 

Off With Their Heads!

Well, this is still a democracy, maybe no longer a respectable democracy, but nonetheless I guess we can’t be lopping off the heads of government officials. Maybe a public flogging? No? How about dragging the four Musketeers straight off to jail for obstruction?

For anyone who has been paying attention, you are aware that yesterday four of our esteemed upper echelon members of government were moderately grilled for answers about our Presidents meddling in the Russia investigation in front of the Senate. All four refused to answer questions for what amounts to personal reasons. They had no legal requirement to not answer the questions. They had no one holding guns to their heads demanding they do not answer the questions. They simply refused because they didn’t feel like it was ok to answer these questions in a public format, and they were towing the party line instead of respecting their oath of office.

They are all guilty of the same charge that our Orange Pumpkinhead President is guilty of. Obstruction. They should each and every one be dismissed from their positions. Stripped of any pensions or other notable perks, and be put in jail. At least that is how I feel about it.

When this enormous shit storm finally subsides, I honestly hope that the Republican party is destroyed beyond repair. This last year has shown that there is no such thing as a Republican with honesty and integrity as virtues. I am absolutely disgusted with my country. Disgusted with our President. Disgusted for being dragged through the cesspool along with everyone else due to the actions of our government officials.

National Security Agency Director, Michael Rogers.

Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats.

Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

FBI Director, Andrew McCabe.

Remember those names. Remember how they responded in front of a Senate inquiry. Remember what they and our President have done to our country. Remember when it comes time to vote.

Oh, Comey is set to testify today! Popcorn, and plenty of snacks & drinks at my place!

Are You Kidding Me? They Elected The Great Orange Pumpkinhead?

I do hereby disassociate myself from the segment of society (morons) that would vote Trump into the White House. I really want to say fuck Trump and fuck the idiots that voted for him. But that would take a while apparently.

I went to bed early last night. I saw the trend, I am sick to my stomach. I am a tad depressed. I am feeling like my dog died. This is an enormous tragedy for our country. A tragedy for the the people. A tragedy for the entire world.

All I can think right now is if there is a wall built, I want to be on the other side of it.

 

Trump Would Get My Vote…

If he was running for sewage inspector.

I just heard on my local news that Trump is carrying my home state of Tennessee in the polls. Another of many good reasons to move the hell out of here and leave these crosseyed jeebus loving rednecks to their own devices, and their sisters.

In all of my years, and there have been a few, I can’t remember a presidential election that was this terrible. I mean yes, it’s almost always a choice between a douche bag and a shit sandwich (South Park reference) but this year it isn’t just that. It is a choice between a fricking reality TV character who is rich beyond our wildest dreams, a bigot, a racist, a misogynist, a liar, a fraud, a tax adjuster, a con man, a bully, a compulsive nitwit, the list just gets longer every day. And, a career politician who just happens to be female, wife of a former president, a democrat, and for many reasons I don’t even understand given these circumstances, not all that popular with the general public.

I really feel of the choices, and I agree they are both not that great… One of these people is worse than the other for our country, for our people, and the world at large, by an order of many magnitudes. I’m not going to say who, I think most of us can figure that out.

But the thing is I am left wondering, who in the hell in their right mind, thinks Trump is going to do anything to better our country? Given his character I can tell you the only thing he would accomplish is to further divide the gap between the wealthy and the not so wealthy. He would stack the deck so that he and other rich cronies like himself will be laughing all they way to the bank for the next millenia. That is if he doesn’t go whacko and make the U.S. the new Nazi state (“papers please”) or decide on a tweet that it’s a great idea to nuke everybody.

Are my wife and I, and a few of my blogging pals the only people who can see this? Where are the rest of us? Why in the hell is Trump carrying any state in the polls? How the fuck can this even be happening in a sane and rational world? Am I going to wake up in the morning and be told it was all just a new episode of the Twilight Zone? Please, please, please, let that be the case. I don’t think there is enough alcohol in the state of Tennessee to console myself and the wife if Trump wins this. I don’t think it will really happen, but this is so bizarre I am having trouble ciphering between reality and some dark bizzaro world fantasy.

Help Me! Send booze! Send money! I may need to move to Canada with Nan!

 

Politics

Well I have watched the RNC and the DNC, taken some time to digest it all and have come to some conclusions.

Donald Trump is a God! Apparently. He can do anything and everything he wants to do, just by saying he can. That’s pretty damn impressive. I have never in my life seen such a narcissist that uses the word “I” as much a Herr Trump.

The entire RNC was pretty much dedicated to the derision of Hillary, a lot of wishful thinking, and a flaming narcissist with a god complex. If anyone actually believes Adolph Trump would do anything except line his (and others like him) pockets, they need their heads examined. Therefore many people need their heads examined.

The DNC was more or less dedicated to personalizing Hillary. There were plenty of jabs at Drumpf but most were class acts compared to chants of “Lock her up” from the RNC.  I found the DNC was significantly better presented overall with a much better tone. I walked away from the DNC with an appreciation for what politics could be. I walked away from the RNC completely disgusted, angry at the lies and personal attacks, and a renewed galvinization of the understanding that the R party is no longer in touch with reality.

Is Hillary the perfect candidate? No. But with her public office record she may be the most over qualified candidate for the office of president I have ever seen. I would have liked for Bernie to come out on top though, as I feel his ideas for changing what is screwed up in this country are good ideas with a lot of potential for positive change. But here we are, with a choice between an extremely wealthy asshole who made his millions with carefully planned bankruptcies, stiffing those who he owed money (that weren’t eliminated in the bankruptcies), and setting up a fake university to con desperate people of their savings. Or we have Hillary, an imperfect candidate to be sure, but in the entire history of politics in this country I don’t believe the choice between two candidates that in their own ways leave much to be desired, can be more clear.

I have no choice but to vote Hillary Clinton. I really feel like anyone that is not an ignorant beer swilling racist redneck has any choice but to vote Hillary Clinton. Despite that assumption, I fear this election will be closer than any rational minded person will be comfortable with. With that in mind I have been asking people I know if they plan on voting. If they say no I encourage them to get out and vote. I don’t try to persuade anyone as to who they should vote for. I do try to emphasize the importance of voting in this election.

So, are you going to vote?