Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Musings on the state of the world

Freddie Prinze, who is an actor, has been dissing Keifer Sutherland, who is also an actor. Who cares, I wonder? Why does he feel the need to do that? Whatever happened to the notion that if you can’t say something good about someone, say nothing at all? That almost always makes life more pleasant for all involved.

Sarah Palin has concocted a new TV channel. She’s gonna tell us the truth about Obama and other not real Americans. She’s gonna do an end-run around those lib’rul media folks! And you can participate for only $9.95 a month or about $100 per year.

I went poking through a bin of cheapo DVD movies at Walmart. Unscientific guess: 90% are steeped in violence…murder, mayhem, war, terror, ghoulish crap, etc. Argh!

What has happened in our country that we have so many absolutely stupid people? The political right, including teapot crackpots, are smothering our ability to govern effectively. Now they’re talking impeachment although they have no clue what Obama might have done to suffer such a thing. These stupid people deny climate change and global warming; they reject the “theory” of evolution even though they cannot define the word, “theory,” in its scientific sense. There is no question about either of these things; they are not debatable.

It’s like the idiot teacher who made her 8th-graders write an essay as to whether the Holocaust really happened!

 And how did we get so screwed up about guns? How did carrying loaded guns around in public get to be a symbol of freedom? Guns have only one purpose - to kill. I know they can be used in the sport of target shooting but one can do that with non-lethal weapons or ammo just as well. We kill almost 40,000 people a year in this country with guns! And the NRA, which has bought and paid for most of our politicians, insists we need more guns. Their latest crazy proposal argues that gun safety should be taught in elementary school.

It’s hard to believe that we are again fighting about the right to contraception. Contraception! As if there are not enough people in the world. And the doofuses who most oppose abortion are also most involved in the attempt to disallow the use of contraceptives, which, if they had their way, would mean more abortions! It’s a religious issue, nothing more. And this is supposed to be a secular country which means our laws are not based on religious beliefs!

The real nut cases have gone so far as to say that personhood begins at conception. Please. A fertilized egg is not a human beings. A fetus is not a human being. One does not become a living, real human being until one is born and it doesn’t matter what the religious right or the Roman Church thinks about that because what they believe is based on religious precepts, which are fantasy and not reality!

In Pakistan a bunch of Muslim “true” believers attacked and killed a grandmother and her two daughters because they belong to an unacceptable sect of Islam and posted “objectionable material” online and that was blasphemous! Blasphemy has no meaning outside of religion. There is no such thing in real life.

This is religion at its worst. It is also the religion of much of the world, a religion that has no regard for human life or human freedom. Religion always, and I mean always, limits one’s freedom. If you belong to a religious sect, you have given up your autonomy and become a pissant who must believe what that sect preaches no matter how goddamn crazy it is!

A federal judge has ruled against Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns in public. This seems to be how the 2nd amendment is now being interpreted: “The Second Amendment secures an individual right … to carry a common weapon outside the home for self-defense.” What? As an historian I would insist that the 2nd Amendment secures no such thing! The 2nd Amendment was to provide weapons for state militias in times of crisis - “well-regulated” state militias, not for every Dick who has a small penis and needs a gun to be a “man.”  The NRA has done its work of confusion and rewriting history very well!

Have you noticed that these days just about every commercial on TV has people jumping up and down or dancing on tables or just generally making fools of themselves? Where did that crap come from? Kids can’t even sit down and eat a bowl of cereal without jumping up and dancing around the kitchen. People can’t take their RAV4 Toyota camping without jumping and screeching and hollering around a campfire. Craziness!

Lana Del Rey (whoever that is) says she has “Slept with a lot of guys in the industry.” I’m assuming she means the entertainment industry. Don’t know why she thinks it’s important to tell us that, though. It’s probably what everyone assumed anyway.  And why would you announce to the world that you are a slut?

Geraldo gave out some marriage advice the other day. For instance, he said men are the breadwinners, although he also admitted more women are working these days. Oh, and he claims that what women bring to a marriage is their youth! That’s it? Did I mention this bozo has been divorced four times?

You knew it would come to this! Ha, ha! The Church of Satan, using the recent Hobby Lobby decision by the Supremes, argues their female members have the right to refuse anti-choice materials when seeking an abortion. Thirty-five states require women to get “counseling” from a doctor before they can get an abortion (said “counseling,” of course, consists mainly of warning them about “non-existent health risks”). The Satanists say such laws “violate their members’ belief in scientific accuracy and the right to determine what to do with their own bodies.” Yes! Chew on that one, you Supreme Court christianists!

Speaking of really stupid, ignorant fools, I bring you Michele Bachmann (who, by the way, just might run for prez in 2016 - doesn’t that whet your whistle?). Ms. Bachmann has the solution for all those kids from down south trying to get into this country: Put ‘em in labor camps; make ‘em work; teach ‘em what they should know (like god and that this is and always has been a fundy Christianist country), the goal of which is to have “them pay off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture.”

Yes, this idiot says she follows the guy who some call the Prince of Peace.

“Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” —George Orwell

The White House (i.e. the Obama administration) put out another Global Warming warning today. According to Jason Furman, who chairs the Council of Economic Advisers, the cost of dealing with climate change rises by 40% each decade.

Some actions being taken include reducing methane emissions from the natural gas and distribution system; the establishment of new rules to cut methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands; and the Obama administration is partnering with IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Coca Cola and other business entities to use available data to “help make agriculture and food production more resilient to climate change.”

Yeah, but does the average Joe on the street or the average crook on Wall Street really care?

Talk about being removed from reality:  As noted above, Sarah Palin and other of her ignorant compadres have been yammering about impeaching the president for months now. In fact, the newly-elected Majority Whip just said he would not take impeachment off the table. Other Repugs have been talking the talk, too.

But weepy John Boehner claims that all this impeachment talk is a White House “scam.” The Obama folks dreamed all this up in order to motivate their supporters to give more money and time to the Democratic Party. I’m always amazed at the ability of Republicans to make up things out of thin air and then insist that what they just created is reality.

Speaking of guns: Crooks and Liars reports that Peter Nathan Steinmetz, a brain scientist, was arrested at Phoenix Airport for waving an AR-15 around and actually pointing it at a couple of folks. He has the “right” to carry such a weapon in an airport, so his arrest was due to “inappropriately carrying” the weapon. What person in his right mind would do such a thing or condone such nonsense?

People with a very small brain!

Pam Bondi used to be a Hillsborough County (Florida) prosecutor. Then in 2010 she got elected to be Florida’s Attorney General. She has been a vocal mouthpiece for the criminal governor, Rick Scott. She’s also gotten rich. Before her election in 2010, her net worth was reported at $472,260. In 2012, it was $780,871. As 2013 drew to a close, it had jumped to $1.24 mil. Amazing, isn’t it? Poor girl makes good in Florida politics.

Thanks to our friends at Yborcitystogie for this bit of news.

It’s only Tuesday, but I don’t think things will improve much by Saturday.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sarah Palin in Denver at Conservative Summit

Listen to this rambling mess and note the slurring of words, the awkward silences, the weird sounds she makes. It makes one wonder if she was lifting a few glasses of Alaskan hooch before her speech.

If you have a strong stomach and can get all the way to the end you'll hear her start talking about how God does not drive parked cars.

She would sure make a great president, dontcha know.

[Thanks to Crooks and Liars where this video was posted yesterday by David Neiwert.]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rick Scott - Florida Nightmare

Rick Scott is Florida's Nightmare

Be sure to vote for Charlie Crist on Nov. 4!

[Our thanks to Ybor City Stogie for this poster]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hamas vs. Israel - a Guest Post by John Poris

Gaza City - "Concentration Camp?"
So, You're Against Israel's "War of Aggression" Against Hamas
SInce 2007, Hamas and its proxies have fired over 12,000 (now more than 13,000) rockets and mortars into Israel.  Israel carried out precision bombing and shelling of command centers, weapons caches, weapons manufacturing sites, and other targets, and now, has inserted ground troops into Gaza to root out tunnels used for smuggling and terror attacks on Israeli civilians.
There is a lot of attention in the media and around the world to the lopsided "body count", although that is easily understood, considering Israel's investment in civilian defenses, including shelters, warning systems, Iron Dome, etc.
I'm frequently astounded at the number of people who protest, holding signs saying things like "We are Hamas", "Zionism is Nazism", etc.
So, let's recap a little, shall we? If you're rooting for Hamas, here's what you're rooting for
1. Israel does selective targeting, warns inhabitants by phone, leaflet, and roof knockin:g. Hamas fires rockets and mortars indiscriminately at civilians, aiming for the most populated civilian areas in Israel. They do this from among the civilian population of Gaza, including in and by schools, mosques, homes, hospitals, etc., thereby committing a double war crime (which even the EU, miraculously, has commented on).
2. Israel, while having the capability to flatten Gaza, has chosen to go house to house, street by street, incurring many more dead and wounded than "carpet bombing" would cause them, in order to avoid civilian casualties. You can argue that it's because they're going after the tunnels, but realistically, Israel has the capability to bomb large areas with delayed fuses and crush tunnels all day long. Hamas, on the other hand, puts its civilians on the roofs to try to avoid airstrikes, and forces their civilians NOT to evacuate when Israel warns them ahead of time. War crime, again - Hamas.
3. Hamas has dug a multitude of tunnels, first for smuggling, later for terror attacks against, you guessed it, Israeli civilians. Tunnels that go under dining halls, peoples' homes, etc. so they can pop out, kill and kidnap people, and run home. They also popped out of a tunnel, dressed as Israeli soldiers (also illegal, no?), to attack Israeli soldiers. Another war crime? Yup. Maybe more than one.
4. Israel has basic laws protecting ALL citizens (including the Arab minority that is now violently supporting Hamas), protecting those of different religions, ethnicities, colors, sexual orientation, etc. Hamas, on the other hand, kills Gays, kills anyone remotely suspected of being an "informer" for Israel (and sometimes drags their bodies around the streets behind motorbikes), suppresses public displays of song and dance, forces women to wear the Hijab (and beats those who don't), and generally has removed all vestiges of human and civil rights in Gaza.
5. Israel has a robust, albeit fractured political system, with open and honest elections (that happen all too often due to coalition failures). It includes political parties representing both Jews and non-Jews (witness the Balad party of Zahalka and Zoabi - rabid supporters of Hamas). There is an orderly transition of government when it changes over. Hamas, on the other side, won an election in 2006, then, in 2007, proceeded to throw their Fatah rivals off roofs, "kneecap" them, kill them, imprison and torture them, and expel those lucky enough to be expelled. There have been no more elections since then, and there will not be in the foreseeable future.
The bottom line is that Hamas is a criminal, terrorist organization, dedicated to the spread of virulent Islamism and the destruction of Israel. They do not want, nor are they willing to accept a Palestinian state next to an Israeli state, no matter what the borders are.
When you attack Israel one-sidedly, and in a vacuum, you ARE supporting Hamas. When you support Hamas, think about what you are supporting. Is that what you want to be associated with?

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Please check out John's blog here for more informative articles.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Religion and Ignorance

A recent survey has determined which states of the United States are the most "religious."  I'm not sure exactly how those involved came to such a conclusion, but they would appear, at first glance, to be correct.

Here are the ten most religious states.

1.  Mississippi
2.  Utah
3.  Alabama
4.  Louisiana
5.  Arkansas
6.  South Carolina
7.  Tennessee
8.  North Carolina
9.  Georgia
10.  Oklahoma

All of the above are from the deep South with the exception of Utah and Oklahoma.  Utah, of course, is dominated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, aka Mormonism, so that explains their 2nd place ranking. 

Oklahoma, if you've ever been there, is, except for the eastern part of the state, pretty much a wasteland.  It consists of miles and miles of sand all of which is hotter than hell (in the summertime), and lately I've been reading it is a place most likely to experience earthquakes!  There isn't a lot to do in Oklahoma other than raise cattle and chase chickens.  And go to church.

Now consider the eight left - all from the south:  These are old Confederate states, many of which contain large pluralities who remain unhappy to this day that they lost the Civil War or, as they prefer to call it, the War Between the States." 

I've known folks from these states who in the 21st century still argue that the Civil War had little to do with slavery but was all about "states' rights."   They believe that their state's rights trump the rights of the Federal Government even though the Constitution and history proves they're wrong.

Not only so, but these states, collectively, have the worst educational systems in the nation.  They rank on or near the bottom in almost every scale of educational excellence.

Which may be one reason they publicly defy the "church/state separation" clause in our Constitution.  These are the states where, in defiance of the Constitution, they fight to offer Christian prayer as part of the school day; where they believe that their god will love them more if they post copies of the Decalogue on courthouse walls; where LBGT folks remain pretty much unwelcome; where a genteel southern drawl can mask an inordinate hatred for anyone different than a white person, born and bred in the South. 

These born and bred southerners may be religious and while most of them may lay claim to Christianity, their religion is a far cry from the teachings and beliefs of the man from Galilee as presented in the Gospel stories - the man who sought out the outcasts, the sick, the poor, those marginalized by society; the man who had absolutely nothing good to say about rich folks or wealth; who saw money not as something to be sought but as something dangerous and to be avoided for it could easily destroy the soul.  The Jesus of the Gospels is on record as saying clearly that if a you did not care for the poor, the sick and those in prison the deity would cast you into an eternal hellfire.  (It's easy to see why that passage is not a desirable topic for a Sunday sermon!)

Nor did this Jesus call on his followers to upset the political applecart.  He did not counsel making the government religious.  Rather he said those who would follow him should pay their taxes and concern themselves primarily about caring for their fellow human beings.

In summary, the most religious states in our country provide the worst educational opportunities for their citizens and religion is used to justify their ignorance and their hatred for people who are different than they are. 

Now, obviously not everyone in these states is ignorant nor hateful.  Millions are good people; law-abiding citizens who believe in and fight to maintain our Constitution.  Unfortunately, there are not enough such people which means the bad guys continue to win and rule.

If you don't believe this, take a look at the governors of these states, their legislatures and the people they elect to serve in the United States Congress.  Most of them would be much more at home in the 19th century and some, such as the clown Jindal in Louisiana, would probably find the days of the Inquisition to be the cat's meow.

* Pat Robertson (pictured above) does not live in one of the aforementioned states, but he's a born and bred southerner who would be comfy in any one of the ten.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dan Courtney, atheist, delivers invocation at town board meeting

The following was derived from an article by Antonia Blumberg in the Huffington Post.

At a July 15 meeting of the town board of Greece, New York, the "invocation" was given by Dan Courtney, an atheist.

There was no reference to a deity to which we must offer supplication or a god from whom we derive our rights and our freedoms.  Courtney turned that old wisdom on its head which must have been jarring to those more familiar with the pious verbiage posited by the usual clerical suspects which usually concludes with the horrid phrase, "God Bless America."

"We can say with confidence," said Courtney, "that it is in seeking the counsel of our conscience that we find the beginning of wisdom.  It is in the exercise of our duty as citizens that we find the beginning of knowledge."

Here is the full text of his remarks:

Thank you, Supervisor Rielich, for allowing me to offer the invocation.

Freethinkers, atheists, non-believers, whatever label you wish, this group comprises a significant part of our population. I am honored to be providing an invocation on their behalf, and on behalf of all the citizens of the town of Greece.

On July 4th, 1776, the 56 men who pledged their lives to the document that changed the course of history, agreed to the central tenet that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” More than 238 years later this central premise still echoes, however faintly, from the town hall to the white columned halls of Washington.

Yet this premise, this foundation necessary for a free and flourishing society, is today, more than ever, under assault. This central pillar of a free society - this notion that is deeply heretical to authoritarian culture, proclaims that it is from the people that moral authority is derived. It is that within us, the citizens, that knowledge and wisdom must emerge.

The preservation of this premise does not come from accepting the status quo, but by asserting our rights and exercising our duties. That this premise still endures testifies to its truth, and we can say with confidence that it is in seeking the counsel of our conscience that we find the beginning of wisdom. It is in the exercise of our duty as citizens that we find the beginning of knowledge.

We, as citizens, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega of our destiny are not, as the great philosopher Immanuel Kant warned, mere means to the ends of another, but we are ends in ourselves. This basic premise, this profound idea, guides us such that we need not kneel to any king, and we need not bow to any tyrant.

So I ask all officials present here, as guarantors of our founder’s revolutionary proclamation, to heed the counsel of the governed; to seek the wisdom of all citizens, and to honor the enlightened wisdom and the profound courage of those 56 brave men. Thank you.

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Note especially the phrase, "...it is from the people that moral authority is derived."  This is crucial to a democratic system and its importance is set in stark relief against the renewed attacks in these woebegone days by theocrats who have vowed not to rest until the United States has knelt in surrender to their god and their laws.  These people call themselves "Christians" although their Christ would neither recognize them nor approve of their goals or their methods.  

Unfortunately, they have been given new life by the recent Supreme Court decision to allow corporations such as Hobby Lobby to force its employees to kneel to its religious beliefs - although in what alternate universe a corporation can have religious beliefs is beyond me. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)

A beautiful paean to women!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hamas Versus Israel: The Case for Moral Clarity

The Face of War
Khalil al-Hayya
Hamas Leader
By David Harris
July 13, 2014
Two centuries ago, the great German poet Goethe said: "The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes."
It's as true today as it was then.
The difference between Hamas and Israel couldn't be greater, yet you wouldn't know it when listening to some observers.
For the Non-Aligned Movement, it's all about Gaza's innocence and Israel's guilt. One fine day, with nothing else to do but consider how to provoke peaceful, serene Hamas-ruled Gaza, the big, bad Israelis decided to attack.
For a fair share of the media, it's above all a story of Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israel's military machine.
For the protesters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday, it was about equating Israel to Nazi Germany.
It's a perfect illustration of reverse causality. Hamas triggered a war, but that's long since forgotten, if ever it was remembered. The focus now is only on the suffering of those who are responsible for the conflict in the first place.
Indeed, Goethe was right. There are those who can't, or won't, see what's right in front of them.
Ideological blinders get in the way. Or a failure of imagination about the true nature of Hamas. Or a gullibility that allows people to believe whatever the Hamas propaganda machine churns out. Or, in some cases, downright hostility to anything that Israel, the Jewish state, does.
It's high time for moral clarity, not moral fog.
Hamas is a terrorist organization. That's its official designation by the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada, and others.
Israel is a democratic country with an independent judiciary, the rule of law, free and fair elections, and a robust civil society.
Hamas is anti-Western, anti-Christian (and, not surprisingly, anti-Semitic), anti-gay, misogynist, and anti-intellectual.
Israel is the exact opposite.
Hamas has territorial ambitions on Israel. In fact, that's putting it too mildly: it would like to replace Israel in its entirety with a Muslim Brotherhood-ruled state.
Israel has no territorial ambitions on Hamas-ruled Gaza. To the contrary, Israel left it totally nine years ago, with the hope of never having to return.
Hamas has a vested interest in using its Gaza base for permanent confrontation with Israel.
Israel, which, alas, can't change its geography, has a vested interest in a peaceful, moderate, and developing state on its border.
Hamas, the sole ruler of Gaza since 2007, has used the last seven years to smuggle in weaponry and develop military punch, rather than building the foundation of a responsible state.
Knowing this arsenal has been stockpiled for the sole purpose of being used against it, Israel seeks, as any nation would, to prevent Hamas from attaining its lethal goal.
Hamas has no compunction about deploying terrorist cells and weapons in civilian population centers in Gaza, fully aware that Israel would have no choice but to appear to be targeting "innocent" people.
Israel goes to unprecedented lengths to avoid falling into the Hamas trap, even phoning and dropping leaflets in advance to warn civilians to leave target areas.
Hamas cynically tells the civilian population to stay put, not to react to Israeli warnings about imminent strikes. The more Palestinian casualties, the better, as far as Hamas is concerned.
Israel makes every effort to alert its entire population, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, to Hamas missile strikes and move people into shelters as quickly as possible
Hamas uses mosques for storing arms.
Israel uses houses of worship, including mosques, solely for prayer.
Hamas uses schools for weapons depots.
Israel uses schools solely to educate its children, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
Hamas uses hospitals as terrorist redoubts.
Israel uses its hospitals solely to cure the ill and injured, including residents of Gaza who can't find adequate care there.
Hamas aspires to kill as many Israelis as possible, with rockets fired indiscriminately in all directions.
Israel seeks out only the Hamas terrorist infrastructure, and has aborted many operations when the risks of civilian casualties were too great.
Hamas, as the record amply shows, has no compunction about falsifying information, doctoring photos, staging scenes, and inflating numbers to make its case to the outside world.
Israel, by contrast, goes to great lengths, even to the point of sometimes losing the edge in the "media race," to verify information that it presents about its operations.
Hamas supporters explode in paroxysms of glee when Israeli targets are hit.
Israelis don't honk horns, shoot in the air, and pass out candy for doing what they wished they didn't have to do in the first place, and voice regret when the inevitable mistakes in warfare occur.
Hamas wouldn't know how to spell the words "international humanitarian law," much less adhere to it.
Israel's defense forces have specialists in international humanitarian law assigned to every unit in an effort to ensure maximum compliance.                
Hamas shouts from the rooftops that Israel is a brutal enemy.
Israel, unlike any other targeted nation in history, is actually providing – right now – up to 70 percent of Gaza's electricity and much of its fuel and foodstuffs, even as hundreds of rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel.
Hamas celebrates death, something few Westerners can understand.
Israel celebrates life, something all Westerners should understand.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Dumbest of the Dumb

Louis Gohmert, Repugnican congressman from Texas (where else?), has got this immigration stuff down pat.  All these kids trying to cross into the U.S. are part of a unique plot by President Obama to "bankrupt the country and turn Texas blue."

These kids are sure to vote for Democrats, dontcha know?

Gohmert also offered a generous dollop of his wisdom by suggesting that these kids crossing the border are like those soldiers who invaded France on D-Day.  What we need is to begin a military operation against them; perhaps even using U.S. warships.

What?  So are we the Nazis now?  

The warships I'd like to see.  Send a couple carriers up the Rio Grande.

Hatred seems to be the policy du jour so far as the Repugnicans are concerned.  In the great state of Tennessee, noted for its backwardness, law enforcement officials have arrested a woman who gave birth earlier this month because she used drugs while pregnant.

There's some discussion as to whether Meth is one of the forbidden substances; it appears not.  So there is probably no case.

But consider:  A mother gives birth.  She's arrested and thrown in jail.  The baby goes where?  There's no plan to help the mother overcome her addiction, if she has one.  No sensitivity to who this woman is and what her life is like.  Just yank the baby out of the mother's arms and put the woman behind bars.   

The policy of Tennessee derives from pure hatred.  If you're poor, a woman, use drugs, etc., you are on the list to be dealt with severely by the godly puritans who run this dimwit state.  I'd guess not a few of the morons who voted for this law consider themselves followers of the legendary Jesus and more than a few take a few nips from the bottle on occasion.  Perhaps on special occasions, like when they throw a new mother in prison!

Bob Frey is a wannabe Minnesota legislator.  He's a Repugnican, naturally, and dumber than dumb.  Here's his explanation of where AIDs comes from:

“When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it's the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”

(Thanks to Daily Kos)

Speaking of dumb, there's another Repugnican politician who insists we don't have to worry about global warming because the temperature on Mars is the same as ours.

I wonder if there has ever been people this stupid in the history of the world.

Conservative equals stupid?  How can one get any more stupid than to destroy the environment in which one lives?  How stupid do you have to be to despoil the air you breathe by chemicals which are hostile to the environment and deadly to humans, including yourself?

There are severely demented people in this nation.  Some of them have modified their diesel trucks so that they spew carcognic black smoke into the atmosphere.  They do this because they hate the president and they don't want to conform to any EPA clean-air rules and regulations.

These trucks are known as "coal rollers".  You get an idea of the intelligence of the people who do this sort of thing from the comments of one clown in Wisconsin who said:

“To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them [Obama & the EPA] the finger,” he added. “You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”

Maybe we could put all Republican members of Congress in a big school bus and tell them they're going on a field trip to the Grand Canyon.  Tell them also the bus is a "magic" bus designed by God to fly across the Grand Canyon.

Let Ted Cruz drive the bus.  Tell Ted that the other side is a conservative paradise ruled by rich, white men, and that Jesus is waiting for him on the other side.  He just needs faith to make the bus fly.

The bus might turn out not to be magic after all and there is no Jesus.  But we'd sure have an easier time governing the country.


Truth and Executive Orders

Bachmann, Palin, Boehner and other dimwits are walking around with their panties tied in knots because Mr. Obama, our black, Muslim, nogood President has signed off on so many Executive Orders, among other things.  And he's done these horrible deeds merely to spite the Republicans in Congress who have tried so hard to deal with him in a truly bipartisan way.

Because the Repubicans in Congress wouldn't agree with Mr. Obama's crazy schemes to make our country a better place to live, such as the Affordable Care Act, and because he then chose to move ahead without the recalcitrants in Congress by issuing Executive Orders to achieve his goals, Bachman and Palin and other white trash want to impeach the president.  Palin also believes that Obama's "failure" to secure our southern border is part of a bigger plot to do something which she is not sure about but must be also worthy of impeachment. 

Boehner just wants to sue him and he plans to do so just as soon as he finishes his golf game at Congressional.

One thing we have learned about Republicans in recent years is that they operate with the understanding that what you believe and what you say need not be related to truth or reality in any way.  That's why Republicans can claim global warming is nothing more than a liberal plot to deny corporations their rightful profits by forcing them to enact unnecessary environmental safeguards.

And that's why Republicans can say that Obama was responsible for the fiscal mess left by former president Bush.  That's why the current mashup in Iraq is also Obama's fault.  Facts don't matter. 

So far as Executive Orders go, the truth is that Mr. Obama has issued fewer executive orders than either Mr. Georgi W. Bushki or the Gipper.  Consider:  Reagan issued 381 executive orders.  Bushki issued 291.  In Mr. Obama's first 5 1/2 years he issued 168 Exective Orders.

Good luck with the impeachment and the lawsuit you dumber than dumb goofballs!