On Trump Supporters

 Posted by at 1:13 pm  Politics
Sep 232016


One never has to work to demonstrate that most Trump supporters are deplorable.  Just hand them a microphone, ask them a question, and they do that all by themselves.  Jordon Klepper did just that on the Daily Show, and the results speak for themselves.

'Wow! Mind Blown' The Daily Show Speaks To Trump Supporters

Wednesday's episode of The Daily Show didn't have to create crazy fiction or conspiracy theories to malign Hillary Clinton. That's because Correspondent Jordan Klepper found plenty of Trump supporters to do it all by themselves. It was a spectacular display of the rampant ignorance and misinformation that has run amok among the supporters of Donald Drumpf.…

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Sep 192016

I’m sorry about yesterday.  This med still has me pretty wiped out.  I slept all morning, and could go right back to bed, if I would let myself.  On the plus side, the nerve pain is greatly improved.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:36 (average 4:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:


Staff Notice:

It appears that Alternet and Crooks and Liars have dropped the plug-in they were using to request embedded articles contain their banner, so until they put it back, we can go back to Creative Commons Attribution.

Since I started compressing graphics we have a new media library to which administrators (and hopefully authors too) can upload graphics.  It’s high in the left hand column of the Dashboard.  Please leave all graphics compression to me.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren was in Columbus, Ohio campaigning with Ted Strickland.  If you only have time for a snippet of the speech, you can find one at The New Civil Rights Movement.  But the full speech is really worth the 25 [28] minutes.


I’ve said it before. Liz is a national treasure!

From Crooks and Liars: Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson stated over the weekend that he was "just grateful that nobody got hurt" by an explosion that injured 29 people in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

During a Sunday interview on CNN, host Brian Stelter asked the candidate to respond to the explosion that left 29 people injured Saturday night.

Barf Bag Alert!!


Duh! He proved with Aleppo that he’s unfit to be President from a foreign policy perspective. This proves the same from a domestic perspective.

From Alternet:  …Here’s 11 areas where the differences between Clinton and Trump are poised to take the country in starkly different directions.

1. Will there be a revival of American racism against non-whites? There has not been as openly bigoted, racist and pro-white major party presidential candidate in decades. Trump has modeled a catalogue of racist rants and stereotypes and opened the door to a new era of race-based grievance politics. This is not just about immigration, but start there. He wants to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. He wants to build a wall along the Mexican border. He doesn’t want millions of “dreamer” children of the migrants, born here, to have a clear path to citizenship. He wants all Muslims to face extra immigration hurdles and encourages racial profiling. In sharp contrast, Clinton opposes all those stances, and wants the opposite—comprehensive immigration reform and embraces multi-cultural America. Yet Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Tim Pence, have dropped the pretense of dog-whistle politics, where white supremacists mouth neutral-sounding platitudes, like embracing ‘state’s rights,’ code for unequal treatment of minorities. They have coddled a spectrum of white supremacists, from klansman David Duke to Trump national convention delegates to far right-wing radio hosts, all of whom feel white America should not adapt to the nation’s growing multiculturalism. Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign slogan, reflected in her policies, is “Stronger Together.” Which way will the country go?…

I shared one, his extreme racism. Click through for the other ten.



Sep 162016

I’ll be leaving in a few minutes for my PCP appointment with Megan.  She’ll call in a prescription to my mail order pharmacy and I’ll have a new med for nerve pain by Tuesday or Wednesday.  Light at the end of the tunnel looks so good.  I apologize for mot reminding out fantasy football players about last night’s game between the Jets and the Bills.  I’ve been so busy that I forgot to check the schedule.  I know that I caught me, as I failed to plug-in the wide receiver I intended to start.  It cost me 15 fantasy points.  ARGH!!  I’ll finish this when I return.  This is my only article today.

I’m back.  Megan put me on Cymbalta, so if I start promoting Rump Dump Trump, that’s why.  I think it might help with the nerve pain, if it doesn’t make me crazy… um… crazier.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:43 (average 4:38).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (H/T KP Daily Funnies): Pinksourcing With Kristen Bell | Celebs Have Issues Ep. 1

Sadly, it’s damn accurate!

From Daily Kos: The NRA recently launched an ad portraying Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander as weak on gun rights, which is usually an effective argument in conservative states like this. But Kander’s must-see response commercial is one for the books.


The evil incumbent, Roy Blunt (R-MO) is up 3.4 points in the polls. I’d love to see him get his Ammosexual butt kicked.

From NY Times: In an alarming victory for the gun lobby, Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and enact a wholesale retreat from gun safety in the state.

The law will let citizens carry concealed weapons in public without a state gun permit, criminal background check or firearms training. It strips local law enforcement of its current authority to deny firearms to those guilty of domestic violence and to other high-risk individuals. And it establishes a dangerous “stand your ground” standard that will allow gun owners to shoot and claim self-defense based on their own sense of feeling threatened.

The author is correct to call MO the "Shoot Me" State.



Sep 112016

Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how outrageous InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

5 Outrageous Right-Wing Moments This Week: Republican Gets Brain Stuck in a Blender

While Hillary Clinton caught massive amounts of heat for accurately stating that many Trump supporters are "deplorable" people, a bunch of lovable racists, sexists and homophobes were gathered to spew venom in Washington D.C. At the Family Values Voter Summit gathering of right-wing evangelicals, very holy people like Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pence, Michelle Bachmann, alt-right racists,…

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Sep 042016

Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how insane InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

5 Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week: Michele Bachmann's Apocalypse Now


Among his other crimes against humanity, Donald Trump has normalized and legitimized an assortment of nutjobs that we thought had been safely sidelined forever. Suddenly, kooks like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Alex Jones and Pat Buchanan have all deemed it safe to flap their lips again, and spread their by turns vile, by other turns flat-out…

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Everyday Erinyes #41

 Posted by at 12:22 pm  Politics
Sep 032016


I have three items today which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them. As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as "unceasing," "grudging," and "vengeful destruction."

When I was in elementary school, I loved school.  Of course I was fortunate.  I probably got teased because I was overweight, but frankly, I don't remember it, because it didn't take long for them to find a new name – "walking dictionary" – and then no one wanted to get on my bad side bcause they'd lose assistance.  But I remember all my teachers as being kind and caring, even if I did something dumb, and believe me, I did.

Today – and probably then too, depending on the School District, but, as I say, I was lucky – you don't know what your kid is going to run into until it happens.  Take the case of Taraji Edwards, 6, of Simpsonville, SC.

Chartrese Edwards said her 6-year-old daughter, Taraji, started crying when she got ready for school, saying she didn’t want to wear the shoes her mother had picked out for her, reported WSPA-TV.

She asked the girl what was wrong, and she said her teacher had taken them away from her the previous day in school.

“I was messing with my shoes, and the teacher told me eight times or seven, and I never listened,” Taraji Edwards said.

The girl said the sandal strap was bothering her during math class at Bryson Elementary in Simpsonville, and her teacher threw them in the trash and made her walk around barefoot for part of the day.

Of course she was teased and laughed at by classmates (don't kids that age occasionally remind you of sharks who smell blood in the water?).  Obviously she did get the shoes back (since Mom wanted her to wear them again the next day), but she'll never get back those hours during which she was humiliated over the punishment by a teacher who claimed to have done nothing wrong.

I give credit to the District, which issued a statement saying that "embarrassment and humiiation" were not acceptable forms of punishment, and that the teacher was under investigation.  I will also credit the district for authorizing a homebound teacher for now.  But teachers who think this is acceptable tend to have a blind spot, and she may need extra tutoring to actually see the error of her ways – which I'm sure Megaera will be happy to provide.

While you're there, you might also provide some age-appropriate tutoring to the classmates, the little sharks.

Some days it just seems it's not a good time to be a kid.  You may already have an image of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence as a homophobe who signed into law one of the worst of the new anti-LGBT fad laws – Indiana's "religious freedom" law.  I expect everyone here has been upset, if maybe not shocked, at how this law was written specifically to oppress LGBTQ people.  But it now appears we weren't upset enough. 

An Indianapolis woman who beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger is citing Indiana's religious freedom law as a defense against felony child abuse charges, saying her choice of discipline comes straight from her evangelical Christian beliefs.

The woman quoted biblical Scripture in court documents. She said that a parent who "spares the rod, spoils the child," and: "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol."

The coat hanger was apparently a plastic one with a metal hook – that's not in the story but it was volunteered in the comments.  The young man suffered 36 injuries, mostly straight bruises, but including a few hook marks.

Mom's defense team appears to know this is a major outrage, because they also have a backup defense: cultural differences between the US and Myanmar, whence Mom is a refugee.  I've seen some articles lately about how liberals who value multiculturalism need to learn to be more conscientious at drawing a line between simple cultural differences and criminal behavior.  The right is correct to say we haven't always done that well.  But it is the right which she is calling on to justify her – both right-wing pseudo-Christianity, and a right-wing Indiana Supreme Court decision from 2008, when the court ruled that parents have a right to discipline children as they see fit.

Alecto, since Megaera is tied up in South Carolina, and since this case appears to relate to a continuing (unceasing) discussion, perhaps you would supervise this court case and give it a little push.

Don't feel neglected, Tisiphone, I have one for you.  Tailor made.  It happened in Ohio.  A woman of color was driving across an intersection on her way to work, when a white man came along and ran the red light, striking her car.

So, naturally, he shot her.

Deborah Pearl was a mother of three children.  She was shot twelve times with a 5.56mm high-powered assault rife.  When police arrived, she was on the ground, bleeding to death.  She was taken to University Hospitals Medical Center, where she died.

The killer, Matthew Ryan Desha, 29, was arrested (they say without incident) and is in jail, charged with murder, with bond set at $1 million (maybe that's a little low).

Probably everyone here is aware that I am a veteran myself, in fact a Marine Corps veteran, as is Mr. Desha.  As a veteran I say, DAMMIT, there is NO excuse for this.  PTSD, mental health issues, granted the system failed him, there is still no excuse.  Charged two montha ago with a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon, and when a search of his car revealed "a 9mm handgun, three additional magazines, straws with suspected drug residue and other contraband;" accused of fleeing the scene of a drunked driving crash he caused in 2007 – why was he walking around (OK, more accurately, driving around)?  Tisiphone, besides a killer on your hands, I believe law enforcement has some 'splainin' to do.  And you might also take some time to put on your Eumenides hat and try to comfort Ms. Pearl's three children.  I don't know their ages.  I do know it's a mess, but I'm sure you can handle it.  Oh, and make sure he doesn't get out of confinement before the election.  He'd be sure  to vote for Donald Trump.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4008623