Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sarah Palin uses the Bible to condemn same sex marriage.

Okay well I had to visit Palin's stupid new website to read this, but you all can read it here: 

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?” Matthew 19:4-5 (Looks like Palin is moving ever closer to her eventual career as a televangelist.)

When God created Adam and Eve as similar but oh-so-different, those very differences created the institution that’s so hotly debated today: marriage. (Actually marriage predates religion, at least the religions that we see today, and was originally typically  seen as strategic alliance between families. Neither love, nor god, had much of anything to do with it.)

He made us “male and female,” so “for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife.” (Once again primitive quotes from religious texts have virtually nothing to do with our modern understanding of marriage.)

On June 26, 2015, five of the nine appointed Supreme Court justices voted to redefine marriage, knocking down laws all across the country. No longer, according to the court, can marriage be defined as the union of one man and one woman. (And that is what we refer to as "progress.")

But Psalm 33:10-12 says God is ultimately in control of the nations and His plans stand firm forever, meaning everything He ordains won’t be un-ordained, even by five black robes. (Somebody needs to remind this nitwit that we live by the rule of law in America. Not by Biblical law.)

Franklin Graham brilliantly stated, “With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.” (Nobody cares, and that is a fairly loose translation of the word "brilliantly.".)

No matter what happens next from the courts, and there’s bound to be a “next” or many “nexts,” God’s law for marriage and family remains the same. And I’m sticking with His plan.

As individuals and as a society, we need to strengthen marriage, not redefine it through the courts or devalue it through sin. Do something special to strengthen your own marriage, remember that it is a union before God, and remember that the family is sometimes called “the domestic church.”

Let me remind all of you that Palin HAD to get married because she was knocked up. Just like her mother.

She also got married in a courthouse, so there was no "union before god."

There is also quite a bit of evidence to suggest that the child she was carrying at the time was NOT Todd's son. I don't think the Bible has a lot of nice things to say about THAT either.

Add to that the fact that Palin also had an affair with Todd's business partner, and it seems that she is lobbing stones inside the shakiest of glass houses.

If we also consider Bristol's two pregnancies out of wedlock, and Track beating his fiancee either before or after he impregnated her, also outside of wedlock, it just makes everything Palin has had ghostwritten for her in this post seem almost like she is purposefully inviting mockery.

Either that or she is the least self aware person on the planet.

You decide.

Just like her daddy Ivanka Trump seems to have trouble paying her taxes as well.

Courtesy of The Daily Mail:  

After a rocky few months for Ivanka Trump's clothing and jewelry lines as a number of major retail chains dropped her products from their real and virtual shelves, her brand has encountered yet another setback. 

According to legal documents obtained by, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry was hit with a New York State lien on January 26, accusing the company of failing to pay over $5,000 in taxes. 

The Fifth Avenue jewelry store, located within Trump Tower, carries high-end pieces ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. The shop is officially listed as Madison Avenue Diamonds LLC. 

I have every confidence that if you examined the finances for every one of the Trump family members you would find problems with their taxes.

These are people who simply do not believe that the laws or the rules apply to them.

These are grifters who make the Palin family look like a rag tag group of wandering pickpockets.

Federal appeals court finds that the right to own military style weapons is not protected by the 2nd Amendment. Let the outrage begin!

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a Maryland ban on assault-style rifles and large-capacity magazines isn’t subject to the Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms. 

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, reconsidered a divided ruling issued last year that found citizens have a “fundamental right” to own these weapons, and that laws restricting the right deserve the toughest level of constitutional scrutiny. 

Writing for a nine-judge majority, U.S. Circuit Judge Robert King said that weapons such as M-16s and the kind that “are most useful in military service” aren’t protected by the Second Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. That ruling limited the right to ownership of handguns for self-defense within the home. 

“Put simply,” King wrote, “we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war that the Heller decision explicitly excluded from such coverage.” 

The court separately rejected claims that Maryland’s assault weapons ban violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Oh the NRA is definitely going to lose it's shit over this!

Should be fun to watch.

Mitch McConnell met by nearly a thousand protesters in his home state.

Courtesy of WUKY: 

Nearly a thousand people have crowded behind a chain link fence to try to catch Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attention as he made his first stop on a tour of Kentucky during the congressional recess.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fielded a series of heated questions during his first speech in a tour of Kentucky during the congressional recess. 

McConnell did not answer questions about the deadly raid in Yemen or coal jobs continuing to disappear, and instead thanked the questioners for their "speeches." 

One woman shouted, "if you answer that, I'll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren." She was referencing the now-infamous event on the Senate floor earlier this month when McConnell ordered the Democratic senator from Massachusetts to sit down during the fight over Jeff Sessions' confirmation as attorney general.

The protesters on Tuesday chanted, "No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call," a reference to the senator's clogged voicemail system during the first month of Donald Trump's presidency.

This of course is only one example of the many protests and contentious town halls that are happening around the country.

The election of Donald Trump has inspired a kind of fervent activism unlike anything I have every seen before. And I love it!

And of course he hates it.
Nice try, but I think that will only make these people even more passionate.

And it is not only happening in public, behind the scenes there are e-mails being sent and phone call being made on an almost continuous basis to just about every Senatorial and Congressional office in the country.

In some cases they are even going old school.

Courtesy of Five Thirty Eight:  

On Feb. 1, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins gave back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor stating their intention to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. This was a big deal: If one more Republican came out against Trump’s nominee, DeVos would be voted down, unless a Democrat also broke ranks. That’s when the faxes really started to pour into Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey’s Washington office. He’d already been averaging a few hundred a day ever since President Trump was inaugurated; that afternoon, the number shot up to more than 300 an hour.

Really? Faxes? I don't even have a fax machine anymore.

But you have to admit it is certainly hard to ignore 300 faxes coming into your office every hour.

That is the kind of pressure that changes votes.

Rachel Maddow points out Jill Stein's odd silence on the Russia/Trump connection.

Courtesy of Deadstate: 

During an appearance on VICELAND’s Desus & Mero, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed to a certain political figure who’s been largely silent during the Trump-Russia debacle. 

Maddow started out her comments by referring to the now-infamous picture of Trump’s ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn sitting at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Also in the picture sitting in the foreground is 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein. 

“So everybody’s like, ‘Wow, how come this like super, super aggressive opposition that we saw from these third-party candidates — how come they haven’t said anything since this scandal has broken?'” Maddow said. 

“I don’t know, Jill! I can’t pronounce it in Russian!” Maddow said sarcastically. “Hope you’re really psyched about you Wisconsin vote totals!”

Well, she has a point.

And don't forget the findings of the intelligence agencies were that the Russians did not simply help Trump with their hacks, but also undermined Hillary during the primaries in an attempt to peel off support. 

Which clearly they did.

Study shows that exposure to religion renders children unable to differentiate between fact and fiction.

Courtesy of Waking Times: 

A study conducted by researchers led by Kathleen H. Corriveau of Boston University examined how religious exposure affects a child’s ability to distinguish between fact and fiction. They found that religious exposure at an early age has a surprising effect: it makes children less able to differentiate between reality and fantasy. 

The researchers presented three different types of stories – religious, fantastical and realistic – to a group of 5 and 6-year olds. Religious children were divided into three groups: children exposed to the Christian religion either as churchgoers who attended public school, non-churchgoers who attended parochial school, or churchgoers who attended parochial school. The fourth group of children included non-churchgoing children who attended public school and had no exposure to religion in either church or school. The goal of the research was to find out if religious exposure would affect the child’s ability to identify if the lead character in each of the stories was real or make-believe. 

The study found that children who attended church services and/or were enrolled in a parochial school had a much harder time differentiating between fact and fiction when compared to children of non-religious background. The study, published in the journal Cognitive Science, states: 

“The results suggest that exposure to religious ideas has a powerful impact on children’s differentiation between reality and fiction, not just for religious stories but also for fantastical stories.”

I am still often puzzled that there are people who do not simply recognize this by casual observation.

There is a reason why scam artists often target deeply religious people, they are the most gullible.

And that is the same reason that politicians invoke god, religion, and the Bible in their speeches.

They know that religious people are predisposed to accept things without the benefit of evidence.

Let's face it, without religious indoctrination there would be NO president Trump.

It requires the dulling of critical thinking skills to convince people to vote for idiots, assholes, and criminals.

And religion serves that purpose quite nicely.

So I stand by my contention that introducing religion to children is in fact a form of child abuse. But will add that in the long run it is also an abuse of our basic human right to use our intellects to protect ourselves as adults.

Woman sues due to injury suffered while filming fake reality scenes for Alaska reality show.

Courtesy of ADN:

Susan Aikens, who stars in the reality television show "Life Below Zero," has sued the series producers, alleging she was injured while being forced to film dangerous scenes for fictitious narratives. 

Aikens' grievances largely center on a producer who she alleges was verbally abusive and intimidated her and other crew members. 

The producer demanded Aikens drive her snowmachine into overflow, according to a civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. She was badly hurt in a crash and then made to wait for medical treatment so desirable footage could be captured, the complaint says. 

The 32-page lawsuit lists multiple defendants including the BBC and three of its subsidiaries, producer Aaron Mellman, and unnamed crew members. It alleges the defendants breached a contract, interfered with Aikens' business and intentionally caused her emotional distress.

Years ago my daughter, who worked on some of these shows, clued me into to just how fake they all are. 

In her words literally EVERYTHING that happens is scripted, including fights, love affairs, and yes dangerous incidents.

I think this lawsuit is great in that perhaps it will pull back the veil and allowing potential viewers see that it's all bullshit.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rachel Maddow discusses the increasingly obvious connections between the Trump team and Russia, and dares the Jeff Sessions Justice Department to do their job.

"The question is whether this Justice Department is independent enough to stand up for the rule of law on matters this serious. If it's not, if under Jeff Sessions the Justice Department is just going to be another part of this same scheme, this scheme that we're seeing unspool every day with each strange new revelation in the press, If the Justice Department's just going to be part of it, rather than part of fixing it, then we are going to need a different kind of remedy to fight back against what Russia has already done to our government, what Russia has already done to our election system, what Russia has already done to us, and what apparently they are still working on doing."

This was another great segment, and Rachel did an amazing job of laying out all of the threads and then essentially challenging the Justice Department to follow them to their obvious conclusions.

By the way while we are on the topic, here is Scott Dworkin's analysis of that Russian Dossier.

It is actually quite interesting. 

Book deal dead, CPAC speaking slot rescinded, and now ejected from Breitbart. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week of Milo Yiannopoulos.

Courtesy of CNN: 

The professional provocateur has resigned as an editor at Breitbart News amid a firestorm over unearthed comments in which he seemed to endorse sex between "younger boys and older men." 

Yiannopoulos released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, minutes before he was scheduled to give a press conference in Manhattan. 

"It would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effectively immediately. This decision is mine alone," Yiannopoulos said in a statement. 

While Yiannopoulos has made a living off of deliberately offensive statements, his comments on two recently discovered video clips proved too much, even for his friends and colleagues at Breitbart.

Jesus literally just 48 hours ago this guy was considered a conservative rising star.

And now he is essentially radioactive.

Gee, I guess promoting the idea that gays are pedophiles and that their sexual assault could work to help children "discover who they are" simply proved a bridge too far for the conservatives.

Remember it wasn't the antisemitic, anti-women, or racist comments that got Yiannopoulos in hot water.

Those apparently were just fine with the conservative folks, and even helped him to win a slot at CPAC this year.

Joan Walsh of "The Nation" recognizes that those disgusting comments were not only what made Yiannopoulos a star, but it is not the first time that kind of talk has done so:

But the question everyone should be asking is, how did a low-rent scam-artist like Yiannopoulos rise to the top of conservative politics, anyway? Even some conservatives are mystified. Reagan biographer Craig Shirley was aghast. “This is the first time I can recall a spoiled man child whose main purpose is self-promotion being selected as…[a] speaker at CPAC,” Shirley told The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis. 

Shirley’s memory is a little short. CPAC helped mainstream another “spoiled man child whose main purpose is self-promotion” just four years ago when the group invited Trump to speak at its conference. Yiannopoulos’s political trajectory tracks that of the man he calls “Daddy.” His fall shows that the craven opportunism of the modern conservative movement has at least one limit: pedophilia. Of course, both men should have been stopped long ago. 

The rise of Yiannopolous is evidence that modern conservatism is mostly driven by fear, backlash, scapegoating, and whiny complaints about “political correctness,” which essentially comes down to white men complaining they can’t insult women and people of color without censure anymore. That’s the heart of Trump’s appeal, too.

Yep, there is a reason that Yiannopoulos calls Donald Trump "Daddy."

They share a similar pig-like DNA.

Trump was able to talk about "grabbing pussies," and walking in on young girls changing their clothes, and still get elected president. And one would think that in an environment like this conservatives should be able to get away with saying just about ANYTHING.

Unfortunately for Yiannopolulos he forgot the old adage, "Never get caught with a dead girl or a live boy." (Yes I know that in this case the idiot was not actually caught with a live boy, but from his words it sounds like there were a lot of time he could have been.)

By the way don't think is the last we will see of this pathetic little troll.

Personally I hope the media stays on this, because I would REALLY like to know who would fund something like this.

Bristol Palin's ghostwritten blog tells a story about her sister being targeted by a liberal teacher. Moose poop doesn't really smell, but this does.

The first part of the poorly written post deals with an incident in New York, and then extrapolates to include, as always, a member of the Palin family.

In this case poor put upon little Piper Palin: 

Recently, my 10th grade sister actually just had something awkward happen to her at school. A liberal teacher, someone who has always hated my mom, went on a rant about President Donald Trump. This alone should be disturbing, but you can see it happens all over the nation to unsuspecting kids all the time. Of course, this teacher’s political rant turned into and (sic) anti-Sarah Palin rant. (Because why wouldn’t it?) 

Then, the teacher told the kids in his class that they should tell Piper what he said and how they feel about my mom’s politics! 

I couldn’t believe it. 

A few days later, after the teacher was sent to the principal’s office – literally – and interviewed by the principal, the teacher apologized to my dad. 

But what about the damage done to the kids in that class? What about the fact that teachers across America feel perfectly fine teaching kids THEIR version of American politics… what happens when people are spewing their political beliefs and the politician’s kid ISN’T in the class? 

I hope teachers start suffering some consequences (Yeah. I'll bet you do.)– but you know that probably won’t happen!

Okay first off we should remember that before Donald Trump was busy lying everyday to the American people, Sarah Palin and her family were doing that already. 

Secondly this supposedly happened in a Wasilla school, in one of the reddest parts of the state.

Do we really believe that in that atmosphere a teacher would let their liberal flag fly?

The word you are looking for here is "unlikely."

My take is that, at Sarah's urging, Bristol's ghostwriter took a completely unrelated incident and worked to somehow make it about the poor downtrodden Palins being victimized once again by some heartless liberal. 

We have seen this play out time and time again. (Remember Joe McGinniss supposedly peeking through Piper's bedroom window?)

I will say this, comparing Bristol's ghostwritten blog to her mother's click bait saturated ghostwritten "website," certainly makes Bristol's look ten times better.

I mean at least there is sometimes actual content there, whereas Palin's is empty and devoid of any personality at all.

CIA agent who worked under both Bush and Obama administrations, cannot bring himself to work under Trump's.

Courtesy of WaPo: 

The CIA taught me new skills and exposed me to new cultures and countries. More important, it instilled in me a sense of mission and purpose. As an analyst, I became an expert in terrorist groups and traveled the world to help deter and disrupt attacks. The administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama took the CIA’s input seriously. There was no greater reward than having my analysis presented to the president and seeing it shape events. Intelligence informing policy — this is how the system is supposed to work. I saw that up close for the past three years at the White House, where I worked on loan from the CIA until last month. 

As a candidate, Donald Trump’s rhetoric suggested that he intended to take a different approach. I watched in disbelief when, during the third presidential debate, Trump casually cast doubt on the high-confidence conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies, released that month, that Russia was behind the hacking and release of election-related emails. On the campaign trail and even as president-elect, Trump routinely referred to the flawed 2002 assessment of Iraq’s weapons programs as proof that the CIA couldn’t be trusted — even though the intelligence community had long ago held itself to account for those mistakes and Trump himself supported the invasion of Iraq. 

Trump’s actions in office have been even more disturbing. His visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, an overture designed to repair relations, was undone by his ego and bluster. Standing in front of a memorial to the CIA’s fallen officers, he seemed to be addressing the cameras and reporters in the room, rather than the agency personnel in front of them, bragging about his inauguration crowd the previous day. Whether delusional or deceitful, these were not the remarks many of my former colleagues and I wanted to hear from our new commander in chief. I couldn’t help but reflect on the stark contrast between the bombast of the new president and the quiet dedication of a mentor — a courageous, dedicated professional — who is memorialized on that wall. I know others at CIA felt similarly. 

The final straw came late last month, when the White House issued a directive reorganizing the National Security Council, on whose staff I served from 2014 until earlier this year. Missing from the NSC’s principals committee were the CIA director and the director of national intelligence. Added to the roster: the president’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who cut his teeth as a media champion of white nationalism.

I have to imagine that there are MANY who feel the same way that Edward Price feels about Trump within the intelligence community. After all he essentially labeled them Nazis at one time.

However I have to hope that the majority of them stay on the job because, despite Trump's indifference to their work, we certainly need them. 

We are living in dangerous times, made even more so by our Kremlin compromised president.

In fact perhaps the greatest need is for them to keep an eye on him, because the danger he presents appears more immediate and potentially harmful than a few ragtag terrorists. 

Protesters have found a unique way to troll Donald Trump.

Courtesy of Yahoo News:  

Protest signs in cities around the country are calling for the impeachment of the president — just not the one you think. 

“Impeach President Bannon” posters were spotted in Washington, New York City and several other major cities on Sunday, part of a Presidents’ Day weekend demonstration against President Trump’s controversial White House chief strategist and senior adviser, Steve Bannon. 

“No one voted for Steve Bannon,” the California-based organizers of the protest wrote in an email to Yahoo News. “Yet he is the de-facto 45th president of the United States.” 

The group raised more than $8,000 online for the signs, which list Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama before Bannon’s name. 

“Thanks for helping us show this arrogant ‘mastermind’ that he’s not as smart as he thinks he is,” Alison Kay, one of the protest’s principal organizers, wrote. “If Bannon thinks Trump is a ‘blunt instrument’ … wait till he sees what we can do.”

Let me just say, you people are impressing me.

Innovative, humorous, passionate, dedicated, yep you are very impressive indeed.

And I am becoming more and more confident everyday that we are going to get control of our country back and start moving again towards progress, equality, and prosperity. 

Remembering when we had hope.

The other day this song popped into my head and I suddenly remembered how inspired I was at the promise of a better tomorrow in America.

These days I know we often feel such despair that is it hard to remember when we had hope.

Well we certainly did and this song was our theme song.

So you take a moment to hear the words and remember how inspired we were to stand up for our country, stand up for our freedoms, and stand up for ourselves.

"Always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. Yes we can."

Donald Trump fears the press because he knows what the press can do.

All of those accusations of "fake news" are just obvious attempts by Donald Trump to undermine a free press that he knows will soon uncover information that will lead to his downfall.

That was something that the ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, who actually wrote "The Art of the Deal" warned us about four months ago.

Courtesy of The Independent:  

“On day one he would end a free press,” he said, speaking from Washington DC. “In any way that he could, he would use the government to shut down a free press, and listen, he has plenty of precedents for doing that, including his hero Vladimir Putin.”

So far Trump has been unable to do this.

However by constantly undermining their credibility and claiming they are the enemy of the American people, he has come frighteningly close.