Saturday, June 25, 2016

George Will Had No Sons

He had three whiskered things but he disowned them.

From the Moonie Times:
George Will renounces GOP, declares ‘This is not my party’

By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Republican Party’s acceptance of Donald Trump as its presumptive presidential nominee has prompted acclaimed conservative columnist George Will to change his political affiliation, the writer revealed Friday.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, Mr. Will changed his voter registration in the state of Maryland earlier this month from Republican to “unaffiliated,” he told PJ Media during an interview Friday.

“This is not my party,” Mr. Will said at an event in Washington, D.C. earlier in the day, the website reported.

Mr. Will has been a vocal critic of the GOP’s presumptive nominee since well before the New York businessman announced his candidacy 2015, and said the decision to part ways with the party was the result of the recent endorsement made by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, according to PJ Media.
Makes a giant, reeking mess.

Abandons it.

And is now bitching about how the help isn't cleaning it up fast enough.

George Will -- Conservative to the bone.

Brexit von Trump

Drunk-texted your friends last night that you'd hooked up with John Adams.

Woke up with Bane.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Professional Left Podcast #342

note: podcast was edited by Blue Gal while we drove down I74, and uploaded thanks to the free wifi at a McD's along US231.
-- driftglass

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Fanfare for the Common Moron

Unlike fossil fuels, arable land and clean water, Earth's reserves of stupid appear to be inexhaustible.

Many UK voters didn’t understand Brexit, Google searches suggest

"What happens if we leave the EU?" and "What is Brexit?" were top search terms.

In the wee hours of Friday morning, the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union with a majority of 52 percent—and according to Google, they don't really know why. Two hours after the referendum polls closed, roughly midnight UK time, the Google Trends Twitter account reported a 250 percent increase in people searching "what happens if we leave the EU." "Are we in or out of the EU?" spiked by 2,450 percent.

Other search terms that peaked following the result include "what happens to foreigners if we leave the EU," "what happens if we stay in the EU," and—perhaps most worryingly considering the gravity of the decision—"what is Brexit?"

Earlier in the evening, the top search in Sunderland (one of the first cities to declare its results) was "How do I vote in the EU referendum?"
As a public service, let me add that the answer to "Is Nigel Farage really going to build an Atlantic Wall and make Mexico pay for it?" is "No".

Good Morning Britain Reporter Demonstrated The Lost Art of "The Followup Question"

Inside his holding cell under CNN's Red Keep, Wolf Blitzer watched this, stunned.

"We can do that?" he whimpered.

Acting quickly, newly-minted CNN "analyst" Corey Lewandowski grabbed CNN's dust-covered 1990 Peabody Award from the trophy case and beat Blitzer with it until he shut the hell up.

And so, the Great Walk-back begins.

For future reference, this is what Day One of a Trump Administration would look like.
And Day Two.
And Day Three.


Not much else to say.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today In Conservative Christian Detachment Disorder: Michael Gerson

Remember the "lost letter" episode of the West Wing (""Enemies Foreign and Domestic") in which letter that a young boy sent to Franklin Roosevelt is finally delivered to the White House +60 years later?

Well, the Dirty Hippies have been sending letters to the Republican party for decades now warning them that climbing into bed with the likes of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Payul Weyrich and the rest of the hypocrites and pharisees and pit vipers on the "Conservative Christian" grift was seven different flavors of catastrophe.  Bad for the Party of Lincoln.  Really bad for the country. Really, really bad for Christianity.  Just bad all around.

Well as it turns out, decades later, some kind soul has delivered all of our missives to the home of former George W. Bush chief speechwriter, senior Republican policy adviser, Conservative Christian and reliable Beltway Republican stalactite, Michael Gerson.  And he is terribly shocked and put out over how those people over there are behaving:
Oh, God — and I mean the entreaty seriously — the Trump/evangelical summit in New York was just as bad as some of us feared...

Seldom has a group seemed more eager to be exploited...

Yet this event was not the tortured search for partial truths in a fallen world. It was a sad parody of Christian political involvement, summarizing all the faults and failures of the religious right...

We are reminded, second, that much of the religious right’s criticism of President Bill Clinton’s character was a ploy. Franklin Graham now argues that because Abraham lied, Moses disobeyed God and David committed adultery, Trump should get a pass, not just on his personal behavior but also on his deception, cruelty and appeal to bigotry. It is a non sequitur revealing the cynical subordination of faith to politics...
You see, Mr. Gerson is deeply concerned that these sellouts will give a black eye to his brand of noble Christian activism:
A powerful source of passion for social justice — a faith that once motivated abolitionism and various movements for civil and human rights — has been tamed and trivialized.
Hate to break it to you Michael, but the ancestors of the Christopaths who share your pew got no closer to "abolitionism" that rebel yellin' their heads off over Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens Cornerstone speech: 
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science...

May we not, therefore, look with confidence to the ultimate universal acknowledgment of the truths upon which our system rests? It is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system.
But Mr. Gerson's really jumps his denialism up into David Brooks territory right at the end where he acknowledges that Conservative Christians once made a similar error in judgement way back in the 1960s --
It is not the first time. During the civil rights movement in the 1960s, one of the main organs of white evangelical opinion, Christianity Today, defended “voluntary segregation,”...
-- and then completely o'erleaps the last half century and lands safely in the middle of this week --
It is happening again. Evangelical Christian leaders, motivated by political self-interest, are cozying up to a leader who has placed bigotry and malice at the center of American politics. They are defending the rights of their faith while dishonoring its essence.
-- without mentioning any of the truly egregious shit that was happening every day at the very ippy tippy top of the Republican party during the period when he was one of its most active members and influencers.

Egregious shit like this (from the NYT, 16 years ago):
In America; Looking for Votes . . .
Published: February 10, 2000

Wave goodbye to that fantasy of a more inclusive Republican Party.

George W. Bush and John McCain have planted themselves on the wrong side of the Confederate flag issue. And last week, there was Mr. Bush in Greenville, S.C., happily touting ''our ideas, Republican ideas, conservative ideas'' at Bob Jones University, which maintains its perverse rules against the mingling of races and its disgusting hostility to the Catholic religion.

Love is fine at B.J.U. as long as it doesn't cross the color line. Mr. Bush's brother and sister-in-law -- Jeb Bush, the governor of Florida, and his Mexican-born wife, Columba -- would have been condemned and expelled from Bob Jones for having dared to fall in love and marry...
What Mr. Gerson dare not say is that "Conservative Christians" are neither Conservative in any traditional sense, nor Christians and their political movement was always been an unholy abomination combining the sickening snake-oil piety of professional god-bothering con men who work the front of the room, and the millions of credulous chumps and self-righteous bigots who flock to the Church of St. Reagan because it promises to let them
...clothe [their] naked villany
With odd old ends stol'n out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most [they] play the devil.
(Pro-tip: Always steal from the best)

The reason Mr. Gerson is reduced to lying about the history of his Conservative Christian movement is the same reason he has been reduced to lying about the history of his Republican party -- for the entire duration of Mr. Gerson's professional life, they have both been just fucking awful.  And having attached himself to fundamentally depraved causes and profited handsomely thereby for decades, Mr. Gerson simply cannot afford -- financially or psychologically -- to be honest about his own complicity in the horrors he helped to create and unleash.

Or, ironically, as Mr. Gerson writes about Trump:
It is like watching a man insult a mirror.

Aristotle was not Belgian

The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself."

And "Aberdeen" is not a swing state.

From the New York Times:

Despite Campaign Woes, Donald Trump Flies to Scotland to Tend to Business Interests

JUNE 23, 2016

AYRSHIRE, Scotland — His campaign is desperately short of cash. He has struggled to hire staff. Influential Republicans are demanding that he demonstrate he can run a serious general election campaign.

But, for reasons that emphasize just how unusual a candidate he is, Donald J. Trump is leaving the campaign trail on Thursday to travel to Scotland to promote a golf course his company purchased on the country’s southwestern coast.

Normally when presidential contenders travel abroad, they do so to burnish their foreign policy credentials, cramming their schedules with high-level meetings with foreign dignitaries and opining on the pressing international issues of the day.

But, to a large extent, Mr. Trump’s business interests still drive his behavior, and his schedule. He has planned two days in Scotland, with no meetings with government or political leaders scheduled.

And despite the fact that Mr. Trump touches down in Britain the day after its “Brexit” vote on whether to leave the European Union, his itinerary — a helicopter landing at his luxury resort, a ceremonial ribbon cutting and family photo, and a news conference — reads like a public relations junket crossed with a golf vacation.

“Traditionally, nominees travel overseas during this period to brush up their foreign policy depth and visit 10 Downing Street and Israel — for politics back here,” said Scott W. Reed, senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone knows this is the wrong thing for the nominee to be doing now, and it is amazing this can’t be stopped.”

Also the London Underground is not a political movement.

Barack Obama is not a Kenyan-born, Sekrit Muslim Terrorist sleeper cell.

No one is coming for your guns.

And Hillary Clinton did not murder Vice Foster.

Those are all lies, Donny.

I looked them up.

Well This Was Predictable

As one disreputable nobody once noted long ago...
Whenever there is home headline-grabbing barbarity somewhere in the world that is in some way related to those who pervert Islam to serve horrific ends, you can always -- and I mean always -- count on two things.

First, America's premier, globe-trotting, indignance-chasing attorney (who, somehow, is still not being held incommunicado in some lightless super-max prison cell) will be johnny-on-the-spot to set up his card table right in the center of it so he can angrily pamphleteer passer's by about the real tragedy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Party Of Benghazi Show-Trials Says What?

Party of endless, meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare says what?

Nothing -- nothing -- is going to get fixed in this country until the GOP is razed to its foundations. Taken down, root and branch.

Brother Charles Pierce explains what is really at stake here:
But at the heart of these actions is more than a protest against inaction on the issue of guns. It's a protest against inaction, period, against the repulsive and cowardly vandalism-by-inaction that has been the hallmark of the Congress almost from the second the president's hand came off the Bible in 2009. Politicians should vote and then explain their reasons why to the people that elect them. The government should function. Period. That's an issue worth fighting over.