“You saddled the rest of us with misrule and disaster. Own it.”

Holy mother of god, I’m tired of reading quotes from people who live in places where the local economy went to hell or Mexico in 1979, and who have spent the intervening years swallowing whatever Jesus Juice was offered up by theocratic bunco artists of the Christocentric Right, and gulping down great flagons of barely disguised hatemongering against the targets of the day, all the while voting against their own best interests, now claiming that empowering Donald Trump as the man who will “shake things up” on their behalf was the only choice they had left. You had plenty of choices left. In Kansas, you could have declined to re-elect Sam Brownback, who’d already turned your state into a dismal Randian basket case. In Wisconsin, you had three chances to turn out Scott Walker, and several chances to get the state legislature out of his clammy hands. And, now that the teeth of this new administration are becoming plain to see, it’s a good time to remind all of you that you didn’t have to hand the entire federal government over to Republican vandalism, and the presidency over to an abject loon on whom Russia may well hold the paper. You all had the same choices we all had. You saddled the rest of us with misrule and disaster. Own it. I empathize, but I will not sympathize.

While reading Charles P. Pierce’s excellent essay, I found myself nodding in agreement repeatedly. Having repeatedly reminded myself over the past few weeks that Donald Trump was democratically elected, there’s an obvious question demanding an answer: “WTF happened?” How could 63 MILLION Americans NOT recognize what was happening right in front of them?

Pierce’s most salient point? “This is a story about hypocrisy, not about ambivalence.” Indeed it is. Continue reading

Remember, it’s not hypocrisy when a Republican does it

“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts”

[Ted Koppel] told the Fox News talk show host that he’s “bad for America” when asked if he is in an interview aired on CBS Sunday. The response left Hannity in clear disbelief, and later upset. During a back and forth on the difference between factual news and political opinion, and its impact on society, Hannity accused the former Nightline news anchor of being cynical, which he didn’t disagree with…. “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” Koppel continued. Shortly after the interview aired, Hannity took to Twitter to slam his encounter with Koppel as “fake ‘edited’ news.”

It’s a propaganda technique so old and time-honored that not even Josef Goebbels couldn’t have taken credit for it. Loudly and indignantly blame your adversary for the very things you’re guilty of on a daily basis…and before long, the sheeple will line up in support of you. Sean Hannity isn’t a stupid man; he has to know on some level that what he’s selling to Fox News addicts is pure, unadulterated bullshit. It’s hard to imagine he could believe some of the things which he vomits forth on his eponymous nightly “news” show. Then again, he doesn’t have to- not when he’s become wealthy beyond measure for trafficking in propaganda, innuendo, falsehoods, and character assassination.

Nice work if you can get it. Continue reading

Mission Accomplished: Racism, bigotry, and hatred are now the order of the day

“Moving swiftly to get America back on the right track.” Perhaps if by “on the right track” you mean “making America the property and playground of Conservative White Christians,” eh? The idea that America has been on the “wrong track” seems merely so much propaganda put forth by those who hated The Black Guy in the White House © with a deep, enduring, and irrational passion. Continue reading

What would Jesus do? Probably kick Ken Paxton’s ass from here to Brownsville.

Religion and politics seem inescapably intertwined this year. In the latest case, Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Frisco ISD that it might be violating the separation of church and state by having a prayer room for Muslim students at a high school. Frisco fought back on Friday with a warning to Paxton: In the current political atmosphere, he might be endangering the district’s faculty, staff, and students—implying the possibility of anti-Muslim violence. Unmoved, Paxton went on “Fox and Friends” Monday to claim his office had not heard back from Frisco.

In 2009, Liberty High School in Frisco, TX, offered to allow Muslim students a space for their daily prayers. The principal was concerned that students were leaving campus for prayers and missing class time. He met with several of the students and their parents and asked if they’d be OK if the school offered them a space that could be used for prayers. Because students would be running the prayer services, it couldn’t be construed as a school-sponsored activity. Students would miss less class time, they’d be able to pray…so “win-win”…right?

Then-Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton became involved (more than seven years later), because as ANY good, God-fearing ‘Merican patriot KNOWS, all Muslims are terrorists. Or something like that. Continue reading

Smug, arrogant, detached from reality…and evidently built to stay that way

Christianity, like any religion, only works if believers actually follow its teachings


A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.” Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail them out! You must teach them personal responsibility!” They were interrupted by 10 lepers who stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, have pity on us.”…. “NO!” shouted Pious Paul. “Jesus! You don’t have time. We have a cocktail party fund-raiser in the temple. And don’t worry about them — they’ve already got health care access.” Jesus turned to Pious Paul, puzzled. “Why, they can pray for a cure,” Pious Paul explained. “I call that universal health care access.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been known to flaunt his Christian faith when it serves his purpose. How compatible the teachings of Jesus Christ are with the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand should be a matter of some considerable debate. Nonetheless, Ryan believes himself to be a good Christian…even though it could be argued he’s neither “good” nor “Christian.” Continue reading