Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Seen on Boston Common Today

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Fact: Not a single Nazi was the victim of vehicular homicide in Boston today.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Trump Too Afraid to Disavow Domestic Terrorist Group (KKK) Support

UPDATE BELOW

The Klandidate


The "Vulgar Talking Yam" is afraid to denounce the KKK's  David Duke (calls Trump "by far the best candidate") and other white supremacists' support, because he doesn't know who David Duke is and maybe there are some nice people in those groups, and he knows nothing!


I hope the Democratic nominee plays this coward's feckless answer over and over and over again to show his lack of character and his withering cowardice in not being able to refuse the support and admiration of a domestic terrorist organization.  



Donald Trump: ‘It would be very unfair’ to disavow KKK and David Duke until I ‘do research on them’


My 12-year old grandson knows who David Duke is and what the KKK stands for. He wouldn't need to do "research" to find out. But then, my grandson is not a cowardly weasel who is unable to look at evil, call it what it is, and reject it.

But the morally rotten, Vulgar Talking Yam would not reject the domestic terrorist group, the KKK:


Donald Trump Declines Three Chances To Disavow David Duke

Trump distanced himself from Duke in 2000, but wouldn't do so Sunday.

From BuzzFeed:

David Duke Urges His Supporters To Volunteer And Vote For Trump 

David Duke, a white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, is urging the listeners of his radio program to volunteer and vote for Donald Trump. 

 “Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said on the David Duke Radio Program Wednesday, referring to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. 

“I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”



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 "...a candidate cannot be held accountable for everything said and believed by his or her supporters. But once it’s clear that the candidate has both the attention and affection of the ugliest, most vile creatures in our political swamp, what he chooses to do about that is a leadership test not only for the candidate but also for the party of which he is becoming the standard-bearer. Now that the KKK and the white nationalists feel that the Republican Party has finally given them a candidate they can believe in, who will disabuse them of that notion? And how?"  --Rachel Maddow

UPDATE:



"Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse. 

The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood." --Ronald Reagan




Donald Trump:  Too much of a political opportunist and a coward to reject the support of the Ku Klux Klan.  

He's a disgrace to the Republican Party and to America.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday Science Blog









COMMON (Weedy) SEADRAGON:


Common Seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (Lacépède, 1804) The species is related to the seahorses. Unlike seahorses however, the seadragons do not have a pouch for rearing the young. Instead, male seadragons carry the eggs fixed to the underside of the tail. The standard name of the species in Australia is 'Common Seadragon', but many people know the fish by the name 'Weedy Seadragon'. 














LEAFY SEADRAGON


Leafy seadragons (Phycodurus eques) are exquisitely camouflaged fish. Belonging to the same family as seahorses and pipefish (Syngnathidae), they resemble these with their elongated snout and bony-plated body . 

Leafy seadragons are yellowish-brown to green in colour, although they may vary depending on their age, diet or location. 

The pectoral fins are located on the neck, and a dorsal fin runs along the seadragon's back. As their common name suggests, there are a number of leaf-like appendages along the body, which help to make these fish resemble the seaweed of their habitat. The eyes are located above the elongated snout and there are a number of defensive spines along the sides of the body






Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Banality of Evil


The Moment of Truth; We Must Stop Trump




This is what a totalitarian jackass sounds like:














What about Trump's lies? 


He enjoys freedom of speech so he can lie to his gullible supporters, but he's going to go after the media if they don't give him special treatment?

If elected president, Trump promises to intimidate the media and sue the hell out of them if he doesn't like what they say. 


TRUMP LIED ABOUT NOT TAKING MONEY FOR HIS CAMPAIGN:



 Here are the organizations and people who are giving Trump money. And he's taking it.


Trump not exactly self-funding his campaignThe majority of money has come from donors. 

Trump has contributed to financing his campaign through in-kind gifts and loans. 

In the third quarter, he made about $100,000 in in-kind contributions to his campaign. That’s in addition to the $1.8 million Trump previously loaned the campaign. 

Trump can pay himself back for the loan with campaign funds at any point. 


TRUMP LIED ABOUT HIRING UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS FOR HIS PROJECTS:


Here’s the story. 


Sometime between 1979 and 1980, Trump hired a contractor to demolish an old building in midtown Manhattan to make way for Trump Tower. 

The contractor signed on workers from a local union and, to meet Trump’s tight deadline, also brought on 200 undocumented laborers from Poland dubbed the "Polish Brigade." 

 The Polish employees were off-the-books, working 12-hour shifts seven days a week for $4 to $5 an hour, with no overtime. Some workers were never paid what they were owed.







This crackpot wants to crack down on the media for publishing false information?

Will someone please inform the totalitarian jackass about the Bill of Rights.

Thanks.



And, finally, this:







Yeah, Donald, what an "honer!"

What'd I Say!




Tribute at the White House for the late, great, The Genius, Ray Charles.



Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Night Funnies



YOU ARE A BLABBER MOUTH!





LAST NIGHT'S T-GOP DEBATE REDUX!


UPDATE:

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey endorses the guy he said (6 months ago) did not have the temperament or experience to be president.

I guess Trump's experience at shouting, bragging, bullying, snarling, and being an all-around jackass changed Christie's opinion, and now Chris "I didn't know about the bridge" Christie thinks Trump is just perfect for the job:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday that GOP presidential rival Donald Trump has the right mindset to be president. "Donald's a great guy and a good person. But I just don't think that he's suited to be president of the United States," he told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren as they walked along the Jersey Shore. 

He added: "I don't think his temperament is suited for that and I don't think his experience is." Christie, often accused of having his own temperament issues, was responding to Van Susteren asking if he would be willing to "take a swipe" at at the Republican front-runner and real-estate tycoon.





The GOP debate starring Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Rafael Eduardo Cruz, and some other guys:

(And don't miss Pm Carpenter's analysis of last night's T-GOP brawl.)





 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Trump's way of making America great again...



is to hire foreign workers over American workers, just like he does in his businesses.  
He's a great successful businessman, isn't he? He's successful by hiring foreign workers instead of Americans because it's cheaper! And the businessman can make more money to send off-shore so he doesn't have to pay taxes on it, so the middle class and poor have to make up for it. That's how you make America great again!


His supporters are being duped or dopes or both. He talks about bringing jobs to America, while he practices just the opposite. He wants his dupes to listen to what he says but not look at what he does:

He hires foreign workers over Americans, and he manufactures his clothing lines in China and Mexico! Not here in the good ole U.S. of A.  His supporters don't have a problem with this?

Why?  Either they don't know about it or they do and they don't care -- which is infinitely worse.


After all the "Make America Great Again" talk about kicking out immigrants and bringing back jobs for American workers, it turns out Trump's track record doesn't quite add up. 

The New York Times reports on Trump's hiring practices at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach:

Since 2010, nearly 300 United States residents have applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers there. But according to federal records, only 17 have been hired. 

In all but a handful of cases, Mar-a-Lago sought to fill the jobs with hundreds of foreign guest workers from Romania and other countries. [...] 

 But he has also pursued more than 500 visas for foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago since 2010, according to the United States Department of Labor, while hundreds of domestic applicants failed to get the same jobs. 

What says Trump about all this? 

 “The only reason they wouldn’t get a callback is that they weren’t qualified, for some reason. There are very few qualified people during the high season in the area.” 

That assertion was roundly rejected by an executive at CareerSource, a Palm Beach-based job placement firm, who responded, “We have hundreds of qualified applicants for jobs like those.” 

Trump eventually got down to the real deal though: 

 “I want to protect our borders,” he said. “I also want to protect our businesses." 

Hey, when it comes to making money, all bets are off. Bad news for all those nativists who think Trump's their knight in shining armor.

Wonderful News for Liberals/Progressives and America!





Top GOP Pollster: Young Americans Are Terrifyingly Liberal

According to new polling by right-wing political consultant Frank Luntz, Americans 18 to 26 are extremely liberal — so liberal that “the hostility of young Americans to the underpinnings of the American economy and the American government” should “frighten every business and political leader” and “excite activists for Sanders and, to a lesser degree, Clinton activists.” 

Luntz’s poll found that young Americans are optimistic about both the country’s future and their own: 61 percent say the best days of the United States are still ahead of us rather than behind us, and 88 percent are somewhat, very, or extremely optimistic about their economic prospects. But they have concerns, too. 

Their biggest, in order, are “corruption,” “greed,” and “inequality.” 

 President Obama is not their favorite political figure — Bernie Sanders is. Indeed, 31 percent said Bernie Sanders is the major political figure they “like and respect the most” — more than Obama (18 percent) and Hillary Clinton (11 percent). 

Fewer young people like and respect Republican politicians, with just 9 percent choosing Donald Trump, 5 percent George W. Bush, and 5 percent Ted Cruz.

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They aren’t nationalistic: 58 percent of respondents said they agreed more with the statement “America isn’t better or worse than most other countries” than with “America is exceptional. It’s better than every other country in the world.” 


In fact, 35 percent of 18- to 26-year-olds, including 42 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds, said they considered themselves more a citizen of the world than of the U.S. 

 In response to the question, “Which type of political system do you think is the most compassionate?”, 58 percent said socialism and 9 percent said communism. Just 33 percent chose capitalism. Sixty-six percent of the poll’s respondents said corporate America “embodies everything that is wrong about America.”


Donald Trump Supporters...







20% Of Trump Supporters Regret We Freed The Slaves, Think Whites Are Superior Race



No surprise here:

Analysis by the New York Times of a national YouGov/Economist poll combined with a Public Policy Poll of South Carolina primary voters found that a shocking 20% of Trump supporters found that disagreed with the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all the slaves following the end of the American Civil War. 

21% agreed that “whites were a superior race,” 


70% wish the Confederate flag still flew above the statehouse,  

38% of them wish the South had won the Civil War. 

1/3 of Trump backers support banning LGBTQ people from entering the United States; 

41% approve of banning non-citizen Muslims from entering the United States.


These are the bigoted boneheads who believe Trump will make America great again.


And if that's not enough to scare the donuts out of you, there's this:


Now's a good time to note the GOP is about to nominate someone who got really mad about Kristen Stewart cheating




He may not know anything about policy or government, but that's not to say he's not an expert on something:





This actually happened people. That man is now the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for president. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday is Trump Hump Day




h/t  Republic of Gilead:


(BTW, when are "they" going to tell Kindly Doc Carson and his adoring supporters that he's not going to be the nominee? He needs to go back to sleep and dream a different dream. Maybe a brain surgeon pyramid hunter?)





R.I.P. Johnny "Shoes" Cammarata







My North End neighborhood mourns the loss of Johnny "Shoes" Cammarata. 

He was a natural comedian and told stories with his unique flourishes about the old days in Boston's Italian neighborhood.  He was Johnny of "Johnny and Gino's" barber shop, but retired a few years ago and enjoyed hanging out at "My Cousin's Place"  (that's Johnny in the center of the photo) where he held court almost every day with his hilarious stories and opinions. 

We'll miss you Johnny. And I'm glad we knew you!

Here's Johnny, featured in a National Geographic article. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Orange-Haired Elephant in the Room

A YUUUUUGE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DISLIKE THE TRUMP


None of the Trumper's supporters want to acknowledge this:



Gallup: Trump Has Highest Unfavorable Rating of Any Candidate Ever

Yes, the Trumper has won two primaries: New Hampshire and South Carolina and he was an also-ran in the Iowa caucuses. (New Hampshire and South Carolina are hardly representative of America's diverse population.)

His supporters believe the Trumper will sail into the White House because of those two wins, or even because of his front-runner status in other Republican primary states.

But the fact is that the Trumper is deeply disliked and has a higher negative rating than Hillary Clinton!


From Newsmax:


Donald Trump has the highest unfavorable rating since Gallup began tracking the indicator for nominated candidates from either political party during the 1992 elections. 

Just two days before the Iowa caucuses, 60 percent of Americans surveyed view Trump unfavorably, versus 33 percent who see him favorably.

From Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight:Donald Trump Is Really Unpopular With General Election Voters 
By NATE SILVER 

Trump would start at a disadvantage: Most Americans just really don’t like the guy. Contra Rupert Murdoch’s assertion about Trump having crossover appeal, Trump is extraordinarily unpopular with independent voters and Democrats. Gallup polling conducted over the past six weeks found Trump with a -27-percentage-point net favorability rating among independent voters, and a -70-point net rating among Democrats; both marks are easily the worst in the GOP field. (Trump also has less-than-spectacular favorable ratings among his fellow Republicans.)



And then there's this from The Trumper ( or should we call him "wankpuffin?"), LOL! What a clown!



Monday, February 22, 2016

Scalia's Legacy






Jeffrey Toobin on Justice Scalia
The New Yorker





"Scalia described himself as an advocate of judicial restraint, who believed that the courts should defer to the democratically elected branches of government. In reality, he lunged at opportunities to overrule the work of Presidents and of legislators, especially Democrats. Scalia helped gut the Voting Rights Act, overturn McCain-Feingold and other campaign-finance rules, and, in his last official act, block President Obama’s climate-change regulations. Scalia’s reputation, like the Supreme Court’s, is also stained by his role in the majority in Bush v. Gore. His oft-repeated advice to critics of the decision was 'Get over it.'” 

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"Not long ago, Scalia told an interviewer that he had cancelled his subscription to the Washington Post and received his news from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times (owned by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church), and conservative talk radio. In this, as in his jurisprudence, he showed that he lived within the sealed bubble of contemporary conservative thought."


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"But even though Scalia led a conservative majority on the Court for virtually his entire tenure, he never achieved his fondest hopes—thanks first to O’Connor and then to Kennedy. 

Roe v. Wade endures. 
Affirmative action survives. 
Obamacare lives. 
Gay rights are ascendant; the death penalty is not. 

(These positions are contingent, of course, and cases this year may weaken the Court’s resolve.) 

For all that Presidents shape the Court, the Justices rarely stray too far from public opinion. And, on the social issues where the Court has the final word, the real problem for Scalia’s heirs is that they are out of step with the rest of the nation. 

The public wants diversity, not intolerance; more marriages and fewer executions; less money in politics, not more. 

Justice Scalia’s views—passionately felt and pungently expressed though they were—now seem like so many boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. ♦

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It is the endurance reflected in the above issues, despite Scalia, Thomas and Alito, that has so many TeaPublicans wailing and gnashing their teeth and declaring that America's greatest days are behind us. They see progress in tolerance and in social programs as End Times for America. 

America is moving forward, progressing, and they're being left behind. That's what all their unhappy "argle-bargle" is about. 


The Trumper put out a "classy" tweet about President Obama not attending Scalia's funeral, questioning President Obama's Christian faith:



We should note here that the Trumper did not attend Scalia's funeral either. We wonder if the Trumper would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a gambling casino? Very sad that Trumper did not go!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Science Blog











Salps have a complex lifecycle, with an obligatory alternation of generations. Both portions of the lifecycle exist together in the seas—they look quite different, but both are mostly transparent, tubular, gelatinous animals that are typically between 1 and 10 cm (0.39 and 3.94 in) tall. The solitary life history phase, also known as an oozoid, is a single, barrel-shaped animal that reproduces asexually by producing a chain of tens to hundreds of individuals, which are released from the parent at a small size.









A reminder to all who value science and the scientific method.  The late Justice Scalia, who sat on the most powerful court in America, believed that creation myths were as scientifically credible as settled Evolutionary science.  This is a direct quote from Scalia's dissenting opinion in Edwards vs. Aguillard:


"The body of scientific evidence supporting creation science is as strong as that supporting evolution. In fact, it may be stronger…. The evidence for evolution is far less compelling than we have been led to believe. Evolution is not a scientific “fact,” since it cannot actually be observed in a laboratory. Rather, evolution is merely a scientific theory or “guess.”… It is a very bad guess at that. The scientific problems with evolution are so serious that it could accurately be termed a “myth.”… Creation science is educationally valuable… - 


And we wonder why we lag behind other technologically developed countries in science and math scores?  When you have a man sitting on the country's highest court writing nonsensical rubbish as Scalia did in that decision, it's not surprising.  None of what Scalia wrote in that absurd statement is remotely factual.













Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Does the short-fingered vulgarian even listen to himself?









The pious and learned Christian, Donald "Two Corinthians" Trump, got all tizzied up after Pope Francis criticized him and chided his ridiculous proposal to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.

The thin-skinned, short-fingered vulgarian fired back at Pope Francis with this melange of pettiness, pomposity, and putrescence:

The Trumper:

 "If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows it ISIS' ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president. Because this would not have happened if ISIS has been eradicated..."



"I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith."


(The Trumper offers no evidence for his claim that Christianity is being attacked and weakened by President Obama.  It's pure horseshit; and as I've stated before, his supporters slurp it up and swallow it.)



"No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith."

Said the pompous jackass who said this about Kindly Doctor Carson a few months ago:


Questioning Ben Carson's faith:

Presbyterian is "down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know about," he said about Carson's faith, implying that Seventh-day Adventists are weird. 


Questioning Ted Cruz's faith:

With Ted Cruz surging in Iowa and some national polls, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump took a jab at the Texas Senator's faith, saying, "not a lot of Evangelicals come out of Cuba."  Which implies that Cruz, who heritage is Cuban, couldn't possibly be a "real" Evangelical, because, Cuba!


Questioning President Obama's Christian faith:

 "He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim," Trump told Fox News in 2011. "I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that."





This is the judge the conservatives admire.



Anyone can see the appearance of a conflict of interest is very, very apparent here; but because he was a Supreme, we're supposed to believe that doesn't exist.

The system is rigged. And Poindexter knew how to use it.





This is from Nancy LaTourneau's blog Horizons:


Conservatives really are facing the prospect of a double whammy. They are likely to continue to control the House next year and have successfully halted anything much happening in the Senate via use of the filibuster. But now, not only is the presidency up for grabs again in November, but a Democratic appointment to the Supreme Court will swing that institution away from their agenda. That is why Martin is right when he says that they'll fight it with everything they've got. 

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Notice that Hewitt mentioned abortion, guns, marriage and immigration when talking about the activity of the Supreme Court. If you add it voting rights and affirmative action, you pretty much have a summary of the cultural changes that are a threat to the Confederate world view...

The essence of the Confederate worldview is that the democratic process cannot legitimately change the established social order, and so all forms of legal and illegal resistance are justified when it tries… The Confederate sees a divinely ordained way things are supposed to be, and defends it at all costs. No process, no matter how orderly or democratic, can justify fundamental change. 

That "divinely ordained way things are supposed to be" includes white supremacy, control of women's reproductive choices, marriage between one man and one woman, and the elevation of gun rights over every other constitutional right. 

 But America is changing. And all of those things are threatened. That is what has conservatives so terrified and angry...to the point that people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz now lead the fight for the next Republican presidential nomination.


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I've written here that anger and fear is what has infected the rabid right -- to the point where they're supporting a substanceless demagogue for the presidency who promises them that he will soothe their fears and get rid of all the boogeymen they believe will take over their homes and country. 

The rabid righties see this country changing, as it has changed throughout our history, and they cannot come to terms with that inevitability.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

President Reagan Agrees with President Obama




"With just a year left in his presidency, President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to fill the vacancy left by Justice Powell. In his remarks he said, '....Join together in a bipartisan effort to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the US Supreme Court to full strength.'



I wonder why the TeaPublicans would disrespect the memory of President Reagan by a pre-emptive threat to not even bring a Supreme nominee's vote to the floor? Mitch McConnell, for example, adamantly stated that President Obama should not fulfill his constitutional duties as President Reagan did in the last year of his presidency.  I wonder what the difference is...


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Antonin Scalia and the Phony GOP Devotion to the U.S. Constitution



UPDATE BELOW

Senator Rand Paul says it would be a conflict of interests if President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duties by nominating a Supreme.

Uh. No.

In a Washington Post op-ed (pitiably titled "For the good of the country, stop your nakedly partisan obstruction), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid protests that "Republicans should not insult the American people’s intelligence by pretending there is historical precedent for what they are about to do. There is not." Of course there isn't. As constitutional historian Timothy Huebner observes in an inevitably concurring NY Times op-ed, "in cases when [Supreme Court] vacancies have arisen during election years, the weight of history is clearly on the side of the president naming a successor and the Senate acting on that nomination." 




Mitch McConnell Voted To Confirm A Supreme Court Justice In Reagan's Final Year 

So did every single Republican senator.


On Feb. 3, 1988, McConnell and literally every other GOP senator voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. This was during President Ronald Reagan's last year in the White House, and at a time when Democrats controlled the Senate. Kennedy was confirmed 97-0, with three Democrats -- Joe Biden, Al Gore and Paul Simon -- not voting at all because, presumably, they were busy running for president that year.


All the bellowing by the T-GOP warning the POTUS that he should not even THINK of nominating a candidate to fill Scalia's spot is just more of the same obstruction and sabotaging that they've practiced since January 20, 2009. This is just one more disgusting example of their contempt for this president whom the American people voted for twice with the largest popular vote since President Eisenhower.

The American people's choice was to have Barack Hussein Obama as their president for a second term, which term would include the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, should one of the sitting justices die.

That just happened.

Scalia is dead, and now President Obama must fulfill his constitutional duties by nominating a replacement. What the T-GOP has been saying is b.s., and everyone knows it. President Reagan proposed Justice Kennedy for the SCOTUS in the last year of his presidency, and he was confirmed.

The T-GOP are no better than a gang of petulant toddlers who scream bloody NO! every time President Obama exercises his presidential rights.



"This is the modus operandi of Congressional Republicans. When things go their way, the system is working just fine. When the rules are inconvenient, the Constitution suddenly becomes a living document open to interpretation. Perhaps Sen. Elizabeth Warren best summed it up":





For the T-GOP, the Constitution is a fungible document that should be followed only when it favors their ideology. When it doesn't, they have no problem treating it like a certain kind of tissue one finds in a restroom.

As for Justice Scalia, I never admired him nor his jurisprudence. Ever.

To quote something Mark Twain may or may not have written:  

"I've never wished anyone dead, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."





UPDATE:

Every day, during this circus that's called the TeaPublican presidential nomination process, we hear something that would cause any sane person to want to guzzle antifreeze.  Every day.  And today is no exception  -- BUT this something is so depressingly awful that I had to read it several times to believe a candidate for the TeaPublican nomination actually said it.

Donald Trump, the candidate currently leading all the polls for the TeaPublican Party has actually jumped on the conspiracy wagon and is buying into the suspicion that President Obama had Antonin Scalia killed!  He's considering a wild-ass, witheringly imbecilic delirium as a reality.

There's not much more one can say about a political party or a politician who would descend into utter madness of this sort.  But there it is. Trump and the lunatics on the right.





"There is no great conspiracy behind Antonin Scalia’s death. Scalia lived the lifestyle that many conservatives preach. He was a morbidly obese smoker who didn’t exercise and ate what he wanted. The shock isn’t that Scalia died. It’s that he lived to see age 79."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two More Tea-GOPers Out of the Race










Christie's World:


It's only a dream now, Christie.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sanders, Trump NH Primary Winners



Feel The Bern!



Hillary says the primary contests are just beginning. She may be correct. There's a long way to go.





Interesting poll on the Trump voters, though:


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fared particularly well with the high school graduates or less crowd whereas Governor Kasich (R-OH) did well with the post grads, according to exit polling.








Part of the Trumper's speech:
“We’re going to build a wall. It’s going to be built. It’s not even, it’s not even a difficult thing to do.” He also said he would be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”


Ohio Governor John Kasich takes second, Cruz third. 

Good showing for Kasich, the only non-crazy conservative in the clown car. 

Congrats to him!

Here's how the TeaPublicans Are Stopping People From Voting




This is a true account from a friend of a friend in North Carolina:



What's on my mind: today, my mother-in-law showed up at the NC DMV to get a photo ID card. She had a Social Security card. She had her birth certificate. She had her NH drivers license. All documents cited as needed as proof of identification. According to the state board of elections, only two of these documents are needed. 

 Her son, my husband, drove her; she no longer drives. Drove her, so she can get her photo ID, so she can VOTE. (Here they are, holding her voter registration application.) 






She was DENIED. 

 DENIED on the grounds that she did not have a MARRIAGE LICENSE showing proof of her change of middle name. 

She didn't have "PROOF" that she changed her MIDDLE NAME when she got MARRIED. ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME. 

 NC brothers and sisters: GET BUSY GETTING READY TO VOTE. Do NOT put it off. BECAUSE: our state may not make it easy for you to exercise one of your most fundamental civil rights. 

If you're not sure about your registration status, get sure. If you don't have a current photo id, get one. If you know somebody who may not be ready, like your sweet old mother in law, or a neighbor: ask them. Help them. I'll keep you posted about how my complaint to the state goes. 



And there you have it nation. The TeaPublicans of North Carolina stopping sweet little ole ladies from voting because she didn't have proof of changing HER MIDDLE NAME WHEN SHE GOT MARRIED. This is how the Jim Crow laws stopped African-Americans from voting by a thousand little cuts : By requiring that they own property, by using literacy tests or testing if they could count or anything else the weasels could come up with to deny Americans from voting. 

And in the 21st century they're still at it.

This is your modern TeaPublican Party, trying to keep honest Americans from voting because they may vote for the Democratic Party.

This elderly woman was denied because she didn't have proof that she changed her middle name.

Donald the Vulgar

A float in a parade in Germany during Carnivale mocking Trump



When you can't dazzle your adoring supporters with any depth of knowledge of the issues, you can do what Donald Trump does so well:  He tells everyone how rich and great he is, or he uses the language of a sexually frustrated teenage boy to attack his opponents. 

When you can't come up with a reason for breaking international and U.S. law by bringing back waterboarding, you can attack your opponent by calling him a pussy. 

Classy, innit? 

If you're 12 years old and trying to impress a roomful of 10 year olds who'll howl approval at every vulgarity you can throw at them, you descend into crudeness and coarseness to keep them stomping their little hooves and hooting like hyenas at you and your perversity. IOW, you're just Donald the Creep being even creepier and more disgusting than you've ever been by dragging yourself and your supporters through slime and sewage.

And they eat it up and love him for it.




A Trump supporter called Cruz a "pussy" for not supporting waterboarding, and Trump repeated the word from the podium. 

Jenna Johnson reported from the front runner's rally in Manchester that the crowd of thousands roared with approval.



Trump Shocks in Final New Hampshire Rally

MANCHESTER, N.H. — There are some things you never think you'll hear a presidential candidate say — even Donald Trump.

 But, on Monday night, Trump became the first presidential candidate in recent memory to use an epithet for female anatomy to describe a Republican rival on stage at a rally — and he later said it was a "great moment."

 Speaking to about 5,000 people at Manchester's Verizon Center on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Trump railed against opponents who speak out against his tone. Specifically on waterboarding, Trump contrasted his recent statements on bringing back waterboarding to those of Sen. Ted Cruz.

 "You know he's concerned about the answer because well, some people," Trump said, pointing to a woman in the crowd, "she just said a terrible thing. You know what she said? Shout it out 'cause I don't wanna." Then he said it anyway: "She said, 'He's a p---y.'"




"Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself." --The National Review

February is Black History Month: NASA Mathematician, Katherine Johnson












A White man may have been the first to walk on the moon but, Katherine Johnson, a Black mathematician, got him there. 

A math genius, Johnson entered West Virginia State University, a Historically Black College, at age 15. While there, professors at the campus competed to have the brilliant young woman in their classes. Dr. William W. Schiefflin Claytor, who earned his Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics at Howard University, told the bright young woman that she would make a great Research Mathematician, and set about teaching her all that he knew. She took every Math class that the university offered, and her young professor and mentor even created an Analytic Geometry class, specifically for her, that she alone took. It all paid off. She arrived at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor to NASA, after the organization had begun looking for women to work as "computers."

At this time, electronic computing was still in its early stages and human minds were still called on to verify the accuracy of the computations. Given that this was still a time of segregation, Johnson worked in the division that was made up entirely of Black woman mathematicians whose supervisor was also a Black woman. Unlike their White counterparts, they all had college degrees. It was common for the women to do the computations while the men worked on the engineering side, learned about the space program and went to special briefings.

Johnson wanted to know what was happening with the burgeoning space program and asked to attend one of the briefings. She was told that women did not go, but inquired whether this was based on a law. It was not, and so she was given permission to go. She stood out in briefings, because of her insightful questioning and accurate work, and while doing research for the program, they came to rely upon her mathematical authority.

When it was time for the first flight into space to happen, it was her computations that made it possible. She did all this while being a young wife and a mother, but she balanced it all. She simply was doing the work that intrigued and motivated her. She remains an inspiration to many at the age of 96.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marco Rubio Wants You To Know EXACTLY What Barack Obama Is Doing To This Country...



so he tells you FIVE TIMES in one debate. 

Because nothing says you know what you're talking about more than repeating yourself on the same talking point FIVE TIMES.  BTW, that's FIVE TIMES Marco said the same thing. FIVE TIMES.

It's hard to believe, but true. He said the same damn thing FIVE TIMES!

It was like a deja vu Ground Hog Day all over again.

And it made Marco "Barack Obama Knows Exactly What He's Doing To This Country" Rubio looked like a rank amateur.  

Not so dynamic now, is he.

Christie ate him for his mid-evening snack.






And there's this:


Rubio also believes that God's rules supersede our secular laws -- the laws set down by the Constitution. How do people who support Rubio square that? What makes him different, say, from the religious prelates in Muslim countries that promote Allah's laws above all else? Why do TeaPublicans tolerate this nonsense? We are a secular country. Our laws are not based on the Bible.