Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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"FETUS,

TRANSGENDER, VULNERABLE, ENTITLEMENT, DIVERSITY,

EVENDENCE-BASED, SCIENCE-BASED."

Sunday, December 17, 2017

SUNDAY MEME BLOG




Best meme of the week in a week that saw Moore and Trump humiliated.








And here's something to think about:



Alt-Reich Religion 

Amy Sullivan on Fox-vangelism. 

 “Never in my lifetime have we had a Potus willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like Donald Trump,” tweeted Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham. The Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress sees a divine hand at work: “God intervened in our election and put Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a great purpose.” 

 Of course, what Graham means is “Trump will repress the rights of people not like us.” Which is the major tenant of the this new protestant faith. Testimonials like this confound critics who label conservative evangelical figures like Mr. Graham and Mr. Jeffress hypocrites for embracing a man who is pretty much the human embodiment of the question “What would Jesus not do?” 

 But what those critics don’t recognize is that the nationalistic, race-baiting, fear-mongering form of politics enthusiastically practiced by Mr. Trump and Roy Moore in Alabama is central to a new strain of American evangelicalism. 

This emerging religious worldview — let’s call it “Fox evangelicalism” — is preached from the pulpits of conservative media outlets like Fox News. It imbues secular practices like shopping for gifts with religious significance and declares sacred something as worldly and profane as gun culture.

Friday, December 15, 2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FORBIDDING THE USE OF SEVEN WORDS AND PHRASES AT CDC

UPDATE:


From my brilliant friend, Dianne P.B. on facebook:

There was once an orange #fetus who grew into an oversized ego-#vulnerable man-child. This fool believed conspiracy theories rather than #evidence-based, #science-based facts. He was a bigot who spoke against #diversity & #transgenders. This is called #entitlement.
#CDC7words








So now it's come to this.

Trump's government -- the CDC to be exact -- has banned the use of seven specific words.

You read that right. I never dreamed I would be typing this, but there it is. Trump's CDC is banning seven words and phrases (what will the penalty be should a government worker defy Trump's odious edict? Imprisonment? Banishment? Torture?  (Trump does believe in waterboarding). Firing squad?

The seven words and phrases are:  "FETUS, TRANSGENDER, VULNERABLE, ENTITLEMENT, DIVERSITY, EVENDENCE-BASED, AND SCIENCE-BASED."

Every American should use those words and phrases in everything they write whether it is part of the subject matter or not. All media, electronic or print, should publish those words and continue to do so until this madness ends.




Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin 
Washington Post 

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget. 

 Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." 

 In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based," the suggested phrase is "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes," the person said. 

In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered. The question of how to address such issues as sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights - all of which received significant visibility under the Obama administration - has surfaced repeatedly in federal agencies since President Donald Trump took office. Several key departments - including Health and Human Services, which oversees CDC, as well as Justice, Education and Housing and Urban Development - have changed some federal policies and how they collect government information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

From my friend on fb, G.G.:
The Horror. There has never been an assault like this on our Republic and its institutions - ever. The Civil War was just a military rebellion, this is the systematic disassembly and eradication of our institutions by a raving madman and a crooked, cynical, greedy and malicious insurgency. An assault on our most important institutions and even on our language. Don't laugh, this is evidence-based.




"FETUS, TRANSGENDER, VULNERABLE, ENTITLEMENT, DIVERSITY, EVENDENCE-BASED, AND SCIENCE-BASED."

The Fragile Little Flower Who Sits in the Oval Office




White House officials have claimed they purposefully leave information on Russian interference out of Donald Trump’s daily briefings for fear it will upset him. 

 Current and former administration officials told the Washington Post they frequently plan the President’s daily brief (PDB,) around his suspected emotional reactions. Information about Russia, and its alleged attempts to influence the American political system, is among the most likely to set him off. “If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference – that takes the PDB off the rails,” a former senior US intelligence official told the Post.





Thursday, December 14, 2017

Moore Thoughts on the Alabama Special Election




Incredibly, the Trumpistas still believe Roy Moore was a great candidate who would have won except for the "Enemedia" who went after this sterling example of a great American.



Here's what makes him so admired by the current GOP:

. He broke the law TWICE when he was a Alabama supreme court justice and was thrown off the court.

. He said Muslims should not hold political office in the U.S.

. He's compared the LGBT community to beasts

. He believes 9/11 was caused because America turned away from God.

. He sided with former Communist head of the KGB, Putin, in opposition to gay marriage

. He believes parts of the U.S.A. are under Sharia Law.

. He had no idea what the Dreamer Act was when asked in a interview

. He doesn't believe President Obama was born in America

. He was credibly accused (with meticulous reporting) of molesting teenage girls when he was a 30+-year-old man.


That describes where the current GOP is. Go to any far right news site like Breitbart or read any far right blog and understand that 30% of American voters consider this deplorable extremist a fine example of an American who should have been seated in the U.S. Senate.

The far rightie Trumpistas blame the media, the "swamp," for Moore's loss, and the women who came forward with their stories of Moore's alleged sexual abuse, claiming it was "normal" for men to approach children for sexual favors, even marriage, because that was southern culture in the 1960s. These are the same hypocrites who fall on their fainting couches and are the first to scream at liberals "HYPOCRITE!" when reports are published about how extremist religious Muslims force child marriages.

Roy Moore lost because he was a disgraceful, discredited, lawless, alleged child molester who, while acceptable to the current Republican Party, was so horrid a candidate that he lost to a Democrat in the reddest of red states.

Will the current Republican Party ever understand that America was repulsed by the circus that was Roy Moore's candidacy? No. They're too far gone into madness for that.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017





Charlie Pierce on Jones’s victory:

"Dont listen to anyone who warns the Democratic Party not to 'overplay its hand.' 
It is the constitutional obligation of the
Democrats to beat Republicans anywhere
and everywhere until consistent defeat 
wrings out the insanity that elected Donald
Trump, and that nominated Roy Moore
from a Republican Party gone blind and mad."

    


IN CASE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THINKS THE ALABAMA ELECTION IS A ONE-OFF PHENOMENON...

UPDATE:


"While Roy Moore refuses to concede, the Republican Party of Alabama just conceded to Doug Jones and declared the Senate race over, withdrawing support for Moore’s effort to request a recount."

The Alabama GOP dropped Moore like the rancid hot potato that he is. And the GOP president backed another loser.





...this is in the editorial of USAToday:



USA Today: 

"A President who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes."



(CNN)USA Today isn't known for its blistering opinion pieces. Which makes the one the paper's editorial board just published on President Donald Trump all the more savage. 

 "With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office," reads the editorial. 

"Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low." 

 The reference here is Trump's tweet Tuesday morning in which he said that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was "begging" him for campaign contributions not long ago "and would do anything for them." 

 White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted Tuesday that only people with their minds "in the gutter" could possibly conclude that there was sexual innuendo in that tweet language. 

The USA Today editorial didn't buy that explanation. 

"A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush."



Donald Trump said that "Alabama is a state that loves me the most."



Most amazing tweet was from Josh Holmes, Mitch McConnell’s ex-CoS, at 8:30pm before we knew the results:

Before we get the results, I'd just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality


THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST TWEET FROM LAST NIGHT BY STEVE SCHMIDT, A REPUBLICAN:


 of the decent. It is powerful, strong and everywhere in this country. Trumpism and Bannonism will wind up on the “ash heap of history” 2018 is upon us and it will be a momentous year. Paul Ryan and Mitch should start collecting moving boxes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ALABAMA REJECTS MOORE AND TRUMP!






via GIPHY








ONE OF THE DEEPEST RED STATES SAID NO! NO! NO! TO ROY MOORE AND DONALD        TRUMP!!                                                                 

HALLELUJAH!  HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!

A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA!                                                              

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.              

STEVE BANNON HUMILIATED TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TONIGHT. HE               SUPPORTED A HORRIBLE CANDIDATE AND LOST A SENATE SEAT TO A DEMOCRAT!     

AMAZING!                                            

ON THIS INCREDIBLE NIGHT,                             UNINTENTIONALLY, TRUMP AND BANNON MADE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!


CONGRATULATIONS TO DOUG JONES AND THE DEMOCRATS!!!!!

BARACK OBAMA BACKED DOUG JONES!       

"The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." -- ML King

                                           

Massachusetts Named Healthiest State in America







2017 State RankingsMassachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah, and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states,while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi rank the least healthy.




(CNN)Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi rank the least healthy in America's Health Rankings, according to the report by the United Health Foundation.

The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and infant mortality, as well as air pollution levels and the availability of health care providers.

This is the first time Massachusetts has been named the healthiest state, ending Hawaii's five-year reign


The Bay State won the honor in part due to having the lowest percentage of uninsured residents at just 2.7% of the population, plus a low prevalence of obesity and a high number of mental health providers.


Mississippi and Louisiana, ranked 49th and 50th, have major health challenges, according to the report, including a high prevalence of smoking, obesity and children in poverty.




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It is sad to look at the maps in the above link and understand that the states with the worst health ratings are states that are governed by Republican governors and where voters continue to vote against their self interest.

Massachusetts is not just the healthiest state, it is also the best educated. I believe that being intelligent voters in making quality of life choices produces a healthy population. We have the lowest uninsured population in America. Perhaps there's a link between giving people access to quality health care and having a healthy population. It's just plain smart.

It's a shame so many Gooper Americans don't understand that basic fact.

BTW, it is also noteworthy that Massachusetts has had more Republican governors than Democratic governors to balance the always heavily Democratic state legislature. Also, our Republican governors are not insane, like the present people who have taken over the GOP.  

Massachusetts is smart, we would NEVER vote for the sort of Republicans that have infected and ruined the Party of Lincoln.


Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish family and friends.








Trump slams Sen. Gillibrand in bizarre, sexually suggestive tweet after she calls for him to resign




The GOP's president, Donald J. Trump, enraged by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's call for him to resign, tweeted out a message today suggesting that she would have sex with the him in order to get what she wants.

That's the GOP's president, attacking a woman, a U.S. Senator, who dared to speak her mind in America.

Trump, who hasn't a decent human bone in his bloated, sexist, racist, wreck of a coca cola drenched body, wrote the following:





Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!



“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,”



"begging...(and would do anything for them)"



What is #45 implying with that?

This is the sort of low-class sexual harassment one would find on a trashy far right-wing blog, written by half-wits and sexual degenerates, not by the POTUS.

But #45 has it all wrong. It's the GOP in Alabama that is ready to "do anything for" him --  to elect to the US Senate a credibly accused child molester (9+ women) and a man who broke the law and was kicked off of the Alabama state supreme court twice.


Those are  the current GOP's "family values."

Donald J. Trump has brought the United States into the gutter with him, because that's where malignant narcissists and sexual degenerates thrive.




Senator Gillibrand's tweet back to #45:



You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/940567812053053441 



And there's this Trump MAGA:


50 World Leaders Will Discuss Climate Change in Paris. Donald Trump Wasn't Invited




Monday, December 11, 2017

Nothing good will come of it.



We've witnessed in less than a year how damaging Trump's presidency has been to America's reputation at home and abroad.

Now the people of Alabama are ready to send to the US Senate a lawless man who was kicked off of the state supreme court and who has been accused by several credible women of molesting them when they were teenagers. The current GOP is willing to overlook Moore's disgusting behavior so that they can keep a senate seat. 

When Moore wins the senate election in Alabama (and there's no question IMM that he will win), the current GOP will have sealed its reputation, for a least a generation, as being the party of  a self-admitted sexual assaulter (Trump) and an accused child molester (Roy Moore).

We've already seen that young people have abandoned the party and the GOP is losing women's support with each new poll taken.


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Jennifer Rubin, WaPo:

"Now that Trump has been shown to be just as ignorant, unhinged, racist, incompetent, authoritarian and unfit as his critics said, the Trump voters (sporting an uncanny willingness to deny reality or just lie) don’t seem so interesting; they just sound wacky. Rather than the repositories of moral truth, they sound mean-spirited and selfish. They can’t see the real victims in society because they are convinced they’re the real victims. "

Amy Davidson Sorkin/New Yorker: 

 "Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and the Degradation of the G.O.P. In less than a year, the President, with help from the Alabama Senate candidate, has so damaged the Party that it may never recover. What would they tolerate in order to secure the fifty-first vote? Put another way, if the Party is willing to give its money and its credibility to protect a candidate accused of molesting teen-agers, what might it talk itself into doing to protect the President? Robert Mueller may be interested in the answer."




 Meanwhile, the GOP's self-admitted sexual assaulter and serial liar continues his pathology of incessant lying each time he speaks to his supporters



 "Donald Trump makes 21 false claims in Missouri speech about tax plan The Star’s running tally of every false thing the president of the United States of America has said since his inauguration — an average of 2.9 false claims per day."


Nothing good will come of it.




"The pre-Trump Republican Party is dead; the Zombie Trump Party now lives in its stead, devoid of principle, feasting on fear and rage, foreign to moral framing." --Charles Blow



Saturday, December 9, 2017

HAPPY HANUKKAH TO REPUBLICAN JEWS ONLY, SAYS TRUMP!



Yes. He really is that petty.

The GOP's president did not invite Congressional Democratic Jews to the White House Hanukkah party.

Do you remember when the Goopers called President Obama the most divisive and racist president the US ever had?

I remember.

Do you remember Mr. Obama doing something as small, petty and damned stupid as not inviting Jewish Republicans to a Hanukkah celebration at the people's White House because they didn't support him? No, of course not.

That's because President Obama was an adult, and this Gooper preznit, is a petulant, narcissistic idiot and a national embarrassment.

What a sad, sad time this is for the United States. A majority of Americans dislike this man-child. And he gives us reasons every day.



TRUMP TO JEWISH DEMOCRATS: YOU’RE NOT INVITED TO MY HANUKKAH PARTY



President Donald Trump failed to invite Jewish Congressional Democrats to the White House’s annual Hanukkah party on Thursday night, demonstrating that Washington partisanship can poison even the most benign religious holidays. 

 The decision shocked some Jewish Democrats, who observed that previous presidents had invited members of the opposing party to religious holiday parties. “Why would you make partisan decisions about invitations that are entirely not partisan?" Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told McClatchy News. "Hanukkah is something that’s important to all Jews; the tradition is to invite the Jewish members of Congress.

THE GOP IS ROTTING



We've watched the unraveling of the Party of Lincoln, watched it sink into the sewer of expediency where it will support any louche, any pervert, any liar for a vote. 

The American people are watching. The GOP's president is still polling at only 32% approval with a whopping 63% disapproval of him. 

The GOP's tax plan is polling just as weakly as the GOP's self-admitted sexual predator and assaulter president. Trump has thrown his support, along with the GOP leadership, to an accused child molester.

The American people are aware of the rot and the depravity of the current GOP.


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Conservative pundit, David Brooks:


You don't help your cause by wrapping your arms around an alleged sexual predator and a partriarchic bigot. You don't help your cause by putting the pursuit of power above character, by worshiping at the feet of some loutish man or another, by claiming the ends justify any means. You don't successfully rationalize your own tawdriness by claiming your opponents are satanic. You don't save Christianity by betraying its message.


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The G.O.P. Is Rotting.  

Today’s tax cuts have no bipartisan support. They have no intellectual grounding, no body of supporting evidence. They do not respond to the central crisis of our time. They have no vision of the common good, except that Republican donors should get more money and Democratic donors should have less. 

 The rot afflicting the G.O.P. is comprehensive — moral, intellectual, political and reputational. 

More and more former Republicans wake up every day and realize: “I’m homeless. I’m politically homeless.”



Michael Gerson/WaPo: 

 "Republicans are failing the Roy Moore test .

The Moore test has exposed corrupt arguments. All those who say “Let the voters of Alabama decide” are applying popular sovereignty to a matter of basic morality. Abraham Lincoln would not be amused. If Republicans have any remaining ties to the great man, they will not count votes when fundamental principles are at stake. We do not let the people decide on the rights of minorities. And the people do not decide on the rules of morality. And the Moore test has exposed corrupt institutions. 

The basic argument here — that ethics can be ignored in the process of doing great work in the world — is precisely what brings institutions into disrepute. The Catholic Church covered up sexual predation on the justification that it was otherwise doing great work in the world. Some evangelical Christians are now publicly playing down credible charges of sexual predation for the same reason. And they are doing tremendous damage to the reputation of the Christian church in the process."