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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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    exposing hypocrisy & corruption

    Democracy Now, Amy Goodman

    by | 0 | Jun 8, 2016
    Democracy Now, Amy Goodman

    Amy Goodman hosts a groundbreaking radio news show out of New York City, which is also videocast. She covers news from a non-corporate perspective, extolling what she calls Independent Media. She titled her latest book, Democracy Now, because she says it is the only way she can get her show’s name in the New York Times. If it becomes a best seller (which it has) they sort of have to list it. Otherwise, cover non-corporate news and you’re excluded from the corporate media. You’re not quite respectable…

     

     

    hyperventilating over bathrooms

    Into the North Carolina Transgender Weeds

    by | 8 | May 17, 2016
    Into the North Carolina Transgender Weeds

    North Carolina’s HB 2, aka the “bathroom law,” has provoked outrage and ridicule in equal measure. The feeble defense the law’s supporters are putting up invites speculation about their real agenda. Unless safety concerns track religious belief for some hitherto unnoticed reason, it’s worth wondering why faith-based organizations in particular have been so vocal in raising alarms about the depredations this law is supposed to spare everybody.

     

     

    satire on the campaign trail

    Cruz Spurns Five Girlfriends to Pick Fiorina as his Running Mate

    by | 5 | Apr 28, 2016
    Ted Names Carly is a composite image created for LikeTheDew.com from images by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz bucked all political convention Wednesday by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate instead of one of the five women he’s run around with on the extramarital sex circuit, according to rumors reported in The National Enquirer.

    “You figure they had leg up on Fiorina,” quipped one Cruz source. “Turns out maybe Ted isn’t as big a leg man as everybody thought.”
    Indeed, according to another source close to Cruz, the conservative evangelical Christian senator chose Fiorina to quash rumors of his extramarital sexual escapades by “picking a woman nobody in America could imagine even Ted Cruz would have sex with.

     

     

    rome rejects hate:

    An Interview With Jessie Reed

    by | 0 | Apr 14, 2016
    Neo-Nazi via ourtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center

    What should a citizen do when neo-Nazis announce that they intend to invade your town? That is the question now facing the people of Rome, Georgia. For some the initial response to the impending occupation of their quiet North Georgia community by a hate group from Michigan was to plan to hide and pray that the threat just goes away. Every schoolyard bully knows that denial and pusillanimity are powerful temptations. Fascists and white supremacists count on the paralysis that it produces. Fortunately some Romans didn’t give into the temptations of moral cowardice and instead decided to organize…

     

     

    breaking news

    Whew! Thank Goodness

    by | 6 | Apr 1, 2016
    Breaking News Screen shot

    Several shootings lately. Today it’s in Virginia at a Richmond Greyhound Bus Terminal.

    Fortunately, no need to panic. As quick as you can scream “Active shooter, shelter in place!” the news stations pounced, emphatically stating “this is not terrorism!”

    Whew, for a minute I thought this was something serious.

    The local news and CBS categorically stated “There is no link to terrorism that we know of….

     

     

    nothing stuck

    Trump reminds us of Italy’s Berlusconi, when he was prime minister

    by | 0 | Mar 27, 2016
    Berlusconi drinking and laughing with Trump (composite image)

    While Americans are somewhat thunderstruck by an independently wealthy person, like Donald Trump jumping headlong into the presidential race, and gaining traction, it’s happened in other places in the world.

    One recent ego-centered and financially independent figure on the world scene to seek political power was mightily successful. We refer to former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who led Italy for nine years through four cabinets, often embarrassing that country with his escapades and outright peccadilloes, and was eventually forced to resign.

     

     

    make america great again

    Machen America Wieder Groß

    by | 0 | Mar 24, 2016
    not actually a photo of Donald Trump receiving an ovation at the Reichstag after announcing a successful Anschluss march

    Exasperated that its latest stratagem to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump – getting Jeb Bush to endorse Ted Cruz – has failed, mainly because Cruz is even more repugnant to most Republicans than the bellicose billionaire, the GOP is shifting its battle plan to subtle understatement.

    It’s going to distribute Trump campaign caps, “Make America Great Again,” translated into German (“Machen America Wieder Groß”) free to supporters to wear to campaign rallies in remaining primary states, hoping they get the hint.

    A GOP source admitted subtle is risky with Republicans.

     

     

    dog-whistle racism

    From the Party of Abe to the Party of Donald

    by | 0 | Mar 24, 2016
    Trump in the lap of Lincoln

    There’s poetic justice in Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP presidential field. The GOP is reaping precisely what it has sown.

    One might indulge in Schadenfreude if the stakes weren’t so high. America teeters on the brink of fascism, and no one can confidently predict which way the chips will fall.

    Trump has essentially effected a “hostile takeover” of the Grand Old Party. How the GOP enabled Trump is the subject of Time‘s March 21 feature story “The Party’s Over.” The article – by Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center – is surprisingly candid…

     

     

    the ncaa sham

    So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You

    by | 0 | Mar 24, 2016
    So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You

    Just in case you missed this, Ben Simmons has decided to forego the balance of his college experience and declare himself for the NBA draft.

    This is a shock on par with hearing Donald Trump insult someone.

    Simmons is another of the famous one and done, athletes who accept a college basketball scholarship with no intention of staying more than a year before leaving for the pros.

     

     

    credit where credit is due

    Oh, now I get it

    by | 1 | Mar 20, 2016
    Oh, now I get it

    Of course. Why didn’t I see this before? It’s as plain as the nose on your face and becoming clearer every day.

    Didn’t we all smirk when ‘the Donald’ stated that he’d get Mexico to pay for the wall to keep their people from crossing into our country illegally?

    When the President of Mexico replied with a firm, “Huh-uh, not on your life,” we agreed, declaring, “And you shouldn’t”!

     

     

    guns on campus

    Georgia’s “Campus Carry” Scam

    by | 20 | Mar 20, 2016
    Georgia's "Campus Carry" Scam

    According to recent reports, members of the Georgia General Assembly are scrambling to respond to Governor Deal’s reservations about HB 859, the “campus carry” bill, now on his desk. The bill permits students at least 21 years old with concealed weapons permits to possess firearms anywhere on the state’s public college campuses except residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and athletic events.

    It’s no wonder legislators are confused. A couple of weeks ago, Governor Deal airily dismissed arguments against the legislation as “lacking validity.” In recent days, however, he’s become persuaded that the bill has to be substantially revised…

     

     

    jury of peers to decide

    Soon Hogan vs. Gawker Will be the Jury’s Problem – Not Ours

    by | 0 | Mar 18, 2016
    Hulk Hogan v. Gawker

    St. Petersburg – The $100 million Hulk Hogan sex video case, upon which all freedom of speech in the Internet Age is said to hang, appeared to take a sudden turn Thursday morning in the direction of making all celebrity sex videos fair game for the worldwide web.

    An appeals court ruled that FBI files had to be unsealed and made public and these files were rumored to be so devastating they would destroy Hogan’s case against the gossip site he is suing, Gawker, for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with the wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge.

     

     

    trump theater

    Violence Against Protesters at the Heart of Trump Theater

    by | 1 | Mar 14, 2016
    Violence Against Protesters at the Heart of Trump Theater

    Donald Trump has been called a “buffoon.” That’s a mistake. “Buffoon” implies foolish, stupid. But Donald Trump possesses a kind of genius: He’s a genius at getting attention for himself.

    One might say that the quest for attention – more than “making deals” — has been the driving force in Trump’s life. And for decades, he has succeeded in getting considerable public attention. But it is only in recent months that he’s demonstrated how extraordinary is his ability to seize – and hold – the spotlight.

     

     

    stranger than fiction

    Hulk Hogan and the Hanging Ten Defense

    by | 0 | Mar 10, 2016
    Hulk Hogan and the Hanging Ten Defense

    St. Petersburg – When Hulk Hogan, the former professional wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea, took the witness stand Tuesday in his $100 million civil trial against the gossip site Gawker, there’s a good chance he wasn’t expecting to have to admit under oath he doesn’t have a 10-inch penis.

    But, on the other hand, in this suit, who knows?

    Maybe lawyers had prepped him.

     

     

    like no one else

    Celebrating, honoring Pat Conroy’s gifts

    by | 0 | Mar 8, 2016
    Pat Conroy

    Writer Pat Conroy, who died Friday night, had a way with words that can only be described as an incredible gift. Perhaps no one more aptly painted word pictures of love, loss, beauty, yearning, pain, grief and aspiration.

    Whether fiction or memoir, Conroy could tell a story like no one else. Just read his ebullient description of the inimitable author and chef Nathalie Dupree, the subject of the first chapter of his cookbook, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life: “Nathalie’s voice is deep and musical and seductive…

     

     

    debatable

    Nice Work, Megyn

    by | 4 | Mar 4, 2016
    Donalds hair by Polly Korbel

    OK, I have an apology to MSNBC. I watched the Republican debate on FOX last night, and I liked it. Megyn Kelly was fantastic. I mean, I used to scream every time the channel was on FOX news in public places (because the remote is forbidden from stopping there at home), but recently I have been watching with glee as they try to make sense of the present primary picnic (especially turd blossom, who is doing his best to pimp Rubio).

     

     

    we are so fired

    President Donald J. Trump: the First 100 Days

    by | 2 | Mar 1, 2016
    President Donald J. Trump: the First 100 Days

    Donald Trump’s relentless promise to Make America Great Again carried him through the Republican primaries with surprising efficiency. He beat Marco Rubio in the Midwest, easily carried Florida and the West, and fought off a late entry by Michael Bloomberg. The Republican convention became a pep rally for the dissatisfied, and his surprise choice for his vice presidential running mate was the final blow to any mainstream Republican hopes.

    In a caustic and bombastic general election, Trump’s strength multiplied while Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton fought a tight but eventually losing battle…

     

     

    side effects of life

    Forewarned is forearmed, sort of

    by | 1 | Feb 27, 2016
    Image: *Common side affects from actual warnings: headache; back, muscle, bone or joint pain; severe or continuing heartburn; diarrhea or constipation; flatulence; nausea; abdominal pain and bloating; painful swallowing; chest pain; pain in the arms or legs; blurred vision and an erection lasting more than 4 hours; swelling or tenderness of the breast; a specific birth defect; high blood pressure; an unsafe drop in blood pressure; shortness of breath; a slow heartbeat; weight gain; fatigue; hypotension; dizziness; faintness; decreased appetite; sleepiness; sexual side effects; nervousness; tremor; yawning; sweating; weakness; insomnia; fewer tears or have dry eyes; unexplained weakness; rare cases of tuberculosis; serious infections; a higher rate of lymphoma; vaginal bleeding; painful menstruation; leg cramps; breast pain; vaginitis and itching; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; a personality disorder; numbness; a bad rash or hives; problems urinating; long-term loss of potency; stroke; interaction with other medicines or certain foods; seizures; blood clots; a speech disorder; increased salivation; amnesia; paresthesia; intestinal bleeding; colitis; confusion; decreased levels of sodium in the blood; fluid in the lungs; hair loss; hallucinations; increased levels of potassium in the blood; low blood cell counts; palpitations; pancreatitis; ringing in the ears; tingling sensation; unusual headache with stiff neck (aseptic meningitis); vertigo; worsening of epilepsy; serious kidney problems; acute kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure; severe liver problems including hepatitis, jaundice and liver failure; coughing up blood; cough that doesn't go away; blue-grey color or darkening around mouth or nails; slow or difficult speech; loss of ability to concentrate; hallucinating; extreme tiredness; seizures; numbness, heaviness, or tingling in arms or legs; floppiness or loss of muscle tone; lack of energy; excessive sweating; fever, sore throat and chills; bloody (or black) vomit or stools; worsening depression; sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior including feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep; dependency; unpleasant taste; thoughts of suicide and death. Created for LikeTheDew.com. http://likethedew.com/2015/07/02/some-of-my-favs/#.Vs8nFhj9zu4

    Have you noticed the long string of warnings in TV commercials for prescription drugs?

    How could you miss it? It’s downright scary. Takes up half of the evening news. The drug companies know their audience, don’t they? Only geezers watch TV news. News has not yet become relevant to the young. (But just wait, young people!)

    I’m afraid to go see a doctor anymore. I might wind up with one of those prescriptions. Their side effects sound riskier than the ailment.

     

     

    vote early

    Georgia delegate count important to both parties next Tuesday

    by | 0 | Feb 24, 2016
    Georgia delegate count important to both parties next Tuesday

    Have you made up your mind which presidential candidate you’ll be voting for? If you haven’t, the presidential preference primary is just one week off, on March 1. So think speedily. You must decide soon!

    At least what seemed like innumerable Republican candidates has been thinned seriously, with former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, exiting last week…

     

     

    supreme nomination

    To the Republicans: We Won’t Stand for Your Stealing What We Won Fair and Square

    by | 7 | Feb 19, 2016
    Constitutional Flexibilty

    In 2012, Americans engaged in the constitutional process for deciding who would get the powers of the presidency.

    In that election, millions of us Americans won an important right: to have our guy name the person to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court if any were to open up. We won it fair and square.

    We can talk about the president’s constitutional responsibilities and privileges, but ultimately this about the rights of us American citizens who participate in the American electoral process.

     

     

    spooky action at a distance

    Ripples in the Cosmic Pond

    by | 2 | Feb 17, 2016
    Ripples

    I am now exclusively occupied with the problem of gravitation, and hope, with the help of a local mathematician friend, to overcome all the difficulties. One thing is certain, however, that never in my life have I been quite so tormented. A great respect for mathematics has been instilled within me, the subtler aspects of which, in my stupidity, I regarded until now as pure luxury. — Albert Einstein

    The year was 1906. The previous year, Albert Einstein, a lowly examiner in the patent office of Bern, Switzerland, had laid five golden eggs in the form of scientific papers…

     

     

    profiting on suffering

    Wounded Warrior Project under fire for high overhead

    by | 0 | Feb 12, 2016
    Wounded Warriors money bags is a composite image created for LikeTheDew.com using the Wounded Warrior’s logo on a stock image of money bags (© Steveheap) licensed Dreamstime.com by LikeTheDew.com and paid for by generous readers (click here to donate). http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-many-us-dollar-bills-notes-money-bags-thousands-dollars-pouring-out-cloth-bag-onto-black-background-showing-image41131693

    People shower lots of attention on military veterans today.

    Perhaps it’s because we now have an all-volunteer military. Maybe it’s because with the proliferation of media now, the average American knows more about our troops engaged in military activity all over the world. Perhaps it’s the new patriotism since 9/11. Whatever the reason, people in our country shower a lot of attention on helping veterans of the military service.

     

     

    revolution

    Bernie, Get the Job by Doing the Job – Now

    by | 0 | Feb 3, 2016
    Bernie Sanders - Caricature by Donkey Hotey

    Dear Senator Sanders,

    You say you want to lead a “political revolution.” You say that our urgent problems cannot be solved just by utilizing the system in place in Washington, where the powers that need to be overcome remain too strong. The American people have to be mobilized, you say, to fight to take back the power (and their fair share of the American bounty) that has been stolen from them by the plutocracy…

     

     

    presidential selection

    Possible entry of Bloomberg for president and South’s March 1 primary

    by | 1 | Feb 1, 2016
    Michael Bloomberg

    With the Georgia (and Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) presidential primaries just about a month away, political antics have been far flung this presidential cycle! No telling what will happen next. This topsy-turvy political year, when matters were not always going as anticipated, now has a new name possibly seeking the office of president: former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Many will welcome Bloomberg’s consideration of a Third Party candidacy…

     

     

    satire on the trail

    Charles Manson Endorses Ted Cruz

    by | 3 | Jan 25, 2016
    Left to right: Rick Perry, Charles Manson and Ted Cruz - a composite image created by LikeTheDew.com

    Convicted psychotic mass murderer Charles Manson announced Monday he is throwing his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz, which came as a shock to GOP analysts who had long expected Manson to back Trump.

    “I believe he’ll bring order to this race and this country that, frankly, has been a little helter-skelter during the Obama administration,” said Manson from Corcoran State Prison in California, where he is serving a life sentence for the infamous Tate-Labianca murders in the summer of 1969.

     

     

    on the campaign trail

    Cruz Says He Will Carpet Bomb Iowa

    by | 2 | Jan 18, 2016
    Ted "Inigo Montoya" Cruz

    Iowa City, Iowa — Fresh off a bruising debate with Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he is left with no choice but to carpet bomb Iowa.

    “That state is as threatening as ISIS because it could destroy America by not allowing me to be elected president,” said Cruz during a campaign stop with his two young daughters who were working the crowd asking for donations and posing for pictures with complete strangers who gave them candy.

     

     

    gun totin' stoopid

    Patridiot Standoff Continues

    by | 7 | Jan 15, 2016
    Patridiot Standoff Continues

    Day 15.

    Standoff continues. Patridiots not budging, holding firm on demands of more clean underwear and Febreze. Feds yet to show up or give a damn.

    No shots were fired again today to the deep disappointment of the Yee-hadists within the Patridiot’s compound. “We are at serious risk of not being taken seriously” one Patridiot exclaimed. “Christ, they may think we’re some sort of hippie, peace-nik group if there ain’t a little blood shed soon” another one complained.

    “Now I know how Davy Crockett must have felt before any of the Mexicans showed up at the Alamo.” claimed Burfurd T. Mudflap.

     

     

    gun totin' stoopid

    News Update from the heartland of the US of A

    by | 7 | Jan 6, 2016
    White Terrorist Militia Men Occupy Federal Cabins In Oregon To Protest Getting Caught Breaking The Law

    KRAZYVILLE, Ore. Community leaders were sent in today to help the Yee-hawdists who have taken over bird watchin’ from the commie, big-gubment liberals at a Federal reserve in Oregon.

    The local sheriff David Ward stated “we had to send someone in with a scissors to help because the I.Q.s are so low they would have died trying unsuccessfully to open the snacks we sent in.” A reporter for the Oregon Sentinel interviewed one of the Tali-banjo who said they couldn’t seem to figure out how to open the Zip-Lock bags containing the S’mores…

     

     

    in the name of religion

    A Matter of Perspective

    by | 2 | Dec 25, 2015
    A Matter of Perspective

    Religion.
    Balm for the afflicted. Opiate of the masses. Fairy tales. Myth. The deepest truths.
    Religion is a lot of things.

    In today’s various wars – the War on Terrorism, the Culture Wars, the Jihad Against the Great Satan and the Little Satan, and the ever-popular War on Christmas (!), religion is a key element, if not the key element. Religion inspires us to do and be our best – but through so much of history, religion also has inspired us to kill and hate one another.

     

     

    sympathize for the suffering

    People Who Go For Trump’s “Hate Your Neighbor” Posture

    by | 1 | Dec 16, 2015
    Yokozuna Trump Towers Over His Challengers by DonkeyHotey via flickr

    If a person has a hostile relationship with a neighbor, we don’t know if the problem is with one of them, or the other, or some of both. But if someone has a hostile relationship with all his or her neighbors, would you not agree there must be something amiss with that person?

    And so it is with that part of the American electorate that is rallying to the support of Donald Trump as he — the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president — expresses hostility to one major group among us after another.

     

     

    gift that keeps on taking

    Just in Time to Celebrate America’s God: the GOP Christmas Catalog

    by | 10 | Dec 15, 2015
    Just in Time to Celebrate America’s God: the GOP Christmas Catalog

    Merry Christmas and a happy GOP!

    Has there ever a better time than now to celebrate America’s God and the birth of America’s savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord? Has there ever been a better time than now to support the Republican Party, the one that believes in America’s God? Has there ever a better time than now to cash in on the biggest savings on The Savior you have ever seen!!

    OMG! Where else are you going to find a Signed, Rand Paul, Curly Head, Deep Pile, Bathroom Throw Rug — for only $29.95? Or a Where’s Bobby Jindal? Coloring Book — for only $18.95?

     

     

    school cheating scandal

    Settlement against for-profit college firm is good for nation

    by | 1 | Dec 15, 2015
    Mortarboards showing student via UK’s Linkedin page

    Every now and then a big-time civil settlement makes sense and is good for our country. Recently the government brought suit against Education Management Corporation, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., which operated several for-profit colleges. The government maintained that the company was violating rules on paying incentives to employees for signing up unqualified students for Pell grant assistance to attend their schools. One story said all the low-income students needed was “a pulse and a Pell (grant)” for the colleges to enroll them…

     

     

    breaking satire

    It’s Official, I’m Running

    by | 18 | Dec 14, 2015
    Big T for President - No Experience What so Ever!

    Today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. It’s fitting that I begin my candidacy in the historic setting of my upstairs studio. I am honored to be surrounded by so many supporters and well-wishers, and by that I mean my two cats. (My wife has yet to sign on to my campaign but give her time).

    I’m working on a campaign slogan—it’s a toss-up between…

     

     

    pas d'armes autorisées

    I’m Outta Here

    by | 2 | Dec 14, 2015
    Quebec border crossing is a composite photo create by LikeTheDew.com

    OK then, Canada it is. I’ve been looking for a country to move to in case Donald Trump gets elected president. That country’s decision to not only take in some of the flood of migrants from Mid-Eastern countries but to welcome them warmly helped me make up my mind.

    Or I might go ahead and move there anyway. When a Christian school urges its students to arm themselves and gun sales nationwide are higher than ever, when mass shootings are everyday…

     

     

    what do your see?

    Trump Is But the Mirror…

    by | 1 | Dec 14, 2015
    Donald Trump Caricature by DonkeyHotey via flickr

    It’s understandable that the media give wall-to-wall coverage to Donald Trump: he gives them great ratings. But at this point, it is not Trump himself we should be focusing on.

    By now, we’ve gotten a good look at what Trump is up to, and the spirit he is serving. When even Republicans are using the word “fascist” to describe Trump’s message, the picture has surely become clear enough.

     

     

    end gun violence

    Where were you?

    by | 12 | Dec 13, 2015
    Where were you?

    It was a beautiful Saturday morning to be in Woodruff Park. About 70 degrees. Broken clouds to keep the sun from feeling too hot. It was so easy to be there.

    Any excuse to get outside in mid-December was welcomed. Our excuse was the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. The idea was pretty simple: we would meet in the park to remember the 20 children and six adults killed December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.

     

     

    satire

    Task Force Created to Attack Fearbola

    by | 0 | Dec 11, 2015
    Fear terror eye by @Doug88888

    The American Medical Association has announced Fearbola is now recognized as a legitimate disease and warrants further investigation by the medical profession as to treatment and prevention.

    “The abnormal and uncontrollable fear of terrorists can have profound detrimental impact on the individual as well as our economy if it goes untreated,” said Dr. Oscar Kemper of the AMA. “Having people afraid to leave their homes and live in fear of what might happen is a recipe for a neutered society.”

     

     

    satire

    Republicans Introduce Legislation to Make Guns and Ammo Affordable for All Americans

    by | 3 | Dec 8, 2015
    Guns Over People by Mario Piperni

    Congressional Republicans moved swiftly Tuesday to change the subject from banishing all Muslims from entering this country to passing new legislation that will make it beside the point because every single American will have a gun.

    If passed, the Affordable Guns & Ammo Act (AG&AA) will cut prices on assault rifles for middle class families by as much as 40 percent and require employers to buy workers up to 1000 rounds a month, or face stiff fines, said GOP officials.

     

     

    sensible gun laws now

    In Nothing We Trust

    by | 7 | Dec 4, 2015
    In Nothing We Trust

    Congress and the Senate today vowed to do everything in their power to do absolutely nothing about the mass shootings today. Which shooting you ask? I don’t know, pick one, there are far too many to keep track of.

    The Speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, in an interview today said “We don’t want to rush to judgment and take away the rights from any red-blooded, all-American, shit-for-brains that simply wants a big-ass gun. His right to stupid supersedes your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of breathing…

     

     

    police killing of caroline small

    “Just Like Deer Hunting”

    by | 0 | Dec 4, 2015
    Caroline Small Glynn County Shooting by Police

    It was well covered in the news, the local reporter says. And, indeed, the Atlanta Journal Constitution has been on the story for a long time. After all, the shooting of Caroline Small, by two Glynn County, Georgia, cops, occurred over five years ago, well before cops shooting citizens became a topic of national disgust.

    About a month ago, some strangers with a camera showed up at the Glynn County Commission meeting, but nobody knew why they were there. The only thing that happened that night, which the visitors might have noted, but probably didn’t, was that the Commission passed an imprudent resolution…

     

     

    spreading despair not helping.

    Dangerous or Wonderful, the Choice Is Ours

    by | 1 | Dec 3, 2015
    What a Wonderful World by George Landon

    It’s a sad sentiment voiced loudly and with much distress in these times: what a dangerous world we live in! It’s as true as it always has been.

    I don’t remember the exact moment I was sentenced to die. Then again, it was over 56 years ago and I was but a millisecond old at the time. Yet, the instant I welcomed that first gasping breath into my infant lungs, I also accepted my fate. Someday, I would die.

    It wasn’t that day – nor has it happened with any of the roughly 20,513 sunrises since. But it will. I surely didn’t know then, but it’s been a fact of my life for a long, long time now that someday it will end.

     

     

    living in a secular society

    The Muslim Bartender (A True Story)

    by | 3 | Nov 30, 2015
    Rhetorical Butler

    “You are not being persecuted for your beliefs when you are merely being denied the privilege of shoving them down someone else’s throat.” – The Bard of Affliction

    Several months ago, there was a lot of Sturm und Drang over one Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who had garnered a certain amount of notoriety for having refused to issue wedding licenses to same-sex couples despite having been ordered by the courts to do so. Putting her name on said licenses would (she had said) imply her approval of same-sex marriages, something she felt she could not do based on her religious beliefs.

     

     

    invisible dragons

    Pilgrims On A Tempest-Tossed Sea

    by | 7 | Nov 29, 2015
    Refugee Boat Sinks in Mediterranean

    A friend recently told me that her great grandmother to the ninth generation was aboard the Mayflower. The young lady in question arrived in what was to become this country when she was only four. Living to be eighty-three and becoming a matriarch directly linked to at least fifty grandchildren, she was obviously a most incredible woman. But what also struck me about her story was that her future father-in-law was the leader of a Purists/Separatists/Dissenters group in Holland. In one of his sermons, he said: “But now we are all, in all places, strangers and pilgrims, travelers and sojourners.”

     

     

    meet me in dabiq

    The Apocalypse

    by | 14 | Nov 18, 2015
    the Apocalypse by Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld

    Were I to tell you a story in which Jesus, the son of the virgin Mary, was sent by God to guide the children of Israel, perform miracles including curing blindness, raising the dead and casting out demons, was crucified and raised alive into heaven to be the God incarnate. Jesus, who is promised to come back as the Messiah on judgement day to lead God’s army against the armies of Rome led by the Antichrist to the final victory in Jerusalem. What holy book do you think that would be from?

     

     

    power and terror:

    Conflict, Hegemony and the Rule of Force by Noam Chomsky

    by | 3 | Nov 15, 2015
    Mobster - an illustration by Tom Ferguson

    In an interview with ABC news correspondent Martha Raddatz pointed out to Dick Cheney that a majority of citizens opposed the war in Iraq. Cheney replied, “So?”

    Martha asked, “You don’t care what the American people think?”

    He said, “NO.” Cheney then goes on to say that we can’t be subject to fluctuations in opinion polls.

    A White House spokesman was asked later if this meant the government didn’t think the public should have input. The spokesman remarked that the public has input every four years.

     

     

    satire

    Researchers Say Fox News Causes Brain Damage in Rats

    by | 2 | Nov 3, 2015
    Brain damaged rat watching Fox News

    Researchers said Tuesday that watching Fox News caused brain damage in rats. They said they’re not sure what that means, but the results are conclusive.

    After watching “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” for six months the rats were never the same.

    “They got more hostile and I would venture to say more irrational,” said University of Wisconsin researcher, Ralph Phillips, who led the study that was published in the November issue of the science journal Mind Bender.

     

     

    threatens as much as war

    Why Climate Change Should be a Conservative Issue

    by | 7 | Nov 3, 2015
    Florida Climate Change Tourism by Mike Licht via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.

    The word “conservative” means something different today than it used to.

    Conservatives have traditionally understood the importance of stability—and the dangers of disrupting the established order. They considered it a responsibility to preserve their heritage and pass it down intact to the next generation.

    Conservatives have been the guardians of tradition because they saw that what our forebears created is a great achievement, built with difficulty over time.

     

     

    bald faced untruth

    Marco Rubio’s Small Mammal Strategy Revealed

    by | 1 | Nov 2, 2015
    Marco Rubio - Caricature by DonkeyHotey via flickr

    Do Marco Rubio’s inhumanly large and pointy ears wiggle when he lies? That’s what it seemed like during last Sunday’s interview with John Dickerson on “Face the Nation.” Maybe it was just a trick of the television lens but there is reason to think that something almost fey about Rubio’s successful dissembling. Asked about possible political repercussions of failing to do what most Americans believe U.S. Senators are paid to do – to actually vote on legislation in the U.S. Senate – said, “I’m not a political strategist; I’m a candidate.” And he got away with that…

     

     

    pause to pity

    Ben Carson’s Campaign Message is Jacked by the White Candidates

    by | 8 | Oct 29, 2015
    Dr. Ben's Medicine Show by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.

    Pause a moment to pity temporary front runner Ben Carson for his poor performance at the Third Republican-CNBC Debate in Boulder. Perhaps ‘non-performance’ is the right word. He was hardly a presence among the weirdly energized collection of candidates. So how did candidate Carson go from being the ‘great Evangelical hope’ to ‘doctor who?’ You only notice that Carson is boring when he is faced with any competition for attention on the stage. Between his soft, slightly slurred voice and the rambling illogic of his story-telling…

     

     

    on top of stone mtn

    Georgia to Build “We Exhibit – You Decide” Racial Strife Museum

    by | 6 | Oct 25, 2015
    Georgia Plans for Stone Mountain Covered Up

    Georgia plans to build a “We Exhibit – You Decide” racial strife museum atop Stone Mountain to address the state’s long and troubled history of discrimination against dozens of minorities and blacks by making it a tourist attraction.

    The museum will offer exhibits on both sides of the controversy over civil rights: people for them, and people against them.  And, instead of passing judgement, the museum will allow people to decide for themselves, said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in an afternoon press conference.

     

     

    poor school districts

    Fix SC education funding and stop caterwauling about deadlines

    by | 1 | Oct 21, 2015
    Fix SC education funding and stop caterwauling about deadlines

    You might not get much in your morning newspaper if reporters didn’t turn in stories by a certain time. Deadlines keep reporters — and columnists — on task. If there were not a specific time limit to submit a story for publication, the story might never get written. There’s always somebody else you can call or interview.

    Like newspapers, courts set deadlines frequently. Time limits provide some certainty in the often long, convoluted judicial process and move cases along toward conclusions…

     

     

    we got this one

    Don’t do it, Joe

    by | 8 | Oct 20, 2015
    President Obama cutting up with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State

    Joe, we love ya, but please don’t run for president.

    You are the man when it comes to defense and foreign affairs. You were there for the Bosniaks in 1994 when Clinton was timid, but you were wrong in 2006 when you voted for the Iraq war. Yet, we should have listened in 2006 when you wanted Iraq split into the three ethnic areas as it is today. Our troops might be home, the Islamic State probably wouldn’t exist and millions of refugees might be at home.

    You were the man on justice for victims of domestic violence, against Bork and Thomas, assault weapons, hate and sex crimes, and privacy, but…

     

     

    views

    Are You Sure ‘Hef’ Knows About This?

    by | 2 | Oct 17, 2015
    Playboy Wrapped in Brown Paper

    As it turns out, you haven’t really ‘arrived’ in today’s world unless the Internet has declared you dead, defunct or ‘discontinued’ at least once. The reportage of death – or some other rite of passage – on the ‘Net is mostly unreliable. Often an Internet obit is a hoax. So when I first hear the latest rumor about PLAYBOY, it could only be that some digital-age scamps – some knuckle-brains — were screwing around on the Internet…

     

     

    he has a dream

    The monumental Stone Mountain controversy

    by | 5 | Oct 15, 2015
    Image of two boys peeing off Stone Mountain

    Fifty-two summers ago, Martin Luther King challenged our nation with these words: “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

    Today, some dream of placing a freedom bell on that mountain.

    I have another dream today:

    I have a dream that one fine day a little black boy and a little white boy will stand together side by side on top of Stone Mountain;

     

     

    on the campaign trail:

    Lack of Hate in Democratic Debate Angers Republicans

    by | 5 | Oct 14, 2015
    2016 Democratic Candidates - caricatures of (left to right) Lawrence Lessig (not invited or shown), Jim Webb, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee – by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Republicans expressed anger and resentment at the “lack of hate” in the Democratic debate Tuesday night that pitted front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton against self-declared socialist candidate, Bernie Sanders.

    “I’ve heard all this talk on the radio about how they are destroying this country, how he’s such a socialist, and she’s such a liar, I just expected fireworks and a meltdown, the kind of hatred and vitriol we take for granted at Republican debates and campaign rallies,” said Ted Fletcher, who watched the debate with his family at their home in Satsuma, Ala.

     

     

    dressed for success

    You’ve got to be kidding

    by | 6 | Oct 14, 2015
    You've got to be kidding

    Today something happened that rocked my world. I know what you’re thinking, but no, it wasn’t due to jamming knitting needles in my ears to prevent listening to the sea of stupid rolling from the mouth of Donald Trump. It wasn’t due to the reports of Ben Carson digging his way into another intellectual manure pile by saying all you have to do to stop a mass shooter is to for everyone to agree to rush the shooter all at once…

     

     

    on the campaign trail

    Mr. Speaker: May I Have Your Urine Sample, Please?

    by | 8 | Oct 3, 2015
    Tea bag in GOPee urine sample

    To fend off the inevitable criticism from Democrats, liberals and the media that the next GOP Speaker of the House is so delusional he or she must be on drugs, the new Speaker will first have to pass a urine test. “That should settle the matter that they’re not on drugs, even all those guys in the Tea Party Freedom Caucus,” said a GOP insider, who compared the plan to being pulled over by a cop. “So you’re weaving like crazy, and blowing…

     

     

    feeling blessed

    My Encounter With Pope Francis

    by | 1 | Oct 1, 2015
    My Encounter With Pope Francis

    “A new mentality is needed, and this implies above all a recovery of ancient and original wisdom. And a real contact with what is right under our noses.” — Thomas Merton, in a letter to Thich Nhat Hanh

    On Thursday, September 24, I saw Pope Francis with my own eyes. That’s the gospel truth. Now the confession. I was attending the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate rally — organized to support the Pope’s call to action on climate change. That’s me on the right of the photo. That’s Doug, my Buddhist friend and climate troubadour, on the left.

     

     

    satire

    Pope Warns of Global Dumbing

    by | 3 | Sep 29, 2015
    Pope Francis Speaks to US Congress by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Having returned from his trip to the U.S. where he addressed Congress, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued an encyclical from the Vatican warning of “man-made Global Dumbing.” “It disturbs me beyond belief the level of intelligence quotient that I encountered during my visit to the U.S., especially in the Republican-led Congress, where I’m guessing the average IQ must be in the high 70s or low 80s, at best,” Francis said, through an interpreter. “That’s unacceptable.”

     

     

    no reason or compromise

    John Boehner and Zippity-Do-Da Days

    by | 4 | Sep 28, 2015
    What was the Republican House leadership, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.

    I once worked for an abusive boss, a man who proved impossible to please.   Congenitally mean, and though he wore no eye-patch, he had all of the charm, charisma and management style of your average, garden-variety Bond villain.

    After three days on the new job, I knew I’d made a mistake. A year on the job, my misery factor was so high, I prayed (I was a church-goer in those days) one of us would either get a better job and move on — or that one of us would die, though preferably not me!

     

     

    collateral damage of war

    Hard Times Come Again No More

    by | 3 | Sep 14, 2015
    A young Syrian migrant girl is held by her mother next to railroad tracks where migrants wait to cross into Macedonia

    “Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears,
    While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
    There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
    Oh! Hard times come again no more.
    Chorus:
    “’Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
    Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
    Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
    Oh! Hard times come again no more.”

     

     

    on the campaign trail

    Psychologists Say GOP Candidates Scare Pets and Small Children

    by | 3 | Sep 10, 2015
    The Top Sixteen GOP Candidates - Caricatures by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Bellevue, Ill. – Psychologists say there is growing evidence that GOP candidates scare pets and small children.

    The psychologists, meeting here for their annual convention, said the research is based on interviews with parents whose children watched the first GOP debate and have since had difficulty sleeping without a parent in the room or leaving the lights on all night.

     

     

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