Shithole


Ponder newspeak of shithole Trump –

“George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 that authoritarianism begins with language. In the novel, “newspeak” is language twisted to deceive, seduce and undermine the ability of people to think critically and freely.

Donald Trump’s unapologetic bigoted language made headlines again Thursday when it was reported he told lawmakers working on a new immigration policy that the United States shouldn’t accept people from “shithole countries” like Haiti. Given his support for white nationalism and his coded call to “Make America Great (White) Again,” Trump’s overt racist remarks reinforce echoes of white supremacy reminiscent of fascist dictators in the 1930s.” – http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/shithole-countries-trump-uses-the-rhetoric-of-dictators/

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Romulus Augustus


Romulus Augustus appeared on my Facebook page yesterday. Written by Nigel Best, a fellow Canadian who echoes my sentiments –

When a dog has fleas, a powder helps. worms? it’s given medicine.

When the dog has cancer, it’s only right that the animal is put to sleep.

So it should be with Romulus Augustus, such is the name of the dog.

Romulus is the mastiff American republicans adopted a couple of years ago. Despite some fears about his temperament and his propensity to shift in an instant from licking to snarling, the party took him in, gave him a few dog whisperers, and put him out on show.

“somehow, he manages to grab us all in a certain way, despite a certain revulsion at the slobbering jowls,” gushed one junior senator at Romulus’ inaugural event just 12 months ago.

Excess salivating aside, the party membership in America needs to accept what the rest of us could already discern on that cold day, the dog looked very sick.

Republicans had to have known something may be going on when their mastiff started pissing on the bed. with some hindsight, perhaps the congress should have done something earlier, but when one has a pet, it’s sometimes hard to accept this day will arrive, especially not this quickly.

By mid-year, it was a little more difficult to afford or reconcile Romulus’ sneaking into offices and pissing on senators’ heads as they attempted to sleep on office sofas between late-night committee sessions.

“all i needed was him to quieten down and curl up in my lap, but he just could not, or would not,” said a Utah congressman. “yet, it still seemed possible he would take a turn for the better.”

It’s hard to hear that something one has coddled is riddled with inoperable tumors, though it probably helps to understand some of the animal’s most outlandish and erratic behaviors stemmed from a systemic sickness.

It must have been difficult to shake off questions about his behavior, even as they were being mocked and ridiculed.

Was that perhaps because some were in horror at the appearance of being aloof to his plight? Now that there’s no disguising this sickness, will there be any pity for the appearance of being almost inhumane?

It should not have come to this, but look, Romulus is barely able to breathe. he can barely walk. having gone almost blind, like any creature in a similar situation, he is afraid. that accounts for his bared teeth and attempts to bite at any shadow that flits across his dimming pupils.

It is cruel to keep the sick animal on a life-support system. at the same time he is taxing your well-being, putting your health at risk with the constant not knowing what is next.

It’s never easy letting go. having to have done it before, dog owners will tell you, whisper gently into Romulus’ ears as the sharp needle is administered.

You will detect in his final moments that this is exactly what he has been wanting from you. those early-morning yelps of desperation that would rouse you daily from your slumber, those were his appeals for this moment.

You will know he will be thanking you as the drug helps him slip into oblivion.

So, in the sake of empathy, now is the moment to say goodbye to Romulus Augustus. as the saying goes, every dog has its day.

Top 11 Drooling And Slobbering Dogs Neapolitan Mastiff

 

Oklahoma Lesbian Trumps Roy Moore’s America


American media is obsessed with Roy Moore, it’s inescapable. Hour after relentless hour talking media heads march to the beat of Roy Moore’s unapologetic resolve to stay the course. Should he step down, why hasn’t Trump Tweeted his position, who supports, who condemns, blah, blah, blah. One might think the future of America depended on Alabama’s December 12 special election to fill Jeff Sessions vacant Senate seat.

Fortunately this Canadian has the luxury of turning off American news. Abandoning U.S. jibber-jabber for homegrown reporting delivered a breath of fresh air. A story of promise buried by U.S. media in favour of Roy Moore shenanigans and Trump hypocrisy. American media isn’t talking about Democrat Senator Allison Ikely-Freeman, but the rest of us know Oklahoma elected a 26 year old lesbian to the Senate.

Oklahoma Democrats win state Senate seat in red-district special election

Last Tuesday’s Oklahoma special election upset should be the stuff of front page news. Not for a Democrat squeaking past Republican Dan Newberry by 31 votes, but for gob smacking realities of an openly gay politician prevailing in the spine of Trumpland. Tulsa County is home to Oklahoma 1st Congressional District, a hive of rigid conservatism defined by 2016 election results – 61.4 % voted Trump, 32.7% marked Clinton – a District now represented by a Democrat lesbian.

Roy Moore can simper, Trump can Tweet petulant whimpers, American media can beat both to death. None of which changes the fact a flicker of hope still burns in America.

Roy Moore – The Mary/Joseph Defense And Other Absurdities


Alabama Republican Roy Moore likely considered aspirations to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions a done deal. Can’t say I blame him, apparently impervious Christian hubris prevails in Alabama. Citizens of the “We Dare Defend Our Rights” State nominated Moore to run in the December 12 special election despite Moore’s less than exemplary distinction of twice elected, twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2001, removed in 2003 for defying a Federal Court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument ( commissioned by Moore ) from the Alabama Judicial Building. Elected again in 2013, shown the door in 2016 for instructing probate judges to enforce a state ban on same sex marriage despite federal ruling it was unconstitutional.

In 2003 Moore created The Foundation For Moral Law, an ultra right Christian organization opposed to abortion and same sex marriage, champions of mandatory school prayer, Trump’s travel ban and legislation excluding Muslims from holding political office. Vile as the day is long, a morally repugnant assault on equality and constitutional freedom.

News broke yesterday – allegations of sexual misconduct against once a judge Roy. Reason might dictate righteous Christian outrage toward a man who allegedly fancied underage girls – not so fast, reason got lost somewhere between Trump boasting he grabbed women by the pussy because he was powerful and Moore admitting to Sean Hannity on Fox News he didn’t date any girls without their mother’s consent. WTF Roy!

It gets better. Moore issued this statement – “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” His Campaign elaborated with – “Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary.”

OK, so Kevin Spacey’s career can implode over allegations of sexual misconduct, but Roy Moore is a doe eyed victim of fake news? A morally superior bastion of decency incapable of lewd behavior?

Never mind truth, investigation or concern for alleged victims. Kudos to blithering conservatives for spinning  creative biblical cob-webs. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler said – “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

Stranger things have happened, but I’d say chances of Moore tossing political aspirations to winds of Christian forgiveness are slim to none. Moore doesn’t need to beg forgiveness for his sins, conservatives don’t care who or what is violated as long as their agenda prevails. Case in point, a fundraising message Moore sent to his supporters –

The Obama-Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs have just launched the most vicious and nasty attacks against me I’ve EVER faced.

I won’t get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.

I refuse to repeat their lies.

The forces of evil are on the march in this country.

We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.

Pathetic


An hour of soul sucking channel transfers between Fox and CNN culminated in a single word – pathetic. Yesterday racist asshole, misogynist buffoon, contemptuous nincompoop, delusional windbag or televangelist troll rolled off my tongue to describe Trump – today, a rising crescendo of wretched absurdity delivered pathetic.

Ponder pathetic – pitiful, paltry, woeful, feeble. Yikes. We’ve wasted perfectly good energy blithering common sense protestations over a contemptibly inadequate clown. Gloves off America, call him pathetic, turn your back and walk away. Pathetic serves indefensible finality when dispatched appropriately, a stark and ugly realization capable of muzzling even the most delusional maniac. Donald Trump is pathetic, America needs to tell him so.

 

Pondering The Newsroom


The Newsroom was an HBO political drama series that aired from June 2012 – December 2014. Starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, news anchor at fictional Atlantis Cable News. Twenty five episodes over three brief “seasons” cemented The Newsroom atop my list of remarkable TV productions. Posted below are a handful of clips chosen to illustrate America’s indifference towards common sense truth – scripted Will McAvoy snippets ringing truer than anything blithered on non-fictional U.S. media today. The content may be dated, the message is anything but.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Newsroom_(U.S._TV_series)

 

WTF Donald


Earlier this week Donald Trump blithered utter nonsense at a campaign rally in Florida, regurgitating fantasy the following day in Maine. Trump’s outbursts tend to flow within spillways of generalized chest thumping hubris, moronic sound bites selling Trump’s “brand” to America – this jibber-jabber gem was different. The nincompoop’s head, bloated by gases of maniacal impunity from truth or reason, pulled a nut salad from his ass.

Trump vehemently claimed to have seen a video showing $400 million being taken off an American airplane in Iran. Trump suggested the cash was ransom paid by America to release hostages. It wasn’t – the footage in question aired on Fox News showing released Americans stepping off a plane in Geneva. (full story linked below) Trump’s false assertion the video was “leaked” by Iran to “embarrass” America, in particular President Obama caught exchanging money for prisoners, went from simmer to boil.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-donald-trump-again-talks-of-tape-1470345240-htmlstory.html

“I wonder where that money really goes, by the way…. Well, it went either in their pockets, which I actually think more so, or toward terrorism — probably a combination of both,” he said.

Game over, damage done. Trump’s shrewd grasp of constitutional free speech capitalized on free to lie, manipulate and bend truth for personal gain. Yep, America is the greatest nation on Earth – Trump dishes constitutionally condoned propaganda, Fox News eats it for breakfast, catatonic Trump supporters froth at the mouth, conspiracy slithers from Trump’s ambiguous retraction, fact becomes cover-up, coming full circle – placing the onus on truth for daring to debunk nut salad. WTF Donald is tip of the iceberg – WTF Hillary, WTF constitutional right to political free speech lies, WTF people incapable of grasping dangerously stupid politicians exist because dangerously stupid free to speak whatever you damn well please constitutional leniency put them there. WTF America.

Not for a second have I considered my lawful right to free expression compromised in any way. Do I live in the greatest nation on Earth? Reside in a super power bastion of enlightened democracy? Patch together truth based on late night television comedy sketches? Tune into national news networks anticipating the task of exhaustive research to determine truth, or worse, exclude all news other than media geared to my religious/political bias? Does my life require constant affirmation, strife over faith, sexual orientation, civil rights or fear mongering propaganda? None of the above – I live in Canada.

WTF Donald is unimaginable in Canada. WTF Donald thrives in America because the Fairness Doctrine (Federal law implemented in 1949 requiring holders of broadcast licenses to air opposing viewpoints on topical or controversial issues ) was struck down in 1987. The Fairness Doctrine kept broadcasters from monopolizing airwaves with biased opinion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

WTF Donald has little to do with Trump, everything to do with America’s systematic escalation of disregard for truth. WTF created the likes of Trump. Truth be told I harbour a growing fascination over the possibility Donald might prevail. Distasteful as that seems, “President Trump” could be the jolt America needs to WTF lawmakers into reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.