Admitting “I don’t know” or defeat or simple reality is so so hard for some


Yesterday, Pat Robertson went on the air and was cock sure God would give republicans the votes necessary to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Said Robertson, “They’re going to give it to the president. Mark my word: it will pass. They will get those extra votes. It will go through. They’re going to work together to give us tremendous health care.”

Whelp, Robertson was wrong. Does that mean God and he don’t have the relationship he thought he did? Does that decrease Robertson’s ability to listen through his tender ears and whether or not he listens to God (or Satan) … or his own hopes like the rest of us, believers included?

It won’t matter to Robertson. It won’t indicate anything new to him. He’ll continue going on air with hyperbolic remarks, many will include his so-called connection to the so-called creator of the universe. And for that reason alone, it gives him the right to say appalling things, because something invisible speaks to him and his supremacy to all sentient beings trumps all other logic about human sexuality, human welfare and human happiness.

Speaking of Trump.

Yesterday Trump and his zoo of bananas not only failed to overturn ACA, he had the gaul to blame it on the democrats. The democrats, the party that holds no majority anywhere in United States Politics.

“We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” says Trump with more confidence than a coked-up drunk picking up women in a bar in Chicago’s Viagra Triangle neighborhood.

“We were very close…” Like Russia’s very close to the United States.

“We were very close…” said the long-lost family member about the recently deceased rich grandfather.

“We were very close…” said the basketball team that got trounced by 100 points.

I can’t get my head around arrogant confidence.

He also said, “I guess I’m here what, 64 days? I never said repeal and replace Obamacare — you’ve all heard my speeches — I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days.”

That stands in stark contrast to EXACTLY what he said on the campaign trail: “When I’m elected on November 8, we will immediately repeal and replace Obamacare.”

He didn’t say “eventually” or not with in 64 days … he said, “immediately.”

E-fuckin-mee-dee-ut-lee.

Or go here where he said that repealing Obamacare will be SOOOOOOO easy.

What is the fucking problem with admitting defeat? And if you don’t want to admit defeat, just say, “Huh, it looks like we need to revisit this legislation to cover our bases and really provide to the American people what they deserve, what we promised …” and move on? What’s the problem with that?

What conceit is necessary to bald faced lie about why the legislation failed to pass. “The Democrats” got in the way. I mean, “The democrats, many Republicans, and 83% of the American public … they got in the way.”

Let’s fight for the majority and not the elite select few who already have amazing healthcare, great incomes, amazing access to a network of possibilities.

Trump also wants the ACA to explode/implode/die a fiery death. I hope to hell that the millions of Americans who voted for that monster Trump and are benefiting from the ACA are hearing this, taking note, and will revise their voting strategies in the future.

I can say, as a subscriber to the ACA, that I’ve seen the slow demise of its offering. It’s awful. And from what I can tell, it’s the Republican’s fault for pushing ill-will on the legislation so that it worsens. Because AARP, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association are all standing behind ACA.

My hope is that those who stand behind it, which seems to be a lot of influential people with hopefully some deep pockets to, gosh, invest into this marketplace, will help turn up the nosedive and help the ACA succeed. Because too many people stand to lose when their healthcare is ripped out from under them, and we should be putting American’s health first. If not first, in the top five of American ideals.

As for everything else Trump wants to do to destroy America and this planet by defunding the EPA, the NEA, PP, NPR, PBS, et al … let ’em. It’s that he’s acting like he’s got a boner for superfluous war that’s got my panties wadded up.

But then again, this old man speaks to America as if we’re all toddlers, because he himself is a big baby riding in a big chair, pretending to be a leader, shamelessly having blow out temper tantrums every time he can’t get his way.

When I was a child … I spoke like one, too. I was cocky. I was confident. And almost all the time, I was and am now … wrong.

Grow up, Mr. President. It’s damn time.

Today in Trump embarrassing America


 

Yawn. A man so distraught by public perception that a 17-year-old’s little website with a game in which a cat swats at Hair Furor’s head caused Trump’s lawyers to send “cease and desist” letters. Story here. Play the game here.

Everything that doesn’t reflect the yellow snowflake well is “fake news.” Trump tweets NBC, ABC broadcast ‘biased and fake’ Russia stories. Story here.

The Trump family is cashing the BIGGEST welfare checks of all time. America’s poor deserves no government aid so that we can spend a shit ton of our government taxpayer money pampering ONE family. One small story here. (Secret services asks for $60M more budget in 2018).

Trump Jr. gets a much needed slap down for being a dick to London’s Mayor hours after news of the terrorist attack. What a political hack. Story.

Playground president says, “I’m president and you’re not.” Na na na na boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.

Whilst grasping at straws, Trump says, “So that means I’m right” on intel information that still has nothing to do with his claim that Obama surveilled him.

This is Trump’s on-going quest to embarrass Americans every day in anyway he can.

You’re welcome.

“The rise of Arab atheism”


I’m not sure I agree with the title of this piece (atheism pertains to no singular religion), but I can surely find interesting bits from which to drive validation. Emphasis is mine below. Link in title below as well.

A snip:

The issue most often cited by Arabs as their first step on the road to disbelief was the apparent unfairness of divine justice. The picture they had acquired was of an irascible and sometimes irrational deity who behaves in much the same way as an Arab dictator or an old-fashioned family patriarch – an anthropomorphic figure who makes arbitrary decisions and seems eager to punish people at the slightest opportunity. Dire warnings, constantly repeated in the Qur’an, of what would happen to non-believers had clearly made a strong impression on them in childhood.

“The idea of eternal hell was very disturbing to me,” said Mohammed Ramadan, an Egyptian. “I was nine when I asked my parents why would God punish us for ever when we live for an average of only 70 years.”

A Saudi who is known on Twitter as “Arab Atheist” was troubled by the question of why seemingly decent non-Muslims should be punished by God. Arriving in the US to study at a Jesuit college, he began to realise “how similar all religions are” in their basic teachings. “In Islam,” he said, “we are taught that all non-Muslims are going to hell. I had Jewish neighbours who were the kindest and sweetest couple and it made me wonder, why should they go to hell? And suddenly Islam started to crumble in my eyes.

The rise of Arab atheism Across the Middle East, governments are cracking down on non-belief. But Arab atheists are becoming more visible –   by Brian Whitaker   –MONDAY,  29TH JUNE 2015

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


Just like every other thoughtful, sentient being living on planet Trump today, I’m dumbstruck by the level of holy-shit-balls-it’s-fucking-nuts these days. I’m fully aware I’m not the only person who is incapable of comparing the events in America to writings by George Orwell.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” goes through my head about once a day.

I scratched my head a bit as to why 1984 sales surged early in Trumptopia’s new regime when I feel like Animal Farm is more àpropos to the conversation.

At the time of this writing, Trump’s only been in the office 59 days8 hours16 minutes33 seconds. Barring screaming from a minority of shouting voices on the left and the right, I get the continued feeling that the self-aware among us are more oppositional to the course we’re on. There are die-hard fans of Trump’s campaign promises and republican so-called ideals that will stand on the poop deck holding on for dear life with this administration as the ship with a gaping hole in its hull descends under icy-cold water … and its captain and his family rides off in safety on a lifeboat. 

So many feel helpless. I too feel that sentiment.

Even more feel hapless. I ride in that boat, too.  Continue reading

Coolest project ever: filmmaker produces motion portraits of Alabamans while reading Walt Whitman!


About the project:

www.whitmanalabama.com
Welcome to Whitman, Alabama.

This is an experiment in using documentary and poetry to reveal the threads that tie us together—as people, as states, and as a nation.

For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s “Song of Myself” is a quintessential reflection of our American identities.

Who is America? The question will always be a difficult one. But if you listen to Alabama’s many voices, you may hear some of the answer.

“For,” as Whitman says, “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

Check out different clips at their youtube page.

Seen at Kottke

John Oliver runs down the American Health Care Act with a locomotive, but it’s not going to help you, me or anybody else.


I have little to no confidence that I can hope to have access to decent health care again like I have over the past several years.

It’s so fucking sad. Has no one heard the screams and pleas of real Americans on this fucking topic?

Anybody?

Oh wait, they have ERs. So we’re good. Let’s attack a country!!!