WHITE MAN’S BURDEN

 Posted by at 6:06 AM on May 22, 2016
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The White Man's Burden

 

Vote up the White Man’s BURDEN, send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your Captain’s need;
To wait in heavy harness, on floundered folk and cries—
Your brain-dead, angry people, half devil and half lies.

Vote up the White Man’s BURDEN, in hatred to abide,
To veil the threat of terror and make a show of pride;
By open speech and twitter, a thousand times made plain
To seek another’s profit, and steal another’s gain.

Throw up the White Man’s BURDEN, his savage wars of “peace”—
Fill up your mouth with Famine and swallow his sick Grease;
And when your goal is nearest the end for others sought,
Watch his narcissistic Folly bring all your hopes to nought.

* The White Man’s Burden

BREAKING: Ignorance Is Not A Virtue

 Posted by at 1:47 PM on May 19, 2016
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“Ignorance is not a virtue …
It’s not cool to not know what you’re talkin’ about.”

That’s not “Keepin’ it real,” or “Tellin’ it like it is,”
that’s not “challenging political correctness,”
that’s just not knowin’ what you’re talkin’ about.

A LOT OF PEOPLE are going to be shocked by this news.  Especially the 40% of eligible voters who never quite drag their sorry asses to the vicinity of an election ballot and exercise their chief responsibility as a citizen of our nation: voting.  You know who you are.

If you don’t vote, you’re not only not a good citizen— you’re a bad one, and a drag on our system.  If it were up to me, you’d catch a heavy (sliding scale based on income) fine every time you blew off an election.  Don’t effin’ care if you write in your mother every single time, but it would be too financially painful not to vote.  But remember, I’m talking about “eligible voters,” not Fox News troglodytes;  people simply must be intelligent enough and educated sufficiently to pass a mandatory citizenship training course— required of anyone wanting to be an eligible voter.

President Obama will soon be on the stump again, campaigning for the democratic nominee, and continuing to  eviscerate climate deniers and no-nothings everywhere.  But right now he’s making sure his presidency is “Trump proof“— because he knows 40% of voting age Americans don’t bother to participate in their own government, and that just might result in an electoral catastrophe in November.

You can help make sure Barack Obama’s presidency is Trump proof too, by voting against the only short-fingered vulgarian in the race.  Because that’s what it must come down to;  you either understand what a completely unfit candidate Trump is, or you don’t.  Do the troglodytes who vote outnumber those of us who understand?  They just might;  especially if we don’t have the personal astuteness to make sure we don’t sit back and let this happen by not voting.

Be a real American.  VOTE.

 

Clintonialism II: Honduras Edition

 Posted by at 3:47 AM on May 17, 2016
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Hillary’s foreign policy duds 

In our previous post on Clintonialsim, we highlighted former Senator Hillary Clinton‘s vote for the catastrophic Iraq invasion and the subsequent occupation and nation building  fiasco that followed. And her role as Secretary of State in support of two equally disastrous Middle East interventions: Libya and Syria. But her record as a neo necon doesn’t stop there. She has also left her imprimatur on Central America, specifically Honduras. But before we go there, let’s take a brief look at US interventionism in Central America over the last one hundred years.

US Intervention in Central America

The history of US interventionism is Central America is a long and depressing one. It includes:

-The occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916-1924).

-The US invasion of Guatemala (1954).  

-The creation of US trained death squads in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (1980s), which saw the transfer of $6 billion of US taxpayer money to El Salvador alone.

-The the notorious Iran-Contra Affair under President Reagan (1985), which precipitated the disastrous crack cocaine epidemic that afflicted south Los Angeles that: resulted in an upsurge of ghetto gangs, that were in turn franchised across the rest of the country; made felons of so many young black Americans for just smoking the stuff;  and provided advanced missiles to a listed “terrorist” country,  Iran. (Thank you, Ollie North.)

-The wag-the-dog invasion of Grenada, ordered by Reagan in order to change the news cycle after the catastrophic (and politically embarrassing) car bombing in Beirut that resulted in the death of 241 US Marines; and the subsequent retreat of American forces from Lebanon

-The invasion of Panama, aka Operation Just Cause, ordered by Reagan’s former vice president and former CIA Director, George H. W. Bush, to apprehend a long time CIA operative and drug kingpin, Manuel “Pineapple Face” Noriega. 

Rather than seeing this sorry past as an indictment of American foreign policy, Clinton supporters will try to spin it along the lines of:

“See? This is the way America has been doing business around the world since before Hillary was even born! Hillary is just the latest player in The Great Game. No blame. Just ask her self-professed mentor, Henry Kissinger. Nothing to see here. Move on. Move on.”

But it’s high time an accounting was made. What better time than the present, in this truly revolutionary presidential election year, when two of the top three contenders are outsiders whose strength is derived from their break with The Powers That Be and their bloody past?

The Practice of Clintonialism in Honduras

Remember the huge outflow of refugees from Central America, including children from Honduras, that landed square on the US’s backdoor with Mexico in 2009? Remember the Obama Administration’s response to videos showing them clinging to the top of trains traversing Mexico in a desperate attempt to get to the U.S., fleeing from the chaos of drug lords gone wild in their native countries? The tens of millions of dollars in bribe money Obama paid to the Mexican government to stop those kids at their own southern border from fleeing the terror that Hillary helped unleash? That prompted Angelina Jolie, in a collaboration with the Microsoft Corporation and 25 leading U.S. law firms, to create Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)? (KIND provides free legal aid to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings across the U.S.)  Remember Hillary’s self-anointed role as Protectoress of Children that she continues to project as part of her political persona?

JUCHITAN, MEXICO - AUGUST 06: Central American immigrants ride north on top of a freight train on August 6, 2013 near Juchitan, Mexico. Thousands of Central American migrants ride the trains, known as 'la bestia', or the beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Some of the immigrants are robbed and assaulted by gangs who control the train tops, while others fall asleep and tumble down, losing limbs or perishing under the wheels of the trains. Only a fraction of the immigrants who start the journey in Central America will traverse Mexico completely unscathed - and all this before illegally entering the United States and facing the considerable U.S. border security apparatus designed to track, detain and deport them. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

JUCHITAN, MEXICO – AUGUST 06: Central American immigrants ride north on top of a freight train on August 6, 2013 near Juchitan, Mexico. Thousands of Central American migrants ride the trains, known as 'la bestia', or the beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Some of the immigrants are robbed and assaulted by gangs who control the train tops, while others fall asleep and tumble down, losing limbs or perishing under the wheels of the trains. Only a fraction of the immigrants who start the journey in Central America will traverse Mexico completely unscathed - and all this before illegally entering the United States and facing the considerable U.S. border security apparatus designed to track, detain and deport them. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

All hail The Great Protectoress!

Hillary’s Support of the 2009 Honduras Coup

In 2006, the liberal candidate for president of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was elected to office.  In 2009, he proposed a non-binding poll that had as its goal the holding of a referendum to rewrite the Honduran constitution. Naturally, this was considered the end of the world by the Honduran elites, who were profiting quite handsomely from the status quo― thank you very much. Their response was to use the military to remove Zelaya from office. The coup succeeded, sending him into exile.

Questions about the role of the US in the coup emerged immediately, not surprising given its record of reckless interventionism in that region of the world. In an article by The Nation magazine titled The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders, its author Greg Grandin wrote the following about the murder of Berta Cáceres, a native Honduran activist.

Cáceres was a vocal and brave indigenous leader, an opponent of the 2009 Honduran coup that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, made possible. In The Nation, Dana Frank and I covered that coup as it unfolded. Later, as Clinton’s emails were released, others, such as Robert Naiman, Mark Weisbrot, and Alex Main, revealed the central role she played in undercutting Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, and undercutting the opposition movement demanding his restoration. In so doing, Clinton allied with the worst sectors of Honduran society.

(Much of the damning info Grandin relied on came from the infamous Clinton emails. Why the Hillary Haters ignore that dimension of the email drama is a reflection of their own interventionist proclivities. Their obsession with Benghazi is an attempt to degrade Clinton’s credibility as a leader and not on the substantive issue of whether the decision to overthrow Qadaffi was a good one.  To these hammerheads, everything looks like a nail.)

In an article from March of this year, LatinoUSA.org writes that reporter Roberto Lovato:

…shared a 2014 video in Spanish, where Cáceres made specific reference to Clinton’s Hard Choices comments about Honduras. In an interview from Buenos Aires, Cáceres said that the 2009 policy decisions by Secretary Clinton and the United States only led to more repression, militarization, increased migration and political corruption in her country.

So who was Clinton’s cat’s paw in the ouster of Honduras’s  democratically elected president? Why, her old Yale Law School pal and 2008 presidential campaign surrogate, Lanny “The Fixer” Davis. Davis, who worked in the Clinton Administration as a special counsel, gained notoriety for spearheading Hubbie Bill’s counter-attack against “that woman, Monica Lewinsky. Davis subsequently found gainful employment representing the interests of a plethora of foreign scum that, according to Wikipedia, included:

…the Ivory Coast strongman and flagrant human rights violator Laurent Gbagbo whose claims to that country’s presidency have been condemned by the international community and may even set off a civil war;” and “Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the longtime dictator of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

In 2009, Davis expanded his client list to include the Honduran Business Council, which financed the coup d’etat that sent Zelaya into exile and precipitated a mass exodus of Honduran refugees.

According to The Intercept:

At a time when the State Department strategized over how best to keep Zelaya out of power while not explicitly endorsing the coup, Clinton suggested using longtime Clinton confidant Lanny Davis as a back-channel to Roberto Micheletti, the interim president installed after the coup….

A week later, Clinton and her top aides reportedly brokered a deal to bring Zelaya back to power through a national unity government. But the deal was no “breakthrough,” as some media outlets reported. Rather, there was a huge loophole…

The election, on November 29, 2009, was beset by violence, with anti-coup organizers murdered before the election and the police violently suppressing an opposition rally in San Pedro Sula and shutting down left-leaning media outlets. Major international observers, including the United Nations and the Carter Center, as well as most major opposition candidates, boycotted the election…

Rather than seeing this as a failure, the Clinton emails released last week further confirm that the State Department had sought the permanent ouster of Zelaya all along. State Department officials bucked the demands of most Latin American countries and rushed to recognize the election as “free, fair and transparent.”…The Shannon emails “show what we knew all along: the U.S. wanted the elections to solidify the changes wrought by the coup,”

Despite claims to media outlets that they were working to restore the democratically elected Honduran government, the U.S. made other efforts to ensure the coup government’s grip on power. In October 2009, the United States blocked a resolution from the Organization of American States requiring Zelaya’s return as a precondition for elections. The U.S. also failed to officially determine that a “military coup” occurred, and did not cut off aid to Honduras as is required by law following a coup.

An August 2009 email chain with Harold Koh, then the State Department legal adviser, discussed how to deal with the foreign aid issue, which in Honduras is largely administered through the Millenium Challenge Corporation. The email chain carried the subject line “Honduras Military Coup Decision,” includes an email from Koh noting that Honduras might fall under “specified legal prohibitions on assistance.” Koh wrote that Secretary Clinton, as chair of the MCC board, would have a considerable voice over the determination of Honduras as a coup country. Unfortunately, much of the memo Koh prepared is redacted and Clinton’s response is not revealed in the email chain.

Reminds one of the Machiavellian antics of Hillary’s mentor and personal friend, Henry Kissinger, whose sneering disdain of human rights is well documented; and who engineered the overthrow of Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende (that ultimately led to his assisnation)and  whom Christopher Hitchins designated a war criminal for his role in the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Chile, among other international crimes, including his role in precipitating the secret war in Cambodia that resulted in untold suffering, death, and displacement of millions of innocent Cambodians. (God help us all, but apparently Kissinger has agreed to meet with Donald Trump tomorrow. That gigantic turd just won’t flush.) Truly, a rotten apple doesn’t fall far from its progenitor’s tree.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Notice to those considering the November presidential election as a vote for the lesser of two weevils.  Choosing Clinton is to agree to yet another round of US interventionism. The doctrines of Might Makes Right, Manifest Destiny, and American Exceptionalism, personified by war criminal Henry Kissinger, are all part of the Clinton ethos.

Careful what you ask/vote for.

Troubled Teen Trump Actually Knew Clark Kent

 Posted by at 2:33 PM on May 13, 2016
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Teen Trump & Clark Kent

A chubby brown-shirted Trump gets defensive over his eating habits with a young Steven Colbert Clark Kent in the New York Military Academy cafeteria.*

STUMPDIGIT, SOUTH CAROLINA —  In 1983, Fred Trump told an interviewer that his son Donald “was a pretty rough fellow when he was small.”  But as a board member of Kew-Forest School, daddy Trump couldn’t allow Donald’s behavioral problems to go um, “unpunished”;  he fixed that behavior problem by sending little Donnie off to a correctional facility military school, the New York Military Academy.

During his senior year, Trump wore a uniform, “winning” the rank of captain.

Michael E. Miller

[T]he moment 17-year-old Donald Trump was named a captain for his senior year at New York Military Academy, he ordered the officers under his command to keep strict discipline.  Shoes had to be shined.  Beds had to be made.  Underclassmen had to spring to attention.

Then he disappeared into his room, delegating authority for his minions’ behavior to his officers.  Not what you would call a “hands-on” sorta guy;  (what with those stumpy digits and all).

Long story short, it depends on who you believe to determine just what shade of rose Captain Donnie‘s glasses were.  And Ima let you sort that feces out for yourself.  But it’s no surprise that there are real differences in the way a classic narcissist remembers things, and the way, shall we say, more normal people who were also there, remember.


I’m struck by the simplistically self-absorbed way Trump talks about himself, his own inarticulate braggadocio notwithstanding, that he “Has the best words.”
Some quotes from Miller’s article about Trump’s “military service” as a high school kid/cadet, are instructive and revealing.

I had total control over the cadets … that’s why I got a promotion — because I did so good.”

“Total control.”  Over fifteen and sixteen year old boys.  He did sooo good.  Except for a hazing incident by some under his command—which apparently got him transferred away from command.

Trump claimed the transfer “…was a promotion for me, and it was a demotion for [the other guy].”  Anyone who knows something about real military culture— not military prep school— or what is widely known as common sense, knows that a desk job under the watchful eyes of your superior officers is generally not seen as a step up from the command of living human beings.  A sailor would simply tell you, you got “shit-canned.”

Although it’s hard to know how Trump’s family wealth had anything to do with it, some think it did.  “He was definitely privileged,” said Douglas Reichel, who was a year behind Trump at the academy  and a member of A Company. “That group of people got treated much differently.  They got promoted each year.”

“I did very well under the military system,” Trump says.  “I became one of the top guys at the whole school.”  A training officer at the school who became Trump’s mentor, says Trump “…wanted to be number one.  He wanted to be noticed.  He wanted to be recognized.  And he liked compliments.”

I was always good at that school,” he said.

Indeed.  One of the “top guys.”   Using the “best words.”   Because he just did “so good.”

“Take a look at the pictures.  I’m standing at the head of the whole place.”

Yes.  Do take a look at the pictures;  see that “top guy” character just leap off the photos, into your head, boring right through your cortical overlay.  Because

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance [one of the top guys], a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.  But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism [he was promoted— not transferred].

A Narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships [multiple failed marriages], work [I did so good], school [demoted? out of the barracks], or financial affairs [multiple bankruptcies].  You may be generally unhappy and disappointed when you’re not given the special favors or admiration you believe you deserve [and lash out at EVERYONE]=.  Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.   —The Mayo Clinic

 

 

 

Clark Kent

Original artwork

*  CaptainDonnieNo, Donald Trump never knew Clark Kent, ya putz.  But pictures— “look at the pictures,”—  i.e., photographs— show 17 year old Captain Donnie was actually thin.  The cartoon, on the other hand, is a considerably altered digital copy of a Superman cartoon, that shows a more metaphorical image of rough little Donnie’s emerging character.

 

WHERE’S BILL?

 Posted by at 1:34 PM on May 10, 2016
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sTrumpetOh come on.  Don’t try to tell me you didn’t know this kind of stuff would come out of the woodwork once “The (Prima) Donald” became the presump.  But if it makes you feel better, just pretend it’s a photoshop.¹

 

ACUNA, MEXICO —   Ciudad Acuña is the fastest growing city in Mexico you’ve never heard of.  You wouldn’t know it, to look at what’s left of the place after an F3* fucked the place up a few years ago;  but more than a couple United States presidents have nom nomed tacos in this town.

For some dam reason there was Dwight, then LBJ, then Tricky Dick, and finally, “Beeel.”  You know Bill;  Hillary‘s “Bill.”  Hillary Bill. Hillary Billary.  Billary.  Huh.


Where's BillAnyway, so “Wherrre’s Beeeel.”  Well.  Bill’s been hidin’.  In Acuña.  Where the living is cheap, the tacos are fresh, and the womens are friendly.  Now now;  I know what you’re thinking;  but some say Bill’s not nearly as “undisciplined” as he once was.  At least not all the time.  He’s still gotta little mojo squirrelled away in a not-so-secret account presidents call “political capital.”

That’s a euphemism for political credit, of course, thus Bill be chillin’ on that cred until Hill brings home the political bacon in November.  Still, being a “spousal campaign surrogate” is hard work, so he’ll be hittin’ up some Jersey boys and girls this Friday.  Because:  too much money flowing into the Clinton Foundation campaign coffers is not a real thing.

So once he gets the toiletries squared away back in his old bathroom, expect to see the “First Dude” doing a lot of globetrotting;  instead of just loitering around the Oval pushing KFC secret-recipe through his pyloric sphincter.  He’ll soon be a special V.I.P. U.S. envoy, sent by Hillary on peacemaking expeditions, diplomatic vacations, or even trouble-shooting jaunts to those many war-torn, oil-producing, shitstorm nations drowning in riyals and dinars.  It’s also possible he’ll be in full philanthropy mode for his the family’s private foundation.

Who knows;  he may even see daddy Estaban, again.

“Beeel was a foool for blownds”

¹  Our perfunctory inclusion of “what a pussy” Donald Trump, who regularly incites political violence,  is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther, who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

*  An “F3” on the Fujita scale.

REAL TACOHEAD TRUMP

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on May 6, 2016
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@realTacoHeadTrump: Mexicans Love Me“I’ve said it many times, the good Mexicans love me tremendously, and I even
eat their food;  I’m great. Hispanic problem solved.”

TRUMP TOWER GRILL — This is a test:  How can you take a fried tortilla taco bowl and turn it into a self-administered hurricane-strength enema?  It’s easy, really:  have yourself photographed with a bowl full of hamburger helper in a taco bowl and then tweet to 6 million mouthbreathers that you “love the Hispanics!”

@realTacoHeadTrump

So “TacoGate” is now a thing.

Then Rinse Previous, aka Reince Priebus, RNC Wet Cleanup Specialist, says regarding Trump’s taco tweet, “He’s trying” to be “more presidential.”

And while Rinse is whining about having to circle the republican wagons around presumptive wagonmaster Donald J. Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan gets caught speaking in front of media cameras and all he can say is “I’m not there yet” when it comes to endorsing his party’s candidate;  and yeah, after witnessing the same ten months of narcissistic assholery as everyone else in the nation with a teevee.

So Oops!  There goes the Senate!  If the highest elected republican in the United States isn’t ready to endorse, why the hell should you be, you floundering and utterly lost Republican voter?  Especially after the media asks your republican congressional representatives if Mexico is sending their rapists and criminals to America, and he stutters into the camera, “Well no, er, not all of them, I mean not at all, of course.”

Several elected bobblehead republicans who aren’t in a reelection battle this cycle are keeping Trump at arms length by saying they’re waiting to see if he will become more “presidential.”  (Not to mention the last two republican ex-presidents, Whoozit and Loozit.) Are you shitting me?  After ten months and billions of dollars worth of free national media, they can’t tell a serial liar misogynist xenophobic dickhead from an actual statesman?

@realTacoHeadTrump

I think it’s pretty clear now what that thing on his head really is. If you want to see his lipsweat you must click it.

Look. Just in case you are a Trump supporter who recently managed to free yourself from under the load of Trump dung that fell on you last summer, and you haven’t yet heard the news that Donald J. Trump has the highest unfavorables of any presidential candidate in the history of our nation, you may want to take a sedative and hear me out.

There are very good reasons every post about Donald Trump that shows up at Huffington Post ends with this Editor’s note:  Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

That’s a quick way of summing up the nature of a base and ignorant “leader.”

Donald Trump must never be president.  Even though we have every right to be angry with the “base” of the Republican Party for being such complete and utter tools for the oligarchs’ propaganda (I’m looking at you Fux Noise, Limpbot, Alex Jerk-off Jones, etc.), the truth is that Donald Trump is so unqualified for public office— that the very fact you support him means that you are as much a part of the problem as he is.

Trump Mouth Breathers

There are a bewildering number of things that threaten our democracy today, but here are a few we should be addressing right now:

1. Glorification of mediocrity.  i.e. Donald Trump

2. Choice of base and ignorant rulers.  i.e. Donald Trump

3. Danger of universal suffrage in the hands of uneducated and indolent majorities.  i.e. Donald Trump voters

A vote for Trump must now become a new litmus test:  A vote for Trump identifies you as a threat to our democracy.  

Real education of public opinion is the only safe and true method of accelerating civilization. Our press however, has failed us catastrophically in that regard.  There is still time to correct this disaster in the making, but it begins with recognizing the gravity of the situation.

Who knew that recognition would begin with a taco salad.

 

The Cruzifer Rebellion (UPDATED)

 Posted by at 11:17 AM on May 2, 2016
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Cruzifer

Cruzifer relaxing at home, taking time off from an increasingly desperate campaign schedule  

In Loathsome Tedand Loathsome Ted’s Record Before the Supreme (s), we documented some of the events that have made Senator Ted Cruz so reviled by his Republican colleagues. Just how deep those sentiments run was underscored by remarks this last week by two of those colleagues. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner, in his debut album Boehner Unplugged, called him “Lucifer in the flesh,” adding that he had “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch.” Asked to comment on Boehner’s characterization, Rep. PeterI’ll take cyanide if Cruz wins the nominationKing leaped to Lucifer’s defense, telling Wolf Blitzer at CNN: ” [I]t gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz.” Hence his new name: Cruzifer.

In this post at Crooks and Liars, King elaborated on the antipathy animating the Republican establishment’s attitude towards Cruzifer:

“Listen, what John Boehner was most concerned about was Ted Cruz perpetrated a fraud and a hoax when he brought about the shutdown of the government on some kind of a vague promise that he was going to be able to take Obamacare out of the budget or to end Obamacare.”

“I and many other liberals [?] have called out Ted Cruz’ bogus plan to shut down the federal government over Obamacare, that cost this country 24 billion dollars so it was great to see a Republican echo the same sentiments.

“Ted Cruz knew it would never work — that it was never going to work but he went ahead and did it anyway. He shut down the government. It cost the government money. It served no purpose whatsoever other than to boost his name identification. So, I agree with John Boehner on that.”

For a Dominionist like Ted Cruz, calling him worse than the devil is a pretty high stakes insult to shell out, but it’s the feeling that permeates most of the Republican Congress.

For those that don’t what a Dominionist, WikiP defines it as follows:

Dominion Theology is a theocratic ideology that seeks to implement a nation governed by conservative Christians ruling over the rest of society based on their understanding of biblical law.

In other words, Cruzifer is a member of the Christian Taliban.

Another former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, was unavailable for comment, as he was busy being sentenced for child molestation.  His former Majority Leader Tom DeLay wrote a letter to the court asking for a little sympathy for that son of the devil:  “We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few.  He doesn’t deserve what he is going through.  I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.”

Said Jesus:

[W]hosoever causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea see that you despise not one of these little ones, for their angels do always behold the faces of the heavenly hosts.”*

Cruzifer showed his increasing desperation on two fronts this last week. Firstly, in a last ditch effort to stop Donald Drumpf from walking away with the nomination,  he entered into a feeble alliance with fellow presidential wannabe John Kasich, which started fraying just hours after the announcement. Secondly, he jumped the gun and announced that he had chosen his VP running mate, failed Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina (who has never won an election or a even nomination in her life). This inspired Bill Maher to tell his HBO audience Friday night that picking Fiorina for his running mate at this stage of game was like Adolph Hitler marrying Eva Braun in the bunker.

Yet another former Republican Speaker of the House, professional hypocrite Newton Leroy Gingrich (who led the impeachment effort against President Bill Clinton on morals charges while cheating on his wife while she was dying of cancer), said that if it weren’t for the disdain that the country has for Donald Drumpf, they would better understand Cruzifer and what it’s like to work in his sulfurous presence.

Satan with Newton

On the horns of a dilemma: The Newtster ruminates about the irony of the Trump making Cruzifer seem more acceptable 

TheHill.com quoted Gingrich:

“Cruz a year ago would have been seen as the outsider, extreme, unacceptable, anti-establishment [candidate],” he told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.”“Trump has now normalized Cruz…because without Trump, the establishment would be totally opposed to Cruz.”

Novelist Richard North Patterson had a great piece in Huffington Post the other day that in addition to underscoring Cruzifer’s inability to play nice with others, lists some of the more salient points of his political agenda.

Weeks ago, Trump destroyed the core of Cruz’s strategy by piling up victories in the South. So why should anyone imagine that the Cruz agenda will mesmerize America? He opposes all gun control measures. He would force the victims of rape and incest to bear children. He denounces gay marriage and gay rights. He echoes Trump’s calls for mass deportations and says that the neighborhoods of American Muslims should be “secured” by law enforcement. And then there is this — why would voters warm to a man his colleagues despise?

They won’t.  Cruz is dead demagogue walking. A big chunk of his support comes from voters who simply don’t like Trump. But Trump represents a bigger chunk of people who don’t like Cruz, and support their man with a fervor Cruz will never match.

Talk about damning with faint praise…

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UPDATE: In the Harry Potter books, bad things happens to people who utter the name of Lord Voldemort, which is why he is referred to as “You-Know-Who”, “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” or “the Dark Lord.”

Stephen Colbert warns that the same thing happens when people close to him, like his Veep running mate Carly Fiorina, forget this basic law.


*The Urantia Book. 158:8:1