You Lie!













During President Obama’s first State of the Union address Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) showed unprecedented disrespect to the president and the office of the presidency.  This foreshadowed the remainder of Obama’s presidency as well as what psychologists call “projection” to the Republicans in the House and Senate.

During this election season we are seeing the art of the lie being raised to new levels.  Republican nominee Donald Trump’s style is typical of your standard bullshit artist.  He loves it because his gullible followers  buy his lies hook, line and sinker.  Occasionally you think that he actually believes his own crap.  Alternatively his surrogate’s lies, particularly his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s, are completely transparent.  The tip-off is the smirk while they are letting loose with a whopper.  It’s as if they think they are getting away with it.  They’re proud of their pitiful prevarication.  I pray for the day when one of their interviewers tells them:  “Look, you know that’s a lie, I know that’s a lie, the viewers know it’s a lie,  so cut it out or we’ll never invite you back.

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

― Freidrich Nietzsche

“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
―  Chriss Jami

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
― Adolf Hitler




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Why I’m Voting for Hillary

I’m one of the multitude that find Secretary Clinton untrustworthy.  With good reason.  But I’ll be voting for her anyway.  Why?  Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Donald Trump.  But there are other reasons as well.

First is SCOTUS.  No doubt she’ll have several picks.  This will have implication for years to come; perhaps a generation.

Second, she’s adopted most of Bernie’s ideas, or at least the spirit of them.  This will help move the party back to where it was before her husband took office.

Third this would be historic electing the first woman as president.  Right after we elected the first African-American to that office.  Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?  Which leads to:

Finally, I want this to be the biggest popular landslide in history.  It will send a message to the Nationalists, racists, bigots, misogamists and homophobes  that no you can’t you can’t have your America back.  You are relics of a past when America was not so great and it is precisely the current changes to American society that is making us great.


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The Fourth Estate

Ever wonder why the two presumptive nominees both rank so low in the polls.  High unfavorables, not trustworthy.  Me too.  I mean why would we elect someone whom we can’t trust? Who’s character is at best questionable?  The answer seems to be in the media coverage.

The U.S. ranks 41st of 180 countries in the 2016 Press Freedom Index.  41st!  Our Constitution has freedom of the press in the First Amendment!  The explanation isn’t government control like China or North Korea.  The explanation is corporate ownership of the media.  These large corporations are more interested in ratings than journalism.  The trend from hard news to infotainment has been a trend for a while.  They know sensationalism sells.  Trump’s outrageous, boorish behavior has got him over a billion dollars of “earned media.”  The press hides around every corner trying to uncover the latest Clinton scandal.  Trump’s racist, sexist base say that he’s saying what they can’t.  People have a visceral reaction to the Clinton’s.   The press knows that supporters are blind — or at least forgiving — of a candidate’s faults and detractors view them as deal killers.   If it bleeds it ledes.

Trump may be bad for America but he’s great for CBS.

— Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS

Blow up your TV.  Throw away your papers.

— John Prine, “Spanish Pipedream.”

The image is of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, DC, as this campaign is anything but pleasant.




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Happy 4th of July



Star Swain sings the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial.


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Mass murder.  A hate crime.  Horrific.  Unbelievable.  Fortunately everybody is rallying around the LGBT community, not just here but around the world.

This must stop.


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Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

The Louisville Lip has been silenced.  It’s been 35 years since his last fight but he’s still the greatest.  Pugilist, activist, war protester, pacifist, principled, Muslim.  Ali created his brand and then used it for good.  Civil rights, pacifism, Parkinson’s issues all on center stage thanks to Ali.

Quotes from the greatest of all time.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
Don’t count the days, make the days count.
Live every day like it’s your last because someday you’re going to be right.


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2016 Campaign

This crazy campaign season makes me feel like this:



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