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  • Jorg Aadahl 12:50 pm on September 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest Post: To Donald Trump by Leland Melvin 

    I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they were drafted, their tenets of life, liberty justice for all and eventual freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition amendment ratified in Dec 1791, only applied to a select group of people and not ones that looked like me.
    Donald Trump, I listened to your Alabama rally rant and could not believe how easily you say what you say.
    We have become numb to your outlandish acts, tweets and recent retweet of you knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball that you hit.
    Donald Trump, your boorish and disgusting actions are not funny. They actually promote violence against women especially when your followers act out what you say.
    I used to walk the grounds of UVA in Charlottesville, VA as a graduate student only to watch in horror as those same grounds became a battlefield being trod by Nazi and anti-Semitic worshippers armed with assault style weapons ready to fight to make America White again. (their words). You actually said there were nice people on both sides. People armed and ready to kill other Americans for the purpose of eradicating Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mexicans, Asians, Latinas and even the first real Americans, Native Americans to make America Great Again were “nice people”?
    Comparing this to what you say in condemnation of an unarmed black man peacefully protesting by exercising his constitutional First Amendment rights by silently taking a knee is appalling, unnerving and reprehensible.
    Today, you called Colin Kaepernick “a son-of-a-bitch.”
    You said he should be fired.
    You are calling his white mother a bitch.
    The strong contrast in language for a black man and a Nazi is very telling. Do you have any sense of decency or shame in what you say to the American people that are part of your duty to serve respectfully with dignity, presidentially?
    Our National Anthem has been edited to try not to offend, because when Francis Scott Key penned the song he watched freed slaves fighting for the British and wrote this stanza:
    “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
    A home and a Country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
    I guess if I were a slave back then I probably would have done anything to obtain freedom from my American oppressors who were whipping, killing, raping, dismembering, hanging or releasing the dogs on people like me all under our Constitution.
    In 1814 former slaves fought with the British for their freedom from their American enslavers.
    Key witnessed a battle from a ship off the Maryland shore at Fort McHenry, which inspired him to write what became our National Anthem.
    I served my country not in the military, but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have explored the universe to help advance our civilization. Not just Americans, but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our differences and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that way.
    Looking back at our planet from space really helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump, maybe you should ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a ride on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and see what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. See the world and get a greater sense of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.
    Donald Trump, please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing.
    May God bless you.
    Sincerely,
    Leland Melvin
    Former Astronaut and NFL Player

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:37 am on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: Undemocratic Congressional Perks (from Internet circulation) 

    Congress members’ children and staffers of Congress family members are all exempt from paying back their college student loans.
    Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.
    Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.
    Members of Congress are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.
    And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.
    We should not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.
    Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever, such self-serving must stop.

    Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.
    It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States”

    How could they get away with such self-serving, bordering on blatant theft from governmental coffers?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:44 pm on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Will we ever learn? 

    When will we learn? Ever, or never?
    Why did we go in to help the Taliban in Afghanistan against Russia in the late 70s? We knew, or should have known, already then what the Taliban stood for! Why couldn’t we stay out of it and let the Soviets try to handle a country that no outsider had been able to control before? Why should we stoop head-on into it after 9/11 and attack a country that actually had nothing to do with the terror attacks on us, – thereby quickly wasting the world-wide goodwill after 9/11? Why not be a bit smarter about it, and instead get bin Laden the way President Obama eventually did, – after his predecessor George W. Bush had given up and “lost interest”?
    And why should we add to the overall misery and attack Iraq, too, and thereby eliminate one country that somehow countered the threat from Iran and made it harder for Al Quida to find safe grounds?
    Have we seen now what it all resulted in? What do we have to show for the thousands killed or maimed and the trillions spent?
    Have we learned to stop and think for a moment next time? Or, do we have to make the same mistake again?

    Please refer to various articles about Trumpy under “Article-links”, like questions about his mental health, his failing presidency, obsession with Arpaio, his incompetence and declining support, etc. This list of links is constantly being updated with the latest of articles exposing the Electoral College elected occupant of the White House.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:42 pm on September 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: DACA denial – a Moral Nightmare, by Barack Obama 

    Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
    But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
    Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
    That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.
    But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
    Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
    It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.
    Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.
    What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

     
    • Al Ward 2:37 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Marvelously crafted remarks, as usual, by Barack Obama the Hypocrite in Chief. When he was president and had both houses of Congress controlled by the Democrats he did nothing about this issue. Then when an election was pending, presto, a cynical, known to be temporary executive order.
      How fortunate all those young people are to have President Trump throw this issue back to Congress for lawmaking as it should be.

      • Jorg Aadahl 12:13 pm on September 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We should not forget all the even more pressing issues facing the newly elected president Obama, – elected by both electoral college and popular vote advantages. Much had to be done to rescue the nation after a disastrous Bush administration that nearly drove us into the ditch. The mistake Obama made, was to believe that Congressional Republicans would cooperate for the good of the country, – as they were elected to do. Quite the opposite, on day 1 Republican leaders got together and decided to fight against anything and everything President Obama tried to do, to make sure he would not be credited with any accomplishments, and preferably, become a one-term president. Despite that compact obstruction, which only became worse after the mid-term elections in 2010, Obama accomplished a lot of potentially lasting value. He rescued the economy, regained respect in the rest of the world, and did his best to get us out of the ill-conceived, non-winnable wars that Bush foolishly lied us into. When Republicans retook both House and Senate after the 2010 election, Obama tried to get some kind of support for comprehensive immigration reform, without any success, despite that being a high-priority issue for the Republicans as well, – before Obama took office. So, as a short-term, stop-gap solution, he issued a perfectly legal executive order called DACA, just to give those children of immigrants some peace of mind until the issue was fully resolved. They were promised safety if they came forward and disclosed their situation, – an honorary promise that heartless Trumpy had no trouble reneging on. The only decent thing to do, is to honor the DACA conditions by establishing a permanent law to that effect, but why create an uncertainty that must be more than upsetting for the people involved, – aside of the uncertainty associated with Republicans expected to the “decent thing”.
        While we’re at it, let me also remind you that Republicans don’t seem to be able to win the presidency anymore without the outdated Electoral College, – you may remember that both George W. Bush and Trumpy lost the popular votes. Neither can Republicans win House or Senate majority without voter suppression on a large scale, combined with gerrymandering. While it took someone like Obama to get us back on track after the Bush fiasco, what kind of Democratic caliber would it take to clean up after Trumpy?
        Btw.: I let your “Hypocrite in Chief” statement pass unedited, partly because it falls flat regarding Obama, partly because it is very appropriate for Trumpy.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:41 am on August 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: a Facebook pledge 

    Sorry, no more Mr. NIce Guy.
    This is where I stand. Period.
    I make no apologies to any or all of my FB friends for this. I know some are tired of political postings and rants. But apart from non-committal posts of recipes, meals, flowers, dogs, seashells, balloons, pictures, cats, drama, humor, our own art, and even beautiful expressions of spiritual beliefs, FB is (until it gets taken away) a vehicle to express our outrage at how far our country has currently fallen on the humanitarian scale.
    To me, FB is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. The fevered ego currently occupying our White House, his power hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. And unless you are worth billions of dollars, they are a threat to you and your life, too. So, I will Resist and I will continue to be a part of the resistance, and proud of it. If you can join in or hang with it, fine. But, I refuse to “play nice” in the face of what these people are doing. Our country’s well-being demands that we stand and resist.
    Some people are saying that we should give #45 a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.” This is my response:
    • I will not say #45’s name.
    • I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for EIGHT YEARS…
    • I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
    • I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from ANYONE.
    • I will not “work together” to destroy marriage equality and make it a states right to deny love between two people.
    • I will not “work together” to allow men to make choices about a woman’s own body, or to restrict health care for women.
    • I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
    • I will not “work together” to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
    • I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual “pre-existing condition.”
    • I will not “work together” to build a wall.
    • I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
    • I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
    • I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1%.
    • I will not “work together” to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
    • I will not “work together” to help #45 use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.
    • I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
    • I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
    • I will not “work together” to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
    • I will not “work together” to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
    • I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
    • I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
    • I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
    • I will not “work together” to allow torture and “black op” prison sites.
    • I will not “work together” to “take their oil.”
    • I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
    • I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
    • I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
    • I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
    • I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
    • I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
    • I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
    • I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
    • I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
    • I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
    • I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.
    • I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators who murder their opposition.
    • I will not “work together” with #45 because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.
    This is the line, and I am drawing it.
    • I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the compassion and humanity that is the center of Life itself.
    • I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what’s really so dangerous about #45, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:
    • That “winning”, “being great again”, “rich” or even “beautiful” is anything more than nothing when others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.
    PS: If you agree, please touch and hold this text you are reading and copy and re-post (we understand this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you can, sign your name below ours and add your state.
    Consider this an opportunity to make a declaration of commitment, in becoming part of The Resistance.”
    -Tim Rowden
    -Stacey Crawford, Saint Louis, Missouri
    -Kenneth Hendricks, Saint Petersburg, Florida
    -Lou Castillo, Houston, Texas
    -KL Rhavensfyre, North Carolina
    -Char Gutierrez, Boutte, LA
    -Vera Skorupski, Slidell, LA
    -Marc Severson, Tucson, AZ
    -Pamela Severson Vaughn, San Francisco, CA
    -Penelope Warren, Minnesota
    -Juan Oliver, Santa Fe, NM
    -Michael Merriman, Plano Texas

     
    • Al Ward 3:29 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Tim Rowden has done a pretty complete job of laying out the arguments as to why #45 should be resisted.

      It seems sensible to use this forum as a place to point out some of the factors that led to the fact of #45’s election success…a success owed to the voters of the “flyover states”, the red middle of the country.
      As I recall, it was a minority of the voters in that election (47%) that substantially tipped the Electoral College against the wishes of the majority of voters who were primarily in the blue (mostly coastal) states.
      This was a clear example of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in designing the Electoral College to protect the smaller states from domination by the larger ones such as NY. This is of course upsetting to those who don’t like the election results and who intend to resist #45.

      However I expect that many #45 resisters understand that a good many of those who voted for #45 are unhappy (although not surprised) with #45’s behavior in office.
      They are not surprised that a flamboyant television celebrity who bamboozled the Republican Establishment with BS and showmanship would be unchanged in his behavior.
      They are not surprised but they are deeply disappointed that his behavior has not changed.

      So how did it happen?
      Pin it mostly on the Progressives in government and the entertainment industry, and on the behavior of #44.
      The red state victories resulted in part from a convulsive rejection of political correctness, the coarsening of the culture, the corruption by public employee unions, and the actions of #44. Actions such as refusing to name Radical Islamic Terrorism, such as arousing racial divisiveness by inviting representatives of Black Lives Matter into the White House ( ” What do we want?, Dead cops. Fry ’em like bacon”). Also, #44’s demeaning of American exceptionalism though his apology tours at the beginning of his first term. Apologizing to the world on behalf of the nation that rescued the world from the Nazis, and rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan. The nation that props up NATO and that can take much of the credit for the collapse of the USSR, freeing the nations of Eastern Europe.
      That is a good part of how it happened.
      Just an observation,
      Al Ward

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:22 pm on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Blame game continues … 

    Donald Trump has been blaming Democrats for not helping him destroy President Obama’s and their own Affordable Care Act.
    Question is, – when will he blame those who voted for him and who got him into this mess, way over his head and making him a scary laughingstock around the world, as well as a total embarrassment here at home?
    One has to wonder how anyone could vote for someone who conducted himself so unpresidential during the campaign, a habitual liar and childish name caller, demonstrating time and again how uneducated he was and how little he knew about subjects essential for someone aiming for the highest office in the world. And, how slow a learner do you have to be to need 5 years to understand that President Obama was born in the US and thus legitimate?
    It was particularly strange that the most religious of the voting flock would gather behind a sexual assaulter and notorious p-grabber, someone twice divorced, – so far, – someone with a thinly veiled assassination call to “Second Amendment people” to “take care of” Hillary Clinton, and his call to supporters to “rough up” protesters at his campaign events. All he had to do to swing the most gullible believers was to wave the Bible, – and with utmost modesty declare that story book to be even better than his own sorry joke of a book.
    How do Donald Trump’s supporters feel now, after he has demonstrated so convincingly that he doesn’t have a fiber of presidential qualifications, no competency as a leader, no understanding of how this country works and what the Constitution says, – not to mention how he aligns himself with hate groups that have no place in our society. His bragging about himself and his made-up accomplishments are so blatantly childish that even his most naïve followers ought to blush in shame.
    Trump has made even George W. Bush look presidential, while he has managed to make himself dwarfish compared to President Obama.
    What more does he have to do, and how much closer to a break-down of society does he have to bring us, before Congress takes the necessary steps to get him and his governmental misfits out of an office they should never have been permitted to occupy?

     
    • Ray Fowler 8:00 am on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg

      I am not President Trump’s apologist nor can I speak for his supporters, but it’s curious… neither major political party can elect a president without garnering the lion share of independent voters. So, why did those independents reject Secretary Clinton? Why was the “anybody but Hillary” sentiment so strong among independents? Why was it so strong that a candidate without political experience was able to garner the lion share of independent voters and win the presidency?

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

      • Jorg Aadahl 9:21 am on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Trump did not garner the popular vote and would not have “won” without the outdated Electoral College. And, we’re still waiting for Mueller’s findings re. Russian involvement, while the impact of voter suppression remains unknown.

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:11 am on August 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: A MESSAGE TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS by Dick Abel 

    O K Trump supporters, once and for all, we get it, you hated president Obama, you hate Hillary Clinton, you hate liberals, democrats, progressives, intellectuals, educators, immigrants, the poor, the elite, gays, protesters, Colin Kaepernick, BLM. But you say you love Jesus, who, by the way was a foreigner, and from the Middle East, who also advocated love for all people! But let’s put that aside for now.
    Out of all the things you hate, do you still love your country, and the freedoms it provides? Well, The man that you voted in as president, is systematically trying to transform this free society into a dictatorship! Now, before your begin hurling insults at me, and calling me names, like snowflake and libtard, or any one of the plethora of other insults you guys use to disparage those who disagree with you. Here me out!
    Your president has gone to war with every branch of government we have, including the executive branch, of which he is the head. He’s attempted to discredit the military, saying that he knows more than the generals do. Let’s not forget this man was hosting a game show, and ogling young naked beauty pageant contestants, and talking about grabbing women’s genitals 3 years ago, he’s never served in the military, he dodged the opportunity to do so. So, where does his superior knowledge come from? Cause he says he has a good brain? Really?
    He has tried to dissolve faith in our intelligence gathering agencies, who have tied Russian hackers to spying, and interfering with our election. He has insulted them, called them liars, unless of course they benefit him. These are the people who protect us from threats both foreign and domestic; they have studied for years, and are well versed in the ways of espionage and counter intelligence! Trump was building failing casinos and appearing on the WWE, while these people were protecting the country.
    Now Trump is in a fight with the what he calls, “Fake Media” which is our American free press, judiciary branch, disparaging federal judges, calling them political, because they won’t let him run roughshod over the rule of law! Judges who have studied law, made rulings based on our constitution, and law, judges who have been appointed to their positions by commanders and chiefs. Upholding the law, while trump was out breaking the law, Not paying his taxes, (which he still hasn’t shown us) cheating on his wives, business partners, and American citizens. And then there is the obstruction of justice and possible treason charges to come.
    So, he’s at war with those who protect us, those who defend us, those who uphold our laws, and let’s not forget about our global environment and his war with the media, actually saying that all who don’t agree with him are fake news! Open your eyes! Your choice for president is trying to become America’s first dictator! As much as you may hate everything, and everyone else, don’t you at least love your country enough to stop him? Or has he bewitched you beyond your capacity to see what he’s doing?
    Dick Abel

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:22 am on August 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    R and D contrast 

    Instead of calling the FBI when offered Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. responded, “I love it” and set up a meeting for himself, Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort to meet with a person described as a “Russian government attorney.” In other words, informed of a secret Kremlin effort to use highly sensitive, probably stolen information about a former U.S. Secretary of state to manipulate an American election, Trump Jr. signaled, “We’re in!”

    Contrast that to what happened in 1960, when the Kremlin made a similar offer to support the candidacy of John F. Kennedy against Richard Nixon, which the Kennedy campaign rebuffed. Likewise, when the Al Gore campaign in 2000 received confidential materials relating to the Bush campaign, they called the FBI.

    Is this contrast a sign of different moral codes between the two parties — lack of patriotism, lack of respect for our democratic values — or simply self-serving at any cost on the part of the Republicans?

     
    • Ray Fowler 1:19 pm on August 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      There is mounting evidence that Donald Trump Jr. may have acted immorally, unethically or illegally in his communications with Russia. If his actions were immoral or unethical, there should be a political consequence. However, if his actions were illegal, should he be indicted?

      The rules are different for Washington-types. Although President Trump’s opponent was found to be “extremely careless” in her handling of sensitive information, there was no indictment. Will Donald Trump Jr. receive similar treatment for being extremely careless?

      Let’s look to our nation’s early history for some perspective. George Washington’s personal attorney, Edmund Randolph, was our nation’s first Attorney General before he assumed the duties of Secretary of State. An intercepted letter from the French bound for Randolph detailed French contempt for the United States. According to the letter, Randolph had revealed that Washington’s “neutral” Administration was hostile to the French. When Washington presented the letter to his Secretary of State, Randolph resigned. Today, scholars describe Randolph’s surreptitious actions as “lapses of good sense.” Randolph clearly communicated with a foreign government and paid a price for his actions.

      Moving back to Donald Trump Jr. and the current situation. What about his lapses of good sense? It looks like the President’s son may have communicated with a foreign government in some fashion. While Randolph quit before he was fired, should Donald Trump Jr. consider doing the same? If he does, he should then let the process play out. If he is ultimately vindicated… so be it. However, until the matter is resolved, no more Oval Office tweets suggesting that Donald Jr. is “open, transparent and innocent” because his own emails suggest otherwise.

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:07 pm on July 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Back to school, Trumpy! 

    Even with a rich dad and “understanding” teachers, it is hard to understand how you, Donald, could make it through Wharton, although only for a BS. You don’t seem to understand even the basics expected from
    an average grade school student.
    Let’s take math. Your electoral count of 304 is less than both Obama’s at 374.5 and 348.5. With such a low score, you didn’t win by a landslide, as you claim. You didn’t set a record, – you barely beat the Bush’s, who got 297 and 278.5, respectively. Like your Republican predecessors, the electoral college was necessary since neither of you got a simple majority vote. Your vote was several millions less than Hillary’s, despite wide-spread voter suppression to keep minorities from voting. And, we are still waiting for the impact of other factors, Russian meddling included. Interesting that you are so worried about it.
    Did you even have geography in school? Syria and Iraq are two different countries, while a hangar ship heading towards Australia is moving farther away from North Korea, not closer.
    Your lack of the most rudimentary knowledge of history is painful, – and we’re not talking world history, but basic American history, like the Civil War.
    Civics is another embarrassment, Donald, – not to mention English grammar and spelling! And why are you so dead set against science? Didn’t understand any of it in school, so you feel more comfortable just denouncing it, – or letting the made-up Bible explain it all?

    Finally, in grade school, didn’t you learn that it wasn’t nice to grope the girls? Nice boys didn’t, while groping boys got a bad reputation and were generally shunned by nice girls. 
    Don’t remember ever being corrected for such behavior? You brush it off as “locker room talk”, – making me wonder what kind of locker rooms you have frequented.

     
    • Leo 4:11 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He should be all for science just like the left with Bill Nye and their 60+ genders. The same idiots who claim the science is settled! Politics corrupts real science and idiots like you are all in no questions asked for anything the progressive left claims to be true. You’re a pathetic POS.

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:09 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        And what does that have to do with Trumpy’s serious academic shortcomings? What’s your science background, – any?

  • Jorg Aadahl 11:58 am on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s inexplicable support 

    Up against compact Republican obstruction, President Obama spent 8 years repairing the damage George W. Bush’s administration had caused, only to find Donald Trump dead set on destroying everything he was lucky enough to inherit, no matter the cost or the consequences.
    Trumpy’s habitual lying overshadows anything he says that may be worth listening to.
    He engages in unpresidential Twitter fights with popular TV-hosts who had the audacity to express their opinion about fake Time Magazine cover self-admiring Trump had posted all over his country clubs.
    Although dwarfed compared to President Obama’s international approval rating of over 60%, Trump’s 22% is hard to understand.
    Who are these people who still “approve” of him, despite his despicable behavior and destructive policies?
    Are these people only happy to see us slide into the ditch? Again?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:04 am on July 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: I am a Republican (by Ronald Pokatiloff) 


    Gary Basham: I am a Republican. I am more Conservative than not. I could not, in good conscience, and did not, vote for Donald Trump.
    I try to understand those who did vote for Donald Trump, as there are many legitimate reasons why they did so: concerns over jobs, border security, terrorism, etc. are real and pressing issues. However, despite the fact that many voted for him with good intentions, the dangers of Donald Trump are real, and we must as a nation now come to terms with what we’ve done.

    His supporters would rather see America destroyed than admit they were wrong. I have voted Republican all my life. My morals and faith wouldn’t allow me to vote for Trump because he’s a liar and a racist. I cannot put party before my beliefs. I served for 26 years in the military and view it as my duty to do what’s best for America. It’s pretty simple to me – if I fall in line and support a racist president, I am supporting racism. I cannot do that. I have biracial children. I am in an interracial marriage. I served alongside every race and religion during a 26 years military career including combat deployments. We are in trouble here. We need to come together and get him out of office for AMERICA

    Donald Trump is dishonest.
    Donald Trump lies compulsively.
    Donald Trump has no moral compass.
    Donald Trump is small-minded, and vindictive.
    Donald Trump is a fatalist, whose philosophy in life is “screw or be screwed”.
    Donald Trump has no history of Faith, yet now professes to be a true Christian.
    Donald Trump has no history of being Pro-Life, yet now poses as an anti-abortionist.
    Donald Trump embodies the rich elite, aloof “1%”, yet now postures as a “man of the people”.
    Donald Trump evaded Military Service, yet now claims he understands ISIS better than our Generals.
    Donald Trump’s companies declared bankruptcy on numerous occasions.
    Donald Trump took advantage of every conceivable loophole in our tax codes.
    Donald Trump took on massive amounts of debt that his companies couldn’t possibly repay.
    Donald Trump’s business abuses contributed materially to the Financial Meltdown/Great Recession.
    Donald Trump is leading the effort to roll back the very same Dodd-Frank regulations that were designed to keep us from ever again being subject to this type of financial abuse by Wall Street/Big Business.
    Donald Trump is embracing in that effort the very same Jamie Dimon, billionaire banker and Head of JP Morgan Chase, who was one of the leading villains in the 2008 Financial Meltdown/Great Recession.
    Donald Trump has been compromised by the forces of extremism. When the media was uniformly against Trump, the only news agency other than Fox that embraced him was Breitbart News. The resulting relationship with Steve Bannon is perhaps the gravest concern of all.
    Donald Trump is now setting policy, and sending members of our Armed Forces into harm’s way, on the counsel of a racist, anti-Semitic, anarchist whose expressed desire it is to “bring everything crashing down and destroy today’s establishment”.

    The world is laughing at us. We’ve made a mistake. Instead of pointing fingers, or assigning blame let’s fix this. This country belongs to US, not Donald Trump or any party

    I have posted this several times in a number of places. The response has been mostly good. I am a little surprised that many Trump supporters keeping telling me that – there’s no way I’m a conservative if I’m against racism. WTH?? Did I miss something in the rule book?

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    • Ray Fowler 12:22 pm on July 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Ronald

      I am not a Republican or Democrat. In 2016, I voted for candidates from both major parties. We would waste each other’s time going back and forth on your list of reasons why you dislike Donald Trump. While I don’t disagree with all your points, some are the product of an overwhelmingly liberal-biased media.

      However, your suggestion that Trump supporters believe that you cannot be conservative if you are anti-racist is unfair, inaccurate, and misleading.

      A little history… the first modern Democratic Party President (Jackson) was a slave trader before he was president, and he still owned slaves while he was in the White House. The first modern Republican President (Lincoln) drafted and signed the Emancipation Proclamation. He also pushed forward the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. After his assassination, Republicans ratified the 14th and 15th Amendments (due process and voting rights for African-Americans, respectively). Maybe that was too long ago…

      Neither Woodrow Wilson nor FDR advocated for a federal anti-lynching law. The first president to support such a law was Republican Warren G. Harding. Maybe that was too long ago…

      A hundred or so years after Lincoln, a higher proportion of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Maybe that was too long ago…

      Today, tough immigration reform and enforcement is equated with racism. Who said the following? “We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.” Answer: President Bill Clinton, (SOTU, 1995). That sure sounds like some tough immigration reform. Maybe that was too long ago…

      One more… Who said the following? “When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.” Senator Barack Obama (1996). The same Democratic Party President who deported more than 5,000,000 non-citizens. Were there that many undocumented, dangerous felons in the United States from 2008-2016?

      I don’t think liberals are racist, and I don’t think conservatives are racist. I wonder what Dr. Ben Carson would say about political affiliation and racism?

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

      • Leo 4:51 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I highly doubt Jorg is a conservative. He spent half his post praising obama and I bet he voted for Hillary. I didn’t vote this year because I wanted Cruz to be our nominee. Jorg has all the signs of a leftist and is probably claiming to be a conservative as a political tactic. He attempts to use this to then insult conservatives. Since he is one of us then when he claims how racist we are it lends more credibility to his claim. He is shocked how they are all treating him like an outcast because he isn’t racist like they are!

        Did anyone else pick up on how he constantly expresses contempt for anyone who reads the bible? Yet he begins his comment by claiming to be a conservative and goes on to claim his morals and faith just could not allow him to vote for Trump. It is too easy to see right through this pathetic leftist. Do they actually believe they are fooling people? They must think we are as dumb as the idiots on the left who will follow their leaders off a cliff and never contemplate questioning them because when they do they are attacked and forced to get back in line with the rest. When you are a leftist you cannot think for yourself (fortunately for the left the majority of their voters are mentally incapable of doing this)

        Notice he just had to mention he is in an interracial marriage with biracial children? Reminds me of all the white liberals that say and believe in the most racist BS but justify it because they have a black friend. There is also a Hispanic guy on my street that I waive to therefore it is impossible for me to be racist.

        Why is it always the white progressives that are obsessed with racism? They never stop and realize they are the most racist people in the world. They want to have rallies or protest something on behalf of us minorities. See, we are too stupid to know that something is offensive to us so we need leftist to step in and let us know we should be offended. We also cannot stand up for ourselves either; we need them to fight for us politically.

        • Jorg Aadahl 7:50 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          How on flat Earth did you get the idea that I have an interracial relationship??? You sound like a disturbed Republican, jumping to conclusions without any evidence. Not that I would mind having a relationship with a woman of a different race, but I have been happily married to a fellow Scandinavian for over 40 years, and have no intention of changing. So, our children, a son and a daughter, are as white as they come, although nicely tanned due to outdoor sports, both very successful in life and major contributors to a better society.
          And, am I a conservative? In some sense, yes, – although I distance myself from the conservatism that has choked this country and prevented it from being what it could have been as an example for the world. I distance myself from the religion that has taken over the Republican movement and consider all religion a hoax, – so. there you have it!

    • Al Ward 5:49 pm on July 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Mr.Pokatilof,
      Today is July 4, and so first and foremost, a very sincere “Thank you for your service!”.
      I have not served and I am eternally grateful to all who have, going back to America’s Revolution.
      As a student of history I appreciate that “Freedom is not Free”.
      I am concerned by your statement that we need to come together and get Trump out of office.
      What do you mean by that? After all he was legitimately elected by the Electoral College despite the list of appalling characteristics and actions that you list above.
      There is a school of thought that Trump’ s success is the result of the electorate’s revulsion to the liberal press, political correctness and the appalling behavior in all Washington political offices for the past twenty or more years.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:06 pm on June 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Shallow Trump voters 

    Trump voters have been classified in a number of different ways, most naturally not very flattering, like for example either “forever Trump,” “don’t blame me” and “anybody but a Democrat”. 
    Mixed in with these are two sub-categories I think deserve special attention. First of all, those who had such trouble with math and science in school that they find great relief in an administration that de-emphasizes education and calls science a hoax. Just ignore what you never understood and vote for the equally mindless! The other sub-category would be evangelicals who were swayed by Trump’s waving the Bible and with poorly hidden modesty declaring it even better than his own “Deal” book! Never mind Trump’s immoral behavior and conduct being exactly opposite of their claimed religious ideals — the old Bible trick still works among the gullible masses. Neither category will ever understand what they have done.

     
    • Ray Fowler 12:56 pm on June 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We’ll, not exactly…

      It wasn’t uneducated voters or evangelicals that elected Donald Trump. Hillary was supposed to have a wide lead with college-educated white voters, but she tallied only 39% of the men and 51% of the women in that demographic. That group also had incomes higher than the national median.

      Trump cleaned up in rural America, but that’s only about 17% of the electorate. So, who voted for Trump? America’s voters break down like this: 32% Democrats… 23% Republicans… 40% independents (and that number is growing). If you’re trying to figure out who voted for Trump… don’t look at the Bible Belt or the Rust Belt. Look to the suburbs. Look at independent voters. If Hillary would have connected with them, she would be president. Read the book, “Shattered.” It chronicles where the Clinton campaign put it’s energy and money. Oddly enough, Bill Clinton suggested a different strategy, i.e. get outside the cities and listen to the voters in the suburbs, but Hillary followed the advice of her team instead.

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

      • Jorg Aadahl 9:52 am on July 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I won’t argue with your statistical break down, Ray, – but no doubt that the Democratic campaign broke down, for a number of reasons, both internal and not the least, external.
        While the evangelicals initially were rather suspicious of Trump’s behavior, that all changed when he stooped low enough to wave the Bible! Then, all his immoral behavior was forgotten and forgiven, – the latter rather bizarre since ill behavior towards someone cannot be “forgiven” by someone else not affected! Although a popular self-serving custom among the religious, that kind of cheap “forgiveness” defies all logic and common sense.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:58 pm on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Anti-Liberal rants 

    The term “Liberal” so often meant to be derogatory by right-wingers, makes me wonder if the users have even bothered to look up the word “liberal” in a dictionary, where they would find characteristics like “generous, favoring individual liberty and social and political reform … open-minded, not prejudiced, strict or rigorous .. favoring broadening of the mind, regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change”, – characteristics apparently not favored among the conservatives, or non-liberals, if you prefer.
    Do these people even know any so-called “liberals”, – or would such more enlightened individuals tend to shy away from their conservative circles?
    I have a vast circle of liberal, progressive, democratic and independent friends and acquaintances, in addition to many on the more conservative side, – none of which would even dream of voting for Trump, who is widely considered an incompetent, unqualified, self-centered egomaniac and a threat to our own well-fare, security and world peace. The “liberals” I know are all very well educated, intelligent and informed, generous with others less fortunate, willing to pay higher taxes than most in order to make for a more even and fair society. And, yes, that also includes at least one in the top 0.1% of income earners, – yet wouldn’t dream of voting for Trump in the hope of reducing his 50+% tax burden. Liberals believe in science and the need to protect the Earth and the environment, and as a group they are far less superstitious. i.e. religious, than Republicans.

    I don’t see any sign of the often alleged “low self-esteem and self-delusion” among my somewhat “liberal” friends, so I wonder what kind of people the more conservative crowd is so obsessed with. Those I know are decent, law-abiding working people, most of them home owners, many entrepreneurs and business executives, educators and professionals, – all striving both for their own families and to make for a better and more just society, – without being obsessed with personal gain.
    My “liberal” acquaintances are a diversified flock, spanning a wide range of social positions; however, with at least something in common: they are all well behaved, but deeply embarrassed that we have a sexual predator like Donald Trump in the WH, a habitual liar and a laughing stock around the world, reflecting badly on the gullible that voted for him, and a society that let it happen.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:44 pm on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump going, going, gone … soon? 

    A growing mass of newspapers here and abroad, as well as media in general, with comedy shows having a field day, the growing consensus is that Donald Trump is incredibly incompetent, uninformed and outright clueless, a dangerous joke of a president he has shown himself to be. A laughingstock around the world!
    Day by day and with every early morning tweet, he is pushing himself closer to impeachment, even criminal persecution. His apparent obstruction of justice, consistent lies and disorderly mind, war with the media, cussing out in a most un-presidential manner everyone crossing his irregular path, and even battling the FBI, raise serious questions. How much more damage will he be permitted to do, before he is taken down, one way or another? And how can we undo the damage done in the opinion of other countries, whose cooperation we need? We have come across as a bunch of raving idiots, who not only were gullible enough to let someone as unqualified and morally corrupt as Trumpy into the most powerful office in the world, but now apparently reluctant to boot him out and start repairing the damage, including a vastly damaged world opinion, – not to mention our own social structure evolved through decades of hard work? There is reason to fear that irreparable damage will be done unless serious action is taken. Soon! And don’t wait for Trump to improve, he has already proven himself completely unfit and unable to engage in self-examination!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:07 am on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy over and out, – anytime soon? 

    Please refer to an updated list of Trump exposés under “Article-Links”, describing how incredibly incompetent, uninformed and outright clueless our dangerous joke of a president has shown himself to be, pushing himself closer to impeachment by the day and every early morning tweet. Check out articles about his pending impeachment, obstruction of justice, consistent lies and disorderly mind, war with the media, cussing out everyone crossing his irregular path, and even battling the FBI.
    The imminent question is, how much more damage will he be permitted to do, before he is taken down, one way or another? And how can we undo the damage done in the opinion of other countries, whose cooperation we need? We have come across as a bunch of raving idiots, who not only were gullible enough to let someone as unqualified and morally corrupt as Trumpy into the most powerful office in the world, but now apparently reluctant to boot him out and start repairing the damage, including a vastly damaged world opinion, – not to mention our own social structure evolved through decades of hard work? There is reason to fear that irreparable damage is done unless serious action is taken. Soon! And don’t wait for Trump to improve, he has already proven himself completely unfit!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:08 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Science denied 

    Advances in science have no doubt contributed to a better world, and shown how important it is to rely on science to protect the Earth we all live on, for now and for future generations. Not only has science helped us understand better how things work, and why, but has also dispelled old superstitions and pretty much done away with imaginary fears and among other things pulled religion down to earth, so to speak.
    It is therefor puzzling why science deniers even have a voice in this matter! Those without a science background or an understanding of science, and who instead denounce it all, should not have a voice and should not be taken seriously. This is not a case where we all have a birthright to equal say! If you don’t understand it, keep quiet and listen to those who do.
    It is like a math illiterate who denies math because he doesn’t understand it and feels that he has a right to fight against its logical concepts and deny it’s power.
    Or someone knocking a ball game without understanding the rules and how it is played.
    Or, heaven forbid, like someone without a fiber of governmental background or understanding of how a society is supposed to work for all, is being put in charge of it, despite advertised plans to destroy it! That could never happen, could it? At least not in a society with intelligent voters who have some sense of what they are doing, – or what?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:27 am on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s Fake Security Needs? 

    I can’t quite understand why Donald Trump needs such a heavy Secret Service detail, no matter where he choses to play.
    I thought VP Mike Pence was picked mainly as a life insurance?
    Same as VP Dan Quayle for Bush #1 and VP Dick Cheney for Bush #2, which worked quite well in both cases.
    Seems like Republican presidents are particularly good at picking scary VPs as their phantom body guards, so why the need for such costly security for Trump, – except perhaps for the thrill of being surrounded by SS?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:24 pm on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    HANDS OFF! 

    That first-daughter Ivanka Trump now will be strategically positioned as an advisor next to her dad, may be a good thing.
    She’ll probably be able to make sure that his hands are kept off the nuclear button, –
    not to mention other tempting buttons, like those of the female variety!

    Latest additions under “Article-Links”:
    Trumpy’s fog machine
    Trumpy exposed
    Trumpy’s Chumps
    Trumpy, – a Russian puppet

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:37 pm on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    FEELING FOOLED, – YET? 

    Donald Trump’s support crowd is shrinking, raising the obvious question of how dumb they must feel for having been taken so thoroughly by a lying con artist like him, already flunking as a self-styled “negotiator” without a clue to governmental affairs.
    For the remaining faithful, what would it take for that sorry crowd to understand that they have been taken for fools? Would even more lying help them to see the light? Further exposure of his past business failures, his ungentlemanlike sexual assaults, his tax evasion, cheating of employees and contractors, his shallow religiosity and questionable family values? What will it take to wake up the rest of his supporters? Anything, or nothing? Are they so brain washed that anything and anyone labelled “conservative” or “Republican” automatically will get a stamp of unquestioned approval and nausiating admiration? Are they shielded from all info? Don’t they watch main stream TV or read the more fact-based newspapers? Any constructive thinking or books except a few selected to solidify outdated, asocial views?
    Will it make a difference if he makes himself more of a laughingstock around the world, making the rest of us look like idiots for letting such an incomptetent egomaniac into the highst and most important office of the world? What if he was exposed as the traitor it now looks like he has been, and still is, conspiring with foreign adversaries to undermine our own democracy? Will he need to surround himself with more incompetents set on destroying our most vital social functions before his remaining supporters begin to see the light?

    For a cross-section of articles exposing this unqualified and unfit occupant of the White House, please refer to “Article Links”, ranging from Trumpy the Liar to “Groper-in-Chief, from his insanity and twitter bugging to the Russian scandal.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:43 am on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    “Investigate” Obama, – again! 

    Donald Trump now claims that President Obama had wire tapped him, expressing frustration because he can’t believe that none of the investigating agencies can find anything, despite an all-out effort.
    Perhaps Trumpy should engage the same investigating team he sent to Hawaii to expose Obama’s birth certificate “fraud”, to which he announced “You won’t believe what they are finding!”, – trumped up “findings” that were never disclosed.
    It may take another 5 years before he has to accept that there was nothing to the wire tapping either, – but at least it takes some attention away from his own shady activities,  – for a while.
    Who knows, – it may work again, especially among the shrinking masses of gullible still believing in him.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:45 pm on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s Religious Hypocracy 

    It has been established beyond any shadow of doubt, that Donald Trump is a liar, an uninvited groper of women, a tax avoider, a mocker of war heroes and the handicapped, a hater of people with different skin color, religion and ethnicity, several times bankrupt and three times married, – so far. He has cheated employees, banks, investors, and students at his fake Trump “university”.
    In other words, the exact opposite of what Christians would consider a good, considerate, honest, morally upright, humble and decent citizen, respectful of family values and a promoter of good will. Especially the so-called evangelicals would be very strict and rather picky before they support someone running for office. One would think …
    Trump, however, knew better! He didn’t have to, nor did he bother to live up to the evangelical ideal in order to gather their support. All he had to do, was to wave a Bible and declare it a better book than even his own, – written by someone else! How modest, – and how shrewd! The evangelicals immediately flocked to Trumpy and supported him in the presidential election, big time. That’s all it took! Nothing he had done, nothing about his behavior, not even his blatant immorality, mattered anymore. Not even his sexual assaults mattered.
    All it took to fool the gullible, evangelical masses, was a Bible wave! And a Bible, of all things, – a collection of impossible made-up stories, created by ancient people trying to outdo each other with scary stories, – stories that would make any freethinking individual understand are made up. The only really scary part, is that those stories very likely changed the results of the election, giving the highest and most important office in the world to someone not only uniquely unqualified, but so dishonest that he would stoop low enough to use the old and tired bible-waving trick! That such a cheap trick still works in a modern society, is really very, very scary!
    So, among gullible Christians, Bible-waving trumps all behavior, – so to speak.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:35 pm on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy a slow learner? 

    It took Donald Trump 5 years to understand that President Obama was born in the US and thus a citizen, – something both President Obama and most people had understood all along.
    It took Donald Trump until now to realize that health care is a complicated issue, – something both President Obama and most people have understood all along.
    How long will it take Donald Trump to understand that he is totally unfit for the Office of the US presidency, – something both President Obama and most people have understood all along?
    How long will it take for enough Republicans to understand that Donald Trump is a slow learner and totally unfit for the US Presidency, – not to mention being an embarrassment for the nation and someone who has already destroyed much of the good work done by former presidents of the Democratic persuasion? As if the last Republican president wasn’t enough to convince even the slower learners that Republican administrations have no future in a progressive country.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:53 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s dangerous rhetoric 

    With such a loose canon for President as Donald Trump, with threating rhetoric in every direction, lies, irrational behavior, and suggestion that nuclear weapons should be more wide spread and put to use, – we run a risk that another nation, like Russia, China, North Korea or Iran, would try to take us out with a preemptive strike.
    Like what we did to Iraq, – inspired by another lying loose canon.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:28 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Make America “blessed” again? 

    Donald Trump’s shallow and disingenuous “godliness” is as empty and false as the rest of him.
    Unfortunately, it works to sway gullible, low-info believers. Despite his wide reputation as a sexual assaulter, his cheating, lying and tax evasion, the evangelicals all of a sudden turned into blind Trump supporters when he waved the Bible and declared, with poorly covered modesty, that it was a book even better than his own, – which he hadn’t even written, and probably not read any more critically than the Bible.
    This is the core of the problem we’re faced with. If the most fanatic bible followers had even read that collection of made-up, mostly impossible stories, – and read it with an open mind, they certainly wouldn’t have held it up as a moral guide, and certainly not supported someone who would hold it up as such, when in fact it is the exact opposite! The “God” portrayed is a jealous, self-centered, blood thirsty, immoral maniac, – and obviously made up, just like most of what comes out of Trumpy’s foul mouth.
    Which leaves us wondering if Trump would have been able to eke out even a narrow “win” if mixing politics and religion had been outlawed, like the Founding Fathers obviously intended. So, why are we still so obsessed about religion that someone as uniquely unqualified as Donald Trump can get extra points by faking a “faith”, despite his rather immoral character, which he has even bragged about himself? And now we see what a sorry cabal of cabinet members he has selected, partly incompetent and unqualified, mostly inexperienced in governmental affairs, and many there to promote self-interests at the expense of what is considered common good in a more progressive society.
    The US Constitution, Article II, Section 1 does specify what happens if the President has to be removed. Are we getting there before Trump does more damage than he has managed to do in less than a month of anti-Government actions? His approval rating is dropping daily to new lows, setting presidential records and suggesting that his base of voters is eroding. Then again, if you listened to his election speeches, nothing should be much of a surprise, – even for those with an R stamped to the forehead.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:21 am on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The US Dis-education Compartment 

    The pre-college US educational system is already lagging badly behind other comparable Western countries.
    The election of someone as uniquely unqualified, religiously obsessed and anti-science motivated as wealthy socialite Betsy deVos to lead the Eductional Department, doesn’t point towards a much needed academic upgrade.
    Perhaps the opposite was intended? This could very well be a part of a Republican longer range planning to secure future voters among the more poorly educated, religiously indoctrinated, gullible and easily fooled.
    Just remember how Trumpy gained evangelical support by waving the Bible, – a horrible collection of made-up, scary, immoral, and impossible stories. That’s all it took! And it may work again, – unless voters get better, fact-based education.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:21 pm on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest Post: Trump, – and why not? by Jeremy Mitchell/FB 

    “I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
    I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
    I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
    I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
    I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
    I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
    I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
    I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
    I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
    I watched as they did just that.
    I listened.
    I watched.
    I paid attention.
    Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
    To move forward.
    To denounce protesters.
    To “Get over it.”
    To accept this…
    I will not.
    I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the
    embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
    I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
    I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
    I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
    I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a
    promise he made to them. Them. The people who voted for him. The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
    I will do this so that they never forget.
    And they will hear me.
    They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
    They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
    They will know that I know who they are.
    They will know that I know what they are.
    Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
    Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
    Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in
    our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they
    thought it was Obama’s.
    I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely
    unwilling to give.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:38 am on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Trump’d up travel mess 

    It is difficult understand why we have this embarrassing Trump-caused travel mess all of a sudden!
    The first line of defense against airborne terrorists should be the visa process!
    If no visa, you won’t fly. And to get a visa, you have to prove that your background is clean, and that you have no adverse associations. You must account for what you intend to do here in the US and whom to visit, etc., especially for applicants from “trouble” nations. If it doesn’t check out, you won’t get a visa, and you won’t fly!

    If anything turns out fishy, the claimed contacts here in the US should be checked out. Thoroughly!
    Put the burden on the applicants to prove they are OK, and hold each country’s US Embassy responsible for verification and background checks before a visa is issued. Whatever time it takes, a month, 3 months, forever, – so be it.
    To visit the US is not a right for anyone, it is a privilege, and you have to prove you are a worthy visitor! The burden of proof should be on the would-be travelers, not on us!

    On the other hand, if you are a US citizen or holding a green card, you get back in without a hitch. A green card holder has already been found OK. If he/she commits a crime, the card and the holder go!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:06 pm on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s voter fraud fantasy 

    Donald Trump now wants to investigate the voter fraud he claims made him lose the popular vote, while all previous studies have shown insignificant number of fraudulent votes cast, with no impact on the final results. With heavy fines and the risk of being deported, who would be dumb enough to cast an illegal vote? If that dumb, it is far more likely the illegal vote would be cast in favor of Trump!

    A much more important issue is Republican initiated voter suppression, which makes it harder for voters to
    exercise their constitutional rights. Here, a thorough, in-depth, independent and non-partisan investigation is called for, with results publicized no matter which way they go. How many were prevented from voting, and who would they have voted for if they had been able to cast their vote?
    Do such unsuccessful voters have a claim against their state for being denied their constitutional rights to cast a vote unobstructed, and without unnecessary hardship? Any reprisals due for those who set up such barriers?
    I am confident that the results of such an investigation will please the majority of voters, – and expose just another of Trump’s numerous lies!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:23 pm on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s Backwards Cabinet 

    This is the embarrassing gallery of superstitious ignorami Donald J. Trump has picked for his cabinet:
    Carson: Evolution is from the Devil!
    DeVos: Put God in schools!
    LtGen Flynn: Christianity is at war with Islam!
    Perry: Fire? Pray for rain!
    Pompeo: Evil is all around us until the Rapture!
    Perdue: Drought? Pray for rain!
    Pruitt: Hand out bibles in schools!
    Sessions: Secular people can’t understand the truth!

    And those characters are supposed to “Make America Great Again”?
    Instead, they will set us back and “Make America Regret Again”, – not to mention making us the laughing stock of the developed world!
    As if we haven’t had enough of Republican administrations and the damage they cause! Haven’t we seen how backwards and outright dangerous they are? When will we learn? The Trump administration may even turn out to be worse than the one preceding President Obama’s progressive reign, which leaves a question of when we can expect to be back on track again to a better, safer and more equal society? Will we ever? Or, perhaps that train has left for good?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:01 pm on January 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy lying, – or not? 

    All the talk about President-elect Donald Trumps lies, reminds me of George Costanza on the Jerry Seinfeld TV series: “A lie is not a lie if you believe it!”
    So, in all fairness, let’s give Trump the benefit of doubt: he may not lie, but only be so incredibly dumb and uneducated that he actually believes all the nonsense he comes up with, whether that is President Obama’s birth certificate, scores of Muslims cheering on 9/11, – or an avalanche of other nonsense he makes up.
    A glaring difference between Trump and his lying Republican predecessors, though, is that
    his lies have surfaced before his inauguration, while for example George W. Bush’ lies about WMDs in Iraq, and Nixon’s lies about not monkey-wrenching the Paris peace talks, only became painfully apparent too late, resulting in unnecessary loss of thousands of lives around the world. And, that’s no lie!
    Do we learn from history, – or do we need to have our noses rubbed into the mess now building up before we can smell what is coming? Not enough yet of the mess Republican administrations always make? How slowly do we learn? Then again, it took Donald Trump 5 years to understand what was abundantly clear to most of us, that President Obama was born in the US. Or, did he lie about that, too, just to score a cheap point among his intellectually challenged, racist followers? Makes you wonder, – which is something everybody should do!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:42 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Putin outsmarting Trumpy? 

    President-elect Donald Trump keeps praising Putin for not retaliating against President Obama’s hacking actions against Russia, claiming “I always knew Putin was very smart”.
    All that means is that Putin has said something nice to tickle Trump’s fragile , ever-hungry ego, – traditionally the easiest way to fool fools.
    The more important question is whether Trump is smart enough to understand that Putin just takes his time before he reacts, – a reaction that is not likely to be in our favor.

    For more insights into Trumpy’s lies, bizarre behavior and disturbing lack of qualifications for the US Presidency, refer to “Article-Links”.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:19 pm on December 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Final Solution 

    Dear Red States:
    We’re ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes and politics and we’ve decided we’re leaving.
    We in New York intend to form our own country and we’re taking the other Blue States with us.
    In case you aren’t aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota,
    Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Northeast.

    We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).
    To sum up briefly:
    You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
    We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.
    We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Opry-Land.
    We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
    We get Harvard. You get Oral Roberts University.
    We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama.
    We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their fair share.
    Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.

    With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s fresh water,
    more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s fresh fruit,
    95% of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners),
    90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal,
    all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools
    including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

    With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists,
    virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

    We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
    38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
    We’re taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.
    Sincerely,
    Citizen of the Enlightened States of America
    (JLG, Internet)
    Oh, by the way, – you can keep Trumpy, too, while the majority of us will elect the best qualified, best educated and informed, most even-tempered, least ego-maniacal, research- and science-oriented, secular president we can find.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:33 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpocrazy coming our way? 

    While there are some clear differences between Republicans and Democrats at the core, we can argue about whether we have a democracy or a republic, or whether there is any difference at all. That the Founding Fathers wanted us as far away from the old European monarchies as possible, should be no ground for much argument.

    However, if Donald Trump really gets elected, despite efforts to redistribute electorates in some states with questionable results, we need a new term. What about “Trumpocrazy”?
    You won’t find it in dictionaries yet, but “Trump” is defined as “an advantage involving surprise”, “Trump up” means “fabricate or invent … accusations, excuses, etc.”, while “Trumpery” is defined as “worthless finery, delusive, shallow”.
    The latter part, “crazy” is defined as “insane or mad, foolish, extremely enthusiastic, unrestrained”.
    Therefore, the term “Trumpocrazy” is introduced if the uniquely unqualified Donald Trump
    should, heaven forbid, end up as our next President, – an unprecedented dent in our otherwise respectable
    political history.

     
    • Al Ward 3:27 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty clever. Do you have an idea as to how to get this creative term adopted? Perhaps just feed it to all of the Leftie media: newspapers, MSNBC, ABC, etc. Possibly it will end up in Webster’s and the Oxford English.
      As to Trump being unqualified….well, we’ll see.
      His clownish showman’s act got him to where he is. That was not by accident.
      Maybe as he adjusts to putting on his presidential hat, his showman’s hat will fall off.
      I certainly hope so, and time will tell.

      The Progressives will continue their outrage no matter what he does…that is a given.
      But he may wind up doing a good job of turning the nation away from its path toward progressive wishful daydreams…he isn’t stupid…and I wonder if the impulsiveness is just part of the showman’s act.

      • Jorg 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You may be right, – and I certainly hope you are! The alternative is very scary, and could be enormously costly, – for generations to come!

  • Jorg Aadahl 11:44 am on November 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s recount fear 

    Republican boisterous presidential candidate Donald Trump kept claiming that the election was rigged and that he wouldn’t accept the outcome, – unless he won.
    Now that it is over and it looks like he is the winner, he goes ballistic over the recount effort planned for the swing states with the most suspicious outcome.
    Sounds like he knew something, but wasn’t quite sure it would work, and now that it did, he’s afraid it will be exposed. That could be very embarrassing, of course.

     
    • Al Ward 5:14 pm on November 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      HRC conceded the election to Trump and in her speech graciously requested that everyone should keep an open mind regarding his presidency (what an accomplished actress she is).
      Now the truth of what HRC really thinks is shown by her letting her people go along and join with Jill Stein’s ridiculous recount circus.
      What this appears to be is just another Democrat fund raising effort. To find the truth, follow the money.

      How much better off Trump would be if he just ignored this recount silliness. It should be beneath him, unworthy of his attention.
      But being Trump, that doesn’t seem possible.

      • Jorg Aadahl 7:13 am on November 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I agree completely with you re. your last part, – Trump just can’t help himself. So typical, too, to reverse himself, this time from ridiculing any recount effort, to turn around and claiming that millions of illegals voted against him! Like so much else from him: grabbed out of thin air.
        To be fair, Hillary Clinton graciously accepted the surprising outcome initially, but why not support a recount effort started by others when so many suspicious circumstances emerge? If it turns out that the initial results don’t change, fine. But if is found that the outcome should be different if irregularities are accounted for, why not? And especially in a case like the current situation, where a uniquely unqualified, self-centered egomaniac, a liar with a shameless history of personal behavior is about to assume the most important position in the world, – every possible effort should be employed to keep him out of a position that very possibly could turn out to be disastrous. We have just been through 8 years with another unqualified, unelected Republican president, who did so much damage that it took President Obama another 8 years to partially get us out of the ditch. Haven’t we learned yet?

    • Al Ward 11:58 am on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of going into a ditch and not having learned anything, I see that today the progressive congressional nitwits re-elected Nancy Pelosi as leader of the minority party. If you look across the country you see Democrats in their weakest position in decades. Not just the US Congress, but also governorships and state assemblies. It appears that California’s Pelosi will continue to lead the Democrat charge to oblivion.
      Thank goodness that all that remains of HRC and her supporters is a floundering around of pinning pathetic hopes on recounts.
      Thanks to the election of the Great Showman, Trump, the SCOTUS is safe for a generation.

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:19 pm on November 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Flunking history 

    Haven’t we learned anything from the 2000 presidential election, when Al Gore with the most popular votes lost to George W. Bush, who “won” electoral votes due to a messy Florida count, and SCOTUS intervention.
    We have suffered through the results of that mistake, with predictable and preventable 9/11, unnecessary wars, unsettled Mid-East issues, and tanking of the economy, just to mention some of the misery that could have been avoided if the person with the most votes had won.

    And now we’re doing it again! Unless something sensible is done with the electoral votes on December 19, the candidate with the most popular votes will lose to a far less qualified, and very risky, candidate, who is already way down the path to making “America Hate Again”!
    With Internet, TV, radio and newspapers covering everything across the land, the electoral vote system has long since outlived its usefulness and recently only resulted in putting the lesser qualified candidate in the most important and powerful office of the world.
    Four years under Trump will only set us back further, while there is still work to be done to fix ‘W”s mistakes.
    Haven’t we learned anything?

     
    • Leo 4:59 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      SCOTUS did not help out Bush during the Florida count. The federal courts attempted to intervene in attempt to help Gore and they were slapped down. They did not have the authority to get involved, but once again the corrupt activist judges on the left attempted to abuse their positions.

      Did you really just relate 9/11 to the election of Bush? Where did you get your history? CNN?

      Speaking of history you should really read the federalist papers and educate yourself on the Constitution. Perhaps you will stop crying about the EC once you understand our history and why we have it and why it is needed.

      • Jorg Aadahl 2:11 pm on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        How in the world can you get it so totally wrong? It was indeed the Supreme Court that intervened in 2000 and stopped the Florida re-counting that might have helped Al Gore, not the other way around! You are right claiming that the court shouldn’t have intervened, except they did so to help Bush, not Gore, who got the most primary votes, while the outdated Electoral system gave it to Bush, unfortunately. It looks like Republicans cannot win without the Electoral College, or without voter suppression. You may also recall that the conservative judge Sandra O’Connor was the fifth and deciding vote against Gore, but later regretted what she had done when she realized what a mess Bush had created, – a mess so severe that it took someone with President Obama’s capacity and insight to get us back on track again, – an accomplishment especially admirable when we consider how the Republican-infested Congress obstructed him every which way they could imagine.

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:26 pm on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Electile dysfunction 

    Considering the importance of electing the best person as President of the United States, I find it very disturbing how arbitrary the entire election process was! Besides Donald Trump being uniquely unqualified for the job of POTUS, not to mention his habitual lying, total lack of respect the world over, his bankruptcies, rape charges and behavior unbecoming our most import and visible representative, – so much seemed left to chance:
    1) What would the outcome have been without a third party player like Gary Johnson, who for some crucial states received more votes than the difference between Trump and Clinton?
    2) What impact did voter suppression have? It is a fact that lines were longer, voting machines fewer and voting periods shorter in some predominantly Democratic areas. Voter intimidation may also have played a role, especially against minority groups and the disadvantaged, directly in line with what had been promoted by the Trump campaign beforehand!
    3) Was there interference from foreign nations, like Russia, or tampering with voting machines here and there?
    4) Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and Barack Obama all had more popular votes than their opposing candidates, while both Gore and Clinton lost out on Electoral votes, for various reasons. About time to abolish the Electorate, especially in a situation where the majority of voters wanted the far more qualified candidate?
    5) Donald Trump has numerous lawsuits hanging over him, including the Trump University scandal to begin later this month, besides dozens more.
    6) What was the impact of FBI Director James Comey’s e-mail interference during the last few days before the election?
    7) What was the impact of Donald Trump’s sudden Bible waving, claiming that book was even better than his own, – which someone else wrote? That mock act had an instant impact on the evangelicals, who flocked to Trump, while conveniently ignoring his utterly immoral life.
    8) What if Trump’s tax returns had been revealed, as has been customary?

    All-in-all, way too arbitrary election for the most important office in the world, – for which Hillary Clinton would have been elected if it hadn’t been for the electoral college! About time to abolish it!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:05 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Election rigged? 

    During the campaign, Donald Trump kept insisting that the system was rigged.
    Looks like he was right! Perhaps he knew something hidden from the rest of us?
    To third party ignoramus Gary Johnson, who received more votes than the difference
    between Trump and Clinton in certain crucial states, I would say: “Happy now?”

     
    • Al Ward 6:10 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The system is rigged according to how the Founding Fathers intended. The Electoral System deliberately gives more weight to the voters in low population states. The more populous your state, the less your vote is worth regarding election of the President. It was set up to protect the interests of the smaller states.
      Hillary’s popular vote margin is due to nothing more than California’s population. Same happened with Al Gore. If his (small) home state of TN had voted for him, he’d have been president.

      In a related topic, I saw remarks by Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren on today’s news.
      They were disparaging Trump, saying disgusting things as foul or more-so than anything said by Trump about American politicians. What a nice way to welcome the President-Elect.
      Quite an irony that Trump owes his success to people like those two…any voter who is not a flaming progressive finds them utterly out of touch with reality and a danger to the nation.

      Another irony is the actions of the idiots in the streets violently demonstrating to protest the election results. They are demonstrating one of the phenomena that got Trump elected…mindless, lawless and violent rebellion which does nothing other than upset the stable elements of society…such as Trump voters.

    • Al Ward 11:11 am on November 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      On the other hand it was gratifying to hear HRC’s gracious concession speech and also Obama’s remarks wishing Trump well for his coming presidency.
      It is going to be very interesting to see what happens when Trump ascends to the throne being vacated by Obama. To quote Obama,”Elections have consequences.”.

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on November 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s defense: Clinton emails! 

    Trump admitting sexual assaults.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump charity fraud.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls for nuclear proliferation.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls for national stop and frisk.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump violates trade embargo with Cuba.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump sued over Trump University fraud.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump accused of bribing DA in IRS case.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump doesn’t pay taxes for 20 years.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump employs campaign manager accused of being involved in illegal corruption with Russia.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls for ban of an entire religion from entering US.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump lied about support for Iraq War over and over in debate.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump case dismissed by accuser to re-file b/c of new witness in child rape case.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump unaware of Russia’s Crimea occupation.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump unaware of situation in Syria.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump penalized for racist housing discrimination.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump files for bankrupcy 6 times.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump goes 0-3 in debates by showing scant knowledge of world politics.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump slams people for being POWs. (prisoners of war)
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls Mexicans rapists.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump questions judge’s integrity because of parent’s heritage.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump deletes emails involved in casino scandal.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump has over 10 assault victims and witnesses come forward with allegations of abuse.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump attacks former Miss Universe for being overweight.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump tweets about sex tapes at 3am.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump says he will try US citizens accused of terrorism at Gitmo.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls for more extreme forms of torture to be used.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump asks why we can’t use our nukes if we have them.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls for offensive bombing attack on sovereign nations because someone gives the middle finger.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls to kill women and children of suspected terrorists.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump says women should be punished for having abortions.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump makes fun of disabled people.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls for end of freedom of the press.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls global warming a Chinese hoax.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump praises Putin and Kim Jong Un’s strong leadership.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump openly admits to not paying his contractors during debate.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump openly admits not apologizing to wife in debate about Access Hollywood tape.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump calls Obama an illegitimate non-citizen hundreds of times over 7 years.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump uses campaign donations to enrich his own businesses.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump says Ted Cruz father involved in JFK assassination.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump says laziness is an inherent trait in black people.
    Clinton emails.
    Trump ridiculing parents of son killed in war.
    Clinton emails.
    Did we miss anything?
    Clinton emails!!!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:25 pm on November 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The True Donald J. Trump Exposed! 

    Check out “ARTICLE-Links” (upper right side) for more on Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump’s rape charges, Mob connections, destruction of evidence and tax dodging, his role in voter suppression, endorsement lies, foreign affairs, threats and assassination calls, extremist connections and friends, reputation as a business fraud, – and complete lack of qualifications, education, experience and personal integrity for the US presidency.
    More will be added to this section as election day gets closer.

     
    • Al Ward 1:50 pm on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It is embarrassing to note that most of the above facts, accusations and allegations apply equally to the Clintons, and there are almost unlimited quantities of circumstantial evidence so supporting (see the book “Clinton Cash”, see Bill’s approx. $800,000 payoff to one of his female accusers, etc. ).
      Hard evidence is hard to come by (they are both, after all, extremely sly lawyers) but there is some, thanks to emails (e.g. the one to Chelsey from Hillary regarding the Benghazi terror attack), thanks to the statements of FBI Director Comey, thanks to Wikileaks, etc., etc.
      There are 320,000 Americans, and Donald and Hillary are the only options for POTUS???
      How pathetic.

      • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I have to agree with you that the options we are left with, are rather embarrassing for a country like the US! However, Hillary’s somewhat silly mistakes can hardly be compared to Trump’s life of bankruptcies, cheating, tax evasion, lies, unauthorized p-grapping, and now even rape of an underage girl. And, while Hillary has a track record of public service, and is no doubt qualified for the job of POTUS, Donald Trump has lived a self-serving life and is clueless as to what the job requires, – not to mention how dangerous such an ill-tempered and easily provoked character would be with the power that comes with the way-over-his-head job he is foolishly seeking.

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:20 pm on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A new political low? 

    Donald Trump, Republican presidential hopeless, a self-centered egomaniac, cheater and tax evader, with uncontrollable hands around women, is thanking exhibitionist, pedophile and certified sleaze bag Anthony Wiener for his unintended help in the election, moving him closer to the White House and the most important position in the world, where his fiddling hands could mean the end of it for us all.
    Can we as a nation sink any lower politically?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:02 pm on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s speech writers 

    Trump to his speech writers after the AL Smith Memorial Dinner: “You’re fired!”
    Speech writers’ response: “Thank goodness!”
    Democratic voters: “Thank you, Trumpy speech writers! Well done!”

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:31 am on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Rigged election? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald J. Trump keeps insisting that the election is rigged.
    He may have a point: First of all, too many informed, educated voters are backing his opponent, and not enough intellectually challenged registered voters!
    And if that’s not enough to skew the election, many women shy away from him just because he has a reputation of being a groper, especially of better looking women. Also, most Latinos flock to his opposition, just because he has ridiculed them as a group. Not to mention the media, going for his vastly superior and more qualified opponent, and instead ridiculing and making fun of him! How unfair, and clearly rigged against Trumpy.
    In all fairness, Trumpy has assured us that he will accept the outcome of the election, – provided he wins. In which case the election would have to be rigged.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:39 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy, – genius, or crook? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump is quick to call himself “brilliant”.
    However, it doesn’t require a “genius” to find and interpret IRS publication 536, which simply states that if your deductions for the year are more than your income for the year, you may have a net operating loss (NOL). An NOL year is the year in which an NOL occurs.
    You can use an NOL by deducting it from your income in another year or years. That’s what Trump did, – all he needed was a tax accountant with some basic understanding of the tax code, – perhaps that’s all he needs to feel like a “genius”.

    However, one of the big mysteries about Trump’s 1995 tax returns is how he managed to run up such an insane tax loss ($916 million), when so many of the losses related to his business implosion of the early 1990s ended up being borne not by himself, but by banks and other creditors that forgave Trump’s debts or otherwise didn’t get paid back. In other words, did he himself really lose some $916 millions, or did someone else incur the losses, or are they simply paper losses? That’s the question that IRS investigators really ought to look into.
    In my humble opinion, when past losses are used to offset future taxable income, the dollars must be of the same kind, – real, and relating to the same person or business entity, and not imaginary, fake or carried by others.
    Could that be the reason why Trumpy is so afraid of showing his tax returns?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:12 am on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: Christian values, by Marc Perkel, Gilroy (LTE, SF Chronicle Insight 10/16/2016) 

    I’m somewhat surprised that Sen. Ted Cruz is sticking with Donald Trump after all the horrible stuff that Trump did to Ted Cruz personally. Trump accused Ted Cruz’s father of being a conspirator in the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy and attacked his wife as being too ugly to be first lady.

    Ted Cruz is supposedly a Christian and yet he doesn’t have a problem with Trump going after married women while his pregnant wife sits at home, or talking about grabbing women by the crotch because he’s a “star” and he can get away with it. If this is what they call “Christian values,” all I can say is, “Thank God I’m an atheist!”

    Marc Perkel, Gilroy

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:17 pm on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Vetting whom? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald J. Trump has been calling for deep and extreme vetting of immigrants.
    How about a more extreme vetting of Republican presidential candidates, – especially a frivolous one who has been bragging about vetting attractive females, – rather extremely deep?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:34 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Voter fraud? 

    Contrary to persistent Republican claims, individual voter fraud has been found to be rare and of no impact on election results. The risk of heavy fines and even imprisonment for fraudulent voting, is a deterrent in itself.
    On the other hand, voter fraud with intended, and potentially real, impact on election results, are the massive and usually Republican initiated attempts at limiting access to voting places, purging of registration files, installing unnecessary and for many burdensome identification requirements, etc. That those attempts are aimed at Democrats, is too obvious.
    Republican hopeful Donald Trump has already announced that if he doesn’t win, it will be due to voter fraud.
    Of course, if not enough Democratic voters are prevented from voting, he will lose and go down in utter disgrace, hopefully taking GOP and Congress majority with him.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:38 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Advice for Trump’s next debate 

    Trump vows to hit Hillary even harder in the next debate. That sounds good to me, and it might turn out to be good for the country, too!
    Indeed, do more of the same, Trumpy, much more: interrupt more often and with more force, – both Hillary and the moderator. Shake your big, powerful head more often and more vigorously! Switch between NO! and nooooo … to whatever she says.
    Get more personal, slip in comments on Hillary’s appearance, – her hair, make-up, height, weight, – that should rattle her. And, don’t forget to mention all the hoaxes: climate change, science, NATO, NASA, gun control, public schools and middle class education, etc. Don’t be shy or too considerate, – let her know she’s nothing compared to your latest wife.
    And, by all means, – don’t reveal your tax returns! That could have a negative impact on your next reality show! You know how bigoted some people can be!
    However, let it be known that only dumb people pay taxes, – not smart ones like you! That’s always a good one to rub in.

     
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    • Al Ward 5:52 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Federal law, Title 18. Section 2071:

      (For those of us who do not have United States Code committed to
      memory, here’s what it saysJ

      “(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates,
      obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do
      so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper,
      document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer
      of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with
      any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined
      under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
      (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map,
      book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully
      conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the
      same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
      three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified
      from holding any office under the United States. As used in this
      subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any
      person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.”

      Yes, it explicitly states “shall forfeit his office and be

      disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”

      Hillary destroyed 33000 documents after they were subpoenaed by the

      U.S. Congress and therefore their property.

      This certainly helps explain why five of the people working for Hillary pleaded the 5th.
      The real question is not “Is Hillary guilty?”, but rather “What does she have on FBI Director Comey?”.
      Al

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:24 am on September 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump, – playing Picasso? 

    As Pablo Picasso’s paintings became stranger and more and more surrealistic, at least some people began to wonder if the artist was simply having fun, trying to see how far he could go, without people realizing he was playing them for fools.

    Could Donald Trump be doing a political Picasso, – just having fun seeing how far he can go with a core of gullible, intellectually challenged people faithfully following him, – despite his surrealistic behavior?

    For more on Trumpy, check out the page Article-links: Trump the proud tax dodger, Trump the charity cheat, Trump’s assassination call, and many more revealing his true nature.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:22 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump a liar, slow learner, or both? 

    It took Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump 5 years to finally figure out that President Obama was born here in the United States. The evidence was obvious from day one, and no new information has surfaced, but all of a sudden Trumpy “got” it. Is he such a slow learner, or was he actually lying about it all along, – including “unbelievable” findings by his imaginary “investigators” in Hawaii?
    What about climate change? Doesn’t he understand, or at least accept, what just about every climate scientist across the globe agree upon, not to mention the growing evidence? Or, does he lie about that, too?
    What about President Obama’s accomplishments and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for the job? Doesn’t he get it, or does he simply lie about it all to fool his intellectually challenged followers?
    Finally, does he really believe what he preaches, – about cutting taxes, debt and deficits, while expanding the military, providing jobs for everybody, making everybody richer, scrapping Obamacare, NATO and UN and sending “illegals” young and old out of the country? Or, is that, too, just a bunch of lies and read meat for his uneducated followers?
    Can we believe anything that comes out of his mouth, – whether backed by tweets, or not?
    Is he constantly lying, – or is he just a slow learner?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:34 am on September 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    9/11 reminder 

    9/11 lessons learned? (SM Daily Journal, 9/17/2013, reprinted with comments)
    Dear Editor,
    The MSNBC 9/11 documentary, “On Native Soil”, was a timely reminder of atrocities that must never be forgotten. It was also a shocking exposé of what went wrong prior to and during the Islamic terrorist attacks on that fateful day. Just about everything that could go wrong, and more, did.
    How could all the signs, warnings and actual reports about the pending attacks be ignored?
    Why would American linguists fluent in Arabic languages be fired, just because they were gay, while intercepted documents with clues were left un-translated? How could so many agencies hang on to bits and pieces of important info without communicating with each other? How could then Secretary of State Condoliza Rice claim that “no one could imagine that someone would steal our airplanes and use them as bombs”? That was her job to “imagine”! Besides, ever heard about WWII and the Japanese?
    While the country was attacked, President Bush sat in an elementary school classroom reading for the students! That’s a job for the president, while all indications were that something huge was about to happen? On top of the info mismanagement prior to 9/11, – almost total confusion while it happened, important phone calls were left on hold, fighter jets scrambled without clear mission or goal, etc.
    The Bush administration even tried to torpedo a most needed comprehensive investigation, until forced by 9/11 victims and relatives of the dead and maimed. Apparently none, or only a few, of the “9/11 Commission Report” have been acted upon. Did we learn anything, beyond taking our shoes off and on before flying anywhere?
    Jorg Aadahl
    Excellent! Glad to see someone is writing the truth about 9/11. Julie Muller
    Plenty of people who have spun your facts differently would call your article 100% lefty claptrap. I suspect the truth lies in the middle. Al W
    Yes, Al! I’m fully aware of that! Facts and logic are claptrap to what appears to be the majority of Republicans. That’s why they vote lunatics into office. Jorg
    I heard from good sources that if Clinton was still in office, due to his more inquiring style of management the event would probably have been stopped. Mike C.
    Yes, indeed! Clinton warned Bush that Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack, – which Bush simply ignored. He had more important things to do, – like reading “My pet goat” for little children, – without stumbling. Jorg

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:54 pm on August 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: “Obama deserves highest honor”, LTE by Guy Guerrero, SM Daily Journal August 23, 2016 

    Editor, Thanks to President Obama, today Americans are enjoying life and have money in their pockets and in their investment portfolios. Like the mythological Phoenix, our economy has risen from the ashes of the 2009 Great Recession, despite the unrelenting drive of the Republican party, fueled by the anger of its tea party members, to ensure his failure. From day one in 2009, when President Obama took office, conservative political operatives began hatching their plot to bring him down. It was their plan not only to cause his entire political agenda to fail, but also to destroy him personally. From the very beginning of the Obama administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the then House minority leader John Boehner made it clear they had a different agenda: they would automatically oppose anything President Obama put forward. McConnell famously vowed to make Obama a one-term president. The personal attacks on President Obama have been relentless and uglier than those against other presidents in the history of America. If President Obama was a foot soldier, and had he been subjected to the equivalent withering, sustained bombardment over a long period from the enemy and yet succeeded in saving his company from annihilation, he would have received the highest possible award, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
    Thank you, Guy: There is no doubt in my mind that Obama will go down in history as one of the best we have ever had! It is absolutely incredible what he has been able to do, despite compact obstruction from a Republican-infested Congress! He has also restored our respect in foreign countries, – I read European newspapers daily in several languages, so I know what I am talking about.

    “Obama truly deserving of honor”, LTE by Linda Slocum Lara, SM Daily Journal, August 31, 2016:
    Editor, I would like to say amen to Guy Guerrero’s letter of Aug. 23, 2016, “Obama deserves highest honor.” I agree with Mr. Guerrero 100 percent. It has saddened and disgusted me all these years that President Obama has been challenged and fought from every angle through the congressional leadership of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and others. They had an agenda to undo President Obama and make him fail. To me this is shameful politics. This kind of behavior from our politicians and leaders make it really hard to respect our representatives. I agree that President Obama has brought class and dignity to the White House and to the presidency. He is a gentleman, and if I could vote for him a third time I most certainly would. President Obama most definitely does deserve a Congressional Medal of Honor as Mr. Guerrero so eloquently described.

    Thank you, Linda, for your wise words to support Guerreros’ excellent LTE! It is a shame how our duly elected President Obama has been treated, – while his predessor ‘W’ actually got away with mass murder, – and more! What Obama has been able to accomplish, after being stuck with the disaster the ‘W’ administration left him, is absolutely incredible, – especially considering the compact obstruction from a Republican-infested Congress. But, of course, there will always be intellectually challenged racists who would never accept anything good from someone of color! In that respect we’re a backwards country, unfortunately.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 5:43 am on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy white wash 

    Various Trump apologists keep trying to explain away his death threat on Hillary Clinton. One particularly irate LTE-writer “saw” Trump’s speech and “he was clearly referring to the organization’s political power and funding – not anything even remotely connected to violence”.
    My goodness, how much of a Trump apologist do you have to be to misunderstand these words, right out of his mouth, startling listeners of all political persuasions: “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said to the crowd of supporters gathered in the Trask Coliseum at North Carolina University in Wilmington.
    “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.”
    “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
    Adding: “But that would be a horrible day”.
    Besides blatantly lying about Hillary’s plan for the 2nd Amendment, the last sentence should remove any doubt about what Trump really meant! He certainly didn’t mean it would be a “horrible day” if his opponent were prevented from picking SCOTUS judges because she didn’t win! Even Trump seemed to admit it would be a “horrible day” if another politician were gunned down, – or, did he just add that to sound more reasonable?!

    Every Southerner, black and white, knows exactly what Trump was suggesting when he said the “Second Amendment people” know what to do if Clinton is elected.
    Trump’s methods line up with the historic pattern of white hate groups who wait for politicians to use code words to call them to arms. Secret and not-so-secret political societies have been aroused by the success of multi-ethnic fusion coalitions across the South. Right there in North Carolina, political and corporate elites have spent enormous sums of money to suppress the votes of a fusion coalition mobilized by the “Forward Together Moral Monday Movement.” Just recently, a federal court overturned North Carolina’s voter-suppression law. Trump knows that just made it harder for him to win this swing state. I am not surprised that he would sink low enough to tap the repressed hatred of angry white voters. But I am surprised that someone feels so obligated to defend a sinking Trump, that he tries to misinterpret what he actually said, with entirely illogical linguistic acrobatics.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:51 am on August 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A shrewd move by Trump? 

    It might be a smart move for Donald Trump to use his infamous negotiating skills to nail down a mutual agreement with his opponent Hillary Clinton: Trump to stop lying about her, if she quits telling the truth about him. A win-win proposal!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:51 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: Who are these people that are “… sick of Obama’s policies”? 

    We still hear it from certain people, so we have to ask:
    You mean the guy who rescued us from a certain financial depression at the hands of a feckless Republican predecessor, hunted down and killed our number one enemy Osama bin Laden, saved the auto industry, lowered the unemployment rate from 10 to 4.9%, lowered our deficits and more than doubled the stock market index, managed to actually guide and lead us with a do-nothing congress of vain-glorious media hogs who would rather use congress as a place to grandstand so they could further their careers instead of actually govern?
    Right, yea, that guy. I mean, who wants Obama when he continues to insist on acting like a responsible adult in a room full of self-interested pretenders?
    Doug Jett

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:48 am on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumping along … 

    “Make America great again” is what we need after, heaven forbid, a Donald Trump presidency, – not before.
    He has that one backwards, too.
    In order to keep track of Donald’s trumped up escapades, a new chapter “Donald Trump vs. Common Sense” has been added under “Article links”, where some of the better and more revealing articles will be included to keep track of his trumpery, – towards sound defeat on November 8, if not earlier.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:23 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s Nazi-inspired disaster claims 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump has been flooding cyberspace with e-mails stating what a loser, even “devil”, Hillary Clinton is, and what a disaster it will be if she gets elected!
    Is he simply plagiarizing the same sentiment expressed by Republicans when Bill Clinton was running: a total disaster for the country if he, heaven forbid, should win the presidency?!
    Even worse when Barack Obama was running: that would certainly be the end of the nation as we knew it!
    We have now seen the rather positive results from two Democratic presidents, as well as the real disaster left by the Republican president-select in-between, George W. Bush!
    Still, Donald Trump keeps clinging to the old Nazi scheme that made Joseph Goebels infamous: Repeat a lie often enough, and eventually enough people will take it as the truth. And for Trumpy’s e-mails I have to add: provided enough people are dumb enough!
    Both former successful Democratic presidents are heartily supporting the current Democratic nominee, while none of the past Republican presidents were willing to at least attend the convention for the Republican contender, – not even the one who practically tore the country apart would lower himself to do so.
    Something to learn here?
    And now, evangelical Republican VP nominee, Mike Pence seems to be smitten by the Nazi lie
    trick, too, – judging from the flood of e-mails praising Trumpy: same content, different headings.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:14 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s fake heart 

    When handed one by a Veteran, Donald Trump declared that he had always wanted a Purple Heart, – but not obtained the hard way.
    If that important, he could have bought one from a homeless Veteran in need of money. With his alleged negotiating skills, I’m sure he could have obtained one for a very good price.
    Getting a more common red human heart might be a different matter …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:09 pm on July 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump repeating a lie! 

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump must secretly admire Joseph Goebels, the top Nazi propaganda minister under Hitler, who was famous for his scheme, that a lie repeated often enough, will eventually be accepted as truth.
    The day after the RNC convention, I received no less than half a dozen equally worded emails from Trumpy, all with the title “I love America”. Even the content sounds Nazi-inspired, referring to Obama and Hillary:
    My friends and I are coming for you.
    We are going to take our country back.
    We are going to topple the rigged system.
    …And we are going to Make America Great Again!”

    Keep repeating your “I love America” Nazi-inspired lie, Trumpy, – until you go down with a “yuugh” thud in November!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:42 pm on July 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    WHAT MELANIA COULD HAVE SAID, – or not! 

    What if Melania Trump’s speechwriter, had suggested something along these lines:
    “I would like to quote the current first lady, Michelle Obama, who is such a role model in so many ways, and a person I admire so deeply: (… quote …)
    If I am fortunate enough to be the next one, I would proudly walk in her shoes and try to fill them the best I can. Like her, I would support my husband and encourage him to build further on all the great work done by his predecessor, President Obama, who lifted our country up from near disaster caused by the previous administration and brought us back to a safer and greater nation. That’s a legacy that we should all be proud of …”

    With those words instead, it is quite likely that Donald Trump could have won the presidency.
    A scary thought indeed, – so scary that Melania’s speech writer may have thought of it, but steered clear to avoid such a disaster.

     
    • Al Ward 4:40 pm on July 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Or one wealthy, privileged woman could have quoted the other: “This is the first time in my life that I have been proud to be an American “.
      What a disgusting statement by a woman given so much by virtue of her American birth.

      • Jorg Aadahl 6:41 pm on July 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I feel I have to accept your comment, while at the same time admitting I don’t understand what you mean!
        Perhaps clarify your point?

    • Al Ward 6:02 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oops. Sorry I missed your question until just now.
      I mean it is disgusting that a black woman, descendant of slaves, who earned a law degree from a prestigious university, and who married a man who became a US senator, and then became POTUS, was never before proud of America, the country that gave her the means to accomplish so much.

  • Jorg Aadahl 8:51 am on July 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    AUDACIOUS PLAGIARISM! 

    All the disturbing similarities that have been found when comparing Melania Trump’s convention speech with Michelle Obama’s eight years ago, suggest a serious case of audacious plagiarism.
    No wonder Republicans are upset! How could the Obama administration have the audacity to simply steal speech wording from the Trump administration, – as much as 8 years in advance?! On top of that, Melania pretty much wrote her speech herself, with as little help as possible, while Michelle most certainly used a teleprompter, – just pretending
    she was talking from her heart.
    What else may they have gotten away with, if this scandal hadn’t surfaced? Looking back at the 8 years of Obama reign, – it looks like they may have stolen a number of ideas from Trump, like having already made the country greater and safer, improved the economy, created jobs and reduced unemployment, – not to mention reduced the deficit and deported more illegals than any previous administration! Some nerve!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:25 pm on July 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s shield of excuse 

    Trump’s lame excuse when caught using the Nazi-reminiscent Star of David in a derogatory tweet about Hillary Clinton, was that it was actually meant to be a sheriff’s star.
    If that were true, – why wasn’t it displayed with the 7 points customary for sheriff stars, rather than the 6 for the Jewish emblem?
    Nice try, lying Trumpy!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:42 am on July 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    WHY SERIOUS PEOPLE IGNORE FOX! 

    Since it doesn’t apply, we shouldn’t include the word “News” after the network “Fox”:
    Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t.
    Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming. They didn’t.
    Rudy Giuliani said on Fox that President Obama has issued propaganda asking everybody to “hate the police.” He hasn’t.
    John Stossel said on Fox that there is “no good data” proving secondhand cigarette smoke kills nonsmokers. There is.
    So maybe you can see why serious people — a category excluding those who rely upon it for news and information — do not take Fox, well … seriously, why they dub it Pox News and Fakes News, to name two of the printable variations. Fox is, after all, the network of death panels, terrorist fist jabs, birtherism, anchor babies, victory mosques, wars on Christmas and Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. It’s not just that it is the chief global distributor of unfact and untruth but that it distributes unfact and untruth with a bluster, an arrogance, a gonad-grabbing swagger, that implicitly and intentionally dares you to believe that facts and truth matter.

    James C. Armstrong, Jr.
    james@gasherbrum.sagarmatha.com

    Tea Parties are for young children with imaginary friends
    -+-+-+-+-+-

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:46 pm on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Iraq war blame 

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is now being seriously criticized for his role in the Iraq war, even being called a war criminal.
    His excuse: “I thought I did the right thing”.
    When will we get around to the culprit who talked him into this idiotic war game, SCOTUS-selected “Commander-in-Mischief”, George W. Bush, a fellow evangelist who used to pray afterwards that he had done the right thing?

    Or, are we too preoccupied with Hillary’s e-mails?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:07 am on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Brexit regret! 

    After initial glee, the British are now turning around and becoming more and more concerned about the results of pulling out of EU.
    That may very well have something to do with Donald Trump’s instant enthusiasm for the sudden dismemberment.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:32 pm on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Ban assault weapons! 

    Why on flat Earth could someone with the background of the Orlando mass murderer be cleared for purchase of, not only assault weapons, but any weapon at all more powerful than a sling shot?
    Actually, why should any civilian be able to acquire any kind of assault weapons, – weapons whose sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible, in a short amount of time, and at a distance? Assault weapons are only meant for war, not civilian use! Short of making purchase and ownership of weapons in general more restrictive, a good start would be to totally ban assault weapons for civilians. Less powerful weapons are, of course, dangerous enough in the hands of the wrong people, but they are at least somewhat slower, while the need to exchange smaller capacity magazines, leaves a better chance for potential victims and others to interrupt the slaughter. Civilians running around with assault weapons, are unbecoming a civilized society! We better grow up from such madness!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:38 am on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s macabre massacre claim 

    As expected, Republican presidential presumptuous nominee Donald Trump wasted no time in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre before trying to score political points, claiming he was “right”.
    Right about what?
    Right about making assault weapons illegal? Right about calling for more thorough background checks to make it harder to obtain weapons for those not responsible enough? Right about equal rights regardless of gender, religious background, ethnicity or sexual orientation?
    No, Trumpy, you were dead wrong on all accounts, and more!
    Your opponent, Democratic presidential pre-eminent nominee Hillary Clinton, was right on all accounts, and more!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:05 am on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Zimmerman’s chutzpah 

    That Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, has no shame, has been apparent and reinforced by his behavior and many run-ins with the law. But putting his killer gun up for the highest bidder, takes the chutzpah cake!
    George Zimmerman knows perfectly well that he lied and got away with murder of an unarmed teenager! There should be no doubt that Trayvon simply tried to save himself when faced with Zimmerman, who must have had the gun drawn and pointed at Trayvon, whose alternate action would be to flee and risk being shot in the back. It is simply incredible that the jury would believe Zimmerman when he claimed that he was attacked by Trayvon, defending himself with “God is the only judge that I have to answer to … He knows what happened!”

    That’s exactly what I have said all along: “God knows how Zimmerman was able to get his gun out from underneath him, from inside his pants, then cock it and shoot, while pinned down on his back, with both hands held tight by the 17-year old Trayvon Martin”.

    And now he has profited from auctioning off a murder weapon that should never have been returned to him!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:44 pm on May 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Out-trumping Hillary? 

    Republican presidential presumptuous nominee Donald Trump has “yuuge” respect for women, – so much in fact that he has married no less than three of them. So far.

    On the other hand, Trump is critical of Hillary Clinton for having so low respect for other women that she has stuck it out with only a single husband, the one and only Bill.

    Will Republican-treasured family values change if Trump, heaven forbid, should out-campaign the already out-divorced Hillary?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:08 am on May 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Prayer-heads losing! 

    Senator Ted Cruz’ biblical references and persistent prayers didn’t help him much in his frantic bid for the Republican nomination. Not even in evangelical Indiana did his calls for divine backing help much.
    On the other hand, all those praying that Donald Trump wouldn’t get the Republican nomination, weren’t heard either.
    What can we make of that? Prayers don’t work anymore, – or has the target for the praying decided to leave elections to the voters, whether they pray or not? Or too busy rigging football games, perhaps?
    Funny, though, that Trump’s two remaining Republican contenders, Kasich and Cruz, both dropped out of the race on May 4, – the ludicrous National Day of Prayer. They must finally have realized they didn’t have one.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:52 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump a no-show! 

    Republican rabble-rouser Donald Trump just coined a new twist on the old kitchen proverb:
    “If you can’t stand the heat, don’t attend the Correspondent’s Dinner!”
    Which, of course, made President Obama’s jokes at the dinner that much more powerful,- and gleeful for all. Almost all.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:42 am on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s personality trump 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump just announced at a Republican National meeting that he would shift his personality to attract
    women, minorities and others for the general election.
    I wonder how women, minorities, and “others” react to Trump thinking they are as easily fooled as his current gullible followers? What a winning strategy!

     
    • Al Ward 4:50 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The primary contest results so far are proof of not only the gullibility, but also of the the angry irrationality of the voting public.
      And primary voters are supposedly the ones in the electorate who are the thoughtful ones paying the most attention!
      Give me a break! The top three are The Donald, Hillary and Bernie.
      Proof positive that the electorate has lost its collective mind.
      Outrageousness appears to be a winning strategy.
      Any one of these three in the White House is potential disaster for the nation.
      When the unwashed masses go to vote in November…ooh boy! I’m making no predictions.

    • Jorg Aadahl 7:46 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are making some good points, Al! Donald Trump in the White House will be a certain disaster, – but I don’t think he will have a chance against Hillary, fortunately. I think, and hope, she will do well, building on the foundation established by her predecessor Obama. Like for her Democratic forerunners, Clinton and Obama, the Republicans predicted shear disaster, – which didn’t materialize. On the other hand, we saw what the last Republican president, ‘W’, accomplished: a disaster that we’re still paying for and that President Obama has worked so hard to fix. Let’s sit back and see what further improvement Hillary can make! Compared to what Trump might have done, – I don’t think we have much to fear!

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:10 pm on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Former “Religious Right” Republican to Obama: “You’re going to be vindicated” 

    Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter, public speaker and painter. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He is also a self-proclaimed “former member of the Religious Right and Republican Party.”

    On April 6, 2016, Schaeffer decided to make a video describing what made him leave the GOP and express his appreciation to Barack Obama whom Schaeffer now calls “a great president.”
    Find this video and other interesting stuff under ARTICLE LINKS – Republicanism and Common Sense: “Obama praised by former Right-winger”.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:27 am on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    GOP disaster 

    No wonder the Republican National Committee works so hard to make sure that the candidate likely to have the most votes won’t be the Republican nominee this time around!
    The RNC management must be aware that Republican voters in general don’t always understand what they are voting for, – and this time the consequences could be catastrophic, – for the GOP! Indeed, – a catastrophe for the GOP, and new hopes for the country, – and the world.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:07 pm on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A history lesson easily forgotten 

    On hindsight, one may wonder how a bombastic orator with big words and promises without substance could get such a following? How could he just start with a relatively small group of uneducated, hateful and distrustful youngsters and expand the following into a broader representation of at least a good part of the country, promising to make it great again?
    How could he play so blatantly on hate for another group and get so many people to agree with him? How could he stand there in front of the masses claiming divine sanctions and that he was doing God’s work? How was it possible to turn such a disgraceful movement into winning the top job, – apparently without even cheating?

    Well, Adolph Hitler did it, so why couldn’t it be possible for Donald Trump, – especially if enough gullible people don’t comprehend what he is up to?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:15 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump a GREAT leader! 

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is indeed a leader and someone who can save the country and make it even greater!
    He is about to lead the out-dated Republican party straight off the cliff and into oblivion, which will be good for both the country and the rest of the world.
    Out with religion in politics, special interest leaning SCOTUS, voter restrictions and unnecessary wars. In with equal rights, science, environmental protection and medical care for all, – just for starters.
    So, better times are ahead, thanks to Trump’n. Bless you, bible waving charlatan Donald Trump!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:42 am on April 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Divine backing failing? 

    While Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are still trying to out pray each other, it is rather remarkable how unsuccessful politicians claiming God’s backing have actually been.
    Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson have all claimed divine encouragement for their unsuccessful running. Some even revealed that God itself had told them to run.
    Perhaps there’s nothing behind the voices roaming around in their heads?
    The only “winner” in recent history claiming divine backing, was George W. Bush, – and we’ve seen the devastating results of his “faith” and the impact he had on “God’s own country”.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:48 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    ISLAM NOT HIJACKED! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce the latest, vicious waves of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.

    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.

    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like famed author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, and easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

    Since Islam obviously was cooked up to counter Christianity, it is about time to reveal the truth, that it was all a hoax, – just like any other religion! Completely made up. There is no heaven, there is no after-life, – and certainly no tempting virgins waiting to entertain mass murderers of innocent people, – regardless how much they’ve been fooled into considering themselves martyrs! Once that silly dream is taken out of the minds of disturbed, sex-hungry Muslims, – perhaps some of the incentive for killing others left and right, including many of their own, is eliminated. It may be worth trying, – and who knows, perhaps we can move towards a friendlier, safer world for all by not promising religious rewards for inhuman behavior. It might work, – eventually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:29 am on March 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    CHRISTIANITY HELPING TERRORISTS? 

    There should be no doubt that those Islam-inspired terrorists who commit suicide and take as many other people as possible with them, have been fooled to believe that sultry virgins are waiting as reward on the “other side”. That is clearly stated in the Quran, and must be quite a temptation for young guys raised in a backwards society with very strict rules against just about everything considered normal in more modern, progressive nations. For us non-Islamic westerners, such belief is obviously pure nonsense.
    Perhaps, over time, it might help to promote the truth, that not only aren’t there any virgins waiting, – not even slightly used young maidens, but that there simply is no heaven or afterlife to look forward to for mass murderers?

    That’s certainly a truth that without any religious opposition can be promoted in more secular cultures, especially the Scandinavian countries. But would that be possible here in the US, where religion is still so widely spread and prominent, and where religious belief so heavily rests upon the myth that there is an afterlife, with either a heaven or a hell waiting after judgment, – all made up, of course?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:16 pm on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Pale Supremacy 

    I have to admit that white supremacy slogans and repeated calls for “white power” and “make America great again” are beginning to have an impact on me.
    As a result, I’m becoming more and more ashamed of being white.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:20 am on March 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Last days of the Republican Party 

    Reprinted LTE from the March 14, 2016, edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal, by Guy Guerrero:
    Editor,
    Today, the Republican Party’s existence is threatened as they struggle against a takeover by Donald Trump. Flashback to Jan. 20, 2009: Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day. There was magic in the air. For the first time, people sensed the reality of the hope and change they believed in and enthusiastically voted for Barack Obama.
    But what nobody in the huge crowd realized was that, at that very hour, another kind of history was also being made, not far away: in the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, conservative political operatives were busy plotting how to bring down this new young president. They embarked on a two-fold agenda: not only to cause his entire political agenda to fail but also to destroy him personally. From the very beginning of the Obama administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the then House minority leader, John Boehner, made it clear they had a different agenda. They would automatically oppose anything President Obama put forward. There is nothing wrong or unusual about pursuing a different political agenda. That is, after all, the job of the opposition party: to oppose. But the personal attacks directed against President Obama have been relentless and uglier than those against other presidents in the history of America. Sarah Palin has made a rousing endorsement of Donald Trump, followed by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations. The true colors of the Republican Party has been exposed. Now they are in a panic and running for cover.

    Jorg Aadahl | March 19, 2016 at 10:10 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p4hXz9-fd

     
    • Jorg Aadahl 10:21 am on March 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very well put, Guy! Thanks for expressing so eloquently what many of us think!

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    SUPREME MIRACLE 

    Why would anyone be surprised that the senate Republicans stand firm against even considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland?
    That should be a no-brainer. Why would they support the nomination, and risk losing the high court advantage they have enjoyed for so long? Why would they risk losing the chance to deny so many millions Obamacare and other undeserved benefits only associated with “socialistic” countries?
    Why should they risk letting women be in control of their own bodies and other frivolities?
    Why risk losing the advantages of unrestricted campaign contributions proven so helpful for their various self-centered causes? Why on flat Earth would they?

    Of course, a modern-day miracle would be required to put another Republican into the White House and thus secure the 5-4 conservative lock on the Supreme Court. But, then again, with the Republicans being so in bed with the evangelicals, – faith in miracles is alive and well.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:00 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Scalia dies, – Thomas speaks! 

    Did Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia really have to die, before fellow Justice Clarence Thomas dared to speak up, – after ten years of silence? Thus, Thomas must have set an unbeatable world record for payment per word uttered!
    Question remains, whether Clarence Thomas was afraid of saying anything contrary to Scalia’s opinion, – or so ashamed of being guilty of getting George W. Bush into office that he kept his mouth shot for all these years? At least, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
    dared to admit publicly way before Scalia died, the mistake the 5 Supreme Court conservatives made by stealing the election from Al Gore in 2000, and giving it to George W. Bush! The devastating results must have been embarrassingly obvious to even the most incurable Republican!

     
    • Al Ward 3:37 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding Bush vs Gore in 2000.
      The Supreme Court examined the facts and noted that the voters of Tennessee had picked Bush for president. They decided against Gore thinking that since the people who knew Gore best had rejected him it would be foolish anoint him into the presidency.

      • Jorg Aadahl 6:45 am on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Republican “democracy” and logic at its best!

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:24 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Republicans disqualifying each other! 

    Like many others, I have followed the Republican debates with keen interest. Assuming that these candidates for the US Presidency are the best and the brightest Republicans can find, what they say must be taken seriously, – including everything they say about each other.
    Therefore, the obvious conclusion must be that they are all unqualified, – something already claimed by the Democrats, and proven by fairly recent history.

    On that background, it must be equally obvious that the only thing that can bring any one of them to the White House, – is money. Lots of money, – from someone who doesn’t care much about presidential qualifications, democratic values, or what’s in the best interest of the country.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:15 am on February 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump faking faith? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump’s sudden religious birth announcement has raised questions from many who are serious about stuff like that. Even The Pope popped some doubt about Trump’s Christianity, as did his competition, – the latter for rather obvious reasons.
    Who knows, Trump may not be more deeply religious than any other trotting around with an imaginary halo over the head. Despite the wording “no religious test” in the US Constitution Article VI, the candidates seem to out-pray and out-God each other when it comes to claims of religiosity, especially the Republican aspirants. And, it works! There are enough voters who look more for signs of pious religiosity than skills, experience and honesty, which means that we don’t necessarily elect those who would do the best job for the country. And if you admit to being an Atheist, – forget about being elected to anything much higher than dog catcher, – regardless of your qualifications.
    Thus, we forgo the best and the brightest, and end up with the less qualified who may have to lie about their religion or lack thereof in order to even be considered. Or worse, – those, like former President George W. Bush, who naively sought advice from a made-up father figure way up high. Didn’t we see the horrible results of that devotion?! This is clearly not in the best interest of the country, – something the Founding Fathers understood too well. So, why have we slipped backwards, while becoming the laughing stock among the more progressive, secular countries in the modern world?

    A bit puzzling, though, that Trump didn’t discover sooner the power of alleged religiosity when trying to fool the less educated and intellectually challenged. However, praising the Bible as even a better and more important book than his own ego scripture, has to be the epitome of modesty from a premier narcissist like Trumpy!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:05 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    HAVE REPUBLICANS LOST THEIR FAITH? 

    As absorbed as Republicans are with religion, and with their professed conviction that an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God is in control of everything and responsible for all that happens, isn’t it somewhat puzzling that they don’t see Justice Antonin Scalia’s death as God’s will?
    Who knows, perhaps it was God’s will to turn the Supreme Court away from its conservative course and back to serving people and the nation as a whole? Perhaps even He has had enough of the court playing favorites for those already well off, letting the wealthy buy politicians and swing elections their selfish way? Maybe even God has become concerned about the future of Mother Earth, without better birth control and more effective climate control? Or, could it simply be that He was afraid that a too conservative Supreme Court once again might sneak another unelected war monger into the White House, from where new wars might be launched, putting all mankind in jeopardy?
    Or, will Republicans go all the way and lose both faith and face?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:15 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    HONORING JUSTICE SCALIA? 

    What better way to honor a strict constitutionalist like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, than sticking to the US Constitution, Article II, Section 2, and letting the sitting President do his job and appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court.
    That part of the Constitution ought to be something that the Republican Congress could support.

    Or, is it more important for Congressional Republicans to block President Obama from doing his job, than honoring Justice Scalia, – a Supreme Justice who has done so much to help Republicans in their ongoing effort to destroy Obama’s presidency and hold back the country? Will they forget that Scalia was instrumental in getting George W. Bush into the White House? Wouldn’t they remember who made it harder for non-Republicans to vote, and thus easier for the Republicans to hang on to their jobs?
    Would they even forget who helped ram through Citizens United, – which has protected so many Republicans against the general will of the people?
    Time will show whether it is more important to take down Obama, than to honor one of their own, one who has been so helpful preventing the progress Republicans don’t want. Especially not under a president like Obama!

     
    • Al Ward 10:41 am on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm? Justice Scalia, one of the most prominent and influential conservatives in the structure of the U.S. Govt dies unexpectedly while he is a guest of a prominent donor to the Democrat Party. No autopsy to investigate possible foul play. Hmm?

      • Jorg Aadahl 11:10 am on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        So, why wasn’t an autopsy ordered? Perhaps because one might have shown no foul play, while no autopsy might keep a conspiracy theory alive? If there had been the slightest suspicion of an unnatural cause, I’m quite sure an autopsy would have been performed. And why not?

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:44 pm on February 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Super bowl let-down! 

    Like so many last Sunday, I enjoyed watching the football game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, thinking all along that a fair, sporty game was being played in front of so many, having paid so much, to watch in natura.
    But, what a letdown to hear Payton Manning at the end admitting that the game was rigged! He pointed upwards and thanked “the man up high” for the victory! At least he was honest enough to thank the one he credited with arranging the win!
    Which raises the question: how incredibly dumb do you have to be to believe that there is a “god” somewhere who gives a shit about a lousy football game, – and so unsportsmanlike that he (or she?) rigs games to prevent the best side from winning? And why on flat Earth would this “god” make his team win? Because they prayed harder, or what? And, how would a “god” go about doing that? Holding back the other team, making them fall all over each other, or dropping the ball?
    I think the obviously intellectually challenged Payton Manning should be happy that his “god” is nothing but a fantasy figure, just as made-up as any one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of “gods” cooked up by mankind through the ages. If “God” were real, he (or she?) would be raving mad for being accused of rigging football games, – as if there weren’t enough other more important things in the world deserving divine intervention!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:05 pm on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Governmental intervention 

    All the usual right-wing web sites are now out with a “Light out” warning about the devastating effect of an attack on our power grid,
    whether by ISIS or other insane groups, claiming that Government has been totally inadequate preparing for such attacks, and is now woefully unprepared.
    Right they are, the consequences would be immeasurable and potentially very destructive.
    However, from extreme views on government having no business meddling in anything, – all of a sudden they now cry out for more intervention?
    What would be the next? Asking for Government to prevent Democrats from taking over for a Republican party declining in popularity?

     
    • Al Ward 4:15 pm on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg,
      I pay little or no attention to right or left wing websites, but it is clear that a successful attack on the power grid would have grim consequences possibly including a serious threat to national security. What higher duty does the national government have than protecting national security? Please identify some right wing web sites that do not support the duty of the government to protect national security.

      • Jorg Aadahl 5:58 pm on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You bring up a very good point, and I have to agree with you! Yet, this support for governmental intervention is in such sharp contrast to other areas where government has to be involved in order to support, protect or help those who need it the most, or to keep the society functioning as a society for all, not only the most advantaged.

  • Jorg Aadahl 3:59 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumping voter turn-out! 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump now brags that his nomination will increase voter turnout.
    Of course, – that’s a no-brainer! No one with any interest in the future of this country and the welfare of all, would dare sitting home on election day, leaving the slightest possibility that Trump would be elected because only low info, intellectually challenged voters bothered to show up to vote!

     
    • Al Ward 5:04 pm on February 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      They say that the turn out for the Iowa Caucus set a record, so you called it right Jorg.
      On a related note, wasn’t it hilarious to see Hillary crowing about her Iowa victory. A victory that was achieved by a coin toss. What a pathetic way to choose a Presidential nominee!

  • Jorg Aadahl 8:56 am on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    “Sarah, – you’re FIRED!” 

    Sarah Palin was both literally and visibly all fired up when she endorsed Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump the other day.
    After that performance, we can sit back and wait for Trump’s favorite statement: “You’re fired”!

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  • Jorg Aadahl 1:21 pm on January 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump doomed? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump seems to be able to shrug off and survive anything he says, regardless who he may offend.
    He ridiculed John McCain for having been a long-time prisoner of war, he antagonized women, criminalized immigrants, and pee’d off GOP leadership, – only to see his poll numbers go up.
    Even kissing up to Vladimir Putin helped him excite more followers.
    Now he is faced with the ultimate test, – how to survive endorsement by his new cheer leader turned ring master, – Sarah Palin!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:05 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Dangerous GOP rhetoric 

    It’s disturbing to see how the right-wing media, as well as low-information, intellectually challenged individuals, paint a frightening picture of our duly elected President Barack Obama. There is no end to the name calling, the lies, the innuendos, the made-up horror stories and the claims that he is everything from Hitler, Satan, Communist, and to thief and even “Antichrist” — whatever that means. He is being accused of destroying jobs, the economy, the country, killing Grandma and being a Muslim with a secret plan to turn the world over to Sharia law.
    Never mind that President Obama was elected fair and square, with a comfortable margin, twice — despite the election roadblocks and Republican efforts to deny people their constitutional right to vote. Never mind what Obama has been able to accomplish despite compact opposition from an unpatriotic and insanely short-sighted Republican opposition. Never mind that he has been able to repair much of the damage done by his unqualified predecessor, including restoring some of our reputation with the rest of the world.
    And disregarding the grotesque disrespect for the office of the U.S. presidency, don’t these Obama haters realize that there are plenty of lunatics out there, with legally as well as illegally obtained firearms, ready to take a shot at the president, if given a chance, to get rid of what they have been fooled to believe is our “enemy No. 1?”
    Or perhaps they do?

    Also, check out the latest entry under ARTICLE-links: Republicanism vs. Common sense – Giving Obama his due.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:25 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A wasted opportunity 

    Naturally, Republicans anticipated and were looking forward to an extended imprisonment for the ten American sailors caught and held by Iran after they somehow drifted into Iranian waters.
    No wonder they became upset when the sailors were all released early the next day, unharmed and well fed, – possibly as a result of the recent negotiations and a more civilized relationship worked out between our two nations.
    What a shame to having wasted such a splendid opportunity to stir up things over there and secure a more serious Mid-East unrest!
    Of course, the Republicans are upset, – and not only because the outcome was just as President Obama predicted, and so wisely avoided mentioning in his State of the Union address. This could mean a slippery slope again. Who knows what comes next, – cooperation towards more lasting peace, working together to combat climate change, heaven forbid, – or worse?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:53 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans – commentary # 3 

    For the full text, please refer to ARTICLE-LINKs – Common sense vs. Republicans
    AnneLiese Busch Florida
    I used to identify as a Republican. I used to try and overlook all of the nonsense spewed by Republicans, and allow the less crazy viewpoints to overrule what I knew to be blatantly wrong, and oftentimes ridiculous. I think the turning point for me, like many, was Sandy Hook. I was living in Peru at the time, and remember thinking, “this has got to be it, surely we’ve had enough, this is the turning point, surely new gun control measures will be passed.” And nothing happened, not one thing changed. And I watched in horror as those in my own perceived party, the Republicans, asserted that clearly the problem was that not enough people were armed, that had the teachers been armed, they could have saved lives. That’s when I knew I was not a Republican. From that day forward, I felt more and more drawn to Obama, a man who spoke with patience and dignity over the chorus of idiots who comprise the congress, and the Republican Party. Statistics, facts, and reality don’t seem to matter to many Republicans, and I can’t think of anything more dangerous. So thank you President Obama, thank you for taking a stand, and thank you for allowing me to open my eyes to the reality of the party I once thought represented me.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:14 pm on January 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans – commentary 

    Please refer to the article “Guns, Tears and Republicans” under ARTICLE-LINKS – Common sense vs. Republicans. Here is another commentary, this one by Socrates, a trusted commenter from Downtown Verona:
    Reason, evidence and logic has never been the strong suit of a large swath of the American public.
    Religion holds large sway in this country, unlike all other rich countries, which helps explain how other countries reached the very logical conclusion along time ago that guns kill people while many Americans still think that’s simply not true.

    Guns in fact are a type of religion in America with tens of millions blindly worshipping the medieval-like 1791 wording of the 2nd Amendment exactly the same way fundamentalist Christians worship the Bible’s words, fundamentalist Muslims chant Koranic verses and Hasidic Jews recite and sing their favorite passages from the Torah.

    America’s gun religion – like any medieval religion – is predicated on fear of death, paranoia, live-saving delusions, fantasy scenarios, end-time scenarios, groupthink and a blind, unshakable faith in the God of Guns who will always solve every problem.

    Never mind the dead children, slaughtered innocents and preventable deaths by adopting basic gun safety measures; the God of Guns is pure and he works in beautiful, mysterious ways.

    The God of Guns is great !

    Welcome to America’s gun jihadists, coming to a theater near you…to kill more Americans thanks to the freedom of gun religion.

    Let us pray to our guns.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:11 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans 

    Under ARTICLE-LINKS you will find a very readable, enlightening and timely article “Guns, Tears and Republicans” from NY Times.
    Here is just one of hundreds of reader comments, referring to President Obama’s emotional talk on the need for improved gun control on January 5, 2016:

    Pat New York City
    To me, the telling line from President Obama was that every time he thinks about the Newtown kids, “it gets [him] mad.” Indeed, this was when his tears fell in earnest. Mad. Mad? Publicly acknowledging that anger, showing emotion, nearly breaking down? This from a man who, as one of the best public speaking politicians in recent memory, is not a fire-brand, not overly impassioned, and actually quite reserved. From a man who has endured, at minimum, 7 years of hateful, racist, xenophobic insults from unbalanced news channels and ignorant Americans alike, who has certifiably received more death threats than any President in history, who expresses his frustration with a Congress more focused on repealing legislation that actually helps millions of Americans (and which derisive moniker, “Obamacare”, he now accepts) than, say, ensuring our veterans are properly cared for, but who, in the face of such frustration, still “holds it together.” Amazing. Not calculated, not scripted, not “losing it.”

    So mad, so frustrated, so truly sorry that he could do nothing to protect those children in the face of nonsensical arguments that any limitations on gun purchases are complete abridgments of Second Amendment rights (what is a “well regulated militia” anyhow?) . . . that he cried. I have seen men moved to tears over far, far less.

    As he stated, if we can save a single additional massacre by even a modicum of restraint, it must be done.
    To fail do so should make us all cry.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:20 pm on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’n full of it? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald J. Trump made a big deal out of Hillary Clinton’s bath room trip, calling it disgusting.
    Does that imply why he is so full of it himself?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:20 pm on January 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    “Affluenza” epidemic? 

    Considering that the “Affluenza”-kid got away with multiple murders because he was too rich to understand what he had done, I wonder what super-rich, Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump could get away with?
    Killing GOP in cold blood?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:01 pm on December 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Walls of separation! 

    Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump seem to have found each other, expressing mutual admiration.
    Instead of a wall of separation, perhaps it is a dream of a wall that unites the two?
    Putin doesn’t seem to have gotten over the loss of the Wall between East and West, while Trump’n advocates a wall facing Mexico that no one can get over. The main difference is that the former was built to prevent people from leaving a stressful Sovjet Union, Trump’s dream wall seeks to keep people from getting in to a more attractive United States.
    I can’t wait to see a shirtless Trump riding a horse, – to further demonstrate his likeness to his idol, the Russian dictator. Or, on second thought …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:38 am on December 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Unfair to Hitler?! 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump has set himself up as a fascist, encouraging comparison with Adolph Hitler.

    I don’t think that comparison is totally fair. While Trump tries to stigmatize Muslims, Hitler was in bed with Islamists back then, having picked Jews as a convenient, common enemy. Besides, Hitler sported a far superior hairdo, not to mention a more commanding mustache!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:34 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Congressional climate 

    While President Obama attended the United Nations’ climate change conference in Paris, the Republican controlled Congress was busy passing legislation to demonstrate that there is no man-made climate change to be taken seriously.
    Which proves, there is no change to the climate in Congress, – a stable condition that is indeed man made.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:23 am on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Islam not hijacked! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce this latest, vicious wave of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.
    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.
    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:50 pm on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Ego-boosting body guards 

    No surprise that Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump asks for ego-boosting Secret Service protection while trumping around.
    But that equally hopeless Republican candidate Ben Carson does so, is rather surprising. Doesn’t a true believer like him trust God’s ability to protect his very own spokesman, or does he simply have doubts about God’s willingness, or even interest, in doing so?
    Or, heaven forbid, that his God talk is just old fashion election ploy?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:38 pm on October 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The 11 Benghazi comedy hours 

    The eleven hour long Benghazi review of old news Thursday, wasn’t very surprising at all.
    It was no surprise that the Republicans on the board would ask condescending and outrageous questions in a desperate attempt to wear Hillary Clinton down.
    It was also a given that frustrated third grade attorneys would use the opportunity and try to play powerful, rapid-questioning interrogators, partly to impress the folks back home, while sounding ridiculous to real-life lawyers.

    The only surprise was that it never occurred to them that such a silly show might strengthen Hillary as a presidential candidate!
    Or, perhaps they realized, deep down, that even they as hard-core Republicans would be better off with a Democratic administration?
    Who knows, – we shouldn’t completely underestimate them, – ultimately, selfishness resides deep down in most people, – especially Republicans.

     
    • Al Ward 11:55 am on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jorg,
      Congratulations on getting this blog item published as a letter to the editor in the Oct. 30 Daily News.
      I’d like to point out an oversight in your commentary.

      The Committee DID produce some NEW news in the form of three documents proving that Mrs. Clinton knew for a fact on the night of the attack in Benghazi that the attack was planned and executed by an Al Qaeda-like terrorist group.

      However, the election was less than two months away, and a terrorist attack did not fit President Obama’s trumped up wishful narrative that “the terrorists are on the run”.

      So Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama (who certainly knew the truth) conspired to lie, by blaming the attack on a non existent demonstration over a video. This lie was repeated by Mrs. Clinton to the families of the deceased victims of the attack, by Mr Obama to the nation, and by Susan Rice who was the (unwitting?) patsy sent out to announce it on all the Sunday news shows.

      Another thing I can point out about this atrociously glaring, profound and PROVEN lie is that it is a pretty well kept secret thanks to the cover up by the extremely left biased news organizations who comprise the majority of the media of this country. That alone is proof of the media bias that is leading our citizenry down the progressive’s garden path. God help our nation!

      I am disgusted by the press, by Hillary, and by the President and his administration.
      What a shame, and thank Heavens for Fox News!
      Al

    • Jorg Aadahl 1:59 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a rather inconsequential misrepresentation of a confusing situation in a difficult to control and assess foreign environment! Compare that with the very consequential lies on the part of the Bush administration that led us into a totally unnecessary, costly and devastating war with Iraq! That was a deliberate lie with dire consequences, while the Benghazi misrepresentation made no real difference, – except it gave the Republicans something to gripe about, – again and again. While it is questionable that the four Americans killed in Benghazi could have been saved, the thousands killed or maimed in Iraq could easily have been saved under a more responsible and honest administration than the war-hungry Bush-Cheney gang.

    • Al Ward 5:40 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hm? Inconsequential??
      The premise of your Oct 27 blog is that the committee hearing had nothing to do with truth seeking and was just an unsuccessful attempt to discredit Hillary. An event that showed nothing new.

      The real truth is that a VERY inconvenient truth of Clinton/Obama lying was exposed by the committee, supported by documentary evidence of it. Not to mention State dept. ineptness.
      To say that there was no new news is just another lie being perpetrated by the liberal media (including your blog).

      When confronted with the documents proving her lie, her laughably weak rebuttal to the committee was, ” I did say it was an attack”.
      She stated it as if she was providing the committee with new knowledge.
      The impressive thing about her reply was that she delivered it with a straight face.
      What an actress!!

      Your pathetic Nov 3 response to my comments, attempt to paper over the disgusting “it was a video” story by pointing at the Iraq war is sad.
      I had hoped for better from you. You disappoint me by dragging out the discredited old chestnut, “Bush lied, people died”.

      It is well established that foreign governments and Democrats in the Senate (including Hillary) saw and believed and acted on the intelligence about WMDs that led to the war.
      It is regrettable that the war happened, but pinning it primarily on Bush/Cheney is progressive claptrap promoted so often by the lefty media that much of the gullible public has come to believe this propaganda.

      Regarding the effectiveness of the “video lie” influencing the elections:
      It is interesting that during the Imperial Obama’s reign he has helped elect more Republicans than anyone in history.
      900 state legislative seats
      12 governors
      69 house seats
      14 senate seats

      Al, your independently thinking, Republican registered friend.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:42 pm on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump envious of Obama 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump is livid because he hasn’t received the same Secret Service protection as Obama got when he was running as a presidential candidate and gathering huge crowds.
    Obviously, Trump has a lot to be envious about when compared to Obama,- his oratorical skills, his accomplishments, his popularity, – his coming up from modest background and making it into the highest office in the world.
    But jealous because his own privileged “white” life isn’t under similar constant threat as the life of a black presidential contender like Obama? Trump that!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:33 pm on October 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    McCarthy’s blunder! 

    The Republican congressional members are very forgiving of Speaker wannabe Kevin McCarthy, as they usually are with their fellow party faithful. They have never held his lack of political experience against him, nor has he been criticized for his promiscuous use of the English language and a grammar that would have flunked him out of at least the better American high schools. His lack of respect for science, his denial of climate change and compact opposition to Obamacare puts him squarely among the most respected, – among fellow Republicans.
    Not much here to make him stand out unfavorably among average GOP politicians, and when it comes to resisting anything President Obama has worked on to move the country forward, McCarthy has been among the best and the most unpatriotic.
    However, when he disclosed that the whole Benghazi investigation’s sole purpose was to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects, it wasn’t necessarily that he was dumb enough to disclose that well kept, obvious secret, but that he was honest enough to spill the embarrassing beans!
    How dumb do you really have to be to disclose a truth like that!?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:54 pm on September 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Scott Walker walking 

    Republican presidential hopeless, Gov. Scott Walker, has claimed that his relationship with God drives every major decision in his life, including running for president.
    Now that he has dropped out, some questions linger. First of all, why would an all-knowing God urge him to run, if he knew he would quit? Or, did Walker lose confidence in his heavenly support, – which God also would have known, of course?
    Or, perhaps the divine support was a product of his own wild imagination, – like him having presidential potential at all?
    Fooling yourself into exalted expectations, is one thing, but to trick so many into parting with their money, hard-earned or easily inherited, to support someone clearly unqualified? Sounds to me they were walked over.
    Perhaps the God-reference worked wonders, – again? In American politics, it is a factor to reckon with. Still.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:49 am on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Ridiculous lotto scam 

    Several of the more infamous right-wing Internet web sites have for some time been advertising a “system” that claims to increase the odds of winning lotteries, despite the fact that lotteries are random, and must be in order to be legal.
    There is nothing, no strategy, no system, no algorithm or praying for divine intervention that can change the probability of winning. For the California SuperLotto Plus, for example, with 5 picks of 47 numbers, and one Mega out of 27, the odds of hitting all 6 are 41,416,353 to one. Past number combinations have no bearing on future ones, and the probability that a winning number combination will be repeated in the next drawing, is exactly the same as any other of the 41 some million possible combinations,- next to nil.
    This crook with the “secret algorithm” even claims to be a mathematician, who has worked out a way to increase the odds in your favor by “analyzing” past winners. He even “predicts” that his “system” could bankrupt the entire lotto industry! Any mathematician would know that there is absolutely no way to change the odds, and past winners have no impact on future number combinations. Each combination has exactly the same probability of showing up through the ball machine that spits out the winning balls. Those balls have no memory of past winning combinations, nor can they be influenced by higher powers. So, if this crook really is a mathematician, which I doubt, then he is worse than a crook and should be charged with numerical malpractice. At any rate, he should be forced to return the couple of hundred dollars he is charging, – if indeed anyone has been dumb enough to fall for such a scam.
    It is kind of funny that this scam seems to be promoted only through right-wing web sites. Does that mean that a scheme like this appeals to the same people who believe that they can increase their odds to become rich by voting Republican? And how has that worked out for them, – to paraphrase Dr. Phil?

    I thought that such an obvious scam would disappear by itself after a while as soon as they ran out of gullible people. But not so, the same story keeps reappearing in several of the same sites, so it must be a lucrative business. Not that I in my wildest fantasy would think that anyone among my esteemed blog followers could possibly fall for anything like that, – but just in case: absolutely nothing to it!
    There is no connection between pre-selected numbers, and the numbered balls that fall out of the machine! None!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:59 am on September 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Iran deal 

    Republican foreign policy experts Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump
    have come out in force and in no uncertain terms denounced the multi-national Iran nuclear deal.
    On top of that, Iraq attack architect Dick Cheney has publicly criticized the agreement, which he says will upset the good work the Bush administration did in the Middle-East.

    What better indirect support could President Obama ever hope for?

     
    • Al Ward 6:13 pm on September 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg, congratulations on getting this post published as a letter to the editor in Sept. 13 San Jose Mercury News.
      Coincidentally, on the facing page of that editorial section was Charles Krauthammers column addressing the same topic. That triggered the following thoughts.

      The icon of the 20th century for the consequences of action or lack thereof based on naive wishful thinking regarding one’s adversaries is Neville Chamberlain.

      It seems very likely that future historians will award that icon status for the 21st Century to our President, Barak Obama.

      By the way, I don’t recall, was Neville Chamberlain awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his accomplishment?

      • Jorg 12:52 pm on September 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        No, Chamberlain was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, although other mistakes have been made. The worst mistake I can recall at the moment, was to give it to Mother Teresa!
        On the other hand, I predicted publicly that Obama would be awarded the Peace Prize, about a year before it actually happened. I think history will show that this award was well deserved. We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we? Same for Al Gore, by the way.

    • Al Ward 5:01 pm on September 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well Jorg, apparently the recently retired Secretary of the Nobel committee, Geir Lundestad, might disagree with you regarding Mother Teresa as being the worst choice.
      His statement regretting having given the award to President Obama underscores the fundamental truth that liberal (progressive) decision making is based on wishful thinking.
      He told the AP that “the committee HOPED the award would strengthen Mr. Obama”.
      To your knowledge, has the Nobel committee regretted any other of its awards?

      As regards Al Gore, do you suppose he keeps his Nobel prize with him as he rides around in private jets or settles into his huge air conditioned Tennessee mansion?
      Isn’t it a fun fact that Al reaped a small fortune in “filthy Arab oil money” when he sold his failing progressive TV network to Al Jazeera? Perhaps the Nobel committee should create an Hypocrisy prize so that Al could be a double winner.

      By the way, a closely held secret is that the Supreme Court handed the Presidency to George Bush in 2000 simply because they were disgusted that Al Gore didn’t carry his home state of Tennessee. After all, if the voters who knew him best didn’t want him as president, why would the court wish him onto the whole country?

      • Jorg 8:30 am on September 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Mr. Lundestad did not speak for the Nobel Peace Prize committee members! He was a lonely voice, mainly to add some juice to his book, partly to criticize Thorbjørn Jagland, the committee chairman, for various personal reasons. Lundestad’s statement has been soundly criticized by the Committee, forcing him to take back some of the personal fire. That has not been disclosed in American press, but as you know, – I’m fluent in Norwegian and read the local papers daily.
        And as far as Al Gore, time will show how right he was, – while the vast majority of the world’s scientists already agree with him!

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:00 am on September 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sarah Palin, – the Trump Card! 

    Presidential hopeless Donald Trump wants Sarah Palin in his cabinet!
    Smart move to add some teeth, nice hair and linguistic finesse to his inner dream circle.
    He is so right that Ms. Palin is a generous person. She just keeps handing it out. To the Democrats.

     
    • Al Ward 4:57 pm on September 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Since the topic here seems to be about personalities, I’d like to comment on the apparent choices for the Democrat presidential nomination. Three old white people…how diverse! How well does this support the party’s historic pride in its diversity?

  • Jorg Aadahl 9:37 am on August 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Brainless? 

    I find it rather disturbing how the Republican presidential candidates de-emphasize education.
    It shouldn’t take a brain surgeon to understand that a well funded, public educational system, with emphasis on math, science, logic and thinking, and free from religious indoctrination, is important for the future of the country.
    Among the Republican hopeless, though, not even a brain surgeon seems to understand that.
    Or, is Dr. Ben Carson simply concerned about the future of GOP if people learn too much real stuff?
    One has to wonder …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:06 am on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The presidential R-bate 

    On background of the first Republican presidential debate, what the party seems to need the most is the hopeful contender Dr. Ben Carson, — a brain surgeon.
    And for some, even a heart surgeon may also be required.

     
    • Al Ward 4:15 pm on August 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding Republican Presidential Candidate brains and hearts:
      If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain.

      I like to attribute this quote to Winston Churchill, but the web site below indicates that wise men have been quoting this solid fact regarding human nature for centuries.

      http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/24/heart-head/

    • Jorg Aadahl 7:58 pm on August 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Whether or not he said it, or something to that effect, I think good old Winston would have been rather embarrassed by being associated with today’s American Republicanism! Quite a cry from British conservatism of Churchill’s day, – actually, a bloody scream apart, I’d say.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:12 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    New edition of “Dear Editor” released as e-book 

    This new edition has been updated with opinion letters on the latest in the political arena, both published and unpublished stuff, available for download through Smashwords:
    Dear Editor: A common man’s (not so common) opinion.
    Included are new letters in a number of chapters, all available for republishing “as is” or modified as you may deem worthy of your own signature. You will find new entries on Gun Control and lack thereof, Congressional stupidity of biblical proportion, Religious freedom, morality and Atheism, LGBT rights, Cuba and the slippery slope towards an enemy shortage, Republican bombing and bungling, a new Gallery of Repubs, More on Islam, Climate change and Ridiculous lottery scams promoted exclusively through right-wing web sites.
    Also included are reactions from readers, from the irate and irrational, to the inspired and insightful, – hopefully shining some light on the troubles we are dealing with in today’s social arena, – a far cry from what it could be. And should be.
    Perhaps something in this book would inspire you to make a contribution, either in conversation with friends and acquaintances, or by publishing your own letters. Remember, that touching a nerve in someone of opposite position, may be just as productive as inspiring further someone who already agrees with you. Just use the e-book to see the range of responses I have been blessed with, – and what you may enjoy or endure if you put your own opinion out there for all to peruse. You may be surprised and thrilled by the feedback, – or shocked by the raw nerves you may have touched. In either case, – power to you!
    Then again, – even for the most hard-core opponent of your opinion, – you may have planted a seed for some future growth into greater enlightenment. Be bold, express your opinion, – and sit back ready to enjoy the reaction!

    Or, perhaps gift the e-book to someone who needs a more progressive outlook on life, – and society?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:03 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    TRUMPING ALONG — 

    It should be beneath Donald Trump’s infamous dignity to compete with a clown gallery of incompetent Republican presidential hopeless.
    Why not shoot for something more in line with his own ego, something far bigger and more monumental, – yet subtle?
    With all the money he claims to have, he could easily buy Greece and build a huge wall around it to keep riff-raff out and money in, – whatever is left. He could then also claim ownership of the entire Greek alphabet, from alpha to omega, including pi and everything round that letter stands for. Thus, he wouldn’t have to endure the indignity of settling just for a piece of it, – he would own the whole pi!
    He would also be entitled to put his TRUMP sign on top of every Greek fraternity house in the nation, as a modest sign of his superior intellect and success. That ought to trump’m all!

     
    • Gretchen Michaels 7:33 am on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the funniest thing I’ve read this week about Trump! LOL. Love it. 🙂

    • Al Ward 9:48 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Gretchen. Your progressive drivel is usually just annoying but this one which got published in the July 24th Palo Alto Daily News is pretty funny. Al Ward

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    BOMBING AWAY! 

    Republican position before 2016:

    Afghanistan: We bombed!

    Iraq: We bombed!

    ISIS: We should have bombed!

    Syria: We should have bombed!

    Iran: Let us bomb!

    Republican position after 2016:

    We bombed — big time!

     
    • Al Ward 10:04 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Time will tell. In the event that Trump runs as a third party candidate we will probably have the coronation of Hillary whose main claim to fame is derived from having been married to a philanderer

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:40 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Pope’s Apology Tour 

    President Obama has been severely criticized for travelling around the world, kind of apologizing for his country not always having lived up to the exceptional image of ourselves we have come to adore.
    And now, lo and behold, Pope Francis is being criticized for travelling around the world apologizing for the evils committed by Catholics, in the name of God, from enslaving the Native Americans way back when, to making innocent little alter boys into sex slaves for the enjoyment of the clergy.

    Are we on a slippery apology slope here? Who knows, – the next thing might be the NRA apologizing for having worked so hard for the freedom for anyone to carry and shoot freely, or Congressional Republicans apologizing for having sabotaged the presidency of Obama, with immeasurable harm to the country, as well as the rest of the world.
    Or, perhaps the slope isn’t slippery enough. Not yet, – anyway.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:09 pm on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    IRAN DEAL A NO-BOEHNER! 

    Before even reading the documentation, Republican House speaker John Boehner has already found the Iran nuclear deal “unacceptable”.
    Someone must have told him that President Obama had something to do with it.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 6:44 pm on June 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    SCOTUS saves ACA 

    It is difficult to tell who may be most relieved by the Supreme Court decision to save the Affordable Care Act, those who would have been left hanging without insurance, or congressional Republicans who would have been left hanging without an alternative to the ACA.

     
    • Al Ward 6:09 pm on June 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg,
      The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.
      It is clear that the separation of powers that they devised with three separate branches of government was to protect the people from those in power.
      They understood that men in power can not be trusted.

      A purpose of the Supreme Court is to test the constitutionality of laws as written by the Congress.
      We now have the discouraging truth that the SCOTUS favors some laws over others and finds itself free to rewrite laws established by the Congress, or interpret them according to personal political leanings.

      About three years ago Chief Justice Roberts managed to twist the term “penalty” to mean “tax” in order to save the ACA. Brings to mind the question of what the definition of “is” is.

      Now Justice Roberts finds that “established by the State” does not mean what it says.
      He apparently thinks that he understands what the Congress intended better than what Jonathan Gruber wrote for the Congress to turn into law.
      Don’t you think the Founding Fathers would sleep better if laws were corrected by the lawmakers, rather then being modified or misinterpreted by the SCOTUS to suit a political agenda?

      Nancy Pelosi said the ACA with 1600 pages had to be passed in order to find out what was in it.
      Pass it, then read it.
      One of its clever arrangements was to postpone the implementation of the big hammer, the “Employer Mandate” until after the 2016 election.
      Hmm. Wonder why?

      Just sayin’.
      Al Ward

      • Jorg Aadahl 10:56 am on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Al, – I’m sure the Founding Fathers would have slept better if this obvious oversight in the ACA law had been corrected by Congress! No question about that, except that the Republican controlled House refused to do so, – in an all too obvious attempt at sabotaging President Obama’s health care law. They expected that the rather conservative SCOTUS would use this opportunity to kill Obama’s signature law. Instead, the Supreme court did their job, interpreting the intent of ACA, namely to improve health care in the US, not go against the law makers, like the three notorious Right-wingers on the court actually did, with Scalia in particular having a fit over the whole issue. No, this silly thing should never have gone to the Supreme Court, and never would have if Congress had done their job instead of yet another attempt at destroying Obama’s presidency. Instead, the events of last week will go down in history as President Obama’s legacy and elevate him to perhaps the most influential president in recent times, – in a positive sense, that is, – and not in a negative manner like George W. Bush managed to do. A good week for the US, and several good steps closer to catching up with the more progressive, enlightened countries.

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:38 am on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Confederate confusion 

    Taking down the Confederate flag after the South lost their Civil war, should be as much a no-brainer as taking down the Swastika after Nazi-Germany lost their evil war, – unless you have no brain, that is.
    Or, no heart.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:01 pm on June 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    E-book sale: “Dear Editor” discounted 

    For the remainder of June, the E-book “Dear Editor – A common man’s (not so common) opinion” has been discounted to $2.99.
    For downloading, go to:
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236040

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:37 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Rick Perry confused, – again! 

    Repeat Republican presidential hopeless Rick Perry keeps getting confused. Some may have believed he had reached his confusional peak when he couldn’t remember the name of all three governmental entities he wanted to get rid of if he, heaven forbid, should slip into the White House.
    After a recent flight, he complained that there are stricter ID requirements for boarding an airplane, than for voting. Not too surprising that the former Texas governor doesn’t seem to have grasped that important difference. A single person can take down a whole airplane, but a single voter can’t take down a whole party.
    Only someone like Rick Perry can do that.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:02 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Another Talking Bush 

    It was inevitable that sooner or later, someone outside Jeb Bush’ own faithful flock would read his 1995 book about shaming “irresponsible” unwed
    mothers, and instead hanging him out in shame.
    With all too typical Republican lack of compassion, quick on condemnation, and drunk on moral superiority, Republican presidential hopeless Jeb Bush apparently didn’t bother to wonder what may have made a mother “single”. Some are single because the father of their child was killed in one of the wars started by his brother or father, while others may be incarcerated, some due to Republican obsession with possession and other minor “moral” deviation.
    Some got pregnant due to rape, incest, or fooled by a religious charlatan, while some may have been forced or talked into cover up to protect some prominent politician or clergy. Some girls got pregnant due to lack of sex education and birth control, other Republican favorites. Some unfortunate, gullible girls or women fell for smooth-talking jerks who disappeared as soon as the pleasurable part was over.
    And, finally, some may even for various reasons choose to stay unwed, while a male partner is very much a part of the picture, although not per accepted conservative standards. Oh, almost forgot: immaculate conception, – another conservative favorite. Shame on that poor girl, too?
    No, the shame is rather on YOU, Jeb!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:04 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    LOTTO FRAUD REPUBLICAN STYLE 

    Several of the more infamous right-wing Internet web sites have recently launched an advertising campaign for a “system” claiming to increase the odds of winning lotteries, despite the fact that lotteries are random, and must be in order to be legal.
    There is nothing, no strategy, no system, no algorithm or praying for divine intervention that can change the probability of winning. For the California SuperLotto Plus, for example, with 5 picks of 47 numbers, and one Mega out of 27, the odds of hitting all 6 are 41,416,353 to one. Past number combinations have no bearing on future ones, and the probability that a winning number combination will be repeated in the next drawing, is exactly the same as any other of the 41 some million possible combinations, – next to nil.
    This crook with the “secret algorithm” even claims to be a mathematician employed by the University of Oklahoma, having worked out a
    way to increase the odds in your favor by “analyzing” past winners. He even “predicts” that his “system” could bankrupt the entire lotto industry”! Any mathematician would know that there is absolutely no way to change the odds, and past winners have no impact on future number combinations. Each combination has exactly the same probability of showing up through the ball machine that spits out the winning balls. Those balls have no memory of past winning combinations, nor can they be influenced by higher powers. So, if this crook really is a mathematician, which I doubt, then he is worse than a crook and should be charged with numeric malpractice! At any rate, he should be forced to return the couple of hundred dollars he is charging, – if indeed anyone has been dumb enough to fall for such a scam.

    It is kind of funny that this scam seems to be promoted only through right-wing web sites. Does that mean that a scheme like this appeals to the same people who believe that they can increase their odds to become rich by voting Republican? And how has that worked out for them, – to paraphrase Dr. Phil?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 5:54 am on April 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    RIGHT-WING SMEAR CAMPAIGN 

    Right-wing media keep stooping to new lows, often exposing their own lack of ethics in their zeal to show disrespect for President Obama. When they came out with toilet paper imprinted with the President’s smiling face, I thought they couldn’t stoop any lower.
    Lo and behold, now several conservative Internet media are announcing similar intimate tissue with Hillary Clinton’s smiling face, at $10.95 for two rolls. Nothing seems to be beneath their dignity, nothing too childish (sorry, kids!).
    It makes me wonder, though, what kind of gutter life takes delight in such sewer humor, although it explains a lot about the mentality of those famous for trashing anything Democratic and everything relating to human rights and equal opportunities.
    No doubt the Republicans have taken smear campaigns to a new, dirty low.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:48 pm on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    ENEMY SHORTAGE LURKING? 

    With President Obama on his peace making mission, patching things up even with Iran and Cuba, – we may run smack out of enemies before his term is up!
    But, nothing too permanent for a Republican coup in 2016 to undo.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:18 am on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Religious freedom Indiana style 

    Finally, the brave Governor Mike Pence (R) of the fine state of Indiana has tried to set things right by signing a “religious freedom” bill, a most necessary step to make it easier to discriminate against those who have the audacity to choose a different life style. Why shouldn’t the pious majority have a God-given right to keep deviants from choosing un-blessed life styles? It’s about time someone put things right. Let’s take a less controversial, yet equally annoying case of chosen life style, – leftiness! Enough of these leftist demands for equal rights for a chosen lifestyle from people claiming they were born that way. Left-handedness is a chosen lifestyle, so in our face!
    What a mess it’d be if leftists got their way. Driving on the left side would create chaos of biblical proportions, it’s like poking a left finger in God’s eye. That wouldn’t be right. Ever noticed all the road signs with the reminder “no left turn” or “right-of-way”? Who sits on the right side in Congress? Ha! How about shaking a leftie’s left hand? Confusion galore!
    Take books. They open on the right side, using your right hand, exactly as God intended when he created the Bible. It goes for coffee cups too. Why is the handle on the right side? Because that’s where it belongs (unless an uppity leftie turns the cup around). What a mess it would be at serious dinner tables if cups were turned every which way, depending upon the guest’s own chosen cup-o-tea? Ever wonder why the bride is always on the right side of the groom? What a disastrous marriage if she were put on the left, making fun of God-given traditions of one man and one woman on the right?
    Now the left-handed minority demand equal “rights,” of all things. Equal “lefts” is fine with me. Remember our God-selected president Bush and his slogan “no child left behind”? He never said “no child right behind.” That’s where Cheney belonged.
    We all write and read toward the right, not the opposite. It would be right up my alley if left-handedness was left behind — and rightfully so!
    Let us stamp it out, along with any other chosen life style different from ours! That’s our religious freedom at work!
    Go, Indiana! Right away!

     
    • Al Ward 9:05 pm on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently the right thing to do is to legally require the children of Nazi Holocaust survivors who own a Kosher deli to cater a gathering of skinhead hate Nazi meeting.

      • Jorg Aadahl 9:15 pm on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        That is a touchy one! I’m afraid they would have to, although that situation is more personal than discrimination based on religion.

    • Al Ward 9:58 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I went back and reread this missive. It is darn funny. It brings to mind my mother’s efforts to get our left-handed daughter to use her right hand instead

  • Jorg Aadahl 8:59 am on March 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The ‘Republicans’ ‘47%’ curse. 

    The now infamous ‘47%’, which Presidential hopeless Mitt Romney claimed didn’t pay taxes, sank him as a viable candidate, thank goodness.

    Now, 47 Republican senators, or 47% of the US Senate, have demonstrated that Obama-hate trumps patriotism, by sending a letter to Iran intended to torpedo the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations. For the sake of the country, and the world at large, we can only hope that the latest ‘47%’ will sink the Republican party, and not the ongoing talks with Iran.

    While Romney’s ‘47%’ was misleading, the Senate ’47’ thoroughly exposed the awful truth, that nothing is beneath them in their zeal to take down our duly elected President Obama. The question remains, though, – is it treason, blatant Republican-type stupidity, or both? Or, perhaps a fear that we may go without another war for a while. Yeah, that would be very un-Republican, catering to the Democratic agenda. Can’t risk that!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:20 pm on March 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    CAVE DWELLERS 

    Everyone who puts the country before bigotry, was happy to see that President Obama stood firm, forcing the Congressional Republicans to blink and cave on Homeland Security funding.
    A question remains, though: – did the Republicans emerge from their cave, or did they simply crawl back in again?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:29 pm on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Love & Hate Rudy Style 

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently unleashed on President Obama, claiming he doesn’t love America, and that he had the audacity to suggest that the country isn’t exceptional and near perfection.
    However, to be fair, – Mr. Giuliani is generous with praise where he feels credit is due, like the open admiration he has shown for Russian President and former KGB head, Vladimir Putin, whom he has characterized as a real leader, one who dares to make decisions, one who quickly executes, literally, without much hesitation.
    Yeah, – more like George W. Bush.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:04 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    DARWIN MAKES THE DAY! 

    S. RES. 66
    IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

    Mr. Blumenthal submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    RESOLUTION
    Expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2015, as “Darwin Day” and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.
    Whereas Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, which, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence Charles Darwin compiled to support the theory, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth;
    Whereas the validity of the theory of evolution by natural selection developed by Charles Darwin is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics;
    Whereas it has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Charles Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions;
    Whereas the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change;
    Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the education systems of the United States;
    Whereas Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all the people of the Earth; and
    Whereas February 12, 2015, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and would be an appropriate date to designate as “Darwin Day”: Now, therefore, be it

    That the Senate—
    (1)supports the designation of “Darwin Day”; and
    (2)recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:41 pm on February 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    INTERNET FREEDOM, – OR TAKE-OVER? 

    The right-wing media have now launched an all-out lie campaign opposing net neutrality, claiming to defend “Internet freedom”, with deceptive slogans like:
    “We must stand for liberty and preserve the Internet free of government interference.”

    What they refer to as “government interference”, is actually government protection against special interests and the opportunity for some large businesses to charge user fees.
    Internet was set up as a free and open service, to be used and enjoyed by everybody, without any business or special interest entity grabbing the net for their own profit or other purposes, at the expense of the rest of the users. That’s a net freedom that former VP Al Gore was instrumental in setting up, and which President Obama now defends, – against the Republican Congress!

    The cable lobbyists can see the writing on the wall, so they’re asking their friends in Congress to block any strong action on Net Neutrality by the FCC. When special interest groups using the right-wing media to advocate for no government “interference”, it has absolutely nothing to do with “liberty and freedom”, but the opposite, namely the opportunity to charge a fee for the use of faster lanes, while the still free part will be that much slower.
    When Republicans use the term “freedom”, it simply means freedom for special interests to charge and the freedom to discriminate. That’s directly in line with how they define “freedom ” in other areas, from “freedom” to deny health care, to “freedom” to buy elections for the benefits of the wealthiest among us.
    Their definition of “freedom” is pretty frivolous, – and deceptive. Nothing new there.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:45 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink  

    PAPAL VERDICT: CLIMATE CHANGE MAN-MADE! 

    Since Papal power used to be firmly planted on their side, Conservatives in the Growing Old Party are now understandably upset about the Pope’s recent statement that climate change is man-made!
    Who knows what he comes up with next. Perhaps he will state that water and air pollution, as well as soil contamination, may have something to do with industry’s lack of environmental responsibility and profits before people?
    Or, heaven forbid, that all babies are man-made and no one ever divinely conceived!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:08 pm on January 10, 2015 Permalink  

    George Zimmerman arrested, – again! 

    George Zimmerman, who provoked and eventually shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin, is at it again. This time he has been arrested for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon. Here’s from a blog post on ABC’s news site:
    LoveCoates •
    The dangerous violent t h u g Zimmerman can’t stay out of trouble. He was accused of molesting his cousin. He was fired from his job for aggressive behavior — body slamming a co-worker. His record includes charges for resisting arrest which his magistrate daddy got dropped. This was all before he profiled, stalked, then started a fight with an unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin, then murdered the kid when he started to lose the fight like the coward he is. Then he continues to get in trouble with the law — stopped for speeding, beating up his girlfriend, assaulting his ex-wife and her father while brandishing a weapon. And now this ticking time bomb — who should not be able to own a weapon — is under arrest for aggravated assault. Shocker.

    And yet right wing conservative Republicans still to this day insist the kid was the aggressor. Sure. Right.

    Here’s from one of my earlier blogs:
    What difference does it make who cried for help during the fight between George Zimmerman and his murder victim, Trayvon Martin? It could be either of the two, and unrelated to who initiated and was responsible for that fatal confrontation. There seems to be no doubt that Zimmerman left his car and kept following Trayvon, despite the 911 operator telling him not to. If Zimmerman pursued and tried to stop Trayvon, or challenged him in some way, the natural reaction for Trayvon would be to resist and defend himself, try to get away or hit back and take the aggressor down, in which case Zimmerman may have cried out. But if he were pinned down on his back, as he claims, how could he get his gun out from underneath both shirt and jacket, hidden inside his pants in the back and be able to shoot Trayvon in the heart? He probably already had his gun out, ready to shoot. In that case, Trayvon’s only chance was to try a knock-out, causing Zimmerman to fall and slightly scratch his head. Still, he was able to shoot and kill Trayvon, and later call it “God’s will.”
    If not for Zimmerman, Trayvon would have made it home with his iced tea and Skittles alive. While on the phone with a friend complaining about a scary guy he was trying to get away from, he wasn’t likely to follow him and pick a fight. That’s what Zimmerman did. He didn’t “fight for his life” — he took Trayvon Martin’s.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:14 pm on January 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    What Went Wrong??? 

    The stock market just made another all-time high.
    The economy is beginning to boom, with the last quarter the best in almost a decade.
    Gas prices are sharply down, and more jobs than in many years are created each month.
    The deficit has been cut, and jobless rate is lower than in many years.
    President Obama’s approval rating is ticking up again.

    Republican leadership is puzzled and wonders what went wrong?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:19 pm on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Befriending Cuba, – a slippery slope? 

    Predictably and understandably, Right Wing talking heads and super-patriotic Republicans are extremely upset about President Obama’s plan to open the doors to Cuba, citing inevitable loss of freedom, and kissing up to socialism.
    It was actually President Nixon who foolishly sent us on this slippery slope of picking away at our freedom by opening the doors to China. Then President Reagan couldn’t help himself, but worked with Soviet leaders to open those doors, further jeopardizing our freedom. And now President Obama, – shouldn’t he rather undo the damage done by his Republican predecessors, like he usually does? If he continues this trend, we’ll run smack out of closed doors, and before we know it, we may have befriended the whole world, – the ultimate end to our freedom, as our great nation has known it!
    Isn’t it about time we get our precious freedom back by closing more doors to foreign nations, rather than opening the few remaining? With greater freedom for the Cubans, there is less freedom left for us, in this zero-sum fight for a finite amount of freedom.
    Finally, imagine what it means for the future of the Republican party! After all, in order to survive, the Growing Old Party needs a steady supply of enemies, real and imaginary, foreign and domestic.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:12 pm on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A HORRIBLE MESSAGE! 

    The article “Circumcision benefits outweigh risks, CDC says” (SF Chronicle, 12/3/2014) sends out a very dangerous message that unprotected sex is safer for those who have been circumcised! My goodness, what an irresponsible message!
    First, the studies the CDC cites for its “prevention” conclusions were conducted among adult men in Africa where HIV rates are high. There is no evidence from the developed world that circumcision is associated in any way with reduced rates of HIV or other STIs.
    Furthermore, the CDC presents NO evidence for its claim that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks and harm—because THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE! Instead, every year baby boys die, are mutilated or infected by botched circumcisions. Maybe that’s why no medical organization in the world recommends circumcision. Maybe that’s why doctors and ethicists from Scandinavia and other European countries have attacked the “science” behind the promotion of circumcision and accused the American medical establishment of having a cultural bias against the intact penis.
    And, for the religiously inclined: Why not heed Jesus’ words when allegedly he answered his disciples, that if circumcision were good, boys would be born that way (The Gospel of Thomas, #53). Rather logical!
    A bit disturbing, though, since that saying chops the legs off the Abrahamic oath, the foundation for the three so-called great religions! Perhaps that’s the reason why the Gospel of Thomas wasn’t found suitable to be included in the Bible?

     
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  • Jorg Aadahl 11:18 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Premonition Republican style 

    The claim now is that Republican leadership knew what the newly elected President Obama was up to, and that’s why they already on day one conspired to obstruct everything he would ever set out to do.
    So, they must have known back then that he would create millions of jobs, cut the deficit, rescue the auto industry and the economy, get the stock market up to record highs and the jobless rate down more and faster than even Romney had “promised”, besides getting bin Laden and improving health care to cover millions more, – not to mention getting us out of, instead of into, wars.
    And, heaven forbid, – outlaw torture, a Republican favorite!

    Of course, that would be really embarrassing on background of George W. Bush’ eight years of tanking the economy, letting preventable 9/11 happen, starting a couple of unnecessary wars that we lost, losing millions of jobs and wasting the surplus left by President Clinton on tax cuts for the already rich.

    Such a glaring and historic contrast would indeed be very embarrassing for the Republicans, so it had to be prevented at all cost, regardless of the consequences. Quite logical, actually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:06 pm on November 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Environmental disaster 

    The United States and China — the world’s two largest economies — have struck a historic deal to fight climate change.
    That’s the kind of global leadership by President Obama we can all be proud of!
    But, what a sick joke to put a high profile climate change and science denier like Republican Senator James Inhofe from
    Oklahoma in charge of the relevant Committee for Environment and Public Works!
    That’s like putting a convicted criminal in charge of FBI, or a high school dropout in charge of the Education Department.
    Or, heaven forbid, Republicans in charge of Congress!

     
    • Al Ward 5:39 pm on November 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Or like putting Jonathan Gruber in charge of The Executive Branch Dept. of Candor and Transparency. Oh, I forgot, President Obama already did that.
      Those stupid voters that Gruber refers to include the few Democrat members of the congress who are not flaming progressives but who were bamboozled into voting for . But Democrats in congress are not all stupid, you’ll remember that a Senator from Nebraska and one from Louisiana had to be bribed to get them to vote for Obama Care. Bribed with taxpayer money of course (the press referred to the bribe deals as the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase.

      The wonderful and historic USA/China climate change agreement has all the substance of the fatuous campaign slogan “Hope and Change”. The Chinese will have to do something before they all strangle on their own smog, but giving credit for that to Obama, recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize is as silly as awarding him that prize was.

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:47 pm on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The statutes of the Nobel Peace Prize state that the prize is awarded to encourage peace movement and a world more receptive to the idea of more friendly solutions to world problems, acknowleging that no peace is necessarily secured forever. As a high profile spokesman for ending ongoing conflicts and negotiations and international cooperation to avoid future wars, President Obama fully deserved the honor and has lived up to his ideal.

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:48 pm on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    POST ELECTION THOUGHTS 

    THE PEOPLE SPAKE! REALLY?
    In the aftermath of this last mid-term election, much reference has been given to the “voice of the voters”. But did the voters really speak, when 2/3 didn’t vote, while the 1/3 that did were mostly older and more conservative people, a pattern in line with previous mid-terms?
    I’m not sure that the missing millions necessarily were sending a message. If any at all, it could be anything from for or against what President Obama has done, or not done, to disgust or approval of the Congressional Republicans’ conspiracy to obstruct from day 1.
    Perhaps even more important, how did money, voter suppression and religion affect the turnout, and the actual voting, – from the gubernatorial level to House representatives and Senators?
    Have money and the heavily funded smear campaigns taken over? Has it come to a point where more attention is being paid to what a candidate claims about the opposition, and less to what each candidate really stands for and have already done, including what is even realistically possible to get done?
    Promises are one thing, political reality something else.
    And why did the young and so many minorities stay away? Fed up with politics as usual, or discouraged
    by all the new ID requirements and even more limited access to places where they could vote?
    These are important questions and essential to address for the future of our country, – and the rest of the
    world for that matter. If we can’t fix these problems, we may end up with even worse cases than putting
    a climate change denier and science non-believer like Republican Jim Inhofe in charge of the Committee for Environment and Public Works.

    LACK OF TRUST?
    The claim has been made, that there has been a complete lack of trust between President Obama and Republican leaders. How can that be?
    Both in the House and Senate, Republican leaders have been true to their word from day 1, that they would obstruct everything and anything from Obama’s side. They stuck religiously, to their promise and didn’t even yield for any effort on Obama’s part to create more jobs, protect the environment, improve the economic conditions for middle class and the poor, or any other attempt at changing the conditions worked out by his predecessor, George W. Bush.
    So, while the Republicans have shown they could be trusted to stick faithfully to their guns (no pun intended), could the Republicans trust Obama? No, that’s a different story! Despite being awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, six years later there is still not ever-lasting peace in the world, – not to mention the persistent turmoil in the rest of the Universe. And, get this, despite the Obamacare he forced upon uninsured people, despite Republican opposition, Ebola is roaming around, – in Africa, of all places, identified as Obama’s birth place by usually wrong rigth-wingers.
    So, who is trustworthy, – or not?

    WASTE OF TIME?
    During this last election, it was revealed that President Obama had met with Senate
    minority leader Mitch McConnell at least once, perhaps as much as twice, during his
    presidency.
    Why, Mr. President?
    Why-oh-why would you waste SO much of your precious time on someone who on the
    day you were inaugurated, conspired with other Republican leaders to obstruct absolutely
    everything you ever tried to do as the newly elected president of the US?

    TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    Gas prices are down, unemployment is down, deficits are cut, stock market at record high, job growth consistent, economy improving, corporate profits at record highs, Ebola not spreading …
    Yeah, time to get rid of Obama!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:05 pm on October 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Those nasty LIBERALS! 

    Among all the various derogatory words Republicans use to characterize their opposition, “Liberal” seems to be the favorite cuss word, and if they really wish to stress their depth of disgust, caps are used for emphasis.
    So, I decided to look up the definition of “Liberal” and found this summary from several dictionaries:
    “Generous, open-minded, not prejudiced, strict or rigorous, tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others, for general broadening of the mind, favoring individual liberty and political and social reform, regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable and invalidated by modern thought or liable to change. Having, expressing or following social or political views or policies that favor non-revolutionary progress and reform, or policies that favor the freedom of individuals to act or express themselves in a manner of their own choosing”

    No wonder liberalism scares the nightlight out of the Grand Old Party!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:16 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Republican party cheats! 

    This is how the GOP thinks they’ll win the election: By suppressing the vote. It’s an utter OUTRAGE!! They’ve passed what the New York Times called the “nation’s most extensive effort at voter suppression” in North Carolina. They’re trying to keep tens of thousands of newly registered voters off the rolls in Georgia. They’ve cut off early voting in Ohio. The list goes on and on!
    And all for one purpose: To win the election. They don’t care about basic democratic fairness, or about the appalling legacy of voter suppression, or the US Constitution. It’s absolutely SHAMEFUL.
    According to the New York Times, Republicans “are sowing confusion and changing voting procedures… [in] states that could help determine control of the Senate.” For example, in Georgia, the Washington Post reports that “mass voter confusion looms as Election Day nears.” Tens of thousands of voters might arrive at the polls only to find that their registration forms were never processed! And those votes could make the difference in this election.
    Stuck in the past, and lacking any progressive ideas or policies that may bring the nation forward, are not acceptable excuses to justify their dishonesty, cheating and outright lies. The question remains, though: who votes for unpatriotic obstructionists like that? How low on info and intellectually challenged do you have to be to fall for the Republican rhetoric and empty promises? Didn’t George W. Bush do enough damage Republican style? Unfortunately, those who perished during the preventable terror attacks on 9/11, and those who were killed during the succeeding unnecessary wars, can no longer speak their mind, – or vote for better representation than GOP has to offer.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:10 pm on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Election integrity! 

    Besides informed voters, we cannot have a true democracy without election integrity. That means that every citizen over a certain age gets to vote, without any restrictions or obstructions, except for individuals that
    have lost the right to vote. Any effort to limit the right to vote through intimidation, unnecessary rules and requirements,or lack of accessibility, makes for less than honest elections, and less of a Democracy, which again is
    un-American and unpatriotic.

    With the threat of 3½ years in jail, $10,000 fine, and deportation for illegals, it is rather unlikely that anyone would try to vote without the right to do so, especially for an act with no direct personal benefit.
    So, what’s the “voter fraud” hysteria on the part of Republicans all about? It can be nothing but an effort to prevent eligible voters from exercising their constitutional right to do so, thus swinging the election in their favor, at the expense of election integrity. Such unpatriotic and unconstitutional acts are right up there with cheating in sports, but with more dire consequences.
    The electile dysfunction (mind the spelling!) in 2000 gave us an incompetent president, two unnecessary wars, a right-wing Supreme court, impaired international relations, joblessness and a wrecked economy, and
    war on science, education and women, just to name a few. Predictable as 9/11 was, it might very well have been prevented with a more capable administration in charge.

    Who wants to support a party that cheats? It happened both in 2000 and 2004, and we’ve seen what that led to! Dirty tricks, lies, distortions and misrepresentation seem to be the Republican game plan again, covered up with
    a shield of hypocritical religiosity. Unfortunately, that has been working too well for a party stuck in the past.
    Our only hope now is that enough voters wake up and vote in the best interest of the country. And themselves!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:36 pm on October 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Mitt lost, – again! 

    During the 2012 campaign, Republican presidential hopeless Mitt Romney promised that he would get the unemployment rate down to 6% in 4 years, by 2016, if he were elected, heaven forbid.
    Not only did the incumbent Obama beat Romney in the presidential race, but he got the unemployment rate down to 5.9% in less than 2 years, or half the time promised by Romney. While Romney promised, Obama delivered. Big difference!
    However, the caveat is that Republicans only give Republican presidents credit for declining unemployment figures, while they only hold Democratic presidents accountable if the rate goes up.
    That’s just the way it is, – in today’s less than honest political environment.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:34 am on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ebola confirmed, – not Surgeon General 

    It is both ironic and embarrassing that new Ebola cases are being confirmed, while a new US Surgeon General to head up Public Health Services has not been confirmed by Congress.
    Even more embarrassing that Congressional Republicans filibustering the SG confirmation, seem to be proud of their unpatriotic accomplishment, and not embarrassed.
    If that doesn’t confirm how misplaced and incompetent they are, I don’t know what would. Any voters out there embarrassed by their vote last time? Perhaps time to rethink your voting habits, and vote for someone who works for the common good, and not with the sole, sick purpose of taking down Obama, – our first duly elected President since 1996!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:46 am on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The secret behind Secret Service? 

    The recently disclosed slip-ups by the Secret Service remind me of this line from “Dallas 1963”: “The political extremism that was rampant during the Kennedy administration and leading up to the assassination of the president …”.
    Will we realize in time that the current hate environment against President Obama is just as dangerous, if not worse? He has received three times the threats of any US president.
    The all-out right-wing call to take him down at any cost has no doubt riled up lunatic, racist gun-slingers looking for the slightest slip-up by the presidential body guards, just a moment’s inattention, a detail overlooked, – or simply a Secret Service asleep on WH watch.
    Since Republican politicians have shown they are willing to go to any length and gladly tank the economy and lead the nation into recession, just to take down Obama, there are enough forces in powerful positions to arrange
    for an eager shooter to do the job no one dares to speak about, and then cover it up. It is a frightening prospect, and we would be fools to think it can’t happen. Again.
    Remember how easy it was to gun down Democratic presidential nominee Robert Kennedy in 1969?
    Will we ever know the truth behind the JFK assassination? Right now we need a thorough explanation of what happened the other day, – no matter how embarrassing it may be for those involved.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:03 pm on September 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Terrorists already among us! 

    Republican intellectual leaders Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin have been very outspoken lately, warning that terrorists are already among us, ready to do even more harm from inside the Homeland than ever before.

    It is obvious that the evil-doers they refer to, hate our concept of democracy, with equal rights for all, women’s standing and freedom of choice, health coverage for all, our educational system, voting rights, etc., not to mention freedom of and from religion.

    It is abundantly obvious that those two outstanding politicians are right. But all of a sudden such a devastatingly true exposé of their fellow Republicans, – was a totally unexpected sign of enlightenment!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:30 pm on September 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Hindsight, or foresight? 

    If only …
    President Obama hadn’t withdrawn from Iraq,
    George W. Bush hadn’t attacked Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place,
    George W. Bush hadn’t been re-elected in 2004,
    Supreme Court hadn’t selected George W. Bush in 2000,
    The Bush administration had been awake and prevented predictable 9/11,
    We hadn’t sided with Sadam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq conflict of the 80s,
    We hadn’t supported the Afghanistani Taliban against the Soviets during the ’79 conflict,
    If only McCain or Romney had been elected instead of Obama, – oh, my goodness, a
    thought too scary to contemplate …
    Oh, well…
    Perhaps we should think ahead more and consider the consequences, instead of looking back with regret!
    If only we could learn from history …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:22 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kerry gravely mistaken on Islam! 

    The day after the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) released a video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist ISIS has decapitated on video, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech stating that Islam is a “peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings,” and that ISIS is not “the real face of Islam.”

    What utter nonsense! What is “peaceful” about Islam? Has John Kerry never read the Koran? The actions he is referring to, along with numerous barbaric terror acts committed in the name of Islam, are directly in line with the word of the Koran and in the spirit of Islam! Not “radical” Islam! Islam itself IS radical!
    It is about time we get real and honest and call a spade a spade, or Islam the worst hoax perpetrated on the human race. The only “peace” that can be achieved in the spirit of Islam, is when all of us so-called “infidels” are wiped out. That includes not only Atheists, but everyone harboring a religion not accepted by the islamists. However, the remaining islamists will in all likelihood keep on slaughtering each other for the slightest, insignificant difference of opinion on the made-up origin of that religion.
    About time we distinguish between Islamists who follow the letter and spirit of The Koran, and everyday Muslims who live peaceful lives without a threat to others. They don’t follow The Koran any more than most Christians follow the Bible, fortunately. What all religions have in common, is that they are made up. The difference is that Christianity is ashamed of its bloody past, while Islam advocates an even bloodier future.

     
    • Al Ward 3:58 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As I listened to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning spout the Obama Administration’s glut of wishful thinking regarding the Middle East, I was reminded of this Sept 6 blog post, “Kerry Gravely Mistaken…”.
      What brought this post to mind was Kerry’s statement today that “ISIS is making a mockery of a peaceful religion”. That made me also recall the Hesitant President stating on Sept. 10 that “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents”.
      I must admit though, it was exciting to see our President pretend to show military resolve, stepping right up BEHIND the sweeping change of public sentiment regarding Middle East involvement by America.

      This whole stream of wishful thinking regarding a “coalition of the willing”, and the promise (either another Obama lie for political purpose, or a reflection that he doesn’t really care about military success) that there will be no American “boots on the ground” is obviously only a ploy trying to help Democrats in the Nov election.
      If there was REAL intent to contain OR degrade OR destroy (pick one) the enemy, the last thing a responsible Commander In Chief would do is announce what military force he is willing (or not) to use.

      Regarding the coalition of the willing: on or around Sept. 15 Prime Minister Cameron of Great Britain echoed Obama, announcing “These are not Muslims, they are Monsters”, but then he confirmed that Britain ( our only ally with significant military muscle) will not participate with airstrikes.

      So what is left to join Obama’s coalition? The Lilliputian military of the majority of nations who for decades have been defense freeloaders riding on the back of the US military and taxpayers ( Jordan, Albania, Bahrain, Greece, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Italy, etc., etc.).

      • Jorg Aadahl 3:08 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        US military help to Norway, – of all countries??? That defies all common sense and logic, not to mention facts. In Table 1299 – US Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country, Norway isn’t even listed, although countries receiving just a few millions, are. And why would Norway even need any foreign help, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a very healthy trade balance and balanced budget, contrary to the state of the US economy? The fact is, that Norway actually manufacturers a lot of weaponry and ammuninition for the US military, while US itself manufacturs a substantial amount of sophisticated weaponry on license owned by Norway or Norwegian companies. Norway is also a member of NATO and has been on the side of the US in the Mid-East conflicts, contributing both military expertice, special forces, and weaponry.

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:19 am on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A Republican idol 

    Not long ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin was hailed by Fox News pundits and several more or less prominent Republicans like former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, as a true leader, one who doesn’t hesitate, one who dares to make a decision and who executes without hesitation — in stark contrast to President Obama, who was criticized as someone who has to think about everything before he acts, weigh consequences, talk to others and evaluate options.
    Putin has now demonstrated that he is a leader of Republican ilk — more like George W. Bush.
    When pushed further to the right, it doesn’t take much for politics to complete the circle and meet Communism on the other side. The two have much in common, including fooling the masses to believe that it is all in their own best interest and that they all have an ownership stake, while only the top few really benefit, and usually at the expense of the lower echelons.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:33 pm on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE IN NOVEMBER! DEMOCRATIC! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:51 am on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Play or pray? 

    The unprecedented 7-1 in the World Cup soccer semi-finals suggests that while Brazil prayed to win, Germany played to win.
    I guess, – no divine intervention in that game, only “socialistic” team work towards a common goal.
    Did Republicans in Congress watch, and learn how a team works? Or, do they side with their spiritual leader Ann Coulter, who opined that soccer in general sends an unfortunate socialistic message, where the players conspire towards a common goal, instead of competing among themselves with the sole objective of personal victory, – the Republican ideal.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:15 am on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Rick Perry’s dysfunctional memory 

    During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Texas governor Rick Perry made a fool of himself by not remembering the name of one of the federal departments he intended to get rid of, – ironically enough, Department of Education.
    Since he is back again as a potential contender in 2016, he must also have forgotten how badly he fared the last time, – even in a crowd featuring intellectual lightweights like Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and other jokers.
    Or, does he trust that enough Republican voters have a bad memory, too?
    Actually, he may be right on that one, – for a change.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:31 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Punishment for sex! 

    OK, I get it, – the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby verdict! Sex without the sole purpose of procreation, and only within the confinement of holy matrimony, is such a horrible sin, that it must be punished with divine threat of being stuck with offspring! So say the 5 male Catholics on the court.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:04 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Religious freedom, – for whom? 

    After the US Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, House speaker John Boehner and his Republican congress have clearly revealed what they mean by religious freedom, – the freedom to control others, supported by imaginary divine justification.

     
    • Al Ward 2:59 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am an areligious person, puzzled by religious beliefs. However, many people that I know and respect harbor religious beliefs. It is very clear that much of the misery in the world is due to religious extremists. However constant snide remarks about all things religious strike me as the snarky bigotry of closed minds.

      • Jorg Aadahl 3:15 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        My comment was directed at House speaker Boehner’s reference to “religious freedom”. If kept personal, I have no trouble with religion. But when religion infests politics and enables politicians to fool gullible people, and to keep incompetent politicians in important positions, I have a serious problem. Without evangelical support, George W. Bush would never have made it into the White House, – even with Supreme support and intervention. Imagine how much better off we would have been with Al Gore as our president, – you know, the one who got the most votes? A more alert administration may even have been able to prevent 9/11, – with all the warning signs ignored by Bush and his gang of war mongers.

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:00 am on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    IMAGINE! 

    Despite compact opposition and extreme obstruction from Congressional Republicans, the Obama administration has been able to:
    Cut the deficit, reduce unemployment from 10% to 6.1%, save 1.5 million auto jobs, almost triple the stock market, and create over 200,000 private sector jobs for each of the last 5 months, 288,000 in June alone.

    Imagine what could have been done with just a little bit of support and cooperation, – for the good of the nation and in the spirit of patriotism!

     
    • Al Ward 12:58 pm on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      it takes no imagination to understand that much of this apparent prosperity is riding on the backs of America’s seniors. While the lying government declares that inflation is less than 2% (Ha), they are being robbed by government caused interest rates below 1/2% on their prudent Conservative investments.

      • Jorg Aadahl 1:15 pm on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        So, – that’s why Republican congress is sabotaging Obama’s presidency, – instead of doing the job they were elected to do? I fail to understand the logic, or the connection, but let the comment above stand as an example of the thinking so often experienced from the “other” side.

    • Al Ward 12:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My point has nothing to do with Republican cooperation or opposition ( although that of course is the point of having an opposition party).
      My point is that much of the accomplishment cited in the above article is wishful Progressive BALONEY.

      IMAGINE: How much imagination does it take to believe that the Dept. of Labor’s unemployment number of 6.1% has anything to do with the real rate of unemployment? The statistic disregards those who have given up looking for work. And thanks to gov’t policies, for an incredibly large number of people, those policies make living on the dole more attractive than working. Percentage of working age people who are not in the labor force is at a decades high high.
      A major contributing factor to this is gov’t policies ( eg Obamacare) that are contributing to a huge part of the jobs created being less than full time. Jobs held mostly by lower paid workers carrying a load of this IMAGINED prosperity on their backs, along with the conservatively investing seniors being fleeced.

    • Al Ward 4:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      A little more re Progressive BALONEY.
      Mark Twain said “Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure.”.
      Per numbers (figures) in today’s WSJ, here are the figures the Progressive liars are using to promote the great economic progress under Obama’s leadership.
      I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the figures, but the orders of magnitude regarding them are probably in the ballpark.
      In June 2014, 288,000 jobs added.
      The arithmetic is as follows:
      799,000 part time jobs added
      12,000 full time jobs added
      523,000 full time jobs lost
      Net gain 288,000
      Whoopee !! Progressive BALONEY triumphs.
      IMAGINE what the gullible voting public might think if they understood what is really happening.

      • Jorg Aadahl 10:33 am on July 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        OK, – so the employment figures and unemployment rates may not be as rosy as initially published.
        However, how sick and unpatriotic do Republicans have to be to cheer for slower economic improvement than necessary to get us out of the dump left by “their” Supreme Court selected man in the White House?
        Letting blind hatred for our duly elected President Obama trump the nation’s economic health exposes a mindset so un-American and destructive that it boggles my mind. Then again, that is directly in line with the consistent Republican efforts to prevent new jobs from being created, fighting even badly needed governmental projects, like improving the infra structure of bridges and roads.

        Indeed, let’s hope that “the gullible voting public” you refer to, will wake up to reality and understand that keeping Republican majority in Congress will only delay recovery and make things even worse. And another Republican president, heaven forbid, whether duly elected, selected by the courts, or lured into the WH through voter suppression and other trickery, would just push us further behind more progressive, enlightened nations, with both predictable and unforeseeable consequences.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:37 pm on July 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Soccer a religion? 

    It has been said, that for many nations outside the US, soccer is almost a religion.
    That may be so, but there are some subtle differences that set soccer apart from any religion!
    First of all, soccer is played per a common rule book, from which you aren’t allowed to deviate. The rules are not subject to your own interpretation, no matter how twisted, no matter how illogical your own opinion. You can’t even use the rule book to judge others or make the life of others miserable! If you do,you don’t play. And you cannot chastise, or kill, those who aren’t interested, or who simply lose interest, in your game!
    Even if you lose a game, you are not allowed to kill your prevailing opponents, or anyone threatening your hegemony, imagined or not. There is no higher power you can appeal to, the referee is it. Self-styled supremacy doesn’t count. Nor does it work, – only the actual game does.

    Then again, of course someone like Ann Coulter had to come out and declare soccer despicably socialistic!
    Why? Because the players work together as a team for a common goal! Yeah, go straight off the Right cliff, girl!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:08 am on July 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fighting terrorism 

    The first line of defense against airborne terrorists should be the visa process! If no visa, you won’t fly. And to get a visa, you have to prove that your background is clean, and that you have no adverse associations. You must account for what you intend to do here in the US and whom to visit, etc., especially for applicants from “trouble” nations. If it doesn’t check out, you won’t get a visa, and you won’t fly!
    If anything turns out fishy, the claimed contacts here in the US should be checked out. Thoroughly! Put the burden on the applicants to prove they are OK, and hold each country’s US Embassy responsible for verification and background checks before a visa is issued. Whatever time it takes, a month, 3 months, forever, – so be it.
    To visit the US is not a right for anyone, it is a privilege, and you have to prove you are a worthy visitor! The burden of proof should be on the would-be travelers, not on us!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:15 pm on July 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Careful what you ask for, GOP! 

    Since Republicans in Congress have a perfect record of rejecting absolutely everything President Obama suggests, and doing the exact opposite, it will be interesting to see how they handle his latest taunt, “So, sue me!”
    Didn’t see that one coming, did they? Ooops …
    Actually, – almost too funny!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:16 am on June 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Asocial gun culture 

    Get caught DUI, and you’re in deep trouble, with fine, temporary loss of driver’s license and increased insurance rate. Doesn’t matter if your driving was perfect, or even better than most totally sober drivers. Nor does it matter if your driving affected no one.

    Get caught with some dope, and you’re in deep trouble. You may be fined and incarcerated and marked for life. Doesn’t matter if you affected no one and your behavior was exemplary.

    Threaten mass murder, behave like a crazy gun slinger, amass an arsenal of assault weapons and ammunition enough to start your very own war, and everything is OK. After all, you haven’t killed anyone. Yet. Even if you do, like running out to provoke someone, then “stand your ground” on someone else’s turf, you can even kill and get away with murder, like in the Zimmerman/Trayvon case.

    I have trouble understanding why guns are OK, even in the hands of certified lunatics and self-declared would-be assassins, while some dope and an extra drink are no-nos, even for people who are no threat to anyone and who have done no damage. But threatening to kill someone with a gun, even threaten to take down government, – no problem, – until you follow through! Then you could get in trouble, – but not necessarily so!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:11 am on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Cheney wrong, – again! 

    Dick Cheney’s statement, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many”, has gone viral. By pinning it on President Obama, instead of George W. Bush, – good old slick Dick managed to be wrong on that one, too.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:29 pm on June 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Perry very dis-oriented 

    What could possibly be worse, and dumber, than Texas’ Republican Gov. Rick Perry, comparing homosexuality with alcoholism as a chosen “life style” that can be prayed away?
    How about voters so gullible that they keep voting for such totally unqualified politicians? Again and again …
    Yes, this is the same Republican hopeless presidential candidate Rick Perry who couldn’t even remember the name of the education department he wanted get rid of, if, heaven forbid, he should get elected. Fortunately, there weren’t enough Republican voters who reject education, – in favor of ancient, made-up scriptures.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:00 pm on June 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Obama did it again! 

    While Republican talking heads in and out of Congress have been busy undermining President Obama, lying about him, cutting him down and drowning him with trivia, he has apparently been working quietly in the background on more
    important matters. Like for the secret tracking down and disposing of Osama bin Laden, this Commander-in-Chief has now managed to capture the master mind behind the murderous Benghazi attack.

    Now, let’s see how long it will take Republican Sen. and presidential hopeless John McCain and his ilk to come out and complain about being kept in the dark on this covert operation.
    If they had been informed beforehand, at least someone in or out of Congress could have blabbered and spoiled the secret operation, and thus deprived Obama for yet another inconvenient victory.

     
    • Allan Ward 3:34 pm on June 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      To maintain the White House fiction that the war on terror has been won, they will try this guy as if he is nothing more than a common criminal. Oh! Excuse me. Nov 2014 is behind us. We don’t need to pretend any longer.

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:30 am on June 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Just a reminder: It was George W. Bush who declared “Mission accomplished”, – without even finding Osama bin Laden, his main excuse for the invasion of Afghanistan. When President Obama inherited the chaos Bush left, he has indeed made some substantial progress by taking out of business several terrorist leaders, including ObL. However, he has never declared the war on terrorism over, – that’s just another of the numerous right wing lies. about him. As long as Islam exists, we’ll have the threat of terror hanging over us, – unless they manage to slaughter each other.

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:30 am on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A Primary Fix? 

    Since Republican House majority leader Eric Cantor was booted out by an almost unknown Tea Party challenger Dave Brat, despite a pre-primary 62/28 poll in Cantors favor, one has to wonder if Republican voter suppression went a step too far this time, keeping even more moderate Republicans from voting.
    Then again, victorious Dave Brat’s own explanation is that “God did it”, – Halleluja!
    So, God is into fixing elections, too? That’s a step up from fixing football games! Why even play, – or vote, – since God will fix it anyway, the Republican way!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:40 am on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Right was wrong, – again! 

    It has long been fairly safe to assume that the opposite of what Republicans claim, is true. Now we have even more evidence!
    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates released on Friday, since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March 2010, the health care industry has gained 982,000 jobs, while right wing media and congressional Republicans have been claiming all along that Obamacare would be a sure job killer. Not much of a surprise that more people with health care coverage would need additional staffing, or what?

    Then again, – if Republicans really believed that ACA would kill jobs, why fight so hard to repeal it, instead of cheering on yet another program they thought would ultimately hurt President Obama? That would be more in line with their well known and persistent effort to prevent him from doing the job he was elected to do.
    They wouldn’t be lying, would they, – just trying to kill yet another Democratic success story, exposing their own lack of progressive ideas to shame?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:41 am on June 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Illegal use of “legal” weapons 

    The weapons used in the Santa Barbara massacre were legally purchased, we read (“Suspect in shooting rampage blamed aloof women”, SM Daily Journal, 5/26/2014).
    So what? Is that supposed to mitigate the insanity of the Santa Barbara rampage?
    If anything, it makes the tragedy worse! It is a false illusion that legally purchased murder weapons are OK. If they are used to harm anyone except in self defense, or used by someone other than the legal owner, it demonstrates that the sale of those weapons was a mistake. If a so-called legal owner misuses his weapons, it demonstrates that it was too easy for him or her to obtain a permit.
    If a legal owner cannot keep his weapons safe and out of the hands of others, the permit should be revoked and all weapons confiscated for life. No ifs or buts about it! The rights of people to live unharmed should trump the trumped up “rights” of gun owners, whose obsession with weapons at times borders on the absurd.
    Stopping the NRA-blessed gun insanity is long overdue. About time to take our lives back, before more are lost! Enough is enough!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:55 am on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Joe the Plumber at it again! 

    As if running around brainless wasn’t enough, now the infamous Joe the Plumber also shows he has no heart. In the aftermath of yet another gun tragedy, this time at UCSB, how insensitive and self-important do you have to be to claim “Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights”. My goodness!
    That’s the GOP darling who was so confused that he didn’t understand that your net taxable income had to exceed $250,000 before a higher tax rate came into effect, and then only for the part above that level. No wonder he became such a hit with Republicans, helping them spread nonsense among low-info voters.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:07 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fear beyond belief 

    A recent Pew Research Center poll claims that half of American voters are hesitant to support Atheists. Why on flat earth is that so?

    Despite our secular Constitution, and Article VI’s wording against religious tests for public office, our country remains stuck on old religious hang-ups, the only western nation lagging behind in that respect. The Western countries in Europe are pretty much post religion, having evolved beyond superstition and false ideals. While religiosity declines with higher and better education, atheism is on the rise, especially among the young and better educated.

    Why this irrational fear of atheism in the US and distrust of Atheists, who statistically are better educated than believers, and under-represented in crime statistics and among prison population?

    Atheists are honest about their position on religion! No believer would claim lack of faith and try to pass off as Atheist! But what about the other way around? With American voters so obsessed with religion, especially in the South and among Republicans, it is dangerous to go public as a non-believer, but very advantageous to claim religious affiliation, real or not. Has religion become a cover-up for incompetence? Because of religion,  people are elected to public office for the wrong reasons, and often despite lack of competence and understanding government’s role. Why extra points for claiming religiosity? Shouldn’t candidates be judged by capabilities, character, honesty and trustworthiness, not what they claim to believe?

    Religion has a very disturbing history and nothing to be proud of. Even in our modern, more enlightened world, faith continues to cause  problems, contaminate politics, retard science, and cheapen education. Without religion infested politics, someone like George W. Bush would not have made it to the White House, and the Supreme Court wouldn’t have been so dominated by Catholics, with their own personal agenda. Congressional science committees would be staffed with people understanding science, instead of revering religion. What purpose does religion have in politics, and what good does it do? If anything, it keeps the most qualified out, and others dishonest, while appealing to gullible voters. Does it do more damage than good, and at what cost?

    If religion has such positive impact on morality, as claimed, why then the wide spread pedophilia among Catholic priests? Why the notorious sexual abuse within the various religious fundamental sects? Why the endless atrocities committed in the name of religion?

    Just think about all the wars throughout history, and still today, being fought on religious belief. But, please, don’t counter with non-believing communist and other dictators who also start wars and all kinds of conflicts. Those are not fought in the name of atheism! Stalin was religiously trained and positioned himself  for all practical purposes as a monopolistic god, – in line with the First Commandment, where the Christian god demands monopoly for himself. Hitler was a devoted Catholic who persecuted Atheists and, according to his own “Mein Kampf”, did God’s work by exterminating Jews. Then we have Islam and that religion’s destructive message. While Christians by and large are somewhat embarrassed by their religion’s bloody history, hard-core Muslims advocate an even bloodier future.

    Why do they call Obama a “Muslim” and accuse him of not being “Christian” enough? What if he is an Atheist, but has to cover up because Americans aren’t yet ready for secular leaders? What difference does it make?

    We should get religion completely out of politics, out with prayers in Congress, out with swearing in on the Bible. If the Founding Fathers had wanted ours to be a Christian nation, and not a secular one, they would certainly have written that into the Constitution, – instead of the preamble “We the People …”. Even if they had based the nation on Christian or any other religious grounds, we could evolve beyond that on a background of more enlightened understanding.

    Don’t forget, that even the most faithful among us have rejected all the other gods as non-existent, hanging on to their very own, preferred deity. By rejecting all gods, Atheists are just a single god ahead of the believers! In reality, the difference is imaginary!

     
    • Chris Berel 8:15 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It would appear that American’s are not ready to put their trust in a person without religiously inspired morals. That humans fail to keep to those morals is the nature of the game. But why expect anything else but failure from one who has no inspired morals?

    • Jorg Aadahl 8:29 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It is a statistical fact that Atheists by and large have higher morals than religious people, or those who claim to be religious. It is also a fact that the more secular countries, for example the Scandinavian nations, have less crime, better behaved population, and greater equality than the more religiously oriented countries, like for example the US. Respect for nature is also more prominent among secular societies. With or without religion, bad people will do bad things, while good people will do good things. But for good people to do bad things, requires religion.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:29 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Deficit confusion 

    At times I wonder if some right-winged letter writers to local newspapers are completely blank when it comes to basic economic understanding, or if they deliberately confuse matters in order to score cheap points with the Obama-hating crowd, – a rather popular activity ever since Obama took office.
    Those writers keep on demonstrating that they don’t understand that “deficit” is a budget shortfall. If more is spent than what is coming in, then we have a deficit, which again adds to the national debt. Every year there is a deficit, the accumulated debt will increase by that amount. A budget surplus, like we had for April the last couple of years, will reduce the debt. Among those who have a basic understanding of these things, there is no argument about the fact that the deficit Obama inherited, has declined from $1.4 trillion in 2009 to $680 billion in 2013, which is more than a 50 percent reduction, or in simpler terms: cut in half.

    Those confused letter writers often claim that Obama has piled up nearly twice as much national debt as all of his predecessors combined in less than six years in office, wondering how that can be if deficits are being cut, as claimed by those who understand these things. Besides exposing their failure to understand basic budgetary terms, they are also on shaky ground when it comes to facts and basic math. The reality is that the national debt more than doubled under George W. Bush, from $5.8 trillion to $11.9 trillion, while it has gone up less than 50 percent under Obama so far, an increase partly as a result of unwise tax cuts, war spending, and a toilet-headed economy his predecessor stuck him with. It isn’t all that hard to comprehend, unless you are obsessed by finding things to pin on President Obama, imaginary or misunderstood. For many, that doesn’t matter. The only important thing is to take Obama down, – that was the Republican declared policy from day 1. Just think about it: the first duly elected president since Clinton, should be defeated and obstructed any which way possible, no matter the cost, no matter the consequencies for the nation, or the world, for that matter. The Republican leadership assumed that there would be enough voters so gullible and intellectually challenged that they would gobble it all up. Leaves me wondering what it takes to educate American voters on the wrong side of both history and the welfare of the nation.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:48 am on May 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Flat earth climate deniers 

    Senator Marco Rubio said in an interview that he didn’t believe scientists are right in stating that human activity is dramatically affecting climate change.
    He is not the only member of this new flat earth denial society; membership is prevalent among Republicans, – even among those misplaced on congressional science committees.
    Do these science challenged souls also deny math solutions to math problems they don’t understand? Did they object to the math teacher’s solutions in high school, – just because it was different from their own feeble attempt at working out a problem?
    Do they deny the existence of foreign languages, too, because they don’t understand any of them?
    Do they understand quantum physics? Probably not, just deny it all.
    Do they deny the proven existence of million-year old fossils, because they’d rather believe the creationism hoax?
    But impossible stories cooked up thousands of years ago? Not a doubt! Gobble it all up!

     
    • Per A. Haakstad 5:12 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Many tend to believe the same as their “reference group”, the environment where they grew up and know well (they think) and that they trust. In addition: the quality of US elementary schools and high school seems to vary a lot. Some children and youngsters were taught by ignorant (and underpaid) teachers, who are weak on science and strong on free imagination. I think it would be helpful to fund better schools and better teachers. Bright youngsters who are about to choose a career among the multitude of options today
      are not likely to prepare themselves for a teaching job (except perhaps women who have a rich husband who can provide for them).

      • Jorg Aadahl 7:34 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Per! A serious problem with the American educational system, is testing and exams with multiple choice. Students are given a set of optional answers from which to pick, instead of having to work out solutions from scratch, like in most European schools. Thus, they don’t really develop analytical ability and often only see solutions given by others, which tends to have an impact on life in general. Questions in general then boil down to “Which one do you prefer?”, instead of “What do you prefer?”

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:28 pm on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Infamous Monica 

    Monica Lewinsky has only herself to blame, – for her fame.
    She should have kept her mouth shut, – at least afterwards.

     
    • Al Ward 4:18 pm on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If Monica had kept her mouth shut, there would have been no stain on her blue dress. The POTUS letting his pecker do his thinking and thereby taking advantage of a star struck young woman is disgusting. Bill Clinton, poster boy for the mythical war on women.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:06 pm on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Keep on praying! 

    Despite a US Constitution that defines the nation as secular, the US Supreme Court has rejected the lower-court ban on prayers before government sanctioned meetings.
    Predominantly Christian prayers are offen offensive to people of other faiths, while non-believers find all praying both silly and out of place in public.
    However, with a conservative SCOTUS majority, the lower court ban hardly had a snowball’s chance in “you-know-where”, – or for that matter, – a prayer.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:38 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN NOVEMBER! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:18 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Koch tax attack 

    According to the NY Times editorial April 27, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state governments have found a new tax they can support: a tax on solar energy panels.

    The Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive. If that’s not the epitome of reckless selfishness, I don’t know what is. It is not enough for the Koch brothers to already be super-rich beyond anyone’s imagination. Not only do they want more, but at the expense of the rest of us, and to the detriment of the environment.

    The only ones worse would be politicians who let themselves be bought off to support such insane endeavors, – not to mention voters gullible enough to keep voting for such unpatriotic, despicable reps.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:34 am on April 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Cliven Bundy, – maker or taker? 

    I just wonder how Republican presidential hopeless Mitt Romney would classify Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, – as a “taker” of the feed he refuses to pay for, or as a maker of “you-know-what” from his herd of free-loading cows.
    Or, perhaps he falls into the category “No class”.
    Either way, Bundy made his right-wing supporters take a hike when he made them realize his take on race!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:30 am on April 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Bundy exposure 

    It is rather bizarre how right-wing pundits and talk-show hosts, as well as high-ranking Republican politicians, including presidential hopefuls, rushed to side with the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, despite being on the wrong side of the law and taking what isn’t his, thus gaining an unfair advantage over honest ranchers who pay for the feed they need.

    That even Republican congressmen can support someone who doesn’t recognize the US constitution and our federal government, and who refuses to pay for goods used, is very disturbing. Granted, we cannot assume that someone as dense as Bundy understands that at least national defense, money, and air travel regulation have to be controlled by federal government, but it should be a minimum requirement for even the least educated politicians to recognize the need for the overall government they are elected to honor.

    Then, once cowboy Cliven exposed himself as an all-out racist, the scramble was equally frantic to run away from him and disclaim any support whatsoever. What? They didn’t see that one coming? What a surprise that a right-wing, tax avoiding, anti-constitution, gun-slinging low-brow turned out to also be a racist!

    Not only did Cliven Bundy expose himself, – he also managed to hang out the anti-government side of certain Republican politicians. For that we should be grateful. Hopefully, enough voters have paid attention.

     

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:59 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Wrong-wing Obamascare 

    The Congressional Budget Office has just announced that ACA will result in lower premiums than previously projected, more people will be insured, and the savings will exceed estimates and amount to more than $100 billion over the next 10 years, with $5 billion saved this year alone.
     The infamous WND and every other one of the right-wing media on the Internet were quick to come out with their interpretation, – exactly the same language, type face, typos and all, with “BREAKING NEWS: Obamacare is about to collapse!”
    The text carries a desperate appeal to the brainless on the wrong side of history: “You understand the future success of our children and our country depend upon ObamaCare’s utter demise”, referring to a frivolous lawsuit filed. This is our last chance. Our children’s future is at stake. I need you to join my team today if we are going to break America free from Obamacare’s socialist shackles. There’s no time to lose.”  
    The Obamascared on the wrong side of history must be getting desperate. Will they ever realize that they lost the battle against Affordable Health Care for all? And will they ever admit the real reason for their blatant, un-American sabotage?
     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:08 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Linguistic supremacy 

    No surprise that the so-called “white supremacists” running around shouting “Heil Hitler”, are often the same derelicts who call President Obama “Hitler”, “Nazi” and “Fascist”, – whether or not they know how to spell, never mind understand the meaning of those big words.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:03 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    In support of art 

    In the aftermath of WWII, there has been speculation that history may have taken a different and far less destructive course if only Hitler had been a more successful artist, and someone kind enough to buy his paintings.

    Now, – if only George W. Bush had taken up painting earlier in life!
    With so many Republicans ready to buy anything the Bushes cooked up, – he might have made a killing in the art world instead …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:09 am on April 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Hard-earned money, – really? 

    Republicans keep referring to the “hard-earned” money of the rich.
    Really?
    It should not be so hard to realize that beyond a certain income level, it becomes
    progressively easier to make more, – whether your financial base was inherited or
    actually a result of your own labor, investment, or ingenuity. The incremental effort
    clearly diminishes with rising income level.
    Someone making a hundred million a year doesn’t work a hundred times harder
    than someone making a mere million, and the million-maker doesn’t work ten times
    harder than someone making a hundred grand. On the other hand, very low-income
    workers often work harder than those making a more comfortable living, and usually under
    far less pleasant conditions.
    Also, the more you have accumulated, the more likely it is that your money works for
    you, rather than sweating it yourself.
    Is enough ever enough for many of those making the most, – and who also often complain the most?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:55 am on April 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome back, Archie Bunker! 

    What Archie Bunker did for blind bigotry, Stephen Colbert is now expected to do for equally blind Republicanism.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:46 am on April 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The end of GOP? 

    I just wonder what would happen if more Republican voters were better informed and harder to fool, and all Democratic voters allowed to vote, – without restrictions imposed upon them?
    Happier days here again?

     
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  • Jorg Aadahl 7:09 am on April 6, 2014 Permalink  

    Supreme stimulation 

    The US Supreme Court’s latest removal of restrictions against unlimited political campaign contributions is likely to stimulate the too rich to part with more of their inherited or easily earned money, – with the expectation of selfish rewards, at the expense of others not able to pay for favors.

    However, that extra money goes into circulation to further stimulate the economy, which is a good thing, although hardly intended by the respective political bargain hunters.
    Now, if this Supreme action could just stimulate some brain activity and move voters out in force to kick out the politicians who have sold their own souls and the country at large out to the highest bidders.
    That would be a supreme stimulation!

     
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