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  • Jorg Aadahl 2:15 pm on November 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    More against Moore 

    You have to feel sorry for the teenage girls abused by “holier-than-thou” evangelist Roy Moore, having hidden those unspeakable atrocities for so long, with a slim chance of even being believed back then when it all happened. No doubt whatsoever that it all happened, – and probably far more.
    Even now, fellow evangelists are ganging up against the women, swearing Moore’s innocence, literally on a Bible. If those girls hadn’t run away, Moore would probably have done more, – no pun intended. These women should be praised, both for resisting him back then, and for having the courage to speak out now.
    There is no reason to believe that these women are lying, which raises a couple of embarrassing questions for Mr. Moore. He claims to believe in a god, so of course his God would know what he has done, – not once, but repeatedly. And now he is lying about it, claiming that the women are lying. Doesn’t that have something to do with the ninth of those commandments he illegally installed in stone in his former court house, before he was rightfully ousted?
    Or, is his religious front just a convenient cover-up, securing so many fellow evangelicals now streaming to this child molester’s defense?
    Moore’s testimony shifts as more women are coming forward with different stories. Now, at least he admits to having had some contact with underage girls, but only after asking for their mothers’ approval, – to take their young daughters out for ice cream or movies?!
    Whether praying with them, or preying upon them, his colleagues back then were aware of his pursuits and found it weird and unacceptable. So would be his role as a US senator!

     
  • 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 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 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 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 12:58 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 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 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 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 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 2:25 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 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 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 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.

     
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