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  • 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 Any constructive thinking or books except a few selected to solidify outdated, asocial views?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 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 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 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 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 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 10:34 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

     
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