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  • 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 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 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 1:05 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 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 10:16 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 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 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 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 10:16 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 7:06 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 7:09 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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