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Monday, October 09, 2017

HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!

Today is the day civilized folks celebrate the great Italian explorer who brought the One True Faith, the written word, and the wheel to the New World. He brought these great gifts to the descendants of Asiatic invaders who had barged into this empty, pristine land several thousand years earlier. (Look it up.)

If you heard differently, you were lied to.















TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle with... Anyone? Anyone at all?

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, IS THERE ANYBODY WITH SENSE LEFT?

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

And now, in order to give equal time to the totalitarian gun-grabbers and the hysterical ninnies...

OH MY GOD!

SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING NOW!

BAN GUNS!

BAN TALL THINGS!

BAN GATHERINGS OF THREE OR MORE PEOPLE!

BAN BAD PEOPLE!

SAVE US, O WISE AND POWERFUL LEVIATHAN!

SAVE US FROM THE OTHERS!

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

ATTENTION ALL HYTERICAL NINNIES. HERE ARE THE FACTS ABOUT GUNS IN AMERICA.

Of course, these facts are not for you gun-grabbing fascists. You know our guns are for shooting you when you come to take every last bit of our freedom.

From Washington's other other newspaper:

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise...


Leah Libresco is a statistician and former newswriter at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism site. She is the author of “Arriving at Amen.”

People who care enough to learn the truth about these things have been reading similar research since the 1980s. The bottom line is this: Guns are tools. Like hammers. An evil son of a bitch with a hammer can murder too. Let's concentrate on helping our neighbors refrain from becoming evil sons of bitches.

(All emphasis below is mine. - F.G.)


Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.


I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. Mass shootings were too rare in Australia for their absence after the buyback program to be clear evidence of progress. And in both Australia and Britain, the gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.


When I looked at the other oft-praised policies, I found out that no gun owner walks into the store to buy an “assault weapon.” It’s an invented classification that includes any semi-automatic that has two or more features, such as a bayonet mount, a rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, a folding stock or a pistol grip. But guns are modular, and any hobbyist can easily add these features at home, just as if they were snapping together Legos.

As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.


As my co-workers and I kept looking at the data, it seemed less and less clear that one broad gun-control restriction could make a big difference. Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them. I couldn't even answer my most desperate question: If I had a friend who had guns in his home and a history of suicide attempts, was there anything I could do that would help?


However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence. And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence. Far more people were killed in these ways than in mass-shooting incidents, but few of the popularly floated policies were tailored to serve them.


By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news.


Instead, I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.


Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts.

Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.


TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Stop whining about how the government isn't helping Puerto Rico! Write a fucking check!

Sorry, kiddies, but if you had been paying attention for the last 60-odd years, you would know the poor people of Puerto Rico have had way too much government. And yes, it is mostly our fault.

Be a real mensch. Don't eat out for a week and send the money to help the people of the Carribbean:

Give to Hurricane Relief | Catholic Relief Services


Or Here:

To make a donation to help families in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please give to our sister agency Catholic Charities USA.



From Pittsburgh's other newspaper:

The Pirates will deliver 460,000 pounds of hurricane-relief supplies to Puerto Rico ...


Before a game in late September, Joey Cora heard the Pirates owner wanted to see him. The third-base coach met with Bob Nutting the day Hurricane Maria slammed into Cora’s native Puerto Rico.

“What can we do to help?” Nutting asked.

Those conversations had already started. In the dugout during a game, Francisco Cervelli talked to interpreter Mike Gonzalez, another Puerto Rican, and Sean Rodriguez. “Originally it was between us, something small, something simple, just get it to one of the smaller cities that needs the most help,” Rodriguez said.


Cervelli upped the ante.

“I said, ‘Mike, why don’t we do something bigger?’ ” Cervelli said. “‘Why don’t we find a private jet and send some stuff there?’ ”

The thought processes collided when Cora spoke with Cervelli. He returned to Nutting with his answer: “Get a plane. We’ll fill it up. We’ll make it work.”

Now they need two planes.

Mr. Nutting is a horrible team owner and the Bucs will never really contend until well after he sells them...but this is a real nice thing he did.


On Thursday, the Pirates will fly to San Juan with 460,000 pounds of supplies and $225,000 to help the island, which dealt with flooding, massive power outages, loss of cell service and a humanitarian crisis after the Category 5 storm hit last month.

“There’s no why,” Cora said Wednesday morning at the PNC Park loading dock, standing in front of a U-shaped wall of materials that extended down the hallway as far as the Pirates’ clubhouse on the other side of the stadium. “You don’t need a why to do anything. All you have to do is do the right thing. It’s that simple.”

Nutting, Cora, Gonzalez, Cervelli, team president Frank Coonelly and Rodriguez will all travel to the territory. They will deliver supplies to Caguas, Cora’s hometown, and Cayey, where Gonzalez is from, during the next three days.

“In each city, each mayor in that city is going to meet us with a team of, their team of people, that is going to receive us, help us unload,” Gonzalez said. “If not enough people come — because of gas, it’s hard to drive over there — then we’ll take it from house to house, as much as we can.”

The Pirates sent a news release at 10:02 a.m. Sunday announcing the collection of goods Monday and Tuesday. Four days later they have nearly half a million pounds of water, generators, food, childcare items and pet food, including 395,0000 pounds from Pittsburgh-area residents who clogged North Shore traffic with goods in everything from U-Hauls to wagons.

“As we all try to comprehend what has gone on in Las Vegas over the last day, it shakes your faith in your fellow human beings,” Coonelly said in reference to Sunday’s mass shooting at a country music festival that killed 59 people. “What we saw here … reinforces, for me, that there is so much more goodness in this world than there is evil.”

Coonelly needed a caravan of trucks on both ends and an aircraft to make this happen. He called Patrick Fitzgerald, the senior vice president of integrated marketing and communications at FedEx, and Fitzgerald gave him the biggest plane available.

“FedEx Ground is proud to call Pittsburgh home, and this is why we are so proud,” Fitzgerald said.




For the trucks in Pittsburgh, Coonelly called Pitt Ohio Express president Chuck Hammel. “I’ve got your back, whatever you need,” Hammel told him. The Puerto Rican transportation stretched beyond Coonelly’s network, but Cora had a guy: Raul Rodriguez, the president of Los Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican winter league, who also has a trucking distribution company.

“He’s the one that is getting all the trucks, all the warehouses, getting everything straightened up so we can deliver,” Cora said.

They have a lot to deliver, thanks to those who donated. Rodriguez, Cervelli, Gonzalez and Pirates employees staffed the Mazeroski Way cul-de-sac Monday and Tuesday. General manager Neal Huntington helped, roll of packing tape in hand. At one point Pirates employees turned around to find Andrew McCutchen lugging dog food out of the back of a van. When it was time to celebrate, Cervelli cooked pizza in a portable oven.



“This year we played terrible, and people came just to see us, to donate something, to give us a hug,” Cervelli said. “This is the best city in the world, I’m telling you. In one day we called everyone and they showed up.”

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Jonah Goldberg gets it.

Politics is Power. Power is Evil. We must limit the power others have over us to the bare minimum. Slavery and death are our only alternatives.


Not even Trump can control the GOP base - LA Times


The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against “the establishment” we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn’t just a semantic point. The Constitution requires politicians to work through the system if they’re going to get anything done.

Look at all the senators who rode the tea party wave into power: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Pat Toomey, Mike Lee. To one extent or another, they are now swamp-things, not swamp-drainers.


For example, Rubio was hailed as “The First Senator from the Tea Party” by the New York Times. But once he became a senator he became … a senator. And there’s just something about being a senator that makes the lock-and-load crowd want to flip the safeties on their muskets.

Obviously, policy choices matter. Rubio embraced immigration reform and it killed him with the talk-radio crowd. But there’s a larger dynamic at work. Merely talking like a half-way responsible politician — “we don’t have the votes,” “we have to pay for it” — isn’t what the angriest populists want to hear.


MAGA populism is less of an agenda, and more of a mood.


Cruz’s case is also instructive. Over the last decade, no politician more deftly hitched his political wagon to populist passions. He wore the animosity of his colleagues, including the GOP leadership, like a badge of honor. He was the leader of the insurrectionists. He had only one problem: He talked like a creature of the establishment — largely because the Princeton and Harvard trained former Supreme Court clerk and career politician was one. He knew the lyrics to every populist fight song, but he couldn’t carry the tune.


Until recently there was an “outsider” glass ceiling. The most strident populists — Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann — could not get through the presidential primaries, because the math wasn’t on their side. At least half of the GOP doesn’t want fire-breathers, so the winning candidate had to get a large slice of the traditional Republican vote and combine it with other constituencies. That’s how Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, John McCain and Mitt Romney did it.


But Donald Trump not only jumped into the fray at the height of populist fervor, the field was also divided 17 ways. No one spoke less like a politician. No one who understood how governing works would have promised the things Trump promised — health coverage for all, for less money, eliminate the debt, bring all those jobs back, etc. — because they’d either know or care that such things are literally impossible.
(Emphasis mine. - F.G.)


President Trump has learned this simple fact the hard way. Yet for the first eight months of his presidency his core supporters have stuck with him. The establishment remains the villain and Trump the hero for his willingness to say or tweet things that make all the right people angry. For his most ardent supporters, the fault for his legislative failures lies entirely with the swamp, the establishment or the “Deep State.”

But Judge Roy Moore’s victory last week in a run-off against Alabama Sen. Luther Strange may signal that the base is not Trump’s army to command. Trump endorsed Strange and — contrary to the president’s tweets otherwise — that endorsement didn’t help at all. The most important factor was Moore’s demonization of the establishment, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The voters valued sticking their thumbs in the establishment’s eye more than giving Trump a win.


What’s both funny and sad is that there is remarkably little intellectual or ideological substance to the current populist fever. The “Make American Great Again” crowd’s initial preferred candidate was Rep. Mo Brooks — endorsed by radio hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and others. He got crushed. Meanwhile, Moore opposed Obamacare repeal and, until recently, couldn’t say what DACA was. In other words, MAGA populism is less of an agenda, and more of a mood.


A lot of people are simply mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore. Republican politicians can’t ignore the anger. Ideally they’d channel it toward productive ends, as they did in the past. But further stoking the anger for political gain is not just ill-advised, it’s pointless, because eventually politicians have to govern.


TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

With friends like Tim Murphy, babies don't need enemies.

Everybody's a sinner, Timmy, but a lying, cheating, hypocrite? That's a job for a politician. Get right with God and your wife while you can you fool.



From TribLive.com:

Scandal-plagued Congressman Tim Murphy won't seek another term ...


U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday that he will not seek a ninth term in Washington as a marital scandal envelops him, including allegations that the married, pro-life Republican asked his mistress to get an abortion.


“After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term,” Murphy, 65, of Upper St. Clair, said in a statement.

“I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting working families in Southwestern Pennsylvania,” Murphy added.

Murphy said in the brief statement that he planned to take personal time in the coming weeks “to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing.”

Murphy admitted last month to having an extramarital affair with a friend. The affair became an issue in the ongoing divorce case of Murphy's mistress, Shannon Edwards, 33, and Jesse Sally, 36, both of Pittsburgh.

In a court order last month, Murphy was directed to produce a record of communications he shared with Edwards, including emails and text messages. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that text messages showed Murphy asked Edwards to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant; she turned out not to be. Murphy also claimed that he never personally wrote the anti-abortion messages he delivered at annual March for Life rallies in Washington. Rather, he said staffers did and he “winced” upon reading them.

“We're discouraged and shocked. We expected better of him,” said Mary Lou Gartner, secretary of LifePAC, a political action committee in Southwestern Pennsylvania that endorses candidates with pro-life voting records and beliefs.

Gartner said LifePAC endorsed Murphy in the past, and the congressman has had a “100 percent pro-life voting record” during his time in Washington. 

Murphy voted Tuesday for a House bill that he cosponsored to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“I always considered him to be honorable,” Gartner said. “If the comments he made are true, it discredits him.” 

Murphy is such an entrenched incumbent in his heavily Republican congressional district that Democrats didn't even mount a campaign against him in the past two elections. None of his six contested races was close — he won by 16 percentage points in the narrowest victory. 

His district includes parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Greene counties.

“Something like this is a political earthquake,” Democratic strategist Mike Mikus, who lives in Murphy's district, said of the scandal. 

“Voters tend to forgive politicians for certain indiscretions, but the biggest issue here is the hypocrisy on the abortion issue,” Mikus said. “He's always worked hard, had a voting record that reflected his district in some ways and was one of those elected officials who seemed to be everywhere. All of that is broken now.” 

The divorce case involving Murphy continued Wednesday in Allegheny County Court.

Sally's attorney, Dorothy Wolbert, said the congressman still had not appeared for a deposition despite repeated attempts to schedule one. He was supposed to have been deposed by Sept. 29. 

Edwards' attorney, Timothy Gricks, said he is appealing parts of the case to a higher court, saying Murphy should not have to be deposed since he has already admitted to having a sexual relationship with Edwards. 

Gricks said court records in the case should not be made public, saying the records were being sought only for “scandalous” purposes.

“I believe that the depositions are not in the interest of justice in this case,” Gricks said.

Wolbert said the deposition was still needed, citing differing accounts from Edwards of what exactly happened between her and Murphy.

Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco said she did not believe Gricks had grounds for an appeal.

Attorneys for Edwards and for Murphy scheduled a date for the deposition but did not make the date public.


TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

It is evil and ignorant enough to be a Gloria Steinem quote...

...but it isn't. However, it is weirdly appropriate. Murder is murder, kiddies, whether you use a gun or a scalpel or a brick.

Actually, the ancient commie cow "borrowed" it from some asshole's Facefuck page a couple of years ago and now it is hers. You have probably seen it in the digital cesspool acting as the fascist alternative to thought:


"I want any young men who buy a gun to be treated like young women who seek an abortion. Think about it: a mandatory 48-hours waiting period, written permission from a parent or a judge, a note from a doctor proving that he understands what he is about to do, time spent watching a video on individual and mass murders, traveling hundreds of miles at his own expense to the nearest gun shop, and walking through protestors holding photos of loved ones killed by guns, protestor who call him a murderer. After all, it makes more sense to do this for young men seeking guns than for young women seeking an abortion. No young woman needing reproductive freedom has ever murdered a roomful of strangers."




It is baby-eating agitprop no matter what fascist wrote it. Let me explain it to you gun-grabbers and baby-eaters. When millions of real men buy guns, they don't use them to murder innocent people. Only assholes like that asshole in Vegas do that. (And goat rapists, too.) EVERY TIME a woman has an  abortion, an innocent baby is chopped to pieces and thrown in the trash. I know that is way too complicated for brains clogged with the effluvia of fascism to comprehend but I had to try.

One more thing, kiddies. In many states, it is possible for an underage girl to get an abortion without telling her parents, let alone getting their permission. In many of those states, it is illegal to get a tattoo until you are eighteen. If you think that's progress, you're a dumbass.

Please, people, think for yourselves. Try this little thought experiment:


Pretend you are in your mommy's tummy (no Freudianism allowed here) and the stork is about to drop you off. Imagine some paid ghoul who calls himself a doctor reaches in and chops you to pieces. You wouldn't like that, now would you?

Of course you wouldn't, because you were a baby once and babies aren't vegetables. Babies are people just like country music fans...and Gloria Steinem is too...all too human.



Gloria Steinem Did Not Say Quote About Abortion, Gun Control - The Cut




TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Orange Pansy, Rash Dimbulb, and the NFL live in the Fantasy Land of Poiwer.

Power is real, kiddies. Sort of. Like anything else here and now, it is fleeting. You can force people to do want you want, but you can't force them to believe your lies and you can't make them love you. (I would apologize to George Orwell here, but I know 1984 was all allegory.)

Ultimately, the only thing the powerful can do is murder people by the train-load. That gets them millions of rotting corpses and millions more surly slackers who will only do enough for Leviathan to stay alive. Of course. for the true totalitarian dumbass, this is paradise.


Stalin and Mao, the two greatest mass-murderers so far, died peacefully in their sleep (maybe) at ripe old ages. I figure they thought they had been quite successful and would be remembered as great men. They now know the Truth, as we all will eventually.


The NFL only cares about money and money is power. The dumb jocks "protesting" don't give a damn even if cops were hunting blacks for sport. They are rich spoiled clowns who live in gated communities and only visit the old neighborhood for photo ops with plenty of bodyguards just out of camera range.


And what about little Rashie Dimbulb, the Fake Conservatives' favorite fat, deaf, and drug-addicted star? He whined about how for the first time in 45 years he deliberately didn't watch the NFL on Sunday. I would congratulate him on becoming a man, but he's like 80.  Real men have responsibilities and only get to watch an occasional game. Dimbulb doesn't get this because he disposes of his "wives" the same way he gets rid of the sandpaper he jerks off into (He's a tough guy, don't you know...) and he is a nulliparous ninny, so he isn't responsible for any kids. Even if he has a good excuse, like he can't get it up without sandpaper, he could adopt a few kiddies. But that would take love...and principles.



Let us face the sad facts, kiddies. Orange Clump is perfect for us. It is exactly what we deserve. It is profoundly ignorant, childish, petty, and unjustifiably arrogant with the attention span of a gnat.

It is exactly the same as its friends AND its enemies.

It might start shooting and it might not. Maybe the next personification of Truth, Justice, and the Amerikan Way will. Or the one after that...but there will be blood. (Also the name of a really dumbass movie, BTW.)


TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.



Little Miss Dana Milbank comes down with the vapors.

She is not alone. Sissies all over the world are suffering.

What is La Milbank's cure for what ails Amerika?

EVEN MORE FASCISM!


President Trump actually is making us crazy -  Washington's other other newspaper- 

President Trump is making us ill. He’s also driving us crazy.

Since I wrote last week about the possibility that Trump is literally killing me (in the form of high blood pressure), the reaction has been, as the kids say, sick.


From the left came a flood of responses from people experiencing all manner of symptoms, real or imagined, of what I called Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder: Disturbed sleep. Anger. Dread. Weight loss. Overeating. Headaches. Fainting. Irregular heartbeat. Chronic neck pain. Depression. Irritable bowel syndrome. Tightness in the chest. Shortness of breath. Teeth grinding. Stomach ulcer. Indigestion. Shingles. Eye twitching. Nausea. Irritability. High blood sugar. Tinnitus. Reduced immunity. Racing pulse. Shaking limbs. Hair loss. Acid reflux. Deteriorating vision. Stroke. Heart attack.


It was a veritable organ recital.

From the other side came a similar profusion of responses, in email, on Facebook and from the cesspool known as Twitter, of people wishing me dead. “Hurry up and die already! . . . DO US ALL A FAVOR AND JUST CURL UP AND DIE !!!!!!!!! . . . With any luck at all Milback [sic] will succumb. . . . just see a dr. You know, Dr Kevorkian.” Dozens of Trump supporters delighted in responding by making vulgar references to vaginas, and one wrote to my wife to say it gave him “endless satisfaction” to report that my death is likely.


Well, sweetie, you are kind of a bitch, after all.

Then there was somebody under the Twitter handle @deacongfrost: “I HAPPILY KILL YOU.”

I wrote the original piece half in jest, but the response showed something deeper: A large number of people reporting stress-induced illnesses in the Trump era, and another large number of people so consumed by political disagreement that they desire the death of someone who has different views. Clearly, Trump is causing, or at least aggravating, mental-health problems on both sides.

A timely new paper discusses this phenomenon in the Trump era and the challenge it has caused to the mental-health profession, which is moving toward giving political views a more prominent place in psychotherapy. The paper, by New York analyst Matt Aibel, will be published in January in the journal “Psychoanalytic Perspectives.” Aibel, a college friend of mine, gave me an advance copy.

“Since the start of Trump’s rise to power,” Aibel writes, analysts “have become acutely attuned to traumatic arousals” in patients from the political environment. “Several colleagues have shared that many formerly eating disordered patients were retriggered to bulimic episodes that hadn’t occurred in many years until Trump’s candidacy. . . . In the run-up to the election, mental health providers of all stripes were reporting ‘a striking number of anxious and depressed clients who are fixated on the election, primarily fearful of Trump.’ Since Election Day, such colloquialisms as Trump Slump, Trump Anxiety and Trump Affective Disorder achieved cultural and perhaps even clinical currency (in an informally diagnostic sense, of course) along with increases in reported incidents of bullying” and the like.

Those on the right might label this “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” much as I and others detected an “Obama Derangement Syndrome” previously. But the mental trauma caused by politics has reached a point, Aibel argues, where psychoanalysts must rethink how they do things.

“Freudian psychologists had little interest in the political. But the profession is coming to realize that ‘the personal’ and ‘the political’ are in reality not distinct,” as Aibel puts it. (Finally that arch-fascist and fraud Freud is exposed! 'That will be $200 and I will need to see you every week for the next seventeen years.") In our current us-vs.-them, zero-sum politics, “dearly held self-representations distort perceptions, alter judgment, resist disconfirming factual evidence and remain impervious to rational argument, a phenomenon well-documented in the political and social science literatures . . . and disconcertingly demonstrated by the Trump faithful’s clinging to their ‘alternative facts.’ ” Aibel acknowledges the unique difficulty in getting people to examine the unconscious parts of political perceptions, because of the “strong pulls of tribalism and moral certitude,” but it must be attempted.

Partisanship drives so much of our lives: where we live, who our friends and spouses are, where we worship and go to school. Mental-health professionals can’t expect to understand or help their patients if they don’t take into account the socio-political beliefs that determine so much about who we are and how we think. “The political, as unusually challenging as it may be to work with, is understood as an essential, irreducible aspect of our self-representations and an undeniably consequential factor in our difficulties in living,” Aibel writes.

I hope the new approach works, though I fear that those most likely to subject themselves to psychotherapy are not the ones who send social-media messages wishing for my death.

As the mental-health professionals sort this out, I’ll be contemplating the many suggestions helpful readers sent in for treating my own Trump-induced illness: acupuncture, Himalayan herbs, vitamin supplements, yoga, flossing, playing with puppies — and the most common suggestion, unplugging from the news. If only I could.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.






End Stage Amerika: The Rise of Orange Bonapartism.

Enter the American Bonaparte, President Tweet-For-Brains. The 140 pump chump that can't climax even after all that self-abuse. (No wonder it's afraid of NFL guys with 17 kids out of 11 women.)

No, I don't think it actually believes it is Napoleon. That would be kind of quaint and endearing, actually. Madmen thinking they were Jesus or Napoleon was a thing once upon a time. It has never read a book so I doubt it has heard of either man. 


No, Bonapartism is a political concept. (However, this does not mean it is sane.) Here are a few Wikipedia quotes from M. Bonaparte to illustrate our current predicament:




“The Revolution is over... I am the Revolution.




"I closed the gulf of anarchy and brought order out of chaos. I rewarded merit regardless of birth or wealth, wherever I found it. I abolished feudalism and restored equality to all regardless of religion and before the law. I fought the decrepit monarchies of the Old Regime because the alternative was the destruction of all this. I purified the Revolution.“ 



What is a throne? — a bit of wood gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state— I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public — people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.

    Statement to the Senate (1814) He echoes here the remark attributed to Louis XIV L'état c'est moi ( "The State is I" or more commonly: "I am the State.")


Napoleon thought he was France, just as A Cockjerk Orange thinks it is the USA. Of course, Napoleon had a lot of military victories that made him a bit full of himself. The Orange Menace is just a dick that thinks it something more than a dick. The Orange Suck-Hole has the same ignorant megalomania albeit without the impressive accomplishments of Napoleon. (Both however, are famous for having  tiny genitals and hands.)
Orange Clump cannot accept the fact it is not the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, or even the hot new Columbia chick
that appears on the screen before the movie starts.

That's no surprise, because it has been pretending to be a man for decades, only getting away with it because many folks are stupid enough to believe it is a billionaire. It's amazing what people will believe if you lie often and loudly enough.

I'm predicting that two weeks into its second term, it will bust out the Juan Peron look. 



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Monday, September 11, 2017

The lessons we refuse to learn from September 11, 2001 could fill a million libraries.

No, we didn't do it.

No, we didn't deserve it.

No, the Masons, the Jews, and the Trilateral Commission didn't conspire to do it.

No, it did not unite us.

Finally, no it did not change AmeriKKKa one bit. We STILL haven't won a war since 1945. (And it looks like commie Korea is going to have the last laugh at our expense.)


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What's the difference between an evil commie douchebag Heat Nazi and an evil right-fascist heretic?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.


From the way, way back machine:


City Business Church : Hurricane Katrina is God's Punishment

citybiblewatch.blogspot.com/2005/09/hurricane-katrina-is-gods-punishment.html

You new it would happen. Pastor Don Feder is claiming Hurricane Katrina is God's judgement
on America for its sin. I tend to think the hurricane was God's judgement on America for failing
TO FORTIFY THE LEVY'S. But what do I know.



From last freaking week:


They both are morons who worship false gods. Pay no attentions to fascists no matter what they call themselves.

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If you want to murder someone, move to Iceland.

Forget the dumbass historical costume drama, kiddies. 16 years for whacking somebody? Have my idiot mafia cousins thought of moving to Iceland?



The Murder Captivated Iceland. 190 Years Later, It Will Again - Newser


 Residents on Iceland's remote farm of Stapakot were jolted awake on March 14, 1828, when a maid from a neighboring property burst in to tell them that a fire was raging and two men were trapped inside. It was a lie. The men were already dead—clubbed with a hammer and stabbed 12 times. Despite the years, it's a crime that Icelanders have never forgotten since the convicted killers were the last people executed on the island nation. On Saturday, the crime discussed in books, films, and a pop song is being analyzed by a mock court, operating under modern rules, that will for the first time address the motivation for the killings, specifically whether two maids were abused by Natan Ketilsson, the self-taught doctor they killed along with his guest, reports the AP.
                              

Agnes Magnusdottir and Sigridur Gudmundsdottir said the act was masterminded by Fridrik Sigurdsson, a 17-year-old who held a grudge against Ketilsson. Gudmundsdottir, 16, was sentenced to life in prison in Denmark. But Sigurdsson and Magnusdottir, 32, were decapitated with an ax, with the brother of one of the victims acting as executioner. Their heads were afterwards jammed on sticks for public viewing. The case highlights differing attitudes toward capital punishment. In modern Iceland, the usual prison sentence for murder is 16 years or less. (Emphasis mine. F.G.) An author who wrote about the crime tells the AP readers often ask what the outcome of the case would be if it were tried under today's rules. Now they'll get their answer. Seats for the retrial in Hvammstangi have long been sold out.

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God bless Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

Not only are they tough, talented, fiercely competitive, AND smoking hot, they uttered nary a grunt or scream or audible obscenity!


Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys to win U.S. Open | SI.com


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J.J. Watt is a real mensch.



J.J. Watt Harvey Relief Fund Hits $20 Million, 'Truly Incredible' | TMZ.com


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Yes, Pope Francis, human trafficking is a mortal sin...

...but what about the billions of souls enslaved at this very moment by evil men hiding behind the word "government"?


Maybe the Good News is nullified by a royal scepter... or a lot of guns...or a lot of votes...



From The Old Gray Whore:

Pope Ends Colombia Visit With Plea for Those 'Still Being Sold as Slaves...


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There are two types of leftist Catholics. I'm not sure which kind Pope Francis is.

Hey Catholic kiddies, here comes "Our parent who's in heaven, great is your name." AGAIN!

One type is the dedicated Leninist-Leninist who infiltrates the Church to use Her and Her good name to spread their hate-filled inhuman ideology.

The other type is the Catholic who has succumbed to despair because mankind is just as sinful today as it was yesterday. These poor souls readily turn to Leviathan because they believe it can use its earthly power to force men to be good, or at least to relieve the earthly suffering caused by sin.

Not only is this way of thinking a grave sin, it is patently absurd. What is government but sinful people who passed the Civil Service exam? The blame for government failing to end sin or alleviate suffering can be spread over the millions of federal, state, and local officials (effectively meaning nobody is responsible) and this is considered a suitable substitute for the Sacraments by people who seem to have lost faith in the promises of God.

With this latest move to drag the Catholic Church back into the Dark Ages of the 1960s and 1970s, Francis appears to be more like the first type instead of the second, which I assumed he was since his election. But this decision is an insidious infection as anyone who  is over 40 (and was paying attention) can attest. Just wait until some "ladies" in your parish put on a "Dance Mass".

Two points to keep in mind:

In the article below, you will see a few references to Vatican II and its "decree" that Mass must be said in the "vernacular". That word mean the local language of the place where Mass is being said, not the local street slang or even emojis. Just like every word of the Second Vatican Council, the fascist left bullies people into accepting that "vernacular" means whatever suits the left's purposes that day.

The Mass is based on the Word of God, as any reading of Catholic liturgy will prove. I once took a Jewish friend to Mass with me and throughout it, he kept pointing at the missal and saying things like "That's ours. You took that from us." and he didn't even bother mentioning the first reading from Jeremiah or the Psalms we sung. (Afterwards, he did ask if we sing Psalms at every Mass.)

Letting anyone, even a bishop, to alter the liturgy risks altering His Word, which is something we Catholics should leave to our benighted protestant friends.


From The Old Gray Whore:

Pope Francis Shifts Power From Rome ...

Pope Francis, who has used his absolute authority in the Vatican to decentralize power from Rome, made a widespread change Saturday to the ways, and words, in which Roman Catholics worship by amending Vatican law to give national bishop conferences greater authority in translating liturgical language.

“It’s hugely important,” said Rita Ferrone, a specialist in Catholic liturgy who writes for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic magazine. She said that by loosening Rome’s grip on the language of prayers, Francis had restored the intention of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and erased some of the rollbacks of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “It was especially astute that he put it into canon law because it makes it official.”


Francis has not been shy in efforts to reform the church and has tread on some of its most delicate subjects, from challenging the Roman bureaucracy that runs the church to emphasizing acceptance of gays and the divorced.


On Saturday he stepped squarely onto the battlefield of the so-called Liturgy Wars, which, especially in the English-speaking church, have divided liberals and conservatives for decades.


Catholic progressives have advocated a greater use of contemporary idioms consistent with the Second Vatican Council reforms of the 1960s and many bristled under what they considered a heavy and out-of-touch hand from Rome.

Conservative opponents favored the Latin Mass, or at least more faithful translations to it in the local language, and they wanted the church hierarchy in Rome to ensure global universality and unity by making all of those translations uniform.


By amending the Code of Canon Law, Francis appears to have sided with the liberals in the debate and shifted the ownership of translations to the local bishops.


The amendment is a significant development in a liturgical schism that has split Catholics across the world and was evident at the highest echelons of the church.


In 2007, Benedict himself issued a Motu Proprio increasing access to the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, a move seen as a microcosm of the church’s shift toward traditionalism during his papacy.


In changing the law, which will go into effect on Oct. 1, the pope recalled that the Vatican Council entrusted bishops with the “weighty task of introducing the vernacular language into the liturgy.” He added that “in order that the renewal of the whole liturgical life might continue, it seemed opportune that some principles handed on since the time of the council should be more clearly reaffirmed and put into practice.”


He also acknowledged the bitter feelings that the fights over liturgical language have produced, writing, “It is no surprise that difficulties have arisen” between local churches and the Vatican. He then called for “reciprocal trust” between the local churches and the Vatican department with liturgical oversight, known as the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

But Vatican observers say trust is in short supply between the pope and the cardinal he selected in 2014 to run the department, Robert Sarah.


A hero to Vatican conservatives — and for many, a desired candidate in the next conclave to choose a new pope — Cardinal Sarah has been undermined by partisans of Francis who have worked on a committee to loosen the Guinean cardinal’s cherished Latin literalism.


In 2016, Cardinal Sarah called for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem, or with their backs to the congregation. Francis promptly issued an unusual public rebuke. And in April of this year, Cardinal Sarah sent a letter honoring Benedict’s support of the Latin Mass, asserting that “modern liturgy” had caused devastation and schism. Benedict wrote that “the liturgy is in good hands,” in an afterward to a book the cardinal wrote this year.


But the liturgy seems to have been in the hands of Francis all along.


Saturday’s Vatican announcement was made as the pope visited Medellin, Colombia, the site of a landmark 1968 meeting that emphasized local Latin American influence in church decision-making. It also came just weeks after the pope — not one to invoke his magisterial authority — did just that when he announced that the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council was “irreversible.”


Progressive interpretations of those reforms in the 1960s provoked a backlash, and a “reform of the reform” movement, which ultimately had advocates at the top of the church during the reigns of John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.


In 2001, the Vatican issued the Liturgiam Authenticam, or Authentic Liturgy, instructing that translations from Latin needed to be “in the most exact manner, without omissions or additions in terms of their content.”


That same year, the Vatican established Vox Clara, or Clear Voice, a committee to scrutinize English-language translations of the texts and prayers included in the Roman Missal. The committee advocated a close fidelity to the Latin.


In 2006, the Vatican successfully pressured American bishops to accept a more literal translation of well-known English prayers. In 2011, many English-speaking priests panned their effort, finding the language clunky and archaic.


Too bad for them. They aren't stage actors having to deal with Shakespeare. (Come to think of it, have you noticed how pathetic and lame those "modern" interpretations of The Bard are?) They are acting in the stead of the Christ Himself, and if His words seem clunky and archaic, they should find a new line of work.

While noting the unity instilled by the Roman Rite, Francis argued for the beauty and accessibility of local languages. He wrote on Saturday that “vernacular languages themselves, often only in a progressive manner, would be able to become liturgical languages, standing out in a not dissimilar way to liturgical Latin for their elegance of style and the profundity of their concepts with the aim of nourishing the faith.”



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Friday, September 08, 2017

DAMN! That last one felt great!

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You wanna get subversive little boy? Let's get subverrsive, then.

That's right. I'm talking to you, you tiny little pansy playing at righteous outrage and totalitarian politics. You want to stand out? You want to piss people off? Would you like them to fear you?

Do you want them to feel their inferiority in their very marrow?

EVERY TIME YOU FEEL TEMPTED TO PULL OUT YOUR PHONE TO SEE WHAT NON-CLEVER PHRASE TAYLOR SWIFT HAS COPYRIGHTED TODAY...

...pull out a book and read instead. 

You might actually learn something and you might just become a man someday.




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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.

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