Friday, May 26, 2017

Just 20% Of Voters Approve New GOP (Deprivation Of) Healthcare Bill

Image result for bobby kennedy about one fifth of the people are against everything all the time
Just 20% Of Voters Approve New GOP "Health" Plan

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Tells "Christian" Trump-Care Supporters: Your So-Called "Mercy" Is "Malice"

The Cruel Old Party: The GOP’s Passage Of Trumpcare Is Unprecedentedly Callous

Abomicare: Trump's Titanic Failure

7 Years' Bitching About Obamacare While Continually Touting Their "Terrific, Low-Cost Replacement" And The GOP Produces Nothing But Flatulence, Excrement And Anguish For 25 Million Americans, Simultaneously Tranferring Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars To The 1%

What's Missing From This Photo of Politicians Deciding the Future of Women's Health? Anyone?

Montana Republicans Elect Thug

Thursday, May 25, 2017

DON'T MISS Trump's Exhortations-To-Violence As "Voice Overs" For Civil Rights Protest Videos

Alan: In the following made-for-Netflix documentary -- "13th" -- watch the 2 minute sequence from the 120:22 mark until the 122:20 mark. 

If you are not reviled by the images you see -- and the words spewing from Trump's vile mouth -- you are an embarrassment to humanity.

And if you consider yourself a Christian, you are an embarrassment to Christianity.

"13th," A Made-For-Netflix Documentary About The 13th Amendment And Slavery's Prolongation
("13th" is always streaming.)

Chilling Video Combines Trump Rhetoric With '60's Era Lunch Counter Protests 

Borowitz Report: GOP Healthcare Plan Lacks Coverage For Injuries Caused By Body Slamming

Image result for pax on both houses knock the crap out of them
Republican Healthcare Plan Lacks Coverage For Injuries Caused By BodySlamming

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The health-care bill passed by House Republicans earlier this month offers no coverage for injuries suffered as a result of body slamming, according to a report issued on Thursday.

The report, released by the nonpartisan Center for Comprehensive Health Coverage, warns of sharp increases in health-care costs for the nation’s body-slamming sufferers.

Costs associated with body slamming, such as X-rays to the elbow and other injured body parts, would have to be paid for out of pocket under the G.O.P. plan, the report says.

In a separate finding, the report indicates that the Republican health-care bill’s vision-care option does not offer replacement eyewear in the case of glasses being smashed or otherwise demolished in an unprovoked body-slamming incident.

Finally, the report finds, the G.O.P. plan offers no preventive treatment for the severely disturbed people who are the root causes of most body-slamming incidents.

“Medical studies have shown that the costs associated with body-slamming injuries could be greatly reduced by putting the people who cause them in a place where they can do no harm to others,” the report says.
Image result for pax on both houses knock the crap out of them

Appeals Court Upholds Block On Trump's Muslim Travel Ban

Image result for muslim travel ban cartoon

Appeals Court Upholds Block On Trump's Muslim Travel Ban

Image result for muslim travel ban cartoon

Image result for muslim travel ban cartoon

Image result for muslim travel ban cartoon

Related image

Trump's Worst Nightmare Comes True, And He Brought It On Himself

Trump's Worst Nightmare Comes True, And He Brought It On Himself

The People Left Behind When Only the ‘Deserving’ Poor Get Help: Maine's Experience

Maine's former governor John Baldacci, left, serves spaghetti at a fundraising event to benefit the Preble Street Resource Center, an agency that helps the homeless, in 2010.

The People Left Behind When Only the ‘Deserving’ Poor Get Help

Maine attached work requirements and time limits to its safety net, intensifying poverty in the state.
Image result for pax on both houses, quintessential free lunch

"The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism"

The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism

The hard, central "fact" of contemporary "conservatism" is its insistence on a socio-economic threshold above which people deserve government assistance, and below which people deserve to die. 

The sooner the better. 

Unless conservatives are showing n'er-do-wells The Door of Doom, they just don't "feel right." 

To allay this chthonic anxiety, they resort to Human Sacrifice,  hoping that spilled blood will placate "the angry gods," including the one they've made of themselves. 

Having poked their own eyes out, they fail to see that self-generated wrath creates "the gods" who hold them thrall.
Almost "to a man," contemporary "conservatives" have apotheosized themselves and now -- sitting on God's usurped throne -- are rabid to pass Final Judgment

Self-proclaimed Christians, eager to thrust "the undeserving" through The Gates of Hell, are the very people most likely to cross its threshold. 

Remarkably, although they are prone to believe all manner of Trumpeted nonsense, none of them are tempted to believe in their own spiritual peril. 

The Pharisees Are Always With Us.
Here's What They "Look Like" Today

Watch Trump Make Himself The Ugliest American Since The Book Was Written

Watch Trump Make Himself The Ugliest American Since The Book Was Written

Snopes: "Carrier Plant Trump ‘Rescued’ Will Lay Off Hundreds by Christmas"

Image result for carrier air conditioning

"The Art of The Heel"

Carrier Plant Trump ‘Rescued’ Will Lay Off Hundreds by Christmas

The president had promised he would stop the exodus of jobs from Indiana to a facility in Mexico.

Stephen Colbert: "A Math Problem For Donald Trump"

Image result for "A Math Problem For Donald Trump" Stephen Colbert
"A Math Problem For Donald Trump"
Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert: Best Pax Posts

Mohamed Bzeek And "The Boy With Long Lashes" From WBUR's "Kind World"

Mohamed Bzeek with his current foster daughter. (Erika Aguilar for WBUR)

Mohamed Bzeek

The Boy With Long Lashes

Kind World #37

Snopes: Was The Manchester Terror Attack A "False Flag"?

Image result for sandy hook hoax
Alan: In the late 1980s my car was stolen from a street in Oakland, California. 

I was surprised when the police told me that 95% of stolen cars are recovered because "a car is just too much physical evidence to hide."

Sure enough, police located my car 4 days later. (The only other person I know whose car was stolen also "got it back.")

It is even harder to hide the bodies of 22 concert-goers killed in Manchester, England, although conspiracists would have us believe those bodies do not exist because no one was killed.

At the moment, I will not concern myself with the disposal of bodies which could, of course, be cremated.

Rather, I will focus on the much larger issue of the "social residue" of those "bodies."

In the next few days, the names of everyone killed in Manchester will be revealed, and anyone wishing to visit the neighborhoods where these people used to live can determine that the deceased are no longer there.

"The dead" (or, as conspiracists would have us believe, "those pretending to be dead") have -- for all practical purposes -- disappeared from the face of the earth.

Conspiracists will argue that "the living dead" have been endowed with the equivalent of "witness protection identities" and were quickly spirited away to resettle in remote communities.

Notably, families of the deceased continue to live in their original homes.

Here's "the rub."

I am a parent. 

I have a 23 year old daughter and a 19 year-old son.

Like all parents it is as clear as distilled water that none of us -- NOT ONE OF US -- would willingly live without our children, especially for some ideologically-driven abstraction relating to "global terror" or "gun control."

Even if we posit "visitation rights" so that parents might spend an occasional day with their kids, anyone who has children is reflexively aware that intermittent visitation is no more acceptable than having a family member living in a distant prison.

No parent would willingly accept this kind of deprivation - this radical rupture of family life. 

It is unthinkable. Preposterous.

Yet conspiracists argue that the Manchester slaughter -- and the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut -- were non-lethal "staged events."  

According to conspiracists, the motive for the "purported massacre" at Sandy Hook (where 20 first graders and six adults were supposedly spirited away by Homeland Security actors) was to sour Americans on Second Amendment rights. 

It has been said that "three people can keep a secret... if two of them are dead." 

Entire communities -- or, in the case of Newton, an entire town (a Republican gun-toting town at that) -- can not keep a secret involving such huge numbers of people.

Rather, the ideation that these 26 people are living "in hiding" represents a psycho-social psychosis that recalls the ancient saying: "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."

Conspiracists are determined to delude themselves by ignoring The Forest Itself, focusing instead on "the trees of the forest" -- tiny details like Newtown parents "smiling" on camera or not crying when they "should." 

The bottom line?

The Forest is comprised of so many "talking" trees that hundreds -- if not thousands of people -- would have already "spilled the beans" and would be regularly featured guests on Alex Jones, Sean Hannity and the rest of the lunatic liars who undermine the very concept of Truth.

Was The Manchester Terror Attack A "False Flag"?

The War On Terror: At A Theater Near You
The Thinking Houswife
Discussion With A 9/11 Truther Friend About Epistemology, Belief, Certainty And Purpose

Image result for sandy hook hoax

Image result for sandy hook hoax

Discussion With 9/11 Truther Friend About Epistemology, Belief, Certainty And Purpose

Image result for 9/11 truth

Dear Ron,

I hope you are well.

Thanks for your recent email.

After reading it, I spoke with friend, fellow musician and clinical psychologist Chuck about 9/11 Truth, Sandy Hook and other forms of conspiratorial thought (to use the most common term) and he communicated several illuminating observations and resources. 

The one I found most useful was an article by a 9/11 "apostate" whose life-changing decision to shift focus from the relatively narrow focus of "trutherism" to "transendant" perennial issues impresses me as "the absent cornerstone" of our discussion.

To quote author Saman Mohammadi, "I want to go from excavating history to transcending it."

I am again reminded of Carl Jung's observation that whenever he counseled someone whose life was at a painful impasse, his patient never "solved the problem" but instead set a new goal and, in the process of "climbing that mountain" got to a point where he eventually turned around and -- although he could still see the original problem in the distant valley -- it no longer mattered. 

Their new quest and new purpose had made them new again and it was no longer necessary to re-hash the tormenting circularity of painful idées fixe.


I am reluctant to undertake World War II revisionism, partly because I am not that interested whether Roosevelt was complicit in the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

I do not believe he was complicit but if complicity was needed to shake America out of its pre-war isolationism, I'm not going to lose sleep over it. 

But mostly, World War II revisionism does not interest me because on "the conspiratorial side of the aisle" I see a superabundance of Holocaust deniers, a view I consider as crazy as the assertion that no one was killed in Newtown, that twenty six deaths were staged. (Again... You cannot persuade a predominantly Republican township to collude in a massively-staged cover-up whose purpose is to slag The Second Amendment. For me, this scenario doesn't pass the straight face test. True, you might get as many as three people to "keep a secret"... but only if two of them are dead.)

I am not suggesting that you (or others) "cannot" subscribe to such views. 

For better or worse, I believe 20 children died at Sandy Hook and, as I detail (below) in "District Attorney Declares Texas Mother Of 5 Innocent In 2007 "Murder" Of Foster Child," reason alone makes a persuasive case that there was no hoax in Newtown.

We humans can - and do - believe anything

But personally I draw the line at "perseverant evangelization." 

I will gladly share my beliefs. 

But I shun any compulsion to make others "see the light" as I do.

I fundamentally agree with "apostate" Saman Mohammadi's "born again" determination to transcend the Byzantine "nature of history" by abandoning neverending historical excavation bent on proving iniquity-and-cover-up in any given person's "conspiracy-of-choice" so that -- finally!!! -- there will be such incontrovertible clarity that everyone will "see the same light."  

Everyone will NOT see the same light - even when they confront the manifest monstrosity of Donald J. Trump.

In my own life, I want to move deeper into creativity and not dig my way, mole-like, to supposedly "conclusive" forensics concerning "Yoruk's skull."

High on my list of "seldom homilized bible verses" is Jesus' advice in Luke: "Let the dead bury their dead."

I see no "salvation" in the dead past.

It may seem appalling to you that an intelligent, well-read fellow like myself is not more interested in The Truth.

Simply put, "probing Truth" -- as an intellectual act -- is not as important to me as figuring out how I can be materially helpful to the people who are actually "in my life," many of them people who have not enjoyed white privilege and whose pressing concerns have nothing to do with 9/11, Newtown, the Bataclan massacre or "the false flag" of Pearl Harbor.

Listen to the following audio file:

Mohamed Bzeek And "The Boy With Long Lashes" From WBUR's "Kind World"

The people "in my life" need personal loans and small business loans. They need help navigating rules and regulations. They need access to healthcare. They need an English-speaking intermediary to advocate in court, in immigration proceedings, in the upheaval of divorce.  

I realize that when anyone's life crystalizes around a single issue -- an All-Consuming Central Truth -- everything else seems trivial. 

My central Truth is the sine qua non importance of "social" and interpersonal service.

I simply do not see "social service" and the incremental slog of "practical politicking" in the 9/11 Truth movement. 

Speaking of practical politics... If SOBMF gets his way, 23,000,000 Americans will lose health coverage and many thousands of the disenfranchised will die annually from remediable pathologies. (And this death tally does not even broach the incalculable suffering that is often worse than death itself.)

Harvard Study: 45,000 Americans Die Annually For Lack Of Health Insurance

I do not say these things to "get in your face." 

I say them to point out that "beliefs are beliefs" -- that Absolute Truth is everlasting elusive -- and that "spinning our intellectual wheels" is intrinsically painful unless we rally unnder "The True Flag" of "the poor, the marginalized and the disadvantaged" whose position in life immerses them in the mysterious "kingdom of heaven" more dependably than the ideas that fixate, obsess and compel us intellectuals.    

Image result for steinbeck poor people

As a practical matter, where does 9/11 Truth lead?

What is the "end game?" 

And how does the "end game" actually impact The Body Politic?

Just as importantly, how does 9/11 Truth impact a "believer's" life.

How does 9/11 Truth make one more peaceful rather than more agitated?

A few requests...

Please watch the documentary "Newtown" which streams on Netflix.

And please keep in mind my previous request that you visit Newtown and speak with bereaved father Lenny Pozner, a former "conspiracy thinker."

Sandy Hook Conspiracy? Lenny Pozner Was A Conspiracy Theorist. Then His Son Was Killed

And finally, watch the most eye-opening political probe I've seen in recent time - the documentary "13th."

Several years ago, daughter Maria alerted me to Michelle Alexander's groundbreaking work on the sustained, system-wide oppression of black people in the wake of the Civil War and supposed "Emancipation." 

But I was unaware of The 13th Amendment's role in making life enduringly miserable (and not infrequently lethal) for much of this huge demographic.

"13th," A Made-For-Netflix Documentary About The 13th Amendment And Slavery's Prolongation

The Future Of Race In America: TED Talk By Michelle Alexander, Author Of "The New Jim Crow"

As you probably recall, my Thomistic training has imbued me with the understanding that virtue depends on perspective, proportion and acting in areas where we can have material impact on the actual embodiment/incarnation of good.

From my vantage, I do not see "the good" that can emerge from 9/11 Truth - except in the theoretical sense of "setting the record straight."

It pains me that 3000 people died on that fateful day. 

But it pains me much more that one-in-three black "kids" is systematically "criminalized" so that the rest of his life becomes a fucked-up horror. 

We can do something about that.

I do not see how we can do anything about 9/11.

People don't care about Vietnam where 3 million died.

People don't care about the whimsy-war invasion of Iraq where a million died.

People don't care about Mossadegh's overthrow.

Or Arbenz Guzman's overthrow.

Or Salvador Allende's overthrow.

Or Reagan's vanity war in Nicaragua. 

If you want more, here it is - the entire Byzantine mess.

The History Of U.S. Military Interventions:

Do the math Ron. 

The world never really listened to Jesus.

Instead "the Pharisees in every generation" turned him (and continue turning him) into The Prince of Bourgeoise Smarm

And tens of millions of "Christian" "conservatives" just saw fit to elect The Prince of Darkness.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ “So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.“Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?" Matthew 23: 29-33 

It Is Important To Know These Things So Religion Doesn't Do You More Harm Than Good

What Too Many Christians Get Wrong

James' Epistle: "Judgment Without Mercy Will Be Shown To Anyone Who Has Not Shown Mercy"

Even if 9/11 Truth were to coalesce around one "set of findings" that definitively prove 9/11 was an "inside job" --- a jawropping horror of the most treasonous, diabolical kind --- what then?

"Do War's Really Defend America's Freedom?"
(Homage To Marine Commandant, Major General Smedley Butler)

"Why We Fight," Excellent Documentary With Ike's "Military-Industrial Complex" As Springboard

Scare The Sheep 
And They Will Applaud Military-Industrial Profiteering

American "Patriotism": Why So Many Americans Are Fundamentally Violent And Paranoid

Republican Lawmaker From Nevada Sends Christmas Card Featuring Fully Armed Family

The Age-Old Normalization Of Warfare Through Stupidity, Ego And Religion

The Mistaken Concept That Reducing Cultures To Rubble Results In Peace

Punishment Rarely Reforms But Instead Tends To Reinforce Wrongdoing

I am not a big fan of utilitarianism, certainly not as a final litmus of "The Good."

But there must be some significant utility in any path of political action if it is to truly serve "The Common Good," "The General Welfare" and the peace-of-mind of activists themselves.

I am abidingly suspicious of any political program that is disproportionately focused on (what I call) "too pure principles" and the overly-passionate beliefs they engender about "systems of thought" that promise "complete remedies" or "absolute goods."

Thomas Merton said: "You are fed up with words and I don’t blame you. I am nauseated by them sometimes.  I am also, to tell the truth, nauseated by ideals and with causes.  This sounds like heresy, but I think you will understand what I mean.  It is so easy to get engrossed with ideas and slogans and myths that in the end one is left holding the bag, empty, with no trace of meaning left in it.  And then the temptation is to yell louder than ever in order to make meaning be there again by magic..."  

"The terrible thing about our time is precisely the ease with which theories can be put into practice.  The more perfect, the more idealistic the theories, the more dreadful is their realization.  We are at last beginning to rediscover what perhaps men knew better in very ancient times, in primitive times before utopias were thought of: that liberty is bound up with imperfection, and that limitations, imperfections, errors are not only unavoidable but also salutary. The best is not the ideal.  Where what is theoretically best is imposed on everyone as the norm, then there is no longer any room even to be good.  The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil.”  
"Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander,” by Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton

More Merton Quotes

And finally, a surprising "revelation"... 

My real reason for writing this "cover letter" is to introduce the following two articles in which I write "abstractly" about the "conspiracy theories" you and I have been discussing. 

Since I did not write them to you, they will provide the added perspective of how I look upon these matters without simultaneously having to "take care" of our relationship.

District Attorney To Declare Texas Mother Of 5 Innocent In 2007 "Murder" Of Foster Child

I look forward to your reply.



PS American conservatives -- particularly "Christian" "conservatives" -- use the issue of abortion to demonize non-Christians and non-"conservatives." In fact, it is they who are responsible for the most astronomical abortion rates in the world, a fact that is slowly coming to light.

Pro-Life Advocates Cause Abortion Rates To Soar. Pro-Abortion Advocates Cause It To Decline