Someone finally did it.

Eight-plus years of shit like this:

Trump will End Democracy

Trump wants to be a dictator.

This isn’t hyperbole. Just as they believed Joe Biden was physically and mentally at the top of his game, they believe this rhetoric literally. And now that they’ve realized that Joe cannot win, that neither the attacks on Trump’s character nor the attempts to put him in jail have slowed him down, there’s only one, obvious path. They’ve got to kill Hitler.

Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long. I guess the debate and the “Big-boy” press conference finally flipped a switch.

I don’t think this will be the last attempt.

November’s going to be interesting. Invest in fire extinguishers.

Anybody Want a T-Shirt?

I had to finally retire my “Faith in Government” shirt and I can’t find a new one online, so I designed my own. I’ve used CustomInk before with good results. Here’s the new design:

If I can get orders for at least nine, they’d be $22/shirt plus shipping. Over at Facebook I have commitments for five. Sizes up to 4XL with Tall available. 2XL and larger are an additional $2.50.

She Said it….

I haven’t seen anyone comment on this. Thursday night right after the “debate,” the televised mental institution that is MSNBC had a panel discussion about it. Joy Reid, perhaps one of the most Leftist of all of media said this:

President Biden had one job tonight. And it was… one primary job, and yes it was to litigate Donald Trump’s criminality and all of those things, but he had to settle his own party. He needed to settle Democrats. Democrats you know, they aways talk about “Democrats are bedwetters, and Democrats are always panicking.” YES, Democrats are always panicking, they’re always scared. They’re always thinking they’re going to lose. Democrats are always pessimistic, they’re neurotic.

Neurotic – a tendency toward anxiety, depression, self-doubt, and other negative feelings. Always scared, always panicking. Bedwetters. Who believe only they should run the country.

Had someone on the Right said this, they would have been shouted down by all “left-thinking” people as being,

A) Wrong
B) Insensitive to the mentally ill
C) Beyond the pale
D) Insert yours here.

But Joy Reid said this on television, as a member of a five-person panel that included Rachel Maddow, and no one called her on it. No one so much as suggested she was wrong. It was accepted common knowledge.

Now you understand the constant accusations of Republicans being Nazis, of wanting to “destroy our Democracy,” of wanting to become dictators, of wanting to enslave women and re-enslave blacks, etc, etc, etc.

They’re NUTS. And they know they’re nuts. They drove themselves there. ETA: In addition to being neurotic, they’re the most paranoid population on the planet. (End edit.) They say they are the “Reality-based” party. They wouldn’t know reality if it bit them on the ass. After all, it did Thursday night, and lots and lots of them are now saying it never happened, or if it did, it wasn’t important.

Honestly, it probably wasn’t important:

Seriously, Who is in Charge?

If your schadenboner lasts more than four hours, consult a doctor:

We just witnessed why the FBI didn’t recommend charges against Joe Biden for his classified documents case.

Why is he still President? More to the point, who, really, is pulling the now-broken puppet-strings?

Atheism and Culture

Famous anti-theist Richard Dawkins in a recent interview declared: “I do think we are culturally a Christian country. I call myself a cultural Christian.”

“I’m not a believer, but there is a distinction between being a believing Christian and a cultural Christian,” Dawkins noted, adding: “I love hymns and Christmas carols and I sort of feel at home in the Christian ethos, and I feel that we are a Christian country in that sense.”

Asked whether he sees the decline in church attendance and the construction of some 6,000 mosques, with many more planned, as a problem, Dawkins responded: “Yes, I do, really. I have to choose my words carefully: If I had to choose between Christianity and Islam, I’d choose Christianity every single time.”

“It seems to me to be a fundamentally decent religion, in a way that I think Islam is not,” he commented.

In an interview evolutionary biologist Brett Weinstein said something I thought was quite accurate:

“I think there was a terrible misstep with atheism, and what it did was it unhooked a set of protections, some of which really were no longer necessary, many of which were still essential, but for reasons that were not literally explained in the documents in question and I know because for a while I was pretty close to the only evolutionary biologist trying to bridge this gap, and speaking to religious people and saying look, my colleagues are telling you you’re sick with a mind virus I know that’s not right. Doesn’t mean that what you think took place literally happened and we have to have that conversation. What if what you believe is important but not literal? Right, getting there from an evolutionary perspective, if we could’ve done that earlier and not temporarily flirted with the idea that you know, simple atheism was somehow as sophisticated way of navigating through life, then maybe we could have, maybe those people who had long-standing traditions that contained wisdom that might’ve prevented this would’ve had more power when it mattered.”

Dawkins spent much of his career accusing the faithful of having that mind-virus, and now that he feels threatened by a worse one, well, “Cultural Christianity” isn’t so bad after all!


This is going to be a long one. You’ve been forewarned. Also, almost none of the words are mine, so note the quotations.

Over at Facebook one of my former cow-orkers and I exchange posts. He’s as solid a Leftist as I’ve encountered. He sent me this this morning, saying “Share this opinion piece with your “friends”. Long as it is, it resonates with me.”

Please do read it all, and my response below, also someone else’s opinion piece:

I stopped watching Chernobyl after the first episode because a lifetime ago, I was a serious physics nerd and everything they were saying was absurd about the levels of radiation. Last night we watched the other 4 episodes and I thought maybe I might try and push the rock up the hill again and maybe open some eyes about where we are right now in this truly dystopic Orwellian nightmare.

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a particular hero to me as a teen because he was so brilliant and accomplished the impossible in just 18 months. If you have not read American Prometheus, I highly recommend it because it details a time when we had a government of imbeciles running around with their hair on fire about communists who threw people in jail who wouldn’t admit to that old drunk McCarthy that they were communists.

Like all demagogues, McCarthy thought he was the lone arbiter of who was and who wasn’t a patriot and he rose to such prominence because he was willing to lie about anything to make his baseless allegations. But Joe McCarthy was no patriot nor was his principle henchman Roy Cohn. They used the collective paranoias of stupid people to manufacture a crisis that did not exist. They destroyed lives and relished doing it to what would be referred now as the ‘elitist liberals’ like Dalton Trumbo and Oppy.

Oppy was an extremely educated liberal who spoke to other people like him. Some of whom were communists. This made him a threat in the minds of the men who put Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to death. Ethel was entirely innocent but that didn’t matter to a public brought to full froth by the hysteria of the day. Those men beating the drums of patriotism could not conceive of a man like Oppy talking to a communist and not be a communist himself, the same was said of Trumbo. Guilt by association was just enough for the likes of Cohn and McCarthy.

“For each lie, a debt to the truth is incurred.” Chernobyl

Historians have written heroic books about the great generals of WWII, MacArthur and Patton being the most famous and they do deserve their notoriety but they ignored to a large extent who actually won the war for the allies and that comes down to two men: Alan Turing and J. Robert Oppenheimer. By any measure, Alan was the greatest man of the 20th century.

Oppy is a bit harder to fit into that calculus and he said so himself because he knew atomic weapons would change the world and not in a good way. It’s true the Japanese were whipped and that Doolittle could have continued to firebomb Japanese cities until the Japanese came to heel but that is still speculation. After Nagasaki, the war was over right or wrong, Oppy did that and saved hundreds of thousands of American troops.

After the war, McCarthy went after Oppy. He wasn’t treated like the hero he was and didn’t want to be. He was treated like a Soviet agent and stripped of all of his security clearances because he would not name names. He was threatened with prison, his jobs were taken from him and he was exiled from the community of scientists that *he* built because of the lies of scum like McCarthy and Cohn. Alan Turing didn’t fair much better from his government either.

The McCarthys of that time didn’t really believe in America at all, he wasn’t a patriot no matter how loudly his supporters screamed it. McCarthy didn’t think the idea of America could survive ‘communist infiltration’. He had no grasp of why communism spread in Russia like wildfire because to his primitive and ignorant mind, he didn’t know what it was like to live under a Tsar. ‘If it spread there then it can spread here’ was the thinking because McCarthy didn’t understand or believe in the ideals that founded America. To him, they were so weak and feeble that communism would be preferable than what we had in America. That lie destroyed lives, destroyed families and stands as a black stain on our nation’s history.

The thing about liars is that they have to tell bigger and bigger lies to cover for all the small ones and then that debt to the truth comes due. It came to McCarthy when Joseph Welch lanced the festering boil that was McCarthyism with the truth. Before Welch delivered his fatal blow, he reacted to McCarthy’s slander with this:

“And so, Senator, I asked him to go back to Boston. Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true he is still with Hale & Dorr. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale & Dorr. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would do so. I like to think I’m a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.”

Then a moment later, he drew the blade that ended the national nightmare when he murdered McCarthy with the indelible truth:

Mr. Welch: You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

McCarthy and Cohn of course had no decency. Cohn delighted in going after homosexuals and destroying their lives while being a homosexual himself. They were the most vile hypocrites the world had ever known. McCarthy incapable of feeling shame, drank himself to death after he was humiliated as the coward he was.

I sat there thinking about this as the full horror of what happened at Chernobyl unfolded. The entirety of the Russian government played out exactly like Trump having all of his cabinet praising his greatness, it was vulgar, it was disgusting. Then I remembered all the other dictators I’ve read about in history who surrounded themselves with sycophants. Martin Bormann being the reference example who served Hitler so faithfully. Bormann was a slack-jowled imbecile who was barely qualified to lick stamps but nobody in the Reich dare cross the thug because he was Hitler’s favorite yes man.

I remember that day Trump’s cabinet took turns telling Trump how honored they were to serve under his super terrifically awesomeness and that they were but boot-licking sycophants. Pence really had to lather up Trump’s ass before he could muster a vulgar enough kiss to satisfy that insidious git. I sat thinking that this was the lowest moment in the history of the Republic.

What separated them from the Soviet Central Committee under Gorbechev? Not a damn thing. They *all* lie for a living and kiss the dear leader’s ass. It was the most unAmerican thing ever done in the White House. It was sheer cowardice by each and every single one of them. Any man who had a lick of honor would have walked out in disgust to save what’s left of their honor. The *only* one who got out of this administration with any was General Mattis.

And you can see this cult in all of its terrible glory if you just glance at any of the stories coming in from visitors to the concentration camps now open on United States’ soil. There are zero testimonials from any objective visitor who says conditions are fine. Last Thursday a government Lawyer argued to 3 appellate judges that giving toothbrushes and toothpaste were luxury items not to be afforded for the $700-$800 a day American tax payers are paying private prison companies to house these thousands of misdemeanor offenders. Republicans have strenuously objected to calling these ‘detention centers’ ‘concentration camps’ because nothing offends cult members like the truth about what they are really do. Ask any Scientologist if you’re not positive of this undeniable fact.

Children are living outside, locked up and fully exposed to the elements without food and running water because the man who concocted this policy is a 32-year-old psychopath named Stephen Miller who has devised schemes to strip parents of their children as a ‘deterrent’ from coming to the US. I remember wondering as I read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich how so many people were duped into voting Hitler into office and here I am now witnessing it.

I see right wing lunatics actually calling people ‘Antifa’ as if it is some slur. “Antifa” meaning ‘anti-fascist.’ They seem wholly unaware that Americans won a war against fascism because we were all against what the Axis was doing. What the nazis knew was that they needed to control the press. What modern fascists like Rupert Murdoch have learned is that it is easier to control the masses with propaganda and to do that is to obey Goebbels’ edict to ‘accuse the other side for what you are guilty of.’ This is where Republicans are now.

There is no Republican party anymore. It is a cult of personality except it isn’t Hitler being exalted by the hoards of half-literate morons, it’s Trump. Trump lies to them and they breath in his lies and they repeat them with a religious fervor because none of them are aware that for each lie they tell, they incur a debt to the truth. In Germany and in Chernobyl, those lies always caused death on a mass scale either through incompetence or outright evildoing.

Here we are at a crossroads in American history with an ignorant electorate chanting ‘lock her up’ as if that’s something that’s going to happen. The Secretary of the Treasury is brazenly breaking federal law in full view of all these miscreants and the cult doesn’t care. The Attorney General of the United States, the highest law enforcement official in the land openly committed perjury before the US Congress. The President has committed election fraud, violated the emoluments clause and committed more acts of obstruction of justice than can be counted in full view of the American people and the sad fact of the matter is nothing is being done about it.

The Republican cult doesn’t even want to pretend like they don’t want the Russians involved in the next election. They’ve done exactly nothing to safeguard our elections from Russian interference because they are so easily bought by Putin that they aren’t going to do a damn thing to stop someone who is trying to help them win elections.

I don’t know what it takes before the people take to the streets but if opening up concentration camps isn’t appalling enough to put the spurs in then nothing will. This is how it was done, the chipping away of normalcy with outrage after outrage until insanity became the new normal because as Voltaire so presciently said, ‘anyone who can make you believe absurdity can make you commit atrocities.’ Little children are locked up outside in the elements without so much as a blanket to protect them. They have no rights to anything because the courts are so overwhelmed with cases now that it will take many years before any of these refugees get a hearing. They’re standing children up in front of a judge without a lawyer to defend themselves against imaginary crimes of crossing a line on a rock turning 35,000 mph in a small solar system.

Republicans stole a supreme court seat and they will continue to lie, cheat and steal to remain in power. That’s why Mitch has delivered over 100 carefully selected members of the Heritage Society to fill vacant judicial posts because he does not care about our democracy, he cares about power. As many Republicans have said, they only need someone to sign stuff, they don’t care who. Trump is perfect for their agenda and democracy has never been on their agenda, usurping it is.

20 years of Murdoch’s brainwashing has gotten us to this point and if anyone really believed in justice in this country, the heads of everyone at Fox would be rolling down main street as a lesson to future ambitious propagandists who mean to undermine our nation as that rogue Australian has done more than any other.

To rid ourselves of this seditious scourge is going to take all of us who agree to speak with one voice at the ballot box. It’s going to take protests on a scale not seen in the US. Blood is already being spilled in these concentration camps. Edmund Burke’s warning that all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing is coming to pass *yet again* and here we are at tyranny’s doorstep. How much is enough? What atrocity must be committed on American soil before we get off our sorry asses and start doing something about it?

If you don’t think we aren’t at war with a very determined enemy bent on destroying our country then you need to wake up to reality before we wake up that one morning like Martin Niemöller did when he said,

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Every single Republican in office right now is an enemy of the United States who are conspiring with our foreign enemies to keep themselves in power. So are the people who vote for them because they are no different than the people who voted Hitler into office. I sincerely hope if you agree with what I have said here that you spread this message with any like-minded people because as of yet, I haven’t seen any presidential candidates calling these concentration camps what they are. If we don’t start preparing for next November today, we could wake up to another 4 years of Trump. Our nation cannot survive such a reckless criminal administration the likes of this one for another four years.

The nation will be bankrupt and in its death rattle. We can start speaking in unison this Independence Day by squelching this Trump celebration in DC by turning the real patriots out on a scale he can’t imagine.

It’s time to start fighting and dirty at that while there’s still something worth fighting for.


Your very life depends on it as does our future as a nation.

My reply: “Ok, I read it. Here’s what I gleaned from it: All Republicans are the Enemies of the State.

“As previously stated by Charles Krauthammer in 2002, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” In my opinion, this bifurcation started in the 1960’s, and has been getting Progressively (SWIDT?) worse.

“When Conservatives finally conclude that this is the case – and we’re getting close – you will no longer have anything resembling a Democratic Republic. You will have Ran.”

And I linked to “Ran.” This is that opinion piece:

The Japanese have a word, “Ran”. Sometimes it is translated as “war”, but that really doesn’t express the nuances. “Senso” is the word most often used for war. “Ran” is something much worse.

Many may be aware of the Kurusawa movie by that name. Based on King Lear by Shakespeare, the story deals with conflict, but in a completely crazy way.

When two sides take positions and shoot at each other, it is likely to be called “Senso.” When things are crazier, “Ran” is most often used.

The war that broke the back of the second shogunate in Japan was called the Onin War, but the Japanese term is “Onin no Ran.” It lasted for ten years, with shifting alliances and Kyoto nearly burned to the ground. People went back and forth with who they supported, based on the immediate benefit to them. A war that as an excuse was started over who would be the next shogun instead was a free for all, with people using what side they supported that week to justify killing someone they had been itching to do away with for a long time.

When Oda Nobunaga sent his forces into Iga to slaughter everyone they could catch, they called it “Tensho (after the name of the time it was in) Iga no Ran.” That is the type of thing Ran is. It isn’t war, it is chaos and slaughter on a huge scale.

That is what we are looking at. We are not looking at a civil war. We are looking at an American version of Ran. Some people are looking forward to a civil war, thinking that they will have the advantage and be able to do away with the other side once and for all.

Historically, it doesn’t work that way. We won’t have people lining up and taking a stand so that only those that are guilty of wanting a war and wanting to fight in it will end up dead. There will be no battle lines. People will have their homes burned down with them in it at 2 in the morning because of some political comment they made on Facebook. How are all your guns going to save you when you wake up to your kids screaming in terror at your home being engulfed in flames?

It will be a war of shadows and terror. You will never know who is coming for you or when. You may be a target, or you may be ignored. You will not have anyone to strike back at that are doing the shooting, because those types will be keen to cover their tracks. Only those naive enough to voice opinions but not even consider doing harm will be visible to those doing the killing. Or it might be something you would never think would put you in danger, like your religion or skin color. You can never tell what might cause someone to come after you. If you aren’t one of the idiots sowing terror, you probably won’t even consider that someone would want you dead, until they strike.

And I honestly don’t think we can stop it. Oh, we certainly should try. If I am wrong and we can turn this thing around, then we have to do all we can before we turn into another Lebanon, former Yugoslavia or Somalia. It can happen here, and I fear it will.

I got very good at watching and taking advantage of trends. They do turn around, but most often it is like a huge ocean liner. It takes time and the faster you are going, the harder it is to change course. By the time you see the iceberg, it is too late except to get to the lifeboats. We don’t have any lifeboats in this case.

The way into war won’t be straight down. People like to share graphs that success isn’t a straight line up, but tends to go up with small turns down before heading up again. That is the way things like a stock price move as well, small dips in a trend up or down. But unless there is a huge reason to stop the trend, it will generally keep going in that direction.

So we will get a respite in the near future, but it will only be temporary. Don’t let yourself be lulled into complacency by hoping that people have finally come to their senses. If you look back five, ten or 25 years, you can see the larger trend and not be fooled by the small dips and rises.

We may get to a point where things get so bad that people finally all agree that we have to stop the madness, but we aren’t anywhere near that point now. That is likely to be years down the road, with the society as we know it torn to pieces.

It is time to start thinking about how to survive the Crazy Years. We don’t want it to happen, and we won’t contribute to the killing, but we have to acknowledge that we are likely to be put in extreme danger in some way in the near future. How can we stay safe? Things are changing so fast that even if I had an answer it would be out of date by the end of the year. So we need to keep in our minds the idea of how we can prevent our fellow Americans from killing our families.

We have reached the state of Ran in America.

The picture is of the Japanese character for Ran. –

Don Roley