Speaking of fake news … who you callin a flying monkey?

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Several times lately I have seen cut and paste postings claiming that Barack Obama has been declared the worst  president ever in polls.

Really?

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Where are these images getting the most traction?
Why, the Kindergarten Konservative choir is the obvious object of affection.

The go to words are “cut and paste” which has been the intention of those who created the graphics/images in the first place.

This is a great example of what we all should be doing before we write, accuse, slam, slander – even criticize.

It’s called homework; due diligence; honesty; investigating sources – all the things, for example, our Congress folks on their committees should be researching before they get on television, pop off and make fools of themselves.

Every time I get called on writing something that I have not properly researched I realize I have it coming.

Consider these articles from USA TODAY and New York Magazine that were published two days ago:

Barack Obama is greatest president of our lifetime, 44% of Americans say in Pew survey

Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime

For the above question of fake news and who is lying, I started a web search. I found the same results on several sites and will use Snopes’ report.

Was Obama Ranked ‘Worst President Since World War II’ in a New Poll?

“An outdated poll from 2014 was drastically misrepresented by a number of right-wing sites and pundits, none of whom appears to have correctly sourced the claim.”

All I can say is that if you cut and paste blindly, with blind trust, blind faith and blind confidence, you’ll be nothing more than a flying monkey.
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Flying monkeys is a phrase used in popular psychology mainly in the context of narcissistic abuse. They are people who act on behalf of a narcissist to a third party, usually for an abusive purpose – Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is where we are heading and all the tuff-talk and weapon-waving in the world is not effective or useful. It makes us look sillier than ever.

This is where we are heading and all the tuff-talk and weapon-waving in the world is not effective or useful.
It makes us look sillier than ever. We’re also headed in this direction:

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We are reaching what ought to be the end-times of having to pay for our shallow civic behavior as voters who failed to fully consider the qualifications of our elected leaders. If we stay in the shallow end of the pool we will pay for our stupidity for years to come.

The American Choice must choose to never again be casual nor shallow about why we support the election of specific leaders.

Personally, although having a concern for the circumstances in America and across its borders that draw those willing to work cheaply to this country, immigration reform is not any predominant reason for casting a ballot in support of the immigration-reforming candidate.

Personally, I am concerned about public morality in an ethical sense of the highest good of all concerned. However, moralizing the population based on literal-minded and shallow childish Christian theology is the least of my priorities. We do not need a born-again religious stampeding President or Congress.

Whoever presides must have demonstrated experiential knowledge and not just an ability to speak about American foreign policy and military matters in a thoughtful and intelligent manner; not blustering grandstanding.

We absolutely must benefit from the wisdom of those who have served out there where there has been action.

… someone who is not just a solitary muscle-flexor, saber-rattling cheap-talk personality with god talk, pretend patriotism and no substance

We need someone who has seen blood flow for needless reasons and regretted it.

… someone who has understands that blood can flow for needless reasons and carrying a big stick is not by itself a reason for bloodshed
… someone who understands and grieves for villages destroyed or ruined by blind military tactics
… and who understands what really happens when advisors belittle collateral damage
… someone who understands that intellectual advisors within his administration bearing theories based on book-learning, pseudo-academic gurus, think tanks and the notion of historical precedents are kept on a very short leash

If the leader attempting to pose as presidential material cannot convince me of that kind of wisdom connected to avoiding an imperialism that ignores, demeans and totally devalues the lives of non-Americans everywhere else, then my vote goes elsewhere.

Criminal leadership may have sat in a presidential chair but America has never made a collective choice for those absolutely horrific and shameful values. Our leaders can never again be given an electoral approval without passing the muster of social and global responsibility and accountability.

Our sitting president will go down in history as the absolute poorest American Presidency ever

… As having done the greatest global harm ever

… As the American politician most deserving of impeachment proceedings
… ever in our history.

Nobody owes him one iota of gratitude.

Christian and Biblical Law, the “Sharia” of the United States

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Franklin Graham: It wasn’t Russians who intervened in election, ‘it was God’

God-talking professionals have a stake in right wing political correctness. It is principally for that reason that they look the other way when the Christian version of Sharia Law rears its ugly head into our politics.

Government based on Religion
Women with less rights than men
Gays persecuted, and physically attacked
Science rejected religious doctrine pushed
No separation between church and state

The God-talking professionals who do it for the money owe us their silence. They owe us the respect of our right to choose without their opinion of God’s opinion shoved in our faces.

God-talking professionals would have us believe God is a scorekeeping obsessor with piety and holy self-righteous intolerance – no matter what any dissenter says.

God-talking professionals claim communion is with God interceded by them.

God-talking professionals insist that the very heart of our Christian way of life includes an understanding that Jesus, from the unseen world of spirit, is a commanding presence whose commands must be interpreted and enforced by clerical authority. In their world Jesus can only be a presence who commands Christians what to think, when to think it and who to support.

God-talking professionals have convinced many U.S. citizens that Jesus is a Republican  Conservative, long on cruelty, obsessed with a house of laws and orders, obsessed with human sexuality in general and women’s bodies in particular.

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God-talking professionals seek a pattern of blind obedience to pretended ecclesiastical authority. Spiritual-minded people do not have some Christian duty to blindly consent when someone in prominence announces that the Almighty has chosen or inspired him to lead.

God-talking professionals often proclaim that America has an obligation to impose freedom around the world as The Almighty’s Gift. If we conclude that such a crusade is not our national obligation, we run the risk of stepping outside the dominion of mobs who insist that God takes life, causes suffering, refuses to recognized specific marriages and parenthood and approves of separation of families.

Professional God-talkers encourage that we judgmentally condemn one another, show intolerance to different opinions – particularly spiritual opinions – and ignore political and economic collateral damage. Many professional God-talkers would have us believe we have to choose between a party  of Righteousness and a Party of Evil.

Professional God-talkers go to great lengths to reconcile our government’s catering to the wealthiest in this country at the expense of the poorest; expect us to believe that policies which favor corporate interests that negatively impact employment, poverty and the environment are biblical and/or the will of God. The commandment to replenish the earth does not mean a commandment to exploit it to death by a permanent draining and destruction of natural resources.

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A contrast exists here and we need to address it. Philosophic and economic theories conflict with Jesus’ own words and actions and we ought to be aware of when that happens and when professional God-talkers avoid telling us.

Believing Christians must exercise their own internal wisdom in this regard. Lazy Christians must stop voting according to some prominent personality who, for example, declares that it is God’s will is that the poor will always be with us so we can take their plight with a large grain of political salt. The dumber professional believers will – in their broadcast God-talk – even push the idea that economic prosperity is the direct result of personal conservative, Republican, free-market capitalist piety. They call it Prosperity Theology and take as their model every religious bigot who ever avoided the wounded traveler on the highway.

Active Christians ought to honestly ask themselves,
“If Jesus went out of his way to heal the poor, how is it we continue to stumble along in this country distracted by who marries who, creationism versus evolution, and why a military crusade to force peace on the world are all more important than our own sick and poor.”

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Is not such behavior a selfish and self-centered hypocrisy?

National security is one of our most critical concerns but it is not the only concern. I  would prefer a president inspired by God who is unafraid to acknowledge his spiritual beliefs or lack of belief and then apply what he sincerely believes to be right (even if Franklin Graham disagrees) with a healthy dose of ethics as opposed to a self-serving claim of personal morality.

I do not want or need a president who espouses and effectively acts on his own personal interpretation of what God wants for me as a citizen of my country.

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Jesus never intended that kind of leadership approach. We do not need a Christian  in the White House as the spiritually overbearing commander of American troops.

We do not need politicians or professional God-talkers as God’s economic idealogues.

Today it is time for our passions to speak. In the absence of our own passions, we are passively allowing our society to slide toward being told by others the correct answer to “What does it mean to be Christian in America.

Bigoted Christians preach  discrimination as part of being “fearful” of God in a way that recognizes God’s capacity for wrath and punishment to those who stray, backslide and slip into immorality. The Deity of the God-talking professionals is perfectly capable of destroying the innocent with the guilty as evidenced during the 9/11 attacks and the “godly” fist of Katrina expressing His displeasure with an entire city that had supposedly mocked God for too long.

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This is the stuff of which an American Christian society deteriorates into the shallow and murderous morality of the Taliban. If I were a God-talking professional I sure as hell would not want to wind up on the list God is going to read when He decides which unrighteous Christian bigots are headed for the Dante woodshed.

 

 

Sharia Law, Deth to Liburals and the Silly Section at its worst.

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When we lived in Bay Center, on Willapa Bay (the Washington coast), our next door neighbor had a  little but loud dog, Tito;  a ferociously loud yapper who took it upon himself to defend his territory against all invaders.

That pesky neighborhood-disturbing yapper once caught my attention and I looked outside. Someone had thrown what looked like popcorn out on the road in front of the neighbor’s house and ten to fifteen crows were hanging around after the free grub.

Tito thought not. I watched then as the crows first positioned themselves on telephone lines and trees in a kind of tactical circle so that Tito would be busy trying to keep them all away. When a few of the crows landed at one end of the food, Tito went after them. On the opposite side, other crows swooped down and began feasting. Tito of course turned and roared after the offenders leaving his previous quarry free to move in themselves. It took less than 10 minutes for the popcorn to disappear.

I thought about how the defensive tactic of airborne bombers and submarines illustrates the value of diversion as a means of avoiding destruction. When the pilot or submarine commander orders the release of chaff after an enemy air-to-air missile or torpedo is discovered, the result is supposed to be that the “electronic” attention span of the missile or torpedo is disrupted, distracted and veers off in pursuit of a pseudo target. The planes and submarines remain free to pursue their objective.

Well, the bad guys are using chaff on us.

It seems that like torpedoes, air-to-air missiles and Tito the homeland protector, we who strive to challenge and resist the foreign and domestic policy agenda that Mr. Trump relentless pursues, face an almost daily dose of distracting chaff and crows who draw our attention away. We chase the chaff and run around barking at the distracting crows  while the real vultures stay their course and swoop down on the unsuspecting to bite off more and greater chunks from what is of the people, by the people and for the people.

In this regard, I suppose many would say that manipulators a la Trump and company do their job with so-so success based on skill and powerful success based on voter gullibility. I’m not ready to ascribe to the Trumpsters some idea of superior genius that most of us lack. I do acknowledge their willingness – the outlandish gall, if you will – to simply go ahead and try whatever works; whatever can be gotten away with.

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Since the title promises something about Sharia Law let me make a few observations that I have seen elsewhere and are not necessarily my own original thoughts, although I intensely agree with them.

Consider this :

SHARIA LAW  and  REPUBLICAN PARTY AND SUPPORTERS. Both pursue
Government based on Religion
Women with less rights than men
Gays persecuted, and physically attacked
Science rejected religious doctrine pushed
No separation between church and state

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The truth is, no one – in any official government or political party (Democratic, Libertarian, Republican, Constitutional or Green) capacity has suggested or proposed that the United States of America adopt Sharia Law as a code by which people will be governed.

However talking-head stampeders,  broadcast networks working for the bucks,  talk show hosts in need of large audiences to generate the bucks have created and pushed the rumor. Why?  Well, because  – like you and me – they need income.

Making folks unreasonably mad (or scared) enough to keep coming back pays their bills. To hell with truth, they have bills to pay and an angry gullible audience with wild imaginations fits the bill perfectly.
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Which brings me back to crows, distractions and our smart dog Jake. A few days later I was cleaning out our freezer and found two loaves of special bread we had purchased a couple of years before on a trip. It was obvious by the few spots of mold, that two-year old frozen bread would not do for our menu. After letting the loaves thaw, I was about to toss them in the trash bin when I remembered Tito.

Oh, more entertainment… and I tossed both loaves out on to the road between our house and the neighbors and watched for Tito.

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Tito did not appear, but my own dog, Jake, (who is part Australian Shepherd and Collie and looks like Lassie with a blunt nose) wandered out into the road and sniffed at one of the loaves. Wasn’t his cup of tea and he started to ignore it. At that point another neighbor from up the street walked by with his own dog who sniffed at the other loaf, took it in his mouth and carried it about 30 yards up the road before dropping it and moving on.

By this time the crows had gathered and Jake, like Tito two weeks earlier, found himself invested in keeping the crows from stealing the bread. He stared at the other loaf some 30 yards off as several crows landed and started biting out chunks. Jake rushed toward the action and the crows took flight. Standing over the far loaf he looked back to see the crows landing around the other loaf still on the road on front of our house.

Now Jake is not Tito, not excitable and has a herding and guarding instinct that astounds me at times. He looked at those crows for a moment, took the distant loaf in his mouth, trotted over close to the first loaf – causing the crows to fly off. He then proceeded to bury the loaf he’d carried back to our house, digging a hole less than 15 feet from the first loaf. The crows helplessly watched Jake bury that loaf knowing he was not to be distracted.

When he was through, he trotted over and “stayed the course” with the remaining loaf – keeping the crows from their thievery. I don’t know how long Jake sustained his vigil but I realized that his own tactic of setting aside one distraction for another more appropriate time while continuing with his original task of preventing the crows from achieving their objective was a valuable life lesson.

Think about that the next time you encounter chaff meant to distract you; things like immigrants taking your jobs, Sharia Law, Hillary’s sins, Obama’s birth certificate or just plain satanic liberal agendas.

Although they may evoking sufficient media interest that worsens with public gullibility, they are still not credible topics worthy of attention. Aren’t there more important things upon which your anti-aircraft missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes ought to remain focused, locked and loaded?

Partisan manipulators are not geniuses. Their strongest attribute is cunning combined with a willingness to try anything that might work.

Working to think one or two steps ahead of them is hard but not impossible. The benefits are enormous – the ability to ignore nonsense while closing in on the underbelly itself.

There are intelligent ways to sort out flying bullshit when it fills the breeze around you. Those who thrive on un-original thinking – in effect attempting to be seen credibly by copying and pasting their way to glory – for the most part break one or several of the following when trying to be seen as persuasive.

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Should we continue to look the other way and pretend that reality shows, serial killers, dancing contests and comic book television and movies are more important? Is it not a false notion that truth omitted from our most prominent broadcasters must not be relevant if they are not talking about it?

Do we let spin doctors and propagandists encourage us to ignore things that should arouse in us the most intense indignation one can imagine – an indignation that we as a people truly did not authorize a president to do?

Is the president once again going to continue to try to fool most of the people most of the time?

Only the sleepiest among us believe fair and balanced campaigns from Foxy liars are going to lead to a fair expression of what should be done about Iran that’s in the best interest of corporate America.

Only the blindest followers of a misunderstood code continue to insist the citizens are not patriotic if they don’t blindly accept the unchallenged political self-interest of its commander-in-chief and his doofus decisions.

Perhaps the sleepiest among us are those who thought they were doing God’s work by voting for the incumbent in 2016.

Why? Because only the most outrageous Christian hypocrites make mountains out of moral molehills at the expense of the heart and compassion of the real teachings of Jesus.

Why do we let these people sell us bridges and worthless stock in pseudo-American ideals that no majority of us ever endorsed?

Why do we robot-like jerk to attention when leadership waves the flag.

But then, maybe worrying about liberals and rumors of Sharia Law ARE significantly more important than the reality we live in.

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how zero tolerance regarding the law and a nation’s lack of humanity is somehow “Amerikan” – whatever that hell that would ever mean.

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Jim Martin is with Jared S Polis and Phil Weiser.July 2 at 7:13 PM
This is a memorial to the truth that real facts matter:
Over a third of Americans now don’t believe in the Holocaust of the Jews, but on 2 July 1942, 82 children from Lidice — a small village in Czechoslovakia — were transferred to the Łódź Gestapo office. Those 82 boys and girls were then transported to an extermination camp at Chełmno 34 miles away. They were gassed shortly after their arrival. This remarkable sculpture by Marie Uchytilová commemorates them. What you ignore you empower. 
Never Again.

There’s a comparative here. I would ask the President, the administration, ICE, childish Fox News Pundits and those who offer nothing but foolish rationalizations about how zero tolerance regarding the law and a nation’s lack of humanity is somehow “Amerikan” – whatever that hell that would ever mean.
Thank you to Jim Martin, Jared S. Polis and Phil Weiser for these images.

Hmmm … more comparative from Business Insider journal

Immigrant children detained in Virginia facility say they were beaten while handcuffed and left nude in concrete cells

Old man Huckabee comes across as shallow, almost foppish; the kind of guy who might start a bar fight and then run to hide behind the counter.

Some guys trying to sound thoughtfully and intellectually critical make observations that have no depth. Then someone comes along who does homework, makes a legitimate response. Old man Huckabee comes across as shallow, almost foppish; the kind of guy who might start a bar fight and then run to hide behind the counter.

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So how come the “greatest country in the world” is afraid of women worldwide practicing natural breastfeeding? 

UPDATE: 07/08/18 : “It was the Russians who ultimately stepped in to introduce the measure — and the Americans did not threaten them,” the report said.

(Earlier I published the following.)
Just published today in the New York Times: U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials  One of the Ugliest Undersides of American Corporate Welfare

So how come the “greatest country in the world” is afraid of women worldwide practicing natural breastfeeding?
Oh … probably national security.
I get it.

If capitalism loses any kind of profit anywhere, the mighty might fall. That of course is the art of the deal. Look out for number one. We’re number one! To hell with all the other number twos and beyond.

Excerpt:

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

“Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.”

Right!