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If you build it they will come.

The Arizona-Mexico border fence near Naco

Reuters  i mage 2013

Has the dam really burst and is there immigrant flooding along the where the wall will be built?

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate panel on Wednesday that apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border was below 17,000 in March, marking the least migration since at least 2000.

 

When a Kindergarten fiscal Konservative asks, “How ya gonna pay fer it?” , here’s your answer.

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When a Kindergarten fiscal Konservative asks, “How ya gonna pay fer it?” , here’s your answer.
(This page is huge)
On Republican rationale for “reforming” health care, education, and all the other pious patriotic talk about supposedly wanting our country to “live within a budget” …
Hell that’s what most of us have always had to do (well those of us who learned how to spend less than we take in). We’ve always done that.
So how come we don’t look at all our budget expenses and adjust spending according to legitimate Constitutional priorities , i.e. the “insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare” stuff?
How much – regardless of which party is in charge – are we spending on the following … and why?
Ask your Congresspersons that question. Ask them to tell you why we need to spend so much on this particular budget item at the expense of, say, universal health care, free college education, housing solutions for homelessness.
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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (American Empire Project) Chalmers Johnson and it’s $10 on Kindle and less than $15 in paperback
 

These ain’t no Harlem Globetrotters … hell they ain’t even the Pomona Polecats!!

 
 
 
Trump and his all stars: Flynn, Bannon, Conway, DeVos … 
and now Sessions. Sitting in last place … awe come on!!!

My Congresswoman from the 5th Congressional District, Cathy McMorris Rogers, needs to be sent to the minors. She plays ball for a self-styled Washington all-star team that seems to have no understanding of the rules and philosophy of the civic game of governance.

These particular all-stars are a collection of self-labeled  konservatives who still struggle with stick shifts and complicated words containing more than five letters.

These guys are hoping we won’t have noticed just how “all-star” they are now 6 weeks into their watch. They seem to want the country to stagger forward handicapped by a flat tire at the highest level of our leadership vehicle.

We are getting no correct-direction signals from any of these leaders. They have no skill and are not up to the task of leading, let alone even managing difficulties. Despite the lop-sided political advantage of our most recent national election and the temerity and caution of the opposition party, these supposedly wise Republican leaders and strategists are demonstrating an incredible lack of skill at managing the affairs of state.

As James T. Kirk goaded Khan, “You [Republicans] just … keep … missing … the target.”

If there is such as thing as a “normal situation” in this country I could say that “normally” when one party emerges victorious in an election, those who voted for the other party can take comfort in the general high quality, integrity and bi-partisan value of governing wisdom of those who did win.

Not this time.

These guys make it look like this country elected the Washington Generals instead of the Harlem Globetrotters. They can’t dribble, can’t shoot and certainly can’t play team-oriented ball.

They’re constantly out of bounds, palming the ball, committing foolish and egregious personal fouls and falling further and further behind on the scoreboard.

They try to play on only one end of the court where the bleachers are full of fanatics who want to change the way the game is played, want to change who can play and want to change what the public address system is allowed to broadcast.

If you look down their bench, you don’t see anyone riding the pines capable of substituting for the fumblers on the floor.

You do see some of those benchwarmers nursing dreams of future stardom by focusing on the bleachers when they should be focusing on the game itself.

You see flashes in the pan for whom the team’s financial backers have big plans and lots of money but also a limited self-serving priority of filling more bleachers rather than championship rings.

Not the players …

Not the coaches …

Not the owners …

… none of them show skill, wisdom or even a concern that the team remain viable, competitive and effective.

We’re not witnessing the creation of any kind of winning tradition here in the spirit of the Cavaliers,  Cubs, or Patriots.

Oh no!!

We’re looking at having to endure years of the 1960’s Mets when Casey Stengel asked, “Can’t anyone here play this game?

 

Advice … Don’t vote with your mind asleep

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Good heavens. You heard his promises. You bought his koolaid. You voted for him. Why the hell are you all afraidy and calling Planned Parenthood now?

THE RIGHT WING Shocked Trump Voters Are Calling Planned Parenthood Apparently, they had no idea they might lose their access to health care.

“Mike Pence unfortunately has said he would end that access to care… I run into women every single day who say, ‘You know that Planned Parenthood is the place I go for my annual exam; I don’t know where we’d go without you.'”

And while the battle to defund Planned Parenthood is heavily partisan, the organization’s clients are not.

“The women who come to Planned Parenthood, they are Republicans, they’re Democrats, they’re Trump voters. These are women who had no idea that their health care access was at stake,” Richards noted.

One week before the election, a Politico poll showed that, unlike Republicans in Congress, Trump voters predominantly support federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“We’re seeing this as women are calling us and saying, ‘I voted for Donald Trump, but I had no idea I might lose my access to health care’; that’s the point we’re going to be making,” Richards explained.

 

Who are all these voters who bought the Republican snake oil?

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Make America Grate

Here’s who they’re lookin for … mostly in red states where more government money is accepted than paid into the system.



K I N D E R G A R T E N   K ON S E R V A T I V E S
OR
SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY GULLIBLE PEOPLE

 

1.  Kindergarten Konservatives believe that the nation is a kommunity of citizens that requires strong leadership, kollective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. War is action that creates national spirit and vitality.

2.   Kulture is created by the historically triumphant superior race now living in America. Kultural ideas are what give individuals identity and those who don’t look like Kindergarten Konservatives have no valid kultural contributions.Kindergarten Konservatives thus reject individualism. There is only one true way to see and believe things. Pluralism is a dysfunctional aspect of society. There is no way pluralism causes Amerika to establish a national identity and global personality.

3. It is obvious that there can be more than one political party but each party must have their version of the one true political view. In fact, a single-party state would not be a bad idea.
4. Openness and opposition to konservatism is harmful to America. Kindergarten Konservatives reject and resist the autonomy of cultural or ethnic groups who are not considered a legitimate part our nation and who refuse to assimilate or are unable to be assimilated. Attempts to create such autonomy are an affront and threat to the nation.
5.   Kindergarten Konservatives believe Amerika will be made greater the more korporations and big businesses are left alone.  The political system must include as a basic tenet a business right to consider any product or service as a marketable kommodity from which capitalism ordains a right to extort a profit.

 

6.   Kindergarten Konservatives accuse liberals of creating anarchy through the support of democracy. Economic classes are not capable of properly running a nation. A merit-based aristocracy of wealthy businessmen must preside so as to regiment a nation’s forces of production and secure Amerika’s independence.

 

7.   Kindergarten Konservatives believe in extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy. KKs advocate the use of threats or actual force against other countries in order to safeguard what is perceived as our Kountry’s national interests. We without shame proclaim Amerika to be the greatest country in the world and superior to all others.
 

To know and understand the reality-challenged assumptions made by a political party dominated by its base’ s 4th-grade level

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To know and understand the reality-challenged assumptions made by a political party dominated by its base’ s 4th-grade level response to faux political lunchmeat from talk jocks and the flagship propaganda news network.
This from the chief strategist for the Romney campaign:

The Flat-Earth Set Helped Donald Trump Hijack the GOP and Crash It Into the Ground – His candidacy, aimed at an electorate that no longer exists, is a classic example of losing five bucks on every sale and trying to make it up in volume. – dailybeast.com

Donald Trump is the perfect candidate for those who have argued it should be easy for a Republican to win the White House. He’s spent over a year screaming at the president and Hillary Clinton, calling our largest neighbors “rapists” and stirring up religious bigotry. In a country founded on religious freedom, he’s called for a religious test to enter the United States.

In the flat-earth world, Trump should be headed to a landslide. He’s running against a Democratic opponent who faced a fierce primary, historically one of the keys to winning the White House. Rarely does the White House remain in the same party for three terms. Hillary Clinton is hardly a fresh face and started the general election with high negatives. This should be a cake walk for the angry candidate building an army of missing white voters. How’s it working?

 

 

How could I have ever forgotten those years in the 80’s when I was a devout dittohead when Rush dismissed female equality as mere notorious feminazism?

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Right-Wing Media’s Vice Grip On The GOP Is Only Going To Get Tighter

More and more Republicans and conservatives concede that the GOP is facing an urgent crisis as the party teeters on a full-fledged crackup. Finding it increasingly difficult to field competitive presidential candidates, the GOP, after having handed over its identity to right-wing media voices for years, now struggles with how to move forward, and with how to repair the likely damage the Trump campaign will do to the party.

In other words, the party’s trying to figure out what to do when its public face resembles a rodeo clown like Sean Hannity, and when so many Republican voters live inside the right-wing, fact-free, Rush Limbaugh bubble that Trump so firmly embraced.

… But here’s what is unique about the GOP’s current crisis: Electorally, the party’s in desperate need of an overhaul. Parties on downswings have pulled off those kinds of rebranding efforts in the past. But the GOP has to try to remake itself while large and influential portions of the conservative media, including the conspiratorial “alt-right” media, fight the party at every step.

Fixing political parties is hard, arduous work that takes years of cooperative labor to pull off. Fixing political parties that are weighed down by an egomaniac-driven, multi-million dollar media industry that’s committed to spouting paranoid gobbledygook? That’s virtually impossible.

And that’s the bind the GOP now finds itself in. Even if it wanted to, the party simply cannot extricate itself from this poisonous parasite that has attached itself to the GOP’s vital organs.

Awe … too bad for Flush and Squawk.

Squawk Hannity rejected?

Bet that doesn’t sit well at the Blowhard News Network, not to mention in Orem, or Utah Valley University where St. Sean Of The Cross With Arrogant Smugness has a statue in the auditorium.

More than once I’ve heard the refrain from friends and family with whom I maintain a passing “relativity” that I just flat out read too much.

It’s a problem I’ve been stuck with most of my life … reading too much which is then followed up the equally destructive addiction of thinking too much about what I’ve been reading.

I’ve recently been given to more fully understand that the solution to all the problems in our country are essentially encountered in the simple (or was it simplistic?) minds of the simple (or was it simplistic?) followers of national conservative thinkers like Messrs  Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly and other members of that broadcast think-tank fraternity.

The key is in reducing complex issues into powerful straight forward but brief clarifications.

For example, unfounded concerns about climate change, pollution and ozone layers has been reduced to the straight forward clearing up of any confusion with Limbaugh’s dismissal of my concerns as the “neurotic hand wringing of tree hugging ‘environmentalist whackos.’”

Can it be any clearer than that?

And how could I have ever forgotten those years in the 80’s when I too was a devout dittohead and when Rush dismissed female equality issues as mere notorious “feminazism?”

Is there not something irrationally appealing about living in a world dominated by black-white certitude; where such things as nuances have no impact? That’s the beauty and loveliness of simple (or simplistic?) life in Right Country/

There has to be security in that psychic foreclosure stuff.

But their certitude consigns them to what psychoanalyst Erik Erikson called the state of psychic foreclosure.

Foreclosed persons are easily attracted to the beguilingly simple, one-size-fits-all belief systems of powerful others that they adopt as their own so as to avoid the sometimes lonely rigors of personal searching.

The foreclosed are the ready disciples of demagogues in every age. – Psychologist Paul Ginetty

It really isn’t about logic or common sense.

It really isn’t “I just wannabe loved.”

It’s more of “I want to be singing in the same choir and on the same page as somebody who is simply (or simplistically) famous, influential and popular among my friends.

It’s about an idea that no matter that I sacrifice my individuality and intellectual integrity so long as I am loved and respected by all my fellow sacrificers. We are they who willingly shout “Amen!” to the simple (simplistic?) profound declarations of the national blowhards – those talkers who willingly admit to never having read up on or pursued knowledgeable command of the topic they wish to deride.

It’s not about that kind of sacrifice … its about inclusion and a brothers-in-uninformed-arms intimacy with a voice on a tv screen or the radio.

As psychology professor Paul Ginetty wrote,

They get a chance to feel real smart when the master seems to agree with them, failing to see that it is actually they who are agreeing with him.

Yes, if I want to calm down and retire to a life of ignorant bliss I should repent, reconvert to ditto-headedness so that I too can enjoy a life of simplistic simple-mindedness.

… maybe even stake out a booth at the local Elk Snout Tavern where as a disciple I can spread the shallow gospel of simple arrogant ignorance

 

Where are the voting hoards with pitchforks demanding repeal of Obamacare?

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I agree with Joan McCarter at Daily Kos. The only folks demanding a repeal of Obamacare are Republican politicians. Those are the ones who’ve wasted years making phonygate mountains out of occasional molehills.

Where are the voting hoards with pitchforks demanding repeal of Obamacare?

It’s days until the election and like the three previous contests, Obamacare has once again been a focus of Republicans, who continue to run on the concrete promise to repeal the law and the extremely mushy promise of replacing it. Which no one in the voting public believes anymore. They so much don’t believe it that they’ve moved on from Obamacare repeal (except for the dead-ender Republicans) and just really wish someone would do something about drug prices.- Joan McCarter on Daily.cos.com

 

Weep with me Ethel … We ain’t in the lead car in the parade anymore

 

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The embattled GOP nominee represents the last stand for an entire generation of conservatives.

Weep with me Ethel … We ain’t in the lead car in the parade anymore … and the millennials are on to us. What do they know that’s smarter than what we think we know?

Donald Trump Is the Right-wing, Aging White Boomers’ Last Gasp: The Future May Look Brighter

The presidential election of 2016 has not involved a public policy debate as much as it has chronicled the ongoing struggle of Donald Trump to resemble a sentient and literate human being. As he continues to fail, it becomes increasingly clear that the reality television star, and his group of goblin advisors – Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, Steve Bannon – represent the last gasp of the white conservative baby boomer.
Throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the straight white male boomer’s story enjoyed cultural hegemony. To live as one of these men was to have an all-access VIP laminate around your neck, and a lifetime permission slip in your pocket. You could view and treat women as toys for your personal amusement, denigrate gay men as freaks fit for the circus, and stratify men of other races into a category of inherent inferiority. Life was good for the white male boomer, but suddenly it all started to end. Uppity blacks started to demand liberty and inclusion. “Nasty” women began to assert themselves as equals, and LGBT people demonstrated themselves to be “normal” folks as capable of achievement and decency as anyone else. Each morning the conservative white boomer wakes up realizing that his story matters a little less than it did the day before.

Faced with the erosion of their cultural power, coinciding with their own mortality, conservative white boomers could adjust and adapt to reality, keeping an open mind to new developments, while welcoming the diversification of American institutions, still cognizant of the amazing run of prosperity and influence they enjoyed. Or they could throw a temper tantrum. Most of them, already detached from the real world, opted for the latter.

 

On servers, emails, testimony and who deserves to be prosecuted

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Donald Trump has made putting Hillary Clinton in jail a theme of his presidential campaign, including at Sunday’s debate. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Rolling Stone magazine

Speaking of who needs to be prosecuted …

Karl Rove Erases 22 Million White House Emails On Private Server At Height Of U.S. Attorney Scandal – Media Yawns 

More on tough-talking go-gettem you’ll-be-sorry-you-messed-with-me candidate:

How Fox Helped Fuel Trump’s Threat To Jail Clinton

I read or hear wide-eyed criticism of Hillary based on what essentially is inflammatory and obstructionist propaganda that began as a pre-emptive campaign against her – because they knew 8 years ago that they would have an almost impossible task in defeating her in 2016. Hillary in 2008 – had she defeated Barak Obama for the nomination – would have beaten both McCain and Romney.

So all these wide-eyed gullibles who screech for Hillary’s prosecution are essentially angry about a mental abstraction that has little to do with their own personal reality and everything to do with political manipulation against her.

 

 

Republicans would have us all believe that Trump just fell out of the sky …

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We see the party pretending to be wise, statesmanlike and all full of complete understanding of the meaning of civic duty and discourse.

Tragic stuff is that almost every negative fact and reason for non-support of Hillary that I’ve read or heard from supposedly neutral folks who try to sound thoughtful in their disapproval is based mostly on what has come from the Republican/Konservative base (with the possible exception of Bernie Sanders who opposed her with class and honor rather than innuendo.)

In my own posting history here, I have any times invited a well-thought-out and coherent rebuttal to what I’ve written … gotten a lot of cut-and-pastes of what other celebrity partisans have written, but rarely if at all anything original based on personal research and opinion.

When it comes to candidates, there has only one Republican going back to 2008 whom I considered worthy of my vote based on the man and not the party.

That was John Huntsman.

I agree with that about-to-retire Mormon senator, Harry Reid.

“As this Republican Congress heads for yet another un-earned recess, I feel compelled to comment on how Republicans have treated the president of the United States.

History will look back and note that Republicans in Congress treated President Obama with unprecedented disrespect.

No one expected them to agree with everything he did ― but America deserved better than the way Republicans behaved toward President Obama.

… The only thing Republicans have truly done this year was to prove that they are the party of Trump.

Republicans would have us all believe that Trump just fell out of the sky, and somehow mysteriously became the nominee of their party.
But that is not how it is.

Trump is no anomaly. He is the monster that Republicans built. He is their Frankenstein’s monster. They own him.”

 

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The Trump Voter Base

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Make America Grate

Here’s who they’re lookin for … mostly in red states where more government money is accepted than paid into the system.



K I N D E R G A R T E N   K ON S E R V A T I V E S
OR
SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY GULLIBLE PEOPLE

 

1.  Kindergarten Konservatives believe that the nation is a kommunity of citizens that requires strong leadership, kollective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. War is action that creates national spirit and vitality.

 

2.   Kulture is created by the historically triumphant superior race now living in America. Kultural ideas are what give individuals identity and those who don’t look like Kindergarten Konservatives have no valid kultural contributions.Kindergarten Konservatives thus reject individualism. There is only one true way to see and believe things. Pluralism is a dysfunctional aspect of society. There is no way pluralism causes Amerika to establish a national identity and global personality.

3. It is obvious that there can be more than one political party but each party must have their version of the one true political view. In fact, a single-party state would not be a bad idea.
4. Openness and opposition to konservatism is harmful to America. Kindergarten Konservatives reject and resist the autonomy of cultural or ethnic groups who are not considered a legitimate part our nation and who refuse to assimilate or are unable to be assimilated. Attempts to create such autonomy are an affront and threat to the nation.
5.   Kindergarten Konservatives believe Amerika will be made greater the more korporations and big businesses are left alone.  The political system must include as a basic tenet a business right to consider any product or service as a marketable kommodity from which capitalism ordains a right to extort a profit.

 

6.   Kindergarten Konservatives accuse liberals of creating anarchy through the support of democracy. Economic classes are not capable of properly running a nation. A merit-based aristocracy of wealthy businessmen must preside so as to regiment a nation’s forces of production and secure Amerika’s independence.

 

7.   Kindergarten Konservatives believe in extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy. KKs advocate the use of threats or actual force against other countries in order to safeguard what is perceived as our Kountry’s national interests. We without shame proclaim Amerika to be the greatest country in the world and superior to all others.