American Exceptionalism Simply Prevents America from being Truly Exceptional

While Israel has it’s birthright travel policy, perks (America needs the opposite) a special program to help Trumpeteers to travel, to get out of their caves, to contribute to society. If America wants to be exceptional – it needs to address its Trumpeteer problem.30% of Americans have passports

Now that we have all been equipped with a passport—let’s do some traveling.

This blog is a more than a tribute to Michael Moore

This blog is little more than a tribute to Michael Moore (a documentary maker who has had so many important things to say).

He uses humor to paint a truly bleak picture of the epic consequences of blind parochialism. He tries to wrap himself in the flag of optimism, but that is more a contrived testament to the fact that Americans can not bear to accept that they can learn anything from anyone outside their borders. “God bless America,” must mean that God is personally vested in America—rather odd since it would be difficult to find a country further removed from the Holy Lands.

OK, so the Mormons might have found a wormhole shortcut—but really?

Michael Moore’s documentaries are not accessible to those that lack critical thinking skills–those people that spout randomly and unintelligibly about freedoms, patriotism, and American exceptionalism. Michael Moore often uses his passport to travel in order to glean various gems that help to put American issues into a fuller perspective.

Stupidparty filmmakers have not figured this out and boy, do they make crap movies. Apparently, Stupidparty types cannot make intelligent films explaining their unintelligent thoughts. Well, of course, they can’t, so this should hardly come as a surprise. But most interestingly we can actually claim that critical thinking movies are infinitely better (math can be beautiful). That sounds mathematically impossible, but a quirk of fate makes this seemingly absurd statement literally true:

Movies for vs against Stupidparty values

Well…

Michael Moore is back, and at the top of his game and making the most important documentary of his career.

No, it cannot reach the people who most need to see it, but that is the fate of virtually all intelligent political thought.

Or maybe I am wrong.

I am beginning to see a scenario whereby Americans might be ready for a dose of reality (thank you Trump)—but that is a different story.

For now, let me encourage you to learn how Michael Moore explains in plain simple English how to make America great again.

Now I admit that Mr. Moore does have an Achilles heel–he could include more actual statistics, and on occasion, the numbers he uses can be slightly askew. The concept of Italians getting an extra month of pay at Christmas was funny and technically true, but the use of this statistic was also a bit naughty. Of course (and as a general rule) Italians have a far better quality of life than their US counterparts, and it is really scary that Americans remain oblivious.

The Italians (and the Greeks) can make a mess of their economy, but that is more due to the volatility of their brand of democracy, incompetent and corrupt implementation of policies, rather than the policies themselves. Michael Moore often misses numbers that would strengthen his case but the underlying message is still eminently irrefutable—how can we bring America back in line with the rest of Humanity?

How can we mitigate myopic parochialism? I wish that the US government would give everyone a passport and provide sufficient funds (travel and accommodation) for any citizen that has not traveled internationally, to take a one month paid leave of absence after every 10 years of work. Americans have forgotten one key principle; in life, we should work to live, not live to work. But the second best option would be to simply have this film (perhaps tidied up a bit) as part of the school curriculum.

Allow Michael Moore to lift the blinds from our eyes and allow us to see the often really simple answers to the following types of issues:

  1. Healthcare
  2. How to run a business
  3. What should we do about women
  4. How Much paid vacation should we have
  5. What should we do about drug problems
  6. How should we run prisons
  7. How should we treat a mass murderer
  8. How should kids be fed in schools
  9. How should kids be educated
  10. How should education be funded
  11. How to handle the bankers who screwed the taxpayers
  12. How to assist stressed out employees
  13. Who should we care about
  14. How should we handle the dark side of our Country’s histories

In a recent interview, Michael Moore suggests that we should institute another cause of death—simply being American. What does he mean by that?

Because after Hillary Clinton failed to get healthcare reform passed in the 1990’s, because she was the devil, over 1,000,000 Americans have died through not having the health coverage that any normal society provides. But this little factoid (which is not even in the documentary) is but the tip of the iceberg touching upon the absurd amount of Stupidity that has simply become the norm in the US. Not a single person in Portugal has been arrested in the last fifteen years for using drugs. Who do you think has the bigger drug problem? Why do the powers in this country love the criminalization of drug usage? Once this and other pennies begin to drop you can now begin to understand why US democracy has become such a joke. Once these pennies drop, you will better understand my constant mantra—Stupidparty is deadly, in more ways that can easily be counted.

The Washington Post reports:

The stakes grow progressively higher and more emotional as Moore lumbers along, discovering equal rights for women in Iceland; humane prisons in Norway; free higher education — even for foreigners — in Slovenia; and government-funded women’s health clinics in Tunisia.

Along the way, Moore circles back to a fascinating insight: A lot of these progressive ideas originated in America. It is a Norwegian prison guard, ironically, who reminds Moore that cruel and unusual punishment is outlawed by the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Moore zeroes in on another common thread: The governments of these countries appear to care about their citizens, and the citizens care about one another. Community trumps money and military prowess.

In one of the most moving scenes, Moore sits with the Norwegian father of a teenager who was slain during a 2011 attack on a summer camp that claimed 77 lives. There’s no death penalty in Norway, but Moore wonders if this grieving father wishes there were. No, he responds. Killing another person is not a right.

Don’t Blame Just Trump for all the Blossoming Bigotry

Am I being Hyperbolic? Am I being opinionated? I plan to steer clear of that.

Kris Kobach thinks being black is a get-out-of-jail-free card while Obama is president

I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Bigotry is all around me
And so the feeling growsKris Kobach is Secretary of State of Kansas, and as such he is a Pillar of the Stupidparty. He is also considered one of the driving forces behind ALEC written legislation. His demeanor in consoling a caller who implies laws may be suspended for African Americans continues the race baiting policies that have epitomized his time in Kansas.Somewhere over the rainbow
lies are none too few
And the hate that you fear is our fate
Really is coming true

By Patrick Andendall   http://buff.ly/1cmJzIL

http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/12/banning-muslims-25-questions-and-comments-pitch-fork-mob.htmlQuestions and comments for Stupidparty...first question: Why do you exist?


“I have to tell you, eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

NRA Wayne Pierre thinks there should only be ONE Token Minority President

The NRA is a pillar of the Stupidparty. While most NRA members are open to sensible conversation, they are largely unaware of the fact that the NRA is not a democracy. Little do these members know that they are in fact treated like sheep, oblivious that their views are barely relevant since the NRA agenda is effectively driven by the nine-person nominating committee, and that is how the the NRA has become such an odious organization. It has been hijacked by extremists. But of course Stupidparty disciples don’t care, and neither does the Stupidparty itself–because the NRA calls the shots. You think I’m being hyperbolic? Opinionated? We never need opinions to eviscerate the Stupidparty–the facts are simply too abundant.First let me quote the ever so Conservative Forbes magazine  “If you’re looking for a sure-fire recipe to boost gun sales, there’s nothing like putting a heavy dose of paranoia (along with a large dollop of racist fear mongering) into the atmosphere to get the job done—and NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre has certainly done his part. In an op-ed published Wednesday by The Daily Caller , LaPierre twisted more than a few facts while arguing that the world is hell and attempting to navigate your way through it without a semi-automatic weapon at your side can only be perceived as sheer madness.”

Now before we get to the next statements consider the following fact:

Since Obama was elected, zero guns have been removed–there are now more guns! This in spite of ever mounting school shootings (1700% more likely than in European schools), rising incidents of fatal, obscene and racist police shooting fatalities, rising gun fatalities (France has 98% less–adjusted for population). Nothing has been done and most disturbingly of all—nothing will be done. It is as simple that. It is so simple that Stupidparty disciples remain totally clueless–and we know this because Wayne La Pierre gets roaring approval when he states the following at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention:

La Pierre told Americans (more recently) “…not to vote for someone like President Obama or Hillary Clinton–and not because of the content of their character. In a surprising turn of events, LaPierre managed to out-racist Ted Nugent and out-crazy Sarah Palin, both speakers who work hard for those distinctions during their own talks during each year’s convention.

During LaPierre’s talk, fear-mongering and hyperbole were on full display. According to LaPierre’s view, the next 650 days are “the most dangerous days in history for the Second Amendment…”

Is he insane? Nothing can happen in the next 650 days! No, he is not insane, he is a liar, and the Stupidparty base loves liars. They hate the truth and they hate the facts. Am I being hyperbolic? Absolutely not, because calling LaPierre a liar is really just a courtesy. Consider the following statement that he made:

“I have to tell you, eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

This is from a man–an aging white man, who has a long history of racism. But this statement is not simply racist, it is misogynistic. How much ignorance and hate can you pack into so few words? How come this guy is a pillar of the Stupidparty–a hero the Stupidparty base?

Of course, Stupidparty is so absurd that they fail to recognize that this bigoted statement applies to about 75% of the US population.

Donald Trump is a pillar of the Stupidparty. He may well initiate a Presidential Campaign. If he ran he would probably secure about 45-47% of the national vote. I have been told (hearsay) that when Donald Trump enters a room full of high society types, charity functions etc., that no one wants anything to do with him. He is universally loathed by people who sort of know how the game is played. I wonder why? Let’s start with the recent Ebola scare:


Donald Trump thinks Ebola volunteers should not be allowed re-entry into the U.S.

Seven Pillars of Stupidparty Hate as captured by Vintage Lawrence

A Stupidparty mind would not recognize how loathsome and stupid that statement was. How the hell does he (and his support group) think Ebola spreads, and how do they think Ebola is contained? Ebola spreads by fear and panic, it spreads by believing in myth–cultural or religious claptrap. Yes, it’s is scary and fairly contagious, but the bigger the threat the more you need to follow the advice of public health experts–of scientists.Am I being Hyperbolic? Am I being opinionated? No–get a grip and ask the following questions

a) how was Ebola contained and

b) how was the USA protected from a significant outbreak?

It was contained by experts going to the source, putting their lives at risk and treating and educating the impacted populations. A dear friend and wonderful young lady went to Guinea to be part of that effort–you can find out about her experiences here, here and here.

If you are even remotely familiar with the facts, you would understand how vile the above tweet was. The two American missionaries Trump was tweeting about would probably have died. If brave caring people were not prepared to go to “far away places”, maybe millions would have died in Africa alone. If all of America thought like Trump and his fans, maybe millions of Americans would have died.

Hateful, ignorant, tribal bigotry costs lives. How does he think diseases spread—how does he think civil strife, tribal genocide and wars occur? While Trump was propagating hate, my friend in Guinea was having dinner in some dive in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with a couple of co workers. One of them received a call. This turned out to be a call from President Obama, thanking that person for the what they were doing. They were not even Americans, but Obama was offering support and encouragement to the people on the front lines.–the same people that Trump would leave to die if they got sick.


Will Birthers vote for Canadian born Cruz?

But Trump’s bigotry and buffoonery do not stop there. Donald Trump is a “birther”, and birthers are people who choose to believe Obama was born in Kenya. Birthers are either ignorant or racist. In Trumps case we can rule out the former because Trump has the resources to understand the facts. Trump had the resources to send investigators to Hawaii. But he never cared about the facts.
How do I know?
Well what the media has failed to dwell on is that Trump revealed his true colors during a CNN interview with Suzanne Malveau, when Trump cited a (mis) quote from the president’s grandmother that said Obama was born in Kenya. In fact, the recording to which he refers shows Sarah Obama repeatedly saying through a translator, “He was born in America.” You can listen to the actual tape yourself—something that this sorry excuse for a . . . (controlling myself) . . . clearly refused to do. CNN pointed out that they had the actual tape, with the correct translation. Donald Trump refused to listen, had zero interest in the facts, and just plowed on spewing his bile. But Stupidparty Disciples don’t care.

Trump angry because a Mexican won an Oscar

Now to be fair some very objective observers will argue that Trump is not so much of racist as he is a Jackass.
Nobody in their right mind could deny the latter.

Perhaps in a different context, I could give him some benefit of the doubt. But the problem is that 51% of the Stupidparty base are “Birthers” and they are not all narcissistic jackass’s but they are either ignorant or racist (or both). So if Donald trump is merely a jackass, he is willfully inflaming racism. Personally, I struggle to see the difference. But there is more. A racist might look at high rates of crime in the Black community and conclude that by being Black you are likely to be a criminal. A non-racist might look at the same numbers and see a socioeconomic problem. The problem with former approach is that it not only creates an intellectual dead-end to an evident problem, but by marginalizing a minority with the use of inflammatory language, the problem will not only be self-perpetuating, but will continue to get worse. Trump is also guilty of this latter approach.Donald Trump gets quite agitated when a Mexican director wins Best Movie at the 2015 Oscars. No such agitation has been apparent when White foreigners have walked away with such honors countless times. What is it about Trump and Mexicans? Announcing his Presidential campaign, in what must have been a carefully crafted speech, we see not Trump the Statesman but Trump the “Hatesman”:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

“And some I assume are good people,” he added.

Donald TrumpWhat is up with Trump's apparent racism? said he would force the people of Mexico to build his vowed border wall to keep immigrants out of the United States, warning that if his order was not fulfilled, he would do something “severe.”

When asked how he might force the country to build this wall, Trump said in an interview that aired on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, “you force them because we give them a fortune. Mexico makes a fortune because of us. A wall is a tiny little peanut compared to that. I would do something very severe unless they contributed or gave us the money to build the wall.”

The 2016 presidential candidate added, “I’d build it. I’d build it very nicely. I’m very good at building things.

Trump has since been fired by NBC, but the Stupidparty base are not deterred because they have been stirred, Trump’s poll ratings have surged as the slaughter of basic decency has occurred.

For that is Stupidparty.

51% of Stupidparty Disciples Are “birthers.”
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49554.html

If we were in the period of Christ’s life, a time when deities were a dime a dozen, the Roman Emperor Caligula Trump would not only demand to be worshiped as a god but he would truly believe that he was a god. The only difference being that Donald Trump does not have the excuse of having drunk water through lead-laden pipes. Here’s the thing, Donald Trump loves himself so much–an aging white dishonest entitled wealthy narcissistic—that by comparison he can only hate the opposite.

Donald Trump is a racist.


Joni Ernst is a pillar of the Stupidparty

Joni Ernst is a pillar of the Stupidparty, as one of the best and brightest Stupidparty shooting stars (I call them shooting stars because their shine can never outlast the light of day), she was chosen to give the Stupidparty rebuttal to the Obama 2015 State of the Union speech. As an aside, I have already written about each of these “responders” since Obama became President and demonstrated how rotten to the the core all but one are. But our women Joni is something special as she tries to turn Jesus Christ into a hateful bigot. Evidently Jesus would not want people to get healthcare. According to Joni Ernst, Jesus had contempt for the poor. Us “liberals” want you to believe that Jesus was a caring individual. If you are remotely confused about who Jesus was–if you even suspect Jesus of being a bigot, of being a Misogynist, of disliking foreigners of liking guns etc etc, I have put all that into perspective. So what type of person would proactively try and turn a good man into a toad? Well, that would be a hateful person with a long list of perverted notions.

How bad are the views of Joni Ernst:

Puzzle–Find a single value that can be identified with Jesus.

  1. She supports a “personhood” amendment that could make all abortions illegal and endanger birth control and in-vitro fertilization.
  2. She has called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment.
  3. She thinks states should be free to nullify federal laws.
  4. She has vowed to vote for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
  5. Ernst has proposed eliminating the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency as a means of cutting federal spending.
  6. Ernst has expressed her support for allowing law-abiding citizens to “freely carry” weapons
  7. She carries a “beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter,” in her purse in part to protect her “from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”
  8. She buys into the conspiracy theory that the United Nations’ “Agenda 21” is a secret plan to usurp democracy.
  9. She suggested that an international cabal would relocate her constituents to Des Moines.
  10. She told the Des Moines Register editorial board in May that the United States really did find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  11. She would support legislation that would allow “local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement” Obamacare.
  12. She has spoken in favor of privatizing Social Security and waxed nostalgic about the time, before food stamps, when “wonderful food pantries” took care of the poor.
  13. She is opposed to a federal minimum wage and has said that $7.25 an hour suffices for Iowans.
  14. On the subject of global warming, Ernst has stated: “I don’t know the science behind climate change  (this is Koch code designed to hinder any actions on the issue).
  15. She co-sponsored a failed bill to amend the Iowa constitution to have marriage legally defined as between one man and one woman.[23][87] She opposes same-sex marriage.[88]
  16. She had been active with one of the most nefarious groups in the USA–the highly secretive and Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council. Understanding how utterly repulsive ALEC – is a vital responsibility for every Citizen that is remotely interested in salvaging their emaciated Democracy.
  17. Despite her clear history of close association with the Koch brothers, Joni Ernst claims she doesn’t have any contact with outside groups running ads in her race.
  18. She is Koch puppet–(The Hill). The Koch’s took a “particular interest in helping her campaign.” Ernst was the first candidate in an open 2014 Senate race to benefit from “maxed out” personal contributions by the Koch’s. And Koch-backed groups such as Americans for Prosperity and the Freedom Partners Action Fund poured millions of dollars into Iowa, where Ernst enjoyed a $14 million outside-spending advantage over Braley.
  19. Koch Puppet: Last June, Ernst told attendees at a secret Koch donor summit in Dana Point, California that, although she started as “a little-known state senator from a very rural part of Iowa,” it was “the exposure to this group and to this network and the opportunity to meet so many of you, that really started my trajectory.”
  20. Ernst told business leaders in Des Moines complaining about negative ads run Koch groups “that she doesn’t  have any contact with outside groups running ads in her race” This is a lie— listen to the below audio.
  21. The report pointed out that Ernst frequently reminded voters and now constituents of her combat veteran status, and she has not corrected others when they suggest she led troops into battle. Ernst did not lead her troops into combat as one of the ads supporting her claims. Her troops were not combat personnel, and their mission was not combat. Essentially, she was in charge of a group of truck drivers. I am sure that the mission of supply delivery had many potential hazards, but driving trucks from one secure area to another secure area is not combat even if personnel were armed with M-16s.

Throughout the world–far right parties have a reputation for being antisemitic. How does a far right party suddenly fall in love with Israel?“An upcoming Republican National Committee trip to Israel is being fully funded by a hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an American civil rights organization.

The trip, which will take 60 RNC members to Israel for nine days beginning Saturday, is being paid for by a subsidiary of the American Family Association, which the law center  in a news release last week called a “hate group” known for its “extremism and its demonizing attacks on minorities.”

Jewish and Arab children want peace-David Avocado Wolfe

The 47 Senators who are the literal Pillars of the Stupidparty. Does it not strike you as odd that suddenly the Stupidparty is showing an unadulterated love for Israel? What other far right (hate) Group on the planet loves Israel? Do you really believe that Sarah Palin’s church in Alaska was never antisemitic, that evangelicals who all believe that Jews are going to hell (who blame Jews for the Crucifixion of Jesus), do you really believe that, suddenly, none of these people are antisemitic?The Stupidparty has only one Jew in the whole of congress. Back in 2014 they also only had one, Eric Cantor, and he pretty much admitted that his party had an antisemitic problem. The National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement on Cantor’s remarks: “It’s both admirable and disturbing in the extreme to hear Majority Leader Cantor’s candid remarks regarding the dual challenges of racism and antisemitism that he has detected in the House GOP caucus.”

So what is really going on? Actually, nothing but hatred is going on. You think I’m being hyperbolic? You think I’m being opinionated. Really?

Well, get a grip.

Now just look at the above photo through the eyes of a Stupidparty Disciple. First, they will see that Arab kid and this will rekindle all that Muslim profiling, the Iraq-attacked-us-on-9/11 nonsense, fear of those insane cowardly terrorists. Then they look at the Jewish kid and they think, well that kid is doomed to hell, but the Jews have done a pretty good job of containing /killing Arabs, and the second coming of Jesus will be in the Middle East. Arabs are worse than Jews—so keep the area cleansed of Arabs…

But this is only half the story.

One must also consider the Stupidparty disciple hatred of Obama–therefore anything he does must be wrong. Obama, like every other foreign leader, is simply trying to nudge Israel into complying with International law. But Obama must wrong because

a) he is Obama and

b) he talks to foreigners (forgetting that Netanyahu is a foreigner), because hate has no logic.

But there is one more big piece to the story. Jewish money is having a huge impact on the Stupidparty. Just one Billionaire Zealot Sheldon Adelson (advocates using nukes on Arabs) pretty much single-handedly financed the Newt Gingrich 2012 Presidential effort (Gingrich immediately starts Parroting the views of Netanyahu), once that campaign hit the rocks Abelson was happy to provide unlimited funds to Mitt Romney (Romney immediately starts Parroting the views of Netanyahu). As it was Romney was such a flawed candidate that Adelson held back from contributing much more than around $100m. But all that is now just the tip of the Iceberg.

How did the leader of the Traitorous 47, Tom Cotton, get elected? Yes, it was $1,000,000 from “the emergency committee for Israel”* – plus other such contributions. *The Emergency Committee for Israel is a right-wing[1] 501(c)(4) political advocacy organization in the United States.[2] The group’s board members include Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer, and conservative writer Rachel Abrams,[2] wife of Elliott Abrams.[3] Noah Pollak is its executive director.[2]

This organization also accused the Occupy Wall Street movement of being anti Semitic, which (if one has knowledge of the mechanics of the that protest group) is just infantile.

It is not just Adelson who is trying to buy up American Democracy and put it into lap of a foreign Government. Other Jewish Billionaires such as Paul Singer, Seth Klarman are upping the ante, big time.


Why would an antisemitic party bend over backwards to behave in a Traitorous fashion?

Antisemitic Republicans behave like traitors

Salon and the New York Times reports: Donors say the trend toward Republicans among wealthy, hawkish contributors is at least partly responsible for inspiring stronger support for Israel among party lawmakers who already had pro-Israel views.”Giving Netanyahu the floor of the U.S. Congress to criticize a standing president, writing letters to Iranian statesmen doing the same, and now partnering with Israel to further what Netanyahu sees as its interests, and placing those interests before those of the United States indicates a radical appropriation of the political process.

Now one could conceivably see these actions as emanating from sincere belief, but given the huge dollars flowing into the coffers of those who tow the Netanyahu line, one can more logically see these actions as motivated by things other than love of Israel. Indeed, that same New York Times article quotes Geoffrey Kabaservice, a Republican Party historian: “’Israel did not traditionally represent that kind of emotional focus for any element of the Republican Party,’ he said. ‘But the feeling now is that it is a winning issue, as it helps them to appear strong on foreign policy.’”  That, and collect bundles of cash.

So the antisemitic party, boasting just one Jew (a New Yorker) in Congress (compared to 28 Democrats) is happy to promote war in return for tons of money and all the political advantages of exciting it’s bigot base by disrespecting a Black-American President. Their hatred runs so deep and taps such a lucrative vein of electoral gold that they not only had contempt for the Logan act, but almost certainly worked with Netanyahu’s secret intelligence to undermine US foreign policy. This is not legal, but investigating such charges and putting 47 Senators into jail is not a task for a Black President. For example, if Obama had actually succeeded in removing one gun from one dyed in the wool moron, he may have invoked a civil uprising motivated by seeking a good ol’fashioned lynching. So imagine the likelihood of seeking justice for the 47 traitorous Senators.

Just for the record, the reasons why trying to undercut outreach to Iran is totally unacceptable, are explained here.

Other forms of hate:Any one one who is capable of critical thinking would not understand that the problems surrounding Ferguson— are rooted in a long history of racial antagony. This history is explained here.

Only 22% percent of SP  disciples believe Ferguson raises important racial questions.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/215413-ferguson-divides-public-along-racial-party-lines

Similarities to the way the peoples of Ferguson and Palestine are treated is explored here.

I have analyzed the Stupidparty’s and the far right affinity for domestic terrorism here.

Confederate bigotry is discussed here.

The reason for institutionalized misogyny within the Stupidparty is explained here.

The motivations of the four Stupidparty disciples looking to destroy Obamacare can only be explained by blind hatred—explained here.

Why does Stupidparty hate Science – explained here and here.

The racial motivations behind Voter suppression are explained here.

Supremely Stupidparty John Robert’s infantile notions about race are explored here.
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I let the Pope explain why it is not OK to rape and pillage the planet here.

Indicators of rife bigotry in the Stupidparty base

1)      49% Believe Acorn stole 2012 election. PPP 2012 (BTW, with no funding, Acorn dissolved in 2010).          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/acorn-republican-voters_n_2239298.html

2)       51% Are “birthers.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49554.html

3)       57% Believe Obama is a Muslim.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/03/22/scary-new-gop-poll.html

4)       66% Believe Obama is a socialist.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/03/22/scary-new-gop-poll.html

5)       24% Believe he may be the Antichrist.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/americans-believe-obama-anti-christ-global-warming-hoax_n_3008558.html

6)     62% In Ohio (not the silliest state) do not know whether Mitt deserved equal or more credit than Obama for Bin Laden’s death.
http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_OH_9912.pdf

7)     Only 22% percent of SP  disciples believe Ferguson raises important racial questions.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/215413-ferguson-divides-public-along-racial-party-lines

8)     68% of Stupidparty voters believe the President should impeached for????* see below diagram for various reasons.

https://today.yougov.com/news/2014/07/14/one-third-americans-want-impeach-obama/

9)     Only 11% of SP disciples believe Obama loves America. This is a reaction to Giuliani’s sad statements and pitiful record regarding his own “family values”—a man who has many lessons to learn from Obama in that regard.

https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/02/24/obama-patriotism/

10)   62% of SP disciples believe Obama is secretly trying to take away every ones guns.

11)   44% of SP disciples believe that Obama is secretly trying to figure out a way to stay in office beyond 2017.

Have I missed a Pillar of the Stupidparty? Maybe Fox News or its sister in crime Hate Radio?

Stupidparty Math v. Myth
So has one of our parties become a hate GrOuP? Have I been Hyperbolic? Have I been opinionated?
If so where?

Are any of my statistics, case studies erroneous in any way? If you do vote for the Stupidparty, do you really feel comfortable with the company you keep? How are you conducting yourself to get the hate genie back in the bottle? Or are you enabling hatred? Is it time get off that bandwagon?Since I avoid opinions–I must leave the answer to this question up to you, the very patient and curious reader. By coming to your own decision, it becomes your responsibility.

Is Mike Pence Honestly Stupid, Stupidly Honest or Just Stupid?

The one time talk radio host “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” who chats his way to the Governorship, the guy who blew his Presidential aspirations over his cock up in his handling of Indiana’s Orwellian named religious liberty law, the guy who evidently Trumped regretted picking as his VP even before Trump officially picked him as his VP—”CNN’s Dana Bash and NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell both reported that Trump got cold feet Thursday night over his apparent veep choice, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. According to Bash, Trump was “so unsure” about his offer to Pence that “around midnight last night, he asked aides if he could get out of it.” O’Donnell tweeted that the real estate mogul was on the phone late into the evening on Thursday, “asking if he could change course on VP pick.” It is not like the negative feeling is not mutual -no it is much worse than that – The National Review’s Tim Alberta reported in April that longtime friends of Pence’s said the governor “loathes” Trump. Alberta stood by that reporting on Friday. A match made in hell then. Yes meet the StupidParty of 2016, a year when every day is Christmas day…

Meet Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana…
Stupidity is now a religion in Indiana. Thanks Mike.

Mike Pence struggles with the simple stuff:

 

Evolution                          fail

Global warming               fail

Was World Created in Seven days            fail

Too Stupid to Understand that Campaign  donations are not a personal piggy bank

The Washington Post reported: “Mike Pence was a young lawyer on the rise, challenging a longtime Democratic congressman in a Republican-leaning Indiana district. And then, scandal. Campaign finance records from the 1990 effort showed that Pence, then 31, had been using political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife.” But I guess that such stupidity had never surfaced before —”Experts say that subsequent rules passed by the Federal Election Commission barring the use of campaign funds for personal needs were the direct result of ethics concerns raised by Pence’s actions.”

Mike Pence wanted his own Taxpayer funded News Service. On becoming Governor his first brilliant idea had the country rolling on the floor in laughter: Like the any little dictator (perfect for Trump)  his failed plan to make a taxpayer-funded state-run news service that would produce content for Indiana papers about the Pence administration, along with other miscellaneous stories. I am sure that Trump will rekindle this great idea, as he remolds the country’s news services.

Ethics Fail

Self Awareness  Fail

Mike Pence wants more Religious Freedoms: All these values are pseudo Christian values.

 

Abortions: He has decimated access to abortion: In March 2016, Gov. Pence signed a measure prohibiting women from obtaining an abortion because of the race, gender, or disability of the fetus, making Indiana only the second state in the nation to do this. He slashed funding for planned parenthood – an organization that uses Zero taxpayer money for abortions. Going after planned parenthood, restricting access to abortions, means that numerous women will die, or get consigned to poverty. It is an act of misogynist manslaughter which I prove here. Replacing planned parenthood centers with  religious based scam health centers is also deadly—which I prove here.

StupidParty is Deadly

Abstinence Education – simply does not work, but Mike Pence is simply too simple to worry about life saving, abortion reducing, facts:

Mike Pence announced he was awarding a $3.5 million contract to Pennsylvania-based Real Alternatives, which had already received $1 million for a pilot project in Indiana.

Mike Pence is at pains to state that he is not a bigot, yet this is what his website stated when he ran for Congress:

The “Pence Agenda” supported “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus,” and went further to say resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” Under the headline “The Pence Agenda: A Guide To Renewing the America Dream,” he said, “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.”

So how could this be deadly?

INDIANAPOLIS — A team of high-ranking federal officials will visit Indiana on Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the response to an HIV outbreak of more than 140 cases, one of the largest in recent years, in the hope of learning ways to prevent similar occurrences.”This is one of the worst documented outbreaks of HIV among IV users in the past two decades,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “It’s of import to the CDC as well as the people of Indiana.”

Gov. Pence then declared an HIV epidemic in south east Indiana, an epidemic that he caused because of his attitudes toward homosexuality (being curable etc), sex education, abstinence and doing away with the needle exchange program.This declaration was in response to 79 new cases, all linked to IV drug use. He also gave authorities the OK to begin a 30-day needle exchange program. So seeing his errorhe re-instigates the needle exchange program for just 30 days—so what is the point of that?

Needle Exchange Programs

Needle Exchange programs are massively effective. It is estimated that NEPs across the country have reduced HIV transmission rates by two-fifths to one-third overall. Such a program would cost Indiana about $160,000 a year, but treating an AIDS patient costs $120,000 – one does not need to be a math major to do a cost benefit analysis. But that Math is too complex for Mike Pence. However he does feel a tad guilty about the epidemic he has unleashed- so what does he do? He re-introduces the program for 30 days—brilliant, just enough time for his short horizon intellect and midget conscience to run it’s naturally myopic course.  Additionally, addicts who use NEP programs are five times more likely to go to rehab than those who don’t. A lot of the time, these programs can be used to help get people into treatment. So if it is not about money -then mathematically it must surely be about hate?

Help prevent HIV. Don't abuse needles.

 

Abortion  Fail

Abstinence Education Fail

Women’s healthcare Fail

AIDS Epidemic  Fail

Needle Exchange  Program  Fail

Bigotry   Fail

Picture

Economics  Fail

Competency Fail

As Andy Horowitz satirically wrote in The New Yorker

In a history-making decision, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has signed into law a bill that officially recognizes stupidity as a religion. Pence said that he hoped the law would protect millions of state residents “who, like me, have been practicing this religion passionately for years.”The bill would grant politicians like Pence the right to observe their faith freely, even if their practice of stupidity costs the state billions of dollars…

 (and costs countless lives)

So what was the inspiration for this outburst? Well as Governor Mile Pence passes a religious liberty law that apparently allows business’s in Indiana to have the liberty to discriminate against gays. He denies that he or the law is prejudiced, which does not quite fit this picture:

Mike Pence signs into law SB101

Mike Pence refused to identify the bigots in the photo -I guess he figured that professional Journalists would just not be able to figure it out. Mike Pence then defends the bill by saying it is like other states and similar to federal law -statements that are just not true:

Here’s the easily substantiated truth behind the bill. Its supporters explicitly intended it to legalize discrimination against gay people—especially gay couples, who, lately, have faced discrimination from florists, bakers, and photographers who refuse to serve them. To ensure the law achieved this goal, its drafter inserted two monumentally important provisions, neither of which is found in the federal religious freedom law signed by President Bill Clinton. First, the bill explicitly permits for-profit businesses to exercise their religious beliefs, rather than limiting its effects to regular human beings. Second, the bill protects businesses against private lawsuits in addition to state suits.

But it’s really the next provision that gives the Indiana law its startling and unique breadth. The federal religious freedom law was designed to protect individuals from government overreach, like a state law barring ritual drug use by American Indians. Indiana’s law, on the other hand, lets people (and businesses) cite their religious freedom as a defense in private lawsuits, even when they’re accused of violating a civil rights law. In practice, that means a baker who is required by a nondiscrimination ordinance to serve all customers may cite her religious opposition to homosexuality in order to refuse service to a gay couple. Here, then, is the true license to discriminate: A secular baker is still bound by the law; a Christian baker has a special religious right to kick out customers she dislikes due to her religion.
This law can hardly be good for business with Indiana generating a massive amount of bad press and business’s refusing to do business in Indiana.

Salesforce: The largest tech employer in Indiana has canceled all corporate events in the state. Indiana’s governor has halfheartedly attempted to walk back from the law’s discriminatory potential, but Benioff is not swayed.

Angie’s List: The local business review website Angie’s List put an expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters on hold while it waits to see how the law hashes out. It is actively looking for different locations.

Wilco: The rock band Wilco has canceled upcoming concerts in Indiana.

Nick Offerman: The comedian and Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman has canceled a scheduled performance in Indiana.

AFSCME Women’s Conference: The public services employees union is moving its annual women’s conference out of Indiana for good.

A Judge’s Message to the Mike Pence the Xenophobe:

A federal district judge in Indianapolis punctured this fiction (that terrorists could infiltrate the United States as refugees despite a resettlement process that is one of the strictest in the world) last week in blocking the attempt by Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana to cut off federal resettlement funds for Syrian refugees who had passed a vetting process that took up to two years. Mr. Pence’s order was unconstitutional and “clearly discriminates” against Syrians compared with other refugees, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in a suit brought by a nonprofit resettlement agency. The judge found that Mr. Pence’s move to withhold resettlement funds was “in no way” justified by his claim that his main concern was the safety of Indiana residents.

America already has the highest Incarceration rates in the world.Picture

The far right (half the country evidently) love high incarceration rates as this is a tool for voter suppression, intimidating minorities, creating jobs (prison guard and prison construction jobs in local communities),  getting funds from For Profit Prisons, and best of all, virtual slave prison labor for large corporations. One reason why so many large American companies loved Hitler between circa 1924-1945 was lack of regulations, lack of Democracy, no independent Judicial oversight and most importantly, by the end of the second World War 25% of the labor force was Slave labor. I discuss this issue in depth here.

But being number 1 is just not good enough for Mike Pence, plus For Profit Prisons contribute to Indiana StupidParty politicians, including Mike Pence and that is why Indiana StupidParty politicians like Brian Bosma, the Indiana State House Speaker who has been quoted as saying:

“As an entry drug, I think marijuana is more powerful than it’s given credit for,” he said. “I know some states have taken that step (to legalize it), but I don’t find it advisable at this point.”

As Media Matters reports:

Pence Signed Legislation Enacting Harsh Sentencing For Drug Offenses Opposed By Indiana Legal Groups. In the spring, Pence signed into law an Indiana House bill imposing 10-year mandatory minimum prison terms for people convicted of second offenses for crimes involving methamphetamine or heroin. The legislation was opposed by the Indiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, the Indiana Judicial Conference, and the Indiana Public Defender Council, which all argued that legislation to combat drug use should focus on treatment rather than harsher punishment. [The Times of Northwest Indiana, 3/21/16; TheIndianaLawyer.com, 3/21/16] Pence, A Supposed Criminal Justice Reform Candidate, Has Actually Passed Numerous Measures That Support Mass Incarceration. In a review of the legislative moves of several lawmakers backed by the nominally pro-criminal-justice-reform Koch brothers, ThinkProgress pointed out that the oil billionaires have “thrown their financial weight behind candidates who have a record of putting more people in prison, keeping them there for longer and spending more money on mass incarceration,” including Pence. The article explained that, while Pence signed a broad criminal justice reform bill after he took office, his budgets have reflected a commitment to expanding and protecting the prison-industrial complex.

Does Mike Pence actually give a dam about the People of Indiana?

As reported by Mother Jones

He has made life harder for low-income families: Between 2006 and 2009, Pence voted against raising the minimum wage, expanding health coverage for low-income kids, and providing additional funding for Section 8 vouchers, which help low-income families pay rent.

He refused to comply with Obama administration rules aimed at reducing prison rape: In 2014, Gov. Pence wrote to the Department of Justice to argue that the new rules “work only to bind the states, and hinder the evolution of even better and safer practices.” He said Indiana would not follow them.

He has supported deporting undocumented children and sick people and favors building a fence on the border (sound familiar?): In 2009, Rep. Pence co-sponsored a bill that would have eliminated automatic citizenship for children born on US soil to undocumented parents. A few years earlier, he voted in favor of bills that would have allowed for the detention of undocumented immigrants seeking hospital treatment. He also voted yes on a bill—foreshadowing Trump’s current platform—to build a fence on the Mexico border.

Mike Pence is Honestly Stupid:

Privatizing Social Security: It is not simply that Mike Pence supports privatizing Social Security  – I explain why this is a deadly stupid idea here –but it is his explanation as to why people would be financially safer with his reform that is just totally moronic –so moronic that it actually makes standard conservative orthodoxy on the subject seem quite brilliant by comparison.

At the time, one of the big liberal objections to privatization was that private accounts were far riskier than conventional Social Security — and retirees could be left in the lurch if their investments went south.

In his talk, Pence had a strange answer to this: He argued that the average rate of return on investments in the stock market would be so much larger than the average Social Security benefit that it would be simple for the government to guarantee nobody would end up with less money in the new private system than they would have been entitled to under the old system. After all, most people would do so much better under the new system that the government would only need to pay up to make the guarantee work for a small number of people.

I raised what I thought was an obvious objection to this: moral hazard. If you promise people they’ll get a bailout if their private investments go south, you encourage excessive risk taking and bigger losses in the future.

My expectation was that Pence would have some kind of answer to this: a technical solution or a plan for a regulatory fix or a promise to think about it harder or something. But he had nothing. He seemed to just not understand at all what the problem was. The idea that a government guarantee could change behavior appeared to be totally unfamiliar to him, even though in most cases it’s a bedrock of conservative economic policy thinking.

Is Mike Pence Honestly Stupid, Stupidly Honest or Just Stupid?

The one time talk radio host “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” who chats his way to the Governorship, the guy who blew his Presidential aspirations over his cock up in his handling of Indiana’s Orwellian named religious liberty law, the guy who evidently Trumped regretted picking as his VP even before Trump officially picked him as his VP—”CNN’s Dana Bash and NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell both reported that Trump got cold feet Thursday night over his apparent veep choice, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. According to Bash, Trump was “so unsure” about his offer to Pence that “around midnight last night, he asked aides if he could get out of it.” O’Donnell tweeted that the real estate mogul was on the phone late into the evening on Thursday, “asking if he could change course on VP pick.” It is not like the negative feeling is not mutual -no it is much worse than that – The National Review’s Tim Alberta reported in April that longtime friends of Pence’s said the governor “loathes” Trump. Alberta stood by that reporting on Friday. A match made in hell then. Yes meet the StupidParty of 2016, a year when every day is Christmas day…

Meet Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana…
Stupidity is now a religion in Indiana. Thanks Mike.

Mike Pence struggles with the simple stuff:

 

Evolution                          fail

Global warming               fail

Was World Created in Seven days            fail

Too Stupid to Understand that Campaign  donations are not a personal piggy bank

The Washington Post reported: “Mike Pence was a young lawyer on the rise, challenging a longtime Democratic congressman in a Republican-leaning Indiana district. And then, scandal. Campaign finance records from the 1990 effort showed that Pence, then 31, had been using political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife.” But I guess that such stupidity had never surfaced before —”Experts say that subsequent rules passed by the Federal Election Commission barring the use of campaign funds for personal needs were the direct result of ethics concerns raised by Pence’s actions.”

Mike Pence wanted his own Taxpayer funded News Service. On becoming Governor his first brilliant idea had the country rolling on the floor in laughter: Like the any little dictator (perfect for Trump)  his failed plan to make a taxpayer-funded state-run news service that would produce content for Indiana papers about the Pence administration, along with other miscellaneous stories. I am sure that Trump will rekindle this great idea, as he remolds the country’s news services.

Ethics Fail

Self Awareness  Fail

Mike Pence wants more Religious Freedoms: All these values are pseudo Christian values.

 

Abortions: He has decimated access to abortion: In March 2016, Gov. Pence signed a measure prohibiting women from obtaining an abortion because of the race, gender, or disability of the fetus, making Indiana only the second state in the nation to do this. He slashed funding for planned parenthood – an organization that uses Zero taxpayer money for abortions. Going after planned parenthood, restricting access to abortions, means that numerous women will die, or get consigned to poverty. It is an act of misogynist manslaughter which I prove here. Replacing planned parenthood centers with  religious based scam health centers is also deadly—which I prove here.

StupidParty is Deadly

Abstinence Education – simply does not work, but Mike Pence is simply too simple to worry about life saving, abortion reducing, facts:

Mike Pence announced he was awarding a $3.5 million contract to Pennsylvania-based Real Alternatives, which had already received $1 million for a pilot project in Indiana.

Mike Pence is at pains to state that he is not a bigot, yet this is what his website stated when he ran for Congress:

The “Pence Agenda” supported “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus,” and went further to say resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” Under the headline “The Pence Agenda: A Guide To Renewing the America Dream,” he said, “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.”

So how could this be deadly?

INDIANAPOLIS — A team of high-ranking federal officials will visit Indiana on Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the response to an HIV outbreak of more than 140 cases, one of the largest in recent years, in the hope of learning ways to prevent similar occurrences.”This is one of the worst documented outbreaks of HIV among IV users in the past two decades,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “It’s of import to the CDC as well as the people of Indiana.”

Gov. Pence then declared an HIV epidemic in south east Indiana, an epidemic that he caused because of his attitudes toward homosexuality (being curable etc), sex education, abstinence and doing away with the needle exchange program.This declaration was in response to 79 new cases, all linked to IV drug use. He also gave authorities the OK to begin a 30-day needle exchange program. So seeing his errorhe re-instigates the needle exchange program for just 30 days—so what is the point of that?

Needle Exchange Programs

Needle Exchange programs are massively effective. It is estimated that NEPs across the country have reduced HIV transmission rates by two-fifths to one-third overall. Such a program would cost Indiana about $160,000 a year, but treating an AIDS patient costs $120,000 – one does not need to be a math major to do a cost benefit analysis. But that Math is too complex for Mike Pence. However he does feel a tad guilty about the epidemic he has unleashed- so what does he do? He re-introduces the program for 30 days—brilliant, just enough time for his short horizon intellect and midget conscience to run it’s naturally myopic course.  Additionally, addicts who use NEP programs are five times more likely to go to rehab than those who don’t. A lot of the time, these programs can be used to help get people into treatment. So if it is not about money -then mathematically it must surely be about hate?

Help prevent HIV. Don't abuse needles.

 

Abortion  Fail

Abstinence Education Fail

Women’s healthcare Fail

AIDS Epidemic  Fail

Needle Exchange  Program  Fail

Bigotry   Fail

Picture

Economics  Fail

Competency Fail

As Andy Horowitz satirically wrote in The New Yorker

In a history-making decision, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has signed into law a bill that officially recognizes stupidity as a religion. Pence said that he hoped the law would protect millions of state residents “who, like me, have been practicing this religion passionately for years.”The bill would grant politicians like Pence the right to observe their faith freely, even if their practice of stupidity costs the state billions of dollars…

 (and costs countless lives)

So what was the inspiration for this outburst? Well as Governor Mile Pence passes a religious liberty law that apparently allows business’s in Indiana to have the liberty to discriminate against gays. He denies that he or the law is prejudiced, which does not quite fit this picture:

Mike Pence signs into law SB101

Mike Pence refused to identify the bigots in the photo -I guess he figured that professional Journalists would just not be able to figure it out. Mike Pence then defends the bill by saying it is like other states and similar to federal law -statements that are just not true:

Here’s the easily substantiated truth behind the bill. Its supporters explicitly intended it to legalize discrimination against gay people—especially gay couples, who, lately, have faced discrimination from florists, bakers, and photographers who refuse to serve them. To ensure the law achieved this goal, its drafter inserted two monumentally important provisions, neither of which is found in the federal religious freedom law signed by President Bill Clinton. First, the bill explicitly permits for-profit businesses to exercise their religious beliefs, rather than limiting its effects to regular human beings. Second, the bill protects businesses against private lawsuits in addition to state suits.

But it’s really the next provision that gives the Indiana law its startling and unique breadth. The federal religious freedom law was designed to protect individuals from government overreach, like a state law barring ritual drug use by American Indians. Indiana’s law, on the other hand, lets people (and businesses) cite their religious freedom as a defense in private lawsuits, even when they’re accused of violating a civil rights law. In practice, that means a baker who is required by a nondiscrimination ordinance to serve all customers may cite her religious opposition to homosexuality in order to refuse service to a gay couple. Here, then, is the true license to discriminate: A secular baker is still bound by the law; a Christian baker has a special religious right to kick out customers she dislikes due to her religion.
This law can hardly be good for business with Indiana generating a massive amount of bad press and business’s refusing to do business in Indiana.

Salesforce: The largest tech employer in Indiana has canceled all corporate events in the state. Indiana’s governor has halfheartedly attempted to walk back from the law’s discriminatory potential, but Benioff is not swayed.

Angie’s List: The local business review website Angie’s List put an expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters on hold while it waits to see how the law hashes out. It is actively looking for different locations.

Wilco: The rock band Wilco has canceled upcoming concerts in Indiana.

Nick Offerman: The comedian and Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman has canceled a scheduled performance in Indiana.

AFSCME Women’s Conference: The public services employees union is moving its annual women’s conference out of Indiana for good.

A Judge’s Message to the Mike Pence the Xenophobe:

A federal district judge in Indianapolis punctured this fiction (that terrorists could infiltrate the United States as refugees despite a resettlement process that is one of the strictest in the world) last week in blocking the attempt by Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana to cut off federal resettlement funds for Syrian refugees who had passed a vetting process that took up to two years. Mr. Pence’s order was unconstitutional and “clearly discriminates” against Syrians compared with other refugees, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in a suit brought by a nonprofit resettlement agency. The judge found that Mr. Pence’s move to withhold resettlement funds was “in no way” justified by his claim that his main concern was the safety of Indiana residents.

America already has the highest Incarceration rates in the world.Picture

The far right (half the country evidently) love high incarceration rates as this is a tool for voter suppression, intimidating minorities, creating jobs (prison guard and prison construction jobs in local communities),  getting funds from For Profit Prisons, and best of all, virtual slave prison labor for large corporations. One reason why so many large American companies loved Hitler between circa 1924-1945 was lack of regulations, lack of Democracy, no independent Judicial oversight and most importantly, by the end of the second World War 25% of the labor force was Slave labor. I discuss this issue in depth here.

But being number 1 is just not good enough for Mike Pence, plus For Profit Prisons contribute to Indiana StupidParty politicians, including Mike Pence and that is why Indiana StupidParty politicians like Brian Bosma, the Indiana State House Speaker who has been quoted as saying:

“As an entry drug, I think marijuana is more powerful than it’s given credit for,” he said. “I know some states have taken that step (to legalize it), but I don’t find it advisable at this point.”

As Media Matters reports:

Pence Signed Legislation Enacting Harsh Sentencing For Drug Offenses Opposed By Indiana Legal Groups. In the spring, Pence signed into law an Indiana House bill imposing 10-year mandatory minimum prison terms for people convicted of second offenses for crimes involving methamphetamine or heroin. The legislation was opposed by the Indiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, the Indiana Judicial Conference, and the Indiana Public Defender Council, which all argued that legislation to combat drug use should focus on treatment rather than harsher punishment. [The Times of Northwest Indiana, 3/21/16; TheIndianaLawyer.com, 3/21/16] Pence, A Supposed Criminal Justice Reform Candidate, Has Actually Passed Numerous Measures That Support Mass Incarceration. In a review of the legislative moves of several lawmakers backed by the nominally pro-criminal-justice-reform Koch brothers, ThinkProgress pointed out that the oil billionaires have “thrown their financial weight behind candidates who have a record of putting more people in prison, keeping them there for longer and spending more money on mass incarceration,” including Pence. The article explained that, while Pence signed a broad criminal justice reform bill after he took office, his budgets have reflected a commitment to expanding and protecting the prison-industrial complex.

Does Mike Pence actually give a dam about the People of Indiana?

As reported by Mother Jones

He has made life harder for low-income families: Between 2006 and 2009, Pence voted against raising the minimum wage, expanding health coverage for low-income kids, and providing additional funding for Section 8 vouchers, which help low-income families pay rent.

He refused to comply with Obama administration rules aimed at reducing prison rape: In 2014, Gov. Pence wrote to the Department of Justice to argue that the new rules “work only to bind the states, and hinder the evolution of even better and safer practices.” He said Indiana would not follow them.

He has supported deporting undocumented children and sick people and favors building a fence on the border (sound familiar?): In 2009, Rep. Pence co-sponsored a bill that would have eliminated automatic citizenship for children born on US soil to undocumented parents. A few years earlier, he voted in favor of bills that would have allowed for the detention of undocumented immigrants seeking hospital treatment. He also voted yes on a bill—foreshadowing Trump’s current platform—to build a fence on the Mexico border.

Mike Pence is Honestly Stupid:

Privatizing Social Security: It is not simply that Mike Pence supports privatizing Social Security  – I explain why this is a deadly stupid idea here –but it is his explanation as to why people would be financially safer with his reform that is just totally moronic –so moronic that it actually makes standard conservative orthodoxy on the subject seem quite brilliant by comparison.

At the time, one of the big liberal objections to privatization was that private accounts were far riskier than conventional Social Security — and retirees could be left in the lurch if their investments went south.

In his talk, Pence had a strange answer to this: He argued that the average rate of return on investments in the stock market would be so much larger than the average Social Security benefit that it would be simple for the government to guarantee nobody would end up with less money in the new private system than they would have been entitled to under the old system. After all, most people would do so much better under the new system that the government would only need to pay up to make the guarantee work for a small number of people.

I raised what I thought was an obvious objection to this: moral hazard. If you promise people they’ll get a bailout if their private investments go south, you encourage excessive risk taking and bigger losses in the future.

My expectation was that Pence would have some kind of answer to this: a technical solution or a plan for a regulatory fix or a promise to think about it harder or something. But he had nothing. He seemed to just not understand at all what the problem was. The idea that a government guarantee could change behavior appeared to be totally unfamiliar to him, even though in most cases it’s a bedrock of conservative economic policy thinking.

Party Conventions: the Great Debate—Masturbaters v Orators

The conventions—the best and the brightest speak. But something is amiss, as one party has nothing of substance to actually say. I watch a GOP spokesman struggle to explain the dynamic. Trump surrogate Jeff Lord on CNN is a classic case in point. He will try diversion—why don’t Democrats apologize for slavery—being apparently oblivious of the two great absurdities of this transparently desperate tactic:

1) the parties have switched roles over the last 100 years or so, and that not a single living Democrat has any connection to any pro-slavery stance of 1760 and

2) Democrats join the party of today, speak for the party of today—what it stood for prior to 1900, is totally irrelevant. We have Lord’s other slightly less dishonest but more perverted deflection, arguing that GOP speakers are “speaking to the fears of the American people.” NO shit Sherlock—we all know many people and all tyrants fear Gays, Artists, Intellectuals, the Press, Muslims, Blacks, Browns, Mexicans, Public Servants, Foreigners, any one outside one’s ever shrinking tribe—but that simply makes it more inexcusable to pander to these fears, to inflame these fears—to call Mexicans rapists, Muslims Terrorists, Gays sick, to call a lie the truth—to rationalize fear, hate, myth  and now treason. Jeff Lord has become the Lord Haw-Haw of 2016.

Trump defends record of sexist comments

Jeff Lord Haw Haw tries to accuse Hillary of plagiarism akin to Mrs Trump because Hillary said “America does not need to be great—it needs to be good” a pretty relevant and obvious platitude that evidently at least one other person may have said. Do we need to attribute “God Bless You” every time some sneezes or every time Trump says so narcissistically and vacuously that “I will be Great.” Ironically Trump will succeed in turning his favorite unattributed catch phrase into a euphemism for “I am clueless moron.” Jeff Lord Haw-Haw then refers to an unscientific poll suggesting the military prefers Trump—wow, I could find a poll in Utah suggesting the most people believe that a Jewish tribe created a massive civilization in the USA circa 600 A.D.  How does this advance an argument, how does this address Trumps infantile foreign policy statements, his ties to Putin? While every normal person was trying to analyse Hillary’s historic acceptance speech, her vitally profound criticisms of Trump—Jeff Lord Haw-Haw is trying to repeat (whilst all his fellow panelists role their eyes) some titillating yet patently absurd gossip that someone somewhere suggested that Hillary somehow enabled rape two decades ago? I am really not interested in the details and nor was any one else. Yes that is what working women/mothers do, I guess, if you look at the problem through the eyes of a misogynist. He is trying to re-litigate Hillary’s tortuous personal crisis in managing her husband’s wandering eye—a problem that climaxed as Bill politically suffered disproportionately since (just like House of Cards) his judge was the GOP congress and his jury a bunch of now proven adulterers—thus their verdict is moot. It was politics, nothing but politics. We all know now who Jeff Lord would be rooting for in Germany 1928.

Jeff Lord will then say that pro-life,  pro gun (gundermentalist) people should be respected—because they respect life, they respect people—when the opposite is in fact the truth. They do not respect people, more guns equals more death, endless mass shootings—they would put a supposed life form the size of a grain of sand over the life and well being of an actual person, these delusional people actually create far more abortions, poverty, disease and death, death, death. But day in day out Jeff Lord and his cohorts are left to spew their subliminal hateful ignorant nonsense unchallenged. Yet all the other panelists refuse to destroy these arguments in a manner that would actually enlighten the listener—I guess because they fear hurting the feelings of the bigot mob, and having Jeff Lord Haw-Haw walk off the stage in tears—an ever shallower human being.
All Trump is doing is selling

If History is any guideline (deh) progressive minds are more likely to create great Orators. The one exception being the professional actor, and paid public spokesman Ronald Reagan, but even his abilities pale compared to JFK, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and of course President Obama. The Great Debate—who will win the battle of the mental midgets v the giants of the international stage. The Orators or the masturbaters? When they wake up in the morning will the love struck gullible feeble-minded GOP base realize that they have had unprotected viewing. Will they realize what their one night stand looks like in the morning?

Will they realize what their one night stand looks like in the morning

Was it worth coming to the convention over this mirage? Was it worth gushing over vacuous speeches, devoid of substance, humanity and truth? Once the ecstasy of  the Cleveland convention group orgy, leaving nothing but a pile of human debris, has wilted away—can reality set in? Yes it can—all you need to do is play a mind game—imagine both parties have agreed to a series of debates that will follow each of the Presidential debates. Put aside that many Trumpeteer masturbaters should really be finalists for the Darwin awards. The rules are simple: each speaker at the conventions must debate a speaker from the opposing convention. The premise being that there is no I in team, (just Trumps) and the team with the deepest bench will have the greatest chance of steering America in the long term. May the battles begin:

Team Trump v Team Clinton: 

Dana White head of Ultimate Fighting Championship v President Obama

Natalie Gulbis female golfer Natalie Gulbis, currently ranked 484th in the world v President Clinton

These are some of our Trumpeteers. So credible in this light...

 Thiel the token openly gay speaker v President Carter

 Antonio Sabato Jr. of “General Hospital” fame, Underwear model v Michael Bloomberg

Former underwear models are JUST what we're looking for to represent wholesome values...

 Kimberlin Brown of “The Young and the Restless”  v  Vice President Joe Biden

 

 Andy Wist, the president of a waterproofing company in the Bronx v Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

 Stacey Dash, e.g., “Dee” from Clueless. v  Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

 Willie Robertson, e.g., one of the Duck Dynasty guys.  v  General John Allen (ret. USMC), former Commander, International Security Assistance Forces, and Commander, United States Forces – Afghanistan

Willie Robertson, e.g., one of the Duck Dynasty guys...oh StupidParty.

 Kerry Woolard, general manager of Trump’s Virginia winery; First Lady Michelle Obama,

 Lynne Patton, vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation v  Senator Bernie Sanders,

Michelle Van Etten, organized business leaders for Trump in Florida v Senator Elizabeth Warren

Lisa Shin the head of Korean Americans for Trump  v Dr. Jill Biden

Scott Baio, is known? for portraying memorable characters on several hit television shows,.  v  Leon Panetta former Secretary of Defense

Scott Baio, is known? for portraying memorable characters on several hit television shows. Are you serious?

 Harold Hamm, “CEO and founder of Continental Resources, He once tried to get University of Oklahoma scientists fired because he didn’t like their research into, as Bloomberg News put it, “links between oil and gas activity and the state’s nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes.” v Cecile Richards President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Michelle Van Etten, senior vice chairman marketing director at Youngevity, member of “Women in Business for Trump” group, multilevel marketer. Her official RNC bio originally said that she “employs over 100,000 people and is a strong supporter of Donald Trump,” but that was changed when it was revealed that her actual number of employees is zero. v  Chad Griffin President of the Human Rights Campaign.

The Trumps:

There are as many Trumps speaking (Donald, wife Melania, and kids Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany) as sitting senators (Iowa’s Joni Ernst, Texas’s Ted Cruz, Alabama’s Jeff Sessions, Arkansas’ Tom Cotton, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell and West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito). There will be seven sitting House members.

Perhaps the above debates might have been a little less one sided if some of the people who refused to come near to Trump—had somehow been persuaded to sacrifice their souls  in exchange for one night of masturbatory glory: but no, these people were more inclined to avoid adultery and now treason—as we now know that they would have been speaking on behalf of the Trump/Putin ticket.

There must be 101 ways To leave your lover Invitation to Crazy Town - DENIED
You Just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

  1. Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.) “Given my military experience, Donald Trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal”
  2. H.W. Bush Sr. Too old to come
  3. G.W.Bush Jr    Too busy scrubbing bush in his non-ranch suburban home
  4. Jeb Bush, 2016 Republican presidential candidate  “Trump is not the future of the Republican Party”
  5. Mitt Romney, If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.
  6. Sarah Palin sulking over not being VP – Alaska is a long way from ClevelandSorry I can't today Don
  7. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) “Shelby lying low as GOP convention draws near”
  8.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)  will be traveling her state by bush plane.
  9. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) he is planning to trek the Grand Canyon
  10. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) he has to mow his lawn
  11. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters
  12. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)  will be conducting town hall-style meetings in Idaho
  13. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) will be on a “listening tour” in his state.
  14. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will be campaigning,
  15. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) will use the time to hone his “fly fishing.”
  16. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will be campaigning
  17. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Under the circumstances we have, I’m going to be campaigning in the state
  18. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) says he has attended four conventions
  19. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)  will not be going for personal and family reasons.
  20. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)  just want to reconnect with constituents
  21. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a former presidential candidate just want to reconnect with constituents
  22. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) essentially called Trump a racist and said he’s open to embracing the Libertarian Party
  23. Sen:Still Deciding: Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), “other things going on and I’ve got to weigh where I can do the most good.”  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)* Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)   Sen. John Thune (R-SD)*
  24. Ohio Governor John Kasich If I’m going to show up at the convention, and I’m not going to be saying all these great things about the host…
  25. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.)  I hate the whole thing.
  26. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)  Anybody who is using the Orlando shooting as a tool in a political fight isn’t “thinking straight,
  27. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Trump supporters aren’t all racists.
  28. Former NJ Governor Tom Kean Sr. Trump was a loose cannon who should “listen to people and stop tweeting at 11 o’clock at night.”
  29. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Like my Democratic opponent, I will support my party’s nominee in the fall,”
  30. Utah Rep. Mia Love, I have not been supportive of Mr. Trump, and I’m not really excited to go back to a convention that’s centered around him
  31. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters he had “a longstanding appointment downtown.”
  32. Mark Salter, the former aide and speechwriter for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) “The GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level. I’m with her.”
  33. David Ross Meyers, former White House staffer under George W. Bush’s former communications adviser for the Senate Republican Leadership
  34. Eliot Cohen, counselor of the Department of State during President George W. Bush’s administration
  35. Max Boot, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, Council on Foreign Relations fellow “I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump,” Boot told the New York Times on March 2. “There is no way in hell I would vote for him. I would far more readily support Hillary Clinton, or Bloomberg if he ran.”
  36. Ben Howe, contributing editor to the conservative website RedState—She’s not flipping crazy like Trump is
  37. Jamie Weinstein, senior editor, Daily Caller: there is little threat another Clinton presidency would end the American system as we know it. You can’t be so sure with Trump.
  38. Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution The neoconservative foreign policy commentator called Trump the GOP’s “Frankenstein monster” who is “strong enough to destroy its maker” “The Republicans’ creation will be.”
  39. Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues.
  40. Rep.Scott Rigell R-Va I reject Trump as our nominee based on his judgment, temperament and character, all of which point to a reckless, embarrassing and ultimately dangerous presidency.   Just this past Sunday, Trump’s poor judgment was on display.  He failed not once, not twice, but three times to denounce the KKK and its onetime leader, the infamous racist, David Duke.  Looking a bit confused when asked about the KKK and Duke, Trump pleaded ignorance.  What void must exist in the heart of a person who when asked about the KKK has to struggle for even a moment as to what his position is?
  41. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) “I will not support Mr. Trump. That is not a political decision, that is a moral decision”
  42. Patrick Ruffini, Republican strategist and early #NeverTrump adopter
  43. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
  44. Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ)
  45. Tim Miller, former spokesman for Jeb Bush, adviser to Our Principles, an anti-Trump super PAC
  46. Peter Wehner, GOP strategist
  47. Liz Mair, GOP strategist
  48. Rick Wilson, Republican operative “I will never vote for Donald Trump, not even if it means he forms a third party and runs as the narcissist sociopath he truly is.”
  49. Former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)
  50. Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-M.N.), Congressional Leadership Fund chairman
  51. Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) “He loves torture!” Paul said.These Senators would've come, but the pool was so nice...
  52. Stuart Stevens, top strategist, Romney 2012
  53. Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney communications director
  54. Ken Mehlman, former Republican National Committee chairman
  55. Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard
  56. Erick Erickson, conservative commentator, former editor of RedState, founder of The Resurgent
  57. Steve Deace, conservative commentator and radio talk show host
  58. Mark Levin, conservative radio host
  59. Brian Bartlett, GOP communications strategist
  60. Jay Caruso, contributing editor at RedState
  61. Linda Chavez, conservative columnist
  62. Mindy Finn, GOP media strategist and president of Empowered Women “For me, it’s secondary to his menacing character. So I wouldn’t support Trump if you paid me his net worth. I refuse to carry his flag. I challenge you to do the same.”
  63. Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet “If the keys are handed to a would-be strongman, I have no choice but to step out of the car and walk my own way,” he wrote. “If that makes me a bad Republican, so be it. I seek to be a good American.”
  64. Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard “Casual dishonesty is a feature of his campaign.”
  65. Glenn Beck, host of The Glenn Beck Program and founder of TheBlaze
  66. Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state
  67. Ruth Guerra the RNC’s national director of Hispanic media, serving as a top surrogate for the party as it looked to make inroads with Latino voters and making frequent TV appearances in English and Spanish to try to lead outreach.
  68. Katrina Jorgensen the communications chair for the Young Republican National Federation. “I want no part of a racist, fascist, hateful presidency.”
  69. Nathan Wurtzel, Make America Awesome Again super PAC
  70. George Will, Washington Post columnist and Fox News commentator
  71. Bruce Carroll, creator of GayPatriot.org Carroll said on Twitter, “I will oppose ALL candidates of any political affiliation who align.”
  72. Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
  73. Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president
  74. Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director of Purple Strategies, Senior Advisor to the Never Trump PAC
    Daniel Vajdich,  senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, national security policy adviser to the Ted Cruz campaign
  75. Bob Dold (R-Illinois) “Donald Trump’s hateful words towards wide swaths of our country, from women to Latinos to veterans and Muslims, disqualify him from ever serving as president of the United States
  76. Michael Graham, conservative radio host
  77. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.)
  78. Connor Walsh, former digital director for Eric Cantor, founder of Build Digital
  79. Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review
  80. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
  81. Alan Goldsmith, former staffer, House Foreign Affairs Committee   There is speculation that the key note speakers may not make it to the right Cleveland
  82. Stephen Gutowski, Free Beacon staff writer 
  83. Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist
  84. Doug Heye, former communications director for the Republican National Committee*
  85. Brad Thor, conservative author
  86. Charlie Sykes, radio show host
  87. Erik Soderstrom,conservative blogger
  88. David French, National Review writer
  89. Jennifer Rubin, conservative opinion columnist for the Washington Post
  90. Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist
  91. Former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA)
  92. Iowa state Sen. David Johnson “I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot.”
  93.  Chase, Ford, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola, Walgreens and Wells Fargo For the first time in years,such  corporate sponsors have declined to participate
  94. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
  95. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)
  96. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)
  97. Nine of Arizona’s 58 Republican delegates originally slated to go to the GOP convention in Cleveland next month are skipping the event
  98. Ivanka Trump’s Rabbi will be a no show after all …
  99. Tim Tebow also nixed Trump’s invitation yesterday…
  100. Tom Brady- that Quarterback Guy who loves Stupidparty
  101. I will not be attending.

Putin’s Patsy’s (part 2) Trumpeteers Unwittingly becoming Traitors – Yet Ignorance is no Excuse in the Eyes of Law

Michael Caputo, a leader of Trump’s New York Republican primary campaign, lived in Russia and worked as political consultant there in 1990s, where he at least once butted heads with the U.S. State Department for working against U.S. interests there. When he came back to the U.S. at the end of the decade, he founded a PR firm and, through that firm, helped to lead an effort to improve the then-recently-newly-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s public image in the U.S. at a time when he was coming under criticism from the U.S. government for attacking free press in Russia. He has expressed regret for that work for Putin.

Then there is retired Geneneral and former Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn, a foreign policy advisor to Trump who gave an intense pep-rally-style speech at the recent Republican National Convention. In December 2015, he sat near Putin at a Moscow dinner celebrating Russia Today (RT), the international Russian TV network and website funded by the Russian government that is a notorious anti-U.S. propaganda machine advancing Putin’s agenda. His appearance raised eyebrows, and he was invited to address the dinner, and both RT and Flynn at first declined to answer if he was paid for his speech, though Flynn later deflectively and evasively confirmed that he was. Gen. Flynn has also been a repeat guest on RT’s programming. He is a true hawk when it comes to ISIS and Islamic extremist terrorism, and has issued blistering criticism of the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism strategy for not emphasizing the Islamic nature of the threat (to do so would actually be a very counterproductive move), among other reasons. His strong stance against Islamic terrorism may be a posture that he feels he shares with Putin, and Gen. Flynn is on record advocating closer U.S. ties with Russia, in particular on the issues of Syria and terrorism.

On to Carter Page, who is another Trump foreign policy advisor. Page used to be the head of Merrill Lynch’s Moscow branch for three years, beginning in 2004, helping to advise the Russian state-run gas behemoth Gazprom. Gazprom was active at this time in Firtash’s political laundering scheme, funneling money to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, and throughout this period Firtash was working with Paul Manafort, raising the possibility that Manafort and Page might have connected during this period, even worked together on the Gazprom scheme (such a possibility surely deserves investigative scrutiny).

Today, Page is still an investor in Gazprom and attends its annual investor meeting, and seems to lament the effects of U.S. sanctions on Russia enacted in response to Putin’s invasive military moves in Ukraine. And just this month in Moscow, Page gave a speech heavily criticizing U.S. policy towards Russia that would have been completely in line with the editorial slant of RT, excoriating American “hypocrisy,” actions directed at regime change, and criticism of Russia for corruption, a corruption level that he opined was not any worse than corruption in the U.S. When asked by a Russian student if he really believed that America was a liberal democracy, Page noted with a smile that “I surround the word ‘liberal’ with quotes,” and that ”I tend to agree with you that it’s not always as liberal as it may seem,” concluding with an “I’m with you.”
Shortage of Big U.S. Investors for Trump = Opening for Russian Investment? There’s Something Going On!

Then there is the issue of Trump’s relationships with the banking industry.

Many major U.S. bank won’t lend to Trump anymore; after doing business with him throughout the 1980s and 1990s, today Wall St. banks have “pulled back in part due to frustration with his business practices but also because he moved away from real-estate projects that required financing, according to bank officials,” to quote The Wall Street Journal; these banks include Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley. Additionally, one Goldman Sachs executive noted that its people “know better than to pitch” any deals with the Trump name on them.

One of the banks with which Trump has one of his largest relationships is the German giant Deutsche Bank, which has loaned Trump billions ($2.5 billion in loans and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Trump/Trump-affiliated companies), but executives there, too, have found him difficult to deal with and the relationship has been rockier of late. Deutsche Bank, is, in fact, the only Wall Street bank of a larger scale that still loans to Trump, and overall, he owes “at least” $250 million to banks, mostly small banks.

But it should be noted that Deutsche Bank seems to have had a huge problem when it came to dealing with Russian transactions of an illegal or suspect nature: between 2012 and 2014, some $10 billion was found to have passed through Deutsche Bank from Russia fitting a “suspected money-laundering pattern” due to “systemic” failures of internal safeguards, and it was revealed that bank officials “ignored” or “dismissed” warning signs for a whole year. Included among the people whose money is being scrutinized are several close associates of Vladimir Putin, who, as the Panama Papers recently made abundantly clear (among other investigations), is hardly new to money laundering. The bank is currently under U.S. investigation. And, without access in recent years to major U.S. banks, the move by Trump to seek shadier investment from shadier sources, as with the SoHo deal, is not surprising, given Trump’s long history of flirting with and courting business with and in Russia and with Russians.

*****

Individually, these aspects might raise an eyebrow but not more. But all of this taken together? Is it possible “there’s something going on,” as Trump is fond of saying? It seems reasonable to believe that, yes, “there’s something going on.”

But wait, this is even without going into the hacking…

The Other Democratic E-mail Scandal: There’s Something Going On!

This mid-June, the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—the national leadership and braintrust of the Democratic Party—and the cybersecurity company CrowdStrike announced that two different groups of Russian hackers working for two different Russian government intelligence agencies had been successfully hacking the DNC’s servers. A week later, it was announced that the same Russians seemed to have penetrated the Clinton Foundation’s network.

The first group planted spying software on DNC servers last summer in June, giving it full access to DNC communication passing through DNC servers for almost a whole year. The DNC eventually suspected it had been hacked and called in CrowdStrike early in May of this year to assess the situation. Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, also seemed to have been attacked but without a clear picture as to if data was stolen. Crowdstrike was able to drive out the hackers from the DNC servers earlier that June. The DNC only seems to have had “standard cyberprotections” wholly incapable of protecting against focused and persistent hackers acting with the support of foreign governments and intelligence agencies. This first hacking group has been nicknamed Cozy Bear by CrowdStrike and is also known as APT 29, and seems to be the one that had previously hacked into unclassified e-mail systems of the White House and State Department; the cleansing process for the State Department infection resulted in a few shutdowns throughout 2014 and 2015, at the height of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and international sanctions. This group is tied to the F.S.B., the modern version of the K.G.B., from which Putin emerged years ago,and is thought to be the better of the two hacking groups. The other group, labeled Fancy Bear and also known as APT 28, apparently hacked the DNC this April; it is thought to be run by Russia’s military intelligence service, the G.R.U., and has hacked aerospace and military installations in the West (including in the U.S.), Japan, and South Korea. The two hacking groups do not appear to have coordinated their efforts. Among the many pieces of information stolen by the hackers was the DNC’s opposition research on Trump, stole in the second April hack.

The story basically faded from the public consciousness until a few days before the Democratic National Convention began and one day after the Republican National Convention ended; on that Friday, the quixotic activist organization known as WikiLeaks posted nearly 20,000 e-mails taken from the DNC servers. As is normal with WikiLeaks, the organization and it controversial founder and leader, Julian Assange, decline to offer any details on how they obtained the information, but experts suspect the Russian hackers were the ones who handed them over to WikiLeaks. The e-mails contained information that showed controversial hostility to Bernie Sanders and discussions as to how to put Sanders on the defensive on the part of seven DNC staffers, including some senior ones (one staffer whose comments were felt to be the most offensive offered an apology). While no evidence was found on the e-mails that demonstrated a concerted DNC policy of working actively against Sanders in a material way (as one old college friend summed up the incident on social media: “so, lemme get this straight: some staffers from a national political committee expressed personal political opinions on their work email? ok, gotcha.”), the revelations nevertheless led to a massive outrage, especially with Bernie Sanders’ supporters, a group already prone to conspiracy theories and victimized thinking and that often feeds off of outrage.

Almost lost in the scandal about the DNC’s impartiality coming into question was the issue of the timing of the leaks and who orchestrated then. Obviously, releasing this information the day after Trump’s Republican National Convention ended and just at the beginning of the weekend before Clinton’s Democratic National Convention is designed to provide maximum benefit to Donald Trump and the Republican Party while inflicting massive harm and embarrassment upon Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Especially after the embarrassment and disorganization of the divided and divisive Republican National Convention, Clinton and the Democrats were poised to begin their convention in a particularly strong position; with the e-mail leak dominating the headlines all weekend and even Monday as the Democrats’ convention began, focus was driven away from Clinton’s announcement of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Bernie Sanders supporters began to stew in a rage that fomented and grew and boiled over the weekend and on Monday before the evening’s Convention proceedings.

Because of the leak, the Democratic Party’s raw wound was reopened and was in danger of becoming seriously infected at the very moment when it was the most important time to project Party unity. The scandal threatened to blow up and ruin the Democratic National Convention, and possibly Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency, and only some furious and frantic last-minute scrambling on the part of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as well as their campaigns and the staff of the DNC, including the new interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile who had taken over only on Monday, averted what could have been a historic disaster for Clinton.

The first and only tangible casualty thus far was DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, who tenure of late was marred by difficulty; this DNC e-mail leak was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back, and Sunday, not even 48 hours after the WikiLeaks release and on the day before the Convention, it was announced that she would be stepping down from her position at the DNC, but only after the Convention. This did little to assuage the concerns of Democrats, the Clinton campaign, and especially Bernie Sanders supporters, especially as Wasserman Schultz made clear she still planned to gavel-in and gavel-out the Convention and publicly address it while in session.

Reality seemed to set in Monday, when both Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders were booed loudly and continuously during dayime meetings, making clear the reality that more had to be done. Within a few hours, all talk of Rep. Wasserman Schultz gaveling and appearing at the convention disappeared and she agreed to stay away from the Convention; as a face-saving gesture for her long years of hard work on behalf of the Democratic Party, the Clinton campaign named her an honorary chair of the campaign’s “50-state program,” a move that failed to placate some and was seen by many in and of itself as a controversial mistake. Only deft political maneuvering, both behind the scenes and on the convention floor during the actual convention throughout the convention, up to and including Clinton’s culminating acceptance speech on Thursday, prevented far worse damage that might have resulted in a spectacle of sustained chaos and potentially ruined the Convention and Clinton’s candidacy, as the capacity of Bernie Sanders supporters for disruption had been well demonstrated several months earlier at Nevada’s Democratic Convention, which was closed out amid security forcing an end to the events as concerns for safety passed a red line.

Also on Monday as the Democratic National Convention’s first day unfolded, it was learned that government investigators had tried to warn the DNC of a possible intrusion months before the DNC took substantive action to address it, raising questions as to how competently the hacking problem was handled, and that the FBI was now investigating the hack.

In just a short period of time, WikiLeaks was able to do real damage to the Democratic Party, and nearly succeeded in doing far more damage. Was this all in the name transparency and fairness?

Questioning WikiLeaks Motives: There’s Something Going On!

As for WikiLeaks, its leader Julian Assange has made it abundantly clear that he harbors a great animus, both personal and professional, for Clinton, describing her and her policies in strident language—saying that a vote for Clinton is “a vote for endless, stupid war”—and making it clear that he deliberately timed the release of the DNC e-mails just before the Democratic National Convention to harm Clinton and her candidacy.

But beyond that, there are serious questions as to if WikiLeaks has a relationship with the Russian government. For starters, after Assange took up residence in the Ecuadorian Embassy to the UK in London to avoid arrest, the state-funded Russia Today (RT) network gave Assange a TV show for a time, which was extremely critical of the U.S. even as it praised the founder of Hezbollah. On one of this shows, Assange quite hypocritically supported the crackdown on Ecuador’s free media by the Ecuadorian president, who is increasing his ties to Russia. There was also an incident that saw documents in the possession of WikiLeaks given by a WikiLeaks staffer to the government of the pro-Putin dictator of Belarus, which it used to arrest and suppress Belarusian pro-democracy activists. Since Assange was close to that staffer, that staffer apparently was not criticized or reprimanded for this act.

It may very be that WikiLeaks is unwittingly playing into serving Russia’s interests, rather than in a spirit of collusion, but the picture is murky and either way, it does not look good; either way, it seems Russia has “weaponized” WikiLeaks for its own anti-American purposes. But this also fits what seems to be Assange’s agenda, which is more anti-American and anti-Western than anything else; Assange even criticized the Panama Papers leaks, which detailed a lot of embarrassing information about Putin’s private fortune and those of Russian elites, as serving American interests. Assange had promised to reveal information embarrassing for and damaging to Russia in 2010, but never did (perhaps because of thinly veiled F.S.B. threats from Russia? Perhaps he’s been intimidated and/or coopted into serving Russian interests? We may never know for sure. Notably, he threatened to release that info before he was given his Russian TV show). Oh, and contrary to the many other sources agreeing that Russia is behind the DNC hacking, Assange claims there is “no proof” of that…

On a disturbing side note, the WikiLeaks DNC release was not very discriminating, including Social Security and credit card numbers of DNC donors, certainly violating their right to privacy, with even Edward Snowden (who has been helped greatly by WikiLeaks, especially in his getting asylum in Russia) criticizing this aspect of the leak.

It’s 2016—The Year When Christmas Day Comes Every Day

It suddenly struck me. Why am I suddenly always in a great mood—every day better than the previous day—every day being Christmas Day.

Every morning I rush down the stairs, go to the spot where we should always have our 2016 Christmas tree to see what Santa has brought me (and every other little person in the whole of the USA). Each night I rest at ease, relax with a smile, say a little prayer, “thank you Lord for your great abundance, I will not take your kindness for granted, but I do wonder why it took you so long.” I fall asleep, totally content, knowing that just like groundhog day, tomorrow will  produce more wonders—till we reach a point, where everyone will finally get the point and we can stop reliving stupid every day—for eternity.

It's 2016 and every day is Christmas Day

How do I pass on all this joy?

As I write this I have already had well over 180 days of wonder and joy. I can not go over all the wonderful stuff that has happened on each one of these days, there is just too much. So instead I have decided to do a one week diary, each day of the week I will proclaim the daily wonder—in the full knowledge that for the rest of 2016 such wonders shall not cease.

Wednesday July 6th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

To finally admit we are born alone
and that your only one’s got another robot to take the throne.
Heartless of the world deny the king is dead.
F**k, the king is dead.
Heartless with your burning eyes.
The king is dead.
F**k, the king is dead.

And then this was what I found under the Christmas tree:

Ailes' history of rampant sexism exposed as new allegations emergeIt was so beautifully wrapped—and as I unwrapped this blonde bombshell I could not stop humming to myself.

Hark! The blonde angels sing,
Glory to the dead-born King…

We all know how vile that Jabba the Hut creature, who liked to play with his blondes, really is. The worst person in the world—the creator of Stupidparty. Please let there be more. This is a clarion call to all Fox blonde bombshells—you can come out of the closet now. We feel your pain. Roger Ailes creates the  climate of suffocating sexism and misogyny on Fox. Leave Fox, pursue Fox and become a Journalist—because if you receive a paycheck from Roger Ailes, you lose your right to call yourself a journalist.

Barely were the words out of my mouth before God responded with another Christmas cracker…

In the wee hours since the lawsuit was announced, “at least ten” other women have contacted the Gretchen’s law firm, wanting to speak about Ailes’ treatment, according to a spokesman for the firm.

Thursday July 7th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
but the fire is so delightful.
And since we’ve no place to go
This fire can not be put out with snow

This was what I found under the Christmas tree: Darrell Issa was so upset about the Republican FBI  Director James Comey’s efforts to slander Hillary—that Comey would not actually reach the levels of actually breaking the law by prosecuting someone for purely political reasons—that Issa demanded an investigation which would only put Comey on the defensive, allowing Democrats to set the record straight about how underwhelming and unclear these supposed breaches of classified information were (all within the context that up to 90% of classified information should never have been classified in the first place).

The irony of Issa demanding another investigation of anyone other than Darrell Issa—one of the most corrupt politicians in congress, who has wasted about $100m of taxpayer money on his politically inspired witch hunts—well, it’s just too delicious to ignore.

Let’s Investigate the lack of investigation of an Investigator that loves to instigate numerous investigations wherein such investigations keep coming up empty handed—leaving the taxpayers to fork the bill for his endless charades. How much money has been so wasted?

How much money has been wasted by Issa investigations?

A Stupidparty Crook and his endless witch hunts: Salon reports:

“The only thing that makes Rep. Darrell Issa remotely qualified to chair the House Oversight Committee is his personal familiarity with the investigative process—on the receiving end. The man Republican House Speaker John Boehner

John Boehner was 53rd speaker of the house of representatives from 2011 to 2015 of United States. He is a politician and Republican party member. He completed his B.A. from Xavier University in 1977. He was born on 17th November 1949.  He served for both the house of minority and house of majority. To know more click navigate to these guys

put in charge of investigating government wrongdoing was himself indicted for stealing a car, accused of stealing at least one other car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and twice suspected of insurance fraud—and once extensively investigated by authorities for arson, because his former business associates accused him, on the record, of burning down a building to collect the insurance payout.”

Is Darrell Issa a Crook? Clearly this question must be asked. It must be asked because of the role the Stupidparty decided to hand to him. You really would hope that an individual in charge of investigating the president should have a great deal of ethical credibility. So before listening to anything this man has to say, should you not evaluate the Darrell Issa’s veracity?

How Darrell Issa has blown up to around $100,000,000 of taxpayer money on invented scandals:

Darrell Issa granted a budget of $25,678,100 to pursue of fake scandals .

This figure does not account for the $14 million spent by the IRS answering voluminous and often duplicative subpoenas, the “millions” spent by the Department of Defense responding to inquiries about the attack in Benghazi, the budget of the Oversight Committee’s minority staff, nor the massive expenditure of resources by the dozens of other federal agencies that have come under the scrutiny of the Oversight Committee. By its conclusion Darrell Issa’s chairmanship could cost the U.S. Treasury well into the nine figures. From that astounding allocation of resources, Issa has unveiled no major corruption or gotten to the bottom of no significant scandal. By mistaking bureaucratic incompetence for scandal, ineptitude for criminality, and general stupidity on the part of low- and mid-level government employees for political conspiracy, Issa all but guarantees that only the most fervent partisans will trust any information that emerges from his committee. In that way he is perhaps the best Oversight chairman a Democratic administration could hope for—one whose investigations can simply be disregarded as partisan witch hunts and whose influence waned with each misstep…

Friday July 8th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
(do you hear what I hear)
Ringing through the sky shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
(do hear what I hear)
A song, a song

It had barely been a day since long time loyal GOP stalwart, FBI director James Comey had tried to hand Hillary’s Clinton’s head to the pitchfork mob—for evidently being “extremely reckless” in sending a few classified emails. Notwithstanding the fact that no one has come close to showing what supposedly classified information may have been “recklessly” shared by the one person who would have a better grasp than anyone else about what material would actually be sensitive (like the actual person in charge of diplomacy, as opposed to some grunt simply calling everything classified just to cover their ass). Up to 90% of supposed classified material need not be deemed classified, so who better to make the call than the Secretary of State. It is after all her job on the line, she has to do all the talking, the ultimate decision making, be responsible for every American life.

Yet she can not communicate?

Imprisoned, paralyzed with endless layers of foggy bureaucratic rules, made by bureaucrats terrified of being hauled up by politician lawyers who have a political agenda massively superseding any genuine interest or expertise in national security.  Worse and within this context, the Secretary of State is  expected to retroactively save lives (Libya). Perhaps Ambassador Stevens was in danger, but was that was too classified to discuss, just in case the Chinese got there first?  This is all too complex for Stupidparty, Trump and his Trumpeteers.

FBI director testifies over Clinton email probe

So having been handed Hillary’s head—what does Stupidparty do? They scream at their own man for not prosecuting a case in which it is clear that no laws have been broken. This forces their own man to defend his decision and allow the Democrats to start to actually correct the record. First off, we can now deal with the absurd notion that Hillary’s actions were worse than General Petraeus’.

“Amazingly, amazingly, some Republicans who were praising you just days ago for your independence, for your integrity, and your honesty, instantly turned against you, because your recommendation conflicted with the predetermined outcome they wanted…”

“I give House Republicans credit,” Cummings said. “They are not shy about what they are doing. They have turned political investigations into an art form. If our concerns here today are with the proper treatment of classified information, then we should start with a review of our previous hearing on General David Petraeus, who pled guilty last year to intentionally and knowingly compromising highly classified information. The problem is, Mr. Director, we never had that hearing. This committee ignored that breach of national security because it did not match the political goals of House Republicans.”

Ouch.

By having this meeting they force Comey to confirm that Hillary was absolutely not guilty of gross negligence (something that could not  be said about Petraeus):

Comey specifically hit back against an argument put forward by some conservatives, including Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, that Clinton committed “gross negligence.”

Comey said that since the statute making gross negligence a crime was passed in 1917, it has only been used by the Department of Justice once in a case of espionage. He said that at the time of the statute’s passage, there were concerns that the statute would “violate the American tradition of requiring that before you lock somebody up, you prove they knew they were doing something wrong.”

Since Trump and his Trumpeteers keep defending Petraeus (a one time likely candidate  to run for President as a Republican) a quick summary of the facts are in order:

Petraeus’ case made him more legally vulnerable than Clinton. Petraeus knew that he was exposing confidential information and then lied to FBI investigators about it. Petraeus shared eight notebooks, called “black books,” with Broadwell that contained his own handwritten notes on classified matters.

But there is more:

FBI Director James B. Comey told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was likely created for convenience, not to conceal any communication or information from public record or Congress.

James Comey gets to destroy a bunch of conspiracy charges concerning the Bill Clinton /Loretta Lynch meeting and other nonsense put out by Donald Trump:

Comey on timing of decision not to prosecute Clinton: “The timing was entirely my own. Nobody knew I was going to do it, including the press…”

But it just keeps getting better, because Americans have such a simplistically confused notion about classified documents—and an education about this subject can only help Hillary. So this was probably not how people imagined classified documents are marked:

One can assume how classified documents are marked—or have someone explain it clearly

So as Laura Clawson a writer for The Daily Kos points out:

Why did Republicans think that going after an experienced prosecutor who they’d publicly said they respect as a man of great integrity was going to go well for them? Comey originally went out of his way, against usual protocol, to give them something to work with in attacking Clinton, and instead of thanking him, Republicans are attacking him and repeatedly inviting him to explain why it would be wrong to prosecute Clinton. It seems they just can’t keep themselves from overplaying their hand when it comes to Hillary Clinton.

Friday July 11th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

Onward then, ye people
Join our happy throng
Blend with ours your voices
In our triumph song

For we refuse to enable
Something clearly wrong
We still have our choices
We will not join a fascist throng

Here are some of the people who would normally be expected to attend the GOP convention, but are trying to excuse themselves this year, using ever more desperate excuses.

  1. Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.) “Given my military experience, Donald Trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal.”
  2. H.W. Bush Sr. Too old to come
  3. G.W.Bush Jr    Too busy srubbing bush’ in his non ranch suburban home
  4. Jeb Bush, 2016 Republican presidential candidate  “Trump is not the future of the Republican Party”
  5. Mitt Romney, If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.
  6. Sarah Palin sulking over not being VP – Alaska is a long way from ClevelandPicture
  7. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) “Shelby lying low as GOP convention draws near”
  8.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)  will be traveling her state by bush plane.
  9. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) he is planning to trek the Grand Canyon
  10. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) he has to mow his lawn
  11. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters
  12. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)  will be conducting town hall-style meetings in Idaho
  13. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) will be on a “listening tour” in his state.
  14. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will be campaigning,
  15. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) will use the time to hone his “fly fishing.”
  16. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will be campaigning
  17. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Under the circumstances we have, I’m going to be campaigning in the state
  18. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) says he has attended four conventions
  19. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)  will not be going for personal and family reasons.
  20. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)  just want to reconnect with constituents
  21. Sen. Lindsey Graham, former presidential candidate just want to reconnect with constituents
  22. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) essentially called Trump a racist and said he’s open to embracing the Libertarian Party
  23. Sen:Still Deciding: Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), “other things going on and I’ve got to weigh where I can do the most good.”  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)* Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)   Sen. John Thune (R-SD)*
  24. Ohio Governor John Kasich If I’m going to show up at the convention, and I’m not going to be saying all these great things about the host…
  25. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.)  I hate the whole thing.
  26. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)  Anybody who is using the Orlando shooting as a tool in a political fight isn’t “thinking straight,
  27. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Trump supporters aren’t all racists.
  28. Former NJ Governor Tom Kean Sr. Trump was a loose cannon who should “listen to people and stop tweeting at 11 o’clock at night.”
  29. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Like my Democratic opponent, I will support my party’s nominee in the fall,”
  30. Utah Rep. Mia Love, I have not been supportive of Mr. Trump, and I’m not really excited to go back to a convention that’s centered around him
  31. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters he had “a longstanding appointment downtown.”
  32. Mark Salter, former aide and speechwriter for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) “The GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level. I’m with her.”
  33. David Ross Meyers, former White House staffer under George W. Bush’s former communications adviser for the Senate Republican Leadership
  34. Eliot Cohen, counselor of the Department of State during President George W. Bush’s administration
  35. Max Boot, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, Council on Foreign Relations fellow “I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump,” Boot told theNew York Times on March 2. “There is no way in hell I would vote for him. I would far more readily support Hillary Clinton, or Bloomberg if he ran.”
  36. Ben Howe, contributing editor to the conservative website RedState—She’s not flipping crazy like Trump is
  37. Jamie Weinstein, senior editor, Daily Caller: there is little threat another Clinton presidency would end the American system as we know it. You can’t be so sure with Trump.
  38. Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution The neoconservative foreign policy commentator called Trump the GOP’s “Frankenstein monster” who is “strong enough to destroy its maker” “The Republicans’ creation will be.”
  39. Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues.
  40. Rep.Scott Rigell R-Va I reject Trump as our nominee based on his judgment, temperament and character, all of which point to a reckless, embarrassing and ultimately dangerous presidency.   Just this past Sunday, Trump’s poor judgment was on display.  He failed not once, not twice, but three times to denounce the KKK and its onetime leader, the infamous racist, David Duke.  Looking a bit confused when asked about the KKK and Duke, Trump pleaded ignorance.  What void must exist in the heart of a person who when asked about the KKK has to struggle for even a moment as to what his position is?
  41. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) “I will not support Mr. Trump. That is not a political decision, that is a moral decision”
  42. Patrick Ruffini, Republican strategist and early #NeverTrump adopter
  43. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
  44. Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ)
  45. Tim Miller, former spokesman for Jeb Bush, adviser to Our Principles, an anti-Trump super PAC
  46. Peter Wehner, GOP strategist
  47. Liz Mair, GOP strategist
  48. Rick Wilson, Republican operative “I will never vote for Donald Trump, not even if it means he forms a third party and runs as the narcissist sociopath he truly is.”
  49. Former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)
  50. Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-M.N.), Congressional Leadership Fund chairman
  51. Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) “He loves torture!” Paul said.Picture
  52. Stuart Stevens, top strategist, Romney 2012
  53. Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney communications director
  54. Ken Mehlman, former Republican National Committee chairman
  55. Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard
  56. Erick Erickson, conservative commentator, former editor of RedState, founder of The Resurgent
  57. Steve Deace, conservative commentator and radio talk show host
  58. Mark Levin, conservative radio host
  59. Brian Bartlett, GOP communications strategist
  60. Jay Caruso, contributing editor at RedState
  61. Linda Chavez, conservative columnist
  62. Mindy Finn, GOP media strategist and president of Empowered Women “For me, it’s secondary to his menacing character. So I wouldn’t support Trump if you paid me his net worth. I refuse to carry his flag. I challenge you to do the same.”
  63. Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet “If the keys are handed to a would-be strongman, I have no choice but to step out of the car and walk my own way,” he wrote. “If that makes me a bad Republican, so be it. I seek to be a good American.”
  64. Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard “Casual dishonesty is a feature of his campaign.”
  65. Glenn Beck, host of The Glenn Beck Program and founder of TheBlaze
  66. Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state
  67. Ruth Guerra the RNC’s national director of Hispanic media, serving as a top surrogate for the party as it looked to make inroads with Latino voters and making frequent TV appearances in English and Spanish to try to lead outreach.
  68. Katrina Jorgensen the communications chair for the Young Republican National Federation. “I want no part of a racist, fascist, hateful presidency.”
  69. Nathan Wurtzel, Make America Awesome Again super PAC
  70. George Will, Washington Post columnist and Fox News commentator
  71. Bruce Carroll, creator of GayPatriot.org Carroll said on Twitter, “I will oppose ALL candidates of any political affiliation who align.”
  72. Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
  73. Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president
  74. Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director of Purple Strategies, senior advisor to the Never Trump PAC
    Daniel Vajdich,  senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, national security policy adviser to the Ted Cruz campaign
  75. Bob Dold (R-Illinois) “Donald Trump’s hateful words towards wide swaths of our country, from women to Latinos to veterans and Muslims, disqualify him from ever serving as president of the United States
  76. Michael Graham, conservative radio host
  77. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.)
  78. Connor Walsh, former digital director for Eric Cantor, founder of Build Digital
  79. Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review
  80. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
  81. Alan Goldsmith, former staffer, House Foreign Affairs Committee   Picture
  82. Stephen Gutowski, Free Beacon staff writer 
  83. Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist
  84. Doug Heye, former communications director for the Republican National Committee*
  85. Brad Thor, conservative author
  86. Charlie Sykes, radio show host
  87. Erik Soderstrom,conservative blogger
  88. David French, National Review writer
  89. Jennifer Rubin, conservative opinion columnist for the Washington Post
  90. Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist
  91. Former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA)
  92. Iowa state Sen. David Johnson “I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot.”
  93.  Chase, Ford, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola, Walgreens and Wells Fargo For the first time in years,such  corporate sponsors have declined to participate
  94. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
  95. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)
  96. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)
  97. Nine of Arizona’s 58 Republican delegates originally slated to go to the GOP convention in Cleveland next month are skipping the event
  98. Ivanka Trump’s Rabbi will be a no show after all …
  99. Tim Tebow also nixed Trump’s invitation yesterday…
  100. Tom Brady- that Quarterback Guy who loves Stupidparty
  101. I will not be attending.

Monday July 11th  (12 Drummers Drumming…)

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

And all the world rejoiced because the truth came out at last
A truth had been promised now it had come to pass
And the joyful news that Stupipdarty lied again and again spread quickly far and wide
Once upon a Christmas every day is Christmas  as Stupidparty is fried

James Comey must be getting really pissed at the idiocy of his party as his charges disintegrate, it just keeps getting better (or worse for James Comey as his hapless efforts to appease his party rapidly disintegrate):

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For final clarification on this issue and where Comey admits he was not aware of the fact that these were not actually classified:

 

Tuesday July 12th  (11 Pipers Piping…)

Planned parent is a vital women’s healthcare provider that saves lives, reduces poverty and reduces abortions- yes it does!!! To appose planned parent is to be pro death, it really is that simple. A year ago, video fakers tried to swift-boat Planned Parenthood. Instead, they helped strengthen it:

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Wednesday July 13th  (10 Lords a Leaping…)

Self defined Stupidparty intellectual power house and someone desperate to be Trump’s VP—Newt Gingrich decides that this would be a great time to open his mouth.”We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with western civilization.”

Thursday July 14th  (9 Ladies Dancing…)

Trump Picks the definition of Stupid as his running mate.

Friday July 15th (8 Maids a Milking…)

Donald Trump is famous for decisively firing people. But according to multiple reports on Friday, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee tried and failed to fire his own running mate ― all before he’d even formally announced who he was. CNN’s Dana Bash and NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell both reported that Trump got cold feet Thursday night over his apparent veep choice, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. According to Bash, Trump was “so unsure” about his offer to Pence that “around midnight last night, he asked aides if he could get out of it.” O’Donnell tweeted that the real estate mogul was on the phone late into the evening on Thursday, “asking if he could change course on VP pick.”  It is not like the negative feeling is not mutual -no it is much worse than that – The National Review’s Tim Alberta reported in April that longtime friends of Pence’s said the governor “loathes” Trump. Alberta stood by that reporting on Friday.

Republican Party Plays Politics with Zika, Shows Its True (Disgraceful) Nature

By Brian Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981)
Author‎, International Affairs/Development/Public Policy Professional, Freelance Writer/Journalist/Consultant/Historian 

The Zika virus is dangerous...even moreso than Stupidparty.

Barcroft Media; AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File

Among all the problems the Republican Party is causing today, there is a new blunder that truly stands in its own category…

The Zika virus.

Yes, we truly can blame the Republican Party for the fact that there is a growing Zika threat in America, at least for the degree to which it will be a threat. It was entirely possibly to plan ahead and mitigate whatever damage Zika would have done, but the Republican Party failed on this front, and it is important to understand why because this illustrates the modern Republican Party’s philosophy on government and illustrates it well. In fact, Republicans’ handling of Zika is a sad yet clear reminder of how unfit to govern the GOP was even before that asteroid that is Donald Trump hit it, and that it was not a serious political party when it came to policy for some time before The Donald’s rise.

To truly understand the magnitude of the error here, we must start at the beginning.

From Uganda to Florida: The Strange, Surprising Odyssey of Zika 

The Zika virus was discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, a disease related to West Nile virus, dengue, and yellow fever.  The first case in humans was not detected until 1952, but it was not linked to illness in people until 1964, when a scientist studying the virus came down with a rash. From its discovery until 2007, no outbreaks of Zika were detected by public health officials, only 14 confirmed cases in humans were detected, and the virus was thought to only to be “rare” and exhibit “mild symptoms,” even as mosquitos carrying Zika were found in new parts of Africa and also Asia. However, the WHO considers the possibility that Zika’s similarities to dengue and chikungunya may have contributed to its lack of diagnosis.

In 2007, though, Zika burst is way into medical headlines with an outbreak on the island of Yap, part of the Caroline Islands of the Federated States of Micronesia. The small island nation—whose population was less than 7,400 as of its 2000 census—ended up with 185 suspected cases of Zika virus (49 confirmed, 59 probable), a figure arrived at from just completing surveys of 173 out of the island’s 1,276 households; from this information, researchers were able to estimate that 73% of the entire Island’s population 3 years of age or older were infected with Zika, with 919 of those falling ill, or 18% of the infected; none of those who became ill experienced serious symptoms or conditions. Most common among the reported symptoms were rashes and fevers, followed by joint pain/inflammation and conjunctivitis. Researchers were unable to determine a clear path as to how Zika emerged in this remote Pacific island.

The following year, a researcher in Senegal contracted the virus there, came back to the U.S., and sexually transmitted the virus to his wife; it could be the first example of a generally insect-transmitted disease being passed on through sexual intercourse (something which we now know is a feature of Zika).

Zika roared back into the headlines again in 2013 with a series outbreaks in the Pacific in 2013-2014. The most serious outbreak occurred in French Polynesia, where as many as two-thirds of its 270,000 residents were estimated to have been infected (with 8,750 specific cases suspected, 341 actually confirmed). Over 31,000 people sought treatment, and this outbreak came with a series of far more severe symptoms and conditions than previous outbreaks, including immune system problems. Especially alarming were 8 confirmed cases of microcephaly: pregnant women developing fetuses with abnormally small heads, leading to a whole range of possible issues with mental development (5 of the fetuses were aborted, 3 were birthed), and researchers estimated that 1% of women infected with Zika who were pregnant and in their first trimester would be at risk of developing fetuses with microcephaly; this may seem low, but it is actually relatively high (all this information came from a retroactive study that only came out in mid-March 2016, a response to the WHO’s calling the suspected links between Zika and neurological disorders a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1st, 2016; now, it also seems Zika can lead to other problems for babies’ brains, including hearing loss).

The Zika virus in French Polynesia also seemed to lead to dramatically higher incidents of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nervous system and can lead to paralysis and even death, a conclusion supported by a study released late February in 2016, also in response to the WHO.

The origin of the French Polynesia outbreak remains unknown, but it seems to have been the one to spread Zika to other places in the Pacific, including Chile’s Easter Island, and Zika probably even spread to other Pacific locales without their populations’ or medical experts’ awareness.

Thus, a disease that had been known for well over half-a-century in parts of Africa and Asia that had never been associated with any serious illness all of a sudden capable of leading to paralysis, severe birth defects, even death.

Fast forward to early March, 2015, when Brazil informs the WHO that a strange new disease is spreading; from February through April, about 7,000 people report infection, but most of them only experience mild symptoms, mainly a rash. From 425 blood samples, tests are conducted to determine what the infection is, with a number of diseases not being confirmed present in any of the tests and only dengue coming up, present in just 13% of the samples.

Going back, only a few weeks after Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, much smaller numbers of patients had been coming in with rashes, fevers, joint pain, and other mild symptoms.

The disease kept spreading throughout the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016, but kept eluding diagnosis.

Then in May, Brazil was finally able to confirm that the mystery illness was caused by the Zika virus, transmitted by local mosquitos. In response, the WHO declared a Zika alert. But local Brazilian officials seemed relieved it was Zika; the available studies on it at the time suggested that it was only a mild disease, not as bad as other regularly occurring diseases in Brazil, with studies confirming links to more serious complications during the French Polynesia outbreak not coming out until later, in 2016. It seems that the virus was brought to Brazil in a way where it became established locally by either the 2014 World Cup or an international boat race that occurred a few weeks later.

But the virus can also spread easily from travelers spreading the disease on their own, without mosquitos; New York City’s first case predated Brazil’s outbreak and was detected in December 2013 in a man who had just traveled extensively in Latin-America and the Asia-Pacific region.

The relief in Brazil at the diagnosis of Zika quickly disappeared just weeks later when cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome shot up sharply, the sense of dread only worsening when microcephaly also later began showing up in abnormally large numbers. And not only has Zika spread all over Central and South America and the Caribbean, but locally-transmitted Zika cases have just begun happening in the continental United States, in the Miami, Florida area. It is expected to spread locally (i.e., through local mosquito populations) elsewhere in the U.S., especially the mosquito-rich American southeast and Gulf Coast; Texas, for example, has already had 108 travel-related cases but not locally-transmitted ones so far, but the state’s response to a potential outbreak has been lacking; in some cases, prescriptions from doctors are even required for the appropriate mosquito repellent.

Estimated range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the U.S., 2016

But what makes this situation far worse is that most people won’t be showing any symptoms even after they have been infected with the virus (but can still transmit the disease through sexual contact!), meaning many travelers, including those returning from the just-concluded Rio Olympics, will be carrying the disease with them around the world without knowing it, including in the U.S.  Furthermore, as in Brazil, it will be many months before babies will be born with or fetuses clearly exhibit microcephaly.

There have been confirmed cases of travel-related Zika in every U.S. state, though so far, only Florida has developed locally transmitted (mosquito) cases.  But for Zika to be established locally, it wouldn’t take much: there are two types of mosquitos known to be able to transmit Zika in the U.S., and they live in most of the East Coast, most of the Midwest, the Southeast, and much of the Southwest; global warming has helped expandt the reach of these mosquitos, and they would just need to bite someone infected with Zika from abroad to spread it to other people.  Additionally, a very small percentage of the time (a bit more than one-third of 1%) one of the two mosquito species’ mothers pass Zika to their eggs (which are “impervious” to pesticide) and therefore pass it on to new generations of mosquitos, making containment even more difficult.

Zika & Congressional Republicans in 2016: A Timeline & Microcosm of GOP’s Reckless Irresponsibility & Inability to Govern

Zika & Congressional Republicans in 2016: A Timeline & Microcosm of GOP’s Irresponsibility & Inability to Govern

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images: CDC Director discusses poor response to Zika

Yet the U.S. should hardly be caught flat-footed at this moment in time, even if that seems to be exactly what is happening: back in January of this year, about half a year before the first local/mosquito U.S. transmissions in Florida at the end of July, both the WHO (January 25th) and CDC warned (January 28th) that Zika, already “explosively” spreading in South America, was “likely” to spread to the U.S., and they were hardly alone in sounding the alarm that the U.S. was at risk. And on February 1st, the WHO labeled Zika’s suspected links with neurological disorders a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Thankfully, after a February 5th request from Senate Democrats that President Obama forcefully addressed the threat of Zika, Obama acted swiftly, barely more than a week after the CDC warning, requesting nearly $2 billion in funds to help prevent and fight off a U.S. Zika outbreak (February 8th).  The funding would have included boosts to mosquito control programs, vaccine research, and educational efforts.

But not even two weeks later, leading Republicans in the House of Representatives rejected the president’s request (February 18th). Enter politics: those leading House Republicans felt that existing money set aside for the State Department and for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to deal with an earlier Ebola scare should have been allocated to deal with Zika, and rejected the call for new funding. The White House maintained that it would not support sabotaging efforts to keep Americans and others safe from Ebola, one of the world’s worst infectious diseases. Even a compromise measure that would have seen about $1 billion in emergency Zika funding approved fell by the wayside because of the politics of Republican objections to the Iran nuclear deal and Republican infighting. Many (and important) Republicans in the Senate followed their House colleagues in questioning and resisting Obama’s request.

Eventually, in the face of Republican intransigence, the White House reluctantly felt compelled to use $589 million already set aside for other emergency preparedness programs (April 6th): $510 million from ongoing Ebola programs (including those run by USAID in Africa) and $79 million from other programs, including ones that strategically stockpiles vaccines and other supplies in case of serious outbreaks, a move that has various local jurisdictions worried about their abilities to meet other threats now.  The gutting of the Ebola programs could see their funding run out in October, which is when the funding Obama redirected to deal with Zika could also run out.

Republicans seemed awfully ready to dismiss such concerns of national and international public health, though the White House stressed that new funding was still then necessary. In contrast, many Republicans at first wanted to avoid appropriating any new emergency funds and wanted the White House to appropriate (and later, keep appropriating) money from other emergency funds until a new discussion about new non-emergency standard funding can come about when decisions are made about how to fund the government for FY2017, which should begin being funded around October 1st, provided there is not a repeat of brinksmanship about a shutdown.

In essence, the Republicans were procedurally trying to treat Zika as if it were anything but an emergency in order to save money, oppose president Obama, and score political points on various fronts: some wanted to demand cuts in other areas in return, others did not want to see any spending bill passed whatsoever in a heated election year; things are particularly difficult in the House, where every Republican and Democrat is up for reelection this fall, and in which getting agreement just among GOP members is notoriously difficult (just ask former Speaker John Boehner or current Speaker Paul Ryan).

Even as Republicans in Congress delayed and obstructed, the WHO announced “a strong scientific consensus” that Zika was the cause of the more severe conditions it had been suspected of causing (March 31st), and CDC officials confirmed the suspicion that Zika was definitely a cause of birth defects, namely severe microcephaly (April 13th): “Never before in history has there been a situation where a bite from a mosquito can result in a devastating malformation,” noted the CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden.

In the second half of May, House Republicans finally passed a $622 million Zika bill( (May 18th), far less than Obama had asked far (about one-third, to be more precise). It was a bill that was only intended to provide funding for not even half a year and that took even more funding—over $352 million—away from Ebola programs and also took $270 million from HHS administrative funds.  For the Director of the CDC (who quipped: “It’s just not enough”) and other experts, such funding falls far short of what is necessary, limits and impairs effective responses, and is risky in that is jeopardizes preparedness for other emergencies.

The White House threatened to veto the legislation; however, relative to the position of some Republicans that the funding for Zika could wait until the next fiscal year, this move, sadly, marked a sort of “progress.” But Obama said he would veto the measure as grossly insufficient, a view shared even by Obama opponent and Sen. (and former presidential candidate) Marco Rubio, Florida’s lone Republican in the Senate (it probably helps that Florida is particularly vulnerable to Zika).

The Senate itself passed (May 19th) a measure that allocated $1.1 billion in new funding for Zika, nearly twice as much what the House approved; though it received much support from Senate Democrats, it was part of a huge spending bill, one that also faces a White House veto, but for reasons unrelated to Zika: included were provisions limiting the power of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and barring the president from closing the Guantánamo Bay military prison facility or from authorizing new facilities to house the prisoners now held there anywhere back in the U.S.Such is the way standard and ongoing political fights between the White House and Republicans come to affect pressing action on emergencies like the Zika virus.

Such is the way standard and ongoing political fights between the White House and Republicans come to affect pressing action on emergencies like the Zika virus.

Efforts to reconcile the House and Senate legislation ran into further political speed bumps in the weeks after their passings: Republicans in the House thought removing environmental protections against some pesticides was an appropriate measure to pass (May 24th), which earned a response from the White House which excoriated the move: “Rebranding legislation that removes important Clean Water Act protections for public health and water quality is not an appropriate avenue for addressing the serious threat to the nation that the Zika virus poses,” noting that exceptions already exist for emergencies like this one and that this is part of a larger, preexisting GOP agenda to loosen environmental restrictions on pesticides. Republicans are also fighting against any additional abortion or contraceptive methods being used in response to sexually-transmissible Zika, with some preferring abstinence-only educational approaches: the Zika bill passed by the House did not even provide money for facilities that might use contraceptive methods to help fight the sexual spread of Zika.

Things would only get worse: during the reconciliation process to merge the House and Senate bills into something final, amid the height of partisan rancor over gun control after this summer’s Orlando terrorist mass shooting at a gay nightclub and during a Democratic sit-in on that very issue of gun-control, Republicans saw to it that a provision was removed (June 23rd, around 3AM) that would have banned and prevented federal funding for official large flyings of “Confederate” rebel flags in federal cemeteries, itself a product of a contentious fight over the rebel Civil War flag that took place after the terrorist shooting of African-Americans in Charleston last summer.  Additionally, the final bill: cut $540 million in funding for Obamacare/ACA, did not provide any funding for contraceptive prevention providers (including, of course, any funds for Planned Parenthood) for this STD, and took an additional $107 million away from Ebola programs and another $100 million from administrative funding for HHS, with $750 million in total cuts/reallocations offsetting the $1.1 billion in Zika funding, funding which would sustain efforts to fight the disease through September 2017. Unsurprisingly, Senate Democrats blocked the bill in a procedural vote on June 28th, having felt that by agreeing to an amount that was $800 million less than what the Obama Administration wanted was enough of a compromise, and that the cheap political ploys, especially blocking the funding of preventive contraceptive measures for the rapidly spreading STD that is Zika—a move that especially leaves poor women vulnerable—went too far.

So, too, did the White House, which said it would veto the legislation over the controversial provisions.

In fact, Obama noted (July 1st) that had funding already been approved, it is likely that a functional Zika vaccine would already be close to on its way; the president noted the delay in funding and the efforts to score cheap, often unrelated, political points in trying to deal with this emergency have prevented this from being the case and this unacceptable situation poses a serious—and seriously avoidable and unnecessary—national health risk: “It’s been politics as usual rather than responding to a very serious health request,” he said.

Even as new Congressional testimony by experts offered dire warnings on Zika (July 13th), the very next day (July 14th), Congress adjourned for its nearly two-month summer recess after failing again to bridge the divide: Republicans still decided it was better to use the vital, pressing funding for fighting Zika as a poker chip in a card game involving Obamacare, government spending, birth control, pesticides, even the “Confederate” flag rather than treat it as its own issue and its own end; after Republicans rejected an attempt by the Democrats to go back to the bipartisan $1.1 billion clean bill they had passed May 19th without the controversial political gimmicks—with GOP Senate leaders saying they had to accept the House bill as is because of procedure (a procedure the Senate Republican leadership had pursued without including Democrats in the process)—Democrats again blocked the new $1.1 billion measure with the controversial, sometimes counterproductive measures. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who would be announced as Hillary Clinton’s VP pick over a week later, was at the hearing the day before and expressed what many are feeling: “This is why people hate Congress…This is why people hate Washington.”  At the same hearing, CDC Director Frieden somberly added that “This is no way to fight epidemics.”

Thus, Congress went on vacation during the peak of the threat of Zika spreading in the U.S. and over five months after Obama first asked for funding to fight Zika without providing funding to fight Zika.  The fight over Zika will resume again once Congress is back in session, in the fall, nearly seven months after the president first laid out his request.

And it was only a few weeks after Congress went on recess when news broke on July 29th that Zika had been spread through local/mosquito transmission in Florida, the first/local mosquito transmissions in the continental U.S; the virus continues to spread in the state.

In response to the local transmissions in Florida, congressional Democrats urged Republican congressional leaders to call Congress back to session in order to pass a Zika bill (July 31st). They repeated this call on August 4th.  Republican leaders, however, choose not to reconvene Congress.

On August 9th, the first Zika-related death of an infant in the U.S., one born with microcephaly in Texas, is announced.

On August 11th, Sec. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the head of HHS, announced that her department’s money to fight Zika—taken earlier by the Obama Administration from money set aside for the important Ebola and other emergency programs—would run out by the end of August. In order to prevent a stoppage of the work to develop a critically important Zika vaccine, which had just begun clinical trials on people, she announced that she was taking $81 million away from other noteworthy programs: $34 million from programs at the National Institutes of Health for researching treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases; $19 million from a program that provides heating oil for low-income families; $4 million to help substance abuse, among others. On this day also, Democrats again call for Republican leaders in Congress to end the recess to pass a Zika bill.  This still has not happened.

On August 12th, the U.S. declares a public health emergency in Puerto Rico, where at that time well over 10,000 confirmed cases of Zika had occurred, nearly 10% of those with pregnant women.

On August 30th, the CDC noted that it would have no more funds to send to states if new outbreaks occurred.

And, oh, there could be another self-inflicted government shutdown this fall, further complicating health agencies’ abilities to combat Zika as chaos would envelop the funding and budgeting process.

Republicans Chose Politics Over Protecting Americans

Obama has for months repeatedly pleaded with Congressional Republicans to put politics aside in dealing with a potential Zika epidemic, but his efforts to publicly pressure Republicans, as is often the case, thus far have very little to show for them. He is exercising his constitutional duty to protect the American people, but Congress is failing to do its constitutional to pass laws to do the same.

Let’s be clear about how miserably the Republican congressional delegation is failing to do its basic duties, is failing the American people: given the following choice, Republicans chose all the wrong ones:

  • xA.) Respond by fully funding Obama’s request to protect Americans from Zika without taking money from other important emergency response programs
  • ✓B.) Nickel-and-dime the president on this request and argue over funding levels for a pressing medical emergency when the funding request is relatively very small compared to general congressional spending levels
  • ✓C.) Fund Obama’s request by taking money out of the ongoing emergency response to the deadly, horrific Ebola virus
  • ✓D.) Pass a Zika bill that does not allow for federal support of contraception programs in trying to fight a virus that is sexually transmitted
  • ✓E.) Use Obama’s request to continue the irrational, misleading fight over Planned Parenthood and contraception in general
  • ✓F.) Use Obama’s request as a political excuse to defund Obamacare
  • ✓G.) Use Obama’s request as a political excuse to loosen general long-term regulations on pesticides that can harm the American people even though exceptions for dealing with emergencies like Zika already exist
  • ✓H.) Use Obama’s request as a political excuse to fight for federally funded public displays of the “Confederate” rebel flag, inarguably a symbol of white supremacy
  • ✓I.) Blame Obama for not funding a Zika response because he doesn’t give in to outrageous political brinksmanship, à la the shutdown fights
  • ✓J.) Keep refusing to fund the emergency response on terms acceptable (or sensible) to the Obama Administration and Democrats in order to force Obama to take money away from programs Republicans don’t like
  • ✓K.) Don’t give Obama what he wants because it’s Obama asking for something and giving it to him is a “win” for Obama and Democrats during an election year, or during anything

Without question, Republicans very much did not choose A.), definitely chose B.)through I.), and arguably but quite likely chose J.) and K.). 

And all this regarding a public health emergency that could threaten thousands of American babies with lifelong mental defects and others with other conditions.  And Democrats are 100% right to oppose B. through H.: to legitimize such political malpractice and allow such tawdry, cheap games to be played with a public health emergency is not a precedent that should be legitimized or tolerated in any way, at any time. Zika is a serious public health emergency that deserves to be treated as an end in and of itself, not to be used as a political football to be kicked around in the process of arguing over unrelated issues. With the fight over Medicaid expansion and the 9/11 first-responders bill, we already saw that the GOP was more than willing to play politics with the health and lives of Americans, and now we have yet another example of such behavior.

The Republican Party's Zika Plan

The True Republican Party: Disgraceful Long Before Trump & Not to Be Trusted Either with Power or to Keep Americans Safe

Disgraceful and not to be trusted = Republican Party

Getty: GOP Leaders Speaker Paul Ryan & Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Ladies and gentlemen, this choice calculus is today’s Republican Party. And the thing is, none of this has to do with Trump: this is the Republican Party’s style, its governing ethos, its modus operandi, its political philosophyAnd this is nothing new: this is how this disgrace of a political party has operated for much of Obama’s time in the White House, for years now. The stupidity, recklessness, and political gamesmanship with which the Republican Party approaches matters of life and death, of public health, of emergency concern, are not in dispute and are made quite clear with the GOP’s behavior regarding the Zika emergency response.

In fact, the Republicans’ actions on Zika are a perfect microcosm of what the Republican Party is and is not: it is a farce and, as I noted last fall, is not a serious party deserving of our respect, let alone our vote. 

And, again, for all those who are trying to pin the failure of the Republican Party as a party on Trump, as if somehow the GOP is ok and respectable as long as Trump is removed from the picture, the Zika crisis makes it clear Trump is just one symptom of the disease that is the Republican Party itself.

Without a doubt, then, the Zika example is clear proof that the Republican Party is a disgrace and is not fit for or even capable of governing, with or without Trump. It seems that Trump will lose (though who really knows?!), but Americans need to remember what the real Republican Party is, and not let it get away with deflecting blame away from the party itself onto Trump.  Who knows how many cases of Zika, present and future, could have been prevented—how many fewer babies with lifelong damage to their brains there would be, how many fewer mothers would be literally worried sick, how many deaths could have been prevented—if Republicans responded quickly and sensibly in February to Obama’s Zika request.

That request was made February 8th.  Tomorrow is September 1st. How much longer will this continue?  How much longer will voters tolerate it? As far back as January, experts have been warning that the Gulf Coast, with its hot and humid climate, large mosquito populations, and large segments of populations living in poverty, was very vulnerable to Zika. Many of these locations are in Republican congressional districts; will voters hold their representatives accountable this fall, as Zika spreads and most of these Republicans fail(ed) to protect their people from a fast-spreading disease that can cause serious complications, especially to the unborn?

How to Destroy Every Single Deplorable Trumpeteer Argument (For They Have Nothing)!

101+ blatant GOP myths irrefutably exposed

This is no typically simple list of 101 eye candy slogans designed as click-bait!

This tool, that I am very happy to provide, to any and all, actually represents a mammoth effort, that highlights two solid years of research.

I had written a surprisingly well-received book that successfully debunked the main tenets of the StupidParty, plus explaining quite precisely and presciently how we got to today (to Trump and his Trumpeteers).

Not a single reviewer was able to find a valid factual error in a book that discusses thousands of facts, stringing such facts into a narrative. But having completed that project, I realized that in my effort to keep it relatively short and concise (it was still a rather massive book), there was so much detail I had had to leave out many vital topics that I had either glossed over or not addressed at all.

As I interacted with StupidParty disciples on my Website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, I was stunned to learn that my opponents just had no retort to the facts that I was posting. Ninety-nine percent of their retorts had no substance, no intellect, no nothing. I know that this failure on their part was not the result of my brilliance—I am perfectly aware that there are plenty of people out there who are smarter than me. But knowledge, solid research, intellectual honesty and sticking ruthlessly to facts (avoiding opinion) has so far proven to be a mountain too high for StupidParty disciples (even the smart ones). My other key weapon is that since I can not be easily labelled—it becomes very difficult to shoot the messenger. I honestly do not know how to label myself, and I realize that many of my opinions, prejudices, religious beliefs are irrelevant—so I avoid mentioning them. Do I personally practice everything that I preach? No. Can I be a bit of a hypocrite? Yes. Do I sin? Yes (I am willing to own up to the fact that I eat bacon, and I feel genuinely bad about that). I am not sure that I want to volunteer much more than that.

Facts are not propoganda

Nothing makes me happier than when I am called a self-loathing “homosexual libtard” living in my mother’s basement, because at that point, I know for sure that I have won the argument—for my opponent has revealed their stripes and clearly has exceeded their intellectual horizon; a horizon that usually extends out about as far as the end of their nose.

I am so happy that Trump is the nominee.

The reason he became the nominee is bloody obvious yet no one else is willing to discuss it because facts hurt (facts can be insulting). But I do not care. We predicted Trump would win the nomination back in August of 2015. The reason why I am so happy is that now no one has anywhere to hide. If you are a Trump supporter we know quite precisely who you are, but I suspect quite a few of you, when you look at yourselves in the mirror, will eventually pull back from your basest self.  If you dislike Hillary so much that you will not vote for her then we know precisely what you are (see below). If you sit back and blame both parties, we also know your shortcomings.

I am so excited because today we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to cure StupidParty.

On the other hand, if Trump wins—we will know precisely what America has become. I am excited because I am just so fed up with the enemy hiding amongst us, acting as if all is copacetic. No, it never was. Will this be the end of days or the dawning of a new age? I happen to be optimistic, not just because of Trump but because mankind is on the cusp of being able to save itself from its own myopia via technology. I see the end days for oil (the root of America’s problems), the end days for ISIS, and the end days for StupidParty.

I am banking on the American people.

So please use this tool, please share, please copy and paste and link to your desktop, to your smartphone, email list. Please do not waste your vital time in futile soundbite debates with StupidParty disciples. Now you do not have to reinvent the wheel. Use this freed up time for finding other ways to take down Trump and the StupidParty. The only way we lose is if we sink down to Trump’s level (take note “Bernie of Bust” fanatics), if we are too lazy to understand the facts, if we fall for false equivalence, if we do nothing, if we let slide utter nonsense, if we do not vote. Please find below all the ammunition you will need—now go out and use it and help to save your democracy.

The following Myths are herein comprehensively debunked.

  1. Everyone is entitled to all their opinions: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/12/the-best-source-of-news-why-us.html
  2. Figuring out how solve America’s biggest problems is just so complex: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/join-the-smart-party-platform.html
  3. Both Hillary and Trump are equally bad: http://StupidPartymathvmyth.com/?s=Pox The mathematics of Stupidity
  4. Both parties are as bad as each other: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/just-bad-trump-supporters-lets-go-numbers.html
  5. But Dems get big money from George Soros, who is just like Sheldon Adelson, Koch and others  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/george-soros-wanted-dead-alive.html
  6. Donald Trump is a good man and knows how to keep America safe from such threats as Ebola: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/06/what-is-fascism-trumpism.html
  7. The Stupidparty is not guilty over lack of funding for Zika virus http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/republican-party-plays-politics-zika-shows-true-disgraceful-nature.html
  8. Mike Pence is a great guy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/07/mike-pence-honestly-stupid-stupidly-honest-just-deadly-stupid.html
  9. The Obama administration is corrupt:   http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/obama-administration-immaculate-conception.html
  10. The Clinton Foundation is a racket http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/clinton-foundation-truth-time.html
  11. Hillary Clinton is dishonest  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/07/hillary-clinton-liar-or-patron-saint-honesty.html
  12. Hillary Clinton must be bad because these two rocket scientists are says so  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/hillarys-america-seen-eyes-two-idiots-posing-film-experts.html
  13. Hillary Clinton has an email problem: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/definitive-clinton-e-mail-scandal-analysis.html
  14. Hillary Clinton has a Benghazi problem:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/06/benghazi-hearing-gops-embarrassing-shame-clintons-triumphant-vindication-2.html  Ann Stevens (Sister of Ambassador Stevens)
  15. Donald Trump understands foreign policy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/06/trump-foreign-policy-speech-latest-example-gop-bankruptcy-foreign-policy-ideas-competence.html                                                                                                                                                                                                           Trump deals with EBOLA, as if he too isn't an infectious disease
  16. The Founding Fathers would have supported the StupidParty: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/founding-fathers-loathe-stupidparty
  17. America is not an oligarchy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/democracy-is-dying  American democracy is ill
  18. Obama has been a failure: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/obama-legacy-becoming-crystal-clear-quite-brilliant.html
  19. The GOP Presidential aspirants had something intelligent to say: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/2016-stupidparty-presidential-candidates-a-sincere-attempt-to-find-intelligent-life.html
  20. It is hyperbolic to link Trump to fascism: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/06/what-is-fascism-trumpism.html   plus  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/trump-promotes-violence-but-keeps-denying-it.html
  21. It is difficult to envision what America would look like with a StupidParty president:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/02/4306.html
  22. The GOP congress is not bought and paid: for: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/evolutionary-dear-watson.html
  23. Money in politics helps democracy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/4657.html   The red families provided half the monies
  24. StupidParty has credible economic policies: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/01/a-farewell-to-romney-who-was-once-again-circling-over-the-carcass-of-the-american-middle-class-but-clearly-didnt-get-the-green-light-from-the-stupidparty-establishment-who-have-bigger-fools-t.html
  25. Present trickle down economic policies are sustainable: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/income-discrepancyin
  26. Food stamps are for moochers: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/increasing-minimum-wage-good-but-not-the-holy-grail.html
  27. Higher minimum wages will be a drag on the economy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/increasing-minimum-wage-good-but-not-the-holy-grail.html
  28. Nobel Prize winning economists are always brilliant: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/nobel-economists-blind-can-not-see-who-are-literally-dying-of-ignorance.html
  29. The government is bad for the economy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/08/which-came-first-stupidparty-people-or-bad-government.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Budget deficit over the years (adjusted for 2014 dollars)
  30. Publicly funded major league sporting stadiums is not simply about lining the pockets of a few billionaires:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/02/evaluating-the-brightest-stupidparty-stars-since-obama-was-elected.html
  31. America need not fear Nazi Germany’s love of slave labor returning here: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/02/slave-labor-genocide-make-economic-sense-part-1.html
  32. Privatizing Social Security is an acceptable idea: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/01/privatizing-social-security-fear-easy-mark-strong-one.html
  33. Americans voters respect cowards more than idiots: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2014/12/mid-term-elections-stupidity-trumps-cowardice.html
  34. Putin plays chess while Obama plays checkers: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/obama-v-putin-game-over-absolutely-look-at-the-math.html
  35. Obama foreign policy is weak and dangerous:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2014/12/is-obama-weak-how-many-wars-do-we-want-updated.html
  36. Obama weak policies created ISIS:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/12/%EF%BB%BFclaiming-obamas-iraq-withdrawal-created-the-isis-problem-is-absurd-here-are-the-top-5-reasons-why.html
  37. GOP ISIS policies will be bad for ISIS:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/12/republican-criticism-of-obamas-sound-isis-strategy-myopic-gop-ideas-help-isis-endanger-americans.html
  38. We should all be very fearful of ISIS:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/isis-the-game-is-over-you-lose.html
  39. There is no link between Trump and the Russians, and patriots would vote for Trump  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/updated-815-trump-putin-russia-dncclinton-hack-wikileaks-election-2016-cyberwarfare.html
  40. The 47 Senators did not commit treason over the Iran deal: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/07/stupidparty-on-iran-and-the-constitution-wrong-wrong-wrong.html
  41. The Bush family is not responsible for the mess that is 2016  (five part series)  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/05/greatest-now-worstest-final-part-5.html
  42. More guns leads to more safety. http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/whose-side-are-you-on-the-people-of-baltimore-or-the-forces-empowering-a-militarized-police-2.html    Top selling book by a discredited economist
  43. Gundamentalists know what they are talking and have statistics to prove it: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/attacking-the-heart-of-gundamentalism-its-rock-star-pseudo-mathmatician.html  DEBUNKED MYTH - Gundamentalists know what they are talking and have statistics to prove
  44. The NRA is an acceptable gun advocacy group: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/12/nra-gop-gun-disinformation-completely-debunked-by-these-maps-charts.html
  45. The NRA is not like the Mafia:. http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/nra-going-make-him-offer-he-cant-refuse.html
  46. The Second Amendment is being undermined: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/irrelevant-second-amendment.html MYTH DEBUNKED - The Second Amendment is being undermined
  47. The USA healthcare system is rational: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/06/stupidparty-myth-1-usa-has-the-best-healthcare-system-thus-why-reform.html
  48. Election fraud by the voter is an issue that needs to be addressed: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/01/voter-fraud-is-mathematically-irrelevant.html
  49. Obama has destroyed America: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/obama-legacy-becoming-crystal-clear-quite-brilliant.html
  50. Fox News educates its viewers: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/updated-worlds-worst-weasel-mortally-wounded-huge-consequences-us.html
  51. Right wing journalists are totally credible and their rising profile is purely organic and not connected: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/01/venture-into-the-incestuous-universe-of-stupidparty-journalism.html
  52. American exceptionalism:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/prepare-to-be-shocked.html
  53. Trump won the nomination because of anger over the economy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/05/trump-win-nomination-via-67-percent-stupid.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If it's not the bailout, jobs, US economy... that leaves the 67% STUPIDSEPT. 13, 2016—The U.S. Census Bureau announced today: that real median household income increased by 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015 while the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased by 45% to 9.6% from 15.7%                           
  54. Domestic terror–blame the foreigners: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/06/the-mathmatics-of-domestic-terrorism.html
  55. Pro–Lifers are Pro-life: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/pro-lifers-actually-pro-death-epic-end-days-nigh.html
  56. The GOP is the values parties:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/06/seven-deadly-sins-seven-deadlier-stupidparty-invented-values.html  and  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/07/stupidparty-seven-actual-biblical-sins-not-invented-stupidparty-values.html                                                        StupidParty values - "do as I say, not as I do."
  57. StupidParty Disciples will mature with age: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/oh-deare-john-you-are-the-logical-end-game-of-a-stupidparty-disciple.html
  58. America is a Christian nation: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/will-the-real-jesus-please-stand-up-exit-faux-christians.html
  59. We have done enough to separate church and state: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/01/time-to-really-separate-church-and-state.html
  60. Christians should vote for StupidParty: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2014/07/the-pope.html 
  61. Trumpeteers are Christians http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/07/sorry-can-not-christian-trumpeteer-pick-one.html
  62. Noah’s worldwide flood was real: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/ben-carson-redeems-himself-proves-how-roger-made-it-to-the-ark.html
  63. The Pope is OK with homophobia: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/pope-throws-yet-another-stupidparty-disciple-bus-making-world-better-place.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MYTH DEBUNKED - The Pope is OK with Homophobia
  64. Liberty University is a place of learning: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/ben-carson-tries-to-hide-at-liberty-university-the-palace-built-on-hate.html
  65. The GOP is not a bigoted party: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/04/the-seven-pillars-of-stupidparty-hate-do-we-have-a-party-of-hate.html
  66. Joe Scarborough is not a misogynist: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/dear-media-rape-is-a-thing.html
  67. Misogyny is not a problem in America; http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/01/mathematics-misogyny-america-third-world-status.html
  68. Race is not a problem in America: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/from-tulsa-to-baltimore-racism-is-not-dead.html
  69. You cannot compare the America’s relationship with segments of the African American population the Israeli–Palestine conflict:  http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/03/the-links-between-ferguson-and-palestine-the-lessons-that-israel-and-america-can-learn-from-each-other.html
  70. The Supreme Court understands race: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/12/the-supreme-court-reveals-its-racial-sleight-of-hand.html
  71. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts understands racial issues: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2014/11/chief-justice-supremely-sp-john-roberts-it-is-not-just-his-willingness-to-put-democracy-up-sale-but-his-naive-and-shallow-views-on-racial-issues-also-undermines-democracy.html
  72. White people understand race: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/white-ears-do-not-hear-the-dog-whistles-of-racism.html                                     Are you complicit with your actions America?
  73. StupidParty loves education and knowledge: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/06/stupidparty-wants-to-suppress-knowledge-and-force-public-education-into-becoming-a-propaganda-machine-for-american-exceptionlism.html
  74. StupidParty Disciples are not stupid: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/did-you-know-that-severe-dyslexia-spelt-backwards-reads-stupidparty.html
  75. StupidParty Disciples understand the facts: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/the-67              StupidParty's stupidity by the numbers
  76. The Flint Water problem was caused by the federal government: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/news-flash-update-nailed-snyder-100-responsible-flint-water.html
  77. The Conservative brain works better: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/the-mind-of-a-stupidparty-disciple.html
  78. The StupidParty brain is not like a trees brain: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/the-republican-brain-works-just-like-tree.html
  79. The StupidParty disciple is not getting dumber: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/10/the-dumbing-down-of-america-who-lit-the-fuse.html
  80. Freedom fighters love to make everyone freer: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/want-freedoms.html
  81. Global warming is a hoax: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/01/republican-climate-change-denialism-lies-lies-and-more-lies.html
  82. We should get excited by the youth vote: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/waiting-youth-rise-like-waiting-godot.html
  83. Republicans can be funny too: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/4681.html
  84. Republicans can be musicians too: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/deafening-stupidparty-music-ears.html
  85. Republicans can make movies supporting their world view http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/prepare-to-be-shocked.html
  86. The best and brightest StupidParty leaders are very bright: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/02/evaluating-the-brightest-stupidparty-stars-since-obama-was-elected.html
  87. George Bush Sr. is a great American: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/05/greatest-now-worstest-part-4.html
  88. Ted Cruz and his followers are Christians: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/ted-cruz-the-anti-chruzt.html
  89. Mike Huckabee is a Christian: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/07/mike-huckabee-wants-to-talk-family-values.html
  90. We should treat Ben Carson as viable a public figure: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2014/07/july-21st-2014-updated.html and http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/11/ben-carsons-pyramid-scheme-not-one-grain-of-intellect.html     Fall on your sword of Stupid
  91. Coal mining owners can be trusted: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/guilty-undermining-foundations-stupidparty.html
  92. Jeb Bush–just a moderate conservative type of guy: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/05/jeb-part-1-with-out-the-name-hes-just-joe-jeb-or-joe-the-jebster.html
  93. Romney was not a serial lying asset stripping misogynistic Mormon: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/01/a-farewell-to-romney-who-was-once-again-circling-over-the-carcass-of-the-american-middle-class-but-clearly-didnt-get-the-green-light-from-the-stupidparty-establishment-who-have-bigger-fools-t.html
  94. Trump does not see Jill Stein as an ally, and would hate it if you voter for her. http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/voting-jill-stein-dont.html
  95. Texas is the greatest state in the Union: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/09/texas-now-tossup-trump-loses-support-texas-linchpin-stupidparty.html
  96. Mississippi is not the worst the state in the Union: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/07/race-to-the-bottom-mississippi-mouse-that-roared.html
  97. Kansas is the economic role model proving the benefits of trickle-down economics: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/yes-back-kansas-dorothy-can-kansas-lead-way-home.html
  98. Vermont is not the smartest state in the Union: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/07/race-to-the-bottom-mississippi-mouse-that-roared.html
    Vermont 500% "smarter" than Mississippi

    (The lower the score the better)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  99. You cannot blame slavery for the American Civil War: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/07/historical-revisionism-republican-civil-war-delusions.html
  100. The majority of StupidParty voters are rational: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/evolutionary-dear-watson.html
  101. Patriotic Freedom Fighting Confederate Flag waving dudes are rational human beings: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/03/give-me-liberty-or-give-me-death-from-stupidparty-circular-logic-and-baseless-dogma.html
  102. Liberals are the moochers: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2015/03/give-me-liberty-or-give-me-death-from-stupidparty-circular-logic-and-baseless-dogma.html
  103. We need to drill baby drill: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/04/death-old-fossils-now-really-good-news.html and http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/05/death-old-fossils-part-2.html
  104. Palm Beach Florida is the best place to live in the country: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/palm-beach-best-or-worst-place-in-usa.html
  105. Florida is a good long term real estate investment: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/farewell-miami-your-elected-leaders-have-bigger-fish-to-fry.html
  106. American Voters and Presidential contenders should not be forced to take a simple IQ Test: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/02/100-questions-if-the-answer-is-not-no-to-each-question-you-have-a-problem.html
  107. ALEC is an acceptable American institution: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/03/who-is-alec-and-why-should-we-all-be-screaming.html
  108. The Trump nomination is bad news: http://stupidpartymathvmyth.com/1/post/2016/08/2016-every-day-christmas-day-trumpeteers-daily-turkey-dinner.html
  109. Trump scandals compared to Clinton scandals:

Donald Trump's scandals--the abridged list VS Hillary Clinton's scandals

Why all this effort? Why is all this so important?

Because Stupidparty is Deadly:

Why is all this so important? Because Stupidparty IS DEADLY

Additional one paragraph takedowns: Benghazi Nonsense

Paul Begala explains and Trumpeteers fall flat

Founding Fathers were not stupid

Were the Founding Fathers any kind of StupidParty? What do YOU think?

I do not need to vote. Both parties are the same:

Pro-Lifers are Actually Pro Death, on an Epic Scale—but their End Days are Nigh

One of those pillars of nonsense being the  pro-life movement, which is far far more deadly than society is even close to recognizing. But now we have three factors that will likely force facts down the throats of the oblivious.

1) Trump is the anchor that will drown his own Trumpeteers.

2) The Pope is willing to debate issues that have equally anchored down the (Catholic) Church through the ages and

C) if  the Zika virus takes its deadly grip on mainland USA -that will additionally force  a recalibration between smart and stupid—between life and death.

I keep making the charge that the Stupidparty is deadly and I keep backing this charge up with fact after fact. Nowhere is this issue nor ironic than within the so inappropriately named pro-life movement. This movement hides behind a nonexistent religious cover. The biblical God that underpins Islam, Judaism and Christianity was absolutely not pro-life. The reverse is true as you will soon discover. Could this juxtaposition be the result of the fact that males have tended to be the winners and get to write the histories? I explain how misogyny has hijacked the teaching of Jesus here.

Did you ever notice how fertility clinics get no bad press? If you are struggling to have a baby you go to a fertility clinic, naturally, virtually everyone is OK with that. But fertility clinics gather fertilized eggs and dispense with the ones that they do not need. Couples can discard these embryo’s (well you can not suggest that women should be forcefully impregnated), can give the embryo over to adoption or medical research, or simply  for destruction.

So if the Pro-life movement accepts this, what does that really mean? It means that they are more interested in controlling women’s bodies than promoting it’s novel personhood theme that life begins at inception. Most people would consider a person a person when they can breath, cry, poop and generally  become a pest. I guess, at a stretch, an embryo can become an irritant at as early as four weeks when it “decides” it is time for mom to feel nauseous.

Pro-lifers dislike contraception—and this can be seen in all the nonsense spouted about Obamacare on this issues. Evidently, pseudo-Christian businessmen like Steve Green (the Hobby Lobby CEO) and family, feel affronted at enabling women to enjoy sex. It is OK to steal on behalf of this same family of self-deemed saints of female chastity, to pillage Iraqi national treasures on the back of the Bush Jr. illegal War, or to give massive Funding to Liberty University , the educational establishment built on the sands of Jerry Falwell’s hate.

Contraception usually involves “life” before inception—that is the whole point. So why do pro-life people object to contraception? It all goes back to their historic notions of female servitude, that sex is just a bad thing which takes place on rare occasions in order to procreate. This all goes to show that pro-life fundamentalism and contraceptive extremism is all about controlling women’s bodies and their sexuality. Theirs is not such a big divide between the Taliban dress police, the Muslim Burka and the Stupidparty (non-equal) attitudes to  women and rape. i.e., the “she had it coming” mentality.

But how is all this dark age misogynist religious claptrap pro-death? 

How is pro-life pro-death in Stupidparty?

Being “pro-life” actually means being pro-death.

It means more people, more women, more babies and more fetuses will die.Stupidity has deadly consequences.

Stupidity has deadly consequences. Whether we are talking about the economy, foreign policy, environment, bigotry, or in this instance women’s health—people who promote irrational behavior, people who misrepresent scriptures, people who polarize important issues, must be held to account. Politicians who tap into and excite ignorance must be held to account. Phony Christians must be held to account. Stupidparty and its financial backers must be held to account. We need to shine the torch in a way that none of these guilty parties have anywhere to hide.

Stupidparty logic happens to have deadly consequences. By way of example let’s look at a standard Stupidparty argument, Women’s health—why even bother?

 Jeb Bush: "I'm not sure we need a billion dollars for women's health issues."

Bush told a group of Evangelical Christians that he would strip the vital health organization of federal funding if he becomes president and said we spend too much money on women’s health services:

“The next president should defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars* for women’s health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government, in my mind.

*$500m = about $3 per woman –and that is evidently too much! Let us put this thinking into perspective:

There are so many things that are wrong with this statement. These comments pander to Evangelicals whose political views tend to be the polar opposite of the values of Jesus–i.e, 80% of Evangelicals have no right to call themselves Christians. Voting for an asset stripping, serial lying, misogynist Mormon would indicate a value system the polar opposite of Jesus, thus the polar opposite of Christianity. Let us begin with the bibles actual views on abortion:

What does the Bible say?

God is pro-choice, but not in a nice way—the Bible places no value on fetuses or infants less than one-month-old:

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And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. — Leviticus 27:6

Fetuses and infants less than one-month-old are not considered persons:

Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD. — Numbers 3:15-16

Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. — Hosea 9:16

Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. — Hosea 13:16

Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. — 2 Samuel 12:14

Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, bring her forth, and let her be burnt. — Genesis 38:24

And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. — Numbers 5:21-21, 27-28

I always feel somewhat uncomfortable using the Old Testament to preach policy, since I find it difficult to respect supposed Christians who use the bible like nut-job Muslims—who cherry pick from the Quran. I happen to believe that Christians have far less excuse since their go-to prophet is massively more impressive than the guy Muslims have latched onto. Ironically it seems most US Christians should be worshiping Mohammad, as by doing so they would be a great less hypocritical since Mohammad represents their view, not Jesus.

A Christian should follow the teachings of Jesus—his actual lessons, unpolluted by various power seeking zealots who have polluted his actual teachings. Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus discuss abortion. Thus it is not a Christian value. Just like racism, judgementalism, pro-death, war mongering, asset stripping, gun toting, misogyny, anti-knowledge, dishonesty—none of these core Stupidparty values are the values of Christ.

Why is fertilization the Benchmark—aren’t the Sacred Sperm  living creatures too?

Sacred sperm in motion

25 million sperms can be produced in one day by one adult male.

9,150,000,000 are created per year by just one adolescent or adult male.

It takes 75 days of Gods work to create the life in a single Sperm.

Most men, most years, find a way to commit mass spermicidal genocide all the time.

Yes this is often accidental or the fault of a third party, but often it is wanton knowing mass murder—of a living entity that could become the 2nd son of God. But masturbation, premature ejaculation, and condoms are not the only villains. For a man who has carefully protected each and every sperm by having intercourse frequently enough to prevent sperm being allowed to die through want of effort, there is another murderous villain to contend with.

The female body is a veritable merciless killing machine. It thinks nothing of killing off 200,000,000 sperm at a time. It thinks nothing of ignoring and  assassinating its own 400,000 eggs—eggs that all want to find their perfect match and live in harmony. These sperms try so hard to communicate with their beloved egg, to talk about their future together, the sperm begging for cooler pastures, the egg playing hard to get—saying “come, enjoy my deadly heat.”

“At twenty-one days old, a human embryo is less than two millimeters long or roughly the size of the circle at the end of this sentence.”

Now, there might be some confusion about the above statement. I mean how big is a full stop?—at the bottom of that question mark. Well, a full stop might vary by font size, by the reading tool one is using; perhaps it varies by whether the full stop is a boy or a girl, spawn of an American football player or a jockey. It also seems because it is so small it is quite difficult to measure anyway. So I decided I needed to create an image that would allow the human mind to put this issue into perspective. Let me begin by providing a picture of my very favorite treat, my addiction.

These are chocolate rainbow nonpareils!

These are chocolate rainbow nonpareils. I love to have a combination of Milk, Dark, and White chocolate—and it is absolutely taboo to have simply white balls on top. I love each color—I do not discriminate. It is almost a tragedy that I cannot prevent their imminent doom.

.See the blue dot near the left side of the ruler?

I adore each and every chocolate, each and every sprinkle. Now, see how that dark blue one has been lovingly placed on the ruler, to the far left top corner of this ruler. This ruler shows centimeters—which are way smaller than  inches. The blue sprinkle covers one millimeter. A human embryo at one week would be 90 percent smaller than that lonely sprinkle—with an estimated size of 0.1 millimeters. Bigger than a speck of dust but smaller than a full stop as it might appear in a typical old-fashioned print book

Now we will put this entire pro-life fundamentalist diarrhea into perspective. The Female egg after conception: Pro-life fundamentalist diarrhea in perspective

 . is a human "life form" dangerous to, well, Stupidparty

 Various dispensable lives according to Stupidparty

Contraception (even after conception) and sex education are vital tools for empowering women, preventing poverty, disease, and death. Teaching abstinence is not only pointless, but it is deadly. Teens deserve knowledge that can keep them healthy, and to act otherwise is criminal. Researchers at The University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impact on rates of sexual abstinence.” Societies that repress women tend to be unstable, violent, religiously rigid; and all this nurtures an environment primed for war, disease and death.

Teenage pregnancy rates have been on a steady decline for a while now, as programs like CHOICE and public awareness about contraception grows. The researchers found that their program, in which teenage girls were given free long-term forms of birth control like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, led to an average pregnancy rate of 34 per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19 between 2008 and 2013. The general population, meanwhile, had an average pregnancy rate of 158.5 per 1,000 teens. Birth rates followed a similar trend with about 19.4 per 1,000 participating teens giving birth compared to 94 per 1,000.

Long-acting contraceptives like intrauterine devices help teen girls avoid unwanted pregnancy and abortions.

Their most significant finding, however, was that abortion rates dropped far below those of the general U.S. population, at 9.7 per 1,000 teens compared to 41.5 per 1,000 teens. This data shows that when teen girls are shown how to properly care for their bodies, and are given the tools to do so, abortion rates go down; and subsequently, risk of the health and social consequences of undergoing one.

The New England Journal of Medicine Impact Report

So on an international level all this deadly Stupidparty Pro-life nonsense means the that the USA suffers from more Pro- Death outcomes:

USA suffers more pro-death outcomes

So what does Europe have that the USA lacks? Oh, would that be an intelligent, pragmatic laws regarding abortion?

Many European countries, including England, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, either have a formal state church or church that is nationally recognized as the dominant church, and yet in daily practice, far fewer people in these nations are really religious, much less fundamentalist. Religion is often seen simply as a cultural/historical expression of national or ethnic character, but not necessarily a guiding force in everyday life. Subsequently, while a lot of these nations have abortion laws that formally reflect Christian paternalism about reproduction and women’s roles, in practice, abortion is much easier to get than it is in the United States. You may have to provide a reason for your abortion in many nations, but it’s simply a formality, a box checked and not an obstacle. More importantly, the abortion providers aren’t being hounded out of existence and in many cases, the cost of the abortion is paid for by the state health care plan. Katha Pollitt recently elaborated in The Nation.

i.e., Europe benefits from a lack of religious claptrap. This equates to less death.

In the 2015 Fox Stupidparty debate, virtually all candidates were rabidly pro-death. For example, Rubio would be quite happy to allow a woman to die. He claims that there are plenty of ways of avoiding pregnancy anyway. But the problem is these guys are all gut and no brain:

During a 2012 political fight over the scope of Obamacare’s contraception mandate—which requires all insurance plans to cover preventive services including contraception for women—Rubio co-sponsored The Blunt Amendment, which according to The New York Times would have “let employers and health insurance companies deny coverage for contraceptives and other items they object to on religious or moral grounds.” The amendment was defeated 51 to 48.
The "every sperm is sacred" mindset is, in its way, PRO DEATH

So basically women must die because of a guy with an opinion. How about this—before forming ignorant infantile opinions, and before resorting to terrorism, how about getting some knowledge? Why not consider helping organizations that actually help women with their health? Ever wonder why misogynist Catholic priests have a very different opinion about these issues than the nuns–the nuns that actually help poor people with their health issues, with their pregnancy issues? Nuns soon learn that dogmatic opinions do far more harm than good. But nuns sometimes suffer the consequences of male stupidity:

As reported by The Nation:

In 2010, Sister Margaret McBride, an administrator in a Catholic Hospital in Phoenix, was fired and excommunicated after she approved a first-trimester abortion for a woman with life-threatening pulmonary hypertension. What happens in Catholic hospitals when there’s no Sister Margaret willing to risk the bishops’ wrath? With conscience clauses expanding to cover not just individual doctors but whole hospitals, a pregnant woman may find her care is being dictated not by standard health protocols but by a religion she doesn’t even follow. Savita was a Hindu, after all. What about her conscience?

To help, you have to stop being judgmental. Not everyone is a clone of Stupidparty people, not everyone is in that very exclusive club of know-nothings that cannot accept the views of people from outside their parochial club.

Stupidparty being pro-life at the gun store

Violent crimes have fallen by half over the last twenty years. This trend has nothing to do with more guns. I prove this here. There are however increasing gun deaths and mass shootings—all caused by America’s infantile Gun culture which I explain here and here. So if you tolerate the NRA agenda, you are pro-death. So what does explain reduced violent crime? Well, there are numerous reasons—one of them being Roe V. Wade. Various books have been written on the subject, but in short, making abortion legal has saved countless families from destitution and that leads to a more stable family life.

Jeb!!! and the rest of the clowns want to defund Planned Parenthood, but of course he has no interest in the actual facts:

  • Planned Parenthood gets no funding from the government to perform abortions.
  • Abortions represent about 3% of their activities.
  • Congress defunded Acorn, who had done nothing wrong, and this action has since been deemed unconstitutional (to target a specific entity because of political opportunism).
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood, who has also done nothing wrong, would surely also be unconstitutional.
  • Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 80 percent of clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.
  • Planned Parenthood helps to prevent approximately 516,000 unintended pregnancies each year.
  • Planned Parenthood provides nearly 400,000 Pap tests and nearly 500,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.
  • Planned Parenthood pProvides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including 700,000 HIV tests.
  • Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs and outreach to 5 million young people and adults

Thanks for cutting off cancer screening programs to prove you are pro-life, because that makes sense.

Planned Parenthood helps women, saves lives and reduces the demand for abortion. They are the polar opposite of the fundamentalist pro-lifers:

  • About 40,290 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2015 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • Maternity deaths avoided 28 x 5 = 290 per year.
  • Women whose cervical cancers were found by a pap test had a 92% cure rate. The cure rate fell to 66% among women who were diagnosed because of symptoms.
  • By knowing you have AIDS or a sexually transmitted disease, the vast majority of people will not put other peoples live at risk. Knowledge saves lives. Prayer and pro-lifers save zero lives.
  • AIDs in Africa people were taught abstinence, often at the insistence of US Religious charities. African also were encouraged to have faith in prayer and myth. In America, everyone had access to proper education and facts.

The end result—in Africa 1,000,000 people die of AIDS every year. In America, less than 14,000 people die of AIDS every year. If you are determined to block contraception and sex education in Africa – you are guilty of manslaughter on a massive scale.

Jeb!!! supports efforts to allow myopic religious twats from having to allow their employees access to affordable contraception—the very same people who promote deadly faith and prayer as a singular solution. Obama will continue to outwit these idiots on this issue, but electing a Stupidparty leader as president would have deadly consequences.

Oh, you think Jeb is some sort of moderate Stupidparty clown? You still believe that such a person can actually exist inside the Stupidparty?

“I’m probably the most pro-life governor in modern times,” Jeb boasted and he’s not kidding:

After all, we’re talking about a man who once put the life of a disabled woman who’d been raped at risk by intervening legally to force her to carry her child to term, a move a Florida court later found illegal. Despite the fact that the woman was severely disabled, had been raped, and might die if allowed to give birth, Bush felt that the appointment of a guardian for her was not appropriate. Instead, he moved to stop the appointment of the woman’s guardian until a second guardian could first be appointed — specifically, a guardian for the fetus.

In 2005 Bush fought to prevent a pregnant 13-year-old girl, who was a ward of the state, from having an abortion. He was overruled by a judge, and CNN later reported that Bush’s ‘abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.’

Jeb wanted $1 million of the state Department of Health’s $5.7 million family planning allocation to create education grants for chastity counseling. This would have mirrored some federally funded programs in the state that told teens to wait until marriage to have sex, without discussing birth control methods. Those programs, many of which were privately run by religious groups, operated under names like Best Friends, Sex Can Wait, and Everyone’s Not Doing It.

The request would have marked the first time the state would have funded an abstinence-based counseling program. The idea was criticized by sex education advocates and legislators who said teaching abstinence didn’t work. They also said diverting $1 million would keep many poor women from getting HIV tests, pap smears, birth control counseling and other services at clinics and county health departments.

The St. Petersburg Times reported in January 2003:

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida lost $124,000 last year from its family planning division. Bush diverted the funds to abstinence-only educational programs. Now teens who use Planned Parenthood have a $15 co-pay and must pay $7 for birth control. “We do charge the teens now,” said LaWanda Walker, public affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. “That we really, really hate. You need to be able to have services and make it convenient.”

In a tweet, he added, “In line with my FL record – we absolutely must defund PP and redirect those funds to other women’s health orgs.”

But Jeb did not redirect Planned Parenthood money into community health centers providing birth control, pap tests, and other family planning services as he suggested. He diverted money to abstinence-only education and spent millions on crisis pregnancy centers, which are non-medical, religiously motivated organizations dedicated to convincing women not to have abortions.

The charter school (trying to turn education into a for-profit exercise) that was once Jeb‘s pride and joy is now a trash-filled ruin in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. It was also the place where the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate found it necessary to remove sex education from the curriculum and replace it with “character education.”

Stephanie Schriock, president of the group Emily’s List, said in an essay on Medium that Bush spent his two terms curbing women’s reproductive and health rights.

It is impossible, it appears, to get more extreme on abortion than Jeb. He must really care about that sacred sperm. He can really say to that idiotic base, “yes, I am your man, look at me.”  Like Bush Jr’s imaginary conversation with Billy Graham that led to his invented Christian rebirth, born again for a  Jesus who loves the 1%—could it possible that Jeb is just cloning a successful Bush strategy. This is a fair question in the light of the fact that Jeb was director of a philanthropy that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and financed its advocacy of “unrestricted access to abortion” around the world. The charity also approved money to global abortion providers while he sat on its board.”

In 2010, Jeb was named one of the founding directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, established as a tax-exempt foundation to advance the vision of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He resigned from the board at the end of 2014 to prepare his presidential campaign.

In March of 2014, the Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million undertaking to expand “reproductive health,” including lobbying foreign nations to loosen restrictions on abortion.

Bloomberg announced a major partnership with Planned Parenthood Global to train and equip abortion activists in pro-life countries. Here is Bloomberg talking about the vital needs of women’s health, the devastating backward steps were taken by various mental midget Red State Governors, and his massive personal efforts to counteract the absurd activities of his own board member Jeb.

No Jeb, you are all talk, no substance, and an empty vessel.

But when it comes to killing people –we have only just begun. Stupidparty does not like Obamacare and does not like the Medicaid expansion. We need to look at what this really means”

 Medicaid expansion and how it affects the poverty line

 

The relatively small costs to the states should be easily offsets by a) in 2008 State and local Governments spent $10.6b caring for uninsured people in hospitals; assuming medical inflation of 5% per annum and increasing numbers of uninsured of say 5% per annum. This would mean that that $10.6b would increase to $33b for 2020.

Now let us make the following assumptions for Obamacare. We will keep medical inflation at 5% compound per year and we will also assume that the uninsured continued to increase by 5% per year through 2012. After that, we shall assume that the insured fall by 20% initially then by 40%. This might appear aggressive, but only if you forget that the number of uninsured was projected to carry on increasing quite rapidly if there had been no reform. So actually this number is mathematically conservative since the number of uninsured is trending down rapidly. Therefore the chart below illustrates actual cost savings the States could expect relative to the scenario of having no reform.

Projected state costs for treating uninsured patients in emergency rooms

I should mention that the above is theory. In reality Obamacare has run into a real life problem that will need to be addressed. The success of Obamacare has created a bottleneck that is presently increasing emergency room visits. On the one hand, this is good, because people need such treatment in an affordable manner. But this is the not the most cost-effective scenario. The problem is being created by a lack of health care physicians—and thus a significant percentage of doctors struggle to take on new patients. A lack of interface time and ability to see one’s doctor in a timely manner had been a growing problem, even before the implementation of Obamacare. This is a bottleneck that needs to be tackled.

But these massive savings are only part of the equation. The fact of the matter is that if people have access to affordable healthcare, they can then act upon health issues before they have a need to go to the emergency room in the first place. Thus the body gets fixed faster and cheaper, less death and disease, a healthier more productive workforce, and less healthcare bankruptcies so creditors get paid. But most important is people live, they get cured, and they do not have to live in pain or in fear.

It is not as if we have to guess. Anyone remember Massachusetts?

Massachusetts Shows That Expanding Coverage Reduces Other Health Care Costs

Massachusetts’ experience with its health reform efforts offers strong evidence that expanding coverage under a comprehensive health reform plan can lead to sizeable reductions in state costs for uncompensated care.

Massachusetts enacted legislation in 2006 to provide nearly universal health care coverage. The legislation combined a Medicaid expansion with subsidies to help low and moderate-income residents purchase insurance, an employer responsibility requirement, and a requirement for individuals to obtain coverage. All of these also are core elements of the Affordable Care Act.

With the expansion of affordable health insurance options and the institution of an individual mandate, spending on uncompensated care decreased significantly in Massachusetts. As part of its health reform effort, the state replaced its Uncompensated Care Pool (also known as “Free Care”) with the Health Safety Net, which provides financial support to public hospitals and community health centers that serve low-income residents who are uninsured or underinsured or who have significant medical needs. In 2008, the first full year of health reform implementation, Health Safety Net payments were $252 million, or 38 percent, less than the previous year’s Uncompensated Care Pool payments.a

StupidParty blind dogma is deadly. It kills countless people, primarily by the pro-death crowd. But all they care about is this:Remember the end point.

Maternity-Related Deaths

While 99 percent of such maternal deaths occur in developing countries, the United States is the only country in the world in which maternal deaths increased between 1990 and 2013. In 2013, 28 women were dying for every 100,000 births, compared to 12 women for every 100,000 births in 1990.

Maternity related deaths per 100,000

By way of example compare Israel with the USA. Stupidparty today feels a kindred spirit with Netanyahu–actually this has only happened because they love that Netanyahu has disrespected Obama and because the Stupidparty has been corrupted by big money. Stupidparty disciples cannot connect the dots. But maybe they should connect this dot:

The nation’s Health Ministry commission, led by Dr. Yonatan Halevy, last week announced its state-subsidized “health basket,” the package of medications and services that all Israeli citizens are entitled to under the nation’s health care system. It was approved by the cabinet on Sunday. The health basket is analyzed and amended on an annual basis, and among the many additional treatments to be offered to Israelis in 2014 are free-of-charge abortions for women ages 20-33.

Israel has always had a liberal stance on abortion, allowing women facing medical emergencies or those who are victims of rape or abuse to receive subsidies to help them terminate their pregnancies. Outside of those regulations, women can apply for abortions for reasons ranging from an emotional or mental threat caused by the pregnancy or for not being married to the baby’s father. All women who seek to end a pregnancy must appear before a three-member committee to state their case, but 98 percent of requests are approved. Women under the age of 20, or over the age of 40, were also previously eligible for subsidized abortions, regardless of the reason.

Maternity-related deaths in the USA rising significantly

A study by the Roosevelt Institute shows that U.S. states with high poverty rates have maternal death rates 77 percent higher than states with lower levels of poverty. Women with no health insurance are four times more likely to die during pregnancy or in childbirth than women who are insured.

Women with no health insurance are four times more likely to die in the USA than those with insurance

So where is the safest place to have a baby?

Safest place to have a baby in the US ranking by state

Notice that Florida is a Blue State, so how come Stupidparty rules and Stupidity reigns?

Let us look at the totally avoidable deaths; these deaths are caused by Stupidparty Governors playing politics, except in Virginia where a rigged local congress can override the Governor.

Total avoidable female deaths ranking by states not expanding medicaid

Notice that Maine, Virginia, and Wisconsin are Blue States. So how come Stupidparty rules and Stupidity reigns?

So there appear to be four Blue States that are also putting the health of their constituents way below the importance of attracting big-time donations from the oligarchical donors, and getting cheap votes by pandering to the bigots and the ignorant who have been brainwashed into voting against their interests.

In three of the four states, their constituents suffer this miserable and deadly outcome because of a specific cheating technique that Stupidparty uses to disenfranchise the electorate. On this occasion, I am not referencing Voter Suppression but Gerrymandering. Now look at this chart.

Gerrymandering in the House!

Now That’s What I Call Gerrymandering!

So to recap, what have we learned (and what have we proven) about pro-life actually being pro-death?

Stupidparty pro life = pro death

We have discussed how many lives Planned Parenthood saves and or make better. Now let us look what happens when a respected charity gets hijacked by Stupidparty logic.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Nancy Binker, a prominent figure in the Texas GOP, found that she had to cope with a personal crisis. Her sister had died of breast cancer, and suddenly healthcare issues became important. So she co-founded the amazingly successful Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It was a great cause, born out of pain from a person who now had good reason to care, who had put pettiness aside. But over time success spoils the chemistry, Stupidparty thinking resurfaces, and that thinking concluded that bringing an insidious, myopic political agenda to a beloved charity was appropriate.

Karen Handle, having lost her effort to become governor of Georgia, is invited to the cancer charity. Oblivious to the fact that a fundamentalist stance on abortion can only lead to polarization, thus making the goal of fewer abortions less achievable. Karen Handle uses her Stupidparty-thinking skillset to encourage the foundation to cancel its relationship with the respected charity Planned Parenthood, who plays a limited role in abortions. This created an uproar. The charity reversed itself after three days, and Karen Handle resigns.

Undaunted, Handle writes a book about the bullies at Planned Parenthood and goes on to come in third in the Stupidparty primary for the 2014 open senate seat in Georgia.

The point here is that while reducing abortions is a laudable goal, attaching an extreme viewpoint onto a fundamentalist religious bandwagon that actually has no foundation in the teachings of Jesus is not so laudable. While I have problems with both pro-life and pro-choice sloganeering, it just strikes me that the evangelically inspired pro-lifers in every other aspect are really pro-death. What do I mean by that? Pro-lifers can rarely be heard on the subject of the actual death penalty, of war, or on affordable healthcare.

Pro-lifers can rarely be heard on the subject of the actual death penalty, of war, or on affordable healthcare.

The proof of Handle’s sad effort was to be in the pudding. Stupidparty is not so good at charity unless it begins at home or on their parochial clubs that they call churches. Bringing Stupidparty thinking to the Susan G. Komen Foundation did not work out so well, especially for people whose lives may depend on the charity. Annual revenues in 2013 fell from $348m to $270m.

Meanwhile, the problems for the charity are ongoing, women preferring to contribute to properly motivated charities. At a time when the foundation was having to cancel its walks, Brinker is securing a 64% pay rise to $684,000. Having married and divorced Norman Brinker, the founder of the Steak and Ale, Bennigan’s, and later taking over the Chili’s restaurant chains, “Brinker doesn’t need the money, as she made out like a bandit in her 2003 divorce… She jets between her home in the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC and her second home in Palm Beach, Florida.” (Palm Beach happens to be the hive of Stupidparty support. I am not sure why anyone would contribute to this charity since there are better options.)

There is so much wrong with Stupidparty.

Stupidparty thinking, ignorant mythical thinking, does not simply destroy the economy—it kills. The more pro-life one tries to be (when your views are based on low hanging baseless dogma), the more countless woman, countless people, die (not just in the USA but across the globe). On issues of life and death, how does Stupidparty perform?