Meet my neighbors, ctd

All right-minded Tarheels are Southern Baptists, filled with love-love-love for everybody*, so nobody should be surprised that the First Felon had no difficulty inciting them to new behavioral lows.

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, as a raucous crowd chanted, “Send her back! Send her back!”

The performance here was a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts Mr. Trump as a bulwark against a “dangerous, militant hard left.”

“These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force for evil,” Mr. Trump told a packed arena. To roaring applause, he railed against what he called “hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down.”

“They don’t love our country,” he said. “I think, in some cases, they hate our country. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.”

Watch for yourself:

This man, and his malice-eaten followers, are a grave threat to this country. Do your duty, Congress.

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*  Excepting the others, of course: Nigras, who ought to be grateful their ancestors were brought to the Good Ol’ U.S. of A.; Moozlims, who worship Satan; college-educated women, who are sluts and good for only one thing, which ain’t baking cookies or singing in the church choir; Yankees, who freed the Nigras; Jews, who killed Jesus; Ilhan Omar, who is a Nigra and a Moozlim, just like Barack Obama — the most wicked man who ever lived; Catholics, who serve the Antichrist, the Pope; John McCain and George W. Bush, who wanted to let in immigrants; Hilary Clinton, who is a demon-possessed Methodist; and New York Times readers, who actually believe all that fake news that isn’t fit to print.

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Honors for Alan Turing

Alan Turing, the gay genius who masterminded the defeat of Germany’s Enigma cipher during World War II, is to be recognized on Britain’s £50 note.

Turing was prosecuted for his homosexuality after the war, and committed suicide.

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Hunter Thompson, b. 1937-Jul-18

Think what you like of Hunter Thompson’s politics, he was — with the possible exceptions of H.L. Mencken or Gore Vidal — America’s best essayist. And the opening line of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is, going away, the best opening line in all of American letters.

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

It sets the tone for the rest of the book, and commands you to keep reading; that is genius.

  • When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.

  • So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of.

  • I went to the Democratic Convention as a journalist, and returned a raving beast. For me, that week in Chicago was far worse than the worst bad acid trip I’d even heard rumors about. It permanently altered my brain chemistry.

  • I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

  • Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!

  • The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

  • Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.

  • Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place.

  • If you consider the great journalists in history, you don’t see too many objective journalists on that list. H. L. Mencken was not objective. Mike Royko, who just died. I. F. Stone was not objective. Mark Twain was not objective. I don’t quite understand this worship of objectivity in journalism. Now, just flat-out lying is different from being subjective.

  • If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.

  • I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.

  • These are harsh words for a man only recently canonized by President Clinton and my old friend George McGovern — but I have written worse things about Nixon, many times, and the record will show that I kicked him repeatedly long before he went down. I beat him like a mad dog with mange every time I got a chance, and I am proud of it. He was scum.

  • His body should have been burned in a trash bin. [On Richard Nixon’s funeral]

  • You’d be surprised at the things people will do in order to get their names or pictures in the paper.

  • I may sound a little black, but I’m really pretty well adjusted.

  • Sacrificing good men to journalism is like sending William Faulkner to work for Time magazine.

  • Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception — especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they are scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence.

  • I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right.

  • What passed for society was a loud, giddy whirl of thieves and pretentious hustlers, a dull sideshow full of quacks and clowns and philistines with gimp mentalities.

  • The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

  • Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.

  • At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards.

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Heartening theology-related tweet for the day

How else could it be? It might make the devout red-faced and foot-stamping mad, but the fact remains: Science and history and literary scholarship have shown dispositively that the orthodox Christian narrative is false — case closed; there is no more educated, intellectually serious conversation to have about it than Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Birds of a feather

Apparently, it is just now that devout Trumpsters are beginning to realize that most of us believe their enthusiasm for The Donald says something about their own character, and they’re going to be held accountable for it.

It was well-known before the 2016 election that Trump is a philanderer, that he is a racist, that he is dishonest in business, that he has gone bankrupt six times, that he knows next to nothing of his own country’s history and ideals, that he channels Joseph Goebbels and routinely tells Big Lies, that he has nothing on offer but validation of a long train of inchoate resentments — and if somebody has no problem with those things, it goes to that person’s character. Always, the truth about people is what they do, not what they say, because behavior is the manifestation of character; those things don’t occupy separate partitions.

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