White-trash threat of the day

“Yeah, well I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back,” Trump said. “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”

The Donald, on John McCain

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Typing drill, decades ago

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This year’s fiction bestseller

You think people are kidding when you read that many evangelicals actually believe that The Donald was raised up by Our Invisible Friend to save the nation from gays, nigras, immigrants, moozlims, vegetarians, John McCain, and everybody else that Godly White People find annoying? No. They are not kidding; crazy as it is, many evangelicals do believe that.

This will probably be a hot Christmas gift amongst evangelicals; that certainly is who it is aimed at.

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Quote for the day

To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.

Senator John McCain

I totally forgive McCain’s choice of the appalling Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008; would that more of our so-called leadership spoke-out frankly about the danger of the cheap fascist who now occupies and soils the White House.

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Quote for the day

What was behind that consuming hatred? At first I thought that it was mere evangelical passion. Evangelical Christianity, as everyone knows, is founded upon hate, as the Christianity of Christ was founded upon love. But even evangelical Christians occasionally loose their belts and belch amicably; I have known some who, off duty, were very benignant. In that very courtroom, indeed, were some of them — for example, old Ben McKenzie, Nestor of the Dayton bar, who sat beside Bryan. Ben was full of good humor. He made jokes with Darrow. But Bryan only glared.

One day it dawned on me that Bryan, after all, was an evangelical Christian only by sort of afterthought — that his career in this world, and the glories thereof, had actually come to an end before he ever began whooping for Genesis. So I came to this conclusion: that what really moved him was a lust for revenge. The men of the cities had destroyed him and made a mock of him; now he would lead the yokels against them. Various facts clicked into the theory, and I hold it still. The hatred in the old man’s burning eyes was not for the enemies of God; it was for the enemies of Bryan.

H.L. Mencken, on William Jennings Bryan

I thought of Mencken’s famous memorial to Bryan upon reading Charles Blow’s column in today’s New York Times:

Trump isn’t governing with a vision, he’s governing out of spite. Obama’s effectiveness highlights Trump’s ineptitude, and this incenses Trump.

It all puts me in mind of an old curse: No matter what you do, or where you go, there will always be some shit on your shoes. That’s Trump: No matter what he does, no matter where he goes, no matter whom he rubs elbows with, no matter what he covers with gold-plating, he’ll always be a crass and careless buffoon, the deserved butt of jokes — and he knows it and it torments him.

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Friedrich Nietzsche, b. 1844-Oct-15

I’ve sat through exactly one sermon in my life that I got something worthwhile out of — the sermon when the pastor set out a list of writers whose books no decent, godly person should allow in his home. I can’t remember the entire list now, but there was only one writer whose books I didn’t already have: Friedrich Nietzsche.

So I picked-up a copy of Twilight of the Idols next time I was at Barnes & Noble, and I’m glad I did. Nietzsche was a true freak-of-nature genius, and his frank contempt for pious buffoons is endlessly refreshing.

  • Plato was a bore.

  • Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.

  • He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

  • In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

  • To the sort of men who reach out for power under Judaism and Christianity, — that is to say, to the priestly class — decadence is no more than a means to an end. Men of this sort have a vital interest in making mankind sick, and in confusing the values of “good” and “bad,” “true” and “false” in a manner that is not only dangerous to life, but also slanders it.

  • The ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is a condition of the heart — not something that comes ‘upon the earth’ or ‘after death’.

  • The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding — in truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.

  • “Faith” means not wanting to know.

  • The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

  • A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

  • In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

  • There are no moral facts.

  • Christianity destroyed for us the whole harvest of ancient civilization, and later it also destroyed for us the whole harvest of Mohammedan civilization.

  • I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty — I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind.

You get the idea.

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