— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) December 12, 2017
The Case for Taxing Churches: A Reader
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
The national disgrace that is Donald Trump just goes and goes, like the Energizer Bunny.
Scarcely more than a year ago, I pointed toward a sort of bright side arising out of Donald Trump’s election: The Evangelical Right would crash and burn.
Third, 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump, and that will eventually sink into public consciousness, as in, Wait a minute! What are you saying? The church people gave us that piece of sh*t p***y-grabber?! Yep, they did — and that will be the tale of how the Evangelical Right and ‘movement so-called conservatism’ committed political suicide. They might make some noise, occasionally score a small victory — but they are done. The Trump administration, with its inevitable serial indecencies and corruptions, is their achievement, and they will never live it down.
Now that ‘evangelical’ is practically a dirty-word and Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell, Jr., are figures of (overdue) public ridicule …. permit me a moment of schadenfreude. I’ve earned it.
We know what you are now, evangelicals — and you’re finished. For years you have preened about your ‘family values’ — and you broke for Trump with record-setting numbers. You prattle about love-love-love — and you back men who are egregious racists, xenophobes, and amoral horndogs. You can barely open your mouths without lying, and in Roy Moore you’re backing a theocratic loony who is, in fact, deeply hostile to the Enlightenment ideals that undergird America’s founding.
We know who you are, evangelicals: You are the screwed-up people who actually are as sick and decadent as Christianity says everybody is; your bullshit theology is nothing but projection.
The polls range all over the place. A FOX News poll shows Jones ahead by 10-points, and another set of polls sampled at the same time puts Moore ahead by 3-points. The bottom-line, probably, is that it’s too close to call.
I have a simple rule that I invoke whenever a political issue is in doubt, and I can count on one hand the number of times it has gone wrong: Never go long against the common sense and decency of the American people. Trump and Moore are w-a-a-a-y long, ambulatory affronts to common sense and ordinary decency, and it’s time for a market correction — so I’m calling tomorrow’s contest for Jones, by a nose. Yes, it’s Alabama, and you can hardly go out-of-doors without tripping over some idiot Baptist trying to jam a tract in your hand, and Moore got re-elected to the state Supreme Court after removal for egregious misconduct that should have doomed him to obscurity. Those things count strongly in his favor; he has a devoted base, and they will turn out tomorrow.
But so will the sane, decent-minded grown-ups, and they’re not going to stand for further humiliation at the hands of this pack of clowns.
The 36-acres which comprise the Temple Mount — a hill in Jerusalem, now occupied by the Islamic Dome of the Rock — is probably the most contested smidgen of land on earth.
Archaeologists have established that it was a place of pagan sacrifice and –worship long before Abraham hauled Isaac up there to murder him because the voices in his head told him to. It has been a place of worship for, variously, pre-Abrahamic pagans, Jews, Roman pagans, Christians, Muslims, and probably sundry others too civilized to attract much notice.
Why is that? So far as I can tell, tradition and tribal vanity — as in, “We are the Big Dogs now, and this utterly worthless hill is now dedicated to Our Invisible Friend.”
Holy Men, and the resolute ignorance they demand, are the Dark Side. To hell with all of them.
Ignoring the pagans, who are long gone and don’t count because the Jews killed them, the Jews consider the Temple Mount their pile of dirt, and they want it back. After all, is it not the place where Abraham surrendered his manhood and cravenly agreed to kill his son? It is. And — I swear, I am not kidding you — it is a sacred place rather than the venue of an intolerable, incandescent shame. That is how perverse the Abrahamic faiths actually are: The Temple Mount is a place of worship, rather than a place of shame, because that is where Abraham was broken and agreed to kill his son for no reason but to demonstrate his submission.
You can remind that he was let off the hook after he agreed to kill his son, and you can pettifog about the offhand remark to his servants that he and Isaac would be right back — Maybe he had confidence that Isaac would be restored to life following the sacrifice? But, what else could he have said? I’ll be back just as soon as I’ve gutted Isaac? — but you cannot escape or gloss over the bottom line: Abraham ceased to be a man at the Temple Mount and digressed into madness, and all he deserves from any thinking adult of sound character is contempt. I say the same of those who admire Abraham and hope that someday they, too, will be as craven and submissive as a whipped dog.
No matter: Fundamentalist Jews exhibit no more intelligence or character than fundamentalist Christians — and they want their hill back. Yesterday, with the Buffoon-in-Chief’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he lent what is left of America’s moral authority to that ambition and guaranteed more pointless bloodshed. Bah.
MSP is on scene of two unrelated freeway shooting:
WB 94/Harper shooting, victim shot and transported to local hospital.
WB 96/Davison shooting, victim shot and transported to local hospital.
Anticipating freeway closures at both locations to search for shell casings with K9. pic.twitter.com/6obuZbRVMU
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) December 7, 2017