Misleading tweet of the day

Naturally, it’s from The Donald.

So far as I can tell, CNN withdrew the story because it was insufficiently sourced; there has not been a finding that it was in error.

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The death of ‘exceptionalism’

Last March I gloomily hazarded a small prediction:

We have forfeited for a generation or more the presumption that America, if sometimes misguided, can always be trusted to proceed with at least good intentions, for the election of Trump was nothing so much as the triumph of malice and ignorance.

What do you know? World regard for America has gone over a cliff.

President Trump has alarmed citizens of the nation’s closest allies and others worldwide, diminishing the standing of the United States in their eyes, according to a wide-ranging international study released Monday.

But in the survey of 37 countries, Russia is a bright spot for Trump. As beleaguered as the president is at home, a majority of Russians say they have confidence in him. And Russians’ attitudes toward the United States have improved since Trump took office.

Trump exemplifies the dark impulses that humanity has struggled to control for uncountable millennia: He is corrupt, he is thuggish, he is a serial liar, he is unable to comprehend any problem or issue in any terms other than his own immediate self-interest. He is turning the centerpiece of decent-humanity’s ambitions into a cheap banana republic.

I believe without reservation that the ideals of the Declaration of Independence will persist and ultimately triumph in human affairs, but it won’t be the United States that carries the banner unless that primitive ignoramus is removed from office — and soon.

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Theology-related quote for the day

For the first time in my life, I began to see the underbelly of evangelicalism.

The Wartburg Watch

Most of us are raised, almost by default, with some sort of vague idea that devout Christians, and clergy especially, are somehow ‘better’ people — more trustworthy, more honorable, et cetera, et cetera.

That’s a successful marketing lie, and that’s all it is. Assume in church the exact same skeptical attitude you’d take to a used car lot.

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Upholding Creationism

A yahoo at Renew America exemplifies the resolute ignorance that genuinely devout Christianity demands.

“The problem for biblically centered Christians is that the Bible, right in the very beginning, tells us clearly that God created all life forms with a simple ‘Let there be …’ No common descent, natural selection, or billions of years required. So if Darwin was right, the Bible was wrong.'” — Peter Enns

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What degree of arrogance must have this man, his supporters, and his enablers maintained to attempt such an assault on our religious foundations?

Right. Tens of thousands of discrete observations, made by tens of thousands of discrete individuals, over the course of more than 150-years, at tens of thousands of discrete locations all over the earth, literally millions of fossils … all wrong, evidence of arrogance — that is, a character failure inhering in science.

This man is never going to be brought into the light of reason. He, and people like him, must be exposed for the morons that they are, and defeated.

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Lunatic tweets of the day

 

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

William Shakespeare

 

I’ve no doubt whatever that many Americans are such pitiful damn fools that they will fall for this line, and proudly parrot it — but Trump is in mentally unstable territory. He needs to be removed from office, sooner rather than later. The 25th Amendment should be invoked now instead of waiting for his overt corruptions to catch-up with him.

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