Quote for the day

The GOP has become the enemy of constitutional government, morality and decency.

Michael Hamar

Yup. What needs to be understood better than it is now, I think, is that the GOP has become the political arm of a regional — southern — religious movement. People lacking the historical set-up for this will think I’m reaching, but what has happened to the Republican Party, and what they are doing to the country writ large, is simply a reprise and continuation of the Southern Baptist’s Genesis controversy of 1961 and, later, the so-called Conservative Resurgence.

You even trip over a lot of the same names.

Basically, the ignorance and insecurity of the yahoos in the pews is being exploited by cynics in the pulpit to gain political power by promising to turn back the clock. It really is that simple.

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The AFA weighs in: Smell-the-sickness edition

After hearing all day about the speech by a Mr. Khan at last night’s DNC finale, I listened to it. If you haven’t heard it yet, you should listen too.

Naturally, the American Family Association, being Godly Folk and all, takes exception.

“From my perspective, it is the responsibility of Mr. Khan to distinguish himself from Islamists, from the Muslim Brotherhood whose treatise is to destroy us from within,” [Sandy] Rios said. “If he is a patriotic, loyal, American-Muslim, then we want to hear that, that’s great, and we grieve with them over the death of their son. But do not disparage Americans or Donald Trump for having concerns about Muslims in our midst.”

She continued, “And if you are so concerned, Mr. Khan, if you’re an American first, then distinguish yourself and condemn Islamists, condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, then we will listen to you, and stop waving the Constitution. As far as I can tell, Islam, truly, supporters of Islam and the Quran, cannot embrace the Constitution. Now, if you have a different view, then explain that to us and then maybe we can be persuaded, but don’t shame America for having genuine and rightful concerns about Muslims in our midst when we have no idea who they are or what they really believe, and we’re not even sure about you, sir, because we know about taqiyya, which is the practice of lying to the infidel in order to advance the Muslim cause.

“So I’m sorry, we’ll not be shamed.”

Recall now — as I’ve documented, like, a bazillion times on this site — how casually Christian Holy Men insist that even family loyalties must be overturned for The Cult Of The Invisible Wizard, never mind country and Constitution. Bah. These are sick and vicious people, and if I believed in prayer I’d be praying that, with the ascent of Donald Trump, the malice, the smallness, the nihilistic mean-spiritedness of the Evangelical Right will at last be evident to everyone.

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Faking reality in Flint

The state of Michigan has filed criminal charges against six more people in connection with the water problems in Flint.

“Some people failed to act, others minimized harm done and arrogantly chose to ignore data, some intentionally altered figures … and covered up significant health risks,” he said at a news conference today.

The charging documents are online.

Of the many disturbing aspects of this sad story, this is among the worst. The people who changed those figures could not have been unaware that the city was pumping contaminated water. Did they think that changing the numbers would change that reality?

Scientists and engineers live lives governed by the reality principle: Get the variables wrong, the experiment will fail, even if this seems insensitive; do the math wrong, the equation will tell you, even if that hurts your feelings. Reality does not similarly regulate the production of Marxist interpretations of “Middlemarch” or turgid monographs on the false consciousness of Parisian street sweepers in 1714. Literature professors “deconstructing” Herman Melville cause nothing worse than excruciating boredom in their students. If engineers ignore reality, reality deconstructs their bridges.

George Will

So: We have engineers who surrendered their responsibility, regulators who exceeded their authority, and munchkins who scurried around trying to hide the consequences.

Again, then: This was first and foremost a technical failure that should never have happened, but only grotesque failures of character made it possible to perpetuate the problem.

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The liberal media ‘stampede’

That two well-known media figures have such different takes on Hillary Clinton’s speech last night won’t even budge the myth that the media are an evil monolith.

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Settle your affairs

The world is going to end today, according to no less than learned Holy Men who have devoted their lives to studying Revelation. So that’s that. Bummer.

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