The Watering Hole; Friday the Thirteenth of February 2015; Fear of . . .

Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning “3”, kai meaning “and”, deka meaning “10” and phobos meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”) is fear of the number 13 and avoidance to use it; it is a superstition and related to the specific fear of the 13th person at the Last Supper being Judas, who was said to have stabbed Jesus Christ in the back (metaphorically). It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia (from Παρασκευή Paraskevi, Greek for Friday) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (after Frigg, the Norse goddess [!!] after whom Friday is named in English).

To Republicans, EVERY day is apparently a Friday the thirteenth, given that there is never a moment’s pause in the fear they feel (and promote) about nearly anything that doesn’t meet or live up to their own stupid and greed-based premises. And woe be it to ANYONE who takes issue with ANYTHING their shallow minds care to promote — especially if your name happens to be, say, Barack Obama, or Charles Darwin, or Hillary Clinton (or, I presume, Judas). Examples (the titles pretty much tell the story, click for more details only if you dare):

Frank Gaffney: Obama ‘Empowering And Emboldening’ Enemies With His ‘Deep Sympathy’ For Islam

PA GOP Rep Scott Perry: Obama Sides With ‘The Enemy Of Freedom’

WND Pundit Jack Cashill: Gay Marriage Support Further Proof Obama Is A ‘Crypto-Muslim’

Ken Ham: Happy ‘Darwin Was Wrong Day’

Bryan Fischer’s ‘Educated Guess’: Hillary Clinton Is Recovering From Plastic Surgery

So there you go: the fears implicit in triskaidekaphobia, morphed into irrational hatreds and multiplied to Wingnuttistanian proportions. If you should choose to read any of the above, please do me a favor and don’t hurt yourself!





36 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday the Thirteenth of February 2015; Fear of . . .

  1. Chris Christie continues not to amaze in his capacity for corruption.

    In Oregon, the governor’s travails have everyone preoccupied (justifiably) but in places like New Jersey no one would have even noticed a problem. I do look forward to seeing Christie take a perp walk.

  2. Alabama’s ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage

    An intrepid citizen journalist in Blount County, Alabama posted a video to Facebook on Wednesday reporting on the changes to his state after legalization of gay marriage.

    With a handheld camera, “Redneck News” anchor Jeremy Todd Addaway walked viewers through his property to survey any possible damage after the state ended its ban on same-sex marriage.

    “This pile of brush is still here, and there are no homosexuals layin’ on top of it, doin’ homosexual things,” Addaway said.

    Go to the site to watch the video. 😉

  3. On a personal note: by June 1 I will no longer work for Tri-Met (or anyone else) and will be living in Astoria, overlooking Youngs Bay. And finally have the kitchen I deserve.

    That is all.

  4. “The driver in the car crash that killed renowned CBS News journalist Bob Simon had nine license suspensions and used one hand on the wheel because of a “dead” left arm from a suicide attempt, according to the New York Post.

    Abdul Reshad Fedah, a 44-year-old Afghan national who lived in a homeless shelter, may have mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake after sideswiping another car along New York City’s West Side Highway Wednesday, while doing 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, law enforcement sources told the newspaper.”

    The Aristocrats!

  5. Hammer just fell on Kitzhaber. Semi-official word is that he told his staff earlier and that there is a security detail in Kate Brown’s office.

      • We don’t have a Lt Gov in Oregon. He’s succeeded by Kate Brown, Sec State. She’s a Democrat as is pretty much everyone in statewide office. Hmm, make that everyone, period. She serves until the Nov 2016 election and her successor is likely to be Sec Treas Ted Wheeler, definitely one of the good guys. I have little doubt that he’ll win a term in 2018.

  6. Crap. Picked the wrong time to be in New York. It is bloody cold out there. Put a damper on our neighbourhood walking. Still, it is a holiday and it’s New York! Just saw On Karwara at the Guggenheim. Terrific stuff! Last night we saw Medeski, Martin and Dunn play John Zorn at the Village Vanguard. Just in awe of their talents.

      • Oh yes we’ve been to the Frick twice. One hell of a collection. I like the Rembrandt self portrait. The Frick is not on our list this trip. Cooper Hewitt this time since it’s finally open! And we went to the MoMa PS1 for the first time on Thursday. Zero Tolerance exhibition was very powerful.

  7. One of my many lessons learned during 40 yrs in AZ: Anyone — ANYONE — with an “R” following their name brings nothing to any table except dumb. As we liked to say down there, “anytime a Republican leaves Arizona and goes to DC, the average IQ of both places goes up.” Gosar wasn’t around in those days, but he clearly is a good fit.

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