The Watering Hole; Friday June 26 2015; Insanity v. Sanity

The more the days change, the nuttier it gets out there in Wingnuttistan. Following are a mere handful of headline links on a variety of topics, each and all of which demonstrate a level of crazy far beyond sanity’s threshold. So hang onto your hats; here goes nothing (sotospeak)!

It’s Time To Go’: Glenn Beck Warns That The Time Of ‘Book Burnings, And Re-Education, And Death’ Is Now Here

Jim Inhofe: Pope Francis Worships Creation Rather Than God

War Hero Ted Nugent Praises Call To Arrest Obama From Coup-Supporting Former General

Beck And Barton Warn That SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision Will Legalize Pedophilia And Outlaw The Bible

Gun Lobbyist Ties Charleston Shooting To Transgender Rights

Pat Boone Blames Charleston Shooting On Obama

Franklin Graham: Americans Must Repent For Electing Pro-LGBT Obama

Todd Starnes: Confederate Flag Opponents Just Like ISIS, Will Burn American Flag Next

Rick Joyner: Gay Marriage May Lead To Civil War

Todd Starnes Calls On God To Send Hornets And Cicadas To Attack Obama

So there it is, a small handful of this week’s samples of Wingnuttistanian insanity, proof positive (as if we didn’t already know) that Inhofe, Nugent, Beck, Barton, Pat Boone, Frank Graham, Todd Starnes, Rick Joyner, and most if not all gun lobbyists are certifiably nuts (and probably scared to death of their own shadows as well). Problem is, about the only thing we the people can do is laugh at them — clearly a not very effective solution since they all keep coming back again, and again, and again . . . . Oh well, when one lives in an insane world and nothing can be done to fix it, perhaps the solution is to occasionally wander off to a sane corner somewhere — an “esoteric belt,” perhaps — and enjoy the soliloquy! Below are a few examples of what such places are like and as you’ll notice, not a single Republican is in attendance! As Emily Dickinson put it,

Did life’s penurious length
Italicize its sweetness,
The men that daily live
Would stand so deep in joy
That it would clog the cogs
Of that revolving reason
Whose esoteric belt
Protects our sanity

Views rescued from the “esoteric belt” follow. Enjoy the soliloquy.🙂.

Bee in a Wild Rose

Bee in a Wild Rose

A Shadow in a Field of Wild Flowers

A Shadow in a Field of Wild Flowers

Snow on the Peak, Green Grass on the Meadow, June 1 2015

Snow on the Peak and Green Grass on the Meadow; June 1 2015

Reflections

Canadian Reflections

Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses

Two Canadian Families: 4 Geese, 3 Goslings

Two Canadian Families: 4 Geese, 3 Goslings

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

There. Hopefully that’s enough sanity to counter the craziness up top.

😀

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78 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday June 26 2015; Insanity v. Sanity

  1. The last time I heard anything as crazy as Todd Starns’ imprecation, the Reverend ‘Little Ed’ Pembrook was threatening to rain toads on WKRP if Mr. Carlson canceled his Sunday morning show. 😯

    • The Good News….

      Alabama is in mourning, and Franklin Graham is on suicide watch…..it’s gonna be a great weekend!

  2. Holding: Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

    And to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when a marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state.

    It’s 5-4.

    Sixth Circuit is reversed.

    Each of the four dissenters has written a dissent

    • This is going to be a fun weekend now. Preachers immolating themselves, wailing and gnashing of teeth!

      • Unfortunately, there’s also a small chance that some of the rightwhiners will engage in violence. Heck! I’ve lost track of how many have threatened that a ruling in favor of gay marriage would result in a civil war that, presumably, they intend to start.

    • From the concluding paragraph of the majority opinion: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. … [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

    • The Chief Justice has the principal dissent, which is 31 pages long. Toward the end of it, he says, “If you are among the many Americans–of whatever sexual orientation–who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not Celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

      • I get the point he’s attempting to make, but he’s wrong. The constitution created the framework by which we decide these things when they’re ambiguous (that being the courts), and using that constitutional process we got it resolved.

        • It’ll only be a settled issue once the only people still opposing it are the snake-handling, faith healing nuts living up in the mountains away from the cities.

    • At some point I hope Scalia starts holding his breath as his dissent. He’s done every other kind of toddler tamptrum.

      Anyway, this is wonderful news!

    • So your marriage to Jane is still intact and the gays haven’t interfered?
      How glorious is that?
      The Supremes are indeed supreme!

    • I do believe I called this one on the nose: 5-4 with Kennedy writing the opinion.
      Apparently, according to Chief Justice Roberts (above) the 14th Amendment is not part of the Constitution. But I admit I haven’t had time to read either the decision or the dissent(s).

  3. Fox News’ ‘legal expert’ thinks marriage is a states’ rights issue. Scalia’s dissent yesterday is a ‘Christmas card’, compared to todays’.

    • I wonder if Clarence will weigh in on this – he’s done a lot of research on sex in the past so I hear.

        • Thomas supposedly wrote his own dissent, but we don’t know how much he copied off Scalia’s papaer.

          • “The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”

            Judge Thomas, you keep using that word ‘dignity,’ I do not think it means what you think it means, says the man who the SCOTUS allowed to marry his white wife.

            • hmmm….has he ever been strip-searched?

              How about those photos from Abu Gahrib?

    • Kimberly Clark makes some of them. And they’re up today.

      In fact the DOW is up a bit today as well. So this is another one of those “destroy the country” events that didn’t really pan out for the hate mongers.

  4. So this seems that it should also prevent business from treating same-sex couples differently than mixed-sex couples.

    • That’s been a fun debate lately. That gay wedding cake decision in Oregon has the RWNJs knickers in a twist. They think they should be able to go into a bakery and get a confederate flag cake, and be able to sue if they get turned down.

  5. Wonder if we can get the stars and bars replaced by the rainbow at the SC capitol today?

  6. Obviously we still have many challenges to confront in the country as we strive for a “more perfect union.” But it certainly has been a good week to be a liberal.

    • The Toilet Paper Permission (TPP) slip though was given to the President, any President, to fook over the Amurkan worker. Wall Street had a good week too.

  7. Scalia’s head has now figuratively exploded in two consecutive decisions and on consecutive days. If we can keep this up, it may literally happen.

  8. Music night suggestion – at the very least take back Buddy Holly and Don McLean from this bigoted old git….. and let’s get some Soft Cell, Bronski Beat, Melissa Etheridge and such up there!

  9. Conservatives React To Gay Marriage Ruling: End Times! God’s Wrath! Civil War!

    Former Rep. Allen West, who now heads the National Center for Policy Analysis, posted a column entitled, “Why the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage could lead to civil war.”

    With this ruling, the Supreme Court is essentially saying individuals have civil rights based on their sexual behavior, and setting up a monumental battle with the free exercise of religion. This could well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back – that camel being the up till now silent, passive Americans who have been cowed into “tolerating” societal changes that go counter to their fundamental beliefs.

    The SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage is not about the issue itself — it is about individual religious freedom and the imposition of the State’s will against faith. After all, it is the original reason why the Pilgrims fled England. And since there is no place for men and women of faith to retreat — they will make a stand. This ain’t first century Rome.

    • Thank you for posting that link!
      The President is genuine in his feelings – and not bad at carrying a tune.

  10. Glenn Beck Warns That His Radio Program Could Be Shut Down Because Of Gay Marriage Ruling

    This could mean the end of radio broadcasts like mine,” Beck warned. “I am on now public airwaves regulated by the federal government. If I say, or anybody on this show says they’re for traditional marriage, which I am in my personal life … that now puts this radio broadcast in jeopardy because we are on federally regulated airwaves. I will tell you that I am going to begin, today, looking for other vehicles besides the radio broadcast just so, in a two year period, should somebody start to mount this, what does that mean?”

    “The world has changed. The fundamental transformation of America is over,” he declared. “We are no longer a country that is following the Constitution of the United States of America. That is a thing of the past.”

  11. It’s finally raining again. After 14 days of highs in the 90s and lows above 70, we are back to normal.

  12. The escapee Richard Matt shot and killed south of Malone, near Lake Titus in an area called Elephant’s Head.

    Now, search Google Maps for Lake Titus, Malone, N.Y. Move the pointer to the upper left and switch to satellite mode then tilt your head to the right.

    Voila, the elephant’s head!

    • 😆 backatcha! My post has already proven to be a mere surface scratch , , , with luck, you folks will be reporting on a mass wingnut suicide, or something equally juicy!

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