The Watering Hole; Friday August 28 2015; “Can the Dumb Define the Divine?”

. . . I infer from the Odors borne –
Of its Voice — to affirm — when the Wind is within —
Can the Dumb — define the Divine?
The Definition of Melody — is —
That Definition is none —
Emily Dickinson

Interesting question, that one. Republicans everywhere seem to think they can not only DEFINE divinity, but that they can interpret each and every current event through the “eyes” of their particular brand of “the Divine.”. Here’s but one example of what happens when a near maniacal ego grapples with concepts that lie far beyond its ken. Republican presidential candidate hopeful Ted Cruz has said:

“I’m a Christian and Scripture commands Christians to love everybody.”

“What we’re seeing now is this liberal fascism and intolerance where their object is to persecute, to punish, to fine any Bible-following Christian or believer that believes in the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And that is profoundly inconsistent with who we are as Americans. . . .”

“There are some activists who, frankly, manifest a hatred and intolerance for Christians, who are persecuting Christians. That is unfortunate. As I said, I think we should love everybody. . . .”

[religious liberty was] “the foundational right upon which this nation was built, and I am proud to stand with these heroes gathered tonight to defend religious liberty.”

In other words: liberal fascism (itself the oxymoronic equivalent of, say, “gentle cruelty”) is the (presumed) unholy or perhaps Satanic undercurrent that has forced “Christians” to hate, fear, and disrespect LGBT people because it is liberal fascism that has mandated commercial “Christian” florists and cake-makers be disallowed from refusing to make cakes or sell flowers to those who would celebrate or (horror of horrors) participate in, say, a same sex marriage. Because, apparently, gay people are deserving of hatred and intolerance because God put a verse in the bible pointing out that He, too, hates and is intolerant of the whole concept of those aberrant people (whom He created in the first place). Cruz believes, I’m sure, that he CAN, indeed, “define the Divine.”

Weird. On the one hand, according to Cruz, the bible commands Christians to love everybody; on the other hand, he also refers to hatred and intolerance as a product of those liberal fascists who see the world through a different lens. What he fails to notice is that the ‘right’ to practice hatred and intolerance is not only allowed, but sometimes DEMANDED by his concept of religious liberty which he maintains is under assault by (non-existent and oxymoronic) liberal fascism. Divinity not only allows, it also so demands — at least according to definers of Divinity such as Ted Cruz — the practice of hatred and intolerance as a ‘right’ granted by religious liberty.

Confusing.

So. OK. Fine. Yes. We have just been served — by Presidential candidate Ted Cruz — a full helping of what is fast becoming known as REPUBLICAN STUPIDITY!! (See also Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, somebody named Kasich, and whomever else I might have forgotten about already).

Seriously folks. When Emily Dickinson asked “Can the Dumb define the Divine”? I’m betting she was perfectly aware that the answer is clearly NO. And even though she never really said as much, my guess is that to her, it was not all that tricky for anyone with a functioning mind to define the Dumb. And it still is NOT tricky, given that today all one really has to do is look and see if there’s an “R” behind the name. If there is, the answer is a definite Yup. Dumb. Defined.

Anyway, in an effort to assuage my, shall we say, “disappointment” (?) in re the mental qualities of the Republican Clown Car occupants, I spent some time wandering through some of my old photo files on a search for evidential photographs of the mentally superior critters one runs across constantly while visiting “out there.” I found several, each and every one of which portrays exponential levels of intellectual superiority to Republicans everywhere. I only hope I’m not insulting the intellectually superior critters by assigning physical resemblance comparisons to several of the Republican Presidential (ouch!) candidate hopefuls! Nevertheless, let the DIVINE — herein and now — DEFINE the DUMB. At least a handful of them.

Trump

                                                                      Trump?

Carson

                                                                 Carson?

Fiorina? (look closely)

                                                  Fiorina? (look closely)

Jeb!

                                                                          Jeb!

Walker

                                                                        Walker?

Cruz, aka the mummified frog

                       Ted Cruz, aka the mummified frog. Definitely. Q.E.D.

And speaking of mummified frogs, here’s the latest from Ted’s papa, Rafael Cruz:

‘The Devil Overplayed His Hand’ With SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

So there it is again. One more attempt by a Wingnut to define the Divine. My answer, therefore, to Ms Dickinson’s burning question “Can the Dumb define the Divine?” is a simple one: OF COURSE NOT!!! Duh!

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

Q.E.D.

OPEN THREAD

71 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday August 28 2015; “Can the Dumb Define the Divine?”

  1. Nature doesn’t make mistakes, perhaps with the exception of mankind itself.

    I think we are the largest, most prolific virus to inhabit the earth ever.

    • Indeed we are. It’s beginning to seem extremely likely, however, that “we” won’t be here much longer given that our propensity/ability to destroy now includes the very biosphere that has allowed us to evolve and survive.

    • His “plan” to have Mexico pay for his border wall is probably to threaten Mexico that if they refuse, he’ll yank his suit production company and move it to Cuba, or wherever. That’ll scare the crap right out of em, no doubt.

  2. I posted a story about my daughter’s boss a few days ago and how threats and hate mail he’s been getting have spiked since this was published:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/latin-america/article31302689.html

    Turns out the FBI contacted him, met with him, and told him they have been monitoring chatter related to the immigration issue and because of that they saw this spike in HIS email and now they’re monitoring all of it. The agents gave him some FBI phone numbers to call and agent cell phones and asked if he thought ht was being followed, etc.

    So now my daughter’s boring work emails don’t go into the ether, but actually go to the FBI.

  3. End Times tidbit:

    On our morning bike ride today, about halfway through, one of the screws holding one of the water bottle carriers in place mysteriously fell out, and the water bottle started wiggling and finally had to by placed elsewhere, lest it, too, might fall out and cause a wreck or otherwise disappear.

    I’m pretty sure that this is yet one more sign of the End Times, and that unless Planned Parenthood is defunded, it will be the worse for us all as Amurkkka collapses.

    See also Trent Franks: Defund Planned Parenthood Or America Will Collapse

    • My everyday cross trainers started letting in water today …. I am preparing myself for Jesus even as we speak.

    • Just got a new bed delivered. End Times will probably happen today so I won’t even get a chance to sleep on it once.

      • God hates beds because of all the sinning that goes on under the covers. But if you repent repent repent this afternoon, and sign a petition to defund Planned Parenthood, you might stand a chance of getting some decent sack time before Armageddon.

    • “Trent Franks: Defund Planned Parenthood Or America Will Collapse”

      The same ilk who won’t authorize money for rebuilding infrastructure.

      • I remember Franks way too well from the days I lived in AZ. He was then, and remains, a genuine nutcase. But then he is a Mor(m)on, so no big surprise I guess. If someone would introduce a bill to convert everyone in the country to Mormonhood, he’d be the first on board the funding wagon, with no holds barred, no spending ceiling, no limits. He’s a true and genuine religious crackpot.

    • That’s Zooniversary. It’s also my seventh anniversary since I joined. I’m proud Io still know all you folks.

    • The Zoo was born a mere 3 weeks after the “creation” of Sarah Palin. Coincidence? I think not.

      • Where’s Pat Robertson to pull something Biblical out of his arsehole and help connect these two seemingly unrelated events?

    • Awesome! I feel privileged to have been invited to be a Founding Critter of The Zoo.🙂

      At least we can be proud that we forced Think Progress to address their troll problem back then, which was one of our motivations for creating this place. I’m amazed we’ve been able to keep it going through the years. Thank you, fellow Critters and Zoosters.

    • If, every morning, he addresses himself in the mirror as Mr. America…in that sense, that makes sense

  4. Alabama Governor’s Wife Files for Divorce; Pair Lives Apart

    Alabama’s first lady has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.”

    The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January.

    A lawyer for Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley wrote that her client says “there is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together.” The complaint says the couple’s personalities conflict.

    The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons. In July, the couple marked their 50th wedding anniversary.

    I wonder if the ‘incompatibility’ has anything to do with the abject corruption running rampant in Montgomery?

    • Imagine the running gear of a Nissan Leaf, in the body of a Porsche 914 or early 911. I’m hoping I can build one before I get too old to try it.

  5. Glenn Beck Blames WDBJ Murders On Media And ‘The Al Sharptons Of The World’

    “Why are the media focused on guns?,” Beck asked. “Why isn’t the media focused on the people who are training people to think this way? The media has been stirring this crap up and saying, ‘Hey, when you say Chicago, that’s racist, that’s code language.’ Well, this is the result of all of that bullcrap code language stuff.”

    “When Gabby Giffords was shot, the world stopped and said, ‘Was the Tea Party responsible?,'” he continued. “No. No. Why isn’t the world stopping and asking are the people in the media, are the Al Sharptons of the world responsible for this kind of thinking?”

    • Paraphrasing Andy Borowitz:

      One shoe-bomber and now everyone has to take off their shoes.
      31 children murdered by guns and it’s still too soon to discuss gun control.

  6. I have mixed feelings about Trump pre-empting Tweety with a speech/press conference.

    • I’m convinced that as soon as Donald’s coronation ceremonies have concluded God will resign.

  7. Now I have my ‘official’ congratulations from WordPress!

    Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
    You registered on WordPress.com 7 years ago!
    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

  8. If you’ve never heard this before, it’s probably because no song with these lyrics was ever going to get airplay in the sixties.

    • Quite true about not getting airplay (perhaps even today it wouldn’t).

      Unfortunately, he has the same name as a reviled “politician”.

    • I hear that and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio, and Sam Seder come to mind?

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