The Watering Hole; Thursday March 31 2016; Different Worlds

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.”
(William Blake, from Auguries of Innocence)

I’m tired of politics, tired of the world in which it lives, tired of its occupants. Thankfully, that’s not the only choice available to those of us who flame out when surrounded by nuts, screwballs, and all the crazy ideas those wackos regularly come up with and spread around as if they have meaning. There’s that other world, the one ‘out there’ where humans don’t typically hang out. It’s the world of color, of peace, harmony, tolerance, and survival, the world inhabited by millions of critters but NO POLITICIANS! There is no stupidity out there, no vitriol, no irrational hatred, and best of all, NO RELIGION! It’s pretty close to the ideal world, truth be known.

Below is a demo of contrast, the ‘sound’ of critters from the political world intermingled with close-up views of critters in that other world, the better one. The contrast is, in a word, STUNNING!

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Larry Pratt: Liberals Have ‘Plans To Enslave An Entire Nation’

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May 16 2015 Beckwith turtle 1227

▲Turtle + Log ➤ Naptime▲

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Rafael Cruz: ‘One More Liberal Justice’ Could Allow A Dictator To Turn Guns On Americans

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Aug 5 2014 Happy Bug 301

▲Bug + Wildflower ➤ Life!▲

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Oklahoma GOPer Wants To Classify Abortion As First-Degree Murder

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Sep 7 2015 Bug on wildflower 1830

▲Bug + Sunflower ➤ Happiness!▲

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Robert Spencer: We Must Consider ‘Very Seriously’ That Obama Is Betraying America On Behalf Of Islamists

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Dec 1 2015 Snow bunny 2114

▲Bunny + Snow ➤ Peaceful Silence▲

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Trump Promises To Punish Women After He Outlaws Abortions

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Feb 9 2015 Goose water ice 852

▲Goose + Icy Water ➤ Geese?▲

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Right-Wing Author: ‘Insane’ Gay Rights And Liberalism Driving People To Suicide And Addiction

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▲Mom + Dad ➤ Triplets▲

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▼Sunset Over The Front Range — View From MY Window!▼

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▲Critters + Land + Sky + Clouds + Sun + Peace –➤ MY World!▲

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Gohmert: Supreme Court Tried To Play God In Gay Marriage Ruling

Gouie Lohmert

▲Ick!! + Ewwwwwww!! –➤ THEIR World▲

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Lord, to account who dares thee call,
Or e’er dispute thy pleasure?
Else why, within so thick a wall,
Enclose so poor a treasure?
(Robert Burns)

Amen, Amen.

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TWH. 3/30/16 another wall?

The Zoo Exclusive!

The Zoo recently learned that Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau has been secretly planning to build a wall between Canada and the U.S.

According to our sources, the influx of Americans fleeing the U.S. should Trump get elected will exceed Canada’s capacity to welcome all foreigners with welcome arms, Maple leafs and hockey pucks.

The proposed wall will be situated along the border between Washington State and Canada, to keep western liberals from migrating northward. Trudeau’s advisors feel the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River will provide enough of a deterrent to east coast liberals.

Trudeau expects Trump to pay for the wall. “That will be easy” one advisor said, “We’ll just tell Trump that Canada is like Mexico North, and the country on the south side of the wall has to pay for the wall.”

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The Watering Hole, Tuesday March 29, 2016 – Environmental News and Food Politics

THE BIG U.S.OIL BUST

“Back in 2010, the price of a barrel of Brent crude (the international oil price benchmark) topped $80. That made it profitable to extract oil from tight shale formations, which is especially costly. A drilling frenzy ensued, domestic oil production skyrocketed, oil companies raked in profits and oil patch communities prospered.

But all that new oil on the market, plus China’s slowing economic growth, began to dampen oil prices in the summer of 2014. Instead of curtailing production to keep prices afloat, OPEC’s leaders launched a thinly veiled price war, clearly aimed at putting U.S. producers out of business. Here are some indicators that OPEC won the war.”

Oil bust – A red state phenomenon. Will this affect 2016 elections?

The Watering Hole, Saturday, March 26, 2016: God Doesn’t Want To See You Pray In Public

No matter what the Evangelicals tell you, God does not want you to pray in public. God doesn’t need to hear them out loud, because God knows what you do in secret. God knows when you secretly give to the poor with your right hand without letting your left hand know what’s happening. And God doesn’t want you to gather out in the streets and in the public square and pray to him so everyone can hear you. Instead, God wants you to go into a private place in your own home, a closet even, and pray silently to God. Bryan J. Fischer told me that the admonition against praying in public was about the reason for doing it, to be seen doing it. [I’ll update it if he answers me. I’m surprised he did at all, considering how rude I’ve been to him before. And it wasn’t just because I’m from New York, he had it coming.]

Conservative Christians are so afraid of (among many, many other things) religious persecution against them, as opposed to from them, which they have no problem doing. This is despite the fact that we’ve had 43 different men occupy the highest political office in the country, and every single one of them practiced some version of Christianity. How it could be considered the “one true religion,” as all deity-based religions do, baffles me. It would seem unnecessary to have more than one. If there’s only one God, then why are there different ways to do what He wants? FTR, I believe there is no such things as gods at all, at least not in the sense that most humans think of them. I suppose it’s possible there are more highly-evolved creatures than us capable of doing things we’d think only a god could do, but then you’re straying so far from the image of God as portrayed in the monotheistic religions that it becomes clear we’re taking about two different things. OTOH, even the religions that do believe in gods claim there is more than one. If you’re Judeo-Christian, the First Commandment says not to put any of those other gods (you know, the ones that created all the people God didn’t, such as Cain and Abel’s wives) ahead of Jehovah because he is a jealous god. I can say his name, you can’t, because I don’t have anything to fear from him. Which brings up something else. For those who believe in God being perfect and humans being sinners, if envy is a sin, why is a “perfect being” like God allowed to have it? If God is perfect, and if he’s capable of being envious, then why should being envious be a mortal sin? What’s wrong with envy if it’s a trait of the most perfect being in the universe?

Still ducking the question:

The reason Religion is so rife with con men is because it’s easy to go around telling everyone, “Listen to me, Folks. I just had a chat with God and he has some things he wants me to say,” and have people believe you. Why? Because the truth is there’s a lot of stupid people out there who either don’t like to think, on account of it hurts too much, or they can’t, on account of they’re stupid. They don’t ask for proof that the person talking really did talk to God, they actually think it’s neat and wish it was they to whom God spoke. And they believe every thing this con man says, even when it makes no sense at all to those who are capable of critical thought. At some point you have to acknowledge that the instructions we’re being given by these men, who supposedly know what God wants us to do, are self-contradictory. Why do we persist in believing them when what they say can’t possibly be the truth? And why do we believe what they’re saying to be the Word of God, who is supposed to be perfect, when what they’re saying is so clearly and obviously imperfect? Faith alone isn’t going to change the fact that sometimes the Bible says one thing and sometimes it says something in complete contradiction to it. In Logic, which I know you’re not supposed to use where the Bible is concerned, if you start with a premise and show that the premise leads to a contradiction, then you’ve proven the premise false, and any argument derived from it must find another premise. If your premise is that the Bible (the word means a collection if little books, which were assembled, translated, and chosen for inclusion by flawed human men working for King James) is the inerrant Word of God (even if you believe Him to be the only God, which contradicts his First Commandment), and you find it contains a contradiction, then it cannot be “inerrant,” since a contradiction is an error. It is not a test of one’s faith, it’s a mistake. Which means the premise that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God must be False. That’s how Logic works.

I tried a different tack with Fischer, since he doesn’t want to answer the question I’m asking him. Fischer thinks we should vote for Ted Cruz. But Teddy Panderbear likes to make a big show of praying in public. We’ve all seen the pictures.

BTW, notice how he tries to paint a Nazi-esque picture of Liberals with the “Uberleftwing”? Of course, if one thinks about it for a moment, why wouldn’t Right Wing Watch be as far left as possible when the entire reason they exist is right at the top of their webpage: “A project of People For the American Way dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of the right-wing movement”? If they aren’t very far left, then they’re too far right to be counted on to do what they tell us they do. But conservatives don’t really like to think about things for a moment. And why would they feel they need to? Conservatives often do not see hypocrisy as negating their argument. They’ve also been known to project a lot, and Fischer probably thinks that since he would use such a website to advance his own secret agenda, Norman Lear must be doing that, too. Frog-Human Hybrid The Least Reverend Jimmy Faye Bakker must think like that, too. He thinks that American Christians are being persecuted in America (as opposed to the real phenomenon of American Christians being captured and killed by murderous scumbag assholes who wrongly use religion as a cover for their evil elsewhere in the world), and that if we continue down whatever path it is he imagines we’re traveling, in the end people who pray in public will be gunned down by machine guns. If you watch the following clip carefully, you can see Bakker catch and eat a fly with his 24″-long tongue.

Okay, that must have been a different clip. But he’s totally wrong, of course. Not only about the eventual outcome being people like him who pray in public will be machine gunned down, but about whether or not people should be praying in public in the first place. Jesus thought that people who made a show of praying in public so that others would see them, including inside houses of worship, were hypocrites, and that if all they wanted was for others to see them praying, they got their reward. He said that God would prefer that you not pray where everybody can see you but in the privacy of your own own. Specifically, your closet, where I’m sure many, many Conservative Christians can be found. He said praying in public was unnecessary because God knows what you’re going to ask him before you ask it (which makes me wonder why praying is necessary at all), and so you should do it where no other people can see you doing it. God hears your secret prayers which, again, makes me wonder why it’s necessary to vocalize them at all. In fact, if He can hear you when you’re “praying” quietly to yourself, there shouldn’t be any formal procedure necessary. You should just be able to keep walking along and say to yourself, in your own mind, “God, could you please make that asshole Wayne burst into flames and be gone for good?” and it will happen. But since it didn’t happen, and because I know at least a few of you asked for it to happen, we must logically conclude that prayer doesn’t work. Which makes the premise of God answering prayers a false one. Yeah, sometimes the answer is, “No.” I know. But that would mean He can’t really be an all-loving God, since that would take away from the premise of him being a perfect being. Why would a perfect being hate anyone? Why would he make someone he would hate? Why would He make me, and let me sit here denouncing his very existence after so many of you asked Him a few moments ago to make me burst into flames? I know, I was there. I heard you. And yet I’m still here. Which makes the premise of him being some kind of “perfect being” a false one. Which I’ve been trying to tell you for years.

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The Watering Hole; Friday March 25 2016; Infuriation

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
but most stupid people are conservatives.
(John Stuart Mill)

Some things make me mad. Anger. And some things enrage –infuriate — me. Infuriation. In my world, anger pops up maybe one or twice a year; it’s rare. Infuriation, on the other hand, is really rare. Once every what, two or three decades? At the most? At least that’s the way it used to be. And then came Ronald Reagan and all the conservative-teabagger-nutcases that have popped up in his aftermath as a consequence.

Each of the following links points toward a different path, but each is driven solely by the ONLY two currents which drive the entire of this country’s political right: HATE and FEAR which is, sadly, the sum total of the political right’s contribution to civilization both today and over the centuries.

See for yourself:

New Bill Would Eliminate Law Enforcement On Public Lands, Despite Risks Of Violent Extremism

Introduced in Congress by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) because it’s County Sheriffs, after all, that have final authority, not the feds. It’s in the Constitution. Somewhere.

The GOP ‘Baby Parts’ Committee Is On A Witch Hunt Against Medical Researchers

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) leads the latest charge after the bogus ‘baby parts’ non-issue because, well, Joe McCarthy, Salem Witchcraft Trials — make God happy and save Amurkkka. You know.

Ted Cruz responds to Brussels attack by calling for special patrols of Muslim neighborhoods

We must assume all Muslims are terrorists, otherwise . . . umm . . . we’ll all die? Something like that. Oh, and to hell with the Constitution.

Ted Cruz Adviser: Joseph McCarthy Was ‘Spot-On!’

Commies, Islamists, they all hate us. And they’re sneakin’ around in the gubmint! Damn Obama.

What Would It Look Like If Ted Cruz Put His Pal Mike Lee on the Supreme Court?

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), good friend of Ted, is highly qualified, plus he KNOWS that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Child Labor Laws, Food Safety, Minimum Wage Laws, Disaster Relief, Food Stamps, the Violence Against Women Act, and (of course) the Affordable Care Act are all unconstitutional. It says so in the Constitution. Somewhere.

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Stupidity either makes me laugh or makes me mad. But when the reach stretches far beyond the merely stupid and gets into the DEMAND for hate and fear of EVERYTHING that might somehow benefit the balance of society, of civilization . . . well, then it’s time to introduce HATE and FEAR to the . . . ummm . . . stupid(?) among us. Cuz they’ll vote for ME!! (that’s a thought quote, attrib. Drumpf and Cruz, at least).

And finally there’s this, the consummate definition of STUPID! courtesy of (the brilliant?) Wayne LaPierre.

Wayne LaPierre: ‘We Gun Owners Are A Heck Of A Lot Smarter Than You’ll Ever Be’

“Never have there been smarter, freer American citizens than America’s one hundred million gun owners. Let me say that again. In all of the world, some of the smartest citizens are American gun owners.”

I give up. Infuriation. Commenced.

Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence;
conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.
(William Gladstone)

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The Watering Hole; Thursday March 24 2016; Solomon, Sun, and Drumpf

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun.
(Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, KJV, the Bible)

Solomon was right. There’s nothing new under the sun. Here’s the proof — a handful of ‘old’ quotes that perfectly describe Donald Trump Drumpf, each and all of which were spoken by folks (fortunate and blessed) who had never heard of him. And still they knew. Him. Trump. Drumpf.

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” ~ William Faulkner

“He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.” ~Samuel Johnson

“He had delusions of adequacy.” ~Walter Kerr

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” ~Thomas Brackett Reed

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” ~Mae West

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” ~Oscar Wilde

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” ~Oscar Wilde

“A sheep in sheep’s clothing.” ~Winston Churchill

“He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.” ~Winston Churchill

“…the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.”
~2nd Peter (‘Two Peter’) 2:16

Not sure I’ve ever seen a more accurate summation of the ‘mental acuity’ of the man who’s become the current ‘sure thing’ Republican nominee for President of the United States. Proof that Solomon was spot-on, that there truly is nothing new under the sun, and never will be. QED.

Proof of thesis doesn’t stop there, however. Below is a 1978 photo I managed to snap of a carved wooden Ki’i (Tiki), one of many that surround and guard the Hale o Keawe at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, the ancient Hawaiian City of Refuge on the Island of Hawaii’s Kona coast. Last summer as I reviewed all of my photos from Pu’uhonua o Hononaunau, the one thing that caught my eye on this one was the hair on the Ki’i — such a perfect ‘ancient’ rendition of Trump’s Drumpf’s hairdo — the one we see and puzzle over every day that he’s out there on the campaign trail. It was so perfect, in fact, that I decided to use the photo in a Trump Drumpf campaign poster — a poster that would surely draw millions of ‘undecideds’ into the Trump Drumpf camp! Below is my most recent presentation, the one which I do hereby offer free of charge to the Trump Drumpf campaign! Its only flaw is that the size of the Ki’i’s hand(s) is not clearly visible — but then, since there’s nothing new under the sun . . . well, you know. 🙂

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So as of today, Trump Drumpf leads Cruz and Kasich, resp., in the primary race to become the Republican candidate for President — even though the response by the so-called Republican “Establishment” has been far less than enthusiastic over that prospect. There is, in fact, a “Stop Trump Drumpf” movement scheduled to be underway — to be formally begun — on April 5 with the Wisconsin Republican Primary. Their ultimate goal is to deny Trump Drumpf the number of primary delegates to confirm his nomination, and then, at the convention, insert an as yet unknown “establishment” candidate in his place. They hope, apparently, that Candidate X can accomplish what they believe to be beyond the reach of Donald Trump Drumpf, i.e. to defeat Clinton or Sanders in the upcoming General Election and thereby ensure the realization of their dream — a totally Republican-controlled government.

Will/can that work? Time will tell, but as of now Doubt rules; remember the Wisdom of Solomon who pointed out that there is no new thing under the sun, and 

He that digeth a pit shall fall into it.
(Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, KJV, the Bible)

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