The Watering Hole; Friday January 22 2016; Your Weekly Dose of Nutcasearrhea

Lest we forget —

“We are the ruling race of the world. . . .
We will not renounce our part in the mission of
our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization of the world. . . .
He has marked us as his chosen people. . . .
He has made us adept in government that we may
administer government among savage and senile peoples.”
(Alfred Beveridge, Senator from Indiana, circa 1900)

With that thesis in mind, we do hereby offer a handful of currents which seem to support Herr Beveridge’s “brilliance.”

Kevin Swanson: ‘A Homosexual Ruined The World’

Todd Starnes, Who Questioned Obama’s Faith, Criticizes Those Questioning Trump’s Faith

Tony Perkins: Reagan Would Never Have Negotiated With Iran!

Jim Bakker: Ronald Reagan Told Me Armageddon’s Coming, ‘America Will Become Sodom And Gomorrah’

Gary Cass Explains That Only Christian Men Are Qualified For Political Office

Rick Wiles: Prepare For UN Invasion Of America

Rafael Cruz: Public Education Is A Communist Plot

Carl Gallups: ‘Anchor Baby’ Rubio May Not Be Eligible For Presidency

And since I always try to save the “best” for last, I’ll close with this li’l Nugent gem:

Ted Nugent Wants Obama Executed: ‘He’s The Enemy Of America’

A decorated and dedicated draft-hero-singing-star-NRA-dude like Nugent would definitely know, right? Oh well, we need to remember that underneath all the hate and vitriol lies the love of God. Plus, as Karen Hughes, Dubya’s Undersecretary of State for Diplomacy once pointed out, “. . . our Constitution declares that we are ‘one nation under God’.” So that means all is well, as long as we don’t stray and . . . well, you know. Christian nation and all.


“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God,
then we will be a nation gone under.”
(Ronald Reagan)

Definitely. Apparently.


The Watering Hole; Friday the Thirteenth (March 2015); Idiotica

Since it’s Friday the thirteenth and I’m having to spend the entire day working to keep myself free from bad luck, I thought maybe it would be appropriate to take another look at stupidity (“idiotica” is my new word for it) by pointing to some of the fresh “thoughts” emanating these days from Wingnuttistan. Here are nine of the better ones, and as is typical for stuff like this the titles pretty much tell the stories Click on them only at your own Friday-the-Thirteenth risk, i.o.w..

1. Sandy Rios Says White House Is Behind Petition To Try GOP Senators For Treason

Hey, I signed that petition! I resemble that remark!

2. Franklin Graham Says That Obama’s Mother ‘Must Have Been A Muslim’

She was from Kansas. Isn’t everybody from Kansas a Muslim?

3. Bryan Fischer: Homosexuality Causes Blindness

Really? Hmmh. I always heard it was something else caused it.

4. Bachmann: DHS Extension Guarantees ‘Obama Phones’ And Voter Fraud For Undocumented Immigrants

I wonder if she didn’t mean that DHS guarantees a Phone Extension for Obama?

5. Tony Perkins Links HHS Contraception Mandate To Religious Persecution In Middle East

Finally, a wingnut headline that makes absolutely no sense at all!

6. Cruz: Marriage Equality Decisions ‘A Real Danger To Our Liberty’

I personally think wingnuts like Cruz are more the ‘Real Danger To Our Liberty’, but that’s only an opinion.

7. Rick Perry: God’s Candidate For President, This Time…

I mean, really, what could go wrong? Besides, this time he has glasses — if he gonna be impotent he gonna act impotent!

8. Lawyers Try To Rescue Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit By Comparing Justice Kennedy To Confederate Slaveholders

aka What Could Go Wrong, Part II

9. Portland Homeless Woman Charged With Theft For Charging Her Phone

The comment at the end of the article says a lot: “‘Jackie’ [the victim] has muscular dystrophy and is living on the street while waiting for a housing slot to open up. What a great country we are. (underline added)

In honor of THAT “great country,” the following rewrite of the Pledge of Allegiance is hereby offered to all right wingers and especially to RED states and REDnecks everywhere, to use whenever they feel the urge. There is no charge.

I pledge allegiance to the GREED of the United States of Amurka, and to the dollars for which it stands, one zillion, undervalued, with liberty and justice for the one percent.


The Watering Hole; Thursday August 7 2014; One Day in the Life of An August

A couple of months back I made a deal with myself, a compact of sorts, one in which I promised to enjoy no less than two hours every morning in a realm completely FREE of both politics AND every other human foible — not an easy task in this screwy corner of this screwy world. Still, I had the means at hand: climb on the old bicycle each morning at ten minutes before sunrise, duly outfitted with a bottle of cold water, a pack of gum, tire tool/patch kit and pump, cell phone (and insurance card) just in case I get run over by a pickup, and most important of all, my camera. The goal: twenty miles of riding plus as many photo captures of whatever Nature might care to toss my way.

So far, so good: 1270 miles since June 1 (67 days, 19 mpd avg) plus a huge pile of jpg’s. And NO POLITICS!! Until the other day, that is. The only blessing was that it wasn’t me or any other human that splayed the political bombshell on my lens. Nope, it was Mother Nature herself (and my guess is that she really had no idea what she’d done, no evil intent of any kind — or so I HOPE!).

Here’s the way it went. I took off at around 5:50 AM, MDT, and over the course of two hours ran across some interesting stuff, all courtesy of Mother Nature. First, the early morning illumes over and upon our local lake:

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Next, a very happy bug enjoying his early morning floral soliloquy:
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And then another very happy bug doing the same:

Happy Bug 312And next a lesson, one in which Nature demonstrated (with a wee bit o’ help from moi) that no matter how crazy, how disoriented the world might appear, nothing ‘out there’ ever really changes. Note that even when ‘the world’ is turned upside down, the sun still illuminates, the morning sky remains a vibrant blue, the mountains forever stand tall, and the weeds don’t seem to mind if they happen to be pointing down instead of up. What a Grand Place exists ‘out there’! What a Wondrous World it is!

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Then it happened. About a mile or two on down the road, suddenly up popped the big UH OH! Out of the corner of my eye I spotted him. He was standing alone and peacefully munching the luscious and rain-fed grass in yonder pasture. I watched him with some admitted fascination for several minutes until somewhere in the process it struck me: I was gazing at the metaphoric personification of humankind’s behavioral dilemma, cryptically disguised as –

A Pasture Bull! 

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Ah yes, the Pasture Bull! Fortunately, he was well inside his domain’s (electrified) fence line so I had no need to worry that he might mistake me for either a cow or an evil Matador. Nor did I have to try sneak up to get a close-up — thank all gods for the zoom lens!

Got home, pulled the photo up on the screen and . . . well, suddenly it all came back and brought to mind some words I’d written several years ago, a paragraph that wound up in my book concerning political conspiracies and power struggles amongst those generally mean-spirited buffoons who suffer under far far too many false impressions of their earthly and cultural import (think Cheney, Dubya, Putin, Reagan, Nixon, Krushchev, . . . Napoleon? Sure, why not. The list is endless):

“There are those who see themselves as gods of one sort or another, . . . and they’re not unique to only our modern world. History amply demonstrates. Personally, I see them–each and every one of them–as being nothing more than a manifestation of a genetic carryover of some sort, a trait inherited from certain of our evolutionary predecessors. I mean, take your ordinary pasture bull as an example. He has no intellect, nothing between his ears beyond the instinctive knowledge of what he has to do to have his way with the rest of the herd. But I have a dollar that says the meaner the bull, the more godlike he’d see himself as being–IF only he could think. It’s probably a blessing that he can’t. Think. Too bad some of our own species’ bulls aren’t similarly blessed. I mean, if they were only the mental equivalent of a pasture bull, we could simply shoo them into a corral, lock the gate, and let them bellow. No such luck, though. We elect them, crown them, anoint them, bow before them, die for them, make them rich, famous. Why is that, I wonder? Been wondering that most of my life, actually.”

I have to wonder: why does all of that — the words, the photo — bring to mind the word “Teabagger”? Maybe because it all . . . ummm . . . so perfectly defines them, describes their ultimate fantasies? Ah, well, who can really say, y’ know?

Anyway, ponder that issue for a moment or two; allow your mind to create a mental image that melds Pasture Bull with Teabagger and then take a peek at the (unattributed) photo below, followed by a quick read of the handful of what seem to be appropriate and descriptive quotes:


 “Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!”

“Narrow minds can develop as well through persecution as through benevolence; they can assure themselves of their power by tyrannizing . . . others.”

“Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.”

“There’s nothing so fearsome as the revolt of a sheep . . .”

Those tidbits of descriptive wisdom are all courtesy of 19th century French novelist and playwright, Honoré de Balzac; interesting how appropriately his words work to describe today’s American Tea Party. What’s even more satisfying, however, is that the words do NOT describe the behavior or passions of even the most aggressive pasture bull — means that Mark Twain was right in his thesis that mankind has descended from the higher animals! Seems to me, too, that allathat stands as proof positive that every Teabagger everywhere is therefore definable as INFERIOR to each and every pasture bull, given that when compared with their eternally unsavory human mimics, each and every pasture bull automatically becomes a gentle and fair-minded critter!

Yet one more win for Mother Nature! And better yet, my “One Day in the Life of an August” was NOT unduly interrupted by political . . . by political what . . . by political Bullcookies maybe?

Actually, watching that bull do his thing was so far more interesting than watching, say, the Gohmert-Bachmann-King triumverate trying to do THEIR non-thing that I think maybe the bull deserves some name recognition. Were it up to me, in fact, I’d name him Honoré de Balzac! He’s clearly earned it! 😀


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The Watering Hole; Friday July 18 2014; “Zombie Lies”

Courtesy of Daily Kos, a couple of posts from the last several days that made me chuckle, thanks to the ways they expose and mock the Right Wing fallacy-based idiocy that we all see and know far too well. First there’s Bill Maher’s “Zombie Lies” in which, via reflection on GOP’s anti-Obamacare ‘talking points’, he calls out the Wingnut technique of making maximum use of lies. Here’s a snippet from the attached video and full transcript:

Yes, zombie lies.  Remember “fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes”?  Zombie lie!  So stop saying it!

Voter fraud?  We studied it, it’s not an actual problem.  Stop zombie lying about it.

Their entire economic philosophy — cut taxes for the rich, and it trickles down — is a zombie lie!  (audience cheering and applause)

And all these zombie lies are still out there, roaming the countryside, neither alive nor dead.  Like Dick Cheney.  (audience laughter and applause)

Hungry for brains.  Like Dick Cheney.  (audience laughter)

I mean, we think we’ve eradicated one, but it turns out it’s just lying dormant in a cave full of bat blood, like the ebola virus.  Or Dick Cheney.  (audience laughter)

Couple that with Kos’s (July 12) Saturday nutpick-a-palooza: Cheering the Palin-impeachment crazy where he mops the floor with comments from, and in the process paints a portrait in which each common Wingnut lie appears as though a brushstroke in their despicable ‘masterpiece.’ It’s a lengthy expose’, but one filled with half-witticisms, such as:

“Sorry, they already have changed the old United States Motto from ” In God We Trust ‘ over to ” In Allah we Trust ” and the currency replacing the dollar the “Amero” will be coming out in a couple of months after the dollar collapses under the weight of our $17 Trillion dollar Debt and the United states is dissolved into the North American Union . . .”

“Obama is a dictator. He has neutered the most powerful entity in our Constitutional Republic, Congress. Take action America, demand that Congress do it’s job and IIMPEACH OBAMA!”

“Voter fraud will be used to win the senate. We will never see truly conservative people in office anymore.The elites have sold our country down the river just as much as BO by standing idly by and not doing anything.”

“That would be nice – but I think bho has done enough to just be arrested by officials and then tried by the people if we had some leaders in congress and the military who would stand for US . . .”

“The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract, empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

“He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively. . . .”

“What took the good Governor so long to say this? Obama should have been impeached LONG AGO….& thrown into prison for his treasonous actions against our Constitution & the US”.

[To Palin] “Thank you for your continued service. Your words inspire.”

Etc. etc. — old familiar Zombie Lies intermeshed with new Zombie Lies which will soon sound familiar enough to again become old Zombie Lies, to be repeated over and over and over again without thought or pause.

What intrigues me most is simply the ponder, the one that querries what exactly is the source of such pervasively idiotic and abject stupidity? I suppose one could suspect a combination of upbringing, education level, education quality, IQ, brain damage, probably even my favorite — genetics. Is Teh Stupid an inherited trait, or is it imposed? Some of each? How did the United States slip, in roughly a mere fifty years, from a technical and scientific global giant to now become an intellectual shitstorm where nearly 50% of the (voting) public appears to be embarrassingly stupid?

One can only wonder.



The Watering Hole, Monday, July 7th, 2014: Crazy Talk

Thanks to commenter BruinKid at Daily Kos for these two libertarian wingnuts’ words:

First, a quote from Libertarian Kevin Gutzman, who is currently a “neighbor” of ours living in Danbury, Connecticut (In the olden days when Wayne and I were growing up in Brewster, New York, Danbury was considered a ‘local’ call, and we didn’t have to dial the 203- area code.) It’s kind of scary that he is a professor of history at Western Connecticut State College, or as we have always called it, “WestConn.” (My sister attended for 3-1/2 years.)

“As Americans celebrate the Fourth today, remember this: the statists are the intellectual descendants of those who did not celebrate the Fourth in the 1790s, celebrating Washington’s birthday instead:

“In the Founders’ day, the 4th of July was a partisan holiday. It was celebrated in the 1790s and 1800s by Jeffersonian Republicans desirous of showing their devotion to Jeffersonian, rather than Hamiltonian, political philosophy. If you were a Federalist in the 1790s, you likely would celebrate Washington’s Birthday instead of the 4th of July. If you believed in the inherent power of the Executive in formulating foreign policy, in the power of Congress to charter a bank despite the absence of express constitutional authorization to do so, and in the power of the federal government to punish people who criticized the president or Congress, you would not celebrate the 4th. The 4th was the holiday of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, those great states’-rights blasts at federal lawlessness. It was the anti-Hamilton, anti-Washington, anti-nationalist holiday.”

Next, from Jeffrey A. Tucker, who, according to Wikipedia, describes himself as “a dedicated anarchist” (he may also have been involved in the racist newsletters that got Ron Paul in some trouble):

“Now that 4th of July celebrations are over, let’s take the Declaration of Independence seriously and abolish the United States. It’s a cobbled together empire based on nothing but 19th century political ambitions. The results have been a menace to the world and certainly a menace to its own people. If the U.S. devolved to hundreds or thousands of small countries, or even became the great 21st century experiment in P2P legal institutions with no overarching geographically contiguous legal structure, that would even be better. The nation state is an anachronism, and the largest surviving case in point really should set the example, in the spirit of the principles that gave it birth, and be the first to go.”

Last, according to Salon’s July 1st article by Elias Isquitch, Governor Paul LePage of Maine has apparently been “pallin’ around with terrorists.” Author Mike Tipping, who covers local politics in Maine, has a book out about Governor LePage’s several meetings with a group called “Sovereign Citizens”, who are purportedly allied with the “Constitutional Coalition”, who are on the FBI terrorist watch list. LePage’s staff have verified that the meetings did occur. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“Among the things reportedly discussed at these meetings was whether or not to seek violent retribution against key political opponents. A Coalition member named Jack McCarthy described the meeting on a radio program hosted by a small group of sovereign citizens calling themselves the Aroostook Watchmen:

“We also discussed this there, that as far as I know, the penalty for high treason has not changed in 100 years. And, I did not say it, but the governor said it. I never – I never opened my mouth and said the word. The governor looked at us and looked at his buddy and said they are talking about hanging them.”

LePage has vehemently denied that he ever discussed executing anyone, let alone his Democratic opponents, with the group, and a spokesperson characterized the meetings as a benign effort by the governor to listen to people across the political spectrum…

The topics of these meetings evidently revolved around classic antigovernment “Patriot” movement conspiracy theories, including the belief that American dollars are phony “fiat” money and that the Federal Reserve is a hoax. One of the meetings was dominated by discussion, led by noted conspiracy theorist Michael Coffman, revolving around the notion that the United Nations is out to seize Americans’ private property rights and impose a New World Order environmentalist regime.”

From the “Constitutional Coalition” website:

“Our Constitution established specific powers of the federal government, powers that are limited and enumerated. The founders believed that the government exists to perform only those services that the people cannot provide for themselves, such as the national defense. Local and state government powers were also to be limited and enumerated with the people self governing in all other areas.

The founders held that only a moral people – a nation of godly people with common spiritual and social values – were capable of self government.”

Here, to take the bad taste out of your mouths, just watch any one of these “comedy vs anti-science videos” that “show how humor can make a difference.” (Which I found as part of “more related stories” after the Paul LePage story, right next to one described as “Comedy can’t change the world: why Russell Brand is dead wrong about politics and humor…” – heh) Or, you can celebrate the fact that Pink Floyd is coming out with a new ‘album’ in the fall. Yay!

This is our daily open thread–what’s on your mind today?

Sunday Roast: Robert Greenwald’s “Koch Brothers Exposed”

I know it’s an hour long, but please watch this video.  It’s only ONE HOUR of your life.

It’s important for all of us to know how the despicable Koch brothers have woven their tentacles throughout this country, like a deadly cancer.

They have a very specific ideology, and they don’t give a shit if you subscribe to it or not.  Given their way, we will all feel the toxic Koch boot on our necks, sooner or later, and we can’t fight them if we don’t know what they’re about.

This is our daily open thread — Are we ready to give the Koch brothers the boot?

Watering Hole: October 15, 2013 – I like Tea

I enjoy drinking tea.  It can be black tea, green tea, or herbal tea.  That is how I like my tea.  Oh, I also enjoy a good cup of coffee, too.

There is another TEA (oh, yuck) that is not at all tasty…

tea-party-protest-3-11-2009Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
—Spike Milligan

The TEA Bag Party started out with this identity, T (taxed), E (enough), A (already). They walked around with tea bags attached to their silly hats and initially referred to themselves as “teabaggers”.  Once they discovered the meaning of “teabagger”, they dropped all reference to that term.  Taxes have gone down and yet these people continue to use the term TEA.  Sounds like a meaningless name considering they are so focused on women’s ovaries and vaginas, abortion and dismantling the ACA.  I don’t hear any of them complaining about taxes anymore.  They should change their name.  Any suggestions?

This is our Open Thread.  Go ahead, Speak Up!

Less I forget, some of us like Beer, too.

The Watering Hole, Thursday October 3, 2013; “None Dare Call It Treason”

Sir John Harington (4 August 1561 – 20 November 1612) of Kelston, England, is best known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He was also a writer of some note, and is still remembered for his political epigram which reads, “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” 

Those who wrote the United States Constitution, however, ‘dared’ to talk a bit about Treason; in fact, the Constitution mentions the word seven times. The first six appear as follows:

Article I., Section. 6., Clause 1:

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

Article II., Section. 4.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Article. III., Section. 3., Clause 1:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Article. III., Section. 3., Clause 2:

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason . . .

Article. IV., Section. 2., Clause 2:

A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

So. On October 1, 2013, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government unless the American (Health) Care Act (aka Obamacare) was defunded and its implementation postponed for (at least) a year. Neither the Senate nor the White House have ever been even remotely interested in going along with the Tea Party’s self-imposed ‘crisis’ and therefore, in the absence of any continuing funding resolution, the government has been shut down. Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees have been furloughed without pay; national parks are closed; estimates are that on the front end, the dollar cost is approximately $300 million PER DAY! But hey, if that’s what it takes to disallow ordinary people the privilege of reasonably-price health care, so be it! Yee Haw!

The next serious issue that’s currently on the docket about two weeks forward from this day  will likely be the congressional (House) GOP’s refusal to raise the nation’s debt limit unless included in the legislation are concessions designed to rid the country once and for all of “Socialism” (read: Obamacare) in order that the demands of their corporate and billionaire masters/owners be satisfied. To not raise the debt limit will, of course, prevent the United States from satisfying any/all of its existing financial obligations. Economic collapse is the predictable next step in the process and if/when it should occur, the nation’s enemies around the globe shall surely cheer. Perhaps even the spirit of Osama bin Laden will . . . ummm . . . rise again? And rejoice because his Mission — the destruction of the United States — has finally come to pass?

The far right wing of today’s Republican Party, in consort with its somewhat more moderate/centrist faction(s), remains outside the fringe of what should, in normal times, be considered political civility. Suppose today’s anti-Obama insanity continues; suppose the next step really IS to deny any debt limit increase (to accommodate spending already AUTHORIZED by Congress), and that the worst case scenario commences. Suppose the United States is forced to default on its financial obligations; suppose the result is the easily projected economic collapse of the nation’s . . . and most likely also the world’s . . . collective economy. What then?

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

Simply stated, today’s American far right wing proto-fascist movement, aka the Tea Party branch of the GOP, the Republican Party, appears to be perfectly willing to do whatever they feel is necessary to destroy the Presidency of Barack Obama. He’s not “white” after all, and therefore . . .  whatever it takes? Including actions that could well destroy the United States of America?

Was Sir John Harington right when he noted that no one will “dare call it treason”?

In most quarters, I suspect that yes, the darkness implicit in elected members of Congress actually ‘giving Aid and Comfort’ to the nation’s enemies will indeed be overlooked; and  none [will] dare call it treason.”

None . . . no one in the public eye . . . will dare speak the truth. But I will. Speak. The. Truth! And call it what it is:Treason! And yes, I do understand that Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act is required. So . . . I’m in. Anyone else? 😀

Oh, and special thanks to Sir John Harington for inventing the flush toilet . . . it’ll surely come in handy as a tool to rid the world of, say, used teabags?


The Watering Hole, Thursday September 26 2013; Those “Deadly Sins” — Alladem

Eugene Robinson sums it all up:

Obamacare’s real danger for the GOP is that it will succeed

. . . Other rich countries provide truly universal care through single-payer systems of various kinds. Obama chose instead to model the Affordable Care Act after a program implemented on the state level by the Republican governor who became Obama’s opponent in the 2012 presidential election. Yes, before Obamacare there was Romneycare, a private-sector, free-market solution designed to be in accord with the GOP’s most hallowed principles.

But in the years between Mitt Romney’s tenure in Massachusetts and his presidential run, the Republican Party lost its way, or perhaps its mind. . . .

For the radical far right, making health care more widely available through the existing network of insurers, most of them for-profit companies, is a giant leap toward godless socialism. . . .

Republicans scream that Obamacare is sure to fail. But what they really fear is that it will succeed.

That’s the reason for all the desperation.

It is no longer within my capability to fully comprehend that which motivates Republicans and Wingnuts — not by any means other than to recall, yet one more time, Dante’s Seven Deadly Sins, each of which does, indeed, seem to most precisely sum up both history’s and today’s darkside (i.e. far right wing) political “ethic.” Those ‘Magnificent Seven’ are, in no particular order: Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy, Wrath, and Pride. Maximize each and all, and bingo, Tea Party defined with but a single exception, one that Dante and early Christendumb somehow missed (but which Nazi Germany well-understood, as do today’s American Tea Partiers): HATRED, particularly RACIAL Hatred. I suppose too, while were at it, we might as well also add Deadly Sin number nine (which both Tea Partiers and murderers each and all seem to adore): Guns.

Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy, WrathPride, RACIAL Hatred, and Guns.  America thus (and very sadly) defined.