By Constance Hilliard 
Wednesday Aug 02, 2017 · 8:07 AM CDT
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What could be worse than the soul-shredding evil of racism during the era of human bondage? My answer would be creating a world of make-believe so fortified by lies that those who lived within it could believe that slaves didn’t mind it in the least when their children were sold from their trembling arms or when their wives were sexually assaulted by the plantation owner.   While the institution of forced labor was dismantled after the Civil War, the peculiar mindset that defined reality as whatever the patriarch said it was, regardless of the evidence of one’s own senses, escaped the confines of the South and spread to other areas of white working class America.  

It was a worldview built on an invented moral authority.  Southern evangelicals had fought the abolitionism of their northern evangelical counterparts by creating a new hermeneutics  — Biblical literalism. It proclaimed that anything theologians found in the world of 2,000 years ago as having made its way into the Bible could be declared sacrosanct and God-inspired.   Critical thinking skills, even personal observation were disdained for the proclamations of the patriarchal leader.  In that context, lies were whatever liberals said, and the truth was the patriarch’s mumblings.  White House press secretary, Sarah Huckebee Sanders, thinks of herself as a good Christian because she is faithful to the truths of Donald Trump. If this poison isn’t worse than racism, then it certainly runs a close second.   

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III cooking up a storm.



* Instead of, “Your scarf, it was apricot” the lyric is now, “Your face, it was apricot.”
Rudy Mancuso has just put out a clever, funny, and all too real YouTube video showing those of us who have inquiring minds — just what the world might look like through the eyes of a Trump voter.
By Leslie Salzillo 
Monday Aug 29, 2016 
Posted 20 hours ago by Evan Bartlett in people

Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, champion of social justice and one of the greatest sportsmen ever to walk the earth, has died age 74.

As well as his peerless performances in the ring, Ali became known for having one of the sharpest minds, and sharpest tongues, in the game - something that clearly didn't diminish with age, despite his long battle with Parkinson's disease.

At the back end of last year, as businessman Donald Trump rose to prominence in the US presidential race - with all the Islamophobia that entailed - America's most famous Muslim knocked him down a peg or two in one 132-word statement.

After Trump announced his plan to ban all Muslims from entering the US, Ali condemned it and the Republican loud-mouth without even having to mention his name:

"I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.

We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.

Speaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people's views on what Islam really is."

While Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion who converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, did not explicitly refer to Trump, the statement was issued under the headline: 'Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States’.

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(An Oldie, Sept. 2011, But Still True)
By plf515 
Daily Kos

Why would anyone vote Republican? Well, here are 10 reasons.

1. You are a bigot

It's true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.

2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison.

Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle.  Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli.  

Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.

3. You think the rich don't have enough money

The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don't work.

4. You don't support our veterans

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans.  In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat.  More on this

5. You like big deficits

Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic).  The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush's 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan's first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower's 2nd term

6. You don't believe in free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech.  That's free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives.  12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly,  Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk)  
Full list

7. You like big government

The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It's a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.

8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them

This is really just a summation of some other points.

9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich

You really have to be all three for this to work.

If you're rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses.  In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most.

If you're rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.

10. You like torture

The Democrats don't exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse.  It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren't torturing prisoners enough.  And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture.

Torture is wrong.  It's also stupid. It doesn't work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they think their torturers want to hear.

Describing the way Obama defeated Clinton, Trump displays the psycho-sexual paranoia of the right.
By Joan Walsh 
TODAY 10:58 AM
Apparently I haven’t been clear about the meaning of “schlong.” I thought it was simply slang for “penis,” but The Washington Post says it’s actually a term for “a large penis.” Who knew? I’ve never had reason to use the word in my long career in journalism, until now.

As you may know, Donald Trump derided Hillary Clinton all kinds of ways Monday night. He said her mid-debate bathroom break was “too disgusting” to talk about. But this was the flourish:

“Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat—she was favored to win—and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost,” Trump said.

“Schlonged.” By a black man. With that one word, Trump showed he’s mastered the dark art of whipping paranoid white men into a frenzy. Remember earlier this year, when his supporters began calling Republican Trump skeptics “cuckservatives?” They borrowed a term for a porn genre where white men watch their wives be taken by a black man (who knew?), and applied it to non-Trump conservatives who were insufficiently focused on protecting the rights of white Americans. Nice young conservative writers like Matt K. Lewis at the Daily Caller actually had to explain the pervy term for their readers (he’d been on the receiving end). I did so for Salon, never thinking that discussing porn would be part of my job as a political journalist.

And now here we are. Schlonged. Only minutes before the news came out about what Trump said of Clinton and Obama, I’d been reading an article about his friendships with black celebrities, and how hard it is for some of them to like the “new” racist Donald (how they endured his racist birtherism against the president is beyond me). Russell Simmons told an odd story; I quoted it on Twitter.

“He was a good host, that’s for sure,” Simmons told The New York Times. “You’d be in the steam room and he’d come in, fully clothed, and say, ‘You guys O.K. in there?’ Just a nice guy.”

Trump, fully clothed, in a steam room with presumably naked or perhaps towel-clad black men. I thought that was weird.

Then came “schlonged.” It’s all of a piece with Trump’s cruel, towel-snapping approach to campaigning. From labeling Jeb Bush “low energy”—a G-rated way to say he’s running on low testosterone—to giving Senator Lindsey Graham’s phone number to a crowd of Trump backers on national television, Trump has gloried in playing the bully, and his supporters eat it up.

But I don’t see it working against Hillary Clinton. Already, in his very first real jabs at her, he’s gone too far—at least for a general electorate. She’s not a GOP primary opponent; he’ll have to face her (if they both win their primaries) in November 2016, a presidential year when the so-called Obama coalition—young people, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT folks, and single white women—go to the polls. They won’t thrill to his crude insults about schlongs and her icky lady parts.

In fact, that coalition, behind Obama, schlonged John McCain and Mitt Romney. It will schlong the birther-in-chief, who’s now found an innovative way to insult both Obama and Clinton, next year. If Republicans are crude enough to nominate him, that is. I wrote a few weeks ago about Donald Trump’s bottomless bottom. Every time you think he’s gone as low as he can go, he goes further. 

Joan Walsh, The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent, is the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America.
Trump’s rallies draw an ugly kind of passion—hate, aggression, bigotry. Those supporters of his might look like extremists, but for today’s Republican Party, extreme is the new normal.