Sunday, October 08, 2017

Words of wisdom...

Quote from 'The Late Scholar' by Jill Paton Walsh (working with the wonderful characters Dorothy Sayers created of Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane):

"One of my colleagues in Birmingham University, where I come from,' said Trevair, 'is a moral philosopher. He taught me that one of the ways to judge a course of action is to consider what company it puts one in. I doubt if that's very good philosophy, but I find it a good rule of thumb." (109)

I think the GOP could use this about now....

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Las Vegas shooter was not alone....

"New theory suggests the Las Vegas gunman didn't act alone, but was assisted by 51 senators and 298 representatives."

Cowardly politicians, greedy NRA, indifferent rich people....

When politicians say it's too soon to talk about gun control, we need to say it's not this shooting we're talking about but the last one.... and the one before that.... and the one before that.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fighting Trump and White Supremacists

Mother Jones:
They may not be ready for the Ku Klux Klan yet, but as anti-white hatred escalates, they will.” 
That was Rachel Pendergraft, a spokeswoman for the political arm of the Ku Klux Klan (yes, this exists), talking last year about the way the Trump campaign was helping racist and white supremacist groups reach a growing audience. Mother Jones interviewed her as part of a big investigation, which found that these extremists were seeing Trump as legitimizing their once-hidden views. 
Hearing people like Pendergraft talking this way—taking off the hood, as it were—was shocking enough. But here’s what really stunned us in reporting out that story: Not only were extremists excited by Trump’s campaign. Not only were they using it to recruit on a scale they hadn’t imagined before. They felt that the campaign was signaling to them actively and deliberately—and the more we dug, the more we realized they were right.

Monday, September 04, 2017

He can't even fake it.

He doesn't know how.
In addition to the basic body language he keeps saying things like “Have a Good Time!” to people stranded in a shelter. Or, ‘it’s going great‘ to people who’ve just lost everything. Or, look at this huge turnout to people who … well, you get the idea. When it comes to acting human or compassionate it’s like the part of his brain governing that species of behavior has been removed. It’s like watching a person who has profound social awkwardness in a meet and greet situation at a cocktail party. It’s painful. But again, with Trump it’s not social awkwardness. It’s a basic, seemingly fundamental inability not only to experience but even to fake the experience of empathy or human concern. That additional part is what is remarkable to me.

How Trump got this way I have no clue. But it’s the behavior of a very damaged or emotionally stunted person.