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Driving for an hour today, I heard 12 political ads, including a Hillary lie.

Three were by Cruz, one by Trump, and two by Hillary. In both ads, she again lied about Bernie and the auto bailout vote. Even the newsie commentator stated that the ad was flawed, given the real facts.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 01:40 PM (7 replies)

I admire Donald Trump (ahem)

much like I admire the special effects in some Stalone war movie. Lots of explosions, fireworks, blood, death, and noise. And I don't much care for those movies, either.

This time, it is not the violence that follows his appearances like a dog on a leash, but his commentary which seems to attract Newsie attention but without any one with a brain thinking it through. Of course, today's media is either incapable of thinking something through, or taking their attention away from the next shiny object (which these days seems to be another outrageous statement from Herr Trump).

What a stroke of genius, offering to pay for the legal costs of anyone arrested while breaking the skulls of anti-Trump protesters.

There are a couple of points, minor quibbles, actually, but let us skip those and go to the heart of the matter. This is a simple point, but very important. To emphasize just how important, I will type slowly and use all caps.


See? Inciting people to riot, to break bones, to attack someone - those are crimes in every state of the country. Pushing people to break the law is itself illegal, which some conspiracy legal experts can explain better than I. But the underlying point is when Herr Trump promises to pay their legal fees, he is promising nothing. A promise to assist and abet in an illegal activity is against public policy. Because it violates public policy, IT IS UNENFORCEABLE. Any skin head who beats up a protester has absolutely no recourse against trump for his broken promise to pay legal costs. None.

That is why Trump is such a genius on this issue.

He comes close to crossing the line on inciting riots, he makes an unenforceable promise, and he reaps the massive media coverage as a result. The media eats it up, the public is outraged, and his fans are energized. AND IT WILL NEVER COST HIM A PENNY. Especially in legal fees.

Of course Trump knows this. He has used and abused the legal system about as well as it can be used and abused. He knows his promise cannot be enforced. And he loves just how foolish the media looks chasing him on the issue.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 04:37 PM (23 replies)

Trump supporter (?) kills three in Milwaukee for not speaking English.


According to a criminal complaint, Manso-Perez
and his son were walking by Popp's apartment on their way to do laundry when he offered them beer, which they declined. Popp asked them where they're from, and they replied Puerto Rico, according to the complaint.

The complaint says Manso-Perez and his son continued to the basement and started a washing machine, and as they went up the stairs back to their apartment, Popp stood over them and had a rifle. The son told police Popp pointed the gun at his father, said, "You guys got to go," and shot him, according to the complaint.

Phia and Mai Vue, their four children and an adult relative hid in a bedroom after hearing gunshots, the complaint says. They heard pounding on their apartment door and Mai Vue gave the relative a cellphone to call police, according to the complaint.

Popp kicked down the front door and made his way to the bedroom, pointing a rifle at Phia Vue and ordering him to leave, according to the complaint.

The complaint says the family heard gunshots, and officers later found Phia Vue dead in a bathroom.
- - -

THIS is what a fascist like Trump is doing to this country. He empowers the worst segment of the population, and incites them to kill.

To be honest, I do not know if Poop is a Trump supporter, but it sure makes sense.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 04:24 PM (7 replies)

Religiosity in America - the upcoming collapse

All I can say is about time.

Professor David Voas (UCL Institute of Education) said: “These declines aren’t happening fast, but the signs are now unmistakable. It has become clear that American religiosity has been declining for decades, and the decline is driven by the same dynamic of generational change that has driven religious decline across the developed world.”

The study examined US data from the General Social Survey (GSS), which is conducted every two years, and compared it with similarly broad data from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The results show that people have slowly become less religious over time.

According to the study, 68% Americans aged 65 and over said they had no doubt God existed compared to 45% of young adults, aged 18-30. 41% of people 70 and older said they attend church services at least once a month, compared to 18% of people 60 and below.

- See more at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0316/100316-American-devotion-to-religion-is-waning#sthash.knlCcsy8.dpuf

This was posted in the American Journal of Sociology. It matches my personal observations, and confirms that the empty church parking lots in my nape of the forest are no pigment of my imagination. Color me content.

Megachurch construction, loosely defined as having more than 2000 seats, has collapsed since 2010, when only the bible belt saw any major new construction. Since then? bupkus. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-suttle/the-failure-of-the-megachurch_b_954482.html

That's not all. Mega churches are going BK. Considering that they pay no tax, you really have to wonder where all that money went.

It also seems that society is taking an ever more dim view of the more radical aspects of religiousity, especially the ultra-conservative cults that seem so popular in the Deep South, and parts of the West. When religious parents are charged with neglect because they refused to seem medical care for a sick infant, instead, relying on prayer and herbs, I view that as a very healthy sign. Faith healing, exorcisms, speaking in tongues - sadly, some of these folks actually vote.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Mar 11, 2016, 03:05 PM (16 replies)

According to national polls, Trump beats Hillary, while Sanders beats Trump.

In New Hampshah, Trump got 94k. Hillary only got 90K.


I guess the national polls are right after all.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Feb 10, 2016, 10:51 AM (36 replies)

Mark Kirk

Has anyone seen the latest poll numbers? A few months ago, I was push polled by his campaign. Then two weeks ago, I got a strange message - again from his campaign, this time proudly pointing out how good he is for Illinois.


And any word on our side of the aisle? Tammy, and the others?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Feb 5, 2016, 02:08 PM (3 replies)

Dr. B. Carson: I am not going anywhere.

(Talking about Iowa)

The Voters: yes, that is true.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:20 AM (9 replies)

Donald Trump on Cable live

Both CNN and MSNBC had Teh Donald on for quite some time, until CNN broke to go to Cruz explaining his ethanol stance.

Whenever I see or hear Teh Donald on the air, I keep thinking, "Is us series? Are donald gonna win the president office?"

This buffoon, this clown, this narcissist, PRESIDENT?

Oh goodie, it looks like Bible Spice will be joining him on stage this am. I can barely sit on the edge of my seat.

On edit, Below, I tried to capture the gist and jism of Teh Donald.

I am great. I build great things. I am a winner. I am in this to win. I barely scratched my money and am way under budget. I am ahead. I love polls - when I lead. I hate polls when I lose. I love polls. CNN should use its poll. Cuz I lead. Did I mention how great I am and how I will make America grate again?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Jan 20, 2016, 10:54 AM (2 replies)

Sarah endorses Trump

Source: Tribune - Chicago

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump

Read more: Link to source

There is no printed story yet, but the trib Head's Up service just pinged that Sarah has endorsed Teh Donald.
More when the news is more widespread.




On edit, MSNBC is now reporting it. Apparently, Sarah and Teh Donald have been secretly communicating for some time. According to Nicolle Wallace (McCain's and Palin's campaign manager) this will excite voters and have a big impact on Iowa.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jan 19, 2016, 05:22 PM (69 replies)

Jason and the Argonauts

I was six when this movie came out. Then I thought it was stunning. The realism, the creatures, the nasty, mean vindictive gods (almost Olde Testament stuff), and the action. Everything a kid could enjoy. So, yesterday, 52 years later, seeing it was to be shown on TV, my partner and I decided, what the heck, let's watch.

Considering they only had 1963 technology, the special effects are still great, surprisingly so. Actually, the movie stands the test of time quite well, even for a sci-fi/Greek god/kids' adventure tale. It still entertains and almost makes you wish for the next episode.

Death, destruction, vindictiveness, hatred, love, sword fights, huge gods popping up out of the ocean, a giant bronze warrior - what is not to like? Not on my top ten list, but very watchable.

What is your favorite childhood movie?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:08 PM (90 replies)
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