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This works for me

Ran across this quote from Asimov, which I love because it eliminates all the pointless word-mincing.

“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”
― Isaac Asimov

Completely LOST in the press conference insanity

is the fact Trump's infrastructure "plan" will revoke an Obama-era executive order that required strict building standards for government-funded projects to reduce exposure to increased flooding from sea level rise. Its meant to “streamline the current process” for what Naomi Klein calls the Disaster Capitalists. It will make another Katrina nightmare more likely.

And do you notice that since Saturday, we haven't talked about Russia, or North Korea, or Healthcare? The media is being [unintentionally] complicit in Trump's (and the GOP's) deconstruction of our democracy. YES, they need to cover Trump's partnership with the Alt-Right/White Nationalism, but they ALSO need to focus on what disastrous programs his cabinet is working on! I think this is a large reason why most in the GOP are sticking with him - he is quietly getting their dirty work done.

A rapid, rabid regression of history

I'd been saying for a while that the Republican assault on women's rights had started to make me feel we were back in the 60s, but the racism that has been stoked under Trump seemed reminiscent of the 50s. Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric can't help but make you realize that the nuclear horror of the 40s is a real possibility. Now this, in Charlottesville. The 30s! A good plot for a movie. Except it's real.

Democratic party leaders will continue to welcome anti-choice candidates. Really?

I call BS on this. As my grandmother would say, you stand for something or you fall for everything.


Cure for Leprosy

just ran across this in my cache of Bible science. In case you need the cure for Leprosy:

Leviticus 14 (KJV)
"4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:
7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
8 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days.
9 But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.
10 And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and..."
And unfortunately there's more

Alternatively, you could just take antibiotics.

Viewers slowly pulling heads out of Fox News Butt

MSNBC beats all cable channels all week!


cake for thought

So I’ve just made a spectacular birthday cake for my sister and I’m smiling as I take my bowl of leftover buttercream frosting to my lovely stainless steel sink and begin to use tons of dishwashing soup and gallons of water to run the stuff down my state-of-the-art garbage disposal to go somewhere I never think about, and then suddenly I AM thinking.

I’m thinking about all the women in the world who can’t bake a fancy cake. About those who struggle to even feed their families. About all the women in the world who don’t even have clean water. And I’m not smiling anymore. And I realize, again, why I can’t believe in anybody’s God.

How to Write a Holy Text

is one of the chapters in my forthcoming book. Brain picking here from my peeps. What would YOU think that essential elements should be? Please. Make me laugh.

This, THIS is what we should be worrying about

Everything is a distraction from something much, much worse

The administration is repealing consumer and environmental protections left and right. The Education Department is making it easier for for-profit colleges to defraud students. The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed an air pollution rule that the agency had determined would likely prevent the poisoning of children.

The Trump deregulatory team is rife with former lobbyists and others who have conflicts of interest. President Trump and his family members likewise appear to be financially benefiting from his role in the White House.

Yet fussing over regulatory decisions and vaguely sleazy behavior is itself a distraction from an even more important issue: the fact that Republicans are trying to remake one-sixth of the U.S. economy, largely in secret, while ripping health insurance away from 22 million Americans.

They’re laying out changes opposed by insurers, providers and patient advocacy groups. They are doing so with no hearings and no expert input, and reportedly with a scheme to sideline the one neutral referee of the law’s potential impact, the Congressional Budget Office. Attention must be paid!


If you haven't had your cup of stupid today

Here's good ole Jim Bakker (remember him?) sounding dumber than ever.

Jim Bakker: Making Fun Of Trump Is The ‘Spirit Of The Antichrist’


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