It’s the Money Stupid

America has a money problem. In the U.S. everything (our legislators at every level, our educational system, our jails, our health care non-system, and the judiciary) is for sale. Thanks Supreme Court this is to a great extent your fault.

The World Knows–Putin Won

“I said publicly it was the single most embarrassing performance by an American president on the international stage I’ve ever seen. And that goes back a long ways! You had Trump standing alongside Putin, throwing 17 U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies under the bus—all in an apparent effort to get along with Putin. Which is totally at variance with what diplomacy is all about. It’s not about getting along with people. It’s about promoting your interests

May Gone. UK In Shambles. Who won?

The Russians like BREXIT. As Britain and the US fail the Russians gloat.

May resigns. Chaos reigns.

Medicynical note: The greatest Russian successes since WWII are BREXIT and Trump. Really.

The Disease of denial

“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”

“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”

Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.

Deaths in U.S. Concentration Camps– it’s really happening.

No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.

Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?

The Pence Agenda: Victimhood

We see it frequently in FOX’s America. The empowered with a history of horrific abuse of others claiming…….victimhood.

“Throughout most of our American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian, but things are different now,” Pence said. “Lately, it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs. So as you prepare to leave this place and will your life on a Christ-centered, world-engaging foundation poured here at Taylor University, be prepared to stand up.”

“Pence also praised the Trump administration’s views on abortion. “I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an administration that stood strong on the timeless values that have made this nation great, stood without apology for the sanctity of human life,” Pence said. The vice president didn’t mention the new anti-abortion law that was approved in Alabama.”

Medicynical note: While his administration has tolerated and tacitly approved attacks on the rights and safety-net of the poor, women, the elderly, the disabled, the non-white population, the gay community and other religions particularly Muslims and Jews, Pence covers himself in the robe of victimhood.

Sadly Pence et al want to follow the lead of the Islamic states and convert (literally) the US into a theocracy, all while decrying the terribleness of the Islamic variety. They consider themselves victims because others in their country don’t share their beliefs and goals and decline to follow their interpretation of scripture. They want to forcibly impose their beliefs, prejudices and hatred on the unbelievers, creating real victims.

Only an Idiot Talks This Way

American Exceptionalism, again.

“There was the Republican from Maine, Lawrence Lockman, who explained that if a woman had a right to an abortion, threw rape wasn’t rape.

“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.” 

“The logic is mind-blowing. Don’t forget, it’s not just eastern seaboard Republicans. Colorado conservative Darryl Glenn knows that God’s special gift to women is sometimes rape?”

If you want an abortion, don’t ask me to pay for it. That’s not something I’m gonna agree with. That’s a gift from God. There are no exceptions with that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to pray for you…. That’s a life, regardless of how it got there, and I’m going to pray for you.

Medicynical Note: Something very bad happened when Trump and Pence were elected. The “stupid” became acceptable for elected republicans.