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Happy Thanksgiving Widdershins.  In keeping with our stress-reducing holiday theme, let’s engage in a little positivity and optimism.  In no particular order, here are some things for which I’m grateful this year – I hope you will add your own.

 

I’m thankful…

 

  • For the three percent of climate scientists who believe climate change isn’t really a thing since it would be weird if one hundred percent of scientists were in agreement on the subject.
  • For Donald Trump providing an aspirational goal for poor racists.
  • For Ben Carson proving that being intelligent and being informed are worlds apart.
  • That the videotape of George W. Bush at a mosque six days after 9/11 and him saying, “Islam is peace,” is again making the rounds.
  • For dash-cam cameras and body cameras.No cook
  • For actor and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy proving the elegance of intellect.
  • For seeing another Triple Crown winner in American Pharoah and that his owners spelled Pharaoh wrong.
  • The Affordable Care Act survived the Supreme Court.
  • For the grace and dignity of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Love bested bigotry in Obergefell v. Hodges.
  • John Boehner can smoke and drink without the pesky interruption of having to obstruct government.
  • To again celebrate France.
  • The American public will get to know Ted Cruz.I got this
  • For Adele because she’s just plain awesome.
  • I will get to see the first female President and her successes.
  • For the safe little world MB has created for us here as well as Chat’s and Fredster’s wisdom and good nature.

And if you are reading this, I’m thankful for each of you and your families.

Have a great Thanksgiving and feel free to take this conversation in any direction you might like.

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The people to whom I’ve always been most attracted are the folks who understand, “To learn is to change.”  Five words representing a lifelong personal evolution through the constant accumulation of knowledge.  That understanding engenders a comfort in one’s own skin.  It breeds an abhorrence of expediency – political and otherwise.  It is the opposite of fear.To learn is to change

Well my friends, I’m disgusted and I mean miles beyond being a little put out.  I’m talking full-blown, no holes barred, bile encrusted D.I.S.G.U.S.T.!  The genesis of this disgust is the unmitigated revulsion I feel toward the porcine anal seepage passing for our political leadership over the Iranian nuclear containment agreement.

Here’s the way my simple mind processes this issue.  There are only four possible avenues with which to approach the Iranian issue:

  1. Let Iran have a nuclear weapon with a breakout period as soon as two months from now.
  2. Implement the Iranian containment agreement negotiated by the P5 + 1 and ratified by the U.N. Security Council by an unheard of vote 15 – 0.
  3. Attempt to strategically take out the Iranian nuclear facilities for a couple of years by bombing.
  4. Invade and occupy Iran indefinitely.

Those are the four scenarios. Nothing more.  The lip service of going back to the negotiation table after reimplementation of sanctions is nonsensical political pandering.  The defensive excuse of “objections of conscience” is meaningless unless the personal motivation is one of war based upon a commitment of intervention in some fashion.  This is the overwhelming expectation of the Arab world and quite frankly, it is an expectation that is deserved based upon our blind adventurism since 9/11.

Iran deal 2015Russia and China are straining at the reins to do business with Iran.  The billions in Iranian money will be released no matter what happens with this agreement.  Without the agreement, the breakout time for a nuclear device will be measured in months, not years.

With this non-proliferation agreement, a nuclear Iran is ten to fifteen years in the future with limitless possibilities for disarmament, regime change, or military intervention.

While the Republican Party is virtually unanimous in its weak-mindedness regarding the Iran deal, Democrats do not get a pass.  There are more than a few who have tested the political winds and decided to shirk both responsibility and reality.  Most notable of these is Sen. Chuck Schumer, who also just happened to vote for the Iraq War in 2003.Boehner and Netanyahu

It is curious how the Iranian deal is playing out in public with Netanyahu prancing to the “well of the House” to spread Republican sanctioned misinformation in order to influence American foreign policy.  Here’s my theory:

The run up to the Iraq War was played out in the secretive confines of the Bush Oval Office.  It was the perfect storm of war where the interests of the Israeli lobby and the Saudi royal family converged.  There are stories after stories of the influence the Israelis and the Saudis brought to bear as we blindly rushed into a decade of war.

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Good afternoon Widdershins.  I’m sorry to be so late in posting today, but real life has again gotten between my fingers and the computer keyboard.  Please forgive my tardiness.

Rove "Glamour Shot" on the right...

Rove “Glamour Shot” on the right…

Originally, I was going to write about the newly overused word “scandal.”  It’s everywhere these days.  Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious — scandal, scandal, scandal.  Almost like Jan Brady was writing the script for the RNC and all she did was replace “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” with scandal.

Tea Pot Dome was a scandal.  Watergate was a scandal.  Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was a scandal unearthed courtesy of a $70.0 Million Dollar governmental colonoscopy, but a scandal nonetheless.  Benghazi, the IRS, and Fast and Furious come nowhere near scandals, but they serve as subject matter magnets to drain the wallets of the hyper-ventilating base of the Right.  Personally, I don’t believe the facts matter a whit any more — it is the sowing of the seeds of the unknown conspiracy that really feeds the monster.  Black helicopters come in all types and sizes these days.

There is no possible example of the sinister aspect of this cable news scandal frenzy better than the latest transgression of “Bush’s Brain” Karl Rove.  This gelatinous, amoral, soulless insinuator has proved once again there is no level to which he will not slither in the furtherance of his disservice to the country.

Late last week, Rove implied Hillary Clinton is brain damaged.  From Media Matters:

Rove told the conference near LA Thursday, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

Rove repeated the claim a number of times to the audience.

Of course, facts never get in the way of “ham headed” Rove.  The truth is:  Hillary was hospitalized for four days and the glasses were to help with double vision occurring after her concussion — all explained during numerous interviews contemporaneous with the event.

Rove, chastened by the criticism, is now back-peddling claiming he never implied Hillary Clinton is “brain damaged.”  That my friends is a twofer in terms of political spin — make the innocuous outrageous charge, then make the rounds denying making the charge all the while fertilizing the original outrageous claim.

Bush and Rove

This scurrilous piece of Rove excrement is now firmly embedded in the echo chamber of the Right via Fox, Glenn Beck, Drudge, WorldNet and every other piece of filthy newsprint not yet lining birdcages across the land.

For a man who engineered lying us into a war, who sent our soldiers into war without proper equipment, who played a pivotal role in killing somewhere between 600,000 and a million Iraqis, this latest Hillary Clinton smear is nothing more than an evil afterthought.  Ham head didn’t even break a sweat on this one.

It is somewhat contemptible former President Bush is doing refrigerator art in Texas while his “Brain” is turned loose and is sowing seeds of malicious lies in order to line his pockets with the detritus of Billionaires.  Perhaps it is time for a reunion of Bush with his Brain — may they paint happily ever after.

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Good afternoon Widdershin friends.  Here’s hoping your work week is a light one in preparation for a Thanksgiving holiday heavy in family and friends.  Given that this a holiday week, I’m just going to throw out a couple of subjects for your consideration — please talk about anything and everything circulating on the interwebz.

Somewhere back in time I read Colin Powell kept a Thucydides quote on his  desks throughout his career.  That quote:  Of all the manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.

This past weekend we saw the embodiment of that Thucydides quote with the announcement of the interim agreement with Iran.  All the secret meetings, all the intrigue, all the high drama to announce a six months speed date to see if we can trust one another long enough to come to the simple understanding that throwing kerosene on the fires of the Middle East wouldn’t be a good thing.

Sounds infinitely reasonable to almost everyone except the neo-cons who have never seen a war they didn’t love.

Walrus envy or whisk broom experimentation gone horribly wrong...

Walrus envy or whisk broom experimentation gone horribly wrong…

Chief among them is that human with a whisk broom implanted on his upper lip — John Bolton.  Bolton is not alone, but he is the go-to guy anytime the neo-con chicken hawks feel they have been cheated out of a war.

Among other things, the interim agreement provides for daily monitoring of the Iranian enrichment facilities, a 5% cap on any enrichment activities, a commitment to dilute any uranium above that 5% cap, and in turn, we will just so slightly loosen economic sanctions on Iran to the tune of $6.0 to $7.0 Billion out of the $100 Billion we are holding over the next six months.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s position of total elimination of nuclear development for peaceful uses by Iran is unworkable, inadvisable, and ultimately dangerous for the world.  There are those of both political stripes in Congress who Netanyahu controls so there are sure to be obstacles to this agreement.

Any additional sanctions during these six-months completely voids the agreement.  Anyone, of whatever political flavor, voting to abandon this process before it begins should be shown the door at the next election.

No matter what the ill-informed reporters and pundits offer, there are only three options logically available if a negotiated settlement isn’t reached:  1.  Retain or enact tougher sanctions; 2. Actively work to change the Iranian regime; or 3. Military action.

We’ve tried military action next door in Iraq with abysmal results and during eight years of the Bush Administration where the official policy was regime change, Iran went from zero enrichment centrifuges to over 8,000.  At some point politicians need to pay attention to those stubborn things called facts.

Since the Saturday night announcement, I’ve been amazed at the number of critics who see absolutely no alterative other than a military strike.  The dirty little secret is this:  A military strike only temporarily eliminates brick and mortar, we do not, as yet, have a bomb that can suck out the brains of Iranian scientists.

Hassan RouhaniA military strike just prolongs the inevitable and with it, hardens the resolve of the Iranian regime against constructive engagement with the West.  The new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has shown great courage to take such a positive step after thirty-four years of our countries ignoring one another.  We should reward such courage.

No matter what the protestations of Bolton and his ilk are, we need to show, as Thucydides advised, we are powerful enough to exercise restraint.

The next story I want to share is one I’m sure you will think I’ve dug out of The Onion.  It is not.  This is real.  This is scary and most disheartening.

More time hobbyin' less time hobnobbin'...

More time hobbyin’ less time hobnobbin’…

The Supreme Court, just a few minutes ago, decided to take a case out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (sits in Denver and covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming).  The case:  Whether or not for-profit corporations have guaranteed religious freedoms.

You read that correctly, the case is whether or not Hobby Lobby, a secular, for-profit corporation has guaranteed religious freedoms based upon the religious beliefs of its primary shareholders and executives.

Supreme Court watchers had their eyes on this case since it is such a departure from anything we have seen before.  If corporations are people with free political speech rights, who’s to say they don’t have religious rights.

This is yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act by Paul Clement who was the Capt. Stubing of the unsuccessful 2012 challenge.  This case centers around whether or not Hobby Lobby can deny its employees coverage for birth control, sterilization, and certain other services based upon its owners religious beliefs.

The 10th Circuit, in overturning the lower court decision, used Citizen’s United to essentially say if a corporation has free speech rights then the Supreme Court must have also meant for a corporation to have other First Amendment rights.

“This is a perfect storm,” said Richard Garnett, a law professor at Notre Dame.  “Debates about campaign finance in Citizen United and abortion and Obamacare could distort the court’s analysis of religious freedom.”

Bad law begets a progeny of bad law and this is another potential ugly stepchild of Citizen’s United.  It has implications for privacy rights, contraceptive rights, women’s freedom of choice, and most importantly, the applicable constitutional test for religious freedom.  Beware — the improvident legal stepchild which may spring from this mess might well be named Damien.  Watch this space.

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Morning Widdershin — here’s hoping your Friday is gloriously anticipatory of an even better Labor Day weekend.

I wish I could, but I can’t make up stuff like this.

Twenty-nine percent of the Republicans in Louisiana blame the poor response to Hurricane Katrina on — wait for it, wait for it — Barack Obama. You know him, the guy who in 2005 was in the process of relocating from Kenya via Indonesia on his way to public housing in D.C.

Not to be outdone by a little thing like a hurricane, twenty-two percent of Romney voters believe Obama is the Antichrist. Obviously, Indonesian madrassa education can lead to a plethora of vocational possibilities.

It just goes without saying, Americans were three times more likely to be able to name two of the seven dwarfs than Supreme Court justices. Of course, that doesn’t mean the names of the dwarfs are not equally applicable to the justices — especially Dopey and Grumpy.

All of this isn’t surprising. In the words of former President Bush when he was talking about the importance of education, “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

Apparently, they is not.

These among other facts bubbled up through the scotch-ridden synapses of my brain on Wednesday when I saw the Fox commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

50 years after March on Washington...

Josh Barro the neo-liberal conservative (I know he’s got to be in therapy) gets the hat tip for finding this. He opines that the “50 years since the March on Washington” works for anything, such as:

50 years since the March on Washington, bees are still dying.

50 years since the March on Washington, some worry about Miley Cyrus’ twerking.

50 years since the March on Washington, my sink is still leaking.

It does work for just about anything and is a convenient precursor in order to steer just about any conversation. Roger Ailes is brilliant that way.

So here are a few of mine:

Forty-four years after the moon landing, Arizona passes stiffer immigration laws — just in case.

Two-thousand Two-hundred Nineteen years since the opening of the Great Wall of China, the neighbors are still waiting for a barbecue invitation.

One-hundred Thirty-nine years after the first Kentucky Derby, no one is quite sure why Lady Camilla Parker Bowles has such a long face.

Five-hundred Twenty-one years after Columbus landed in the New World, most everyone is glad he didn’t book with Carnival.

Seven-hundred Twenty-two years after the Crusades, do you think anyone will miss Jerry Lewis this weekend?

If Fox can do it, we can too — what’s your headline of deflection today?

Have a great weekend!

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Two seemingly disparate souls — Bradley Manning and Tuffy Gessling. We all know Brad Manning, the now infamous convicted Wiki-leaker, but I‘m not sure if Tuffy Gessling will ring a cowbell with you.

Obama Rodeo Clown

Tuffy is an awesomely descriptive name by the way — right up there with Anthony Weiner’s nom de junk Carlos Danger. Tuffy is the rodeo clown who donned a Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair.

Tuffy climbed into the rodeo ring to perform his duties as an amuse bouche for the bulls and to tantalize the crowd with the help of a rodeo announcer. The announcer crowed, “Do you want to see Obama run down by a bull!” and continued, “He’s gonna getcher getcher getcher!” in the sort of voice reserved for those rather earthy gentlemen in Deliverance who were violating a naked Ned Beatty.

Another clown ran up to Tuffy and started bobbling the mask’s lips and the crowd went wild. Tuffy had done his job — the audience was whipped into a frenzied lather. Some said it resembled a rather raucous Klan meeting.

Tuffy got fired and the President of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association resigned. No word yet on whether the Cowboy President resigned while wearing a Dick Nixon mask.

Is this worse than the effigies of Dubya? Is this worse than the caricatures of the Big Dawg after Monica? Who knows? Such determinations are in the eyes of the beholder and depends almost entirely upon subjective sensitivities. Add to that the pesky little thing called freedom of speech.  So who knows, but I don’t find those types of arguments interesting or particularly enlightening.

What I find interesting doesn’t draw upon the qualitative or quantitative differences. What I find interesting is what has happened since Tuffy was banished from ever again letting his clown shoes touch the dirt of a Missouri rodeo ring.

Tuffy has become a cause celebre in conservative circles. One defender is Rep. Steve Stockman. You probably remember him as the guy who brought Ted Nugent to the State of the Union.  Stockman’s background is so checkered he could be used to declare the winner at the Indy 500.

Stockman has invited Tuffy to throw his masks, red noses, and squirting flowers into his clown car and head to Texas where he will be welcomed with open arms and long horns. Never one at a loss to find a set of facts to analogize to Nazi Germany, Stockman said:

Ordering citizens into reeducation camps for mocking a liberal leader is wrong. Liberals have targeted this man (Tuffy) for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.

Not to be histrionically out hyperbolized, Glenn Beck, in the rare sober reflection only a dry drunk and an allegedly non-using drug addict could conjure said, “I declare myself officially a rodeo clown. We are all rodeo clowns.”

Even Peggy Noonan broke the strains of her verbal constipation and wrote a sentence that didn’t start with, “When I was writing for President Reagan.” Ms. Noonan declared that President Obama should fully celebrate Tuffy in all his rodeo clowniness.

What happened to personal responsibility? Isn’t that the touchstone upon which conservatism is built? Sure Tuffy can say or do what he wants, but at the end of the rodeo he is still accountable to his bosses at the Missouri State Fair and last I checked, a state fair is not in the business of alienating people.

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Bush-Quotes-nginIt must be nice.

I mean you can screw up the nation big time then spend the rest of your days with a box of paints without a care in the world, living the life of a king!

This is the guy who messed up royally. He gave us two unfunded wars and Dick Cheney. What could go wrong?

Approximately 4,000 dead soldiers, thousands maimed for life, an Iraqi population who to this day bear the brunt of the carnage, and so much debt that we are slowly sinking into the decimation of the American Dream.

The Right Wing Supreme Court “gave” us George W. Bush and he paid us in kind. A stupid, pampered clown whose dimwitted approach to leadership sent the nation on a trajectory that will take generations to heal. Having placed his administration into the hands of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove, he spent much of his time at “the ranch” clearing brush as these three went about the business of gutting the Constitution and ignoring the laws of the land.

And because they were lucky enough to be succeeded by another hapless wonder who decided to “turn the page” (and a blind eye!) to their deeds, they have escaped any form of accountability for having done so.

It must be nice.

We can’t say we weren’t warned. He ran on the proposition of cutting taxes on the wealthy during his campaign. His billionaire friends benefited mightily over the last decade or so while the rest of us have been tasked with doing with less in favor of protecting “his base” from further revenues. As services are cut and pink slips handed out, this fool is sitting at his easel creating “art”.

Declaring war on a nation that had no involvement with the 9/11 attack, then “ginning up” data to make it so, this “patriot” enjoys the life of leisure as the rest of us bear the uncertainty of what else we may lose in the battle for “austerity” that resulted from his 8 year tenure of lies.

It must be nice.

I have yet to see or hear one member of that cabal who confesses any remorse. No such thing as “guilt” from this crowd. Cheney still maintains that he “would do it again” even in the face of the destruction left behind. Bush himself could not care less.

Those miserable 8 years were the culmination of power gone wrong. Power in the hands of those who failed to consider the consequences of mendacious decisions that left this nation in tatters.  Power “given” to this fool and his cohorts who will never be forced to answer for their actions.

It must be nice to live without a conscience as you stand before an easel having nothing more pressing than choosing the right color for the latest painting while the rest of the world bleeds on.


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