M. A. G. A.

I saw this on Facebook posted by Chelsea Clinton.
Who knows if it was Chelsea or not.
Whatever.
I like it.

Make
Asbestos
Great
Again

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tRump Never Met an Emolument He Liked

One of the few blogs I read regularly is from Juanita Jean (http://juanitajean.com/) who operates the world’s most dangerous beauty salon.
This is from today’s post.

A Very Good Read on the Emoluments Clause
August 12, 2018 By: El Jefe

A few days ago, MarketWatch posted an historical perspective of the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 9. Specifically,

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

The Founders knew that corrupting the President would corrupt the entire US government, and gave Congress the power to remove that corruption. Over 230 years ago, they envisioned a Donald Trump. What they didn’t envision, though, was Congress being just as corrupt and complicit. The result is that Trump, a living, breathing, walking, and screaming violation of the Emoluments Clause is ripping the country apart while running the US government like it’s some gigantic reality television show. He’s illegally sitting in the Oval Office, working full-time to honor himself, destroy Barack Obama’s legacy, appoint dozens of unqualified partisans to the federal bench, wage trade wars based on lies, collude with enemies, jail innocent children and undo regulations that protect health and the environment.

None of this should be happening, but it is. And it will continue to happen until we change the Congress by getting people in there who will do their goddam jobs. And THAT can’t happen too soon.

Amen!

Besides, tRump probably does’t know what an emolument is since he can’t fondle it, kiss it, buy it off, swear at it, fire it, abuse…..wait….he can and does abuse the emolument clause of the US Constitution several times a day.

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Prevaricator and Chief Straddler

Yesterday I mourned the death of truth and the loss of meaning
in words.

Today I want to resurrect an old word from the 16th century.

Prevaricate (in the sense ‘go astray, transgress’): from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated,’ from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’ (from varus ‘bent, knock-kneed’). synonyms: be evasive, beat around the bush, hedge, fence, shilly-shally, dodge (the issue), sidestep (the issue), equivocate, waffle.

Credit goes to Google.
The graph in their entry indicates that the use of the term is beginning to increase. Gee, I wonder why?

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Words Have No Meaning

We have reached a point in our social discourse where the words
we use have lost their meaning. A few years ago this disintegration
revolved around the notion that sometimes “No” meant “Yes.” Gradually
we moved on to debate the definitions of words, some even suggesting
that the meaning of a statement depended on the definition of “is.”

We have now obliterated all meaning. Political leaders make a
statement one week and the next week make the opposite statement; it
can happen within the same week or even the same day.

There is no universal notion of truth. There are ubiquitous lies.
No one believes anything anymore now that words are used to obscure
and deflect.

One of my favorite Robert O. Hodgell woodcuts shows a preacher in a
pulpit with his mouth wide open and the words “WORDS” are etched spewing
from his mouth.

Fr. Henri Nouwen wrote that people do not listen to sermons because of two
factors: the redundancy of the message and because of the fearfulness
of the message. We could say the same thing about political discourse.

So can we still follow the axiom “Actions speak louder than words?”
I do not believe that tRumps actions bother his supporters either. They
do not give credence to his words or his actions. If they believed either
they would see him for the pathological liar and charlatan that he is.
They stopped listening to him a long time ago, blinded by his messages of
anti-abortion, anti-immigrants, anti-ecology, anti-democracy and pro-me. MAGA is code for three of Donald’s themes: “Make America White Again” and “Make America Christian Again” and “Make Me Great Again.”

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Another U.S. Civil War

This time the civil war is not geographical but ideological,
which means it is less easily delineated and points of view more confusing.

Thus far the primary weapons are primarily words,
although a point could be made that several of the recent mass shootings
were the result of political, religious, and social differences of opinion.

As a society, our uncivil civilians are well-armed, and there are sympathizers
within our military on both sides of the issue.

Are we a nation of laws or a nation of guns?
Are we a nation of freedom and liberty for all or does might make right?
Do we believe in democracy but advocate anarchy?

We have unequal distribution of wealth and opportunity and privilege.
We have educational systems which are separate and unequal.
We have “have nots” and “you shall have not what is mine and mine alone.”

Incivility rules.
Character assassination spews on all fronts.
Anger, rage, violence in words and deeds.
Physical harm to those on the other side.

Shootings have already begun and laws in some state protect
anyone who reacts, claiming they felt threatened. Stand your ground.

There is no peace when some do not have a piece and others vow
to do everything to protect their pieces. Gun sales soar.

We are a nation of outlaws and globally we are an outlaw nation.

Ezekiel 13:10 “they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace — and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar—”

There is a president who constantly threatens violence toward anyone who
criticizes him or disagrees with him and then he has his handlers deny he
ever incites violence. Liars in sheep’s clothing.

We have killed. We have sinned. We are ungovernable.

There is never enough shame.

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4:07 am on July 4

At 4:07 am on the 4th day of the 7th month one of our dogs barked once.
She is a very keen watch dog and as she woke me from sleep
I heard a car accelerating down our block.

We rarely have traffic on this street and never a 4 am.
I laid in bed for a moment and began to consider options.

We have had a sign in our front yard for a couple of months
supporting a Pakistani woman who has found shelter in our church.
ICE wants to deport her after she has lived here for 15 years.
Ten years ago they raided the gas station where her husband worked
and they have never heard from him. Her daughter died here and her
son just graduated from college and now had a job and citizenship.

I thought for a moment. Could some wild-eyed “patriot” decided on
July 4th to liberate our sign? or damage it? or worse?

I slipped out of bed and went to the front window. I could see
nothing. A bush blocks my view. There was nothing noticeable.

I returned to bed and to sleep.

At a more reasonable hour I dressed and checked out the front yard.
Nothing amiss.

We are now living in the US of A. And my anxieties are on high alert.

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Dirty on the outside and inside

tRump has declared that if a restaurant is dirty on the outside
it will be dirty on the inside.

Perhaps. One of his golf course restaurants is clean on the outside
and dirty on the inside. To tRump it is all about a shiny facade.

Jesus declared, according to St. Matthew 23:27,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful,
but within they are full of the bones of the dead and all uncleanness.
So you also outwardly appear righteous, but within you are full of
hypocrisy and iniquity.”

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