RIP, Al Smith Dinner

21 10 2016


The bitch couldn’t even make a joke about herself.

Even the obsessive insecure whiny narcissist that calls himself Baraq Obama was able to kick lots of good self-deprecating jokes at this shindig in 2012 and 2008.

On top of that, she tried to hook Al Smith’s Catholicism to her sex.  She tried to make us think that there was a yuge wave of anti-Catholic contempt that was solely responsible for denying Smith the Presidency.  First off, I don’t think either the outgoing incumbent President, Calvin Coolidge, nor the Republican nominee, Herbert Hoover, ever said a word about Smith’s Catholicism, or even countenanced it as a sub rosa campaign tactic.  Second, the outcome of that election was a foregone conclusion even if Smith would have been a Protestant.

As far as Trump being booed, that’s a non-issue, and entirely a function of interborough cultural politics in New York.  Trump could own every non-public piece of real estate in Manhattan and be worth trillions, and it wouldn’t matter one whit to Manhattan’s elite — To them, Trump was, is and will always be an outer borough untermensch.

Et Tu?

12 10 2016

Washington, D.C.

More Wikileaks.

Podesta wanted to enact “fundamental transformation” of the Catholic Church from within.

Because Pope Francis is such an incorrigible alt-right fire breather…oh wait….

The modern Catholic Church gives the modern left 90% of what it wants, but because it’s not 100%, they’re losing their fucking minds and chimping out over the other 10%.

Also, even as the master of reconciling contradictions that I am, I can’t figure out why the left, which constantly tells us that religion is irrelevant, cares about what the Catholic Church or any other church does.  The only thing I can come up with is that the left has made the calculation that while they think religion is irrelevant, that they have it in their heads that the Catholic Church still wields a lot of power over a lot of people and is able to influence political affairs in many places.  I don’t think that’s true.  But maybe it’s the case that the left thinks it, so they think the only thing separating the world from the utopia that can only result from the left’s ideology is infiltrating the Catholic Church from the inside and getting them to sign on to the other 10% under the color of edicts.

In reality, the left is winning on the basket of issues in the other 10% in spite of all this choking influence they think the Catholic Church has.


27 09 2016

Columbus, Ohio

Bye bye law school, hello seminary.

I don’t think finding a reason to explain why she’s making this lateral move in life is hard at all.

Racial equality is a religion.

Actual Terrorism

25 09 2016

Vatican City


Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of “terrorism” and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.


Francis, who has often strongly defended the rights of refugees and migrants, said journalism should not be used as a “weapon of destruction against persons and even entire peoples”.

“Neither should it foment fear before events like forced migration from war or from hunger,” he added.

Last year, the right-wing newspaper Libero headlined its story on the Paris attacks that killed about 130 people: “Islamic Bastards”.

Another right-wing newspaper, Il Giornale, headlined a story last year on the chaotic situation in Libya and the risk that militants might sneak into Italy with migrants: “ISIS is coming. Let’s arm ourselves”.

Noticing things is terrorism, but terrorism is just a tragic accident.

I can see that Francis has joined in the Goliath versus David struggle to speak power to truth.


Because a Certain Newspaper Would Be Bitching About Islamophobia

22 09 2016



Shorter Hillary

19 09 2016



Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Comments ’Given Aid And Comfort’ To Islamic State Terrorists

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of treasonous behavior, because he’s specified that radial Islam is responsible for the surge of terrorist acts around the world.

“The language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries,” Clinton said, citing an article by former head of the counter terrorist center Mike Olsen citing Trump’s tough rhetoric as fueling Islamic state recruitment. She described Trump as a “recruiting sergeant” for ISIS.

Shorter Hillary: We wouldn’t have an Islamic terrorism problem if people would just quit calling it Islamic terrorism.

That’s also their attitude about black crime.

The new modern progressive way to solve problems is to complain about everyone else thinking that they are even problems; if they can attach some social justice imperative, all the better.

Drivers’ Seat

10 09 2016

Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.


Michele Bachmann: ‘I, as a Constitutional Conservative, as a Believer in Jesus Christ, Readily Embrace’ Donald Trump Agenda

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on Friday, “On every single level, if you look at the agenda that Donald Trump has put forward, it’s been one that I — as a constitutional conservative, as a believer in Jesus Christ — I cannot only easily embrace, but readily embrace.”

I’ve heard it asked why so many conservative Christians (“religious rightists”) can love Trump with both his moral shortcomings and his history of being a social issue liberal.  One of my favored answers to that question in the last year and change has been that they like his populism and nationalism more.

But I think there’s another, just as good, but a bit more convoluted, answer.

Let’s all jump into the Blogmeister Hot Tub Time Machine (no skinny dipping), and dial it back to December 1994.  When we get there, we will find Sam Francis writing an article for Chronicles, about the religious right.  You kinda need to read the whole thing for the part I’m going to quote to make sense.


What follows from this line of analysis of the religious right as it exists today is that what ultimately drives its adherents is not religion in the ordinary sense. What drives them is the perception—accurate in my view—that the culture their religion reflects and defends is withering and that that withering portends a disaster for themselves, their class, their country and their civilization. Religion happens to be a convenient vehicle for their otherwise unarticulated and perfectly well-founded fears. But while it is a convenient vehicle and a more effective one than those that carried the right in earlier days, it is not the most effective vehicle the right could have.

This is not to say that the religious right is composed of hypocrites who use religion for political ends. With the possible exception of most of its more prominent leaders, it’s not. Most adherents of the religious right are sincerely and seriously religious; but you can be sincerely and seriously religious without being political and without being political in the way the religious right is. It’s not religion that drives; it’s the legitimate frustrations of a social class that has been bludgeoned and betrayed by its established leaders for more than 50 years.

Sam could have added that it’s also possible to be political in the way the RRs are without being religious.

Since politics rather than religion drive the RR, it means that they can and do politically support non-religious figures.  Trump isn’t personally or socially in tune with the RR, but politically, he is, for the most part.  If Trump is promising to feed the RR’s enemies knuckle sandwiches, that’s all they need.