Friday, November 23, 2018
|The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. Mindfulness, courage and truth. I don't know if they'll carry the day, but I know they're the only values worth having.|
Thursday, November 22, 2018
What liberals have a hard time understanding is that conservatives, while constantly paying lip service to what they call morality, actually do not accept the rule of law, or any universal moral imperatives.
In their view, what other tribes do is wrong, period, and what their tribe does is right, period — up to and including torture, encouraging the murder of journalists and unarmed black citizens and lying the nation into war for private profit.
"The Oxford English Dictionaries named 'post-truth' its word of the year in November 2016, right before the U.S. election.
"Citing a 2,000 percent spike in usage – due to Brexit and the American presidential campaign – they defined post-truth as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.'
"Ideology, in other words, takes precedence over reality.
"When an individual believes their thoughts can influence reality, we call it 'magical thinking' and might worry about their mental health. When a government official uses ideology to trump reality, it’s more like propaganda, and it puts us on the road to fascism.
"As Yale philosopher Jason Stanley argues, 'The key thing is that fascist politics is about identifying enemies, appealing to the in-group (usually the majority group), and smashing truth and replacing it with power.'"
— Prof. Lee McIntyre
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
I’ve always thought that people lie too easily, and don’t fully appreciate what damage they do by lying. And now we have an object lesson in that principle: Donald Trump, the ultimate liar, the man to whom truth is a joke, completely meaningless. And, not coincidentally, he is one of the greatest disasters in U.S. history.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
|RIP Stan Lee. Stan’s determination to be creative in a then-despised medium finally led to the most successful entertainment franchise on the planet Earth. I'm sure that strange development stunned him as much as anyone.|
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018
I always knew Trump would eventually start another war to stay in power. I should have guessed, given his background as a “reality TV” clown, that it would be a fake one against a powerless “enemy.” But the Republicans will use this phony stunt to lay down a marker for martial law in America.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Trump's “birthright citizenship ban” is a ploy, testing the waters. What Trump would like, ultimately, is to be able to strip anyone he targets of their citizenship and therefore all human rights. This is the kind of thing I knew would follow when the fascist GOP took control of all three branches of government.