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June 25, 2016 6:31 AM

June 25, 2016 6:10 AM

Scotland voted overwhelmingly to STAY in the EU, you weaselheaded fucknugget.

Scotland voted IN, you moron.

Delete your golf course.

Perhaps it was an opportunity for Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, to show off his foreign policy chops. Or to brag about making money off uncertainty and the misfortune of others. Or to engage in a wide variety of generalized unfocused douchebaggery. Or all of the above. Whatever the case, The Donald succeeded only in embarrassing himself in epic fashion, revealing that his knowledge of foreign policy could fit into a thimble with enough remaining space for him to sublet.

It was an entertaining (if rather distressing) interlude and an opportunity for frustrated Scots to offload some of their considerable frustration on someone who claims Scottish ancestry but appears to know nothing of his ancestral homeland. A decent person, or at least one with a minimal sense of shame, would apologize profusely for holding forth at some considerable length (if not authority) about Scotland when he knew nothing of how Scots voted (overwhelmingly in favor of “stay”) on the Brexit referendum. Better to be thought a world-class fool and gobshite than to be Donald Trump and…oh, fuhgeddaboudit….

This is a man who wants to be President, who claims he’s ready to lead the world’s foremost economic and military power…but is actually little more than a bloviating windbag who clearly shouldn’t be entrusted with the power and authority to manage a Dairy Queen franchise. He may well be a legend in his own mind, but when it comes to affairs of state, he’s not nearly ready for prime time. Being President isn’t the sort of thing one successfully makes up on the fly…nor can one declare bankruptcy (unless it’s of the moral variety in his case) and make a problem go away.

If you watched Trump’s performance and didn’t come away believing him to be a fool and a blowhard, you might want to consider staying home on Election Day.

June 25, 2016 5:06 AM

June 25, 2016 4:59 AM

What means the paying of the passage and emptying out upon our shores such floods of pauper emigrants — the contents of the poor house and the sweepings of the streets? — multiplying tumults and violence, filling our prisons, and crowding our poor-houses, and quadrupling our taxation, and sending annually accumulating thousands to the poll to lay their inexperienced hand upon the helm of our power?

  • Lyman Beecher, Leader of the Second Great Awakening, on English immigrants, 1834

Not a day passes but families are ruthlessly turned out to make room for foreign invaders. The rates are burdened with the education of thousands of foreign children.

  • William Evans Gordon, British nativist, 1905

I’ve always been a very interested observer of the world around me. I’m fascinated by how actions spark reactions that can reverberate locally, nationally, even internationally. The changes these actions and reactions create can lead to all manner of upheaval- socially, morally, politically, even militarily- that can impact the lives of each and every one of us in ways we might not expect or be prepared for.

The downside with being aware of what’s happening in the world is that sometimes the news and trends can be pretty damned depressing. I’m no Pollyanna; it’s not like I believe all of humanity to be basically good and just in need of some help getting their act together. In many respects, the world is a mean, nasty, horrible, ugly, not very nice place…and too often people are reflective of those unfortunate qualities. (This theorem is re-proven every time Donald Trump holds a rally.)

There’s much good in the world and many good people working diligently to help make it a better, safer, and more harmonious place. Trouble is, those in ascendance these days are the ones pulling in the opposite direction. Momentum seems to be behind those ready, willing, and able to use anger and disenchantment to push a self-absorbed and frankly selfish agenda. Thanks to the reach and easy availability of the Internet, demagogues have been able to reach out and spew their hatred, arrogance, and bigoted nationalism to an audience disposed to listening to and internalizing their message.

June 25, 2016 4:53 AM

June 25, 2016 4:47 AM

Andy Parker, the father of a reporter who was murdered on live television last year, accused the National Rifle Association (NRA) of being the “real terrorists” after the pro-gun group attacked House Democrats’ attempts to pass gun safety reforms…. Parker responded on Thursday while speaking to CNN’s Carol Costello…. “The real terrorists are the folks at the NRA,” he said. “Those are the terrorists. And unfortunately, you have politicians that are complicit — they’ve pledged allegiance to the NRA versus the United States of America and the safety of its citizens.”…. “And I’ve called them treasonous and I will continue to call them treasonous.”…. Parker specifically called out House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-MA), who told him that he would never hold a hearing on gun legislation…. “Between him, Mitch McConnell, Mike McCaul and Eddie Munster — I mean, excuse me, Paul Ryan — when you have those people that are obstructionists, if it were up to me they would be wearing orange jumpsuits right now,” he quipped.

No parent should ever have to bury a child. No parent should EVER have to suffer through endlessly repeated loopings of video showing their daughter being murdered by a madman with a handgun. Welcome to Andy Parker’s reality. Determined not to allow his daughter’s death count for nothing, Parker has become a crusader for common sense gun control. Understandably for someone who’s lost a child to murder, he rarely has the time, energy, or inclination to be diplomatic. So it is in this case, and- the unfortunate “Eddie Munster” jab at Speaker Ryan aside- he’s taken the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Congressmen they own to task for their intransigence and utter lack of compassion. Of course, I suspect none of them have ever had to bury a child who was murdered by a gunman who also recorded the act on his smartphone. Parker is angry…and he has every right to that anger, given the tremendous, gut-wrenching loss he’s suffered.

The tendency might be to dismiss Parker because of his obvious raw emotions and the pain etched on his face…but he makes a very good point when he refers to the NRA as “terrorists” and the Congressmen they own as “treasonous.” If he’d referred to all them as “monsters,” he would have hit the trifecta…and he would have been spot on. Only a monster could survey the continuing carnage and determine action was unnecessary…because “gun rights,” don’tchaknow??

June 25, 2016 4:39 AM

June 24, 2016 6:24 AM

June 24, 2016 6:17 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. - A prominent Portland ad agency is endorsing a book by some of its employees that takes a stand against political inaction on gun legislation. Wieden+Kennedy, best known for its work with Nike, has supported a crowdfunding initiative with proceeds going to The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The advertising firm supported the publishing of a book titled #ThoughtsAndPrayers: Comforting Tweets from Powerful Hypocrites. The book is a collection of tweets from politicians who offer their condolences on the social media platform following mass shootings but don’t use their political prowess to try and solve the problem.

Today’s dispatch from the “Doing The Right Things For The Right Reason(s)” Department comes to us from right here in Puddletown. Wieden+Kennedy, the well-know local advertising agency that gave us Nike’s “Just Do It,” has decided to come down on the side of common sense gun control. Normally, one might not think of a business as being willing to leap into a partisan political debate and risk alienating part of their current or potential customer base. Because debate over common sense gun control has profound moral and social implications, Wieden+Kennedy has decided to get behind an employee-driven effort to embarrass those who employ “thoughts and prayers” as a substitute for taking action.

While making it clear that the book is by no means an attempt to condemn prayer, but rather an attempt to rattle the cages of those who cynically believe prayers and tweets to be the moral equivalent of taking concrete action. Simply put, “We condemn prayer that masquerades as action. It’s time for the men and women of Congress to stop tweeting about gun violence, and start doing something about it.”

A donation of $25 or more gets you a copy of #ThoughtsAndPrayers: Comforting Tweets from Powerful Hypocrites…and the knowledge that your donation is being used to help prevent yet more Americans from succumbing to gun violence, much of which may well be preventable. I’m looking forward to getting my copy soon.

The truly sad thing about this book is that there’s been sufficient hypocrisy to make it possible to put together a book in order to showcase it. Shouldn’t we be demanding more- you know, ACTION- from our elected representatives?

June 24, 2016 5:07 AM

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