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July 24, 2016 8:06 AM

July 24, 2016 7:59 AM

(How ‘bout a trip in the Wayback Machine?)

I’ll admit it: My initial reaction upon hearing that Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her Vice President was one of intense disappointment. How could I help but be underwhelmed by a politician who freely admits to being boring? If were to play word association, what’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Tim Kaine?

Boring, amiright?

Then I stepped back from my disappointment and reconsidered my initial reaction. What do I really know about Tim Kaine? Sure, he’s a Democrat, a former US Senator and Governor of Virginia, someone who’s never lost an election, and…


There are a lot of reasons for a Presidential candidate to select a running mate, but only Hillary Clinton can truly elucidate her reasoning in selecting Kaine. As the days pass, particularly as we get into this week’s Democratic National Convention, I suspect much time, energy, and effort will be spent introducing Tim Kaine to America.

What little I do know about him is positive, and there seems little doubt but that he admirably embodies and reflects the values of America and the Democratic Party.

Still, like a lot of Liberals I’d been hoping for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Tim Kaine? Really?? Was Fred Rogers not available? Oh, right; he’s dead. Details….

I began to troll my memory banks, remembering how I’d reacted when then-Sen. Barack Obama (R-IL) selected then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as his running mate. If memory serves…and I have the WWJD archives available to serve as my guide…I wasn’t exactly doing cartwheels. At the time, Biden seemed a safe but boring choice- another uninspiring White guy with all the spice of a vanilla ice cream cone.

Eight years later, and…well, who says history isn’t circular, eh? I’ve been here before.

July 24, 2016 7:33 AM

July 24, 2016 7:26 AM

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” reality TV star and conservative activist Phil Robertson spoke with radio host Stephen Bannon and Citizens United president David Bossie about the Republican National Convention, and Robertson urged listeners to rally behind Donald Trump. The Duck Dynasty patriarch said that evangelicals must turn out and vote because they are facing “spiritual warfare” from “the depraved bunch, this political correct crowd” that is “of the Evil One.” Robertson…[warned] that “the alternative” to a Trump presidency is “depravity” and “moral bankruptcy.” After falsely claiming that Democratic delegates “booed God” at their 2012 convention, Robertson said that a Democratic victory in November would cause him to go into hiding: “If the Republicans and the evangelicals do not get off their posteriors and vote, I think I’m going to head back to the woods and hide out.”

Many Americans are pondering a move to Canada should Donald Trump win the Presidency in November (sadly, much as I’d love to head north, it’s not an option). It turns out that at least one person on the other side of the ideological fence is also weighing relocation options as well, though a bit closer to home. Not that many Americans would likely miss him, and if he chooses to disappear into the swamps of Louisiana…well, the words “gator bait” come to mind.

I could go off on a tangent about the laughable arrogance of putting the words “Breitbart” and “News” next to one another, but that’s another story for another time…and one I’ve addressed before. People like Robertson tend to gravitate toward Right-wing propaganda mills where they know they can count on a favorable reception…but that doesn’t make his claims any more credible.

Contrary to what Robertson (and the rest of the American Taliban) believes, America is not the rightful property and playground of Conservative White Christians. America isn’t even a Christian nation (Yo, Phil; you might want to read up on the separation of Church and State)…and no one’s God- not even Phil Robertson’s- get to be our government. While he’s free to weigh in at some considerable length about “spiritual warfare” from “the depraved bunch, this political correct crowd,” he’s merely exercising the same constitutionally-guaranteed freedom he’d blithely deny to those Not Like Us ©.

Robertson, like any American, is free to vote his conscience. What he’s not free to do is to expect his flavor of God to be installed as our government. When he retreats into the Louisiana swamp after Election Day, he should use the time to read up on American history- particularly as it pertains to the separation of Church and State. I’d suggest he might even learn something, but he’s just arrogant and convinced of his own moral superiority enough to be impervious to input which doesn’t mesh with his uber-Jesus-y view of the world.

If it’s a theocracy he wants, might I suggest he look at Iran and Saudi Arabia as examples of what can happen (and go horribly, irretrievably wrong) when government and religion are conflated?

July 24, 2016 7:11 AM

July 24, 2016 6:59 AM

When Gov. Rick Scott recently asked President Obama to declare a federal emergency [Ed. note: since denied] over the toxic algae catastrophe coating South Florida’s coasts, my head nearly exploded. It is the zenith of hypocrisy for Gov. Scott to plead for federal assistance on the algae bloom catastrophe when his entire record is hacking, whittling and chopping federal authority into little, little pieces. And not just any federal authority — specifically federal rules to regulate fertilizers and specifically federal actions to hold Florida accountable. Many decades ago, the U.S. EPA “delegated” full responsibility to Florida to manage the state’s water pollution regulations while preserving the federal right to protect all Americans’ air and water quality. Tight control of pollution, it turns out, is the last thing that top campaign funders — like Big Sugar — want. As a result, the Republicans war against the U.S. EPA has been unremitting.

I suspect there are things Conservative Republicans do well, but say what you will, exercising consistency ain’t on that list. In fact, one could argue that hypocrisy is at the very top of the list of things Republicans excel at.

(Remember when former Texas Gov. Rick Perry excoriated the federal government for being responsible for virtually every problem facing Mankind…and then demanding the feds respond YESTERDAY to provide disaster relief? You should; it was a regular occurrence. Apparently, it’s not true hypocrisy if you’re consistently hypocritical.)

Floriduh Gov. Rick Scott, never one to concern himself with things like consistency or the appearance of hypocrisy, is asking for federal help in dealing with south Floriduh’s toxic algae bloom. For most other (not red) states, that would seem a reasonable request worthy of consideration by the federal government. Gov. Scott has built his political brand on painting Big Brother as the evil home of government overreach, the source of all that’s wrong with government today. That’s he’s now requesting help from the Source of all Evil © is nothing if not highly amusing.

This is what happens when you allow industries (who, purely coincidentally, contribute large sums to Republican candidates and causes) to set policies intended to “regulate” them.

July 24, 2016 6:21 AM

July 23, 2016 6:53 AM

July 23, 2016 6:32 AM

President Obama dismissed Donald Trump’s criticism of conditions in the United States on Friday, saying crime is actually down, the economy is up, and most Americans believe things are going relatively well…. “This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse — this vision of violence and chaos everywhere — doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” Obama told reporters the day after Trump painted a dark picture of the United States in formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Obama added: “We’re not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact.”

Listen to Republicans- particularly their Presidential nominee, Donald Trump- and you might find yourself thinking America is circling the drain, in the toilet, mere moments away from dumpster diving for our next meal. Everyone hates us, other countries are taking advantage of us, and we’re being overrun by sin, licentiousness, and those who reject God. In short, we SUCK.

Yeah, America sounds like a pretty gawdawful place, doesn’t it? And it would be…if any of that was true. The fact is that Republicans have to portray America as some sort of fallen, suppurating Sodom and Gomorrah…because they have nothing positive to offer. In order for Republicans to win elections, they have to convince voters that life sucks and that only they have the medicine capable of curing what’s ailing America.

Frankly, it’s crap, a load of dishonest, self-interested propaganda, a con intended to deceive the American sheeple into voting for Republicans interested only in securing their votes. Not a moment too soon, President Barack Obama is weighing in and calling “bullshit!” on Republicans.

We’re gonna need a bigger shovel….

July 23, 2016 6:17 AM


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