Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's Wrong With Conservatives

Alan: The following article by George Lakoff gets better as it goes. When it reaches stride you're in for a treat!

However, to avoid losing interest at the beginning, you may wish to skip the sections entitled "Pragmatic Conservatives" and "Laissez Faire Free Marketeers" until you've read the rest first.

Excerpt: "I recently heard a brilliant and articulate Clinton surrogate argue against a group of Trump supporters that Trump has presented no policy plans for increasing jobs, increasing economics growth, improving education, gaining international respect, etc. This is the basic Clinton campaign argument. Hillary has the experience, the policy know-how, she can get things done, it’s all on her website. Trump has none of this. What Hillary’s campaign says is true. And it is irrelevant. Trump supporters and other radical Republican extremists could not care less, and for a good reason. Their job is to impose their view of "strict father" morality in all areas of life. If they have the Congress, and the Presidency and the Supreme Court, they could achieve this. They don’t need to name (particular) policies, because the Republicans already have hundreds of policies ready to go. They just need to be in complete power.

George Lakoff: How Trump Uses Your Brain Against You And Why His Policy Details Don't Matter

Where Conservative Christians Go Wrong

It Is Important To Know These Things So Religion Doesn't Do You More Harm Than Good

What Too Many Christians Get Wrong

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Jeb Bush Was Right

Compendium Of Pax Posts About Donald Trump

If Trump Wins And Your Kids Google "First Lady," Here's What They'll Get

The Borowitz Report: Obama Pays Mexico Five Billion Dollars To Keep Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—President Barack Obama defended his decision on Wednesday to issue a payment of five billion dollars to Mexico to compel that nation to retain custody of Donald J. Trump.
The payment, which will be delivered to the Mexican government in hard American currency by Wednesday afternoon, will insure that Trump will remain in Mexico for the rest of his natural life.
“I have been assured by the government of Mexico that Mr. Trump will be well taken care of and, if he proves to be a productive member of their society, he will be provided a pathway to Mexican citizenship,” Obama said.
While the transfer of funds to Mexico sparked howls of protest from some Trump supporters, it was hailed by congressional Democrats, as well as by over a hundred Republicans currently running for reëlection, including Arizona Senator John McCain.
The President bristled at the suggestion that paying Mexico to keep Trump was “reverse ransom” and an extravagant use of taxpayer money. “There is only one accurate word for this payment: a bargain,” he said.

Former Models At Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules And Worked Illegally

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Former Models For Donald Trump's Modeling Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules And Worked Illegally
"It's like modern-day slavery."

Attorneys Say Trump's Modeling Agency Broke Immigration Rules

Alan: It appears that Melania broke U.S. immigration law by working as a model illegally.

If Trump Wins And Your Kids Google "First Lady," Here's What They'll Get

Nude Photos Of Melania Trump Raise Questions: "Did She Come To The United States Legally?"

Bette Midler On Donald Trump


Video: Presenting People With DNA Results Forces Us To Confront Our Biases

Hillary's New Political Ad: Don't Trust Devious Donald's Hat, Try The Facts For A Change

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pax On Both Houses Will Not Post Regularly Until September 15th

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Alan: Until September 15th, I will be in upstate New York visiting family and friends in Rochester, Chili, Honeoye and Irondequoit.

Until then, I will have infrequent opportunity to work on my blog.

Monday, August 29, 2016

How Vladimir Putin Is Using Donald Trump To Advance Russia's Goals

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How Vladimir Putin Is Using Donald Trump To Advance Russia's Goals

David Duke Robo-Call Refers To Trump As A Kindred Spirit. Duh

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David Duke Video: Why Trump Is Important
Washington (CNN) Donald Trump's campaign is disavowing support from a prominent white nationalist, David Duke, who is once again causing problems for the Republican nominee by claiming that Trump is a kindred spirit.
Duke is running for Senate in Louisiana, and he has recorded an automated call pitching both his and Trump's campaigns as a way to halt increases in immigration and cure what he calls racial aggression.
    "It's time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the US Senate," Duke says in the call, which was first reported Monday by BuzzFeed.
    Trump, who has been slow to distance himself from the former Ku Klux Klan leader in the past, issued a statement later Monday doing just that.
    "Mr. Trump has continued to denounce David Duke and any group or individual associated with a message of hate," Trump's campaign said in a statement. "There is no place for this in the Republican Party or our country. We have no knowledge of these calls or any related activities, but strongly condemn and disavow."
    In an interview with CNN, Duke said he was purely voicing his opinion about Trump's campaign and that the Republican nominee had no influence over what Duke chose to say.
    "A candidate has no control over other people's opinions and support," said Duke. "We should vote for Donald Trump."
    Hillary Clinton has used Trump's ties to white nationalists like Duke to paint Trump as racially divisive and ideologically simpatico with his most controversial supporters. Yet Clinton's campaign has also caught criticism for extending their argument too far, with her vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, last week saying that Trump was "pushing" the KKK's and Duke's "values."
    Other Democrats were quick to jump Monday on the latest reminder of Trump's ties to this movement.
    "Will you stand with us?" read a fundraising email from the Louisiana Democratic Party on Monday evening. "Will you do what you can to help us fund the fight against David Duke and Donald Trump?"

    It Needs To Be Said That The Baton Rouge Flood Is Worse Than Katrina

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    Baton Rouge Woman Writes Letter to the Media Saying Everything Americans Have Been Waiting to Say

    Oblivion For The Truly Checked Out: Trump Blames Hillary Clinton For Anthony Weiner’s Sexts

    Donald Trump Blames Hillary Clinton for Anthony Weiner’s Sexts

    The Republican nominee has never been blessed with self-awareness, but his reaction to the news of Anthony Weiner’s latest sext scandal Monday was a special kind of oblivion reserved for the truly checked-out.

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    If you were a presidential candidate who polled low among women, who was on your third wife, who had a reputation for womanizing and a professional relationship with a man who’d recently been axed from his job for sexual harassment, would you respond to the latest Anthony Weiner scandal by A. Staying out of it; B. Changing the subject; or C. Attacking your opponent by making a dubious connection between Weiner’s behavior and her own?
    If you chose C, congratulations: This election has officially warped your sense of good judgment.
    Donald Trump is blaming Hillary Clinton for the actions of her aide’s husband, bringing into focus his fraught relationship with the female sex and his history of marital infidelity—not to mention his own adviser with a “perv” problem, to adopt the language of the New York tabloids.
    Trump’s argument is a good peek into his psyche, where a man can be absolved of wrongdoing so long as there’s a woman around to carry the blame. It’s also an example of why, thus far, his campaign against Clinton has been unsuccessful: First, because he’s accused her of anything and everything, regardless of its basis in reality (he claimed she founded ISIS before asserting it about President Obama), and rather than turn people against her, it’s had the effect of watering down her actual flaws. Second, because he lacks the self-awareness and political know-how to understand when he might be pushing away the voters he needs the most.
    Right as Trump should to be making his case to women, a constituency among whom he suffers, in other words, he’s instead morphing fully into a caricature of a hard-headed cad.
    On Monday, for old time’s sake, Weiner (for whom I memorably interned in 2013), graced the cover of the New York Post, God bless it. The tabloid broke the news that the former congressman, onetime mayoral candidate and husband to senior Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, had again been sexting outside of his marriage, this time with a sexual photo of himself with his son in the backdrop.
    By early Monday afternoon, Abedin—who stood by Weiner throughout two previous such sexting scandals—had announced their separation.
    The Republican nominee, of course, responded in the least politically advantageous way possible.
    At 12:36 pm, Trump’s campaign sent a press release to reporters titled, “Donald J. Trump Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Bad Judgment.” Abedin, Trump said, “is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him.”
    He added, “I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”
    Polling suggests that the women of this country do not particularly like Trump for some reason.
    Nationally, Clinton leads among women with 51 percent to Trump’s 36.

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    If Trump Wins And Your Kids Google "First Lady," Here's What They'll Get

    And his support has been collapsing among Republican women, too—according to The New York Times, since the Republican and Democratic conventions in July, Trump’s support among that demographic has declined by 13 percent. For context, Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush all won the women of their party with between 89 and 93 percent of the vote.
    It was unclear on Wednesday how the campaign thought assigning a man’s sins to his wife and his wife’s female employer would help those numbers.
    Remember, Trump recently promoted as his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, a well-respected Republican pollster who was supposed to help Trump stop hitting himself. Just four days ago, FiveThirtyEight asked, “Can Kellyanne Conway Get Donald Trump To Stop Alienating Women?”

    Evidently not!
    And murky, also, was the wisdom of a man who left his first wife for his second wife and then left his second wife and then married an Central European model drawing any attention at all to anyone else’s marriage.
    His own mother, according to Vanity Fair’s Marie Brenner, wondered, “What kind of son have I created?” when he left Ivana Trump, an alleged professional skier and model, for Marla Maples, an alleged model and eventual aerobic video star. (Ivana, by the way, accused Trump of “violating” her during sex in their divorce proceedings before eventually recanting).
    And if Trump has such an aversion to men who can’t keep it in their pants, it’s curious that he keeps in contact with Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of Fox News who was ousted in July after being accused of sexual harassment by enough women to form a baseball team. Ailes is reportedly consulting for Trump’s presidential campaign.
    And by Trump’s logic, he should have no association with Steve Bannon, his campaign CEO who was accused of assault by his ex-wife, or Roger Stone, his longtime adviser who’s an admitted swinger.
    Still, Trump is not one to pass up insulting someone he hates, and he has long loathed Weiner.
    On Twitter, he’s frequently called him a series of colorful names like “degenerate,” “sick,” “perverted,” “deviant,” and “delusional,” beginning with his first sexting scandal in 2011. In 2013, Trump even called for him to be categorized as a sex offender in the state of New York’s registry, despite having never been formally accused or convicted any crime of a sexual nature.
    But much like every other aspect of Trump’s personality, what works in entertainment doesn’t necessarily work in a general election. With so many legitimate cases to mount against Clinton, he instead chose to start this week off reminding everyone of his history of misogyny, infidelity, and associating with “pervs.”

    A Classic Image Of Hell: Why American Conservatives Can't Escape Themselves

    Alan: Conservatives feel entitled to their fears, however unfounded. 

    But beyond this core sense of entitlement to self-terrorization, American "conservatives" are convinced it is virtuous to inflame fear, to propegate terror and to amplify both beyond Reason and into boundless panic.
    Scare The Sheep 
    And They Will Applaud Military-Industrial Profiteering

    In the last 15 years, we have seen this kneejerk behavior in the rollout of The Iraq War; the hysterical - indeed apocalyptic - reaction to The Non-Event of Ebola; to Russia's seizure of Crimea (although "conservatives" are currently fine with Trump's embrace of pal Putin); the tragic death of 4 Americans in Benghazi (an event which a bipartisan-but-chiefly-Republican congressional committee declared unworthy of censure or any actionable charge against Hillary); the menacing flood of Central American children over the Texas border where, according to conservatives' typically terrified response, they would overwhelm local communities (an event already forgotten in the endless wash of conservative worries).

    It is perhaps most remarkable that although American conservatives usually consider themselves "Christian," they do not balk at refusing to heed John's core exhortation concerning a Christian life.

    "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 
    1 John 4:18

    "Christian" "conservatives" should acknowledge they would feel more at home in The Old Testament and that their primary commitment is to the fear-inspiring Thunder Sky God of The Old Testament

    Hey Christian! How Many Of Jesus' Moral Stands Do You Approve? Take The Test!

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    Bombast, Bigotry And Bluster... Who Could That Be?

    Compendium Of Pax Posts About Donald Trump

    If Trump Wins And Your Kids Google "First Lady," Here's What They'll Get

    George Lakoff: How Trump Uses Your Brain Against You And Why His Policy Details Don't Matter

    Alan: There is nothing more politically correct than the way conservatives fall in line behind Trump.

    Huge Fishery On Verge Of Collapse. How Humankind's Econommic "Underbelly" Works

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    One of the World's Biggest Fisheries Is on the Verge of Collapse

    (Remarkably Insightful Photographs)

    Seth Myers' "Closer Look": Trump Flip-FlopsOn Immmigration, Promises 4 More Years Of Obama

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    Is Donald Trump Flip-Flopping on Immigration? A Closer Look

    The New Trump: A Closer Look

    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    10 Music Videos Of Mexican Great, Juan Gabriel, Dead At 66

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    Juan Gabriel
    Juan Gabriel was a natural performer. His unique dance moves, dramatic performances onstage and iconic, colorful outfits are just a few things that made him stand out and earned him the nickname "El Divo de Juarez." 
    He was the ultimate showman and held on to that title until his last concert in Los Angeles on Aug. 26 at the Forum, where he sang his heart out for two hours straight, danced with his mariachi and even showed off some reggaeton moves during his performance of "No tengo dinero" with Colombian reggaeton duo Zona Prieta. Two days later, Juan Gabriel died unexpectedly at 66 years old from a heart attack, in the midst of his MeXXIco Es Todo Tour which had just kicked off in the U.S. 
    As we mourn Juan Gabriel's death and honor his legacy, Billboard remembers the Mexican superstar with 10 of his most memorable performances that prove he was quite the entertainer. 
    "Por qué me haces llorar" 

    "El noa noa" 

    "Hasta que te conocí" 

    "Gracias al sol" 

    "Me nace del corazón"

    "Amor eterno"

    "Así fue"


    "Yo no nací para amar"