. . . . of which the preeminent is to be mean for the sake of mean.

Indeed.

29 January 2017 · Comments Off on Stray Thought, Going Rogue Dept. · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate, The New Secesh

The uncomfortable truth–the one that no one dares to talk about–is that the United States of America has Trumpled its way to becoming a rogue nation.

The next stop is pariah.

Frankly, if things continue on the course of the past week, I’d not be surprised if civilized nations begin to impose sanctions on the Trumpled States of America within the next six months.

Distressed and depressed. Not surprised.

Stop the madness now.

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27 January 2017 · Comments Off on Tales of the Tarheel Potty Patrol · Categories: Culture Warriors

A reminder to Texas and other states whose Republicans have a pervy preoccupation with what goes on behind closed stalls:

Governor McCrory (now out of office) and NC legislative leaders give LGBT North Carolinians a swirly in the toilet as McCrory says,

Via Job’s Anger.

26 January 2017 · Comments Off on Forward into the Past! · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

Der Spiegel’s Holger Stark takes a long and complex look at the forces that fed Trumpery. Here’s a nugget.

The America of today has lost faith in its own superiority. It has become a regressive country that is turning its back on the world. If you leave Washington, D.C., behind and travel through the country, from Alabama to Alaska, you will find that the American Dream has been lost. The country is no longer proudly leading the way.

With his diabolical instinct for the country’s political mood, Trump captured this shift on campaign evenings like the one in Burlington, distilling it to a single maxim that warmed the hearts of many in the United States: “America First.”

The article is well worth the ten minutes you will spend reading it.

25 January 2017 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Geek Stuff

One more time: the internet is a public place. If you cuss someone out online, everyone’s going to hear you.

23 January 2017 · Comments Off on The Otherization of Americans · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Peter Sussman tells a story. Here’s an excerpt–follow the link for the rest:

After the election, my youngest grandson came home from school and asked my daughter whether, because they were both part Mexican, they would have to move to Mexico and “leave Daddy behind.”

I was heartbroken. Our 9-year-old grandson had learned that, in Trump’s America, our family could be broken down into component parts: one part this race, one part that, with frightening real-world implications.

Witness the Trumpling of America.

22 January 2017 · Comments Off on Know-Nothings Redux · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

Gina Barreca worries about the incoming administration’s embrace of ignorance as a worldview. A snippet:

Look, I’m not worried about whether people in the new administration will have a piece of paper issued by an Ivy League institution or not. I’m worried about the carefully groomed and artfully constructed celebration of ignorance I regard as part of Donald Trump’s administration. In my old Brooklyn neighborhood, there used to be a joke saying, “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” but now we should be asking “If you’re so rich, why aren’t you smart?”

Being articulate, capable of logical reasoning and able to use language constructively is not an affectation. Using your language clearly and effectively is not showing off. Life is not a game of “Scrabble” where you’re awarded points for big words, but language is how we communicate.

12 January 2017 · Comments Off on On the Record · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors, The New Secesh

Jeff Sessions in full Confederate uniform enters hearing room as bystand says,

Image via Job’s Anger.

Badtux points out that it’s a cultural thing.

06 January 2017 · Comments Off on They Are Who We Thought They Are · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

And this surprise you how?

26 December 2016 · Comments Off on The “Still Face” of Society Is Still There · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

Back in the olden days, when I was young ‘un studying history and sociology at my alma mater, the condition described in this article would have been called anomie.

24 December 2016 · Comments Off on Snowed · Categories: Culture Warriors

I have always preferred the movie Holiday Inn to White Christmas.

Maybe it’s just because Holiday Inn, for all that it is a piece of fluff, was a far better movie. Or maybe there’s a deeper psychological reason.

24 December 2016 · Comments Off on Feeling “Aggrieved” Does Not Earn a Star for Self-Esteem · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Helen Ubinas has had enough of the Magical Empathy Tour. She notes that, even if one feels “aggrieved,” that does not give one an excuse for evil. A snippet:

I am done with the empathy tour.

Done sitting with Trump supporters as they parrot the lies his victory was built on.

Done standing among the crowds for Trump’s “thank you” tour as they insist theirs is not a campaign of xenophobia and divisiveness, while rabidly chanting, “Build the wall!”

Done fielding the hateful, racist, and misogynistic phone calls and emails and comments, which they argue are absolutely not hateful or racist or misogynistic.

More at the link.

23 December 2016 · Comments Off on Merchants of Hate · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

This is your brain on the Breitbart diet.

But wait! There’s more!

Christmas story via Juanita Jean.