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Quote of the Day: Comey Vindicated, Cites “Justice and Righteousness”

2017-12-07

This appeared in an article in the New Yorker about the effect Michael Flynn’s guilty plea has had on Don the Con’s lawyers:

Comey, whose testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee mapped out the President’s potential obstruction of justice, certainly seems to feel vindicated by Flynn’s guilty plea and by what it might mean for Trump. Shortly after the news broke,  Comey, referring to the Biblical Book of Amos, tweeted, “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

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Quote of the Day: Billy Bush Thinks Don the Con Is an Inveterate Liar

2017-12-05

This quote came from an article in which Billy Bush emphasized the fact that Don the Con really said those things about sexually battering women and getting away with it, in the New York Times on December 3, 2017:

“The man who once told me — ironically, in another off-camera conversation — after I called him out for inflating his ratings: ‘People will just believe you. You just tell them and they believe you,’ was, I thought, not a good choice to lead our country.”

Don the Con has been, for many years, a consistent liar whenever it suits his fancy or his interests.  It is shocking– shocking, I tell you– that 1/3 of the American public actually believes his lies.  More important, Republicans are poised to fulfill their rich donors’ demands for tax advantages that would destroy what’s left of the middle class– so they don’t care what lies Don tells as long as he signs their tax bill. 

Quote of the Day II: Chuck Grassley Thinks Estate Tax Punishes Good People Who Invest Wisely

2017-12-03

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa defended the repeal of the estate tax in the new “tax reform” bills, saying that “many” farmers would have to sell their farms to pay the tax; actual figures show that less than 100 Iowan farmers a year could potentially owe an estate tax when they expire, and most would have additional assets on hand to avoid selling any land.  Even Grassley himself, who has farming interests, would probably not have enough to qualify.  But having an estate tax, to him, apparently helps people who waste their money instead of investing it– not people who never had any money to begin with.

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley said, “as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

Do you see a pattern here?  It is known, in philosophy, as Calvinism, the belief that those who are wealthy deserve their money because they are better people, and those who are poor are morally and mentally undeserving.  Somehow the reality of poor children and infants is contrary to Calvinism and makes it a poor philosophy.

 

Quote of the Day: Orrin Hatch Thinks Children Who Won’t “Help Themselves” Don’t Deserve Health Insurance

2017-12-03

These remarks by Senator Orrin Hatch were reported in the Guardian yesterday:

“I happen to think Chip has done a terrific job for people who really needed the help. I’ve taken the position here for my whole Senate service: I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves but would if they could.

“I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything.

“Unfortunately the liberal philosophy has created millions of people that way, who believe everything they ever are or hope to be depends upon the federal government rather than the opportunities that this great country grants them. And I’ve got to say, I think it’s pretty hard to argue against these comments.”

Kids who aren’t from rich families should drop out of school and take up shining shoes to help Orrin pay for their health costs… and food/clothing…

Psychiatrists Say Don the Con is Mentally Unstable and a Danger to Others

2017-11-30

The following was published in the New York Times on November 30, 2017, after being sent in the form of a letter to the editor:

To the Editor:

I am the editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” We represent a much larger number of concerned mental health professionals who have come forward to warn against the president’s psychological instability and the dangers it poses. We now number in the thousands.

We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability — in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.

Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation. We have been unable to do so because of Mr. Trump’s status as president. But the power of the presidency and the type of arsenal he has access to should raise greater alarm, not less.

We urge the public and the lawmakers of this country to push for an urgent evaluation of the president, for which we are in the process of developing a separate but independent expert panel, capable of meeting and carrying out all medical standards of care.

BANDY X. LEE, NEW HAVEN

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p class=”story-body-text story-content”>The writer is a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine.

First Known Extrastellar Asteroid: Oumuamua

2017-11-25

In October, a strangely shaped asteroid shot through our solar system and is now leaving at roughly 95,000 km/hr, soon to leave us far behind.  Calculations say it is roughly thirty meters in diameter and 140-400 m long; it is rotating around its long axis, producing a 10-1 difference in apparent brightness over a 7.4 hr rotational period.  It appears to be made of rock or iron and have the overall density of water, suggesting that it is nearly solid.  Its color is a dark red, attesting to a prolonged bombardment by interstellar cosmic rays.  It is guessed that the object has been underway from another solar system for the last 40 million years, giving it plenty of time to acquire its reddish sheen from surface alteration by cosmic rays.

The speed of this object is such that no human-built craft could catch up with it, even if it were launched in a timely fashion.  Our Voyager spacecraft are currently leaving the solar system at roughly 35,000 km/hr, a third of this object’s speed.

This object (asteroid) is unusual in several ways.  First, it entered the solar system from high above the plane of the planets, passed close to the sun and earth, and exited at a very different angle due to the sling-shot effect of passing by the sun.  Second, it is quite elongated, shaped somewhat like a cigar.  Third, it is quite dense and appears not to be outgassing at all– unlike a comet, which releases quantities of gas as it passes the sun and leaves a coma, or shroud and tail of gas behind.  The object is classed as an asteroid, a solid that doesn’t have significant amounts of water or gas.

Speculation as to the origin and nature of this object is intense, but the most likely fact is that it arose in a solar system far away and was naturally created during the formation of that system.  It was probably kicked out of its home system by gravitational interactions with planets and other objects that threw it out of a normal, elliptical orbit into an interstellar journey.  The reason for its odd shape is completely open to discussion.

The object has been given the name Oumuamua, which is Hawaiian for “messenger from afar arriving first.”

Videos of the object can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6PpbO7vIjU and an article in New Scientist is at https://www.newscientist.com/article/2152851-tracking-the-first-interstellar-asteroid-back-to-its-home-star/

Comment of the Day: 86 and Tired of Trump

2017-11-22

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Thousand Oaks 1 day ago

At 86 years old, I’m now required to sit and watch this administration basically dismantle my country. The protections for which so many have given so much….the nattional conscience which I believed came as a Constitutional right….the pride which was instilled in me by my parents and a government of honor.. from my childhood through the Second World War. All being disolved before my very eyes. What a waste. I can’t look at or listen to any of them anymore…..they make me sick to my stomach. The Trump Tribe on down.