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What, No Climate Change Plan in Those 12 Whole Minutes?

One Democratic Debate in and the Whining Has Begun

Photo by AP via USA Today

If you watch the Democratic debates expecting the candidates to lay out their entire platforms for you, you’re in for some disappointment. The most you can expect to take away are the bullet points and, as the first debate showed, a take on the candidates’ civility or lack thereof.

A January 2019 Pew Research poll listed 18 topics in order of importance to voters:

Climate Change activists are unhappy about the lack of time devoted to their concerns. As Media Matters reported:

The moderators asked a total of 170 questions over the course of the two nights, but just 10 were focused on climate change, or less than 6% — five questions each night. (…) Still, only half of the participating candidates, 10 of 20, were even given the opportunity to weigh in on climate, and no one got to go into any depth, address follow-up questions, or debate fellow candidates on the specifics of proposals.

Let’s do a little math, shall we? Twenty candidates participated in 4 hours of debate; that means each candidate had at the most, 12 minutes to make their various points. (As usual, some got more time at the expense of others)

If each candidate discussed all 18 topics of concern to voters, they would have a whopping .6 of a minute to cover each. To be fair, if 10 questions were asked on every topic, you would have needed a 5-hour debate at minimum.

Climate Change, like all other issues, is not something you can address with bullet points. Sorry, but you actually have to invest some time and do some research to find the candidates’ positions on the issues.

THAT’S WHY THEY HAVE CAMPAIGN WEBSITES.

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Mike Huckabee: Like Son Like Father

I guess we now understand how Mike Huckabee’s son became a dog torturer. In an interview on “Fox and Friends”, Huckabee laughed as he defended the Guy-Currently-Residing-in-the-White-House for questioning a 7-year-old girl’s belief in Santa Clause:

“What is wrong with people? It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit in a pot on the stove or something.”

Boy, this guy cracks himself up. Really, of all the analogies…
No wonder his kid grew up with psychopathic tendencies. By the way, Mike’s “joke” is a reference to a scene in the movie “Fatal Attraction“, a movie one would not envision a “Pastor” curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn to watch.

WTF goes on in this twisted family?

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This Ivanka/Jared Thing Gets More Ridiculous Every Day

Why do we keep sending Trump’s know-nothing spawn and significant(?) other to represent us on the world stage? From y net News:

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The US president’s daughter and her husband Jared Kushner head delegation of dignitaries from Washington to the US Embassy inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem; ‘With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem,’ Ivanka writes on Instagram ahead of visit.

Dignitaries? These two have no qualifications for this delegation other than being Jewish and related to the-guy-currently-residing-in-the-White House. If being Jewish is required to represent us in Israel (it’s not), send Adam Sandler and Bette Midler for God’s sake, at least they’re intelligent and entertaining.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of these little pukes flittering around the world pretending to be players in American Politics. This amateur-packed White House is an embarrassment. I hope people come to their senses by 2020.

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Star Parker: Hug a Psycho, Stop the Next School Shooting

they said whatWhen you don’t have anything intelligent to say, the best thing to do is JUST NOT TALK. Conservatives have yet to master that type of self-control, even after decades of making fools of themselves. Today’s case in point: Star Parker, who recently weighed in on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as reported by Right Wing Watch:

Conservative activist Star Parker blamed the survivors of the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school for helping to bring about the massacre by not making friends with the future gunman, saying in a television interview yesterday… …we can call for gun control if we want to as a nation, we can call for more federal laws if we want to as a nation, but usually when you’re faced with tragedy, you first check yourself. We have forgotten how to just look inwardly. We’ve become such a nation of victims that we’ve forgotten to say, ‘Wait a minute, what could I have done?’

When asked what the students could have possibly done to prevent 19-YEAR-OLD DOMESTIC TERRORIST Nikolas Cruz from committing mass murder, Parker replied, I kid you not:

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Well, perhaps say ‘hello,’ perhaps say ‘I’m sorry to hear your dad died… This is not the responsibility of Washington, D.C., or the NRA. This is the responsibility of people that are closest to someone to be able to look them in the eye as an individual. … this is a very small community, someone must have saw [sic] his sadness, someone must have known his dad died. …they expelled him probably because he was acting out, and he was acting out probably because he didn’t have any friends—you know, whoever sat next to him in class, they’d better not be the ones who are protesting out there today.

WOW. That’s a new one, putting the onus for a school shooting on the students; we have plumbed the depths of callousness. Here are a few highlights from Cruz’s teenage years, courtesy of the Miami Herald; I wonder if Parker would have wanted her child to bring this kid home for dinner:

  • Nikolas hit his Mother with a vacuum cleaner hose and threw her against a wall
  • Shot his neighbor’s chickens
  • threatened to kill another boy over a girl
  • “talked about killing Mexicans and gays and chaining up and killing black people”
  • “referred to white women in interracial relationships as traitors”.
  • wrote about his birth mother: “My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her.”

And nobody wanted to be this guy’s BFF? Stuck up little high school students; if only they’d said hello to him…

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You might also want to read about Republicans gutting coverage for mental health care, how Trump made it easier for the mentally unstable to get guns, how the late Phyllis Schlafly railed against routine and comprehensive” testing and mental health screening in schools, or how the 1996, Republican-majority Congress prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding research into firearm injuries and deaths in the ensuing decades.

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Seems Roy Moore Doesn’t Trust God After All

Remember when that shining example of Christian perversion, Republican candidate Roy Moore, claimed the day before the Alabama election:

It’s God’s will, whatever happens… whatever He does will be the right thing to do.

Yeah, well… not so much. Moore and his campaign have filed suit to challenge the results of the election claiming, what else, “potential election fraud”. 

Quite simply: When the “Christian” Right wins, it’s “God’s will”; when they lose, there must be some other, any other reason, than God’s hand. But if ANYONE can recognize a phony Christian…

Just sayin’…

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