Friday, October 30, 2015

Republicans are the biggest crybabies

So I guess things didn't go exactly as planned in the most recent GOP debate. From what I understand, one of the moderators asked the candidates some actual questions about things. And the GOP's reaction can be summed up in one word: WAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus has sent a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack saying that the RNC will be “suspending” all partnerships with NBC News including pulling out of the NBC News debate in February of 2016.

We're taking our bat and ball and going home!

 Also -  fuck you, you're not supposed to have "partnerships" with news organizations.
You know, back when this country was relatively sane, the League of Women Voters used to hold the debates and you showed up and answered their questions and that's all there was to it. You didn't have buffoons like Trump and Carson demanding to set the debate rules to their liking or they won't deign to show up.

His letter reads, in part:
“The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.

Um, if you don't want a repeat performance of your candidates embarrassing themselves on national tv, send better candidates. You keep sending dullards, dolts and dunces to represent you on the national stage, you're not going to come out looking all that great.

“CNBC billed the debate as one that would focus on “the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.”  That was not the case.

It wasn't? I couldn't bring myself to watch the trainwreck, so I Googled a transcript. Here are some of the questions that got asked.
And remember, Priebus is complaining about the following subjects not being asked about: job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.

HARWOOD: We're at 60 seconds, but I gotta ask you, you talked about your tax plan. You say that it would not increase the deficit because you cut taxes $10 trillion in the economy would take off like...
HARWOOD: Hold on, hold on. The economy would take off like a rocket ship.
TRUMP: Right. Dynamically.
HARWOOD: I talked to economic advisers who have served presidents of both parties. They said that you have as chance of cutting taxes that much without increasing the deficit as you would of flying away from that podium by flapping your arms.

QUICK: Dr. Carson, let's talk about taxes.
You have a flat tax plan of 10 percent flat taxes, and -- I've looked at it -- and this is something that is very appealing to a lot of voters, but I've had a really tough time trying to make the math work on this. . .  So what analysis got you to the point where you think this will work?

QUICK: Governor Christie, I'd like to (inaudible) a question next. Actually, I have a question for you (inaudible).
In your tell it like it is campaign, you've said a lot of tough things. You've said that we need to raise the retirement age for Social Security. You think that we need to cut benefits for people who make over $80,000 and eliminate them entirely for seniors who are making over $200,000.
Governor Huckabee, who is here on the stage, has said that you and others who think this way are trying to rob seniors of the benefits that they've earned. It raises the question: When it is acceptable to break a social compact?

Governor Bush, in a debate like this four years ago, every Republican running for president pledged to oppose a budget deal containing any tax increase even if it had spending cuts ten times as large.
A few months later, you told Congress, put me in, coach, you said you would take that deal. Still feel that way?

 QUINTANILLA: Mrs. Fiorina, in 2010, while running for Senate in Tech Ridge (ph), California, you called an Internet sales tax a bad idea. Traditional brick and mortar stores obviously disagree. Now that the Internet shopping playing field has matured, what would be a fair plan to even that playing field?

 Anyway, that's just a few, but those seem like fairly substantive questions to me.
Or as Reince puts it: Questions were inaccurate or downright offensive. 

 Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case. Candidates were promised that speaking time would be carefully monitored to ensure fairness. That was not the case.

Wahhhhhhh!!! You didn't ask us exactly the questions we wanted. And speaking time wasn't fair! Wahhhh!!!

So, what was so "inaccurate?" I know Ben Carson is complaining that he was asked to explain how his magical 10% Old Testament tax plan is supposed to work. So here's how that went:

If you were to took a 10 percent tax, with the numbers right now in total personal income, you're gonna come in with bring in $1.5 trillion. That is less than half of what we bring in right now. And by the way, it's gonna leave us in a $2 trillion hole.
So what analysis got you to the point where you think this will work?
CARSON: Well, first of all, I didn't say that the rate would be 10 percent. I used the tithing analogy.

No, you did say 10%. Everyone heard you say 10%. Just because someone is pointing out that 10% is a stupid idea doesn't mean you can just pretend you didn't really say it.

QUICK: I -- I understand that, but if you -- if you look at the numbers you probably have to get to 28.
CARSON: The rate -- the rate -- the rate is gonna be much closer to 15 percent.
QUICK: 15 percent still leaves you with a $1.1 trillion hole.

So, as the kids say, where's the lie, tho? Unless you crunch the numbers yourself, which you won't because you are not smart, and you come up with a different figure, which you won't because you are not smart, then you really have no basis to object to this line of questioning.

So basically what seems to be happening here is that these guys are so used to being "interviewed" by FOX "News" and various end-times radio shows that anything other than being spoon-fed softball questions w2hose answers go completely unchallenged seems like some harsh interrogation that they simply shouldn't have to tolerate. Or, in other words, WAHHHHHH!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Scary Halloween Post #2: Scary Music

From our friends over at Charisma News:

With Halloween just days away, children—and some parents, too—are eagerly anticipating donning costumes and asking for a 'treat' from neighbors as the price for not having a 'trick' played on them. Meanwhile, decorations designed to terrify—from skulls and witches to life-sized graveyards and giant insects—have turned homes across America into virtual haunted houses.
It's all just harmless fun. Or, is it? 

 Religion and culture expert Dr. Alex McFarland says that while many see Halloween as a chance to dress up and get goodies, there is real danger involved. 
Da-da-da DUMMMM!!!!

 "Halloween in America has become a celebration of darkness and of the supernatural as it relates to darkness,"

Well, it is the only time of year most people see these:'s_Special_Dark_Miniatures.jpg 

Darkness: Now available in Fun Size!

 This is compounded by the fact that people long for spiritual experiences, spiritual fulfillment and a place to 'fit in'—all of which are promised by witchcraft and other occult activities. 

 Having trouble fitting in? Feeling unfulfilled? Why not try devil worship? One brief meeting with the forces of eternal darkness and you'll say "Hail Satan! Mmm, that's good occultism!"

  While it used to be that witchcraft was widely viewed as evil, today there is growing mainstream acceptance of it. Much of our media and culture in recent years has centered on themes of witchcraft, vampirism, communication with the dead and paranormal phenomenon in general—for example, the 'Twilight' books and films; Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' performance at the Grammys, which had the feel of a satanic ritual; Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Holiday' performance; and more.

Wait, Katy Perry?
I mean, if Katy Perry was involved in occultic rituals, that would actually explain her mystifying level of success, but. . . Katy Perry? Really?

So I checked it out on the YouTube. (Ugh, the sacrifices I make for my readers!)

Click play at your own risk, but you'd probably be better off just letting me summarize.

Perry starts off the performance in a snow globe surrounded by the Knights Who Say Ni!
Then the snow globe lifts off of her, the mystic knights shed their spooky acoutrements  and they all dance like strippers. It really seems to have more in common with A Midsummer Night's Dream than Rosemary's Baby.

Then I looked up the Nicki Minaj performance which the helpful YouTube user had posted with the descriptive title:

Nicki Minaj Roman Holiday Demonic Demon Possessed Exclusive HD Performance

I mean, she does levitate, but so did Doug Henning. And she is in a set made to look like a church surrounded by monks, so. . . .Satan?

So, anyway, those songs maybe weren't all that scary. Here are a few that always made me feel a bit spooky:

I'm so afraid that he has a body in the trunk of his car. And he's begging the trooper not to stop him because he doesn't want to have to kill him too.
And that yelp/howl/whatever at the end. I could not listen to this with the lights off.

Love song? Murder song? I think it's both.

I don't know, the synth lines are spooky, Annie Lenox's voice is ghostly and the whole song just feels weirdly frightening.

I don't know what this song is even about, but there's such menace in it. Especially when he says "Hey little sister, what have you done?" Sends a chill down my spine.

What songs do you find frightening?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Presidential Candidates as Simpsons Characters

Hilary Rodham Clinton

Dr. Ben Carson

JEB! Bush

Bobby Jindal

Rand Paul

Chris Christie

 Mike Huckabee

Lindsey Graham

Marco Rubio

Ted Cruz

Carly "Fire 'em All" Fiorina

Donald Trump

Monday, October 26, 2015

The candidates speak

First up, Marco Rubio who's already sick of being in the Senate. (Think how sick the rest of us are of you being in the Senate, Marco.)

“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio said in an interview. “I’m frustrated.”

I know.It's frustrating when you don't get to just destroy everything you don't like and bring the country down around your ears in a smoking pile of rubble. But there are still a few grownups left who won't let you. And that is just so unfair!

“That’s why I’m missing votes. Because I am leaving the Senate. I am not running for reelection,” Rubio said in the last Republican debate

Right, because that's totally how it works. Once you've put in your two weeks' notice, you don't have to do any work anymore. Of course you still get to collect your paycheck, but you can show up when you feel like it until you're ready to leave. We the taxpayers are happy to keep paying your salary while you dick around doing whatever you want, pretending you have a chance to be President. Wait a minute. . . Sarah Palin? Is that you?

Then there was JEB! Bush.

JEB BUSH: If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done,

It is. On your side of the aisle it is.

. . . then I don't want to have any part of it. I don't want to be elected president 

Don't worry. 

. . . to just sit around and see gridlock become so dominant that people are literally in decline in their lives.

Oh, right. Gridlock. Would sure hate to see any of that.

That is not my motivation. I got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around and be miserable, listening to people demonize me and feeling compelled to demonize me. 

No you don't. You have zero cool things to do.

That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.

But of course nobody is going to out-crazy Ben Carson:

"As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone," Carson said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

Holy shit!

I mean, I thought it was bad when he said he used to throw rocks at cars.
And, you know, it would be one thing if he had said "i used to throw rocks at cars. I was an angry young kid, I had some real behavioral problems, but now of course I can see how wrong that was." Bu, no. He says "I used to throw rocks at cars. You know, like everyone does when they're a kid." Like it's perfectly acceptable to a) damage other people's property, and b) risk causing an accident that could potentially injure or even kill someone.

But this is way worse. Rocks, bricks, bats and hammers? If you're going after someone with a bat or a hammer, you're either in the mafia or you're a psychopath and either way, that's not very presidential.

That's when Carson mentioned his violent childhood growing up in Detroit, Michigan. He'd also detailed his youth in his book "Gifted Hands," writing about nearly stabbing a friend during an argument before beginning to read the Book of Proverbs and applying its lessons. 

Proverbs? Proverbs? What verses from the book of Proverbs convinced you to stop trying to murder people?

 What words of wisdom from King Solomon inspired you to not beat people with hammers or stab them during petty arguments? Because most of us kinda know that instinctually.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Scary Halloween Post

At first I thought about doing a "what did I miss while I was away?" kind of post. Then I saw how much crazy shit I missed and figured there's no way I have that kind of time.

So, instead, here is a Scaaaaaary Halloween post:

Saw a link to this on MPS:

3 More Sure Signs Witchcraft Is Attacking You

Jennifer LeClaire

Earlier this month, I went through a massive witchcraft attack. My mind was clouded. My eyes were burning. My body was worn out. People were attacking me with unfounded accusations. I had a low-grade headache that lasted for days.

Oh dear God!
Imagine being this lady. Imagine every time you get a fucking headache, you're convinced that you're under attack from fucking witches!

I've literally written a book on witchcraft and I did everything I knew to do. In the end, all I could do was stand.

I recently heard that the late prophet Bob Jones once said that weeping breaks witchcraft. That's something I intend to study,

Study? What study? Just weep! How hard is that? I mean, granted it takes a bit more effort than standing, but what have you got to lose at this point? Someone says to you "hey, weeping breaks witchcraft" and you're all like "I don't knowwww. . . Gonna have to do a little research on that before I try anything that radical. You know, set up a control group, double-blind study and all that.I really want the cold hard scientific facts about how to deal with witchcraft!"

As I said in last week's column—"5 Clear Signs Witchcraft Is Attacking You Right Now"—I believe witchcraft is one of the powers in the hierarchy of demons Paul listed in Ephesians 6:12

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Witchcraft attacks often start with imaginations. 

Yeah. No fucking kidding! Also vampire attacks and bigfoot attacks and dragon attacks. They all come from imaginationland. 

Witchcraft plants seeds of deception through imaginations. These voices tell you things like "What's the use?", "Nothing will ever change," "I can't do anything right," and "I don't feel like going to church. I want to be alone." 

So, you have low-grade chronic depression and you want to sleep in on Sunday? Eek! Scary witches!

With that said, here are three more signs you are under a witchcraft attack right now.

1. Angry and frustrated. When witchcraft attacks, you may feel angry and frustrated. You feel like people and things are standing in your way. You may get mad at yourself, mad at the devil or even mad at God. You're sick and tired of your circumstances, but what you don't realize is that the enemy is magnifying your circumstances with distorted mirrors and smoke that clouds reality. When this happens, just keep acknowledging the Lord. He will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:6).

Wait, so I'm not angry and frustrated because my co-workers are dolts, I can't lose these last 10 pounds and I'm a 49er fan?  It's because of witchcraft? Dang, I better start weeping!
Wait a minute. I weep whenever I watch a 49ers game or step on the scale, and yet, still with the witchcraft? Unfair!

 2. Sickness, aches and pains. I've told you before that when witchcraft attacks me, my eyes burn. Sometimes my chest gets tight and I get dizzy. One of my intercessors gets terrible back pain when witchcraft manifests in her life.

Sickness is not from God. We have authority over it, but many times we like to grumble and complain and confess how bad off we are, which only strengthens the enemy's grip on us. The devil brings what Jonah 2:8 calls "lying vanities" against you to make you think something is wrong so you'll confess it out of your mouth and open the door for it to settle.

So, nothing is wrong. But witches make you think something is wrong. So then you say something is wrong and that causes something to actually be wrong? Have I got that straight?

 3. Just plain worn out. If you've slept eight hours, had a tall cup of coffee and you still feel like you've been run over by a truck, witchcraft could be attacking you. This is one of the ways witchcraft comes after me. I've learned not to give in by laying down for a nap that turns into four or five hours of witchcraft-induced sleep. If you are eating well, sleeping well, exercising well and living well—and if you are generally healthy—you shouldn't feel like you're walking through quicksand. This could be a witchcraft attack.

Or a health problem. Maybe sleep apnea? Or iron deficiency? Or hypothyroid? Sure, you could go to a doctor and find out, but he's just going to tell you it's witchcraft and writ you a prescription for weeping and standing.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Computer trouble

I'm posting this from the Microsoft Store in Perimiter Mall. Hopefully will be back to regular posting in a day or two.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Another week away

We're having to go to Oregon for a funeral. Blogging should resume next week