People Unclear

This is number 80 of a series

I should do more of these. There are a bunch of people who seem unable to grasp the clear picture. One such might be first daughter-in-law Lara Trump:

Lara Trump accuses critics of “Send her back” of pushing a “biased, racially-charged narrative”

Lara Trump claims that Anderson Cooper is pushing a “biased, racially-charged narrative” for his recent criticisms

MATTHEW ROZSA JULY 21, 2019 2:00PM (UTC)

Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump’s son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a “biased, racially-charged narrative” after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the “send her back” scandal.

“Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews,” Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly “lying” about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant “send her back” about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Call me a bleeding heart liberal if you want, but I think it is refreshing to finally have a president who cares so much about women.

His respect for women is shown to be boundless.

Self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very wrong. Little did I realize that all the while Donald Trump has been playing an enormous  practical joke on all of us:

A final note to Lara Trump. Next time around you should be more selective about the kind of family you decide to hook up with and spend less time flailing away at people who call out your father-in-law for what he is.

The National Divide

Number 14 of a possibly infinite series

Are there any who still doubt we have two Americas? The ones who stood before the President of the United States in Greenville, North Carolina, on Thursday shouting, “Send her back!” belong to a part of this nation that does not intersect with mine.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chants of “send her back” by supporters of President Donald Trump, attacking Somali-born U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, triggered a wave of concern among congressional Republicans on Thursday, while Omar said Trump was “spewing fascist ideology.”

Finally. Finally! Five years after “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Republicans are starting to burn. Years too late and fathoms too shallow. The Republican Party snagged its future on a low-level criminal and blinding white psychopath, and they hung on five years too long. Redemption is light years past their grasp, and they are beginning to reap what they sowed. My advice to conservative friends who bought into this: I will thank you to stay on your side of the line and get used to the stench. This stuff will never wash off.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 173, unfortunately

I’m continuing to post headlines from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 3:

A librarian banned me from the library, so I shot her dead. (CA, 12/11/18)

Sacramento librarian fatally shot by man banned from library, police say

As 56-year-old Ronald Seay sits inside a Sacramento jail charged in the shooting death of a librarian, he’s also facing charges for crimes at libraries in the Midwest.

Abusing Science

Number 32 of a series

The propaganda campaign against naturalistic explanations continues relentlessly from the Discovery Institute. David Klinghoffer has been getting a lot of air time on their Evolution News Web site. Here is something recent:

On the Origin of Life, Science Uprising Helps Break a Poisonous Spell

If you follow the news, you’ve seen countless headlines like this: “Amazing Discovery May Hold Key to Origins of Life,” “Found: The Origin of Life,” “Scientists May Have Found the Chemical Compound That Started Life,” and on and on. Michael Egnor wrote about just such a story here yesterday.

The origin of life is the deepest mystery imaginable and it sounds like scientists have it all figured out. Or just about. The new episode of Science Uprising, “Origin of Life: Intelligence Required,” firebombs that persistent and influential myth, advanced by scientists themselves and their media helpers. It does so in just seven devastating minutes.

“We See the Human Soul”

It’s crucial to materialism to believe that blind, natural processes alone could have blundered about and generated life from dumb chemical predecessors. Whether it happened on our planet or another, all the wonders of the first living cell must have come into existence with no need for intelligent design. Any hint to the contrary threatens to topple a whole of way of thinking about human beings and about all life, that denies any reality beyond the material. “We are not materialists,” says the masked narrator of Episode 5, “We see the human soul”:

There follows a video.
Getting past Klinghoffer’s prologue, we get around to discussing the human soul. Some discussion is in order.

Science is a human endeavor to obtain knowledge by studying things. Science is generally considered to concern itself with material things, but that is a shortsighted assumption. There are non-material things that need studying, and the scientific approach applies to them. Things that are not material would include politics and economics. Things that are not material and not subject to scientific study would include the concepts of beauty, love, mathematics, and grammar. Although the human concepts of beauty and love can be studied through the science of psychology, it is the manifestation that is studied, not the thing. Mathematics and grammar are not subject to scientific study, first because mathematics is a human creation, today defined by a handful of axioms and possessing no additional  information content, and grammar is a human creation that is subject to the whims of people, floating with passing time, and not something ripe for scientific study.

The soul is a human contrivance and is not a physical thing. To argue that the souls exists as an entity that can be studied scientifically is fruitless, since the soul means whatever an individual decides it is. There is nothing to study.

But getting to Klinghoffer’s pitch: any evidence that life did not come about by natural processes would be devastating to our way of thinking about the natural world. The problem is, Discovery Institute propaganda advocating supernatural origins is just that. Words and no evidence.
When the Intelligent Design people decide to cut loose from these specious arguments, we can begin to take them seriously. Not before.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 2 of the series

From the desk of the President of the United States:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……

….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

I have a word for those who voted for Donald Trump. I spoke to you prior to the election, and I have spoken to you since. Prior to the election you told me why you supported Donald Trump, and since the election you have told my why you still support him. From that I can only assume you either approve of the things he is doing and saying, or else you do not approve, but you are willing to excuse his words and actions as a price you are willing to pay to obtain one or more of the things he has promised.

If you approve what Donald Trump is doing and saying, then this is something that reflects on the kind of person you are. It you are willing to excuse his actions, then it is an indication of your threshold for selling out your reputation. Neither is anything you should want attached to your name in future accounts of this era.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a series

From a page or Rodney Dangerfield one-liners

“People say fish is good for a diet. But fish should never be cooked in butter. Fish should be cooked in its natural oils – Texaco, Mobil, Exxon…”

“Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.”

“Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.”

“I bought a new Japanese car. I turned on the radio… I don’t understand a word they’re saying.”

“I bought a perfect second car… a tow truck.”

“I have three kids, one of each.”

“I have nothing but troubles with my car. Every Sunday I take my family out for a push.”

“Boy what a hotel that was. Why, they stole my towel!”

“I was so depressed that I decided to jump from the tenth floor. They sent up a priest. He said, ‘On your mark… ‘”

“What a dog I got, he found out we look alike, so he killed himself.”

“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.”

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. I bought a waterbed and found a guy at the bottom of it.”

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. In the local restaurant, I sat down and had broken leg of lamb.”

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. Why, every time I shut the window, I hurt somebody’s fingers.”

“I was so ugly my mother used to feed me with a sling shot.”

“I had plenty of pimples as a kid. One day I fell asleep in the library. When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face.”

“In the school I went to, they asked a kid to prove the law of gravity and he threw the teacher out of the window.”

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. On my street, the kids take hubcaps… from moving cars.”

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. Once, a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn’t a professional; the knife had butter on it.”

This is your president speaking.

Number 218 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

…The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady. When I ultimately leave office in six…

…years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding), they will quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public. That’s why they will all be Endorsing me at some point, one way or the other. Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman…

…or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius! Sorry to say that even Social Media would be driven out of business along with, and finally, the Fake News Media!

I don’t want to make a big deal of this, but let it sink in for a moment. Those are the writings of the President of the United States. Do I need to say anything more?

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 172, unfortunately

As mentioned previously, I am posting headlines from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 2:

I bring a gun everywhere for safety. When I dropped my purse at Walmart, though, my Derringer went off and shot me in the foot. (MO, 12/4/18)

Woman accidentally shoots herself in the foot in Walmart in Mount Vernon, Mo.

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — In Mount Vernon an accident at a Walmart sent a woman to the hospital. However police tell us, it could have ended in death.

On December 4, police responded to a shooting inside of the Walmart.
The victim shot herself in the foot after dropping her purse, which had her loaded 38 caliber Derringer gun inside of it.

People continually remind me on Facebook that it’s better to pack heat:

Linda Spencer John Blanton “ an armed society is a polite society!”

Abusing Science

Number 31 of a series

 

Science receives no more diligent assault than from creationists. The modern creationism has been labeled Intelligent Design, solidly underwritten by the Discovery Institute. The DI Center for Science and Culture propagandizes relentlessly for a supernatural explanation for the universe and the existence of life on this planet. Their Web site, Evolution News, posts a steady stream of argument against natural causes. Here is a recent sample:

“We Hold These Truths”: On Design of the Cosmos, Science Uprising Updates Thomas Jefferson

David Klinghoffer does not seem to have any academic credentials related to science, but Wikipedia notes this:

David Klinghoffer is an Orthodox Jewish author and essayist, and a proponent of intelligent design. He attended Brown University in the eighties. He is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, the organization that is the driving force behind the intelligent design movement. He was a frequent contributor to National Review, and a former columnist for the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward, to which he still contributes occasional essays.

He has this to say in the referenced posting:

On Independence Day, Evolution News traditionally republishes a wonderful post by Stephen Meyer. Dr. Meyer, the author of Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, explains how the philosophy of human rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence is grounded in recognizing intelligent design. Regarding the “sources of our rights as citizens”:

Here is a portion of the Stephen C. Meyer quote:

There is one source that is more basic than any other, yet that receives less than the attention it deserves. I refer to the idea that there is an intelligent creator who can be known by reason from nature, a key tenet underlying the Declaration of Independence — as well as, curiously, the modern theory of intelligent design.

The birth of our republic was announced in the Declaration through the pen of Thomas Jefferson. He and the other Founders based their vision on a belief in an intrinsic human dignity, bestowed by virtue of our having been made according to the design and in the image of a purposeful creator.

As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” If we had received our rights only from the government, then the government could justifiably take them away.

And that is so very odd. The idea is, perhaps, to argue science for Intelligent Design, but what Klinghoffer, through Meyer, falls back on is a political statement by the author of the Declaration of Independence. Actually, science is not supposed to work that way. Science works by examining the thing you want to study, in this case the origin of the universe and life on this planet, and base conclusions on what is learned. I may be an amateur scientist, but the statements of a historical figure have no bearing on this field of scientific study.

Klinghoffer continues:

Truths like the ones Jefferson articulated are truths forever, but we need to update the idiom to suit the times. Dr. Meyer’s work, including his upcoming book, The Return of the God Hypothesis, powerfully details the current scientific evidence that supports what Jefferson called the “conviction of design” in biology and cosmology. A serious volume like that is written to nail down the science conclusively. But a related purpose is served, using a different, punchier idiom, by the new Science Uprising series, and in particular Episode 4. At just 8 minutes in length, it’s concise and provocative:

There follows a link to this video.

Abuse of science does not require misstatement of scientific principles. In many cases it boils down to a drumbeat of propagandizing.

I don’t make this stuff up.

We will see where this takes us.

And I don’t have to. There are people employed by the United States government who do this for me. One is Kellyanne Conway, who serves as counselor to President Donald Trump. Her response to a reporter’s question might get you to doubting your senses:

Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway got upset with reporters for asking about President Donald Trump‘s failure to meet a two-week deadline for announcing major health care news, a deadline that Trump himself imposed.

On June 14, during a Rose Garden rolling out new regulations on Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Trump boasted that “we’re now working with Congress to pass legislation that ends surprise medical billing,” and then promised “we’re going to have another big announcement in two weeks, unrelated but something that’s going to have a profound effect on the things that we’re talking about and have been talking about over the last two and a half years.”

“It’s going to be something really incredible,” Trump said, and repeated “That’ll take place over the next two weeks. That’ll be a very big announcement. Nobody knows what it is. It’s going to be a big surprise, but it’s going to be a very pleasant one.”

According to the item above, posted on Mediaite, NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked about the president’s promised announcement. Right away we can tell that Mr. Alexander is new to this game, because everybody knows it is impolite—useless besides—to inquire about a promise by President Trump broken.

Here’s where it gets funny. Ms. Conway could have responded, telling Mr. Alexander the president had changed his mind, and that no such announcement would be forthcoming. Or she could have said she didn’t know anything about such a foolish statement by the President and then promise to get an answer for the reporter. Or she could have told the reporter to screw off and quit pestering her.

But that’s not what happened. None of that. She went off on this wild segue, something on the order of, “Look, is that a flying saucer over there.” Her exact words are worth repeating. Again, as reported by Tommy Christopher:

“Do you know what the HRA’s are? Do you know what transparency is? Surprise medical billing?” Conway asked, referencing the two things that Trump was literally announcing 1 days ago, the announcement about which Alexander was asking.

“Is that the major announcement?” Alexander asked.

“No, I’m just asking if you’re even up on these because I don’t think you covered them at all,” Conway said, and added “Those are major announcements to the public. We’re doing building blocks in healthcare, and the president, actually, I’m one of the ones who works on his plan here, we have a great team, really smart people working on his plan. We’ll be with the president today going over pieces of it.”

“Is he making that announcement today then?” Alexander asked, to quiet laughter from Conway.

“Making what announcement?” Conway asked of an invisible Bud Abbott, probably.

“The announcement, the president said there was a big announcement in two weeks on healthcare, and it’s been more than two weeks,” Alexander repeated.

“If he wants to, sure he can, absolutely,” Conway said, then added “And you for 2 years that there was Russian collusion, and there wasn’t. So where is that?”

“I did?” Alexander said, as Conway lit into the deadline that Trump himself gave himself.

“I think he can have more than two weeks to come up with better health care in a country that, where the healthcare doesn’t even exist for 28 million Americans who were lied to,” Conway said, then launched into several false or misleading claims about the Democrats’ health care proposals.

The Mediaite piece also noted she challenged the reporter for not reporting stories [some of them juicy] about Trump political rival Joe Biden. Observance was made this sort of challenge comes close to electioneering by an unelected government employee.

The video is from C-SPAN. Watch it.

The Government You Paid For

Number 60 of a Series

Did I ever mention I do not like soccer? I will not watch soccer. I find it to be boooring.

That said, I salute our women’s team in their well-deserved victory. They are an example for all women, for all Americans. And they deserve to be feted by the president at the White House. I would have seen them feted by Franklin Roosevelt, by Harry Truman, by Dwight Eisenhower, by John Kennedy, by Lyndon Johnson, by Richard Nixon, by Gerald Ford, by Ronald Reagan, by George H. W. Bush, by Bill Clinton, by George W. Bush, by Barack Obama.

But not by Donald Trump. Never would I want to see this happen.

Quiz Question

Number 212 of a series

The circles represent four pennies arranged in a square. All right, they don’t look like pennies, but use your imagination. Also use your imagination to move two pennies to form another square smaller than the original.

Post your solution in the comments section below.

Update and Solution

Everybody who had a go at this one got it. Here’s the picture.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a series

From a page of Johnny Carson one-liners

Last night, it was so cold, the flashers in New York were only describing themselves.

You get the feeling that Dan Quayle’s golf bag doesn’t have a full set of irons?

Some sad news from Australia… the inventor of the boomerang grenade died today.

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.

There is a power struggle going on between President Reagan’s advisers. Moe and Curly are out. Larry is still in.

Nancy Reagan fell down and broke her hair.

That would have been a great ticket, Reagan and Ford. An actor and a stuntman.

Did you know Richard Nixon is the only president whose formal portrait was painted by a police sketch artist?

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.

The Hollywood tradition I like best is called “sucking up to the stars.”

“Ronald Reagan just signed the new tax law. But I think he was in Hollywood too long. He signed it, ‘Best wishes, Ronald Reagan.'”

The difference between divorce and legal separation is that a legal separation gives a husband time to hide his money.

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.

If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam

It was so hot today I saw a robin dipping his worm in Nestea.

It was so hot today that Burger King was singing, “if you want it your way, cook it yourself.”

source: http://www.jokes4us.com/peoplejokes/comedianjokes/johnnycarsonjokes.html

The National Divide

Number 13 of a possibly infinite series

As mentioned, I signed up for these newsletters, and I get several each week. Here is a recent one:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Jul 3 at 4:08 PMJohn,

It’s almost the 4th of July – the best day in America!

Independence Day signifies a day of celebration for our Nation’s great history and freedom. It is a time to commemorate our Founding Fathers, and to acknowledge how far our country has come.

We know that the BEST way to show true American Patriotism is to wear your red, white and blue MAGA gear. So, in honor of the 4th of July, President Trump wants to give an exclusive offer to his top supporters.

I think I just got the message. If you want so show you are a true patriot you need to wear the campaign slogan for a man who lied to avoid military service and, upon becoming president, connived with a foreign government to undermine American interests. To be patriots we need to show allegiance to a president who fires justice department officials who insist on investigating his crimes.

There is more, of course, but one thing is demonstrated. There is a hard line that separates the American public. On one side are those who avow their approval of President Trump, with the rest of us on the other side. Mark the line and keep it in full view. We must never forget those who chose to sell out their country for some empty promises.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 171, unfortunately

The summer season is upon me, and I have a bunch of stuff on my plate. What I’m going to do is schedule a slew of posts on this theme and use my time later on for other matters. To this end I’m picking up something called “A Few of the Reasons People Fired their Guns in December, 2018.” I will go one at a time until the list runs out. Here’s the first:

My stepdad wouldn’t give me the wi-fi password, so I shot him. (PA, 12/4/18)

Here’s the story;

Man Shot Stepfather After Argument over Wi-Fi Password: Police

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Monroe County is accused of shooting his stepfather after an argument over a Wi-Fi password.

Investigators say Brendon Ruprecht, 20, of Saylorsburg, shot his stepfather in the shoulder around 7 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Hamilton Township.

The victim was taken to the hospital.

Here is what somebody replied to me on Facebook:

Linda Spencer John Blanton “ an armed society is a polite society!”

Enough said.