Wondering why a few conservative friends see our former President as “an arrogant buffoon”.
Long, long ago, when my father was deeply into Christian spirituality, serving for years as a Methodist minister, he asked his bishop if it would be okay to smoke while he prayed.
The Bishop was firm. Of course not. Prayer should be thought of as a deeply religious expression of faith, a conversation with God. Smoking would be out of place.
My father was considered a bit of a gadfly in the early 1950s. As pastor to a rural conservative church, he preached a sermon against McCarthyism. The Bishop resisted the tsunami of outraged demands that this troublesome preacher be rid of.
A couple of years later, after the outcry diminished, my dad was quietly transferred to a small town. It was there that he objected to a cherished annual event, a minstrel show in blackface.
The outcry became deafening when he preached about it in a sermon entitled:
Know the truth, and the truth shall make you sick.
I think the title was taken from something written by noted liberal crusader Norman Cousins, which wouldn’t have gone over well.
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- Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post renews vows of love for Free Speech TV at http://www.freespeech.org/.
- Infidel753 brings us a NASA produced video with the story of Cassini and the mission finale, crashing into Saturn. Spectacular imagery.
- Our favorite Earth-Bound Misfit translates the convoluted tale told by the Secretary of the Treasury about the trip he made with his wife to the heart of the solar eclipse in order not to watch it. Although they saw it kind of by accident, out of politeness to the local rubes.
- Good News. John McCain criticizes fellow Republicans for denying basic climate science. Green Eagle points out the bad news. John McCain has no idea of their motives. Really? It’s not obvious?
- @bjork55 at Bjork Report reports on the continuous emotional binge in which our President engages about Comey and the hunting witches.
- nojo, at Stinque, has figured out why Facebook is withholding information on illegal Russian political advertising for the Trump campaign: They can.
- At The Onion, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is dealing with exhaustion from the overwhelming job of keeping our President close to a sense of sane maturity.
- The White House wants ESPN to fire Jemele Hill for calling out our President as a white supremacist. North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz is skeptical. As he says with a bit of sarcasm, nothing says “we’re not white supremacists,” like a bunch of white people publicly bullying a woman of color. If racism is nothing more than a rhetorical bludgeon, then insulting our president is bad. If it is a fact-based charge that can be demonstrated or falsified, we should look to evidence. Pastor Pavlovitz considers publicly available evidence.
- Andy Borowitz presents a compelling but unusual case proving Donald Trump is not a white supremacist.
- Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger puts into quick graphic form just who will benefit from President Trump’s proposed tax cut. Turns out that 2/3 of the benefit will flow as a windfall to … Holy Cow!
- Yellow Dog at Blue in the Bluegrass presents a very quick, pithy, compelling case against Republican economic policy.
- Iron Knee at Political Irony seems to feel that the most rabidly anti-immigrant conservatives have trouble with personal responsibility.
- M. Bouffant at Web of Evil looks into competing theories on why Steve Bannon appears on camera in nationally broadcast interviews wearing multiple shirts at the same time. I kind of like the conspiracy one: television technicians tried to change the colors of Bannon, and (I suppose) all his shirts, so they would clash.
- Vixen Strangely, at Strangely Blogged, watched the 60 Minutes interview with Steve Bannon and was impressed enough with his appearance to seemingly suggest he audition for a remake of a television series from the 1990’s.
- I love the rants of Max’s Dad. This time he goes all Popeil, slicing and dicing white supremacists, beginning with Steve Bannon.
- The Moderate Voice relays the news: London seems to have been targeted by a failed terrorist device which subjected 22 people to mostly minor injuries. Other countries expressed support and solidarity. My President offered a rhetorical attack on England. Well, of course.
- Mexico has offered help and prayers to Texas before retreating to their own national damage. But as Irma follows up, with more potential trouble forming in the Atlantic, Neil Bamforth at MadMikesAmerica reports that Northern England is sending boatloads of sarcastic understatement. Nice. Could that be a reaction by citizens against our wayward president?
- John Scalzi at Whatever adopts the role of internet dad in a hilarious exchange with his temp-adopted writer sons. Okay, “hilarious” is editorial opinion, not solid fact.
- The Journal of Improbable Research discovers a study on the effect of explosion-puffed coffee on fruit flies.
- This week’s note in Trumpian ‘Alternative Facts’ comes from the Atlantic Magazine, with a detailed examination of President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity. Seems the premise of the panel is firmly contradicted by the evidence presented. Turns out it really is all about voter suppression.
I’ve been stumblin’ on good hearts turned to stone
The road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone.
In worship, we were asked: Who is “Our Own”?
Barry Goldwater was widely considered to be sort of a hybrid between a loose cannon and an out-and-out nut when he ran for President in 1964. He lost in a remarkable landslide.
Today he is remembered with some affection as a conservative who, in many respects, went beyond dogma to morality.
His conservatism was not so much cultural, or racial, as it was libertarian.
He was solidly for abortion rights. Gay rights as well.
In 1993, he wrote to the New York Times advocating for gay people in the military:
You don’t need to be ‘straight’ to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.
He had no kind words for Jerry Falwell types.
I said all good Christians should kick him in the ass.
– Barry Goldwater, July, 1981
Well, he was direct.
Yeah, quite the lovable old fellow.
But I still remember 1964. Especially the Civil Rights Vote. As Senator, Barry Goldwater opposed it. He had nothing against black people. He just thought it was wrong to tell employers whom they could hire, and to tell hotels and restaurants and bus lines whom they must serve.
1964 was part of the season of violence against black people who wanted to vote and to be treated equally. Southern conservatives consigned still-warm corpses into secret shallow holes, decorated trees with cindered bodies, blew up churches, murdered little girls, beat peaceful protestors marching across bridges.
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