John McCain is the most unusual political character of our time, President company excluded. He has been a conscientious conservative, a rank-and-file Republican, an across-the-aisle kind of bipartisan, and a zombie presidential candidate. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, withstanding five horrendous years in captivity. He is a genuine hero and an American legend. This week, after receiving the awful news that he has a fatal brain tumor, he boarded a plane and returned to Washington, D.C., to play assassin to the Republicans’ calamitous effort to unravel the Affordable Care Act. McCain again played the hero in preventing his beloved Senate from shooting itself in the head.
McCain is one of the few big-name politicians who keeps things interesting by keeping us on our toes. His willingness to buck party leadership earned him the nickname, “Maverick,” a sobriquet he embraced. His political story will be an interesting one to tell. Unquestionably, he is a hawk and a fiscal conservative. He also believes in tolerance and respect for the beliefs of others. Nevertheless, he caucuses with many politicians who do not.
I started following not just the far right, but fringe religious and scientific beliefs too, in the late 1960’s. At first it was an amusement to follow the likes of the National States Rights Party, or Scientology or General Semantics, or lunatic Evangelical religious groups. But around the time of the Reagan administration, I began to see that these perverted people just refused to give up their malign idiocy, and they were starting to attract funding from rich sociopaths that believed they could personally benefit from encouraging the public to detach its political views from rational thinking.
At that time I began believing that what was happening, if it remained unchecked, could result in such a right wing surge in the United States that we could find ourselves facing a fascist takeover that could sweep away everything we thought was unalterable about our country. Well, with a couple of exceptions, no one believed me. I even had an acquaintance who is a psychiatrist, who started out thinking I was a paranoid schizophrenic, who a few years later admitted that everything I had said had proven to be true.
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—With a fury that could spell political trouble for Republicans in the midterm elections, Trump voters across the country on Friday expressed their outrage and anger that they still have health coverage.
“I went to bed Thursday night and slept like a baby, assuming that when I woke up I would have zero health insurance,” Carol Foyler, a Trump voter, said. “Instead, this nightmare.”
Pulp magazine covers always had a scantily clad maiden in the clutches of some monster and of course the handsome hero about to rescue her. Trump must have read a lot of them as a kid but whether he fancied himself the monster or the redeemer, it’s hard to say.
This week’s note in Trumpian ‘Alternative Facts’ comes from the Einstein estate’s official Twitter account, calling out Ivanka Trump for quoting Albert Einstein as saying pretty much the opposite of what he really said.
Anthony Scaramucci presented family newspapers and other media outlet with a dilemma. How were they to report his creative profanity to their audiences? Print and broadcast news media do not traditionally present, except obliquely, expressions describing difficult sexual acts generally thought to be anatomically improbable. (Hey Media! See how I did that?)
M. Bouffant at Web of Evil provides Erick Erickson’s list of the President’s evangelical leaders team members who objected to Scaramucci’s language. The length of the list is surprising. Um… Aunt Tildy seems to have followed the link. Soooo…. we offer our obligatory warning. Children who click through are cautioned to cover their ears.
Why did Donald Trump lash out against transgendered soldiers on Twitter? After all, during the presidential campaign he made it clear that he didn’t care one way or another about transgendered issues. And Trump’s tweets came out of nowhere, as he never even bothered to talk to the military before he tweeted (despite lying in his tweet and claiming that he had talked to them).