Politics and its Discontents: Even Fox Has Its Limits

I knew this accusation would be made, but even Fox wanted no part of it. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: "They’re Coming": A Paranoid NRA Interpretation of The Orlando Massacre

A little something to disturb your Father’s Day celebrations: In the wake of the massacre at Pulse night club in Orlando, National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre argued on Sunday that American families should arm themselves because terrorists were “on the verge of overwhelming us.” LaPierre told CBS host John Dickerson that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is Donald trump An Idiot Savant?

If he is, I have yet to discover the one area he is good at, other than mendacious self-promotion. Witness his egregious and profound ignorance of everything beyond the very narrow domain of Trumpworld in the following: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Groceries As Luxuries?

Apparently they are in Fox world. In an open letter to Yelp CEO last week, a 25-year-old woman who identified herself as Talia Jane explained that she had not “bought groceries since I started this job” at Yelp’s Eat24 food delivery network. After 29-year-old Stefanie Williams posted a rebuttal claiming Jane “believes she deserves these ...

Politics and its Discontents: What’s Their Excuse This Time?

Some years ago, Rick Mercer had a special called Talking To Americans, its purpose being to satirize the profound ignorance many of our U.S. cousins have regarding Canada. Here is a brief clip: Given their chronic conviction that the United States is the centre of the universe, Americans could perhaps be excused for not knowing ...

Politics and its Discontents: Right-Wing Umbrage

The right wing seems to have its knickers perpetually in a twist. It’s amazing any of them ever make it to adulthood, what with all that adrenaline-fueled outrage. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Tag Team Politics

“An absolute ass(et)” is how Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord describes Sarah Palin contribution to Trump’s campaign. Not everyone agrees: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: God Sure Is A ‘Wascally Wabbit’ *

Or that is the conclusion one might draw if one accepts the logic of young Earth creationism evangelist Kent Hovind as he explains why the deity placed apparent contradictions in The Bible. * Readers of a certain vintage will recognize my indebtedness to Elmer Fudd for part of this post’s title. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: On Divine Wrath

Two posts by the Mound of Sound during my absence amply demonstrated the ongoing derangement of the religious right. One suggested that God was not happy with the good folks of San Bernadinao and hence declined to intervene to save those massacred there last week. The other was a suggestion by Jerry Falwell Jr. on ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Perspective

…along with xenophobia, bigotry and demagoguery, the folks at Fox News would seem to be quite ignorant about their country’s own history. Here is a timely festive reminder of that history for those soon to be celebrating American Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is a refugee’s narrative. The first Thanksgiving (or at least, the event we now remember ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Encouraging Sign Amidst The Terror

While the right seems hell-bent on exploiting the Paris massacre, it is heartening to see that some of the people most affected, the French, are demonstrating that they won’t be so easily manipulated French mourners in the city of Lille, which is north of Paris, sent anti-immigrant bigots scurrying away after they tried to intrude ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Pat Robertson Rival

Does Todd Starnes have what it takes to unseat Pastor Pat for most unhinged evangelical? You decide: Can you give me a big Amen? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: He’s Back At It Again

Personal duties are currently cutting into my time for blogging, but I hope the following once more helps to demonstrate reasons for my disdain of the right-wing evangelical mind. He starts off reasonably enough, but by the end, one will likely thank the deity that Pastor Pat is not a hospital chaplain. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Pastor David Berzins Is A Disappointed Man

It seems that one of Berzins’ fellow pastors does not hold with putting LGBT people to death, a fate another right-wing crazed evangelical named Steve Anderson enthusiastically advocates. The pastor in question asked to have his congregation’s listing removed from Anderson’s church directory, a decision which Pastor David Berzins of Word of Truth Baptist Church ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Great Thing About the Extreme Right Wing

… is that their egregious stupidity is self-evident: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, South Of The Border

Ah yes, that land whose political representatives make our elected reprobates look like shining exemplars. For this edition of The Dark Side, we return to the ongoing saga of Gordon Klingenschmitt (a.k.a. Dr. Chaps), recently elected as a Republican State Legislator in Colorado. A man with many demons (which he regularly exorcises), in this edition ...

Politics and its Discontents: But Can He Heal Himself?

That well-known metaphysician to the fundamentalist Christian soul, ‘Doctor’ Pat Robertson, prescribes some strong medicine to combat an infectious workplace agent: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: And Just When You thought It Was Safe To Go Back To Facebook

Pastor Pat has a warning for those given to ‘abhorrent’ practices. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Pastor Pat On ‘The Blessings Of Discipline’

Many will doubtlessly be reassured by Pastor Pat Robertson’s ongoing enthusiasm for biblical discipline, although they might be wondering if it is appropriate for him to darkly allude to the sorts of things that happen to young men in prison: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Perhaps The Police Should Stop Brutalizing People

… instead of blaming protesters for their ill-fortune. Here is yet another incident that reminds us of the terrible abuse of power these ‘protectors’ of public safety seem quite comfortable with. The ‘crime’ these Louisiana police were reacting to? A young man attempting to video their heavy-handed tactics: WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Not That Anyone Asked

…but the always reliable Pastor Pat tells us there is really no reason to worry about the ‘gay problem’ for reasons he makes clear below: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Police Brutality

The following video is difficult to watch, but the sad truth is that these kinds of outrages occur regularly, as a simple Internet search will show. A witness says that Denver police officers abused a pregnant woman and her boyfriend, and then tried to cover it up by deleting the video from his tablet. Levi ...

Politics and its Discontents: Says Pat Robertson: "She’s Asking For It"

What is she asking for? Why, divine retribution, of course. Watch. Learn. Repent! Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget

Brutality against women can come from those whose duty it is to protect and serve: A Winnipeg woman said this week that she had filed a complaint after an officer beat her in her own home as her 8-year-old son watched. Lana Sinclair told CBC that Winnipeg police officers showed up on Halloween night to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Thank God I’m Safe

In our household, we don’t ‘hold’ with energy drinks, so I guess our immortal souls are safe. But I’m not quite clear what that Great Deceiver, Satan, gets out of peddling such beverages: Recommend this Post