Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sadly, few people can tell if their passion or other emotions are adaptive or maladaptive until it is too late. #SupportNAMI #mindfulness

Mania isn’t passion, and depression isn’t sadness. That’s why there are different words for those things. #SupportNAMI

Emotional stability does not mean the absence of powerful feelings; it means having the ability to snap back to center afterwards. #nami

Well that was ugly. #NEvsDEN

RT @LOLGOP: Ted Cruz on Paris: We can’t defeat the enemy if we don’t name it.

Ted Cruz on Planned Parenthood shooting: Um how about transg…

Oh for crying out loud. You can’t be president if you get your info from right wing blogs.

RT @NormOrnstein: There is a term for presidential candidates silent about the killings at Planned Parenthood. Soft on terrorism.

RT @AdamSerwer: Hard to imagine the GOP candidates being this quiet about an attack that killed a cop and a vet under almost any other circ…

RT @FrankConniff: White terrorist attacking Planned Parenthood is so serious, @MSNBC is showing “Lockup” repeats and @CNN is rerunning its …

R. Lewis Dear – terrorist, not “gunman” – radicalized by GOP leaders.

Rubio: “We are called to ignore” SCOTUS rulings that go against God.

RT @dabeard: Did these candidates tweet condemnation of Colo. #PlannedParenthood attack?

Trump: N
Carson: N
Bush: N
Rubio: N
Clinton: Y

RT @Green_Footballs: Every conservative who circulated the evil lie that Planned Parenthood “sells baby parts” shares responsibility for th…

Everyone sees the irony of refusing assistance to refugees while celebrating a holiday about receiving assistance as refugees, right?

RT @chrislhayes: Trump is useful, if for no other reason, than exposing a lot of people’s true colors.

Trump: Annoy Your Local Police With Your Paranoia

Well, what he said was this today (emphases are mine):

We can’t let it happen anymore. We have to be strong, we have to smart. We have to be fair, we have to be fair to all side. And it’s tough. You know, if you’re Muslim — and there are so many, they’re so great, they’re such good people — but we to be smart, because it’s coming from this area. I mean, there’s something going on. There’s some nastiness, there’s some meanness there. There’s something going on in the mosques and other places. And we have to at least say there’s a problem so we can solve it. We can’t close our eyes.

I don’t know what’s wrong with Obama — he wants to close his eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Why is he so emphatic on not solving the problem? There’s something we don’t know about! There’s something we don’t know about. (Shouts from the audience can be heard, declaring that Obama is a Muslim.)

So, we have to go out — and again, the greatest source for this is our local police. And the really greatest source is all of you, because you have all those eyes. And you see what’s happening. People move into a house a block down the road — you know who’s going in. You can see. And you report them to the local police. You know, it’s too complicated — call the federal government, who do we call? it’s a big bureaucratic mess, nobody knows what they’re doing, okay?

But you people, and me and everybody, you know when somebody moves to an apartment near you, or to a house near you — you’re pretty smart, right? We know if there’s something going on. Report them! Most likely you’ll be wrong, and that’s okay. But let the local police go in and check out [sic], and you’ll get rid of this stuff. That’s the best way. Everybody’s their own cop, in a way — I mean, you gotta do it, you gotta do it.

Holy Christ.  I mean, it will never happen, but what if he actually becomes President?


Trump Lies A Lot

Here are some links just from the past few days.

So…. why is Trump still leading in the polls?  It’s not hard to figure out.  Polls show that people have a high distrust in government and the media, so they simply believe Trump.  Also, he says what they believe, so they don’t care about its accuracy.

It’s getting less and less funny, and more and more scary.  In the long run, he won’t win and might even drag the party down.  But still, his demagoguery is rare.


The Murder Of Laquan McDonald

It was murder.  Plain and simple.

But let’s start with the account from the police union, as described to the Chicago Tribune in October 2014:

“He’s got a 100-yard stare. He’s staring blankly,” [Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat] Camden said of the teen. “[He] walked up to a car and stabbed the tire of the car and kept walking.”

Officers remained in their car and followed McDonald as he walked south on Pulaski Road. More officers arrived and police tried to box the teen in with two squad cars, Camden said. McDonald punctured one of the squad car’s front passenger-side tires and damaged the front windshield, police and Camden said.

Officers got out of their car and began approaching McDonald, again telling him to drop the knife, Camden said. The boy allegedly lunged at police, and one of the officers opened fire.

McDonald was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m.

Emphasis mine.

Let’s see what actually happened:

Not quite the same.  And NBC News in Chicago reports that after the shooting police arrived at a nearby Burger King to review surveillance footage from the restaurant:

After the shooting, according to Jay Darshane, the District Manager for Burger King, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment. Three hours later they left, he said.

The next day, when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority asked to view the security footage, it was discovered that 86 minutes of the video were missing.

In a statement, a spokesman for the IPRA said: “We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video.”

But according to Darshane, both the cameras and video recorder were all on and working properly the night of the shooting.

“We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files,” Darshane said. “I mean we were just trying to help the police officers.”


The levels of repulsiveness in this incident are alarming.  Not only the shooting, but the cover-up, and the fact that it never would have come to light but for legal persistence and FOIA requests.  One can imagine how often the police were able to get away with these things before video cameras.

Protests are most peaceful, but continue:

After a night of loud, angry protests but few arrests, police and elected officials are bracing Wednesday for more possible backlash over the release of a dramatic video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting at a black teenager as he lay on the street.

Organizers from Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago have called for new protests Wednesday in Chicago’s Loop and in the busy retail strip along north Michigan Avenue on Friday.

On Tuesday night, crowds of well over 200 people marched through downtown streets chanting “16 shots,” a reference to the number of times that, prosecutors say, Officer Jason Van Dyke fired at 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who died later of gunshot wounds.

Scores of protesters clashed mildly with police late into the evening, occasionally pushing and shoving with officers in heated confrontations.

Even right wing reaction is muted.  Sean Hannity had to admit this was murder (but then he shifted focus to “what about all the police who have been killed”).

U used to fax me on the fax machine.

RT @Slade: A national gun registry is unamerican socialist tyranny. A national Muslim registry is just smart thinking.

Warren Beatty Is So Vain (Among Others)

Well, mystery partially solved:

Carly Simon released the hit song “You’re So Vain” about a self-absorbed lover in November of 1972, leaving fans to wonder for more than four decades who it could be about.

Now the mystery is somewhat solved. Simon, 70, told People magazine that at least part of the song refers to actor Warren Beatty.

“I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren,” she told People.

That apparently is no surprise to Beatty.

“Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!” Simon said.

You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you, goes the chorus. You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you, don’t you, don’t you?

The second verse includes the lines:

You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive / Well you said that we made such a pretty pair / And that you would never leave / But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me / I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee / Clouds in my coffee, and…

Simon, who was married to singer James Taylor from 1972-83 and has two children with him, claims the other verses in the song are about two other men. She doesn’t plan on revealing their identities any time soon.

I think everyone had already figured out that Beatty was the guy.  Or one of them.

Very sad news about Doug Flutie, who lost his father this a.m. from a heart attack, and his mother one hour later, also from a heart attack.

Anti-Refugee Fearmongering Continues

What Obama Says:

What I say:

Turning our backs on desperate Muslim refugees plays right into ISIS’s hands.  After all, they recruit from a disenfranchised and angry population.  What better to create a disenfranchised and angry population?

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: Basically, Congress is proposing a law that requires the government to do LESS to screen Syrian refugees than they are a…

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: The Syria Enhanced Review process is an additional level of screening that was developed after problems were noted durin…

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: The DHS also conducts an extensive interview and biographical and biometric screening of any refugee.

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: This process can take up to 18-24 months for standard refugees, but Syrian refugees have to go through additional screen…

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: Then various U.S. intelligence agencies, including the FBI, State, DoD, NCC, and the DHS all review the application.

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: Since there seems to be some confusion about how refugees enter the United States, let’s go over the process, shall we?

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: First refugees must be recommended for relocation to the United States by the United Nations High Commission for Refugee…

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: The UNHCR evaluates refugee status based on parameters laid out in the 1951 Refugee Convention.

RT @WillMcAvoyACN: Before a refugee is recommended to the US by the UNHCR, they go through a background check and are interviewed by UNHCR …

Fantastic must-read and must-share: “Hating Muslims plays right into ISIS’s hands”

How Hating Muslims Plays Into Terrorists’ Hands

Jonathan Chait:

This is what ISIS, the Islamic State, wants.

“This is precisely what ISIS was aiming for — to provoke communities to commit actions against Muslims,” said Arie Kruglanski, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland who studies how people become terrorists. “Then ISIS will be able to say, ‘I told you so. These are your enemies, and the enemies of Islam.’”

The moments following a terrorist attack are often filled with acts of reprisal. In the six months following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, anti-Muslim violence and mosque vandalism more than quadrupled compared to the same period in 2014, according to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, a watchdog group.

Extremist groups feed off of alienation, some counterterrorism experts say, and Islamist militants deliberately aim to make Muslims in the West feel isolated and turn against their own communities.

According to this line of thinking, acts of terrorism widen the cultural divide by provoking hate crimes against Muslims in the West. This strategy gained traction in the early 2000s after al-Qaeda was sent into hiding by Western military action. Abu Musab al-Suri, an influential jihadi thinker whom the Wall Street Journal called “the new mastermind of jihad,” argued for a distributed network of terrorist cells recruited from the Islamic diaspora, carrying out terrorist strikes in their own communities. These attacks, and the backlash they generated, would inspire other to radicalize.

“What the Islamic State wants to do is to start a civil war,” said political scientist Gilles Kepel Saturday in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde. Kepel, a professor at Sciences Po and an ISIS expert, has extensively studied the ideology and strategies of modern-day jihadis.

Al-Suri, Kepel said, had a vision: “a proliferation of blind attacks that will provoke lynchings of Muslims, attacks on mosques, harassment of women in veils, and create hotspots of war that will put fire and sword to Europe, seen as the soft underbelly of the West.”

The attacks on Paris this weekend seemed to follow Al-Suri’s script. Four of the terrorists have been identified as French or Belgian nationals who were recruited in the West. And if these early incidents are any indication, anti-Muslim sentiment will again surge in Europe, further distancing Muslim communities.

A study published last year in The Economic Journal found that the spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes after 9/11 led to a decline in assimilation rates in American Muslim communities. In places where hate crimes increased the most, Muslim immigrants in subsequent years spoke English less fluently, were less likely to marry non-Muslims, and women were less likely to be working.

A GOP state rep in Texas says we can’t have Syrian refugees in Texas because it’d be too easy for them to get guns.

And scene.

GOP Frontrunner on Terrorism: I’m A Psychic

Donald Trump has magic feels and can tell when terrorism will hit:

“I predicted Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Trump declared in Knoxville, adding, “In my book, I predicted terrorism. Because I can feel it, like I feel a good location, O.K.?

“In real estate — my father always used to tell people, ‘You know, he may be my son, but everything he touches turns to gold,’” Mr. Trump said. His father helped him begin his real estate career with a loan. “When my father said that, that was a great compliment because he was a tough cookie. He said, ‘He has an instinct for location.’ You have an instinct about things. I really believe I have an instinct for this kind of thing.”

RT @LOLGOP: Imagine if your greatest fear was not seeming afraid enough of people fleeing a horrific war zone.

Dear Stupid People, #SyrianRefugees are the ones fleeing ISIS. They’re on our side. Just because you’re a coward….

It’s worth mentioning that none of the Paris attackers have been identified as being #SyrianRefugees or even FROM Syria. Keep that in mind.

There are 59 #SyrianRefugees already in North Carolina, including some families in the Triad. Don’t be a bigot about it.

If you are a Republican governor who won’t accept #SyrianRefugees, you’ve been too terrorized by the terrorists. Resign now.

Christians don’t turn their backs on desperate people feeling war and oppression. #SyrianRefugees

745,000 refugees here in America since 9/11 – of those, 2 Iraqis arrested for aiding al-Qaeda in Iraq; zero arrested for domestic terrorism

RT @PolitiFact: Contrary to what some are saying, there IS a vetting process for Syrian refugees and can take up to two years.…