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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What We Need To Do


Herewith, a relatively short list of what we, as a nation, as a people, with our government, need, exactly, to do.


It would be for the benefit of most of the people of the nation and so, it would be for all.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kansas City Gets Another Great Write-Up



Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Kansas City did, in fact, get yet another good, positive, maybe glowing write up by way of this clickbait article from The Daily Mail. It was in the following article.
 

What they had to say about us:

Not to be confused with the neighboring city of the same name in Kansas itself, this is a beautiful city of approximately 480,000 that is often missed by tourists. It said that only Rome has more fountains than Kansas City, Missouri, which also supposedly has more boulevards than Paris. Art deco buildings decorate downtown streets, and the historic city market has plenty of dining and shopping options, as well as a farmers market. The 18th and Vine Historic District houses the American Jazz Museum as well as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and other museums in the city include the National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial, Crown Center (home of Hallmark Cards and the Hallmark Museum), and a few art museums to boot. The Crossroads Arts District has been referred to as the SoHo of the Midwest, and is particularly busy during the summer. The Kansas City food scene is another reason to stop here. Barbecue food is a local specialty, and the American Royal BBQ Contest is the largest of its kind.

Not just the biggest city in the state but maybe one of the best, as well?

Enjoy your Sunday, y'all.


Quotes of the Day -- Sunday Edition


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“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Epicurus

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
Voltaire, Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede, Professeur de Théologie à Genève, par un Proposant: Ou Extrait de Diverses Lettres de M. de Voltaire

“Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“All thinking men are atheists.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
― Christopher Hitchens

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
Charles Bukowski

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

“Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!”
George Carlin

“To you, I'm an atheist.
To God, I'm the loyal opposition.”
Woody Allen

"There is a tremendous enjoyment in having shaken off the silly, absurdly subjective rules, laws, "commandments" of religion, organized religion. It frees you to enjoy the world and life and people and to learn and love and live and grow."
--Me


America's Persistent Racism--And Just Two of Its Effects


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Two quick statistics, out today in the Sunday New York Times, from two separate articles:

--In the early 1950s, the median income of Chicago's public housing residents was nearly two-thirds of the citywide average. By 1970, it was barely one-third that.

--And today, Black mothers--and babies, both--in the United States are dying at more than double the rate of white mothers and babies.

But, sure, someone ask why they don't "pull themselves up by their own bootstraps."

We segregate, separate, large numbers of fellow Americans, by color, for God's sake, away from us but also away from jobs, certainly away from the better paying jobs, too, give them an inferior education then are surprised they're on welfare. Then, when they can and do get some measly help, that welfare, we insist they work for it, as though it's easy for them to have a car. Keeping in mind, we also don't want there to be mass transit so maybe they can get around our cities, to and from those jobs, quickly, easily and at low cost.

Freaking brilliant.

And then it's done by the wealthy of our society, people who were born to and given large amounts of money, from birth, like our own current President, and too many of the rest of us go along with this ugliness and insanity.

It's a great thing we're a "Christian nation", isn't it?
Links:

Why America's Black Mothers and Babies 

Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis 


Mass incarceration of African Americans 

affects the racial achievement 




Friday, April 13, 2018

The Very Dangerous President Who's Trying To Bamboozle You, America


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I don't think most people realize how dangerous this President is.

Besides watching a great deal of Fox TV (it's not "news") and then responding to it all, he is also, according to news reports and this from Gabe Fleisher at Wake Up To Politics today:

"Trump has reportedly been musing about firing Rosenstein lately, which would give him more control over the Russia probe. According to CNN, the White House is preparing an effort to undermine Rosenstein's credibility, instructing allies to highlight potential areas of conflict that would preclude the Deputy Attorney General from overseeing the investigation.

--- The meeting comes as Trump's outside allies have increased calls for Rosenstein and Mueller to be fired. CBS News' Jacqueline Alemany: 'A source tells me that Trump called yesterday and asked source to go on TV to call for Trump to fire Mueller.'"


So understand, everyone, Americans. This President is trying to undermine an investigation into his own possible wrongdoings, illegalities, by having his own people go on television news programs to call for he, himself, to fire the man overseeing the investigation of him.

He's trying to flim-flam you, America.

And that's just one of the ways in which he's dangerous, presently.

Oh, and according to that same source, this President also has zero, zilch, nothing whatever on his official business/work schedule/calendar today other than an 11:45 am intelligence briefing.

I'm busier than that and I'm not leading the entire nation.

As if that's not bad enough, by itself, for the foreseeable future, as former FBI Director James Comey tours on his new book, expect this President to become increasingly unhinged.


I would love, love to get good news out of this administration.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Three Perfect, Very Recent Examples of Republican Party Officeholders


Here's just three very recent examples of Republican Party government officeholders--what they've done and who they are.

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Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor

Kansas' tax cuts are a spectacular failure












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Donald J Trump, United States President:

Under Trump's watch, national debt 

tops $21 trillion for first time ever 


Sound familiar?  Then it gets worse.






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Eric Greitens, Missouri Governor who only just began his administration and term, it should be remembered.

Eric Greitens: Missouri governor admits 

cheating on wife




I ask you, Missourians, Kansans, Americans...

Is this what and who you wanted in your state and/or national leader?


Monday, April 9, 2018

Check Out How Callous and Cynical and Ugly Kris Kobach Has Gotten


A friend emailed me this. I could nearly not believe how low, how, again, callous and cynical and ugly and heartless it is. Kris Kobach, out of Kansas, sent around this email this week for his event.


On April 20, the anniversary of the slaughter of innocents at Columbine, Kris Kobach has decided to have a rally to support "gun rights."  What he's proposing:

Secretary Kobach has offered to host a pro-gun rally for the Kansas State Rifle Association in his official capacity as Kansas Secretary of State.

Help us get supporters to Topeka on April 20th to defend the 2nd Amendment and promote our shared pro-gun values!


For anyone who doesn't know or remember:

Twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine that day. Gunned down. Slaughtered. The Columbine shootings rank as one of the worst mass shootings in US history as well as one of the deadliest episodes of school violence.

At approximately 11:19 a.m., two students, Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, carrying guns and bombs, open fire inside Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 23 others.

And it's on the anniversary of this day Kris Kobach wants to push for yet more "gun rights."

If that isn't cold, heartless, callous and even sick, I don't know what is.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Kansas City's Own Joyce DiDonato in Today's NYT


Brilliant, as ever and always.

Opera's Miss Congeniality Takes On 

a Rare 'Cinderella'



Opera is “the opposite of elitist,” says the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who stars in Massenet’s “Cendrillon” at the Metropolitan Opera this month. Credit: Vincent Tullo for The New York Times


One thing I found amusing in the article is where it describes the opera singer and star as, not coming from Prairie Village, Kansas but "...on the edge of Kansas City."

In fact, I found that pretty hilarious.


The Ugly American


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You can't get any uglier than that.

In so many ways.

Links:

Trump is back to racist rhetoric







Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This President Seems to be Coming Unglued


Honestly, it's as though this President Trump is losing it. Did you hear what he did Monday at the White House during the Easter Egg roll?

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To children. To an audience of mostly children and again, at an Easter event. And nothing like trying to be the President, the leader, of all of us, eh?  This, during the event, is how he described, or tried to describe, the White House.

“I also want to thank the White House Historical Association, and everybody who works to keep this incredible house, or building, or whatever you want to call it — because there really is no name for it. It’s special. And we keep it in tip-top shape. We call it sometimes 'tippy-top shape,' and it’s a great, great place."
And that's the adult speaking. The man who is supposed to be leading the nation.

Then there is this, just breaking.

“Trump Is Like, 'How Can I F--k with Him?'”: 

Trump's War 

with Amazon Gets Personal

This is the way he conducts the highest level White House meetings, apparently.


Then, finally, at least for now, for today, there is this.

Trump touts Rasmussen poll results: 

'Higher than Cheatin' Obama


Somebody, someone at the White House and/or in the Republican Party needs to get a handle on this guy.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Overland Park? Kansas? On This List??


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I couldn't believe what I just saw online. It was this.

These Are the Happiest Cities 

in the United States

 - National Geographic


So I was curious and clicked on it. Thought I'd see if Kansas City were maybe on the list.

And it's not.

But I couldn't believe what was, what is on it.

Yes, our own Overland Park, Kansas.

Wow.

It's not in the top 10 but it is, in fact, number 15.

On a list with the likes of Huntington Beach, CA (9) and San Francisco (13).

Overland Park??

Are you kidding me?

And they're happy?

Why, because they have all the strip centers they could possibly ever want?

No, I think it's because they have Kansas City, Missouri's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team and Kansas City Chiefs National Football League team and the Country Club Plaza--and a lot more--not far away, minutes away, in our own Kansas City, Missouri.

Yeah.

That's it.


Christians and Capitalism: Like Oil and Water


Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, shows five quick, easy ways Americans ignore Jesus and his teachings.

And this is a short, short list. Not least of which being the wealthy not getting into heaven.


Don't bother us with details.

Happy Easter Sunday' y'all!

You heathen hypocrites!

Links:

Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian - YouTube


Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian - 

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Quote of the Day -- From a Founding Father


With this, it seems clear he, Founding Father Thomas Paine, could no way be a member of the present day Republican Party.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Entertainment Overnight -- Hey, What's That Sound?


March For Our Lives, Washington, DC, Kansas City, all over the nation.


Hey, what's that sound? from Paul Howard on Vimeo.

#enoughisenough


America's Best Christian Speaks to the NRA!


Thank you, Mrs. Betty Bowers!


God love you and keep on doing His good work!!

Links:

Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian - YouTube


Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian - 

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"American Exceptionalism" -- Exposed


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Herewith, things we Americans do that no other Western, industrialized nation does.

First, we don't control weapons

Why the US has the most mass shootings




Second, we tie health care to profits.

Report: US Spends More Per Person On Health Care


And these are the results:

U.S. Healthcare: Most Expensive 

and Worst Performing 


And it's killing our mothers and children.




Third, we don't take care of our people, instead, we spend outrageously, even obscenely on what we call "defense."

US military spending dwarfs rest of world


The US spends more on defence than 

all of these countries combined



And we do it exponentially greater than any other nation, to the point of actually making us weaker.

US Military Spending Actually Weakens 

Nation's Defenses


Fourth and finally here, we, lots of us, think of ourselves, proudly, as the "wealthiest nation in the world" presently, if not ever, on the face of the planet, through time, when statistics show some pretty incredible insights to it.

Why is poverty higher in the U.S. 

than in other countries?




So here's to you, America. This is how you really are and this is what you do.

Aren't you exceptional?

Isn't just enough to make you proud?