Thursday, May 28, 2015

97 year old woman who spent 15 years raising money to send students on field trips enjoys a special one of her own to the White House to meet the President.

Courtesy of the Daily Mail:  

A 97-year-old who grew up in segregated Oklahoma and who never got to take field trips as a child was granted the excursion of her lifetime on Tuesday. 

Vivian Bailey, who served domestically in the Women's Army Corps during WW2, was invited by President Obama to meet him at the White House to honor her commitment to Maryland children. 

'It was quite a surprise! I had no idea we were going to meet the President and the Vice President, and it was awesome,' Bailey told ABC News. 

'It was a dream come true.' 

Bailey has spent 15 years of her retirement raising money for students at Running Brook Elementary School so that they could afford to take field trips. 

Bailey accompanied a class of fourth graders from her school to Washington DC on her first field trip ever earlier this month.

 I just thought that we needed a good news story to end the day.

And this one certainly qualifies.

Proving that no level of public shaming will deter Sarah Palin from continuing to milk her followers here is the latest fundraising e-mail from SarahPAC.

Courtesy of US4Palin:  

[Donor], 

This election will not be won by the liberal special interests. It will be won in the grassroots, it will be won by the American people who demand an end to the liberal hypocrisy! 

SarahPAC is committed to supporting the grassroots and conservative candidates who stand for small government and the Constitution. We can’t afford any more gun grabbing, taxing hiking, amnesty supporting liberals running our country anymore! 

With the support of the grassroots, SarahPAC can make what seems impossible, possible. We did the impossible in Iowa, we stood with Joni Ernst and helped her secure a senate seat no one thought she would win! 

We plan to do the same next year. With your continued support, SarahPAC will lead the fight in helping strong conservative candidates who will stand up to the liberal Obama-Clinton agenda win in November 2016. We need your help to make this happen. Please follow this link to contribute whatever you can generously afford to our 2016 Conservative Victory Fund: 

For a conservative victory we need the support of the grassroots, we need the support of Americans like yourself. With your donation of just $15 we can send our strong conservative message to over 1,000 people! 

This next election will be a referendum on the future of America, but we are not afraid, we have the aid of the grassroots and people like yourself. The Clinton-Obama liberals plan to spend over $1 billion to buy back the White House and we MUST do whatever it takes to stop them. 

So are you with us? Chip-in to our 2016 Conservative Victory Fund and let’s wreck this big money liberal election machine. 

Damn, these people are unbelievable. 

Yes I realize that my daughter just ran off with her barely clad hootchie cootchie modeling friend instead of marrying the Medal of Honor winner I set her up with.

Yes I realize I was photographed waving my finger in said Medal of Honor winner's face.

Yes I realize that these days my family and I only receive news coverage when we do something really scandalous, or really stupid.

Yes I realize that I am now considered so toxic that no serious political candidate would ever even consider being photographed with me anymore.

Yes I know that the SarahPAC filings reveal that I really only spend a tiny fraction of the money I receive on actual Republican campaigns.

But is that any reason not to send me you money?

Lindsey Graham knows that the Iranians are liars because his family owned a pool hall. Wait, what?

Courtesy of Bloomberg:  

In a video address to this weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference during which he made his case as a potential presidential candidate, Graham asserted that his experiences dealing with the clientele of his parents' business taught him that "the Iranians are lying" when it comes to the ongoing nuclear negotiations with the Obama administration. 

"My family owned a restaurant, a pool room, and a liquor store, and everything I know about the Iranians I learned in the pool room," Graham said in the video. "I ran the pool room when I was a kid and I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are lying." 

Later in his address, Graham doubled down on his characterization of Iranians. 

“The Iranians cheat and they lie. They are a radical regime," he said. "They want a master religion for the world; the Nazis wanted a master race." 

That's right folks Iranians are liars who want to become Nazis and  Graham knows this for a fact because....well you know that whole pool hall thing.

I know what you are thinking, "Oh come on Gryphen you are making this up just to smear Lindsey Graham."

And my response to that is "Nuh uh, here's the video, watch it for yourself smarty pants."

(Actually Graham's eyes are rimmed in red, his face is flush and blotchy, and he looks like he is on the verge of tears through most of the video.)

Bristol Palin's soft porn pal disses ex-fiance MOH winner on Facebook.

Courtesy of the Daily Mail:

 The war of words between Bristol Palin and her jilted Medal of Honor-winning ex got suddenly more heated on Wednesday when her best friend appeared to slam the military hero as a 'coward.' 

Marina Lupas quoted reggae legend Bob Marley with a large message on her Facebook page clearly aimed at former Marine Dakota Meyer. 'The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman's love with no intention of loving her,' she posted. 

 I know that a lot of people have suggested that this whole engagement thing was a total put on from the start, and that Bristol was never really into Dakota Meyer.

I ABSOLUTELY think that Sarah set the whole thing up, and most likely coaxed Bristol into giving Dakota a tumble, but also I think that Bristol really thought she was in love.

I have heard from a number of sources that Bristol falls into what she perceives as love quite readily, but that it is fairly temporary. And once Bristol is over you, she is by God over you.

We actually all saw that for ourselves during an episode of "Life's a Tripp" where Bristol suddenly  flips out on boyfriend Gino Paoletti, and dumps his ass off at the side of the road.

So yes I think that Bristol thought she and Dakota were going to be in love forever, because that's what she does. However if anything is going to convince Bristol to throw you to the curb it is the revelation that you have been married before and never bothered to tell her.

Which I think we all know is exactly what happened here.

You know the other day some troll in the commenting section suggested that all of this drama is boring and that we should only cover Sarah Palin's political Facebook postings and Fox News appearances.

I wholeheartedly disagree with that.

To be honest I have been extremely bored with a lot of the repurposed word salad that has fallen out of Palin's maw lately, and the ghostwritten Facebook posts are becoming so cookie cutter that I could easily cut and paste old posts of my own to cover them.

However scandalous episodes like the drunken brawl, that crazy ass speech in Iowa, and now this broken engagement, undermine the carefully crafted mythology that Palin has worked so hard to create.

No her family is NOT all about Christian values. No she is NOT good at giving speeches without a teleprompter and careful preparation. And no her daughter is NOT a born again virgin who is waiting for the right man to put a ring on her finger before giving him an all day pass to her personal theme park. (She essentially lived with Dakota for almost two months, and you can really only shoot guns together for so long.)

No these salacious stories are essentially now the most important ones concerning the Palins because they prove to those who at one time were ignorant enough to support Sarah Palin that they were duped, and that the Palin critics were right all along.

And it also hopefully helps them to develop a healthy skepticism toward the next Christian family phony who comes along and starts using religion, and conservative political speak, to convince them that they are the answer to their prayers.

Right now the newest gossip, and this is actually catching fire even among those who know Bristol, is that the relationship she has with Marina is now developing into something a little more....complicated.

(Can you say "road trip?")

And hey, at this point, would it really surprise you?

Stay tuned folks.

Teacher files lawsuit in response to the promotion of Christian beliefs in the public school where he is employed. Here's the kicker, the teacher is NOT an Atheist.

Courtesy of the Denver Post: 

A Colorado teacher is suing his school district claiming the district's only high school "operates largely to promote the evangelical Christian ideals" of a local church that operates in the school.

The pastor of that evangelical church, Randy Pfaff, does not seem to disagree with the teacher's accusation, but doesn't think it matters because: 

"I don't believe the Constitution was meant to keep God out of the schools. That's absolutely absurd," Pfaff told The Denver Post on Tuesday in a phone interview. "This nation was founded on Christianity."

Well gee, at least he's being reasonable.

After all how could a teacher possibly be expected to understand what the Constitution says?

Pastor Randy Pfaff.
Of course it's not as if the teacher, Randy Basevitz, did not attempt to work this out ahead of filing a lawsuit either:

Basevitz raised concerns to his school and district officials before preparing to file suit. But after filing a formal complaint with the district, officials transferred him to work at an elementary school. 

The lawsuit alleges that Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti "has publicly supported Pastor Pfaff and Principal (Brian) Schipper's religious activities despite complaints of their illegality."

According to the teacher there are up to five school sponsored religious events a day. Which as most of us realize is a "no no."

Here is perhaps my favorite part: 

Basevitz's attorney, Paul Maxon, said the school's involvement with the church created an environment where Basevitz, who is Jewish, felt excluded. According to the lawsuit, students have singled him out for being Jewish.

So for once it's not an Atheist filing a complaint about overtly religious materials in a school. This time it is simply coming from a person who feels that they are being discriminated against for having a different religious belief than the one being promoted on public school property.

Which of course is WHY we need the protection provided by the separation of church and state.

Bill Nye appears on Comedy Central to make an important point. (Video from Inside Amy Schumer so very NSFW.)

Now that was quite funny, and obviously quite crude, but it was also very on point.

It is a known fact that human sapiens are good at recognizing patterns, and identifying cause and effect, and that it played no small part in our intellectual development.

But what is also true is that we sometimes see patterns where they do not exist, and see a cause and effect that really only exists in our imaginations.

That is essentially the space that for many people is occupied by God, but for those who are less religious may play host to their idea of fate, or the karma, or, as in this skit, the universe.

And trust me people can be just as obnoxiously convinced that the universe is talking to them directly, as religious people are that God sent them a sign by having a bird poop an image of the Virgin Mary on their car window.

The simple truth is that what we often perceive in the world around us is completely subjective.

The trick is to remove the rose colored glasses and see the reality as it is, no matter how much that reality may terrify us at first.

Sure to believe that a god, or the universe itself, is watching out for us, or has our back, might be comforting. But it is also just this side of psychotic. 

Oh there's a word for it now. How convenient.

Let's face, it this has been going on for centuries if not longer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Apparently not everybody is happy to meet the President.

The little girl's name is Claudia and she obviously had a long day.

It is not often that the President's famously mystical abilities with children fails him, but when it does it is clearly spectacular.

Oh well, you can't please everybody every day now can you?

Okay everybody scootch over in the clown car, Rick Santorum has just donned his red nose and announced he is joining the GOP circus.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who mounted an unexpectedly strong bid for the Republican nomination in 2012, is making another bid for the White House.

Just what we need in 2016, another religious zealot, who hates progress, worships Ronald Reagan, and love the sound of his own voice.

The guy's a joke, but he is certainly not the only one running for the Republican nomination.

Here let's revisit some of the ridiculous things Santorum said that LAST time he lost the nomination.

Here he is on birth control:

"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." 

Demonstrating his diplomacy:

"All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they're not Palestinians. There is no 'Palestinian.' This is Israeli land."

And trotting out a little racism:

"The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person — human life is not a person, then — I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'We're going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"

Oh yeah, he will make a fine addition to the clown car. 

Now disgraced cop who wrote original police report says that Jim Bob Duggar lied about how many girls his son Josh molested.


Courtesy of In Touch:

But Hutchens, in his only interview since the Duggar scandal has been uncovered, says that Jim Bob told him about only one incident of molestation and that, in part, is why he decided not to report Josh to the abuse hotline. 

In the new interview from prison, Hutchens said he was told by Jim Bob and Josh that “Josh had inappropriately touched [redacted] during the time she was asleep. He said he touched her through her clothing and he said it only happened one time.” 

He said the fact that it was a one-time incident influenced his decision not to report it. “I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn’t,” he says. “If I had to do it over again, I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made. I thought I could handle it myself. 

“I have lost a lot of sleep over it. I am a Christian myself and I worry that something else may have happened. I would be responsible for it, in my opinion, by not reporting it. The young girl should have been my first priority.”

Man this case just keeps getting worse and worse doesn't it?

I know this police officer, now in jail for possessing child pornography, has a credibility issue, but In Touch magazine swears that was not paid for this interview, and I tend to believe that he is more than likely telling the truth. 

So let's see, falsifying a police report, lying about seeking counseling for your son, failing to protect your children from a sexual predator, and actively campaigning to fight laws protecting the LGBT community by falsely accusing them of the same behaviors practiced by a member of your own family.

Boy this family just has Christian values written all over it don't they?

The post Bristol Palin's ghostwriter put up about her cancelled wedding goes viral.

Not to brag but I actually knew this whole thing was doomed when I first saw this picture.

So yesterday, as you all know, Nancy French typed out a completely flat and uninformative post about Bristol's cancelled wedding. 

Today the various online news outlets took notice.

Those included the Huffington Post, US Magazine, Radar Online (Who insist on calling Levi a "deadbeat dad," which is not remotely true.),  Fox News, People Magazine, and the list goes on.

Most of the articles are fairly cut and paste, but the comments are a potpourri of Palin bashing and outright mockery.

For my part I have kept my ear to the ground since Bristol stumbled back into Wasilla, and from what I have heard Bristol seems to be mostly relieved, but also not at all certain about what comes next.

She is also treating herself to various extravagant purchases, and outings with friends, to take her mind off of all the online publicity.  And possibly to thumb her nose at her mother.

However if past is prologue that will mean that Bristol will soon focus all of her attention on her son, and that does not bode well for anybody who she feels keeps them apart.

You know like his dad, who of course now has court appointed time with him. 

Levi and Sunny might want to batten down the hatches, because this could get nasty.

Recent Gallup poll shows that Liberals are now as numerous as Conservatives in America. And that my friends is only the beginning.

Courtesy of Washington Post:  

You may not have realized it, but a large cohort of Americans did something brave this month. For years — in some cases, decades — these lonely, marginalized souls had repressed their shameful feelings, hiding them from the world. 

Then May came along, and they finally decided to come out of the closet. 

As liberals. 

That’s right: A large chunk of Americans recently decided to come out as “liberal” — socially liberal, to be specific. As a result, for the first time on record, self-proclaimed social liberals are no longer outnumbered by their conservative counterparts. 

That’s according to a new Gallup poll that finds the shares of American adults considering themselves “socially liberal” and “socially conservative” each total 31 percent. (The remaining respondents either called their views “moderate” or had no opinion.) Gallup has been tracking these categories since 1999, and the latest numbers simultaneously signify the highest share ever recorded for liberals and the lowest recorded for conservatives.

Okay now we're talking. 

I have been waiting for this day most of my life. Finally, liberals are finding their voice and standing up to be counted.

I remember when Ronald Reagan and "Moral Majority" turned the word "liberal" into a pejorative used to insult people who failed to recognize that America was the apple pie craving, Jesus Christ loving, red, white, and blue enshrouded, country that they believe God had made just for them.

And in our cowardice we failed to stand our ground. Instead we decided to call ourselves "progressives" as if that were going to distract the Right Wing from their constant attacks on everything we hold dear.

But it looks like finally liberals are going to their windows, flinging them open, and shouting "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

After all folks it is not the conservatives who move this country forward, with their death grip on the past and fear of change, it is the liberals, who are always looking forward and wondering what is just over the next hill, or waiting for us in the decades to come.

Does anybody really believe that the Founding Fathers were conservatives? I mean come on, what is more progressive than starting your own country?

No my friends, if you are a liberal, now is the time to stand up tall and straight and have the courage of your convictions.

And if you need further inspiration just look to the young people all around us, who overwhelmingly self identify as liberal, and who seem unaffected by the self doubts that plagued their parents and grandparents.

These millenials know that the future is theirs to shape, and they are already preparing to do so.

And if my own daughter serves as an indication as to where they are taking us, trust me they have ideas so progressive that it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.

Personally I am more than ready for what is to come. But then again, I NEVER stopped wearing my liberal badge with pride.

America's best Christian, Betty Bowers, explains religious freedom.

Well Betty's not pulling any punches with that one is she?


Bernie Sanders might be trailing Hillary Clinton, but he is kicking ass when compared to some GOP challengers.

Don't count me out.
The Washington Post has a couple of graphics that I found interesting.

Here is the first:

As you can see on this chart Bernie Sanders barely breaks the top ten.

However as you can also see NOBODY even comes close to overtaking Hillary at this point, so whether it be second, third, fourth, or even tenth place everybody is eating mouthfuls of Hillary's dust.

But when you compare the actual voters who support Sanders to the actual voters who support some of the other GOP presidential hopefuls our resident democratic socialist does much better than one might expect.

As you can see Sanders actually has more voter support than Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, and Rick Santorum combined.

Here is how the Washington Post explained this: 

Sanders won't be the Democratic nominee. And neither Fiorina, Kasich nor Graham are likely to be the GOP nominee. Among Americans at large, though, Sanders has a lot more supporters than any number of the often-talked-about Republicans.

Which kind of tells me that if there were no Hillary Clinton in this race, or say Jeb Bush, that Bernie Sanders might not be quite the long shot that everybody seems  to assume he will be.