Cruz Sex Scandal: True or False

March 25, 2016

I never thought I would be gossip writer. Oh well . . .

The National Enquirer has published a story titled, SHOCKING CLAIMS: Pervy Ted Cruz Caught Cheating — With 5 Secret Mistresses!, that has the nation all atwitter (#CruzSexScandal). Before you dismiss this story, consider that the magazine broke the story about John Edwards affair with a campaign aide who bore his child.

This story claims that Ted Cruz has had affairs with five women, including Katrina Pierson who is Donald Trump’s spokesperson. She has a connection to Ted Cruz. Wikipedia reports,

In January 2015, Pierson attended a meeting for Tea Party activists in Myrtle Beach with Ted Cruz; while in Myrtle Beach, she also met with Donald Trump. After meeting with Trump or his aides a few more times in the spring,Pierson introduced Trump at a campaign rally held in Dallas in September. In November 2015, she was hired as the national spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, subsequently appearing frequently on television in this capacity.

Another woman identified in the article is Amanda Carpenter. Wikipedia reports that she:

is an American author, political advisor, and speechwriter. She previously worked as a columnist for The Washington Times, and is the author of The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’s Dossier on Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has worked in the staffs for Senators Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz. In 2014, the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported that Carpenter had surpassed 50,000 Twitter followers, far more than other congressional staffers.

Both women have denied the accusation as has Cruz, who blames Donald Trump.

Trump certainly has a motive to make a false accusation, however, I doubt he would have identified his own spokesperson as one of Cruz’s mistresses knowing she wasn’t.

I will leave to you all to decide whether the story is true or false.

Your faithful scribe

Freedom of Religion Does Not Justify Hate

March 24, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory (R) of North Carolina signed a bill into law yesterday that prohibits cities and counties from enacting laws that permit transgender people to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. The governor called the legislature into a special session to nullify a city ordinance enacted by the City of Charlotte that permitted transgender people to do that. Senate democrats, who are outnumbered by republicans refused to participate in the vote and walked out in protest.

The governor, who signed the law, and the republicans in the state legislature who passed it deserve to be enshrined in an eternal hall of shame.

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of religion. It does not protect freedom to hate.

The Fourteenth Amendment prohibits racial, religious and gender discrimination. Laws that prohibited black people from using white-only bathrooms violated the Fourteenth Amendment and were struck down. The SCOTUS held last June in Obergefell that the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits laws that prohibit same-sex marriage. The Fourteenth Amendment does not protect hate.

It doesn’t take a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows. Laws that in effect prohibit transgender people from using public bathrooms violate the Fourteenth Amendment. To argue that freedom of religion protects faith-based hate is absurd because it would create an exception that would swallow the Fourteenth Amendment.

If it were otherwise, we would soon see republicans arguing that the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibits slavery, does not apply to anyone who believes they have a faith based right to own slaves. After all, Abraham had slaves and the Bible does not prohibit slavery. Therefore, God is OK with slavery.

Enough is enough.

It’s not OK to hate anyone for any reason. Prohibiting transgender people from using the bathroom of their transgendered identity is hateful and disgraceful.

Golden Rule should be the guiding principle of U.S. foreign policy

March 20, 2016

A belief in American exceptionalism and a right to exercise dominion and control over the natural and human resources of the planet has produced a catastrophic foreign policy that is destroying the planet. Hillary Clinton, like her mentor and friend Henry Kissinger, is a true believer. Just like him, she believes it’s OK to lie to get what she wants. For example, from an OpEd in Salon by Patrick L. Smith, here is a recent example of her lying to get her way regarding a free trade agreement with Colombia when she was Secretary of State.

“I will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia agreement,” Clinton promised a gathering of communications workers at the time. In the releases of Clinton’s emails last year, we learned that she was simultaneously lobbying hard among members of Congress to get the pact passed—assuring them, among other things, that the rights of Colombian workers would equal or exceed those of U.S. workers.

[Dan] Kaufman [a labor writer in Wisconsin] concludes this pithy passage thus: “According to Escuela National Sindical, a Colombian labor rights group, 105 union activists have been assassinated since the agreement passed.” This is more than 20 a year on average, which computes to nearly a couple of murders a month.

This duplicity happened two years after she supported a 2009 military coup in Honduras that overthrew the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya by officially recognizing the military as the legitimate government of Honduras. Since then, Honduras has been awash in blood. Berta Caceres y Flores, an environmental activist was murdered earlier this month by a military death squad. Anyone who is suspected of attempting to organize labor unions or, as Caceres did, resist the construction of an environmentally destructive hydroelectric dam, is marked for murder. Small wonder then that thousands of refugees from Honduras are seeking asylum at the Mexican border. Read more about Berta Caceres.

We need to stop the insanity.Destabilizing any foreign government (e.g., Libya: “We came, we saw, he’s dead,” said Hillary referring to Khadafi) to gain control of natural and human resources should be punishable as a war crime.

This is not complicated. The guiding principle of our foreign relations should be the Golden Rule. We should treat other nations the same way we want them to treat us and we should avoid doing things to other nations that we would not want them to do to us.

We also need to confront our past with public hearings conducted by a Truth & Reconciliation Council.

This simple truth has been staring us in the face since our beginnings in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. We survived the ice ages not because of survival of the fittest, but because we relied on each other. Because of global climate change that we have caused, we are facing another Malthusian bottleneck. We are going to have to ourselves in the other and rely again on each other to survive it.

Predatory capitalism and wars have no role in the future we need to begin envisioning today on the Vernal Equinox — March 20, 2016.

So it shall be written; So it shall be done.

Goofy Donald strikes again

March 17, 2016

Goofy Donald wants everyone to know that he don’t need no stinkin’ foreign policy advisors. He said,

I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.

Well, I guess that settles it. Young Frankenstein comes to mind. Specifically, whose brain did I put in?

At least he knows how to strike a golf ball.

Rick and Morty say so.

Hi, I’m Mister Meeseeks. Look at me. Ooooh, Yeah. Can do. I have to fulfill my purpose so I can go away.

Say good-bye Donald. You’ve passed your sell-by date.

Trump: We need the rich in order to make our country great again

March 16, 2016

Earth to clueless Trump voters. Your billionaire candidate believes in cronyism and the discredited trickle-down theory. He dropped the populism mask last night when he said, “We need the rich in order to make our country great again.”

After 35 years experience with tax cuts for the rich, we have a $19 trillion federal deficit. Nothing trickled down. With the exception of the wealthiest 1%, everyone in this country is worse off financially today than they were in 1980.

If you have any doubts about the efficacy of tax cuts for the rich, just look at the dramatic failures in Michigan, Kansas and Louisiana.

Donald Trump intends to double-down on this failed economic policy. According to recent estimates, his economic plan will increase our deficit by another $10 trillion.

Congratulations Trump voters. You’ve been played by a serial liar, fascist, racist, xenophobic, misogynist rich guy who is laughing at you, all the way to the bank.

We Shall See

February 21, 2016

The Farmer’s Son: a Taoist meditation for today

There was an old man with a small farm in China many years ago. He had one son, who did most of the work on the farm and a a neighbor, himself old with a son.

One day the old man’s horse ran off, and the neighbor, seeing this, said, “how terrible, your horse has run off, now work on your farm will be so difficult.” To this the old man replied, “maybe good, maybe bad, we’ll see.”

The next day the old man’s horse returned leading a group of wild horses, and the neighbor, seeing this, said, “how wonderful! You have many horses, now you have great wealth and may live easily.” To this the old man replied, “maybe good, maybe bad, we’ll see.”

The next day the old man’s son was thrown from one of the wild horses and broke his leg, and the neighbor, seeing this, said, “how terrible, your son has broken his leg, now your work will be doubled as nurse and farmer.” To this the old man replied, “maybe good, maybe bad, we’ll see.”

The next day the king’s men came to the farms seeking all able men to fight a distant battle, and the neighbor, sobbing as his son marched off, said “how fortunate you are for having an injured son, mine will surely perish.” To this the old man replied, “maybe good, maybe bad, we’ll see.”

We are living in crazy times, apocalyptic times for some.

We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

Will it be joy or will it be pain?

In the end, does it matter?

Should elections be held on the Sabbath

February 20, 2016

Democrats are voting in the Nevada caucus and Republicans are voting in the South Carolina primary today.

I’ve been watching Morning Joe and they had a short piece regarding Jews who are conflicted by their desire to vote and their religious obligation not to work on the Sabbath.

I don’t see a problem because I always look to the spirit or purpose of a rule rather than the black letter expression of it when an ambiguity pops up.

I don’t think God or Moses was thinking about voting when they developed the 10 Commandments. I also don’t consider voting to qualify as work.

I am also not Jewish or particularly religious and I always question authority.

I do believe that accommodations should be made for those who want to vote but believe they cannot on the Sabbath. For example, voting by mail might work. That would not work with caucuses because they require attending and participating in a meeting.

Changing the day could work except that any other day would disadvantage someone. For example, people who work and cannot get off work to vote.

Replacing caucuses with pulling a lever in a voting booth shortens the time commitment but doesn’t necessarily solve the problem.

What do y’all think?

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