The silly Trumpification of America continues, c/o Sepp Gulati.
Five year old President Trump demands a Congressional investigation of Tappgate and a bowl of pistachio ice cream.
Up at 5am, listening to Phil Collins, is enough to make anyone tweet crazy stuff.
Re Mike Pence and private email hypocrisy: convenience store Christians always congregate near the skin mags.
Sith lords make way for the orcs.
A former astronaut is speaking about space exploration to people who are anti-science.
I remember when Scott Walker quit the primary campaign, he urged the other candidates to unite against Trump.
Little Marco endorses Trump!
There’s Lucifer in the flesh. Canada’s Ted Cruz.
Weird. Cruz criticizes “government decrees,” yet praises GITMO, which was established by a government decree.
Cruz: Freedom means the religious freedom to enact bigoted laws.
This convention does put the theory of evolution into question.
The odor of sulfur is filling the arena at the moment.
Old “Country First” signs from the McCain/Palin era have come out.
No endorsement. Booing! Perfect!!!
Fox News is trashing Cruz for failing to endorse Trump.
Newt is good at bringing the fear.
Poor Newt was rushed to end his speech because Pence has now been pushed into irrelevance as 11pm EST approaches.
Mike Pence introduces himself: Christian. Conservative. Republican.
But not American.
The contrast of the Trump and Pence families is striking. Thrift store versus Fifth Avenue.
God can heal our land. Elect Trump. Makes sense.
Donald couldn’t help himself, he had to rise up out of his pit and step on Pence’s one moment in the sun.
(Ilse Bing. Bastille Day, Paris. 1933 | MoMA)
UK: Why is anyone so eager to hang on to Mr Corbyn? It’s self-evident he’ll never be PM. Symbolic politics (his specialty) are fine during a Sunday street protest, but should not be confused with the politics of winning elections. However, it appears he’s the first sinking ship that rats prefer to go down with into the deep of political irrelevance.
US: Mr Pence is a lightweight, anti-gay religious bigot. In backwards states, where Trump is likely to win anyway, he’ll be unnecessary political furniture. However, in moderate to fully rational states, he’ll stand as a talisman of right-wing lunacy, guaranteeing a record thumping for the clown at the top of the Republican ticket.
Re the “religious freedom” craze in the USA: there was no crisis of religious freedom, no immediate threat to religious freedom in Indiana. At least not until Indiana’s state-wide ban on same-sex marriage was overturned in the courts. The political response to the court ruling was the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a compensatory bone thrown to religious conservatives by conservative legislators and Indiana’s Republican governor.
It seems to me that the defense of religious freedom is trivialized when it is applied to catering weddings or taking wedding photos.
If the discussion of religion as an “essential identity” is meant in an essentialist way, I’d respond by saying that what is “essential” about us is what we either choose to construe as essential or what is imposed on us as being essential (e.g., by other people, especially parents, and by institutions, such as the school, the church, and the state).
Of course, how we understand what is “essential” about ourselves could be a combination of both choice (freedom) and imposition (necessity). It is frequently the case that individuals make a virtue of necessity, thus resolving the tension between choice and imposition.