Sunday, July 21, 2024

Breaking News... Now Trump is the old man!

President Biden drops out! Kamala is now the Democratic presidential candidate!
President Joe Biden drops out of 2024 presidential race
Biden, after a five-decade career, faced a reckoning over his age and his ability to defeat Trump. He endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as his party faces a historic effort to replace him.
NBC News
By Peter Nicholas

President Joe Biden announced Sunday that he will end his presidential re-election campaign, bringing an abrupt and humbling conclusion to his half-century-long political career and scrambling the race for the White House just four months before Election Day.

Biden, 81, could not reverse growing sentiment within his party that he was too frail to serve and destined to lose to Donald Trump in November. He backed Vice President Kamala Harris to replace him as the Democratic nominee.
It would be interesting if Biden ran as Vice President.

Update 5:30PM
I am worried that some people are not ready for a woman president but I think most of those vote Republican anyway. It is going to be an interesting four months!
Here’s How Kamala Harris Performs In Polls Against Trump—As Biden Drops Out And Endorses Harris
By Sara Dorn and Molly Bohannon
July 21, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris is the most likely replacement for President Joe Biden, who dropped his 2024 presidential bid and endorsed Harris Sunday—and she is performing about the same as Biden in head-to-head polls with Trump.

Key Facts:
  • A flurry of polls conducted in the wake of the June 27 presidential debate showed Harris performing roughly the same as Biden against Trump (who has been leading the president by a slim margin for months), and more recent polls after the attempted assassination of Trump show similar trends.
  • Harris has also polled better than other Democrats commonly floated as replacement candidates to Biden, but the polls didn’t factor in how months of campaigning could change voters’ perceptions of many of the lesser-known candidates that don’t have the benefit of national name recognition like Harris does.

I think it is an amazing change of direction and I think her poll numbers will increase as people see her as a viable alternative to Trump.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released July 2 (margin of error 3.5) found Harris would lose to Trump by one point, Biden tied Trump, while four governors who have been floated as potential Biden replacements—Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker—would all perform worse than both Biden and Harris against Trump.
The next question… What about the VP?

I have to dynamite suggestions for the VP either Michelle Obama or Biden!
If there’s one thing you can generally count on with Republicans, it’s political efficiency. This time, they may have been too efficient. The news that Joe Biden is dropping his campaign to be reelected president is about the worst thing that could have happened for Donald Trump. Let’s face it, this race has always been a contest between age-related forgetfulness and age-related anger and aggression. 
Now, instead of running against a man who appears too old to keep his thoughts together, Trump will have to face off against a younger and more vital opponent — at exactly the time the American people have said in a loud, clear voice that they’re tired of the same old men and the same old rhetoric. Trump, and his party, brought this on themselves. They turned their remarkably efficient attack machine on too early.

The way for Republicans to ensure their victory would have been to go along with the Democrat-created illusion of “Joe’s fine,” until after the Democrats held their convention and it was too late to turn back and pick someone else.
Harris is no slouch.
I can’t wait for the next debate! She will tear him apart!  Dareh Gregorian and Yamiche Alcindor report on NBC News that,
Harris, who had pointed exchanges with Biden during the debates, was named his running mate in August 2020. At times, she struggled to find her footing during the first years of her vice presidency but gained prominence as the 2024 campaign ramped up. In particular, she spearheaded outreach to Black and Asian American voters, the former being a core demographic for Biden.
From 2019 CNN reported back then…
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Thursday night established a commanding presence on her party’s debate stage – cutting through the cacophony of her rivals and insisting time and again that the candidates turn their attention to the troubles of “real Americans.”

Harris’ surefooted and forceful debate performance, after languishing in single digits in the polls, appears likely to cement her role in the top-tier of candidates vying to take on President Donald Trump in the general election.
As usual, Trump is cocky, Reuters wrote...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday he thinks Vice President Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat in November's election than Democratic President Joe Biden, who earlier in the day stepped aside as his party's candidate.

CNN said the Republican former president made the comments to the network shortly after Biden announced his decision. Trump and his campaign later also attacked Biden and Harris on social media while saying Biden was unfit to continue serving as president.
The old proverb… “May you live in interesting times.”

“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals by just walking out the door!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals for loving the wrong person!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were forced in the closet!

“D” Is for going forward!

I’m voting for the lady and not the slimy old guy who makes used car salesmen look like saints.

What The…

Do you remember the Supreme Court ruling about a Colorado wedding website designer has the right to refuse service to same-sex couples and it was a fake… it was a “What If” case.
A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging first-in-the-nation law designed to place strict limits on drag shows, reversing a lower court ruling that deemed the statute unconstitutional and blocked its enforcement in part of the state.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Memphis-based LGBTQ+ theater company that filed the complaint last year lacked the legal right to sue over the law.
So it seems to me that if a fake case can proceed on a “What If” bases that this case should proceed.
Friends of George’s had alleged that the law would negatively affect them because they produce “drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays” with no age restrictions.

However, the federal appeals court found that Friends of George’s was not at risk of violating the 2023 law because its performances were not “harmful to minors.”


Yet the actual word “drag” doesn’t appear in the statute. Instead, lawmakers changed the state’s definition of adult cabaret to mean “adult-oriented performances that are harmful to minors.” Furthermore, “male or female impersonators” were classified as a form of adult cabaret, akin to strippers or topless dancers.
So a fake cases made it all the way to the Supreme Court but because it didn’t happen yet, an appeals court threw out the case.

Do I see a double standard here? An anti-LGBTQ case proceeds but a pro-LGBTQ case is blocked.

Those are the judges that the Republicans appoint, they put the party ideology ahead of the Constitution.

“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals by just walking out the door!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals for loving the wrong person!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were forced in the closet!

“D” Is for going forward!

I’m voting for the old guy and not the slimy guy who makes used car salesmen look like saints.

Holy Books

The Book of Mormon, the Tanakh, the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita, and then there is the  Bible.

These are all holy book of different religions, and what do they have in common?

They are all books written by man and interpreting what god has said. Then those interpretations are then interpretative by another men (And occasionally women.) and then they tell other what they should believe.

It kind of reminds me of the old game “Telephone” where you whisper something to the person next to you and they pass it along to the person next to them, and at the end you see how the message got twisted.

Just look at all the main sects within Protestantism, there are many denominations and some of them are,
Holiness churches
Some of them preach fire and brimstone while others preach love, understanding, and peace. But both read from the same book!

Islam have a number of sects and their own interpretations of their holy books and also the Jewish religion have many sects some have a hard line interpretations while other sects have a modern interpretations. 
Wars have been fought over who is right, and who is wrong.

What I see as the bottom-line is…
Treating other with respect, honesty, and dignity, and care for the environment for the future generations.

I asked Perplexity AI: "I see all the major religions boil down to Treating other with respect, honesty, and dignity, and care for the environment for the future generations."
Your observation is insightful and touches on a fundamental aspect of many world religions and ethical systems. Indeed, there are common threads of morality and ethics that run through most major religions and philosophical traditions. Here's a more detailed look at your observation:

    Treating others with respect, honesty, and dignity:
  •     This principle is often referred to as the "Golden Rule" and appears in various forms across many religions and ethical systems:
  •     Christianity: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12)
  •     Islam: "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself" (An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith 13)
  •     Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man" (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
  •     Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you" (Mahabharata 5:1517)
  •     Buddhism: "Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful" (Udana-Varga 5.18)
    Care for the environment for future generations:
    While this concept is more explicitly stated in modern interpretations and teachings, many religions have long emphasized stewardship of the Earth:
  •     Christianity: The concept of humans as stewards of God's creation
  •     Islam: The principle of khalifah (stewardship) over the Earth
  •     Judaism: The concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)
  •     Hinduism: The idea of living in harmony with nature
  •     Buddhism: Emphasis on compassion for all sentient beings and mindful consumption
These shared values often form the basis for interfaith dialogue and cooperation. However, it's important to note that while these core ethical principles are similar, religions differ significantly in their specific beliefs, practices, and interpretations of these principles.

Moreover, how these principles are applied in practice can vary widely between and within religious traditions. Historical, cultural, and individual factors all play a role in how religious teachings are interpreted and lived out.

While these common ethical foundations are indeed a unifying factor, the diversity in religious beliefs, practices, and interpretations continues to be a significant aspect of human culture and society.
It is not the holy books that is the problem but rather the ones who are interpenetrating the books.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Disco Duck

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9
questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
I am up at the cottage with company and I doubt that I will be able to answer your posts.

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Rick Dees begins by describing a party where he can't resist that disco beat. What's the last party you attended? Was there dancing?
Well there are several definitions for “party.” If you mean a “party” party I haven’t been to one in ages while I have been with a group of people at a cookout where we “partied” two weekends ago.

2) While this record was a massive international hit in 1976, it got off to an inauspicious start. Rick Dees said it took him less than a day to write the song, and more than three months to convince anyone to let him record it. Tell us about a time you were tempted to give up, but were glad you didn't.
Being retired for almost twenty years I have a laissez-faire attitude, if you can’t do something you can always try another day.

3) In the hit movie Saturday Night Fever, students are briefly seen learning to dance to "Disco Duck." Can you name another song from Saturday Night Fever?
Stayin' Alive and More Than A Woman

4) Dees was already a top disc jockey in Memphis when "Disco Duck" was released. With the record's success, his radio career soared and he got a better job reaching a greater audience at a radio station in Los Angeles. Are there any disc jockeys you loyally listened to every day?
No, I hardly listen to the radio any more except for when I’m driving and then I listen to an all news station, WBZ.

5) After more than 20 years, Rick lost his regular radio slot to Ryan Seacrest. But he still shares "the hottest music on the planet" through the Rick Dees Hit Music app (available at the Apple App Store or Google Play). What app have you recently downloaded to your phone?
Um… I am not a big fan of smartphone apps. The last one I downloaded was an app to identify bird calls and I cannot even remember what app I downloaded before that.

6) He used his favorite radio format to create a cookbook called Rick Dees All-Time Top 40 Greatest Desserts. If you could finish a delicious meal with the dessert of your choice, anything at all, what would you order?
Well last nights strawberry shortcake was pretty good.

7) In 1976, when "Disco Duck" was a hit, The Bionic Woman premiered on ABC. Because of her "bionic parts," Jamie Summers could run super fast, had super-sensitive hearing, and super-human strength. If you could have one of those qualities enhanced -- speed, hearing or strength -- which would you choose?
Well I’m not really interested in any of those superpowers, I rather have the superpower of not having chronic back pain.

8) Also in 1976, like this year, the world got together for The Summer Olympics. Will you be following the international competition?
Short and simple answer. If they have sailing I might watch that (Google says that there is sailing at the Olympics).
9) Random question: You're bone tired, exhausted, and you have an early day tomorrow. As you wash your face and brush your teeth before bed, one of the two bulbs in the bathroom fixture goes out. Do you 1) change the bulb before bed or 2) promise yourself to do it in a hurry tomorrow as you're rushing around in the morning or 3) decide you can live with one bulb for a while, go to bed, and replace the burned-out bulb when you get around it?
#3 hands down! Besides there is a window in the bathroom.

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Friday, July 19, 2024

Really Bad Omen!

If Trump wins look for more laws like this that criminalize our healthcare…
UPI News
By Darryl Coote
July 15, 2024

House Republicans have voted to nullify a new Biden administration rule aimed at increasing protections for transgender students, marking another GOP victory in its fight to stop expansions to protections from discrimination under Title IX.

The Republican-controlled House voted 210-205 right down party lines to overturn the new rule finalized by the Department of Education in April to expand the definition of sex under Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity, along with other characteristics.

It's to go into effect Aug. 1, and would ensure transgender students have access to bathrooms and locker rooms that reflect their gender identity while preventing schools from requiring documentation to validate which gender they choose to present themselves as, among other protections.

Republicans have staunchly opposed the rule since it was announced, attacking it with lawsuits and legislation. More than a dozen of the 26 states that have sued the government over the rule have already secured injunctions blocking it from going into effect.

They argue the change to Title IX would make women's spaces, such as bathrooms and changing rooms, less safe while threatening women's sports, despite the issue of transgender students participating in athletes dealt with in a different, yet-to-be finalized rule from the Biden administration.
We seen these laws on a state level this however, will be national!

It will criminalize us, every time we go the bathroom we would be a criminal.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif, lambasted the bill from the floor, calling it "shortsighted, petty and cruel."

"While Republicans claim that this resolution is in the interest of women's rights, their proposed solution will make the situation worse for female students," he said.

"What overturning this rule does is exacerbate existing inequalities, prevent any future administration from enacting a similar rule, then place the blame solely on the LGBTQI+ community."

The vote comes as the Biden administration has sought to bolster protections for transgender Americans amid a Republican effort to restrict the rights of the LGBT community.
You watch… the cases will go before the Supreme Court and they will rule that it is “state rights” on marriage. A cross country drive could be a nightmare, married in these states… not married in those states. It will be like us now where trans people can drive from Maine to Florida and see our rights vary from one state to another. We need to plan our route on where it is safe to pee.

The Hill wrote that,
An identical resolution is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, however, and the White House this week said President Biden will veto the resolution if it reaches his desk. The Education Department did not immediately return a request for comment on Thursday’s vote.


An identical resolution is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, however, and the White House this week said President Biden will veto the resolution if it reaches his desk. The Education Department did not immediately return a request for comment on Thursday’s vote.
As Smoke the Bear said... When you vote,
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals by just walking out the door!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals for loving the wrong person!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were forced in the closet!

“D” Is for going forward!

Read It And Weep, It Is Not Good News

So who is JD Vance?
Trump’s pick of JD Vance is a clear signal: this is a fight over America’s identity
Vance, a Trump cheerleader, is a mouthpiece for white people unhappy with the country’s changing racial composition
The Guardian
By Steve Phillips
July 18, 2024

Donald Trump’s selection of JD Vance as his running mate is a clear and unmistakable message that Republicans are waging a holy war over the very identity of this nation. In choosing the Ohio senator, the former US president has selected and elevated a person who is one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders and whose primary qualification for national leadership is articulating the grievances of white people unhappy with the country’s changing racial composition.

Rather than even pretend to reach out to the less rabid Republicans who backed Nikki Haley in the primaries or attempt to win greater support among Latinos by choosing Marco Rubio, the Florida senator, Trump has simply doubled down on his crusade to make America white again.

Traditionally, vice-presidential selections aim to broaden the party’s appeal by signaling a commitment to a specific constituency or sector of the electorate. Barack Obama selected Joe Biden in 2008 to racially balance the ticket and reassure white voters that he’d have a veteran, moderate, white male political leader at his side. Biden, in turn, chose a younger woman of color to run with him to inspire and acknowledge the critical importance of women and people of color to the Democratic coalition.
So what is the voting record of this rabid right-wing senator? Here is a hint, it is far right!
JD Vance, Trump’s VP pick, has opposed abortion and LGBTQ+ rights
The first-term senator from Ohio has also taken particular aim at prominent Democrats who do not have children, arguing that political leaders should have a stake in the country’s future through their children.
The 19th News
By Grace Panetta
July 15, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has selected as his running mate first-term Republican Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, who has opposed abortion rights and some LGBTQ+ rights in his time in political office.


Vance was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2022. By then, he had transformed from a Trump critic in the 2016 election to a strong Trump supporter, fully embracing Trump’s brand of populist politics and positioning himself as the vanguard of an ultraconservative intellectual movement. He has stood against abortion rights and some LGBTQ+ rights measures while supporting policies he argues would increase birth rates in the United States, such as making childbirth free and financially incentivizing couples to have children. Vance and his wife, Usha Vance, a lawyer he met at Yale, have three children.
He is a far right-wing supporter of a Christian Nation… he doesn’t say so in so many words but all his policies are policies that the far-right Christians support.
By any measure, Vance – who has no prior political experience and has only been a senator for 17 months – is grossly unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, but that is not surprising given that Trump himself is arguably the least qualified person to ever occupy the Oval Office. Vance’s primary qualification is his ability to articulate the anguish of white working-class Americans. Through his bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy and his rhetoric as a candidate and now senator, Vance has done little else of note in his life than complain about how America is no longer a white-dominated country, a fact that has been painful and disorienting and hard to accept for a considerable number of white people.


By picking Vance, the Republicans show they are not going to try to broaden their coalition: they’re just going to go harder with their shrinking coalition and focus on getting their supporters to the polls. Democrats need to have similar clarity and focus, and devote their resources and energy to maximizing voter turnout from now until election day. If they can do that, they will win – and JD Vance’s voice, and Trump’s, will remain far from the White House.

The news source “The Editors” write that,
Vice President J.D. Vance Could Spark a Religious Revival
Critic of Wall Street, Iraq War is no country-club Republican
By Ira Stoll
July 15, 2024

In choosing Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio as his running mate, President Trump has picked a politician with an unusually acute sense of the interaction between religion, culture, and politics. In “Hillbilly Elegy,” the book that skyrocketed Vance to national fame, Vance writes that his grandmother “always had two gods: Jesus Christ and the United States of America. I was no different, and neither was anyone else I knew.”

In the same book, Vance writes, “Religious folks are much happier. Regular church attendees commit fewer crimes, are in better health, live longer, make more money, drop out of high school less frequently, and finish college more frequently than those who don’t attend church at all.” He goes on, “The juxtaposition is jarring: Religious institutions remain a positive force in people’s lives, but in a part of the country slammed by the decline of manufacturing, joblessness, addiction, and broken homes, church attendance has fallen off.”
This is a guy who will be a heartbeat away from the presidency of a fat, overweight, chesseburger eating 78 year old man. Sen. Vance is a walking talking poster boy for the MAGA cult!
Where J.D. Vance stands on key issues: Abortion, guns, Ukraine and more
Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio has embraced the GOP’s populist shift under Donald Trump in recent years. His policy positions will be in the spotlight as Trump’s running mate.
The Washington Post
By Annabelle Timsit and Leo Sands
July 16, 2024

J.D. Vance, who was selected on Monday as former president Donald Trump’s running mate, once panned Trump’s promises as a kind of “opioid of the masses.” After rising to prominence as the author of the 2016 memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” — which chronicled his difficult upbringing in a steel mill community in Ohio — Vance was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2022. Vance, 39, has moved on from the “Never Trump” camp to embrace Trump and his populist style.
So where does he stand on the issues (Here’s a hint… far, far right.)

Vance has described abortion as “the first political issue I can ever remember caring about” and has equated abortion with murder. The Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, gave Vance an “A+” score based on his Senate record and said he “has voted consistently to defend the lives of the unborn and infants.” Last year, Vance opposed Issue 1, a ballot measure to enshrine reproductive rights into Ohio’s constitution, which passed in the Republican-controlled state last year with over 56 percent of votes.
Colorado Politics writes about his Christian views...
Ten hours after making his first speech as a vice presidential candidate, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) made his second, this time a pitch to evangelical conservatives.

Vance finished the biggest speech of his political career after 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday night, and began speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition breakfast at a Milwaukee hotel before 8 a.m. Thursday morning, seeking to make his case to the demographic.

"Social conservatives have a seat at this table, and always will so long as I have any influence in this party," he said. "I know that President Trump agrees.”

Sporting a purple tie, Vance spoke about his "faith journey" and how that faith can be integrated into a governing agenda.
Gun control… whatever the NRA says and wants and on immigration he mimics Trump, throw them all out!!!

The Washington Post goes on to write,
On Monday, Vance told Fox News he believes the United States should deport some of the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country — “You start with the most violent people, the people who have criminal records,” he said — and dissuade migrants from coming to the United States by making it difficult for them to work.
On the economy, he bends over to give the billionaires anything they want!
As Trump’s running mate, Vance is likely to march in lockstep behind the former president’s economic agenda, which features more traditional conservative policies such as tax cuts and is heavily favored by big business groups.
Now here is the really scary part,
Vance has echoed the false claims made by Trump about widespread fraud in the 2020 election and expressed doubts about the integrity of the electoral process.

Vance, in February, suggested that he would have taken a different path than former vice president Mike Pence, who presided over the congressional certification of the election results in January 2021. Vance said if he had been vice president, he would have allowed Congress to consider fraudulent slates of pro-Trump electors.
Never mind the will of the people… it is the will of the party!
JD Vance faces criticism from advocates for his 'cruel' record on LGBTQ issues
The senator from Ohio introduced a bill to ban transition-related care for minors and another to prohibit “X” gender markers on passports.
NBC News
By Jo Yurcaba
July 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump announced Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, as his vice presidential running mate Monday, sparking near-immediate backlash from some of the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy groups, who called attention to his support for policies and rhetoric targeting the community.

Both the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, and GLAAD, a national LGBTQ media advocacy group, released lists of comments Vance had made and policies he had supported relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

HRC and GLAAD noted that Vance introduced a bill last year called the Protect Children’s Innocence Act, which would have banned transition-related medical care, including puberty blockers, hormone therapy and operations, for minors nationally. The bill, which was never taken up in committee, would have charged health care providers who violated it with a class C felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and also would have banned institutions of higher education and accrediting entities from providing instruction about gender-affirming care.
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals by just walking out the door!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were criminals for loving the wrong person!
“R” Is for reverse. Taking us back to the days when we were forced in the closet!

“D” Is for going forward!

Some people have said that I moved away from trans rights to politics but in 2024 politics is about trans rights. Now as never before our human rights are on the line. Politics for us has moved beyond which bathroom to use to being about our rights to our very existence.

The Republicans have passed laws that step between us and our doctors. They have passed laws to ban us changing our birth certificate which is vital for us to get employment. The Republicans have made so just by saying these magic words they can ignore the laws, all they have to say is “It is against my religion!” and they can ignore the non-discrimination laws.

The 2024 elections are about us and our rights! This November elections will define where we go in the next four years and beyond.