Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I WON! I WON! I WON!

The election is over
The sparring is done.
My party lost.
Your party won,
But let’s make amends
Go on as friends,
Let our differences pass,
While I hug my Dumbo,
And you kiss your ass!

I WON! YOU LOST! HEE HAW!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Love is a wonderful thing. Why not try it?


 ___ SNOW HAIKU ___

Children all agog
As snow deepens on the ground
School is out today!

Mommy’s plans are shot
Grimly she brews more coffee
To steady her nerves.

Tugging on snowsuits
Zippering up galoshes
Soon she’ll make cocoa

Oatmeal cookies too
Need watching lest they get burned
She’ll be well prepared

Not the day she’d planned
But not so bad after all
Because she loves them.


~ FreeThinke


Saturday, December 9, 2017


Does the following 
tell more about 
ROY MOORE and the RNC 
or about 
JONAH GOLDBERG?

Jonah Goldberg, 48, conservative columnist, author, and pundit. 

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RNC and Roy Moore, Together Again: Spectacularly Stupid 
and Morally Obscene
Populist firebrand Steve Bannon savaged national Republican leaders in a fiery call to rally voters behind embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore as the battle for the GOP's soul played out in rural Alabama. 
(Dec. 6) AP


by Jonah Goldberg
USA TODAY, Opinion contributor 

Published 5:00 a.m. ET Dec. 6, 2017 | Updated 9:51 p.m. ET Dec. 6, 2017

It would have been better if the GOP never severed ties with the alleged child molester in the first place.

Rumors that the Republican National Committee was built on the site of an ancient moron burial ground gained new credence this week when it confirmed that it was renewing its support for Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. 

I shouldn’t joke, because the worst thing about the RNC’s decision isn’t the stupidity — though the stupidity is real, and spectacular — but the moral obscenity.

Last month, the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled out of their joint fundraising agreements because Moore had been credibly accused by several women of having preyed upon them when they were teenagers, as first detailed in an exhaustively reported Washington Post story. 

One of the women, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 years old when Moore hit on her while her parents were enmeshed in a child custody suit. When they went on their second “date,” he served her alcohol and sexually molested her.

When Moore’s initial denials to Fox News’ Sean Hannity seemed more like lawyerly confirmations — dating teenagers wasn’t his “customary behavior” he explained — a slew of top Republicans said they believed the women and called for Moore to drop out of the race.

There have been no new developments in the Moore story, at least none particularly helpful to Moore’s — now more full-throated — denials. Initially, he admitted to knowing two of the women, saying each one was a "good girl.” Now he says he never met any of them and they’re all liars.

But on Monday, the Post reported that one of the women, Debbie Wesson Gibson, who says she had consensually dated Moore when she was 17 and he was 34, produced a high school graduation card handwritten from Moore. 

If authentic, the note doesn’t prove anything beyond the fact that Moore lied when he denied knowing Gibson. But that’s not the point. The day Gibson produced yet more proof that his denials are not credible, the RNC renewed its partnership with Moore. In other words, on the same day the case against Moore got worse, the RNC decided to re-board the Moore train.

It would have been better if they never severed ties in the first place. Because now the RNC is basically saying, “We believe these women, we just don’t care anymore.” The RNC pulled its support when they thought Moore could be forced from the race. They renewed it when it was clear he lacked the decency to drop out. In other words, their real problem was with a potential loser, not a possible child molester. That is simply grotesque.

Never mind the fact that even before the sexual allegations against Moore surfaced, he was already a walking negative campaign ad for the Democrats. But now every donation to the RNC will go, at least in part, to a man pretty much the entire GOP congressional leadership said is guilty as charged. What great branding.

Of course, there’s one leading Republican who fancies himself an expert on branding, who sees things differently. President Trump even opted to endorse Moore on Monday. 

“Democrats' refusal to give even one vote for massive tax cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted. He later followed up with a phone call to Moore, which reportedly ended with the president saying, “Go get ‘em, Roy!”

As an understandably anonymous GOP official told CNN, “The RNC is the political arm of the president, and we support the president.”

It’s hardly news that Trump has always put his interests ahead of his party or nearly any other cause. But you have to wonder whether he understands his own interests. If the polls are right and Moore was going to win anyway, why throw away the RNC’s credibility like so much ballast off a sinking ship?

Moreover, every GOP politician will be forced to comment on Moore’s legitimacy. If they support him, they’re supporting a man most voters believe is a sexual predator. If they oppose him, they will be asked why they have one standard for Moore and another for the president, who has also been credibly accused of sexual assault. It’s no-win messaging for as far as the eye can see. 

Yes, the White House needs Alabama's U.S. Senate seat. But it also needs Senate and House seats in 49 other states, as will the GOP long after Trump has left the scene. The Republican Party also needs its integrity and its soul. This debacle makes holding on to any of them harder. 

[Jonah Goldberg, an American Enterprise Institute fellow and National Review contributing editor, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. Follow him @JonahNRO.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017



__________ JERUSALEM __________

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

~ William Blake (1757-1827)



I understand Blake was inspired to write this beloved poem by a passage from Milton. It was set to music later in the nineteenth-century by Hubert Parry, whse splendid treatment turned it into Britain's unofficial national anthem. Even at my advanced age I can never think of thus splendid thing without breaking our into goose bumps all over my body. Cynics, naysayers and iconoclasts notwithstanding the pride, the magic, the glory, and the beauty that was England lives on in her poetry and the music of her finest composers. For this I shall always thank God.

William Blake (1757-1827), poet, artist, mystic

Now what do YOU think Blake MEANT by invoking the name JERUSALEM?  Surely by claiming the desirability of establishing "Jerusalem" on “England’s green and pleasant land” it is not possible that he was referring to that tiny, hotly disputed piece of territory in the Middle East over which we are now reviving torrents of controversy?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017



We are sorry the pictures accompanying this article would not reproduce here. The original is linked at the DRUDGE REPORT. At any rate we are very much interested in how this article impresses YOU after you've read it THOROUGHLY.

The Washington Post

Woman Shares New Evidence of Relationship with Roy Moore When She Was 17



December 4 at 4:58 PM


Delray Beach, Fla. — Debbie Wesson Gibson was in her attic hauling out boxes of Christmas decorations last week when she noticed a storage bin she said she had forgotten about. Inside was a scrapbook from her senior year of high school, and taped to a page titled “Those Who Inspire” was a graduation card.
“Happy graduation Debbie,” it read in slanted cursive handwriting. “I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do. Roy.”

The inscription, Gibson said, was written by Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for U.S. Senate who in recent days has repeatedly denied the accounts of five women who told The Washington Post that he pursued them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Since those allegations were published last month, four more women have come forward to allege that Moore made unwanted sexual advances. 

The accounts in The Post included those of Leigh Corfman, who said she was 14 when Moore touched her sexually, and Gibson, who said that she publicly dated Moore when she was 17 and he was 34, a relationship she said she “wore like a badge of honor” until she began reevaluating it in light of the accounts of other women, and now, Moore’s own denials.

Shortly after the allegations first surfaced, Moore said in a radio interview with Sean Hannity that he did not know Corfman, but that he remembered Gibson as well as Gloria Thacker Deason, who had told The Post that she dated Moore when she was 18. He called each one “a good girl,” and said that he did not remember dating them.

But at two campaign events in recent days, Moore has backtracked.

At a Nov. 27 campaign event in the north Alabama town of Henagar, Moore said, “The allegations are completely false. They are malicious. Specifically, I do not know any of these women.”

At a Nov. 29 rally at a church in the south Alabama town of Theodore, Moore said, “Let me state once again: I do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women and have not engaged in any sexual misconduct with anyone.”

Gibson said that after finding the scrapbook, she was not sure whether to make it public given the threats she received after publication of the original story. Then she heard what Moore said last week, she said, and contacted The Post.


“He called me a liar,” said Gibson, who says she not only openly dated Moore when she was 17 but later joined him in passing out fliers during his campaign for circuit court judge in 1982 and exchanged Christmas cards with him over the years. “Roy Moore made an egregious mistake to attack that one thing — my integrity.”


A photo of Debbie Wesson Gibson when she was a high school senior, as seen in a scrapbook she kept during her senior year at Etowah High School. (Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)


The Moore campaign did not respond to numerous requests for comment for this story.

Two of the other women named in The Post article have also pushed back in recent days against Moore.

In an open letter to Moore published on the Alabama news site Al.com after Moore’s Nov. 27 speech, Corfman wrote that “I am done being silent.”

“You sent out your spokesman to call me a liar. Day after day. Finally, last night, you did the dirty work yourself . . .” she wrote. “What you did to me when I was 14-years old should be revolting to every person of good morals. But now you are attacking my honesty and integrity. Where does your immorality end?”

In a statement to The Post after Moore’s Nov. 29 speech, Paula Cobia, a lawyer for Deason, recounted Deason’s vivid memories of dating Moore, from specific restaurants she says they frequented, to the velvet-collared dress Deason says she wore when she says Moore took her to a social function at a Ramada Inn.


“No matter what lies Roy Moore may choose to tell now,” Cobia said, “the truth was the first thing out of his mouth when it came to remembering Gloria.”

Gibson, 54, now lives in Delray Beach, Fla., is a registered Republican, and is the founder of a company that provides sign language interpretation. 

Though she said the bulk of her work is in educational, medical and legal settings, her clients have included Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, and Republicans such as the mayor of Miami. She said that despite requests from dozens of media outlets, she had “very carefully said absolutely nothing” after her account was first published in The Post due to a barrage of threatening hate mail she received, prompting her to notify her local police department. She and the other women have been accused by Moore’s surrogates of lying, or being paid to spread false stories, or being part of a larger political conspiracy to defeat Moore.


Debbie Wesson Gibson shows what she says is a graduation card from Roy Moore. She says he handed it to her during her high school graduation ceremony in 1981. Underneath is Gibson’s own note about what Moore meant to her at the time. (Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)


Then she found the scrapbook and the graduation card with the slanted, cursive handwriting, which she said immediately reminded her of another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, who had come forward after the Post story was published. In an emotional news conference with the attorney Gloria Allred, Nelson accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16, and produced what she said was her high school yearbook with an inscription to her from Moore.
  

“I just couldn’t imagine him doing something like that,” Gibson said. “And then when I saw the interview from Beverly, and I saw his handwriting in her yearbook, my heart just sank. And when I saw what I knew to be Roy Moore’s handwriting, I just began to sob openly.”


Beverly Young Nelson shows her high school yearbook, and an inscription she says was written by Roy Moore, at a news conference on Nov. 13. (Richard Drew /AP)



Mark Songer, a former FBI forensic examiner now with the firm Robson Forensic, examined an image of the graduation card at The Post’s request and said that it “appears to be naturally prepared.” Songer also compared an image of the yearbook inscription to the image of the graduation card and said that “the style of writing, as well as certain letter features, appear to be similar.” He stressed the need for a full and comprehensive handwriting examination to arrive at a final conclusion.

Gibson said she remembers Moore handing the card to her at the Etowah High School graduation ceremony in Attalla, Ala., where Gibson grew up about 10 miles from Moore’s home. She remembers reading the inscription and writing below it: “Roy Moore inspires me because he is such a successful man himself. Also, he is about the only person I know of who seriously believes in me. I appreciate that. He’s got to be one of the nicest people I know.”

As she flipped through the scrapbook last week, Gibson said, she realized it contained other indications of her relationship with Moore, which she says began in March 1981, after he came to speak to her high school civics class.

On a page titled “commencement,” under “My own guests,” she had written “Roy S. Moore,” just above “mom” and “dad.”

On a page titled “remembrances,” she had listed her graduation gifts line by line, including “$10, card” from “Roy S. Moore,” and a check mark indicating she had sent a thank-you card.


Debbie Wesson Gibson points to an entry in her high school scrapbook, where she noted what she says was her first date with Roy Moore. (Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)



On a page titled “the best times,” she had written: “Wednesday night, 3-4-81. Roy S. Moore and I went out for the first time. We went out to eat at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. I had a great time.” She had underlined “great” twice.

The scrapbook also contained a photo of Gibson as a high school senior, and when she saw it, she said, she thought to herself, “That’s the age I was when I dated Roy Moore, because my braces were off.”

As Gibson previously told The Post, she said that she and Moore dated for a couple of months. She said he kissed her by the swimming pool concession stand at a local country club, that he played his guitar and read his own poetry to her, and that things ended when she went off to college in another part of Alabama, though they still kept in touch.

She said she helped Moore when he was campaigning for circuit court judge in 1982, and remembers tucking fliers under windshield wipers at the Kmart parking lot.

She said that when she became engaged, Moore insisted on meeting her fiance to make sure he was “good enough for me.” She said when Moore was first appointed as a circuit court judge in 1992, she sent him a gavel engraved with his name and a congratulatory note, and that her family and his exchanged Christmas cards some years.

She said that she held Moore “in high esteem,” despite political differences with him, until she began hearing stories from other women who alleged that Moore pursued them as teenagers. She said that at first she did not want to believe the women.

“It takes what I thought was a very lovely part of my past, and it colors it, and it changes it irrevocably,” she said. “It changes it permanently.”

What made her decision to share the documents easier, she said, was watching and re-watching a video she has on her cellphone of Moore speaking last week and deciding that supporting the women who have come forward was more important than staying silent.

“At 34 minutes and 56 seconds into the video, he says, unequivocally, I did not know any of them,” Gibson said. “In that moment, it changed my perspective. I knew he was a liar.”

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   STRICTLY to YOURSELF.

WE DONT WANT THAT HERE.

Sunday, December 3, 2017




I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing, eyes –– 
I wonder if It weighs like Mine –– 
Or has an Easier size.

I wonder if They bore it long ––
Or did it just begin –– 
I could not tell the Date of Mine ––
It feels so old a pain –– 

I wonder if it hurts to live –– 
And if They have to try –– 
And whether –– could They choose between –– 
It would not be –– to die –– 

I note that Some –– gone patient long –– 
At length, renew their smile ––  
An imitation of a Light
That has so little Oil –– 

I wonder if when Years have piled ––  
Some Thousands –– on the Harm ––  
That hurt them early –– such a lapse
Could give them any Balm –– 

Or would they go on aching still
Through Centuries of Nerve –– 
Enlightened to a larger Pain ––  
In Contrast with the Love –– 

The Grieved –– are many –– I am told –– 
There is the various Cause ––  
Death –– is but one ––  and comes but once –– 
And only nails the eyes –– 

There’s Grief of Want –– and grief of Cold  ––  
A sort they call “Despair” ––  
There’s Banishment from native Eyes ––
In sight of Native Air ––  

And though I may not guess the kind ––  
Correctly –– yet to me
A piercing Comfort it affords
In passing Calvary ––  

To note the fashions –– of the Cross ––  
And how they’re mostly worn –– 
Still fascinated to presume
That Some –– are like my own ––

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


Wednesday, November 29, 2017


All Right, I Guess We’ve Beaten 
SEXUAL HARASSMENT 
to 
DEATH


We Will Have to Leave ROY MOORE’s Fate 
to the Voters in Alabama Where It 
Properly Belongs.



So What OTHER ISSUES 
Concern You Regarding 
WORLD POLITICS 
and the 
FATE of OUR NATION?




How's This for Starters?