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Friday, October 20, 2017

Just in time for Halloween! A cool new way to dispose of your loved ones.

The ghouls are winning, kids, and we aren't even putting up a fight.

Respect for the dead. Only we the living can provide it.

An alkaline hydrolysis unit at a funeral home in Windom, Minn.    

An Alternative to Burial and Cremation Gains Popularity - The Old Gray Whore -

It is an unnerving but important question, and for most Americans there have long been only two obvious choices: burial or cremation.

But a third option, a liquefaction process called by a variety of names — flameless cremation, green cremation or the “Fire to Water” method — is starting to gain popularity throughout the United States.

This week, California became the 15th state to outline commercial regulations for the disposal of human remains through the method, chemically known as alkaline hydrolysis.

It may seem markedly different from the traditional means of digging graves or burning the dead. A machine uses a chemical bath to dissolve protein, blood and fat, leaving only a coffee-colored liquid, powdery bone and any metal implants, like dental fillings.

Jeffrey Dahmer wouldn't have liked this. He preferred his dead people pickled.

The California bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, who represents much of San Diego, after he was contacted by executives from Qico Inc., the company that advertises the process with the trademark “Fire to Water.”

Assemblyman Gloria said that he supported the bill partly to advocate for a constituent but also because he thought that people should have more choices.

“It was definitely new to me,” he said. “I think like most people I don’t talk a lot about death. I don’t think about it a great deal; I probably shy away from it. But when the concept was brought to me, of course I needed to understand it better.” He added, “It’s pretty fascinating stuff.”

Alkaline hydrolysis was patented in the United States in 1888 “for the treatment of bones and animal waste” and modernized by Dr. Gordon I. Kaye and Dr. Peter B. Weber, two professors at Albany Medical College about a century later.

It works like this: An alkali, or salt derived from an alkaline earth metal (usually sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide or a combination of the two), is combined with water in a specially made machine.

About 65 percent of the human body is already water, while another 20 percent or so is protein, including blood, muscle and collagen, which is found in tissue and bone. The alkali breaks down the body’s proteins and fats. The machine produces sterile brown effluent made up of minerals, salts, amino acids, soap and water, as well as weakened bones that can be crushed into an ash, and any metal in the body.

Bio-Response Solutions is one of the few working manufacturers of such machines in the United States. Joe Wilson, its chief executive, said the field is so new, people do not yet agree on what to call the machines. He sells two models: the High-Temperature 28 and Low-Temperature 28. The first sells for $220,000 and can dissolve a body in as little as three hours; the second costs $150,000 and takes up to 16 hours. Some competitors sell far costlier models. (The number refers to the diameter of the cylinder, 28 inches.)

One of his competitors sells a $500,000 model. “It’s a very high-end unit, like a Rolls-Royce,” he said. “And Rolls-Royces are nice but you don’t see many of them around. I watched it for a couple years and finally decided to do a Chevrolet.”

Flameless cremation seems to have caught on among younger funeral directors.

Ryan Cattoni, 28, who graduated from mortuary school in 2010, said that he learned about the method from a trade magazine and thought it was probably “the wave of the future.”

He opened AquaGreen Dispositions (Holy Euphemism, Batman!) in South Holland, Ill., in September 2012, about a year after the state legalized the process.

He offers a flameless cremation package covering the paperwork, an urn (filled with powder from the bone) and transport for $1,795. He said that he performs hundreds of them a year. A simple nonceremonial cremation in Chicago can cost as much as $3,000.

The environmental benefits of alkaline hydrolysis are significant. Its carbon footprint is about a tenth of that caused by burning bodies. Mr. Wilson said liquefaction uses a fraction of the energy of a standard cremator and releases no fumes.

Shit, you can sell anything these days with the word "green".

Funeral directors thought the machines would be popular for their environmental benefits, but they were surprised to discover other motives.

“When it’s a family that has just lost Mom or Dad, they’re in a more emotional state and they look at it and say it seems more gentle,” said Jason Bradshaw, the president and chief executive of a funeral and cremation service with six locations in the Twin Cities.

One of his customers was Judy Kastelle, 68, a resident of Hudson, Wis., who has found herself averse to burial. Both her grandparents were buried, she said in an interview, and she thought it seemed wrong to put their bodies in coffins encased in concrete.

When her mother, Marcella Okerman, died at 95 earlier this month, Ms. Kastelle had already arranged for flameless cremation.

“I just liked the gentleness, of her kind of being dissolved away,” Ms. Kastelle said. “I didn’t think a lot about that. I knew cremation was the thing, and it just seemed like an option that felt kinder, to me.”

Not everyone feels this way. Some critics recoil, in part because the effluent is released into local sewage systems.

“They say ‘soylent green’ or ‘throw mama down the drain’ or all that stuff,” Mr. Wilson said.


But experts note that the fluid is sterile and contains nutrients, so much so that it can be and is used as a fertilizer. Rick Vonderwell, who manages Tails Remembered, a pet crematory in Delphos, Ohio, uses the effluent at his farm, as do several large universities.

Wouldn't it be better to just dump the dead folks in the fields so they can feed the buzzards and the vermin as well?

In some places where flameless cremation is available, it has quickly overtaken the alternative. Mr. Bradshaw, who has been offering both services for five years, says that more than two-thirds of families seeking cremation choose the new method when it is offered.

“Burial is dead,” Mr. Wilson said. (Here's proof of the classic saw: "Inside of every mortician lives a stand-up comic.") “It’s going to go away. It’s not sustainable. Too many people and not enough land.”

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

You see, the trick is to convince the poor they are enslaved due to lack of money.

Or, "How do we keep the black man down? Give him free Wi-Fi."

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media  Washington's other other newspaper - 

Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday.

The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent youngsters spend nearly three-and-a-half hours daily watching TV and using varied devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and video game players.

By comparison, kids in higher-income homes spend just under two hours on such activities. The offspring of better-educated parents also spend less time with media (1 hour, 37 minutes) compared with children of those with less education (2 hours, 50 minutes).

“Before we can begin to understand the impact of media and technology on kids and families, we have to better understand their attitudes and behaviors,” James P. Steyer, the nonprofit group’s CEO and founder, and Reveta Franklin Bowers, chair of its board, said in a preface to the report.

The survey found that Latino parents expressed the most concern about what their children are exposed to in media, including sex, violence and racial and gender stereotypes. African-American parents voiced somewhat less concern, with white parents expressing the least worry among ethnic groups.

But a majority of parents overall said their children’s use of digital media helps boost learning and creativity.

The time youngsters spend reading or being read to has remained steady at 30 minutes daily, compared with previous studies in 2011 and 2013. But fewer than half (43 percent) of children under 2 are read to each day, counter to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that reading to kids should begin at infancy to help develop language and literacy skills.

Nearly half (49 percent) of children are watching TV or using electronic media shortly before bedtime, contrary to the academy’s recommendation of an hour gap between such activities and sleep.
According to its conclusion, the survey “should not be read as a judgment on the quality of children’s time with media; rather, it is a snapshot of how media and technology are infused into daily life. Additional experimental and qualitative work is essential to better understanding the full implications of children’s media use.”

Other key findings:

— Children 8 and younger spend an average of 2 hours, 19 minutes daily with screen media, about the same as in prior study years. TV gets the lion’s share, 58 minutes, but mobile has risen rapidly from 5 minutes daily in 2011 to 48 minutes in 2017.

— The “digital divide” is narrower but still exists between more and less affluent families. Home computers and internet access were found in 72 percent and 74 percent, respectively, of low-income homes, compared with 97 percent and 96 percent for higher-income families.

— In a surprising twist, children pick “old-fashioned” paper books over digital reading. Only three of the 29 minutes that kids spend reading each day are on electronic devices.

So...They're saying there's a sliver of hope?

Nope. These damn LED lights will ruin the kids' eyes before they are 12.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Wow. People are really stupid sometimes.

Massachusetts coffee shop closes after anti-police post - WCVB-TV

  The owner of a Massachusetts coffee shop says she's closing her business because of the firestorm created when her daughter, the store's manager, made anti-police comments on Facebook.

Kato Mele, owner of the year-old White Rose Coffeehouse in Lynn, said she is closing "so I can stop being harassed."

"I would just say that my daughter had every right to say something as stupid as she said, every American has the right to say something as stupid as she said," Mele said.

You are absolutely correct, madam. Everyone also has the right to overreact and ruin your business. The point is this: People should not do either of these things.

Mele tried to make amends after her daughter, Sophie, wrote on her personal Facebook page last weekend that the business would never host a "Coffee with a Cop" event. During the ensuing back and forth, she called police bullies and racists.

Mele fired her daughter and wrote police an apology calling the remarks "distasteful, biased and hateful." She invited officers to the shop Monday for coffee.

"I don't agree with what she said. It is not my opinion. I should never have been linked to my business and that's where I parted ways with my daughter, in regards to the business," Mele said.
The police did not show, and the usual morning crowd never materialized either.

"This is a community that's on the rise," Mele said. "We were hoping to be a part of that. It's very sad for me knowing we're not going to be a part of that."

STANDISH, Maine — A Maine high school has rejected a student’s submitted yearbook photo because it shows him holding a shotgun.

Bonny Eagle High School senior Wade Gelinas says he wanted his picture to feature hunting because it is a family tradition.

Principal Lori Napolitano tells WCSH-TV the school in Standish does not allow weapons in yearbook photos because administrators don’t want to be forced to decide which images are promoting violence and which aren’t.

Anyone with a brain and a modicum of sense can tell the difference, Principal Lori.

The photographer says she thought there was “no way” Gelinas would be allowed to use it.

Gelinas says he will submit a different photo but hopes the school will change its policy.

Master Gelinas (I know. He's already more mature than his Principal.) should submit a new photo showing him holding two Pop-Tarts carved into handguns. Or maybe a baguette carved into a rifle...

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Imagine $9.1 BILLION pouring into worthy charities each autumn...

That's right. kiddies. Americans will spend over $9 billion on Halloween this year. That's $86 for each and every one of us.

And for what? It certainly isn't to prepare for All Saints Day on November 1.

From CNBC:

Halloween spending slated to hit record $9.1 billion, NRF says

It might actually be worth it if that $9 billion was spent on helping kids have a fun and spooky night. I could live with that.

Sadly, Halloween has become the season when insecure, self-hating "adult" morons feel safe to pretend to be ANYTHING else for a little while and try to get laid. (Needless to say, alcohol sales are way up this time of year.) "No sweetie, I can't remove my mask. That's part of the fun."

If you are over the age of 12 and are planning to "celebrate" Halloween, please don't. Write a check for $86, give it to a worthwhile charity, and make the world a slightly better place.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ever wonder how a dumbass from bucolic Amishland sounds?

Just like the dumbasses in your neighborhood.

Sorry. SORRY!

That was uncharitable of me. Let me try again...

We can do that madam. We have that right. Did you ever hear of a Constitutional Convention?

I double-dog dare you and your totalitarian friends to call one. PLEASE CALL ONE. Then you will reap what you have sown.

From the paper that dares not speak its own name:

 Put gun control to a national referendum | Letters To The Editor ...

This gun control issue has gone beyond the ridiculous. The gun lobby seems to have a (rather personal) grip on our representatives in Congress that defies reason and common sense.

Here’s my idea: We hold a national referendum (put it to a countrywide vote) to decide the issue.

I haven’t talked to anyone who thinks assault rifles and other military-style weapons should be in the hands of ordinary, or not-so-ordinary, citizens. But apparently there are those who will release them only when their hands are cold and dead.

Just think about the weapons of choice in the 1770s when the Founding Fathers were writing the Constitution: flintlock rifles, pistols, blunderbusses. They unfortunately failed to be more specific in writing the Second Amendment, and this has fueled a centuries-old debate. But for sure, in their wildest dreams they couldn’t have envisioned these weapons we have designed for mass destruction to be necessary to defend life and limb.

For heaven’s sake, let’s move into the positions other developed countries have adopted and finally do something sensible about this once and for all.

Lillian Hill
Marietta, PA

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Love the First Amendment. It helps us spot the assholes from a safe distance.

Forget the high-minded principles of our Founding Fathers, kiddies. In the real world, letting the fascists, totalitarians, morons, psychopaths and other perverts among us to bleat and vomit their ignorance into the public square is a great help to us normals.

Think of it this way: Wouldn't it be helpful if child molesters and rapists walked among us with their dicks always in their hands? Sure it would be unsightly, but you'd know whom to avoid. Or shoot.

Allow me to demonstrate:

1) From The Washington Times comes the latest forked-tongue Realhatespeech Heap Big Lying Squaw left after squatting on Amerika's front lawn:

Elizabeth Warren confronted over 'one percenter' status, says 'it's not hypocrisy when I do it'...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was forced to defend her wealth despite her frequent attacks on the rich after she was confronted by a Boston radio host earlier this week.

Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who frequently attacks big banks and Wall Street, ran into WRKO radio host Jeff Kuhner at the studio Monday and was asked how she can justify “railing” against a class of Americans to which she belongs.

“Question: You often say, and I agree with you, that the 99 percent are getting shafted by the one percent. You live in Cambridge, you’ve got a $2 million mansion,” Mr. Kuhner said as Ms. Warren nodded in agreement. “Plus you’re a multimillionaire yourself. How can you rail against the one percent, when in a sense, you are and live like the one percent?”

Ms. Warren launched into her biography about her modest childhood and not having enough money to apply to college, much less being able to afford to attend. She started to get visibly annoyed when Mr. Kuhner interjected, saying, “You made millions of dollars, right? And you live in a mansion in Cambridge.”

Ms. Warren said she got to where she is today because she was able to attend a state law school that only charged $450 a semester.

“That’s how I had opportunity and I am deeply grateful to an America that made those opportunities possible. Those opportunities are not available in America today,” she said, speaking over Mr. Kuhner. “I had opportunities because America invested in kids like me, and that’s the reason I’m in public office.”

“I know,” Mr. Kuhner responded. “But you’re part of the one percent and you rail against the one percent. You don’t see the hypocrisy there?”

“It’s not hypocrisy!” the senator exclaimed. “What this is about is whether you believe in opportunity or not.

“I believe in opportunity and it’s what I fight for,” she said as she walked away.

Fake Indian and real fascist. Her point is this: "As long as you're a left-fascist thugette like me and spew the Party line, you can do whatever you want."

2) The dirty motherfucking Clintons took money from another dirty motherfucker. There's a big surprise. Would anyone like to bet me they won't take his money after he is "cured" in rehab?

And the Jug-Eared Jackass? Child, please. He was hoping Harvey The Self-Hating Commie would offer him a starring role in exchange for a blowjob.

Hillary Clinton, Obamas condemn Harvey Weinstein - CNNPolitics

3) Behold as the wondrous First Amendment allows us to see that Richard Spencer is a totalitarian dick and so are the left-fascist "protesters" who can't stand the thought that others might disagree with them. (P.S. I'm sure Little Dicky Spencer and his ilk [See 4 below.] also have some nasty plans for their enemies when they take over.)

Richard Spencer's Florida speech disrupted by protesters - Washington's other other newspaper ...

4) GermaineGreerInDrag thinks her transplanted armadillo dick makes her a tough guy, but the Russian doctors forgot to include the balls.

CNN discusses her desperate attempt to prove she can play with the big boys and force her way into the club:

In case you are tempted to try to take solace in the fact we have the Internet and the AmerikaLast Media to protect our freedom, you just haven't been paying attention. They would be the first to start shooting if they ever had any real power.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Monday, October 09, 2017


Today is the day civilized folks celebrate the great Italian explorer who brought the One True Faith, the written word, and the wheel to the New World. He brought these great gifts to the descendants of Asiatic invaders who had barged into this empty, pristine land several thousand years earlier. (Look it up.)

If you heard differently, you were lied to.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle with... Anyone? Anyone at all?


TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

And now, in order to give equal time to the totalitarian gun-grabbers and the hysterical ninnies...









TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.


Of course, these facts are not for you gun-grabbing fascists. You know our guns are for shooting you when you come to take every last bit of our freedom.

From Washington's other other newspaper:

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise...

Leah Libresco is a statistician and former newswriter at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism site. She is the author of “Arriving at Amen.”

People who care enough to learn the truth about these things have been reading similar research since the 1980s. The bottom line is this: Guns are tools. Like hammers. An evil son of a bitch with a hammer can murder too. Let's concentrate on helping our neighbors refrain from becoming evil sons of bitches.

(All emphasis below is mine. - F.G.)

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.

I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. Mass shootings were too rare in Australia for their absence after the buyback program to be clear evidence of progress. And in both Australia and Britain, the gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.

When I looked at the other oft-praised policies, I found out that no gun owner walks into the store to buy an “assault weapon.” It’s an invented classification that includes any semi-automatic that has two or more features, such as a bayonet mount, a rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, a folding stock or a pistol grip. But guns are modular, and any hobbyist can easily add these features at home, just as if they were snapping together Legos.

As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.

As my co-workers and I kept looking at the data, it seemed less and less clear that one broad gun-control restriction could make a big difference. Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them. I couldn't even answer my most desperate question: If I had a friend who had guns in his home and a history of suicide attempts, was there anything I could do that would help?

However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence. And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence. Far more people were killed in these ways than in mass-shooting incidents, but few of the popularly floated policies were tailored to serve them.

By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news.

Instead, I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.

Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts.

Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Stop whining about how the government isn't helping Puerto Rico! Write a fucking check!

Sorry, kiddies, but if you had been paying attention for the last 60-odd years, you would know the poor people of Puerto Rico have had way too much government. And yes, it is mostly our fault.

Be a real mensch. Don't eat out for a week and send the money to help the people of the Carribbean:

Give to Hurricane Relief | Catholic Relief Services

Or Here:

To make a donation to help families in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please give to our sister agency Catholic Charities USA.

From Pittsburgh's other newspaper:

The Pirates will deliver 460,000 pounds of hurricane-relief supplies to Puerto Rico ...

Before a game in late September, Joey Cora heard the Pirates owner wanted to see him. The third-base coach met with Bob Nutting the day Hurricane Maria slammed into Cora’s native Puerto Rico.

“What can we do to help?” Nutting asked.

Those conversations had already started. In the dugout during a game, Francisco Cervelli talked to interpreter Mike Gonzalez, another Puerto Rican, and Sean Rodriguez. “Originally it was between us, something small, something simple, just get it to one of the smaller cities that needs the most help,” Rodriguez said.

Cervelli upped the ante.

“I said, ‘Mike, why don’t we do something bigger?’ ” Cervelli said. “‘Why don’t we find a private jet and send some stuff there?’ ”

The thought processes collided when Cora spoke with Cervelli. He returned to Nutting with his answer: “Get a plane. We’ll fill it up. We’ll make it work.”

Now they need two planes.

Mr. Nutting is a horrible team owner and the Bucs will never really contend until well after he sells them...but this is a real nice thing he did.

On Thursday, the Pirates will fly to San Juan with 460,000 pounds of supplies and $225,000 to help the island, which dealt with flooding, massive power outages, loss of cell service and a humanitarian crisis after the Category 5 storm hit last month.

“There’s no why,” Cora said Wednesday morning at the PNC Park loading dock, standing in front of a U-shaped wall of materials that extended down the hallway as far as the Pirates’ clubhouse on the other side of the stadium. “You don’t need a why to do anything. All you have to do is do the right thing. It’s that simple.”

Nutting, Cora, Gonzalez, Cervelli, team president Frank Coonelly and Rodriguez will all travel to the territory. They will deliver supplies to Caguas, Cora’s hometown, and Cayey, where Gonzalez is from, during the next three days.

“In each city, each mayor in that city is going to meet us with a team of, their team of people, that is going to receive us, help us unload,” Gonzalez said. “If not enough people come — because of gas, it’s hard to drive over there — then we’ll take it from house to house, as much as we can.”

The Pirates sent a news release at 10:02 a.m. Sunday announcing the collection of goods Monday and Tuesday. Four days later they have nearly half a million pounds of water, generators, food, childcare items and pet food, including 395,0000 pounds from Pittsburgh-area residents who clogged North Shore traffic with goods in everything from U-Hauls to wagons.

“As we all try to comprehend what has gone on in Las Vegas over the last day, it shakes your faith in your fellow human beings,” Coonelly said in reference to Sunday’s mass shooting at a country music festival that killed 59 people. “What we saw here … reinforces, for me, that there is so much more goodness in this world than there is evil.”

Coonelly needed a caravan of trucks on both ends and an aircraft to make this happen. He called Patrick Fitzgerald, the senior vice president of integrated marketing and communications at FedEx, and Fitzgerald gave him the biggest plane available.

“FedEx Ground is proud to call Pittsburgh home, and this is why we are so proud,” Fitzgerald said.

For the trucks in Pittsburgh, Coonelly called Pitt Ohio Express president Chuck Hammel. “I’ve got your back, whatever you need,” Hammel told him. The Puerto Rican transportation stretched beyond Coonelly’s network, but Cora had a guy: Raul Rodriguez, the president of Los Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican winter league, who also has a trucking distribution company.

“He’s the one that is getting all the trucks, all the warehouses, getting everything straightened up so we can deliver,” Cora said.

They have a lot to deliver, thanks to those who donated. Rodriguez, Cervelli, Gonzalez and Pirates employees staffed the Mazeroski Way cul-de-sac Monday and Tuesday. General manager Neal Huntington helped, roll of packing tape in hand. At one point Pirates employees turned around to find Andrew McCutchen lugging dog food out of the back of a van. When it was time to celebrate, Cervelli cooked pizza in a portable oven.

“This year we played terrible, and people came just to see us, to donate something, to give us a hug,” Cervelli said. “This is the best city in the world, I’m telling you. In one day we called everyone and they showed up.”

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Jonah Goldberg gets it.

Politics is Power. Power is Evil. We must limit the power others have over us to the bare minimum. Slavery and death are our only alternatives.

Not even Trump can control the GOP base - LA Times

The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against “the establishment” we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn’t just a semantic point. The Constitution requires politicians to work through the system if they’re going to get anything done.

Look at all the senators who rode the tea party wave into power: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Pat Toomey, Mike Lee. To one extent or another, they are now swamp-things, not swamp-drainers.

For example, Rubio was hailed as “The First Senator from the Tea Party” by the New York Times. But once he became a senator he became … a senator. And there’s just something about being a senator that makes the lock-and-load crowd want to flip the safeties on their muskets.

Obviously, policy choices matter. Rubio embraced immigration reform and it killed him with the talk-radio crowd. But there’s a larger dynamic at work. Merely talking like a half-way responsible politician — “we don’t have the votes,” “we have to pay for it” — isn’t what the angriest populists want to hear.

MAGA populism is less of an agenda, and more of a mood.

Cruz’s case is also instructive. Over the last decade, no politician more deftly hitched his political wagon to populist passions. He wore the animosity of his colleagues, including the GOP leadership, like a badge of honor. He was the leader of the insurrectionists. He had only one problem: He talked like a creature of the establishment — largely because the Princeton and Harvard trained former Supreme Court clerk and career politician was one. He knew the lyrics to every populist fight song, but he couldn’t carry the tune.

Until recently there was an “outsider” glass ceiling. The most strident populists — Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann — could not get through the presidential primaries, because the math wasn’t on their side. At least half of the GOP doesn’t want fire-breathers, so the winning candidate had to get a large slice of the traditional Republican vote and combine it with other constituencies. That’s how Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, John McCain and Mitt Romney did it.

But Donald Trump not only jumped into the fray at the height of populist fervor, the field was also divided 17 ways. No one spoke less like a politician. No one who understood how governing works would have promised the things Trump promised — health coverage for all, for less money, eliminate the debt, bring all those jobs back, etc. — because they’d either know or care that such things are literally impossible.
(Emphasis mine. - F.G.)

President Trump has learned this simple fact the hard way. Yet for the first eight months of his presidency his core supporters have stuck with him. The establishment remains the villain and Trump the hero for his willingness to say or tweet things that make all the right people angry. For his most ardent supporters, the fault for his legislative failures lies entirely with the swamp, the establishment or the “Deep State.”

But Judge Roy Moore’s victory last week in a run-off against Alabama Sen. Luther Strange may signal that the base is not Trump’s army to command. Trump endorsed Strange and — contrary to the president’s tweets otherwise — that endorsement didn’t help at all. The most important factor was Moore’s demonization of the establishment, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The voters valued sticking their thumbs in the establishment’s eye more than giving Trump a win.

What’s both funny and sad is that there is remarkably little intellectual or ideological substance to the current populist fever. The “Make American Great Again” crowd’s initial preferred candidate was Rep. Mo Brooks — endorsed by radio hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and others. He got crushed. Meanwhile, Moore opposed Obamacare repeal and, until recently, couldn’t say what DACA was. In other words, MAGA populism is less of an agenda, and more of a mood.

A lot of people are simply mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore. Republican politicians can’t ignore the anger. Ideally they’d channel it toward productive ends, as they did in the past. But further stoking the anger for political gain is not just ill-advised, it’s pointless, because eventually politicians have to govern.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

With friends like Tim Murphy, babies don't need enemies.

Everybody's a sinner, Timmy, but a lying, cheating, hypocrite? That's a job for a politician. Get right with God and your wife while you can you fool.

From TribLive.com:

Scandal-plagued Congressman Tim Murphy won't seek another term ...

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday that he will not seek a ninth term in Washington as a marital scandal envelops him, including allegations that the married, pro-life Republican asked his mistress to get an abortion.

“After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term,” Murphy, 65, of Upper St. Clair, said in a statement.

“I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting working families in Southwestern Pennsylvania,” Murphy added.

Murphy said in the brief statement that he planned to take personal time in the coming weeks “to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing.”

Murphy admitted last month to having an extramarital affair with a friend. The affair became an issue in the ongoing divorce case of Murphy's mistress, Shannon Edwards, 33, and Jesse Sally, 36, both of Pittsburgh.

In a court order last month, Murphy was directed to produce a record of communications he shared with Edwards, including emails and text messages. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that text messages showed Murphy asked Edwards to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant; she turned out not to be. Murphy also claimed that he never personally wrote the anti-abortion messages he delivered at annual March for Life rallies in Washington. Rather, he said staffers did and he “winced” upon reading them.

“We're discouraged and shocked. We expected better of him,” said Mary Lou Gartner, secretary of LifePAC, a political action committee in Southwestern Pennsylvania that endorses candidates with pro-life voting records and beliefs.

Gartner said LifePAC endorsed Murphy in the past, and the congressman has had a “100 percent pro-life voting record” during his time in Washington. 

Murphy voted Tuesday for a House bill that he cosponsored to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“I always considered him to be honorable,” Gartner said. “If the comments he made are true, it discredits him.” 

Murphy is such an entrenched incumbent in his heavily Republican congressional district that Democrats didn't even mount a campaign against him in the past two elections. None of his six contested races was close — he won by 16 percentage points in the narrowest victory. 

His district includes parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Greene counties.

“Something like this is a political earthquake,” Democratic strategist Mike Mikus, who lives in Murphy's district, said of the scandal. 

“Voters tend to forgive politicians for certain indiscretions, but the biggest issue here is the hypocrisy on the abortion issue,” Mikus said. “He's always worked hard, had a voting record that reflected his district in some ways and was one of those elected officials who seemed to be everywhere. All of that is broken now.” 

The divorce case involving Murphy continued Wednesday in Allegheny County Court.

Sally's attorney, Dorothy Wolbert, said the congressman still had not appeared for a deposition despite repeated attempts to schedule one. He was supposed to have been deposed by Sept. 29. 

Edwards' attorney, Timothy Gricks, said he is appealing parts of the case to a higher court, saying Murphy should not have to be deposed since he has already admitted to having a sexual relationship with Edwards. 

Gricks said court records in the case should not be made public, saying the records were being sought only for “scandalous” purposes.

“I believe that the depositions are not in the interest of justice in this case,” Gricks said.

Wolbert said the deposition was still needed, citing differing accounts from Edwards of what exactly happened between her and Murphy.

Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco said she did not believe Gricks had grounds for an appeal.

Attorneys for Edwards and for Murphy scheduled a date for the deposition but did not make the date public.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

It is evil and ignorant enough to be a Gloria Steinem quote...

...but it isn't. However, it is weirdly appropriate. Murder is murder, kiddies, whether you use a gun or a scalpel or a brick.

Actually, the ancient commie cow "borrowed" it from some asshole's Facefuck page a couple of years ago and now it is hers. You have probably seen it in the digital cesspool acting as the fascist alternative to thought:

"I want any young men who buy a gun to be treated like young women who seek an abortion. Think about it: a mandatory 48-hours waiting period, written permission from a parent or a judge, a note from a doctor proving that he understands what he is about to do, time spent watching a video on individual and mass murders, traveling hundreds of miles at his own expense to the nearest gun shop, and walking through protestors holding photos of loved ones killed by guns, protestor who call him a murderer. After all, it makes more sense to do this for young men seeking guns than for young women seeking an abortion. No young woman needing reproductive freedom has ever murdered a roomful of strangers."

It is baby-eating agitprop no matter what fascist wrote it. Let me explain it to you gun-grabbers and baby-eaters. When millions of real men buy guns, they don't use them to murder innocent people. Only assholes like that asshole in Vegas do that. (And goat rapists, too.) EVERY TIME a woman has an  abortion, an innocent baby is chopped to pieces and thrown in the trash. I know that is way too complicated for brains clogged with the effluvia of fascism to comprehend but I had to try.

One more thing, kiddies. In many states, it is possible for an underage girl to get an abortion without telling her parents, let alone getting their permission. In many of those states, it is illegal to get a tattoo until you are eighteen. If you think that's progress, you're a dumbass.

Please, people, think for yourselves. Try this little thought experiment:

Pretend you are in your mommy's tummy (no Freudianism allowed here) and the stork is about to drop you off. Imagine some paid ghoul who calls himself a doctor reaches in and chops you to pieces. You wouldn't like that, now would you?

Of course you wouldn't, because you were a baby once and babies aren't vegetables. Babies are people just like country music fans...and Gloria Steinem is too...all too human.

Gloria Steinem Did Not Say Quote About Abortion, Gun Control - The Cut

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Orange Pansy, Rash Dimbulb, and the NFL live in the Fantasy Land of Poiwer.

Power is real, kiddies. Sort of. Like anything else here and now, it is fleeting. You can force people to do want you want, but you can't force them to believe your lies and you can't make them love you. (I would apologize to George Orwell here, but I know 1984 was all allegory.)

Ultimately, the only thing the powerful can do is murder people by the train-load. That gets them millions of rotting corpses and millions more surly slackers who will only do enough for Leviathan to stay alive. Of course. for the true totalitarian dumbass, this is paradise.

Stalin and Mao, the two greatest mass-murderers so far, died peacefully in their sleep (maybe) at ripe old ages. I figure they thought they had been quite successful and would be remembered as great men. They now know the Truth, as we all will eventually.

The NFL only cares about money and money is power. The dumb jocks "protesting" don't give a damn even if cops were hunting blacks for sport. They are rich spoiled clowns who live in gated communities and only visit the old neighborhood for photo ops with plenty of bodyguards just out of camera range.

And what about little Rashie Dimbulb, the Fake Conservatives' favorite fat, deaf, and drug-addicted star? He whined about how for the first time in 45 years he deliberately didn't watch the NFL on Sunday. I would congratulate him on becoming a man, but he's like 80.  Real men have responsibilities and only get to watch an occasional game. Dimbulb doesn't get this because he disposes of his "wives" the same way he gets rid of the sandpaper he jerks off into (He's a tough guy, don't you know...) and he is a nulliparous ninny, so he isn't responsible for any kids. Even if he has a good excuse, like he can't get it up without sandpaper, he could adopt a few kiddies. But that would take love...and principles.

Let us face the sad facts, kiddies. Orange Clump is perfect for us. It is exactly what we deserve. It is profoundly ignorant, childish, petty, and unjustifiably arrogant with the attention span of a gnat.

It is exactly the same as its friends AND its enemies.

It might start shooting and it might not. Maybe the next personification of Truth, Justice, and the Amerikan Way will. Or the one after that...but there will be blood. (Also the name of a really dumbass movie, BTW.)

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

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