Quips, quotes, queries, qualms and quarrels regarding American politics, politicians, foreign policy and public accountability with particular attention to Drumpfen-putz Administration, the Drumpf Crime Family and the Mueller investigation.
frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little,
and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem
will never be solved by science."Charles Darwin
I've been watching a series on YouTube (laugh if you like...) about what should
be frivolous frippery; the pathetic attempt by Creationists - in faux debates
with actual scientists - to disprove (or, at least call into question) the
veracity of Evolutionary Theory.
It should be a romp, given that Creationists are saddled with the woeful
ignorance of the natural world as 'revealed' in the Bible. (nota bene: There
are other religions who cite their ancient tomes but most Creationists are of
the Protestant-Christian sects.)
And in the other corner... the abundance of scientific data from a myriad of
scientific disciplines should be able to simply overwhelm the absurd Bronze Age
theories about how the world got this way.
But, it isn't.
Not in the United States.
turns into a full-blown gorge-fest of info; gruesomely distorted facts entwined
with out-and-out balderdash, countered by steely-eyed recitations of referenced
scientific findings and supported sources.
One of 'god's prophets on Earth' is a yokel named David C. Pack, who pastors
'The Restored Church of God' (sic). Pack has a
video series (remember video?) that promises irrefutable proof that 'god'
exists and concurrently disprove the Theory of Evolution, plate tectonics,
modern cosmology, the origin of the universe, quantum physics and the beginning
That's a fairly large hurdle to leap in a 5-part video series. (Carl Sagan had
much less to cover in 'Cosmos' and it was 13 episodes.) It is especially
daunting given that David C. Pack knows absolutely nothing at all about
evolution, cosmology, or anything else that pertains to scientific method or
study in the slightest degree. The man would not be able to pass an 8th grade
general nature science course in Iowa (no offense to Iowa), yet he sincerely
and passionately promises that he will be able to prove conclusively that 'god'
exists using 'science' as his proof.
miserably, as might be expected.
Imagine if David had had neither sling nor stone. Or arms. Or feet. Or a brain.
Talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight...
Pack brings nothing but a smirk and a smile to a nuclear detonation.
Once again - Dunning-Kruger Writ Large!
Mr Pack is simply too stupid to know how just how ignorant he is.
My trouble with this is this: There are many Americans who believe in what he
blathers in his utter and contemptible ignorance. They accept what Mr Pack and
others of his despicable ilk sputter and spew.
Understanding a bit of science wouldn't be too difficult for them but for the fact
that they have shut off their brains.
Don't get me wrong. Christianity has some very sensible humanistic tenets -
'Love thy neighbor as thyself', for instance, but the dogmatic, blindly
ignorant acceptance of allegory and metaphoric story-telling as historic fact
(i.e. Walls of Jericho, 40 years in the Desert, etc) is flabbergasting and
frankly offensive to any rationally minded person.
“Everyone says he
(Drumpfen-dunce) is crazy – which maybe he is – but the scarier thing about him
is that he is stupid.
You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump. You just don’t.”Fran Leibowitz
My dear friend
(I'll call her 'Gorgeous') and I were exchanging pointed barbs about politics;
the Drumpfen-dunce was the recurring butt of jokes and exclaims of incredulity.
I insisted that it wasn't my fault. She accepted my attempt at exculpation with
a side-ward look.
Amid our chatter, she shared an idea she had by which he - the Drumpfen-dork -
could pay for his Wall.
Sell blocks of the wall to Chinese families. They could then travel to the
US/Mexico border to view their family's block (or section) as well as the
blocks of the rivals, relatives, associates and either gloat or bristle with
The Chinese would go for this in big way. Having a block in the wall would become
a renowned status symbol. Never mind having a private jet - you ain't got a familial
block in 'The American Great Wall'?
You ain't got jack.
Loss of face.
Other Confucian societies (Korean, Japanese, etc) would go koo-koo as well for
a shot at owning a block in The Wall to honor themselves, their families and
venerate their ancestors.
'Gorgeous' is a businessperson (i.e. a businessman without the 'Y' chromosome).
She sees a business opportunity and builds a plan.
Market and sell the blocks in 'The Great American Wall' to the Chinese.
Finance the building of The Wall with the sale of blocks.
Build The Wall with Chinese contractors and engineers using American laborers.
'The Great American Wall' becomes an instant 'Wonder of the World' and a tourist
attraction more than 2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) long and 30 feet high (9 meters).
Set up all-included tours for Chinese to visit and spend loads of cash in the
US and in Mexico.
Invest in hotels, motels, transportation systems, helicopter tours, restaurants
(authentic Chinese, of course) and rafts and reams and stacks and heaps of
gee-gaws, gimcracks, what-nots, tchotchkes, and tawdry tourist trash to
commemorate the pilgrimage.
Gorgeous is a businessperson; unlike the poseur who is sitting on his bed at
6pm eating cheeseburgers, yelling at the TV, scheming to get somebody else to
pay for his febrile pipe-dream.
Drumpf won the US
presidency with less than 50% of the vote - 46%, actually, which amounted to 62,985,105
votes. Yet, despite having less than 50%, he won the election.
Yes, we're picking that old scab again - for a purpose.
Truth be told, HRC won less than 50% of the votes cast as well; 48% or 65,853,625 votes. HRC garnered nearly 3
million more votes than Drumpf, yet lost.
... old news, water over the dam, under the bridge and time marches on...
The discussion regarding the effect of Russian interference has
included whether or not Russian interference swayed voters either to vote for
Drumpf or to stay home and protest the perceived lack of proper choice. After all, 48% of the electorate did not vote
at all in the presidential contest; 94,977,814 sat on the sidelines in disgust,
disaffection or simple apathy.7,804,213
other voters chose to protest by voting for Stein or other candidates.
However, it was not the popular vote that decided the election in Drumpf's
favor, as is well known.The election was
decided by the Electoral College - that mystifying cabal of 'super-delegates'
who, in spite of the popular vote, awarded the presidency to Drumpf.
It was a deep distrust of democracy amongst the more conservative Founding
Fathers that spurred the creation of the Electoral College.The Electors, it was determined, would serve
to off-set and over-ride a misguided general voting population should a
populist demagogue and possible tyrant be chosen.
In 2016, the Electoral College, counter to its raison d'être, chose to
adjudge the election in favor of the populist demagogue, Drumpf.
To the point...
It would be interesting to know if Mueller and his investigative team are
examining the effect of Russian interference on the members of the Electoral College.
That was where the election was won and lost. How the Russian interference
might have influenced the woeful 25% of American voters to choose Drumpf as
POTUS is of less importance. The more germane
'Did Russian propaganda and interference influence members of the Electoral College?'