Category: United States

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names are the go-to propaganda tool of unreconstructed fascists

So the White House is now directly referring to the underclass as “animals”:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIOLENT ANIMALS OF MS-13

WHAT: The violent animals of MS-13 have committed heinous, violent attacks in communities across America.

Too many innocent Americans have fallen victim to the unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals.

At the State of the Union in January 2018, President Trump brought as his guests Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas, the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas.  Police believe these young girls were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members on Long Island, New York, in 2016. Suffolk County Police Commissioner stated that the “murders show a level of brutality that is close to unmatched.”

In Maryland, MS-13’s animals are accused of stabbing a man more than 100 times and then decapitating him, dismembering him, and ripping his heart out of his body. Police believe MS-13 members in Maryland also savagely beat a 15-year-old human trafficking victim. The MS-13 animals used a bat and took turns beating her nearly 30 times in total.

In Houston, Texas, two MS-13 members were charged after kidnapping and sexually assaulting one girl and murdering another. The two MS-13 animals laughed, smiled, and waved for cameras in court as they faced the charges.

New York communities have suffered tremendously from the abhorrent violence of MS-13. Nearly 40 percent of all murders in Suffolk County, New York between January 2016 and June 2017 were tied to MS-13.

In January 2017, MS-13 members were charged with killing and hacking up a teenager in Nassau County. MS-13’s animals reportedly saw the murder as a way to boost their standing in the gang. In April 2017, police believe four young men were brutally murdered by MS-13 animals on Long Island. One victim was a young man in town visiting family during an Easter week vacation. Just last month, in April 2018, MS-13 reportedly called for its members on Long Island to kill a cop for the sake of making a statement.

WHY: MS-13 is a transnational gang which follows the motto of “kill, rape, control” by committing shocking acts of violence in an attempt to instill fear and gain control.

MS-13 is a transnational gang that has brought violence, fear, and suffering to American communities. MS-13, short for Mara Salvatrucha, commits shocking acts of violence to instill fear, including machete attacks, executions, gang rape, human trafficking, and more. In their motto, the animals of MS-13 make clear their goal is to “kill, rape, control.” The gang has more than 10,000 members in the United States spreading violence and suffering.

Recent investigations have revealed MS-13 gang leaders based in El Salvador have been sending representatives into the United States illegally to connect the leaders with local gang members. These foreign-based gang leaders direct local members to become even more violent in an effort to control more territory.

President Trump’s entire Administration is working tirelessly to bring these violent animals to justice.

Just to clarify, this is an official White House statement, published on behalf of the United States President on www.whitehouse.gov.

I have no doubt that MS-13 is a despicable gang. Nonetheless, demonizing adversaries by depicting them as animals is simply unbecoming of a civilized state.

But then this is Trump’s America, a state seemingly ever less civilized by the day.

I guess they got the idea from history:

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And you know what they say about history.

It repeats itself.

 

Why is reminding everyone of Trump’s “Grab ’em” comments suddenly risqué?

Michelle Wolf has exercised her right to free speech and the acolytes of America’s telling-it-like-it-is President can’t handle it:

Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, told the Guardian he thought the performance was “absolutely disgusting”

In an interview with the Guardian, Spicer, who quit as press secretary last summer, was visibly angry as he said: “It was absolutely disgusting. The idea that people clapped at that. It’s one thing to celebrate the first amendment but that, tonight, was one of the most disgusting and deplorable things I’ve ever heard in my life. The language, the references were way over the line.

Much is being made of Wolf’s comments about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who she described as

Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women

Here’s a screenshot of Sanders’ reaction. Tell me she isn’t suppressing a giggle:

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Picture: YouTube

Okay, well, maybe. But for an unambiguous reaction, here’s Mercedes Schlapp, White House Director of Strategic Communications, strategically communicating via Twitter:

Completely appalled by the so called and twisted comedian at the
#WHCA dinner who attacked @SarahHuckabee

Twisted?” Er, these folks need to get out a bit more.

Fox News have been going ballistic at the temerity of this, er, woman, to be so critical of those, er, other women:

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Pic: twitter.com/johnnydollar01

Of course, Wolf’s misogyny just flies in the face of the values of the current White House, what with Trump himself being such a feminist and all:

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Pic: telegraph.co.uk

Alluding to such matters, Wolf referred to Trump’s absence from the event:

Of course Trump isn’t here, if you haven’t noticed. He’s not here. And I know, I know, I would drag him here myself.

But it turns out that the president of the United States is the one pussy you’re not allowed to grab… 

Ker-tish! And that zinger right there’s a pussy pun. Cue hesitant audience laughter with much audible gasping.

But why were they gasping? What is shocking about that comment?

In what universe can it be considered offensive for a comedian to quote the president’s own words in public? Where’s the risk in this? If anything, Wolf’s use of the term pussy — to refer to Trump as a coward — is far less crude than Trump’s original — where he used it to refer to a woman’s vagina.

For some perspective, let’s never forget Trump’s other Pussygate gems:

I moved on her, actually…I did try and fuck her. She was married…I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything…Look at you, you are a pussy…[sees a woman approaching] I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them.

It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.

Oh, it looks good. Ooh, nice legs, huh?

That is the standard of crudeness that Michelle Wolf should be judged by. That is what Sean Spicer, Mercedes Schlapp, Fox & Friends, and everyone else should have in mind when they try to judge what constitutes “twisted” or “deplorable” or “way-over-the-line” humour.

If the Trump crew feel that Wolf’s teasing was hurtful, appalling, or — per Spicer  — “absolutely disgusting“, then they really need to recalibrate.

It isn’t Michelle Wolf’s comedy that’s “twisted” here.

“I just decided to just Google what the Bible says about vaccinations…”

Guess what. Vaccines are not part of the Christian creator’s divine plan for the universe. We know this because they are not mentioned — anywhere — in the Christian Bible. So says this lady, as reported by this website.

To quote:

I just decided to just Google what the Bible says about vaccinations. There’s NOTHING in the Bible that talks about vaccines.

So, I just want you guys to think about that. So, if God knew in the future that he was going to help create these amazing things that were going to just change our health and be the best, you know, scientific advancement, it’s just, oh my gosh they’re so great, like, why isn’t there anything, any inkling of talk about these things called vaccinations coming into being later to save people? If that was really God’s plan and they’re so amazing, then why isn’t it in there at all?

Maybe there’s a chapter where they talk about something like an injection, this ‘health injection’, right? Like, why didn’t God talk about that, if he knew it was going to come and save the world?

Good point well made. (But I have a question: what does your Bible say about Google? Should you really be dabbling is such dark internet-based arts?)

Like many folks who quote the Bible, this person also claims to have insights about psychology and psychiatry. Here’s her grand theory about those of us (the majority, remember) who think that vaccination is, you know, okay:

I really believe that believing in vaccines is a mental disorder.

There. That’s told you. If you are one of the majority who “believe in vaccines”, then according to our correspondent, you have nothing less than a disordered mind. You are insane.

However, if you believe that an invisible-man-in-the-sky-who-hates-gays once wrote a book predicting all the good things that would ever be invented well, then, your mind is just fine. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have a disorder.

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So, then, while I have your non-disordered attention, what do you think about guns? Guns are good, aren’t they? Are guns mentioned in the Bible? Where does God stand on the second amendment?

It turns out that, yes, as well as being anti-vaccination, God is also pro-gun!

Earlier this week, this man told us that owning a machine gun is a core tenet of “the Christian faith” and that going gunless makes you a heathen:

…you must have the means of self-defense. And in our society today, that means a firearm in the similitude of an AR-15…That is a biblical requirement…if you are not prepared to defend your family and your neighborhood and your community with the force of arms, you have denied the Christian faith and you are worse than a heathen.

[Correction: it makes you worse than a heathen.]

And just yesterday this man told us that Jesus himself was an advocate for personal gun ownership:

He also turned to Luke 11:21, which reads, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.”

“Think about that. There’s Jesus advocating for the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, to defend your own house, to keep your possessions, not to mention your wife, your children, to keep them safe,” Barber said.

Good, good. After all, you do need to defend your wife.

By the way, for context, the first of these quotes is from politician Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party’s official candidate in the 2008 US presidential election (he finished fifth, four places behind one B. Obama), while the second is from religious liberty activist Matt BarberCo-Founder and General Counsel of a group called Christian Civil Rights Watch (CCRW) (he also used to run Concerned Women for America, presumably “because the women concerned need a man in charge.”)

This is your periodic reminder of the oft-made assertion that society would be just so much better if we allowed more religion into the public square.

 

 

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