Reason is Dead

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 6, 2019

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Werner put this up, so it must count, right?

The Death of Reason

Some time ago, Max Horkheimer published the Eclipse of Reason. Then, along with Adorno, he published The Authoritarian Personality. Who would have imagined that Americans as well as other cultures were afflicted by it? Well, that was the last time our government asked his opinion on anything, as we all know.

Below, in a rather strange format, are some exchanges I’ve had recently on Twitter. Now there are a few advantages there not available on other platforms. I can simply ignore idiots or, if I follow them back, I can either block or mute them. If I mute them, at least I don’t have to see their nonsense while they may have to see mine. I can also block them, meaning nothing either from or to that person need be dealt with further. Donald Trump had blocked the author Stephen King. I then blocked Donald Trump. For one thing, I see and hear too much of him anyway. For another, I somehow enjoyed the action.

As can be expected, I mute most things I find ridiculous, so this is obviously a biased sample. However, at least it is not disgusting.

It seems, however, to be a world wide movement for all nations around the world now to think of themselves as superior to all other nations and to find people from a different ethnic group disgusting or at least offensive. In this country a great deal of people drive around with Confederate battle flags flowing from their cars, none knowing that both the former President of the Confederacy and the main military leader, Robert E. Lee, both said, on different occasions, words to this effect: "Ok, knock it off you guys. We lost and that’s that." No, these people do not listen to their ancestors. The are probably ignorant of what they have said.

If Heller’s Catch-22 came out today, he’d be prosecuted for treason.

I can not think of a better time and place to say goodbye. So, fare thee well!

Love Bertrand Russell. He was hilarious. His book _Why I Am Not a Christian_ is a classic. Loved his debate series with Copelston; he pretty much dominated until the argument from contingency which is an intriguing offer from Copelston.

My favorite is the nun bathing fully clothed so that the Lord would not see her naked. Words to the effect "He can see through concrete, steel, and wodd, and yet is foiled by your garment is beyond me."


Bollocks to depression. It fucking sucks. Secondly bollocks to Brexit. Directly linked to the downturn here due to uncertainty. Thank you each and everyone of you that fell for the lies. My family has lost a true friend. #ItsOkNotToBeOk

It is a part of International Nationalism and hatred of others. Everyone is joining in. What fun! I guess it really was a 1,000 year Reich. We just didn’t know it.


Trump on the 1776 war of independence " Our army manned the air, it took over the airports" This shit isn’t funny anymore, he needs to be removed on the grounds of stupidity /insanity #TrumpParadeFail

I am incapable of responding other than to say Once More?

NextWhere are human rights? From this heinous crime, Israeli terrorist soldiers used the apartheid regime against civilians in the State of Palestine. More than 50 gunmen. Can you justify this?

Replying to @yousefalhadda17 and @zenjk0

I wouldn’t even hazard an attempt. The answer is no.


Completely lacking the will to live or smile today. Never felt as lonely as I do right now. Too many battles to fight irl I’m overwhelmed with it all Post me some joy … sobs in a mush of patheticness This isn’t the me I know

Replying to @RED660 and @meNabster

All I can tell you is that suicide is not worth the effort. Others will continue to live and some are stupid enough to be happy.


Immediately thereafter:

just need to say to you all that you are absolutely amazing. I didn’t expect so much love and I’m blown away by it all. I’m still a miserable old moaning grump but I feel less alone & some me has crept back out of her hole. Tomorrow is a new dawn THANK YOU

You are welcome.


Mine alone:

July 4, 2019 This is what we celebrate: Did You Know? Three prominent U.S. Founding Fathers and Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the U.S. Independence Day, the 4th of July, (in 1826, 1826, and 1831, respectively).


Rob Reiner




We can all make fun of this idiot citing air travel in the 1700’s, but what’s not funny is this sick soulless excuse for a human being has our nuclear codes. If this man is not impeachable, no one is. #ImpeachTrumpNow

Replying to @robreiner and @ProgressWeekly

He is much too Absurd to be impeached which is a process that employs reason. Reason is now dead.

(I left the name is as he is a public figure.)


Narcissism doesn’t have an "off" switch. He’s only capable of doing what he believes will benefit him. In this case something like "if I show off the military my ratings will be great." That’s really all there is…

Replying to

We regret to inform you that you are correct.


Alert: Turn off trump when kids are present. He’s single-handedly dumbing down America. Yesterday’s head shakers, airports taken over in Revolutionary War & Alexander Graham Bell an American when he was first an immigrant. Proof positive anyone can be an illegitimate potus.

Replying to

Wrong. He is the leader in that, but he has lots of help. He is a sociopath while most of his closest people are psychopaths,. I’ve said it before, the 1,000 year Reich continues in various guises.


I feel shame, sorrow, anger and rage. I see it equal to the South African Apartheid flag or the flag for Germany between 1935 and 1945.

Replying to @maria_engstrom1 @StandWithUs and @Israel

I see it as a continuance of the 1,000 year Reich. It simply changes names and flags and call itself different things, but it is all state nationalism combined with hatred for the other.






Thanks for letting Me decide who deserves peace, John! Glad all those genocides in My past didn’t disqualify Me!

Pastor John Hagee


· 16h

Peace is given, not achieved, and it is given to those with whom God approves.

Replying to @almightygod

I think he has read too much Calvin.

(I thought these deserved credit for their remarks.)


Reason is Dead

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 6, 2019

Noam Chomsky

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 5, 2019

Noam Chomsky

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 5, 2019

It has been awhile since we have posted something from Noam. It is time to see or hear what he has to say about a few recent developments:

Something to drive by

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on July 4, 2019

Like many people, when I drive, I do not look at monitors or screens. I don’t read texts or even books. I kinda look out so I don’t get hit by some maniac who does read a cell phone. I do like to listen to stuff, though. So, here is something you can put on tape or cd or whatever you use and listen to while you drive or otherwise don’t feel like opening your eyes. (I have 4 more in case your want more, just let me know. I had to cut this so GMAIL would send it and not put it in some file somewhere nobody can find it.) Part one of five. The rest is up to you.


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The Absurd Times iMPEACH

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on June 15, 2019

To: <czar.donic1>


Such a sweet ruling family

A few other thoughts first

Tsar Donic

Perhaps it would be better to call these Neanderthal Republicans (an electoral college majority still) as "Pro-Birth," rather than pro-life as they use the term. It does seem clear that once the child is born, they have no further concern for it as it then becomes a tax issue. Yet, so many of those opposed to higher taxes have no problem with the fact that so many of the "elite" pay no taxes while everyone else does.

One problem Biden has as a candidate is that the contemporary "base" of the party do not realize that many of his earlier votes come from a time when people still smoked in airplanes and so on. He does need to say that he has learned from his past mistakes and learned more since then. Perhaps then his votes for the Hyde amendment and for the "war" against Iraq (really a regime change idea) would be easier to shake off today. For similar reasons, Voters today are not brainwashed against "Socialism" as they were back then. It is a main reason that Bernie Sanders remains so popular today. In addition, many of his positions have not had to change – the country changed to his point of view.

Global warming: note that the issue of that or climate change is not allowed and mention on our media, yet weather reports are allowed to be accurate and show the disease of climate change. The underlying cause has to be inferred and etiology is not a strong point of Americans, especially those dedicated to Trump.

We talk of education. It is an obscure fact that one high school teacher was using Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD as required reading in an honors class is typical. Parents were outraged. After a few questions the reason became clear. It had nothing to do with Henry Ford (who built tanks in Nazi Germany). One popular chant in the fictional novel kept saying "Ford has a better idea" or something like that. No, one could only hope that was the issue. It has nothing to do with assembly line treatment of people, although that is what the school system had become modeled after. None of that was of interest or even understood by the PTA. The idea was "contraceptive belts". Why, after all, their own daughters were all virgins were they not? That is what they understood. He was forced to discontinue using the book. The next semester, he used a translation of Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann. No problem there. That is an illustration of why our educational system is still about 2 to 3 years behind those is Europe.

Fake news? For people so interested in the ideas of our founding founders, perhaps it would be wise to remember Thomas Jefferson who said "If I had to choose between one of the three branches of government and the Free press, I would easily choose the Free Press."

Not many people remember that, or have even been taught that, the Attorney General is a part of the Judicial Branch.

All of the compliants against the Trump children running the country like the Rothchilds are nothing compared to the attacks John F. Kennedy got for placing his brother as Attorney General Now I wonder why that is?

And now, I’m tired. I may send links or so from time to time, but this is just too difficult.

And now to Larry Tribe, law professor at Harvard and Obama’s mentor in Constitutional law:

Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate.

By Laurence H. Tribe
June 5
Laurence H. Tribe is the University Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard and the coauthor, most recently, of "To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment."
It is possible to argue that impeaching President Trump and removing him from office before the 2020 election would be unwise, even if he did cheat his way into office, and even if he is abusing the powers of that office to enrich himself, cover up his crimes and leave our national security vulnerable to repeated foreign attacks. Those who make this argument rest their case either on the proposition that impeachment would be dangerously divisive in a nation as politically broken as ours, or on the notion that it would be undemocratic to get rid of a president whose flaws were obvious before he was elected.
Rightly or wrongly — I think rightly — much of the House Democratic caucus, at least one Republican member of that chamber (Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan) and more than a thirdof the nation’s voters disagree. They treat the impeachment power as a vital constitutional safeguard against a potentially dangerous and fundamentally tyrannical president and view it as a power that would be all but ripped out of the Constitution if it were deemed unavailable against even this president.
That is my view, as well.
Still, there exists concern that impeachment accomplishes nothing concrete, especially if the Senate is poised to quickly kill whatever articles of impeachment the House presents. This apprehension is built on an assumption that impeachment by the House and trial in the Senate are analogous to indictment by a grand jury and trial by a petit jury: Just as a prosecutor might hesitate to ask a grand jury to indict even an obviously guilty defendant if it appeared that no jury is likely to convict, so, it is said, the House of Representatives might properly decline to impeach even an obviously guilty president — and would be wise to do so — if it appeared the Senate was dead-set against convicting him.
But to think of the House of Representatives as akin to a prosecutor or grand jury is misguided. The Constitution’s design suggests a quite different allocation of functions: The Senate, unlike any petit (or trial) jury, is legally free to engage in politics in arriving at its verdict. And the House, unlike any grand jury, can conduct an impeachment inquiry that ends with a verdict and not just a referral to the Senate for trial — an inquiry in which the target is afforded an opportunity to participate and mount a full defense.
House Democrats call for impeachment proceedings against Trump
After the White House blocked numerous congressional subpoena requests, lawmakers have begun calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump. (Blair Guild, JM Rieger/The Washington Post)
Take, for instance, the 1974 investigation of President Richard M. Nixon when the House gave the president the opportunity to refute the charges against him either personally or through counsel and with additional fact witnesses. (Nixon chose to appear only through his attorney, James D. St. Clair.) Following its impeachment proceedings, the House Judiciary Committee drafted particularized findings less in the nature of accusations to be assessed by the Senate — which of course never weighed in, given Nixon’s resignation — than in the nature of determinations of fact and law and verdicts of guilt to be delivered by the House itself, expressly stating that the president was indeed guilty as charged.
It seems fair to surmise, then, that an impeachment inquiry conducted with ample opportunity for the accused to defend himself before a vote by the full House would be at least substantially protected, even if not entirely bullet-proofed, against a Senate whitewash.
The House, assuming an impeachment inquiry leads to a conclusion of Trump’s guilt, could choose between presenting articles of impeachment even to a Senate pre-committed to burying them and dispensing with impeachment as such while embodying its conclusions of criminality or other grave wrongdoing in a condemnatory "Sense of the House" resolution far stronger than a mere censure. The resolution, expressly and formally proclaiming the president impeachable but declining to play the Senate’s corrupt game, is one that even a president accustomed to treating everything as a victory would be hard-pressed to characterize as a vindication. (A House resolution finding the president "impeachable" but imposing no actual legal penalty would avoid the Constitution’s ban on Bills of Attainder, despite its deliberately stigmatizing character as a "Scarlet ‘I’ " that Trump would have to take with him into his reelection campaign.)
The point would not be to take old-school House impeachment leading to possible Senate removal off the table at the outset. Instead, the idea would be to build into the very design of this particular inquiry an offramp that would make bypassing the Senate an option while also nourishing the hope that a public fully educated about what this president did would make even a Senate beholden to this president and manifestly lacking in political courage willing to bite the bullet and remove him.
By resolving now to pursue such a path, always keeping open the possibility that its inquiry would unexpectedly lead to the president’s exoneration, the House would be doing the right thing as a constitutional matter. It would be acting consistent with its overriding obligation to establish that no president is above the law, all the while keeping an eye on the balance of political considerations without setting the dangerous precedent that there are no limits to what a corrupt president can get away with as long as he has a compliant Senate to back him. And pursuing this course would preserve for all time the tale of this uniquely troubled presidency.

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Trump Defends Use Of Translator On Trip To The UK

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