As we finish Yom Kippur, which ends tonight at sundown, I thought I'd get this in under the wire. It's the song "Avinu Malkeinu" which comes at the very end of the service.
This was one of my mother's favorite songs for the High Holidays, and it's sung wonderfully here by 13 cantors from around the world. I find some of the visual editing a little distracting, but not the singing.
Avinu Malkeinu means "Our Father, Our King," and the prayer itself is basically one of supplication, while also asking God for compassion whether or not it's deserved. It can be recited throughout the year, though the prayer is an important part of 10 days of the High Holidays starting with Rosh Hashanah and notably sung at the end of the service atoning at the start of the new year.
Or something like that. There are many variations, and even verses, whose order I think maybe can even be flexible, and the different denominations handle it their own way.
Mississippi now has highest COVID per capita rate in the country. And how is the Magnolia State taking it all? Well, according to their Republican governor Tate Reeves, as he told an audience in Tennessee (a cynic might suggest that Reeves felt it safer to be in a state other than his own…), southerners are “a little less scared” of the coronavirus because of their religious faith.
No, I’m serious.
Gov. Reeves actually said, "When you believe in Eternal Life -- that living on this earth is but a blip on the screen then you don't have to be so scared of things," And then he added, just to be safe perhaps that he didn’t come across like a total lunatic,: "God also tells us to take necessary precautions."
Yes. Necessary precautions. Like vaccines and masks. And listening to doctors. And listening to experts. Necessary precautions like that.
By the way, left out of the Most Reverend Gov. Reeves sermon on Eternal Life and not being scared of the coronavirus is any mention of his Gulf Coast Mississippi faithful not being scared of Hurricane Ida. No doubt, though, he’s telling them that what with Eternal Life and that blip-on-Earth thing, it’s okay to not worry about the 160 MPH winds and storms and just go on as if it’s business as usual. Though, of course,, take those...well, necessary precautions.
Other necessary precautions that many people take, apparently because God thinks they’re good ideas –
Heavy winter coats.
Child safety seats.
Guard rails on bridges
Hepatitis A and B vaccines
Because, and this is just a guess, God doesn’t want people just relying on Him to protect them about everything, but having personal responsibility and social responsibility. So that people know not to jump off a skyscraper and think they’ll be fine because they have “religious faith.” Or not get out of a moving car on the highway and think they’ll be fine because they believe in God. That’s why God created “necessary precautions.”
And why God created doctors. And created vaccines.
But no, Tate Reeves – and remember, this is the elected Republican governor of the State of Mississippi, sworn to protect the people of his state. This is not your local pastor giving his flock the annual Easter sermon (though how many of those have we already seen die of COVID-19 after telling their parishioners not to take “necessary precautions” because if they believe in God, they’ll be safe) – the governor of Mississippi is saying that the people of his state are less afraid of the coronavirus because they have “religious faith.” Telling the people of his state that life on earth is just a “blip” – so, hey, why not take that leap off the building and enjoy the exhilaration of it until you hit the ground because it’s all just part of Eternal Life.
Mississippi has the highest COVID-19 per capita rate in the country. I’m going to make another pure guess that people in his state are a whole lot more scared that Gov. Reeves (R-MS) thinks. And if not, probably a whole lot more stupid.
Seriously, and this can’t be repeated enough, this is the Mississippi governor saying you’ll be safe from an infectious disease causing a worldwide pandemic if you only have religious faith.
This reminds me of the parable.
A man is in his house when a police car drives by and tells him that a flood is coming and he should take cover. The man says he believes in God and so he’ll be safe because God will protect him.
Later, the flood swells the area so deeply that it fills the streets, and a neighbor paddles by in a canoe. The neighbors says that the flood is rising, come in his canoe. But the man says he believes in God and so he’ll be safe because God will protect him.
The water gets so high that it’s filling his house, and the man has to get on his roof. A helicopter flies overhead and drops a rope. The pilot calls out that the flood is out of control, grab the rope, and they’ll fly off to shelter. However, the man says he believes in God and so he’ll be safe because God will protect him.
Eventually, the flood rises so much that the man drowns. When he’s in heaven, he goes to God and says, “God, I believe in you. I told everyone you would protect me. Why did you let me drown??” And God said, “I sent you a police car, a canoe and a helicopter. Why didn’t you get in any of them?!!”
The Very Reverand Tate Reeves, governor of Mississippi says he and the minions of his state have total faith in God protecting them because they believe in God and Eternal Life. What he and they are missing is that God has sent them doctors and vaccines and masks.
Why didn’t they all use any of those gifts from God??!
And just to show the whimsy of life – Eternal or otherwise -- it’s not Tate Reeves (with the highest per capita infection rate in the country as he relies on faith), but rather Gov. Gavin Newsom of California -- whose state is the only one in the union where infections are decreasing over the past 14 days -- who is the facing a recall election.
It turns out that God does indeed work in mysterious way. Though at the same time, He also tells us to take necessary precautions.
Like about the blip you elect governor.
In its article on an anti-Semitic ad from the Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) campaign, the article in The Raw Story twice references an apology. What I'd love is for Raw Story to point to where in the world the Perdue campaign "apologizes."
All the Perdue campaign says is it was a mistake and not intentional, The word or concept of "Sorry" doesn't exist.
Following on the footsteps of Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL), I believe that this is a new phenomenon that my partner at the Apology Institute of America Nell Minow and I may have to hold a seminar on -- the press stating that someone has apologized who hasn't. Hey, at least Mr. Yoho *used* the word apology, even if inaccurately.
In fact, though the headline says that Perdue himself "apologized," not only was there no apology, as noted -- but the statement was released by a spokesperson who didn't even quote the senator, but just made a general comment about Perdue's record.
If you can find the "apology" in this, you will get credit towards entry into your fellowship program. Here's the statement --
“In the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image. Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook. Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue’s strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.”
Further, we look forward to a release of David Perdue's many strong condemnations of anti-Semitism...
Here's another song from Cantor Azi Schwartz, who I posted here the other day his joyous bat mitzvah version of the sacred prayer Adon Olam sung to the music of "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton. He is a lead cantor at Park Synagogue in New York.
This is his tribute to the Leonard Cohen on the Yahrzeit of his death. Though the music is Cohen's "Hallelujah," the words are Psalm 150 in Hebrew. He wrote for this video --
"The first Yahrzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Leonard Cohen, one of the greatest Jewish poet-songwriters of the 20th century, will be observed on November 7th 2017.
"As a tribute to his legacy, here is one of his most famous songs, Hallelujah, with the Hebrew lyrics of Psalm 150 which is recited daily in Jewish prayer.
"May the memory of Leonard Cohen be for an eternal blessing."
I don't care what your plans are for the rest of the day. Include "Watch this video" in them. You'll just feel better as you go about doing whatever else is on your schedule.
What we have here is a bat mitzvah service in temple for a young girl Zoe Cosgrove. As part of that service, the cantor Azi Schwartz sings Adon Olam, an important and sacred prayer in praise of God that's sung on the Sabbath and at many other services. A famous whimsy of the prayer is that the words are written in a meter that fits a great deal of other music and so it is occasionally sung to other tunes, including those of popular songs
Let me reiterate what I noted above -- I love this video.
And as good as it is, and as glorious a voice as Cantor Schwartz has, which gives this such warm, joy and texture, it's taken to another level by the surprise the young girl -- sorry, since this is her Bat Mitzvah, now young woman -- shows when she realizes what he's singing, and her utter joy through the whole prayer, with an ear-to-ear smiile throughout, and eventually singing along. Perhaps only topped by the two little girls who later start exuberantly dancing in the aisles.
I wouldn't be surprised if you all might want to join them.
I love this video, not just for the joy and fun of it, but for how touching and adorably moving it is, mixed all together, and sung so wonderfully..
Posting it now fits perfectly, as well, since -- as you can see by the title -- it's a piece of music from the stage musical Hamilton, which of course had its movie premiere last week. A big thanks to Adam Belanoff for sending this to me.
And stick around after for a fun sort-of bonus I've included after.
But first -- the bat mitzvah. And again, this is not a Hebrew translation of a song from Hamilton. This is the sacred Jewish prayer Adon Olam set to the music of a song from Hamilton.
If you look closely at the end as she leans over to Cantor Schwartz, the now young woman softly and joyfully mouths the words "Thank you so much." I can only imagine her joy.
The bonus is that here below is the English translation of Adon Olam -- alongside the Hebrew transliteration. (And the Hebrew itself, for those who can read it and want to show off.) So, crank up the video once again, and this time with the music playing and cantor singing in the background and all joining in, you can sing along, as well, and see that this is no Hebrew version of "I'll Be Back," but how the words of Adon Olam actually really truly do fit perfectly.
I didn't post this above, since it's best first to watch the thing itself, but this is a treat, on its own.
This video is very surprising – it’s funny and very touching at the same time. I had recorded James Corden’s show the other day and got around to watching it last night. I was fast-forwarding through to the guest I had wanted to see, when I noticed he was talking to his father by Skype, so I stopped to check it.
It turns out that Corden’s father Malcolm actually had sold Christian books and Bibles for his career, so he did a little video on the proper way to hold a Bible, rather than the awkward way Trump had handled it in front of the church as his PR photo op stunt. And though the video was done as a joke, you realized that Malcolm Corden was very serious about the different ways to hold a Bible depending on the situation. And he was great. But then the segment took a totally different turn that you could tell made James Corden wary because it was unexpected, but ended up absolutely wonderful.
I thought this would be a nice way to dive into the new year. On Monday, CNN re-ran an episode of Anderson Cooper 360 where he interviewed Stephen Colbert for a full hour. (Without commercials, it runs about 38 minutes.) It's really terrific, and it seemed right to repost here. It's smart, funny, geeky at times, insightful, and then for almost 20 minutes -- which they get into in large part because Cooper's mother Gloria Vanderbilt had passed away about two months before -- and they talk about grief. This is a subject that Colbert notably got into with Joe Biden, and it's just as interesting and moving here, but takes on its own dimension because of how raw the subject clearly is to Cooper. All in all, it was just really good conversation.
It turns out that Dennis Prager has a video out with him "pontificating wisely" (tm) in front of a fireplace with a personal observation that he tries to make oh-so very clear is not for every man but...well, but for "some," and not just some, but "enough that I can make this point" -- so, despite his insistence, it's clear that this pertains to a lot. A LOT. And it's that "enough" men today are growing beards because "feminism and the Left have crapped on masculinity" and they need to say "hello, I'm not a female."
Interestingly, that is the exact same reason that was given for men having beards in 19th century England! And also in 1250 B.C. Jerusalem.
And Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz in 2019.
And Santa Claus.
And Abraham Lincoln, father of the Republican Party.
Reading or listening to what Dennis Prager has to say is an ethereally mind-numbing experience. Not always. Some of the time. And enough of the time that I can make this point.
Actually, now that I think of it, it's most of the time. I was just being polite before.
And it got me to thinking of an article I wrote about Mr. Prager on the Huffington Post back in 2010. It was the result of an exchange of emails I had with a friend who's a reasonably well-known public figure, very right-wing and a friend of Prager. Initially, when I decided to re-post this here, it was only because I think "enough" of what Dennis Prager writes and says is crushingly empty, made under the seeming guise of sage advice, and I wanted to follow-up on his little video chat with my encore from the past. But as I re-read the article, I realized that in many ways the two pieces are connected, that indeed both of them have a similar theme of Mr. Prager -- a total mis-understanding of historical fact, and insistence that the cause of the world's ills, which tend to be things different from him as seen through his small, myopic view of life, are due "enough" to liberals.
By the way, this is an especially-ludicrous perspective to have, given that conservatism is about protecting what's good about the past, and liberalism is about finding what's good about changing and progressing into the future -- and 10,000 years or so of history have shown that, in fact, life actually changes. A lot.
But then, as I said, not understanding history and the reality of life is so-very Dennis Prager. Well, okay, not understanding some of it. And enough of it to make this point.
June 3, 2010
Dennis Prager: Making the World a Crueler Place, One Word at a Time
A conservative friend has me on his mailing list. He forwards me diatribes from his circle about how the world will end because of liberals, a term loosely defined as "anything that isn't conservative."
These articles have two things in common. One is that they all border on fear, and the other is their relationship to facts is similar to P.T. Barnum's.
What is unfortunate is that my friend - and his circle - accept them all on faith. And the problem of accepting temporal matters on faith is that it doesn't develop the power to think for oneself.
The other day, the latest forwarding was an article by Dennis Prager. It was an essay that, on the surface, appeared to discuss a philosophic argument comparing religion to the evils of the secular world. In reality, it was just bulldozing facts to make a political point.
This below isn't whole article by Mr. Prager. In fairness, I only got through the first four paragraphs. But I include those four, so that what follows would be in context.
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May 25, 2010
The World Is a Cruel Place -- and If America Weakens, It Will Get Crueler
By Dennis Prager
One of the many beliefs -- i.e., non-empirically based doctrines -- of the post-Christian West has been that moral progress is the human norm, especially so with the demise of religion. In a secular world, the self-described enlightened thinking goes, superstition is replaced by reason, and reason leads to the moral good.
Of course, it turned out that the post-Christian West produced considerably more evil than the Christian world had. No mass cruelty in the name of Christianity approximated the vastness of the cruelty unleashed by secular doctrines and regimes in the post-Christian world. The argument against religion that more people have been killed in the name of religion than by any other doctrine is false propaganda on behalf of secularism and Leftism.
The amount of evil done by Christians -- against, for example, "heretics" and Jews -- in both the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity -- was extensive, as was the failure of most European Christians to see Nazism for the evil that it was. The good news is that Christian evils have been acknowledged and addressed by most Christian leaders and thinkers.
But there were never any Christian Auschwitzes -- i.e., systematic genocides of every man, woman and child of a particular race or religion. Nor were there Christian Gulags -- the shipping of millions of innocents to conditions so horrific that prolonged suffering leading to death was the almost-inevitable end.
This is as far as I got. It was either keep reading or stop before my head exploded. I opted for the latter.
The problem, you see, is that there are a great many things Mr. Prager far too self-comfortably and intentionally overlooks. Like, for example, giving a pass to the Spanish Inquisition and its Auto-de-fe torture. He does this by conveniently (and simplistically) self-defining religious mass murder on his own very-limited terms, as systematically killing "every" person of a religion. Of course, in reality, even Nazism didn't systematically kill "every" Jew by his own definition, any more than Spanish Catholics did in the 356 years of the Inquisition. But what the Inquisition did during those 3-1/2 centuries was pretty darn systematic and massive. Not to mention that it was torture.
And though he eases his conscience by insisting, "Nor were there Christian Gulags...", he again intentionally (because if not intentional, it is ignorantly) overlooks 800 years or more of horrors that cumulatively likely were crushingly worse than any Gulag since they defined nearly a millennium of daily culture.
But mainly, I didn't get that far because Mr. Prager showed an unacceptable lack of history and reality when he wrote, "The argument against religion that more people have been killed in the name of religion than by any other doctrine is false propaganda on behalf of secularism and Leftism."
While this statement sounds authoritative, it is of course backed up by…nothing. Not a single word of it is backed up by - anything. It is words strung together.
I actually read history. I have no doubt that Dennis Prager does, as well. But I can't speak to what he reads, or chooses to remember, or include. But honestly, his above is a numbing statement. Last year, I finally finished reading Will and Ariel Durant's brilliant and legendary 11-volume Story of Civilization. Probably around 8,000 pages. Up until about the year 1600, probably the bulk of wars were religious-based, and many wars beyond that, through 1800. National governments were religious for much of history, as kings ruled their nations by divine right, and fought off opposing armies for fear of another king's religious encroachment. The Holy Roman Empire dominated Europe. Muslimism, Hinduism, Buddhism dominated much of the rest of the world. Pure secular rule only came later. Villages of 20,000 people - 30,000 or 50,000 people - would be wiped out without a thought, becoming almost commonplace, century after century for a thousand years or more, from the beginning of history through the early 17th century. (In the early volumes, Durant writes of such ghastly massacres with eloquent horror. Later, as they continued through the centuries, the historian instead wearily addresses them as almost footnotes before moving on to the next.) The continuing Crusades of Christianity against Moslems were almost unendingly devastating to the society it crossed and ravaged. For over 200 years, there were 11 of these Crusades, all of them religiously-approved wars.
But more than that, as Mr. Prager tries to whitewash what was done specifically to Jews throughout history by focusing on Nazis, let me offer a passage from Volume 6 of the Durants' history, "The Reformation." Pages 730-731. An important thing to keep in mind is that this was written in 1957. After World War II. After the Nazis. Written by a renowned historian who made it his life work to study the history of mankind. Durant begins the passage this way --
"The Black Death was a special tragedy for the Jews of Christendom. The same plague had slain Mongols, Moslems and Jews in Asia, where no one thought of blaming the Jews; but in Western Europe a populace maddened by the ravages of pestilence accused the Jews of poisoning the wells in an attempt to wipe out all Christians."
Durant then continues with a lengthy tale of how such "fevered imaginations" swept across all of Europe. "Nevertheless, some Jews were tortured into confessing that they had distributed the poison...Merciless pogroms broke out in France, Spain and Germany. In one town in southern France the entire Jewish community was cast into flames. All Jews in Savoy, all Jews around Lake Leman, all in Bern, Fribourg, Basel, Nuremberg, Brussels were burned."
(If Dennis Prager is looking for "systematic genocides of every man, woman and child of a particular race or religion," that long list of "all" is a good place to start. But I digress...)
And then, after this lengthy passage describing these many dark years, Will Durant concludes by writing -- and I repeat, this was written a decade after World War II by a man who made it his life work to study the entire history of man --
"It would be hard to find, before our time, or in all the records of savagery, any deeds more barbarous than the collective murder of Jews in the Black Death."
So, while Dennis Prager wants to whitewash history for the sake of making a political point -- shame on him.
Shame on him.
And his shame extends further. It's when Prager writes, "The good news is that Christian evils have been acknowledged and addressed by most Christian leaders and thinkers."
"Good news"?? That's the good news?
Yes, to Dennis Prager in his political, high-wire, contortionist act, that's the "good news." It all makes up for the Inquisition and a thousand years of torture and persecution. Good news indeed! "Sorry we tortured you and killed you and wiped out entire villages for hundreds of years. Our bad." Good news? That's great news! Of course, it would have been even better news if all Christian leaders and thinkers acknowledged Christian evils, and not just "most" of them, which could mean only 51 percent... But hey, who am I to quibble?
Mind you, all Dennis Prager says is that most Christian leaders and thinkers merely "acknowledge" these "Christian evils" - not that they are horrified, repulsed and mortified by them, or ever did anything to make up for them. Just that they "acknowledge" their existence. Okay, sorry, "most" do. (However many "most" is.) Given that "it would be hard to find," as Will Durant said, "in all the records of savagery, any deeds more barbarous than the collective murder of Jews in the Black Death," I guess that in Dennis Prager's politically conservative world the best we can get is to accept that as "good news." Swell.
I got no further than these opening paragraphs. To be fair, maybe in the rest of his article Dennis Prager had a complete change of viewpoint. But I didn't have it in me to keep going and see if such a miracle had occurred. Because I was reading empty and dishonest words. All designed to misinterpret history to make a political point.
None of this is to criticize religion or praise secularism. There is room for an honest discussion of that. It is, instead, to note solely that what Dennis Prager wrote is not acceptable.
Actually, what he wrote is pathetic. And I'm sorry my friend and others accepted it as the truth. Because it ignores the reality of history. If a person wants to share the same political beliefs with Dennis Prager or with anyone amongst themselves, that's fine. But one should still be willing to tell those you otherwise agree with that they're wrong when they are very wrong.
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters," said Albert Einstein, who knew something about pursuing the truth carefully, "cannot be trusted with important matters."
Dennis Prager says the world is a cruel place. Maybe it just looks that way when you are so careless with the truth.
I meant to write about this story when I first read it in Politico three weeks ago, but...well, other Trump News Stories kept showing up even more noteworthy, and then we hit the Ukraine debacle and impeachment hearings and...well, it kept get being pushed back. But even there are are even more Trump News Stories yesterday -- two, in fact -- one, that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the phone calls when Trump strong-armed the Ukrainian president, and the other there is now a second instance of Trump and Pompeo trying to get another foreign leader (this time the prime minister of Australia) to help discredit the FBI investigation into Russian collusion -- I thought that was lull enough (can you imagine?? That would be banner headlines across every newspaper in any other administration) to finally get to this.
The story is how Trump is starting to lose a bit of support in perhaps the most important and loyal part of his base, white evangelicals. But no, it's not because of what you think, which is what so fascinates me.
Is he losing support of white evangelicals because of putting immigrants in cages? No. is he losing support of white evangelicals because he's taking immigrant children from their parents? No. Is he losing support of white evangelicals because of his heartlessness toward poor people who were sick and dying in Puerto after Hurricane Maria? No. Is he losing support of white evangelicals for surrounding himself with the NRA after three gun massacres over one weekend? No.
So, what could Trump have possibly done to so deeply offend these supposed God-loving white evangelicals, if not all this???
His use of bad language has gotten worse.
When Trump was at a recent West Virginia rally, he was talking about bombing ISIS and told the crowd, “They’ll be hit so goddamn hard.”
That was just finally too much for some of the constituents state lawmaker Paul Hardesty, who said that people in his district were complaining about Trump “using the Lord’s name in vain.”
Hardesty told Politico, “I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘You know I voted for [Trump], but if he doesn’t tone down the rhetoric, I might just stay home this time.”
I suspect they won't though. After all, callous hypocrisy is a mighty tall hurdle to get over. But -- well...if anything can accomplish that -- not taking children from their parents; not ignoring the poor, sick and dying;not ignoring gun massacres and not condemning white supremacists -- then using the Lord's name in vain might just be the thing. After all, it's one thing to take children and ignore the poor and dying and support hatred all supposedly in the Lord's name -- but for goodness sake, it shouldn't be in vain.
You can read the full article here.
Yesterday, in a delusion of grandeur overwhelming by his own outlandish standard, Trump not only retweeted a truly-demented and deeply anti-Semitic note sent to him by some random, albeit unhinged member of the populace that, among other things, called Trump the "King of Israel" and being loved like the "second coming of God." -- after which Trump himself, talking to the press outside the White House, referred to himself as "the Chosen One."
No, really. This is all true. No doubt you saw it on the news -- not in The Onion or Psychology Today -- since it was pretty hard to ignore.
The thing is, if Trump was actually The Chosen One, you'd think that God would at least have let him get more popular votes that Hillary Clinton.
In case anyone was wondering, no, this is not normal.
How "not normal"? Forget for the moment that Trump has his finger on nukes...as well as your life -- if he was merely your next-door neighbor and thought he was The Chosen One and said people considered him the King of Israel and Second Coming of God, would you let your children simply talk to him??
(Fun Fact: much as Trump and his correspondent want to believe otherwise, and want you to believe it, as well, Jews, perhaps most-especially those in Israel, don't actually believe in the "Second Coming of God." They're just fine with His first appearance, thank you very much.).
And this on the day when it made the news that the U.S. budget deficit hit one trillion dollars. NBC News sent out a tweet that referenced the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office explaining this deficit was substantially "more than previously expected due to legislative packages passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump," In truth, it was only not "previously expected" by the blind and feverish acolytes who think Trump is The Chosen One. Most others sentient Americans not only expected it, but were certain and said so at the time. But hey, perhaps he can turn a deficit into a surplus. Unfortunately, the rest of the country is unable to walk on water and is slowly sinking in it.
And further, it was the day after Trump said that the 79% of Jews who voted Democratic were "disloyal." Because, hey, when you're a virulent anti-Semite, why wouldn't you say that? And this.
By the way, the two retweets that Trump sent were far-more insane that the very little I quoted above. I just don't have it in me to re-post them both in full. Nor do I have it in me to debate those who have been trying to point out that re-tweeting someone calling you "The King of Israel" and the "second coming of God" and thanking the person isn't the same as claiming it yourself -- especially when "you" did call yourself later "The Chosen One." I'm perfectly fine with Trump's supplicants twisting themselves into a knot in order to prove he's not totally insane, merely a pscyhoneurotic who wants everyone else to believe that what was said in his retweets were true. Although explaining away that "The Chosen One" is a little more difficult. I have no doubt that they'll bring out the Golden Oldie, "He was just joking.".
Remember: "maga" in Nigerian means "victim of fraud."
Hey, the good news in all this is that by Trump's new standards, he wouldn't be allowed to buy a gun. So, he's just limited to nuclear weapons.
And not a word of horror from Republicans. Meaning we must repeat -- this is not about Trump, we know who he is. (And no, I don't mean "King of Israel," "The second coming of God" and "The Chosen One.") This is about the elected officials of the Republican Party who enable him and are complicit.
And in honor of it all, we present a musical interlude. "King Herod's Song" from Jesus Chris Superstar. Follow the bouncing loon.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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