The Idiot and Jerusalem

It is barely mentioned these days (given so much other craziness emanating from the White House and its minions 1) that the majority of cabinet posts and close advisers to the president* are all evangelical Christians. The current list:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
  • Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. Tom Price Player To Be Named Later
  • Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson
  • Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
  • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  • Director of the EPA Scott Pruitt
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley
  • Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell ANother Player To…
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
  • Director of Central Intelligence Mike Pompeo

This is important because a hearty sub-section of evangelical Christians really, really believe there will be a millennium in the future where the actual Jebus returns.

However, this won’t happen without pain, people. There first must be a tribulation, where the actual Christ defeats the actual e-vil. Concurrent with this will be all manner of natural disasters, wars and Randall Flagg the Antichrist.

It will be “convert or die”, baby, with the unconverted summarily dispatched to the fiery lakes of Hell.

So the president’s recent recognition of Jerusalem being wholly in Israel gladdens the hearts of evangelical Christians, what with that proclamation increasing the chances of an all out war in the Middle East that might, just might mind you, lead to The Battle of Armageddon.

Evangelical Christians hope The Battle of Armageddon slaughters the majority of the Jews in Israel, with the survivors –now converted to Christianity– assisting the rebuilding of the city by a returning baby Jebus.

The rest of us (apparently all suffering from the worst case ever of non-buyers remorse), down to the littlest Kiribati baby girl, will end up killing each other. That will leave only Christians alive. 2

This sick fantasy does not, of course, take into account Israel’s 200+ atomic weapons, combined with their of…how to say this…absolutely zero tolerance of assholes, fools and jackanapes who might desire to wipe them from the face of the earth.

But for evangelical Christians…it’s a good first step.

The Idiot and Jerusalem

Show 2 footnotes

  1. The ReThugs in Alabama are set to elect an asshole who’s latest selling point is that he went to a Vietnamese child whore house…but did not partake! Sing hallelujah, praise the lord!
  2. This is not only the Number 1 thing evangelical Christians want for Christmas, it’s the only thing. Well…unless they can also have a (presumptive) pederast for a United States Senator.

Roy Moore and the 12 Year Old

The ReThugs and Pederasts are so certain of their double-digit victory down in Alabama today they’ve taken to blatantly trolling us.

To our mind this is the exact definition of exploitation. No parent should let this happen to their child and no candidate of conscience would burden a child with this legacy.

Remember this moment when the shooting finally begins.

Roy Moore and the 12 Year Old

Deliberate Sabotage

An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world.

Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work, according to her letter, obtained by Foreign Policy.

“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford wrote in her Nov. 7 letter…

Tillerson should have walked a long time ago.

However, like Pruitt, Mnuchin, Zinke, Sessions, Ross, Carson, Perry and especially DeVos, he’s not quite finished dismantling a perfectly good department. Once he has it in shambles, then he’ll walk.

It will take a generation to recover from this administration’s ineptness and deliberate sabotage.

Deliberate Sabotage

The White House: Like Being in Prison

Many view Lopez as a political prisoner sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison in 2015 on trumped-up charges related to a period of deadly antigovernment protests in 2014.

During the visit with Tintori, the president seemed unfamiliar with her and her experiences, The Post reported, though he reportedly knew enough to have “praised her past as a reality television star in Venezuela’s version of ‘Survivor.'”

The president and the first lady also reportedly tried to commiserate with Tintori through a source of their own discomfort: the White House.

Melania Trump said she sympathized with what Lopez had gone through in jail in Caracas, Venezuela, adding that the White House felt as confining as prison, two people familiar with the meeting told The Post. Donald Trump reportedly agreed.

There’s really only one way to find out; C’mon, Mueller!

The White House: Like Being in Prison

Thoughts and Prayers

The following is a list of Congress Critters who took at least $3K (that we know of) from the NRA in the last election cycle and then tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Las Vegas victims.

  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
  • Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Mike Coffman (R-CO)
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
  • Will Hurd (R-TX)
  • John Katko (R-NY)
  • Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
  • Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
  • John Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Rod Blum (R-IA)
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI)
  • Don Young (R-AK)
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • John Boozeman (R-AR)
  • John Culberson (R-TX)
  • John Faso (R-NY)
  • Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Bill Shuster (R-PA)
  • Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)
  • Claudia Tenney (R-NY)
  • Tom Cole (R-OK)
  • James Lankford (R-OK)
  • John Thune (R-SD)
  • Don Bacon (R-NE)
  • Jack Bergman (R-MI)
  • Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC)
  • John Kennedy (R-LA)
  • Brian Mast (R-FL)
  • Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA)
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX)
  • David Young (R-IA)
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Pete Olson (R-TX)
  • Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Charlie Dent (R-PA)
  • Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)
  • Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
  • Tim Walberg (R-MI)
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
  • Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
  • Dave Joyce (R-OH)
  • Jason Lewis (R-MN)
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Scott Taylor (R-VA)
  • Scott Tipton (R-CO)
  • David Valadao (R-CA)

Data via OpenSecrets.org.

Thoughts and Prayers