Sunday Reads: A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous…


A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous…

-Paul Verrall from Born Yesterday



Good afternoon…..


This is frightening:


Donald Trump Says He May Want To Be President For Life – News & Guts Media

Speaking at a GOP fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump dropped a bombshell.  First, Trump talked about the 2016 election, which he won but still can’t get past.  He remains distraught over a “rigged system” and wonders why Hillary Clinton hasn’t been prosecuted, among many topics in a free-wheeling speech.

But his off-the-cuff remarks took a bizarre turn when he praised China’s President Xi Jinping for consolidating power and effectively making him president for as long as he wants.  It’s an appealing idea to Trump.

“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

Pause and think about that for a second.  What would possess him to say this out loud?  This is scary territory.  The remarks were closed to the press but a recording was obtained by CNN.

What the fuck, right?


By the way, Flake: ‘There should be’ Republican challenger to Trump in 2020 – CNNPolitics

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said he thinks President Donald Trump will and should have a Republican challenger in the 2020 presidential election.

“I do think the President will have a challenge from the Republican Party. I think there should be. I also think that there will be an independent challenge,” the Arizona senator said in an interview for David Axelrod’s show…
Uh…a challenger in 2020? How the hell these people still see that tRumphole in office in 2020 is beyond me…(I realize that he will more than likely get away with all this shit, but fucking hell.)

More Tweets of note:


I know a lot of you are like me, overwhelmed at all the shit. Who knows, maybe it is just that we are not meant to be up in the morning…Check this out: Can’t get to sleep early? Science is on your side. – Vox

We live in a world that worships the early riser. Think of everything we’re told on the virtues of waking up early:

”The early bird catches the worm.”

”Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man… “ (Ben Franklin’s most famous saying).

”Nice of you to join us today” (snarky dictum of teachers and bosses everywhere).

The message is clear: Starting early is the way to get ahead; lateness is ugly as sin.

In 2016, I reported on the science of chronobiology, which finds we all have an internal clock that keeps us on a consistent sleep and wake cycle. But the key finding is that everyone’s clock is not the same. Most people fall in the middle, preferring to sleep around 11 pm to 7 am. But many — perhaps 40 percent of the population — don’t naturally fit in this schedule.

There are night owls among us — whose whole circadian schedules are shifted later — and morning larks, who are shifted earlier. These traits are determined by genetics and are extremely hard to change. What’s more, the research is finding that if we fight our chronotypes, our health may suffer.

But most striking to me wasn’t the health implications of messing with your clock. It was the stigma late sleepers feel in a society ruled by early risers. Simply put: These late sleepers are tired of being judged for a behavior they cannot easily control. If they can’t change their sleep patterns, maybe society should become more accepting of them.

Then there is a story like this to just get you so pissed off….There’s No Such Thing as ‘Consensual Sex’ When a Person Is in Police Custody | American Civil Liberties Union

On the night of Sept. 15, 2017, Edward Martins and Richard Hall, narcotics detectives with the New York Police Department, pulled over an 18-year-old woman and her two male friends for being in a park after dark. After finding marijuana in the car’s cup holder, they handcuffed the woman and told her friends to leave. The woman says that the detectives then put her in their unmarked police van with tinted windows and raped her as she cried and repeatedly told them “no.” Semen collected in a forensic evidence kit matched the DNA of both men.

In November, Martins and Hall resigned from the NYPD and currently face rape and kidnapping charges. Both pleaded not guilty. Their defense against these allegations is almost as disturbing as the crimes they are accused of. They claim that they had consensual sex with the woman while she was in their custody.

And here’s the thing: This defense might actually work because New York state law allows it.

Read the rest of it at the link…

Tonight is the Oscars…will you be watching?

03/04/2018 Cartoon by MStreeter

“Statuette” (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)




Hope everyone has a good day and evening…this is an open thread.

19 Comments on “Sunday Reads: A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Things are real crappy. How about you?

    • NW Luna says:

      Alternating between dogged endurance, binge-reading fantasy, s-f, & paleoanthropology, oversleeping (or night-owling), and fury.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That sounds familiar except I’m binge-reading mysteries and I just read an unbelievable true crime book about the shameful treatment of rape victims in America.

  2. jane says:

    I think that sex while wearing a police uniform or on police duty should be illegal. That way there is no question. Do you think we will get a female governor or president any time soon??

  3. quixote says:

    I’m like the little dog in the burning cafe. Except I forgot my sunglasses so I can see it all burning down. As I said on my own blog yesterday, we need a new world!

    About the early / late risers thing. Researchers who’ve studied hunter-gatherer societies note that people sleep on all kinds of schedules. They’re awake and working when it suits them. The result is that even at noon, some people are sleeping, and even at 2AM, somebody is awake. The anthropologists point out that would have a big evolutionary advantage, because there’s always someone who can raise the alarm.

    Then, of course, things got complicated and masses of people had to do the same thing at the same time and religion has been justifying shoehorning everybody into one pattern ever since.

  4. dakinikat says:

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Did she really say that? I don’t believe it.

      • quixote says:

        That whole sentence is, “To me, a feminist is someone who values black women first and foremost.”

        Just as a matter of logic, no. Sorry, but no. Valuing black women first has to be a subset of feminism, as in that “white feminism” people complain about.

        Valuing *women* first means dealing with the problems common to all women. Suffering from an order of magnitude more violence. Being paid less everywhere, and even less the more bigotry the employer can lard on. Having men bending the whole society to control your ability to produce children.

        The other thing I get really tired of is the chest-thumping about how much progress has been made against sexism. Zomg in the 1960s women had to have men cosign to get a credit card. Of course that evidence of being some kind of chattel is bloody awful. Yes, it’s some kind of progress we’re past that. Meanwhile, young women have started stripping the hair off their pubes and even cutting back their labia to look like something out of a porn video.

        From where I stand, it looks more like we’ve managed to polish down some areas of corrosion, but the main rusting mess is still right where it was and about 95% of the work is still left to do.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. NW Luna says:

    • quixote says:

      The *reasons* for killing the bill smack my gob more than anything. Because (drum roll, please) The Parents should be making these decisions.

      Not that nobody should be deciding to marry at 12. No. Because The Parents should be able to dispose of their daughters as they see fit.

      Funny thing there, though. If a girl is such a piece of furniture, to be placed at will, is it really “the parents” the sharia xtians are thinking about? I mean, in their world, one of those is bound to be a woman. I.e. another piece of furniture. I bet they’re talking about fathers, not parents.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Another nor’easter is heading for the Boston area–this time with snow, up to 12 inches….

    • quixote says:

      Oh noooo! I hope they get the current snow cleared away enough so you can get to the grocery store and stock up before the next one hits! Here’s hoping you can stay inside and with electricity throughout the whole thing.

      • bostonboomer says:

        There isn’t any snow around here, but lots of people are still without power and dealing with the flooding along the coast.

  8. Minkoff Minx says:

    Take a look at this from my two favorite queens…

    It is a pretty good statement about the entire Hollywood culture.