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This should be obvious

But unfortunately, there are a lot of people who will stubbornly resist the logic and will swallow whatever their tribal leaders say, no matter how nonsensical:

And this:

I think we can all agree on the bigness of numbers, right? Some numbers are bigger than others. Ok, more technically, the magnitude that a number represents is greater than the magnitude of the numbers that precede it. That is not an alternative fact. That’s just common sense.

So here are the numbers that Hayes is referring to:

House of Representatives:

Republican = 239

Democrat = 193

Vacant = 3

US Senate

Republican = 51

Democrats = 47

Other = 2

I think we can all agree that 239>193 and that 51>49. That seems pretty straightforward.

So, it doesn’t matter if Democrats are cooperative and agree with every thing Republicans want or whether they hold their breath and refuse to play along. There is NOTHING THEY CAN DO IF THEY DON’T HAVE A MAJORITY.

It’s like talking to a wall. These memes get stuck in people’s heads and they persist in spite of all evidence. But they’re just beautiful theories destroyed by ugly facts.

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Hey! Remember this orange oldie?

Turns out Stormy Daniels had a different opinion about 7 years ago and it’s all about to hit the cashier’s aisle at your local supermarket.

She appears to be quite the authority on the subject of love making, if that’s what you call it. What will she tell us about Trump’s stamina?

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In Memoriam

Dolores O Riordan (1971-2018)

Linger…

Lack of dementia != lack of evil

The Montreal Cognition test, have you seen it? It’s 30 questions that a third grader should be able to ace. No, seriously, check it out yourself. It asks the subject to do simple things like draw a clock face for 10 minutes past 11 or what do an orange and banana have in common (concrete answer: they’re both fruit. More abstract answer(s): they’re both fruits that are peeled, they both grow in warm sub-tropical to tropical climates, they’re both sweet, they aren’t blue). Any eight year old should be able to do this test enthusiastically. In fact, you’ll probably get more answers from a delightful 8 year old than you needed. They can’t get enough of this stuff.

I can see where this is a useful test for a family member who mistakes his wife for a hat. But note that forgetfulness, confusion and early signs of dementia are not the same thing as disinterest, stupidity or lack of talent. It’s scary that Reagan would have failed this test but as bad as Reagan was, he was still smarter and more capable of doing his job than Donald.

Here is what the test is not: it’s not an intelligence test, it’s not a personality test like the MMPI, it’s not a psychological assessment and it is not a test for evil. Evil is knowing that doing something is wrong and harmful and doing it anyway. For more on this topic, read The Lucifer Effect by the designer of the Stanford Prison Experiment, psychologist Philip Zimbardo. Read that sucker. You’ll understand Donald Trump completely. It explains why he uses Dreamers as bargaining chips, can ignore the health of poor sick children on CHIP, deliberately screwed the blue states on taxes including California which has the 5th largest economy in the world, and can make Puerto Rican’s even more miserable by signing a tax “reform” bill that imposes an excise tax on American citizens that have already suffered a devastating hurricane and who are still in the dark three months later.

Let’s not let Republicans off the hook. They’re either complicit or scared to death that Donald’s childish, mean spirited, retributive score settling and petulance will turn its eye on them and their states next. This is a man who has been allowed to skate his whole life, who has been given break after break, has been praised and appeased like Veruka Salt, and believes that if you’re rich enough, you’re never held accountable for any bad behavior you can pay lawyers to take care of for you.

It’s no wonder that he does bad things, stupid things, careless things. What’s awful about the Montreal cognitive assessment test is now we know that he is perfectly capable and aware of exactly how much harm he’s doing.

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Stiff competition:

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Corey Booker schools Kierstjen Nielsen. Best quote from Martin Luther King Jr:

Listen up, Trumpers, we all went to school during the Civil Rights era when we were told to never judge a book by its cover and that prejudice was bad. I can’t even say the N word. Haven’t since I was four years old and asked my mom what it meant. Racism is shameful. It diminishes the person who believes that one group of people is better and deserves more of everything good in life. And you all know this. You have an opportunity every day to wake up and see other people as people whose circumstances in life may be wholly different from yours. So do it.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Don’t do evil.