By Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,
We thought it was the Judgment-day

And sat upright. While drearisome
Arose the howl of wakened hounds:
The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,
The worms drew back into the mounds,

The glebe cow drooled. Till God called, “No;
It’s gunnery practice out at sea
Just as before you went below;
The world is as it used to be:

“All nations striving strong to make
Red war yet redder. Mad as hatters
They do no more for Christes sake
Than you who are helpless in such matters.

“That this is not the judgment-hour
For some of them’s a blessed thing,
For if it were they’d have to scour
Hell’s floor for so much threatening …

“Ha, ha. It will be warmer when
I blow the trumpet (if indeed
I ever do; for you are men,
And rest eternal sorely need).”

So down we lay again. “I wonder,
Will the world ever saner be,”
Said one, “than when He sent us under
In our indifferent century!”

And many a skeleton shook his head.
“Instead of preaching forty year,”
My neighbour Parson Thirdly said,
“I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer.”

Again the guns disturbed the hour,
Roaring their readiness to avenge,
As far inland as Stourton Tower,
And Camelot, and starlit Stonehenge.

Published April 1914, 3 months prior to the start of World War I

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By Wink

Do you think todays’ kids are part of the pampered generation? Do you think they expect to get great rewards without much effort? Me too.

This also perfectly describes the Republican party.

The American press has forever, forever, since the beginning of politics in this country, asked hard, pointed, slanted (and sometimes very stupid) questions of politicians.

They have, forever, asked these same questions of Democrats and Republicans alike.

Conservative think-tanks, tired of watching so many of their candidates come across as morons, decided to formulate the storyline that all press is liberal, that anyone who asks hard questions must have a liberal bent. Since newspapers and TV networks sometimes have nosy reporters, they must all be liberal! Never mind that they ask the same stupid questions to Democrats.

Republicans have beat this drum and beat this drum and beat this drum until ‘liberal press’ is actually an accepted axiom.

The press is so fearful of being branded liberal that they quake when every (and I mean every) GOP candidate drops the ‘liberal press’ line. (This is similar to another conservative insult… ‘intellectual elite.’ God forbid someone should be intellectual.)

The American press became so soft on conservatives that, when Cheney/Bush decided to declare war on a country not at war with us, the press was too afraid to ask “What the hell does Iraq have to do with 9-11?” By the time anyone brought it up, we were waist-deep in a worthless quagmire that led to 4000+ American deaths, and a much-worsened situation in the entire middle east.

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When he/she can’t answer a question, or comes across looking like an idiot for saying something stupid, Republican candidates will inevitably blame the press. “No! I am not a moron! The liberal press is twisting my words!”

This deep-seated crap has turned all GOP candidates into pansies. They all brag how they can stare down Putin, and then say the questions they receive from the press are ‘too hard.’

Pansies!

For Pete’s sake, you want to be President of the U.S., but are afraid of pointed questions? As an alleged adult (with solutions!) any half-assed candidate should be able to handle pointed/stupid and even yes, slanted questions. Be an adult just answer the question. Stop whining already.

Please give me a GOP candidate, just one, who says “The press is just doing their job.”

Grow up already. Stop blaming your own inadequacies on somebodies hard questions. You hate the welfare state and preach self-reliance, but are not self-reliant enough to handle the press?

Pansies!

It is not the job of the press to be patriotic or pro-America, it is their job to get at the truth (Fox excepted).

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By Wink

Todays quiz: Which GOP presidential candidate said he following? “Discrimination is still a reality, even when it takes different forms. Instead of Jim Crow, there’s racial redlining and profiling. Instead of separate but equal, there is separate and forgotten. Strong civil rights enforcement will be a cornerstone of my administration. And I will confront another form of bias: the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

The answer – George W. Bush, in 2000. Yes, THAT George Bush, sometimes knows as ‘W.’

‘W’, especially compared to his father George H. W. Bush, is not considered among the deepest-thinking presidents. George the younger is perceived as well short of a Rhodes Scholar. Even so, HE was able to articulate something that none of the current crop of GOP presidential candidates, and most conservatives, seem to comprehend.

There are national stories, almost daily, of discrimination, profiling and abuse. The conservative mantra is “these are all isolated incidents.” They never see any discrimination and, besides, that black guy who was shot in the back and the black girl dragged by her hair were probably doing something wrong.

Furthermore, (drum roll please), we have a black president. What more evidence do you need that racism in America is ancient history!!

Never mind that the conserv-o-sphere went bat-s**t crazy when Obama was elected.

He can’t be an American! He must have been born in (what is the blackest place we can imagine?) – Kenya!

Blacks, even conservative blacks, will tell you the stories you hear of discrimination are NOT the exception, if you bother to ask.

In reaction to the constant flow of horrific racial events, someone created the concept of “black lives matter.” Conservatives cannot even put those three words together, and countered with “All lives matter.”

“All lives matter” is an unbelievably tone-deaf response to America’s real race problems. It is worse than a cop-out, it is straight up racist.

To assist the “All lives matter” morons, maybe they would understand the slogan “black lives matter too.” But I doubt it.

Yes, race is an issue, a problem, a big problem. Why is it that non-scholar ‘W’ can grasp this, but American conservatives cannot?

Discrimination is a reality. Ask ‘W’.

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By Wink

“Republicans will defend guns down to their last living relative.” – J Winkler

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Gun-lovers. What if…

– You lead a nice long life.
– You buy all the guns your house can hold…
– including the machine-gun stand sticking out of the back of your Humvee
– You write dozens of ”2nd Amendment” letters to the paper
– You get plenty of opportunities to chew out your sissy liberal friends regarding 2nd amendment rights…

…And then Armageddon doesn’t come?

What if you die without even getting to shoot one person? Is it a life wasted? Is it?

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By Wink

The Republican party line, spouted for years now, and certainly trumpeted by the many GOP candidates for president, is that “Obamacare is a job-killer.”

The jobless rate when he signed the bill, March 2010, was 9.9 percent.

The most recent jobless rate reported, June 2015, is 5.3 percent.

Never let facts get in the way of a good arguing point.

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By Wink

Today’s Quiz: who said the following?

“For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found we didn’t need it to win, but when we gave up trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all.”

a) Theodore Roosevelt

b) Dwight Eisenhower

c) Richard Nixon

d) George H W Bush.

e) John McCain

Nope. The correct answer is Texas Governor Rick Perry. If a non-Mensa member such as Perry can have such thought-provoking, from-the-heart insight, maybe there is hope for the Republican party.

In the face of Donald Trump’s overt racism, and the lackluster patronizing by all other Republican candidates, it is refreshing to see a real, legitimate candidate attempt to address this issue.

Think of it… the voice of reason and logic in the GOP: Rick Perry. I would have lost a lot of money on that bet.

The message from the rest of the myriad GOP candidates, ‘more tax breaks for the outlandishly wealthy,’ may not be the direct path to the hearts and minds of black America.

Sorry Rick, yours is a voice in the wilderness. Pragmatism and rational thought are great in the general election, but only extremist dogma flies in the primaries, which are dominated by the higher percentage of wing-nut voters.

Start talking wacky (Obama hates America!), or expect to be eliminated early in the primaries.

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By Wink

Run for the hills! Caitlyn Jenner is getting a ‘Courage’ award at the 2015 ESPY ceremony. Heaven help us all!

This travesty has Bob Costas’ underwear all in a bunch. He has declared this choice to be an attention grab by ESPN. His exact words were ‘crass exploitation” merely to “attract eyeballs.”

Well, how-do-you-do Bob? Nice to have your keen observations.

Look Bob, every drop of every ESPY Awards show is an attention grab. There are a million award shows, most of them worthless, but many of them get big (or at least decent) TV ratings.

A number of years ago, ESPN figured out there was no ‘sports’ version of an awards show, and dreamed one up with the goofy name “ESPY’s.” It was originally centered around the silly film clips the network shows every day, with a few awards (Most Popular Dunker) mixed in.

At some point, just like Bob Costas, the network started to take itself a bit too seriously. Now they feel the need to hand out some ‘serious’ awards.

Who cares if Caitlyn Jenner is given an award? It is a phony award, like EVERY award at the ESPY’s.

Nationally this has caused some weird uproar. Why? Why does Costas care? Does he think the ESPY’s have a special gravitas? Like a Nobel Prize?

Why does anyone care? If you are one of the people bitching about this, please add a comment to this blog and explain how this award effects you, specifically. I am betting you are not happy unless you have something to p***/moan about.

Do you know who was given the same award in 2014? If you didn’t know the answer, Michael Sam, then why do you care about the 2015 winner?

Sorry Mr. Costas, Your inane comments look like an attention grab.

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By Wink

So what’s shakin’ in Oklahoma? All of Oklahoma, that is what. In 2014 the Sooner state had 585 earthquakes magnitude 3 or greater. There were 109 in 2013.

This state must just be earthquake-prone. Or maybe not. Prior to 2008 Oklahoma averaged less than two earthquakes per year. Less than two.

Oklahoma geologists say the 600 times increase is most likely due to fracking – the injection of wastewater from oil and gas production deep below the Earth’s surface. They warn that more horrific earthquakes could be in the offing.

Is there reason to be suspicious of this data? Of course!

First off, the only reliable source for earthquake information is the oil industry, and they say more studies must be done. Second, why on Earth would we trust scientists? Like ‘the press’ they are all liberals, bent on ruining America and (can we be honest here?) scientist are only in it for the fame/glory/money/babes.

Plus, what is the big problem with a few extra earthquakes here and there? I have a nickname for you scaredy-cats….”Quakers.” Get it? Quakers? – Ha!

Let’s get to the real problem here. Oklahoma had 585 magnitude 3+ earthquakes last year, but averaged less that 2 per year prior to 2008? Hmmm. Did anything significant happen in 2008? Oh yeah, that Kenyan, Muslim, earthquake-lovin’ Barack Obama was elected President of these-here United States.

Coincidence? Obviously God is trying to shake Oklahoma into never-again voting for that type of commie. Oklahoma DID vote for Obama, didn’t they?

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By Wink

The NRA has decided, in the interest of safety at this year’s national NRA Convention in Nashville, to disallow guns.

I am sure I heard that wrong, as that crazy notion would go against everything the NRA has ever told us. Let us go over the previous NRA safety recommendations. Regardless of the circumstances, people are always better off if……

Safety level 1: Someone has a gun.
Level 2: Two people have guns.
Level 3: Lots of people have guns.
Level 4: Everybody has a gun.
Level 5: Everybody has two guns.
Level 6: Most of the weapons are machine guns.
Level 7: With armor piercing ‘cop-killer’ bullets.

The best/safest possible NRA convention should be, at minimum, Level 5. Gun-lovers, please send your donations to:

NRA Headquarters
123 More Gun Deaths Only Means We Need More Guns
Everywhere, Literally Everywhere, USA

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Governor Chris Christie has proposed reducing the New Jersey charity aid to hospitals from $650 million all the way down to $502 million, a reduction of $148 million. What a heartless conservative bastard!
What is his lame excuse? Christie explains that verified charity cases in his state are down 43 percent because more residents are now insured.

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