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Donald Trump Says That His Presidential Campaign Aims To “Save Christianity”

Just in case you wouldn’t understand the message, Donald Trump wrote the message in all capital letters on his Twitter feed tonight:


donald trump save christianity

Donald Trump is saying that a vote for his presidential campaign is a vote to “save Christianity once and for all”.

This declaration ought to alarm any American voter who is at all aware of the way that democracy in the USA actually works. Here’s why:

1. The President of the United States isn’t supposed to be used to favor one religion over another.

The federal government is established by the laws of Congress, which are executed by the President of the United States. The very first words of the very first amendment to the Constitution make it clear, however, that the federal government isn’t allowed to get involved in choosing which religions Americans are involved with. The First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

This means that the federal government can’t do anything to either promote private involvement in religion or to interfere with it. If Christianity happens to fall apart in the United States, that isn’t a matter that the federal government can address. That’s just the way it goes.

2. Christianity in the United States isn’t in need of saving.

It is true that Christianity is diminishing in the the United States, with almost one third of Americans now identifying themselves as non-Christian. Still, that means that two-thirds of Americans remain Christian.

Christians have enormous power in the United States, and not just in numbers. Christians have had a stranglehold on the presidency for hundreds of years. They install government-paid preachers, 100% Christian, in the U.S. Congress. Christians have forced non-Christians to take part in their religious rituals as part of public life for generations.

Non-Christians have struggled simply to maintain a few small areas of neutrality in the public sphere. No non-Christian group has been able to exercise anything close to the power in the United States that Christianity has.

Christianity isn’t about to die out. Christianity isn’t under any serious threat. What is in danger is the cultural and political dominance of Christianity in the United States. Christians don’t have any natural right to dominate other Americans, though. Their right to practice their religion does not include the right to use the federal government to control what everyone else does.

3. American democracy isn’t supposed to do anything once and for all.

Our Constitution was set up from the beginning to be flexible and changing. That’s why we have the power to amend it.

The idea of saving any cultural idea “once and for all” is completely contrary to the constitutional organization of our democracy.

The only way to use the power of government to settle any matter once and for all in the United States would be to abolish the Constitution, and end the power of the American people to control their own government. The only way to use governmental power to save Christianity forever would be to establish an eternal Christian theocracy as a replacement for American democracy.

When Donald Trump talks about his plans to use the federal government “save Christianity once and for all”, he is talking about a plan to overturn the Constitution and end democracy in the United States of America.

4. Donald Trump’s version of government-approved Christianity won’t allow the practice of other forms of Christianity.

Every time that a national government has placed itself on the side of one religion, it has placed itself against the free practice of other religions. Every time that a national government has installed Christianity as the official religion of a country, it has controlled the way that Christianity has been practiced.

If Donald Trump uses federal government to “save Christianity”, he’ll really only be saving certain forms of Christianity: Christianity that believes in theocracy and Christianity that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage, for instance. If your form of Christianity doesn’t match the official federal government Christianity installed by Donald Trump, then you won’t be able to practice your religion in equality. The power of the federal government will be used to discriminate against you on the basis of your non-conformist form of Christian religion.

Who knows what the federal government will do to warp Christianity to its purpose, once it is given the power to demand promote certain forms of Christian worship and Christian ideology? Who know which kinds of Christianity will gain government favor, and which ones will be made into outsiders?

Now that Donald Trump has made his intention to seize the U.S. federal government and convert it into a central authority over Americans’ religious lives, Americans need to ask themselves whether it is more important to them to push one form of Christianity on other Americans, or to preserve their democracy.

A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for theocracy, against democracy.

Today, We Cut All Ties With Skreened. Here’s Why.

Back in 2007, we started selling sweatshop-free t-shirts with Skreened as a way of taking care of expenses here without having to resort to advertising. When we went into business with the t-shirt printer Skreened back in 2007, I met with Skreened’s owner several times (including a four-part interview: 1|2|3|4). Skreened’s owner originally committed to only sell shirts that were made in the USA to avoid sweatshop labor rights abuses and low pay for apparel workers. In a later shift, Skreened started selling other shirts, but its owner made a personal commitment to me that Irregular Times would be able to select only made-in-the-USA, sweatshop-free shirts to sell. At Irregular Times, we made an additional commitment to donate a portion of our proceeds from Skreened sales to overseas human needs and domestic grassroots political organizing.

This morning, following a possible tip in a comment to Irregular Times, I revisited our Skreened shops. As these images show (click for full view), Irregular Times’ graphic designs have been made available for sale without our expressed permission on Alternative Apparel brand shirts.



It appears, although I cannot confirm this, that Irregular Times’ graphic designs have also been made available for sale on District Clothing brand shirts. We have written about the questionable ethical commitments of Alternative Apparel brand shirts here. Ethixmerch also has qualms about Alternative Apparel. EcoSalon notes the very poor wages associated with the nations in which Alternative Apparel commits only to abide by the minimum wage, and further notes that Alternative Apparel has tried to hide its factory locations. Rachel Barr notes similar problems. If you visit the webpage of District Clothing, furthermore, you will see that the ethical commitment of District Clothing brand shirts extends to not employing slaves, abiding by the shoddy laws of third-world countries, and being a member of the Fair Labor Association, a “fairwashing” corporate front group that lets third-world apparel producers slap an “ethical” label while treating apparel workers like cattle and paying them peanuts. See United Students Against Sweatshop’s exposes of the FLA here, here and here. See also this critique of the Fair Labor Association in the New York Times. I am not affirmatively assserting that Alternative Apparel and District Clothing produce their clothing using sweatshop labor. I am affirmatively asserting that if you define “sweatshop labor” as failing to pay third-world workers a living wage and exploiting their despair, both Alternative Apparel and District Clothing source with factories in nations that use sweatshop labor and have failed to convincingly demonstrate to me that their factories avoid such labor. The possibility that shirts with catchy and liberal Irregular Times political riffs printed on them may have possibly come from such factories for some period this fall is nauseating to me. (I am only soothed somewhat by the knowledge that, with Skreened’s waning popularity on the Internet, we have only sold a handful of shirts during the period.)

Irregular Times has never agreed to the change made by Skreened, through which our graphic designs have been used to hawk the products of third-world despair. We do not agree to this change. We do not support any relationship in which third-world workers are paid low wages to help companies like Skreened rake in revenue. In our opinion, it’s not just right.

In response, we at Irregular Times held a quick conference this morning and unanimously agreed to delete our Skreened shops. Given this dramatic ethical slide by Skreened despite past commitments, we no longer have any relationship with Skreened, and we no longer recommend a relationship with Skreened. We have noted this change on old posts that once endorse Skreened so that people can learn about the change.

Documentation of Skreened’s prior ethical commitments are available through the images of Skreened’s old website (before its multiple changes) that you can see below. Click on the images for larger versions of the images. As you might deduce from one of the images, Irregular Times used to be one of Skreened’s top sellers at a time when its business was expanding at least partly on the basis of ethical recommendations from websites like Irregular Times. If you must, visit the Skreened website to read its current ethical commitments, which you will notice are very vague and non-specific. Except for ink. Skreened is very specific about its ink ethics. It’s not so specific about the rest of its ethics any more, surely not as specific as the old commitments you can read below.

I would like to say more than this, but I considering that Skreened made these changes without our express approval and that Skreened now rakes in multi-million-dollar-revenues, I don’t want to risk being the subject of a lawsuit. Given its behavior, I do not trust Skreened any farther than I can spit.






The writers for Irregular Times cannot control what Skreened chooses to do — but we can control what we choose to do in response, and we have acted as swiftly, assuredly, completely and publicly as possible. I am very sad to see this old relationship with Skreened come to an end. I am downright angry at the abandoned commitments that led to the relationship’s dissolution.

Which Of These Two Satans Will Win The Republican Primary?

While Republican voters used to spend a great deal of time accusing Barack Obama of being “The Antichrist”, they can’t bring themselves to do the same with Hillary Clinton, because, for Republicans, gender discrimination is even more important than hating Democrats. They just can’t wrap their heads around a woman being The Prince Of Darkness. The GOP seems to think that even diabolical women should know their place.

Norman Liebmann writes, for example, that “Hillary Clinton is Satan’s third best idea with which he would afflict Mankind.”

If Hillary Clinton is Satan’s third best idea with which he would afflict us, then what are the first and second best ideas?

Meet the two Satans competing for the Republican nomination for President.

On August 20 this year, the FEC received and dutifully registered H. Majesty Satan Lord of Underworld Prince of Darkness of College Station, Texas as an official Republican nomination for President. This Satan registered in the correct form, with a campaign committee titled: H.M. Satan Lord of the Underworld Prince of Darkness for a brighter future.

A couple of weeks later, Ronald Childeater/molester KKK McSatanAntiChrist Jr. from San Marino, California also registered as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. This Satan did not register correctly, failing to incorporate his name into his campaign committee title: Just Give Me Money(Souls Welcome Ass Well). The FEC has not requested that this Satan re-submit campaign documents in the correct form, however.

Neither Republican Satan has yet spent any money on their campaigns. Apparently, they’re both waiting for Donald Trump to burn out.

How Republican Presidential Candidates Reacted To The Latest Terrorist Attack

At least 21 people died in the latest terrorist attack, a suicide bombing that took place earlier today.

In reaction, the Republican presidential candidates rushed to…

…have a second helping of turkey.

Marco Rubio issued no demands for troops on the ground to exterminate the terrorists.

Donald Trump didn’t rant at all about the need to start torturing refugees from the area.

Ted Cruz only issued a statement about a football game in Arkansas.

Why are the Republican presidential candidates ignoring this latest terrorist attack?

The victims of the terrorist attack were African Muslims.

Get the picture?

So long as you’re non-European and Muslim, the Republicans don’t give a damn about your problems with terrorists.

It’s only when terrorists attack certain types of people that the GOP starts to freak out, demanding that we launch an all-out war and surrender our civil liberties.

I’m just waiting for all the Republican voters to change their Facebook profile photos to the colors of Nigerian flag, and to post
“We are all Dakasoye” messages.


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Arctic Sea Ice Extent: Lower than Normal is the Norm

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has been tracking Arctic Ocean sea ice extent for many years, and yesterday released new data on the extent of Arctic sea ice, compared to the 1981-2000 average for this time of year:

Arctic Sea Ice Extent, November 26 2015: far below the 1981-2000 average value for late November

As you can see, the 2015 Arctic Ocea sea ice extent has consistently fallen well below the old norm.

The latest monthly summary by NSIDC displays the trend in sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean for the month of October reaching all the way back to 1979 (actual data observations in black, best fit line in blue):

Average Monthly Arctic Sea Ice Extent for Octobers from 1979 to 2015

More than 1.5 million square kilometers in Arctic sea ice extent has been lost over the past 36 years.  That’s not weather; it’s climate change.

Donald Trump Summed Up in Six Seconds

Multiple Social Media Experts Amazingly Come Up With Exactly the Same Insights, Independently

The following, amazingly similar passages are presented for your consideration without comment.  How do you think this happened?

Society for Human Resource Mangement, dated June 1 2012:

“Social networking platforms may allow organizations to improve communication and productivity by disseminating information among different groups of employees in a more efficient manner. While it is not meant to be all-inclusive, the list below outlines some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of social media use by workplaces.

Possible advantages:

  • Facilitates open communication, leading to enhanced information discovery and delivery.
  • Allows employees to discuss ideas, post news, ask questions and share links.
  • Provides an opportunity to widen business contacts.
  • Targets a wide audience, making it a useful and effective recruitment tool.
  • Improves business reputation and client base with minimal use of advertising.
  • Expands market research, implements marketing campaigns, delivers communications and directs interested people to specific web sites.

Possible disadvantages:

  • Opens up the possibility for hackers to commit fraud and launch spam and virus attacks.
  • Increases the risk of people falling prey to online scams that seem genuine, resulting in data or identity theft.
  • Potentially results in negative comments from employees about the company or potential legal consequences if employees use these sites to view objectionable, illicit or offensive material.
  • Potentially results in lost productivity, especially if employees are busy updating profiles, etc.”

Rethinking the Market Economy: New Challenges, New Ideas, New Opportunities, Chapter 8, author credit Jean-Jacques Lambin, published March 2014:

“Social networking platforms may allow organizations to improve communication and productivity by disseminating information among different groups of employees in a more efficient manner, resulting in increased productivity. While it is not meant to be all-inclusive, the list below outlines some of the possible advantages and disadvantages:


  • Low cost. It is cheap to use online networking.
  • Facilitates open communication, leading to enhanced information discovery and delivery.
  • Enables employees to discuss ideas, post news, ask questions and share links.
  • Provides an opportunity to widen business contacts.
  • Targets a wide audience, making it a useful and effective recruitment tool.
  • Improves business reputation and client base with minimal use of advertising.
  • Expands market research and delivers communications to interested people.
  • Provides a way to stay in touch with people for immediate feedback on ideas, or to ask questions and get answers quickly.
  • Social networking helps people and organizations to learn about multiple points of view.

Possible disadvantages:

  • Opens up the possibility for hackers to commit fraud and launch spam and virus attacks.
  • Increases the risk of people falling prey to online scams that seem genuine, resulting in data or identity theft.
  • Lack of anonymity. Giving out information such as name, location, age, gender, and many other types of information that one may not want others to know.”

Al-Badi, Ali H., and Wafa S. Al-Qayoudhi. “Adoption Of Social Networks In Business: Study Of Users And Potential Users In Oman.” International Business & Economics Research Journal (IBER) 13, no. 2 (dated 2014): 401-418:


Subasinghe, K. D. B. H., S. R. Kodithuwakku, and H. S. C. Perera. “A Risk Management Framework in the Cloud using Big Data and Security Informatics-An Application of Attack Tree for Analysis of Social Media Networks.” PNCTM 3 (dated 2014): 1.

Subasinghe et al 2014

Bhagwat, Shree, and Ankur Goutam. “Development of social networking sites and their role in business with special reference to Facebook.” IOSR Journal of Business and Management (IOSR-JBM) ISSN (dated 2013): p. 18:

“Networking sites are great and affer huge benefits to individuals, professionals and students, they are following:
1. Facilitates open communication, leading to enhanced information discovery and delivery.
2. Allows employees to discuss ideas, post views, ask questions and share links.
3. Provides an opportunity to widen business contacts.
4. Targets a wide audience, making it a useful and effective recruitment tool.
5. Improves business reputation and client base with minimal use of advertising.
6. Expands market research, implements marketing campaigns, delivers communications and directs interested people to specific websites.”

Reddy, Nagu Chandra Shekhar, and G. Ramanujan. “Analysis of Mobile Social Networking & Emergence of Proximity Based Mobile.” International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing (dated 2014), 3(6): p. 961:


As I say, I’m presenting these passages without comment. What comment is needed in an incredible world in which multiple social media experts can come up with exactly the same amazing insights, independently? This truly is a wonderful world.

Welcome Refugees! America Is Happy To Have You!

Memo to the refugees of the world:

You may have noticed a few grumpy Americans, complaining in a corner, scowling and yelling to themselves about how refugees are dirty, dangerous terrorists.

These people do not speak for the United States of America. They are a blip, a weird aberration, a loud but small minority.

The rest of us, the stable lovers of democracy and freedom in the USA, welcome refugees.

We know that most of our own ancestors were fleeing persecution, and came to the United States looking for a better life. Other ancestors escaped from persecution within our own country, and pledged to stand for a better future, with liberty and equality for all people.

welcome refugees bumper stickerWe welcome you to our shores, refugees.

Come, and we will do what we can to make sure that our government gives you the help you deserve. America is happy to add you to our multicultural community of human progress.

We’ll talk to those grumblers in the corner, too, and try to get them to calm down.

John Kasich’s Warning About Growing Republican Fascism

The John Kasich for President campaign has released an advertisement featuring former prisoner of war Tom Moe, giving the following warning about Donald Trump:

“I would like anyone who is listening to consider some thoughts that I paraphrase from the words of German pastor Martin Niemöller. You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with the government, because you’re not one, and you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one, and you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s OK to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one, and you might not care that Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one, but think about this: If he keeps going and he actually becomes President, he might just get around to you, and you better hope that’s there someone left to help you.”

Bob Goodlatte Talks Like There’s A Terrorism Crisis, Acts Like We Need An Oil Change

Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is fanning the flames of panic.

Yesterday, a week and a half after a terrorist incident that killed 130 people in a foreign country an ocean away, Goodlatte sent a letter to President Obama warning that, “ISIS will seize every opportunity to exploit the vulnerabilities inherent in this Obama Administration’s reckless open border immigration policies, including the irresponsible effort to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States despite the real dangers presented by ISIS operatives posing as refugees.”

If the Islamic State truly will seize every opportunity to exploit security vulnerabilities in the United States, then we are facing an enormous problem. After all, the United States is an open society. There are vulnerabilities all around us.

If Bob Goodlatte is right, then we will be facing terrorist attacks every day. Just look around you, and you’ll see what I mean. There are opportunities for terrorist attacks practically everywhere.

So yes, look around you. Look around you again.

There are opportunities for terrorist attacks practically everywhere. Yet, there are terrorist attacks practically nowhere.

Bob Goodlatte talks about “the real dangers presented by ISIS operatives posing as refugees,” but the truth is that there hasn’t been a single case of an Islamic State terrorist caught entering the United States while posing as a Syrian refugee. It just hasn’t happened.

Certainly, an Islamic State terrorist could pose as a refugee. But then, an Islamic State terrorist could pose as a fan of the New York Yankees. An Islamic State terrorist could pose as a shopper at a grocery store. An Islamic State terrorist could pose as a Republican.

Are we going to prohibit people from attending Yankees baseball games? Are we going to outlaw grocery shopping? Are we going to start surveillance programs against Republicans?

Bob Goodlatte talks as if there are grave dangers of terrorist attacks by Syrian refugees. He talks as if there’s a crisis, but to get accurate sense of the actual danger, we need to take a look at how politicians actually behave.

In action, Bob Goodlatte is behaving as if the possibility of an Islamic State terrorist attack by Syrian refugees is only a minor theoretical possibility, which bears some discussion, but not any urgent action.

Representative Goodlatte had originally planned to hold a hearing on The Syrian Refugee Crisis And Its Impact On The Security Of The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program on October 7. Goodlatte then decided to postpone that hearing for a month and a half, however, because the issue wasn’t as urgent as other important matters.

Now, the day after Goodlatte sent a letter to the President warning that Islamic State terrorists are poised to exploit every single opportunity to attack the United States, in a bloody onslaught that will devastate our country from coast to coast, Goodlatte has closed up his committee, left Washington D.C., and is preparing to settle in with his family tomorrow for a peaceful Thanksgiving turkey dinner followed by a nice long nap.

That’s not what Goodlatte would be doing if he really thought that Islamic State terrorists were prepared to launch attacks across the United States at any moment. If Goodlatte truly believed that the United States was on the verge of a Homeland Security crisis, he would be back in Washington D.C. with his staff, holding meetings throughout the night with staffers, desperately preparing for the carnage about to come.

Instead, Goodlatte is on vacation, and the next action his committee will take on any subject related to Syrian refugees is a bureaucratic oversight hearing, to have discussions about minor operations issues at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Ho hum. So much for the “crisis”. Pass the gravy.

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Donald Trump Says He Wants To Torture People Even If It Doesn’t Help Anybody

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If ever there could be a warning sign placed behind a presidential candidate, flashing in neon light with the message “Do not elect me,” the appropriate time for that warning came last night, as Donald Trump took to the stage in Columbus, Ohio last night and shouted to the audience, “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that!”

“Even if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway,” Trump said, and the crowd cheered.

The only kind of person would choose to torture another human being, even if the torture had no positive effect to help somebody, by obtaining information or stopping a terrible event, is a sadist.

When Donald Trump tells us that he wants to torture people even if torture doesn’t work, he is telling us that he is a sadist. He gains pleasure out of inflicting pain.

What’s more, Trump is willing to inflict torture on people in a heartbeat.

In the United States of America, our Constitution explicitly forbids cruel and unusual punishment, but Donald Trump doesn’t seem to care about that. Even if torture is accepted as a legal form of punishment, how could anyone judge, in a heartbeat, who deserves to be punished?

Our Constitution that guarantees all people the right to due process before they are punished for any crime, no matter how heinous. Due process cannot be delivered in a heartbeat.

A person who is willing to shred our system of constitutional liberty in a heartbeat in order to indulge his hunger to inflict pain on other people, regardless of the consequences, is the last person who should ever be elected President of the United States.