And they did. Go fuck yourselves, RCC

Irish abortion referendum: 66.4% win for Repeal marks ‘the day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows’, Leo Varadkar says

The sins committed by the Roman Catholic Church have finally had real political consequences. After centuries of oppression of women, prejudice against gays, molestation of children, and general animosity to sex, the church, that bastion of hypocrisy, has had its just reward: rejection.

Result ain’t out yet, but exit polling says 68%

Irish abortion referendum: Pro-life campaign concedes defeat to Yes vote

I disagree with the anti-abortionists being called pro-life. They aren’t. They are pro-enforced birth or death. And above all, they aren’t entitled to force their noxious religious views on anyone.

Hopefully the era of the abominable domination of the Roman Catholic church over Ireland is over.

EU rips May’s catastrophic brexit negotiations

EU officials tear into UK’s ‘fantasy’ Brexit negotiating strategy as talks turn bitter

And they are right to do so. The Tory government doesn’t have any actual brexit policy, it has an internal party war zone, and the hapless May lurches like a zombie from one camp to the other, never making any sense, and never able to produce an solution to brexit at all.

Europeans have every right to laugh at the spectacle of May trying to pretend she has a realistic policy while offering voodoo non-solutions in a useless effort to hide the fact she doesn’t know what she is doing.

The problem is she’s probably secure in her job for now, because though nobody takes her seriously in this country or Europe, Tories are too split to agree on a replacement.

May has been completely unable to suggest proposals to resolve outstanding problems, such as customs and the Irish border, issues like the European arrest warrant and the Galileo satellite system on which Britain’s security might rely.

In short, brexit is an absolute disaster brought upon Britain by a feckless and incompetent Tory party, who can’t even fix the problems they caused.

Oh dear, no Nobel Prize after all for the petulant Trump?

Trump reveals White House ‘talking to’ North Korea and cancelled summit ‘could still happen’

This is the on-again-off again-on again-maybe summit. Trump can’t be trusted to run a hotdog stall let alone a major government. He changes tack like a ping-pong ball in a tornado. He operates under the delusion that being unpredictable, contrary and random gives him a strong negotiating stance. He’s a fool, of course, it merely makes no-one trust him.

Even if the summit does by some miracle happen, Trump is totally untrustworthy, and both Koreas know it. He’ll renege on any deal as soon as it suits him.

This maladministration is never going to accomplish anything worthy of a Nobel Prize. It’s reigned over by an unprincipled would-be Mafia mobster. Who is a bosom buddy of Putin.

Will the Irish do the right thing?

Irish abortion referendum: Undecided voters could be deciding factor as polls open in historic ballot

The Catholic church has long held a crushing grip on the people of the Republic of Ireland, so of course, practices such as abortion, even in cases where the mother’s life was in danger,  and gay marriage were long banned. But a few years ago, Irish voters told the church where to stick it by becoming the first country to approve gay marriage by referendum.

Is it abortion’s time to become legal? Church doctrine on abortion has always been anti-women and frankly unhinged – well, most religious belief is a bit unhinged. The idea that an amorphous and largely undifferentiated blob of cells is the moral and legal equivalent of a person has never been logical or rational, merely religious. Souls and all that, you see. And though Catholicism prides itself on its use of reason and logic, mythology still takes precedence and banishes reason whenever required.

The Irish government is supporting a yes vote, and the president of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, who is gay himself, thinks that the abolition of the constitutional amendment to ban abortion because blobs and women are exactly the same – well that’s the RC church for you – has a chance of passing.

We’ll know tomorrow.

Trump feeds the Christianist right, again

For someone who has no discernible religious beliefs or moral scruples, Trump feeds them a lot, and the hypocrites reward him with returned support, turning a blind eye to the corrupt morass he has brought to Washington.

Trump to resurrect Reagan-era policy banning federally funded clinics from discussing abortion with women

Proving that neither Trump, a serial adulterer and pathological liar, nor his far right Christianist base, give two shits about women or the truth. But Trump is giving Christianity a bad name, and literal belief in the bible, while still held by a slender majority of Americans, is on the wane.

If it’s a school shooting, you know it’s news from America

They specialise in guns there. Here’s the latest brilliant solution from Texas’ Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick:

Texas official responds to Santa Fe shooting by calling for fewer school doors

It doesn’t get much feebler than that. Conservative Americans clearly care far more for their guns than their children, and that explains in part why Trump is where he is.

America is a sick country. The NRA is one of the festering boils causing the problems, and with Trump in office, absolutely nothing is going to be done to lance it, because he likes NRA money.

Then there’s Trump showing off his lack of humanity

Trump says illegal migrants are ‘animals, not people’ in half-minute rant about gangs

“We’re taking people out of the country, you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are.

“These aren’t people, these are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level, at a rate, that’s never happened before.”

When one resorts to demonising the hated immigrants as “animals”, one has just about reached rock bottom. One cannot respect Trump as a president. After this, one might be justified in wondering if he deserves respect as a man.

And of course, he’s finally admitted to paying off Stormy Daniels, after repeatedly lying about it. He’s nothing more than a thoughtless, sadistic boor. Not even worth as much as an animal.

 

The only friends Trump has in the world… well, there’s Netanyahu, and that’s it

Ooops, sorry, Theresa May is also puckering her lips to kiss the royal ass.

Macron and Merkel round on Trump as Europe rages over steel tariffs

He’s annoyed not just of the EU president, but the leaders of France and Germany. We are watching not only American democracy go down the drain, swamped by the foetid mess of corruption in the Trump administration – even Rex Tillerson, the former Secretary of State issued a warning about this, referring to people governing in an illusional world, i.e. Trump –  but a weakening of the North Atlantic alliance, because Trump is totally unreliable as a trading partner, or military and political ally.

The only leaders who gain anything from Trump’s presidency are the leaders of Russia and China, as they see the Western alliance weaken under Trumps’ folly.

The bottom line is, no-one trusts America any more, and I begin to doubt America will ever be able to reverse this.

US Senate committee finds Russians interfered on Trump’s behalf

Another Wow!

Senate investigation concludes Russia interfered in election to help Donald Trump – breaking with conclusion of House probe

A powerful Senate committee has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump, breaking with the conclusion of a similar House probe.

“There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections,” said Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a statement issued with Mark Warner, its most senior Democrat.

“The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.”

I don’t follow Trump’s Twitter feed, but I predict it will go berserk.

They haven’t found collusion yet. I guess we will have to wait for Mueller on that. But the moron Trump ain’t gonna like that!