Patterico's Pontifications


The Singular and Universal Oneness of Marianne Williamson

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:16 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Say what you will about the Democrat debates which took place earlier this week (and really, we already have), but in many ways the breakout star has to be Marianne Williamson. Before Thursday night I just knew of her as a Baby Boomer enthusiast for assorted New Age bunkum and hokum, and a fringe independent candidate for the Congressional seat in my district back in 2014, a year in which Democrats were pasted nationally (but, sigh, not in California). In my let’s-compare-the-candidates-to-high-school-students post I characterized her as follows:

Cute chick who read Jonathan Livingston Seagull and listened to Dan Fogelberg, whose music she thought had really, really deep meaning. Believed strongly in using crystals for health and healing. You wanted to like her, but her thoughts were so banal and silly that you limited yourself to smiling and waving at her when you saw her in the hall. Spent most of her time in the art studio making stained glass doodads and painting rainbows and peace signs.

I think I was proven fairly prescient in the debate on Thursday, where Ms. Williamson called for harnessing the power of love and pledged that her first item of business as President would be to call that bitch who runs New Zealand and put her in her place.

But what I realized in reading through Ms. Williamson’s delightful wackiness is that, much to my chagrin, I hadn’t been following her on Twitter. There, one gets treated to the full range of Marianne’s Musings. Various websites and bloggers are now compiling lists of her most, uh, lyrical (if perhaps esoteric) Tweets, and most of them are must-reads. I’m going to add some of my favorites:

This must be a relief to Adolf Hitler as he burns in hell.

I think I finally understand the Transitive Property of Equality.

It helps if you imagine the sound of a gong being struck immediately after reading that tweet.

But most of us head straight to Planned Parenthood.

“Soul-exploding” is a concept that I would like to learn more about.

Anyway, there are hundreds more of these that can be found on her timeline, even if you do have to scroll through the 16,000+ pearls of wisdom that have issued forth from her iPhone over the past decade.

Republicans are now donating to her campaign in order that she can hit the 130,000-donor threshold for this fall’s debates. She’ll also need to reach two percent in the polls, but hopefully her marvelously whimsical style will encourage Democrat voters to keep her on stage to counterbalance Sanders’ grumpy Marxism, Warren’s gross pandering, Harris’s indignant umbrage, and Biden’s morbid cluelessness. It was worth it to me to send her a buck, even though I had to register an account with Act Blue. Here is the link if any of you are so inclined.

As the joke goes, we’re really going to regret lending her our support in January 2021 when she is inaugurated as our nation’s forty-sixth President. But what the hell — we might as well go out laughing all the way.


Trump Tweeting Foreign Policy Now

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 9:52 am

[Headline from DRJ]

Trump ended the G20 by making more news about Russia:

A Russia 24 television reporter approached Trump during a morning event and asked, “Mr. Trump, how did you like your meeting with President Putin?”

Trump responded: “He is a great guy. I think we had a really good meeting. I think he is a good person, we started discussing trade. I think we should have trade between Russia and USA, two great countries. We had a great meeting yesterday. He is a terrific person. Thank you very much.”

And about the Koreas:

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been one of the most enthusiastic proponents for peace between the US and North Korea.

He is currently attending the G20 alongside other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, who earlier today tweeted out an invitation to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to meet him in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas.

It’s not known whether Moon was aware of Trump’s invitation before it was issued, but the South Korean Blue House confirmed that Trump had brought it up with Moon on Saturday morning.

Walking up to Moon in the G20 coffee lounge, Trump asked, “Have you seen my tweet?”


Federal Judge Enjoins Trump on Wall

Filed under: Government,Immigration — DRJ @ 9:19 am

[Headline from DRJ]

The HillJudge blocks Trump from using billions in military funds for border wall:

A federal judge on Friday issued a ruling blocking the Trump administration from tapping billions of dollars in military funds to construct a wall on the United States’s southern border.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam issued the permanent injunction in a California federal court, after initially ruling last month to temporarily halt the administration’s use of military funds for the border wall.

President Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year in order to divert roughly $6 billion in Defense Department funds toward border wall construction. Friday’s ruling blocks the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for a border wall.


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