Just how much of an ignorant buffoon is Corey Stewart?

How much of a lying ignoramus (and embarrassing buffoon) is Corey Stewart?

Check out the following video of Corey and his Tesla-owning friend talking about what they claim is a “99.9% coal-powered.” Also check out Corey elaborating on how Tesla and other electric vehicles supposedly are “all coal-powered vehicles” and that “it’s coal that’s going to be powering future vehicles like this one.”

In fact, as you can see from the following statistics – you know, actual FACTS (what a concept!) – from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal-fired electricity generation as of June 2018 was just 7.5% of Virginia’s total 8,936 thousand MWh (Utility-Scale Net Electricity Generation). That’s right, an overwhelming 92.5% of Virginia’s electricity generation in June 2018 was everything OTHER THAN COAL — 57% natural gas, 29% nuclear, 7% renewables, 1% petroleum. So much for “99.9% coal-powered” or how Teslas are “coal-powered vehicles.”

As for the lying idiocy/ignorance about coal “going to be powering future vehicles like this one,” in fact coal-fired generation in the United States has been plummeting, and is projected by EIA (which, btw, is notorious for UNDERestimating renewable energy) to continue plummeting as a share of U.S. electricity generation through 2050. According to EIA, “coal’s share of total U.S. electricity generation declines from 31% in 2017 to 22% in 2050 as natural gas and renewable generation sources increase their generation shares.” And again, keep in mind that EIA is notorious for OVERestimating fossil fuel-fired power and UNDERestimating solar, wind, etc.

So yeah, in no way/shape/form will electric vehicles, like the Tesla that Corey’s driving, be “coal-powered” – not tomorrow, not in a few years, not in a few decades, whatever. To the contrary, the wave of the present AND the future is clean energy. To the stark contrary, as Bloomberg New Energy Finance (which has been MUCH more accurate than EIA on the growth of clean energy) forecasts:

“Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 – on the back of precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply.  Coal shrinks to just 11% of global electricity generation by 2050.”

Yep, you read that right – coal projected at just 11% of global electricity generation by 2050 (aka, 89% will NOT be coal-fired power). So much for Corey Stewart’s “coal-powered” Tesla, so much for Corey Stewart knowing what the hell he’s talking about on this (or any) subject, and so much for Corey Stewart being remotely fit to serve in the U.S. Senate. Which is why, on November 6, I urge everyone to walk, bike, scooter or drive your NON-coal-powered vehicle to the polls and vote Democratic up and down the ballot, starting with Tim Kaine over the lying ignoramus, climate science denier, neo-Confederate, etc. the Republicans disgracefully nominated.

Driving a Tesla Model X – a coal-powered car!

Posted by Corey Stewart on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Epidemic of hypocrisy in conservative world

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my very red District (VA-06).

Andy Schmookler

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Is there much doubt whether people — if they were asked whether they’d rather live in a nation in which there was

  • More honesty, or, more lies
  • More compassion, or, more cruelty
  • More supportive relationships among people, or, more antagonisms —

— would answer in each case that they’d prefer the first and more whole of those pairs?

People naturally prefer “wholeness” to “brokenness,” prefer an order that sustains and nurtures life to one that degrades it.

I would assume that if the conservatives with whom I spoke on the radio back in the 1990s were asked if they’d prefer to live in an America where

  • leadership works to bring people together for a common purpose or one who divides people and fosters conflict
  • each political side treats the other with respect, or as unworthy of respect

they would not say they’d prefer the more broken way.

I will assume as much here, because if those conservatives would say they prefer the path of bitterness and anger and cruelty and division – rather than honesty, kindness and the rest — I would have seriously misjudged them.

Yet that assumption brings a mystery into the picture: if people say that they’d prefer wholeness, but then in their actions in the world they support brokenness, what does that mean?

The question arises because it could hardly be clearer that today’s conservatives are actually supporting brokenness. We can start with but one of those spectrums—the one running between “bring people together” versus “divides people and fosters conflict” — to see how blatant is the contradiction between the presumed stated preference and the actual political choice.

Of 13 presidents during my life, only Trump has made no effort to reach out to those who didn’t vote for him, to be president of all the people. On the contrary, this President has gone out of his way, from the outset, to antagonize those Americans who were not his supporters, and to inflame conflicts between political, religious, racial, and ethnic groups.

(Not to mention provoking hostility from nations that for generations have been America’s greatest allies and friends. Trump’s approval in Great Britain, our closest ally: 11%.)

Likewise with other forms of brokenness:  presidential lying orders of magnitude more frequent than anything ever seen before; and policies of cruelty (e.g. separating young children from their parents) of a kind we’ve never seen before from an American administration.

Yet this President’s consistent choice to choose the more broken end of the various spectrums of political conduct –spectrums that map rather readily onto the concepts of good and evil — has not been opposed by most Republicans.

Which leads me to want to ask those good and decent conservatives who would declare, if asked, that they prefer the more whole ends of those spectrums:

“Are you aware of the contradiction between your preference for wholeness and your giving political support to brokenness? If you are aware, can you offer any insight into how that contradiction arises? If not, how do you suppose that contradiction escaped your notice?”

Many might conclude, when people who say they prefer wholeness nonetheless support brokenness, that their stated preference is not sincere. To speak one way and act another is the definition of hypocrisy, and according to the usual understanding of “hypocrisy,” the hypocrite is dishonest with the world, only pretending to care about the good.

I imagine the truth to be different: that a part of them really does want the wholeness they claim to want, but that the contradiction arises from their being driven – perhaps unknowingly – by another part of them that’s drawn to the opposite of their conscious values.

It is not easy for human beings to be all of a piece. And sometimes that challenge of integrity can be made still harder by external forces that work to manipulate people for their own purposes.

In previous columns, I have proposed that otherwise good people have been deceived – over the past twenty-some years – into embracing a spirit in their political lives the very opposite of that which guides them in their church communities, their neighborhoods, their businesses.

The spirit that has taken over conservative America has made an idol of power. That’s why the force that’s hijacked the Republican Party focused its efforts to lead people into darkness specifically on those people’s role in the realm of power—i.e. on their beliefs and actions in the political arena.

What I see, then — in this contradiction between sincere belief in the good, combined with consistent political alignment with the evil – is not dishonesty or pretense. That contradiction shows, rather, a kind of brokenness at the human level—not being integrated, not being aware of how a “malevolent spirit” has gained control of a specific realm of one’s conduct.

The destructive force transmits its pattern of brokenness from level to level. Thus the spirit of power-hunger and greed –operating at the top — worked for years to foster brokenness in the Republican base.

And Trump– a man who consistently chooses to break good things – would not be President of the United States has not millions of Americans been driven into a state of political consciousness where that very brokenness was appealing, where his appalling conduct was gratifying to identify with.

So the question for America now, about these Trump-supporting Americans, is this: can the better angels of their nature – with their preference for the more whole – recapture the ground now given over to the worse, whose support for brokenness in American politics is endangering the future for all of us?

Why are Republicans standing up for a sexual predator?

And, no, I don’t mean Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump is a very credibly accused sexual molester. We somehow forget that. Not all of us, but our media and our wider culture. And in case anyone doubts the word of more than a dozen women, he bragged about it on audio tape. Bragged about it:

Trump: “Yeah that’s her with the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Bush: “Whatever you want.”

Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

These are not the words of a healthy adult. These are the words of a sexual predator. An abuser. A man 63 million Americans voted to make president. And we should not forget it. Not for one moment. And we should not allow the media to forget it. Not for one moment.

The Republican Party and every Republican senator and every Republican member of the House of Representatives and every person who votes Republican owns Donald Trump. They own a man who brags about abusing women. Brags. They support him, they support his agenda, they violate long-established political norms, they support his subservience to two foreign despots, and they feign disgust at his abusive behavior toward women while doing exactly nothing. Their concerns and shaking of heads mean nothing. They own him.

It’s no coincidence that Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. It’s not just Kavanaugh’s extreme political ideology, and it’s not just his expansive view on executive power that seems to validate Trump’s authoritarian aspirations. Kavanaugh is emblematic of an entire partriarchal culture of privilege, unaccountability, marginalization, and abuse of demographic minorities, and structural and ideological misogyny. And the Republican Party supports him just as they support the man who appointed him. This is the Republican Party.

At least nineteen women have accused Donald Trump of sexual abuse. Nineteen.  Duriong his campaign, Trump shouted time and again that all 19 women are “liars who will be sued when the election is over.”  Not one suit has been filed . . . not one.

Were he the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, he would have been fired. The #MeToo movement was partially inspired by Trump, but diffuse, decentralized, unorganized, and always profoundly personal, it has united millions of people of all genders finally to hold accountable even powerful, famous, wealthy, and seemingly culturally iconic men. Such men do now have to think twice about their behavior, even if the twisted inspiration for that behavior still lies latent in many of them. But now they can choke on it. If they act on it, they likely will be destroyed. And it enrages them.

 

I just do not understand . . .

. . . how you TeaPublicans can support this lying piece of shit.

President Trump told a crowd of supporters in West Virginia on Saturday night that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love” after overcoming early hostilities.

“He wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love,” he said.

Even as North Korea cast fresh doubt on denuclearization negotiations on Saturday and lamented a lack of trust in Washington, Trump insisted, “We’re doing great with North Korea.”

“We were going to war with North Korea. Millions of people would have been killed. Now we have this great relationship,” he said.

Trump’s comments come after North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the UN General Assembly there’s “no way” Pyongyang will dismantle its nuclear program as long as it remains under U.S. sanctions. “The recent deadlock is because the U.S. relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,” Ri told the assembly.

If Obama or Clinton had said of Kim Jong-Un “He wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love,” the TeaPublicans would have hanged them on the National Mall.

This is NOT a sane man . . . this is a raving, lying, hate-filled lunatic.

A sweat-drenched President Donald Trump delivered a bizarre lie-filled rant about the history of the Democratic Party’s name during his Saturday night rally in West Virginia.

 “The new platform of the Democrat Party—you notice I say Democrat Party? I hate the way it sounds, that’s why I say it,” Trump said. “Because it’s really their name. It’s not the Democratic Party.”

However, it is the Democratic Party—and has been for about 200 years. The Democratic National Committee, as the party is formally organized, has existed in its current form since 1848. It is the oldest political party in the United States—older than the “Grand Old Party” of Republicanism.

America’s two modern political parties, the Democratic and Republican, share a common lineage in the Democratic-Republican Party which was founded at the birth of the nation and splintered in 1825.

“It flows nicer—the Democratic Party, but the real name is the Democrat Party,” Trump falsely claimed. “I hate the way it sounds and that’s why I use it. But that’s the real name. The Democrat Party. When you see Democratic Party, it’s wrong. There’s no name, Democratic Party.”

The Republican president then said that the opposing party represented “radical socialism” and would turn this country into Venezuela.

Fact

Donald Trump has been to West Virginia three times for rallies.

He has not been to the Vietnam Memorial one time.  Not once.  Not one single time.

TeaPublican family values on display . . . again

Sarah Palin’s criminal thug son arrested . . . again . . . for assault . . . again.

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Track Palin — son of former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin —  has been arrested on new domestic-violence charges, Alaska State Troopers said, in a case similar to one in which he was charged nearly two years ago.

Palin, an Army veteran and the 29-year-old son of former Gov. Sarah Palin, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault, interfering with the report of a domestic-violence crime, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct according to an online dispatch.

Troopers responded at about 10:30 p.m. Friday to a West Angela Drive home in Wasilla for a report of a disturbance, according to an online dispatch.

“Investigation revealed [Track Palin] assaulted an acquaintance at his residence,” troopers wrote. “When the acquaintance attempted to call authorities, he prevented her by taking away her phone. While being placed under arrest, Palin physically resisted troopers.”

Nothing further was immediately available from troopers Saturday regarding the assault, according to AST spokesman Tim DeSpain.

Track was also arrested for domestic-violence assault after a similar incident in January 2016, as a result of an altercation with his girlfriend at the time. A 2017 assault case in which troopers say he struck his father is being heard in Alaska’s Veterans Court.

Track was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he was held without bail. Court records show that he was arraigned Saturday morning in Palmer court.

Let’s check out Palin’s five children:

TRACK:  Third arrest for assault.  Two children by two different women.

BRISTOL:  Three children by either two or three different men.  Knocked up at 17, never married in spite of shacking up with at least four different men in “trial marriages.”  Married ex-Marine, Medal of Honor recipient, divorced after one year.  Ordered by court not to leave Texas until children are 18.

WILLOW:  Works as hairdresser at third-rate Anchorage salon.  Married to a loser part-time construction worker on Sep 28.

PIPER:  Part-time high school student who takes off from school to visit Bristol in Texas; accompany Sarah on her third-rate “speaking engagements.”  Not knocked up.  Yet.

TRIG:  Age 8, Down Syndrome.  Not toilet-trained; cannot speak.  Has received minimal special schooling.

And still, TeaPublicans worship Sarah Palin.

Now . . . this is something that every little kid needs to be able to do . . .

I’ll bet his mother is so proud of him.

And to think — there are people who really, really believe this is something worth doing and emulating.

Further proof that half the population is below average intelligence.