Thoughts on Events the Week of January 6

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 14, 2020

Iran: admitted that in the fog of war, it mistakenly shot down a commercial airliner. This admission came at the direct order of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. No telling where this story might have gone if the Iranians had continued to deny it. The evidence was becoming incontrovertible, but nobody believes anything the Trump administration says about anything. I would believe almost anything Iran says before what our government says. It could have been a standoff.

But Iran stepped up and did the right thing. It’s inconceivable to me that I would be saying this, but at times, Iran seems to be better governed, more honest and more transparent than our own government.

Obviously, our foreign policy regarding the Middle East is in the hands of ignorant, religious wackos (exception: John Bolton, who is just a garden variety war monger), and a clueless, impulsive president. Secretary of State Mike Pompous and Vice President Puritan Pence, came over on the Mayflower, mentally. We may have witch trials in our future if they have their way.

These mental retards want to effect regime change in Iran. Among the many things they don’t understand is that regime change is going to happen there, in fact, it is already in the process, as it was Iraq before we intervened, but it won’t happen until we get out of their way.

That said, I’m not sure Pompous and Pence would like the new regime. They will, with little difficulty, take over control, if not authority, of Iraq, which is another Shia majority country, and they will have a greater influence in the region overall.

Opportunity loss: President Trump says he wants out of the “endless war” in Iraq. Iraq wants us to leave. This is the perfect opportunity to get the hell out of there.

But now Trump is pissing on this golden opportunity to get us out of Iraq like a hooker’s mattress. He’s refusing to leave and has threatened even to impose sanctions on Iraq, our ally, for crying out loud, if it tries to make him.  

What the hell is happening here? This fool doesn’t know what is going on, where things are going, nor what the hell he is doing. He’s stumbling around between his impulses, various equally clueless advisors and Fox News, with the result his foreign policy is a dog’s dinner.

Destroying Cultural Sites: A reminder came this week upset I was when the Taliban began destroying every statue in Iraq on religious grounds, including ancient pre-Islamic ones, and ISIL began destroying ancient historical and religious artifacts. I thought what a despicable lot of ignorant religious wackos these people are who have no regard for their own cultural heritage. These barbarians are beneath contempt.

The reminder, of course, was that President Trump threatened to destroy “cultural sites” in Iran. In other words, our barbaric president is no better than ISIL or the Taliban. Fortunately, Trump backed down, and it is a good thing, too, because I believe our military, if ordered to do this, would have refused, causing another major constitutional issue. This guy is a walking cock-up.

Democratic Primaries: The Democratic presidential field is beginning to winnow, and some pundits and politicians are lamenting that there is less diversity among the remaining candidates than when the process started. This is unfortunate, but what the hell did they think was going to happen? Diversity, mathematically, requires multiples. Ultimately, there can only be one candidate. We need to pick the best one, or at least a good one, and for sure one who can beat Trump.

The Royals: I can’t believe I am doing this, but I feel obliged to make a comment about Meghan and Harry.

I don’t pay attention to the royals, so I didn’t know this, but apparently Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and American member of the royal family, has been the victim of vicious racism in Britain’s press, and in society generally, since she married Prince Harry, because of her “mixed race” heritage.

I was ignorant of all this because we usually only get the fairy tale version of the royal family over here, I don’t pay any attention to what news we do get, and because, despite the current administration, we are much more egalitarian than the Brits, who are  more “class conscious” (read bigoted and xenophobic).

So, Prince Harry took Markle away from all this bullshit, or Meghan told the royals to kiss her rosy red rectum, and Harry, who seems genuinely to love his wife, went with him.

Simon Hogarth famously said, “I love the monarchy. It’s just this particular family I can’t stand.” Well, I like some of the family members better than before. But there is no question that the royals are caught in a time warp, centuries behind. They are the antipode (my new word) of the modern family.

Worst State: Just when I was thinking of removing Arizona from the list of worst states, and replacing it with, say, Kentucky, it came back with a vengeance this week, thanks to my own personal Representative and card-carrying pig part, Paul Gosar.

Gosar “shared,” in the popular vernacular, a doctored photo showing President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who have never met, shaking hands. This forgery is wrong on every level.

As we all know, President Trump despises “fake news.” I wonder what he will say about this. The most apt description of Gosar’s dissemination of false propaganda I have read is “Shameless stupidity.” Works for me. Arizona, you get the cup.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 30

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 8, 2020

Madness: Since George W. Bush, our worst president since the Civil War, invaded Iraq, our worst blunder since the Civil War, our foreign policy regarding the Middle East has been mismanaged. We are treating Islam today just like Europe did during the Crusades, which began in 1095, and which didn’t go all that well then either. In other words, we haven’t learned a damn thing in 925 years.

This current lot is the worst, which is really saying something considering the bozos of the Bush administration. Think Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld. I doubt this lot knows the difference between a Shia and a Sunni Muslim, an important distinction to understand as it informs the region, and specifically the relationship between Iran and Iraq (hint: both are Shiite majority countries, you nit wits).

This indictment doesn’t include President Trump. The rest are ignorant, vicious ideologues. Trump doesn’t rise even to that level. He is a round orange ball of ignorance, stupidity and various neuroses, though I don’t want to dwell on his finer points too much. This unhinged fool is wading into another “Big Muddy,” as Pete Seager sang of Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam, and he’s dragging us all with him.

President Obama did the only intelligent thing we have done in the Middle East in this century when he gathered allies and other major players together and secured the Iran nuclear agreement. So of course Trump walked away from the agreement as soon as he took office, and it has been downhill from there. (To be fair, Obama and his people didn’t understand the situation fully either, or he would have gotten us out of there.)

Here are some basic thoughts that guide me when I think about the Middle East: The situation is more complicated and nuanced, but these ideas get me through.

First, the conflict in the Middle East is between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It is fundamentally a religious/civil war, and we have no role in it, nor should we try to. You can’t step between two fighting dogs to stop them; you will only get bitten. The players in the region must work it out themselves.

Second, the reason we are under attack there, and in other parts of the world, is because we are poking Islam with a pointed stick. Remember the Crusades? If we weren’t there, they would have no reason to attack us.

Third, with the changing role of oil in our world, the Middle East is no longer as strategically important to us as once it was. We needn’t be spending so many resources there.

Finally, we are pissing away blood, treasure, reputation and influence, all of which we need to deal with more important international and domestic issues. One of the reasons so many people voted for Trump (though still a minority) is because we failed them while stumbling around in the Middle East.  

Worst state: Kansas gets the cup this week because Secretary of State Mike Pompous lied to us through his teeth all week. On the bright side, Pompous will not run for Senate in Kanas in 2020, so the seat could go to a Democrat, and if Trump is thrown out of office, Pompous will be out of politics, which will be a good thing for all of us.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 23

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 31, 2019

Happy Holidays: Congress left town for the holidays and so did I, to be with my three daughters in Santa Fe. So, little happened in politics and what did happen I didn’t pay any attention to.

Football: When my beloved Oklahoma Sooners announced that three of its players would be suspended and another starter lost to injury, I knew our odds would be particularly long to win their playoff game against LSU. Early in the game, my team was clearly intimidated and overmatched. That said, LSU is an extremely fine team having a Cinderella season. My hat it off to them. They wiped up the floor with us, straight up.

After watching the Sooners get demolished, I watched a good playoff game between Clemson and Ohio State, which the Tigers won at the end. All I could think of during this game was that Brent Venables was, and could still have been, our defensive coordinator. But we kept Mike Stoops and Venables went to Clemson, which has had spectacular defenses and won championships ever since. I know why this happened, and I understand it, but the bottom line is: Clemson has Venables and we have the Grinch.

The Dallas Cowboys, in a spectacularly underachieving season, failed to make the playoffs, again.

Scratching for something positive from the season, all I can console myself with is that Jason Garrett will be fired. Or will he? As of this writing, there is no news of this, and I was expecting it immediately after the game.

If the Cowboys don’t fire Garrett, it will be clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Cowboys are not serious about the business they claim to be in, and I will be off them forever.

I will find another team to support. It could be the Cardinals, depending on their draft, or Cleveland, depending on who their new head coach is, or the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are an easy choice (I picked them early on to win the Superbowl), but perhaps too easy.

Worst state: I’m reviewing the list of worst states, which could result in dropping one state out of the list and adding another. Candidates are Kentucky, because Moscow Mitch, and North Carolina, whose determination to retain gerrymandering is epic. I’ll let you know in my first blog of the new year.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 16

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 23, 2019

Impeached!: So, President Trump has been impeached. Whatever happens now, he will go down in history as one of those rare disgraced presidents whose behavior was such that a House of Representatives found it impeachable. Trump is one of only three among 45 presidents (fewer than 7%) to receive this level of opprobrium from the legislative branch.

So far, none of the impeached presidents has been removed from office by the Senate, and it’s unlikely to happen this time. (Nixon would have been removed had he not resigned before being impeached. It is a sign of how deep the stain of impeachment is that Nixon chose to resign rather than experience it.)

Andrew Johnson, a truly odious president, survived removal by just one vote. Clinton avoided removable easily, because voters were in general agreement that his “crime” – being a randy male who lied under oath to a question he shouldn’t have been asked in the first place – did not warrant it.

Clinton’s impeachment was driven by Republicans’ prurient prudishness (an oxymoron that informs conservatives’ sexual confusion), whose leaders are more conservative about sex than the general public. I, for one, can’t blame someone for wanting to get laid. I’m in no position to do so, as I like to get laid myself. As I remember it, Clinton’s behavior was what women should want it to be. He made a pass at Paula Jones, she rebuffed it and he backed off immediately.

Clinton’s mistake was that when he was asked about it under oath, he lied. He should have flatly refused to answer. He should have said something like, “How dare you ask me that question? What’s the matter with you sickies? I’m a married man, and I’m not going to answer for obvious reasons of maintaining domestic tranquility.” Let Republicans explain to a court why forcing him to do was so essential. The public didn’t want to hear more of this stuff. And, Linda Tripp, kiss my rosy red rectum, you disgusting Judas. Ditto, Ken Starr.

In the immediate, partisan term, the Senate will continue its failure to function properly, and Trump will claim exoneration. But the history books will give a more truthful account of the president’s crimes, and that’s how Trump will be forever recorded.

All that said, I wish the Democrats had pursued subpoenas of important witnesses, including Trump, through the courts earlier and more aggressively. I think it would have made a difference. Often, the Republicans look tough and the Democrats look weak and indecisive. I think most people want strength in a leader.

Football: Looked at objectively, it is better for me that the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in their do or die game. Had the Cowboys won, they would have been in the playoffs, but I’ve seen the other teams headed to the playoffs and any one of them would wipe up the floor with the Cowboys, so their making the playoffs would be symbolic but meaningless.

At least with this loss, the Cowboys will have to fire the head coach. They lost to the Eagles, who are so banged up they could hardly field a team, but the Eagles out played the Cowboys spectacularly. Dallas didn’t even score a touchdown! (I wouldn’t let the Cowboys’ wunderkind offensive coordinator run my taxi squad.)

Jerry Jones says he really wants to win another Superbowl, but he has brought these failures on himself by hanging on to this incompetent coaching staff.

I have stated often, mostly in earnest, that Jones is the best NFL owner, who is only dangerous when he thinks he knows something about football. But this opinion is incomplete. Money is not the only measure of an ownership. To be a great owner, one’s team needs to win some Superbowls. Dallas used to, but not for years. Jones wants to be thought of as a great owner, but today I’m thinking he is a stubborn, doddering old man.

My beloved Oklahoma Sooners will be without at least four players for their playoff game against LSU, one due to a broken collarbone but three due to broken team rules. Way to go, guys!

Contrary to my expectation and predictions, Kyler Murray has had a better and more successful campaign than his fellow OU Heisman Trophy winning first NFL draft choice, Baker Mayfield. So, Season 1 to the Cardinals’ quarterback over Cleveland’s. It will be interesting to see what their respective teams do during the offseason.

If you want to see an example of good execution, I commend to you Washington’s game against Boise State. Most of the Huskies’ plays were very well executed.

Worst States: Every senator from every one of the worst states has already indicated publicly that they will vote against Trump’s removal no matter what the evidence, or even before the trial, so hell with all the worst states this week.

Football thoughts the week of December 9

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 19, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys did something unprecedented for them this season: they beat a team with a winning record! And they looked good doing it. Who knew?

Oddly, this performance against the Los Angeles Rams had no effect on their chances of making the playoffs, win or lose. If they beat the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday and the Redskins the following week, they are in. If they lose either of those games, they are the Cowboys.

The Arizona Cardinals beat the Cleveland Browns in the first duel between the matching OU Heisman Trophy winning first NFL draft picks. Kyler Murray is figuring out the NFL. Baker Mayfield is still waiting for a team.

Going into this season, and game, I though the Browns had the better team. Still do. But Murray’s speed, like that of Lama Jackson of Baltimore, is a game changer. And, it is clear that the Browns’ head coach has no clue how to use his weapons, of which he has enough that they should be playing much better if he did.

This off season, the Browns need to draft defensive players and a new coach. It’s about the same for the Cardinals.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 19, 2019

Impeachment Inquiry:  As expected, the House Intelligence Committee submitted its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which voted to send the articles of impeachment to the full House next week. (Since I am writing this late, we now know that the House has impeached Trump.)

I’ve been ambivalent about whether impeaching Trump was useful. I was inclined to remove him from office via the next presidential election. However, there are two good reasons to impeach Trump now.

First, when the charge that Trump extorted Ukraine – a classic example of a high crime about which the Founding Fathers were specifically concerned – was documented and corroborated, the House had no choice at that point. Second, Trump might win the next election! He won the last one with fewer votes than Clinton. If that were to happen, Trump would have gotten off Scott free, which would have done irreparable damage to the Constitution.

What will happen next is predictable, but still unassured. But one thing is now certain. The mark of Cane is upon Trump, so to speak. He will be remembered in history as the third president to be impeached. He can never escape that legacy.

The caterwauling, lying and coverup by Republicans and Trump has been odious, but one of their claims galls me the most. I’m used to the lies, insults and vulgar language by now, but I am deeply offended by their claim that the impeachment is illegitimate. In fact, impeachment is clearly spelled out in the Constitution and is perfectly legitimate. I would argue that the House is the only Constitutionally specified body that is doing its job properly these days.

Brexit: The Brits voted again, and Boris Johnson won a landslide victory. I assume this means Britain is fairly and truly going to be out of the European Union soon. You don’t often see a country shoot itself in the foot like this, but apparently this is what the people want. Xenophobia runs deeper through the British body politic than I understood. Oh, well.

Worst state: Texas announced this week that it will not spend a dollar to help with the 2020 census, because it is trying to suppress the count of minority voters. This contrasts with many states that are supporting the census financially because they want a good count. Besides, Ted Cruz. For both, or either, of these reasons, Texas get the cup this week.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 2

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 12, 2019

NATO: President Trump returned to Europe for another NATO meeting as we winced, worried what he was going to say to embarrass us. But things were different this time. Trump did say some embarrassing things, but no one in NATO was paying any attention. It is apparent that Europe has decided to move on without Trump, or at least wait until he goes away to engage with us. So little do the NATO country leaders think of Trump that they made fun of him behind his back. Poor Trump, having the world’s biggest but most fragile ego, and the world’s thinnest skin, huffed off in a snit. Our president snits. What a sniveling pussy. My daughter Megan introduced me to this website, and it has become a favorite. It is liberal, saucy, feminist, as you might imagine from the name, irreverent, and suits me right down to the ground. It describes a lot of rightwing activity and politicians in ways they deserve to be described, praises good works, and always offers a happy ending, frequently visuals of cute furry animals at play.

Note: the language is typical of that used between Ambassador Sondland and President Trump, but to better effect. Wonkette is self-funded and they will ask you for, but not require, a small donation if you read their stuff. I often throw in a few dollars to help them out, because any site that calls Lindsay Graham guilty of “fuckery,” deserves support.

Worst State: Everybody is picking on poor Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, but only because he deserves it. I’m giving the Lone Star State the cup this week.

Football Thoughts the week of December 2

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 12, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys embarrassed themselves thoroughly, again, losing to the Chicago Bears Thursday night. They are a disgustingly underperforming team that doesn’t earn the money they are being paid. In this one thing, I sympathize with Jerry Jones, though he has brought it on himself by failing to create a professional football organization and keeping a less than worthless coaching staff around.

Inconceivably, as bad as they stink, the Cowboys could still get into the playoffs by virtue of playing in the worst division in the NFL. Even having lost to the Bears, and even if they lose to the Rams next week, which wouldn’t surprise me at all, should they beat Philadelphia the following week and win against the Washington Redskins the final week of the regular season, the would win the division. This ludicrous injustice will be rectified during the first game of the playoffs, however. I have watched a lot of pro football the last couple of weeks and there is not another team likely to get into the playoffs who won’t wipe up the floor with Dallas. Dallas is a zombie franchise.

The only good to come of this season is that Jones will finally get rid Jason Garrett. But I am skeptical this will help the team, for what good coach would work for Jones? It certainly won’t be Lincoln Riley, as so many people in Dallas are speculating. Riley has one of the best jobs in college football, and he’s already a millionaire. Why would he leave to coach in the NFL at all, let alone to coach the sorry Cowboys for a sorry owner? In the best of circumstances, an NFL head coaching job is a firing waiting to happen, and coaching for the Cowboys, where you won’t be fired, just emasculated, is even worse.

There was a palpable difference in the pattern of recent Oklahoma football when the Sooners beat Baylor, again, to claim the Bix XII championship for the fifth straight season and make the playoffs. The defense played well! For some time, the defense has been playing with more spirit and effort, but with only mildly perceptible progress. This game, things came together. The Sooners still gave up two long passes near the end of the game that allowed Baylor to stay in it. But other than those two plays, the Sooners were very good on defense. One might argue the defense played better than the offense this game. Kudos to the Grinch.

Las Vegas, and everyone else, has already written OU off against the #1 ranked LSU Tigers in its playoff game. The Sooners opened as a 10-point underdog. But with a defense that is improving and an outstanding offense, OU should not be so easily dismissed. It could be a very good game.

One thing is certain, whatever the playoff outcome. Oklahoma is one of the truly elite football programs in the country. Winning consistently over time is the true measure of a championship program, and OU is always in the playoff picture, along with very few other terrific programs. Being a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners is a fortunate fan to be.

Football Thoughts the Week of November 25

Posted in Sports - football, mostly, Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 6, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys got embarrassed at home by the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day, over whom they were a 6 ½ point favorite. The Bills wiped up the floor with them. I am sick to death of the Cowboys. I’m sick of their underperforming players, sick of their incompetent coaching staff and sick of their owner/general manager/media hog. I am also sick of hearing about Dallas’ vaunted offensive line. I see other teams’ lines keeping our defenders off their quarterback, but I see Dak Prescott running for his life consistently.  And when Prescott gets pressured, he too frequently coughs up the ball or throws a pick.

The Cowboys are still favored statistically to win the NFL East Division. (As Mark Twain said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics.) I don’t see how anybody who has watched this team play could think so. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas’ rival for the Division title, has a much easier schedule than the Cowboys, and I don’t think the Cowboys are finished losing yet. It could all be over before Dallas plays the Iggles in Philadelphia in a few weeks.

The only silver lining in this sorry season is that I think Jerry Jones must fire Jason Garrett now. It is no longer tenable to keep any of these sorry coaches and still say you are interested in winning another Super Bowl. Jones is fond of saying he owns and team and gets to make the decisions, but he still must show his face in town and presently he does that at the risk of being made fun of in public. But what good coach would work for Jones?

Shame on this whole damn organization.

My beloved Oklahoma Sooners handled the Oklahoma State Aggies with relative ease, as I expected. As I have opined previously, I don’t worry about OSU anymore. In recent years, they have had the best teams they have ever had, or ever will have, and we have been able to beat them. They’re not going to beat us with what they are producing now.

That said, OU won the game in their typical, less than ideal fashion: superb offense, though with less than perfect play calling, and mediocre defense. In fairness to the Grinch, the defense is playing with more spirit and aggression, but they still can’t tackle worth a damn. I stopped counting the times a Sooner was in position to make the play and whiffed on the tackle.

Thinking about this weekend, I’m not particularly worried about Baylor either. We beat them without Cee Dee Lamb during the regular season, in a game when Jalen Hurts had the worst half of his football career. Neither of these is going to be the case in the Championship game. I feel bullish.

Which brings us to the prospects for making the playoffs, which I still think is a long shot, but no longer out of the question. Things continue to fall into place, but will it be enough? Assuming everything else follows the chalk (upsets are not out of the question for some higher ranked teams, but I’m not counting on it), if Oregon upsets Utah, I think we’re in. If Utah beats Oregon, it will be a beauty contest between them and Oklahoma. I don’t know how that may work out. OU will have played and beaten more, higher ranked teams than Utah has faced, but maybe the committee will want a new face in the playoff mix. OU is still the more interesting option, though.

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 25

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 5, 2019

Our president befriends more war criminals: Trump pardoned three war criminals within our own military. This shouldn’t surprise us, though it should disgust us more than it seems to be doing. Trump pardons, or at least excuses, war criminals all the time: Putin, Erdogan, Duterte, Kim, and so on. Nevertheless, to pardon a member of the U.S. military who had his picture taken standing over the corpse of a prisoner, whom he likely killed, and who was found guilty of this in a military court, is a particularly odious low.

This all started with President George W. Bush (still our worst president, though Trump is closing the gap), when his regime endorsed torture of prisoners. Trump’s pardoning of our own war criminals was the inevitable next step down that rabbit hole, and I suspect it is only going to get worse.

Complicity: I’ve never understood why Trump’s base adheres to him so tightly, though I have some theories. I can understand on one level why Republican politicians cling to Trump. They’re afraid of that base. But the job of legislators is not just to follow but to lead, and no Republicans save Trump are leading, only following. Not a single Republican legislator anywhere near an election has expressed any reservation about where Trump is leading them. On the contrary.

To be so blatantly and willfully blasé in the face of such obvious criminal behavior is to be complicit in it. We can’t throw the entire Republican Party in jail, but we can throw Republican legislators out of office. I predict this will happen more and more for a while. Republicans are going to pay a heavy price for what is going on now, and for a long time, I think.

Facts: Senator Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. But that has proven not to be quite true. Many people seem to be willing to accept “alternative facts,” which aren’t facts at all, and pretend they are. A brazen example occurred when Trump urged Republicans to provide their own transcript of his phone call with Zelensky of Ukraine. There is no such thing as an alternate transcript. A transcript is a transcript, not an interpretation. There can be only one of them. What Trump is doing is urging his supporters to muddy the waters by making stuff up. This is merely more obstruction.

MBA candidates learn early on in graduate school that there is a strong correlation between objective information and quality of decisions. Without agreement to facts, it is almost impossible to get anything done in Congress. Oh, wait! Congress isn’t getting a damn thing done.

California’s War on Pot Churches: California is cracking down on churches who are trying to evade the recreational pot laws by forming a church and calling pot a “sacrament.” I’m impatient with religion in any form. Fortunately for religions, freedom of religion is prescribed in the Constitution and I am sympathetic to the Constitution, so overall, I support people in their religious practices almost absolutely.

But no right is absolute. There are exceptions, the clearest example being Justice Holmes’ regarding freedom of speech that it does not permit someone to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Some things simply violate common sense and public safety.

Pot churches defy common sense, but that’s not the main issue. The issue is license. I am in favor of regulating marijuana distribution through licensed dispensaries because it helps ensure quality control and tax revenue. So, I support marijuana churches (if anyone is stupid enough to believe such nonsense), but I would insist the church to get its “sacrament” materials from a licensed dispensary.

That said, there must be a dispensary available where it may be obtained. I’m surprised that there are communities that ban pot, which authority I assume was written into the state law. That’s a pity, because it only encourages unlicensed pot, which evades taxes and may not be safe. There will always be a black market; it’s human nature. But I would damn sure make marijuana churches buy licensed pot, even if they must drive a little farther to get it. It may be inconvenient, but not compared to being nailed to a cross.

Worst State:  No state can hold a candle to Kansas so long as Mike Pompeo is on stage, pimping for Trump, lying to Congress, and generally being a pathetic pig part.