My Picks for Top Tweets: 31 August 2017

There are some tweets I’ve been leaving out of these posts over the last few days because I’m going to use them elsewhere. I want to mention them though. They’re tweets I was expecting, but their appearance disgusts me nevertheless.

They come from Donald Trump’s greatest supporters, the Evangelical Christians. They’re blaming the current disaster in Texas on same-sex marriage, abortion, LGBT rights, and other similar things. Hurricane Harvey is, they say, a judgement from God for allowing them to happen.

This reaction sickens me, and the mentality of such people is completely beyond me. This is the poison that is religion. If all religious people stuck to the happy-clappy side of things, where their faith inspired them to be kind and good, everything would be fine. However, that’s not the way it works. There are always people who go too far and the problem is, it’s the extremists that have the most scriptural support.

This happens whenever there’s some kind of disaster. There are always religious people who will find some innocent victim to blame and punish. Rosa Rubicondior has just written about another one (see Religion Tweets).

Religion Poisons Everything.


Cat Tweets

I think this is my new favourite tweet!


Awww …


We used to dress our kittens in dolls clothes when we were kids too.


What happened to its ears?


Petting kittens is very soothing.


They say he went to the vet – I think it looks more like he went to the Pet Sematary


On the importance of cats.


This is pretty special.

Dog  Tweets

Bath required!


I used to go swimming at the beach with our golden Labrador as a teen and in my early twenties. This reminds me of that.

Other Animals Tweets

That’s something else none of you know about me. I used to ride horses up until about the age of sixteen.


Isn’t it gorgeous?


I love this pic! How could you not?

Political Tweets

This is what happens when your priority is reversing whatever Obama did …


And this is what happens when your priority is criticizing everything that Obama does, whether right or wrong …

Mexico was going to pay for the Wall – at least that’s what Trump’s sheep believed. It was never true. Now, because the ignorant base who don’t understand the best way to handle border security isn’t necessarily a wall have to be mollified, money is to be diverted from disaster relief!


Mike Pence isn’t much better than his boss. Remember, when Trump is impeached, this creep will be the replacement.

Update: Reader j.a.m notes Politifact gives tweet a “Pants on Fire” rating.


Jared Kushner’s mate is in trouble.


Something to think about.
(Via Ann German.)


Ha ha!

Economics Tweets

If you know nothing about economics and you only learn one thing, make it this: TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS DOES NOT WORK.


Science Tweets

There are so many amazing machines making work better and safer.

Environment Tweets

I’m sure no one here needs convincing about this.


Nature is taking the area back.

Religion Tweets

It’s worth clicking though to this Rosa Rubicondior article – it’s about a 16th century Catholic Church in Malta. Its roof collapsed recently and LifeSiteNews, a conservative Christian website in the US, is blaming the legalization of same-sex marriage among other things.


Here’s a great response I got to the above tweet!

Scenic Tweets

This is pretty sad. There are so many places I would love to see on this list.


I bet you’ve never seen it like this before!


Just lovely.


Switzerland was made in anticipation of Twitter!

Fashion Tweets

This isn’t a section you’ll see very often, but I couldn’t resist this. To tell the truth, I suspect I might like Melania. I certainly feel sorry for her. I’m not sure if I wrote this before here or elsewhere, but I think she’s the person most sorry Trump won the election. Because of it, she has to stay married to him for at least another four years. I think she shows signs of partner abuse.
(Via Ann German.)


Entertainment Tweets

Selfies are not a new thing.


Another great from the same era …


The British showing their great taste in entertainment again – the Beatles, David Bowie and … NO FOX!

Art Tweets

I’ve never seen anything like this before, and I love it!!!


Just what you always wanted!

Human Rights Tweets

Another very brave woman in Iran.


Well said Sean Carroll.

I hope he’s treated fairly in prison and court. However, it’s rather ironic to see this piece of trash whining about being a “human being”. His efforts to dehumanize others, especially Blacks, Jews, and LGBT people are perhaps coming back to haunt him.

Weather Tweets

This is going to be a big part of the story when the recovery starts …


How can one man perform so many acts of a$$holery?


This is the man that Trump hates, and he’s doing his best to wipe out everything he did.


There is going to need to be a major de-brief after this disaster. There have obviously been big improvements since Katrina, but it’s also obvious they still have a lot to learn. I’m definitely no expert in the area of civil defence, but New Zealand is a world leader so you pick up stuff up and I can see a lot of mistakes. However, wherever you go, events like this bring out the best in most people; most people are good at their core.


Literature Tweets

There’s always a Shakespeare quote for the situation.


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12 Responses to “My Picks for Top Tweets: 31 August 2017”

  1. Jenny Haniver says:

    Manny Neira’s comment is absolutely on point. And here’s the first (to my knowledge) laying of blame for Hurricane Harvey on gays, this by good old Ann Coulter

    • I’m of the school that thinks Ann Coulter doesn’t believe most of what she says. Her statements are deliberately provocative to get a rise out of people, and otherwise completely cynical. They’re all about publicity to get people to buy the books she’s written, which I also don’t think she believes.

      She’s the original modern-era professional troll imo. Making money from a created image is what she does.

      I never mention her in posts because I don’t want to feed the beast. I think what she does is a waste of her impressive intelligence. There are plenty of us who could do what she does if we were as lacking in morality as she appears to be. Personally, I think it’s wrong to make money the way she does, which is no better than Dr Oz or other sellers of woo.

      At least Ken Ham and Ray Comfort believe what they say.

    • j.a.m. says:

      Of course, what Coulter actually tweeted was exactly the opposite: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor.”

      She dissed climate change, not gays — but apparently that’s now the greater sin.

      • Jenny Haniver says:

        You left out the second sentence. Here’s the entire tweet ‘I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than “climate change.”‘

        Coulter knows damned well what she’s saying and that it’s a duplicitous (see my comment below) use of denial as a way to bring this subject into the discussion to influence people,, while personally rising above belief in it — I know there must be a term for this kind of fallacious argument but I can’t think of it offhand. But you will believe what you will.

  2. Jenny Haniver says:

    You are, of course, absolutely correct. She doesn’t believe that for a minute, but she’s a thoroughgoing opportunist. Her comment was flip and patently disingenuous, but her continual crass exploitation of true believers in this way is important to note, as you did. I’m sure the true believers will be fervently fulminating soon; but I tend to think that some of those ministers who blame gays and transsexuals for catastrophes really don’t believe it themselves, but they know it’ll play to their base. And speaking of hypocrites, I’m delighted by the drubbing that whitened sepulchre, Joel Osteen has been getting for his cavalier attitude toward the people devastated by Harvey.

    • There was a story about Joel Olsteen and the flood on Fox by their always biased Lauren Greene. It accepted completely Osteen’s story that he couldn’t open his church because of flooding. So everyone who watches only Fox believes his side of the story.

  3. Lee Knuth says:

    All those socalled Christians who blame the LBGT community for disasters always forget to ask: What would Jesus do? They conveniently forget many of his messages. Mega churches are are just another tax shelter. Time for the tax code to change so they pay their full share to society.

  4. nicky says:

    I do not like Ms Coulter, I do not like Ms Sarsour, I do not like Ms Beirich (SPLC), I do not like Mr Trump, I do not like Mr Bannon, I do not like Mr Pence and I definitely do not like Mr Pruitt, but in my pantheon of despicability , Mr McConnel comes tops. Pure evil.
    [Lest I sound negative, there is lots of people I like, even if I do not agree with them. I mean, it is easy to like Mr Harris, Mr Dennet, Mr Coyne, Ms Hirshi Ali or Mr Randi, because we broadly agree with them, but we can also like , say, Ms Rice. We may not agree, but she definitely has integrity. Man, with the present crop of despicables even Mr Bush nearly appears not that bad, after all]

    • I agree with all your likes and dislikes. I would add Betsy de Vos to the dislike list. I agree about Condaleeza Rice too and I also liked Colin Powell, and GWB is basically a good person. During his presidency I saw people like Dick Cheney and especially Donald Rumsfield as the worst ones.

  5. j.a.m. says:

    Concerning that tweet by Scott Dworkin smearing Vice President Pence, you may want to post a correction and apology, since even the left-leaning PolitiFact rates it “Pants on Fire”.

    One can’t believe everything that’s tweeted, it seems.

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