Monthly Archives: April 2015

‘Tis The Season For The Treason

If you have looking at the online news for a while, you know that Mike Huckabee will say anything to get attention to his joke of a presidential run. It is de rigeur for the hard right to smear Obama any way they can to bolster their conservative creds.

Republicans since Nixon have been the party of law and order. But has one of their own broken the law by saying this?

There’s nothing more honorable than serving one’s country and there’s no greater heroes to our country than our military, but I might suggest to parents, I’d wait a couple of years until we get a new commander-in-chief that will once again believe ‘one nation under god’ and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country, but defending this country.

Not only is this idea a blatant violation of the wall of separation, but Huck might have also violated the Espionage Act. It states:

The Espionage Act of 1917 is a United States federal law passed on June 15, 1917, shortly after the U.S. entry into World War I. It has been amended numerous times over the years. It was originally found in Title 50 of the U.S. Code (War) but is now found under Title 18, Crime.

It was intended to prohibit interference with military operations or recruitment, to prevent insubordination in the military, and to prevent the support of U.S. enemies during wartime.

Now this is 2015. That Act came from a different America, where our first anti-war activists were being born. But my point is, Republicans are always skirting the bounds of propriety and law while they undermine President Obama’s sunset years. They freak out when Obama is “lawless”, but don’t mind denigrating the office to protest his actions, and that includes coming dangerously close to being rather lawless themselves.

You Voted Them In

Today’s “Stupidest Fucking Thing I Have Heard All Day” prize goes to newbie representative Dave Brat of Virginia:

Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.

“Look at every country in the world,” Brat said. “Look at North Korea and South Korea. It’s the same culture, it’s the same people, look at a map at night, half the, one of the countries is not lit, there’s no lights, and the bottom free-market country, all Koreans, is lit up. See you make your bet on which country you want to be, right? You want to go free market.”

“We have poverty on the rise because we’re moving away from free markets,” Brat added.

Brat also said business was a “morally good calling” but lamented that that message wasn’t being taught in schools, which, he maintained was problematic.

Uh, South Korea has universal, compulsory healthcare. These dumb dumbasses just talk and talk and just lie or fucking don’t know anything. As John Lydon says, this is what you want, this is what you get. Now show up on Election Day and vote these ignoramuses out. Clean house, people.

In The Drink

Hey. I went on vacation at my mother’s hideaway in the swamps of South Carolina. She took drastic measures to not have any neighbors and bought a mobile home on bricks. We always try to go someplace interesting when we are there, and our first stop was at James Island. They were having some sort of aquatic fair where you could rent paddleboats, try out a kayak, buy water gear, learn a bit of archery and so on. I had no intention of participating in these activities. My mother is much more concerned with my children having a good time. But something attracted me. There were people on a surfboard type gizmo with a paddle, and people were gliding to and fro with ease on the board. Well, I said, every one else seems to be able to do this, surely I can as well.

I began on my knees. The paddleboard guide said stay there. But I wanted the thrill that so many others found easy. So I attempted to stand. I was too far on the front edge of the board to keep it steady. Then this happened.

Paddle Problem

That’s me, clinging to the board after it upended me. I was wearing ordinary clothes so I would be soaked for the whole day. I was mad at first, but I have some distance from it and now it is rather funny. My pride was so hurt, people. I wanted to try new things, is all. This is what I get for showboating…or more accurately, show paddling.

Female Trouble

Girl power. It’s a force to be reckoned with; soon we will have our first female president and it’s going to drive half the country bugfuck.

I’m a feminist. I believe men and women should be of equal status. I’ll say it loud and proud. But somehow, somehow, a school found the word “feminist” to be a hot button word, so much that an 8th grade girl who wore a t-shirt with that word on it had to be airbrushed in her class photo to remove the “bad” word.

An eighth grade student at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Batavia, Ohio wore a black T-shirt on class photo day which included the word “FEMINIST” written across the shirt in white letters. Yet, while the shirt does not violate any school rule and the student has worn it to classes before, the school chose to doctor her class photo to remove the word.

According to the site Women You Should Know, who identifies the student as “Sophie,” the student asked Principal Kendra Young why the word “FEMINIST” was removed from her shirt in the class photo that was distributed to students, and was told that “the photographer called me and brought it to my attention and I made the decision to black it out because some people might find it offensive.”

Offensive. You heard right. “Feminist” is a dirty word…you know, I kinda like that. I think it’s cool that girl power scares people. It shows we have work to do, but the foot is in the door. You go, little girl!

The New Deal

On first glance, it would seem that President Obama is ready to abdicate his right to engage in foreign affairs on his own, a prerogative ordinarily given to the Office. He’s going to sign a bill giving Congress a say in the Iran nuclear talks, after saying he would veto any such move. So the deal is fucked, right?

Hold on there, Johnson. Senate Democrats, suspected of selling out the President, had a few tricks up their sleeve, prompted by the administration. They watered down the Corker bill so much that it hardly resembles the buttinski legislation originally proposed. Here are two of the bill’s salient points:

The period of time Congress would have to review the deal and decide whether to agree to its lifting of statutory (i.e. Congressionally imposed) sanctions against Iran was reduced from 60 to 30 days. If Congress cannot come to a resolution by that time, the president can lift the sanctions on his own. Given Congress disrepute for speed, this makes it more likely that the time will run out as Congress is bickering and caught into the presidential campaign eddy.

Even more importantly, the President can veto Congressional action disallowing the lifting of statutory sanctions, and the President will have 10 days to do so. In such a case, Congress has  12 days to override the veto. The previous version of Corker’s bill did not allow the President an opportunity to reject Congressional action at all.

I like it. Very much so.

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Absurd, Absurd, The Bird Is Absurd

Gotta share a good laugh:

On Tuesday’s edition of the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program, Religious Right activist and rabbi Daniel Lapin repeated his bizarre claim that liberals are sexually attracted to radical Islam. Lapin told FRC President Tony Perkins that there is a “sexual dimension” to liberals’ supposed love for Islamic extremism, claiming “effeminate” liberals are sexually attracted to the “masculinity” of Islamic fundamentalism and are experiencing “Stockholm Syndrome.”

“There are countless studies showing that feminine-type behavior produces an excess of estrogen in men and vice versa,” Lapin said. “Essentially, the left has fallen in love with the masculinity of Islam.”

He continued: “Today, after a 30- or 40-year epidemic of leftism that has swept its sordid stain across America, we’ve become much more feminized and we are attracted to the masculine strength and brutality of Islam.”

I’m an unrepentant lefty. And all religions go in the same category for me, they’re fairy tales for the gullible. I am repulsed by Islamic extremism, and fairly repulsed by this stupid heeb blithering nonsense. Islam is no different than Christianity and Judaism; all of them preach eternal fealty to a very angry god. The shame of living this life dogs them wherever they go. It is the antithesis of what I believe life is all about. So I dunno what this clown is talking about. I have yet to meet the lefty that loves them some Islam. I do respect their right to profess a faith, but that doesn’t mean I respect the faith itself. That’s about as fair as I can be to any religion.

Sorry, Islam, but I don’t like you like that.

This Is Why Hillary

Alternet sums up the visions(or hallucinations, hard to tell with these nutbags) of the GOP presidential field. It asks: what would America look like if the promises in their speeches became reality?

Here’s their list. Go to the link for expanded analysis.

The United States of Christian America. Every one of the candidates is not only anti-abortion and anti-LGBT, but would seek to impose their religious beliefs on America.

Give Me Liberty And Nothing Else. That’s the cry—freedom and liberty forever—especially by Cruz. But what does that really mean? They all talk about reviving America’s promise and prominence, but almost never acknowledge the real barriers to prosperity have more to do with the power and clout of corporate monopolies than with the reach of government.

Cut Taxes And Demonize Needs. If you start to dismantle federal programs (except the Pentagon), you don’t need revenues, right? That’s what they are saying—that taxes for most other purposes are too high.

Repeal Government Regulations. You’ve heard this before, especially over pollution laws and many health and safety standards. Rubio, the son of poor immigrants, lionized America “at the turn of the 19th century, [when] a generation of Americans harnessed the power of the Industrial Age and transformed this country into the leading economy of the world.” You would think he might know that was when business as usual meant child labor, no minimim wage, filthy slaugherhouses, sweatshops filled with new immigrants, government-led military assaults on labor protests, and zero environmental regulations, and more.

Drill Baby, Drill. And forget about climate change. Every one of them—especially the Texans Cruz and Rick Perry—want to let the oil and gas industry drill anywhere they can find petroleum, especially on federal lands and the continental shelves.

Shred Safety Nets. Christie thinks he’s being bold by giving a big speech on the safety nets for the elderly and poor. “Democrats believe entitlements are a sacred cow that cannot be honestly discussed, perpetuating a dangerous fantasy to the American people,” he said. As noted above, Christie’s solutions are not honest as they would push millions into poverty.

Widen Culture Wars. This isn’t just about imposing evangelical Christian morality on public policy, such as opposing abortion, reproductive options, and LGBT rights.

Expand U.S. Empire Abroad. This isn’t just putting more money into the military while cutting domestic spending, as Christie said toward the end of his New Hampshire speech—“our national defense has been hollowed out by years of underinvestment.” Rubio pledged “no longer being passive in the face of Chinese and Russian aggression” and slammed the Obama White House for “near total disregard for the erosion of democracy and human rights around the world.”

The left wing needs to wake the fuck up and vote a winner in, instead of sacrificing their vote because Clinton is “bought and paid for”. You see what we are up against?

Take Responsibility For Your Religion

I’ve had about enough of religious people trying to take atheism to task because we don’t have any patience with their bullshit beliefs. What’s written is written; and when we point out to your what your religion really preaches you want to get huffy and say we’re not tolerant of your beliefs. You are correct. We are not. And if you are a non-asshole religious person, that’s great-but know that your religion is rooted in discrimination, war, death-worship and superstition and I don’t think a few reasonable words in an otherwise dangerously antedated book is going to excuse your belief from criticism. You can read the Bible or the Koran all sorts of ways and say that there is beautiful stuff in it, but hey, I bet Hitler loved his dog and his mom. You can get as much beauty and revelation from any other source than from any holy book that I could bother to name. There is more beauty in a rolling, rippling river than there is in any Bible verse.

Atheism does not need reform. It does not need a values check. It is hardly even what you would call a movement. It’s a state of mind. It’s a way of appreciating the world around us. It is filled with wonder about our existence, the good kind of wonder that brings forth awe. It has never refused to bake a cake, it has never refused medical treatment to a child because she doesn’t wish to pledge to God and the Republic. It has never condemned anyone to an everlasting hell. It has never caused anyone to wish death on 5% of the population. It has never started a war. It’s far too disorganized for that. I’m at a loss to name one instance where atheism has caused someone to believe something that is deleterious to one’s own kind.

I don’t think much of the idea that there is a type of “militant” atheism. Perhaps you think that this little entry is a good example of it. Blow me. I don’t have to put up with you nor you me. It’s not atheism that needs to stand trial for fucking anything. On the other hand, you could indict religion for a host of ills foisted on humankind. It’s YOU that feels the need to tell everyone else how to live. It’s YOU that thinks they have it all figured out in your little book. We atheists make no such claims or presumptions and never will.

Have your pet personal beliefs. I couldn’t give a shit. But don’t tell me I’m the one that needs to learn how to act. Go fix the attitudes of those within your circles and then get back to me. I’ll gladly bridge the gap between you and I when you are good and ready. I think if you are the least bit reasonable, you could understand why atheists tire of religion. Show us another way to be a believer, and we will show you how we coexist too.

Christ Almighty

It’s a banner day for obnoxious Christians here at the seminary. I found something very interesting. Have you ever heard from a vaguely tolerant believer that the references to homosexuality are from the Old Testament and therefore not part of God’s “new covenant”? I found this palatable. Except it’s not true. From Romans:

“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.”

So much for that argument. I’m almost sad to see it go. Paul is the first homophobe of the modern age. Now we come to more recent times, and the assholism dial is cranked to 11:

In the second in a series of presentations that he recently made at Charis Bible College in Colorado, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton reiterated his belief that God will never allow a cure or vaccine for AIDS to be discovered because the disease is divine punishment for homosexuality.

“Anything the Bible says is right, there is scientific basis for it now,” Barton said. “The federal government, in the last several years, has spent tens of billions of dollars looking for a vaccine for AIDS and I don’t think they will ever find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. And I say that based on a particular Bible verse … Notice this, homosexuals receive in their bodies the penalty due them. The Bible says if you engage in homosexuality, your body will do things that will penalize you. So if you can have a vaccine for AIDS, then you’re keeping your body from penalizing you. I don’t think they’ll ever find a vaccine for AIDS”.

If there is a just God, and there is a hell…I think I know who should go.

You’re Pathetic, You’re Disgusting

From my backyard:

Brittany Cartrett recently learned some bad news from her doctor about her pregnancy. She miscarried around five or six weeks along.

 “So we made the decision to not do a D&C and to get a medicine. So he said I’m going to give you this medicine, you’ll take it, and it will help you to pass naturally so that you don’t have to go the more invasive route”, said Brittany Cartrett.

     The doctor’s office called the Milledgeville Walmart to fill the prescription but they were told no and they were not given a reason.     
     “So we found another place to fill it but I still had to go up there to get another prescription so when I went up there she asked if I had any questions about this prescription I said no I don’t but I do have a question about the other one. And she looks at my name and she says oh, well…I couldn’t think of a valid reason why you would need this prescription”, Cartrett said.

Mercer University Law Professor Zac Buck verified that the ability to turn down prescriptions based on personal beliefs has been a law in Georgia for about 15 years.

WGXA also contacted Brian Nick at Walmart’s corporate office who stated, “Our pharmacists fill prescriptions on a case by case basis every day in our stores throughout the country and we encourage them to exercise their professional judgment in doing so”.

Professional judgment? Overriding a doctor’s prescription because someone has the remains of a dead fetus in her womb? My outrage meter is pinned. Whoo,this is going to be a long day if twice I have to post about how shitty religion is and it’s before noon.

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