Monthly Archives: July 2015
It’s a bad week for “history”. Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma is pitching a fit that her precious statue is going bye-bye, and South Carolina relinquishes its clutch of the confederate battle flag to its bosom.
It’s been a wild couple of weeks. This country’s social fabric, often sewed with malice, is tearing in all the right places.
Christian lawmakers, fearing their irrelevancy and the possibility of losing their seats, are determined to fuck as much shit up as they can before they exit. Why do they keep opening Pandora’s box, knowing that it will blow up upon examination?
The Arkansas Capitol lawn could soon get crowded: Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, fallen firefighters and the nine black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School might be joined shortly by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.
State legislators this year approved placing a privately funded Ten Commandments display on Capitol grounds, perhaps opening a way for religious groups and others to erect their own displays. The Satanic Temple has said it may erect a bronze Baphomet, and on Tuesday two more groups stepped forward to say they want space to promote their deeply held beliefs.
The Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism proposes a statue of Lord Hanuman, an immortal deity with an ape-like face and a tail known for incredible strength, perseverance and devotion.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told The Associated Press it wants a massive vegetable banner hung from the Arkansas Capitol.
Apparently we can apply Newton’s third law in politics. Don’t they see this shit coming? Of course not. They’re cloaking the Ten’s monument in the guise of it being “history”. That’s massive bullshit. As I have said before, the Code of Hammurabi is “history”, but I don’t see anyone rushing to erect that thing. Hell, maybe that’s next. Not to mention that it is highly questionable that Moses ever lived, and he certainly did not take down stone tablets from a holy burning bush, from atop a giant mountain. That story has one source…well, two if you count the Koran-another book of fairy tales.
It’s nothing more than a blatant attempt to shoehorn their stupid faith into as many things as they can. If they can push their whacko beliefs, so can any other whacko. It never occurs to them that if they cut the shit, the other whackos will leave them alone as well.
H/T: Friendly Atheist
If you haven’t seen this yet, shame on you. I bet this is how it felt to attempt to desegregate the lunch counters at Woolworth’s.
Fix this, Kentucky. You recall her posthaste.
Elitist piece of dogfuck Jeb Bush says we’re not slaving hard enough:
“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”
This election is over. If the Republican frontrunner actually says people are not working hard enough to jazz up the economy, they are truly and completely fucked.
Americans responded to a Gallup poll that they average 47 hours per week on their full-time jobs. Out of those respondents, only 8 percent said they worked less than 40 hours per week, 42 percent reported working 40 hours per week, 11 percent fell into the 41-49 hour work week, 21 percent stated they gave their employers 50-59 hours in a week, and a surprising 18 percent were dedicated to a 60 or more hour work week.
Out of touch, tone-deaf, doomed. This couldn’t be simpler.
UPDATE: Jebby clarifies:
“If we’re going to grow the economy people need to stop being part-time workers, they need to be having access to greater opportunities to work,” Bush said, according to The Washington Post. “You can take it out of context all you want, but high-sustained growth means that people work 40 hours rather than 30 hours and that by our success, they have money, disposable income for their families to decide how they want to spend it rather than getting in line and being dependent on government.”
Most part-timers would like to go full but their employers can’t/won’t invest the capital. So this seems like a business problem, not a people problem. In any event, in trying to clarify those remarks, he yet again blamed people for the stagnation. What the fuck should we expect from a Bush? This is the moderate? The RINO? My ass.
The tantrum over gay marriage continues, this time in Louisiana:
A routine order issued by the Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday transformed into a flame war among four of the court’s members, one of whom claimed that he is not obligated to follow the United States Supreme Court’s decisions.
Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, while conceding her obligation to follow the Supreme Court’s decision, wrote separately to complain about the “horrific impact these five lawyers have made on the democratic rights of the American people to define marriage and the rights stemming by operation of law there from.”
That prompted Justice John Weimer to retort that it is not a judge’s job to “point out what, in my view, the law should be.”
Actually, Judge Weimer, if a law is deemed unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has a duty to nullify that law. What it does is point out what the law cannot be. I can’t believe a piker like me needs to point this out. I suspect he knows the truth, though. He just wants to go on record bitching, most likely to get elected again.
The most unusual opinion of the lot came from Justice Jefferson D. Hughes, III, who dissented from the court’s conclusion that it actually must comply with binding constitutional precedents handed down by the United States Supreme Court. “Judges instruct jurors every week not to surrender their honest convictions merely to reach agreement,” Hughes began. “I cannot do so now.”
You are not a jurist. You are a judge. I think you have different rules.
Hughes’s opinion is only two paragraphs. It cites no authorities and provides no legal arguments in support of his position. It does, however, include an apparent suggestion that gay parents are pedophiles. “This case involves an adoption,” he writes, adding that “[t]he most troubling prospect of same sex marriage is the adoption by same sex partners of a young child of the same sex.”
Do we have to go through this still? Being gay and being a pedophile are two completely different things. Sure, you can be a gay pedophile, but that’s the exception, not the rule.
I’m about done with people in high places dictating what is perversion and what is not. You fuckers have to deal with the fact that some people have different sexual proclivities from you, and there is nothing wrong with that. Quit your crying. You’re embarrassing.
There is a secret conversation that has happened in the wake of the gay marriage decision.
Should we remove tax-exempt status from churches if they are going to get involved in politics?
Now, no one serving in government today is angling to strip it. But that doesn’t stop Ted Cruz for manufacturing a hullabaloo about it:
In an interview with Glenn Beck last Thursday, Ted Cruz once again badly misrepresented an exchange between Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Justice Samuel Alito during Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, telling Beck’s listeners that the Obama administration may soon try to strip churches of their tax-exempt status if their pastors refuse to officiate gay couples’ weddings.
Verrilli never said that. But perhaps Cruz is onto something; maybe it’s time to look at churches and their tax status. After all, they are barely restraining themselves from electioneering from the pulpit-why not just let ’em have at it? There’s no proper policing of that law anyway.
Fuck it. They’ll live. They have scores of fools to shower them with money-in fact, the revocation will probably open pocketbooks a little bit more because they are finally saying what the flock really wants to hear. And they’re being very selective about what part of the First Amendment they like.They’ll accept the curtailment of their freedom of speech in exchange for tax-free lucre. Which to worship-Mammon or the Lord? We know who wins out in the end.
In their neverending quest to remain Palinesquely relevant, the Duck Dynasty folks sporadically issue brain-vomit from their faceholes about something they don’t understand. Each utterance is somehow exponentially more stupid than the last one.
They really have a problem with atheists. We are told by Phil Robertson that we must rape, mutilate and kill because we have no God to tell us how to behave. That was a good one. But now I’m being told that I don’t exist:
There’s no such thing as an atheist, according to one of the stars of the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”
Si Robertson, known to fans of the show as “Uncle Si,” told the Christian Post that anyone who uses the date is acknowledging Jesus.
“There’s no such thing as an atheist,” Robertson told the website. “I’m serious, because there’s too much documentation. Our calendars are based on Jesus Christ. Whether you believe in him or not, every time you sign your calendar, you add down the day’s date, you’re saying he’s here, OK? That’s documented.”
Sign my calendar? Add down what? Does not compute. But the ramifications of such a stance is what is sad here. Apparently I can’t “be” if I acknowledge anything that has to do with Jesus. Does that mean there are no Jews, no Muslims, no Hindus, no Buddhists, etc.? Oh, those are false religions, if you ask these simpletons.
Let’s turn this around. Philosophical history is full of atheist thought. None other than our Founders created a government that would be free of religion. That’s documented.
Poof. Bye, God.
Apparently Si has not heard of the “Common Era” that people the world over use. Just because Christianity rolled roughshod over every other cult does not mean that everyone needs to believe in Christ, obviously. All of them exist. So do I, Si. We’ll just have to live with each other.
Diplomats said Saturday that Iran and six world powers have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for Tehran, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days.
We’re on a roll, America. Let’s keep making history. Happy Independence Day! Now go get inappropriately shitted up and don’t blow your fingers off.
Fox News’ stable of pundits and commentators are easily the most witless fuckbags ever to stink up a TV channel lineup. They’re out there every day being wrong about something. I couldn’t pass this up:
Townhall editor and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich accused New York City mayor Bill de Blasio of being a fascist for reviewing business relationships with 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“This is the problem,” Katie Pavlich said Thursday on Fox News’ The Five. “What Bill de Blasio is doing by going through all of the contracts that they already put in place with the city — this is called fascism, when you get into the middle of — going retroactively to look at business deals that have already been made based on legality and law and business, and you go back and say, we don’t like what you said, so we’re going to take away your livelihood and punish your businesses. That is fascism.”
The word “fascism” has been defined down to the point where anything one does not agree with is called it. There is some debate about what constitutes actual fascism, but its basic principles are ultra-nationalism and the projection of The State as the ultimate expression of civilization. It is paranoid and authoritarian. North Korea is probably the closest analogue of it that we have today. What Katie alludes to is a far cry from fascism. You just can’t go throwing that word around simply because you oppose someone else’s thinking. Unless, of course, they are thinking like a fascist. A real one, not this fuckery of language which has become all too common in our discussions.
I’m sorry, twitterbird, but what is at work here is one of your favorite things-the “free market”. If Bill DeBlasio doesn’t think Donald Trump is a good business partner, he can terminate that relationship and do business elsewhere. Hate to break it to you, but Donald Trump is much like a fascist himself. He’s obsessed with the primacy of America, and doesn’t want “foreigners” because they debase The State.
It’s your system that allows what you think is Bad. It’s the “marketplace of ideas” that Trump is failing in, babe.