Daily Archives: August 19, 2015

How They Get You

TV evangelists are of a different order in the taxonomy of the animal kingdom. It takes a special kind of bottom feeder to take money from people in the name of Jesus.

I remember back in my crazy Christian days, I bought it all. One of these things always stands out as a reminder of how brainwashed evangelicals are. Here’s Creflo “Give Me Your” Dollar using a particular tactic to make people reach into their wallets:

Atlanta “prosperity gospel” minister and megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar briefly addressed his desire for a multimillion-dollar Gulfstream G650 jet over the weekend, saying people who criticized him didn’t have a godly worldview.

“See, don’t get upset when the world says stuff and talks about stuff, and all that. They’re just looking through the wrong lens, they don’t understand,” Creflo said in a sermon uploaded to his ministry’s website.

“‘What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ They don’t know,” the preacher added. “They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the Word. They will never know, never never know.

I want you to focus on one phrase: that “the world says stuff”. What he is trying to impart is that “the world” is not of Jesus. It is the monumental work of the devil. These preachers hammer this home because they know how to separate people from reality this way. There is this “world” that does nothing but tempt one to sin. Everyone in the congregation knows that code, the concept of “the world”. Now “the world” is a pretty rough place. I can sort of understand why these people want no part of it. I even understand the need to believe in a better one after you die. But truly fuck those who make money off that fear.

Oh, I know perfectly well what you are doing, Creflo. I’m just waiting for you to fuck up and have everything taken from you. Then you can do like Jim Bakker and Ted Haggard and start a grift in your basement all over again. Asshole.

Idiom: Fixed

Cons love a ‘Murica slogan. One of their favorites is the concept of “American Exceptionalism”. That’s a fancy way of saying “Our shit? Ambrosia”. To them, everything good that has ever happened has flowed from our young country.

So it is with amusement that I find out just where that phrase comes from:

In 1929, the phrase first appeared, in a letter to the head of an American political party from the head of a foreign state. The letter was to one of the leaders of the Communist Party USA, Jay Lovestone. And, it was from the Soviet Union’s General Secretary, Joseph Stalin.

Jay Lovestone sent Stalin an explanation as to why workers in the United States were not inclined to engage in widespread civil disobedience, and that the general rules of industrialization did not appear to cause them as much discomfort as it did their counterparts in Europe. He said in effect that America was an exception to the economic rules that the Bolshevik’s had built their own models upon. In effect, America’s still expanding frontier, and that it was still growing, meant that the usual rhetoric and explanations did not resonate with the people of the United States.

In response, Joseph Stalin replied back that there was an “American Exceptionalism” in place. Not that America was “exceptional,” but that America viewed itself as the Exception to the established order. The Communists used the phrase in rhetoric and speeches, about how America felt it was the exception to the rules.

And:

Joseph Stalin believed that eventually it too would discover that the same rules over the economy still applied – a prophecy which came true only weeks later when the crash led to the Great Depression. And in a dire warning, the Soviet leader strongly felt that in an attempt to cling to this belief in an exception, the United States would eventually turn imperialistic, and become a military menace to the world in order to prove its exceptionalism.

I don’t have much regard for Stalin, but say what you will-he kinda nailed us.

Sorry About My State

This is not quite in my backyard, but it shows that racism is not dead. I think that should be obvious by now, given all the pushback on the rebel flag and the daily murders of black people by cops. Well, some yahoo got creative with his bigotry:

The owner of an “eclectic” art gallery in Macon, Georgia took down the Confederate Flag flying outside the business this week — and replaced it with a World War II-era Nazi flag.

According to WGXA Channel 24, the gallery SEVEN on Second will be flying the Nazi flag for a week.

Owner Anthony Harris told the TV station, “I just want people to realize that it’s a flag. Don’t get so much in an uproar about it; it’s good to have a conversation about it; it’s good to address it, but there’s no need to want to kill someone over it.”

I have a question for the flag suckers-if it’s not so important, why are you making a big deal about it? You’re allowed to fly any flag you want, you know. No one has stopped you, you are protected by the First. But to just do something egregious and antagonistic and then claim it’s no big deal is bullshit of the highest order. You are not impressing anybody, you are not making a salient point; you are not funny by any stretch of the imagination. You are a fucking mouth breathing scumbag and I hope that someone vandalizes your projection of racism and hate. Because while the government can’t prosecute you, you’ll find that some people are going to react viscerally and jack your shit up.

Once again, America, sorry about that.

 

How Not To Constitution

Donald Trump has the lizard person vote locked down. He’s tapped into the collective amygdala of conservative voters. It doesn’t matter how many gaffes he produces, or how many times he upsets the natural order of politics-people love the spectacle. I myself am going to wear a “Trump ’16” shirt so long as Donald rides high. It would be a dream come true if he is the nominee. I’m still in the tank for Clinton, but if Trump keeps up this charade of being a serious candidate and people dig it, maybe, just maybe I will pull the lever for Sanders. Because in the end, I don’t expect the voters to elect a narcissistic sociopath.

Perhaps that is giving Republicans and the citizenry at large too much credit.

But anyway, let me segue into this; on any given day, Donald Trump has no idea what he is talking about. He’s like the proverbial broken clock. He’s wrong all day, with few exceptions. This is not exclusive to Trump. Most, if not all of the GOP contenders are saying stupid shit that makes no sense. But here’s a good one. Donald Trump despises brown people so much that he’s ready to challenge the legality of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Yes. You saw those words. Donald Trump wants to render parts of the Constitution unconstiutional. It’s like a Mobius strip of stupid.

Birthright citizenship is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, which reads “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.”

The real estate magnate, however, claims that those born on U.S. soil to illegal immigrants don’t have full citizens’ rights. “What happens is they’re in Mexico, they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby,” he told O’Reilly. Trump asserted, “Many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this,” and went on to say, “They are saying it is not going to hold up in court. It will have to be tested but they say it will not hold up in court.”

So since he can’t change the Constitution to stop illegal immigration, he has to abridge it. For a party that loves to wave that fucking document around, Republicans sure don’t like it much or understand its nature.

I’d vote for a turkey sandwich before I elected this maniac.

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