Monday, December 17, 2007
Earliest examples of "Christmas" were practiced as long as 4000 years ago by Babylonians as a celebration of a 12 day New Year festival honoring the god Marduk. Also called Sacaea by the Persians, these celebrations involved holiday feasts, giving gifts, and caroling.
The Roman Pagan celebration of Saturnalia started in the middle of December and lasted until January 1st. This was a celebration of the solstice, marking the Sun's return. The exchange of gifts, decoration of homes with greenery, feasts, and the suspension of private and public business marked this celebration. Once Christianity began to spread throughout the Empire, Pagan and Christian societies began to merge and the prosecution of Christians decreased. During the reign of Constantine (a sun worshiper), Pope Julius I moved Christmas from January 6th (Epiphany) to December 25th, which was the Pagan Deus Sol Invictus, or the birthday of the unconquered Sun god. Sun god. Son of God. Not a huge leap of faith for these early Christians assuming the Latin words for "son" and "sun" sound as similar as they do in English--but really, who speaks Latin? This is where Christmas started to take on some of the traditions and meanings that we see today. Still, these events are not the only things that contribute to Christmas as we know it.
Yule or Yuletide was the Pagan winter solstice celebration which in the Julian calendar was December 25th and Gregorian calendar December 21st (depending on the year). The Scandinavians and Germanic tribes of Northern Europe celebrated this as the return of the sun from the long dark winter nights. Trees were decorated with candles, holly decorated doors, a Yule log was burned, and feasts were prepared along with the sacrifice of a pig, which is where we get the traditional Christmas ham. The mistletoe was used in both Norse and Druid celebrations. Obviously, as Christianity spread in this region, Scandinavian seasonal celebrations merged with the Roman's Pagan/Christian winter solstice holiday. It must also be noted that Odin, the primary figure in Norse mythology, had a hat and a big white beard had a flying 8 legged Horse instead of 8 flying reindeer. Odin at one point also had hung from a tree and had a spear wound not unlike the fate of Jesus.
One other reason that Christmas is not a Christian holiday is that Jesus was not born on December 25th, nor is there really any proof that he was born in Bethlehem in a cold manger. Every Biblical scholar knows that if Jesus was born when "shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night." that this would have to have been between the months of March and November as it would have been too cold for the shepherds to have still been there at night in the cold rainy season. Since we know Jesus was born 6 months after John the Baptist and we know he was born in late March or early April, Jesus had to have been born in late September or early October at the latest.
Christmas has really always been a celebration of winter solstice, it’s just that in our calendar it is 4 days off the mark due to the difference in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Just as they did with the once secular pledge of allegiance and our currency, Christians stole Christmas and made it their own, adding the nativity scene and Jesus' birthday. Somehow, secular Americans are the assholes when we merely try to take the pledge, our dollar bill, or Christmas back to its original incarnation.
My Father is an Atheist, my Mom is a Christian who doesn't believe Christmas is Jesus' birthday, and I am Agnostic. We all welcome Christmas as a time for sharing and togetherness, not the birth of baby Jesus in his manger. What does a Christmas tree have to do with the birth of your savior? What does getting your kid the new XBox have to do with Christianity? Nothing. And you know who else thought this way? The Puritans.
That’s right, about the time they started burning witches, Puritans in New England outlawed the Christmas celebration. Christmas, The Mass of Christ, was considered to be a Catholic holiday which had nothing to do with the actual birth or birth day of Christ so they therefore outlawed the Pagan traditions of decorating trees and caroling. Since they believed that the Christmas celebration and the birth of Christ was completely separate, Christmas was outlawed in Boston from 1659-1681 and the Colleges in New England didn't even start observing Christmas until about 1847. Christmas was not declared a federal holiday until 1870. Other "religious" holidays destroyed not by liberals and Nancy Pelosi but by Protestants include, once again: All Holy Eve (Oct 31st), Candlemas (Feb 2nd), Michaelmas (Sept. 29th) and Childermas (Dec 28th).
For these right wing nut jobs to say that December 25th, and all that is associated with that day, is purely Christian, is ludicrous. So when they say that the secular Christ-haters are trying to destroy Christianity when we call it the holidays and not Christmas, tell them that you think it's ironic that someone who thinks that America was founded by Puritans is so intent on going against Puritan beliefs, which were anti-Christmas. You can also tell them that you find it ironic that the same people who are trying to censor the internet, cable TV, song lyrics and art are offended when someone tries to censor their 1st amendment rights.
No one wants to destroy Christmas, anyone who thinks this is paranoid. Who doesn't want a couple of days off work every year to hang out with family and friends to eat, drink, be merry and get presents? We just realize that roughly 23% of the US is not Christian; you cannot simply bully minorities because you outnumber them. We realize that all the traditions of Christmas, except going to mass, are secular and or pagan. We realize that like the Pledge of Allegiance and US currency it has been adopted by Christianity, not the other way around.
So if some Jews in your town don't want The Night Christ was Born playing at the town hall manger, get over it. Go home and play your own Christmas music; you are free to do so. You wouldn't like it if you were forced to fast for Ramadan would you?
Sources: Holidays.net, History Channel, Wikipedia, Pantheon.org, World Wide Church of God (wcg.org) , Religioustolerance.org, All about Jesus Christ, Renewamerica
Friday, December 07, 2007
Teen Births Increase for First Time 15 Years
WASHINGTON - The teenage birthrate in the United States rose 3 percent in 2006, according to a report issued yesterday, the first such increase since 1991. The finding surprised scholars and fueled a debate about whether the Bush administration's abstinence-only sexual education efforts were working.
The federal government spends $176 million annually on such programs. But a landmark study recently failed to demonstrate that they have any effect on delaying sexual activity among teenagers, and some studies suggest that they may actually increase pregnancy rates.
"Spending tens of million of tax dollars each year on programs that hurt our children is bad medicine and bad public policy," said Dr. David A. Grimes, vice president of Family Health International, a nonprofit reproductive health organization based in North Carolina.
Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, said that blaming abstinence-only programs was "stupid." Rector said that most young women who get pregnant are highly educated about contraceptives but want to have babies.
(Yes, because what 15 year old doesn't want to have babies? I think what we are saying is that it doesn't work and is therefore a waste of money.)
President Bush noted the long decline in teenage pregnancy rates in his 2006 State of the Union address. "Wise policies such as welfare reform, drug education and support for abstinence and adoption have made a difference in the character of our country," Bush said. The White House did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.
In a speech last year, Senator Hillary Clinton said that declines in teenage pregnancy rates during the Clinton administration resulted because of a focus on family planning.
Teenage birth rates are driven by teenage sex, contraception, and abortion rates.
In the 1990s, teenage sex rates dropped and condom use rose because teenagers were frightened of AIDS, said Dr. John S. Santelli, chairman of the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University.
But recent advances in AIDS treatments have lowered concerns about the disease. And AIDS education, which emphasized abstinence and condom use, has flagged.
The teen increase was based on the 15-19 age group, which accounted for about 99 percent of the more than 440,000 births to teens in 2006.
It must also be noted that the Bible Belt leads the country in out of wedlock child births, teenage pregnancy, divorce and crime.
So much for abstinence only education.
Message: Another failed conservative agenda; another failed Bush policy and another waste of tax payers money.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Although Conservapedia does give the reader the ability to edit some entries, it doesn't allow for edits on the topic of key issues such as homosexuality. This, although conservative, is basically a supression of reality since I am unable to add Jonathan and David's homosexual affair under the "Biblical Statements" section nor does it allow me to add "Famous Homosexuals" such as Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Rosie O'Donnel, etc. Since no educated person would ever use Conservapedia as a source anyway, the references often cited for Conservapedia end up being the Holy Bible or a Rush Limpballs book.
So if you ever wondered what conservatives research and think about, here it is:
Most viewed pages and seaches on Conservapedia:
Main Page [1,964,386]
Homosexuality and Hepatitis [518,532]
Homosexuality and Parasites [473,828]
Gay Bowel Syndrome [443,619]
Homosexuality and Promiscuity [422,769]
Homosexual Couples and Domestic Violence [374,619]
Homosexuality and Gonorrhea [332,331]
Homosexuality and Anal Cancer [295,059]
Homosexuality and Mental Health [294,490]
Retrieved from "http://www.conservapedia.com/Special:Statistics"
Apparently Larry Craig, Mark Foley and now perhaps Trent Lott, have had some free time on their hands.
Sure, a lot of these entries are gay bashers looking for talking points when they are arguing the point that God loves everyone, except for Homo's. But if you ask me, here are all the translations of what these searches actually mean:
Homosexuality: My preacher said it was bad but if I just call it a "friendship", like Jonathan and David did in 1st Samuel 18 then God won't get mad.
Main Page: Oops, I meant to go to:"How to convince your wife and congregation that you are not gay".
Homosexuality and Hepatitis: I heard some drug users and gay men have hepatitis. Since I only smoke meth and don't share needles, what are my chances of getting this disease when I molest altar boys?
Homosexuality and Parasites: I hear there are a lot of Gay cruise ship lines but I also hear about a lot of people getting parasites on cruise ships. For the ships sailing to Thailand, how many outbreaks have there been?
Gay Bowel Syndrome:I heard this is like irritable bowel syndrome except happier. Gay = Happy.
Homosexuality and Promiscuity: Are men really that much easier than women? How much sex can I expect when I call someone such as Jeff Gannon? Are all men as ready and willing as I am?
Homosexual Couples and Domestic Violence: I heard gay men work out a lot and have big throbbing muscles, will this leave me at a disadvantage if I get into a spat with one since I am fat, bald and over the hill?
Homosexuality and Gonorrhea: Since AIDS was sent from God to kill the unfaithful and non-believers, the only disease I will have to worry about is gonorrhea. Since I don't believe in condoms or birth control, how do I avoid gonorrhea?
Homosexuality and Anal Cancer: I've heard of prostate cancer but my pastor told me about a new one called Anal Cancer; is it the same?
Homosexuality and Mental Health: How can you maintain a TV Gospel hour, a seat in the Senate, a wife and family and still make it out to the rest stops and airport bathrooms and not have a mental breakdown when exposed in the media?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
For me, there are a few other slam dunks on this argument:
A. No real scientist would disagree that the Earth is getting warmer. Most would not even disagree with the cause and if you say I am wrong, then please point me to one article in a scientific journal claiming otherwise. And no, I'm not talking about articles written by someone who works at the creationist museum.
B. Venus is more than twice the distance from the Sun as Mercury. The average temperature on Mercury is 440 degrees F; the average temperature on Venus is over 800 degrees F. Some people say the Sun is responsible for global warming by either getting bigger or getting hotter but looking at Mercury with a lower average temperature than a planet more than twice the distance from the Sun shows that atmosphere plays just as important role in determining the temperature of a planet. Mercury has virtually no atmosphere or greenhouse gases. Venus, on the other hand, is 96% CO2 which coincidentally is a greenhouse gas also present on Earth and also created when fossil fuels are burned. Over the last 150 years, since the dawn of the industrial revolution when we started burning coal and oil/gas, CO2 in our atmosphere went from 280 ppm to 380 ppm. You can ask the Venusians what they think about higher CO2 concentrations creating higher atmospheric and surface temperatures but I am sure the CEO of Exxon has a better explanation.
C. Who stands to gain/loose from global warming? Police always look for a motive in a murder case; who has the most to gain by this person being dead? Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron, Energy Companies, Coal Mines, Agriculture etc. all sell, process, burn, mine, or need fossil fuels to power their products and all these companies could be either put out of business with a switch from fossil fuels or would incur great expenses to redesign or reinvent in order to stay in business without the use of these fossil fuels. Since they have such a vested interest in debunking global warming, listening to their "scientists" about global warming would be about as advisable as listening to Phillip Morris' doctors who said smoking was good for you. That doesn't necessarily make what they have to say wrong, but they certainly have a vested interest in saying its wrong. On the other side, you have scientists who live in Antarctica or work at a University; they don't sell products that run on hydrogen or some other non-fossil fuel. They don't stand to gain anything from global warming nor do they stand to loose anything by reporting that the Earth is warming due to mankind. So when it comes to smoking, are you going to trust your neutral doctor, who is qualified and only looking out for your best interest or are you going to trust the tobacco companies well paid "doctors"?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I found this interesting: http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=53288&type=category&category=31
Vote smart is an organization which tracks politician’s votes and political stances based on bills they support from certain interests groups. For instance, Hilary Clinton would get a 0% support rating for Planned Parenthood Bombers R Us.
On the flip side, a guy who finds his thrills in airport men’s rooms voted favorably 100% of the time on issues supported by the Family Research Council and the American Family Association. Really, these should be the same organization as they both think women should be baby makers and they hate Gays and anyone who isn't white Christians who go to NASCAR races. It's just a little ironic that a guy who likes to get BJs from men while they take a shit would think as they do.
What's that say for the American Family Association and the Family Research Council?
Friday, October 12, 2007
At this point, it's not unreasonable to assume that Bush has no intentions of leaving the White House after his term expires. The US Military is all in Iraq and Afghanistan and Bush has his own paramilitary group in Blackwater which could keep him in office by force. Does this mean I am going to have to fight along side with Ted Nugent??
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Clearly this is a non-biased, well trained, Muslim loving group with no political connections which might lead them to think that they could secure no-bid contracts and bill the US Government what ever they wanted. Furthermore, Blackwater can be fully trusted with matters of their intentions and security in Iraq and abroad, especially in Muslim countries since they are without religious prejudice.
But what I want to know is why the US Government would pay a U.S. soldier 60k dollars per year but would pay a Blackwater $445,000 per year in tax payer’s dollars for each of its soldiers. I agree that our troops are spread thin and there is a push to give the soldiers as much relief as possible (trust) but don't you think that if the Army were to pay 400k per year that maybe they could easily find some willing recruits? Actually, I'll bet they could find more troops for 200k per year and save the tax payers 200k per soldier and then they would actually have a force of soldiers who are accountable to superior officers who are accountable to politicians who are accountable to voters. We could probably even screen for potential mental or physical issues, crime records etc. Not only would they be saving money, but they could probably recruit better, brighter, stronger and even older more experienced soldiers who weren't tied to an ultra right wing Christian paramilitary militia. I'm not saying that all of the Blackwater personnel are bad, I even heard a recent story of how a group of Blackwater soldiers were gunning down a bunch of civilians who got in their way and another Blackwater soldier pointed his gun at them telling them to stop or he would shoot them. But what I worry about are the other guys that were shooting at the family in the first place and how and why this agency is employed by our government. I also think that it's no coincidence that the seige of Fallujah started only a month after 4 Blackwater mercenaries in Fallujah were killed, dragged through the street and hung from a bridge. Why did the administration wait until then to go into Fallujah which had been relatively peaceful and orderly after the fall of Saddam?
The other scenario which disturbs me is that let's say by some miracle the war ends by the next election; laughable, I know but bear with me. Ok so let’s say there is another disputed election between an old Bush cronie and John Edwards and a mass of people take to the streets to demonstrate. With a trained killing force for hire, with no war to fight, which doesn't answer to the people, who do the right-wingers send in to "keep the peace"? After all, 90% of Blackwaters revenue comes from the current, Republican US Government. Whose side do you think they would be on? I know they were in New Orleans after Katrina but what authority do they really have? If I see a guy telling me what to do and he isn't a US soldier or a cop I'm going to tell him to fuck himself. Clearly that guy would have a gun but so do I. How does that scenario play out?
Clearly the funneling of excessive amounts of money to members of you abortion clinic bombing club and letting them run free with guns is concerning. Just as concerning is the morale of the soldiers who do the same job but make 1/6 of what a Blackwater employee does, as is the fact that in the last 2 years, 163 or their 195 shooting incidents were situations in which Blackwater fired first, as well as the reports of their soldiers smuggling weapons to the Kurds but exactly who gets to use this shadow army and why do we need them and what real power do they have? Can I hire them to keep the Minneapolis Airport safe from Republicans?
Clearly I am no gun nut but all I know is that these paramilitary groups are the exact reason why our founding fathers added the 2nd amendment to the constitution. Although I do own a gun, I do not have one in my condo; I'm starting to rethink that position. Remember, these people are merely Marine wannabes, flunkies and has beens; they do not have authority over you.
It now looks like the Blackwater employees involved will receive immunity from any of their actions. With a killing machine which is above the law, what will Bush have them do next?
Eight states are suing the "pro-life, pro-family", Bush administration over his veto of the bill which would have provided health insurance to lower and "middle" income children. The bill would call for an extra 60 billion dollars over the next 5 years; we spend over 100 billion a year in Iraq. The Bush administration is stating that one of the main reasons for the veto is because it would cover people making up to $83,000 per year and that it was too expensive. Apparently those people already have enough money and don't need the governments help.
That's as ironic as it is funny, didn't the Bush tax cuts mainly benefit rich people? When his tax cut plan becomes mature, the richest 1% of the population will receive 52% of the total tax savings? Don't federal oil and gas subsidies go to the most profitable companies in the world? Isn't the elimination of the Estate Tax something that only benefits the people who stand to inherit a net worth of 2 million dollars or more? Since when does Bush have any problems with the government helping "rich" people? Message: Only millionaires and billionaires need the governments help, not the working man; anything else would be socialism.
Isn't cutting expenses and or taxes for well to do people a way that Republicans always said would benefit the poor and the entire economy? Doesn't that supposedly create jobs thus putting money into the economy generating other sources of tax revenue? Didn't Reagan get elected on the concept of trickle down economics?
Apparently poor and middle class children don't have as strong of a lobby as Exxon and ADM.
And by the way, you will notice that besides Hawaii, these are almost all of the states in the US with a higher than average cost of living. For instance, if you live on a salary of $17,000 per year in Durham, NC you would need 39,221 in NYC. A salary of 50,000 in Austin, TX has the same buying power of 76,263 in San Jose, CA. California has the highest cost of living and it is 53% above the national average, Massachusetts is 3rd, and Illinois is 5th, New Jersey 6th, New Hampshire 10th.
I live on over $83,000 per year in Chicago and I am single with no wife and no children and I honestly don't know how much extra income I would have if I had a stay at home wife and 3 kids. Trust me, 83,000 is not a lot in those states and it's certainly less than the 36 Billion in profits that Exxon makes a year yet they still receive government hand outs.
By the way, a recent Washington Post poll showed that 72% of Americans favor an expansion of health coverage to children.
On the flip side, there are several Insurance / HMO lobbyist who will retain their jobs.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
In 1985, a brand VCR would cost you around $300-$400. If you can find one today, it may cost you $40 and it comes with a remote. If they had only cost $40 in 1986, we would have had one but we didn't and there was a reason we waited. (Not so much savvy as we were poor)
Sony's first CD player was introduced in 1982; the CDP-101 would cost you $900. Today you can get a Sony 5 disc SACD player for $130 and a Discman portable for about $30. (Portable CD's were unheard of, kind of like SACD today)
In 1997 a RCA's first consumer DVD player retailed for $499. Today I can get (but I wouldn't) an RCA Progressive scan DVD player with HD up-conversion for $59 or a portable DVD player with screen for $199.
Clearly being the geek that I am, I have none of these cheap components but nor was I the first to run out and buy the new hot thing. (This is where I point out my superior logic and wisdom)
What I am getting at is that if you are the first idiot to buy a new technology, you are going to pay extra for it. Who doesn't know that? So would it have been ok if they waited 8 months to raise the price, what about 9 months, how about 50 years? What invisible law did Apple break, what was the statute of limitations of dropping the price of their own product? Maybe Apple should have raised the price of the Iphone instead, that would have been great for business. Supply and demand morons; at first there was a big demand, and then not so much. They were left with abundance of product and in order to move it they had to drop the price. It's not rocket science.
If what you paid for it wasn't worth it to you, why did you buy it?
I hope the judge confiscates her Iphone and sentences her to the electric chair just for being an ass.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
So, for all you values voters out there, here is a Republican/Democrat family values break down. I will say that if by "family values" you mean teaching your children to fear and hate anyone who is different and disagrees with them, then sure, the Republicans still have the edge on that one.
Rudy Giuliani: Married 3 Times. One marriage was to his 2nd cousin whom he cheated on with his 2nd wife. He then cheated on his 2nd wife with his third wife which then estranged him from his children.
Fred Thompson (TN): Divorced his first wife whom he married when he was 17 and she was 2 months pregnant. The first time she filed for divorce, his wife stated she was seeking the separation due to ""cruel and inhuman treatment,". He has since remarried.
John McCain (AZ): Divorced his wife when he met someone richer and hotter. Contrary to what Bush and Rove said, he did not have an illegitimate black child.
Newt Gingrich (GA): Married 3 Times, Dumped his ex-wife while she was in a hospital bed suffering from cancer, Cheated on current wife while prosecuting Clinton for getting a BJ from Monica Lewinsky.
David Vitter (LA): A proponent of abstinence only sex education and stating that marriage was a sacred union between a man and a woman, he had become a regular client of the “DC Madam”, who ran a ring of prostitutes. Vitter once stated: “by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness.” Apparently he never took an abstinence pledge.
Rush Limbaugh: Cheated on 2 of his 3 wives, made his maid score his synthetic heroin for him. Rush on the gay marriage issue: "Marriage is about raising children. That's the purpose of the institution." (July 31, 2003) His three marriages have produced 0 children. So what does he really know about "family values" if he has no real family?
Strom Thurmond (SC): When he was 22, he had sex with his 16 year old black maid who later had his daughter. He married his second wife when he was 66 years old after she, at age 23, won Miss South Carolina. Supposedly cheated on his fourth wife at the age of 88.
Mark Foley (FL): Tried to get with underage boys.
Larry Craig (ID): Tried to bone dudes in public shitters.
Ted Haggard: Anti gay Bush advisor / Televangelist and leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, smokes meth with and has anal sex with gay prostitutes.
Tom Delay (TX): Doesn't talk to his own mother, Cheated on his wife.
Jeff Gannon AKA James Guckert: Planted Whitehouse press reporter with a fake name, from a fake Bush administration "newspaper", who made false statements about Democrats when he asked Bush a staged question, who also had his nude pictures posted on numerous gay prostitution web-sites offering his services for $200 per hour.
Dan Burton (IN): Fathered Son with a different woman while he was married. After his wife died of cancer, he married her former nurse. Was also known as the biggest poon hound in the Indiana legislature.
Ironically, the loan Morman is the only one who has had just one wife.
Now let’s look at the family values of the top Democratic candidates:
Hilary Clinton (NY): Married once, one child, stuck by her husband and worked out their differences after his infidelity.
John Edwards (NC): Married once, has Children. Maintained support of his candidacy from his wife even after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Barrack Obama (IL): Married once, has children.
Joe Biden (DE): First wife and daughter died in a car accident where his two sons were also injured. Biden was sworn into office by their bed side. In order to care for them while in the Senate, Biden took and hour and a half train ride home each day from D.C. to Delaware. In 1977 Biden got remarried.
So, what was that about Family Values?
Friday, September 21, 2007
I have become a bigger fan of Obama today for not pandering to these tattle tells.
At least the Moveon ad is something that may have some truth and validity to it. Of course no one can prove that Betrayus is a puppet for the Bush regime but it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
The deceitful ad below was sponsored by the group Freedom Watch, who I can assure you, has no interest in protecting our freedoms and should probably change their name to something like "We Watch as You are Deprived of Your Freedoms and Jesus Used to ride the Fag Hating Dinosaur". That would probably be a more appropriate name for their organization. The funny thing about them is that on the front page of their website, obviously a bit outdated (Computers are too scientific for Republicans) says that they are currently awaiting the Petraeus report but that no matter what he says, they are going to make sure we never pull out of Iraq. If you already know you don't want to pull out of Iraq, what does it matter what Petraeus says?? I guess its possible they already know what he is going to say because he is the Presidents bitch-boy, in that case, the Betrayus ad was right.
Moving on, here is the Freedom Watch ad linking Saddam to 9/11 which everyone except for Ari Fleischer and the 4 other guys who make up Freedom Watch (Bush included)knows is a lie. How dare they exploit a wounded American vet for their own politcal cause.
It's obvious the Republican's don't like being Swiftboated.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Norman gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.
All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Norman gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Norman's bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
Norman takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Norman dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Norman begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay,medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Norman's employer pays these standards because Norman's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union. If he is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
Its noon time, Normie needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Norman's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect his money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.
Norma has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Normie and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.
Norman is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The
house didn't have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican's would still be sitting in the dark)
He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Normie wouldn't have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.
He turns on a radio talk show, where Hannity keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn't tell Norm that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit he enjoys throughout his day) Dumbass Norman agrees, "We don't need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have".
Friday, August 31, 2007
I guess Clinton's problem was that he had legal sex with a single woman, in private. Apparently if he would have followed Mark Foley's, Ted Haggard's, Larry Craigs's, Jack Ryan's, David Vitter's, Bob Allen's and Jeff Gannon's leads, he would have been ok.
When all you "values voters" go to the voting booth next year remember, you are a pawn and you are being lied to.
For a good time call: 202-224-2752, ask for Larry Boy.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Wow, this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. This lady actually said that poisoned products from China are a good thing.
Here is where she is wrong:
A. No, I don't think anyone is willing to pay any price for poisoned dog food or toys
B. Nobody needs Walmart. I have only been to a Walmart like 3 times in my entire life and I get by. Man kind has existed for thousands of years without Walmart.
C. If costs in China were higher it would be a good thing, not a bad thing. Higher costs in China means US manufacturers (who don't sell poison and are subject to FDA standards) will be able to stay in business and hire employees who make a fair wage and aren't exploited children.
D. Poison products from China don't affect mortgages in the US and I would bet it's a hard sell to say that their devalued currency has any relevance to our mortgage situation in the US. Providing interest only loans to homeless people affect the mortgage crisis in the US, not what happens in China.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
All major Democratic candidates for President recently appeared on a CNN "You Tube Debate" where common citizens could ask candidates questions which they had to answer. The Republican version of this debate is scheduled for September 17th and there are already many questions for the candidates posted on You Tube. Apparently, upon seeing these questions, Mitt Romney and Guiliani have yet to commit. In fact, the only two who have committed is John McCain and Ron Paul. Are they the only ones with real views on the issues and nothing to hide?? I mean how many times can you say "9/11" before someone wants to actually hear how you are going to make things better and where you stand on the issues.
Here are a couple of tough question's the Republicans would like to avoid:
Erin Neaves, 25-year-old mother of three, uploaded this question: "You hear a lot about supporting the troops from the Republicans, and we're not getting any kind of support from the government ..... We are getting more than 15-month deployments. We are getting cut out of our bonuses. ..... How will you support the troops?" She's a Democract and her husband serves in the U.S. military.
John King, a paramedic student at Cincinnati State, has a direct question for Giuliani about his business, Giuliani Partners. "I'm not saying that's wrong to make money off your image, but why are you keeping it such a secret -- the clients, how much they paid you, what kind of work you did for them?" asks the 24-year-old Republican.Patrick Ruffini, former eCampaign director at the Republican National Committee who served as online adviser to Giuliani for a few months earlier this year, said it would "very problematic" if the Republican candidates declined.
Friday, July 06, 2007
The fact that 5 NHS doctors were just arrested in relation to the latest attacks says that the UK screening process for foreign doctors is shitty, not that a universal health care system breeds terrorism. There are a zillion other universal health care systems in the world and we’ve never heard anything like this from anywhere else.
You know, they could have just given Sicko a bad review, was this really necessary? One of the things they failed to mention is that doctors from around the world leave places with national healthcare to try to make it rich in America, If America had national healthcare and the government no longer allowed Doctors and Hospitals to rip people off, then the doctors in those other countries would have no incentive to leave Britain for instance, and go elsewhere to practice. The fact is the United States is one of the only industrialized nations without national healthcare. If the United States had national healthcare then the only other options doctors would have would be in the third world where they would make even less money than a state run system. Therefore, places like Britain wouldn't have to import so many doctors and the United States would become a less desirable destination for doctors from the Middle East.
The other thing the critics of national healthcare fail to realize is that we don't have to copy anyone else’s imperfect system. We have the freedom to design our own system which would eliminate the short coming of other countries healthcare systems. That being said, our current system has plenty of faults as well. Since when do Americans get the help they need right away? Since when do Americans not have to wait to see their doctor or to schedule a surgery?? Sure, with the way everything is now, maybe the government couldn't bear that magnificent of a financial burden but that's not the problem, it's the solution.
So, how could we afford to provide everyone with healthcare? That's simple, you take the 528 billion dollar tab that Americans already pay out in life and health insurance premiums and you feed that into the new system just like our social security deductions. Americans who are already paying premiums will now continue to pay that same rate but now in the form of a tax that goes towards healthcare. The only difference would be that they will no longer have to pay deductibles and copays. You can also take the 200 million per year the industry spends on lobbying congress. You also regulate costs and put price caps on drugs and medical procedures and services just like Wal-Mart does to their vendors. The main thing is you would go from a system that benefits from keeping us sick and medicated to a system which focuses on keeping us healthy. At last, if you wan't to provide healthcare to the people in the US, you stop bombing people in Iraq only to provide them with free medical care when dealing with their burns.
Here are some facts:
*The American healthcare system is already the most expensive in the world.
*Americans already spend over 2 Trillion dollars, 16% of their GDP or $6,697 per year, on healthcare and that number will only increase over the next couple of decades.
*In Canada, they spend 9.7% of their GDP on healthcare for everyone.
*The US Government is already the largest insurer in America and government programs already account for over 44% of healthcare expenditures.
*More than 30% of US healthcare costs go towards administrative overhead which could be greatly reduced under a single national system.
*Germany, Australia, Canada and Sweden all provide national healthcare and have more nurses per capita than the US.
*Sweden, Germany and France all have more doctors per capita than the United States.
*There is a nurse shortage in the United States.
*Americans spend roughly $200 million per year for prescription drugs.
*For prescription drugs, Americans spend more than 50% more than what is paid by people in other industrialized nations because costs aren't monitored by any oversight.
*Over half of all family bankruptcies today are caused by medical bills.
*There are more than six prescription drug company lobbyists for every United States Senator.
*Society already pays for the gang/gunshot victims, the drug overdoses and other uninsured emergency room visitors in the form of higher taxes, hospital costs and insurance premiums for everyone.
*With private healthcare, Americans have one of the highest infant mortality rates and lowest life expectancy rates in the industrialized world and this administration claims it is pro-life.
*For the money Americans spent on health care last year, we could have hired a group of skilled physicians, paid each one of them $200,000 to care for just seven families, and provided healtcare for every single American citizen.
*Instead,we have spent about $440 Billion so far in Iraq and estimates speculate it could cost over 1 trillion before wars end.
Yes, in case you are wondering, I saw Sicko this weekend.
If you are wondering how we could afford to pay for national healthcare look at the numbers below.
Quick math with annual round numbers:
520 billion in health/life insurance premiums we are already paying so we can obviously afford this part
110 billion in useless wars (which we are currently spending)
600 billion in overhead savings (30% of 2 trillion)
100 billion if we paid what Europeans pay for prescription drugs
3 billion in aid to Israel
200 million in lobbying money
= Approximately 1.3 trillion dollars
I just paid for over half of a national healthcare system without raising taxes, cutting services or hiring terrorists and putting over 810 billion dollars back into consumers hands. Guess what an average 6% sales tax on 810 billion dollars would be?? Its about another 48 billion dollars. Add that to the list of sources that could fund a national healthcare plan without any additional costs. That's not counting the savings that would come from taking a preventative approach to healthcare which would keep people from getting sick as opposed to waiting until they're sick and then profiting from them when they become sick.
Imagine how competitive a company like GM would become overnight if they no longer had to bare the burden of health care and could again compete with companies such as Toyota, Honda and Volkwagen who have no such concerns due to their country's national healthcare plans. Sure, this would hurt insurance industry stocks but imagine what it would do for every other company in this country that provides health coverage for their employees. They could afford to hire all the laid off insurance employees.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Bush commutes Libby's prison sentence
What a shocker, Bush commutes Libby's sentence for his role in the treasonous act, the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
"Scooter Libby is a traitor", says Joe Wilson, Valerie Plames husband. I agree, he should die a traitors death.
Essentially, this administration has just avoided all accountability for how they have handled the war and pre-war "intelligence". Well, except for the obvious fact that they are losing the war and creating more terrorist than has ever existed at one time generating an unprecedented world-wide hatred of the United States.
You know, I'm not saying Bill Clinton set a good example for kids with his blow but when someone is convicted of a crime and the President says it's ok and not fair to punish him, what does that say to the children? I know, if you are rich and white and have even richer, whiter and more powerful friends, you can get away with anything.
Bush: "I respect the jury's verdict, but I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend 30 months in prison. My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby."
Could you imagine if an attorney used that as an excuse to defend a poor black kid who got caught with cocaine? He would be laughed out of the courtroom.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Here is how the chain letter that most people received read:
The animals pictured below; car-jacked, then raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. An even more cruel fate awaited her!
Channon Christian was beaten and gang-raped in many ways for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. Then they cut off her breast and put chemicals in her mouth ... and then murdered her.
Where be the Revs Al and Jesse? Are they providing counsel and help to the families of the victims?
Of course not - the victims were white
Why hasn't this received National coverage by the news media like the Duke "rape" case?
Oh, that's right - the victims were white
Why hasn't the NAACP, ACLU, New York Times etc., called for an investigation?
Must be cause the victims were white
Why hasn't the FBI been called in to investigate this as a hate crime?
Oh, t hat's right - the victims were white"
So, if a white news radio jock uses the phrase "Nappy headed", it gets 2 weeks of constant news coverage.
If two white people are tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of black people, it barely gets a blip in the news.
Pass this around, and maybe, just maybe, it will land in the hands of someone in the media or politics, that has the balls to stand up for the white people!!!
In case they were wondering, here's are some of the liberal media outlets that supposedly didn't mention the case:
AOL/Time Warner: http://news.aol.com/photos/_p/channon-christian-christopher-newsom/20070518152709990004
CBS: CBSNews.com/Stories 1/12/07
Police never confirmed that his penis was cut off and there is no credible source for that information. Police have also not confirmed the mutilation of Channons breast. Police say that Channon was held for 2 days, not 4 days like the original chain letter email stated. These lies were all made up by a conservative/Racist internet radio blogger, Hal Turner and later reported by Michelle Malkin. There were no such mutilations. So now, are we talking about the biased conservative media outlets reporting lies or do we want to talk about the "liberal media" which doesn't report lies?
A quote by Hal Turner: “I think a full day of violence against blacks . . . would be a really nice thing . . . complete with lynchings, church burnings, drive-by shootings and bombings to put these subhuman animals back in their place.”
Gee, you think he might be a little biased when it comes to race relations and black on white crime?
The crime did happen and two people are dead and the suspects are indeed black but even the victim’s families, along with police, say that this was not a hate crime and they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Knoxville Prosecutor said, "There is no evidence of a hate crime".
If you want to say there is media bias against black on white crime I will direct you to the year of OJ Simpson I had to endure back in the 90s and the LA riots. You would also have to look at the Susan Smith case which was only news because her blond white babies were carjacked by a "ruthless black man". As we all know, she killed her kids and just blamed it on a black man. I would also like to point you towards Jon Benét Ramsey, Elizabeth Smart, Natalee Holloway and every other missing blond white girl who saturates our media almost weekly, yet little or no mention of the quarter million black children that go missing every year.
I'm not saying I wasn't tired of hearing about 3 rich, white, frat boys sexually assaulting a poor, innocent, black stripper and it turning out not to be true. Even if it was, since when is frat boys raping someone news? I would say it's more like their charter than news. But yes, the media made that story into something bigger than it should have been, just as they did Anna Nicole's fat ass and Clinton's blow job. But guess what, you watched all of it and that's why they reported it. If a random car jacking by some black guys in Tennessee fails to make national headlines, then maybe it's because that story wouldn't have sold advertising space. When it comes down to it, that's what the media is all about; selling ad space. Over 12,000 people are murdered in this country every year; the national media can't possibly cover it all.
If you want to talk about media bias then talk about Fox News unwillingness to report negative stories about the war in Iraq and all the Republican congressman’s extra marital affairs or racist bloggers who publish lies to further their own agendas.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
A new Creation Museum has recently opened to further the claims of stupid people that Evolution isn't real, the Earth is 6000 years old and that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to church every Sunday. This museum is built based only on what is written in the book of Genesis, which is clearly the unedited work of God.
Ken Ham, the CEO of this soon to be out of business museum said: "We are going to answer the questions Bryan wasn't prepared to, and show that belief in every word of the Bible can be defended by modern science." "The Book of Genesis is true from the first word to the last."
What the museum doesn't address is the following:
A. Who wrote Genesis? If there was no man the first 5 days, then how would anyone know what really happened? Was it Moses? Moses wasn't born until several hundreds of years later.
B. If God said, "let there be light" on the first day, yet didn't create the Sun, Moon and Stars until the fourth day, then how could there have been "light" on the first, second and third days? And what was a "day" in those first "4 days” if the Earth wasn't revolving around the Sun? And how did the Earth stay in place so long without the gravity of the sun to keep it there?
C. How do species that no one knew existed, in a place that modern man didn't even know existed, show up in the 20th century with no previous record of their existence? Are we to believe that Noah went to the forests of Indonesia to take the Komodo Dragon back to its natural habitat after the flood? Did he then stop by Australia and drop off the Kangaroos as well? The Pandas in China, the Buffalo in North America or did he just plant a vineyard and get drunk after the flood? Anyone who knows the Bible knows the answer to this question.
D. Why are there no human fossils in the strata layers that the dinosaurs are found in and vice versa?
E. If God made Man and Woman after everything else on the 6th day in Genesis 1:27 , why did he again need to create animals in Genesis 2:19 and why did he have to make woman again in Genesis 2:22? Did man come first or did animals come first. Genesis 2:19 implies that animals were not created on the 5th day but sometime after he made Adam. And was Eve made at the same time as Adam as it says in 1:27 or from Adams rib some time later?
F. In Genesis 2:13, Eden is described as a place that has a river that also runs through Ethiopia along with the Tigris and Euphrates which we know share common areas in both modern day Iraq and Turkey. Even people who don't believe in science can't dispute modern day maps and can plainly see that Ethiopia is no where near Iraq or Turkey and that no river which runs through Ethiopia also runs through Iraq or Turkey as they are separated by the Red Sea and modern day Saudi Arabia. So if the author of Genesis is clearly wrong about the location of the Garden of Eden, what else is he wrong about? This proves that the author had nothing to do with God. God, the creator of the Earth, would have known that a river in Ethiopia did not run through Mesopotamia. I didn't even create the world and I know that the Amazon River doesn't run through Indiana and that the Tigris doesn't run through Ethiopia.
G. In Genesis 4, after Cain kills his brother, Cain is sent out of Eden but protected from vengeance for killing his brother with a mark. Who did he need protection from? Why was he worried about other people killing him? What other people? The Bible has only described 4 people so far. That being said, where did Cain's wife come from and if a City named Enoch (4:17), after their son, was built by Cain, who comprised of this city? Three people don't constitute a city. Clearly Cain’s wife didn't come from Adam and Eve because later Adam and Eve conceive Seth to replace Abel.
H. In Noah's flood, Genesis 7:20, the floodwaters were described as rising 15 cubits, thus covering the earth and the mountains. A cubit is less than two feet so that means, since the Bible is 100% accurate, that the flood waters rose about 23 feet. Most mountains are taller than 23 feet high so apparently the flood didn't cover the entire planet or mountains were really short back then. The Ark supposedly rested on top of Mount Ararat which is 16, 854 feet, much higher than 9 cubits. We know from Genesis 6:15 that the Ark was 50 x 30 cubits so there is no way that a cubit could be confused with a unit of measure such as a mile.
I. The tower of Babel in Genesis 11 is supposed to explain why there are many different languages but it doesn't explain why there are several different races. If Caucasians, Asians, Blacks, Middle Easterners, Indian (sub-continent), Aborigines and Inuits all evolved to look so different in a short period of 5000 years, why aren’t there more races of people by now? How come Japanese people are still born looking like Japanese people? Why haven't they turned into Mexicans yet? And if God was really in Heaven and not a few thousand feet up in the clouds, why would he be worried about a tower reaching him? What did he have to hide, why did he need to stop the tower from being built?
J. Speaking of different races, are they just going to ignore Neanderthals and fossil records of other species of early man? Why don't Neanderthals ever show up in the Bible? It's obvious they existed. If they are now willing to accept the fact that dinosaurs once walked the Earth, they have to also accept the fact that Neanderthals walked the Earth and also explain their place in the time line. Evolutionists can explain it, can you?
K. Who is "we" and "our" in the creation story that God is apparently talking to? Was he talking to the author of Genesis?? Who created this other person? Who created God for that matter and what had he been doing since the beginning of eternity and if he was just always there, how is that any different than someone saying the universe was just always there?
L. How does the museum deal with the "fact" that Angels have sex with human women and bore Giants? I would like to see that exhibit:
1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
M. If this museum is so accurate, why does Adam have a beard if he is only a few days old?
These would be a few of the questions I would like to see the creationist museum answer. What about you, do you have any of these answers?
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Scientists report virgin shark birth
A hammer head shark, which has been living in an aquarium virtually all its life with 2 other female sharks, has given birth. Clearly this virgin birth is a miracle and the only logical explanation is that the father is God himself. The Messiah was later crucified by a stingray living in the same tank. God has not only sacrificed his only begotten son, but has now sacrificed his only begotten shark to save man kind from its sins.
I always wondered if it was a coincidence that hammer head sharks looked like the cross.
Behold, the Messiah:
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Moral Majority leader Falwell dies
Jerry Falwell, who has had a history of heart problems due to fact that he was a disgusting fat body, was found dead today shortly after breakfast. God has finally decided to punish Falwell for his life of gluttony and his complete defiance of God's will. Sure, he didn't sleep with men but gluttony is just as much of a sin as anything else.
Scriptures Jerry Falwell apparently failed to read:
They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand
1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corintians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God
2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
And just think, you thought Sodom was destroyed because of homos.
20And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
22And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree
Southern Baptists, in particular, have the highest rates of obesity at 27%. Other Protestant denominations like the Church of Christ, Pentacostals and Church of God come in at 22%. Obesity for Jews is at about 1% and Islam, Buddhism (ironically) and Hindus all have obesity rates under 1% according to a Purdue University study.
A look back on some of Falwells greatest hits:
"The abortionist’s have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say: you helped this happen."
"I listen to feminists and all these radical gals... These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men; that's their problem."
On Separation of Church and State and his tax exempt status:
“It is the responsibility of...every evangelical Christian...to get serious about re-electing President Bush."
“The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil(apparently meaning Thomas Jefferson) to keep Christians from running their own country.”
On AIDS and the fact that the majority of AIDS victims are heterosexual:
“AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharoah's chariotters.”
On other religions:
"I think Muhammad was a terrorist. I read enough of the history of his life written by both Muslims and - non-Muslims, (to know) that he was a -- a violent man, a man of war."
I guess I'm not really going to dispute that, but it almost makes this whole thing a big religious war doesn't it.
On the Teletubbies:
"He is purple -- the gay-pride color, "and his antenna is shaped like a triangle-- the gay pride symbol." "These subtle depictions are no doubt intentional and parents are warned to be alert to these elements of the series."
On how well Religious schools have worked in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia:
"I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!"
“Is the Antichrist alive and here today?""because when he appears during theribulation period he will be a full-grown counterfeit of Christ. Of course he'll be Jewish."
On community relations and compassion for others points of view:
“And we're going to invite PETA [to "Wild Game Night"] as our special guest, P-E-T-A -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. We want you to come, we're going to give you a top seat there, so you can sit there and suffer. This is one of my special groups, another one's the ACLU, another is the NOW – the National Order of Witches [sic]. We've got -- I've got a lot of special groups.”
Monday, April 30, 2007
Why is it that every gun nut tires to justify gun ownership by saying if everyone had a gun then they could shoot any perpetrator who, get this, HAS A GUN. The problem isn’t that the Virginia Tech students were in a “gun free zone” and were unarmed, the problem is that Cho was legally armed. I know the 2nd Amendment, in plain English, says that every 22 year old non-citizen college student with a history of mental illness has the right to carry automatic weapons capable of killing 30 people in under 2 minutes but how practical is that and is that what our founding fathers intended? As with the 1st Amendment, our freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution are not absolute. I don’t have the right to yell fire in a crowded theater, nor do I have the right to slander someone or have a business that refuses to hire Jews for instance. No right winger would ever say that the freedom of expression allows us to have access to child show porn or broadcast swear words on Saturday morning network TV. Why? Because child porn or someone like Andrew Dice Clay aren’t scenarios that our founding fathers could have foreseen. If they can agree on that, and any liberal would cede those points, why can’t they realize that another amendment, the right to bear arms, has limitations and that the arms today are very different from the type of armaments that were common back when the 2nd Amendment was written. John Hancock could have never envisioned a weapon that could fire 1200 armor piercing rounds per minute or a gun that could kill 30 people in a minute and a half, just as he couldn’t have envisioned child porn as some sort of artistic freedom of expression and child porn is illegal.
Why was the 2nd Amendment written? It wasn’t so gun nuts could extend their ego, it wasn’t even really for hunting or personal protection. "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So what they are saying is: We don’t want British troops forcing their way into our houses and we have no real formidable army so we are going to depend on the average citizen to protect the country against invaders. Even if that speech wasn’t there, what was considered and armament in 1787 when the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution, was very different from what we have today. Muskets were the most common type of armament and had a rate of fire of 2 or 3 inaccurate rounds per minute at a range of 30-100 yards. The Colt revolver was introduced 48 years later, the Gatling Gun in 1862 and the Winchester Rifle wasn’t even introduced until 1873.
Don’t try to say that more guns make us safer. If more guns made you safer then the United States would be one of the safest countries on Earth. Countries with strict gun control laws like Japan are indeed the safest countries on the planet. I would also like to point out that there are more handguns in Detroit than there are people and look at the city’s crime rate. Almost everyone in Baghdad has a gun and 20-40 people a day are killed in that city. So, the old saying that a criminal is less likely to rob you if there is a possibility that you may have a gun doesn't really hold much water.
I would like to have seen what the police would have gone through if they would have pulled up to the VT campus with reports of gunfire and walk into a classroom with 4 bodies on the ground and 10 people standing up holding hand guns; how are they supposed to figure out who the victims or attackers are? And what if another legally armed student down the hall hears gun fire and runs into the classroom with his gun to save lives and sees dead bodies and guns drawn; who does he shoot? When he shoots who he believes to be the attacker how are the other students with guns to know if this guy is part of the plot or someone trying to help? Bullets move fast but adolescent minds don’t. The entire campus could have gone erupted into a mini civil war if everyone had a shoot first, ask later approach like Mr. Nugent is advocating.
Bottom line is that the Virginia Tech tragedy could not have happened with a knife, nor could have the diner shooting in Texas or Columbine. No kid on a swing set has ever been caught in the cross-fire of a drive by gang stabbing.
As with Chicago gun laws, allowing citizens to own a shotgun which can fire five rounds per minute and are not easily concealable is honoring the 2nd Amendments request by allowing citizens to arm themselves. By allowing that, no one can say they aren’t allowed to “bare arms”. The 2nd says you can bare arms, not any and all arms. A SCUD missile is an arm and I think everyone can agree that John Hancock never intended Ted Nugent to own a SCUD missile battery.
I am a firm believer in what the Constitution has to say, let's just not forget that it never said anyone and everyone has the right to any killing machine available.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Owner of the gun store who sold Cho a 9mm said that Cho didn't say why he wanted the gun. Really? Do most people who buy a gun tell the seller who they are going to shoot? What I mean is, how many 23 year old Korean college students buy hand guns for hunting deer? What if he had told the owner that he was going to shoot a bunch of people? Would he have not sold him the gun? Who would have thought that non-citizens with histories of mental problems could legally buy guns?
The other thing I can say about this is that I think race relations have come a long way. Minorities have now successfully infiltrated the world of serial killers and psycho paths. John Lee Malvo, John Muhammad and now Cho Seung-Hui have joined the ranks and broken a glass ceiling that for many years, has been a club exclusively for crew cut white guys with three names. We are now all truly equal. MLK would have been proud.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Yes, thats Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam, the Butcher of Baghdad.
Yes that's Bush on his first date with Saudi Prince Abdullah.15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis.
Laura Bush following the traditions of the country she is visiting. Maybe Americans can learn something from her.
Laura Bush after her conversion to Islam.
The irony of Bush making a fuss over Pelosi is that the day before she arrived in Damascus, House Republicans Frank Wolf (VA), Joe Pitts (PA) and Robert Aderholt (AL) also had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
And lets not forget the Republican Senator Arlen Specter who also met with the Syrian President last year.
I mean don't get me wrong, the labeling of countries of being in the "Axis of Evil" and going to war with them and refusing to sit down and talk with them has definitely paid off. Over 3000 American troops are dead, terror attacks world wide have never been higher and 2 of the remaining countries in that Axis have gone or are about to go nuclear...I mean nuculer.
As demonstrated by the British/Iran hostage situation, threats and war are the only ways to deal with people who hate you. Diplomacy and dialogue get you no where!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Kroger Co. said Friday it was reiterating its drug policies to all of its pharmacists after a Georgia woman claimed she was denied the so-called "morning after" pill at one of the company's stores.
The Cincinnati-based grocery chain said if its pharmacists object to fulfilling a request, the store must "make accommodations to have that prescription filled for our customer."
I have a better response for people who refuse to do their job; "You're fired"! That should be the company’s only response. What if a vegetarian bag boy refused to bag someone’s ground beef? What if a Catholic bag boy refused to bag a box of condoms? What if the janitor refused to clean up broken eggs?? They would all be fired. Why is it that when a pharmacist with a crusade decides not to do his job, they just find someone to do it for him?? I wish I had it that easy.
If you don't want to fill prescriptions, don't become a pharmacist. If you don't believe in birth control then don't work at a place which sells birth control and then you can go raise all the unwanted orphan babies yourself.
Why is it that you never see Atheists standing out in front of churches, blocking peoples entrance and protesting against people because of the way they believe? Why is it that you never see pro-choice people trying to force others into having abortions? Why is it that you never see anyone refusing to sell someone a Bible just because they don't agree with what it says?? Why is it always the religious, conservative right the ones who try to force their lifestyle on everyone else??
Do they just not have anything else to do? Are they the types who have miserable lives and hate to see someone else happy? So much cock blocking in this world.
Monday, February 12, 2007
My problem with these people is that they are wasting every ones time, including mine. Do they really think that an Obama rally is the heart of the pro-war movement? Do they really think that their views aren’t already represented in both the candidate and the crowd?? Obviously not all Democrats would agree with their view point of just completely cutting the funding tomorrow and pulling out telling Iraq to fuck itself but the debate is already on the table among Democrats. Any one who was on the fence on the issue is probably on the other side of it after yesterday’s stunt. If you want to disrupt someone and express your view to a crowd who needs to hear it then go to a Dick Cheney speech and do what you did. You’ll probably end up getting your fingernails pulled out but at least you would get your point across.
My advice to the “Cut the funding” assholes is this:
A. Shut the fuck up. You look like a bunch of childish dicks when you do crap like that and it doesn’t gain you any sympathy. The auditorium full of people wasn’t there to see you.
B. Get some balls; do that at a Bush speech and preach to someone other than the choir.
C. The majority of the people in this world, Including Iraqi’s 4 years ago, don’t have the right to do what you just did; don’t abuse that privilege. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
D. Go back to your dorm room and smoke another bong.
Friday, February 02, 2007
A 21 page report compiled by a panel of the world's top scientists from 113 countries now say they are 90% sure that global warming is caused by humans. The report states that by the year 2100 temperatures will rise an average of 3-7 degrees Fahrenheit and sea levels will rise between 7 and 23 inches. Just think, New Orleans thought they had it bad in 2005.
I'm glad that it took the world's top scientist finally figured out that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and Methane act as an actual greenhouse. Who could have known?
No one says that the Earth doesn't gradually go through natural stages of warming and cooling. The fact is that all these warming trends happen when there is a rise in CO2 levels. As you can see from the chart below, taken from Vostok ice core samples, we are currently spewing more CO2 into the atmosphere than ever before. The logical outcome from this will inevitably result in higher temperatures as heat reflecting off the surface of the earth will be trapped by these greenhouse gases.
Anything which burns fossil fuels such as coal plants and automobiles as well as Methane from agriculture all produce extra greenhouse gases which the Earth wouldn't ordinarily generate on its own. More greenhouse gases mean more heat is trapped into the atmosphere.
For the time being, the United States is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases; China isn't far behind.
Believe it or not, there are still plenty of people who think that emissions from cars and power plants don't generate greenhouse gases and that greenhouse gases don't trap heat into the atmosphere and that heat can melt ice caps.
But you know, when it comes to global warming you shouldn't trust scientists who stand to make billions of dollars by saying the Earth is getting warmer. Who you should trust are the people in agrigulture and the auto, coal and oil industries because they clearly have nothing to gain by saying global warming is a myth. It's kind of like those people with cancer and voice boxes who say smoking causes these conditions when the tobacco industry has had scientists on their side for years saying that smoking doesn't cause cancer. Clearly the tobacco industry had nothing to gain by stating that position.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
From CNN: Since Bush took office in 2001, the country has seen one in five manufacturing jobs disappear, a total of 2.96 million lost jobs. The U.S. trade deficit is expected to climb to a fifth consecutive record when final 2006 figures are totaled next month.
Free trade comes with a very large price tag.
And no, I have no idea what a gander is.