Thursday, March 27, 2008
In a new and frightening example of just how completely FUCKED UP our government truly is, we have this report from the NY Times, detailing a $300 million arms contract to an unqualified 22-year old.
One sign you might be dealing with incompetent or corrupt arms dealers is when they're younger than the ammo they're selling you. The ammo sold to the Pentagon, and sent to Afghanistan for use by American front line soldiers was over 40 YEARS old!
This is the 22-year old president of the company selling 40 year old (useless, dangerous to the user) ammo -
And this is the vastly older and more qualified 25-year old licensed masseur who is the vice president -
Great job, Pentagon! Buy weapons and ammo from a fucking kid and his masseuse pal. Yeah, that's the way to run a military.
There's also the issue of a $300 million dollar contract being handed out with the same apparent nonchalance as when I toss Snickers Bars and Reese's Cups into the bags of trick-or-treaters on friggin' Halloween.
We deserve the impending end of our civilization, as we're obviously too stupid and too corrupt to carry on any further.
Ok, thanks to the evil orange orangutan Dr. Zaius, I have now been burdened like a mute human underling to provide my Middle Name Meme. Bastard!
Here are the rules;
1. You have to post the rules before you give your answers.
2. You must list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. (If you don't have a middle name, use your maiden name or your mother's maiden name).
3. At the end of your blog post, you need to tag one person (or blogger of another species) for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged.)
I submit the following:
B is for Belligerent, which I can be.
A is for Astounding, as in my charm.
N is for Neurotic, which I am only when I'm not paranoid.
D is for Delirium, for our president, who is in a state of.
E is for Energy, which I get from coffee.
R is for Rhode Island, small state - big corruption.
S is for Sex, as in say "no" to abstinence.
N is for Nihilist, behold our republican party members.
A is for Alcohol, which I could use some right now.
T is for Talented, which I may be a little.
C is for Charm, which is astounding, remember?
H is for Humble, as in I'm ever so.
So now I have to pass this plague on to some other poor sucker. I bequeath this mess unto;
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This is a tragic story of the needless suffering and death of an 11-year old girl. The stupid, heartless, mindless parents of Madeline Neumann decided that prayer would be better than medical help for a common ailment. I guess their kind and loving God didn't think too highly of them or their poor daughter -
WESTON, Wis. — An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday.
Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said Madeline Neumann died Sunday.
"She got sicker and sicker until she was dead," he said.
Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.
The girl's parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to "apparently they didn't have enough faith," the police chief said.
They believed the key to healing "was it was better to keep praying. Call more people to help pray," he said.
The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said.
Telephone messages left at the Neumann home by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.
The family does not attend an organized church or participate in an organized religion, Vergin said. "They have a little Bible study of a few people."
The parents told investigators their daughter last saw a doctor when she was 3 to get some shots, Vergin said. The girl had attended public school during the first semester but didn't return for the second semester.
Officers went to the home after one of the girl's relatives in California called police to check on her, Vergin said. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The relative was fearful the girl was "extremely ill, dire," Vergin said.
The girl has three siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 16, the police chief said.
"They are still in the home," he said. "There is no reason to remove them. There is no abuse or signs of abuse that we can see."
The girl's death remains under investigation and the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney to review for possible charges, the chief said.
The family operates a coffee shop in Weston, which is a suburb of Wausau, Vergin said.
The parents should be charged with manslaughter or murder or child abuse or SOMETHING! Did you see the part about the mother (stupid child-abusing twat) saying that the girl could still be resurrected? Their daughter DIED because they thought that prayer would heal her. This is one of the many reasons why I absolutely feel that religion is for fucking morons.
Even if there is a God, surely medicine and medical science would be a part of this supreme being's universe and that He/She/It would want its beloved children to make use of His/Her/Its gift of medicine. Would a kind and loving God allow an innocent child to die because her parents were so fucked in the head with religion?
The Nuemanns are monstrous - imagine watching your child suffer and die, while you did nothing! I hate people like them. Look at what your God has done, despite your useless prayers. Stupid, stupid, stupid people! To let a child suffer like that for weeks because of religion should be a crime. They are child-killers, plain and simple, and religion is an accomplice. Shame on them all.
Shit like this happens all over the world, every day. Girls in some countries have their clitoris' circumcised because of religion. Women in some countries are stoned to death because of religion. Children are hacked to pieces with machetes because of religion. Homosexuals are hanged because of religion. Countries are invaded and occupied because of religion. It goes on and on and on. Religion is the greatest threat to humanity, and that's the fucking truth!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This startling new photo shows conclusively that not only was it safe and secure in Tuzla when Hillary was there in 1996 with her daughter, but that Hillary is actually an undead vampire seeking the blood of Bosnian virgins. Oh the humanity...
(Thanks to Dr. Zaius for the inspiration)
Hillary "Miss Poke" Clinton is now backing away from her claims of being shot at by snipers on the harrowing, death-defying trip to Bosnia back in 1996.
As seen in this dramatic photo, Hillary is shielding an innocent 8-year old Bosnia Freedom Fighter from the hail of deadly sniper fire. Her brave daughter Chelsea defends freedom with her body as well as the other, smiling brave men surrounding the terrified little girl. Truly a desperate and horrifying moment in the life of Mrs. Clinton.
In the article Clinton is quoted saying;
She is a remarkable woman if that's true, for to say millions of words a day must be quite tiring. That would mean that she speaks constantly, without stopping for even a moment from the instant she wakes to the instant her lying head hits the pillow. Hell, she probably has to speak constantly while sleeping in order to say MILLIONS OF WORDS A DAY!
"I say a lot of things -- millions of words a day -- so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement," she said.
What's funny about her comment, beyond it's basic stupidity, is that she's saying that BECAUSE she speaks so much, some (if not most) of what rushes out of her mouth is not true. In other words, it's only natural that when one speaks as much as she, some of what is said must not be truth. How can that be a defense?
Hillary, millions of words? Surely that's another lie? Oh, right - misstatement. Hey Hillary, how about a little truth: you're a fucking LIAR!
All politicians lie, it's par for the course. But when you get caught in such an egregious, blatant, videotape to the contrary lie, STOP LYING. Say you're sorry that you made those erroneous comments.
I don't have the greatest memory, I admit. But I'd sure as hell remember if I was ever being shot at by fucking snipers! Or maybe not...maybe it's hard to keep reality sorted from delirious fantasy. Maybe Mrs. Hillary Miss Poke Liar Clinton really believes she and her 16-year old daughter were being shot at. Like the time I was attacked by six ninjas on top of the Eiffel Tower while being shot at by snipers who were circling in flaming hang gliders as bombs blew up and missiles rained down upon me. Yeah, I think I just misspoke there. Never mind, but remember that my experience qualifies me for any 3:00 AM phone calls involving ninjas and hang gliding snipers. Really.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton. I haven't been for a long time, even though I voted for Bill twice. I don't like her because she's basically full of shit. The woman lies, and lies about everything. This is a great post at Daily Kos about her lies regarding sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia.
In recent days, the woman has tried to tell the world that she is experienced in foreign policy and affairs, and that on one occasion, she was in grave personal danger as she flew into Tuzla, Bosnia in 1996. According to Mrs. Clinton, her plane had to perform evasive maneuvers as it was under sniper fire, and that they had to run from the plane to the safety of cars.
Of course, there's video which shows us that she's lying -
It's amazing how audacious she is with her bullshit. We see her standing calmly chatting with a little 8 year old girl. We see Chelsea standing placidly besides Mother Dearest. What we don't see is anyone running for cover, any Secret Service agents hustling the First Lady into safety, or anything remotely like what Hillary lies about.
Would a mother bring her teenage daughter into a dangerous war zone for a publicity stunt? Of course not! So by the very fact that Chelsea was with her on this trip shows how absolutely secure they were in the safety of the trip.
This begs the question; why lie? Perhaps her lying is patholigical, which I think it is. Christopher Hitchen wrote an excellent little book about the lies of the Clintons, both Bill and Hillary.
When I read it, I was astounded at how ingrained lying is in their psyches. I know many liberals are not particularly fond of Hitchens, but I thought the book was well researched, and quite eye-opening.
When confronted by a direct question regarding the alleged sniper-fire, she still continues to lie about it. I'd love to see someone sit with her and watch the video from that day together, then ask her about the sniper-fire. Would Hillary's head begin to smoke and spark as her mind tries to concoct lies in the face of reality? It would be most interesting to watch. I really do find her to be a vile, reprehensible person.
In the Stupid People category is this bit of brilliance, again pointing out the incredible joy hunting brings to a father and his 6 year old son. Oh, and the joy brought to the family of the dead guy.
POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- A camouflaged hunter sitting in a tree was accidentally shot and killed Friday by another hunter trying to shoot a turkey, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.Investigators said Michael Shane Hasting, 40, was hunting with his 6-year-old son at the River Ranch Acres Hunt Club Friday and spotted a turkey.Hasting fired at the turkey and moved forward to see if he hit the bird. He then discovered that he accidentally shot Randall Williamson of Pompano Beach.
Williamson was in the wooded area sitting in what is known as a squatter's chair and wearing camouflage clothing and mesh over his face, according to a Polk County sheriff's news release. He was also holding a camouflage shotgun.Detectives are treating the incident as an accidental shooting and no charges will be filed, according to officials.
I'm sure that hunting is a great and treasured past-time for many people. It brings us back to our roots, when we didn't have modern conveniences like supermarkets, refrigeration, cars, and the ability to differentiate between turkeys and humans. Granted, the dead guy was camouflaged, but still, I've seen plenty of wild turkeys and not a one of them was wearing camo.
The sad thing about this is the thought of a 6 year old seeing a man shot and killed. I only hope that he's getting some therapy with this. Unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me if the therapy consisted of a short talk with dad about the foolishness of the victim who was somehow doing something wrong when he was mistaken for a bird. "Well, son, that durn fool was a-sittin' in the same way a turkey would sit, so it's really his fault I done shot him."
Happy Easter! Today is the day when millions of insane people celebrate about a dead Jew named Jesus who was apparently turned into a zombie after he died. This is of course all a fairy tale;
Jesus, according to these crazy Christians, was a white guy with gorgeous blue eyes.
The clever folks over at the BBC (that's the place where news is reported, unlike American media which reports gossip and propaganda) did a project where they researched what a "historical Jesus" would have looked like.
In other words, what a person from that region of the world looked like. This picture shows how a guy named Jesus would probably have really looked -
Of course this more historically accurate depiction of this Jesus guy would not sit well with the millions of Caucasian Christians who've promoted their religious beliefs over the centuries.
If this Jewish Jesus looked like the dark-skinned fellow above, how could they justify the slaughter of millions of people who looked like him? He does look a little those Iraqis we're killing, and those Iranians our government wants to kill next. Or maybe he looks more Palestinian, or Syrian, or Saudi? For certain, he looks nothing like the glowing, pink, fair-skinned Jewish guy above him.
I like the idea of all these crazy Christians believing in the idea that a dead Jewish guy who came back from death, like a zombie, is their savior. Dead, zombie, Jewish. It's almost funny. Well, it would be if the crazy Christians hadn't been killing in his name for 2000 years. Happy Easter!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Geraldine Ferraro has shown her true colors. Her recent comments regarding Barack Obama has drawn a ton of criticism, all valid. Now she's digging the hole even deeper;
Geraldine is playing the victim, after she made the racist remarks. This is from a few days ago -
...she told an interviewer that she felt she was being attacked because she was white.How's that? I'll tell you how that is, Gerry; It's FALSE! Your playing the victim is a joke. You attacked Obama's accomplishments by saying that he hasn't done anything other than having the good fortune of being Black. You invalidated everything he worked for, his intelligence, his value as a person by reducing him to nothing more than a label. How insipid of you! As a woman, you should know better than to characterize a person based on anything other than their accomplishments and the content of their character. Then you have the gall to play the victim. I'm so absolutely disgusted by you, Ferraro.
"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," she told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, California. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
To review, here's what she said last week that caused all this;
In her first interview with the Daily Breeze, published late last week, Ferraro said: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."What she's saying in plain English is that by "virtue" of being a privileged black man in America, Obama has benefited from those advantages to gain position not attainable by the burdened white man or woman.
Indeed, she claims he's "very lucky" to be a black man in the Utopian culture that is America. She's really fucking nuts. There's no other way to explain comments like hers.
The saddest thing is that she's also trying to somehow make this into a 1st Amendment issue. No one that I've heard is saying that she doesn't have the right to speak as she has. She has every right to say all the stupid, racist, hateful, bitter things she wants. We all have the right to tell her what a stupid ass she is for saying those things.
Despite the fact that the Bush White House is trying to pretend the Pentagon report on Iraq's link to Al Qaeda doesn't exist, the information IS getting out to the masses. While there is evidence that Saddam and his government sponsored terrorism, that was only involving terrorism against Iraqis opposed to Saddam. That doesn't make Saddam a nice guy, or innocent, or anything less than the monstrous dictator that he in fact was. But this does PROVE without a shadow of a doubt that the Bush administration was LYING about Iraq.
This isn't a revelation to anyone that's been paying attention. What I'm excited about though is that the issue is now officially decreed and by the Pentagon, no less. No one can ever again try to make a claim that we should be in Iraq fighting this illegal war. NO ONE.
Now isn't it time to charge Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, etc. with war crimes? That's what I REALLY want to see, as soon as this goddamned war is ended.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Stupidest person of the month, Eliot "Client 9" Spitzer resigned today, and it was the right thing to do. There has been a lot of hand-wringing over the fact that fucking a prostitute is a private matter, and that Bush and Cheney have done far worse things and they haven't been asked to resign.
While this may be true, especially about Bush and Cheney, the fact is that what Spitzer did was ILLEGAL! Whether you agree with the illegality of prostitution or not, it is illegal in the Spitzer case. As governor, one cannot break laws and expect to be able to retain the public trust. Add to this the fact that he spent around $80,000 on prostitutes over several years - money that I am sure was not his personal finances. How can someone who holds elected office expect to break the law, and maybe more than one, and not have to resign? My guess is that this is far from over, and Client 9 may be seeing some jail time in the near future.
Some people seem to have a difficult time understanding the concept that laws were broken. I've heard dopes call in on radio shows, and read in comments on blogs, that what Spitzer did isn't any worse than what Bill Clinton did, and Clinton didn't resign so why is Spitzer? Hey, dummies - Clinton had an affair and Spitzer broke the law! It's that simple.
Resigning was the only thing to do in his situation. His daffy wife wanted him to stay in office, which says a lot to me about her. I criticized her for standing next to him when he admitted to the world that he was a john. My feeling is that he didn't need her by his side when he was screwing hookers, so why should she demean and humiliate herself at his side now? Apparently she doesn't think that what he did was in any way inappropriate for the governor of a state, let alone a husband and father of three daughters. She is as big a twit as he.
The saddest thing about this is that his daughters will have to deal with the fact that their dear ol' dad spent $80,000 of misappropriated funds on whores. Oh, right...escorts. Sure. A whore by any other name is still a whore - I have no respect for a person (male or female) who would sell their body to strangers for sex. If you want to do that, you should have the legal right to do so, but I would still think you're an idiot. Self-respecting people don't sell themselves to be used as fuck-toys.
How does Papa Spitzer impress upon his dear daughters that women are the equals of men, that women should respect themselves and that they have every right to anything any man has? How does he instill them with self-esteem? Not an easy thing to do now that he's been caught treating women like toys, buying them and getting them to turn tricks for money. Not a good lesson in that. But at least his loving, spineless wife is still standing by her man. What she should be doing is taking those kids, and leaving him immediately. The man is not a good role model for his children or for the people of New York. Good bye, Client 9, good bye.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Governor Eliot "Ness" Spitzer has been implicated in a prostitution ring. The governor, also now known as Client 9 - that has such a snappy ring to it - is on the verge of resigning. This is the right thing to do.
As governor, he was elected to serve the people of New York, not to serve up his dangerous kinks to a prostitute from an escort service. Right...escort service. Let's call it what it is - a brothel. An expensive as hell brothel, but a brothel none the less.
There's been a lot of reaction about this, in which people have been whining about the illegality of prostitution and the fact that it involved two (apparently) consenting adults. I have a problem with this in that whether or not prostitution should be illegal isn't the issue. The issue is that Spitzer broke the law and broke his trust with his wife, Silda.
In his career, Spitzer prosecuted a couple of prostitution rings, and beyond that was sworn to uphold the law. He's a hypocrite, and a scumbag. Yes, scumbag - fucking other women behind your wife's back is a pretty good definition of scumbag. Breaking the law in such moronic, blatant style while you're the governor is pretty stupid. Did he think he was immune to discovery based on his position? For a Princeton and Harvard Law graduate, that's shockingly stupid.
Some democrats have been giving him a pass on this - not me. He's an idiot, and the fact that he's a democrat is regrettable and unfortunate, but he's still an idiot. Another thing about this that I find a little idiotic is that his wife Silda goes out and stands next to him while he gives his meaningless apology. Silda, my dear, this "man" was fucking around on you, and if you think this was the first time, you're as stupid as your husband.
I'd love to see a woman in this situation behave like a proud woman, not as a subservient trophy to their husband. She should have told him to go to hell and not gone out there with him. Stand up for yourself, Silda, and show some self-respect. She didn't deserve to be publicly humiliated by her husband's idiotic behavior and she doesn't need to stand by him. All women should refuse to allow men to treat them as possessions, and by standing there with him, she basically surrendered her self to his ambitions and needs. He fucked up, he should suffer the consequences on his own. Be strong, Silda.
The thing about this that is so deplorable isn't so much that he had sex with someone, it was that he had sex that is illegal, immoral, and without his wife's consent. If he and his wife had an arrangement where he could have affairs, fine, but that obviously isn't the case. Also, it may be that he used public funds to pay for his sexual escapades. This will be interesting to follow.
Meet Sally Kern. This is the face of hatred and ignorance. See how pleasantly she smiles, almost in a lobotomized manner. Yet underneath that vacuous yellow-teethed semi-grimace and behind those hollow eyes is the mind of a dangerous hateful bigot.
You may have heard of Sally's little rant about how the gays are destroying us, like a cancer, and how they're more dangerous than terrorists. Yes, to this twat, gays are more of a threat to her way of life (the Christian, Born-again way, of course) than guys who fly planes into buildings.
I posted a comment to my favorite political blog, Crooks & Liars, which I'm re-posting here so you can see how she is supported in her awful beliefs by many of our fellow Americans:
(This comment was a response to the idiocy of some dope named Paul. His words are in italics. I made the bold words in his comments for emphasis)
Y’know, I hear blame and I hear “WOW” and I hear disgust with what this brave, forthright, prepared to speak her mind like an American is supposed to be able to, woman has said. What she has said is the absolute truth, and the real fascists are the ones who want her to shut up, would scream and bark at her for bravely speaking her mind.
How is that “the truth”? Truth according to who? Are you going to quote the bible now as your source of “truth”? If so, remember that according to that source, the world is flat, 6000 years old and the sun revolves around it. Not much truth to be found there.
She’s absolutely right in what she’s said. When 2% of this nations population can rule in our courts and ruin our television
Who is “our”? Are you referring to a specific segment of the population that owns television in this country? Is this your Christian agenda showing, or what?
with their rhetoric, and FORCE the rest of the population to accept their abominable ideals and sexuality, there’s a problem.
“FORCE” you to accept? Are you being forced to have gay sex, or is it something you do because you find it enjoyable? Really, you are being FORCED to do something?
Now, she said it’s the right of gays and lesbians to be gays and lesbians but, just like I wouldn’t do it doggie style with my girl in public, and just like I don’t go screaming about doing it doggie style with my girl even in the bedroom, I don’t want to hear about it or see it from the gay and lesbian community.
The simple fact of the matter is you people are screaming over a subject you really have no right to scream over, but since you are allowed by law in the United States to post whatever comments you want, just as I am allowed to do and am doing, now, Mrs. Kern has the absolute right to say what she wants to say.
Because gays and lesbians are so fervent in their desire to see themselves as married couples in this nation, their lifestyle, their lack of morality, and their inability to see what they are doing is harmful to this nation and to my children, my family will suffer, and my ability to have rights as a married person are already in jeopardy.
Gays are harming this nation and your children? How? I think your irrational hatred for gays is making you delusional. Describe in some sort of specifics just HOW gays are harming your children. You can’t.
Gays and lesbians, like married couples, should keep their fudge-packing and pole-smoking to themselves and stop doing everything they can to turn this nation, which is already in jeopardy because of them, on its head.
For those of you who believe that this sort of thinking is wrong-headed, and are surprised these sorts of thoughts are outdated, outmoded, and should be marked as hate speech, and illegal, consider what you’re saying and why you’re angry. As early as two decades ago, being gay and lesbian was considered, and rightly so, abominable behavior, by even non-Christians; the common man on the street and the common woman in her home thought about one man shoving his dick in another man’s ass and would be ready to vomit, as I still am in this day and age.
Homosexuality is not a genetic marker or disease or disorder and is not passed from parents or grandparents to their children, it is a choice. Don’t force your choices on me just because you want to be politically correct and believe that you are being “tolerant”.
So in your (insane) view, homosexuality is a “choice”. Then heterosexuality must be a choice as well. Did you CHOOSE to be hetero? Did you try homosexuality and DECIDE it wasn’t for you? If heterosexuality is not a choice, neither is homosexuality.
Blacks being given their freedom was right… women being given their freedom was right… except look at what both groups have done with that freedom since. Blacks kill each other on a daily basis over drugs and territory that doesn’t belong to them, and women fight every single day to take children away from their fathers in a divorce and custody court system that favors women 92% of the time.
Nicely done - you make your case that you feel Blacks and women should have their freedom and equality stripped from them because of the actions of a few. Way to generalize.
You good people, with your opinions, need to take a look at what you are doing to this nation on a daily basis because of your definition of “tolerance”, and you need to understand that you are shaping the wholly negative future of this country, rather than just stumbling blindly along this path because it’s someone else’s idea of the “right thing to do”.
Wow - the hatred and ignorance in Paul’s post are mind-boggling. He’s so messed up that it’s hard to know where to begin with this.
I wanted to re-post that so you can see how her views are not unusual. It's really depressing to read some of the comments at C&L that support her position. Most of the people sharing those views bring the bible and religion into it, as the basis of their hatred. Isn't religion wonderful?
Sally used to teach school for almost 20 years or so. It's good to know that such a smart and knowledgeable woman was imparting her wisdom to children. Her husband is the pastor of Olivet Baptist Church. I wonder if he preaches about Jesus and love, or why we should hate and fear the gays.
A lot of people in America might not care about gays, but the point here is that we have a person who is openly calling a large segment of society a danger and comparing it to cancer. Substitute the word "gay" for something else, like "Black" or "Jew" or "Mexican" or "Atheist" or "Asian" or any other non-white Christian peoples. It's not at all different. This bigoted fear-mongering is why I have such dislike for people like little Sally Kern and her supporters. If they want to hate and practice their religious beliefs they should be able to do so, but the instant that hate is publicly stated and directed towards anyone, they should be exposed and vilified.
There have been a number of people defending her on the grounds of the 1st Amendment. The problem is that what little Sally Kern is doing is a hate-crime, which is not protected by the Constitution. Gay people have been killed because of the type of thinking Sally is promoting. Remember, today it's gays, tomorrow it may be Blacks or Hispanics. The Sally's of this country should be told in no uncertain terms that their beliefs don't represent what America is. Her beliefs are what her religion tells her.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Here's another article chronicling the continuing assault on non-Christians, and particularly that most dangerous of creatures, the Atheist. In this latest bit of news, courtesy of the AP, we learn of Spc. Jeremy Hall, who was punished for not being a Christian.
It's heartwarming to see that the United States of Christian White Heterosexuals is so open to the beliefs or non-beliefs of others. We have a decorated veteran of two combat tours of duty in Iraq being told that basically, he's not good enough to be promoted to lead because he can't pray with the other soldiers. He's good enough to kill Iraqi's and of course good enough to be KILLED by Iraqis, but the Christian god of tolerance and love doesn't want him polluting his Crusaders with his Atheist poison.
What a fucking joke! I suppose it's actually somewhat of a complement to be told that you're not qualified to lead blind sheep who kill innocent men, women and children in an illegal and immoral war. They're doing God's work over there, converting the dirty fucking heathens with bullets. Raping the women in the name of Jesus, killing children in the name of Jesus.
Fortunately, Hall has some help. The Religious Freedom Foundation is involved in his case. I suggest you visit their site - it's extremely informative, and very disturbing.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Lately there's been a lot of discussion about the roles of gender and color in voting. I think that it's a ridiculous factor to consider when you're weighing the candidates.
We've all seen the clips on TV or online of someone saying they're voting for Clinton because she's a woman, or Obama because he's black. Well actually he's "half-black" as his mother was "white as milk", to quote Senator Obama himself. When I hear that someone is voting for a person based on skin tone or gender, it makes me want to tap them on the head and ask if anyone's home. Seriously, you'd vote for someone because you share a set of genitals in common? That's beyond fucked up.
I know that there are some of you who say that women or blacks or lefties or people who don't like broccoli need to be better represented in society and politics. Sorry, but that just doesn't apply anymore. We have women in all segments of society, including the highest levels of government, commerce, and academia. The same for blacks. Lefties are another story, and as a lefty, I'll be protesting about that at some point in the near future...
Just the fact that we have a woman and a black running for president should be proof enough that any door is open to any person in this country. Our last two Secretaries of State have been female, and one is black.
The notion of voting for Obama (who I'm voting for) simply because he's black is just as wrong as a jury saying that OJ Simpson was not guilty because it was time for blacks to get a victory for one of their own against "the Man." I'm not in any way comparing Obama to OJ, so don't even go there - I'm just making a point about the ludicrous nature of supporting someone based on color. It's just as wrong as discriminating AGAINST someone based on color.
The same logic applies to voting for a woman because you too have a vagina. Silly, silly, silly. Can you imagine how outraged people would be if men stated they were voting for so-and-so because the person was male? It works the same way.
Vote for someone because of the issues they support and their positions. Don't even get me started on voting based on religion - I will tackle that one when I'm much more caffeinated and ornery. Till then...
Today is Rhode Island's chance to vote in the primary. Of course, the nation awaits our result with baited breath, for as Lil' Rhody goes, so goes the Nation. Or not. Fine, maybe our primary isn't worth a rat's ass, but it's ours and we are roaring.
Turnout has been of historic proportion, according to our Providence Journal. When I voted earlier this morning, there was a long line of people waiting to fill out forms to change their party affiliation. From what I heard, most were switching to the Democrats. Not really a surprise as Rhode Island is usually a Democrat state, but it was still exciting to learn that lots of people are becoming registered Democrats.
In my town, there was a huge turnout and fortunately everything seemed to be running well. I got to the gym where the polling station was and gave the nice old ladies my name and address. They gave me a big blue folder with my ballot inside and I went to an open booth. The ballots are the kind where you draw a line to complete an arrow. I like this - simple to read, and easy to mark. No punched holes, no electronic bullshit. They better not change this ballot come November!
So I voted, put my ballot in the machine that pulls it in and stores it safely (I hope) and was on my way. All that remains now is to see how things turn out.
Oh - you're probably wondering who I voted for...Barack Obama.