Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hooray For France

Recently, the case of a Moroccan woman seeking French citizenship has been making news. For details, see this NY Times article. I applaud the French government for their stance, as "politically incorrect" as it may seem to some people.

We have to remember that the state of a nation - France, the U.S., whichever - is just as worthy of preserving as the rights of its citizens. In this case, this woman is NOT a citizen, and has no rights afforded to citizens. If the government deems that she isn't entitled to citizenship, then that is their right, and should be respected.

The crux of the matter is the religious beliefs and expressions of those beliefs by Ms. Silmi. She insists on wearing the full veil, known as a niqab, which covers her entire face except for a slit for her eyes. This is unacceptable to the protectively secular French. Ms. Silmi, and others, insist that they have a right to the private religious expressions and beliefs they choose. However, they seem to not understand that when one walks around in PUBLIC wearing religious garments that are offensive to people who believe in equality of the sexes, one is no longer practicing in private.

I applaud France for the decision, and I only wish that my own country would establish policies more in the interests of secularism and less in religion.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tattooed Ladies


Just a quick little rant here about the sad practice of a beautiful woman disfiguring her skin with stupid, ugly tattoos. I saw this comparison of Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie on some other website, and how they both have these tattoos scrawled across their upper backs. What a shame, really.

There's nothing more unattractive than tattoos, including cigarettes, on a good looking woman. At least you can quit smoking, which immediately makes you 10x more attractive. Tattoos just look cheap, classless, and trashy.

Another tattoo on Megan Fox spells out the name "Brian". I bet she's not with this Brian guy anymore, but she still has that stupid tattoo. At least now you can laser it off somewhat, and have a big scarred area instead. How lovely. It's probably just never a good idea to do anything permanent to your body based on your "undying" love for someone - until you dump them or they dump you, or the alcohol wears off and all you're left with is a killer hangover and a permanent reminder of how stupid you are.

But of course Megan and Angelina are simply expressing their individuality, their uniqueness. Nevermind that millions of other unique individuals have the same stupid tribal patterns, tramp stamps, and ankle butterflies as each other - you're all so fucking unique!! Hooray you, for your willingness to openly express your inner trashiness for all to enjoy.

Where's Karldo?

Douchebag Supreme, Architect of the Worst Administration In U.S. History, Karl Rove is missing! Reports have placed him in an undisclosed location outside the country. The fact that he's been subpoenaed to testify before Congress doesn't mean shit to the man affectionately known as "Turdblossom". Turdblossom is thumbing his pig-like snout at our judicial system, our Constitution, and at all of us, the citizens of the United States.

Please, if you see him let someone in the State Dept. know where Karldo is - he has an important meeting with some people who'd like to ask him some tough questions, and then hopefully fit him for a stylish orange jumpsuit.

One last thought; this may be the modus operandi for all Bush administration cronies - the Nazi-like exodus to foreign lands to escape justice. Who will be our Bush Hunters, our Mossad, our Wiesenthal?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Jesse Helms, Dead Racist


You know, I just read a very good commentary by Roland S. Martin, of that takes issue with the glowing praise heaped upon the very dead and very racist Jesse Helms.

We're a funny society; when someone is alive people take all kinds of pot-shots at them and worse. Once that person dies however, they suddenly become a saintly figure. Well you know what? Martin is right on the money. Helms was a racist son-of-a-bitch, and it's about fucking time that he was denounced for it. I applaud Martin's commentary, although I really wish that he had the balls to write this before the bastard died. Better late than never, I guess.

I'm tired of the tolerance for racism in America. Easy for me to say as a middle-class white guy, but really, it's way past the time we allowed assholes like Helms the luxury of voicing their hatred in political office. If someone's a racist and they aren't an elected official, oh well, people have the right to be assholes and ignorant. But we MUST stop voting for people who espouse hatred towards ANY minority, be they race-based, faith-based, gender-based, or sexuality-based. It's bad that there are plenty of fucks like Helms in the world, but it's shameful that we keep electing them.

I've always heard that it's not nice to say bad things about the dead. Too fucking bad - I'm not nice. I'm also not religious or superstitious so I have no fear in saying that I'm glad as hell that another racist prick is dead. If only more of them would see the error of their ways (Special thanks to the good Dr. Zaius for his guidance on the error of my ways).

Monday, July 07, 2008

South Carolina Hates Non-Christians

South Carolina is proposing to make Christian license plates. They would feature a big cross and the words "I Believe", as in the above example from a proposed Florida plate. In an article at CNN's site, the whole thing is explained in more detail. Never mind that this is a gross violation of the Separation of Church and State. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer apparently has never heard of this obscure, mystifyingly vague concept;

"I think it allows people of faith to profess that they believe in a higher calling, they believe in God," said Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Yes Mr. Bauer, it does allow people to profess their belief in God. So does tattooing "I Believe" on your forehead or putting bumper stickers on your car. The problem here, Mr. Bauer, is that the State has no right to favor or promote one religion over another or over non-religion. There's that pesky little Separation thing again. God Damn those Founding Fathers and their ideas on equality! This is a Christian nation, and only Christians will be given special privileges like "I Believe" license plates!

I made the comment that South Carolina hates non-Christians. Some of you may be saying, "Whoa - that's a bit much there, Angry Dave". Let me then tell you why I feel this is the case.

South Carolina's legislature isn't making a similar plate available for any other faith. So no Jewish license plates, no Muslim license plates, Buddist, Zoroastran, Satanist, Pagan, or Atheist plates. ONLY CHRISTIAN!

As the Rev. Barry Lynn,
executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State so correctly puts it;
"The state has made believers of non-Christian faiths feel that they are second-class citizens...Under our Constitution, that's impermissible."

Lt. Gov. Bauer has a different viewpoint - he's feeling persecuted that Christians shouldn't be given special privileges. He said that people who oppose these plates are "prejudiced against Christians". Mr. Bauer, I am not prejudiced against Christians, but I am against one group of people forcing their beliefs on everyone else, at the same time as not extending the same privileges that their own little group is enjoying. That's just fucking wrong! I am prejudiced against proselytizing, sanctimonious, Holier-than-Thou assholes who think that they have a monopoly on belief systems.

I am going to be watching this very closely - if this happens as planned, we are all one step closer to the theocracy I fear we are inevitably doomed to become. Thanks, Christians, for your ever so tolerant ways towards we non-Christians. Well done!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

God Blechh America

When did the saying "God Bless America" become such an infestation of phony patriotism? Was it right after 9/11? Or was it's inception more strongly founded in the Cold War era?

I love America - I'm an American born and bred. But I don't love everything my country does, and I don't believe in or understand the notion of "God Bless America". This seemingly pleasant and innocent little saying is really offensive when you start to think about it. It was nearly inescapable over this 4th of July holiday, from the song at baseball games, to firework displays, and on countless bumper stickers.

Do the people that say this, and especially the bumper sticker people, think that God favors America above all nations? This to me would be extremely un-Christian, as I believe the Bible tells you that God loves all his children. I don't recall ever hearing that it was only the American ones. But perhaps I'm wrong, as I am an Atheist and this religious stuff is all a bit nonsensical to me.

Think about it though - when you say "God Bless America" you're really saying "Fuck You, Rest of the World". Why not say something a little more in line with those so-called 'Christian Values' we always hear so much about? Here are some suggestions;

"God Bless Earth" - I'm pretty sure I've actually seen this once or twice.

"God Bless All of Us, Even the Poor, the Gays, the Blacks, the Jews, The Muslims, and Even Those Awful Liberal Democrats" - I know, I'm dreaming.

"God Bless Whoever God Feels Like Blessing" - Enough already with you fucking Christian prima donnas thinking you can decide who is worthy of blessing. Seriously.

So those are a few suggestions that maybe the religious types will try out, just for kicks you know.

Related to this whole "God Bless..." thing is the weird practice of putting American flags on your car - here in America. I could almost see the point of displaying your patriotic pride if you did that when you were not in America, but driving around here with a flag is sort of like signaling to everyone that you're not sure which country you're in at the moment.

We're IN America! I know that, you know that, but apparently the morons with the flags on their cars have forgotten where they are. Do they really need the reminder? Are they thinking that they're MORE patriotic than people who don't drive with a flag on their car? That must be it - some people just need to show everyone else how whatever they are, whether it's patriotic, cool, tough, gay, straight, liberal, conservative, whatever. Weird really when you think about it. It's like putting one of those flags on their cars somehow is going to make them a better person. Maybe God will bless them more than people like me who don't put anything on their cars.

And this seems to be a purely American phenomenon. I've been to other countries and haven't seen nearly the amount of jingoism that is common here. Do other countries have songs equivalent to "God Bless America"? Is there a "God Bless The Netherlands" or "Allah Bless Afghanistan"?

I'd like to think that IF there was a god, he, she, or it wouldn't give a flying rat's ass about one group of people over another based on what speck of dirt they huddle on. I'd like to think that IF there was a god, he, she, or it would like to have a word with the people that think they can speak for this god about what he, she, or it wants or doesn't want. I bet that would be most interesting.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Damned Kids!

Rant time! People and their kids are driving me nucking futs lately. The other day I was at the dentist and this lady was in the waiting room with her three boys. They were probably between 9 and 11 years old. The three of them were running around, banging on shit, wrestling with each other, throwing a fucking ball around, making tons of noise and general mayhem. Mom just sat there with this bemused stupid expression on her face like she was thinking "oh what darling little angels".

I seriously wanted to go up to her and say "Lady, your fucking kids are acting like animals. Teach them some manners, you stupid cow!" Instead I sat there trying to ignore the whole annoying mess as I read the National Geographic. Chalk one up for civility, I guess.

Now if this was an isolated incident, I wouldn't be ranting like this. But this was the second time in a few days that something like this happened. A couple days earlier Iwas out at my favorite taco place and there were two parents each with a little girl. The girls were screaming and running around, jumping all over the place and acting like they were on the playground. Granted, a taco joint isn't a fancy restaurant, but still, there are people trying to eat and I sure as hell don't need two 5 year olds squealing and stomping about.

What the hell is wrong with parents anyway? Did it suddenly become acceptable to just let your kids behave any way they choose? It seems that manners and consideration for others have been tossed in favor of a "I'll do whatever the fuck I want" attitude. It's this type of entitled attitude that is getting more and more common. People, if you can't expect your offspring to show some sort of civilized behavior in public, then please stay the hell home! You are no more important or special than anyone else, so stop fucking thinking that you are and teach your kids some manners, and learn some yourselves while you're at it.