So the Satanists are on the side of Good? Really? No, seriously, really?

I gotta admit, I never expected something like this: the Satanic Temple is on the warpath against recent Catholic/Fundagelical attempts to take away our individual religious freedom. Yes. Yes. Yes, really, you DID read that correctly:

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

Holy cow. This is totally wack. Having been raised in the ecumenical era of the 60’s and early 70’s, when tolerance was the order of the day, I have always seen churches as helpful, benevolent, charitable organizations.

But today, “Christians” are all too often shrill, hate-filled, sadistic separatists who want to punish us for not being more like them. They want to impose their religion upon us, violently if need be, via an extra-constitutional theocratic government. Freedom is anathema to the politicized Fundagelicals of this century.

And who is fighting to protect us from these foam-flecked, shrieking, demented, alleged followers of Rebbe Yeshuah Bar Joseph (who actually follow the teachings of Leviticus and Paul, not Jesus)? Who is standing for religious liberty, respect for others and civil rights for Americans?

Yep, it’s the Satanists who are on the side of the angels. And the Christians who are possessed by demons.

The world has gone truly, totally, deeply, barking mad.

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So Many Deserve Blame. (On the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians)

It is a sight that is truly sickening to behold, this most recent eruption of violence between the inhabitants of Palestine. Rockets, bombs, tunnels, ground invasions, and the innocent (as always) are suffering the most, even though they (also as always) are the least culpable. One thing we must all keep in mind: it is neither the average Palestinian nor the ordinary Israeli that is to blame:

First, we should excoriate the Brits and the French for creating a set of arbitrary and idiotic borders after World War One. Just about any reputable historian will tell you that those borders have been responsible for a lot of wars in the near-century since.

Then we should turn a jaundiced eye upon the re-creation of Israel after World War Two. A virtuous notion it was, but done in a manner devoid of forethought and with a lack of concern for consequences. Once again, non- inhabitants of the region tried to do a good thing for the region and fucked up. Oh, and they now blame the locals for something not of the locals’ doing.

Next, let’s look at the extremist nutjobs who are currently running things in Tel Aviv/Jerusalem and Gaza. One the one side we have a loon called “Bibi” who thinks that Arabs are subhuman animals and treats them in a manner that would make a Spanish Inquisition torturer blanch. On the other we have Hamas, who want to wipe Israel off the map. Small wonder that the two sides can’t agree on anything.

Indeed, we have many deserving targets of finger pointing, and in some cases prosecution. Mass murder, theft, child abuse, torture, and other crimes are a common event in the region. The only people we cannot in good conscience cast aspersions upon are the ordinary people of both areas.

And sadly, infuriatingly, painfully, those ordinary men, women and children are the ones who pay the price for the manifold sins of world and regional “leaders”. Let’s all remember that when we discuss the conflict.

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All Respect to Godwin, but Putin and his Repub Fan Club DO Support Nazi-style Atrocities.

Sometimes, you just have to call a Nazi a Nazi. Here is what Putin and his goons have done recently – see if they sound at all like what Hitler did back in the day:

Invaded a sovereign nation on a flimsy pretext? Check.

Death trains? Check.

Looting the bodies of the dead? Check.

Vladdy-Boy Putin, for all his KGB Communist past, is acting just like the German Nazis who viciously attacked the Russian and European people back in the previous century. And his supporters (like Sarah Palin and other Republicans) give him aid and comfort as he commits these crimes against humanity.

Anyone who supports someone who supports Putin is in some way supporting these war crimes. And as kindly as I can put it, Godwin’s Law does not apply: such supporters are likewise Nazis. Fuck Putin, fuck his paid troops in Ukraine, fuck his supporters, and fuck all those scumbags. May they all get what the previous batch of Nazis got.

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America’s Government Used to Do Great Things. We Can Do It Again.

Forty-five years ago as I write this, three astronauts were preparing to return home from the Moon. In just a few short years, the United States government, private industries, citizens and taxpayers went from never having put so much as a bread roll into orbit to sending men to another globe, through outer space. And we did it again and again.

The government did not go bankrupt. Society did  not collapse. Indeed, we saw an unprecedented wave of technological, economic and societal expansion during the time of the space program. Taking big risks resulted in some tragedy, yes, but it also produced enormous rewards for the entire world.

We did this at the same time we fought wars against poverty, disease, and ignorance. All of these likewise enjoyed a large degree of success. None were won, any more than the drive to explore the cosmos; but a helluva lot of progress got made in a brief period of time. A time, you’ll notice, that saw the United States government acting like it had some guts, some vision, and some kind of purpose.

Now we have a government composed to an increasing degree of wimps. Republican-run states are going broke, their infrastructure is collapsing, their hospitals are closing, and indeed the GOP advocates letting immigrant children die in the desert, all because “government can’t do these things any more”. We’ve gone from can to can’t in Red states (and anywhere controlled by Repubs).

Where America once dared, we cower; where we dreamed, we are afflicted with nightmares; where we once sought to gain, we strive now only to avoid loss. It’s considered trite to say this, but it is true: “if we could put a man on the moon, we could save these kids/build these roads/heal these sick/feed those hungry”. It is a truth that the fearful do not wish to hear, and do not wish for you to hear.

Men used to walk on truly desolate shores, lands with no food, water or even air. They survived and returned. Nowadays, we act as if we can’t do so much as offer the necessities of life to a bunch of traumatized children. Please join me in calling “bullshit” on this way of thinking.

Fear is killing our nation. It is killing children, adults, our economy and everything we built back when we weren’t a load of scaredy-cats. We don’t have to live this way. All we have to do to reverse this horrific trend is take a deep breath, and take a risk or two.

Here’s a song that you really ought to listen to: it’s by a great artist named John Entwistle, and it’s about how it feels when “fear is the key to your soul”. Listen and you’ll hear the heart of Republican America. Listen and then resolve to cast aside fear, embrace risk, and make our country great again. Feed the kids, heal the sick, build the bridges, and explore the unknown.

It’s not that hard, friends. We just have to take that first step away from the fear that has been dinned in our ears by those whose purposes are best served by our being terrorized. That first step, and the ones that follow, will take us to a nation renewed. A nation that says (as it once did): “Yes, we can. And we will”.

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Like it or not, Putin is Responsible for the MH17 Crash

Oh, pity the poor Putinistas (like, say, Sarah Palin). They marvel over the shirtless bear-wrestling macho exploits of Russia’s “elected” leader and praise him for good things he has not done, and ignore the bad things he has done. And the ex-KGB butcher has committed some truly heinous acts.

So now, some inhuman motherfuckers have shot down a civilian airliner over Ukraine. Pro-Russian insurgents initially took credit for this barbarous act, until they realized that murdering hundreds of innocents (including women and children) made them look bad in the press. Now they claim otherwise.

OK, so maybe Putin’s pet terrorists aren’t responsible for this one particular war crime. But it’s important to remember that Putin is the reason for the Ukraine crisis. Were it not for the greed and imperialist actions of Putin and his stooges, there would have been no war in Eastern Ukraine, and thus no missiles lying about to be shot at Malaysia Air flight MH17.

At what point will the Wingnuts of the world wise up? Pooty-Poot is a demon in wolf’s clothing. He needs to be in a cell at The Hague, awaiting a long-overdue trial for his many crimes against humanity.

If you don’t agree, well, just read about and look at the horrific scene of destruction and mass murder in Ukraine.
Ask yourself if you are OK with such crimes, just because the perpetrator happens to be the darling du jour of various extremist pundits and politicians.

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Ohio’s 100% Republican Government Supports your Right to Swim in Sewage.

Yes, our Wall Street millionaire Guv and his Libertarian partners in crime are perfectly OK with endangering public health and calling it “choice”. You see, lakes across the state are heavily contaminated by feces, some of them more full of feces than at any time in history. And the state employees who are supposed to be responsible for our safety are saying & doing stupid, well, shit:

Other states, including Illinois, Vermont and Missouri, typically close beaches when E. coli levels pass 235 colonies per 100 milliliters of water. Yesterday, 13 beaches in Illinois were closed for levels that ranged from 300 colonies to more than 2,000.

(In Ohio,) Levels at Crystal and Brooks beaches exceeded 10,000 colonies this month.

Mary Clifton, recreation programs administrator for the Ohio Department of Health, said the state doesn’t want to shut down beaches.
“Ohio typically would prefer that consumers and constituents be able to make an informed decision, instead of dictating the use of the recreational waters of the state,” Clifton said.

You might ask “why would someone working for a ‘department of Health’ knowingly expose people to record-breaking health hazards?” Good question. The answer, as it always is with the GOP, revolves around handing rich people money and shafting the rest of us.

You see, it costs more to close a beach than it does to put up a sign. Likewise, it costs money to maintain sewage systems, control wildlife, and regulate things like agricultural and industrial pollution. And when your elected government is focused on stealing money from the taxpayers so as to pad its cronies’ offshore bank accounts, why, there isn’t much money left to do, you know, the actual job of the government.

Ohioans, by their votes, decided to swim in shit. Said swimming in fecal matter being both real and metaphorical. And at this point, it links like the lazy, stupid liberals and centrists of the Buckeye State will once again not bother to go to the polls in 2014, allowing Republicans to continue their crime spree. And by so doing, allowing our children to continue swimming in shit.

Fucking idiot voters.

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The Republican Party is Now Officially, Totally, Clinically Insane.

The four most recent Teapublican-related news items to hit my newsfeed (which draws from at least ten different sources) demonstrate that factual validity, accuracy, sense and indeed sanity no longer have a place in the party of my forefathers:

Michele Bachmann (R-Loony Bin) is conflating starving, traumatized illegal immigrant children with rapists and invaders:

“Foreign nationals that have come into the United States are between 300- to 500,000,” Bachmann told an incredulous Crossfire co-host Van Jones. “My heart is broken for a female college student in Minnesota who was raped, murdered and mutilated by a foreign national who came into our country.”

Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin is now accusing the Repubs of sabotaging his campaign because, well, I’m not quite sure, but Kray-Kray is clearly involved:

Former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin continues his comeback tour today with an interview with the Daily Caller, in which he blames his 2012 Senate loss on “the direct attacks of the Republican Party leadership on our campaign,” which he says were part of the party establishment’s effort to push an “anti-American agenda.”

Akin claims his own party sunk his campaign with “censorship of the truth” because they were afraid of the “elite liberal media.”

Akin, for his part, was apparently merely trying to generate “patriotism in the hearts of Americans” when he claimed that survivors of “legitimate rape” do not become pregnant.

Open Carry Texas, a load of Teabagging, seditious, racist fuckwits, is planning to march through a black neighborhood, brandishing their long guns at the law-abiding locals.

Open Carry Texas, a gun rights advocacy group, announced that they have scheduled their march through the Fifth Ward in Houston. The march, which was initially scheduled for Juneteenth but postponed at the last minute, will feature open-carry enthusiasts marching through the streets of the predominantly black Houston neighborhood carrying long assault rifles.

Open Carry Texas also announced that they’ll have a real-life black person marching with them, Maurice Muhammad. As Liberaland pointed out, Muhammad is a radical who promotes the killing of police officers on his Facebook page. He also is apparently the leader of a group that openly wishes for a race war. Liberaland also pointed out that OCT’s blog entry is more about Grisham’s own issues with the law than his concerns about the black community. While he talks a big game about unfair laws regarding gun ownership, and he positions himself as some kind of civil rights fighter, the reality is that he himself has a conviction on his record and cannot apply for a conceal-carry license.

And it turns out that Republican women think they themselves are too stupid to understand basic math, so men need to dumb down their speech so women can understand it:

““Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful…We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,”.

Four news articles in a row. Nary a one of them involving rational, substantive, fact-based foreign or domestic policy. All of them involving lunatics saying lunatic things. And honestly, I can hardly remember when this sort of psychopathology didn’t dominate Republican party discourse.

The lot of them need medicated, treated, and counseled so they can become productive, useful members of society. Because right now, the inmates have escaped the asylum and have taken over much of our government, and most of our media. Anybody know where we can get bulk discounts on Haldol and EST?

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Global Climate Change is ALREADY Causing Massive Damage. It is, Therefore, REAL.

All the jackass deniers really, REALLY need to just shut up and accept the facts now. Miami Beach, a multi-billion dollar economic engine and home to many people, is already starting to sink beneath the waves. Oh, and there is a nuclear power plant that will get submerged along with the city. Can you say, “dead people, shoreline and oceans”? I knew you could. Read the above article for a hearty bitch-slap of reality. Here’s just a bit of it:

Thus one of the great cities of the world faces obliteration in the coming decades. “It is over for south Florida. It is as simple as that. Nor is it on its own,” Wanless admits.

“The next two or three feet of sea-level rise that we get will do away with just about every barrier island we have across the planet. Then, when rises get to four-to-six feet, all the world’s great river deltas will disappear and with them the great stretches of agricultural land that surrounds them. People still have their heads in the sand about this but it is coming. Miami is just the start. It is worth watching just for that reason alone. It is a major US city and it is going to let itself drown.”

This is not a long-term, far-away thing, peeps. I am pushing 60, and I am already seeing impacts, and will see lots more before I die. Any of you who are younger are going to totally get your shit fucked up by global climate change, whether people believe in it or not.

Here is what the EPA says about it: click here to read. Oh, and they are being very optimistic: it is likely to suck a lot more than the EPA thinks.

And then there is the danger to our food supply: that could get seriously ugly:

study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2°C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions, with reduced yields from the 2030s onwards.

Professor Andy Challinor, from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and lead author of the study, said: “Our research shows that crop yields will be negatively affected by climate change much earlier than expected.”
“Furthermore, the impact of climate change on crops will vary both from year-to-year and from place-to-place — with the variability becoming greater as the weather becomes increasingly erratic.”

In summary: we are already losing parts of major cities, and the problem is getting worse. We are about to lose part of our food supply, and that will be catastrophic. All the while the Teapublican Pundits, Politicos and Plutocrats are blocking action to solve the problem, because of the cost.

I don’t know about you, but food and jobs are a lot more important to me than, say, Marco Rubio’s Swiss bank account balance. If you feel the same way, give a holler and let’s make these obstructionist fuckwits pull their heads out and do something for a change.

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Bastille Day, and how it could happen again:

On this day in 1789, the 99% of  18th-century France started a bloody revolution against the 1% of their day. That revolution happened because the ruling elite were a load of blind, deaf, ideological, excessively conservative idiots. Said idiots acting a lot like the Teabaggers and Randians of our time, now that you mention it. A lot of history is being repeated. For example:

  • Wealth and income inequality were at then-historic highs,
  • Infrastructure was degraded and inadequate, due to lack of funding,
  • Poverty, infant mortality, and chronic hunger were the “new normal”,
  • The government was too preoccupied with internicene pissing matches to do its job,
  • The government pretty much flipped off the 99% on frequent occasions, and
  • Wars of choice were bleeding the country of lives and wealth.

Fast-forward to the present day, and you can see the very same things happening here. The ‘baggers and greedheads of the Right Wing keep saying AMFYOYO to the populace, and the American people have had just about enough of it.  You’d think that the rich and powerful would have gained a few smarts in two-and-a-quarter centuries, but you’d be wrong. They are just as pig-ignorant, stubborn, willfully stupid and inhumane now as they were then.

If we don’t make some basic changes back to a less partisan, more equitable era, we’ll see history repeat itself. And with a more heavily-armed and radicalized bunch of revolutionaries than the Bourbons had to deal with, we can assume even more people will die, and far more of our nation will be destroyed than ever happened during the Terreur.

Note to the 1% of the 21st century:  get a clue, and that soon. Learn from the mistakes of your predecessors, for all of our sakes. The lives you save will not just be your own; they’ll be ours as well.

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Yes, NeoConservative Idiots, ObamaCare IS Working.

Waaah, poor widdle NeoCons. Just like the Heritage Foundation said it would. You remember them, you loves you some Heritage Foundation. That is, until a mixed-race Chicago lawyer President uses one of their ideas. Then you hate it.

The Gallup poll peeps (who also hate Obama) just came out with a survey showing that the Affordable Care Act is, well, making health care affordable:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate in the U.S. fell 2.2 percentage points to 13.4% in the second quarter of 2014. This is the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. The previous low point was 14.4% in the third quarter of 2008.

The uninsured rate has decreased sharply since the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for most Americans to have health insurance went into effect at the beginning of 2014. In fact, the uninsured rate has dropped by 3.7 points since the fourth quarter of 2013, when it averaged 17.1%.

Gosharootie and sakes alive, ObamaCare is doing what it was supposed to do: giving more people health insurance that they can afford. It’s also making pantloads of money for the health care industry, creating jobs and all that good shit.

So what are Republicans doing, now that your very own market-based health plan is working like a dream? Why, Speaker Boehner is gonna sue the crap out of the Prexy for successfully implementing a conservative program. You DO know that’s fucking crazy, right?

Guys, it was way back in November 2008 that Obama whooped McCain’s ass. Time to accept it, he won and you lost. ObamaCare isn’t perfect, but it is working.

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