Golden Rule Evidently Taken more as a Suggestion

1 05 2009

From CNN:

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.  More than half of the people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified.  Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it.  People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it.  Only four in 10 of them did.

Perhaps it is because one of the most common things found at a religious service is:

crucifix

But then again, I don’t really buy the argument that images of violence beget violence – so maybe it is just their fucked up morals.





Republican Teabagging Threesomes

20 04 2009

From what I hear the Tea-bagging parties held this past April 15th were somewhat of a let-down.  Which is surprising because while I have never been to or seen a tea-bagging orgy party, I can’t imagine how they would fail to be at least more popular than they reportedly were. 

Jon Stewart’s take on teabagging.

Ok, so whomever decided that encouraging people to teabag Obama was a perfectly benign slogan – well, it may be compared to the conservatives next great campaign – 2m4m.





Limbaugh Doesn’t Know ANYONE who has died from torture.

9 04 2009

A republican calls into Rush Limbaugh’s show and calls Limbaugh a brain-washed nazi.  True story – take a listen:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/07/republican-caller-tells-l_n_184244.html

But what I find most amusing is Limbaugh’s comment:

LIMBAUGH: I don’t know of anybody who died from torture.

Is that his defense of torture?  That makes no sense on so many levels.  I don’t listen to his show ridiculousness so I don’t know if this is an argument he has made in the past . . . but sweet jesus.  Now I remember why I don’t listen to his show.





Critisize Israel, I Dare You!

26 03 2009

oliphant_gaza_israel_cartoon

This cartoon is sparking many claims of antisemitism according to The Raw Story.

For far too long anyone who criticizes Israel is demonized as an antisemitic asshole.  If some people have trouble separating Israel’s politics with Israel’s religion maybe that is because so does Israel.  If there are things in this world that are beyond criticism than we have a very serious problem.  Unquestioned support of anything is a dangerous thing and has the power to erode the moral fiber of any civilization.  Just ask the Nazis that were ‘just following orders’. 

And no, this post does not mean I’m antisemitic.





Expelled – Ben Stein’s Pro Creationist “Documentary”

22 03 2009

So I got Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed from Netflix.  I’m watching it as I write this.  The beginning is what you would expect, a long and tedious trek to find professors who have been shunned for expressing support of intelligent design.  A lot of ignorance about what evolution actually is, and a lot of pointing out that ID has good points (without ever actually making them so we can judge for ourselves how good they are).  But the best part so far is the long bit about Nazi Germany and eugenics.  What place do the Nazis have in this “documentary”?  Evidently the Nazis became Nazis because they were Darwinists.  Stein also manages to imply that Planned Parenthood is an organization guided by the principles of eugenics!

Stein spends a lot of time talking about how it isn’t the American way to suppress a viewpoint – we are the land of freedom and inclusiveness.  What he never does is make an argument of why we should listen to ID.  What is the evidence?  He says it is just as valid but never bothers to show us why.

And that is because its a bunch of bullshit.





Pope Hates Africans – Wants them to DIE!

19 03 2009

From the AFP:

Benedict told reporters Tuesday aboard the plane taking him to Cameroon that AIDS was a tragedy “that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems.”

The solution lies in a “spiritual and human awakening” and “friendship for those who suffer,” he said on his first trip to Africa.

In response, Spain is pledging 1 million condoms for those countries worst hit by the AIDS epidemic.  So thank you, Spain . . . but can’t you spare a few more than that?

In any case, only have unprotected sex with the pope, because apparently his condoms are lubed with AIDS.

Two people that could have been avoided if their parents had only used a condom.

Two people that could have been avoided if their parents had only used a condom.





New Mexico Bans Death Penalty

19 03 2009

Humane

From the Huffinton Post:

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation Wednesday repealing New Mexico’s death penalty, making it the second state to ban executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

There was a time when I was a supporter of the death penalty.  But now we must realize that the death penalty is only viable when it is used by an infallible system.  No system will ever be infallible.

I’m also not convinced anymore that the death penalty is moral even within our theoretical perfect justice system.  I believe in rehabilitation instead of punishment.  Surely a society is judged by how it treats the worst of itself – and mayhaps we should keep that in mind.





Beyond the Gates – Rwanda Genocide at its Finest

2 03 2009

Last weekend I received the film Beyond the Gates from Netflix.  I watched, I laughed, I cried.  Except for the laughed part.  Based on a true story this film was an amazing eye opener.  No matter how much you know about Rwanda in 1995, what happened there is something you can never really get your mind around.  I highly recomend this film as both a history lesson and a study of what people are capable of.  I don’t know how I missed it when it came out to theatres, but I’m glad that I didn’t miss it on DVD.





Fighting the Good Fight – Prop 8

2 03 2009

From the Wall Street Journal:

This week, California’s gay-marriage battle returns to the national spotlight.

The state’s Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Thursday on whether an amendment passed by voters in November banning gay marriage should stand. . .

The National Center for Lesbian rights, and other gay-rights groups, immediately petitioned the Supreme Court to invalidate the law, arguing voters can’t take away what they say is an essential right. That constitutes a revision, not an amendment, to the state’s constitution, gay-marriage advocates argue.

I find this an interesting argument.  On one hand the voters of California voted for prop 8.  On the other hand, do the voters even have the power to write bigotry into the constitution via an amendment?

I hope that the challenge to prop eight succeeds – not because i know so much about California’s constitution that I can make the final call on the subject, but because regardless of everything else it is the right thing to do.  If someone can find a way to invalidate it, then so be it.  I won’t listen to arguments about fairness from the other side – I’m only interested in changing the social atmosphere in what is supposedly the most advanced civilization on earth, from one of hatred to one of acceptance.





Hallelujah! Governor Sanford is Praying for us!

23 02 2009

From Think Progress:

On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning, Sanford [R. Gov of SC] received a call from a Charleston resident who said he lost his job because he has been taking care of mother and sister, both of whom have serious illnesses. The caller told Sanford he is “wrong” to decline the money. “A lot of people in South Carolina are hurting. And if this money can come and help us out we need it.” In response, Sanford could offer him only his prayers:

CALLER: I hope you all are not playing politics with this. People in South Carolina are hurting. You know how unemployment rates are high right now and going up higher. We are running out of money in the unemployment bank — we need money for that, the people that need help. And I’m one of them, I can’t get no help. […]

SANFORD: Well I’d say hello to Charleston because its home and I’d say hello to this fellow this morning and say that my prayers are going to be with him and his family because it sounds like he is in an awfully tough spot.

 

All I have to say is that I’m glad I live in a state where the Governor counts on more than prayers to solve problems.

 





Keith Olbermann is More American than You are

14 02 2009

Yes, on board the plane there was someone who had a rather obvious link to the Sept. 11th attacks – but what really concerns me is Mr. Olbermann’s rhetoric surrounding the actual crash.  How many years will it be until we can talk about a plane crash without someone making sure they pay homage to those who lost their lives on 9/11/01?  I mean dear god – it is a good thing the hijackers didn’t use cars because we’d never stop hearing about it.  A plane crashed.  It was not hijaked, it was not in any way anything other than an accident, so why are we talking about 9/11?

Mr. Olbermann evidently thinks he gets some sort of points every time he mentions the 9/11 victims in a sympathetic light.  Well, sir, maybe that works  on some dimwitted religious nut cases out there, but for the rest of us, it is just really old.  It shows our maturity as a society that when bad things happen, we take the appropriate measures and then we move on.  There are too many useless deaths out there to wallow in – we have to, have to – respect them but move on.

So, Keith – I guess what I’m trying to say is:  grow up.





Israel Bombs Gaza, Bush Blames Hamas

30 12 2008

Sure, Hamas has fired some rockets into Israel – but it is hard to claim Hamas is the one not upholding the ceasefire as you’re bombing them.  So far over 300 dead and an Israeli minister claims they’re not going to stop until they’ve proved to Hamas it isn’t worth it to fight.  Eesh.

And surprise surprise, the US is taking Israel’s side.  It doesn’t really matter which side is on the right (neither is) but since we gave Israel their weapons, it looks better if we support them.





Obama Administration Speculations

14 11 2008





Religulous – I Recomend it.

9 11 2008

So I saw Religulous today.  I went into it fearing that it would just be a movie that makes fun of extremists – and it is.  But somehow, it’s more than that.  It is in fact very funny – and very scary.  I recomend it, as long as you don’t expect anything other than Bill Maher being Bill Maher.





Looking to 2012

5 11 2008

I like that Sarah Palin has hinted that she will make a run in 2012.  I’m sure that she has a great chance of getting the nomination of the party that she just cost the election.  Hah!








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