This started as a comment in the "Early returns" thread, but it got so long that I decided to make it a post of my own. "Our guns are finally safe." Yeah. Agreed. Our guns are finally safe. For now. I had to drive to DC, yesterday. On the way home I was listening to CSPAN on the radio. They were covering a group of ultra-right-wing extremist christianistas taking turns speaking. Tony Perkins is one name that stood out. If you don't want to go to the link, Tony's the kind of RW fanatic who thinks your right to love who you choose is outweighed by his belief that the ghost in the sky hates anyone who disagrees with him (disagrees with Tony, not the ghost, about whom Tony is clueless). Be prepared for Donald J. (the antichrist) tRump and Michael (christianista sharia) Pence shoving an extremist christianista world view down our collective throat. Continue reading "Our guns are safe"
A Brief History of the Apocalypse Floaters been promotin' "YOUR moral decay is going to get ME into heaven" for a helluva long time. According to Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts the first predicted Apocalypse was in ca. 2800 BC. Even if you discount that for some reason, the next was in 634 BC. Depending on how you define the Apocalypse, the end of HUMANS or the end of the WORLD, the real apocalypse comes in ca. 4,500,000,000 AD when the sun will swell into a red giant star, swallowing Mercury, Venus, Earth, and perhaps Mars. This will be the true end of the world! Personally and IMNSHO, the way we burn shit to save time and effort, not to mention get around and generate electricity, is going to end the human race LONG before then. Maybe in this century. We're probably already past the tipping point... Consider this my public apology to my grand-kids/great grand-kids that I didn't do more, and earlier, to battle the anthropogenic global climate change deniers. Starting with the Bible-thumpers, then moving on to Big Oil funded quasi-"scientist" and (you have to have seen this coming) Republicans and ESPECIALLY teabaggers...a "vast conspiracy" of scummy people determined to make the world a
better worse place.
(Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai appeared to stiffen his resolve on Saturday not to sign a security pact with Washington, saying the United States should leave Afghanistan unless it could restart peace talks with the Taliban. "In exchange for this agreement, we want peace for the people of Afghanistan. Otherwise, it's better for them to leave and our country will find its own way," Karzai told a news conference. The president said pressing ahead with talks with the Taliban, in power from 1996-2001, was critical to ensure that Afghanistan was not left with a weak central government. "Starting peace talks is a condition because we want to be confident that after the signing of the security agreement, Afghanistan will not be divided into fiefdoms," he said. Most diplomats now agree that Karzai is unlikely to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that would allow for some form of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, when most troops are due to leave.Seems like a non-starter, to me, given that the Taliban are some of the most fanatical religious fanatics extant (maybe excepting the wahabees and bible-belt baptists), but we'll see how bad the MIC wants to keep using Afgonistan as a cash cow.
...and Ted Cruz is definitely nuts. Rafael Cruz, Father Of Ted Cruz, Wants "Great Transfer Of Wealth" Into Hands Of Evangelicals Like Himself
The father of right wing Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the most visible leader of the now-ended government shutdown, is seen in recently uncovered videos calling for America to be ruled by “kings” who will take money from anyone who is not an evangelical Christian and deliver it into the hands of fundamentalist preachers and their acolytes. Megachurch preacher Larry Huch suggested that Rafael Cruz’s own son, Ted, is one of those “kings.” And in fact, at a ceremony this past July Ted Cruz was “anointed” by a group of fundamentalist preachers in a special blessing ceremony. ::snip:: The difference is that in Cruz’s scheme, the transfer will occur through a war against “the wicked” led by Christian preachers who will take the wealth from nonbelievers.Grab some popcorn, and compare and contrast to: GOP civil war! Poll shows Tea Party disdains religious right
Remember when Evangelicals were the staple of the Republican coalition? Turn them out and you could win any national election. Well, they are fast becoming the fringe of the GOP, based on recently released research from focus groups conducted by Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Erica Seifert for Democracy Corps. The GOP is now roughly split into three factions: one-third Evangelical, one-quarter Tea Party and one-quarter moderates. These focus groups, which were purposely assembled homogeneously to encourage participation, were chosen because they comprise the base of the Republican Party.Now, no one who knows me, or has read anything that I've written, is going to think I'd be dismayed if the fundie-nutbag brigade, the bug-fuck nuts teabaggers, AND the GOP went away. I mean, I honestly believe that opposing points of view in government is a good thing. Just not when one of those points of view either; A) believes it's representing God and if you disagree you shouldn't be compromised with, or; B) believes it's "right", and therefore "compromise" is a dirty word. But in these two seemingly conflicted stories, one sentence stands out: "Turn them out and you could win any national election." With the GOP its all about power. They simply refuse to accept that their ideas are unpopular and they lose elections. Clinton was impeached over a blowjob. Obama's been opposed in EVERYTHING he's tried to do, in the form of more filibusters than ever before in history, and 42 fucking votes to abolish or defund Obamacare. The GOP are wrong about everything, but I don't understand why anyone would want to replace them with petulant children (teabaggers) who hold their breath when they don't get their way. We will continue to have a 2-party system. How's about we find a way to make that second party center-left of the Democrats, for a change?
(Subtext: This is what happens when you believe something with ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER to support your belief.)
(This is a follow-up to Joe's "Remember" post.) Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free By Charles P. Pierce. Doubleday, 293 pages., $26 The pastor from Pennsylvania put it best. On the eve of a trial to determine the legality of a local school board’s decision to teach intelligent design alongside evolutionary theory, the Rev. Ray Mummert, a leader of the anti-Darwin brigade, made national headlines with a statement that cut straight to the heart of America’s culture wars. “We’ve been attacked,” he protested, “by the intelligent, educated segment of our culture.” In an increasingly divided nation, where one is asked to take sides on every issue from the creation of the universe to the first lady’s triceps, it was perhaps inevitable that people should be required to make a stand on the subject of being smart.
OK, I understand the "I'm tired of voting for the lesser of two evils" argument. Really. I do. But what if the question of whether or not "we're a small 'c' christian nation" is added to it. We're now a nation so intolerant of any view but that put forth by a former Nazi in Rome that just won't allow any other point of view to prosper. We may be having an election on just that question. Santorum says Obama agenda not "based on Bible" Footnote; If I'm not mistaken, EVERY justice on the SCOTUS is a Catholic.
You've got to read this post by Charles Johnson. Santorum: Satan Is Systematically Destroying America Shorter version, the anti-cloud being is trying to take the magic cloud-being's most-favoritist country for himself. Oh, and a college education makes you a
And this kind of thinking is somehow not crazy, how?
Tomorrow is The Rapture (tm): have you found someone to take care of your pets yet?
And the dumbing down of America continues at a frenetic pace.
Alien-seeking radio dishes go dark Budget crunch forces closure of key component in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (CBS News) Any number of headlines about E.T. not being able to phone home are already hitting the wires, but the hackneyed reference to everyone's favorite pop culture alien figure underscores a more troubling reality: the decades-long search for extraterrestrial life suffered a blow with the announcement that a $50 million alien telescope array is being mothballed because of a lack of funding. SETI, an acronym for the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, refers to a project that's been underway to answer the not-so-inconsiderable question of whether humans are truly alone in the universe. The original plans called for the Allen Telescope Array, part of the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, to house as many as 350 dishes. However, budgetary constraints have forced the SETI Institute to shut the first 42 telescopes which were installed in 2007 to scan the skies for evidence of alien life. It's not clear when - or whether - the telescopes will return to operations. SETI received the bulk of its funding from a couple of sources: the National Science Foundation, and the State of California.