Saturday, May 16, 2015

Notable Texas Politicians: Rep. Louis Gohmert

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” 
― Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NRA: We're Racists with Guns

NRA spokesperson Wayne Lapierre tells his membership that, "Yeah, I have to tell you eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough." And I thought the NRA was just about protecting the 2nd amendment. This is a man whose ethics are shaped by simple economics. Lapierre will say or believe anything for the right price. 

Inmates Running the Asylum

Former US Representative Michele Bachmann says that President Obama's actions will initiate the Apocalypse. To quote Ms. Bachmann, "Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church."  

Unfortunately, crazies like Bachmann are found in great numbers in both the Senate and Congress. There must be some flaw in our election process that allows these intellectually challenged characters to rise up through the cultural backwaters in which they were formed. Their growing numbers don't bode well for our future.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Indiana's Religious Freedom Law: Stand Your Ground for Bigots

Gov. Mike Pence says his state's new religious freedom law does not legalize discrimination ... it simply allows citizens of Indiana to exercise their religious freedom without sanction. 

Sorry, but this law does nothing more than to create a stand-your-ground shield for Indiana's bigots. Some people just got to denigrate others to feel superior. American history is a story of ever increasing human rights. With this new law, Indiana has taken a major step backwards. 

Monday, March 09, 2015

Pennies for Dollars

Gov. Chris "Sit Down and Shut Up" Christie sells out the citizens of New Jersey for pennies on the dollar in order to mask his budget shortfall.  

While few expected NJ to receive anything near the $8.9 Billion in damage and cleanup costs levied against Exxon Mobil, prosecutors did believe the final charges against Exxon Mobil would amount to some $3.5 Billion. 

The billions in potential fines could have been used to strengthen New Jersey's underfunded public pension system and forestall a host of potentially burdensome tax increases. Looking to improve his budget numbers, Gov. Christie stiffed the citizens of NJ and struck a deal with Exxon Mobil that waived all claims against the company, as well as all cleanup costs. In exchange for dropping the $8.9 Billion lawsuit, Christie agreed to accept $225 Million as full compensation for Exxon Mobil's destruction of over 1,500 acres of public lands in Northern New Jersey.

Friday, February 27, 2015

EmptyHeaded Blues

Lacking intellectual depth, the best poor Sarah can offer is a harangue of the latest conservative talking points absent any original thought. While one must respect John McCain's sacrifice as a POW, history shows he was a poor pilot having crashed five fighter jets, and a political hack for launching the obtuse Ms. Palin onto the national political stage. Palin's attraction is not unlike that of a horrific accident, we are shocked by what we see and hear but cannot look away for fear of missing the unfolding carnage.  

"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Texas Preacher Rekindles Nazi Anti-Semitism

Why is Texas home to so many cranks, crackpots, and racist morons? Here's Texe Marrs, a  Texas preacher, ranting about the Jews. His screed echoes the worst Nazi propaganda.

"My own files here at Power of Prophecy document that this same evil cult is responsible for murders and horrors unparalleled by any other group in the annals of history. I’m speaking, of course, of the Jews. Throughout the centuries, this sinister, racist cult has massacred so many innocents and instigated so many pogroms, wars, tortures, and killings that it boggles the imagination. How can such a small band of miscreants and misfits—totaling no more than nineteen million across the globe—wreak so much havoc, and be responsible for so much mayhem and terror?"

"The Holy Bible demonstrates that witchcraft has long been prevalent among the Jews—a prime example being the witch of Endor, who was consulted by Israel’s King Saul and conjured up a dead prophet at his request. Jewish historians and rabbinical authorities document the witchcraft of Jewish women—and even of rabbis—throughout history."

Warning: You'll want to take a shower after visiting his website. 

"There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing and predatory as it is - in our country particularly, and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree - it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime- the invention of Hell. Measured by our Christianity of to-day, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the Deity nor His Son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilt." Mark Twain

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What's the Matter with Kansas?

Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order on Tuesday reversing a 2007 measure that barred employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender state workers.

“This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did,” the governor said in a statement. “Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action.” State employees now join the rest of Kansas’ workforce — none of whom have no workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (MSNBC)

"Democracy not worth a damn if it is not partnered with liberalism.  Democracy and liberalism are a squabbling pair; they each locate power in a different place—democracy in the people, liberalism in the law—and they aim for different goods." John McGowan, The Republican Assault on Democracy

Alabama:Denying Human Rights Since 1819

[Judge Roy] Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, doesn't seem to believe that judicial orders, including those issued by the Supreme Court of the United States, should be followed if he disagrees with them. [A] federal judge in Alabama struck down the ban on gay marriage, as judges have done recently in more than a dozen other states, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to put the ruling on hold.  

Back in 2003, Moore refused to remove a 2-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments that he had installed in the state judicial building — even after a federal appeals court ruled it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. His defiance cost him his job when an ethics panel found he had "placed himself above the law." Moore managed to get re-elected in 2012, and he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Yet now he has told lower-level judges to follow in his destructive footsteps. This time the issue is same-sex marriage, but the principle is the same: respect for the rule of law.  (USA Today)

"The claim of divine law to extend to the whole of human experience makes a mockery of the distinction between public and private and its constitutional offspring, the separation of church and state."Ivan Kenneally, Reason, Revelation, and American Theocracy Rightly Understood