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."

Goethe

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 ....is 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

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fox News: Stoking the Flames of Bigotry

On a Fox News broadcasts interview,  American terrorist expert Steve Emerson claims that there are large areas within France and Britain that have been taken over by Muslim fanatics. Within these areas, Western visitors will be harassed and possibly subjected to Sharia law. (Fox Interview)

British Prime Minister Davis Cameron said that Mr. Emerson is "clearly a complete idiot," for his incendiary comments. 

This interview ranks as one of the most overt expressions of anti-muslim sentiment in recent history. It's sole purpose is to foment racial discord among its viewers. What's unsaid but implied in the interview is that if America doesn't wake up to the threat posed by its muslim citizens, we will find ourselves living under Sharia law. Fox News: Stoking the Flames of Bigotry 

Friday, January 02, 2015

The Dawn of Another Year

Best wishes to all my family and friends on the beginning of another new year. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WikiGalaxy 3D Information Mapping - Oh My!

WikiGalaxy is a Wikipedia represented as a galaxy. You can see links between articles, fly around, orbit an article and see other users zooming around whilst you do it. (Here)

If you love wandering through a sea of information without end - you'll love this site.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Early Fractal Geometry in Mosques

Iranian photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri gives us an opportunity to see the entirety of these incredible spaces all at once. His fully panoramic, expansive photographs of centuries-old mosques reveal the genius of their geometries and complexity. The effect is dizzying in a different way, like some kind of fractalized religious hallucination.