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Pro-life Pro-gun, any sane person can see that can’t possibly work

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Local Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I have some friends, well one that I am thinking of as I write this, who is all butthurt because people are starting to talk, just talk mind you, about regulating the sales of assault weapons in the United States.  People are just starting to talk, talk mind you, about closing the gunshow loopholes and actually enforcing the laws already on the books and maybe, just maybe reinstating the assault weapon ban.  This friend is more than willing to sacrifice any number of other people’s children to defend his “right” to bear arms.  If you call him out on that truism though he gets his feelings hurt.  He doesn’t like feeling like a monster.  Maybe he should value children as much as he values his guns.  Of course he only knows half of the 2nd amendment to the constitution but that is the only part that’s important to him.

This same friend likes to think that allowing religious fanatics to legislate what potentially life saving medical procedures women can access makes him somehow “pro-life.”  I guess that’s how he looks at himself in the mirror in the morning.  Take away a woman’s rights to her own body, make sure if she gets raped she carries that rape baby and ;condemn her to a hell he doesn’t even believe in if she so much as asks for financial help raising that child.  He doesn’t think women should be able to make decisions about what happens to their own bodies but he want’s me to feel sorry for him because someone is talking about maybe regulating his murderous toys.  Boo fucking hoo.

 

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Voter Suppression and Intimidation is anti-American

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Local Issues, Politics, Social Issues | 0 comments

I wasn’t going to do another blog about how voter suppression, voter intimidation and voter fraud is anti-American.  I thought that was understood.  I thought that Americans knew that our country was founded upon the principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  I thought, I naively believed that people knew that each and every citizens right to vote was the most sacred and unassailable right we as citizens possess   I know that some people abdicate that right but that is their choice.  I blogged about a couple of instances to shine a light on what I thought were isolated incidents of over zealous fanatics.  What I am seeing in recent days is that this is a concerted, systematic and well planned assault on our rights as citizens.  As such it is a nefarious assault on our Democracy and on America herself.

To wit:

http://news360.com/#article/155320894?cluster=53563387&category=1

“The battle over voting rights in the November presidential election now swings to  South Carolina , following the decision by the  Pennsylvania  courts on Tuesday to delay implementation of a voter ID requirement in that state.

All eyes are now on the legal tussle between the department of justice and South Carolina, where probably the last voter ID law will be decided before election day on 6 November.

Last year South Carolina became one of at least 34 states to introduce strict laws that require voters to present photo identification at polling stations – one of a swathe of measures attacking voting rights that swept across the US this election cycle.

South Carolina’s law was blocked, however, by the Obama administration last June.

The department of justice wielded its powers under section 5 of the 1965 voting rights act – a safeguard introduced after desegregation in the deep south to prevent designated areas from changing voting procedures without federal government approval in advance.

The blocking power was designed consciously to counter the old Jim Crow laws of the south, where African Americans were routinely denied the right to vote on spurious technical grounds.”

To see the self named Tea Party engaging in this kind of behavior gives proof to the accusation that they are simply the KKK of the 21st century.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/09/1024510/-The-Tea-Party-and-the-KKK

“The Klan of the 1920′s, whether misguided or not, was a populace movement that was about defending the ‘American Way of Life’. The movement lost its impetus during the Great Depression when we were all suffering, White, Black, Gentile and Jew. It was all but gone by the start of the Second World War when real patriotism held the day. The Tea Party is about the most privileged 1% enlisting scarred White citizens with the same populous themes that motivated the second Klan. They appeal to the fears of immigration from our southern border, threats against the Christian religion and patriotism. But the goal is not protecting or defending the ‘American Way of Life’, or surely not helping your neighbors, it is about suppressing the 99% so that the 1% can maintain their bastion of privilege and wealth. The Tea Party is neither populist nor noble. It is the crass manipulation of people’s fears.”

 

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/03/944751/mississippi-voter-id-law-on-hold-until-after-election-day/

“Mississippi voters will not need to show ID at the polls this election, as the state’s voter ID law has beenput on hold until after the election, when the DOJ can review the law. Mississippi, as a region with a history of discrimination, must get changes to its election law “pre-cleared” by the Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The DOJ has requested more information to review the law, including a copy of data supporting the state’s assertion that the law does not disenfranchise minorities. Texas’ voter ID law was struck down earlier this summer due to its failure to prove it would not disenfranchise minorities.”

And this one article also mentions Texas’ voter suppression attempt too.  So that’s four already that I can point to.  There is also shenanagins by the  members of the Tea Party itself who, in the face of the DOJ actually upholding the laws of our nation, have decided to personally and individually engage in voter intimidation. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/opinion/voter-harassment-circa-2012.html?_r=0

“In an ostensible hunt for voter fraud, a Tea Party group, True the Vote, descends on a largely minority precinct and combs the registration records for the slightest misspelling or address error. It uses this information to challenge voters at the polls, and though almost every challenge is baseless, the arguments and delays frustrate those in line and reduce turnout.

The thing that’s different from the days of overt discrimination is the phony pretext of combating voter fraud. Voter identity fraud is all but nonexistent, but the assertion that it might exist is used as an excuse to reduce the political rights of minorities, the poor, students, older Americans and other groups that tend to vote Democratic.”

This is an assault on the American way of elected government.  This is not the work of patriots who want to see America strong and proud.  This is the treachery of a group of zealots who don’t care what they do to America as long as their corporate overlords gain and maintain power.   The Tea Party is no grass roots movement, it is the brain child of the Koch brothers, Dick Armeyand Rupert Murdoch.  Vile human beings.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html

“ David Koch, widely celebrated for his cultural philanthropy, is not merely another rich conservative Republican but the founder of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which, as Mayer writes with some understatement, “has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception.”

“The other major sponsor of the Tea Party movement is Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, which, like Americans for Prosperity, is promoting events in Washington this weekend. Under its original name, Citizens for a Sound Economy, FreedomWorks received $12 million of its own from Koch family foundations. Using tax records, Mayer found that Koch-controlled foundations gave out $196 million from 1998 to 2008, much of it to conservative causes and institutions. That figure doesn’t include $50 million in Koch Industries lobbying and $4.8 million in campaign contributions by its political action committee, putting it first among energy company peers like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Since tax law permits anonymous personal donations to nonprofit political groups, these figures may understate the case. The Kochs surely match the in-kind donations the Tea Party receives in free promotion 24/7 from Murdoch’s Fox News, where both Beck and Palin are on the payroll.”

The Tea Party isn’t a grass roots organization.  It’s the manipulative hand of the likes of Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News (surprise!) and the Koch brothers.  They are evil men who don’t care about America.  They are so obscenely wealthy that they couldn’t spend all they have in a hundred lifetimes but  so bereft of that rarefied thing we call a soul that what they have isn’t enough and they are willing to destroy America to get more.

What’s truly frightening are all of the people who believe them, who ignore any fact or truth that doesn’t feed their paranoia and who should and do know better.  Shame on them.  The people who fall for the fear mongering and the hate mongering know better.  They know it’s wrong.  The choice to believe the lies is just that:  a choice.

An example of the lies, hysteria and fear mongering is easy to come by but this one seems particularly succinct in demonstrating the vileness of the lies that are told without shame:  http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/29/930821/florida-republican-party-volunteer-tells-senior-citizens-obama-is-a-muslim-who-will-get-rid-of-your-medicare/

“Well think really heard, you all sound like senior citizens, no? …. Yea, you don’t want Obama, you don’t want Obama because he’ll get rid of your Medicare. You might as well say goodbye to it. … Yea, and I don’t know if you have done any research on Obama or not, but he is a Muslim. He has got a socialistic view on the government, economy, the whole nine yards. If he had his way, we would be a socialistic country. …. Pay attention to Fox News. If you can get out and watch that movie 2016, do so, it has a lot of really good information. Just really read the newspapers and Fox News will help you.”

Just march to Rupert Murdoch’s tune tea partiers.  You know him?  The scandal beset owner of News Corp who had his employees hacking into private citizens cell phones.  That Rupert Murdoch.  Yeah, he also owns Fox News.  There’s a shocker.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/world/europe/murdoch-hacking-scandal-to-be-examined-by-british-parliamentary-panel.html?pagewanted=all

“The parliamentary report, issued Tuesday, found that three senior Murdoch executives misled Parliament in testimony. It also alleges that the company sought to cover up widespread phone hacking that Mr. Murdoch’s News of the World, a tabloid newspaper now shut down, used to gather information about politicians, celebrities and other people in the news.”

He had employees hacking cell phones of politicians in Britain   You think he isn’t having employees doing that here?  Well maybe they don’t need to here since Fox News won that lawsuit in Florida allowing them to flat out lie and call it news.

“Fox lawyers argued it was their first amendment right to report false information. In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.”

So, Fox and the other gladiatorical cable news channels were given the okay to legally lie right around the time of the Iraq War’s birth – when media lies coincidentally hit a peak in both frequency and severity.”

http://www.philly2philly.com/politics_community/politics_community_articles/2009/6/29/4854/fox_news_wins_lawsuit_misinform_public

That article was written in 2009 and I would wager that the media lies, especially from the likes of Fox and its affiliates have far and away surpassed the peak of frequency and severity that occurred before the Iraq war.  So look at the evidence.  Murdoch funds the tea party who assimilates the GOP.  So are we surprised when GOP volunteers outright lie to the elderly about Obama?  I’m not.  What surprises me are all the able bodied people who swallow the lies without question.  It’s taken me less than half an hour to put together all of the sources for this blog.  That tells me that it’s not all that difficult to find reputable news sources and check facts.

But I digress.  Back to voter suppression which is about the most anti-American thing someone can do.

How about this little gem:  http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/01/935451/florida-congressman-demands-bipartisan-investigation-of-gop-voter-registration-fraud-scandal/

“Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) wrote Monday in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R):

In light of the large and apparently growing voter fraud scandal engulfing the Republican Party of Florida, I urge you to immediately appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate the accusations and ensure that the integrity of our voting rolls will not be compromised by Strategic Allied Consulting’s deliberately fraudulent voter registration operations. I also urge you to ensure that that false registrations submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting do not remain on our rolls, and that you immediately investigative whether any employees involved in this scandal are still working for the Republican Party to register voters in Florida”

 

Right, he sent a letter to Florida governor Rick Scott, the grand pooh bah of voter suppression.  The man who keeps insisting on purging voter rolls of people who statistically mostly vote Democratically or are Independent.  According to the numbers less than 16% of the names on the list were registered Republicans.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/florida-voter-purge-rick-scott_n_1879515.html

Of course this is spawned by hatred.  Hatred of immigrants, hatred of blacks, Latinos and other foreigners.  That’s really why they’re doing it.  It all dovetails together.  It’s all part of a tapestry of intimidation and suppression.  Make the non-white male portion of the population afraid to vote.  Question their citizenship, show up at the polls to challenge them and do these things at every level from individuals to governors.  I hope that the people who are being targeted by these despicable acts have the courage to stand against their oppressors.  I understand it is scary but I hope they don’t let themselves be intimidated because if this works this time it’ll only be worse next time.

 

 

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Monsanto vs Vaccines and what’s really causing all these health problems.

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Local Issues, Science | 0 comments

Generations of people have had vaccines to prevent debilitating and in some cases fatal illnesses.  These vaccines, which have become more and more safe every year have never been proven to cause anything like ADHD.  In fact the alleged doctor who ran the single, debunked, study allegedly proving a link between ADHD and vaccines was working for a lawyer who wanted to sue a company that made vaccines.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/05/vaccine-autism-study-report_n_805036.html

Thanks to this doctor there are now tens of thousands of children suffering from easily preventable diseases and some have died.  And this because some vile lawyers were looking to sue the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine.  http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111109/full/479157a.html  What an evil thing to do.  To sacrifice the health and lives of uncounted children and adults to slander a company so that they could make a buck.

Why did this work?  Well because we know that the incidents of ADHD are on the rise.  What we don’t know is why this should be.  Is it because doctors have expanded the definition so much that it now includes a lot of normal people?  I actually suspect there is a certain amount of truth to that.

What about food allergies?  I didn’t know anyone who was allergic to peanuts when I was a kid in school and I went to several pretty big schools.  I also never heard of Crohn’s disease until just a few years ago.  Now things like Celiac disease are everywhere it seems and is it a fad that everyone is suddenly gluten intolerant or is it something a bit more sinister.

That would be where it appears that Monsanto and their Genetically Modified Organisms come in.  See Monsanto likes their GMO’s because they own the patents on them and force farmers to buy new seeds every year.  http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/genetically-modified-plants.html  They deliberately engineer seeds that are sterile once they’ve grown so there is no second generation of crops.  This is probably what leads to lower nutritional values for the foods made from GMO crops.

Monsanto also forces farmers to buy new seed every year by forcing farmers to sign an agreement stating that they will not even try to save seed from one year to the next, which is how nature has done it for the entirety of life on this planet.  http://blogs.law.stanford.edu/lawandbiosciences/2012/09/13/monsanto-seed-saving-litigation-round-up-%C2%AE/

This is wholly driven by money.  They want to control who can plant what and they want that to be only their seeds.  They have misinformed congress and the EPA as to the effects of GMO foods on people’s health and suppressed studies that prove how damaging these organisms are to our health.   Until I started reading the article that prompted this blog post I was ambivalent about organic foods.  Oh I knew that my heirloom tomatoes that I grow in my little back yard garden were more delicious than any tomato I ever bought in a store.  But I also knew that organic produce still used pesticides, just older ones.  Allegedly more environmentally friendly ones.  I did not realize how much more environmentally friendly and I had no idea how much more friendly to my health.

http://news360.com/#article/153146847?cluster=50808772&category=1

There is real evidence that these GMO crops are at the root of a lot of the upswings we are seeing in ADHD, allergies and food intolerances.  I knew it wasn’t vaccines and I suspected, very strongly, it was something in the environment.  Seriously we cannot pollute our environment the way we have been and not expect to see some kind of natural consequences.  This, however; appears to be a real and valid source of a lot of the health issues we are seeing.  Not just allergies and ADHD but according to the article and the research the article is based upon Alzheimer’s Disease  and some cancers too.  That’s huge.

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Arizona Judge tells victim not to blame others for being sexually assaulted.

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Local Issues, Social Issues, Women's Rights | 0 comments

It’s Friday, I really wanted to do something science-y and fun today for the blog.  A full week of horror and ranting is just too much.  Science is much more fun and learning is good for your brain.  Keeps one mentally young.    Stepping up to save you, gentle reader, from science  is Arizona trial Judge Jacqueline Hatch who not only reduced an already insultingly light sentence on a cop who used his badge to breeze into a bar without paying the cover charge and then walked up behind a random woman and sexually assaulted her but also followed this affront to justice with a harsh condemnation of the victim.   Judge Hatch told the victim that if she hadn’t been at a bar she wouldn’t have been assaulted and that when she blames others for what happened to her (like, oh…say the  cop who assaulted her) she gives up her power.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/07/809861/judge-to-woman-sexually-assaulted-by-cop-when-you-blame-others-you-give-up-your-power-to-change/?mobile=nc

 

Power to do what, exactly?  Be an object that any man can use and discard at will?  Power to stay out of public places because one never knows when a cop will decide to sexually assault or rape them since now they know there will be no criminal consequences for violating women?

Do the people who think like this realize what they are saying about men?  Yes it’s reprehensible and disgusting to treat women this way but I find it equally reprehensible and disgusting to paint men this way.  That men are so enslaved by their base instincts that they are helpless animals who must act upon every primal impulse they have is offensive.  That men are animals who cannot walk down a street without being in constant danger of a Jekyll/Hyde transformation into a savage raping monster is an affront to men everywhere.  Men should be just as offended by these assumptions as women are.  When men hear women being told they shouldn’t get raped, or they were asking for it because they were in the wrong place or wearing the wrong clothes they should be just as offended as women are.  This isn’t just about the character of women, this says something profoundly horrible about men too.

I refuse to believe men are like that.  Some men are but they are pathological.  Most men I know are decent.  They are thoughtful and considerate.   Yes I have known some real monsters but they are not the majority, not even close.  But when a society or a culture embraces the idea that women are to blame for the violent crimes committed upon them by what I believe and hope are a few pathological men, then that culture isn’t just dehumanizing women.  That culture dehumanizes men too.  That is wrong on every possible level.   Anything that dehumanizes someone, anyone is wrong.  We know this.  Dehumanizing someone is an absolute wrong.  It is one of the few black and white things, like murder.  Dehumanizing someone is mental and verbal murder.  Dehumanizing another human being is wrong, always.

Forcing women to cover themselves completely lest some man be tempted is just as much an insult to the humanity of men as it is an affront to the dignity of women.  It says that men are not thinking beings capable of controlling themselves.  I reject that and so should we all.  Rapists are responsible for rape, whether the woman was dressed like a nun or running naked through Central Park.  Men are human beings and as such are capable of controlling themselves and the fact that there is a cultural belief that women are to blame for being the victims of violent crimes and misogyny is an affront to the humanity of women and men.

Yes this judge was appointed by Jan Brewer (R-AZ).  Yes this is pertinent because it is one more example of the entire underlying attitude of the GOP, the Tea Party and, sadly, a large segment of a very vocal Christians (the ones who the GOP and Tea Party are pandering to).  This is yet another example of the GOP war on women.  Yes it is real.  These are the people who tell women “don’t get raped.”    They do not tell their sons, “don’t rape.”

This is a symptom of the entire pro-life propaganda campaign that completely dehumanizes women and reduces them to walking incubators.  This is where that belief leads in real world applications.   The only silver lining is that these people have convinced themselves that they are so right and that they are so in control that they don’t think they have to be careful about what they say out loud where everyone can hear it.  They have become so emboldened by the socio-political bubble they have created for themselves and so arrogant by the echo chamber of self-righteousness that they inhabit that they no longer feel they need to keep their true beliefs about women hidden from view.

 

 

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A little church in Wichita, KS

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Local Issues | 1 comment

Today’s blog entry is to bring more attention to a little church in Wichita Kansas called Mosaic.  Now, they don’t all know I’m blogging about them but I did ask Mike if he minded.  That being said they may not want to be associated with me as this blog takes off because I’m an unapologetic feminist but their cause is just and good and they are in great need right now.  I can’t do much for them but I can try, in my own small way, to get the word out for them.

What Mosaic does is minister to the poor and the homeless in the Wichita area.  They do their best, to the point of giving everything they possibly can of themselves, their time and their passion, to minister as Christ calls them to.  They feed the homeless and befriend them.  They get to know the people in their community who are less fortunate than others.

The trouble is that they are often doing it alone or with very little support.  They can only do so much and they are getting burned out.  They need help, they need prayers, helping hands and food to feed the hungry with.  They are willing but they are getting discouraged because the task is so huge and they have so little to work with.

To show the love of God for those in need is grace.  It is paying forward the love that they have been shown.  It is not comfortable or easy to work with people who have needs that might make some feel uncomfortable at their own excess but these people do it and they do it out of love.  These people do what they do out of a deep caring and compassion for the other people in their community.

That caring is what underlies this blog.  I care about people.  I care when they are misled, I care when injustice is practice upon the weak.  I care about America and I care about God and the church.  That is why I am compelled to point out where they err.

It is fitting and right that the first real blog for this site is about a small church that is doing the right thing and doing it the right way.  These people represent an ideal that we as a church, we as a nation and we as a people, as human beings, should strive for in showing compassion to our brothers and sisters who are without, who are hungry.  We have so much, surely we can spare a little.

Mosaic is currently run by Mike Furches and this is his FB page:  http://www.facebook.com/mike.furches

Take a look, send them a prayer.  If you are in the Wichita area maybe you can stop by and give them a hand.

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