Posts made in October, 2012

Attention GOP: Racism and Misogyny are neither Christian nor American values.

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Getting it Wrong, Politics, The Christian Church | 0 comments

Also racism and Misogyny are not not family values, not blue collar values, not white collar values, not the values of decent people anywhere.   They are the values of small, hate filled, fearful people who have no morals, no principles worth having and no decency.  They are the values of small gods and tyrants.  These are the values that have taken over the Republican party and if you support the Republican party you are supporting a pro rape stance, a pro death stance and a hate filled destructive ideology that will cause untold destruction to America and create immeasurable misery in the lives of real human beings.  Of course that’s easy to dismiss if you don’t consider most other people real human beings. See how that works?  See how easy it is to buy into it?  Any time someone says, “Those people don’t matter because ___” fill in the blank, they are racist or misogynist or homophobic or whatever small, mean, immoral, hatefilled, soulless descriptor applies.

This is not what America is about.  America is the home of the brave.  Not the home of the fear driven cowards who are so timid they see the anti-christ in every non Republican president.  Such people are not the courageous Americans who broke away from England. They are not the courageous Americans who sacrificed their lives to prevent the Third Reich from victory in Europe.  No these people espouse the same superiority and self aggrandizing racism that the Third Reich did.  Substitute blacks, Single Mothers, Gays,  women who have abortions or Welfare Recipients for Jews and if you have the capacity be either horrified or ashamed depending upon where you started from.

The demagoguery of the Right is the clarion call of evil.  Dehumanizing others while telling the listeners that they are superior by virtue of their skin color or gender is evil.  It is the soul of evil.  It is how murders are able to murder, by dehumanizing their victims.  It is how rapists rape, by dehumanizing their victims.

This is the opposite of what Christ came to Earth for.  Christ didn’t come to Earth and suffer and die for rich white men.  Christ didn’t come to Earth and sacrifice Himself for the already perfect.  And Christ did not come to Earth to champion voting Republican.  Anyone who worships at the church of Voting Republican is following a false idol and listening to false prophets.  Anyone who equates voting Republican with being Christian is prophesying for a false idol.

Christ gave two commands:  That you love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and mind and that you love one another as you love yourself.

Christians love to quote John 3:16  For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son that who should believe on him should not perish but have everlasting life.

They stop right there when if they went one more verse, just one more verse to John 3:17 they would find out how wrong they have gotten everything:  For the son of God did not come into the world to condemn the world but to save it.

Jesus didn’t come to judge people but to save them.  The Bible, you know that book the “for show” christians love to wave around because it implies they actually read it or have read it, says that Jesus came not to judge.  So if they’re judging we can prove two things: 1) They don’t actually read, or care to know what’s in that book they love to waive around and 2) They’re not following Christ.

Love is the antithesis of hate.  Christians, followers of Christ love, they do not hate.  So if someone is claiming to be a Christian and they are also a racist, a misogynist a homophobe, you name it, then they are not following Christ which means they are not, by definition, Christian.  Going to church on Sunday does not make someone a Christian.  Following the rules the preacher makes, or the Pope makes for that matter, does not make someone a Christian.  To be a Christian one must follow Christ and only Christ.

Someone who loves others as they love themself would not try to take away others civil or human rights.  They would not engage in hateful campaigns of vilification and false accusations that slander and assassinate the characters of those they disagree with.  America was founded upon the basic principles of justice and freedom for all.  So trying to deny others their civil or human rights, say to their own bodies, is not American either.

Finally the God of the Bible, if one bothers to find out what the Bible actually says and who that God actually is, says that in perfect love there is no fear.  The God of the Bible says, “Fear not and know that I am God.”  So Christians who actually know their God cannot be driven by fear to harm the environment, others, or their country.   People who just go to church to feel superior to others and who don’t know God, they can be manipulated by anyone.

Americans and Christians do not worship false idols and they do not believe that taking away the freedoms of others somehow, magically, protects their own freedoms.  That’s how tyrannical dictators think.  That’s how the ignorant and ungodly think.  That’s how sociopaths  and narcissists think.  American was founded by people who expected better of human beings.  Christians are called to be better, Christians are supposed to have faith in the power of their God.

To allow religion or patriotism to be cynically manipulated by one’s own ignorance, fear and soulless hatred of others is neither American nor Christian.  It is shameful.  It is supporting evil.  Mammon is the false god of the Tea Party and it is the god of the GOP.  Worship Mammon at your own peril.

This article from the New Yorker is satire but like all good satire it has a lot of truth in it.

Consider well what the politicians you support and the party you belong to says about your country, for the patriot,  and your god, for the Christian.  Because people watch and listen and they decide if they want to have anything to do with your ideals or in the case of the religious, your god. If  the calling of your god is to get people to vote and take power here in this world then it doesn’t matter what your morality is.  If, however; the calling of your god is to bring people to him, they you’d better think twice about spouting hate.

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FOX News given OK to lie by Florida Judge, Propaganda Machine Throttled Up

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Politics, Social Issues, Theo-Philosophical Treaties on The Issues of The Day | 0 comments

Since we are in an election year and a lot of people have bought into the myth of the ‘liberal media’, a myth created and propagated by the Conservative think tanks for the last two generations, I thought I would write a few things about Fox News.  Fox News is the favorite news source of the Conservative people I know.  In fact the people I know who identify as Conservatives watch Fox News exclusively and get very hostile when I fact check what they tell me.

Here’s a little gem from Fox news that gets basic geography wrong.  Please take note of Egypt’s position where Iraq usually lives.  You know when we went to war in Iraq (thanks to W’s lies) we mocked the Iraqian press for lying to their people about where New York was on the globe, yet here is Fox news lying to their viewers about where Egypt is and wiping Iraq off the map entirely.

I don’t feel sorry for the people here in the US who believe such obvious lies.  I don’t feel sorry for the people here in the US who believe this kind of false map.  Unlike the population of Iraq, or really any of the Middle Eastern countries, with notable exceptions like Israel, their populations are not literate.  They don’t allow their people to go to secualr schools, especially not the women.  That’s how those tyrannical regimes maintain power.

This should terrify anyone who actually cares about America or any of the freedoms we enjoy. Because that is what the far right, the cult-like churches of the far right and the Tea Party/GoP are doing right now.  They are glorifying ignorance and preaching the evils of critical thinking and state funded education.  They have an agenda and the people who don’t care to think for themselves are following along like good little jackboots.

They don’t want to know the truth.  They are comfortable with the lies.  They are comfortable being told what they already want to think and believe.  They like being told they are better than other people even though they have done nothing to earn any accolades.  They like listening to Glen Beck, a vile human being who lies, touts conspiracy theories is a racist and misogynist.

They adore Matt Drudge who is an unapologetic liar and purveyor of outrageous conspiracy theories and fascist propaganda.    Karl Rove was the architect of the propaganda machine the right wing deploys as a weapon against their own people.

Their goal is not to inform people.  Informed people wouldn’t listen to the lies and vile hate they spew like a high pressure sewer system during a weeklong deluge.  What they want is to keep people frightened and ignorant.  Frightened, ignorant people are easy to control.  This is what makes certain cultish churches preach about the evils of knowledge and critical thinking.  Both groups aren’t looking to help anyone.  They are looking to control people to consolidate their power and increase their wealth.

They also like listening to Rush Limbaugh, another vile human being who lies chronically, is a racist and a misogynist.  (Yes Bill Mahar is likely a misogynist and a vile human being too.  It’s entirely possible that he just hates everyone equally which would not make him a misogynist in the strictest definition of the term but rather a misanthrope.   That doesn’t excuse anyone else and shame on anyone trying to make that excuse.  Just because one person does something wrong does not mean it’s ok for someone else to do it.  I shouldn’t even have to spell that out.  Yet here I am.)

The people who choose to listen to the lies and the hate do so because they like hearing it.  They like believing them.  They like believing that they are somehow more virtuous than the poor.  They actually believe that the poor are poor because they are either lazy or stupid.  And this from a woman who inherited her wealth.

The fact of the matter is that hard work does not equate to riches.  That’s a lie and a vile, hate filled lie at that.  The truth is that one must not only be hard working but also very lucky to be wealthy.  You have to be in the right place at the right time with the right connections to build wealth.  If hard work were all it took then blue collar workers would be the most wealthy people in the world.

Tell the people who were robbed of their life savings, their retirement accounts by Enron or who are losing their homes to banks that are practicing predatory lending, foreclosing on homes they don’t even hold the mortgages to that they’re poor because they are lazy or stupid.  Tell that to the victims of fraud, theft or natural disaster.

Banks didn’t just foreclose on active service members, they foreclosed on many other people too.  The banks, deregulated and too big to fail, stole families’ life work and left them homeless for the sake of greed.  Oftentimes a home is the biggest single investment a middle class American will make in their life time.  They sink their lives, their money, their dreams and hopes into that home and Banks have heartlessly, soullessly defrauded hard working Americans out of what is rightfully theirs.

These aren’t people who are lazy or stupid.  These are honest, hardworking Americans.  The practices of robo signing and improper documentation are what led to the collapse of the housing bubble and the worst recession since the Great Depression.  Then did the Republicans or the Tea Party care enough about American’s to help lift us out of that?  No, they took their offices and determined to do anything in their power to make sure that Obama failed.

They are trying to destroy America for the sake of regaining their political power.  They use racism and hatred of the “other” which they now define as liberal as their weapons of choice.  They equate liberal with evil and people believe it.

The people listening to those kinds of lies know they are wrong.  They know that liberals aren’t evil.  Or they did before they abdicated their consciences and critical thinking skills for the sake of feeling superior.  They have turned their backs upon their fellow Americans for the sake of feeling entitled to their good fortune rather than giving a single thought to those less fortunate.  Rather than feel a little bit uncomfortable at the idea of social inequality, they demonize the poor, the defrauded, the victims of horrible crimes so that they don’t have to face the stark reality of social injustice.

They know that racism is wrong.  They know that misogyny is wrong.   They know that dehumanizing other people is wrong.  They know it in their hearts even if they can’t identify the actual lies.  They know it but they like being told it’s ok to hate other people.  They like being told that their hatred and fear of other people, of the “other” is acceptable.  In truth they love being told that hating someone else is a sign of their moral superiority.  They love being told that calling someone who has different opinions evil is some kind of virtue.

They listen to lies and they know it’s wrong.  They don’t want to know the truth.  They tell themselves that Fox News is fair and balanced.  They believe it because Fox News tells them that.  Then they wonder why people mock them.  Perhaps because people who get their news from multiple news sources and who do their own fact checking know that Fox News lies.

The Canadian government wouldn’t give Fox News a broadcasting license because it is illegal to lie in Canada and call it news.   I wish the same were true here in America.  I don’t see how it would be an infringement on anyone’s free speech rights to insist that if they call it news, it be true and factually accurate to the best of their ability.  ((It has been brought to my attention that this is not accurate which is a shame because Fox News lies repeatedly and regularly and without conscience but Canada has allowed it to be broadcast within their borders.  Sadly that means I will not be referencing roguemedia any more.)))

Fox news won the right to lie and call it news in an appeals court in Florida.  Why am I not surprised this happened in Florida?  There were many articles and blogs but this was the only news release I found without sifting through pages of Google results.

The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission’s view, honest, equitable and balanced. The FCC decided to eliminate the Doctrine in 1987.

Now we are reaping the benefits of that action.  I’m sure the recent Citizen’s United ruling by our Supreme Court that defines corporations as people won’t have any unintended consequences either.  Certainly no one who is super wealthy, like say Sheldon Adelson, would try to buy seats in our government.

Because buying seats in a democratically elected government would be wrong.  It would subvert the will of the people.  It would be making a mockery of our democratic process and of America.  Because America was founded upon the idea that everyone had one vote and no one’s vote counted more than anyone else’s.  But through the use of lies and propaganda, by pandering to the credulous and the unquestioning, the wealthy can buy votes.  They can buy the votes of the people who worship at the altar of a particular political party, or at the altar of fear or racism or anything else that makes them feel exceptional.  They fall to the call of a false god, be it fear or pride, ignorance or entitlement, nationalism or political party.

On top of all of this Tag Romney, who just last week said he wanted to punch the President of the United States of America for doing better in a debate than his pathological father, owns the company who is supplying the voting machines in Ohio.

Has Fox News reported on this?  This is huge news that has an enormous impact upon our American way of life and government.  A presidential candidate whose family owns the voting machines being used in swing states is news.  Oh, right, that doesn’t support their propaganda agenda and it’s actually true.  Silly me.

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Who’s behind the rash of employers pressuring their employees about how to vote? Romney.

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Politics | 0 comments

I’ve been blogging about a disturbingly anti-American trend that has cropped up over the past couple of weeks of corporate moguls telling their employees that their jobs will be at risk if Obama wins the election for president of the United States of America in November.   It’s disturbing because it’s not just morally and ethically wrong to threaten someone’s job should an election not turn out the way you want, it’s also actively anti-American.

In my last blog about this subject I speculated about the Tea Party and vairous obscenely wealthy backers of the Republican party.  It never occurred to me that one of the men actually running for President would be the person behind this affront to everything America stands for.  Yet he is the one who called up these business owners and suggested they try to influence, try to bully their employees to vote for him.

This isn’t just un-American, this isn’t just pandering to a radical far right base, this is actively anti-American.  This is worse than reprehensible, it is despicable and should disqualify anyone from running for any office in this land, especially the highest office of the land.  Shame on Romney and shame on anyone who brushes this off and votes for him anyway.  This is not what America is about.  This is not something that  American’s should be able to stomach.  Our armed forces have bled and died for our right to vote.  This isn’t illegal but it should be.  It would be if it weren’t for the Citizens United ruling by Anton Scalia and his Supreme Court.  It is wrong.  It is evil and it is the antithesis of everything America and American’s stand for.

I am now even more appreciative of the wisdom of our founding fathers who instituted a secret ballot method for casting our votes and they did that for the express purpose of preventing others from influencing how you or I cast our vote.  This is something our founding fathers worried about.  That’s how anti-American it is to try to bully people about who they vote for.


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Binders full of Women, what does that mean exactly?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Politics | 0 comments

Oh the binders full of women, Romney asked for.  At first I refused to believe such an outrageous claim, then I got to thinking about how misogynistic and sexist the GOP is and realized it was probably true.  Qualified candidates at that.  Qualified for what?

Romney: And I — and I went to my staff, and I said, “How come all the people for these jobs are — are all men.” They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.” And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we — can’t we find some — some women that are also qualified?” And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.


We already know that the GOP and Tea Partiers don’t think women should get equal pay for equal work.   That’s why they all approved of Paul Ryan for VP.

Ryan voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay act, a law that makes it easier for women to challenge unequal pay. Ryan believes that life begins at conception and that abortion should be illegal in allcases, including rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Ryan co-sponsored federal personhood legislation called the “Sanctity of Human Life Act.” For those unfamiliar with “personhood” bills, this is legislation to give a fetus all the rights of an individual, “to provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.” The real world impact of such a law would be to dramatically curb if not outright outlaw abortion, limit some forms of birth control and even threaten in vitro fertilization.

There’s also the Tea Party leader who thinks our country would be better off if women had not been allowed to vote.  Thus echoing the dulcet strains of Rep Allen West’s opinions on women.

Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote.” She went on: “Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting.

But the question Romney was supposed to be answering had to do with what he would do to ensure that women get equal pay for equal work.  He dodged the question.  He never actually answered it.  He went on about offering flex time and how if the economy were really booming then employers would be happy to pay a premium for highly qualified workers.

I’m afraid history proves Romney wrong.  Even when our economy was going like gangbusters women were paid less than men for doing the same job as a man does.  In fact it’s only been because of concerted efforts by activists, feminists and people who believe in an honest days pay for an honest day’s work that women have reached such rarefied heights of pay as to be making, on average, 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.  So just getting the economy going will not automatically provide women with equal pay.

Do I believe Romney was looking to hire women because he wanted to provide equality to women in the workforce?  Not a chance.  Did he do it to better leverage himself as a career politician?  That I would believe.

He’s already said he’ll get rid of Planned Parenthood.  He’s already said that he believes there is no circumstance under which abortion is acceptable.  Like so many self described pro-lifers, he doesn’t consider a woman a living being.   Otherwise he wouldn’t sacrifice her health for a mass of cells with potential.  Just saying.

Here’s a recount of one of Romney’s actions towards a young mother in the ward of the Mormon church he was then Bishop of:

In 1990, Exponent II, a Mormon feminist magazine that [Judy] Dushku, [a] Suffolk University professor, helped found, published an article by a married mother of four who recounted her own experience after doctors advised her to terminate her pregnancy when she was being treated for a potentially dangerous blood clot.

Her bishop got wind of the situation, she wrote, and showed up unannounced at the hospital, warning her sternly not to go forward. The article did not identify Mr. Romney as the bishop, but Ms. Dushku later did.

Now the woman has come forward, identifying herself in [a forthcoming book about Romney by fellow Mormon Ron Scott] as Carrel Hilton Sheldon. (Through Ms. Dushku, she declined to be interviewed.) “Mitt has many, many winning qualities,” she is quoted as saying, “but at the time he was blind to me as a human being.”

You know, I find that last line fairly telling.  I don’t think Romney sees a lot of people as human beings.  Especially if they don’t have millions of dollars in their bank accounts.

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Corporate Leaders threatening employees jobs as leverage to force them to vote for Romney

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Politics | 1 comment

Voter intimidation is rampant in this election.  One would imagine in America that Americans would not stoop to these kinds of things.  The kinds of things we expect to see in places like Iraq or Palestine but here we are in America and seeing corporate business owners intimidating their employees to vote the way they want them to.  It ought to be illegal.

In These Times also reports that employees are restricted in their political free speech on social media outlets.

“It’s just they can intimidate people this way and they can make life miserable for you. The law would be strong enough to protect them probably, but you could be looking at being without your job for nearly a year,” said one Georgia Pacific employee.

One of the most absurd parts of the letter is its hypocritical charges of “cronyism.” The Kochs are two of the most influential figures in modern politics, using their money and political clout to influence elections. Charles Koch once penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed, included in the employee packet, that attacked “partisan rhetoric” and rewards for “politically connected friends.” At the time, we listed the various ways the Kochs personally profit from subsidies and government contracts and attempt to influence the political process through every means possible. Koch Industries has also played a speculative role in hiking oil prices higher for profit. And that “delay” in “important new construction projects,” mentioned in the letter refers to projects the Kochs would profit from, like the Keystone XL pipeline for shipping tar sands.


Spreading lies and threatening the jobs of their employees to elect their personal favorite to office is evil and anti-American.   I’ve come to expect this from the Koch brothers, who inherited a multibillion dollar company that made it’s fortunes in Nazi Germany.

Fred Chase Koch   (September 23, 1900 – November 17, 1967)  chemical engineer and founded the TEXACO oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries (Chevron).  Koch and its customers were sued for patent infringement,  process for turning crude oil into gasoline.  Litigation effectively put Winkler-Koch out of business in the U.S. for several years.  Koch turned his focus to foreign markets,  including the Soviet Union and NAZI GERMANY,  reportedly with the help of ERICH KOCH. 

The John Birch Society

The foundation is financed via the oil and gas fortunes of Fred G. Koch,  a founding member of the John Birch Society.  Koch  “wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement.

Seems the rest of the 1% just cannot help themselves either.  billionaire CEO David Siegel had this to say:

But I can tell you, if the US re-elects President Obama, our chances of staying independent are slim to none. I am already heavily involved in considering options that make our independence go away, and with that all of our lives would change forever.

Yeah, instead of being feudal serfs we could retain our freedoms and independence as citizens.  We, Americans, could remember who we are and stop letting the rich and powerful rob us of our rights and dignity as human beings.  That’s how our lives could change forever, if we ignore the bullying and thuggish intimidation of these kinds of men.

Oh and here’s one more:

In the email, obtained by MSNBC’s “Up w/ Chris Hayes,” Allen asked his employees to “give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration,” noting that “that chance goes away” if Obama stays in office.

“If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6th, and we lose our independence as a company, I don’t want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that will most likely come,” Allen wrote to workers at ASG, a company that has over 1,000 employees and 70 offices.


Lest you think the first two were isolated incidents.  The GOP has nothing to offer working class Americans but the super obscenely wealthy know that they will get all kinds of Government goodies and more deregulation allowing them to pillage as they please if Romney is elected.  The austerity measures the GOP is embracing now have been proven to make the recessions worse in countries where they have been enacted.  See France and Germany.

In a recent paper for the International Monetary Fund, Laurence Ball, Daniel Leigh and Prakash Loungani looked at 173 episodes of fiscal austerity over the past 30 years. These were countries that, for one reason or another, cut spending and/or raised taxes to shrink their budget deficits. And the results were typically painful: Austerity, the IMF paper found, “lowers incomes in the short term, with wage-earners taking more of a hit than others; it also raises unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment.”

Specifically, an austerity program that curbs the deficit by 1 percent of GDP reduces real incomes by about 0.6 percent and raises unemployment by almost 0.5 percentage points. What’s more, the IMF found, the losses are twice as big when the central bank can’t or won’t cut interest rates (that’s a good description of what Europe’s central bank is doing right now). Income and employment don’t fully recover even five years after the austerity program is enacted.


What the proposed austerity measures would do is allow the GOP and their 1% backers to gut our government, thereby reducing protections the public currently enjoys from unethical and criminal business practices.  The sub-prime lending fiasco that precipitated the Great Recession happened because of deregulation that allowed banks to do whatever they wanted to make a quick buck.  Robo signing, now illegal, on mortgages happened with rampant and almost joyful disregard to the people it would eventually ruin.  And why should they care?  They were only preying on the middle class.

America is a great country because of the kind of government we have.  Not because of a lack of government but because we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  Once our government becomes of the corporate wealthy, by the corporate wealthy and for the corporate wealthy then America as we have always known it, and as we think of it, ceases to exist.

Frankly the GOP has a responsibility to stand up and say that this kind of employee intimidation is wrong.  It is their party and their followers who are engaged in this kind of un-American, unethical behavior.  Romney, if he really cared about America or the GOP, would speak out against this kind of thing.  It should be all over the news and it should be roundly and soundly condemned.  This is not what we expect from America and it is not what we expect from those who are powerful Americans.  This is what we expect to see in the Middle East or Eastern Block countries.

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