Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Conservatives Are Way Off The Deep End.

You Cannot Negotiate With Crazy People And Conservatives Are Way Off The Deep End.

“It’s no secret that a warped vision of Christianity has infested the Right Wing of our political system. It’s been going on for decades and has reached its crescendo in the candidacies of Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, two people whose only qualification for running is that they are deeply committed to that distortion of Christianity known as “The Religious Right.” Neither are particularly intelligent or learned. Neither has a successful career as a legislator. Bachmann has not had a single bill she has authored made into law and Texas is doing worse under Perry than it did under Bush. This is a neat trick.

Also, it’s on fire.

But they don’t have to good at their jobs as politicians as long as they are “Good with God!”

And this is where Obama as the Anti-Christ comes in. Even before he was elected, he was spoken of in negative religious overtones

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Undocumented Pregnant Women Forced To Give Birth While Shackled In Front Of Police

(NOTE: This is what a conservative Christian would most likely say: “If you didn’t want this to happen, then you shouldn’t have broken the law. I know you are coming here just to have a baby so you can be a US citizen. You are destroying the USA.”)

By Marie Diamond on Sep 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

“Just when you thought the nationwide crackdown on undocumented immigrants couldn’t get any more brutal, the Huffington Post reports that pregnant women in Arizona and Tennessee were detained and forced to give birth while shackled to their hospital beds because they couldn’t produce identification. The shackling of female inmates when they go into labor has been a roundly condemned practice in prisons, but local authorities are now extending that humiliation to non-violent immigrant women whose only crime was being stopped by police without a valid license..” READ MORE

Religious Conservatives Fear the Future & Everything Else

Exit Stage Right: Why Religious Conservatives Fear the Future: Many of us who have long been tracking the Religious Right find it anything but rapturous. Here is a dogma based in fear and the ultimate judgment: If you’re not with us, you’re doomed to being Left Behind to suffer years of Tribulations: plagues, world financial markets crashing, environmental destruction, holy wars, and an Anti-Christ who is popular and evil; he supposedly rules over a One World system that doesn’t look very white, evangelical or even American. That’s why during his election, so many Internet sites were abuzz with the question: “Is Obama the Anti-Christ?” READ MORE

How Did Anti-Muslim Bias Seep Into FBI Training? “A counterterrorism training session at the FBI training center in Quantico, Va., taught agents that Islam was a violent religion and erroneously linked religiosity to terrorism. Officials close to the process say part of the problem is that the counterterrorism training division has a lot of autonomy.”

Why Are Religious Conservatives So Scared of Gay Sex?

Clergy Should Be Wary Of Religious Right Attempts To Politicize Churches, Says Americans United

Romney to Share Stage with Far-Right, Anti-Muslim Activist (NOTE: well who the heck else is he going to get to vote for him?)

The Right Word: Praying for Chris Christie to run (NOTE: WOW: Three fat rich white men, two who are drug addicts, and all claim to follow some version of christianity support a fat white man who claims to follow some version of christianity who is clearly addicted to food. WELCOME TO THE USA: White Trash At Its Best!!!!!)

Who Or What Will The Tea Party Audience Boo During The Next GOP Debate?

Warning to Churches: Beware of Religious Right: Americans United for Separation of Church and State today called on the nation’s clergy to reject Religious Right attempts to turn houses of worship into centers for partisan politicking.

Bullying Gay Kids Today, Voting Republican Tomorrow

Gay Teacher Harrassed By Students Sees Justice: Investigation clears gay Fort Worth teacher.

10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked

A Conversation with a Teabagger or Birther

‘CHRISTIAN AMERICA – Revisionist History, Pulp Fiction, and new set of Graphite Irons’. By Shaun Costello

Conservative Christian Supreme Court Justice Failed To Disclose His Wife’s $700,000 Income

Religious Right Millionaire Backed Rick Perry’s Career, Paved Texas Conservative Politics With Money

25 Movies That Conservatives Hate

Get Out of My Bedroom – Conservatives have always complained that liberals were taking God out of society

Even If Your Name Is Cleared, FBI Can Keep You on Watch List

By Sarah Seltzer | Sourced from AlterNet
Posted at September 28, 2011, 8:23 am

“The FBI’s “Watch List” is a fabled roster of people the government agency has its far-reaching eyes on–if you’re on the list, your entanglements with law enforcement and transportation can be considerably difficult. But one would think that after these “watched” people are cleared of all wrongdoing, acquitted, or charges against them dropped, the slate would be wiped clean.” READ MORE

 

Calif. Christians Whine About Atheist Billboards

Calif. Atheist Billboards Lump Magic Underwear, Voodoo With Salvation: “An atheist group continues to spread its anti-Christian, anti-religion message in the typically conservative communities of Orange County, Calif., by unveiling two more billboard signs mocking faith this week.” READ MORE

Why You Shouldn’t Take Notes on Terrorist Plots

(NOTE: Quakers are still terrorists in the eyes of the FBI, because they helped slaves and they are anti-war. I sent an email to the FBI, asking if I was on any of their lists because I have given money to many organizations that fall under categories they like to deem as “potential threats” like: anti-war, animal welfare, civil rights, equal rights, helping the environment, religious tolerance/interfaith, etc. Needless to say, they never got back to me, so I am sure I am on some list for sure now…lol. Odd, the International Criminal Court replied to an email when I contacted them about George W. Bush. They were no help, but at least they responded. Does anyone remember a few years back when the gov. came out with some report about home grown religious extremist militant groups? Than all these congress folk stood up and said how supportive they are of the second amendment and then  I remember one congress person saying proudly; “Im a terrorist”, because he was happy to be called one if he fell into the guidelines the evil people in the Obama admin had labelled as terrorists. Well, i am not a gun totting white trash bible thumper, but I am a happy terrorist if it means i support civil/equal rights for all, ending war and oppression, stopping the destruction of the earth, and making sure animals do not suffer needlessly, I AM A PROUD AMERICAN BORN TERRORIST !!!!!)

STORY:

Why You Shouldn’t Take Notes on Terrorist Plots

By Adam Serwer, Thu Sep. 29, 2011

On Wednesday the FBI announced that it had arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate in physics, for allegedly plotting to fly model planes packed with explosives into government buildings in Washington, DC and elsewhere. As with previous sting operations, the actual plot, reliant on equipment provided by undercover FBI agents, was never going to take place. Unlike previous sting operations, the FBI got the target to outline the entire thing in writing.

“It seems like the FBI intentionally trying to ensure the entrapment defense couldn’t be mounted,” says Karen Greenberg of the Fordham Center on National Security.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferdaus handed the FBI agents a thumb drive with a plan described as “extremely detailed, well-written, and annotated with numerous pictures.” Ferdaus doesn’t appear to have found anything suspicious about two supposed Al Qaeda operatives asking for what sounds, essentially, like a grant proposal.

As Trevor Aaronson reported in the September/October issue of Mother Jones, the FBI has relied increasingly on these kinds of sting operations as they try to shift focus from “professional” terrorists to Lone-Wolf type individuals who haven’t received any kind of formal training. The government has come under criticism from civil liberties advocates who say that the government is using agent provocateurs to manufacture terror plots involving people who might not otherwise have committed crimes.

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While Holding Disaster Aid Hostage, Cantor Lobbied FEMA To Quickly Help His Own District

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) made himself into a symbol of the Republican fixation on budget cutting at any cost when he insisted that additional funding to help Hurricane Irene victims be offset with cuts elsewhere. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s budget has been drained after a string of natural disasters, and the agency thought it needed more money to help disaster victims. But Republicans, led by Cantor, threatened to shut down the government rather than approve additional funds without offsets.

But evidently Cantor realized that this aid was important to his constituents. On Monday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that while holding the agency’s funding hostage, Cantor was simultaneously lobbying it to aid his own district in Virginia” READ MORE

The USA Is No Longer Revolutionary, But Others Are

“The workers and youth in the USA(1) do not need to place their futures in the hands of nationalists, religious fundamentalists, or agents of imperialism. The revolutionary masses in USA (2) and elsewhere should place their trust in nobody but themselves, for they alone have the power to bring about the solution to the problems they face…” (NOTE: 1. Middle East and the Maghreb, 2. Egypt. Source: Egyptian working class organising and on the move – “a revolution within the revolution” http://www.marxist.com/egyptian-working-class-organising-and-on-the-move.htm, by Brian Adams 9/29/11)

Call President Obama and Demand Rene Gonzalez be returned to CUBA!

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5
www.freethecuban5.com
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free the cuban 5 hotline: 718-601-4751

URGENT ACTION:
Call President Obama and Demand Rene Gonzalez be returned to CUBA!

On October 7th, Rene Gonzalez, of the Cuban 5, will be released on parole after 13 years of unjust incarceration. The U.S. government is forcing him to serve his three year probation in Florida; where he has no family and will be at the mercy of the hostile community of right-wing Cuban Americans that helped secure his incarceration.

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuba 5 is calling on all Cuban 5 supporters to pick the telephone and call President Barack Obama and demand that Rene Gonzalez be returned to Cuba, where he belongs.

Tell your family and friends to call!

Forward this message out to your entire Address book, post on twitter, Facebook, or Google +!

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Judge Lenard’s Cruel and Bizarre Decision against Rene
by José Pertierra
Sept. 17, 2011
Reprinted from CubaDebate

On Friday, September 16, a federal district court judge made a bizarre ruling concerning one of the Cuban Five defendants who completes his jail sentence on October 7.

Judge Joan Lenard ruled that René Gonzalez, who has already served thirteen years in a federal penitentiary for being an unregistered agent of the Cuban government, will be forced for the next three years to live in Miami on what is called “supervised release.”

Mr. Gonzalez had asked the Court to allow him to return home to Cuba to be with his wife, Olga, and his two daughters, Ivette and Irma. Several years ago, the Department of State decided to permanently bar Olga from getting a visa to come to the United States. She has been able to visit her husband only once, during the last thirteen years. A cruel and unusual punishment for any prisoner.

Although born in the United States, Mr. González grew up in Cuba. He returned to this country—at the behest of the Cuban government—to monitor the activities of extremist groups in Miami who were carrying out terrorist attacks against Cuba’s civilian population from their safe havens in southern Florida. But because he did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and inform the Department of Justice of his activities here, he violated the law. The Miami-based terrorists he was monitoring, conversely, have never been prosecuted and remain free and protected in Miami.

What possible interest would the United States government have in further punishing a person whose only crime is fighting terrorism? Why force him to remain in Miami, a hotbed of anti-Cuba terrorism, for the next three years? Doesn’t it matter that Miami-based terrorists have murdered 3,478 Cubans and incapacitated 2,099 more during the past five decades? Furthermore, how can Mr. González be expected to comply with the terms of his supervised release in Miami?

The court-imposed conditions include prohibiting Mr. González “from associating with or visiting specific places where individuals or groups such as terrorists, members of organizations advocating violence, organized crime figures are known to be or frequent.” Does this not mean rather that he ought not to live in Miami, the sanctuary of terrorism in the United States?

The terrorists that Mr. González was tasked with monitoring continue to live in Miami. They openly advocate violence. As recently as April of this year, Luis Posada Carriles—the mastermind both of the downing of a Cuban passenger plane that killed all 73 persons aboard and of a campaign of terror in Havana that targeted civilians in hotels and restaurants —reaffirmed his support for further violence against Cuba. Posada Carriles and his terrorist friends live in Miami.

Why is the Court putting Mr. González’s safety at risk by forcing him to live for the next three years side by side with the very terrorists that he tailed as an unregistered Cuban agent?

Cuban-American terrorists are already responsible for the murders in the United States of Orlando Letelier (ex-Foreign Minister of Chile), Ronnie Karpen Moffitt (an American citizen), Eulalio Negrín and Carlos Múñiz Varela (Cuban-Americans who promoted a dialogue with the government of Cuba), as well as Felix García Rodríguez (a Cuban diplomat at the UN).

A public opinion survey conducted on the eve of the trial of the Cuba Five by legal psychologist Dr. Kendra Brennan concluded that Cuban-Americans in Miami have “an attitude of a state of war . . . against Cuba.”

Moreover, a 29-page study published a few years ago by Americas Watch said that “the dominant intransigent forces in Miami’s Cuban exile community” try to silence opposing viewpoints in Miami with violence. For example, a radio station was raided and one of its commentators beaten while other advocates of policy changes were subjected to bombings, vandalism of personal property and death threats. “While in the last few years there have been as many as a dozen bombings aimed at those who favor a more moderate approach toward the Castro regime, none has resulted in a single arrest or prosecution,” the report concluded.

It is irresponsible and dangerous for the United States to force René González to remain in this climate of violence and terrorism for the next three years. His life is at risk.

Judge Lenard explained that she cannot properly evaluate the “circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant.”

Really, judge? The “circumstances of the offense” are that René González came to the United States not to spy on the U.S. Government or to commit any crimes. His job was to gather evidence against terrorists who were operating with impunity from the United States and whose targets were innocent civilians in Cuba. In 1997, for example, Cuban-American terrorists organized a series of bombings at the most famous hotels and restaurants in Havana, including Cuba’s emblematic hotel—the Nacional—and the restaurant that Hemingway made famous, the Bodeguita del Medio. The purpose of the bombing campaign was to destroy Cuban tourism, thereby striking another blow to the Cuban economy that at the time was reeling from the loss of its customary trading partners in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

Especially after 9-11, the United States sustains that it is a matter of national security to punish the terrorists and reward those who combat terrorism. If that is the case, then René González should be allowed to return home to his family—rather than force him to remain in Miami surrounded by criminals who may very well have it in for him.
Judge Lenard also claims in her decision that, if she allows Mr. González to return to Cuba on October 7, she won’t been able to assess whether the American public “will be protected from further crimes of the defendant.” His only “crime” was failing to register as a foreign agent. How will Mr. González endanger the American people if he returns to Cuba? How much time does Judge Lenard need to make to properly evaluate something as clear as spring water?

The judge also alleges that more time is needed to “provide the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment in the most effective manner.” What?!!!

René González has no intention of living in the United States. His lawyer has already said that his client is prepared to renounce his American citizenship and return home to Cuba. He has no need of educational or vocational training whose purpose would be to reintegrate him into U.S. society. He wants to go home to Cuba and be reunited with his family, not be instructed on how to live in this country and endure three more years of estrangement from his family. As for medical care, he will have access to the best medical care in Cuba and it will be available at no expense to the United States or to himself.

To no one’s surprise, the Assistant United States Attorney in charge of the case, Carolina Heck-Miller, opposed Mr. González’s request to return to Cuba upon completion of his jail time. This is, after all, the same federal prosecutor who decided not to prosecute Luis Posada Carriles for terrorism, despite a request from the lead attorney on the case at the Department of Homeland Security.

The only saving grace in Judge Lenard’s otherwise inexplicable decision is that she gives Mr. González leave to re-file his Motion at a later time “should circumstances warrant modification.”

What circumstances could she be waiting for? For a terrorist in Miami to take a potshot at René?

Face Recognition and Digital Fingerprinting Creeping Into U.S. Workplace

Biometrics at Pizza Hut and KFC? How Face Recognition and Digital Fingerprinting Are Creeping Into the U.S. Workplace

By Tana Ganeva

Biometric technology is being used to more closely track low-wage workers, already desperate in a bad economy.

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Better Parenting: Fewer Greedy Bankers and More People Who Care

How Better Parenting Could Produce Fewer Greedy Bankers and More People Who Care About the Future of the Earth

By Toni Nagy

“Avoiding the “mommy and daddy” issues that lead to retail therapy and consumerism, changing how we raise our children could nurture a generation that will actualize sustainability. Here is a theory: everyone who works for Wall Street has serious mommy and daddy issues. Actually, why not extend that to everyone who supports our current corporatized economic system? Think about it. If we didn’t spend our money filling the hole in our souls with retail therapy and went to actual therapy instead, we wouldn’t be living in a trashcan of a world. Maybe if we changed how we raised our children we could nurture a generation that would actualize true sustainability and economic rationality. Picture the possibility of transforming the world through parenting our kids in a way that prioritizes peace over power, longevity over profit, community over greed. And maybe those children of the future could be wearing those spiffy silver space suits made from recycled tinfoil.”  READ MORE

 

3 Things Everyone Must Know About the Lunatic-Filled Republican Party

Confessions of a GOP Operative Who Left “the Cult”: 3 Things Everyone Must Know About the Lunatic-Filled Republican Party

By Mike Lofgren

Former GOPer: “If you think Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand-worshipping colleagues aren’t after your Social Security and Medicare, I am here to disabuse you of your naiveté.”

1. The GOP cares solely and exclusively about its rich contributors.

2. They worship at the altar of Mars.

3. Give me that old time religion.

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“A Day in the Life of Joe Republican (Conservative)”

(Republican and Conservative interchangeable)*

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee.

The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication.

His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs.

Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath.

The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work.

It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.

Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills.

Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive.

His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans.

The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck His nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good.

He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.

Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”

 

(*Note: this was originally published (anonymously) under the title A Day in the Life of Joe Republican. But this is a misnomer. In the last 140 years, the Republican and Democratic parties have switched sides several times, with one being conservative and the other being liberal. But labels and party affiliations change. What doesn’t change are the underlying political philosophies of liberalism and conservatism, and the fact that the liberals usually turned out to be right and the conservatives turned out to be wrong. And so it goes. Source: http://www.hcdems.com/misc/joe_conservative.html (no longer active at this time) Thanks goes to author, speaker and radio host Thom Hartmann, that is where I first heard it. There are many “versions” floating around on the internet also. NO ONE can argue when the facts are laid out for all to see.)

Study: Majority Of Young Evangelicals Have Pre-Marital Sex, Exposing Flaws With Right-Wing Attacks On Sex Ed

By Tanya Somanader on Sep 29, 2011

The religious right has a heavy-hand in conservative politics, particularly in an election year. Christian presidential candidates like Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) all tout their Christian credentials and signed the pro-life pledges to court the evangelical vote. But there is one traditional position that even young Christians are abandoning: the purity pledge. According to a recent study, 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults have had sex, only 8 percent less than the general unmarried adult population:

One of the biggest surprises was a December 2009 study, conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which included information on sexual activity.

While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex – slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.

This surprisingly high percentage should land a blow to the political canon of the religious right-wing. As chief proponents of abstinence-only education, religious right-wing organizations insist that delaying sex until marriage “is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.” Health experts, however, note that evidence suggests such programs “are even harmful and have negative consequences by not providing adequate information for those teens who do become sexually active.” Studies have not found that abstinence-only programs cut pregnancy rates, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or even the age when sexual activity begins.

Without proper sexual education, sexually active young adults are more likely to have unintended pregnancies or contract STDs. Family planning health centers like Planned Parenthood, however, are dedicated to addressing these needs. Indeed, Planned Parenthood’s chief services are sexually transmitted diseases testing and treatment as well as contraception. These services help Planned Parenthood prevent “more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year.” READ MORE

Debt Crisis Boost for Rapture ‘Industry,’ Magazine Says

“A new “apocalypse establishment” has emerged in the momentary absence of Harold Camping, exploiting the fears resulting from the approaching debt-ceiling deadline, and may help the End Times preacher to resurrect “professionally,” a business magazine says.” READ MORE

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