“Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best- selling author Norman Solomon, who traveled with Penn to Baghdad just before the war to call attention to the dangers of a U.S. invasion, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. With remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, the documentary exposes how presidential administrations of both parties have relied on a combination of deception and media complicity to sell one war after another to the American people.
In real time, officials have explained and justified these military operations to the American people by withholding crucial information about the actual reasons and potential costs of military action again and again, choosing to present an easier version of war’s reality; a steady and remarkably consistent storyline designed not to inform, but to generate and maintain support and enthusiasm for war. War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.”
South Carolina’s Party of Purity: No Sex Before Marriage. And No Porn. Ever.
Anyone who wants to run for office as a Republican in one South Carolina county must pledge to live – and promise to have always lived — a pretty tame life.
According to new rules just adopted by the Laurens County GOP, no candidate will wind up on the primary ballot who hasn’t passed a purity test.
Among the new requirements to run as a Republican in this county in the June 12 legislative primary, according to The Clinton Chronicle, are that aspiring candidates must have abstained from sex before marriage.
And once they ace THAT test, they must take a pledge that “You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography.”
(NOTE: I love how those on the “right” ignore thier real duty; to uphold the US Constitution, not take pledges to Norquist or some political party. All the while they do this, they call those on the “left” anti-American. PLUS: NO ONE in the USA, has to pass any religious test to be elected. This may vary from state to state and changed over the years, but on a Federal level, trumping states rights, NO ONE is expected to be tested about their religious beliefs to hold office. See, it is people like JFK who spoke about his religion, that started allowing more Catholics to be elected. Unfortunately, Rick Santorum and others on the “right” always forget who paved the path for them. JFK sacrificed himself, put his electablitiy on the line, so no one else would have to. I thought these conservative Christians understood someone sacrificing for them. Throughout history, the “right” has always taken advantage of the freedoms they get by the actions of the “left”. Our very Founding Fathers were considered infidels, liberals, extremists, coming from a country where religion ruled the law and no one was promised equality.)
“Naturalistic humanism is a worldview, and most present-day atheists are probably naturalistic humanists. Humanists claim no more affinity with Joseph Stalin than do Southern Baptists. Indeed, some of the most damning indictments of Stalinism were written by humanists such as George Orwell and atheists like Arthur Koestler. Bertrand Russell is just as emphatic in “Why I am not a Communist” as in “Why I am not a Christian.” Humanist intellectuals and activists have a long and honorable record of opposing dictatorships of the left and the right, standing against oppression whether conducted by ayatollahs or commissars. Christian churches, let us recall, have far too often winked at right-wing autocrats, just as long as they were friendly to the interests of the Church hierarchy. To mention just one of many possible examples, during his long dictatorship over Spain, Franco enjoyed the support, or at least the acquiescence, of the Roman Catholic Church… “
Pennsylvania Atheist Group Buys Billboard To Exploit ‘Year of the Bible’: “As you all know (and are no doubt celebrating right now), 2012 has been declared “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania. Now, one atheist group is fighting back in their own way”.
A Defense of Church-State Separation: “Santorum must also remember that the separation of church and state is a good thing for the Catholic Church, and for people of faith in general. The concept has an honorable history within the Church. . . .”
Another Problem with ‘Purity’ : “Libby Anne , who grew up thinking sex was only something reserved for marriage, talks about one of the byproducts of that way of thinking: The belief that all men only wanted one thing from her”.
In News That Won’t Surprise You, Kirk Cameron Said Something Stupid on TV : Born Again, Pretty Boy, X-Heart Throb, and Child Star Kirk Cameron said he opposed abortion even in the (awful) case that his own daughter got raped.
Santorum also stated that separation of church and state was “not the founders’ vision.” : “Let’s step back in time and take an honest look at our founding fathers”.
Santorum and God’s Will CounterPunch After all, what progressive or decent conservative for that matter would support Rick Santorum’s rejection of the separation of church and state or his belief that it is better to live under the rule of a theocratic state rather than in a democracy.
False Gods and Politics: “A Letter to Rick SantorumThe GOP presidential candidate is crossing a dangerous political line, threatening a core American belief”.
‘The Angry Atheist’ just put out an interview he did with a pastor who’s secretly an atheist : “What caused him to lose his faith?”
(NOTE: DAMN !!! wish more people in the USA felt the same way as the writter of this article. We are becoming more and more religious and creating more and more inequality, going into more “wars” and cutting more help for those in need. Sounds like a nice compassionate Christian place to live…if you are a conservative Christian that is.)
Respecting the Boundary Between Church and State – What I once thought was a pretty bright line is getting awfully blurry these days : “This issue goes way beyond election-year politics. There is a fundamental principle of American democracy at stake here. Forgetting that fact is just one more troublesome step away from our Founders’ intent and closer to an Iranian-style theocracy, to use an extreme example, but you get the point. Last time I checked, we were not a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Buddhist, Muslim or atheist nation. We are a democratic nation. That means we don’t get to tell each other what to believe, and we don’t get to use our own religious convictions — no matter how strongly held — as a basis for limiting the rights of others. This is America, and that is one of our bedrock principles. Does anyone seriously disagree with this?”
“This Is Wisdom” – John and the Gospel of Hate
“For those who haven’t read the book of Revelation, they might at least know that the book is written by an otherwise unspecified “John” in which he relates his visions of the end of the world, dispensed in a somewhat poetical language, regarding angels, and vials, and scrolls, and dragons, and how they dispense God’s wrath over the Earth, resulting in plagues, poisoning, starvation, warfare, earthquakes, and other acts of divine mercy”.
Thomas Jefferson was thus right to say:
The book of Revelation is merely the ravings of a maniac no more worthy of explanation than the incoherences of our nightly dreams … I do not consider them as revelations of the supreme being, whom I would not so far blaspheme as to impute to him a pretension of revelation, couched at the same time in terms which he would know were never to be understood by those to whom they were addressed.
And (Thomas) Paine was less witty than literal when he quipped that Revelation was “a book of riddles that requires a revelation to explain it.”
Rush LimDick aka Fat Piece Of Shit:
Ronald Reagan is partionally responsible for allowing Rush access to the air waves: “Ronald Reagan tore down this wall (the Fairness Doctrine) in 1987 … and Rush Limbaugh was the first man to proclaim himself liberated from the East Germany of liberal media domination.”
Wheel of Fortune nit wit Pat Sajak, (and fellow an active supporter of conservative political causes and traditional family values man who has been married more than once and publlically admitted to addiction) allowed Rush to guest host his show, The Pat Sajak Show, allowing him more public exposure….
And here is what this has given to the USA and the World:
(NOTE: I LOVE how conservatives say: “personal responsibility and accountability”, when they themselves do whatever they can to play the victim and blame someone else. Rush should of gone to jail for making his maid buy him drugs years ago. He was caught, along with other drug-related illegal behavior, and should of taken responsibility for his behavior. He is also a fat slob, and he needs to take responsibility for getting free health care in Hawii when he was there a few years ago and utilized it, while abusing his body with drugs and food, leaving the people of Hawii to flip the bill. I hope he follows in Andrew Breitbarts foot steps. Only the death of these types of people, will make America a better place for all people.)
Thank You, Rush Limbaugh, by Lisa Wexler Talk Radio Host, Attorney and Author: “Dear Rush, From one talk radio host to another, thank you so much for your recent attack on Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law Student who testified before Congress in favor of a policy that would include birth control as part of health care coverage. You called her a slut. You meant to insult Sandra. But because you called her a slut for exercising her right to speak up and demand birth control, you have stripped the word of its traditional, cruel meaning. I am now a slut too.”
(NOTE:The anti-woman problems both in America and the rest of the world will not end until the three anti-woman Abrahamic religions are no longer allowed to have power in government, no longer allowed to be used as an excuse to go to war, no longer allowed to have tax exempt status, and no longer allowed to follow thier own laws and given tax money from all tax paying citizens…..as we all know, this will never happen, it will only be when all three major anti-woman Abrahamic religions fade away. (The three major Abrahamic religions are, in chronological order of founding, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.)
The New ‘Dark Age’ Is Upon Us
“…..the Dark Ages refers to a period of roughly 1,000 years during which the science of the ancient Greek and Roman societies was forgotten, discouraged, and suppressed by medieval Christians. By placing their “holy” book above all else and fighting anything that was not consistent with it, early Christians set back scientific progress approximately 1,000 years.
What is even more troublesome than losing the advances of the ancients to early Christians’ war on reality is that there are Christians today working toward similar ends. Recall that opposition to modernism and anti-intellectualism are key components of Christian extremism. The result is that we have a politically influential movement in the United States opposing education, battling science, and working to prevent equality for women, LGBT persons, atheists, and many other groups”.