Sunday, August 31, 2014

GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE...REALLY?

King James Bible
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
If you are a devout Christian, a “Bible Pusher” don't read any further...you're going to be pissed.



—God’s nature being holy, pure and righteous. In fact, David writes, “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you” (Psalm 5:4 emphasis added). God is holy and hates sin. If He did not hate sin, He would not be holy. God is love, but He is also wrath, justice, and vengeance. But His wrath is a holy wrath and His justice and vengeance are holy as well. God’s love is holy. Therefore, He cannot "love everyone all the time no matter what they do," as some like to claim. Nothing could be further from the truth. God loves righteousness and holiness and hates sin and evil. If He did not, He would not be God.
I don't know about you, but I have become more cantankerous and intolerant of ignorance and superstition as I got older. The kind of double talk offered by the religious baffles me. I don't think they are aware that there are millions of us out there, not frequenting their monuments to ignorance and superstition they call temples, or churches...or glued to some tel-evangelical network...we're thinking, rational, logical and very inquisitive intelligent beings...we refuse to allow others to do the thinking for us...or to hand us some ancient text and tell us that it is the word of God.
 

 Now, as for being made in his image, I hope not...I mean, I am as unlike God as anything out there. I have a conscience and a moral compass, (it excludes sin as it is an absurd concept) I don't kill, I don't hurt others, I treat everyone as I would like to be treated...so be it if is “the Golden Rule”.






What Richard Dawkins says about the Bible:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticide, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Is he describing the Devil?
 
 
 

Now, men of the cloth and religious scholars will tell you that people are just misquoting the Bible, which is just like a newspaper recording the current events...kind of thingie...because it is mainly poetry and wisdom. They further justify the actions of this violent God by saying that if it is God doing it, then it is quite acceptable.

 
Myth: The Bible Says it, Therefore God Promotes it

“For those people that love to misquote the Bible, and point out various passages out of context, so let's begin with a lesson in Bible 101.

There are historical accounts and real stories of events that took place and are recorded in the Bible. There are also books in the Old Testament that are mainly poetry and wisdom.”

“Every passage of the Bible should be examined individually. There is no blanket statement for this. However, the atheist is only interested in one thing: To prove that God is not a loving God.”
further they repeat that: “Does New Channel 6 promote prostitution because it reported it on last night's news?

Of course not. Neither does the Bible.”

Just because something is reported and recorded in the Bible, doesn't mean that God promotes it. The Bible teaches to love all people, even those that hate you.” 



Sanitize it any way you want assholes, too bad it is written clearly that shit like this pleases God...just like “A burning bull carcass is a pleasing odor to God: “The priest is to burn all of the bull on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” (Lev. 1:9)

And the problem is compounded by the fact that so many millions actually believe this crap and are willing to replicate it.


The conflict I see is that far too many Christians take the Scriptures literally. The Bible itself replaces God and Jesus and we all know that is idolatry...worshipping an inanimate object.








There are more than 10,000 canonized Roman Catholic saints. Or if it tickles your guilt, you can worship a moribund Christ on the cross...morbid, if you ask me and designed to draw out your sense of pity...or you don't have to be monotheistic...you have a fantastic paranoid God with three personalities in the trilogy of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!

Throughout history we've had people worshipping many things, many Gods. Today, there are as many interpretations of the Scriptures as there are Christian denominations, perhaps a lot more. These so-called Christians are not only hurting themselves but hurting others along the way by interpreting the Scriptures literally.

But a God that is capable of genocide, fratricide, homicide, infanticide, subject his faithful to untold indignities and harshness, one that dishes out natural disasters and wars...that is not the God of love...nor will it ever be regardless of what the religious leaders tell us...no, that is more like the Devil...or are they one of the same? That God does not deserve to be neither worshiped or praised...nor should we direct to it with any wishful thinking (prayers) imploring his intervention.
 
 I am simply not any of that...and that makes me not God-like! Thank God I'm better than that.


 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

HOW I FEEL ABOUT IN GOD WE TRUST


The majority of Christians have not given this one a wisp of a thought.



The intrinsic value of money is zilch...after all it is either a piece of paper or a sliver of metal. However, what is written on it has some meaning, for example: $1, $5, $10, etc. then you have a message, in this case it appears there only because our country is composed of mostly Christians and a portion of those are rabid religious fanatics.
It is a no-brainer, to these religious extremists, money becomes important because their deity is entrusted to its solvency...that simple.
Money doesn't buy happiness, only happy moments and an opportunity to buy food and shelter...some amenities perhaps.
Our currency didn't always have that religious message. It was added in 1956 by the 84th Congress. I suppose before that, you couldn't trust your money because God was not complicit. Wait, then we had the gold to back it up.
I worked hard for that money, and in terms of utility, that dough is just as meaningful to me as to a religious person. But whenever I have one of those bills in my hand, it just reminds me of the insistence by the majority that I and millions like myself, abide by their concept that an imaginary deity is going to impart real value to the currency.
How do I feel about it when I go to court and have to swear on a Bible? Pretty much the same way...I first ask to have the Bible done away with and then I recite: “So help me, me” I refuse to be intimidated into telling the truth when it is in my nature to do so.
When it comes to the Pledge of Allegiance, those words “UNDER GOD” were added sometime recently (President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God,")
The way I feel about it is that the addition to the Pledge somewhat diminishes it in my mind. I love my country and I am patriotic, I will defend it against all enemies. But when “under God” is added to it I feel like a hypocrite because I don't think that being faithful to your country and its ideals has anything to do with that imaginary deity.

I now realize that at the heart of the problem is how one defines money, country and the soul of America. The America I love is one that celebrates diversity, it is a country of acceptance and inclusion, not division and discrimination, if including those words of acceptance of a fabricated deity is what defines my patriotism and love for my country, then it is not that much of a place I want to love and defend.
I personally prefer “E Pluribus Unum” which means out of many, one...reflecting America's tolerance and diversity.
Certainly not make money my deity.




Sunday, August 24, 2014

HEY! REPUBLICAN-TEABAGGERS: YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES.


From your ideology to your politicians, from your propaganda news network to your message, from your heroes to your faith-based homophobia and racism.



I know, I know...you think you're patriotic, you think you represent America and you think, sadly, you really don't think, because you're glued to a television network that is the propaganda branch of a political party.

Long ago, some ideologies were tossed aside, discredited and exposed for what they were: terrible, destructive, askew and divisive...and now you tell us that John Birch, Ayn Rand, Joe McCarthy were on the right track?

Republicans, you have a dismal record when it comes to choosing politicians...did it ever occur to you that most of the real “bad” Presidents have been Republicans? Do you remember Hoover, Nixon, Reagan, Bush?

Has it dawned on you that every time we have a Republican President the economy does worse and when he leaves office he has grown the national debt?

Republicans, you really suck at picking symbols and heroes...KKK, Confederate flags, guns and tea bags. 

 

 

 

But seriously Republican-Teabaggers, you gave us a Presidential candidate in the last elections that was immensely wealthy and out of touch with 47% of the people, one who re-defined person-hood to include corporations, one who gloated about his business experience when it amounted to vulture capitalism and leaving thousands of people jobless.

You have consistently opposed, blocked, filibustered and sabotaged any effort to revitalize the economy, you refuse to fix the problems you created and left us with...and the reason is? Because there's a black man living in the White House? No, it is not just that, you've have thrown under the bus not just Blacks, but also women, Hispanics, labor unions, seniors, uninsured, gays, educated people and even children.

Don't you think it's about time you take a long, hard look at yourselves and what kind of unpatriotic, un-American set of ideas you have? In my book, you are nothing but traitors.

 

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CAN YOU IMAGINE IF JOHN MCCAIN HAD WON THE ELECTIONS?

The now discredited Senator still wants to take us into war...one, two, three...as many wars as we can manage to engage in.


Do you remember “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran”? Then candidate McCain and the Republican Party were subscribing to a hawkish position that we should not only stay in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we should bomb Iran...because they were within a year of building a nuclear bomb.

Seven years later, Iran hasn't built a nuclear weapon, diplomacy, sanctions and common sense have succeeded; the people of Iran will live to see another day, one in which they might replace their repressive theocracy with a secular democracy.

But McCain wanted to have the U.S. Intervene in Ukraine, in Syria...and now he wants us back in Iraq to fight ISIS...how much more of this warmongering and sabre rattling can we endure?

When those Jihadist terrorists beheaded a journalist the whole world was appalled as it should be. But putting boots on the ground to fight religious fanaticism just won't cut it...after all, we have plenty of that here at home...as well as repugnant racism.

Dead is dead, whether it is a beheading by some religious fanatics or shooting an unarmed Black young man because of pervasive racism.

How do we solve the ISIS terrorists threat? I think that we could invite the King of Saudi Arabia to the U.S....give him the royal welcome he deserves...21 gun salute, gourmet meals and a one week stay at Camp David.

There, he has to be told and persuaded to end support for terrorists, to convince those religious leaders who get on the pulpit to spew hatred and encourage terrorism to stop.

Money talks and bullshit walks...when the Saudis are faced with the prospect of sanctions, losses of oil revenues in the billions, they will find the way to curb and persuade those Islamic extremists that are emerging not only from Saudi sources but also from sources in other countries, such as Iran, Kuwait, and Syria. When they see that three or four of their religious leaders who encourage and aid the terrorists are blown up when they start up their cars, they too will abandon this Jihadist quest.

When it comes to solving our domestic racist problem it may not be as easy...America is a dismally divided society working with a dysfunctional government...and one political party that is exploiting the racial divide. But it can be done...expose them, shame them, ridicule their racism as bigotry and totally unpatriotic. Let's put an end to AFA Hate Group’s Bryan Fischer: “God Will Use ISIS To Punish America and the Gay Gestapo” and people like him.

We have to get our priorities straight...there is a lot of work to be done in America; our time, treasure and efforts should be spent here at home improving our society, infrastructure and our government...we have to, we must, it is incumbent upon us to stop listening to discredited, old politicians who haven't met a war they didn't like.




Sunday, August 17, 2014

AH, THOSE PESKY CHARTS...REPUBLICANS HATE THEM

...I LOVE THOSE CHARTS!



In a parallel universe where these right wing extremists live, they seem to have a talent for manufacturing lies, outrageous talking points, and, most of all, a narrative that is laden with hatred and division.

This works on the premise that if you tell a lie, an innuendo, a conspiracy theory or some other nonsense out there, repeat it enough times, some gullible people will begin to believe it...then the more stupid ones will actually incorporate them into their insane agendas...to coincide with the greed and power hungry super rich minority.

It works for them up until now. We have people like Elizabeth Warren calling them out on this. We have Bernie Sanders (Socialist-Independent) who everyone of these right-wing operatives try to dismiss by using the scare tactic that he's really a Communist and that Socialism is just as bad. The American people are not buying it any more...they see that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are telling the truth and have the facts to back it up.

But somehow, along the way, the facts emerge to not only disprove all this nonsense, but to totally deprive the right wing of all credibility. 

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Spending

Government spending increased dramatically under President Bush.  It has not increased much under President Obama. This is just a fact.
Deficits


 Bush_Obama_Deficit_2014

Note that this chart starts with Clinton's last budget year for comparison.
The numbers in these two charts come from Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2015.  They are just the amounts that the government spent and borrowed, period,  Anyone can go look them up.  People who claim that Obama "tripled the deficit" or increased it or anything of the sort are either misled or are trying to mislead. President Obama inherited a budget deficit of $1.4 trillion from President Bush's last budget year and annual budget deficits have gone down dramatically since.

The Stimulus and Jobs


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In this chart, the RED lines on the left side – the ones that keep doing DOWN – show what happened to jobs under the policies of Bush and the Republicans. We were losing lots and lots of jobs every month, and it was getting worse and worse.  The BLUE lines – the ones that just go UP – show what happened to jobs when the stimulus was in effect. We stopped losing jobs and started gaining jobs, and it was getting better and better.
The leveling off on the right side of the chart  shows what happened as the stimulus started to wind down: job creation leveled off at too low a level.
It looks a lot like the stimulus reversed what was going on before the stimulus. We have gone from losing around 850,000 jobs a month to gaining over 200,000 jobs a month.
Conclusion: THE STIMULUS WORKED BUT WAS NOT ENOUGH!

More False Things
These are just three of the false things that everyone "knows" because places like Fox News repeat them over and over and over.  Some others are (click through): Obama bailed out the banks, businesses will hire if they get tax cuts, health care reform cost $1 trillion, Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme or is "going broke", tax cuts grow the economy, government spending "takes money out of the economy."
Actually This Reduced Spending And Lower Deficit Have Hurt The Economy
Government spending is literally, by definition, the things that government does to make our lives better. People have been tricked into thinking that government spending is somehow bad. The billionaires and giant corporations spread this nonsense around because they are greedy and just want their taxes lower. The top income tax rate used to be more than 90 percent and the top corporate tax rate used to be more than 50 percent. That was back when we built this country's great infrastructure, had good schools and defended the world against the Soviet Union. We also had higher economic growth and a growing middle class.
Government spending does not "take money out of the economy." In fact it puts money into the economy, creates jobs and lays the foundation for future prosperity. The decline in government spending shown in the charts above is the reason that the economy remains sluggish and jobs are still hard to get. Just look at that chart showing what the stimulus spending did for the job situation. But since the stimulus ended, Republicans have obstructed every effort to continue to use our government to help our economy.
For example, this chart from The Atlantic, "The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Government," shows how government spending to create government jobs helped us get out of the 1981, 1990 and 2001 recessions. But since the 2007 "Great Recession," we instead have laid off hundreds of thousands of government employees, obviously making unemployment even worse.

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This chart shows only the loss of government jobs. Never mind the job losses in the stores where all of these people were shopping. The Atlantic article says this, "EPI argues that "these extra government jobs would have helped preserve about 500,000 private sector jobs."
And never mind the millions of jobs lost or not created because of "austerity" cutbacks in government spending on things like maintaining (never mind modernizing) our infrastructure! And beyond that, what if we had spent some money (public investment) to retrofit every building and home in the country to be energy efficient, or built high-speed rail around the country? How many millions more would have been hired to do those things – and how much would we be saving on energy and other costs from now on?
This chart from Roger Hickey's post, Continued Jobs Growth. But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts., shows how "conservative budget cutting has undermined growth from mid-2010 through 2014":
Graph-impact-of-Federal-Fiscal-Policy-on-Real-GDP
"As you can see, the impact of austerity on the economy is projected to be reduced over the next two quarters, but the next budget is not expected to be expansionary – and Republicans are still writing budgets under the mistaken conservative theory that spending cuts somehow stimulate growth."
Family Budget?
They say that government is like a family budget – when the money isn't coming in you have to cut back. That's just nonsense if you think about it. First of all, if we make the big corporations and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes again, the money would be coming in. And anyway, families do invest in a mortgage, student loans and car loans so they can have a place to live, a good education to get a better job, and a car to get to and from work.
So don't fall for the nonsense the big corporations and billionaires are spreading through their right-wing outlets. When you look a little deeper, that stuff just falls apart. A country needs to invest to create jobs and have a better future.

Why This Matters
These things really matter.  We all want to fix the terrible problems the country has.  But it is so important to know just what the problems are before you decide how to fix them.  Otherwise the things you do to try to solve those problems might just make them worse – just as laying off government workers in a recession makes unemployment worse.
If we get tricked into thinking that Obama has made things worse and that we should go back to what we were doing before Obama – tax cuts for the rich, giving giant corporations and Wall Street everything they want, when those are the things that caused the problems in the first place – then we will be in real trouble.


Note: This is an updated version of the 2011 post, "Three Charts To Email To Your Right-Wing Brother-In-Law." This post has updated charts using more recent data, and has been rewritten somewhat, partially to note the disastrous effect of austerity (budget cuts) on people and our economy.
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One last thing, when these Republicans tell you again and again that we have a spending problem...just tell them that what we have instead is a revenue problem....easily fixed if all the corporations and the very wealthy would pay their fair share of taxes.