Monday, April 14, 2014

Miami-Dade blocks voters standing in line from using the bathroom

If there was any doubt in your mind that Republicans loathe the democratic process...this is one excellent example, it is unconscionable, inhuman, repugnant.

Suppressing the vote is the work of the Republican Party across the land. Some states where the Republican Governors and the Legislature have control have gone out of their way to institute anti-democratic measures. With the lame excuse that voter fraud has to be prevented...when there is virtually no voter fraud, the Republicans have demonstrated their unwillingness to support a working democracy.

In Florida, where voting is at best chaotic and we have a crazy-ass Governor backed by a very recalcitrant conservative Legislature, things got way out of control during the last elections when we saw people waiting in line to vote for six hours or more.

Now they want to make sure that not only the waiting time is a nuisance, but that inconveniencing voters who are standing in line for long periods of time can not use the restrooms. All of course with another lame excuse: Something about the ability of those who are handicapped to access said restrooms.

I live in Florida, and I don't know about you, but this is enough of an incentive to go out and vote, even if I have to wait 8 hours and piss in my pants.





Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mat Staver: Christians Might Overthrow The Government Over Gay Marriage

Staver hopes that the coming second revolution will be non-violent, "but you never know what will happen."


Now that crackpots like Mat Staver don't have the Reverend Phelps to do the talking for them and help them spread the hate...he's prognosticating that the American people will overthrow the government over gay marriage.


It baffles me to think that assholes like him would actually want to enter into a civil war to prevent a minority from enjoying the same rights everyone else has. We've been there, done that and the Civil War proved to be a disaster in terms of life and treasure and those who wanted to have discrimination and hatred lost.

He says that it's the Christians who will wage that war, yet, there is nothing Christian about what he is suggesting since Christ never uttered one single word condemning homosexuality.

 
 

All I have to say to this human phlegm is: TRY IT YOU MOTHER FUCKER and since you love hatred more than you love your country, you will be tried for treason!










Saturday, April 12, 2014

THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA IS THE SAME AS THE KOCH BROTHERS'

KOCH'S PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS

If you think that the evolution of the Republican Party into one of the most repugnant and regressive ideological machine America has ever known is just a spontaneous, grass-roots, common sense, patriotic, free enterprise oriented and a logical evolution of conservatism, you are in for a surprise.

All you have to do is look at the MANIFESTO that the Kochs published when one of those bastards (David) was running as Vice-Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party.

In essence, you will find all the present day Republican talking points, platform and ideological trends are also the same as David Koch's back then.

From one after another of Ryan's budget plans, (yesterday the Republicans in Congress voted for Ryan’s most despicable budget yet). NPR reports that “the sharpest cuts would come to health care programs for the poor and uninsured,” including a FULL repeal of Obamacare. And while poor and middle class families would see tax hikes, the GOP’s billionaire donors like the Kochs would see an $87,000 tax break.

 

 

Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:34 PM PDT

Astounding: David Koch's 1980 VP Run: Kill Medicare, Social Security, Minimum Wage, Public Schools

In 1980, David Koch ran for Vice President on the Libertarian Party ticket. Courtesy of Senator Bernie Sanders' press office, the 1980 Libertarian Party platform consists of literally dozens of odious positions, which Republicans today should be called upon to repudiate. Republican candidates and elected officials are having powwows with the Kochs, and why think that the Kochs have grown more moderate in their dotage?

This is a critical document that enables Democrats to tie Republicans to their genuine policy preferences, not the milquetoast lies and half-measures they claim to believe in.

Republicans' main ally and benefactor had the following platform, in part:

Taken from the blog post by Senator Sanders, available at

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/...

Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:

 

 

“We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”

 

 

“We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

“We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”

“We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”

 

 

“We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”

 

 “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”

 

 “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”

“We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”

 

 

“As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”

“We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”

“We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”

“We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”

“We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”

“We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

“We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”

 

 “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”

“We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”

“We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”

“We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

 

 

“We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”

 

 

“We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”

“We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

“We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”

“We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

“We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

“We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

Now, ask yourself this question: If the Koch brothers were able to somehow capture all three branches of government, would America be a place you would want to live in, be able to survive, or even be proud to call your country?

If what these two human phlegm brothers is what you want, then by all means support all Republican ideas and vote for them. I am sure they are measuring the White House drapes right now and the only issue of significance remains which one of the Koch brothers would be Emperor and which Co-Emperor.

But if you have that visceral dislike for President Obama, try to dig deep behind that feeling and ask yourself the question: Do you oppose Obama because he opposes everything these two bastards have somehow interjected into the Republican philosophy or do you dislike those but just hate Obama because he's black?

 

 

Lastly, don't think for one minute that what motivates these two arrogant traitors is greed...although it has a lot to do with it but since they have more money than God and can throw it away in order to buy elections, there is one underlying reason: Their father was a member of the John Birch Society and the two assholes want to bring validation to that once despicable organization.

In my opinion they should be brought to justice and tried for treason, collusion, corruption and voter fraud.

What the Koch brothers are suggesting is called ANARCHY!

 

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HELL LOOKS A HELL OF A LOT MORE APPEALING EACH DAY

When you look at the Evangelical-Christianist crackpots, religious fanatics who think they are going to heaven and you to hell, the prospect of heaven with them would be hell for most of us.

The recent controversy of denying service to same sex couples, be it a wedding cake, a recreation hall rental or a photographer not wanting to take the pictures should be settled already. It is clearly unconstitutional to operate as a business in the marketplace and openly discriminate against anyone.

But I think that the criteria, law or rule should mandate that the bigots be compelled to provide the service and at the same time, in order to save most people the indignity of piss-poor service and a hostile atmosphere...they should be required to post in their advertising and in their place of business a sign that clearly states their objection. It should read:

“We are required by law to provide service to everyone. We also reserve the right to our own religious-faith based objections and should be free to exercise our bigotry. You are therefore warned and we would appreciate if you look elsewhere for the services you seek.”

That would save us a lot of grief and would force the crackpots to admit they are bigots.

Following is a perfect example of how religious fanaticism, stupidity and hatred enters the heart of a parent. The love of a mother for a child is one of the strongest social bonds that exist...but hatred and religious stupidity knows no boundaries.
OUR THANKS TO:
WICKED GAY BLOG
http://www.wickedgayblog.com/
For bringing this to us




Read this amazing letter from a gay dad who has words for young Zach who was murdered:


"Dear Zachary,
Goodbye. We, the world, have failed you little one. You came to us, bright and full of promise, and we left you in the hands of one who did not appreciate your brightness, and in fact, she sought to make you suffer for who she thought you might be.
I am sorry. I did not cause the force that killed you, and in fact, I fight it daily. You are dead, however, and for me, that means that I did not fight hard enough, not nearly hard enough.
You were killed by homophobia, my child. It came through the hands of parents, through the very hands and arms that should have been there to grab you, and hold you and love you. It was the force of homophobia that killed you however, not just those physical blows that delivered it. While your parents embodied that hatred, it was not created by them, it had been given to them in many ways from the world around them.
I am sorry you were born in a world where too many voices tell you not to be you. No one should have to fight for the right to be themselves, least of all, a 4-year-old child.
I am sorry you were born into a world where so many feel that the ability to physically make a child is more important that the ability to love and nurture one. Where people are writing court papers vilifying parents who do not physically procreate, they should be writing briefs condemning parents who do not love. Birthing a child is merely bringing it to life. Loving a child is truly giving it a reason to live.
I am sorry you were born into a world where people believe in misinterpreted Bible passages and tired dogmas. They hold onto them only so they can rationalize hating something they don’t understand. Something they see in you, even in your innocence.
I am sorry for all the beauty, magnificence, talent and life that you represented that is now gone. I miss the adult you were to become: the father, the artist, or the hero. I mourn the children you did not get to raise and the better world you did not get to help build.

If a mother takes the life of her own child for imagining he was gay, think of what society could do collectively if that was the prevailing ideology...we would be hanging from trees



A man named Fred Phelps died a few weeks ago, two years after you did. He lived his life being hateful, trying to get people to be more homophobic. He failed and his efforts made people not want to be like him. Homophobia lost. You lived your life being loving, and your efforts made two people hate you. Homophobia still lost however, because I will never ever forget you.
I pray that your short life is held up as the horrible cost of the homophobic mindset. That mindset is not an opinion. It is not a right to religious beliefs. It is a deep and ever-present danger that kills the innocent. I pray that your life robs homophobia of its glory and helps shame it into non-existence.
Nothing will replace the life we lost in you. You were our child and we allowed our world to inspire your fate. You deserved so much better.
With you in our hearts, little man, I promise you, we will do so much better. We will shut this intolerance, this indecency down even harder. We can’t give you back your life, but through your memory, we can take back our own lives and this world.
We have the power to make this world one of love, fairness and peace. You have reminded us why we need to do that for all the future little boys and little girls just like you. We owe it to them. We owed it to you. We will not fail again."


Writer Bio: Rob Watson is a writer for The Next Family and Evol Equals and lives with his husband and children in Santa Cruz, California.


 





 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED 50 TIMES TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

While over 5 million have already enrolled with private health insurance carriers.
Do you think that Republican legislators would finally begin to work on legislation that actually creates jobs and improves the economy instead of wasting our tax payer's dollars?

You would think that any American with a small vestige of patriotism would actually help to contribute for the well-being of our country...Republicans seem to forget that it was their actions that created the mess we're in...through tax cuts for the rich, loopholes for corporations, systematic dismantling of regulations and insisting on austerity programs that only create more misery.

Yet, there are those who are giddy about the Republican agenda, those who applaud the ability to spend obscene amounts of money to buy Congress...and all done hiding behind anonymity. My question is simply this: If Republicans are so sure of their convictions, they have absolute resolve in their actions...why do they have to donate anonymously? Could it be that they are actually ashamed of what they are doing? It is after all unethically perverse and if it is allowed to continue it will destroy the democratic process.

Monday, March 17, 2014

INTO NOTHINGNESS


If you try hard enough you can make yourself believe anything.



As difficult as it is to deal with life itself, it is even harder to deal with one's mortality; it's the dilemma that has plagued mankind since we first began to think, to perceive our bodies as physical beings that cried out for an explanation...it is still a dilemma thirty or more thousand years later.

When we contemplate the fragility of our bodies, the fleeting moment that we spend wrapped in this decaying flesh, we aim to give it some meaning, to rationalize beyond the reasonable. That is one of the reasons man invented religion...superstitions, fairy tales which defy logic and go beyond the realm of our understanding what is and isn't possible or plausible.

The fact remains that we're born with a death sentence the minute we come out of the womb.


The thought scares most if not all of us: what if there's nothing beyond this physical manifestation? What if all there is left after our demise is nothingness? I am sure the thought has crossed the minds of many. I am also sure that in order to avoid thinking about it, multitudes have embraced religion as a crutch to ignore the obvious.

We don't know what if anything lies beyond...if there is a spirit or a soul or if we, as humans can transcend the demise of our physical bodies. Perhaps we travel through the proverbial tunnel into another dimension; or it is possible that what only remain as a vestige of us being here on earth is just our thoughts...or if we are enterprising and contribute to either the good or the harmful to mankind, our legacy would be our actions, words, thoughts and contributions.



I for one question that concept of a loving, all-knowing, compassionate God. Would the creator make mankind and then destroy it with a flood or an explosion? Would he kill 200 people trapped in a church building on fire? Why would he allow the mother of five, the youngest of which is only months old to be killed in a crash? The strongest bond that exists between humans is that of a mother and her child...would she be able to help them or even have any influence on their upbringing and survival after she's dead?


Why do we have guns and wars, famine and poverty, cripples and illness? Those questions remain unanswered and please don't give me the crap “the Lord works in mysterious ways” because that is crass, cheap and devoid of any logic.

Forget about those marble headstones in cemeteries, never mind the churches and temples which are monuments to ignorance and superstition. It does absolutely no good to decipher the dilemma and it doesn't provide a reasonable explanation to what happens to us after the flesh rots away and our bones turn to dust. There are some, actually millions who believe in re-incarnation...yet another speculation; there are others also who believe in obtaining heaven through martyrdom and blow themselves up in crowded markets or fly into buildings.

Nobody, I mean nobody has been there, some of us have had brushes with death and experienced some kind of perception that there might be some kind of realm we enter after we die...but the jury is still out on that one as it is explained by science as the remaining brain cells firing up messages.

 I for one went through the “tunnel” when I was riding a car involved in an accident. I can tell you that what I felt was peace, tranquillity, the riddance of the flesh and the absence of pain...it was joyous, it was much more desirable than living, suffering, pain, pleasure and even trumped my instinct of self-preservation.


I will say it yet one more time: “I don't care if you believe in little green unicorns from Tasmania and you hang from the chandelier to worship them” because if you do, it is inconsequential, meaningless in the realm of the big picture. If it makes you happy and helps you deal with your existence and your own mortality...kudos to you. However, don't try to force those beliefs on me or use them as an excuse to harm or discriminate me.

You can make yourself believe in anything if you try hard enough. You can even worship a book that supposedly is the purveyor of the word of God; handed down directly by him/her in riddles and fairy tales by decrepit, delusional old men.

So, go ahead, drink the Kool-Aid if it makes you feel better and deal with your problems and face your mortality...but I don't have to drink it.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

THE COSTS OF THE IRAQ WAR – NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THIS ONE REST

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Republicans want nothing more than to have us forget the Iraq War fiasco...a long, costly war they got us into to benefit the oil companies and lied to America and the world to do it.




While Putin invades the Ukraine and even still has the support of Republican-Teahadists for making Obama look bad; they also would like for us to forget altogether that Bush invaded Iraq in much the same fashion...unprovoked and misguiding us with lies.



That war was costly in terms of American and Iraqi lives and a shit-load of money to the tune of a trillion dollars!




Jordan Weissmann Mar 22 2013, 1:35 PM ET

As James Fallows recounted earlier this week, there was precious little discussion of what the financial cost of invading and occupying Iraq might ultimately be during the lead-up to war. Bush administration officials mostly treated it as a inconsequential, unknowable detail. The president's chief economic adviser was given the ax after having the temerity to suggest the price tag might reach $200 billion. Some suggested a liberated Iraq would pay for it own reconstruction with oil revenue. 
Nope. The direct cost of operations ultimately tallied about $823 billion, by the time the Congressional Research Service broke it down in March 2011 (the figures include a budget request for fiscal year 2012). The graph below, which I've borrowed and reformatted from Econbrowser's Menzie Chinn, shows how that cost escalated over time.”

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This is probably the most conservative way to think about what we spent on the war. For instance, it doesn't account for the hundreds of billions of dollars we will likely spend on future veteran care or its contribution to future interest payments we'll be making on the debt. Rather, it's just the cost of military operations, reconstruction, diplomacy, and additional medical funding for the Veterans Administration. 
But what's $823 billion, really? Well, enough to pay for an entire year of federal Medicare and Medicaid spending as of 2011. It's more than all of the tax hikes included in the fiscal cliff deal will raise in ten years. And it's just a shade under the full-decade cost of the stimulus, according to 2012 CBO estimate. It's also more money than the $757 billion Paul Ryan's budget would save by cutting Medicaid spending. 

Cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting...Just think if we had spent that money in wind and solar power development, roads and bridges, education and scientific research instead of going to war for the purpose of making the oil companies richer.