Friday, December 31, 2010

The military more macho, so says James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps,

Timothy McVey carried out one of the most horrific attacks on innocent civilians in the Oklahoma City bombing.

The military more macho…bearing arms makes you more of a man…the culture of violence and killing for the hell of it.

You decide: A macho thing, bravado or penile deficiency

After I heard Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, make some asinine statements I seriously questioned his motives for being a Marine. It is obvious that the man is a homophobe, but worse, I seriously question his rationale….Being a Marine is a “macho” thing and gays are weaklings and too prissy to defend our country. If that were the case, then women should also be excluded from the Military and I have known some women as well as some queens who have more testicular fortitude than this asshole.

What is disturbing to me is that this macho-bravado thing translates into actions that demonstrate a pride in the act of killing. It is killing for sport…kind of like hunting for sport; whether you kill a beast in the wild or another human being for sport that to me is totally immoral, repugnant and perverse. Don’t get me wrong…I still support the right of Americans to bear arms and keep them in a safe place where children can’t access them, and killing an animal in order to eat is quite acceptable.

Arms ownership also brings me to the contentious point of gun control. It is abundantly clear that not many of our citizens would have any use for a tank or a machine gun. It has become a national nightmare that any one person could carry a gun and shoot arbitrarily at a crowd or at a law enforcement person. This makes the job of police that much harder. I am in favor of registering and legally owning fire arms…but only to those who do not have a criminal record or are mentally stable. The SECOND AMENDMENT OPTION has to be used with prudence and wisdom…not a free for all, wild west type of an environment; or worse yet…propose like Sharon Angle did that we should use our 2nd Amendment option if elections didn’t go the way Teahadists wanted.

Frankly, I am more concerned about home-grown terrorists than I am of the radical Muslim Jihadists. We have seen what damage somebody like Timothy McVey can infflict. But easy, unrestricted fire arms ownership can make it a cinch for this kind of person to carry out an attack against defenseless and innocent people. But then again, this is the type of mentality that is cultivated in our military rather than the need of our country to have it defended. Commandant Conway is part of this culture and we should be relentless in weeding out people who need to wear a uniform or bear arms in order to validate their masculinity, or in the case of religious fanatics…obtain a free pass into paradise.

Oftentimes it is the old men who never served in the military who are the most vociferous proponents of war. Their bellicose endeavors are perceived to be a bravado-macho thing. That is very sad because we, as a country have engaged ourselves in many unjustified and unnecessary wars.

When I heard McCain singing “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” I cringed at the thought that perhaps one day this man could be President of the United States. Conversely, I cringe as well when I hear an asshole like Commandant Conway speak of his erroneous perception of gays.

Sadly, our culture is permeated with this kind of thinking and it is fertile grounds for others to inflict injury…even death to gays as was the case with Mathew Shepard and to add insult to injury; having an elected representative (Virginia Fox) utter the odious claim that his death was but a “hoax” while his own mother was sitting in the spectator’s balcony.

I have often criticized law enforcement people for excessive use of force and a culture that encourages police brutality; it seems that some men, devoid of genital prowess, put on a uniform to feel more manly…isn’t that what this Conway asshole is doing?

I also see acts of kindness and compassion coming from our brave military. It is clear that not many are serving their country because they want to feel like Commandant Conway and find validation in killing. We have seen photos of military personnel demonstrate an uncanny sensibility and a show of compassion in many recent photographs.



Thursday, December 30, 2010

President Obama wants to give America back to the Indians and Teahadist-Republicans mistakenly think that the voters wanted to buy into their ideology

The voters didn’t give them a mandate to turn this country into a right-wing tyranny or a theocracy…they just wanted jobs

A morally bankrupt politician wants to turn us even further to the right…meet a morally Neutered Newt Gingrich

And amazingly, with the behavior and tactics that can only be classified as sabotage and treason, they have blocked any and all efforts to turn the economy around…because Republicans figured that if the American people are miserable and enduring hard economic times they will turn around and vote Republican…

They are forgetting something here…a lot of the voters are easily misled and gullible that is a fact…but then there is a significant part of our population that is well informed and on to the antics of the Republican politicians…they will never vote Republican.

And if you add in another factor: that the Republicans have repudiated all minorities, then you may have a very solid opposition that will take them to the cleaners come next election; particularly if they continue to obstruct and delay legislation in the next two years as they have done in the last two.

Greg Dworkin says:

“In fact, Obama’s approval was at 49 yesterday in Gallup’s tracker, with Congress at 13. No wonder conservatives are upset that they’re not feeling the momentum. The public never wanted what they’re selling, they just wanted jobs. And those approval numbers and this fact are worth remembering as we move to next year’s battles: Barack Obama, and not Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, is the most popular politician in D.C. “

Lastly, the Republicans are acting as if they had no part on creating the mess we are in. There too the American public is not going to let them off the hook. At least folks like myself will remind them every day of their miserable lives that they got us into this mess and are not doing anything to correct it…just the opposite, and then on top of that they want to benefit the richest of the very rich by extending tax cuts…honestly, these assholes have a lot of gall.

Shocker: Obama to give America back to Indians

A secret U.N. plot revealed: First, they'll take Manhattan

Guys and gals, this is along the same lines as “death panels” and “show us your birth certificate”. One more attempt to discredit the President and spread the untruths and rumors.


Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Joseph Medicine Crow shows a drum to President Barack Obama during a reception for recipients and their families in the Blue Room of the White House on Aug. 12, 2009.

Congratulations, 2010, for fitting in one more completely insane made-up right-wing scandal: Barack Obama is going to give Manhattan back to the Indians! Also the U.N. will help, because grrrr, the U.N.!

Earlier this month, Obama said the U.S. would support the U.N.'s "Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People," a non-legally binding promise to finally treat indigenous peoples with some small amount of decency after hundreds of years of the government murdering them and expelling them from their homes and forcibly relocating them to barren desert ghettos and now just letting them live in conditions of appalling, abject poverty. Bush refused to sign on to this, because, I dunno, it was from the U.N., and it might lead to frivolous lawsuits, or something? It's a non-binding Declaration that basically says "we will be nice to indigenous people," there's no good reason not to support it.

But because hysterical right-wingers are hysterical right-wingers, they are seizing on this document as yet more proof that Obama wants to forcibly redistribute all the wealth, from productive hard-working Real Americans to swarthy welfare leeches. Take it away, World Net Daily!

President Obama is voicing support for a U.N. resolution that could accomplish something as radical as relinquishing some U.S. sovereignty and opening a path for the return of ancient tribal lands to American Indians, including even parts of Manhattan.

The issue is causing alarm among legal experts.

Oh, I bet it is. WND-founder Joseph Farah has a little column where he repeats this insane story, but then he quotes some egg-head professor who says that all the tribes want is some "open lands/spaces for repurchase," which doesn't really sound like "giving back" Manhattan to the Native Americans.

I say if you're gonna do it, do it right and actually give New York back to the Delaware Indians! I'd rather be ruled by them than by Bloomberg and Albany.

(Also why don't Scalia-style Constitutional originalists ever insist that America honor its various broken treaties with all the Indians whose lands we stole as we systematically removed and massacred them? I know that would entail giving them back the entirety of Oklahoma, among lots of other amusing things, but the supremacy of treaties is in the damn Constitution! Although I guess Article Six, with its federal supremacy clause and its no religious test talk, has always been the article that right-wingers are not particularly enthusiastic about.)

In all honesty, I think that the Native Americans, particularly the tribe’s elders and leaders have enough common sense and compassion to be able to run the country much better than the Democrats or Republicans…certainly a hell of a lot better than Republicans.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Six Groups in Need of Help This Season

Michael Moore talks about each group and why they are significant at the link below.

Follow the links below this to find out more about each organization or to donate.

Please notice dear follower; that I have never asked for donations for myself through my blog. I have been doing it for a year and a half now and heavens know how bad my financial situation is. But when I see a good cause, a just or fair reason to offer a helping hand; I try to promote it the best way I can…So please, take the time and visit these sites and if you are so inclined and not so terribly injured by the Teahdist-Republicans that you can afford to spare a few dollars, please donate to those above. If it gives you any consolation, this blogger, albeit on a limited income of Social Security donated a miniscule amount. I do thank you in advance.


Celebrating the start of the Civil War

WTF? Where have these people been for the past 150 years? Oh, yes, I forget…first they were Dixiecrats then they became Republicans, now they are Teahadists/Republicans

The total number of deaths in the American Civil War is estimated at 618,000 out of 31,443,000 population; that is about 1.9655%. This is a very dear price to pay for a hideous idea and a cruel concept, one that prescribes that people of the black race are inferior and therefore can be bought and purchased as property.

To me the concept of a human being categorized as property is not only repugnant but makes me indignant. This is not just unacceptable to the civilized world but it is downright immoral.

We hear a lot about “cessation” and “States rights” coming from Republicans and Teahadists. Make no mistake about it…it is all about racism and about their refusal to accept that people of color are not just their equals but could also be superior in intelligence, talent or worthy as human beings. One of the best examples is Oprah

Winfrey or Martin Luther King. But having a black man as President of the United States is something they just can’t stand…it is beyond their capacity to tolerate and that is why they have…Republicans, Teahadists, White Supremacists and others made it their objective to make Barack Obama a one term President.

You might say that this is not true because they would be hurting the country…but I say that it didn’t stop these people to declare war on the Union and cause hundreds of thousand deaths…so what do they care if they decimate the middle class, make America weaker and make us a third world nation…in their minds the blacks have no business governing the whites and Obama has to go even if the country they are left with is in ruins.

If you have any doubts just look into history when Here's the "Cornerstone Speech" by Alex Stephens himself, Vice-President of the Confederacy, given at Savannah on March 21, 1861, in which he compares the newly drafted Confederate Constitution with the old United States Constitution:

“The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the "storm came and the wind blew."

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”

When you hear the Governor of Texas speak of Cessation, consider the source…the Texas Constitution is one fucked up document and it has some shit in it that really ought to send us flying into the stratosphere with indignation…for example:

That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the “In all the non-slave-holding States, in violation of that good faith and comity which should exist between entirely distinct nations, the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party, now strong enough in numbers to control the affairs of each of those States, based upon the unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color - a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law. They demand the abolition of negro slavery throughout the confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and the negro races, and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us, so long as a negro slave remains in these States. . . .

We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States.

By the secession of six of the slave-holding States, and the certainty that others will speedily do likewise, Texas has no alternative but to remain in an isolated connection with the North, or unite her destinies with the South.”

This kind of thinking, in the 1860’s was wrong then and it is doubly wrong now. To hold celebrations of the Cessation is an affront to our civilized society, a slap in the face of the descendants of the Negro slaves and opprobrium to the principles in which our country was founded and exists.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More and more clues keep surfacing to support evolution

This one is one of millions, just announced

by Magnifico

Wed Dec 22, 2010

The human family just got a tad more diverse in research published in Nature today. The fossil genome of the Denisovans reveals ancestral link to the present-day inhabitants of Papua New Guinea and islands northeast of Australia, Nature News reports. The Denisovans lived in Asia about 400,000 to 50,000 years ago and are the cousins or 'sister group' of the Neanderthals.

A fossilized 'pinky' finger bone from a girl who lived about 30,000 to 50,000 years ago gave up a genome sequence to scientists working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Liepzig, Germany. From that sequence, geneticist Svante Pääbo "and his colleagues could tell little, except that the individual, now known to be female, was part of a population long diverged from humans and Neanderthals."

Whoa! Human evolution just got a little more complicated.

Her approximately 3-billion-letter nuclear genome... now provides a more telling glimpse into this mysterious group. It also raises previously unimagined questions about its history and relationship to Neanderthals and humans. "The whole story is incredible. It's like a surprising Christmas present," says Carles Lalueza Fox, a palaeogeneticist at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, who was not involved in the research.

"An analysis of this ancient DNA... reveals that genomes of people from New Guinea contain 4.8 percent Denisovan DNA," the New York Times reports of the finding."

The girl's finger bone and a large molar tooth were discovered in the Denisova cave in the Altai mountains of southern Siberia in 2008. "The adult tooth was too large to belong to a modern human or Neanderthal", adds The Guardian. Anatoli Derevianko of the Russian Academy of Sciences and his colleagues then sent the finds to Pääbo to have its genome sequenced. After initial tests, the discovery that the "Denisova DNA was markedly different from that of either humans or Neanderthals" came as a complete surprise to Pääbo and his team.

"It was a great shock to us that it was distinct from those groups," Dr. Pääbo said in an interview and quoted by the NY Times.

After sequencing the entire genome, they shared the data with two American teams working at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute. "The Massachusetts scientists concluded that the finger bone belonged to a hominin branch that split from the ancestors of Neanderthals roughly 400,000 years ago."

Nick Patterson, a Broad Institute geneticist, was among the researchers that used the Denisovan genome to hunt for evidence of interbreeding. "To his astonishment, a sizable chunk of the Denisova genome resembled parts of the New Guinea DNA."

"The correct reaction when you get a surprising result is, ‘What am I doing wrong?’ " said Dr. Patterson. To see if the result was an error, he and his colleagues sequenced the genomes of seven more people, including another individual from New Guinea and one from the neighboring island of Bougainville. But even in the new analysis, the Denisovan DNA still turned up in the New Guinea and Bougainville genomes.

"It is almost miraculous how well preserved the DNA is," said Richard Green, of the University of California in Santa Cruz, a member of Pääbo's team, in the Sydney Morning Herald. The discovery that some modern humans share Denisovan DNA means human evolutionary history is even more complicated than once though.

"We now see these very intertwined story lines with more players and more interactions than we knew of before," Green said.

How Denisovan DNA found in Siberia could have wound up in Papua New Guinea is a mystery, National Geographic reports.

"We don't think the Denisovans went to Papua New Guinea," located at the northwestern edge of the Pacific region called Melanesia, explained study co-author Bence Viola, an anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

"We think the Denisovan population inhabited most of eastern Eurasia in the same way that Neanderthals inhabited most of western Eurasia," Viola said. "Our idea is that the ancestors of Melanesians met the Denisovans in Southeast Asia and interbred, and the ancestors of Melanesians then moved on to Papua New Guinea."

Only a few "fleeting encounters" between Denisovans and modern human ancestors could have introduced Denisovan genome into our DNA, BBC News reports.

"It could be just 50 Denisovans interbreeding with a thousand modern humans. That would be enough to produce this 5% of those archaic genes being transferred," said Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London, who was not involved in the research.

"So the impact is there but the number of interbreeding events might have been quite small and quite rare," he said.

The Guardian adds:

Pääbo decided not to name the group a new human species to avoid academic fights over whether they represent a separate species or not. "Even for Neanderthals, where we have more remains than from any other group, palaeontologists can still not agree on whether they are a species or a subspecies. It is a sterile academic discussion because there will never be a resolution and I don't want to get into that," he said.

The link between the Denisovans and modern Melanesians was completely unexpected and shows the Denisovans must have lived far outside Siberia, Pääbo added. "This tells us that modern humans had babies not only with Neanderthals, but with the Denisovans too, and those kids became incorporated in human ancestral groups and contributed to us today. That is fascinating. There are two archaic groups that live on in us today and probably more," Pääbo said.

Earlier this year in May, Pääbo and his colleagues published the complete Neanderthal genome, which found evidence that Neanderthals mated with some modern humans.

With humans getting it on with Neanderthals and their cousins the Denisovans, "the ice-age world is starting to look cosmopolitan."

In my opinion, the biggest enemy religion has is not us Agnostics or Liberal-Progressives…no sir, it is science. Science keeps slapping them in the face and slam dunking all these scientific proofs of the validity of EVOLUTION. Of course, the Evangelicals will never accept science as a rebuttal because they have “FAITH” and it can’t be proven or put side by side with scientific evidence.

Also, it is important to note that ever since we obtained the key to the human genome we have unraveled some of the deepest mysteries and also found out a thing or two about our ancestors. So if the Evangelicals ask “Where we come from?” We can now, with a certain degree of certainty answer: “We come from a mixture of Neanderthals, Denisovans and early Humans.”

So, when these religious fanatics, trying to uphold the Creationist theory that the world is 6,000 years old we can, with confidence present them with the evidence that a new paper, by Prof Zilhao and colleagues from the University of Bristol, revealed new dating evidence for the Late Aurignacian of Portugal, an archaeological culture associated with modern humans, which firmly constrains the age of the last Neanderthals of southern and western Iberia to some 37,000 years ago.


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Monday, December 27, 2010

Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps on his way out.

Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, says that if and when Congress repeals the don't ask, don't tell " law, "we will obey the law."

This man was possibly the most vocal opponent of DADT in the US Military. His inflammatory statements, all of which were basically devoid of facts or merit but an expression of bigotry and ignorance has raised a few eyebrows. He is going to be retiring now…good riddance…if a man that high up in the military ranks can’t understand logic and fairness…can’t stand equality and the right of every individual to be treated fairly…then he does not belong in a leadership position.

Among one of his least intelligent statements when asked how the Marines' stance on "don't ask, don't tell" differs from the other military services, he noted that when it comes to recruitment among the military services, the people who join the Marines are "a pretty macho guy or gal, that is willing to go fight and perhaps die for their country."

When it comes to looking at tight housing arrangements on ships or in the field for extended deployments Conway says his unofficial surveys lead him to believe that regardless of age, origin or rank, it is his sense that the average Marine has "pretty uniformly not endorsed (repeal of the ban) as the ideal way ahead."

"I just think all those things have impact on the Marines," he said. "And we'd just as soon not see it change. But again, we will follow the law, whatever the law prescribes.

In other words, he sees this as a “macho”, bravado thing and not a service to America and to defend the country and what it stands for…so we now know that he was a Marine because he associated it with being “macho”. And I dare say that some openly and flamboyantly gay person like Rue Paul has more cojones than this poor excuse for a human being.

One of his fears was that allowing gays in the military would bring the collapse of the United States and the decline of a world power...Does he not realize that the Republicans and Tea Baggers are doing a pretty good job of destroying the country all by themselves and gays are already in the military and many will join in the future to defend this great land of ours?.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona

"The Cuban Gershwin"

“Siboney” “Malagueña” "Estás en mi corazón” are but the most popular

I was motivated to write this post after watching a video in another blog where there was a couple dancing to the tune of “Siboney” written by Ernesto Lecuona as a rumba although it is best known as a bolero everyone in Cuba knows and sings. The couple dancing had an uncanny ability to keep cadence with the music, particularly the female which kept it with a very voluptuous swing of her hips. The male did some unusual moves and was a bit too theatrical.

In America perhaps the best known piece written by Lecuona is “Babalú” made famous by Desi Arnaz and which became his trademark.

Siboney lyrics

Siboney, yo te quiero, yo me muero port u amor

Siboney, en tu boca la miel puso su dulzor

Ven a mí que te quiero y que todo tesoro eres tú para mí

Siboney, del arrullo de la palma pienso en tí

No se pierda por el entre el rudo manigual

Siboney, de mi sueños te espero con ansias en mi caney

Siboney, si no vienes de pena yo moriré

Ernesto Lecuona was the most important musician in Cuban musical life during the first half of the 20th century. Born in Guanabacoa, across the bay from Havana, in 1895, Lecuona first established himself as an outstanding pianist, graduating from the National Conservatory with the Gold Medal in performance at the age of seventeen. He went to New York City to play and there, in 1916, made his first public appearance outside of Havana.. International success as a pianist occurred seven years later, once more in New York but by then composition had become his primary musical activity. Among Lecuona's many achievements were the founding of the Havana Symphony (with Gonzalo Roig), the Lecuona Cuban Boys Band, and La Orquesta de La Habana. Lecuona wrote a great deal of film music in the '30s and '40s for such major studios as MGM, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers and, in 1942, was nominated for an Academy Award . A biography of the composer, Ernesto Lecuona: the Genius and his Music, in a new English translation by Professor Rafael A. Lecuona, has just been published and can be obtained by ordering from this web site if you follow the link.

Of course, Siboney is not the only great song this Cuban composer wrote; perhaps he is best known for Malagueña (1927 ) Siempre En Mi Corazon, Dame de tus Rosas, and Noche Azul are among the most famous; the composer wrote 406 of them. Many of these great melodies were adapted, arranged and rearranged over the years for various instrumental and vocal combinations both by Lecuona and many others. the composer wrote 406 of them.

Lecuona even wrote an operetta of which “Maria la O” is one of its most famous tunes.

Many of these great melodies were adapted, arranged and rearranged over the years for various instrumental and vocal combinations both by Lecuona and many others.


Cessation, States Rights, the right to discriminate .

Are we in the 21st Century or antebellum America?

What is really happening here? You hear governors talking about cessation, others about the rights of the states to supersede those of the Federal Government. You even hear how the Civil Rights of the 60’s were wrong and pushed down the throats of southerners.

The truth could not be clearer; they know they lost on the issue of slavery…it wouldn’t even enter their minds to suggest we could return to that. But for one hundred years after the Civil War the Southern states were successful in maintaining and successfully obtaining a repugnant discriminatory system. They did it through intimidation, coercion, and repression.

President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act

Gov Perry, Gov. Barbour, AG Cucinelli

Why is all of this surfacing at this time? Because we now have a black man in the White House and those Southerners probably remember the words of grand pappy Bubba who told them when they were kids that they better put up a fight against giving the blacks the same rights because some day they will take over the country.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

John McCain – from hero POW maverick to unpatriotic traitor

Integrity, fairness, bravery and patriotism was relinquished to partisan politics. In my opinion, no longer an honorable man.

How can a man of integrity, who was the example of bravery, dedication to his country, a principled and fair man…a very decent human being…how could he have become the monster that he is?

I remember very well how dirty the primaries leading to the 2000 elections were. I remember all the dirty, sleazy attacks that then Presidential hopeful George W. Bush directed towards a man we all perceived to be a decent, just, fair and brave human being…a patriot and a maverick. That did not stop Bush-Rove to attack him and make him look incompetent and not fit to be President.

I even thought at the time that the reason McCain lost the primaries was because he was too decent and unwilling to slither and muddle in that dirty cesspool of politics.

All of that is now gone. The man I once admired…even if I didn’t agree with his political views; became totally corrupt by ideology and partisanship. McCain no longer cares for his country because he places his partisan politics ahead of what is right and just. McCain has systematically erased all of his life-long achievements and his brave service to America by becoming an unpatriotic partisan right wing extremist.

McCain had further strayed so far from his center-right positions that we no longer recognize him. Make no mistake about it…if you place your religion, political affiliation before family or country you are a fanatic and by no stretch of the imagination are you patriotic.

Mr. McCain; we are telling you that we repudiate you as a politician and as a member of the human family…you left America a long time ago to serve the interests of the rich and the WASPHs. You are no patriot and you are no maverick.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday observations and comments, part two

Appropriate for the season

Christmas is supposedly the time that most of the Western “Christian” world celebrates the birth of the child Jesus. I have a problem with that because I don’t accept the “immaculate conception” theory…you actually have to have insemination to produce a human being. That concept is one that I rejected even before I reached puberty.

How ironic that we celebrate the birth of the “son of God” only to turn around and observe his death a few months later…under the most repugnant of circumstances…crucified and tortured. The imagery of a moribund Christ on the cross is horrific and morbid; but there is a reason for that. You see the imagery of a moribund, tortured and pain ridden Christ on the cross is supposed to exploit our feelings of empathy and pity…so that if “he died on the cross for our sins” then we are obligated to believe in him and that is why Christianity has adopted as its symbol the cross…that is a bunch of crap to me.

I also have a problem with placing Jesus…supposedly the son of God in a distinctive and far more prominent place than God him/herself…what they are actually doing is elevating a mortal being to the status of prophet and making him bigger than God.

I further have even bigger objections to such fabricated religions as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons…when they assign the title of prophet and apostles. In their scheme of things these are the anointed, the privileged few who have access to God and therefore have to be venerated and obeyed. They think that by assigning these titles to these mere mortals it brings them validation and makes them somehow superior to us. That is also one of the biggest piles of horse manure I can think of.

It is a bunch of crap. Just because you say you are “HOLLY” does not make you so.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday observations and comments, part one

Appropriate for the season

Notice that I seldom use the word “Christmas” and there is a reason for that. I see it as a period in our lives when we come together with family and friends to share good times and bond. I see it also as a very destructive consumerism based tradition where expensive gifts are exchanged; oftentimes non-utilitarian and banal.

To those who celebrate this as a religious holiday I tip my hat and say: celebrate all you want, that is your prerogative and your right…but don’t try to push it down my throat as I don’t share the same religious ideology you do…as a matter of fact, I have none.

There are those who will insist that they have such mastery of the Scriptures as to be able to tell the rest of us what and how to conduct our lives. There is even a portion of that segment that claims divinity or the ability to communicate with that imaginary God that was created by them in man’s image, not the other way around. To those I say: BULLSHIT!, you are nothing but an egocentric, megalomaniac delusional fraud. Nobody, not one single human being that has lived or is still alive has the answers to the question of the existence of God and how all of this came about. Those who claim to have it do not base it on logic or science but on “FAITH” and that to me is not acceptable.

Ricky Gervais in Why I’m An Atheist: “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,”

He further explains science: Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -­- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold on to medieval practices because they are tradition. If it did, you wouldn’t get a shot of penicillin, you’d pop a leach down your trousers and pray. Whatever you “believe,” this is not as effective as medicine. Again you can say, “It works for me,” but so do placebos. My point being, I’m saying God doesn’t exist. I’m not saying faith doesn’t exist. I know faith exists. I see it all the time. But believing in something doesn’t make it true. Hoping that something is true doesn’t make it true. The existence of God is not subjective. He either exists or he doesn’t. It’s not a matter of opinion. You can have your own opinions. But you can’t have your own facts.

The majority of the people who claim to have “faith” do so for selfish reasons…first because it frees them from having to think; second because it tells them that if they are good and if they do well in life they will attain salvation and a place in paradise…this to me is not only a very cruel joke but downright obscene. They find in religion a reason for their existence, a reason for living. I learned about evolution ; only I was already a non-believer by the time I was ten. I rejected Creationism and the Catholic Church as early as my seventh birthday. Evolution of plants, animals and us –- with imagination, free will, love, humor; I don’t need a reason for my existence, just a reason to live. And imagination, free will, love, humor, fun, music, art, sports, diversity, beer, good wine, beluga caviar, sushi and good sex are all good enough reasons for living.

Ricky Gervais also says: So what does the question “Why don’t you believe in God?” really mean. I think when someone asks that they are really questioning their own belief. In a way they are asking “what makes you so special? “How come you weren’t brainwashed with the rest of us?” “How dare you say I’m a fool and I’m not going to heaven, fuck you!”

So don’t accuse me of being arrogant, flippant and blasphemous…because you are the ones who are unreasonable by clinging to a fabricated ideology, an improbable and outlandish fairy tale that only in the minds of egocentric megalomaniacs can flourish.

You might also say to me that “being good” is a direct result of religious commitment or the existence of religion, Or “where would humanity be without religion?” I beg to differ…because if you are “good” only because religion tells you to be then you are not really that great a person…you are “bad” and pretend to be “good” in order to go to heaven; then if that is the case, you don’t deserve that salvation you seek and entrance into an imaginary paradise.