Monday, December 31, 2012

DON’T BOTHER TO PRAY FOR ME

I’m not changing and I don’t regret anything

Furthermore, I find it offensive, that by you saying “I’ll pray for you” you are implying that there is something wrong with me, something that is so awful that needs changing…and since you think that prayer is the answer I take offense.

Other than the fact that I think that prayer is nothing more than wishful thinking, it it preposterous of you to think that your prayer will change me or people like me to fit your model of perfection…nobody is perfect and I have my fair share of flaws…but these are my flaws and you have no right to pass judgment since you have plenty of flaws yourself.

So, do me a favor, save your prayers for some other imaginary solution like preventing an earthquake or driving away a hurricane. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

TO ANONYMOUS: YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET COMMENTS PUBLISHED


I’VE HAD ENOUGH…HAVE YOU?



 
When are we going to deal with this sick mentality of violence and insensitivity and repudiate it?
I for one don't want to let go of this issue...other distractions will come and we'll be in the same place we were before until the next mass shooting.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

EVEN ONE MORE REPUBLICAN TO THE SENATE OR THE HOUSE IS ONE TOO MANY

If the American people keep voting for Republicans…even moderate ones we will not be able to have a government that is functional.
How many times have we seen this happen? Surely this stagnant situation with the budget is a feeble attempt to hold the middle class and the poor hostage so the wealthy and the corporations don’t have to pay their fair share of taxes.

If you don’t see this for what it is then you deserve to have no government, your Tea Party’s ideology is based on no government at all except to police our bedrooms and women’s vaginas.



Keep voting for Republicans, even the moderate ones and you will see how DEMOCRACY ceases to exist, granted, we are a divided society under an incompetent government thanks to the Tea Party and the Republicans; but to put the welfare of the American people in play, to sabotage the financial stability of America to push a repugnant ideology is treason.


We had elections and the majority of the people voted to reject that ideology…now, they have to accept the fact that they lost and go about the business of building a better future for everyone…and that will include the wealthy because wealth is created from consumption and it trickles up from the middle class and the poor…never does it TRICKLE DOWN.

Friday, December 28, 2012

WHEN GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE HE WAS EXHAUSTED AND HAD TO REST ON THE SEVENTH DAY


When God created man he shot his wad, smoked a cigarette and has been sleeping ever since.






WARNING

This blog does contain adult and gay material. If you are under your country's legal age (18 or 21), do not scroll down and leave this page now.

Thanks

But if you believe in God, then you must admit that he had a sense of humor…here are some examples:



PLATYPUS



OSTRICH


 

The Crooked Forest is located right outside of Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland



God: “ok, which one of you is telling Eve to eat the fucking apple?”


 

Let’s give him a hand


 
 


Pregnant man


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MOST MASS SHOOTINGS DONE BY UNSTABLE WHITE GUYS

Think of what our reaction as a society had been if the perpetrators had been Black, Hispanic or Muslim.
An average of 34 people are killed every day in America, compared to other countries, we seem to be a very violent, gun-oriented society.

The daily crimes that result in deaths or serious injuries are perpetrated by all kinds of people; street gang type thugs, drug related quarrels, crimes of passion and the suspect deranged individual who kills his family members and perhaps even turns the gun on himself.  These violent crimes are perpetrated by whites, blacks and Latinos alike.

Rarely you will find women among these and even more rare to find mass murder perpetrators to be other than white guys gone postal. This is an interesting observation that merits some consideration. Could it be that some white dudes are more susceptible to the kind of insanity that drives them to commit these horrific crimes? 

There are of course no clear cut answers and it is very difficult to make an accurate or even an intelligent profile of these but it is worthy of discussion. 

But the fact remains that this is only possible in a country that has elevated the ownership, use and adoration of weapons to a cult, it is a reflexion on a very dysfunctional society that has as its base a Wild, Wild West mentality…here domestically and abroad. We seem to prefer to settle scores through violence and not through diplomacy or as should be with individuals with mental problems…with professional help.







Monday, December 24, 2012

A PRESIDENTIAL HALL OF SHAME CONTENDER: RONALD REAGAN – CHAPTER NINE



 
REAGAN AND HIS ASKEW ECONOMIC IDEAS SCREWED UP AMERICA FOR DECADES CHAPTER NINE - HIV AIDS (Some of this has been previously posted but still relevant years later)
THE START OF HIV-AIDS EPIDEMIC AND REAGAN’S REFUSAL TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE ITS EXISTENCE
The gay plague, God’s punishment to homosexuals, a curse from heaven to those heathen, perverts…that was the predominant rhetoric coming out of the pulpit in those days and one that Reagan seemed to be in tune with.
While young gay men were dropping like flies, the disease took a form of an epidemic but those in power, including the President opted to ignore it and if it was killing the gays…no big loss, they deserve to be punished for their sins.
That general attitude has changed considerably but there are still pockets of homophobes out there who use the Bible as a shield to spew hatred and misinformation. This is also a legacy of President Reagan.
Ignoring the warnings of the Center for Disease Control and that of other experts, Reagan again and again refused to even address the issue.


“If only Ronald Reagan had been willing or able to summon up similar passion and bluntness during the early days of AIDS. First reported in the medical and mainstream press in 1981, it was not until October 1987 that Reagan publicly spoke about the AIDS epidemic in a major policy address. By the end of that year, 59,572 AIDS cases had been reported and 27,909 of those women and men had died. He and his administration did almost nothing during the first seven years of the epidemic. AIDS research was chronically underfunded. Community education and prevention programs were routinely denied federal funding.
Reagan, a man affectionately dubbed the Great Communicator by his supporters, was excruciatingly, unjustifiably silent about HIV and AIDS. Defenders of the Reagan legacy like to argue that his domestic policy advisers downplayed AIDS to such a degree that the former president never developed a sense of urgency. To accept this, you would also have to believe that Reagan never watched television or picked up a newspaper. The media -- print and television, including the first 24-hour news network, CNN -- were all over AIDS in the 1980s. Histrionic televangelists like Pat Robertson and Rev. Jerry Falwell seized any opportunity to articulate and promote the idea that AIDS was God's wrath upon homosexuals.
Even as the highly publicized illness and subsequent 1985 death of Rock Hudson made headlines and sent a shiver down Hollywood's spine, Reagan remained inexplicably quiet. His friend and colleague, beloved actor and White House state dinner guest, was dead from AIDS. No public comment. What was that about? Indifference?
Had he chosen to speak up after Hudson's death, the world would have listened. Ronald Reagan, the man who confidently parlayed Hollywood stardom into a successful political career, could not have had a more compelling opportunity to open his mouth.
Some carefully chosen words might have squelched the homophobic rhetoric of the day. Some genuine leadership might have generated compassion to counter growing hostility and hysteria about AIDS in America. How profoundly different our world might be today if Reagan had pointed to one insufferable preacher and bellowed, "Rev. Falwell, you sanctimonious turd, sit down and shut up!"
Or what if this man, this piece of all-American craftsmanship, had simply offered an affirmation of plainspoken optimism about AIDS? What if he'd just told us he cared about the lives of the people infected or affected by the virus? In eulogizing the former president, the current occupant of the White House, George W. Bush, told us Ronald Reagan "believed that the gentleman always does the kindest thing." All the recent glorification of his presidency cannot eclipse the fact that when it came to AIDS, Ronald Reagan did not show the world his humanity.”* 



















It was at this point, in late July 1985,that Hudson publicly announced he had been diagnosed with AIDS.  There was a huge outpouring of support, but for the most part, I think it really just f-ed with people’s conception of of AIDS and of homosexuality.
Hudson’s announcement gave AIDS a public (and sympathetic) face, and was one of several moments in the 1980s that helped de-stigmatize the disease and those who suffered from it. It also gave a public face to homosexuality, one that was not stereotypical or the butt of a joke. These were enormous revelations, and their effects are still felt today.
How many of the deaths that took the lives of so many could have been prevented, or perhaps their lives extended if Reagan would have had the cojones to piss off his Evangelical allies, how much more could have been accomplished in the areas of prevention and research had he given the problem the attention it deserved. For that, the gay community and the world at large will hold Ronald Reagan responsible and will go down in history as one of the most homophobic and callous Presidents.

*David Salyer is an HIV-positive journalist, educator and activist living in Atlanta, Georgia. He leads safer sex presentations for men and has facilitated workshops for people infected or affected by HIV since 1994. Reach him by e-mail at cubscout@mindspring.com.


AND THE CRAP-O HITS THE FAN

This is delicious, a Mormon Republican, homophobic Senator arrested while intoxicated. Please allow me to gloat.


Anti-gay Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) was arrested in Virginia early this morning and charged with DUI. 

Crapo, a Latter Day Saints member for whom alcohol is forbidden, had a .11 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest.










Perhaps it would have been a better idea for him to have abstained from voting against all those pro-LGBT legislations, taken a plane back to Idaho, had a couple of drinks on the plane and then during the change of planes at the Minneapolis airport gone into the airport restroom and sucked a couple of dicks like his colleague Larry Craig did…he would have been happy and we all would have been happier.



SOURCE: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/

A PRESIDENTIAL HALL OF SHAME CONTENDER: RONALD REAGAN – CHAPTER EIGHT

 
REAGAN AND HIS ASKEW ECONOMIC IDEAS SCREWED UP AMERICA FOR DECADES CHAPTER EIGHT (Parts previously posted but still relevant years later)


EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT DEMISE AND TO THIS DAY WOMEN ARE STILL SECOND CLASS CITIZENS

We should have buried Ronald Reagan with his Legacy for Women










In a special commentary, Martha Burk, head of an organization representing 6 million women, argues President Reagan injected into Republican politics a strain of virulent anti-woman policies that continues to infect its ideology.




“The most anti-woman president of the 20th century will be buried today. Too bad his policies can't be buried with him. Unfortunately, they're still very much alive” 



The war on women has been in the works for decades if not centuries. Ironically, the Republicans incorporated in their 1940 Presidential Platform an Equal Rights Amendment but after that it seems that after it disappeared from the 1980 Presidential convention that had Reagan as its nominee…fluke coincidence? Not at all, Regan could not stand the feminists, the liberated women, the idea that women had control of their wombs and the ability to have a say in family planning.



There were systematic cuts for funding or international family planning


The Equal Rights Amendment disappears from the Republican Agenda

Reagan began his assault on women even before he was elected. The Republicans had been the first major party to champion constitutional equality for women, putting the Equal Rights Amendment in their platform in 1940. Ronnie ended that. At his bidding, the ERA disappeared from the GOP platform at the 1980 convention that nominated him to be the party's standard-bearer.

At the same time, Reagan backed a Human Life Amendment that would ban abortion and even some types of birth control. When most people think about Ronald Reagan and women, it will be this anti-abortion stance that will come to mind first. For many, his name is infamously twinned with the 1984 "Mexico City Policy," which dried up money for international family planning. 

Pro-life, anti-abortion elements of the party were actually encouraged to press their point of view as Reagan embarked upon a shrinking of departments like the EEOC sending a signal to misogynists that it was acceptable to discriminate women and to continue with wage disparity.

Perhaps the most injurious and insulting attacks on women as it focused on single mothers raising children who needed federal assistance when Reagan labeled them “welfare queens” …seriously folks, how many actual numbers were there of women milking the system to justify such vile and vicious stance? A few thousand perhaps? Just so that welfare could be slashed, denied or eventually done away with altogether. 

Curiously, the same kind of mentality is still visible as we all witnessed how candidate Romney referred to the 47% that would never vote for him…extending the insult from “welfare queens” to almost half of our population including seniors on Social Security and members of the military and their families. 

So you say: nah, Reagan didn’t do that? but remember that Reagan embraced the ultra-right conservatives from The Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Free Congress Foundation. These right-wing fanatics quickly moved to push an agenda in the form of the so-called Family Protection Act, introduced in 1981, which  would have dismantled equal education laws, banned "intermingling of the sexes in any sport or other school-related activities," required that marriage and motherhood be taught as career choices for girls (but not, of course, marriage and fatherhood for boys) and banned legal aid for women seeking a divorce. The act never passed.

 Women who supported any of these efforts were often called lesbians who just want to impose their abominable life style on the rest of society. These ideas were seen as out of the mainstream back then. But the seeds were sown. 

Legal aid all but disappeared under George H.W. Bush.
Under his son George W. Bush (who reinstated Mexico City after a brief rescission under Clinton), the torch is still carried high. Though he failed to dismantle Title IX prohibitions against gender discrimination in education (women's groups fomented a revolt among soccer moms and dads), other Reagan-era tenets have become reality under W. Look at the anti-woman roster he has racked up: the first federal abortion ban, federally funded abstinence-only sex education and marriage promotion for welfare recipients.
Under his son George W. Bush (who reinstated Mexico City after a brief rescission under Clinton), the torch is still carried high. Though he failed to dismantle Title IX prohibitions against gender discrimination in education (women's groups fomented a revolt among soccer moms and dads), other Reagan-era tenets have become reality under W. Look at the anti-woman roster he has racked up: the first federal abortion ban, federally funded abstinence-only sex education and marriage promotion for welfare recipients.

Conservatives will wax eloquent in the coming days that Reagan's economic agenda with its record deficits, tax cuts for the rich and dismantling of social programs, was ahead of its time. They'll be right. It took until the Clinton administration to complete Reagan's assault on poor women and their children by "ending welfare as we know it." The deficits of the 1980s look minuscule compared to today's black hole that is getting deeper every second, assuring that programs like the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program that provides milk, eggs and cereal to pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants will be starved far into the future. 

During World War II, the need for labor dictated that women participated in the war effort. 

Women had to make the sacrifice and leave their housewives duties and child rearing to go to work in factories. Women started to wear slacks and it was then that they realized that a woman could do a man’s job just as well if not better.

After the war, conservatives tried to turn back the clock and relegate women to the traditional roles they played before…but it was too late, women were empowered, confident and began demanding equality. 

That legacy translated into advances in the work place and in the military to the point where women are now piloting the airplanes they once helped build or participating in active duty military maneuvers…yes, they are even in the battle fronts.

When Rosie the Riveter got her driver’s license and went to work at the plane factory wearing pants, she also became the pre-cursor of the feminist movement, something that the Republicans and in particular Ronald Reagan loathed with a passion.



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Institute for Women's Policy Research:
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National Council of Women's Organizations:
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The Seventies in America
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

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Identification: Proposed but unratified constitutional amendment
Date: Ratification attempted from 1972 to 1982
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The Equal Rights Amendment needed ratification by three-fourths (thirty-eight) of the states before it could become part of the Constitution. Although a majority of Americans supported equality in principle, many feared changing traditional roles of men and women, especially in families and within society as a whole. These fears were serious enough to generate opposition in the conservative southern states that had not ratified the ERA, ultimately causing its defeat.
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The Equal Rights Amendment read in pertinent part as follows: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Congress first considered an equal rights amendment in 1923, and the proposal was raised regularly after that time. However, social reformers and labor unions were concerned about the effect of the ERA on labor legislation protecting women and children. Historical denial of equal rights for women was justified in a policy of special protection for a presumably weaker sex. Organized labor, among other organizations, deterred Congress from proposing an equal rights amendment to the Constitution. A resolution with a protection provision passed the Senate in 1950, but it was not until 1970 that the United Auto Workers formally adopted a resolution favoring the ERA.
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The constitutional amendment passed the House in 1971 and the Senate in 1972. In March of that year, Congress passed the ERA. Its sponsors felt certain that the amendment would be ratified in less than two years. The only contentious issue was whether the amendment explicitly should exclude women from the military draft. ERA proponents objected to any special treatment and defeated the provision.
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Many states were eager to ratify the amendment. Hawaii's legislature voted unanimously in favor of the amendment twenty-five minutes after it passed Congress. By early 1973, twenty-five states also had ratified it. Ten more states ratified the amendment by the end of 1977, leaving only three more states to secure adoption. Congress extended the original deadline for ratification from 1979 to 1982, but no state ratified it after 1977. In 1982, the amendment failed. Brought to the floor of the House of Representatives again seventeen months later, the ERA failed by six votes to secure the required two-thirds majority.
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Anti-ERA Organizations
Groups such as the National Organization for Women (NOW) worked to guarantee women equal rights through legislation, but one of its most important goals was to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Opposition to the ERA came mainly from conservative religious and political organizations, such as the John Birch Society, the Mormon Church, and George Wallace's American Party. Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative political activist, organized a group called Stop ERA, contending that the ERA was unnecessary because American women had special privileges and status. She also warned Roman Catholics that the ERA would require the Church to admit women to the priesthood and to abandon single-sex schools or lose tax-exempt status. Anti-ERA groups used scare tactics to claim that mothers could be forced into combat and denied alimony and child support.
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When pro-ERA groups failed to refute the opposition quickly, confusion and misunderstanding began to surround the amendment. During the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas, in November of 1977, planned by feminist activist Gloria Steinem and held to develop a National Plan of Action, internal divisions and controversy became apparent. As the plan supported controversial ideas such as homosexual and lesbian rights and guaranteed access to legal abortion, some women walked out, and anti-ERA groups seized on the issues as indications of a radical agenda. As the date for ratification neared, a campaign to counter the misinformation was launched, and NOW organized boycotts of states that had not ratified the amendment, but their actions were too late. Accidental timing made abortion policy a national issue during those years, and the Watergate break-in and related Senate hearings in 1973 and 1974 served as distractions that diverted the nation's attention away from the ERA.
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Impact
In 1971 and 1972, most federal and state legislators viewed the ERA as an opportunity to show support for a proposal that was long overdue. The ERA reminded Americans that the struggle for women's rights, one that began decades earlier with the suffragist movement, was still ongoing, and it helped galvanize the modern women's movement.
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Subsequent Events
By the 1980's, many members of Congress saw a vote to limit the ERA as an opportunity to register antiabortion views. When the requisite thirty-eight states failed to ratify the amendment by June 30, 1982, the ERA became the first proposed amendment in post-Civil War constitutional history to expire after congressional passage.
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Pro-ERA senators and representatives speculated about why ratification of the ERA failed. All agreed that they underestimated the difficulty with which the Constitution can be amended. They agreed that discrimination against women and national economic injustice exist in the absence of the amendment and that women must continue to fight for their rights. Others, however, expressed the widespread belief that the amendment was superfluous.
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See Also
Abortion rights; Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; Feminism; National Organization for Women (NOW); Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978; Roe v. Wade; Steinem, Gloria; Women in the military; Women in the workforce; Women's rights.
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The Equal Rights Amendment was an amendment to the United States Constitution that read:
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
In fact, it was such a commonsensical no-brainer that the U.S. Congress and 35 of the necessary 38 states quickly ratified it in the 1970s.
However, that was before certain business interests and religious-right conservatives realized that there could be potential political gain in opposing it. How to oppose equality without looking like fools or bigots was the problem.
It required turning the amendment into something it was not. For example, here’s Ronald Reagan, candidate for the presidency: “Human beings are not animals, and I do not want to see sex and sexual differences treated as casually and amorally as dogs and other beasts treat them.
I believe this could happen under the ERA.”
Pat Robertson, another presidential wanna-be and television evangelist, declared that the amendment
“is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.”
How could you argue against logic like that? Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment tried to bring the question back to the issue of equality, but their opponents managed to muddy the waters enough so that no additional states supported the ERA.
Its ratification deadline expired in 1982, three states short.


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Category: History


President Reagan's Farewell Address



January 21, 1989


The Reagan presidency should be judged on the basis of Reagan's goals and of those who share his political philosophy. Black leaders give Reagan a failing grade, because he has opposed many social programs that they favor. Leaders of women's organizations give Reagan a failing grade, because he has opposed abortion, comparable worth, and the equal rights amendment. Other critics include supporters of gay rights, who accuse Reagan of ignoring the AIDS epidemic, and pacifists, who favored a nuclear freeze when Reagan was sending missiles to Europe.


ONCE MORE, REAGAN FAILS TO MEET EVEN THE MOST BASIC CRITERIA TO BE CLASSIFIED AS A GREAT LEADER.