Jun 26 2013

P.S.

“Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, criticized the Defense of Marriage Act decision and vowed to press for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.”

Yeah, good luck with that. And someone continually needs to remind Crazy Eyes that the Bible is not a history book:

“No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” Ms. Bachmann said in a statement. “For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman.” She said the court action “will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”

For thousands of years in society, we’ve believed in a lot of stupid things with no justification, whatsoever. Something she finds endearing, no doubt.

Just sayin’.


Nov 28 2012

Random wilderness blog

I got home from a late night band rehearsal and was feeling rather festive,  and the moon is rather bright tonight,  so I grabbed a beer and Krusty dog and decided to go for a late night walk.  I’m right across the street from a dirt road that goes through Vermont’s second largest state park,  so why the hell not?

Winter is just beginning here,  the air is rather crisp and I can hear an occasional late-night cow bellowing in the distance.  I was reading the news a while ago,  and there was a lot on the development of some GOPers talking about breaking Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

All I could think about was why should we give a shit about some stupid pledge that some dumbasses gave to one guy?  Seriously,  Beltway Bubble People?  This is a problem for anyone but Republican politicians? Please explain.


Nov 10 2012

The best news I’ve read all day

Good one in the Times about how the Godidiots got their asses reamed in the election. It’s basically an overview of how the American Taliban is in decline, but for me, the money quote, the one that says it all (and in their braindead moral absolutism, they will not learn from) is:

“It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed,” he said. “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.”

That won’t stop ‘em from trying, of course, but it’s nice to read, regardless.


Nov 7 2012

More, later

But for now, enjoy.


Aug 17 2012

“Chief intellectual teabagger”

Well, I’m Montana bound in about 26 hours. The lawn needs to be mowed, the housesitter (in the form of helpful parents) is in place, and just a little more packing to do.

I’m hoping that when I get back, life gets a little less hectic, as with the election coming up, I gotta get my groove back on. I haven’t chimed in yet on Paul Ryan, who is not my relative and is basically what a smart person looks like to very dumb people, so I’ll leave you with a good commentary from The Stranger’s Paul Constant, Romney Loves Ryan:

If we’re being generous, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a man of contradictions. If we’re being honest, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is an idiot. Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick has problems beyond the basic teabagger contradiction of claiming to be for small government then passing an obscenely large military budget, voting to ban gay marriage, and enacting laws that lessen a woman’s access to abortion and birth control. This is a Republican who unabashedly supported George W. Bush’s war in Iraq and the Patriot Act, but also claims to be a big Rage Against the Machine fan. There is a dissonance, a bifurcation in Ryan’s brain that demands further investigation.

And with the silly season upon us, I bid you adieu, although I’ll try to check in with y’all when I can.

 


Jun 30 2012

Saturday Afternoon Media Lesson


Jun 27 2012

Texas: America’s rectum

And, no, I’m not even alluding to that because of all the pollution. The Texas Freedom Network has a rundown of the Texas GOP’s most recent platform. It’s a noxious stew of ignorance, know-nothingism, godidiocy, xenophobia, anti-environmentalism, you name it. If it’s shitty, it’s in there. Highlights:

  • Declares separation of church and state is a “myth” and calls for Congress to withdraw federal court jurisdiction over cases involving religious freedom and the Bill of Rights
  • Calls for teaching creationist arguments in public school science classrooms
  • Opposes the sale and use of emergency contraception and backs the Legislature’s war on women’s health programs
  • Rejects “any sex education other than abstinence until marriage” in public schools
  • Adopts a radical position that would essentially bar abortion even in cases of rape, of incest or to save a woman’s life
  • Advocates for the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, minimum wage laws and the Endangered Species Act as well as the abolishment of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Attacks LGBT Texans as a threat to families and objects to laws that would protect them from job discrimination and hate crimes
  • Calls for further funding cuts for public schools following draconian cuts by lawmakers in 2011
  • Seeks to change the 14th Amendment to limit citizenship by birth only to those born to a U.S. citizen
  • Threatens federal judges with impeachment if they don’t toe the far right’s line in controversial court cases

The most offensive-but-unsurprising part? An opposition to critical thinking. Yep:

“Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

Cant’ have anyone challenging “fixed beliefs,” now, can we? Because the students are always right, no matter how uneducated and uninformed they may be. Better to just have ‘em remember stuff, as critical thinking might damage their fragile brains. Or something like that.

Texas, please secede. If you love your country as much as you say you do, you really have no other option.


May 24 2012

Tales of the achingly obvious, version #35328

No, it’s not the recent one that showed how Fox News viewers are actually more poorly informed than people who consume no news at all, it’s this recent Gallup poll about party affiliation and moral permissiveness, as reported on by the Times’ Charles Blow. Of course, there’s the obvious result that Dems are less uptight about sexual matters (and given the low number of Republican approval of cheating and gays,  more honest), there’s this tidbit that struck me, not because it’s so shocking (it isn’t), but how it really ties into Republican attitudes about everything:

Republicans were only more permissive than Democrats and independents on three measures and they all had to do with the killing of people and animals — the death penalty, buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur and medical testing on animals. Interpret that as you will.

So they’re really only more permissive on things that harm other things. How not shocking.


Mar 19 2012

BREAKING: GOP primary voters still braindead idiots

Lest one think that the polling around last week’s “toothless Tuesday” primaries that showed how stupid Alabama and Mississippi GOP primary voters were (birthers, Muslim!), it’s not an anomaly. The latest out of Illinois is not much better:

Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?
Christian: 24
Muslim: 39
Not sure:37Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?
Was born in U.S.: 36
Not born in U.S.: 36
Not sure: 28

Do you believe in evolution, or not?
Believe in evolution: 41
Do not: 43
Not sure: 16

 

Three strikes. You’re out. And you’re an idiot.

This is the Palin legacy, as a Kos diarist so succinctly put it:

When Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, AKA “Joe the Plumber,” won a Republican nomination for Congress, Sarah Palin’s transformation of the Republican electoral base was complete. What has happened to the GOP, much to the consternation of the elite party establishment, is that it has become a party of paranoid conspiracy freaks, religious kooks, bigots, the marginally insane, and amateur grifters like Joe the Plumber. If Palin were running in the primary election for president, there is no doubt that she would be winning it, probably handily. This, in a nutshell, is why Mitt Romney, the only plausibly qualified candidate running for president in the GOP, is having such a hard time winning what should be a cakewalk primary. This party is no longer the party of the country club or even of Ronald Reagan. This is a party unhinged from reality. This is the party of Palin.

When does this end? When does the shame of having such an abyssmally large idiot population begin to be treated as a flu epidemic or something easily as dangerous? And four more years of Obama, which is very likely at this point (unless of course, Ron Paul magically wins at a contested convention, of course, as the Paultards speculate will happen, in which case, he will readily trump Obama, as we’re all Randians now, right?), is going to make this kinda crazy seem downright tame compared to what we’re gonna get.


Mar 4 2012

Things that make me laugh out loud

I am, believe it or not, both shocked and elated at the behavior of the Repugnicans lately. I mean, I’m used to all of the fear and hatred of vaginas, compassion, critical thinking, the poor, the non-white, and science – that’s part and parcel of who they are. I just can’t believe that they’re doubling down on this birth control thing, something that most reasonable Americans thought was settled 40 years ago. I thought they mighta reached peak wingnut back when people still gave a shit about the teabaggers… apparently I was wrong. And, as it’s getting closer to the election, I say “Super!’

The thing that’s always been hard for me to figure out with the nutters is the strength of their conviction… when there’s as much crazy as there is going around nowadays, one can’t help but be cynical. Most of ‘em can’t actually believe this shit, can they? But then when I see the doubling down and the crazy keep going up, I start to think they do. Why else would they continue down a path that automatically alienates a sizable portion  of the population (you know, those “sluts”, “sluts” being anyone who has used their vagina for something other than the explicit use of making a baby)? They must actually believe this shit. That’s all I can really come to. And the country-club wing that defined the GOP for so long has been browbeaten into silence, or they’re just going along for the ride because they think that there’s enough crazy in the country to have it play to their political advantage.

The “oh-shit-they’re-fucking-clueless” thing really hit home for me this morning, when I checked my e-mail and read my Christian Coalition newsletter. Like Sarah Palin’s Twitter feed, I signed up for it strictly for entertainment purposes. The latest:

Unfortunately, through nefarious shenanigans, the Democrats would not even allow Senators to vote up or down on the Blunt Amendment.  Harry Reid, whose party controls the United States Senate – undoubtedly for less than a year more with disastrous votes for the Democrats such as Thursday’s vote – had to play cute and have a vote to “Table the Blunt Amendment” which would confuse a lot of Americans; and that was the Democrats’ intention. The vote was not about contraception as the pro-abortion liberals maintain, but maintaining religious freedom for all Americans which the Blunt Amendment would have done.

Oooh! Nefarious shenanigans! The Repugs would neeeeeeeeever do that (cough cough filibuster cough). And the “disastrous vote”? That’s the funniest thing of all. Not everyone hates vaginas, Christian Coalition. And the Christian Coalition mentioning “confused Americans”?  That’s golden. Religious freedom, my ass.

I’m surprised that President Obama doesn’t have a terminal case of the hiccups right now. Between the GOP clownshow primary, Rush, and all of the other nuttery, I’ll bet he can’t stop laughing. I know I can’t.