Sunday, October 4, 2015

Something Worth Stealing


What if we treated the "clients" of the NRA like the Right Wing treats folks that use the services of Planned Parenthood??

Thursday, September 24, 2015

" Pope is being used by Obama to further a liberal agenda"

Just part of one comment…and there are MANY in social media everywhere…made by outraged Right Wingers, Catholic or not.

"What WASN'T political about the Vicar of Christs visit?...Illegal immigration addressed...check. Global Warming...check...refugees...check...anti capitalizm...check..his trip to Cuba...check...No outrage from the left.. that Obama used the pope to further his progressive separation of church and state??"
Looks like these so-called Christians know their holy book as well as they "know" the Constitution:

1 John 3:17-18 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 24:19-21 “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.”

Of course, conservatives feel all these so-called rules and regulations are a hinderance on their right to tell everyone else how to live his life. 

From a discussion on FOX:"...But Napolitano disagrees. He says that he respects the authority of the pope as the “vicar of Christ on earth.” Then he says:
“He’s infallible on matter of faith and morals. Thank God it’s just faith and morals, because his economics is a Latin American version of Marxism, which simply is inconsistent with prosperity in the West.”

But, of course, they are entitled to drill for oil everywhere (profits, of course), pollute the water and air (can't waste money on that), privatize national parks and forested areas (got to pay for things, you know?)

Psalm 24:1 (BBE) <A Psalm. Of David.> The earth is the Lord's, with all its wealth; the world and all the people living in it.
After God went to all the trouble of creating this great planet…and the entire universe….do you think He wants it raped and ruined, just so SOME of the people on it can get richer and richer? 
Seems like the Right Wing is content to "use" the pope and the Catholic church if it suits their meme on abortion, women's rights, pushing a conservative view of religion on everyone. But lo and behold, if the main part of his message is anathema to their mindset (and their Revisionist Bible) then the man is a false profit, a liar, a liberal.

James 1:26  If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

That Liberal Media….

Living in the south is a challenge. You have beautiful Tennessee mountains and lakes, wonderful food, usually pleasant weather, and people are super friendly. So many things to do….just be careful to keep your politics to yourself……and be able to quote the Bible.

The news channel of choice in homes and restaurants, banks and bars (when it's NOT football season) is FOX news…..or MSNBC for the stock market crawl along the bottom while "contributors" are spewing nonsense.( We do live in West Knox.) The Knox News Sentinel, like all papers these days, prints day-old stories and opinions usually taken from somewhere else. Just lifted and never background checked as is the preferred method of journalism these days.

Today, for example the Why Clinton's Email Trouble Mattersa page long opinion piece was taken from a several day-old Los Angeles Times article. The author, John R Schindler, bills himself as a security consultant and former NSA officer. He forgot to mention this:

Then there is the third-of-a-page long Liberals Hypocritical On The Subject Of Constitutional Tinkering by Jonah Goldberg….of the National Review and the American Enterprise Institute, two of the most influential conservative outlets….next to the Heritage Foundation. (Think school vouchers, government censorship of the arts, welfare reform, prayer in schools, lower taxes on business, anti-Obamacare and conservative corporation CEOS on its board of trustees.)

Of course, there was the expected 8 Thumbs Down For The Iran Deal article from the GOP legislators this state is so proud of. And you don't want to forget the "Take America Back" Tump-the-Bombastic Tour in Nashville that had Tea Partiers from all over the state in a tizzy.

Letters to The Editor make you want to tear your hair out…..can people REALLY believe what they are spewing?
"I will never support a politician who promotes gun control or patronize any business that discriminates against the Second Amendment. When seconds count, help is minutes away." 
"The world is indeed getting better because of liberty and freedom, but it does not come from the left. In the future when the world celebrates its freedoms, the left will be left out."
Guess the writer forgot about the Right's views on women's reproductive rights, freedom from fundamentalist religious views, voting rights, a living wage, economic inequality, gun control, social contracts…..and a livable planet. But hey, you can "study it all out" in your daily newspaper.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his presidential bid on Twitter ……….has sent an email to activists declaring that his presidential run “is God’s plan for me.”
"I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish," Huckabee said. "But I do speak a common language: I speak Jesus."
"There's a big country out here with millions of Americans who believe in God and are not ashamed to say so," Jindal said. "I would be wary of a president who didn't seek wisdom from the Almighty."
During an appearance on NBC’s  ”Meet The Press” earlier this year, Gov. Kasich explained to host Chuck Todd that he was exploring what the Lord wants before to deciding to enter the race.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee recently said “For me, this is not just a political or financial decision, it is a spiritual decision. You know, the only thing worse than not being elected president would be to be elected president without God’s blessing.
“I believe God will make it clear to me if that’s something I’m supposed to do,” Ben Carson told Fox News last August..
“God came to me in a dream. He had a white robe and a white beard, and told me our next president would be another colored man,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.” “I’m interpreting that to be Dr. Ben Carson. Unless, Barack Obama seeks a third term.”
Jesus knows …..

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Common Good Upsets Some Folks

The National Parks Service is getting a little put out about plastic water bottles being strewn around their areas: "…. encouraging the parks to halt their bottled water sales."

This undoubtedly upset the bottled water manufacturers:

"Joseph Doss, president and chief executive of the International Bottled Water Association, said that even if the Park Service can legally use private money to pay for bottled water alternatives, it should be careful about subverting the (possible) will of Congress."

Oh, so the "will of Congress" (or the Supreme Court, for that matter) is the most important concept here. Sooooo…Right Wingers really should not be having a problem with everyone being able to vote, marriage equality, health insurance for Americans (rich or poor), a quality education system for all children, clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, women being able to control their own reproductive systems, everyone being able to make a living wage, and everyone being able to worship his higher being in his own way…..or not.

From selling plastic bottles of water, keeping the prisons filled, pushing false outrage over misleading PP, robbing the public education system to fill charter schools' coffers, demonizing "illegal immigrants" while applying for worker visas for their own cheap labor….the moneyed class is using Congress (and the Supreme Court, they hope) to build their own little utopia. And the only free market they really want to succeed is the one they control. Just ask the Kochs.

Welcome to the oligarchy…it's been in the making for decades. If you have any doubts:
 How many accomplishments are left to achieve?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Benghazi!…IRS!….Planned Parenthood!

It never gets old with those in the Republican party: when you've got nothing, proclaim your shock and indignation, ignite a fire in your base, spend taxpayer money on "investigations"……..rinse and repeat. And if the target is something or someone you have been trying to eliminate for decades such as Planned Parenthood (those womenfolk don't need birth control or Pap smears anyway…especially the poor ones) any amount of deception will do. (Worked with ACORN, didn't it?)

"At a press conference, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), stated that he could not discuss the video or he would “vomit.” Virtually every GOP presidential candidate and anti-choice organization took advantage of the controversy by sending out a flood of fundraising emails…"

Hmmmmm…wonder where their indignation was a month ago…..when they were first "aware of the video."

"Apparently, Congressman Franks was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he later admitted toRoll Call. At least one other lawmaker is on record as having seen the video well before its release. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) also admitted to Roll Call having seen the video at least a month earlier. When pressed by Roll Call as to why he did nothing about these explosive charges in the intervening time, Murphy cut off the reporter, saying: “This interview never happened.”

What they do NOT want to expound upon, since it would kill their narrative, is the fact that medical science depends on tissue (certainly not what they are trying to depict in their campaign, though) in all the great advances that have been made in fighting diseases….probably some treatments that have helped their families in some way. Remember Nancy Reagan's advocating stem cell research?

You may also be interested in perusing the tangled web of folks in Congress and questionable organizations… well as known liars and deceivers…..who are pushing this "outrage" (smear campaign) at this particular time. Shades of James O'Keefe and Bill O'Reilly's Jesse Watters. Well, since Obamacare seems here to stay, the Pope agrees with the rest of the world on climate change, and they certainly do not want to have a discussion on their racism or jobs…...

And this from the New York Times:
"Researchers use fetal tissue to study and develop treatments for diseases and conditions like H.I.V., hepatitis, congenital heart defects, retinal degeneration and Parkinson’s. Last year, the National Institutes of Health gave $76 million in grants for fetal tissue research. Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only collector of fetal tissue — clinics associated with universities also supply tissue for research.
The Center for Medical Progress video campaign is a dishonest attempt to make legal, voluntary and potentially lifesaving tissue donations appear nefarious and illegal. Lawmakers responding by promoting their own anti-choice agenda are rewarding deception and putting women’s health and their constitutionally protected rights at risk."

The Republican Party gives me a giant headache.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Well, it looks like the Koch Brothers' agenda

….. is proceeding right along as scheduled here in Tennessee:

UPDATE: Moving right along in North Carolina, too. 
"As more major counties and cities trend Democratic, expect to see Republicans meddling more in local affairs and making a mockery of the concept of self government. Just imagine if congressional Republicans had the ability to gerrymander the state legislatures of California, New York, and Illinois as they have done with the three largest and Democratic-leaning county governments in North Carolina."

"There is some talk among Republicans of changing state law to allow partisan competition for municipal offices and for local school board seats, now also officially nonpartisan under a current state statute. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, supports such a move……..
“The role of the state party is to get Republicans elected on all levels,” Smith (Gov. Haslam's spokesman) wrote."

'Red to the Roots"

All of this is by design….and it is heavily financed, NOT a "grassroots" effort.

"Now the council (ALEC) is looking to take its blueprint for influence over statewide lawmaking and drill it down to the local level. It has already quietly set up, and is making plans for the public launch of, an offshoot called the American City County Exchange (ACCE) that will target policymakers from “villages, towns, cities and counties”.

Don't forget that that these two guys have had their hand in the "war against women" in all states as well as their group Americans for Prosperity making sure that Insure Tennessee (using the ACA) is not going forward.

How long before Tennessee looks and operates just like Kansas, South Carolina, Michigan or Wisconsin? And by latching on to the extreme fundamentalists and NRA to blindly move this effort along…..……how long before the US looks just like the theocracies that we go all over the world to "preach the ways of democracy?"

OK folks...

…please tell me WHY on earth this country is so gung-ho to celebrate one of the darkest, and most destructive eras in this country's history?

Yes, it should be studied and commemorated in it's TRUE historical context… help us see how far we have come as a people (hopefully). But this one has me really baffled:

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No, I really "get it." There were two sides at odds with each other over the fate of third side that had no say in any of it at the time. To have one side continuing to honor an attempt to tear apart a country, lose, and consider it a victory is just ludicrous to me. It just seems a bit out-of-touch considering the raw animosity today. (Tho, I did not see any "stars and bars"……) And they are just quilting projects from a really cool company, but it made me wonder…….