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What Should Worry the Rich

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

So, the 400 richest Americans have seen their taxes cut in half over the past decade. And Republicans would rather have the country in default than actually raise those taxes.

And, every time I hear about the 400 richest Americans, I wonder if those 400 are worried about this:

If I were one of those 400, this would keep me awake at night.

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Update on the War with Norway!

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Those Norwegian bastards! They're still hell-bent on closing their Minneapolis consulate. Luckily, some folks are heading to Norway to protest. Good for them!

Turns out those lutefisk-eating Norskies have tried this before, in 2001.

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Well, You Know It Had to Happen

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Wonkette points us to this YouTube video of someone shouting He's a nigger! at today's McCain/Palin rally in Iowa. It's about 17 seconds into the video. Palin spits out and ... and before continuing on her merry way.

The words sounded pretty clear to me. But I truly hope it was something else. I hope I'm mishearing it. I hope Palin's lack of response was due to her not hearing it. I hope it's anything but what it looks like it is.

In other Palin-related news, Palin knows McCain's campaign is dead and is trying to improve her own standing over the good of the ticket as preparation for a 2012 run at the Oval Office. Mitt Romney, wanting to make the run himself, leaks the news of Palin's actions. Mitt apparently doesn't realize that evangelical Christians will never back a Mormon. Never never never. Senator Ted Stevens is found guilty on all counts. Palin's public statement basically throws him under the bus. She also vows to do, in her role as Governor, whatever is appropriate. Since this is a Federal trial, she can't do a damn thing. Apparently she has as good a grasp of her role as Governor as she does the role of Vice President. The last Palin-related piece of news is that I finally received my T-shirt that says I have more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin from Etsy. This statement is actually literally true. I have decently high contacts in both Hungary and Norway. Nothing spectacular, but better than Palin has. Plus, I travelled to foreign countries much earlier. Hell, I've even been to Canada!

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Lesser of Two Evils?

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Here's the thing I don't get about Todd Akin and Paul Ryan. Which is worse:

  1. Someone who thinks raped women have some mechanism which prevents pregnancy and thus doesn't think that abortions should be allowed, even in the case of rape, or
  2. Someone who realizes that, of course, raped women don't have any such mechanism and still doesn't think that abortions should be allowed, even in cases of rape?

Obviously person #1 is a truly stupid sack-o-shit. But isn't person #2 more evil than person #1?


Leaving aside the fact that pegging personhood at the moment of conception makes no sense, biologically speaking. Nor is it really Biblically-based, either. (Not that being Biblically-based should matter at all.)

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Stupid WaMu

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

So Washington Mutual is the latest bank to go down the tubes. The funny thing is, they used to hold our mortgage. But they sold it to Wells Fargo. That's right, they sold off our mortgage, the kind of mortgage that actually gets paid every month. Apparently they would rather hold ones that don't get paid. Maybe they should be re-thinking that strategy.

I love this comment from Daily Kos:

Yay, the nation's largest S&L has been nationalized, along with the nation's largest insurance company, and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

The Republicans are well on their way to their goal of a socialist utopia. Who would've thunk it?

My feeling on the bailout is simple. I have but two conditions:

  1. If the public pays, the public owns. Those banks become ours.
  2. The heads of those banks are executed. That's right. Not jailed. Not fined. Executed. Dead dead dead. And, preferably, in a painful process.

I think that's a pretty fair trade-off.

And I think Alan Greenspan should have to come clean my house once a week. And wax the cars. And scoop the litter box. By hand.

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John McCain Has A Future

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

John McCain on SNL!

Damn, McCain can be really funny! He's poking loads of fun at himself and his campaign. How can this be the same guy running those dumb-shit socialist ads?

Oh yeah. Writers.

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Pondering

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Important men, pondering the important issues of the day!

Tommy and Obama

What could they be pondering? The state of the economy? The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Our crumbling infrastructure? Why Chief Justice Roberts can't read a goddamn Oath correctly?

Tommy and Obama

(It ain't Tild~, but I still like it.)

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Moral Relativism

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Humorous but evil Supreme Court Justice Scalia was in the news lately justifying torture. No, really, he said that sometimes torture is okay. But what would you expect from a bat-shit insane nut-job who thinks the TV show "24" is real. He actually lives in this fantasy land where hidden bombs can be defused at the last minute only through torturing subjects, who then will cough up accurate and timely information.

Plus, he doesn't understand the Ninth Amendment. "Wah, wah, wah, there ain't no right to privacy 'cause the Bill of Rights doesn't specifically mention it." What a load of unconstitutional crap. The 9th is crystal clear. The only folks who claim otherwise are those who get off on restricting the liberty of others. Ironically, he has no problem discarding the First Amendment in order to protect his own so-called privacy. What a dick.

Attorney General Mukasey has been moving down this "torture is okay under some circumstances" road as well. I just love watching claimed conservatives engaging in such moral relativism. Gay sex? Always wrong! But torture? Well, we have some wiggle room there. These folks really are sick bastards!

That said, Mukasey has taken some firm steps to fix all the havok to DOJ wreaked by Dubya and his thugs. So, he's not all bad.

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So Sick of Assholes

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Spent the weekend in Alexandria, at the Women in Secularism III conference. While there was lots of great stuff heard, it also pisses me off as I hear the stories about what women go through when asserting themselves. Here's my reactionary rant:

I'm so sick of MRA assholes. I'm so sick of women receiving multiple daily threats of rape and death because they spoke up online. I'm sick of them receiving even more threats because they mention the threats they already receive. I'm sick of claims that those threats are just words, are not really harmful. I'm sick of the assumption that this is stuff women have to fix, that it's their problem. I'm sick of it mainly coming from smug atheists with a tenuous grasp on social realities. I'm sick of men who think free speech means they can send threats to women or stalk them online, but that others can't moderate comments on their own blog. I'm sick of people who think free speech means they shouldn't be criticized. I'm sick of entitled white men thinking that the world owes them a hearing. I'm sick of whiny white men complaining that every small decrease in their privilege is a calamity, that every loss they have in life is the gravest injustice and proof that the system is actually against them, that misandry runs rampant. (Everyone loses at times, even when they're in the right. Get used to it. Women and folks of color have to deal with it *all the time.*) I'm sick of simplistic shallow Libertarian thought and the pitiful need Libertarians have for drawing bright lines, because they gave up on God but can't deal with the resulting lack of objective rules.

And I'm a 6 foot tall white guy. In my over 20 years on the Internet, I've received a grand total of one threat of violence. (For drawing Mohammed, from someone located in the Middle East.) While it wasn't a remotely realistic threat, it still bothered me. I can't even imagine what it would be like to actually be a female feminist and have to deal with this shit day after day after day.

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Is It Just Me?

Posted: Monday November 01 2021 @ 6:30am

Religious Order: Politics

Is it just me or does the RNC's Convention logo look like an elephant with a huge red erection?

RNC Erection Logo

In other penis-related news, conservative prostitute turned reporter turned blogger Jeff Gannon still looks like a penis! Stay tuned for further updates!

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