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2010 Midterm election, oh you silly people.

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I wanted to sum up my feelings about the result of last night’s election.  However it will take most of the day to coherently sort out the resigned disappointment from the despair at the outright apathy and/or stupidity of the voting majority of the American People.

Highlights so far:

Oklahoma passes Sharia Law ban. Because, you know, that wussy 1st Ammendment isn’t enough (or are we planning on repealing it, now Oklahoma doesn’t need it any more)

Californian’s vote to continue costly prohibition. Mainly because the voting base who would have voted to end it, stayed home.

However, while I can’t eloquently formulate my position at 5:16am. a poster at the highly underrated arstechnica.com forums pretty much nailed it for me.

Mikeyk said:

“Our country likes to cut off its nose to spite its face from time to time without thinking about the consequences. Thanks to not bothering to pay attention to reality, we are now going to give more tax cuts to the wealthy that they don’t need, and haven’t added a single job during the current recession, and was borrowed to pay for it, and will continue piling on to the federal debt. Now we also get to watch Mr. “No You Can’t” become Speaker of the House and the subpoena machine ramp up for a witch hunt against Obama, his administration, and other Democratic members of both Houses. As for those without a job and those that lost their Health Insurance, don’t worry, extended benefits will now get cut since your too lazy to look for a job (that doesn’t exist) and you’ll probably lose the cobra assistance that helped pay for you Health Insurance while looking for a new job (that still doesn’t exist).

And now that we’ve saved some money by cutting off UI payments and cobra costs, they can work on cutting some more costs, meaning more lost jobs and Health Insurance during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Welcome to the double dip. Welcome to more foreclosures, more bankruptcies, and more job losses in the name of cutting Federal spending, all those people will now stop paying into the tax pool and instead will drain more cash from the Government via their unemployment benefits. You asked for change because things didn’t move fast enough for you, and instead voted yourself into grid lock, congratulations on screwing your country up even more”

Thanks mikeyk for posting that, while I don’t think (and certainly hope ) things won’t get quite that bad, I sincerely hope you don’t mind me sharing what you so eloquently summed up.

Of course, if the democrats hadn’t squandered a supermajority, and did the right thing as opposed to what they thought might get them re-elected (hah!) the D base wouldn’t have been some horribly uninspired.

Oh well, I will take solace in the fact that Sharron Angle didn’t get elected, although Reid seriously needs to step down. I feel bad that Christine O’Donnell didn’t get in,  we’d have had comedy for 6 years. We have Rand Paul still, I enjoyed his acceptance speech – but I think he’s going to find he’s in over his head. Or, potentially, become a younger version of his dad, Ron. Which wouldn’t necessarily be all bad.

Oh well… way to go USA.

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November 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

“Religion has many redeeming qualities…”

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I see this from religious apologists a lot. And to be fair, there are some good qualities that religion brings to the world.

However, there is a fundamental downside that casts any good religion does into stark shadow.

Indoctrinating Telling people that “everything will come together as god wills it”, “god has a plan for the world”, and “even if life on earth is hard, when you get to heaven it will be paradise” does one hideous thing. It encourages these poor people to do nothing and “put it in the hands of the lord”. Everything is NOT going to be okay until we as a human race start taking care of things RIGHT NOW… not put them off for our children to deal with because we believe some orbiting sky fairy has shit firmly under control.

Religion stifles creativity, encourages the growth of a non-taxed entertainment industry, and can lead to stunning ignorance.

Atheists need to come out and start challenging this delusional behavior. Although I’m not a huge fan or Karl Marx, he did correctly state that “Religion is the opiate of the masses”… smoke this, and everything will be juuuuuust fine.

Keep on preaching, Bill Maher!

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June 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

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Y’know? I like to see both sides of the political story, which is why I’ll watch Olbermann followed by O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. And to be honest, both of the Fox talking heads are talking a lot of sense right now.

The country is in the toilet, the stock market is umming and ahhhing and still the .gov is spending cash trying to make things right… but it’s not working, and it needs to show signs of recovery or that whole “hopey changey” thing really won’t matter any more.

The Presidential campaign for 2012 isn’t too far away now, only 7 months, and given how much we’re all hurting currently, it wouldn’t be surprising if the GOP take control of the house in the 2010 elections.

However, this is the party that didn’t come up with anything except oppose oppose oppose…. at least the Dems tried to put something together. Personally, I wouldn’t want to take over the country in 2012 unless some green shoots really start getting their shit together… what sane person would?

We’ve got a total disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that was predominantly caused by corporations running the government agencies that were put in place to regulate them, we have a crazy puppet midget in North Korea who is trying to start a conflict, knowing that the cupboard for military action is already getting pretty bare. We have Wall St out of control, making millions while we watch our retirement plans dwindle.

There is a lot of shit that is broken, right now…. a lot of policies in place that are wasting our tax dollars. It’s time for prohibition to end, at least on marijuana and… so called “sex trade”, and we need to focus on what’s important… putting in place a system that nurtures and encourages small business to grow and prosper.

We are also obsessed with the stupidest things, like the penny and the dollar bill…. if we can abolish the penny and the paper dollar (and save $500m a year) We are at least saying “things need to change – because doing the same thing is insane” Get rid of the Penny, and put George Washington and Abe Lincoln on the new Dollar Coin.

Legalize and tax marijuana, use a portion of the revenue to educate and rehabilitate like we have with alcohol. Legalize and tax prostitution… it’s called the oldest profession for a reason, and as George Carlin (rest his brilliant soul) said, “If selling is legal, and fucking is legal, how come selling fucking is illegal”

And again, use some of those new tax dollars to fight the downside of the “sin trade” like human trafficking and diseases.

This country cannot afford it’s puritanical and traditionalist roots any more. These things are never going away, the penny is worth nothing anymore, and dope and hookers will ALWAYS be around. Let’s at least say – okay, we get it… rather than cling to outmoded, outdated, and futile policies…. and just legalize it already.

Plus, having legalized dope, booze (thank you 21st ammendment) and hookers… I can’t think of a better way to combat Fundamental Islam than by being way cooler than our dorky head covered cousins.

While I’m on my soap box… federally legalize gay marriage too… do you have any idea how much these queers spend on getting hitched? Serious – fucking stimulus bill… well, in more ways than one… and a happy fag is good for the fucking economy and the morale of the people… can you imagine Bill Maher getting pissed over that? Thank gaaaaaawddd.

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May 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

The War on Drugs. Not so much as a “Mission Accomplished”

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I came across two excellent opinion pieces.

One from the LA Times 
The United States’ so-called war on drugs brings to mind the old saying that if you find yourself trapped in a deep hole, stop digging. Yet, last week, the Senate approved an aid package to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America, with a record $400 million going to Mexico and $65 million to Central America.
The United States has been spending $69 billion a year worldwide for the last 40 years, for a total of $2.5 trillion, on drug prohibition — with little to show for it. Is anyone actually benefiting from this war? Six groups come to mind.”

And One from Matt Hutchens from the MPP
“For almost forty years, America has been engaged in a war which has cost us trillions of dollars and ruined the lives of millions of our citizens. We have been fighting against drugs in a street war across the country. The definition enemy combatant has changed through the course of this conflict, first encompassing only the smugglers and distributors, then growing to include users, and now reaching beyond our borders to the farmers in the developing world who produce the source crops. Today we are told that all these parties are contributing to the forces of Terror, and that the whole chain of enemy forces is complicit in a conspiracy against us. If this were true, though, wouldn’t we disarm our enemies by taking control of the economic forces that are the source of their power?”

Prohibition fails. Prohibition puts money in the hands of those who have no disregard for law, order, decency or justice. That money isn’t taxed, or accounted for. It’s laundered and used to buy guns. It’s used to corrupt law enforcement officers. It’s used …more

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July 8, 2008 at 11:58 am

And they think Obama’s against free speech???

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In McCain’s open to the public townhall meeting, a 61 year-old woman was arrested cited for trespassing on orders from the McCain security detail for carrying a sign that read McCain=Bush.  Carol Kreck received a ticket and her court date is set for July 23.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/7/7/18337/07170/283/547890

Wow – watched the video, she was cited for “tresspassing” on City Property (that she pays taxes for) carrying a sign, non-violent, peaceful expression of opinion. …more

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July 8, 2008 at 10:35 am

A reply to “Save Medicare – don’t support abortion”

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I found the original suggestion at http://www.emaxhealth.com/24/23009.html

But it was sourced from http://jaxconservativeradical.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-way-to-fund-medicare.html

emaxhealth haven’t approved my reply yet (Shock) but I visited the Jax and shared my opinion on his epiphany.

He writes:

“I have an idea where the Congress can discover some of the money needed to keep funding the medicare program at it’s present level.
Congress spends the following amounts of your tax dollars supporting America’s own genocide, abortion!
In 2003, Planned Parenthood Federation of America extinguished the lives of 244,628 unborn babies — making the organization more deadly than leukemia, brain cancer, skin cancer, diabetes, car accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, and HIV/AIDS combined.”

He also quotes some impressive dollar amounts that the US Government have paid to planned parenthood

“2003-2004 … $ 35.2 million in tax money
2002-2003 … $ 36.6 million in tax money
2001-2002 … $ 12.2 million in tax money
2000-2001 … $ 38.9 million in tax money
1999-2000 .. $ 59.5 million in tax money
1998-1999 … $125.8 million in tax money
1997-1998 … $ 42.1 million in tax money”

Source: JaxConsertive – I haven’t attempted to verify the information, it’s moot as far as I’m concerned. Here is my reply:

“And if these operations were paid for by the government, meaning that the women undergoing the procedure were unable to, the tax payers would no doubt have carry the cost of those unwanted children over a course of 18 years. ….more

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July 8, 2008 at 8:11 am

I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist… or is that Xtian

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Amazing read from Kyle Williams – its quite a read too, but if you are looking for a civil debate between a reasonable, thinking Xtian and a reasonable thinking Atheist.

Go here

It’s a fantastic read, and I hope you will give it a chance. I talk more about it here

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June 24, 2008 at 7:32 pm