Happy Sunday: The Evil ones Who Know What is Best for Us

The religious right has been using tortured and fake dogma and biblical references to tell us that we should meet their demands.  Since the religious right gets its money from the Koch Brother’s, then the religious right wants them to write our laws and run our nation.

It all begins with ALEC, a tool of the Koch Brothers.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC ) intimidates, bribes, extorts and controls who gets elected at the state level in this nation. This article, “Inside the ALEC Dating Service”  describes how the right wing has dictated to America’s  elected officials.

The Koch Brothers have a comprehensive program for changing American government, politics, markets and society to suit their purposes.

The Koch Brothers Exposed is a film that will be released by streaming video on May 8. There will be screenings all over the United States, and the website has the locations. Also DVDs are for sale. Everyone should know about this film and about these men.

Tim Phillips is the Koch Brother’s most powerful operative in the United States. Phillips  built the largest fake grassroots organization in history:  “Americans For Prosperity”.  Americans for Prosperity pushes Koch Brother’s money out to a huge number of  even more fake grassroots organizations.

The Deviant and Extremist Religious Right.

The Freedom Federation, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and Concerned Women for America, as well as such groups as Generals International and Morningstar Ministries are tied to the Koch brothers and to Tim Phillips.  After all, money is power. The deviant right wing religious leaders  are after all of the money and power they can grab.

Tim Wildmon  brings the president into his diatribes. He wants a white, male president who is also a religious leader. Forget about separation of church and state.

Here is a survey of the deviant religious right’s money fueled agenda from Alter Net. It is titled “Exposing The Christian Right’s New Racial Playbook“.

Summary: We cannot serve two masters.

These evil and destructive forces lost sight of the truth: They cannot serve God, the nation, and the Koch Brothers. They have learned to love one and to hate the others. And God is not the one they love.

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Happy Sunday: Are We Really Supposed To Be That Stupid?

It is one thing to live in faith that God will take care of things. It is helpful to chalk up bad things to God’s  will. But it is another thing entirely to live with blinders on; so stubborn that we encourage everyone around us to do the same.

We know that it is wrong to watch neighborhood children playing with matches and to not step in. We vote because we have fought wars for the right to vote. We are pitifully ineffective in protecting children from abuse or bad parenting. We have let predators, racists and opportunists to rule our land.

We have allowed the bad guys to write the laws and we have pointedly ignored our broken contract with the good guys. Our soldiers have put their lives on the line for our global and misguided ambitions, yet we cannot seem to honor our contract to take care of them when they come home.

We allow babies and very young girls to dress and prance around in sick and disturbing ways, whining that “it’s funny” or “we like this, so we do it.”

It is better to have some discomfort now than to suffer great disaster and regret later. Do not worrying about choosing battles. It is too late for choosing. Worry about being able to see the battlefields at all.

The examples that follow are just that, examples. It is up to each person to take a local and personal look around to see where the self indulgent, the evil, the opportunists and the predators have gone way too far in grabbing power and dictating their agendas to the rest of us.

 

Child beauty pageants and dance groups that allow increasingly adult levels of sexual content:

“The sexualisation of children can pose developmental harm and there’s not a single good thing that can come out of the “circus” of pageantry,”

“Direct participation and competition for a beauty prize conveys messages relating to the desirable self, social and personal value and shapes emotional and psychological development.”

“Infants and girls are objectified and judged against sexualised ideals.”

“Anger about child beauty pageants has heightened after the controversial US television show, Toddlers and Tiaras, aired in Australia.”

—The Sydney Morning Herald

This is an area that we think of as a stupid waste of time. We think that only a small number of dysfunctional people, confined to backward regions of the nation, get involved in pageants. That is not true. Pageants are a big money industry and the participants are stubborn about having the gratification that they get from participating.

Here is the problem: child kidnapping and murder is on the rise and we know it. Any public forum that puts children on display with bizarrely advanced sexuality is adding fuel to the fire. If movies, music, games and more can be monitored and rated, then it should not be hard to get some oversight and regulation for pageants and dance competitions.

These pageants and dance programs need to be supervised, sanctioned, and regulated to prevent them from getting even more out of control.  Televised reality shows involving young children need to be regulated and censored to stop the madness of putting children on display as sexual creatures who are not even treated as human beings.

 

“In-Your-Face” racists who have made advances into academics, mainstream entertainment and news media. This kind of discourse resonates with far too many Americans who hide their beliefs while they make biased hiring, firing, supervisory, academic and other decisions. Nothing will ever get rid of America’s overall love of racism and this will continue to be a polarizing force between increasingly hostile camps.

The only thing that can be done is to identify racists and to put a spotlight on their ideas. It is up to people to decide whether they want to vote for them, work for them, hire them, live near them,  attend or send the kids to their schools, pay for their products, or watch their news shows.

 

 

“Stand your ground” laws and their enforcement have effectively allowed local governments and courts to apply the law in ways that are hideously inappropriate and unfair. This makes the law illegal. Laws must be clearly understood, applied uniformly and fairly,  and cause no more harm than they prevent. In many states, boilerplate law was written by ALEC, an unelected and unaccountable group. These laws were pushed through without appropriate debate, judicial or legal review, public input, or challenge.

Make pre written “boilerplate laws” illegal. Make the legislatures write their own laws from scratch. Impeach or petition for repeal when the law cannot meet the standards. Make secret meetings illegal. Require transcripts of all ALEC style meetings to be recorded and made public. 

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The Occupation movement has been stopped from assembling in many cities. This goes beyond a reasonable and legal right to break up illegal occupations. Protesters are not even being allowed to assemble.  At the same time, local and regional police have developed combat like attitudes and carry military grade weapons.

Law enforcement is being increasingly militarized, but without the required military training, discipline, command and control, or rules of engagement. There is no punishment for misconduct, breaking the law and police rioting. So called “anarchists” commit violent actions that trigger and justify acts of  “police rioting”. These well trained and well organized rogues have long been suspected of actually being police or government operatives.

The result has been overly violent and aggressive conduct on the part of police operatives without legal consequence or proper judicial review. There is a combat attitude and there is no longer any intent to protect the rights and safety of American protesters.

Demand local and state wide laws and rules that clarify the rights and obligations of protesters. Set up uniform procedures and rules for police operatives. Establish better training, command and control of militarized police agencies. Demand that regional and community aid police comply with the city’s rules and policies.  Set up public oversight committees to review and report on all types of police conduct, good and bad. Prohibit  police tactics like refusing to respond to other emergencies, then using the protests as an excuse. 

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The ALEC government rules this nation, but so do the the drug cartels, the corporations, the NRA and shady or fake right wing “grassroots” organizations. Unelected entities are dictating to our government. The will of the people no longer has an influence on lawmaking or judicial review.

As a result, much of our nation’s policy and law is being devised by unknown and unelected powers in ways that have been overriding the will of the people.  Elected representatives find that their opposition cannot be heard. The goal is to stop the secret, backroom and boilerplate legislation movement.

Petition to prohibit the NRA, ALEC, Right wing think tanks and other shadowy groups from secretly meeting with and influencing legislators. Petition and force state and local legislators to record and release the records of  all meetings with private groups that seek to influence or create new legislation.  Keep track of these groups and monitor their influence on our lawmakers. Make it a federal felony for a politician to take contributions of drug cartel money, no matter how well laundered it is.

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Michigan and Wisconsin have become  testing  grounds for totalitarian government tactics. Look for versions of Wisconsin’s  Public Act 4 to show up in more states. This law appears to be legal and some residents actually claim to believe that the actions will help their  cash strapped cities. 

Wisconsin’s Republican legislature and governor colluded to pass Public Act 4 after the law was pushed by right wing think tanks.  Troubled cities were  stripped of their rights to their run their own governments. Appointed  leaders were put in place.

The problems with these schemes is that a law like Public Act 4 can be used on cities that are predominantly populated by opposition party voters, the poor, the unemployed, people of color, and other unwanted voters.  Since the state legislatures and governors are in charge of revitalizing local economies, they have the power to suppress economic recovery, then take control over whole cities, citing municipal mismanagement. The outcomes of these schemes include:

Immediate removal of the elected mayors and other elected and public officials.

Appointing and paying confederates to exercise complete and unrestricted control over the affected cities.

Using the power to  eliminate or cancel union and collective bargaining agreements.

Privatizing city operations and enriching confederates and political cronies by handing out lucrative contracts without oversight or public control.

The power to declare a crisis, to shut down polls, and to turn away voters on election day.

Virtual dictatorial powers over the affairs of the cities and the residents who have been taken over.

Flint, Pontiac, Benton Harbor,  Ecorse, and the Detroit and Highland Park school districts have been taken over. The city of Detroit is next in the Wisconsin Republican right wing’s sights.

Look for the same attempts in our own states. Find out which organizations are filing lawsuits to stop such laws and support them. Find out what is actually going on in the cities that are affected, and look for loopholes or fine print that would give right wing Republicans chances to disenfranchise even more opposition voters for state and federal elections.

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In summary, these are only a few of the dysfunctions that we have allowed, are allowing, or may even be celebrating.

We know that these things are wrong, no matter what our political positions, religious beliefs, or moral stances are.

It is time to take a serious look now and do something before it is too late to say or do anything about it all.  Find a peeve and work on fixing it, but do not ignore the problem.

Happy Sunday: Hard Truths Edition

Let us pray for the people who are suffering.

Let us pray for the people who have lost their homes.

Let us pray for innocent men, women and children who have been murdered by twisted and spoiled fools.

Let us pray for those who have been harmed or killed by the acts of liars,  deceivers and self serving manipulators of the people’s trust.

We all know  about someone, somewhere, who is suffering from a grave and unjust loss.

We all know about a serious  wrong that has not been righted.

We all know that an act of nature cannot be concerned about human life.

We all know that the great works and best hopes of many people can be dashed into rubble with no notice and no warning.

Let us never be so arrogant and foolish as to claim that natural disasters are the wrath of God, even when they strike a concentration of  big mouthed people who are than willing to attribute God’s wrath to natural disasters… in other places.

Let us pray for all of the people who are suffering, no matter where they live or whom they may be.

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Happy Sunday: Rush Limbaugh Edition

Introduction

Rush Limbaugh is a radio talk show broadcaster. He developed the radio talk show broadcaster’s disorder: a bloated and distorted sense of self so profound that he has lost the ability to accept the idea of being wrong in anything that he does. He has developed a need to stay relevant that has reached histrionic and desperate levels.

Some of the words from his own mouth will be used to illustrate his growing pack of problems that extended into illegal drug abuse without having to do a prison sentence and a series of vitriolic personal attack so foul that some of us want him off of our airways for good.

The problem with talk radio

The process of being a radio talk show host is one where words must fill the air. Any words will do because the greatest failure is to allow even a second of “dead air”. Some hosts are so desperate that they will make juvenile or bizarre noises, repeat worn out catch phrases or do anything to fill the airwaves with noise.

The process is one of complete control over the conversation, of hiding from the public view, and of great and easily earned income.

The problem with talk radio is that the hosts run out of things to say during their first week on the job. The rest degrades into a series of desperate grabs for attention, each one more offensive than the last one.

Radio talk show hosts can be stupid to the point of near mental retardation. They do not need much by way of formal education and they only accept the facts that support their point of view. They lose their ability to think critically, to think of other perspectives and people, and to deal with the consequences of their actions.

Such individuals can easily dodge responsibility for their behavior because they control the discourse. Unless they go too far, radio talk show hosts rarely are sanctioned or taken off the air. Whites can go miles down the wrong road while other ethnicities cannot slip far at all.

They suck the last drop of public respect for freedom of speech. They distort the conversation to the point where people sound like small children, tempermental and ignorant of the world.  They go beyond testing the boundaries of outrageous speech. As they age, they exhaust their limited talent and  expertise, and begin to use facts that anyone can get from the web. Their personalities and mentalities decline.

They must resort to more and more outrageous speech in order to stay relevant. They become shills for the right wing and they clearly are given orders to start trouble on a schedule and agenda that is hidden from the rest of us.

Propped up by the corporations and by their bloated and undeserved paychecks, some radio personalities become so powerful that they cannot be gotten rid of, no matter how they offend the public trust or violate the rules.

For example, the greatest hypocrisy comes when a White radio talk show host whines about Black sports star’s salary. No one seemss to notice that the radio personality  refuses to release information about how they have become rich enough to buy the sports team.

More important, the sports stars obviously have to work hard and to accomplish much more than the radio personalities, at least one of whom could not even finish a semester of college.  Continue reading

Happy Sunday: Happy New Year 2012

 What has been will be again, 
   what has been done will be done again; 
   there is nothing new under the sun.

—Ecclesiastes 1:9

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012

2012 will be the last year for standing up to the evil, greed and opportunism of the charismatic creeps who have ruined our nation and our world.

2012 will be a test for American Christians to reject the wicked agendas that are being pushed by extremist religious leaders. This is the year to start being the people that Jesus taught us to be. We have been wasting and betraying our greatest gift.

2012 must be the year when the majority of the voters step up and vote, not just for themselves and because of themselves, but with respect to the good of the nation and the good of their neighbors. Many will have to step in and help when corrupted local and state governments attempt to deny their enemies the right to vote.

2012 will be a year toward recovery only if  America is willing to do the  hard work needed to express the truth and the whole truth. The lies that the right has been pushing and the pseudo academic arguments that the left has pointlessly engaged in will simply not do.

2012 will be the year of the charismatic creep; the charismatic opportunist; the charismatic bully and the charismatic liar. If America cannot get off of its dependency on charisma, then 2o12 needs to be the year of the charismatic hero, the charismatic savior, and the charismatic leader of the majority of the people.

2012 is the last chance to force the government and the corporations to carry out the will of the  majority of the people. This will be the last year to make it so that the middle class constitutes the majority of the people. This is the last chance to save democracy as we know it. Continue reading

Europe is going through a little bit of History Repeated. Wake up now.

Before reading this, it will help to read this article, which summarizes some of the latest news reports and led me to write this post.

Also, if I pick up one more troll, I will close comments. Xenonlit does not play that game.

The other option is to do your own checking to see why the rise of the far right in Europe has been making headlines for a while. Aso, I will remind you that I am a  Sociologist by trade and a perpetual grad school dropout.

Let’s review our understandings of the conditions that existed when the extreme right wing rose to power throughout Europe. A great series of movements  put the Nazis and Facists into power and sent the world into a tailspin.

Europe’s economy was in a shambles.  Populist movements were on the rise. Charismatic leaders were  espousing insane philosophies that we hoped would never be popular ever again.

But those philosophies gave hope, cheer, spirit to those who saw nothing wrong with expressing their rage at people who were obviously the cause of so many nation’s ills.

Gypsies. Jews. The disabled. The incapable. The slackers. The unproductive. The sub humans. The liberals of society who preached intolerable sermons about tolerance.

No one wanted to hear of peace and love for our fellow white and European human who was of the right class and, if not of the right class, at least humble and righetous enough to serve their betters without bitterness or demonstration of a rebellious nature.

A goodly number of Jews saw the sense to such speech. They voted for those who had the ultimate solutions without knowing that they would eventually find themselves being subjected the ultimate solution.

The wise and swift ones fled. The slow ones died or went through such times of slavery, horror and deprivation that it is a miracle that they survived with anything like a  functional psyche or spirit.

The gypsies had nowhere to go. The retarded and disabled were not allowed to go. The enemies of right had nowhere to go. Negroes were fine, as long as they stayed out of trouble.

As time passed, those who voted for the populist solution had nowhere to go, and waited either for a sure death by Russian hands or rescue by American surety that white is right and must be forgiven and provided a chance to redeem itself.

And Lena Horne had to walk up to the middle of the audience of a theatre to sing to the segregated black soldiers who were seated in lower position than the captured white enemy who had set out to kill the same nation that their ancestors had been enslaved and forced to build.

The European far right never died, nor did it truly lose any war. It went dormant, patiently simmering and festering through decades of occupation, waiting to rise again, just as it did after World War I.

Americans cannot comprehend such patience and learned the hard way that ten years was nothing to Middle Eastern haters who would try again and again to take down the World Trade Towers.

Americans equally cannot comprehend that Europeans also have such patience and that their far right elements would wait even longer, over 50 years, to rise and take power again.

Only now, the cause of all of their ills, the enemy who must be exterminated, the beast who must be destroyed are now Muslims and Africans and Asians.

And anyone who paid attention to the “Hostel” films can add Americans to the eternally reeking, flaming pile of right wing European hatred and nationalistic self interest.

Anyone who served in Europe or who interacted with the massive infrastructure of occupation facilities that are run by American soldiers and civilians should get the message of the “Hostel” films.

When I came home from there and told people that the terrorists would make a try at the World Trade Center again or that far right evil did not die with WW II, no one would take me seriously.

On September 11, 2001 it happened and the second call that I recieved was from my worst critic. He said this: “You nailed it! You nailed it!”

I said “It does not matter. We are a nation at war as of right now.”

“Oh come on. No we’re not!” my chief critic yelled.

The materiel of war was procured before  September 11, 2001. The port workers and the military knew it because it was one heck of a lot of materiel and one trillion dollars was missing from the Pentagon treasury on that fateful day.

And no expert has ever confirmed that the airliner could conceivably make that last run into the Pentagon without spraying parts over the surrounding landscape.

And all but a handful of frames of film out of tens of thousands of frames of film of that impact have ever been shown to us.

And now, I tell you that it is not Iran, with its nuclear popgun, that is the biggest threat to Americans and to America.

The biggest threat to Americans and to America  is the rise of the far right in Europe and of their sympathizers at home.

If the “Tea Party” could take control of our own House of Representatives, then it is no surprise that the 14 countries in Europe that have experienced rising waves of populist and far right fervor are already seeing their local elections and national parliaments inundated with duly authorized legions of hate.

We are waiting for the next charismatic to arrive. A new Hitler. A new Mussolini. Perhaps someone with an entirely new philosophy for  bringing evil up to the standards of new world orders and new technologies.

After all, it will not be Jews and gypsies this time. It will be the swarthy or the black or any color in between. It will not be the semite who looks and acts  like Europe. It will be the semite who looks and acts like China and Pakistan and Mexico and  North Africa and Black Africa.

And we will have the same old Axis. It will be a European Axis, just as before. But the new allies will be a big surprise.

A big surprise indeed.

These are new times. Old timers and those who have not heard this song need to step aside, because the Far Right is on the rise again in Europe and the rest of the world is just about sick of that and sets out to stop it for good.

It’s all just a bit of history repeated. Or is it?

Happy Sunday



 Listen to what the LORD says:

   “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; 

   let the hills hear what you have to say.

Michah 6:1


 

 

They have hate for him who makes protest against evil in the public
place, and he whose words are upright is disgusting to them.
Amos 5:10


What protest may a living man make, even a man
about the punishment of his sin?
Lamentations 3:39
It is better to take note of the protest of the wise,
than for a man to give ear to the song of the
foolish.
Ecclesiastes 7:5

Wherever they refuse to receive you, as you leave
that town shake off the very dust from your feet as
a protest against them.”
Luke 9:5

 
From Bible Concordance: Protest